Stock A5 - Better in some ways, worse in others
Stock 98 Custom - surpassed in every way by the A5 in any form
Tippman A-5 with A2 kit from Spec Ops Paintball and coiled remote
Pure Energy 72/3000 HPA or 20 oz CO2
Ease of aiming
Doesn't accomodate masks
Paint in the cyclone feeder
I've been using my Tippman A-5 for the past few months now to play primarily as an assault-type role. Previously, I'd been using an old AGD Mini-mag with an aftermarket barrel to play sniper. With that in mind, the first things I noticed about this gun are that it is big and noisy. That may or may not be a factor in deciding to buy it, but this gun would make a very poor sniper.
That said, it is amazing for playing assault. With the Spec Ops A2 kit, the balance is perfect (right on the grip), and the cyclone feeder gives the best mechanical ROF I've ever seen outside of the $500 AGD guns. The stock brings the weight toward the back of the gun, and when the hooper has paint in it, it is incredibly quick to aim. Accuracy is pretty bad with the stock barrel (With 200 rounds, I made about an 18" group at 30 yards), but I'm upgrading it soon to a carbon barrel with hopes it'll be much improved.
I did find (as many others have noted) that the stock prevents effective use of a mask, even with the cutout. However, I don't really use the sights that often, so it is not a huge impediment to me. A solution I found was to wear goggles instead of a full mask, but this is risky, and if you're worried about getting hit in the face, I recommend you get a dogleg stock instead.
This gun is a gas hog, and when firing it quickly, CO2 can freeze it up really fast. I highly recommend using HPA, even if it interferes with the response trigger, which I feel is a must to maximize the poential of this gun.
EDIT: I just upgraded to a 12" Thunder Pig barrel, and accuracy is greatly improved; down from an 18" group at 30 yards to a 14" group, and firing 8 BPS, at that. The new barrel also made the gun substantially quieter.
This gun is a great value for the money, and superb for most paintballers. It is very reliable, shoots fast and lays down a lot of paint. That said, it makes a very poor sniping gun, being quite loud and inaccurate, and is a bit on the heavy side.
EDIT: With a better barrel, accuracy becomes more acceptable, though it is still not a sniper by any means.
The A2 kit is just the icing on the cake; it rebalances the gun superbly and makes the remote hookup very unobtrusive.
My only complaint would be the mask/stock problem, but if you don't need to take aim and be a marksman, it isn't an issue.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 at 8:42 am PST