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PB_Slayer Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Tippman 98 Custom
Marker Setup: A-5:
Red Dot Scope
CAR Stock
Response Trigger
14" Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
68 cc 4500 PSI Nitro tank
Remote Hose Line
Better Barrel
Respone Trigger
E-Grip (Not legal at all fields)
Strengths: Cyclone Feed
Very Accurate
Very Reliable
Easy to field strip
Easy to upgrade
Rarely chops
Weaknesses: Considered loud
Response Trigger uses lots of air
Review: *** Paint ***
Many types of paint work well with the A-5. The paint I use the most is PMI Stingers. What I don't recommend using is the Hurricane paint. I could not get 1 shot off without that paint breaking in the barrel. At least that was my experience with it. 8/10

*** Accuracy ***
The accuracy on this gun is amazing. You look at some speed ball guns and some of them shoot all over the place. I wonder how they can even hit people. The A-5 shoots practically dead on every shot (with an upgraded barrel). 10/10

*** Looks **
The gun looks pretty decent too. It's based off the Heckler & Koch MP5K. It is easily upgradeable, and you can virtually make it look like anything you want. And nothing really "clashes" with it either. Any combination of upgrades will look cool. 10/10

*** Feel ***
For me, the gun is pretty comfortable to hold. The only thing that may get in your way is the hopper. Certain mods can easily change that though. Other than that, awesome. 9/10

*** Speed ***
Of course, depending on what trigger you have, the A-5 outputs a different FPS. According to Tippmann, the RT puts out about 15 BPS, while the E-Grip can go up to 17 BPS. The problem with the RT is that you have to hit the "sweet spot" on the trigger. That means squeezing it just the right amount in order to get the piston moving as designed. Even then, it stops after about 5-6 shots, and you have to find that sweet spot again. 8/10

*** Durability ***
If you are looking for a gun that can be dropped from the Empire State building, you found the right gun. I can't count the amount of times I have dropped internal parts, and it still works 100%. Everything on this gun is very forgiving. It will last you a lifetime. 10/10

*** Price ***
Most places I see, you can get this gun at a base stock price of about $200. With RT it's about $250, and with the E-Grip, it's about $300. Not bad, eh? 10/10
Conclusion: Final recommendation? Well, if you are looking for your first gun. This is the way to go. That last thing you want is a gun that will shatter into pieces when you drop it. And, no matter what anyone tells you, A-5s can be used for speed ball. They may not be ideal, but they can do it. Heck, there is a speed ball team that uses all Tippmanns. Final rating? 9.3/10, but rounded to 9/10.
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 at 6:13 pm PST

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