Tippmann A-5 with Response Trigger
Palmer 12 inch Brass Barrel
Lapco Snapshot Barrel .687
Pure Energy 68cu 4500 psi HPA
TechT Vortex Mod
JCS Redhot Powertube/ Hexadecagonal bolt
Probably a nice barrel kit, the ULE Trigger Pull kit from Airgun Designs, and a decent hopper.
Durable, accurate, unique, reliable, fast, no batteries, no board problems, simple to take apart, light.
None... Honestly. If I think of one, I'll let you guys know.
Just a warning, this is gonna be a bit long-winded.
So, right now I have a nice, new Tac-1 automag next to me. Got it in the mail yesterday after hearing so much about them for a while. A friend let me play with his Automag for a whole day at EMR's Apocalypse Now, and that convinced me that this was to be my next gun, and very probably my last gun.
My first gun is a Tippmann A-5, and it was great, it shot pretty well, it was really durable and I never had to worry about it. Sometime, I may need to pick it back up and use it, but after shooting my Tac-1 with air and paint, I know that it'll definitely take second place by far.
The Tac-1 is just one configuration of the Automag, for those of you that don't know, it's just one of the bodies (others include the Classic and the ULE) and this one includes rails for mounting various things. Along with it I got a ULE Trigger Pull kit, Jason said I didn't need it, but others suggested I get it, so I got it along with the gun. After testing the stock trigger and the ULT, there is a very distinct difference. The stock trigger is perfectly fine, and I bet with a bit of practice I could really shoot fast. The one thing I was worried about the ULT would be that it would feel like an electric gun's trigger, cause I really can't use those, they just feel too weak. I shouldn't have worried. The built-in response trigger (the trigger is pushed back into place by air rather than a spring) ensures that the feel of the trigger is really crisp, even though you can work it at really fast speeds.
The gun itself is made extremely well, everything is high grade aluminum, and the internals are extremely easy to take out. It's honestly one pin and the whole firing mechanism slides out, ready for you to take apart as you need to (which is rarely, according to tons of mag owners.)
I ordered the air hose kit, which came installed, including steel-braided hose and all the fittings, and an ASA. The one thing that I was pleasantly surprised about was the black shrink-wrapping that many people normally have to add themselves after they have bought the hose. The fittings are all sealed with red Loktite so they won't be moving for a very long while.
With paint and without, the gun was intensely fast, and shortstroking wasn't a problem at all. I tested the Level 10 anti-chop bolt with a squeegee, and that needed no tuning at all, re-setting itself perfectly after each simulated shot obstruction.
I haven't had a chance to test the accuracy yet, but from 10 feet (I know, I know) it was ball on ball, but so is any gun. After shooting other mags though, I'm sure this will have the near legendary accuracy of an Automag, and I'm really excited to playing with this in the upcoming games.
Durability of a Tippmann, accuracy of an Autocock-... well, an Automag, and good looks of an.... oh... I dunno :D
Anyways, it's a great gun, and the best part... I don't have to worry about batteries!
E-Jam Red Raiders Scenario Team
Well, I just got back from the West Point Fall Scenario, in which the weather was all over the map. Raining until afternoon on Saturday, humid the rest, nearly freezing at night and hot on Sunday. If that doesn't translate to bad paint I don't know what does, but nevertheless, this gun's accuracy was just as good if not better than a friend's highly upgraded NXT Shocker. Totally phenomenal. I would shoot off a burst of four or five shots at a target 70-100 feet away, and a hand would go up. It was unbelievable. I know the terms "shooting ropes" and all that, and although nothing's gonna be ball on ball at scenario field ranges, I would point it at a target, shoot off a stream of paint (very quickly sometimes) and although many times they didn't go right out on the first burst, I was able to eliminate TONS more than I usually do. I would get counts of anywhere from 5 to 10 guys before I got eliminated, (I can't count the final battle, cause I had a great spot with my team captain off to the far side of the field, and the enemy (NATO, blue team) had no idea we were there. My captain would just say "There's a guy on my side, get over here and shoot him", and it was basically that easy.)
Whatever it is about this gun, whatever people might say, my performance shot up, so I think this is the right gun for me. There was no "break in" period where I had to get used to the gun, it honestly just felt "right" in my hands.
Over the chrono I got a bit of fluctuation +-5 or so, maybe a bit more, but then again, this was only the first two cases through it, I don't know how long it takes the regulator to "set," and it was weird weather... and I don't have the gun fully tuned at all, it's basically on factory settings.
Update: Feb. 13 2008 - I've used it tons of times now. This gun is still amazing. Just this weekend I played at a scenario at Strategy Plus in Connecticut. It started snowing at about 12, and the barrel got slammed into the snow 3 times. No worries. Squeegeed it out and I kept shooting. The gun was covered in melted snow, but the performance was not affected at all. Another teammate has bought a Tac-1 now, and four more have said that they will get one as soon as they can. I'm fairly certain I can say that this is the best mechanical woodsball/scenario marker you can get.
Quite possibly the best gun there is. Little known, but a great, great gun.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 at 7:31 pm PST