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Let_us_Prey Friday, December 14th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Marker Setup: Tippman X7 - flatline barrel; E-trigger; JCS red hot power tube; tech T paintball Vortex mod & QEPH; Rifle sling

Dye DM7; 92CC Dye HPC bottle; 18" DYE barrel; Viewloader VLocity Paintball Loader; VLocity Trap door

Tiberius TAC-8 pistol w/ 3 magazines; Leg holster for TAC-8 & Leg holster for xtra magazines
Flatline or Apex barrel
cyclone feed internals
cyclone piston mod
Strengths: Easy to clean
Weaknesses: $$$
Cyclone internals
chops some mfg's paint
Review: My son talked me into a day @ the paintball park on a March Saturday this year. Sunday I visited my local paintball shop, Rocken Paintball in San Marcos CA, and bought an A-5 for Jr. & an X-7 for me. No more rental gear! 6 days later I was bangin' away w/ the X-7 against all comers until I ran into a guy that was outdistancing me by ~ 75 feet. After being turned a lovely shade of blue in about 45 seconds I asked & found out he had a mod called a "Flatline barrel". That day coming home from the field, stop @ the store for a pair of flatline barrels. I played this way until half way thru a battle until the ~ 25000th pull of the trigger shaved off a lobe on the advance cam in the cyclone feeder. Luckily this happened @ the end of the day because the X-7 was as useful as a brick in that state. To fix this I bought & installed some cyclone internals online and this is important because anyone w/ an E-trigger X-7 WILL sooner than later break the plastic cyclone feed internals. To my chagrin I had not oiled the cyclone feed internals during my marker cleanings which may have contributed to their short lifetime. .

This marker is unbelievably easy to disassemble, clean, oil and reassemble, which I do after every 5000 - 6000 rounds shot. I oil the feed mechanism now as well. So far this year I have purchased 92000 rounds so the Tippman’s in my house get used quite often. I haven't found much in my regular cleanings so I may be able to reduce them to every 10000 rounds in the future. I can definitely say the X-7 is easier to disassemble than the A-5, mostly due to fewer parts.

I’m not one for adding mods strictly for cosmetic purposes, but if I were I’d be happy to own the X-7 cuz there are so many mods to choose from. After adding the JCS hot tube the velocity differential on successive shots dropped significantly. Since I bought a chrono for home use I could take data. For example,
Chrono of stock setup to ~280 fps – 272, 291, 288, 282, 291, 277, 280
Chrono w/ mods setup to ~280 fps – 282, 285, 280, 279, 280, 285, 281
A much tighter grouping after dropping in the parts listed above.
Conclusion: I love this thing and I can't imagine someone disliking the ownership experience. I have a complete DYE Speedball setup for competition, but I prefer the X-7 on the weekends. Nothing else says HOWDY! quite like 15+ rounds /sec while holding down the trigger. I gave it a 9 because they should have seen the plastic component failures during pre-production testing and corrected them
9 out of 10

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