Tippman A5, Response Trigger, Ricochet R5 Hopper, OPSGEAR M107 Shroud, Total Freak Kit with 14'' All American Front, Walther Red Dot scope, Lapco Sight mount, and a CAR15 6 position stock. + Remote Line
Lots of Picatinny Rails
Oh, the looks?
Weight, considering size
Unlike predecessor. no 45 degree rail
Can be tricky to attach
Well, when I first got this in the mail, I opened it and was surprised at what I found. Mostly, because the package was really really light, and I didn't think that this was it.
Considering the massive amount of bulk this thing adds to the marker, it's so light!
The way it makes the marker look is just incredible. I don't have the Mag kit and it just looks like some kind of sci-fi assault rifle, it's crazy. People get very easily intimidated by it.
I've seen this with a few different stocks on (I only have one) and I must admit that the one I do have is actually the perfect stock. OPSGEAR picture it with the CAR15 stock, and it does fit and look far better than the SAW stock, the solid rifle stock and the longbow stock. You kind of, really need this stock for it in my opinion.
***Edit**** Since writing that, OPSGEAR have come out with a stock specifically for this shroud that bolts onto the back (I must admit, I had been wondering what those four holes at the back were for...). It looks awesome on paper and I may eventually get one, however for the time being the 6 Position CAR15 stock (mostly because it's adjustable) does the job and doesn't look bad in the process.
One of the best things about the shroud is that it does have a massive variety of rails to attach stuff to, including a 3 & 3/4 inch moveable rail that can be placed anywhere on the bottom, or on the four 45 degree sides of the shroud. Ideal for attaching flashlights, lasers, forgrips and bipods onto. My only complaint is that you only get one of them and I can't seem to find any others that attach in the same way (theres like a plate, that has sections that stick through the "vent holes" in the shroud).
Now for the downsides. Taking the shroud On and Off can be awkward as in order to do so, you have to undo 11 really tiny screws, one of the push pins (which is a REAL pain) and an extra long replacement upper receiver screw.
Without modification, this WILL NOT fit a response trigger. On mine, I had to get the dremmel out and shave off about a 5 or 6mm of the shroud above where the RT sticks out above the trigger, and went through about two drill bits in the process. It's built to last at least.
Secondly, (and I can't say whether this is just because of my RT which it probably is) getting the rear, upper receiver push pin to go back in is very difficult.
Also, probably the most annoying part is the Mag Well cover that goes underneath the cyclone. For some reason, getting that attached is really difficult as it puts a lot of pressure on the cyclone.
The only issue that I have so far not managed to resolve is that of my red dot sight.
Unless you have a TacCap (which i really don't like) a scope on the top rail is practically useless without the 45 degree rail. I have the Lapco Offset Sight rail which would work, if it could attach to Picatinny. At the moment, I should have an adapter for Picatinny to Dovetail on the way, but there's no guarantee that it'll fit.
You need at least 13 inch barrel for this to be usable realistically. My 14 inch AA fits in great.
Overall, this is a great product. Except for being arduous to attach (especially with the RT), and the lack of a rail to put my scope on, this is a great product.
Really gives a great feel to the A5 and killer looks.
Even though I found it hard to attach, I highly recommend this shroud. It still scares me sometimes.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, February 8th, 2008 at 12:45 pm PST