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mapexman115 Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann Model 98
Tippmann 98 Custom (also with, RT, Cyclone Feed, Flatline, and Q-Loader)
Tippmann A-5 (same as 98C, sans Q-Loader)
Marker Setup: Tippmann X-7
- Response Trigger
- Flatline Barrel
- UTG Quick-Aim Red Dot sight
- Commando Air-Thru Stock
- PMI 72/3000 HPA tank with Remote Coil
- Offset feed neck adapter for X-7 hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
The set-up I've got works pretty well for me.
Sound suppression of some sort is a must for anyone wanting to play stealth with an X-7.
Strengths: Accurate
Reliable
Versatile
Doesn't Chop Paint - ever.
Intimidating
Customizable ergonomics
Weaknesses: Can be bulky, depending on setup
Hopper interferes with left-handed sightlines
Review: I've only gotten into paintball seriously this year, but I've already tried out over 10 different marker models, and I like this one the best.

At first, the cost of the X-7 was a concern, but as I looked around at what other players were using and how much some of them were dropping on their speedball rigs, and doing some online research, I went ahead and took the plunge. (got the X-7 basic for $265 new, free shipping - best deal I've ever had on there)

I never bothered to fire the marker in its stock configuration. Given that the stock barrel was the same as the A-5's, I didn't see any reason to repeat that particular experience. The first upgrade I bought was the Flatline Barrel and a CARR 4-position stock, followed by the feed neck (this was so I could see to aim the bloody thing. Side Note: If anyone knows where I can find a mounting system to attach the Q-Loader to the X-7 without having to alter the receiver, let me know.) I've out-shot everyone on accuracy who's challenged me so far.

Installing the Response Trigger was a learning experience. i.e. I learned that I didn't know how to modify a paintball gun, so I had a pro-shop fix what I had messed up. Since then, the RT has performed flawlessly. Figuring out the sweet spot on a response trigger was harder than I thought it'd be, but I've got it down now. I've found that it works best as a 2-3 round burst.

I like the stock magazine for its toolkit, but I wish the shorter magazines also shared this feature. The stock mag can get in the way in the woods if you're not careful.

The Air-Thru stock is a life-saver. The X-7 was designed with this upgrade in mind, which means that, unlike the A-5, the gas lines are internal throughout the gun as well as the stock. This is one of my favorite features on the X-7.
Conclusion: Buy it. You won't regret it. Try out a few configurations and figure out what works best for you. Figure out your individual ergonomics first, then worry about the aesthetic qualities of the marker. The X-7 has plenty of shrouds and different potential functions, pick one. (or pick several. Use your imagination, because now you can!)
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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