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tomreis48 Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
Tippmann 98c, Tippmann A5
Marker Setup: E-grip, straightline barrel,flatline, mp5 stock, remote line, front foregrip
straightline barrel/ anything other than tippman,
squishy paddles,
lightning rod cyclone piston rod,
alu upgrade ratchet in cyclone feed.
Polish inners
Strengths: Durable
Easy to maintain
Weaknesses: Upgrades stupidly expensive
Cyclone feed is a joke - upgrades are a must
Review: On first impressions the X7 is a good looking marker and dont get me wrong the cyclone feed system is an excellent idea. However my very first outing with this gun was riddled with problems... all pointing towards the cyclone feed system. Now, balling chopping in any marker is a pain in the neck at the best of times but when it happens every 10 balls you start to wonder if actually throwing the paint is a better way of getting people!

According to most x7 owners this is mainly down to either the paint or the shear violence of the cyclone motion against the paint. The only paint I could seem to fire sucessfully is the winter stuff but anything designed for warmer weather blends like a frog. The cyclone motion can be softened by buying squishy paddles which seems to cure the problem but then I faced the reliability issue! You then need to upgrade the piston and ratchet as when you try and fire more than 5bps the plastic standard parts turn into sponge (which typically I found out in the middle of a walkon). This makes things get expensive. My brother had a better day using a 98c

After all the chopping issues finally went away I then addressed the accuracy as the standard barrel couldnt shoot an elephant at 10 paces. After much deliberation I reluctantly upgraded the barrel to the new staighline system, which may i add blows the pants of the flatline. But that was another £130.

Maintainance is very easy and the push pins are a very practical way to swap bits round quickly on the day.

I can confirm this is probably one the most customizable markers around by my god you've got to be loaded in order to get it the way you want. All the tippmann bits I bought are made from this nasty feeling plastic and usually cost way way too much for what you get.

I have now sold my X7 as the cyclone feed finally got the better of me, I would have kept it if tippmann weren't so self righteous and allowed a nomal feed system to be fitted.

Conclusion: In my opinion if your rich and your only concern in paintball is looking cool on the field then this is the marker for you, however if you want a gun that fires balls instead of eating them get a marker without a cyclone feed.
4 out of 10

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