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Foodstamp Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
RAP4 A-5 Tri-Mount
Marker Setup: Marker: Tippmann A-5 Basic (stylized as an MP5 PDW)
Tippmann A-5 6 Inch Fluted SMG Barrel
Tippmann A-5 MP5 Gas Thru MAG
Tippmann A-5 Sliding Stock
Tippmann A-5 FlatTop Rail
Tippmann A-5 Tri-Mount
NcStar 1 x 25 Picatinny Red Dot Sight & 3/8” Dovetail Base
TacCap 50 Round Hopper
Spyder Remote Coil
Strengths: Simplistic in design
Low Profile
Inexpensive
Weaknesses: fit varies from one marker to another...
Set screws will scratch finish
Not always level
Review: At first I was very pleased with the FlatTop Rail by Tippmann. It solved a problem caused by my Rap4 A-5 Tri-Mount. The Tri-Mount was designed to fit onto a weaver rail which meant it wasn't even compatible with an A-5 regardless of the fact that A-5 was in it's name.

So I bought a FlatTop rail to connect the Rap4 A-5 Tri-Mount to my marker. The low profile design made this the perfect choice! The only drawback I noticed at first was that my Tri-Mount and scope had a slight tilt. This was caused by the FlatTop. You need to make sure it's level when tightened. This is a minor concern.

The first time I took my marker out with this setup, my scope and rails seemed nice and tight and they were. At some point thoughout the day, the set screws must have loosened a little which caused some wobble to occur. I didn't concern myself with this too much as I was under the impression that the FlatTop could not come off unless slid off towards the barrel which requires the removal of the cyclone feed and front sight. I was wrong. I was approached by someone from behind who informed my that my scope fell off! I wasn't even aware. I could have lost $200 worth of equipment.

Upon later examination, I found that the if the FlatTop is slid into certain positions on my marker and pulled on at just the right angle, it comes off with ease. In other positions it is stable. This incompatibility might have more to do with the shape and size of my markers own rail system rather than that of most A-5's as I have not heard of this problem before.
Conclusion: I recommend the product in general, but if you don't get a tight fit, make sure that there isn't too much play between the FlatTop and your marker and be sure to look for positions where it can come right off.

7 out of 10. If I didn't have to worry about it falling off, it would have given a 10 out of 10.

For $15 you have no reason not to try one out and see if the fit is good with your A-5. I hope yours fits better.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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