Tippmann Triumph XL
A bunch of cheap guns (less than $50)
-Various Milsim Upgrades
-18" Sniper Barrel
I got this gun and I thought it was pretty cool, until things started breaking. First, it was the cyclone ratchet in just over a month, then it was a push pin in about 3 months, after that a rail broke off of the front shroud, next the hopper fell right off the gun when i was shooting, then the ball latch went bad, and now the internals are going bad.
I realize that I probably got a bad gun or something but even still, the performance on the A-5 is as good if not better for a lot less money. There is also a very small upside to the x-7 over the A-5 as well. In my opinion, the X-7 is Tippmanns worst gun other than the Triumph line because it has the same internals as the A-5 at a lot more price and you can make the A-5 look like the X-7 if you want to anyway. If you are like me and you want to upgrade it anyway, why not start from scratch because if you like a mod that would require you to change out the stock x-7 mods then you took an x7, made it into an A5 then upgraded that. The X-7 is more convinent than the 98 but you can't beat the 98 when it comes to reliability. The slight difference in weight, cyclone speed and upgradability for me does not outweigh the price jump and I saw no difference in shooting performance between the stock A-5 and the stock x-7.
The one thing I do like, however, is the hopper on the x-7. It may not be the easiest to load but it is out of the way when using a sight of some sort. I also like how easy you can take it apart in comparison to previous models.
The main difference that I saw with this gun performance-wise was the fact that this gun chops paint far more frequently. The x-7 REQUIRES high quality balls and a chronograph. With older models you could shoot as hard as you wanted and they would be fine but the x-7 chops at high velocity. Also, some people like the cyclone, some don't but I really don't think it matters what kind of loader you have unless you shoot very fast or have trouble with your hopper jamming or something.
Please don't compare this to an Ion or any other "speedball" gun because they are different guns, used by different players, in different environments, with different objectives, and so on. . .
In my opinion you should get an A-5 because they are cheaper. The x-7 is essentially the same gun that just came partially upgraded for you. Also, don't be fooled by Tippmann saying it is the most customizable gun ever. This only pertains to parts that Tippmann made. There are thousands of A5 parts from other companies.
I am rating this based on it's comparison to other TIPPMANN guns, not Ions or my personal struggles with this gun. I give this gun a
10 - cleaning
5 - overall performance in comparison to other Tippmanns
2 - overall price of gun and upgrades
3 - overall simplicity of use
Simply put, after using of many different types of guns, I wouldn't say the X-7 was my favorite.
4 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 2:26 am PST