Comes with two mags
Grip fits hand a little better than other pistols
Hard to take C02 out
One of my buddies bought this pistol as soon as they came out. At first glance they look very nice. I like the look and the weight of the pistol. I am usually more of a fan of metal paintball markers, but for a side arms I don't mind. The TPX is as accurate as any other pistol I have used. These are made for close-range shooting, so as long as you shoot up close you'll hit whatever you aim at. This comes with two mags which is awesome, however, they aren't metal so you need to be careful with them while playing. If you drop one on the ground make sure you don't accidentally step on it, they look like they might break easy. I watched a review on you tube about these guns and I heard that the mags don't release balls if you remove the mag with paint still in the mag. If you don't shoot any paintballs the mag comes out with paint intact, but say if you shoot a couple of rounds and then you want to take the mag out, be prepared for a couple of balls to drop out. Having the C02 in the front of the gun does make the grip more comfortable, I like this, but it is a pain to take the C02 out of the gun. You have to shoot ALL the C02 out before you can easily replace a new cartridge. Sometimes my buddy had to shoot the pistol until there was no more pressure left, then wait for 5 seconds, and shoot again because there's still pressure inside the pistol building up inside. It's time consuming, especially while playing in a game or during a battle. If you are a player that plays with C02's a lot with your markers, you know that it's wise to replace the C02 after 25 shots or so because anything after that the FPS will begin to drop. So if you try to replace the C02 on this pistol early be prepared to fight with it. If you break a ball inside be prepared strip the gun apart to clean it out all the way. The barrel doesn't take very long to clean (unscrew the barrel), but if you are like me and take great care of your gear and clean everything inside and out, you'll be cleaning for awhile.
Cool pistol. It has it's pluses and minuses. If you were to compare all the pistols and choose which one is the best, it all depends on the user. All of the older pistols work fine, but they aren't mag fed. The TPX and Tac 8 are the best overall, but they both have issues. Do your research and find out which issues you don't mind on both pistols. I give this rating an 8 mostly because of the C02 replacement issues. All of the other issues to this pistol would give it a 9, but the C02 issue tops it off. Perhaps all of your TPX's have no issues with replacing the C02's, good for you, but for me being a player that uses C02's all the time with my pump it's a big deal.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 9:20 am PST
Ok here is where things might get controversial. Before I go on, let me state that I am well aware of the dangers of injury from CO2. I have had frostbite injury to my fingers, temporarily causing them to go numb and blister and ended up in the Emergency Room from it. (it was not a paintball related injury) So I do not take this situation lightly.
Having said that... I do not feel that there is an unreasonable danger associated with depressurizing a 12 gram with residual pressure left it it. How do I define residual pressure? A 12 gram that does not have enough pressure to fire a paintball but still discharges gas when removed. After firing 3 clips, 24 paintballs, in the TPX... the 12 gram needs to be changed, otherwise you get 2 more shots if you are lucky.
I am aware the manual states a punctured 12 gram must be fully discharged before it is removed. I believe that is simply their legal department being overly cautious and covering their rear. Unless someone can point out a risk of damaging the TPX from doing that?
There obviously is a danger if someone attempts to remove a fully pressurized 12 gram. Exposure to liquid CO2 and gas, as well as the flying projectile risk...
Would I remove a fully charged and punctured 12 gram from the chamber? Not a chance. I would discharge the TPX in the proper manner outlined in the owners manual. If I do not know how much of a charge is left in it? Would I remove it from the chamber? Not a chance. I would discharge the TPX in the proper manner outlined in the owners manual. But if I am in play, and I know I have fired three clips, and the charge was really low... would I pop the chamber cap to change the 12 gram? Sure. But with gloves on!!
The TPX has a two stage cap for safety. First turn will depressurize the 12gram, 2nd turn allows the cap to be removed. This is done to prevent the cap from blowing off accidentally.
But I'll take it a step further. Why not simply discharge the remaining CO2 after you have spent your 3rd clip? It can't be more than 3 or 4 trigger pulls. That isn't much of a hassle.
Regardless, I disagree with you, on the issue of if the 12 gram changing being a major drawback.
Last edited on Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 6:02 pm PST
Thanks TerribleTom for your in depth comment. Like I said in my review it comes down to preference. I am someone that likes to reload my C02 fast and quick, even if I have only shot 20 times... its how I like to play and has saved my ace several times in battle. As for the TPX shooting the remaining C02 after the 3rd clip, yea 3 or 4 trigger pulls isn't too bad, but I had to wait 5 seconds for the C02 to build up, then shoot a couple of times... wait another 5 seconds, and then shoot a few more times for it to empty. It just took too long for me, and in a real fighting situation, which I am sure you are aware of, taking 20+ seconds to reload while fighting someone just around the corner is suicide, especially when they hear you shooting blanks or changing a C02.