Pistol: TPX pistol, 5 mags, remote line adapter(not on yet), tippmann sniper barrel
Rifle: Tippmann a5, Full freak kit with All American Apex tip, car stock, 3-point-sling, ricochet hopper, a few homemade mods, remote line, Lapco 45 degree offset sight rail with a dye izon sight, green laser attachment, and a HPA tank
Definitely a barrel, the [OLD] tippmann sniper barrels work amazing, haven't tried the new model yet.
A few extra mags too so you don't have to reload them during a game.
Must use marbalizer or equivalent paint (read below)
Easy to Hold
3 Solid Magazines before shots start to drop
inaccurate stock barrel
NEED to use hard shell paint
Okay, so I'm gonna try to talk about a lot of issues everyone else seems to have and how to correct them but first a general review.
**Durability 10 out of 10
As with all Tippmann products you can expect the TPX to be just as durable as any of the other markers. The frame is plastic, but I trust that Tippmann used a very durable type.
The magazine aren't as strong a material as the pistol itself but at the same time, those are generally in the gun or in a pouch so I don't see any need to make those out of titanium. Plus they are very inexpensive and if it breaks tippmann is good about replacing parts free of charge. For the games I've used it for which have incorporated a lot of diving and rolling the TPX holds up great.
**Functionality 9 out of 10
The quick turn cap for the c02 is amazing, it is very easy to replace the cartridge when you need to. And the spring loaded magazine eject is amazing. The magazines literally shoots out from the bottom making it very easy to quickly change out mags. Loading the mags is fairly easy. However, you have to make sure that the balls sit offset left then right the entire way up the magazine and the ball at the bottom needs to be at the lowest point in the magazine. If you don't load them properly you may have the balls jam in the magazine causing breaks in the chamber and on the mag itself. I give functionality a 9 out of 10 just because you have to be conscious of how the balls load into the mags.
**Style 10 out of 10
Just look at a picture of the pistol. Enough said.
**Skill building 10 out of 10
This pistol really forces you to work on being a better and more aggressive player. Since you don't have many rounds per mag, you will have to make more runs on people hiding behind cover to get them out and you will have to learn how to conserve your rounds and take only the shots that count. Plus it makes you feel like a hero when you come around a bunker and get all three guys hiding behind it with your pistol.
**Rate of fire: 10 out of 10
As fast as you can pull the trigger (with good paint, [read below])
**Accuracy: 7 out of 10.
You can't expect much from a 6 inch barrel. So for 6 inches I guess its good. I HIGHLY recommend getting an upgraded barrel. However, I have a gut feeling against the tpx hammerhead simply because it is still a very short barrel. I believe you need at least 8 to 12 inches of barrel to get maximum range, but I'm not positive. If you happen to know the exact lengths leave a comment of the length needed. I haven't used the hammerhead though, just a personal thing. And I do understand that it is a pistol, not meant for long ranges, but I've played over 15 games with the pistol and have needed the extra range that I couldn't get with the stock barrel more often than I thought I would.
**Cleaning: 4 out of 10.
Best bet would probably be to stick a squeegee through the grip and pull it out the barrel to make sure nothing gets in the grip, or worse, on the rest of the internals. I'd highly recommend taking it apart if you have a break in the chamber and cleaning it after the game even if you have to sit one out to do it. The reason for this is so that you don't accidentally get some paint on the next magazine. This will cause the balls not to load fully into the chamber then get chopped making your problems worse. If it just breaks in the barrel though, just take it off, clean it, put it back on and you are good to go.
**Upgradeability: Hoping for 10 out of 10
I'm sure Tippmann has a few things coming that are gonna be pretty awesome, hopefully a rifle conversion like the T9.
Fact or Fiction?
*The TPX breaks almost every ball it fires*
-BOTH Fact and Fiction.
It all comes down to paint. One of the cons of this pistol is that you MUST and I repeat MUST use paint with a hard shell in order for the magazines to load the gun properly. Which is evident because almost every negative review you see has to do with balls breaking and jamming. I used to think the same way till I tried a different type of paint. In my experience the best paint was Marbalizer. It has a hard shell and its a smaller ball so it fits better in the magazine with minimal pressure on the other balls. If you want to know WHY you need a harder shell, read on, if not, skip to the next paragraph.
So the purpose to the hard shell is this, when you put the 8 balls in the magazine they press up close against each other and can put dimples on the paintballs. If the balls "dimple" too much, it may cause them to not feed all the way into the chamber before firing. This will cause the bolt to hit just the top half of the ball causing a break. You'll know that this happened if you take out your magazine after a break and there is paint and shell covering the top of the magazine.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is temperature. You MUST keep your spare magazines in a place where they will not heat up too much, and that includes the time between games when you have your equipment sitting on the table. Make sure the extra mags are in the shade. The reason for this is that as the paintballs heat up they become sticky and more malleable (they squish into different shapes easier) So, when the magazine spring engages you don't just get dimples, you get very warped, sticky paintballs. This will stop the ball from loading fully into the chamber and you'll get paint all over the magazine just like before. If for some reason you're still not sure why this happens or what I mean, the next hot day take a few paintballs and put them out in the sun for a few minutes. Then press them together and watch how they stick together. Now imagine that happening inside your magazine; There is no way those balls are going to feed into the chamber sticking like that.
My advice, spend the extra cash and get the marbalizers. If you are using them in just your pistol, 500 rounds will last a long time.
*There are defective internals. ie: the oring on the bolt keeps breaking, the co2 doesnt always puncture, various orings are breaking*
It's true, SOMETIMES there are defective parts inside the TPX. However, just call Tppmann and tell them what your problem is, they will send you whatever part needs to be replaced for no charge. I know this first hand. After about 7 years my a-5 finally needed a new linkage arm. I called tippmann and they sent one free of charge. I did the same with a TPX magazine and a few o-rings for the TPX. They are very hospitable at Tippmann and stand behind their products 100% Treat them well on the phone and they'll treat you better.
On some specifics now, the first thing is be honest with yourself. Is there a possibility that you might be putting something in wrong, did you change anything or scrape anything on accident? Even if you did, Tippmann will help you out.
As for the co2 not puncturing, I've experienced this a few times and realized that the reason was because the tank was being punctured off to the side for some reason. To fix this either, try pulling the trigger very hard once (if you can), or take the co2 out and rotate it about 90 degrees, reinsert and try again, or lastly, there is a mod you can do by simply placing a piece of tinfoil or some other material behind the piece that engages the co2. For more detailed instruction on that just google it and you are bound to find it.
I personally haven't experienced the bolt breaking the o-ring, but just make sure that when you put the pistol back together that the oring sits in the pocket made for it on the back of the silver piece where the balls load into. If that doesn't work, call the friendly people at Tippmann and they'll definitely help you out.
Lastly, I want to start a running tally of paint that works great in the TPX so just add a comment when you find one that works great for your TPX and we'll just keep it going.
-Get a better and longer barrel
-MUST have Marbalizer or equivalently hard shelled paint
-Keep your spare magazines somewhere cool. NOT in your front or back pockets or anything that will keep the magazine close to your own body heat. At least try a cargo pocket if you must. Once those paintballs get too warm you wont be able to use the magazine. Period. I keep mine in a mod I made in my pod pack. So I just wear that with no pods, just the magazines.
-When loading the magazines, make sure that the bottom ball sits as far to the bottom as possible, then each ball after needs to be offset from the previous. So left, right, left, right all the way up or vice versa depending on how you are holding the mag.
If you want the challenge of using a pistol as your main, or want a fun sidearm and have the cash, this pistol is great. I've had a ton of fun with it, especially with the upgraded barrel. My recommendation is get this pistol and a better barrel to go with it, preferably a longer barrel (longer than 8 inches) and MAKE SURE you get marbalizer or equivalent paintballs to use or you won't be happy. I give the TPX a 9 out of 10 because an upgraded barrel and marbalizer or equivalent paint are a must. Other than that, I love using this pistol.
And one more thing, if you disagree with something in this review, don't dispute it, just leave a comment on what needs to be fixed and I'll fix it. Thanks and I hope this helped you guys. If anyone wants me to add anything just comment and I'll do my best.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm PST
absolutely outstanding review. As a possible TPX buyer, I feel well informed about what I might be getting myself into. Hopefully they'll have sorted out the puncturing issue by the time I by one, but we'll see I guess.
Do you know of any similar paint that works, but at a slightly lower price? (I'm currently in college, and though yes, that 2000 round case of marbs will probably work beautifully, if US Army elites would work just as well, I'd rather shell out fifty for those instead).
Ah yes, I totally understand the college deal. I'm right there with ya. I think the US Army paintballs will work great too. I'm pretty sure that's what one of the people at Tippmann told me. I also tried a bag of xball "championship winning paintballs" those worked pretty well too. The key thing is making sure you offset them in the mag (re-read the review) and making sure the balls don't heat up too much.
I'd say get a bag of 500 and try em out for a few days worth of playing. Worst case is you waste 15ish bucks and you have to use the rounds in your rifle instead of your pistol. Best case is that you save a ton of money haha. If you try it, shoot a comment back up here and let me know. And if you have any specific questions about the pistol, leave a comment for that too and I'll see if I can answer it for you.
Last edited on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 6:24 am PST
I had All the problems I could have, so i sent in my tpx, and 2 weeks later i got it back. kinda long, but whatever. They upgraded the co2 cap, yes. It now has an adjustable little screw that can be adjusted to put different pressure on the 12 gram. You use an allen key to take out the guide that holds it in, and then you can adjust the screw, you should check that out.
Wow that's awesome! I've gotta call up Tippmann and see if i can get my hands on that. that will definitely help a ton. Thanks for the info Pete. And what paint works best in your TPX? I'm trying to get a list of good paint going.
I tried out a few different paint types with my TPX. For the budget conscious out there, RPS Stingers and US Army Elites work pretty darn well with the TPX. Both are well formed, accurate and hard shelled paintballs.
well i had my tpx for about 6months now and i enjoyed everything about it until it started to have whats called a recharge problem and looking on line it said it was either the firing pin was bent or a sticking main valve, so when i looked into it, it was the main valve sticking so i took it apart, cleaned, oiled the orings and put it back together.. well it helped some but then went back to locking up and i was worse using a remote with hpa.. i then took it to my local authorized tippmann repair center and after three weeks i got it back and was told that tippmann didnt intend the marker to be used frequently and would not replace the valve assembly. i run a milsig with air in stock with 9 mags so i need a dependable side arm and having it lock up in general use is very disapointing.. my opinon on paint is you get what you pay for, i use redemptons and since the marker shoots very straight stock and you only have 7 rounds per mag, quality beats quanity all day....
Last edited on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 7:08 pm PST