Lapco 12" Big Shot w/ Apex
Car 6 point Stock
Flatline Barrel or Apex
E-grip or Response Trigger
Great Milsim marker
Cyclone works pretty well
E-grip performs great
E-grip could use an easier mode selector for the Full Auto Mode
Recently found myself wanting to get back into Paintballing. When I had last played, I used a college buddy's A-5 that he simply didn't use. It was like having a nice free gun. Though when we parted ways, I found myself without a marker. 4 Years later, I find good teams and fields in my area here in Oklahoma. Being a woodsball/scenarioball player, I wanted a good milsim type marker. Having enjoyed the A-5 experience, reading reviews, and doing research on the vast varieties of makers out there...I settled with an X-7 Basic.
Out of the Box, I could tell that I would need to upgrade it before I took it out to a game. With the price tag of the Basic itself, I was starting to regret my decision. After rebuilding my gear bag to what it needed to be for scenario games on top of upgrading my X-7 with a Lapco 12" Bigshot w/ Apex, Car Stock, Red Dot, Remote line, and foregrip...it cost me well into the $1K price range.
Just as I started to doubt my investment, I went out and used it on the field. My time at the Chrono took longer than I thought it should as it was kind of a hassle to lower the velocity. When I had it set to the field 285fps minimum, I lowered the mask and headed out with my team. Ended up with 25+ kills in a 30 min scenario and many more in the hour to 2 hour scenarios. I was simply out ranging and out firing my competition with the Response setting (1 shot with trigger pull, 1 shot with trigger release; doubles your normal trigger speed). Never once overshot my opponents, but put enough paint down range to have them hiding for a long time.
My doubts were effectively erased after that game and it was reinforced after the next 3 games I attended. The only trouble I have with this marker is that you have to upgrade this gun out of the box to get a great experience. If I had shot with the stock barrel at the games, I would be on Craigslist getting 60% of my money back and become one of your local rentals shooting at you.
If you're in the market for a Milsim/Scenario marker, I recommend looking into buying one. However, you have to WANT to upgrade this thing. After upgrades, I spent $600 to get this gun to shoot the way I needed it to. Basically its a heavier, better looking A-5. I'd like to see what Tippmann has up their sleeves after the feedback they've gotten on the X-7.
I gave it an 8 because even though I really enjoy this marker, its quite heavy and forced me to spend me more than I was wanting to on a marker.