Tippmann A-5: E-grip, low pressure kit, three-way adjustable trigger, Fatty Stabilizer, drop forward, Smart parts teardrop barrel.
E-grip, adjustable trigger, good 14" barrel.
Reliable as the sun. Simple to maintain. Makes me happy.
Air hog and a bit heavy. Isn't anodized, not sure about newer ones
This is my second marker(first was a Maverick) and I've had it for nearly 7 years. I started with a response and slowly upgraded via Christmases and birthdays. I remember tuning my response trigger so it would almost fire on pure recoil. First adding the flatline barrel the balls did go an extra 30 feet or so. Then along came the E-grip with the turbo function. Got a massive 88 CU tank that solved the air problem. 1 tank= a case of paint. got the low pressure kit.
I've only had one problem with the gun and it was covered under warranty. the power tube broke after 5 days of use. Tippmann had a local shop at the time and fixed it and replaced the gaskets for free. It also had a recall for the feeder mechanism, so that was replaced too. No problems ever since.
Performance of it is moderate the weight counters the recoil and it shoots fast enough for me with the e-grip and adjustable double trigger. I only remember chopping three balls ever and once the feeder jammed when it attempted to load 2 balls in the same chamber. So I believe its cyclone feeder is very reliable and worth the extra air consumption. (On a side note the 3rd chopped ball happened last wekend on the very last ball I had).
I stopped playing a little over a year for various reasons, but recently got back into it again. After cleaning my gun, lubing, and a new battery it fired right up. I had a successful day at a nearby park eliminating more people than had eliminated me. The air problem emerged its self again when I had to rent a tank cause mine was expired, but to be fair the parks tank station would only go a little over 2000 psi.
I recently noticed that all my tippmann parts are different than the current A-5 parts. I have a quick release barrel thread, my cyclone feeder is not clear, the butt plate is different, and my e-grip does not have an on/off button or external controls.
Only thing I find wrong with the gun is that it was painted and not anodized, now the paint has flecked off in a few places.
This is lightyears ahead of my long gone maverick and still seems to hold its own even though it should be massively outdated. #030544 is still working and needs a cosmetic paint touch up.