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patriot12 Friday, February 26th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested5 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
tippmann 98 custom and a-5
Marker Setup: tippmann x7 phenom straightline barrel

Recommended
Upgrades:
stock I'm thinking about getting the g36 folding stock
Strengths: Fast
Loud (read review)
Easy to program
Switch from electric to mechanical
5 modes
Weaknesses: Kick ( review)
Loud
Broke paint (review)
Fast
Price is expensive for a Tippmann
Review: First Opening the Box: (not really important just my experience when i opened the box.)

I bought a x7 phenom on Ebay last Saturday and it was suppose to come in yesterday but something happened in the delivery and it was delayed a day. When i first took it out of the box i noticed it was about the same size as the a-5 and a little heavier. i started to put it together, opened up the mag to see how it would store tools etc. i got to the shroud and it was difficult to slide on. once i got it on i had problems getting the push pins to go in so i had to hammer them in with the back of my screw driver. i got it on and tried to put my straightline, it was the one i used on my a-5 so i wanted to see if it fit, and it would not go in the shroud so i had to take apart the shroud and take out this ring sized for the stock barrel. once i took that out the sizers still wouldn't go in so i had to take off the fore grip and put the sizers on before i put the barrel on. after that i took apart the gun to see how easy it was to get the fire system out which was easy enough but not so easy that i could do it without tools ( the push pins are tight). i put it back together and decided i was ready to shoot the gun. so i took it out hook up the co2 and started shooting.

Actual Shooting:

I started shooting and forgot that i didn't put paint in the hopper. so i put some cheap paint in and started shooting. when i started shooting about every 1 in 5 paintballs would break and there was a lot of wild paint balls. well i start to think why this is happening and then i remembered Cheap paint + small sizer on the barrel = broken paint. so i went in took off the shroud changed the sizer and went back out. i started shooting again and less paint was breaking but still some was ( probably still the sizer but who knows). I tested out the different firing modes and ran out of paint and co2 right as i was starting to test the turbo mode. one thing i did notice was the gun seemed usually loud and had more kick than my a-5 but i think i may have been shooting hot and on my a-5 i use a stock so that is probably why.
Conclusion: I think it is a great product and a big step for tippmann to finally make a electric/pneumatic gun and i like __ things about it:
1. Already has an e trigger
2. Shoots fast coming from someone who has never used an auto
3. Easy to program and maintain
4. still upgradable and has the same threads as my straightline
i am giving it a nine because of the price and no gun is every perfect but this is close
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Hoochie Sunday, April 18th, 2010 | 7:55 pm PST
Your issue with chopping balls comes from using CO2. On semi auto it isnt a problem, but when you fire at a high rate, it seems like the cyclone cant keep up or something. When i first got my i was firing some highgrade paint but using CO2 and it chopped liked crazy. As soon as I took off the CO2 and threw on an HPA no problems. With HPA at the last event i played i fired 1500+ without any breaks.
   

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