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jkoselka Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 Custom: Lapco Bigshot, 68/3000 HPA, pretty much stock
Tippmann A-5: CP 12", 68/3000
Bob Long Intimidator V1
Automag Classic
Marker Setup: A-5/ B5, J&J 14" ceramic barrel, X-7 low rise hopper, ergo foregrip, TechT squishy paddles, 68/30 HPA....more to come
Strengths: Rock Solid modification
Not the same old MP5 or M16 look alike
Light and small
Weaknesses: Availablity and price
Review: ****This product is completely avaiable for sale from ICP still, if you want it support them and go to their site and order one.****

Ok for starters I am an adult so this reveiw is for any other oversized kids that play paintball and are looking to either get a mod for their A-5 or want to buy something that looks awesome and won't blend in with all the other M16, MP5, M4, or other milsim guns. I had the money set aside for the complete package: A-5 installed in the B5 shell with the APE rampage board installed and the whole marker set-up to rock out of the box. The guys at ICP hand build everyone of the A-5/B5' that are purchased as a complete. You can save some bucks and by the kit with electronics for less but if you don't have all the time do install everything it is worth every penny to get the complete marker. Another point on price, the cost of the kit in close to what you would pay at OPsGear or RAP4 for shrouds and stocks, not to mention that once your done the kit turns your marker into an E-trigger too. Add it up it equals out. Also the kit and B5 will still accepte all the add-ons the a A-5 will accept (maybe not a butt stock but that would be common sense

First this modification reduces the size or footprint of the original by half. If you ever just wanted a tight set-up that will work for small environmetns such as CQB and will still have the accuracy and distance of a full sized marker then this is the marker for you. It just seems to snap into position everytime you bring it up to shoot. If you do get it you will most likley have to use a remote, some very creative people have mounted tanks to the b5, but for me a remote was the way to go.

Availablity is a weakness, you can't get this anywhere other then the ICP website. Which is easy to use and the owners of the company are the ones manning the site. Yes if you have questions the owners and creators of the B5 will contact you or repsond. They will build your marker to order and if you ask nicely they will even install picatinny rails and triggers for you while they are building the marker, which will take normally about 1 - 2 weeks to build and then ship. The site also has a forum for all owners and potential owners to discuss issues and to discuss future improvements to the marker. Let me tell you I bugged the crap out of them (OCD taking over while I waited to get my marker), Pete politely listened to all my questions and ramblings. Identity Crisis really does customer service right.
Conclusion: Yes definately I would recommend this to anyone looking to dress up their A-5. Is the marker milsim, I guess so, if your idea of milsim is not looking like another mini, timmy, or cocker on the field, but if your looking at this reveiw and are looking at this mod then you probabley dont care. One thing for sure it does look awesome and functional too.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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