Old School Tippmann 68 Carbine with Tippmann 14" Sniper Barrel with Ricochet AK hopper
Barrel, soft paddles for cyclone feed, compressed air tank
Tough, proven design, built in feed system, good looks
Bulky, poor on off switch design.
I won an X7 at the last theme day at a local field in a raffle. THis was my wifes first time playing and she liked it, so I gave her the X7. This review is based off of my experience with the gun, and feedback provided by her as well as my observations of the gun holding up to a totally new player.
The gun was well packaged and went together quick. My gun came with the E-Grip, and you have to provide your own battery (9 volt) for it. I installed the battery, screwed on the barrel, and went straight to the chrono station. Out of the box the gun was tuned perfectly, firing on compressed air, the shots averaged around 285 fps + or - 3-4 fps. I was shocked by how well the stock barrel was polished on the inside compared to the crap rough stock barrels on previous tippmann guns. The bore was alittle large but that is normal for a stock barrel so that it can shoot most types of paint without breaking. The accuracy of the stock barrel was decent but didn't shoot as well as the 8" Taso barrel that I tried on it from my Carbine. The trigger was quick and it could really spit out the paint. I had a couple of breaks, but that was due more to the crap Stinger paint I was using in it. When shooting RPS Premium, there wasn't a single break. I and the wife both emptied some hoppers on Full Auto, and it cranked them out perfectly.
I should point out that my wife first used a friends A-5 with a Flat Line and she really liked the range it had, so I equipped the X7 with a Flat Line barrel as well as a set of sqwishy paddles for the cyclone feed to help prevent breaks. The gun shots a nice long flat trajectory with the flat line at the expense of point on accuracy but I could still hit my targets at range using a burst of shots. There were some breaks through out the day but once again, this was due to crap paint, in this case it was Diablo blaze(camo shell) and I had breaks in my Carbine as well, and it never does that. Mechanically the gun has cranked on through some rough play without a hitch all while being used by a total rookie (my wife). The tool kit in the mag is a really neat touch as long as you don't have some idiot use it to turn up his velocity on the field with it.
As far as using alot of gas, all Tippmanns with Cyclone Feeds are gas hogs, so there is nothing new about that. The X7 is easier on gas than the SP-1 that I had. That thing sucked gas.
The tactical rails are all on the right places and allow you to add a light or whatever else you might want to throw on there.
My only complaint with the gun is the bulk of it. Still, its not that heavy for me, but the wife runs it remotely to keep from hefting more weight on it.
The on off button could have been designed better. It is in the front part of the grip frame and you have to stick something into a hole to turn the gun on or off. The three position switch on the side of the gun has a safety setting, but in theory its not hard to bump the switch off of safe and into fire mode.
I personally don't care, but if you are into it, there are endless accessories to customize the look of the X7 and make it look like any number of real guns. Personally I am tired of seeing M16 looking paintball guns. I want to see a M41A Pulse Rifle or Space Marine Bolter.
Awesome gun though its probably on the expensive side for what it is. Still, you get the rock solid dependability and realiability of Tippmann along with a really cool look. The E-grip has a ton of programming options but I haven't messed with any of them yet. For rec and woods ball players this is a awesome little gun. It will run on compressed air or CO2 so you have even more flexibility there. If you are interested in one of these, I would reccommend picking one up. Its a great gun. EDIT: I forgot to mention, be sure that you use a good quality paint, especially if you are using a flat line or firing on full auto. Stay away from the buget crap.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 9:27 am PST