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pb_fiend18 Sunday, April 11th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
4 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 (slightly more difficult to disassemble/maintain)
Tippmann X7 (not a whole lot different preformance wise; cyclone more efficient)
various Spyder blowbacks (not as good, but easier to dissassemble/maintain)
Spyder VS2 (better, but is HPA, & has high end loader so I expect better from it)
Marker Setup: Spyder VS2
Todao Board w/ upgrade chip
Dye Rotor loader
48/4500 Guerilla Air tank w/ MythG2 Reg
CP 14" .693 barrel, CP reg, CP on/off ASA, CP Sling Trigger, CP feedneck
Shocktech Superfly Bolt, Shocktech spring & shim kit.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel: stock A-5 barrel is quite accurate, but quite loud. I suggest upgrading to a barrel with more porting(holes) to make the gun more quiet, or a Flatline if you are looking for the best accuracy. Although the Flatline is just as loud as stock.

Expansion Chamber Foregrip, or a remote line (coil line) will vastly improve consistancy & efficiency shot to shot.

E-Grip, and a JCS Trigger (adjustable 2 finger trigger): If you want speed, this is the way to go. Set your E-Grip for 12-15 bps & roll that nice full metal trigger. Maybe tricky to find a JCS trigger (I got mine via Ebay), but worth the install; its fully adjustable & smooth as butter.
Strengths: Reliable/Tough
Cyclone Feed
Quick Strip Pins
Affordable & Upgradable
Weaknesses: Kick (striker a bit more heafty than average blowback)
Review: First let me clarify why I added kick as a weakness. In simple physics you may have learned that "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Since the striker in the A-5 is more heavy than the average blowback marker it will kick more due to the increased reciprocating mass of the striker cycling back & forth. For the stock A-5 user this doesn't present much of an issue, but for the A-5 w/ E-Grip user you will notice your shot pattern thrown off by the kick of the striker at higher rates of fire no matter how hard you try to hold it still.

When I first got this marker, it was way ahead of the competition for woodsball/scenario. With the innovative Cyclone Feed System, this gun anihilated the competition until people started bringing high end speedball markers to woodsball. To this day the A-5 will hang in there with the best woodsball/scenario markers available.
Conclusion: I give it a 10. This marker exceeds expectations for the price you pay. I recomend for any woodsball/scenario player, or even to a pb collector because this marker birthed the Cyclone Feed system which is still used on newer Tippmann markers today.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at 9:11 pm PST
 

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