- Easy to load. Both CO2 & Paint
- Servicing the internals can be a nuisance.
I recently got the TPX as a present for my birthday. My wife knew I wanted the sidearm and also knew I'd been researching the TPX. We both have Tippmann Markers (she has an A5) and so we both trust Tippmann products. The package she purchased with the pistol came with twelve 12 grams and I decided to run through them all testing the gun.
I've reliably been getting three full clips to a cartridge, or 24 shots if you prefer. I can squeeze out a couple more, but I'm a little OCD and enjoy the even 1:3 ratio. In the end you're looking at around 24-27 rounds to a cartridge. I've never used anything else that runs off of cartridges, so I can;t comment on the efficiency in any educated manner, but as a casual player I'm happy with it.
Accuracy is amazing. I'm used to my 98 with a 16" barrel, so I wasn't expecting much from a pistol with a stock barrel, but suffice to say I've been pleasantly surprised. At 30' I was clustering the paint all right on top of itself. Up to 50' I could still hit targets the approximate size of a human torso with greater ease than I'd expect. I suppose an upgraded barrel could only improve things.
I haven't had the gun long, but it's already seen quite a bit of wear & tear. I've put nearly 300 rounds through it with no issues. It's already been dropped (thank you my dear friends) several times. Again, no problems.
Also worth noting, is that for the 288 rounds, or 36 clips, I've put through it I haven't chopped one ball. And I'm not using anything amazing: Inertia is what I had and so it's what I used. A cheap, thin-shelled paint, and no problems. Mind you, I take care loading the paint into the clips and don't let the paint get too hot (no easy feat with the weather being what it has been where I live).
The only downside I've hit, as have others, is that taking it apart and putting it back together is a pain. That said, I hate taking my 98 apart too, so I'm entirely adverse to opening up guns if I don't really have to.
I love this pistol and if I could afford a second you could bet your marker I'd run around dual-wielding a pair of TPX's on the field for Gits & Shiggles.
Edit June 26th 2010:
After putting nearly 1000 rounds through this marker without a break I finally got one not too long ago. It completely changes the markers behaviour and can really be a pain. There's no shooting through a break with this marker and expecting a half-way decent performance. Once you get a break the accuracy plummets and the chances of getting more breaks goes up exponentially.
The only fix is to sit one out and open up the marker. Give it a good clean and you'll be all set. It sucks, but it's not a deal-breaker and I still love the marker. I am however going to lower my rating from a 9 to an 8. The marker can jump from amazing to near-useless in one break and requires opening it up to get it running again. The breaks will come few and far between (for most), but when they do it'll be an aggravating moment.
I love this gun. I've run lots of cheap paint through it and never chopped a ball. I like the accuracy, the look, the weight, and the efficiency. Those having issues have my sympathies, but mine operates like a dream and I'd buy a second if I could.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at 7:25 am PST