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BAGELZ Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
None; this is my first pistol ever used.
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 w/ Commando Air-Thru Solid Stock + Foregrip, 18" Stiffi Barrel, Remote Line
Recommended
Upgrades:
Leg Holster, obviously... (no way this thing is fitting into your back pocket) Possibly an upgraded barrel, or a TechT Low Pressure Spring Set, but i haven't bought either of these items, so i wouldn't really know...
Strengths: Looks
Feel
Accuracy
Reliability
Nickel-Plated Trigger
Weaknesses: Mag-Eject Button
Ammo Windows
C02 Ejection
Review: Well, after approximately 6 years of playing paintball, I finally decided to get a pistol. During that career i had used a 98 custom for 3 years and switched to an A-5 for the other 3 years and counting. Both of these guns worked fine during their use and the A-5 is still working (98 broke down about a year ago, 5 years of hard use is pretty good seeing as I NEVER CLEANED IT ONCE, just didn't really know how and didn't care enough back then, though now I clean my A-5 all the time).
Anyways my whole career the #1 thing that bothered me about paintball was the vertical hopper that sits on almost every paintball gun. Eventually I got used to it and it didn't bother me very much, but one day i found an A-5 hopper that i just had to have. Why? Because it was pretty much non-existant! Within a week i had my hands on the Opsgear 30-round Tac-Cap, which basically made my A-5 hopper-less and i could see everything. I absolutely loved it... but there was a catch.... My friends and i play a lot of speedball as well as a lot of fast-paced woodsball, therefore a 30-round hopper wasn't ideal. I loved the low profile and the alertness that was needed with a tiny hopper, but it was outweighed by a lack of sheer firepower. So i switched it out for the typical 200-round hopper and now it is used as an ammo scoop to put balls in my big hopper.
Then I saw the TPX in my local paintball store. At first I had no intention of buying it, as i figured the 7-round magazine capacity would be impractical and definitely not realistic for the whopping price tag. However, I had been thinking about buying a new gun for a little while, and at the same time i didn't wanted to give up my A-5 in place for a new one, as it still worked great and i had already dropped 300+ bucks into it. So my mind kept wandering back to the TPX. Eventually I gave in and bought it, and i have to say I'm liking it a lot...!

The TPX is a great sidearm, but there's a lot of others out there...so why the TPX?

LOOKS-
As far as .68 caliber paintball pistols go, this one is probably the best looking pistols out there. Although looks are highly opinionated and it usually comes down to personal preference on what looks good and what doesn't, this one, in my opinion, looks awesome. Of course, it ain't no Desert Eagle, but it does look surprisingly similar to the Halo magnum. I'll take it.

FEEL-
Out of the box, this gun feels incredibly sturdy. When I first held the showcase gun at the store before I purchased my own, the first thing I noticed was how sturdy it was. It almost felt like one big piece, and i wasn't worried that it would break if I dropped it or smashed it into something. Trust me, this thing is SOLID. Enough said.

ACCURACY-
When I first got this marker I was extremely nervous about its performance. Being my first pistol, I didn't really know what to expect from a 6" barrel. Well, after quickly unloading two clips through it at a water bottle forty feet away, my fears were put to rest. Pretty much every shot hit the target. As long as you don't try to snipe people with it, I think it works pretty well.

RELIABILITY-
Well, through my 6 years of using Tippmann guns, I've learned a lot about them and their potential. By far the one thing that makes Tippmann unique from other brands is how much paint, junk, grime, dirt and debris you can put through your gun before it jams up/breaks completely. As I said before, if my 98 custom lasted 5 years without ever being taken apart and cleaned, I have great expectations for the durability/reliability of the TPX. Come on, it's a Tippmann! Jam your barrel into the ground, dump some water and dirt into it, break a ball in the barrel and still watch it somehow hit a guy sixty+ feet away. HAAHAA!

NICKEL-PLATED TRIGGER
I don't even what's so cool about this feature- it just works with the overall gun. It just kinda stands out, and it feels much more sturdy than a generic plastic trigger. Just makes you feel a little more Rambo-ish, like you could somehow take out eight guys with a seven-round clip. Only thing better would been to have made it gold-plated... i so would have loved to take people out gangsta- style!

Sure, no gun's perfect, so the TPX is bound to have some sort of minor issues. These are the only features I seem to have a little problem with...

MAG-EJECT BUTTON
A little awkward to push at first... I either have to (1) use my index finger to push it, which eventually starts to leave a blister in my finger after multiple reloads because of the extra pressure needed to push it in since your finger is already wrapped around the slightly-oversized grip, or (2) slighty rotate my hand on the grip when ready to reload so my thumb can reach the button with enough leverage to fully push it in. Sure, this is actually a very small issue, but i would have liked it to be in a position where I didn't have to adjust my handgrip every time I needed to reload. Also, if you are Big-Handed (...?) then this will probably not be an issue at all.

AMMO WINDOWS
Again, a very small problem, and it ONLY pertains to people using the newer Tru-Feed 7-round Mags for the TPX. The issue is simple- if using the Tru-Feed Mags, the ammo windows on the grip pretty much become useless. It is impossible to see if there are balls still left in the two lower windows, and the 3rd window only allows you to see half the ball. When Tippmann designed the new mag, it seems they did a good job in designing a mag that reduced ball chops/jams, but the open cut where you can see the balls in the mags is misaligned with the ammo windows. By upgrading one feature of the gun they completed negated another. Anyways, I never use those ammo windows anyways, just the one on the top of the gun, but I could see that becoming annoying for someone that used them.

CO2 EJECTION
Sure, a lot of people say how easy it is to change the Co2 on the TPX- and it is, just as long as it is loading it or ejecting it when it is completely out of Co2. IF THE 12 GRAM STILL HAS "ANY" CO2 IN IT, YOU AIN'T GETTING THAT CO2 OFF! This is a big pain in the heat of battle when you have to shoot 5-10 extra blank shots before being able to put in more co2. The 12 gram usually gets about 2-3 mags before losing pressure. Once your gun loses pressure, it'll be another twenty seconds before it fires again. When it loses pressures, it'll make a "pffft" popping noise and the ball velocity will drop drasticaly. Then you have to make sure ALL the Co2 is gone by repeatedly pulling the trigger until the "pffft" noise is gone and nothing happens when you pull the trigger. This is pretty much the only big problem, but there's nothing Tippmann really could have done better because if they didnt make the CO2 chamber that tight then the gun would have air leaks galore.


Conclusion: Overall, if you're looking for an awesome paintball pistol, this is the one to get. My big decision was between the TPX and the Tiberius Arm T8.1. However, since I own all Tippmanns and am familiar with their performance, I knew this gun wasn't going to let me down. Not to mention the mags for the TPX are only $15 each, whereas theT8 mags are a whopping $40 each. Basically it all comes down to those two pistols, preference, and moneybags (which I have don't have, and TPX is cheaper). Anyways, this gun is awesome, I'd give it a 10 but it took a hit for the Co2 removal. Just a sweet, fun, good- looking gun. I wouldn't be surprised if I see more and more people and their mothers buying this gun in the future. The best part is running around pretending its a magnum making gun noises with your mouth and quoting lines from Dirty Harry. Did I mention it was fun?
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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