TIppmann A5: 16" JJ Barrel/14" CP/10" Tiller/3" Aluminum barrel, A5 to spyder thread insert adapter, Low profile X7 hopper, Tech T squishy Paddles, Response Trigger (Was using H.E. E-Grip until is tore itself apart.), Rufus Dawg blade double trigger (Tech T Fang Double Trigger with e-grip), Dead On Paintball 6.5 inch drop forward with On/off ASA, custom made wooden foregrip.
Azodin Kaos: ER Db Hopper
Delta 68: Dummy 12 Gram, Bottomline ASA
Spyder TL + (This is the only gun I have running off of CO2)
Invert Mini Storm LE with Empire Prophecy loader
Lapco Grey Ghost #395
Everything I have done and more
RELIABLE/ Easy to fix
Lots of aftermarket possibilites
BIIGG Hopper catches paintballs
Feedneck catches paintballs
Can become a money pit
This was the 2nd paintball gun I owned. I loved it when I first got it because it was made to work. Plain and simple it just works.
The first thing I got sick of was the barrel. No problem, most guns have bad barrels out of box. The second thing I got sick of was the stock hopper. Thing may as well have a bullseye painted on it it caught so much fire.
After taking care of those I was happy with the basic usability of the gun. I did some more mods, like the E Grip and put a HUUUGEE drop forward on to make it more like a speedball gun in compact feel. (Its actually more compact than most speedball guns now..)
I love my a5, but out of the box, it was kinda clunky and useless. As I used it more, I started thinking about how I would have been better off just buying a 98. After I have modded it this much and put about 700 bucks into it, I kinda wish I had just bought a MacDev or something.
The fact of the matter is this: I was relatively unexperienced with paintball when I bought this gun. This Gun has been my training wheels for paintball (my brass eagle POS was my tricycle). I use this gun all the time and will never stop using it until it breaks and there is no possible way to fix it. HOWEVER. I will not buy another one. I love it to death, but for the amount of money I have spent on it to get it to this point, I could have got something else that did the same thing except faster and with less recoil.
If you are new to paintball, this is your magic ticket. If you are experienced, I don't know why you are reading this unless you are a milsimmer.
I was new to paintball when I got this, and I loved it. I'm still new to paintball but I have definitely grown. The great thing about my A5 is that it has grown with me and for that, I love it. If I were rating my A5 i would rate 10. But I am not rating my A5. I'm rating an A5 out of the box, so I am rating it a 7. Its too expensive for what you get out of the box.
- EDIT - I have been having issues with the Tombstone adapter. After a few shots, the tombstone shifts and the o-ring in the powertube slips upwards, causing a severe leak of air. Turns out the 'Tombstone Latch' part has broken. Why they made such a crucial part out of such crummy plastic, I do not know. My problems with the tombstone started once this latch broke and stopped as soon as I zip-tied the tombstone onto the A5. A replacement latch is darn near impossible to find so a frankenstein latch like mine might be what you have to do until you can find one. Word to the wise: LEAVE YOUR TOMBSTONE ALONE!!!! The more you take it out and put it back in, the more mileage you put on that latch! - Keeping the rating at 7 for now cuz I still love this gun.
EDIT #2 - So I ended up milling out one of the halves of the body with a dremel tool, seating a bolt where the tombstone latch used to be and screwing a washer/nut down onto the tombstone to hold it in. It's a fairly easy fix if you have a dremel tool, barely visible and WAY stronger than that plastic POS latch Tippmann put in there. I then started having a problem with the slider on the trigger sticking to the sear and not firing if the trigger was being held down as the marker was cocking. I tried replacing springs, adjusting the pull on the trigger, flipping the slider upside down and even angling the spring that pushes the slider out from the trigger. In the end, I bought a Tech T Hair Trigger set and made the sear sit a little higher up. The slider on the trigger no longer catches on the sear, preventing the gun from resetting if the trigger is being held as the hammer is cocking the sear in place. Gun is working perfectly. Will update if necessary. :)
EDIT 3 - So, the A5 started to full auto burp on me. I started troubleshooting by taking it apart and checking for broken o-rings, cracks in the parts (especially the power tube) and scratched or warped pieces. Nothing. Nothing seemed wrong. I replaced the hammer o-ring and the mainspring. It worked, kind of, for one game and then started doing the burp again. The weirdest thing was - if it was set to around 315+ fps, it would work fine! I polished the internals, put a T fitting on the RT and Cyclone (instead of using the two port method) to cut down on the excess gas being used and still - Nothing! At this point I was starting to think it was Effed. Last ditch effort, I replaced the sear and took off the hairpin trigger set. Success! It worked like new! The sear wasn't even catching the trigger slider like I outlined in my earlier edit! Works like new! I guess my old sear had somehow become slightly bent ( which is why it was catching the trigger slider) and the hairpin trigger kit had caused it to wear down a little faster than normal. Everything is good now, though - Again - will update if necessary...
7 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 7:13 pm PST