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Austad The Dark Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
4 years2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
original a-5 marker, still in the processes of rooting out the differences
comes with selector switch non electronic grip, low profile hopper, cover for the air line, removable front lip

98 custom, less upgradable, fore grip non removable, minimal barrels for it, gravity hopper
Marker Setup: new tippmann A5 2011 w/ selector switch grip
opsgear 416 shroud
M4 Gas Through Magazine - Selector Switch Compatible
M4 collapsible stock
remote line with valve control
3000psi pure energy HPA
electric trigger
front M4 iron sight + rear iron sight carry handle
1 point sling
red hot power tube
X7 low profile hopper
hammerhead battle stikxx barrel
holographic sight
tac cap 50 round hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
starter- HPA tank, newer barrel (your choice),

advanced- 58+/4500 HPA tank, sizer barrel (hammerhead, tectt i fit, freak barrel), redhot power tube, response trigger (less worry about the batteries),

milsim- 58+/4500 HPA tank, sizer barrel (hammerhead, tectt i fit, freak barrel), redhot power tube, response trigger (less worry about the batteries), any body kit for the a-5 (check rockstar tactical or opsgear for kits) dogleg gas through stock, tac cap, remote line, (coming soon the mag upgrade)
Strengths: Durable, reliable, trusting, upgradable, milsim look
Weaknesses: BPS, sight blocking, non speedball marker. gas hog
Review: this is a review of the new tippmann a-5 marker w/ SS grip. i have used the original a-5 for 4 years and bought the new one for the different "upgrades" they included in the marker, first off i havent field tested this marker personally but seen others use it, this is a bases to bases comparison to the original. four major things they changed in the new 2011 marker is the the selector switch non electronic grip which is a plus to a more milsim look, second they put a black rubber cover on the gas line to reduce the shinny parts of the marker, third is the low profile hopper comes with it rather than the original big hopper, and last but not least and my most favorite the front lip on the marker near the fore grip is removable, yes no more milling and cutting of the marker necessary. they redid the cyclone feed paddles not making them squishy but more smoother than the original, two things i have to say for tippmann owner who are looking to get the new one, the trigger grips body is snug with the tombstone line, which means if the mag kit you have for your marker fits snug it wont fit on the new one unless you cut some parts on the mag kit, second is the places where you put the pins are a bit wider than the original, my opsgear 416 kit back portion will not fit unless i augment the A-5 or the shroud it self.

now the main review about this marker in general, i have been using this marker for four years of my life sense i started playing paintball, dealing with durability this marker can take it, snow, water, dirt, mud, rocks, sand nothing of the elements with truly tarnish this marker, the only repair i had to do was the cyclone feed internals broke but was an easy fix. the accuracy of the marker is variable, you can be very accurate with this marker if you have certain barrels on it, i personally use the hammer head barrel and i can piss someone off 140 feet away. i do recommend a barrel with a bore sizer on it to enhance the accuracy and distance of the marker (or any marker for that matter). i have to say this marker does like to eat air like its going out of style, i recommend i bigger air tank than the "standard" 48/3000 HPA tank. looks are always a plus if your looking for a gun look to it, starting off it looks like the MP5K minus the magazine and barrel length. i personally made my marker look like the H&K 416 rifle which i love, but you can make this marker look like anything from the MP5SD to the M4 carbine to the M107 barret sniper rifle if its a real gun you can make the A-5 look like it. and adding for a bigger bonus tacamo is coming out with a magazine upgrade for the marker, yes that means no more hopper, you will be able to use the RAP4 magazines and box mag for the true hardcore military sim upgrade

(now used over 100 times) EDIT OF THE REVIEW
i have put this marker through all the harsh gameplay i can give it. first i would like to mention ether the marker i got has this only problem or horrible paint i somehow put in it, it will chop paint on the last 5 shots (i really dont know why i did all that is necessary it hasnt done it in the past 5 games but who knows) but the marker performs just like the original, about it using more gas than necessary it in my opinion uses the same amount of air as the original A-5, the new trigger performs just a great as the original just takes time to get used to the selector switch trigger (but only a few games) i did have to mill the parts that hold the pins on the rear of the marker so i can fit my opsgear kit but that wasnt hard. all in all it performs the same, shoots the same, and acts the same, and when i say the same i mean to its best, it has not let me down, nothing crazy has happend besides the ball breaking but it stopped, and still puts up with the 3 times of paintball i do a week. its only $170 so your not killing the bank and there are many many upgrades for the gun
Conclusion: The conclusion of this marker is i still give it a 10 out of 10, for both the original and the new 2011 model, i know this gun is reliable and always will be, i have a plethora of upgrades, body kits, barrels that i can buy for this marker. its not expensive like some mechanical and electronic guns. if your more into speedball, i dont recommend this, but i being the hardcore scenario player i love and trust this marker 100% for starters and advanced players
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 12:46 am PST
 

Review Comments
'Ol Paintless Monday, April 25th, 2011 | 11:00 pm PST
You site weaknesses of the gun:

Weaknesses: BPS, sight blocking, non speedball marker. gas hog

I agree, there are weaknesses - price is one you forgot to mention.. HOWEVER.. If there are weakness to this gun, how can it get a perfect score of 10? Wouldn't 10 insinuate that the gun is perfect?

Your rating doesn't make sense. I think you were just a little excited with your new toy..
   

Austad The Dark Sunday, June 5th, 2011 | 12:36 am PST
i stated weaknesses for some people, people have told me of thous weaknesses to me, i personally dont care if the BPS is not 15 BPS, or the sights being blocked for i use a tac hopper and i hate speedball markers. but the gas hog is always a problem but doesnt bother me, it was so others understand that its not all perfect for everyone, but the gun is perfect to me hence the 10 out of 10
   

'Ol Paintless Sunday, November 13th, 2011 | 10:45 pm PST
Thank you for responding, many people on this site dont respond at all :( ..

I still disagree with your 10/10 rating. I'm not going to dispute your review, so dont worry about that... If the weaknesses you stated didn't bother you than I'm sure you would be perfectly happy using the marker stock. The fact that you tried to upgrade the A5 to offset some of the 'weaknesses for some other people', indicates to me that you saw the weaknesses too and tried to eliminate them.

For example -
BPS problem - you added an electric trigger (aftermarket)
Sight blocking problem - you use a tac cap (also aftermarket)

I wholly agree with you that the A5s upgrade-ability and ruggedness is one of the most attractive things about the marker. BUT - I would also argue that if there were ZERO upgrades for it, the vast majority of these reviews would not be so positive because the marker is a bit of a dog out of the box. I may be wrong, but I have a feeling most people are so used to using their customized and aftermarket optimized tippmanns, that they end up doing their review on their Tippy as it is now, rather than out of the box...


   

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