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
Looks kinda cool
Mechanical Failure is a HUGE problem
Very difficult to disassemble and maintain properly
Well, well, well. It's about time I write a review on this thing. This was my first paintball gun. I initially bought this gun because it was relatively inexpensive and came with everything I needed to get into the game.
When I first took it out of the box it was wicked. It looked cool, shot REALLY hard and made a big bang, which in turn made me smile :). After my first game I noticed that the hopper was catching alot of fire - Ok, change the hopper. By the 5th or so game, I noticed that the barrel was only accurate up to about 40 feet if it was clean, maybe 20 if it was dirty (from a paint break, which is not uncommon with this gun btw). It took me 5 games to realize this because when the barrel was dirty, the lack of accuracy was so astonishing I didn't believe it at first.
Once I had my new hopper and 16" JJ ceramic barrel I was cruising. I would take this to speedball games and get speedballers using EGO's out from across the field. They would all be like "What type of gun is that?" to which I would respond "Brass Eagle T-Storm". Most would mutter something under their breath and walk off angrily lol.
After about 7 months using this gun. It started to go wrong. There really is no other way to describe it. It just went wrong.
It started doing a full auto burp on every trigger pull. While this may sound like a good thing to the unexperienced player ("oooh full auto :D") It is actually very bad. It basically turns the gun into an out of control paintball blender and drains your air uncontrollably.
I have now been working on this gun for almost 2 years in an attempt to get it working again. This is what seems to work:
1: Tighten the set screw in the bolt so the pin holding the bolt to the hammer doesn't fly out and hit you in the face like it did to me.
2: Every 3 months or so take apart the front of the gun (which is a huge pain) and stretch out the spring that pushes the pin against the valve. This will make it harder for gas to escape and helps stop some of that full auto burp.
3: get a new mainspring that is looser than the one supplied by brass eagle. This will also help stop some of that full auto burp, although at the cost of FPS. My Eagle maxes out at about 220. Pitifully slow for almost any field.
4: After EVERY game: take the internals out and clean them all with a toothbrush and warm water. Then, clean the inside of the gun itself with a toothbrush and warm water as well. Be thorough. Lightly oil the internal components, focusing mainly on the o-rings and re-assemble the gun.
5: NEVER lube the gun by putting a drop of oil in the ASA. For some reason this really messes the gun up.
That is how I brought my Brass Eagle back from the dead. In the end, It's not worth it. This thing is a peice of junk. It is molded plastic that has layers upon layers, so doing the above steps can take upwards of an hour once you have gotten quick at doing it.
Save your money and buy something else. The Azodin Kaos (for example) is also very inexpensive, but, unlike this P.O.S., works EXCEPTIONALLY well.
Edit 1 - So it's back on the fritz again. I managed to get a mainspring out of an old spyder and put it in the T-Storm. I'm going to disassamble it and clean out the whole thing again, re lubricate everything again and try to dial in the marker with the new mainspring. I'll let you know how it goes.. Sigh..
EDIT 2 - Been 'dialing it in' for 3 months now. Considering just throwing this freakin piece of garbage out.. I do have 5 other paintball guns and a Grey Ghost being manufactured by LAPCO as we speak....
EDIT 3 - After having a similar problem with my tippmann a5, I'm starting to think that it might be a worn down sear that is causing the full auto burp. The aluminum used in the Brass Eagle is definitely low quality, and I'm thinking that the sear wears down reaaalllllyyy quickly. Seriously people, just get an azodin or a spyder.
Read the review. Products like this should not be offered to the public. If there was an FDA for paintball, this thing would have gotten pulled from the market ages ago. It works well out of the box but it is just not built to last. Just get a cheap Azodin or Spyder and you will be wayyyy happier.
I know it is inexpensive. It is also very easy to find (I think you can get it at any big box store like Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire..). A combination that makes this gun all too easy for newbies to pick up. PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS GUN. As one Brass Eagle owner to (potentially) another. These guns are like a disease for paintballers. Avoid them like the plague and pity those who have one. (I accept donations)
3 - because it works for long enough to decide if you like paintball or not.
2 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 5:17 pm PST