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tso9d5 Tuesday, December 24th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month13 of 14 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
98c w/ RT, Freak barrel, Dot sight, compressed air.
Marker Setup: A-5, E-Grip, Fraek barrel, Red dot sight, Compressed air
Strengths: Compact, Self contained, ease of: Selecting fire modes/rates, BA change, and Installation. Combinations of upgrades.

All of the electronics, switches, and BA is contained in the compact handle assy. This makes installation and BA change out's fast. It took <3 min to install a BA and put the grip on the gun. Also there are no protruding wires or switches to get caught up or fouled by paint.

Changing fire modes or ROF requires no disassy of anything. The location of the select fire/rate switches are protected inside the front of the grip. Simply insert the provided screw driver into the pre-cut holes and select.

I shot appx 500 rds through it during my first game. No mis -feeds or mis-fires. I set the selector switch to full auto and dumped a hopper, 150rds, in 11 sec. probably the most expensive 11 sec I've spent on a field yet. Way to go Tippman! I found the 3 rd burst and the auto response modes to be the best. The 3 rd mode acted exactly like full auto when I repeatedly fired the marker as I would with any semi-auto. The auto response mode mimicked th RT, but guaranteed two rds down range.

If you own a 98c and want LP, you sacrifice the Ebolt. The rear bolts systems are different and do not interchange. Unlike the 98c, The E-Grip allows you to combo more upgrades. The upper receiver of the A-5 is left unchanged from the E-Grip upgrade. So an LP kit can still be utilized (After they make a valve assy for the tombstone power tube...Hint?).

Weaknesses: Comes with a screw driver, but no BA or stock in the tippman co? Hmmm
Conclusion: It's obvious the Tippann has put a lot of thought into this product.The E-grip for the A-5 is impressive. It leaves room for LP. The cyclone feed and the E-Grip were made for each other. The A-5/E-grip combo will see the fall of the gravity fed, agitated hoppers, at least in rec ball. This systems matches high end marker paint delivery, but does it reliably w/o all the maintenance headaches. The price is nearly half of an angel, auto cocker, ect. I still think 300-400 bucks is a lot of money for any marker. but the price here doesn't need be felt all at once (bonus) as with many other equal, high end markers. This combo rocks.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
MuHkNy Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 | 9:01 pm PST
the freak barrel isn't similar!
   

BigGunnedMan Friday, October 6th, 2006 | 11:09 am PST
When I shoot my e-grip it wont shoot all of the time it will just click and it will only shoot paintballs about 10% of the time. Do you have any ideas or tips to make it work?
   

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