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inthefrey Friday, March 7th, 2003
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month819 of 858 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder
Marker Setup: Response Trigger
CO2
Recommended
Upgrades:
Flatline Barrel
Strengths: Well, here’s this 43-year-old satellite engineer who gets convinced to try paintball with his 15-year-old son. So, I started doing research on paintball products a little after Christmas 2002. By the beginning of March, I had read almost every article on the subject. The technology is getting better every day. And since I have a wife, kids, mortgage, car payment, insurance, food, fuel and those domestic things that some 15-year-old kids think magically appear, I chose the Tippmann A5.
Here are several reasons. Let me share just a few.

**The Tippmann marker LOOKS Awesome!**
The marker is an excellent piece of Tippmann engineering and workmanship. There is the distinct ‘feel’ of craftsmanship when holding it. It doesn’t feel in any way like a toy. The coatings are perfect with only a few mold marks where the two halves of the frame come together across the site rail. It closely resembles an MP5.( Maybe too close for the sensibilities of some parents )

**The Mechanicals**
So many markers of today look like they are straight out of the prop room of a low-budget science fiction movie – with enough gadgets to confuse even the most adept button pusher. The Tippmann A5 is a workhorse of integrated technology. The only adjustments are the safe button and the needle valve for the Response Trigger. That’s it! Needless to say the markers’ 100+ pieces were laid out on my kitchen table the night the UPS truck brought it home. I inspected everything. (Special note: NEVER take this marker apart in the woods – other than the basic field strip – you WILL loose something. Trust me on this!) Almost everything about this marker fits tightly together. Nothing looks like it was added as an after thought and needed to be re-engineered. However, I’m a little disappointed in the piston that drives the Cyclone Feeder system. Although it works perfectly, it seems a little fragile. A little longer collar on the feed chamber to support this piston would correct the wobble. You are definitely getting an original product and not someone else’s ideas. The mechanism should last a long time with the proper care and maintenance.

**Accuracy**
A friend of mine has a Tippmann 98 with R/T and Flatline barrel. He raves about it! The stock barrel on my A5 seems just fine however, many, many, many reviews are telling the tale of the A5 Flatline barrel. The A5 Stock barrel on my setup can hit a 9”x15” target 9 out of ten times using Co2 and RPS/PMI Super Swirl Tournament balls at 100’. ( I know! Don’t give me any heat about cheap balls!) The outside temp was about 40. I shot almost 500. I didn’t chop a single one. My next purchase for the marker would be the Flatline barrel. And yes, I will be getting some better balls for that. The reviews say Marbleizers or Diablo.


**Rate of Fire**
Well, I guess this is where the purist comes out in me. Although Tippmann doesn't advertise this very well, for a NON-electric marker, this shoots like a paintball fire hose! No missed feeds, no broken balls, just a steady stream of flying hell from the muzzle. I would estimate 10 to 12 per second. It truly didn’t miss a lick! Although with the cost of paintballs, this novelty will wear off soon enough. Consistency and accuracy will always prevail.
Weaknesses: We'll have to see about this. Nothing too bad so far to report.
It could use a little bigger hopper and a little bit better barrel.
Say that 5 times fast!
Conclusion: I would recommend this marker to anyone that wants reliability. The extra $75 to $100 bucks you spend will be well worth it in agony spent on lesser markers.

If I’m not too ‘geezed’ by then, I hope to be using it 5 years from now. Or maybe, my son’s or daughter's children will be using it someday. Now if you want to pay ($$$$) for a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range, go buy a Cocker or an Angel.
If you want an excellent, well engineered marker, and still be able to afford a family, this may be the one for you.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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protippmann Monday, January 4th, 2010 | 10:40 am PST
did u know the make a hopper that will hold 450 rounds?
   

marin3snip3r Sunday, March 7th, 2010 | 10:40 pm PST
you know what amazes me? how one guy writes a great review on a gun he likes and thinks is great for what he is doing. now, im a BT man myself but tippmann are very close to a BT so i like them to and my friends have tippmanns but its great how people argue about this gun. first off what the fucl{ makes u think that it is ok to comment on a review and say that the gun is crap? if you dont like the gun than fine, u dont like it. just shut up and dont buy one. dont come to that tippmann review and say the a-5 is sh1t, than recomend another gun that is good for speed ball or something. "Sporefrog" u are guilty of this. im writing this bec. u pi$$ed me off with all the stuff u said. you come on here and try to tell me that the gun that i love and the gun all other tippmann fans love is sh1t and that ur g@y speed ball guns are soooooo much better for woodsball witch that gun is not made for and the a-5 is. thats like saying that i should use my sports car to drive through the woods bec. its better on the road when we all no my truck is needed for the job. who the fucl{ do you think you are coming in to our review section and telling us our gun is g@y just bec. u dont like them? o than you proceed to tell me woodsball has no tactics and that speedball has all these tactics that are needed to win and woodsball is all hidding and shooting paint everywhere. you dont think that there are tactics to woodsball? so pushing up front while creating a distraction while some people flank around back isnt tactics? or if some people get out, what to do next like fall back or replace the fallen with people from other posts. woodsball is more about real war tactics. just bec you dont see tactics in woodsball doesnt mean they arnt there. also woodsball gear is diff. from speedball gear. so are the guns so dont tell me they arnt bec. thats what ur saying to me when u chose a speedball gun over a woodsball gun. so y dont you shut the fucl{ up "Sporefrog" and stick that 2 cents up ur @$$. "1stCavSoldier" and "Madballaz5" im with you all the way. joining the marines asap. Oorah!!!
   

marin3snip3r Sunday, March 7th, 2010 | 10:44 pm PST
protippmann Monday, January 4th, 2010 | 10:40 am PST

did u know the make a hopper that will hold 450 rounds?

no but pinokio makes a 230/400 hopper that will hold 230 or with the expansion tube will hold up to 400.

i also hear that in may 2010 they will sell a 230/400 round hopper for the a-5 cyclone feed or any other cyclone feed style hopper like the bt-4 ripclip. check their web site for more info.
   
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