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Meph Monday, March 24th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year8 of 11 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Tippmann Model 98 (98Custom)
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
E-grip (has a custom blade trigger)
Flatline barrel system
PsychoBallistics RVA
Omega Cradle
A better aftermarket barrel !!
Flatline barrel system (for certain woods occasions)
RT or E-grip
Strengths: Built in force feed system, and field strip in 60 seconds !
Weaknesses: People don't like some plastic parts, stereotyped as bad for speedball
Review: Positive...
- Weight. The weight of the A-5 is quite light. It's not like a feather, but it isn't like carying a boulder. Gives it an overall good balance.
- Firepower. Stock is nice. 2 1/2 pound trigger pull, for a mechanical marker this is nothing. It's light and short. Easy to get a good string of paint. And for upgrades the RT system or E-grip fit right into place and will have you slinging so much paint that you're going to have to invest in a nice harness.
- Field strip ability. With only 4 push pins you can completely disassemble and reassemble the A-5 in just 60 seconds. And that's without practice, we've had races at the proshop and fastest time was 39 seconds (apart / back together). Don't be fooled by 'cocker owners saying "I can field strip my bolt with one push pin in 2 seconds" or Spyder owners "I can also field strip mine in less then 60 seconds." Because only the A-5 can field strip EVERYTHING. Hammer, bolt, AND valve. Good luck getting an autococker valve out, you have to buy a special tool!
- Cyclone. The cyclone and A-5 is the fastest force feed system on the market. Period. 17bps people have been getting with their RT systems on the A-5. And unlike some other force feed hoppers, the A-5 is more consistent and it doesn't crush paint or push it past the ball detents leading to chops. Not only that, but this is at least 2-inches shorter than other hoppers on the market (even shorter than some like eVLution).
- Price. It dominates in the price range. For 200-300 price range nothing even comes close. There is not a marker out there that can fire as fast, as consistent, field strip as quick, built even close to as reliable / durable, and come STOCK with a force-feed hopper system. There is no comparison.

The negative side of things...
- Plastic. Grip frame and hopper are made of plastic. I may not mind (no problems yet) it being plastic personally, but there are some people who would. So for them they might shy away.
- Grip frame. People are obsessed with aftermarket grips (DYE Stickies). And since they can't put any on, they're upset. Afterall, those DYE stickies really do make it so you can grip a marker SO much better! (note: sarcasm)
- Hopper. Bad design idea, Tippmann admitted. A flat surface right on the face of the hopper. Although I made the best of it by putting a "bullseye" sticker on the front! Quite fitting I thought.
Conclusion: Tippmanns' finest craftsmanship in one sweet package. A great marker for those wanting to upgrade from their beginning talon or Stingray II. Or even those that have the $ is great for beginning marker.
But for those of us who actually realize that it doesn't matter what equipment you use it's how you use it, the A-5 is a very nice marker any wheres. Even speedball / tournaments.

Dollar for dollar, this is one of the top choice markers on the market today.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
bc1025 Sunday, April 6th, 2003 | 8:27 pm PST
This is my second post for the A-5. I have had it almost 3 months now playing every weekend. After about 8000 rounds, I'm happy to report only (1) one ball break. I use PMI balls with the R/T and Flatline. Everyone on the field I play with want me on their team. The other team will usually comment to ..."Watch out for the guy with the A-5!" I can't describe the smoothness and accuracy of this marker. I'm the only one on my field with an A-5. The most common marker is a variation of Spyders. I like Kingman products, don't get me wrong. There less exspensive and perform well. But for sheer firepower, accuracy and realiability, the A-5 is the way to go. I even bought the XJS (shorty barrel-5") and can still put'em where I want them. I can't say enough about this marker.
The Flatine set up. It's range is unreal and accurracy is in the top of any barrel-gun combo I have shot. I've been around awhile and have to say, this should be the weapon of choice for someone with a budget of $300.00 or so to get started. You cant go wrong from right out of the box. I can play any role on the field whether it be sniping, aggressing or defending.

The thing is guys, everyone has friends with opinions. You nee to hold one and if lucky enogh to play few games with it, It will be "sold" by the end of the day..HGappy -Hunting..

I get on the average of 300 rounds from my 9oz and 500 to 600 with the 12oz tanks.

With the Flatlike on, I can start the game on our field and just hang back and snip opponenets as the advance to the barricade of their choice. As soon as their mellon sticks up, there looking throw a mask of my green paint.

Bottom line. Great right out ofbox. (polish factory barrel first) rate of fire and accurracy out of the box. Get a Flatine if you can afford it. If not get a 12" bigshot. Bit cheaper, almost the same results.
The guys I play with all heve SYDER type guns either elrct or plain stock. I have on guy I hold my own with an Auto Cocker. He is good and will give me the most trouble unless he's on my team...Or I take him out fast .Then the other team starts to piss and moon.

If your just startin g out, Go buy a nice Kingman at Walmart for $100.00 and you will still have a blast playing with you buddys. Trust me, I've ur watching the $$ this may or may not be the way to go. You might consider buying a Spyder for a few games, then sell it to a newby for darn neat what you have in it, then go buy the tipmman A-5.. But just do me a favor....Don't settle for s 98 custom....PLease, you won't be happy. Get the A-5.

In all my long years of playnig, my A-5 will go the didstance with the $500.00 and more club. At this date. I have $400.00 in my marker. Good luck, but I suggesst one or the other, before you buy. You may like the Spyder line, But if what happened to me happens to you, you'll sell the Spyder and try and figuer out how to get the A-5!!!

isuck2 Friday, November 7th, 2003 | 12:22 pm PST
don't worry about the plastics, some plastics can be made stronger than most metals

Little Jon Monday, December 25th, 2006 | 8:17 pm PST
It's true. The A-5 shows that very nicely.

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