Tippman 98, and Prolite. Orracle autococker (is that considered similiar?)
Tippman A-5 with E-grip, Flatline, Palmer Reg., PMI 68cu 3000 psi fiber hp/nitro tank, PMI perfect drop forward, DOP double trigger, DOP rear velocity adjustor, Combat sling from lord knows where...
Flatline, E-grip, and a hp tank w/ a reg.
With the right upgrades, this is the best midranged marker on the market. period.
Loud. Can't be chromed out. With the proper upgrades, it's a little expensive.
I purchased the Tippman A-5 six months ago as my back-up, and I could't be more pleased with the markers performance.
STOCK IMPRESSIONS (comparing to the 98)-For starters, a stock A-5 is slightly better than a stock custom 98. With prices having fallen on the A-5 (don't spend more than 200.00,) the price difference between the two markers is more than made up by the cyclone feeder/hopper that comes stock. The stock barrel is also far more accurate than the 98's, though you'll want to replace that soon enough. As for weight, the A-5 seemed to weigh about the same as the 98, and I've heard some little kids complain about the A-5's weight, but anyone slightly larger than your average 10 year old girl should be able to handle it just fine! The cyclone hopper works great, and it's a relief not to have to put batteries into it. I was slightly worried about the hoppers profile, but upon comparison with the halo on my Orracle, its no where near as bad as I had feared. As for the front end of the hopper being flat and that being bad, I've used every gimmick hopper out there that supposedly makes the balls bounce off the hopper, and they are all useless-the flat front wont be any better or any worse than what you've used (note-old A-5s apparently had weak plastic that could crack from frontal blows, that has been changed since the second manufactural run of the markers.)
LOOKS-This is subjective, but, in my opinion, the A-5 looks like some sort of smg and looks great. If you like chromed out markers, which I do as well, then you might hate not being able to trick your A-5 out like you can with any 'cocker. Since I like it both ways, it's no problem, but I'm surprised that tippman or one of it's after market manufacturers hasn't spent the time/money/effort to give it's fans a few more visual options.
UPGRADES-This is the good part. The A-5 has some upgrades that are pricey, but, once purchased, they make this marker the best of the mid ranged markers. The flatline barrel on this thing is the only barrel to get, put away your boomsticks and AA's, they cant touch it. The 98s flatline shoots farther than the A-5's but is very inaccurate, and alot of players assumed the A-5 had the same barrel, it doesn't. It is just as accurate as the barrels I mentioned (i put 2 cases of paint through each,) but it can go far further. The A-5 with the flatline is loud as hell, but with the increase in range it's an acceptable trade-off. This leads us into the famous "I caught a flatline ball" fish story...at least with the A-5, this is not possible, I've gotten 3 tools out when they tried (about the funniest damn thing you've ever seen too.) The E-grip is the next toy you gotta have, because full auto and/or burst is just too much fun. In full auto, your ROF will match anything out there that I've fired, and with HP you wont have to worry about freeze-ups. True full auto will cost you in accuracy (and money for paint,) but this is true for any gun that's firing 15+ bps. My only complaint about the e-grip is that its too vulnerable to dirt getting into the holes and into the board, I recommend putting electrical tape over the holes once you select your rof prior to play. Though those upgrades are pricey, they are well worth it. There isn't ANY marker out there that for the exact same price can match a properly built A-5 (see my build.)
It's pretty simple. There's alot of substandard markers out there, so save your money and go with the best for the price no matter what your money sit. is. If you don't have much money, get a tippman custom 98. If you have enough money to buy a mid-range marker, get the A-5, you wont be sorry! Lastly, if you've got alot of cash to drop, get the Orracle Autococker!
I don't know if you have email comments on but if you check the July 2005 issue of APG on pages 144-145 is a two page A5 ad that has the new silver job sure it's not chrome but it's a start (personally mines going to be black for the woods.) Realtree is crap don't waste the time.
I was just wondering i was thinking of getting an A-5 with an E-Grip. Do you think the E- Grip is worth the extra money? and last thing Do you think the A-5 is any good for speed ball or would you just stick to woodlands?