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Forsayken Monday, May 19th, 2003
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month400 of 417 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Various other blowback semi's. Sherriden, tippmann 98 custom, a few brass eagles (I pity the owners) and I saw an angel fired once. In terms of rate of fire and accuracy, only the angel beats it. And the angel had an electro trigger and it didn't beat the A-5 by much.
Marker Setup: I use the A-5 right out of the box. That's it. It's all I need.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Only minor things for casual players because this gun has so many extra features that are usually mods or upgrades. You dont need electric hopper because this has a unique cyclone feed. You dont need electro trigger because this thing fires too fast as it is. You dont need longer barrel because this I use open sights and can hit small targets (probably about 4 inches x 4 inches) from 50 feet away without any problems. A fun thing to get would be a red dot or a scope because this gun does have the standard scope grooves. I don't have either of these upgrades yet, but I'm looking into them.
Strengths: -Durability: strong
-Reliability: accuracty, rate of fire
-Built-in features: cyclone feed, vertical CO2 adapter
Weaknesses: -slightly bulky hopper
-VERY slight Co2 inefficiency due to cyclone feed.
Review: I did a lot of homework before making a final purchase decision. I wanted a marker that I know what last, have great durability, reliability, stability and accuracy, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. This sounds sort of selfish in a way: I want an awesome marker for not a lot of money. Well, after doing a lot of research and reading a lot of reviews on this site as well as any others I could find, I started shopping around for prices on a Tippmann A-5. I finally found a place that had the Tippmann A-5 for a nice price and that shipped to Canada.

Now onto my review of the gun: This marker was so easy to set up out of the box: put it on safety, load it, and attach the Co2 cylinder. Done. From the very first shot I knew I had made the right decision. Just holding this marker gives you the feeling that a lot of work went into making this marker just right. And it's worth every penny even if it is slightly more expensive than most blowbacks. This gun has everything the average paintballer would ever need: Amazing accuracy, height rate of fire when it's needed, durable construction, easy to use sights, and the almighty cyclone feed.

What this really means is that you don't have to go out and spend another $200 to get the gun to work the way you thought it would. You can get about 10 balls a second just by pulling the trigger normally. The cyclone feed works just as well as the advertisements say: the faster you pull the trigger, the faster this thing loads the balls. And it never messes up (well, not so far. And I've done some pretty rigorous testing). The gun shoots pretty straight compared to every other gun I've seen, this is the most accurate. This gun also has a built in front handle that's darned comfortable albeit a little small for those with big hands. Also, the vertical Co2 adapter is a nice feature when you want a compact marker for indoor play.

First off, I'm going to break down the cocking, loading of the balls, rate of fire and accuracy. The cocking handle is located on the left side at the front of the fun. It's easy to pull back and actually quite fun to load because it mimics a real gun.

If you don't know how the cyclone feed works, it's actually pretty simple. A star shaped object (a sprocket if you will) sits at the bottom of the hopper. In between the sprocket are 5 balls. To the left of the sprocket is the hole where the balls are pushed from the sprocket located at the bottom of the hopper and go into the chamber. When the trigger is pulled, the ball in the chamber is fired. At the same time, excess Co2 is diverted from the barrel to a smaller chamber to force the sprocket to rotate, pushing a fresh ball into the chamber. This sounds like a timely process, but it's not. It can happen up to 15 times a second according to the advertisements. Of course, you do need an electronic trigger to achieve a rate of 15 rounds per second. It's the main reason this gun fires as quickly as it does. The faster you pull the trigger, the faster a fresh ball will enter the chamber after firing. So far it has worked perfectly. Not a single ball has backfired or been chopped by the bolt.

Traditionally, rate of fire is usually inversely proportional to the accuracy. Well this is not the case with the A-5. The accuracy is just as great if you are sniping while prone or charging the enemy base. The balls shoot pretty much as straight as a spherical object can given that wind and air resistance can have a profound affect on its trajectory. For example, in a low wind situation, I can kneel about 30 feet away from a pole about 1 inch in diameter and hit it more than 50% of the time at a rate of about 4 balls a second. Most of the misses are within 1-inch left of right of the pole. Bear in mind that I am in a kneeling position and attempting to react to the slight recoil while maintaining a constant ROF. With practice I'm sure I could get up to 75% accuracy.

Secondly, I will know discuss the construction, weight and durability of the marker.

The gun weighs in at about 6 pounds total with 200 balls in the hopper and a 12oz Co2 tank attached. I'm not really sure if that is heavier than the average gun, but it feels very solid and stable. The frame of the gun is a very dense plastic.Strong plastic! Almost every piece of the body of the marker is held in place by additional support as well. My only concern is the manual-loading arm for the cyclone feed. It's only normal plastic and does not have much support. The armís only use is to manually rotate the sprocket in the event that a ball is not pushed into the chamber (You can also just fire 1 blank round to force the cyclone feed into action to load a new ball anyways). This arm is also needed when your Co2 tank is low on gas. Occasionally the sprocket wonít rotate, but at this point, your muzzle velocity is so low due to lack of gas that you should just replace the cylinder anyways. I'm sure that I will never break this piece off in the lifetime of this gun because it runs parallel to the main part of the body and has some protection from the strong hopper. This arm is also very flexible too; I'm sure it would take a lot of stress to break it off.

Another great feature of this gun is the quick strip. Me, being the casual paintballer, will probably never need to use this feature. But I did quick strip it just to see some of the innards of this marker. And yes. You can strip this gun down very quickly. 2 pushpins and the handle falls off. A few more and you can get to any piece of the gun. Also, you donít have to worry about the pushpins falling out while playing. A pin has to be pushed from one side of the gun, and then pulled from the other side. The pin is also securely fitted as well.

All right, I've pretty much gone over the technical end of things. I will now proceed to my experiences while using the gun in a game.

I have to say, I love the realistic look of this gun. From the sights down to the handle and the cocking handle, it feels very authentic. You probably donít want to carry this one in your front seat on the way down to your local park, nor would you want to ever fire this gun in an urban area. I live in the bush so no one cares. Anyways, this is the best thing I have ever invested money in. So far it's performed exactly how I wanted it to. With the exception of the weak looking manual cyclone feed loader arm and the slightly bulky hopper I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase. The hopper only looks bulky because of the wide neck. It's really not any bigger than any other 200 round hoppers. It's just that I place the gun on my left shoulder so the hopper blocks a small portion of my field of view. For everyone else that places the Co2 against their right shoulder, you probably won't even notice. And let me reiterate that reliability of the cyclone feed and the gun in general: I thought it would be a good idea to waste what was left of a 200 can of Brass Eagle paintballs that were nearing the age of one year. I fired them off as fast as I could and not a single ball broke nor did they curve off of their trajectory. I then proceeded to load up some quality paint and was very pleased with the results.
Conclusion: If this in-depth review doesn't convince you to spend the extra bit of cash and get an A-5 as opposed to a marker that will need more maintenance and upgrades, then nothing will. For approximately $240 US (lower if you shop around) you get a lot more bang for your buck because of all the included extra features at are otherwise mods or upgrades for every other gun. I sincerely hope this review helps someone out. Inthefrey, another person who wrote an excellet review of the Tippmann A-5 under this section was posted on march 7, 2003 sold me on this marker. So I hope I am writing this to atleast back up his claims that the A-5 is an "excellent piece of Tippmann engineering and workmanship". It was worth every penny to get it. I hope anyone who buys this gun enjoys it even half as much as I have.

P.S. I want to thank all those that submitted whole-hearted, detailed reviews of the Tippmann A-5. You helped me make the right purchase decision.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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TXtippmann Monday, August 16th, 2004 | 4:43 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by erik vandenavon
people with tipmanns always play like their in fighting in a war. and the tipmanns look like real guns but paintball is not war if you play like you are a soldier in the army you will lose.
I play like that, and I have no probem winning. Would you like to play against me with your tactics? I don't think you would stand a chance.
   

nahthan Sunday, September 19th, 2004 | 5:58 am PST
Not all people with Tippmanns play like they are fighting a war, some are newbies who will run to wherever someone points them, others primarily play speedball, and some just... play.
   

P8nthavcmkr Monday, November 22nd, 2004 | 7:23 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by erik vandenavon
people with tipmanns always play like their in fighting in a war. and the tipmanns look like real guns but paintball is not war if you play like you are a soldier in the army you will lose.

I guarantee that any Special Forces or Ranger from our military could woop you in paintball, Speedball or Scenario they will win. Since the A-5 has the feel of and MP-5 the could use it just fine. Plus the military actually trains with paintball guns.
   

P8nthavcmkr Monday, November 22nd, 2004 | 7:28 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by intruder_89
if anyone wants a "military" simulation u shouldent be playing paintball. one word AIRSOFT!!! airsofts guns actually look exactly like a real gun.

Paintball is way more realistic than airsoft, the only thing real about airsoft is the look of the guns thats it, the feel and sound of Paintball is way more real, even Vets say Paintball is the closent thing to war without the death.
   

TXtippmann Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 | 4:44 am PST
P8nthavcmkr, you are so right. All these little punks on here have no idea how devastating a well trained soldier can be.
   

jagged Monday, December 6th, 2004 | 2:41 pm PST
Thanks for the review i think u just convinced me to get an a-5
   

spyder sniper00 Tuesday, January 11th, 2005 | 8:46 am PST
The Spyders and Tippmanns are all good guns. I like to think i am in war when i play paintball especially when i go to Oklahoma D-Day! I prefer my spyder xtra over my a-5 because it is a better sniping gun since i dont have a flatline on my a-5 but it is a great speedball gun for now(I HATE SPEEDBALL! TOO MUCH WASTED PAINT!).
   

recball Friday, January 14th, 2005 | 3:47 pm PST
airsoft is the most pothetic excuse for a good time i have ever played! :( SO BORING! Anyway- I DONT KNOW WhaT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT 9by15" 100ft away more like 9 feet by 15 feet. I HAVE BOOMY and from 50ft balls curve like 3 feet! WTF?
Last edited on Friday, January 14th, 2005 at 3:48 pm PST
   

recball Friday, January 14th, 2005 | 3:50 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by TXtippmann
P8nthavcmkr, you are so right. All these little punks on here have no idea how devastating a well trained soldier can be.
sthu loser AIRSOFT SUX NO INTENSITY HOW IS THAT REALISTIC???? SHOOTING PLASTIC PEBBLES AT EACHOTHER.... i have an airsoft- IT SUCKS-SO BORING!
   

ironfreak Thursday, January 20th, 2005 | 6:04 pm PST
play speedball it is paintballs future

I think it is halrious when I see these "snipers" put 400 bones into a tippman

ANd dude you think the a-5 can fire faster than a timmie or a dm5 or a nerve, or a karniveor now that
is funny
   

Sporefrog Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005 | 2:49 pm PST
I saw an angel fired once. In terms of rate of fire and accuracy, only the angel beats it. And the angel had an electro trigger and it didn't beat the A-5 by much.

So the only gun more accurate and faster than a A-5 is an Angel? These are all the guns waaaaayyy better than an A-5: DM4, Freestyle, B2K, BKO, Nerve, Shocker, Autocockers, Ego, Timmy, DM5, Angels, Proto Matrix, Impulse, Pimp, Evo, and even most Spyders are more accurate and faster than an A-5. Saying that an A-5 is almost as fast as an Angel is like saying you are almost as smart as Albert Einstein.
   

smokeymcpot573 Tuesday, February 15th, 2005 | 5:58 pm PST
tested this gun and its a worthless piece of crap, range is terrible, accuracy is terrible. Sure its built like nails, thats why ppl use them as rental guns but they shoot like rental guns too. My impulse is just as reliable and it shoots a heck of a lot better. As far as the looks ppl say it looks like a real gun, but it doesnt look like the real HK MP5 because it doest have a bulky barrel or a huge loader sticking out, if youre really concerned about realism switch to airsoft. overall this gun is for noobs, dont waste your $$$$$$
   

smokeymcpot573 Tuesday, February 15th, 2005 | 6:03 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by recball
airsoft is the most pothetic excuse for a good time i have ever played! :( SO BORING! Anyway- I DONT KNOW WhaT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT 9by15" 100ft away more like 9 feet by 15 feet. I HAVE BOOMY and from 50ft balls curve like 3 feet! WTF?

What a stupid comment ive played airsoft and paintball, sure i like paintball better but the GOOD airsoft guns can go up to 600FPS and can penetrate the skin and are accurate up to 75 yards
   

p8ntballrebel89 Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 | 6:02 pm PST
about the well trained soldier... yes, they are devastating. Private Chris Andrews, part of the 82nd Airborne Division. Never played before in his life until back in June when he played with my cousin and me. We played a a few little 3 man-every man for himself. No lie, he was by far one of, if not the best 1st time paintball player i have ever seen. Definetly the best woodsball player i have ever seen. And no, (not to sound arrogant or anything) but don't consider myself to be a crappy paintball player. He just used his military reflex's that he was taught in basic training to help get the job done.
   

Sporefrog Friday, March 4th, 2005 | 4:53 pm PST
This statement makes what ever you say wrong and stupid:
"I saw an angel fired once. In terms of rate of fire and accuracy, only the angel beats it. And the angel had an electro trigger and it didn't beat the A-5 by much."
Saying an A-5 is almost as good as an Angel is just retarded.
   

footballn62 Saturday, March 26th, 2005 | 1:52 pm PST
don't any of u guys get it the these are just a lot of tippmann lovers writing that their gun is the best. THis gun cost way to much to upgrade. Just a bunch of freaking tippy lovers.
   

Tippmann ace Friday, June 3rd, 2005 | 9:38 pm PST
hey that was a great review, ive read many reviews about the A-5 and this prety much sums it all up, i was a little bit sketchy about getting the A-5 but now i am definatly going to, except i think im going to get a scoep and flatline barrel on mine + shoulder stock lol
other then that GREAT its got me sold
   

likeahstone Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 | 2:35 pm PST
Hi, I'm Nate. I own an A-5. It owns. Buy it. Thanks.
   

DflyNchimp Saturday, June 25th, 2005 | 10:14 pm PST
great review...but I do believe the Tippmann guns aren't plastic, they're cast aluminum
   

Hobbes Black Sunday, June 26th, 2005 | 8:21 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by erik vandenavon
people with tipmanns always play like their in fighting in a war. and the tipmanns look like real guns but paintball is not war if you play like you are a soldier in the army you will lose.

Yes, maybe if you are playing speedball. But for woodsball, paintball is almost exactly like a war, except the guns don't fire as far. Military tactics have been proven to work.
   
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