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~XF~ Dukester Thursday, July 17th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months29 of 31 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Spiders, Bob Longs, Auto Cockers, Angels and many more.
Marker Setup: The Tippmann A-5 with a Smarts Parts All American barrel
Flatline barrel for the scenario games when you just need to reach out and touch someone.
E-Grip, which really makes the gun ROCK
Compressed air with a coiled remote
Red Dot sight
Neopreme camo hopper cover
First and most important is the barrel. I got the Smart Parts 12" barrel first which works really well with most paints. It provides great accuracy and good range.

I use compressed air so I recommend using the E-Grip. This grip turns your marker into a electro for about $125. I found that the Response trigger did not work well with compressed air. It took several months for me to figure this out but everyone on our team that has a response trigger and compressed air has problems getting the gun to go full auto. I have shot A5's with CO2 and a response trigger and they really rock. The response trigger just really doesn't like compressed air.

If money is no object then go for the Flatline barrel. It will do crazy things to your range but you loose just a little on accuracy. When I say loose a little I'm talking about at long ranges. With good paint and good weather you should get about 100 feet further with the Flatline barrel. This barrel is not good for the junk paint nor the old paint. I use RPS Premiums and it works very well.

A coiled remote will do two things for you. One it will lighten up the gun for those long 24 hour scenarios and two it will make the gun look and feel more like a real gun which works well with the guys who like playing scenarios.

If you have the Flatline Barrel then adding a Red Dot scope will help you out for those pesty little guys who like to "duck and jive" out of one bunker. You just pop that Red Dot on one of the places he keeps poping up and let him have it. It also works well for the guys who see you and think they are too far away so they give you that little wave, just daring you to shot them.

Strengths: The cyclone feed and reliability. I can't say it enough...this gun rocks
Weaknesses: Loud
Review: I have lots of experience with paintball. I'm one of these guys who started playing back in the late 80's. My first paint marker was a Splat Master, single shot and would only hold 10 rounds. I could play 3-4 days a month, all day and not shoot more than 500 rounds total. The game has really come a long ways and the players are much better and so it the equipment. I now play for a scenario team of 20 players. What I'm getting too is this, I did a lot or research before purchasing this marker. I wanted something that wasn't going to leave me on the side lines because I had to tweak it or fix it. I wanted something that would work well in all weather, something that would last and be able to still put a hurt'n on some of the guys who are shooting thousand dollar guns. The A5 was the ticket.

I was a little concerned about the price. Believe It or not it didn't seem to cost enough money. I was use to more expensive markers so I was really cautious about this marker. I didn't like the way other Tippmann markers looked or the way they were assembled. The A5 is completely different. It is assembled more like a Spider than other Tippmanns. The simplicity of taking this marker about is very nice as well.
If the weather turns bad it takes about 3 minutes to pop on the stock trigger so there is no need to worry about that expensive electro trigger.

Tippmann put a lot of effort into the production of this marker and it really shows.
As stated earlier I play on a scenario team and we really put a lot of paint through these markers. Tippmann has been great about replacing worn parts at no charge. When they say 1 year warranty they really mean it.
Conclusion: This is a GREAT marker for the price. I'm sure their are better markers but not for the money. It looks cool, works well and will keep you on the field playing and not in the parking lot tweaking. Like I said earlier, this gun is loud. It will make newbies shake with fear when you open it up on full auto at 15 RPS. Veterans will keep their heads down and swear under their breath at you just for making so much noise.
It really is GREAT!
Good luck on you purchase and I hope to see you in the middle.
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, July 20th, 2003 at 12:11 pm PST

Review Comments
P8nthavcmkr Saturday, August 9th, 2003 | 12:30 am PST
I would like to no which one is better the 98c of the A-5 and i want proof not a opinion. Im not saying which is better i just want to know because most people just say which is better by some dumb opinion so can some one give me the proof i need.

TXtippmann Wednesday, August 18th, 2004 | 7:52 pm PST
Originally posted by P8nthavcmkr
I would like to no which one is better the 98c of the A-5 and i want proof not a opinion. Im not saying which is better i just want to know because most people just say which is better by some dumb opinion so can some one give me the proof i need.
By asking that, you are going to get nothing but opinions. They are both common enough that you should be able to find one of each to shoot for yourself. They are both Tippmanns, so they are both tough and reliable. The rest is up to personal preference, what you need, and budget. But you won't know which is better for you until you try both of them yourself.

Nwilson Thursday, October 7th, 2004 | 11:33 am PST
Is one better than the other? Well, the A5 and the M98 are both very different guns. I will say that the A5 clearly has more features that the M98, but is that better? It comes down to what do YOU want and need in a marker. I would encourage you to try them both out, and then decide. I could list all kinds of FACTS about the gun, but that doesn't mean that it is the gun for you. After all, the ony opinion that matters in the end is YOURS!

P.S. As for me, I prefer the A5.

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