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cowface Sunday, August 17th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year103 of 116 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Compact, smart parts impulse, 98 custom, auto-cocker (black magic i think?)
Marker Setup: A-5- Flatline, Double trigger, 68/4500 nitro w/ remote
Recommended
Upgrades:
FLATLINE BARREL, nitro if you can afford it
Strengths: accuracy, price, cyclone feeder
Weaknesses: loudness, gas usage
Review: The A-5... a very good gun. I play in the woods and speed-ball, at paintball courses, and the A-5 works really well in both. The only other gun I've owned was a spyder compact, but ive played with all the other guns I put above in a game, borrowed from a friend or brother.

Paint
I've used a wide range of paintballs (from zap to RPS evil) in it and none ever break in the barrel or cyclone, However I did notice that better paint gives it better accuracy and constancy.

Flatline
I think the best thing I put on my gun was the flatline barrel. I didn't like the stock barrel at all. The flatline improved the range of fire and the accuracy. I also noticed that paint shot from the flatline will go through brush easier instead of breaking on a little twig in the woods. One thing I don't like about the flatline is that you have to unscrew certain parts of the gun to get it off, using allen wrenches but it never really breaks paint in the barrel because of the cyclone so it doesn't really matter, just sometimes it's a little hard for storage.

Air
The gun works well on CO2 but performance starts to decrease when the tank is about half empty, so i put a nitro tank on it which stopped that problem. Nitro has worked well for me and I get more shots out of it. Also the gun uses gas very quickly due to the cyclone feeder but I like it better than an electric hopper because I am horrible at remembering to change/recharge a battery. When im at a field I refill my air often, but when im playing in the woods I turn down my velocity to about 220 and the gun works fine on that, because of the flatline, but it dose work better with the velocity closer to 300.

Loudness.
When I put the flatline on the gun it made it particularly loud, then I put a nitro tank on it and it got even louder, because the flatline barrel has no holes in it to make it quiet. However it dose make this echo noise that is hard to pinpoint exactly so sometimes even though you hear it you can't exactly tell were its coming from. So the gun isn't that bad on "giving away your positions" in the woods. Also in speed-ball the loudness scares newbies which makes shooting them that much more fun!

Cyclone
The cyclone has always been dependable for me (just like the gun) and never chopped and paint it shoves the ball into the gun and holds it there. It also takes the place of a good expensive electric hopper. You can get the gun to shoot pretty fast (which is good for speed-ball settings) and it wont ever skip paint, you can get it to shoot even faster with the e-grip or response trigger, but i don't have either of those so I really don't know much about them.
Conclusion: All in all its a good gun, accuracy, range and everything. The stock barrel sucks, go for the flatline barrel its worth the money. I spent over $500 on my gun and I think it was well worth it. One thing thats bad about it is that it is a longer gun instead of a stubby gun, like most guns, which sometimes can get annoying in those "not so perfect bunkers" so i got a remote which helps. I prefer the plastic it's made out of instead of the heavy bright metal most guns are made out of. Its a very comfortable gun in your hands. I give it a 10 out of 10 because its a good gun that I would choose over an autococker and the price is VERY good, I paid $220 for just my gun.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
isuck2 Sunday, November 30th, 2003 | 10:16 am PST
If you want to save air you should definitely use an inline regulator
   

two72slacker Friday, February 20th, 2004 | 3:25 pm PST
The actual mechanism that makes the cyclone "go" doesn't take away the air, it merely uses the excess blow-off air. The gun is just an air hog for other reasons. Flatlines are great for woodsball. But i'll stick with my tricked out autococker, i spent $450 on it, but is worth over $900. Good review though.
   

98cman Saturday, April 24th, 2004 | 11:33 am PST
Where did you get an a-5 for $220
   

98cman Thursday, April 29th, 2004 | 12:32 pm PST
I need an honest suggestion. Stick with the 98c or buy an A-5?
   

TXtippmann Monday, August 16th, 2004 | 5:31 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by two72slacker
The actual mechanism that makes the cyclone "go" doesn't take away the air, it merely uses the excess blow-off air. The gun is just an air hog for other reasons. Flatlines are great for woodsball. But i'll stick with my tricked out autococker, i spent $450 on it, but is worth over $900. Good review though.
Nobody cares about your dang cocker.
   

tipp98delta68 Sunday, December 26th, 2004 | 6:55 pm PST
ya....dang cocker
   

bobpb Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 | 3:45 pm PST
ION IS WAY BETER!
   

bobpb Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 | 3:46 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by 98cman
I need an honest suggestion. Stick with the 98c or buy an A-5?

BUY THE ION
   

45longcolt Saturday, November 26th, 2005 | 3:55 pm PST
yeah ions are way to overated
   

krazy*kore Sunday, December 4th, 2005 | 2:29 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by 98cman
I need an honest suggestion. Stick with the 98c or buy an A-5?

dude get an a-5 there sick i had for 2 years i have an angel now so im selling mine but they are so reliable and a well worth the money
   

snowman4004 Sunday, December 18th, 2005 | 2:59 pm PST
only reason the guy states it is loud is cuz hes got a flatline which is really an extremely loud barrel. Stiffi or pig make it quieter.
   

ryankm Saturday, January 7th, 2006 | 3:20 pm PST
Get the MR2 it come with a stock and you get 25 bps. It also is full auto i was going to get an a5 because i have had expireience with it and then i saw mr2 and i got the instead it is infact a lot better gun. The only down side is you need expensive hopper. The MR2 is kingmans first woodsball type gun.



PS tippman a5 is a rely loud gun
   

DesertEagle16 Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 | 6:14 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by bobpb
ION IS WAY BETER!


You said it man, Ions are awesome. Mike let me use his the last time I was at Rogue and it is the best! Had a nice body kit too. Speed yellow. (Drool) I'm thinkin' about buying one. Not sure though.
   

ConvictsPB Sunday, January 28th, 2007 | 4:48 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by 45longcolt
yeah ions are way to overated

right on, and this review blows, no gun deserves a ten out of ten, and your a noob, dont make a review again. i completley agree, ions are over-rated save up another hundred, and go get a better gun. oh and guy who wants a-5 over 98c..there really is no difference besides hopper..stick with the 98c..(i have one works wonders. oh and i have a bob long a-bomb so F U noobs with ur a-5s and ions hehehe.)
   

xballschwier Monday, February 18th, 2008 | 2:36 pm PST
yeh that true i had the thing with the autococker happen to be and i think my A-5 was better.
   

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