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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)