ROF is great. not too expensive. semi, burst, full auto
sort of hard to set at first, tricky to get it to respond, (practice)
I sold my Spyder TL + with the 32* LCD on it last week. The LCD gave me the ROF i was looking for, but after a few different barrels, and upgrades, i still could not get the range or accuracy i wanted out of that gun, so i sold it and began looking for a gun that met a few specifications 1: something that looks different 2: something that shoots far. 3: accurate. 4: fast. So i orderd the A-5 /RT /flatline. and took it to my local field yesterday with a group of friends. This gun meets all of my expectations. The RT is great.
( i bought it on the notion that i would get my wife to get me the E grip conversion
for X-mas), but after its performance yesterday, the E-grip is nothing more than a memory. This thing is cool, you gotta get one. It does everything that my 32* LCD did, even better there are no buttons or batteries, just a valve that you can turn with you finger nail. Also the 32* LCD did not function once it got the slightest bit of moisture in it. That wont be a problem with this trigger. The flatline barrel is also great. On my TL+ i had a 32* 16" 2 pc precision barrell that improved the accuracy, but it can not touch the distance of the flatline. The only other guy out there that could shoot as far and accurately as me was my co-worker, he has a custom 98 with flatline. ( i shot him on his thumb from about 60-70 feet thru a 2" tall x 3" wide hole in his bunker he says by luck. but i was actually aiming thru the sight and only fired one shot so u be the judge) The myth that the RT eats up your co2 is false, it uses excess (extra) co2 that was used to shoot that shot.
CONS: The A-5 itself is a Co2 hog. The flatline does slow your velocity by about 30 fps. The cyclone hopper does not feed when you have about 70 shots worth of co2 left. When aiming through the site, the side hopper blocks your whole right side view. Im getting a remote, this gun is too heavy to hold up and wait for that one shot one kill sniper.(also the tank gets in the way when you are trying to aim thru the sights)
This set up is everything that i wanted in a new gun i highly recommend it to any rec player that likes to stay back and snipe, and with the ROF from the RT, it can also get you out of a jam. Get one, my co-worker is. My overall rating for the RT is an 8 because of the exposed unprotected hose, but performance is a 9.5 My gun setup i give a 9 due to the cons i stated above.(mostly the hopper in the way)
If you don't want to worry about the added bulkiness of a drop forward (not to mention the fact that you have a big honkin' TANK on your gun,) try getting a Remote. They're available for just a few bucks more than a good billet DF.
As for the hopper being in your way, try this: Folding stocks, especially the ones with rear velocity adjusters. They let you aim very well, and the ones with RVAs on 'em give a more natural feel to the gun as they drop the stock about an inch or so. Personally, I took the front sight off my A5 so as not to be distracted by it and perch the folding stock on top of my shoulder for those tough aimed shots. What is achieved by this is a direct line of sight down the side of the barrel. Of course, you'll need to be running a remote for this to work. Interestingly, this shouldering tactic doesn't give you much higher a profile than is already presented by that grinning round thing you keep in your mask ;-)