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Number of Reviews: 7
Average Rating: 7.3 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $40

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The Firestorm Crank™ is a simple but effective, rapid fire trigger attachment for your Tippmann A-5.  The Firestorm Crank™ will fire the trigger on your A-5 paintball marker 4 times for every turn of the crank. Turn it 10 times and lay down a firestorm. It will shoot the A-5 at 15 paintball per second. It mounts easily with just two screws that tighten up on the trigger guard; it’s even easier to use. Choose whether you want to use it right handed or left handed. You don’t even have to take apart you marker! After mounting, just attach your Co2 or air tank, fill your hopper with paintballs and you’re ready to go. Release the safety on your marker and you’re ready to fire by “cranking the handle”.  It’s like having a Paintball Gating gun!
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The Equalizer Paintball Firestorm Crank is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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DrewRiggio Monday, March 29th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Similar
Products Used:
None are available
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
DOP 5.25" forward, 2.25" downward Drop Forward
PMI Pure Energy 88ci 3000psi HPA tank
Smart Parts All American 14" barrel
Two Finger Trigger
Firestorm Crank
Strengths: Increased ROF
Weaknesses: Requires marker tucked in tightly for stability.
Review: I heard about this item from a friend and went to their web site to learn more about it. I took one look at the video of this item in action and was hooked on the idea of using it. It's primarily used on the video with a Tippmann a-5, which is what I have, presumably due to the reliable feed of the A-5 Cyclone Feed System.

I bought it and the shop owner was kind enough to give me a 500-round bag of paint to test it with. Installing it was a little bit more difficult than I had thought. The device works by pushing a flat tab backwards into the trigger, which is kicked back into the crank by the trigger return. this happens four times per revolution of the crank. I had to position it carefully and cut the tab to fit my trigger. This requires disassembly, but there is a perfectly clear picture of how to do it on the packaging. This requires the included allen wrench and one smaller one whose size I don't recall but I found by trial and error. Once done, I pulled the trigger frame off the marker and attached it easily with the provided allen wrench. Then I re-attached the trigger frame and was ready to rock. The set screws did scratch my trigger guard, but it's a plastic Tippmann 2-finger guard, I don't care if it's dinged a bit and the Crank covers it anyway.

I gassed up the marker and went out behind the shop to the test range and unloaded the whole bag of paint with the crank, less about 5 shots I did firing manually to confirm I could still single shot without the crank being an interference. It worked fine in both modes.

Using it is different from normal firing because the position of your firing hand has to change. Because the marker will tend to mvoe more than if you are pulling just the trigger, you need to keep the marker tucked in tightly to your shoulder to brace it. If you do that it will move pretty much the way it does when firing without the crank. The amount of physical force needed to turn the crank is very small. If you lost anything by way of accuracy, you can make up for it in sheer volume of fire. Because keeping it rucked in tightly is requried to stabilize it, this unit will probably have a tougher time working well on markers without a stock or which use a remote because you cannot easily tuck them in.

This tool is most useful on markers that are difficult to shoot quickly. If you can already fire your marker faster than 12 BPS because it has a very light trigger pull and you are very skilled in walking it, there's no reason to use the Firestorm Crank. If you are using a mechanical marker with a heavier trigger pull, this item can drastically increase your rate of fire. Without disrupting my ability to shoot fairly straight I can turn the crank three times a second easily; if I want to push my luck I can send it around four times though that will tend to make the marker move a bit more. Still, without this crank there's no way I would get my mechanical A-5 to fire 16 BPS, which it can do with the crank.
Conclusion: Gives great ROF increase. Not useful on markers that already fire 12+ BPS. Works best on markers taht can be tucked in tightly, so markers with remotes and no stock might have a hard time with it. Should come with allen wrenches for both sizes of screw and a pad to protect trigger guard finish. Overall a wonderful item for low to medium mechanical markers .
Rating:
9 out of 10
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Fridaddy Saturday, June 24th, 2006
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Period of
Product Use:
Only tested6 of 14 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: SP-8 lookin like USSCOM
Flurry Industries Emissary Vest and Shingards
AIM Customcocker "Eagle 21" Freak Barrel system, 3A 68/45K tank.
'99 Sniper II w/ a Gen2 NVG scope
PT Extreme pistol in a Copps911 drop down holster
Another PT Extreme w/ tank adapter new barrel and hopper adapter
(when I general a scenario)
ACI F-4 setup as a M-4 for LE training.
NW-89
Strengths: None
Weaknesses: See review
Review: For those in California. This item is a Felony to possess Even though its marketed for a Paintball gun this item will fit on a firearm. Be aware before you buy one.

refer to Cal Penal Code section 12020 (redacted for this item)

12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:.............any multiburst trigger activator.........,

As used in this section, a "multiburst trigger activator"
means one of the following devices:
(A) A device designed or redesigned to be attached to a
semiautomatic firearm which allows the firearm to discharge two or
more shots in a burst by activating the device.
(B) A manual or power-driven trigger activating device constructed
and designed so that when attached to a semiautomatic firearm it
increases the rate of fire of that firearm.
Conclusion: See above, just a warning for California players
Rating:
2 out of 10
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seankubin Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Cranks such as these are found in gun shows for mounting on rifles.
Marker Setup: -= Tippmann A5 =- (Rugged, dependable marker)
-=Flatline barrell=- (I still think its magic)
-=Palmer stabilizer=- (best stabilizer)
-=Fire storm crank=- ( Used with telescoping bi pod when needed)
-=Double trigger=- (finger fits under the crank for accurate firing)
-=Low profile cap=- (like a 30 rd hopper- conserves paint)
-=7x zoom scope with 4" eye relief=- (Spot the enemy, then close on them)
-=Stock hopper, stock grip, stock bolt, etc=-
Strengths: rapid firepower
Weaknesses: plastic carving. Initial setup requires shaving of the trigger and or the firestorm crank.
Review: the device works fine once installed.
crank can be turned accidentally very easily, which is a safety hazard, and you waste
alot of time taking off the device, or just the arm. but I fear that the plastic will start to wear out. thou it hasnt yet done so.
the crank is great for big scenario games. combined with the flatline, you have a very
effective mortar system.
there is no easy way to store the crank. but at least it doesnt fall apart, its one solid unit.
for now I just toss it in the box, and hope it doesnt get screwed up.
For 30 dollars its alot cheaper than the egrip, or responce.

A double trigger lets you use either the crank or the bottom trigger.


I threw down a 10, because it stands alone in the market.
and has no serious faults as of yet.
Conclusion: If you spot a cheap 'used' crank on ebay be sure to question the condition of the mounting threads. not the best investment, nor a mandatory one, but it sure is a cheap price for such a powerfull option in a scenario game.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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Marine786 Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
none
Marker Setup: have an A-5/E-grip/Flatline/8in Blead Blasted Bigshot/12 J&J ceramic/Custom 45 Degree offset scope mount w scope/JCS Voodoo stock w/ RVA/ Tactial assualt sling/ Modded E-grip/Lapco Milsim Grip
Strengths: With this on the a-5 w/ E-grip on turbo mode, this thing rips.
Weaknesses: People will make fun of you when they see the crank
Review: When i first heard about this thing, i laughed. Then i saw the video on Equalizer's website. It was shooting really fast for only a stock grip. I got to thinking how fast would this thing shoot with an e-grip on turbo? I got it for christmas, and tried it out as soon as i got it. My first reaction was DAMN that hing is fast. You dont have to worry about out shooting your hopper cuz you have an a-5:) This is not for caual play though, its more for senario games.
Conclusion: I would buy this product if you are going to some big games, or some senario games. If you just play with your friends, dont bother. Ill give it a 9 cuz its a good product, but not for everday play
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, March 10th, 2004 at 9:38 am PST
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bryze Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
N/A
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5
A5A2 air-thru stock
remote to 68/3000 HPA Java tank
Flatline/14" CP 2 piece/12" JJ Ceramic/10" Smartparts Teardrop
R5 Ricochet hopper
Double trigger
Firestorm crank
Strengths: High rate of fire
Weaknesses: Takes some attention to detail to grind this puppy down.
Review: Had a response trigger on my A5 for a while but when I switched to HPA and did some work on my A5, I found the attention required to acheive a worthwile ROF was too much to spare in a firefight. I went ahead and grabbed a double trigger and put on the double trigger firestorm crank. Took an evening at the grindstone to get this thing set up so I could comfortably slip one finger in for semi-firing under the main body of the crank mounted on the top leg of the trigger. Also had to shave down the tab a bit. However, now that that's all out of the way, this thing thunders on the field. A slow and steady turn on the crank is needed to fully realize the ROF you can acheive. This thing will scare people into calling themselves out before you hit them (happened twice last week). Remember, most peeps are used to a quiet hiss from an electro marker, but an A5 sounds like a cannon. A high ROF backed by that sound is just damn intimidating. Would highly recommend a stock in order to set the marker in to the shoulder to allow the left hand to grab the foregrip, and the right hand to work the crank.
Conclusion: Great product, requires a little A5 experience to fully appreciate this little beast, but sure as hell rocks out!
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 at 7:58 am PST
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ericfreakyv Monday, March 20th, 2006
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Period of
Product Use:
Only tested0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Marker Setup: ION , NDZ fire body, CP barrel, QEV, CCM no-rise feedneck
Strengths: Faster and eisier rate of fire.
Weaknesses: Innacuracy and chopped balls at the higher rates of fire.
Review: I tested the firestorm crank on a souble trouble A-5 with a scuba on my back. the gun was really heavy and i needed a sling to carry it. it was origanally meant for a tank but they took it out for this occasion. the crank i found must be turned slowly or else balls would chopped and the gun would jam. it was klind of hard to aim cause i wasnt used to holding the gun that way. although it does give an increased fir rate.
Conclusion: I would rather gen an e-grip.
Rating:
6 out of 10
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pmfman Monday, October 3rd, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: Vulcan Series 5000
Tippman A-5
Icon-X
Spyder TL-X
Strengths: Rapid rate of fire
Weaknesses: Unstability (unaccuracy)
Review: I would only suggest this for a heavy gunner. it increases the rate of fire by a massive amounts but the faster you crank it, the shakier the gun gets.

Since it can be taken on and off pretty quickly (from what was initially expected) it is pretty cool and dosnt have to stay on when higher acuracy is needed
Conclusion: I give it a 6/10
Rating:
6 out of 10
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