The Opposing Force 416 Shroud for the Tippmann A5 is one of the most versatile and functional shrouds available. Now the Tippmann A5 can be quickly and securely transformed into the weapon of choice among special operations units around the world. Constructed of durable and lightweight materials, this kit will last the toughest training or recreation scenario. Optional metal rail upgrades enhance the feel and durability. Never before has a Tippmann marker so simply and completely been converted into a modern M4 style combat rifle.
* Lightweight Steel Construction
* Secure Mounting and easy installation - No Set Screws!
* Side and Bottom Rails Upgradable to 6" Metal Rails (Sold Separately)
* Floating Barrel Design
* Designed to fit most models of stocks including all the folding models (does not fit the MP5 Sliding Stock)
* Durable Powder Coat Finish
* Made in U.S.A.
The OPSGEAR 416 Shroud is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
I bought my A-5 with the intention of modding it out to look like a real gun, so six months later I've decided to take the dive. Between the M16, G36, 416, and MP5SD looks the 416 was easily the most practical and lightweight not to mention it looks MEAN, so I decided to go with that shroud.
When I received my package from OPSGEAR I was surprised to see that it was fairly loosely packed in the box. I instantly thought that either the kit was going to be busted when I opened it or their shroud is so tough that it needs minimal care when in transit. Iím glad to say that it was the latter, giving me high hopes for durability in the field.
For those who donít know the shroud is made of steel with a very tough anodized paint job. The shroud itself looks like it will take a beating before it starts to show any wear, which is important since shrouds are mainly for looks and it'll be experiencing the rigors of woodsball every time I'm out.
As for the picatinny rails I stuck with the stock plastic ones, which are also very tough and durable. The screws that the rails are attached with are stuck in there VERY well, so Iím confident that they wonít come loose while Iím running around.
The shroud comes in two pieces that need to be taken apart so you can attach it to the marker. The problem is that the screws are secured just as well as the ones holding the picatinny rails and theyíre an absolute pain to get out. In fact I practically stripped three of the four screws that hold the shroud together because theyíre locked in so tightly! Iím not going to bother calling OPSGEAR for replacements, since Iím worried that Iíll just strip them again, instead Iím replacing them with some stainless steel screws which are much stronger.
After I got the screws out and separated the two halves I put them onto my A-5. The Ďspineí of the shroud is the hardest part to attach, itís a tad bit finicky but itís possible. The barrel portion is much easier, itís just a matter of threading the tiny screws through both pieces properly. Once everything is on, though, it wonít budge one bit.
I managed to get out last weekend, much earlier than I was hoping to so I got to test the 416 out, and first things first, this thing is TOUGH! It doesn't budge at all when I'm running, did not scratch despite me falling HARD at one point, and I barely noticed the added weight during the day! After I was done, though, is another story...
The shroud is also very easy to clean. Since it's held together with four tiny screws, one long bolt, and a pushpin it's quite quick to take apart AND you will have access to all the nooks and crannies of the shroud. All you need is a damp paper towel to wipe off any paint that's on it and you're good to go.
I currently don't own any rail attachments, but once I do I will comment on how they hold up on the plastic rails.
This is an excellent product, and if you're looking for a very function but awesome looking shroud then look no further. I'm giving this a 10 because it achieves virtually everything that a person would look for in a shroud: looks, weight, and functionality.
tippmann A-5, E-grip, 12" J&J, OPSGEAR AK47 folding stock, OPSGEAR 416 shroud, Lapco m4 mag, home made suppressor mod
-Very strong with 0 wobble
-Extends marker length forward
-A few nooks and crannies can make cleaning difficult if your lazy
Okay, so I got this kit as soon as it cam out, and after having it for about a year I thought it'd be a good time for a review. To start off the kit is made of three pieces but two stay together basically making it two pieces. The installation of this kit was pretty easy you pull out the push pin just under your rear sight and the screw that holds you front sight in place. Remove the sight and place the top rail over you marker and slide down wards, it just slides in nicely and if you have the plastic rails they are precut for the cyclone, i don't know about the metal ones. Once in place push the rear push pint back through. Take the lower pieces and slide it up from under and slightly to the right. like up the set screw holes on the top rail and screw in the 6 supplied screws, finally take the final screw which goes through the front sight screw whole, this goes through the lower piece, the top rail, then through the receivers then back out the shroud on the other side. CAUTION: when doing this make sure to hold the lower pieces tightly together because the screw may not thread immediately and push the metal away, possibly bending or warping it slightly. Once that is done you can screw you barrel on if you removed it, and you don't have to take the shroud off to do it, it can safely slide right down inside the shroud.
The shroud is made of three pieces of folded sheet steel, which is powder coated then screwed together. The entire kit fits extremely snugly on the marker and does not wobble at, nor does it cause any scratches on the original A5 body. The shroud makes no direct contact to your barrel so you don't have to worry about it marking up you barrels. The only problem I've encountered so far is that when it gets shot, you may have to disassemble it fully to get to paint spray inside the shroud. Which isn't a big deal once you get a hand of putting it together, you can take the kit on and off very quickly if need be it's about 5 screws and a push pin, but 4 of the screws are super short. I would suggest this kit to anyone who wants mounting rails with a solid look, and who might like some more length on the A5 like I do. This kit is very solid and because it's so knew still, it looks very original and gets a lot of praise.
Definitely a solid buy, may seem a little steep of a price at first but definitely worth it once you have it.