TIPPMANN A-5 CAMOUFLAGE
14" Proto 1- Piece Barrel
None necessary so far...
Maybe a red-dot, it's accurate enough
Maybe a stock
Maybe a bottom-line ASA (or if not, a stock for your CO2 tank)
I bought this marker a couple days ago, and before doing so I found practically no reviews for it... so I thought I should write one.
As of right now, I haven't played a game with it yet, going out tomorrow to see how it stacks up on the field. I'll update my review after.
The first thing I noticed was how light this marker is, even with my 20oz CO2 tank in it. It's also well-balanced. The pump action is very smooth, and I'm expecting it to get better as I work it in. The anti-double cocking feature is nice - while test shooting I actually tried to cock it twice because I didn't know if I'd already done it, and it wouldn't let me. The detents in the marker don't prevent rollout, just ball stacking, but to be honest I haven't had an issue. Don't cock your marker and run around with it... not really as issue.
The autotrigger function was fun. Basically, just hold the trigger down and pump. Can get shots off very fast, actually. Even while doing that it was pretty accurate, I'd assume my rough pump action is the main reason my shots were a bit off. When you take time to pump and aim it's incredibly accurate... even without having a good sight or a red dot on it. I'm very impressed with the accuracy it provides, especially for $130 marker!
That's another thing, the price. Can you really beat the price? I initially set out to buy a CCI Phantom but the dealer in my city went out of business... so I ran into this marker in another shop by accident. Glad I did, saved myself about $100... and it's left me very impressed thus far.
It's also a highly customizable marker. My 98 Custom I tried to customize, and went a bit overboard. My A-5 I never bothered, just wanted to keep it simple. I can see myself customizing this a bit though. It's got nice Picatinny rails on it... unfortunately neither my red-dot nor my raised rail fit on it. But if you like to trick out your marker, and want to play pump, this is the place to start.
The weaknesses are self-explanatory. It shot very loud. However, I was using an almost-empty CO2 tank, so I'll update this after my game tomorrow. The cocking was also loud, but then again... who's really going to hear that?
For $130 you can't go wrong. As a first time pump player (but long time paintball player) I'm thoroughly impressed. It's a very very good starter pump gun, and has pretty much all the bells and whistles you'll need - and if it doesn't, you can add it!
Also: If you have an autococker, the Trracer accepts all autococker barrels.
Offset Top Rail
NC Star 3x scope
Sport Shot Hopper
Barrel to match paint
Cheap light and simple to use!
Rate of Fire but it's a pump so....
I was surprised that there was not more reviews of this here. They have been becoming more and more popular as pump play grows. Until this point there have not been a lot of options for those who want to play pump but who also prefer milsim. You could go Phantom or find an old PMI but you won't have rails.
As is typical with Empire markers they take what has worked in the past and improve on that as well as passing it along with a good price. For the 120 dollar (although I've seen some retails sell it for 99 bucks now) you get a lot of marker or at least a lot of options. The Empire Trracer really is the modders dream. Rails on the bottom of the grips cry out for a pump handle as do the top rails suggest either a red dot or scope.
If that were not enough for the sniper, the marker is also set up to single feed First Strike rounds and even more tempting thought for limited play fans. This is best done by removing the feedneck completely and just going single feed but can be done with a hopper with some trouble.
It's also set up to air up from the back as the normal old style trracer or you can bottom feed it. This is nearly a must however as it's going to be almost impossible to sight with a bottle on the back, even a small one such as a 3.5 (I've tried it). Bottom feed it and be done with it.
The pump stroke smooth and effortless but not like a highly tuned cocker pump. Still some people actually believe playing pump with wear them out, it's simply not going to happen, you won't notice the action. It does have a sort of plasticy machine sound the the action but I kinda like it, again it's what you play and this marker is clearly made for more of a milsim or scenario player in mind.
If you need to lay down some cover fire it does have an auto trigger. Don't expect much accuracy with this as the mear action of you pumping is going to throw off your aim. Again however this marker is all about options and this gives you another.
Nelson based guns have a good rep for being pretty accurate and effiecent and the Empire Trracer carries that heritage. Where the marker really comes to shine however is when you barrel match it. Do this, get some quality paint and you will surprised just how accurate a paintball marker can be.
It's a lot of marker for what you pay for. My personal belief is that EVERY paintball player should own one pump marker. It forces you to play better and a pump game can really maximize your fun. This marker is a simple and cheap way to get into pump. Easy to upkeep, easy to play and real cheap to play. You can honestly play all day on a 100 round hopper of paint...really and you can have a lot of fun. Just give it a try! I'm giving it a 9 only because nothing is perfect.
Gas efficiency. Plastic. As positioned, the tank will likely interfere with modern masks.
I got this gun not long after it came out, late in 2010. I have used it for several days and fired roughly 2000 rounds through it, a mixture of Draxxus Bronze, Draxxus Triumph, and Toxic. I've used this gun in all types of basic play, woodsball, hybrid, hyperball, speedball, and airball, and it performs well in each.
Overall I am rather pleased with it. The gun is reasonably accurate and will probably improve with good paint. The pump stroke is not as nice as a converted cocker but better than a lot of the old-style pumps. I've had absolutely no problems with mis-feeds, double feeds, or the like. The gas efficiency is not the best among pump guns, with a 11cu compressed air tank filled to exactly 3000psi, I could typically get a small hopper and a small pod, maybe 150-200 shots total.
With picadilly rails on the pump handle and along the top of the gun, it's heavily mod-able and easy to add a variety of sights, handles, etc. I found a bottomline to be a must when using it with a modern mask, otherwise it cannot be held at eye level and aimed without bumping up against the mask.
The gun is easy to maintain but two issues here. First, it didn't seem lubed enough out of the box, a nelson bolt gun should not cock when it is not gassed up but mine was doing so until I lubed it up. Also, after roughly 2000 shots, I can't help but notice that there's a bit of a nick in the ring at the back of the bolt, where it's latched onto and held back by the sear. We'll see if this becomes an issue in the future, even if it does break through the ring it looks like the bolt could be inverted and used until the other side also gives out. But it's hard to tell with only 2000 shots fired through the gun.
One other minor thing about this gun, it is quite loud.
Recommended if you are looking for an inexpensive gun for pump play that is also easily mod-able.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 2:15 pm PST
Lazer sights are a plus, although not necessary.
Fore grip makes holding and pumping the gun a lot more comfortable.
Remote line or a bottom line kit is best.
Out of box consistency
I picked up a trracer setup today for 200 bucks, including sights and a grip, and I was nothing short of ecstatic from the way the gun preformed.
The pump stroke is very smooth, and gets better and better the more you use it. The stock barrel is phenomenal, its shoots straight even at 100+ feet. The gun comes stock with anti double feed and detents, so you won't have to worry about balls flying out your barrel. Its feather weight polymer design makes it easy to run with and snap shoot, but the guts are all aluminum so it isn't breaking any time soon. The autotrigger is also a big plus, and works very well.
My only issues were the back bottle design, which forces you to use a 9oz or a 13cu air tank. Aiming with any tank larger than those is extremely awkward and renders sights useless from the angle you are holding it. I saw players running remote with this gun, and they had the best results, although you can get by fine with a small tank. Buying a bottom line adapter is another option as well.
Another issue I had was with the velocity, out of the box it was all over the place, like +-50 fps... Five hundred paintballs later it was a more reasonable +-20, and I trust it'll improve as the gun breaks in. (This was with air btw)
Overall I recommend this to anyone who wants to own a pump and not fork over the 300 needed for a decent phantom. It's not quite as nice as the higher end pumps such as the sterlings, phantoms, cockers or chipleys, but for 150 bucks your getting a solid pump gun that shoots straight and won't disappoint.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 7:57 pm PST