The New X-7
• The most customizable marker ever made with a thousand different looks
• New magnesium receiver is extremely lightweight and durable
• New Cyclone EP (Enhanced Performance) system feeds up to 20 BPS
• New air-thru stock compatible system eliminates gas line under the marker
• New low profile, offset hopper for clear site line
• Modular shroud with four rails to add on sights and scopes
• AR15 style magazine with built in tool storage
• Picatinny top rail to easily add new risers, sights or handles
• Upgraded adjustable rear site helps with long range aiming
• Push pin design for easy field stripping and accessory add ons
• Includes maintenance pack, barrel sleeve, and gun oil
M4 collapsable/adjustable stock
5 1/2" JCS xShort Barrel (0.685 i think)
Flatline (Coming very soon!)
Red/Green Dot Sight
1" Sight riser
Very Mil-sim look
Comfortable fit with stock
Front Shroud Uncomfortable on bare hands
To start off with, i'm going to review the marker's individual aspects then review the marker as a whole.
This is an unbiased review as i've never owned a Tippmann before nor am I a fanboy of any other brands. (only played a few times before with spyders, etc)
I've only tested this marker and will be reviewing again once I get a few games in with it.
This marker is geared towards all out mil-sim and customizability (is that a word?). If you are looking for a marker that shoots fast or can be used for woodsball and speedball, look elsewhere. This marker is made for woodsball / Mil-sim.
Look and Feel:
Out of the box this marker was easy to setup. I purchased online in a 'package' with a stock, front grip, SP 16" barrel for under $400.
I would definately recommend a front grip or different shroud as the tactical rails are uncomfortable on bare hands and are rather sharp.
The push-pin assembly is a plus because all I had to do was pop the pins out of the backplate and install the stock. Same thing for the front shroud.
The hopper was snug when trying to fit it into the cyclone feeder but locked nicely into place.
When using certain aftermarket barrels that are thicker, you will need to remove the ring that lines the hole in the front shroud. This is accomplished by removing the shroud and removing the 4 phillips-head screws that hold it together. You gain about an 1/8" on each side of the hole which should be enough to use most wider barrels.
I've only tested this marker with a few hundred rounds (and not premium paint either). Paint used was Stryker and RECON camo by gameface (cheapo walmart paint lol)
A full 20oz tank adds some wieght but I like the realistic feel of a heavier marker. The hopper clears the sight rail just enough for me to see through my red/green dot sight. (Stock iron sights are just ok) With a mask on, it is difficult to see the sight so I ordered a 1" riser which should solve the problem.
I fired plenty of rounds with the stock barrel, 12" proto barrel and 16" SP tactical barrel.
Stock barrel was of course pretty crappy. Rounds curved everywhere at about 50 feet. The 12" barrel was quieter (more porting) and much more accurate but lacked distance. The 16" barrel was louder but gave more distance and more accuracy.
No breaks with the stryker paint. The RECON camo paint gave me two breaks with the 16" barrel but I was still able to shoot through it.
Upon screwing in a full CO2 tank I was noticing more CO2 spray than before. I think this was contributed to a lot of rapid shooting (just to see what it could do although the X7 isn't ment for fast shooting) and the fact that the gun was not yet broken in.
Accuracy at 100 or so feet was acceptable with the two aftermarket barrels but keep in mind that I have not yet had this gun chrono'ed in so i'm not sure how fast i was shooting. (will be reviewing again)
The main thing that surprised me is the size of this thing. The pictures online dont truely show how large this thing is. I wouldn't be surprised if it was actual size (if compaired to an M4 variant of some sort). To me, this is a plus as i wanted a Mil-Sim marker for woodsball.
I've heard plenty of people say that the marker is made of cheap plastic. Do not be fooled. The receiver is Magnesium and the other parts are a durable plastic-composite. Perhaps not the nylon/fiberglass reinforced material you see on military/police service weapons but its still tougher than 'cheap ordinary plastic'
Im happy with my new marker so far and will be sure to write another review once I get some more time in with it.
9 out of 10 for now because I still need to test it further.
I've had this out one time at the field now and will review it further.
Look and Feel:
Got plenty of compliments (mostly younger players 'ooooing and ahhing') , not important to me.
Heavy, heavy and heavy. I'll admit I haven't played in a while but jeeze this thing wore me down. With the stock and full 20oz Co2 tank I was actually tired of holding gun. I've got a sling to help with carrying it to and from the fields.
Actually wound up removing the stock and using the short barrel the rest of the day.
Purchased a 68/3000 psi carbon wrapped tank because of this. Will review later on with the new tank (this weekend :) )
A combination of sub-par paint, higher humidity and heat caused 3 breaks in my barrel but no chops. Once I got the velocity dialed in accuracy was average with all 3 barrels.
I actually PREFERRED my 5 1/2" short barrel because I think the tighter bore worked great for close range.
I tried spraying paint by 'half walking' the single trigger. It was kinda funny, guys next to me just looked at me lol. Might have gotten 8 BPS...
Anyway the feeder worked well until I started to get low on Co2, then every other shot was a misfeed, forcing me to manually cycle the cyclone. Then i just ran out all together (nice fully auto machine gun sound too :) )
Leftover marballizer paint shot the best (of course) with nice accuracy, no breaks in barrel. Combat.68 paint was just ok (field paint) with a few stray shots.
New rating is 8 out of 10 because the marker is nice looking but not overly impressive in the performance department.
Already ordered the Flatline barrel for this baby. Will review that *hopefully* this weekend.
I would recommend this marker to anyone who wants a good mil-sim marker. If you want mil-sim looks then go for this. However, be aware, this marker is heavier and slightly larger than most and if you are looking to customize this, expect to spend plenty of $$ as most upgrades are still at a premium price.
EDIT*** Weight is an issue with this marker it is large and heavy.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 11:56 am PST
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
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More than 5 years
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tippmann 98, tippmann a-5
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New gun!!!! Response trigger versuses e grip.
Light for a Tippmann, Accuracy, Design.
Bolt, Speed, maintenance,
Great new design, very cool and very good for a tippmann. However, same bolt design as a 98 or A-5. Same kick back as the others if not worse. Seriously at the 300 plus level players expect more. It is the coolest and most customizable tippmann ever, but whats the point of spending that much money if the marker shoots as well as the 100--98?? The A-5 was awesome when it comes to inivations in markers in mil-sim, however the x-7 doesn't grow or build on it very well. Save your money. Buy an A-5 instead, unless you have the money to blow and make a pretty x-7 and don't worry about performance. Its sad when it takes over a hour to maintenance the silly thing.
Don't buy!! Get a 98 or A-5 and upgrade for the money. Tippmann seriously needs a simple bolt out the back design for simple clean up.
Looks like an A5,shoots like an A5,and handles like an A5. This marker is but a dressed up billboard for Specialops paintball. I used this marker for 2 days in the woods,only to find its just a beefy imitation of the beloved A5 marker. What really upset me was that Tippmann and Specialops made the marker out to be "The most customizable marker ever"-whitch is simply not true. The fact of the matter is that the A5 is much more customizable than the x7 will ever hope to be. But aside from the advertisment of the marker,the performance was impressive. It has a satisfing kick to it,and is lighter than the A5. It wont let you down 90% percent of the time,decent accuracy,and as a nice gasthrough line if your using an air-thru stock(witch is only sold by specialops as far as I know). So as far as being a marker that gets the job done,its that and more.
If your into sights,red dots,etc.,or are just a total scenario player,this might be worth buying. But otherwise,stick with the A5,this marker just doesnt live up to the hype that Tippmann and Specialops gave us. But as far as the function and reliability of the marker,it passes in that department.