The All New Tippmann A-5 is a high performance paintball marker with the patented Cyclone Feed System. The Cyclone Feed System Links the Feeder Sprocket to the Air System. The Faster you shoot, the faster the Tippmann A-5 feeds. Pull the Trigger 15 times a second, and the Tippmann A-5 feeds 15 balls per second. The Tippmann A-5 is also easy to clean and maintain with its no tool field strip feature. Innovative technology, maximum firepower, unsurpassed accuracy and Tippmann durability are the core foundations of the all new Tippmann A-5.
The Tippmann A-5 is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
better barrel, any barrel will be better than the stock barrel
make sure to get a big tank
-RT can be disabled
This gun has great value, it's cheap, and its a tank, people say that the money spent on getting a new barrel will cost as much as an entry level cocker, true, but an entry level cocker isn't as good as an upgraded a5. That money alone will only buy you the cocker, and you still need to get an electric hopper for it, and you still won't get the ROF the rt has until you spend $400+ on an e/worr blade. I'm not saying cockers are bad, it's just that you need to invest more to make a cocker worthwhile.
Now with the review,
When i got the gun and played speedball, i didn't find anything wrong with the stock barrel, i didn't notice how bad the accuracy was because i play front and the inconsistencies were not great at 50 ft. Then, when i played a scenario game, where i had to shoot people 150+ ft. away, i couldn't get people unless they more than half of their body was exposed and i sprayed them.
It was easy to spray because of the amazing ROF from the rt, it's so easy to use, when you pull the trigger about halfway, it starts to imitate full auto, the piston shoots the trigger back into you r finger and the tension in your finger pulls the trigger and starts a continuous cycle of pain for your opponent.
The gun is a big gas hog; with a 20 ouncer, i get around 500 shots, its not that big of a deal because the field that i go to has all gas fills included with the entrance fee.
I highly recommend this gun for entry or intermediate level, and it's low profile and non-reflective paint job makes it great for scenario games, with the right upgrades it will compare with the SIMS if you're so serious you spend that kind of money. The positioning of the forgrip makes it hard to keep a low profile while snap shooting, so i dont recommend getting into serious tournaments with this gun. This is a great gun for recball, especially if you have the rt. After i save up some money, I'm probably going to buy a cyborg for tourneys, i give this a 10 because even tho the stock barrel sucks, 90% of people upgrade their stock barrels anyways, and gas is free at my field, so the CO2 consumption hasn't caused problems either
14in AA barrel
20oz AS c02
I order buy prioty
1. New barrel u can get a cheap after marker barrel such as a SP teardrop or an J&J ceramic
2. Double trigger
3. Hpa, regulator
Built like a tank,
has a good company behind it
LOud, heavy bluky
Cyclone cannot keep up with guns true potnential
Only buy this gun if u are a woods ball player or are prepared to spend ours of your time doing custom mods to get bps. Problem is, that up for this gun are way overpriced (egrip is $120, LPK=$150) and u will spend bout 450 on ups to get this marker to preform on a cocker level. Not to mention for the price of the A-5 u can get a Spyder imagine with ups. SO think, really think bout what u will used this marker for before buying. Don't make the mistake i did by thinking it can compete with a autococker if upgraded (it cant)
Bottom line this would be a great marker if tippmann just put a little more time and effort into it
Buy if u like woods or have to much time on your hands. But I will say it again this marker is OVERPRICED, u are just buying a 98c with a cyclone feed witch by the way is what is keeping this marker from hitting 15bps + as the cyclone feed can only feed 15bps. Take it from me Don't buy this marker GO get yourself a espyder or BKO
they will make u much happier
*It feels solid, not like some toy. It has a real weight to it. I can see how younger kids could have a problem with it, but as a grown man, I LIKED it.
*Far more accurate than the rental gun I used. That's not saying much, but there it is.
*My A-5 didn't seem like a gas hog, though again, I don't have much to compare it to.
*The noise didn't bother me at all, but again, I don't have much first-hand experience yet.
*I did FAR better this time out with the A-5 than I did my first time with the rental hunk-o-junk. I averaged 2 kills per death in a beginner walk-on group. Not too shabby. Compare that to the 1 kill and 8 deaths on my first time... HUGE improvement. I could actually hit what I was aiming for, even if it took a few rounds. I had to fire 2 or 3 rounds just to get the paint moving in the right direction, then I had a decent chance of nailing someone.
*Kind of a pain to put back together after a full dissasembly. I don't know how hard it is compared to other markers, I just know I had a heck of a time after taking it apart for the first time. Now that I've actually done it, I'm sure it will be easier next time.
[Edit: Having taken it appart and reassembled it in under 15 minutes, I completely recant this issue. The only problem I had putting it back together is the next weakness.]
*The "quick remove" push pins that hold the grip stick, and are VERY DIFFICULT to remove by hand. They're not much easier to insert either. There are 4 such pins, and two of them are holding the grip. The other two are easily taken out... almost too easily.
[I've taken to holding the tab in with one allen wrench while pushing HARD on the end of the pin with another. After a bit of heaving and profanity, the pin will come out. Definitely NOT an "in the field" procedure.]
*The trigger felt kinda funny. I'd used several different firearms prior to my paintballing and my initial "out of the box" impression of the trigger wasn't favorable. However, once I got it out on the fireld, I didn't even notice it. Not a big issue.
[edit: On the other hand, I'd picked up a couple differend paintball guns at a local shop, and the trigger on one actually wiggled side to side... so this is a definite improvement over "flimsy PoS".]
*I don't care for the way the cyclone feeder is attached to the main body of the gun. With everything else unscrewed, the cyclone hung by a little rubber hose. I feared I might break it, though nothing went wrong. Not a big deal, but still.
[ Edit: If that hose detatched with everything else when all the pins and screws were removed, it'd be great.]
Despite having listed almost as many weaknesses as strenths, I'm very happy with my A-5. All the weaknesses I've listed are pretty small stuff, particularly the trigger feel. All the strenghts are the important stuff... I "just works", it looks good, it shoots pretty straight.
Not perfect, but Really Good. Solid 9.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, September 1st, 2004 at 9:41 am PST
Flatline (First thing you should buy, or at least that you should buy one day)
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-Looks awsome and work just as good
-Light (Well some of you say its heavy...3.5 pounds heavy?)
-Average accuracy with stock barrel, once upgraded to Flatline, it'll shoots where you aim in a straight line.
-LOUD!!! (I love it, fun to scare people =P)
Price (400$ CND stock)
None, except a rather small front hand guard? Well this doesnt reduce the gun rating at all.
Buy it if your interested in a reliable, heavy-duty gun or fast shooting non-electro gun.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, August 28th, 2004 at 3:58 am PST
Tippmann 98 Custom, Chrome-moly 16oz tank, 16" Boomstick, Evil barrel adapter,Pure Energy expansion chamber, 9 volt agitated hopper.
Carr stock, New barrel
First off this gun is NOT mine, I have a buddy named Josh. It's his gun, he's in the Reserves. When he got married, him and his wife went on honeymoon and he lent it to me for about two weeks.
Durability (Big time)
Aiming (Big time)
Crisp trigger pull
You feel so manly holding it
Lemme think....... nope nothing.
Well, when he lent me this gun it was fully tricked out. It had a Carr Stock, 9" stock barrel, Cyclone Feed (Don't know if thats stock or not?), Red dot sight, etc. When I pulled this gun out of his duffle bag it felt like it was part of me (Ok, a little too spiritual there sorry!) Anyway, he was out on honeymoon like I said, and the people he bought the house from (My old neighbors) had a swing set. Well within a good five minutes, the whole thing was bright green! Anyways enough of my rambling, how he got the gun is that the Army Reserves bought it for him, and he trains with it. They pay for everything, thats great! He's the nicest guy in the world, and he has the greatest gun in the world, thanks Josh!
This is the most pimpin gun in the whole world! Buy it, without a second thought, even a child could handle it.
I think people talk about this gun to much it is a little highly over rated cause i know alot of guns that would beat it. Now it will beat like every gun in durability but i dont plan to stick my gun in alot of dirt or mud.. or bury it.. I would say buy this gun if you want to play in woods but i dont think its good for tournement use.
Buy Flatline barrel and new stuff for it so it is more accurate thats it.
When my friend first bought this gun i immedietly asked him how much he would sell it to me for. Soon enough i bought it from him. The gun stock seems to be o.k. on gas and the stock barrel is surprisingly accurate. The best thing about this gun is that you will never need to buy an electric hopper which would probably cost you a dick and a leg. So far i have not chopped a single ball, even when firing rambo style.I have put about 20,000 rounds through it!! This gun got a lot better when i bought the stabilizer regulator. I got about 1400 shots out of a 24 ounce tank. Once you have the stabilizer then you can get a flatline barrel. This barrel is very accurate with the stabilizer. All around this gun is awesome.
This product is reliable and will shoot your friends in the a@$ with both accuracy and efficiency.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 12th, 2004 at 12:25 pm PST
A-5 with a RT and a red dot, and unfortunately a thunder pig
Wow, well most definitely a barrel, and if not already a RT or E-Grip, and perhaps a double finger trigger
The stock barrel, and the velocity changer
I got this gun for Christmas a couple years ago and there is not a better gun out there for the price. My A-5 with a crappy thunder pig barrel out shot an impulse with a Freak. We each shot 10 times from 15 yards away and three of my balls were out of pattern and 4 of his were, but one was a couple inches off...I got the Rt on it and i love it this gun is by far the best gun you can buy. There is only 2 complaints i have. One is the 8 inch stock barrel, but you can put it to good use if you get a sniper compressor on it, it makes it 70% quieter and a lot more accurate. The other problem is sometimes you decide to change your velocity in the game and you need allen wrench's and time to do that with the A-5. Other than those two minor things the A-5 is gods gift to earth!
Abosulutly great marker, not only is it a blast but extremly reliable. If and when you buy this gun get a barrel for it and you will have just as nice of a gun as some of the pros! I will give it a 9.5, only take off .5 for the barrel since this is a review for stock, but with aftermarket barrel a STRONG 10!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, August 17th, 2004 at 5:33 pm PST
Bought my A5 a few months ago, I love it! You can't beat it's consistantsy, it is accurate to. Looks good. I sa bit of a gas hog, but it makes up for that with it's performance. Tippmann did a good job on the A5.... There are a few mods that can be done to the trigger to make it shoot faster, and there are alot of upgrades availible for the gun. The only problems are that it is loud, and you have to use the specific A5 hoper on it.... otherwise it is th ebest marker I have ever shot!....