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Number of Reviews: 14
Average Rating: 9.8 / 10
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Suggested Retail Price: $319

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The B-5 bullpup mod for the A-5 has been developed with intensive player feedback over the course of many years. The B-5 will provide you with a significant tactical advantage over your opponent! If you've never tried a bullpup in paintball, now is your chance! You will be amazed.

The features of the B-5 are:
Includes an Ape rampage board
The B-5 accepts A-5 upgrades such as triggers, low pressure kits, grips, hopper mods, A-5 barrels, flatline, Apex. You name it!
Quick change battery compartment. Replace the battery by removing one pin. Battery is fully field swappable! Don't find yourself suck on the field with a dead battery again.
Field strip the B-5/A-5 by removing only two pins.
APE board is field legal and fire modes are be accessible via the side of the shoulder stock.
No need to worry about a little water or rain as the APE board is waterproof.
At 28 inches in length from the buttplate to the tip of the marker this mod significantly shortens the overall length of the A-5.
The B-5 does not require modification to the A-5. (it is optional)
The B-5 is built out of durable ballastic nylon not cheap plastic.
This B-5 package consists of two receiver halves, a rear buttplate, a APE Rampage Board, New hardened steel Sear Pin, E-sear tripper, a safety, instructions and the required nuts and bolts to assemble the B-5.
Product Availability 
The Identity Crisis Paintball B-5 Bullpup Mod 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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Bulldog-Josh_W Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock Tippmann A-5, SpecOps A-5/SD Shroud
Marker Setup: -Tippmann A-5/B-5, LPK, UTG Folding ForeGrip, X-7 Hopper, rails, flashlights, 2x42 Red Dot...
Strengths: -Makes the A5 amazingly compact
-Extremely light, durable and well engineered
-Includes APE egrip.
Weaknesses: -Must cut for A5 front lip or remove it.
-Gappy when installed over newer A5

Review: 15 word MAX in strengths & weaknesses above makes me sound like an ESL student, sorry.

At the moment mine is out getting Duracoated, so I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, though I did put it together and chase the cats around the house with it for a while. It is everything I hoped it would be- I pre-paid for mine back in 8/06, and it was well worth the price and wait. The construction, balance, and length reduction are amazing.

I highly recommend cutting off the front lip from your A-5 to install this. It gives you a little more room for your trigger hand, and I can't see any reason I would ever want to go back to a stock A-5 configuration after holding the B-5. If you're too clueless to do it yourself, Identity Crisis can sell you a B-5 with the A-5 already installed.

People with the newer powdery finish A5s have reported that the B-5 halves do not fit perfectly tight because those new A-5s are a little thicker. It doesn't seem to effect performance though. Best bet is to pick up a beat-up older style A-5 for this anyhow, since it will be mostly covered by the B-5.

People whine about the price on these, but by the time you buy an egrip, APE board, butt stock, and any kind of decent barrel shroud or body kit you're getting up around the B-5 range, but not getting anywhere near the feel of this bullpup.
Conclusion: I highly recommend trying one of these out. I don't think you'll be able to resist buying one if you do, regardless of price.
Rating:
9 out of 10
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slasherdan Sunday, March 18th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Anything Tippmann .. Nothing else is Bullpup.
Marker Setup: B-5:
- A-5 with polished Internals
- Custom LPK
- Female Palmer Stabilizer with Custom Swivel Kit
- APE Ramage Board
- J&J Edge Kit
- Stock hopper, X-7 Hopper, Tac Cap
Strengths: Read the review ..
Weaknesses: 1. The price (but read below)
Review: I've been watching and waiting for this kit to be released for a long time. I've met the owners a few times while they worked the kinks out of the design and gave them my feedback on their "current design of the moment". The final product is nothing but remarkable.

You need to read the instructions before setting it up. If for nothing else than to curb you're eagerness to get it completed. Assemble IS easy enough but if you rush through it you might miss something. The Directions and plenty of technical support can be found on their website.

After putting it together I found that it worked flawless .... I didn't even had to tamper with the APE board.

The wieght distribution put all the weight of the marker in the rear. It makes it easy to handle and shoulder. I was able to acquire I target faster. The profile of the gun is more compact and SHORTER that all markers out there.

I got to play with it this past weekend and I had no problems with the marker. Granted I was cleaning a LOT of paint out my barrel but that's because the field was using BAD paint. Thankfully I have a Lapco adapter for 98 to A-5 on it ... removing and cleaning the barrel was super easy.

There were plenty of times where I was out numbered and I was able to switch targets to lay down cover fire to either fir suppression or multiple eliminations.

It's priced at $350, and it is a hit. But when I added up the cost of modding my stock A-5 to anything else I ended up spending less on the B-5 than through anything on Spec Ops or Ops Gear.

Some of my friends initially told me that I could mil-sim for less through E-Bay, but my time to convert on my own is non-existant. Plus seeing how I didn't throw to much into my A-5 I think I got the most BANG for my buck.

These guys include everything you need. And if you don't already have a E-frame you don't have to worry about getting the e-frame shear. The kit comes with it. Great marker, great support, and great set up.
Conclusion: I'm sure I'm missing some points here cause I'm having a belated St. Patricks day. But this thing is Awesome. You will not be disappointed. I know one other B-5 owner personally and met another one this past weekend. We swap stories and ideas and everyone that asked to hold it were impressed with the final product. If you have a stock A-5 and looking to do something different then consider this first.

If you already have a modded A-5 then ask someone who has the B-5 kit if you can handle it so you can make the decision to take the dive or not.

And to be totally honest, some apparent flaws in concept or design that I thought existed just didn't when I finally got into the game.

This was designed by guys that PLAY paintball and took down notes when they listened to what we liked and didn't like. I have to give a hand to Identity Crisis Paintball for a job well done and hope we see more products like this in the future.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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Deathkill Friday, March 16th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month21 of 21 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann A-5
Tippmann 98
nothing that really compares
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 with LP kit, e-grip, B-5 Mod polished internals
Strengths: Compact. Really good balance Lowers you over-all profile!
Weaknesses: Left handed shooters will have difficulty
PRICE! (more on this below0
Review: Okay, I just got mine in the last two weeks but have already fallen in love with it. The instructions were pretty easy for me (but I am pretty experienced at taking my A-5 apart and putting it together), just make sure you follow all of the directions. The design is SOLID! When you have your A-5 in it it doesn't shake around or creak or anything, it feels solid. The balance on it is perfect bringing the weight of the gun back against your shoulder. I love this thing, I don't know how best to describe it except to say that if you see one on the field (and judging by what people who have held mine have been saying, you will see a lot of them eventually) ask if you can hold it. You won't be dissapointed.
The price is kinda high, but when you think about it, you get an APE board with the powershot solenoid, a good forgrip, stock, and how it actually lowers your profile and brings the gun back tighter against you, it isn't that bad. The quality is worth it though, this isn't cheap plastic...this is really strong stuff.
Conclusion: I don't know what to say, even now I have it sitting on my dresser and it makes me want to play with it...it is that much fun.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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FantasticDamage Friday, March 16th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month31 of 31 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
As far as its overall function none...
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5 with ICP B-5
Flatline
X7 Cyclone (Faster Feed Rate)
JCS Redhot Powertube and Bolt
Palmers Male Stabilizer
Vertical Grip
RIS Rails
Strengths: Compact Design
Excellent Electronic Board (APE Rampage)
Designed for Customization
Very Strong Material and Design
Weaknesses: Unable to shoulder the marker left handed (A5 Hopper Gets in the Way)
Review: Having just gotten this a week or so ago I have actually used it enough I feel to post an accurate review. First I will start with the installation. The unit comes bolted together and somewhat pre assembled the only real assembly needed is to mount the A5 into the unit. Make sure you read the directions slowly and carefully as I was too excited and skipped over some small yet important steps. The directions are usually very clear and walk you through the installation pretty easily, the unit comes with everything you need to assemble the unit except a dremel. Yes this modification does require you to either modify the B5 itself or the A5. The front lip on the A5 either needs to be removed or a hole needs to be cut through the shroud. This was the most difficult part and may not be suitable for customers not lucky enough to own a dremel. After the install however I got the unit bolted together and went out for a test run.

The APE board allows you to customize everything! It also has 8 modes to choose from....This is by far the best board available to the A5 and is used and mounted very well. The backside of the B5 allows you to with a tool change modes and customize each mode. It also allows you to change the rate of fire. The APE Rampage board allows 15-25 BPS and the stock A5 Cyclone is rated at around 17 BPS. There are many mods for the cyclone to increase the feed rate (QEV) I however, used a cyclone off of an X7 (Rated for 20 BPS) and can fire at higher rates of speed.

Now onto an actual field use of the B5. I played last weekend at Command Decisions Paintball in NC. I hadnt played in a few months due to school but had to try my new toy out. The B5 really does offer a compact design...compared to you regular sized milsim markers I was able to hug bunkers and do a lot more things with my marker that I usually couldnt do. I was able to fire over logs while prone without the need of blind firing. I ended up with a good Kill:Death Ratio (5:1) and Im almost postive the B5 did aide in that. Like I said the unit allowed me to tighten my profile up against bunkers, resulting in a drastic decrease in my profile.
Conclusion: This modification was definitely designed well. ICP spent many months perfecting the design and it shows. The only downfalls is the actual installation. However, if the user reads the manual carefully and has access to a dremel they should be ok. If the user doesnt have a dremel Im sure ICP could pre cut the B5 to allow the A5 to fit properly.

Overall I would say this unit is an excellent upgrade/modification
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, March 16th, 2007 at 6:28 pm PST
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