The Tac-5M Recon is one of the most customizable paintball markers in the scenario paintball scene. There are nearly a dozen different accessories for the tactical look and performance you demand. With easy to use features and effective results this marker is the choice for beginners and veterans alike.
#Bottom line set up
#Precision barrel system
#Removable tactical handle included
#Multiple mounting rails
#Double finger trigger
# Multiple position feed port with two Sniper offset positions either left or right, and an Assault vertical position
# Gorilla Grip self sizing loader adapter designed to automatically size and grip your loader to the marker for a secure and reliable fit
# Quick and easy field strip design to allow you to quickly maintain your marker on and off the field
# Bonus removable tactical handle accessory Adjustable and removable foregrip for custom positioning based on your preference
# Multiple accessory mounting rails to allow you to quickly and easily attach a wide variety of accessories
# Variety of shoulder stocks, bipods, grips, and other accessories available.
# Precision barrel system for increased accuracy
# Blade style double finger trigger for increased rate of fire
# Spyder barrel threads
# Available in camo or black
The JT JT Tac-5M is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
It's an ok gun, didn't give me many problems. Chopped balls if I tried to fire quick. Used air like it was going out of style, but it did me good for my first gun at the time. Last time I used it it was leaking air, but that was found to be an o-ring. I used it for 8 hours a week (roughly) and only HPA.
if i was just starting out I may buy this gun.it great forkids as the camo look will make them happy, but it has no really good performance
Stock Piranha GSX
VL quantum loader
Stock Tippmann a-5
Pretty good feel
Chops paint like crazy
It's tempermental. Somedays it will shoot all day and only break a few, but most days it chops like crazy. I was just using a gravity hopper, but that's what it comes with...come on. It's very heavy and is also very loud. It always works as it's supposed to though. (aside from always breaking balls). It also has very low BPS capabilities. Has no range or accuracy with the stock barrel as well.
It's an ok gun. I would definitely buy a 98c instead though. Or if you can, most definitely go for a Tippmann a5. But this gun will do.
mostly other JT sports markers and their other lines like viewloader and brass eagle (VL High Voltage, JT Stealth, Brass Eagle T-Storm, Brass Eagle Blade Turbo, VL Tritron II, and this marker)
a US Army/Tippman Alpha Black Tactical
VL High Voltage:
VL Force electric hopper
Stryker Carbon Fiber 12" barrel
JT Tac-5 Recon Camo:
old brass eagle 140 ct hopper
Stryker 12" Carbon fiber barrel
PMI Pirahna USP:
Extreme Rage Holster
US Army Alpha Black:
Old Brass Eagle 140 Hopper
Easy to use
accepts spyder threaded barrels
not a gas hog
Loud and can be hard to clean
I got this gun referbed from a online paintball retailer along with a bipod. I use a old brass eagle 140 tactical hopper with the Tac-5M as it is a little smaller than your standard 200 ct hopper. the stock barrel does good but adding a 12 inch carbon fiber barrel does well on this gun also. the accuracy is very good out to 75-100 ft. after just over 100ft the accuracy does drop off, but when most, if not all, markers are only accurate out to a max of 150 Ft then drop off this is not bad. the camo color works very well for woodsball. I used it in the woods where i use to play and would set up in a thick bush and snipe guys as they came past and they had a hard time telling where the shots were coming from. Granted the gun is loud but when you have a ion shooting in ramping mode and a A-5 RT shooting along with about a half dozen other markers while you take pop shots at people then you really dont have to worry about the loudness of the marker as the others drown it out. As i said in the weaknesses it can be a little hard to clean if you get a paintball to chop in it. not so much hard as a little time consumeing as you have to remove the asa adaptor, air line, feed neck, and the velocity screws before you can take it all apart. but the inline tube design does make for a easy clean and relube job.
This is a great gun. Would be nice with a e grip attatched to it. Works well with a bipod and stock system for use as a short to medium range sniper marker.
Even though this gun has its weaknesses I still think it can hold its agianst better guns. So far I havent had problems with ball chopping or anything like that. The tac 5 has a good rate of fire if you can overcome the long trigger pull, and I think that though its accruacy isn't dead on its good enough for me to shot though a hole the size gatorade cap and hit someone on the other side.
Great marker for beginners. Can easily be customized to suit either the shooter or the game you are in.
Tac-5 (NOT the same as the Tac-5M), Spyder Rodeo, Vueloader Orion, Triton, and Lancer, Brass Eagle T-Storm, Pirahna USP pistol, Brass Eagle Tiger Shark, Rex R2
JT Adjustable Stock
BT M16 Apex barrel
PCS US*5 M-16 BARREL
Viewloader Evolution II Hopper
Weaver /dovetail rails
Easy field stripping
Assortment of accessories
Lower BPS firing rate
No electronic trigger upgrade available
Plastic cocking pin (easy fix)
I was shopping for an upgrade to my stacked tube design markers that was a mil sim design. I was surprised to find the JT Tac-5M as low as $60 new, and after comparing to others like the Alpha Black, Tippman Custom 98, and BT 4 I was even more impressed with it. Since I already had a large collection of spyder threaded barrels the Tac-5M won out.
For about what a bare bones marker from the others would cost I was able to outfit the Tac-5M with a nice electronic IR sensing hopper and the adjustable stock. My first experience with it was a little rocky, as it broke every ball I fired right where the breach and barrel met. After cleaning it out a few times I found the culprit, a small piece of foam stuck in between the body halves in the breach area. A few seconds with an xacto knife solved the problem and it has not given me a problem since. The only other out of the box issue was the plastic cocking pin, but the adjustable stock comes with a brass replacement, so that solved that problem. Otherwise a 1/8 x 3/4 inch tension pin makes a good replacement when the ends are squeezed slightly.d
Having previously bought the Tac-5 for my son I expected to be the same marker. However most of the parts are completely different! The body looks similar, but is all new. The valve and valve sleeve are similar, but again completely different and the Tac-5M version seems more robust. They do accept the same accessories though.
With the top and bottom rails being stack Weaver and 3/8 you can mount accessories from other manufacturers as well. Tippmann uses a 3/8 rail on top, and they will fit the Tac-5M and Tac-5 nicely. The top rails are almost 8 inches (200mm) long. It comes with two feed ports, one for vertical feed, one thats reversable for right or left hand 45 degree feed. I use mine 45 left with the stock handle in place. The stock handle makes a decent rear sight when combined with either of my M16 barrels.
Accuracy is as good as I had hoped for. Being able to sight along the top makes a difference as I work to get a hit on the 1st or 2nd ball instead of spray & pray. I aim and anticipate where my opponent will appear, and when they do I can accurately get in a few rounds.
This is a mechanical only marker, with no electric eye or trigger options. I can chrono it at 8 PBS consistently, but your mileage may vary. The trigger is heavy with a little longer travel than needed. However, with the provided foregrip and the accessory stock I'm not holding the marker with my trigger hand, so its easier to use two fingers on the trigger.
Another feature that makes it attractive for woodsball is that it is essentially a closed bolt! This is a feature you won't see on anything but higher end markers, and all of them are far more complex to clean and maintain. Being an inline (not stacked tube) power tube is a plus for wear, maintenance, and ruggedness.
The gun looks great and gets a lot of good comments, even from my die hard woodsball buddies and their $$$$ markers. It has made a huge improvement in my game as I can now hold my own with these guys, especially at long range with the Apex barrel. With my old markers even with the Apex I was usually out gunned in any kind of sustained firefight. I use the same config for indoor "scenario" with the PCI M16 or the stock JT barrel and again find the ability to sight along the top and the consistent delivery to be great assets, keeping me in the game against much more expensive markers and more experienced players.
As for JT USA they have live support with American's on the phone, and fast responses to emails.
If you're not a Speedball / Xball player and are looking for a versatile weapon consider the JT Tac-5M a contender. Spyder barrel compatibility is a plus for a lot of us, along with a superior design and reliability to match its mil sim looks. I'm giving it a 9 because even though it had teething problems JT support was excellent.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 9:50 pm PST