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STOCK IMPRESSIONS (comparing to the 98)-For starters, a stock A-5 is slightly better than a stock custom 98. With prices having fallen on the A-5 (don't spend more than 200.00,) the price difference between the two markers is more than made up by the cyclone feeder/hopper that comes stock. The stock barrel is also far more accurate than the 98's, though you'll want to replace that soon enough. As for weight, the A-5 seemed to weigh about the same as the 98, and I've heard some little kids complain about the A-5's weight, but anyone slightly larger than your average 10 year old girl should be able to handle it just fine! The cyclone hopper works great, and it's a relief not to have to put batteries into it. I was slightly worried about the hoppers profile, but upon comparison with the halo on my Orracle, its no where near as bad as I had feared. As for the front end of the hopper being flat and that being bad, I've used every gimmick hopper out there that supposedly makes the balls bounce off the hopper, and they are all useless-the flat front wont be any better or any worse than what you've used (note-old A-5s apparently had weak plastic that could crack from frontal blows, that has been changed since the second manufacturer run of the markers.)
tippmann a5 paintball gun tippmann a5 review LOOKS-This is subjective, but, in my opinion, the A-5 looks like some sort of smg and looks great. If you like chromed out markers, which I do as well, then you might hate not being able to trick your A-5 out like you can with any 'cocker. Since I like it both ways, it's no problem, but I'm surprised that tippman or one of it's after market manufacturers hasn't spent the time/money/effort to give it's fans a few more visual options.
UPGRADES-This is the good part. The A-5 has upgrades, once purchased, they make this marker the best of the mid ranged markers. and the best looking The flatline barrel on this thing is the only barrel to get, put away your broomsticks and AA's, they cant touch it. The 98s flatline shoots farther than the A-5's but is very inaccurate, and alot of players assumed the A-5 had the same barrel, it doesn't. It is just as accurate as the barrels I mentioned (i put 2 cases of paint through each,) but it can go far further. The A-5 with the flatline is loud as hell, but with the increase in range it's an acceptable trade-off. This leads us into the famous "I caught a flat line ball" fish story...at least with the A-5, this is not possible, I've gotten 3 tools out when they tried (about the funniest damn thing you've ever seen too.) The E-grip is the next toy you gotta have, because full auto and/or burst is just too much fun. In full auto, your ROF will match anything out there that I've fired, and with HP you wont have to worry about freeze-ups. True full auto will cost you in accuracy (and money for paint,) but this is true for any gun that's firing 15+ bps. My only complaint about the e-grip is that its too vulnerable to dirt getting into the holes and into the board, I recommend putting electrical tape over the holes once you select your rof prior to play. Though those upgrades are pricey, they are well worth it. There isn't ANY marker out there that for the exact same price can match a properly built A-5 (see my build.)
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Durable. throw it in the mud and it still shoots It can take a beating and still work perfectly.
Upgradeable. mil sim look , The most customizable gun available today.
Dependable. The A-5 is known for it's reliability through all weather types and conditions.
Cyclone Feed(runs off shooting air ) can deliver balls up to 17 balls per second and no batteries are required.
Accepts both compressed air and CO2. best feature of all
Performance and Accuracy (Review)
Straight out of the box, it looks great I was able to load up and fire the A-5 similarly to many other mechanical guns, though it had a slightly stiff trigger pull. Where it differs form other guns, though, is its method of loading balls to shoot. A star-shaped loader inside the cyclone feeder is advanced after each shot with the same air that fires the ball, forcing the next ball into the chamber. squisy paddles hel alot here and are a great upgrade ..This allows for extremely rapid rates of fire without needing an electronic loader and virtually guarantees against missed shots by failing to load a ball.
The A-5 is more accurate than many mechanical markers but it really is not as accurate nor nearly as fast as a good electro-pneumatic gun. At forty feet, using compressed air, I was able to shoot a hundred balls into a circle with a spread of about six inches on both sides of my target - good enough to shoot a player but not good enough to really need a sight or scope.