Tippmann A5 Review

Tippmann A5

4.6 out of 5 stars

Pros

  • Extremely Durable
  • Easy to shoot and maintain
  • High rate of fire

Cons

  • Short Stock Barrel
  • Loud with the stock barrel
  • Uses a lot of air

Our Verdict

  • Incredibly easy to shoot, making it ideal for beginners
  • Can withstand any amount of abuse you give it and keep firing
  • Designed to be effective, not quite.

Technical Specs

  • 19 inches long
  • 3.2 pounds

 

  • .68 Caliber
  • 8-inch Barrel
  • CO2 or HPA compatible
  • A-5 Barrel Thread

Our Review

Sometimes called the Glock of paintballs guns, many recognize the Tippmann A5 for its reliability and durability, even under the most extreme circumstances. Between its construction and internal components, the A5 is the favorite among those paintballers who take their game to the extreme, jumping, diving and sliding around obstacles.

Excellent for any level of player

While the industry markets the A5 as the perfect gun for beginners, the actuality of it is that it is ideal for any level of shooter, regardless of age or size. The A5 is designed to be customized and comfortable to shoot while having as few moving parts as possible. To top it all off, it has some amazing features that will make enhance the game of even the most experienced player.

Construction

Unlike most other guns in this price range, the Tippmann A5 almost entirely consists of die-cast aluminum. Though it’s not the same metal body that other high-end guns boast of, the aluminum allows for increased durability while not adding much weight to the overall gun. The receiver barrel and inner components of the marker are made of aluminum while the grip and other none moving parts are still high-grade polymers.

In addition to the construction, the paint job on the A5 is impeccable. The finish seems to be near impossible to blemish and makes it incredibly easy to clean the exterior after a long day on the field. Additionally, the shock absorbing end cap helps to cut down on recoil, as well as reduce wear and tear on the gun.

With the mixture of high-grade aluminum and excellent paint job, the A5 is one of the toughest looking guns on the field. Add that to the cyclone feeder system, and you’ve got a gun that can hold its own in a field full of higher-priced guns.

Rapid Fire Abilities

Unlike other guns, such as the Cronus, the Tippmann A5 comes ready to shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger. To accomplish this takes more than just a smooth trigger pull. The A5 comes stock with the Cyclone Feeder System. This set up allows for the paintballs to be loaded consistently and shot quickly without the need for an electronic loader.

The cyclone feeder system uses the pressure from the air used to fire the paintball to load the next round. This system ensures the paintball remains intact while in the hopper and loads without fail. Between the cyclone feeder and efficient gas system, the A5 is capable of shooting between 15-17 rounds per second. Add that to the 200-round hopper that’s included, and you’ve got the ability to lay down some serious suppressing fire.

Testing discovered that the A5 worked well with even low-quality paint, making it more affordable to shoot several balls downfield. In fact, after shooting over 1500 rounds in one day, there was not a single chopped ball or broken ball from the gun.

Easy to Maneuver

With weight not being a factor, considering it only weighs 3.2 pounds, the ability to maneuver easily falls to the length of the gun. Some would say it’s too long to use short close-quarter combat since it is 19 inches. However, testing also discovered that, with the gas system being internal, the A5 is incredibly easy to maneuver in and around obstacles.

Additionally, the shooter doesn’t feel fatigued after an extended round of play due to its light weight. The molded grips and foregrip attached to the front only work to improve on how comfortable it is to shoot.

The gun is one of the safest to have on the field, as well. While most paintball guns forgo having a working safety, the A5 has a full operation selector switch that allows the shooter to effortlessly switch between semi-auto fire to safety with a flip of the finger. This function safety completely prevents the gun from firing by not allowing the trigger to move and engage the hammer inside the weapon.

Extremely Easy Maintenance

The last thing you want out of a marker is for it to be difficult to perform maintenance, especially when you are in the field. Tippmann has developed the A5 with that in mind. In fact, performing field maintenance on the A5 is so easy that you don’t even need tools to do it. Though it’s recommended to implement the “no tool field strip” a few times before hitting the field, once you have it down you can fix any problems in the field in a matter of seconds versus minutes.

Highly Customizable

What makes the A5 perfect for beginners and advanced players alike is that it can be customized to fit any playing style or level. From being able to swap out the barrels to adding a response trigger system, Tippmann has designed the A5 to be easily upgradable to fit the needs of any shooter.

Want a tactical setup? That’s easy to do with the A5. Want to become the sniper on your team but can’t afford an entirely new gun? Just purchase a sniper barrel and upgrade the A5. The variations are limitless.

Other Thoughts

While the A5, with its stock 8-inch barrel, is accurate, its effective range is only about 50 yards. Though you can easily change this with a barrel upgrade, some may want a more accurate gun out of the box. However, for most speedballers, 50 yards is the furthest they may shoot.

Therefore, the fact that the A5 is capable of shooting around 15 balls per second makes up for its short range. On top of that, being able to control the velocity accurately is a bonus for most shooters.

Others have complained about how difficult the “No tool” field stripping is to master. The perfect remedy for this is to follow the guide and practice before hitting the field. You’ll find that it’s no more complicated than other high-end guns on the market.

Conclusion

Overall, the Tippmann A5 is a workhorse of a paintball marker that will take a hit and keep shooting. That’s the kind of reliability you need when an enemy is bombarding you with round upon round. Trusting your gun to shoot is much more valuable than what your marker looks like, though the A5 looks amazing too.

With all of the available features, and the ability to customize so much, the A5 is an excellent deal. The fact that it comes from one of the top paintball marker manufacturers in the country is only icing on the cake. Take a chance and rent the A5 on your next outing. You’ll fall in love with it the first round.

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