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Old January 1st, 2011, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tippmann A-5 M4 Kit

I need to know where i can find an m4 barrel, stock, and handle for a reasonable price. Are M4 and M16 handles the same? Which is better? Also, can I detach the sights that came with my A-5?
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Old January 1st, 2011, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first of all, please dont post the same thing in 3 different locations, it just clutters up the forum.

barrel- way overpriced

Smart Parts Tactical Barrel - Tippmann A5 16" - Dust Black

heres a couple of options for the stock

Tippmann A5 Gun Parts and Upgrades

and i cant find any of the carry handels for some reason, but neither is better, they are just added weight. if you get one get one for looks alone, its not going to be very functional while in a game
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok thanks! I want the handle to easily carry the gun, give it the good m4 look, and to get new sights. u need it and the front barrel sight to aim right? or u need just 1 or the other? btw sorry for the 3 posts, i thought it would increase my chances of getting a reply. thanks again. 1 more thing im getting a free stock because im getting a rebate.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what do u think of this barrel:

NEW Tippmann A5 COMBAT Barrel Sniper Paintball Army m16 - eBay (item 280505628922 end time Jan-06-11 11:33:51 PST)

its $42

also, wut do u think about this handle:

Rap4 Tippmann A5 / Custom 98 Carry Handle - M4 Style

its $30
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 05:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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while that barrel has the look you want it is going to be a pretty crappy barrel performance wise. anything that says "sniper" on it you gennerally want to stay away from. there is no sniping in paintball for a lot of reasons and the paintball companies know it but that wont stop them from prying on the ignorance of new players. if you want a barrel that will preform better look into this one

J&J Ceramic Tippmann A5 / X7 Paintball Barrel - 16 inch

J&J ceramic, if you look around at the new player section you will see it recommended almost every time someone says "which barrel should i upgrade to?" its cheap and it preforms fantastic. I highly recommend you go performance over the look of the m-16 but its your money and you can do what you want with it. i can just tell you from experience iv had a lot of friends pick up something like the a5 or 98c, the first few months they have it they spend a lot of money making it look like a m16 or m4 and then 6 months later they wonder why they bought this crap to dress it up. it just adds weight which slows them down and makes the marker a larger target

as for the carry handle, same thing, its all looks, out in a game you will not use it, you will have your hand on the trigger. the reason they put those on military rifles is because A) the guns are a lot heavier and B) when you are always going on a 5 mile patrol it gets cumbersome to carry. neither is the case with a marker. it is a lot lighter and you are generally never more than a few hundred yards from the other team even starting a match, most fields iv been to you can see them starting out. so your not going to be carrying your marker by the handle until you start getting shot at and then suddenly whip it up into position.

as for aiming, ok, a bit of a long explanation but stick with me

for any presision sight, this is your magnified scopes, red dot scopes or just the red dot unmagnified. they are useless...repeat useless. paintballs are not bullets, the BEST groupings at around maximum range are the size of a trash can lid so anything that says the paint will go right here is lying to you because...well its not going to go "right there"

some people use the iron sights but for the same reason i feel they are pointless along with the arc of the paint. if you are aiming over the top of your marker and trying to fit someone far away, where the paintball hits is going to be below where the iron site can show you so you are effectively shooting blind

if you watch some clips of pro speedball tournies you will see all the players aiming down the side of the marker. this is the most accepted "correct" way to aim. since paintballs are not super accurate really its kind of a guess and check kind of game. get the marker to where you think you are on target, use the barrel as a straight line reference fire your first shot and see where it lands, if it is off target re-adjust and try again. some people do the same thing with aiming over the top of the marker but i like the side for one additional reason. lower profile. if your head is on the side of the marker it is lower than if you are aiming over the top. not by much i know but all it takes is an inch and you will have paint on your head.

aiming is a person by person thing but theres some things like scopes that have been dis proven over and over again

hope that helps
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 08:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ok thanks 4 the advice. how long is tht barrel? i havent gone 2 the link yet. im getting a free stock in the mail bc of tippmann a5 rebate should i use it? i want a double trigger. ur thoughts? im not gonna buy tht other stuff not useful and too much $$$. thanks 4 the quick replies. ttyl
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 09:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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stocks are all personal preference, if you are using CO2 they can be more comfortable than the back of a co2 tank but they are added weight. if its free though i would get it. if nothing else it will help resale value of the marker down the road or you can sell it to someone who wants one and pocket a few bucks. id say try it before ditching it though but most of us around here agree that since you have the tank there anyway a stock is kinda pointless added weight. HPA tanks are much more comfortable on the shoulder

ok as for upgrades, here is what we suggest around here. dont go nuts on a low end marker like yours. espeshally with a tippmann i know its easy because they have a endless supply of bolt on parts but you want more performance and tippmann says "o this will help, and its only $50" so you get it and it helps a little, then its a e-frame at 100 and a few other small things but before you realize it you have already spent $300 and nomatter what you do to this you can not make it preform better than a mid range marker, one that you can pick up for as low as $200. for tippmann we call it the "tippmann upgrade tredmill" because you just keep throwing money at them and it just keeps going and going, and when you get to the end they say "o look! we just made a new marker, but sorry all the stuff you have on your A5 wont work on it so you will have to start all over"

so we typically say get a barrel because they are cheap, will help resale and espeshally something like the J&J will be effective. make sure you have a nice thermal lens mask and switch to HPA if you are using CO2, the HPA will be required when you go to a mid range and will help the performance on this marker. typically we also say get a nice hopper but thats not the case for you.

for a double trigger, its your call. they are not too expensive but it is money. I would worry about the barrel, nice mask and HPA first though
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 10:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A-5, does it matter what i put in the title?

Thanks again for the quick reply and patience. haha u were right about the money thing, those people are nuts. my neighbor is planning to give me a double trigger, im not 100% sure if he is still doing it ill let u know. i am going to buy the barrel thx 4 tip. i normally use the mask that the courses give me so my airsoft one wont get messed up. i dont like spending time cleaning paint off. as for the hpa tank im not sure if i want to take the risk. its expensive for the tank and its expensive to refill. also, i dnt know if academy will refill it. can you tell me when u get online so i know when to reply? can u tell me what time it is there? 10:30 here now. u recommend anything else beside hpa tank, doub. trigger, and barrel? wut are you thoughts on the e trigger? worth the $? i dnt plan on getting it i just want to know wut u think. well cya later. ill probably get on computer in a few min. sorry for long ass post. bye.

p.s. i use heat paintballs. are those good for the J&J Barrel?
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 01:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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well check with your field first before switching to HPA. if they cant fill it they cant fill it but usually now a days fills between HPA and CO2 are about the same. the HPA will give you better performance though. its more consistent, easier on o-rings and is arguably more accurate in humid weather and wont give you any issues in cold weather like co2 will.

e-trigger, no way, not unless you can get it for $20. look at it this way, if you take that $100 tippmann wants for it and then about $100 that you could get for selling this marker you could pick up a new spyder electra and have money left over. electra, while still a entry level marker will have all these features stock over the stock a-5: e-frame, eyes(means no chops), clamping feedneck, on/off asa, will be shorter and lighter and be easier to work on, double trigger that is adjustable. and you will still have some money left over. granted you will need a hopper but right now with the magna selling for $50 you may very well come out even and have a better preforming marker.

for your mask. go get a good thermal lens mask. seriously, it makes a huge difference when you dont have to struggle to see down field. dont spend money on anything untill you get a nice mask. the best idea is to go to your local shop and try on a bunch, the same mask wont fit two different people the same. so try a bunch on and find one that fits your face and has a thermal lens(also known as a double lens). if you need to save more money to get it then do it. the mask is your most important piece of equipment.

if you can get the double trigger for free then ya go for it.

as for when im on, well its just whenever. school is starting in a few days so im sometimes not around my computer and sometimes am. i usually check a few times a day though so you wont have to wait long. I do have a AIM and skype account if you would like to chat on either of those. same SN as here. let me know and ill log on to those.

from what iv heard heat does pretty good through the J&J. if visible impact is an option i tend to like those over heat
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 12:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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ok well i dnt really go 2 a certain field.
heres what i plan on getting:

barrel: $35

double trigger: free

stock: free

hpa tank: around $30, i really want one but im not sure where to get it or refill it. tippmann nor academy carry 1.

mask: around $30 or free, i can only think of academy to get a mask. will any of these mask work? also can i send you of a picture of my airsoft mask and see if it will work?

Paintball Masks & Safety Gear

So my total is going to be $60-$100. i dnt plan on buying a new gun but thx 4 the suggestion. i did search for electra and it came up with a really hot lady XD

electra - Google Search

yah i have to start school wednesday. btw howd u know i posted 3 times?
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 12:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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look what this guy said about hpa:

rest assured, all paintball fields fill hpa tanks.

from personal experience i recommend zephyrpaintball.com, paintballgateway.com, and actionvillage.com if you are looking online. local paintball shops may be willing to cut you better deals than what you can find online though and it's always nice to support your local shops =]

some reliable brands are dxs, guerrilla air, and crossfire. these all range around the $150 area if you want a carbon fiber wrapped tank. if you want to settle with a steel tank the price drops considerably to around $60.

why does the price drop?
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My neighbor said i couldnt have his doub. trigger. but it cost less than $10. all it is is a better trigger right? can u tell me which 1 to get?:

tippmann a5 double trigger - Google Search

i was thinking about getting the 3rd in the low to high price order. sorry for the 2 or 3 posts. ill give u time 2 respond next time. its just im excited about getting sum mods. lemme know about the hpa website above this.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'd get one that came with the guard. I'm not a fan of guardless triggers. All those linked to look like the same trigger to me, so get whichever will be cheapest after shipping.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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look what this guy said about hpa:

rest assured, all paintball fields fill hpa tanks.

from personal experience i recommend zephyrpaintball.com, paintballgateway.com, and actionvillage.com if you are looking online. local paintball shops may be willing to cut you better deals than what you can find online though and it's always nice to support your local shops =]

some reliable brands are dxs, guerrilla air, and crossfire. these all range around the $150 area if you want a carbon fiber wrapped tank. if you want to settle with a steel tank the price drops considerably to around $60.

why does the price drop?
No all fields DO NOT fill HPA. The compressors required to fill them are incredibly expensive and the alternative is a bulky and complicated cascade system. Many fields and small fields in particular are still sticking with simple and affordable CO2. The reason steel tanks are cheaper is that put simply they just aren't as good or useful. A steel HPA tank holds less air and weighs much more than a carbon fiber tank.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yup, I have 1 field (somewhat) near me that still doesn't do air, and another that only does 3000 psi fills, can't get a 4500 psi fill from there.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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ok

sounds like hpa is a pain in the ass. nice pics miller! check out this barrel i was recommended:

CP One Piece Classic Paintball Barrel - 14 Inch .693

is it better than the J&J Ceramic Tippmann A5 / X7 Paintball Barrel 16" and will it work with my heat .68 paintballs? sorry for all the Q's its just no one else can really answer this stuff.

also here is the double trigger im getting:

http://www.amazon.com/Tippmann-Tippm.../dp/B001B3WLNE

its $7!

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Old January 3rd, 2011, 08:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Not really better or worse. Some people care for one more than the other, they're both very quality 1 piece barrels. Yes, it'll work with any 68 calibre paintballs, it's just an overbore. It'll hurt efficiency a little (not compared to stock, but compared to an underbored barrel), but when going with a single barrel, it's generally accepted that it's safer to overbore.

Yeah, can't hurt to get the trigger at that price. Makes it much easier to get a little more speed out of the trigger.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 08:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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its fine, just next time, edit your last post instead of posting a new one. helps keep the forum cleaner

ok lets start from the top,

ill get to the HPA tank in a bit, for the mask the only ones on there that have a thermal lens are the savephase masks and the invert helix. theres a large price difference between the two and even so....i found them cheaper for you

Invert Helix Paintball Goggle - Single Lens - Black

so id say go try on the helix, and if you like it buy it from the link i gave you. paintball gateway is a good site iv ordered plenty of stuff from them before.

theres no real need to replace your tippmann, if you like it then dont spend money. Im just saying if you want more performance that is an option. and ya, if you search for the electra defiantly type in "spyder" before electra lol

i knew you posted 3 times because when i hit "new posts" on the top right of of the screen all the posts that have been made since my last visit come up, and there was 3 threads with the same exact name and posted by the same person.

whoever told you all paintball fields have HPA is a moron. no not ALL have them, chances are though that your field will. its getting harder and harder to find a field that doesnt carry HPA fills but i wouldnt say ALL by any stretch of the word.

ok for the tank. its really not worth it to go cheap on those. if you want one, save your money and get a nice 4500 psi tank. the reason some are $60 is because they are made of aluminum, which makes them heavier and only able to hold 3000psi. if you want to get 4500psi in there you have to have a fiber wrapped tank. the 3k tanks will not be able to get as many shots as the 4.5k tanks and if you get one like a 48/3k your looking at about 500 shots, or the equivalent of a 9oz co2 tank. all those sites are good, for teh brand, throw out guerilla air because they have the myth regs on them, myth regs have had some issues. but add in Ninja. iv been supprised with what iv seen out of ninja and am planning on getting one for my next tank. one of their reps is on here every once in a while. great guy.

for the double trigger, at $5 id get it. the nicest thing about a double is you will be able to play longer because your trigger finger will not get tired as fast. it will also allow you to fire the marker faster, with a mechanical it wont be by much but it will help, id say get it, try it and chances are you will like it not to mention it will help the resale value. if you dont you are only out $5

i think thats everything, if i missed something let me know

edit: crap guess i took too long on my reply lol

as for the CP barrel, i agree with miller, not a huge difference but iv always been a J&J fan because they are teflon coated and shoot out breaks really well. the CP is a simple 1 piece aluminum barrel. J&J is ceramic (technically ceramic over a aluminum core)
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can u give me the ninja site? how much wud u estimate for the cost of the expensive tank is? u missed the part about the cp tank or j&j tank. which shud i get? can i get both in 14"? thts wut i prefer. check out the sites for the barrels i posted(u gave me the j&j link). also, ill post a link for the picture of the airsoft mask i might use for paintball. u can tell me if its good enough. btw sorry if there are a lot of errors im on an iphone at the momemt and thx for the reply i dnt care how long it is. its valuable info. can u give me any suggestions for basic maintenence of my a5? i know theres a manual but i just want a short version.
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can you all start posting a new thread called tippmann a5 beginner thread? ill post on link right here:

https://www.paintballforum.com/tippma...ml#post2166158

how do i delete this and my other 2 threads?
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 10:39 PM   #21 (permalink)
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tank, estimate around $150 for a new one and you can generally pick up a nice used one for $100-$120

yes you can get both a J&J and a CP in 14", here is a J&J

J & J S2 A-5 Barrel - 12 Inch - Black at ActionVillage.com : Paintball

its actually the J2 wich is basically the same barrel in a 2 piece version, still $31

dont worry about deleting your other threads, nobody is posting on them so they will quietly die

and ya, post that airsoft mask up, but i kinda doubt it will do for paintball
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