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Reb, how'd you get a J&J to fit beneath the shroud? I heard there's little to no room. Does J&J make a TPX barrel now?

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The second one was hard to come by.  I scoured the interwebs, and it just showed up on Thursday - barely in time for the game.
 
And totally worth it.    :D
 
 
 
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Originally posted by DeTrevni DeTrevni wrote:

Originally posted by Reb Cpl Reb Cpl wrote:

Originally posted by DeTrevni DeTrevni wrote:

I'm hearing WAY too many complaints about the TPX to make me get one. I'm still giving Tippmann a chance, as I like the TPX's theory, but I really hope they get it sorted out...


Such as?

The only problems I've had with mine so far have been entirely my fault, although I don't have many nice things to say about the holster aside from "it looks nice"

Soft paint is a serious no-no, since the mag spring is pretty strong, your balls will warp (haha) in no time whatsoever.

I've used it a few times in a game at this point, small games, I even went out with it as a primary, no other marker, and still did pretty well with it.
Extra mags are a MUST with it, especially if you're going to do any serious shooting. I recommend at least half a dozen. But no problems with the marker itself, it's been solid and dependable for me thus far.
 
What I've heard (from many people): Hit or miss 12g piercing, chopping, if it does chop, it's out of commission, mags are a beast to clean, realoding the mags is troublesome and the only available barrels are "meh" at best.
 
Can these issues be worked out? Sure. And I'll wait until then before I get one.


All viable concerns- although I've yet to run into the 12g piercing problem. I guess I'm just lucky in that respect.
Chopping, I think can be resolved with good paint. The TPX is extremely picky about what it's going to shoot.

Yeah, the mags are monstrous to clean, I dont have a solution for that one, and reloading a magazine in the field is a hoot (read as sarcastically as possible)

As for barrels, I've actually got a J&J ceramic barrel on mine, and its far from 'meh.' you just have to look around a bit.

Rambs, a second one? I'm not only intrigued by the notion, I'm also extremely jealous.


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He has a point. Im sure they will be coming out with a next generation gun. That hopefully fixes most of the problems some people are having.
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Originally posted by Reb Cpl Reb Cpl wrote:

Originally posted by DeTrevni DeTrevni wrote:

I'm hearing WAY too many complaints about the TPX to make me get one. I'm still giving Tippmann a chance, as I like the TPX's theory, but I really hope they get it sorted out...


Such as?

The only problems I've had with mine so far have been entirely my fault, although I don't have many nice things to say about the holster aside from "it looks nice"

Soft paint is a serious no-no, since the mag spring is pretty strong, your balls will warp (haha) in no time whatsoever.

I've used it a few times in a game at this point, small games, I even went out with it as a primary, no other marker, and still did pretty well with it.
Extra mags are a MUST with it, especially if you're going to do any serious shooting. I recommend at least half a dozen. But no problems with the marker itself, it's been solid and dependable for me thus far.
 
What I've heard (from many people): Hit or miss 12g piercing, chopping, if it does chop, it's out of commission, mags are a beast to clean, realoding the mags is troublesome and the only available barrels are "meh" at best.
 
Can these issues be worked out? Sure. And I'll wait until then before I get one.
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Ok -
 
So I got a chance to do the full field-test yesterday.  I have been shooting the guns at the range for a while, and performance has generally been excellent.
 
The game:  Firm outing.  14 players.  Woods.  Smallish fields, some with a little speedball flavor, others complete wilderness.
 
My gear:  Two Tippmann TPXs, two holsters, 8 mags, a bucket of 12g CO2 canisters.  I used some old podholders to carry the extra mags.  Brought an A-5 RT along as my backup gun, but didn't bring it into the games (except as noted below).
 
First note:  Playing with a pistol is pretty cool.  Playing with TWO pistols is just awesome.  Nothing beats pulling out the double fi**edited**l and clicking off the safeties.  For that reason alone I would never play with just one.
 
Technical issues: 
 
1.  The CO2 thing continued to manifest.  About every fifth canister wouldn't pierce properly, and I had to swap out.  This is annoying, and something that needs to be fixed.  For me it wasn't a huge deal since I always pierced the CO2 right away, but if you were carrying it around unpierced for backup purposes, this issue introduces an unacceptable level of unreliability. 
 
2.  As others have noted, it is basically impossible to get the CO2 change cap off unless the CO2 is fully depleted.  This further interferes with ease and quickness.  A dump valve or similar would be a huge improvement, or maybe just a lever or something to give you a better grip on the tiny little knob (since the 2-turn knob really is its own dump valve).
 
3.  A nice feature would be a gas-cap string on the CO2 change cap.  It is small, it is black, and I don't know where I put it while I was digging for another CO2.  Attaching it to the gun would be an improvement.
 
In general, the CO2 cap is the main technical issue.
 
4.  I broke paint - a lot of paint.  Broke like a bastard.  I was breaking, the X-7 was breaking, the A-5 was breaking, but the rental 98s were not breaking.  Very frustrating - especially after my awesome charge-the-bunker-guns-ablazing move, where I emptied both clips at this girl before she got around to shooting back.  All I did was spray her.  The goodish news is that the breaks were all barrel breaks, and the field owner gave me a bag of different (fresher) paint to play with, and after that there were no breaks.  The rest of the day, there was not a single break.  Basically, I figure the TPX is as tough on paint as an X-7/A-5, and so you have to watch out for old/brittle/bloated paint.  More data is needed on this point, though.
 
5.  Which leads to the next technical issue:  unlocking the magazines.  I had a couple of mags with the tab pulled down for loading, and then I decided not to load them while figuring out what to do with the pistols.  So now the tab is locked down and there is steady pressure on the spring.  I didn't want to leave the springs under pressure, so I tried to unlock the mag, but couldn't figure out how.  Pushing the release thingy on the top is hard without small tools, and you certainly can't do it with your hands.  Not a big deal, but an annoyance that might be easily fixable - maybe the lanyard attachment is narrowed enough to where it can be used?  Many solutions, I am sure.
 
6.  And the related issue:  unloading the magazines.   Once I determined that the fresh paint was working, I needed to unload several magazine to switch paint.  Not easy.  With some practice, I was able to hold the top latch open, but it quite tricky.  Again, not a big problem, and I suspect somebody will come up with an easy way to unload soon enough.
 
Anyway - on to the game:
 
In a word:  AWESOME!
 
More detail:  I concur with Reb that carrying the TPX around in the official holster would get very old very fast.  The guns do not sit tight to the leg, and flop around a bit when you walk.  If you are using the gun for backup only, then you should look for a different carrying device.  But for me, using the pistols only, the holsters were perfect.  Easy to drop one gun in when reloading the other, the pouches were right where they needed to be, and the not-tightness just makes for a cooler swagger.  The empty holsters occasionally snagged on stuff, but no more than a pod belt would, and in general I was a much lighter player with a smaller profile.
 
I was very impressed with the accuracy.  I wasn't exactly trying to pick people off at a distance, but even with the short stock barrel, the shots were very straight and true.  More importantly for a pistol, the gun is very intuitive to aim.  See a target, point and shoot, and the shot goes pretty much where you think it should.  Other paintball pistols I have tried, I basically had to teach myself where the shot was going - not with the TPX.
 
Reloading (changing mags) in the field was more cumbersome than I would have liked, but that had to do with my mag arrangement, not the guns.  I fumbled around for mags a lot.  Once I had the mag in hand, though, it was a quick out and in - followed by more fumbling to put the empty mag away.  Clearly more planning is needed, but the guns did their part well.
 
As noted above, changing CO2 was a bit more of a hassle, since I had to shoot out the 12g completely.  I didn't do a lot of changing in-field, but it would definitely be easier if the three issues with the cap (described above) were addressed. 
 
But boy - sneaking around with a pistol in each hand was tremendously fun.  I was low to the ground, didn't have to worry about raising the hopper in the air to shoot.  Awesome.
 
Of course, I desperately avoided all direct contact since I didn't want to be in a protracted firefight, but that just made me sneakier. 
 
And even when I did have some exchanges, I did all right - so long as I got it done in 16 shots.
 
Net result was that when I got killed I usually had fired no shots.  Whenever I fired the pistols, somebody got eliminated.
 
There were certainly times when I wished for more firepower, but most of the time the pistols were not a particular disadvantage, at least against this group.
 
Bottom line - once I got the paint figured out, I had no particular desire to bring a "real" gun into the field, and I had an awesome day playing paintball.
 
I can't speak for the sidearm crowd, but for me this is a very viable way to play, and the TPX worked very, very well for me.


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Originally posted by DeTrevni DeTrevni wrote:

I'm hearing WAY too many complaints about the TPX to make me get one. I'm still giving Tippmann a chance, as I like the TPX's theory, but I really hope they get it sorted out...


Such as?

The only problems I've had with mine so far have been entirely my fault, although I don't have many nice things to say about the holster aside from "it looks nice"

Soft paint is a serious no-no, since the mag spring is pretty strong, your balls will warp (haha) in no time whatsoever.

I've used it a few times in a game at this point, small games, I even went out with it as a primary, no other marker, and still did pretty well with it.
Extra mags are a MUST with it, especially if you're going to do any serious shooting. I recommend at least half a dozen. But no problems with the marker itself, it's been solid and dependable for me thus far.


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I'm hearing WAY too many complaints about the TPX to make me get one. I'm still giving Tippmann a chance, as I like the TPX's theory, but I really hope they get it sorted out...
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wow, finally some people with the same problems.  im on my second tpx.  both broke paint, would not chrono above 190ish, wont always puncher the co2, and breaking the oring on the bolt.   iv used wpn and spectrum paint.  my tpx is currently at tippmann hopefully being repaired.  they where a pleasure to deal with, but im sceptical if it will come back fixed or still broken. 
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tippmann is sending me a new piercing pin and a new power tube, apparently they have a generation 2 out already to fix some of the earlier production pistols, which makes me wonder how much testing was done before they were released, you would think that the release date being pushed back for 6 months would give them a chance to perfect them!!!!!! . Having said that I have tried the gun out since I took it apart to clean it and it didn't break the paint so far (only 16 shots fired)
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^^ Not a bad idea.  If this becomes a problem I will try that.
 
I guess I didn't realize there was this much variation in 12g size.  It may be that the TPX could use a slightly longer piercing action to account for this variation.
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One suggestion to pierce the CO2 easier is glue a small washer on the cap that covers the tube where the CO2 goes into. If you are using a shorter CO2, this will take up some slack.
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Picked up another TPX yesterday, and shot them both together today.  Doubly awesome.  Only problem is that Keanu Reeves has approximately 600 rounds in each magazine, and I only have 8.  Thankfully, I have a bunch of extra mags.
 
I also discovered that I was getting three clips per CO2 rather than two.  The last couple of shots were a bit weak, but worth the effort.  I am still unable to get the CO2 out unless it is fully shot down, so I might as well be shooting at somebody while shooting down.
 
One potential technical concern.  On a few occasions the guns refused to properly pierce the CO2.  Don't know if it was user error, a problem with the 12g, or a problem with the gun.  Will collect more data and report back.
 
Shot the TPX in one hand and a Tiberius in the other for comparison.  This was very interesting.  The Tiberius is a nice gun, and I must admit that it shot better than the TPX.  I think the reason was that the Tiberius is grip-heavy, where the TPX is front-heavy.  As a result, it is easier to hold the Tiberius steady, and there is less "recoil" when shooting.  But other than that one advantage, I think I prefer the TPX overall.
 
But so far I only have lab tests.  The real test will be this weekend.  Outdoor, woodsball, in the heat.  I plan on just playing with the two TPXs, and then we will see how they really stack up.
 
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OK guys and girls. The temp was 87 on Saturday and the relative humidity was about 68%. Keep that in mind here. The field gave me DXS Rec grade. That is what literally jammed in the gun on shot 3. This is the same paint that dimpled in the clip and caused me to unload both clips. I then changed to DXS field grade paint because it had a harder shell and seemed a little smaller. I broke this paint as well but keep in mind that I did not fully clean the marker after the paint break before. This paint was shooting through well enough but was also chopping like crazy. I will be testing it with the DXS field grade when I get a chance.
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I didn't have any Co2 issues so I will take that as a plus. I just emailed the course to find out what paint brand they had in order to find out what started the issue. I plan on trying more of their field brand paint since the marker is now cleaned totally out. I wlll post the brand and results as soon as I can. This marker looks solid when you take it apart. Biggest weakness is that when there is a break it goes EVERYWHERE!!!!
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id go buy some copperhead at walmart you get like 15 for 10 bucks i dont own a tpx {i wish i did] but in my pistol they pierce easly
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Triumph was the paint I had break in mine first, then I had blaze break but I hadn't stripped it to clean it first. I have stripped the gun and tried 16 shots threw it and didn't break with blaze so far. What brand of cartridge is everyone using? I am using crossman and they don't seem to pierce that great.
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I was so excited to get this gun. All i can say is I would rather have my money back. It should have come with a warning on the box "not intended for actual paintball shooting" Ball chops every clip. **edited** tippmann?  And yes I have tried many types of paint, adjusted the velocity etc., I was an expert at dismantling and cleaning the gun after the 1st day i got it. I'm very dissapointed.  I've bought Tippmann guns for over 12 or so years now and they've always been reliable. what happened with this pistol?
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I think its time to get a poll going on the best paint to use in the TPX. I will look when I get home at what I used this past weekend that caused all of the issues. It seems like the type of paint is the leading cause as to why this thing is chopping. I took mine apart and cleaned it, paint was everywhere but there was not a single piece that would have been causing the chopping. Anyone who knows how to start a poll want to get one started so we can chime in with what works and what doesn't?
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the air coming out of the back of the gun is your regulator, if you adjust it that will stop. To adjust it go to the manual and it explains how to do it. My friend had the same problem and that's all he did to fix it. Make sure you use good paint in it or you'll be stripping it a lot !
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