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    Posted: 12 July 2010 at 11:05pm
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Well as the title states I have been looking at the A-5 and well was wanting to know more about it...I am a Noobie when it comes to paintball, I don't know really know anything much about the mechanics of the guns...however I have cramped as much as I could in on the types that are good but more importantly in my price range of $400 (Including pods,HPA/CO2 tanks,Mask,Oil, ect) so I took a look around read some reviews and found the Tippmann A-5. The gun I want is simple I want a gun that's easy to learn mechanically sound not complex reliable and well rounded in range and accuracy... and well what do you guys think about the A-5 from what you have heard or seen.

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I have 2, I think they are great. Light and reliable. 
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The Alpha Black/Project Salvo, 98C, A5 and X7, all have very similiar internals and are very reliable. All are good choices. If you are new to the hobby, I would suggest getting the least expensive option with the features you want until you are certain you plan on staying with it.
 
One thing I would suggest you make sure you invest wisely in is a good thermal lense mask. Do not go for the "package" deal that comes with a cheapo mask and 9 oz CO2 bottle. The mask will fog like crazy and you will find the 9 oz tank relatively worthless. Plan on spending at least $60+ on a good mask and get at minimum a 20 oz CO2 tank. If you live in a colder climate and plan on playing in <40 degree weather, look into HPA instead of CO2. Also plan on most likely getting an aftermarket barrel. Stock Tippmann barrels aren't great, and you will find yourself looking for a new one usually pretty quickly. Look into a J &J Ceramic or Lapco Bigshot. Cost is around $40. I mention this, as often times people give themselves a $400 budget and plan on spending $350 of it on the marker and only $50 on the rest. Take your budget amount, get a good mask and gear and see what you have left for the marker. Markers can always be upgraded later.


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If you want to spend a little more the Phenom is fantastic.
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Originally posted by FlyByNight FlyByNight wrote:

If you want to spend a little more the Phenom is fantastic.
[geesh, seems like that's all I'm posting here these days...]
Investing in a $400 marker as your first marker is silly at best. Keep your investment low until you are certain you plan on sticking with it.
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Of course, if he know he really enjoys Paintball, wouldn't it be more wasteful to spend $200 on a marker only to want to upgrade it soon after?
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If it's a matter of determining whether or not you'll stick with it - you could get by just using rental gear for a while if you weren't sure.  It would take a LOT of rental fees to equal even a modest gun.  A local place here only charges $5 for basic rental gear.
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Originally posted by FlyByNight FlyByNight wrote:

Of course, if he know he really enjoys Paintball, wouldn't it be more wasteful to spend $200 on a marker only to want to upgrade it soon after?
Depends. Lower end markers tend to have terrible resale. 98C's, A5's and X7's tend to only fetch about 50% for resale. I haven't tracked resale of Phenoms much, but if they follow the trail... If you get back 50% of a $200 marker, you only lose $100. Get 50% return on a $400 marker and you're out $200.
 
I would agree on using rental gear several times before investing in your own equipment.  
 


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What about this gun?

http://cgi.ebay.com/MINT-Proto-Matrix-Rail-PMR-Paintball-Marker-Gun-Package-/220634002658?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item335ecfb4e2
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I don't keep up with Proto Rail prices. I can say that you can get a 72ci/3k tank brand new for about $50.00 and stock used Halos sell for around $35-60 depending on if they are upgraded or not. Looks like there are other Proto Rails selling in the high $100's, so i would say if you got it for the starting price, you would be ok. However, considering it only has 1 day left and no one has even bid on it makes me think it may be overpriced.
 
Edit: I checked PBN and there are several PMR's selling for anywhere from $195 to $225 or so for 08 and older. A couple of 2010 models for $325 or so. Actually, I should say there markers listed at those prices, not sure how fast they are selling as I can't stand to be on PBN for any longer than I have to be.
 
With that said, I might still question spending that much on a first time marker. Electro's are a step up, mechanically speaking, and will require more of a learning curve.
 
In the end, it's your money.


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Yeah I see your point I would imagine they are more complex...I'm just thinking because well the A-5 seems to be a good fit but...I'm not set on it due to the fact it needs so much upgrades for it to be more effective. Now Idk much about PMR I just started looking at them.  I don't think learning the mechanics will be the problem I just don't know much about them I heard they are pretty good. Do you know anything about them really? seems they arent the most popular guns




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is the a5 a good marker what are the ups and downs

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Please don't bump 2 month old threads.

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