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#1 User is offline   FloridaGhillie 

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Post icon  Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:18 PM

I did not know where to post this; no topic marked "Help" or the like.

I purchased an A5 marker, and everything checks out. Except for one thing. The marker simply WILL NOT FIRE. By this I mean that I can pull the trigger with a CO2 cannister properly inserted and it will not fire paintballs. No CO2 is released. I would like to save money and make this a DIY project if I can.

My main concern is that it is a problem within the valves and the like, as stated above that no CO2 is released when the trigger is pulled. I know that it is not a problem with the CO2 cannister itself, as I have tried both the re-fillable cannister which came with the marker and a disposable 200-shot CO2 cannister from Wallmart. Both do not work.

The A5 is unmodded; it is exactly the same as it was when I pulled it out of the box.

I am relatively new to the sport of paintball; therefore I do not know exactly what to expect upon opening the marker up, and I DO NOT want to make the situation worse than it is.

Is this a simple fix that is somewhat common? And regardless, what are some solutions?
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:34 PM

Does the marker cock when no co2 is attached? And if it does will it decock when you pull the trigger? Have you tried adjusting the velocity screw? Also Try only screw the bottle on til it lets gas in, not tight and try firing it, it might be the asa is sealing by letting the tank screw in to much. :ninja:
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:42 PM

Yes; it will cock and decock. Less "velocity" (sound volume) than an X7; but it's probably supposed to be that way.

I've tried all tautness of the cannister; although it may be that I haven't gotten the "sweet spot" yet.

I'll try loosening it when I have time; I don't have much free time until the weekend.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:46 PM

Did you get the tank that came with with marker filled? They are empty when you buy them.

Did you put the ASA adapter on the 200 shot disposable CO2 canister? The ASA adapter is what puntures that canister. I know this seems silly to ask but you'd be suprised how often people don't know these things.

Is the little nub inside the ASA? Make sure your ASA isn't deffective.

Pull the tombstone out and slowly screw the tank in and see if you have air flow.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:52 PM

I filled the cannister at a Sports Athourity (did the same with an X7; X7 works) and I am extremely suprised someone (aside from extreme newbies) would think that shipping a full cannister of pressurized air/CO2/nitrogen is safe.

And yes, I did put the adapter on the 200-round (paintball rounds) cannister.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 06:00 PM

Well, I'm at a loss. A new A5 right out of the box should at least fire half way decent. Sounds like you're going to have to take it back and exchange it.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 07:11 PM

Have you checked the pin valve on the tank? If it's bent or too short it won't allow the markern to gas up. That's assuming the tank actually has CO2 in it.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 07:18 PM

either the tank is out of air, or the marker itself is kaput. i reccomend switching out both.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:26 AM

How hard is it to cock to marker? If it is a bit difficult the main spring and the cocking knob spring got switched. The only other thing I can think of is the ball detent is in backwards. If it is none of those not sure what to tell you.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:04 AM

have you tried takingthe trigger apart and looking over everything
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:30 AM

There could be several problems- listed as such

Faulty CO2 canister (can be figured out if, when screwed in then out, it discharges a bit of gas, if not it's your CO2 tank or ASA)
Faulty ASA (unlikely)
Gun has a butt load of junk in it (i.e. dirt, paintball fill, wrong lubricant, etc...) and slowing down the bolt (very likely if it's a used gun)
Rear hammer spring is not the proper spring (sometimes people switch it with the cocking spring. They look similar but won't work if swapped)
Improper or old hammer O-ring
Not properly lubricated
Valve is assembled wrong and stuck (not very likely but possible)

If it were me, I'd start with the CO2 tank and work my way down the list. You may have to tear your gun apart but don't be worried. There are a few vids and decent instructions on proper disassembly for an A5. Getting familiar with your gun is a good thing. I think at this point I could disassemble and reassembly one with my eyes closed.


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

Pull the Tombstone out of the bottom of the gun and slowly screw on your Co2 tank. If you hear/feel gas coming out of the tombstone, then your gun is getting air. If not, its an ASA/Tank problem.
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:25 PM

My bad; marker does not cock/decock; turns out disposable was defective anyway. On may way to get a new one; do not want to take it apart if I don't have to. However ASA was not the problem as it punctured cannister correctly.
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:28 PM

i bought an ion years ago that had a bad asa right out of the box .... it wasnt bent or anything, but it had not been milled properly and would not allow the asa pin to reach into the tank far enough to depress the tank pin when it was fully threaded on. you might check that .... or do what orpa said above
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 05:53 PM

I must make a confession: I am a complete idiot.

I had originally thought that, like the X7, my a5 was completely mechanical. Howver, the trigger has a battery which much be "turned on" for the marker to work. I did not have it turned on. The owner of a local field had revealed this to me.

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I am sorry for wasting your time.
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