A5 vs. X7 views on which is better
Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:01 AM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:09 AM
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:32 AM
I mention this only because the A5 and X7 are more or less the same internals (function on the same principle, but may not be exactly interchangable) as the BT-4, but made with less quality parts.
For the same cost, you could get something far better. If you're dead-set on one or the other, get the A5. The X7 is the A5 with a higher price tag and some extra rails.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:47 AM
The only definite advantage X7s have over A-5s is that they come with a slightly improved cyclone feed. This is only noticed if you for some reason are shooting upwards of 15bps. Aside from that the X-7 has a bulkier body, weighs more, and internally is the exact same valve system. It's only appeal is if you are into mil-sim modification. The A-5 also has a pretty big mil-sim appeal, but not to the extent of being impractical as the X-7.
With Tippmann's production moved to China I wouldn't necessarily consider them to super dependable or durable. They've been riding on that reputation from their earlier SMG, SL-68, and Carbine models where it actually was true. Tippmanns today are built just as solid as every other marker, and their internals are of no better quality.
If you're sure you want to get one, I would consider getting a used one with many of the frills you have in mind already on it. There's a used market flooded with Tippmanns which you can get at a really good price.
If you're looking for a step up in performance you might want to consider something a little different. ICE Epics, Classic Automags, and Palmer's Blazers/Typhoons are all examples of very nicely crafted mechanical markers. They can all run on CO2 excellently as well.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:47 AM
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:16 AM
I'd go with the A5 - Neither really an upgrade over your current BT4 (although the cyclone does count for something).
But the A5 would be the one I'd go with- a little lighter than the X7, cheaper for basically the same thing, etc.
Only thing the X7 is gonna be good for is easy milsim modification. Other than that it's just gonna be bulkier, not to mention harder to clean with all those rails and stuff....
I wanted an X7 when they came out, but after seeing them firsthand in the field, I'll not be getting one.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:20 PM
BT is a higher quality than the new Tippmann. You're not "upgrading" to an A-5 from a BT-4, you're downgrading. And even then you're still wasting money as the guns are essentially the same thing, but BT uses a higher level of craftsmanship and maintains a higher quality in their products than Tippmann does now.
If you have $400 you are beyond low-level entry guns like Tippmanns. You can look into Autocockers and Automags, both of which eat Tippmanns for breakfast and BTs for lunch.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 03:56 PM