Ohhh, if you read the OP, AND YOU SHOULD HAVE! Honestly you're on specOps... what else are you going to do? Go read it! I'll wait Ok you're back? Alright now that you've read the OP, the first thing you'll notice is that I've ditched my 45* offset optic sight mount. And here's why! With my cyclone and tac-light sticking out to the right of the gun, and my optic sight sticking out to the left, the damn thing was getting entirely too wide for a game where sight lines are so important! Which they are! I know no one realizes it or they would never do goofy things like... using a hopper... ever. But unfortunately the dremel Tippmann flattop rail mod I detailed earlier, never ended up extending beyond the two notches I cut to fit the 45* offest. I was always "going to do it later." So even though my cousin had a great weaver to weaver sight riser from an old airsoft gun he never used, that I could take, I never made enough rail space to fit it. Well... it just so happens this new kit that is the new evolution of my paintball gun comes with a longer built in flattop rail! So now I can fit the riser, so now my gun has the optic on top where it belongs and thus has a thiner profile! I haven't played with it yet, but I already know it's going to be SO much better! With the old 45 offset traversing right corners was HORRIBLE! The barrel went around the corner and was able to get line of sight and shoot, but with the sight sticking out to left of the barrel I still couldn't sight around the corner! So I was forced to use the iron sights or just point and shoot when peaking around those right corners! And it was no better going around left corners! The sight would be sticking out, I could sight on targets, but the barrel was still behind the corner! So if I shot I'd hit nothing but wall. So eithe way I had to lean out way past the corner than I should in order to be able to sight through my optics AND fire on targets. Either that or use the irons to sight around corners. Now the optic sight is aligned vertically with the barrel like it SHOULD be, and it's lifted enough I can line it up even EASIER with mask on than the 45 offset. Making it perfect for sighting around corners in either direction!!! Yay!!! EVOLUTION!!!
The best part, which you'll see later is that the sight riser is open through the middle allowing me to still use the iron sights in the event of optic failure, or if a paintball is splattered on the optic sight and I still need to be shooting. Anyway, aside from the that the setup is identical to the last update with the exception of the addition of the magazine feed conversion kit and removal of that God forsaken hopper! Here it is in all it's glory! Enjoy!
Right side, no magazine, stock folded.
Left side, magazine locked, stock extended.
Left side, magazine locked, stock folded.
Right side, magazine locked, stock extended.
Right side, magazine locked, stock folded.
Through the optic sight, red dot.
Redundant iron sights in case of optics failure. I doubt if you can see them clearly but take my word for it when I say they're there.
I suppose if I had a helmet cam this is what it would look like if I were to point and shoot, left side.
Point and shoot from the right side.
And if you were in the general direction of whomever I were shooting at, this is what you would see, left side.
Miscelaneious shots, the Rail Interface System equiped handgaurd with tac-light and vertical foregrip attachments.
Just a different angle.
Reciever says "Tacamo" now! The logo is pretty cool too, a star with two upright chevrons below it... It would be perfect if there were only one chevron and the star and chevron were both inverted!
Oh yeah and last but not least, the magazine stowage... for now.
Oh, wait! ALMOST!
It's ALMOST the perfect All Purpose Paintball Gun!
As I mentioned before (in the subtitle I think!) I did eventually lose my Stub nose barrel! And it's no longer being manufactured! And there aren't any like it that ARE still being manufactured! No problem all I gotta do is saw off my stock barrel and I can have a three inch non-ported stubnose.
But wait! There's still a problem! Even when I do MAKE a replacement stub nose only my old A5 body had the 1/4 turn quick change mod! The big question then is going to be, do I have the balls to make the same permanent mod to my brand new mag kit? Because there is a draw back to it, it leaves the barrel adapter socket fairly loose. Still tight enough to hold the barrel fine, BUT loose enough that you probably wouldn't want to mount your grip on your barrel. Well, in that case I guess the only real question is...
Do I feel lucky, PUNK ...well... DO I? MWAHAHAHAHAHA! Well... I guess you know me.
In any case, those drawbacks to the mod I already mention combined with the fact that I still wanted to have my grip and flashlight available even when using the stub nose are what drove me to buy the rail block necessary to move the attachments from the RIS Flatline handgaurd back onto the body of the gun. Which leads us to the next problem with the mag kit. Even if I do mod it so I can use quick change between the stubnose and the Flatline, the magazine well is right there where the grip and light used to mount to the body of the gun. So that's out. How am I going to make it so I can keep my tac-light and grip regardless of which barrel I'm using? Well, the only option I see is that I am going to have to make a custom, free floating, shortened (to accomodate stub nose without sticking out past it as that would kinda defeat the purpose of the stubnose), gun mounted (not via the barrel adapter socket because that's where the Flatline mounts), RIS handgaurd that will mount my attachments and have clearance to accomodate the 1/4 quick change of the Flatline. Thus I'll be able to switch between the two barrels and have the attachments mounted to the gun even though with the mag kit there's no where to mount attachments on the gun.
BUT! There's one last HUGE problem with my new setup, a problem I will engineer and experiment out of existence even if it kills me. What's been the key to making my gun the perfect CQPB and all purpose paintball gun all along? THE VERT AIR! It's the vert air that made it all possible! With vert air I could fold the stock over and have a shorter more manuverable painball gun than any other gun on the field except others with rear air or remote kits and folding stocks or butt plates (even when running the Flatline LET ALONE when running the stubnose!). But now with the mag kit, there's a MAGAZINE sitting right there where my air used to mount! And furthermore, rear air mounting would also ruin the manuverability of my gun, then it would be just as long and un-manuverable as any other rear air gun out there which is to say basically all other guns out there. Kinda defeats the purpose of a folding stock, when you fold the stock and the gun stays the same length right? Yeah! So what to do with my air? Buy a remote line? Haha, why would you even ask that? THAT'S not engineering! There's a very good reason I don't ALREADY have a remote line and thus I'm not GOING to get a remote line. It goes back to the proffessionally instructed guman/experienced with firearms thing. Suffice it to say I want my gun completely self contained, everything the gun needs to shoot I want ON THE GUN where it belongs, that includes air. And in case you're wondering I'm never going to use any gun that requires anything more than ammo for it to shoot. If it takes batteries it belongs in a toy box. ...unless it's a rail gun. So... how am I going to keep my air gun mounted, AND keep it out of the way such that there's no obstruction to the mags, the foregrip, or the folding stock? I've already figured it out, don't worry. I'm going to drill a hole in the bottom stantion(?) of the stock, mount an ASA in the stock its self at the rear, and run an airline with enough slack to allow the stock to still fold, and that's rigid enough not to get caught in the stock's hinge, up to the tomb stone. Such that: the air will load bull pup style vertically in the stock, the magazine will have all the room it needs in the middle of the gun. With the stock extended the gun will be slightly rear heavy like most others running lame *ssed "normal" rear air (no offense guys just kidding!), with the stock folded the air will sit to the right of the gun (of course it's in the stock that folds to the right), and just behind the magazine, essentially it will be perfectly balanced and will feel just like the old vert air setup. I will call it... "Vert Rear Air" or wait... "Bullpup Air!"
So there you have it, the A5 Evolver from it's humble beginings to it's custom present and a little preview of it's experimental future! Stay tuned for updates, I don't call me the f*cking Mad Scientist for nothing!
I wanted to add these to the poll, but I've already maxed out the questions and it won't let me. So I'll just ask and hope you answer via text, they reference the OP in case you didn't read it and are wondering wtf I'm talking about. Also I've got one that can't be multiple choice anyway, so I guess it's alright.
Should I add the irreversible 1/4 turn quick change mod to the new kit?
How would you keep the air on gun without impeding the folding stocks function?
This post has been edited by Shipwreck!: 19 August 2011 - 12:09 AM