Posted 29 October 2007 - 08:43 PM
I have played my X7 for the entirity of my 2007 season (except for days when it wasn't playing nice), and this is my review after about 20 games of woodsball. All statements are factual unless noted as an opinion, as I will only review the equipment I own. I sincerely hope this will be helpful.
MP5 SD shroud: Need a 14 inch barrel or better to use
MP5 9mm mag: Way too long to be useful if you spend any time on your belly, good vertical handle substitute for upclose in tight quarters
Stock mag: Wears out fast, hinge is toy quality at best, dont bother storing tools in it that you want to keep
M-16 Mag: Solid and practical
X36 Carry handle: has 3/4 dovetail mounts, which the M-16 handle lacks. Sight through as well. Incompatable with non X7 shrouds.
M-16 carry handle: shorter, lacks dovetail mounts, sight through as well.
***note: carry handles must be dismounted before you are able to remove stock hopper***
M-16 Stock: can rattle, some have mating issues with guns, versatile, good overall support for aimed shots
Air through stock: Solid feel, easy install, makes the gun very long, and in my opinion, best suited for those with remotes.
Ok, here is where it gets complicated. My cyclone feed failed after 5 cases of paint. So I bought all the TechT addons to replace the broken parts. Then, a day after my parts arrived, Tippmann sent me replacements for nothing... nada, zip, zilch! I am a huge fan of prompt customer service by the way. I wound up using both over the course of the season to isolate problems as they occured. Looking at the performance over time, it appears that the feed system, especially the white spring loaded ratchetting arm that pulls the feed rotor, is a designed failure component... it would make sense because it is easy to repair and cheap as well. Other than that, the gun is easy to clean, easy to strip and reassemble, and continues the time tested reputation of Tippmann as being well built.
Plain and simple, this gun will be what you tweak it to be. If you are big enough, you can carry around a gun that is as big as a real assault rifle with a comparable rate of fire. The feed paddles are apparently softer than the A5, but I have had many issues with my cyclone turning into a blender with no-name field paint of mediocre quality at best. I taped up the back holes of my exhaust housing with electrical tape, and that cut down on the number of breaks substantially. I know people who have cut a turn or two off of the spring inside the exhaust housing wih similar outcomes.
I recommend this gun to my friends without hesitating... especially the newer guys who may not have found their niche yet. As with the A5, most problems involve cyclone feed, but I feel the versatility and Tippmanns commitment to their customers game satisfaction make up for the drawbacks.
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