Posted 19 April 2008 - 09:59 AM
Ok, having been down the 'everything but the kitchen sink Tippmann' road, here's my recommendation, having been there and been playing for 8 years now: Don't buy this. You'll have wasted half your money when you turn around and sell it in 6 months for something more practical. I'll go through item by item.
TIPP/SO X7 Basic
TIPP/SO X7 XP5-SD Shroud
TIPP/SO X7 M16 X-Short Mag
If you're buying on looks and feel, I can't stop you. Just remember that these are purely cosmetic and just add weight.
JCS X7 Red Hot Power Tube (w/Delrin Hexadecagon Front Bolt)
Metal powertubes are nice because the plastic ones break a lot. If you plan to be doing a lot of shooting, it's not a bad investment, but they don't do anything for performance.
TechT Tippmann Cyclone Complete Upgrade Package (Ratchet, Shaft, Paddles, Cylinder Rod, Piston Housing)
Good. Cyclone ups are essential.
TechT Hair Trigger Pin Kit
Bad. These things will chew up your sear and hammer. If you want speed, get an E-Grip or R/T
Nitro Duck iReg N2 Tank - 90ci 4500psi
Nitro Duck iReg Piston Kit
Bad. Nitro Duck tanks are very tough, you'll never need this kit. And even if you do find your reg in need of a rebuild, you should send it to someone qualified to do it. 4500 PSI is not something for a home user to touch.
BT Paintball Apex Barrel for Tippmann A-5/X7 Paintball Gun
Special Ops C-Series X7/A-5 14" Barrel Blk
Special Ops C-Series Apex Adapter
Bad. CF barrels are vastly overrated. They're light, yes, but the fact that you can't swab them is a HUGE pain. Get a Lapco Apex-Ready barrel instead.
Special Ops A-5/X7 Cocking Handle Upgrade
Don't bother. This does NOTHING for your gun.
Konus Sight Pro 30 Red Dot Scope 7244
...eh, red dots are hit-or-miss. Personal preference. I like them on some guns, not on others. Don't buy an expensive one, though.
Tri-Level Tippmann X7 Tac Cap
If you don't like hoppers...
Tippmann X7 5x Velocity Spring Set
Special Ops X7 Dogleg (Awaiting Production, estimated cost of $119.95 included in total).
If you must get a stock, then the Dogleg is the way to go.
McNett Camo Form (Digital Woodland)
I wouldn't bother. Gun camo is overrated. I play with a bright, polished nickel-plated gun, and it's never given me away.
My Opinions about other sniper markers:
- No reason to sport anything over 16 inches, 18" is the longest you should ever need, anything else just gets in the way.
No reason to go over 14". 16"+ is purely cosmetic and starts wasting gas (Albiet a very tiny amount)
- No reason to put mil-sim-only mods on the marker, everything should have a purpose and function ($640 Green Needle 532nM Laser Target Acquisition Device, $3050 5-25x54mm Police Marksman Illuminated Reticle Rubber Sheathed Scopes, etc.) waste of money, run what you need, only (and try to save money while doing so).
Then what are the shroud and mag for?
- No need to mount an optic over 2x zoom. If you need to see that far, get a pair of binoculars, because you sure as hell ain't going to shoot that far.
2x is too much even
- Action Ghillie All Season.
- Action Ghillie II Gloves.
- Action Ghillie II Hood kit.
- Action Ghillie II Rifle Rag.
Ghillie bad! Trust me, as someone who's played with a lot of snipers and a lot of ghillied wannabes. Ghillie is only effective given 2 prerequisites: About 10 minutes beforehand where you can entrench yourself properly (Which won't run in your average 30-minute game) and a spot where you can go and NOT MOVE. (Which, again, won't fly well.) It's heavy, it's hot, it gets snagged on everything, it makes you look silly and it severely restricts your movement if you're using it properly. Paintball is far too dynamic and fast-paced for someone who can't move to be effective in 95% of scenarios. Invest in a set of Fusions or Marauders instead.
- SO Radio Pouch
- SO 2 Pod Tac Leg Pouch (Omnipat)
- SO Tac Bottle Leg Pouch (Omnipat)
- SO Deluxe Tactical Belt (Omnipat)
Just go for a vest instead.
- Proto Switch FS Anti-Fog Goggle (Olive Drab & Black)
- Proto Switch Thermal Lens (Smoke)
Good. Switches are great masks.
- SO Remote Cover (Omnipat)
Useful, it stops the remote from getting snagged and twisted.
You should go for an A-5 instead of an X-7. It looks like you're trying to build a Tippmann for practicality instead of looks, which is great. However, the X-7 is just an A-5 in a fancy milsim shell, which is not practical. Plus, it and its upgrades are cheaper. If you're set on a Tippmann, get an A-5A2 with a dogleg stock (It's not listed on the website, but if you call and ask, I'm sure you can get it switched), E-Grip, Cyclone upgrades and Lapco Apex-Ready barrel and Apex. This will give you a much cheaper, lighter and just as effective gun. However, if you are set on investing $1000+ in a gun, then go for a Q-Bow instead. The Tac-One is a FAR better base marker then either the A-5 of X-7.