Tippmann X7 Advice
Posted 17 May 2009 - 05:43 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:21 AM
I wouldn't worry about the noise. They're loud markers. Even with a quiet barrel they will still be relatively loud. There's nothing wrong with a loud marker, its part of the fun of using a blowback. It's not like someone isn't going to hear you shooting.
A barrel and a spring kit are the only recommended modifications I would make. I prefer either a Lapco or Palmer's brass barrel. CP's one piece barrels are also very nice if you don't want to spend much. The spring kit for its price improves your air efficiency a significant amount.
That's really all you need. Too many people get caught up thinking that "upgrades" are actually going to make the marker better. The fact of the matter is that the more upgradeable a marker is, the more it was missing to begin with. They really don't have any more practical improvements than any other marker. You can spend a lot making it all mil-sim or tactical, but in the end its like thousands of others who did the same thing.
As for the cyclone breaking, my experience with it is that they tend to break when its cold out, and the user is shooting lots of paint using CO2. Tippmanns aren't quite built like they used to be, they used to work off pure liquid. However, with the use of plastic parts, the pressure of liquid CO2 has a tendency to crack the plastic. It usually the powertube, but cyclone internals aren't that far off.
+++1 to all of the above, except I disagree, I like having a quiet marker. ;-)
As long as you don't mind loud, heavy, and inconsistent, the X7 will be fine. If you want lots of choices as far as adding milsim (maybe thats your game?) then this is truly the right marker for you. However, if you would like a milsim marker for much less and much better performance, I would look into the Smart Parts SP-1. If you only want mechanical markers and don't mind losing milsim options, I'd look at an automag.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 05:36 AM
Posted 04 June 2009 - 09:32 AM
I respectfully must disagree. Out of the box it's inconsistent the same as a 98 or a5 would be. The one upgrade you can do for your x7 that will hands down give you greatly increased performance is a secondary regulator, and I don't mean the one on the HPA tank.
Out of the box your velocity will be +/- a ton per shot due to the fact that there is no regulator on the x7 like you would find in pretty much every speedball marker. Buy a palmers stabilizer, or even a rap4 ag1 gen2 (madbull) and your shots will go to about a +/- 5 to 10 fps fluctuation at the chrono after a few thousand rounds through them. Mine's at +/- 5. That with good paint to barrel matching, and it'll be shooting really well.
The only 100% recommended cyclone upgrade that is a must have, is squishy paddles. People who have alot of breaks from their x7 cyclones tend to have them due to the hard plastic paddles that come stock with it. Switch to lapco or the wargear squishy paddles (same thing), and that'll pretty much be a thing of the past as well.
About having to get an aftermarket ratchet, it's not a necessity. I've had my x7 for two years and never had problems with my ratchet. I did however use a dremmel and round off the edges on the axle though, the ratchet is stock.
Get rid of the stock barrel asap and get a better one, but make sure that you get paint that is a good match for your new barrel or you will be having alot of "wingers."
You've gotten alot of friendly and helpful responses in here so far, usually not something associated with questions about the X7 and these forums lol.
Another forum to check out comprised solely of X7 owners where you can get alot of great info is the http://www.x7og.net forums.
This post has been edited by dhallak: 04 June 2009 - 09:34 AM
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