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09 November 2008 - 05:39 PMSuperb post AirHOg. Thanks
P.S. If you wanted, you could also buy Venom paint mix to fill the grenades. It can be found here http://www.rap4.com/...int-p-1456.html
26 October 2008 - 11:50 AMThe power tube cracking is generally only an issue with CO2 use and getting a heavy amount of liquid CO2 into the marker. If you frequently play in very cold temperatures and don't have any measures to keep liquid out of the marker a metal power tube can be useful. The only reason I would ever really recommend getting a metal power tube is if you plan on running straight liquid from a siphon tank. There's still no performance advantage from after market internals.
A spring kit and/or rear velocity adjuster can be a nice thing to have. They allow you to bypass the stock velocity adjuster on Tippmanns. Since the stock velocity adjuster works by choking air flow through the power tube it can be rather detrimental to your air efficiency. By adjusting the tension of the drive spring you can control exactly how hard the rear bolt hits the valve. Ideally you want the lightest spring possible that still allows the marker to fire at it's desired velocity and at the same time have the stock velocity adjuster all of the way open.
A smooth barrel and consistent air source is about the best you can do for any marker. Aside from that I wouldn't really consider anything to be a real "upgrade". They're really just more of a personal modification. The more you mess with things the more you have to mess with them. If you don't have a problem with something I wouldn't change it. For the most part, unless you have a specific issue with your setup that you want to change, you won't notice the benefit of any other "upgrades".
I personally can't stand all of the crap people put on their markers - I don't like the stocks most people put on (car, saw, doglegs, or pretty much any stock that attaches at the end cap), I don't like red dot sights, shrouds, magazines, rails, RT triggers, E-Grips, internals, cyclone mods, etc. I play my Pro/Carbine with a Lapco barrel, and a spring kit with a RVA. That's it. People would find their game improves a lot more quickly if they stopped changing things around so much and just tried to do better with what they had.
I can see where you are coming from, but several of the things you mentioned are VERY useful. I have a stock and an E-grip for my A-5, and both have helped my play. The E-grip helps me shoot faster, and the stock makes the gun SO MUCH more ergonomic, esp. with off gun air (which I have). So while the aesthetic mods don't do anything, there are several, practical, upgrades for an A-5.