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Old 03-30-2012, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I'm new to MCB and owning markers, but I've been playing on and off for a couple years now.
I'm working on putting together a pretty solid setup as inexpensively as possible. I got a used A5 from somebody around here a little while ago that I fixed up, so I'm set on a marker for the next long while.
My questions are:

1. I have a 47/3K steel tank that a friend gave me, but he said the regulator has unthreaded itself a bit at the top (above the gauge) and at the bottom where it connects to the tank. Is this something I can just retorque myself, or does it need professional help?

2. Is a proconnect worth the money? I've got a remote line now, but it doesn't have a slide check, so I'm going to get one or the other.

3. The A5 has a stock barrel. That needs to go, because accuracy is pretty terrible. If I'm looking for accuracy at decent range and don't particularly care about noise, should I look at a flatline, apex, or just a smooth barrel? If I go with an apex, do I also want a better barrel for it, or will that not make a difference?

4. My A5 came with a JCS folding stock. It seems really easy to work on, so I'd like to do something to it to make aiming with a mask easier. Suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no idea about A5....so Welcome to MCB. I'd ditch the steely and go CF tank - should be able to pick up a used one here. Apex barrels are nice.

For Optics I would suggest a red dot site - easy to "see" your target although I've never used one yet - but from what people on here say, they are better than a scope...which is pretty useless on a paintball gun...but they look cool!
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1. Pics. Given a new 47/3k is a whopping $50 brand spanking new, I find it hard to see why you would bother playing roulette with the single most dangerous part of your gun. Go find some less dangerous part of your marker to cut corners on.

2. Put the tank on the gun.

3. Freak system w/ brass inserts.

4. Remove the stock and learn to aim down your barrel.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I'm new to MCB and owning markers, but I've been playing on and off for a couple years now.
I'm working on putting together a pretty solid setup as inexpensively as possible. I got a used A5 from somebody around here a little while ago that I fixed up, so I'm set on a marker for the next long while.
My questions are:

1. I have a 47/3K steel tank that a friend gave me, but he said the regulator has unthreaded itself a bit at the top (above the gauge) and at the bottom where it connects to the tank. Is this something I can just retorque myself, or does it need professional help?

If it's simply the bonnet that has come unthreaded, you can do it yourself. If the regulator has come loose from the tank, I'd recommend bring it to a proshop if you don't know what you're doing. Take note though, any maintenance done to the tank reg should ALWAYS be done while the tank is 100% empty.

2. Is a proconnect worth the money? I've got a remote line now, but it doesn't have a slide check, so I'm going to get one or the other.

Personally the ProConnect is more trouble then it's worth. All the fittings are nonstandard, so if you happen to loose a part, you're SOL. I've always been a fan of the simple standard slide check style. I had a Spyder one back in the day that was bulletproof.

3. The A5 has a stock barrel. That needs to go, because accuracy is pretty terrible. If I'm looking for accuracy at decent range and don't particularly care about noise, should I look at a flatline, apex, or just a smooth barrel? If I go with an apex, do I also want a better barrel for it, or will that not make a difference?

The Flatline is nice for range, not so much for accuracy. I shot it for a while long ago, and that was my biggest problem with it, I couldn't consistently hit a 8" target at 30 feet. When all you have to shoot at is a hopper or something like that, those shots become extremely important. The nice thing about the Apex is you can turn it off, so its kinda the best of both worlds to some people. Personally I prefer a smooth bore barrel, be it a 1, 2 or 3 piece system. I like knowing that my paint is going to do the same thing everytime... more or less. My recommendation for a cheap, good one piece barrel would be either a LAPCO Bigshot or a J&J Ceramic. Both companies are fantastic, and their barrels are top notch.

4. My A5 came with a JCS folding stock. It seems really easy to work on, so I'd like to do something to it to make aiming with a mask easier. Suggestions?

Practice. That's honestly the best way to get better, aiming or not... Once you build up muscle memory with a particular marker, aiming and shooting will become second nature and you won't even think about it.

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Old 03-30-2012, 11:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would check to see how old the tank is. You could always buy a new Guerrilla Air tank from ANS for $38ish brand new. That's what I did when I got back into paintball about a year and a half ago.
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1 & 2) Save the money and skip the Pro Connect, and save any money you might spend on that steelie tank you have. Get a used 45/68 Carbon fiber tank from someone here. That will save you some weight and give you more shots per fill and...

4) Put that 45/68 on the back of the gun on the ASA. Get a decent tank cover with a non-slip shoulder stock pad, then ditch the JCS folding stock. The gun will be easy to shoulder and the perfect height to eye/aim right down the barrel.

3) I am a big fan of the Freak Kit barrels. Pick one up used with an A5 back. If you ever get a second gun, or sell the A5, you can keep the inserts and front, and only have to buy one back for the different gun to keep using your kit.

If your aren't a fan of barrel kits, then CP one piece barels are fairly inexpensive and work very well, as are Proto barrels.
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Barrel wise, I agree on either a LAPCO Bigshot or a J&J Ceramic, both are excellent choices if freak barrel kits are off the list. I have shot the original APEX and it isn't worth it in my opinion; there is too much time wasted in game trying to adjust and perfect your curve when you could just get used to how your marker shoots without the worry of adjustment.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you do decide to continue playing with a remote (I'd prefer to ditch the stock and go tank on marker but anyway), I used a pro connect on two markers prior to my migration over to a more speedballish semi auto setup. I have nothing but good things to say about them as far as actual use and customer service. I absolutely love the ease of the pro connect, and I never had one single problem with it. They also come with a full o-ring kit in case you ever do need to service them.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Have the tank serviced by someone that knows what they are doing. I agree with the other posts you can't go wrong with a Lapco bigshot.

Can't say about a proconnect as I have never tried one.

I like a good stock, it anchors your marker and helps you make more consistent shots.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks guys!

It seems like A5 barrels don't really show up in the BST section around here. Is that because they're actually less common?

I'd absolutely get myself a freak kit, but they're something like 3 times the price of a single barrel so I can't really justify it at this point. Something to look into for later though.

I'm definitely sticking with the remote line. I tried out the setup recently and I like it a lot more than tank on gun because then you don't have some huge thing sticking out of the back of the marker unless you want it to be there.
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