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Old 07-08-2012, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the difference between the old A5 and the NEW A5?

ok, so in 2011, Tippmann releases the NEW A5.
Here's what I can tell:
black bottom line
thumb switch external safety selector (and fire selector)

what else? Any reason to pay the premium for the new one versus an older used one?
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It also has the updated Cyclone from the X7 Phenom, and the body is slightly different.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The older the tippman the higher the quality. The current ones are all made pretty much chinese made guns assembled in the us.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One thing I know about the new A5 [2011 version] is that it's easier to dissasemble. Here's a thread about it: New Tippmann A-5 - Tippmann Forum from TippmannEmployee1 who has the same name on here. It seems that the biggest changes are:
the foregrip [more ergonomic]
New gasline [Black instead of silver, stealthy!]
New Barrel [More accurate but, it's still a tippmann stock barrel]
New sling mounts [Uhh...It's for a sling?]
"New and improved cyclone system" [No Idea about this],
New selector switch [I think the old a5 had a push pin kinda thing? Beat me if I'm wrong..],
And it can use Compressed air and C02.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The older the tippman the higher the quality. The current ones are all made pretty much chinese made guns assembled in the us.
yeah, I was reading reviews and it seems like the older reviews are more positive than the newer ones...

also, I noticed the e-grip for the pre-2011 is easier to install than the new ones.

Someone mentioned that the A-5 is plastic? I thought it was metal?

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Someone mentioned that the A-5 is plastic? I thought it was metal?

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The upper receiver is made of two halves of cast aluminum but the grip frame/lower receiver is plastic.

The X7s are the same way, but the upper receiver on those is made from some kind of magnesium alloy.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It also has the updated Cyclone from the X7 Phenom, and the body is slightly different.
updated how? any better?

the foregrip [more ergonomic] Though this is changeable?
New gasline [Black instead of silver, stealthy!] I can plastidip a bottom line
New Barrel [More accurate but, it's still a tippmann stock barrel] yeah, figured that much.
New sling mounts [Uhh...It's for a sling?] yay?
"New and improved cyclone system" [No Idea about this], Yeah, I don't get it either
New selector switch [I think the old a5 had a push pin kinda thing? Beat me if I'm wrong..], yeah, it's got a selector switch instead of a button
And it can use Compressed air and C02. The old one can't used air?
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The upper receiver is made of two halves of cast aluminum but the grip frame/lower receiver is plastic.

The X7s are the same way, but the upper receiver on those is made from some kind of magnesium alloy.
Oh, ok. that's fine. my VM has plastic grips...
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