How to Change the Velocity on a Tippmann A5

by Thomas Silvers

Paintball has developed into a wildly popular team sport. However, one important factor in enjoying paintball is easy to overlook--paintball velocity. Velocity is important to both you and your opponents. If your velocity is too low, the result will be shorter and inaccurate shots; if it is too high, you have the potential of hurting someone and being removed from your game or facility. Accurate velocity is important, and these steps will show you how to adjust the velocity on one of the most popular paintball guns, the Tippmann A-5.

Before adjusting velocity, make sure to put on goggles or a paintball mask. Then fire your A-5 while using your chronograph and note the fps (feet per second) speed. 300 fps is the international safety limit.

Locate the velocity-adjustment screw on the right side of the gun and the adjustment tool that Tippmann provides. If you do not have the tool, a small Allen wrench will also work.

To increase the velocity of your gun, turn the screw counterclockwise. Make small adjustments, checking the velocity with the chronograph between turns.

To decrease the velocity, turn the screw clockwise. Again, only make small adjustments at a time.

Once you reach your desired velocity, fire your A-5 a few times to ensure constant velocity.

Items you will need

  • Tippmann A-5
  • Chronograph
  • Adjustment tool/Allen wrench
  • Safety goggles

Tips

  • If you do not have a chronograph, you should be able to use one at your local paintball facility.
  • If you play someplace with rules, make sure your speed complies with them.
  • Aftermarket velocity adjusters are available for the A-5.

Warnings

  • Always wear eye protection when using your gun.
  • Do not tune your gun above 300 fps unless doing so is specifically required for some reason.

About the Author

Thomas Silvers has written for "The Lantern," "UWeekly," and has been a writer since 2007. He has formerly been a writer for trails.com and sporthaven.com. Silvers holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The Ohio State University.