98 Custom, just as good as the Custom Pro. Just without the extra upgrades. The stock barrel sucks horribly though. But the Custom Pro barrel is decent at least.
Tippmann 98 Custom with J&J Edge Barrel Kit, Response Trigger, Cyclone Feeder, Double Trigger, Clear Dye Sticky Grips, Rocket Cock II, Dead On Rear Velocity Adjuster, Skull Drop Forward, Lapco Raised Sight Rail and Dead On X-Core Expansion Chamber.
Response trigger, new barrel (I suggest J&J ceramic), if you do get response trigger, get an electric hopper or the new cyclone feeder.
Very reliable and upgradable like its predecessors. Extra upgrades than the original 98 custom.
Barrel, although better than the 98 Custom version, its still not that accurate.
Let me just say that the Model 98 Custom in all of its makes and versions, is an amazing yet simple paintball gun. I have used and owned many paintball guns including electro-pneumatics, autocockers, spyders (clones as well) and many more. Out of the many paintball guns I have used the 98 Custom is by far my favorite of them all. I have upgraded my 98 Custom to nearly everything I want. And I have made my set up not only effecient, but fast in shooting and loading out of completely mechanical parts as well. That is the beauty of its customization. I especially love the paintjob and extra upgrades the gun came with at such a good price. Although I do own and use the Model 98 Custom as my gun of choice. I have purchased the Custom Pro and I am holding on to it until Christmas when I will be giving it to someone as a gift. Until the mean time, the gun will be used and closely examined during its use with me.
1. Performance- The Custom Pro shoots very well out of the box. Its simple, you just gas it up and it just shoots. No need for timing, or adjustments. Just like many other paintball guns its league, the simple design can be understood by a child. The trigger pull is very light for a mechanical. When you pull the trigger you dont have to put strain on it at all, just a gentle squeeze is enough to give it a shot. Unlike many other guns out there, there is no trigger wobble, and there is no excess trigger pull like you might find in Spyders. Every bit of the trigger is exactly what you need to make the shot from the moment you pull it, to the moment you let it go. Kick on the gun is controllable, and not as strong as other blow backs. The sight is adjustable and allows you to make adjustments for near or far shots when the ball begins to arc. The accuracy is better than the previous Model 98's, but its still lacking. An after market barrel would be a good start in upgrade selection. But it is good that its not horrible like the two previous Model 98. So at least you will have decent accuracy for your stock set up at least. One of the things I appreciated in its design was the fact that the new double trigger for the Custom Pro is redesigned with a trigger guard that allows your middle finger to be placed behind the guard for a one finger operation when you want it. The other trigger guards of many double triggers out there for the 98 Custom had a shape that did not allow you to place your middle finger comfortably around the grip when you werent using it because the guard was in the way, or some required you to cut out a piece of the grip to place the guard into the handle. This new design is definately much better in terms of comfort, and convenience.
2. Upgradability- The Custom Pro comes stock with some useful upgrades. A drop forward, a double trigger and an eleven inch barrel. The price of the Custom Pro versus the price for the 98 Custom makes the Custom Pro with its improvements worth the extra investment. For those that would buy the 98 Custom and plan on purchasing similiar upgrades in the future, I would suggest to go with the Pro version because it will save you money in the end. Another great feature of the Custom Pro is the ability to place an e-grip in it. Although it is true you can place the e-grip in the 98 Custom, there will be some modification involved. The Custom Pro has a slightly redesigned internals in the handle that allows it to accept an e-grip as a drop in upgrade. Of course the Custom Pro just like the 98 Custom before it can accept many upgrades out there, making it very easy to customize to the owners taste. Pretty much anything you can think of in a paintball gun, can be bought and installed into the 98 Custom and Custom Pro. Making the 98 Custom and Pro the most upgradable marker out there.
3. Reliability- Out of the many paintball guns out there, with the exception of maybe the automag, none can match the 98 Customs reputation for extreme reliability, and the Pro version is no exception. Other than oiling every now and then, the gun hardly needs any maintanance. There are some people who are so lazy, they dont even oil the thing. Which I do not suggest you do. But for those who do not properly maintain oil their 98's, the guns just keep on going. I have owned my 98 Custom for about a year now, and I have yet to need to change a single part, not even an o-ring. All I do is apply a few drops of oil in the sear, bolt and rear striker and thats it. As for the new Custom Pro, the same applies for it. My 98 Custom has not need any repairs, and has not failed on me in the middle of any game, or between games for that matter. I definately expect to see the same kind of reliability from the Custom Pro. The Custom Pro even has a much better paintjob than the previous versions. The 98 Custom was known to have a paintjob that would peel over time, which is why some people choose to have theirs repainted. But whatever the paintjob Tippmann put on the Custom Pro, it looks and feels much stronger than that of the 98 Customs.
Well, I have been impressed again by Tippmanns ideas. And coming up with ways to improve the 98 Custom even better is another good step for them. I am glad to see that they have decided to place a more decent barrel onto the Custom Pro seeing as how the stock barrel of the previous versions was horrible and unworthy to come in the same box with the Model 98s. The double trigger guard is redesigned for the better, and the drop forward makes the long shaped gun more compact. However, one feature they should have improved was a way to more easily field strip the gun. That is the one feature they should have added that would have definately made the Custom Pro a true improvement over the 98 Custom, rather than just a 98 Custom with a good paint job and three already placed upgrades. The need for a quick field strip on the 98 is most needed, and it is dissapointing that Tippmann failed to realize this need. However, the reliability of the Tippmann line of guns makes up for the lack of this feature.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, October 17th, 2005 at 12:49 am PST