a couple of inexpensive Brass Eagle markers and some rental 98 Customs before I owned my own 98.
evolution II 12v rev
98 Custom RT
14" custom-made barrel
- High rate of fire
- Works when other systems won't
- poor performance with low CO2; but then again that applies to everything that uses CO2.
I purchased the RT and had the guy at the store install it since several reviews stated that the RT was difficult to install. From what I saw, it seemed rather easy, but the guy said he's install it for free so... why not?
I took it home and went out the next morning to try and get this baby tested and tuned with live ammo. I figured my results would be thrown off given the fact that it was 30 degrees, snowing outside, and I was using CO2... but that didn't stop me! I loaded 50 rounds into the hopper, turned the regulator valve to what I estimated would be a safe rate of fire, pulled the trigger, and out came paintballs. At this sight, I had a mixture of feelings. On the plus side, I was happy that there were lots of paintballs coming out of the barrel; on the negative side, half of them were breaking, and the ones that weren't breaking were going all over the place (I had about a 6 foot spread from 50 feet). I played with the regulator valve for a while, but the balls kept spinning out of control and busting. Finally, after about 70 rounds, my tank sputtered and went empty. "Well that makes sense," I told myself. Low CO2 = poor performance. I slapped a fresh 20oz tank on there and pulled the trigger, and what a beauty I did see. I sprayed about 70 balls within a matter of seconds (and this is with a stock hopper and a relatively low ROF setting on the valve). Of those 70 balls I fired, none of them broke, and all of them went exactly where I was aiming. I was amazed. I didn't expect to get as much distance or accuracy with all of the balls I was shooting, but they sure enough flew.
In summation, I am very pleased with this purchase, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys playing woods ball. It's the best upgrade you can get for a 98 Custom at a relatively low price (around $80 retail). The sound is very loud / intimidating, also; it sounds like a machine gun from a distance, so it does a great job of keeping the enemy's heads down. Some rec ball fields don't like the RT, so it's easy to disable the system with the twist of a screwdriver.
I think Tippmann put a lot of time and consideration into this upgrade, and anyone looking to make their semi-auto 98 Custom compete with the big, expensive, shiny, double-triggered markers you see out there, go for the Response Trigger. They don't call it a 98 CUSTOM for nothing!