Tippman 98 Custom
Spyder Victor 2
Smart-parts 16" Linear Barrel
Tasco 30mm Red Dot Sight
32 Degrees Remote
Remote Line and HPA
Rarely Chops Paint
Field Strips in literally seconds.
Overall i am Very Happy With this Marker.
Barrel: The Stock Barrel on this Marker is actually really good. Accuracy for a stock barrel surprised me. The only reason I would recommend a new barrel is the stock one has a rather intimidating report which is good when laying suppressive fire, but not good for the sniper situation. I upgraded the barrel with a Smart-parts Linear 16" Barrel and let me tell you This thing shoots darts! From 50-80 feet I can lay the ball within 3 inches of my red dot about 80% of the time (Taking into account paintball ballistics)
Sights: One very bad point for this gun is the lack of a usable sight rail, it is either too short or the top cocking bolt will hit whatever you mount to it. (sometimes with very very bad results). I ended up mounting my sight on the barrel itself, offset on a 45 degree angle. This setup solves two problems. Getting the sight on the gun in the first place, and moving the sight off to the side so your mask doesn't hit the stock while your trying to aim.
Reliability: I know the tippman fans are going to hate me for this part of the review, but I do have to say that over a weekend on the field (I play about 8 consecutive hours a weekend) The amount that tippman owners have to fiddle, fix, and adjust their guns surprises me. I rarely have to do anything to my marker except add more paint and air. I firmly believe that maintenance is key to performance, so make sure your gun is completely stripped, cleaned, inspected, and lubricated after every session on the field.
Overall I rate this marker a 9, it looses 1 point due to the issues with the stock and and sighting rail. Other than that I would rather own this marker than any other on the market. You don't need to spend an incredible amount of money to have an accurate and reliable maker, Get the MR-1, take care of it and you'll never look back.