Tippman model 98 was my first marker, I still have it b/c is very reliable, unlike my expierience with the X7 model.
tippman model 98 with an 18" barrel, and a stock spyder pilot.
The marker looks great as it is, without needing to upgrade, but the e-grip should be seriously considered. If you are buying it? buy it with the e-grip already. If you buy it as an upgrade later, you'll end up paying more.
Looks, good balance feel with tank on marker.
Not reliable. 2 new x7 started leaking after a few games.
ntThe price for the stock model made me wait a while before deciding to get one, but I justify it by saying to myself, that I would save money if I wanted to customize an A5 to have similar looks.
I played with it the 1st time and it went perfect. My happiness and exitment came to a small disappointmetn the 2nd time I used it. It started leaking gas in the middle somewhere?, I immediatly switch to my reliable model 98, and was able to finish the day of game.
I tried to disassemble it and fix it without success. I took it back b/c I still had my receipt and was under the 30days from purchase date. I got the 2nd one, with another 30 days to try it. Eager, I took it to the field, after the 2nd game with another brand new x7, I rest it the marker on my legs waiting to start the 3rd game when all of the sudden, Pufffff, a loud noise followed by a real hard and heavy leak. I quickly disconnected the CO2 tank. Tried to tweak it, but to no avail. The 2nd brand new, out of the box, marker was out of business with a mayor leak, also from the middle or internal section. Thank god for my reliable model 98.
What I liked:
-looks, good balanced feel to it.
-hopp erto the side makes it easy to see over the marker
-low profile hopper is easier to hide, and gives less "target" space to your oponenets
What I did not liked:
-plastic tool holder/magazine comes out easy. If you play in the woods, you may spend some time looking to find it (if you do). Being plastic I can see how it would erode away the edges with time and use; to the point where it may not click in place anymore.
-Cyclon feeding part made out of plastic. It looks weak and I can see how it would break easily.
-Over priced for the basic model
-Cyclone feeder will stop working with a 1/4 of the CO2 tank filled. When it was not working b/c of the low tank, I used the tank with the 98 and still shot 2 almost 3 hoppers with what was left on the tank. When you're in the woods, you want to maximize your gas usage.
-If you tilt it to the right, it will miss feed and/or fail to shoot. You have to keep it straight up. May be you can tilt it to the left for a few shots.
I think tippman over promised and underdelivered with this model.
I though it was my bad luck until another friend got one with the flat barrel and an e-grip. He's lasted longer, but evetually ended up leaking. (by longer, I meant like a few more weekends with it)
I would caution my friends if they were bent in buying one. Defenetly I would not recommended.
Time will tell, but I think this leaking problem is a design flaw of this marker.
What I loved the most about tippman brand, was its reliability, but my experience with 2 brand new model x7's has led me to skeptisism with this particular model (x7).
Looks alone won't win you any game. If you like tippman, stick to the true and tried models 98 and/or A5