16" J&J Ceramic Berral for Tippman 98 Custom; A lot of the accuracy I will mention is probobly related to this.
Au Naturale' Magazene Toolkit.
Semi-Auto Mechanic-This is a woodsball marker.
Hopper Neck Screw (see review)
Last Christmas I got this gun, and I thought I heard angels singing(not really :p). I was excited and the alpha black lived up to terms. It was somewhat heavy, and it's really a beast with a 24-ounce Co2 tank on the back. If mabye you are used to sniper accuracy you might complain, but otherwise, it's preatty good. I want to also note that the magazene is a toolkit, and it even comes with allen wrenches and a small pouch of lubricant. You may think that it's annoying that it won't carry a squegee, which you would probobly want most on the battlefield, right? Well, with any other marker, yes, but with this, no. I'll be surprised the day that my alpha black chops a paintball.
My first game with the gun I had plenty of problems because I wasn't yet used to the cyclone feed, but just today I got the hang of it.
The last game I've played I've devistated the opposition in part due to this marker. Me and an enemy were shooting back and forth from long range, I noticed that his paintballs were travelling somewhat slow at this distance... They were going so slow, in fact, that they bounced off the ground... However, the Alpha Black had NO such problems at all. Though that may be somewhat attributed to paintballs, here's something that's really nice about this gun.
A few rounds later I found myself on the low ground. I was pinned behind cover with two enemies behind a bunker a long distance off. mabye about 50-80 feet. However, just going back and forth bunker shooting, I managed to out BOTH of them, in less than 1/4 of a hopper. I was surprised to find that the gun was so accurate that I sniped them off when from about 70 feet away I had the area of a helmet as a target. That may be good, but what really makes it great Is I fired mabye... 18 shots at each of them?
After the game we were shooting targets and I noticed something really neat... If you buy it with the shroud take heed: the gunsight actually works! It's not just to look neat, it will actually guide you right onto target, and with the accuracy of the gun, it could be deadly.
And one of my fav. things about the marker so far is this; I've never chopped a single paintball with this marker. For a few games I was using a Spyder Force-fed hopper, and it still refused to chop. And in all the games i've played with it it simply hasn't chopped.
When I take it apart for maintanance I notice that it's really intuitively designed. Heck, thus far, I havn't actually needed to take it apart for maintance, it's had no problems, accept mabye it made an annoying sound when I cocked it so I had to oil it once.
BTW, when it comes to maintanance, it'll save a lot of time and energy to note that the stock cap (or butt cap) can be attached to either side of the marker during dis-assembly. Just simply press down on it while removing the top half of the marker.
However, one thing I most note against it is the elbow feed/cyclone feed base. At the top it uses a small button-thing. If it is pressed down, then you can slide the elbow feed, or cyclone feed, on. However, once it is on, you have to loosen the associated screw (the one right at the base of the button), pull the lever (aka button) up, and re-tighten the screw. I found this somewhat annoying as during one of my games I had not properlly done this, and the hopper came off, and wouldn't attach. For a lot of the game I had to prop the cyclone feed against my marker with my hand...
This is truly a tippman gun. Playing woodsball and with a strap I find no problems with it. It's accurate, durable, and intimidating(esp. to newbies!). I got a lot of respect once I got things going (to be more specific, with the cyclone feed) with this marker. I can also say that I am no longer thinking of buying an alternative marker I was thinking of getting... Once I got the cyclone feed going I truly fell in love with the performance of this marker. It did have the issue of the attachment button, but it shouldn't be a problem if you've done it right. It's a really nice gun, it has awsome accuracy, to get better accuracy you'd have to get a MUCH more expensive marker, which brings me to mention the affordable price of it. Which raises my score up to a 9/10.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 24th, 2009 at 8:31 pm PST