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Konk Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 years
3 years
Products Used:
Been around plenty of friends with other guns. Never cared to try them out, as the higher-end markers were too finicky and seemed to not work half the time.
Marker Setup: Drop Forward
Expansion Chamber
16' 32 Degrees 3-piece barrel
Double Trigger
Aluminum Power Tube
Upgraded Bolt
Filed down the end of valve passages
Dye Sticky Grips
Painted Olive drab
A good barrel is #1. Beyond that, pretty much what I have done. I hate the fact that the power tube is made of plastic.
Strengths: Durable
Weaknesses: Shoots slow
A bit loud
Power tube is plastic
Paint chips off over time.
Review: I bought this marker in 2001. I played for a few years, then got out of paintball, into cars, real guns, etc. I had a friend invite me out to a Scenario game at Splat Brothers in VA, so I dug the old 98 out of the Attic. Last time I played, several years ago, it broke. The plastic power tube had cracked (houses the valve). I ordered a metal power tube off of along with a new bolt that went with it.

I walked out into the field that day with this old outdated marker, surrounded by these new ION's, Proto's, etc. (apparently, only the season players come out for winter scenario games). I held my own just fine, and I fell in love all over again with my trusty Tippmann. It shoots very accurate and consistent with the setup I have; although I'm sure the barrel hasn't been in production for years. Still, even without an electronic hopper (it seems like every gun has one of those these days, no?) I was easily able to shoot out players, not by raining down paint of them, but just by being patient and shooting some nice well-placed shots.

For those that complain about "kick", I'd like them to shoot a simple 12ga shotgun and get back with me. Also, this gun isn't that heavy, or at least not for a grown adult.

Conclusion: Getting out of paintball, into real guns, and now back into paintball I can truly appreciate why they call the 98 the "AK-47" of the paintball world. The gun has only failed me once, thanks to that plastic power tube, but back then I admit to not properly caring for the gun like I should have.

I guess for speed ball these new cheap-electro's reign king; but for me, I'm fine with my old 98. It shoots great, and best of all, I don't need to waste $5 in paint to get a single player out.

The stock setup isn't the greatest, but it's a great starting point. Plus now, unlike when I bought mine, you can pick up used 98's for really cheap. If I was getting into the game now, I'd fine a used one, repaint it, upgrade and refurbish the internals, add on a few extras (A DECENT BARREL!!!, double trigger, etc.) and you should have a decent setup.
10 out of 10

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