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dbower Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 Custom
Marker Setup: Alpha Black Tactical
200 rd Hopper
12 oz Canister
3-point sling
Larger bottle with remote
Strengths: Reliability
Weaknesses: None that I can far
Review: I recently bought the Alpha Tactical as my friends and I were ready to take the next step into paintballing and buy our own gear. We have been playing for over a year, but have always just rented gear at a local arena. One friend went with an A-5, the other with a Spyder MR-1, and I with the Black Tactical.

First of all, I have to say that this marker is very simiar to the the M-4 carbine. I am around M-4's all the time, and if it wasn't for some obvious differences (air line, smaller magazine well, weight, etc...), it would look like someone is running with an M-4 in their hands.

Next, the craftmanship is excellent. Everything fits on it like it is supposed to. The shroud does not rattle, there is no play in the collapsible stock, and even the plastic magazine that doubles as a tool kit stays up and in the well extremely well.

The last first impression that I had was the ease of use out of the box. Having a little bit of experience enabled me to take it out of the box, throw a tiny bit of oil here and there, attach a canister, attach the hopper and then throw some paint downrange. Very user friendly.

On the day that we played, we had a group of 8-9 of us with one guy providing some extras to those that did not have their own equipment. Throughout the day though, I let everyone use the Alpha Black, and every response was the same, "That thing is what I want!" It is easy to hold (especially with the sling), easy to adjust (both size and velocity), and it is extremely accurate all over the field.
We played mostly kill or be killed with two teams all day, and I would estimate that I put about 800-850 rounds through the marker before having to change the 12 oz tank. And that was after putting about 100 rounds through it the night before. Some others there were changing their 9 oz tanks pretty frequently. I put another 9 oz tank on mine, but only played two or three more rounds. If I had not used the 12'er the night before, it would have lasted all day. I think that is pretty good.
As I said, accuracy is great right out of the box! I had command of the whole field all day long. If someone broke cover, and I had a chance to use the sights, they were toast. The only problem that I did have was that at the beginning of the day my shot were going all over the place. It was because my shoulder kept placing the first thing it felt into place which kept being the tank, not the stock. I'm racking this up to the difference in using a real weapon, and a sim-marker. I'm going to cure it by getting a remote line and 20 oz tank to carry on my back.
Even when I did miss though, the cycling rate is very good. If I missed, I was able to get another round going as fast as I could squeeze the trigger. I know that a lot of players like to send out ropes of paint, but if you are like me, and like to hit it because you meant to hit it, this marker will never leave you hanging. I have yet to experience a chopped ball, and a cheap five dollar hopper fed one ball after another all day long.

Cleanup was very easy in comparison to a real M-4. I say it like that because I hate cleaining weapons anyway. I found it a bit tedious to disassemble and give it a good cleaning and oiling, and all the little springs and parts initimidated me a bit. But, it took only about an hour to an hour and a half while watching tv to get it cleaned up like new.
Conclusion: Overall, I would recommend this to anyone that is considering their first paintball marker, and wants it to have a more realistic look. It will not fail you, it will shoot straight, and it will get all the ooohs and ahhhhs that you are looking to get out of the competition.
10 out of 10

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