A new barrel is a must
Compressed air tank will greatly add to your shot-to-shot consistancy. You can get one at 40 bucks, and this will allow you to play just about any time of the year. Shot to shot consistancy= more consistant ball placement, or accuracy.
If you are in the mind to add a response trigger, do yourself a favor and buy a good loader. Should you decide to buy another gun, you can carry this over and save yourself some cost, unlike the cyclone feed, which is gun specific.
Indescribeably fun to shoot.
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First field strip is daunting
It has some kick
Oh, the custom 98. When I first got into paintball in august of 2003, I'd made the decision that I wanted my own gear. So I journeyed to sports authority to seek out a weapon befitting of my anxious, un-tested hands.
Though the tippmann A5 caught my eye, the 98, with its full starter's package and 100 dollar price tag, caught my mother's. That, coupled with a 1000 rounds of Zap tork paintballs, got me started on a long and epic journey. I had my first gun in my hands, and a whole, wooded world to conquer. life was good.
For four years, I played sporadic outdoor games (there were times when I didn't play for ages, hence the reason why I have before listed my paintball experience as less than five years) with this marker. For four years, I never touched a thing except the safety and the trigger. This gun is DEPENDABLE. no matter what you do or don't do to it, it will shoot when you pull the trigger.
So when I started getting really into paintball in early 2008, you can imagine how field stripping this thing for the first time was. To say it was daunting would be an understatement; I was suddenly confronted with a whole array of parts, and I'd long ago lost the owners manual. As daunting as this was at first, after about ten minutes of fiddling with things, I had it down. It's like working on your favorite old car; yea, the first time you open up the hood, it'll be confusing. but with two hands and some common sense, you can figure it out in no time. And if, by the end of the first field strip, you still find it daunting, think of it this way. By the time your 98 needs another field strip, you probably won't remember how bad it was the first time around.
Operation is simple, and shooting this thing is just... fun. Despite being the proud owner of an Eclipse SL, I still shoot this every now and again. There's just something about flipping a manual safety off, pulling back on the charging lever, and feeling that kick against your shoulder, that unmistakeable loud pop, every time you pull the trigger that reminds you of why exactly you first started playing paintball. It's very much a "grab and go" kind of marker.
Yea, it has some kick. This might bother some, but to anyone that's ever used a real firearm, you'll barely notice it. As a shooting platform, the 98, with its built in front grip, is very stable, allowing you to get a good feel for the marker. The iron sights are a joke, but you can use the front sight as a sort of landmark for where your shots are landing. There are any number of things you can do to a 98 nowadays, so for those of you that want more, you can get it.
The tippmann 98 is the perfect beginner's marker. It is high quality, extraordinarily dependable, and equally low maintanence. It's a gun that doesn't need to be babied to work well, and can afford the common mistakes new players make in maintaining their markers.
In closing, if you're considering getting into the sport, and are wondering which of the many "beginner's" markers to get, wonder no more. The 98 is, in my humble opinion, one of the best paintball markers ever made in terms of value, reliability, and ease of use. Six years after buying this marker, I still hold every other paintball marker to its standard of durability and quality. It still rides in my gearbag, right alongside my SL8R. That should tell you something.
Go with a tippmann. You might just get hooked. 10/10 for being everything a marker should be and for getting me addicted to paintball.