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chasethebarber Saturday, May 15th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 years4 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Xtra
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom, custom made foregrip(made by me, for me), JCS Folding Stock, 50 round hopper, home-made expansion chamber, retrofitted Spyder regulated ASA(running at 500psi), alternating between a 12in Progressive, 14in TearDrop and 16in Razzor for the barrel. I like to call it Tippmannstein.
Recommended
Upgrades:
A folding or collapsible stock, new barrel(12"-14")
Strengths: See Review
Weaknesses: See Review
Review: I am a woodsball player. I like my weapons accurate, quiet, and dependable. I bought a Spyder Xtra and used it for about 3 years...only to realize I wanted more. I knew several people that own Tippmanns, so I decided to get one and see how it compared. After having used both for the same amount of time, I shall now give a comparison.

Spyder Xtra
(Custom painted olive/black, 20" Smart Parts Progressive, VL 12v Revolution hopper, Crossfire 70/4500 tank.)

Strengths - Very accurate, fast, light, quiet, easy to work on.

Weaknesses - Too tall, drank too much gas with 20", chopped unless using electronic hopper, needed constant cleaning/oiling.

Summary - With this marker, I scared people. It was almost silent, it could hit coffee cans 50yds away with no problem, and I could disappear like a ghost. My only problems were gas consumption(I could get maybe 700 shots out of my tank), lubrication and chopping(if I wasn't using my revvy). I loved how easy it was to field strip, but the maintenance was just too much. Definitely a great gun, but it just wasn't good enough to suit me.





Tippmann 98 Custom
Custom made foregrip(made by me, for me), JCS Folding Stock, 50 round hopper, alternating between a 12in Progressive, 14in TearDrop and 16in Razzor for the barrel.

Strengths - Accurate, NEVER CHOPS, very customizable, has yet to break in 3 years, always goes bang.

Weaknesses - LONG, loud-ish, slow rate of fire, heavy, annoying to take apart.

Summary - This is the best marker I have ever found for woodsball. While it's louder than the Spyder, even the most seasoned of players soon learn to fear the bark of Old Tippy. I can use it with the same deadly efficiency as the Xtra, but without having to worry about running out of air.

If you apply a liberal lubrication of white lithium grease when you first get it, you can go years without taking it apart unless you break a ball. On that note, in 3 years of use, with 15,000+ balls fired through it, I have yet to have a single break(gravity fed, of course. e-hoppers aren't needed unless you have the response trigger). It's not as easy to hide with due to it's length and loud voice, but I couldn't be happier. Also, though it is heavy, the weight is very well balanced if you add a stock. EDIT: Since adding the regulator and expansion chamber, the accuracy/consistency have improved. Gas consumption has been cut nearly in half, and it's not quite as loud as it used to be. I call it Tippmannstein because it is UGLY, but very dangerous in the right hands.
Conclusion: If you want a marker for woodsball, I highly recommend the Tippmann. If you want a marker that is more versatile(in terms of play style) and isn't as expensive, go for the Spyder. Both are excellent guns with the right modifications and appropriately used skills, but the Tippmann will always outlast the competition.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 5:00 pm PST
 

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