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tacballer Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
4 years4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Marker Setup: 16in Smart Parts Linear barrel
Flatline barrel
Gravity feed hopper
72ci Pure Energy compressed air tank
New barrel at a minimum
Cyclone Feed
Strengths: Powerful
Never jams
Simple tear down
Weaknesses: Heavy
Slow rate of fire
Accuracy (might just be mine)
Review: Now this was my first gun and it was definitely second hand. Mine is one of the older style so some of the issues I'm having with it may just be because it's old. This has become the gun I lone out or use as a backup if my Vibe goes down.

The good
My T98C has a hard time getting down to 300fps. it usually like to hover at 310-315 for most of the day and then dip to about 290 by the last few games. But trust me, people don't really like to be on the receiving end of a Tippmann. They tend to know that its a good powerful gun and the they will know when they get hit.

This is a great gun for beginners who have little or no experience with paintball and don't really have much finesse. The T98C will take just about anything you can dish out and keep working even under less than preferred conditions.

I've only gotten this thing to jam once and that was because a paintball broke in the barrel and part of the shell jammed up the bolt. Short of this incident I have yet to find any other way to make this thing quit

This is a pretty easy tear down for cleaning just unscrew all screws and pull apart the halves making sure that the spring doesn't go flying. clean whatever needs to be cleaned then simply put it back together in the reverse order that you took it apart.

The bad

Now this gun is a lil' on the heavy side and for those of us who like lightweight guns this may not be our first choice.

For the rate of fire it could better but for a mechanical gun its doin' pretty good. If you out shoot a gravity feed system on this gun it will chew up paint like it wasn't even there so I'd suggest investing in a Cyclone feed like the A-5 or a low end electric hopper because lets face it even the low grade ones can out feed the rate of fire.

Mine has an accuracy problem I don't know if anyone else has this problem though. Mine likes to pull to the right and it varies between shots. With the old Flatline I have (like 1st gen i think) it is even less accurate and so I don't even bother using it.

Finally this gun is LOUD. if you plan on trying to be sneaky and get behind the other team and start picking them off this is not the gun. They will hear you as soon as you fire the first shot and probably even be able to point you out if you are concealed. The Linear barrel I have for it does quiet the shot but only slightly.

Another note. Make sure you check your sear for wear during tear down. The sear is what locks the bolt back after you fire. My brother had an issue with the sear rounding off and subsequently the gun when fire would not stop firing because the bolt wouldn't catch and would start chopping every paintball fed to it. If this happens to your gun to stop the bolt you have to physically stop it and try to lock it back or detach the source of air. He had two sears go bad on him and luckily both times he replaced the sear it was free from Tippmann. Customer service is pretty awesome and should send you another one.
Conclusion: This gun will go to hell and back with you and still operate well. Not the best for experienced players but most definitely great for beginners looking for they're first gun.
8 out of 10

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