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E r y k Monday, November 3rd, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year426 of 463 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann M98c
Piranha 2k3 E-force
Tippmann A-5
2k2 STO Autococker
Bob Long Timmy
Angel Speed (fired at my proshop, i almost peed myself)

the lower end guns cannot be compared to higher end guns. its just like comparing apples to oranges, it cant be done.
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98c
Red Lightning PaintJob
Lapco Bigshot
Evo 2 with Y board
Toxic 2x Trigger
DOP Drop
Palmer Stabilizer
Trigger Mods/ Polished internals
Lapco SIght Rail
Lapco Nickel Plated Double Trigger Guard
20oz Anti Siphon
E-bolt coming
Recommended
Upgrades:
IMPORTANT: Before you go out and buy a billion upgrades, please play with your gun stock to see if you really need them... also dont buy all your upgrades at once, buy some, play with it for a while, and buy some more. This way, you will enjoy it alot more than just buying all the upgrades at once imo.

For this gun, all you need is:
Barrel (to make it more accurate)
Double trigger (if you like it)
Loader (if your firing too fast with double trigger)
HPA or Anti siphon co2.

Anything else is just extra and a waste of money... trust me... i wasted too much money... $600+

NOTE: this gun is not the best thing in the world, its the best thing for beginners but can be upgraded to pluto and back... there are better guns out there.
Strengths: In review body.
Weaknesses: In review body.
Review: Strengths:

Dont you just hate reviews that are crunched together? I'm going to try to make this review as easy as possible to read.

I've waited a year to review this gun so I can make sure I can get every little detail in.

Durable - Any gun can be durable if you take proper care of it. When i first got this gun, I did not know i had to oil it... I didnt oil it for 5 months and it still ran like new. This gun is good for newbies who want to play occasionally but also dont want to spend too much time cleaning their gun. But for me, this is my main gun, everything on the gun is upgraded, i am just short of an e-bolt which i should be aquiring soon.

Many owners - This is a pro and a con. Anybody can help you with this gun, many people own it therefore help should be easy to aquire if needed. There is not a problem with this gun that cant be fixed, there is always a fix for this gun... either a proper fix, or a ghetto fix.

Upgrades - Almost any paintball website will have upgrades for this gun, its is very common. Upgrades are pretty nicely priced but you can go overboard easily like me and spend $600+ which was good for me, cause i like my m98, im comfortable with it. As long as your comfortable with your gun, who cares what people say.

Co2 Acceptance - Runs great on co2, heck you can run it on constant liquid co2 if you want. The CVX valve is indestructable. Im sure most of your starters out there wont have enough money for a decent tank (68/4500 which run for $180) although you can get a cheap HPA tank for 80 bucks, but you wont get enough shots.

Design - The way the m98 opens is great, its in 2 halves, this way, you can see everything in front of you and it is accessible... it just takes some time to take it apart and put it together. I can do it no problem now, but if your new, be careful when taking apart the gun, if you need any help ask me.

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Weaknesses:

Stock barrel - but hey, what can you ask for, its stock... no gun comes with a good stock barrel with the exception of some high end guns (impulse etc.. even those barrels are swapped out some times)... but out of all the stock barrels, spyder, piranhas, the tippmanns is the worst. Its 8 inches, the inside looks like its been pulled out of my ass. The insides are so rough, but the barrel still works. You can either polish the barrel yourself which will take some time but make it better than the stock, or pay for a new barrel which will run anywhere from $30 - $100+.

Design - The little parts inside the gun can be a pain in the butt to take out/reassemble when you are a newbie. There are pins, little springs that can go flying. Dont worry, this isnt rocket science, dont let it scare you. You will have to take apart your gun sometime (well my friend has his gun for 2 years already, and hes still yet to take it apart for a cleaning). Trust me, you will have to start somewhere, so start now and learn. Watch for the front sight spring the most, i lost mine, but i ghettofabricated a custom sight spring so its all randy dandy now.

The gun is also pretty long, compared to my friends guns, my gun is a speedball rifle, but i like how it feels, so thats all it matters.

I also wish the body was not cast moulded, the metal is very rough and looks bad... only if tippmann made the m98 more percise. The barrel threads are moulded (sometimes can eat your barrel, it ate the anno off my bigshot)

Another plus would be exchangeable bodies, but nobody makes them, a custom body for the 98 would be so awesome. Since nobody makes aftermarket bodies, i resorted to mill it myself.

Many owners - as i said above, this can be both a pro and a con. A lot of fields use this as their rental guns and many newbies have this gun. It kinda sucks walking onto a field and seeing 908458972341 people with the same gun as you... it really does. Its hard to be unique without dumping alot of dough.

Tippmanns Customer Service - yea, they were top notch a while back. Now, they just plain S U C K... their service blows now, i have completely lost faith in them. My marker was still in warranty, my powertube cracked, and i emailed them for a replacement, i stated that my gun was still in warranty but they still made me pay for a new valve. This pissed me off alot... I rate their service a 2 out of 5. They get a 2 because they actually reply and ask for your money.

Tippmanns weird thinking - The m98 has been out for what? 4-5 years now? Just this month, tippmann out of the blue decides to change the barrel threads for this gun. So new owners will not be able to use old barrels, but old owners could use the new barrels... how stupid is this? Wouldn't this idea change be a little late?

Quote from Tippmann:

quote:
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We changed the ID and OD of the receiver and the barrel threads of 98 Customs about two weeks ago. All guns with serial numbers above 495,501 will not accept the old style barrels. All barrels being made now, have the new style thread. However, all new barrels will also fit older guns regardless of serial number.
If you have an aftermarket barrel with the older style threads, it will not fit the new receiver. We suggest that you contact your supplier for a new style barrel that will fit. All barrel manufacturers were notified of the change long before we ever made any changes.
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Conclusion: I hope this review has helped anybody decide to buy or not buy this gun.
I hope my choice of waiting 1 year before writing this will benefit others.

I would recommend this gun to any beginner who wants something to play with but also wants a gun they can upgrade

I will add more to this review as neseccary

Good Luck

Eryk
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, November 3rd, 2003 at 7:12 pm PST
 

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sonnemann Monday, November 3rd, 2003 | 7:06 pm PST
nice, in-depth review. while i might not agree with you on some points (barrel thread change? when did that happen?), i appreciate a decent review, not just absolutely negative or absolutely positive people who arent willing to change their minds. the 1/10 and 10/10 ratings are abused. thank you.
   

E r y k Monday, November 3rd, 2003 | 7:10 pm PST
Quote from Tippmann:



quote:
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We changed the ID and OD of the receiver and the barrel threads of 98 Customs about two weeks ago. All guns with serial numbers above 495,501 will not accept the old style barrels. All barrels being made now, have the new style thread. However, all new barrels will also fit older guns regardless of serial number.
If you have an aftermarket barrel with the older style threads, it will not fit the new receiver. We suggest that you contact your supplier for a new style barrel that will fit. All barrel manufacturers were notified of the change long before we ever made any changes.
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Woods Sniper Monday, November 3rd, 2003 | 8:05 pm PST
I <3 you, man. That was awesome. Much effort put into that review!
   

E r y k Monday, November 3rd, 2003 | 8:08 pm PST
i love you too :)

glad you liked it.
   

Six Feet Under Tuesday, December 30th, 2003 | 10:58 pm PST
Good Job man... nice long review that actually shows you took the time to sit down and write a good review that highlights all the good and bad points of the marker.
   

Im2ShOrT2DIE Thursday, January 29th, 2004 | 7:42 am PST
WOW u put ur heart into this one... good job
   

PBObsessive Friday, January 30th, 2004 | 5:49 pm PST
thanks for the review. It helped me a lot. There are too many reviews that are too biased and can throw off research in buying a new gun.
   

tippmanandwomen Friday, February 6th, 2004 | 2:29 pm PST
I have had my 98 custom for a little over 2 years, and I agree with every last thing you said. Great review. I've got one question. I want to get a palmer stabalizer on my 98 custom. I didn't even know it was possible to until I read your review. How do I put it on my gun? Do I have to buy a vertical air kit, or a new gas line? And which model should I get? Thanks
   

tango_down Thursday, February 26th, 2004 | 11:51 am PST
I have been using the M 98 custom for about 3 years and can tell all you people who are researching it that THIS REVIEW IS VERY ACCURATE. Could use a few more sentences though.
   

PenguinMaster Saturday, February 28th, 2004 | 9:57 pm PST
I completely agree with what you said about everyone having it. I hate having the same gun as everyone else. That alone makes me want to buy a new gun that no one else has but I don't think I could find the kind of quality I have with my tippmann for an affordable price I've already got 400+ dollars into my gun and I don't want to buy a whole new gun and have to start over on upgrades.
   

Iceman1129 Saturday, March 6th, 2004 | 11:55 am PST
great review! So true!
   

Special FX Sunday, March 28th, 2004 | 10:21 am PST
Very in-depth and accurate review. Too bad you don't see more reviews of this quality.
   

BigMike5794 Thursday, April 8th, 2004 | 8:49 am PST
good job
   

erik vandenavon Tuesday, May 25th, 2004 | 3:51 pm PST
good job. i was thinking about getting a m98. not as a primary gun but one to use in the woods because my e Rex pro combined with a halo b can sometimes be a pain in the ass especially in the woods.
   

LeftwardPie Wednesday, May 26th, 2004 | 11:34 pm PST
hey holmes if you could here me over the internet you would hear a good round of applause
much love to the Tippmans
LeftwardPie
   

Kowz_76 Monday, July 5th, 2004 | 6:31 pm PST
Definitely way too short.
   

NY31Blackburn Saturday, July 10th, 2004 | 3:57 pm PST
Which of the following would u guyz suggest- an imagine '04, or a 98c? Only those two guns-nothing else, ok everybody!
   

bigboy_cars_0 Monday, July 12th, 2004 | 5:38 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by NY31Blackburn
Which of the following would u guyz suggest- an imagine '04, or a 98c? Only those two guns-nothing else, ok everybody!

It depends. The Imagine is an electro and the 98c is a mech. I would recomend the Imagine for speedball and the 98c for woods. There are uber loads of upgrades for both markers. Go to kingmans and tippmanns forums and ask about them.
   

Bobackwards Friday, August 6th, 2004 | 7:48 pm PST
Nice Review....i have to ask u a question , i got a stock 98c and my tank keeps unscrewing on its own and during a game it will uncock since the air isnt getting thru this isnt a big problem but it gets annoying because i have to screw it in every 10 minutes, its just not my gun either my friends is does it aswell... Is there a way to solve this problem?

If u can send the reply to bobackwards88@yahoo.com since i dont really come to this site much
Last edited on Friday, August 6th, 2004 at 7:50 pm PST
   

TXtippmann Friday, August 13th, 2004 | 12:57 pm PST
Very nice. It's good to see someone writing reviews that actually knows what they are talking about.
   
                            
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