Piranha R6 - Basic Rental Marker
Spyder Xtra - My First Marker, very balanced for a beginner
Spyder Imagine - Faster than the Xtra, but still a blow back so I had to keep upgrading.
Smart Parts Ion - Best marker used to date, no chops and very light. No worry play
Tippmann 98 Custom - Very durable, but heavier than the Spyders and the Ion
Tippmann A5 w/ Flatline - Barrel is amazing, it is a gas hog, Cyclone Feed is A++
Proto 1 Piece barrel
CCM No-Pro Feedneck
CP Roller Trigger
Psychoballistics Bullet Drop
PMI Pure Energy 68/3K
- New Barrel, J&J Ceramic is good with Tippmanns (This is a TIPPMANN Triumph)
- Faster Hopper ONLY if you get the eXT (EGrip version)
Lighter than other Tippmann
Same internals as the 98
Stock barrel loud
More kick than the 98
The First Triumph review worth reading.
My friend has been trying to find a paintball gun for a while and then saw the Triumph XT. His sole reason for purchasing? It looked like a Halo Covenant Gun. Well, I was a bit wary when it first came in the mail but after using it, it proved to be a capable marker.
The gun comes bundled with a barrel sock, o-ring, allen wrenches, hopper, oil, and an instruction booklet.
When comparing it to my Ion, it was a fairly heavy gun. But I had to remind myself that this was a mechanical gun, a Tippmann in disguise, so the weight didn't bother me too much. The entire body is made of a composite (Unlike the Ion with a plastic shell covering an aluminum body). The only metal parts are the bolt, the expansion chamber, gas lines, and the screws. Hmm, I was wondering if it would be like another Brass Eagle.
It is an integrated vertical feedneek with two allen screws to tighten. I think this is a better design than the side feed that the 98 has because I've had friends break the 98 feedneck trying to snap it back on. Very sturdy, fit the stock gravity hopper fine.
The barrel is solid except for a little porting about halfway down the barrel. Not enough to be effective but enough to look very cool. The stock barrel a little loud but surprisingly accurate for a stock barrel. It hit within a foot approximately 80% of the time at 100ft. It seemed to be more accurate at longer ranges as opposed to close quarters shooting. But this won't matter since most people will upgrade their barrel (It takes 98 barrel threads).
~ The Review ~
The Triumph XT:
Mechanically it is identical to a 98 so I didn't expect anything less. What surprised me was how comfortable it was to shoot. So I want to make it very clear, this is no Brass Eagle plastic garbage.
The gun itself is very balanced. The integrated drop forward puts it ahead of any Tippmann currently made because it makes the gun much more compact. The mini expansion chamber did its job, no freeze ups during the entire time I used it. The Triumph kicked a little more than I'm used to, but I'm also used to an Ion so it was acceptable for a blowback gun. Trigger pull is very light, lighter than my mechanical Spyder ever was.
I thought the foregrip was a little gimmicky but I found it very useful when sprinting and lying prone. It is removable so you can actually use the handguard as a secondary grip for a more compact hold. Speaking of grips, the front of the grips are rubberized which give the gun a very secure hold.
Efficiency wise, we shot about 600-700 rounds and the 20oz wasn't empty yet. So it is no gas hog like the A5.
We got a lot of comments at the field about the gun. They were pretty impressed at how light it was compared to the Tippmanns (It was a woodsball field, lots of 98s). The serial number on it was 83 so we know he has one of the first ones made.
I would highly recommend the Tippmann Triumph XT to beginners and recballers. It has a Tippmann build behind it and is perfect for those not wanting blend into the Spyder clone or Tippman crowd. I would suggest you try to hold one first because it has a slightly different feel than any common paintball gun. The only thing I might worry about is its plastic construction, but after shooting it and ripping it apart, I don't think my friend will ever use the 1 year warranty that Tippmann provides.
I purchased this gun for my son and we went out paintballing. My other son as well as myself have A-5s, one with a Apex barrel, and mine with a flatline. Since this line is so new (came out Nov. 2006) it was the first one to show up at the field - lots of people wanted to look at it and I have to say it performed great throughout the day. I used it for a game or two when he wanted to sit out and I found it balanced well and aimed pretty good - at least for a Tippman with a stock barrel. It takes 98 barrels, so you have a lot of barrel options if you decide you want to upgrade. It comes with a double trigger - or you can get the eXT and go electronic. For $99 I paid at Walmart, it was a good deal - you will need a tank though.
It did manage to chop a ball as when I went to put it away for the winter (either that or the gun took a hit and a ball broke in the hopper), there was paint on the bolt and in the barrel. I decided to take it apart to make sure I got all the paint off. There are a lot of screws and hex bolts to take off to get into the mechanism - not anything like the ease of stripping an A-5 which only takes a minute.
I would recommend this over most of the similarly priced guns - for $99 its a great deal. I've got a spider and I'd rather use this one.
A barrel for sure, oddly enough, the Apex barrel that I have for my 98 fits the Triupmh
A stock would be nice for woodsball, I couldn't find an aftermarket one, so I made one from a steel band
lighter than other Tippmanns
Same Tippmann internals
the expansion chamber
No factory upgrades
I picked this up for $50, just to have a spare. It wasn't used much to start with, just for the simple fact that I hate to put the 98 away. After a while, I purchased the Apex barrel for my 98, and discovered that it fit the Triumph as well, so I used it a little, and saw how much lighter it was than my 98. I took some ultra-flat spray paint to it, to make it blend better, and constructed a simple stock that attaches to the drop-foward, so that the gun would remain balanced while I used a remote. The Triumph functions nothing short of Tippmann perfection. I've only broken 1 or 2 balls the entire time that I've used it, which is impressive, but what isn't impressive is the job that it is to clean. I finally reached the point of taking the barrel off (as well as the tank and hopper, but that goes without saying) and turning the waterhose on it, water isn't going to damage anything in the XT, since there is nothing electronic in it.
I would recommend this to anyone who wanted to get the most for their money. This is perfect for someone who just wants to play now and then, and doesn't want a huge amount of money tied up in it, but also doesn't want to be out-gunned, or of course, for a spare
New barrel would do but it already comes with an 11' ,but its not good quality so get a J&J or a Tippmann.
Easy to maintain
Good for beginners
Not customizable(except barrel and tank)
A bit heavy
made of heavy plastic/metalish
This is a great beginners gun if your a kid 10-12. I got this for my neighbor and he likes it. Surprisingly for the money this is a good gun. It comes with a 11' barrel already, vertical feed and a double trigger! All for about $100! Its still pretty reliable but not like an A-5 or 98C. It shoots accurate and doesn't chop balls.
So, this is a good gun if your kid who doesn't play much. BUT, if your older than 12 and really want to play paintball alot i highly suggest you get a better quality gun because, this gun is really for small time players. So, if your not a kid and will play alot then get a Tippmann 98 Custom, A-5, or a Smart Parts Ion.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 at 12:05 pm PST
besides that i don think you would want to upgrade this since its a low end marker
Lighter than tippmann 98
same internals then tippmann 98
stock barrel is accurate
omposite shell(hard plastic)
look below for full review
I first purchased this marker at a warehouse called XS CARGO. i went there on boxing day and saw this puppy for $30. for that price i knew i would buy it since my other marker was in repair and i needed a back up one. since this was not a paintball store i knew the warantee was usless. it was ok i mean for $30 its not gunna really matter. when i came hom i looked this up on buypbl.net and found this gun there for a price of $119.95. this made me satisfied that i made a good deal.
when i first opened it up and noticed the the hard plastic shell. not impressed but it was a tippmann so i knew i could rely on it to some extent. it semmed pretty sturdy.
i took it apart and basically it was a tippmann 98 in a costume.
when i first shot this i was impressed on the acuracy of the stock barrel. it wasnt a gas hog either. i went through 500 someodd shots before my 16 ounce Co2 ran out. after i noticed that the bolts came loose when i gased it. i didnt like this at all but agaiin, for 30 dollars i didnt expect and ego or dm7.
Altogether with its ugly plasma rifle style halo look, i give it a 7 out of 10. i would strongly recomend this to beginners as it is gas efficent, accurate and lighter than the other tippmann markers. for the slightly for expericend guys, i would suggest maybe the triumph ext or just a completly different marker. this is also a good back up marker incase ur good one has a problem. as well it is a good beater marker for playing around with friends and having fun. for 30 dollars u can't get a better deal than that.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, August 30th, 2008 at 2:12 am PST
none, but it wouldn't hurt to buy a longer barrel. The one it comes with is fine.
Shoots good with any brand paint balls.
double finger trigger
A little heavy
Hard to completely take apart
I have been playing paint ball for less than a month, but I have seen my teacher (i'm in 5th grade) play. Compared to his Ion, this marker is awesome. It does not use a lot of CO2, and fires about 8 bps.
It is a little heavy, but you get used to it. The barrel is easy to take off, but the rest of the gun is hard to field strip. It is made of plastic, but is very tough.
Definitely buy this gun if you are a beginner, but if you want a gun that will fire 20 bps, don't get this
Tippmann Triumph XT- Stock Barrel, Triumph Autoloader, Pure Energy 12 oz. Co2 Tank
Autoloader, More Accurate Barrel (I can't find one)
Accurate, Durable, Not a Gas Sucker, Tippmann 98 Barrel Threads
Semi-Auto, Little Heavy
When I first got this I was a little skeptical, but it showed through at the end. When I first fired it I was surprised at how accurate it was, but then I remembered it was a Tippmann in a plastic shell, out of uniform. It proved itself in Woodsball and Speedball, and I was surprised at how resilient it was. It took maybe 8 shots to the marker itself and there was no damage. The only downside was that it was a little heavy.
I would recommend it to any starting paintballer or someone looking for accuracy in a marker.
Normally I use a Tippmann 98, entirely stock with the exception of an 11" barrel; with this marker I used it entirely stock.
Perhaps an electronic grip frame (if they are even still available) and a regulator -- which, unfortunately would require some amount of modification of the regulator or the gun due to the fact that the gas line is contained within a rather small plastic grip.
High parts compatibility with the 98 and other such derived Tippmann markers
Relatively heavy, limited number of off-the-shelf modifications, somewhat poor construction
I was initially drawn to this marker because of an absurdly low price I saw on it in a magazine ($30), and after having read the description, I was rather intrigued. The marker was falsely described as having a built-in regulator, if I recall correctly, as well as an eleven inch barrel, which some research revealed was threaded with what else but Model 98 threads. Thinking that if the marker was really no good I could use it for parts (as well as the barrel and alleged regulator), I bought it.
Taking the marker apart, I found that it was indeed but a clone of the 98 disguised in a plastic shell, which left me feeling both slightly disappointed but relieved that I would have no difficulty in locating replacement parts, if even from my 98 Custom. Furthermore, I was somewhat frustrated by the sheer number of screws that held the marker together -- cleaning the marker can take quite a while as a result.
I can say with certainty that I was rather disappointed after a few trials in the field. After what I believe was only the first or second day of play, the o-ring on the lower threaded portion of the "regulator" that screwed into the ASA was damaged and needed replacement. Not a difficult fix, but frustrating nonetheless. Later trials showed the marker to be no more efficient or stable in terms of velocity than the 98, despite the alleged regulator -- which, to my frustration, I found to be nothing more than an expansion chamber with hardly any volume inside at all. I found the marker to be highly prone to double and even triple feeding. Later, I found the trigger to be prone to "sticking" where the trigger return slide -- the small metal clip located on the rear the the trigger -- would not reset because the very tip of it would hit the sear and refuse to return fully despite the trigger being at rest. Closer inspection revealed that the trigger return slide was also heavily worn despite having hardly used the marker -- the same cannot be said for my 98 Custom which I have put at least 20 cases of paint though. I have not yet repaired the marker, though doing so would be trivial.
I did, however, find that it was no less inaccurate than my 98 Custom, which I would expect of a marker with nearly identical internals. It did seem, however, to be somewhat louder.
The only reason I would recommend this marker to someone would be for parts. I have not found it to be the least bit reliable, efficient, quiet, smooth, or of low recoil as I would expect of a marker priced at or around its MSRP; in short, I have been thoroughly dissatisfied by the marker's performance, but given that I paid only $30 USD for it I can't complain -- I see the purchase mainly as an eleven inch barrel with a free marker.
For those seeking a low-priced "beginner's marker", I would highly recommend looking elsewhere.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 7:53 pm PST
Depends how long you inteand on keeping it if not for very long none if not.
Balance, Customisation, Price
This was my first Marker that i got at a budget store for a low 50$.
I got this marker because it was fairly cheap, and was made by Tippmann.
On my first game with it i was very unsasticfied with its accuracy.
But concidering its cheap i ignored that.
it shoots really fast for mechanical and taught me double trigger.
It also feels right when you hold it.
I would Recomend this marker for a raw beginer who has little spending room