Manufactured by Tippmann Sports, U.S. Army Paintball markers and accessories are designed to help you take your game to the highest level of realistic play possible at a great value. At home and abroad, the U.S. Army has utilized Tippmann paintball markers in its training to emphasize the importance of fire-control measures and cover and concealment procedures. No other training device can replicate this sense of combat realism in a totally safe environment. With these markers, you will be able to play smart?and play strong. Army Strong.
Officially licensed product of the U.S. Army
Realistic military appearance
M16 style six position collapsible stock
M16 style shroud with built in sight
High performance 11 inch barrel
Integrated carry handle
Removable magazine that doubles as a tool kit
In line bolt system
All aluminum die cast receiver
Stainless steel gas line
Quick release feeder elbow
The Tippmann US Army Alpha Black Tactical is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used. Check out the Places to Buy links below for places to purchase it new.
Alpha Black Tactical (M16 shroud and stock)
Mil-Sim TAC Scope
for those who are yet to get the Tactical, and only the basic, i recommend the Tactical add ons.
CO2 Remote hose
-Great Mil-Sim look
-Magazine tool box looks cool and is very useful
-Weight is an issue,
-Currently only M16 add ons
The ABT, is Great, right off the bat you will notice the rugged, Military look, and from opening it you notice that good 0l' Tippmann Quality.
This, in essence is a 98 Custom, this is good and bad for a few reasons, good because of the quality and bad because of some awkward maintenance hassles.
To start i will talk about the actual gun:
It is encased in durable material, it looks and feels like something the army would use, however it also weighs like its real too, the Gun ha a crushing 10 pounds when used with a fully loaded 200 round Hopper and a 20 ounce CO2 Canister, by itself its a good 5-ish pounds, luckily for the "Tactical" owners, the Package includes a handy strap for easier use, the M16 adds are plastic,but its Hard, in fact it looks like it can last just as long as the main gun body.
The ABT is actually sold in 3 versions 2 of which are now available,
the AB Basic, which does not bring the M16 adds, but includes the Mag and tools
the ABT (Tactical) which does include the M16 adds and the Mag.
the final is the AB and ABT with the E-trigger, which is a steal at the price some sites have it as preorders for June, the Trigger includes 3 fire mods (1 Shot, 3 shot burst and Full Auto)
The Marker comes with a Ironhold which is not removable, however, the Holder was actually thick enough to allow one of my Sights to fit perfectly, and attached with a hard clamp.
The Gun has a 5 point CAR stock, which is sturdy and does not slip points, it also has a clip for the strap.
the Co2 line is structured perfectly, and the weave looks very neat, reinforcing my belief in the great quality of the manufacture.
It is recomened to use a Remote Hose for on the go action without the massive weight
The 11" Barrel is of good quality, and apparently the barrel socket allows other A-%5 barrels without Ball breaks, it could be entirely possible to install a flat line barrel, if expansion slots could be added.
The gun does not bring any sort of Anti-chop system, however after much shooting i only had a break once, using another A5 barrel, that said, cleaning it was kinda a hassle, which required me to have to open the front barrel area in order to clean it all out good.
The gun was Fantastically accurate, after many shots directed to the same area, i managed to hit the area in less then a 1 Sq Ft area, at a far range, which is fantastic.
The mag in essence is just for show,for some reason the Mag fell off the holding, but it may have been a user error... but it is well detailed, and useful for carrying O-rings and Allen wrenches or a small packet or Lubricant.
I Fired it until the Co2 was gone, it took a while, a good bit more then what it takes on my 98C.
One complaint i had with the stock trigger of some guns is that its either too tense, so you had to push the trigger a while (1 second) or the trigger was too light, so i antecedently fire off more then i want, the Trigger on the ABT is perfect, with a good feel, and not a long pull, but not a short one either.
There is apperently no way to install an E grip unless if it came with it, but im not sure, im yet to investigate opening the Trigger area, Also hopefully the ABT series would do good, so other types of gun mods can be released, if an XM8 one is revealed, i would be a nut, but that wont explain changing the Hold rail, considering the M16 one is there for good.
ive seen Pics of people who managed to install the A-5 Cyclone on their gun. but im yet to hear anything about a specific one for the ABT.
All in all the ABT is a superb gun not only for its price point, but also for its quality, i expect to play with this much more now, hopefully in the future, more adds and mods will be released, and more people can be lured into the awesomeness of woodsball with this great gun.
I would give it a 10, but the few little problems do add up.
Tippmann Alpha Black Tactical
Pure Energy Remote Line
Pure Energy 20oz CO2 Tank
VL 200 Hopper
UTG Tactical Vest with MOLLE system on back.
3 point tactical sling
Zap/Archon 200 Hopper
Tactical Vest (MOLLE on back side to incorporate Tank Pouch)
RAP4 MOD Tank Pouch
VL 200 Hopper or Archon 200 Hopper
Specter CST Tactical Sling
No detachable Carry Handle.
Could not sight down it easily with mask on.
When I first set out to purchase a marker I was looking for something that looked and felt like a military weapon. I love Mil-Sim (Military Simulation). Not that I think anything I do truly emulates what our troops do every day for us, but I like to get as close as possible. My searching was gravitating towards the Tippman A5 since it is so customizable and has the most diverse upgrades. But lets face it, A5's are downright expensive. I work in the helping professions and spending $300 to $500 on a paintball marker (after upgrades) is hard to rationalize to my wife.
After about 2 months of searching for the right marker for the right deal I stumbled across a Tippmann vendor on an online auction that was selling something called an Alpha Black (AB). *hmm This caught my eye. It is the officially licensed marker of the Army. *hmm So I knew where to go to find good reviews....www.pbreview.com. Reviews were great. Everybody was loving theirs and only seemed to complain about the weight and the maintenance.
The only reason I didn't jump on and hit the "Buy It Now" button was the complaints of marker weight and convincing my wife. After addressing the latter I purchased it. I sweat bullets about how heavy it was going to be and after a very short period of time, it arrived. Now, we are asked not to attack other reviewers and I need all to know that I am not attacking the other reviews, but instead offering another perspective. I did not find the Alpha Black to be at all heavy. But to make sure, I handed it to my wife (I did not tell her anything about these reviews) and the first words out of her mouth were "wow, this is really light."
But, for the sake of attaining Mil-Sim (which incidentally reduced any additional weight I could have had), I purchased a RAP4 CO2 MOLLE mod tank pouch to go on the back of my UTG tactical vest and I inherited a Pure Energy remote line from my brother-in-law. I included in this a 3 point tactical sling.
[ADDENDUM] The remote setup has worked amazingly well. It has put the tank on my back and out of my way. The marker is very light especially with the 3 point sling's assistance. I have had no problems with the remote line getting snagged.[ END ADDENDUM]
Please know, I am no paintball guru with no special powers or amazing gift at paint-slinging. I love to play and look professional while I do it, but I am quite convinced that when I pulled out my AB and set up my rig I heard about three people gasp. We took pictures of ourselves and I saw what I looked like. Even though I am not a scary or intimidating person, I looked very intimidating and lets face it, intimidation can come to your advantage. Sure, you need to be aggressive, make continual progressive advances, and utilize flanking maneuvers, but it always helps when the opposing team is scared to get in front of your line of fire. [ADDENDUM] A player, when I had my rig assembled at the last match, asked if I was trying to kill people....for real. [END ADDENDUM]
But enough of this story telling. Lets get to the facts. Accuracy was the most incredible I have ever seen. I have consistently used Custom 98's and Spyder markers. My AB could give me almost 15 to 20 extra feet of distance compared to the 98's I was going up against. This kept them pinned down at much farther ranges. The accuracy was stunning. To originally test it out, I fired the AB at single pipe of a pipe fence (approx. 3 inches wide) from 55 feet (approx. 18 yards). Out of 8 rounds fired, 3 met their target. But before you get bent outta shape, walk off 55 feet and imagine shooting a pipe 3 inches wide. All other shots were near misses. I was firing Xball Recreational Paintballs and Sterling Competition Paintballs. I do not consider either of these to be high grade balls and they preformed nicely. This is particularly beneficial when, like me, you don't play enough to rationalize buying extremely expensive balls. [ADDENDUM] So far I have used the two above mentioned paintballs as well as the Spyder Competition balls and I have irrefutably found that the Sterling Competition balls are the best so far (even over the more expensive Spyder paintballs).[END ADDENDUM]
After turning around from that test fire at the pipe, there were about 8 white faces (they were on the other team) and 6 people asking to shoot my AB. The first question someone asked me about it was, naturally, how much it cost. I got it for $130 (that's shipping included) on the online auction. One guy noted that he had just bought his [I did not recognize the brand] for $100 and would have gladly have scrounged up another 30 bucks to get an AB. I gave out the information on the seller to about 5 people that day. Incidentally, it should be noted that I am not the seller nor am I associated with the seller in any way. I am just a customer that was genuinely impressed with the marker he/she sold me.
Functionality in the field was awesome. The gun feels as solid as a rock. The aluminum is high quality and feels as durable as a Tippmann should. [ADDENDUM] I have put this marker through a total of 5 high intensity, high impact woodsball games. I am not gentle with my markers once the matches have begun and submit them to what I consider to be considerable stresses including finding cover quickly, crawling through grass, dirt, trees, and briar (if you are from Texas and some other areas you know how nasty briar can be). It's quality and durability have surprised me (as most Tippmann's do).[END ADDENDUM] Telescopic stocks are fantastic for woodsball gaming. I shortened the stock for CQB (close quarter battle) and it was awesomely snug. I noticed that my mask prevented me from sighting effectively down the rail sights, but the way I ball I rarely use or need direct sighting. With the 3 point tactical sling, it fell comfortably to the left side of my body allowing me to kneel or squat (behind cover I mean) without the barrel getting in the dirt
The marker worked flawlessly with my remote line and 20 oz tank. We played 5 scenarios and I fired over 1100 rounds through the AB. It did not chop a single ball. [ADDENDUM] Due to balls getting stuck in the feed neck of my VL 200 (not the markers fault obviously), I bought an Archon/Zap 200 hopper and have solved 9 out of 10 of my stuck feed neck problems. [END ADDENDUM] I limited my firing to, on average, 3-6 shot bursts and had no problems with cycling or freezing. With the 20oz tank, I did not have to change tanks at all. As mentioned above, this gun sips on gas like a Japanese car. When I unscrewed the tank at the end of the matches, there was still a significant amount of air left in the tank. [ADDENDUM] I can push a total of 1500 rounds through this marker before I notice a degradation in performance (i.e. balls stopped breaking when they made contact with objects). [END ADDENDUM]
Though no paint broke in the barrel, I was effectively covered in paint from other players and this included my marker. Since I desire to see this marker last me a long time, I've resigned myself to tear it down after every game. There seems to be some fierce debate between reviewers about the difficulty in maintenance. I will admit that it does take a small amount of finesse to get it open and there are a substantial amount of very little parts. However, I have absolutely no proficiency in working on or repairing markers, or any other mechanical devices for all that matter, and I was easily able to get the case off, oil all of the internals, and get it back together [this took approx. 30 minutes]. And to answer the question you should be asking yourself...yes, I fired it afterwards and it worked perfectly. I've successfully torn it down a total of three times now and I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of where the internals go and how they work (thanks to Tippmann's very simple Custom 98 internals). [ADDENDUM] I have torn it down a total of 6 times now (one of those times I completely disassembled it all the way down to the frame so I could paint it) and it still functions. I have cut the amount of time needed to tear it down from the above mentioned 30 minutes to approximately 15 minutes (which includes tear down, oiling, and reassembly). [END ADDENDUM]
This marker can fit a variety of players and scenarios. If you like woodsball, I most certainly recommend this marker to anyone. If you are a person that enjoys Mil-Sim, I'm not sure you could get a better marker for the price.
And, if you're just a baller that wants to have fun, you don't really care about all the nerd stuff I'm into, and want a reliable inexpensive weapon, I recommend the Alpha Black to you.
If you're wanting that "edge" over your fellow woodsballers I haven't shot another gun that I recommend yet. With the accuracy to be precise, forks or "v's" in the trees become a viable option for head shots. It's no longer an issue of "can I hit them" and more of an issue of "where do I want to hit them" now.
The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 is because the administrators of this forum are right. There is no such thing as a "perfect" marker. So it should say something that I rate it a 9. It isn't perfect, but it got dang close in my opinion. And I'm pretty picky. [ADDENDUM] I've added a picture of my marker on pbreview.com (see above). [END ADDENDUM]
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 11:30 am PST
Tippmann 98 C
Spyder Victer 2
JT Tac 5
20 oz tank
E-Grip (A Must)
Better Magazine Clip
Good on air
Not to upgradable
The ABT is a great gun woodsball or mil sim players, I took mine with me to a mil sim tourny this past weekend and it work flawlessly. It was an all day tourny were we went into the woods and didnt come out until dark. To start off i couldnt believe how many shots i got of one 20 oz tank, I got around 1200 rounds off and not one of them choped or jamed in the gun. I also couldnt believe how accurate it was right out of the box, all my shots were in a one to two foot range of each other so getting headshot was easy. The gun is not to heavy and if your in shape it want be a problem, but one thing you might want to get is a sling for your gun because if you play all day like i do it is a great thing to have so you dont have to carry it all day. The night before i did take it apart and did a little work to add an E-grip to mine, it didnt fit in there perfect but all the internals are exactly like a 98. the only problem with the egrip is that the rod for it is not long enough to fit so i made my on and it work great. All in all the ABT is just as good as the 98 if not better,and only 129 for the ABT and 149 for the egrip version it is well worth the money.
If you have any questions or comments i can help with just post on here and i can try to answer them.
For the price , durablility and accuracy i would have to say it is worth getting for any woodsballer or mil sim player.
tippmann alpha black with neckstrap and 16 inch sniper barrel
Its freakin strong! Badass look
Upgrades cost alot.
I bought this gun cuz my old gun wasnt coustomizeable and it was a cheap price. I just didnt like the standred barrel so I brought a 16 inch sniper barrel. I just shot it today and I was shootin a rope from 20 ft. away and the paintballs where breaking on them. I dont know why all these sissys are complain about the weight I was in a 6 hour game and i didnt feel heaveyness till the end of the game and im only 13. So i would just get a new barrel for it and then that gun makes the 98c look like a freakin pea shooter.
Remote hose and e-trigger (when it becomes available)
Complexity of maintenance
This thing looks like the real deal and the marker is very accurate right out of the box. I took out a case of 5 year old $30 paint in my basement(not kidding) and shot about 200 rounds out of this thing. Not only did I not break a paintball(and they were dimpled like crazy), but I also managed to hit the same spot over and over again using the built in sight. This gun also feels like I could whack it against a rock and it would be alright. Did I mention it looks cool.
Weight is not an issue if you have a remote hose. The only problem I had was oiling the gun which requires you to completely disassemble it. One of my springs popped out and it took me an hour to find it on my rug. Other than the marker being slightly heavy and a slight hassle to maintain, there are no real weaknesses
I would fully recommend this product to anyone who is interested in either an accurate gun at a great price or just a realistic looking paintball gun. I would not recommend this as a first paintball gun for someone just because maintenance could be a problem for someone new to the sport.
This gun is really good. I am really impressed by the quality of the marker. The magazine isn't as cheat as people are saying and it wont just fall out. The gun is a little heavy, but nothing the gym can't fix if it seems heavy to you. It was a little loud for me at fist but I think as I shot it it got quieter.
For the money and quality you can't beat it. plus its a tippmann it wont break.
Alpha tactical w/100% stock w/12oz Co2 tank and Viewloader $6 hopper.
built like a rock
still waiting for that E-trigger!
pain in the rear to clean and maintain
This is my first marker. I read the reviews about maintenance and figured as a tool and die maker i should be fine as i deal with screwing in bolts/springs/pins 2000 times a day. (approx marker cleaning/oil/maintenance time 25-45mins) Its actually quite easy and theres not as many parts to deal with...just a pain unscrewing all the bolts to get it open.
To start off i played three full days with this gun and went thru over 2000 balls and not one chopped using cheapo balls. I was able to pull off 4 headshots in one day!
The magazine is made of plastic which is exactly the same as the X7's basic one. it holds 3 allen keys and small 1inch by 3inch space for anything else you might need. I dont feel it move around or anything like that.
As for those concerned about weight, im fairly fit and did not find this an issue trecking thru 3feet of snow carryng a 12oz tank. Some of my friends own the same gun with a 20oz tank didnt have any issues either(altho there over 6ft tall 220+ lbs). And even if it does feel heavy to you, its good excercise! plus the added weight makes the gun have little recoil.
The best part about this gun is its built like a tank. i've dropped it twice, banged it off trees, gotten snow, dirt and water inside the gun from diving into snow drifts for cover and it still fired straight. At one point water was dripping out of the barrel when aimed downwards! (also the barrel is twice as thick as the X7's stock one and looks very cool)
So all in all if you don't mind taking the time to pull everything apart(which is not THAT bad) on a nice reliable mil-sim marker this ones for you.
You will not find another marker as good as this for the price.
tippmann alpha black with a
tippmann cyclone feed
14" J&J ceramic and an apex barrel system getto modded on it
72cu 3000psi tank
new barrel and cyclone feed
Great accuracy looks good
Cant remove the handle and its not very good for aiming.
Gun is great the only problem is that its the sight. I was playing some speed ball and I got about 3 ppl in the googles in one game!! It had good concistancy once u break the spring in very nice gun. Amazing durability it feels like you could hit it with a truck and it would still be good! This gun is way better than the A-5 and quite powerful I really had to crank down on the velocity pin to get it to shoot below 320 but the spring had only 500 or so rounds on it/
2004 Viper M-1 Military
2004 Black DELTA .68
2008 Tippmann Alpha Black Tactical
Better CAR stock
Why I bought the TAB
Since September of 2004, I have been using a Viper M1, and the old girl needed to be retired to duty as a Big Scenario game only marker. I originally was not going to buy a TAB; I thought that the TAB marker was just an body kit for the M-98, like how Cadillac uses GMC SUV’s for their luxury SUV models. However, that was until one of the Trauma RN’s that I work with bought one. We spend an hour painting up my backyard, and I was in love! The TAB shot with great accuracy and looked like my favorite M-16: the Colt Commando. I original was going to buy a TACAMO Type 68 II or a body kit for the A5, but for a $130. I could not beat the TAB. I wanted a marker that was designed to look like the real-steel gun that it was patterned after, not another plastic-fantastic kit, and a marker that I did not feel the need to upgrade or change, just a good stock weapon. I bought this marker for my 32nd Birthday, on 08/30 for $130 from Paintball Players Supply in North Richard Hills in Texas, the Marker is #0026732.
The Marker Review
When one reads the Good/Bad/Ugly above, they might say “that the marker’s strengths are the same as the weakness?”, and this is the Zen of the Tippmann Alpha Black (TAB). If you like the Custom-98, enjoy seeing your marker on the field being used by others, do not want to upgrade it, than the TAB is your marker. However, if those are all negatives to you, than the TAB is a hard sell. The marker is also, by its very nature, is a pure milsim PB marker, which will turn some people off. The best selling point is when you hold the TAB in your hands, you know it is more than just a newbie marker or a simply Rec marker, but rather a direct stab at the expensive after-marker kits for the A5 and the X7.
For an entry level marker, (due to price) you are getting quiet a lot, and ends the “weaver-madness” associated with having rails and feeling a need to fill them with lasers, scopes, and lights. That $130 gets you a simple little Commando marker. I was deeply impressed by the fit and feel of the marker, especially the barrel shroud; it is thicker than you see in pictures. The body is a mix of anodized metal and plastic, while the CAR stock/flaux magazine is fully plastic.
The real weaknesses of the TAB marker is that is very common, in my AO of America, North Texas, most shops are selling out of the TABs and I have seen several on the field, and the plastic CAR stock and magazine. I have several CAR stocks on PB markers, and this by far is the weakness of the bunch, even my Viper M1 stock is much stronger. Another weakness is the stock faux magazine, which is a plastic clam-shell that was designed to hold tools and such kit. This is the part that I worry about the most in the future years, will the release tabs just break off one day? However, it is the weakness link in the TAB marker, and I was attempted to put a short-X7 M16 magazine into the TAB magwell to give it a more Vietnam-era Colt Model-609 look, however, this failed, due to the difference in the magwells, I did add a magpull to help with pulling it off.
I used the TAB on Sept. 27, 2008 on the Fun on the Run Field in Fort Worth TX, with my 3.5oz tank, all types of balls from two year old D-DAY balls to cheap sporting good store balls and reached about 93degrees. The marker was prefect, it shot well, under hot weather conditions, was very on-target, and I very impressed, and I did not see another TAB! I played three games of Speedball, two deep woods, and a game assaulting a castle. I was about to pick people of the top row of the castle walls from my cover in the woods! Three things though, the hooded velocity adjuster is a bad design (use the largest Allen wrench that came with it!), the 3.5oz was drained after 200balls, and the slide adjuster for the CAR stock FELL OFF! No joke! Tippmann covered that and I asked them to send me another flax magazine as well, it just looks it will break given the chance! I did put a mag-pull on the bottom of my mag to give it some protection. Overall I was deeply impressed with the TAB and knew that I made the right choice! I would not take this marker beyond the rec day play...big games like D-DAY require another marker.
If you are looking for a solidly constructed Colt Commando looking marker, than you have arrived, the TAB is your marker. For $130 is marker is tough to beat, and you can put more money toward another project rather than mods or bits of kit.
Just the way it is right out of the box with a 20oz tank.
Remote line. I also plan on adding rails and a vertical foregrip.
Accurate & reliable. Seems to have very good effective range. It also looks really cool.
Hard to use sights with mask on.
After three years I finally grew out of spyder I rec'd as a hand me down when my buddy upgraded. I wanted a mil-sim style gun and originally had my sights set on an A5. Although The basic gun was reasonably priced I was a little discouraged by the clost af the upgrades & mods. I would not really be able to afford to set the gun up the way I like. Then I found the Alpha Black.Tactical. It already looks the way I want right out of the box and the price is very reasonable ($139). I read alot of good reviews on this site and decided I would buy it.
So my first time out at the PB field with it went well. I got some oohs & ahhs which was cool. As far as performance goes it kicked ass. No chops all day. It was very accurate and had a great effective range. Normally I will have 3 or 4 kills all day. This day I came home with over 10 kills. I think that the accuracy and ease of use combined with my confidence in having a quality marker really helped my game that day.
It was a little heavy, but it didn't bother me one bit. It gave it a more "authentic feel" I guess.
I took this apart to clean & oil it. It not really that hard. When you first open it up you'll be like "holy crap" but if you don't panic and follow the manual that comes with it it is actually prety simple. Once I reviewed the manual so I could make sense of everything I think it took me about 15 or 20 minutes to put it back together. I would say it could be taken apart, cleaned and oiled in about an hour. No big deal and much better than I expected.
It is a great gun!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 at 4:40 pm PST