Tippmann’s new 98 Custom Pro Platinum Series features built in upgrades for enhanced speed and accuracy. These upgrades include an 11” high performance barrel, double trigger plus a drop forward design. The new Platinum Series Custom Pro has also been upgraded to be easier to upgrade, modify and maintain.
New Features Include:
Split Receiver Design, which provides easier access to internal components for simplified installation of grip upgrades and modifications
Secure Front Sight Spring and Trigger Pins, which makes the marker easier to service and reassemble
Easy-to-Remove Power Tube Design with self-sealing/locking gas line secures the valve in place and eliminates two bolts from previous design making maintaining the marker quicker and easier
Full Depth Pockets for ASA, which eliminates the need to loosen the ASA bolts when disassembling the marker
New Barrel Porting and a Matte Finish, which improves marker air efficiency and reduces reflective glare
Picatinny Rails, which makes adding a carry handle, scopes and other accessories a snap
Redesigned, Vertical Front Grip, which offers improved stability and added texture for a more secure feel
Redesigned Sling Mount End Cap, which allows players to easily attach a variety of different sling styles
There is also a new Quick Thread Flatline Barrel, which attaches as easily as any other barrel to save players significant time and effort. The new Platinum Series maintains the core features of the original 98 Custom Pro including, ACT (Anti Chop Technology), all aluminum die cast receiver, quick-release feeder elbow and a 200-round hopper. It’s fully compatible for CO2, compressed air, or nitrogen.
The Tippmann Tippmann 98 Pro Platinum w/ E-Trigger is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Cyclone feed system, 16" J&J Barrel, red dot sight
Solid gun, A-5 level, Easy to customize, vastly improved over basic model
Sometimes loads two balls, trigger runs on battery
This has been a very reliable gun. The E-trigger is working well and makes for a very light trigger pull. The gun can definitely out run the stock hopper so i do recommend an upgraded hopper system of some kind. I bought the 16" J&J barrel but the 11" pro barrel is almost as accurate and I have had much fewer ball breaks with the stock barrel (probably due to bore sizes) so i have switched back to that for now. The insides are much more refined than the normal basic. The small pins and hopper release piece is all fixed in place now making tear down and reassembly of gun much easier. I have had trouble when I use the full auto feature with ball breaks. In semi-auto mode the gun has been awesome. One downside is that it takes a little time and effort to switch modes on the e-trigger. This is a very good gun that i would say is A-5 level of quality and refinement but it is no X7 Phenom.
I have changed my set up since I wrote the review the first time. I switched to an HPA system, use a Dye boomstick and switched to Diablo Formula 13 paintballs and it is a night and day difference! I have shot tens of thousands of paintballs through it with this configuration and full auto works great and I haven't broke a paintball since. I covered up the e-trigger symbol on the grip and it is fun to play with people and hear their response when a 98 opens up full auto on them with killer accuracy. I still stand by my review score of 9/10 because it did require these upgrades but they made a world of difference.
The Platinum upgrade is well worth it and the pro package is nice to have. I am not totally sold on the e-trigger setup but it has been reliable for me. Notably better than the regular 98 custom. Would be a 10 if it didn't NEED upgrades to reach it's full potential.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 7:06 pm PST