Tippmannâ€™s new 98 Custom Platinum Series is now 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 including, ACT (Anti Chop Technology), all aluminum die cast receiver, quick-release feeder elbow and a 200-round hopper. Itâ€™s fully compatible for CO2, compressed air, or nitrogen.
Tippmann 98, 98c, and numerous other Tippmann products.
Predominantly stock, J&J ceramic barrel
Barrel upgrade, the rest is up to you.
Enhanced features for use, maintenance, and upgrading
Few if any.
The modifications of the 98c platinum edition came from suggestions from players themselves, which speaks volumes for Tippmann.
I was lucky enough to be one of the players that Tippmann had consulted in the creation of this marker. Their goal was to take the existing 98 custom, which is the workhorse of their product line, and enhance it. Those of us that were contacted provided them with numerous possible options for the upgraded 98, and were pleased to see just a few months later, that our suggestions had been taken seriously enough that most of them had been incorporated into the design of the new marker.
One of the greatest advancements in this marker is the fact that the front sight spring no longer flies out when you take apart the marker. That alone is enough to rate this product pretty high.
It is as light, and as durable ad the existing 98c, but the modifications to it managed to eliminate most of the small irritating quirks of the old 98 line.
No more valve screws, which players tend to over tighten and strip, and the addition of the rails will serve many a milsim or scenario player quite well.
The split receiver half was taken directly from modifications that players make to enable quick cleaning or upgrading to their marker. It is a great feature that saves all kinds of time and effort when cleaning or maintaining.
This marker is an excellent starter marker for its simplicity, and for the upgrades that Tippmann has made to the original design, while adhering to the old look of the classic 98.
I would recommend this marker to anyone getting into the game.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 at 7:46 am PST
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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Tippmann 98 Custom Pro ACT Platinum Series
E-Trigger w/ WAS Board
Tippmann 14 inch barrell
Tech T Fang Trigger
Viewloader eVLution III hopper
20 oz Pure Enery CO2 tank
E-Trigger or E-Grip
Tech T Fang Trigger
Viewloader eVLution III hopper
Best Model 98 Gun.
More expensive than other guns with similar/better features
The Tippmann 98 Custom Pro ACT Platinum Series is the best model 98 gun out there (except for of course, the 98 Custom Pro w/ E-Trigger already installed). It's very reliable and I know people who have used this gun for years with great results. I definitly reccommend buying it and definitly get all of the upgrades I mentioned. They will turn your $140 98 into the equivalent of a $700 gun.
Tippmann 98 Custom
Viewloader VL200 gravity fed hopper - clear
12oz Co2 tank
A New Barrel, Smart Parts Progressive 16"
It has never chopped.
Not too heavy.
I like the gun alot. It is very fun to shoot. It is not very heavy. You would definetely want a new barrel other than the stock. It's black, millitaristic look. Cool. Rentable everywhere. Rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent rent no further comments .
Tippman 98 custom platinum series w/ACT
J&J 14 inch barrel
RT (response trigger)
eye force hopper
20 oz pure energy c02
14 inch barrel and nothing more. 14 inches is maximum peak of power and after that u lose accuracy but only increase distance in which paintball goes.
optional- response trigger to drastically increase bps
Easy to clean
Easy to upgrade
Kind of loud
If you have the response trigger you go through CO2 like crazy
i started paintballing in January of '09.i have only used the tippman. i just recently put in a response trigger on my gun and it was working like a charm. i once shot a friends ego and it worked the exact same. it shot paintballs, had great accuracy, and is about 2200 dollars cheaper than my friends ego. 4-26-09 i went out to my local predator paintball park to play for the day. adn the first game of the day was the airball field. we played 5 on 5.i was on a team with 4 other people who were using rental tippmans. on the other team a dude all dressed up and had a high end gun looked my team and said to his we got this. they all have rental guns and the one guy who doesnt has a tippman. then he said this will be over in a minute. i laughed to myself and went to my side. we started off and i thought everyone on their team ran to the left side so i was going to run up the right. i ran up the right and i saw a guy in the very back behind a bunker. i kept running while shooting and when i got to the right of that bunker i saw the other 4 and unloaded on them. the game was over within 45 seconds. the 3 refs and the owner were standing there and they said "Holy Crap.' One of the refs said to the guy who dissed me " Dude Chris you just got murdered by that guy you dissed. and you have a freakin dye. you dissapoint me." this just goes to show that you can have the fanciest equipment on the market but that doesnt mean you are good. anyone can shoot a gun but it takes marksmanship to hit something. a tippman is good for experienced and novice players.
i highly recommend this product because it works like a charm after minor upgrades. you will shoot much better after getting a 40 dollar 14 inch J&J barrel. easy to use, easy to clean and just overall fun to shoot. always look on the bright side of things. most people cant afford high priced guns so they buy the lower end ones like i did. using tippman saves paintballs compared to those high end guns where people unload a case of paint like its nothing. remember this u can be facing someone and all it takes to win is one shot. not 200. remember that when shooting it will save you money.
I've been using this gun for about 41/2 months and it is, in my opinion, the best paintball gun out there for beginners. It's my first and only Paintball gun. I've shot about 4600 rounds through it and only broke 3 balls (my velocity was at 350fps and i was using bad paint).
2 Piece Grips
Heavy Trigger Pull
Mechanical (unless it has the E-Grip installed)
Cocking handle hurts when it rubs your finger
I've played with this gun 4 times so far and it's amazing, i went up against an Phenom and an Ion and came out on top. I shot 1 guy out on my first paintball game, i was using the 98.
With out the front grip, i held on to the gas line last time i played and did surprisingly good.
If you're thinking about getting this gun:
You should buy the gun and equipment from your local proshop, not walmart or online. This gun is amazing for the price, it can shoot fast (if you have strong fingers) and is fairly accurate with the stock barrel. the packaging isn't to good and you need to take it to a chronograph as soon as possible. DO NOT take the gun apart if it is not broken or you haven't read the manual.
this gun is perfect for a rec baller or woods baller, it has so many upgrades and is very versatile, you can go from a sniper to a front guy to a gunner in the woods. indoors you can stay back or push up, shoot cross the field or go pointblank.
How i got the gun:
For about a year i did my research into paintball and the equipment and finally i saved up enough to get it.
Get this gun if you're getting a kid into paintball, starting paintball or just something to fool around with. You can bury it and soak it and it'll still fire, it's the ak47 of paintball. you can later get upgrades for it and custom mod it to like like anything you want but it will still be that simple, reliable, and awesome to gun on the inside. If your thinking of an Alpha Black/Bravo One they are the same gun internally. now that you have this much more knowledge go out and get the gun or talk to the guy at your proshop about it. ask him/her if there's something better you can go for, if you should get this gun and other similar questions. i'd give it 15.5 out of 20, or the obvious 7/10. hope this helps
Top on the list of upgrades is a new barrel, the redesigned barrel is really no better than the previous version's
Personally I recommend the Cyclone Feed Adapter for and 98 model Tippmann
Power Tube is ready for response trigger and cyclone upgrades, rail system
Stock barrel, power tube comes loose a little too easy (IMHO)
Purchased the new 98 Custom Platinum as a primary marker for my girlfriend, and as a secondary for myself.
Ready to upgrade with air powered accessories
Rail System for mil-sim upgrades.
Sling loop built into the end cap
Front sight spring is securely in place and no longer flies out
The ASA no longer needs loosening before disassembling the receiver
Nothing really, pretty good.
A great start-up to moderate experience marker. It also should revitalize the market for 98 custom upgrades and mods for those who just wont shell out the cash for a new A-5 or X7...like myself HA!
If only Tippmann would include a decent stock barrel, but then I guess they wouldn't be able to sell their 98 Custom PRO editions...
98 Platinum ACT
J & J ceramic barrel
Rocket Cock 2
Soon: HPA with remote line
Spec Ops Dagger 7 vest
68/4500 fibers or 72+ 3000psi and higher steel/aluminum HIGH pressure air tank
Flatline Barrel, Apex, J & J ceramic 14-16inch
rocket cock II
Great Woodsball gun
Tippmann has a good warranty (2years)
Eats a considerable amount of gas
Less upgradable then A5/X7
Exposed cocking hammer
Ok i got this marker when it first came out in march 08, This is the first marker if have OWNED, if your field rents these and you do not plan to upgrade it then stick to renting it. But if you're like me who wants to save a couple of bucks from the rental fees, is a beginner and wants to go down an upgrade path then this marker is for you. I must stress that no matter how much stupid plastic you put on the exterior it won't shoot any better (lasers, stocks, etc.) The most important first upgrade for your marker is HPA and new barrel. I don't recommend you upgrade the internals unless you really feel the need for a 2% increase in performance, put that money into a fund for HPA,Paint, Etc.
I mainly play woodsball, so i cannot comment on how well this marker will work for speedball etc. but it defiantly would not be ideal imho.
For reliability this gun is actually pretty good, i had one minor mishap when i bought it, i put a rocket cock II on it so i didnt have to clean it , but i had not actually emptied a tank on it yet. When the gun sounded like it was going into full auto and would not recock it self i thought it was that i messed the gun up with the rocket cock II (this was before these were confirmed to work on the gun and before i realized that's what they are suppose to do when they are out lol), so i degassed it opened her up , tried again same thing. Then i got a really bad leak. I could not figure out what the hell happened, so i sent it into tippmann and it turns out the Marco line was not on tight enough (waste of 15 bucks to ship it on my part ). USE A WRENCH TO GET IT NICE AND TIGHT. Also the velocity screw can strip really easy with the plastic power tube, so watch out for that --- i wouldn't recommend a steel power tube although if you can get one for like 15 bucks why not i guess.
Performance wise this has not chopped once yet, i love the ACT. I have not read anything bad about this feature so i assume its good across the board. Stock accuracy is crap out of the box with the 8 inch barrel, i found a 14-16 inch barrel is best. I did not get a flatline barrel but i have heard that they are the best (work the best with HPa and GOOD paint) . I am a budget baller so i can't afford $80 cdn paint for the flatline so i just went with a $45 cdn J & J ceramic barrel. There is also the apex barrel never tried one though but it might be the best of both worlds.
Can't afford an A5 or X7 , a beginner (hell even a moderate player). Then get this gun because its great, i love it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 8:12 pm PST
Lapco Bigshot 12" Barrel
New Designz Bolt & Powertube
Lapco cyclone feed rachet upgrade
Soft paddles for cyclone feed
Easier to work on
Not as many upgrades for platinum
Plastic feed neck
This marker is just as easy to work on as the A-5 at a cheaper cost. It is also lighter, and
just as accurate. This model is easier to work on than the former 98 models in the past
with the ability to add upgrades without adding after market rails. The only problem with
this marker is the fact that not all upgrades from the older 98 models fit on it, and new
replacement upgrades are not on the market yet. Give it 6 months and there will be.
I would recomend this marker to anyone, beginners to seasoned pro's
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 11:35 am PST
Okay, so before I bought this, I'd only played 4 times, so go easy on me for getting paintball terms wrong. Anyway, the 4 times I had used a rental A-5 with stock barrel, gravity feed, and c02. It stunk. The balls would fly out of the barrel and 15 feet later would do a curveball. I mean, it would just go straight down. Also, I did pretty well in speedball against other rentals, but one guy came in with a pilot and lit me up. I needed a gun. I wanted a gun that was durable, upgradeable, accurate (for when I wanted to snipe) and fast enough that I could play speedball competitivelly. This gun is a dream come true. For $200, I got it with an E-trigger already installed, and after buying an air tank, a faster hopper, and a dye ultralite barrel, I was ready to play. I went, and it was immediately apparant that this was a hell of a lot more accurate than the rentals. We played a few games of speedball 2 on 2, which I completely dominated with PSP. Then, one of my friend's who was there wanted to play me. He had a PMR that he spent $400 on, a $200 pinokio hopper, and some proto barrel. He was known for speedball, has been sponsored before, and is one of the best players I know. Everybody was muttering how I was going to get raped. Well, to make a long story short, I won 2 out of 3. Then, we played a woodsball 30 person game of center flag. I went all the way around and sniped 4 of them before they even knew I was there. Basically, I did WAAAY better than usual, and I owe it all to this gun. Thank you tippmann.
If you want a cheap gun that is accurate, fast, durable, and very, very upgradeable, buy this. Hopefully, I can get a flatline, scope, and ghillie suit soon for woodsball, then I will be virtually unbeatable. BUY THIS GUN with an e-trigger, air, a faster hopper, and a new barrel. You will not be dissapointed.
Spyder Victor- The gun I played with when you played only against guys with rentals
Spyder Mr1- A very good gun, but one of the pins in my trigger mechanism fell out, so i decided to buy this one, because i didnt have enough money to buy an A-5
Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Act
14'' JJ ceramic barrel
BT raised sight rail
Spec. Ops. Red dot sight
(Planning on buying the G-36 folding stock, Cyclone feeding system, Smarts parts AA and G-36 shroud)
Cyclone feeding system
Very well built
Easy to clean
Low maintenance (compared to the Spyders)
Front Handle that isn't removable
Difficulty to find shrouds for it
I have been playing paintball seriously for 2 years now. My uncle gave me a Spyder Victor for my birthday 2 years ago. I liked it at first, but after 3 months I decided to upgrade because it kept giving me problems. I then went out a Spyder Mr1. That was a very good gun. Never had any problems with it until one of the pins in my trigger mechanism fell out. I could'nt find spares for it here. (I live in South Africa). That was when I decided to get th 98 CUSTOM!!!!!
This gun has served me soooooo well. I have played more with this gun than with both my other ones put together. Lately I have been playing a lot of Mil Sim games at my local field. Although the guys there all have very fancily upgraded X7's and A5's, they still have a lot of respect for the 98.
This gun has never chopped a ball!!!! NEVER!!!! I have been through 8 boxes of paint with it and still no chops. The only criticisms I have with it are that the front handle isn't removeable and that the stock barrel sucks.
The first upgrades I got for it were the JJ 14 inch and Spec. Ops. red dot sight. These upgrades greatly increased my accuracy. Once I had these upgrades, I started to take out a lot more guys.
The gun is very accurate and I have got several head shot from about 100 feet away. This barrel goes very well with this gun.
I have found the gun very easy to take apart, although you must be very careful that the bolt spring doesn't fly out. It can be very difficult to find.
Many people say that the 98custom is a beginner gun. I disagree. It is great to begin with, but you can upgrade it into a seriously hardcor paintball gun. This gun is built so solidly and I am going to keep it for may years to come.