Upgrades are worthless, just get 14" barrel. Get 16" if you want but I don't see much difference.
-STRONG. Mine is 11 years old.
-Sufficent on Co2.
-Be VERY careful when cleaning. Don't lose small parts
This gun is a TANK. I love the grips on it. Make sure you take apart slowly and carefully. Easy to clean by the way. Youi just need good paint and you're good to go. The body is light and looks pretty cool. Tighten your screws tight or else they get loose easily. Especially on the bottom where you put in the Co2/air.
Get this gun. It will NOT break and is an easy clean which you want because you should clean after every game. You just need a good barrel for accuracy. Make sure you buy good balls.
I rebuilt one of these and added some upgrades. The gun was very accurate and easy to use, but slow. Product support from Tippmann was very good. Field stripping of this gun is not as easy as other guns in it's class. Unlike the Custom 98s that followed, this gun doesn't have the e-grip options that would make it more competitive.
Would make a great beginner gun, but needs serious upgrades to be more competitive.
Light, accurate, durability, fast and its durability + the feel of the hand grips rock.
Its a little loud.
My m98 is now almost 9 years old and its still goin hard! this gun will never die!
It is super light and accurate. Its probably the most drurable gun in the world, and has never ever chopped a ball either.
Its super gas sufficient too, i get i get 350 shots off of my 9 ounce!!!!!!
Its not tourny fast but perfect for bush ball. The over all feel of the gun is also nice as.
The m98 also has very little kick aswell.rel fixes that.
It is a little loud though, but a new barrel fixes that easy.
I see no reson to pay $50-$100 more for a 98 custom when they are exactly the same.
If your into bush ball and dont wont to pay heaps i recommend you get one.
I hope this helps.
If you wont a gun that will never let you down in any way get a model 98.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, April 13th, 2007 at 9:01 pm PST
I got this gun for Christmas two years ago and I didn't ask about or say anything about wanting one...i have always loved paintball though...This gun is awesome...I haven't had a single problem...stock barrel sucks...I'm thinking about getting a Truimph electric hopper for it...but the stock hopper loads fine...I don't like vertical feed so i really like this gun. It shoots nice. It can be a little loud but that doesn't really bother me...mine seems a lot quieter with the Smart Parts barrel. This gun is a must for woods ball! This is a very upgradable gun. I play woods ball probably 75% of the time and it rarely fails me with my SP Teardrop barrel. I don't like how people spend so much money on a gun and use the "spray and Pray" method. My neighbor put a lot of money in his Ion and I can still take him in the woods and on the speedball field. He's a got a Halo B hopper, 16" SP Progressive barrel, remote and other mods and It still doesn't make him a better player. Guns don't make the game unless you're just spraying paint like a chain gun on the speedball field.
Buy it... I recommend this gun to anyone...from beginners to pro's in the sport. The model 98 can either be a woodsball or a speedball gun...depending on how much money you're willing to spend.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 4:38 pm PST
a-5 w/ Response and flatline = better
ion (one day) = way better
Spyder Xtra = horrible
Model 98 16" Progressive barrel 47ci 3000psi compressed air
For Now That Is.....
Short/Light Trigger Pull
Stock barrel both ugly and useless
This is the first gun ive owned, and the second ive used, and i really like it. it is tough, ive run it through some extreme games and is has yet to break anything major, and now that i have my progressive barrel on it, it is insanely accurate.
HOWEVER, the stock barrel is useless, axtending a mere 8.5" from the gun. i like to be able to hit a target from a good range, and i could not do so with this. also, unlike the 98 custom, a new barrel is about the only performance upgrade available, besides air upgrades. Also, it flies through CO2, making backyard paintball more expensive than a day at the field.
All in all, an excellent starter gun, but it quickly becomes a hinderance when you start to get serious about paintball. good for woodsball, do not consider for speedball or other serious play.
I love this gun. Been using one for years. I have one of the first ones that came out and besides replacing a few o-rings (expected) this thing has always fired for me. The factory trigger has a pretty heavy pull on it, but since I started with a pump gun, I'm slow to fire anyway. I have seen (an done) some pretty massive abuse to these things, pick 'em up, pull the trigger, and a ball comes out the end.
My biggest beef is the amount of parts in it. If you open up the body, theres like a million little tiny parts that you could potentially lose. It still takes me forever to get it back together after stripping it.
I recommend this gun to any starter for a first gun because it will grow with you. You wanna shoot faster? They've got the upgrades. Better barrels? All over the place. I have never seen a more upgradeable gun on the market. Only giving a 9 because of all the moving internal parts.
I like this gun! Most places use this gun for rentals... It blends you in with the crowd, because like, everyone uses it. It's very LOUD!! The Sonix Pro is better... But a lot of people like this "Marker(:P)". And I can see why! It will get you far, and it will last for like, 10 years!!!!
-Linear 16 in rifled barrel
-20 oz. Co2
-68/4500 pmi carbon wrapped tank
-68 ci empire tank cover
-evil pipe kit
-titanium silver body kit
-dye invision 13 thermal goggles
This thing takes abuse
Response trigger screws up the gun.
I've had mine for only 3 months, and I'm already trying to sell this thing. I do think that it's a decent gun, but only for a first gun for someone. If you intend on owning it for an extended period of time, get cyclone feed system, and get the a.c.t. version of it, cuz it eliminates all chops, (even tho mine chops still) also, get ne upgrade u can besides the response trigger its good for a while, then it starts to mess up, and if any dirt, dust, or uneeded stuff gets in to the trigger, the gun stops working, and u have to send it to tippmann to get it fixed, and there's an unneeded 40 bux spent
This is a good gun for the beginners, after a few months of using this gun, and gainning experience, upgrade, I would recommend an ion, I love mine
-Main-2005 Ben Tippmann BT-4 Assault
Black Halo B
Flaslight on barrel
Remote 20 oz Co2
(it comes pretty tricked out already, barrel, stock, etc.)
-Backup- 2003 Tippmann 98
14 in. 32 Degrees Terminator Barrel
Tapco Folding Stock
Rocket Cock 2
Remote 12 oz Co2
stock and/or hopper
then whatever you want
in that order
VERY easy to maintain
Everyone and their uncle has it or the custom version
cant fully remove foregrip
Got this in a package deal in walmart for ~120 dollars
upgraded barrel quickly. very good beginner gun. reliable. i havnt oiled my gun the entire time i've had it, but i will soon. but it works fine, that goes to show you about tippmann's reliability. uh yeah to make this 50 words i got the 32 degrees terminator barrel 14 in and it works great... the rocket cock is nice....the tapco folding stock is perfect and was only 30 bucks
Spyder imagine 04
12v revy with x board
customparts flame sypder drop
smartparts progressive barrel 14'
Pure Air Nitro
New Expanison Chamber
My friend has got this for 40 bucks from some kid after his spyder classic broke. It's just like my other friends and my dads 98 custom. Its just on older version of the 98 custom so get the 98 custom. I'm to lazy to type anymore so look at the 98 custom review.
If you find it for 50 bucks get otherwise go get the 98 custom