The main feature is the ease of customizing the marker. The 98 custom combines all the great features of the model 98 with the ability to accept drop in kits for the Response Trigger, Electric kit, Flatline Barrel System, Double Trigger and Low Pressure kit. All of these kits can be installed with same tools that you use to disassemble the marker. We are sure the 98 custom is the most customizable marker you can buy.
The Tippmann Custom 98 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.
I have a SP vibe with a proto barrel and electronic hopper
Response trigger (if doesn't have one already), longer barrel for accuracy
Reliable, easy to take apart, doesn't chop very much paint, cheap
Weight, slow rate of fire
I used a tippmann 98 custom at my friends house and it is a very good starting gun to have. For woods ball, this is a very good gun to have because it is reliable. these markers are practically indestructible. My friends use these markers all the time where i go paintballing. All the local paintball rental stores have these guns because there easy to clean and thay are reliable under any condition.
I recommend this gun for anybody who doesn't mind the weight and if your a woods baller. Great beginning gun for anybody.
Perhaps a better quality barrel. Remote line and HPA is a good idea, but not required.
About the only thing I'd even consider is the E-grip.
Durable. Easy to field strip, easy to replace parts. Did I mention durable?
Definitely the feeder elbow/spring. Powertube can crack if you drink too much liquid CO2.
I bought my 98 from a retail store and was horribly confused when it arrived. I believe this was around the time the ACT technology came out, because the first thing I did was take it apart and..what's this? The marker has the millings for the ACT linkage and springs. I converted it to ACT right away.
First thing's first: The clamshell halves make me feel like this marker would fall apart if I looked at it wrong. Even though the body is metal, the important parts are not. The plastic powertube can crack if you like to drink liquid CO2, hence why HPA (or at least a siphon tube) is a good idea. A CVX valve can only keep out so much. Upon disassembly, the first thing to fly out was the hopper elbow release latch spring. Bad place, bad idea.
Taking it out for a few test shots, I love the feel of the marker. Solid, easy to handle, and balanced. The stock barrel isn't the worst, but you can do better. Accurate to a point, once I passed 100' I could barely hit anything on purpose.
On the field, it runs like a champ. With the ACT parts in place, I only chopped one ball out of a case of 2,000. Bad paint, perhaps, because the ACT is truly something to see in action. I can't lay down the lines of fire like some of the better markers, but the incredibly light trigger pull (especially when compared to my Pro/Carbine!) keeps me going at a steady rate of fire.
This thing can be upgraded out the wazoo. RT, E-grip, drop forward, LP kits, expansion chambers, cyclone feed, barrels, grips, sights, rear cock..a VERY versatile marker. At the going price, around $120, you can afford to mod one and keep one stock.
Oh, and did I mention it's durable? I don't think I have. I've run my 98 through the dirt. Swam with it, ran with it, dropped it, thrown it, stepped on it, left it out in the rain..it's like watching the Terminator. I can't seem to kill this thing. The all-metal body extends into the grips, which is an annoyingly nice feature. Annoying in the sense that mods require more disassembly than most guns, but nice in that it gives the gun a VERY nice feel.
Everyone says the Model 98 was the best marker Tippmann ever made; I've seen some downright disturbing setups using the Model 98. Overall, it's a great beginner's marker, and even up to the amateur circuit. I wouldn't try any fancy speedball with it, since you just can't get the paint output of a higher end marker, but for woods and rec play, it may be all you need. For rec play, I use my 98 Custom almost every game.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, September 28th, 2008 at 11:43 pm PST
If you want to upgrade to cyclone feature i would suggest just buyin the A-5
-barrel for accuracy
-Not too fast (to be expected)
Uses up air fast
Tippman is the way to go for new players, no worries about maintenance this gun is easy to disassemble and clean (aside from a few small parts that can be a pain). and its very rare for this product to have any issues.
I personaly had a problem with the guns valve and with one email to tippman they sent me a new valve right away with no charge.
Tippmans do tend to be air hogs though this shouldn't be much of a problem if your using tanks bigger than 12oz or if you use compressed air
Of course don't expect this to be good for speedballing but what do you expect tippmans are mainly woodsball guns.
This is a gun you can count on
Tippman offers you a no wories marker built to take a hit and at least able to keep up with the average rental marker. This marker does what it needs to do get you out to the field to play, don't expect high performance, what makes this gun so good is how little bad their is with it. this is definately a gun that i would recommend for those entering into the sport.
BT-4 only difference is cosmetic, Pro Carbine, same action just less upgrades and better grip. BT-16 Field, better closed action than 98
98 custom, specops saw stock, RAP raptor barrel with apex tip, 32 degrees rail with simmons red dot on top
Barrel for sure, stock barrel will get you by for a few games but inside coating wears quickly
Cyclone feed, or rip drive
Durability, accuracy, upgradeable
A little on the heavy side, that stupid front grip,
Bad news first. Get a better barrel. the stock barrel is accurate for sure but it can wear down really fast. Mine wore down after one day. This thing does get a bit heavy after awhile especially after you attach a stock. My saw stock adds about a pound to the gun. If you get a stock you have to play remote. otherwise your accuracy starts to suffer because its too heavy on the back end. I don't know about most players but me personally I hate that foregrip on this thing. BT had a much better idea with the adjustable one. The only other problem I've had with it is that the top rail is not a picatinny. but they fixed that with the new 98 platinum or whatever that is.
Good news. You can turn this thing into just about anything you want. an m82 or an mp5 anything is possible.
Accuracy is a dominating factor about this gun. The action is very accurate and the trigger is nice and smooth and light. Combine this with a stock and a decent barrel and you will be hitting bullseyes at 75 yds.
Durability, well its a tippmann for starters, this thing will operate with a pound of sand in it. I went to OK D-Day and played every mini and the Big one and never had to clean it and it worked just fine.
If you aint a sissy man that likes to spray and pray 15bps with a 2 lb marker, get this marker. You will have more fun on the field and less time in the maintaining room. Oh and did I mention that tippmann has a lifetime warranty on it!!! I watched a guy smack into a tree and it bent his 98 nearly in half, Tippmann gave him a brand new one
BT 16 Field, BT 16 Elite, piranha, stingray all of these are worse then the tippman
Tippman 98 with 32 degrees remote, and 16 inch stryker barrel.
Its no very gas effcient.
this gun is indestructible. I have been useing this gun for 4 years i never had a problem.When the gun is low on air/co2 it doesnt shoot very far which is understandable.You should buy this if you are a beginner it is very upgradable and easy to use
spyder imagine, 48/3000 hpa, eggy 2 hopper, and 14. in. proto barrel
flatline barrel, anti-chop, nothing else is necessary
-Everyone owns this
-Stock barrel not that good
I picked this gun up so i could have a solid back-up gun. Since them i only got two upgrades. The flatline barrel and anti-chop bolt. I have not had any problems with this gun and i played probably 7 times with it or about 42 1 hr. games. It still works like new and is consistent also. This gun really has no performance problems just is very common. It is pretty cheap, a strong build, and is of course customizable.
I recommend this for a woodsballer but only if you buy the flatline. It is a very good gun but it is a very basic gun and for about 50 more u can get an slg which is a better gun but maybe not as reliable. So I would recommend this to a beginner.
ACT prevents ball chopping
Stock Barrel has weak range
Shots tend to curve on stock barrel.
The Tippmann 98 Custom is my first paintball marker and was the very first Marker I used when I paintballed for the first time. The Tippmann name has been well known for its top quality marker and this one does not disappoint, although it is based off a marker design that its 10 years old the Markers solid performance makes it a perfect entry level marker.
The Marker itself weights about 2.9 lbs has a black finish, It comes with a foregrip which is quite comfortable. The barrel is 8.5 inches and from what I have found has terrible accruacy, the paintballs would curve and hitting targets even 50 feet away was a chore. The gun is also very loud when you dryfire it it was a very distictive "bark" to the gun which can be a blessing or a curse. It has a great fear affect scaring players who are new but also makes it almost impossible to play stealthy with the 98 Custom.
So far My 98 Custom has had kno problems at all. I have fired close to 8000 rounds out of it and it has never chopped a ball yet. The finish on the gun also makes it very durable and hard to scratch. There are hundreds of upgrades for the 98 custom and it can easily be configured to look and perform how you want it too.
All in all the Tippmann 98 is still one of the better Mechnical Markers.
For an entry level marker this is a hard gunto pass up on. The barrel and loudness of it might turn some away but for most this gun will do just about anything you want it too.
expensive for what its worth
Do not buy this gun go but another one any other gun except this one me w/ a tippmann and my friend w/ a recon went out 2 shoot and we found out his is more accurate and faster im not recomemding a recon but its better then a tippmann save up your money and go get a mini or pmr
Do not get a tippmann of any kind
i would give it a 0 but the scale dosent go down that low
Spyder TL stock
spyder compact deluxe stock
java 200 round hopper and 9,12, and 20 oz co2
double finger trigger
Very easy to customize
stoc sights accurate
Stock barrel a little short for my liking
Single finger trigger
I used them gun as a rental a few times and it was bone stock. for a new player gun it is very reliable and easy to use. Pearsonaly it was a bit heavy but its very durable so its ok. THe rentals were used in a lime stone mine with frequent temperature changes and still shot acccurate.
Customize it to the niche that your looking for
Barrel (Though there is no rush)
I dont feel special cause everyone else has one.
This review is highly reduntant. However, here goes. Buy this gun. Even if you like fancy Ions, protos, angels, Matrix, ect, Get one of these. This gun does what it does under nearly any circumstances. Woodsball is where this gun shines but with upgrades this gun can do just about anything.