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.
Chrome .45 Grip Panels
32 Degrees 16 inch Ceramic Barrel
3000psi 20 oz tank
Halo B Feeding system
Flatline Barrel (or just something better than the stock one)
Response Trigger system
Accurate (with better barrel)
Upgradeable as hell
Sights need to be adjusted
The Stock barrel sucks
Well, since this is my first paintball gun (thats actually mine), I can't compare it much to other guns for now, since the only other gun besides this one that I've tried so far is the Tippmann Pro-Lite at the rentals, which I thought wasn't very good.
Looks: First of all, the gun looks pretty cool straight out of the box, but it's even better with the Chrome .45 Grip panels I put on it. It actually sort of looks like an MP40 at first sight.
Feel: Big plus for this marker! The correctly placed front grip makes this a very comfortable gun, and the additional butt plate for the C02 tank not only improves comfort, but also improves aim as well since this feature decreases recoil considerably at high firing rates (15+ bps) and increases stability.
Accuracy: With the stock barrel, it sucks, with a better barrel, it's probably much better, since I haven't bought one yet. But the comfortable feel and butt plate make up for this weakness. Oh, and the sights REALLY need adjustment, which is actually the first thing you should do, THEN buy a new barrel.
*update*--I have recieved my new barrel, I've tested the gun and it's about thrice as accurate as it was before, therefore proving the fact that the stock barrel needs to be replaced.
Firing rate: Pretty decent in my opinion (10-15 bps, with velocity adjusted) for a low end gun, I recommend buying a Halo B Feeding system and a response trigger system, or if you're REALLY hardcore buy the T98 E-bolt electric system for $400.
Upgrades: The T98C's REAL strong point, you can pimp this baby out in so many different ways and with so many different accessories, and so easily. I mean, it's SO easy to mod this marker! All you need are the five allen screws that come with the gun, the instruction manual and a tiny bit of patience...that's it.
C02 usage: Depends on what velocity you have adjusted your marker to, if you have on 190 fps the gas usage will be fairly low, but if you're firing the gun at 300 fps...that's a whole different story, the paintball will literally explode in the chamber the second you pull the trigger, unless you have pricy Sniper paintballs. I suggest you adjust your gun to 260 fps and chronograph it, just to make sure.
*update*--Get a 20 oz tank like I did w/ buttplate so you'll have twice the firepower and about 800 rounds before the Co2 runs out.
Cleaning: You'll rarely have to clean this gun.
In my opinion, it's an excellent gun for anybody, ranging from pros to n00bs (like me, lol), it's reliable, durable, comfortable, upgradeable as hell, and not too pricey either. Only inaccurate sights and a crappy barrel bring the score down.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, January 28th, 2005 at 10:42 pm PST
brass eagle talon
spyder victor 1 & 2
all I put on it was a longer barrel
An E-bolt or an electronic trigger would help
a longer barrel would be better too
It isn't a very expensive gun.
Small, accurate, and quiet
It likes to chop paintballs if you fire to fast.
When I got the gun it came with the 9 oz tank and a helmet. When I first used the gun I tested it out. It works fine until you start firing fast. it will chop balls like mad if you fire them like this. The flatline barrel would make it more accurate.
This is a good beginners gun. for someone who wants to spend less get the 98 you will enjoy it.
Tippmann A5 w/Response Trigger
DOP Air Regulator
DOP front grip
im not a hardcore over accuracy but if you want, a new barrel
has a good trigger pull
You have to shake the odd ball into the chamber
I used to own a 98c. I now have a Tippmann A5. Anyways, My friend has a 98c and has a Tippmann 14'' Werks barrel. I noticed the accuracy of a new barrel basically makes this gun dead on accurate. And by how durable tippmann markers are you could probably drop a bomb on them and they would work as good as new. Personally i dont really like the M98 sight but hey thats just me. The tippmann 98 also has a very light trigger pull and you can put a load of upgrades on this gun. Good for speedball or bushball, this gun is great for its price.
What i'm saying from this review is, this gun can be customized however you want it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, February 4th, 2005 at 12:19 am PST
SPYDER XTRA-not as durable/ breaks more often
- not as good accuracy
SPYDER IMAGINE- shooting equals/ +electronic trigger
98 custom w/ 14" J&J Ceramic barrel
-a barrel with better range
-Consistent, until paint breaks
-Not shiny good for wood-ball
-A big pain to field strip
-Bad range w/ 8" stock barrel
The 98 custom is not paint picky. the only time it broke paint was under the worst conditions and with the cheapest paint you could buy. Just stay away from white box no name brands.
It is reliable and durable so if you ever wipe out or dive you can get back up with a sand covered gun and keep playing ( doesn't work well with a Spyder )
Not too dissappointed with a semi-auto. All automatic is good for is cover fire.
At least I don't have to worry about recharging any batteries
Great gun for rec/wood ball I just recommend a new barrel for better range/ my stock was pretty accurate
I recommend this gun for;
-people who play a lot of rec ball
-people who don't mind spending an hour field stripping the gun
-people who want a gun that can take a beating and still work
-people who want an accurate and consistant gun before all the upgrades
- and for people who like the look of the gun
I WOULD GIVE IT A TEN BUT THERE ARE BETTER GUNS BUT NOT FOR THE PRICE
Teardrop, J&J Ceramic, or other aftermarket barrel at least 12" in length; Faster hopper and double trigger with expansion chamber if you shoot really fast; and Rocket Cock II if yours is too loud. (mine is not loud at all I don't know what people are talking about)
Fast enough for most players
This is a very, very good gun. It has good reliability and you can customize it with no limit. A couple of upgrades here and there and this gun will perform better than any gun <$150 out there and then some. This marker is great for beginners and intermidiate players, but more serious paintball players (players on teams and have been dedicated to the sport) may want to consider the high end upgrades such as response, or get a new marker. Nevertheless, this is a great gun and should never, ever be underestimated. My 98 has a Smart Parts Teardrop Barell (which I highly reccommend) that lets me get headshots (the first time) from 125+ feet out. Also, it has a revy, which virtually eliminates chops, and an expansion chamber that allows the gas to expand to get before it gets into the marker for more reliable shots because the gun will not freeze up as no liquid co2 will enter. See the reccommended upgrades for your style of play. Again, this is a wonderful marker and I reccommend it highly.
Get this gun if you are a beginner! Don't settle for cheap guns like Spyder victors or noname brands. I guarantee you will like this gun!!!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, January 17th, 2005 at 4:26 pm PST
Tippmann Model 98 with a 14" Custom Products barrel
Barrel 1st of all, anti siphoning your co2 is never a bad call
Durability, efficiency, accuracy (when suited with a proper barrel)
Inaccuracy with stock barrel, hard to field strip
I enjoy using this marker very much. It's always been a solid piece of equipment for me which I cannot say for some of my friends guns. Tippmann made the marker simple and tough and that's the way it should be. I would definitly recommend this to anybody searching for a marker just to have fun with and not extensively upgrade.
Get it if you just like to go out and have fun and not waste money on boat loads of upgrades.
Overall its a great gun durable;you can run this thing over with a truck its stout and works when most others wouldn't takes the abuse of a newbie has an aggresive style to it now the bad field stripping is impossible unless you bring tools to the field with you (first upgrade recomended thumb screws) 2nd the barrel SUX bad this would be my 2nd recomended upgrade 3rd the main dive spring is weak recomend a set of madman springs.other than these weakness its a great marker
Overall its a great starter gun (takes newbie abuse well) for tounament grade needs some upgrading professional level not at all
Ok i put 1000 paintballs in the tippmann this morning it was i think about 40 degrees with really crappy ass paint because my stupid friend shot my 2 bags of paintballs. Most of them had paint over them about 85% of the balls hit the target the rest went crazy and flew somewhere. Also my freinds and i had a shoot out and i pwned like crazy wit the tippmann i was undefeatable ^_^.The bad thing is that is it loud for me is bad cuz one of my friends has an imp and all he does is watch the woods and listenin for shots.
This gun is awesome U SHOULD BUY IT NOW GO GO GO b4 i come and hunt u down :-D
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, January 16th, 2005 at 10:05 pm PST
Tippmann 98 Custom
Smart Parts 14" Teardrop Barrel
Qloader system and double trigger <getting soon
Great rookie gun or even novice
No double trigger stock
Hard to clean
It is a great gun. i have used mine for about one year and i love it although the stock barrel is not accurate you can but a new one cheap. i think anyone that tries the gun will like it and it is a great starter gun. i think you should at least buy a double trigger upgrade for it and a barrel.
I say you should buy it even if you have to upgrade it a little
deoblo inferno heat....awsome gun when added sniping barrel....haha
98 costum. view loader hopper. 20 oz. Co2 tank. 21" Thunder Pig Tru-Flight Rifled Sniper Paintball Barrel.
barrell. reactive trigger or e-bolt. drop forward. stock.
How accurate it was stock. The price
In all this gun is an awsome. for the price it was great..i got it for 190 with the 20oz. Co2 tank. and when i added the 21" snipping barrel its makes an awsome combonation. in all i have about 240 into it. but i have many more upgrades comming soon.