Piranha R6 - Basic Rental Marker
Spyder Xtra - My First Marker, very balanced for a beginner
Spyder Imagine - Faster than the Xtra, but still a blow back so I had to keep upgrading.
Smart Parts Ion - Best marker used to date, no chops and very light. No worry play
Tippmann 98 Custom - Very durable, but heavier than the Spyders and the Ion
Tippmann A5 w/ Flatline - Barrel is amazing, it is a gas hog, Cyclone Feed is A++
Proto 1 Piece barrel
CCM No-Pro Feedneck
CP Roller Trigger
Psychoballistics Bullet Drop
PMI Pure Energy 68/3K
- New Barrel, J&J Ceramic is good with Tippmanns (This is a TIPPMANN Triumph)
- Faster Hopper ONLY if you get the eXT (EGrip version)
Lighter than other Tippmann
Same internals as the 98
Stock barrel loud
More kick than the 98
The First Triumph review worth reading.
My friend has been trying to find a paintball gun for a while and then saw the Triumph XT. His sole reason for purchasing? It looked like a Halo Covenant Gun. Well, I was a bit wary when it first came in the mail but after using it, it proved to be a capable marker.
The gun comes bundled with a barrel sock, o-ring, allen wrenches, hopper, oil, and an instruction booklet.
When comparing it to my Ion, it was a fairly heavy gun. But I had to remind myself that this was a mechanical gun, a Tippmann in disguise, so the weight didn't bother me too much. The entire body is made of a composite (Unlike the Ion with a plastic shell covering an aluminum body). The only metal parts are the bolt, the expansion chamber, gas lines, and the screws. Hmm, I was wondering if it would be like another Brass Eagle.
It is an integrated vertical feedneek with two allen screws to tighten. I think this is a better design than the side feed that the 98 has because I've had friends break the 98 feedneck trying to snap it back on. Very sturdy, fit the stock gravity hopper fine.
The barrel is solid except for a little porting about halfway down the barrel. Not enough to be effective but enough to look very cool. The stock barrel a little loud but surprisingly accurate for a stock barrel. It hit within a foot approximately 80% of the time at 100ft. It seemed to be more accurate at longer ranges as opposed to close quarters shooting. But this won't matter since most people will upgrade their barrel (It takes 98 barrel threads).
~ The Review ~
The Triumph XT:
Mechanically it is identical to a 98 so I didn't expect anything less. What surprised me was how comfortable it was to shoot. So I want to make it very clear, this is no Brass Eagle plastic garbage.
The gun itself is very balanced. The integrated drop forward puts it ahead of any Tippmann currently made because it makes the gun much more compact. The mini expansion chamber did its job, no freeze ups during the entire time I used it. The Triumph kicked a little more than I'm used to, but I'm also used to an Ion so it was acceptable for a blowback gun. Trigger pull is very light, lighter than my mechanical Spyder ever was.
I thought the foregrip was a little gimmicky but I found it very useful when sprinting and lying prone. It is removable so you can actually use the handguard as a secondary grip for a more compact hold. Speaking of grips, the front of the grips are rubberized which give the gun a very secure hold.
Efficiency wise, we shot about 600-700 rounds and the 20oz wasn't empty yet. So it is no gas hog like the A5.
We got a lot of comments at the field about the gun. They were pretty impressed at how light it was compared to the Tippmanns (It was a woodsball field, lots of 98s). The serial number on it was 83 so we know he has one of the first ones made.
I would highly recommend the Tippmann Triumph XT to beginners and recballers. It has a Tippmann build behind it and is perfect for those not wanting blend into the Spyder clone or Tippman crowd. I would suggest you try to hold one first because it has a slightly different feel than any common paintball gun. The only thing I might worry about is its plastic construction, but after shooting it and ripping it apart, I don't think my friend will ever use the 1 year warranty that Tippmann provides.