72ci 3000psi hpa tank
rifled rap 4 barrel
Accurate (for a tippy)
Off set feed kneck
Clam shell design
Hard to mod
Hard to clean
alright so heres the deal:
Ive had my alpha black for two years. when i first unpacked it i thought its box was rather lacking. Basic tool kit, manual, yada yada yada. I took it out and shoot a couple rounds and thought "wow fairly acurate" I took it out for a day of play and found that something was wrong. the feed kneck was mishapened and the balls wouldnt feed right. I busted out a file and quickly remadied that. I got back into the game. I was keeping up with my friends way upgraded a5 just fine for a while but then i found a key weekness. ball breaks. due to no act devices i was choppin like crazy when i started walking the trigger ( which is hard cause the crappy trigger and frame, with no possible mods) it was also a pain to clean because the stupid shroud made it impossible to quickly remove the barrel. later on I also became dissapointed with the range. I was only getting about 3/4ths the range that my other frinds stock a5 was getting on an equally used 12ounce co2 tank. the thing also gobbled air. If I wasnt using hpa i usually 9 ounce co2 which i had to change after each 20 minute round only firing a hopper and half a pod. my friends a5 could get like a hopper and 3 and a half pods. Later when I tried to clean it i discovered another weakness. The clam shell design. You have to take out a sries of bolts to open it which takes forever. Then ounce I finally got it open all the springs in the gun shot out! It took forever to reassemble after cleaning. There is a littler piece of wire that kinda acts as a spring for the sight/ feed kneck release, it is a pain in the but to try and keep in while try and gently set the other half of the gun on the one half. I HATE TRYING TO CLEAN THIS GUN!!!!!!
Decent marker for beginers, fairly acurate, gobbles air, hard to mod, clam shell design sucks! hard to clean
Alpha Black e-grip, Proto Primo (gravity hopper), 16 inch Proto one piece barrel, 48 cu. in. 4500 psi
Hoppers, Barrel (depends on intended usage of gun)
15 Bps if needed, unprecedented durability, looks dangerous, lightweight
Changing firing modes, disassembly is not easy (not for field striping)
People complain that it is heavy, that is only possible if you are use to speedball guns or a Tippmann 98. I have weight it fully loaded, with 200 rounds and aluminum tank it is 9 lbs, steel/carbon fiber under 8lbs. I have ran a 1/2 mile with the gun and 750 paintballs in the heat in full hunting camo, and I still don't notice the weight. The most undoubted great strength of this gun is its durability. I played in a 24 hour scenario and it started pouring rain for 4 hours, this gun basically laid in mud and was get beat up as you are focusing more on standing and getting shot than what you gun is doing. Still fired over 500 rounds only chopping 3. And for this durability you sacrifice your striping and maintenance time which takes about 30 minutes for full proper job it really depends on how familiar you are with the gun. Also when your on the field ,you can style the gun so that is looks very formidable
My friends are jealous they have completely modified guns and some are even the line. My gun which is less than 300 dollars and I still can beat them in a gun to gun battle. It really comes down to who you are, how you play, and what you want in your gun. That will decided how much you like this gun.
Rating is based on guns of similar cost and purpose
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 7:07 pm PST
After using the abt I noticed that for the price it's a very good marker. For starters like me, you can't get anything better and I assure you that you will be pleased with it's performance, besides the fact that it looks intimidating. The first time I took it to a field (my first time playing pb) people thought I was a pro lol. What I don't like that much is tjat for full auto (egrip version) you have to pull the trigger a couple of times then leave it pressed in order for it to go full auto, that's why my fav is the 3 shot burst.
So if you are a starter in the sport this is a good marker to get...no so much for the experienced and they should know why.
oh and something else...abt is not for speed ballers.
Good beginner marker and for rec playing, you won't be disappointed.
Tippmann 98 custom
Proto 09-10 SLG
Alpha black tactical
Alpha black tactical with E-trigger, Cyclone feed, and a blade double trigger
Cyclone feed system, double trigger, e-trigger
Some what fast
E-trigger is hard to turn on
When I first open my new alpha black I was impressed by the looks. It looked just like the real tactical gun and shot like it to. I put 100 rounds through it at 100 ft and only missed my 1x1 box maby 10-20 times. Thats very accurate! I put a cyclone feed system on it right away. Knowing how crapy the origonal feed systems are. I also feel the need for speed and knowing the single trigger that cant happen. So I installed a double blade triger and I love it. I was unimpressed by the board in it because its hard to turn it on without an allen key. Also whats with the "slower" full auto and the "faster" full auto. Other than that I was pretty impressed with this gun. It is very durable and Accurate.
(UPDATE) cyclone feed system works AWSOME on it and I love this gun!!!!!
I recomend this because its very accurate and durable
tippmann alpha black tactical w/ egrip- put a rail and foregrip under the shroud and a rail on top of the carry handle.
Realistic durable intimidating
Great for starters who want to play woodsball. not the best for speedball cuz its so heavy. but over all is a great woodsball gun. it is very powerful. but it is also very loud. it goes through batteries like nothing. and the egrip is very hard it change cuz you have to hit a button inside the grip with something. never chopped any paijntballs that i have had. It is excellent for starters who want something cool but dont want to spend alot to get something cool. overall good for starters
barrel upgrade, electronic hopper, military grips, remote kit
Familar to soldiers
doesn't chop balls
great for woodsball or urban environment
Heavy for a marker
Full Auto safety mode
The Alpha Black overall is a great marker. I've used it on all types of fields, and in my opinon its best for woodsball or large city fields. The selector switch is a pain to change on the fly. I reccommend setting it on Full Auto slow (12BPS). That way if you want you can unload if neccessary. the 3 shot burst is good for when your playing against guys who have the highend markers. Im in the military and I found it second nature holding it and firing. It does NOT preform like a rilfe and dont think you can sit down a pick someone off. Its a paintball gun, but if your used to shooting an M4 or AR15 it will be easy to use. I reccommend a new barrel, electronic hopper, and use good paint.
Definitly buy, if your going to do woodsball or recreational playing, you CAN use it for a tournament, but it is not reccommended. The trigger pull isn't as easy as the high end guns and you can't use full auto or 3 shot burst in tournaments.But the gun doesn't make the player.
Alpha Black tactical version with J&J 20" and 16" Ceramic Barrels, Rufus Dawg Bolt, Zero Kick Hammer, remote line with HPA, evolution 3 egg hopper
Milsim looks, already comes with the egrip and the bottomline setup
method of changing modes. NEVER FIELD STRIP IT, YOU WILL LOSE SOMETHING. lack of upgradability.
great gun for the woodsballer and milsim enthusiast. I bought a second one actually, and it shares the 98 barrel threads, which is cool. Its great for back yard play and for playfields, not quite a speedball gun by any means. At least for me, using the gun in the first on field playing time, it kind of put me in a mind set that I was a military man trying to take out everyone on the field. Very fun gun though.
Not really heavy like everyone complains about. if you think this is heavy you should probably start lifting some 5 lb dumb bells
The safety feature to get into full auto is a real big downer as well, a new board would be a great upgrade, something that would also have a bigger button for change modes as well.
ON A SIDE NOTE, THE REQUIREMENTS FOR WRITING A REVIEW ARE AN ABSOLUTE JOKE. AND MAKE IT A HUGE HASSLE
Great product, awesome gun for an entry level and for a scenario setup.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 7:55 am PST
i used a viewloader evlution 3 hopper with a 20 ounce tank
barrel and electric hopper
Tough, conservative color, aluminum, different firing modes, sensitive trigger
Heavy, loud, hard to change modes, air hog, chopped paint, innacurate
Overall, this was a great gun. It has semi, full auto fast, full auto slow, and three round burst. I mostly played speedball with it and it was a great gun. I fell on it several times and it still worked like a charm. I sold it because I could not used full auto at my local paintball arena and the second closest is 2 hours away. But it has a relly good setup and I liked it.
I would recommend this gun if your local paintball arena lets you use full auto. It is super tough and it has the most sensitive trigger i have ever used. But, it was an airhog and it was very inaccurate.
spyder pilot 09 w/ eye , VL eyeforce, 20oz CO2, camo dual lens JT mask, camo 4+1 pack
tippmann alpha black tactical, 16'' rifled barrel with M4 R.I.S shroud, remote feed, 20oz CO2, cyclone feed, x7 hopper, fore grip w/ built in bi-pod, JT camo dual lens mask, camo 4+1 pack, underbrush 3D camo suit
Cyclone Feed, longer barrel, and a different board
Tool storage mag
This marker is probably the cheapest Mil-Sim gun on the market. It is very accurate even with the 11'' barrel. The barrel is not ported at all unlike the cheaper 98c which has porting in the middle of the barrel. As a result the barrel is extremely loud. The barrel is also about two or three times as thick as the 98c's barrel. It weighs alot more than the 16'' barrel I have on it now. The CAR stock has six positions. I like the stalk alot. It is plastic, and I am beginning to have a few problems with it. The plastic magazine carries your tools. The strip of thin plastic where the mag folds open is starting to tear. The mag is also becoming increasingly loose every time I play. Besides this plasic pieces, the gun itself is very durable, just as you would expect from a tippmann. I have never chopped a ball, to this day with this gun. I have dropped it in mud, and continued playing without cleaning it.
I do, however, HATE the board!!! Three round burst works OK, but I cannot stand the safety auto. you must pull the trigger four times within one second then hold it for auto. It is rather annoying, and about 30% of the time you attempt it you will won't have enough concentration to count the trigger pulls during combat.
Overall, I love this gun, especially with all of the upgrades I put on it. I recommend it to both beginners, and serious woodsball players
US Army Alpha Black Tactical w/ E-Grip
14 inch CP One Piece Barrel (Black w/ 98c Threading)
View-Loader Eye-Force Hopper
Pure Energy 48ci/3000psi High Pressure Air Tank
none, I would either remove or shorten the stock for X-Ball, Speed-Ball, ect.
the gun is Fast, Reliable, has a good sight and stock.
This gun is slightly heavy, about 8lbs. with tank, hopper(includes paint), etc.
The gun is great!!! I love this gun for Tactical and Scenario games, Woodsball, etc. I even like this gun for Speed Ball, X-Ball, etc. As long as you take off the stock (and maybe the shroud), and your gun instantly becomes lighter and more mobile. I like how fast this gun is, even on single fire, this gun is very fast.
This gun is great, it doesn't need any upgrades exept for the removal of stock and shroud for Speed Ball, etc. This gun is good for the price, Fast, easy to modify, and it has a great design.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 8:49 am PST