The Tippmann 98 custom is one of the most commonly seen and used paintball markers in speedball indoor fields due to its hardiness and reliability, and in the hands of beginners and veterans of the sport alike for a few simple reasons. It is basically the hardiest and most reliable paintball marker since its inception, with a wide ranging variety of options on accessories for customisation.
Although the original 98 Custom is not widely available new anymore as updated version such as the Platinum Series and ACT 98’s have come into the market, it still remains a highly cherished model for its simplicity, ruggedness and wide range of available modifications.
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The Tippmann 98 custom is not exactly the flashiest looking marker that money can buy, nor was its intended purpose. The Tippmann 98 comes with iron sights and open bolt inline blow-back system. While this system makes it cheaper, it also makes it more durable due to the lesser amount of moving parts and its lower height compared to stacked blowback designs.
The Tippmann 98 custom can be used for speedball, although it is normally used for woodsball, with the modification of adding on an e-bolt, which increases rate of fire and decreases recoil. This addition makes the Tippmann 98 custom effectively an electro-pneumatic operated paintball marker at a greatly reduced cost.
A point to note is that although the e-bolt system is becoming harder to obtain and more expensive, this particular conversion still adds more value, compared to purchasing a brand new electro-pneumatic marker.
Many people who already use the Tippman 98 custom report that after using an e-bolt specifically with a better barrel, which is reported to reduce recoil, and pressure on the trigger, and also the report, which means the level of sound the marker makes when fired to be lowered.
The Tippmann 98 custom is unique not only in its steady ruggedness and reliability but also in that it can be customised to the user’s preferences in almost everything, from woodsball and speedball to military simulation matches or training.
From the top to the bottom, the Tippmann 98 custom can be changed to look like a real military weapon, with the exception of the hopper of course. It can also be deconstructed and reconstructed with add-ons like the e-bolt, a better barrel, and a scope to name a few, for better functionality to suit its user’s preferences.
The Tippmann 98 custom deserves it name, as it can support almost any kind of upgrade or accessory. It comes with a split receiver design, which provides easy access to internal components for a pain free installation of grip upgrades and modifications to the marker, a set of secure front fight spring and trigger pins, which makes the marker easier to service and reassemble, which is great when in-field for strip cleaning.
Also, it comes with Picatinny Rails, on the length of the body of the marker, which makes adding a any scopes, carry handles or other accessories much easier and hassle free. A nice add on which any people tend to overlook is the sling mount end cap for different styles of slings, a small feature but something newer players will appreciate die to not being used to handling a marker for a longer period of time.
An important accessory that can be added on to this marker is the Flat line Barrel System that adds on to the effective range of the marker, an add-on that much needed and well appreciated by anyone who plays woodsball, as the increased range helps with target hits.
The Tippmann 98 Custom is stated as a semi-automatic paintball marker, with a stock barrel of 8.5 inches, upgradable of course, a vertical foregrip, also removable and upgradable, a removable feed elbow, a 3/8 dovetail accessory rail and 7/8” weaver style rail, and a weight of 1.3 kg, or 2.9 pounds, and uses 0.68 calibre paintballs. The most common kind of paintballs available, and is compatible with both C02, and compressed air, making it versatile on almost all fields.
It also comes with a 2 year warranty, not that you’ll likely need it, seeing as to how sturdy it is.
All this is great, but a few points to note is that for newer players, the wide range of accessories may be confusing so it’s better to play for some time before purchasing add-ons and accessories.
On top of that, the inline blowback system used by the 98 custom means that it’s a longer marker compared to other models, and this may cause a bit of discomfort due to not being familiar with the handling for newer and veteran players. The weight of 1.3 kg, is the original weight, but after accessories being added on and modifications made, the weight may vary differently and this is an important factor that may affect performance on the field.
All in all, the Tippmann 98 custom is great for beginners who are just getting into the sport, and want to go for the long run without having to invest in a less hardy expensive marker.