Tippmann is a very well known name in the paintball industry. The entry level markers, namely the 98 custom (or 98c), have been around for a long time and are known for being very durable. They are one of the more common paintball guns seen in sporting goods retail stores. Tippmann has been around for a very long time, with the release of their first paintball marker dating back to 1986.
There are some pros and cons to be aware of when thinking of purchasing a 98 custom. Chances are this will be your first paintball gun as it is an entry level marker. Chances are anything in this price range will be mechanical, and Tippmann makes some of the best mechanical markers for this price range.
Very low price
Very minimal maintenance required
Easy to use
Spare parts are common
Mechanical (slower rate of fire)
Limited upgrading potential
Popular beginner marker, lower resale value
98c Design Notes
There are some noticeable features of the Tippmann 98 Custom worth mentioning. The feedneck has an interesting location designed off to the side. This lets players look over the gun without a feedneck in the middle of their gun. I prefer centered feed necks since it’s weight distribution is symmetrical and so the hopper is not exposed. I also feel having a hopper off to the right side blocks out a substantial part of your vision.
However, this design may help newer players who are not used to looking “through” their gun.
The grip design is also interesting and does not resemble most paintball markers. the fore grip is quite far away from the grip frame and has a slight angle. I find this positioning quite uncomfortable coming from competitive paintball (speedball) that requires a lot of fast movement. It makes the marker feel very long to me. However for a beginner who may like the feel of the 98 customs grip because of its length, similar to a rifle, may not be a bad thing.
A couple recommendations
If you have never played paintball before, it is definitely recommended to go out and rent first to see how much you like the sport. It may give you a better idea of some of the factors to think about below:
Some Questions to Ask Yourself
How much you like playing How often you will want to play How long you will be playing Frequently for years, a few times a year What type of paintball you like to play Woodsball or Speedball? Eventually on a team?
Is the Tippmann 98 Custom for me?
Deciding on a paintball marker, especially if it is your first can be a difficult choice. However I have a few recommendations that may help. If you want to get into the sport and fast and easily as possible, the 98 custom is a good choice. If you will be playing fairly infrequently, and want a marker to pull out of your bag that will work, a 98c may be a good choice for you.
Go with the Tippman 98 Custom if you:
Want a durable marker
Are more into the realistic or military style markers
Want to get into the sport as fast and easily as possible for a great price
Won’t be playing very often or want a marker you can just pull out of your bag without worrying if it works
Want very little maintenance required
Don’t mind the limited rate of fire
Are on a budget
Will be playing woodsball or recreationally with friends
Won’t want to upgrade or have an electronic marker fairly soon
Some reasons to consider other markers include if you:
Want an electronic marker
Will want to upgrade your gun a lot
Will want more performance soon without buying a new marker
Will play speedball (Definitely recommend electric)
Want more performance (higher rate of fire, 7+ balls per second)
If you think you may want to consider playing speedball or a gun other then the 98 custom, Look at some electronic markers. In a similar price range, I definitely recommend the Azodin Blitz. I have been impressed with Azodins new markers and think they are currently better than the Kingman Spyder entry level markers.
Overall the Tippmann 98 Custom is a very solid entry level marker. The price is great for players just starting out. It is easy to use and maintain, and extremely durable.
Many people use these paintball guns and are very happy with them.
Tippmann has been around for a long time and is also a very well known name in the industry. If you want a hassle free paintball gun, definitely check out the 98 custom.