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#1 User is offline   Guy In Digi Camo 

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 11:07 PM

OK ive been using tippmanns for about 8 years now, starting with the basic model 98, then a newer gen 98 custom,Now a platinum series.
Heres my take on the Newest gen.
Lets start out with the basics

Price- $119;and up depending on option

Types-
Ultra-basic- non-A.C.T model, black, 119$
Basic model- black or digicamo, has A.C.T, 139$ camo is 169$
Pro model- Black , 11" barrel, double trigger, drop forward,159$

Factory installed upgrades:
W.A.S E-grip-about 70$ extra
Response trigger- about 40$ extra

Newest features:
-Anti Chop Technology
-Piccanty sight rails
-Split receiver design, also you dont need to remove asa screws to take apart shell
-Textured foregrip
-Rear cap has strap hole
-Front sight spring assembly and triggerpins are secured
-Redesigned stock barrel, Matte finish and no middle porting
-Powertube has no screws holding it in and can be removed easily
- response and Cyclone ready

-Flatline, not included, is quick threaded and removed like all the other barrels, has piccanty rails on shroud
My Review
Ok i just recieved this marker;Its the Basic Black with ACT, i got it for100$ on ebay, never used

Looks and feel:
When i held this gun it felt a little lighter than my old one and the matte finish is like a very light bedliner coating. The piccanty rails definetly add some style and aggressive looks to this gun. The feed elbow is the same design as always but the new rails cover up the front push down sight more but its still useable. The backside of the gun has two spots to add a cyclone and response trigger attachment, The grips are a little harder than previous models but will probably wear in nicely, The trigger pull is a little heavier than previous models, again something that gets better as the spring wears in.

Dissasembly and internals:
OMG taking this gun apart was alot faster without the need to deal with the bottom screws,
First thing i took off was the back and front halves ,wow no little sight spring flying out and getting lost
looking at the casting of the gun, it was superb there was some voids in the aluminum but not as bad as previous models
The inside was rough though and i assumed it was over spray from the manufacture so i tore down the gun to polish the inside.
This took about 5 minutes for me
After doing that I polished insides and put it back together, with some aftermarket parts i had from my previous marker Techt fang trigger, W.A.S egrip, star front bolt, pen spring trigger mod, and Cyclone feed.
The total time for all of this took about an hour

NOTE:When using the Egrip you cannot use the new stock spring, it is too hard for the egrip noid to push,you must use the kits included spring

MAJOR INTERNAL CHANGE: OK One thing that will throw off any experienced users is the powertube, The new design has the tube and the hose seprate, When reinstalling you must line up the powertube and insert the hoses special end into the hole, once the marker airs up it will provide a seal ; Its somewhat similar to macroline fittings when they are gassed up, I had trouble leaking when i aired it up but using a crecent wrench i turned the silver fitting to tighten it up in the gun and the problem was solved.

Firing and ACT-
stock barrel is not any quieter and seems to be a little more accurate
The egrip is still turned on the same way, dont worry its not any easier, set to semi i fired a few times.
The kick is a little less than older models, its sounded like it was shooting hot but i did not have a chrono to conferm this.
The ACT works great i even put my finger in there to test it out, i think as long as your not using extremely brittle paint it should work great.

Regulator Note: The new line fittings are inverted flare style so i took the hose to a local shop that specializes in gas hose lines and parts and they gave me a fitting but it is only rated to about 1100 psi, you would have to order a higher one online. and if you attach a aftermarket reg make sure to use teflon tape as most of the aftermarket fittings dont have a seal built in


Likes:
the hose fittings Posted Image
All the aforementioned new features, im more into technical rather than looks but it does look alot more aggresive then previous models
Dislikes:
The hose fittings Posted Image
The egrip really needs to be easier to turn on, not asking for a slector switch but a finger push-button maybe Posted Image

I will also add a couple comments to the power tube design


-The tube is no longer held in with two screws so it just comes rightout like the rest of the parts there are two areas in the back to attach both a cyclone and a response trigger with needing a t-fitting

-When you take out the power tube there is a large oring on one side that seals the blowback gases in to where they go into the cyclone or response, however the o ring is a bit large in diameter I think and although it has not cauued me any problems with a cyclone i don't know about both the cyclone and response being on there.

-to reinstall the powertube, first insert the gasline into tube then set the powertube in, theres a small tab on the front top part that should line up against the gun. then put the gun back together.

If you have any further questions just ask me, i will get pics as soon as i can get a working digital camera

Here are some pics

My gun has the techt trigger upgrade,stiffi barrel, and BT closed bolt

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 11:05 AM

Quick question, what did and what didn't you like about the fittings?
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 10:59 PM

They are like the old style spyder gas line thread, a pain to deal with

What I hate
The fittings are odd they are inverted flare fittings with the paintball industry standard thread size

They just require a special trip to the local gas line store in order to get them

What I like is the fact that you dont have to worry about stripping out the power tube since the lines just pop out.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:24 AM

ill up this since theres alot of tippmann users on this website
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:48 AM

Tippmann is a good gun but they built there markers on the bases that they would not be taken apart a lot. It is good for the guys who "hang there markers up wet".
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:58 PM

when i first got a 98 a long time ago i used it for almost a hole season without taking the little bugger apart and cleaning it..
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:38 AM

View PostThumper113, on May 13 2010, 12:58 AM, said:

when i first got a 98 a long time ago i used it for almost a hole season without taking the little bugger apart and cleaning it..


i played a couple of weeks ago.. havent touched it as it is still in the bag... paint on it and everything..... hah...
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:57 AM

Because I tend to do custom work on my markers I am not sure I like the new valve. I am sure it can be replaced with the older style if need be though. Only issue is if they totally discontinue the old valve system.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:20 PM

View PostDark Shadow Hunter, on May 13 2010, 11:57 AM, said:

Because I tend to do custom work on my markers I am not sure I like the new valve. I am sure it can be replaced with the older style if need be though. Only issue is if they totally discontinue the old valve system.


I acctualy did replace the new valve with an old one when I needed to add a dropforward. then I put the new valve/asa in a old M98. they both work great acctualy.
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