NOTE: This information has been based on the new 98 custom with A.C.T. and not the previous version(s). This means that both the new 98C and the A-5 can use the E-Grip, and not just the A-5 and Custom Pro.
98 Custom Pro
Tippmann A-5 Pros:
-The A-5 can be cleaned much more easily and quickly than the 98 Custom, Tippmann.com says it only takes 60 seconds to strip it and reassemble it.
-The A-5 is more customizable, mostly with "MilSim" style mods. You can change the front grip easily without having to mill the grip off (cut it off with tools) like the 98. The front grip is completely removable, and there are lots of cool mods for the A-5, which also means lots of "MilSim" mods.
-The A-5 comes with a 15 Bps loader called the cyclone. (Tippmann.com says it feeds 17 bps, but lots of people have found 15 bps to be the cap) Although this isn't too fast, with modifications such as a QEV:
And the Vortex mod:
You can reach speeds of 20-25 bps.
-The cocking handle on the A-5 is designed so it never opens up letting dirt and other substances get into the marker, while the 98's when uncocked is exposed.
Tippmann 98 Custom/Custom Pro Pros:
-The 98 Custom/Custom Pro is said to be more durable than the A-5 but to my knowledge there hasn't been any tests on it so that is unknown.
-The 98 Custom/Custom Pro can be centerfed, which means that you can have your hopper/loader right in the center of the top of your marker instead of off to the side, which reduces chops and allows faster feeding.
-The 98 Custom/Custom Pro can use electronic loaders where as the A-5 you only have two options at the moment, Q-Loader or the stock Cyclone unless the A-5 is custom modified to accept other loaders.
-The 98 Custom/Custom Pro also has an Anti-Chop bolt which has proven to be very effective against chopping paintballs that have been misfed or not fed fast enough into the marker.
-The 98 Custom/Custom Pro can also have a cyclone feed just like the A-5 and can use QEV's for it and the Vortex Mod
-Both the 98 Custom and Custom Pro are lighter than the A-5 (says Tippmann.com). The A-5 is 3.5 lbs, the Custom Pro is 3.1 lbs, and the 98 Custom is 2.9 lbs. These were all weighed without the tanks, and I'm not sure whether the hoppers/loaders had paint or not.
-The 98 Custom is 19.6 inches in length while the A-5 is 20 inches in length, but the Custom Pro is 22.1 inches in length (says Tippmann.com) however, the length can easily be changed based on the barrel length etc...
-If you can find an E-bolt (an Electro-Pneumatic Conversion kit that Tippmann used to make) than you can make your 98 Custom/Custom Pro electro-pneumatic which has less recoil etc...
-The 98 Custom/Custom Pro can accept 45 degree grips, where the A-5 doesn't have any grips for it, unless you modify it yourself to make it fit the grips.
If you are liking the 98 Custom/Custom Pro and now want to know the benefits of the Custom Pro to the 98 Custom than:
Tippmann Custom Pro Pro's over the 98 Custom:
-The Custom Pro has a double trigger which is supposed to give you more speed on the trigger.
-It includes a drop forward which helps balance the tank and reposition the tank.
-It has a more accurate 11 inch barrel in comparrison to the 8.5 inch barrel that the 98 custom has, which is noticeably more accurate.
-With the Custom Pro you don't need anything to reverse the tank.
Is the Custom Pro better? You decide. In my opinion it is almost identical, the double trigger is good, but not alot better, the drop forward I don't notice as I am running remote so I'm not sure about that, and the barrel is quite a bit more accurate but not near as accurate as it could be if you got an aftermarket barrel.
I'm not sure what else to add, if anyone has any more facts/information that I should add to the list let me know and I'll edit it, please post any feedback to this as well. Thanks.
This post has been edited by Deadly Taco: 24 September 2006 - 12:50 PM