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28 August 2010 - 07:33 PM
Not sure where you get this. Tippmann is a subsidiary of Summit Partners, an investment firm.
29 June 2010 - 02:03 PMCarver One is closer to a 98 than a Pro-Carbine. No modular grip or foregrip, straight 98 guts, cast aluminum clamshell body.
23 June 2010 - 09:25 AMTippmanns aren't as much "bang for the buck" as they used to be.
If you're looking for the same basic design, BT has the BT-4 out. It's basically a 98 custom with multiple improvements, and all for less than the cost of a 98c.
The US Army guns, if you want them exactly as they ship, aren't that bad I suppose.
Though I'd direct a new player to the BT-4 or save some extra up for one of the lower tier electro-pneumatic markers (used to recommend the Vibe and SP1, but holding on that until I see someone really picking up the parts/support for them).
The BT-4 is what the 98 should be. There's no reason anyone should put up with that clamshell business.
Here's what I think happened... Just prior to the 98, Tippmann used to make markers with proper upper and lower receivers - The Pro-Am, 68 Carbine, Pro-Lite, Factory F/A, and Pro-Carbine. Then the 98 was introduced to reduce manufacturing costs. With the 98's clamshell design, fewer large parts have to be manufactured and receivers no longer have to be milled. Instead, the marker's two halves can be cast from pot aluminum. It doesn't get any cheaper than that. Even the latest version of the 98 Custom, the "Platinum" can't be bothered to stray from this design.
The BT-4 essentially fixes both of the 98's shortcomings: It uses milling instead of casting, and it uses upper and lower receivers. Also the feedneck and foregrip are not stupid.
The A5 obviously doesn't have these issues but the MP5 look and the Cyclone are take it or leave it.
21 June 2010 - 02:03 PMps- i found on pbnation a guy put a bt4 combat stock on the back of his 68 carbine. i asked and apparently the threads on the back cap are the same on the carbine as the pro lite. so if anyone has both a pro lite and a bt4 stock, put em together and post some pics. cause if i see it works i'm gonna do it for mine as well.
He had to have done some modifications first. BT-4s use the same back cap as a 98, no threads.
08 June 2010 - 05:42 PMI'm seriously tempted to try this on one of mine as well. I need to get some rounds first to make sure I get the fit right.
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