Tippmann Markers General Review


Tippmann is one of the most well know names in the paintball industry to date and is known for making some of the most commonly used mechanical markers available.

Firstly all Tippmann guns have the disadvantage of being mechanical gats, and not electro-pneumatic, which means you will never get the ROF you get with almost all tournament level markers today. However that’s not an issue as most, save a select hardcore few, wouldn’t use any mech gat in a serious tourney anyway. However as said before tippmann are a huge paintball company and here is the reason why, reliability, Price, and a hell ova load of upgrades.

First Tippmann markers are incredibly hard wearing, and very easy to maintain, if you want a good starter marker that a monkey could take apart and put back together, you’re looking at a tippmann. Tippmanns are very commonly used as sight rental guns, due to this very fact and can last without breaking for years and I’m talking decades people.

Price like always is another major factor in purchasing guns and although tippmans are not THE cheapest markers around but they are still very reasonably priced for what you get. You can pick up a second hand tippmann 98 for about £40-50 and a Tippmann A5 for about £120. But the main reason people buy tippmanns is scenario play. Looking on the internet you can find body kits to make this mech gat look like almost any modern firearm and I mean any from AKs to UMP, Snipers, M4, M16, you name it someone will have made it. This is what makes the tippmann guns so popular; they dominate when it comes to scenario games.

One other thing I feel I must mention in regards to the tippmann line of guns, or more specifically the A5,X7 and 98 (with an upgrade) is the cyclone feed system and hopper. This is a novel and innovative design as it is the equivalent of having a force feed on the side of your gun, let me explain. The cyclone is a cylinder mounted on the side of your gun with star shaped paddles on the inside that when the trigger is pulled rotate using excess gas to load a new paintball into the marker. This gives you the added advantage that it will always keep up with your ROF so you don’t have to be worried about having miss fires.

The disadvantages however are also fairly substantial. First is that the cyclone increases the profile ( the area that can be hit) of your maker hugely also due to the low ROF with all mechanical makers an agitated feed hopper would still do the same job without the target on the side of your gat. Another issue is the cyclone eats through Gas/air meaning you have to refill your tanks more. If the maker is too low on air to cause the cyclone to spin then you will not feed paintballs in at all, this is fixed buy a manual pump on the side of the marker but that tas your gun from a poor ROF to a terrible one. Despite the flaws however mores players feel that the price, reliability and customisation make these markers truly, a worthy addition to most player collection and a must for any scenario ballers gearbag.


  • Reliable
  • Cheap
  • Extremely Upgradable


  • Slow rate of fire
  • Large Profiles
  • Not very efficient


Overall buying a tippmann as a beginner is always a good choice, and depending on what style you play, Woodsball, Scenario then it will be a friend for your paintballing life. I would give this review a score but a tippmann is unclassifiable for tournaments it would be a -1/10 but scenario ∞/10.

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  1. Pete
    February 13, 2010, 10:36 pm

    I have tried several markers in an attempt to replace my ancient Tippmann but none have even come close. From cheap Spyders to an expensive PPS Blazer (which never worked and sits in a box in the garage waiting for me to send it back to the US with a snotty note) none have been as accurate or relaible as my 20 year old SL68 special. Even newer Tippmanns have failed to present any serious reason for me to change. Let me explain. The 68 special is at least three generations behind current Tippmann guns. It needs a syphon (NOT an ANTI-syphon) tube in the C)2 tank for it to work. It drinks gas because the hammer weighs nearly quarter of a pound . . . It weighs a ton, fires so slowly that it doesn’t need a powered hopper and continuous firing causes the bottle to chill down so fast that by the fifth shot you can see the balls starting to drop further and further short with each pull of the trigger. BUT it never goes wrong. Ever. A light oiling with 3-in-1 the night before and it will play all day with never a hiccup. It shoots straighter than anything I’ve ever used thanks to a 14″ brass barrel and it’ll happily digest any brand of paint with barely a chopped ball. Add to this the fact that it’s long, like a proper gun should be, with a horizontal fore-end so that it comes up to the shoulder nicely and points rapidly unlike modern markers with their strange, hunched up shooting position and I’ll prpobably use it until I’m too old to play. It’s no good for tournament play or speedball games, but since I hate those games and love to skulk around the woods it’s no problem for me. This gun was a bargain as no other marker would have lasted this long and have given me so much pleasure over the years.


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