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Old 02-19-2017, 09:19 PM #1
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Are tippmann 98 obsolete?

Kind of like my title says, are they obsolete now? I don't see them in stores as much and just wondering since a fiend might open a field and don't know if that is the best gun to use for rentals.
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Old 02-20-2017, 07:38 AM #2
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Obsolete? Hecks to the no!

Are there other options that provide a little better experience? Yes, but you will also be paying more, doing more maintenance and will probably be less reliable.

I think one of the major issues that I see with the 98Cs are that they are a bit longer and heavier than STBB and the eNMEy. This may be an issue if you are renting to the younger community as the marker will be a bit more cumbersome to them.

The second issue is the stock barrel accuracy, easily fixed with a cheap upgrade barrel.

Still, I see these things everywhere! Where ever paintball markers are sold, I see a 98C.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:22 AM #3
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I don't think they'll ever be obsolete hahaha. Those things are built like tanks.
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:33 PM #4
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Besides being built like a tank, they have a bajillion options for upgrading and customizing. You can basically build almost anything from a '98. and a list of off-the-shelf parts: Speedball, woodsball, mag-fed.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:43 PM #5
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No paintball gun is ever truly obsolete, since as long as they can shoot a ball someone out there will be using one to play.

The venerable 98 is still being made (or they made so many that supply is still plentiful) and still available new, with plenty of support. Many of Tippmann's newer models are basically just 98's in a different shell.

They gun that Tippmann currently markets as their rental gun is the FT-12.
http://www.ansgear.com/Tippmann_FT_1...pgunrental.htm
Basically a 98 internally, but with the grip moved forward (for smaller renters), and the top flips open (FT stands for Flip Top) for easy cleaning.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:49 PM #6
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Thanks guys!!

Did not think where going to be obsolete, but wanted to see what you guys thought
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:54 PM #7
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When opening a field buy used and fix what ever needs to be fixed WHICH is usually nothing lol
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:05 PM #8
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Hell no....98's are the longest lasting, most reliable, indestructible paintball markers in existence. Thats why tippmann keeps putting out models of it...**cough cough** magfed TMC with 98 internals**cough cough** and they even put out tactical versions of the 98 (the project salvo and to the alphablack) Its a beast...you can make them fully automatic with an electronic board, the cyclone feeder is a beast and guess what...the 98 accepts it, you can put buttstocks on them, you can put sights on them, theres a whole list of after market upgrades for this already beast of a gun.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:57 PM #9
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I'd be tempted to partially agree that the base M98 design is obsolete; the FT-12/Cronus/TMC redesign that adds the trigger bar shortens the gun by nearly two inches, which is a really significant improvement in ergonomics and form factor.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:27 PM #10
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just wondering since a fiend might open a field and don't know if that is the best gun to use for rentals.
IMO, the FT-12 is a better choice for rental guns. They're significantly less time-consuming to service, and offer the same level of performance and durability as a 98 custom or an A5.
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:46 PM #11
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When rental spool valve markers can be had for the same or less cost, in a sense yes. The FT-12/50 is still a viable platform as is the TMC if the field wants magfed. For hopperfed, the eNMEy is probably a better value, but doesn't have the milsim body. The G1-M is enough of a price difference that an A-5 makes more sense then.
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