All the guns mentioned are great but not what he is looking at.
His budget may not allow for compressed air, fancy hopper or electro guns.
What is the more popular gun at your field?
What does the Pro-Shop stock parts for?
Whatever you choose, save money for a good barrel kit with small bores to handle current paints. Many stock barrels are large at .689 or bigger. Most paint is .682 or smaller.
A high-end mask is also a good investment.
If most people use electros, you may feel outgunned with a Tippman/ Spyder.
I would highly reccomend avoiding "Walmart" guns like the Lancer / Viewloader etc Spyder clones. They tend not to last long term.
I'd prefer a Tippmann A5 over the Mod 98.
Same internals but more options.
I do not know the differences between the 98s so I'm no help there.
Most of my guns have been "used".
Saved a ton over paying new pricing plus they sometimes come with extras like Revy hoppers, packs/pods, tanks etc.
Tanks need to be hydro tested every 5yrs ( some fiber HPA are 3yr). Keep that in mind if you buy used.
Last edited by Diablo Dan : 11-11-2012 at 06:10 PM.