Reviews and Comparisons

Tippmann 98 Custom Stocks: Learn>Browse>Buy

Tippmann 98 Scenario and Folding Stocks. If you’re in the market for a new stock for your Tippmann 98 Custom, but are having trouble deciding which stock is the best for you, then visit our recently revamped Tippmann 98 Custom Stock page. It now features a buying guide, which outlines what features the stocks have, and how this will benefit your next game of paintball.
Trinity Paintball Fury Tippmann 98 Custom Stock - Black

Tippmann X7 Phenom Stocks: Learn>Browse>Buy

Tippmann X7 Phenom Shoulder Stocks. Gear up for this season with a new stock for your Tippmann X7 Phenom. Check out our brand new buying guide, it is a helpful way to find the perfect stock for your needs.
Trinity Paintball Fury Stock - Magpul

Paintball Sights and Red Dot Sights: Learn>Browse>Buy

Paintball Sights and Red Dot Sights: Learn Browse Buy.  We’ve just done a full review of our paintball sights.  We now have videos for every sight and spec lists about their size, reticle type and color, weight etc.  Now you can really choose the right sight for your paintball gun.

NcSTAR 1x42 Tube Dot Reflex Sight

NcSTAR 1×42 Tube Dot Reflex Sight

Should I use CO2 or Air / Compressed Air / HPA on my Paintball Gun?

Not sure?  Check out our knowledge base article where we explore the pros and cons of CO2 or HPA.

Barrel Info and Comparison Article – Understanding the #1 Upgrade

Whether you’re a brand new player who just got their first marker or a seasoned player just looking to upgrade, understanding the mechanics and facts around barrels can lead you to the purchase right for you.

Click the article link and scroll to the bottom of the page to get streamlined facts, advice, and recommendations for a barrel system that you will use and enjoy for a long time.

Don’t just take the quick and dirty from every manufacturer, trust the knowledge from the players who wrote this article. Be smart about your barrels.

Three Paintball Loading Accessories to Make Your Life Easier

Allen Paintball Products has a set of 3 items that will make loading up your paintballs for a long day of play a snap.

Jerry Can Paintball Canister with 5 Pods and a Pod Stand

Jerry Can Paintball Canister with 5 Pods and a Pod Stand

The first things is the Jerry Can Paintball container.  This large container holds over 1000 paintballs.  An air tight lid keeps them fresh all day long.  Now you don’t have to worry about your paint getting swollen and sticky because of high humidity.  You also don’t spill them all over the place when you pick up that bag of balls that you were sure was tied shut.

Allen Paintball Pod-Pal - Black

Allen Paintball Pod-Pal - Black

From you new Jerry Can container, you can pour directly in to your pods but usually this takes 2 hands if you’re lucky and even then you end up spilling at least a few paintballs on the ground.  Now introducing the Pod Funnel and Pod Pal pod holder.  The Pod pal is a slick little tripod device that sets on a table or any flatish surface and holds your pod securely in place.  Kind of like a 3rd hand.

Allen Paintball Pod Funnel - Black

Allen Paintball Pod Funnel - Black

The funnel s what it says it is.  Just drop this funnel in the top of your pod and you now have a doubly large opening to pour in to. If you miss that then you might as well call it a day.

Each of these paintball accessories will save you time and paintballs.  So hurry up and get some from so you can hurry up and play.

Paintball Gun Review: Tippmann A-5 vs Tippmann 98 Series

Lord Odin from the A5 Operator’s Group wrote this well thought out and thorough paintball gun comparison pitting the Tippmann A-5 against the Tippmann 98 Series guns.

Tippmann A-5 vs Tippmann 98 Series Paintball Guns
Tippmann A-5 Paintball Gun

Tippmann A-5 Paintball Gun

The Tippmann A-5 is the next generation of markers after the Tippmann 98 with a few major differences.  On average, they cost a bit more, but for about $50, you get a superior marker.

The first major upgrade is the Cyclone feed system built into A-5 marker.  Tippmann has done away with the vertical feed and have added a pneumatic force feed system that virtually eliminates jams.  Unlike electronic loaders, there are no batteries and force is only applied to the balls when the gun cycles.  Due to the large opening of the Cyclone, it eliminates jams in the feedneck that can happen on the 98 Custom and any other small feed neck gun.  The Cyclone has a lower profile than traditional hoppers, which is ideal for woodsball because players will mostly pop up over something than off to the side.  Reducing your silhouette reduces your chance of getting shot.

Tippmann A-5 E-Grip

Tippmann A-5 E-Grip

Tippmann has also made the gun more accessible by including pushpins for commonly removed items.  Rather than completely disassembling the marker like on the 98’s, you can now remove pushpins to access your optional E-grip, remove your internals to lubricate or fix a problem, or change stocks.  The A-5 lets you completely remove your trigger and grip.  This is important if your trigger is malfunctioning or if it starts to rain and you want to switch back to a mechanical grip.  The front grip is also removable, which gives you more options of style and placement on the marker.

The internals of the A-5 gun are very similar to the 98 Custom with one major exception.  The A-5 now makes use of a tombstone.  This is a piece that slides into the gun from the outside and is locked into place but is easily removable.  On the 98’s, a braided hose was screwed directly into the valve body and was not easily removed unless in the staging area.  The Tombstone on the A-5 allows for easier disassembly and gives you more upgrade options.  Now you can mount a regulator directly to the gun, move locations of your gas line, or even connect a remote line directly.   And all of this is done easily by attaching it to the tombstone with your hands.  No tools are necessary to connect components to the tombstone or the tombstone to the gun.

Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Series ACT Paintball Gun

Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Series ACT Paintball Gun

The A-5 now has completely enclosed internals.  The 98 Custom had its cocking handle connected to the hammer, which exposed your internals to dirt, paint, and other debris.  On the A-5, the cocking handle has been relocated and the internals closed off, which will make your gun operate better and cleaner.  Parts such as o-rings will need less replacement, as well.

The A-5 comes with a different barrel threading than the 98 Series guns.  One of the complaints of 98 users was the barrel twisting loose on them due to the steep threading.  The gradual threading of the A-5 barrels requires more turning to remove the barrel.  This creates a tighter fit and it is much less likely to unscrew.

Lastly, manufacturers are producing many more upgrades and accessories for the A-5 instead of the 98 series, which seems to be taking a back seat to the A-5.  This gives you many more upgrade options when you choose the A-5 and many of them are easy to install with the quick release pins. 

For the little extra money, the A-5 is big step up from the 98 and is well worth price.


-Thanks for the review Lord Odin!  An abbreviated version of this comparison has been incorporated in to our Tippmann A-5 Buyer’s Guide. carries the full line of Tippmann A-5 and 98 Series Paintball Guns in stock at the best prices.