I'm not really sure what kind of guns tippmann offers besides the 98 custom and the a5. But if you had to pick between the two I would definately go for the 98. It cheaper and in my oppion just as good. I own a tippman 98 as well. Another tippman gun that really interests me is the C3 pump gun. It runs on propane and the tank doesnt have to refill for like 30,000 shots or something. Amazing! Also if you are spending 250 dollars. Is the 250 just for the gun or you want a whole setup like air and hopper ect. Becuase if you are going to spend 250 just for the gun there is alot of different and better markers you can choose from.
There are plenty of good guns in that price range. Talk to other players in your area, checkout what they have and ask them what they like/dislike about their gun. Even ask if they'll let you take a few test shots with it. Then make your decision.
I have an X-7 that I am very happy with. It's a tad on the heavy side, but it's built like a tank. A remote line helps lighten the load, but a 20 oz. steel tank mounted normally makes it balanced enough that I can comfortably one hand it. I get mad compliments on it at the field.
A-5's are good guns. Get an x-7 style hopper for it, so you can see down the barrel easier. After that, there's plenty you can do with them. I think a lot of people avoid the Tippmanns just because you do see them so often as rentals and they want to stand apart from the new players. However, the reason you see Tippmanns so often as rental guns is that they are strong enough to handle that kind of abuse and still work well.
I have had the 98 Custom for 6 years. Haven't played for the whole 6 years, but the thing has taken a beating and still works like the brand new tippmann 98 my girlfriend just got. Just clean it and lube it every few games and you will never have a problem. This thing is rugged! I have seen other people have so many problems with their marker EVERY DAY they play, I have never had a problem with mine. thumup:
that's a valid point, but you're still paying for a hopper that can only be used on a single marker. Plus if given the chance, I'd gladly use a nice, forcefed hopper with any marker over a gravity fed agitated loader.
Also the A-5 is highly overpriced for the onyl addition over the 98c being the cyclone hopper.