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Tippmann 98 with Flatline, LPR and RT trigger
Initial write up 5-24-06
Purchased November 2001
bought this gun used on ebay when I lived in California. I
was just starting to come across the new 98's with the RT
trigger and Flatline barrel system. I thought they were impressive
and much more reliable than my Mini-cocker I was using at
the time. this gun came with the Flatline barrel and old-school
RT trigger. It also had the back recock system, which sounded
slightly odd the first few times I used it. I soon noticed
the bolt inside was cracked and the recocking system was not
working properly. So much for buying quality equipment from
ebay. Anyway, Tippmann has always treated me well. I gave
them a call and explained my problem of busted bolt and high
amount of paint chops. They said they would ship me the parts
(for free) or I could ship them the gun and they would they
would drop in the new bolt and also correctly align my flatline.
The claimed that the misalignment of the flatline barrel causes
a lot of ball chops in the gun. I figured since it was going
back to Tippy, I would have them install a Low Pressure kit
so I could use nitro.
I have this uber gun that has every known mod for a tippmann
at the time, and then comes the rainy season in California.
I used the gun a few times in Raleigh, but was getting really
jealous of all the new electros on the field. This gun was
soon replaced by my Blue Matrix
in the fall of 2002.
In 2003 my house flooded and most of paintball guns sat in
a puddle for about a week. My
twin mags were ruined, my cocker was full of rust. My phantom
and tracer pumps had rust on the bolts. This gun got the worst
of it. I remember picking it up and water came out of the
barrel. I gassed it up and it still worked. There was that
time in early 2004 I ended up playing with this gun again,
waiting for a new gun to come in and before all the older
ones had the rust removed. This gun performed like a champ.
You can still see the rust on the screws, but it makes to
difference. From this picture you can see the old school adjustable
RT system. You can quickly adjust the sensitivity of the RT,
no tools, just thumb dial it in.
I always brought this gun to the field, just in case all
the others failed. Today it has joined the heap of guns in
my basement. I now have replaced it with a newer Custom 98,
with an e-grip. I missed the flatline at times, but I now
have the Apex barrel that mounts to a Cocker threading for
those fun times when I want to shoot really far.