The Tippmann family, headed by Dennis Tippmann Snr, originally manufactured collectible, half-scale replica machine guns. However, a change in gun laws led to entry into the paintball market in 1986; forming the Tippmann Pneumatics Incorporated company.
In 1986, Dennis Tippmann Snr. came in to the paintball industry and took the paintball world by storm. In the world of all pump paintball guns, Dennis brought out a fully automatic called the SMG-60.
Since those beginning days, Tippmann Sports has pushed the boundaries to become the world best paintball gun by following a simple mantra. Durability, affordability, and reliability. Now, you cannot go to a paintball field without seeing Tippmann's everywhere. And there is a reason for that, they are amongst best.
Since the beginning with the SMG-60, world's first fully automatic paintball gun, Tippmann has brought out hit after hit. The biggest change came out in 1998, called the Tippmann Model 98 custom. The 98 custom revolutionized paintball and revolutionized Tippmann. Most of the Tippmann paintball guns you see today are based on this simple, yet durable and reliable platform. From the 98 custom Platinum Series to the most upgradable paintball gun ever, the X7. The internals of the 98 custom have served millions of people worldwide including the US Army. Recently, they have even brought out different technology in paintball guns such as the TiPX pistol and the X7 Phenom. The TiPX is quickly becoming the pistol of choice around the world, while the X7 Phenom offers the same as at X7, but with an all new engine on the inside that will surprise you.
Current paintball markers
The Crossover is one of Tippmanns newest paintball markers. Debuting in 2012, the Crossover is aimed at both Speedball and Recreational play. The Crossover utilizes the latest version of the FlexValve, allowing it to fire in both Electronic and Mechanical modes. Other advancements and features include integrated break beam anti-chop eyes, low pressure operation under 300 PSI allowing users to use LPA tanks and a magnetic hall effect trigger. The upper body is a solid-machined piece of aluminum, and has a centered adjusting feedneck to allow use of any hopper. Being a hybrid marker, the Crossover is better suited for Speedball play right out of the box. Since it is a hybrid marker, the Crossover board comes with pre-installed tournament modes for speedball play. The Crossover has multiple adjustable firing modes, including standard semi-auto, auto-response, 3-shot burst, PSP, NPPL and Millennium modes. It also has a bottom regulator with the ability to convert to a front regulator so players can easily run their own regulator. Since it has a bottom regulator, the Crossover utilizes an internal gasline to keep the marker cleaner looking on the outside.
98 Custom Platinum
The Tippmann 98 Custom has undergone many body and internal changes, but has remained almost the same over the years. Tippmanns most recent 98 model, the 98 Custom Platinum, has many of Tippmanns most recent technology changes while keeping the 98 Custom a very reliable, basic and upgradeable marker. The 98 Custom utilizes the "clamshell" body design with a split receiver for even easier access to the internals. The powertube and valve were also redesigned with a self-sealing/ locking gasline to allow easier removal. The marker is flat-topped, and unlike earlier 98 Customs, comes pre-grooved to allow the use of all picatinny accessories like sights, scopes and handles right out of the box. The marker features a new finish and a textured vertical foregrip with internal locking pins to provide extra stability. Other advancements include an integrated front sight spring and a solid rear sight, to make service easier. They also started making the stock endcap with a sling mount. ACT (Anti-Chop Technology) is featured in current versions of the 98 Custom, which help prevent the front bolt from chopping a paintball if it was not completely in the firing chamber when the trigger was pulled. Tippmann also produces upgrades for the 98 Custom including the Response Trigger, eGrip and Cyclone feed system. The 98 Custom utilizes a "quick-thread" design that allows for quick and painless installation/ removal, and can take all 98 Custom threaded barrels and Flatline systems.
In appearance the A-5 was modeled after the H&K MP5K but can be modified to look like a number of different real world firearms. It is one of the most customizable markers on the market, with many different cosmetic and performance parts. The Tippmann A5 could easily accept standard ASA expansion chambers and regulators allowing easier performance upgrades, unlike the later X-7. Departing from previous Tippmann bodies, the A-5s hammer is completely enclosed within the clam-shell, using a separate overhead cocking mechanism. The body also incorporates a removable barrel thread adapter, allowing the marker to change it's barrel threads to any major type. The A-5 is a semi-automatic paintball marker. It utilizes an atypical pneumatic loader called the "Cyclone Feed" similar to the Tippmann F/As force feed. This enables the marker to have a higher rate of fire than a gravity feed without the addition of a battery operated loader (at the cost of air efficiency). It uses a larger surface area and a series of rotating arms in a star-shaped pattern. Five balls are held between the paddles as they rotate paintballs into the firing chamber (moving 1/5 of a revolution per trigger pull). Theoretically, this system eliminates chops by positively feeding a paintball into the chamber before each shot. The stock Cyclone is rated for a maximum of 15 balls per second. While higher rates of fire are possible, the stock mechanics are not designed to deal with the stresses this will place on them. This limitation was addressed during the creation of the X-7.
In addition to the stock semi automatic function, the A-5 can be easily upgraded with either the Response Trigger or an electronic trigger (by swapping out the lower grip frame, a feature introduced on the A-5). The response trigger (rt) uses a small pneumatic piston to create automatic fire and runs off excess blow-back gasses. The E-Grip uses a 9-Volt battery, a microswitch, and a solenoid to trip the sear . The A-5 can often be purchased with these upgrades already installed.
The Tippmann X7 Phenom is the second generation of the X7 and one of Tippmanns highest grade markers available. The X7 Phenom uses Tippmanns FlexValve technology, an operating system designed by Tippmann to operate the marker around 300psi. Increasing air effiency and making the X7 Phenom the only stock Tippmann to be able to be run on LPA, it utilizes a spool valve design instead of the traditional blowback to help decrease kick. In addition it allows the internals to be searless, so internal wear is greatly reduced making for easier maintenance. The "FlaxValve" allows the X7 Phenom to operate in mechanical mode on the fly, so the user does not have to worry about batteries dying mid-game. The gas-through type grip also helped remove the external gasline for a cleaner look. The X7 Phenom is 3 inches shorter than its X7 counterpart but still utilizes the same "clamshell" design. It also comes stock with a top picatinny rail allowing the use of sights, scopes and handles, and a handguard with top and bottom picatinny rails. The X7 Phenom can use almost all X7 accessories and still uses the Cyclone feed system. X7 grips cannot work on the X7 Phenom.
The Tippmann TPX is a low-cost, high-performance paintball pistol. 8 or 7 round magazines are inserted into the bottom of the grip like a normal pistol. The pistol features an A5/X7 threaded barrel, making it compatible with all A5/X7 barrels that are 7/8" in outer diameter. The TPX can be powered on both HPA or CO2 by an external source, or can utilize a 12g cartridge that is inserted into a chamber under the barrel. Similar to Tippmanns other markers, the TPX utilizes the "clamshell" design and in place of metal uses a high-impact polymer to help keep down the weight. The Tippmann TiPX is the second generation of the pistol. The second generation mostly included fixes to the valve and regulator, and also combined the both into one solid piece. The Tru-Feed magazine was also introduced to correct misfeeding that the 8 round magazines would occasionally have. Accessories for the pistol include the Remote Line Adapter kit, which allows users to use an external continuous air source like HPA or CO2. Tippmanns Hammerhead barrels will also fit, and they sell leg holsters and spare magazines compatible with the pistol.
Bravo One is a blowback design similar to the 98 Custom using "clamshell" body halves molded to resemble the M16. To date, there are 4 different versions of the Bravo One currently being sold by Tippmann. The "Basic" version is simply the Bravo One with nothing else but the barrel. The "Tactical" version comes with a molded plastic M16 styled handguard, barrel and a 6-position collapsible stock. The "Tactical PowerPack" comes with all of the Tactical aesthetic upgrades plus a 9oz CO2 tank, a 200 round gravity hopper and the TP420 goggle system. The "Tactical + eGrip" comes with everything the Tactical version does but with the added eGrip internals to allow for burst fire and full-auto shooting. Tippmann also produces upgrades for the Bravo One including the eGrip and Cyclone feed system. The Bravo One utilizes the same "quick-thread" design that the 98 Custom uses so 98 Custom Flatline and barrel upgrades can be used.
Sierra One is a blowback design similar to the 98 Custom using "clamshell" body halves molded to resemble the AR-15. To date, there is only 1 version of the Sierra One being sold by Tippmann. The Sierra One comes with an AR-15 styled handguard with 4 picatinny rails. It also comes with a 6-position collapsible stock that also folds to the right of the marker. The entire top of the marker is flat-topped and is also grooved to work as a picatinny rail, allowing the use of sights and scopes and also handles. Tippmann also produces upgrades for the Sierra One such as the eGrip and Cyclone feed system. The Sierra One utilizes the same "quick-thread" design that the 98 Custom uses so 98 Custom Flatline and barrel upgrades can be used.
Tango One is a blowback design similar to the 98 Custom using "clamshell" body halves molded to resemble the M4. It also has three small picatinny rails torward the front to allow the use of flashlights, foregrips and bipods, as well as a picatinny rail along the top to allow the use of sights, scopes and handles. To date, there are 3 versions of the Tango One being sold by Tippmann. The "basic" version comes with only the Tango One.
Tippmann Firing Modes
• SingleShot: Each pull of the trigger will fire one shot but you must manually pump the gun between every trigger pull to re-cock the gun.
• Semi-Automatic: Each pull and release of the trigger will fire one shot.
• 3 Shot Ramping: After 3 consecutive semi-auto trigger pulls, each trigger pull will then fire 3 shots each as long as the trigger continues to be pulled at least 5 times per second (2005 PSP Rules).
• Auto Response: Fires one shot on the pull AND the release of the trigger. If the trigger is HELD for more than 1/4 of a second then no shot will be fired on the release.
• Turbo: Fires one shot for each pull of the trigger until the time between trigger puls is less than 1/4 of a second at which point it will fire on each trigger pull AND trigger release.
• 3 Shot Full Auto: After 3 consecutive trigger pulls the trigger can be held for full auto firing. (2005 NXL Rules)
• Basic: Mechanically trigger, semi-auto only.
• Response Trigger: Air assisted mechanical trigger, fires in a burst style.
• E-Grip: Electronic micro switch trigger, has programmable firing modes.
• H.E. E-Grip: Hall Effect Magnetically activated trigger, has programmable firing modes.
Response Trigger System
The Response Trigger System is a firing system available for current production Tippmann paintball guns. The system uses a series of parts that are added to the gun to greatly increase firing rate for the marker. The system uses excess carbon dioxide or compressed air from the firing process to reset the trigger and sear with a pneumatic cylinder. The cylinder can reset the trigger with only moderate pressure. When this happens, the pressure of the finger immediately pulls the trigger back again, firing another shot. If the operator utilizes the correct amount of pressure on the trigger, a "bouncing" effect occurs, resulting in fully automatic like fire for the duration of the time that the operator can maintain that amount of pressure (commonly known as the "sweet spot"). As such, its use has been restricted to single-shot operation at some commercial paintball fields while banned completely at others.
The Response Trigger System is available on the 98 Custom, Custom Pro, A-5, and X-7 markers. It can also be installed in the Model 98 with modification (tapping the powertube and allowing space in the grip for the cylinder).
The E-Trigger is an electronic means of firing the marker. Utilizing battery operated components, the E-Trigger replaces the trigger function, to where the trigger simply closes a micro switch. The switch sends a signal to a small circuit board, activating a solenoid. The solenoid uses a push rod to actuate the sear in this system. The board has multiple firing modes, allowing semi-automatic, burst, automatic and other modes. A few models of boards are available from different manufacturers, with different features, but the same dimensions to fit into the guides in the grip.
The term E-Trigger is usually applied to the system in the 98 Custom and Alpha Black, while the term E-Grip is applied to the A-5 and X-7 markers, because they use a removable grip frame that contains all the electronics.
• Direct: Balls feed directly into the breech, with no assistance
• Cyclone: Balls are "forced" into the breech by the paddles inside the cyclone feed. This system uses extra air from the shot cycle to turn the paddles.
• Cyclone Capable: Is able to accept the cyclone feed system as an upgrade.
• Magazine: Balls are pushed into the breech by spring tension.
Cyclone Feed System
Much like the Response Trigger System, the Cyclone Feed System uses the excess gas from firing the marker to cycle a feeding mechanism providing up to 15 b.p.s. (Some have tested the unit at 20+ Balls Per Second with some commercially available modifications). In comparison with conventional hoppers, the Cyclone has a much wider mouth, holding multiple paintballs in the feeding mechanism even without a hopper.
As a shot is fired, excess (normally waste) gas from the shot is scavenged through the side of the marker via a banjo fitting (a T-type fitting is required for use with the response trigger system). The gas is utilized to rotate the cyclone as the marker re-cocks, force feeding a paintball into the chamber. The Cyclone Feed System comes standard on the Tippmann A-5 and an enhanced version comes on the X-7. Tippmann offers Cyclone upgrades for 98 Custom and Custom Pro users. The advent of the Cyclone Feed System marks the first widely used, non-electronic, agitated hopper. The lack of electronics means the user can expose the system to moisture (rain, snow, etc.) which would interfere with or destroy other mechanical systems.
• Mechanical Trigger: A system of springs and levers (sear) with a weighted trigger pull.
• Air Assisted Mechanical Trigger: A system of springs and levers with a weighted trigger pull and includes an air powered piston that helps to reset the trigger to its start point faster.
• Electronic Micro switch: The trigger pushes a micro switch. The micro switch activates an electronic circuit board, which then cycles the sear action.
• Magnetically Activated Trigger: A magnet in the trigger passes by a sensor. The sensor activates an electronic circuit board, which then cycles the sear action.
• Hybrid (Mechanical or Magnetically Activated) Trigger: This trigger activation is set by the safety/mode selector switch. In semi-auto mode, the trigger acts as a M Mechanical Trigger. In other firing modes, the trigger acts as a Magnetically Activated Trigger.
Valve Activation Mechanisms
• Mechanical Sear: The sear is mechanically moved and releases the spring loaded rear bolt. The rear bolt moves forward and opens the valve.
• Solenoid Controlled Sear: An electronic board energizes a solenoid, which moves and is linked to the sear. The sear releases the spring loaded rear bolt. The rear b bolt moves forward and opens the valve..
• Actuator Pin: A pin or piston is used to open or close air flow to the valve and bolt.
• Mil-Sim: Body incorporates weaver rails to mount accessories. Can sometimes include, or have the option to add, shoulder stocks and barrel shrouds.
• Sport: Smaller and lighter weight
• Pump: Has a pump handle and requires a pump action between shots
• Pistol: Compact internals and barrel. Body holds paint and gas supply.
• Dovetail: Original style rails. 3/8 inch wide. Mounts have slide adjustability and have no place locking feature.
• Picatiny: New style rails. Current military specs. 7/8 inch wide. Grooved so mounts lock into place and won't slide.
• Blow Forward: Air pressure is used to move the bolt forward. Spring pressure is used to move the bolt back.
• Dump Valve: During the firing cycle, once the bolt has moved forward past a certain point, the stored firing pressure is released, or dumped, and the ball is pushed d down the barrel.
• Inline Blow Back: The bolt, valve and hammer are in a horizontal design. Air pressure from the valve opening is used to return the hammer to the cocked position.
• Poppet Valve: A spring holds a seal and seat closed. A hammer is used to open.the seal.
• Self Contained Poppet Valve: A spring, seal, seat, and other orings are all contained in an internal body.
Flatline Barrel System
The Flatline barrel is the first curved paintball barrel. The slight bend or arch, in addition to a roughly honed surface texture in the barrel, creates backspin on the ball which increases its range to upwards of 250+ feet (100 ft over a standard barrel) and creates a flat trajectory. With a regular paintball barrel, a player will often have to raise the angle at which he/she is shooting in order to reach the opposing player. The accuracy of this barrel system is dependent on more factors than a standard barrel. With backspin being put on the paintball, inconsistency in the shape of a paintball will create unusual trajectories. Another disadvantage is its tendency to break thin shelled paintballs more easily. However, this can be remedied by avoiding the use of low-grade paintballs.
The Flatline barrel shroud, on the 98 Custom, looks somewhat like that of a rifle and allows one to hold it as such. The 98 Custom Flatline shroud can be removed but is necessary to hide the unusual shape of the barrel. The standard shroud for the 98custom flatline system is made of dense plastic and comes as part of the system. The 98 Custom Flatline must be re-adjusted for accuracy whenever it is removed and reinstalled. Therefore it's a good idea to "mark" where the barrel is aligned for reinstallment. Also the flatline barrel curves above the markers normal sight system, which is replaced by the sight system integrated with the barrel shroud. The A-5 Flatline, which resembles a large suppressor (though it does not operate as one), only extends the length of the barrel, so the normal sight rail system is not changed. The A-5 Flatline system can be removed and installed to the same position, making it unnecessary to adjust unlike its predecessor the 98 Custom. Also the barrel system does not have any porting and is therefore louder than a typical paintball barrel.
It is also important to keep the marker adjusted to no more than 300 ft/s (91 m/s), 275 fps being the most effective velocity, for higher velocities cause paintballs to curve upwards before reaching its maximum distance, which in turn decreases the barrel's normally high effective range. Tilting the barrel to the left or right will also cause the trajectory to be altered in that direction.
The new Platinum Series flatline barrel is threaded and goes on like any other barrel. It also has a picatinny rail, where you can mount accessories that attach onto a rail system.
Regardless of what you chose, here at BLADES AND TRIGGERS we are here for you. We take great pride in the training of our staff to be up to date with the newest Tippmann products along with the accessories and upgrades.
So get your Tippmann paintball marker today.