There are lots of paintball guns that boast about their long barrels and bulky designs. The Tippmann TiPX, however, doesn’t look like any of them. Why? It’s a military-style pistol. While a lot of people will be used to having the conventional paintball gun, the Tippmann TiPX will show you that a pistol is just as good. It might even be more exciting to use.
A pistol for paintball is not everyone’s cup of tea; that’s the sad reality. But if you’re one of those players who want to expand their talent in paintball, then having the Tippmann TiPX is worth trying. You’ll never know when you’ll perform better with it. What are you waiting for? Read on to get to know more about the Tippmann TiPX and its pistol design.
- True military-style paintball pistol in a compact, lightweight design
- The under barrel 12 gram CO2 air system is easy to load
- Trigger punctures CO2 on the first pull
- Two .68 Caliber 7-ball True-Feed magazines included
- Efficient spool valve system maximizes air efficiency and minimizes kick
Ayone who has ever played paintball will be familiar with Tippmann. They’re that famous. They started in the 1980s and ever since, they have kept churning out high-performing paintball guns. The difference between Tippmann and other brands with the same caliber is that the former is a lot more affordable even with high-tech features.
Tippmann markers range from entry-level to professional guns. They also manufacture paintball equipment. This isn’t surprising since the huge following of Tippmann is always interested in what Tippmann has to offer. No wonder the company has stayed strong for the past decades.
But did you know that Tippmann is no longer owned by the Tippmann family? There has been a change in management in the latter part of the ‘80s; however, the management has decided to keep the name due to the strong branding it has made in the paintball community.
A Quick Overview of the Tippmann TiPX
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Features of the Tippmann TiPX
What are the features of the TiPX? Here are some of its most noteworthy improvements and capabilities that make it a must-have pistol for your first paintball game.
The military-style design is more than just an aesthetic. Sure, Tippmann wants to have a change of design for every one or two models but the company’s reasons for the Tippmann TiPX’s design is bigger than that. For one thing, it looks and feels like a real pistol, so you can’t call it a toy gun. People in the paintball industry take this pistol seriously because they know that it’s as good as it looks.
The military-style design of the Tippmann TiPX is meant to improve both durability and weight. Because of its compact design, it only weighs less than 2 pounds. This is so much lighter than its competitors. Moreover, the design allows beginners to look like seasoned players because the Tippmann TiPX looks serious and robust.
CO2 and HPA-compatible
The Tippmann TiPX is capable of both CO2 and compressed air (HPA). As a beginner, you won’t immediately know what your preference is, so the ability to choose is a great advantage to you. Not all paintball guns are capable of using both CO2 and HPA so it’s a great improvement for the Tippmann TiPX to have this feature.
Picture this: you’re in the middle of the game and you were about to take a shot except the trigger didn’t respond in time so by the time it responded to your touch, you already changed the direction of the gun. Not only did you miss your shot but you also gave away your position. What a nightmare, right?
Lucky for you, Tippmann found a way to prevent horror stories like this. Unlike other triggers that are made of metal or nylon, the Tippmann TiPX uses an aluminum trigger. This material makes it easy for you to press it while ensuring that it’s durable enough not to break even when you press it repeatedly.
Blow Forward System
The Tippmann TiPX uses a blow forward system that reduces both kickback and recoil. As you probably know by now, it’s better to have a less noticeable kickback and recoil because this allows you to fire consecutive shots more accurately and consistently.
This is also the main reason why the Tippmann TiPX is known to be fairly accurate. For an entry-level pistol, this gun allows you to shoot right at your opponent even if you’re not the best at aiming. You can further improve your aim by changing the barrel (the stock barrel included here is only 8 inches long).
Want to customize your marker in the future? The Tippmann TiPX has your back. This paintball gun comes with additional Picatinny rails to help you modify it in the long run. The great thing about the Tippmann TiPX is that isn’t just for beginners. If you learn how to modify and tweak your gun, then you’ll find that it’s more than capable of being an intermediate marker.
Moreover, the TiPX, being a Tippmann marker has a lot of accessories compatible with it. The only problem is that you’ll struggle to look for a holster that will fit since the width of the gun is wider than a standard pistol. Tippmann advises that you look for accessories from their online store.
Pros and Cons of the Tippmann TiPX
Curious to know if you’ll get more advantages over disadvantages with the Tippmann TiPX? This next section tells you if it’s really worth the buy.
- Easy to use even by beginners
People would think that they’ll have a hard time getting used to a pistol because rifles are the more common guns used. However, the Tippmann TiPX is so beginner-friendly that you’ll be able to play with it in less than an hour. In other words, you don’t need to spend one whole afternoon to learn it. Just spend an hour with it and you’ll be ready to play.
- Gives you the military feel
Some people prefer to have a nice-looking gun so that it’s easier for them to get into the game. If you’re like that, then you’ll love the Tippmann TiPX. Its military design will help you ease into “paintball mode”. It will make you feel like you’re in an action movie ready to beat the opponent.
Everything about the Tippmann TiPX is durable. From its high-impact polymer body to the aluminum trigger, you can rely on this gun to last for a long time. In fact, Tippmann is known for making high-quality markers and most of its units last for at least three years. If you take good care of the Tippmann TiPX, it will most likely work well even when you become an intermediate paintball player.
- Allows for easy customization
One of the best things about the Tippmann TiPX is that it’s great for customization. It has Picatinny rails that will allow you to add more accessories and attachments that can improve your overall performance. You can attach flashlights, foregrips, and other things that you think are helpful.
The Tippmann TiPX only weighs less than 2 pounds. Now that is lightweight! Even if you’re used to carrying heavy paintball guns, it’s still an advantage to have a lightweight marker with you. Sometimes, paintball games can be a drag especially if it takes too long for a team to win. If you have a light gun with you, then your arm wouldn’t be as tired as it would usually be.
- Comes with a 2-year warranty
Last but not least is the warranty. Tippmann is known for giving 2-year warranties on all of its paintball guns. To give you an idea, almost all manufacturers only give a 1-year warranty. With the Tippmann TiPX, you don’t have to be worried about having to pay so much for a repair or replacement. If the damage is covered by the warranty even after the first year, then you can save a lot!
- Limited holsters and magazines available
Even if the Tippmann TiPX is designed like any other military-style pistol, you will still have a problem looking for holsters that would fit this marker. The same goes for its magazines. It’s hard to find the right holster and magazine that would fit it, especially when there are few choices available at your local paintball store. You have to go online and look for the parts that are known to fit the Tippmann TiPX which can be a little inconvenient.
- The magazine holds few paintballs
This comes as no surprise since magazines don’t really hold a lot of paintballs compared to a hopper. However, TiPX’s magazine not only holds few paintballs but also easily gets damaged. If there is one part of this paintball gun that isn’t working like a Tippmann part, then that would be the magazine. This is probably the weakest link of the Tippmann TiPX.
- Not compatible with First Strike paintballs
One thing that the Tippmann TiPX can improve on is by adding a First Strike compatibility feature. In all honesty, the Tippmann TiPX already has enough features, but it would be a truly all-around marker if it was able to use First Strike paintballs.
- Uses a lot of gas
Unfortunately, the Tippmann TiPX is not efficient. Ironic isn’t it? As a Tippmann marker, you would expect this to work well even if it’s an entry-level model. However, the Tippmann TiPX uses a lot of gas so it’s best that you always bring a spare tank with you.
How Does the Tippmann TiPX Compare with Other Paintball Markers?
The Tippmann TiPX is definitely a good paintball gun. It’s even one of the best in terms of the pistol kind of marker. Tippmann does a really great job at making reliable and durable markers so if you’re worried about its longevity, you can now let go of that worry. Tippmann is a brand that you can always trust.
In terms of being an entry-level marker, the Tippmann TiPX is as good as it says it is. Beginners won’t be having trouble with it. This gun is also relatively easy to use and maintain, unlike other competitor models. The TiPX is simple so you won’t have a hard time understanding how to make it work. It also has fewer parts so it’s definitely easier to maintain.
However, it’s not the most efficient gun. There are other brands and even other Tippmann models that are a lot more efficient in terms of gas usage. The same can be said about the magazine; there are others that have a better and higher-quality magazine. If these parts are your priority, then the Tippmann TiPX will have to take a step back.
Verdict - Final Thoughts!
The Tippmann TiPX is a great pistol for those who want to play MagFed games. It’s an affordable choice so if you’re just testing the waters for MagFed games or paintball in general, then this gun is a good initial investment. Besides, even if it’s affordable, it’s pretty accurate and reliable, save for its gas usage. Overall, this pistol can help you set your foot in the paintball arena. The military-style design makes sure that you at least feel the whole experience of paintball.