Tippmann is a well-known name in paintball markers and equipment. Founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the early 1980’s, not long after the first paintball games were ever played, Tippmann has been constructing paintball equipment for over two decades. From various models of Tippmann guns to multitudes of add-on equipment, Tippmann is a big name in paintball today.
The United States Army, when looking for authentic-looking weaponry for their urban warfare training sites, has chosen Tippmann to create officially licensed United States Army paintball guns. The Carver One has four picatinny rails for custom equipment to be added to the marker (e.g., flashlights, scopes, stabilizers), and it accepted shoulder stocks originally designed for Tippmann’s 98 Custom and official United States Army shoulder stocks as well. The Project Salvo emulates the AR-15 semi-automatic service rifle and uses much of the equipment designed for the 98 Custom series. The Alpha Black—known as the Bravo One in Canada—is the model currently used by soldiers in training, bearing resemblance to the M4A1 fully automatic carbine. The United States Army trains soldiers wielding guns such as the Tippmann Alpha Black to set up defenses, checkpoints, and strikes at urban warfare training sites.
The aforementioned 98 Custom is an upgraded model of the original Model 98 marker, adding the ability to customize it with additional purchases of accessories. Later, the Custom Pro was released with a double trigger and other various improvements.
The Tippmann A-5 (modeled after the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun) contained a unique way of loading paintballs into the firing chamber. Sometimes, if a paintball was not completely in the firing chamber before it fired, it would be “chopped,” leading to paint leaking and jamming. The A-5 had a mechanism that spun around, feeding paintballs sequentially into the chamber. This was deemed the “Cyclone Feed” method of feeding paintballs. This eliminated the need for other third-party automatic feeders. However, the equipment limited how many paintballs could be fed into the chamber in a small amount of time, slowing the firing rate. The Tippmann later released the X-7 that sped up the process, increasing the firing rate from 15 to 20 paintballs per second.
These are just some of the Tippmann guns on the market today. Many others exist, and other manufacturers each have their own series of guns, giving an idea of just how wide and varied the paintball equipment market really is.