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TIPPMANN Cronus PowerPack Paintball Gun
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- Includes 9oz CO2 tank, Valor Goggle & 200 round loader
- High-impact composite body
- Internal gas line
- Vertical Grip
- Front and rear fixed sights
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The new Tippmann Cronus PowerPack combines high performance with incredible durability in a milsim body. The Cronus features our reliable in-line bolt system in a high-impact composite body with soft over molded rubber grips. This marker is easily modified & features four picatinny rails to mount an assortment of accessories.
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Anyway, the short summary is that while this is a *great* gun and I love it and you can't go wrong as a beginner, there are still other, much cheaper options to consider before you buy this.
See, the only reason I purchased new was because a friend had given me a generous Amazon giftcard, so I was going to get my marker via Amazon and treat myself in the process. If I didn't have that I would have easily purchased used.
I'm serious: Craigslist is the number one place to go if you are getting started. People will sell **ENTIRE LOADOUTS** for like $70! (By loadout I mean mask-gun-airtank; everything you use in a game) Paintball guns are generally pretty sturdy; most of my friends got their equipment used and have zero complaints. My bother got a gun with an electric loader plus mask and tank for about $100. The guy I was looking at had more for 70. Seriously, go Craigslist.
If you can't for whatever reason, discountpaintball.com has refurbished sets and tanks you can look at, also for pretty cheap (the spyder package was like 65 if I recall). I've never purchased there but "refurbished" meant "cosmetic scratches" to them so I doubt there's reason to steer clear.
But if you really want to buy new, JT has a ready to play kit for 70ish. I don't know it that gun only takes disposable air (if it does do yourself a favor and get a gun that take NORMAL tanks. Trust me. You'll thank me later). And again, The Spyder Victor package is great too: one friend of mine has that and it's a nice gun; and it's only $95 on Amazon.
So why did I pick this one over the Spyder Victor?
Well, for starters the gun has a forward grip. That's a little nicer, although you're perfectly fine without it; it wasn't uncomfortable when I held my friend's Victor. The real reason I chose it was that the mask was a better quality mask than the one in the Spyder Victor one. That same friend does complain about his mask fogging up although that doesn't bother him so much; me, I had zero problems with this mask. And I wear glasses *and* live in the fairly humid climate of South Jersey. The advantage that the Victor gives you over this is that it has the double trigger, which allows you to throw more paint down than a regular, single trigger. I could still blast a lot of paint off with the single trigger but it might be a consideration if you play speedball (paintball with inflatable barriers) more, which I've never played. The Victor also has its airline on the outside of the gun, which is useful if you want to install a "fall forward" attachment so the balancing of your gun to your aircan doesn't get off (again, not a major problem for me since I kept the gun against my body the whole time).
To review the gun itself: The Tippmann Cronus is WONDERFUL! I LOVE the rubber molded grip! It's so comfortable that I can't believe how much of a sheer pleasure it is just to hold and carry it around the house. I love the cool military look and the rubber / hard plastic build. Plus I hear that this is basically the Tippmann 98 Custom on the inside, which is practically indestructible and incredibly easy to maintain. I can tell this gun will last a long time, and my more knowledgeable friends says I will rarely have to clean it. WOOHOO! I had a ton of fun with it last time; few things can beat the thrill of blasting away without a care to ammo or CO2. I don't regret buying this in the least.
.... at least I didn't until I discovered that Walmart was selling it AND the Spyder Victor on sale for $79. /facepalm.
So seriously: CHECK WALMART.
One final point: if you are considering getting a pump-action gun like the JT Raptor, I really recommend you bite the bullet and get a semi-automatic. You will be toast if everyone else has them except you, and you'll toast everyone else vica verca >:)
Good luck. Your in for an occasionally painful but enormously fun sport.
I used most of this equipment during one day only. about 6 games I think.
IT IS EVERYTHING I EXPECTED AND MORE!
THE TANK: although I decided to buy a ca tank, I ll be keeping this around. I didn't get to use it but it filled up without issues.
THE MASK: it took four intense games and a lot of running to get it to fog up (a bit, and it was humid), a little anti fog spray and it got all better.
THE MARKER:OK here we go!.
its basically a 98 custom with a modern approach. picatiny rails and all, I guess being able to use a cyclone feed on a fully tac'd up marker for only 109 bucks would be too much to ask for right?
it shoots straight reliably enough for a gravity fed hopper.
its not too heavy without the tank.
the sights are just decorative.
I love the picatiny rails. I'm considering tattooing one on my... never mind.
I put a reflex sight on this baby and it was so much better than the rentals. for the price... definitely worth it for the casual player.