TIPPMANN INTRODUCES NEXT-GENERATION 98 CUSTOM MARKER

02/01/2008

Tippmann Sports is proud to announce that the company's legendary 98 Custom

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - Tippmann Sports is proud to announce that the company's legendary 98 Custom has been significantly enhanced with several new features. Tippmann's new 98 Custom Platinum Series is a next-generation paintball marker that combines everything players have long respected about the original 98 with eight exciting new features - all added to make the marker easier to upgrade, modify and maintain. The most significant change is a new Split Receiver Design, which provides easier access to internal components for simplified installation of accessories and upgrades such as electronics, stocks, magazines and other modifications.

"We're really excited about the 98 Custom Platinum Series," said Denny Tippmann, Jr., Senior Vice President of Research and Development. "When designing this marker, we needed to be careful to maintain the integrity of the original 98 while incorporating some pretty significant enhancements - and we've accomplished just that. In fact, many of the changes incorporated came from longtime 98 users who had some great suggestions."

In addition to the Split Receiver Design, other new features incorporated into the 98 Custom Platinum Series, include:
An Easy-to-Remove Power Tube Design with self-sealing/locking gas line, which makes cleaning and maintaining the marker quick and easy;
Full Depth Pockets for ASA, which eliminates the need to loosen the ASA bolts when disassembling the marker;
Secure Front Sight Spring and Trigger Pins, which makes the marker easier to service and reassemble;
New Barrel Porting and a Matte Finish, which improves marker air efficiency and reduces reflective glare;
Picatinny Rails, which makes adding a carry handle, scopes and other accessories a snap;
Redesigned, Vertical Front Grip, which offers improved stability and added texture for a more secure feel;
Redesigning Sling Mount End Cap, which allows players to easily attach a variety of different sling styles.

In conjunction with the launch of the 98 Custom Platinum Series, Tippmann is also introducing a new Quick Thread Flatline Barrel, which attaches as easily as any other barrel to save players significant time and effort.

"Initial response to the new 98 has been extremely positive," Tippmann added. "We expect the 98 Platinum Series to appeal to a broad range of players - from newer players who seek out durability and ease-of-use to more seasoned players who really respect the 98's proven performance and reliability."

All of the new Platinum Series enhancements will be incorporated into Tippmann's complete lineup of 98 markers - including the 98 Custom Pro, 98 Custom Tactical Edition and Ultra Basic models - beginning February 2008. Tippmann will also be rolling out a durable new rental marker, which offers the same features found in the new 98 Custom Platinum Series with the exception of the Picatinny Rail and the Sling Mount End Cap.

For additional details about the 98 Custom Platinum Series, please call Tippmann Sports at 1-800-533-4831. More specific product information and retail availability is also available on the company's website, located at tippmann.com.

For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports' complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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