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Tippmann is one of the biggest players in paintball equipment. We compare two of their most popular markers, the Tippman A5 vs 98 – which is best for you?

The A5 is based on the 98’s internals, so in many ways they are the same gun. However, there are differences – read on to find out more!

Tippmann A5 vs 98 – Specifications

Tippmann A5Tippmann 98
Tippmann A5 Paintball Marker
Tippmann 98 Paintball Marker
Marker Type MechanicalMechanical
Caliber 0.680.68
Operation Open Bolt Blow BackSemi-Automatic (Open bolt blow-back)
Operating Pressure 800 psi800 psi
Co2 or HPA CO2 and HPA CompatibleCO2 and HPA Compatible
Barrel Thread A5/X798 Custom
Barrel Length 8.5 inches / 8 inches8.5 inches
Feed Neck Thread Marker Specific98 Custom
Weight 3.2lbs2.9 lbs
Length19 inches19.63 inches
BPS 9+9+
Gas LineIn-line gas system (internal)In-line gas system (internal)
Shooting Speed280 fps280 fps
PropellantCO2 or HPACO2 / HPA / NO2
Warranty2 Years2 Years
CostCheck Price
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Tippmann A5 vs 98 – Similarities

The Tippmann A5 and 98 are both mechanical markers

  • Mechanical markers are the most common type of paintball gun at the entry-level. Aside from that, it is easy to maintain while being affordable that is why most users are drawn to this type of marker.

Both markers have the same caliber size

  • Both the Tippmann A5 and 98 are 0.68-caliber markers.

Both markers operate with the same mechanism

  • The Tippmann A5 and 98 both have “open bolt blowback” mechanism operation.
    • “Open Bolt” refers to the position of the gun’s bolt (hammer) when the gun is ready to fire.
    • “Blowback” means the CO2 or HPA propellant “blows” the bolt back into place, to reset if for the next shot, as well as propelling the paintball forward through the barrel.
  • Open Bolt Blowback is a common, less-complex method of firing paintball markers

Both markers have the same operating pressure

  • Both the Tippmann A5 and 98 are robust markers, with an operating pressure of 800 psi.

Both markers are compatible with CO2 and HPA

  • The Tippmann A5 and 98 are safe to use with either CO2 or HPA. This offers a flexible option for paintballers, and allows you to use whatever option is available on site.

These markers have the same barrel length

  • The Tippmann A5 and 98 have a standard barrel length of 8.5 inches, offering an effective range of at least 150ft. Both are easily customizable, with a range of different barrels available.

Both markers have the same BPS

  • Both the Tippmann A5 and 98 can shoot up to 9+ BPS.

Both have the same gas line system

  • Both Tippmann A5 and 98 have an internal gas line system making the markers easier to use.

These markers have the same shooting speed

  • Both markers have the same shooting speed of 280 FPS – a standard shooting speed for paintball markers that are considered accurate and safe.

Both markers can work with the same propellant

  • As mentioned above, both the Tippmann A5 and 98 are compatible with CO2 and HPA (some markers are not compatible with CO2)

The Tippmann A5 and 98 have the same warranty

  • Both markers offer a 2-year warranty.

Tippmann A5 vs 98 – Differences

The markers both have different barrel threads

  • The Tippmann A5 has an A5/X7 barrel thread, known for compatibility with a wide range of barrels. The 98 is 98 custom utilizing a “quick-release thread” design allowing for quick and painless removal and installation.

Both markers differ with their feed neck thread

  • The Tippmann A5 operates with a marker-specific feed neck thread while the 98 is 98 custom with a clam style feed neck for quick removal and installation of the hopper.

These markers differ in weight

  • The Tippmann A5 is heavier at 3.2lbs, while the 98 is slightly lighter at 2.9lbs.

Though slightly is just longer than the other, the markers both differ in marker length

  • The Tippmann A5 is 19 inches long, while the 98 is slightly longer at 19.63 inches.


Both the Tippmann A5 and 98 are incredible markers that are loved by new users and veterans alike. Both are durable and natural to use and fantastic looking. Though there are slight differences between the markers, both are easy to use, suitable for players of all abilities.