by Anonymous on November 29, 2012
The ABT, is Great, right off the bat you will notice the rugged, Military look, and from opening it you notice that good 0l' Tippmann Quality.
This, in essence is a 98 Custom, this is good and bad for a few reasons, good because of the quality and bad because of some awkward maintenance hassles.
Very simple and easy to maintain
Included tool kit
Heavier than most guns
Complete disassembly is time consuming
My Review - US Army Alhpa Black Tactical
Internally, the Alpha Black Tactical is the same as the original Alpha Black. Externally, it comes with an M-16 style shroud over the barrel and a 6-point adjustable stock which is perfectly setup for adding an aftermarket sling.
The Alpha Black Tactical is designed to resemble an M-16 with a 45 degree pistol grip, front magazine (which holds a basic tool kit) and a top-mounted carry handle. It has an inline, blowback design which is reminiscent of the Tippmann 98, which seems right since Tippmann designed and builds the Alpha Black. The gun comes with a quick release feed tube to allow for quick cleaning of the chamber and comes with a stock 11" barrel. The entire gun is very solidly built but is heavier than most other guns.
Performance and Reliability:
The Alpha Black Tactical is a very simple gun and internally resembles the proven Tippmann 98 with a very straightforward inline bolt. While this design has a limited rate of fire, it is also very reliable and it will easily fire as fast as you can pull the trigger. The gun has above average accuracy and will fire on either CO2 or compressed air. The gun doesn't have an anti-chop system but it does an excellent job of not breaking paint in the chamber or the barrel.
While the Alpha Black Tactical doesn't come with quite as many upgrades as the Tippmann 98 or A-5, it still can be upgraded with certain aftermarket upgrades such as an e-grip, slings, sights and scopes.
The Bottom Line:
The US Army Alpha Black Tactical is a pre-upgraded version of the Alpha black that will appeal to the scenario or MilSim player. While it doesn't offer much in the way of performance upgrades, it is cosmetically and ergonomically superior to its little brother.
All in all the Alpha Black tactical is a superb gun, not only for its price point, but also for its quality, I expect to play with this much more now, hopefully in the future, more adds and mods will be released, and more people can be lured into the awesomeness of woodsball with this great gun.
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