Paintball is an incredibly fun activity, but it’s only fun if you use high quality equipment. The last thing you want to be doing is dealing with a paintball mask that repeatedly fogs up or a paintball gun that keeps jamming on you or clogging up with paint. This holds true regardless of whether you are new to the sport or have many years of experience under your belt.
Contrary to what many people think, you don’t have to spend a boatload of money on a high quality paintball gun. Tippmann is an example of a company who produces popular and high quality paintball guns at relatively moderate prices. The Tippman Gryphon is no exception.
But what makes this a quality paintball gun that is worth your serious consideration? Let’s find out.
Just by first glance on the outside, there’s no denying that the Tippman Gryphon is a very sleek looking paintball gun. As far as features of the Gryphon are considered, the actual gun is constructed out of a high quality composite material. The hopper is placed in a vertical feed system and locks securely into place to ensure it doesn’t move around during a paintball match.
A cocking bolt is located on the side to begin feeding rounds into the chamber after loading in the hopper. The gun is also very suitable for close quarters shooting, because the fore grip is located directly in front of the trigger guard, allowing you to hold the weapon close to your shoulder and to move around with a firm two handed grip in tight spaces.
Unlike many other paintball guns, this sells with safety goggles. Eye protection is an absolute must in any paintball game purely for safety reasons, and while a full mask would be better, goggles are still better than nothing. The goggles that come with the gun are not the cheap kind; this is because they offer you a large field of view and anti-fog technology to ensure that you have a wide and clear view of the battlefield.
Strength and Reliability
Some classify this as a starter paintball gun, and as a result you may suspect that the overall durability and reliability of the gun suffers as a result. But this is simply not true.
As we mentioned earlier, the bulk of the Gryphon is constructed out of a very high quality composite material that alone makes the gun very durable. You can drop this gun onto the ground or in the mud and pick it back up, and it will continue firing perfectly fine (as many torture tests on the Gryphon have found).
Paintball is a game that can involve the players being involved in rough conditions, and that’s why it’s imperative that your gun be able to sustain being put through at least some degree of abuse. The Gryphon is about to sustain that abuse.
While the overall durability and reliability of a paintball gun is important, how it actually shoots is also important. Once the paint starts flying, paintball becomes a very fast paced game that requires you to dodge incoming shots and fire back at quickly moving targets.
The Gryphon itself shoots fine with polite accuracy that you would expect out of a Tippman paintball gun (though a better barrel may even increase the accuracy further), and with a standard speed of 285 FPS (feet per second). You can also expect little to no issues with paint breaking inside of the gun before it leaves the barrel.
The only major factor that could possibly hinder your shooting performance with this gun is it’s somewhat long trigger pull. The pull is a little coarse and heavy when pulling it back, at least more so than several other paintball guns that are available on the market, but the reset is also short so you can squeeze off multiple rounds in a very short amount of time.
Maintaining The Gun
Paintball gun maintenance is critically important if you want to keep your gun in top condition. For a beginner especially, it’s better for a paintball gun to have less moving parts prone to breakage. The Tippman Gryphon not only has a limited number of moving parts, but as has come to be expected with Tippman paintball guns, maintenance of the Gryphon is kept to a minimal. Due to the lesser amount of moving parts in the gun, the only real regular maintenance that needs to be conducted with the gun is running a small oil rag through the barrel (which screws right off of the frame) and without having to take the rest of the gun apart.
Since Tippman is one of the more popular and well known paintball manufacturers, available accessories for the Gryphon on the market are virtually endless with an unlimited number of Co2 canisters and hoppers available, in addition to customization options such as new tactical rails, forward hand guards, barrels, triggers, bolt systems, and grips where you can make it look like a completely different and unique gun.
- Center Feed Design
- Strong Composite Body
- Metal Bolt System
- Reliable Function
- Simple Operation
- Few Moving Parts
- Lots of Available Accessories
- Coarse Trigger Pull
- Factory Barrel Needs Improvement
All in all, the Tippman Gryphon is an excellent paintball gun for beginner and experienced paintball players alike. Tippman has built a strong reputation for themselves over the years and the Gryphon continues that reputation. It only has minimal flaws that can easily be fixed by investing in a superior trigger and barrel.
You will find that the Gryphon is simple to operate, is very durable, offers decent shooting performance, and has a nearly limitless number of accessories available on the market for you to upgrade it any way you want. All in all, it’s a great value for the money and is sure to enhance your next paintball experience.
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