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Tippmann Cronus Review

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Tippmann is renowned for producing high quality paintball markers (guns) that are durable and reliable, and the Cronus really lives up to the Tippmann name. A close cousin of the 98 Custom, the Tippmann Cronus paintball marker is an excellent marker for beginner to intermediate players.

Tippmann Cronus at a Glance

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  • Extremely rugged and durable
  • Highly Customisable, like most Tippmann markers
  • Ergonomic internal gas line
  • Famed Tippman in-line bolt system

Coming in at 3.7 lbs, the Cronus Tactical paintball gun is a bit heavier than some of the more expensive competitors. However, while the Cronus might be a little heavier than you might prefer, it more than makes up for it with its durability.

The Cronus is essentially an upgraded version of the infamous Custom 98 marker. The 98c is considered to be the most rented paintball gun in the world. Why? Because it was built to take a beating, and so is the Cronus.

Tippmann Cronus Specs

You can buy the Cronus paintball gun on its own or as a part of a bundle on Amazon, but what are you really getting if you choose to buy this hardy marker? Part of the Cronus’s high level of durability is thanks to the high impact composite material that this marker is constructed out of.

Out of the box, this paintball gun comes available in olive/black and tan/black. Tippmann’s tendency to use organic colors means that your marker can blend in with the natural environment easily, making it (and therefore you) less of a target. Like most Tippmann models, the Cronus is usually used to play woodsball. But, with the high level of customizability that the Cronus offers, it can easily be configured for speedball.

With an effective range of up to 150 feet and a maximum BPS of 15 balls per second (when fitted with a cyclone feed), the Cronus is one of the best paintball guns that you choose for beginner to intermediate players.  While it is more than suitable as a first-time paintball marker ‘out of the box’, there are a few upgrades that you might want to consider making as your skills improve.

Customizing the Tippmann Cronus

You can buy the stock-standard Cronus and customize it however you like to get it just right. However, if you would like to get a head start, you can go ahead an order the Cronus Tactical addition. The differences between the Cronus and the Cronus Tactical are largely cosmetic, but the Cronus Tactical paintball gun does come with a detachable foregrip.

Like all Tippmann models, the sky is the limit when it comes to customizing and upgrading your marker. However, after taking the Cronus for a test drive at my local woodsball park, there are certainly a few upgrades that I would recommend you get so that you can get the most out of this paintball marker.

The recoil on the Cronus is not as bad as with the 98 Custom, but it does still have a noticeable kick, especially when executing long-burst fire. Also, the stock 9-inch barrel is only good until up to 75 feet. If you want to make use of the full 150-foot accurate firing distance, then you are going to need a barrel upgrade.

I also fitted a quality stock onto it which really helped with the recoil. Unfortunately, the Cronus cannot be magazine fed, like some of Tippmann’s more high-end models. The foregrip is made out of plastic and does not have any rubber cover, which makes it feel cheap. Since the foregrip is detachable, though, you can always swap it out for a better grip if it bothers you.

The trigger end of the marker is a lot more impressive, thankfully. I was really impressed with the smooth pull you get from the mechanical trigger that the Cronus sports. Here, the grip is much nicer too, as it is covered with molded rubber. This meant that the Cronus felt comfortable to use, even when the weather turned inclement.

As far as attachments are concerned, you should have more than enough room when it comes to the Cronus. With four Picatinny rails, you will have plenty of space to fit a scope, carry handle (which comes already installed with the Cronus Tactical) and still have space for two more attachments. 

So Should You Buy It?

As always, the answer to that question is highly dependent. If you are looking for an affordable, general purpose marker that will serve you well for a long time then you can’t go wrong with the Tippmann Cronus paintball marker.

However, if you are a more advanced player and are looking to take your game to the next level then there are many other markers that can outperform the Cronus- but most of them will cost a lot more than the Cronus. 

When I first started playing paintball, I bought the 98 Custom. However, if I were to put myself in the shoes of a beginner today, I would probably choose the Cronus over the 98c.