Today we’ll review the Tippmann TMC, a 68-caliber magfed paintball marker that is known to be one of the best budget paintball guns on the market. We’ll discuss the build quality, design, pros, cons, and comparisons to other Tippmann guns.
The Tippmann TMC is a magfed version of the Tippmann Cronus and is a favorite for beginners, intermediate paintball fans, and those looking for a mil-sim style experience.
Compared to Cronus, the TMC has many of the same features and reliable internal parts that we expect from Tippman. The TMC allows the shooter to switch between a magazine fed or hopper feeding system to load paintballs into the gun.
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Following in the heels of another successful marker, the Tippmann 98, the Tippmann TMC paintball marker series is made of a combination of durable materials. The body itself is made of aluminum, while the rails, grip, stock, and other accessories are made using a polymer.
The main parts of the marker are made of aluminum. This includes an inline bolt system, inner gears, trigger assembly, and frame, which are all designed to withstand even the hardest user. Tippmann followed best practices when designing this marker.
The combination of materials and stylish lines the designers followed are exceedingly common in real-world applications, including military assault rifles and the civilian variants, ar-15 style carbines. The TMC paintball marker’s build quality enables it to shoot under different weather conditions and maintain its consistency and reliability.
When engaged, mechanical safety provides a reassuring click, putting to rest any concerns about your gun’s safety. One thing that we noted when building our Tippman TMC review is that while the TMC is an assault rifle style, the Tippmann TMC is exclusively semi-automatic rate of fire.
While it may concern some players looking to play the role of a full auto terminator on the paintball field, the semi-auto mode (one paintball per pull of the trigger) is the de-facto standard at recreational paintball parks across the world.
The Tippmann TMC design is similar to the one of the AR-15 real-steel firearm. This paintball marker is designed to be fun and reliable while offering aesthetics and upgrade paths to enhance your “mil-sim” gameplay style. This particular marker is setting the standard for the new class of tactical paintball markers.
The polymer design features a rail system that fits a variety of accessories, including front grips, optics, bi-pods, lasers, and flashlights for those looking to personalize their gun. Additionally, the fact that TMC has no electric parts actually provided a measure of comfort for us.
Should we happen to fall (or crawl) into mud or water, this marker would continue to function without frying a circuit board and ending the game early.
The CO2 tank is built in such a way that it is attached to the bottom of the grip, unlike in the stock. The TMC rubber grip will contour to the lines and shape of your hand.
Besides, you should flip your finger to switch from safety to fire or access the mag release buttons. A downside of the CO2 tank would be it gets loose and leaks easily, which would be a bad experience during a paintball game. Another downside of the design is the charging handle.
The TMC is very light in weight, one of the lightest Tippmann’s that we have reviewed, weighing in at 4lb 6 oz. This is pretty light for a full-sized paintball gun.
The TMC stock is adjustable and can be put in five different positions, enabling you to customize your length of pull and position of the stock. The gas system of the TMC is routed through the trip with an industry-standard ASA female connection at the base of the grip.
This setup allows the player to choose between placing an air tank at the base of the grip or, as we would suggest, running a remote hose to your paintball pod pack or hip-mounted pouch and placing a tank there.
This remote air method allows you to run a very balanced paintball marker and provides the most realistic “mil-sim” for your equipment during gameplay when coupled with the magazine-fed option. The TMC setup prevents the gas line from affecting the appearance while ensuring the paintball markers are fully operational.
Dual Feed Option
The Tippmann TMC features a hopper adapter that is easy to install and quick o use. You can use either a magazine or a hopper, and the Tippmann TMC magfed style paintball guns allow you to use a different type of paintball called First Strike rounds, which are more accurate than the commonly used round balls.
However, these shaped projectiles have a higher price along with a higher accuracy due to the more intricate paint design. The best strategy to use is to put your shaped projectile ammo into your magazines so that you are able to put the inexpensive paintballs into the hopper. The flexibility works to your advantage if you need to send a ton of paint downrange or lay down cover fire.
Every TMC Tippmann marker magazine holds 19 balls. We would recommend purchasing at least an additional 2-4 magazines to take out with you on the field. You never want to be caught short on paint and surrounded by targets of opportunity.
The magazines themselves are quite reliable — just make sure to pay attention to how you are loading them. Also, try not to drop them too hard on the ground. After all, cleaning up broken paint is for the guy on the other side of the field.
The TMC includes a set of iron sights – very much in the style/vein of ever-popular Magpul “BUIS” (Back Up Iron Sights). These sights enable you to zero the marker on your target and make rapid, repeatable hits on opposing paintball players.
Tippman TMC provides respectable accuracy with mid-grade paintballs. You can eliminate any target up to 150 feet with the 12-inch barrel and a clear shot, provided you keep your barrel clean and take your time lining up your shots.
While we have all heard the line “one shot, one kill,” we at ProPaintball.com suggest sending 2-3 balls at your target to ensure that nothing prevents you from marking your opponent.
High Shot Quality
Tippmann TMC is an exceptional magfed paintball marker that uses a blowback style bolt valve that functions at the tank pressure meaning the TMC runs at approximately 750 PSI. Because of the high pressure, the paintball gun is loud with a slight kick which can be a problem. However, TMC has an additional girth that helps to reduce the kicks while the body material eliminates some noise.
Tippmann TMC features easy upgrades that make your customization for the marker easy. Besides, the inner parts of the gun are quite similar to Tippmann 98 as you can use its barrel and get great results, but also you can upgrade the trigger and the hopper.
Tippmann TMC paintball gun needs everyday cleaning and maintenance, but compared to other markers, it is a pretty low maintenance marker. Cleaning mud and dirt from the gun helps the paintball player to be able to stay in shape easily.
Pros & Cons
What would a review of the Tippmann TMC paintball gun be without a quick pros and cons. So Here you go:
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver
- Tactical style with 1913 Picatinny rail so you can bolt on lights, grips, and other accessories
- Functional charging handle
- Aluminum receiver set for more realistic feel and durability
- Front and Rear flip up sights
- Sling Mounts
- A choice between a magazine feeding system or a hopper feeding system
- Magazines are reasonably priced
- Gas through grip allowing for remote hoses etc. (this lets you place the tank in the backpack and have a more realistic gun handling experience)
- 5 position collapsible stock
- It only comes with one magazine
- No front grip out of the box
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Tippmann TMC is a good durable paintball gun as it is lightweight, with a 98 threaded barrel, has great rails, and comes with two magazines. It is also ideal for beginners who would like to use mag fed but have the option to switch back to a traditional paintball hopper loading system.
No, this marker is not first strike compatible. For those unfamiliar, first strike rounds are a finned paintball requiring a specific feeding system and loading mechanism. While they fly flatter, they are more expensive per round than the typical paintball.