Tippmann Cronus Paintball Gun Review
4.5 out of 5 Stars.
- Comfortable to shoot.
- Made of highly durable material
- Extremely lightweight
- Sights aren’t adjustable.
- Has a shorter stock barrel than most.
- Extremely Affordable
- Would make an excellent beginner’s gun.
- Highly customizable to fit different playing styles.
- 17 inches long
- 3.7 pounds
- .68 Caliber
- 9-inch Barrel
- CO2 or HPA compatible
- A-5 Barrel Thread
With the Tippmann name on the gun, you know it’s going to be an amazing marker. Being in the business since 1986, Tippmann has been cranking out some amazing products that are built to last. The Cronus is no exception.
The Tippmann Cronus makes for an excellent gun, no matter how advanced you are. With it being incredibly easy to use, even a beginner paintballer, no matter how young, can pick the gun up and be a force to be reckoned with on the field. The Cronus is, by far, one of the best guns on the market.
Excellent for Beginners
If you’re new to the game of paintball, but don’t have an extensive knowledge of the different markers available, the Tippmann Cronus is a great gun to start off with for your first. When beginners are looking into a particular gun, not only do they want it to shoot well but want it to be easy to operate; the Cronus is all of this plus more.
Performing maintenance on the Cronus doesn’t require an engineering degree, either, like some of the high-end guns. Instead, by just removing the outer screws, you can gain access to the entire internal compartment of the marker. Once inside, you’ll find that there are very few moving parts to its design. The purpose of the interior design is simplicity.
Instead of having several different valves and knobs that can be turned and tweaked, Tippmann decided to keep the Cronus’ operation simple. By doing so, they make it to where a beginner doesn’t have to understand the technical aspect to have a highly functional marker.
To ensure the Cronus would be able to last a long time without needing repair while remaining lightweight, Tippmann constructed the central portion of this marker out of ABS Polymer. While some think it is just plastic, using the polymer takes it an extra step, giving it an increased ability to withstand any abuse thrown at it and still fire.
The main benefit of using the ABS polymer instead of constructing the marker entirely out of metal is to retain the light weight of the gun. A lighter gun is more comfortable to shoot and carry for extended periods of time, especially for players who have not been in the sport very long.
Furthermore, the Cronus is one of the most reliable markers around. The Cronus is considered by most to be an updated version of the Tippmann 98, which is a gun popular with local shops that rent markers to beginners. The reason it is so popular with these shops is that no matter who rents the gun, they can’t break it. Time after time, round after round, the Tippmann Cronus reliably sends rounds down range.
Accuracy at long range is one area where the Cronus lacks. However, anyone can change that with a simple upgrade of the barrel. By replacing the 9-inch stock barrel with a 14-inch Tippmann barrel, you can extend the range well past 150 feet; more than enough distance for any shot you need in most paintball play.
With that in mind, however, if you aren’t planning on making shots any further than 75 feet away, there’s no need to upgrade. In fact, during testing, the Cronus was able to consistently hit targets at 100 feet with a splat diameter the size of a softball. The amazing part is that this was done using the cheap paint instead of the expensive paintballs.
The downfall of many guns meant for beginners is that they can’t be customized. And, if they can be, it’s usually no more than adjusting the stock. However, with the Tippmann Cronus, customization is one of the more significant benefits of the gun.
It boasts of a complete Picatinny rail system that can be adapted to fit any accessory the shooter may need. Additionally, the initial Cronus setup can be transformed into a tactical version simply. With that in mind, you may never outgrow your Cronus, even as your skills progress, because of the ability to swap out and update features.
One of the true tests to see how well-made a paintball marker is would be to shoots it for several hours and see how comfortable it is. After all, it doesn’t matter how well a gun shoots, or how durable it is if you can’t stand to shoot it more than a few minutes. Tippmann has spared no expense in constructing the Cronus to be one of the most comfortable guns you will shoot.
The easy-to-hold grips are made using molded rubber for starters. Not only does this rub not rub against your hand but will form to fit your hand, giving it all of the support it needs. Additionally, instead of leaving the gas line on the outside of the gun, Tippman decided to build the Cronus with an internal gas system. Besides making the gun more comfortable, having an internal gas system makes it easier to maneuver in and around tight spaces during battles.
Another stigma given to those markers intended to be used by beginners is the fact that the gun looks like it belongs to a beginner. When we say that a marker is a beginner gun, we immediately think about the see-through plastic guns available for barely more than we pay for a meal at a fast-food place. However, the Cronus is anything but that style of gun.
Instead, the Cronus looks, and acts, like a professional-grade paintball gun. With its two-tone color scheme and fancy lines, the other players on the field will know to take you seriously when you show up with the Cronus. Upgrade it to the tactical version, and you will have a military simulation-style gun that is one of the meanest looking guns on the field.
The designers of the Tippmann Cronus had only one thought in mind, and that is user experience. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it is also extremely accurate and easy to shoot. Not only that, it is designed to take a beating and to keep shooting. Unless you are trying to destroy the gun, the Tippmann Cronus won’t flinch.
If you’re still on the fence about whether the Cronus is worthy of your investment or not, go to your local paintball range and rent it for the day. See how well the gun handles and how it can enhance your experience, not to mention how it can make you a better player. Then, after you’ve shot it all day and been as rough with it as you possibly could, take it apart and see how easy it is to maintain. If after doing this you still aren’t impressed, feel free to move on to the next gun. But, prepare to be surprised when you decide to take it out for a test drive.