Tippman FT-12: One Of The Most Durable Paintball Guns?

Alright, the Tippmann FT-12 is $129.00 right now at our website.

If you are looking for a durable starter paintball gun—something for your kid, a friend, a brother or sister—or if you just need a reliable marker that you can beat up every weekend, never clean, and expect it to function properly for years…

Do yourself a favor and go get one.

The Tippmann FT-12 is a “flip top” design. That’s what the “FT” stands for.

The flip top makes it easy to get to all of the internal components. Fixing anything should a problem arise is a breeze. Cleaning it is simple and easy.

It looks cool, it’s semi auto, and it has a non-cycling A-5 style cocking handle on the top that helps keep all of the gunk, dirt, and dust you’ll encounter out of the marker.

There are a bunch of other features that will make you happy.

The lockdown feedneck will keep moisture from entering the breech, the 1.5 inch blade trigger has a short, responsible pull, the barrel is decent—not the best you can buy but it gets the job done…it’s got just about everything you need.

Is The FT-12 Durable Marker?

Now, here’s the thing:

Tippmann makes some awesome gear. Quality stuff that is known to last.

The internals of the FT-12 are basically the same as the Tippmann 98, a marker that many players have used and abused over and over again. My own Tippmann 98 is about 13 years old and it still takes a beating. Yeah, I’ve moved on to another marker but if I ever have a friend who wants to play, that’s the marker they use.

There is a reason paintball fields use Tippmann markers for rentals. They work. Flawlessly. All of the time. Sure, things go wrong. But they are little problems—maybe a broken o-ring or something.

Yes. The Tippmann FT-12 Is Tough, Here’s Why

Let’s get back to the FT-12.

Here’s how we tested it’s durability.

Around 8 or 9 months ago, we froze a used FT-12 into a block of ice.

We let the FT-12 sit in a freezer for 9 months. A few days ago, we took it out.

We wanted to unthaw the FT-12 to see if it would still work. The fastest way to get the ice off of it was to drop it about 20 feet from a lift to the pavement. That got rid of the ice pretty quick. Then, we wanted to get some friction going to melt the ice on the inside. So, we attached it to a tow hitch with a nylon tie-down and dragged it around the parking lot.

Watch the video of us abusing an FT-12 below.

As you can see, it stood up to the abuse.

Somewhere along the line—maybe before we froze it—the trigger broke off.

That’s not a problem because the flip-top makes for easy repairs. We popped a new trigger in, and the Tippmann FT-12 aired right up. No leaks, no problems—just like the day it came out of the box.

Go get one. Give it to a friend. You’ll spend more time playing and less time fixing things.

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