admit it, I've got a "thing" for paintball
pistols. I've had paintball handguns for many years
ever since I matched up my VM-68 with a PGP pump pistol.
There's just something reassuring about having a backup
gun just in case things go horribly, horribly wrong.
It's also sort of cool to stroll around with a pistol
on your hip like John Wayne.
major complaint with standard paintball pistols is
that they're generally designed like a downsized standard
marker with a 12 gram adapter and a 10 round magazine
mounted parallel to the barrel and above it. This
makes the pistols very tall and I find that they don't
point properly and they tend to be awkward to carry
in a holster. Since the PGP days I've had a few different
paintball handguns from the PT Extreme that went with
my 98 Autococker to the Delta 68 that matched up to
my A5. In the end I always give up carrying pistols
as they're just more of a pain then their worth.
And then along came the guys at Tiberius with their
T8. The T8 doesn't have the standard over barrel mounted
magazine, rather the 12 gram c02 and eight paintballs
go into a magazine that fits into the grip of the
gun just as in a standard semiautomatic handgun. The
gun points much more naturally and is more comfortable
to handle with this set up. When shooting any of my
previous pistols I've found that I tend to shoot over
my target and with the T8 it's generally right on
target the first shot. Having the magazine in the
grip also allows for faster reloads, as opposed to
fishing a 10 round tube out of your harness, pulling
the cap off the magazine and dumping them in. If there's
air in the 12 gram in the magazine that's currently
in the gun, when you punch the magazine eject which
is conveniently located at your thumb, it will eject
the magazine from the pistol rather forcefully. In
fact the first time I ejected the magazine it went
flying as I wasn't expecting it to jump out of the
grip like it did.
The only problem I've found with this design is that
it tends to make for a large grip which some players
with smaller hands might have problems with. The magazines
are also somewhat expensive and heavy to carry around.
On the initial T8 guns there were quite a few complaints
about magazine seals failing and leaking, and the
magazine release being prone to releasing the magazines
while carrying the gun. I've talked to the folks at
Tiberius and they've assured me that the has been
tweaked and the problems resolved.
T8 Player's Pack with all the goodies.
12 grams c02s are put into the rear of the magazine
and are punctured when you tighten a hex bolt located
on the bottom of the magazine with a provided allen
wrench. There's a plastic follower inside of the magazine
above the spring that is pushed to the bottom of the
magazine and locked down. 8 paintballs are then loaded
into the top of the magazine, and the follower is
left locked down. There's a small spring loaded retainer
at the top of the magazine that keeps the paintballs
in the magazine until it's loaded into the gun. When
the magazine is inserted into the pistol and seated
firmly the retainer is pushed aside to allow the paintballs
to feed into to the gun, and the follower is unlocked
and allows the spring to feed the paintballs into
the breach. The pistol has dual steel ball detents
that clip into slots cut into the breach end of the
barrel and seems to do a good job of not allowing
even smaller balls to roll out.
T8 is remarkably air efficient, with each 12 gram
firing approximately 32 rounds. Most semi automatic
pistols will get 15-20 shots at the most per charge.
When I took a close look at the pistol's design it
reminds me of the old automags, with a blow forward
design. In a conventional paintball pistol, which
is designed more like a Spyder, when you pull the
trigger a sear is dropped, which allows the bolt and
hammer assembly to move forward, powered by a spring.
The hammer rides forward until it hits and opens the
valve which releases a set amount of air. This air
propels the ball out of the barrel, and drives the
bolt and hammer assembly back against the spring,
recocking the gun. This sort of design is fine for
markers with constant air set ups, but tends to be
extremely inefficient for 12 gram use. The T8 is much
more efficient. When the trigger is pulled it puts
air from the regulator/valve into the blot and blows
the bolt forward and releases the air that propels
the ball of of the barrel. A spring that is mounted
between the breach and the bolt returns the bolt to
it's rearward position for the next shot. Since you're
only moving a small bolt, rather than a large bolt
and a heavy hammer, the end result is less air used
to recock the gun with more air available for shooting
Construction and Design
The quality, care and attention to detail that's gone
into the design and manufacturing of the T8 pistol
is evident from the first time you pick one up. The
rear of the pistol resembles a Glock, with the barrel
and muzzle looking a great deal like a Beretta M92.
The gun is quite heavy, much heavier than other pistols
but the T8 balances nicely towards the rear right
over the grip. It's the most naturally balanced and
pointing paintball pistol I've never handled. The
grips and lower frame are made of a lightweight polymer
material which is quick sturdy and has no give to
it. The upper body is made of a very solid chunk of
aluminum, and the magazines are almost solid metal
as well, with the exception being the magazine follower
and the bumper on the bottom of the mag which appear
to be made of the same polymer material as the grip
and lower frame. The fit and finish on the gun is
outstanding, with nary a bur or blemish to be found
internally or externally. Tiberius Arms did a heck
of a nice job on the presentation of this sidearm.
It's a quality piece of work and it shows.
It's the Ferrari of paintball handguns.
magazine release is located near the spot your thumb
would rest if you're shooting right handed but is
far enough forward so it's unlikely it would be pushed
accidentally, as it's not accessible without using
your left hand or shifting your grip on the gun if
you're shooting right handed. For lefties the magazine
release is easily pushed in with your trigger finger.
There's also a little manual counter on the bottom
of the magazines to help you keep track of how many
rounds you've fired which is a very nice touch.
ambidextrous safety is located slightly forward and
above the trigger guard, on the lower frame and is
easily pushed forward by your trigger finger in a
safe shooting position. (Ex. Trigger finger alongside
the frame above the trigger.) The T8's safety is one
of the easiest and quickest to use that I've ever
seen on a gun.
Velocity is set via a provided allen wrench at the
rear of the marker. There's also a relief valve which
is set once you have set up your velocity. When adjusted
properly, the relief valve will open if the gun spikes
to 20+ FPS from your set velocity, which is a very
nice safety feature that I've never seen before on
The T8's barrel is designed to be quickly removed
for cleaning. Rather than screwing into the body of
the gun, it's secured by two nubbins. Eject the magazine
from the pistol, push in on the barrel with your hand
and give it a quick 1/8th counter clockwise and the
return spring pushes it out the end of the gun. Further
disassembly of the marker requires tools. The T8 does
contain a large amount of parts but as long as you
follow the instructions in the user manual it's not
terribly complicated as the gun breaks down into three
major subassemblies which will most likely never need
to be disassembled. Routine maintenance on the marker
involves putting a few drops of oil into the magazines
c02 valve, velocity adjuster, bolt and in the trigger
once a month. One thing to watch for is the tiny o-ring
between the regulator and the end cap, which is quite
easy to loose when disassembling the marker.
A quick accuracy test was done on the pistol standing
and shooting two handed at a roughly man sized target
roughly fifty feet away. I was able to put three magazines
(24 shots) into a chest sized area of the target.
The T8 has a light trigger that's quite easy to squeeze
without throwing your aim off target. For a pistol
it's outstandingly accurate, more than adequate for
the ranges you're likely to be using such a marker
The Tiberius holster provided with the player's pack
shows the same attention to detail as the gun itself.
It rides low on the right thigh making it easier to
carry around for long periods of time and facilitating
a quick draw when the handgun is needed. While the
pistol is ambidextrous, the holster is not. The T8
fits very snuggly into the holster, the retention
snap holds quite well, and the handgun doesn't move
around much even when you're running at a full tilt.
The leg strap on the holster has a rubber backing
on it, which also keeps the holster from shifting.
The magazine pouch clips onto a belt or harness and
retains magazines very well. Even when running, rolling
and diving, I've never lost a magazine. There are
two pouches available, the belt pouch that comes with
the pack holds a single magazine and a leg mounted
one that holds three that can be ordered separately.
T8 in it's tactical holster.
The Tiberius T8 is an outstanding piece of paintball
equipment. It's reliable, outstandingly accurate,
very pointable and extremely air efficient. The only
real downsizes are the cost of the gun, and the mess
when you chop a ball, but when you look at what you're
getting I think it's money well spent on a quality
piece of equipment that's going to give you many years
of solid service. Bravo Tiberius on bringing the paintball
pistol to a completely new level, I'd highly recommend
this product to anyone looking for a new toy to add
to their arsenal.