Introduction: Tippmann 98 Custom Left Handed Charging Handle

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For this mod, switched my Tippmann 98 Custom's charging handle from the left side of the marker to the right.  This is because as a left-handed player I should operate the charging handle with my right hand, not my left.  This mod was extremely simple due to the internal structure of the 98C.  Tools required are in bold.

Make sure to wear Safety Glasses and Gloves when doing this.  The cutting wheel will get hot and send metal dust flying.  Also, if they break, they explode into pieces.

1) Remove internals of the marker
2) Place the 2 shells together
3) Using the current charging port as a guide, drill a hole on both ends of the port with a 1/4" drill bit through the right shell.
4) Using a Dremel Tool with a "Heavy Duty Cut-Off Wheel #420" make two cuts to connect the two holes and form the new port.
5) Sand down the edges to be smooth
6) Reassemble the marker with the charging handle in the new hole.  File as needed to assure a smooth path for the charging handle.

Comments

TrOoPeR2012 (author)2017-08-18

I also did this with a mill, I also made a charging handle that would accept a "rocket cocker" on the left side. the problem I came across was I'm a right handed shooter and my glove would impede the handle and it would misfire and I would have to re-cock it. it's a great idea though! I had a good laugh that I came across this after doing it and I have roughly the same paint scheme!

rexferal (author)2012-09-01

i did the same thing but used a knee mill to do it, one thing to mention if you don't have access to a milling machine is to cut the hole smaller than you need and finish it with a file. the lines will cleaner and the aluminum files easily.

ilpug (author)2012-05-02

Nice marker set up. Also, nice idea. People never really realize how simple the design of the 98 custom is. It would be nice if they old them with holes on both sides to allow modification. I don't see why they shouldn't.

This works fine?

GrimWarhawk (author)ilpug2012-05-03

Yeah, it works fine. The only challenge is putting it back together because the charging handle now faces down and wants to push the bolt out, so you have to hold it all weird like to close it. Otherwise, as long as the port gives the proper clearance there are no problems.

ilpug (author)GrimWarhawk2012-05-03

Cool,I will remember this.

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