It’s not easy shopping for the right paintball markers and gear.
Paintball has been growing massively in terms of popularity over the years. With that popularity, it’s no wonder that there is a growing number of manufacturers that put out a countless number of paintball markers and equipment to the market.
For someone who is new to the game, it can be downright intimidating to shop for your very first paintball marker gun and gear. Fortunately, there are many companies that recognize this issue so they put out starter or beginner marker kits that are more suited to novice players.
Today, we’re going to review the JT Tactical Paintball Marker Kit and the JT Tactical Paintball Vest.
Let’s get to it!
The JT Brand
JT is not the most popular brand when it comes to paintball markers and gear. Even if you go their website, you won’t find much information about the company.
However, don’t let that scare you because this is one of those cases where the products just speak for the company. The company specializes in paintball gun markers and equipment.
They are also well-known for putting together paintball marker kits which usually include the marker, tank, loader, and more. They also sell paintball accessories like goggles, gloves, harness, and more.
JT Sports Tactical Paintball Marker Kit And Vest Review
The JT Sports Tactical Paintball Marker Kit is a complete paintball kit that includes the marker, goggle, tank with adaptor, paintball and loader, and barrel plug.
Here’s the official product description from the kit’s Amazon listing:
Enjoy a great game of paintball with the JT Sports Tactical RTP Paintball Marker Kit, which features a tactical semiautomatic paintball marker with aluminum construction for durability and a multiposition adjustable stock. The marker has a raised sight rail and carry handle, and it works with either CO₂ or compressed air. CO₂ tank, adapter, goggles, barrel blocker, squeegee, 200 count loader, hopper and 50 paintballs included.
The other half of our featured product is the JT Tactical Paintball Vest. Below is the official product description from Amazon:
The JT Tactical Paintball Vest will carry everything you need out on the paintball field. With room to comfortably hold 4 x 140 round paintball pods, the JT Tactical Vest allows you to bring the paint, grenades, and anything else you may need, to stay in the game.
Since this is basically a review of two different products but with the same brand, we’re going to tackle each of them one by one.
JT Sports Tactical Paintball Marker Kit Specs:
- Manufacturer: JT
- Weight: 10.6 lbs
- Color: Coyote Tan
- Includes: 68 caliber semi auto paintball marker, Raptor Paintball Goggle, 90gram CO2 Tank with Adaptor, 50 Paintballs, Paintball loader and barrel plug
- Reliable inline blowback operation
- Mock magazine for tool storage
- Collapsible stock
JT Tactical Paintball Vest Specs:
- Manufacturer: JT
- Weight: 1.65 lbs
- Capacity: 4 140-round pods
- D-ring for grenade attachment
- Durable YKK Zipper
- Hydration pouch with tube guides
- Radio Pocket
How It Looks
You can’t really talk about the market kit without mentioning the paintball marker.
For the price, I was not expecting a realistic looking assault rifle but I was pleasantly surprised. The semi-auto marker looks great as it’s patterned with the classic M16 carbine. Part of the marker is made from die cast aluminum construction which gives the gun a nice realistic look. Take this bad boy to the field and you’re guaranteed to turn some heads. The tan color also gives the gun a tactical aesthetic.
As for the goggles, it looks like your standard paintball mask with the goggles lined with the same tan color. I can’t really comment much about the look except that it’s something that I won’t mind wearing for every game.
The JT Tactical Paintball Vest looks like your standard affair but it looks more like carrier vest than a protective one. The carrier aesthetic is further emphasized by the pouches in the front of the vest. Overall, there’s not much to say about the looks of the vest.
Design and Features
For a paintball gun, the shooting mechanics of the semi-auto marker is pretty much serviceable. The gun itself doesn’t have that many features but I’ve been playing with it and I must say that performance is good.
The gun is fairly heavy but I enjoy its weightiness. The weight of the marker works well when I’m shooting as it gives that nice weighty feedback. It’s like shooting an actual firearm but not quite. The marker features a collapsible stock but you can’t configure it like with other similar markers.
The raised front sights are good for accuracy but I noticed that it can be knocked out of alignment very easily during gameplay. The marker shoots at around 280-350 FPS which is nothing short of respectable.
As for the extras, the kit comes with a 90 gram CO2 cartridge which should be good for about 100 shots. The marker is a standard bottomline ASA and is compatible with both HPA (compressed air) and CO2 tanks.
The magazine can be removed but it’s not used for loading ammunition but as a handy storage compartment for items like spare parts, squeegee, lubes, and other small items.
As for the vest, it features 4 pouches on the front side which can hold small pods. The pouches are not adjustable or removable but they do have a good amount of Velcro in them for securing your pods. There’s also a radio pouch and D-ring at the top.
The shoulders are padded for when you are shooting a rifle, for that extra grip for the butt of the marker. On the back side, there are standard straps for adjustments and a tank pouch that can hold a 70 to 80 ci tank. On the inside, there are no special pockets to be found but there’s a hydration bladder pocket for your Camelbak.
On a negative note, I’ve found that the vest can be rather restricting. If you’re a more of a stationary player, then this vest should present no problem. However, the vest could be a hindrance if you’re running around or crawling during gameplay.
For the price, it’s surprising how much quality JT has crammed into the marker kit. As mentioned, the marker is constructed from cast aluminum which really helps with durability. I’ve been playing with the gun for many games now and there’s really no sign of wear and tear. The mask is also a tough one and continues to provide protection for my face.
JT’s vest gets the job done for holding all my pods and tanks. However, the straps are quite flimsy and I feel like they’re going to break anytime soon. There are some elastic parts for flexibility but overall, I don’t feel like I’m wearing a particularly durable vest.
This is one of the cheapest paintball kits available, especially if you consider what’s included.
This kit is labeled as RTP or Ready to Play which is a pretty accurate designation. Right out of the box, you can take it out on the field and play a round with little to no problems. Because of the very affordable price, this is an excellent starter kit for novice players.
On the other hand, the JT Tactical Vest is reasonable for an entry-level product. That’s only if you’re going to look at the price. There are other cheaper vests that can offer more in terms of protective capability and features.
Best Suited For Which Players?
This Ready to Play kit and vest is highly recommended for new or casual players. Both the kit and the vest are both excellent gateway equipment for anyone who’s trying to get into paintball. The gun is very easy to use and features good performance, and it’s really designed with beginners in mind.
On the other hand, both the kit and vest will not make the cut for serious paintballers.
The kit only features the bare minimum for playing the sport and the modability of the gun is not the best. JT also sells various mods and upgrades for their markers but they’re rather limited.
What People Have Been Saying
As of this writing, the JT Sports Tactical RTP Paintball Marker Kit sits at a 4.0 out of 5 star rating with 43 reviews.
Customers really enjoyed the fact that it’s a budget-friendly marker kit. Many reviewers commented that the gun looks great and offers good performance and accuracy. A lot of reviewers bought the kit for their sons and their children seem to enjoy this package a lot. Another positive feedback also notes that the replacement parts for the gun are easy to find.
For the negatives, there are many reviewers who are not impressed with the durability of the kit. Many 1-2 star reviews noted that the gun broke after a short period of time. Many also commented that they were disappointed with the mask because the product they received is different from what’s pictured on Amazon.
Another issue that was pointed out was the weight of the gun. Many felt that it was too heavy and is not suited for beginners.
For the vest, it currently has a rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars with only three reviews. A reviewer liked the weight distribution and adjustability of the vest. The reviewers commented that the vest works fine at first. However, only after a few games, some parts of the vest such as the pod holders and straps have started breaking apart. The last reviewer gave 2 stars because he or she received a different product than what’s in the picture.
JT Tactical Verdict
JT Sports Tactical RTP Paintball Marker Kit Verdict
The JT Sports Paintball Marker Kit is a very capable starting package for just about anyone who wants to start playing paintball.
The featured marker will not blow away the competition but it can certainly stand on its own. The marker looks great and offers a performance that could eclipse other guns in the similar price range. Shooting the gun just feels great, especially with its extra weight. FPS and accuracy are also respectable for an entry-level marker. However, I wish that the range could be better.
The JT Raptor Goggles, while it won’t make any top lists, is very usable and I’ve had no issues with it. Plus, the extras like the loader, tank and adaptor, and CO2 cartridge really adds a considerable value to the package.
For the price, you are getting a great deal on this package. Highly recommended!
JT Tactical Paintball Vest Verdict
I wish I could say the same with the vest but that’s just not the case. While this vest looks decent at first look, the drawbacks rear their ugly heads after a couple of use.
First, there’s not much in terms of protective features. I prefer my paintball vest to have sufficient padding not just for protection but for comfort as well. This doesn’t have much padding except for the one that’s on the shoulder. It can carry up to four pods but I would have liked a more modular design where I can adjust or move the pouches. The vest also feels rather restrictive which can severely impact the gameplay.
Lastly, I just feel like the vest isn’t the most durable. Mine already has issues with the straps which is a problem when the vest cost nearly 50 bucks. I recommend that you skip this one.
To Wrap It Up
So to summarize, the JT Tactical Marker Kit is a successful package that offers great value for casual and new paintball players. The JT Vest, on the other hand, is an easy pass for us.