Tippmann set out to improve on an already amazing marker and they made some simple but impactful changes. The reliability and toughness of the elder Alpha Black still remains with new features and functionality that make the overall package even more attractive. The new body with the integrated picatinny rail gives you more room for accessories and allows for the addition of the removable carry handle. The new front end is where most of the changes live. The front sight is now a stand alone piece and is not attached to the shroud - if you want to change or remove the front sight you don't need a saw! The integrated picatinny rail on the underside of the main shroud is a pleasant surprise as most of us end up with some sort of forgrip here. The new Alpha Black Elite is everything you want it to be: reliable, tough, customizable, and just plain cool. If you get this just based on the style of the Alpha Black Elite the performance will cement it's position in your stable of go to markers.