A5, 98c, VL & Autococker. The BT elite is a very reliable and easy to use marker. It is most similar to the 98 with the exception of any exterior moving parts.
BT Elite, 12" J&J, Shocktech Bolt, Vertical bottle mount
12" J&J & a bolt upgrade
Fairly Light weight, All metal construction, Rugged, Reliable, Vertical feed, Adjustable handle
Not many Upgrades available at this time
Being fairly new at the game, I spent much of my playing time using rentals or borrowed markers. So when it was time for me to finally buy my own I looked at a bunch of different guns form priced at $100-250. I picked the BT simply because hey its made by a Tippmann. The 98 has been out for ever and I would bet that somewhere someone still has one of the first guns made and it probably still works. I just don't like all the exterior moving parts on the 98. The BT comes with a sealed bolt, vertical feed loader, solid metal body and all metal handle. The interior parts are all the same, I even pulled the guts out of my friends A5 and put them in the BT and they all fit and work. With everything being sealed cleanup is a breeze. I rarely break balls unless I am shooting seconds. And even then it may be 2 in 500.So, if you are looking for a reliable, rugged and easy to maintain and clean marker this is the one for you. If you are into shooting 20bps you might want to keep looking.
There is one problem with the gun though. In the rear of the marker there is an allen screw securing the top rail. If you are not careful it will pull the threads out of the body and you have to do some minor repairs to fix it. I did it to mine and all I had to do is drill and tap the rear cap and install a longer allen. I was back in action in less than an hour. Before I did this I contacted Bt and told them what had happened and they offered to repair the gun at no charge or I could try and fix it and if it did not work they would repair it for me. So be sure to contact BT before you start the repair so you will not void your warranty.
If you are looking for a reliable, well built, rugged and good looking gun this is It. If you are into shooting 20bps you might want to keep looking.