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vento Monday, June 20th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
98 custom-about the same
tippmann a5- fires slower but not much differant in design
Marker Setup: 9v elctronic hopper
Ellectronic hopper, barrel, expansion chamber, nitro.
Strengths: Reliability
Weaknesses: Accuracy
Review: This is my first paintball gun, i have been playing for 3 years with rentals, and friends guns and have built up alot of experience with the 98 custom, the latest one i used had a revo 12v hopper, with a flatline barrel and RT. Compared to the stock 98 the guns are pretty much equal, the bt-16 shared barrel threads with the 98. Both fire about the same rate but the bt-16 tends to load better due to its vertical feed. The bt-16 is much easier to field strip than the 98c since it has a one piece receiver and all the parts slide into it. My only complaint was the composite plastic bolt, the rear half of the bolt is solid steel but the front part is a composite plastic material. The trigger pull is compare-able to a 98 but slightly heavier more like an a5. Judging by the quality of older tippmann products and the design of the A5 the bt-16 should be a good predecessor to the model 98, and hopefully more upgrades will follow. The bt-16 is hefty and i like the weight its adds to the realism and it makes a great woods ball gun.
Conclusion: If you have a 98 or a5 already dont bother.
If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to the 98 this is it, it may not have as many upgrades yet but knowing ben tippmann was the designer of the a5 i am sure many great things are to come.
8 out of 10

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