VM Series, Model 98, 98 Custom, Custom Pro, A-5, Numerous 'Cocker Series Markers, Classic BL Timmy, ION, Impy, Shocker, SIM-5, etc
Too many markers to list - currently I am a well known airsmith in Central USA - since my reviews will be unbias, I rather not say who I am.
None are recommended since at this time upgrades are not available otherthan a horz. bottle adpater which is a good way to break your jaw on a 5M rush - makes teh marker top heavy- an e-grip was supposed to be available to the public in the Spring of 2005 - but it failed to show.
The name Tippmann is it's key strength.
Shotty design in specific areas, upgradability limited.
At first glance when you look at the BT Series from the Ben Tippmann Design group one would think "Great Deal" - which in itself it really is.
I know that may sound odd considering the review I am about to give this marker series.
The design theory behind the BT is basically that of any Ben Tippmann product - Connecting rod, rear bolt, front bolt, valve make-up, 98 threads on the barrel, etc.
The problem that I have seen with this marker is the failure to properly thread the marker body screws - using inferior heli-coils that break apart under the to rear rail where the body takes a licking under an awful amount of pressure rather than actually threading the receiver hole was a mistake, mismatching ball detents from one marker to the next (actually ball-bearings spring loaded - what happened to the good old peach colored ball stopper?).
The valve is a carbon copy of the A5 valve system which the guts are retained by a bur-bur o-ring rather than a retaining ring or even a "c"-clip - which makes it somewhat difficult for your layman to properly maintain.
I believe Ben will work out these kinks - making the ball detent old school rather than a different design not used in quite a long time - I don't know if he signed a no compete clause with K-2 - but his design could have, and should have been more user friendly as his past markers have been for about 20 yrs. These markers are more show than substance - the value is the purchase comparison of the aesthetic parts rather that the internal operating mechanics, which in the end is the most important reason for a purchase like this. Ben had a chance, and stills does if corrected, to basically knock Armotech, Ariakon, and the likes of out of the market once he cleans the bugs ot of what may be the next best thing in Rec-Paintball since the 98 Series from Tippmann Pneumatics.
Once these problems are corrected - and more options are available to the public i.e. RT, E-Grip, etc. this has a chance of cornering a market that Ben knows all too well - but until these kinks are worked out - I believe the Jury will remain behind closed doors, as too this marker should be - this is a piece of equipment that in my opinion was rushed into a market to be sold with a name of quality rather than the quality of the product.
As mistakenly stated by another reviewer - this company IS owned by the Tippmann's and you can call them at 260-424-9100 to ask.
NOTE: Addendum to my post - subsequently BT Designs has stopped production of the BT-16 Series because of the problems that I had mentioned - they now sport a BT-4 which believe it or not is almost a carbon copy of the Tippmann 98 Custom - with the ability to go ahead and drop an A5 RT kit in immediately and double trigger. That review to follow.
4 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, October 7th, 2005 at 5:17 am PST
Addendum to my post - subsequently BT Designs has stopped production of the BT-16 Series because of the problems that I had mentioned - they now sport a BT-4 which believe it or not is almost a carbon copy of the Tippmann 98 Custom - with the ability to go ahead and drop an A5 RT kit in immediately and double trigger. That review to follow.
Last edited on Friday, October 7th, 2005 at 5:15 am PST