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Ethrealwolf Thursday, April 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98c
Tippmann A5
Marker Setup: BT-4
BT bipod
Custom Magizene mod (asthetics only, no function)
PE coiled remote line
pure energy 88/3000 HPA tank
VL revvy (9v)

Recommended
Upgrades:
no idea yet- perhaps a new barrel, remote to get the weight of the marker down some.
An agitated hopper- Revvy works great.
Strengths: Looks
Durability
Upgradeablity
Weaknesses: Gas hog
Review: Basicall, I got the marker about three weeks ago, as payment for working on the local feild. free stuff, so is well.

I break it out of the box and it gorgeous- has all the looks of an upgraded 98c out of box, and the added bonus of being newer, so not everyone and their dog has it yet. so I slap an old revvy i had on it, and grab my tank and run some paint trough it out back.

Starting at about 3000 PSI in my tank, i loaded my hopper with stinger paint, the clear shell, yellow fill, oil-based stuff. normally it's used for military training, but hey, whatever.

The accuracy of the marker past 50 feet or so was abysmal- 1 in 5 actually hit what I was aiming at ( a head and upper torso cut out, about life sized). that could have been the paint, though- and in closer than 51+ feet, it was a pleasure to see in action- 4 in 5 hits. I'll test it with higher quality paint when i get the chance.
EDIT- as it would turn out, it was the paint- Using wal-mart big ball i got decent accuracy out of the marker- hitting a small coca-cola bottle at about 60 feet 3 out of five times. The only marker upgrade was a bipod at this point, which I was goofing off with. apparently the marker likes bigball.
FURTHER EDIT- Apparently it was just that batch of paint, I got my hands on some other stinger (feild paint) and it shot fine.

after testing, (i ran about one hopper load through it) i checked my tank- it was sitting at 2k PSI- but i reckon i can fix that problem my grabbing a new drive spring out of a 98c and swapping them. or failing that, cutting down the drive spring of the BT.
EDIT- Apparently, after a little while it gets better on air- starting at 1900 PSI tonight I shot a hopperload and went down to 1k PSI. only a 100PSI use differance, but it's something.

Another problem i had was weight- although, again, that's more my set up than it is the gun. with a full 195+ rnd revvy and a 88/3 tank on that thing it must weight about as much (if not more!) than a loaded M16A2 (and therefore, more than the M4 the BT-4 is designed after) I'll be picking up a remote line for that problem though- I still have plenty of space on my MOLLE gear for a tank.
EDIT- Getting the tank off gun helped the weight alot, although it messed up the balance a little- the marker's pretty nose-heavy now.
FURTHER EDIT- After the initial edit, with teh Remote line to the tank, I've since adressed the balance issue- I've moved the foregrip to right behind the bipod with the use of a dremel and a sight rail that was too long.

other than that, the marker is a dream for it's price. with internals that are pretty much identical to the 98c's, it can accept almost all the 98c/A5 upgrades on the market- excluding the opsgear shrouds and the cyclone feed for the 98's. i'm tempted to put an ACT bolt in the BT, but it's really not necessary- i've never had a chop, at least, not yet.
Conclusion: all told, i love the BT-4, and although i'm not going to pour too much money into it, it'll see it's fair share of upgrades and use. I'd advise it to mil-sim and woodsballers all over, especially for it's price.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, April 27th, 2006 at 5:40 pm PST
 

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