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Tomcatoo1 Sunday, August 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98C
Ariakon Overlord
Marker Setup: BT-4 Assault with Anco Red Dot or Daisy 3X-9X scope with a 32 Degrees remote line on a 20oz CO2 bottle. My hopper is a standard 180 - 200 round gravity fed model. I use a 3pt Tactical sling.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel - Apex tip ONLY - Nothing else!
M4 Magazine/Expansion Chamber
Remote with 20 oz CO2
Rail mount to rear site/handle for future scopes/sites
Butt Stock is good, may want to go to a 6 position Stock or dogleg
Ricochet or Tippmann Triumph hopper
Sling
Strengths: Cost, accuracy, upgradeability, reliability
Weaknesses: The offset feed tube is not offset enough. Plastic forearm.
Review: Detailed Strengths:
1. Cost - You save over $150.00 when you buy the Assault over the Combat (if you are figuring to upgrade to a M4/16 barrel, Tactical Stock, Rear Iron sight/handle.
2. Removeable tactical foregrip. This can be located anywhere on the lower rail or it can be removed totally.
3. Stock sights work great.
4. Picatinny rail system on top and bottom of marker body for tactical equip mounting
5. Butt Stock is solid.
6. Body/Barrel is of metal construction. Sliding feed makes cleaning in the field or at the bench easy. Uses 98C internals and has a replaceable barrel receiver. Stock one is an A5 thread however, BT has also a Spyder thread receiver available
7. Can use any A5 threaded barrel.
8. Good accuracy up to 200', great accuracy from 150' or less.

The BT-4 Assault, like its brothers, the BT-4 series markers, is a well built as it gets. It is the hybrid of the 98C and A5. It combines all their strengths and removes their weakness. What do you expect from the designer of both the those markers. The internals are not very upgradeable, but with Tippmann quality and reliablity, not much is needed for woodsball/scenario play. Externally you can have a MIL-SIM feast. With rails on the top and bottom of the marker and subsequent rails that can be added to the forearm you can mod it with anything you can imagine. My marker has been dragged, banged into trees, used in rain, and subject to over 10,000 rounds. I still have yet to break a ball in the breach. CO2 usage is normal for me, however a regulator or expansion chamber is recommended.

Accuracy is a plenty. You can hit anything you aim at from 150' or less, but it strength lies in the fact that you can keep your opponents on their heels well over that. I constantly get comments like "You were shooting at me from distances that I could not even attempt to hit you from." (Usually this comes when I return from the field and they were shot out by me) Trigger speed is very acceptable for woodsball, and with a scope it can make a good sniper rifle.

Its weight is not a problem, especially with a sling and a remote. It's still a "long" rifle so it may not be great in close quarters. I used it to play speedball a couple times, while using woodsball tactics on the speedball field confused my opponents, my BT-4 Assault had the edge with the distance/accuracy. From the reaf corner bunker, I took out two players and when all but one was left, he was sticking his foot out of the inflatable he was behind. I stood up around my bunker and took a shot across the field and whap! right in the foot. Still don't like playing speedball though.

Let's face it, it can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Accuracy, quality, reliability, upgradeability, and of course lower costs than its counterparts makes this THE best buy for the buck and performance side.
Conclusion: Since the Base marker is the Combat, all versions of the BT-4 familiy perform similarly as well.
This could be the best Tippmann product yet. Ben Tippmann that is.
If you're looking at a solid performing MIL-SIM, that doesn't need to be pampered and is customizable as any marker of its type, look no further.
Buy it you will have no regrets, except why didn't I get this sooner.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
sledgehammer Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 | 7:28 pm PST
you could not have said it eny clearer than that quote!(BT takes all the good things from other tippmann designs and leaves the bad ones behind!) end quote! that says it all!
   

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