- Vertical Feed (blocks sighting along barrel)
- Handle slightly loose on body
Although not built for the fast and furious play of pro speedball, the BT-16 makes an excellent milsim/woodsball marker. It has the heft and shape of an actual M-16 without being as heavy as the real weapon. The stock barrel and bolt both perform admirably straight out of the box, although for an increase in accuracy at range, I would recommend the 20" Tactical from Smart Parts. A sling and remote line are almost a must, since the marker will wear on you after awhile. Very easy to break down to clean/repair, only requires a few allen wrenches and a flat head. The handle on mine is slightly loose when seated on the marker. Could be corrected with a small strip of tape/paper between the two. Longer trigger pull, won't let off lines of paint, but has a respectable bps for woodsball. Very forgiving when it comes to paint quality. Almost all metal, with only the collapsible stock and barrel guard completely made of plastic. Cheaper then a Flatline equipped tippman 98 and almost as good when paired with the tactical barrel. The sealed bolt system and T-grip cocking mechanism are excellent. The vertical feed is the only thing I truly dislike about my BT-16.
For a milsim/woodsballer, this an excellent marker. The vertical feed is a disappointment, but in my opinion, the closed bolt out weighs the benefits the side loading BT-4 presents with its open bolt. I would recommend this marker to a woodsballer for its ease of use/maintenance, realism, and its consistant above average performance.
Does the Smart Parts Barrel fit the BT-16? I'm thinking of upgrading after reading this, just to be sure though;
Does it fit?
Does the pre-existing forehandle fit onto the new Barrel?
What about the fore sight, can that be un-attached and assembled to the Smart Parts 20" ?
The BT-16 is Tippman 98 Custom threaded, so anything with that thread type fits it.
Unfortunately, the barrel shroud that comes on the stock barrel does not fit the Smart Parts Tactical barrel. The barrel bulges out in the back and wont let the shroud fit onto it. Same thing with the fore sight.
The fore grip attaches on a weaver rail on the marker itself before the barrel, so that can still be used.