Tippmann 98 Custom- sturdier
Tippmann A5- its an A5. Nuff' said.
F.E. Collapsible CAR stock
LAPCO Bigshot 14" Barrel
Pure Energy deluxe remote line
- can grow with you
- 98c endcap, A5 barrels
- removable front grip
- poor design on screws
- Tedious disassembly
- impossible to field strip
- Gas PIG
-sucks without upgrades
When I first bought the BT-4, I was looking for a Tippmann-style gun that was expandable but cheaper than the 98 custom. The BT fits both these requirements to a "T."
The BT-4 is designed by Ben Tippmann, one of the Tippmann brothers who broke away from the parent company to form his own. It makes sense then that the BT-4 is essentially a clone of the 98 Custom. The BT has a 98c endcap for recieving stocks, and an A5 barrel adapter that allows it to receive barrels designed for the A5. The front grip is removable and completely vertical - unlike the 98 Custom - which is really handy. The BT is cheap, only around $140 (in Canada, anyways) which is always nice becuase you're not paying for the Tippmann brand name.
Maybe I'm rough. Maybe I'm an idiot. What I do know for sure, however, is that after ONLY 4 DAYS OF USE, and maybe 6 times being disassembled and reassembled, this gun has been experiencing some issues. The chassis/ main body is made of an extremely soft white metal, maybe aluminum, that is really easy to disfigure. While screwing the two halves of the gun back together again one day, I noticed that the nut I was trying to screw into was no longer there! Instead, it had ripped THROUGH the chassis under the minimal force of tightening the screw.
There are also 2 Chicago screws that attach the pistol grip to the rest of the frame. The receiving side of the screw has a hexagonal head that is sunk into the material of the grip. However, the grip is made of a composite plastic, and the hexagonal heads sometimes spin in their little hole, stripping the material until it has been rounded. You can now no longer attach the grip to your gun, because the screws cannot be tightened.
A couple minor things: This gun is a major gas pig. Not really a big issue for most, but if you're playing in the back field with some buddies on the weekend, it can be a pain. The other thing is that the coating scratches really easy. After only 1 day of play, my gun looked like it had been used for a whole season. After 1 scenario, my friend's BT-4
This gun is a good one for beginners, mostly because it can grow with you. You can expand it with any stock designed for the Tippmann 98 Custom, or any barrel designed for the Tippmann A5. Unfortunately it has some minor design flaws that MAY be an issue, but many people don't find it so.
I WOULD STILL BUY THIS GUN if you are not uber-hardcore, or if you are looking for a cheap but reliable backup marker. However, if you can afford the dough for an A5, its worth the extra cash.
I give it an 8 because: The BT-4 is good for beginners, being cheap and simple. It is really upgradeable, not quite to the extent of the A5 but the next thing to it. Thats the bonus: It can grow with you. I don't intent to get rid of mine or replace it anytime soon, and I would not be ashamed to be a veteran player with a beefed-up BT-4.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 at 3:04 pm PST