BT-4 Iron horse
Ricochet AK loader
specter one point sling
BT magazine expansion chamber
Magazine expansion chamber and BT E-Grip
Accuracy, ease of dissasembly
Barrel furniture, Cost
I picked my 'Horse up on EBay for 232 dollars including shipping. (That has nothing to do with the review, I'm just bragging)
Ok, so the basic iron horse is an m-4 looking marker, with picatinny rails on top and bottom of the receiver, and on the hand grips. It comes with a vertical foregrip and a nice telescoping bi-pod, as well as a removable M-16 style carry handle. The stock is collapsible. There is a sling swivel on the top rail of the carry handle for alternate sling uses. The package i got came with a sling, but I chose a single point sling.
I target shot with the Apex off at 30 feet to get a feel for it, and it was very accurate. Yes I know, thirty feet, big whooop. I just don't believe in going anywhere with a rifle/pistol/marker that I haven't ever shot.
I bought the E-grip and the expansion chamber and installed them before I played an actual game with it.
First of all, this gun is a monster, and it scares the crap out of walk ons. It is also very heavy, which is fine for me, but I wouldn't even bother taking it on an airball field. This marker is strictly for woodsball or scenario games. The weight helps when firing rapid fire shots, you can actually muscle them into place despite the recoil.
I found that once I put the mag expansion on, I coudn't put the grip on the receiver anymore. Which results in my only gripe about this marker, that when you put the grip on the RIS rail on the barrel, sometimes it makes the barrel unscrew. Never happened to me during a game, but I have only played about 5 days total with this marker so it's bound to happen.
I had to take the marker apart to install the expansion chamber, and it is a carbon copy of the 98c without the complicated trigger stuff. The trigger components are modular, they are all located in the grip. The e-grip was literally as easy as removing two bolts. For that reason alone it's a better marker than my tippys. I also noticed that the thread for the receiver is actually an adapter, which means you can get a whatever type barrel thread adaptor you want without getting barrel breaks.
So I played a couple games full auto, and then switched back to semi. This gun is very accurate without the Apex on,and once I got used to it, I found the Apex to be a very easy barrel to adjust to. I will definitely say you need an electric loader with this marker, especially if you get the e-grip. Also, this isn't a quiet marker by any means, the refs told me they could hear my marker firing all the way from the staging area.
I found that once I dialed the Apex in I could hang back and safely take out people out from beyond their range. Not just walk ons with rentals, but people with their own equipment.
I would say honestly if there was a rifle designed for suppressive fire in mind, this would be it. I tend to play as a heavy rifleman and this marker suits me to a "T."
And if you are a former soldier or Marine, this marker feels like going home. :)
If you are a mil sim junkie, this is the marker for you.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 at 9:03 am PST