Tippmann 98 Custom, Brass Eagle T-Storm, several rentals before
BT-16 with Stryker Carbon Fiber 12" barrel. Pretty much stock everything else
Brass Eagle T-Storm as back-up gun that my daughter uses too.
Get a foregrip, any foregrip
Try and get a tactical stock
Solid made, solid made, solid made
Easy on the eyes
Tippmann 98C barrel thread
BT Customer Service....... UPDATE: (This was recently fixed in 08/05/2208)
I bought this gun on eBay for cheap. I was expecting less than I actually got.
This is a solid gun, no plastic anywhere except the moving part on the trigger. No big deal there.
I liked the owner's manual; it's well written with pictures instead of drawings.
The one thing that annoyed me is the trigger guard. It's square, and close to the CO2 port, which is vertical. I tried a 20 lb bottle and it scratched the heck out of the trigger guard. I had to switch to a 9 lb bottle, which is lots narrower, but I have to reload CO2 more often. I have also ordered an ASA and Stainless Steel bottom line. That should solve the issue when they arrive. I have not shot it a lot in play, so I'll update this review in a week.
No offset ball feed
No picatinny rails
Vertical CO2 feed
UPDATE 07/22/2008: I went woodsballing last week. I put 700 rounds through it and NO CHOPS. It worked well, I knew I wasn't winning a BPS race, so I took it easy. I got me 5 kills, so it protected fairly well. Not a bad barrel either.
I added an ASA and a drop-forward. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. It's nice and confortable now. I'm just waiting for the remote coil I ordered online, to make it perfect. I'm just looking for a foregrip to make it a more confortable gun to shoot. Once I install the foregrip, I do not believe I'll modify it any further. This will probably end up being my backup gun next year, although it's my principal woodsball gun this season.
UPDATE ON BT SUPPORT; There's none still. They only support the BT-4 family, so if you have a BT-16 or plan on getting an online deal think about getting a second hand extra one for spares. Fortunately, it's a tank of a gun. I know that if you lube and clean it, you'll have no issues in a long time, but God forbid you damage something important. I'm online right now, hoping to get me another one for less than $50 including S&H. That would buy me some time
UPDATE # 2 ON BT SUPPORT (08-06-2008): I was able to find a phone number to call BT support (It is NOT mentioned on their website, only an e-mail address), and I finally got to talk to a very knowledgeable tech. I was having issues with cocking the gun so I was desperate. He told me to ship it in, and he'd fix it plus send me an o-ring kit for free. Guess what? When I put it together for the last time just prior to shipping it, I noticed I had not positioned the cocking pin correctly behind the T-frame slot, so it wasn't cocking (It can get underneath, small design change needed here). But once I put it together and tightened it all, it was all good. Thankfully this degree of dissassembly is not needed often. So I called the tech back to tell him I didn't need to send him the gun, and asked to buy the o-ring set anyways (they are not available in Canada anywhere, I have looked). He said no problem, he'd send it for free, plus a ball detent. He mentioned he had a BT-16 himself, and that the gun really doesn't deteriorate mechanically, just to keep it lubed, have o-rings at hand and to clean and add a drop of oil on the ball detent once in a blue moon. After that, it was all easy. I will change my review score to an 8, now that BT showed tech support.
UPDATE ON THE GUN (09/05/2008): I got an UPZ remote line for my HPA tank and a 14" carbon fiber barrel to lighten it up... what a difference. Try a remote with yours, it'll make all the difference.
(PICTURE UPDATE0; I just put up a picture of my baby as it will stay for a while... I got me a WGP Trilogy Tactical Mechanical Autococker (I'm old school, no electronics fro woodsball, for that I have two pimped up black Odyssey RPM's with 16" barrels and Eggy II hoppers), and I will concentrate on that one for a while now...
It's a nice gun, my issues are not technical with it. It's not easy to take apart, but it's a modern design that allows (and also requires) for the trigger to completely separate from the hammer area prior to lubing. There's Not a lot of support from BT. It seems they only support the BT-4 nowadays, and although they offered to sell me spares, they took it back on a follow up e-mail. You imagine your paintgun manufacturer telling you they have no spares available for their product / your gun?
All in all, I like the gun, hate their customer service. I would recommed owners to stock up on spares or buy an old one online. I would rate it higher had it not been for the lack of BT support.
UPDATE: I take back the lack of support bit. It's just hard to get through to the techs, that's why the gun still does not get a higher score. They are reasonable, helpful, and offer extra stuff to make up for your initial shipment cost of the gun to them in case of needing repair. The BT-16 is still a slow and heavy gun, but it's a TANK. Use it, abuse it, it will shoot for you. I believe it's a very solid woodsball gun, if you stay within its shooting speed limitations. Never mind about the weight, woodsball players want a mil-sim gun, right?
It is a shame there are no aftermarket mods for it except for a better barrel, but one learns to live with it.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, September 5th, 2008 at 6:24 pm PST