-Air: Remote line to HPA tank
-Paints: Diablo Nightmare, Empire Ramp, RPS Stinger, RPS Big Ball
-Remote line and sling to help reduce the weight
-DIY weatherproofing for the E-Grip for those who play often in moist/dusty conditions
-Easy to clean/maintain
-A large target to hit
-May be too realistic-looking
I’ve been a recreational woodsball player for over four years now, but I’ve never owned my own marker. I’ve used plenty of loaners from my friends, and while each marker had one or two properties I liked, none of them felt like “the complete package” to me. My friends and I have begun to play more often now and have begun to attend scenario events. All of us have gotten much better at playing since we started and they’ve either done serious upgrading to their markers or stepped up to high-end markers (i.e. Tiberius T-9 Elite). I decided it was time to get my own marker. The BT-4 series came highly recommended by my local paintball shops. Since the milsim models (Delta, Assault, etc.) came on the market, one shop I go to has sold over a dozen of them. Not a one has come back for repairs and every buyer has come back to rave about their performance. With such high marks, I decided to take the $390 plunge for the complete package: BT’s top-of-the-line BT-4 variant, the Delta Elite.
I love this marker!
The BT Delta Elite (BTDE) uses the BT-4 receiver as its basis and has BT’s latest paintball marker upgrades attached to it, wrapped up in a MP-5SD-shaped package that’s sure to appeal to milsim players. While the shape may be too much for the casual player, the MP-5SD attachments all have some functionality to them. The sliding stock makes it easy to adjust the marker’s length to your preference or situation, while the big foregrip is comfortable and helps dampen the firing noise. Even the dummy magazine can double as a foregrip in a pinch. You may need it- this is a heavy marker. I use a sling and a remote line to help ease the weight. The weight is well-balanced, however, and never feels unwieldy. The marker also has a large frontal profile like the Tippmann A-5, so be mindful of this where marker hits count.
The BTDE has three major upgrades beyond the stock BT-4: The Rip Clip loader, the E-Grip electronic trigger frame, and the Apex barrel. The Rip Clip has three speed modes (normal, fast, fastest) to match the E-Grip’s five firing modes: Semi-automatic; Ramping at 10 balls per second; Ramping at 13bps; Automatic at 10bps; and Automatic at 13bps. While I almost exclusively use semi-auto mode, all five firing modes work fine. With the ramping modes, I like that there is no resetting, so the BTDE won’t stop firing like some electronic speedball markers do if you’re not hitting the sweet spot. The Apex barrel works as advertised: You can adjust it to fire long shots (a la the Tippmann Flatline barrel), hook shots to the left or right, and drop shots for lobbing paint into bunkers or foxholes. It takes some practice to use effectively, but you can pull off some nasty trick shots or even snipe once you’ve gotten the hang of it. Unlike the Flatline, you can also leave it in the stock position and not use it if you choose not to.
I never had a problem with the marker chopping paint or failing to load while out on the field, even when running around. I also have not experienced the “breaks in the barrel, not on the target” problem with the Apex that others have experienced with the Flatline. Use mid-grade or high-end paint and you should be fine. The maker has very good accuracy: Even without setting the Apex for long shots, I was consistently hitting and getting breaks on opponents from over 120ft. away!
The marker is very durable- I took a nasty tumble during one game, landing on the Rip Clip, and I took far more damage than the BTDE! I dusted myself off and got right back into the game. The E-Grip and Rip Clip took no damage. My main caveat with this marker was the electronics' survivability in bad weather, since many woodsballers/milsim players like to play in the rain and snow. I am happy to report that after playing for ~30min. in a moderate downpour, the BTDE's electronics worked fine and did not short out. The Rip Clip has good seals on it, while the E-Grip does have some gaps between the metal grip frame and the rubber grip covering where water could seep in if you don't have your hand over it. I wouldn't do anything drastic like submerge the BTDE (or any marker for that matter) in water or leave it out in the rain for very long. If you’re a hardcore player who plays in the rain, snow, or dusty conditions often, you may want to consider a DIY weatherproofing solution for the E-Grip (e.g. making a gasket of some sort). This shouldn't be hard or expensive to do.
The BTDE is easy to disassemble and oil. Once you’ve removed all the accessories from the receiver and slid the stock all the way back, there are only four screws you need to loosen to get to the internals. The instruction manual is clear and easy to read. The marker comes with a barrel plug, 9V battery for the E-Grip, Allen wrenches, and extra O-rings. You will need to supply four AA batteries for the Rip Clip. Battery life will vary depending on your playing style, but always bring an extra set with you just in case.
The BTDE is more than necessary for the average rec player. However, if you like your maker with all the trimmings, the BTDE fits the bill nicely and still has plenty of room for upgrades. If you are a scenario player, milsim player, or play very often like I do, give the BT Delta Elite a look. Better yet, if a friend has one, ask him/her to lend it to you. You’ll be glad you did.
I have asked someone to return my BT Delta Elite from RSA. On the day of flight problems were encountered at the airport which we had prepared for thanks to your review under weakness [b]-May be too realistic-looking[/b] I should urge people that in times of this war on terror realistic looking paintball guns may not be the greatest of ideas I'm in africa so I don't even want to know what American customs will think of it.