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Paintball_Doc Monday, August 18th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months25 of 27 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
AKA Viking (high end), Tippmann X7 (milsim / scenario)
Recommended
Upgrades:
Just a barrel and a good loader
Strengths: It's essentially a milsim mini
Weaknesses: Power button (see body)
Uses PaintballSolutions for customer service
Review: The TM7 is a fast, light marker that introduces BT to the realm of high end milsim markers. I liked that the marker came in a package with an Empire barrel sock, some grease, spare parts, and all the allen wrenches needed. Really, the only things needed not included were a 9volt, a loader, and your HPA tank.

The stock barrel is .691 bore and 9 inches long. It performs well for a stock barrel, but upgrading to another barrel is a logical upgrade for this marker.

The stock is adjustable, and in the field I have found it to be quite stable.

The selector switch allows you to switch between semi, PSP ramping, and NXL full auto. There is an easily accessible tournament lock in the event that your field requires it.

The only weakness I have found with this marker is the push button for power. It was not adequately connected to the circuit board, and as a result, was damaged after a few days of play. I believe this is a freak chance problem that happened with the first-generation TM7s only (or perhaps only my individual marker), and BT's customer service will honor their warranty to fix this flaw.

I got my TM7 back in a week, and it's back to normal operation.


FOLLOW UP REPORT - February 2009 -- My TM7 has started acting up in this month. The issue appears to be a problem with the hall effect sensor technology. Symptoms are bursts of fire coming from semi-auto and the marker powering off arbitrarily on some trigger pulls (possibly a power spike?)

At first I suspected it was a board issue. I called up paintball solutions (BT's tech support) and told them about it. Their answer? Do a factory reset. Seriously, if I was able to tell you what the issue was, you should know I was smart enough to try that just to be on the safe side.

While they did send me a new board free of charge

I plan to call BT directly this week and skip the middleman paintballsolutions, a company who simply is of no use without a real argument (I had to fight for the board I got).

It really is too bad -- as a whole, the design could have been sound. This one problem and how BT will handle it will forever decide my opinion of this marker.

Lowering the overall number for now and we'll see in the future.

FOLLOW UP - November 2009.

Paintball Problems (I mean Paintball Solutions) wound up replacing the solenoid. It's possible it was a factory defect instead of a design flaw.

Ran with it this whole season without issues.
Conclusion: I could see BT being the end of the blowback markers, if they address the issues in the technology first.

Really, when the TM7 works, it's incredible. When it doesn't, it's a pain and the customer service of Paintball Solutions may induce profanity.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 2:10 pm PST
 

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