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ZB2 Friday, August 29th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
2 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Rental Guns from walk on centres. Totally inferior in rate of fire to the BT-16
Marker Setup: BT-16 Tactical,
Smart Parts 20 inch tactical Barrel,
Piccatinny Riser Mount,
45* Elbow (shaved down to fit vertical feed),
Walther 40mm Red/Green Dot sight,
Remote Coil,
Viper 3-point tactical sling.
Recommended
Upgrades:
A vest or harness with a remote coil to house your Co2 cannister.
Strengths: Rate of Fire.
Ease of Maintenance,
Ballanced weight,
Piccatinny rails,
M4 Aesthetics,
Tippmann 98 thread
Weaknesses: Vertical Feed Blocks view,
Obsolete marker,
spare parts not manufactured,
Some internals made of Iron
Review: I bought this 20 months ago and have used it 7 times on the paintball field. At the walk-on games and paintball centres I've been to, this gun quickly establishes superiority in tuned velocity and rate of fire compared to the available rental guns. Being an M4 look-alike it adds a bit of intimidation to the other players too. After playing through the marker 7 times on 8 hour games, and numerous back-yard trails the gun still performs at top-performance, providing of course, that it is regularly cleaned and re-greased.

Firing at 13 balls per second the marker is more than a firing match for rental guns of the slower, 8 balls per second, providing you can pull the semi-automatic trigger fast enough. With a 14 Inch barrel it dwarfs other rental barrels of the typical 8 inch variety. the rifling grooves of that extra 6 inches produces resounded results on the paintball too, but like with all markers, it depends on how much gas is left in your tank to produce good shots. I have since swapped out the standard barrel for a Smart Parts Tactical 20 Inch barrel of Tippmann 98 threads, which fit this marker, the result has been amazing, with good shots landing at 50 metres.

I also upgraded to a Walther 50mm red dot sight, using a shaved 45* elbow to offset the hopper, and a Piccatinny riser mount to put the sight just over the vertical feed. The result of that has been the best paintball experience to date, with accurate shots landing on torsos far down the field.

I have also upgraded to using my own vest and remote coil for the marker, which has really lightened the weight considerably and removed an anoying, bulbus cannister.

The Manual provided was a bit poor in discription becuase it illustrated the shorter BT-16 Combat dissassembly, not my BT-16 Tactical, a longer and Stocked version. Though the instructions are still pretty similiar.

Since then the mechanical problems have been the male and female parts of the screw holding the air-valve to the gun, coming loose and being un-workable. The Allen screw that holds the top plate down has since chipped away at the tip forcing me to replace the screw completely, as that part isn't issued in the BT-16 spare parts kit. I have also had the stock loosen over the 20 months, but thats to be expected really.

As it stands right now with the aforementioned additions and removals, the marker operates much better than when I first bought it. I am delighted to continue using the marker so long as it shall live, dispite its drawbacks and obsoleteness.
Conclusion: Not a cheap price, and it is obsolete, with few barrel modifications available. Dispite its ease of maintenance and its piccatinny rails, I don't reccomend this marker for new players.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, September 7th, 2008 at 5:16 am PST
 

Review Comments
GhostWarrior91 Saturday, September 6th, 2008 | 9:35 pm PST
Can you explain how you made the elbow and horizontal feed for the hopper. I recently purchased this gun for cheap and would like the make similar upgrades.
   

ZB2 Sunday, September 7th, 2008 | 5:10 am PST
Oh I meant the vertical feed on the gun, not horizontal haha.

I bought the one piece plastic elbow not the kind that has the tightening bolts on, I used a powerdrill with sand paper on to thin the outside of the elbow so it could fit in the vertical feed. (I did start using sandpaper to bring it down, but its best to shave too much plastic, then use ducktape to build it up to fit the feed.)

The Hopper itself is 45* offset from the gun, but i hold the marker 45* in the other direction so the balls still feed. only occasionally does a ball not feed in correctly, and even then just a quick shake sends them on their way.
   

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