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theeraserhead Saturday, February 14th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
None.
Marker Setup: Red Dot Scope
14" Rifled Barrel
Dual Risers
Rap4 RIS Shroud
Custom made ammo box
Strengths: Accurate
Feels and looks like a real gun.
Weaknesses: Gen4 had alot of issues but most were addressed by the Gen6 upgrade.
Review: When I first bought the T68 Gen4 (upgraded to T68 Gen6), I had a dozen issues which were all resolved:

1. The hammer O-rings were breaking.
2. There was air leaking in the air chamber.
3. The gun stutters.
4. Balls were breaking.
5. Magazine well was not fitted perpendicular to the barrel.
6. Low velocity issue.
7. Two of the magazines mulfunctioned. One was not holding in its paintballs and the other magazine fed its spring into my gun.
8. The design of the standard M4 handguard and sight for the T68 Gen4 or Gen6 is faulty. The handguard will secure itself to the body of the gun but not to the barrel. This means the barrel can be easily unscrewed or loosened. The sight relies on one screw that tightens into the barrel, but not strong enough. The iron rod that runs between the sight and handguard still allows for some twisting of the sight and barrel.
9. The trigger sometimes will not release the hammer.
10. This isn't an issue I really experienced, but I noticed the newer T68s have crooked carry handles since the base rail was wider than the carry handle.
11. The top rail+charging handle is wobbly after rap4 replaced it for unknown reasons. I had a hard time convincing rap4 that the rail+charing handle on top of the gun was wobbly. Rap4 finally took the gun back and later returned it to me claiming the wobbling was gone - it wasn't.
12. The magazine release button on the magazine well sometimes lock up.

How they were resolved:

1. This was the biggest pain. The hammer o-ring kept breaking and took me several trips to rap4 until it was truely resolved. Rap4 resolved the issue
by installing a better quality o-ring which is now being installed on the Gen6 version. The newer o-ring is hard and clear, whereas the old faulty o-
ring is black.

2. I am one of the unlucky few to have a small (not significant) air leak in the air chamber located inside the magazine well. This was easily resolved by rap4 who replaced the seals.

3. The stutter was resolved after I upgraded to Gen6 internals and had the new hammer o-ring installed. The Gen6 upgrade kit costs about $20.00.

4. Rap4 couldn't figure out what was really causing the ball breakages, so they replaced all the internals in my T68 Gen6 marker, and replaced the ball detents on the magazine adapter. After the replacements, I'm no longer experiencing ball breakages.

5. The magazine well was not aligned on the T68 perfectly since the screw holes were slightly off. I had to enlarge the screw holes on the magazine well, using a file, to allow perfect alignment. Not all T68's have this alignment issue.

6. OK, the low velocity issue was due to the fact that I had the wrong springs installed after rap4 upgraded my marker to Gen6. I went back to rap4 a couple of times before the issue was resolved.

7. I simply had the magazines exchanged. Rap4 now sell a more reliable version which is made of metal instead of plastic, and is a bit more expensive.

8. I had to upgrade to the RIS handguard for $99.00 which secures the handguard to both the body of the gun and the barrel. I bought a new $30.00 two piece iron sight from rap4 that uses four screws to clamp the iron sight around the barrel. This prevents the sight from twisting. I also bought a separate $25.00 sling mount which I installed under the iron sight.

9. The faulty trigger was replaced by rap4.

10. I've notifed rap4 about this issue, and I was given back my old handle which is not crooked. If you do get a crooked handle for your T68, I suggest you RMA or buy a better M4 carry handle on-line.

11. You'll notice that if you remove the rail+charging handle and place it on a flat table that the rail is curved. I fixed this by filing the insides at the bottom of the rail, and tightening the screws at both ends of the rail to the gun. The tightened screws bends the rail flat on top of the gun.

12. The lock up occurs when the magazine release button is pressed too deep making the release bracket to exit too far on the other side of the magazine well that one end of the bracket drops down preventing it from re-entering. I fixed this by pressing the button deep enough so I can grab the release bracket and turn it one cycle clockwise. This tightens/secures the bracket and prevents it from exiting the magazine well.

After all of the above issues were resolved, the gun performed pretty well (above average) with its stock barrel. I was making tight groupings at what I think to be 75 feet, but Some of the players at the Los Gatos paintball field believe that I tested it at 100 feet, not 75 feet. Alot of the kids tried to compete with mine using their Tippmans and Spyders (some with Apex barrels) but with lesser accuracy.

Ammo box:

I realized that the magazines are not enough for me, so I read a couple of posts on the internet on how to build an ammo box for the T68 marker. I tested the ammo box at the Los Gatos Persuit (Bear Creek) paintball field and it worked flawlessly on semi-automatic. I can load about 140 paintballs into the ammo box.
Conclusion: The T68 is a great milsim marker once you've put enough time and effort to fix some of the issues you may experience when you first buy the gun. As you may have realized above, rap4 has already implemented upgrades to their marker to resolve the major issues due to my feedback, and have upgraded their warranty to five years. This means that you should not experience most of the issues that I had if you buy a T68 marker now. I give Gen 4 a 7/10 but the Gen6 a 9/10.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at 7:41 pm PST
 

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