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potatomato33 Saturday, February 28th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month8 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann X7
Marker Setup: BT TM-7 (Stock barrel, serial number 0016xx)
Halo B
Steel HPA tank (direct mount)
Recommended
Upgrades:
Aftermarket barrel
Carbon Fiber HPA tank
Remote (Maybe)
Strengths: Very light, easy to use, looks great. Surprisingly durable.
Weaknesses: Very sensitive trigger, stock barrel is inaccurate. Hard takedown.
Review: I've used this marker twice, both in 30F degree weather, and it works very well. I broke a few balls, but that was down to the horrid, horrid stock barrel rather than the marker itself. I'll be addressing some of the main issues people have been having with it.

Does the selector switch feel flimsy? Yes, it does, but that's because my other marker is an X7. I'm pretty sure almost everyone that complains about this used a woodsball marker before getting the TM7, so it would no doubt feel flimsy. But make no mistake, unless you use a lot of force on purpose, it will not break.

Does the trigger pull feel weird? Yes and no. It all depends on how you set it up and how used you are to the feel of other triggers. This was not an issue for me. What IS an issue, however, is how sensitive it is. I tripped and fell today, and even though I fell on my back and my finger wasn't even on the trigger, the marker just fired off a couple of rounds. Which means if you're not going to be shooting, make a habit of leaving it on safety.

Does the TM7 feel flimsy? No, it does not. Yes, it's an all plastic marker, but it is good quality plastic, not the stuff found on toys'r'us toy guns. I also had a steel HPA tank mounted directly on the TM7 and did not notice any wobble at all. It moves 1 or 2 mm up and down, but that was never an issue performance-wise for me. I guess it all depends on how it was assembled in the factory.

Does the blinking light give away your position? No, no, no, no, no. It's right next to the power button on the side of the marker. Furthermore, the light is a dull red (I think it's red), and it can't be seen past 20 feet. If you're worried, just stick a piece of tape over it before you play. I was worried more about noise my hopper than the blinking indicator light.

Now we'll get to the review of the TM7.

This thing rips right out of the box; provided you get a decent hopper that is. Factory setting is set to 13 bps and I had no problems with that. I brought it up to 15 bps and had a break every 500 or so shots. But I was using Draxxus field paint with the stock barrel, and it was around 35F degrees, so that's also a factor.

Now what I don't get is how people are saying they can hit targets 60 feet away, unless they have an aftermarket barrel. The stock barrel is pretty poor. At 40 feet shooting full auto, my shot groupings were easily in 3 feet circle, and this is just being conservative. You definitely want to buy a barrel for it.

The TM7 is surprisingly durable for something that light, even with a steel tank. I've dropped it and hit trees while running, and it still works. Yes, it has a tendency to fire off a couple of rounds when contact is made, but it still works afterward. After lugging around my X7 during games, I'm surprised that even at the end of the day, I wasn't too tired, which was not the case with the X7. When I get a carbon fiber tank, it's going to be even lighter.

The firing modes are easy to program. I brought a photocopy of my manual on the fields and was changing them during games with ease. The 9v battery compartment is also easily accessible, but once you have a 9v battery in there, quite hard to open again, so you don't have to worry about it dropping out. The burst function is cool, but I was usually going between safety and full auto. Oh, and before anyone complains about the 3 shot semi-auto safety feature before you can go full auto, boy am I glad it's implemented. If it weren't, I would've accidentally lit up a couple of people on my own team.

what are the weakness associated with the TM7? The only downside I have experienced with it is the take down. As mentioned previously, I also have an X7 and taking it down for cleaning was a cinch. As this is my first electronic gun, I don't know too much about it, so I have to take extra care when taking it apart to oil/lube the internals.

Also, this is supposed to be a "mil-sim" marker, but just because you slap an MP7 shell on a mini doesn't make it "mil-sim." Yes, having the internal regulator is great, but the main problems we woodsballers have is that either the hopper gets in the way when we either try to use red dot scopes, or the mask stops us being able to use iron sights properly if the marker has a stock. Neither of these issues are adressed, especially not when BT is dragging its heels with either developing a TM7 compatible Rip Clip, or even an official Rip Clip adaptor. This could easily be solved by including an off-set feed neck along with the feed neck that comes with it, but this simple solution was overlooked.

Did I mention that the stock barrel sucks?
Conclusion: The TM7 is a solid marker that works extremely well out of the box (if you don't get a lemon). The only thing you have to replace on it is the barrel, but other than that, the thing is great. It is simple enough for someone who's only used Tippmanns (98, A5, X7 w/o egrips) to figure out how to operate it the very first time at a field.

This is a great marker for one-day games, but due to the electronics involved, I would not take it to big, multiple day events because the eye and the hopper need care.

If you want a light, compact marker for casual play that rips right out of the box, the TM7 is for you. If you expect to play in the rain/snow/dirt, I would get something else, a woodsball marker with an egrip or response trigger.

I give it a solid 8 out of 10, -1 for a horrid, horrid, stock barrel, and -1 in general for all markers that I can't sight down the barrel.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Warstar Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 | 7:52 pm PST
Good review! I agree, the stock barrel is horrendous.
   

mystery sniper Saturday, April 25th, 2009 | 3:57 pm PST
I Disagree, the stock barrel is better than most of the later barrels you can get for it. And your sensetive trigger issue isn't a weakness, it is awesome, but if you hate it, you CAN change the sensitivity. And not really hard to take down, maybe if you are inexperienced at gun work, but it's as easy as following the owners manual. And your problem with the Red Dot, no matter what gun it is, there is NO point to a red dot, it is the paintball, not the marker. you can have the best paint in the world, but they still are not going to be perfect and fly 100% all the time. Not even real guns with bullets do that. Don't even spend the money on a Sight.
   

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