Tippmann A5. Basically the same as the BT4 Combat, just feeds faster and costs about 120 bucks more.
Ego 09. Doesn't compare. The Ego cost me $950 used and the Combat costs 150 new. Get real. My current marker.
Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Series. I wouldn't be caught dead with this gun. It is simply a waste of money. The barrel is tiny, the trigger feels terrible when you shoot, and it chops like every second ball.
BT4 Combat. Great gun. it was actually my first gun, and it proved to be the best $150 i ever spent. My only complaint is the stock barrel, but we'll get to that later.
Primary gun: Ego 09 out of the box. Best marker I ever laid eyes on.
Secondary gun: BT4 Combat. My upgrades include:
TIppmann Straight Line Barrel
For the BT4 Combat I would definately recommend a new barrel, an e-trigger, and a stock.
Nice trigger feel
Too much plastic
One day, a friend of mine came over to my house to show me his new Autococker. Yeah, it had all the fancy stuff, trigger, barrel and all, and i took out my new BT4 Combat (it had never been tested since I had bought it the same day he came over) and we went round back and gassed up. Our target was about 100 feet away, and was a five square inch plank of wood. I was using red paint and he was using yellow so we could see who shot where. Now, i had heard alot about these Autocockers as it was the beginning of my paintball career, but i wanted to see one and i had great expectations. So we started shooting and stopped when we had fired 10 bullets each. I looked up at the plank of wood and I saw yellow painted scattered all over it, and red paint stains in a big blob in the middle. I was thinking how can I only have hit the target one time and why is the stain so big. So we went up close, and i saw some red ball shells on the floor and some paint right and left. I had hit the target 7/10 times consecutively DEAD CENTER! I cant stress this more, DEAD CENTER!!! My friend looked down and couldn't beleive his eyes, he had hit the plank every time too, just that the paint was scattered around.
Now for the actual review. This gun could use an electric trigger, but if you're like me and like to know you're shooting a gun when you're shooting one, you're not gonna want a 2mm pull trigger. The problem with this one though is when you shed alot of paint, like after 2000 balls, you're finger starts getting sore.
A new barrel is a definate must. This should be your first upgrade. I would reccomend a Straight Line Tippmann barrel for Rec/hyper ball players like me, and a Flatline or an Apex for the woods.
The rear sights are practically useless. The rear sight is below the front one, so they serve no purpose whatsoever. I you use your sights alot, invest in a BT4 M16 carry handle and an M16 barrel for the best accuracy.
The gun is pretty loud, and i like that in a gun since in hyperball the loudness doesn't matter. It also scares off newbs which makes shooting at them twice more fun!
That's as far as the gun goes, now i'm going to give you the criticism of this gun from a rec/hyper player.
Now, I play in a speedball team and we're in the top 5 in Greece, and I use my Ego 9 there of course, but when i play rec ball and hyper ball i use my combat so that nothing happens to my Ego. I started off with hyper ball and rec ball too. So, the Combat is excellent at these rec and hyper distances, and is a real dog too, moving from one obstacle to another, I will occasionally roll on the ground over my Combat and it still keeps shooting like a dream. I have had no need to invest in a better gun since I am no rec or hyper ball enthusiast, and especially as my gun shoots and works beautifully.
I was between an A-5 and a Combat when I went out shopping for a marker. I tested out both, looked on the web, did my homework and since I was on a tight budget of $300 and didn't really want to spend all of it, I bought the Combat and bought the barrel and stock for it for less money than a stock A-5.
Edit: One thing I forgot to mention is that the gun does jam alot. This happens because the cocking spring moves up a little and then you can't pull the trigger back. Dont worry if the gun jams. 95% of the time it is the weak spring. If you jimmy the spring and pull it back and it still doesn't work, it still cant won't be a big problem unless something in the triggering mechanism broke or chipped.
If you're thinking of buying a BT4 Combat, just make the next step and buy it. It is for begginers/intermediates more on the beginner's side, and also makes for a great first gun. I think this gun is amazing and the only reason I'm giving it a 9 and not a ten is because there is always room for improvement.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, May 10th, 2009 at 5:28 am PST