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Lord Caliber Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Marker Setup: BT-4 Delta Elite.
Tippmann A5/X7 low profile hopper.
Remote Line.
One point sling.
68/4500 Ninja Carbon Fibre.
Recommended
Upgrades:
-Tippmann A5/X7 low profile hopper (need to file hopper's locking tab as it sticks out too much and gives a tough time installing onto rip clip
-Remote line
-APE Rampage Board
-Sling
Strengths: Looks awesome
Double trigger
Semiauto, ramping mode, fullauto settings
Range
High accuracy
APEX barrel
Weaknesses: Fairly loud
Cannot shift firing mode on the fly
below 290-300fps at maximum velocity.
Review: This gun is serious, my friends! The BT-4 Delta Elite is actually a BT-4 Delta with a rip clip (eletronic-feed paintball loader), an E-grip (for semi-auto, ramping, and full auto settings), and an APEX barrel (different barrel shroud too). It is more economical to purchase a BTDE rather than upgrading a BT Delta with these 3 major components. The collapsable stock allows for comfortable handling of the marker.

RIP CLIP: Needs 4 x AA batteries. It can support up to 20 bps which is more than enough for the BTDE's highest full-auto setting of 13 bps. This product is great.

E-GRIP: Requires a 9V battery. As I have written above, it allows for multiple firing modes (5 total): semi-auto, ramping 10 bps, ramping 13 bps, full-auto 10 bps, ramping 13 bps. I keep it usually on ramping 10 bps however I like the semi-auto as I can do around 7 bps (yeah i know my fingers are slow) which is fast enough to cut down sprinting opponents and doesn't deplete my paintballs as fast as the other settings do. 3 downsides of this product: 1stly, it's got ok sealing but water can definitely get in and soak the circuit board. 2ndly, depending on your usage, 9V will get depleted so bring spares. 3rdly, one cannot shift firing mode on the fly. To change firing mode, one needs to open up the E-grip and set a couple of dip switches. Performance-wise, it is, by far, superior to a Response Trigger.

APEX BARREL: This is a debatable product. Personally, I find it accurate enough to my liking. It has settings for left and right curved shots as well as a drop shot but I don't use those as they are sort of cheap. My friend doesn't like his APEX as he seems to find it inaccurate over 60 ft (shot curves even if it is not set to curve).

Some BTDE owners find this marker heavy but I personally don't think so that's why I didn't put "weight" as a weakness. My guesstimate is about 6 lbs. and if you can't carry 6 lbs. or complain about it then you're a sissy. It's an estimate for weight so don't quote me on that. I haven't actually weighed it on a scale.

I suggest to replace the stock hopper with a Tippmann A5/X7 low profile hopper. Just be aware that the locking tab sticks out too much so you (may) need to file it so that it fits in the rip clip nicely. Also, a remote line for your tank is highly recommended as the marker's weight could become an issue without it. An APE Rampage board (7 firing modes with shifting on the fly; don't have to open up E-grip) is ideal. One thing to keep in mind is that it is somewhat loud and this may give away the BTDE owner's position.

DEC 1. After months of usage, I am still very happy with this marker. Rip clip's solid overall--the only time it may chop is the moment when i run out of air (which is rare). Contrary to what people say, the E-grip and the RIP clip are not battery hogs. I haven't replaced my batteries yet through months of playing (which included a major scenario game). Because it is not as air-efficient as high-end markers, I recommend nothing less than a 68/4500 carbon fibre tank so you don't need to get a refill often. I have also played with it in the rain and it has withstood a heavy downpour. Am really impressed with it as it did not break down at all. My next upgrades will be a Zerokick Hammer (which is supposed to have virtually no kick, thus increasing accuracy and will make my gun quieter), an APE Rampage Board, and 8" and 12" Bigshot APEX-ready LAPCO barrels. Will post more comments/reviews about my upgrades a few months from now.

JAN 2. I decided not to get APEX ready LAPCO barrels. The 8" LAPCO is actually shorterr than the BTDE stock barrel so that means you have to modify the shroud to accommodate it. I don't think it would be a good idea. The 12" version does fit but is obviously longer, making my BTDE look funny. If you want to get these upgraded barrels, then you must sacrifice the stock shroud. I personally don't want to.

A zero-kick hammer upgrade does help a bit. Less kick so better accuracy (just a tad bit) and a bit more air-efficient since it's lighter. But for its price I personally don't think it's worth it so I returned mine.

APE rampage board will have to wait... expensive... Just not worth $125 at the moment.

FEB 2, 2011
I have a new rating for this gun as I have become more experienced with paintball. My new rating for this gun is 8.5/10. This is based on air efficiency, overall performance, and aesthetics with respect to its price vs other markers (using the same criteria). Would not dive into explanation as it is not fair to compare this with speedball markers. At the end of the day, it is one's preference to go with milsim or speedball markers (which i have succumb to now).
Conclusion: I strongly recommend this marker, it is worth the money. A TM-15 may have more features but is expensive for what it is (it doesn't even come with a rip clip out of the box, ergo you must purchase it separately to enjoy its full-auto capabilities) .I give this a 9.5 (but 9.5 rating doesn't exist) simply because it doesn't allow you to shift on the fly. So far, I find it a great gun.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 11:04 am PST
 

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