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Number of Reviews: 1
Average Rating: 9.0 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $130

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Robocop has nothing on the new SA-17 paintball pistol from BT, with its bold profile and big performance. Built on the successful US-P platform, this new paintball pistol has a precision milled aluminum body for durability and a new spring feed system that can feed forwards or backwards. Utilizing full-size internals means this gun will perform like the big boy it is and dominate your opponents on the field. Featuring multiple Picatinny rails, the SA-17 is designed with a military-inspired look and can accept cool aftermarket accessories. The quick change CO2 system and easy feed tube loading means you won’t get caught short when the enemy counterattacks. Grab a SA-17 and remember that size matters when the game is on the line.

Precision Milled Aluminum Body
• Threaded Barrel Tip for Barrel Accessories
• Quick Change 12g System for Fast CO2 Changes
• Reversible Ball Feed Tube will Fit any Holster
• Top and Bottom Picatinny Rails Accept Many Accessories
• Quick Strip Bolt and Hammer System for Easy Maintenance
• Sniper Round Compatible Breech
• Picatinny Rail Mounted Feed System Offers Clear Sight Line
• Fires .68 caliber paintballs
• 10 round magazine
• 20+ shots per 12-gram cartridge
Product Availability 
The BT Paintball Design SA-17 Pistol is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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Prometheus1987 Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months22 of 22 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Ariakon Overlord
Marker Setup: Primary: BT Omega
Mods: 16" Rap4 Raptor barrel outfitted with an M4 flash hider and a steel front sight, Special Ops F.O.G. foregrip w/ RIS, BT Rip Clip, & Co2 tanks with Anti Siphon tubes.

Secondary: BT Sa-17
Mods: Tippmann Project Salvo rear sight, Optional 200 round hopper, BT Combat Multi Holster
Recommended
Upgrades:
Project Salvo rear sight
BT Combat Multi holster
Strengths: -Magazine Capacity
-Fast Co2 change
-Easy Field Strip
-Variable bore size
Weaknesses: -Big
-Reload takes 4 to 5 seconds
-No rear sight
Review: Good Points:
1. Magazine Capacity: It advertises that it has a 10 round magazine. This is true, but when you lock the spring down, cock the gun, and pull the plug out, you can manually load 13 rounds, so you'll start your match with 13 rounds!

2. Fast Co2 Change: The quick change lever under the barrel allows you to slam the Co2 into the puncture pin for a fast seal that almost wastes no Co2, and gets you back in the game quicker. Some reviews state that it leaks Co2... well mine didn't. For the ones that do, there is a new version of the puncture seal you can get in the Sa-17 parts kit. Another note is that the Co2 pin is BEASTLY. it's predecessor the USP was notorious for having a flimsy pierce pin, they definitely corrected that problem!

3. Easy Field Strip: Being that it's a stacked tube blow-back, one of it's inherent design strengths are its ability to be taken apart with the pull of a pin. If you get a break, just pull the pin, and draw the bolt and hammer assembly out & run a squeegee through.

4. Efficiency: This pistol advertises 20 balls per Co2. This is an understatement to say the least. On a warm day expect something between 30 and 35 balls!

5. Upgrade-ability: This pistol is the most upgradeable pistol I know of besides the T68gen3. The feed port uses standard BT style picatinny mounted feed accessories, so you can take the magazine off, and slide a BT feedneck on it. The Breach is cut to accept 1st strike rounds too, so you can have a 1st strike in the breach to fire 1st. The barrel comes in 2 pieces, the 1st part is an Insert sortof like the Freak system. You can get a kit that comes with more inserts and adjust the bore diameter to your paint. The second part is a cocker threaded tip, so you can use any cocker barrel you want. There is a hole in the Co2 lever, so you can upgrade to use a constant air system if you desire.

Weaknesses:

1. This pistol is BIG. The only holsters i've heard that fit it are conveniently made by BT. The gun because of its size should be worn in a cross-draw configuration, or directly on the belt. Wearing it on your leg will have it swinging around like a monkey. I use the BT Combat Multi holster, which comes in 3 pieces to mold to your gun, so I'm happy :)

2. Reload Time: Okay this is a draw-back for real. Despite the fact that you can lock your 10 round tube on the magazine while you pull the spring back, the whole process takes about 4 or 5 seconds & requires practice!

3. No Rear Sight: The contour of this paintball gun does not allow you to just aim down the barrel. It rises in the middle & sinks down in the front and back. There is a front sight post on the Magazine Tube, but to use it, you need a rear sight on the back picatinny rail. I found the Project Salvo rear sight to work well. If not, tilt your gun counter clockwise 40 degrees and aim down the magazine tube.
Conclusion: Properly set up this gun is easily on par with the TPX. If you are a manly man, and don't care about weight and size, than this is a great pistol for you. The stacked blow-back design is one we all know, and while it's not perfect... It will work reliably with normal paint. And for $50.00 less than the TPX, you'll have this gun & a holster with a few dollars left for 10 round tubes! I would recommend this to any of my friends!
Rating:
9 out of 10
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