In December of 2014, BO Dynamics made it's much needed debut in the United States through an exclusive retail partnership with Evike. BO Dynamics may be new to the U.S. market, but have already established themselves in the European market. BO Dynamics formed in 2012, deep in the heart of Europe and quickly struck a name for themselves. Their attention to detail, partnerships with well-respected companies such as Lonex and Vega Force and quality manufacturing is second to none.
Recently, I had the opportunity to get my hands one of the first BO's shipped into the U.S.; the BO Dynamics LT595 M4 SBR. After hours of debate between this model and the full-metal BAW-PRO (recoil gun), I decided to go with the standard electric blow back, polymer framed gun. The decision was difficult, but I decided I wanted one less item to draw power from my battery and felt it would be fair of me to review the more affordable option.
After waiting for several days, the much-loved big brown truck showed up and I had the LT595 sitting in front of me. Upon opening the box, I immediately noticed that BO Dynamics spared no expense when it came to attention to detail. The fiberglass reinforced polymer receiver and rail system was flawless and had a beautiful Lonex horse logo staring right at me, just begging me to pick her up, so I obliged.
As I picked up this beautiful black beast, I took note that the gun was heavier than I expected. Considering it is a polymer-framed gun, I expected it to be considerably light. Weighing in just under 6 pounds, I was definitely shocked, but not in a bad way. The weight instantly gave me the feeling that this gun was quality and with full Lonex internals, I had no doubt that it was. The gun also had zero wobble and was completely solid. There was absolutely no play in any of the external parts of the gun.
FTAC Brandon reviews the BO Dynamics LT595 SBR - Polymer framed M4 available only through Evike.com., Global Vision Eyewear, and Bo Dynamics!
Internally, the gun is chock full of Lonex Proline upgrades tuned by BO Dynamics technicians. According to the specifications, the LT595 has a custom BO Dynamics proprietary Version 2 metal gearbox, a Lonex high torque+high speed motor, 32:1 metal gears, steel ball bearing spring guide, trigger, bearings and cylinder, heat resistant silver wiring and a 6.03mm steel tight bore precision barrel.
After letting the LT595 sit with my other guns during the week, my team's training arrived and I was ready to test the performance. During training, I was able to blast about 1,500 Matrix .25 bio bbs through the gun and get a real feel for her. It took very little effort to sight in the gun, and only a slight adjustment to the hop up and she was shooting straight with very little deviation.
Training began with numerous double-tap drills, probably close to 100 of them and I had no problems with the gun whatsoever. I was running her on a standard 9.6/1600 battery and she performed well. The trigger response was crisp and fast and the rate of fire on the 9.6 was pretty standard and up-to-par with other quality weapons. Our drills consisted of close range engagements at 25 feet and longer-range engagements in excess of 50 feet. I was able to keep all the bb's on target and in about a 4-inch grouping.
After running numerous drills on my strong side, I switched up to my weak side to run the drills again and I quickly found a limitation on the LT595. The gun's grip flares out at the top where it meets the receiver. This flare makes it quite difficult to operate the fire selector switch and the lack of an ambidextrous selector was the first design flaw I was able to establish. I experimented with different methods of operating the selector switch with my weak hand and made due.
I then began to run shoulder transition drills from my strong to my weak side and again, the grip and lack of an ambidextrous selector switch reared it's ugly face again. I found it difficult to operate the selector through these drills and discovered an additional complaint. The selector switch on the LT595 could definitely use a little more of a "click" and lock when it goes into semi and/or full auto. As I would transition shoulders, on occasion my glove or finger would brush the selector switch and disengage it or even push it into full-auto. This made it difficult to transition, come on target and fire rapidly.
As training continued and more bbs poured through the barrel, the gear box would occasionally lock up in semi-auto. This is not an uncommon occurrence with AEG's and a quick burst on full-auto usually resets the problem. This was not the case with the LT595. I found that it would stay locked up for extended amounts of time, but eventually would free up and operate normally. This could become a problem at events where semi-auto only rules apply. I have not had the opportunity to test the LT595 on a lipo battery at the time of this review, but I suspect that the added speed and performance of a lipo could possibly help with this particular problem.
Some of the final drills I ran with this gun were tactical reload exercises. I again found another issue but quickly altered my tactics and corrected this issue. As I would reload a new magazine into the gun, I would hear a slight click and begin to fire. After pulling the trigger a few times, I would realize that the gun was not feeding bbs into the hop up. I would do a quick press on the bottom of the mag and then hear a solid click, insuring me that the magazine was seated correctly. This isn't necessarily a flaw in the LT595's design, but I realized that I had to press a little harder with my mags to ensure they were seated and the gun would feed bbs.
When training was over, I sat back with my team and talked about the gun, it's fantastic performance and it's slight flaws. Overall, we all agreed that the gun externally was beautiful and internally it performed superbly. I am completely satisfied with the gun, it's performance and I am sold on BO Dynamics. I believe that I have found a gun that matches quality with affordability and I plan on keeping BO Dynamics as my primary go-to guns from this point forward.
--Brandon Roberts is a counter-terrorism task force officer based out of Meridian, Mississippi. He has been in law enforcement since 2001 and has served as a private military contractor for the U.S. government overseas. Brandon is the author of the Amazon Best Seller List book 'Evading Honesty' and runs milsim with the Florida Tactical Action Club