Opinions Change: My Now-Broken BO Dynamics LT595

By Editor, Mar 8, 2015 | |
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    Several weeks back, many of you read and watched my review of the BO Dynamics LT595 BAW. When that review was created, I had shot five to six thousand bbs through the gun without any malfunctions. However, longevity (Approximately 2 months of use) has shown the some flaws in the LT595 that my readers and followers should be aware of.

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    Note: The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of Airsoft Society.

    Many of you are aware that popular airsoft reviewers are sponsored and/or paid by large companies and retailers which results in reviews that are purpose driven to create sales. What you will find with me is I am a no nonsense type of guy, and I will not sugar coat anything for my readers, fans and followers. With this being said, I am pulling my recommendation of the BO Dynamics LT595 and I will detail the failures that have been starting to show their ugly face two months into my ownership of this weapon.

    Through the month of January and leading up to my original review, I had no problems or malfunctions with the LT595. I was quite pleased with the performance, quality, and affordability of the gun. A gun that I believed was worth every penny. However, in late January, I went camping with this gun the night before our monthly Florida Tactical Action Club training and problems began to arise.

    The gun was secured within the rental van I had acquired for my travels and that night the outside temperatures dropped to around 40 degrees. After freezing my butt off that night, I woke up excited to get some serious training done. When I began to fire my LT595 to ensure it was sighted in properly, the gun was shooting like a completely different weapon. The bbs were flying all over the place, were completely inconsistent and the range was terrible. I was baffled.

    I immediately removed the upper receiver and pulled out the barrel and hopup to check for any problems. When I peered down the barrel, I quickly realized that it was full of flakes and the bore was hazy. It appeared as if the barrel had a coating that went bad over night and was now clogging up the barrel. I then ran a cleaning rod and cotton pad through the barrel to try and clean out the obstruction. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of going too far and damaging the bucking. This was a my mistake, but added to the downward spiral that this gun had already began.

    After removing the hop up and bucking, I then spent the next 30 minutes trying to clean out the flaky obstruction, but at that point the bucking was not functional. A few days later, I replaced the bucking with a Maple Leaf 75, hoping that this would make everything better. Unfortunately, I was very wrong. The performance of the gun was terrible. The accuracy and range was worse and completely inconsistent. Some bbs would fly out 100 feet and at a good speed, then others would travel about 20 feet and drop to the ground. Another problem that developed was that the gun now had a massive feeding problem with the Elite Force midcaps which had previously been working perfectly.

    After about a week of hoping the bucking just needed to break in, I gave up and replaced the bucking again with another Maple Leaf 75. I was curious if I just had a bad bucking. The gun continued to function terribly. Then came the end of the LT595. The nail that sealed the coffin. At my next FTAC-Mississippi Chapter training, the gun went into the sand. When I retrieved the gun, the polymer upper receiver cracked where the front pivot pin runs through. This caused the upper receiver to separate from the lower receiver. I also found that the electric blowback system stopped working and the gun would now sometime shoot auto while in semi.

    I was furious that a gun I had just highly recommended and placed my seal of approval on had completely let me down just weeks later. Especially aggravated because I have a small Mississippi event that FTAC and FTAC-MS are attending this weekend (I probably am just getting back by the time you read this). Now, I was left with no reliable primary gun. This forced me to spend an additional $450 with Evike to purchase an A&K M60/MK43 with next day air shipping because I was elected to be the support gunner for this event. A terrible disappointment not only to me, but to my wallet.

    In an attempt to fix the gun, I Gorilla Glue'd the upper receiver, but at this particular location, the stress is too great for the glue to hold up. So, the upper receiver is completely ruined at this point. I was able to completely take apart the factory Lonex hopup, rebuild it and get the gun to shoot far and straight again, but with the receiver broken, it is non-functioning.

    As of now, there has been talk by BO Dynamics and Evike to replace my gun. Specifically, that BO Dynamics wants to examine the gun to see what has failed. Despite their attention to this, at this point I cannot give my recommendation for this gun anymore to my readers and followers. I am not saying that this is a terrible gun, as it did perform flawlessly for the first five thousand or so bbs. There is a chance I just happened to receive a lemon. This happens, especially with new companies and products. The same goes for any new product in any industry. With this said, I cannot with a clean conscience recommend this gun because of the problems which arose quickly with this gun and the failure of the upper receiver polymer.

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    --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
     
  2. Str8Oper6n

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    I will also add, this is my opinion and solely my opinion based on extensive use of this gun. This article in no way expresses a shared opinion of Airsoft Society. Thank you guys for reading/watching. More to come soon!
     

  3. Dinkey03

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    I'm sorry your gun broke. That really sucks that my Wal*Mart M4 lasted longer than yours. Do you gave any other guns to keep you going while you're waiting?
     
  4. Str8Oper6n

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    Yes. I have an A&K LR300, but gave a buddy the barrel. I fixed the BO and it is working for the time being and the upper hasn't separated from the lower yet. This gun went down at the worst possible time (less than a week before a regional event). I had to next day mail an A&K M60 to hold me through that game (I was acting as the support gunner).
     
  5. Falco

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    Good review. I am glad I went with a JG gun instead of this. Did you paint it? Its hard to tell, but it looks pretty cool from the videos. I really hate the reviews big companies like Evike and airsoft GI make. They can make any cheap gun sound like its amazing. I fell for their reviews on my first gun and got a Lancer Tactical m4. Luckily it broke and I was able to get a full refund, and was then able to buy a nicer gun.
     
  6. H311H0UND

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    Although I haven't had any problems with internals, I found that the polymer was not nearly as strong as I hoped. While I intend to keep the internals I've decided to comepletely replace the externals.
     
  7. Str8Oper6n

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    Falco - Yes, I did paint it. Krylon works wonders! K311H0UND - Yeah, the polymer failed on mine in that one spot. Happens to be one of the worst spots for a failure :(
     
  8. Indigo_13

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    "It's from France, which means it only works when it feels like it." - Far Cry 3 entry on the FAMAS.
     
  9. snakenator

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    Odd, I've had mine for around 3 months and had no problems... I had one Elite Force Feeding problem, but that turned out to be the mag (bad spring).
     
  10. Str8Oper6n

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    Yeah, mine performed perfect for a while, but then started having a lot of problems. I put it through a lot of use. I may have got a lemon, who knows. I just wanted everyone to know what problems I did have with it so they are aware. Elite Force mags won't work with it at all anymore.
     
  11. ibob4tacoz

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    I might do something like this with my new Apex. No one has proper reviews on those things. Hopefully Apex is a good, fresh comapany. They started earlier last year apparently.
     
  12. Str8Oper6n

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    One of our guys has the same APEX and has had a few problems. That was actually one of our planned reviews. Gun performs decent, but the outer barrel was bent out of the box and the selector plate broke quickly. Still putting it through a lot of tests before we do a review. Overall though, decent gun. A lot of proprietary parts.
     
  13. ibob4tacoz

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    Same problem. Outer barrel sits down and to the right. What proprietary parts are there? Other than the selector and such.
     
  14. Str8Oper6n

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    I dunno. He took it to the shop and that's all I know they told him. He had a lot of compression issues with it as well. They told him the pistol wasn't sealing well.
     
  15. ibob4tacoz

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    Well s***. Might've just bought a bad gun...
     
  16. Str8Oper6n

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    I wouldn't say that yet. The outer barrel issue didn't seem to affect the performance. The issues he had out of the box was that the hopup had no nub and didn't function at all and the low FPS.
     
  17. ibob4tacoz

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    I'm primarily worried about the selector plate. Supposedly, it's proprietary, and I can't seem to find one. Always a gamble going for these new brands. As for the BO-Dynamics gun, I actually recommended it to my friend awhile back. Luckily, he returned it for some other issue. The Lonex seemed very promising.
     
  18. Str8Oper6n

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    I can tell you that I spoke to 6mmgunworks (the supplier of the Apex) and they can get it. That is where we are getting his. The BO has a lot of potential, but as with any new product, they have a few kinks to work out. The gear box is great.
     
  19. MightyAlmighty

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    @MPDDHSSOGV4 Hey man was looking forward to getting this gun still might but may get the DMR metal version Does evike/BO have your former LT595? Please let us know what was wrong with it if they give an update.
     
  20. Str8Oper6n

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    Here is the newest update. We decided on not exchanging the gun. I used it at Pwn3d II, Mt. Doom, Alabama, this past weekend. It performed okay. The next day, I was at a small game and tripped over low barbed wire. The gun received most of the fall from a standing position and the upper receiver completely broke and separated from the lower. I would highly recommend avoiding the polymer version of this gun until they change the polymer. The polymer is not very durable. As for the gun, instead of exchanging it I am receiving a complementary full metal Lonex receiver set. I will rebuild the gun with the metal receiver since the gearbox still functions decent. Evike has also decided to pick me up as a product reviewer, so I will be getting a lot of different things to review in between medical instructional videos, etc. I will keep to my roots though and tell you my honest opinion on performance, not try to sell a product. I am working on a testing system so the mistake of recommending a gun then it failing soon after doesn't happen again.