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Old 05-04-2014, 12:05 PM #1
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etek 4 differences

Sooooooo I've been looking at the etek 4 and I've noticed that there is an etek 4 LT and AM but when looking on the description on actionvillage and ans gear it doesn't seem to be any different between the two markers but their price difference is considerable can someone please explain to me the differences between the two? thanks all.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:46 PM #2
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Am stands for all metal and I am not sure what LT stands for but it is a mix of metal and composite parts. On the LT the feedneck, eyecovers, trigger, grip frame and asa knob are composite. The rest is metal.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:34 PM #3
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Am stands for all metal and I am not sure what LT stands for but it is a mix of metal and composite parts. On the LT the feedneck, eyecovers, trigger, grip frame and asa knob are composite. The rest is metal.
ok that makes sense. thanks a lot so the etha is basically the same thing just with a closed bolt then right?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:02 PM #4
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Am stands for all metal and I am not sure what LT stands for but it is a mix of metal and composite parts. On the LT the feedneck, eyecovers, trigger, grip frame and asa knob are composite. The rest is metal.
Actually the LT is made of composite metal and Glass Reinforced Nylon (GRN) Its what most glocks are made of...
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:18 PM #5
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ok that makes sense. thanks a lot so the etha is basically the same thing just with a closed bolt then right?
not at all the etek is a lot better with higher quality parts better trigger better rammer etc. It is also a lot more accurate
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The Etha is also not closed bolt. It's a spool-esque valve, whereas the ETEK is a poppet.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:47 AM #7
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The Etek LT is a lighter composite frame marker compared to the AM. Really all you're paying for in the AM is the all metal frame. The internals and performance should really be all the same. Will probably have an LT within a few weeks here myself.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:13 PM #8
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The Etek LT is a lighter composite frame marker compared to the AM. Really all you're paying for in the AM is the all metal frame. The internals and performance should really be all the same. Will probably have an LT within a few weeks here myself.
But is the composite frame that sturdy?
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:22 PM #9
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It's the same type of composite they use on glock firearms.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:08 AM #10
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^^ exactly what he said. I have actually heard worse things about the AM frame than the LT frame. I also thought at the start that all metal meant more durability, but it appears that some in the past have had dunks or impacts to all metal frames more often and with less "return to shape properties" than composite.

Also consider that all metal means heavier marker, which essentially means every little hit of extra weight feels like 5 pounds more when you're tired after playing a whole day's worth of paintball. All in all, you're not gaining any performance metrics in getting the AM frame over the LT frame.
Go with LT, buy it used and use the rest of the $500 that it initially costs on a good hopper and tank and all will be well! Just my .02 there.


I'll be finalizing a transaction for my Etek 4 LT HDE Earth in 6 days and from all of the reading and video reviews and whatnot, it seems like you're gaining with the LT over the AM.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:54 PM #11
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Considering the "all metal" is aircraft grade aluminum there is really no difference between the two weight wise...I have played/owned both markers. Te advantage to the am model is the ability to drop in the aftermarket emortal board.
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Considering the "all metal" is aircraft grade aluminum there is really no difference between the two weight wise...I have played/owned both markers. Te advantage to the am model is the ability to drop in the aftermarket emortal board.
Tony is right actually - the am is only 0.8lbs heavier than the LT. However, unless the board point is valid for you, I don't see the point in spending that much extra for the AM. ANS has the spread between the two at $150 regular price. Their lowest new Etek 4 AM is $549.99, which is still, on sale, $50 more than the LT.
Really up to you OP, but I'm cheap and I prefer to buy used.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:20 PM #13
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Tony is right actually - the am is only 0.8lbs heavier than the LT. However, unless the board point is valid for you, I don't see the point in spending that much extra for the AM. ANS has the spread between the two at $150 regular price. Their lowest new Etek 4 AM is $549.99, which is still, on sale, $50 more than the LT. Really up to you OP, but I'm cheap and I prefer to buy used.
Correction - 0.08lbs difference.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:20 PM #14
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not at all the etek is a lot better with higher quality parts better trigger better rammer etc. It is also a lot more accurate
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:12 PM #15
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I own an etek 4am its cool gun, i prefer it over the axe and mini. In my experience it is more reliable than the other guns. Now i have an lv1 so i don't have a need for the etek so I'm going to sell it.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:14 PM #16
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I've had better experience and the feel is better (in my opinion) on LT's than the AM's.
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