Firstly I'm going to try to document forum updates and other work completed to the site here in my forum blog. This will keep all the forum related updates in one place.
I've completed several updates to the forums today. We're now running the latest IPS versions for Gallery and Blog. There should be several bug fixes and feature adjustments with these new versions; I don't get a list I'm afraid or I'd publish it.
I've also taken comments on the trading system on board and we now have a feedback system installed for people to rate traders. I'm also inviting comment on whether we should update the sales system entirely or stick with topic based trading.
If there are bugs, problems or you just have an idea or input you'd like to see considered please do use the suggestion area to tell us!
You can find a topic covering these updates here.
So after a good day down at Pinnacle, I actually had the will to do some client work tonight.
Of late I have had two lines of questions, either Guarder Springfield 1911s and Non-Railed P226s. First up was a Creation bodied Non-Rail p226. Originally it was going to be number 2 with a PGC body, but like always they were really out of stock. Thankfully TMC was good enough to sell me this Creation body at the same price as the PGC. This was my first experience with Creation and I must say it is really decent. I would never build one for myself (since they are more expensive than a PGC) but they are certainly worth checking out if you need a non-railed kit. The quality is good, the build was decent, no real issues that couldn't be addressed with a little thought. On the whole I am happy with how the build came out. It has actually gotten me to re-think building another P226 for myself.
Now I need BoomArms to come back from break and let me know if they do in fact have the body I need. We can hope.
Well, it's been an even longer time since I've last updated. Not really finding much that I really care to tell about anymore, but I though it was time to post something again.
Airsoft-wise, not much going on. I finally bought that PPK I've always wanted, and it's a lot of fun to shoot with propane. The blowback is much more fierce than I was expecting for such a little gun. It looks like it may come at a great cost though; the slide looks like it may be cracking in the very front where the left and right sides meet the bottom of the slide. I can't tell for sure, and I am hoping that it is just the metallic finish wearing. I'm messing around with it to see if the marks get any bigger, and I've added a buffer so the slide doesn't hit the trigger guard (where the slide hits on its rearward trip) as hard. It also seems that the blowback is a lot stronger when dry firing, so I've stopped doing that. I'm really hoping that I don't have use 134a with it, since it's almost not worth shooting with that stuff.
I really like the little thing though. It's a great deal smaller than I was expecting, which is good. I was thinking that because RedWolf said around 6 inches, it was going to be pretty big. It is in fact that long, but the back of the grip that protects your hand from the hammer (forget what it's called) adds a bit to it. The mag and loading ramp thing are a little weird compared to what I'm use to seeing. If you don't load the mag in an absolutely correct alternating double-stack pattern, the PPK will double feed. You also have the potential for a nasty "hammer bite" with this things long hammer and short grip protection thing. The skin of my hand actually flaps over the end of the grip.
I'm really upset that I didn't get a coaster with mine...
I'm also going to (again) put off buying a slide for my G17 and buy one of those ACM M500 clones. Coincidentally, the same morning I was thinking about giving up on it because of the price of 8mm BBs, the 6mm comes out. I"m hoping they come out with a 6mm chrome version in addition to the black one. Yes, it's probably the opposite of what 99% of the airsofting community is going to choose, but hey. Hopefully I can make some shorty style wood furniture for it as well.
I've also made a thing to launch grenades. Check out the project thread here.
I've also finally received my new PC. Much, much faster than my old and battered laptop that shuts down because it overheats sometimes. I haven't gotten around to getting all the necessary bits to get it to hooked up to the Internet yet, so so far all I've been doing is playing games on it. Where my old PC would lag with the game options set to they're lowest, this things runs smoothly with everything set at it's highest. It's not one of those custom-built, multi-thousand dollar gaming PCs like some of you have, but it works extremely well for what I'm going to use it for.
I've also installed a game that I bought a few years ago but couldn't get it to work with anything else. The disc was scratched a bit from being tossed around over the years, but a few runs through the Disc Doctor fixed that. Of course modding PC games is much more fun than playing them to me, so I've spent a bunch of time playing around with some of the files, changing things around and stuff. It's all a lot simpler than it sounds (and looks), and I am by no means a computer guy.
The only thing else worth mentioning is don't get sick. It looks like I'm the last person I know the get this extremely nasty stomach virus. Vomited four times and about a gallon of fluids, diarrhea, waking up every two hours hallucinating with pain so bad I thought about killing myself. The good part is that the worst of it only lasts less than a day, with a loss of appetite and a bit of an achy body carrying on for the next two to three days. Day four for me now.
I also managed to do a quick tune up on my buddy Chance's guns. First up was a piston swap on a TM Sig P226 and a quick tune up of a Wilson Combat Professional. Both were fun, and work better than when I received them.
On top of that I managed to begin some new projects for myself:
5.1 and 4.3 are all works in process. Man I need to finish that 5.1 once and for all.
I have decided to cut down on my collection a little bit. Up for sale right now is my Tanaka Hi Power (add can be found here). Good gun, but I just never want to shoot it. Not enough excitement other than owning such a clean model. Custom gun with a one off tight bore.
I also finished the Limcat brothers for my clients. Both came together decently well, and I have finally figured out a few more tricks to make them cycle smoothly. It really took both of them for me to iron out all the issues.
Both guns have gone home now, but I might be fitting a comp unit of some sort to my own 5.1.
This one I built from the ground up for a client in Florida. New to airsoft, but an experienced RS shooter, this is going to be his training weapon. Funny enough his wife wants in on the action as well, so he bought a stock 5.1 for her to use. Fun and games for all. Most work centered on the fitting the barrel to the slide, not too much work, but there were a few tricks I came up with. The only other real issue was removing material from the magwell so the Nine Ball bases would clear. Not fun, and way more work than I had thought it would be. In the end it cleaned up pretty well, and ironically enough, he loves the look of it but hates the fact it fully covers the mag bases. Lame.
I only fit the SD grips and the barrel to slide fit on the black gun. Since he only provided a stock recoil spring, the slide is more than a little sluggish. Nice smooth action, but without a good recoil spring the thing just doesn't cut it.
Has been a long, long time since my last rant so here goes,
Since i am just about to become registered and my P90 is kicking out some good shots everything it fine.
So not much going on so bye then, i give up with finding something to rant about today.
Well, I guess I should use this time to introduce myself. My name is Shawn, although I go by Oakey on the boards I frequent. Haven't requested a name change for here, as it really doesn't bug me too much. Anyways, I'm from the US, Michigan to be exact, I've been in the sport of Airsoft for just over four years now. I've met a lot of people since I first started, and I have too much money into it to quit.
I own just one replica, a Tokyo Marui VSR 10 G Spec. She's my baby, and is undergoing major work right now, soon she'll be transformed into a totally custom rifle. It'll be revealed soon, but for now I can't show you anything.
You can probably already guess from the choice of rifle I have, that I play the "Sniper" roll. I don't like being called a sniper, because in reality I do much less than the real world operators do, but more on this at a later date.
That's pretty much the gist of me, feel free to stay tuned, as I have some more thoughts to let loose.
Ah finally! The smell and aching of success...in a small world.
Yes after my drastic computer crash, camera memory stick failure, bad weather photography, busy schedule, what more can I ask to finish such a simple review?!
Well after around...say 1 whole week of time, I have finished this belated review of the TM AK74MN. It's complete with pictures, however there is no gearbox pictures...
Enjoy what I have though! TM AK74MN Review
It's a thorough review with details and non-bias non-fanboy comments. A full comprehensive review with lite+ pictures.
In my future reviews, I will try and include video once I find more discs.
This is Shinden reporting to tell you that I have the TM AK74MN and an extensive review is about to be here soon on Arnies!
Before you get excited, this review was supposed to be done by a couple days ago. What happened? Technology fails. Yes, my VAIO Sony that I entrusted my life just apparently reached its limit and I had to format the thing to get it working again. Thankfully I keep a hard copy of everything, however my pictures were deleted so now I'm just re-editing the pictures I posted on different Japanese websites for the AK74MN review. Yes my review is on other websites too, however those are all in Japanese and I understand you don't like reading Japanese here. The Final review with the pictures will be under the Airsoft Reader's Review Section. Hopefully it will be around this week I will have it completed. I will also be making a graph based on the scoring of the gun.
Just to keep this cleared up, here's the review-THE Complete review with NO PICTURES XD! Currently I am not interested in taking the gun apart because 1) I do not want to alter its performance. 2) I do not have this specific tool that is a "Y" shaped driver. and 3)No time. Sorry about that lol.
>>>>>>Tokyo Marui AK74MN Shoot and Recoil Engine<<<<<<
Modernized AK Rifle 5.45 x 39MM Model of 1991
Shinden Airsoft Review
Background of the Tokyo Marui AK74
Announced in Spring of 2007 at the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan, people pass through the Tokyo Marui booth with the black colored board with a AK74 Modernized poster. Many thought it was just a remake until now. The AK74MN is the latest innovation AEG available from Tokyo Marui taking a leap towards a more realistic Airsoft gun and providing realism. Before, the very first AEG created was the Tokyo Marui FA-MAS. Using a ver.1 gearbox and firing non-stop on full-auto created a technological revolution in the hobby market that changed “Survival Games” of the past from BV systems into Automatic Electric Guns.
Keeping the pace in AEG technology and standards, the year of 2007 brought an interesting competition stepping into the market. This was China. With China’s great mass-production efforts and factories, it was soon in time that new Airsoft companies were introduced. The amount of repeating companies producing knock-off AEGs and products was the proof that the AEG design is now old and a new idea must be brought on the table.
With the current AEGs, the guns were only designed to shoot a BB with no recoil while some have internal recoil system, or a bolt blowback system. There was no combination of both systems in an AEG until now. From Tokyo Marui’s PSG1 with a blowback bolt to the Uzi with internal recoil using a reversed system, Tokyo Marui has unveiled the latest weapon and a famous weapon of all times, the AK74MN. It is an AEG with both blowback and recoil with a worldwide patent design. The AK74MN is based on the Russian AK-74M model from 1991.
The information below is taken from Wikipedia regarding the AK74’s Real Steel History:
AK74 Real Steel History
That was quite a history lesson now was it? Yes we don’t enjoy reading long entries, let’s get our hands dirty now.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN - The Features of 2008 Airsoft –
Before I mention anything let’s double check on the features before you start to skip reading vital areas later in the review and asking questions. Here is a full list of what is new, different, and what to expect: (Basic Information folks)
-Likewise with the Tokyo Marui Type 89, the AK74MN sports a Full-metal Aluminum Die-cast Receiver/Body and small pressed steel parts.
Plastic Parts are: Handguard, Stock, Magazine, Hop Up, Grip, and Battery compartment.
Steel Pressed Parts are: Trigger Guard, Trigger, Selector, Receiver Cover Rib, Handguard housing,
Aluminum Die-Cast Parts are: Lower Receiver, Outer Barrel, Flash Hider, Cleaning Rod, Take down lever, Scope Mount, Iron sights, stock release button/latch.
-The Stock can fold and lock in position with the touch of a button.
-A Silencer can be easily fitted with no effort or screws.
-The AK74MN works like a normal AK, with the selector in the Safe, Full-Auto, and Semi-Auto selection.
-The gun features a working blowback and internal recoil together.
-A scope can be mounted by buying any Russian AK74 scope mount or the optional Tokyo Marui scope mount soon to be released.
-What is new is the gearbox. This also means the motor is different using an EG1000S model, the hop-up, and of course the magazines.
-Regular AK47 magazines will not work as the AK74MN magazines are proprietary. You can try fitting them in, but they won’t lock in and of course you won’t be able to shoot with it unless you modify the magazines.
-The Battery is a standard 8.4v Small Commando Battery from Tokyo Marui and fits in the front heatguard compartment. It is not possible to install a battery inside the stock.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN -The Delivery and Packaging-
The brand new Russian weapon from Japan comes in a rather sporty box, but giving a more modern feel and look. The box design is the exact same design used on the Tokyo Marui AK74MN flyers and portfolios. I believe the look is also to target PMC fans. You are exposed with a brilliant flash of savory Russian green box inside holding the AK74MN. Along with its contents is a chocolate box sized Accessories package with a printed globe giving a very “Tactical” look of the world printed on top in red with grids across (making it look like a PMC/Military/Video Game look). You will also find a smaller Ammo box with the printed 5.45 x 39mm ammunition picture containing your 6mm rounds (As usual with Tokyo Marui products, they include a small box of ammunition with the printed real ammunition specs).
Inside the main box you are obligated to pick up your:
1x Standard 74 Round Magazine
1x BB Loading Rod+Tube
1x BB Cleaning Rod
1x Accessories Box containing printed documents
1x 5.45x 39mm Box containing ammunition
Inside the Accessories box is:
1x Printed instruction manuals
1x 2007 Tokyo Marui Airsoft Catalogue
1x Front site adjustment key tool
1x Red safety cap.
Inside the 5.45 x 39mm box is:
1x Small bag of 200 Rounds Tokyo Marui .25g BBs
The packaging has no visible foam inside the box for a more displayable look. The coloring of the box and packaging are well done and leaves the buyer proud of his purchase. (At first I was thinking of the usual fabric used under the gun, however this time there is none.)
Tokyo Marui AK74MN –Rundown of the Beauty – No Trigger Discipline Required
The overall length of the assault rifle is 943mm long (94.3cm) with the stock unfolded. While this may sound like a small weapon, it is longer than your average AK47. With the stock folded however, the gun is only at 700mm (70cm) long. It is just as short as an AKS.
Let’s look at how to make the gun work: At first there is a nice red warning sticker under the selector slots stating that “if it is removed you will scratch the surface of the receiver.” There is no such thing as a scratch-less receiver from moving the selector up and down. Real AKs in general have scratches present on the selector if you move it around and scratches are nice ways to make your AK look battle worn and deviant.
The operation of the selector is the same as that of a normal AK47. In this case, the selector works as both a dust cover and safety. The selector is firmly built and moves very solid into each position. The first position is the Safe position, Full-auto, and Semi-auto position. The AK series works differently compared to your regular M4 weapons or HK weapons as the selector is reversed. The AK is more of a machine gun than that of a rifle. The AK74M uses a 5.45mm round so the AK74 has improved its accuracy very much, however it still keeps the legacy of a machine gun with the selector in the Full-Auto position at first.
Right below the selector are receiver pins that have been fully detailed and replicated. In front of the selector looks like a little cartoon character with a mouth doesn’t it?
The grip of the AK74MN is plastic, but it is much easy to grip thanks to the grooves. The trigger is nicely made with a crisp pull. Underneath the trigger, you will not see a silver colored mech case like the regular AK47s or the cheaper models as well. In fact, underneath the trigger, all you see is the trigger and the black mecha box part. This hides the “cheapness” away. The trigger and trigger guard is both made in metal as well. I’m very pleased with this little thought that was put into this product.
Right in front of the trigger and trigger guard is the metal magazine catch. This piece works exactly like the regular AKs too. You simply press the lever or catch forward and the magazine can be removed. Simply tip the magazine forward first and lock the magazine in upwards.
The AK74MN magazine is made of plastic, where the AK47 models are all metal. Russian magazines for the AK74 series are made of Bakelite (I suggest you read about bakelite at wikipedia later), however the feel of the magazine is not as bad, but it is a little smooth.
The magazine is made to hold 74 rounds, ironically the same number as in AK-74. The magazine features the same plastic follower piece to allow all the BB’s to be loaded into the chamber without interrupting fire. This magazine design is becoming more standard as current models like the Type89, MP7, Vz.61, and MAC 10 has this.
-Q.-Can the regular AK47 magazine fit? – A.-I assure that you cannot use your current AK47 magazines as these new magazine are designed to be worked with a new gear box design. The magazine of the AK74MN has a unique design to allow the magazine to sit into the gearbox higher. Not only that, but it was made to look like a real magazine with the tip of the magazine looking like to hold real 5.45mm rounds.
Looking down the sight is the classic AK47 style rear sight adjustment and front sight. The rear sight is like a ladder in which the two tabs at each end are to be pressed and slide up or down for elevation. Both rear and front sights are made of metal as well. The front sight is a horn-like shape ring with a post in the middle. The center post can be adjusted as well with the included front sight adjustment key tool. Simply attach the key on top of the post and turn it around until you have the desired height. The AK sights in general are not like the peep hole sights on that of M4s.
Quite a lesson again right? Well let’s move on.
Moving towards the rear, the gun features the unique folding stock. The stock is made of plastic, however there are metal parts used in the smaller areas. At the rear of the buttplate, there is a button-like tab protruding out and a large circular plate. The larger plate is actually a storage room for a Cleaning Kit in the real AK74M rifle *(Known as the Cleaning Kit Compartment). You simply press the plate in to operate. To fold the stock, you will have to press a circle shaped button/tab on the left side of the receiver to release the lock. The stock will then collapse/fold to the left of the receiver and a small latch will lock the stock in place. There is simply no play in this gun with the stock out or closed.
To retract the stock, you will press the round button tab at the back of the buttplate and bring the stock to its original position. The stock will simply lock back in place. I do recommend you to apply grease on the pivot joint to reduce friction. The stock can only be closed/folded/collapsed completely if you have no scope mount on the gun. If you attached an aftermarket scope mount or optional scope mount, you cannot fold the stock over and lock it in place. Please keep this mind. If you like to fold the stock and have a scope, you can also buy the AK47 top receiver cover rail part. It will work for the AK74MN as well.
On the left side of the AK74MN, there is a piece of the “modern” AK scope mount bracket. This piece is designed to have a clamp-on scope mount with a rail or a Russian optic like the Cobra.
Now going towards the front of the gun, we have the metal outer barrel and muzzle break. The front muzzle break/flash hider can be removed by pressing a small rod to disengage the stop. While holding this small rod in, you can turn the muzzle break and completely remove it. Note: This muzzle break is only for the AK74MN and does not use a 14mm thread. Once the muzzle is removed you are greeted with a familiar 14mm Neg. thread for you to attach your own aftermarket silencers. (Very much like the TM MAC10 as well)
Below the barrel is a thin rod-like piece. This is actually present on the real AKs as well. It is the cleaning rod for the weapon and is faithfully reproduced.
The handguard and heatguard of the weapon gives the entire AK74M the “M” for “Modern”. Its black sleek look and ribbed lining of the cooling fins is a sign of combat readiness. The real AK74M uses a fiberglass grip, however the Tokyo Marui model is plastic. The handguard not only serves for you to hold the weapon properly, however it is where the rifle’s power source is. Looking on the right side of the rifle, there is a lever-like piece. This is the gas tube disassembly lever (in this case this is how we open the grip to place the battery in.)
Simply lift this lever upwards. The lever is made out of metal too so you do not worry about breaking it. Once you have the lever in the ‘up’ position, the upper heatguard piece can now be removed like that on a real AK74M.
Before popping in the battery, you can see how the gas tube connection is also realistic and looks like the real deal. The battery compartment is small for one. It can only accept a small standard 8.4volt battery. In this case I was using the Tokyo Marui 8.4v Mini-S type Commando battery and fits in very perfect as well as a Sanyo 8.4 Ni-Cad. The battery is placed vertically inside the grip which has surprised me. The wires are designed to run between the battery’s “dip”.
You will have to make sure your current 8.4 batteries have a long wire. For users using a shorter wire battery, the battery won’t fit due to the wire and
connectors not sitting in flush. To correct this, you can simply modify the gun with pliers and a screw driver.
As you can see here in this diagram, remove the screws as shown. Next unscrew the bottom screw to move the battery tray tabs forward by about 5mm. Once you have the tray moved forward, screw it back in. Next as shown here, use pliers or any cutting tool to cut a small section of the tray. Then place the wires like shown and you can use your own batteries.
The gun is now loaded and ready to shoot! Simply load the BBs into the magazine and move the selector from Safe to Semi-Auto. – Now before I start shooting, let’s jump to the hop up and bolt.
The hop up of the gun is very much like the one used in the Type 89. Unlike previous AK47s, the hop up was a small lever that “freely” moved around at times from playing. The hop up is located inside the bolt. Simply pull the metal bolt back and hold it. You will see a “dial-type” hop up system. You can adjust the hop up more or less by turning the dial clockwise and less by counter clockwise turns. The hop up is very much like the Type 89 and M14 series. It is a very solid hop up system and there is no play too. Once you have the hop-up set, release the bolt and the bolt will make a nice chime of metal against metal. How melodious~.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN -Heavy Metal and Details-
Continuing on where the bolt is, the upper section of the receiver is made of Steel, again like the other small metal parts across the gun. The rear of the top receiver cover is a small button. This button can be pressed and the entire upper receiver part can be now removed. Upon removing, you can see how the unit above the gearbox holds the weight and spring unit to allow the bolt to blowback. The mechanism works by an open slot on the top of the gearbox that allows the bolt to catch the piston to propel the movement. Currently I do not have the proper tool to remove the top cover holding the weight and recoil mechanism.
Let’s look at the detail surrounding the gun.
This is a view of the AK74MN from underneath and you can see how the receiver pins and screws are exactly at the right areas.
There are a few serial numbers on the gun including the number “0625” on the bolt and “Izhmash logo” followed by “7840625” on the left side of the receiver.
When you collapse the stock, this is how the rear end of the gun looks like.
The receiver has every slots, bolts, pins, and screws on the right areas.
Are you curious to the design of the AK74MN? Here are the parts list enjoy!:
Tokyo Marui AK74MN –Performance, Shooting, and Feel-
Enough with the chat, lock and load!
Now this is entirely a very hard gun to explain in words as many people have different views and results on the gun’s blowback. Some may say it’s great, other may say it’s weak. Let’s get down to business and settle this.
Upon loading the magazine and a charged battery, the initial tests were done in Semi-Auto only for accuracy tests, feel, power, and blowback.
Before firing at the paper target, I have already set the front and rear sites to accommodate my tests and the hop up was adjusted for 25m. Currently using Tokyo Marui .20g BBs at 0 wind conditions at regular room temperature.
The hostage is a normal 8.5x11 paper with a 15cm x 15cm target set at 20m. No humans were used in tests so far.
Holding the rifle as a real AK-47, I pull the trigger. The first shot is fired across the room as the EG1000S motor whips a BB through the air. The blowback at first is surprising in a quiet room. Initially I have also thought it would be a sewing machine, however shot after shot, this is starting to sound like a very familiar machine…The bolt cycles every time I pull the trigger with no effort at a length of 5cm back (which doesn’t sound a lot of movement, it actually is impressive to look at.) The recoil is simultaneously engaged as it feels almost like a GBB. You do have to actually hold the rifle more securely when firing if you are to expect your shots to land on impact. The blowback and recoil engine is impressive and did not disappoint me at all. I was expecting worse, however this is much better than a regular slap-on blowback kit. The recoil shock is a little light, but not as bad as the VSR-10 Real Shock model. While shooting you will notice the vibration of the gun rattling through the gun and the barrel shakes up as well.
Firing 10 shots at the target, every shot on semi-auto whips a BB through the paper. The damage is done is rather not bad at all and has about a 95~100mm grouping on average. The gun was fired on a stable platform to improve test accuracy.
Now switching the selector on full-auto, I randomly open fire on the helpless thin material of paper. Shouldering the weapon again I aim and pull the trigger. The weapon blazes with noise of the gearbox, the bolt, and the recoil mechanism making music much more pleasant than a sewing machine. The gearbox is rather smooth in the operation and provides no screechy noise while firing unlike other cheap guns. Yes, that noise I recall was the old typewriter I used in Middle School one time. The metal slams back and forth inside the gun breaking the silence in a quiet room. The gun shakes literally from firing and the vibration is worth looking at while shooting. There is about 5+mm of movement of the entire gun while shooting.
The paper is literally obliterated at 20m away. Bullet ridden victims around the house, this is the new AK74MN Russian Typewriter. I can also add, it’s like a mini-jack hammer.
Now shooting aside, the weight is one thing to consider of this gun. The gun is made of Aluminum Die-cast, pressed steel, and plastic for the body. The weight is roughly 3050g with the battery and BBs loaded. Not bad at all and in fact the weight distribution and center of gravity is right in front of where the magazine is located. It makes the gun very easy to hold and shoulder with both hands. It is also comfortable to hold the weapon by the foregrip, the magazine, and single hand.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN -Price, Statistics, Accessories, and Optional Parts.-
Q.-How much is the AK74MN?
A.-This is good question. Tokyo Marui is selling this weapon for 57,540YEN., however in Japan Airsoft shops are selling at a much lower price at roughly $420.00. Currently online shops as Redwolfairsoft.com is selling the AK74MN for $422.00
Q.-What is the statistics?
A.-Here’s a complete rundown:
Tokyo Marui AK74MN
Magazine Capacity-Standard 74 Rounds/Hi-Cap 480 Rounds
Gearbox type-Shoot and Recoil Engine
Motor-EG1000S High Torque Short
Shooting mode-Safe, Semi, Full + Bolt blowback and internal Recoil
Rifle Length-943.0mm with stock / 700mm with stock folded
Power-300 (280Low-290Mid-300+High) FPS Average / .88J with .20g / 93 MPS Average
Battery Type-8.4v Mini-S Type 600/1200/1400MAH
Hop-up-Dial type hop up Adjustable
Inner barrel Length- 460mm
Bolt blowback travel length– 5cm
Gun recoil movement- 5mm~+ (Depends on how strong you hold the gun or how loose you hold the gun, the recoil movement is changed.) So results will vary. Tests from users and friends have stated the gun has enough vibration to spill a half cup of water. Although some states the gun is not as strong as a .22cal rifle. It is more comparable to a GBB handgun inside a rifle.
Price- Est $420.00~480.00+ Average
Q.-What else can I buy for my AK74MN?
A.-You can currently buy the following items that are on the market right now or coming soon:
TM AK74MN Hi-Capacity Magazine 480 Rounds.- Est. $38.00 ~ $45.00
TM AK74MN Standard Magazine 74 Rounds – Est. $25.00
TM AK74MN Scope Mount Base – Not released at the moment
PDI Inner barrel Short
PDI Outer barrel Short
PDI Cleaning Rod Short
AK47 top receiver rail will also work with the AK74MN too.
AK74 Magazine Well from Echigoya
Other AK74M related parts
Silencer – Any brand will be fine. Russian PBS Silencers are recommended!
Russian Optics for AK- POSP, Cobra/Kobra Reddot scopes are great choices and fits fine.
Tactical Sling- Any brand
14mm Neg. Flash hiders-Any brand
Tokyo Marui AK74MN –Conclusion, Score, and Personal Opinion. The Verdict-
Now is the verdict!
Ever since the first Airsoft gun was made I was amazed with the concept of the AEG system. The ability to fire a rifle, semi-auto and full-auto without the use of tanks and a more user friendly system to charge a battery and go, changed the games; not to mention the available aftermarket parts to create your own custom gun. With Tokyo Marui producing guns with blowback, burst, internal recoil, compact gearboxes, improved hop-up and accuracy, the TM AK74MN is a nice surprise and change of airsoft in 2008, the start of realistic functioning airsoft.
The TM AK74MN is certainly built like an Assault Rifle. The weapon is a very close representation to the real AK series. The AEG with its blowback and recoil system will impress users on the field who enjoys realism very much. The blowback on the gun will not change the game drastically in out doors, however indoors it will. This is a rather simple AEG with not much area to customize until manufacturers produce more optional parts for this.
One area that was peculiar was how the classic AK47s magazines cannot be compatible. As with the Type 89, at least a regular M4 magazine could be used, however with the AK74MN it is completely different. There is also another point that the limited small battery space was not a very good choice for a gun that uses more power than a normal AEG. It should have at least stored the battery in the stock and use VFC’s contact tabs in the stock to allow the gun to fire.
With current models from Tokyo Marui including small extra items, I was hoping for Tokyo Marui to include an extra item. Rather the TM AK74MN only came with the basic necessities. With such a release of a new product, a sling or scope or silencer would have been a nice addition.
Overall, the gun will not disappoint any first time buyers who are seeking either a full-metal AK, blowback AK, or a reliable gun with decent finishes on the gun. The price is steep for a new gun (as TM guns are becoming more expensive one after another.), so buyers may not be attracted to this gun thanks to the high price.
Upgrading the power of the gun is not recommended as crucial parts are not available at the moment.
On the other hand, the gun provides a slightly interesting addition to the game. With the blowback and noise, it will be loud on the feel so the way you play may change (It will attract more enemies on the contrary for good or for bad).
The power of the gun is below 1.0 J so it is acceptable for people living in countries with strict FPS limits. Yet, the gun has decent range and accuracy as well. The accuracy of the gun depends due to the gun shaking while shooting on full-auto, but you can still shoot a man target from 20m away no problem. This is still an assault rifle so it was designed for mid-range combat and close quarters as well.
With the release of this AK74MN, I do hope conversion kits will be available for other AK type weapons. I would like to see an AKS74U conversion kit with blowback or an SVD for a change. I am sure the recoil and blowback gearbox can be made into other guns as well and provide the recoil and blowback in the future from Tokyo Marui.
-Full metal complete AK74M
-Bolt carrier blowback and internal recoil offers hours of enjoyment and engagement on the field
-New magazine design which allows every BBs to be fired without skipping
-High surface details
-Side scope mount is compatible with third party scope mounts
-New hop up design compared to older AK47 series
-Good weight balance
-Fires very smooth with the blowback engaging
-Innovative gearbox design
-World-wide Patented gearbox, therefore you won't have any cheap knock offs of the "shoot and recoil" engine
-This might bring forth new guns in the future with blowback and recoil as standard
-This is an AK74MN
-Aftermarket AK47 parts and AK74 parts can be fitted on
-Battery compartment is too small for larger batteries and the battery compartment is designed only for certain small 8.4v batteries
-Magazine is proprietary and cannot use AK47 magazines
-The plastic should have been glass-fiber as many other companies are using Polymer/Glass Fiber parts
-Bolt carrier movement is only 5cm (this is either a con or pro)
-Recoil may seem weak to some people
-AKs in general not popular among Armalite lovers or HK lovers
-Lack of internal upgrades except small parts as bushing, spring, innerbarrel, and hop up etc. Crucial parts as the piston or gears not released as of now
-Should have included more extra items like the MAC10. The initial press photos showed the AK74MN with a tan sling and this may have been a nice set
-The gun should have been named the AK-74M instead of AK74MN
-Such a gun should have been released more earlier
-This is an AK74MN
Perhaps I may be a little strict on my scoring, however the AK74MN receives:
Packaging 9/10 Overall box packaging is appreciable
External 9/10 The quality of the surface detail is just right. Trademarks are also appealing. The AK74M is too common now.
Internal 8/10 No steel gears…
Realism 10/10 Blowback and overall looks are just real enough to fool a pro
Material 9/10 Aluminum Die-cast is not bad, but more steel would be nice in the future.
Function 9/10 The stock, sights, selector are just satisfying. Bolt should
move back more next time or offer more heavier recoil.
Shooting 10/10 Shooting is just great as a plinker too. Never gets boring.
Performance 9/10 Great performance, yet not an accurate weapon thanks to the
recoil shaking the gun. It is accurate to the point where you
can hit the target, however not spot on the same spot. It is a
smooth reliable blowback gun. Not recommended for long range.
Feel 9/10 Almost like the real AK, however the weight is slightly off,
but it is by far the most sturdy rock-solid AK from Tokyo
Skirmish Use 7/10 This is not an ideal outdoor long range weapon. It can be
used in outdoors thanks to the hop up, however you must
keep your engagements close to med range. (Roughly 25m is
The TM AK74MN scores an 89/100, a B+ Class AEG.
Spent the day down at Pinnacle again. It was crappy out, but I managed to help sell 5 GBBs, so I was happy (and so where they). It is good to be down at a place, with good guys, who do actually care about their customers. Not AEX pushing stuff with the best margins, but really looking to satisfy people.
Now I have to go back to work at my real job, and while it is nice to be paid, man I don't want to go. Goodies are in the mail though, so I should complete my full metal Detonics tomorrow. Steel barrel and SD frame are in the mail. Very excited. Actually I don't even know what else I have in there.
Got around to shooting the steel Glock on red gas, and that is fun. Good kick, with the same great accuracy. I need to swap the FireFly piston in tomorrow night, but otherwise that sucker is done.
I got to work on my customer Limcat project. Fit the slide, internals, comp and optics mount. Everything has fit in pretty nicely, not too much work involved. The real work is still ahead. Stupid DOM magwell is going to take hours of grinding, and the rear sight is proving too much after a long day down at Pinnacle. For now though she is shooting pretty nicely. Tomorrow I will install the barrel, mess around with the recoil springs, and finish up the fitting (if I don't die first). So much work.
Finally got off my lazy *albartroth* and posted the ASB Postal Match rules. You can check them out here. First match will be up tomorrow night probably, so get ready.
Sorry for not updating lately; I've been getting a lot of work done. Big relief now that most of it's done though.
Finally got a hold of a KWC CO2 rig. Let me tell you, this thing is just *fruitcage*ing awesome. So far, I've been able to attach it to a bunch of GBBs, but only a few work outstandingly well with it.
The Marui Glock 17 of course light strikes with it a lot, and since the stock plastic slide is already damaged I didn't try using it on that too much. Maruzen Skorpion is scary, but I noticed the top and bottom of the receiver had separated after just one mag, so I haven't tried it since. I wish it would work with a KWA Glock, but the valves are different, and since the gun isn't mine I can't just make it work. I haven't noticed any difference when I hooked it up to a CO2 Desert Eagle, even with the thing cranked up.
KJW M9 works extremely well, and now I can fire a full mag's worth and have the slide lock back. Cranking up the pressure a bit makes the thing scary, but I'm afraid of the slide snapping off and hitting me, since needless to say, that would not be good. It works okay with the gas-guzzling UHC VP70, but any more than normal propane pressure and the thing will light strike. It seems to have trouble with using the stock, but I'm going to try and see what's up with that. Tried a few shots at normal propane pressure with one of the KWC 1911s, which worked pretty well, but since they're up for sale, I don't want to wear them any by cranking up the pressure.
Speaking of which, I put my KWC 1911s and KWC Sigma up for sale here (though you probably already saw the link in my sig if you're reading my blog). Haven't been able to sell much so far, so sort of a special sale deal; if you mention my blog, I'll take 10% off of the price listed.
For the first time in months, maybe even years, I've started to dream almost every night. Good news right? Not really. You see, I can remember most of them so vividly that I can almost have trouble remembering if what happened in the dream actually happened in reality. Others are re-occurring, almost haunting. The dumbest ones are when I'm in between getting up, and I'm thinking "Argh this damn Ron Popeil," and I'm changing the channel when in reality I'm just sleeping a bit more, then I wake up and remember I didn't do anything like that. Or something similar, like throwing a log into the wood burning stove. Another one was having this thing where the neighbors were some sort of crazy murderers, and I was spying on them with a security camera hidden in a Jack o' Lantern and hiding under a a pile of leaves with a pair of binoculars. Stupid things like that.
One was like a sci-fi style thing where some scientist guy accidentally cut his finger while working on something and mutated into a weirdo monster thing and ate his lab partner, smashed through a glass gate, killed a security guard and escaped into an underground tunnel. Since then I've wanted to play Resident Evil. I think I could make it into a SciFi Pictures Original...
Several have been a bit unpleasant. I think I may have passed an old acquaintance (less than that, actually) in the local mall a while ago, and since then, I haven't been able to forget about it. Dreaming hasn't helped, let's leave it at that.
So I have been spending the past few days hanging out at Pinnacle Airsoft and as much as I have been having fun, it has killed my will to do any work for myself when I get home. My buddy Paul, the Tech down at Pinnacle used to tell me how he never worked on his guns when he got home, had parts just waiting to be fit pretty much at all times. I always thought he was crazy, but now I get it. As much fun as I am having, getting to talk airsoft all day long, it really saps my will to get any work done when I get home. Funny how that works.
I still need to really get down on my Clients Limcat Comp gun, and tomorrow is the day (heading back down to Pinnacle on Monday). I will probably get the slide and internals fit tomorrow for sure. I might hold off on fitting the comp until Monday or Tuesday.
I did manage to work on my buddies WE 1911. Got is used and man was it ######. Beat the hell up and just limping. One thing I have found is that most people keep their guns either too dry or way too wet. Most guns really need a good cleaning, drying the lube out of it, and then a reasonable amount added back in. In my buddies case it was the result of shooting the gun when it was venting a lot of gas. It turned out the hop up rubber was basically wasted. It had gotten amazingly loose, and was basically not sealing with the barrel any longer. Dropped in a spare TM and we are back in business. Now I need to find a good recoil spring for it since his has been cut for some reason. The mag I have for it is also wasted. Just more reasons to hate WE, though the first owner had obviously been messing with it (the valve in the mag had two o-rings installed for some reason). Lame.
On top of that I managed to drop in the Guarder Recoil Springs and Steel slide on my TM glock 26. It now has enough spring to return to battery nicely. Fun little gun, super heavy weight (as much as a stock TM 1911) with a heavy kick. In the end the efficiency has been killed, and I miss the snap of the stock slide. I don't know if I cam going to keep it in this configuration for long. I will probably swap it back to the ABS before long. Until then:
TM Glock 26
Guarder Steel Slide & Barrel
Guarder Recoil Springs
Nine Ball 6.03mm Tight Bore
Nine Ball Air Seal
KM TN Hi Flow Valve
FireFly Recoil Guide Rod w/ Bearings
FireFly Piston & Floating Valve
Finished up client project number one. Figured out why a TM Desert Eagle wouldn't work (the nozzle was locked open). Turns out it had been dropped on the right rear side, mashing the safety lever and also breaking the inner frame.
Removed the broken part of the frame, the safety lever (internal) and then put her back together. Good as new. Shoots strongly (mid 330s bone stock on green gas with a cold mag). I completely forgot how strongly these things kick, I actually thought I was breaking it again. I might need to pick up another one...
I also finished up the upgrade and tuning on my buddies 1911. Pinnacle (well back when Paul was at AEX) installed the Guarder body, and my client installed a set of Pachmyer Legend grips. He shot one of my PGC guns and really wanted to tie down the front end of his gun during rapid fire. Once we got to talking he also decided to add in my power upgrade, the more budget oriented version and we were off.
PDI 6.01mm Tight Bore
Guarder Hi Flow (new gen) results for this can be found here
Nine Ball Dyna Piston
And some tuning
To increase the level and feel of the shooting experience:
PDI Long Recoil Guide Rod
Shooters Design Recoil & Hammer Springs
Tanio Koba Trigger
Chairsoft Custom Works Trigger Job
All in everything came out exactly the way I wanted.
Stock FPS: 308.07
Chairsoft Custom Upgrades: 345.51
Nice to have found almost 40 fps. The front is now tied down tightly, even with the increased recoil. Gun still shoots on the mark. Very happy with it, and I am sure my client got exactly what they wanted.
I really want to be building the IPSC training gun, but stupid DHL hasn't delivered the base gun yet. I checked at my office, but nothing was to be found. So lame. I guess I could start fitting the comp to the barrel, job number 1 tomorrow.
Still waiting on one last piece for my TM Glock 26. Right now the gun is a joy to shoot, but I do wonder about the steel slide set up, it is just so heavy. I am waiting on the FireFly Piston set, but part of me thinks I should have ditched it for a PDI. Oh well, live and learn. We shall see how it turns out.
Broke 1,000 shots on my WE Tactical. I need to update my review to match, and now I can start tuning. Unfortunately I am thinking about using it for an ASB Postal Match I am trying to set up (with help). I want to have three classes, and one is a bone stock class. The Tactical is my only bone stock gun right now, and I can actually post a decent time with it. Once I have that taken care of, then we should be good to go.
Got to take a few days off, booked out of town to spend some time with my Pops and his new house. It was nice not to be tied to the interweb or work for a few days, but man the PMs and orders just piled up. I was only gone for a few days, but I came home to like a million things to do. Thankfully I was able to button down everything I had already signed up to do before I left. Unfortunately I might have lagged on some communications that might have turned into customer work, oh well.
In client work news, I got the DE in and for once that thing is broken. I don't know if it is un-useable now, but man it is in fact broken. I think I am going to see if I can re-assemble it with the broken rear sub-frame. The safety won't work, but I hope the gun will still shoot. I also hope it won't just keep breaking parts.
I got the parts in for the IPSC gun, hopefully the base gun will show up tomorrow. I also might have to fit another Limcat Comp set-up which should be interesting. Funny how things just keep building up and up.
I got some parts in for myself as well and finally got to run some Hi Flow tests with both of my Glocks. If you ever wanted to check out results for Hi Flows, check em out here. It really goes to show that the only way to know for sure is to test, test and re-test. KM valves are great in some guns, Guarder valves work great in others. I keep hearing good things about the Tanio Koba valves, but I have yet to test them. I guess I really have to.
I also have been collecting barrels for a Hi Capa/1911 tight bore shoot off. I might be way too lazy to actually finish the test up, but who knows.
I must say I am impressed, heartened even, by flicking back here on the off-chance and seeing the lovely vote scores and page views have gone up even in my lengthy absence; you really are too kind.
Now, to the real business now I've kissed your arses a bit, if you want to see how things are going on, and read more of my twitterings, then again I am gonna plug my new blog at http://versive.blog.co.uk
This is nothing personal against the venerable Arnies, of course, I just need a site that can be accessed by all without signing up or signing in, and that isn't tied to our favourite sport.
It's much the same stuff as always without the manufacturer and item reviews and opinions, and instead of skirmish mishaps I am having, at the moment, Asian mishaps on the Indian subcontinent.
I have been here now for almost 10 weeks and have been to 6 or 7 towns, although admittedly most of them were beaches and I simply got wasted and had the odd silly scrape with the local cops, but it has been good clean fun (well, mostly) all round and, now I ahve the pictures all up and online you can see some of the rather splendid stuff that's passed before my heavily glazed eyes.
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So I finalized three more client projects. Should be a good bit of business. One is just light tuning and a trigger job for a friend from Pinnacle. The Race Gun trainer is all ordered, now I am just waiting for everything to show up so I can get started. Shipping from Asia has been slow as molasses lately. I have four or five orders still in the about to be shipped phase. Not good, but at least I have secured all the parts I need.
I also got clued in to the fact that Shooters Design has released CNC frames for the TM Detonics. I worked it out through some quick dealing, and my black Classic trademarked frame is out for quote now. Should be amazing. I will have another full metal TM 1911. Very nice. You can check out the links here. I chose to go black even though I am rocking a silver SD slide. I like the color contrast, reminds me of the Kimber CDPs. Plus all the controls (including the plastic MSH) are all black, so I think it would look a bit off.
I think I am getting rid of the SP 2009. If someone wants a KSC Sig SP2009, with a Shooters Design slide and barrel, plus all the assorted FireFly internals plus other goodies for a super cheap price, let me know. The only problem is that the loading nozzle catches on the mag lips and stops the slide. It blowsback, and fires, slide action is smooth, but I need to find a good recoil spring to cure the stoppage. I am just sick of it, and only really like the look of it. I should have saved the cash since I want to build up my spare Hi Capa 5.1 into a real race gun. That is my new trip. I have been frequenting the AAPS forums. It has really gotten me interested in shooting more competitively. If you live in Northern CA, and want to get into the IPSC side of things, let me know. They have a monthly shoot, called a Postal, where you email your results in. I need a timer, so I need to have another body join. PM me if you are interested (I live in Berkeley, CA).
New Tokyo Marui Glock 26. Test fit the steel slide today and it is a beast in the hand. Needs a much stronger recoil spring (still using the stock set) but that is coming soon. Until then enjoy (just fit the FireFly recoil guide rod):
Also got a few clearer shots of the SVI. Once I figure out what hop up to use, and get the KM strut in she will be done.
I have fit the KM Hop UP busking to see what's what. Hopefully it will increase accuracy without dropping the fps too much. Only time will tell. I also have the FireFly "Hard" bucking to swap in as well.
I was recently looking at getting an ACM Marushin M500 clone, since they look pretty good and most owners speak fondly of them. I really want to get that PPK first, but I was just looking at the M500 as maybe a future purchase. I was looking at several places, all of which were more expensive than I had originally thought they would be. I thought about buying from a retailer in the states, which was still pretty expensive. The 8mm BBs that I'll have to buy in addition to the gun are what are probably making it seem more expensive.
I finally looked on RSOV, which had both the gun and a large bag of 8mms for a very reasonable price. Then I saw how much shipping would be. $83? I mean how far are we talking here? Is the PO going to stick a rocket to it and then send it towards the moon, use its gravitational pull to slingshot it back to Earth where its super packaging will prevent it from bursting into flames as it lands in a padded container in the back of the post office? It's not like they even deliver the damn thing to my doorstep, either. I have to go to the post office, wait in line, hope the delivery guy didn't take it with him to be able to give me another little piece of paper that reminds me that I have to go to the office to pick it, and then bring it back to my house. But whatever, it's not like I have any other choice, besides the other option which will save me $10 but take up to 14 days to get here.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to just spend my money on something other than that WA M4. I was really sure I was going to get it, but if it retails for the $530 it's supposed to, I think I'll just spend some of the money I've been saving up for it on some other things. Since I still really want to buy the "staple" guns from Goldeneye (even though it sounds kind of stupid when I think about it), I think that's what I'm going to use it for. I still have to get that PPK (my card hasn't arrived yet, or else I would have it already...), then I want to get a Marushin Super Blackhawk, Tokyo Marui SPAS 12, Maruzen Micro-Uzi, and as I mentioned an ACM M500. There's also that Galaxy P90 that's rumored to be in the works. I'm now looking for an FTC Spectre M4 as well. Not only would it fit into the collection nicely, but I'd really like to own some sort of classic gas gun.
As long as I don't allow myself to stray too far from my goal, I think I should be able to pull it off. Biggest obstacle I think I'll have to overcome is not price like I originally thought (thought that is going to be a bit of a problem), but finding these things. Some of the stuff I want to get seems to be out of production, so I'll have to hunt around for them. I guess I could just call it "part of the fun."
I also think I'm going to try to build my own grenade launcher. Long story short, I'm going to try to make a new one so I can get rid of my old M203. I don't like the way I have to have the thing on another gun to use, and I don't think I want to shell out $200+ on something with such limited use. Don't know how I'm going to do it yet, but it's not like GLs are super complex (part of the reason I don't want to pay for one).
Nothing much else is going on for me right now that's worth mentioning, really. Had a couple of warm days where the weather was in the 60s F, but it's a lot cooler outside now. Got a really small bit of outside work done though.
So many moons ago I sold my last Glock and swore off of them forever. Well I swore off Tokyo Marui Glock 17s, but ended up selling all of my Glocks in the end. While I still prefer the 1911, and if I need something more "current" I can go for the Sig (well not the SP2009, lump o trash), but I thought (truthfully) that I needed to show that I do have experience building Glocks since I was only being asked to build 1911s. Now I rather build a 1911, but I didn't want to just be losing out on possible clients. But not just any Glock would do, it had to be something new and exciting. So after trolling Hong Kong for awhile, I knew what had to build, a straight frame Glock 17. KSC has released a few guns with the straight frame, but never the Glock 17 (just Glock 34C, Glock 18C, Glock 19C).
I started with a KSC Glock 34C, so the frame would be the right size, the controls would be extended, and I could have the right frame. The 19C would have been nice, since it did come with a heavy weight frame, but in the end it would still be a Glock 19. For the slide I knew I was going to buy another BoomArms Custom slide, easily the nicest slides available for the KSC Glocks. If you are looking to swap, don't cheap out, go right for BoomArms. In the past I had built a KWA Glock 19 using the Caspian/Schuey Custom slide, so I needed something new. Luckily for me BoomArms also makes a less showy Schuey Custom slide. Just different enough to look upgraded, without the obvious cutouts on the Caspian/Schuey, it is the perfect choice.
Recoil springs turned out to be a bit of a drag. Originally I was running a KM Stainless Guide rod and recoil spring, but it wasn't strong enough. The BoomArms slide fits very tightly, no rattle, so the recoil spring has to be stiff enough to cover. Luckily for me the KM Recoil Guide rod can be taken apart. Now I am running a Hidakaya/BeMax recoil spring with the KM Guide Rod. I also have a Guarder recoil spring to test. Whichever one keeps the snap, without killing the efficiency will be staying.
The real amazing part is the Vickers Tactical mag release. Larry Vickers is an ex Delta Force operator, gunsmith of no small renown, part of the HK416 and HK45 development team, and an all around gun guy. When I was just reading up on what he has been doing I saw that he now has a new Vickers Tactical series of products out, such as 2 point slings, custom 1911s by Nighthawk, and a new mag catch for the Glock series by TangoDown. Produced by TangoDown in their all but indestructible plastic, it is the perfect replacement unit. Just slightly extended, won't scratch your mag like a metal replacement, and it has rounded edges (a problem with the ridiculously extended G34 mag catch is that all the edges are very sharp and catch on everything).
So here I have a perfect example of how I would build a Glock. Hammer spring and valve knocker are the final pieces, which should allow me to run red gas reliably. Then we will see how a Glock should perform.
KSC Glock 34C Straight Frame
BoomArms Schuey Custom Slide (G17)
PDI 6.01mm Tight Bore
Proud Mag Base
Proud Floating Valve Spring
Shooters Design Floating Valve
Shooters Design Stainless Valve Knocker
Shooters Design POM Part #10
Guarder Hammer Spring (150%)
PGC Hi Flow Valve
KM Stainless Recoil Guide Rod
Hidakaya/BeMax Recoil Spring (150%)
Vickers Tactical Mag Release (by TangoDown)
I also received my next project gun in, a Tokyo Marui Glock 26. Again an attempt to expand my expertise, I really liked the shooting experience of the KWA G26C. Loved the tiny size, and snappy kick. The TM has that in spades, plus a wealth of upgrades for fun. First comes the review, followed by a Guarder Steel slide and assorted gubbins. Until then:
So I got down to my buddies shop Pinnacle Airsoft today and it was movin. They managed to sell a few aegs and a P226, which is a pretty good sale for one day. I hope this keeps up since they have asked me to help them with their custom GBB builds. I guess I will be doing to the full builds and possibly some staged power builds like the Q-Project used to do. Could be interesting, and man was it nice to actually get to hang out with some people and talk airsoft. Forums do mean a lot to me, but to actually get to sit and talk airsoft with someone in the same room, priceless.
Along the way I managed to pick up 2-5 custom builds. Three are going to be out of Pinnacle as contract work, and two for some of the people I know there. One is just some internal work and trigger tuning on a guys 1911. I wish I could swap his body for a Nova (just to check em out) but he already has a Guarder body installed (correctly) so there is no real reason to spend more. I am going to swap in some PDI goodness and then do a little trigger tuning for him. The other job is more of a long term project since the guy is getting married in a few months, but he will be letting me build him a Nova. I wish I had more discretionary money so I could just buy one to check out. Oh well.
The three builds for Pinnacle will probably be three built P226s, with PGC bodies and my internal builds. Should be amazing just to have the three in my hands at one time. I wish my chrono did printouts, then I could include a test target and chrono sheet for each build, but I can still do it by hand or excel. Speaking of which I have been getting more professional in my build quotes. Now I am including a spreadsheet with costs etc. Should help me keep track (instead of having to depend upon PMs) and should cut down on any future problems. I think I am also going to have new clients approve these build sheets in advance, which means I am going to have to do more communication via email rather than the PM systems. It does mean I can keep track more easily of the jobs I am doing.
I have a great new client in Florida who has asked me to build him an IPSC practice gun. Should be a fun build, with a lot of good parts, etc. On top of that he got his wife excited about it as well, so now she wants a stock Hi Capa to practice with as well. Too funny. I hope I can button down this build this week since I am going out of town for a few days this coming up week, and it looks like I am going to be spending at least one day down at Pinnacle (Saturday probably if you want to meet up). I wonder if Pinnacle takes off, as well as my client work, if I can actually carve out a little bit of the Airsoft industry for myself. I would love to quit my job and go full bore into airsoft, but I just can't allow myself to gamble that way yet.
Also a new email address for any questions about project builds: chairsoftcustomworks @ yahoo . com (no spaces)
My friend's shop has finally opened it's doors. So happy for him, heres to a new customer driven Airsoft Store with solid tech advice and help.
Pinnacle Airsoft has finally opened for retail.
We offer high end AEG's & GBB's at competitive prices. Our work and repair includes a 6 month warranty from date of service.
At this time our website is still under-construction.
We are located at:
1207 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
(Conviently 4 blocks from the bart station)
Our store hours are:
If you live on Northern CA and are looking for a quality walk in store, it has now opened. Paul (ex AEX Oakland Tech, and Ronin member) built my first GBBs (well metal body installs) and has built both of my aegs. Beside being a true stand up guy, he knows his way around a gearbox. Check em out if you are looking for something.
I managed to gather a few more possible client projects. Just as I thought it had died away, there are a few jobs on the horizon. It was also gratifying to see so many of my on-line friends vouching for my work, it really means a lot to me. The latest job is to build an IPSC training pistol for a gentleman (not a kid, an actual adult!) in Florida. I am very excited to be working on this project since he actually heard of me through word of mouth. Now I need to put together a build plan for him and we can see where we land.
Installed the new trigger and hammer into my SVI. Man I love this gun. I also installed the new King Arms piston and floating valve. Just like the RCC replacement, the King Arms has upped fps some, but killed efficiency. It is always a trade off.
Chrono on green:
387.1 Avg: 392.82
Threw a little red in the mix:
388.1 Avg: 403.77
Too much fun. With a quick clean and tune, it is shooting sub 1" groups all day long.
Just waiting on the last bits, a new magwell and a new hammer strut and she will be absolutely complete. I don't know if I am going to keep the King Arms floating valve in. It now gets a single mag per fill with serious cool down in the last 5-10 shots.
People seem to always ask if upgrading a GBB is really worth the time and money. To me the answer is easy, but since so few people just getting into GBBs have had the opportunity to fire a well built gun, I thought I would throw up a review to give them a glimpse at what is possible. You can check it out [http://airsoft-barracks.com/forums/index.php?topic=1597.0]here[/url]. Not to show off, but just to show that it will be a different gun when you upgrade, and that some of the results are really tangible and worth while. I don't know, maybe it is just to show off. Who knows.
Spent the night monkeying around with my Sig SP2009. Man is it a dog of a gun. I got the FireFly parts in, and as always, they are a mixed bag. The springs are a waste of time. Recoil spring is too weak, the hammer spring is too long, I guess the 2340 uses a different hammer strut system or something. The recoil guide rod is OK, but it requires a thinner spring than my stock Hi Capa recoil spring I had been using. Now I need to find a good KSC Glock recoil spring to swap in. I guess that is OK since I have a Guarder set I can break up, since the Hidakaya/BeMax spring is working just fine my Glock 17 Straight Frame. The BBU is great though. You can feel the better compression and sealing. Very happy with it, but now the gun catches on the mag feed lips on return. So it shoots, blows back, loads the next shot, but doesn't return far enough. I am this close to throwing the thing out. Just reminds me why I hate KSC guns. I really do.
Managed to order everything for my TM G26. Should be interesting, but now the recoil springs aren't showing up until late next week. Sucks since that means I probably won't be upgrading the gun until the next week (going out of town for a few days). It does give me time to shoot it and write a good review up.
I got the sights in for my G17 project. Smoothed out some fitment issues (minor) and it now shoots like a dream. It does need a stronger hammer spring (which I ordered) but I hate installing them, and they ruin the cycling. I guess I will just have to get used to it since the gun needs one. All the parts are ordered for the finish, just waiting for them to arrive.
Welcome to 2008, I do wonder what the New Year holds for the wonderful world of gas powered airsoft replicas. I have chosen my first project of the new year, and it is going to be a Glock 26, semi auto. Right now I am planning on building a TM Glock 26 and installing a Guarder steel slide set, but we shall see how it turns out. If I can't find the slide set, then I will be building a semi-auto G26C from KSC. We shall see how it turns out in the end.
I also bought a SIIS Desert Eagle 10". I have kicked around building a Zeke bodied 10" TM, but it was just so expensive I never got around to it. I do think that would look amazing (I was going to use a Chrome model as a base gun). Guns N Guys has the SIIS on sale for less than a $100, I think it was like $60-70 so it was too good to pass up. I will get around to reviewing it at some point, especially since Snowman already has a great review up. Speaking of Justpistols, my Sig P210-6 review is up now and my head swells with pride. Check out all the greatness (Snowman's and my little contribution) here.
Reviewing is so odd, it is like a need for me. Every new gun screams out for a review, but man is it amazingly hard to actually accomplish. Compounded by my need to order all the upgrades at the same time, it is hard to hold off on upgrading long enough to give the gun a good review. Thankfully I didn't bother reviewing the SP2009, what a pile of ######. I still have some upgrades left in the mail, hopefully one of them will get the gun shooting again. If not, someone is going to get a smoking deal on a half-firing gun. If you want a SP2009, let me know. If the FireFly parts don't get it shooting, it could be yours for .50 cents on the dollar. It does look nice though.
I might have a two new client projects. One is to upgrade a WE to fire a bit better. I need to come up with a parts list tonight so I can get it started. The second is going to be a bit harder to accomplish. Someone is looking for a Jack Bauer P226, but I have yet to find a source for a two-tone PGC body. If I can find one, then I will get to build a P226. Nice to see the build side picking up some, hopefully I don't become the go to person for We though, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.
Just like the months earlier, but with a different number at the last part of the date. So why do people make resolutions? Makes no sense to me. Most people I know give up on their resolutions before April. I mean, why not just work on whatever you want to any part of the year? Kind of what I do, although to be honest I don't really improve myself on purpose that often...
Anyhow, bit of good news and a bit of bad news pertaining to me. Bad news first; I didn't get anywhere near as much stuff done as I wanted to and really should have. Spent most of my time doing other stuff I needed to do, then I spent whatever free time I had having fun (mostly playing Guitar Hero, seems like I'm not the only one addicted to it). Good news isn't as good as the bad news is bad, but it's something at least. Got a new debit card, and even though I don't like X-mas, I did get a few gifts that I thought were pretty cool.
I've also been feeling a bit alone lately. It's kind of warranted to be honest, but recently I haven't been able to shake the feeling. I like being alone, but I don't like feeling lonely. Might not make sense, but it's the way it is...
Recently I found an old mag valve that I incorrectly tried to fix by putting liquid teflon for plumbing on it (it was before I knew much about how a GBB worked, so I followed some rather poor advice), which made it leak a lot worse than it was before, and prevented it from operating completely. I filled it up to see if it would leak just for the heck of it, but to my surprise, it only leaked a bit. So I thought I'd take it apart and clean up the remnants of the teflon, and soak the rubber seals in steering fluid. Assuming I can get all the bits back together (really no reason I shouldn't), I've reached another small step in GBB repair. I was a bit surprised at all the little pieces that went into one valve.
I'm thinking of getting rid of a few things I have that I rarely use. Problem is, most of the stuff I want to get rid of won't be worth much. I have a bunch of really cheap stuff that I think I might try to get rid of, but I think for the amount of money it'll take to pack up and ship out it would just be better to throw away. I guess I'll have to think about it.
I'm definitely going to get rid of my KWC 1911s, I just have to get a box for those. Something I only just thought of was to use a box and most of the packing materials from an order that I plan on placing soon. Not sure if the box will work, but I think it's worth a shot.
I'm starting to think about giving up on the WA M4. I have other things that I think I'd rather use my money for.
Finished my KWA G26C review, check it out here.
I also got my WE Compact firing again. In the process I managed to break my back up stock TM nozzle, ###### about that one. You can check out all the WE goings on here. Big thanks to The Saint for joining ASB and helping out with my WE project.
I also updated my WE Tactical Review, here, with my 500 round update. Gun is still shooting strong and everything seems to be working well. No worries and I am itching to get to work on it. I really want to swap the valve, but I want to see when the stock valve is going to go out on it.
Year end wrap up. Here is what I have owned in the last year and a half, my entire airsoft history.
1 - UHC Clear 1911 Springer
2 - TM Sig Sauer P226 (two bodies, now a non-railed PGC)
3 - WA Kimber Marsoc (SCW2) (now a PGC Kimber/TLE RL II)
4 - WA SVI Expert (SCW2) - Never worked right, traded it in for:
5 - WA Kimber TLE/RL II Two-Tone (SCW2) (now a PGC Springfield Operator)
6 - CA MP5SD5 (upgraded to 400 fps, sold)
7 - TM Glock 17 (purchased upon release, upgraded with SD slide and full internals, sold it)
8 - TM Colt M1911A1 (now fully built PGC DX)
9 - TM Hi Capa 4.3 (went through two seperate builds before I sold it)
10 - KWA M1911A1 (extended PDI, custom recoil spring, sold)
11 - KWA Glock 19 (BoomArms Caspian/Schuey slide, full internals, sold)
12 - KWA Glock 34 (KSC Slide and internals, sold)
13 - TM Desert Eagle (Full internal build, sold)
14 - KSC Glock 18C Straight Frame (fully built internals, G34 barrel, sold)
15 - WA Delta Elite (SCW1) (SD slide, internals, great gun)
16 - TM Hi Capa 5.1 (has now been through a full five builds, still deciding on what is next)
17 - Tanaka M29 6.5" (Dirty Harry, RS Grips, Sold which was a mistake)
18 - TM G17 (tried again, BoomArms G34 Slide, Sold)
19 - WA Beretta INOX (SCW3) (RS Grips, Sheriff, PGC, Hidakaya bits)
20 - WA Beretta Carbon Black (RS Grips, Sheriff, PGC, Sold)
21 - WA Beretta M84S INOX (Prime Body, RS Grips, Sold)
22 - TM M1911A1 (Gurader Springfield bodied, Sold)
23 - TM M1911A1 (PGC Delta, PDI Comp, lots of RS)
24 - Maruzen M1100 (Sold)
25 - VFC HK416 (Fully built, 450 fps, Sold)
26 - TM Tac Master (Zeke 92G, RS Grips, FireFly internals, Sold)
27 - WA S&W M4013 TSW Black (Prime slide, Sold)
28 - Tanaka SAA Cavalry Midnight Finish (new grips)
29 - Tanaka Super Redhawk 9.5" HW (44 Magnum, RS Grips)
30 - KSC CZ75 1st Version (full internals, RS Grips, FireFly, Sold)
31 - Tanaka Browning Hi Power HW (RS Grips, Carom Shot, DB Customs)
32 - Maruzen PPK/S (KM, Supressed, Hi Flow)
33 - Marushin Colt Constrictor (Wood Grips, Sold)
34 - Tanaka P08 Luger Artillery HW (Hi Flow, Sold)
35 - WA SVI Expert 6.0 (SD Slide, full internals, Sold)
36 - TM Hi Capa 5.1 (Full SD SVI 6.0 Conversion, Full internals)
37 - Marushin Super Blackhawk (Wood grips, Red Dot)
38 - Tanaka M500 3+1" HW (RS Grips, KM Tight Bore)
39 - KSC MK23 2005 HW (Full internals, suppressor, custom recoil set up, Sold)
40 - Marushin P210-6 8mm (KM Tight Bore)
41 - Maruzen VZ61 (Angs, KM, Nine Ball)
42 - TM Detonics (SD Slide, full PDI build)
43 - WE 1911 Tactical
44 - WE 1911 3.8 Compact (TM Internals, PGC, test gun)
45 - Marushin Derringer
46 - KSC G34C Straight Frame (BoomArms G17, Internals, RS Mag Catch)
47 - KSC SP2009 (SD Slide, FireFly internals)
Not much new stuff on the horizon that I am interested in. I do want the new HW Marushin P210-6 in 6mm, the TM MEU when ever it finally shows up, not much new Tanaka stuff but I still want a true concealed carry revolver, until WA comes out with either more Magna guns or SCW4 I have sworn off them. I am liking the action on my Maruzens, but the plastic is a little too toy-like. Still don't like Glocks much and the SP2009 is the disappointment everyone knows it is. Shame since it looks and feels great.
Hopefully 2008 will surprise me, but one year and half into this hobby I think I have had a pretty good run of guns.