More parts came in for various projects. First up is the Vickers Tactical mag catch for KSC Glocks. Made by TangoDown the things i pretty much indestructible. Easy drop in fitment (unlike some airsoft pieces) and it has a nice beveled pad which just feels better, as well as a slight extension to aid in actuation. Pretty cheap too ($15).
I still have a two-tone BoomArms Schuey slide for this sucker but I am far too lazy to actually get around to fitting it. The stupid legs on the outer barrel are way out of spec, and the slide to barrel fit is so tight you need to remove the BBU to fit the barrel in. Too much work, but I will get around to it sometime, sooner or later that it.
Lots of new Western Arms pieces are showing up as well.
First up is the RS Larue Tactical / Troy rear folding sight. Set to A2 specs, it is a great rear sight, often the one that all others are compared to.
Easy installation, it drop right onto the rear rail of the WA. In truth it fits a bit tightly when folded down, but nothing worry about, and I will be swapping to a metal receiver when they become available. Very, very nice piece (especially with the free gift) and with a lifetime warranty, it is worth the rather significant price.
The other piece that arrived today was the VLTOR Low Profile Gas Block. With the new rail system I have coming in, I couldn't keep the stock front sight / gas block. This is a very nice piece which should fit comfortably underneath the rail.
Hopefully the remaining pin pass through in the barrel won't be too noticable since this piece is about half as long. I don't think it looks too bad, but unfortunately the fake gas tube doesn't fit into the real steel piece. Ah well I will either buy a new one in RS or figure something out.
I am probably going to go RS so I can use a mid-length gas tube and push the gas block out some. Right now it is still set up for a carbine length. I will probably buy two so I can also use a mid-length position on my other gun. Speaking of the other gun, man I am at a loss as to what to do. I keep seeing Daniel Defense rails popping up now, and I am loathe to do what other people are doing unless I really need to. I might go 9" Omega, but that is still close to what everyone else is using. I might just go Larue and be done with it, but I have time yet.
I still need to buy the stock for for this gun and at least a new pistol grip for the new gun. Man these WAs are a pile of money if you choose to go real steel. The next gun is going to rock a Larue Iron Dot with a Burris Fastfire. I think that is going to be amazing.
Too many options out there, far too many.
Just wanted to let everyone know that Pinnacle Airsoft's website is now open for business.
Check it out, they went all out to try and provide a high quality website to match their walk in store.
Currently they are closed for the week:
Monday June 30 - Sunday July 6th
Any orders placed on those days will be filled when they return on Monday July 7th on a first come, first serve basis.
Since many of you haven't been able to head down and check it out I snapped a few pictures for you:
Stop by and check it out. Paul, Chris and Ernie are always happy to answer questions and talk about what is available. I am there on weekends (Saturday 11 - 7; Sunday 12 - 5) for all of your pistol needs.
Pinnacle Airsoft Inc.™
1207 Arroyo Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 465-2126 fax
So I have continued to stipple pretty regularly. Tried my hand at a Glock grip, looks OK, but could be better.
KWA G26C Grip:
I also have a new client build in the process of arriving. Built from a Dual Tone Hi Capa 4.3, I am excited to see how it turns out. He is going to run an Airsoft Surgeon slide (which is very nice, high quality, and build) and full internals. Actually a very nice build in the end even though it was pitched as a "light" build. Lucky for him he could pick up an upgraded hammer mech from me at dirt cheap. Binning the stock bits, so the gun should shoot rather nicely. Only thing really missing would be a few detail pieces and an upgraded trigger.
Since he hates the OPS trademarks, I stippled a grip up for him. I like the way it came out, but we shall see what he says.
I used the big tip for the front strap and the MSH, and then used the smaller one for the sides. I think it came out nicely and does look a bit different than the last set.
I also fit the PDI tight bore to my WA M4 and man is it a cannon now. On a Madbull Chrono (with my leaking mag, idiot WA mags) it was shooting 370+ all afternoon. I think it will do a steady 375 when I fix the magazine. Accuracy is still good, and out to over 120 feet it was still packing a punch. Finally swapped out the Troy flash hider for the correct SR-16 one, but since the suppressor is G&P, but the flash hider is KM, there is still a little bit of play. Nothing too bad, and certainly nothing to worry about. I wish the PDI was just a bit longer, it stops half way through the flash hider. If they had run it out to 400mm I bet it would clear 500 fps.
The really good news for me is that my WA M4 finally showed up and I must say it is amazing. I love the sheit out of it. I know there has been a lot of talk about the weakness's with the internals, and I know it isn't a skirmish ready gun out of the box, but I never expected it to be so I am happy. The recoil action and sound are more than I imagined and put a smile on my face time and time again. Mine probably has less than 1K rounds through it, but other than the ejection port latch falling off (baffling me, but ah well I will buy a RS one) mine has been rock solid. I do baby it, hand lower the bolt once it locks (often I just disable it altogether) and my hop up looks just fine.
Just a few upgrades so far, but plenty in the mail and planned. For now it has a RS MIAD Grip, KM Troy style flash hider, and a modified G&P Knights M4QD Suppressor. Looks pretty good, but there is plenty more to go.
1 - 378.7
2 - 373.0
3 - 376.6
4 - 377.9
5 - 375.6
6 - 376.8
7 - 376.2
8 - 373.4
9 - 375.8
10 - 373.4
RPM: 833 RPM or 14 RPS
Arriving tomorrow should be:
KM SR16 Flash Hider (so the idiot suppressor will stop rotating)
Airsoft Surgeon Buffer and 140% Spring
PDI 6.01mm Tight Bore (368mm)
Still waiting to hear back from RA Tech, but I should have a CNC hop up unit soon so I won't be worried about the hop breaking, and if I can get paid for my AK74M, some nice RS furniture will be going on. In all it is going to break $1K far faster than I would like, but hey I am buying what I want so be it.
Man it has been a very long time since I have written anything in this thing. While it seems like not much has happened I have been steadily toiling away at this thing we call airsoft and I have made some steps forward I do believe.
First up has to be the fact that I finally broke out of my laziness and broke out the Dremel Soddering Iron and actually tried my hand at some stippling. First try was a little shaky, but in the end I think it came out decently. It actually looks much better on the gun than in the open. The chisel shaped tool is pretty hard to be consistent with. Once I swapped over to the rounded tip, and tried my hand at the golf ball style I think I got better results.
I'm not so sure about the golf ball style on the P226 grips, though on the gun I think they actually look pretty decent. Actually both sets are much more professional looking once installed.
The best set I think are the random sized golf ball style grips I made for my Hi Capa. I am very happy with both the look and feel of them.
In other news some more client work has started rolling in. I have two Hi Cap projects coming down the pike. First up is a pretty light build for a customer in Santa Cruz (I think) which is just a quick slide install and tune. Should be pretty good, but since he is running a Guarder slide I am so hopeful it is going to be as amazing as I would like.
The second project is a Dual Tone 4.3 that I am very excited about. First up I get to try my hand at an Airsoft Surgeon / MMC slide, my first. I have meant to find out the quality of these for awhile now, and I am actually getting paid for testing this one out. Very nice. Good solid build, full internals, full hammer mechanism upgrade and on top of that I am going to golf ball stipple the grip. Might be my signature little move from now on, but we shall see. The time investment in it is so much, once I have it down to a science it is going to be expensive.
I finally secured my latest project, actually I just had parts lying around that needed a gun to add to.
KSC Glock 19 Deep Blue
PDI 6.01mm Tight Bore
PGC Hi Flow Valve
KM Stainless Recoil Guide Rod & Recoil Spring
Very light tune. I actually have a BoomArms slide for it, but the thing is bothering me since the outer barrel legs don't fit the slide....incredibly annoying. I haven't the patience to work on it right now, so I am rocking the ABS slide for now. The Deep Blue coating is some limited edition from Japan, but really just makes the gun look more like plastic than regular KSC HW material. I didn't want this gun initially, but the last TW KSC that Den had was busted and I didn't want to wait to see when a new one came in. A few bucks more and I have another limited edition. Fun little gun, I forgot how well these things actually fit my hand.
I also have a TM Desert Eagle "Leon" living with me for awhile. Man this is a big gun. Not surprisingly they have chosen to fit it with a 6" inner barrel. Power is still amazing at 330 fps with green at 70 degrees, almost 370 fps with green at almost 80 degrees (hot here in California right now). Bought it for Peter, but he seems to have fallen off the planet. He also wanted me to fit a 10" KM inner barrel, so being the obliging type, I did. This 10" has an extension to the inner frame that encloses the barrel, and the TM folk actually blocked the area in front of the stock barrel so you can't just drop in a longer tight bore. So lame. But I broke out the files and power is to be had by one and all:
Stock. Toytec .20s. Green Gas. 80 degrees.
1 - 369.2
2 - 367.7
3 - 366.1
4 - 364.8
5 - 365.9
6 - 362.6
7 - 362.2
8 - 359.6
9 - 357.9
10 - 358.2
W/ KM 10" 6.04mm Tight Bore
1 - 429.4
2 - 423.6
3 - 417.2
4 - 417.5
5 - 413.3
6 - 415.6
7 - 414
8 - 418.9
9 - 418.4
10 - 417.2
So we are seeing a gain of 55fps! 55! Go buy one now.
And a parting shot of the powerhouses (400+fps each)
In client news, I have been inundated with WE guns to fix. Not too terrible, but I feel badly because they are getting a piece of ###### back from me (a working one at least). Don't like it one bit. Not too much in the short term horizon. I get to fit one of the new PGC Non-Railed bodies soon. Should be pretty amazing since I think he managed to get a two tone kit (yes, just like mine). Otherwise I am waiting for my WA M4.
I also ordered the PDI 6.01mm tight bore the other day, but now it is no longer listed on their website. Very strange, not out of stock, but completely removed! PDI did finally release a Glock 34 6.01mm so all of you with race Glocks have something to rock now.
Otherwise most of whats going on is still under wraps. Lets just say I finally have a few irons in the fire, hopefully some of them will turn into something great.
Still do custom work, still reasonably priced and easy to deal with. Let me know if you need something.
I know I mentioned a huge (in terms of parts, and quality of the parts) build for a client, another PGC TM 1911. It came out perfectly. I was impressed with both the KM and most especially the Nova parts that he chose to use. Just a quality standard A1 1911. Really my favorite type, and with good parts choices, my favorite to shoot as well. It really turned out amazingly well:
TM mags 5x
PGC colt version
PGC rear sight
PDI tightbore 6.01mm
PDI MIL-SPEC Hammer
PDI Palsonite Sear
KM Steel Trigger
KM Valve Knocker
KM spring guide
KM recoil plug
KM hammer strut
Prime steel slide stop
Prime barrel bushing
Prime magazine catch
Prime main spring housing
SD recoil spring
SD hammer spring
Nine Ball Dyna Piston
Guarder Hi Flows (x5 mags)
Tanio Koba Outer Barrel
Charles Daly grips
Other than the flat mainspring housing, that to me is the classic 1911.
I also have had the chance to do some work on my friends Limcat Custom. Really was excited to get my hands on another one, and while it was put together well, it did need some care and finish tuning. I swapped the tired old frame out for a much newer one I had in the parts bin. Did the usual filing and fitting on the blowback unit to clear the disconnector and other stuff. This gun had an interesting bit of fitting for the rear sight. I usually remove a ton of material off the bottom of them (giving out secrets again) but my client chose to leave that all, and take material off the bottom of the BBU to clear. I do prefer my method, while it is a bit more extreme, I think it lines up a bit better.
The really big change was swapping in an Airsoft Surgeon hammer set. He chose the rare SHPD style hammer, and while I don't like the look (though it is a first) the functionality and trigger feel is amazing. If you are looking to swap the hammer and sear out of your Hi Capa, I can't stress enough that you should check out the AS unit. I know it is $66, but that is cheaper than most other sets, way cheaper than a full PDI set up with KM strut. The trigger is butter smooth, and it must be lighter than 4 lbs now. It truly has a hair trigger.
I am working on a few reviews right now. Tuning back up an old Western Arms Magna gun. I have another Magna gun to look at for my boys down at Pinnacle. I have a KSC Glock 19 to build (when it arrives) but just light tuning on it. I have a Leon 10" DE coming in for a buddy. I get to run some tests and fit a new tight bore to it (let's hear it for 350 on 134A! well that is the goal). I have the rebuild of my old Hi Capa that was a SVI 6.0. I have to fit that old upper to a new gun for a client. Then I need to finish tuning and upgrading my SpeedMaster so I can run green gas and just kill with it.
Man, I am actually pretty busy for the next week or so.
Some friends are in for a visit:
WA SVI Std (Magna) - Rebuild and tuning
WE Para - Tuning
KWA M1911A1 Full Metal - Review and let me tell you this is one good gun. Never say WE again
SD Floating Valve
SD POM Loading Nozzle
The SD loading nozzle was purchased from UNCompany, but the loading nozzle has a Dentrinity part number on it....leads me to believe that I am partly correct and Dentrinity and Shooters Design are very close.
So I am going to rebuild the older Magna gun for a friend. Shouldn't be much of a challenge, but we shall see how things go along. I also need to order some parts for it. Seems like the newer magna guns and the older ones do have some differences.
I also got a first hand look at the WE Para. It is actually an amazing little gun. If all WE's were as good as the Para TM should be worried. Great accuracy, good power, good build. Really a great clone gun. Swapped out the WE valve for a TM standard valve and fps jumped 30 fps. I kid you not. Accuracy is still amazing. Check this target, 15 shots at 5 meters. .20 bbs and true rapid fire:
The KWA is the full metal version that has been released for awhile now is a truly amazing gun. I need to do a review of it to post up, but until then let me just say that the gun shot 340 fps average over 10 shots at 67 degrees. Power out the wazoo.
I also have been remiss in not following up on my WA Beretta M92FS build. Finally got everything back together with the Prime slide and actually fit some grips to it. I had it set up last with the black frame, but when i tried to fit the real steel black grips, the grip screw bushing pulled out. Sucked. Got fed up and put the thing away in pieces.
Eventually I got over the ###### and then swapped everything back to the silver frame. Once I did that I chose to take the easy route and fit the stock WA panels. Easier on me, and easier on the fitting. Unfortunately the grips are fairly beat up, but I don't mind (for now). It does let me shoot green and be happy with the kick and accuracy. Right now the gun is amazing, but it continues to make me wonder how it would be with a full Prime body. I might need to bite the bullet soon and stump up for one. We shall see. Until then here is where it stands:
WA Beretta M92FS Inox (SCW3)
PDI 6.01mm Tight Bore
PGC Loading Nozzle
Guarder Gas Routing
Sheriff Extended Slide Stop
Hidakaya/BeMax Recoil Spring
So I had this vision of my TM SVI, with silver controls, and a red grip. So I went out and bought a "red" WE grip and was all set to pull my dual tone controls for the race gun and see what was up. BUT then I got caught up in a selling spree, and well the SVI just seemed to naturally hit the chopping block.
But before I let it go (anyone?) or I at least rebuild it as something brand new, I thought I would mock up exactly how it would have looked (minus the custom stippling work), and here was to be my final look for it:
I also started messing around with my race gun, decided to see if I could get it to work with a 1911 slide (and thus be able to run my 7" Comp set-up from my Delta, which I turned back into a straight 1911) but it didn't work. For some reason, that I can't understand. I think it might be the PDI Hi Capa outer barrel, or the fact that I am running a Hi Capa hop up rather than a 1911. I am going to give it another go at some point.
The Delta does look good as just a single stack 1911 rather than the Comp. I can't seem to go without having a plain single stack 1911 to shoot. I sent my M1911A1 back east to Junior to check out and play with. I am excited to see what he thinks.
Have to finish up another customer gun tomorrow, make sure the Airsoft Surgeon hammer system works smoothly and no longer binds on the bottom of the BBU. Looks good, but the design needs a bit more work from the factory....
I haven't thought about what guns I actually own in awhile. Right now this is the list:
KSC/BoomArms Schuey Custom Glock 17 Straight Frame
KSC Sig SP2009 (finally got it shooting)
Marushin Sig P210 (8mm)
Marushin Deringer (6mm)
SIIS IMI Desert Eagle .50AE 10"
Tanaka Browning Hi Power MKIII
Tanaka Ruger Super Redhawk 9.5" HW .44 Magnum
Tanaka SAA Cavalry Midnight
TM/SD SVI Expert 6.0 (Hi Capa 5.1)
TM Hi Capa 5.1 Race Gun
TM/SD Detonics Combat Master MKVI
TM/PGC Sig Sauer P226 Non-Rail
TM/PGC Sig Sauer P226 Elite
TM/PGC Colt M1911A1
TM/PGC Colt Delta Elite Comp
TM Hi Capa 4.3 Dual Tone
WA Beretta M92FS Inox (1st Version)
WA/Prime Beretta M92FS Two Tone
WA/PGC Kimber TLE/RL II
WA/PGC Springfield Operator
WA SVI Speed Master
The latest purchase was the WA Speed Master. One of the new Magna Re-Releases. I am more than excited (just cleared customs, but won't be here until Monday). I managed to sell a lot of guns last week, so I had real money to spend. Stocked up on everything I thought I would need for the Speed Master, and then lo and behold I found a few of the little bits in a bag in my parts bin.
Either way I am excited to be getting a new WA, which hasn't happened in a very long time. I basically swore of them after the fiasco that has been my experiences with WA SVIs. Got bit once with a SCW2 6", then bought the same thing in SCW3 and got bit again. Third time is a charm right?!
In other news I have been slowly building a few guns here and there. I have a few client builds lined up. I get to do some tuning on a friend of mines guns. No money, but he takes care of me, how can I do any less. I also have an old client sending up a brand new build, that the parts list alone makes me shake in excitement. Check this out:
TM mags 5x
PGC colt version
PGC rear sight
PDI tightbore 6.01mm
PDI MIL-SPEC Hammer
PDI Palsonite Sear
KM Steel Trigger
KM Valve Knocker
KM spring guide
KM recoil plug
KM hammer strut
Prime steel slide stop
Prime barrel bushing
Prime magazine catch
Prime main spring housing
Prime grip safety kimber
SD recoil spring
SD hammer spring
Nine Ball Dyna Piston
Guarder Hi Flows (x5 mags)
Tanio Koba Outer Barrel
Charles Daly grips
Novak Rear sight
This gun is going to be incredible. I get to check out the Nova Controls, plus the body is a PGC, my favorite. He has been saving up parts, bits and pieces for at least three months now. I once completed and tuned his old Guarder bodied 1911. Now he is moving up to the big time.
I am actually extra excited, this might be my first actual repeat customer, other than my friends. Hopefully this trend continues.
Junior and I have some sort of weird gun exchange going on. He is sending me his WA/Prime V10 to borrow and check out. I, in turn, have my PGC 1911 heading his way. I must say it is very re-assuring to have met someone over the interweb, who has turned out to be a true stand up individual, who has grown into a true friend. I mean we are exchanging almost 1K worth of custom pistols from one coast to the other. I mean, it sounds crazy, but I truly trust Junior period. If only everyone was as trustworthy and stand up as he.
I also made the decision to jump back into AEGS. I bit the bullet and ordered one of the new blowback TM AK74Ms. I am actually pretty excited. The gun hasn't arrived yet, but the accessories have. I am going light on the internals, just a SP110 spring and 6mm bearings. Raptor Packs is going to make me a custom 9.6v battery to run (hopefully) and Pinnacle will of course be handling the build.
I also picked up a RS Kobra side mount Red Dot for it. Maybe I will actually use this one...
I need to keep up with this thing more. I like having a record of what I am doing and working on, just so I can remember.
Took a few sunny shots of the Creation Sig. Interestingly enough since I have completed it, it has been through two owners, now waiting for word back on the third. Man this thing has changed hands like nothing before. I don't even know who is going to end up with it.
I managed to source a Prime slide for my Beretta. Unfortunately it is black, while my gun (well both of them) are INOX. Shame, but who can turn down a metal slide so you can run green through a WA Beretta? I don't know if I will keep it this way, I might go back to silver and just stump up and buy the INOX body kit, since this slide is missing both the ejector and a top panel on the slide. First look was with the INOX frame:
I didn't like the look of it, and I happen to have a spare Perfect Version body, so I swapped the frame to the black one. Looks better, but is still off looking. I need to at least source a black magazine, but I just don't know anymore. I might swap back to the heavy weight frame and then stump up for the full Prime kit. Who knows.
I also have to find a recoil spring soon, even though the slide weighs a few grams less than the stock one, it needs a spring badly. Lame since I just made a tiny order from Den that would have been fine to throw them on to. Stupid.
Next project is done, in the bag. Sourced the body, the internals I want, all that is left is to pick up the gun from Pinnacle next week. I had to build a Sig after that Creation build.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.