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snorkelman

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About snorkelman

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    Some people NEVER take their hits :)

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  • Airsofter since
    2005
  • Toy collection
    AEGs
    VFC AKSUN-DX preproduction model
    TOP MP40 with PGC conversion

    External powered Escort System GBBs
    Shoei MG42
    Shoei MP44
    SunProject M16A1 Carbine TM version
    SunProject XM177E2 TM version
    Escort MP5
    Inokatsu M60E3 Escortized version awaiting completion :)

    Gas classics
    MMC SA80 L85A1
    FTC AK (Type 56)
    Asahi Super Sterling
    Asahi MP40 (full metal custom)
    KHC VZ61Scorpion NBB
    JAC M16A1 with M203 launcher
    JAC M16A1
    JAC M16A1 Vietnam Full metal Limited Edition
    JAC M16A2
    JAC M16A2
    JAC M16A2 Limited edition
    JAC XM177E2 Limited Edition (Sheriff Custom)

    Conventional Gas GBBs
    KWC Mini Uzi
    KJW Glock 27
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  1. snorkelman

    What music are you currently listening to?

    california montage - young holt unlimited
  2. snorkelman

    What music are you currently listening to?

    she's leaving home/whats going on mix
  3. snorkelman

    Painted Weapons Picture Thread

    aye I wanted that subtle air of <cough> sophistication that only metalflake can provide
  4. snorkelman

    Painted Weapons Picture Thread

    I'll see your silver and gold paint, and raise you pimpadelic Glacier Blue microflake work in progress more horror to come
  5. snorkelman

    What music are you currently listening to?

    The Pets - I Say Yeah
  6. snorkelman

    KJW M4

    yep and which of the three platforms is the MTW based on? WA KJW or WE I mean did you see me list it seperately to make four categories rather than three and then rate it in second place? Nopes I lumped it in with the WA design cos to all intent and purposes thats what its an even more accurate derivation of. You need to spend over 400 dollars on parts for WA to get it to shoot right and much more on the AGM - Sure total parts spend on the AGM has been 500 odd bucks in parts, but seeing as it costs 120 dollars to start with the fact the parts spend amounted to 130 or so more than your 400 of parts figure is kinda academic, as the overall spend is still less. edit -actually I'll snip the rest as its taking Donuts KJW review off topic enough already, apologies for that.
  7. snorkelman

    KJW M4

    I really dont want to take donuts KJW review any further into off topic, so might be best if this sort of stuff got moved over to the WA v We thread and it got expanded to cover all three? I promise to make this my last big post in it in any case cross manufac mag compatibility Market has coped without it in the gas pistols side of things, and manufacs are likely to keep same attiudes as they adopted there (tying buyers in, ego and competing IP rights) so I dont see any prospect of them getting their heads together and agreeing on anything. Gets pretty moot when it comes to guns outside the STANAG ones anyway. Even on the AEG side of things its not as good as it could be - galils that wont accept mags from another manufacs galil (same with FALs) then you have AKs that wibble n wobble with one brand of mag but work fine with another etc Fixing it so all STANAG guns share same mag still leaves the equally thorny issue of cross manufac internal incompatibility and impact of that on buyers choice of subsequent guns. e.g If someones laid out 260 bucks for a shiny RA-T steel bolt carrier on his KJW is he really gonna want to buy a WA M4 as his second gas in mag armalite for a shorty or DMR config, or is he going to buy another KJW where he can share that BCG between them as well as share mags? When it comes to shareable mags between different STANAG guns (not just armalite variants) then the only firm likey to be producing them any time soon is WE - given their system is much more readily/rapidly adaptable to non armalite designs and that neither WA nor KJW are mentioning release of SCARs L85s etc Now when it comes to shareable mags between team mates aye would be helpful for that - assuming folks were willing to lend their delicate gas mags, and other folks were willing to take the responsibility of borrowing them... I suspect in practice a lot of folks would probably pass on the offer rather than risk Sods Law - where the mag is barely in their gun before the seals pop the valve collapses and they need to reach into their pocket to buy their team mate a new one.. third party support for KJW If its folks like GHK doing mags, Ra-T doing steel bolt carriers and adjustable output nozzles etc thats a positive development, but all thats going to provide is same high end parts at same sort of high end prices as are being complained about for the WA. RA-T arent suddenly going to sell a steel BCG for the KJW for any sort of price thats appreciably less than they can punt a WA one for, when one requires as much work to make as the other. And even if the KJW gains wider support from Prime 2 Roy and KA etc as well, why would any of them lower the price for an MBK over what they can get making WA ones? to my mind the only gun thats ever going to end up with prospect of a cheap n cheerful steel BCG, or 70 dollar MBKs with trades is going to be the one that chinese parts manufacs are opting to churn out bits for and at moment that looks to be the WA design. Anyway to finish off, while not ideal I dont think the mags issue is neccessarily as much of a problem as it could be (when theres more factors to take into account than is the case with AEGs) so three incompatible platforms isnt really much more of an issue than two. I'd say where the KJW has its chance is if it can turn in decent longterm reliability without need to stick RA-T etc parts in or source high priced mags, and for folks either looking to maximise their options by using AEG front ends etc (or who have a bundle of those sat around to draw on already). Looks to have pretty good gas consumption figures too WE gets the nod if you plan to buy multiple different gas-in-mag guns as no one else is in the market to do that right now WA design has the most likely cheap chinese parts support (for good or bad), the widest range of third party support and most realistic set of internals for those of us anal enough to be bothered by that Pays your money takes your choice
  8. snorkelman

    KJW M4

    well as the WA arent reliable out of the box thats not exactly a high acheivement, I think the point he was trying to make is that by being third gun out of the traps and currently without third party support, then the gun itself straight out of the box is going to have to deliver the reliability of a high round count. a - Because theres no one else out there at moment stepping up to take care of that for it (if it turns out it cant do it itself) and b - if it does need someone else to do it for it, then chances are anyone who does will be doing so at a similar price to whats being asked for the higher end third party WA parts at end of the day, being three or four times as reliable doesnt amount for much if that still leaves you with a non functional gun and poor parts support after a couple of thousand rounds rather than 200 If on the other hand it can deliver massive round counts on its stock components it'll do deliver something the others havent and force folks to re-evaluate which is best mass market option. yep and I wouldnt have bought one unless there were parts made in a material that had some inherent longevity. However most of the potential flaws that could be levied at one apply equally to the others e.g. both these guns (and the WE) make use of AR style fire control components and I wouldnt trust the longevity of those in anything less than steel. Going by the photos posted on the KJW I can get at least some of them in steel straight out the box in a 290 dollars or so gun On the AGM I can add ALL of them to the 120 dollar gun for 80 bucks right now, and probably for less than 60 by this side of chrimbo Personally because of above - for years and years we get stuck with numerous gas guns where craptastic wear-prone original parts that couldn't be had for love nor money, and if it was one third party parts were available then they often werent much better in terms of robustness, but instead concentrated on 'better' performance (safe in the knowledge that even if that 'extra performance' was nothing but cobblers, folks would still buy their overpriced junk as the only option to obtain a spare part). So these days I've given up on any manufacturer making a decent out the box gun - as a result I'd now rather buy an utterly craptastic out of the box gun that I could replace everything with heavy duty parts and be done with it, than a reasonable gun where Im stuck with no alternative to what it shipped with. WA might not like it (and certainly didnt intend it) but their design is the one currently shaping up to be the open platform of M4 gas guns - with one chinese manufac having jumped on the bandwagon and stuck some models out and at least one more ready to chuck their hat into the ring. More importantly its gathering support from the cheap aftermarket part manufacturers in a way that few other gas guns have. Now some of that stuff is awful some of that is good, but at rate its coming out I wouldnt be too surprised if we end up with good bad and indifferent components covering all internal aspects of the gun by chrimbo. That'll take a bit of careful trawling to seperate the wheat from the chaff but it shouldnt take too long to identify the ones to grab and the ones to avoid.
  9. snorkelman

    KJW M4

    mucho weirdness with the non functioning rubber band having it in there is even more bizarre then anyways if you've got access to a set of digital scales and a nice fresh can of gas, can you weigh a mag when empty then weigh it again when filled?
  10. snorkelman

    WE Gas Blow Back M4A1 Carbine

    Sure, except in this case it isnt really a malfunction its more of a a fail safe - the trigger only fails to release the hammer in auto if some other aspect of the system is already in an error state - be it bolt carrier group not fully forwards, hammer lock trip face worn so bolt carrier doesnt have any effect on it, alignment of BCG and hammer lock out of whack etc. when airsoft guns replicate the fire control of the original this closely they're going to reflect same behaviour as the original when they hit those error conditions. On the airsoft version they could have factored in a little more leeway and loosened up the tolerances to account for wear or alignment issues - trip face on the hammer lock extended so it sits higher, bolt carrier built up a little to strike the hammer lock earlier. Trouble is you then end up with the gas release valve on the mag starting to get triggered before the bolt carrier is fully home
  11. snorkelman

    WE Gas Blow Back M4A1 Carbine

    Not a design fault, thats how the firecontrol group is meant to work on the M16/WA/AGM/WOC. The only times the trigger doesnt end up functional when hammer is cocked with selector in auto is when the BCG hasnt been allowed to return to battery and seat fully home. Either cause: a- the receiver is open and you're cocking hammer by hand (in which case you need to trip the hammer lock by hand to make up for lack of a BCG whacking against it) or b - cos the BCG has been returned to battery without allowing full force of the recoil spring to whack it home under its own steam (ie the charging handle is being used as a bit of a brake on rapid return of the BCG against pressure of the recoil spring) In that case you end up with a BCG that can look like its fully home, but in reality is still a hairs breadth out, and by design its that last hairs breadth of travel where the bolt carrier trips the hammer lock. If you're returning the BCG like that then a quick press of the forward assit will get it fully seated and the hammer lock tripped. Really depends how close to that mech the WA adheres to - if it does match then best way of testing trigger function in that scenario is to lock the BCG to the rear with the bolt catch and then trip the catch to ensure BCG is going home with full force, or use the F/A to ensure the BCG is fully seated after easing it home if you prefer that way of returning it.
  12. Excellent seller - and even better after-sales support. Top notch! :)

  13. snorkelman

    What music are you currently listening to?

    tom jones - looking out my window
  14. snorkelman

    What music are you currently listening to?

    chic - everybody dance 12" mix
  15. snorkelman

    What music are you currently listening to?

    Voices of East Harlem - Wanted Dead or Alive
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