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    Raptor MP-443 PYa "Grach"

    I remember it was the early 2000s, the familiar screeching of a dial-up modem. I log in to world.guns.ru and there's a new entry by Maxim Popenker: the Pistolet Yarygina (PYa), MP-443 or "Grach" by its project codename. It was the 80s all over again. But still this was leaps and bounds considering the last official service pistol of the Russian Federation, the Pistolet Makarova (PM), dates back from the 40s and virtually unchanged. Nearly two decades later and they're still in the process of transitioning to the Grach mostly because they had made too damn many Makarovs. And it's only now that a gas blowback airsoft replica has been produced. The Raptor MP-443 comes in a regular version and a DX version which includes an extra magazine and a replica B-8 rail adapter. I got the DX version but I'm hesitant to attach the adapter just yet because it goes on so tight that it's bound to strip off most of paint off the dust cover. It's a full sized handgun with a 97mm inner barrel (most sites erroneously state it as 105mm), VSR-10 compatible hop-up, and a 25-round magazine. It features an ungodly stiff ambidextrous manual safety (more on that later), a button magazine release that can be switched to either side, and a big slide catch on the left side much like on an M9. The 3-dot sights are fixed with a wide front blade and a deep, u-notch rear. The barrel, slide and frame are constructed of aluminum and the wrap around pistol grip from fiber reinforced nylon. The recoil spring guide and transfer bar are made out of steel with most of the rest of the internals out of aluminum or zinc alloys. It has few markings that are laser engraved, mainly the serial number (not unique) on the slide and frame and the Izhevsk logo. A more stylized version of the logo is molded into either side of the grip. As realistic as the externals are, one big feature that Raptor left out is the ability to fire in double action. This fires in single action only. On the real gun it gives you what is called a 2nd strike: in the event of a hard primer that fails to ignite, you can pull the trigger again to try and hit the cartridge a 2nd time before you have to resort to remedial action. In airsoft however, this doesn't really apply in a mechanical sense. If the gun is light striking, there's something really wrong with it that pulling the trigger another time is almost guaranteed to do absolutely squat. The gun, both real and replica doesn't have a decocker anyway so it's best carried cocked and locked and used dedicatedly in single action mode. Aesthetically however, while the replica is single action only, the trigger is left in the double action state with its long travel. If you're the type who can't get over this, it is possible to drill and insert a pin into the inside frame limiting the forward travel of the trigger so that it looks like it's in single action mode. Now, more on that stiff af safety. It literally got my thumb bleeding and while it's in line with the Russian-tough appeal, I really like my thumbs so this has to be addressed before we move forward. Part of the stiffness is caused by the fact that the safety also locks the slide much like on a 1911. But the tolerances are so tight that you're fighting the slide forward as the safety is engaged. The other part is that the spring used for the detent is too hard and too long so that the end of it pokes out of the safety lever and digs into your thumb. With the help of a friend's idea (thanks Fred) the spring can be easily replaced with a paper clip bent and cut to shape providing a more reasonable amount of tension. But make sure the end of the paper clip doesn't stick out of the safety lever or it can still cut you. Taking down the pistol is a bit strange if you're used to, well, pretty much anything else on the market. First you need to take the mag out, then you need to pull the slide back enough until you can grab the recoil spring guide. The recoil spring guide effectively locks the slide catch in the frame so don't go hammering it out like some yahoos on YouTube! With the spring guide pulled forward, the slide catch slides out easily. Then you can pull the whole slide assembly out the front. Unhook the back of the spring guide from the barrel and it should come out with a little twisting/wiggling. Take note of the recoil spring as it is not captive. Lastly the barrel can be tipped down from the back and slid out. The hop-up adjustment is also strange, but none the less works. It's a simple wheel with its axis parallel to the bore and turning it manipulates the hop arm. Now, actually turning the wheel is another matter because it's on there really tight. It's guaranteed not to walk out of setting, but you'll also break a fingernail if you need to tune it on the fly. Using a small screwdriver to leverage it up or down is highly recommended. But before we go into shooting impressions, I have to introduce my trusty old WE Makarov. After all, the Grach is supposed to replace the PM so it's only fitting that I compare it in a head-to-head test. I've had my Makarov for years now, and while it's sporting "real" bakelite (I know, it's really phenolic resin) by Baikal, internally it's virtually stock with some repairs I've had to do through the years of rough use. The Makarov by WE is really a PMM with the double stack 16-round mags and ergonomic polymer grip. It has a working decocker and fires in both double and single action. The European style heel mag release is convenient in keeping you from losing mags, but the mag release on the Grach needs to be depressed deeply enough that you can't possibly lose a mag by accidentally bumping it with your hip. In double action, the Makarov trigger breaks at 4.7lbs. In single action, it breaks at 2.4lbs with a 5mm reset. The single action only Grach trigger breaks at (inhales) 6.8lbs with a 3mm reset. Take from that what you will, but personally I welcome the heavier trigger of the Grach with a hard wall and clean break. We've become so used to airsoft pistols with 2lb triggers that many don't know real ones come factory with over double that. Accuracy: I shot 10 round groups for each gun in single action mode, seated, at a distance of 20m. The Makarov did an 8" group while the Grach did 6", yes, despite the much heavier trigger. Now, it could be because the Grach has a longer barrel and longer sight radius, not to mention better sights and better ergonomics, but in practical terms, both are acceptable for airsoft gaming purposes. For long range shooting (>40m) neither are really good because they both shoot relatively slow; Makarov at 255fps and Grach at 250fps. The opponent could easily Matrix dodge bbs at that distance where they've decelerated significantly, and even if they connect, carry very little energy that they might not be perceived as direct hits. Note however that the Makarov by WE comes with a screw-on barrel extension + mock suppressor which bumps its output to 340fps. That configuration can reach out to farther targets using heavier bbs, but requires readjustment of the hop-up and just about doubles the overall length of the gun. Recoil and gas efficiency: This test I did at 32C noting the points where recoil begins to noticeably drop and when the magazine is completely empty. The Makarov has a very crisp and satisfyingly moderate recoil owing to its large nozzle diameter and cup design for a piston head. The slide is also very light so return to battery is equally brisk. Magazines hold 4g of green gas and a single fill of gas (pausing to reload bbs) fires off 30 rounds before going low and 35 until empty. The Grach has moderate to soft recoil with the slide feeling a bit sluggish. This is despite the large 15mm nozzle and lightweight slide. Hammer tension is fairly stiff and you'll notice this when you first try to rack it and I suspect this is absorbing much of the slide's momentum. When firing, you'll notice significantly more gas blow-by, suggesting there's wastage of gas pressure somewhere. I also noted that the magazine became really cold quick when I had to reload it with bbs and failed to lock on the last round of the first load. Magazines hold 6g of gas and will start to decrease in recoil at 21 rounds before running out at 37. This came to me as alarming as it was effectively 53% less efficient than the Makarov! Game over. We go back to serve the Soviet Union. Or do we? Something was obviously amiss and it's not my style to whine over a leaky mag when I'm more than capable in fixing it. The gun is well designed, parts well made with good materials but something went wrong on the manufacturing side of things in rushing the product for release. Closely examining the Grach I found that the nozzle to piston head fit was incredibly tight from an oversized and overly hard o-ring. The nozzle won't even budge despite the dual return springs. This plus the heavy hammer spring likely caused the pressurized gas to find other places to escape as evidenced by the increased blow-by, wasting gas and Boyle's law kicking the gun in the nuts. So I go find a more appropriately sized o-ring (original 15mmODx2mmCS ?80D?, replacement 15mmODx1.8mmCS 70D), install it, and lo and behold, with a single fill of gas I was getting 45 rounds before the recoil started to weaken and 50 to empty. The recoil was also noticeably harder than before with the slide moving faster having less friction to fight against. FPS remained more or less the same, but because the cool down wasn't nearly as bad, the average bumped up to 255. So in the end, both guns have more or less the same muzzle output, same range, and same efficiency with the Grach having a higher bb capacity and the Makarov more style points. It's up to you if you want to be like 40s grandpa or 80s (but really in 2000s) chad. For me neither really wins over the other since I'll be fielding both at the same time like those few documented oddball SOBR and OMON guys carrying two pistols because reasons.
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    WE AK PMC Compatibility Questions

    Threads are integrated into the sight because that's how they are on the real one and would be a waste to cut off. If you really need -14mm you can get an adapter for it.
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    Maple Leaf 2021 buckings

    Over here propane costs 4x more than green gas.
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    Maple Leaf 2021 buckings

    The new ones are made of silicone hence better stability in the cold. One thing to consider is how silicone oil in green gas will affect it in the long run. I can't remember which ones (KSC?) but I recall swelling issues on certain GBBs.
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    GBB psg1

    The fact VFC still insists on proprietary gasket seals for mags is a no for me.
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    GBB Vintorez?

    That's gonna look really off, and some people can't even stand the way current VSS and VAL AEGs look. Given the rise in popularity of Russian guns, it's very likely a replica will be made soon enough.
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    WWII weapons picture thread 2020

    Might as well throw this in
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    WWII weapons picture thread 2020

    It seems clumsy but really it shoulders like a normal rifle. What sucks is the hopper and oiler blocking half your vision. Bipod legs also too tall like a Chauchat on flat ground, but it wasn't really designed for that anyway.
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    WWII weapons picture thread 2020

    Yup built from scratch and for way too long edit: I thought I uploaded more than one pic
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    WWII weapons picture thread 2020

    Type 11 LMG AEG
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    Raptor MP-443 PYa "Grach"

    Was thinking about that, but I've already got it running well enough with just the right size o-ring.
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    WE CT25 Colt Junior

    As many people hate on the WE brand, you have to give them credit in releasing the widest range of unique products (not including double barrel versions) with the latest release having the record as smallest GBB pistol: the CT25. Known as the Colt Junior in real steel, it was originally a licensed copy of the Astra Cub from Spain in the 1950s. It came in .22LR and .25ACP, both holding 6+1 rounds with later produced mags holding 7+1. WE's replica can hold 7+1, comes in black or silver, with or without a threaded barrel and devoid of any markings aside from their logo on the grips. KY Airsoft however offer custom engraved models on their website ranging from the original Astra Cub to Colt licensed (early) and Colt produced (late) versions with accompanying custom logo medallions. I really wanted one of the traded ones at first but importing airsoft guns and even parts have become a pain in my country right now thanks to customs tightening up. Thankfully though one of the local shops brought these in and I quickly picked it up. It is a freakishly tiny gun, slightly smaller even than the NBB 1908 Vest Pocket Hammerless by HFC and SRC, however this does provide enough space on the frame for a two fingered grip with the pinky under the base plate whereas the 1908 only has space for one (pinky and ring finger under the base plate). Being small, everything inside pertaining to GBB functionality is equally in miniature including the blowback unit so recoil is very mild but pleasantly snappy enough. It has a manual safety on the left side which doubles as a slide catch but does not lock the slide back on empty. Instead, when out of bbs, the hammer falls without firing the gun just like the real one does with the chamber empty. It also has a magazine safety which prevents the trigger from moving when the magazine is out of the gun. It shoots an average of 226fps with .20g bbs at 27C and holds enough gas for 30+ rounds which is nothing short of mind boggling given the size of the mag! The hop-up is adjustable via a screw on top of the outer barrel but is of the AWSS design as conventional Tokyo Marui style hop rubbers are simply too big to fit. The sites are a simple ramp front and notch rear but are low and hard to see; guns this size are more suitable for point shooting anyway. Despite that it shoots relatively accurately (while straining the eyes) grouping 5" at 10m however this was after fixing a problem with the outer barrel which I'll discuss more later. To disassemble, remove the magazine and lock the slide back. Rotate the barrel 90 degrees CCW then pull it out 2/3 the way then rotate it back 90 degrees CW and it should pull out of the slide the rest of the way. Disengage the slide lock and the slide can be pulled away from the frame. The recoil spring and guide are not captive but their ends are tight against each other so the two will want to stay on the slide. More on the barrel problem, when I got mine about 1 in 5 shots would veer completely to the left. Checking the muzzle showed that the bbs were indeed hitting the right part of the barrel. To keep with appearances, the crown and fake rifling are .25ACP which is just about as big as a 6mm bb and one of the rifling lands probably had too thick a coat of silver plating that it got in the way. To sort this out I wrapped some 800 grit sandpaper around the smooth end of a 5mm drill bit and sanded down the rifling a hair. I had to take the inner barrel and hop rubber out first so I wouldn't have to worry about scratching or dirtying them up. One more issue that's come up recently now that I've used it some is not having the slide cycle on the last round. It was also shooting a little lower at about 200fps which led me to believe that the valve knocker was only making a glancing blow on the valve. While hardly a deal breaker as the gun still technically spits out the last round, I decided to try and fix it. I figured that the ball-detent inside the magazine had broken in enough (it was the only part that appeared to have any real wear) that it took less pressure from the bb follower to trip the knocker disconnect in the gun. This resulted in prematurely tripping the disconnect function so the valve knocker doesn't get to depress the valve deep enough for the knocker lock/delayer to engage and cycle the slide. To fix it, I cut off about 0.5mm from the top of the bb follower (highlighted in red) where it pushes the silver lever up. You can access the bb follower from the side by removing the plate but be careful of the ball bearing under the silver lever as it's very small. You could also access the bb follower from below by removing the pinned base plate.
  13. renegadecow

    WE CT25 Colt Junior

    Got this on one of my mags but only on the last shot. Basically the bb follower was too high so the last shot only dealt a glancing blow to the valve. If it's happening all the time, could be a broken valve hold-open/delayer.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    HAY GUYS! I has AK too. Can I join?
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    Help with milling (real steel) Heinie sights

    You'll need someone who's taking machining as a hobby. Ask Brigg maybe?
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    WE AK PMC Compatibility Questions

    Not sure about the B-33 dust cover but I recall there being a difference in length between ones for AEGs and GBBs. With the 105 gas block, there's only really LCT that sells it separately and is worth the $60 because it's steel and comes with the muzzle device. However WE does not make carbine length barrels. You have to start from an AKS74U barrel and graft an extension on like I did, or cut down your full length barrel and file a new cross pin groove.
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    FN Picture Thread

    Element clone of a Princeton Tec Switch Rail
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    FN Picture Thread

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    Raptor MP-443 PYa "Grach"

    UPDATE: It appears there may be something off with the green gas (Guarder) I used being old and nearly empty when I did the tests as well as the chronograph being dirty (I use GBBs almost exclusively and silicone oil + dirt may have built up on the sensors. Having gotten new gas (Puff Dino 12kg) and cleaned the chrono, the Makarov measured 262fps while the Grach did 277fps on .20g bbs. Also, decided to try out shortening trigger travel to resemble the position in single action mode. Instead of drilling the frame and inserting a pin to block the trigger, I simply fashioned a piece of abs plastic and glued it to the frame behind the trigger. The spacer measures 7x5x2.5mm.
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    Raptor MP-443 PYa "Grach"

    Totally forgot to talk about external finish. The slide and frame are painted and very thinly so it's not going to take long for holster wear to set in. The frame in particular is pretty rough with seam lines and even flash from casting that I had to break off which is how I found about the paint thickness. The gray on the controls and magazine seem different however, almost like a phosphate finish and wear more evenly, but still relatively thin.
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    Other Pistols (2020 Onwards)

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    Other Pistols (2020 Onwards)

    Yup
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    Other Pistols (2020 Onwards)

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    1911 Picture Thread

    Not mine, only made the grips. Also not a 1911 but the 2011 thread is archived.
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