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  1. I skirmished mine last Sunday and despite rather gusty winds found the l96 to be on a par with my vsr, my only quibble being it is not as effective at hopping .3's, this could be due to the low fps as i didn't spend much time with my vsr at stock velocities.


    it performed nicely with marui .25's throwing them very accurately out to 40m (zeroing against a 6 inch tree i was getting next to no misses) but at stock velocity that was really the maximum effective range, i didnt check its grouping at 50m but i had no real issues to mention.

  2. Today the Tokyo marui l96 aws arrived, I will be comparing it to the vsr 10 gspec and pro sniper I used to own.



    The rifle comes packaged in an olive drab box with the usual assortment of speed loaders etc and a box of bb’s that will probably never get touched.





    Removing the Aws from the box you will be reassured by solid bodywork, you’ll also notice it has more weight to it than the vsr does and feels nicely balanced. A tap of the stock reveals its still hollow but structure wise its still strong, looking along the body you’ll notice it has sling points on both sides of the rifle which is handy.


    There has been mention of a discolored joint piece under the thumb hole grip of the rifle, I too have this, though mine isn’t as bad as some photos have shown, It don’t think its that horrific but I will be sniper taping this rifle up regardless


    The rifle is comfortable to hold and as said before its balance aids in shooting posture, especially when you take into account its adjustable stock. The adjustable cheek piece is plastic but is comfortable and solid, its height is adjusted via two allen bolts into the left hand side of the stock and to my surprise once tightened keep the cheek piece in place extremely solidly, much better than for instance a well known m40a3 stock.




    The bull barrel and the breech on the rifle is clearly metal (along with all relevant parts that should be) and the finishing is smooth, certainly a testament to marui’s quality. It comes with both a bipod nut and the l96’s unique bipod attachment piece; as of this moment i've attached a Harris bipod that does the job.


    A part worthy of note is the cylinder itself which is a darker finish than the vsr 10’s and a considerable improvement over the original which was far too shiny for most people, lifting the bolt handle is a pleasant experience and is free of slop, the handle is solid and is much improved for glove users in the field.


    To the right of the bolt is the safety, it performs as expected and nicely locks the bolt in place to prevent someone working the action without first intentionally removing the safety catch.


    Working the action although not quite as smooth as a vsr (I presume from the new feeding mechanism) is very pleasant and doesn’t feel forced or clunky. The less smooth action is a worthy price to pay for the new magazine system that whilst being visually appealing and more realistic, is more worth its weight in gold for facilitating quick magazine changes.


    The magazine itself is quite lightweight, similar in design to the marui m14’s, it does its job but I do find it harder to load with a speed loader, I expect it will get easier as the spring wears in, but loading by hand is a lot easier than it was with the vs., its crisp and can be done with the flat of your thumb rather than using your nails.


    I would have to say this is an improvement over the vsr in build quality and function, I prefer the hop, I prefer the magazines and I much prefer the finish, there is zilch barrel wobble, I attribute this to the increased threading on the barrel itself, and the additional screws to secure it in place.




    Hop up


    The hop up feels more solid than the vsr’s which I am certainly impressed about, and its location under the rifle gives me confidence it cant get knocked whilst stalking through the undergrowth, even in the event it did come into contact with branches or hard surfaces.


    I have faith it wont move as its certainly more sturdy than the visor’s; Twisting the hop dial gives a nicely spaced, satisfying click, whether there are more adjustment points I have yet to discover, but it feels like there’s more scope than before.



    Here and there you find some brilliant touches, such as the spring loaded tabs located inside the hop up that guide the cylinder nozzle into the hop cleanly.




    Shooting the rifle


    Inserting the mag is an easier affair and it slots straight up and locks firmly in place, no wobbles which is a good thing, not just for feel, but because a misaligned mag can cause erroneous results.


    Cocking the rifle, you can feel the bb being chambered nice and gently, then squeezing the first shot off the trigger pull weight is very light. The Aws despite its origins does not carry over quite so well to airsoft, the aws is a touch louder than the pro sniper and noticeably more so than the gspec, I remedied this with a suppressor on the end, although this does make the rifle noticeably longer.


    Accuracy wise, I would say this rifle is on a par with the vsr, those worried about the new feed mechanism shouldn’t be, I only had one stoppage, and that was probably user error whilst working the bolt, it hasn’t double fed or failed to feed any rounds, the bolt simply stopped whilst closing the action and was remedied by tugging back and then forwards again.

  3. Just finished my meu's migration from 1911 to 2011, decided i needed something with a little extra gas capacity after all the parts ive put in it, and i definitely need a new slide, but am having trouble finding a cnc one for novaks that doesn't come with a frame i don't need.


    anyway let me know what you think



  4. IMG_1218.jpg


    My VSR m40a3 , fortress stock, vsr with full internal upgrade inc damper head and pdi 6.05







    M14 DMR, tm m14 + g+p Dmr stock and upgraded internals, fitted with a big out hop nub and promy 6.03, optics are Ares m1 with butler creeks and wide type scope mounts.

  5. I always wondered that with many of these dmr builds, i found the cheek weld was non existent on even m14's so i bought the dmr stock to facilitate a decent weld and optic alignment

  6. Not entirely sure if i catch what you are going to do, order a detonics slide and use a 1911's internals? because the blowbak units are entirely different, that does look gorgeous though, i might have to build one

  7. detonicslegend.jpg



    This is what you get when your metal meu slide with long recoil rod is too heavy to work in 20 degrees, i threw my detonics slide on to the meu frame to get whats is a crisp, efficient 1911 with looks only a mother could love.


    i'll start the timer for the purist stampede...

  8. Thats using the VFC meu kit, the one everyone hated from early pics, i am very happy with it, perhaps im not a perfectionist, i would say its paint finish scratches a bit too easy, but i think scratches add character anyway!

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