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  1. Hatchet

    Glove recommendations

    Having taken one too many rounds to the fingers, I'm looking for options for a new pair of gloves. Currently I'm running a pair of Hatch Operator Hard Knuckle which have lasted me for a few years now and probably will last a few more. The issue I'm having is that I'm taking shots to the outside of the fingers that's giving bone bruising (hard lump bruises that take months to go - if they go). As such I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for something with a bit more padding. There are plenty that have knuckle protection but less that are specifically on the fingers. Currently it looks like the Mechanix Mpact or Mpact 3 might do the job. Obviously I'm also looking for something that retains sufficient dexterity for mag changes and digging equipment out of pouches, so huge armoured motorcycle/prison riot gloves aren't really what I'm after. Any ideas?
  2. Airsoft counts as "essential travel" right?

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    Who’s MP5is the nicest?

    Guarder's are pretty good, for airsoft. Depends what you're putting it on to - most of the airsoft handguards I've seen have interior guide rails at the stock end to lock onto the upper receiver, but real ones are just round and have a different mounting tab on the lower interior handguard. The Classic Army CA53 I had was somewhere between the two, so real handguards from militaria places may need modding to fit (but are much better made). The other main problem I've had with torch handguards (with surefire 6p) is not being able to use the QD suppressor at the same time.
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    Glove recommendations

    Thanks for the suggestions, both glove wise and medical. I did actually do this and was told by my GP (who's generally pretty good) that this was just a thing that can happen after impacts like this - I was concerned about fractures. I should point out this just seems to be for impacts to the less padded bonier outside of the fingers, not the palm side (it also hasn't happened so far with impacts to other places). I'm guessing it's just unfortunate combination of location, distance (these have all been relatively close) and age catching up with me. "but these days I'm collecting scars that don't seem to fade, cuts and bruises that won't go away". This is only the second time it's happened, but it's annoying enough that I'd rather fork out for some new gloves than spend time being annoyed at bruises. Cannonfodder - if I were doing just CQB I might go for something like that (or the Mechanix Breacher), since those are the impact areas I'm talking about, but they're a bit on the chunky side. Scorch - Any padding in the fingers rather than just knuckle? In the meantime, I shall drink more milk and try to get shot less...
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    G3K?

    As usual, built one (TM and old CA body made of lead or something), never used it much, sold it, slightly regretted it. Standard. Pictures on the H&K thread. For me the length of pull was always just not quite right and I didn't fancy putting an M4 stock on it. I think it could make a decent base for a DMR though as a change from the usual. I'm sure LCT could build one fairly easily, but I'd rather see their MP5 first.
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    Who’s MP5is the nicest?

    Agreed. Whilst it's nice to see them on youtube, there's a lot of "this gun is great" and no actual disassembly, looking at the gearbox, reporting on proprietary parts, etc. Would be useful to know if it uses it's own custom mosfet setup or if a Gate/Spectre is a drop in (or HPA) and so on. Despite the annoyance of small mag capacity and limited battery size in the sliding stock I am always on the lookout for more MP5 options. I blame every 80's action movie ever for this.
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    Marui news for the "TM Festival" next week

    The "thrill of in-combat reloading" can be a bit subjective. Given the cost (£85 - £120) and difficulty in changing box mags (especially if you have them wired to the gun's battery), a lot of people only run one. In which case, reloading is generally just fiddling around trying to pour bb's in, which isn't as fun or involved as mag changes on the NG recoils. Still, if it's easy to reload it might be ok. The battery may be less of an issue if it's possible to rewire to the rear.
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    Marui news for the "TM Festival" next week

    Interested in the MK46, but a 1000 round mag and a stick battery seem like odd choices for a support gun.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    There are a few more things I could do to this (like removing the last of the paint from the charging handle, swapping the pistol grip, some slightly higher scope mounts and actually installing the front sight), but it's pretty much done.
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    H&K Picture Thread

    The LCT ones look good and it'll be interesting to see some of the reviews. I suspect if they branch out then MP5 is the next most likely candidate, but we can always hope for an HK53/33. It would at least get rid of one of the large worries which is the body snapping at the front tabs. At least with a G3 you can run a PDI internal reinforcement core. That said, one of the nice things about my HK53 is how light it is, which makes a welcome change after running heavier guns for a while. I also really like the look of a K, but I could see it being quite a challenge to make... Not mine, found on http://imgur.com/gallery/oNIae I've seen a few done in similar ways and I'm tempted. But perhaps I'll get some game time with the current one first...
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    H&K Picture Thread

    7.62 is a lot easier. - See http://arniesairsoft.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/194389-hk-picture-thread/?view=findpost&p=2695399 The large proportion of this build was spent getting the rear endplate to fit and then the stock attached to it. Really, it would have been a lot simpler just to pick up a CA33 rear stock and convert that. The downside of the relative rarity of these models (33/53) is the lack of spare or option parts, let alone cheap second hand spares. Such oddly designed guns (different receivers for the 33 and 53, different handguard mounting to every other MP5 out there, M4 style hop but MP5 lower, but G3 rear end rather than MP5...)
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    H&K Picture Thread

    So, finally got this project finished. Far more work than I might have hoped for but I have learnt some things for next time(!).
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Think they're M2x4mm with a countersunk head.
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    Gunfire.pl

    I used them around mid December. No problems at all, free downgrade to 328fps (chrono certificate included in box), free shipping was very fast given the time of year (maybe a week?). Also had a technical query that was answered promptly. I provided UKARA number and it's probably a good idea. Can't hurt at any rate. No import charges due to EU.
  15. So I figured I'd start a thread on this seeing as at least 8 other people in the UK must have them (based on The Grange's sales). Overview In case you've not been following, the Wolverine SMP (Single Moving Part) is a high pressure air based system designed to drop in to existing gearboxes. The nearest similar product is the Polarstar, but that requires you to buy a complete gearbox shell, which will either be for a V2, V3 or (I think) M249. One of the main selling points of the Wolverine is that you can drop it into any gearbox that takes a standard sized cylinder and you're good to go - assuming they make the appropriate length nozzle for it (currently there are 12 different ones). There's an install video here (not mine) that gives you an idea of the actual install process. Essentially it's "remove all the gears, etc, leave the trigger in, install trigger board and SMP unit". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9P3EVpNrw8 The install process isn't entirely straightforward as I had to do a little selector plate shaving in order to get both fire modes and still have the physical safety work but other than that it's easy to install and very easy to change RoF and dwell (to manage air efficiency for the most part). ROF can be varied between chugging away slowly or absolutely insane (like, 60rps territory). FPS is set by dialling in the PSI between 40 and 120 on your air rig's regulator and by the length of the barrel you're running. Long barrels at a high PSI will easily hit UK sniper limits. Happily you can also set the fire mode to DMR which is semi with approx 2 second pause between shots. Alternatively you can set either full auto or burst between about 2 and 10 rounds. Issues Because with me it's never plain sailing... The issue I'm having, and have seen others report are something along the lines of "The main problem is that while most of the BBs fly alright but every once in a while there's a significant drop in trajectory, as well as some BBs just go left/right for some reason." Sadly I had to resubscribe to Facebook (argh, spit, etc) so I could join the SMP owners group. There is info in there, but there's also a lot of people saying "It's your hop/alignment, this system is awesome". So I'm inclined to think that for some people this is just a drop in, it all lines up and works perfectly, and for others... well, not so much. For my part I have tried 4 different hop ups (including lonex and prowin), hop rubbers and barrels as well as 2 different gearbox shells (TM and lonex) and I'm still seeing the same sort of inaccuracies and random shots. I've even dropped it into a different gun entirely, which seemed marginally improved but not perfect. The happy SMP owners say that it can't be a problem with the SMP because all it does is push out air and that's it. But there seem to be an equal number saying "but this setup worked fine in my old AEG/Polarstar and the only thing that's changed is the engine". Perhaps like many things the truth is somewhere in the middle, but it's hard to make an argument that this a simple drop in replacement when faced with issues like this. Which is a shame, as clearly there are people having great fun with them, some are shooting straight as lasers and they are both easily adjustable and quiet as a mouse's fart when suppressed. Sadly I'm not one of them. So I shall try to work out what to troubleshoot next. Ideally without having to buy a whole new shell/donor AEG... Any other Wolverine users out there? What are your experiences?
  16. Just checking back in. How did the E&L AK install go? I had an attempt at doing mine but although the nozzle alignment looked better I still wasn't getting the results. Did you go with the default hop rubber/chamber? Any sequence to refitting gearbox (as there is with the M4's)?
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Definitely sounds like it. By "overrated" I meant a decent power supply is certainly required, but there was the usual trend of "You must have at least 1000w" going on last time I was looking. The power calculator linked seems to generate a bit more sensible numbers though.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Power tends to be massively overrated. I've got a rather clunky old setup running nvidia 480gtx, 1 ssd, 1 HDD, optical disk drive, water cooling and some lights and I have a 520w Corsair PSU in it. The PC, monitor, speakers and a NAS, are on a UPS and currently pulling 97w combined as I type... Yes, this goes up when everything spins up, but not that much. I don't think I've seen above about 250w on it.
  19. Yes, this is the kind of thing I'm seeing too. Sadly also with the E&L AK I tried putting it in. I've dropped AEG internals back in it and it's shooting straight and true again. I think I may have to wait for someone to do a system that utilises the existing aeg nozzles or similar. Or complete gearbox/barrel systems that attached to each other somehow.
  20. Into an old Classic Army body using a TM gearbox (and as noted, various hops, barrels, etc.) It was a *bit* of a build from spares job, so I can understand that. I know installs can vary, but I wonder if it's possible to compile a list of guns/manufacturers that are just drop ins. Might save some pain for those of us without the skills/gunsmiths to hand.
  21. Hey Rich. Many thanks for taking the time to comment on this. I know if I were that side of the pond I'd probably have got someone else to do the install as there seems to be a fair few shops offering that. "Normal" gearbox/wiring work I can handle, but when it comes to shimming, filing, or being able to tell differences in mm's then I'm outside of my abilities. My technical ability falls somewhere in the "can build lego with instructions" range. I've found the videos you've done very useful (flashlight checking alignment, initial setup), and it's clear you've put a lot of work into this product. Sadly, with the gun I was using I just couldn't make any progress. However, in the hopes that I've just been unlucky I've picked up an E&L AK74 and am hoping I'll have more success this time. Actually, I note from one of your FB posts you've got that same - how was the install? I know these things *can* shoot like lasers, so here's hoping...
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    H&K Picture Thread

    G3K-A4 with wooden furniture. Front end from a CA33, wood cut to size and refinished, entirely possible to club someone to death with it. Having spent a load of time and money (internally BTC mosfet, lonex gearbox, PDI core reinforcement etc), I now want to do something different. Always the way.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    What's the limitation? Is it the gearbox or just the receiver? Otherwise you could presumably pick up a 416 lower and do it that way.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    If you've fitted a tightbore barrel, you could replace it with the stock 6.08. That'd probably drop it down 10-15fps. Or as you say, clip the spring. Probably start with quarter of a coil and go from there. You can always take more off, but you can't put any back... Barrel easier, spring cheaper - take your pick.
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    Pictures of you in the field or at a game

    One from a couple of months ago.
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