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norman3312

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  1. norman3312

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Yeah I'm aware of these. Just that I don't know where to get them in Japan and I already have the insulation tape on hand so I improvised.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Re: stock tube, my bad. Didn't notice the part that you used a "normal" spring. But I still think it would be risky to use a usual spring in there. I guess I haven't explained enough. When you put tape around threads of water pipes for example, you stretch the tape so that it will go between the threads. Same with the TM M4 EBB. It will indeed make the tube thicker, but it will depend on how thick the tape is before and after stretching. It's a trial and error process on how thick you need to lay it. Do this and you won't need Loctite. You can just give the Loctite to me so I can use it on my bike's disc brakes This is also doable with rear-wired guns. You just have to cut the tape open after installing so the wires can go through the groove.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Wait, if you screw on the tube fully the stock lock hole thingy won't be at the bottom. But the stock spring is partially compressed when the tube is inserted, much like in other AEG gearboxes. Not sure if I mentioned it before, but I used something I learned from plumbing when reassembling the gun: wrap the stock tube with vinyl tape. I used electric insulation tape. This will double as a thread lock and makes the threads mesh nice and tight, prolonging thread life.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Cylinder: yes Piston Head: yes and no. I used a KM piston head on mine with the stock piston head nut and stock spring. But if you're going to replace the stock piston head nut the "standard" ones won't fit without modification. Cylinder Head: no. Look at the Prometheus piston head and you'll notice the difference immediately.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    How I miss having one of these. Unfortunately I haven't the free time nor the disposable income to play airsoft regularly again. If I still had mine I'll get one of those Prometheus gears in a heartbeat. Oh, and buying them from stores other than Laylax's website will be cheaper by just over 1,000 Yen. Regarding the cancellation of the Recce rifle, if it were cancelled, why do stores still take preorders? It's currently re-scheduled (for the nth time) to mid-November. On the expansion of TM's EBB line, I'll believe it when I see it. But if they were to ask my take on it, they should instead make a UMP45 GBB. The technology is there (full auto Hi-Capa, select-fire G18C GBB, both having long magazines). They only need to fit it in a UMP frame and they're done.
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    MagPul PTS MASADA ACR

    A shop in Japan is taking preorders, with a late August release estimate. Price is quoted at ¥56,490 (roughly US$ 641) http://www.fortress-web.com/products/detail.php?product_id=5129#
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    KJW M4

    It seems that a USMC version will be released in Japan by end of January, limited to 150 units. http://www.hzbros.jp/product_info.php/products_id/21815 While I am still VERY interested in this platform, financial constraints currently prevent me from owning one right now. EDIT: there also seems to be an aluminum magazine to be released at the same time. But pictures show the the same Thermold magazine so it's a mystery right now.
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    KJW M4

    Temptation just went up a notch... Where do I get the cash to pay my bills...
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    KJW M4

    After going to work for 2 consecutive weekends I am in this thread again. Anyway, to explain why the price is putting me off: The KJW manufactured one from Redwolf costs $341 shipped. The Tanio Koba one is approximately $672 (using current conversion rates). And since it's autumn already, the days are starting to get cooler and cold weather performance is an unknown - although I read a post of Kai_Wolf playing in 64 degrees F, it wasn't stated if the gas used was 134a. But you guys do make a good case regarding the WA system and its related costs. Personally I'm frustrated with tuning it for consistency. Depending on the perspective it could be viewed as an advanced investment. Comparing the systems, the WA system is the M4 equivalent of the AK that is the TK system. In any case, I'm thinking of passing up the TK system until it gets warmer - unless I'm tempted to thoroughly test my newly issued credit card. Oh, and the release date is sometime in the period of October 11-20, that's what the characters meant. But sometimes this period extends up to the 25th.
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    KJW M4

    While I really want to get this gun in Japan, the price is pushing me away. $600, about the same price of a WA M4. Although factoring in the TK twist barrel and the metal body this is a sweet deal compared to WA, it's still rather steep. I'm considering the KJ version and maybe apply the aftermarket parts when they do come out.
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    KJW M4

    This isn't correct. I looked at the site just now and it's in the middle of October 2009. Few characteristics: * TK Twist Barrel is said to be equipped by default * real steel sized handguards
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    KJW M4

    Tanio Koba M4 is already available for preorder, and is scheduled to be released mid-October. Lowest quoted price is around $600. The price is a turn-off.
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    KJW M4

    I hope they give out info about the Japanese version soon. I'll sell my WA M4 when it comes
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    KJW M4

    I asked Mr. Tanio Kobayashi himself during a recent event in Japan. He's a friendly old guy and will gladly engage in conversation with attendees. He said that a version that is "Japan spec" is scheduled to be released in October. In addition to that, a warning is actually up on the Tanio Koba website (in Japanese) that they will not provide aftersales support for KJW manufactured versions as they are not made for the Japanese market. So in Japan, it's basically "buy a KJW at your own risk." I wonder where they outsource manufacturing though...
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    KJW M4

    Just had a thought. The system is by Tanio Koba and KJW just manufactured them. The system used in AGM/JG/G&P/Inokatsu is still referred to as WA system, right? As I am in Japan, I am seriously considering to get the Japanese version when it comes out. Strange that the release date is in October when it's already starting to get cooler. I wonder how the performance is in cold weather...
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