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Rob15

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  1. They still have the over pressure valve in the Mk23 mags, I wouldn't be suprised if a QD spring was considered (it'd make assembly in the factory easier for a start) but opted not to so to avoid looking like they were making guns that are really easy to take over the 1J limit.

    Personally if I got one I wouldn't even bother changing anything until something broke, imo within the limits of the UK it's not really worth it.

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  2. Looks being a subjective thing, but the Krytac looks so much nicer externally imo, probably not helped by the Novritsch being covered in tat in half of the photos but it appears it's a glued together clamshell with fake bolts and nuts like the Tokyo Marui whereas the Krytac looks like it is actually bolted together, I don't like the trigger on the Novritsch P90 either.

    Nov website mentions coloured accessories coming soon so I'm guessing some of the target market is speedyboys.

  3. 9 hours ago, aznriptide859 said:

    Doesn't Nov just rebrand *suitcase* and markup the price anyways? Lol

    Not sure rebrand is quite the right term but his stuff is usually (always?) based on another manufacturers gun with some changes/upgrades made to the standard spec.

    General opionion seems to be they're overpriced and overhyped for what they are, regardless I'm sure he'll sell enough P90s to have been worth his while but the Krytac looks like it could be fantastic and will no doubt take some of the sales he was hoping for.

  4. I rarely import these days but circa 2006 I imported a couple of NBB Colt .25s and UPS required me to fill out paperwork delcaring what it was, power output (which of course I knew having sneaked into the customs warehouse to chrono them) etc before they'd release them for delivery so it's nothing particually new.

    I suspect UPS are particually awkward after they got into trouble for carrying printers with bombs in the ink cartridges years back.

    Importing/exporting/customs declarations are all getting a bit of a shake up at the moment though with more and more countries giving priority to packages with electronics declarations or outright refusing to lets ones without through, changes to VAT rules, new online sales taxes, removal of import tax exemptions for low value goods in some countries and so on. The years of businesses (mainly in Asia) ticking the gift box and putting an insanely low value on the declarations is now starting to catch up, loopholes are getting closed and customs are getting tougher.

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  5. 7 hours ago, TheFull9 said:

    I could see that taking a while, if they even transition pre-this-gun models over to the better stuff.  I've no idea if it'd require new moulds and other machine stuff tbh.  Sure would make the SCARs and G36s a lot better.

    Unless the stars have aligned and ABS and fibre reinforced nylon have the same shrinkage rates then I wouldn't expect to see old models updated, at least not until moulds for a particular model are due to be replaced which given the niche nature of airsoft probably takes a long time.

    If we're going to see it happen on any models for the sake of it I'd place my bets on Hi-Capas and Mk23s, one being a constant seller and not particually new and one being insanely popular with speedyboys.

    EDIT : Quick google shows ABS has a 0.6% shrinkage rate and 30% GF Nylon 66 as 0.4%.

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  6. Yeah that's the pool of "Well I already have a pile of Glock mags" buyers wiped out, looking at the mags it has a strange feedlip stuck on top that really looks like an afterthought, maybe they could make that part available on it's own if the rest of the mag is standard. Still removes the possibility of sharing mags between a primary and secondary though which is what I would want to do.

  7. Can't vouch for this one although buying one is on the cards but I do have the G&G GPM92 and that really is an excellent GBB imo when it comes to build quality, fit, finish and the price for the set in the nice blow moulded hard case. Hopefully G&G expand the GBB range, I think something like a G&G P226 could be lovely especially if they did one for a similar price to the other pistols.

    Out of interest does anyone know what the diameter of the outer barrel on the GTP-9 is?

  8. 1 hour ago, Skarclaw said:

    Edit - have to disagree with Rob on youtube reviews. Most of them are like 20 mins long - you could read a review in a fraction of the time and thats without the 'hhhheeeyyy there guuuys' youtube *suitcase* either haha. But also some of the review threads on here are priceless - hours and hours of shared experience of whatever platform going back years in quite a few cases.

    I'm not saying reviews on Youtube, or video reviews in general are a bad thing, just that they are now the prefered thing for many people compared to the good old written review, I don't think I'd be wrong in saying it's a simple fact the number of written reviews has declined and the number of video reviews has increased drastically, also well written is very different to well filmed and produced in my mind.

    Also as you say the review threads here in some cases have a vast amount of follow up information and updates, I'm sure Youtube comments have some too, but reading comments on Youtube is a risky affair, watching a train crash comes to mind sometimes. I think an ideal situation would be either review format as the OP then the traditional follow up questions and information on a forum, the only real downside to some of the bigger threads is they become a bit too big and that I think is where a specific subforum would come in for a common model or group of models and why Facebook owners groups have done so well.

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  9. I'm still around, as are a decent number of the old regulars.

    Facebook I reckon is the main culprit for killing off text based discussion, retailers and manufacturers, including myself have more or less exclusivly moved to Facebook and Instagram which in my view makes a lot of sense, far easier to have a single social media account than trying to manage sub forums on numerous different forums, even if forums regained popularity.

    Reviews seem to be heavily Youtube based now, I mean, who wants to do a well written review anymore with reasonable to excellent photos? Apart from those of us who hate cameras.

    Model specific owners groups on Facebook have been a big thing for some time now, they serve their purpose pretty well and from what I've seen the quality of the information has got a lot better than the early days when imo the ones I looked at were pretty dire. The problem with those is the insecurity of being at the mercy of Facebook is starting to bite and I've heard of lots of airsoft Facebook groups getting killed off lately, aside from saving people from registering for a separate forum I don't think those groups do anything more or anything better than having a model specific subforum on a traditional forum like here would do, in many respects I think they're worse and leave the airsoft community at the mercy of others.

    I probably sound a bit old now but forums served the airsoft community well for a long time, given the nature of airsoft and the anti-gun ideology of new social media I think it could serve it well again in the future.

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  10. Daylight saving time is rubbish, it doesn't achieve anything and I'm not sure it ever did.

     

    Anyone whose job requires daylight or darkness does that job regardless of what time the clock says. Everyone else does what the clock says regardless of whether it's dark or not.

     

    Moving the clocks just throws everyone into chaos for days.

    Case in point, Sunday, got up and had already lost an hour of the day so didn't end up going to machine any shiny stuff at my workshop and decided instead I'd go today after work at the boring day job as I was finishing early. Got up this morning, everything going fine until I get a text from my manager and realise every single clock has been changed or changed automatically except the one I use for my alarm. Start work an hour late, finish an hour later, no making shiny stuff today either.

     

    Screw you DLS!

     

    I'll still end up working the same amount of hours in the end, I'm just going to have to cram it into other days.

  11. Non standard screwheads. 

    Either finding imperial hex here in the metric EU, even worse so because while it's quite easy go get imperial screws by mistake, it's very hard to find correct imperial tools like a hex bit set. Everything sold here is metric!

    Surely it can't be that hard to get them? Wera hex-plus imperial hex key sets are what I'd look for, I'd be amazed if no one stocks them domestically.

     

    https://www.befr.ebay.be/itm/WERA-PRO-9-Piece-IMPERIAL-AF-Stainless-Steel-Hex-Ball-End-Allen-Key-Set-022721/290362999568?hash=item439afbc310:g:w4cAAOxyZw5Ra~3J (UK seller I know)

     

    I hate hex bolts.

    I hate poor quality hex bolts and hex keys, every problem I've ever had with them can be traced to one of three things,

    1) Poor quality bolts

    2) Poor quality or worn hex keys

    3) Bolts that clearly are at the end of their lifespan and need replacing, not refitting

     

    At my own workshop where I have the option of buying the better quality bolts and allen keys (Wera hex-plus or Wiha all the way) I have 0 issues with hex bolts, at my part time day job I don't have that option and the above 3 problems often cause me grief.

     

    Torx really is the way for smaller bolts/screws though, and it's something even the imperial people understand.

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  12. There have been several spam bot posts recently, most about loans and car insurance.

     

    Not sure if that helps?

    Several is an understatement, I've banned more accounts in this last week than I've done in all the time upto it and I know other mods have banned a lot as well!

     

    There's also a whole bunch of ###### about writing essays and such posted on the news page. It's over 24 hrs and I'm surprised it hasn't been taken down.

    Yes I spotted that and reported it to Arnie, forum mods can't do anything with the news page but it is possible to report anything odd on the news page using the 'Contact Us' link on the right hand navigation bar on the news page.

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  13. IDK, i can see that the V2 uzis have the same bolt as mine now, but i distinctly remember 3 generations. the first being closed bolt, the 2nd being open bolt but still with the striker plate and 2 recoil springs, and a normal GBB pistol cylinder, and this as the 3rd generation with the singular recoil spring and the loading nozzle riding inside the cylinder.

     

    am i mistaken? 

    I think you are, I recently got the V2/2011 Mini UZI and the internals are identical to the ones shown in photos on the Guarder website which have been there virtually since the 2011 version came out, said photos are on the following page which hasn't changed in years,

     

    http://www.intrudershop.com/show_product_eng.asp?idproduct=1758#top

     

    I'm still undecided on which version I like more, I've yet to really play around with the 2011 version and try to get the power down, I suspect that'll be the winner though since spare mags are still available and internally there does seem to be less likely failure points.

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  14. I'm in favour of keeping the current system but also in reducing the post count required for sales forum access, maybe even down to 25 posts.

     

    Look at it this way, when the forum was more active there were more opportunities for someone to join in a discussion and hit that 100 without spamming once, now it's quieter it's not quite so easy, even I find myself posting less, although that might have more to do with working 7 days a week at the moment ;)

     

    I like the idea of posting a photo with some particular detail in it, but that requires members to report anything that breaks the forum rules and moderators to be able to react quickly, the 100 post count rule almost sorts itself out and doesn't require such fast action from us mods who seem to be rather busier these days anyway.

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  15. So... The butthurt remain campaigners are using the official government petition system to demand another referendum because they don't like the result of this one.

    Expected but at the same time a tad childish considering the turnout was considerably higher than for a general election and every vote actually counted, it wasn't a massivly convicing win for leave but the predictions were remain just scraping a win anyway and I'm sure they wouldn't have been bitter about that, in some respects for me it represents what is wrong with the EU, their view is the only veiw, everyone else is wrong and reform is a word they've never heard of.

     

    I'm also seeing a lot of posts on Facebook from remain voters saying things like 'I hear <insert country name> is nice"

     

    Except all those countries being mentioned (Canada, Australia etc) have points based visa systems that the leave campaign has been arguing for and on the whole the people who have said that don't actually have the qualifications those countries require to get in anyway.

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  16. If Britain stayed then they could do whatever with no fear.

    That was my biggest worry really, a vote to remain would have been writing the EU a blank cheque to do whatever they want.

     

    I was half expecting to wake up to a remain vote and a demand from the EU for more money today.

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  17. And Rob yes I think both campaigns were *suitcasey* but the amount of blatent snobbery on my nice middle class facebook is astounding - someone compared the referendum for an IQ test! then the usual shared pictures of saying that out voters are microwave-dinner eating, jeremy kyle watchers! take a chill pill guys 

    Indeed, the attitude of some was poor, although I mainly saw it from the remain backers where they were suggesting anyone who'd even doubt their opinion was some window licking moron even though there were very few facts to work on.

     

    I'd made my mind up long ago but the thing that really got my back up was the remainers suggesting that the biggest reason people in the EU buy my products is the single market and not because I try to make unique products or try to make something to a higher standard than someone else.

     

    In essense for a small manufacturer like me the remain campaign was defeatist and the leave campaign was much more positive saying that if you have something people want and are willing to put the effort in you can manage without a single market or trade deals, when have you ever heard anyone say they're buying a BMW because they're made in the EU?

     

    I do also hope this kicking will show the EU that they cannot continue with a policy of no reform and start to allow the other EU member states to negotiate better deals and reforms.

  18. £ is weak tho - give it a bit. 

    It's down a tiny amount really, yeah if you import a PTW or a $2300 BHP it'll add a bit but for lower value purchases the difference will be negligible, chances are it'll bounce back a bit anyhow, markets are fickle and largely seem interested in the short term, anyone watching XE.com last night will know that, it went down a little, then shot up higher than pre-vote levels and back down in the space of an hour or two.

     

    For those of us who manufacture in the UK and export a slightly lower GBP is good, it'll be interesting to see if my sales to EU countries fall although I'm actually expecting them to go up over the last two quarters of this year, it's also worth noting that on a B2B basis I've had far more luck exporting outside of the EU than in over the years.

     

    I found the remain campaign insulting to me and my business anyway, the attitude that we can't do it outside the single market and wouldn't export (be aware that sales to EU member states cannot legally be called exports, they are dispatches) if we weren't in it annoyed me, it came across as if they expected exports to be handed to them on a plate rather than having to put the work into developing new products people in other countries actually want to buy. If you make a unique product that people want and is priced right people will buy it, trade agreement between countries or not.

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  19. $5.00 for a fill of CO2 from local paintball stores, and this one "parts store (Canadian Tire)"

     

    HPA is usually free, but often they "jew" you and charge $5.00.

    Air might be free but the cost of an air compressor isn't, nor is the cost of the electricity to run it, the premises to house it, the staff to operate it or the insurance to cover damages just incase something goes wrong so I don't think it's unreasonble for somewhere to charge a small amount to fill a HPA bottle, if you get it for free you should be considering it a bonus and not the norm imo.

  20. Some of the internals are steel actually. But not enough parts apparently. 

    Problem with that all steels aren't the same and I'm sure I've said it before but the magnet test that airsofters often use doesn't indicate a part is entirely made from steel, just that it might have some iron or steel content (or other magnetic metal), it's no great indicator of the quality of the metal or it's hardness.

     

    It's also worth remembering that not all steels are magnetic, I recently did a subcontract job where I had to use stainless steel bearings in an assembly and to make sure no plain steel bearings had got mixed in by the supplier I used a magnetic base to check them. I would be suprised to find stainless steel inside a stock airsoft gun anywhere other than pins, valves and screws but if there were the magnet test could lead someone to think the part isn't steel.

     

    All that said it's obvious this pistol has flaws, you only have to look as far as the daft magazine base plate seal design to see that, it's probably the worst magazine design I've seen so far imo.

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  21. Did you ask if they'd definately ship a RIF to the UK before placing the order? Offering a two tone service doesn't mean they will still send a rif (I say still as they obviously have done in the past) to the UK, realistically a two tone gun is a less risky item to send with the only requirement for purchase being over 18, sending a rif is a risk because for all they know the UKARA number could be fake or expired and with PayPal they could easily lose the money and the goods, plus time of dealing with the order, infact ehobby list the United Kingdom as a 'High Risk' shipping destination these days as well.

  22. Could you look into for making a special group for those who want to be opted out of ALL sales related things?

     

    Thank you :).

    I can't, that's an admin job, not a moderator job so one for Arnie to look at. I suspect the amount of people who don't want any sales section access are a tiny minority though so it may well be simpler to set your post count to 0 or negative so you no longer see anything from those sections.

  23. Given the overall drop in traffic here, I'm still in favour of at least lowering the cap.

    I completely agree to be honest, I think a drop to 50 posts would be reasonable to try and create a bit more of a draw to forums, especially now there is a trend to have specific facebook owners groups for different guns and people on forums direct others to them for info now rather than making use of the forums they're already on...

     

    As you said earlier in the thread, the blatant spammers (scammers?) have always been easy to spot, all the ones that come to mind were spotted before they even got to 50 posts and were the classic sign up, post, take money then run sort which is what the limit was there to stop. The rule has worked well for what it was intended to do and at the time seemed a suitable limit but times have changed and it probably should change a bit too, but I wouldn't want to see it being done away with altogether.

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