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The Chef

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    Professional Layabout
  • Birthday 12/19/1975

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    October 2004
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    How do you like them Apples!!
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    classic sports cars, and rebuilding the aforementioned.

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  1. The Chef

    Initial impression of the Matrix (S&T) MG-42

    I'm not overly fussed to be honest, it's coming off anyway as she's slowly turning into an M56 Smart Gun.
  2. The Chef

    Initial impression of the Matrix (S&T) MG-42

    Well, here's my initial review of my AGM version of the MG42 ( I am lead to believe that it is the same brand as the Matrix, just in a different box) It's not my style, but I was after a 42 for some other project (M56 SmartGun here we come) and this made perfect sense as it fulfilled a number of functions... So... As an airsoft gun. The AGM MG42 is a surprisingly good bit of kit. It's not cheap at £480, but considering it's an MG42, one of the most iconic machine guns in existence and the only other available MG42 Airsoft gun is the Shoei one and that comes in at £1500, it's not actually that offensive a price. So what do you get for your just short of a monkey. Well, you get a spanky brown box with a discreet picture of an MG42 in the corner. The padding inside is really sturdy. You get the usual loading rod, packet of cruddy BB's, useless Mrs Ping battery and a charger that is more likely to burn your house down than charge the battery! But then you peel back the padding and low and behold is the beast. It's just over 7kg of fully pressed metal and well machined steel. No rubbish pot metal in this baby! The steel parts (tested with a magnet) appear to be the magazine, bipod and parts of the lower receiver. All other parts seem to be non-ferrous (well, not magnetic anyway), but are still nicely made. It comes with a fully functioning Bipod, metal battery winding box mag and wood stock. I'll start with the magazine. It's all metal, runs from 4xAA batteries and is filled by either flipping the rear cover right off (which you can only do when the mag is removed from the rifle) or opening the top cover to reveal a small slot in which to pour the BB's. This latter method works fine in the field. The stated capacity is 2500 rounds, but I managed to squeeze in an entire bottle of 3000rnds. It's battery fed. The wires feed in discreetly to the bottom of the rifle. It's possible these could get caught on foliage, so I stuck a bit of gaffa tape over them to keep them tidy. The operating switch is actuated by the trigger, so you pull the trigger and the mag winds on. All very convenient. The mag feed was sufficient to keep up with the RoF on an 11.1v LiPo, so that's a bonus. The battery is house inside an easily removable stock (simply twist and pull out). The space is limited, so you'll not have much choice for batteries. But considering how easy it is to change them, having a number of smaller capacity batteries ready to swap out isn't too much of a drama. It'll be a mini type battery, or a small thin LiPo (It's about 30x30mm square, but pretty long). The body has a moveable but otherwise pointless Charging handle, Fully functional open sights, that both flip up and stow away for travelling. A neat little AA sight. Opening top cover, which exposes the gearbox and feed tray, and an opening barrel clip. And whilst the barrel clip opens, the barrel itself doesn't have the quick change function that the original had. The gearbox is a proprietary system that is a sort of V2/PGC hybrid. It is of the split design and has a quick change spring. The motor and gear assembly is held in the pistol grip/trigger area and is easily removed by simply taking out a cotter pin and pulling the whole assembly away. The spring/piston is removed by taking the stock off, pushing in the spring guide, flicking the latch and pulling the spring/piston out the back. It uses standard V2 gear set and piston, so spares/upgrades are a doddle. The Hop is a fully machined steel block with a simple sliding actuator, with a standard AEG rubber. Out of the box it was shooting like a sack of spanners, so it needed to be stripped and reset. Clearly the little boy Ping was having an afternoon off. With it all sorted, the rifle shoots at a healthy 350fps and pumps out a respectable 18 rounds per second on an 11.1v LiPo. Which is pretty close to what the real steel 42 shot at, so you get a real sense of what this was really like to come up against. Range... it was pushing about 60+m and grouped just over a man sized target at this range. The initial rounds were tightly grouped, but a longer burst forced a larger spread as the hop rebounded. But this is a good thing considering the requirement for 'area denial'. With the high rate of fire, the large drum mag can be emptied quite quickly so keeping to relatively short bursts is important. That said.... Short bursts still produce a large amount of fire. I managed to pump out 7000 rounds through out the entire day, which is probably more than I've fired in the whole of last year as a predominantly boltie user, with the occasional M4 Recoil action. It's just over 7kg, so it's pretty hefty and can be a pain to carry, especially all day and without a sling. But used properly... Getting bedded down in a fire support position and hammering away at a target it functions excellently. The guns physical presence and exceptional rate of fire imbue it with a certain fear factor that can almost be as effective as the hail of BB's it produces. Is it worth it?? If you've got deep pockets for the initial purchase, and then to feed it day in day out.... And you're wanting to hulk this lump about and provide fire support whilst the rest of your team get on their belt buckles and go for glory... Then it's a resounding yes.
  3. The Chef

    WE MP5k "Apache" - Initial Impressions.

    Where did you get your A2 from?? and how much?? One of the guys here wants one after seeing the Kurz, but wants a full size one.
  4. My own little review, copied over from the KGB website. Quote Well, decided to do a bit of investigation into this bolt stop doohickey to see what makes it tick, and if there is any way I can make it tick better. So here's the mag top, with the cover retaining screw removed. And here is the mag with the cover removed. You can see all the cam levers and how they work and mesh together. And here is the mag with the 'bolt stop' lever removed. As you can see at the 7 o'clock position there is a tiny spring, that has an equally tiny ball bearing that sits in it. This locates in two recesses on the back of the lever as it moves up and down. Either keeping it in the 'up' position, or the 'down' position. It's not strong enough to keep it in the down position if you inadvertently flick it up, the same as if it was dragged out of a pouch. Which is my cause for concern. The whole system is actuated when the BB follower pushes to the top (as you'd expect) and the spring pressure from the BB well, is firm enough to keep this lever in the 'up' position. The gun fires when the lever is in the DOWN position, and the bolt stops when it goes into the UP position. So, this got me wondering. "is the spring pressure enough to negate the need for the tiny ball bearing??" So I removed the ball bearing and sure enough without it, the lever is free to move up and down quite nicely. With no BB's in the mag, the follower pressure is sufficient to keep the lever in the 'UP' position. So I tried a little experiment. I loaded some BB's and left the lever UP. Just adding BB's wasn't sufficient to allow the lever to fall down into the DOWN position all by itself. So I loaded the BB filled mag into the gun with the lever in the UP position and then took it back out. The bolt stop lever on the inside of the gun itself has enough pressure to push the lever downwards when the mag is inserted. So I repeat the process and load the mag with the lever up and pull the trigger. She FIRES! "We're onto a winner here" thinks I. So I proceed to empty the mag... It dry fires... "B.u.gger" thinks I. Thinking it might be a problem with the mag I reassemble it with the ball bearing and try again. Bolt stops on empty. Hmmmmm. (process is tried a few times to see if the above results are consistent... they are). My conclusion is that the overly large BB follower in the top of the BB channel sticks up so far that when the bolt comes forward it is being pushed down ever so slightly by the loading nozzle, sufficiently so, that the pressure on the BB follower spring is released just enough that the bolt stop lever can push the little lever on the back of the mag down enough as it cycles to make the system inoperative. I think that IF the BB follower was of the type that sat off to one side such as you'd find in a Hi-Capa magazine, such as the loading nozzle does not exert any pressure on the follower when in the forward (empty) position. Then my little mod would work perfectly. And thus negate the need for having to remember to flick down the little lever each time you load in a new mag. I've yet to go ripping apart the top of the mag lip to get at the follower to see if it can be modified to see whether my idea has any credence. I'm probably going to see if I can obtain a spare BB follower from WE so I can mod it and see if this works. well... Finally skirmished mine in CQB today. Absolutely awesome! Yes, the mag catch thing can catch you out if you're not well on top of it as you install a new mag. Yes the mag catches can get knocked down when pulling it out of the mag pouch. Mine are fairly loose, so I didn't have too much of a problem with it. But it is worth noting, and in my opinion it's something WE should look to remedy. It's not as disastrous as you might think, and I think I only suffered about two mag 'clicks' throughout the entire day. There has to be an easy fix. We tried taking a tiny bit off the top of the follower, and yes it works with my mod that I mentioned before, but the downside is that it leaves a round in the chamber. Not too much of an issue if you can remember to cock the gun before putting in a fresh mag. But that said. Baring in mind it's pretty cold today. It fared very well. The three round burst works like a charm, the full auto is sweet as a nut. I'd say it struggles to empty a full mag before gassing out. Probably won't be an issue in warmer temperatures, but in the depths of winter, it's something to be aware of. The recoil is sturdy and gives a positive amount of feedback. Certainly has a very nice feel to it. Coupled with a nice shoulder harness the pointability of this thing is perfect. The range is pretty good, and having had the chance to crono this on Propane, it's running closer to 340-350fps than the advertised 300-310. I still had it over-hopping ever so slightly on 0.25's. But that didn't matter due to the ranges in CQB. I scored a number of very good kills and was able to sweep up opposition very nicely, even against the AEG Hi-Cap crowd. I can confirm it is a VSR style hop rubber, although WE have used their own, with a slightly different nub, closer to an A+ style square nub. So that bodes well. All in all, I've had a damned fine day, very enjoyable with some very good results. Very pleased with this little Kurz. few little things that could be improved upon. But then isn't that always the case. Well, had a couple of the long 50 round mags turn up... Not much to say about them beyond the standard smaller mags. They're longer, and hold more rounds. Work in exactly the same fashion, made from the same stuff. Bit leaky to start off with, but disappeared with a bit of oil. I've also got myself a folding PDW stock, and with a little modification it will be able to fit the standard K backplate. Will need two hold drilling for bolts, and the inner bolt brake will need a tiny bit of modification. Still think it's bleddy awesome. After a few hours cogitation and a bit with the dremel.... She's now a PDW. (ignore the cheapy red-dot. needed something in a hurry). A quick skirmish update. I have to report that it doesn't like getting wet. And I'm not talking a splash of rain here.... I'm on about up to your nadgers, swimming on land kind of wet. The Kurz got a bit of a drenching at the weekend and the hop didn't like it. Still fired... but was all over the place. Easily sorted when all the water was taken out... Still fires exceptionally well for such a small barrel. After a few weeks use.. I'd still give it a 7 out of 10
  5. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    It's a 2nd hand one... early generation.
  6. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Does anyone know if the bolt stop mechanism (on the gearbox) is available or has one spare. A buddy of mine just got hold of the Army R50 and I was hoping we could retrofit this part and give him the bolt stop function.
  7. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Hi chaps, thanks for the persistence, but I think I've cracked it. I've finally got chance for a buddy of mine to bring his along to a game, so we did a bit of switching about. it appears as though it is a combination of a couple of issues all marrying together. Now, this is with the standard 30/82 round mags (just for those who are interested). The issue was happening with all of my mags (6 in total), to varying degrees, some being worse than others. HIs mags worked fine. Mine were shot. So we gave mine a real good polish on the inside (as mentioned above), still the same. Used blasters, still misfeeding, but better. We swapped his springs out with mine, we had good feeding, all happy, using blasters, but we did have issues using other ammo. So it seems as though my springs are getting a little tired, and ammo choice, definitely has to be blasters. So, just a bit of a hunt to grab some new springs for the mags and I'll be good to rock. So once we had sorted that out, she went back in the case and I used the VSR for the day! Which was lucky, because I was up to my earholes in water, so the AEG might have complained.
  8. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Yup, mag screws are only in and nipped up (not even that..). Used a number of different ammo types, including blaster 0.25's. all the same. quite depressing really.
  9. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    it's definitely the mag.... If I hold the magazine out of the gun, and pull the BB retaining latch back... nothing happens. Normally this should result in something akin to a Bukkake video, but it doesn't. Short of changing the spring over when I first got it, she's never needed to be apart. And it has been working fine since then. I think the mag springs are shagged. I'm probably going to order a couple of G&P reinforced ones from WGC. I know they are not specifically for the Recoil M4 mag, but they look similar and if they don't fit, I've only wasted $6. worth a shot as these mags are seriously putting a downer on what should be a joy to use.
  10. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Hola folks... Now, just a quick one, and hopefully there is a solution to this one as I am nearly about to bin my M4. She doesn't get used all that often, because I use the VSR and Mk23 predominantly. The mags are are still not feeding fine. I've narrowed it down to the mags because when they are out of the gun and you pull the little latch back, the BB's stay firmly in the mag and don't spit out everywhere. Just in case anyone thinks it's something other than the mags. The mag innards are clean, as I have just spent about 3 hours polishing the BB track to make sure it's sparkly and they still stick. They have never been left filled with ammo. They used to be flawless, but now they're not. Seems to occur no matter what ammo I put in them. I can only assume the springs are getting a little tired (despite their little use), and even giving them a little tweak doesn't seem to alleviate the problem. So..... 1: Anyone else having this issue? 2: Anyone got a quick fix? 3: Does anyone know where I can get replacement mag springs and if so, do they do a stronger one? Cheers Rob.
  11. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    It is difficult to compare the two, But the same argument can be said for the TM M4 and old TM M4. They are two different kettles of fish, both very good each with their own pro's and con's. But I always base my purchases on Value for Money. Which is why for me, the Marui M4 (new one) just wins hands down. I've used a systema, before the Recoil M4 was out, and I never bought one because I didn't think it represented value for money. Yes, it's well built, yes it has a burst function yes its realistic in size yes it has the 'stop on empty' function. yes it has an easy spring change But I'd expect all of this, because it was (as then) so stupidly expensive, both to purchase initially, and to repair when it failed. For that reason alone I never bought one, and never will..... not now. The Recoil M4... is well built has the stop on empty function Has recoil.... The major factor in the realism thing here is reliable has an easy spring change (once you've done the mod) Magazines have Lo and Mid capability. It can have the 3 round burst function with the addition of a MosFet (as I have done to mine). And it's comparatively cheap (prices taken from WGC, sorry... dollars) Systema = $1391 TM = $499 Mags = $54 Mag = $24 So, for approximately ONE THIRD of the price (by the time you've shelled out for 5 mags), you can get something that has infinitely more 'realism' and reliability. Now, for me, that is VALUE FOR MONEY. Would I buy an old gen Marui M4 at $289 (or even worse an old Gen M4 S-System at $458... eeeek). NO, they just don't represent value for money. There you go.... there's my reasoning. I'm assuming that with a decent 'Fet, and a good battery the trigger response can be made faster too. I must get a decent fet for mine rather than the plug-in one. (which is good... just not as good as the gun deserves).
  12. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Agreed with AnakChan here... Once you've swapped out the initial spring, (like all Marui's the spring comes embedded in the piston), changing the spring is a five minute job. Just unscrew the buffer tube and pull the spring out. So whilst the initial taking apart can be a bit time consuming (no longer than taking any normal V2 gearbox apart), any subsequent spring changes are a doddle. And if anything, taking the gearbox apart is easier than a standard V2 because the spring isn't under tension when you're trying to work on it! Like all things pot metal.... if you constantly abuse it, it will wear and eventually break. I've only ever needed to go in mine once or twice (for the initial spring change), and it's fine. Had it a while now, but granted she doesn't get a lot of use.
  13. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Update from today. magazines performed flawlessly. No jamming, stopping on empty without fail. All six mags, no problems at all. (this is with removing the little 'two ball' follower) ***does a little happy dance*** got some sweet kills with it too. Granted, not as many as with my Mk23 Socom, but then single shot has always been my bag. I now just need a decent red-dot that is nice and bright and it won't kill.....
  14. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Richard, I don't think the flaky bolt stop has anything to do with the BB's. It's only flaky when it tries to operate the bolt stop (when the mag is EMPTY of beebs....) It just seems as though the lever force isn't positive enough to push up the bolt stop operator on the bottom of the gearbox, when the BB follower reaches the top of it's track. For me, I gained a mm or two by removing that top 'two ball' shaped follower, thus increasing the lever throw, making the lever action more positive. Adding the tape/shrink has the same effect, by starting the lever throw a couple of mm earlier. I can only see two possible magazine related issues that cause this. 1: weak springs not pushing the follower up with enough pressure. 2: The BB follower isn't going high enough in its track for the little actuating block (nub) on the back of it to push the levers up enough. This is possibly caused by a couple of factors. The obvious one is number 1 as above. It could be that the little nub is worn or not designed high enough. It could be that the follower is being prevented from travelling high enough by the 'two ball' follower being too long in design, or as the track narrows at the top, this is choking the BB follower before it travels high enough. Obviously, if there is any issue with the bolt stop mechanism on the bottom of the gearbox, starting to seize, being tight etc, then this will produce the same result. But any mod that starts the levers acting sooner should help. That's how I see it anyway. TK... what's your UKG callsign?
  15. The Chef

    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    me too.... it would appear as though the lever system doesn't have quite enough pressure when pushed up to flawlessly operate the bolt stop. By adding the bit of heat shrink, or as in my case, removing the follower to allow it to travel up a bit further adds a little more pressure making it much more reliable. It might well be ghetto.... but it works, and that's all that matters.

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