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  1. CatgutViolin

    SMG Picture Thread

    I was inspired by an item in the Imperial War Museum catalog to try bodging a FAL foregrip onto the slimline handguard. I have no idea what the historical origin of the IWM piece is- the entry provides no information and their FAQ basically says 'if the page doesn't answer your question, we don't know', so I can only speculate. On the IWM one, the foregrip was epoxied on, while I've taken the approach of securing mine with a screw and nut. So aside from the hole in the bottom of the handguard it's reversible, and I can ignorantly assume I've replicated some field-expedient SAS mod and not just a bubba job from some random dude 😛
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    SMG Picture Thread

    I resurrect this thread to post a WE Apache, to which I fit a surplus German SEF trigger housing and original slimline handguard with no modification to the airsoft parts and a lot of swearing and Dremeling to that trigger housing. I even had to redesign how the selector switch locks into the trigger pack, because the normal catch on the selector pin was hitting the stop catch in the trigger pack before it could reach the FA position. Anyways, now it works, and since the airsoft guts were unaffected it's 100% reversible if I want the Navy pack back. I also scored an original Surefire grip at a local gun show so I'm on my way to a Stargate build or something.
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    wot am best SUSAT?

    Honestly not sure, I hadn't looked too much into winter games (driving from NOVA can be a bit of a problem if there's snow). If you want it ASAP, I'd be happy to ship it to you instead if you don't mind covering shipping.
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    Airsoft Glock Flux Brace clone, stop the presses!

    All the lawyer-friendly not-Glocks are sufficiently different from the Glock design that I highly doubt any Flux will fit, knockoff or not. It'll only work on the definitely-not-lawyer-friendly unlicensed Glocks that WE, TM, and others have been making for years. And on the licensed gen 3 VFCs.
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    wot am best SUSAT?

    A couple of years ago I wanted to find a decent SUSAT for use on a STALKER LR300 build. I could not for the life of me find any that were positively reviewed, and the one I ultimately went with ('Matrix') has decent glass, decent zoom, a clear reticle- and an inch, generously, of eye relief, making it unusable on an AR. I did a bit more research and found that that was about the best I'd get. Honestly, if you want it, I'd be happy to just give it to you next time I come down to Ballahack.
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    Airsoft Glock Flux Brace clone, stop the presses!

    Having converted a Flux to airsoft use, and having used various carbine kits over the years, I really gotta disagree. My main issue with carbine kits has that they turn your pistol into, well, a carbine. They become a lot harder to holster, and basically impossible to use as a pistol. They become a primary, which obviously is the point, but somewhat limits flexibility. With the Flux brace, you can manipulate the pistol just fine with the brace collapsed, allowing you to use the pistol as a pistol (one handed, in close quarters, etc). It also barely changes the overall profile of the gun, so it still fits fine in soft holsters (although obviously not Serpas or molded holsters). The Flux is, IMO, exactly what a pistol carbine should be- it's just a stock extension for a pistol, not a compact rifle frame swallowing up a pistol. It follows the legacy of the Hi-Power and C96 stocked pistols from a century ago, with the convenience of always being available on the gun. Regarding this clone, I would like to point out two things. It is designed for a gen 3 Glock, not a gen 4 like the real Flux. This is good since airsoft gen 3s are much easier to come by. Flux does not, and has no apparent intentions to, manufacture the bog-standard Flux brace intended for airsoft use. Their 'Milsim Flux Brace' is larger (with an integral rail on the frame) and IMO starts to creep away from what makes the bog-standard Flux good. It also is ONLY compatible with the Umarex-branded gen 4 G17- while it might be made to fit a WE or TM gen 4, it certainly won't fit a gen 3 without heavy modification. Knock-offs of real-steel products have been around since the start of this sport so I'm surprised to see a debate here on buying the clone vs buying the original- follow your own conscience. But I have to say, the clone looks to be more consumer-friendly than the real thing. If Flux just sold a bog-standard brace intended for the airsoft gen 3s it might be a different story. By the way, Octagon Airsoft is selling this clone plus a Kydex holster: https://www.octagonairsoft.com/product-page/flux-collapsible-stock-for-marui-umarex-vfc-glocks-with-holster-set-的副本
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    WE Desert Eagle (Licensed by Cybergun)

    Little bit of an update. I bought a second Desert Eagle, this time in black, and swapped a few parts around. I also used a bit of Tung oil finish to liven up the wood grips I previously had. So, here are a few things I've noticed, having two guns to compare: -The magazine catch profile I mentioned at the end of the previous page is a design flaw. Fixing it is straightforward, just use a steel file to make the angle at which it engages the incoming magazine a bit shallower, then polish with sandpaper. Leaving it stock means it will take significant effort to slap the magazine past the catch, which will cause peening to both the magazine and catch over time. -On both guns, the hop adjustment screw felt like it was bottoming out before I was getting any hop. This is, again, an engagement angle problem. It hits the hop arm at a very steep angle, so instead of pushing it down, it just gets stuck. I removed the grub screw from the hop unit, filed the end of it to a shallower profile, and again used sandpaper to polish. Upon reinsertion, it got to the point where it felt like it was bottoming out (when the screw contacts the arm), but after another full turn it engaged properly and deflected the hop arm. -The hop bucking has been mediocre on both. Get the Maple Leaf, and might as well get a new barrel while you're at it. The Maple Leaf Autobot (60-deg) bucking and Crazy Jet 6.04 (138mm) are perfect, and cost me all of $43 shipped from WGCShop. Whether you keep the stock barrel or get a new one, shim it with electrical tape so that it's snug- there's a bit of play by default. -Buying a low-power nozzle from KY Airsoft was a waste of time; they sent me another full-power one. To reduce the FPS, glue a piece of tubing into the front of the rocket valve to reduce its inner diameter. This restricts the flow without causing backpressure like the restricter disks, so you get better gas efficiency and a slightly quicker/harder cycle. -The thinner Alumagrips (left) make the gun easier to carry and fire one-handed, but the contours of the KSD Grips wood grips (right) make supporting the weight of the red dot sight easier. The KimPOIShop grips fit well, but they look a little toy-like compared to the KSD ones and haven't stood up well to use. If you're looking for better grips and willing to do a minor bit of work (just a bit of filing), I highly recommend the Alumagrips. That's all for now.
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    GHK AK(M) Compatibility with real parts?

    Facebook makes it easy to miss messages from people outside your Friends list. I sent him a message yesterday on Reddit and he got back to me within an hour- try there.
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    Modify MOD 90 Semi-Auto Shotgun

    I had no trouble getting comparable range to AEGs with my old Maruzens; the problem was more the low power. The Marushin and clones just never had much in the way of hop-up to begin with. Anyone know if there's any connection between this gun and the Cybergun semi-auto tri-shot shown off at IWA 2019? Check out 4:25 in this video: Edit: On further inspection, looks like some significant differences, starting with the fact that it's a different model gun and doesn't appear to be blowback. Might just be a re-worked SG9000. Adjustable hop is neat though.
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    Tokyo Marui KSG Gas Shotgun: First Impressions

    I was editing footage from a game this past weekend, realized most of my kills were with my KSG, and figured I'd post my thoughts up here. So, here are my thoughts on the gun, having used it a couple of times in the last few months: -HPA isn't necessary, but it helps. I had done a bunch of experimenting to try to find what BBs hopped best on duster versus green gas with the internal upgrades I had in place, but ultimately being able to rely on a consistent input pressure via HPA tap allowed me to properly tune for range. I used a CQB Russian hose; it was a real pain to get it to stop leaking (teflon tape under the O-ring) but with that sorted it works great. -Range out of the box is mediocre, but with just a few upgrades becomes surprisingly good. In the video I'm running SAT tightbores with the stock buckings, input pressure at about 95 PSI, and it was punting 0.28s (at ~320fps) far enough to outrange pretty much everything else on the field. I was engaging snipers without much difficulty. Annoyingly, it just slightly underhops 0.28s and significantly overhops 0.25s, so I still need to experiment. -Most importantly: Reloading is the biggest obstacle. I installed a Laylax extended shell release, put a dummy shell in the non-feeding side of the receiver as a guide, polished the entrance to the feed tube, and put a velcro strip on the right side for a shell carrier. Combined, these dramatically speed up my reloads- and yet you can still see at the end of the video when I had to be saved by a teammate because I couldn't reload quickly enough. The main issue I find is that with ten shots, I have to reload pretty much whenever I get the chance. The obvious solution is a magwell adapter, and I have a Salamander M4 adapter, but I'm not too impressed with how my MAG midcaps feed in it, as I get occasional two-BB shots or even dry fire towards the end of the mag. I think practice with reloading from the side saddle will make the stock shells more viable, but I'd be open to any input here. -Six-shot mode is pretty worthless. It doesn't have any better spread than tri-shot. Overall it's a fun gun, but that mag capacity is really a killer. I'm tempted to be That Guy and get an auto-winding drum, which coupled with the HPA tap means basically shooting non-stop forever. Maybe I can dress it up in a way that will make me not hate myself for doing it.
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    WE Desert Eagle (Licensed by Cybergun)

    Alrighty, I just received the KimPOI grips. No fitment was necessary; there's about half a millimeter of gap at the very top on one side but it's not really noticeable. Overall they look and feel quite nice, with much less flex and play than the stock grips. So, while I'm here, a word on performance. This past weekend I had the opportunity to use the Desert Eagle at a zombie event at an outdoor field. I used this, loaded with .28s, as a backup to my KSG, and against human (armed) players was successfully able to engage with one-shot-kills on targets in cover beyond 100ft away. My longest kill was a measured 180ft. The red dot greatly helped with aiming, and provided a clear sight picture to allow me to adjust fire when the wind diverted BBs off-course. Against the zombies, the slightly sluggish cycle time didn't prove to be a problem at all. I originally bought this gun as a gimmick, but I am absolutely in love with it. Swapping the barrel/bucking out for a Crazy Jet + Maple Leaf Autobot made a world of difference, and for a total of ~$170 it's a steal. My only complaint is that there's no good way to holster a scoped pistol (I used a kydex holster with the top sliced off for this game- worked well, but not as secure as I'd like), so I'm currently learning how to work with leather to make one of my own. I hope to have some video up soon showing how well it performed. It's night and day compared to WE's older offerings.
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    Glock Picture Thread

    $259 US and currently only sold by Flux Defense, directly through their website. It looks like they currently don't ship outside the US, unfortunately.
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    WE/Cybergun M1A1 Thompson Submachine Gun

    Spitballing here, but on real open-bolt submachine guns, you get the first issue if the sear return spring is too light (so a hard pull 'slaps' it down and the gun is able to cycle twice before it resets), and you can get the second issue if the disconnector is designed to be tripped by pulling the trigger farther than it takes to fire (full-auto is then achieved by blocking the trigger from going far enough to engage the sear- this is how my WE M712 is designed, so I wouldn't be surprised if this uses the same). If you increase the tension on the sear, it will typically fix both issues. Assuming what I described above is what's going on.
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    Glock Picture Thread

    It was not a walk in the park, to say the least. I significantly carved out the area behind the slide, shortened/smoothed the beavertail on the pistol itself, enlarged the crosspin hole (hence the machine screw), and removed some material where it wraps around the sides of the grip. I'm guessing most, possibly all of that could have been avoided if I had just used a Gen 4 frame as it was designed for, rather than the Gen 3 frame I had, but by the time I realized what I was getting into it was too late to turn back.
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    Glock Picture Thread

    Flux Defense brace bodged with a Dremel to fit on a WE G17 (gen 3).

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