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  1. Oh hey, thanks for sharing it. Totally forgot to post the video here. In the two months since I uploaded that video the guns have still been going strong. There are currently four M249s in my local community, and the two most frequent users have both surpassed the 20K mark with no apparent signs of degradation. I'm quite disappointed that the cassette mags are so half-assed, and the gas box has all the normal problems with using gas guns on full auto, but converting to AEG boxes and HPA is really, really easy and massively elevates the gun. I should also share that since uploadi
  2. Took long enough, but it's finally here. I made a review for my team channel, figured those of you still hanging around Arnie's might find it useful:
  3. We won't go quietly, the Legion can count on that.
  4. This thing. Basically just a custom body made to look like a Surefire 6P, but compatible with Modlite/Surefire Scout heads and tailcaps.
  5. VT-based Colt 727 with a bunch of real parts and a hybrid modern/retro light setup.
  6. I found my list of things I had to do to make the gun serviceable. -Refinishing the entire gun by media blasting with 120-grit aluminum oxide, then polishing the slide flats -Major reprofiling of the barrel and slide to address a serious fitment issue during cycling -Shimming the laser diode inside the housing (it didn't even work out of the box) -Cutting down the vertical adjustment screw on the rear sight to stop it contacting the nozzle -Securing the rear sight after the adjustment screw head stripped through the sight itself -Shimming the mainspring for reliable function on
  7. Or, frankly, just get one milled out of aluminum tubing, or even sleeve it together yourself. The Mafioso one isn't accurate to the real prop, doesn't hold the laser securely (which, itself, is about a two-dollar Aliexpress probably-not-eye-safe laser), and uses a toggle switch to turn the laser on and off which is about as useless as it gets. So, there's not a lot of value there. The Weaver ring is cheaply made and not actually Weaver spec, so it can't be replaced without also replacing or modifying the mount. Which is a good idea anyways, because instead of the mount and grip being
  8. Oh yeah, forgot to post my last project here. Mafioso Hardballer Longslide (refinished with aluminum oxide blasting + polishing slide flats), Mafioso laser, real Weaver ring, real NPC mount, DIY pressure switch. Don't buy the Mafioso kit or laser, it's worth maybe a quarter of what they charge. I had to fix a bunch of stupid little things with this gun to make it usable, and the use of real mounts are solely because the Mafioso parts were hot garbage. On the bright side, since I've now reworked the laser to hold zero and mount with real-steel hardware, I was able to do
  9. "These are brand new, we just got them in. That's a good gun. You just touch the trigger and the beam comes on and you put the red dot where you want the bullet to go. You can't miss." Okay, so it's more like squeeze the grips to turn on the red dot, but close enough. This was built from the Mafioso kit and, as cool as the final product is, I absolutely cannot recommend it. I had a bunch of problems with the gun entirely due to bad design, and the mount was so chintzy (and off-spec- they clearly had no idea what the prop they were trying to replicate actually was) that I en
  10. @blobface Very nice! I'd wager that gets you pretty close to the real 12" barrel length. Since this thread has been bumped, I figure I should give an update: The gun is still working great. It has become my absolute favorite APS-shell shotgun out of all the ones I've owned and built. The shell retention makes it viable without a shell catcher or having to pick up shells, and the spring-loaded revolver mechanism allows a high rate of fire. It sucks to reload, but I never have to reload under fire. There is no apparent wear to the internals and barrel alignment is the same as it
  11. @icolater @PureSilver Hopefully this answers your questions better than my attempts to describe the gun in text. Lemme know if I missed anything.
  12. I'm super late to this but yes, with a caveat. You'll see a lot of conflicting info over the years because VT has improved on a yearly basis, like car models. Original 2010 guns were Inokatsus made under license; modern guns are substantially different and don't have a ton of parts compatibility with the old ones. A lot also depends on what mags you use, since they can use any WA-spec magazines and many WA-derived ones (including GHK with break-in and potentially minor modification). Receivers are forged on original Colt dies. Internals are all hardened steel and aluminum, all CNCed. Ther
  13. I've been doing a little iteration on some Viper Tech builds. VT Colt 733, real A1E1/C7 upper receiver, real furniture and charging handle, muzzle shims in lieu of the anachronistic crush washer, and a front sling swivel. This combination of features gets it screen-accurate to the one used in the film Heat. Second, a Colt 727 upper for the same lower. This was built from VT barrel parts mounted to a real Rock River Arms A2 upper. Optic is an Aimpoint 3000 courtesy of eBay, and the sling is a DIY 'silent sling' setup styled after those used by SF in the 1990s. I also have an M203
  14. GHK AK-74 with Bulgarian plum furniture, W&S steel bolt carrier, and a homebrew plum magazine.
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