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    I'm a little late to this conversation, but Digikey has microswitch with higher continuous amp rating than 11A. You should be using at least the same 15A microswitch that shows up in airsoft gearboxes. http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Detail&name=480-3188-ND They also have ones all the way up to >20A.
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    The way you're wording things is a little confusing. It seems like you recognize that ARES and STAR are two separate companies, but you're suggesting they might as well be the same because their products are alike? Having cracked opened both STAR M4 and the new ARES M4, that's not the case. While it is true that older ARES products, closer to the original separation between the two companies, are basically identical to STAR, it's also true that ARES is progressively refining older STAR designs. The differences are small but growing (M4 hopup is no longer locked into the gearbox, for one), especially given that STAR has products ARES does not and vice-versa. Because it's obviously impossible for anyone else to copy the features of a STAR or ARES gearbox? This thread is hilarious. You have usmcCorps, who's in close contact with Magpul PTS, saying it's not ARES. You have me, who's in close contact with ARES, saying it's not ARES. The only people suggesting it's ARES are people who seem to not likes ARES and am worried about the gun being ARES, despite the reviewer of this thread, Scuffer, having nothing bad to say about the sample he has on hand.
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    No, most definitely not the same company, from everything I've been repeated told. And I work with distributors for both companies and the ACR has come up more than once. I don't think STAR is involved, if only because when ARES split off, they took most of the R&D capacity with them as the OEM. The hopup rubber looks ARES, but parts OEMs are widely shared in the industry. There are various design points that are STAR (and now ARES) like, but I think some people are having a bit of trouble wrapping their head around the idea that someone might clone a non-TM mechbox for once. If PTS is cherry picking features, they're doing a pretty good job. I'll raise the issue again, but if there is an ARES-origin to the PTS mechbox above, there might be a couple Non-Disclosure Agreements in place.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Both wires along the back is the standard for all M4/16 AEGs based on Marui's version 2 (or in this case, modified version 2).
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Looking at your pictures at ASCUK, it looks like if one fits in a standard half-tooth piston, one can pull the piston out of the mechbox without even opening the mechbox. I wish TM had actually just taken the extra step of designing the blowback system so that the TM piston can be removed without opening the mechbox. The durability of TM pistons aside, it still would be nice to be able to inspect and replace a high wear component like the piston so conveniently.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Hey folks, here's an observation about the piston. Please note that I don't actually own a SOPMOD/SOCOM, and all this is conjecture based on internet observations. Based on this thread, it seems there is at least one instance of someone in Japan getting an aftermarket piston to work. However, there doesn't seem to be any actual aftermarket piston released specific for the SOPMOD/SOCOM. Based on the limited pictures available of the SOPMOD/SOCOM piston design, it seems to closely resemble the existing half-teeth pistons. http://www.anakchan.com/M4Sopmod/SpringCompare.jpg Examples: http://www.wgcshop.com/pcart/shopper.php?i...0Piston%20Heads http://www.wgcshop.com/pcart/shopper.php?i...metheus%20Parts Now one of the review did mention some sort of notch on the TM stock SOPMOD/SOCOM piston that engages the bolt cover. http://www.tkoverkill.com/showthread.php?tid=375&page=1 Assuming that's a notch into the piston itself, and assuming that the TM piston is based on the existing half-teeth design, it should be possible to get the existing half-teeth pistons to properly work with a basic removal of material. The situation is a little more complicated if the notch is some type of protrusion, but at least existing half-teeth pistons might keep the gun running until someone release a proper aftermarket piston. Of course, that's assuming the TM piston is just a modified half-teeth piston. Hopefully someone can verify my guesswork.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    My question was whether powerstroking disengaged the bolt catch (so the gun may fire), as an alternative to hitting the bolt catch. I know the bolt's fake.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Does pulling the charging handle back release the bolt catch after reloading with a full mag? Any comment on the hopup? It's the biggest hopup unit ever, I think. Star has a mild trigger break, due to use of microswitch. Can't remember if PTWs do. Airsoft MOE heatshields slightly wobble on my Star, I can't imagine the airsoft and real MOE heatshields differing that much in tolerance. I suspect it's an issue with the heatshield rather than any specific gun.
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    Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

    Thus defeating half the reason of getting a SOPMOD? I'm surprise he didn't disable the blowback instead.

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