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Initial Impressions of the TM SOPMOD M4 AEG

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No - not unless you buy a NexGen gun that was sold with an ambidextrous selector originally. Those are (AFAIK) the SCARs, the HK416s, and maybe the G36s too? Guns that didn't come with an ambidextrous selector assembly (the non-HK416 AR-15s, the Kalashnikovs) cannot be retrofitted with one.

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I'm a lefty Carsten, so having the safety on the far side of the gun from my thumb is a pain, but with practice ive found it doesn't slow me down at all. I'm able to pop it to full with the top of my hand if necessary, keep it on semi mostly though.

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No - not unless you buy a NexGen gun that was sold with an ambidextrous selector originally. Those are (AFAIK) the SCARs, the HK416s, and maybe the G36s too? Guns that didn't come with an ambidextrous selector assembly (the non-HK416 AR-15s, the Kalashnikovs) cannot be retrofitted with one.

 

What's the limitation? Is it the gearbox or just the receiver? Otherwise you could presumably pick up a 416 lower and do it that way.

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the lower is 2mm wider to allow for 1mm either side of the extra selector.  the gearbox shell is the same as the m4.  Its the pistol grip which holds the ambi cog in place at the back.  theoretically it could work on an m4.  but you might have to overcome the lack of space issue.  probably sanding to get 1mm back.  And obviously the right side doesnt have the part the gold pin would "click" into and also the stopper to manually stopper it being turned to much.

 

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Link to HK416D parts diagram - http://eagle6.co.uk/shop/info-interactive-ngrs-hk416d

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@Mad-Larkin

Just to clarify, I'm not a lefty ;) I was just curious if it would be possible to upgrade the M4 since the Army is upgrading, too ;)

No worries :) was just saying as it's something I deal with each game. Certainly would love ambi selectors like my scar

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I'm a lefty, and I wish the NexGens all came with ambidextrous selectors. If you're going to have to change the design of all of the parts anyway, which the Recoil Shocks basically do compared to the typical V2-based gun, and therefore you're not forced to have the selector assembly maintain backwards compatibility with older designs, why not design the ambidextrous selector in from the beginning? It's a real disappointment, to be honest.

 

I keep hoping that someone (Prime or similar) will start making billet CNC'd aftermarket receiver sets for the Recoil Shocks, like they already do for the WA-pattern GBBRs, and that those receivers will include ambidextrous selectors, and it keeps not happening.

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Tried a Guarder Infinite Torque in one of my SOCOMs...

 

*fruitcage* awful, I've never heard an electric gun *fruitcage* howl and scream so much.  No matter where I adjusted it, horrible.  No discernible increase in semi response and the auto rate went through the floor, it was like firing a GPMG with the gas closed down to the point just before it runs away on you.  Kind of cool in a weird way having the sort of steady thump on full auto but it just felt really wrong.

 

Stock motor back in, much much happier gun.

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Stock pistol grip, gears, and motor base plate? Brand new motor? Really odd as the past two infinite motor installs (in a RECCE and a 416 Devgru) with those setup yielded with excellent results. Quiet/smooth and snappy. ROF with a 7.4v did not increase the ROF by much.

 

I did have to screw in the set screw farther into the base plate. Stock everything save for a spring upgrade.

 

 

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Can't say my findings correlate with regards the stock motor.  Didn't work at all with the standard base plate but with the metal one I get the exact same performance whether using the stock grip or a MOE/MIAD.  Same with all 3 SOCOMs.

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yeah probably the maid and metal base plate combo.  Could even be a bent com shaft on the gaurder motor.  I had one once arrive and the pin gear shaft was pointing at 30 degrees off where it should have been.   maybe it was dropped or stood on or something. 

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? strange thing happened yesteraday, as i was trying to put the lonex 5.9mm bushings with lonex gears for next gen, it was tight as hell, even with shims or not. When i put the magic box bushings, magic all moved freely as it would.Keep that in mind guys. Also the original cylinder head was loosing compression at the base of the metal rod? where the nozzle goes. Another one as i tried to unscrew the original piston head according to the eagle's videos i had to remove the little cap in order to have access to the screw. I did that for 3 different pistons....

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Thats strange. I have Lonex gears, shims and bushings in my 416 and they work perfectly. You sure you pushed the bushing in hard enough? On mine they needed a bit force to actually get in their slot.

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i forced them in all the way but the gears needed also force to get in and they barely spinned, with the magic boc ones they spinned freely. I guess i got a lemon....

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