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    KJW Sig P226 GBB
    G&G Sig 552 AEG
    KWA/Umarex H&K45 GBB
    JG H&K G36C AEG
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    Molle vest, sundry pouches, Viper tactical trousers.
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  1. Yes it is a good idea, but there's enough walting in airsoft already - a lot of people nowadays struggle to tell the difference between real life and fantasy (not just in airsoft either). Pity, as something like that would help make the sport better, but then those most in need wouldn't want to pay as it would disrupt their fantasy.
  2. My HK45 seems to have excellent hop, I think KWA can be a bit "curate's egg" certainly the MKM came with hop adjuster and knock valve made of pure shite. And it previously shot very nicely indeed with a Guarder hop. In addition it does have a 6.02 tightbore as I mention in my review, so nearly all the weak spots have been eliminated from what was a pretty damn good airsoft to begin with. In FS's defence they don't make any great claims to be GBB specialists and straight up say they know and prefer AEGs better. I've heard of the AEG barrel and hop in the LM4/MKM platform, not sure if that is the same as the link you posted. Tbh it looks like a major pain to adjust that hop and I think the other one I heard of was adjusted with an allen key a hole drilled in the top of the outer. (Wish I could remember who it was told me about it and where I saw it). The outer does come off reasonably easily (I have the barrel nut tool) but the inner and hop are just horrible, tried it once: Never again! I'm in South Cambs. An NPAS or something in that vein does seem to be the way to go...
  3. With the Guarder steel hop that was in it before it reached out to 30-40 yards, that got ripped by shattered BBs from double feeding, so that and a broken inner bolt spring was what I got it repaired for. FS replaced with "APLUS Hop Rubber for "Pistol in System 7", which they tested and warned me that 1) GBBRs have a very small rate of hop adjust anyway. 2) It's a pure bastard to get the inner out and work on the hop (I can confirm), and that it takes hours of work - so this is not a money maker for them, nevertheless he is going to sort this out for me. They really did not design this inner barrel and hop unit to be worked on. He said that AHOP is a Guarder brand and that it should do the job. I suspect the damn ball bearing came loose again, maybe vibration in the car, maybe when it was put down on the counter. Who knows? Thing is, I have a System 7 pistol - a KWA H&K45 - it's awesome and shoots consistently out to 30 yards + with variation of about 40fps over the course of 20 rounds firing .25s on Power Up. Frankly the variation in fps was something I thought was intrinsic to GBBRs although the MKM's variation is a bit more than I was expecting (only got a chromo recently) it's not so different to the pistol. As to legal limits, FS put the point that it won't be reliable at lower fps, the police still haven't been in an rush to kick down people's doors for the offence of owning a toy gun when you can buy air rifles which a much more powerful without any licence (rightfully so) and you'd struggle to describe those as lethal to anything larger than squirrel, and even that needs a headshot. So they really do have many better things to do and they're not retarded. Truly though full auto is for short, infrequent bursts only and that in summer time. But I just like having it, like people with Range-Rovers who never take them off road or tow. Yeah maybe I should flog it to someone who's got more skills with delicate mechanicals than I and go for a TM. It's just that I love the "bark" it has to it, the realistic internals and that lovely external body with sculpted looking upper and lower - it looks, and feels, so damn good! Where the TM is a just plain Jane M4. Yes I'm sad I know. But I suspect that the MKM is 90% there, I also suspect that getting last 10% fixed will require a disproportionate amount of dosh chucked in the direction of a pro. But then you have to draw a line somewhere don't you. Aargh so conflicted.
  4. Well I got my MKM back from Fire Support, at last, and immediately found the hop just was not working. Which was one of the things it went in for in the first place, to have the worn out rubber replaced. And it's still double feeding more than it used to (magazine feed lips?). On top of which they advised me not to have it tuned down to legal game limits as it not be powerful enough to be reliable. (At the moment it's firing 407-360 fps on .20s at room temperature.) So it will never be playable and on top which, getting it back in my hands I remembered what a great long thing it is compared to my G&G Sig552. I still love the realism, the weight, all the Magpul dark earth external stuff I've popped on (which I heartily recommend), the ease of basic stripping, but the love has faded a bit. It's white elephant really, at least for me. I guess, also, I've fallen out of love with the AR15 platform a bit. (It's a Gucci M4 basically). Fair play, Fire Support warned me about GBBRs from the very beginning and tried to discourage me from buying! So I can't whine I that wasn't told or that they weren't honest and up front! So should I just give up, flog it, it's 6 mags, bits and bobs, tools and various accessories? Or is there another way to make it playable? It seems like HPA is not really welcomed at many sites which seems like the only way to make something like this viable that I've heard of. Maybe the TM M4 MWS would be worth a go? Or is it more of the same? Bearing in mind the MKM's troublesome KWA hop adjuster and knock valve have been replaced already with Guarder steel parts so the MKM's weak spots have been much reduced. Anyway I'd have to get the hop rubber fixed first, I won't get anything for it barely reaching 19 yards like this. Here's my review of it, it's had a Magpul dark earth angled fore grip and a King Arms Front Folding Battle Sight (Dark Earth) on it since, (and the taclight and EoTech most certainly would not go with it) but apart from that it's the same. PTS Mega MKM
  5. But you could just buy coloured ones if it's for the sound only?
  6. Apparently Real Steel do it too, feature of the design. My PTS Mega MKM does same to some extent, I think there's a knack to putting the spring in, twisting it slightly that's what I did but Google is probably a better guide than me.
  7. Thanks, nice to know it helped. Good question. I don't know the Tokyo Marui Mk23* but it sounds like a great shooter! Better than the KWA/KSC/Umarex probably, if I'm honest. But less realistic as it has no blowback and is all plastic. Of course realism isn't necessarily what scores hits in airsoft matches. Tbh the KWA HK45 shoots like an upgraded gun right out of the box, having the latest gen NS2 gas system and a great hop it shoots so well that I'm wary of messing with a good thing. (I have a much upgraded KJW P226 with 150% springs and steel parts for that) although I wonder if that super dooper hop out of the TM Mk23 would fit? It would be interesting to experiment with different inner and hops and if I could buy a complete tighter bore inner with hop and adjuster I'd snap it up as it's dead easy to swap out the inner, it field strips just like the real thing but I wouldn't throw away or mod the standard internals as they're just that good! It's really a case of experimenting with the ideal BB and gas, enthused by writing this and as it's a fairly still day I just popped out with some Mad Bull Bio .25s and Guarder Power Up. Yep, hitting in and around a steel oil drum at around 55 yards, slightly over hopped. And that's with the hop a bit wonky looking. RA Tech do a range of upgrades (for both of this and the Tokyo Marui one) but they are external parts mostly and wouldn't make it shoot any better, there are 150% springs available but they are almost certain to make it use more gas and will need upgraded steel internals to withstand the strain too if my KJ Works 226 is any guide, (that snapped it's original cheap metal recoil spring guide and cracked the outer barrel). You can get metal outers - I got RA Tech steel (£50!!) for the realism, although Prof Frink pointed out that the combo of aluminium slide and steel barrel meant that the slide would wear faster so I keep that part well lubed... but maybe the brass outer would be more efficient and smarter, brass being a softer metal. Actually I think the plastic outer is there for reasons of thermo efficiency (that said I don't think the steel costs me much in performance) and the pictures I've seen of gleaming brass in the black pistol look rather bling. RA-Tech do a magnificent looking steel slide - much nicer, more comprehensive trades and engraved too! But it will destroy the excellent gas efficiency that the gun comes with. Strange that Umarex didn't insist on better trades as the whole point of this is that Umarex, being a German company, got permission from H&K so this is an official replica. The guy in the video at bottom mentions an NPAS from RA-Tech and that intrigues me on the performance front, as does the hop up and tighter bore barrel that he fits in another vid, now that my original one is looking a bit sad. The only holster I can find is the "Blackhawk!" one for the HK P30 which the 45 clicks into exactly, great holster but again pricey at £40. I have the slightly later HK45 with the finger grooves, I think it's worth the extra £5. There's a supposedly Dark Earth coloured model too but personally I didn't like it: too yellowy looking. I don't know about the TM's HK45, handled it in the shop but felt too plastic. TM and KSC/KWA magazines are not compatible, they aren't the same gun it appears. There's also a cheapo non blowback C02 HK45 from Umarex, I don't think they bear comparison so don't confuse the two. I love shooting this thing and I've fired this pistol a lot as I have the space to do so. In hindsight I might have overused and abused this pistol, with many the many BBs through it having mostly been propelled by Guarder Power Up or MAPP gas even in summer, it can take more power through it than a plastic TM slide but it's still only an alu slide. However with more care and less use parts might last longer. RA-Tech HK45 slide Upgraded KWA USP45** OddysAirsoft Umarex HK 45 Airsoft Pistol *The MK23 looks like the Real Steel is strongly related to the HK45, unsurprising as they're both Heckler und Koch .45 autos. **I think the USP.45 and the normal .45 are the same internally, at least both have the same 25-094705 number on KWA/KSCs and my hop/internal barrel is stamped "USP 45".
  8. "... is there any airsoft pistol out there that you’ve seen or experienced that fires really accurate and far out of the box?" Yes indeed: The Umarex/KWA H&K 45 Humbly linked to my very own review (where there's a further link at the end to Airsoftology's review and he also rates it very highly indeed). Easily shoots out to 30 yards+ on .25s (approx 310fps) right out the box and 40+ is possible with the right BB weight/hop setting. Quite good on gas, it's a metal slide so you can use powerful Black and MAPP gases rather than worrying about breaking your plastic slide. Officially H&K licensed. Nice trigger feel, lovely grip which suits all sizes of hands (comes with 2 back straps). Almost ambidextrous apart from the safety/decocker. In short: I love it. Downsides: It has a plastic outer barrel, (doesn't affect the pistol adversely, quite the opposite but I've replaced mine with a steel outer purely for the realism), it and it's mags are expensive and holsters are expensive and difficult to find. Mine must have done up to a good 9000ish rounds or more now and the spring inside that retracts the gas valve has bust, as has the spring that makes the safety/decocker "click" into position. Still fires fine, in hindsight I think .25s are the ideal weight for this, no lighter no heavier. Wind permitting I'm easily hitting a conker tree trunk 45 yards+ on .25s with Guarder Power Up Gas, .24s seemed to over hop and not necesarily go any further and .28s too heavy and fell to earth, .20s just ridiculous. On the other hand, to be fair, maybe you need a full auto pistol as your rifle will reach out to a distance and you need a close quarters yaargh-get-the-fcuk-out-of-my-face type weapon?
  9. And how much for the G36C? if I understand it right it has been completely upgraded by FS? How far does it shoot?
  10. What make is the G36C?
  11. That is one of his specialities it seems, also he is allowed into govt. facilities like the Royal Arsenal, it's Danish equivalent and at least once, Sig in Switzerland.
  12. I don't know if this guy's YouTube channel has been mention here on AFUK before but, for those of you who are into real steel (or would like to be if you lived in a country where it was easier) may I commend this guy: Forgotten Weapons. Despite looking like a hippy sociology professor he is in fact an absolute mine of authoritative information on obscure, old, historic and just plain weird weapons, there's something for everybody. He is also good at putting well known myths to bed. For those here who are into Battlefield 1 or the development of modern automatic weapons there is lots of information to get your teeth into. The link here leads to a particularly odd one - a hand made bolt action Kalashnikov lookalike from the Khyber Pass.
  13. A lot cheaper than the real steel for sure! there is indeed stuff on the internet saying it's made by the real steel firm but honestly no way that thing is made by Sig. Official product with their name on it, yes. But made by gun smiths, no. Most likely a "creative" definition of the words "produced by". I don't have huge experience with firearms but I've handled and fired enough shotguns, rifles and even pistols since childhood that I can tell the difference between tool steel and pot metal alloy. The gunshop guys concurred immediately. So my feeling is it's most likely made in Japan by the same company that makes the ASG P09 C02 pellet pistol and the Gamo PT85 but beyond that I just can't tell, most likely to be an airsoft manufacturer though don't you think?
  14. Correct. Although I suspect it is made by an airsoft company and, if I'm correct, I wonder who. Probably a Japanese one I suspect, although I could be wrong on that. A bloke who sells them was apparently trying to tell me that they were made by Sig themselves which is obviously... erm, less than completely accurate shall we say and indeed my local gunshop (which also sells them) readily agreed that clearly no gunsmith went near something made of pot metal using C02 as a propellant. Interesting little detective story for my leisure time so I thought I'd crowdsource it and I figure the AFUK crowd is most likely to know.
  15. May I suggest the KWA H&K45? 40 yards+ range on .25s out of the box and it's got a metal slide (although it comes with a plastic outer barrel, I've replaced it with a Guarder steel one). KWA/Umarex H&K .45 GBB Airsoftology likes it too, there's a link in my review. I really love this pistol - it's super reliable in game, even yesterday at literally freezing cold Urban Assault and that's with a steel outer barrel. It is pricey though.