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  1. Airsoft-Ed

    The GBBR Thread

    As of the new year, I've now been a gas rifle user for a year, since I bought my WE L85 as a late Christmas present to myself last year. I think I got it on the 4th... So my ikkle baby is a year and 4 days old *wipes away a single tear* Anyway though, I'm going to be filming a review of it over the next few days. I did an unboxing video when I got it, with my first impressions and a firing test, so this is going to be a follow up review, with all my experiences, good and bad, of having it for a year. A helpful approach to reviewing I think, how sick do you all get of seeing people "review" a gun when they've only just opened the box and not even used it in a game? 'Cos it royally pisses me off. Reviews should include hands on experience and be done after enough time for any faults to manifest so they can be mentioned. I'd expect ANY gun to be flawless out of the box, 'cos if it came with issues, of course it's shit... What do these reviewers think they're achieving? I digress... As well as reviewing the gun after a year of living with it, I thought I'd also talk a little more generally about using GBBRs, since a lot of people seem to be put off by them, or look upon them badly for any number of reasons - gas inconsistency, weather dependent performance, poor mag capacity, running costs etc etc. So I was wondering if anyone would appreciate there being a topic to discuss gas rifles for those who are curious about them, considering getting one, or have them and want help getting them up and running after a part failure or something. Maybe we could call it the GBBR thread or something? To start with though, I just wanted to ask if anyone had any questions I could cover in the review? They can be about GBBRs in general, or more specific to the WE L85. Also, we might as well include photos because it makes the thread a bit more appealing if there's an aspect of flashy, showing-offy-ness, right? So let's see what GBBRs our community has, to try and provoke some discussion about them. Here's my L85:
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    SA80 L85 A2..which battery is best

    The ICS L85s are actually built like tanks on the inside, the internals are super solid and I personally tested a totally stock gearbox and motor with an M150 spring and it managed to pull it. Semi lock up was definitely on the cards and the rof on auto was slower than your nan on the stairs, but the point is, the gearbox is built better than most. However, I would at least experiment with pistons as you're probably going to strip a few running at 11.1V, once you find one that lasts I think you'll be fine though. The ICS L85s have a quite complex trigger mechanism that has quite a bit of extra connections to account for the receiver split when you take it apart, which can drain batteries more than most and kill trigger response a fair bit, so running 11.1V LiPos ought to account for that. If possible though I'd advise fitting a MOSFET just to route around the trigger contacts entirely. Ought to avoid the contacts oxidising that way too, as you might run into issues with the current arcing otherwise. Test it and see. Personally I used to use 9.9V LiFes though, bit more grunt than the 7.4 LiPos but they fit the same space. Only real drawback is that they're only 1000mah max if you want to still fit them in the RIS, which means you'll probably need 4 if you want to use auto much throughout the day. Personally I always ran with real caps and rarely if ever used auto at all, I could just about make 1000mah last me a day, but auto seriously drains it at a much higher rate than semi so just be wary if you buy any. Get at least 3 if you use high caps.
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    First time @ The Stan (Sheffield)

    Yes, very different. Firesupport is a shop and one of the main UKARA retailers, they helped develop UKARA as a system. They also run two sites, that I know of; Free Fire Zone and Urban Assault. Skirmish Airsoft is a company based out of their woodland site near Mansfield, but they also have The Stan, and Wentworth CQB - though Wentworth is closing soon. They have an online shop that I forget the name of, and the sites all have onsite shops, but on top of that they're also rapidly expanding and the business' owners both also have hands in Zombie Infection which is obviously an events company, they've recently bought out Ops7 too which is a veerrrrryyyy small airsoft shop in Sheffield. I'd be surprised if they don't end up with more site locations and a bigger shop before long, they acquired The Stan and Wentworth within a pretty small time frame and once Wentworth closes they'll be looking for somewhere else to put their small army of marshalling staff. Lastly, Skirmish Airsoft as a company name is a bit ambiguous since there's also Skirmish Airsoft Billericay and I think a few other similarly named places, but they're not related.
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    My glock 17 select fire switch

    It must have an auto sear if it's select fire? Just take it out, and you're left with a G17 mechanism, no? Glocks are pretty straight forward but the SA mech is one of the very limited few that aren't a direct clone of the TM, so most of the guides you'll find won't be fully relevant, but they should at least give you enough understanding on how it works to be able to figure out what you need to remove to glue in order to get what you want done.
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    First time @ The Stan (Sheffield)

    I'm there on the regular, well I was, and they do allow HPA. Never actually heard of anywhere that doesn't. Nothing really to heads up you on, though I'd say that having a good pistol is pretty important as they sometimes impose stupid as fuck rules regarding where you can and can't use primaries to try and discourage camping and keep the pace of the games a bit more fluid - supposedly pistols are less effective at holding areas down (which I thoroughly disagree with, but that's a whole other debate) but the fact that not everyone has one, or when it's cold not all of them are particularly effective, means that defending choke points can only be done from a way back instead of right up on the area in question. They argue that camping staircases with rifles just makes them inaccessible so you're supposed to defend them with pistols to give the attacking team a chance, but I'm a firm believer in fair fights being for suckers and not only does this flip that around to force you into being on the bad side of an unfair fight, but there isn't even anything you can do to try and rebalance it, since backing off to use your rifle is the only real option but that just gives them space to get out of the choke point and assert themselves. Last time I was there they also limited the entire outside area to pistols only, because with rifles you would've been able to stand outside and lock all the exits down to stop anyone from flanking - apparently. But given how cold it was it just meant no one could flank anyone because you couldn't shoot anyone outside... Honestly it was shit and I've not bothered going back since. The site was more enjoyable under Op Tac's management in my opinion, I love the Skirmish lot to bits but now they're running it all by the books with Sheffield City Council's Health and Safety board giving the go ahead on everything it's kinda just spiralled into the gutter. That said, no one else seems to have the same issues I do as they still have it fully booked for every event, so I'd say try it and see what you think. It's a cool site, I just think that if you experienced it before the management change over, you'll feel like there's too much limitation on where you can go and what you can do. That blacked out tunnel mentioned above for example, that's out of bounds now, most of the more indirect flanking paths are closed, and the entire bottom corner of the factory which used to be a total black out zone has now been completely walled off.
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    Let's talk lids.

    I'm looking at getting a helmet set up and just want some inspiration and pointers from those who have built up some more technical looking helmet set ups. I want a FAST helmet type thing, with an NVG mount for a GoPro, the option to add ear defenders for comms and some way to mount a battery pack on the back for the camera. I've seen set ups like this from countless people but when it comes to physically obtaining it for myself I don't really know where to start. Which helmets allow for this? I know there are a lot of polymer style helmets, I know there's FAST, Crye Airframe... But are these just different names for the same thing, or what? I really have no idea. Are the NVG mounts universal? Would I need anything else to get a camera on the helmet? The ear pieces - do they come as a set that you remove from the C shaped bit that goes around your head? Or are there specific ear pieces sold for the helmets? How would a battery pack be mounted on the back? I know some of the helmets come with velcro on the outside, but wouldn't have thought that'd hold something that heavy well enough? Any and all pointers would be appreciated here, folks. Feel free to post your own lids and give me a rundown, show off, whatever you feel. Links would also be appreciated so long as compatibility is outlined - wouldn't want to buy something thinking it'd fit and then finding out it doesn't. Cheers!
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    Anyone on the forums a regular here?

    I'm a regular at all of Skirmish's sites - CQB, The Stan, Woodland is a little further out for me as I'm about 10 minutes from The Stan but I'm probably there most often because there's no booking limit lol.
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    Relationship between fps and range

    Range is dictated by BB weight, hop and power - that's joules rather than fps. BBs are generally the most stable flying between 280 and 320fps, this isn't something I can prove, it's just something I've noticed through experience (I've been playing around 7 years). So to get the most out of your gun, you want to be using the heaviest ammo you can that will give you an fps reading in that bracket, whilst still being light enough for your hop to actually send it flying level, of course. Why heavy ammo? The added weight makes it less susceptible to air resistance, it might start off slower than a lighter bb but it'll maintain its speed for a longer period of time. To the point where beyond a certain range it will actually be travelling faster than the lighter bb that set off going faster, just because the lighter faster shot will decelerate at a higher rate. The other thing about heavier ammo, is that it retains the spin applied by hop for longer, making it actually maintain it's lift for longer. So even though it's heavier and you'd expect it to be more prone to the effects of gravity, that's actually not the case because it spins for longer and actually fights gravity for longer. How does that make any sense? Well the hop rubber is basically a brake, right? It's a brake applied to only the top side of the BB, the more hop you apply the more harshly that one side of the BB is slowed down, thus the greater the spin - we all know how hop works. But for a heavier shot, more hop is required to maintain the same - level - flight, so it gets more spin added, and that's precisely why it maintains the spin longer, because it's spinning faster in the first place. So when people say fps doesn't give more range, they're not necessarily wrong, but it'd help if they clarified by saying that JUST more fps doesn't give more range. If you just stick a bigger spring into a gun and run the same ammo through it, the shot won't fly with much stability, the air resistance will just slow the shot down faster, and you'll probably end up with so little extra range that it just won't have been worth it. Especially once you consider the negative effects of adding a heavier spring will have had on the gearbox - more stress on the gears, the motor, your trigger response and rate of fire are going to suffer, and for what? But, if you up the power via the spring, and then also increase the weight of the BB - ideally to drop the fps back down to what you were shooting at before with the lighter weight, you will hands down, 100% of the time see a range increase. The thing that people get hung up on, is that they don't understand why you'd increase the fps only to decrease it again with heavier ammo. They feel like they've taken a step forward only to take the same step back, but it's not the case because bb weight is everything. A .2 travelling 300fps will not travel as far as a .25 travelling the same speed. So a .46 travelling 300fps? Range for days. Why'd you think sniper's use heavy ammo? It's all physics.
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    TM Recoils

    Damn I've not been on here in a while, I bet half of the regulars aren't even the same ones I remember it's been so long. Anyway though, I've been out of the game for a good year or two now and I'm looking to get back into it with something new to spruce things up a bit. Got my heart more or less set on the TM H&K 416c from their recoil line, but I wanted to see if anyone on here has one and what they make of it? How does the recoil system compare to the full stock model? I'm not actually sure I understand how it even works so if someone can explain it that'd be great too. How solid is the wire stock? A mate has the SOPMOD and the buffer tube seems to be forever loosening itself, he's actually buggered the threads on it now because it happens so much - is that something I have to concern myself with? I'm drawn to it by the battery mag system and the compact size. But I'm wondering if the battery mags come with the batteries? If not then what sort of size and voltage am I able to fit in there? Are there any cons to the system I'm overlooking? I already know that the mags are limited to 30 capacity, but I like that. Cost is obviously a given, but does the battery being detachable with the mag cause any issues with circuit latency or arching between contacts etc? I'm hoping I'll be able to whack a bunch of 9.6v NiHms in there, because they hold their charge longer without needing to be balance charged or anything - which will be nice for me because with how rarely I play these days I could probably go a year or more without having to worry about them being dead lol. Any general insight on the gun in general would be appreciated though - I've not been able to find it cheaper than £500 yet either... Should I just accept they're expensive or do you guys reckon it's worth looking second hand or over seas?
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    WE Glock 17 Hostler

    Just a note to add, if you buy anything real steel, just get the Glock 21 version and it'll fit the WE fine.
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    M14 G&G or CYMA

    I had the G&G Veteran model, came shooting 390 out of the box on .2s, literally all I did was add a tightbore and run .3s through it and it was an absolute beast. Only thing I couldn't get on with was the mags were hard to find, and the weight combined with the rifle grip played merciless hell on my wrist.
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    TM Recoils

    Used it yesterday and loved it, could do with another mag or two though. It's only hitting 240fps on .28s as well, I'd like that to be closer to 290, what spring do they have fitted as standard? Thinking of putting an uprated one in and a tightbore.
  13. Got a mate after some TM G18 mags, anyone got a link for me?

  14. I think I might've had exactly what you've got, bought it for £5 from an airshow absolutely years ago. Accuracy sounds equally appauling. Have you looked at it from the front end? Maybe even down the barrel - with it unloaded obviously - sounds as if there's an obstruction at the end of the barrel, maybe part of the outer barrel has some little spurs on it from the moulding or something? That or the inner barrel could be some whacky huge diameter and not be of uniform width. Try getting a McDonalds straw, stick it down the barrel and try shooting with that as your barrel instead. If you can get one to fit down there at least. Seen people use straws for barrels before - obviously it wouldn't be a good idea for long range accuracy, or under skirmish conditions, but in your kitchen with what sounds like the world's worst spring pistol, I doubt it's going to do anything short of improving things.
  15. Ok, so a lot of the current forum regulars might not be that familiar with me, but I am a mod that was crazy active maybe 2/3 years ago. I run a YouTube channel in my spare time, linked in my signature, and recently I've partnered up with an airsoft parts shop - MajorAirsoft.co.uk. So check their stock out, and if there's anything you like, you can use discount code Bullet4MyEnemy for 10% off. You're welcome. All I ask, is that when visiting their site you use this link, to help me prove how much good I'm doing for them - maybe it'll lead to better discounts in the future, who knows? Oh and why not sub to the channel? It'd be the best way to hear about new deals and such. Plus, airsoft gameplay footage and the occasional tech video, review etc.
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    TM Recoils

    I have time constraints otherwise I would have. Anyway, all ordered now =D
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    TM Recoils

    Never mind, figured it out.
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    TM Recoils

    I don't have a LiPo charger at the moment so I'm just trying to keep the costs down so I can live off more than £80 before next pay day lol It's looking like I'll be getting these instead now: http://www.fire-support.co.uk/product/kong-power-rechargeable-lipo-battery-1900mah-22c-74v-single-pack-mtamiya Don't suppose anyone can tell me if this charger will work? I've no idea how many cells are in LiPos: http://www.fire-support.co.uk/product/vapex-lipo-life-balance-charger-upto-3-cell-vte-600
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    TM Recoils

    Anyone any idea which 9.6v NiMhs would fit in the battery mags? Trying to price everything up but there's not much info on the mag space.
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    TM Recoils

    Got to say I'm being swayed towards the D model, largely due to the cheaper price because I'd save a lot not needing as many mags or an army's worth of batteries to power them lol. But I do feel that the C would better suit my requirements. I use a bike from transport rather than a car, and lately I've been using a stubby AK with a folding stock, which is absolutely ideal for keeping kit to a minimum. Though I guess the gun being small doesn't count for much if you're going to need a whole rig's worth of mags and batteries to run it, so it's a bit of a moot point. How does the recoil system actually work then? If the C is worse than the D - is the D the same as the DEVGRU or is it worse?
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    TM Recoils

    Hmm, you didn't say it directly but you've just made me think how handy it'd be being able to borrow mags from team mates - which I wouldn't be able to do with the battery mags. That's the first major thing to sway me away from the c variant - though you can still run the c with a regular battery and mags as far as I understand? Do they have the options to switch from mags to standard battery set up whenever you want or is it something you need to do once and then leave like that forever?
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    Which Sig Sauer P226?

    So, since selling my Sig, I've wanted another one. They're just too cool to not have one. Since from my experience the KJW is pants, I'm looking at what else there is. KSC, KWA, KWC, TM and WE... So which is best? KSC is about £180 on Zero One, why the ludicrous price tag? TM is plastic, so I'm put off by it, but I understand the performance cancels this out. KWC are pretty new and seem to be similar to KJW, what with their X-FIVE, but I think their regular P226 might be plastic, so that'll probably be something between the KJW and the TM. There's the KWA, which I've heard mixed reviews about. It's metal, but has that snazzy gas system in it which is meant to be amazing. So does that have TM performance in all weathers, but metal construction? 'Cos that's what I'm after, ideally. Lastly there's WE which as everyone knows aren't all that great, but they are producing some CO2 pistols, so it seems promising that they might make a CO2 P226, which would be the best thing to happen to me with regard to airsoft since, well, I don't know. But it'd be good. Which ever one I go for, I want to be reliable in all weathers above anything else. But I'd also prefer metal construction... Who's owned any of these that can offer some input?
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    KJW G23 Dropping BBs after each Shot.

    l'm guessing the hop rubber just isn't holding the shots in the breach. Try applying more hop to see if it starts to hold them in; if it does then and your shots aren't being sent high then l'd just leave it at that. But if your shots are being sent high then try refitting the hop rubber - lt's probably not sat quite right. Failing that solving the issue though, l'm not sure what else it could be without having it in front of me and inspecting it more thoroughly.
  24. I'm still a little hung up on the fact the BBs have to be plastic, to me this screams that the new bill was written by someone who doesn't ask many questions before just throwing the law down. What about bio BBs? Are they no longer allowed? And what about heavier weights? I always assumed that to increase the weight of a 6mm ball without actually making it bigger, denser material was added to the mix - i.e. Not plastic. Not fully plastic anyway.
  25. lt was called Maidenhead or something if memory serves from the Fb hype l've seen regarding it.