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Replacing Magazine O-Rings - WE M4 (Gen 2) & WE GEN 4 G17 GBB

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Evening all,

 

After 5 years out I am looking to get back in this spring and therefore need to bring my maintenance back up to scratch.

 

I have 4 x M4 Magazines and 1 x G17 Magazine and, due to the fact they've been sat empty for the past five years, I suspect the O-Rings will all need replacing.

 

I read an interesting topic on O-Rings just today and was wondering if anyone in the community knew the specification of the O-Rings (all Valves) that I am looking for? My Google Search has thus far been fruitless!

 

I am aware of the Airsoft Retailers selling sets but also know that O-Rings are a generic item not limited to Airsoft; so if I can get the specs, I'll purchase elsewhere.

 

Also, I've read a specialist tool is required to remove the valves (to replace the O-Rings) on both of these magazines; is there a workaround or are we limited to using Airsoft specialist GBB Magazine Valve tools?

 

Liam

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Search for lees precision on google, you’ll find all you need there at good prices, including the tool. 

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O-rings are not specialist parts.

Once you get one out, measure it, and you can then order them from a bearing supplier. You'll pay a lot less especially if you buy the bigger packs.

Rings are sold by 2 dimensions, Thickness of the ring (cross section), Inner Diameter (ID). You can measure them with a steel rule that does 1/2mm's.

Ring material is more important, Propane dissolves Rubber and EPDM. So buy Nitrile or Buna-N rings. Always check the price of 50 and 100 rings as very often it's not a lot more than 2 or 10 rings. I'd be surprised if 100 rings in the correct dimension were more than £6. The mark up for people that haven't worked out they can measure the rings is incredible.

https://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/Seals-O-Ring-Seals-NITRILE-O-Rings/c19_4501_4705/index.html


 

The correct valve tool is normally about £10.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Key-Element-Airsoft-Magazine-Charging-Removal/dp/B07TV5DVLC/ref=cts_sp_3_vtp

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Iceni, I do believe it was your original post on O Rings that I was referring to. 

 

I believe my Nozzle O-Ring needs replacing also, so I'll measure that one up and order through the above and see how I get on. 

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:D

Rings are easy, Measure twice order once.

You can get a tool to measure them but it's not worth the effort for small rings. Bigger ones the tool is useful and by bigger I mean 50mm+ especially for thin rings because it's quite hard to get an easy measurement when the ring is big and floppy.

 

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Update on this.

 

Tested each of my magazines today;

 

1 x G17 Mag vented a little at first but then settled. Put 10 rounds through it and appears healthy. Will change the O Rings as a matter of principle but promising signs. 

 

As for the M4, I have three Gen2 Mags and 1 Gen1 for spares. 

 

Two of the Gen2's were flawless. The third, however, leaks gas from the top (where the gas leaves the magazine and enters the weapon - the rectangular whole behind where the BB's are visible in the top of the magazine). I put my finger over it and it stops leaking; is there a valve in there that is likely to be bust? Anyone any thoughts? 

 

On the whole though, promising signs. Replace all O Rings and we may be back on business.

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