A few days ago one of my friends offered to sell me his old airsoft sniper rifle (roughly a year old) for $90. He had no idea what brand it was, but he knew it was an L96 that cost around $120. With this package he would also throw in a really nice 3-9X scope and 3 mags. There were no brand markings on the gun, but judging by the materials, look, and price I'm guessing it's a UTG L96. Given that if I were to go out and get all that myself it would cost at or over $200, I saw a good deal in it and happily bought the gun.
He had the sight zeroed already at 25 yards (his backyard space), but seeing as how I envision playing at a much farther distance, like 50-60 yards, my first task was to re-zero the sight. I knew a nearby place that provided ample distance to fire, so I grabbed some old cans and a bag of .2's and went off. When firing the gun at 25 yards, it was dead on and was very powerful. I haven't had it chrono'd but I've heard the UTG L96 comes at 450 FPS right out of the box. However, at the desired range of 60 yards this thing can't hit the broad side of a barn. I'll hold up and to the right, it will shoot up and to the left. I'll hold up and to the left, it will shoot down and to the right. There was absolutely zero consistency and I couldn't get a grouping to save my life. I figured it was that I was firing .2's so I went over to airsoft GI and picked up a bag of madbull .25's (I didn't think .28's would have made much difference for the extra money). Tried the .25's today for about an hour straight with the same result. I must have fired 100 shots and only connected 4...out of luck. I couldn't get a grouping so I couldn't make any adjustments to wind age or elevation. After a while I just gave up and took to the internet to get advice.
What I found was that the UTG L96 is prone to have inconsistent spacing in the barrel spacers, meaning some spacers are closer to each other than others and some are farther rather than being evenly placed, which causes the inner barrel to flex from the force of the shot which throws the the BB off target. My source said it was an easy fix, but gave no instruction on how to do said fix (re spacing the barrel spacers I mean), so my first question is does anyone here know how to do that? Or perhaps know where a guide can be found? I know how to strip the L96 (thanks youtube), but when it comes to barrel spacers and getting them back in properly without moving them - I'm clueless.
My second question involves upgrading this puppy. Although the stock L96 is fairly good for sniping, it isn't as reliable as I'd like in a sniper system, especially when I may only get one shot to take someone out before being spotted. I know I need to get a 6.01mm tightbore, that's first on the list, but beyond that I'm not sure what I can do to make this gun more reliable and accurate without pushing it over the 500 FPS legal limit. Any ideas?
edit: I know that "what upgrades should I get for the L96" threads have been made before. However, I am simply asking what upgrades are recommended to increase accuracy while maintaining an FPS of 500 or less. Considering that I have some stiff limitations on how well my weapon is allowed to perform, I'm not sure how to proceed. Thank you.
Edited by Vandal, 03 July 2010 - 04:17 AM.