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About verman84

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    Classic Army M15A4 SPC KJW Sig 226 gbb
  1. What kind of battery do you have? I have a Duratrax Piranha fast charger available but it only charges Nimh and NiCd, not lipo
  2. Walmart bbs are usually junk with bad edges and seems which cause your shots to go all over the place. If you are using an AEG, you really should be using .25 or above. A stock AEG shooting around 300 fps will run well with .25s. The bb will travel farther and more accurately than a lighter bb. It will also hold its speed much longer than a lighter bb will. At the barrel, a .20 will be going faster than a .25, but after 50 feet the .25 will be going faster than the .20. First thing first, look into better brands of bbs rather than what you pick up at walmart. Something like G&G, Bioval, Javelin, Elite Force, or even TSD will be much better than what you will pick up at walmart. Your shots are only going to be as accurate as your ammo. When you get new ammo, look at a few of the rounds. Check to see that they are perfectly round and don't have any bumps or edges, check to see that the coating is smooth.
  3. They each have their own pros and cons but now I prefer larger scale events versus open play. I used to play with friends in the woods or on someones property where we really built it up with trenches and bunkers. We actually held our own events and had a great time but its a ton of work. We were also playing a lot of open play games and decided we wanted to start doing bigger events. We did a lot throughout Michigan and then drove down to Indiana for a weekend event with about 200 players. It changed my mind on how much fun airsoft could be. From that point on I enjoy large scale events much more due to the organization and immersion in the missions and objectives. When you have a goal in mind (holding the city, planting a bomb, infiltrating the building, grabbing hostages etc) you feel more compelled to play than to just run around shooting. I played a Lion Claws event in a shopping mall which was by far one of the top airsoft experiences in my life. I just did one of their 1-day events this past weekend and it wasn't as cool mostly because of the lack of organization and a very limiting location. For me its more about the importance of accomplishing something or trying to do so than to rack up a sweet kill/death ratio. At the end of the day its more fun to reminisce about when you and your squad cleared out an entire back room, or when you used tactics to flank and clear a sniper versus "I shot 5 guys that round". So while I enjoy Ops more, its because I like the organization and scenario play more than just shooting one another. Open play Usually held at a paintball field where the entry is usually fairly cheap and games are short ~ 20-30 minutes + Low commitment level + Easy to just show up and play, then go home as its usually close to home + There are always going to be a sufficient amount of players + Cheap to show up and play for the day + Requires almost no planning or pre registration + No gear requirements/restrictions other than goggles/mask and a gun so you can play in whatever you have. + Since rounds are short you don't need a ton of mags or a huge vest to carry it all since you can reload between rounds. - You can get a lot of younger kids - Limited refs can cause people to not call their hits - Usually at a paintball field meaning its covered in slimy paint and you can get messy - Most paintball fields only have a few airsoft days a month - Playing the same field all day can get repetetive and boring especially if there are no scenarios or objectives Large scale events and ops Single to multi day events that typically require registration weeks/months in advance and are based on a fictitious scenario with missions and objectives. These usually fall under the MIL SIM category but it all depends on the specific event. Some can just be really large scale open play events while others are more simulation and scenario driven. + Can be very immersive with interesting missions and scenarios, some follow movies like Lone Survivor, Black Hawk Down, etc. + Usually Camo restricitons are in place to keep the teams identifiable. Lots of them are Tan vs Green or Camo vs civilian clothing + Most games are fairly organized and have a schedule of when things are happening + Many use very interesting facilities such as military training locations, warehouses, large wooded lots, office buildings etc + They can get fairly elaborate with the props, vehicles, and structures + There is usually a chain of command with squads and platoons which encourages squad play and teamwork versus a bunch of people randomly running around. + Strict rules keep people honest. They also deter a lot of people who don't want to follow them + Strict age limits can usually prevent the event from being filled with young kids + Most of these events are sponsored so there can be a lot of raffles and giveaways + High cost of entry means they can spend more on props, refs, porta potties, commemorative patches etc + The missions and objectives last much longer than open play rounds. Its usually ongoing with medic and respawn rules to keep the game continuous + Usually strict chrono and gun classifications (I.e. heavy gunner, sniper, rifleman, medic etc.) + Ammo/mag/firing restrictions (I.e. no high caps/only carry 500 rounds at a time/semi auto only etc) - The entry cost can be really high - High commitment level meaning if you have to back out, you will probably lose some money, you will have to take time off work etc. - You can get some people who take it way too seriously - The travel can often be much longer - Strict camo restrictions. If you have to buy more gear to match your team, its going to cost $$. Usually TAN vs GREEN or CAMO vs CIVILIAN - Most are running high end rigs so if you have a stock AEG or a spring shotgun it could be frustrating. Most at my last event was running AEGs with lipo batteries or P* rigs. - Longer running games means you burn through batteries/gas, mags and bbs. Multiple batteries on hand, more bbs than you need, extra mags all cost $$ - Usually no/limited rentals are available at these events so if something breaks you either need to fix it yourself or you miss out. - Multiple day events mean you need to plan for staying overnight such as a hotel or camping - Since the events go so long, you will usually carry a hydration bladder, more magazines and other extra gear to prevent having to return to respawn often. - It takes patience to play longer games. You can be assigned with holding an area and the action probably won't be immediate so there is a lot of standing around and waiting.
  4. I'm in Chicago (ukrainian village). I don't play a whole ton but I try to get out a few times a year to some of the bigger events. I'm actually doing a Lion Claws event in Kankakee July 12th. Ive been out to CPX paintball near Joliet and had a great time there. Most of the airsoft fields in the burbs do an airsoft game once or twice a month. I assume you are at least college age if not older?
  5. Ooops, yeah sorry I must have missed where you said you wanted burst. Extreme fire does have 3 round burst options and many computer controlled options but the price obviously is going to increase. Most of their computer controlled units have screw terminals as well. It seems that Extreme Fire is doing that standard now as a way of avoiding the constant soldering.
  6. Extreme-fire SW-SF and SW-SF II are both good options for a basic mosfet that has internal fuses, screwpost terminals that way you don't have to constantly solder/desolder the mosfet if you have to disassemble your gun. Slightly overpriced but I like the screwpost terminals and not having to plug in a soldering iron just to break my gun down is a nice justification for me personally to pay the higher price.
  7. The reasons I supported HS5 were because he spent a lot of time developing this hop up method. He clearly went about trying different methods and materials to acheive the best performance possible out of our toy guns. Another reason why people think that markup is ridiculous is because they don't account for time and research and development which is essentially even more time. Just because a product costs $1 to manufacture and costs the consumer $10 doesn't mean the company walks away with $9 profit all the way to the bank. The time that he was spending to develop the product and installation devices before selling it was all time spent without anything in return. The money he is making now off of his product is making up for that time invested prior to develop this piece of rubber. Without him to develop the rounded tube patch, the copies wouldn't have anything to base their designs off and wouldn't be in any sort of business. Competition usually drives prices down which will be good for those people trying to score a deal, but everyone is already willing to spend $10 on a little plastic nub or a bucking anyway so to be honest, buying anything for airsoft under $10 is a small purchase anyway especially if there is some performance gain that can be had from it. A reason I supported him was because he was an airsofter and fellow ASF member and was very open about his thinking, theories and executions. He actively keeps busy on the forums and is always around for suggestions, advice and improvements to current airsoft technology which has a value. I think too many consumers out there are purely focused on a budget mentality which is terrible for business and the sport because if the only products people are going to buy are horribly cheap copies of everything, the cost of consistency and quality control are the first to get cut. Then you get mags that don't fit in mag wells, bbs that are way too big or too small, or gears that are out of spec. If you are upset at someone because you think they are purposefully trying to fool people into a rattlesnake feather piece of 1cm x1cm super rubber than increases range by a few feet, why does it matter to you and affect your emotions if people want to spend their money on it? If people are willing to pay that price for something that they understand is just soft rubber tubing cut to a little square size, then let them do it and I'm sure they are intelligent enough to understand what they are buying and the markup they are paying for it. There's no point in getting upset at people and calling them stupid because they would rather buy a piece of tube that is closer to a finished product than creating one from scratch. Lets be honest, this is airsoft. The same people complaining about a $10 piece of 1cm tubing are probably the same people running around playing toy guns with $1000s of dollars worth of realistic gear to assist in them exchanging plastic bbs with one another. People carry all kinds of items into a skirmish with them that cost lost of money and have no practical use or performance to be gained such as replica night vision, strobes, handcuff zip ties, and other costume pieces. So next time you see someone spending money on something you think is a terrible deal, just think to yourself "man, I'm glad I'm not that guy and I can spend my money on whatever I want to spend my money on because I'm an adult and can make those choices for myself". We all play dress up tag and we all spend tons of money on it. Nobody is really any goofier than anyone else, unless maybe its the people who take it way too seriously.
  8. For higher price but very consistently high quality mags go brand name, Tokyo Marui, Classic Army, G&G. For lower price but still good quality, I use metal Mag 190 mags. They came slightly fatter than my TM or CAs (measured with a caliper). I removed the plastic inner workings from the mag so that I just had the metal shell. I bent the sides in very slightly with a channel locking wrench to get them to the same width specs as my TM mags and then they worked perfectly. I also had to feed about 10 cycles worth of bbs through the mags over and over again to get them to feed properly without sticking. It seems like a pain but really for $10/mag and double the amount of my standard cap mags, it was more than worth the hour I spent correcting the width.
  9. If you are more concerned with matching the look, just get the smallest 7.4 you can fit into the buffer tube(probably something like a 1100 15-20c and get a second if you are worried about play time.
  10. Agreed on this completely. I'm no longer on a super tight budget and I feel like supporting the guy who did all the heavy lifting developing this product/technique so I have no issues supporting the original developer because then he can continue to experiment with other airsoft components and keep bringing out improvements to what currently exists.
  11. Avoid plug and play devices, most of them are bad mosfets and use Timaya connectors and cheap wiring which will heat up and cause a electrical choke point in your system especially if you're running anything higher than an 8.4v nimh or deans elsewhere. In all honesty a beginner could solder in a mosfet very easily. Some extreme fire mosfets have screw in terminals meaning you only have to solder 2 wires on the trigger. The screw terminals are nice because you can detatch the mosfet easily when you need to take your gun apart rather than having to desolder it every time. Amazon has Lonex drop in boxes via Extreme Sports Central which is either out of Spokane Washington or Couer dAlene Idaho but I can't remember. http://www.amazon.com/Lonex-Airsoft-Comple...s=lonex+gearbox There is also this place but Ive never ordered from there and I cant attest to where they are or shipping charges. http://tigertacticalairsoft.com/lonex-comp...egs-p-2182.html If you want a mosfet, just do the work necessary to do it right. It will pay off in the long run.
  12. There is a post offering rubber(or silicone I think) tubing similiar to HS5 for a lower price, located here. http://www.airsoftforum.com/board/hop-t267489.html It appears to be just a raw tube of similar material as HS5 but I can't confirm it as I've only HS5 product. The big thing is cutting it evenly and straight. If you cut the tube in half at a weird angle or slightly crooked, it could affect your trajectory. A dremel or rotary tool is NOT needed for an R hop install unless you want to lengthen the barrel window. All you need is 400-600 grit sand paper and a dowel rod to install R hop essentially, things like the install aid help but are not absolutely necessary. Always check youtube for install videos and suggestions if thats the route you go. In my last game, I was just running a standard madbull bucking with a rubbery concave nub and .25 bbs at 360 fps and when it was dialed in perfectly, I was out ranging most people and tagging people accurately well over 150 feet. I still had some work to do on the R hop patch for my Madbull barrel so I didn't run it that weekend. You can get great accuracy and performance out of standard set ups as long as you have properly installed and dialed in with good buckings, seals and a clean barrel, in my opinion, R hop and flat hop will both give you better performance than traditional buckings, but they do require DIY modding for both routes.
  13. I will add in, the Lonex complete gearbox is definitely pricey but worth every penny. The finishing is spectacular and everything stays in place very well. It is pre wired with low resistance wires but you do need to add a mosfet. All of the internals are high quality and the air seal of mine was perfect out of the box. Shimming was 98%, I just had to add a small shim on one gear and everything was good to go. Also, the fact that you can disassemble the gearbox and put it back together without things popping out of place or the anti reverse latch jumping across the room pays for itself in my mind.
  14. 2000-2001 TM AK 47 - this gun was the most reliable gun I had ever owned. 2001-2003 CA MP5 A4 which was stolen out of the trunk of my car. 2003 TM SR16 which was a short sniper/spotter weapon. Never changed the internals and it wasn't very practical. 2004 -now CA M15 A4 SPC I went to college in Chicago shortly after getting the M15 which meant my airsoft gun never saw the light of day since 2004. After graduating and landing a career with disposable income, I decided to start playing again and went through my gun making the changes I wanted to. Changed the full stock to a collapsible stock, switched everything to lipo/fet, madbull TB barrel with R-hop, JG blue NEO magnet torque motor, added a replica Eotech and swapped out the internal gearbox for a complete Lonex box with full lonex internals. Most of that technology wasn't even available when I bought the gun. It felt really good to play at my last 2 day event where I put about 3000 rounds through it, 8+ hours a day in semi only without any issues. I was out ranging people and my trigger response was incredible.
  15. Probably, the amount of spin that flat hop puts onto the bb might be too much for the low weight of the .20 bbs. Really though theres no reason any aeg shouldn't be shooting .25s minimum, I bet when you start shooting heavier ammo, you will notice better results.
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