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ardrummer292

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  1. I love hearing about oldschool guns being rediscovered by former players, then being brought back "into service." Let me see if I can answer some of your questions. You can install a one-piece outer barrel if you want. It should help reduce any barrel wobble you may notice. A metal upper would also help, although not as much as a one-piece outer barrel. I would leave the stock inner barrel and hopup alone, at least for now. You don't want to release the magical TM fairies by opening these parts up. With the advent of LiPO batteries nowadays, you might want to consider buying a 7.4V (2 cell) LiPO instead of an older NiCad/NiMH brick. Check hobbyking.com for some killer deals. You will need a LiPO-specific charger to juice these batteries up. There are a couple different models of battery boxes with integrated lasers available. If you decide to go the LiPO route, you can get away with a PEQ-15 vice the older/larger PEQ-2. G&G makes 1:1 M4 magazines nowadays as well. Bear in mind that they're a tight fit with some M4 receivers, specifically KWA. Welcome back, and good luck with your setup!
  2. If you're looking for something strictly for target practice, I would recommend a spring-powered rifle in order to keep running costs down. Which particular spring rifle is up to your preference.
  3. Cyma AKs are renown for their ruggedness, not to mention their quality at a great price point. If I was in the market for an AK, I'd buy an LCT. If it had to be reasonably priced, I would get a Cyma.
  4. This might shoot a bit hot out of the box, but it'll serve you well. https://www.evike.com/products/42744/
  5. That's a pretty solid choice for a beginner's rifle. Since you have a decent budget, I'd personally opt for a VFC Avalon or Krytac rifle, with my preference leaning towards the latter.
  6. It's a great time, man. I've been playing for just over 15 years. The thing that keeps me interested isn't the guns, the gear, or even improving skillsets and winning games. It's the people I've met along the way. Get out there and have fun!
  7. It's likely possible to thread your outer barrel, but it would probably be easier to purchase a replacement outer barrel with threads. That is assuming that your gun has aftermarket outer barrels available.
  8. When I first started back in 2004, my parents were against airsoft too. If you show them that you're responsible, they just might change their minds. That did the trick for me.
  9. This video shows how the front end goes together. Hopefully it'll help you reassemble your gun.
  10. I'll be honest, I'd return your gun if you can. If you're comfortable working on it, have a look at your trigger contacts and motor.
  11. I'll be honest, I'd return your gun if you can. If you're comfortable working on it, have a look at your trigger contacts and motor.
  12. I'm not intimately familiar with the Combat Machine front end assembly, so I'm afraid I won't be much help there. For what it's worth, though... My local field uses Combat Machines as rental guns. Nary a weekend goes by without someone experiencing the exact issue you're describing. I doubt it's a show-stopping issue, barring any damage done to the inner barrel.
  13. You could have a torn or unseated hopup bucking. If you aren't comfortable trying to fix it yourself, I recommend returning it.
  14. I'm not too familiar with troubleshooting motors. I usually just buy a new one when my current one gets sluggish. Seems like you've got it figured out, though. If anything else pops up, we'll try to help!
  15. It sounds like your hopup is misbehaving. Try turning the hopup all the way off (pull the slider all the way forward) and see if that makes a difference.
  16. Since you appear to live in North Carolina, I highly recommend checking out Ballahack Airsoft in Chesapeake, VA. It's right on the eastern NC/VA border. It's also (arguably) the best airsoft field in the United States.
  17. There are quite a few possible explanations for this issue. The fuse (if it has one) could be blown, the motor might be cooked, the MOSFET might be cooked, you could have a break in the circuit somewhere, something could be physically preventing the trigger contacts from reaching each other...
  18. Eagle 6 is a great resource, both for OEM/upgrade parts as well as information. Site is: www.eagle6.co.uk
  19. I strongly advise against sniping for beginners. The topic has been covered ad nauseam, so I won't go into the specifics of why it's likely a bad idea. Edited to add: I wrote this post over 15 years ago, waaay back when I started playing. The discussion applies as well now as it did then. The technical information is painfully dated, so don't take gun/part recommendations as gospel.
  20. If I had to start from scratch again, here's what I would get: Krytac Alpha CRB, $255 https://www.evike.com/products/63113/ Krytacs are pretty unremarkable overall, with decent performance at a fitting price point. The one thing that makes them stand out (in my mind) is ease of servicing. Their gearbox is far and away the easiest AEG gearbox to work on, thanks to the quick-change spring and captive antireversal latch. Now, I'm not suggesting that you go tearing into your gun right away. What I am saying is that, when you think you're ready, you should teach yourself how to work on guns. Learning how to fix your own stuff will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the long run. There is no better platform to learn on than the Krytac Version 2 gearbox, in my opinion. High Power Airsoft 0.25g biodegradable bbs (bottle of 4,000), $19 https://www.evike.com/products/68057/ HPA makes great bbs. These should run very well in your shiny new toy. Turnigy 11.1V 1000mAh LiPO battery, $12 https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-nano-tech-1000mah-3s-20-40c-lipo-airsoft-pack.html?wrh_pdp=2 Batteries are needed to power Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs). This battery will serve you well. It should last 1000-1500 rounds and perform adequately in all weather. Turnigy basic LiPO balance charger, $5 https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-12v-2-3s-basic-balance-charger.html Nothing fancy here, just a decent quality entry-level battery charger. This brings your total to: 255 + 19 + 12 + 5 = 291, plus shipping from HobbyKing (shipping from Evike is free) A bit over your stated budget, but the extra money is worth it for a quality primary. Optic, flashlight, spare magazines, vest, handgun, grenades, radio, etc... Don't bother with all that stuff right now. Prioritize getting yourself set up with a quality rifle that will last a long time. The extras can come later.
  21. There are two possible issues I can think of: 1. Your battery doesn't have enough juice to cycle the gun on full auto. 2. The gun's motor doesn't have enough juice to drive the geartrain. Do you have a 11.1V LiPO you can use to test?
  22. It appears the moderating staff are aware of this issue, judging by the thorough cleaning of various subforums. I'd like to say thanks to admin and all of the moderators for staving off the hordes of bots apparently intent on overwhelming this board. Like admin said in his announcement a few months back: no one might be home, but he's keeping the lights on. Thanks again.
  23. In my opinion, hopup is the most important part of any gun. Without it, your range is severely restricted. Do YOU personally require hopup for your handgun? That depends on what you'll be doing with it.
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