I have a Gen 1 M4A1 RIS that I have had for years (2005). I got it when I was a younger teen as a gift and back then most of the airsoft world was an adult game with most fields being 18+ kinda crowd. I've got a few buddies that play and I'd like to get the gun into gaming condition.
It's completely stock other than a sling mount from the original TM M4A1 that mounts under the front sight post and pushes the sling to the 9 o'clock position instead of the 6 o'clock position. I don't know if I have the battery anymore and I've completely lose the fuse retainer that goes inside the rail. I've been out of airsoft scene for waaay tooo long and I'd feel pretty intimidated by opening up the gearbox so I'll probably leave all that stock (also heard TMs work forever in stock gearbox config). If I could have some feedback on what I'm thinking about getting for it and any other recommendations you in the community have I'd really appreciate it. My only real point of concern which I've been reading about for years is the infamous barrel wobble present in older TM M4 series; what's the best way to eliminate the wobble (outer barrel? metal upper receiver? both?)??
Here's what I've had in my head:
New outer barrel (one piece)
New inner barrel (or would it be better to keep stock inner barrel and upgrade hopup?)
New Battery (I think it comes with a 8.4 I remember back in the day thinking I needed a 9.6?)
New laser battery box
Metal upper (if one piece barrel doesn't fix the wobble)
Bit of a side topic, I remember back in the day Star was the only company who made full size (in dimension) magazines. The stock TM mags are a lot smaller than real AR-15 mags. Which companies make real steel sized mags now?
As I stated earlier, any other feedback/need to know information about my model M4 would be greatly appreciated! The last time I used it was like 2011 and it shot great after all the years I'd had it. It's crazy how much I was all about airsoft as a kid and teen and now I feel like a complete noob 😝