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  1. For picture and more check out my site at Jonkraatz.com What exactly is a High Speed Build? In airsoft a high speed build refers to a upgraded platform (usually PDW or PBR) capable of a fearsome rate of fire (30-50 rounds/sec). High speed builds are typically medium to high stress and require moderate tech skills and basic knowledge of the inner workings of your rifle. What gives your rifle a high ROF? The ROF (rate of fire) is determined by three things: The battery, the motor, and the gear ratio. Ultimately the battery affects the ROF the most but motor and gear ratio are equally important. Even with a powerful 11.1v LiPo your guns ROF will be heavily restricted by its stock motor and gears. Upgrading your motor and gears will allow you to use the full power of your battery and greatly increase efficiency and trigger response. To handle the high stresses that these new parts will put on your system you will need to upgrade parts such as the piston and spring. Modifications such as radiusing and short-stroking may not be essential but are highly recommended. Shimming and motor height tuning should be done on ALL builds and is a must for stress builds of any sort. Understanding what parts to buy Battery: First things first, throw away every Ni-cad/NiMh battery you own, you wont be needing them anymore. . . Choosing the right battery can be complicated and even frustrating at times. To find the right battery you must keep following factors in mind. How much battery space do you have? Can you mount an external battery? How long will you be out on the field? All of these things matter when shopping. That aside you must also match the performance of the battery to your build. To do this you must understand the battery ratings. On each battery you will find three things; the voltage, C rating, and Mah. This stuff gets very complicated very fast so lets put it into simpler terms. Imagine a river flowing out of a lake, The Mah is the size of the lake (capacity) and the C rating is how wide the river is or how much water flows out at one time (Discharge rate). To calculate how powerful the battery is you have to multiply the C rating by the mAh. In other words a battery with 2500mAh and a 50C discharge rate will be less powerful than a battery with 9000mAh and a 25C discharge rate. Also a battery with 5000mAh and 25C will last longer than one with the same mAh and 50C, though the later will be more powerful. And then you have the voltage which ranges from 3.7v, 7.4v, 11.1v, to 14.8v (the most common in airsoft are 7.4 and 11.1). Imagine the voltage as power levels or the speed of the current though the river, as rule of thumb a 11.1v will always be more powerful than a 7.4v regardless of mAh or C. For high speed builds 11.1v LiPos are a essential. I personally use 11.1v 3000mAh 30C brick type LiPos. A 11.1v at 25-50C with around 1500 Mah would be a good place to start. Motor: Airsoft motors come in three flavors; High Torque (HT), Balanced, and High Speed (HS). Contrary to popular belief HS motors are actually the worst type for high speed builds. Its also good to note at this point that most stock motors are absolute garbage (with the exception of KWA and JG) since they use ceramic based magnets. Most aftermarket motors come with neodymium or rare earth magnets, these are a must have in any decent motor. Motors are also rated by TPA or turns per armature, In basic concept the higher the TPA the more powerful the motor is. The lower the TPA the faster the motor is. In the old days you used to have to choose between RPMs and torque (ROF vs trigger response). Now with the implementation of neo magnets HT motors are powerful enough to pull super low ratio gears to get a fearsome ROF and a crisp trigger response. Most HS motors are useless these days, HT will be your friend. Although some balanced motors can increase your ROF much higher than any HT can they tend to burn out and wear much, much faster. HT motors are my go to for any build for their reliablilty, effeciency and trigger response. Gears: This is one of the more simple parts to understand. Most stock gears come in a 18:1 ratio, this means that the motor has to turn the bevel gear 18 times to fire the gun. Gears like motors are rated from HT to HS, 32:1-20:1 are considered HT, 18:1 and 16:1 are considered balanced. HS gears are where its at, the most common are 13:1 and 12:1 and some companies even make 10:1. Gears themselves will make the smallest difference in performance but paired with the right motor will make a fearsome build. That being considered, gears are subjected to the most about of stress out of all the parts in your gearbox. Gear failure is the most catastrophic failure that can happen and is often quite violent not to mention expensive. NEVER skimp out on quality with gears, although they might be expensive up front it is far cheaper in the long run. This guide is primariy geared towards (no pun intended) meduim stress builds so unless your an expert mechenic ,in which case you would not be reading this, stay away from DSGs. I will make a DSG guide in the future or at very least cover the concept. What brands make the best parts? All the parts on Brill Armory are very high quality and are fairly reputable. We reccomend you do as much shoping off of there as I can as all the parts are hand selected by Brill himself. Batteries: DO NOT BUY AIRSOFT BRANDED BATTERIES! Buy batteries from hobby stores or in bulk from distributers as they are far cheaper than the airsoft branded ones. Tenergy, Turnigy, and Floureon all make great batteries. Motors: ZCI and SHS motors are by far my favorite because of their powerful magnets, high quality and competitive price. Action army although very pricy make good high quality motors and undergo strict QC. ASG motors are also a good choice with their high TPA and CNC machining. I'd personally steer clear of Lonex as their motor brushes are extremly soft and wear quickly, they also don't mesh well with SHS gears which are my favorite for Meduim stress builds. Gears: As I said before never skimp on your gears. If you are going to make any investment in a build then buy a set of Siegetek gears. Siegetek makes the best gears hands down nuff said. . . seriously if you can afford them go buy some. SHS Also makes good gears, SHS makes the best gears for their price range I use them in most of my builds. Super Shooter gears are also reccomended, I've heard they are SHS's "premium" line whatever that means, they also have ball bearing shafts. countinued. . .
  2. Whatup airsoft addicts! My name is Liam and I am trying to get the word out for my a huge airsoft guide I completed writing recently. You may have seen it around and on other airsoft websites already, it's my comprehensive guide on everything airsoft! It's around 75 pages long and took me 2 months to write and an additional 4 months to refine and edit. I've written it mainly to act as a reference for beginners and newcomers to this awesome sport. Take a look at it if you'd like and make sure to share it with your younger cousin or something
  3. Over last weekend, I began composing a treatise on airsoft. Originally, I intended this to be for fun, but after seeing this thread: http://www.airsoftforum.com/board/topic/66412-the-future-of-airsoft/, I figured it could be something more. Basically, what I'm trying to do is make it comprehensive, yet accessible to John Q. Sixpack and his lovely wife Jane. Nevertheless, I'm not trying to include the history of EVERY brand and EVERY retailer, just enough for John and Jane to make informed decisions. If I do this right, I think it could be a boon to our beloved sport. While I feel that I can do a good enough job on my own, I feel that it could be even better if I sourced help from other people. Anyways, here's what I have so far: An introduction to airsoft, which includes an opening paragraph, a brief history of the sport, and a list of the things that airsoft is not. Equipment - required and optional - and the types of airsoft guns out there (e.g., spring, gas, AEG). The do's and don'ts of buying airsoft guns, where to buy from, and different kinds of pellets. A few brands of airsoft guns. Upgrades that can be performed on airsoft guns (mainly focused on AEGs). Here are a few things I'm looking to add: More detailed info about the following brands: Umarex/Elite Force, JG/Echo1, G&G, Classic Army, and Systema. What the overall top three retailers are and why. Some of the best places to play. What do you folks think? Is there anything I should add to this project?
  4. Hello folks! I am returning to the sport after a ~3.5 year hiatus and am looking for a little advice. Apologies for the long post. Before I left, I had upgraded my own BAR10 rifle and unfortunately... hardly used it. Coming back, I would absolutely love to use this rifle as I invested such a large amount of money into it originally. I do, however, have several questions. I'll provide a list of upgrade parts (to the best of my memory, and looking up a few previous orders on websites): -Laylax Zero Trigger (with included piston) -Laylax Spring Guide (7mm?) -Firefly or Nineball bucking -EdGI tightbore barrel -Angel Custom SP150 spring (HORRIBLE spring) The main problem I had with the rifle was that the spring was rated as 420-520 fps. This was way too broad of a range, as when I last had the rifle chronoed it was shooting .20's at 400 fps. This was hugely discouraging to me and I (at the time) had given up on the project. My question now is: would using this same gun, and replacing just the spring be a wise thing to do? That Zero trigger should be fine right? What about the other components? I mean the thing has sat untouched in a case for four years. I've been looking at different websites for a nice spring replacement and honestly the only thing I can think of is the Laylax SP150 due to it being a nice ~510 fps and also being compatible with my 7mm Laylax spring guide. The problem is that they're out of stock everywhere. Anyone out there, if you were in my position what would you do? I'm trying to keep this whole revival project as cheap as possible. A new bucking/spring/spring guide are things I'm totally open to. A new $200 Z trigger, however, nooo thank you. My goal is to shoot ~500 fps to be able to accurately lob some .36's down range. The rifle in it's current state shoots no further, and only slightly more accurately, than an AEG. A huge thank you in advance to everyone!
  5. Hey everone. First, a few things about myself. I am a relatively new player on the east coast and have only been playing for just over a year now, so this guide is intended for beginners and intermediate players but veterans are welcome to read as well. Now on to the guide. This guide is intended to improve airsoft immersion for those who intended to play the sniper role in an airsoft game. A separate sniper gun guide will be made because I intend for this article to concentrate only on the gameplay. Mission: Contrary to popular airsoft belief that a sniper's main objective is to get kills or long range kills, snipers are more long distance spotters that detect threats from a far, rather than just long distance killers. Just as in real life. A sniper's view of the battleground from a vantage point is more important than kills. If the sniper has a clear shot, but that shot will compromise his position and force him to move, he/she should not take it. Having a good position on the battlefield is better than having a lot of kills. Also, a good sniper alerts his/her teammates to any changes or incoming hazards in the terrain. What you will need: Strong scope A good scope is characterized as a scope that is comfortable for the shooter. So choose a scope that is the most comfortable for you. Even though airsoft fields are not that large, scopes that have powerful zooms are still useful. Don't worry if you won't be able to use that strong zoom for your gun, as airsoft guns don't have the range and accuracy real guns have, you will be able to use the zoom for long range spotting. Radio You may be successful in doing your objectives, but good spotting isn't good until you can tell you teammates about the threat or the terrain they will be in. It doesn't have to be a strong radio, but it helps if it is, just as long as you and your teammates will be able to communicate with each other. Gun and Accessories The sniper rifle will be discussed in a different article, but it is good to have the necessary accessories which are but not limited to: Extra magazines Sidearm and extra magazines Extra CO2, BBs, Speed reloader An observing scope (optional, but great to have if you have a spotter* with you) (Spotter- one of your teammates who will come to you on your sniping mission, he/she preferably needs to have an assault rifle, and knowledge of sniping objectives. NOTE: Less is more. If you are preparing your loud out for a sniping mission, only bring the necessary stuff. It is easier to be stealthy when you are carrying less equipment. Characteristics of a sniper: Ballistics expert on his/her gun You don't have to take ballistics course or anything, you just need to be proficient in shooting your gun. By proficient, I mean, you know what your gun will be able to do and not be able to do when you pull the trigger. Stealthy and Patient Stealth is a vital characteristic when being a sniper. Remember we have discussed that a sniper getting a good position is better than getting a lot of kills. A stealthy sniper, will not compromise his position no matter what. So it is in your best interest to be stealthy from THE START OF THE GAME. If your enemies see you running to your spot at the start of the game, you're doing it wrong. Also, not all clear shots should be taken. Be patient, and think about what will happen if you shoot or not. Good Communication Communication is key in any airsoft game. Think about a first person shooter game that has mini maps. In real life, you don't have a mini map, and therefore you will not be alerted if a threat popped up. So, as a sniper, you are that mini-map that alerts your teammates from threats. The vantage point: So far we have discussed the importance of position in a sniping mission. But how do we know what position is the best position. It depends on different fields, but a good vantage point can have these characteristics: Elevation: High spots on fields are good because your vision is less hindered, unlike on the ground where larger objects hinder your sight. Wide view: A good location should give you a wide view of the battlegrounds and not a narrow and limited one. Why? The more you see, the more aware you are of the situation or more importantly the situation that is about to take place. If you have 180 degree view of the battle ground or more, you have a good spot. View of your teammates, and a long distance far ahead: A good position is where you can see the people you are trying to protect, and where they are headed. Being proficient with handling your gun is also important when choosing a location because you know how far your gun will shoot, at what distance will wind affect your bbs, and at what distance will your gunshot sound will be muffled. NOTE: A sniper should be able to memorize the terrain quickly. The quicker the better. Once you've memorized the terrain, anomalies will be more noticeable. An example is the silhouette of tree lines. Possible targets from a far will look like shadowy figures, but a good sniper will be able to differentiate targets from tree silhouettes even if the targets are moving or are trying to blend in. In conclusion, sniper's main job is to make the battle easier for the main infantry, and field soldiers, and not racking up kills. To put this in perspective, your scope is your weapon, your radio is your magazine, and your gun is your side arm. Kills don't define a successful sniper. Good references for shooting (same thing can apply for airsoft): Setting up your scope for Success
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