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PewPewSwi7ch

Tokyo Marui M4A1 RIS Gen 1 upgrades

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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 😝
 

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Barrel wobble is only an issue if you flex the AEG.  Just using it with that polymer body is not really an issue.

Honestly...don't throw any more money at it.  It's a 300fps SPEC AEG, trying to drive it higher than that requires more parts to beef it up for more pressure.  Just leave it alone, put in a Maple leaf Match nub and packing and watch people be in disbelief that you are ranging as far as a 400fps AEG with a TM.

You can pick up very good AEG's in the 400fps range out for 180.00...like a Fightlite...

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On 11/23/2019 at 10:24 AM, PewPewSwi7ch said:

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.
 

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.

 

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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?)??

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New outer barrel (one piece)
[...]
Metal upper (if one piece barrel doesn't fix the wobble)

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.

 

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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

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.

 

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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?

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!

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