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Airsoft Events / Re: REC: Hell Survivors 2020 Airsoft Schedule
« Last post by Grizzly on April 02, 2020, 06:14:15 PM »
Is the 5th still on, or are we in hiatus in light of COVID-19?
AEG / Re: Arcturus AK04
« Last post by T6e9a on April 01, 2020, 02:01:33 PM »
Review is incomplete atm. Havent had time(moreso motivation) to get to the barrel assembly yet.
But I have been seeing some questionable QC items, such as the top gas tube lock being rather loose, the selector being loose (both of which can be solved with a slight bend), a "rivet" falling out(receiver aesthetic), and the trunion being loose(just tighten the set screws).

I was going to add more thoughts like that in my OP at the end once I was done with my overview, but again, lacking motivation.

Though, so far, unless you really like all the features/externals on the Arcturus, I would probably still go the route of a stamped CYMA for less money.

Again, I haven't shot it much if at all, definitely haven't used it in game yet. Was very hopeful for it, but honestly a little disappointed on some things.
AEG / Re: Arcturus AK04
« Last post by Guts and Glory on March 31, 2020, 08:29:35 PM »
How is the hop up and barrel looking on this one?  Been hearing and seeing a lot of complaints about both, with the hop up basically being nothing at all and the barrels being rusted.  A youtube channel called NegativeAirsoft (UK tech guy) kinda shed a light on all the poor qc he'd seen in his vids.  Step forward 2 steps back kinda opinion.

Must admit I was hoping the ak12 would have been a knock out of the part but they dropped the ball on mosfet burst for the first release, though I hear the magazines and whatnot are far better than LCT.  I did almost go for their mutant ACR/AK hybrid at one point just for the fun of it.
AEG / Arcturus AK04
« Last post by T6e9a on March 29, 2020, 10:21:32 AM »
Todays review is of a (pretty much new, but) used Arcturus AK04.

Starts off in a pretty plain looking cardboard box with the logo and slogan.

Open the box up to find a ziploc bag with the owners manual, quality control/testing sheet and Arcturus PVC patch.

Under the top layer of foam, you find the gun, magazine,(supposed to be 1 midcap AND 1 high cap. Having gotten it used, I only got the highcap), a set of polymer back up sights and an unjamming/cleaning rod under the gun.

Starting at the rear, it features a minimalist M.F.T.-esk style stock which has textured rubber butt pad and QD swivel mounts, one on each side. That, on a 6 position buffer tube with a ring type sling mount at the base of the receiver.

The receiver is steel with a traditional side optics rail already mounted, as well as an aluminum railed dust cover.

The selector plate has an extra tab for easier manipulation with your trigger finger.
The pistol grip is polymer, reminiscent of a PTS grip, with a texture on the front and back.

In the trigger guard, there is a small nub that allows access to a spring detention feature.
In front of the trigger guard is a polymer flared Magwell.

Inside the magwell, it has been blocked off to prevent improper magazine insertion.

Up front it rocks a slim, lightweight aluminum M Lok rail system with rails the full length on top and bottom, and 4 M Lok slots on each side.
Threaded to 14mm counterclockwise threads.

Opening it up, the microswitch gearbox has a quick change ball bearing spring guide with a slot for a flat head or coin.
The motor has ferrite magnets and a D type arm/pinion.

On the right side you can see the selector plate parts and a cover for the Ares-esk microswitch trigger design.

On the left side you see the anti reversal latch /spring detention lever, again with a design reminiscent of Ares design.

Inside the gearbox, everything but the trigger trolley and microswitch are standard TM compatible parts, including the cutoff lever and trigger.

It features 8mm bushings on sector and spur, 8mm bearings on the bevel. A sector chip. A full metal tooth piston, with an 8 port poly piston head with bearings. A 3/4 port cylinder with a single O ring polymer cylinder head and a 21.15mm polymer O ring nozzle.

The gears are shimmed pretty well, just a touch on the looser side. And everything that should be greased or lubed looks to be done so with an adequate amount.
Michigan Commerce - Airsoft Guns Allowed / Re: WTS Getting Out of Airsoft Sale
« Last post by IceKatt on March 24, 2020, 11:14:08 AM »
CRYE PRECISION Uniforms sold. Prices dropped on some items
Airsoft Events / Re: HYB: HITW 2020 Season Opener - 04/18/20 @ Bangor, Michigan
« Last post by Canto on March 18, 2020, 11:43:34 AM »
To RSVP and be listed on the advanced roster for this event please send a message to our Facebook page with your registration information including your name, the number of players attending, and if you plan on eating lunch or camping at this event.

To save $10.00 on your admission please PayPal $20.00 to armoryairsoft@gmail.com before March 28th, 2020.
Please include your registration information: your name, the number of players attending, and if you plan on eating lunch or camping at this event.

- Please mark all prepays with the subject "2020 Season Opener Registration".
- Please print your Paypal payment conformation and bring it to registration! This is proof you prepaid!

Questions can be directed to me or sent to the Hole in the Wall Paintball Facebook page.
AEG / (Internals) King Arms Colt Licensed MK18
« Last post by T6e9a on March 13, 2020, 08:58:58 PM »
Thought I would share my thoughts on a gun I recently had the opportunity to work on. It was a repair as opposed to a build/upgrade, so all internal parts pictured are stock.

The repair, sample size 1 so far, was that the back of the gearbox shell broke where the quick change spring guide rests against, ultimately causing the spring guide to lean, and lock the piston and spring all in one.

But on to the internals:

As mentioned above, it is a quick change spring system, which is accessible without having to remove the gearbox. Just remove the buffer tube screw and washer, remove the buffer tube, and you have access to the 90degree quick change spring guide. This is akin to many of King Arms newer offerings.

The quick change spring guide has ball bearings, looks to be made of pretty solid materials and thus has little/no need for any upgrade in that department later on.
It has clear insulation wiring, with a small basic mosfet fairly close to the back of the gearbox.
The motor was a King Arms HQA series, featuring Neodymium magnets, a helical motor arm, D type pinion, vented can, and a CNCed aluminum endbell.

Then finally inside the gearbox, it has:

-SHS-esk 18:1 gears, with a tappet delay chip, shimming being somewhat loose
-8mm bearings
-full metal tooth rack piston
-polymer ported piston head(can't say if POM or other)
-brass 3/4 ported cylinder
-red King Arms tappet
The 8mm QC gearbox itself has the old styling of "reinforcement" of added material around the gears, which would render lower ratios to require heavy modification for installation. (Aside from Seigetek low ratios)
The rest of the parts aren't much different from other standard AEGs.

The fix I landed on for this specific guns misfortune was to just drop a small chunk of metal as a shim so the QC spring guide had something the be tightened up against when installing the buffer tube. Not ideal, but a lot quicker and cheaper than having to transfer all of the parts to a new gearbox shell.
Tech Questions / Maxx Hop Up in KWA VM4
« Last post by T6e9a on March 13, 2020, 08:22:43 PM »
I've been meaning to make some tech write ups on some things I've been working on, more or less just to have the info in one spot, accessible, and organized to some degree. As well, to potentially answer questions on compatibility that others might be wondering.

So for this post, I was tasked with installing an aftermarket hop up unit into a KWA VM4A1 with the AEG2.5 gearbox. Owner originally wanted a Prowin installed, but due to the design of the receiver, there isn't room for the tall top portion on the Prowin unit. The stock KWA unit has a very low profile top area, where the arm is. For the Prowin to be installed, it would require a fair amount of modification to the upper receiver above the base of the outer barrel for it to fit.

The Maxx ME-PRO hop up unit fits down the outer barrel and in the receiver without and modifications to either.

Modifications needed:
-You will need to grind the ridge on the top of the proprietary nozzle flush with the rest of the nozzle for full movement within the hop up unit.

-As well for the bb release tab, about 1mm or so needs to be ground away from the bottom of the gearbox shell towards the front.
(without this material removed, magazines are difficult to lock in and cause a compression loss. This build, shooting 410 properly, was shooting 230-250)

And just some other reference to parts in the build, as its all working smooth now:
-Maxx ME-PRO hop up unit(w/o barrel spring)
-Maple Leaf 370mm barrel
-Modify Soft Flat hop bucking
Everything else is currently stock on the gun.

NOTE: This is only for the M4 models, not the QRF MODS, TK.45s or other non 556 models. The pistol caliber models all have proprietary hop up units to each design.
Airsoft Events / HYB: HITW 2020 Season Opener - 04/18/20 @ Bangor, Michigan
« Last post by Canto on March 12, 2020, 10:15:53 AM »
Hole in the Wall Paintball 2020 Season Opener
Relaxed Uniform, All Experience Levels Welcome

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Hole in the Wall Paintball
24262 66th Street
Bangor, Michigan 49013

Useful Links: {Field Waiver}, {To Bring Checklist}, {Driving Directions}, {Weather Conditions}
Ages: 14+
Participant Fee: $30.00 (Walk On, Cash Only! No Credit Card On Site), $20.00 (Prepay - PayPal).
Prepay (PayPal) Information: armoryairsoft@gmail.com (Due By: 03/28/20).
- Signature of parent or guardian required for all minor participants.

~ Beginner friendly event format and regulations.
~ No uniform requirements.
~ Loose ammunition regulations and no magazine restrictions.
~ Free before and after event camping (weather applicable).
~ Got stuff to sell? Bring your wares for a swap meet.

Walk-On Registrations: Post in the official event thread with your name, team (if you have one) and the number of players attending. If players plan on eating pre/post event camping or eating lunch, please specify so in your registration.
- Payments will be made at event registration, cash only. No credit or debit card sales.

Prepay Registrations: Paypal registration amount to armoryairsoft@gmail.com. Please include your name, team (if you have one)and the number of players attending. If players plan on eating pre/post event camping or eating lunch, please specify so in your registration. Due by 03/28/20.
- Please mark all prepays with the subject "2020 Season Opener Registration".
- Please print your Paypal payment conformation and bring it to registration! This is proof you prepaid!

Event Times:

Pre-Event Camping Open: 4:00 PM, Friday, April 17th.
Registration/Chronograph Open: 9:00 AM, Saturday, April 18th.
Event Briefing/Field Walk On: 10:00 AM.
Game Start: 10:00-11:00 AM.
Lunch Period: 1:00-2:00 PM.
Dinner Period: 6:00-7:00 PM.
Event End: 12:00 AM, Sunday, April 19th.
* Post event camping begins at any point during the day.

Event Game Outline:

Round 1: Team Deathmatch (North-South Ridges).
Round 2: City Defense (Deadwood or Lakebed Only).
Round 3: Escort (Lakebed, Full Area).
Round 4: Downed Pilot (Lakebed, Full Area).
Round 5: Ridge Only (North, South, or East Ridge).
Round 6: Sniper Hunt.
Round 7: Multi Faction Deathmatch (Undetermined).
Round 8: Chaos.

- Game list subject to change.
* Game rounds may not go in corresponding order. Games and order will be determined with player opinions and day of field conditions.

Uniform Requirements:

- No uniform requirements of any kind will be in effect for this event.
- Players are encouraged to wear full color uniforms as opposed to mismatched ones, however this is not required.
- Colored armbands will be issued to identify teams and specific players.

Eye Protection Regulations:

- ANSI Z87.1 rated full seal eye protection only, no exceptions.
- ANSI rated, full seal goggles or shooting glasses are permitted.
- 'Full Seal' is defined as a foam band separating the lens of the goggle from the frame portion and the face of the user.
- Mesh goggles, lab safety goggles, safety glasses, etc will not be permitted under any circumstances.
- Lower face protection (Mesh Lowers, Mouth Guards, Etc) do not apply to this.

Engagement Limits:

1 - 350.0 FPS (0.01j - 1.07j) - Arms length engagement.
350.1  - 410.0 FPS (1.08j - 1.49j) - 20 foot engagement limit.
410.1 - 500.0 FPS (1.50j - 2.32j) - 50 foot engagement limit (Permanent Semi-Auto or Bolt Action Only).
500.1 - 549.9 FPS (2.33j - 2.69j) - Bolt action replicas only.
550 FPS+ (2.7j) - Prohibited under all circumstances.

- Velocities will be measured using the weight of BB being used.
- All replicas will be issued 'chronograph' tags after being registered and measured. These must remain on the replica for the entire event.

Ammunition and Magazine Regulations:

- Players are limited to 4,000 rounds on their person.
- All magazine types allowed (Low, Mid, High, or Box-Drum).
- Additional amounts of ammunition may be left at spawn locations (at your own risk).
- Participants are allowed to leave larger amounts at the staging area or in prospective vehicles (at your own risk).

Barrel Bag/Barrel Plug Regulations:

- All participants must have a barrel bag or a muzzle plug on or in their replica when out of gameplay.
- Barrel bags are available at registration for $7.00 each.

Bang Kills:

- Players may opt to use a 'Bang Kill' when engaging opponents in tight areas or CQC environments. This is strongly recommending when using a high velocity replica at unacceptably close ranges. The assaulting party must say the word "Bang!" loudly and must correspond to the number of players being attacked.
Example: Four Players - "Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang!"...

Knife/Bayonet/Touch Kills:

- Participants may opt to use a simple 'Touch Kill' to quietly disable an opponent. Players must say "Knife Kill" to the opposing party and physically touch the other.
- Participants may use a replica knife/bayonet to also conduct a kill using a physical touch.
- Do not jab, physically assault, or use undue amounts of force.
- Real-Steel knives and bayonets are prohibited under all circumstances.

Surrender Rules:

- Participants may opt to 'Surrender' to an engaging opponent at any point during the event. Players that choose to do so must return to their respective respawn location.

Zero Tolerance Policy:

The following infractions will result in immediate removal from field property and a permanent ban from field property. Law enforcement may be used if required to remove problematic players.

- Theft of field or company property.
- Vandalism or destruction of property.
- Assault of participants, visitors, or field staff.
- Repeated removal of eye protection.
- Unsportsmanlike like conduct.

Pre and Post Event Camping:

- Pre-event camping is available to all participants attending the event.
- Pre-event camping will open at 4:00 PM the day before the event.
- Ages: 18+. No exceptions!
- Participants must bring their own tent, sleeping bag, and camping equipment.
- Participants may only camp in specific areas of the field grounds.
- Small fires are permitted in specific areas only.
- We will not be responsible for items that are lost, stolen, or damaged.
- Violation of any field regulations may result in immediate and permanent removal from field grounds without refund.

* Camping availability varies based on local weather conditions.

General Field Information:

- HPA fills are available on site. $5.00 for all day air fills, up to 2,500 PSI.
- CO2 fills are available on site. 9 oz - $1.00, 12 oz - $2.00, 20 oz - $3.00 , 24 oz - $4.00.
- Power outlets are available on location.
- Live firearms (real steel) are not permitted on field property.
- Not responsible for items or belongings that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

What To Bring Checklist:

- Full-Seal Eye Protection [Required].
- Barrel Bag or Muzzle Plug [Required].
- Airsoft Replica, Sidearm, and Magazines. [Required].
- Batteries, Charging Unit, and BB's [Required].
- Red 'Kill' Rag [Required].
- Camouflage or Uniform [Required].

- Potable water. [Highly Recommended].
- Canteen / Hydration Pack [Highly Recommended].
- Radio and Charging Unit [Highly Recommended].
- Flash Light / Tactical Light [Highly Recommended].
- Spare Batteries [Highly Recommended].
- Extra Dry Clothing (Shirt, Pants, Socks) [Highly Recommended].
- Extra Dry Footwear [Highly Recommended].
Airsoft Events / Re: REC: Night Raid III (Night Game) - 04/25/2020 @ HITW
« Last post by Canto on March 09, 2020, 04:11:27 PM »
Gotcha Matt.
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