Monday, April 1, 2013

King Arms Colt M4 GBBR Video Rundown

Here is the latest video I put together of the King Arms Colt M4 GBBR (Gas Blowback Rifle).



I will be unloading a large batch of performance tests soon here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  Being a one-man show and technical difficulties during the testing/filming process are the bane of my very existence.  Thank you for your patience.  I love you.  Subscribe below. 
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No, seriously.  I'm going to tell you how I cleaned my KWA HK45 Gas Blowback Pistol today.   
 I can't say that this is the most exciting topic you could be reading about, but here are the cold, hard, ugly, boring facts, my friend: A dirty gun is a dirty no-good-so-and-so.  Sorry, for the offensive language, but a dirty gun is a bad story.  All that fancy Crye, LBT, and/or otherwise AOR1 gear won't mean a whole lot during the game if your gun is too dirty to function.  It will mean a lot in the parking lot and/or staging area of your favorite field though.  

Don't tell Allen over at KWA, but I dropped my KWA HK45 in the worst kind of dirt you can drop an amazing gas blowback gun in.  That fine, almost-silky kind that gets everywhere, in every crevice.  If Allen was reading this right now, he would simply be shaking his head in quiet disgust, his face: expressionless.  So I figured it would be best to clean this beauty up as best as possible. 

If you're curious to know how I went about cleaning my favorite Airsoft pistol, then check it out after the jump.  If you're not interested or even remotely curious, then I apologize, but just know that you have hurt my feelings.

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Now that my dislocated shoulder has healed up enough that I can hold a rifle again, I went out to the Insight Interactive Airsoft CQB Arena here in Southern California to do some more performance testing of the gas blowbacky goodness of the KWA LM4 PTR.  It continues to tickle my fancy with delightful accuracy and reliability.  I have yet to encounter any sort of defect or issue.  I can't say the same for some of the other gas blowback rifles I'm currently reviewing, in comparison to the LM4 *cough* King Arms Colt M4 GBBR *cough*.  But I'll dive into that mess a little later.  For now, check out the footage I got at Insight Interactive while playing with the KWA LM4 GBBR.

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When I first got the new KWA LM4 PTR, a gas blowback rifle, from Pyramyd Air, the first thing I wanted to do after test firing it was to get rid of that boring front handguard and put a sweet rail system on there.  Well, while I was extremely impressed with the accuracy of the LM4, I was extremely disappointed with how difficult it was to get the rail system on there, specifically getting the delta ring to screw all the way onto the threads of the LM4 upper.  The circumference of the threads on the LM4's upper was just a tad too large, partly due to the paint.

Click here to see how I resolved the issue after the jump...

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 Elite Force continues to churn out new stuff,
this time in the form of a Beretta M92FS gas blowback pistol.

Check out the full photo gallery with some specs after the jump...

I know that I've reported in the past on the KWA LM4 Gas Blowback Rifle (GBBR) & Electric Recoil Gun (ERG), but since then, KWA has decided to not only douse each model with a bunch of Magpul PTS furniture, but they're also going to be offering the ERG platform in three different lengths:

The SPR length, for the designated marksmen out there.

The Scout, for a versatile, indoor/outdoor option

The CQB, for...well...CQB.

I forgot to ask whether the gas blowback models will also come in these lengths or if it will simply come in the standard 14.5" barrel length.  Oh well.  Now I have a reason to go back!  Haha.

Check out the video wherein I interview Mike from KWA about the new guns.


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Last week, I invited myself out to the KWA USA headquarters to see the KWA KRISS Vector, along with a bunch of other new KWA releases set for 2012.

Mike, from KWA, was patient enough to let me interrupt his day and force him to do a bunch of video interviews with me regarding their new products.

Here is the one (see below) Mike & I did for the KWA KRISS Vector, set for release this summer (2012). 




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Alright, so I've been having some real trouble trying to figure out the solution to the slide on my WE Desert Warrior 1911 Gas Blowback Pistol getting stuck.  I know that it's definitely go something to do with the slide getting jammed on the outer barrel.  The outer barrel isn't getting pulled back enough on its own to move out of the way of the hop-up assembly.  It's kind of hard to explain, but here's a shot of what the situation looks like when the slide gets jammed.
 Sometimes it gets stuck without the blowback nozzle getting stuck as well.  I've investigated the nozzle issue and determined it not to be the issue.  The slide is getting hung up on the top of the outer barrel and on the bottom of the hop-up assembly.  Basically, it's a timing issue in effect, because the outer barrel is not getting pulled back soon enough before it catches on the slide and the hop-up assembly. 
I had not anticipated this to be such a perplexing issue and had a much grander blog tutorial planned for you, but have just spent way too many hours trying to sort this out and had to put something online for you.


I've done a bit of Google searching for a solution, but based on a few of the top results from the first two pages, it doesn't really look like anyone has truly found the solution here.  There are definitely others who have had the same issue, so if any of you out there had figured this one out already, please feel free to share it here in the comments section below.  In the meantime, I'll keep at this and see what I can figure out.



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While at Shot Show 2012, Mike from KWA USA gives me the rundown on the new KWA ATP Auto GBB Pistol, which is the full-auto version of the highly awesome semi-auto ATP, along with a heads up on their new, original issue WWII-era M1911 GBB and last, but certainly not least, the new and ultra sexy, KWA Makarov gas blowback pistol. They surprised me with that one. Maybe I'm just out of the loop, but I did not know they'd be dropping that one on us. It was pretty awesome. Here's the video:


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In case you missed my last blog, which is Part I of my Hair Trigger Mod Tutorial Series for the WE Hi-Capa Gas Blowback Pistol Series, peep it out here:


Now that you're up to speed on where we're at, put your barber's hat on, cuz these triggers is 'bout to get hairy after the jump...  

Some of you may have noticed that I skipped a few steps. You know, the part where I show you how to disassemble the WE Hi-Capa GBB Pistol up to this point...

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How to shorten the WE Hi-Capa Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol trigger
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Well, as it turns out, if you are to the point where you care about the distance you have to pull the trigger before it releases the hammer and causes the gun to cycle, then you already know how to take down your Hi-Capa. You probably also know that this modification works for not only WE Hi-Capa Pistols (7.1, 5.1, 4.3, 3.8), but also the Tokyo Marui & Socom Gear versions as well.

So yea, one of the issues with WE pistols, if you want to get real super picky, is that there is a lot of excess distance between the point the trigger sits at rest and the point it must reach in order to start cycling the pistol.  As you can see below, in the space on the right, in between the metallic silver trigger band and the green Hi-Capa grip, that is a general approximation of the amount unnecessary distance traveled by the trigger on a stock WE Hi-Capa 5.1.  I should note that there is much less of this excess on Tokyo Marui pistols, but that is....of course...why Tokyo Marui pistols own it 9 out of 7 days of the week.
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How to shorten the WE Hi-Capa Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol trigger
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Find out how to shorten your Hi-Capa GBB pistol's trigger pull after the jump...

Hello, sportsfans. Happy Friday. We made it through the week together! And what a week it was.  If I'm lucky, I'll be able to compartmentalize the memory of it way back, deep into the dark depths of my mind and never have to think of it again.  That's how good it was.  Therapy session over.

Today, I thought I'd share some photos with you, featuring the WE Hi-Capa 5.1M Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol, which features a unique, sort-of-spaceage-futuristic design on the slide.

As some of you may know, I currently use the WE and Marui Hi-Capas exclusively as my sidearms of choice for Airsoft games because of their insane reliability and outstanding practicality. On top of all that, you can upgrade the crap out of them (literally, you can take the crap parts out and put any number of good parts in).

Check out today's Hi-Capa 5.1M Photo Gallery after the jump...