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Day 2 (or 3, who really knows at this point) of the 
VFC HK416 CQB exploratory surgery.

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Hey everyone!

So we made it!  We have reached the VFC HK416 CQB's coveted gearbox and my, what a lovely gearbox it is.  I've managed to loosen all the screws, save one (on the gearbox, not in my head, smarty).  In fact, it's the very one that I'm using my favorite screw-driver to point to.  I'm pointing to this screw so that you are aware of it and do not try to ignore it when attempting to open the gearbox.  You'll need to unscrew and remove the spring-loaded bolt release lever/plate thing.  Once you've done this, you can then get to the final gearbox screw and loosen it.
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So do it, cuz we about to void some warranties up in this bizzle!



















AAAAAAAAAND...
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Warranty voided. 
Feels good, doesn't it?  The first hit is free.

Take a minute to look around.  See anything you like?  Anything that looks a bit different than what you might expect in a typical version 2 AEG gearbox?

How about those spring-shim things on the spur and sector gear, for starters?  I had heard a rumor from one of my Airsoft homies that VFC did this, but to see it with my own eyes was magical.

Two items not visible in this pic are the spring guide and piston head, both of which come with bearings to alleviate torque tension on the spring.  Most stock Airsoft AEGs do not come with either, and VFC has generously gone ahead and included both.  Aftermarket versions of the spring guide and piston head with bearing usually go for about $12-20 each.

Another thing I noticed is that the VFC piston is a clear plastic material.  Something else I had yet to see before.  Normally stock pistons are made of some type of colored polycarbonate material and are not transparent.  This one is.  Kinda cool.  Hope it holds up alright though.  Here's a close-up:
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Notice also, that the piston head is aluminum, not plastic.  Aluminum piston heads have their advantages and disadvantages.  The advantage being that they can obviously take a beating without really sustaining any real wear and tear, but the disadvantage is that they are heavier than a polycarb piston head.  The added weight to the piston can be a factor in reducing your FPS.  Not sure by how much, but trust me, it'll probably drop a bit.  It's science.  Although, that reminds me.  Perhaps I should test that theory in a future blog installment.  Time will tell.  We'll see how well you play your cards before I make any big promises. 

Another thing that I liked about the piston itself was they VFC removed the 2nd tooth, altogether, as you can see from the extended gap between the larger 1st tooth and what is technically the 2nd tooth of this particular piston.  Normally, there is an extra tooth in that gap.  If the piston I'm using doesn't already come like this, I usually bust out my amazing Dremel 4000 and grind that behatch down to eliminate the chance of any of the sector gear teeth from prematurely engaging (easy now) the piston whilst it cycles during operation.  And actually, I take half of the third tooth, which in this case is the 2nd tooth, off as well.  I'll get into that later.

Oh screw it, it makes too much sense to talk about it now.  So here's the pic:
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Why do I take half off that other tooth?  Because I like to horse around with the Angle of Engagement (AOE).  If you're wondering what the falcon the AOE is, then you're in luck because I'm going to tell you.  Right now.  It's the angle at which the first tooth of the sector gear engages, or initiates contact, with the first tooth of the piston.  Ideally, you want the 1st sector tooth to be straight up and down by the time it hits the first piston tooth, or in other words, you want the 1st sector tooth to be perpendicular with the piston when it starts to pull the piston back at the start of a cycle.  I accomplish this by installing what is essentially a foam pad (some of you may be familiar with or have experience with Sorbo pads) that is "super-approximately" (that's just below a "wild guess") a half a centimeter in thickness to the cylinder head. In more or less words, the piston is now not able to travel into the cylinder as far, leaving more of its back end sticking out of the cylinder, and allowing the first sector gear tooth more time to get perpendicular with the piston before it makes contact with the first piston tooth.  It would be a lot easier to illustrate this in a picture, but I was dumb and didn't take any while I had the gearbox open.  So just use your imagination and consider whatever you come up with in your mind as the correct illustration on what I'm talking about.  Everybody wins.  Everybody is special and deserves a trophy.

Ouch.  That last sentence was painful to say.


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So here, you can see that I've gone ahead and wrapped the rubber o-ring of the cylinder head with some Teflon tape.  Teflon tape is perhaps one of the most inexpensive, yet effective modifications you can do to improve your Airsoft gun's performance.  The whole role of it is like 99 cents at any hardware store.  So when you take into account that you are only using a very small percentage of that 99 cent roll to apply a few wraps around the cylinder head, you're talking a few pennies and a fraction to boost your cylinder compression, which affects power, consistency and accuracy.  It's a biggie (Notorious!).

I'm going to dive into compression a little bit more later.

For now, I will tell you that things are progressing quite nicely on this project.  We should have a very nice little set up once this thing is finished.

For those of you feeling left out of the VFC Party (It's like a VIP party, but better), your ticket to the good times is just a few clicks away. You can pick up one or two (why not?) of these fine Airsoft guns from PyramydAir.com here:


Airsoft, which is another why of saying, you're welcome.


More on the scrumtralescent VFC HK416 CQB
graciously licensed through Umarex, in stock and available for sale at a very fine establishment I like to call, PyramydAir.com.

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As I lay here, a broken Airsoft man, I realize I must confess: I'm not actually in a laying position. It's more of a reclined position in a chair.

I say, "broken" because that is exactly the status of my beloved VFC HK416 CQB.  I foolishly decided that I wasn't satisfied with the generally stellar chrono readings I got during the review. I wanted to see if I could determine the cause of those three large drops in FPS even though the other readings were extremely consistent.

So first up, I decided to turn the hop-up on, just a smidge, and chrono it thinking that having it all the way off might have been allowing the BBs to sneak past the rubber bucking and begin rolling down the inner barrel before the gun had actually fired. Don't sound TOO crazy, right? Don't answer that. Just like Tom Cruise, I, too, cannot handle the truth.

So, I busted out my wonderfully delicious red, Shooting Chrony Alpha Master Chronograph and put a few rounds past the sensors to see what they'd read.

The results were bittersweet.

I'll start with the bitter and end on the sweet.

I hadn't touched the 416 in several weeks now, probably not since I reviewed it, and probably had left it sitting with the piston locked halfway back or so, leaving the spring in a continuously compressed state for weeks on end. The VFC HK416 CQB, using a .20g Air Venturi BB, clocked in at around a measly 285 FPS.

Now for the sweet. It was INSANELY CONSISTENT!!!!! No reading deviated below 280 FPS or above 285 FPS out of around 15 shots or so.

I try to live by two very monumental rules, both of which I had to learn the hard way. One, is never wake a sleeping baby. "Why not?" you might ask. Here's a hint, Baby Einstein: The baby will get PISSED!!!

And my 2nd rule is to never take apart a fully functional Airsoft gun, like the VFC HK416 CQB in this case.

HOWEVER, 285 FPS is nothing short of embarrassing and just plain inadequate. Kinda like Airsoft E.D., so I decided to break my rule, as I often do (I'm not a fan of rules that apply to me). Now I realize that this is an Airsoft CQB weapon and that high-powered, super FPS Airsoft guns are not only unnecessary, but pose a fairly serious safety hazard in environments limited to close engagements only. So I am, by all means, NOT of the opinion that this thing needs to be shooting 480 with a .30g King Arms BB or anything. But it does need a bit of a boost before I will respect it as a person again. Until I can get her shooting between 350 and 400 FPS, the VFC HK416 will NOT be making eye contact with me, or referring to me by first name.

So, long story short, this whole ordeal evolved from the desire to determine the cause of some fairly large FPS-drops into pretty much a full tune-up in order to get the 416 back to shooting closer to 400 fps.

I've taken the liberty of photographing the general procedures for tearing the gun apart in order to access the gearbox, wherein I proceed to turn a good situation into one that you try to archive deep down in the darkest depths of your mind, only to have the memories resurface during nights of extremely drunken belligerence or sessions of intensive psychological therapy.

Here they are (the pictorials, not the unpleasant memories of unfortunate incidences), with some boring narratives.

Airsoft Guns, VFC, H&K, 416, rail system, Heckler & Koch, Airsoft AEG, Umarex, pyramyd air Not having the manual handy (read: I was too lazy and/or stubborn to go into the other room to grab it), I opted to do some exploratory surgery on my maiden voyage inside the VFC HK416 CQB.  I decided to start with the strange looking, proprietary bolt on the RIS (rail interface system).  I've been very curious to know what it does, so naturally, it had to be removed.  

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And this is what I found:  One bolt secures the entire RIS in place, and once said bolt is removed, the rail just slides right off, providing access to the gas tube, which you see in the next photo, here.  It wasn't until I had moved on to removing the upper receiver from the lower that I realized that there almost ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to remove the rail unless you're planning on replacing it.  However, because of that proprietary bolt setup, it's unlikely that you'll find any of the aftermarket rails out there that will fit this setup.  Personally, I think the rail that comes on the gun is "sick wit it."  So this step was ultimately pointless.  But I will continue to take you through my journey just as it happened.  That, unfortunately, requires us to take a few more useless steps.


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Enter, the removal of the gas tube. Also a highly unnecessary step if you're attempting to access the gearbox.

This part does not need to be removed.

It's just for looks. However, I appreciate the attention to detail that VFC went through here. Whether or not the real steel HK416 utilizes this same gas tube design is beyond me, but I'd like to imagine for the sake of preserving my high opinion of this Airsoft AEG, that they copied the design to the "T."

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To the right, you see the upper separated from the lower and the hop-up chamber & inner barrel assembly extracted from the outer barrel that is still connected to the upper.  You'll recall from a minute ago where I said that removing the RIS is pointless.  This is why.  I was under the impression that I needed to first remove the outer barrel/RIS assembly in order to get the upper separated, but VFC, being the clever girl she is, decided to throw me for a loop.

Well played, VFC.  Well played.  You've won this round.  But since I'm apparently a glutton for punishment (why else would I get married? JK, sweetheart.  I love you, even when you yell at me for leaving the kitchen cupboard door open regardless of the fact that it poses ZERO risk to anyone or any thing), I'll be returning for more.
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Remove the buffer tube bolt that secures it to the back of the lower receiver.

DO IT AND DON'T ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!!!



"It's OK, I'm a limo driver!"  Name the movie.




But seriously, remove the bolt.  There's a piece inside that will not allow you to pull the wiring through once you pull the gearbox out of the lower unless you remove the bolt.  You'll need a large-blade, flat-head screwdriver with a long shaft *snicker*.   

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Remove the plate on the bottom of the grip so that you can get to the motor.

For those of you that are new to ruining your AEGs, a good way to do so is to ignore the polarity of your motor connections.  While I've yet to make this mistake (it's only a matter of time, though), you'll want to take notice that the red wire is connected to the positive-side (+) motor connector.  I am not aware of whether this will cause your AEG motor, AEG wiring, AEG battery, AEG itself, or your AEG person any harm, but I can't imagine connecting the wires to the wrong terminals would be a good thing.  Do so at your own risk.  Also, sorry about that last use of our beloved "AEG" acronym.  My impulse control went to Hell in a hand-basket, apparently.       

I've yet to see an Airsoft AEG motor that does not clearly indicate indicate which connector is positive with a "+" sign closest to the positive connector.  The VFC motor in the HK416 CQB is no different.  Some AEG motors have a post that has been marked with a red pen by some of the more thoughtful manufacturers as well.

One helpful tip for preserving the connectors attached to the end of each wire is to use a small flat-head screwdriver to slide underneath the connector at the right-angle point and pop it off the motor terminals, rather than just simply grabbing each wire and trying to pull the connectors off.  This will bend your right-angle connectors of out shape, requiring you to bend them back into shape in order to properly fit inside the grip.  Over time, the bending back and forth of the metal will eventually cause them to snap at the bending point.  It is somewhat of a hassle to replace these things because it can be difficult to find the right size at the hardware store, assuming they have them at all. 

It would also be important to note the orientation that the motor is situated within the grip of the 416.  It might be hard to see in the image above, but the motor is situated so that the red/positive terminal is closest to the trigger.  You should also notice that once you remove the motor from the grip, the red wire that connects to the motor is longer than the black wire.  So when you go to put your motor back in the grip and end up with a picture that does NOT resemble the one above, you'll know that you need to pull the motor back out and rotate the body 180 degrees so that the positive side is closer to the trigger side of the grip.

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Speaking of AEG motors, the VFC HK416 Airsoft AEG motor is apparently red. Red is my favorite color. Does this, then, make the HK416's red AEG motor my favorite motor by association with my favorite color? No. Not yet anyway. I haven't had a chance to put this thing through its paces.  But I will, and will, of course, update you on my findings.






I'm going to make this a stopping point.  I've got plenty more to show you on the VFC HK416 CQB, but I've just thrown a borderline, metric ton of information at you in a relatively short period of time.  Let this info soak into your core.  Reflect on it.  Take a few deep breaths in the process.  In through your nose, out through the mouth.  And for the record, I breath in through my mouth on occasion.  If that makes me a "mouth-breather," then so be it. Breathing in through my nose all the time gives me a headache.  Too much fresh air straight to the dome.  No good.  Better to starve the brain.  Right, Atkins Dieters?  

If you'd like to pick your own VFC HK416 and follow along with this thread at home, Pyramyd has a few of these in stock at the moment.  You can pick yours up here:

Dare I say...Airsoft? 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review - Cybergun Galil SAR AEG


Airsoft Guns, pyramyd air, cybergun, galil sar, airsoft aeg If I were young and foolish, I would overlook the Cybergun Galil SAR as being a sweet AEG. Luckily, I'm bald and wear glasses, which automatically makes me much smarter than the average Airsofter my age. It's science. Anyway, I'm glad I picked this one up. I've always been a fan of the Galil SAR but never had the cash to pony up the premium for the King Arms model. Lucky for me, Cybergun decided to make a nice replica at a much more affordable price ($197 @ Pyramyd Air).

So, as you see to the right, I took a picture of the Galil, still inside the box. I used my camera phone in low, unnatural light because I was too lazy to get the 30D out and play for realz. Just like when Justin told Britney, cry me a river.

I will only subject you to one more poor quality image, before I treat you to some super sweet Airsoft eye candy. Airsoft Guns,cybergun, galil sar, airsoft aeg, pyramyd air There. It's done. It's over. That wasn't so bad, was it? I was just trying to show you what this baby looks like when she's all bundled up and ready from transport. Truth be told, this picture looks a lot better, but it would seem that Goggle's Picasa conversion/uploading system has taken some unfortunate liberties to make a poopy photo into the Hershey squirts. No good. Sorry. It's all I've got.





Let's just try and move on to greener pastures.  I'm starting bum myself out on the blurriness.

If I may take a moment to be profound, basically, the gun comes in a box. 

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Boom.

I just rocked your world, did I not? Tell me something...how do YOU spell "win"?


Let's take a walk through the Airsoft world of one of the Israeli Weapon Industries' more attractive  pieces. Airsoft Guns,cybergun, galil sar, airsoft aeg, pyramyd air

First off, you may recognize this weapon as being a replica of the ones the uber leet, yet oh-so-uber-evil South African quasi-D3LT4 operators were using in the instant classic, District 9.


Aside from making you look cool, the Cybergun Galil SAR has some other nice features to it as well.  For example, it has a very nice trigger pull.  Normally, I don't even comment on a stock AEG's trigger pull because they are never anything to change your shorts over.  However, this trigger gets me a little antsy.  It's quite lovely.

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I should note that for those of you that like this sort of thing, the majority of the Galil's body is composed of metal parts.  I think both the grip and the hand guard are the only major plastic parts.  They feel like they've got a nice polymer texture though, which prevents it from feeling or looking like a cheapsoft gun.

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Additionally, it's got a pretty sweet spring-locking, folding stock for converting to an effective CQB platform. 


<-----See?  I wouldn't lie to you.  At least about Airsoft anyway. 










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See that charging handle poking out up top in the photo above?  That thing pulls what I'm gonna call the bolt or dust cover back to allow you access to the hop-up.

You can all see that the gun is currently wired to have the battery sit inside that tiny little area on top of the gearbox.  You will definitely need a stick/wand-type battery to fit inside this tiny space.  I was able to fit one of those 1200 mAh Li-Po rectangular stick batteries in there, however, I have to pop off the top plate (which is quite easy to do if you've ever seen or done so on an AK.  It's the same setup).  However, if you're not into Li-Pos or have weird issues with removing the bolt cover, I'd suggest one of these batteries, since it's probably going to be your only option if you want to keep the gun's wiring configuration in its stock form. 

Airsoft Guns,cybergun, galil sar, airsoft aeg, pyramyd air, Intellect 8.4V stick battery,AK47, AK74, airsoft battery This is an Intellect 8.4V NiMH stick battery designed specifically for AK-type AEGs & similar variants like the Galil. If you're just going to use the stupid Tamiya connectors that come on every stock Airsoft AEG on the market, keep in mind, they are the smaller kind, so your battery with the large-type Tamiya connector will FAIL. Hard. As in, it will not connect. It will NOT pass go and most certainly will not get to rescue the princess from the castle. Use your head.

Stay in school and wash your hands subsequent to waste excretion, whether in a "water closet" or outside behind your neighbor's house at 3 am on a Tuesday. 

I've popped the lid off this 6mm pee shooter to illustrate the battery-space situation.
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You can see that there's enough space in there to party, but not enough to go all night, like one might do in a little town called, "THE Vegas."

Upon a brief visual inspection of the space inside the hand guard, one savvy Airsoft tech may be able to wire the gun into the internal space provided, to allow the use of slightly larger batteries. However, I have yet to confirm whether, A, there is enough space or B, removing said hand guard to insert the battery is easy to do or a PITA. There is certainly a chance that there isn't really that much more room inside the hand guard than there is inside the current battery area in the upper receiver.

Here's something interesting.  Somebody decided that we, the mega operators, needed a choice of sights.  So, as you can see on the left here, there is what I'd can a sight post, adjustable for elevation. 
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Then, if that just doesn't wet your appetite, there's a flip up sight with a white dot that you can plainly see.



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You might be wondering what's going on in the rear. I know I am. TWSS.

Here's a view from behind. I enjoy this point of view. Whilst you enjoy the finer details of this photo, be sure to note that technically, you've got three options for the rear sight. The farthest back sight has two different size holes to help you pinpoint your target. Like the front sights, if that doesn't do it for you, you can use the flip-up white dot field goal-esque sight. Your choice.
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So here's what the selector looks like, which is located on the right side of the receiver. The more astute observer will see that the letters indicating the current firing mode spell out SAR when strung together. Weird.

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I've already taken the Cybergun Galil SAR Airsoft AEG for spin at the Desert Fox MOUT Facility field in Southern California and let me tell you, I had a good time! The gun is definitely accurate enough for an outdoor MOUT environment, and like I said earlier, the trigger pull is quite nice, making it easy to drop a bunch of rounds down range. This reduces the risk of developing a rare, but serious condition known as TFFS (Trigger-Finger Fatigue Syndrome).

Well.  That's all for now.  There's a high likelihood of me discussing the Cybergun Galil SAR Airsoft AEG again in tomorrow's installment of the Pyramyd Airsoft blog.

So I decided to sift through a good portion of the recent Airsoft news to highlight a few items I was more interested to read about than some of the other trivial garbage that is out there.  

First off, it would seem that Cybergun has decided to stand up and bang with the heavyweights.  According to several reports, the infamous/notorious trademark licensing entity has decided to add high-end AEG/GBBR-maker, Inokatsu to its camp of officially-licensed goodies.  THEN, as if to subsequently say, "Hey Everyone, come look how good I look!" they went ahead and immediately dropped what one can only imagine to be some serious greenery (dolla bill$, y'all) to acquire the California-based Airsoft importation giant, Spartan Imports.  It's usually a good indicator that you're pretty new to the Airsoft scene if you aren't familiar with Spartan Imports to one degree or another.  They probably supply your favorite Airsoft dealer (e.g. Pyramyd Air) with many high quality Airsoft guns, perhaps most notably, Classic Army and KWA among many other high-quality brands.

Speaking of KWA, a little 6mm gossip birdie let slip that Pyramyd Air will be stocking a pretty good-size selection of KWA Airsoft guns in the very near future.  So keep your eye(s) out for more on that.  Rest assured I'll update you as I receive more intel. 

For those of you that have been super sweet enough to be reading the Pyramyd Airsoft blog for the last few months, you may recall the Cybergun-licensed, KJW Sig Sauer P226 Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol that I reviewed/oggled over.  If you are like me and are plagued by selective memory or if you've recently joined me here on the Pyramyd Airsoft blog for quest to Airsoft enlightenment, here's the link to the Cybergun/KJW Sig Sauer P226 review I did several weeks ago:

Review-KJW SIG SAUER P226 GBB, Licensed by Cybergun

I've actually got a couple more reviews of Cybergun-licensed Airsoft guns that I'm looking forward to showing you.  I have been pleasantly surprised by what I've seen thus far from them.

So long story short, these latest two developments from Cybergun have people like me saying, "hmmm, this could be cool and/or at least interesting to see how the situation pans out," while others remain leery of what this might mean for our Airsoft piggy banks, due to Cybergun's less-than-stellar reputation of charging a bit more for their products than many of the Airsoft bargain hunters care to pay.  Oh, and then there's that whole trademark-infringement-lawsuit-rampage they went on awhile back that left many in the industry with an unpleasant taste in their Airsoft mouths.  God forbid that people want to be paid for all the hard work and money spent developing a quality brand of products, regardless of the industry they might cater to.  But that's all the opinion you'll get out of me for now.  I generally prefer to take a conflict avoidance approach to life, so you won't catch me making many bold statements very often. 

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Hey, homie.

Wassup?

How was your day?

Cool. Glad to hear it went well.  Although, if I had to guess, I'd say it's about to get better.

I'm going to take you inside the mind of a WE 1911 Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol today/tonight/right now.

This will serve as a basic guide to taking your beloved GBB apart for any number of reasons.  Maybe yours decided to take a dump on you in the middle of a game because the piston o-ring blew out, or maybe the slide sticks, or maybe you just want to adjust the hop-up a bit or MAYBE it works perfectly, but you're an obsessive tinkerer that insists on taking things apart in an attempt to improve the gun's performance, but instead make the gun perform worse than it did before you ripped it apart and subsequently ruined it.  That last one has TOTALLY never HAPPENED to me.  Honest as Enron, I swear. 

Alright, enough fflufff.  Let's get it goin'.

1st off, pull the slide back just enough to line up the notch on the black slide catch with the small groove in the slide.  This will allow you to pop the slide catch out and release the slide from the lower frame. 

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In order to pop the slide catch out, you'll need to hold the slide in the position it's in in the above pic, while you simultaneously press the black button above the trigger in the image below. 
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In the next pic, you'll notice I've popped the slide catch out and consequently, the slide has been released and slid forward.
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So I know this next situation looks bad, but you've got to realize that when the gun is fully assembled, the inside of the lower frame in front of the trigger guard acts as a sort of secondary spring guide, keeping that rod in line.  I have yet to have an issue with any of my many WE 1911s that utilize this design.  Just to the right of the spring guide rod, you can see the adjustable hop-up wheel, among other things.  Not pictured here, but if you had your own WE 1911 (everyone should have at least one) to look at, you could look closely and see that on the wheel, WE has gone ahead and indicated which direction turns the hop-up on and which direction turns it off (basically the opposite direction that turns it on, genius).     

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From here on out, I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking.  If you are you able to figure out what's going on from my photo tutorial, then please send your praise this direction.  If you are UNable to figure it out, please direct your complaints at your therapist.  I am not in the mood to be accepting blame or criticism today.

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I will step in for a brief moment to explain these next two images.  In the image below, I'd like you to look at the black hex screw below the rear sight.  In order to access the pistol o-ring and other parts inside the loading nozzle, you'll need to remove this screw. 
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Additionally, you will also need to remove the screw that secures the rear sight.  This screw also helps to secure the blowback unit. 
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Once you remove both of those screws, you'll be able to pull the blowback unit out and take it apart.  Be sure not to lose the tiny loading nozzle spring that sits in between the top of the blowback unit and the inside of the slide.  Basically, almost right underneath where the rear sight sits.  This spring is replaceable, but try not to lose it because it will cost you more than you will want to pay for a super tiny spring.

Here, I show you the outer barrel and hop-up assembly.  If you look closely, towards the bottom of the grey/metal  hop-up chamber, you can see a tiny screw just to the left of the circular hole.  In order to get to the hop-up rubber in order to either replace it or just seal it with something like Teflon tape or whatever you think works best, you will need to remove this screw.
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...BUT WAIT...easy, Rod (see Super Troopers for clarification on that). 

On the back side of that screw, is a tiny black piece of plastic that keeps the hop-up/inner barrel secure inside the outer barrel.  Do not lose this piece.  You will probably have to make your own from scratch if you lose it, because I'm pretty sure it's not replaceable otherwise. 

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This is what the inside of the inner barrel looks like with the hop-up turned on a bit.  Notice the flat line at the top of the circle, essentially making it NOT a circle. 

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Wild. Magical. Airsoft.

- A Visual Stimulation -
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No. You're not seeing double, and no, I didn't do that cheesy photo effect where the camera mirrors the original subject to make two identical subjects. This review features two (2) Gas Blowback Pistols. Which two?

These two...
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The WE 1911 MEU and WE 1911 MEU Tactical GBB Pistols
with Caspian Trademarks, both in tan.



Work it, girls...
1911 MEU Tan Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol, Pyramyd Air, Airsoft Green Gas Guns

These two lovelies from the Caspian line of WE are some of the newest additions to Pyramyd Air's Catalog of Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistols.  
1911 MEU Tan Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol, Pyramyd Air, Airsoft Green Gas Guns
Let me tell you a bit about these two MEU-style Airsoft guns.  First off, like all WE Airsoft GBB Pistols, they feature metal slides, frames and furniture (e.g. trigger, mag release, slide catch, etc) along with the signature rubber MEU-style grips.  Each pistol has a WE medallion set into each side of the grip, which adds a nice touch.  I have seen somewhere out on the interwebz that there is a replacement medallion available of the United States Marine Corps emblem.  I mention this because for those of you that don't know because you have inferior Google-Fu, "MEU" stands for Marine Expeditionary Unit, which, according to a fairly unreliable source (wikipedia.org), is the USMC's expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis.   The MEU(SOC) pistol has been the official standard-issue sidearm of the Marine Expeditionary Unit since its inception in 1985 or so, back when it was the Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU).

One thing you may notice if you're the highly-analytical type is that there are four (4) gas magazines in the the dualie photos and two (2) gas magazines in a few of the solo shots.  That's because each WE 1911 MEU comes with two of those hot & chromy MEU-style 15-round mags.  Another nice thing about these mags other than their stunning appearance is their compatibility with just about any brand of 1911 or MEU out there, except maybe the Western Arms pistols, but I'm not sure on that.  They are usually not compatible with WE/Marui/KJW pistol parts though.  


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So you can see that these two guns are virtually identical with the exception that the MEU to the left has been blessed with a rail for mounting lights, lasers, or light/laser combos.
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Need I say more?
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Rear Sight
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Front Sight
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Main Spring Housing and Black Grip Safety
(aka, the Beaver Tail)
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Main Spring Housing Retention Pin and Lanyard Loop for attaching a pistol retention lanyard in true MEU fashion.
1911 MEU Tan Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol, Pyramyd Air, Airsoft Green Gas Guns
Check out the black barrel and orange, threaded barrel in the event you feel like going Agent 47 and throwing a mock suppressor on there. 

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Here's a close-up of the Caspian trademark printed on the tan slide.  I personally feel the silver/steel/metal trigger is a nice touch.  Just what I believe in. 

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Notice, below, that the hammer is at half-cocked position.  This can be used and was probably designed as a safety feature since the gun cannot be fired when the hammer is in this position. 
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Just thought I'd show you the little Caspian logo printed on the right side of the slide at the back.  You can also clearly see the slide serrations for gripping when pulling the slide back. A third point of interest would be the presence of the thumb safety.  You'll notice when comparing pics of the left and right sides of these guns that there is a thumb safety switch on each side, making it what most of the cool kids refer to as an ambidextrous safety.  I was cool in high school once.  FYI. 
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This next shot is mildly redundant of the prior, however, the grip is just about fully visible now for those of you tired of looking at the left-side of the grip. 
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Here is where I show off my imperfections as a human being.  This next photo was a fail.  I had intended to capture the essence of the chamber by showing off the stamped text that reads ".45 ACP" but the photo did not turn out as I had planned.  So I've left you with a relatively pointless image of the top of the slide.  Bummer.  
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This discussion of the WE 1911 MEU Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistols will now cease to continue. 


I'm not sure if you know or not, but when in Rome...



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