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I plan on providing a more thorough review of the big event I attended last weekend a bit later this week.  However, I've run out of time for today, so I'll leave you with a few brief clips of the field and briefing area to give you an idea of how cool this place was.  By cool, I mean the level of awesome.  The temperature was WAAAAYYY too hot for my liking on an Airsoft day, I've heard somewhere around 105 degrees.  It was so bad that the MOSFET in my M14 DMR kept shutting down the gun, because the motor was already too hot before I had even fired the gun more than 100 rounds or so.  VERY disappointing on that front, but no fault of the game staff or anything.  BUT, that is exhibit A why I always make sure to bring backups upon backups.  Anyway, I'll give the full rundown of my day well spent at the event either tomorrow night or the next.  For now, here's a clip of the breifing area right before the first game (i think)...



Here's one from the top of the big hill that our team was to defend in the 2nd game. We are just about to get the game started...


A couple things for the record:
1.  I mentioned that my M14 was shooting around 470 FPS.  Before you panic, one I am very familiar with what the 100 ft minimum engagement distance looks like and always carry two pistols with me.  One for transitioning when engaging a target within the MED, and the 2nd pistol is for letting you know that I'm a baller.  Nothing wrong with doing two guns at the same time.  It's always been a dream of mine, as I'm sure many others can say as well.
2.  I've played at fields throughout the majority of California, and have found, in my personal experience, that cheating tends to be a bit more prevalent in the Southern California region than in the Central or Northern regions.  Truth be told, however, I did not see any questionable play or behavior out on the field that day, which always makes for a better experience.  Scorching temperatures aside, this was a pretty awesome day of Airsoft.  

And the third is right after I shot the 2nd one you just saw. I decided to film a little bit more, for your viewing pleasure...



More to come...

We ride together, we die together. Airsoft for life.

Today I'm going to do you a favor and not ramble on incessantly before showing you the goods.  This blog is dedicated to educating you fine folks on converting your WE M14 GBB Rifle's gas magazine from 20 rounds to a whopping 30 rounds.  Here's how...

From the Bottom of the WE M14 gas magazine:  Use something with a small tip to gently lift the notch over the magazine casing in order to slide the bottom plate off.  Be careful here, you can bend the metal plate fairly easy.  Very little force is needed to lift the notch over the case.
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You can see that I've slid the plate out just a smidge here.  Notice the two side rails that run parallel to each other.  The way the bottom plate is designed may cause you a bit of extra grief because the sides of said plate will catch on each of those two rails.  You will need to do some wiggling of the plate side to side in order to slide it all the way out.  Again, be careful about using too much force here, hulkster. 
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Ignore the bolt on the left that I've crossed out in the photo below.  That is another story for another day.  For the time being, focus on the little bolt to the right, circled in red.  Unscrew it, then push the magazine's internals out the top of the external casing, in the direction of the red arrow on the right (remember, the magazine is pictured upside down). 
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Once you've got the internal guts of the WE M14 GBBR's magazine out of the shell, this is sort of what you'll see.  What by this point in the photo sequence, I had removed the two long bolts that secure the gas reservoir to the rest of the magazine.  You can see in the image below that I've made some notes.  Feel free to read them and mention any questions in the comment section of the blog, should my comments create any confusion and/or curiosity.  
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Look here!!!  Ok, now look below at the photo I've provide you with.  It's no coincidence that I've placed color-coded rectangles around each of the two springs.  The green rectangle indicates that you should use the longer spring that comes with the rifle, and likely the extra mags, too.  The red rectangle encloses the original follower spring, and the notorious spacer (also rectangular).  Green means go and red means stop (at last here in certain parts of California), so therefore, use the longer spring.  It works. 
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From here, all you do is put the thing back together again. Boom!!! You now have a 30-round WE M14 gas magazine.  Congratulations.  Now go shoot some tangos (but only if you're at an Airsoft field where you're legally allowed to play, and your target is wearing ANSI-rated eye protection).  It's unfortunate that I have to add that in there to cover my a$$ but it's the world we live in.  Yay!

Do you Airsoft and tell? 

Keep in mind, the recoil on the WE M14 GBB gun is pretty insane. I clock in at 6'6", 245 lbs and this thing still bosses me around a bit. So you can't, with a sane mind, expect the rifle to be as accurate as an AEG, however, for it's given attributes, I'd say this rifle is DEFINITELY skirmishable out of the box (with some teflon tape wrapped around the hop-up bucking). See the other videos that I've posted here on the blog about how to take the gun apart to get down to the bucking. It's quite easy to do and I've got a better version of my disassembly guide coming this week. Anyway, today's video is all about how the WE M14 GBB shoots at 32 yards with a small smidge of wind, but nothing too bad.


Lessons learned for next time (and there will be a next time), don't set the camera & tripod on the table while firing a GBBR with heavy recoil like the WE M14 GBBR.  Sorry about that.  I didn't even catch that until I had already packed up for the day and did not have time to reshoot.  If I get enough requests, I'll redo the video before I upgrade the rifle so that you can see the BB flight on film.  I think it was pretty clear that the rifle hit the target though, because of the fact that I started the film out at the target to show that it was pretty much unused with the exception of 3 or 4 shots.

Also, for the record, I was using the iron sights on the rifle while firing.  This is one of the few rifles I've fired pretty much out of the box where I did not need to watch the BB flight in order to know where they were hitting.  So that's a huge plus right there.

So like I said above, based on the testing I did on Sunday, I'm going to go ahead and give the WE M14 GBBR a preliminary SKIRMISHABLE rating, as in, it's likely, but not for certain just yet that you should be able to take this thing out to your field and let the OPFOR know what's up.  I still need to take the gun out to a field and test it out at longer ranges in addition to simply putting more rounds through it to see what kind of wear and tear takes place with all that recoil, but we will get to that in good time.  I'd say I've probably got between 300-400 rounds through it by now, and haven't got any major complaints yet.  I'm getting more and more excited as I continue to spend time with it.  This could quite possibly earn a top spot on my favorites list, which is no easy feat.  Let me tell you.

I know for a fact that there are a ton of you out there that are far better Airsoft gunsmiths than I, and I'm pretty confident that if you know what you're doing, it wouldn't take a whole lot of work to get this thing shooting crazy good.  I spent some time this evening doing a couple easy tweaks, and was able to achieve a significant boost in performance.  I'll be mapping all of those details out for you when I've got everything done, so sit tight for just a bit, my homies.

Airsoft.

Well...here it is. The fourth and final installment of the WE M14 GBB (gas blowback) rifle takedown videos...


As I've mentioned previously, I will be reshooting a video of this process now that I have a clue about what I'm doing.  In hindsight, I should not have filmed myself taking it apart for the first time because it never goes smoothly or without incident.  But I just couldn't wait to show you M14 GBBR enthusiasts what was going on inside this rifle. 

Not sure if you could hear it in the video or not, but angels began singing the most Heavenly melodies upon unveiling the VSR/1911-style hop-up bucking.  It was a very spiritual Airsoft moment. 

So there you have it. This does not begin to conclude my coverage of the WE M14 GBB rifle but it does conclude all the awkward videos, save for one, which isn't too bad (I think).

REMEMBER, the answer is YES. I will do an accuracy test as soon as time permits, planned for this weekend. And yes, I will explain, with the use of images and/or videos, what upgrades or modifications I performed on the M14 GBB's internals.  I will also take it out to the field to see what kind of skirmishability it's got.  I need to make sure it's more than just a hot body (that's what she said).  

Keep checking in for more updates.  

Part III of the EPIC WE M14 GBB Rifle Takedown Video Guide Series.


Pending available time this weekend, I'll be doing a demonstration of the WE M14 GBB Rifle's accuracy at the "stock level" before I start the performance upgrade progress.

I've been fielding a lot of emails and private messages about what upgrades are available for this rifle and which I plan to do, as well as whether I plan on sharing that info on the blog. The answer is ABSOLUTELY. Airsoft Sharing mean Airsoft Caring, and I promise to provide a detailed explanation of anything I do to tune the rifle in order to maximize its Win Factor (WF).

I'm still very excited about this rifle as is, and even more excited about its upgrade potential.  So if you feel the same way, then we should be friends.  More to come....

Airsoft. 

It's been confirmed that WE will be releasing the highly popular and highly sexy Enhanced Battle Rifle (M14 EBR) version of their monumental M14 Gas Blowback Rifle.  The body is CNC Machined from aluminum and features the short-length outer barrel.  One little feature WE added to this, which makes a big difference to me, is that they have included the small rail piece that you need to mount a scope on the rifle.  Usually, you have to buy this part extra and it's never cheap.  Just one of many little things that they've done which add up to a very impressive package. 

One important item to take note of is that they are going to be offering the EBR as a complete gun, but also as a conversion body kit for those of us who already own the classic M14 GBB version.

Personally, I want both.  They are different tools for different situations.  I just like to be prepared.  My brother's an Eagle Scout, so I guess he rubbed off on me a bit.


According to WE, the M14 GBB EBR & Conversion Body Kit will be released & available for purchase in mid-October of 2010 (Which is next month, for those of you lacking current situational awareness).

I'm so excited I could poop.  Airsoft!!!

I got Part II uploaded and will have part III, & finally IV, posted shortly as well.

In case I wasn't clear, it should be noted that this is essentially my maiden voyage into the WE M14 GBB rifle's internals, so the takedown process took quite a bit longer in the videos than it does now that I know what I'm doing. As soon as I get a chance, hopefully, this weekend, I plan to re-shoot the disassembly process now that I've done it enough to show you just how easy it is. I've received a message or two from viewers expressing their concern over the difficulty in taking down the rifle, so I clearly need to do another video in order to properly demonstrate the ease of takedown for this rifle. For now, I'll show you what I've got because you've been very patient with me and deserve a little something for your efforts.

Therefore, watch in Part II as I probe deeper and deeper into the uber-legitimate WE M14 GBB Airsoft Rifle.....




...Airsoft...

Here's Part I of the first time I took the WE M14 Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle apart.

It's important to note that this was truly my first time taking apart the gun and therefore the process was quite a bit slower for me than it is now that I've taken it apart and put it back together a few times. I would have to say the simplicity of the takedown process once you figure it out is a definite advantage for those who are constantly tuning and/or upgrading their guns. It's very easy to get down to the WE M14 GBBR's inner barrel and hop-up rubber once you get the lay of the land inside the rifle.



Part II will be up in the next 12 to 24 hours.  Check back here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog for all the updates.  

Love you.

Airsoft (M14s!!!!).
 

Friday, September 3, 2010

WE M14 GBBR Chrono Test with .20g BB

Happy Friday, everyone. The weekend is pretty much upon us and that means for those of you that are lucky and/or smart enough, you will be playing Airsoft this weekend. Whether or not I get to play Airsoft this weekend will depend largely on how quickly I can finish the 11 different tax returns on my desk at the office that all need to be done before Tuesday of next week. Airsoft can be a powerful motivator to productivity levels, so I'm not too worried. Especially, when one considers I've got a new and untested WE M14 Gas Blowback Rifle in my possession. My M14 and I were having a very deep discussion last night about how I need to spend less time working and more time playing Airsoft. I said that I agreed, but that unfortunately it just wasn't that simple. Anyway, listen up. Today's video is a chrono test of the M14 GBBR using .20g BBs. You'll recall from yesterday's blog that I used a .28g BB in that test. I would say that the M14 GBBR put some fairly respectable numbers on the board as Airsoft gas guns go, however, it could always be better.  But we'll get to that in just a bit, just you wait, my Anonymous Airsoft friends. 

Here's the vid...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

WE M14 GBBR Chrono Test with a .28g BB

As if the title wasn't self-explanatory enough, I chrono'd the WE M14 Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle with a TSD .28g BB.


As soon as I can get it uploaded, I'll have the chrono test with .20g BBs for those of you unable or just too lazy to convert those numbers yourself. 

Also, just a heads up, I DO plan on preparing an in-depth photo review for the M14 GBB as I have done with all the other guns I've reviewed here, however, my schedule has been pretty hectic lately and therefore you're left with some sloppy video footage to hold you over until I can sit down and put together a respectable review with the usual high-res images and overly-wordy yet superbly witty monologues. If I can swing it, I am going to try to get the photos done this weekend and from there, it's on like Airsoft Donkey Kong.

Airsoft.

The video in this particular blog illustrates how to find the hop-up on your WE M14 Gas Blowback rifle and then the easiest way to adjust it that I am currently aware of.

One important thing to note is that I recorded this video on the very first day that I got the thing (only a few minutes after I got done filming myself unbox it for the first time.  So it wasn't until AFTER I shot this footage that I figured out that it is unnecessary to remove the retention pin in the front of the gun where what I would call the "gas block" is located.  I made an annotation of this in the video at around 6:47.  Give me a break.  I'm only a bald human with nerdy accountant's glasses who spends his weekends filming himself in his backyard disassembling toy guns for funsies.


Next up are a couple chrono tests with different BB weights as well as a full takedown tutorial where I show you what the hop-up and inner barrel look like. You'll probably want to check those out if you're interested in upgrading your own WE M14 GBBR.

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