Fixing a Loose PT-1 Stock

Owners of any one of the variety of Zentico PT-1 replica stocks may find that occasionally they become loose or will no longer lock in place when extended out. Sometimes this is the result of a part moving out of alignment, but more often it is simply installation error from the manufacturer.

Fortunately this is very easy to fix and you needn’t worry about having to fork out another $150 for a replacement stock. Continue reading “Fixing a Loose PT-1 Stock”

Elite Force Glock 19 Review: Complete Teardown

Among the more hotly anticipated (or controversial, depending on who you talk to) Airsoft releases this past year or so, has been the Elite Force Glock 19 manufactured by VFC. What sets this particular Glock apart from the many others that have stepped before it is that it is an officially licensed replica. For US based players in particular, this presents itself as a much more accessible Glock product, as obtaining one in the past has not been without certain difficulties. Some might remember the massive blowback from Glock themselves quite a few years ago, and the myriad cease and desist letters that were sent to manufacturers, distributors and stores alike that were dealing in Glock replicas. Needless to say, if you wanted an accurately ‘traded’ Glock replica, you generally had to ship it into the US in parts and pieces. The alternative was to simply accept any number of clones and copies that disused trades or even made significant alternations on the physical appearance of the Glock design itself. Continue reading “Elite Force Glock 19 Review: Complete Teardown”

Upgrading the M240B Ammunition Carrier

The small fleet of Airsoft replica M240B GPMG’s represents a fairly robust internal and external design, but it is plagued by a major weakness: the box magazine.

This is a large and cumbersome protrusion erupting from the left side of the weapon that nearly precludes the possibility of adequately muscling the front end around from anywhere but the prone. Funnily enough, it is built of flimsy cardboard (yes, you read that right) and then wrapped in Cordura. The two small mounting screws that attach the feed adapter to the box support often shear off, which means you need to get an easy-out – or failing that – trash the whole assembly and start over. The feed tube and electrical wiring for the servo come out the side and are exposed to the elements, which often means one gets contaminated with dirt, whereas the other gets snagged and short circuits. Continue reading “Upgrading the M240B Ammunition Carrier”

Rotary Chamber Roundup

Rotary style hop-up chambers were once relegated chiefly to the realm of aftermarket upgrades. Now it seems that many manufacturers have hopped on board the rotary train, and it’s not uncommon to see new AEG rifles coming equipped from the factory with this style of hop-up chamber.

There are some advantages to the rotary style chamber over the more conventional setups most will be familiar with. Chiefly, there are fewer moving parts; some designs entirely do away with the push-in retainer rings and all of them completely eliminate the trio of gears previously found on hop-up chambers. For pure ease of maintenance and fine tuning (especially on the hop-up arm), a rotary chamber makes a lot of sense. Continue reading “Rotary Chamber Roundup”

Real Sword Type 56: Fitting Aftermarket Pistons

The Real Sword Type 56 series (56, 56-1 and 56-2) are unique in that they are the only AEG rifles manufactured with true 1:1 ratio receivers to the real steel version. Because of this, the gearbox – known as the “T2” – is not a standard (Tokyo Marui spec) Version 3; rather, it is made shorter in the back in order to fit into the receiver. This design concession also means the piston has a somewhat unique shape.

In the event that you damage your factory piston, you can always drop in an aftermarket unit with a few modifications. Continue reading “Real Sword Type 56: Fitting Aftermarket Pistons”