Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I've got a couple of announcements to make about AirsoftReports and my newest website "TechsterHQ.com".
1. As some of you know I am a law student. Until recently I have been able to maintain my airsoft video production with some regularity. However, as I am now in my last semester and am currently studying for the Bar exam, my ability to produce videos will be severely diminished. I don't want anyone thinking that this is the end of Airsoft Reports, because it is not. Rather, this is merely a lull in the vids I will be making. Further, it is a fair bet that I will make at least one more video during the holiday season, though I've not decided which model to test. (Feel free to leave input on that topic).
2. Videos take a lot of work to film and edit, however, blog postings are much quicker and easier to produce. To that end, as a die hard fan of almost anything tech related I've launched "www.TechsterHQ.com" as an outlet for these interests. If you share such an interest in tech, gadgets etc...please hop on over and take a look.
All the best!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We're in the process of making our new airsoft reports website with "Wordpress". The new tools give us the ability to categorize the site in a much more user friendly fashion.
For example, now all of our gun reviews are categorized under "Reviews" and within that heading are subsections for each brand. (I.e. Classic Army, Echo 1 etc...) Now you can simply click on the brand of gun you're interested in and then see all of the different reviews that we have under that brand.
As usual, you can also leave comments, subscribe and follow the blog and hopefully, you'll find the entire experience to be much more usable.
While we're not quite done with everything (And some videos aren't yet up), you can get a taste of the new site by clicking on the link:
Link to www.airsoftreports.wordpress.com
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The flash animation takes a little time to load, but once its up, you've got a very pretty looking hub for airsoft dis-assembly info compiled from around the web. While the selection is not huge, yet, it seems like they are trying to add more content all the time. What they do have is good stuff and worth a look, especially if you are looking for info about breaking your toys down.
Check them out at www.airsoftdna.com
Although in many cases, the internals are where the most cleaning needs to be done, this guide is intended to answer questions about the barrel of the airsoft gun only and is geard towards the "newbie" level player.
For those of you hoping to get info on cleaning the guts of the gun (I.e. the mechbox or valve assembly) I would strongly encourage you to take a look at either www.mechbox.com or the newer but promising www.airsoftdna.com. These sites will show you how to disassemble the guns to their individual components and cleaning is then simply a matter of you using your best judgment on how best to wipe the parts clean.
On to the guide!
There are a couple of different ways to clean an airsoft gun barrel but they all do the same thing; clean gunk off the inside of the smooth barrel which is in the airsoft gun. Because airsoft guns (usually) don't have rifled barrels (Barrels with spiral grooves cut into the inside of the barrel) you will not have to worry about getting crud out of these grooves. This means that the cleaning process is pretty simple. Basically, you are going to need to swab out the barrel using some oil and a cleaning patch (small square of fabric or paper). Bear in mind that the barrel of an airsoft gun is quite small (narrow diameter) and therefore, I have found that the best method of pushing the cleaning patch through the barrel is to use an airsoft cleaning rod. Generally, these rods come with the gun and are usually plastic. The plastic construction helps to prevent damaging the barrel and other parts on the and I would advise against using metal coat hangers or similar.
Before you get started, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
ALWAYS, ALWAYS THINK SAFETY! This means making sure that your airsoft gun is completely unloaded, de-charged, de-gassed, de-cocked etc...
Once you've made sure the airsoft gun is safe begin the cleaing process:
#1 Turn the hop up off. That is, turn the hop up to the setting where the is NO back spin on the bbs. IF you don't do this, you risk damaging the hop up bucking with the cleaning patch/rod.
# 2 tear off a small piece of paper towel (approx. 1"x1") and bend it in half so it looks like a triangle. Thread one corner of the triangle through the eye (the slit) in the tip of the cleaning rod.
#3 Lubricate the cleaning patch with a few drops of silicone oil (DO NOT USE WD40!!!! as it can erode the rubber in the hop up and on the rest of the gun!!!)
#4 Using steady pressure, push the cleaning rod through the barrel from the tip of the barrel to the feed port of the gun. (I usually tip the gun on its back to see if the cleaning rod has reached the feed tube.) DO NOT APPLY TOO MUCH PRESSURE! if you feel an obstruction in the barrel, be VERY careful to make sure that the obstruction is a BB or something else. IF you feel the cleaning rod catch on something and you do not see the cleaning rod through the feed tube, you may have caught the hop up bucking and pushing too hard could ruin the bucking.)
#5 Once you've pushed the rod all the way down the barrel, pull it out and inspect it for dirt or other particulates. If the patch (the small piece of paper towel) is dirty, then remove it and replace it with a fresh cleaning patch, re-lubricate and repeat the cleaning process till the cleaning patches no longer come out of the barrel dirty.
If you follow these steps and use your common sense, you will be able to successfully, clean nearly any airsoft barrel.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This is the first part of the Q-Report on the Classic Army P90 Sport Line Tri Rail with upgraded metal receiver.
Spartan Imports sent us the upgraded receiver to give us a taste of what might be seen in the Proline version of the CA P90.
Overall I liked what I saw, and the metal receiver certainly makes a nice upgrade. Although, the metal receiver produces no performance boost, it does seem to provide a more sturdy platform upon which to mount optics and other add ons.
The fit and finish was average with a noticeable seem running through the middle of the gun. The seem caused discomfort and chaffing so I dulled the edges with a razor blade. After this minor alteration, the unit has been quite comfortable.
The magazine does suffer from jams however, and that is the weakest point in the design in my opinion. The issue did seem to improve marginally with use, so it does seem possible that a "break in period" may exist.
Still, a decent mid-cap mag will probably solve the problem completely.
Many thanks to Spartan Imports for sending us this test model.
This is the second part of the Q-Report on the CA P90 Sportline TL.
Overall, as a compact SMG replica, I liked the P90. My biggest complaints to date have been in the magazine which tends to jam from time to time.
The fit and finish was average, but then again it is the "Sportline" version of the gun.
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