Airsoft - Weapon of Choice
Hopefully we will cover more about AEG upgrades and tuning in the future but as I have found out – most AEGs have a huge untapped potential for improvement. The kind of improvements that you still don’t get by spending an extra £200 on your AEG usually because the most expensive part is the metal outer, not the internals.
Out of the box my G&G CM16 Raider performed pretty damn well once the hop was set correctly but I have wanted to give it more ‘oomph’ for a while now. First up was a new motor – I wanted a motor that had more torque so I went for the Lonex Titan A2.
What a cracking piece of kit! This motor boasts powerful neodymium magnets which are very powerful compared to your standard and they work a treat. That motor combined with my stock spring almost tripled my rate of fire – however this was not the objective and would have been mechanically dangerous at this point so I shoved in a more powerful spring; a Lonex M110 to be exact. This brought down the rate of fire but was giving me better FPS; quite close to the 350FPS mark. The stock G&G hop rubbers are known to be pretty damn good and a fair few don’t feel the need to upgrade so I took that advice and it played out really well. The whole combination increased my overall range considerably once the hop had been fiddled with again.
I recently ‘re-shimmed’ my gearbox because it has always made quite a screech when shooting and it has improved it a fair bit although it’s nowhere near perfect even with motor height adjustment and I may purchase the services of an experienced tech who’s done this a million times to make the gun quieter. It’d be awesome to only hear the ‘thump’ of the air expelling from the barrel.
My latest addition is Airlab’s High Current MOSFET. This turned my gun into a bit of a head turner. As mentioned in the Airlab High Current MOSFET Review it raised my rate of fire from 11.5 rounds per second to 23 rounds per second. I’m just below the level of which would require me to correct my Angle of Engagement (AoE) so other than perhaps chewing through a few cylinders quicker than I’d like, there shouldn’t be any issues.
It’s important to remember that by installing this MOSFET, it replaced all of my internal wiring with better thicker (16 AWG) wiring which allows better heat dissipation and less resistance but it also bypasses the trigger mechanism which as previously mentioned means that all the power will no longer be sitting at the trigger. This circuit design in allows much less resistance which equates to more efficient current usage – the trigger response improved greatly and really allowed my motor to shine. This was a huge aspect for me given I have been used to clay pigeon shooting and trigger response isn’t a factor in something like that so it was very alien to experience the delay of the gearbox completing a cycle before the projectile is chucked out of the barrel.
With the G&G CM16 Raider, G&G cut a few corners in order to pass the cost saving onto the customer. There’s no delta ring which pretty much means I can’t stick another outer barrel and rail in there – it’d require a whole new upper and lower receiver set, outer barrel and rail with all the little extras to get it exactly how I would like. The other costcutter was the fact that the front site is moulded to the outer barrel which means it cannot be removed. While not completely true it’s not easy and required me to buy a Dremel tool with all the bells and whistles to cut it off and shape it.
It took a fair while to cut through it; I was being overly cautious because this was the first time I had cut anything metal and was more worried about my fingers and eyes!
Once it was off I was a little stumped as to how I would round and smooth it off properly. I started using grinding stones which really didn’t work well or at least worked very slowly. It was only when I thought to change the Dremel tool to a sanding cylinder that I really made some progress.
I have quite sneakily covered up a few mistakes I made on the other side here with this shot but nevertheless it gives you a rough idea of what I set out to achieve. I chose to smooth it out a little bit more and then proceeded onto spraying it matte black to match the barrel.
Overall I’m quite happy with the end product given I have a clearer view through my Aimpoint. Perhaps a set of MBUS sights for good measure?
The first thing I did when I got my first AEG is take it down to the component level. As much as retailers warranties will tell you different, these things are designed to be upgraded – you’re buying an untapped platform, a clean slate if you will to tune and improve until it works how you want it to. What surprises me is the sheer amount of people who just buy an AEG and leave it as is. Perhaps it doesn’t appeal to some or may worry you. To me, fiddling around with your gun and learning through trial and error is hugely rewarding and that’s half the fun of Airsoft for me.
If you’ve missed the first article of the series then head over to Starting Airsoft on the cheap.