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Old 09-27-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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Type 96 Review.

The Maruzen Type 96 also known as the L96/AWSM is in my opinion one of the most comfortable rifles out there. The thumbhole grip makes racking the bolt fast easy even with a 500 fpr spring. In my later days Ive owned a Gspec and this rifle blows it out of the water.

Construction:

The construction of the rifle is solid as a rock, however the mag gets a little fiddley. The cheek piece feels plasticy and smooth but nothing some fiberglass bondo cant fix up


Breaking down the Rifle:

The day i got it i totally stripped it apart just to see how it worked, over a couple days i found out you can take the bolt off without removing the receiver from the stock which is a nice feature. Once i understood this gun is far more understandable than the TM VSR series taking it apart was a breeze.

Cocking the bolt (Stock&Upgraded):

The stock bolt is amazingly easy to cock, my 6 year old sister has a blast shooting at cans in my yard, in which i had fun shooting bbguns with my dad at an early age too.
Once the gun is 500 fps it still is easy to cock compared to the VSR's, i have a fairly mild build and its easy to rack it as fast as possible, and doesn't tire you out after a long day of shooting.

Upgraded Parts (install):

-Cylinder-
Installing the new cylinder was easy as pie, after familiarizing myself with the rifle the first day i had it upgraded in several minutes.

-Trigger-
I haven't thrown in my Guarder parts yet because I'm seeing how long these stock parts will hold out, and they've held out around 1000 shots from the 540 upgrade.

-OuterBarrel-
the outerbarrel installation was a no brainer, once you remove the magazine catch by unscrewing one screw you only have to unscrew it from the receiver which took more time than the first step.

-PDI Hopup & Inner Barrel-

Installing the PDI hopup takes some time to figure out the Japanese directions and more importantly understanding how it works. Once you follow the 1/2" diagram pictures on the directions inserting it into the inner barrel was no problem. Adjusting the hopup is a pain, you need a super small allen to adjust them, I'm running .30's with a 540fps gun and my hopup is almost all the way off. The Systema inner barrel uses an AEG bucking that slips in the chamber like a glove however is too thick for the provided barrel spacers that come with the PDI barrel. Gives me about 40 extra feet out of the Rifle.

Overall:

The Maruzen series as we all know is some of the best spring rifles on the market for a price well worth the quality. The magazine empty indicator is nice and the cocking indicator isn't the most useful but sometimes helps i suppose. The stock is a great feel on the hands and a very balanced weapon. I cant be any less impressed with it.

Rating 9.5/10 due to some cheap feel to the stock and cheekpiece.


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Right when i got home from use... fresh out of the case and fresh out of the dirt ;)


Remember when i said my sister likes shooting. Target of Bin Laden face on far side of yard (42 yards) wich she hits every time.
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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Nice review, I would really like to pick one of these up or a similar rifle. What would you suggest besides this rifle?
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:09 PM   #3
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The Maruzen SWS ive heard is really nice. Frostee off MIA has had his 550 fps for over a year, and the only part he's finally broke was his bolt handle haha, it really is a quality gun.
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There are only two other airsoft guns with the AICS: The Tanaka M700 AICS and the Asahi L96. If you're wondering about what rifles in general he would suggest then I would suggest you make a new thread about it.

Nice review, by the way, Sean.
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:49 PM   #5
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What kinda range do you get with those upgrades? How does this compare to stock?
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It shoots about 2 1/2 times farther than stock right now, i would like to keep the range classified but i will tell you it shoots more than 75 meters no lob.... Hell of a rifle.
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I'm running .30's with a 540fps gun and my hopup is almost all the way off.
A 0.30g BB leaving the barrel at 540 fps will contain approximately 4.07 joules of energy.

If i'm calculating this correctly, you have almost a 170+ yard range with this rifle. This is awesome range, however it's also really really hot. What is your min distance? 50feet?

In calculating the speed of 4.07J would give you a speed of 662fps with a .20bb. Putting this out of the MIA satey standards for play on an organized field.

Curious, do you have any quick adjustments for dialing down the speed?
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It shoots about 2 1/2 times farther than stock right now, i would like to keep the range classified but i will tell you it shoots more than 75 meters no lob.... Hell of a rifle.
I can vouche for that, quite a nice rifle Sean has.
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"A 0.30g BB leaving the barrel at 540 fps will contain approximately 4.07 joules of energy."

HAHA i wish, I didnt really make that clear. 540 fps with .20's but i run .30's
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Nice review i may have to save up some cash and snag one.
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Old 09-28-2006, 02:16 PM   #11
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ohhhhh yeah baby! 42yards isnt that much tho...

btw, sniperitalia = me, and i like zero triggers, thus the new name
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Oh, i know 42 yards isnt much at all, and i engage people at twice that sometimes. But for a 6 year old girl thats pretty far.
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:02 PM   #13
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with a bit a practice she'll be as good as her big bro
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My dad used to shoot competition and she must have recive it from him, just like i did.
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thats cool what did he shoot
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