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Not sure how many of you fellow l96 users have used the guarder bolt handle, but I purchased it alittle while just in case my stock bolt handle was to give out.

Link to the bolt handle: http://www.airsoftatlanta.com/product_p/47891.htm

Turns out, the only thing included is the actual bolt handle. This means you will have to use some of the other parts that come with your rifle.



In the image above, you will need all three of those things. Be careful not to lose the small metal piece (silver) as this is very important, and unless you have a spare like me, if lost, you would be in big trouble, regardless if you are using the stock bolt handle or not.

Lets start off with the guarder bolt handle, and its feel, durability, etc. and then move on to installation.

Guarder bolt handle


Feel

This bolt handle feels way better than the stock handle that is present with the UTG mk96. I cannot speak in terms of how it feels compared to the maruzen's bolt handle, but all I know is that the guarder handle is the real deal. It does not have that pot metal feeling to it that the stock handle on the mk96 has.

But do not get me wrong here. The stock handle on the mk96 has held up great for me, and shows no signs of breaking. However, put this up against the guarder handle, and there is a significant difference.

Not much else can be said about it, after all its just a bolt handle.


Installation


Here is where things get very tricky. One would think that to install this, just take out the end screw, switch out the stock bolt handle for the guarder one, and tighten up the end screw, and "poof" you are done. However, it was not that easy....In fact it took me numerous hours to get this thing to work.

Step 1: First, take off the stock handle and all the other bits and pieces that were shown in the picture above. Lay them out on a sheet or something, to avoid them getting lost.

Step 2: Go get some sand paper. Now I did not have any, so you know what I used....A brick. Yep, just a normal ol piece of brick I had lying around. You will be using this to sand down the small silver metal piece. Why you ask?

The guarder's handle has a small hole where that little silver piece goes. It turns out, its way to small for the silver piece to slide in. You will need to sand down the hole thing. After lots of sanding, you will notice that the silver piece should slide in the handle's hole, and should stick out the other side.

Silver piece



Silver piece going through the hole on the bolt handle



Silver piece sticking out the other side of the bolt handle



Keep in mind here, that this is not the actual guarder bolt handle. That is on my rifle at the moment, so I just used the stock bolt handle as a demonstration for you all


Step 3: Now that the silver piece has been sanded down, and fits through the handle's hole (so scientific)
, its time to sand down yet another part.

Step 4:





Notice where the allen wrench is pointing. That little piece needs to be sanded down on the sides to allow it to push through the small hole on the guarder bolt handle. This does not need to be sanded much, just alittle.

Step 5: Now give it a try. Put everything back together, and attach it to the rifle. Try cocking the rifle, and see if it works. If not, repeat steps 1-4. This took me a good couple of hours, so do not get frustrated if it does not work the first time.

Only tool you will need.



This will be used to remove the end screw, and to tighten it back up.

If you are reading this far, hopefully you got yours to work. But to tell you the truth, I doubt many if any of you own the guarder bolt handle. But hey, if you do, here you go


Here is a picture of the guarder bolt handle on my rifle



Here is a comparison between the stock bolt handle and guarder one.

Guarder on left, stock one on right.

 

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Darn I was really hoping it came with the black part that attaches to the bolt as well. A small piece of metal came loose inside mine and chewed up the teeth so I'm going to need to get a new one pretty soon.
 

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Yep, the same thing happened to me. A small cylinder yellowish piece came out and I was thinking WTF is that. Two minutes later, I realized a small spring had popped halfway out, and was bent out of shape. Now that black part thingy that attaches to the bolt itself is useless for me as well. But luckily I had a spare.

If you figure out where to get one, I would love to have another in case it happens again. Hopefully it wont though.
 

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You don't need that little pin ;) Mine doesn't have that and it still works great. The bolt handle will just fall down when the bolt is all the way to the rear. But this is no big deal for me to be honest.
 

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You don't need that little pin ;) Mine doesn't have that and it still works great. The bolt handle will just fall down when the bolt is all the way to the rear. But this is no big deal for me to be honest.
Interesting
I never tried that before. Good to know though.

As for recons problem, that happened to me as well. Only I thought it was the guarder bolt handle that caused it to happen. Most likely the cause was too much stress or wear over time, and the little cylinder piece just could not hold the spring in.

Kind of confusing but this is the piece I am referring to.



Where the allen wrench is pointing, there is a small cylinder piece and spring and some screw in it. The cylinder piece looks like it holds the whole thing together. Well that decided to pop on out, leaving the spring to jump out and get stuck on the reciever. The spring ended up bending, leaving that bit useless. So I had to switch to my spare.
 

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I'm pretty sure you don't even need that. I was at a game with Glass Architect and another guy and they basically just took out all of those little springs and pins because you really don't need them. In fact they are usually the cause with the majority of the issues with the UTG L96.

I wish I had a camera to show you guys the damage on the black thing that attaches to the bolt on my gun though. It's really crazy. Whats funny about it is that it was all caused by one little metal pin that popped out between the 2, then just ground up the teeth every time I tried to pull the bolt. Fortunately I had the problem taken care of before my bolt became useless. ;)
 

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^I never really tried it without the little pins and springs and all, but this is pretty interesting. Recon, did they take out the ones I was talking about in my post above such as the small spring inside the pic above? If so, thats pretty cool. I guess I should try it some time.
 

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Yep, sure did. That one is actually the thing that causes so many stupid problems with the UTG. That pin works in combination with the annoying little one in the bolt to make a 3rd safety for the gun. You can definitely take that one out though. All you need is some needle-nose pliers. Make sure you take them all out together though or it may cause more problems.
 

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Yeah, the one bolt handle attachment thingy I have actually had all the pieces jump out on its own. After some thinking, I can see it working. In fact, like you said, those pieces are not important at all. Thanks for helping me open up my noggin' on this one guys :) Saved me from some hassle in the future ;)
 

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Yep, the same thing happened to me. A small cylinder yellowish piece came out and I was thinking WTF is that. Two minutes later, I realized a small spring had popped halfway out, and was bent out of shape. Now that black part thingy that attaches to the bolt itself is useless for me as well. But luckily I had a spare.

If you figure out where to get one, I would love to have another in case it happens again. Hopefully it wont though.
Here is a link to a website I've found
L96 / MK96 Airsoft Sniper Bolt Handle Base Spring & Pin Part
$1.50
 
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