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KWA SR12 is a really nice gun to turn into a DMR.

I have a 400fps SR10 and 400fps KM4. Both outrange
most guns on the field and with higher accuracy.
A few people think I'm shooting hot, because my KWA's
make 200ft shots look easy.

I could write a novel about KWA's. Praising them and turning them into DMR's. My advice to you:

Leave your SR12 alone for a few months.
Get out and shoot it. Be sure to put some bb's through it and get familiar with how it shoots and functions.
Buy a LiPo instead of a 8.4v nimh. get a smart charger that charges lipo's if needed.
There's little need to go above a M130 spring in a KWA 2Gx gear box.
I put a SP120 spring in a 2Gx gear box and got 460fps out of it.
M130 can put you up near 500fps. Really depends on your air seal &
a tighter bore barrel will boost up fps some too.
IF you boost fps much higher than 480-490 then you run into the 2Gx bucking not giving you optimum performance. Then you'll more than likely need a different bucking. Because KWA's spec's are so tight, most after market buckings will not fit in the 2gx hop up unit.
The solution is a K-cut barrel. I know EDGI will make and PCT barrels make a k-cut barrel (rumor - for now). Google k-cut barrels and read up.

Stock 6.05mm barrel improves after a few mags worth of bb's pass through it. Very well made barrel. My SR10's stock barrel shoots
just as accurate as some $80-100 tight bore barrels.
A tighter bore barrel will just really give you a boost in fps.

Go to forums and read up on SR12 DMR's.

ICS's are fairly popular at my local field. When they're working,
they shoot well. I frequently see the ICS owners in the parking
area working on their guns though.

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My SR10 gear box has nearly 60k bb's through it. I estimate by the dozen or so high volume bags of bb's I put through the gun. I had it running stock for 13-14 months until I noticed a drastic drop in fps and weird feed issues. I replaced the bucking twice in those months and when the FPS drastically dropped I opened the gun up just to find the piston head o-ring was worn out. I put a new o-ring on the piston head and everything resumed like normal.

The internals look great.

I'm not going to get into details about LiPo's. I've seen more locals hurt by nimh's getting hot etc
than any incident with a LiPo. I spent $50 on a smart charger over 2 years ago and everything has been running smoothly. LiPo for a DMR, SR12 set up is mainly for trigger response vs. rate of fire.

KWA SR series, KM4 RIS come with a M120 spring stock. KWA springs are shorter than some manufacture's M120 spring. The difference in lengths between different brand springs will affect
the FPS. An SP120 is equivalent to a M130 spring. Guarder SP springs produce a higher FPS than M rated springs.

I took the Guarder spring out of my SR10, because I did not want the FPS over 410 fps.
Plus SP springs since they are longer than stock KWA springs, just adds extra hassle
when working on a mech box. Just my experience...

Matrix springs fit well into a KWA. I have a M113 spring in my SR10 producing 398-400+ fps.

No other internal mods to my SR10. I learned to leave what works well alone!

After 14 months I finally upgraded the barrel. The stock barrel shoots damn near as good as the PDI barrel. Just noticed the PDI barrel has a few less wild flyers out past 200ft. More predictable flight path.

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^^ Sounds like a plan. ^^ please don't!
Looks nothing like a M110 SASS. M16 ris on your pimp drawing when a M110 takes a KAC RAS. I'm sure it's common knowledge that in the real gun (RIFLE!) world that a M110 is a 7.62 and Mk12's are 5.56, a smaller NATO round. The KWA SR12 was modeled a bit after a Mk12. For the love of....I really don't need the spec difference between a Mk12 and SR12. FULLY aware.

Not trying to be being mean about this, but you say you want a M110 SASS styled set up. I realize exact specs are probably not crucial and that you just want the over all look and feel of a M110. I fully understand you there, because I'm in your shoes. LOL.

I could easily tell you all the headaches and issues you will have along the way. It all depends on what you want to experience. I learned a lot from it all. Plus I have 2 large boxes full of parts & three lure boxes with mech box parts & "upgrades". I hang on to stuff in case a gun comes along and a part I have on hand ends up working out.

I spent my first few years in airsoft fighting with guns, issues, upgrading multiple brands etc. What I got out of it was an education and empty wallet (figure of speech). I saw a 2008 KWA out shoot
multiple high dollar DMR's and that's was my introduction to KWA's. Then when their new 2009 line up came out, I with out hesitation purchase a SR10. It has not failed me yet. The only issue it's had was a worn out piston o ring after 14 months of nearly every weekend play.

Flippin, I'm not real sure of your over all experiences in airsoft. Not sure if a complex DMR build is right for you or not. Not insulting you, or saying you can't handle a DMR. Nor the things that inherently come along with a complex build, or an upgraded AEG. It can be a fun experience with upfront success or very frustrating and in the end, you are still sitting home with a non-working gun. I've seen more people frustrated with non-working guns than upfront success.

For a DMR build, tolerances and specs make the gun. In my home office I have a Classic Army, G&P's, G&G's, and KWA's scattered about, and lining up the walls. KWA hands down are the best built. G&G seems like some models of theirs out shine other models. I spent the last 2 weeks teching a G&G M733 to shoot and be able to hit a target at 190ft. My G&G M14 is outstanding, but even that has some quality (material wise) issues. I just say outstanding because of internal specs and solid hop up & barrel fit. My G&P's failed me during and before BIG games. I nearly threw them in a dumpster. After going through two or three "techs" and still having issues I figured them out on my own and now one of them gets molested at every game I go to.

My Classic Army was pretty nice left stock. Then I put new bushings in and new wiring and it got better. Everything was great when I left it at 350fps. Once I tried upgraded the internals I ran into all sorts of compatibility issues. I got it shooting now. Just was not the experience I was planning on.

*Those AIM gearboxes. I would highly recommend staying clear of them.

google "why I hate AIM boxes" I have nothing to do with the site, nor did not write what was on it.
I just laughed when I read it, because I could relate. Two other locals installed AIM mech boxes into their "awesome" DMR guns and their guns still sit in their garages - non working.

I've owned JG's, ECHO1's, a TM...I know JG's and ECHO's have made improvements over the years.
I still think some of their models have a toy like feel to them though. Yeah we're shooting bb guns. TM's just aren't what they use to be.

ICS - I have seen an ICS M16 shoot very well. I know 6 plus locals have ICS's. One guy is a tech.
My experience has been when they upgrade them, something always seems to fail. Those guys are usually the ones walking out in the middle of a game saying their gun just went down. The tech with the ICS. His gun seems to be always working. It's accurate, but just doesn't seem to have the range my KWA's have. Both near the same FPS. There's a lot I like about ICS's, just going off my experiences first hand - what I witness and deal with. The guy's with ICS's will still try to sell a new guy at the field on getting an ICS while they are working on their guns to get them working again.
Cracks me up every time! :)

A couple KWA custom builds.
some internal work and external parts.

KM4 ris (SOPMOD build)

A beauty I built (wish I owned!)
internal & external upgrades

KM4 originally (URX) modeled to reassemble a SR25 carbine
technically a SR15

That's two out of the many KWA's I've worked on.

People can dislike KWA's. I'm ok with that. Means less KWA's shooting back at me on the field. :)

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We all know this could turn into a lengthy discussion...

It seems nothing in airsoft is perfect. KWA's are not invincible, but pretty damn good.

My praise for KWA's, especially to a person with possibly little tech work experience, is that it's a good gun to leave alone. Maybe change the barrel, spring and you'll have a real nice shooting gun.
One that can easily shoot bb's at a good distance accurately. Now if you want to build a 500 fps plus gun and start changing a lot of the internals I realize KWA's are not TM spec.

A KWA shooting 450fps is a safe bet. Easy to achieve and will more than likely run great for awhile.

Now having praised KWA's repeatedly, I do know that you can fully gut out a G&P for example
and have one hell of a nice, accurate, high powered DMR. Honestly that's something not everybody
has the skills to do. It's possible, but not overly common.
I completely over hauled my G&P (sort of) Mk18 and finally have trust in it like I do my KWA's.

So, for a gun where you can install a tight bore barrel, maybe a medium strength spring, a KWA will
make for a solid, accurate DMR. I know how to tweak it for more, but that's not for the faint of heart.

KWA's and G&P's are two of favorites now. A G&P DMR will cost a fortune though. ;)
can't forget my G&G M14, but thinking more Armalites and Stoner Rifles right now.

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I use to own a fully upgraded (Laylax parts) VSR10 Gspec. Was a very nice gun! VSR10's can be easier to put the parts together than an AEG in some aspects.
Though bolty's need finesse for parts to be harmonies. Same could be said for AEG/DMR's too.

A bolt action gun vs. a DMR/AEG really comes down to the person who is going to be using the gun. I plan on building another bolt action later on down the road, but sold the 2-3 bolt actions I've owned. They all worked well, just did not fit with the types of games I was playing and field terrain. Normally I'd spot the opposition around 120-20 feet. I found bolt actions are great in more wide open areas & I play in the woods, or fields will 7ft tall grass/weeds.

Ah, I have a CA M15a4! Pretty much becoming a 400-420 fps Mk12Mod1 at the moment. Will look like a DMR, but technically not be one. Just one of those guns I have as a project and work on it when I can.

After reading your last post, my mind immediately goes to an SR10 being a good fit for you.
This is mine & I love it!
(bottom gun)

SR10 will give you the "assault role" right out of the box with the ability to upgrade it later on into a DMR.

This is a PIMP document that I worked a bit in Photoshop.
Just an idea of the potential to convert an SR10 into a DMR set up.
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