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Two really useful custom things I did to my Maruzen type 96 were to replace the screw holding the mag release catch, and the screws on my zero trigger (if you have one). Go to ace and get flathead or hex screws and hacksaw them to size if necessary. Otherwise, your trigger will be shaking all over and catching at the back and your mag well will be loose and wobbly, and your shots won't chamber half the time because your mag will be hanging out a couple of millimeters.

By the way, any monkey can hacksaw a screw: take a nut and twist it up the screw until it's at the desired length, then place the hacksaw next to it (on the end next to the soon-to-be extra material) and get a groove going there. Keep sawing all the way through, then twist the nut back off to reform the thread on the end.
 

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By the way, any monkey can hacksaw a screw: take a nut and twist it up the screw until it's at the desired length, then place the hacksaw next to it (on the end next to the soon-to-be extra material) and get a groove going there. Keep sawing all the way through, then twist the nut back off to reform the thread on the end.
Not a chore to be taken lightly. Make sure you thoroughly test the new screw and its modification. Its easy to misthread the hop up. I had this happen to me but I took it to a r/c airplane hobby shop where they chopped a screw the same size on an angle to remove the damaged threads. It works just fine and now I don't have to fool with a philips.
 

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That's one way to do it, but I prefer to do my own work. If you simply use the nut and make sure you have the right threads on the screw (CW), then the end reforms flawlessly (in my experience).

I'll be the first to admit I'm far from careful screwing with my rifles. There's always another part, and it takes a lot of trial and error to get any sniper shooting more accurately than an upgraded AEG to get that one-shot kill. If I took the rifle to a hobby shop for every upgrade and mod, I'd be out double the money I spent on the gun.
 

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I don't think you understood. I took it to the hobby shop because I don't own a small enough tap and neither did they so they improvised. Really it was a sweet little trick that I had never seen done. I usually don't let others work parts of my gun either.
 

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Ah very interesting...so did they rethread the hole in your hopup unit then? You're right, that sort of precision work would be a sight to see...all I did, though, is fit a screw from ace to my current hopup.

Either way, sounds like we agree that the mod's a definite + for any rifle.
 

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Just in case anyone wants to know the exact stock screw sizes.

Mag Release screw Diameter 2.5 MM with a pitch of 0.4
Zero Trigger screw Diameter 3MM with a pitch of 0.45

My local hardware store doesn't carry anything smaller than a 4MM diameter screw. I tried to buy these screws online, No Luck. I also called a leading manufacture that specializes in Metric screws. They make 40,000 different types of metric products, and still no Luck. Just the other day, I made a stop at my local RC/Airsoft hobby shop, and they had these exact sizes. I just bought 5 of each size (in allen cap) for $1. I was so happy, I tossed the guy an extra $2 lol

I'm just going to toss on some lock washers or Star lock washers and see how that goes. Just these screws in Allen cap, should be able to tighten much better than those damn cheap Phillip head screws.

So I guess any RC hobby shop should have these. Makes sense since RC parts are small, and I'm sure most of the stuff is made in China (Metric), Just like everything else.

I hope this helps out
 
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