The time is nigh, I now have my UKARA membership and my promotion so I have money and time to get my airsoft sniper rifle. I know I have posted a lot on this forum for someone who isn't yet a sniper, so I hope you will excuse another "pre-rifle" thread from me!!
Hopefully I will be asking the questions that most potential Tm L96 buyers will be asking, and hopefully your input will help them as much as me!!
I had planned out a complete Well MB-01 build with help from you guys on this as it didn't seem that there were many upgrades for the TM L96 at the time, now I have been doing some proper research and I am seriously considering the TM L96 as an alternative, not least because I just love the real position of the magazine, but also because I think as I plan on upgrading over time the TM will be vastly superior to the Well straight out of the box so it should perform better during the upgrading period.
I have looked for it but I wanted to try and "build" a rifle on the forum before I actually went out and bought it, because I dont want to spend out lots of money on a gun only to find that I can't do what I wanted to do with it.
I know the Well is massively upgradeable as it is a Maruzen clone, so I won't go into that on here, but the brief for what I want from my rifle is as follows:
- Accuracy is first priority, and ideally with a level of tuning or adjustment.[/*:m:16be3bew]
- I need to be able to change springs out as my local skirmish site has a 1J power limit, but I want more power when I go elsewhere.[/*:m:16be3bew]
- Parts must be high quality, as I am a believer in "solid is good"[/*:m:16be3bew]
- I want a fluted barrel, and a flash hider for aesthetics.[/*:m:16be3bew]
First, the only fluted barrel I can find is this one
. I notice it comes with its own barrel cap, but does this mean it doesn't have the same end threads as the stock TM barrel, and the real issue is will this CCW silencer cap
If it does there is a nice Guarder flash hider
that fits 14mm CCW.
Next, the inner barrel. It seems that there are only 2 replacement inner barrels available for the TM L96, one of which being the PDI .01 Inner barrel
and the other being the Twist barrel
. Do you guys have any experience with either of these? I had heard that a 6.03mm inner barrel was more accurate than a 6.01 for a Type 96 clone, but does the same apply to the Tokyo Marui, or is the PDI 01 a good barrel to buy?
As far as the twist is concerned I have doubts about how it works. It says it COMBINES twist with hop, but I dont see how this is possible. As the ball spun around the twist the hop would rotate through 360 degrees instead of hopping "up" as designed. Has anyone tried or got any knowledge of this barrel?
Next would be the hop-up itself. The Type 96 clones have the PDI hop-up which is tried and tested, but there doesn't seem to be any upgrade hop-up for the TM L96 AWS. Does it need one, or is the stock unit good enough to be comparable to a clone fitted with a PDI unit?
So we are back to the receiver and the internals. As with the Type 96 it seems that both PDI and Laylax make competing parts, and I know that Inthetallgrass reccomended PDI for the whole lot for the Type 96. They seem to have pretty much everything at X-fire.org
But when it comes to Laylax I had to go all over the place to find a full set.This site
has some Laylax parts, being a spring guide, Zero trigger and cylinder head. The trigger comes with a piston and there is a Laylax cylinder
available from TNT again (thanks Woogie for that site)
The final thing that I was intending to do with the Type 96 clone was to build two complete bolt/cylinder/spring units, one for full power and the other for 1 Joule. This was based on how easily the Type 96 bolt and cylinder slide out simply by dropping the trigger sear, and also on the fact that you can buy replacement bolt handles, guides and base parts for the Type 96. The end result of my idea was to be able to change between full power and 1J within seconds with no tools needed at all.
I have noticed with all of the TM L96 dissassembly guides I have seen that the whole receiver assembly is taken off the stock. Can you TM L96 owners tell me if the TM bolt is "quick release" in the same way, or whether changing the cylinder ALWAYS requires that you dissassemble the gun in some way?
Also if you CAN quick-release the bolt and cylinder set I would be very interested if you know whether you can obtain direct replacements for the bolt/carrier/handle arrangement so that I can still carry out my "quick-change" idea.
Finally I want a bipod, but I am a bit confused about the attachment with the pin sticking out of the front of the gun, is there a proper name for that attachment so I can be sure to get the correct one, or do you recommend a specific one?
So, in summary the TM L96 AWS "E-Build" looks like this:
- Guarder flash-hider[/*:m:16be3bew]
- TM 14mm CCW silencer adapter[/*:m:16be3bew]
- MMC Fluted barrel[/*:m:16be3bew]
- MMC Barrel Spacers[/*:m:16be3bew]
- PDI 01 Inner barrel[/*:m:16be3bew]
- Hop-up bucking at least, if no Hop-up complete is available[/*:m:16be3bew]
- PDI Palsonite HD Cylinder set[/*:m:16be3bew]
- Spring (there are quite a few available, suggestions please)[/*:m:16be3bew]
- PDI V-Trigger[/*:m:16be3bew]
- Cheek-rest hand-screw things[/*:m:16be3bew]
If you guys know that any of this is bad news or simply won't fit your input would be much appreciated. To anyone thinking of buying the TM L96 AWS but is put off by the fact that the upgrades are tricky to find I hope the links on here help