Tech Tips: The last gearbox instructional you’ll ever need!

Our lead technician Josh takes you through this in-depth video on everything you’ll ever need to know about your M4 airsoft gearbox. How do they work? How to take them apart? Tips, tricks and hints galore!

The video may be long, but it is chock full of great information. A definite “FAVORITE” and a video you can come back to again and again.

If you still have additional questions or want to suggest another video for our techs to provide, email us at info@vipairsoft.net!

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VIP Tech Tips : How to Swap an M4 AEG Inner Barrel

Today on VIP Tech Tips, Bailey takes us through swapping an M4 AEG Inner barrel. It’s a very easy thing to do, but it’s not something everyone knows how to do correctly, so watch on to see if you learn something new!

If you aren’t confident in making the swap, find a technician, like the 5 we have here on staff, to help you out. Its better to ask for more clarification on your gun, than to accidentally break it or lose a part.

What’s the Difference? – 3 Rifle Comparison

“So…. how come these guns look the same but cost different? What’s the difference?”

Here at our retail walk-in location, we get that question a lot when it comes to our three most popular M4 style AEG rifles: the G&G CM16 Raider, the KWA CQR Mod 2 and the Elite Force V2 CQB/CQC. They all look so similar, so we’re dissecting the ins and outs (literally!) of each gun to give you on easy to understand list right here!

G&G CM16 Raider :    $189.95 –    9.6v Battery & Charger Included
Elite Force V2 CQB:    $169.95 –    No Battery
KWA CQR Mod 2:       $199.95 –    No Battery

EXTERNALS

FRONT BARREL/BODY

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a fiber reinforced polymer quadrail system and triangle sight.

        Fiber reinforced polymer upper and lower receiver

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with a metal quadrail system and flip up sights.

        Fiber reinforced polymer lower receiver and reinforced charging handle

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with a fiber reinforced polymer handguard and triangle sight.

        Fiber reinforced polymer lower with metal upper receiver

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FRONT/REAR SIGHTS

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a removable iron rear sight paired with the front triangle sight.

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) does not come with a rear sight but has a front flip up sight.

The KWA CQR MOD 2 (right) comes with a removable iron rear sight and triangle front sight.

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REAR STOCK/BATTERY COMPARTMENT

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a basic crane stock with 2 piece battery compartment butt stock plate.

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with a modified crane stock with flip down battery compartment access.

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with basic stock. Battery access is within the front handguard.

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MAGAZINES

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a metal Hi-Cap magazine

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with (2) metal Hi-Cap magazine

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with a Mid-Cap 120rnd capacity magazine.

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INTERNALS & EXTRAS

G&G CM16 Raider

        – Standard V2 Gearbox                                            – Standard ratio gear set

        – Aluminum cylinder w/composite head                   – (6) 8mm bushings

        – Plastic piston                                                          – Plastic nozzle

        – Aluminum inner barrel with brass ring

        – Adjustable Hop-up with C-Clip with 2 o-ring attachment to brass barrel

ELITE FORCE V2 CQB

        – Reinforced standard V2 Gearbox                          – Standard ratio gear set

        – Aluminum cylinder w/composite head                   – (6) 8mm bushings

        – Plastic piston w/ metal teeth                                  – Plastic nozzle

        – Aluminum inner barrel with brass ring                    – Adjustable Hop-up

        – Micro-switch trigger (for slightly increased trigger response)

        – “Quick” change spring (Still have to remove gearbox from receiver, but don’t have to open gearbox)

KWA CQR MOD 2 

        – 2GX Gearbox

        – Heat treated gear set with 5mm reinforced torque gear

        – Fully brass inner barrel

        – Adjustable Hop-up with C-Clip attachment and 2GX high performance bucking

        – (6) 9mm bearings

        – Plastic piston with heat treated metal teeth

        – Reinforced cylinder with composite head

        – Thicker reinforced angled trigger post for decreased chance of damage

THE BATTERY QUESTION

Finally, we’ll discuss the impending question… “why don’t 2 of them come with a battery like the Raider?”

Elite Force recently released their V2 model CQB and CQC rifles and stopped packaging their equipment with a battery and charger. While the consumer may see this as “swindling” by the company- it was actually a strategic move for the benefit of the consumer. No longer packaging a battery with the gun increases the consumer’s ability to purchase and use a “fresh” battery as opposed to one that may have been sitting in a warehouse for a while which slowly drains the overall life of the battery itself. Now you get to choose if you want an 8.4v (eww… yuck), 9.6v (recommended) or upgrade a few components and go with a 7.4v LiPo (talk with a technician prior to this option).

The KWA CQR series, like most KWA rifles, also come without a battery so the consumer can choose if they want to stay with the typical recommended 9.6v or go straight to a 7.4v LiPo. It puts the power of choice into your hands!

That being said, we do sell the G&G CM16 Raiders with a battery and charger combo which we order specifically for our facility. That special order means they aren’t sitting in the warehouses for months on end like that. We chose to offer the addition of battery and charger to our customer as a convenience.

LETS SUM THIS UP

So we’ve gone over all the externals and internals of each rifle and as you can see, there are clearly some significant differences between each of the rifles from materials to quality of the internal components. All three comes with a 30 day manufacturer warranty and if you purchase through our online or walk-in retail location, you get an additional 30-day repair warranty!

We hope that this will give you some insight into your decision current or future.

You can find these three great rifles at our walk-in location or order them online for shipment within the continental U.S. at www.vipairsoftarmory.com

Stay tuned for more upcoming product comparisons and other helpful tips and tools!

Preparing for an Airsoft Game

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Airsoft prides itself on authenticity and the realism in the preparation. It’s part of the allure to the sport! Getting ready to head to the field takes strategy and a good memory to make sure you’re bringing all the gear and tools you’ll need. Especially if you’re planning an all day airsoft skirmish!

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YOUR GUN!
         Duh! This one is the most obvious thing you’ll need to pack for your day of airsoft. Many players prefer to take the night before to make sure their guns are all cleaned and working, ready for the day ahead. Early preparation keeps from disappointment when you get to the field and find somethings just not working, there’s a dead battery or no gas. Once you’ve taken a look at your guns to make sure they’re in good working order, put them into your gun back or case. It can be beneficial to invest in a larger case to hold all your gear so you only have to worry about one bag when you leave.

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AIRSOFT BBS
          Another duh. Pack up ample ammo so you can last all day at the field of your choice. Keep in mind that some fields will require the use of house bbs and you’ll need to pack enough of theirs so you don’t run low. Toss some extra bags of bbs into your bag or bring along some extra cash in case you need more to dominate your day or airsoft.

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SAFETY GEAR & FACE PRO
         In Airsoft, safety and protective gear is CRUCIAL! Sealed eye protection is best to keep any bbs from getting close to your eye. Most airsoft proshops like VIPAirsoft sell impact resistant tactical goggles at low prices to keep those peepers safe during game play. While some fields won’t require the protection of your nose and mouth, it can be beneficial to invest in face protection anyway so you don’t risk chipping a tooth and piercing your nose unwillingly. Metal mesh half masks are the most commonly worn by regular airsofters since they keep the eye pro fog down, help you breathe easier and protect you teeth!

No one wants a half blind airsofter with no depth perception on their team, so make sure you protect your eyes and don’t forget to pack your eye pro in your gear bag before heading out.

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SUPPLIES & TOOLS
         Make sure you pack some basic tools to help you fix your guns the day of battle if anything happens to break down or fail. This includes electrical tape, silicone oil, clean paper towels, screw driver and a cleaning rod. A hex key set will also help you out in case you need to take your gun apart quickly. Don’t let surprise gun issues ruin your day of play!

Another thing to remember is your charger and an extra battery so you never have to stop playing to wait for a battery recharge. The charger will let you charge your extra battery while not in use, especially if you’re planning a whole day outing.

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YOUR UNIFORM
          Most airsofters prefer to gear themselves up in their own unique load out including their uniform. Wear gear that not only matches the environment you plan to play in, or just in the style you like! This can include gear like a specific pair of pants and top or a full on ACU/BDU outfit in the pattern of your choice. Either way, make sure it’s all clean and ready to go so you aren’t scrounging out in the morning searching for all your clothes.

Other gear includes a tac vest or plate carrier, helmet, or holsters. If you have a mol lee vest and want/bought an additional mollee set, make sure you put it on your vest or reorganize it as you need.

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VIDEO GEAR
Some of you like to get video footage of your game play which means you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your GoPro or other video camera setup packed in your bag. Make sure it’s charged and you have an available SD Card with ample space for your footage packed up too. Keep your video gear safe with protective casing or a high impact resistant cover for your lens.

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EXTRA SUPPLIES
         Depending on your load out, you may need to pack a few extra supplies in your gun case. Make sure you pack some additional magazines and if you’re running a gas gun: extra canisters of gas or propane. If you run with a CO2 pistol, you’ll want to pack extra CO2 cartridges. If you use a scope or flashlight, have some extra batteries in your case so you’ll never have to worry about your gear going down and ruining your game time.

Head out early for your airsoft battle to beat traffic and avoid the late crowds. Talk with your team the night before about where you’re meeting each other and if anyone needs anything specific.

Now that you’re all packed and ready to go- it’s time to dominate that field!
We’ll see you soon at VIPAirsoft Arena! Remember, if you need anything above, you can visit the VIPAirsoft Armory!

BEGINNER TIPS 3: Your Warranty

Voided warranties can cause a lot of anxiety to new gun buyers. Manufacturer warranties can be extremely easy to invalidate based on different actions or changes to the equipment. Many new gun buyers forget that their guns are complex pieces of machinery when in fact; they are realistic replicas with sophisticated firing systems and fragile internals. For these reasons, many manufacturers impose strict warranty rules to their high-end equipment. Remember to carefully read through your warranty manual to ensure you understand all the limitations of your warranty in case anything breaks.

There are four core rules that will not only help keep your guns in tip-top shape, but will also help keep your warranty valid should anything break down.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE APART YOUR GUN ON YOUR OWN: 

Unless you are an airsoft technician, you shouldn’t attempt to take your gun apart or perform any upgrades on your own. High-end airsoft guns are complex machines that have very intricate gearbox internals. Many new players figure- “I can just watch a YouTube video and I’ll know how to do it myself!” but in reality, most of the players recording those YouTube videos are very familiar with their equipment.

If you feel the need to make changes within the first 30-45 days of buying your gun, find an airsoft technician to help you make any alterations you desire. If you attempt to tinker with the internals of your gun on your own, you risk losing important small internal mechanisms, causing irreversible damage and voiding your warranty.

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USE ONLY HIGH QUALITY “PRECISION GRADE” BBS:

  • Only use precision or match grade, high density, seamless and polished bbs. You don’t want to see any seams, bubbles or dents in your bbs
  • Cheap bbs, like those sold at Wal-Mart and other sporting good stores, will cause irreparable damage to your gun internals and void your warranty!
  • Most often, brightly neon colored bbs are made of a cheap light-weight plastic and will break within your gearbox causing bb shards to lock up your gearbox.
  • Do not reuse your bbs after they have been fired or have been rolling around on the ground. These bbs can be compromised by stress from the gearbox, dented from the ricochet, or have gathered dirt and debris from the ground causing gams and internal damage.
  • Do your research and only purchase bbs from respectable airsoft distributors.

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KNOW YOUR BATTERY’S CHARGE TIME:

Batteries are often overlooked when it comes to warranties. AEG batteries are extremely sensitive and have specific requirements for charging and storing. Most often, standard wall chargers do not come embedded with a chip that shuts off charging when the battery is at capacity. You will need to keep a close eye on the charging time with a time, or invest in a smart charger.

Smart chargers come in two styles:
– BASIC: lets you know the battery is fully charged but does not stop power to the battery
– COMPREHENSIVE: shuts off electricity to the battery when it is fully charged. You cannot overcharge with this option.

If you leave your battery on its charger for too long, you run the risk of overloading and frying your battery. If the battery does not have enough power for the motor to draw from, it can cause jamming and damage to your gearbox.

Proper battery storage can also keep your battery life at maximum for longer. Store your battery in a cool temperature – not in your car in the middle of summer!! Store your battery either out of your gun, or disconnected from the wiring harness.

If damage occurs to your battery either due to overcharging or heat exposure, it can void the entire gun’s warranty! Take good care of your battery to keep your gun in tip-top shape.

 

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STICK WITH GREEN GAS: 

Often, when a player purchases a green gas gun, they immediately want to switch to propane for cost-saving purposes. This not only voids your warranty, but it can also cause severe damage to your gun’s internals – especially if you aren’t cleaning it well!

Green gas is already infused with silicone oil to keep the internals and o-rings lubricated between more thorough cleanings. Propane, on the other hand, leaves adding the silicone oil into the adapter up to you. Propane not only dries out the internals and 0-rings faster, it can cause girding of the gears and slide mechanisms and ruin the magazine’s ability to hold gas.

If your gun breaks down during your warranty period, the manufacturer requires the disclosure of whether propane was used. They WILL be able to tell! The use of propane immediately voids your warranty. If you are intent on switching from green gas, wait until the end of your warranty period, invest in silicone oil and clean your equipment before and after you play each time!

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**NOTE** If you are new to airsoft or aren’t comfortable cleaning your gun on your own, find an experienced technician like the ones we have here at VIPAirsoft. They will help teach you to properly clean and maintain your equipment. You run the risk of voiding your warranty if you do not properly clean your equipment.

 

LEARN YOUR WARRANTY!

Make yourself aware of your manufacturer’s warranty policy to ensure you can get the necessary help should your equipment break down unexpectedly. Should you have any questions about your warranty or you’re having trouble submitting your gun for repair, ask your local airsoft retailers. They will know how to send your gun in, what you will need to submit, and whether you’ve already voided your warranty.

Seek out your local airsoft technician for any repairs or questions you have about your equipment.

BEGINNER TIPS 2: Maintenance

Airsoft guns, like live firearms, must be cleaned and maintained with proper gun care. A neglected airsoft gun can result in malfunctions, misfires, locked gears and a broken weapon. Every gun requires different care based on its propellant and needs, so it is important to read its manual or ask an airsoft technician or professional. Basic gun maintenance, however, is simple.

STORING YOUR GUN: 

  • Always store your gun in a clean dry space away from young children. You don’t want those kids hurting themselves or hurting your equipment. 
  • Never leave your gun loaded or cocked as it could damage your internal mechanisms.
  • Don’t store your gun outside or in the garage, especially in Arizona. The extreme heat will damage the o-rings, possibly melt the wiring, heat the motor and cause severe damage for gas guns and gas magazines.

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USE QUALITY AMMO:

  • Only use precision or match grade, high density, seamless and polished bbs. You don’t want to see any seams, bubbles or dents in your bbs
  • Cheap bbs, like those sold at Wal-Mart and other sporting good stores, will cause irreparable damage to your gun internals and void your warranty!
  • Most often, brightly neon colored bbs are made of a cheap light-weight plastic and will break within your gearbox causing bb shards to lock up your gearbox.
  • Do not reuse your bbs after they have been fired or have been rolling around on the ground. These bbs can be compromised by stress from the gearbox, dented from the ricochet, or have gathered dirt and debris from the ground causing gams and internal damage.
  • Do your research and only purchase bbs from respectable airsoft distributors.

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CARING FOR MAGAZINES:

  • To prevent jamming or misfired, check your magazines for debris, dust and dirt. 
  • It is best to empty your magazine after each use, although it is not required.
  • With gas guns, it is not preferable to use the release valve to expel excess gas. Loss of magazine pressure can damage the gun.

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OILING YOUR GUN: 

  • Always keep your airsoft barrel free of obstruction. Before cleaning your gun, make sure your selector switch is set to safety. 
  • If you’re using an AEG, decompress the spring after each use. Some guns have a decompression button while others you can just set your gun to semi and fire a few shots.
  • Lubricate your barrel every 6 months with pure silicone oil spray. NEVER USE WATER, PETROLEUM OR GENERAL CLEANERS! Anything other than pure silicone will damage your internals. Be turn to turn off the hop-up before oiling and be careful not to over oil your gun. Over oiling can damage o-rings and seals.
  • Spray small cloth swatches and thread it through your cleaning rod. Insert and gently swab the inside of the barrel. Follow the oiled swatch with a clean cloth to pick up excess debris and oil.
  • After cleaning, it may take a few fires for the hop-up to function properly.
  • If you have upgraded from Green Gas to Propane, ensure you are using a propane adapter like the one below and are taking care to oil and lube your gun before and after every time you play. This will keep all your o-rings pliable and keep them from cracking. It will also keep from your gearbox drying out.

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**NOTE** If you are new to airsoft or aren’t comfortable cleaning your gun on your own, find an experienced technician like the ones we have here at VIPAirsoft. They will help teach you to properly clean and maintain your equipment. You run the risk of voiding your warranty if you do not properly clean your equipment.