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Old March 23rd, 2014, 16:13   #1
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How to get into upgrading/tech

I've been wanting to learn exactly how my gun works, and open it up to solve a problem if one presents itself. I'd also be able to upgrade my gun, knowing exactly what I'm doing. Not saying I want to upgrade my gun just yet, but I plan on getting an Echo-1 M16A3 and want to build a DMR. I have an old Lancer gearbox that I can take apart, but I don't want to ruin it, how do I begin upgrading/tech?
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 16:23   #2
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Read. Read. Read more. Get an account on AirsoftMechanics. Read more. Watch Youtube videos. Dissasemble and reassemble your old gearbox. Mess your gearbox. Cry. Retry. Break something. Cry. Retry until you get it. Become addicted to airsoft tinkering.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 16:24   #3
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Find a gun tech in your area, and ask him nicely if he would let you sit in on a session with him. Most gun docs are great guys and don't mind sharing the knowledge.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 16:25   #4
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read lots. All the info you seek can be found on airsoftmechanics.com with the addition of a few videos on youtube to help you disassemble/reassemble stuff.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 16:30   #5
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how do I begin upgrading/tech?
Upgrade a gun.Read along.Just reading will not upgrade a gun, and you won't get any experience from reading.

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but I don't want to ruin it,
you will, you won't.It doesn't matter since what you're looking for is experience and it goes with some amount of being wrong and screwing up things.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 16:40   #6
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yes.. just do.

things will break, accept it. I've had stuff disintegrate in my hands.. it's airsoft.. shit breaks. spend money to fix it... enjoy it until it breaks again. :P


Also helps if you occasionally sacrifice a goat.

Or a virgin maiden... but it's better to use 2 goats and keep the virigin.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 17:14   #7
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yes.. just do.

things will break, accept it. I've had stuff disintegrate in my hands.. it's airsoft.. shit breaks. spend money to fix it... enjoy it until it breaks again. :P


Also helps if you occasionally sacrifice a goat.

Or a virgin maiden... but it's better to use 2 goats and keep the virigin.
speaking of which, I'm getting really worried about the maid you mailed me. she still hasn't shown up yet. friggin Canadapost XD

@op just break some sh*t. try to fix it. you'll quite quickly discover if you're cut out for it or not. in the meantime, READ ASM.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 17:34   #8
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A DPMS Panther or Kraken could be used as a "3D repair guide" to get your hands dirty on.

Also having general knowledge of mechanical systems and how the parts interact with each other is a good start too, and it wouldn't hurt to read up on materials properties if you want to get into more advanced stuff.

tl;dr AEG - electrical system which uses electrical potential energy to spin a motor to spin gears to pull a spring and piston system back and releases it to compress some air to propel a plastic projectile. Everything else is just extra parts.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 17:56   #9
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Yeah man like everybody else said, just read up on it and try it out. Breaking parts or installing something wrong is all a part of learning. Crying is also a part of learning (unfortunately). I'll be a man and admit that when I broke my feeding nozzle, I cried, like some wailing baby blues crying.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 17:58   #10
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Like everyone else said, you have to learn by doing, but just make sure you have more than one gun, and don't tinker the day before a game
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 20:10   #11
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 21:42   #12
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speaking of which, I'm getting really worried about the maid you mailed me. she still hasn't shown up yet. friggin Canadapost XD

@op just break some sh*t. try to fix it. you'll quite quickly discover if you're cut out for it or not. in the meantime, READ ASM.
escaped maybe?
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 22:04   #13
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escaped maybe?
you mean you didn't pay for the GPS tag? ohhhhsshhiiit.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 23:18   #14
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you told me not to spend anything ( ゜ε゜)
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Old March 24th, 2014, 00:56   #15
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You learn by doing and reading about it will only point you in the right direction. Find yourself a cheap gun and break it down. Lean what each part does and how it function. That's what I did.
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