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L85, or M4? GBBR project.


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Right.

I would buy a Top M4, but since they're a bit... breaky... I'm thinking of going for something else.

Whatever I buy will be a long, long, long term project, because no one on earth can afford everything straight away.

Option 1: WE L85A2

Planning to buy the rifle, 5 mags, RA Tech NPAS kit and Steel bolt carrier. This will be around £600 for everything.
Then I'm planning to make it awesome with a RIS kit, rail adaptor, front grip and precision barrel and after I've looked at the hop, a new one if it sucks as much as the type they shove in the 1st to 3rd generation closed bolt Armallites, which will be about £200-300 more.

So, I'll be spending like, £800 or £900 before I even fire this thing. Ok, well, maybe I'll test it along the way but it won't be skirmished until it's done. Then I'll set cash aside for making it better if it busts.

Option 2: Inokatsu 2011 M4

Since I'm spending such a crazy amount of money, largely just to make the gun work well. Would I be better off just buying the 2011 version of the Inokatsu M4? It's like £800 and doesn't even come with mags or a rear sight, but I imagine it'll work better and I'll not need to do as much to it. Plus, it kicks like a real MP5, which is cool. But the L85 might for all I know. =/

If I buy the L85 and spend all that money on it, it'll still come out cheaper than JUST the rifle if I buy the Inokatsu but I'm not sure it'll be as good. So which is more worth doing?
Cheap and upgrading to hell, or expensive and hoping it's good enough from the box?

Bear in mind, I'll be saving up a bit of cash every month for as long as it takes before I buy either and the bit of cash I save will hardly matter to me because it'll be so small. Like, £50 a month. So at the end of it I won't feel like I've really spent a lot on it.

...So I might as well buy a Celcius or Systema.

*Head explodes*

Seriously though, what would you guys do?

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Inokastu 2011, Will be amazing. But can only run on Red Gas which you cant get but CO2 will do.

If you get a Systema it will need it sent to tackleberry to get sorted out.
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That all sounds like annoying and unnecessary faff.

I'm sure the Inokatsu does run on green gas. It uses WA mags for a start.

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That all sounds like annoying and unnecessary faff.

I'm sure the Inokatsu does run on green gas. It uses WA mags for a start.


It is becasue the GBB system is praticaly all solid steel.
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Oh right. On all the sites it says it'll work, it just won't empty a full mag on auto, unless you take the weight out of the mechanism, which is an actual removable thing.

So does that mean I'd have to reinforce the magazines? Can you buy pre reinforced ones? How much is it likely to put the costs up?

What's the Tackleberry thing about?

EDIT: I just googled Red gas to figure out why you said I wouldn't be able to get it and according to Wolf Armouries, it's just raw propane.
So I could just buy a propane adaptor, which I was going to do anyway.

But then another site said it was bottled CO2 <_<

So which is it?

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Oh right. On all the sites it says it'll work, it just won't empty a full mag on auto, unless you take the weight out of the mechanism, which is an actual removable thing.

So does that mean I'd have to reinforce the magazines? Can you buy pre reinforced ones? How much is it likely to put the costs up?

What's the Tackleberry thing about?

EDIT: I just googled Red gas to figure out why you said I wouldn't be able to get it and according to Wolf Armouries, it's just raw propane.
So I could just buy a propane adaptor, which I was going to do anyway.

But then another site said it was bottled CO2 <_<

So which is it?


RedGas is good ol' fasion Raw CO2, Oh and tackleberry is a guy that makes Systemas even better! Every systema should go to him first. Red gas is also know as Freon22
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Currently I'm feeling more towards the L85. I've had an M16 already so I want something different.

What would you do personally?

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I'd rather spoon my eyes out than get the WE L85A2. Terrible gas economics and frankly, not really designed for British weather..

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I don't really get what everyone's on about when they say that gas efficiency changes with the weather.

For a long time all I used was a gas rifle and I never had a problem. Gas all six mags, shoot all six mags. Never a hitch. Never sprayed gas everywhere or anything. There might be slight differences in how many you can fire before you re-gas, but the mags hold enough to shoot more than 30, but I only ever fired 30 and then just re-gassed because I didn't have space to carry more loose ammo and a gas bottle. So it made no difference to me.

Occasionally they wouldn't fill properly but if you filled it as far as it would fill, then shot it empty and re-filled it was fine.

Plus, if you get a propane adaptor and just use propane, it's cheap as chips and doesn't clog the mech with silicone. Everyone's a winner.

So, WE or Inokatsu?

For me, WE is cheap enough to fix when it breaks, but breaks often. Or at least, potentially often. But I don't think the L85 will be anything like a lame as my M16.
Whereas the Inokatsu, I know nothing about other than that it costs an insane amount, so drawing from that, I imagine reliability will be much better and construction will be more solid.
So initial costs are higher, but then all I have to do is maintain it and I ought to be fine.
At least, that's what I'm thinking. Knowing more about it would be good, hence this thread :)

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please dont ruin the nice look of an l85 with ris rails etc lol

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I'd rather spoon my eyes out than get the WE L85A2. Terrible gas economics and frankly, not really designed for British weather.


As an SA80 fan, I find myself (rather sadly) in agrement with Finius.
The whole metal chassis of the L85 really doesn't work in Britain. The entire operating mechanism, the frame, all steel.
Think metal gas pistol, only worse. I've seen someone use one (at roughly 19C) and get through about 15 rounds (fresh mag, gun not used previously that day) - at which point the gas has cooled the gun by a lot, and the magazine just vents all the gas. Put in a fresh mag, only managed 4 shots.
In the really warm summer weather we had a few weeks ago, it did ok, but it still vented and WE G36Cs were doing far better.

That said, I won't say get the other gun, simply because I know absolutely nothing about it.
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Metal gas pistol only worse? Do you have trouble with your Sig then?

Seriously, until my last skirmish, I've only ever used gas weapons and I've honestly never had gas venting problems.

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To an extent yes.
Cold weather in Yorkshire, I've had the thing vent after 6 rounds (1 double tap, the rest with about 5 second pauses).
In weather around the 15C, providing I don't double tap (or just go absoluely mental and spam the trigger) I can usually get through a mag and a half (24 rounds) before the thing is abolutely freezing. After that, it's pretty hit or miss if it'll continue shooting or just go "psssssh!" and vent everywhere.
Warmer temperature, it's better. In the 20C+ mark, I managed to get through 3 mags before it vented (that said, I only have 3 so I have no idea if it could do more or not).

The only gas weapons (not including snipers) I've ever seen that work well and don't vent are the plastic framed ones, like I said the WE G36/G39 is probably the most reliable I've seen.

Still, I've no idea what the M4 you're considering is like so I can't say if it's better or not.
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If I was going to spend £lots on a GBBR it would have to be the Inokhatsu.

why are you buying a GBBR? realistically, It's because It's more fun to shoot and goes all kicky when you pull the trigger, and the Inokhatsu does that far better than any WE can. (but I do still love my G36)

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Largely because I started off with one and they're just so much more fun. It's just that the one I started with had the most god awful accuracy ever. So I just want one that can hit people. I've never had gas issues as I said.
I play in an enclosed wood in a large valley, so tree cover and the dip must make up a lot of difference, I'm in Yorkshire too and I've never seen the problems you've mentioned and the coldest I used my M16 must've been around the 5 degree mark.

But really it's just the noise, the feel, the functionality. I hate that you don't have to chamber a round in AEGs, I hate that they drop rounds when you take out the mag and I hate that they don't strip down like real ones.
I also hate that you can fire them without ammo and that the charging handle never goes the full way back.

I'm just a realism freak :( I wish I wasn't, then I'd be satisfied with a good ol' reliable AEG, but they just don't hit the mark for me.

Also, the fact they run on batteries just makes them feel like toys to me =\ gas guns are so much more solid feeling. Weight distribution is more realistic as well, and pulling the trigger is an event.
Nothing happens when you fire an AEG, you're just completing a circuit. I dunno, I can't explain it further lol.

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I completely get where you're coming from (but I don't think I'm as...errr...'devoted' to the cause as you are....)
I could have bought an electric P226. It would have been £40 cheaper than my P229, and wouldn't have required gas at £10 per bottle (that said, I've only bought 2 bottles in a year).

Why didn't I buy the EAP? Because it was boring. It didn't have the fun, or realism factors. It was just a brick, shaped like a gun. Whereas my GBBP is almost like having the real thing. Take down, action, feeling, kick back. I won't say sound just because my P229 makes a fairly lack-luster burp sound...

GBBs over EBBs everytime for me. Although after all the crap from the cheaply made AAL85 EBB, I may be a tad biased...
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I totally agree, not as extreme I guess as you, I wish I could afford to run a gbbr, but I can't. I might give a gas M11 a go in future as I play solid CQB :lol:

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Tbh, they aren't that expensive to run. You use a LOT less bb's due to the mag capacity but u pay for gas so it kind of cancels itself out.


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Wish I could use a GBBR too, but none of my local sites allow them (apart from pistols). One allows single shot GBB, but limited to 300 FPS on a .20g..

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Ok, basically, inokatsu all the way. Kicks like a bitc, faultless build quality (apart from the seemline on the magwell). REALLY easy to get parts for as its western arms based which is the best m4 system.
It will need co2 to run properly, propane may work but is use co2 anyway.

Just be aware of heavy mags, much weightier than normal, though not much of a problem..


Id also suggest a g&p W.O.C. good guns, much cheaper but obviously not as good
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