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#1 mproia

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:09 PM

So I just got the Mark 4 and I am really excited to start shooting but before I bought the gun I was poking around the KWA site I came across this video "GBB Maintenance Part I - The Basics".  In this video it states that you should clean the hop-up and the barrel before you shoot the gun for the first time,  Unfortunately the gun does not come with a cleaning rod and the store I bought the Mark 4 from does not sell them.

A few questions:

1.) Do I have to follow what this video says and clean the hop-up and barrel before I can shoot my gun?  

2.) Will it damage the gun if I don't?

3.) Where can I get a cleaning rod that will work with this gun?

Thanks!!!!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:17 PM

Hi Mproia, congrats on your new purchase! A new gun is not going to have much stuff on it so I recommend trying it out and if you experience any accuracy issues then try cleaning it with a dry q-tip. If you are looking for a cleaning rod, your local airsoft store should be able to provide one.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:24 PM

Congratulations on your purchase. You don't have to follow the video, you are able to just go ahead and shoot your gun. THe cleaning is recommended so you can get the best performance out of your gun. Not cleaning it won't necessarily damage your gun. If were thinking of the same video, I'm pretty sure the cleaning rod used in that video was custom made out of a normal length AEG rod. If you have one of these laying around, you can just use that and stick it in through the front of the gun towards the rear with the hop up off, but if you don't they are very easy to get. You can also easily clean a bit of the inner by sticking a Q-tip into the hopup/chamber area and rubbing it around while the hop up is off.
Have fun with your gun!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:25 PM

aaps59 Thanks for the info.  How do I turn the Hop-up off?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:27 PM

Take your hop up tool from your box, follow the instructions in the manual on how to adjust the hop up. Il save you that step though, take your hop up tool to your hop up (area of inner barrel near the chamber) and turn it to the right.

Edited by aaps59, 17 May 2012 - 05:32 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:33 PM

Thanks aaps59!

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:57 AM

Can we confirm that turning the hop up to the right DISENGAGES the hop up? I could have sworn you turn it to left for these gas blowback pistols.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:44 AM

View PostOutlaw1995, on 18 May 2012 - 07:57 AM, said:

Can we confirm that turning the hop up to the right DISENGAGES the hop up? I could have sworn you turn it to left for these gas blowback pistols.
Well, I assumed right because in the manual it says you turn it to the right to have less hop. At first I thought it was left though. Now you make me unsure!

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:09 PM

Ok. Just looked at the manual sorry for the confusion, you do have to turn right to disengage the hop up.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:25 AM

So I ended up cleaing my barrel but I am 100% positive I didn't shut the hop off.  Yes with all this discussion I turned the hop to the left what was I was thinking. Someone else (live not on the forums) told me left (I believe) and that is what I remembered.  So now when I shoot, (targets range between 50 and 75 feet, I'm estimating here) with the hop all the way to the left the BB shoots straigt for a while but then curves up.  When I turn the hop all the way to the right the BB no longer goes up and it flies pretty straight but sometimes the shot veers to the left (~45%) , sometimes it veers to the right (~10%) and sometimes shoots straight (~35%).  Is this normal?  Is there any way to check and see if I damaged the hop?  Does anyone have any pictures of what the hop looks like in the full right, middle and full left positions?  What is the range where the Mark IV will no longer give good groupings?

Thanking everone in advance!

Mark

Edited by mproia, 24 May 2012 - 11:27 AM.





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