I post here documenting perhaps some of the most frustrating moments of my life (I know, I live a good life
). It's a story about one beautiful little GBB, a Western Arms single stacker: the FBI Trial SCW 2. It started its life sent to me used, from the Arnies Airsoft forums. I then took to her like a rabid wolf to a dead moose carcass, used a piece of rubber band to secure the magwell perfectly onto the body, fixed the mangled magazine bumper, and tore off the slide, ordering a Shooters Design Wilson Combat CQB slide...all was well in the world...
Until, of course, I ordered a Guarder upgraded recoil and hammer spring. What a beautiful idea, I thought. This would improve my shooting, and make racking the slide and cocking the hammer that much more decisive and commanding. Well, I proceeded to remove the upgraded recoil spring from its bag. Wow, I mused, this seems very long. 150% indeed. Well, that seemed much too hard to install. The spring stretched from the front of the slide nearly to the rear slide serrations, yet had to be compressed into a space nearly 1/3 that size.
On to the hammer spring. Tough installation with some frustration, but after about 10 minutes I rammed that honey home. I put the gun away for a few days.
Then, talking to TehLlama about my M16A4 MWS project, he suggested I put in my recoil spring. I thought it was time as well. Despite all my efforts, the spring buckled out of place, refusing to go into the gun. So I compressed the spring guide into the front metal spring...thing, and let it sit compressed between two books for a while. Four hours go by. I put the spring, compressed, into the slide, and slide it onto the gun. Taking no chances, I lock the slide back and leave the spring compressed even further. Then I wait...
Two more hours go by. It is wee into the morning. I have not done my statistics or economics problem sets. I have 9AM class. I am still dicking around, playing Super Smash Bros. Well, time to let the slide forward. I slam down the slide lock, and sure as sh*t, the slide slams forward with a satisfying clink. Beautiful. I rack the slide once, twice, thrice, death.
On the fourth rack, the spring buckles within the dust cover, and I am unable to rack it again. Well, what if I force it? No dice. This is not coming out. I'm unable to push it back far enough to get to the takedown lever, and I cry bitter tears. Removing the outer barrel, toying with the front spring thing, using a screw driver, even using floss between the frame and slide to try to pull the spring back are all futile.
This goes on for hours. Hours and hours. 1, 2, 3, 4AM. I decide I must skip class. I go to sleep, and dream dreams of fiery retribution taken upon me by God for attempting to parallel his knowledge of the function of Western Arms pistols. Now the finale (it's anti-climactic): I take a knife, jam it under the slide lock after many more hours of toying, and slam it down. The slide lock unwillingly pops out, of the middle of the slide, still a half centimeter shy of the take down notch. I take pictures of this travesty and write a short story about my travails. Hope you enjoyed my pain.Now for the useful part: has anyone else ever had problems with the Guarder recoil spring? I know my gun wasn't a full-length recoil rod, maybe that's why it d*cked me so hard.http://community.webshots.com/myphotos?action=viewAllPhotos&albumID=547660625&security=dUOZur
Those are pictures. Check out the ones with the bunched up spring. I still haven't been able to untangle it. Piece of SH*T.