Please, people, read before you post... I cannot emphasize that enough. I don't think any of you even caught the message of this thread at all.
You most likly got a lemon, just return it or find whats wrong and fix it.
Just because one person out of the many had a bad experience, shouldnt change everyones opinion toward ca.
As mentioned before, the gun is not a lemon, and a return is not my intention, nor is it an option. I've had it for 2 months, and have opened the gearbox about 15 times.
I'm not trying to change everyone's opinion of CA, I'm trying to inform you of the shortcomings I discovered in the gearbox design.
did you at least check the seal between the piston head o-ring and the cylinder? my CA M15A4's seal was horrible as usual but i did a quick fix and it gave a good 20-30 fps more with more range...
The issue wasn't with it's initial performance, it was in the gearbox design. I was disappointed in it's performance, for a gun that was pre-upgraded. Notice how I said "It did shoot faster, but by no means better," in comparison to my Marui guns. Higher FPS does not mean better, it only means faster.
Well, I just got a CA36 and it outperforms my TM M14 (when the m14 was in stock form). I think you got a semi-lemon; a semi-flawed gun that many people get, especially from Classic Army. Mine is great and I love it. It beats the TM g36c hands-down and is one of the best guns I've ever used.
I've fired other CA guns, and they really weren't any better than any Marui's I've used. It's actually funny you mention this; a couple weeks ago I was working on my CA G36 and a customer's TM G36 simultaneously, and got to compare all of the internal parts side by side, and personally, I found the TM overall to be of higher quality. I fired them both side by side, and once again, the CA was obviously faster, but their range was very similar, and the TM was more accurate. I only say this to illustrate: I have good reason to believe CA gun, though they may be reasonably well-performing and reliable, still do not live up to the same quality standards that TM guns do.
Seriously. I think I could post an overly long rant and people would believe anything.
Did you even READ my post? Obviously not, since you frankly labelled it an "overly long rant," and dismissed it immediately. A "rant" is normally aimed at being pretentious, my post was aimed at being informative. I re-emphasize: READ BEFORE YOU POST.
To all of you who are absolutely convinced that I'm wrong, I ask the question: have YOU opened the gearbox personally, and tried to do work on it? If you have not, you have no grounds to stand on whatsoever. If you have, then I ask: have you opened up the TM gearbox also, and compared them side by side? If you have not, then you have very little gounds to stand on. This is what upsets me about the airsoft community too often: people form opinions and set them in stone with no grounds to back their opinions on. When I see someone write a review, or post on the forums saying "this is a fantastic gun," I want to know that that person opened the gun and crtiqued it inside and out extensively, leaving no corner untouched. Not "Wow, this is a cool gun, I got it in the mail yesterday, it owns everything, everyone should buy one." Base your opinions on well-founded grounds.
I do not think Classic Army is the scum of the earth that no one should even gaze upon. I don't think every Marui is a flawless gift from God, either. All I am saying is after taking the opportunity to examine the two guns carefully, I was rather disappointed in Classic Army. I was expecting much more from them, especially for having paid so much for the gun. You can go ahead and buy whatever you want, I'm not going to stop you. Just know what you're getting into. As for me, after what I've personally observed, I'll never buy a CA again.
BTW: I found out why the tappet plate broke: apparently the CA tappet plate spring is considerably tighter than the Marui, or the Systema spring that I replaced it with. I think this was creating unnecessary tension on the tappet plate head. I ordered a new Marui V3 gearbox shell... hopefully this will completely solve my problem, and I will love me G36C once again!