My First WW2 Gun. What should I get?

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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Steiner » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:06 pm

I've never felt outgunned at an open day with my MP40 - lo-caps all the way! 8)
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby webby » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:54 am

My 1st WWII gun was a thompson, based off using chomleys at open days back when CiA was a twinkle in someones eye! Hehe
I opted for a 6mm carbine when I got back into WWII when the BOTB game was announced, took the plunge and bought all my kit again!

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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Fandanglos » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:00 pm

My first WWII weapon was an AGM MP40, bought back in 2005 for peanuts. I still use it regularly now, have never felt the need to upgrade it, and apart from buying new mags on a regular basis (they are sh*t) it has never cost me a penny in repairs.

It will die on me now I have said that. :slap:
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Poacher » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:47 pm

My first airsoft gun of any sort was a TM M1A1. It got used for everything esp CQB at Lincs Airsoft. I used to wear a denison and wools though did once go in an M42. Good times.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Peppered » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:44 am

Hi, I agree with Chommers, I bought a CYMA socom M14 and changed the stock for a plastic wood one with the aim to make a G43, but never got around to it. It looks OK and works well - I have played open days with it just in semi and it was just as good as any other AEG. I understand what steiner is saying as I also have an MP40 and it is fantastic out of the box. It seems more appropriate for Germans to have a few more MP40s to me but I would still like more bolt actions to better mimic the real rifle squads.

I played Aerial with a BAR10 covered in wood effect Fablon padded with pipe lagging - it sounds laughable but it really looked OK from 15 feet! I bought a cheap Lee Enfield front sight protector, that just clips on the barrel, and cut down an old M14 mag and shaped it a bit before attaching. The gun cost less than £80, I only have one mag at the moment but that reload time is very quick.


I had a brilliant day with it at Aerial! It shoots 400fps plus out of the box. It fires straight. It has a bit better range than the SMGs. I have to play differently with it, and that is the fun part!

I totally understand people's worry about spending out as this is not a cheap hobby but I agree the M14 is the best compromise!




However.... it is a compromise and, though I like the fact thet the M14 has no MED and has semi auto, you play very differently with a bolt action and a squad of them would be awsome... Fablon anyone?
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Wladek » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:43 am

I am going to 'resurrect' this thread, as I think it is an important one, to further support Chomley's original post if I may.

I would like to do this by adding the following photo from the last Doughboys game.

This photo features the aforementioned using (if I am not terribly mistaken) an M14. The gun does not look out of place, in fact I only noticed it was an M14 when I looked at the pics after the event, not noticing on the day.
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The weapon fits in with the period look and feel and, for those who are not 'engineeringly minded'/rich enough to make/mend their own Garand and it is functionally accurate, which far outweighs little niggles about it not being spot on.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Yith » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:09 am

Plus at a later date you can always convert it to a garand if you are so inclined.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby scaleyback » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:47 pm

i am sure PBI members will remember when a section of south staffs armed with no4 enfields and 2 stens ran the members of a certain airsoft site ( UNREAL AIRSOFT) ragged all day... in the end, the marshals had to " engineer" a victory for the duel wealding , chrome AK 47 box mag team in the last game (event, sorry chomers) ...... :whistle:
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Chomley-Warner » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:16 pm

Why are you sorry - that clearly was a game not an event.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby scaleyback » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:18 pm

ah. :good:
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Wladek » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:21 pm

Plus I did have a Garand that day :whistle:

Though, to bring this into the discussion, I don't think that 'viability at open days' is actually that high on people's lists (I have used MP40 low caps, and boltie Mosin Nagants before with equal enjoyment). Getting a gun that is available, affordable, and correct for a WWII game is.

The M14, in my own humble opinion, is a more 'correct' gun than one of the list of period SMGs available.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby McVickers » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:30 pm

As a long-term devout skinflint (regularly worshiping at the church of St Miser); my first WW2 weapon was my homebuilt Vickers MMG. I then went on to gain a lightly-used second-hand Thompson with 6 metal bodied mags (albiet, high-caps) for the brilliant price of £80. Cost is my only limiting factor.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Hänschen klein » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:39 pm

Re my previous post M14 great starter gun. I used mine at OP Sealion and it did not fail once. G43 look a like for limited outlay. Just a K98 cleaning rod, cut off the flash hider change the top and hide the top receiver with a scope

I fully endorse the More rifles less Smg approach
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Steinlager » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:22 pm

If you dont fancy going the whole hog and cutting/modifying your M14, you could make something like this.
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I was going to make an SVT-40 (or SVT 14 like Barrie and Annes). This was as far as I got. Its a spare M14 plastic heat shield which I smoothed out with milliput, then glued on a wood veneer, which was stained and oiled to look like the stock. It looks ok on the rifle and its fairly easy to change back to the original M14.
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Re: My First WW2 Gun

Postby Barrie and Anne » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:16 pm

Steinlager, that wood effect looks excellent. What's the wood veneer you stuck on? I was looking for something like that when I did ours but ran out of time and just ended up painting them. By the way, I don't think SVT 14 is a real gun, ours were supposed to be SVT 40s too but someone (Beds n Herts I think) just made up SVT 14 and I liked it!

Also, and about a year or so too late, I must say I agree wholeheartedly with the original premise of this thread. More rifles, even if they are "farby" M14s, can only be a good thing and as stated it's a versatile gun too, applicable just about anywhere.

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