This is just a little build thread about what I've done with my L85. Many people know of it, and it's constantly changing, currently, I like calling it an Adaptive Weapon System. It started life as an ARMY R85, years and years ago. It was the first weapon that I purchased from research, having decided I wanted a bullpup. It was just a standard L85, it worked well, a rather clunky A1 variant of the gun. I quickly disabled the blowback, and soon decided I wanted to start upping the performance a bit. A friend of mine was purchasing some stuff from AirsoftAtanta (Fantastic store, btw), and I decided to make the jump and pick up some upgrades for my gun. I noticed that the 509mm (the size of the barrel) and the 550mm Prometheus 6.03mm barrels where the same price on AA, so, duh, as the noob I was, I was going to pick up the longer barrel, more bang for your buck, right? I also picked up some madbull red buckings to go with the barrel, two for the price of 1, after all. Well, obviously, there was a problem, 2 actually, but I'll get to that in a moment. The barrel was longer than the flash hider. I had to do something about that. I also had a small issue with my parent's recent gift to me, a 5000mah 9.6v battery, which doesn't fit in an L85 hand guard. Of course, I REALLY wanted to use the HUGE battery. That, plus the barrel issue, started me on a very special quest. Yes, that is a battery bag tapped to the side of the outer barrel. This pic was really a joke more than anything, I never ran the gun like this, but it was a start. I eventually ended up with this, a camo duct tape monster of a gun. I had picked up a nice, large red dot, figured out how to mount the M4 handle on the top of the gun, and used pvc pipe as a barrel extension. I think I did a pretty dang good job at crafting the whole thing. The Huge battery fit, and it performed very well with the barrel and hop up. I believe I had also upgraded the spring, so it was shooting just above 400fps with .2s at this point. Lovely. This is when I started calling it a DMR. But let's be honest, this gun is ridiculous looking. With my friends, it was still above par, but that didn't mean much when they started calling it "the turd." I couldn't have that. I took some time, and started working to make the gun perform better. I picked up a G&P M160 motor and an Extreme-fire Panther Mosfet. I was still using my "little" battery, and it was working like a champ. The gun had a dominating rate of fire, and shot further, and more accurately than any of my friends. I was pretty excited... Except they kept calling it the turd.... It was time for an external overhaul. I stopped by Lowes' picked up some Bondo, dismembered some M16A1s and an M4 S-system and produced this: A strange concoction, but an attempt to make a more realistic looking gun. The pistol grip was crafted with bondo, and I used a considerable amount of it to try and craft a hand guard for the battery, which used the s-system hand guard as a cover. It had larger pvc pipe, and even some foam on the inside, for sound stuff, not that it did anything. That wasn't enough. It was the end of my first summer working at this point, so I had a bit of money laying around. I went all out. I found a G&G L85 that was broken for really cheap, Picked it up and used the receiver for my L85, as it was CONSIDERABLY well made, much better than the ARMY receiver. Of course, all my upgrades were in the ARMY gearbox, so that's what I used in the G&G body. I did some research, I wanted rails on my L85. I couldn't find anything, so I did what any logical person would do, took a $120 gamble. Sexiest gamble I ever made. Along with the rail system, I picked up a new optic, bipod, AFG, new paint, a heavier spring, G&G Special Nylon Co-Alloy L85 Piston, SHS gears, and some new wiring. I was pleased, it was a true and true DMR at this point. Chronoing at 483fps with .25s, a VERY consistent 483 if I remember correctly. It had great range with that madbull red and prometheus tightbore, and it finally, Finally, looked like a real gun. No longer was it called "the turd." However, my joy soon faded. While I had the best gun on our own fields, We were introduced into the state wide airsoft organization. I arrived at my first game, and loved my L85, but realized I could get more out of it. The limit had just been set at 560fps with .25s, and of course, I saw that limit as a goal. Here's where the real special modding started. I picked up some sorbo, Modify Steel bushings, learned to shim, AoE, compression, tappet sanding, gearbox polishing, cleaning, lubing, padding, tightening, securing, sealing, the list goes on. After that first game, I learned the difference between a lego build, and a GOOD rifle. This was the time when the g-hop had been announced, and I worked on the flat hop, I was super pumped when I started making my first 300ft shots. I had picked up some M150, and was chronoing about 510fps with .20s iirc. I had it like this for a while, didn't change much, started working on other guns, started offering services as a tech. I picked up a JG Blue, wanted to see how it worked with the gun, slower rate of fire, but had considerably more amount of torque than the G&P M160, perfect for my needs. I picked up an EF Cheetah Mosfet with the TriggerMaster software, an SHS 19 tooth piston, epoxing the rack in place. Guarder Piston head, G&G Air nozzle for the L85, new o-rings for it and the piston head, Full cylinder, GURU Upgrade Cylinder Head, new wiring, deans. It was a long, slow upgrade process, all internal. I found that through the years, the damage to the G&G SNC piston was a little too much, and it needed to be replaced. As it turns out, 500fps and 26 rps is a recipe for PE on a 19 tooth set up. I eventually got a new spring, a Modify S170, which, a little inconveniently, put me up to 570fps with .25s. Thankfully, because of very good standings with the state's airsofters, I was given special permission to use my L85. Airsoft is an honor game after all.