So I had the idea to mod an L96 airsoft rifle into a paintball gun kit. I originally planned to use an A5. But, I am a huge fan of Milsim and real look and feel so I didn't want to have a hopper on it. I looked at all kinds of ways to turn the A5 into a mag-fed marker, and almost decided to go ahead with it until I had a bright idea (IMO). Why not use a T9?
I mean it is already mag fed. It can already accommodate FS rounds, which was another idea I had for the mod. So all the real work would be done for me. The only thing I would have to do would be to fit the T9 into the body of the L96. I have seen this style mod accomplished with an A5 and a 98. So I'm pretty sure the T9 will fit.
I already have a T9 elite. I just purchase a used L96 off of ebay for $65 plus shipping. I have some plans drawn up on what it should look like when I am finished and I will try and get them up as soon as I can.
It would basically involve cutting out any un-needed parts on the inside of the body to fit the T9. Then, I would cut the L96 handle off from the edged of the thumb hole, to the opposite side of the trigger guard. This will allow me to us the T9 grip and mags. I would then have to cut some minor holes into the side of the L96 to access the safety, velocity adjustment, and the hopper plate(for use with the longbow mags). After cutting the thumb hole to fit snug against the back of the pistol grip, I would cut two thin slits on each side of the L96 body at the bottom near the pistol grip to use a velcro strip to securely attach the bottom of the stock to the T9 to maintain solidity throughout.
I would use 2 or 3 barrel extensions to allow the barrel to clear the body, and attach the T9 silencer. From there, attaching the Elite accessories like the bi-pod and scope.
I would like to get some feedback on this idea and see what others have to say about it. Pros and Cons. All constructive criticism is appreciated.
One idea is that I will be able to interchange the T9 and the T8.1 since both use the FS rounds, and I can still use the T9 as the rifle was designed, while using the T8.1 in the L96. Am I wrong in assuming that both bodies are similarly sized and will be interchangeable?
Here's a picture of the L96 so that you can get an idea of the mods that will take place. I'll post pics later of the plans.