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Echo 1 / A&K M249 SAW Gearbox Guide

I recently created a site for the Echo 1 and A&K M249 SAW, showing step by step photos regarding the disassembly, maintenance and re-assembly of the the SAW. I did not see any decent guides on the web to help those in need, so I decided to write one myself, taking the pics way back when I bought the gun, then finally getting around to creating a web doc for them and posted it. The link is shown below and it should be a good guide for beginners and veterans alike and I am posting it here for the benefit of our membership. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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Old 06-25-2009, 12:48 PM
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+1 I think this should be made into a sticky
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Nice job NW! Stickied.
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Excellent guide!

It's so nice to find one that shows the correct way to do things, and not using the jerry-rig method. Well done.
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Will this work for a&k m249 mki too?
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Will this work for a&k m249 mki too?
Why not ?
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:17 AM
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Yes it will. That is why the title is "Echo 1/A&K." Incidentally, this also applies to the UK Arms version, as well.
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Great thread and great site.
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Nice job NightWolf. It should be an instruction manual. Thanks
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I recently created a site for the Echo 1 and A&K M249 SAW, showing step by step photos regarding the disassembly, maintenance and re-assembly of the the SAW. I did not see any decent guides on the web to help those in need, so I decided to write one myself, taking the pics way back when I bought the gun, then finally getting around to creating a web doc for them and posted it. The link is shown below and it should be a good guide for beginners and veterans alike and I am posting it here for the benefit of our membership. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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thank you nightwolf im gona use this to clean and install my new trigger switch
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UrbanMarine gave me this link, and with it I went from oh crap, that was $200!, to YES, it WORKS! and I got a 1911 in trade for my M249.

Thank you for creating this, sir.

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Great right up, this is very useful.
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Just wondering, why do the gears look so rusted?
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They're not rusted...it's the color of the metal under a bright light, i.e. the camera. They are actually a bronze/steel color with the spur gear being more bronze and the others more steel in color. The gears themselves are a cheaper Chinese made steel.
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nightwolf this guide has helped me so many times. thanks a lot for this!
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They're not rusted...it's the color of the metal under a bright light, i.e. the camera. They are actually a bronze/steel color with the spur gear being more bronze and the others more steel in color. The gears themselves are a cheaper Chinese made steel.
Oh, okay then. That makes more sense.
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I recently bought the A&K M249 from my friend who thought it was broken. I took it apart (including the gearbox) and realized that the middle gear had sheered its pin between the gear and the gearbox. The other gears are missing a few teeth. I might be able to get a new pin made but I would rather buy a whole new gear set, but I can't find them anywhere.

Does anybody know where I can buy a replacement set of gears for the A&K M249 SAW?
They are the exact same as the gears in the guide above.

(PS, the guide is incredibly helpful, thankyou!)
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@ Tank - The 249's gearset is compatible with everything else. So any standard ratio gearset for an AEG will (should) work.
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Would these work?

http://echo1usa.com/English/index.ph...lvi31g5p3tjh84

The only problem i see is that on the left-most gear there are six teeth in the middle section while mine only has five.

Also, I just realized I'm missing the Anti Reversal latch. I assume that interacts with the set of teeth I just mentioned. Will the gun work without the latch? If not, does Echo 1 sell them? (I couldn't seem to find one)
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That gearset will work and yes, the ARL does interact with those 6 teeth.

You don't need the ARL for the gun to work, but it is a good idea to have one. Otherwise, your gears will spin backwards when ever you stop shooting and could mess with the motor. They're cheap anyway...

This one will work:

http://www.airsoftsmith.com/store/pr...oducts_id=2182
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Thank you very much Darkstar and Italian, I've been looking forever for those pieces haha
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One more thing, they sell those gears in a 13:1, 16:1, and 32:1 set. Would I benefit from buying the 32:1 over the 16:1 gear set or does it not matter?
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32:1 are hi-torque gears and will give you a lower ROF. 13:1 and 16:1 are higher speed gearsets and will give you a higher ROF. I suggest getting either the 16:1 or 13:1.
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Whoops, nevermind. The 32:1 is a different gearset and wouldn't work.

EDIT: Good advice too
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