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Installing the 16 Joule regulator on the Walther LG400

I made another adapter for Frédérik to mount the Walther 16 Joule  LG300 regulator to the Walther LG400 to convert it from 7.5 to 16 Joule. To show how to install the reg and adapter I made the pictures below.

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1. Remove the air cilinder

1. Remove the air cilinder

2. Remove the top of the barrel holder.

2. Remove the top of the barrel holder.

2. Use a 3mm allen key to move the fore-end forward and also to release the single system bolt.

3. Use a 3mm allen key to move the fore-end forward and also to release the single system bolt.

3. Lift the systemblock up until the cocking lever assembly clears the stock.

4. Lift the systemblock up until the cocking lever assembly clears the stock.

4. Slide the systemblock forward until the regulator bolts cleat the stock.

5. Slide the systemblock forward until the regulator bolt heads clear the stock.

5. Lift the systemblock out of the stock.

6. Lift the systemblock out of the stock.

7. Dry fire the rifle to make sure there is no air pressure left in the regulator.

7. Dry fire the rifle without air cilinder to make sure there is no air pressure left in the regulator.

8. Unscrew the regulator Allen bolts a quarter turn each with a 4mm Allen key.

8. Unscrew the regulator Allen bolts a quarter turn each with a 4mm Allen key.

9. Unscrew the other Allen bolt a quarter turn. Keep unscrewing each bolt a quarter turn at a time.

9. Unscrew the other Allen bolt a quarter turn. Keep unscrewing each bolt a quarter turn at a time.

10. You will see the regulator moving away from the system block.

10. You will see the regulator moving away from the system block.

11. When fully unscrewed you can take out the bolts by hand.

11. When fully unscrewed you can take out the bolts by hand.

12. Remove the regulator.

12. Remove the regulator and the valve return spring.

13. Shake out the distance ring for the valve return spring.

13. Shake out the distance ring for the valve return spring. You will NOT need this for the 16J regulator.

14. With help form the spring you can pull out the valve.

14. With help form the spring you can pull out the valve.

15. You now have disassembled the regulator, valve return spring, distance ring and valve.

15. You now have disassembled the LG400 7.5J regulator, valve return spring, distance ring and valve.

16. Here you see the green o-ring and black valve seat.

16. Here you see the green o-ring and black valve seat.

17. Insert the adapter with the stepped side facing you and the angled side towards the valve seat.

17. Insert the adapter with the stepped side facing you and the angled side towards the valve seat.

18. Adapter inserted.

18. Adapter inserted.

19. Push the 9.25mm ID x 1.78mm o-ring in with your fingers.

19. Push the 9.25mm ID x 1.78mm o-ring in with your fingers.

20. Use the new regulator to push the o-ring in all the way.

20. Use the new regulator to push the o-ring in all the way.

14. With help form the spring you can pull out the valve.

21. Remove the regulator again and insert the valve and spring.

22. Insert the 16 J regulator. Do NOT use the distance ring that was in the original reg.

22. Insert the 16 J regulator. Do NOT use the distance ring that was in the original reg.

23. Insert the original bolts and screw them both in by hand for the first few turns.

23. Insert the original bolts and screw them both in by hand for the first few turns.

24. Alternately give quarter turns on both the bolts to fasten the regulator.

24. Alternately give quarter turns on both the bolts to fasten the regulator.

26. Make sure the reg moves straight back and does not angle.

25. Make sure the reg moves straight back and does not angle.

25. Make sure the regulator moves towards the system block in a straight line.

26. Do not overtighten the bolts. You are screwing steel bolts into aluminum.

27. Screw a filled air cilinder onto the installed regulator and listen for air leaks.

27. Whit the bolts fully tightened you screw a filled air cilinder onto the installed regulator and listen for air leaks.

28. Remember the pressure in the cilinder and put the assembly away overnight to check for leaks.

28. Remember the pressure in the cilinder and put the assembly away overnight to check for leaks.

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When checking the pressure drop remember that a cilinder will always show a higher pressure directly after filling because of the heat generated when filling it. When you find no leaks you can set up your chronometer and check the velocity. Adjust the strikerspring preload, 1/8 of a turn at a time, until you reach 16 Joule or 12 fpe (max 245 m/s with 0.54 gram pellets / max 800 feet per second with 8.4 grain pellets). You may now put the system back in the stock. Follow pictures no. 5 to 1. It is not possible to lift the system in or out of the stock by lifting it straight up. You need to slide it in backwards because the bolts from the reg will interfere with the topside of the stock.

LG400 breechblock rearside

LG400 breechblock rearside. The screw with the red paint is used to adjust the velocity. Clockwise gives a higher preload on the hammer spring.

The LG300 16Joule (or LG300 Dominator) regulators are factory set at about 75 to 78 bar output pressure. Some of these regulators are marked with 83, 84 or 85 with a pencil or marker. But I have checked four of these regs on two and three different manometers. And all of them had an output pressure of 75 to 78 bar.

The maximum velocity you will get at this pressure is 232 to 236 m/s (761 to 774 fps) or 14,5 to 15,0 Joule (10,7 to 11 FPE) with 8,4 grain JSB Exact. My rifle shot very accurate with this setup. If you think you need to get closer to 16 Joule / 12 foot-pound the reg output pressure needs to be set higher. The best way to do this is with a reg tester. If you do not have a reg tester you may try to increase the reg pressure by adjusting the regulator and testing the velocity. Be carefull when opening the reg and make very small steps on the set screw. It only needs 1/16th to 1/8th of a turn to increase the pressure to 85 bar. At 85 bar I got to a maximum velocity of 240 m/s (787 fps).

For opening and adjusting the Walther regulators see this page:https://airgunaccuracy.wordpress.com/walther-pressure-regulators/

Preventing Point Of Impact Shift / POI shift: What you also need to do is to remove the o-ring / plastic ring under the barrel holder and adjust the barrel holder so the barrel is fully free floating. It takes some fiddling to get it right. The method I use now is to wrap a strip of printer paper in a double layer around the barrel. Loosen the both bolts on the barrel holder. Slide the paper over the barrel until under the barrel holder and tighten the bolts again. Then remove the paper and check by eye if the barrel holder does not touch the barrel.

And remember: You do this all at your own risk. Read the disclaimer

4 thoughts on “Installing the 16 Joule regulator on the Walther LG400

  1. Setup went along so easily with your detailed description.
    I really owe you one Sven.
    No air leak whatsoever 24 hours later).
    I shall keep you informed soon with my ongoing project

  2. Hi Sven,just to let you know that your adapter worked like a dream. Literally only took half an hour to carry out the reg change. Thanks for your support and your web site,it made it an easy task. No air leaks. It’s doing 11ft lbs and seems a very accurate air rifle. If it keeps its zero that would be the icing on my cake and I don’t see any reason why it won’t. I’ve been looking at your silencer could you make one for me? Thanks again. Martin

  3. hola señor Sven, estaba interesado en que me enviara una arandela adaptador para mi walter lg 400, usted podria fabricarla y enviarmela
    gracias
    saludos
    Pedro

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