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Airsoft is a game in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched via  replica weapons called  airsoft guns.
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    • For reasons that I wish I could explain, double barreled gas blowback pistols are becoming a bit of a thing these days. I’m not discounting their cool factor, because they’re definitely one of the coolest pistols on the market, but their utility on the field is questionable, at best. Since airsoft is 99% about having something cool, it only makes sense that these are starting to hit the field in big numbers from a few different manufacturers.

      In this edition of Airsoft Insider TV, we’re looking at the double barrel hi-capa from Armorer Works, available through Evike.

      To increase the usefulness of this pistol, we’re having it sent off to a Kydex holster manufacturer to get a prototype holster made. You can bet that once it’s able to be carried effectively on the field, this will be a much more compelling option for a sidearm.

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      For reasons that I wish I could explain, double barreled gas blowback pistols are becoming a bit of a thing these days. I’m not discounting their cool factor, because they’re definitely one of the coolest pistols on the market, but their utility on the field is questionable, at best. Since airsoft is 99% about having something cool, it only makes sense that these are starting to hit the field in big numbers from a few different manufacturers.

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      Airsoft Insider TV: Armorer Works Double Barrel Hi-Capa
    • Evike has continued their production of new models using the Salient Arms licensing held by their manufacturing arm, EMG. This time, they’re producing another pistol from SAI’s stable of flashy but highly functional weapons. Designed around a double stack 1911-style frame, this gas blowback pistol offers high performance with a unique look. It even features the trademark gold colored barrel that makes SAI’s offerings visually pop.

      This pistol is available at Evike currently priced at $180 for either the 4.3″ or 5.1″ barrel length model. A CO2 powered replica is coming soon as well, so stay tuned if you’re interested in that model!

      The post Airsoft Insider TV: Salient Arms/EMG 2011 DS appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      Evike has continued their production of new models using the Salient Arms licensing held by their manufacturing arm, EMG. This time, they’re producing another pistol from SAI’s stable of flashy but highly functional weapons. Designed around a double stack 1911-style frame, this gas blowback pistol offers high performance with a unique look. It even features the trademark gold colored barrel that makes SAI’s offerings visually pop.

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      Airsoft Insider TV: Salient Arms/EMG 2011 DS
    • Simple and reliable velocity measurement
      As I’ve mentioned a few times before in these pages, a consistent, accurate chronograph is one of the most critical tools that a tech can have in his or her toolbox. Being able to quickly and easily monitor your gun’s performance, especially when doing tech work is what tells you whether you’re doing any good or not. For that reason, having one handy should be a priority for any budding tech. If you’re part of an airsoft group that hosts games, having one in your pack is pretty much essential for keeping things safe and fair.

      Simple, lightweight, and easy to use; the XRADAR chronograph is great for use in the field.Most airsoft chronographs use an optical sensor system to figure out how fast your BB is going. Unfortunately, these systems require you to shoot through a little hole most of the time, and can have results that vary wildly in different lighting conditions. For decades, the preferred version for the paintball industry has been a doppler radar based system which alleviates many of these concerns, and X-Radar, the leading producer of compact and field based units has developed a version optimized for airsoft use. Let’s dive into this simple and compact chrono and see how it works!

      SPECS

      PRODUCT: X-RADAR Airsoft Chronograph

      WHAT IS IT: Chronograph

      WHO IT’S FOR: Field Owners, techs, bat enthusiasts

      HOW MUCH: $89

      WHAT IS THE X-RADAR CHRONOGRAPH?

      One button operation keeps this pretty idiot proof.As mentioned before, the X-Radar chrono uses 24 GHz doppler radar technology instead of optical sensors to determine how fast your BB is flying. The original, “Red Button” model is designed for paintball use, and as such, is optimized for velocities between 150-399 FPS. Since most airsoft replicas are shooting over that speed, they put together this “Yellow Button” model that is designed for velocity range of 150-698 FPS, well within the range that most airsoft players will need.

      The chronograph runs off of a single 9v battery.It’s a simple unit that doesn’t have a heck of a lot of features; capable of measuring velocity in FPS and rate of fire in BPS, or “BBs Per Second”. No Joule calculations, no memory, no “potential velocity” calculations with other BB weights, just basic functionality. That data is shown on a simple 3 digit LCD readout which is amazingly easy to read and interpret. For that reason, it’s probably going to be my new chrono for video production.

      The only real requirement for the chronograph is that you have to use .20g BBs or heavier. The reason provided to me by X-Radar is that lighter BBs are made purely out of plastic with no Barium filler to give it weight. The radar picks up on this filler in the BBs to give you your measurements. Since basically everyone is (or should be) using .20g BBs as a baseline for velocity measurement, this is kind of a moot point. I honestly can’t remember the last time I even saw .12g BBs.

      Place the unit on the barrel, push the button, and fire away!To use the chronograph, simply rest the unit on the barrel of your gun about an inch away from the muzzle, press the button, and shoot your gun. It’ll update the velocity with each subsequent shot and give you accurate and consistent info regardless of lighting conditions. No need to line up the muzzle with a small hole, no worries about shooting your finger (I’ve had that happen when holding a Madbull chrono), just put it on the barrel and fire away. Easy stuff!

      The Good:
      Since the X-Radar unit doesn’t rely on light conditions, you get much more consistent readings. I’ve seen optical based chronographs give me drastic differences in readings depending on if it’s in light or in the shadow, and that can be a pain when you’re trying to get legit readings for field legality. The screen is easy to see in all conditions as well and doesn’t have a lot of other data cluttering it up. It really is a video production dream. It’s powered off of a single 9v battery, so spares can be easily kept in your gear bag if needed.

      For pistols, put it on the bottom of the handgun.The Bad:
      There’s not a lot of data to clutter up that screen! While I prefer a chrono that tells me super basic info, there are a lot of guys that like their chrono to be a complete ballistic calculator, or to store that info for hours. Honestly, for me, I don’t need all that stuff, so this is precisely what I need it to be.

      The Verdict:
      If you need a chronograph that uses technology proven over decades in all lighting and shooting conditions, the X-Radar unit is right up your alley. With simple, one button operation, it’s hard to screw this thing up. If you run a field and need a higher traffic solution, they have several models available with programmable alarm beepers for velocity overages. While it’s not the sexiest chrono available (although it does come in a sexy black velvet bag) it gets the job done very well without any mess or fuss. Plus, you can probably use it to keep bats away (I cannot verify whether you can keep bats away with it, please do not write me a letter if you get attacked by a bat)!

      Links:
      X-Radar
      Amazon 

      The post Review: X-RADAR Chronograph appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      Simple and reliable velocity measurement
      As I’ve mentioned a few times before in these pages, a consistent, accurate chronograph is one of the most critical tools that a tech can have in his or her toolbox. Being able to quickly and easily monitor your gun’s performance, especially when doing tech work is what tells you whether you’re doing any good or not. For that reason, having one handy should be a priority for any budding tech. If you’re part of an airsoft group that hosts ... See more
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      Review: X-RADAR Chronograph
    • A chronograph is one of the most essential tools that an airsofter can have in their toolbox. It’s the only reliable way to make sure that your gun is safe, legal, and meeting your expected performance goals. Most chronographs use optical gate switches that tend to be a little finnicky with lighting conditions. In this episode of Airsoft Insider TV, we’re taking a look at a chronograph that’s a little different; a chronograph that uses Radar to measure the speed of your projectile.

      Our full written review of the X-RADAR chronograph will be live on 5/30/17, but in the meantime, enjoy seeing this thing in action.

      The post Airsoft Insider TV: X-RADAR Chronograph appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      A chronograph is one of the most essential tools that an airsofter can have in their toolbox. It’s the only reliable way to make sure that your gun is safe, legal, and meeting your expected performance goals. Most chronographs use optical gate switches that tend to be a little finnicky with lighting conditions. In this episode of Airsoft Insider TV, we’re taking a look at a chronograph that’s a little different; a chronograph that uses Radar to measure the speed of your ... See more
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      Airsoft Insider TV: X-RADAR Chronograph
    • You may remember this pistol from Issue 14, when we built a custom, practical, and very pretty combat pistol using an Echo 1 Timberwolf base gun and filled it with parts from Evike and PTS, including their Battlecomp slide kit. This project is continuing with even more parts on the way from overseas shops and US based companies. Before we dive back into this gun for more custom work, here is a quick video showing the work done to date!

      Be sure to stay tuned to the website to see where we’re going from here with this custom pistol build!

      The post Airsoft Insider TV: Echo 1/PTS Battlewolf Build appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      You may remember this pistol from Issue 14, when we built a custom, practical, and very pretty combat pistol using an Echo 1 Timberwolf base gun and filled it with parts from Evike and PTS, including their Battlecomp slide kit. This project is continuing with even more parts on the way from overseas shops and US based companies. ... See more
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      Airsoft Insider TV: Echo 1/PTS Battlewolf Build
    • ASG Franchi SPAS-12
      One Totally Boss Shotgun
      Words and Photos by Jason Boulanger
      THROUGH THE SCOPE
      WHO MAKES IT: ASG
      GUN NAME: Franchi SPAS-12
      CLASS: Spring
      TYPE: Shotgun
      WHO IT’S FOR: Players with good upper body strength, Players preoccupied with 1985
      HOW MUCH: $59.95
      FPS: Approximately 275 with .20g BBs
      INTRODUCTION
      The 1980’s were a magical time. Marty and Doc Brown perfected time travel, Ferris Bueller took a day off, and E.T. phoned home. There was U2, and Blondie, and music still on MTV. Neon leggings and big hair were in vogue, and apparently there was something about a whole bunch of red balloons. But of all the contributions that the 80’s made to popular culture, my favorite have to be the classic action movies. You know the ones I’m talking about… The Terminator, Robocop, Top Gun, or the greatest Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard. The actors and actresses weren’t the only attention-getters on the screen, though. These films featured a number of iconic firearms, such as John McClane’s Beretta 92f, Tony Montana’s M16, and just about every vaguely-German terrorist’s MP5. The shining steel of these lethal weapons often got as much glory as the actors holding them.

      If I asked you to close your eyes and think if a shotgun from this era, you’d almost certainly think of the Franchi SPAS-12. Used by none other than the Terminator himself, the SPAS-12’s sleek looks and cold, efficient design made it a weapon to be feared. Now, this Italian 12-gauge goodness is coming to America thanks to ASG. You might have missed your chance to shake it on the hood of White Snake’s car, but at least you can relive some of your 1980’s fantasies (and no, I’m not talking about Phoebe Cates.)

      SHOOTER’S OPINION – Jason Boulanger
      Let’s get one thing out of the way: The SPAS-12 is an inexpensive airsoft gun, and it feels like it. The exterior is made almost entirely of plastic, the pump is stiff, and there are really no frills to speak of. With that in mind, you have to view it in the context of its price and performance category. Just as I wouldn’t compare a Fiero to a Countach, I wouldn’t compare the SPAS-12 to an AEG that costs several times as much and is built for a different purpose. The SPAS-12’s performance is a dead heat with other tri-shot shotguns in its price range, and despite its low cost, it feels solid (as a rock). If you have realistic expectations, you won’t be disappointed. For around $60, you can’t really beat it.

      BREAKDOWN
      CONSTRUCTION 
      STOCK- None
      BARREL LENGTH- 18.5”
      GRIP- ABS Polymer
      TRIGGER GUARD- Integral
      BODY – ABS Polymer
      MAG RELEASE –Enlarged Paddle
      OPTIC SPACE – None
      MAGAZINE – Tri-Shot Shells hold 30 rounds for 10 3-round shotsPERFORMANCE
      ROF- How fast can you pump?
      CHRONO
      .20g- Approximately 275

      ITEMS USED
      – Magazines – ASG Tri-Shot Shell Magazines
      – BB’s – .20g Matrix Match Grade

      BODY:
      The SPAS-12 is licensed by Franchi.The first thing you notice about the SPAS-12 is its stark appearance. Just like the buildings that sprang forth from brutalist architecture, the SPAS-12 is monochromatic, slab-sided, and all business. Risky business, possibly. Other than the legally-mandated orange tip, this gun is all black. It is not pretty in pink, it does not contain the color purple, and it is not adorned with blue velvet. It’s 31 inches of near black intimidation.
      This version of the SPAS-12 is the “cruiser” variety; it has a pistol grip and no stock. The grip itself is hard plastic. It’s not particularly fancy, but it is chunky and easy to hold onto. The trigger guard is oversized to accommodate gloves or exceptionally fat fingers. Just behind the trigger is a cross-bolt safety; push it (real good) to the left for “fire,” or to the right for “safe.” Or you can push it back and forth real quick and make the safety dance, but I’m not sure why you’d want to. Just in front of the trigger is a large spring-loaded on lever. On the real-steel SPAS-12, this lever is the gun’s safety. On the airsoft SPAS-12, this lever functions as a magazine release. Pushing down on the lever opens the gun’s loading gate and ejects the shell-style magazine. This lever is not ambidextrous; it is on the right side of the weapon only. There are also molded carrier latch and cut-off buttons, but they aren’t functional. What are functional, however, are the sling attachment points at the rear of the receiver and on the tube magazine.

      The large aperture in the rear sight allows for rapid target acquisition.The outer barrel and faux tube magazine are both metal, a pleasant departure from the rest of this gun. The heat shield appears true to form, although it is plastic and, well, there isn’t actually any heat to shield you from. At least there shouldn’t be. If the gun is getting Hot! Hot! Hot! enough that you need to be protected from it, you’re probably doing something horribly wrong, or there’s some kind of weird science going on. The front and rear sights are non-adjustable and made of plastic (plastic construction seems to be the never ending story of this gun, but I digress). The aperture on the rear sight is quite big; combined with the chunky front post, this makes aiming easy, even for somebody who lacks marksman training or hasn’t just come out of the police academy.
      The pump handle is perhaps the greatest deficiency on what is otherwise a thriller of a weapon. The grooves don’t offer much grip and the cocking spring is quite stiff, which might get in the way of your plans to pump up the jam. Under pressure, it would be easy short-stroke the pump, which might leave you in a vulnerable position where you can’t fire back. If that happens, you might have to bust a move out of the danger zone. I’m sure the pump will loosen up over time, but right out of the box it’s really tight, like a [EDITOR’S NOTE: Come on Jason, any Madonna reference but that one].

      MAGAZINES
      ASG includes 5 shell-style magazines. Bananarama for scale.ASG includes 5 standard shotgun shell-style magazines. Each holds 30 BBs for up to 10 3-BB shots. The SPAS-12 is compatible with similar shells from other manufacturers. A plunger-style speedloader is also included.

      PERFORMANCE
      I chronographed the SPAS-12 while firing only 1 BB at a time, as firing 3 at a time confuses my chronograph. Using .20g BBs, I recorded an average velocity of 293 feet per second. Firing 3 BBs at one time will reduce the velocity; I’d estimate that the velocity when firing 3 rounds is somewhere around 250-275 feet per second.

      The SPAS-12 is a shotgun; it is not meant for long-range accuracy. With that in mind, I limited my testing to CQB distances. In general, the vertical spread between the 3 BBs fired with each shot is greater than the horizontal spread. At 50 feet, I found that the vertical spread was typically around 1 to 2 feet. At typical CQB distances, hitting a man-sized target is child’s play. If you try to push your luck with targets better suited to a rifle, though, you’ll be livin’ on a prayer.

      The shells load easily through the bottom of the receiver.The biggest challenge with the SPAS-12 isn’t its accuracy, however. The pump takes a lot of effort to operate, and time and after time I found myself struggling to get a good grip on the pump handle. It takes a bit of practice to get into the groove. Because of this, I cannot recommend this gun for younger players, or anybody with poor hand and upper-body strength. If you can operate this gun efficiently though, don’t stop believing in yourself. As long as you do your part, the SPAS-12 is an effective CQB weapon.

      PROS

      - Inexpensive
      - Includes 5 shells, a speedloader, and BBs – everything you need to get started
      - Possibly the “gauge” Vanilla Ice was referring to in “Ice Ice Baby”
      CONS

      - Exterior is almost entirely plastic
      - Pump-action is stiff
      MODIFICATIONS
      On the real SPAS-12, the “A” and “M” markings are for switching between pump and semi-automatic operation. ASG’s SPAS-12 is pump only.There really isn’t much to modify on a gun like this. Aside from buying more shells, I’d get a sling to make carrying it around easier. You could even use a single-point sling as sort of a pseudo-stock by pushing the gun away from you with the sling wrapped around your shoulders. Beyond that, I think I’d be inclined to upgrade to a higher-end shotgun before putting more money into this one.

      THE LAST WORD
      The SPAS-12 isn’t a high-end airsoft gun, but that’s OK. For somebody who is looking for an inexpensive entry into the shotgun world, this gun is worth checking out. It’s dead simple, includes everything you need right out of the box, and has all the cool 80’s styling you can handle. It would also make a good backup gun. With no batteries or gas to run empty, the SPAS-12 is one gun that’s never gonna give you up.

      LINKS

      ASG
      Evike

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      ASG Franchi SPAS-12
      One Totally Boss Shotgun
      Words and Photos by Jason Boulanger
      THROUGH THE SCOPE
      WHO MAKES IT: ASG
      GUN NAME: Franchi SPAS-12
      CLASS: Spring
      TYPE: Shotgun
      WHO IT’S FOR: Players with good upper body strength, Players preoccupied with 1985
      HOW MUCH: $59.95
      FPS: Approximately 275 with .20g BBs
      INTRODUCTION
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      ASG Franchi SPAS-12 Tri-Shot Shotgun
    • Here’s another episode of Airsoft Insider TV coming across your screen! In this episode, we’re taking a look at the new shortened versions of the CO2 powered Dan Wesson 715 Revolvers from ASG. These latest revolvers still include an adjustable hop-up and different velocities depending on the model chosen. Coming in at a budget friendly price of about $130, these revolvers are full metal and extremely durable.

      Adding to the awesome functionality of these revolvers is ASG’s decision to modify the newest versions to utilize Moon Clips. If you’re not familiar, Moon Clips are a simple and inexpensive way to attach a few revolver shells together into one easily loadable unit. This cuts down one of the most laborious parts of shooting revolvers: the slow reload. This video has a demonstration showing how easy this new loading system is.

      Next step: Custom leather work to hold all of these things!

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      Here’s another episode of Airsoft Insider TV coming across your screen! In this episode, we’re taking a look at the new shortened versions of the CO2 powered Dan Wesson 715 Revolvers from ASG. These latest revolvers still include an adjustable hop-up and different velocities depending on the model chosen. Coming in at a budget friendly price of about $130, these revolvers are full metal and extremely durable.

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    • Obsidian CQC Training
      Practical Training for Airsoft
      Location: RTSP – New Jersey
      Words and Photos by Jimmy Beckett

      Intro:
      One of my first ever airsoft events was a training day. I didn’t even get in any trigger time. It was held in Tolland MA at the once famous “Tolcom” airsoft field. It was called Young Guns II held back in April of 2006. At the time, It was a basic run-through of moving in buddy teams and conducting a squad size advance on a line as well as a left or right peel. It was a very basic day and didn’t even involve any shooting. It did however get me hooked on the more tactical style of play that airsoft offers rather than running and gunning or speed soft. Fast forward almost 11 years and there I was in New Jersey for another training day.

      Location

      The Event being run by Obsidian Milsim at RTSP in New Jersey was offering some CQC or “close quarters combat” type training. The 8-hour day would consist of moving drills and room clearing using the RTSP indoor training facility. This is a gun range, store and training area for real firearms, not airsof,t so we were pretty fortunate to be able to use it. We had two main areas that we were using. The first was a large area for bounding and team movement and the second area was a mockup of a small home with many different angles to try and work.

      Instructors
      While there were several people on staff that day for Obsidian most of the focus was put onto two instructors. “Johnny” and “Y”. Johnny is a retired Navy seal with extensive combat experience and he offered a lot of practical advice from his training. Y has also been a long-time participant in airsoft. I have bumped into him several times over the past few years at many large games. Each instructor brought with them a unique background and outlook on CQC but both could work well together because their basic principles aligned with each other.

      Training Part 1
      The first part of training of the day paired us up with Y. In this portion, we would be working on our movement both individually and as a team. We would also put a lot of emphasis on our communication. We started off individually moving to a car, stopping at the hood, and scanning over the top. Y instructed us on how to give as small of a profile as possible. After checking over the hood we would move to the rear of the car and continue covering the side. Now another person would give the “Moving” Command followed by our “Move” response giving permission to move to place at the head of the car. We would continue doing so and cycling out. The main takeaway of this drill was to A: Use cover effectively and B: Make sure your teammates understand your plan of movement before you execute.

      Next, we scaled the exercise up to a larger area and now we began using fireteams or groups of 3-4. In doing this we left the commands to the two fireteam leaders organizing each group of people. One group would give out the call of “Contact” and move to the vehicle to provide a base of fire. Group two would then give the “Moving” call and would wait for the command to “Move” and bound past the car to the next piece of cover. The two teams would than alternate each other while moving to a doorway as the destination. A simple enough procedure but something that can make your approach onto a target that much more effective.

      At the end of every major drill we would analyze one another to help find weak points in our implementation of the tactics. This helps you recognize things that you may not know you had done wrong and get you to think a bit more critically about what you are doing.

      Training Part 2

      The second portion of instruction would take us into the mock home. In this area, we would be working with our other instructor Johnny. He started our instruction with a basic demonstration of how we should enter a room in a two-man team. He demonstrated the both open and closed doors.

      A thing that he hit on a lot that I hadn’t seen a lot in other CQB or CQC classes was the idea of self-preservation. Now I know many of you are wonder what I mean. I am used to stacking outside of a room and then everyone pouring into the room. This method however would use the first man in the stack to cut the pie and begin clearing much of the room before entering. It was all about limiting your exposure and doing as much work outside of the room before entering. Anyone who has played in a tight environment such as this could easily understand the importance of this.

      We did a lot of work in 2 and 4 man teams. Typically, only using two people to enter a room. The drills would cover rooms with open and closed doors as well as hallways with multiple rooms. In the situations involving a hallway with two doors the first two-man team would communicate they were taking the first room and the second two man team would flow past and into the second room. Another crucial point Johnny would hit on is the speed at which you would move. If there were no contacts than our movement was slow and quiet but if there was contact or enemy the speed would increase as well as intensity. Not in a way that would allow us to be sloppy but to get in with violence of action to take the area room(s).

      After running drills in teams of 2,4, and 6 people on rooms of all shapes and sizes we took a short lunch break in one of the large classrooms. It was nice to take a break in a clean environment for lunch rather than other places I have visited were you would be stuck outside or at your car.

      Break:
      On our lunch break Pizza was ordered and Dan from HPA Airsoft was on site. For those not aware Dan puts out the HPA or High Powered Airsoft BBS. These are white BBs that are bios of high quality in EVERY weight you could want. They had samples as well as a giveaway for some of his BBs. I was very impressed with the consistency I was getting and would recommend everyone consider these.

      Training Part 3
      After Lunch we would begin the final phase of the day. For this portion, we would use all the attendees to move to an objective and clear the building. Half of the group would move to outer perimeter of the building and secure the area while the second group would enter the building to clear it and retrieve any hostages held inside by the event staff now taking the roll of OPFOR. We would take turns securing and breaching. We also practiced entering 2 teams into the home at once from different doorways that would meet in the middle. This added an extra element of difficulty as you didn’t want to have any friendly fire incidents so verbal communication was key in letting friendly forces know the area you were in.

      After trying this several times we ended the training with a final breach in the dark. This time a few attendees joined the OPFOR inside to give an added degree of difficulty as well as a bit more trigger time. It was much harder to make your way through the building when there was a lot more shooters held inside and while I managed to make it through the beginning of the day without being shot, I was promptly “lit up” by a “good friend” and teammate Steve… Thanks pal…

      Wrap-up
      The CQC conditioning course that Obsidian Milsim had put on was top notch. It had been a while since I attended a course with as many great takeaways as this one. All the material that we had gone over was presented in a very clear manor and the instructors took their time to be sure to explain things in a way that everyone could understand. It was a lot of fun and a great honor to be taught these tactics by two professionals and the rest of the Obsidian staff. Not only do they run training style events but also Keep an eye out for more of their events coming up through 2017 in the North East.

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      Obsidian CQC Training
      Practical Training for Airsoft
      Location: RTSP – New Jersey
      Words and Photos by Jimmy Beckett

      Intro:
      One of my first ever airsoft events was a training day. I didn’t even get in any trigger time. It was held in Tolland MA at the once famous “Tolcom” airsoft field. It was called Young Guns II held back in April of 2006. At the time, It was a basic run-through of moving in buddy teams and conducting a squad size ... See more
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      Obsidian CQC Training – Practical Training for Airsoft
    • One of our friends over at Airsoft Pal has released a truly massive guide to all things airsoft. With almost 19,000 words of well researched and thought out content, you can likely find your airsoft questions answered within. We are looking forward to more content to be shared between our two websites in the future! Click the link below to have many of your airsoft questions answered!

      Ultimate Airsoft Guide: 18,657+ Words Of Top MVP Intel

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      One of our friends over at Airsoft Pal has released a truly massive guide to all things airsoft. With almost 19,000 words of well researched and thought out content, you can likely find your airsoft questions answered within. We are looking forward to more content to be shared between our two websites in the future! Click the link below to have many of your airsoft questions answered!

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    • News in from Krytac about their new exclusive distribution arrangement with Evike:

      Evike.com will become Exclusive Distributor in the U.S. for KRYTAC®

      April 10, 2017 – Brea, California, United States- KRISS USA, a leading manufacturer and distributor of small arms and training replicas, has signed an exclusive agreement for the U.S. market with Evike.com, a world leading distributor of airsoft training equipment, for the distribution of KRYTAC® products. Evike.com will be offering the full range of KRYTAC® replicas and accessories to retailers and end users, along with providing customer service and warranty support, beginning April 10, 2017.

      “Evike.com has been an invaluable retail partner since the beginning of KRYTAC®, we’re looking forward to continuing with them as a distribution partner to better serve our customers,” states Peter Ching, CEO of KRISS USA Inc. “This new synergy is a key part of our strategy for KRYTAC® as we concentrate our efforts on branding, R&D, and product development, to bring exciting new products to the market.”

      “We are honored to have been appointed as the Exclusive Distributor of KRYTAC® for the U.S.A.” states Evike Chang, CEO of Evike.com Inc. “In less than three years, we have witnessed the rise of KRYTAC® to be referenced today as a world-class leader in the premium airsoft market through its dedication to innovation, out-of-the-box performance, and quality. We look forward to working closely with the KRYTAC® team at KRISS USA as they contribute to support the growth of the airsoft community.”

      For more information on KRYTAC®, please visit www.krytac.com. For more information on Evike.com, please visit www.evike.com.

      About KRISS USA
      KRISS USA is a leading manufacturer, distributor and provider of small arms, training replicas and accessories for commercial, military and law enforcement users worldwide. KRISS USA is part of a group of companies that focus on delivering proprietary technologies to the firearms industry, enabling more efficient solutions and corresponding to the 21st century security requirements.

      About Evike.com
      For over a decade, Evike.com Inc. has been the world’s trusted, leading distributor, innovator and developer of Airsoft training equipment. We are also the exclusive representation, service center and maker of a majority of the premier Airsoft brands in the sporting, training and commercial markets. At our core, our passion for quality, innovation, safety, and a personal touch for client support make us second to none.

      Press Contact

      Tim Seargeant
      Marketing Manager, KRISS USA Inc.
      565 W. Lambert Rd. Suite F
      Brea, CA 92821, USA
      Phone: +1 714 333 1988
      t.seargeant@kriss-usa.comGeorge Melahn
      Marketing Manager, Evike.com
      2801 W. Mission Rd
      Alhambra, CA 91803, USA
      Phone: +1 (626) 407-0717
      george@evike.comWe’re interested to see how this will affect things like MAP pricing, exclusives, custom guns, etc.

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      News in from Krytac about their new exclusive distribution arrangement with Evike:

      Evike.com will become Exclusive Distributor in the U.S. for KRYTAC®

      April 10, 2017 – Brea, California, United States- KRISS USA, a leading manufacturer and distributor of small arms and training replicas, has signed an exclusive agreement for the U.S. market with Evike.com, a world leading distributor of airsoft training equipment, for the distribution of KRYTAC® products. ... See more
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    • Lightweight gear is all the rage these days, and one of our favorite manufacturers is Whiskey Two Four. They use high tech materials and manufacturing methods (Lasers!) to build high quality, very lightweight modular gear for the industry. Best of all, everything is made in the good ol’ US of A.

      We got our hands on one of their new products, the Skirt and Belt Adapter combo. This combo lets you build a very lightweight “battle belt” style rig off of an existing belt that you’d use to hold up your pants. With full MOLLE compatibility, you can load it up however you’d like with pouches of all shapes and sizes.

      Check out our video on the rig below:

      Let us know what other kind of setups you’d like to see from Whiskey Two Four!

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      Lightweight gear is all the rage these days, and one of our favorite manufacturers is Whiskey Two Four. They use high tech materials and manufacturing methods (Lasers!) to build high quality, very lightweight modular gear for the industry. Best of all, everything is made in the good ol’ US of A.

      We got our hands on one of their new products, the Skirt and Belt Adapter combo. This combo lets you build a very lightweight “battle belt” style rig off of an existing belt that you’d ... See more
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    • All this week you watched as we turned a bone stock Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun into a sleek, classy shooter. Now we can see it in action using the Advanced Novelty Tech V2 FIRE ANT CO2 adapter. The idea behind this adapter is to replace the small 12g CO2 capsule stored in the magazine with a metal adapter, allowing you to run either HPA or CO2 from a large paintball style tank and remote line.

      With this system, your CO2 operating costs can go way down, especially for target practice or fine tuning your gun. It’s not the best system for fast paced airsoft skirmishes, mainly because you still have a limited supply of BBs, however, with some custom work, you can build an electric or gas powered BB feed system to give you a nearly bottomless supply of ammo.

      Get your conversion kit at EvikeGas Blowback Central, or most other major airsoft retailers!

      The post Airsoft Insider TV: Advanced Novelty Tech FIRE ANT V2 CO2 Adapter appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      All this week you watched as we turned a bone stock Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun into a sleek, classy shooter. Now we can see it in action using the Advanced Novelty Tech V2 FIRE ANT CO2 adapter. The idea behind this adapter is to replace the small 12g CO2 capsule stored in the magazine with a metal adapter, allowing you to run either HPA or CO2 from a large paintball style tank and remote line.

      With this system, your ... See more
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    • We’re in the home stretch with the Colt 1911 Rail Gun build now, time to finish up the trigger install and respray the gun. 

      See part 3 of this build HERE

      27

      One more screw and pin and the whole firing assembly will slide out the top of the frame. With this clear, you can remove the trigger unit out the back of the frame, through the grip safety hole. There’s a small spring on top of the trigger that you’ll need to remove before taking it out of the gun. This spring will not be used with the new trigger.

      28The trigger unit in all it’s naked glory. That small nub on top pushes back against the spring removed in the last step. The trigger pushes against the sear spring, so I don’t feel this secondary spring is necessary. Tap that small pin out and you can remove the trigger shoe from the trigger linkage.

      29

      The 5KU trigger we went with is adjustable for overtravel and has a flat face for improved trigger feel. The skeletonized finish looks amazing as well, and fits with the classy look we were shooting for. The trigger linkage needed a tiny bit of sanding to fit the new trigger, but the install was otherwise painless.

      30

      While the frame is empty, I took some time to prep and paint it to match the compensator. Unfortunately, I ran out of paint, as this build was kind of a tragic comedy at times, and had to go with a different color that doesn’t quite match. It’s close enough for now.

      31

      The frame under the lights. Not a perfect finish, but it works for now. Eventually, this whole gun will be media blasted or cerakoted or something else awesome.

       32

      The trigger installed easily and the rest of the lower components went in with a bit of trial and error. Pay attention to the way the sear, sear spring, and main spring fit together to make reassembly an easier process.

      33

      Reassembly was a breeze, just screwing the grip panels back on the frame and putting the slide back on top. Some final lube to keep things running smoothly and the gun shoots like a dream.

      34

      One thing I’m in love with on this gun are the smooth wood grips. It’s amazing how something so inexpensive, with a little bit of TLC can totally change the personality of a gun. If you have one of these 1911s by Cybergun or Elite Force, you should absolutely consider modding some real wood grips to fit.

      35

      You can see the notches in the grip panels that were dremeled out to fit the humps in the frame. You can also see how the second panel (top) is much cleaner than the first one I did (lower). You can also see where I ran out of paint while painting the mainspring plug…

      36

      One more glamour shot, because this thing is quite pretty. The paint finish is the main thing I’m not 100% about, but I’ll be fixing that in a later article.

      WRAP-UP

      So there you have it, for under $50 but with a bit of elbow grease, you can totally change the looks and personality of your pistol and class things up a bit. The flat faced trigger, once properly adjusted, vastly improves the trigger feel as well as the reset for quick follow up shots. The compensator adds a bit of weight to the front of the gun which helps the overall balance, but is otherwise a purely cosmetic feature. The biggest change to this are those grips though. 1911s really look great with real wood grips, especially ones with a smooth finish like these. The real 1911 market is flush with options for grips, and now that you know how to modify them for CO2 pistols like this, the sky is the limit for what you guys can pull off. So go forth, Dremel tool in hand, and make 1911s great again.

      Links:

      Evike – www.evike.com

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      We’re in the home stretch with the Colt 1911 Rail Gun build now, time to finish up the trigger install and respray the gun. 

      See part 3 of this build HERE

      27

      One more screw and pin and the whole firing assembly will slide out the top of the frame. With this clear, you can remove the trigger unit out the back of the frame, through the grip safety ... See more
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    • So far on the Colt 1911 Rail Gun build, we’ve modified some real-steel 1911 grips to fit onto this CO2 powered replica. Unfortunately, we ran into a bit of a snag with the Madbull compensator, so let’s bust out the tools to get that fixed. 

      See part 2 of this build HERE

      19

      This compensator is designed for WE style 1911s, and as such, has some slight fitment issues with this model. The recoil spring plug is slightly too wide as well as a millimeter too high to properly lock in place, so we’ll need to use a dremel tool to bore that hole up a little bit.

      20A dremel bit makes quick work of the hole. After test fitting it, it’s clear that we needed to sand a bit of the recoil spring plug itself to clear the alignment lug on the compensator.

      21

      This is where the plan went off the rails. As mentioned before, the plan was to sandblast the frame, slide, and compensator, but I was unhappy to discover that my air compressor was no longer functioning. The plan then changed to painting the black components to match the finish of the slide as best as possible. Truth be told, I’m not 100% in love with the color of this gun now, so we’ll be revisiting this gun and refinishing it soon.

      22

      This is where the difference between this gun and the WE 1911 this compensator is designed for is apparent. Things just don’t line up perfectly. I may end up milling and machining things down a bit to make it look perfect, or I may learn to live with the gun’s imperfections.

      23

      With the compensator installed, the slide components are completed. Now to tackle the frame.

      24

      Cybergun put together a pretty easy to disassemble pistol, even when breaking it down to tiny little pieces. Unscrew this screw to start getting the firing unit out.

      25

      Tap out this pin to remove the mainspring housing. This piece might pop out when you tap it free, so keep an eye on it. Note the way the sear spring is installed when you take it out as well.

      26

      Pop the safety switch off of the left side, and then rotate the right sided safety switch to clear that pin above it. You can then pop out the safety switch, which will free the grip safety.

      Tomorrow will be our final build installment on the Colt 1911 Rail Gun, so come back to see how we installed the custom flat faced trigger and changed the color!

      The post Colt 1911 Rail Gun Build Pt. 3 – Compensating for Something appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      So far on the Colt 1911 Rail Gun build, we’ve modified some real-steel 1911 grips to fit onto this CO2 powered replica. Unfortunately, we ran into a bit of a snag with the Madbull compensator, so let’s bust out the tools to get that fixed. 

      See part 2 of this build HERE

      19

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    • In the last installment of this build, we started working on the grips. In this installment, we’ll refinish the grips and start work on the slide modifications!

      See part 1 of this build HERE

      11

      You can see that I improved on my process with the second panel and did a much cleaner job. You don’t need to go too deep, just a few millimeters, so this is an easy job that anyone can do with hand tools.

      12The grips that I purchased were unfinished, which means they needed a bit of sanding to smooth out the rough edges, as well as some sort of protective finish. I worked my way up to 400 grit sandpaper smoothing out the edges as best as possible. These feel amazing now.

      13

      A polyurethane sealant is easily applied using an old t-shirt. I went with the polyurethane because it is easy to work with and doesn’t alter the color too much. If desired, you can use any wood stain that you wish.

      14

      Don’t forget to apply your protective finish to the inside of the grip panels!

      15

      A coated grip is on the left, the uncoated one is on the right. The color is minimally changed, but the depth and contrast in the grain is very apparent. It looks warm and inviting now, just the way I like it!

      16

      With the grips more or less completed, it’s time to move on to the slide. We don’t need to make too many changes here, but let’s take the slide off and disassemble it to make the process easier.

      17

      The Madbull compensator that we used fits in place of the normal barrel bushing. Remove the bushing by taking out the recoil spring plug and rotating the bushing until it slides out.

      18

      Remove the barrel. The Colt Rail Gun uses a secondary spring that surrounds the barrel unlike most other 1911 style pistols.

      At this point, we started running into our first fitment issues with compensator, namely the fact that it’s designed for WE 1911s, not KWC style 1911s like this. Come back tomorrow to see what issues we ran into and how we fixed it!

      The post Colt 1911 Rail Gun Build Pt. 2 – Finishing the Grips appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      In the last installment of this build, we started working on the grips. In this installment, we’ll refinish the grips and start work on the slide modifications!

      See part 1 of this build HERE

      11

      You can see that I improved on my process with the second panel and did a much cleaner job. You don’t need to go too deep, just a few millimeters, so this is an easy job that ... See more
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    • Class up your CO2 1911!

      The Colt 1911 has been one of the most readily customized guns in the firearm world since its invention in, well, 1911. The airsoft industry has followed suit and has produced a TON of aftermarket accessories to build your 1911 into anything you can imagine, from a super tactical shooter to a classy gentleman’s pistol. Today, we’re going to utilize some real gun parts as well as some airsoft products to build something that’s a little bit of both; a classy tactical pistol ready to hit the field or be put on display in a glass case. Unfortunately, I don’t have a leather shoulder holster handy to toss this thing in, because it’d really look proper in one. Without much ado, let’s class this thing up a bit.

      PARTS LIST
      Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun – $109
      5KU Flat Trigger – $10
      Madbull Punisher Compensator – $15
      Triceratops Customs 1911 Wood Grips – $16

      1For this build, we went with the Cybergun Colt Rail Gun. This CO2 powered blowback pistol is full metal and features a two-tone finish that already looks pretty sweet. One thing to note, the original plan was to sandblast gun to give it a consistent, unique finish, however, the plan changed when everything went wrong, as often happens.

      2

      This is going to be a relatively simple conversion using just a few inexpensive parts. We ordered a Madbull compensator and 5KU trigger from Evike.com for a total of about $25. There aren’t a lot of real wood airsoft-specific 1911 grips, certainly nothing for the CO2 models like this, so we ordered an inexpensive real-steel set from Triceratops Customs on Amazon for about $16. This is as cheap of a custom build as you can reasonably do.

      3

      The first thing to modify is the grips, and to start that process off, you’ll want to remove the old grips. A flat head screwdriver makes quick work of the old plastic panels.

      4

      With the grip removed, you can see the thing that’s going to give us problems with this install. To make the slimline 1911 frame work with a wide CO2 capsule, the bottom of the frame was flared out a bit.

      5

      Side by side with the airsoft grip, you can see that the general shape and size are the same. Holes line up, pin notches are in the right places, so the only thing we’ll need to do is accommodate that frame hump.

       6You can see the dent that’s molded into the plastic grip to accommodate the frame hump. You can also see the sweet triceratops burnt into the inner surface of the real-steel grip, and that’s pretty rad.

      7

      With the grip screwed in place, you can see approximately how much material we’ll have to remove from the wooden grip panel to make it fit properly. Mark the edges of the hump with a pencil so you know how wide that notch will need to be.

      8

      Doing one panel at a time, mark the top of the CO2 capsule window on the inner surface of the grip. This will mark the top height and width of the hump. Remove the grip panel, and connect the lines to give you a clear picture of what you need to remove.

      9

      I used a dremel tool with a large sanding drum and some 60 grit sandpaper to sand out the notch. Go at a medium speed to avoid overheating the wood, and take your time. It’s easy to remove material, a hell of a lot harder to put it back on.

      10

      First panel done. Have the gun handy so that you can test fit it as you go along. You’ll see a few spots where I let the bit wander, but luckily, it’s not visible with the grips installed. Repeat the procedure on the other panel.

      Keep watching for Part 2 of this build tomorrow!

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      Class up your CO2 1911!

      The Colt 1911 has been one of the most readily customized guns in the firearm world since its invention in, well, 1911. The airsoft industry has followed suit and has produced a TON of aftermarket accessories to build your 1911 into anything you can imagine, from a super tactical shooter to a classy gentleman’s pistol. Today, we’re going to utilize some real gun parts as well as some airsoft products to build something that’s a little bit of both; a ... See more
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    • Airsoft Innovations has been kicking out grenades for the airsoft industry for much of the last decade, and their latest is the Burst XL: a propane/green gas powered noisemaker. Unlike other noise making grenades such as the ubiquitous Thunder B or several pyro options, the Burst XL is very cheap to operate and incredibly safe when used property. Here is our video demonstration of the operation of this grenade:

      As you can see, the Burst XL is easy to load, easy to arm, and easy to deploy. The only item to refurbish between uses is the plastic disc and gas, keeping your operating costs very low, especially when using propane with an AI adapter. The Burst XL will be arriving in stores very soon, affordably priced around $40!

      The post Airsoft Insider TV: Airsoft Innovations Burst XL Grenade appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      Airsoft Innovations has been kicking out grenades for the airsoft industry for much of the last decade, and their latest is the Burst XL: a propane/green gas powered noisemaker. Unlike other noise making grenades such as the ubiquitous Thunder B or several pyro options, the Burst XL is very cheap to operate and incredibly safe when used property. Here is our video demonstration of the operation of this grenade:

      As you can see, the Burst XL is easy to load, easy to arm, and easy to ... See more
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    • Enola Gaye smoke and BB grenades are becoming more and more popular on the airsoft field, but Tactical Airsoft Supply, a Utah based company, ran into issues with the Fire Marshal when carrying them. Apparently, the Utah stance on these pyrotechnic devices is that they are, technically, fireworks, and as such, are only for sale or use during certain firework-centric holidays. This affects both users and dealers of these products in Utah, and it is unknown how other states are viewing these devices. As with most things, it’s a good idea to check with your local laws and regulations if you plan on using pyrotechnic devices like these on the field.

      We’ve reached out to TAS, the store that received the email, as well as Enola Gaye for comment, and will update this post when we get more information.

      The post Enola Gaye Legality Concerns in Utah appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      Enola Gaye smoke and BB grenades are becoming more and more popular on the airsoft field, but Tactical Airsoft Supply, a Utah based company, ran into issues with the Fire Marshal when carrying them. Apparently, the Utah stance on these pyrotechnic devices is that they are, technically, fireworks, and as such, are only for sale or use during certain firework-centric holidays. This affects both users and dealers of these products in Utah, and it is unknown how other states are viewing these ... See more
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    • A compact AEG for vehicle crew use!
      THROUGH THE SCOPE
      WHO MAKES IT: Classic Army USA
      GUN NAME: VCW – Vehicle Crew Weapon
      CLASS: AEG
      TYPE: Field Use (CQB with spring change)
      WHO IT’S FOR: Mid-high level player
      HOW MUCH: $279.00
      FPS: 365 w/ .20g BBs Shooter's Opinion
      While at first glance, this is “just another M4”, it actually has some details and design decisions that I really like. The handguard has solid rails instead of requiring Keymod or MLOK accessories, which certainly has a bit of old-school cool cred. The “loudener” gives it a very distinctive muzzle pop, especially indoors in CQB environments. The package comes with two magazines and a stubby vertical grip, just add a good battery and some high quality ammo and you’re ready to hit the field. Since this thing has a rock solid gearbox with a quick change spring system, you can easily configure it for any field velocity requirements. While I may never use this thing hanging out the window of a gun truck, I’ll certainly strap some goodies on the rails and hit my local CQB field!

      INTRODUCTION
      Classic Army USA’s latest and greatest guns have been a pretty steady feature on our pages over the last year, and that’s because they keep spitting out high quality, affordable, and well performing replicas. For this issue, we’re looking at an M4 variant that is designed for use by vehicle crews due to its short length and easy handling. Now, most players won’t exactly be shooting this out the door of an MRAP, but its stubby, yet still realistic design makes it a great option for CQB use. Let’s go through the long list of features of this AEG to see if it deserves a place on your gun truck rack.

      BREAKDOWN
      EXTERNAL
      BUILD RIS (RAIL INTEGRATED SYSTEM): T-marked 20mm railed handguard
      STOCK: Crane style unit with battery storage
      BARREL LENGTH: 7 in.
      TRIGGER GUARD: Standard metal unit
      MAG RELEASE: Standard M4 style unit, screw retained
      OPTIC SPACE: 20mm top rail
      MAGAZINE: 2×300 round capacity metal hi-caps
      LENGTH: 26″-29.5″
      WEIGHT: 6 lbs.
      HEIGHT: 10.5 in.
      LENGTH OF PULL: 11.25″ – 14.75″INTERNAL
      BUILD GEARBOX VERSION: V2
      MOTOR: Standard power longlength
      GEARS: Wire cut steel 21:1 ratio
      BUSHINGS/BEARINGS: 9mm steel bushings
      WIRING HARNESS: Rear wired, MOSFET and Deans plug equipped
      PISTON & HEAD: Polymer piston with bore up head
      NOZZLE: Standard
      SPRING: Feels like M110 Strength
      ANTI-REVERSAL LATCH: Standard
      SPRING GUIDE: Ball bearing equipped – quick change design
      INNER BARREL: 6.03mm tightbore
      HOP-UP UNIT: Rotary adjustablePERFORMANCE
      CONTROL OPERATION: 3 position switch, safe-semi-auto
      BATTERY STORAGE: Stock, nunchuck style
      RANGE/ ACCURACY: 145 ft. “Torso” accurate

      ROF 11.1V – 21 RPS
      CHRONO .20g- 364.7 FPS .25g- 329.1 FPS

      ITEMS USED
      BATTERIES: 11.1v 20C 1100 mAh G&G LiPo
      CHARGER: G&G LiPo Balance Charger
      BB’S: .20/.25g Elite Force BBs

      Deeply molded trademarks on the receiver add to the realistic lookBODY:
      At first glance, the VCW is pretty much a standard M4 with some nice external parts chosen in its construction. The whole package, however, makes for one cool looking little gun. Classic Army has finished it in a high quality matte black color with nicely textured polymer furniture.

      The stock is a Crane style polymer unit on a six position metal buffer tube. The butt

      A Crane style stock provides plenty of battery storagepad is removable to access the two battery channels which hold the battery powering your gun. Normally, you can use a buffer tube LiPo, however, the MOSFET limits your space drastically. Where the buffer tube meets the receiver, you’ll find a dual sided sling mounting point for single point slings.

      A standard forged style receiver has controls located in all the normal places, no fancy ambidextrous controls here. The upper receiver fits without any wobbles or free play and gives the whole gun a very professional and realistic look. The pistol grip is a TD style unit with texturing on the sides to help keep your hand in place. A heat sink, flat head adjustable motor base lets you fine tune the motor height for peak performance. You can lock the bolt carrier back by pressing down on the bolt catch while pulling back the charging handle.

      A CNC machined free float handguard gives you plenty of real estate for accessories. Unlike most current guns from manufacturers, this has some classic 20mm rails instead of Keymod or MLOK. I’ve always been a sucker for standard rails, so I like this small touch. On the sides of the handguard, you’ll find QD sling mounting ports, however, there are no included sling points to install in them. CA threw in a stubby polymer vertical grip to help you keep a handle on things.

      The outer barrel is metal and is about 7” long, ending right around the end of the rail. From the factory, the VCW is fitted with an orange plastic flashhider, but CA USA includes a full metal sound amplifier that is easily installed once you remove the old one. The muzzle is 14mm-, so you can install pretty much any muzzle device you’d like.

      Aiming the VCW is accomplished using the included flip up iron sights. They are made of metal and lock very solidly in place once lifted into position. The rear is adjustable for windage, while the front can be tweaked for elevation. You have plenty of rail space for adding optics such as a red dot or reflex sight.

      MAGAZINES
      No fancy PMAG lookalikes here, Classic Army USA includes two standard style STANAG magazines in the package. They are full metal, hi-cap designs that hold 300 rounds each. A standard bottom mounted winding wheel is immediately familiar for anyone who has used an M4 AEG before. The magwell is quite forgiving and allows for a wide range of aftermarket magazine compatibility, without suffering from wobbles.

      The included “loudener” does it’s job; this thing sounds quite punchy!GEARBOX
      Like all M4 replicas, this gun is fitted with a V2 gearbox. Unlike most M4s, that gearbox is filled with some super sexy Gucci parts from the factory. 9mm ball bearings, wire cut steel 21:1 ratio gears, a bore up cylinder made out of stainless steel, a quick change spring system with a metal spring guide, and an aluminum cylinder head. This setup will run some pretty powerful springs without issue, so feel free to run it high or low velocity, depending on the field.

      ELECTRONICS
      Like all recent CA USA AEGs, the VCW comes with a simple MOSFET designed to protect your trigger contacts with high voltage battery use. This gun is certainly “LiPo Ready”, a marketing term that I’m not a fan of, but hey, it works. While the MOSFET doesn’t have any fancy features like burst mode or shot completion, it is a proper MOSFET that will keep your gun running smoothly. The wiring is a silver low resistance setup terminated in a Deans plug for peak performance. If you don’t run a Deans equipped battery, the kit does come with a Tamiya adapter.

      HOP-UP
      What good is a sexy gearbox filled with great components if the hop-up and barrel is crap. Luckily, this AEG comes equipped with a 6.03mm tightbore barrel fitted in a metal one-piece rotary style hop-up. Accessing the hop-up is easy to do thanks to the functional bolt catch that holds the faux bolt carrier until you press the release. You can use any sort of TM compatible hop-up/barrel components you’d like if you like to tweak your gun a bit.

      PROS

      - Full metal, high quality body
      - 9mm ball bearing gearbox
      - Quick change spring system for easy velocity adjustments
      - Full MOSFET system for LiPo use
      - Deans plugs installed from the factory
      - Includes accessories such as the stubby foregrip and muzzle device
      - CNC Machined free-float rail system
      - Comes with two mags and Tamiya plug adapter
      - Has plenty of old school charm
      CONS

      - Shoots a little hot in stock form, but the velocity can be easily adjusted with a new spring
      - Doesn’t have much visual “presence”
      - Standard AR controls – I’d love to see ambidextrous units like CA has spoiled us with on other models
      MODIFICATIONS
      While there’s no fancy keymod or MLok on here, the CNC machined rails are very well designed and builtAn M4 like this is a blank canvas for a customizer like myself, and I can see some fun ideas in my head with it. Externally, this gun has some delicious old school charm, so I think I’ll be jumping head first into that look. Period correct optic and rail mounted accessories will complete the look nicely. Inside, I’ll be dropping in a lower velocity spring to get this running right under 300 FPS, with a noticeable bump in rate of fire.

      THE LAST WORD
      While the VCW may not turn any heads with its somewhat plain design, its performance and quality go a long way towards making this a real contender on the field. It does have a look like a stubby MK18, and the ability to trick it out a bit with the included accessories is a very nice touch. The body has gorgeous molded-in trademarks and the furniture is made of high quality polymer material. While the VCW doesn’t really bring anything new or flashy to the table, what it does do is present a very well made, somewhat old-school design with some excellent internal components. The small details like the markings on the dust cover just add to the package.

      ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

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      A compact AEG for vehicle crew use!
      THROUGH THE SCOPE
      WHO MAKES IT: Classic Army USA
      GUN NAME: VCW – Vehicle Crew Weapon
      CLASS: AEG
      TYPE: Field Use (CQB with spring change)
      WHO IT’S FOR: Mid-high level player
      HOW MUCH: $279.00
      FPS: 365 w/ .20g BBs Shooter's Opinion
      While at first glance, this is “just another M4”, it actually has some details and design decisions that I really like. ... See more
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    • The long awaited Elite Force H8R CO2 powered revolver has finally arrived, but does it meet our lofty expectations? Check this video we put together for the details.

      In short, here’s a pro and con list:

      PROS:
      Very inexpensive – $65ish
      Lightweight
      Magazine “discs” are cheap and easy to carry
      Plenty of rail space for lights, lasers, accessories
      Extremely consistent with gas economy
      CQB ready velocity

      CONS:
      Zero hop-up. Not even a fixed unit.
      Clamshell body isn’t the most realistic
      Cylinder is molded in and doesn’t resolve
      Very short usable range

      While the H8R has a fair bit of potential, the lack of a hop-up makes the performance suffer substantially. Hopefully later versions of the H8R will rectify that, because right now, this thing is only useful for very short range CQB gameplay. Many thanks to Gas Blowback Central for sending this over for us to test out!

      The post Airsoft Insider TV: Elite Force H8R Review appeared first on Airsoft Insider.
      The long awaited Elite Force H8R CO2 powered revolver has finally arrived, but does it meet our lofty expectations? Check this video we put together for the details.

      In short, here’s a pro and con list:

      PROS:
      Very inexpensive – $65ish
      Lightweight
      Magazine “discs” are cheap and easy to carry
      Plenty of rail space for lights, lasers, accessories
      Extremely consistent with gas economy
      CQB ready velocity

      CONS:
      Zero hop-up. Not even a ... See more
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      Airsoft Insider TV: Elite Force H8R Review