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Summer times almost upon us! This is the time where Airsoft is at its finest, the sun is high in the sky, birds are tweeting, and the woodlands of the UK echo with the sound of ‘HIT’. Not only does Summer bring longer days, and more time in the beer garden, it also brings the Gas Blowback Airsoft Player’s worst fear: the heat. Heat effects Gas Guns in interesting ways, mainly by increasing the FPS of the weapon, and if your gun is already close to the line a small temperature increase could spell disaster. This is common not only to Green Gas Guns, but to CO2 pistols as well, with CO2 guns showing a huge jump in power in the heat.

We were talking to Danny from Halo Mill, an Airsoft CQB Arena located in Huddersfield, and he was telling us he’s seen a huge increase in the amount of MP9 players which are having to switch out from their favourite gun because they are simply too hot.

Well, there’s an easy solution for that: The ASG MP9 Downgrade Bolt.

 

Downgrade bolt to the rescue!

If you’re familiar with the MP9 in heat, you’ll know as soon as it gets a little too warm your gun will be firing hot! The worst we’ve ever seen was one of these guns reaching around 420fps on one of the hottest days of the year, suffice to say: he did not get to play that day.

The was light at the end of the tunnel, we fitted the ASG MP9 Downgrade Bolt to the weapon and it brought his FPS right down to around 300fps, making it perfect for playing with even in the highest of temperatures.

The Downgrade / CQB Bolt is a drop in and play downgrade for all KWA / ASG MP9 Gas Blowback Airsoft 6mm BB Guns. The Bolt is constructed from Alloy, making it durable and long lasting, and has been specifically designed to drop the FPS of the weapon by around 50-70 fps making it Site Legal for most Skirmish Sites in the UK.

Once fitted the Bolt usually sees the weapon firing around 290 to 310fps dependant on the Temperature of the Gas in the Magazine. This is a must have purchase for any Airsoft Skirmisher who owns an MP9 who wants to Skirmish their weapon.

Best thing: once it starts to get cold again, you can just re-install your old bolt.

 

But how do I fit the bolt?

If you’re au fait with the MP9 then replacing the bolt is a doddle, but for those who don’t know how, or want it fitting before we send you your shiny brand new MP9 you can get in contact with us!

If you want one fitting before we dispatch your MP9, then feel free to get in touch with our customer services team on: 01484 644709, or email: sales@patrolbase.co.uk.

If you want  help with fitting the bolt, or want us to fit one into your existing weapon then feel free to get in touch with our Workshop Team on: 01484 644709, or email: workshop@patrolbase.co.uk.

We’ve had a lot of time here at Patrol Base to play around with various Sights and Scopes on the market, and non come close to the quality of Vortex’s range of sights. Well, they should be good quality, we may be selling them from an Airsoft Shop, but they’re actually Real Steel Shooting sights designed to be used on real guns. They’re hard wearing, have some of the clearest sight picture and last for thousands of hours on the battery they use, but people always have one common complaint: apparently, they’re too expensive. Well, this blog post is going to cover why that simply isn’t true, and for the cost of the sight, its value per sight you get, you’re getting a smashing deal for your money.

 

Vortex offer a Lifetime warranty, whatever the reason.

Here is Vortex’s VIP Warranty promise: It doesn’t matter how it happened, whose fault it was, or where you purchased it, as long as the damage isn’t deliberate or simply cosmetic they’ll repair or replace it for you free of charge.

We’ve all done it, we’ve all got our brand new sight, gone out to play, and its immediately been shot out. Well, worry no more, Vortex will repair your sight for you no matter what happens, and this even extends out to Airsoft Players as well.

That means that once you’ve purchased your Sight, you’ll never have to buy another one. So providing you never go off the style of the Sight, it might be the last sight you’ll ever need to buy.

Here’s the bottom line: If you buy a sight, it gets shot out, you don’t need to fork out to get a new one. Those three £60 Airsoft Sights you’ve bought over the years add up to the price of a Vortex Sight, which is so much better in every way. Doesn’t seem too expensive now does it?

We’ve even had this with one of our customers: He purchased a Vortex Crossfire on the Friday,  it got shot out on the Sunday, and it was replaced under warranty on the Monday completely free of charge.

 

The warranty is fully transferable

This is something that even I didn’t realise, but when I was watching videos from the Yorkshire Shooting show I came across Kronos Airsoft’s video interview with Vortex and they talked about how they cover the warranty even if you got the Sight or Scope second hand, you don’t even need a warranty card or receipt. Send them a damaged Sight and they’ll fix or replace it, no matter how you got it. We confirmed this through their Website, and its indeed true!

Vortex are deadly serious about their brand, and they never want to have people worry, or see a broken Vortex Sight, what better way to inspire Brand Confidence?

 

They’re the real deal

Simply put: They’re real Sights, designed for real weapons. They’re made to be used in real combat situations, in real shooting competitions, and they’re really really good. If you compare them to the Airsoft Copies of Sights they’re leagues apart. Not only are they tough and durable, they’re accurate and clear.

There are a lot of things to talk about here, so here is a quick list:

1. The sight picture is clear, crystal clear, because they’re designed to be used at long ranges, way longer range than clone Airsoft Sights.

2. They don’t loose their Zero on a Gas Blowback Rifle because they’re designed to hold their sight on a real rifle.

3. They don’t fog, and they’re waterproof because they’re designed for harsh environments and real combat.

4. The batteries last for months, and some of the red dots are rated to last for 7000 hours on a single battery.

5. They take hard knocks, and are super durable, they won’t crumble like some clones

6. If you shoot Real Steel, you can use it for Airsoft and Real Target Shooting

7. Did I mention how clear they are?

 

Simply put, you can never go wrong with investing that little bit of money early, seeing big savings in the long run. If these kinds of optics had been available to me when I first started playing Airsoft I’d have saved mega money in the long run. When I first started I purchased myself a Turnigy Accucel 6 battery charger, and I’ve never bought another charger again, and if I were starting now and got myself a Vortex, without a doubt I’d have saved loads on replacing my damaged sights and scopes.

– PatrolBase Jonny

If you want to learn more, or want to see our full range of Vortex Optics, you can check out our: Vortex Sights page.

If you want to learn more about Vortex’s VIP Warranty you can call us on: 01484 644709, or visit Vortex’s VIP Warranty Page.

 

Want a discount on your next order?

Of course you do… who doesn’t? Well, we need you to sign up to our mailing list as our old subscriber’s lists have been completely deleted!

Why would we do such a thing? A little thing called GDPR… We only want to be emailing people that are truly interested in our content and what a better way to refresh the list than to offer you a discount on one of your future orders!

How to signup:

Simple, follow the link here to enter your email and then you will receive a confirmation email. Once confirming you will then automatically receive news, offers, discounts and more from Patrol Base via email. Simply click here to register today.

What will I get if I sign up?:

The best email you could ever open… we won’t be boring you with constantly spammy “check this out at only £……….”, we want you to look forward to that weekly letter from your favourite Airsoft store. Every email will have a reason to open it, from the latest must-have kit to discount codes and the chance to see something shiny before we plaster it up everywhere including news on shiny bits that are due in 😉

Hey everyone, I’m PatrolBase Jonny, you might have seen me answering questions on TokyWoky. A lot of people have been asking on TokyWoky about why some guns don’t come with Batteries and Chargers, I’m here to say: that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We recommend that if a gun comes with a free charger, you don’t use it, and if it comes with a free battery, you only use it as a spare in dire situations.

Before we begin, just a quick reminder: Don’t forget to only use Ni-Mh chargers with Ni-Mh battery, and only use LiPo chargers with LiPo batteries. This is because they charge in different ways due to their chemical makeup.

 

Why shouldn’t we use the free charger?

If you’re desperate, sure, you can use the charger, but we’d recommend against it for a few reasons.

Firstly: they don’t Auto Stop when the battery is charged, this means you have to take an educated guess on to when the battery is fully charged or not, meaning that a lot of the time you’ll either under-charge or over-charge your battery. Buying yourself a decent aftermarket charger can save you the nightmare of having to play roulette with the charge levels, and it’ll stop charging as soon as the battery is completely full, giving you peace of mind going into your Skirmish.

Secondly: They’re slow. Free gift chargers usually have a slow charge rate, meaning some larger capacity battery can take hours to charge. Aftermarket chargers are usually faster because they can provide a higher current because they can auto-stop safely when the battery is full.

Thirdly: Not really a biggie, but more of an annoyance, but free chargers usually come with a EURO / Shaver two pin plug, which means you have to find yourself an adaptor to use them.

My advice: Throw them away, they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

 

Why shouldn’t we use the free battery?

If you’re in a squeeze sometimes these battery can be a life saver as a last minute resort, but we’d typically recommend against using them for your Main battery, and keeping them as a spare for the following reasons:

Firstly: They’ve typically got a low capacity. When referring to the capacity we usually mean how much charge it can hold, aka its life, which is the mAh (Milliamp Hours) rating of the battery. The higher the mAh rating of the battery, the longest it will last. Typically you’ll find with free or gift batteries that the mAh rating is usually somewhere between 1000mAh – 1300mAh, compared to the better quality aftermarket batteries which typically feature a 1600mAh or higher capacity. That’s a between a 20% to 60% capacity increase on either end of the scale, and of course the more power you have, the longer you can play.

Secondly: The wiring quality is usually worse than on Aftermarket battery. It’s quite common to see a free gift battery have its wires snap, break, or come away from the battery with just a little bit too much force applied. Aftermarket battery usually have better soldering and wiring meaning they can take more punishment. Nothing is worse than pulling a battery out of your bag on game day and finding the wires have broken.

My advice: Keep them as spare backup battery, but replace them with a better capacity after market battery for your rifle. These free / gift battery make the perfect spare should you run out of charge on your main battery, or should the worst happen, a backup battery for one of your friends. Sure, its annoying to have a battery that wont last long, but as a spare for someone who doesn’t have a battery, they’re a life saver.

 

What can we get instead?

There are a range of options when it comes to batteries, all the top brands such as: ASG and NUPROL offer their own chargers for both LiPo and Ni-Mh batteries, but if you’re interested we’ve put together a few bundle packages which are great for beginner Airsoft Skirmishers so they can get the Charger and Battery together. And the good news: they all have a higher battery storage capacity, and all auto stop, so you don’t have to worry about overcharging your battery, or worry about how long its going to take.


NUPROL N3 Smart Charger + 8.4v Crane

NUPROL N3 Smart Charger + 9.6v Crane

NUPROL N3 Smart Charger + 8.4v Stick

We also recommend that you grab yourself a LiPo Charging Bag, because you can never be too safe.

Hope this helps those of you who are looking for information on the free Battery and Charger you usually get with Airsoft Guns, and don’t forget, if you need help you can always ask the community via TokyWoky. For those who don’t know what TokyWoky is, its the chat system down at the bottom right of the page that allows you to ask questions to the Airsoft Community. You can read a more detailed blog on it: TokyWoky Community Chat System

Hope this helps 🙂
– PatrolBase Jonny

How do I know when a battery is charged?

Visitor
How do I know when my battery is charged?

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! If you’re using a free charger, they usually don’t auto-stop so you have to take an educated guess buy working out the charge time, or feeling when the battery is warm. This is why we recommend getting an aftermarket charger because they Auto-Stop. This means they’ll stop charging when the battery is full. Check the instructions for each charger, but usually a light will turn on when the battery is full.  Hope this helps 🙂

How many battery do I need?

Visitor
Im off for my first skirmish, how many battery do i needs?

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! My recommendation is usually to take at least two batteries with you. This means you can either swap half way through the day, or keep one on you to swap in the field should your battery go dead in the last third of the day. Hope this helps 🙂

The new must-have sniper rifle?…

We have truly taken this rifle down to its very last screw and bolt to find out exactly how this rifle holds up against many of the other available “budget” introductory Airsoft spring powered sniper rifles out there. In short, we are incredibly impressed! Continue reading below to find out everything we now know about it. For production information on the ASG – M40A3 McMillan Sniper “Click Here”.

What do you get for your money?

First of all, you are getting a very sought after M40A3 stock that just feels amazing to hold. Very comfortable and visually striking compared to alternative slimline stocks you are normally used to seeing. On Tokyo Marui and other branded rifles, the M40A3 stocks are rare to find and highly desirable due to popular use in films and real steel shooting.

With this being a “budget rifle” you are getting a hollowed out stock with metal weights, but the hold and comfort are still absolutely fantastic. Now let’s start breaking it down…

Breaking it in two:

As already mentioned, this is a hollowed out stock that features alloy weights but you could quite easily split it and pack it out with plasticine or expandable foam to make it feel a bit more robust.

First of all simply remove the under rail by removing the 2x screws.

You can then start to take each screw out of one side of the body and split by hand or a very thin blade.

The sling mounts do not need to be removed, but you can do so very easily should you want a flusher finish. Just be sure to chop off the mounting studs after.

Once split you can see there are three weights to balance out the rifle when being held up in the air.

The front inside also features the magazine release catch mechanism. This is a closed unit and unlike many other rifles out there, you do not need to fear of this part flying out and getting lost when disassembling your sniper!

Additional features:

As you may have already seen, the rifle features an adjustable cheek rest that requires you to simply undo the four screws. The cheek rest then has 4x positions that the rest will lock into once the screws are tightened back up.

The stock is also adjustable with 4x plates that can be added and removed until you have a desirable length once shouldered.

The cylinder and outer barrel are also stabilised with a very thick polymer locking unit as pictured below.

This unit keeps everything rock solid and provides one of the most satisfying bolt pulls we have ever experienced. Even when you fit a bigger spring inside the cylinder, everything still functions very smoothly and straight.

The inner barrel also features a polymer 2 part stabiliser, you can add more home-made ones by simply wrapping the inner barrel in insulation tape should you desire.

Hop-up chamber:

The hop-up chamber is very similar to the ones found in the SSG69 spring rifles, however, the M40A3 is far better quality with a better finish and just feels more pleasant to physically slide the hop pressure adjuster too.

Straight out of the box this hop-up unit will life a 0.40g BB very happily once you upgrade the cylinder with an ASG – High Power Spring – SSG69.

Do not let the polymer construction put you off. This is a hard ABS material that delivers excellent and precise pressure upon your hop-up rubber/bucking.

The cylinder:

The cylinder only requires a spring upgrade for this to become a very competitive rifle on the field. Yes, you can replace the piston and spring guide with alloy alternatives, but we would honestly find this a waste of money. Just like the SSG69, this rifle can be upgraded to 500fps with just a high powered spring purchase.

The nozzle is tight straight from the factory, but with some long needle nose pliers it comes off very easily revealing the heavy greased insides. We would recommend a quick clean and Abbey Silicone Oil is used before your first skirmish to improve your range upon your first few shots. You may also see an additional FPS increase.

Overall verdict:

Do not upgrade anything over than the spring! This rifle performs very well and with the spring upgrade and right BBs, plus a good setup scope you can achieve some seriously impressive range on the skirmish field competing very nicely against well tuned Tokyo Marui platforms.

The rifle is lightweight, easy to pull the bolt, cheap magazines to buy as spares and can be heavily customised. A few customisations we recommend are to fill the stock with either plasticine or expandable foam, a one-piece homemade barrel spacer (paper wrapped tight around the inner barrel) and a camo paint job.

Want one?

Keep it clean, use quality ammo and set up your scope properly and you will not be disapointed. For your own ASG – M40A3 McMillan Sniper “Click Here”.

Recommendations:













Looking for an alternate to KRYTAC? We know some of you have been waiting a long time for Krytac to come back into stock, so we’ve been looking for alternatives. Well, we’re happy to announce that we now stock the Lone Star Tactical LA M4 SBR Lone Star Tactical AEG Range. Will they replace the Krytac in terms of popularity? Only time will tell, but what we do know is that they’re just as well built for a fraction of the cost.

KRYTAC MK II War Sport LVOA-S
Lone Star Tactical LA M4 SBR
  • Price: £389.99
  • – Fully Licenced Warsport Rail
  • – Integrated MOSFET
  • – One-Piece Hop-Up
  • – Integrated MOSFET
  • – KRYTAC Trident Mechbox
  • – Locking Bolt and Bolt Release
  • – Ambidextrous Fire Selector
  • Price: £289.99
  • – Wobble Free Design
  • – Cerakote Coating
  • – Hex Style Magazine
  • – Wire Cutter Style Modular Handguard
  • – Hex Style Magazine
  • – Steel Gears for Reliability
  • – Vertical Grip Included

The rifles do have a few things in common, mainly quality of the build, which no one can argue, is great for both weapons. Externally the rifles both share a similar rail design, both based on the ‘Wire Cutter’ style design with a full length top 20mm RIS / RAS Rail, and a Modular Rail System which allows you to move the rail panels to different locations and attach accessories right where you need them. Both rifles also feature full length top 20mm RIS / RAS Rails for attaching sights and scopes, along with removable top sights for when you attach sights and scopes, as well as a removable Top Hat Style Removable Bird Cage Style Flash Hider which reveals a 14mm CCW Thread for attaching Suppressors and Tracer Units.

However, Lone Star have taken their builds a step further by Cerakote Finishing their rifles. A Cerakote finish is a type of Polymer-Ceramic coating that can be applied to a range of materials such as Metals, Plastics and other Polymers designed to enhance the durability of the surface. This makes the rifles more resistant to wear and tear, reducing wear, corrosion and hardness of the finish making them last and look better for longer.

The Lone Star is also considerably cheaper than the KRYTAC, being £100 cheaper allows you to spend the money elsewhere, allowing you to pick yourself up a few upgrades instead. In our opinion, the best thing you can do with your spare money is to grab yourself a Gate TITAN Drop In MOSFET V2 Module, which is a drop in MOSFET Kit designed for Version 2 Gearbox, which are typically seen in M4 Variant Rifles. The Titan is a complete trigger set replacement, with optical sensors instead of mechanical switches and has a high end software and sensor based sector gear detection, allowing some of the fastest and most efficient AEG builds. The Titan improves the performance of your weapon, giving you a better trigger response by allowing pre-cocking, and allows you to highly customise the way your rifle functions.

The Lone Star is perfect for those Airsoft Skirmishers who are looking for a top quality, realistic looking Airsoft replica, with has a solid feel and plenty of room for Upgrades and Accessories, and simply, it looks cool right out of the box.

For more information on the Lone Star Tactical LA M4 SBR Lone Star Tactical AEG Range you can check them out on our New Products Page!

 

If you’re wondering what our opening times for the Easter Period, you can check them out below:

Thursday: 9:30 – 9:00
Friday: CLOSED!
Saturday: 9:30 – 5:00
Sunday: CLOSED!
Monday: CLOSED!
Tuesday: 9:30 – 5:30 (as Usual)

From Tuesday, we’ll be back to normal!

If you’re looking to get your Airsoft Fix, then Halo Mill will be open, and Halo Mill: Proving Grounds is running a special Easter Event for all those who don’t want to spend time with their families.

Hope this helps 🙂
– Patrol Base Jonny


Will orders be delayed?

Visitor
Will my order get delivered on time over easters??

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! If you order during the Easter Period you may see some Delays. Over to the Easter Holidays, our Courriers will not be collecting Bank Holiday Friday (30/03) or Monday (02/04). Any orders placed after Thursday (29/03) will not be processed until Tuesday (03/04). Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Hope this helps 🙂

You thought the standard MK23 was good, well prepare to be amazed. We’ve taken the Tokyo Marui MK23 Gas Non Blowback Airsoft 6mm Pistol and pre-upgraded it with HADRON Designs Upgrade Parts, taking the already amazing pistol one step further,  making it almost unfair to use.

We’ve created the: Tokyo Marui – HADRON MK23 SOCOM Custom Upgrade Pistol – Black.

For those of you who haven’t checked out the HADRON Designs upgrade range for the MK23, the upgrade parts are designed to be fit to a base MK23 to improve the functionality of the pistol, through the inclusion of a custom Hop-Up Nub, Top Down Center (TDC) Hop-Up Adjuster Mod, and a Top 20mm Rail for attaching Red Dot Sights.

The final product includes the Pistol, all the Upgrade Parts, and the Workshop Labour Required to build the pistol. The pistol will come pre-built by our in-house tech with all the required work completed, with the pistol ready to go out of the box.

The TDC Hop-Up Mod, also known as a Top Down Center Hop-Up Mod is a Hop-Up unit adjustable by a Grub Screw and Allen Key rather than the traditional Wheel System. This allows much finer precision when setting the amount of hop, as well as more pressure to be applied, for extra hop leading to more accurate and stable shots. Due to the nature of the mod this also allows you to adjust the Hop-Up of the pistol without having to split the pistol in half, making the mod worth it even without the extra bonuses.


HADRON DESIGNS MK23 Socom NBB TDC Cover Hop Mod

The H-Plate Hop-Up Mod is a direct replacement for the stock nub in the pistol, designed to be fitted to Tokyo Marui / ASG MK23 to improve the range and accuracy of the weapon by applying more consist ant pressure to the BB through the hop-up rubber. The part is easy to fit and install, and fits directly under the hop-up arm, with a concave pattern making it sit perfectly in a centralised position. Due to the addition of this extra piece more pressure can be applied to the BB, allowing for heavier BBs to be used for a more stable shot over long distance.


HADRON DESIGNS MK23 H-Plate Hop Mod

When combined, the TDC Mod and H-Plate allow the Pistol to lift extremely heavy BBs, allowing you to out range most people on the field just by using a Pistol.

Again, if you want to see the Tokyo Marui – HADRON Designs Custom MK23 Airsoft Pistol in all its glory, please feel free to check out the Pistol’s Page for further information.

Hope this helps 🙂
– Patrol Base Jonny


What magazines are compatible?

Visitor
What magazines to i put in me tm mk23?

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! Pistol takes standard MK23 Magazines, with both the Tokyo Marui MK23 Magazine and the ASG MK23 Magazines being compatible. Hope this helps 🙂


Does the pistol come pre-built?

Visitor
If I buy the Hadron MK23 will it come built or will I have to do it myself?

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! The product includes the Pistol, all the Upgrade Parts, and the Workshop Labour Required to build the pistol. The pistol will come pre-built by our in-house tech with all the required work completed, with the pistol ready to go out of the box. Hope this helps 🙂

The family of RAVEN Airsoft 6mm Pistols is getting larger, with a range of new colouring of their popular G-Series Style Pistols, and 1911 Range of Pistols. If you’ve been wanting to get your Pistol in Tan to match your Rig or Loadout, well now’s your chance.

For those of you who haven’t checked out the RAVEN range of pistols yet, the RAVEN series has been developed by NUPROL as a more affordable alternative to existing pistols but with no compromise on quality and finish. The pistols feature all the same great features other brands, but are more readily available, and more importantly, have more magazines available. The RAVEN Pistols are also compatible with WE parts and Magazines, allowing for a wider choice of aftermarket parts.

The RAVEN G-Series of pistols is now available in two new colours: Tan and Dual Tone Silver / Black.


RAVEN G-Series Pistol – Tan

RAVEN G-Series Pistol – Silver / Black

The RAVEN MEU 1911 Range of pistols is now available in two new colours as well: Tan and Dual Tone Silver / Black.


RAVEN MEU 1911 Pistol – Tan

RAVEN MEU 1911 Pistol – Silver / Black

Don’t forget, the Pistols are also compatible with Parts and Accessories from the WE Range, so all the NUPROL Holsters will also fit.

Again, if you want to see all of the new RAVEN Pistol Range, please feel free to check out our New Product Section for our newest offerings for the RAVEN Pistol Series.

Hope this helps 🙂
– Patrol Base Jonny


What magazines are compatible?

Visitor
What magazines to i put in me nuprol raven pistol?

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! The RAVEN Range of pistols are compatible not only with their own magazines, but the entire line of WE Magazines as well, this means you can use all the Green Gas, Co2 and even the Extended Magazines. Hope this helps 🙂

Today we’re going to be looking at our coach of the month for February – March 2018: AirsoftAstronaut. Since he became a coach just three months ago he has answered over 800 questions and helped people with a huge range of questions ranging from what magazines go with which gun, what pouches to use, and what brands of guns to go with. Piers, aka AirsoftAstronaut is, plays in and around Essex and has been playing and following the sport for two years, regularly playing at Skirmish Airsoft Billericay, Dragons Lair and Plantation Airsoft. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions, along with getting a few photos of his loadout, and to find out where he plays.

PatrolBase Jonny
How long have you been playing?

AirsoftAstronaut
I’ve been playing and following the sport for around 2 years now after a friend introduced me to it.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your local / go-to site?

AirsoftAstronaut
I started playing at a Skirmish site but since Fall am a regular at Dragons Lair and Plantation Airsoft.


Image Courtesy of Skirmish Airsoft Billericay.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favourite Gun?

AirsoftAstronaut
My favourite Airsoft gun so far is the CSI XR-5 AEG, I jumped at the chance to get this sci fi gun at (In my opinion) such a great price. Having been given a full serviced over Christmas it now fires at 345fps and occasionally I’ll use a tracer and Red tracer bb’s. (I can confirm that NUPROL STANAG Mid caps feed into this gun, but G&G M16 High caps do not, I also use the CSI brand magazines for this gun too, and know how those specifically work on the inside.)

PatrolBase Jonny
What loadout do you run?

AirsoftAstronaut
My current loadout consists of my much loved Helikon CPU Jacket and trousers in OD green (The fluffy neck collar was the selling point), I wear a pair of Woodland oak high top boots and some very unprotective 5.11 Tactec A2 gloves (This is for the ability to load pistol and gas gun magazines without accidentally letting go and breaking the bb follower.). I wear an OD helmet and custom fitted a tandard mesh mask to it, and wear some bolle ranger glasses as eye pro.
My loadout “Rig” is a Condor Lazer cut black chest rig with 2x double 5.11 grey pistol magazine pouches on, plus 2 of the 5.11 tactec 9mm pouches, and a red EMT pouch, and Helikon Mini Med pouch Red. (These pouches are of great use on the Blue team)
As for the guns, I tend to run my KJW KP-08 Hicapa, or WE G17 which I’ve got some internal upgrades on order for. from there I usually use my CSI XR-5 (it’s white) or my KJW KC-02 DMR, but I’m still waiting for the summer to come and for more magazines to effectively use it.
I transitioned from a belt rig to a chest rig because with my DMR, and that I sometimes use my AEG’s at the same tile, it’s easier to store all of the magazines, though I do still miss the lightweight feel of a belt.

 


PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favourite Camo?

AirsoftAstronaut
My favourite camouflage is probably MTP Tropic, if there was a digital version that’d be brilliant, it is nice and dark and still blends with woodland areas.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favorite Airsoft Moment?

AirsoftAstronaut
My favourite Airsoft moment was at Dragons Lair in Summer 2017 where I charged a small fort by one of the bridges with a battle cry,one of the four defending from that place ran off, didn’t want to get shot by me 🙂 and I finished off the rest with my G17.

PatrolBase Jonny
Do you prefer Gas, AEG, or HPA?

AirsoftAstronaut
With the current weather I favour AEG’s, it’s less expensive to keep them in good shape and working, but with my DMR and pistols in the future I may consider HPA given the typical British wet/sub 20 Celsius weather and the improved consistency (plus I HATE mag freeze issues on gas guns.)


Image Courtesy of Skirmish Airsoft Billericay.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favorite Brand?

AirsoftAstronaut
Having limited experience with airsoft guns of different brands, such that it’s mostly talking to others in safe zones about their guns and experiences with them, as well as through browsing forums and Tokywoky as well. I’d say that my favourite brand for airsoft guns would be ASG (I believe KJW is asg going by both brand symbols on the box of my DMR and Hicapa.) they have a large range of airsoft guns, and other things like their Storm Grenade. For clothing I’d go with Helikon & tactical gear 5.11 because I love their gloves and the TacTec magazine pouches have an easy to remove molle webbing design.

PatrolBase Jonny
Do you have any advice for a new player

AirsoftAstronaut
My advice for a new airsoft player is this: if you’ve never played before I urge for them to see what the sport is about by playing a rental game at their most local site. From there it would be extreamely helpful to have a browse through the UKAPU website for guidelines on legal issues and guidelines such as two tone etc.
After this it is a case of being prepared to spend a sum of money (I myself found this to be larger than expected until I read up about Airsoft thoroughly online) on the “basics” which is likely consisting of a gun, appropriate power source, usually a LiPo as most beginners go for AEG’s, from there simply ensure they’ve got some suitable footwear and eye and face protection, and perhaps learn about their new gun at home before playing at a site with it so that they understand the gun, it’s functionality and anything important about it such as fps, magazine compatibility etc (On the topic of magazines I’d suggest avoiding dry firing as it’ll damage the gun.)

Once again, thanks to Piers for helping the community out on TokyWoky, and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Also thanks to Skirmish Airsoft Billericay, who provided us with the images, who are based in Billericay, Essex. Situated in the heart of beautiful Essex Countryside yet only 10 minutes from junction 29 of the M25 Skirmish Airsoft, Billericay is only 20 minutes from East London. They are only 5 minutes from Basildon and 15 minutes from Chelmsford. If you want to check them out you can check out their Facebook Page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Skirmish-Airsoft-Billericay-65355044979/, or visit their Website at: www.airsoft-billericay.co.uk.

For those who haven’t yet used TokyWoky, it is the Chat System we have running on our website which is featured at the bottom right, and has as similar style to Facebook Chat. The chat box allows you to get in contact with other Airsoft Players browsing the site, allowing you to ask any and all questions should you need the help! The system allows people to rate each other, and allows people to become Coaches, showing that they have helped people with their questions! Each month we will be selecting a user to be our Coach of the Month, and will be someone who we pick who has helped the other users the most!

– Patrol Base Jonny

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