BAERP9 SET-UP! G&G ARMAMENT | PTS SYNDICATE | SHIELD SIGHTS!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog, and my apologies that it's been a while! Today I'm back with another post and it's a run through of my G&G ARP9 Black Orchid 'BAERP9' set-up!

BEFORE

Admittedly, I made a few changes to the ARP 9 Black Orchid as soon as I got her out of the box in anticipation for her first game day including swapping out the iron sights for the PTS EBUIS (Enhanced Back Up Iron Sights), removed the orange crown suppressor and added a flash hider that has the option of a QD suppressor and added my Shield CQS. Here is what she looked like before:





AFTER


One thing that was really important to me was having more battery space, as the GOS-V5 stock combined with excess wiring (imo) made it pretty difficult to fit my battery of choice comfortably and it's two fixed stock positions weren't quite right for my shooting style on either point. To combat this, I had an M4 buffer tube installed and a PTS EPS (Enhanced Polymer Stock) added. This is a 6 point stock so I have more options regarding stock length and tonnes more battery space meaning battery installation is now quite and easy!


To stay with the 'Black Orchid' colourway I chose to run my trusty Shield CQS site cerakoted in hot pink!


New to my set-up is the PTS Unity Tactical FUSION mounting system - I love running the hub and iron sight attachment from this kit rather than just an iron sight because I can add other pieces of the kit onto the hub such as a 90-degree rail piece or an extension for additional attachments such as a torch!


Last but not least, I removed the flash hider and put on the Femme Fatale mock suppressor from G&G - I love how this suppressor looks on SMG weapons and it carries on the colour scheme.



So that's my set-up ladies and gents! Keep an eye out for the review of the Black Orchid ARP 9 in the next issue of Airsoft Action!

MIDLANDS AIRSOFT FAIR 2018!

Every year (and usually twice a year) Ammo Drop hosts the Midlands Airsoft Fair at the Gaol Events in Oakham, an airsoft boot fair that where big retailers/brands can showcase/sell new products and airsoft booters sell/swap second hand gear as well as get a taster game of the site, a chance to run a 3 gun course and of course, the raffle in aid of the Pilgrim Bandits. Although the event usually runs twice a year, this year April is the only event in 2018 so we decided to get ourselves down and see the progress of one of the fastest growing Airsoft events held in the Midlands.


First off, let me give those of you who are unfamiliar with the Gaol a quick rundown: The Gaol Events is an intense CQB site that is housed in wings of the former men’s low security prison HM Prison Ashwell in Oakham, Rutland. Although majority of the Prison was redeveloped as part of the Oakham Enterprise Park in 2013, 3 of the former wings remain with cells intact for players to fight though along with large outdoor spaces including the exercise yard that still has all the old features of the Prison, from the barbed wire to high prison mesh walls. The site itself is impressive and having played at the Gaol on a few occasions, I can say that if you like really close quarter combat, the Gaol is definitely a site you should try. My favourite areas of the site are G Wing – a long wooden building that holds a maze made from the old cells – it is pitch black, super close quarters and absolutely terrifying. This part of the site is one of the toughest areas to clear in the attack and defend game modes! I am also really partial to E Wing as well, a huge brick building that houses cells, common rooms, stairwells and low light corridors to battle your way through.

When I arrived onsite at 10am (when doors opened) I was pretty flabbergasted by what I saw, every year I have attended there has been a queue for entry as the fair is always popular but I have never seen a queue as big as this years! The queue span from the doors and ALL the way through the prison gate at the end of the road which is amazing! It’s awesome to see so many players coming together to support local companies and local events. A ticket to the event, has gone up from previous years and will set you back £8 – this includes entry to the fair itself, a sausage or bacon cob, a run on the 3 gun course and a taster game within a section of the gaming area. Although the price has gone up, I still believe that it is a great price point for a day out with your friends, especially considering breakfast is included! The event runs from 10am until 3.30pm.

For April 2018’s fair we saw an increase in both airsoft booters and retailers, but we were missing some key brands from the previous years. Retailers/brands included: The Pilgrim Bandits – charity supporting injured servicemen and women to live a full life again (event’s chosen charity), Ammo Drop – retailers of airsoft guns and accessories, Staffordshire Militaria Supplies – airsoft, army Surplus and outdoor Clothing Supplies, Nuprol – suppliers of gas, tactical kit and airsoft rifles/pistols, ASG – worldwide manufacturer of realistic imitation firearms and BBs, Bomb-Up Airsoft – airsoft retailer based in the North of England, Leicester Airsoft – airsoft retailer based in Leicester, Dangerzone Customs – custom tactical kit manufacturers, Pine Tree – suppliers of MRE’s, High Pressure Airsoft – suppliers of HPA systems, Airsoft Direct – airsoft retailer based in Hull, Socom Tactical – airsoft retailer based in Fleet, Redwolf UK/VFC UK – showcasing the latest products from RWA and VFC, Just Paracord UK – makers of all things paracord, The Draft Club – Manufacturers and Suppliers of BBs, Valken – Suppliers of supplies for Airsoft and Paintball and Kydex Customs UK – manufacturers of Kydex holsters. As well as the huge amount of private sellers that lined the gaol walk ways, there really was something to appeal to everyone.








The private sellers make up a huge bulk of the retailers onsite and they are in almost every nook and cranny of the Gaol’s any hallways. Pitches vary from small pitches to large depending on how much kit you have to shift. When talking to some of the private sellers, at not even 10.30am they had already made a fair amount of sales – which instantly made me regret not booking my own pitch in time! Haha. It’s great that the fair also has booters alongside the big brands and retailers because it adds something different to the event, and as the old saying goes ‘one person’s trash is another’s treasure’ Depending on my schedule next year I am hoping to run my own stall to shift some of the kit I’ve hoarded over the last few years, and I’ll be reporting from the position of a seller which will be an interesting read for those of you who would consider having a stall yourselves!

There are 3 taster games ran during the day in one of the enclosed prison wings which are perfect to give players who haven’t yet played the Gaol, and of course those who are considering joining the sport the opportunity to sample the site before booking onto a gameday. For those of us who have already played, it’s a great half an hour shoot. The 3 gun course is also another element to the day that appeals those who are interested in AISPC. Although you can run the course with your own weapons, it is a practical shooting course set-up in one of the prison wings that has card and metal targets to hit whilst being timed by the onsite staff.

This year, something new was added to the agenda – an auction to raise money for the Pilgrim Bandits! Punters at the fair bid on the following with all the money going to the veterans charity:  a Polarstar Jack that sold for £160.00, Wolverine £170.00, a full HPA Tank set-up including line and regulator sold for £120, an ASG Storm 360 grenade that went for £60 and a Tokyo Marui KSG Shotgun that sold for £330!


Every event, the fair hosts a raffle that is always one of the key events and this year the prizes were bigger and better than ever, donated by various companies and brands: Tokyo Marui 416, King Arms M4, Valken Battle Machine, Nuprol EU17 Pistol, Viper Belt set up, Viper Spec Ops chest rig, 2 X DZ Tactical mag carrier, Pine Tree MRE collection & a 12 month Ai subscription, Airsoft Innovations XL Burst, another Airsoft innovations bundle, Kydex Holster and £30 of Patches.


Overall, the Midlands Airsoft Fair 2018 was a resounding success! I had a great time catching up with friends and meeting followers. I think the fair gives airsofters a great opportunity to sell/swap kit and also purchase new goods from the retailers onsite. It was amazing to see such an increase in footfall at this event – airsofters supporting their local businesses and brands is super important for our industry and economy. The admission price to the event is reasonable – even more so when you consider that the cost of breakfast and the raffle tickets are included (those who won prizes such as the TM 416 are laughing!). I am a little sad that this is the last event for 2018, but I cannot wait to see the next instalment of the Midlands Airsoft Fair in 2019. The total amount raised for The Pilgrim Bandits (who also happen to be Airsoft Action’s chosen charity) and Prostate Cancer UK was just over £800 which is a great amount and will go towards both helping injured service men and women live a full life again and in the fight against Prostate Cancer which is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. It’s amazing to see the community come together to support such worthy causes!... 

Hardwick, K. (2018). Midlands Airsoft Fair. Airsoft Action. 90 (August), 28-29.

OLIGHT M20SX JAVELOT KIT!

Hey everyone!

Like many of you, I’m always on the look-out for new kit to up my gameplay and I’ve recently discovered a brand of tactical lights that give you ALL the lumens for a reasonable price. The brand is Olight, and today I’ll be giving you the lowdown on their M20SX JAVELOT kit. The M20SX JAVELOT from Olight is a new generation of the popular two-tail-switch tactical flashlight that we’ve seen become popular in airsoft over the last few years. This model from Olight has an aircraft-grade aluminium body with anti-scratch type III hard anodizing and it is powered by either 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650 battery (which aren’t included).


Although it is available on its own, the M20SX JAVELOT kit comes with a load of tactical accessories including a magnetic weapon mount, blue/red/green filters, and a remote pressure switch.

So what are the key features? Well, it has three brightness settings from 25 to an absolutely whopping 820 lumens, and it even features a strobe mode! The customised CREE LED has a smooth reflector to create a tightly-focused beam that can reach up to 370M. The multi-function click tail switch has momentary activation and on/off making it easy to use in game, and it has quick access direct to the brightest level and strobe mode. It has a side switch to select modes, and what is really cool is the memory function that can be used to remember the last power setting used meaning you can set your torch up for game days and simply load the last setting saving you the hassle of doing it again. It even has reverse polarity protection to prevent improper battery installation (we’ve all seen folk put their batteries in the wrong way) and thermal management to avoid overheating.



So how does it work? The torch itself has a good weight to it and feels sturdy in the hand. It is easy to set-up, although, I used the Olight offset mount rather than the magnetic mount as it worked with my M4 platform more seamlessly. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to use the strobe setting during a game but this torch really is bright AF, and on the brightest setting, the beam does momentarily disorientate opposing players meaning you can get a pretty good drop on them. I really like the pressure pad that’s included as it makes it much more usable during quick engagements in game. The switch tail wire is a little long but can be fed around the mount keeping it out of the way and tidy.



From the Olight UK store the M20SX JAVELOT kit is £129.95 however, over the weekend of (tomorrow) July 27th – July 31st 2018 Olight is having a huge sale and offering 20% off the kit, and a free l3E keyring torch! There’s also free shipping over £30 for customers in the UK.  With the upcoming sale the Javelot kit is really good value for money especially considering the lumens output!

Photography thanks to Henry Nicholson


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VIPER 'SCROTE' POUCH

Back in 2016, Ferro Concepts released their tactical solution to the ‘bumbag’ (to us Brits or the ‘fanny pack’ to our American cousins) – The DANGLER pouch which took the airsoft community by storm, but at £42.50 a pop and with limited availability due to popularity they were hard to come by. To combat this, multiple companies including TMC and Warrior Assault Systems created their own versions of the much loved pouches and now Viper Tactical have also joined the running with their own affordable ‘SCROTE’ pouch!


It is a tactical fanny-pack pouch Velcro attachment for plate carriers and chest rigs that has webbing straps on each side and a Velcro ID panel on the front for all of your favourite patches! As well as looking good it’s also super utilitarian - inside the pouch it has elasticated internal loop holders and a Velcro front internal pouch to keep all your bits and bobs safe during gameplay. I use mine to store my .209 primers and impact grenade accessories during games so they are easy to reach in a hurry. It has a Viper firm draw zip puller to give the user more grip whilst unzipping/zipping the pouch closed especially when wearing gloves or when your hands are wet/cold. 

Unlike the Ferro DANGLER, the SCROTE has a panel of Velcro on the back of the pouch as well which helps keep the Velcro tab tidy when the pouch is in storage and it means the pouch is a little more versatile and is able to be used as a loop belt attachment rather than a drop pouch. Whilst it is being used as a drop pouch however it does offer some protection for your lower stomach if like me you wear JPCs and other small plate carriers.

Admittedly one of my favourite things about the SCROTE pouch is the name, it’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to the pouches protective properties.


It is available in a great range of colours including: VCam, black, green, coyote and titanium so there is a colour to suit most loadouts. It is stocked at most Viper retailers in the UK and the best part? It retails for around £11! This is fantastic news for those who want the look of Gucci kit on a budget or have multiple loadouts to fill with pouches.

Overall, I think Viper have done a great job with the SCROTE pouch: it is affordable – giving more players access to that Gucci kit look, has a great look, is a useful addition to any loadout because of its utilitarian qualities and of course the added protection it offers the end user. It is a great addition to their 2018 catalogue and is really in tune with what the players want – well done Viper!

Hardwick, K. (2018). VIPER 'SCROTE' POUCH. Airsoft Action. 90 (August), 69.

RANGER GREEN LOADOUT! CRYE PRECISION! LBX TACTICAL!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another loadout post for you - I'll be giving you guys and gals the ins and outs of my ranger green loadout that I've been absolutely LOVING lately!

First up let's go through what I'm wearing to protect my head and face - to keep my ears safe from BBs shots and of course loud pyro I'm wearing the Z-Tactical Comtac IIs (these also help amplify quiet noises), on my head I'm wearing the 5.11 2017 Range Cap from IWA 2017, my trusty Wiley X Saber Shooting Glasses to protect my eyes (here I'm wearing the tinted lenses as it was super sunny on site!) and to keep my teeth safe I'm running the One Tigris Women's 4.5 inch Face Mask!


Next, let's chat about the base of this loadout - my BDU's! For this loadout, I am wearing the Crye Precision G2 Combat Shirt and Crye Precision G2 Combat Pant. The Gen 2 are no longer in production in Ranger Green and have been replaced with the G3 Combat Shirt and G3 Combat Pants - the only difference between the two is that the G3 are all one block colour and the Crye Precision tag is a different design and in a different location. I have them both in the smallest size available at the time of purchase and the fit of the combat shirt is excellent, it is fitted without being too tight. The combat fit is a little big around the waist (the smallest size in stock was 32 in the trousers and my waist is a 29) but the rest of the pant fits well.


The plate carrier I run with this loadout is the LBX Tactical 0300S in MAS grey with the Triple HSGI Taco Modular Panel in ranger green. It's a small modular plate carrier which is perfect for women and players with a smaller build. Check out my full review here.


For this loadout, I am also rocking my lightweight and low drag olive drab shooters belt set-up (which can't be seen in the pictures). You can check out what's in my set-up here.

To protect my hands from BB hits, scuffs and scraps whilst in the game zone I run the PIG FDT Delta Utility Glove from Tactical Kit! What I love about these gloves is that they are the only pair that I've found that truly fit my tiny hands. You can check out my full review of them here.


Keep your eyes peeled for my next loadout post! My Ghost Recon Wildlands Character inspired red flannel/ranger green loadout coming next week!

Photography thanks to Liam Sibley.

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