MILSIM CHECKLIST!

Hey everyone! 
I see a lot of questions on Airsoft Community forums for a 'MilSim checklist' so I decided to put together list of kit that I would recommend for a 24+ hour Op, obviously this isn't an exhaustive list but it does give those of you who aren't familiar with MilSim play an idea of what kit to bring! 

Clothing
  • Camo for your respective side
  • Thermal layers
  • Waterproof layer
  • Outer layer such as softshell (even better if it's waterproof too!)
  • Spare dry clothes
  • Socks
  • Underwear (sports bra for the ladies!)
  • Waterproof boots that support the ankle
  • Gloves
  • Hat (beanie or cap, beanies are particularly nice at night!)
  • Scarf/snood
Personal Hygiene
  • Tooth brush and toothpaste
  • Foot powder (Mycota powder is antibacterial!)
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Miscellar water and cotton wool (to keep your fresh clean and fresh)
  • Moisturiser 
  • Lip balm/vaseline
  • Femfresh feminine hygiene wipes
  • Antiperspirant
  •  Towel
  • Hand sanitiser
Camping/living
  • Basha
  • Bivi
  • Roll mat (a cot bed is much more comfy however!)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (5 season is better!)
  • Pillow
  • Camping stove
  • Mess tin
  • Cutlery (KFS)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Bottled water
  • Ration packs or boil in the bag meals
  • Day sack
Gear/Weapons/Ammo
  • Plate carrier/Chest rig
  • Eye protection 
  • Face protection (optional of course)
  • Ear defenders (optional)
  • Helmet
  • Airsoft primary
  • Airsoft secondary
  • Power source - batteries/gas
  • Ammo - BBs
  • Midcap magazines
  • Red dot sight/scope
  • BFG/disposable pyro
  • Comms (I recommend Baofeng and PTT)
  • Knee/elbow pads
  • Torch
  • Rifle case
  • Rifle sling
Extras
  • Mapcase
  • Notepad and pen
  • Cam cream
  • Multitool
  • Cyalumes
  • Night vision optics
  • Gear bag/plano case
  • Black bin bag
  • Headtorch
  • Medical kit
Any suggestions to add to the list? Leave them in the comments below! I hope you found this useful!


Photo credit to Peter Meade.

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SLAYDIES SERIES SPOTLIGHT! SAMARA FERRIE!

Hi everyone, so following on from our last Slaydies Series Spotlight, we have another! This instalment is a spotlight on a fellow Slaydie from Glasgow, UK!


Hi Samara! Thanks for taking part in the FFA Slaydies Series Spotlights - can you tell my readers a little about yourself?

Hi, I'm Samara! I’m 22 and work full time as a Transport Co-ordinator and account manager within a Haulage company in Glasgow. I’m a total home girl and absolutely love Scotland so I try and camp somewhere different one weekend and play Airsoft the following! 

How long have you been playing Airsoft? What got you into the sport? And why do you love Airsoft?

I’ve only been playing Airsoft for about a year now. It’s flew in and it all started when my friend Paul at the time, who by the way is now my Fiancé! Invited me along to a CQB night game. Although he forgot to bring his torch so it was an interesting first game with the both of us following the opposite team around for 20 minutes before being rinsed! 

I suppose the main thing I enjoy about Airsoft the most is the diversity. Regardless of gender, age or race everyone comes together to play a sport that only ever ends in laughter and friendship. 


Where is your home site? What are the most memorable sites you've played?

My home site for CQB would have to be The Depot in Castlemilk as I play there fortnightly which usually has around 70-90 players each game day. If I was playing outdoors I would swear by Scottish Airsoft Centre! The marshals and game play is by far the best in Glasgow and it promises a great day.

My most memorable site would have to be The Sandpit which I fortunately got to play a few weeks before it closed. The range of firefights and scenarios spread over acres of land meant you never played the same situation over again. Me and my Fiancé travelled 12 hours from Glasgow to Dartford and it was definitely worth it, from speedboats operating with various vehicles and genuine players only interested in having fun! 


How would you describe your playing style?

My playing style constantly changes ever since I had a car accident at the start of the year and has an impact on the length I can play due to my left knee and back. It sucks but If I'm not playing 100mph I'm usually limited to taking my time and being more stealthy which usually works out pretty well compared to sprinting to an adjective anyways. Me and my fiancé always play as a couple (cheesy I know!!) and it always works out for us both as we constantly watch each other's back, we clear rooms together and most people know if I get shot that he isn't far behind me so it's hilarious watching them hide and prepare for a firefight! 

What is your go to loadout?

As I said my back gives me so many issues so I try keep my load-out simple and narrowed down to essentials only... The love of my life is my G&G CM16 FFR A2! I use it for absolutely everything due to its length only being around 750mm so it's perfect for CQB. I usually carry around 4-5 mids per game on a Viper Tactical LAZER waist belt attached to a Nuprol PMC MOLLE harness to try and distribute any weight of anything else I have to carry! I always carry my reloadable TRMR impact grenade as well and it's amazing how much it helps when you're attempting to clear room after room so I usually carry that in a H W Holster that is custom fitted with some disposable pyro too! 

What are your experiences regarding being a woman in Airsoft?

Being a women in airsoft hasn't created any issues for me thankfully but I think that's because I'm so laid back and love sarcastic banter so guys don't see me as being any different! Don't get me wrong there's the odd 'oh there's a girl on my team' when I go to random sites but why get bothered, personally I think it's hilarious watching them go off on one! 

Is there anything you'd like to say to fellow players? Any advice etc?

I think people need to remember that at the end of the day we're all adults playing a huge game of toy guns. No ones better than anyone regardless of experience, it's all about having fun. So leave the bullshit at the door and enjoy yourself!  
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NUPROL RZR BB REVIEW!

Hey everyone!

So this blog post is in response to a question I get asked all the time – online and in person at skirmishes and now that I’ve ran the new line of Nuprol BBs for a fair few months and through my entire arsenal of RIFs, I feel like I can finally provide you with my thoughts on them. I think it’s fair to say we’ve all heard about the infamous first batch of Nuprol BBs, I tested these back in 2014 and whilst I had no issues with the .28g BBs, I unfortunately did have issues with the other weight BBs which included jamming, misfeeds etc – all information that I relayed back to the team. After taking on board feedback from customers, the team at Nuprol went back to the drawing board and after rigorous testing have now released a new line of BBs, ranging from 0.2gs to 0.4gs, but how do they stack up against their competition?


This review is based on the 0.2g BBs and 0.25g BBs used in a G&G Armament CM16 SRL, ASG Scorpion EVO 3A1, Krytac Trident SPR, G&G RK74-T, a WE Sig P226 and the WE M&P.

My usual go to brand of BBs for most of my time in Airsoft has been the tried and tested Blaster BBs from ASG, I have swayed and sampled other brands over the last couple of years but Blasters are the ones I always end up going back to. I did really like the pink .28g BBs from the first batch of Nuprols beebs as like I said, I luckily didn’t have any issues with that weight so when the team brought out their new line, I jumped at the offer to test them to see how these new ones compared to the old. Danny and Ross kindly sent over a package full of 0.2g and 0.25g BBs – the former for CQB and the latter for when I play MilSims and Urban games.

First up on the agenda was the 0.2g BBs which I have ran through all of the guns listed above at my home site Strike Force CQB. I usually use .2g BBs for CQB because there’s no wind and no obstacles like undergrowth etc and also handed a few bottles out to friends and players on my visits to get as many opinions as I could. 

I found that the .2gs ran well in all of my own rifles, which range from beginner RIFs such as the G&G Combat Machine to more advanced RIFs like my Evo. I had no jams or misfeeds. Everything ran smoothly.

For the .25gs, these were my choice for the urban setting of The Fire Service College in Moreton in Marsh for HTIS Operation Blue Fox 2. I use a heavier weight for urban and outdoor sites because of wind and undergrowth, and I’m pretty happy to say that the results were consistent with those of the 0.2g beebs for this event I used my CM16 and the EVO, both RIFs ran well with no feeding issues or jams.

I really feel that Nuprol have taken the feedback given to them and worked on a product that is really affordable and of high quality for the end user. I am also glad to see how well the new line has been received and how Airsofters responded to them after the last batch.

One thing I really like about the new line of BBs is the new bottle design, it’s bigger so holds 300 more rounds – great value for money and the new shape has two flat edges to prevent spillages (obviously some will spill out depending on how its dropped/knocked etc but the new bottle helps prevent the whole bottle emptying. The bottle is also a misty black colour which I think looks really smart. The bottles are colour coded to distinguish their weights but the BBs are white – I think that is my only complaint, I loved the colour coding of the BBs in their first batch!

Prices are pretty similar from across the board. At Land Warrior prices start from £6.99 for a bottle of 3300 .2gs! Check them out here!



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NEW YOUTUBE UPLOAD! STRIKEFORCE CQB WALK AROUND!

Hey everyone!

 So I have a new YouTube upload for you! Loads of you ask about my home site, Strikeforce CQB so I thought I'd do a quick site walk around so you can see what the site is like! Check it out below!


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G&G ARMAMENT RK74-T REVIEW!

Hey everyone!

 So here is something you've been asking for - the review of the G&G RK74-T! You've seen it on my Instagram and sent in loads of emails and comments asking and now that I've put this through a good few skirmishes it's time to get this review underway!



In 2016 G&G Armament released the RK74 line of tactical AKs consisting of the CQB, E and T variants, that are full to the brim with features that make them stand apart from the scores and scores of other AK's out there, and as I've found with the RK74-T, the tactical look can definitely sway an M4 enthusiast! But are they all they're cracked up to be? Let's find out!

As many of you will have seen on my Instagram, I am a die hard M4 girl! I love the shape, look, how useful the keymod and picatinny rails are on most M4s and what has previously put me off AK variants is the lack of rails - especially when playing dark CQB I love to utilise these for torches etc and not having them is a bit of an inconvenience! I'm also a fan of light, short weapons because of how much CQB skirmishing I do but there's something about tactical AKs that is really appealing.

So let's chat about the appearance and build first of all, the Tactical variant of the RK74 range is the longest variant with an overall length of 940mm and also the heaviest weighing in at just over 3.3kg, longer and heavier than any Airsoft gun I have used to date. The body is mostly metal with a polymer 6 point folding stock, pistol grip and compensator. What I really like about the T model, is that like the E version (and unlike the iconic AK47s) it combines a picatinny rail with a key model rail system, opening up the options for attachments and giving it a more tactical look whilst still retaining some of the traditional AK shape. Something I really like about this AK model in particular is the mag guide, inside the magwell it has a molded piece that means the mag always fits in smoothly.

In regards to internals and performance, the RK74-T is capable of semi, 3 round burst (thanks to the preinstalled mosfet) and full auto firing modes. I chrono'd this rifle at my home site Strike Force CQB and it was firing pretty consistently at an average of 333 FPS on 0.20g 6mm BBs which is well within limits for most UK sites! It comes with a Mosfet and an ETU (Electronic Trigger Unit) which gives you a better trigger response - faster and it prevents the gearbox locking on single shot - awesome for those of us who play at strictly single shot sites! Unfortunately I wasn't able to measure the ROF for this gun but I would be interested to find out in the future! Always be sure to use a fully charged 11.1 Lipo battery in one of these - the Mosfet requires an 11.1, and it's best to use a nunchuck lipo battery as the RK74-T has the perfect little compartment for one underneath the keymod rail system.

Here's what you really want to know - gameplay. How does it feel? How well can it be utilised in game? I decided, that I would use this lengthy rifle in a CQB game (because why not, right? haha). As the rifle is an AEG so is really reliable and relatively quiet - definite plus. It wasn't too difficult to manoeuvre around the site -it was easier than I thought, but I did find myself getting right to the front and taking up a lot of space getting round those tight corners. The weight did tire out my arms after a couple of games and I left the site feeling like I'd done an arm day at the gym, for someone with more upper body strength I feel this would be less of an issue. There is something about AKs that makes them just fun, I loved shooting with the RK74-T! I did have to borrow a hi cap mag because the 115 round mag included wasn't quite enough and I didn't have time to get any more mags before hand but that was my own failing.

The price point varies between retailers, but from my research, it is available from Zero One Airsoft for £289.95, which is one of the cheapest and for an advanced G&G RIF that's a pretty sweet deal!

Overall, I think G&G have done a top job on the RK74-T! It's a fun RIF to use and mixes the best of the iconic AK with the tactical goodness of an M4!



In game photo credit to Andy Snook of Snook Snaps

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SLAYDIES SERIES SPOTLIGHT: SUZI TOOLE!

Hey everyone! I have another Slaydies Series Spotlight in store for you! This feature is on Suzi Toole, an Airsofter from Manchester, UK.

Hi Suzanne, thanks for taking part in the Femme Fatale Airsoft Slaydies Series Spotlights! Can you tell my readers a little about yourself? 

My name is Suzanne “Suemoo” Toole. I am 28 Years old from Manchester UK and I work as a college Biology teacher. I live on a canal boat in Wigan and when I’m not Airsofting I’m out on the motorbike or playing video games.

What got you into Airsoft and how long have you been playing?

I’ve been playing for around 3 years. I played paintball a bunch of times but what got me into Airsoft initially was that I was looking into buying Wesker’s Samurai Edge M92F pistol from Resident Evil (because it’s one of my favourite series of games). I found out due to VCRA restrictions I would need a UKARA to buy one so I researched Airsoft, found a site about 4 miles from where I live, convinced the boyfriend to come along and we both absolutely loved it and never looked back. Now I own that Samurai edge and about 10 other weapons!

What do you love about Airsoft? 

What’s not to love? Firstly the awesome guns. Being a massive tomboy I’ve always had a bit of a gun fetish, I’ve been playing with toy guns since I was tiny so this was sort of a natural progression for me. The people are amazing, I’ve met some truly brilliant people and made some lifelong friends. I really enjoy the thrill of the games, that sneaky bang kill, holding down objectives, fast paced CQB and the long range sniper shot between trees/pallets/impossible gaps. Love it!

Where is your home site? 

I flit between two local sites Military Outdoor Adventure in Wigan and Delta 3 in Skelmersdale.

What are the most memorable sites you’ve played? 

Taffy’s EX site in Mold was great, ridiculous hills though – be prepared for a leg workout! Farmistan run by Gunman Innovations is a good large site too. I also played a great MilSim at Nesscliffe Army Training Camp. Hoping to try out some more sites this year.

Can you describe your playing style?

Sneaky. Almost all of my weapons are suppressed, I ran with a TM P90 with a suppressor for the first year or so and was known for ambushes and flanking manoeuvres then I got into sniping about 2 years ago. I LOVE creeping about and taking out players and whole squads without them knowing where I am. The expressions of fear on other players is hilarious - it’s like that scene from Predator “There’s something in those trees!” Quite a few players have said they only see me in the safe zone at lunch and occasionally hear my psychotic laughter out in the field, otherwise I’m usually invisible.

Weapons and Loadouts, talk us through them.

Sniper loadout –
Primary: TM VSR10 Gspec Sniper rifle (upgraded to 490 fps)
Sidearm: TM MK23 or TM Glock 17
Jack Pyke LLCS hat and gloves
Home made ghillie suit over DPM or Kryptek mandrake camo

CQB loadout –
TM P90 or ASG Scorpion Evo with a mounted Nuprol torch
Sidearm: TM Glock 17
Mechanix gloves.


Being a woman in Airsoft, what are your experiences? 

Thankfully I have never really encountered any negative side to being a woman in Airsoft, you can expect a bit of light-hearted banter but I’ve never faced any kind of discrimination or sexism at any of the sites I have played at. If anything the best part of being a female Airsofter is that guys tend to underestimate me and then quickly learn the lesson - women with guns are fierce!

Social Media, where can my readers find you?

I have a YouTube channel that you can check out here:


Is there anything you'd like to say to other players out there? Any advice etc?

Don’t rush out and buy a sniper rifle, a large proportion of players find out it’s not for them AFTER they have spent hundreds of pounds on a rifle and upgrades, harbouring the misconception that they’re going to be the Airsoft equivalent of Chris Kyle instantly. Sniping is 80% fettling with your rifle, 10% missing due to wind, scope/bb/hop issues and 5% people not feeling/taking the hit. Don’t get me wrong that 5% of the time when you land a long range shot through a tiny gap is amazing, if you want to get into sniping borrow one from a site or a mate first and don’t expect to be as good as Bodgeups in a week!






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FEMME FATALE AIRSOFT IS A FINALIST IN THE 7TH POPULAR AIRSOFT PLAYER CHOICE AWARDS!

Hey everyone!

So today I got a pretty awesome surprise! Whilst I was sat at my desk eating a sandwich on my lunch hour, I checked my phone to see that for the second year running Femme Fatale Airsoft has been nominated for 'Best Airsoft Blog' in Popular Airsoft's Player Choice Awards! Now this time around I didn't campaign for this nomination which makes it even more surprising - thank you all for your nomination!

This is where it counts, Femme Fatale Airsoft is up against some big names in this category! We'd love to get your vote and take the title home! Follow the link below and select 'Femme Fatale Airsoft' in the 'Best Airsoft Blog (Regardless of Language)'




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SLAYDIES SERIES SPOTLIGHT! LINZI HORN/LINZI_H_X!

Hey everyone! Following on from our popular Slaydies Series Spotlights we have another in store, Linzi is a player I met at the Viper Titanium Launch at Landwarrior Airsoft in April 2015! Since then we have played a few Skirmish days together and I can honestly say this lass plays to win!


Hi Linzi, thanks for taking part in the Femme Fatale Airsoft Slaydies Series Spotlights! Can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Hey guys!! My name's Linzi, I am 26 years old and from Glasgow. After years of studying, I am now an accountant and have been working in accounting for 2 years. I also have an awesome 8 year old son!  

How long have you been Airsofting?

I have been Airsofting now for around 5 years but it really doesn’t seem that long!

What got you into Airsoft?

My brother got me into Airsoft, I had played a few games of paintball and enjoyed it but it was incredibly expensive. He invited me along to an Airsoft game day, after the first game I was hooked and never looked back.


What do you love about Airsoft?

In typical Glasgow style, I love the banter!! I have always been a tomboy and felt more comfortable with the guys, I have never left a game day unhappy, I have always had a fantastic day and laughed … A LOT. It’s so much fun and I have made so many great friends. It also gets me off my backside on a Sunday to socialise and do some exercise at the same time.

Where is your home site?

Depending on my childcare it would either be Airsoft Edinburgh or The Depot (Glasgow).

What are the most memorable sites you’ve played?

My most memorable would be Catterick, run by the Stirling Airsoft guys, my favourite being Scotland v England. I also really enjoyed playing at the Mall in Reading which is quite unique. I haven’t had much of a chance to travel around but that is now changing! Next year will be full of road trips.

Can you describe your playing style?

I am in no way “operator” - I like to have fun!! I like to be sneaky when I can but to be perfectly honest I just get stuck in, usually getting hit in the process.

Weapons and Loadouts, talk us through them! 

My modified H&K 416c is my preferred gun, I have had a few over the years, mostly M4 variants but this has to be my favourite. I also have a Sig P226 but I don’t use pistols very often, I really should and I am going to start! I also have my trusty little TRMR, that always comes in handy. I am usually rocking jeans and a check shirt/t-shirt or grey kit as I mostly play CQB now, accompanied by a Haley chest rig. Recently I have started using an LBX plate carrier which I find surprisingly comfy. I carry 5 Mids and 3 pistol mags. If it’s woodland, Crye trousers and a hoodie or softshell jacket with chest rig. ( I am not clued up on kit, I trust my friends and take their advice)

Being a woman in Airsoft: What are your experiences?

Being a woman in Airsoft was a little tough in the beginning, I received many sexist comments. Once people got to know me as a person and realised women can actually enjoy the sport as well that all changed. Other than that I don’t really have much else to say, as a woman that plays Airsoft I am just another player, accepted the same as everyone else. I always feel included and part of the team. I just wish more women played because fart jokes get really boring after a while!

Where can my readers find you on social media?

www.instagram.com/linzi_h_x

Do you have anything you'd like to say to other players?

Have fun!!! It’s only a game at the end of the day. Chill out, have a laugh and go with the flow. Oh and if you haven’t tried it give it a go, you will love it!!!
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BLACK SMOKE HYPE!


As 2016 begins to reach its end, in December we see the release of one of the most anticipated Airsoft products of 2016! We have seen the sneak peeks on social media from across the pond in the US but now the UK is finally able to get its hands on the exclusive Enola Gaye black smoke!

Firstly, let’s chat a little bit about Enola Gaye and who they are. Enola Gaye are a worldwide leading pyrotechnics company and Europe’s longest serving Pyrotechnics company that manufactures products for both the Airsoft and Paintball industries. Enola Gaye was founded in 1996 with the idea of manufacturing a paintball grenade that looked similar to real steel grenades and was biodegradable so it could be used at outdoor paintball fields. Over the course of the last 20 years we have seen their name become an ‘Airsoft Household name’ and their product lines expand from the humble paintball grenade to Thunderflashes, MK 5s, flash grenades and of course smoke grenades in their 7 colours. 

Now they add another colour to their portfolio and a range of new products to go with it, in October 2016 I travelled to Reading to spend a day at Enola Gaye HQ to test the new black smoke and to see what new products will be making their way to UK Airsofters over the next 12 months!
So the first products that we take a look at are the products that will now be available in black:


·         The WP40
A 90 second, steady outburst, wire pull smoke grenade that is available in all 7 colours that fits into standard 40mm pouches.

·         The EG18
            The EG18 is a 90 second, high output, thick density wire pull smoke grenade. Designed as a crossover between Airsoft/Paintball pyrotechnics and Military specification pyro.

·         The EG18X
The EG18X is designed to create a massive smoke cloud in the shortest time possible to give a thick cover smoke when it’s needed the most. A 45 second, steady output, thick density wire pull smoke grenade.

·          The Wire Pull Burst
My personal favourite, designed for the more aggressive Airsofter - the 25 second, high output, wire pull smoke grenade that releases the product from both sides.

Now here’s a preview of the products we can expect to be dropping in 2017! 


The SD75 or the Smoke Device 75 is similar to the new Cloud Maker wire pull smoke grenade that EG will be releasing in early 2017, it is a 3 minute - yep you read that correctly – a 3 minute, high coverage wire pull smoke grenade. This will be the longest lasting smoke grenade designed specifically for Airsoft and Paintball use. Although this particular smoke will be more suited to big scenarios rather than being carried in a pouch due to its weight and size, it is sure to be a hit.

The Wire pull flash grenade 3.0 is the next generation of the friction flash grenade 1.0
that is currently on the market, easier ignition but the same low level bang and a white light that is designed to confuse opponent so you can get in those rooms and clear your opponents out. These are best for low light, urban and CQB game play to get the most out of the effects! I use a lot of the current flash grenades and find them really useful when a solid state grenade won’t reach the end of a corridor/room before deploying its munitions and a light, timed pyro is needed. Unlike the M5s the munitions are deployed from the bottom of the tube so the tube is not destroyed – this makes them easier to clear away after use (good news for site owners and marshals!)


The new MK 7 is a louder, harder hitting bang than the MK 5 that we can expect to see in early 2017, and it will work in a similar way to the current MK 5 – via a friction ignition and upon detonation its shell is completely destroyed.

This is the product I am probably most excited about – lightweight and no bigger than a pritt stick but packs an epic 25 second burst of thick smoke perfect for if you need a short burst of cover to gain access to a room quickly. The Micro Smoke will be available in all 8 colours including black. The reason I am so excited about the EG25 is because of how cute it looks – how can a smoke grenade be cute right? But just like mini toothpastes and shampoos these are functional and space saving meaning you can carry more smoke onto the field and take up less space in your tactical kit.

Enola Gaye are consistently creating new and innovative products to push the Airsofters and Paintballers experiences of the game further and I can’t wait to see and use these products in game! Although my favourite colours of their ranges are orange, blue and purple, when Enola Gaye say their new black smoke is ‘probably the best colour of smoke grenade we have made’ I don’t think they’re wrong. 




Hardwick, K. (2016). Black Smoke Hype. Airsoft Action. 69 (Xmas), p24-25.

Black smoke images credited to James Murray.
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YOUTUBE UPLOAD: RDX TACTICAL CARE PACKAGE UNBOXING!


Hey everyone!
 So I just let loose with the camera again, this time to film a little unboxing video of a care package from the team at RDX Tactical! Check it out below!


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FEMME FATALE AIRSOFT YOUTUBE CHANNEL 2017 UPDATE!


Hey everyone!
 So I just let loose with the camera to update you lovely lot on the FFA YouTube channel! It's been a bit neglected in 2016 and I'm determined to change that in 2017! Get the lowdown on everything FFA will be getting up to this year and the content that will be coming your way!


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