GIFTS | STOCKING FILLERS FOR AIRSOFTERS!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! With Christmas just around the corner (my tree has been up since November 1st - fight me), it's time to think about buying gifts for our nearest and dearest and I've compiled a list of perfect stocking stuffers for the airsofters in your life - whether it's your lady, fella, secret Santa co-worker or teammate, there's something on this list for every budget!




First up on the list is my go-to face mask from OneTigris! You can read my review of this mask in my Women's Airsoft Kit feature! This particular mask is 1.5" smaller than the original Tactical Foldable Mask by OTG but has the classic padded sides to soften the impact and mesh to protect those teeth and your nose. It's comfortable, breathable and affordable - perfect for the ladysofter or young player. It comes in a range of colours so can suit any loadout.





The original Tactical Foldable Mesh Mask from OTG. With the same padded sides and mesh as the previous product, this is perfect for the man in your life.





The Wiley X SABER ADV. Shooting Glasses have been my go-to shooting glasses for the last 4 years, as they not only look good but are highly rated. They have Shatterproof Selenite Polycarbonate lenses that meet the MIL-PRF-32432(GL) ballistic standards: ANSI Z87.1 high velocity and high mass impact standards. T-Shell Lens coating that prevents scratches and 100% UVA/UVB protection with distortion-free clarity. They rarely fog and are super comfortable to wear. They're available with clear, smoke grey, pale yellow and vermillion lenses on their own or as a bundle with multiple lenses. You only get one pair of eyes - don't buy cheap eye pro off the internet ladies and gents!







Another bit of kit that's in my go-to kit bag - the Honeywell Howard Leight Impact Sport Ear Defenders! These are great value for money and look the part. These ear defenders, like many twice their price amplify ambient sound to avoid isolation and enhances the wearer's awareness of their environment by doing this. The sound amplification volume does not exceed 82 dB - the responsive technology reverts to passive hearing protection when noise reaches 82 dB so these are perfect if you're around a lot of pyrotechnics etc




The Viper Tactical Scrote Abdomen pouch is a multifunctional tactical carry pouch or I as like to call it ' the tactical fanny pack'. These little pouches are perfect for storing first aid kit and tools - I primarily use mine to store blank firing grenade bits and bobs. They're pretty spacious, and it's secured with a durable zipper. Glove-friendly, silent and rubberised zipper cord pull
Pull tabs for easy opening/closing. These come in a number of different camo patterns and colours, and look great on a plate carrier or chest rig!




Olight PL-2RL Weapon Light Ultra-high-Output 1200 Lumen Outdoor Led Tactical Torch - £89.95

The PL-2 Valkyrie from Olight is one of the brightest compact weapon lights on the market with a single output of 1,200 lumens - that's insane! The light uses a high-performance Cree XHP35 HI LED powered by two high capacity CR123A batteries (which are included). The light has a TIR optic lens which provides an intense 235-meter-long focused beam that still is wide enough to see all around you. The heavy-duty quick attach and release mounting system allows the light to have a tight hold on any firearm with a rail. The ambidextrous switch allows the user to use their natural grip while still being able to activate the switch at a moment's notice in a high-stress situation.



The 5.11 Tactical GUSSE Ted case is a robust, flat card case made from nylon and Hyperlon. It has a see through compartment and plenty of space for important cards. 






3mm rubber matt perfect for the techs in your life! The Tactical Gun Mat from Viper features images and wording surrounding popular firearms production history, specs, overview, operating cycle, disassembly and component list.






Lixada Spinning Type Outdoor Combat Tourniquet - £12.99

For the Milsimmer in your life. No MilSim kit is complete without a combat tourniquet. Adding little details such as these to your kit take the impression to the next level. 





This warm and cosy beanie cap has 4 removable LED headlights, and can light up the distance up to 30 feet away. With 3 brightness levels that can be changed with a single touch, it allows you to customise your personal lighting to any environment. It has a standard USB port for charging the battery, and can be charged in an in-car charger, computer, portable power bank. The LEDs give up to 4 hours of continuous use or 68 hours of realistic intermittent use. Perfect for night ops, weekenders and MilSim ops.






Nuprol Airsoft RZR BBs 0.25 - £8.99 + del

The heart of the sport, without the BBs it wouldn't be possible! The RZR BBs by Nuprol have been my go-to ammo since 2016 - reliable and affordable.





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SITE | WILDLANDS AIRSOFT PARK, CALIFORNIA!

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Welcome back to the blog! If you were following my socials during my time in the States, you’ll have seen that I visited Wildlands Airsoft Park at Jungle Island Paintball Park in Lake Elsinore, California. I’ve played this site a few times since my first visit in 2017 but up until now I’ve not done a review, so here are my thoughts: 


Wildlands Airsoft Park is located on the Jungle Island Paintball Park in Lake Elsinore, CA. It’s around an hour and a half drive from the High Desert (where I’m based in the US) if there’s not any shitty LA traffic. Upon arrival, you see a large set of gates with a long dirt/sand track that leads to both Jungle Island and of course Wildlands. As soon as you drive through the gates you can see the playable fields on either side of the track. About 50-60m down the track you’ll see some set-up tables for the paintball players and the sign in cabin. There is a table set up just outside the sign in so you can fill in your insurance waiver before getting to the sign-in which saves tonnes of time. The sign in cabin also holds a small shop that sells various paintball/airsoft goods and snacks. A walk-on game fee is $25 (around £23) which is super affordable! It is worth noting that this doesn’t include lunch but lunch is available for an extra fee.

Once you’ve gone through sign in, you can drive to the bottom of the track where the Airsoft car park and set-up area is. The safe one facilities at Wildlands are leaving a lot to be desired. The safe zone is essentially a sand/dirt car park with a few tables underneath a giant gazebo. On low numbers days this is plenty of space for all the players but on busy days, not so much. If you have a pickup or SUV it’s advisable to bring your own gazebo and set-up off your tailgate if you know it’s going to be a busy day. There are portaloos on site but as they’re left out in the Californian sun they aren’t the most pleasant you will come across (but this can’t be helped). There is a male and female portaloo which is appreciated but I would love to see these cleaned more often and water/soap or even hand sanitiser provided so players can keep their hands clean.

Onto the arena: the arenas are where I think Wildlands excels. I have personally played on 4 different arenas at Wildlands and whilst I prefer some more than others, they are all really playable arenas. I’m unsure of all of the names but there is an arena that has a large hill with bunkers/buildings for cover which is a really hard slog if you’re attacking from the bottom of the hill (Firebase Rancho), an arena that is made entirely from tyres, a smallish arena that is mostly made up of buildings (one of my favourites!) And the big arena which houses the hospital, Babylon, the junction and the double story building. Each arena has a theme which makes them immersive and the games played on each arena work well. The staff at Wildlands have obviously put in a lot of time and effort into the arenas and it definitely shows. It’s also awesome that they have so many vehicles and buildings to fight around, the school bus is also pretty cool. It is worth mentioning that the site is entirely outdoors so it’s an outdoors CQB kinda vibe which I really like!

All players are given a comprehensive safety brief in the morning that explains the rules and regulations of the site before they enter the arena to ensure safe gameplay. The brief covers everything from Chrono limits, what do to when you get hit, emergencies, pyrotechnics and MEDs. Wildlands operates at 400 FPS for AEGs and does operate a MED and a bang rule.

The games played include a variety of deathmatches and objective-based games, and are usually specific to the arena you are playing on - if you’re in the arena with the hospital and Babylon, you’ll more than likely be playing an objective-based game. One of my favourite objective-based games that Wildlands play is with a device that one team needs to get into the second story building to detonate the device and the other team must defend the building - it always results in some intense firefights.

The Marshalls do a good job of keeping the games running smoothly and explaining the rules to players but I have found on one or two occasions certain marshalls have told players to be quiet then proceeded to talk really loudly with other players whilst marshalls are giving the game brief, which results in players getting confused by the rules or simply not hearing them. Whilst they do a really good job on the field this could do with nipping in the bud.




Wildlands Airsoft is a really fun and varied site to play. The arenas are well built, have cool themes and a really playable. The games played are varied, enjoyable and keep players entertained and on their toes. There are a couple of improvements that I would love to see - the toilet facilities improved (addition of soap/water or hand sanitiser) and more professional conduct from some of the marshalls during game briefs but otherwise I think Wildlands is fun and affordable.

Post thanks to Patreon patron Airsoftpanda

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT | DUSTMONKEY APPAREL!

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Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another player spotlight for you, and this time it's on Callum from Dust Monkey Apparel! I first noticed Dust Monkey Apparel on Instagram after Callum posted a really unique Post Apocalyptic loadout and have been a follower ever since. His loadouts are some of the best I've seen on the gram.


Thanks for taking part in the FFA player spotlights! Can you tell my readers how long you have been playing Airsoft? What originally got you into it?

I have been playing now for going on…19 years…. Which is a really long time when I think back on when I started.

I had a friend at school who had a room, a literal room, in his house full of airsoft guns, and he’d invite a group of us round and we would have these skirmishes in his, rather oversized garden. That got me hooked, back then it was Wolf Armouries or import directly from Asia. My first ever gun was the original TM ak47, almost all my first guns were TM, to be honest.

What’s your playing style?

I am not sure I have a style per se, I tend to lean towards the more niche aspects of airsoft. Vietnam events, Post Apoc events, etc. I do still do the odd milsim but I love any excuse to put together a really unique loadout. Post Apoc and Nam are both great genres to put loadouts together for. I have also built full-blown sci-fi and cyberpunk loadouts as well, so yeh the trend here is unusual. 


Are you a woodland player? CQB fan? Or do you like to mix it up?

I like both, but to be honest, I am a bit bored of generic woodland sites, I prefer sites that are unique and offer something unusual.

What can we see you running on the field? (Favourite pieces of kit)

It truly depends on my mood on the day, if I am rocking up to a Sunday skirmish right now it will likely be one of my Russian impressions either my VDV loadout or my Escape from Tarkov PMC kit. I love Russian gear so all my none weird and wonderful loadouts are Russian.

What’s your most memorable event?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it's two, one historic and one I go to every year. The historic one is the first-ever Distant Thunder event, it was my first large-sized event, camo rules for the 4 sides, civ pop, ammo limits, well-communicated missions throughout each day. It was just an amazing dabble into what airsoft can be when it wants to. 

My current love is Blodsband Reloaded ( BBR) in Sweden, it’s a 3-day Neverland if you are into post apoc. An enormous sandbox on a site so large vehicles are hugely beneficial ( and yes all vehicles look right out of Mad Max)

The community over in Sweden is something else, everyone is so helpful and welcoming. 


Is there any advice you can give to other players out there?

Don’t feel you have to follow the trends, want to do a weird and wonderful loadout.. do it.. who cares, it's your fun after all. I think there is a tendency to take airsoft way too seriously and remembering that most of us started out to simply have fun is never a bad thing.


Where can my readers find you on social media?

I am on FB @dustmonkeyapparel, IG @dustmonkeyapparel and YT here!

EVENT | AIRSOFT EXPO 2019!

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Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another event report for you, and this time we’ll be looking at the Airsoft Expo 2019 - an event held at Airsoft Megastore in Santa Fe Springs by Lancer Tactical and Modern Airsoft. 


For those of you who aren’t familiar with these companies, here’s a little info on the organisers: 

Airsoft Megastore is one of the fastest-growing Airsoft retailers in North America and is headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, Southern California. Their HQ is a fully-stocked 67,000 sq. ft warehouse and adjacent office complex, which they’ve strategically located less than half a mile from a central UPS package distribution/processing hub for Southern California meaning their service is speedy. 

Lancer Tactical is an Airsoft brand that has been around since 2012 and offers affordable, budget-friendly products for airsofters. Their product line consists of quality AEG Airsoft guns, as well as tactical gear.


Modern Airsoft was born in 2016 with the opening of it’s Oceanside retail store. Their corporate office and distribution centre is located in sunny San Diego County, California. Since opening in 2016 they’ve been a leading store in the USA, expanding to new physical stores, their large online store and even airsoft fields. They currently have 2 Airsoft sites - Modern Airsoft Park at Camp Pendleton and Modern Airsoft Alpine.



On the 28th September 2019, my friends at Modern Airsoft and Lancer Tactical invited myself and a few content creators to their Airsoft Expo event. This was my first time attending this event, and it’s a collaboration between retailers/brands to help grow the US airsoft community. It’s a similar format to AirsoftCon (held by evike.com) The event took place at the Airsoft Megastore location in Santa Fe and we saw retailers/brands set-up booths to showcase their products, there was a main stage playing music and this was also the base for giveaways and the influencer panel.

At the Expo we saw Insidious Armory who were showing off some of their custom Hi-Capa builds, Hollywood Sports Park, Project N1, ANM Customs, Airsoft Master, Airsoft Extreme, Classic Army, Airsoft GI, Echo 1, Extreme Tronics, Tokyo Marui, G&G, Elite Force, GHK, Modern Airsoft, Emerson Gear showcasing some of their new gear, Brain Exploder Creations was onsite with his 3D printed Go Pro mounts and answering any questions airsofters had regarding starting to record their gameplay, LCT Airsoft, Lancer Tactical and KWA Airsoft. It was a really good mix of retailers and brands!





Tac City Airsoft was also onsite running Nerf battles and archery tag. We all gave the Nerf and archery tag a good go and it was SUCH a laugh! I’ve never played archery tag before and only learned how to use a bow and arrow this year so it was interesting! I didn’t get smacked in the face with one though, so can’t complain!

Influencer panel was one of the highlights of the event for me, the panel included Dayton from House Gamers, Mark from Brain Exploder, Scott from US Airsoft, myself and Demoee from SYG. The influencer panel gave the attendees chance to ask content creators and YouTubers questions. It was a great opportunity for us to interact with the community! My favourite question was a young dude asking Demoee if he was going to sell his bath water! It was nice to see a guy get the weird questions for a change!

Over the course of the day Airsoft Megastore gave away over 160 airsoft guns and other prizes including game days and yearly passes to the airsoft fields in attendance.

Overall, I think this was a great event for the US Airsoft community! It was great to see both retailers and manufacturers come together to help grow the community. I personally love events where the community get to interact with brands and stores because it gives airsofters a chance to ask questions, see new products and get the low down on what they can expect from their favourite brands and retailers in the coming year. It was fun to meet so many of the community and try out the activities and also AWESOME to see so many win prizes in the raffle. Keep up the good work Airsoft Expo! I can’t wait for the next one!



6MM ACTUAL | NOVEMBER 2019!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that today I released the October issue of 6MM ACTUAL!

6MM ACTUAL is all about giving you - the readers of FFA - more value from Femme Fatale Airsoft. I've designed 6MM ACTUAL so you can read the best of the monthly blogs and also get bonus content exclusive to our monthly downloadable. Online or offline, and for free! Whilst I love writing the blog, creating IG & YouTube content and writing for publications, I felt like something was missing and this is where our monthly downloadable bridges the gap. Truly International airsoft, from guns to gear, to events, it’s in 6MM ACTUAL.

In this issue we have - a review on the Flyye FAST Attack Plate Carrier, a review on the Specna Arms SA-C04, unfortunately, there's no milsim content this month, an event report on AirsoftCon 2019, a site review on Evike Outpost at High Ground Airsoft and for our bonus content, there is a review on the PIG Echo FDT utility gloves!

Enjoy!


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