SITE | HIGH GROUND AIRSOFT!

Hi friends! 

Welcome back to the blog! If you’ve been following my Texas adventure on my socials you’ll have seen that I visited the new Evike Outpost Houston at High Ground Airsoft and whilst I was there, I got to play a little more American CQB. 

High Ground Airsoft is now located in Cypress, Texas, after outgrowing its Spring location. The site now exists in what was previously a Walmart and as such, it has a large car park. As you walk up to the doors of HGA you’ll notice right now it doesn’t have a lot of signage but this will be added shortly. As you go through the sliding doors, the aircon hits you like a train making it a welcome retreat from the Texan heat. There are then two doors - one that leads to the new Evike Outpost storefront (I’ll be doing a review of this soon) but it is fully stocked with airsoft and tactical gear and when I say fully stocked, I mean FULLY. The walls are lined with AEGs, GBBRs and bolt action rifles. The shelves and racks are well stocked with tactical gear such as plate carriers, chest rigs and even BDUs. They of course also stock all the game day essentials such as BBs, gas etc. 


The other door leads to the players' lounge, on the way through, there are men's and women's toilets - they also have a disabled toilet and a family bathroom. The sign-in desk is just before the player's lounge and is always staffed by a friendly face. Here you can pay for your arena entry (although you do get a discount if you pre-book online!) And you can also pick up your Skirmesh band - more on this later. The player's lounge has plenty of tables and chairs for airsofters to prep their gear and get ready for the day. It’s air-conditioned so even in the Texas heat it’s a comfortable place to set up. There are 2 party rooms (also airconditioned). The players' lounge also has a full snack bar that sells candy, drinks and even hot food, which I was pretty impressed with! The hot food includes hot dogs, pizza and my fave, hot wings! A new addition to this location is also a bar! As they’d only just opened when I visited this was still being set up but it will be completed soon. 

Now to get an idea of size - the size of the player's lounge and bar is 6,000 sq ft and the play floor is 25,000 sq feet which includes two full-size two-story buildings. By far one of the most notable buildings is the Alamo which is located in the very centre of the play floor with two elevated towers inside. One of my personal favourites was the arcade room which had a load of old, battered arcade machines to fight around. 

All players are given a comprehensive safety brief explaining 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. One of the things I dislike most about American sites is the MED and bang rules - in the UK we don’t have MEDs and we don’t operate a bang-bang rule so going to a site that implements a MED of if you can reach out and touch them with a rifle you’re too close but otherwise crack on is a breath of fresh air. 



The games played include a variety of deathmatches and objective-based games - most of which are just 7 minutes long which means the games are fast-paced and keep players on their toes. The arena can handle 40 on 40 play but usually, they run at 20 v 20 games which means the play is fast but not overwhelming. The entire field is set up with the Skirmesh.net system for prop interaction and stat tracking - each player is given a rubberised wrist band that they can scan in respawns to track their in-game ‘deaths’ or in objective areas so points can be collected for areas held or for the time held. There are live video feeds of the play floor in both party rooms and the bar along with Skirmesh live game tracking so spectators can watch the action. There is also a projector in the player's lounge with live game tracking and updates. 

The site itself plays well and isn’t geared towards speedsofters which is pleasantly refreshing. It is a mix of different-sized rooms and open spaces with cover which makes it a varied site to play. 



The Marshalls are a really friendly bunch who do a great job of keeping the games running smoothly and on time. They were super helpful during my visit and nothing was too much trouble - which I greatly appreciated. 

I have always said that HGA is one of my favourite places to play in the States and their new location is no different! The facilities are spot on, from the hot snack bar, to the safe zone and the toilets all make a difference during a gameday! The site itself is fun to play and is varied with tonnes of different game modes to keep the gameplay interesting and players on their toes. I really enjoyed my time at HGA and I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff and players who made me feel so welcome!

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Photos thanks to The Airsoft Correspondent






Post sponsored by High Ground Airsoft

MERCH | FEMME FATALE EDITION QUAKE BY TECTONIC INNOVATIONS PRE-ORDER!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have a super exciting announcement - today is the day I launch the pre-orders for the Femme Fatale Edition Quake by Tectonic Innovations!


For the longest time you guys, gals and non-binary pals have been asking me for more merch and I'm so glad it's finally on its way! The first in my new merch line is my collaboration with Tectonic Innovations!

The “QUAKE” series of Blank Firing Grenades from Tectonic Innovations are constructed from stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminium, to bring airsofters a high-quality re-usable airsoft pyrotechnic, now in my signature colour - hot pink! 

At the top of the Quake is the stainless steel plunger, which upon impact forces itself into the firing pin. This then pushes the toughened steel firing pin into your .209 primer, which is held in place by the aircraft-grade alloy multi-shot base. The grenade will activate if any part of the grenade makes contact with a surface.

The beauty of the Tectonic Innovations Quake is that it only needs priming once per base. Simply unscrew the base, drop your primers into the apertures and then re-attach the base. To use the device, twist the base into position and drop or roll the BFG where you want it to detonate. When you are ready to reuse the Quake, twist the base to the next position and repeat!

Choose either a matching hot pink or grey, black or purple base.

 Pre-order your FF Edition QUAKE!

GEAR | DEADLY CUSTOMS GLOCK OLIGHT SIGNATURE SERIES KYDEX HOLSTER!

Hi friends! 

Welcome back to another blog post! Today I have a review of my newest holster from Deadly Customs - the M81 Cordura wrapped Glock Olight Signature Series Kydex Holster


The Glock Olight Signature Series Kydex Holster is made from genuine 2mm thick Kydex and works with both Olight torches and Olight clones and has 3 adjustable retention points to tailor the fit to your liking. It is RMR cut, meaning you can run an RMR sight on the holstered pistol. It uses your attached torch for retention so if you run the same torch on different pistols as I do, this holster is something to bear in mind. The staff at DC have tested the DC-4 with over 150 different pistols and to date, only 4 do not fit and these are the full-sized Desert Eagle, the ASG USW, the MK23 and the Hudson. It will fit the bigger frame handguns such as the FNX pistols and weapons with wide trigger guards, like the AAP and pistols with taller slides like the 1911. The Glock Signature Series holster does come in other torch variants if you don’t have an Olight such as Surefire X300 (and its clones) and the TLR (and its clones) 

I have mine mounted on a Safariland QLS (Quick Locking System) on a mid-ride so it’s just below my hip and I have a leg strap so it doesn’t go flapping about. DC do other options such as malice clips and combat loops but I think the QLS system works best for me, personally. 


The construction of the holster is sound and the finish on all the edges is smooth. It is easily adjustable thanks to the 3 adjustable retention points - I just inserted my pistol and then adjusted the screws with a screwdriver. On inserting the pistol there is a positive ‘click’ which is what I look for in a good Kydex holster. It hasn’t scratched my pistols when removing and reholstering. 

Although there’s not THAT much to say about Kydex holsters, the main selling point of the Glock Olight Signature DC-4 is its versatility. Buying a bunch of holsters for all your different pistols gets expensive, I like that I can just swap my Olight to a different pistol and just use it straight away. I’ve used this holster with my TM HK45, the RWA X Agency Arms EXA, TM G17 with an aftermarket Agency Arms slide, my custom Nighthawk 1911 and also my M&P Shield. Having just one holster means my kit is also more streamlined. 



Deadly is offering a new service too - Cordura wrapping on new holsters which can be selected from the website and added to your order. The Kydex is wrapped with a layer of Cordura which changes both the colour (camo) and the texture of the holster. It is purely an aesthetic change but one that looks fucking great. 

The holsters start at £49.99 for the Glock Olight Signature Kydex Holster for just the holster but for the full package like my set-up, it would set you back £105.96 (there is free shipping over £50 and you get a free patch and sticker). You can use my code ‘femmefatale’ for 10% off your entire order. Whilst the full package is an investment, it can be used for loads of different pistols so you won’t have to replace it when you get a new sidearm. 

It is worth noting that because of how a light-bearing holster works, you can’t use the holster without the torch as it won’t retain. Deadly Customs makes other holsters for this option, such as the DC-1, DC-2 and the DC-3. The DC-4 Series holsters are all able to attach onto mounting platforms that use a 3-screw system including Safariland (which is what I am using), Blackhawk, FMA, G-Code and G-Code RTI and Blade-Tech.

LOADOUT | MULTICAM BLACK X BLACK!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another set-up post for you, in this blog, we'll be looking at my MultiCam Black X Black loadout that I'm particularly keen on for CQB in the winter!

For the helmet, I'm running the Team Wendy EXFIL LTP in Black. The EXFIL LTP is a lightweight polymer bump helmet that gives great impact protection and a stable, comfortable platform for mounting night-vision devices (and other accessories). It features a built-in NVG shroud, a Zorbium foam liner along with a CAM FIT Retention System that has easily adjustable Cam Lock sliders, and a micro-adjustable BOA Fit System. I've tried a lot of different helmets in my time, from my very first Nuprol FAST helmet to an FMA Airframe and my most recent PTS MTEK FLUX. The Team Wendy EXFIL LTP is by far the most expensive helmet I've used during my time airsofting, but it is also the most comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and the protection it offers is second to none.



I've accessorised it with the TW EXFIL Carbon & LTP 2.0 Rails and the TW EXFIL Peltor Headset Adapters which hold my Howard Leight Honeywell Impact Sport headset which I use for comms and hearing protection. As I haven't yet scored an affordable set of Peltors, I had to do a little bit of jimmying to get these off their band and to fit on the Peltor mounts, they are by no means perfect (they pop off from time to time) but they work whilst I'm still on the lookout for a set of Peltors.

I have the EXFIL LTP in black but as I run mostly green kit I have the EXFIL LTP Rail 2.0 Ranger Green Cover to match it to my BDU and to give it some texture - I'm not a fan of smooth, shiny helmets (that innuendo). To help offset the weight of my Night-Vision, I have the EXFIL Counterweight Kit in Black, of which I'm currently using 2 of the lead weights included in the kit.

To accessorise the cover, I have a Mantra Strobe which has a red light function and an IR light function - this is super helpful during night ops - using the red light to signify being a dead player and using the IR to help teammates with NV know where I am. We love a patch or two so I've added the Afraid Of The Dark Gucci patch and an Afraid Of The Dark 'Gang Shit' patch.


For my chest rig, I'm wearing the VX Buckle Up Utility Rig from Viper with an OPS Modular Fanny Pocket. This rig closely resembles the Spiritus Systems MK4. It works in a modular system with the VX range of inserts to suit your weapon magazines in the main pouch that is located at the rear of the rig to completely customise your rig to your playing needs. Both compartments are Velcro-lined to be used with these inserts too and the front lid is removable for easy access to inserts placed in the front compartment. It has front and rear Velcro ID panels that are quite sizeable meaning plenty of spaces for patches or adding extra VX inserts/holsters. It is also VX Buckle Up compatible meaning it can be used with the new VX plate carrier and has quick-release buckles throughout. 

The rig is completely adjustable via the sizing adjustment side and shoulder straps and ‘fits most’. I found it was easy to adjust and fit my frame well on one of the smallest strap configurations. For this set-up, I'm using the 9mm SMG inserts and I've utilised the half flap too which I picked up for around £9 on Amazon! Bargain!

For my pack, I'm using the VX Charger Pack in place of the straps that are supplied with the VX Buckle Up Chest rig. This gives my back more protection from BBs, especially when playing indoors, and allows me to carry equipment into the field - including BBs, speed loaders, a water bladder on hot game days, etc which in turn can help balance out the weight of the CR when it’s fully loaded up! 


For my belt, I'm using the MultiCam Black Cobra Belt from the Deadly Customs Belt Builder that is made from 2″ MilSpec webbing which is rated up to 5500lbs. The webbing is doubled up, giving it a dual-layer construction making it one of the strongest in the UK, so it won't roll when you take out a mag. It also features a genuine 50mm AustriaAlpin Cobra Buckle that is rated for 2000lbs! It's super comfortable and has an inner belt with loop Velcro. 

As this is a CQB set-up, I've kept my belt build lightweight and slick. I have a Deadly Customs DC4 Olight Holster in grey for my pistol. This holster uses the torch for retention so it's perfect when you want to use it with more than one pistol. You can adjust the fit of the holster by adjusting the screws on the side of the holster. To attach it to the belt I've mounted it on a Safariland QLS on a mid-ride with a thigh strap.

 I have also accessorised the belt with a 40mm grenade holster, an M4 5.56 Shooters Style Magazine Holster and 2 Glock Shooters Style Magazine Holsters all from Deadly Customs! 

AEG | UMAREX/VFC HECKLER & KOCH HK MP7 A1 GEN 2 AEG

Hi friends! 

Welcome back to the blog. Today I have another AEG review for you, and in this one, we’ll be looking at the Umarex/VFC Heckler & Koch HK MP7 A1 Gen 2 AEG from Evike Europe!

 

The Umarex/VFC MP7 AEG is a full-sized and accurate 1:1 replica of the MP7 SMG from Heckler and Koch. It is a fully licensed replica so it has all the correct markings and trades just like the real thing. It is manufactured mostly from a high-density polymer with Aluminium Rails, stock bars, sights, controls and a steel flash hider, body pins and screws making this build lightweight but also durable. 

At the front of this compact SMG is the steel CNC MP7 birdcage style flash hider - which is correct to the latest variant and is attached using 12mm CW threads. It is fitted with a folding vertical front grip and has attachment points for additional RIS rails (which aren’t included in the box). It has a full-length 20mm RIS/RAS Rail system that is perfect for adding red dot sights or maybe a PEQ box to store an external battery. There are two sling points at the front of the body - one on either side. On the body, we can find the fully ambidextrous controls making this a great platform for both right and left-handed shooters. At the rear, there is a 4-position retractable sliding stock. 



As this is the Gen 2 model, internally it boasts a full-sized AEG gearbox with a capable high-speed motor, next-generation micro fire control and FET. It does also have empty magazine detection which means that it cuts off on after the last round, this makes it more realistic to operate. 




It comes neatly packaged in an H&K branded box that has a carry handle. On removing the replica from the box you can immediately tell that it is a true 1:1 scale replica - which can be quite surprising if you are used to the smaller TM or KWA models. It is lightweight and has a textured finish which looks and feels great. The construction feels sound - there is no wobble or flex. 


Now we’ve got the features out of the way and got hands-on, it’s time to battery it up and take it on the range. The battery goes in a small compartment at the front of the replica and is accessed by a cap. I used a small 7.4v Lipo - which is what is recommended for the replica. I’ve heard on the grapevine that using an 11.1v Lipo can damage the replica so I didn’t want to chance it on anything more than a 7.4v. It chonographed in at a respectable 323 FPS on a 0.20g BB with a pretty average rate of fire and it was consistent. It fires with no issues on both semi-auto and full-auto. For such a small AEG it also has pretty good range - I probably wouldn’t use it for a woodland skirmish but urban or CQB? It would be a great choice of primary. Its small size and weight mean that it is easy to manipulate and move around corners quickly and it wouldn’t be too heavy to use for an extended period of time say a 24-hour event. Overall, I really like it. It is easy to use and really fun to shoot too. This is probably going to be one of my favourite CQB primaries. 


From Evike Europe, the Umarex/VFC Heckler & Kock HK MP7 A1 Gen 2 AEG retails for €429.90. In the box, you get the Umarex H&K MP7 A1 AEG, a 120-round magazine, folding vertical foregrip, removable iron sights and the user manual. You can save 15% before shipping with the code ‘FEMMEFATALE15’

Post sponsored by Evike Europe
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