2020 GIFT GUIDE | CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR AIRSOFTERS!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Following on from the Stocking Fillers for Airsofters post I published last week, this week I'm looking at Christmas gifts for the airsofters in your life! Whether you have no idea about airsoft but your lady, fella, relative or teammate is into it and you need some guidance or if you're an airsofter yourself and you just need some ideas for a gift they'd love, there's something on this list for every budget!





The Large Rifle Case from Nuprol is a hard rifle case that features 4 latches to keep the case shut, a carry handle, wheels on one end and a handle on the other for easy transportation and 
2 padlock holes on front edge for when you need to securely lock the case for international travel. This version has pick and pluck foam which means you can customise the case to your load out for added security. This link is for the black case but it's available in 3 other colours (some are cheaper too!) You can  read my review from when these were released here!




Is the airsofter in your life a budding airsoft YouTuber? The GoPro Hero 9 is the newest Hero in the GoPro range and boasts a bunch of features including enhanced stabilisation to capture your gameplay!



If the airsofter in your life plays a lot of CQB, a good tracer unit is essential (and tracer BBs look cool AF). The ACETECH Lighter BT tracer is compatible with both red and green tracer BBs, is rechargeable (with a fully charged battery lasting for over 22,000 rounds) and even has an app available on the App Store/Android store. Bundle this with the Nuprol RZR Tracer BBs 0.2g for a great gift!



Airsofters always need ammo, so the Specna Arms EDGE Precision BBs made by BLS are a great choice for any airsofter. Available in different weights (I use 0.25g for indoor CQB and 0.28g for outdoors/urban) and they come in bags of 1kg. The only thing I don't like about the Specna BBs is that they come in a bag rather than a bottle so make sure to seal the bag when you've loaded up!



One of my favourite AEGs that I've used during 2020 is the KWA RONIN TK45C from Extreme Airsoft. It is currently on sale for £279.99 down from £349.99 so now is definitely time to grab a bargain. Check out my full review on the TK45C here


The PTS EPMs have been go-to magazines since 2018. They hold 150 rounds, have an orange follower so you can tell when the mag is empty and are made of a tough, durable polymer - check out my full review here!






This is a product I've been using since its release in 2015 but dang does it keep giving! The Odin Innovations M12 Sidewinder Speedloader for M4 magazines allows players to load midcap magazines in a matter of seconds - no more tired hands from regular speedloaders! It holds up to 1600 rounds of ammo and can fit in a double M4 mag pouch so can be easily carried on the field. It's easily the best speed loader on the market but is currently out of stock at most retailers in black/dark earth but if you aren't too picky regarding colour, they are in stock in blue.

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2020 GIFT GUIDE | STOCKING FILLERS FOR AIRSOFTERS!

Hey friends!


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 once again start 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!



So, with the new tiered system in the UK we're going to be spending a lot of time indoors over the winter and with a lot of airsoft sites closed for the meantime we won't be getting a lot of pew pew time in but, we can of course get some virtual pew pew in with the new Call of Duty! (Xbox link here)




Face protection is pretty important in airsoft, especially if the airsofter in your life plays CQB (we don't want to lose any teeth!) and the T'FARGE Comfort Mask from OneTigris is an affordable, licensed version of the Division S.I.X T'FARGE Comfort Mask. It's breathable, has a TPU portion protecting the nose/teeth and has padded sides to take the sting out of any shots to the grid.

Read my full review of the OneTigris T'FARGE Comfort Mask here




The Quake 8 from Tectonic Innovations is a new 7 shot blank firing grenade that’s made from CNC’d stainless steel that discharges .209 multipurpose primers. It has a safe position and 7 firing positions. At the moment it's on sale for £99.99 - a great saving. If the airsofter in your life plays a lot of urban/CQB games this is sure to up their play experience.

Read my full review on the QUAKE 8 here





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!





The FRV Tailoring CQB sling is an affordable handmade weapon sling made from milspec materials from a Veteran owned brand. It's available in 11 different colours and with 3 different thread ends. The end detaches quickly via a clip.





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 Xcortech tracer unit is perfect for the softer in your life that loves to play dark and sneaky CQB. Using tracer units in CQB definitely enhances the experience in my opinion as the glow in the dark BBs look cool AF and you can more accurately identify when you've hit someone. With the adapter it can be used on both a pistol or rifle.



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GUNS | KWA RONIN TK45C FROM EXTREME AIRSOFT!

Hey friends! 

Welcome back to the blog! I hope you’re all safe and well! Today I have another airsoft gun review for you, and in this post, we’ll be looking at the KWA RONIN TK45C from Extreme Airsoft. 


The KWA RONIN TK45C is one of the latest models in KWA’s RONIN range of rifles that has been likened to the Krytac KRISS Vector. Since it’s release, it has proven itself to be a popular SMG platform. But is it worth the hype? And is it worth the price? 

First up, let’s talk about the externals! Like the other RONIN models, the TK45C has a full metal modular upper receiver, an integrated 6” keymod handguard and a Picatinny rail on top to add accessories such as red dot sights, included in the box is a set of PTS Enhanced Flip-up Front and Rear Polymer Sights. It also has a PDW style adjustable stock and a stippled polymer pistol grip (which is a nice touch!) 





As for the internals, the main feature worth talking about is the new Variable Performance System from KWA. This system makes it easy to adjust the FPS, which is controlled by the VPS System, with tools that are included. It has a 217mm 6.05mm tight bore inner barrel, a rotary style hop-up, safe/semi/full-auto firing modes with an ambidextrous fire selector. It doesn’t have a MOSFET as standard but one can be dropped in pretty easily if you have the tech skills. The magazine. included has a Switch Cutoff feature that makes this rifle more realistic to use and is an easy indicator when you are out of ammo, it also prevents damage caused by dry fire. 

I used the TK45C during a night game at The Department CQB (you can read my full review here) and accessorised it with my Vortex SPARC AR and an X-cortech tracer unit - it’s worth mentioning you can put a tracer unit on a TK45C - there is a little grub screw that needs to be removed. I chrono’d it on 0.2g BBs and it came out at a cheeky 345FPS consistently - perfect for most airsoft sites in the UK. It is a super compact airsoft gun, which means it’s easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces such as corridors and kill houses (a massive help at the Department for sure). The cut-off feature is a nice addition because it lets you know when to reload but the mag release did seem a little stiff. It was reliable throughout the game with no feeding or mechanical issues. Even though I’m pretty small I did need to have the stock fully extended because of how small it is. It is pretty weighty though (which makes it feel more durable and ‘hardy’) so my arms would be a little tired if I ran this for a full game day with no sling. 


What did I like about the TK45C? I love how compact it is - it was really easy to get around a CQB site with, it was fun to shoot and I like the way it looks - it’s pretty futuristic. Personal opinion: it’s one of the better-looking SMGs out there. 

Was there anything about it that I didn’t like? I enjoyed using the TK45C but there are a few things that I believe could be improved on. First up: its’ weight. At 5.9lbs it is quite heavy for the size of it - I don’t think this would be a huge problem for a lot of airsofters out there but I just prefer lighter guns. The mag release was a little sticky so reloading wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve liked it to be but I feel this may improve with time and use. The original battery compartment is also quite small but to combat this I used the Airtech Studios KWA battery extension which gave me enough room to use one of my trusty Titan batteries. This fixed the issue but it is an extra expense so there is that to take into account. 

Right now the TK45C is on sale at just £279.99 down from £349.99. The accessories I used included the Airtech Studios TBE KWA TK45 Ronin Tanker Battery Extension which retails for £24.99 and I also used a pack of the KWA Ronin TK45 120 round Midcap Magazines which are £49.99. I think at the current price the TK45C is an absolute bargain, especially considering you can get the gun, battery extension and a pack of 3 magazines for just £5 more than the usual price of the gun. You can also use the code ‘femmefatale’ for an additional 5% off! 

Post sponsored by Extreme Airsoft.

SITE | THE DEPARTMENT CQB

Hey guys! Welcome back to the blog! 

I know, I know - it’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog - on my return from Poland in October I decided to take a couple of weeks off blogging to readjust and refocus. I’m now back and ready to hit the ground running. As many of you know, England is now back in lockdown but I did manage to get one last cheeky game in before! On Wednesday 4th November I returned to a site that I haven’t played since their opening day in 2017 - the Department CQB


The Department CQB is a 13,000 sq ft CQB site attached to Extreme Airsoft, an airsoft retailer in Croft, Leicestershire (you can read my full review here). The Department CQB is a large warehouse that has plywood corridors, rooms and structures built to give players a fast-paced, hard-hitting CQB experience. There are light and dark areas giving varied gameplay. From my home in Derbyshire, it takes around 40-45 minutes to get to the Department via the M1. The only problem I had the first couple of times I visited is that postcode on the website takes you to the Quarry just before the site, but if you carry on past the Quarry and take the turning for Thurlaston and Croft this road will take you to Winston Ave. and the site is at the end of Winston Ave. There is a car park on-site and a car park just opposite the site (that has a little more room, but it does close at 9pm). 

On arrival, because of COVID19 measures only one player is allowed in the reception area where you are asked to wash/sanitise your hands, sign an insurance waiver, pay your game fee (and rental package if you have one) and collect your coloured armband. Once you have your armband you can go through to the safe-zone. At the moment the safe-zone is split into two - red and blue, and players are asked to stay within their designated safe-zone, this is to minimise contact between players. The red safe-zone is indoors and the blue safe-zone is outside under the shelter. I was in the indoor safe-zone - it’s pretty spacious and has perspex screens between the tables. In regards to the facilities onsite the site has a vending machine with a selection of snacks and cold drinks in the safe-zone (atm due to COVID the hot drinks facilities aren’t in use), a new kitchen has just been fitted for when they reopen after lockdown to provide hot food options for players (this I highly rate - any of you that have played airsoft with me will know that I am always thinking about lunch!). there are female and male toilets that are kept clean and tidy and the site has disabled access (as well as the game zone being over one level really helps disabled/less mobile players).



When we got into the game-zone we were given a quick safety brief which included the new COVID19 rules. The site rules are very much similar to other CQB sites in the UK - it’s single shot, has an FPS limit of 350, allows both strikeable pyro such as the Enola Gaye MK5s and BFGs - thunder snaps (but they have to be in a device), .209, 8mm and 9mm. They also allow smoke grenades but it is limited to one smoke per game. The rest of the rules are pretty standard. 






The games played on the night were a mix of team deathmatches and objective games. To start the evening off and get everyone warmed up we played a team deathmatch, followed by Dodgeball and a domination game with an explosive prop. The only game I wasn’t particularly keen on was ‘Dodgeball’ which is an elimination-style game where when you get shot you need to stand still where you are until a member of your team medics you back in by touching your foot with their foot for a 5-second count. If you get hit early on in the game you can be stood around for a while. Whilst the game itself I think flowed well, when I stood still waiting for a medic, the blue team were running past dead players and shooting them again every time they passed - which is pretty frustrating, it definitely would’ve been appreciated if they checked their targets before engaging dead players (this, of course, isn’t the staff's fault). My favourite game overall was the good ol’ fashioned deathmatch because we got to use and explore the whole site and got a lot of kills - the site layout is easy to learn quickly and flows well, it’s easy to get around if you’re an aggressive player but you also don’t need to be a door kicker to have a good time. The staff were helpful on the night and explained the rules quickly and clearly. I had a slight fogging issue with my glasses and the Marshalls helped get me to the safe-zone so I could get them off, reapply my anti-fog and get back in the game. 


The Department runs games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6pm – 9pm, two game sessions on Saturday between 10am – 1pm and 2.30pm – 5.30pm and also on Sundays 10am – 2pm and this is one of the aspects of the site that makes it so successful - there is a game session for everyone (especially helpful if you work weekends!). The prices are also pretty reasonable at £20 for a 3hr session and £23 for a Sunday 3.5hr session. Members do get discounts and there are unlimited memberships available too. 

If you’re new to the sport, The Department has a selection of rental M4s and pistols at a reasonable price, they also offer Quake 8 rentals (the new impact grenade from Tectonic Innovations - read my review here) which is great if you’ve never used a BFG before and want to see what they would add to your gameplay experience or if you’re on the fence about buying one it gives you the chance to try one before you buy. It’s also worth mentioning if you’re a female you can grab a free rental vest for your games if you choose to. Prices for rentals start at £10. 

Overall, I had a great time at The Department CQB and can’t wait to return after lockdown 2.0 is over!

Post sponsored by The Department CQB

PYRO | THE ATOM!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another review for you, and this time it’s on the new Atom grenade from Tectonic Innovations - the smallest impact grenade known to airsofters and the little brother to the Quake 8!


So what exactly is it? The Atom is a tough aluminium case grenade that resembles a mini Quake 8. Instead of using .209 primers like it’s big brother, the Atom utilises a thunder snap charge - you know those little fireworks we used to throw at each other in the ’90s? Yeap! Those! Despite their small size, they kick out a mighty 119 decibels. They’re easy to use, you simply twist off the top and insert a thunder snap charge and then twist the top back on, then you throw. Even though they’re so small, there are a couple of ways to carry them during a game - they fit in shotgun shell holders or Deadly Customs make custom holsters for them out of Kydex.

Do they go off reliably? Unlike the Quake 8/.209, BFG’s the results you get may vary depending on what charges you use as there are so many different ones. “Snap Bangers” are the most reliable to produce a consistent detonation whilst “Thunder Snaps” tend to require a bit more force behind the deployment but are generally consistent. The “Big Bang Snaps” is by far the loudest but do need a fairly good throw which is not ideal. I’ve so far tested all 3, and “Snap Bangers” have been the most reliable for me but I have managed with the other snaps. I’d advise against carrying snaps into the game-zone just in case - leave them in the box they came in (with the sawdust) until you’re ready to prime and use.


Are these allowed at every site? So, here’s the thing, I’ve seen some airsoft sites on Facebook stating they will not be allowing the Atom’s on their sites - with the reasoning that their small size will make them easy to lose (which surely, the owner of the grenade is aware of the risk before deploying them and accepts that risk?) and that their low price point will turn airsoft into grenade-soft. Airsoft site owners are of course well within their rights to say a product cannot be used on their premises but I can’t help but feel that this rule is pricing out airsofters with a smaller budget, as they don’t (to my knowledge) have any rules against a player turning up with 10 of the Quake 8’s (which is 70 bangs) which cost £135 each but they do have rules against me turning up with 10 Atoms (which is 10 bangs) - although these do have to be reloaded, but what would stop me deploying 10 of them and then fighting to them and reloading/using again? This may not be the case, but that’s certainly the way I and others have perceived it.

Another burning question I’ve seen is, can under 18’s use them? And the answer is yes (although do double-check with your local site as they may have their restrictions). The snaps themselves have an age restriction of 12 years, so as long as you are over the age of 12 and have parents permission the consensus is yes. As long as players, of course, use them safely.



They cost just £13.99, which is incredible for a reusable pyro device, it’s low price point opens up the BFG world to airsofters who can’t or simply don’t want to spend £100+ on a grenade. It also means that they are so affordable that you can have more than one. I have one in each colour. They come in red, orange, purple, blue, silver and black so not the full colour-range but there’s a colour for everyone.

Post sponsored by Tectonic Innovations
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