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Welcome back to the blog! A few months back, my friends at Deadly Customs released the Sabre Mount and today we’re going to take a look at this cool accessory now I’ve had the chance to get my hands on one. We will however be using Deadly’s photos because they demonstrate the product better than mine!

The Deadly Customs Sabre mount (or light bar as they’re also known) has been designed as the answer to a problem that many of us will encounter if we choose to run a flashlight and a suppressor simultaneously, especially during low-light games. Whilst running a torch alongside a suppressor, unless your torch is mounted further forward than your rail and suppressor; your torch will cast a shadow and create an area of darkness which is called suppressor shadow. 

A suppressor shadow is usually a long, large oblong shadow which obscures a vast amount of your light and this means that you won’t have full operational awareness. Another by-product of suppressor shadow is light splash. Your torch will project light down your suppressor. This dramatically increases your light signature when seen from the side and gives away your position.

This is where the Sabre mount comes in. It is designed to push your torch further forward to remove suppressor shadow and unwanted light splash. It is CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminium and has an anodised finish (in DC’s signature matte black). It is designed to work with M-LOK rails of different lengths and works with different torches, including Surefire scout lights, Nurpol clones, Moflite, Streamlight rifle lights, Olight Odin, Olight Odin mini and Olight Odin Turbo.

It comes in a silver sealed packet with the Deadly logo adorning the front - simple and functional. Included in the packet is all the required mounting hardware, which is also in Deadly’s signature matte black. Torches are really easy to install on the sabre mount - it’s simply a case of two screws. Once the torch is installed (I install it first as it’s easier), it can then be mounted to any M-LOK rail. It does exactly what it says on the tin - as the torch is further forward than the rail and suppressor it leaves no suppressor shadow - giving us more light to work with and therefore increasing visibility, which is crucial in low-light games. 

The Deadly Customs Sabre Mount is available exclusively from the Deadly website for £31.99. Remember to use code 'femmefatale' for 10% off!

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Welcome back to the blog. We’re back at it with the reviews and in this one, we’ll be looking at the Ares M4 X-Class Model 9 Rifle that landed at Extreme Airsoft just a few weeks ago. Let’s check it out and get it on the range!

The Ares M4 X-Class Model 9 Rifle is constructed from Aluminium Alloy, Nylon Fibre and metal. At the front of this premium AEG we have a steel Flash Hider (14mm CW) that leads onto an M-LOK Geissele style rail system and a Radian arms style receiver. It has a full-length Picatinny top rail so players can accessorise their rifle with sights, scopes and other accessories such as a PEQ box. Included in the box is a set of removable full metal flip sights for this rail. It features the slim Ares slim pistol grip which is designed for comfort and grip. At the rear of the rifle, we have an Amoeba Pro stock that houses the battery compartment and has multiple sling points. This rifle is available in either black or bronze and in multiple barrel lengths.

The Ares M4 X-Class Model 9 Rifle comes in an understated but cleanly presented box and is securely packaged. On removing it from the box, you can immediately feel that it has a good weight to it but it isn’t too burdensome. The specs sheet says it weighs in at 2.6kg which would be a comfortable weight to skirmish. The construction feels sound - there’s no wobble and the materials feel of good quality. The Geissele style M-LOK rail particularly adds a feel of luxury to this AEG. It has fully ambidextrous controls including an ambidextrous safety, mag release and bolt release meaning it is suitable for both left and right-handed shooters. It has the standard safe/semi and full-auto firing modes.

Internally, we have an E.F.C.S metal reinforced gearbox with mosfet system (that is programmable), Ares Slim High Torque Motor, a quick spring change system and an adjustable hop-up. It is rear-wired to Deans (or T-Plug).

Now to the range test, how did it perform? It chonographed in at a respectable 330 FPS on a 0.20g BB with a pretty average rate of fire and it was quite consistent. It fires with no issues on both semi-auto and full-auto and performs much better with an 11.1v LiPo as opposed to a 7.4v - it has a crisper trigger response and sounds punchier. You can check out my range test on TikTok here!

In the box, you get the Ares M4 X-Class Model 9 Rifle (AR-091E – Black), a 140-round Mid-Cap Magazine, a Cleaning Rod and a Feeding Tube. From Extreme Airsoft, this replica will set you back £389.99 (remember you can always save 5% with the code ‘femmefatale21’). I think it performs really nicely, especially on an 11.1v Lipo - it’s consistent and punchy, but it’s the aesthetics that really steal the show here. The Radian Arms style receiver and the Giessele style M-LOK rail have great finishes and make it look a lot more expensive than it is. Overall, I think this is a really stunning AEG that performs on the range. I would love to take this out to a game day.

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Welcome back to the blog! A few months back, many of you will have seen The Krytac EMG FN P90 SMG AEG on my Instagram and TikTok and today is the day we’re going to get into the review! This AEG has been highly anticipated since its announcement in 2021 so it’s only fair we give it a proper review so let’s get into it!

At the front end of this punchy little, SMG is an accurate P90 flash hider attached via a 14mm CCW thread and the P90 specific grip and handguard that provides an integrated vertical grip with a handstop for the supporting hand, and an angled thumbhole grip for the firing hand. The upper receiver is made completely from Aluminium and has all the correct trademarks, a single-side Picatinny rail that can be swapped to either side, and a removable top rail. The removable top rail includes built-in backup sights. Just below the upper assembly, we can find the charging handles and these are mirrored on either side which is great for both left and right-handed shooters.

The lower of the Krytac P90 is made from a high-density fibre reinforced polymer which gives it a smooth and textured surface and also reduces weight meaning. Like the real P90, its lower body is a clamshell design - two parts held together with steel Allen bolts. The fire selector for the P90 can be found below the trigger and is an ambidextrous rotary design. At the rear of the P90, there is a rubber butt plate, which is removed via a button at the base, this gives access to the P90's battery compartment and its internals. There is also a sling slot in the lower body, providing a mounting solution for a P90 sling or the addition of a P90 QD sling adaptor.

Upon receiving the box I was a little underwhelmed - this is because it comes in a dark blue FN Herstal box rather than a black Krytac box like I was expecting. Opening it reveals the Krytac paperwork that shows this isn’t just another P90 carefully, laid atop the replica. One thing I did notice immediately on getting the P90 out of the box is the quality of the polymer - it doesn’t feel cheap by any standard which I think is partially one of the reasons I’ve steered clear of P90s! This mostly polymer construction makes it lightweight and easy to shoulder but I do admit, being an avid M4 user I do find the grip feels strange. The configuration of the grip is meant to keep your hands close together and steering the barrel is more akin to pointing your fingers than expected. I was a little concerned about quick reloads due to the positioning of the mag release and mag itself (on top of the receiver) as this isn’t something I’ve used before.

Before installing the battery and getting this to a range to test it, I decided to fully get to grips with the controls. It has ambidextrous charging handles and an ambi fire selector. I’ve not used a fire selector like the ones on P90s. Let me detail it for those who aren’t familiar with it - it is a rotary dial located below the trigger. ‘Safe’ is denoted by a white "S" and this position provides the trigger lock, the "1" position, denotes semi-automatic which as we know provides single shot, and the ‘full auto’ position is denoted by an "A" that provides a two-stage trigger; with a short press firing a single shot, and a long extended press firing fully automatic. Krytac has also visually identified these positions through coloured markings, with both firing modes marked in red, and safe being marked in white.

The battery was easy to install - the rubberised butt plate removes to reveal the battery compartment which has a deans connector. The space is bigger than expected which is always a plus when it comes to compact SMGs.

Internally the Krytac P90 has a Krytac ETU and in-line MOSFET, 8mm bearings, 18:1 ratio steel gears, and of course a quick change spring system. It has a rotary-style hop-up and an updated adjustable trigger system that features a light and quick-to-reset trigger. It is rear-wired and has an automotive fuse and a deans battery connector. It is also able to handle stronger springs, thanks to the Gearbox having had its cylinder window corners radiused to reduce the chances that fatigue on the shell will cause damage.

Now to the range test, how did it perform? It chonographed in at a respectable 335 FPS on a 0.20g BB with an average rate of fire - which is perfect for most airsoft sites in the UK. It fires with no issues on both semi-auto and full-auto. You can check out my fire test on TikTok here! During my range test, I didn’t adjust the trigger so I can’t review that aspect of it. I did REALLY like the mag cut-off feature! Its "stop firing on empty" feature definitely elevates this AEG. Although the Krytac P90 is compatible with the standard TM P90 magazines, when using the enhanced Krytac mag the replica can tell when its ammo has run out and cuts off the trigger to let the user know. I think this is a really great feature as it’s more realistic and also helps prevent dry firing. The Krytac enhanced P90 magazine also has a 50-round limiter, meaning you can select between a 200-round capacity or 50 rounds for more realism.

In the box, you get the Krytac EMG FN Herstal P90 SMG AEG, a Krytac EMG P90 Medium Capacity 200/50 round Magazine, a Krytac logo sticker, a Sight Post Adjuster, and a Deans to Mini Tamiya Adapter. From Extreme Airsoft the Krytac P90 is currently on sale for £429.99 (you can save an extra 5% with my code ‘femmefatale21’). I think for the technology and quality, its none sale price of £499.99 is fair and in line with the rest of the Krytac range of products. I think Krytac and EMG have finally done the P90 justice. You can feel the quality as soon as you unbox it - it has a good weight to it and the polymer doesn’t feel cheap. It’s consistent and accurate and offers the user a fair bit of realism.

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Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Today we're carrying on with our 'Airsoft 101' series. If you are a new or a seasoned airsoft player, I think we can all agree that during a game it can sometimes be difficult to see the BBs flight path and where it lands especially in low light environments and night games. To help with this, a lot of players choose to use airsoft tracer units and BBs. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss what they are, and how they work! 

Using the Wosport Spitfire Tracer Unit in low-light and daylight.

So, an airsoft tracer unit is a device that utilises specific airsoft tracer BBs (BBs that glow in the dark) so players can see the BBs' flight path by making the BBs easier to see by making them glow in the dark. These units usually come in two forms - the most common, which is attached to the end of the barrel like a suppressor (which you'll have seen a few times on the blog), or a hop-up tracer unit which is installed in the hop-up unit of the airsoft gun which is very much a rarity. 

So, how exactly do airsoft tracers work? 

Inside an airsoft tracer unit, there is a sensor that detects when a BB passes through - when a BB is detected, it triggers a flash of light that illuminates tracer BBs as they pass through the unit. They don't  Special tracer BBs are required. Tracer BBs differ from regular BBs because they are coated in Phosphor. The flash from the rows of lights in the tracer unit “excites/charges” the Phosphor making the BBs glow meaning we can see where the BBs travel. Phosphors are a material that emits light when exposed to ‘radiation’ such as Ultraviolet light of Electron beam 

Tracer BBs come in either red or green and it is worth noting that some tracer units ONLY work with one colour. 

Now that we know what they are and how they work, let’s discuss when to use them! Tracer units and tracer BBs are most effective in low-light environments and during night games, which is why you’ll see them regularly at CQB sites where the light varies. Although it varies depending on the BBs and tracer unit that you are using, they don’t work in bright sunlight so aren’t recommended for well-lit environments or outdoors. 

What kind of airsoft tracers are available? 

There are three types of tracer units: the flash hider, a built-in tracer (which is installed in the hop-up unit), and a magazine tracer (although this type is a rarity). 

Flash hider/ threaded tracers – These are by far the most typical tracer units you will see at an airsoft game as they’re easy to install and relatively affordable - they replace the flash hider and simply screw on so even beginners can use them. Many of them look like a mock suppressor so add a little something extra to the look of your rifle too! 

Tracer hop-ups – This type of tracer unit isn’t as popular as flash hider tracers, but they work in the same way. This type of unit has to be installed into your airsoft rifle, which is the reason that this isn’t the most popular type, because it can be complicated to install. 

Magazine tracers – This type of tracer unit may look like a regular magazine but it has a built-in light. It works by lighting up every BB whilst it is still in the mag, making sure they absorb enough light before exiting the barrel. 

Advantages of tracers 
  • They illuminate the flight path so you can see where the BB is traveling 
  • Makes it easy to see if you have hit an enemy player (or a friend if you’re unlucky!) 
  • Can help with team identification if teams are using different colour tracer BBs. 
  • They look awesome at night! Ever wanted to be in Star Wars? Now you can! 
  • Improves accuracy as you can see the BB flight path 

Disadvantages of Tracers 

  • Using a tracer unit gives away your position - players on both teams will be able to see where the BBs are coming from. 
  • Tracer BBs aren’t available in heavyweights. 
  • As you can see the flight path of the BB, enemy players can see them and dodge them.
Tracer Units and Tracer BBs I recommend

The WoSport Spitfire Tracer Unit is a tracer unit that not only lights up tracer BBs but also aims to replicate Muzzle flash with 3 forward-facing LEDs, it is designed to be used with airsoft pistols and rifles. The LEDs on the unit produce an orange fire-like flash for every BB fired. It brings an element of realism to airsoft AEGs and pistols but when this tracer unit is used on a GBBR however, the gas escaping the barrel makes the flash look even more impressive and realistic. Check out my full review here.

The Acetech Bifrost Tracer Unit is a tracer unit that is unlike any other tracer we’ve seen in airsoft so far. We’ve all seen red and green tracers, but until now, we’d not seen a tracer unit capable of giving us a rainbow! Yes, you did just read that correctly! The Bifrost from Acetech is designed to not only simulate muzzle flash with a multi-colour flame effect but also provides us with a rainbow BB flight path. Check out the full review here.

This is the first tracer unit I ever owned and it lasted a good few years of abuse. It is really compact and easy to use. I never got around to writing a full review of this unit but it was easy and fun to use on both pistols and rifles.

You can save 5% on online purchases with the code ‘femmefatale21’ 

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Welcome back to another blog post in the 'Airsoft 101' series! In this post, we'll be taking a look at 'what is HPA?' In airsoft, there are 4 main power sources that power airsoft replicas, and they are: spring, electric, Gas/C02 and HPA (or High-Pressure Air). We didn't explore HPA in the 'Beginners Guide to Airsoft Guns' as they're a little more complex. So, without further adieu, let's get into it!

So HPA or High-Pressure Air airsoft replicas are airsoft guns that are powered by pressurised air that is held in an external canister - this air is fed to the weapon via a regulator and line. Pressurised air enables HPA guns to have faster rates of fire, be quieter, and have a higher FPS than electric and gas airsoft guns, making HPA guns a great choice for anyone who wants to airsoft competitively.

In an HPA gun, the pressurised air is delivered to the gun with every trigger pull rather than relying on a mechanical process to create pressurised air within the gun itself (like with AEGs). However, there are examples of pneumatic systems that are fully mechanical, made for players that want a more realistic trigger and firing feel but this still relies upon an external source for air pressure. It is worth noting that AEGs can be converted to HPA - and this involves gutting the AEG of all its internals and installing an HPA engine.

The external canister is often called a ‘Tank’, this is what holds the highly pressurised air and is refillable. This is filled up using a dive tank and can be done at any diving shop or airsoft site that offers HPA filling facilities. The Dominator 48/3000 HPA Aluminium Airsoft Tank from Extreme Airsoft is a great example.

 On the stem of the tank, you'll need to use a regulator, like this Balystic HPR800C V3 HPA regulator and this is used to release the air into the line. You adjust the pressure using an Allen key. It also tells you how much air is in the tank. The line is then what feeds the air into the airsoft gun. 

There are even packages like this HPA Package inc. Tank, Reg and Line that make it super easy. Please note, these cannot be used with an AEG, they have to be used with a HPA airsoft gun.

Now that we have explored just what is HPA airsoft, let’s go through the pros and cons of HPA airsoft guns. Whilst they are enticing, the pros and cons should be fully considered before investing in an HPA setup. 

Let’s look at the Pros of HPA Guns

HPA replicas offer totally adjustable FPS with no disassembly required! The FPS of an HPA airsoft gun is raised and lowered by controlling the air pressure's PSI. The PSI can be adjusted on the regulator without any need to disassemble the gun. It also offers a high FPS. The higher PSI the higher the FPS will be. Remember, no matter how high your FPS can physically go, you can only shoot as high as the site limit, which for most sites in the UK is 350 FPS. 

Faster Rate of Fire - As well as offering players a higher FPS, the power in an HPA airsoft gun provides a faster rate of fire. 

Consistent FPS - HPA airsoft guns offer the user undeniable consistency between shots, and this is because the gun allows the same volume of air into the expansion chamber each time, meaning the same amount of air is used to push the BB out of the barrel every time. 

Simple Internal Design - You know the old saying ‘less to go wrong? That applies to HPA systems, compared to Automatic Electric Guns, HPA airsoft guns don't have as many moving parts making them less likely to malfunction. 

Quiet - The noises we hear from airsoft guns are the internal mechanisms working. In AEGs this includes pistons, gears etc and in gas guns, this includes the bolt carrier group but in HPA guns as they only use air pressure to propel the BB, the only noise we hear is that of the BB leaves the barrel. 

But what about the cons

Realism and looks - Whichever way you look at it, having a weighty tank and a line attached to your weapon removes some of the realism that airsofters want (not all airsofters but realism is one of the things that draw people into airsoft). The faster rates of fire and less noise also take away realism points. 

Weight - A traditional HPA setup includes a tank, reg, and line. Whilst the tanks aren’t too heavy, they do add weight and bulk to your loadout and this should be considered. If you like to have the lightest/least intrusive loadout possible, a traditional HPA set-up may not be the most suitable for you. But there are companies in the airsoft sphere that are revolutionising HPA such as Wolverine Airsoft which has developed a tank that is held in the stock of a weapon. 

Cost - It’s no secret that HPA set-ups are more costly than AEGs and GBBRs. This is because usually, you will need a gun that can be gutted of its internals to replace them with an HPA system, a tank, reg and line which all adds up. Ready-built HPA Airsoft guns such as the HPA Version of the AG Scorpion Evo also tend to be a little pricier on average. 

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