AIRSOFT ACTION | FRIENDS ACROSS THE POND!

The best thing about the digital age is that you can make friends in people you’ve never met, who live in cities you’ve never been too. How does the story of the unicorn fatale hoemance start? 



THE DARK SIDE

I started following Leah on social media all the way back in 2014 when I first started playing airsoft and was looking for other women to follow in the sport. Leah at the time had (and still has) one of the largest followings on IG and the biggest following on YouTube of any female airsofter in the world. Early in 2015 when my social media accounts started to gain traction and receiving attention from airsofters and brands around the world, a dark side effect of the internet started to rear its ugly head - internet trolls. This was the first time I’d encountered hate on any scale, let alone in the quantities it was coming in. Whilst there has obviously been people that I’d encountered in my life that didn’t like me, strangers on the internet making negative comments about my appearance was never anything I’d dealt with and honestly I struggled at the beginning with the concept that people who’d never spoken to me or met me could dislike me so intensely and this is where Leah comes in. I received a DM on Instagram from @thetacticalunicorn (Leah’s account) explaining that she knew how I felt because it was something she had dealt with, and if I ever needed to chat, she was happy to. I immediately felt relieved, although I’d never wish internet hate on anyone, not even those who dish it out to me, I was relieved there was someone out there who understood what I was going through and having that support has been crucial to me continuing on in airsoft media.

FLIGHT TO FREEDOM

Fast forward to 2017, Femme Fatale Airsoft was doing so well that with Leah’s constant moral support I quit my full-time job to pursue a career in airsoft media (much to the dismay of my parents!). At this point we had been messaging on social media for 2 years and had become close friends but we didn’t meet in person until the 23rd March 2017. My partner at the time was due to deploy to Afghanistan for 9 weeks and as a gift (probably to keep me from going insane checking the news) he offered to pay for my flights to Los Angeles to visit Leah and Jet. Leah had been talking about a visit for a while and when I messaged to say I was booking my flights we were both ecstatic at the prospect of hanging out and playing airsoft together for 6 whole weeks!

I booked my flight for the 23rd March from London Gatwick to Los Angeles. At this point I was someone who wasn’t very well traveled and the furthest afield I had travelled from home was Tunisia in 2008 for a week with my best friend and her family. The 11 hour flight on my own, quite honestly terrified me. That morning my wonderful Dad bundled my suitcase into the family car and we set off for Gatwick, once at the airport I said a tearful farewell to my Dad, Mum and little sister. During the flight there were SO many thoughts going through my head - ‘what if we don’t get on in real life?’, ‘what if I get home sick?’, ‘what if she’s not who she says she is’. I can’t tell you how nerve racking flying 11 hours and 6,500 miles across the world away from everything you’ve ever known is to meet people you’ve only spoken to on the internet is! I arrived at Los Angeles at 5.30pm local time and after collecting my suitcases, I waited in the pick-up zone to meet my friends.

Jet and Leah arrived on time (despite the horrendous LA traffic) in their pick-up truck and off we went to Victorville, California for our 6 week adventure. Leah documented my stay on her YouTube channel - Unicorn Leah. During my first visit to the States we visited SS Airsoft in Atlanta for their 7th year anniversary, SC Village, Hill 559 for Uprising 3 and Milsim West in Washington State. During those 6 weeks I got to see and experience SO much of the United States from deserts, to buzzing cities to the beaches in LA and the lush greeneries of Washington (which is pretty much the same as the UK) all with one of my best friends. I experienced first hand Californian speedsoft and some of the most challenging MilSims I’ve taken part in.

Wildlands Airsoft, California 2017
SS Airsoft, Georgia 2017
Enola Gaye USA, Nevada 2017
MilSim West, Washington 2017
MilSim West, Washington 2017
MilSim West, Washington 2017

Fast forward to 2019, I have visited the States 5 times. Once in 2017, twice in 2018 - for Shot Show 2018 (my first one, and one of the most memorable!) and after my Dad passed away and twice in 2019 (once for Shot Show 2019) and the second for 6 weeks to attend local fields and AirsoftCon.


Shot Show 2018
Mojave, California 2018
Wildlands, California 2018
Airsoftcon 2018, California
Airsoftcon 2018, California
MilSim West, California 2018
SHOT Show 2019
Glasgow UK, 2019
National Airsoft Festival 2019, UK
Upper Tean, UK 2019
California, 2019
Houston, Texas, 2019
Houston, Texas 2019
Disneyland 2019
Airsoftcon 2019
Venice Beach, 2019
JET & LEAH

Leah has been playing airsoft for a little over 6 years, and got introduced to airsoft by working for an airsoft distributor called Spartan Imports. She decided to play a few games so that she could be a more effective sales person and ended up having so much fun that she began to play every weekend and started to push the company to be more active in the community. Leah started her YouTube channel a little over 5 years ago and moved to Southern California shortly after (the airsoft Mecca of north America) to pursue YouTube full-time. In this time she has played throughout the US, Aruba and in Mexico all the while documenting her adventures on Unicorn Leah. To date, Leah’s channel which has everything from gameplay, to unboxing videos to vlogs and reviews has amassed over 142,000 subscribers. Leah is passionate about all types of airsoft, from challenging MilSims to speedsoft. Out of all the female players I’ve met over my time in airsoft, Leah is one of the most dedicated to the game.


Jet started playing airsoft in 2002 but got his introduction into airsoft through paintball. He worked in a paintball store and really enjoyed playing paintball. Until he discovered an airsoft store called Jungle Toy that opened up in the town next to him and he ended up selling all his paintball gear to start airsoft. He started his YouTube channel ‘DesertFoxAirsoft’ 9 years ago and has built his channel up to a whopping 1,172,000 subscribers! During this time Jet opened up his own airsoft field called DesertFox MOUT that was located in Oro Grande, CA but this unfortunately had to close a few years later due to complications with the city, but there are plans to rebuild the field at a later date. His main focus now (bar his YouTube channel) is Desertfox Events, which is an airsoft events company that holds events on in multiple states across northern America. What sets DFE apart from all the other events companies is that they have developed an app to revolutionise the gameplay at their events. The Blue Fox Tracker app is a free downloadable app from the App Store/Google Play Store and works on a 3/4G connection. Players download the app and create their own profile within the app, once they are at a DFE event they can scan the events QR code to get in the game. The app is essentially a mini-map that shows players their location, their alive/wounded/killed team-mates locations, the objectives and has features such as the app chat and medic function. The DFE games can be played if you don’t have the app or a data connection but it definitely adds another element to gameplay. Jet is really passionate about the game - which is why he is so successful at what he does. He simply loves airsoft and cares about player experience making him a great events organiser.


In August 2019, our friends at Enola Gaye flew Jet and Leah out to the UK for 3 weeks to represent them at the National Airsoft Festival ran by Zero One Airsoft in Ringwood, Hampshire. During my visits to the US, Jet and Leah have housed me, fed me and taken me to multiple states to experience American airsoft at its finest so I wanted to do the same for them. So during the short time they’ve been in the UK we’ve driven 7 hours from Derby to Glasgow to play the Depot - Scotlands biggest playable CQB site which they both thoroughly enjoyed, then the hour to Edinburgh to meet the team at Land Warrior Airsoft and to experience the Fringe festival then the 5 hours back home to have just 4 days to prepare for the NAF. The National Airsoft Festival is the biggest airsoft event in the UK - with attendance of well over 3000 people. We spent 3 days at the NAF - arriving early on the Friday morning and leaving at end of play on the Sunday. The US doesn’t yet have anything like the NAF, so I was keen for them to experience an event that I enjoy so much. According to the Americans we were ‘posh camping’ (I being someone who doesn’t like camping at all had a very different description for what we were doing), we listened to a lot of country music, played a lot of beersby, BBQ’d a lot of meat and just generally enjoyed the festival atmosphere. The weather over the weekend was perfect and right up Jet and Leah’s street so they had no problem playing in the unusually high temps we had, admittedly I struggled a little! 

Leah’s take from the NAF: ‘I said it hundreds of times this weekend and I will say it again: I really wish that America had something like the National Airsoft Festival. It was a fantastic, fun-filled weekend fit for anyone and everyone. It was just like being a a music festival - bar tents and bands, lots of food trucks, all kinds of airsoft and tactical gear. The gameplay was fun and very organised, but casual enough that anyone could jump in and have fun. Also there was plenty of people there for just the camping and fun social aspect; with camping grounds being split up into Louder, loud and quiet camping; making it easy for people to bring their families for a fun festival weekend. Huge thank you to Enola Gaye for making this trip possible’

Jet’s take of the NAF: ‘I really enjoyed the social aspect of the event. The airsoft was also fun but to me the thing that stood out the most, that I enjoyed the most was the camping, hanging out, meeting everyone and learning more about British culture and the British airsoft scene.’

Hardwick, K. (2019). Friends Across the Pond. Airsoft Action. 106 (November), 32-25.

6MM ACTUAL | DECEMBER 2019!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that I just released the December 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 OneTigris Half Mesh Face Mask, a review on the Specna Arms SA-C09, unfortunately, there's no milsim content this month but we do have an event report on AirsoftCon 2019, a site review on Wildlands Airsoft Park in Lake Elsinore, California and an event report on the Airsoft Expo 2019 in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Enjoy!



GIFTS | CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR AIRSOFTERS!

Hey everyone!

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!

PC: Gunfire.com

Gunfire Girls 2020 Calendar - €7.32 + del

This year I partnered with Gunfire.com for their 2020 Calendar. Women that actually play airsoft, cool kit and sweet guns, what more could you need?




You can never have enough weapon sights and the Vortex Crossfire RDS is a great choice for the player in your life that loves a bit of CQB carnage! It's fully Multi-Coated, including multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces to increase light transmission, has 11 light settings for all environments  and is Dot Size 2 MOA.




I am a huge fan of the OneTigris Plate Carriers, and the PLPC is great value for money! It's made from 500D Cordura Nylon with hardy UTX buckles making it both wearable and durable for airsoft. It comes with removable EVA plates and even a front magazine pouch that has room for 3 pistol mags in the upper pouch and 3 M4 mags in the lower pouch. Fully MOLLE compatable and it has an adjustable waistband & adjustable shoulder straps - check sizing before ordering as this is perfect for taller/wide set gents!




Do you know an aspiring airsoft YouTuber? Why not get them started with their first zoomcam? The RunCam 2 with 35mm lens is perfect for capturing zoomed in gameplay! It records in HD 1080p@60fps/720p@120fps. It also has a replaceable Battery: 850mAh replaceable battery that allows you to record 90 minutes under 720p@120fps and 60 minutes under 1080p@60fps. To top it off, there is an iOS and Android App that allows you to connect the camera via a mobile device for live preview, playback, download and parameters settings. I actually purchased one of these myself whilst writing this post to replace my 16mm RunCam2.




This is a product I've been using since their release and have multiple of to store all the airsoft guns in my office in and to keep them safe. They're tough, sturdy, lightweight, come with eggshell foam, have wheels so are really transportable and they're lockable as well! Check out my full review here!



PTS 150 Rounds EPM - £27.50

The EPMs have been my go-to magazines for the last 18 months or so and I fully believe they're the best mid-cap magazines on the market, you can read my full review here!





The Pentagon Artaxes Softshell in Wolf Grey is another product that I've been using for a good few years, I usually crack this badboy out in the winter when the temps drop and I need something to shield me from the windchill and keep the rain out. The Artaxes Softshell has a high collar with chin guard and a foldable, adjustable hood, two-way full front zipper, 8 pockets throughout the jacket, armpit ventilation zippers with insect repellent mesh, reinforced elbows. adjustable cuffs and bottom hem. It's also made from water resistant material. You can read my full review here!






Viper Tactical came in hot this year with new kit that has been KILLING IT and their Gen 2 Elite Trousers are no different. They fit well, are comfortable even in uncomfortable positions thanks to the stretch fabric, have ample storage, made of good quality material and have that high-end look at a fraction of the cost - they’re definitely Femme Fatale Approved. Check out my full review here!



Xcortech AIRSOFT PISTOL TRACER UNIT - £61.20

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.



The WX Detection glasses are a great option for both airsofters and firearms enthusiasts. They come with a multitude of different lenses that are suitable for different environments such as tinted for bright sunshine and amber for low light. With an adjustable nose piece they are suitable for most faces.


This is one of the very first items I reviewed all the way back in March 2015 and it has been a staple in my kit ever since. You can read my full review here!



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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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