AEG | VFC AVALON SAMURAI EDGE!


Hey friends! 

Welcome back! Today I have another review, and in this one, we’ll be looking at the VFC Avalon Samurai EDGE CQB from Extreme Airsoft. The Avalon Samurai EDGE AEG from VegaForceCompany or VFC as they are also known is a premium carbine AEG within the Avalon range of airsoft guns.


It features a mostly metal construction (aluminium and zinc alloy) with a few steel elements that includes the flash hider, shell ejection window flap, and the forward assist. It also has a few polymer parts including the QRS pistol grip (that has anti-slip texture) and an adjustable, telescopic stock. The VFC Avalon Samurai EDGE has a Modular M-LOK CNC hand-guard that features a top 22 mm RIS rail (in sections meaning it doesn’t run the whole length of the hand-guard). The lower receiver has the Avalon Weapons Works markings giving the RIF a premium feel. The receiver also has the ambidextrous fire selector, mag release button, an operational bolt-catch, and an enlarged trigger guard for user comfort. For the stock, the VFC Avalon Samurai Edge has an adjustable VFC QRS (Quick Response System) stock which is where the battery is housed. It has a sling swivel, a short RIS 22 mm rail and it is padded for added comfort. 


Internally, the Samurai EDGE is impressive on paper right out of the box. It has the ECS Version 2.1 gearbox that includes an integrated Digital Firing Control System, reinforced piston, steel ball-bearing spring guide, Ultra High-Speed 8 mm ball-bearings, set of steel High-Speed gears, an aerodynamic CNC nozzle, av reinforced tappet plate, temperature-resistant contacts and a High Torque motor. This is joined by a Maple Leaf Competitive Grade Hop-Up bucking, a Maple Leaf Competitive Grade external barrel, a quick spring change system and a rotary style hop-up. 

One of the main talking points about the Samurai EDGE is the Digital Firing Control System. This offers the user fire-mode programming which gives you the option of 3-round burst, a piston reset function, automatic tension detection and an alarm that warns the user about battery discharge. Except for 3 round burst, these features help prolong the life of the weapon. 


On getting the VFC Avalon Samurai EDGE out of the box, it has a good weight to it thanks to the mostly metal construction and there’s no doubt that it is a good looking AEG. I like the look and functionality of the M-LOK handguard and the fact the RIS rail is in sections gives it a very unique look. M-LOK rail pieces are easy to add onto the hand-guard to expand its attachment capacity to include torches PEQ boxes etc. The red trigger is also a nice touch. 


The battery is easy to install via the removable back part of the stock and on 0.2g BBs, it chronos consistently at 323 FPS which is more than enough for any CQB site in the UK. It fires with no issues on both semi-auto and full-auto (and has a good rate of fire too). The 3 round burst is a great feature although I didn’t use that during a game as I was limited to semi only. 

Despite being a full-sized M4, it isn’t clunky or too long to use effectively in really tight, CQB and the butt pad makes it comfortable to shoulder. As it’s full metal, it is a bit weightier than other polymer M4s but it isn’t uncomfortable. I chose to run it with a sling just to prevent my arms from becoming tired after a full day of airsoft. I used the QRS magazines but it does have pretty good mag compatibility with G&G, PTS and also KWA mid-caps. 

In the box, you get the VFC Avalon Samurai EDGE AEG in black, a mid-cap QRS 120 round magazine, RIS rail for M-LOK, a set of KAC iron sights, a Mini-Tamiya to Deans connector and the all-important manual! 

It retails for £429.99 from Extreme Airsoft, which is more than your bog-standard AEG, but I think the quality of VFC’s builds warrant the price tag. Use code ‘femmefatale’ for 5% off your purchases. 

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GEAR | DEADLY CUSTOMS SHOOTER BELT!

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Welcome back to the blog! I’m back at it again with another review, and in this one, we’ll be looking at my new belt - the Shooter Belt from Deadly Customs Belt Builder service! You can check out my new set-up here


The Ranger Green Shooter Belt from the Deadly Customs Belt Builder is a 2 belt set-up, that features an outer belt that is made from 2″ doubled-up MilSpec webbing which is rated up to 5500lbs, and an inner belt with loop velcro which you feed through your trouser belt loops as you would any normal belt. It also features a genuine 50mm AustriaAlpin Cobra Buckle that is rated for 2000lbs! A cute little feature is that each belt has the DC skull logo on the buckle. 



The belt is 50mm/2" in width and has 16 columns of MOLLE (on a size small, there will be more MOLLE columns on bigger sizes). The MOLLE loops run along the top and bottom of the outer belt and they're compatible with any MOLLE or PALS attachable pouches and holsters. The outer belt has a dual-layer construction to give it rigidity and this makes it one of the strongest in the UK. Every belt is also handmade in the UK and there are no long wait times. 

The way the belt works is - you run the inner belt through your trouser belt loops then place your outer belt with all your pouches, holsters etc already attached over the inner belt and fasten it with the cobra buckle. I love this style of belt because it means you don’t need to take off pouches or holsters when the belt comes off meaning you can just set it up and grab it when you need it, which makes getting ready for airsoft much easier. 

The construction of the belt is sound - the webbing is MilSpec and the stitching is clean and neat. It is a lot more rigid than other Cobra Belts I have used in the past which means the belt doesn’t roll when taking mags/bangs out of pouches. Despite the rigidity, it is comfortable to wear. However due to the rigidity, I will say mid-ride and low-ride Safariland platforms can be a bit tricky to install, but with a bit of elbow grease it goes on. The Ranger Green colour is a great match for my other RG pieces as well. 



It is available in 7 different colours/camouflages including Ranger Green, Coyote Brown, MultiCam Black, MultiCam, Multicam Tropic, Black and Grey so there is a belt to suit pretty much any loadout you could imagine. It’s sized as follows: XSmall (26″–30″), Small (30″– 34″), Medium (34″–38″), Large (38″–42″), XLarge (42″ – 46″). I have a 29” waist and after trying the XS and S I opted for the small size so I had a little extra room in case of weight fluctuations (lockdown weight is REAL!). It is true to size. 

So what about the price? The Shooters Belt retails for £79.99 from DC which is affordable for a Shooters Belt. Overall, it's a lightweight, low profile, affordable option for airsofters. It is comfortable to wear, doesn't rub my hips and is endlessly customisable with pouches. 

Post sponsored by Deadly Customs

UNIFORM | PRIMAL COMBAT G4 UNIFORM SET!

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Welcome back to the blog and another review! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying out a new set of combat uniform from gunfire.com! At the Gunfire 2021 calendar shoot, I picked up a set of the Primal Gear G3s in MultiCam (you can check out my review of those here) and have been pretty impressed with them, so when I saw the Primal Gear G4 set in US Woodland on the website I had to try them! 


First, let’s chat about the top: the torso is made from a Polycotton material that is lightweight, quick-drying and soft to the touch and the arms are constructed from a Rip-Stop weave making it comfortable to wear, underneath a plate carrier and also durable. It has a Rip-Stop weave collar and a half zip. There are 2 pockets on the arms that close with a YKK zipper, on these pockets there are loop Velcro panels so players can adorn them with their favourite patches. At the cuff of the arms, there are Velcro tabs to adjust them. They do come with a set of elbow pads but, I like to wear my sleeves rolled up so I don’t use these or the adjustable cuffs. 



Next up, let’s chat about the features of the pants - they are made from the same Rip-Stop weave that the arms of the top are constructed from, have 13 pockets throughout the pants including the spacious side cargo pockets and a small pocket for a flashlight/knife with a clip. The waistline of the pants is trimmed on the inside with soft material which is comfortable against the skin and the waist is adjustable with Velcro tabs located at the back of the pants. There are other points of adjustment in the pants to give them a more fitted look - at the cuff of the leg and the back of the knees. As they are the G4 pants, they feature a new design of kneepad which has a honeycomb-esque pattern on them. 





What is the quality like? The set comes nicely presented in a fabric/plastic ziplock packet which is great to store the set in when it’s clean. The fabric on the torso of the shirt is soft and comfortable on the skin, it’s also pretty lightweight and quick-witting. The Rip-Stop fabric feels strong and durable and it is also comfortable on the skin, the seams within the shirt are noticeable when wearing but not uncomfortable. The kneepads included are made from a lightweight, smooth polymer and they’re backed with padded foam. The polymer part is quite stiff, but I think this may soften with use. 

The Primal Gear G4 Uniform set is sized in S, M, L and XL. In the G3 set, I opted for a size medium as they were a little snug around my waist/buttocks and did expect the G4 to fit similarly but with the G4 they are sized slightly differently so I went for the size small. The pants have room around the waist and buttocks so they’re comfortable to bend down in and move around in. Whilst they are roomy, they don’t look baggy because of the adjustability at the knees and cuffs. The shirt is a good fit around the shoulders/arms but like the G3 set it is quite long on the body - this isn’t a problem as I tuck my shirts into my trousers. There isn’t much stretch in the set overall but it is a comfortable, generous fit. 

They are available in other camouflage and colour-ways including wz.93 Polish Woodland, Grey, A-TACS, MultiCam, Olive and Black.

What is the price point? They were €105,32 but are currently on offer for €76,89 which at the current exchange rate is £67 (rounded up to the closest £). I think this is a affordable price point for a full uniform set. It is worth noting however that due to the changes incurred by Brexit, Gunfire can only ship orders over the value of £135 to the UK which isn’t ideal if you’re just in the market for a new uniform set but it can’t be helped. 

Review sponsored by Gunfire.com

SET-UP | UPDATED RANGER GREEN BELT SET-UP!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! A few months ago, I made some changes to my belt kit over the last lockdown in England ready for when we started playing again and after playing a fair few game days since we've been back I've made more adjustments including a new belt!

My new belt is a Ranger Green 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.  I'll be doing a full review on this soon!

As this is a CQB set-up I've kept it super slick and simple. To hold my sidearm, I have a Deadly Customs DC4 Kydex Holster. My DC4 from Deadly Customs is moulded around an Olight Valkyrie PL-2 torch which means most pistols can fit in the holster securely as long as they have a PL-2 torch attached to them. You can adjust the fit of the holster by adjusting the screws on the side of the holster. It's really useful to have when I want to swap out my sidearm for the day. To attach it to the belt I've mounted it on a Safariland QLS on a Low Rider with a thigh strap (you can check out my review of the DC4 here). I got my Safariland hardware from a company in the Netherlands called Kydex Holster NLD.


 Next up, I have 2 of the 40mm Grenade Holsters from Deadly Customs, in the 'Deadly Cus-Tom' print. The 40mm Grenade Holsters from DC are a super simple Kydex carrying system that has been designed specifically for airsoft impacts that is compatible with any MOLLE system. Although there’s really not a great deal to talk about in terms of features as they are a super simple bit of kit – just moulded thermoplastic with an attachment system, this simply means there’s less to go wrong. One of the main selling points of Kydex carriers is that they are really lightweight so are perfect for low drag loadouts. 

They can be attached to a plate carrier or belt with either a malice clip or combat loop (which are compatible with any MOLLE system) that you select at the point of ordering. For all of my 40mm grenade holsters from DC I have opted for the malice clip (out of habit mostly). I like the malice clips because they’re easy to attach/detach when needs be and they’re also secure. Although you can attach them to any MOLLE system, I prefer to have mine on my belt set-up. The holsters allow them to be within easy reach so the deployment of them is smooth when needs be. They’re also easy to reindex.
The 40mm grenade holster from Deadly Customs fits all of the following: all versions of the Tectonic Innovations Quake Grenades, the Tectonic Innovations Neutron, TRMR, Alphatec Grenades, Pulse Armament B1 Grenades, EG WP40 Smoke Grenades, TAG Rounds and the Oshiboom Grenades (however as the Oshibooms are a little smaller than the other 40mm grenades on this list Deadly Customs recommends a few wraps of tape around the grenade to make it fit more securely). Read my full review here.


Lastly, in the set-up, we have 2 Esstac KYWI 9mm pistol mag pouches in Ranger Green. These are simple mag pouches made from double layer 1000D Cordura that have a polymer insert that makes mags easy to pop in and out, and helps with retention. These are a new bit of kit for me ( purchased during our many national lockdowns) and I'm impressed with the quality! They attach using malice clips, which are included. I purchased mine from Tactical Kit, here.

SUPPORT WEAPONS | G&G CM16 LMG STEALTH!

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Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another review for you, and in this one, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the CM16 LMG Stealth by G&G Armament from Extreme Airsoft


The CM16 LMG Stealth from G&G Armament is an LMG based on their CM16 M4 - one of their most well-known rifles. The upper and lower receiver are both made from polymer with the addition of an ambidextrous alloy mag release and a folding charging handle. It has an alloy outer barrel and front sight post as well, making it a lightweight build overall. It features an M-LOK handguard which gives players two M-LOK slots on the side and two 20mm rails on the top and bottom. The upper receiver has an LMG-style hinged loading tray that opens up so you can install the dummy bullet belt which makes it look the part. The upper receiver also has a 20mm Picatinny rail for adding sights/scopes. At the front of the gun, at the barrel, we have a 14mm CCW thread for suppressors and tracer units. 




At the rear of the LMG, it has an alloy buffer tube with a six-point G&G Crane Stock which is adjustable to the user. As it’s rear-wired, the stock is where the batteries are housed and it's pretty roomy which is ideal for bigger capacity batteries such as the Titan Power range. The stock also houses the MOSFET and a small Tamiya connector. The stock features a flip-open storage compartment perfect for storing CR123s (or tactical snacks) and a rubberised butt pad, an alloy sling loop and QD sling sockets. 

The G&G CM16 LMG Stealth comes with an electric auto-winding 2,500 round box magazine that uses 2 x CR123A batteries (more about this later!) that has a MultiCam Black cover. As it has an M4 lower, you can also use standard M4 mags should your box mag run out which is a great feature. 

Internally, the CM16 LMG Stealth is a top-tech G&G gun. It has the version 2 gearbox, their signature MOSFET and Electronic Trigger Unit (ETU) which means it has a programmable trigger so it is capable of safe/semi/burst/full-auto firing modes. The MOSFET/ETU also has a low voltage detection function which prevents the replica from firing when the battery is too low. 

So it sounds like a solid weapon of choice, but how does it perform? The CM16 LMG Stealth passes chrono with a consistent FPS of 320 FPS on 0.2g BBs which means it’s UK site legal and can transition from outdoors support to indoor CQB work thanks to the semi-auto firing mode and its compact size (compact for an LMG). As for the rate of fire? This varies depending on whether you are using a 7.4v or 11.1v because it has the MOSFET it can comfortably run an 11.1v Lipo battery and this gives it a pretty impressive rate of fire. 

The box magazine is pretty easy to use, there is a velcro cover that conceals the battery door - simply remove this, open the battery door and you can install the CR123 batteries. To load the BBs, there is a loading window (where you install the dummy rounds) that opens so you can pour the BBs in. As it is auto-winding, when it is powered, has BBs and inserted it will begin to feed BBs automatically which is a great feature. 


In regards to the programmable trigger, I’ve not had a lot of experience with programmable triggers in the past (I’ve always thought they seemed too complicated) but G&G make it super easy to swap between burst and full auto - you simply hold the trigger down in semi for ten seconds and there you have it. 

So, how does it shoot? G&Gs top tier guns have always been great performers and the CM16 LMG Stealth is no different. It fires consistently on long bursts of fire with no jams or feeding issues - whilst I’ve always been pretty sceptical of auto-winding mags but it fed without any issues. The groupings on both full-auto and burst are pretty good and the accuracy on semi is great. 

Is there anything I don’t like about it? I don’t like how the bipod looks so I wouldn’t run that in a game and I also think the flash hider looks a little cheap so I would definitely swap that out but that’s about it. It does the job intended well so you can’t complain about it. 

In the box, you get the G&G Armament CM16 LMG Stealth with a 2500 round Box Magazine, dummy rounds and a bipod foregrip. It retails for £389.99 from Extreme Airsoft which is a great price point. I think this lightweight LMG is perfect for airsofters new to a support role, those with a smaller frame or those looking for a budget-friendly LMG. If you use my code ‘femmefatale’ at the check out you can get 5% off your purchase!

Post sponsored by Extreme Airsoft
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