Hey friends!

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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Hi friends!

Welcome back to the blog! We're on a roll with posts this week, aren't we? In this post, I want to answer some of the questions I get asked regarding my belt set-ups from Deadly Customs - what my favourite products are and what I recommend. Let's get into it! Remember, you can also save 10% on your purchase at Deadly Customs using the code 'femmefatale' (this isn't an affiliate - just saving you that dollar dollar)

First up on my list of favourites is the Deadly Customs Glock Shooters Style Magazine Holsters!

The Glock shooters style mag holsters are constructed from genuine 2mm P1 Kydex and are a redesign of their larger big brother. They're shorter, lighter, and have more aggressive styling but still offer the same retention. They fit all Airsoft Glock 17, 18, 19, 22, and 34 magazines - I use mine for my Redwolf Airsoft X Agency Arms EXA. Each mag holster has 2 adjustable retention screws so you can adjust it to your play style and environment. They also have the ability to be canted forward or backward by 10 or 20° using the mounting holes.

I use these on my Ranger Green belt and M81 belt, so I opted for a green set and a black set but they are available in tan as well and cost £22.99 each.

The M4 shooter's style mag holsters are also made from genuine 2mm P1 Kydex and have aggressive Shooters styling. They are manufactured to fit all M4 mags. Like the Glock holster, each mag holster has 1 adjustable retention screw to customise it to the user. These have been designed so they can be stacked on top of each other and mounted either way to suit different players. They are also available in tan and black, and retail for £22.99.

When I'm not running a torch on my pistol, I love to use the signature Glock DC1! Like the other products, it is made from genuine 2mm P1 Kydex and is confirmed to fit all standard airsoft Glock 17, 18, 19, 22, and 34 on the market. In the photo, I am using my EXA! It is worth noting however that this is a right-hand-only holster.

It has 3 points of adjustment to enable you to set your draw. The Holster uses the trigger and lower frame for retention, this enables it to fit a variety of Glocks! This holster is available in different colours and starts at £39.99 and goes up to £80.96 (which is the variation I have).

When I want to run my Olight pistol torch, however, my go-to is the Deadly Customs DC4 Kydex Holster. My DC4 from Deadly Customs is molded 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).

Lastly on my list of faves is the Deadly Customs Shooters Style 40mm Grenade Holster which is a brand new product from Deadly!

This holster has been 2 years in the making with numerous versions using different manufacturing techniques. Also made from genuine 2mm Kydex this uniquely designed holster will accept lots of different 40mm devices.

The shooters' style features aggressive styling that serves two purposes: the cut-out design means you can re-index your grenades far easier and quicker. The cut-out design also means you can deploy your 40mm faster - winner winner, chicken dinner.


Hi all!

Well, now we've discussed what airsoft is, let's take a look at the different kinds of airsoft guns that are available. In this post, we'll look at 4 types of airsoft guns - spring-powered airsoft guns, automatic electric guns (or AEGs), electric blowback guns (or EBBs for short), and gas guns (GBBR). I'll be doing a separate post on HPA airsoft guns!

Each type of gun on this list has different mechanisms and characteristics. This makes some airsoft guns more suited to game modes and environments than others and it also affects the price. 

Spring Guns 

So, spring-powered airsoft guns are exactly what the label says! They are powered by a spring mechanism that needs to be pumped or cocked. They don’t use any source of external power such as gas or batteries. This means spring-powered weapons are cheaper to run overall as there are no running costs except for BBs.

As for weapon classes, there are spring-powered shotguns, snipers, pistols, and rifles. The pistols and rifles in this category are usually entry-level and made from low-quality materials and offer a low FPS (think the types of cheap BB guns you can get on Skeggy market haha). However, spring-powered shotguns and sniper rifles, offer a completely different experience for the user, and a hell of a lot more fun too! Sniper rifles are high-powered and have an FPS of up to 500 FPS. The reason they are allowed such a high FPS is that they only fire one BB at a time over a long distance and they need that power for the BB to travel that distance (they also have a minimum engagement distance or MED). Spring-powered shotguns are a little different - they typically fire 3 to 6 BBs per shot (which makes them an effective weapon for CQB) but you can get single shot shotguns - these usually have an adjustable hop-up. Although spring-powered airsoft guns have the lowest rate of fire, they’re incredibly simple and easy to handle, perfect for beginner airsoft players. 

Here are some examples of spring-powered rifles Extreme Airsoft has online: 

Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs) 

Next up on our list, are AEGs or Automatic Electric Guns. These are widely used throughout the community from beginners to seasoned players due to their ease and variety. 

As the name suggests Automatic Electric Guns are powered by batteries. These airsoft guns usually have an FPS from 290fps (looking at you Tokyo Marui) up to 350fps. These airsoft guns have gearboxes, pistons, and adjustable hop-up systems at their hearts, to make sure they are accurate and reliable over short to mid-range distances. They usually have both semi-automatic and automatic firing modes. 

Here are some of the AEGs I rate from Extreme Airsoft

Electric Blowback Guns (EBBs) 

Electric blowback guns are very similar to automatic electric guns (in the way that they both use batteries as their power source), but when firing they use a fake bolt that gives a little bit of recoil to make your experience more realistic. These are usually more expensive than a standard AEG but are great for a player looking for more realism. 

Examples of Electric Blowback Guns from Extreme:

Gas Guns 

Gas guns are generally powered by either: CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in the form of small silver canisters or Green gas which is a mix of propane and silicon that is held in a reservoir in the mags. 

Most airsoft pistols are powered by gas. Gas-powered airsoft guns sit in two distinct groups: blowback and non-blowback. Gas Blow Back (or GBB) guns give the user a realistic feel as it has more moving parts. The top slide or bolt carrier moves backward and forwards and loads a new round into the chamber with every squeeze of the trigger. Non-blowback guns don’t have the moving top slide/bolt carrier so do not give that realism. 

Generally, gas guns have a lower magazine capacity than say an AEG, and this is because the gas is usually stored inside of the magazine in a reservoir. 

Some gas blowback replicas from Extreme Airsoft I like:

CO2 airsoft guns work in the same way as green gas airsoft guns, but rather than having gas in a reservoir, they have a bulb of C02 to be inserted. CO2 is a higher pressure than green gas, so some C02 pistols have a higher FPS and need to be downgraded. 

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