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. 

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

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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.

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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!

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SUPPORT WEAPONS | KRYTAC TRIDENT LMG ENHANCED!

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Welcome back to the blog! You may have seen from my Instagram recently that I’ve been trying out a new class of weapon, support guns. So in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be trying out a range of LMGs in partnership with Extreme Airsoft and first on the list is the Krytac Trident LMG Enhanced. Is it a legit support gun? Or just an M4 with a box mag? 


The KRYTAC Trident LMG Enhanced is KRYTAC’s take on the classic support gun platform, although it’s not new to the airsoft industry, it is new to me so I thought I’d give it a go. It has the stylings that we have come to recognise from the brand but in a beefed-up form. It has a full aluminium alloy receiver and the Milspec KRYTAC KeyMod handguard System - the handguard has space for KeyMod accessory rails to be installed on the sides so you can attach PEQ boxes/lasers/torches and the receiver has a short 20mm RIS / RAS rail for sights/scopes. The upper receiver is styled like a traditional LMG but the lower receiver is that of a KRYTAC M4. On the receiver, we also see the ambidextrous fire selector. As with the rest of the gun, it features the DEFIANCE pistol grip, an ambidextrous sling plate and the KRYTAC six-point adjustable polymer stock which features a large battery space, a small Picatinny rail as well as a QD sling mount point. 




Internally, the Trident LMG Enhanced has the KRYTAC Mechbox Gearbox with 8mm Ball Bearing Bushings, an Easy Change Spring System for quick on-the-field spring swap outs, an adjustable rotary style hop-up and an internal MOSFET unit. It is rear-wired to mini-Tamiya. It also features a semi-automatic firing mode, making it different to other LMGs on the market. 

It comes with a massive 5000-round box magazine that uses a 9v battery. What’s special about the KRYTAC box mag is that it uses a more heavy-duty motor than standard LMG box magazines. Thanks to the M4 lower receiver, Trident LMG can use standard AEG Magazines as well so, if your box mag runs out, you have the option to use an M4 mag. It has a little red button on the underside of the mag that winds it, which is really convenient. There is a little hatch on the top of the mag similar to that of a high cap and this is how the mag is loaded, but I’ve noticed that it doesn’t load completely unless you open the tab on the mags body and pour the BBs/shake the mag at the same time. This seems to be the only way to ensure the top portion of the mag fills and this echos what other reviewers have said. 


In terms of size, the Trident LMG Enhanced is a lot more compact than other more traditional LMGs. The compact size and semi-auto firing mode combined means that this LMG is super versatile on the field - from offering support and suppressive fire to switching to precise shots in a CQB environment. Being so compact, it’s also pretty lightweight (compared to other alloy LMGs). In regards to looks, I think it’s an aesthetically pleasing weapon - the handguard is beefy and makes it look mean which is exactly what you want in a support weapon. The birdcage style flash hider that we see on other KRYTAC models is also on this, and it’s a pretty nice accessory. It has the same finish as the other KRYTAC models too. 

Out of the box, its performance is impressive - it has great range and the groupings achieved on single-shot are tight. On full auto, it absolutely rips. The stream of BBs is consistent and there were no issues with jamming or misfeeds. It chrono’s at a respectable 310 FPS on 0.2g BBs with a ROF of 24 RPS. 

One cool little fact about this AEG is that it was featured in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands video game, despite it having no real steel counterpart. 

What don’t I like about it? Or think could be improved? It has quite a long trigger pull. It has been out for a few years now, so the KeyMod rail is a little outdated, I would love to see a MKII MLOK version - this would take it up a notch in terms of aesthetics and usability (for me at least, as all of my rail pieces, are MLOK after making the switch a few years ago) and opening the second tab to fully load the box mag is also a little annoying. 


Overall, I think KRYTAC has done a stellar job with this LMG - it’s compact, lightweight and offers players versatility and great performance on the field (straight out of the box) whilst still being a great looking weapon. It does have a few things that could be improved on, but nothing is perfect. From Extreme Airsoft, the KRYTAC Trident LMG Enhanced is £549.99 which is a pretty hefty investment but I think it would be hard to be disappointed by this. Use code ‘femmefatale’ for 5% off your purchase! 

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PISTOLS | ELITE FORCE H8R!

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Welcome to another review! In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Elite Force (Umarex) H8R ‘Super Magnum’ from Extreme Airsoft

When I first started the blog in 2014 and I was designing my logo, I thought revolvers looked the absolute tits so 2 revolvers it was but, weirdly enough I’ve never actually used an airsoft revolver. Buying a Dan Wesson revolver that I would then need to buy downgrade shells for seemed a bit pointless so I put a revolver purchase on the back burner, then I came across the Elite Force H8R on a trip to the states - they weren’t available in the UK at that time but sure enough, I’ve finally got my hands on one! 


The Elite Force H8R ‘Super Magnum’ is described as an ‘aggressive-looking revolver’ that has been constructed from a high-quality polymer. It features a 20mm rail on the top and underside to enable it to take a variety of attachments such as red dot sights and torches. Unlike other revolvers, the chamber doesn’t flip out, but instead, it has daisywheels of rounds with a 10 round capacity. The Gen 2 H8R also features fibre front and rear sights and an adjustable hop for accuracy. It is also powered by CO2 powered for reliability. In the box, there are three 10-round magazines and an Allen key! All you need to add are BBs and a 12g CO2 bulb. 


The H8R does for the most part look like a normal revolver in the respect of it looks like it has a revolving chamber but it is a lot chunkier than others. Despite its oversized design, it is lightweight and fits nicely in the hand. The serrations, fibre front/back sight and the top/underside rails make it look mean and the bullet mouldings in the daisywheel are a nice aesthetic touch. 

In terms of usability, It is really simple to use - the CO2 bulb goes in the grip and there is a little slide button that releases/secures the daisywheel, once these are both in the safety by the hammer can be disengaged and you can start shooting. As it’s CO2 it has a nice kick to it and it shoots consistently. Unlike other airsoft Revolvers, it chrono’s in at just over 300FPS meaning it is site legal and being CO2 powered rather than gas-powered makes it reliable in all conditions. The daisywheels are pretty easy to reload but can be a bit fiddly if you aren’t used to them. 


Are there any downsides? I do question how skirmish-able this is, purely for the fact it has 10 round daisywheels (due to capacity), however, I do believe it is more skirmish-able than other airsoft revolvers due to the higher capacity mags and not needing to load shells individually. I think this is a great gun for plinking and target practice and would look sick for modern cowboy loadout. 

In terms of cost, this retails for just £74.99 from Extreme Airsoft which I think is great value and the reason I got it. Most airsoft secondaries range in the price of £100-£300 so if you’re looking for a unique, affordable secondary this is definitely something to consider. 

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SITE | FIRST & ONLY THE BASE CQC!

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Welcome back to the blog! On the bank holiday weekend, I travelled down to Yatesbury to play an airsoft site that I’ve played in the past but didn’t review at the time. It’s changed a little in the time since I last played and I felt like it deserved a review.

The Base CQC or ‘RAF Yatesbury’ was once an RAF airfield and training facility during the First and Second World Wars and up until its closure in 1965. In the time since its closure, this facility has degraded and become overgrown making it the perfect backdrop for urban warfare. The Base CQC is located near the village of Yatesbury in Wiltshire and is a 2 and a half-hour drive from my home in the midlands - most of this spent on the M42 and M5. The drive is relatively easy - featuring mostly motorways and then some winding country lanes. Like the other F&O sites I’ve visited, it is signposted on the road so is easy to find. From the country lane, there is a dirt track that has quite a few potholes so it is a bit of a bumpy ride. 


On arrival, we were greeted by a friendly marshal at the gate to the site, temperature checked and after being checked off the booking list we were directed where to park. The parking is quite tight at The Base so try to car share where possible. The safe zone is the car park and you set up at your car (my fave!). It’s worth noting due to COVID restrictions you have to wear your mask in the safe zone if you’re near anyone not in your bubble. The safe zone has a unisex portaloo and a small onsite shop for consumables such as gas and BBs. There aren’t many seats so it’s advisable to bring a camp chair and food isn’t included so don’t forget lunch!

The site consists of a small road system with a lot of buildings surrounded by dense bracken woodland. The buildings range from small open-air structures such as the old toilet block that still has the frames of its wooden windows intact, a large building with immense halls and bay windows called the Officers mess and my personal favourite the kill-house: a long building missing its roof and floor taking it back to barebones where you can fight room to room or range down the long corridor.




The briefing is around 9 am and Selfie gave a comprehensive safety brief - explaining the dos and don’ts of the site, what smoke and bangs are allowed on site and what to do if an emergency should arise. F&O The Base is a single and full-auto site (full-auto can only be used outside the buildings)). The site limits are as follows: AEG 350 FPS, DMRs must be locked to semi 425 FPS and bolt action Sniper rifles 500 FPS. The site rules are in line with most other sites. The safety brief is delivered well and with confidence. The staff at The Base CQC were really friendly and helpful on the day.

The games at the Base CQC are pretty varied and included both team deathmatches and objective-based games. The first game of the day was a TDM to make sure the teams were balanced. One particular highlight was an objective-based game where we had to attack objectives that were scattered around the site - missile tubes with red and blue tape on them which we had to turn to our team colour. There were some intense battles over the objectives during this game so it was easy to find some action and get stuck in.


My favourite game that we played throughout the day was the attack and defend that utilises the whole site. We were the defending team after lunch and I started at the small camo net fort structure near the road which saw a lot of action - it provided great cover from the attackers and after they successfully drove us out we went to the next area of play which was the officer's mess, this building is always fun to fight through because of the variations in light and the number of ways the attackers can get into the building. Lastly, we defended the hill at the very back of the site which is a hard slog to attack because the defenders have the height advantage and the advantage of the shrubbery. We swapped this game around so we were the attacking team and had some great gameplay.

Is there anything that I think can be improved? I’d like to see another portaloo, not specifically female only but just another to lighten the load - we all know how portaloos smell when they’re full, on a hot day.

The price of the day is £30 for none-members (Silver and Gold members get discounts of £5 and £10 respectively) which is paid in advance on the website. A rental package is £15 and includes an AEG, a magazine of BBs and protective clothing, due to COVID they aren’t hiring out eye pro and facemasks so you will be required to purchase them on the day if you don’t already have one.



Overall, I had a great day at The Base CQC - the staff are friendly and helpful, the site itself has varied gameplay and a bunch of cool features, the only thing I struggled with on the day is the height of the windows - climbing into them when you’re 5”3 is a bit of a task but apart from that, it was a really pleasant gameday in a cool location.

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GEAR | DEADLY CUSTOMS DC4 KYDEX HOLSTER!

Hey everyone! 

Welcome back to the blog! Today I’m back with another review, and in this one, we’ll be looking at the DC-4 Series Holster from Deadly Customs

First, let’s chat about what Kydex actually is! Kydex is a line of thermoplastic material manufactured by a company called Kydex LLC in Pennsylvania, U.S. The Kydex sheet was originally produced in 1965 by Rohm and Haas, to be used on the interiors of planes but the line was purchased in 1987 by Kydex and the rest is history! Over the last few years, the popularity of Kydex holsters in airsoft has sky-rocketed, with their main attraction being that they are virtually maintenance-free unlike a lot of the traditional fabric and leather holsters. Due to the nature of the material, any dirt or dust can be wiped off and they retain their shape throughout their lifetime. Kydex holsters are ready to use straight out of the box and they don't need to be broken in as some holsters finished in leather and such. Some of the advantages of Kydex holsters are as follows: they are waterproof, scratch-resistant, holds shape and the friction between the firearm and the holster is low. 


The DC-4 Series Olight Holster is made from genuine 2mm thick Kydex and works with both Olight torches and Olight clones and has 3 adjustable retention points to tailor the fit to your liking. It is RMR cut, meaning you can run an RMR sight on the holstered pistol and it also accepts suppressor height sights and threaded barrels. The DC-4 uses your attached torch for retention so if you run the same torch on different pistols as I do, this holster is something to bear in mind. The staff at DC have tested the DC-4 with over 150 different pistols and to date only 3 do not fit - the full-sized Desert Eagle, the ASG USW and the Hudson. It will fit the bigger frame handguns such as the FNX pistols and weapons with wide trigger guards, like the AAP and pistols with taller slides like the 1911. The DC-4 does come in other torch variants if you don’t have an Olight such as Surefire X300 (and its clones) and the TLR (and its clones), as I have the Olight Valkyrie PL-2 I opted for the Olight version in grey because that’s my jam. 

I have mine mounted on a Safariland QLS (Quick Locking System) on a low rider so it’s lower down on my hip, I also have a leg strap so it doesn’t go flapping about. DC do other options such as malice clips and combat loops but I think the QLS system works best for me, personally. 


The construction of the holster is sound and the finish on all the edges is smooth. It is easily adjustable thanks to the 3 adjustable retention points - I just inserted my pistol then adjusted the screws with a screwdriver. On inserting the pistol there is a really positive ‘click’ which is what I look for in a good Kydex holster. It has so far been through 6 months worth of training and skirmishes (now we can play again!) and it’s held up really well - there are a few surface scratches but that’s from me being clumsy and knocking it against walls whilst playing CQB *facepalm* but this doesn’t affect the use of the holster. It hasn’t scratched my pistols when removing and reholstering. 

Although there’s not THAT much to say about Kydex holsters, the main selling point of the DC-4 is its versatility. Buying a bunch of holsters for all your different pistols gets expensive, I like that I can just swap my Olight to a different pistol and just use it straight away. I’ve used this holster with my TM HK45, the RWA X Agency Arms EXA, TM G17 with an aftermarket Agency Arms slide, my custom Nighthawk 1911 and also my M&P Shield. Having just one holster means my kit is also more streamlined. 


The holsters start at £49.99 for the DC-4 for just the holster but for the full package like my set-up, it would set you back £90.96 (there is free shipping over £50 and you get a free patch and sticker). You can use my code ‘femmefatale’ for 10% off your entire order. Whilst the full package is an investment, it can be used for loads of different pistols so you won’t have to replace it when you get a new sidearm. 


It is worth noting that because of how a light-bearing holster works, you can’t use the holster without the torch as it won’t retain. Deadly Customs makes other holsters for this option, such as the DC-1, DC-2 and the DC-3. The DC-4 Series holsters are all able to attach onto mounting platforms that use a 3-screw system including Safariland (which is what I am using), Blackhawk, FMA, G-Code and G-Code RTI and Blade-Tech.

Post sponsored by Deadly Customs.
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SITE | THE DEPARTMENT CQB: UPDATED!

Hey friends! 

Welcome back to the blog! As the next set of lockdown restrictions have been lifted we’re finally able to play CQB again and it's great to be back! My local CQB site is The Department CQB in Leicester (you can check out the full review here) and it's undergone a revamp during the last lockdown.

As part of the revamp, the safe zone has been extended to include a players lounge that is equipped with a vending machine and arcade machines including a punchbag machine, Time Crisis II, The House of the Dead and air hockey!



For those who don't fancy playing the arcade games, there are sofas to chill on and a flat screen TV with Netflix!


The game zone has also been completely overhauled during the last lockdown. For those of us that have played the Department before will remember the chipboard and plywood structures in their usual colour - the site has now been painted grey and had new structures/props installed to fight around.






Game times are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6pm – 9pm. 
The site is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. There are 2 sessions on a Saturday: 10am – 1pm (arrival at 9.30) and 2pm – 5pm (arrival not before 1.30pm) and the Sunday session is 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Game prices are £20 (members pay £18 a game) The memberships are £50 per year and they give players two free games per year and it gives you 10% off every game after that (making them £18 down from £20). It also gives you 10% off gas and BBs in the store!

Post sponsored by The Department CQB.
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SITE | DIRTY DOG AIRSOFT!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Since the lockdown restrictions in England have been easing, I’ve been getting my airsoft fix and trying new sites. On the 25th of April, I made the journey to Dirty Dog Airsoft and here’s what I thought:


Dirty Dog Airsoft is a 25-acre woodland airsoft site that has a 2 storey container CQB village located in Shildon, in County Durham. From my home in Derbyshire, it took around 2.5 hours to get to the site. Most of that time was spent on the M1 northbound so it is a relatively unremarkable but easy drive. The postcode on the website took me to a residential street however if you follow the additional information on the ‘Find Us’ page on the website you will arrive at a dirt track with a Dirty Dog sign - the site is just a short drive up the track.

On arrival, players are met by a Marshall and temperature tested in their cars. Once you pass the temperature check, you will be pointed in the direction of a parking space which is where you will set up for the day. It might be an unpopular opinion, but I like to set up out of my car boot because then all my airsoft kit is in one place and it’s lockable. It’s worth noting due to COVID restrictions you have to wear your mask in the safe zone if you’re near anyone not in your bubble. The car park is spacious and has all the site amenities located within its boundary including the sign-in desk which has a small onsite shop where you can buy consumables, a seating area (which has a small portacabin next to it, but I’m unsure on what this is for) and of course the toilets. Whilst there are some chairs in the safe zone, it’s advisable to bring your own camping chair. I was really impressed with the toilets at Dirty Dog, they have a new male and a new female toilet (that aren’t just portaloos) that are very clearly looked after which is a nice touch. They even had some great smelling soap. Food isn’t served onsite at the moment so be sure to bring food for the day.

The site consists of a pretty open area of woodland that has various barricades, trenches and bases, at the very back of the site there is a snatch Land Rover which serves as a respawn. The CQB village, however, is really what won me over at DD - it is made entirely from shipping containers which means the BBs bounce in all directions! The village houses 2 double story sniper towers, 20 and 40 ft steel containers as well as numerous 32 ft portacabins that players can fight around and through. There is also a fort, various cars and caravans that are dotted around the game zone to provide additional cover.



Briefing is around 9.45 am and site staff member Ritchie gave a very comprehensive safety brief - explaining the dos and don’ts of the site, what smoke and bangs are allowed onsite what to do in an emergency etc. DD is a single and full-auto site (full-auto can only be used outside the village unless it is otherwise specified in the game brief). The site limits are as follows: AEG 350 FPS, DMRs must be locked to semi 425 FPS and bolt action Sniper rifles 500 FPS. The site rules are in line with most other sites. The safety brief is delivered well, with confidence and humour which puts you at ease.

For the first game, we played an attack and defend game with us, the attackers, starting at the village and taking on the defenders in the woodland. The woodland on-site is varied - from trees to small bushes, to brambles spread over hilly paths which make it an interesting terrain to fight through. On the day I visited it was quite dry so the terrain was easy to move through, and the defenders put up a great fight but we moved quickly as a force and reached our destination which was the stretcher with the mannequin. Attack/defend games are a great way to get a feel for the layout of the site!

The second game was my favourite of the day which was an attack/defend game in the village, the attackers' mission was to infiltrate the village by taking out the defenders and pressing a button in one of the first floor containers in the middle of the village that releases a smoke grenade, attackers then need to fight their way to the second button that detonates a BB moscart mounted to one of the containers. The village is well constructed and feels sturdy. The one thing I will say is that the BBs were bouncing off every single wall in the container and the sound is savage. The ricochets also come sharp! The village is a large area of the site and is different at every turn which varies gameplay, the windows and bridges also give some great vantage points.


There was a short game in the village before lunch, then the games were reversed in the afternoon. The last game of the day was a full-auto game in the village which I respectfully sat out (haha). The staff onsite are knowledgeable, friendly and they were attentive during games.

I thought the walk-on price for the day was excellent - just £20 for none members (£10 for members which is fantastic) and they do offer rental packages for those without their own gear at an additional cost. It is also worth noting that they only accept cash on site.

Overall, I think Dirty Dog run a great day of airsoft and utilise their site well - the village is a really cool space to fight through and was definitely my favourite area of the site. Walk on fees are super affordable and a lot lower than other sites which is a huge selling point. It was thoroughly worth the drive! I’m looking forward to visiting DD again in the future!
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