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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