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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

PWETTY PIC!




image courtesy of Soldier systems, BCM and Haley strategics

LIVE FIRE - Desert Eagle Slow Mo



This is all about muzzle brakes and how it helps with recoil... but that is not why I posted this up. I posted this up cause I couldn't stop myself from watching this over and over again with my my mouth wide open and a little drool dripping out of the left corner.

Friday, 24 February 2012

AIRSOFT - General Knowledge about HI CAPA pistols

Tokyo Marui Hi capa 5.1

Hi Capa Pistol. A very popular model of airsoft pistol with skirmishers and target shooters alike. Unfortuntely most UK airsofters do not know much about the pistol except for ...'OOO PWETTTYYY!'
You'll also hear things like ' thats a nice gun, so which army uses them...' or 'thats a nice 1911!' and once in a while you find the occasional geardo, airsoft re-enactor in a full SAS load out, accurate to the teeth but spotting a hi capa in the holster.

Well lets start off with.... the airsoft Hi-capa was 1st made by the infamous Tokyo Marui company and now copied and cloned by countless other companies.

STI 2011 Eagle


There is no such thing as a REAL Hi-capa. This 'Hi Capa' term was coined by Tokyo Marui which means Hi Capacity (hi capa) as it is doubled stacked and can take over 30 bbs. It is however BASED on a real pistol which is the 2011 range of STI firearms pistols... and yes it is not a 1911, it is in fact a 2011. STI firearms noted that the 1911 platform although popular had its limitations and flaws and thus created the 2011 which kept the best of the 1911 but improved a few other things and most importantly improved magazine capacity from the standard 1911 7+1 magazine to a double stacked 26+1 magazine.



There are no known police forces or military units currently issued with the STI 2011 pistols so for geardos and airsoft re-enactors, this is a big no no in terms of gear accuracy unless your load out is that of a competitive shooter. The 2011 range of pistols are predominantly 'race pistols' which are extremely popular within the competitive shooting community because of its modular design and 'straight from Factory' high quality.

So where does this leave us shooters and weekend warriors in the UK?
Well... if you are considering buying an airsoft Hi capa.. then.. YES buy one. But for goodness sake buy a Tokyo Marui version as it is the best one in my opinion or at least a KJ works CO2 one. The plastic slide of the TM version adds to the cycle speed making it a speed demon and the Tokyo Marui high quality internals mean you don't really have to upgrade anything as like the REAL 2011 it is fantastic straight out of the box. The KJW versions are CO2 powered and are a real hoot to shoot as its blowback or recoil force is second to none and really will test your grip and fundamentals. EX Real steel shooters will like the CO2 KJW pistols. For Both brands the magazine and gas capacity is fantastic, the ergonomics is based on the tried, tested and loved real steel 2011 so you can't go wrong and it is simply quite PWETTY. For some customised beauties, do check out the brands Airsoft Surgeon and SAPH. For variants do check out Tokyo Marui or KJ Works.
Airsoft Surgeon Pistols. Picture courtesy of Redwolf Airsoft.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

EQUIPMENT - Kyle Defoor says no to SERPA holsters!


'Kyle Defoor is one of the world's most committed and passionate shooting instructors. Literally growing up with a gun in hand he took his talents into the military where he was combat decorated as a Navy SEAL and sniper. Kyle helped to create and define modern training while along the way personally teaching thousands of military personal and civilians from around the globe. His shooting prowess led to appearances on multiple TV shows including Shooting Gallery, Tactical Arms, and Tactical Impact. Kyle's outdoor athletic lifestyle includes shooting, ultra running, stand-up paddle surfing and climbing. He now serves as the brand ambassador for Mission Ready Equipment and runs his own company which offers tactical training, wilderness navigation, TV and film consulting, and motivational speaking.'
Taken from http://www.kyledefoor.com


Kyle Defoor has voiced his disapproval of the Black Hawk Serpa Holsters.

'Whoever chose this piece of shit to be issued to anyone- you're an inexperienced pistol shooter who has no common sense. Hope you got a decent kickback from Blackhawk.'

Full comment see http://www.kyledefoor.com/2012/02/no-more-serpa-holsters-in-my-classes.html

Very interesting and valid view on SERPA holsters. I do own a few Serpas but hardly use them because of not being able to get along with the trigger push button.. will do the mod on them as he has suggested and maybe I will get along better with them being a simple retention holster.. no point them sitting on my shelve collecting dust!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

AIRSOFT - Pistol Practice sessions from The Range


On the 27th and the 29th Feb 2012, we will be running a shoot session called ‘ Intro to Tactical Target’.

27th Feb 2012 at 7pm (Monday)
29th Feb 2012 at 3pm (Wednesday)

This 1 and half hour session will comprise of an introduction to a discipline of airsoft shooting called ‘Tactical Target’ where participants shoot a series of targets in various situations against the clock. For the intro session 1 to 2 stages will be set with each participant running each stage about 3-4 times. ‘Tactical Target’ is a fun and challenging shooting discipline on its own but is also great as a training tool for airsoft skirmishing.
The Intro Session will be held in our London Showroom Shooting Range and will cost only £10 per head.
Only 4 spaces per session.
You will need:
1 x airsoft pistol
2 x spare magazine
Belt, holster and magazine pouches (can be bought on site)
BBs and gas (can be bought on site)
Safety glasses
A rental pistol can be arranged for an extra charge of £10

Booking only.Space is limited to only 4 spaces so hurry and book now by calling 0207 724 6781 or emailing us at range@airsoftrange.co.uk with your name and contact details.
Males and Females ages 12 upwards allowed. 12 – 17 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian.


On the 20th and 22nd Feb 2012, we will be hosting a ‘Basic Pistol Practice session’.
20th Feb 2012 at 3pm (Monday)
22nd Feb 2012 at 7pm (Wednesday)

In this 1 and half hour session we will be practicing:
1) Quick target aquisition
2) Firing from Draw
3) Draw, Load & Fire
4) Firing from Kneeling and prone
5) Reload and fire from Kneeling and Prone

The Basic Pistol Session will be held in our London Showroom Shooting Range and will cost only £10 per head.

Only 2 spaces per session.
You will need:
1 x airsoft pistol
2 x spare magazine
Belt, holster and magazine pouches (can be bought on site)
BBs and gas (can be bought on site)
Safety glasses
A rental pistol can be arranged for an extra charge of £10

Booking only. Space is limited to only 2 spaces per session so hurry and book now by calling 0207 724 6781 or emailing us at range@airsoftrange.co.uk with your name and contact details.
Males and Females ages 12 upwards allowed. 12 – 17 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian.

Training - RELOADS!

LIVE FIRE - Australian Army Steyr Upgrade



The Australian Army will be upgrading their current F88 Australian Steyr to the EF88.
It will have the following improvements.

-Longer top rail, side and bottom rails for attachment of weapon ancillaries.

-Designed for optimal performance with new interoperable F1A1 5.56mm ammunition.

-Length of Pull has been shortened by 15mm – improves the ability of the operator to handle the weapon while wearing body armor.

-Modular Lower Fore End – enables operator to change ancillaries and roles in the field.

-Floating Barrel – removal of attachment point from barrel increases the accuracy and reliability of the weapon.

-Fluted Barrel – reduction in barrel weight and increase in performance.

-Folding Cocking Handle – improvement in ergonomics and correction of vulnerability in current design.

-Improved Butt design – increased strength to improve safety, ejection port cover recessed to improved operator interface and reliability.

-Provision for Electronic Architecture – to allow centralized control and power management of ancillary devices.

-Bolt-together Butt – to allow access to fit, maintain and repair the Electronic Architecture components.

-Improved Butt Plate – Improves operator interface and correction of vulnerability in current design.

-Improved Grenade Launcher Mount – improves the balance of the weapon, reducing operator fatigue and increasing accuracy.

-Side-opening Grenade Launcher – can fire all currently available 40mm low velocity grenades (current M203 Launcher is limited).

-Improved Grenade Launcher safety – reduces possibility of unauthorized discharge and danger to operator in the event of misfire.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

AIRSOFT - Super Rare Inokatsu Colt 1911 LUX Edition at Airsoft buddy



The first 2012 collectable item has just arrived at Airsoft Buddy. It is the Inokatsu Colt 1911 LUX Edition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the original Colt 1911 .45 cal semi-automatic handgun.
Inokatsu is working on two special models: One standard gas blowback handgun and a LUX edition - limited to only a 100 units.

Airsoft Buddy is lucky enough to have one LUX edition for sale.

Specification:
- Best Surface Treatment (QPQ)
- Wood Box with Real Weapon Cleaning Oil
- Hand Tuning by Domanic
- Best Surface QC
- 2012 New Luxury Limit Item
- Steel Slide / Steel Frame with Colt M1911 Logo
- Series Number with M1911A1 US ARMY Version
- Steel Parts with Realgun Grip Manufacture
- Safety (Tokyo Marui System)
- Comes with 1 x Gas Magazine and 1 x CO2 Magazine

Anyone who have any interest to purchase this limited and rare pistol, please
feel free to email us for the price.

http://www.airsoftbuddy.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1187

Thanks

Airsoft Buddy

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Friday, 3 February 2012

AIRSOFT NEWS - Replacement for 134A gas!


Abbey Supply has released news of their NEW Abbey Predator Gun Gas 144a.

It is a medium power gas for use in lighter, mostly plastic, guns. It has the same superb UPL as the more powerful Ultra Gas, ensuring trouble free operation at all times.
It can be used for indoor skirmishes where lower velocities are normally required. It should be used in hotter climates where risk of damage may occur if the more powerful gases are used.
This replaces Abbey Gun Gas 134a which was banned for airsoft under the Tokyo Protocol. It contains no CFC's or HFC's and is environmentally safe.

Will be available mid Feb 2012 in all good airsoft shops near you.

AIRSOFT - XDM 40

Tokyo Marui ( only like the most prominent and highest quality airsoft brand there is) has just released the Airsoft version of the Smith & Wesson XDM 40. It looks fantastic, typical of Tokyo Marui and I wouldn't expect anything else. I bet performance will be the same level of fantastic as all other Tokyo Marui pistols. Can't wait to get my hands on one to shoot it.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

LIVE FIRE - CARACAL 9mm



I have always loved pistols with a very low bore Axis eg .. Glock, M&P, etc...
'The important differences are in its ergonomics and trigger, as the bore axis is the lowest I’ve ever seen on a locked breech pistol...' as reported by Iain Harrison from Shot Show 2012.


The innovative Caracal produces the pistol in many variants. There is the Caracal F (full size), Caracal C (compact) which has the ingenious Caracal Quick Acquisition Sight Systemand the the Caracal SC (sub compact).


The Caracal F is a modern semi-automatic pistol in 9mmx19. It supports an 18 round magazine and boast unique features such as a short ~8mm trigger pull, extremely low profile slide and bore axis, the combined effect of which is greatly reduced "felt" recoil'.

The Caracal C is the compact version of the full size Caracal F. It supports a 15 round magazine within its compact dimensions as well as a tactical rail. It inherits the same low-impulse characteristics of the Caracal F.


The Caracal SC is the 9mm Sub-Compact model of the pistol family aimed at users who require very concealed carry or high capacity back-up.

It retains all the 21st Century technical specifications of the Compact and Full Size models but in an ultra compact, 13 round, package.




images and info courtesy of CARACAL