If you are trying a new inner barrel don’t forget to give it a clean first. It’s much easier off the gun but also very necessary. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s clean!

Shiny new barrel. Still needs a clean though….

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…when you find a new Airsoft store. This one happens to be on my doorstep too. Oops.


Was in the process of helping out a Raptor wannabe with a part he was buying, and trying to save him some postage. Turned up to pick his purchase up expecting a small a ratty unit just doing mail order stuff but no!


I found a very neat, well presented store with a wide variety of gear and more importantly parts (lots of retailers nowadays have racks of viper fluff but no shiny CNC parts, springs, magic foofoo parts that you can’t find etc)

Upstairs was even better. An Aladdin’s cave full to the brim with rifles, pistols and aeg’s, barrels and an MMA style cage containing the shops two native techies.


Busy away on someone’s aeg they were only too happy to help out when I asked about obscure ASG Scorpion parts (shiny new stock adaptor to open up the M4 Soomod range of stocks to my Scorpion & the new high cap)ASPUK cover a lot fonts ASG range including the new scorpion.

As well as Derkas bit of kit, I’m after upgrade parts for my new VSR CO2 WellMB 10 Stocked sniper rifle bastardisation. Knowledgable support….I gave them the usual grilling, prices, alternatives, modding etc. All came up trumps and even learnt a new trick that I’d never thought of for modding barrels. So not just a mail order outfit but an informed operation.

So thanks to Richard, Paul and Matthew. I’ll be back soon for the second hand hop unit and a brew! Holding you to the price.


Almost forgot. They also have their own site. BlackDagger Airsoft out of Dronfield running on Saturdays. No website just an invite only Faceache page. So if you aren’t a twat I’m sure they’ll let you in.

Swampy.

Oh and they all have beards. Got to be legit then.

 

+++UPDATE+++

Because Swampy is crap at links…. here’s their FB page …Spider

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Well it seems this last year has seen the Raptors once again go all vain and interesting. Not content with Flecktarn pattern as the BDU of choice, I finally decided to get some ATACS FG kit now that it’s available over here and not silly money. I like MTP, Multicam types but never enough to buy it. That and most airsofters  use it nowadays so the raptors obviously avoid it like the fashion faux pas that it is.
Looking at images of FG on the net it looks deceptively woolly and vague which I really like. So the plunge was plunged. New BDUs and a rig with, for once matching pouches, bladder carrier and holster. Oooooh go on sir. Suits you.


What’s it like in the field? Well I bought Propper BDUs as I’ve always liked them. Spider bought cheaper stuff, went all stunt man and ripped the arse out of his. Not a bad repair to do but still having the two sets up close I’m glad I splashed out a bit as I don’t imagine we’ll be changing pattern for a bit so it needs to last.

In terms of colour fastness if you know the raptors you’ll know the BDUs never get washed. [yeah but seriously mate, those pants are starting to reek…. spider] Ever. It’s just bad juju and shouldn’t be done. That’s right. We generally stink but are all the more awesome for it. Also keeps the foxholes clear when needed, prevents aegs from failing and keeps peasants away.

I’m alone in the team for this next part. Painting aegs. I have a penchant for skinning my guns with a paint job to match. Did it with my systema and the Marpat I wore at the time (pain in the arse to stencil and paint) and it worked out well. This time I’ve done my M4, ASP2 and will be doing my CO2 VSR when I get round to getting it off Milgeek. Might even do the ASG Scorpion. Might.

So how did I do it. Well Milgeek will be along shortly I would imagine to show you how a proper modeller does it with an airbrush and skill. Me? I got half a dozen shades of Tamiya acrylic paints approximating my boonie hat in shade and had a bash. Good place for cheap Tamiya paints and small natural sponges is hobbycraft by the way.

I Started by spraying some heavy weight notepad paper with krylon Khaki as a base to test on. It seems ATACS FG runs light to dark as far as my eyes are concerned so this will be the base coat for everything, and krylon is  excellent for Airsoft needs. After that it’s daubing time with various bits of sponge and redaubing with a sponge with thinners on to lift colour off and give the watercolour effect ATACS has. Works quite well if a little less defined than the actual thing.

Repeating through increasingly darker shades finally to brown seems to fit nicely. The key seems to be working relatively quickly on partially dry previous layers to allow a little bleed between colours. Also repeating a few patches of previous colours here and there adds a bit of complexity.

A pleasant evenings work.

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As part of this years fashion upgrade I was pointed in the direction of a nice piece of kit from everyone’s favourite Gucci supplier UK Tactical. Renowned for being a bit pricey, their service and quality justify this price in my mind. Yes I’m a geardo and yes you can get 5.62 pouches from China but that’s not why I do the Airsoft.

The holster is relatively low profile, ATACS all over and importantly adjustable for lots of different frame sizes. It has overlapping Velcro panels that allow you to get the fit and retention you want. A neat thumb action unlock allows for a smooth draw. Very happy.

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So I’ve used trip mines on and off for a few years. Had some great laughs usually with misfires whilst setting…. Spider.  Never owned any myself always used spiders 12g spring loaded affairs. Very effective but arsey to set. Well for me anyway so never thought to buy any for the sake of them sitting in a drawer and not being used.

Roll on to a recent game day and Jamieraptor pulls a small cylinder and trip line out and twirls it around like a nunchuck. Always interested in shiny new stuff Jamie let me have a go.


The dynatex Scaremonger is small, very easy to set yet easy to trigger , runs on 9mm blanks, is loud and has a built in safe mechanism. Bit pricey should it go missing as people have had happen but worth it all the same I think. Should be fun at the next skirmish. Sprayed mine up green as its a bit shiny and visible.

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As part of my recent M4 refit I decided to replace the mag release catch and hop unit. Didn’t look very hard and trusted to the gods a bit as I was in a hurry at the time and plumbed for a nice loooong CNC hop and a standard catch from Poison Apple Airsoft via eBay. Arrived the next day – free. Prices were good. Deffo shop there again. Thanks.

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