Hello, gang. I'm having a better day than yesterday. I had planned on including part I and part II of my WE M14 GBB unboxing party in one blog, but could only get my internet to cooperate for one upload. These files are high resolution and therefore fairly large sizes which make uploading a time consuming process requiring a stable internet connection. I apparently didn't have that yesterday and thus, you had to wait for part II until now...

Highlights include:
Continuing to load the mag the wrong way
Forgetting where I put my speed loader on camera
Oh yeah, firing the M14 on full auto and subsequently needing a change of attire (the M14 GBB is so good, it's embarrassing).

Coming up, I've got some takedown videos where I give u a bit of a tour inside the gun. I locate the hop up in an effort to adjust it as well as identify whether or not there is upgrade potential there. You'll have to stay tuned to find out. So far, I am very pleased and impressed by the engenuity of WE and their ability to make a beast of a rifle.

M14 GBB (which is how I say Airsoft these days)

Hello.  I'm awkward and have hairy arms.  However, I do have a WE M14 Gas Blowback rifle that rocks absolute face.  Therefore, my short-comings are thus negated.  Please tolerate the following video where I stumble through the unboxing of a very special Airsoft M14.

PartII is on its way, as soon as RoadRunner Cable Internet decides not to suck. In the mean time, please assume I'll be on the phone to their customer service line wherein I explain the finer details of how they fail hard on a regular basis.

I mean, seriously...

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This is the first and only Airsoft M14 gas blowback rifle in the world at the moment, and WE has the bragging rights to making it. Rest assured, I'll be putting this thing through its paces in the coming weeks so see if there's anything going on underneath that beautiful exterior. For now, just check out some of these photos of the WE M14 Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle...

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I don't know about you, but the guy testing the M14 in the following video looks like he's having a pretty good time...

You can order your WE M14 Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle from Pyramyd Air and get free shipping. I doubt these things will last long in stock. This has probably been the most highly anticipated arrival out of any other gun from any other brand that I've seen in the past four to five years or so. So get yours now before they run out and you're stuck with a boring old AEG while your homies are all running around with these beautiful instruments of Airsoft death.

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Don't fill these mags up till they're full and then leave them in your car.  While I didn't have any explode, I did have a number of these magazines expand just enough so that they no longer drop out of the pistol once I hit the mag release button.  Some of them were so bad that that I had to pry them out of the gun with a little screwdriver.  I couldn't just pull them out using my fingers.  So I ended up having to grind down the sides of the mag with my Dremel where I could see substantial wear and tear.  I didn't have to grind too much, so I'm pretty sure I didn't make the situation worse.  Especially considering that I did this several weeks ago and the mags are still sliding in and out of the gun with ease, allowing me to continue changing mags relatively quickly.

This situation should not deter you from using a single-stack 1911, like the WE series.  They are great mags for great guns.  It's just a heads up to remove most, if not all, the gas from the mag when traveling and those travels include a change in elevation of several thousand feet or more.  Also, don't leave them in your car or elsewhere that is hot.  I don't know if the change in elevation was the cause for me or if it was having them in my trunk for a day or two, but my guess was probably the heat.  Anyway, just thought I'd try and save you a bit of grief in having to deal with your Airsoft 1911 gas magazine getting stuck in the gun. 

So tonight I thought I'd address one item specific to the WE Combat Desert Warrior 4.3 and one item that is applicable to pretty much all Airsoft gas blowback pistols.

First, the problem I've run into with the Desert Warrior is that the internal ridges on the metal slide were getting caught on the outer barrel, causing the slide to get stuck in mid-cycle.  I would have to push the front of the outer barrel back towards the trigger in order to get the two pieces unstuck.  This, obviously, is no bueno.  I first determined the cause of the problem by using a blue sharpie to color in the outer barrel where I could already see some slight wear-marks.  The engineers in the crowd might recognize this technique, though those that know what they're doing use an actual dye kit or whatever it's called.  Anyway, I had a blue sharpie, and it did what I needed it to do.

Once I fired the gun a few times with the blue sharpie/dye marker on the barrel, i could see more easily where exactly the two parts were getting caught up on.  Pretty much where I suspected.  I had two options: modify the inside of the slide or the outside of the outer barrel.  For aesthetic reasons, I opted for the inner slide mod because I could pretty much gaurantee that things were gonna get ugly, so at least it wouldn't be visible once the slide was reinstalled onto the frame. 

Basically, I just took my lovely Dremel rotary tool and ground down the ridges you see pictured below until the gun stopped getting stuck.  Also, just for good measure, I did a light polishing job on the outer barrel using the Dremel buffer bit and the polishing compound they give you in their "bit kit."  With a little patience, steady hand, and some mild intelligence, I had my favorite pistol among many favorites in my collection back up and running like an absolute boss. 

See below for a shot of the three ridges I'm talking about.  They may even have an official name, derived from their real steel counterpart, but I don't know that sort of thing. 

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For today's blog, I'll be discussing a very easy technique to increase your Airsoft gas blowback pistol's cycle rate (the time it takes for the slide to "blow back" and then return to its original state at rest). In this case, I'll be featuring the uber-sexy WE 45-Tactical Combat Warrior GBBP that is currently in stock at Pyramyd Air.

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Photo Courtesy, Pyramyd Air

There's really not much to this little mod, which is part of its beauty, actually. It's a great trick to use on any of your Airsoft gas blowback pistols that utilize the heavier, metal slides. However, GBBPs that use plastic slides can also use this as well. Basically, slipping the spacers around the recoil spring guide rod, like you see below, shortens the distance that the slide is able to travel during its blowback cycle. You will lose the ability to use the slide catch when the mag is empty, but I personally didn't care about that. My superb skillz have not been adversely affected by the loss of that feature. I just went to Lowe's and picked up some thing plastic washers with an inner diameter that was just a bit larger than the outer diameter of the guide rod.
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I used a bunch of the little washers instead of one big piece so that I could easily make adjustments by adding or subtracting washers as necessary in the event I needed to increase or decrease the distance that the slide traveled back. You don't want to add so many washers that the slide doesn't travel far enough back to cock the hammer though. I, of course, had to learn this through trial and error. I noticed my gun would fire one shot and then stop. No response on the second trigger pull. If this happens to you, you might have to reduce the spacers on your guide rod.

So there's your quick tip of the day for short-stroking your Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol. It's easy and quick to do, and it is completely reversible. No permanent modification or destruction of your beloved gun is necessary.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Technology made me drive into a lake.

I can't say that I am a real big fan of technology right now. I am having to write this blog from my Droid at the moment, which isn't the end end of the world, but certainly not nearly as convenient as using my laptop. Let me tell you my sad story. First, I install the big System Update that was made available to me for my Droid last night. I was all excited to see what the developers had done to improve the system. Well, apparently they decided to get together and brain stormed the various ways that they could make their beautiful Android operating system suck. Then they decided to implement those ideas in the latest system update. For example, I can no longer toggle between having the ringer on, vibrate only, or completely silent (no ring, no vibrate) when using the convenient button on the side of the phone. There is only one option for silent mode now. You can either set it to vibrate when on silent, or you can set it to be completely silent. ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME?!!?!?!? And then, they must have said, "Why stop there?" So they went ahead and made the entire operating system sluggish and occasionally unresponsive. Sweet. There goes my paper thin patience.

Sad tech story #2: I'm pretty sure my laptop caught a virus about 30 minutes ago whilst I was surfing the interwebz. I suppose that's what I get for going bareback and not using an antivirus software. Exhibit A why one should always use protection.

So that should answer your question as to why I'm writing this from my Droid instead of the laptop.

So what does any of this have to do with Airsoft? Well, for starters, it makes me cranky and not want to talk about Airsoft. In fact, I'm not going to. We are just going to sit here in silence while looking at some sexy Airsoft photos. No talking. And No eye contact, either.

Here are they guns I tooks with me last weekend.

Here is my current Airsoft DMR project:the M110 SASS, using a Classic Army CA25 as my base upgrade platform. . Needless to say, this will not exactly be, a stock Airsoft rifle when I am done with it. It's going to be an Airsoft destroyer of worlds.
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That shot is just a teaser of the great things to come for this project.

Before I forget, have you heard the latest podcast from Carp @ CQB Radio? If not, perhaps. You should. Carp has got some good looking guns up on the review block, like the KWA SR10 Airsoft AEG for example. That gun alone would be worth the listen. So get on it, son.


So today, during lunch with my coworkers, I learned that it was NOT Tuesday.  It is, in fact, Wednesday.  FYI, to any of you out there that may have ALSO mistaken today for being a Tuesday.

Which leads me to today's blog topic:

Stupid Person Number One: Some idiot (not me)

Some idiot (not me) came to the game last weekend with a hot gun, yet no pistol so that he could transition to it when engaging his opponents within the 100 ft. MED.  So what do you think happened?  Yup, he ruined someone's day (SHOCKING). He not only shot me in the inner thigh at close range (~40 feet), he then shot a buddy of mine in the forehead and the ear from about the same distance.  His ear hurt the most, but his forehead sustained the most damage.  Airsoft Guns, Remington,Safety Glasses, Mossy Oak Camo Frame,Airsoft shooting glasses,Airsoft M14, AEG,pyramyd air He was bleeding quite a bit, in fact.  So there are several things that should be been in place in order for this situation to be avoided.  Not in any particular order, but one, the idiot with the hot gun should have possessed the judgment to know that he was within the 100ft MED and not only had a GBB pistol on his person, but then should have used it to shoot my friend from such a close range.  However, my friend is also at fault because he chose to only wear ANSI-rated shooting glasses rather than a full face mask, so he therefore assumed the risk of such an injury. https://cdn.pyramydair.com/images/acc/SDMASK3.jpg

Stupid Person Number Two: Me

Another lesson learned the hard way that day, this time by me, was not starting to sufficiently hydrate starting the night before, like I usually do before a game. I also did not eat a decent breakfast.  I don't need a huge breakfast, but all I had was a half a bag of Backyard Barbeque Kettle Chips and a sub-par, glazed cinnamon roll doughnut thing.  So, as if to say, "Don't be such an idiot in the future," my body began to give me hell just in time for me to arrive home from the game, where I was supposed to do a bunch of yard work out in the mid-afternoon heat and then follow that up by attending a company softball practice in preparation for tonight's big game against a potential client (we let them win, of course).  So yea, needless to say, I felt like a steaming pile of hot garbage by the time the day was done.  Did I power through it all like a champ?  Of course, but all I had to show for it was a pounding headache and an elevated core body temp that took awhile to come back down to normal.  Too much sun, not nearly enough water in advance (even though I drank almost 2 gallons of water throughout the day), and insufficient calorie intake resulted in me being unable to enjoy what would have otherwise been a pretty phenomenal Sunday.

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I did a lot of things last weekend, but the only thing that I did worth telling you about is the Airsoft game I participated in.  Airsoft Guns, Echo1M14automatic electric gun, Airsoft designated marksman rifle,AEG, DMR, DM riflepyramyd air It was at a local field in the Southern California region where I now currently inhabit.  It was a pretty phenomenal day.  I brought three of my AEGs with me along with an assortment of GBB pistols.  I was very anxious and excited to put my two latest projects to the real test.  I decided to start the day with my Tokyo Marui M14, which Echo1 did a pretty decent clone of, in case you were not aware.  My "M(arui)14", as I call it, is not just your average, run-of-the-mill stock Airsoft M14s.  I've spent considerable time and money upgrading and tuning, getting creative with various mods, fixing & repairing or reversing poorly designed or executed mods, and then tuning some more so that I could get it into its current condition of "Awesome."  Airsoft Guns, Leapers,Accushot 6-24x56mm AO SWAT Rifle Scope,Airsoft rifle scope, sniper scope, mil-dot scope, illuminated reticle,AEG, DMR, DM rifle, Bolt-action rifle, sniper rifle,pyramyd air I mounted a giant, over-compensating 56mm Leapers Scope to it to add to the intimidation factor when I brought it out to the field for the first time.  Let's just say it executed its primary objective like a true boss.  Even though I would classify my M14 as more of a "designated marksman rifle" (aka DMR), I had already been designated the field's "sniper" before anyone had chrono'd my M14 or seen it shoot at distance.   For all they knew, I could have brought out an LPEG and mounted that scope to it.  The thing that absolutely tickled my Airsoft fancy was that I was actually able to back up a bit of that parking lot intimidation factor once out on the field.  There were approximately 30 players (15 or so per side) attending this little pick up game and I most certainly did more than my fair share of cleaning up the opposition.  I did so well, in fact, that upon arriving back to the staging area following the end of the first game, which was simply a single-elimination death match to get everyone warmed up, one of the OPFOR asked his teammates if there was anyone who did NOT get shot out by the "sniper" (that'd be me, remember?) because apparently I had taken out all members of his 5 or 6-man squad.  Of course, there were a number of OPFOR that did not have the privilege of being gunned down by yours truly, but still, my M14 & I were force multipliers. Here's a shot of my beastly beauty in all her glory...

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So I was all amped to the next game started, when I decided to take a few practice shots in a safe area away from the staging area.  I noticed the tell-tale sound of a dry-fire coming from my AEG.  I first checked the fresh mag I had just inserted (didn't bother to refill the mag from game 1).  The mag not only had BBs in it, but it was sufficiently wound (it was a hi-cap).  So then I checked the inside of the tube that feeds BBs into the hop-up chamber and sure enough, there was at least one BB stuck in there.  I point the gun at the dirt on the ground, fire a few shots to see if I could clear the BB out of the chamber, when I noticed that not only was the BB NOT exiting the rifle, there was no air exiting the muzzle either.  It was, however, coming out of the exposed feed-tube, since I did not have the magazine in while firing.  Of course, I did not bring my unjamming rod with me, and nobody else at the game had one long enough for the M14.  So, very sadly, I was forced to retire the M14 for the day and run another gun.  Which was fine, because I brought some excellent backup options, but I was having so much fun with the M14 DMR, it was hard to let her go for the day.  I have not yet had the chance to confirm whether the BB I was using caused the jam or if something else has gone awry, possibly with either the hop-up unit or the air nozzle/tappet plate, for example. 

Airsoft Guns, VFC, Umarex, Heckler & Koch, H&K,Upgraded custom Airsoft 416 assault rifle, Airsoft Automatic electric gun, 416 assault rifle,AEG, H&K,pyramyd air So I opted for the VFC HK416 CQB that I have raved about earlier on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  I'm not sure what the heck I was thinking, but I opted to fill four hi-capacity magazines for the HK416 CQB with .20g BBs (Air Venturis, in fact). It was hot, I had not begun hydrating well enough in advance, and I did not eat very much that day.  That's really the only thing remotely close enough to be called a reason for making such an error in judgment.  The issue was not the brand of BBs, it was simply that they were too light for the gun I was using.  I should have been using at LEAST a .25g, but ideally a .27g or .28g.  So naturally, when it came to game time, we made our first enemy contact and I began to fire at the OPFOR.  However, my BBs were over-hopping like there was no tomorrow.  I was able to adjust the hop-up dial to get them to flatten out to a satisfactory level, but there were still some consistency issues that I was almost certain could have been avoided with a heavier BB.  I was so certain that once the game was over, I ran back to my car to try some .28s.  Sure enough, much more stable and consistent flight path.  So I emptied all AEG mags filled with the .20s and refilled the mags with the .28g King Arms Platinum BBs I had with me.  The third game went much better for me and I would have to attribute that to the heavier weight of BBs I used.  After that I left, because I had a ton of other things I had to get done before the day was done.

Lesson learned: use at least a .25g BB in any AEG, even ones like my HK146 that only averages 360 FPS

Also, Rule #76: No excuses.  Play like a champion. 


So there I was, researching a rumor and I been told from a reliable source regarding a recent ruling that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (BATFE or just ATF) had allegedly just made or was going to make about two big-name Airsoft manufacturers, when I stumbled across some other items of interest relating to Airsoft Guns. I'm not going to regurgitate everything that I read from the ATF's official website, but I would urge you to take the time to educate yourself on both the Federal, State, and any Local laws that may apply to Airsoft guns. I did read, for those of you that were curious, that an Airsoft gun is NOT considered a "firearm" according to the ATF, as defined by the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA).

Here's a brief snippet about the matter taken from www.ATF.gov:

"The term “firearm” is defined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Section 921(a)(3), to include '(A) any weapon (including a starter gun), which will, or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon….' Based on Section 921(a)(3), air guns, because they use compressed air and not an explosive to expel a projectile, do not constitute firearms under Federal lawunless they are manufactured with the frames or receivers of an actual firearm. Accordingly, the domestic sale and possession of air guns is normally unregulated under the Federal firearms laws enforced by ATF."

Airsoft Guns, KWA,KP45 USP NS2 System,gas blowback pistol,gbb, pyramyd air I put a few items in bold there for a reason.  The first bold item, "or may be readily converted to" are six (6) words that I believe to be the foundation on which the ATF is using to justify the highly controversial WE M4 Gas Blowback Rifle seizure up in the Pacific Northwest that occurred last year or so and that has gained national media attention, most of which negative for our beloved hobby.  Just Google "Airsoft M4 seizure" or something similar to that to get the full scoop on that fiasco.  Anyway, just thought I'd point that out.

The next bold & italicized phrase is the one most relevant to this discussion.   It says that "air guns," which would include Airsoft guns, do not constitute firearms under Federal law because they use compressed air, not an explosive like gun powder, to expel a projectile.  However, it does implicate that if the air/Airsoft gun is manufactured with the frames or receivers of an actual firearm, then you've got an entirely different and dangerous story on your hands.  This also has to do with being "readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive."

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So, many of you might already know this, but I'm sure there are those, like myself, that had heard conflicting points of view on the matter from those claiming to be credible sources as to whether Airsoft guns were considered to be "firearms" or not according to Federal law.

One last item I'd like to highlight is what I read about suppressors on a Paintball gun.  ATF Ruling 2005-4 should be read by anyone who uses a suppressor on their Airsoft gun.  You need to be aware of this ruling.  There is somewhat of a fine line between what the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the National Firearms Act each consider to be a "silencer" and what they do NOT consider to be a "silencer."  Basically, if your Airsoft suppressor can silence, muffle, or diminish the muzzle report of a portable firearm, then by the ATF's standards, you've got yourself a "firearm silencer" or "firearm muffler," which makes it an "NFA weapon" subject to the rules & restrictions of the National Firearms Act. 

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Many of us overlook or ignore the gray area that our hobby sits in, when it comes to the laws, and therefore I thought I'd take a moment to remind those of you who think you are free to be oblivious that just because your Airsoft gun is a toy replica of the real thing, doesn't mean there's not a fine line between what is regulated and what is not.  So pull your head out of the dark, foul-smelling place that it currently resides and educate yourself for your own protection and for the preservation of Airsoft for future generations. 

***The stuff I wrote above is not intended to be "legal advice," but rather just "legal information" intended to let you know that Big Brother is always watching, so watch your step.  Please consult with a competent attorney licensed by your state's bar association for the purposes of obtaining legal advice on this matter or any other matter that you wish to spend a fortune in retainer fees on.***

Here's a Part I of my BASIC guide to keeping your prized AEG(s) in tip top shape for blasting those dirty OPFORs on the field.  

Checking Cylinder Compression
in your Airsoft AEG

Airsoft Guns, Shooting ChronyF-1 ChronographAirsoft gun chronographchrono pyramyd air First, do a Chronograph test - Record your results in a log for future reference (If you don't have a chrono, borrow your buddy's or take your AEG (in a case, nimrod) to your local shop and ask them to fire 10 shots.  Write down the results, if you can.  That should be enough to give you an idea of what's going on with the FPS).  Do this BEFORE taking the gun apart so that you can compare those results with the results you get after you clean things up inside the gun to see if you helped or hindered performance. 

If shooting consistently and the velocity has not decreased since the date of upgrade installs/tuning mods, then consider leaving your AEG alone.

If not, disassemble the gun to access the gearbox. 

Watch the following video.  I had to cut the first part completely out because I stumbled over my words too much, like a blithering idiot.  I was rambling a bit as well.  So I just cut the crap and went right to the good stuff.  Also, you don't need to do this test using the Air Nozzle, like I did.  It really doesn't make that much of a difference because of the way the test must be performed. 

If it's easy to press the piston down while you've sealed off the cylinder head/air nozzle port, then you've got a compression issue that needs to be resolved.

    - Inspect piston head o-ring for deterioration/cracks/wear & tear.  Make sure the o-ring is not so big that it creates too much friction against the cylinder and drops your velocity. 

    - Wrap or re-wrap the cylinder head o-ring(s) seal(s) with Teflon Tape.  (at least 3 or 4 complete wraps, minimum).  Make sure it's a very snug fit when you insert the cylinder head back into the cylinder.

    - If the piston head has air intake vents or port holes on its face, then check to make sure there is nothing obstructing their openings (e.g. excess grease, dirt, debris, etc).

    - Apply PTFE/Teflon grease to the inside of the air nozzle.
        You'll need to make sure you do this carefully and correctly, otherwise you'll end up making an absolute mess inside your gun's hop-up and inner barrel.
- Basically, I take a q-tip and dip it in my Fuch's white lithium grease with PTFE thickener.
- Apply just a little bit of that grease using the q-tip to the inside of the air nozzle.
- Slip the air nozzle back onto the cylinder head nozzle and slide the nozzle up and down a few times to spread the grease around.

What you hope to accomplish is to utilize not only the lubrication characteristics of the grease to allow the air nozzle freedom of movement along the cylinder head nozzle, but also its ability to create an air seal , thanks to the PTFE/Teflon additive in the grease.  This air seal serves to keep air from escaping of out the back of the air nozzle, maximizing the volume of air that is then used to propel the BB towards an unlucky victim on the field. 

Now,  the most important part of this process is use something thin enough to swab out any excess grease from the cylinder head & air nozzles.
- Once you've done this and have completed every other task requiring the gearbox to be open, put the gearbox back together, including attachment of the motor.
- Do not assemble the gun all the way.  Just enough so that you can plug a battery in and shoot the gun without the barrel assembly attached.
- You'll need to dry-fire the gun/gearbox a few times to get any excess grease out of the cylinder head/air nozzle by using the puff of air produced that normally propels the BB out of the gun.
- While firing, don't point the gun at anything you don't want grease to get on. 
- Wipe off any excess grease that doesn't get blown completely out.

If you forget this step, and go straight to reassembling your Airsoft Guns, Shooting ChronyF-1 ChronographAirsoft gun chronographchrono pyramyd air AEG, it's likely that you're going to make a mess inside your hop-up & inner barrel.  

Put the gun back together.  Chrono.  Record your results.  They should improve.  If not: it's your fault.  If they DID improve: it's my fault.  You can direct your thank you notes to the comments section of the blog here.  You're welcome.

Disclaimer: There's more than one way to skin a cat.  As such, if you have what you consider to be better methods for improving compression, then by all means, share that wealth of knowledge with all three of us here on the blog.  Post it up in the comments section, or email me the details and I'll post them up as an addendum to this blog entry, giving you full credit, of course.    


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Speaking of awesome, Pyramyd Air is now carrying 5.11 Tactical Series products so that you can look tactical sexy whilst you pose in your bathroom and take self-portraits of you & your load out for posting to your favorite Airsoft forums.

As a sort of secondary advantage to looking good in front of the bathroom mirror in your parents' basement, 5.11 products are generally regarded by those that know what they're talking about as being a solid brand of law enforcement & military apparel.  They've also partnered with some sharp cats like former Spec Ops vet Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics (VTAC) to bring you some pretty legit gear & accessory options like load-bearing molle vests, pouches, bags among all kinds of other stuff.  One of the many great things about 5.11 is that their stuff is made for real-world applications that need to withstand harsh conditions, while staying in what I would call a very affordable price range.  This makes them a great option for Airsofters who like to put their gear through a lot of stress out on the Airsoft field.  I tripped on some old rusty barbed wire during a game last year and cut my leg all to hell (and got the $140 Tetanus shot to go with it), however, the only damage that my 5.11 TDU Ripstop pants incurred was a tiny hole in the calf area of the lower pant leg.  If only my flesh was able to hold up as well, but unfortunately not.  I'm gonna have a scar for awhile. 
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Even babies love 5.11 Tactical products. Check out my little guy in his custom 5.11 onesie.

I'm just waiting for his hands to be big enough to get a good grip on the WE Baby Hi-Capa 3.8 and I'll have him out on the field in no time looking tactical hot, of course, in his own 5.11 gear.

Anyway, their stuff is legit, so check out the new 5.11 goodies on Pyramyd Air while they have them in stock! 

Does anybody think this Airsoft Con 2010 thing going down at the West Virginia Penitentiary is going to be any fun or not?  It kinda looks fun to me.  But some people say that I have a weird sense of what is fun or not.  I usually tell those people to go piss up a rope though.  That's actually a lie.  I'm a conflict-avoider and therefore I would never tell anyone that in the event that they might stand up to me. 

So apparently they're gonna have an event in that building. Decorated soldier, Mad Max Mullen, of John Lu/Best of USA's OP: Lion Claws Event Series fame will be one of the keynote speakers, discussing the future of Airsoft/Mil-Sim and other things. If you're lucky, he may take his shirt off, for those of you that are into that sort of thing.

There are some classes & training courses on the schedule and a bunch of sponsors will have their booths set up.  What I did not realize, was that they are having two separate Mil-Sim events/Airsoft games inside of this sweet looking facility as well.  Depending on how much you fork out for your reg fee for the event, you can play in either none, one, or both of the events.  There's a 200-player cap on the main event and there's a special 100-player cap on the other one.  They're making that one sound like it's special.  Intriguing.  To be honest with if you, if I were in that area of the United States of America, I'd probably make a very honest attempt to attend.  An Airsoft convention that includes TWO separate games in one weekend!?  Shoot (literally).

Google Airsoft Con 2010 for their website.  I'm too lazy to input the HTML code at this point.  I had a long day of auditing a water agency, where I had to learn about the finer points of how you (my favorite reader) get water to come through your faucet, and also how that water is made to be drinkable.  Let me tell you something: pumping water is expensive, lame, and boring.

Airsoft is another way of saying, "awesome."