Ben Noji, of PolarStar Airsoft Components, was most gracious enough to share some photos with me, featuring his new line of HPA-powered Airsoft assault rifles. Allow me to introduce my four readers to the PolarStar PR-15 EPAR (Electro-Pneumatic Airsoft Rifle):
Not only will PolarStar be offering Airsoft rifles with their HPA Solenoid Engine pre-installed, they will be allowing the engines to be sold separately as drop-in kits for those that already have an AEG body to drop one into.
Below, you can see the custom electronic control system hangin' out. You might not be able to see in the image, but there is an actual joystick/button thingy that allows the user to adjust the rate of fire up or down. The new PolarStar system does require a small battery to power the electronics, but as you can see in the photo, it's probably going to come set up with a tamiya connector to allow users to simply connect their existing AEG battery packs to power the system.
The drop-in kits will be compatible with most high-quality AEG manufacturer Version 2/M4/M16-type bodies. Compatible AEG manufacturers include, but aren't limited to (in no particular order):
paintball-style tank with a quality stabilizer like one made by Palmer's Pursuit, and a remote coil, which is basically what I call an air hose. It probably wouldn't hurt to add a little pressure gauge to your air tank while you're at it, assuming one doesn't already come with your tank. Also, don't bother with C02. PolarStar knows what they're doing and they recommend HPA. It's better, especially for you cold-weather kids. Google it.
Release date for the PolarStar Rifles and Drop-In Kits should be around mid to late March.
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Special thanks to PolarStar for sharing this very exciting news with us.