While hanging out in Georgia over the weekend for the SS Airsoft CQB Field's 3-year anniversary party, I managed to get Phil & Big Silva from MilSim Mechanix & American MilSim to demonstrate a very useful and effective technique for minimizing the risk of being shot while engaging your targets in an Airosft CQB environment.

Featuring custom Elite Force/Umarex HK 416 CQB AEG rifles...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Umarex HK MP5 A5 Performance Test

If you're not up to speed on the Umarex HK MP5 A5 Electric Blowback SMG, check out the first part of my review here: Umarex HK MP5 A5 Electric Blowback SMG Review - Part I

NOW...Here is a little video illustrating why I'm totally on board with this Airsoft SMG and am happy to have it in my arsenal.


When I first set eyes on the Umarex H&K MP5 A5 Tac Electric Blowback Rifle (EBBR) in person a month or two ago, I realized a month or two ago that I've never really dealt with an MP5 on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog here. This one was so visually and physically impressive, that I figured I would check it out, in case any of you wonderful readers out there were in the market for a high quality MP5.

So before I get too deep into the features of the H&K MP5 A5 Tac EBBR, I'd like to take a moment to talk about the actual manufacturer that Umarex partnered with on this one. Top Tech is a relatively little known brand, at least here in the states. It does not get as much time as I think it deserves in the spotlight as its more affordable counterpart, Guay Guay, or best known as G&G. Top Tech is G&G's high end line of airsoft guns and nothing short of impressive. I recall my first encounter with the Top Tech product line at Shot Show 2011. I was at the G&G booth and picked up one of the rifles they had on their wall, thinking it was just a standard G&G M4, but this one had significantly more weight to it, with a much more solid build than I was expecting from a regular G&G rifle. When I asked their staff about it, they informed me that it was a Top Tech blowback M4. Boom. First impression: mind blown. It was really nice, as were the rest of the guns in the Top Tech line. So this MP5 being a Top Tech as well comes as no surprise.

Enough jibber jabber. Check out the features of the Umarex H&K MP5 A5 Tac EBBR after the jump...

For those of you that don't know, I'm currently in Buford, Georgia, which is near Hotlanta, GA, to attend the 2-Year Anniversary of the SS Airsoft CQB Facilty.  This place is crazy awesome and I thought I'd give you guys a little tour of the field to get just a taste of just how cool it is. 

Click here for the full SS Airsoft CQB photo gallery after the jump...

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Hokkatsu Thunder B Airsoft Sound Grenades (Cores and Shells)
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Today's Airsoft Question comes from Seamus O'Toole from Blarney, California.

Seamus writes,

"Top of the mornin' to ya, Mr. Harris.  Perhaps you might enlighten me on how to increase the consistency and reliability of getting my Hokkatsu Thunder B Sound Grenades to detonate after I toss 'em into a room I'd like to clear out.  Sometimes when I toss them, they don't explode for one reason or another."

This question could not have come at a more perfect time, considering that I'll be heading out to Operation: Route 66 - The Battle for California tomorrow, where I'll have many opportunities (hopefully) to throw these beautiful Airsoft grenades into dark rooms & corridors filled with lots of Tangos. 

For those of you just checking into Airsoft, Mr. O'Toole is referring to an Airsoft Close Quarter Battle (CQB) scenario where he knows there are some bad guys in a room or building and he'd like to toss his sound grenade into the room to either disorient the OPFOR or obtain a direct kill, depending on the rules of the game.

So anyway, back to those reasons these Thunder B grenades don't always go off.

#1: One common reason is that the striker pin did not sufficiently pierce the Crosman 12 gram CO2 powerlet cartridge inside the core unit.

#2: The other common reason Thunder B's don't go off is due to a poor air seal between the top of the core unit and the disposal shell.

I've personally experienced both of these issues and have witnessed others as well.

The good news is that I've decided to share the solutions with you, rather than leave you to your own devices to try and figure it out.  Turns out, it's not rocket surgery though.

Check out the Thunder B Sound Grenade fixes after the jump...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Elite Force M4 CQB AEG Review

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Elite Force Competition Series M4 CQB Airsoft AEG (ARES OEM)
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I've now had a chance to play with the two Competition Series M4 series AEGs that Elite Force sent me and can now provide a few thoughts on their performance.  For all practical purposes, they're essentially the same gun internally, so I'm just going to talk about the M4 CQB for today.

Check out the full review with a few hot body shots after the jump...