Yup.  True Story.  Actually, it gets better (for you, worse for me). 
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Hokkatsu Thunder B CO2 Sound Grenade - The Importance of Good Tactical Gloves
Airsoft photo credit: Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
 Wanna see what happened to my hand and/or the gloves I was wearing at the time?  Wanna hear what I said right before I threw the grenade that went off in my hand?

...then click here to read about it all after the jump...

I'm having a hard time thinking of anything that looks better, is built better, AND performs better than the Echo1 M240 Bravo Airsoft Medium Machine Gun RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. Notice that I used the word "and" instead of "or," so before you trolls get on here and start rattling off your various contentions for a better AEG, make sure that it has ALL of those three attributes I mentioned (beauty, build quality & performance), not just one or two of them.

Peep the video of me dominating with the Echo1 M240 Bravo after the jump...

Operation: Route 66 - Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark
Airsoft HDR Photo by Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
Check out the whole photo gallery and the DIRTY details of the Operation: Route 66 after the jump...

It's been a long day. So I don't have much to report other than later today (it's 2:20 AM & I'm still up), there's going to be some incredible Airsoft games going down.

I had my brother-in-law set his GoPro on top of our truck as soon as we arrived and take a time-lapse video of the sunset and campsite. Why not, right?

Check out the Route 66 campground time-lapse video after the jump...

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Hokkatsu Thunder B Airsoft Sound Grenades (Cores and Shells)
Photo by Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
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...

Operation: Route 66 So this weekend marks a pretty big event in Airsoft history. A group of a couple hundred players are going to embark upon an Airsoft journey which takes place at an abandoned waterpark in the high desert of Barstow, California. You know, that old, rundown place on the way to THE VEGAS! I love The Vegas.

Yes, so I'll be attending, along with my crew of high speed Airsoft operators, on behalf of Pyramyd Air. We will be fighting on the California Militia side, wearing Woodland Camo pants, OD Green battle shirts and OD Green Voodoo Tactical Plate Carriers.  We will also have a booth/tent set up, so stop on by and say hey. We may just have some goodies for you to take home with you as well. But we'll see how well you play your cards.

For now, check out the video of the AO that John Lu put together a few months ago after the jump...