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I decided that I needed to interview 5-time world champion IPSC shooter, Eric Grauffel, about why he uses licensed, Tanfoglio Airsoft race guns from Cybergun to train for upcoming real steel IPSC competitions. Luckily for me, he does not despise Americans enough to refuse the interview. In fact, he was quite the gentleman and I had a great time hearing about the things he does to become a world champion shooter on a repeated basis.

Check out the rest of my Shot Show 2012 Coverage


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Just a tad bit more to add to my coverage of the Spartan Imports booth at Shot Show 2012.  This time, featuring some new Classic Army AEGs, like the Krebs Custom AK47 tactical Airsoft AEG. 

 If you're into AKs, you might appreciate some of the subtle details seen in the photo above.  A plethora of Picatinny rail space (RIS), including a rail sitting directly over the upper receiver.  This is a really nice feature because it eliminates the need for you to have to spend additional cash money on a scope mount rail if you wanted to run an optic on your rifle, which I would highly recommend if you're a serious shooter, or desire to be one someday.  Also included is what's likely to be a high-cap AK magazine AND...if you look closely, you'll notice my beloved Classic Army VLTOR-style crane stock.  I LOVE THIS STOCK.  SUPER FUNCTIONAL AND SUPER GOOD-LOOKING. 

Check out the rest of the guns I "scoped out" at the Spartan Imports booth after the jump...
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During my visit to the Spartan Imports booth at Shot Show 2012 a few weeks ago, in addition to the new Magpul PTS Airsoft Guns, I happen to catch a couple new, licensed Knight's Armament Co (KAC) items from VFC that looked pretty nice. 
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 Before we get into the new licensed KAC Airsoft guns, let's take a moment of zen to gaze upon the Classic Army M134 Minigun.  I know it's not new, but it's still awesome and deserves respect.  I know I can't be the ONLY minigun fan out there!  WHERE MY MINIGUN DAWGS AT!?!?!
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I think most people are going to be familiar with the Echo1 USA Airsoft Minigun, so for those unfamiliar with the Classic Army version, the primary difference between the two is the propulsion system inside this Airsoft machine gun.  The Echo1 USA version is basically an AEG version while the Classic Army Minigun relies upon high-pressure air (HPA) or CO2.  I believe Classic Army purchased the design from a company called Piper's Precision Products a few years ago, who is well-known in the realm of those who know (what?) for making some super awesome, super high-end HPA-powered Airsoft machine guns and otherwise BB hoses (e.g. the infamous Strafer).

I don't know which of the two Miniguns is the better performing model, but I DO know that it's pretty cool that Airsoft consumers have a choice when shopping for a new Minigun.  Totally normal purchase, right?  haha.  Only if you have $3,000-$4,000.  Both run in that minigun price neighborhood, I believe.

Alright.  Enough Airsoft minigun talk.  More Knight's Armament Talk, or KAC Talk after the jump...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Shot Show 2012 - More Guns at the ASG Booth

More from the ActionSportGames (ASG) booth at Shot Show 2012.

I know I already talked about it, but seriously, look at that APO Asymmetric Warrior 338 Lapua Magnum replica (or APO ASW338LM) one more time.  It's so nice!




Oh...I definitely touched it.  I touched the crap out of it and I don't care who knows it.

I really can't wait to see how this thing turns out, which makes the early spring release date (possibly next month, in March) a big time win for those of us who are impatient.  

I kinda felt bad for all the other awesome guns at the ASG booth, as there were many, because VFC's debut into the Airsoft spring sniper rifle market, along with the prototype CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 Airsoft SMG pretty much stole everyone else's thunder while we were there.  So I thought I would use today's blog as a stage to give some of the other awesome Airsoft guns a bit of the spotlight.

Check out the rest of the ASG booth photos from Shot Show 2012 after the jump...


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So I stopped by the Spartan Imports booth while hanging out at Shot Show 2012, however, I apparently missed the big showing of the new Magpul PTS Masada GBBR kit.  So I was a bit bummed about that, but there's only so much one can do.  As I understand it, it's basically a drop-in kit for the existing Masada AEGs, so nothing much different from an aesthetics point of view.  Just know that they're going to be releasing that GBB kit sometime this year.

Trying to make the most of the situation, I decided to snap a few shots of what they didn't have available for display from Magpul PTS.  Some items were new, some not-so new.  Either way, they got their photo taken by me.

See some of the new Magpul PTS Masada AEG photos from Shot Show 2012 after the jump...

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 While I was en route to another booth whose name escapes me at the moment, I happened to walk through the Leapers booth, which was quite ginormous, so I figured, "Hey, what the heck?"  I like a number of their products, so I thought I'd stop and see what kinds of new things they have coming out.  I snagged a Leapers rep and away we went.  I was in a hurry, as I recall I had to be somewhere at sometime for something, but again, I don't remember.  'Twas a Shot Show blur.  Anyway, so I told the guy to pick like three or four of his most exciting new items to show me.  One of the first items was a new laser aiming device that enlarges the beam of the laser as the distance to your target increases so as to increase visibility of the laser.  However, looking back, I see that as much more of a hunting tool than for Airsoft (they also seemed to be marketing it for that, considering there was a 12-point buck on their literature).

Check out my photos of the new Leapers accessories along with some JUICY TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT SPECULATION after the jump...

While at the Cybergun booth at Shot Show 2012, I took a quick peak at the new FN Herstal P90 Airsoft AEG, which is going to be made by King Arms.  While I'm personally not a fan of the P90 aesthetics, I do respect the opinions of the many P90 fans out there and can tell you from an unbiased point of view, that if you like P90s, this one should be pretty nice.  King Arms makes a nice gun.  Don't let that new Nylon Fiber body throw you.  The gun I held in the video seemed to be very well built.  Nothing felt cheap or poor quality about it. 
 
Check the video for the details.  


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Shot Show 2012 Airsoft Booth - ActionSportGames (ASG)
ASG Ashbury APO ASW 338 LM Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle 
by Vega Force Company (VFC)

WOW.  Just wow!  VFC continues to blow my mind with their amazing, high-quality Airsoft guns.

ActionSportGames (ASG) intelligently chose to partner with Vega Force Company (VFC) to produce an Airsoft Replica of the Ashbury International APO Asymetric Warrior (ASW) .338 Lapua Sniper Rifle.

After getting a fairly in-depth look at the ASG product line featured at their Shot Show 2012 Airsoft booth, I gotta say that ASG, while relatively unheard of in the U.S. MilSim market, should most definitely be placed on your "Airsoft Companies to Look Out for in 2012."  I would expect these guys to become very popular in our market this year with options like this and the CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1, scheduled for release at the end of this year. 



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ASG CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 Proline AEG
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Ah yes, the beauty of Shot Show. You come to a booth thinking you know everything about what they're going to show you and then, BOOM! They hit you with something crazy. That's pretty much how it went down at the ASG booth. ASG, of course, stands for ActionSportsGames, which is a company based out of Denmark and is similar to Cybergun and Umarex in that they hold official trademark licensing for some big name gun manufacturers. In the case of today's blog, we'll be showcasing the Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) Scorpion Evo 3 A1 Proline AEG.

This thing was nuts. As I mentioned in the title of this blog, it was definitely a prototype made from one of those fancy prototype-making machines.

However, I still got a good look at what this unique little AEG is going to be all about.

Check out the full scoop on the CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 AEG after the jump...

While I was at Shot Show 2012 last week, I stopped by the Cybergun booth and got an exclusive interview with a guy named Frank, who coincidentally was built like a tank and was kind enough to give me a bit of insight as to how the new Blackwater video game scenarios for Kinect on Xbox 360 ties in to what he actually did as a Blackwater operative for a number of years.  Pretty interesting information.  The game features guns which were also made into licensed Blackwater Airsoft replicas, so if you dig the guns in the game, you can now buy Airsoft versions of them and play with them out on the Airsoft field.


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