Today's topic is going to take a more therapeutic approach and (hopefully) cause you to take pause and do a sit rep on your own issues (we all have them, according to my therapist, Dr. Goldstein).  This post has been inspired from analysis of my personal experiences with shooting so many different guns from different manufacturers and from different price points.  I've also combined that with my experiences with playing Airsoft in different regional communities throughout Southern & Central California.

To give you a bit more clarification on just exactly what in the hell I'm referring to when I say the "Airsoft Blame Game," allow me to provide you with a few quotes and/or paraphrasing from actual people/players:

Quote, from 50+ yards (150 feet) away in an outdoor environment:

"Call your hits, mother #$*%&@!!!  I just dumped an entire high-cap mag on you!"

We've all seen this situation all too many times.  And while I will certainly agree that there have been a number of times where some cheating has occurred, I'm going to hit you like a ton of bricks with another possibility of what went on there:
     
Either you or your gun sucks and are NOT actually hitting your intended target.  


I have personally been accused of cheating on the field when some dumbass is "making it rain" 6mm plastic all around me, but not actually ON me to constitute a hit.  I have also seen this happen to others as well.  This is especially an issue at longer engagement distances because of the fact that most players are not using any sort of magnified optic that would assist them in tracking the flight of that tiny plastic Airsoft BB.  Even the ones that DO have the magnified optic don't necessarily use it.  Some people put them on their gun just to make it look cool.  Those are usually the same people that are doing the yelling and accusing others of cheating when they really have no proof of such dishonor. 

Here's a thought for those that actually want to improve their game and genuinely kick ass & take names on the field: Try strategies & tactics when you play.  Work with a battle buddy or join a full-on Airsoft team.  These are things I will cover in more detail at a later time, but just keep those thoughts in your mind.

Ok, so here's another one that I've seen a lot of already since I started working behind the scenes a bit in the Airsoft industry.

This one is more of a paraphrased example, not an actual, direct quote:


"I ordered my gun from you guys (the retailer) and it broke after I only played one game with it.  
This is all your fault and now I'm going to go and give not only you a bad review on the internet, but I'm also going to rip the gun as well." 

Is it really the retailer's fault now?   Couldn't it also be that maybe you have been watching too many movies and playing too much COD so you thought you could just go out to the field and rough up the gun like the cool guys do in those movies, expecting your china-made Airsoft gun to continue functioning as if it had just been pulled from the box?  I have several good friends who work as warranty techs for various Airsoft companies and they've shared some stories with me about this very situation.

Of course, there are lemons out there.  I have certainly received a few, but the important thing to consider is whether the entire class of that particular model is bad, or if it's just that one, unique item that happened to slip underneath the QC radar.  Going back to my comment up top about my experiences with shooting a wide variety of different guns, thanks to Pyramyd Air, I have been extremely privileged to be in a position where I have been able to review quite a few different guns, many of which I would never have considered purchasing simply because I had preconceived notions about their quality, based on what I had read from others on the internet, or heard in person.  However, what I found was that there aren't too many guns being marketed to the MilSim market which I would consider to be genuinely bad products.  Poorly designed, poorly made, crap.  Sure, some are going to be made with better quality materials and/or have other superior features, but most of the time you're going to have to pay extra for that because, let's face it, that's life.  However, just because an item isn't the most expensive model on the shelf, doesn't necessarily mean that it's crap or that it wouldn't be a good option for you to consider purchasing.  There are actually quite a few very affordable Airsoft guns for the MilSim player out there right now that are very nice guns and will treat you very well, assuming you return the favor. 

Don't be the guy who publicly reviews a gun as being awful because he was negligent and didn't exercise the proper care needed for the gun to function effectively.  Other people will read that and possibly base their decision on your false review and potentially miss an opportunity to add what is actually a nice gun to their arsenal.  Do you see how your actions might affect others in this situation?

I should point out that I'm not saying you should share your experiences with the product if they weren't positive.  By all means, let the world know.  But don't be a troll about it.  It's important that you try and keep things in perspective and consider the possibility that it might just be that particular gun getting overlooked by Quality Control or, even more unthinkable, it's your fault.

Sorry if I came off as ranting a bit (or a lot).  Just wanted you to do some thinking and maybe, if the scenarios I mentioned above don't apply to you, perhaps you know someone that may benefit from a little reality check like this.

As a reward for sticking it through my blog today, here are some photos I took of Tactical Girls model, Melissa Gilliland, while visiting the AmericanSnipers.org booth at Shot Show 2012.  Melissa is accompanied in the pictures by each of the three EPIC real steel ARs that the 31 Souls Project raffled off at the AmericanSnipers booth, which generated over $15,000 for the 31 U.S. soldiers who were killed overseas back in August 2011 after their helicopter was shot down by insurgents.



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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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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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While at Shot Show 2012 this year, I was feeling a bit frisky and decided to stop by the Pyramyd Air booth to get a look at a little different genre of guns that I normally deal with: Air Rifles.  Turns out, there are some pretty awesome Air Guns out there and I thought I would take a moment to broaden your horizons a bit.

Here are a couple basic facts about Air Guns:
Just joking, I'm not even going to pretend to know anything about Air Guns.  Your best bet, if you'd really like to know is to check out this article over on Pyramyd Air's Air Gun blog, written by world-renowned Air Gunner, Tom Gaylord.

That's right, Pyramyd Air has two fantastically awesome blogs, each written by a dude named, Tom.

Check out all the sweet photos I got at the Pyramyd Air booth from Shot Show 2012 after the jump...


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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...

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WOW.  Is it Shot Show 2012 time already?  Seems like just yesterday I was having my mind blown by all the new guns & gear from Shot Show 2011, but alas, I've pinched myself & determined this is not a dream.  I've been very busy all week to get prepared for this next week, so keep your eyes peeled for some sweet updates as I report from The Vegas all next week.

I'll have some sweet high res photos and maybe even some video for you to enjoy of some of the latest and greatest from a few of your favorite Airsoft Shot Show 2012 manufacturers. 

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