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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The world-famous MilSim Junkie was off chasing waterfalls or something, so the I decided to step in and grab some airsoft war footage while I was hanging out at CQB City up in Stockton, California a couple weeks ago.  However, all respect must be given to the MSJ, because putting together a quality airsoft war video is not as easy as he makes it seem.  There is really no substitute for his gameplay capturing wizardry.  

Due to a series of unfortunate injuries, including a recurring shoulder dislocation problem stemming from an outing last summer while the MilSim Junkie was visiting me in Southern California, I have been limited to working behind the camera while my buddies, Dave, Todd & Luke got to tear it up on the field. Dave was using his Elite Force HK416 CQB AEG with a giant Surefire tac light while my brother, Todd, ran around The City with my Elite Force HK417, which has been downgraded for CQB use. Luke, on the other hand, went with his self-built, fully customized Magpul stubby CQB destoyer with a Speed Trigger and a Gen 2 ASCU MOSFET trigger unit.

If you're in the market for a top-of-the-line Airsoft AEG, you really need to look no further than the Elite Force HK416 or HK417.  If you've already got either of those, but are in need of extra mags, I have your solution:
Extra mags for the Elite Force HK416 AEG
Extra mags for the Elite Force HK417 AEG - 100-rd Mid-Cap
Extra mags for the Elite Force HK417 AEG - 500-rd High-Cap

Here is the video, I do sincerely hope that it brings you joy and harmonious Airsoft love.



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It seems like each year, a story breaks of someone getting their stuff jacked from the floor of Shot Show.  Last year, I suppose the biggest story was probably the Crye Precision prototype jacket that got stolen from their booth.  Well, this year, Elite Force has either decided to produce a new variation of the HK416 or they have become the victim of a most heinous crime.

See what happened after the jump...

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Ok, so today I thought I would share some more Elite Force HK417 photos with you and also provide you with a few facts about the real steel version which I think/hope (mostly hope) you may find interesting.

You can purchase this rifle at Pyramyd Air.  Here is a link: Elite Force HK417 by VFC

My 2nd son was born today, and I didn't have a chance to prepare anything in advance for the blog today, but luckily I have a number of selfless friends and one of them, Dave Bakholdin (Airsoft Report, LLC), graciously agreed to take some time out of his busy schedule today to come up with something for you wonderful readers to feast upon.

Here what Dave had to say about things today after the jump...

Believe it or not, this is a review of the still-fairly-new
Elite Force Universal M4 Mid Cap AEG Magazines.
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I realize that the image above has almost nothing to do with the magazines themselves, as they are barely visible in the shot, but I thought it was a lot more attention grabbing than just a shot of a bunch of Airsoft magazines. So that's what I went with. But to satisfy both parties, here's one of just the Elite Force Universal Mid Cap Mags all by themselves.
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In addition to the plethora of video I captured while at the 2012 U.S. Airsoft Expo, I snapped a couple photographs as well.  Since it took forever and a day to process all of them cuz my computer is slow, I'm not going to spend much time writing.  A blessing, I'm sure, to those of you who only come here to look at the pretty pictures and then bounce without giving me a hug or even saying goodbye.  You just use me as your Airsoft photo booty call and then leave.  Real nice.
2012 U.S. Airsoft Expo - Columbus, Ohio - Elite Force, KWA, Ares, Voodoo Tactical, Save Phace & More!
 Believe it or not, there are photos in here that I have not published before, but you will have to check them out after the jump...


This is Part II of my Airsoft MOSFET Custom Installation Guide for an M4 AEG.  In this particular case, I'm working on an Elite Force HK416 CQB AEG, but this guide is good for pretty much any standard M4 AEG that uses a buffer tube.

I left off my MOSFET Custom Installation Guide - Part I once I had pretty much covered the process of rewiring for the motor & grip.  So now, we will take more of a look at the back-end of the gun, which is where things really get fun.

Check out Part II after the jump...

Ah yes.  We will be revisiting my beloved Elite Force HK416 CQB by VFC this week with a guide on how to install a MOSFET unit inside your rear-wired M4 Airsoft AEG.   
She has been in pieces for far too long now (for the better part of a year, I'm ashamed to admit).  It all stemmed from a stripped piston last year during the Association of Competitive Airsoft Expo that I participated in with a few fellow members from my Airsoft team, Level X. 
Since I had to open up the gearbox anyway, something I had refrained from doing unnecessarily since tuning my HK416 a year or more prior to that, I decided to take a thorough assessment of the wear & tear on the internal parts of the gearbox to see if anything else needed repair or replacement.  Eventually, when I got to the trigger switch, or wire harness as some call it, I found that one of my copper contact plates had burnt up pretty good over time, undoubtedly due to the fact that I had been running 11.1V Li-Po battery packs exclusively in that gun for over a year and had used it quite often (the Elite Force HK416 CQB makes for a phenomenal workhorse primary).
While I don't pretend to be a true expert here, I'm of the opinion that the best way to prevent this wear and tear on the trigger contacts while still being able to run Li-Po battery packs is to install a MOSFET computer unit in your AEG.  So since this was, and still is, my favorite of the M4 variants in my little collection, I felt it deserved a MOSFET and was worth the effort to install one.  I will preface the rest of this blog by saying that this installation process has turned into a much more complicated project than I had originally anticipated, but I plan to see it through until I can get my HK416 back up and running because, like I said, it's worth it. 

This isn't my first rodeo with installing a MOSFET, but in the past, I've done it on guns using a full, fixed stock, like my Marui M14 or Classic Army SR25.  When I initially made the decision to take on this project, I failed to take the HK416's buffer tube into account, since this Airsoft AEG is wired to the back.  Oh well.  Adapt and overcome.  Otherwise you will lose.  Since I have an allergy to losing, I wasn't about to give up.  

So, initially, I wrote this blog about my MOSFET-in-the-buffer-tube mod.  Keep in mind that it only covers what I did to fit the MOSFET in the buffer tube and still allow for you to be able to connect all the wires and secure the buffer tube to the back of the receiver.


In case you didn't catch the title of this blog, today I'll be illustrating how to modify your Airsoft M4 buffer tube to allow you to install a MOSFET in your Airsoft M4. This tutorial is for M4 operators whose gun is wired to the back through the buffer tube, rather than wired to the front handguard like the other half of the Airsoft M4s out there.

The problem is that with the heavy gauged, silver-plated Mil-Spec wiring that I use, I have to sacrifice flexibility for improved electrical conductivity, which I'm fine with. So, it doesn't really make it feasible to just install the MOSFET and then just shove it into the buffer tube so that you can get the stock back on because the wire is not very flexible and I don't want to jeopardize having one or more of the wires come loose from the MOSFET.  They are a huge PITA to deal with since they are just slightly too large for the screw clamp connectors that this MOSFET uses and if not connected properly, they will easily come loose which is an obviously less-than-optimal situation. After a bit of brainstorming, I came to the conclusion that if I just carved out a piece of that buffer tube so that I could connect it or disconnect it while it was still technically inside the tube, I would essentially have solved the problem at hand.

The first step was to trace the exterior of the MOSFET on the buffer tube so that I would know how much material I would need to remove from the buffer tube.

Here, you can see the result.  Enough to access the MOSFET but not enough to jeopardize the structural integrity of the buffer tube and/or render it otherwise unusable with a stock mounted on it. 
Below, you can see some of the tools I used to make this thing happen.  Number one, please note the safety gear I have pictured on the right.  Yes, I know those are ESS Profile Turbofan goggles and are not your typical power tool eye pro, but think about it.  They're ANSI-rated to take a shotgun blast at close range.  Why wouldn't they make for good power-tool eye pro as well?  Riddle me that, my dear trolls. 

You can see well enough in the photo above and to the left that I've got the Dremel setup at an angle, which I later adjusted to just being vertical (straight up/down) after to took the photo, plus I've got the buffer tube secured in a vise.  You really don't want that thing flying out of your hands or getting squirrelly on you while you're dealing with a cutting device circulating at 15,000+ RPMs. 


Then I cut that biyatch. 

Here is the result.  Boom.
Nice and neat.  I can still access all the screw clamps to connect or disconnect the wires from the MOSFET and I'll still be able to put my stock back on and collapse it down to at least the 2nd to last position.  If you'd like to be able to collapse it all the way down for whatever reason, then I would recommend cutting a bit further into the tube (to the left, in the photo above) to allow yourself a bit more room on the right side of the MOSFET (in the photo above) because you need to take the wires on that side and how much room they'll take up into consideration.  While I don't have it pictured there, I am just going to keep the wires that connect to the battery on the right side there super short.  Like, basically, I would terminate them right about where the right edge of that photo starts and the wires go out of frame. That should be plenty, assuming you've got a little bit of length in the wire on your battery as well so that you can keep that battery in a crane stock tube, if you have one, or however else you store your battery while connected to your gun (e.g. battery pouch, electrical tape, etc.)
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VFC H&K 416 CQB Airsoft AEG by Elite Force, Licesned by Umarex USA
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I posted this photo of the VFC HK416 from Elite Force on the Pyramyd Airsoft Facebook page, and people seemed to dig it, so, while note exactly my best photographic work, I decided to post a few more shots here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog in case my photo from the Facebook page left your appetite for the VFC HK416 CQB unsatisfied.
VFC H&K 416 CQB Airsoft AEG by Elite Force, Licesned by Umarex USA
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You can see in the photo, there are a couple Airsoft accessories on there that are also available from Pyramyd Air to help you pimp your gun like a boss. 
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Some of the accessories you see featured on the Elite Force HK416 here include, but are not necessarily limited to:
UTG Deluxe Vertical Foregrip
UTG Green Laser
TSD Green Dot Sight
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Check out my full review on the amazing VFC HK416 by Elite Force.
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Today's Airsoft Question comes from Sean Carter from Brooklyn, NY.

Sean writes:

"Wassup?  Just wondering what you do to prep your Airsoft AEG piston for installation inside the gearbox?"

Wassup, Sean.  This is a great question for me right now because I just happened to have stripped a piston in one of AEGs a couple weeks ago and I've been meaning to replace it anyway.

Check out my Airsoft answer plus the death & destruction that went on in my AEG gearbox after the jump...

Today, I thought I'd take a little time to talk about optics. Specifically, the Sun Optics ACOG-style red/green dot sight, which is available for purchase at Pyramyd Air. I used "red/green" because Sun Optics makes two versions of the optics, one featuring a red, illuminated reticle and the other featuring a green, illuminated reticle. I prefer green, and I think most others do as well, because of its increased visibility during day time, but red was the only model available at the time I ordered this unit.

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A view of the red dot sight from the other side, where you can see the two bolt knobs that allow the user to attach this optic to a standard weaver/picatinny rail or rail interface system (RIS) using the optic's integrated weapon rail mount. 

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Click for all the juicy details on the Sun Optics Illuminated Reticle Dot Sight after the jump...

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Navy SEAL Team 6 + HK416 = Osama Bin Laden: 1957 - 2011
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I've been reading reports around the web recently while engaging in one my many Attention Deficit Disorder lapses where I spend several oblivious hours not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. During one of these recent lapses, I stumbled upon some reports on various firearm blogs, namely, thefirearmblog, along with a number of news websites, reporting that their sources "on the inside" confirmed that the U.S. Navy SEALs who were tasked with the mission of kicking down Osama Bin Laden's door and double-tapping him in the face with "77gr of justice" used the "Germanly efficient," HK416 assault rifle from firearms giant, Heckler & Koch.
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Me thinks Heckler & Koch might want to write SEAL Team 6, aka DEVGRU, a thank you letter from the bottom of their German hearts.  One of the world's most elite special operations team, who likely have access to all kinds of awesome and super secretly cool guns that Average Toms like you and I don't even know about, chose to rely upon the HK416 as their weapon of choice to accomplish the mission of capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden, who, if you haven't heard, was like the world's most wanted terrorist/fugitive/villain/bad guy person or something. Can you think of any better promotional material for H&K than that?!?!?  Seriously.

Possible future slogans you might see from H&K may include (assuming my check for the royalties clears the bank):
- "HK416: When you absolutely, positively HAVE to shoot Osama Bin Laden in the face."

- "Our assault rifle killed the world's most wanted terrorist today.  How was your day?"

- "HK416: The Final Solution to the Osama Bin Laden Question."

- "Our products bring us closer to world peace, one dead terrorist mastermind at a time."

Not to reign on the parade of the HK416 in all it's Deutsch glory, but technically it took an American Navy SEAL to operate that marvel of modern warfare.  The gun was merely the tool with which a righteous death was administered to the orchestrator of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.  The HK416 didn't just drop into that Pakistani compound under the cover of darkness in some sort of super awesome stealth MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and fire two rounds of 5.56mm ammunition into the left side of Bin Laden's face all by itself. 

Chances are, I'll probably be writing up more about these SEALs and the weapons they may or may not use when out and about in clandestine locations, doing clandestine things.   But we'll see how you play your cards.  Unlike a few certain enablers I know, I don't like to reward bad behavior.  So watch your mouth, eat your vegetables, respect old people (even the racist ones) and maybe I'll drop some more delectable material on this blog for your reading and/or viewing pleasure.  This is, of course, assuming you like what you're reading and/or viewing here.  I mean, why else would you be here?  Who reads and/or views stuff that they don't like voluntarily?  Makes no sense.  Know what I mean?  Ooops.  Tangent.  Sorry, friends.  I meant to just end the blog now.  Ok.  Good talk.  See you out there*.


*By "there," I mean Lion Claws X: Evolution Real World during Memorial Day Weekend in the abandoned neighborhoods of the former George Air Force base in a crappy part of Southern California known as the High Desert, which is near an even crappier part of Southern California known as the Inland Empire, which is where I live.  Which is unfortunate for me.  But going back to LCX, inspired by the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, I'm bringing an elite team of my best friends, who also happen to be large, friendly and ruggedly handsome.  Oh yeah, they're also absolutely top notch Airsoft players as well.  We're running with the Woodland side and we'll be hanging out at the Pyramyd Air tent when we're not destroying the hopes and dreams of the OPFOR on during gameplay.  While at said Pyramyd Air tent, we'll be handing out free stuff.  Free stuff that does not suck, like large bottles of BBs, bags, stickers & possibly other stuff that I'm not at liberty to tell you about at the moment.  Perhaps most notably, we will be hosting a raffle, separate from the main event raffle where all you need to enter an email address where you'd like to receive Airsoft-related email announcements from Pyramyd Air.  Pretty simple.  So if you happen to be one of the 600 players attending this epic event, feel free to stop by, say hello and tell me how much you like my blog here.  Doing that will likely earn you a hug from me (non-homoerotic) and an extra entry or two into the raffle, giving you an unfair advantage, which is my favorite type of advantage. 

Oops again.  Tangents and I get along a little too well sometimes.

Airsoft. Speaking of which, have you contacted the California Assembly Members and Governor Jerry Brown to let them know that Senate Bill (SB) 798 needs to go the way of Osama Bin Laden in that its existence as a living thing needs to cease?  In more professional and appropriate words, please do your part to save Airsoft by letting the California government officials know not only that you oppose SB 798, but also why you oppose it.