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Christmas Two Tones: Order early!

TL;DR Version: We recommend that the latest you place a Two-Tone Service to arrive for Christmas is: Monday 19th December 2018 to guarantee delivery.

It’s coming to that time of year again: when footsteps old and young gleefully slam down the stairs at times only reserved for night shift workers, to try and get a sneak a peek at their long-awaited Christmas presents and gifts! But this story does not have a happy ending, as unfortunately little Timmy’s targets will go un-peppered this Christmas. Though try as they may little Timmy’s parents attempted to order their little angels Christmas present the day before, not leaving enough time for their Airsoft Two-Tone service to be complete. Though a sad state of affairs, there was nothing that could be done, and the only thing which was saved was the family hoover, which did not have to pick up all the BBs.

We’ve seen this before, and we have managed to save the day, but it can be a bit touch and go whether courier can actually deliver on time due to the busy festive period (Sometimes delivery times can be increased). On the ramp up to Christmas we get asked this question a lot, so we’ve put together this blog post to keep you on the loop, and try and avoid any problems this Christmas!

Don’t leave it too late to order your BB Gun or Airsoft Weapon!

As always, keep an eye on social media, we’ll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

When is the last time I can order a Two-Tone Service?

We would recommend that the latest you place a Two-Tone Service to arrive for Christmas is: Monday 19th December 2018. You will still be able to place an order for a Two Tone after that date, but we cannot guarantee that our courier service will be able to deliver them on time after this date. We’ve had it before where some next day parcels have taken an extra day or two because of the festive period, so we suggest you plan for an extra few days should something happen!

As always, keep an eye on social media, we’ll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

When should I order my Two-Tone service by?

The earlier the better! A number of things can affect the delivery of a Two-Toned order, so the sooner your order the less chance you have of disappointment. We suggest that you order realistically a week in advance of our deadline, and order around the 12th of December.

If you already know what you’re going to be buying, that’s perfect, we would suggest ordering as soon as you possibly can to avoid the weapon going out of stock before you get chance to order it. Some delivery take a while to come from our suppliers, which is only hindered by the festive period, and some we’ve literally bought out all of our suppliers stock, and there won’t be any until the new year!

If you’re ordering a two-tone service for a gift, and absolutely must have the product for Christmas, we would suggest allowing for an absolute worst-case scenario of 8 days delivery (5 days for the paint service, and 3 days delivery).

As always, keep an eye on social media, we’ll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

Why can it take longer for Two-Tone service over Christmas?

There are a number of reasons why it can take longer to complete and deliver a Two-Tone Service over Christmas, and below are some of the things which can slow the process down! Though hopefully rare, we just want to make you aware so you can plan when to order.

As always, keep an eye on social media, we’ll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

Volume of Orders

Though we say a Two-Tone service can take between 1-5 working days, we usually have them done very quickly, but this can obviously vary based on the number of orders we receive. We typically complete our two-tone services in the order we received them, so the earlier you get in, the earlier it gets done.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the completion of a Two Tone service means: Testing the weapon, then stripping down the weapon into its component parts, painting the parts, waiting for the parts to dry, rebuilding the weapon, testing the weapon, and then sending it out for shipping. This is quite a lengthy process! So the more weapons we have to do, the longer, unfortunately, it’s going to take.

We do have up to 5 dedicated people two-toning weapons, but over the heavy Christmas due to the volumes there can be delayed, though don’t worry we’ve planned for it this shouldn’t be a problem!

Weather

Cold weather and snow: the simple words which strike fear into any couriers hearts. We all know, the smallest bit of snow on the ground and couriers lose their minds. It’s best to plan for such an eventuality because it’s something we cannot control, and unfortunately as hard as we try we can’t really blame mother nature. The earlier you order, the better your chances are of receiving your weapon, simply because if it snows then parcels can be delayed by days. If it does look like it’s going to snow please try to order a week earlier to avoid disappointment!

Cold weather can also affect the curing speed of spray paint, which will increase the processing time of the two-tone service. As long as you always plan in the maximum 5 days to complete the service it should not be a problem. We’ve also started heating our spray booths to try to counter the cold problem, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem!

Volume of Delivery

This is more of a problem that can be caused by couriers than ourselves, we’ll be able to get all orders out the door, but the closer it gets to Christmas the higher the chances there are for delivery to be delayed by our couriers. Even the biggies like Amazon can sometimes have problems with this, so try and order as early as possible.


How long does a two-tone service take?

Visitor
How long does a two-tone service usually take?

PatrolBase Jonny
A Two-Tone service usually takes between 1-5 working days, this includes stripping, painting, rebuilding and testing the weapon. Usually, we have a quick turn around time, but try to make sure you plan that it could take up to 5 days depending on conditions at the time. Hope this helps 🙂

If it snows will my parcel be delayed?

Visitor
It’s looking like a white Christmas, will my parcel be delayed??

PatrolBase Jonny
Usually, when it snows you’ll find that parcels are delayed. It mostly comes down to conditions on the major motorways which connect the courier’s parcel services. If there are huge delays on the motorway, you can usually guarantee that postage times will increase. Your best bet is to check our Facebook Page and check if there have been any announcements relating to delivery time. Hope this helps 🙂

Will you deliver Christmas eve?

Visitor
Is my parcel going to be delivered Christmas eve?

PatrolBase Jonny
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Monday, so couriers should still be operating. Please be aware though, that due to the volume of parcels there could be a delay in delivery times. Your best bet is to get in touch with customer services on 01484 644709 and request a tracking number. Hope this helps 🙂


Feature Friday – Jack Mk1

Meet the original Jack, Jack Mk1 who was originally front of house staff but now assists in order processing. Jack has been here for a number of years and was originally famous for running through HALO MILL in his camo onesie. Yes… tactical pyjamas.

He even ran that unique loadout outdoors at Proving Grounds! Whereas today, thankfully he has grown into a more “practical” loadout which we bring to you in today’s blog.

The Gear:

Jack is one of our lightest runners, not just because of his figure, but the rig and gun are very CQB friendly. Don’t let his size put you off though, Jack’s energy and also PDR upgrades allow him to run and gun for days!

As usual, let’s start from the head down detailing his latest load-out:

With everything on the hip, it can make crawling a little harder but this loadout is primary for CQB / Urban game days. The belt is able to also take yokes/retention straps to take some of the weight and secure it over your shoulders too, should you want to.

The entire battle belt is well balanced by storing his pistol on the right hip and his magazines, grenades and more on the opposite hip to counterbalance the heavy-ish pistol with a loaded magazine.

Onto the rear, you can see the XBIONIC combat shirt is very well ventilated for those sprinting gameplays. These shirts are rare to come across and also very expensive! But they provide excellent ventilation whilst still keeping you warm during winter. This is also very thin, so getting shot whilst wearing this is not pleasant…

The Guns:

Jack’s faithful PTS Syndicate Magpul – PDR-C has seen some minor internal tweaks to go along with the extended aftermarket outer barrel and suppressor. Out of the box, these things pack a punch and delivered great range for its size. However now, it’s a little part-time sniper rifle almost.

The PDR-C has undergone the following makeover:

The upgrades, both internally and externally are purely for the added range for those occasional outdoor game days, plus it is quite the unique look.

Onto Jack’s sidearm, it is a standard Tokyo Marui – TM.025 XDM .40, the main reason was from a previous owner of the WE model, Jack was a huge fan but was seeking something a bit more reliable.

Want to see more news on Jack and other staff builds and load-outs? Click here to see our “Staff Armoury” index.


Explosive Airsoft Weekend!

What a weekend it was! Today we want to recap what we got up to at HALO MILL – Proving Grounds. We hope it might just wet your pewing appetite to visit the next game day.

Our last game day was held on the 4th of November, there may have been a few fireworks going off through the late afternoon too…

The event was massive last year, but we knew this year was going to get even more hyped by players, so we had to deliver a few more bangs.

Recap on the days scoring:
Well, what can we say from today but thanks to everyone who came to operation treason and made it one to remember. We have never seen so many objectives so bitterly fought over and great sportsmanship from both side, we also hope you all enjoyed the final display on the bridge.

The day was won by the non-banded team with 759 to the blue teams 750 it was a close game all day and from all our staff we thank you for your efforts in making these events what they are.

What’s coming next?:

Christmas special! It will be Proving Grounds last game day for 2018, so if you are keen to experience woodland like never before, and face a few hundred enemy targets then get clicking here to find out more and book a spot or two.


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