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Christmas Buyer’s Guide: Torches & Lasers

Price Range: £9.99 - £149.99

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The Short Version:

In the run up to Christmas we will be breaking down the main types of accessories and attachments into a (hopefully) easy-to-digest buying guide, to help the clueless gift buyer this festive season. Today we’re talking torches and lasers; how much you need to spend, different attachment options and how to get the right one.

Why do I need one?

  • Light up dark places
  • Disorientate your opponents for an advantage
  • Improve time to target (aim faster)
  • In-game psychological effect
  • Accessories are cool!!!

How do I make sure I’m getting the right thing?

  • Call us and ask
  • Email us and ask
  • Visit our store and ask
  • Ask your gift-ee what replica/rail system they have
  • Check our detailed specifications tab on each product
  • Use the Google machine

Will I need an adaptor?

The Long Version:

Why Should I Buy a Torch or Laser?

Torches and Lasers are a great way to easily add some flair to your Airsoft Gun. They not only look great but will give you distinct advantages when playing, such as making it easier to aim when using a laser, and having a momentary advantage when using a torch as the opponent is dazzled. There is a wide range of choices available with price tags anywhere from £9.49 up to £149.99 – it all depends on what you want from your accessories. As with all Airsoft gear, there will be some that fit your Replica and others that don’t – this blog is here to hopefully help you make an informed decision this year when buying for others.

How Do I Buy the Right One?

To be sure that you are buying the correct Torch or Laser, you will need to know the ‘Rail System’ of the Airsoft Gun it is attaching to. You can easily find this out by either asking the person you are buying for, looking on our website for up-to-date specifications or by contacting us to enquire what will fit. When looking at a product on our website, the ‘Specification’ button will show you all the available information we have about a product, including everything from Rail Types to Thread Specification.

What Do I Do With This Info?

The ‘Rail System’ is the type of attachment points available on an Airsoft Gun. It determines what type of accessories can be fitted, and you will find that there are three main types. Most Rail Systems can be converted with a simple adaptor, so do not worry if your favourite Torch is not immediately compatible with your Rail System.

The three main Rail Systems are listed belong along with pictures to get a rough idea of what they look like. Bear in mind that many types of rail usually feature 20mm RIS along the top as it is a very common attachment method.

20mm RIS/RAS – This is the most common rail system around in both the real world and Airsoft, for the simple fact that it is easy to use and well established as the ‘standard’ in the market – meaning accessories are most likely to be made to fit this rail. It is identified by its ‘Ladder’ style slots, which is what accessories will grab on to for a solid hold.

KeyMod – This is quickly becoming one of the most popular rail systems in Airsoft, and is featuring more and more on new releases. The idea of this rail in the real world is that it saves on weight by having the slots cut from the rail, and has less unused space which would otherwise add unnecessary weight. Adaptors can be purchased to turn this rail back into 20mm RIS compatible should you want to use a RIS torch/laser.

M-LOK – Like the KeyMod rail, this one aims to reduce overall weight with a different attachment design that uses slots cut out from the rail rather than big and bulky rail slots. This attachment method is less common than others, but adaptors are available to convert small pieces of the rail back to 20mm RIS.

Get To The Point!

Typically Torches & Lasers either come as a standalone unit or with an included mount or base to attach it to your Airsoft Gun. When buying from our website it will be clear whether or not a mount is included and what Rail System it is for – it will be featured in the images and mentioned in the Package Includes or Specification section. Simply match the attachment method with the rail (20mm RIS rail will need a 20mm RIS mount) to be sure you’re buying the right thing. If you need any help identifying your gift-ee’s Rail System don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

If your torch does not come included with a mount, then you will need to know the outside diameter of the Torch’s tube and purchase an appropriate mount. Whilst there are plenty of Torch mounts available, we have found that Scope Rings make for an effective Torch mount as they are generally 30mm wide. Undo the screws on the Scope Mount to open it up, place the Torch inside and secure the mount closed again and mount it as you would any other accessory. If you find the torch moves inside the mount you could use tape/tissue paper or quite literally any soft/wrap-able material to close the gap between the Mount and Torch. If you’re looking to get a Torch mounted on your Airsoft Gun for as cheap as humanly possibly then we recommend this type of setup, or simply using tape. If you appreciate function over form then there is no issue in doing this.

Adaptors – Do I Need One?

If you really like the look of a Torch/Laser, but it isn’t designed for your Rail System then have no fear! There are plenty of Rail Adaptors available which will convert small sections of rail, giving you a wider range of connection options. Generally aimed at KeyMod/M-LOK rails, these adaptors slot into your existing rail slots and accessories can be attached to the new rail piece.

 

Whilst all this information may seem daunting, we are here to help and it’s never as complicated as you think! If you’re in doubt, we’d love to help you get the right gift this Christmas, so get in touch!

01484 644 709

sales@patrolbase.co.uk

Unit 5, Dale Street Mills, Dale Street, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, HD3 4TG


Christmas Buyer’s Guide: Suppressors

Price Range: £9.99 - £79.99

The Short Version:

In the run-up to Christmas we will be breaking down the main types of accessories and attachments into a (hopefully) easy-to-digest buying guide, to help the clueless gift buyer this festive season. Today we’re talking suppressors, what they’re about and how to get the right one.

Why do I need one?

  • They look awesome
  • They help hide longer inner barrels
  • They can change your Airsoft Gun’s sound
  • They help add realism

How do I make sure I’m getting the right thing?

  • Call us and ask
  • Email us and ask
  • Visit our store and ask
  • Ask your gift-ee what replica/thread they have
  • Check our detailed specifications tab on each product
  • Use the Google machine

Will I need an adaptor?

  • Probably not, but always check first
  • If you’re buying for a rifle, it will probably need to be 14mm CCW(-)
  • If you’re buying for a pistol, you’ll probably need an 11mm to 14mm Adaptor

The Long Version:

Why Should I Buy a Suppressor?

Suppressors are a safe Christmas purchase for any Airsoft gun, as they can be low priced, are easy to fit and there is a wide range to ensure that it will work with your replica. The addition of a suppressor can dramatically improve the looks of any Replica Imitation, but can also be used to hide an extended inner barrel, which can give the Airsoft Gun more range and consistency. Not only this, but they look awesome and even if the recipient doesn’t use it during a Skirmish, they can use it for display purposes. There’s a wide range available from £9.99 all the way to £79.99, with lots of options in between.

How Do I Buy the Right One?

To be sure that you are buying the correct Suppressor, you will need to know the ‘thread’ of the Airsoft Gun it is attaching to. You can easily find this out by either asking the person you are buying for, looking on our website for up-to-date specifications or by contacting us to enquire what will fit. When looking at a product on our website, the ‘Specification’ button will show you all the available information we have about a product, including everything from Rail Types to Thread Specification.

What Do I Do With This Info?

The ‘thread’ is where the suppressor attaches, and screws on just like a Nut & Bolt would. The most important bit is the diameter of the thread, as this determines the ‘type’ of suppressor you can attach. Roughly 95% of Airsoft Guns feature a 14mm thread, which is the standard for most, if not all Assault Rifles. Other more ‘niche’ weapons (ones that aren’t common) may feature a bigger thread simply to closer replicate the real thing. The only thing you need to worry about is that the thread size of the suppressor matches the thread size of the Airsoft Gun (i.e. 14mm suppressor for a 14mm thread).

The next important thing is the thread pattern, which will either be Counter Clockwise (Negative) or Clockwise (Positive) and both threads need to MATCH. A CCW suppressor is NOT compatible with a CW thread and will be damaged trying to install it. Again, 95% of Airsoft Guns run a CCW (Negative) thread, however there are some exceptions such as ARES branded guns which typically feature a CW (Positive) thread.

The thread type is quite simply whether the thread on the Airsoft Gun sticks out or is sunken inside the barrel. Typically all rifles have a ‘Male’ thread and require a ‘Female’ Suppressor, however you will find that on WE branded Pistols it is a Female thread, meaning you need a ‘Male’ Suppressor unless you purchase an adaptor.

Adaptors – Do I Need One?

If you have a different thread to normal, you may need an adaptor to install a Suppressor. These come in all shapes and sizes so you can almost guarantee that you can attach most Suppressors to any replica. The most common thread adaptor is what we use for pistols which have a ‘Female’ (inverse) thread, and will instead give you a normal 14mm CCW thread like you can find on any Airsoft rifle. This lets you use normal rifle Suppressors on a pistol, however we only recommend using lightweight Suppressors on Pistols as there is only a small contact area to handle the weight. There are many other types of adaptors such as barrel extensions, which will increase the length of your thread – very handy for when a Suppressor can’t fit inside a rail system!

What Is A Tracer Unit?

If you want to get more out of your suppressor, then consider a Tracer Unit. This device lights up BBs leaving the barrel to help see where you are aiming and what you have hit; however it needs special ‘Tracer BBs’ to function. These BBs are only a little bit extra over standard BBs, but can totally change the dynamic of a dark skirmish and help you identify hits you’ve made on other players. This is a great purchase for Airsofters who are forever claiming that they ‘definitely hit that guy over there’. Just like Suppressors, you need to be sure you have the correct thread on your replica to fit them.

WE Mock Suppressor Kit

A slightly different option for those who run WE branded gas pistols is the WE Mock Suppressor & Inner Barrel Kit, which I felt deserved its’ own section as it is way more than just a suppressor! This kit includes a lightweight suppressor which is designed to fit on pistols, but also comes with an extended inner barrel which will improve power to roughly 400FPS and also consistency.

Some light technical skills are recommended for this product, as the installation of the inner barrel will require a HOP unit disassembly. It is far less daunting than it sounds, however incorrect installation could harm performance so it is best to know what you are doing. No adaptor is required for this suppressor to fit to a WE pistol as it is threaded to attach straight onto the barrel.

This is a great purchase for Airsofters who love their WE pistol and want to start using it as longer range as a primary weapon rather than a backup. Just be aware of the power increase from installing this kit, as it means that indoor sites likely won’t let you use it due to the high power.

Whilst all this information may seem daunting, we are here to help and it’s never as complicated as you think! If you’re in doubt, we’d love to help you get the right gift this Christmas, so get in touch!

01484 644 709

sales@patrolbase.co.uk

Unit 5, Dale Street Mills, Dale Street, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, HD3 4TG


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