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Staff Feature Friday – Joe

Today we're bringing you another of our customer service reps, Joe! He's been here for just over a year and a half but prior to that, he's had 2 years Airsoft experience.

A previous addict of zombie survival experience work, Joe took the plunge and started to experience Airsoft in the great outdoors. Originally kitted out with a NUPROL - Delta Freedom Fighter, since working at Patrol Base almost a week later after starting, Joe took the plunge and purchased an ASG - CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1. Why the EVO? Joe convinced himself it would be the last rifle that he'd ever have to buy... little did Joe realise the addiction of Airsoft. He's since continued to purchase additional pistols, shotguns, a sniper rifle and is now looking at KRYTAC... it's a never-ending vicious but enjoyable cycle.

Being a fan of the woodland Airsoft scene more than CQB, Joe still remains a lightweight running and gunner but a lefty! A benefit but can also be a little hindrance to some scenarios. A lot of people are not used to flanking around an object left-handed and are often taken out first. Joe can get that edge on the enemy and assist other team members on left flank tactics.

Joe's gear is highly practical, affordable and a mix of gear from ourselves and everyday clothing including his highly fashionable H&M cargo grey trousers. Starting from the head down Joe wears:

With Joe's EVO being roughly 12 months old now, he's not had any drama but has pursued a bit of an upgrade by changing the following:

  • Upgraded and short stroked gear set
  • Uprated piston (also short stroked)

Literally, everything else is standard other than the accessories which include:

As for his currently secondary (the go-to option), Joe is rocking an Armourer Works - Hi-Capa fitted with a Nextech - Pistol torch and is at home in a NUPROL - Hi-Capa Retention Holster.

Like most of Joe's Airsoft weapons, he really doesn't go to town chasing numbers like some of our staff members. If you want to check out more of Joe's feature you need to head on over to our Instagram account.

There you will find previous staff feature Friday posts too. You can find our official Instagram account by clicking here.

Feature Friday – Dan

In today's feature Friday blog post we bring you Daniel, preferably known to many as Dan he is the manager of HALO MILL our CQB arena. With HALO MILL being our sister company for those looking to release some stress and enjoy your recent purchases, Dan was keen to come to the store and show off very unique load-out.

The gear:

Dan has always been one to run a little different to the rest on the field due to his passion for GBB (gas blowback) primary weapons, from MP5's to AK's his heart often settles for a tasty, well built AK platform, a wise choice considering his latest and long time in a construction Russian loadout.

Built up with a mix of genuine, reproduction and additional Russian gear, you can certainly identify Dan on the field.

What's he rocking? Let's start from the head down:

Wanting to be different and bored of seeing so many M4's and fast helmets, Dan has definitely succeeded in bring ing a new look to the field, a menacing one at that too! The helmet isn't worn on every game day for obvious reasons (weight and heat), but it makes for excellent protection in a CQB environment. He always wears goggles underneath too, these photos are simply posed to some shots don't include his goggles!

The Guns:

As already mentioned, Dan is a profile GBB owner. A lover of the kick, realistic magazine capacity and weight. Dan's latest build is a simple, reliable and very robust GHK AK platform with Zentico clone rail.

Topped off with a VORTEX - Venom Red Dot for quick target acquisition, reliability and lifetime warranty for any accidental damage. Everything else is left completely standard! Keeping the magazines warm during winter and using the right gas during spring and summer doesn't require any adjustable bolts etc.

From time to time Dan may experiment between an optic with magnification, especially for those woodland game days at HALO MILL - Proving Grounds.

Lastly onto the pistol. Makarov, produced by WE these are surprisingly very gas efficient! The ultimate Russian backup for those close quarter take-downs. Full metal, available in chrome or black from factory these little guns just complete Dan's loadout perfectly.

Dan has also cleverly shaven out a G17 holster to accommodate the Makarov perfectly.

To find more pics on Dan's latest load-out and previous staff members kit, simply follow our Instagram account to find out more.

Feature Friday – Jake

Today's feature Friday brings you Jake, your Saturday lad who plays Airsoft, but specialises more so in Multi-Gun Syndicate, a 2 or 3 gun practical shooting club. We think you're going to find this blog very interesting today.

What is Multi-Gun Syndicate?:

A brand/organisation established in Huddersfield as a Practical Shooting Club where shooters meet and use Airsoft weapons to engage in competitive speed and accuracy shooting upon a wide range of hand made targets. A combination of rifles, shotguns and pistols are used within individual and combined runs and is very similar to the old and popular IPSC action air single gun matches.

Matches generally have courses of fire where the shooter must move through different stages and engage with targets both static and moving in a variety of positions. Runs are scored on speed and accuracy and time penalties are added for misses or targets being completely ignored or missed out by accident. Typically there are two divisions (weapons used) which include realistic GBB pistols, GBB rifles and gas shell ejecting shotguns. The other division being none realistic in which you can use a GBB pistol, AEG Rifle or anything you truly find comfortable including none shell ejecting shotguns. You tend to find more serious competitions to fall into the pure GBB only division.

Jake focuses on the realistic division, this requires more time in planning how you're going to reload efficiently and how a stage will be run to accommodate usual Airsoft gas problems and time isn't lost through transitioning between targets.

Gear Worn:

Like other sports, this is all about speed but also very importantly accuracy. You're not going to find Jake running and gunning in a full Airsoft assault vest, boots and kneepads.

Below we have a breakdown of what is typically worn by most but more importantly Jake on a stage event and practice:

Keeping his gear lightweight, compact and everything on the hip allows for the fastest reload possible and access to any holstered weapons to quickly transition into the next stages and target situations.

Guns Used:

Onto the big boys! With this being a competition, you do not really find many completely stock rifles used and with the realistic division being Jake 's focus, you're going to want your GBB rifle, pistol and shotguns to run as smooth, reliable and consistently as possible. Some upgrades are going to be required... Let's start off with the shotgun.

Jake runs a custom build APS CAM 870 shell ejecting shotgun running smart shells by Joe Lau and Mark Farrar. After his recent competition win, he is proudly sponsored by APS now providing essential shells which he will fly through quite a few during the sport. More on his recent winning later in the blog!

The shotgun has undergone upgraded parts but also some hacking away with tools to allow for a wide shell loading port for faster but also smoother re-loads. The shotgun itself has the following upgrades:

  • Water Mellon 11 plus 1 extended magazine tube
  • APS SAI 26inch barrel
  • 3 Gun nation receiver machined for quad loading of shells (two shells loaded at the same time with a rapid follow up of 2 more)
  • Extended safeties
  • Hogue real steel furniture
  • 3D printed match saver

Jake's second primary weapon is his beloved Tokyo Marui MTR16, another GBB weapon favoured by many normal airsofter's for its straight out of the box reliability and consistency, plus the realistic GBB action. Internally this rifle has undergone very little work, that just says enough straight away for how consistent and accurate these rifles are for a GBB platform.

Externally the rifle features the following:

  • VORTEX - Sparc AR
  • BCM stock
  • BCM pistol gripDP ambidextrous racking charging handle
  • DP 150% nozzle spring set
  • 3D printed mag well

The reason for opting with VORTEX is the instant clear vision when rapidly changing between targets, available fine-tuning for windage and elevations plus brightness control. The quality of the anti-reflective lens and also lifetime warranty over any fault and accident is a big bonus too. You can find out more about this warranty on any VORTEX products further information page.

All upgraded external parts allow for faster smoother action, the stock is slightly curved on the lower end which allows for faster shouldering, you literally rock the rifle up into your shoulder and eye-line. 3D printed parts are used too for the ultimate precision against the shooter's magazine choice too.

Lastly the pistol/s. These builds can exceed quite easily into the thousands of pounds, not just from the parts but also the many hours spent on tuning, polishing, lapping and custom milling work. As well as the performance, a lot of personality goes into these sidearms too which can cost a pretty penny.

Based originally on a Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1, every part has been scrapped along the way and now consists of the following:

  • LIMCAT Tigercat slide set
  • NOVA brass hop
  • Elite 6.02 7inch inner barrel
  • 60-degree Maple Leaf hop-up rubber
  • AIP nozzle
  • Airsoft Masterpiece BBU
  • Airsoft Masterpiece 6 inch Limcat advanced frame
  • Limcat hammer
  • Full steel trigger box
  • Prime grip
  • 2 piece puzzle trigger
  • Extended steel safeties
  • Replica 90 degree C-MORE fitted to a no-drill mount

Recent Winning:

From the 10th to the 12th of May 2019 as the Northern Shooting show Jake and associates attended and hosted the Multi-Gun Syndicate UK British Championships. From all who entered the stages, Jake won within the Realistic Division as the overall winner. Not only did he win the trophy but also a Magload "V" load shotgun caddy.

If you're wanting more information on the sport and events, check out their official Facebook group by clicking here.

You can check out more photos on Jake on our featured album on Instagram by giving us a follow.

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