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Staff Feature Friday – Nick

It's another Friday and we're here to show off another absolutely fabulous member of staff, and what he runs with on a game day. Today we would like to introduce to you Nick. Nick works between customer service, but mostly returns admin and has been here for several years now. So, let's get onto the good stuff, what he shoots with and how he dresses up for game day.

The Gear:

Classed as a beginner gear-whore he is slowly building up a former counter-terrorism / urban Police look. Combined with his lightweight and compact weapon options, he can run fast but also work effectively in close quarters and woodland scenarios depending on what takes his fancy at the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's give you a breakdown of the clothing and gear seen in the pics below:

With Nick being a lighter frame, people can usually look a bit swamped in their gear, however, the Viper Tactical line-up of gear is highly adjustable, even for the larger sized shooter, Viper gear can fit snug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping it lightweight and slimline also allows for tucking yourself away into tight situations away from incoming fire far easier, plus you will be working up less of a sweat in the day running about like a mad man.

The Guns:

Nick certainly likes to own quality rifles and his primary and secondary definitely haven't been compromised, but you may be surprised to see that one of our members of staff has hardly touched their internals!

Starting off with the ASG - EVO 3 A12018 Revision, the only upgrades carried out have been on the stock stabiliser and hop adjustment wheel from Airtech Studios. These couple of upgrades get rid of stock wobble and allow for easier hop pressure adjustment, even whilst wearing gloves. The front end has also been dressed up with a very tasty looking ASG - ROTEX Suppressor.

Running on top of the EVO is a VORTEX - SPARC AR Red Dot Sight. Where Nick may opt for more affordable, but highly functional gear, he makes up on his tasty accessories. Considering he gets a free replacement whenever the sight may get shot out, our accidentally damaged... Who can blame him? Anyone can take advantage of this warranty thanks to VORTEX's VIP warranty scheme. More on that can be found on any product listing from VORTEX on our website, or come in-store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onto the side-arm, the highly trusted Tokyo Marui - G17 Gen3, the pistol comes standard with optional night slights (slight glow in the dark) and has not been touched at all internally! Being stored in a reliable holster, the only aftermarket "mods" are the custom 3D printed flared mag-well (for quicker reloads) and reinforced base plates for his magazines.

These pistols are built to last and function all year round with surprisingly high gas efficiency thanks to their polymer slide construction. Don't let the word polymer put you off, these are strong and produced in Japan to a very high standard.

If you want to see more of Nick and other members of staff, then check out our Feature Friday's album on our Instagram account which can be found here.


Staff Feature Friday – Wee Man

Hello there, it's been a while since we last showed you how we Airsoft. Well, today we're bringing you something completely different! Today we'd like to introduce to your Wee Man, properly known as Kyle (but we will stick to his nickname for now).

What is Wee Man?

A compact human, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in kindness and a range of interesting hobbies. One of which, re-enactment. Working full time in stock handling, Kyle spends many a weekend running with his decommissioned fire-arms within his 82nd Airborne 505th regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More rarely you can find him on the battlefield in a variety of military accurate load-outs, but he's probably best known for his Airborne get-up.

The Clothing

Wee Man knows more than anyone here so we won't waffle on, here is his full kit list with pics to match:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. M1 Fixed bail helmet with parachute liner A-frames (Original - Dated: Unknown).
2. British made 1/4 inch helmet net (Original).
3. Helmet strap attached atop of helmet via the net (505th method).
4. M-1937 OD wool flannel enlisted man's shirt (Repro).
5. M-42 Jumpsuit, Jacket & Pants (Reinforced) (Repro).
6. Private First Class (PFC) chevrons stripes (Repro).
7. 82nd Airborne SSI Patch (Repro).
8. 48 star US arm flag (Repro).
9. OD7 Green leg ties.
10. Corcoran jump boots (Original - Same Company making these 1940s boots today).

Equipment:

1. Airborne First Aid Packet (Repro).
2. Mk 2 grenade (Original Training grenade - Dated: Unknown)
3. M-1936 Field 'Musette' pack (Original - Dated: 1943).
4. M1 30.06 Ammo Bandolier x2 (Repro).
5. M-1936 Suspenders (Original - Dated: 1942).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. M-1936 Pistol Belt (Original - Dated: 1943).
7. M-1942 First Aid Packet, Carlisle tin (Original- Dated: 1942).
8. Tie Up rigger pouches (Repro).
9. M1 10" Bayonet (Original - Dated: Unknown).
10. M-1910 E-tool Shovel (Dated:1944) and cover (Dated:1943) (Original).
11. Canteen, Cup & M-1910 Cover (Original - Dated: 1945).

Rifle:

For those Airsoft days, it's rare you're going to ever see him with a decked out modern AR rifle and this clothing. His current pride and joy (Airsoft wise) would be his S&T - M1903A1 Springfield.

To find more photos of Kyle's load-out and our other staff feature Friday photos, you can find them here on our Instagram account.


Christmas Buyer’s Guide: Torches & Lasers

Price Range: £9.99 - £149.99

Grab your stocking fillers whilst stock lasts! These are flying out!

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


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