Price Range: £9.99 - £149.99
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The man behind your pre-upgraded guns, web-return repairs and two-toning. Every day Mark is deep in guns at our warehouse working alongside customer services and the packing department. Over the years Mark has owned many Airsoft guns, been inside almost all gearbox versions and even ran his own Airsoft site! Today we are showing off his latest prized possession and showing you what he runs with when he gets out on the field.
Not one for being a gear-whore however he does believe in quality! Mark is also known as Pinder (because it's his surname) on the field to his friends, his whole setup is based around running as practical as possible and currently lightweight because of his primary (we will get to that soon).
So what's he rocking? Let's start from the head down:
Onto the rear, he is a fan of some novelty patches now and then as seen by his Gismo Gremlins patch. The carabiners are for securing backpacks and also to be "dragged from a danger zone" a little easier when in need of being revived by a teammate fast.
Mark's beloved ASG - Scorpion Evo 3 A1 BET is not standard at all. Internally he's done almost everything imaginable and it even has a couple of external modifications too! Maybe the first in the world to do so... we will fill you in on that more shortly.
So, the insides, the guts where all the magic happens! Firstly here is a breakdown of parts and upgrades (based off of the 2018 model):
Why all these upgrades when the guns apparently really good already? PERFECTION! and maybe addiction... like many Airsofters out there, if there is the ability to get a 1 inch tighter grouping, a bit more brrrrrrrtttttt per second then they'll do whatever it takes to achieve it. Prometheus is a known brand for reliability and precision but does come at a price tag (just a heads up before you run off googling it).
Externally Mark has fitted a VORTEX - Crossfire Red Dot Sight with the included high mount fitted. Once again, a "luxury item" but with a VIP lifetime warranty for any accidental damage, who can blame him?!
To go with the custom insides, the suppressor has been shortened considerably in length with some handy craftsmanship to be more "integrated" with the handguard. Internally the once empty can has been filled to suppress the high pitches Airsoft crack considerably. Mark is a sneaky player but also isn't afraid to get stuck in when needed hence the heavy internal upgrades for those fast trigger response room clearance moments.
Fancy having a setup like his?:
Simply give our customer service team a call, we are happy to do upgrades before shipping out new purchases: 01484 644 709
You may have seen this last week with Sam's P90 on our Instagram account, well now we are taking it a tad further thanks to Stuart (who has been playing a hell of a lot longer).
Every Friday we want to introduce you to our team and show what we use out on the field! Today, let us introduce to you Stuart Manks. Our in-house product photographer and bearded giant. Oh he also runs Halo Mill - Proving Grounds once a month. You can click here for more information.
Stuart's current go-to setup is lightweight, practical and supportive. He likes to run with only what he needs to reduce energy consumption and keep a slim profile for those intense firefight scenarios. A full list found in the pic can be found below:
# VIPER Tactical - Lazer Special OPS Plate Carrier
# MAG - 8x 130rnd M16 Magazines
# Haley Strategic - Dangler Pouch
# 1LM - Ranger Eye Patch
# TDO - Airsoft Patch
# TDO - GRATTO patch
# TDO - LADY G Patch
# Superfly Patch
# Georaga Patch
On his back Stuart occasionally runs with his VIPER Tactical - Backpack storing additional ammo, pyro, and other essentials to make sure the job gets done!
As for his lid he's running the following to look after the supercomputer inside:
# EMERSONGEAR - MICH 2001 Helmet
# Z-Tac - Headset
# Z-Tac - Arc Mounts
# ARC - Helmet Rails
# VIPER Tactical - Snood
# EMERSONGEAR - Counterweight Pouch
# 1LM - Flag Patch
# BOLLE - Silium II Glasses
One of his longest owned RIF's the gun was imported specifically for him but fully built up in-house with GATE electronics and other shiny parts, more on that will come in the future. This thing shoots like a laser with an incredible trigger response.
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