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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.


UPGRADE TIME! – SSG 69 Precision Barrel

Finally in stock to boost your power, range and accuracy!

For a long time we have been personally waiting for this part to complete our upgrade! The ASG - SSG 69 Precision Inner Barrel (Click Here to buy now). You may have seen our previous blog posts on upgrading the ASG - SSG 69, if not then click the links below:

Part 1 - Crazy Super Light Sniper Rifle
Part 2 - Go Camo! - Sniper Update
Part 3 - Make it silent! DIY Suppressor

Why are we doing this?

So, the standard barrels are quite poor. But for a sub £90 sniper rifle you can't expect alot. Out of the box these rifles shoot very well and in our of our previous blog posts we have listed some the upgrades we have carried out, but here is a full list of current upgrades:

# High powered spring
# Weighted piston
# Inner barrel spaces
# AEG barrel chopped to fit to standard hop unit

Below you can see the rifles current FPS with the above listed work:

Since doing these updates, we went a little too far with the AEG inner barrel and then found out ASG actually provided a purpose made SSG69 Precision Inner Barrel. So what do we expect to get from this upgrade?

# An FPS increase as you can only go so far with a spring upgrade on stock sears, spring guide and other cylinder components
# Tighter grouping down range

On top of fitting the upgraded tight-bore, we are also installing a fresh hop-up rubber for peace of mind.

First things first:

Upon opening the packaging we noticed this is a standard looking brass barrel and could do with a clean before initial use. Why? From storage the oils used in production have settled a little but collected dust and super small dirt, so give it a quick clean before assembly! Below is a photo of what you can expect upon receiving your item:

This barrel is a definite upgrade over the super cheap lightweight standard silver one. It wasn't even silver, a mucky grey. Once again what do you really expect for a sub £90 sniper rifle? This upgraded barrel also has the perfect cut outs for this one of a king hop-up unit so we expect everything to line up perfectly unlike our "bodged" efforts before of the AEG chopped up goodness...

Below shows the clean pre-cuts for aligning the barrel upon assembly:

Prepare to shave...:

One thing we have encountered is the new tight-bore precision inner barrel is slightly wider than a standard inner barrel. Today was our first time we have had to do this as usually it is a drop in barrel, but we have to do some shaving of the walls on the inside of the hop-up unit as circled below. We knew we had to do this because the hop unit wouldn't fully close tight upon re-assembly.

The first image shows a before and the last an after, we simply used a dremel to take away the edges:

Another little mod we did was slightly share the hop-up rubber guiding line slightly for an easier drop into the hop-up unit. There are no photos of this, as once you re-build you unit you will know straight away what we mean.

The results:

Excellent! The results are shown below:

# Cut up AEG barrel = 130mps / 426fps
# ASG - SSG 69 Precision Inner barrel 6.03 x 465mm = 164mps / 538

The above results were with a 0.20g BB, we of course need to do a final test with the ammo we intend to use to avoid creep issues. From a quick test, we were hot still with a 0.43g BB, we we now need to cut the spring to compensate.

Want your own upgrade? Get the ASG - SSG 69 Precision Inner Barrel (Click Here to buy now).

What's next?:

We need to reduce the FPS minutely and then go testing down range! We will produce a short video and create a future blog on this soon 🙂


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