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!
Milky, also known as Mike started off in Patrol Base and occasionally falls back into customer assistance in store. However most of the time these days he is working away adding product content to our website, answering questions on social media and Toky Woky. Whilst doing all of this, he does occasionally get outside into the fresh air to shoot some 6mm plastic.
Milky like a few other members of staff loves to run lightweight, but also very very practical! He's not a gear-whore even though he's wearing KRYPTEK.... this is only because he's a bargain hunter and managed to grab some during our sales at a very low price.
Starting from the head down Milky is equipped with:
Going round to the back, more often than not, especially in the summer Milky runs smart and keeps hydrated with an 8Fields Tactical - Hydration Pack.
Milky tends to prefer a CQB environment over woodland, so keeping a slim and low-profile RIG is a must. He is quite the skinny guy already, running light he hardly ever makes a noise and makes for a very sneaky and fast-paced teammate.
Yes, guns and many of them. Some would say he has a problem, but we know a few would also say he's still not got enough... Over the years Milky has grown a loving for anything GBB and the more realistic, the better! He still relies upon his faithful and probably oldest AEG the Classic Army M15A4 decked out in a custom paint job (done so by himself) and a NUPROL - 4x32 ELCAN Spectre with Red Dot.
The gun itself has hardly been touched inside, it has actually rarely been opened and has been in operation for years! The old Classic Army was certainly one of the must-have brands over 6 years ago. They are still favourable today, but not seen a lot either in store or on the field.
For realism once again, Milky prefers to run Mid or Low cap magazines to limit the chance of BB rattles and no need to wind your mags. Of course, this gun wouldn't be that ideal in a built-up CQB environment... This is where we introduce his little friend, probably what he is more famous for owning.
Proudly fully maintained, tweaked and adapted his We Europe - G-Series G17 WET Force is always run with WE Europe - G-Series Extended Magazines. Why extended? They hold more gas and BB's but the gas deliverance is far more efficient. When backed up with his Endo - Tactical Stock Adaptor the pistol practically becomes an SMG with improved accuracy and puts a smile on his face on every shot.
The final little upgrade for the pistol is the SLONG Airsoft - G-Series Rear Sight Rail. When he isn't running his red dot on his ELCAN, it gets slapped on his G-Series for added target acquisition and TACTICOOL-ness.
That's not all though... we mentioned he loves gas, but he also loves being a sneaky sniper when the weathers not too poor. Here is a little run down to his armoury:
Want to find out more and see him in all of his glory, then follow our Instagram account for the latest.
Today we're going to be looking at our coach of the month for February - March 2018: AirsoftAstronaut. Since he became a coach just three months ago he has answered over 800 questions and helped people with a huge range of questions ranging from what magazines go with which gun, what pouches to use, and what brands of guns to go with. Piers, aka AirsoftAstronaut is, plays in and around Essex and has been playing and following the sport for two years, regularly playing at Skirmish Airsoft Billericay, Dragons Lair and Plantation Airsoft. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions, along with getting a few photos of his loadout, and to find out where he plays.
How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing and following the sport for around 2 years now after a friend introduced me to it.
What is your local / go-to site?
I started playing at a Skirmish site but since Fall am a regular at Dragons Lair and Plantation Airsoft.
Image Courtesy of Skirmish Airsoft Billericay.
What is your Favourite Gun?
My favourite Airsoft gun so far is the CSI XR-5 AEG, I jumped at the chance to get this sci fi gun at (In my opinion) such a great price. Having been given a full serviced over Christmas it now fires at 345fps and occasionally I’ll use a tracer and Red tracer bb’s. (I can confirm that NUPROL STANAG Mid caps feed into this gun, but G&G M16 High caps do not, I also use the CSI brand magazines for this gun too, and know how those specifically work on the inside.)
What loadout do you run?
My current loadout consists of my much loved Helikon CPU Jacket and trousers in OD green (The fluffy neck collar was the selling point), I wear a pair of Woodland oak high top boots and some very unprotective 5.11 Tactec A2 gloves (This is for the ability to load pistol and gas gun magazines without accidentally letting go and breaking the bb follower.). I wear an OD helmet and custom fitted a tandard mesh mask to it, and wear some bolle ranger glasses as eye pro.
My loadout “Rig” is a Condor Lazer cut black chest rig with 2x double 5.11 grey pistol magazine pouches on, plus 2 of the 5.11 tactec 9mm pouches, and a red EMT pouch, and Helikon Mini Med pouch Red. (These pouches are of great use on the Blue team)
As for the guns, I tend to run my KJW KP-08 Hicapa, or WE G17 which I’ve got some internal upgrades on order for. from there I usually use my CSI XR-5 (it’s white) or my KJW KC-02 DMR, but I’m still waiting for the summer to come and for more magazines to effectively use it.
I transitioned from a belt rig to a chest rig because with my DMR, and that I sometimes use my AEG’s at the same tile, it’s easier to store all of the magazines, though I do still miss the lightweight feel of a belt.
What is your Favourite Camo?
My favourite camouflage is probably MTP Tropic, if there was a digital version that’d be brilliant, it is nice and dark and still blends with woodland areas.
What is your Favorite Airsoft Moment?
My favourite Airsoft moment was at Dragons Lair in Summer 2017 where I charged a small fort by one of the bridges with a battle cry,one of the four defending from that place ran off, didn’t want to get shot by me 🙂 and I finished off the rest with my G17.
Do you prefer Gas, AEG, or HPA?
With the current weather I favour AEG’s, it’s less expensive to keep them in good shape and working, but with my DMR and pistols in the future I may consider HPA given the typical British wet/sub 20 Celsius weather and the improved consistency (plus I HATE mag freeze issues on gas guns.)
Image Courtesy of Skirmish Airsoft Billericay.
What is your Favorite Brand?
Having limited experience with airsoft guns of different brands, such that it’s mostly talking to others in safe zones about their guns and experiences with them, as well as through browsing forums and Tokywoky as well. I’d say that my favourite brand for airsoft guns would be ASG (I believe KJW is asg going by both brand symbols on the box of my DMR and Hicapa.) they have a large range of airsoft guns, and other things like their Storm Grenade. For clothing I’d go with Helikon & tactical gear 5.11 because I love their gloves and the TacTec magazine pouches have an easy to remove molle webbing design.
Do you have any advice for a new player
My advice for a new airsoft player is this: if you’ve never played before I urge for them to see what the sport is about by playing a rental game at their most local site. From there it would be extreamely helpful to have a browse through the UKAPU website for guidelines on legal issues and guidelines such as two tone etc.
After this it is a case of being prepared to spend a sum of money (I myself found this to be larger than expected until I read up about Airsoft thoroughly online) on the “basics” which is likely consisting of a gun, appropriate power source, usually a LiPo as most beginners go for AEG’s, from there simply ensure they’ve got some suitable footwear and eye and face protection, and perhaps learn about their new gun at home before playing at a site with it so that they understand the gun, it’s functionality and anything important about it such as fps, magazine compatibility etc (On the topic of magazines I’d suggest avoiding dry firing as it’ll damage the gun.)
Once again, thanks to Piers for helping the community out on TokyWoky, and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Also thanks to Skirmish Airsoft Billericay, who provided us with the images, who are based in Billericay, Essex. Situated in the heart of beautiful Essex Countryside yet only 10 minutes from junction 29 of the M25 Skirmish Airsoft, Billericay is only 20 minutes from East London. They are only 5 minutes from Basildon and 15 minutes from Chelmsford. If you want to check them out you can check out their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/Skirmish-Airsoft-Billericay-65355044979/, or visit their Website at: www.airsoft-billericay.co.uk.
For those who haven’t yet used TokyWoky, it is the Chat System we have running on our website which is featured at the bottom right, and has as similar style to Facebook Chat. The chat box allows you to get in contact with other Airsoft Players browsing the site, allowing you to ask any and all questions should you need the help! The system allows people to rate each other, and allows people to become Coaches, showing that they have helped people with their questions! Each month we will be selecting a user to be our Coach of the Month, and will be someone who we pick who has helped the other users the most!
- Patrol Base Jonny
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