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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


Feature Friday – Doodson

Today it's time to introduce our 2nd Dave of this current blog series. Known mostly as Doodson, he's been with Patrol Base for over 7 years! Originally working part-time, he finally fell into his full-time position of most days working within our in-store workshop and front of house staff. Doodson is quite well known for his taste in rifles, optics, upgrades and... if you hear someone laughing in a bush, you're about to get shot by him mid game day.

Ninja Doodson also shoots real steel rifles as a hobby, but today we are purely focusing on his 6mm plastic addition. Let's start off with his gear, the very little of it that he runs with.

The Gear:

As we have already mentioned, Doodson has pretty much always run super lightweight. Not quite naked, but also not far off. Generally seen running all year in a t-shirt and combat bottoms, he does opt for a thermal base layer when the winter starts to creep in.

Doodson's latest loadout consists of:

  • Salomon - GTX boots
  • Sealskins - Socks because the ‘gtx-yness’ stopped working and it was cheaper than new boots
  • Vertx - Mandrake trousers
  • Black Hawk - riggers belt
  • Black Hawk - 1911 holster
  • Blue Force Gear - Helium Whisper Dump Pouch
  • Blue Force Gear - Helium Whisper M4 mag pouch
  • Arcteryx - Thermal Top
  • Vortex - Organic Muley T-Shirt

Literally, that is it! When running his tricked out VSR, his spare magazines and speedloaders are simply stored in his pocket and the tactical stock-pouch.

The Guns:

Doodson has owned many guns in his Airsoft life. But today we are focusing on his special two. Always known as being a sneaky sniper, running and gunning a MK23, it wasn't until quite recently he moved onto the ASG - Scorpion Evo hype.

Let's get straight into the upgrade. Dave is all about range, accuracy and consistency and having to tinker with nearly everything. The internals consists of:

Externally Doodson has chopped down the suppressor to submerge it into the handguard some more, installed an HB Industries - EVO Paddle Mag Release and opted for a VORTEX - VIPER PST Gen II 106x24 SFP VMR-2 MRAD scope mounted on a VORTEX - American Eagle Precision QR mount.

Now onto potentially Doodson's move beloved weapon. His fully pimped out Tokyo Marui - VSR-10 Pro Sniper Rifle. This is the railed version fitted with a suppressor and has had some serious time and money spent on it internally.

Let's get straight into it:

As mentioned already, Doodson runs light so all his magazines and spare speedloader of ammo are stocked in the stock pouch of the rifle or in his trouser pockets.

The rifle itself has also had other modifications including a blanked off mock ejection port to reduce sound when the piston smacks against the cylinder head and trigger release. The stock has also been filled with expanding foam too.

Lastly, one of the most common questions Doodson would get asked on a game day is... What scope is that!?! Taken from his real steel background he likes to keep familiar with his optics and slaps on a VORTEX - Razor Gen2 4.5-27x56 (available if you contact us!). The scope has been secured to the sight rail with a VORTEX - Precision Match 34mm Rings.

Finally onto his third pride and joy today. Doodson currently favours (from his collection), his Tokyo Marui - HI-CAPA 5.1 Gas Blowback Pistol finished in Chrome or to others, a Stainless Steel look.

Absolutely nothing has been done to this pistol! It's completely stock other than a slightly filed trigger guard to allow it to drop easily into his BLACKHAWK 1911 holster.

To see more of Doodson and his loadout, check out our "Staff Armoury" gallery on our Instagram by clicking here.


M40A3 McMillan – BREAKDOWN

The new must-have sniper rifle?...

We have truly taken this rifle down to its very last screw and bolt to find out exactly how this rifle holds up against many of the other available "budget" introductory Airsoft spring powered sniper rifles out there. In short, we are incredibly impressed! Continue reading below to find out everything we now know about it. For production information on the ASG - M40A3 McMillan Sniper "Click Here".

What do you get for your money?

First of all, you are getting a very sought after M40A3 stock that just feels amazing to hold. Very comfortable and visually striking compared to alternative slimline stocks you are normally used to seeing. On Tokyo Marui and other branded rifles, the M40A3 stocks are rare to find and highly desirable due to popular use in films and real steel shooting.

With this being a "budget rifle" you are getting a hollowed out stock with metal weights, but the hold and comfort are still absolutely fantastic. Now let's start breaking it down...

Breaking it in two:

As already mentioned, this is a hollowed out stock that features alloy weights but you could quite easily split it and pack it out with plasticine or expandable foam to make it feel a bit more robust.

First of all simply remove the under rail by removing the 2x screws.

You can then start to take each screw out of one side of the body and split by hand or a very thin blade.

The sling mounts do not need to be removed, but you can do so very easily should you want a flusher finish. Just be sure to chop off the mounting studs after.

Once split you can see there are three weights to balance out the rifle when being held up in the air.

The front inside also features the magazine release catch mechanism. This is a closed unit and unlike many other rifles out there, you do not need to fear of this part flying out and getting lost when disassembling your sniper!

Additional features:

As you may have already seen, the rifle features an adjustable cheek rest that requires you to simply undo the four screws. The cheek rest then has 4x positions that the rest will lock into once the screws are tightened back up.

The stock is also adjustable with 4x plates that can be added and removed until you have a desirable length once shouldered.

The cylinder and outer barrel are also stabilised with a very thick polymer locking unit as pictured below.

This unit keeps everything rock solid and provides one of the most satisfying bolt pulls we have ever experienced. Even when you fit a bigger spring inside the cylinder, everything still functions very smoothly and straight.

The inner barrel also features a polymer 2 part stabiliser, you can add more home-made ones by simply wrapping the inner barrel in insulation tape should you desire.

Hop-up chamber:

The hop-up chamber is very similar to the ones found in the SSG69 spring rifles, however, the M40A3 is far better quality with a better finish and just feels more pleasant to physically slide the hop pressure adjuster too.

Straight out of the box this hop-up unit will life a 0.40g BB very happily once you upgrade the cylinder with an ASG - High Power Spring - SSG69.

Do not let the polymer construction put you off. This is a hard ABS material that delivers excellent and precise pressure upon your hop-up rubber/bucking.

The cylinder:

The cylinder only requires a spring upgrade for this to become a very competitive rifle on the field. Yes, you can replace the piston and spring guide with alloy alternatives, but we would honestly find this a waste of money. Just like the SSG69, this rifle can be upgraded to 500fps with just a high powered spring purchase.

The nozzle is tight straight from the factory, but with some long needle nose pliers it comes off very easily revealing the heavy greased insides. We would recommend a quick clean and Abbey Silicone Oil is used before your first skirmish to improve your range upon your first few shots. You may also see an additional FPS increase.

Overall verdict:

Do not upgrade anything over than the spring! This rifle performs very well and with the spring upgrade and right BBs, plus a good setup scope you can achieve some seriously impressive range on the skirmish field competing very nicely against well tuned Tokyo Marui platforms.

The rifle is lightweight, easy to pull the bolt, cheap magazines to buy as spares and can be heavily customised. A few customisations we recommend are to fill the stock with either plasticine or expandable foam, a one-piece homemade barrel spacer (paper wrapped tight around the inner barrel) and a camo paint job.

Want one?

Keep it clean, use quality ammo and set up your scope properly and you will not be disapointed. For your own ASG - M40A3 McMillan Sniper "Click Here".

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