Proving grounds. The place where heroes are made, ears are rung, and battle-cries rain.

June the 3rd 2018 was my first Airsoft game at Proving Grounds. I had arrived, full of anticipation as I made my way to the pre-game briefing, sporting my newly purchased P90, especially for the event.

After the briefing and an exciting giveaway, courtesy of NUPROL, the game was due to start in no time at all, I got changed into my gear and headed for the chrono.

Stepping out into the sunlit combat zone everyone checked their weapons range and accuracy. Once the marshal shouted game on, we set off running! We dived behind cover as a movement was spotted up ahead. Not knowing the map, I hunkered down at D1, looking across at my teammates as they signed the position of an enemy sniper hidden in the tall grass about 30m to our front. Knowing I didn’t have the accuracy to make the shot quickly, we worked together peppering the trees and moving grass to give our own snipers a chance to get off a shot. After losing about half the group we managed to prevail, moving up towards C1.

At C1 we regrouped with another squad from our team trying to push back the enemy’s line. This section became increasingly loud as pyro started to fly. Fortunately, by this point, I had become used to the P90 and began challenging the enemy players. Using the cover of the epic Enola Gaye smoke grenades, we pushed up out of the huts to the trench and wooden barricades. As I released BB’s into the enemy side at an alarming rate, I noticed an epic dash by a teammate darting out of cover to save a fellow teammate. I popped up and released a couple of bursts at the barriers ahead where I could she heads moving. As the BB’s hit the barrier the enemy ducked for cover and my teammate was medic’d in ultimate style. This event was not in isolation, however, and I saw many more acts of courage like this all throughout the day.

As we took an intermission the mood in the Safe Zone was friendly and a lot of laughs were being had despite the mix of sides and their actions during the game. After a cold drink and some food, I made my way back to the CZ, realising the spawns had changed a fellow player and I made our way back into the Safe Zone and out through an alternative exit. We edged towards the noise of gunfire ahead and noticed the enemy had pushed up a lot further than we thought and had been flanked. We dropped down into a trench and made our way as quietly as we could, with mud underfoot, down the trench going under an over any obstacles we encountered.

As we move to the far side of the bridge we saw a squad moving forward. Clearly, in a false sense of security given their position, we lay through the greenery and took out the squad without giving away our position. After a couple of close calls, I won’t go into, our luck ran out. We had been spotted and now a swarm of players from both directions edged towards us, shooting at anything that moved. Keeping low we edged back to more cover beneath a low bridge, knowing our time was limited we made a final stand, taking out four more of their players. As I reloaded there were BB’s flying far too close for comfort. My teammate was hit and before I could look round I had joined him. We made our way out of our cover, hands raised, a little disappointed that the thrill of being behind enemy lines was over. Then, to my surprise the enemy players that had taken us out congratulated us.

Towards the end of the day we had to capture and hold B2, after adopting a couple of different approaches and being repelled each time, I spotted teammates heading through the bushes with snipers rifles. In efforts to give them some support, and to avoid the onslaught I had been receiving for the past 20 minutes, I made my way into the greenery at a second point surprising two enemy players with a couple of quick bursts of my p90. These players were then stood waiting for a medic and I was unable to push forward. This called for my retreat where I stumbled upon some fellow team members, we made one last push but the enemy had overwhelmed the undergrowth and we were slaughtered!

All in all Proving Grounds was a huge success, a great turn out with a lot of very kind and talented players. As a newbie to the site, I felt welcomed and could still contribute to the team, I threw myself right in and was rewarded for it. I will be returning soon.

Want to find out more and book a spot for yourself and friends? Simply check out their website at www.halomill.com and click on booking.

How long will your AEG last?

Everyone want’s their gun to last forever, so do we, its annoying to have to keep repairing your gun. But how much is too much for your Airsoft Pride and joy? Well, we came across something interesting whilst scouring the G&G Manual for the G&G ARP9 AEG which made us think.

We’ve always wondered how much punishment each AEG can take, which obviously varies from gun to gun, but its so hard to put a number on it, so when G&G have mentioned it in their Instruction Manuals we found it kind of interesting once you worked out how many rounds it realistically is.

Before we start, a bit of background, G&G are a great brand, and are usually considered one of the go-to brands for quality and reliability. In fact, the G&G Raider range is used at a lot of Airsoft Game sites as rental weapons because they’re so reliable, so they’re a great base line for this example.

The reference relates to the Motor, which is usually the last thing to break on an AEG.

And, if you want to read the manual for yourself, you can find it on G&G’s Website: G&G – ARP9 User Manual.


How much is too much?

In the ARP-9 Manual, in fact all of the newer style manuals, under the troubleshooting section you can find the issue ‘No operation at all’. This reads that a possible cause may be:

“Expired Motor Life (50,000 to 60,000 rounds) or poor electrical connection.”

This got us thinking, we needed to put some perspective on this in real terms to get our heads around it, so we worked out the following:

–  60,000 rounds is 20 Bottles of BBs.

–  If you used 6000 rounds per day of Airsoft (around two bottles) this would mean 10 Skirmishes.

– If you play twice a month it would mean your rifle should be expected to work for around 5 months.


What do you think?

This in our opinion is a bit of a conservative guess, we’ve seen rifles last a lot longer than this, and some a lot shorter. It mostly comes down to how you use the weapon, if you stick an 11.1v battery in and hold down the trigger its going to last a lot shorter time than on a 7.4v.

This rough estimate only takes into account the motor too, so doesn’t take into account other mechanical faults such as a Gear Failure, Snapped Tappet plate or Nozzle Failure. It does make for an interesting rough guide though.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Do you think this is a good estimate, or has yours lasted longer? How long do you expect your weapon to last?

ASG MP9: Too Hot in the Sun

Summer times almost upon us! This is the time where Airsoft is at its finest, the sun is high in the sky, birds are tweeting, and the woodlands of the UK echo with the sound of ‘HIT’. Not only does Summer bring longer days, and more time in the beer garden, it also brings the Gas Blowback Airsoft Player’s worst fear: the heat. Heat effects Gas Guns in interesting ways, mainly by increasing the FPS of the weapon, and if your gun is already close to the line a small temperature increase could spell disaster. This is common not only to Green Gas Guns, but to CO2 pistols as well, with CO2 guns showing a huge jump in power in the heat.

We were talking to Danny from Halo Mill, an Airsoft CQB Arena located in Huddersfield, and he was telling us he’s seen a huge increase in the amount of MP9 players which are having to switch out from their favourite gun because they are simply too hot.

Well, there’s an easy solution for that: The ASG MP9 Downgrade Bolt.


Downgrade bolt to the rescue!

If you’re familiar with the MP9 in heat, you’ll know as soon as it gets a little too warm your gun will be firing hot! The worst we’ve ever seen was one of these guns reaching around 420fps on one of the hottest days of the year, suffice to say: he did not get to play that day.

The was light at the end of the tunnel, we fitted the ASG MP9 Downgrade Bolt to the weapon and it brought his FPS right down to around 300fps, making it perfect for playing with even in the highest of temperatures.

The Downgrade / CQB Bolt is a drop in and play downgrade for all KWA / ASG MP9 Gas Blowback Airsoft 6mm BB Guns. The Bolt is constructed from Alloy, making it durable and long lasting, and has been specifically designed to drop the FPS of the weapon by around 50-70 fps making it Site Legal for most Skirmish Sites in the UK.

Once fitted the Bolt usually sees the weapon firing around 290 to 310fps dependant on the Temperature of the Gas in the Magazine. This is a must have purchase for any Airsoft Skirmisher who owns an MP9 who wants to Skirmish their weapon.

Best thing: once it starts to get cold again, you can just re-install your old bolt.


But how do I fit the bolt?

If you’re au fait with the MP9 then replacing the bolt is a doddle, but for those who don’t know how, or want it fitting before we send you your shiny brand new MP9 you can get in contact with us!

If you want one fitting before we dispatch your MP9, then feel free to get in touch with our customer services team on: 01484 644709, or email: sales@patrolbase.co.uk.

If you want  help with fitting the bolt, or want us to fit one into your existing weapon then feel free to get in touch with our Workshop Team on: 01484 644709, or email: workshop@patrolbase.co.uk.

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