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Airsoft Beginners Guide To: Eye Protection

Welcome to the latest video in the Patrol Base Airsoft Beginners Guide collection, this time featuring Patrol Base Stu who is here to talk to us about a subject which will affect every single Airsoft player: Eye Protection. Whether you're a first time player, or someone who plays every weekend, you all have one thing in common, you all wear eye protection to protect your squish soft eyes from being popped when shot with a BB (Thankfully, we've never witnessed this!).

In this video we'll discuss the different types of eye protection, as well as the advantages and disadvantages. If you prefer to watch the video you can check it below, or keep on reading for more in-depth discussion.


Mesh Eye Protection

We've got a couple of choices of mesh out protection here, usually either goggles or glasses style, or more rarely a full face mask with a full mesh front. Normally it's made out of sheet stamped steel, and has foam around the back to create a nice positive seal when it's on your face.

The pros of this is the heat can escape very very easily thanks to the little holes, preventing any form of fog up, so you're not going to start losing vision or finding it difficult to see enemy targets at range. The holes are not big enough for a BB to pass through, but are just large enough to allow you to see through with as little sight reduction as possible.

Things to watch out for with mesh is that small bits of debris, dust, dirt, and anything like that if you're crawling around can make their way through and then you'll have maybe have to leave game clean them up and get back in. Another minor negative for mesh is that because they don't allow as much light in they slightly impair your vision. If you're going into somewhere that's quite dark a building CQB or if it's coming into the evening in winter time you will lose some of your natural vision with the sort of blurry effect that it gives you slightly.

Polycarbonate Lenses

The next thing we're going to talk about is Polycarbonate Glasses, usually the classic form of eye protection when it comes to Airsoft. There's an absolutely massive scale when it comes to polycarbonate there's a wide range of tints, shapes and sizes available, allowing you to pick the perfect lens for the situation.

A good example of this is tinted glasses, an example being the Bollé™ smoked glasses. They're slightly tinted so you also have polarized eye protection, and these are basically sunglasses that are ballistically protected. They're always labeled with polarized and these are for when you're playing in summer on very bright days.

There's also yellow frames, these high light targets at distance and increase the light coming through the glasses, makes it very easy to see targets at range.

Another bonus for these is like with the Sawflys that you can see here: on the inside they have an insert so that you can get prescription glasses fitted inside them, meaning you can do away with expensive contact lenses whilst playing.

The main benefit for the polycarbonate lensed glasses and goggles is that almost all of these have an actual industry standard ballistic rating so when these are hit by bb's you know there are a hundred percent safe.

When it comes to the pros and cons with polycarbonate, the pros are you get very very good field of view there's very little degradation towards your vision especially at range, going inside and outside of buildings you're gonna be very very good. When it comes to the downsides sometimes people get fogging up issues: sweat on the glasses and it becomes very difficult to see.

There's many many ways to stop this we have our ex fog system that's in stock now it blows air around the top of the glasses and if constant flow of air of the glasses prevents them from fogging up. A second way of stopping it is Bollé produce anti fog wipes, sprays, everything like that.

It Produces a little film over the back of the glasses again preventing fogging up. The final way to do it the Dye mask over here, and the Dye mask lens that's yellow they have what's called a thermal layer there's two sheets of plastic and a pair gap between again this creates a nice little thermal layer for them prevents the steam and the condensation building on the inside of the glasses.

The biggest negative that some people have with polycarbonate ones like this is they are quite difficult to find the right set for your face we always recommend coming in store try on as many pairs as you can and just make sure you get the one that fits your face properly you don't want to find any gaps under your eyes here around the back here and seeing them sit off your face slightly.


One final note some sites may not allow a mesh or must provide full face protection check with your local site or wherever you're going to go play airsoft and make sure you abide by their rules before you turn up so you not dissapointed on the day.

Thanks for watching and look forward to the next new player introduction video.


Airsoft Beginners Guide To: Gas

This latest new player video features Patrol Base Pete and Patrol Base Mike, who are here to discuss one of the most important topics to anyone who owns a Gas powered Airsoft replica: The differences between all the main Airsoft Gas Types. Hopefully this is the information you don't really hear a lot about through regular social media channels like YouTube or Facebook. We're going to be trying to hit the questions which people feel too stupid to ask, but don't worry, there is no such thing as a stupid question in Airsoft: we were all new players once!

In the video we will discuss various types of gas. Although there are many variants of propellant for airsoft guns they all fall under three main categories: Co2, HPA, and the most popular Green Gas and Propane.


Co2

If you're thinking about getting yourself a Co2 powered weapon chances are it's going to be powered by a co2 bulb. These are usually inserted into the bottom of the magazine or into the pistol grip and are screwed into the gun until the top of the cartridge is pierced therefore releasing the co2.

Co2 is usually favored during the colder months of the year because it's less affected by temperature, but just bear in mind that if you try and use it in the warmer months of the year it could actually produce more power in the gun than your game site will allow. This is due to the increased gas expansion due to the heat, which will produce more power when fired.

One of the things to look out for when using Co2 bulbs is to make sure that it pierces completely when inserting it into the mag and also make sure you don't over tighten it otherwise you could cause damage to the valve.

Always make sure the bulbs are fully emptied before trying to take it out of the magazine otherwise you'll have yourself a homemade co2 launcher. Since the Bulb Cap / Screw is the only thing holding it in place then the bulb will try to escape any way it can, usually towards you if you're not careful.


HPA

Another type of gas is 'HPA' which stands for High Pressure Air. These types of guns are usually powered by a pressurized bottle which is fed into a regulator which controls the amount of air or gas escaping from the bottle in a very consistent manner and then that feeds into the rifle and pushes the BB through the barrel. The release of air is controlled inside the weapon either by a mechanical system, or more popularly via a digital Fire Control Unit which can be programmed to various different modes.

HPA replicas are usually very consistent, and they're less effective if at all by temperature which means you can run it pretty much all year round.

The only disadvantages to HPA is that you might be carrying a big bottle around with you at the same time, the fact they have to be specially filled, and that they can be an expensive outlay. But, if you want performance, and the best kit money can buy, HPA is the way to go, and is sometimes even more consistent than AEG replicas!

Typically as a beginner you probably won't encounter this kind of system unless it's other guys at the field. Generally it's either a gas rifle that's been modified to accept a remote line or an out-of-the-box solution such as a mechanical Tippmann M4 or a digitally controlled PolarStar to name a few


Green Gas

Now for the slightly more complicated topic of Airsoft Green Gas. Whilst Airsoft Green Gas are available in various different varieties they are essentially just Propane with varying amounts of Silicon Lube or other Additives contained in the mixture to vary the potential power output provided. The additives are used to stabilize the gas, to inhibit it from rapid or increased expansion from temperature. Generally the more additives the less powerful the gas is due to the decreased volume of propane, and the less additives the more powerful it becomes.

Green Gas guns typically store the gas in the magazines, and can be easily filled simply by depressing the cans nozzle into the fill valve on the base of the magazine. It's very easy to do and the gas itself is very easy to store as its in a simple metal can with a push to release nozzle. An added bonus of Green Gas Magazines is that they can be topped up at any time, this makes them very easy to use, however, due to the limited gas storage space, and being surrounded by thick metal in the magazine, the gas is easily affected by temperature.

Weaker gas is more affected by lower temperature, with a common gotcha being trying to use weak gas in colder weather rendering them useless, with the inverse also being true, of using too powerful gas in high temperatures and making it too powerful for UK Sites.

Green Gas Types

As it can be quite confusing we've put together a couple of examples just to help guide you through it all. Spoiler alert: 99% of the time you're going to be using NUPROL 2.0 or ASG Ultrair.

In range of power we have the following.

144a Duster Gas / Summer Gas

The lower power gases are most likely to be used with polymer slided pistols like Tokyo Marui pistols and rifles or if you've got a gas gun which is running too hot to be used at your site it can help you bring down the power somewhat.

Standard Green Gas

95% of the time Green Gas is what you're going to be using. We blanket recommend that for pretty much every gas pistol and rifle we sell in-store and on our website. Some guns do require more powerful gas, but we'll usually tell you in the product description or in-store if you pay us a visit.

Low Temperature Red Gas

You've got the red gas which is a little bit more powerful again it's generally used for lower temperatures however it is missing that silicone lubricant component so just bear that in mind. You'll usually be using this gas in winter in larger gas powered replicas. We would recommend avoiding just simply sticking this in a gun to increase its FPS, it will work, but it's like driving your car around everywhere in 2nd gear.

High Powered Black Gass

You can go all the way up to black gas, which is a super power up gas which is most likely to be used in the coldest temperatures or if you've got a gas rifle with a particularly heavy bolt or something like that in there just to help it cycle properly and it's also the most common gas used in competition shooting where power output is less of an issue.

Pure Propane

The most powerful was always going to be pure propane. This is exactly the same stuff that you're using barbecues and portable cookers but with a special adapter to allow you to fill gas magazines via the valve. It's the base of what makes up your standard airsoft Green Gases except it doesn't have any lubricant in it so users need to add their own from the neck of the bottle.

If you are looking at using pure propane in your pistol or rifle then just bear in mind that you're gonna need to spend more time lubricating the internals just pay a bit more attention to that as it does run very dry but that's your trade off for more power and consistency


So there you have it guys that's our beginner's guide to the various gases available for airsoft replicas, remember 99% of you are going to be using standard green gas anyway, but hopefully it's provided you a bit more information and busted some of those myths that may surround the genre.


Airsoft Beginners Guide To: Battery Connectors

The video features Patrol Base Pete, and Patrol Base Mike, and this is the first video in a long series of episodes which are targeted at dealing with issues that pertain to beginners in Airsoft. Hopefully this is the information you don't really hear a lot about through regular social media channels like YouTube or Facebook. We're going to be trying to hit the questions which people feel too stupid to ask, but don't worry, there is no such thing as a stupid question in Airsoft: we were all new players once!


For this episode Pete and Mike will be looking at battery connecters. They'll be covering the four main types of battery connectors that you'll likely come into contact with when using Airsoft electric guns. Some are common, and some are not, but it's good to get a good overview of all types of connectors should you run into them into the field.

They'll be looking into the four main battery connector types used in Airsoft AEG:

  • Mini Tamiya
  • Large Tamiya
  • Deans
  • XT60

Spoilers: 99% of the time if you're buying a new Airsoft gun then you'll be looking at small Tamiya connectors. For example, guns like the Edge Series from Specna Arms come with small Tamiya Connectors. If you've picked something up 2nd hand then the chances are it'll have been upgraded to deans for a lower resistance connection, or if you have a super fancy high speed and over the top custom job you might find yourself with some XT60 connectors. XT60 is the least common connector, but it's good to be made aware of should you have to deal with it in the field.


It's good to know that almost all AEG connectors are plug and play: you simply push them together and as long as your battery is charged you're pretty much good to go. If you're worried then there is no need tobe. This is because all the most common Airsoft connectors are designed to only plug in one particular way so that you can't accidentally plug positive to positive or negative to negative and cause a short. This way there's a lot less worry, and less issues with getting it wrong and damaging your connectors.

Tamiya Connectors have one round pin, and one square pin, Deans connectors have a vertical and horizontal pin, and the XT60 has a not and a chamfered edge so you can't plug them in the wrong way around unless you really force them!


You may have noticed, either in real life or in this video, that some batteries (specifically Lithium Polymer, aka LiPo batteries) have an extra little white connector attached in addition to the normal battery connector. This is called the balance lead, or sometimes called a balance cable, and that's responsible for making sure that the individual cells charge as they should. This cable gives the charger access to each of the individual cells so they can each be charged to the correct level.


If any of you avid Airsoft DIY enthusiasts, or starter Airsoft Techs, out there are considering swapping over the connectors on your gun from Tamiya to Deans then don't forget to remember that it's the male connector that goes on the gun end and the female connector that goes on the battery end.

For those of you who still need the birds and the bees talk: the male pins are the extruding ones which go into the other female connectors.

This is to prevent short circuiting when the batteries in your guns, or when equipment is in storage or in a kit bag. The idea is that the pins can't be bridged to cause a short due to exposed pins. This is particularly important when you're talking about Deans connectors, as the male pins are fully exposed.


When it comes to choosing a battery to go in your rifle that's a whole new video itself. Suffice to say that manufacturers have tried their hardest of crammed batteries into every possible space available on a gun.

For example in an m4 generally speaking the battery would go in the buffer tube in an AEK underneath the top dust cover.

If you're worried about buying the right battery for your airsoft gun check out the Specifications Tab on each of the product listings to see what we recommend if you're in any doubt still please get in touch, or give us a call.


So there you go guys hopefully this video has been of some help to you the new players out there. Featured in the video was Patrol Base Mike, and Patrol Base Pete. If you found this interesting then keep an eye out for more, we'll be releasing new content soon all targeted at new players!


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