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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.

Try Airsoft Gift Cards, for those who don’t know what they want!

So, the festive period is here, everyone has their Christmas trees up, and now for the last and most stressful part: the presents. If you're here reading this because you have to buy your son, daughter, or significant other an Airsoft gift but don't know what to pick, don't worry, we've got you covered! We Airsofters are a picky lot, we like certain stuff, and we hate other stuff, sometimes we get things on a whim, but the one thing we all like is to customise and pick our gear to the exact specifications for the task at hand.

Buying a gift for an Airsoft player can be a nightmare, with worries for compatibility to simple things like colour, it can be a bit of a minefield to pick that perfect Christmas gift. Why not skip the worry entirely and grab them an Airsoft Gift card, that way they can pick for themselves!

What Gift Cards are available?

At the moment we are offering a £20 gift voucher, which can be purchased through us for use either in-store or online. The cards feature a scratch-off back section which can be scratched off to reveal the code for use via our website. These make great gifts for a family member looking to buy a rifle, as they can use their own defence to avoid having the weapon two-toned.

The cards can be stacked used together, along with any other offers available through the website, so if you want to work together with other family members you can contribute by all buying gift cards and allow the recipient to really pick something they want and deserve!

If you're looking for the cards themselves they can be found on our website as: Patrol Base - £20 Gift Card, and Terms and Conditions can be found on our Gift Card Terms and Conditions Page.

What can they use the gift cards for?

The gift cards can be used to buy anything from simple BBs and supplies, all the way up to fully-fledged Airsoft replicas. Standard rules will still apply, so they'll still need an Airsoft defence, but at least they get to pick something they really want.

Avoid defence problems

Though using Gift Cards does not mean that you will not need a defence, it means you can contribute towards a gun someone wants to buy! One of the biggest problems when it comes to Christmas Airsoft gifts is that to buy an Airsoft Gun which isn't two-toned you need to have a relevant defence, even if it is for someone else. Due to the laws which govern replica weapons the person who purchases or pays the weapon must hold a defence, this means we cannot sell people Airsoft rifles in military colours even if they intend to gift it to someone who has a defence.

Gift cards present a great opportunity to give the recipient a chance to pick their own rifle, as well as allowing them to use their own defence to purchase the Airsoft weapon of their choice.

Avoid picking things which don't fit, or work with their kit

Airsoft can be a bit confusing at times, with tonnes of different rail types for attaching accessories, more camouflage patterns that an artists pallet, and a wide range of pouch types, it's far too easy to pick something that they may not need or want. By buying a gift card you allow them to pick exactly what they need so you're not wasting money on something that will sit unused in the corner.

Contribute to a bigger package

We realise that quite a lot of Airsoft guns are out of the price range for any one person as a gift. Stop worrying about it and buy them Airsoft Gift Vouchers instead. They can pool all their vouchers together to buy the gun they want. Work with friends and family to contribute towards the recipients gun fund!

Gift cards can be used in store

Because the cards can be used in-store they can also visit us in Huddersfield, between Wakefield, Leeds, and Manchester to get an idea of what they want and allow them to try before they buy.

Common Questions

How do I use the gift cards?

How do I use gift cards online?

PatrolBase Jonny
To use the gift cards online simply scratch off the code and enter it in the bottom right of the basket. You can read more about this process on our Gift Cards and Vouchers Information Page. Hope this helps 🙂

What happens if I lose my gift card?

My son is a bit rubbish with losing stuff, what can I do if he loses the voucher?

PatrolBase Jonny
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible if a Gift card is lost, stolen, destroyed, or used without your permission. Please ensure that you protect any gift card and treat it as cash as it cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. This is because we cannot identify the codes underneath the scratch-off portion of the card before we send them out, and they are not linked to any particular order or address. Make sure he keeps them safe in his wallet! Hope this helps 🙂

Why won't my code work?

I've tried to enter my code in online and its not working???

PatrolBase Jonny
If you're having a problem with entering your code you need to get in touch with us ASAP! You can get in touch with us over the phone on: 01484 644709, or get in touch using email via our Contact Us Page. Hope this helps 🙂

Feature Friday – Heeson

Today we want to introduce to you Dave, mostly known as Heeson to staff because we have another Dave here... We will stick to Heeson for the purpose of this blog. Heeson has been here several years mostly within the two workshops we have. Most days you can see Dave managing the storefront and tinkering away on customer projects as well as a few of his own Frankensteins. One of which is featured today in this very blog.

Heeson is also a face seen many times at HALO MILL - Proving Grounds and mini Instagram famous with his own channel that can be found here.

The Gear:

One for running simple, fast and quietly Heeson has gone down a slimline route for his latest loadout, especially when combined with his favourite custom build sniper rifle right now. Generally, you can see him on the field in jeans or affordable combat trousers. He's proud of running a budget rig too, the 8Fields Tactical - Multi-Mission Chest Rig. Absolutely perfect for storing the essential but also a couple of bangs and smoke for those tricky situations.

The most expensive piece of kit has to be his jacket. See the full breakdown on his latest loadout below:

The pouches haven't been modified at all, they are perfectly suited for pistol magazines as well as the sniper mags as seen in the pictures.

As well as pistol magazines you have room for 5.56 and a few pyro at the same time.

The Gun:

Heeson has had quite the range of guns from AEG to Gas, rifle to pistol and more. His latest and potentially most popular build has to be his cut down VSR rifle.

Based on a WELL - MB03A Heeson has gone against the norm of owning a Tokyo Marui and fully decking it out. Instead, he wanted a budget rifle and see how far he could push it. Externally the rifle has been accessorised with a VORTEX - 3-9x40 VMR-1, chopped down an outer barrel and then finished off with a SWISS ARMS - Universal 23cm Suppressor.

The back of the rifle has had a rifle stock cheek pouch fitted for carrying those sneaky mid game treats. Internally the following surgery has been undertaken:

The suppressor is actually removable too, it isn't just glued on! There is a silencer adaptor, similar to this which was slotted into the outer barrel and secured. But why did he build this super stubby sniper? Simply because someone online said stubby snipers look ugly... we hope those who read this can now disagree and admire his build 😉

To find out more on Dave and his builds, follow his personal work account by clicking here.

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