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Feature Friday – Jake

Today's feature Friday brings you Jake, your Saturday lad who plays Airsoft, but specialises more so in Multi-Gun Syndicate, a 2 or 3 gun practical shooting club. We think you're going to find this blog very interesting today.

What is Multi-Gun Syndicate?:

A brand/organisation established in Huddersfield as a Practical Shooting Club where shooters meet and use Airsoft weapons to engage in competitive speed and accuracy shooting upon a wide range of hand made targets. A combination of rifles, shotguns and pistols are used within individual and combined runs and is very similar to the old and popular IPSC action air single gun matches.

Matches generally have courses of fire where the shooter must move through different stages and engage with targets both static and moving in a variety of positions. Runs are scored on speed and accuracy and time penalties are added for misses or targets being completely ignored or missed out by accident. Typically there are two divisions (weapons used) which include realistic GBB pistols, GBB rifles and gas shell ejecting shotguns. The other division being none realistic in which you can use a GBB pistol, AEG Rifle or anything you truly find comfortable including none shell ejecting shotguns. You tend to find more serious competitions to fall into the pure GBB only division.

Jake focuses on the realistic division, this requires more time in planning how you're going to reload efficiently and how a stage will be run to accommodate usual Airsoft gas problems and time isn't lost through transitioning between targets.

Gear Worn:

Like other sports, this is all about speed but also very importantly accuracy. You're not going to find Jake running and gunning in a full Airsoft assault vest, boots and kneepads.

Below we have a breakdown of what is typically worn by most but more importantly Jake on a stage event and practice:

Keeping his gear lightweight, compact and everything on the hip allows for the fastest reload possible and access to any holstered weapons to quickly transition into the next stages and target situations.

Guns Used:

Onto the big boys! With this being a competition, you do not really find many completely stock rifles used and with the realistic division being Jake 's focus, you're going to want your GBB rifle, pistol and shotguns to run as smooth, reliable and consistently as possible. Some upgrades are going to be required... Let's start off with the shotgun.

Jake runs a custom build APS CAM 870 shell ejecting shotgun running smart shells by Joe Lau and Mark Farrar. After his recent competition win, he is proudly sponsored by APS now providing essential shells which he will fly through quite a few during the sport. More on his recent winning later in the blog!

The shotgun has undergone upgraded parts but also some hacking away with tools to allow for a wide shell loading port for faster but also smoother re-loads. The shotgun itself has the following upgrades:

  • Water Mellon 11 plus 1 extended magazine tube
  • APS SAI 26inch barrel
  • 3 Gun nation receiver machined for quad loading of shells (two shells loaded at the same time with a rapid follow up of 2 more)
  • Extended safeties
  • Hogue real steel furniture
  • 3D printed match saver

Jake's second primary weapon is his beloved Tokyo Marui MTR16, another GBB weapon favoured by many normal airsofter's for its straight out of the box reliability and consistency, plus the realistic GBB action. Internally this rifle has undergone very little work, that just says enough straight away for how consistent and accurate these rifles are for a GBB platform.

Externally the rifle features the following:

  • VORTEX - Sparc AR
  • BCM stock
  • BCM pistol gripDP ambidextrous racking charging handle
  • DP 150% nozzle spring set
  • 3D printed mag well

The reason for opting with VORTEX is the instant clear vision when rapidly changing between targets, available fine-tuning for windage and elevations plus brightness control. The quality of the anti-reflective lens and also lifetime warranty over any fault and accident is a big bonus too. You can find out more about this warranty on any VORTEX products further information page.

All upgraded external parts allow for faster smoother action, the stock is slightly curved on the lower end which allows for faster shouldering, you literally rock the rifle up into your shoulder and eye-line. 3D printed parts are used too for the ultimate precision against the shooter's magazine choice too.

Lastly the pistol/s. These builds can exceed quite easily into the thousands of pounds, not just from the parts but also the many hours spent on tuning, polishing, lapping and custom milling work. As well as the performance, a lot of personality goes into these sidearms too which can cost a pretty penny.

Based originally on a Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1, every part has been scrapped along the way and now consists of the following:

  • LIMCAT Tigercat slide set
  • NOVA brass hop
  • Elite 6.02 7inch inner barrel
  • 60-degree Maple Leaf hop-up rubber
  • AIP nozzle
  • Airsoft Masterpiece BBU
  • Airsoft Masterpiece 6 inch Limcat advanced frame
  • Limcat hammer
  • Full steel trigger box
  • Prime grip
  • 2 piece puzzle trigger
  • Extended steel safeties
  • Replica 90 degree C-MORE fitted to a no-drill mount

Recent Winning:

From the 10th to the 12th of May 2019 as the Northern Shooting show Jake and associates attended and hosted the Multi-Gun Syndicate UK British Championships. From all who entered the stages, Jake won within the Realistic Division as the overall winner. Not only did he win the trophy but also a Magload "V" load shotgun caddy.

If you're wanting more information on the sport and events, check out their official Facebook group by clicking here.

You can check out more photos on Jake on our featured album on Instagram by giving us a follow.


Staff Feature Friday – Nick

It's another Friday and we're here to show off another absolutely fabulous member of staff, and what he runs with on a game day. Today we would like to introduce to you Nick. Nick works between customer service, but mostly returns admin and has been here for several years now. So, let's get onto the good stuff, what he shoots with and how he dresses up for game day.

The Gear:

Classed as a beginner gear-whore he is slowly building up a former counter-terrorism / urban Police look. Combined with his lightweight and compact weapon options, he can run fast but also work effectively in close quarters and woodland scenarios depending on what takes his fancy at the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's give you a breakdown of the clothing and gear seen in the pics below:

With Nick being a lighter frame, people can usually look a bit swamped in their gear, however, the Viper Tactical line-up of gear is highly adjustable, even for the larger sized shooter, Viper gear can fit snug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping it lightweight and slimline also allows for tucking yourself away into tight situations away from incoming fire far easier, plus you will be working up less of a sweat in the day running about like a mad man.

The Guns:

Nick certainly likes to own quality rifles and his primary and secondary definitely haven't been compromised, but you may be surprised to see that one of our members of staff has hardly touched their internals!

Starting off with the ASG - EVO 3 A12018 Revision, the only upgrades carried out have been on the stock stabiliser and hop adjustment wheel from Airtech Studios. These couple of upgrades get rid of stock wobble and allow for easier hop pressure adjustment, even whilst wearing gloves. The front end has also been dressed up with a very tasty looking ASG - ROTEX Suppressor.

Running on top of the EVO is a VORTEX - SPARC AR Red Dot Sight. Where Nick may opt for more affordable, but highly functional gear, he makes up on his tasty accessories. Considering he gets a free replacement whenever the sight may get shot out, our accidentally damaged... Who can blame him? Anyone can take advantage of this warranty thanks to VORTEX's VIP warranty scheme. More on that can be found on any product listing from VORTEX on our website, or come in-store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onto the side-arm, the highly trusted Tokyo Marui - G17 Gen3, the pistol comes standard with optional night slights (slight glow in the dark) and has not been touched at all internally! Being stored in a reliable holster, the only aftermarket "mods" are the custom 3D printed flared mag-well (for quicker reloads) and reinforced base plates for his magazines.

These pistols are built to last and function all year round with surprisingly high gas efficiency thanks to their polymer slide construction. Don't let the word polymer put you off, these are strong and produced in Japan to a very high standard.

If you want to see more of Nick and other members of staff, then check out our Feature Friday's album on our Instagram account which can be found here.


Staff Feature Friday – Wee Man

Hello there, it's been a while since we last showed you how we Airsoft. Well, today we're bringing you something completely different! Today we'd like to introduce to your Wee Man, properly known as Kyle (but we will stick to his nickname for now).

What is Wee Man?

A compact human, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in kindness and a range of interesting hobbies. One of which, re-enactment. Working full time in stock handling, Kyle spends many a weekend running with his decommissioned fire-arms within his 82nd Airborne 505th regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More rarely you can find him on the battlefield in a variety of military accurate load-outs, but he's probably best known for his Airborne get-up.

The Clothing

Wee Man knows more than anyone here so we won't waffle on, here is his full kit list with pics to match:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. M1 Fixed bail helmet with parachute liner A-frames (Original - Dated: Unknown).
2. British made 1/4 inch helmet net (Original).
3. Helmet strap attached atop of helmet via the net (505th method).
4. M-1937 OD wool flannel enlisted man's shirt (Repro).
5. M-42 Jumpsuit, Jacket & Pants (Reinforced) (Repro).
6. Private First Class (PFC) chevrons stripes (Repro).
7. 82nd Airborne SSI Patch (Repro).
8. 48 star US arm flag (Repro).
9. OD7 Green leg ties.
10. Corcoran jump boots (Original - Same Company making these 1940s boots today).

Equipment:

1. Airborne First Aid Packet (Repro).
2. Mk 2 grenade (Original Training grenade - Dated: Unknown)
3. M-1936 Field 'Musette' pack (Original - Dated: 1943).
4. M1 30.06 Ammo Bandolier x2 (Repro).
5. M-1936 Suspenders (Original - Dated: 1942).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. M-1936 Pistol Belt (Original - Dated: 1943).
7. M-1942 First Aid Packet, Carlisle tin (Original- Dated: 1942).
8. Tie Up rigger pouches (Repro).
9. M1 10" Bayonet (Original - Dated: Unknown).
10. M-1910 E-tool Shovel (Dated:1944) and cover (Dated:1943) (Original).
11. Canteen, Cup & M-1910 Cover (Original - Dated: 1945).

Rifle:

For those Airsoft days, it's rare you're going to ever see him with a decked out modern AR rifle and this clothing. His current pride and joy (Airsoft wise) would be his S&T - M1903A1 Springfield.

To find more photos of Kyle's load-out and our other staff feature Friday photos, you can find them here on our Instagram account.


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