For the second installment of our £250 beginners Airsoft challenge we speak to Dave D, long time Airsofter and avid "real-steel" shooter (a term I know he'll absolutely loathe!) You will see his real world shooting experience show in the package he has put together, as his priorities differ vastly from the previous entry, which was focused on getting as much as we could to play with the budget.
Instead of reeling off the top ten guns for beginners in 2019, we've decided to do something a little different. We talked to all our staff members and gave them a £250 limit to put together a loadout they would be comfortable starting Airsoft with if they were suddenly a new player again. Hopefully, this will give new players ideas on what they can get for their money.
Each staff member has picked what they would use for their beginner loadout, including all the things they need to start playing. Of course, with a £250 limit, there is always room for improvement, but these load-outs give a great solid base to start expanding on at a later date.
As we had hoped, each loadout turned out slightly different, as all of us have different ideas of what we want from our kit; knowledge which we will now try to pass on to yourselves.
Over the next month, we'll release a series of blog posts describing each staff members choices, and why they picked them.
The priority for his loadout is future proofing himself and retaining as much value on items as possible.
Dave has chosen the CM.513 because he wanted to leave room in his budget for a higher tier optic – as a “real-steel” shooter he understands the importance of a decent red dot sight and cannot compromise on quality, with good reason! He’s made the choice to go for a cheaper RIF, however when stacked side by side I bet you wouldn’t be able to see a performance difference between this and a replica that costs twice as much. The only sacrifice he is really making here are on ‘extras’ such as an electronic trigger, metal receiver etc. At the end of the day, you pull the trigger and a BB comes out the end of the RIF. Replicas can be upgraded whereas a cheap sight will forever be a cheap sight.
Find out more about the CYMA CM.513 M4 RIS Suppressed >
The Crossfire is an entry level Vortex sight; I’m sure Dave would have liked a more expensive one as he understands the benefits of first focal plane reticules etc, however the budget is key here! For his £145, Dave has now got a real-world optic which has been designed to sit on a proper firearm, will hold zero (the dot won’t move around) miles better than a cheap sight, has a LIFETIME WARRANTY meaning he doesn’t have to run a lens protector if he doesn’t want to, and at any point he can change his mind and sell it on easy as cake without losing much money because the warranty goes with the product, not the receipt, making them hold their value. Parallax is another important reason for this optic choice; on a cheaper sight your dot will float around as your head moves, whereas a higher tier optic will be able to correct for this and could end up being the difference between a hit or a miss – a margin of error that is unacceptable for a seasoned shooter.
Find out more about the Vortex Crossfire Red Dot Sight >
These BBs were an easy choice for Dave as they are his favourite weight along with probably every other member of staff. They’re just a bit heavier than a 0.25g which lets you get a lot of HOP on for increased range, they travel straighter in the air due to the extra weight and they’re reasonably priced to be feasible to run in an automatic Airsoft Gun. Bulk buy options are available on the RZR series, however that would have pushed our budget for today!
Find out more about the Nuprol RZR 0.28g Precision BB x 3300 >
Because power!!!! The CYMA guns come out of the box generally at the 280FPS mark which is absolutely fine for Airsoft skirmishing, however Dave has never been one to leave something alone. If there’s a gain to be had he will get his way! As the CYMA guns typically have very good air seal out of the box, the only necessary upgrade to boost the power to a point where 0.28g are not slow is a bigger spring, and to run the gun right on the limit. (It’s worth noting here that installing this spring yourself would void your warranty. If you want a similar job completing, please contact our workshop.)
Find out more about the ARES Tune-Up M-100 AEG Spring >
So, let's tally together everything in the basket to make sure we're on budget:
So this is what Dave D would purchase as a completely new player to the game, with all the knowledge he has now after many many years of Airsoft skirmishing. His priorities are vastly different to the previous blog, and his investments will retain a great amount of value, mainly due to the lifetime warranty on the Vortex optic, and the fact that the AEG has such a low price point to begin with. Neither loadouts are more "correct, we simply have different ideas of what Airsoft are, and this is the important question you need to ask yourself; what is Airsoft to you?
The next blog will be published shortly and will be a look into another member of staff's choices for their Airsoft beginner loadout.
In the meantime: What would your ideal loadout for under £250 be? Let us know in the comments below and you never know, we might just feature your loadout too!
Price Range: £9.99 - £149.99
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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