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.
Price Range: £9.99 - £79.99
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 suppressors, what they’re about and how to get the right one.
Suppressors are a safe Christmas purchase for any Airsoft gun, as they can be low priced, are easy to fit and there is a wide range to ensure that it will work with your replica. The addition of a suppressor can dramatically improve the looks of any Replica Imitation, but can also be used to hide an extended inner barrel, which can give the Airsoft Gun more range and consistency. Not only this, but they look awesome and even if the recipient doesn’t use it during a Skirmish, they can use it for display purposes. There’s a wide range available from £9.99 all the way to £79.99, with lots of options in between.
To be sure that you are buying the correct Suppressor, you will need to know the ‘thread’ 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 ‘thread’ is where the suppressor attaches, and screws on just like a Nut & Bolt would. The most important bit is the diameter of the thread, as this determines the ‘type’ of suppressor you can attach. Roughly 95% of Airsoft Guns feature a 14mm thread, which is the standard for most, if not all Assault Rifles. Other more ‘niche’ weapons (ones that aren’t common) may feature a bigger thread simply to closer replicate the real thing. The only thing you need to worry about is that the thread size of the suppressor matches the thread size of the Airsoft Gun (i.e. 14mm suppressor for a 14mm thread).
The next important thing is the thread pattern, which will either be Counter Clockwise (Negative) or Clockwise (Positive) and both threads need to MATCH. A CCW suppressor is NOT compatible with a CW thread and will be damaged trying to install it. Again, 95% of Airsoft Guns run a CCW (Negative) thread, however there are some exceptions such as ARES branded guns which typically feature a CW (Positive) thread.
The thread type is quite simply whether the thread on the Airsoft Gun sticks out or is sunken inside the barrel. Typically all rifles have a ‘Male’ thread and require a ‘Female’ Suppressor, however you will find that on WE branded Pistols it is a Female thread, meaning you need a ‘Male’ Suppressor unless you purchase an adaptor.
If you have a different thread to normal, you may need an adaptor to install a Suppressor. These come in all shapes and sizes so you can almost guarantee that you can attach most Suppressors to any replica. The most common thread adaptor is what we use for pistols which have a ‘Female’ (inverse) thread, and will instead give you a normal 14mm CCW thread like you can find on any Airsoft rifle. This lets you use normal rifle Suppressors on a pistol, however we only recommend using lightweight Suppressors on Pistols as there is only a small contact area to handle the weight. There are many other types of adaptors such as barrel extensions, which will increase the length of your thread – very handy for when a Suppressor can’t fit inside a rail system!
If you want to get more out of your suppressor, then consider a Tracer Unit. This device lights up BBs leaving the barrel to help see where you are aiming and what you have hit; however it needs special ‘Tracer BBs’ to function. These BBs are only a little bit extra over standard BBs, but can totally change the dynamic of a dark skirmish and help you identify hits you’ve made on other players. This is a great purchase for Airsofters who are forever claiming that they ‘definitely hit that guy over there’. Just like Suppressors, you need to be sure you have the correct thread on your replica to fit them.
A slightly different option for those who run WE branded gas pistols is the WE Mock Suppressor & Inner Barrel Kit, which I felt deserved its’ own section as it is way more than just a suppressor! This kit includes a lightweight suppressor which is designed to fit on pistols, but also comes with an extended inner barrel which will improve power to roughly 400FPS and also consistency.
Some light technical skills are recommended for this product, as the installation of the inner barrel will require a HOP unit disassembly. It is far less daunting than it sounds, however incorrect installation could harm performance so it is best to know what you are doing. No adaptor is required for this suppressor to fit to a WE pistol as it is threaded to attach straight onto the barrel.
This is a great purchase for Airsofters who love their WE pistol and want to start using it as longer range as a primary weapon rather than a backup. Just be aware of the power increase from installing this kit, as it means that indoor sites likely won’t let you use it due to the high power.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
How do I use gift cards online?
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 🙂
My son is a bit rubbish with losing stuff, what can I do if he loses the voucher?
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 🙂
I've tried to enter my code in online and its not working???
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 🙂
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