This time is about a very short and light EBB (Electric Blowback rifle), called UK1 Captain.
It comes in 4 different versions, which differ in color (black or Dark Earth) and in being stockless (front wired with external battery box) or equipped with the MTR stock (rear wired).
Like the other Uk1 serie rifles, the UK1 Captain has the well known split gearbox, a blowback feature and a spring release mechanism.
The UK1C is a short, extremely compact full-metal EBB (grip and MTR stock are the only external parts which are made of polymer).
On the top receiver you have a 20 mm rail and a detachable metal rear sight, whereas the handguard is equipped with a keymod system and an integrated metal front sight; both the rear and front sights have a flip-up system.
There is a useful ambidextrous sling mount and sling swivel attachments, which are integrated in the MTR stock (for the UK1 Captain MTR version), or in the back of the buffer tube (UK1 Captain stockless version).
On the front of the gun you will find a metal steel crown flash hider, which can be easily removed (14 mm c.c. thread).
All the externals (upper and lower receiver, handguard, grip, buffer tube, stock, outer barrel, flash hider) are removable and, depending on compatibility*, replaceable.
*most external parts are built upon the M4 system, anyway, some important parts are replaceable with ICS parts only (like upper/lower receiver, as well as the buffer tube; in regard to the ICS buffer tube please note that non-ICS stocks could present some compatibility issues).
The UK1 Captain has a split gearbox, that is: upper and lower gearbox are separated; in the lower gearbox you have gears and electrical components, whereas the upper gearbox includes the spring, piston and nozzle.
The “rotary” hop up unit is full metal and the steel inner barrel has a 6.04 mm diameter.
In the grip you can find a Turbo 3000 high torque/speed motor.
Special features and extras:
By switching the fire selector on safe, the spring tension will be automatically released; it is a good feature that keeps the spring performant for a very long time.
A blow-back feature is also equipped, something nice, but in the end it doesn’t add a kick when shooting.
As extras you have a 300 rounds hi-cap magazine, spare fuses and some BBs. The good thing about the magazine is the side window: you can see how many BBs are in the magazine.
Good and bad things about the UK1 Captain:
Weight: a resistant and solid full-metal gun with a weight of only 2600 g (2800 g for the MTR version).
Split gearbox: this is a common advantage of ICS guns; you just have to open the upper gearbox in order to change the spring or make some modifications.
Precision: despite a short inner barrel (184 mm), the gun shoot straight and precise!
Customization option: it is about an M4 platform, hence it will be very easy to modify it and find parts.
Power: as it is equipped with a M120 spring, the gun shoots hard (1,5 J out of the box) and with an impressive range. You can employ the gun even in wide fields and on long distances.
Stockless version: it won’t be straightforward to play with a stockless gun, anyway, you will have something between a rifle and a gun, with all the advantages of an EBB rifle (full-auto fire, 20 mm rail and keymod for accessories, battery instead of CO2 or Green Gas). Sure you can use the UK1 Captain as a secondary weapon!
Receiver pins: when you extract the pins you will notice that they can’t be removed (they remain attached to the receiver): this is good, as you won’t risk to loose them.
Keymod handguard: sure it is good looking, but it is not “ready to use” as a 20 mm rail system, as you need Keymod slots (sold separately*) in order to attach accessories…
There is no sling swivel in the package* (UK1 Captain stockless version): the buffer tube results useless without a sling swivel to attach on it…
Battery compartment: in order to use the UK1 Captain stockless version you have to employ an external battery case (included) that can hold a battery of max. 110 mm (L) x 20 mm (H) x 15 mm (W) dimensions. I have bought 7.4V Lipo batteries from WE Airsoft. With the UK1 MTR versions things are a bit better, as the buffer tube can hold a longer battery. Anyway, in order to have much more room for bigger batteries I suggest to employ a crane stock or the MTR S1 from ICS (sold separately).
Steel crown flash hider: it is very heavy and, in case you use the UK1C stockless version, you will have too much weight on the front of the gun (furthermore you also employ an external battery case!).
Trigger response: you have to pull the trigger up to the end before the gun shoots.
*the gun I have tested is a sample provided by ICS; maybe the final version could be equipped with keymod slots and sling swivel.
The UK1 Captain is the perfect gun for people looking for their first airsoft weapon: price is fair (USD 300) and sure for this price you cannot find a weapon with all those good features (split gearbox in particular) and an high-end full-metal construction.
It is a very versatile weapon, light and compact as it is required for CQB, powerful and precise as it is needed on wide airsoft fields.
People looking for a side weapon should really take the stockless version into consideration: such power in a small EBB is a great advantage for a side weapon.
Personally, I really like the customization options that this weapon offers: sure you cannot create a good custom gun if you have a mediocre weapon as basis, but with the UK1 Captain you have a great weapon that can only get better.
Two variants of the G3A4-W (LC-3) AEG available. Black and OD.
Nylon Fiber handguard, pistol grip, stock and handle of the cocking handle.
Full steel construction.
Rotary rear sight.
Comes with 140 rnd mid cap magazine.
Battery storage in the handguard, small tamiya plug.
Realistic flash hider removal, 14mm CCW thread underneath.Specifications:Length – 1020mm Weight – 4870g Inner Barrel Length – 515mm Inner Barrel Diameter – 6.02Â±0.01 mm Magazine Capacity – 140 Rounds Power Source – 7.4V Small Tamiya Battery Powered Gearbox – Ver. 2 Thread Direction – 14mm CCW Motor – LC High Torque Motor Blowback – None Shooting Modes – Semi, Full Auto Hop-up – Adjustable via rotary dial by opening breach. FPS – 420LCT Airsoft have released one of the most realistic G3s to date. Much like the real steel version, the handguard, grip and stock are made out of nylon fiber while the rest of the metallic body is made out of steel. This is the main reason as to why it weighs 4.4 kilograms. LCT went much further than using the right material for the built as the specs are very much the same as the real steel version, meaning you can apply the scope mount on top and add a bayonet to the tip of your rifle. There is plenty of storage room inside the stock for a larger battery with small tamiya connectors. The G3 comes with the simple looking 140 round mid cap magazine but you can purchase the striped magazine separately.About LCT:
LCT Airsoft, officially founded in 2007, is located in Changhua County, Taiwan. They are a professional airsoft AEG manufacture focusing on AEG designing, developing, and manufacturing. So far LCT has released many models of all steel made, high quality AEGs of the real AK series assault rifles. They are confident to make a promise to their customers in the quality of their products with the realistic & solid structure design and the stable performance.
x1 LCT G3A4-W (LC-3A4-W) AEG – Black x1 140 Rnd Magazine. x1 Manual.
It seems like everyone these days is making some version of an M4 or AK rifle. Let’s face it; you can’t turn around at an airsoft field without seeing dozens upon dozens of “Plain-Jane” AR-15 rifle variants. So, when I was told I was being sent G&G’s GR14 HBA-Long rifle to review, I was cautiously excited to see how this very different rifle measured up to the mainstays of modern airsoft; the M4 and AK.
AT A GLANCE
WHO MAKES IT: G&G
GUN NAME: GR14 H.B.A.-LONG
TYPE: Designated Marksman Rifle/Sniper Rifle
WHO IT’S FOR: Experienced Player
HOW MUCH: $500
FPS: 389 w/.20g BB’s
SHOOTER’S OPINION: A formidable, long-range marksman rifle with the ability to lay down accurate suppressive fire when the need arises.
Star rating (1-5) = 4
EXTERNAL BUILD FACTS
RIS (Rail Integrated System) – Integrated; top, sides and bottom with polymer hand guard
STOCK- Retractable (six positions) and vertically adjustable (nine positions)
INNER BARREL LENGTH- 510mm
GRIP- Custom – Pistol Style
TRIGGER GUARD- Metal, Integrated Ambidextrous Safety
UPPER & LOWER RECIEVER – Metal
MAG RELEASE – Ambidextrous, Behind Magazine
OPTIC SPACE – 28-space upper front rail with rear scope mount.
Sling Attachments: Front and Rear Steel Ambidextrous Clip-Style
MAGAZINE – 470 Round Hi-Cap
Material: Stainless, Aluminum, Steel, Zinc, Plastic, Nylon, Fiber
Overall Length: 46.5 in. (stock extended); 41 in. (stock collapsed)
Weight: 9.9 lbs. (4500g) unloaded
INTERNAL BUILD FACTS
GEARBOX VERSION – G&G Version 7
MOTOR – High-Torque Short Type (16,000 rpm)
GEARS – Standard Ratio Steel Gears
BEARINGS 7mm and 8mm Steel Bearing
CUT-OFF LEVER- G&G V7
WIRING HARNESS- G&G v7
CYLINDER & HEAD
PISTON HEAD- Vented Polymer
ANTI-REVERSAL LATCH- G&G V7
SPRING GUIDE- Metal Bearing
INNER BARREL – Brass
HOP-UP UNIT – One-piece, Dial-type
PROS & CONS
+ Faithful replica of the real M-14 EBR
+ Licensed trademarks
+ Long barrel allows for accurate shot placement
+ Lightweight for its size
+ Ambidextrous design
+Solid FPS for outdoor play– Difficult battery compartment access; requires tools
– Long barrel makes it unsuitable for CQB play
GENERAL FEEL – Balanced design, a touch front-heavy when loaded and with battery installed
CONTROL OPERATION – Intuitive controls, mostly ambidextrous. Ability to lock back bolt cover for Hop-Up adjustment
BATTERY STORAGE – Inside Front Hand Guard – Large Tamiya connector (small adapter included)
RANGE/ ACCURACY – 160 ft. effective -180 ft. max.
ROF- 8.4V- N/A; 9.6V- 14 RPS; 11.1V- 18 RPS
CRONO .20g- 389 fps; .25g- 347 fps
– Battery – 9.6V Stock NiMH, 11.1V Nano-Tech 15C LiPo
– Charger – Elite 5i Smart Charger
– BBs – Elite Force .20g and .25g
I must confess, having handled many M-14 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) airsoft replicas over the years I braced myself for the 20-pound barbell that I’ve encountered from other companies. I was immediately surprised when I didn’t throw my back out lifting the ‘relatively’ featherweight 10-pound rifle from the box. In fact, the GR14 HBA isn’t that much heavier than some of the M4s or AK-47s in my collection, and that was a huge relief. Nobody wants to carry 20 pounds of steel and plastic around an airsoft field for hours, unless you have the sustained firepower of a mini-gun or SAW to back that weight up. The HBA isn’t designed for accuracy by volume; it’s a precision rifle by design, so weight matters. It’s made for every shot to count. That’s very obvious the second you lay eyes upon the imposing, 46-inch fully-extended black rifle.
A CQB rifle it is not, but what it lacks in compactness, it makes up in rugged style. Its looks are akin to an Italian sports car; hard lines that on their own seem out of place, but when you take a step back and look at it as a whole, they meld into a work of art. The quality is second to none; for you collectors out there, it even includes licensed Sage trademarks through ASG. There’s just something very enticing about the look of the GR14, but I can’t seem to put my finger on it. It’s just undeniably cool in its own way.
No matter how you describe the appearance of the GR14, it is unmistakably a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR); from its barrel length to the multiple cheek and shoulder adjustments, everything about the build of the HBA screams, “It’s time to reach out and touch someone.” Now that’s not to say that there won’t be a time where you’ll need to twist the fire selector to “A” and let the plastic fly, and the GR14 still offers you that luxury.
G&G provides you with a generous, metal, 470-round Hi-Cap magazine to keep you in the game with minimal magazine changes. The GR14 also accepts off-the-shelf M14 magazines (both Hi-Cap and Mid-Cap), so finding your favorite loadout for long games or MilSim events isn’t a challenge.
After digging out my large rifle bag from storage, I packed the GR14 HBA into it and headed out to the local field for some real-world testing. It was a private event day, so with smaller numbers it worked out perfectly to put this long rifle to the test.
I arrived on site and checked in. Time to install my battery… Where was the cover release? I knew it was under the hand guard, and then it hit me. I needed to remove six Allen screws every time I wanted to access the battery and reinstall them when I was done.
A fast change battery is critical in long games, and this was definitely not fast. I’d have to bring a 2.5mm Allen driver on the field and pray I don’t lose six tiny screws if I had to do a combat battery “reload”. Now this isn’t a huge deal breaker, but it could make the difference for those of us that play longer games.
I had finally hit my first “gotcha” on the GR14 HBA, but thankfully it wasn’t a major negative. Not discouraged, I grabbed my gear and went to check-in.
After signing my life away and donning eye protection, I made my way over to the Chrono station to see where the numbers fell. To be honest, I was a bit nervous to see if I was within limits. The box had a bright yellow sticker proudly stating “Enhanced Muzzle Velocity Version” and I had no idea what that meant. Hopefully I’d be within the 400 FPS range for the field and not forced to sit in the safe zone due to a “hot” gun as everyone else played.
I loaded the Elite Force .20g BBs into the magazine and gave the Hi-Cap a few winds. With the mag locked in place, I clicked the trigger safety (a convenient, ambidextrous lever nested inside the trigger guard), took a deep breath and pulled the trigger toward the rear.
Shot 1: 391 FPS
Shot 2: 388 FPS
Shot 3: 389 FPS
Whew! Crisis averted.
With that behind me, I finally exhaled and rolled the fire selector to full auto to let out a burst. The rate of fire (ROF) indicator lit up on the chronograph and on my Tenergy 9.6V battery, I clocked in at a modest 14 BBs per second. A few screws later, I swapped out for a beefier 11.1V Turnigy Nano-Tech LiPo and the number jumped to a healthy 18 rounds per second.
The G&G Modified Version 7 mechbox has been a staple of their M14 rifles for years, so it was no surprise that the cycling at the Chrono range was fast and smooth under the 11.1V LiPo, and that there was no noticeable over-rotation during semi-auto firing. With their steel internal parts and 7mm and 8mm bearings, the mechbox ran crisp and clean without any hint of strain.
G&G smartly made the modifications to the V7 gearbox to accept most off-the-shelf V2/3 parts, but they did hang on to a few of the original V7 components to accommodate the smaller footprint of the shell. It’s this parts compatibility that makes the rifle much easier to upgrade and repair if the need ever presents itself.
Still, with a few minutes to kill at the Chrono station, I flipped back to semi and tested the trigger response on the LiPo; it was notably crisper than the 9.6V. This was the sniper trigger response I was looking for! Needless to say, I left the 11.1V installed and headed up for the safety briefing.
Briefing over, I was fortunate enough to talk a ref into letting me take the field early and snatch a coveted sniper position in one of the towers. It was time to see if this AEG’s performance would match its looks.
This being airsoft, I skipped the scope and opted for the included iron sights. Before the game began I needed to dial in my hop-up to match my ammo. Since I switched over to .28g Elite Force Bio BBs, I needed to retune my shots.
I reached over and locked the bolt back to reveal the hop-up adjustment. A very neat touch, if I do say so, completed simply by holding the bolt catch down and pulling the bolt back.
I took aim at a steel target 150 feet out and squeezed off a few rounds and dialed in the backspin. Once I was happy with the flat path of the BB, I moved on to adjust the rear sight. The vertical and horizontal adjustments are clearly labeled on either side of the rear sight post. Mimicking the real EBR, they are adjusted by pulling the dial away from the rifle to turn it so you don’t accidentally take the sights out of zero during combat.
Once I was comfortable that I could hit what I was aiming at, I got into prone position on the roof and waited for the game to begin.
The whistle blew and both teams made it to my position quickly. I was wearing a blue armband, so anything yellow was fair game. It didn’t take long for something bright to move into my sights at roughly 180 feet away. I aimed high and quickly popped of a pair of semi-auto shots and the red rag went up.
Wow, I was impressed!
This process continued for a few more opponents from 150 to 100 feet until Yellow became aware of my position and moved in.
I popped up from my rooftop position and moved into the building. Moving the retractable stock back to maneuver, I flipped to full-auto and was able to keep heads down from interior windows for a while. But since I was running solo, I had to reload without support. This gave the yellow team time to make it to the bottom floor walls. At this point I turned quickly and took a hallway on the way to the ladder down. Faced with the tight opening for the access, I was forced to swap to my sidearm to defend myself… and it didn’t end well for me. I was shot with my rifle slung on my back as I made my way down.
A few high-fives to the guys that got me and I was on my way back to respawn.
In all the game play, that was the only time this weapon choice showed a weakness. Its size really limited its ability to operate indoors, but if you give it enough room to breathe and it can perform brilliantly. This was a fact I was aware of before I took the field and I tried to intentionally put myself in a spot where I’d be forced to maneuver in a CQB environment. Even with this limitation, the advantages significantly outweigh the negatives.
You really do get the best of two worlds; a sniper rifle when you have the time to make the shot and a support weapon when things get hot. I know there’s no such thing as a “Swiss Army Knife” rifle that does it all, but this one does two things very well; impromptu support weapon and precision marksmanship rifle.
After spending time on the field with the GR14, I did feel the need to add some external upgrades to enhance the look and usability of the rifle. Considering you have a good amount of rail space to work with, this replica is just begging for the addition of a 4X scope and bipod.
If you aren’t looking for all of the extra weight of a large scope or you want to use this in more of a support role, a small reflex-type red dot would be a great addition. Swap out the bipod for a fore-grip and you can lighten the load even more while upping maneuverability. Either way, you have all of the rail real estate you need to modify the HBA-L to your heart’s content.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this replica. It really changed my mind about the EBR-style rifle. With a lighter weight than expected and solid FPS for outdoor games, it’s become a definite contender for my primary skirmish weapon. Take into account the long barrel for accurate shot placement plus ability to go full-auto when things get crazy and the G&G GR14 HBA-L checks all the right boxes for everything from local weekend play all the way up to a National MilSim event.
Even though the longer barrel prohibits close CQB play, it isn’t a deal breaker. It does two things and does them well; sniper platform and support weapon. That makes it a solid rifle. And for that, I can’t find a good reason not to recommend this AEG to anyone looking to add some range and style to their arsenal!
Launched at SHOT Show 2017, the OTB Maritime Assault from Altama is available in low and mid heights. With its fin-friendly fit, the OTB Maritime Assault was designed foremost for military water operations; but is really a very versatile piece of footwear that is quickly becoming my favourite for every day wear. If you like sneakers or Converse Chuck Taylors, you’ll want to get a few pairs of these.
The acronym ‘OTB‘, meaning ‘Over The Beach’ might sound familiar; especially to readers of this site. While it’s a general term typically referring to military amphibious operations, where the user is working in or around water, or exiting a wet environment on to land; it’s also associated with the OTB brand of footwear. The main design force behind the Altama OTB Maritime Assault is Dan Ellis, who started the OTB Boots brand, which I have featured on this site in the previous pages since 2007. Dan has worked on many of the boots you might have worn; he was responsible for BlackHawks initial footwear range (Light Assault boot and Desert Ops), as well as the AKU Pilgrim boot (a cult classic that can be difficult to find). Besides the U.S. military, Dan has also worked with foreign militaries, including the Jordanians, Swiss and Omani’s MOD.
The OTB line started off with their tactical water boots (designed for the SEALs), then later expanded with their tactical land boots, and then their Jungle boots and mountain boots. OTB was bought by New Balance in 2010, with Dan as a consultant on the product line. The OTB name was phased out and New Balance continued to offer their own line of tactical boots, mostly based on the original OTB designs. Dan and New Balance parted ways and after taking a much-needed break, Dan started Sand Storm. Sand Storm was created to bring high quality footwear to the military/LE market at affordable prices, and partnered up with US CAV for the launch.
This brings us to to the present (at the time of this writing). Dan came full circle to his OTB roots with the amphibious Maritime Assault and partnered up with Altama to produce them. Altama has been around for almost 50 years in the boot-making business and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of mil-spec boots for the US DOD, supplying military personnel worldwide. As with the original OTB boots, Dan worked with the US SOF community on the development of the Altama OTB Maritime Assault, with focus groups and T&E forms that end users fill out.
At first glance, the Altama OTB Maritime Assault boots look very reminiscent of mid-top basketball shoes, with the Lows looking like regular tennies or skate shoes. This is not coincidence. If you had to name a piece of iconic American footwear, the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars would probably be at the top of the list. Chuck Taylor was an American basketball player, and is credited with influencing the design, popularizing and promoting of the All-Stars. All-Stars have had a long history with the U.S. armed forces, starting in WWII when American soldiers wore them in training. Made of canvas, comfortable and quick-drying, the All-Stars also made their way into military operations; some of them with the Navy SEALs for amphibious use. Being a low-volume shoe (unpadded, streamlined), they also happen to fit most standard-issue swim fins. ‘Cons’, ‘Chucks’ and the other brand, Vans (famours for their skate shoes), have made their way onto both East and West coast SEAL Teams, as well as other branches of the military on an unofficial basis, hence the term ‘Combat Chucks’. As far as I’m aware, there was no official, dedicated ‘tactical’ model of the All-Stars produced, so the colour choices were limited to whatever darker or more subdued models were available at the time. There have been military-coloured Chuck offered in limited runs at one time or another, but none I’m currently aware of at the time of this writing. There have been petitions for Converse to start making ‘Combat Chucks’ (to no avail) and Vans has made some special runs in Crye MultiCam.
With the Altama OTB Maritime Assault boots, Dan stepped up to the plate with a design that finally met that need; that shared the light weight and overall look of the Converse Chuck Taylor, but with features that would make them more water-specific and better for the mission at hand. Both the mid and low versions were requested by the end users, so both are being offered. The OTB Maritimes are meant to take the place of dive boots, but also perform well on land (unlike most dive boots).
The Altama OTB Maritime Assault are produced in both Mid and Low versions. The only difference between the mid and low versions is the height. They’re offered in Black, Coyote and Crye MultiCam. Here are the spec and features that are shared by both versions:
1000D Cordura upper construction offered in Black, Coyote or Crye MultiCam
Fits most military-issue swim fins
Air mesh lining to wick aways sweat
No-shine rust-proof lace hardware
Low profile flat laces that will not cause pain on top of foot from fins
Full length one piece polypropylene shank for stability and support when climbing caving ladders
Ultron PU contoured insole will not absorb water
Non-metallic drainage ports allow water to escape from the boot.
No metal screens to rust and fall out.
SEAL rubber sticky outsoles, originally developed for rock climbing shoes and modified for wet tactical operations.
Flat sole with siping on lugs.
Pull loop on the rear for easy donning/doffing.
Weights: Low size 10, 13.5 oz (per shoe), Mid size 10, 14.5 oz (per shoe)
Subito dopo l’arrivo dell’ ARP-9 arriva il suo fratello maggiore, il meraviglioso ARP-556.
Anche se ci sono somiglianze all’interno della famiglia ARP, il 556 ha alcune differenze notevoli che lo differenziano da suo fratello.
Mentre la versione da 9mm proveniva dalla gamma Combat Machine, la 556 ha caratteristiche della linea GC Intermediate.
La differenza esterna primaria è che questa ASG ha un body completamente in metallo.
Coming from a background of APS2 series bolt actions to the VSR10 G-SPEC, was a very pleasurable experience. Here is a quick review of the VSR based bolt action rifle that has several unique edges over the competition.
The VSR stock is lightweight and plastic and probably the cheapest part of the rifle. Indeed this rifle is about the lightest system you can buy and weighs in at 2090g. It is the same as other VSR stocks and black in colour. The stock is nothing flash and just a practical piece of furniture. The rubber butt pad is fine.
Being the flagship of Tokyo Marui’s bolt action rifle range; the G-SPEC comes with some appreciated extras. First it has a sling swivels that are omitted on the Pro Sniper and Real shock versions. Great, until you realise just how noisy these are when they click on the furniture. I removed my own and replaced them with loops of paracord threaded through the studs that come on all 3 models.
The G-SPEC also has the advantage of a scope rail as standard, while other VSR models do not. The rail is sturdy and accepts WEAVER mounts, so easy enough to scope up. No iron sights are fitted but few players use them in this age of cheap optics.
The magazine is released with the press of a recessed button and I much prefer it over the APS2 magazine system. The magazines themselves are the cheapest bolt action magazines available and hold a whopping 30 shots. They feed perfectly and have a release button to empty them too. Small and lightweight they are excellent for both gaming and the range, filling easily from a speedloader. I only have one spare magazine.
The G-SPEC has a thicker outer barrel than the other VSR range although much of this is hollow and is therefore still lightweight. I believe it is constructed from aluminium. On the end of this Bull style barrel is a unique silencer adapter. This is where the inner barrel ends and is only 303mm in length. Many would say this is too short for a bolt action rifle, but it handles itself well. The brass inner barrel is reported to be tighter than TM’s AEG barrels (6.07mm) and rumoured at 6.05mm. The inner barrel has a crater cut too (bevelled edge).
The silencer itself is short and very lightweight. The foam fitted does an excellent job of dulling the report of the rifle. I have shot at 10m and got away with the target not noticing. The rifle is often not heard past 30m much less if there is background noise. A good tip is to shoot when the target is not stock still or observing. This gun is super quiet and makes the TM MK23 SOCOM sound loud. The G-SPEC is the most silent gun I have encountered. This one simple feature is a great edge over other VSR models and bolt action designs (APS2).
The specialised silent rifle is still short enough to have nice handling, even in the tight nooks, that bolt action players often end up hiding inside. The silencer may be removed, and this greatly increases the noise but makes urban/fire fight gaming more manageable without pranging your rifle.
Cocking is so easy out of the box it can easily be cocked slowly or in a firing position like a gas rifle. The G-SPEC has a revised bolt handle over other VSR models, that means the bolt doesn’t get too close to your scope when cycling the action. It is in the cock position when sticking out horizontal while other models need the bolt pushing up another 45 degrees to be in a position to cycle the action. Therefore the G-SPEC can use low mounts with no issues at all and get a better firing position.
The standard spring outputs 300fps and combined with TM 0.25g it delivers nice accurate shots. Consistent head shots, are achievable, at 15m. With performance dropping off to a max range of around 50m maximum lob. Hop Up is best set around 2 clicks under maximum on the G-SPEC rifles I have seen. This rifles HOP UP, is the best available in a spring rifle from my experience. It defines the word consistent compared to traditional AEG style hop systems.
Note the nicknamed V-HOP system is now fitted in all VSR models, although originally only the G-SPEC version had it.
Although this rifle is the perfect base to upgrade a spring rifle, compared to other choices on the market today, I have not bothered to go down that route yet.
Well, I use the factory power spring, as although it doesn’t provide massive range, it allows me to shoot at most targets with little chance of detection especially at longer ranges. This means that I may miss but get away with not being noticed and therefore allow me another shot…. and so on and so forth. To upgrade the spring, you need to drill out a soft metal pin, holding the cylinder head onto the cylinder itself. My rifle was second hand and had been de powered so the pin was already drilled out.
Upgraded rifles do become more noticeable, although much depends on background noise. Here, there are no AEG fire fights in the background to cover a 500fps rifle shot. Lower powered setups are ideal in the G-SPEC and you can be very effective, if you stick to the one rifle. Learn to float the shots into the target, from an undetected position.
Wind has more effect on a lower powered and lighter pellet (such as the 0.25g) compared to the denser 0.29g+ that higher end rifles deliver. The pellet is in the air longer to reach the same range and therefore more open to wind and other variables. A good tip with the lower powered rifle is to tilt it into the wind to use the spin to counter the crosswind drift. Try this and get used to it and you will have an advantage over your AEG opponents.
To get good with the G-SPEC you need to spend as much time as possible with it on the range (like any rifle). I recommend TM 0.25g and GUARDER 0.25g as the best quality ammo for the G-SPEC. Recently I missed numerous shots in a game, simply as I was aiming in the wrong place, from not using the rifle for a season. It sounds like an excuse, but its my conclusion on looking back at how I missed some sitters after spending lots of time before the event with full power tanaka rifles. I don’t blame the G-SPEC, it was my own fault.
My advice, to all newcomers to bolt action rifles, is make this one your first port of call. This is a great beginners gun and seasoned player’s too. Coming in at an affordable price, compared to other bolt action system out there that are not just cheap copies, this is a bargain. A full set of parts are available from the PSS10 range to compete with the PSS2 ASP2 range. This means that you can take this rifle as far as you want to and your wallet allows further down the line.
Learning to play with inferior fire power on a lower powered rifle, means you soon learn to get closer and hone your skills of concealment otherwise you are history. This silenced rifle complements that style of gaming with its unique edge. Once you have delved into gaming that way, you will know if it is worth you spending any more money or not. A great many people come into this specialised area of gaming and spend a mint, only to find it is not for them. I suggest this rifle is the best choice for such a newcomer to leave his future open and not feel he has bought too low a level of rifle that he has to replace it (super 9).
Lastly, I will say this rifle is no wall hanger; with it’s plastic stock and non replica lines. Yet to me, they are not things I am concerned about, as all I want from my gun is practicality and performance. The G-SPEC is a workhorse with a unique edge that complements players who like to be silent. The rifles lightweight, also aids greatly when crawling or in a tight spot. This is especially important to have a light rifle, if you play multi day events.
Tokyo Marui make some of the finest airsoft replicas in the world, their reputation for range, accuracy and reliability are second to none. The Tokyo Marui Scorpion M AEP is a game changer in terms of compact performance and ergonomics. This SMG combines excellent internal and external features in a compact and easy to wield package. With a side folding stock, and fully adjustable sights this SMG is perfect for those CQB engagements where size matters. We at Dave’s Custom Airsoft are massive fans of this AEP and when you get your hands on it, you will know why.
128mm Inner Barrel 1.3kg Reworked version of the original TM Scorpioin AEP 335mm Long (Stock Folded) 570mm Long (Stock Excended) AEP Gearbox 1 x High capacity spare magazine (260 bbs) 1 x Under rail Included (M-LOK) 1 EX battery adaptor for “7.2V MICRO 500” battery Included M-LOK Front End Gold Bolt, Trigger and Outer Barrel Unique Ribbed Design Side Folding Stock with Locking Mechanism 2 Part 20mm Rail Sections (Top) Unique Flash Hider
Lots of customers have asked LCT Airsoft why the price of the RPD can´t be the same as the one for the RPK. LCT decided to make this short comparison video for you to show the difference between them and to clear out why the price is like it is now.
Watch the video to learn more and to get a very nice look inside these two support guns which can give your team (if you have a support gunner in it) the power to pin down the bad guys your playing against!
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How can I find the right airsoft gun? It's the kind of question that each airsofter asks themselves when they first need to pick up the sport. It's the nature of human being to get the perfect value for cash from what we purchase. Airsoft is quite expensive and competitive sport and an individual end…