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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Photos: The KWA MP7 GBB SMG

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KWA MP7 GBB SMG
Photo: Bakholdin Photography; Post-Production: Tom Harris
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Today being Friday, I thought it might be nice to just simply share some photos with you featuring the KWA MP7 GBB SMG.  Obviously, it's not a new gun, but because it's such a winner, I figured it wouldn't hurt to show it off anyway.  It's a phenomenal option if you're looking for a high-quality gas blowback submachine gun, although it does run a bit hot so it may not be suitable for many CQB facilities that limit FPS to 350.  This thing usually clocks in between 350-400 fps.  Just a heads up. 

These photos were taken by my friend Dave of Bakholdin Photography, when we went out to KWA back in July to check out all their new stuff.  They had the MP7 out and available, plus since Dave & I both love guns, we said, "What the heck? Why not?"


Check out the KWA MP7 GBB SMG Photo Gallery after the jump...

Today, in lieu of a Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions update, I opted to do a quick video on a very simple concept.  Switching hands when shooting from the side of a barricade to minimize the amount of body (or profile) that you're showing to the OPFOR as you shoot at them.  Make it as difficult as possible for them to hit you, to allow yourself more time to hit them first.  Some might not call this Rocket Surgery, but I often see players presenting more of a target than necessary for them to get their opponents into the line of fire...

Thus, an Airsoft tactical tip video after the jump...


I know I just put up an unboxing video, but sometimes things just can't wait.  Like the arrival of my Classic Army CA25 that I had custom-fit with one of the new PolarStar Fusion Engines, which, if you haven't heard, is an HPA-powered "drop-in" solution to many of the issues that plague the current AEG gearbox designs.  HPA stands for High-Pressure Air and generally refers to an external air tank which connects to the gun via a remote coil air line.  It's basically a paintball tank rig.  Anyway,  I've mentioned the PolarStar stuff here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog in the past, so read up on that to get an overview of where I'm coming from here.

Also, I just realized it's not Tuesday Newsday anymore.  The stupid video took forever to upload and then I got sidetracked.  Since I haven't gone to bed yet, despite it being 2:30am, I'm still calling it Tuesday.  


Check out my PolarStar PR-25 unboxing video after the jump. 

Operation: Black Shield
SC Viper Airsoft MOUT Facilitiy
Operation: Black Shield, SC Viper - Chino, CA 09/24/11
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Once again, I found myself attending an event at SC Viper in Chino, CA (*ew*) because I freakin' love tearin' it up at this place.  I had another outstanding time at an outstanding field.  Truth be told, it was an all-weekend event going on Saturday AND Sunday.  However, Sunday, I had to keep it real, so I had to stuff all my winning into Saturday's festivities.  I have to hand it to my buddy, Jet del Castillo, who is the Airsoft Director for the Giant Airsoft parks in Southern California.  He runs a pretty good event.  Pretty well-organized. Vendors seemed happy.  Players seemed happy.  I didn't see any shenanigans go down like I've seen at other large, SoCal Airsoft events, so all in all, I'd say Jethro did some winning this weekend as well, despite not being able to actually play Airsoft at his own event.  Sorry, homie.

Also, please note that the photo above appears green because Jet put these crazy, colored gel filters on the big ol' flood lights that illuminate the field.  It was not an attempt to get featured on YouAreNotaPhotographer.com.  Although, now that I've mentioned it, I wouldn't be surprised if that's where I ended up. 


Check out all the "fauxtos" from OP: Black Shield at SC Viper after the jump...




I won't lie.  I uploaded this Airsoft unboxing video over the weekend to the Pyramyd Airsoft YouTube channel and forgot to update you here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  Total fail, I know. I should tell you though.  It's not just a regular unboxing video.  I put up a DOUBLE UNBOXING VIDEO, featuring two of the new Competition Series M4s from Elite Force, who partnered with Ares to make some pretty nice lookin' Airsoft AEGs.  Check out the vid and the Pyramyd Airsoft YouTube channel for more Airsoft review videos.

Double Unboxing Video After The Jump...

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Today's Airsoft Question is from Regina Phalange of New York, New York.  Regina writes:

"Dear Tom, when are the new KWA Airsoft guns that you've featured on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog going to be released?" 

Excellent Airsoft question, Regina.  In order to provide Regina and anyone else with a decent Airsoft answer, I put a call into my homie, Mike, over at KWA so that I could interrupt his busy schedule and pester him with what I'm sure are his least favorite questions.

New ATAC Lights from 5.11 Tactical Series coming soon.  Here's a shot of the lights in their packaging.


Check out some specs on these new 5.11 ATAC lights PLUS some interesting news

Today, I thought I'd take a little time to talk about optics. Specifically, the Sun Optics ACOG-style red/green dot sight, which is available for purchase at Pyramyd Air. I used "red/green" because Sun Optics makes two versions of the optics, one featuring a red, illuminated reticle and the other featuring a green, illuminated reticle. I prefer green, and I think most others do as well, because of its increased visibility during day time, but red was the only model available at the time I ordered this unit.

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Sun Optics ACOG-Style Red Dot Sight, Airsoft AEG Rifle Optics
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A view of the red dot sight from the other side, where you can see the two bolt knobs that allow the user to attach this optic to a standard weaver/picatinny rail or rail interface system (RIS) using the optic's integrated weapon rail mount. 

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Sun Optics ACOG-Style Red Dot Sight, Airsoft AEG Rifle Optics
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Click for all the juicy details on the Sun Optics Illuminated Reticle Dot Sight after the jump...

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KWA Prototype Tokarev TKV-33 Airsoft GBB Pistol
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Hello and good day to you, fair Pyramyd Airsoft Blog reader. Today's article on the KWA TKV-33 prototype Tokarev gas blowback pistol was made possible by a generous donation of time and gas money from a very good friend and Airsoft/Photography mentor, Dave Bakholdin Photography.

He did so in hopes that the three of you who read my ramblings here might have something enjoyable to look at while you wrap up your Friday and get ready for (hopefully) a weekend full of playing Airsoft rather than sort through a seemingly endless slough of my sometimes-boring words.

Also, a special thanks to KWA Performance Industries, Inc. for allowing Dave and I to visit them back in July (July 12th, to be precise).

Just to give you an over view of the fun we had while shooting guns (with a camera, not with our trigger fingers), here's a shot of all the KWA guns they had waiting for us to oggle over...

That'd be me, Tom Harris, getting my mind blown by all the awesome KWA guns, including the TKV-33, laying before me in the KWA board room/photostudio.
Copyright: Dave Bakholdin Photography for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog




See? Mind definitely blown.
Copyright: Dave Bakholdin Photography for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog 
Click to see all the close-ups of something not so harsh on the eyes (The KWA TKV-33 Prototype) after the jump. 

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Featured Airsoft Rifle: WE PDW Airsoft Gas Blowback Rifle with Bravo 4x32 ACOG-style optic w/Doctor Sight,
Magpul PTS Angled Foregrip and Tan Mock Suppressor.
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Today's Airsoft question comes from Ariel Sebastian of Lakewater, Arizona.

Today's Airsoft answer to that Airsoft question comes from yours truly.  However, truth be truly told, I'm actually not truly yours.  I'm saving myself for a lady named Airsoft.  She and I are discussing the option of getting an apartment together someday after we work a few things out.

Alright, so Ariel writes:
"Hey Tom, wasssup?  I was wondering what you'd recommend for a badass Airsoft CQB rifle?"

Well, Ariel, I thought you'd never ask...

Click to get my Airsoft CQB rifle recommendation after the jump.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hydrated vs. Dehydrated - Winning vs. Losing


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So I know we've all probably been told many times before by others that we need to drink lots of water during Airsoft games, but it kind of seems like it's just one of those things that we all sort of ignore and/or brushes off this advice because we hear it so often.

So I thought I'd spend today's installment of my new Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions to shed a little bit more light on why hydration is so important. 

This is just a reminder that my "Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions" is exclusive and ONLY for those Airsoft players who are not satisfied with just looking cool in the parking lot or staging area at games.

This series is for Airsoft players who like winning and are willing to take the necessary steps to ensure that happens each and every time they suit up and put fools on blast.  If you like losing to players that could be otherwise defeated because you don't put in a little time and effort in the off-season to tune-up and train the most valuable weapon in your arsenal (your mind and body), then please check out one of my latest gun reviews or Airsoft news updates here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  This series about winning is not for you.


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As it turns out, I find myself increasingly attracted to the KRISS Vector series of submachine guns.
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So I thought instead of just being increasingly attracted to it, I would also tell people that I'm increasingly attracted to it here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  Thus, I dug up some old photos from my fantastical adventures with my brother, Todd, at Shot Show 2011 back in January of this year to reminisce about the initial introduction between the KRISS Super V Vector submachine gun and I at the KWA Performance Industries Booth, which was conveniently located just across the aisle from the actual KRISS Systems booth, so as to allow me to go back and forth between the two, breathing heavily the glass display cases, the booth staff and the guns themselves, all with stale breath composed primarily of the odors from several meals at Chipotle and massive amounts of booze consumed during the prior evenings adventures at various adult beverage establishments throughout the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.  I did try brushing my teeth and using Listerine to help mask my activities, but when you combine the awesome powers of Chipotle and delicious Fat Tire ale on tap from a sweet Irish pub in the New York New York, it's nearly impossible to combat such forces.

I would like to issue a delayed apology to the KWA and KRISS/SPHINX/DEFIANCE staff who had to endure my foul, hot-garbage breath.  I'd especially like to apologize to the KRISS Vector guns I fondled while breathing said hot-garbage breath on them, as well as the beautiful SPHINX pistols and DEFIANCE suppressors.  

I hope they'll forgive me and just chalk it up to "good times in The Vegas."

So anyway,
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For the few of you that read my blog, but don't keep up with the first-person shooter gaming circuit, the KRISS Vector became rather popular among the gaming & Airsoft crowd when the French-designed, Swiss-made submachine gun appeared in the super extra popular video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as one of the weapon options players could use to "pwn" other players while streaming live game play over a LAN or Wi-Fi internet connection, using audio headphones equipped with microphones.  These headsets allow COD gamers to taunt either their friends or total strangers somewhat anonymously using harsh words against the other's mothers, sisters, and/or favorite Catholic priests after "killing" the opponent using the KRISS Vector SMG.  Good clean fun for the whole family.  I should note that it was not the beautifully precision-engineered Vector which caused these individuals to behave this way (The Swiss like to keep it in neutral).  It was probably Eminem, Marilyn Manson, R-Rated Movies and/or Satan himself that convince these individuals to say things that would make Charles Manson blush.  Probably a combination of all four.  It was definitely NOT the result of poor or non-existent parenting.  That's never the case. 

So with that tiny background blurb, check out my KRISS photo update to see why so many people, including Airsoft bloggers like me, think this submachine gun is so groovy. 


So today marks the end of another glorious week here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  I happened to be in the neighborhood of Insight Interactive, which is one of my favorite places to get my Airsoft CQB fix in, and thought I'd take some time to do a little video update for you while you're bored at work, counting the minutes until you can go home to stalk friends on Facebook, maybe play some Call of Duty or perhaps enjoy a delicious granola bar for a snack.

Check out my Airsoft video after the jump... 

KWA M1911 MKI PTP Gas Blowback Pistol
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No, I'm not talkin' 'bout Quails & Aarvarks.  I'm referring to Questions and Answers.  I'm going to open up the opportunity for you (my favorite reader) to ask me questions and then I will either provide you with the correct answer OR I will just make one up.  Ideally, you would ask me questions about Airsoft stuff, but if you need advice on other stuff like how NOT to attempt picking up chicks at the local biker bar or how to look good despite being bald, I can certainly look into those things for you as well.

For now, if you have a question, just post a comment on one of my blog articles here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  However, Pyramyd Air will be creating a Facebook page dedicated exclusively for Airsoft soon, so once that's up, you can ask your questions over there as well.  I'll let you know when their Airsoft Facebook page is up and online.

Speaking of questions, in case you were wondering what the outcome was from the SB 798 hearing that occured on Tuesday of this week, you might want to check out my article on it real quick: SB 798 Hearing Results - September 6, 2011

Click for today's Question & Answer after the jump...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CA SB 798 Official Voting Results

Here are the official results from the voting at yesterday's SB 798 hearing before the Committee on Public Safety.

Assemblymembers Cedillo, Hill & Mitchell voted in favor of SB 798 which tells us one of at least two things:
1) They didn't understand the bill and were just voting along party lines like sheep.
2) They did understand the bill and just didn't care about all the negative impacts it would have had on California, including the state's already-poor economy. 

Assemblymembers Knight and Hagman have been voting no on SB 798 for quite some time now. 

What actually put us over the top for the win, in terms of votes, was the fact that Assemblymembers Ammiano & Skinner did not vote.  Normally, in the past, I believe they've voted in yes, which in this case, was a bad thing. 

So there you go.  Just a little more of an SB 798 update for you.  



Sorry for the whole, all-caps and multiple exclamation points.  But SB 798 has failed...for now.

http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0751-0800/sb_798_bill_20110906_status.html

California Senator Kevin de Leon could bring the bill back, but my understanding is that he'll likely have to wait until next year.  Hopefully, by then, he'll be too distracted with drafting other terrible legislation to focus on contributing to California's unemployment rate and crippled tax revenues via the Airsoft industry.  Technically, the bill has gone back on the "daily file" since Tuesday and will remain there for 2 to 4 days from that time, but I have it on good authority from a source inside the California legislative system that in all probability, the SB 798 is probably dead unless de Leon wants to take it up again during next year's session.  

I can't say that was the best grammar I've ever used, but I'm not going to change it now. 

This doesn't mean we should all just relax and let our guard down.  SB 798 should be a severe wake-up call that we, as an industry, need to shape up and make safety and responsible gun ownership (real or Airsoft) a top priority.  Realize that this is a controversial hobby in the eyes of the general public and a pretty easy target for politicians like de Leon.  As we've seen, if we are not careful, we could lose everything.  We came awfully close.  But enough of the lecturing for now.  Break out the Airsoft Champagne (or Sparkling Cider if you're not of legal age).

Congratulations to all of you who made the effort 
to oppose this bill.  
It was a team effort and an excellent illustration of what happens when we stick together to put up a united front.  


Airsoft shall prevail. 

P.S. Special thanks to my ol' college buddy, Tristan B. for providing me with some expert insight on the results from Tuesday's Committee on Public Safety hearing.


Copyright: Chris Dellosa; Post-Production: Tom Harris

As I sit here pondering why in the world I let Chris take this photo of me during a moment of extreme vulnerability, I think to myself, "I'm now concerned for my health and safety in public."  People might get upset that I would taint the purity of the CheyTac M200 Intervention Rifle from SOCOM Gear and those Multicam 5.11 TDUs with such a horrific display of blasphemy and then want to mob me with Airsoft pitchforks.  Speaking of "health and safety," today will be the start of a new series here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog wherein I focus on something called, "Health and Safety."  Did I catch you off-gaurd with that one?



WAIT!!!!!



Before you click the "X" on this browser tab and go back to Facebook to continually hit the refresh button so that your news feed refreshes faster, hear me out.



This isn't just any old Health and Safety series...

As a follow-up to my video from last week wherein I unboxed the new DoubleStar 1911 Gas Blowback Pistol from SOCOM Gear, which is not yet available on the market, I have added some still shots of said Airsoft gas blowback gun for the benefit of your eyes and your soul.

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SOCOM Gear DoubleStar 1911 Gas Blowback Pistol
Click to see the full SOCOM Gear DoubleStar 1911 Photo Gallery

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Team 5.11 Tactical (left), about to square off against Team Rainbow at the 2011 Association of Competitive Airsoft Expo

 So I thought I'd post some photos from the tournament portion of the Association of Competitive Airsoft (ACA) Expo that I attended last Saturday. These photos were taken by ACA staff (not me) and have been used with permission. And technically, I'm pretty sure they're all just still shots taken from all the video footage they were shooting throughout the game play. While these photos were only the first batch and I'm sure they have a ton more, but it would seem at least for the time being that the camera really enjoyed capturing the essence of Team 5.11 Tactical in action. Take a guess who those handsome fellows in the OD Green Ripstop TDUs are that show up in the first half of the ACA Expo photo gallery (Click the link below). Yup. That'd be us. Now, I'm not saying we were the best-looking guys there, but my boys & I certainly wouldn't argue with you if you said so yourself and I doubt the camera would, either. Speaking of my teamies, Todd, SSG. Steve, Luke & Trent: you guys not only looked good in green, but you make for an outstanding fire team. I hope we can ball it up again together at the next one. Also, sorry for getting heat stroke in the first freakin' game, like a chump. Who does that?! Seriously. People that shouldn't be competing in stuff, that's for sure.

So let's talk about this next photo for a second...  
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You might be wondering what kind of custom "Airsoft jousting stick" it is that this Knight-in-Shining-5.11-VTAC-Armor is using to strike fear into the hearts of his Airsoft enemies.  Well, wonder no longer, my friend.  That'd be the Elite Force VFC HK416 CQB with a number of delectable Airsoft accessories affixed to it.  In case you were curious about what those accessories are, I'll tell you right now so as not to keep you waiting for the epic answer:
UTG Combat IRB Xenon 260-Lumen Flashlight (On left side of RIS, not in view)
Plus, a VLTOR-style, collapsible EMOD stock from Classic Army, which allows me the ability to run two 11.1V Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po) 1200mAh 20C Airsoft stick batteries in parallel (thanks to a y-connector I made, fitted with Deans connectors), effectively doubling my battery life (2400mAh) while running that AEG.

If you've seen my review of the Elite Force VFC HK416, then you'll know why I selected this rifle as my primary weapon to compete with when there were not only bragging rights on the line, but awesome prizes for the winners (Brand new AEGs from Elite Force, who coincidentally happens to be the title sponsor of the 2011 ACA season).  I did not choose this gun because of who the sponsor was.  I chose it because of it's outstanding reliability, as proven for the last year or so since I've had this thing.  Now, in the essence of full disclosure, I did, ironically, strip the piston in the very final game of the day when we were playing the team who would end up taking first place in the tournament, but that's just how my day was going.  So, I'll be re-opening the gearbox for the first time since last year to replace that piston and, of course, I'll post the pictures up on the blog so that you can see what kind of damage went on underneath the hood.  Regardless that the piston stripped in the middle of the last game, I'd still recommend this gun to anyone.  Like I said, I haven't had to touch the gun otherwise since I tuned it up last year, and I've been using several times a month since then.

But for now,
Click to peep the action photos from the 2011 Association of Competitive Airsoft Tournament 

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Today, I uploaded a video of me unboxing the DoubleStar 1911 gas blowback pistol from SOCOM Gear, and boy, let me tell you. I had a good time doing so. This pistol is not currently available on the market, and while I may not be the first to review it, I'm certainly one of the few at this point. Do I think this makes me a better person? No. But it does make me feel better about being bald.

This 1911 Airsoft gun is compatible with Marui & WE Airsoft 1911s, so pretty much all the wonderful upgrades and accessories that work with those 1911s will likely work with this 1911 as well (generally speaking. Some parts may fit better than others). And that, my friends, is called a breath of fresh air.




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