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For those of you that don't know, I'm currently in Buford, Georgia, which is near Hotlanta, GA, to attend the 2-Year Anniversary of the SS Airsoft CQB Facilty.  This place is crazy awesome and I thought I'd give you guys a little tour of the field to get just a taste of just how cool it is. 


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In case you didn't catch the title of this blog, today I'll be illustrating how to modify your Airsoft M4 buffer tube to allow you to install a MOSFET in your Airsoft M4. This tutorial is for M4 operators whose gun is wired to the back through the buffer tube, rather than wired to the front handguard like the other half of the Airsoft M4s out there.

The problem is that with the heavy gauged, silver-plated Mil-Spec wiring that I use, I have to sacrifice flexibility for improved electrical conductivity, which I'm fine with. So, it doesn't really make it feasible to just install the MOSFET and then just shove it into the buffer tube so that you can get the stock back on because the wire is not very flexible and I don't want to jeopardize having one or more of the wires come loose from the MOSFET.  They are a huge PITA to deal with since they are just slightly too large for the screw clamp connectors that this MOSFET uses and if not connected properly, they will easily come loose which is an obviously less-than-optimal situation. After a bit of brainstorming, I came to the conclusion that if I just carved out a piece of that buffer tube so that I could connect it or disconnect it while it was still technically inside the tube, I would essentially have solved the problem at hand.

The first step was to trace the exterior of the MOSFET on the buffer tube so that I would know how much material I would need to remove from the buffer tube.

Here, you can see the result.  Enough to access the MOSFET but not enough to jeopardize the structural integrity of the buffer tube and/or render it otherwise unusable with a stock mounted on it. 
Below, you can see some of the tools I used to make this thing happen.  Number one, please note the safety gear I have pictured on the right.  Yes, I know those are ESS Profile Turbofan goggles and are not your typical power tool eye pro, but think about it.  They're ANSI-rated to take a shotgun blast at close range.  Why wouldn't they make for good power-tool eye pro as well?  Riddle me that, my dear trolls. 

You can see well enough in the photo above and to the left that I've got the Dremel setup at an angle, which I later adjusted to just being vertical (straight up/down) after to took the photo, plus I've got the buffer tube secured in a vise.  You really don't want that thing flying out of your hands or getting squirrelly on you while you're dealing with a cutting device circulating at 15,000+ RPMs. 


Then I cut that biyatch. 

Here is the result.  Boom.
Nice and neat.  I can still access all the screw clamps to connect or disconnect the wires from the MOSFET and I'll still be able to put my stock back on and collapse it down to at least the 2nd to last position.  If you'd like to be able to collapse it all the way down for whatever reason, then I would recommend cutting a bit further into the tube (to the left, in the photo above) to allow yourself a bit more room on the right side of the MOSFET (in the photo above) because you need to take the wires on that side and how much room they'll take up into consideration.  While I don't have it pictured there, I am just going to keep the wires that connect to the battery on the right side there super short.  Like, basically, I would terminate them right about where the right edge of that photo starts and the wires go out of frame. That should be plenty, assuming you've got a little bit of length in the wire on your battery as well so that you can keep that battery in a crane stock tube, if you have one, or however else you store your battery while connected to your gun (e.g. battery pouch, electrical tape, etc.)
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Here we've got a little gallery of the Elite Force K-PDW Airsoft AEG, with VFC being the OEM on it, so you know it's top quality.  Such a solid gun with a compact and unique design, offering you great functionality in both a CQB environment, as well as longer distances, which make it suitable for outdoor use.  Is it going to be a long-range DMR?  No.  But you can definitely engage targets at 50 yards or so and expect positive results. 

The Elite Force K-PDW possesses the following characteristics:
  • Semi/full auto
  • Metal receiver
  • Ambidextrous fire selector switch
  • Full metal gears & gearbox
  • Adjustable Hop-Up
  • Integrated accessory rails
  • Folding stock with QD Sling Mount attachment point
  • 120-Mid Cap Magazine
  • RIS-mounted PEQ box for storing your AEG battery pack
  • Backed by a limited, yet awesome warranty from Umarex USA

Check out all the Elite Force K-PDW photos in more detail after the jump...

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This is the second installment in my series on how to build a workbench for your airsoft custom gun upgrades.  Part I addressed the basics of tools needed and how to frame the tabletops.

Today, we'll be covering the attachment of the workbench legs, as well as my method for attaching the two 4'x8' framed tabletops together to form an "L" shaped surface area. 

X marks the spot in which I drill one of three holes along the 4' side of tabletop #1.  I will actually drill all the way through the 8' foot side of tabletop #2 as well so that I can insert a 5/8" diameter lag bolt to secure the two tabletops together.
See?  That's a 5/8" drill bit designed to bore holes in stuff. 
I used a standard drill and there you can see what the lag bolt with nut and washer look like. 
I actually had to drill through from the other side I had initially planned on going through first, so I missed my mark by a smidge, but luckily this procedure did not require precision craftsmanship. 
I'm sure the pros would tell you that you need a washer on this side of the wood, but I failed to buy enough washers when I was at the hardware store and after close examination, the head of that bolt has a circumference that is sufficiently larger than the circumference of the hole I just drilled in the wood, so chances are, since this table is stationary, I probably won't run into an issue with this. 
Below, I also bought the wrong length lag bolts, so I ended up cutting three spacers out of excess 2x4s that I've now accumulated from this project to use up the extra length of the lag bolt.  I attached each of the three new 2x4 spacers to the inside of the 8' side of tabletop #2.  This proved to be a relatively perfect solution to an otherwise annoying issue. 

I did have one washer left from the small batch I purchased, so this is probably closer to the textbook way to doing this. 
Pardon my shallow depth of field, but you can kind of make out the other two lag bolts that are helping to secure the two frames.

Attaching the Legs:

First I had to do some measuring while sitting in my chair to determine how tall I want this space.  I opted to go for a height in between the level at which most people would find comfortable while sitting, and the level at which most people might care to stand at the workbench.  Perfect for me because I can comfortably sit at this desk, but can also stand at it without having to bend very far over to deal with parts & tools.

Anyway, so I took my 4"x4" sticks and cut them up (after measuring, of course) and attached them to the framed tabletops.  In the photo below, you can see one of the corners where I have screws going all over the place.  The two screws on the very left are helping to secure the short side of the frame.  The two srews that are on the right are what's securing the leg to the inside of the table frame.  There are two more screws going into this leg, just like the side we're currently looking at.                                                                                                              
I also put one screw  down into the top of the 4x4 post where you see that super sweet black oval looking thing. 


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Also new from 5.11 are the Screen Ops series tactical gloves, whose claim to fame is that they feature silver-threaded finger tips which somehow allow the wearer of these gloves to operate his or her touchscreen devices such as iPhones & iPad, Android phones & tablets, as well as eReaders like the Nook & Kindle.  The concept is pretty awesome to me, since I hate having to take my gloves off while I'm out on the field when I just need to check something on my phone quickly. 

I was a bit skeptical about how well these things really worked, but luckily I had my iPad with me to see if these gloves could put their money where their fingertips were. 
Sure enough, navigation of a little website I like to frequent at www.PyramydAir.com was a breeze with these things on.

Response from the iPad was excellent, as was the response from my Android phone, which I did not bother to photograph. 
I don't know what it is about that silver threading that allows the touchscreen devices to function while wearing the gloves, but I can't say I care too much.  I'm just glad they (5.11 Tactical) figured something like this out as I frequently find myself needing access my phone and don't like having to take at least one of my gloves off in order to use it.  If you want to know why it works, I'm sure doing a Google search would net you some knowledge. 


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

New IFAK Tactical Pouch on the Horizon

5.11 Tactical Series is set to release a new Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) pouch and I got to snap a few shots of the pre-production sample during my visit to the Modesto HQ of the tactical gear maker earlier this month.  Since this is a pre-production sample, don't get too attached to the design as is.  It could very well change before the final product hits our shelves later on this year.   

While I did have permission to photograph this stuff, I didn't have an appointment to talk with anyone while I was there because I don't believe in taking the time to plan for things like that.  Therefore, no one who knew anything about this pouch was available to speak to me.  Thus, I have no information about it other than it will be made by 5.11 at some point, probably this year.  I know, I'm a terrible Airsoft blogger.
That red cross is actually a detachable velcro patch.  Not sure why they made it a patch, since the loop side is also a cross shape, so unless they plan on producing this red cross patches in separate colors, this seems a bit silly to me.  However, as I mentioned above, this is a pre-production sample and, therefore, the design is subject to change without notice. 

Here is the rip-away pull tab which allows the user to quickly access the internal compartment without having to horse around with the zippers during an emergency where seconds could mean life or death. 
Not sure what the red paracord stuff is for, but since red is my favorite color, I'm obviously a big fan of whatever it's supposed to be used for. 



Backside, which includes 5.11's patented slick stick system, which, I can say from personal experience, is definitely a slick system. 


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- SB 798
- SB 1315
- NJ S810
- Gun-fearing Democrats, hippies and/or anyone else who doesn't understand the importance of gun rights and is motivated to try and take them away

- Getting arrested for having an Airsoft gun in public (with no case).

- Getting shot with real bullets for having an Airsoft gun in public (no case).
Do a Google search for pictures of gun shot wounds and tell me that looks like fun while keeping a straight face. 

- Getting killed by real bullets for having an Airsoft gun in public (no case).

Would you like to risk getting killed because you were playing with your Airsoft gun in a public place, or maybe not even playing with it, you were just transporting it from your car in the parking lot to your local Airsoft shop to have their tech do some upgrades on it.  Meanwhile, an off-duty LEO sees you with your Airsoft gun, draws down on you and perhaps fires upon you, thinking your gun is real.  That example might seem a little extreme or absurd, but if you were to do a "news" search for Airsoft on Google, I can promise you that some of the top results will include stories about police officers responding to someone with an Airsoft gun in public.  Sometimes the person with the Airsoft gun in public gets shot, sometimes they don't. 

While technically, most, if not all of the legislation I listed above stems from kids doing more than just hanging out with their guns in public, they were actually running around and playing with them, but you get the idea here.

I may not have include ALL of the safety reasons here, but I would think those items would be PLENTY serious enough to get your attention.

Those are just the safety and legal compliance reasons for having an Airsoft gun case.

On top of the safety aspects, you need to consider the protection factor that an Airsoft gun case provides for your beloved collection of Airsoft guns.  Not only will transporting your Airsoft guns in a case help greatly reduce
many of the safety issues I listed above, but a gun was also help to protect your Airsoft gun(s) from getting damaged during transit.  If you're like me and feel the need to take a lot of stuff with you when you go to play Airsoft, then having to stuff all that into your car can cause things to get scrunched, crunched, smashed and/or otherwise damaged.  There aren't many things worse than finding out your prized, $700 Airsoft gun was damaged on the way to the Airsoft field because you were negligent in taking the proper precautionary measures to ensure its safe arrival.

If you already have a case, good.  USE IT.  If you don't have one, here are some cases that I highly recommend, based on personal experience.

My favorite: The Plano All-Weather (AW) 50" Double Gun Case
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_Double_Scoped_Rifle_Case_w_Wheels/2676
This case is very beast-like, in all kinds of positive ways.

42" version of that same style case:
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_42_AW_Rifle_Case_Lockable_Black/4196

If you know deep down in your heart that you don't need a hard case for your rifle, or maybe the hard case is just way out of your budget, getting a rifle bag like this: http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/UTG_DC_Series_Tactical_Gun_Case_42_Long_Black/3849 would be the next best option.  It's even got a bunch of mag pouches to help keep things neat & tidy when in transport.  Keep in mind though, that even though then may be some padding in this bag, or other rifle bags, that alone will not protect your long guns from getting bent all to hell during transit if you throw them into the car along with a bunch of other heavy stuff that might slide around during transit and damage your gun.  I can say from personal experience, unfortunately, that this is a definitely reality.  I've have to replace a bent outer barrel on one of my M4s because I didn't think about the environment inside my car's trunk, where I was placing my rifle bag when I went on an Airsoft road trip. 

Caveat Emptor: I do recommend this one, but be aware that the metal finishes on the outside of the case do not stay shiny for very long and with the case being as heavy as it is, even before you stuff it full of guns & accessories, it can make it even more difficult to handle the thing with care, in an effort to keep the finishes looking nice.  So the allure of having a blinged out case for your guns would not be something you should hope for when purchasing this case.  It DOES, however, do a pretty darn good job at keeping my guns & optics safe. 
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_53_Aluminum_Rifle_Case/1786

PISTOLS:
When it comes to pistols, I feel that the risk of damage during transit is less likely and therefore I'm not entirely convinced that you need to go with a hard case in every situation.  But if you are a big fan of hard cases like me, then I highly recommend the Plano Gun Guard series once again, especially if you like to take a couple different Airsoft pistols with you.  This is a great option:
http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Accessories/Cases/Rifle/Soft/231

If you like to travel light and just want something cheap and effective, here's a hard case for about 8 bucks:
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_Protector_Pistol_Case_Single/233
Hard to beat that.

Whether you go with a hard case or a soft-shell case or bag, you still need to keep your Airsoft guns in something while transporting them in public, even while in your vehicle.  If you get pulled over by a cop with an Airsoft gun sitting out in the open, on your seat, things could get ugly real quick.

For the full selection of gun cases that Pyramyd Air has to offer, check out the following link:
http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Accessories/Cases/Rifle/Soft/231


THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS DON'T TAKE YOUR AIRSOFT GUNS IN PUBLIC, AND IF YOU HAVE TO TRANSPORT THEM SOMEWHERE, KEEP THEM IN THE CASE.

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I thought for today's post on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, I would cover one of my favorite topics.  Airsoft machine guns.  For a long time, all I could think about was designated marksman rifle (DMR) platforms and was all about that role when playing games, but over the last year or two, I've really become attached to the support gunner role and all the fun & excitement it provides.  So for those of you who have been considering the acquisition of an Airsoft machine gun to play a "supporting role" in your Airsoft squad or fire team but weren't sure on just exactly which platform suited you best, allow me to highlight some of the differences between some of the more well-known options out there.

M249 MkII Para Machine Gun
M249 MkII Machine Gun
Perhaps the most common Airsoft machine gun you will encounter on the field in the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, commonly referred to as the Airsoft SAW.

These guys come in several different configurations, but the two primary base models are the M249 Para (top) and the M249 MkII (middle).  There is also the M249 MkI (bottom), which I believe is, or was, commonly used by U.S. Army Rangers at one point in time.  This one, for whatever reason, is much less common than the first two I mentioned.  At least around the various parts of California that I've played.  Most people that have them are true support weapon fanatics, like my brother, who loves them even more than I do, and I love them A LOT.
M249 MkI Machine Gun - Image: world.guns.ru

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