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Hazard4 Forward Observer DSLR Camera Bin & Jelly Roll Lens Case - Tactical Gear
Shot Show 2012

Here's a little somethin' different for ya today.  I found some footage from my trip to Shot Show 2012 that I had yet to post and so even though it's a bit of old news, I figured I would share it anyway because I know that there might be some of you wonderful readers out there who might find this interesting.  This video features Josue, from Hazard4/Civilian Labs tactical gear, showing me the "Forward Observer" DSLR Camera Bin, which can be used as a standalone tactical bag for your DSLR Camera, or it can be mounted on another piece of your kit that has a MOLLE webbing platform on it.  Pretty slick.  Additionally, Josue, talks about the Hazard4 Jelly Roll padded DSLR lens case, also MOLLE compatible.  

http://youtu.be/n35JTLQwJlw

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Many people, starting long before your time, who don't even know you,
gave their lives for your freedom.
Memorial Day
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"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots." ~Randy Vader.

Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May each year, and is a day to remember all those who died while serving in the U.S. Military.  An interesting fact is that this holiday was originally called "Decoration Day" and began at the end of the Civil War as a way to honor the Union soldiers who died.  By the 20th century, the day had come to include those who died in any war.

So even if you do not have the day off today, perhaps take a moment to thank a veteran or at least reflect on the gravity that freedom isn't free and is something that should not be taken for granted. 
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Technical Difficulties

Hello to my favorite readers. I do apologize for having to take the last couple blogs offline for a minute or two. Blogger has decided to disrupt my html code and now I'm having to rewrite the code so it's not all jarbled. I'll have the posts back online as soon as possible.

 

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With the weekend already on the very near horizon, there are some pretty big Airsoft OPs going on around the country and I thought it might be prudent to provide some of my suggestions on what to bring with you to a major event where you'll be camping out all weekend. 

Some of the obvious choices would be your guns, of course.  That's the most exciting stuff to pack.  But it's important to take more than just your guns.  There's nothing worse than paying a bunch of money to travel out of town for an Airsoft event, pay the large registration fee (if you're attending a Lion Claws event) only to get there and realize you've forgotten something very important and nobody else has the item you're in need of.

So first and foremost, I ALWAYS recommend writing out a checklist, or typing one out on your computer, phone or tablet device.  Whatever works for you.  Just make a checklist and make it thorough.  Don't check things off the list until you've actually packed them in a bag and loaded them into the vehicle.

Some of the things I would personally include on my own checklist, might include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

Guns & Accessories
- 1 Primary Rifle (Usually it's a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) or machine gun for me).

- Back-up primary.

- Optic - appropriate for whatever platform I'm running.  Leapers scope for DMR or Elcan Optic for support weapon.

- Plenty of magazines for DMR/Assault, or Box mag for support weapons.

- Tac Light/Laser, if applicable

- BBs for Primary (<5,000 for DMR, 20,000-30,000 for machine gun).  I know that sounds like a lot, but the more bad guys on the other side, the more BBs you'll need to hose them down all weekend.  It is especially important to bring the best BBs you can get with you to big games because you've got a lot invested into the weekend and therefore you'll want to maximize the amount of fun you have.  Using poor quality BBs can lead to a lot of missed targets, which is lame.  I prefer the new line of Elite Force BBs.  Now that they've got the .32g MilSim Max Bio BBs, they've pretty much got options for just about any platform out there.  I know that there's a small niche of guys that run heavier BBs than that for their sniper rifles and PolarStar guns, but they're a select few.  Pyramyd Air does carry several options in weights heavier than .32g which will do just fine, so you're not completely SOL if you fit into this niche.  

- Battery Packs (PLURAL) and Charger.  Since there is not usually a power source provided at most outdoor fields, I usually bring a 400w Power Inverter that plugs into my car's cigarette lighter, which gives me two outlets, a usb port (for charging cell phones & tablets), plus all the power I need to run all three if necessary.  The higher quality chargers will often come with a set of connectors to run your charger directly off of your car's battery, but you really need to know what you're doing to avoid serious injury, damage to your stuff and the potentional to be stranded out in the middle of nowhere with a dead car battery afterwards.  For this reason, if you're going to do this, I recommend a set up jumper cables, which you should carry in your car at all times anyway.  

- Sidearm, plus 2-3 extra mags.

- Compatible holster for sidearm

- Can of green gas or propane for sidearm or any GBBRs that you may have brought with you.  I'd recommend at least two cans of gas if you run a GBBR and plan to play with it all weekend.  

- Gun case for primaries (always transport your Airsoft guns in a case)

- Gun case for sidearms


Tactical Gear/Kit/Loadout/Uniform/Whatever/You/Want/To/Call/It:

- First thing on this list should be your Eye Protection and/or Facemask


You can get by without any fancy tactical gear and such, but you won't be able to play without your Eye Pro, so don't leave home without it.  Never a bad idea to always keep a backup set stored in your gear bag in case you take your primary set out for some reason and then forget to put it back in the bag when you go out to your next event. 
- For big weekend OPs, I try to stay as lightweight as possible these days to preserve precious energy.  I can't say I've been able to stay as active as I'd like, so going out and hard-charging at full speed for the entire weekend with a ton of gear on just isn't realistic.  So I like the high-speed plate carriers or chest rigs out there that are smaller and lighter weight than a traditional, full-size CIRAS-style plate carrier.  Voodoo Tactical has several new lightweight options in both the plate carrier and chest rig department that are a new balance between high quality and affordability. 

- Some of my buddies have even moved to just running a battle belt rig, no vest at all.  This is even better for lightening your load, but depending on how long you have to be out in the field and the type of weapon setup you have, this might not be enough for you.

Ask yourself this question when deciding to add that extra pouch or item to put in that pouch:

"What is the probability that I am going to need this item while I'm out on the field?"

If it's a low probability, keep it with your stuff in the parking lot or staging area. 

 - A good set of boots or high-quality hiking shoes are advisable when dealing with any sort of rugged terrain.  The longer you're going to be on your feet, the more important it is to have good foot support to protect not only against sprained/broken ankles, but from slipping on slippery surfaces and also to prevent fatigue on your knees, hips, feet, back, etc. that would otherwise occur from having poor foot support.  You would be surprised how much damage you can do to yourself from wearing bad shoes for a prolonged period of time.  5.11 Tactical makes a great line of tactical footwear and is what I've been wearing for years now.   

-  I always like to have a pair of gloves.  Whether they're the ultra-trendy Oakley hard-knuckle gloves or just a second skin set, it's nice to have gloves.

- If you're going to be playing at some sort of abandoned structural facility, I generally advise wearing a tactical helmet.  Not only do you look much more tactical hot, but it will actually provide cranial protection should the situation arise where you're not paying attention where you're going for whatever reason and happen to run into a low-hanging board with a rusty nail sticking out or with a sharp edge.  I've hit my head numerous times while clearing rooms of run-down buildings, but never once got injured because I was wearing that helmet.  I recommend helmets to anyone, regardless of height, not just for tall guys.

Well, that's not all I would take with me, but for the purposes to cutting myself off before this thing gets any more long-winded, I will leave it at that for now.  I'll pick up where I left off in another blog this week with some more tips in other areas (food & water.  I didn't forget, that's just a whole other topic) that I think are either crucial to a successful Airsoft weekend, or will improve your quality of life drastically.

If you've found this post to be helpful in any way, please share a link to it with your homies on your favorite forum or social network.

Please feel free to add your suggestions on good guns & gear to bring on an all-weekend Airsoft trip in the comments below. 
 
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See how I rhymed that title?

For the longest time now, I've had this Blackhawk SERPA holster lying around not getting any use.  Reason being: I only had a belt paddle for it but don't like having it on my belt.  I prefer running a thigh rig for my sidearm during games.  I recently came upon an opportunity to do a little tradesies with my brother Todd for one of his thigh platforms in exchange for an item or two I had in my possession.  The only problem was that he did not have the screws to mount the holster onto the thigh platform.

 
At first I thought the screws I had for the belt paddle would work, but they were too short, as it were.  Since I am very impatient and didn't want to have to try & track some official Blackhawk SERPA replacement screws down online, pay what would probably be more money than necessary, plus shipping, then have to wait for the screws to arrive, I just ran down the street to my local hardware store to see if they might have some screws that would work just as well.

Check the rest of this story after the jump...

There I was, testing out the potentially marvelous new Elite Force .32 MilSim Max Bio BB when I started running into a little hiccup with my testing platform.  I didn't get to fire too many rounds of the newest release from Elite Force's exceptional line of BBs, but from what I saw initially, I've definitely got my hopes up.  Flight path looked pretty good.  I was using a G&P WOC, Western Arms-based Gas Blowback Rifle (GBBR) and began having some trouble with the trigger getting stuck while firing in semi-auto. 
Additionally, the selector switch was getting stuck in full auto when I would switch to that firing mode.  It then became impossible to switch out of full auto by hand unless I popped out the lower receiver's body pin and opened up the gun.  This put a temporary halt to my test of these BBs until I could resolve the issue.  However, I hadn't really had any experience taking these rifles apart before (always had my buddy do the tech work in the past), so I had to blaze a few new trails.  I don't usually like to blaze new trails these days because I usually don't have the time.  But luckily, I was dealing with a Western-Arms-based Gas-Blowback Rifle, so the internal design is relatively simple in nature.  A definite plus.

Check out the solution to my G&P WOC GBBR troubles after the jump...

I am writing this blog not only because my own lower-face mesh mask came unglued after I left it in my car during a hot summer day in the high desert of Southern California, but because I know several other people who have also had similar issues with their masks. Not to sound like a cheap-skate, but I can't say I was too interested in shelling out another $20 bucks for a new mask, so I decided to see about just fixing the one I had.  I was very glad about my decision in the end.
Lower-face mesh mask
Photo by Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
*I added an asterisk in the title of this post because if you don't have the correct tool(s) already for this procedure, then it would not technically be free for you.  This is assuming you already have something that would work. 



This is Part II of my Airsoft MOSFET Custom Installation Guide for an M4 AEG.  In this particular case, I'm working on an Elite Force HK416 CQB AEG, but this guide is good for pretty much any standard M4 AEG that uses a buffer tube.

I left off my MOSFET Custom Installation Guide - Part I once I had pretty much covered the process of rewiring for the motor & grip.  So now, we will take more of a look at the back-end of the gun, which is where things really get fun.

Check out Part II after the jump...

Ah yes.  We will be revisiting my beloved Elite Force HK416 CQB by VFC this week with a guide on how to install a MOSFET unit inside your rear-wired M4 Airsoft AEG.   
She has been in pieces for far too long now (for the better part of a year, I'm ashamed to admit).  It all stemmed from a stripped piston last year during the Association of Competitive Airsoft Expo that I participated in with a few fellow members from my Airsoft team, Level X. 
Since I had to open up the gearbox anyway, something I had refrained from doing unnecessarily since tuning my HK416 a year or more prior to that, I decided to take a thorough assessment of the wear & tear on the internal parts of the gearbox to see if anything else needed repair or replacement.  Eventually, when I got to the trigger switch, or wire harness as some call it, I found that one of my copper contact plates had burnt up pretty good over time, undoubtedly due to the fact that I had been running 11.1V Li-Po battery packs exclusively in that gun for over a year and had used it quite often (the Elite Force HK416 CQB makes for a phenomenal workhorse primary).
While I don't pretend to be a true expert here, I'm of the opinion that the best way to prevent this wear and tear on the trigger contacts while still being able to run Li-Po battery packs is to install a MOSFET computer unit in your AEG.  So since this was, and still is, my favorite of the M4 variants in my little collection, I felt it deserved a MOSFET and was worth the effort to install one.  I will preface the rest of this blog by saying that this installation process has turned into a much more complicated project than I had originally anticipated, but I plan to see it through until I can get my HK416 back up and running because, like I said, it's worth it. 

This isn't my first rodeo with installing a MOSFET, but in the past, I've done it on guns using a full, fixed stock, like my Marui M14 or Classic Army SR25.  When I initially made the decision to take on this project, I failed to take the HK416's buffer tube into account, since this Airsoft AEG is wired to the back.  Oh well.  Adapt and overcome.  Otherwise you will lose.  Since I have an allergy to losing, I wasn't about to give up.  

So, initially, I wrote this blog about my MOSFET-in-the-buffer-tube mod.  Keep in mind that it only covers what I did to fit the MOSFET in the buffer tube and still allow for you to be able to connect all the wires and secure the buffer tube to the back of the receiver.


As a follow-up to my earlier post about Giovanni's story, here are some items I had in my personal collection of things that I will be sending out to Giovanni Santos so that he can use on the field out in Tennessee. I would have liked to have been able to provide a few more items, but that's what I had available at the moment.


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Today's post on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog is centered around the "Bang Bang" rule. This has different names at different fields. Other known associates include, but are not limited to,"Safety Kill" or just saying "Surrender."

I like saying, or rather, yelling "Bang Bang" instead of "surrender" because I don't like giving my enemies a choice. They are dead and all I'm doing is giving them the courtesy of NOT installing a new and painful welt (or worse) on their skin.

Now, one might ask, why the hell would you perform a safety kill like that on someone when you could just shoot them?

Well, when it comes to the MilSim-quality guns out there which operate over and above 350 FPS with a .20g BB...

THERE IS SUCH A THING AS BEING TOO CLOSE TO ENGAGE A HUMAN TARGET.


The safety kill concept is especially useful at Airsoft CQB & MOUT fields where there are structures and areas which lend themselves to close quarter engagements. It's not as necessary with large, outdoor fields like my old hometown field, Hill559, which is one square-mile of raw private land. However, it can still be used in that environment, just not as often.

Anyway, back to being too close. Enter what is known as the "Minimum Engagement Distance" by many. The rules vary from field to field, but generally speaking, there is a minimum distance at which you can shoot at another player. If you get within that distance, lets say 10-25 feet which is fairly typical, you must either transition from your rifle to a field legal pistol or simply yell, "Bang Bang" to get the safety kill.


I know there are a lot of "tough guys" out there who like to play "prison rules," but the reality is that most of us are just out to have a good time. Some fields don't enforce this at all, while others try hard to crack down on dangerous situations like that.

The other thing you can do, if you're really concerned about this is to simply wear full face protection, unlike this guy:


This photo was taken at Lion Claws X: Evolution Real World or whatever it was called. My good friend and Airsoft action photographer, Dave Bakholdin happened to be in the right spot at the right time to snap a shot of this gentleman, who was engaged by someone else with a hot rifle from within the minimum engagement distance. I'm not knocking him for not wearing full face protection. I certainly don't like wearing the lower mask with my goggles, but technically, this could have been prevented by either wearing the full mask and/or the other idiot properly exercising a proper safety kill.

One final note I would add on this is that "it takes two tangos" to make this work. <---- See what I did there? Dumb, I know.

What I mean, is that it takes two players, each a tango to the other, for the "Bang Bang" concept to work. Again, it all comes down to honor & integrity (do you have it in you?). One person has to decide to say, "bang bang" or "surrender" instead of shooting the other in that split second he rolls up on him, while the unsuspecting victim has to accept the safety kill. I've seen plenty of idiots not take the kill and then get pissed when the other guy shoots them so close. Seriously? Don't be that guy. Just head back to respawn, take a deep breath and get back in the fight. If you have no respawns left, perhaps consider brushing up on your tactical skillz.


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I had some trouble at first when I was trying to install the flash hider of the HK MP5 A4 Electric Blowback SMG, and I was also curious to see what it would look like with a mock suppressor installed.  I eventually figured it out and decided to make this video. 

http://youtu.be/HmPkROVWUD4

See Part I - HK MP5 A5 EBB SMG Review
See Part II - HK MP5 A5 EBB SMG Review



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Good day to you, sir or madam, (but likely "sir").  I've got a quick custom Airsoft AEG upgrade tip for tuning your beloved rifle.  Wanna know what it is?  No.  Well you're offensive.  And rude.  So double offensive.  For those of you who do want to know, just keep reading.

I'll be honest.  This is one of those custom AEG upgrades that just makes sense to me, although I am not sure if I could produce a reliable test to say for sure.  But the whole concept is based on friction and how I don't feel it should have a place inside my gearbox, specifically, in this case, between my AEG's gearbox and the AEG Piston contained therein.    

Friction on the piston can reduce, even if only ever-so-slightly, your rifle's velocity output, measured in feet-per-second (FPS).  Friction can also create other issues, damages and mishaps inside the gearbox that make me angry.  BTW, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.  Heck, I don't even like me when I'm angry.  So in order to avoid that anger, I've gone ahead and taken an extra step in attempting to reduce this friction I speak of.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Umarex HK MP5 A5 Performance Test

If you're not up to speed on the Umarex HK MP5 A5 Electric Blowback SMG, check out the first part of my review here: Umarex HK MP5 A5 Electric Blowback SMG Review - Part I

NOW...Here is a little video illustrating why I'm totally on board with this Airsoft SMG and am happy to have it in my arsenal.



 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Giovanni's Story

Check out the video directly below for the sit rep on Giovanni. 

http://youtu.be/ji5pb3XOQCo

After watching that video, I will go on record saying that I'm in.  I will need to take a look at what I can contribute, but I am good for some Airsoft goodies.

It definitely sucks that Giovanni has to move to a new place and make new friends, but I'm not TOO worried about it.  He will be in good great company when he gets to Tennessee.  My homies Phil & Jeff will be there to provide him with a warm Tennessee welcome.  They belong to an Airsoft team called M7 - Multiple Applications Group.

Here is their video response.  
http://youtu.be/o5Mwr5uco4E

And another solid individual that I greatly admire has stepped up as well.  ChairmanLao will be throwing a few sweet swag items in Giovanni's direction as well.
 http://youtu.be/Rxl9jIG47wQ

I need to work out a few details on what exactly I'll be sending out to Giovanni, but it should be something pretty cool.  I will update the blog here next week with what I've worked out. 

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While I was visiting the SS Airsoft CQB Facility for their 2 Year Anniversary Extravaganza at the end of March this year, I sat down for a one-to-one chat with "Walker, Georgia Ranger," who is one of the stars of the SS Airsoft CQB YouTube Channel.  Walker asks some tough questions of me during the interview, which was pretty ballsy considering the fact that I was wielding his Elite Force 1911 CO2 Pistol (which also happened to have a Mad Bull Whisper .45ACP Mock Suppressor Attached), during the entire interview.  


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

SB 1315 - SB 798's Ugly Reincarnate

As some of you may have heard, SB 1315 has passed the Senate Public Safety Committee, just as SB 798 did, as I recall. No real surprise there. I believe it was the House of Representatives where we achieved victory last time and that's where it needs to happen once again.

Once again, we need to make some phone calls and write those letters to your local representatives. Here is a link to their contact information:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/sen-addresses.html

Here is the bill in its amended form.

BILL NUMBER: SB 1315

AMENDED BILL TEXT

AMENDED IN SENATE MARCH 29, 2012

INTRODUCED BY Senator De León

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 An act to amend Section 53071.5 of the Government Code, relatingto imitation firearms.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SB 1315, as amended, De León.

Imitation firearms: regulation:County of Los Angeles.

Existing law provides that the Legislature occupies the wholefield of regulation of the manufacture, sale, or possession ofimitation firearms, as defined, and that those provisions shallpreempt and be exclusive of all regulations relating to themanufacture, sale, or possession of imitation firearms, includingregulations governing the manufacture, sale, or possession of BBdevices and air rifles, as specified. Existing law defines "imitationfirearm" to include a "BB device" and defines a "BB device,"for specified purposes, to include any spot marker gun
as any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other devicethat is so substantially similar in coloration and overallappearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonableperson to perceive that the device is a firearm.

This bill would provide an exception to those provisions byauthorizing the County of Los Angeles, or any city within the Countyof Los Angeles, to enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution regulating the manufacture, sale, possession, or use of aspot marker gun that expels a projectile larger than 16mm
that is more restrictive than state law regulating themanufacture, sale, possession, or use of any BB device, toy gun,replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantiallysimilar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearmas to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is afirearm and that expels a projectile that is no more than 16millimeters in diameter.

Vote: majority.

Appropriation: no.

Fiscal committee: no.

State-mandated local program: no.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION 1. Section 53071.5 of the Government Code is amended toread: 53071.5. (a) By the enactment of this section, the Legislatureoccupies the whole field of regulation of the manufacture, sale, orpossession of imitation firearms, as defined in subdivision (a) ofSection 16700 of the Penal Code, and that subdivision shall preemptand be exclusive of all regulations relating to the manufacture,sale, or possession of imitation firearms, including regulationsgoverning the manufacture, sale, or possession of BB devices and airrifles described in Section 16250 of the Penal Code. (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the County of Los Angeles,and any city within the County of Los Angeles, may enact and enforcean ordinance or resolution regulating the manufacture, sale,possession, or use of a spot marker gun that expels a projectilelarger than 16mm. that is more restrictive than statelaw regulating the manufacture, sale, possession, or useof any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that meets both of the following requirements: (1) The device is so substantially similar in coloration andoverall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonableperson to perceive that the device is a firearm. (2) The device expels a projectile that is no more than 16millimeters in diameter.

It would seem that I predicted one of the amendments almost correctly. Rather than just dropping the number one, they just changed the wording to exclude all guns firing projectiles no larger than 16mm. That way the Paintballers can continue to thrive. That's cool. They played their cards better than we did and got better, more well-connected representatives. I'm all about working smarter, not harder, so I, unfortunately, find no fault in what they did. I would have done it, too, had I the same resources available to me. I realize I hit a nerve last time I mouthed off about paintball guns looking ridiculous and that notion still stands, Steve.

But do I hope that Paintball gets banned as well? Absolutely not. I DO hope that Senator De Leon would find something a little more constructive with his time than pursuing this and other frivolous bills. Are you telling me that our state has solved the education, unemployment, and overall budget crises (yes, plural for more than one crisis)?

Speaking of representatives, what's the deal with the Airsoft Safety Foundation. As I understand it, it takes a bunch of money to become a member of this non-profit organization, which is supposed to go towards funding some sort of lobbyist on behalf of the Airsoft industry. There are a ton of members, which means, in theory, that the Airsoft Safety Foundation now has a ton of money to help fund the countermeasures to this legislation. Aside from wondering what their audit report looks like, I wonder what the Airsoft Safety Foundation has been up to since the demise of SB 798. The only update I recall seeing from them since, was to announce that SB 1315 has passed the Senate Public Safety Committee hearing. Might I suggest taking a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to this one, guys? While I may be a bit critical at the wrong time here, what I'm really trying to say is that we all need to step it up again, not just rely upon the Airsoft Safety Foundation, especially since we have no real idea whether or not they're actually doing anything since there's no transparency, and in all reality, even if we win, we will need to maintain that higher level of safety consciousness and responsibility indefinitely. I knew that as soon as SB 798 blew over, we'd all go back to just chillin', and not worry pretty much at all what might be on the horizon from Senator De Leon. Sure enough, it was all quiet on the western front almost immediately afterwards and now De Leon is back, trying to weasel his way into our world so he can shut it down.

Bottom line is that we need to cut the crap and either upgrade our mindset to become much more safety conscious and much less complacent with our Airsoft guns, or we should find a new hobby because this one will becoming illegal in just a few short months. What's it gonna be, players?




When I first set eyes on the Umarex H&K MP5 A5 Tac Electric Blowback Rifle (EBBR) in person a month or two ago, I realized a month or two ago that I've never really dealt with an MP5 on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog here. This one was so visually and physically impressive, that I figured I would check it out, in case any of you wonderful readers out there were in the market for a high quality MP5.


So before I get too deep into the features of the H&K MP5 A5 Tac EBBR, I'd like to take a moment to talk about the actual manufacturer that Umarex partnered with on this one. Top Tech is a relatively little known brand, at least here in the states. It does not get as much time as I think it deserves in the spotlight as its more affordable counterpart, Guay Guay, or best known as G&G. Top Tech is G&G's high end line of airsoft guns and nothing short of impressive. I recall my first encounter with the Top Tech product line at Shot Show 2011. I was at the G&G booth and picked up one of the rifles they had on their wall, thinking it was just a standard G&G M4, but this one had significantly more weight to it, with a much more solid build than I was expecting from a regular G&G rifle. When I asked their staff about it, they informed me that it was a Top Tech blowback M4. Boom. First impression: mind blown. It was really nice, as were the rest of the guns in the Top Tech line. So this MP5 being a Top Tech as well comes as no surprise.

Enough jibber jabber. Check out the features of the Umarex H&K MP5 A5 Tac EBBR after the jump...

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To begin this week, I thought that in preparation for my upcoming review of the H&K MP5 A5 Electric Blowback Rifle, which is manufactured by Top Tech/G&G, I would do a blog about MP5s in general to provide some basic info on them.

The real steel version are manufactured by Heckler & Koch (H&K) and the Airsoft version, in this case, like I just said, is made by G&G's high-end product line, called Top Tech. While I'll be reviewing one of the lesser known variants of the MP5, there are actually quite a few out there, but for the purposes of Airsoft, there's maybe like five or six variations on the MP5 them. Not all of them made, by Top Tech, of course.

Before I get into the variations, you might be curious to know that the "MP" in "MP5" does NOT, in fact, stand for "Mighty Phine," but rather, "Machine pistol" because it (the real steel version) falls under the submachine gun class thanks to the caliber in which it is chambered (9x19mm pistol rounds). General rule of thumb, though there may be exceptions, is that if it looks like a rifle, but fires handgun caliber ammunition, it's pretty safe to assume that it's a submachine gun. Anyway, that info is sort of just for fun for our purposes, because for the most part, Airsoft guns fire 6mm ammunition.

Another fun factoid for you, playing COD results in a sort of magical event wherein you essentially become an MP5 expert automatically. It's weird, but true.

So anyway, the different Airsoft MP5s that you might see out and about would include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

MP5 SD5:
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MP5 SD6:

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And, of course, the ugly duckling of the group (Every group has to have one)

MP5 A4:
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/H_K_MP5_A4_Elite_Airsoft_Electric_Gun/1993

MP5 A5:
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/H_K_MP5_A5_Tac_SWAT_Elite_Airsoft_Electric_Gun/1995


So there you go. Nothing too exciting for you today, but just a little bit of knowledge for you to wet your appetite for my upcoming review, which will likely be up tomorrow.

In the meantime, let me know in the comments what your favorite MP5 variation is and, of course, WHY it's your favorite.

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