Marui SOCOM No3 – 12.5″

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I currently own three of these recoil/blowback AR replicas from Tokyo Marui, this example being the third one I purchased.  The first was kept in the 14.5″ barrel configuration, the second taken down to the 10.5″, then just to mix it up I’ve stuck with just over 12″ on this one.

Right now this rifle (well, smoothbore technically) is in its’ 3rd incarnation as far as accessories go.  It’s always had the 12.5″ barrel with fake mid-length gas system, but it started out with a King Arms 10″ Troy MRF replica quad rail accompanied by an OD MOE stock and MIAD grip.  Then I went to a Black mid-length MOE handguard (pre M-LOK) with matching MOE stock and pistol grip, as well as a King Arms replica of the VLTOR gas block that incorporates a flip-up iron sight.  There’s been a few other small detail changes over the years in terms of muzzle device/sling attachments etc but that’s the big stuff.  Being a front wired gun, the MRF and MOE plastic handguards were both great for storing a Li-Po battery without any fake light/laser units, plus they were two piece designs which meant easy access to the storage area of the battery.

Now I originally switched from the KA Troy replica because it was a fat quad rail and airsoft pot metal is heavy as hell, but the plastic handguards weren’t really the look I was after either, so I went over to the pictured mid-length Midwest Industries drop-in KeyMod forend.  It’s light, a lot thinner than a quad rail, splits in to 2 and very cost effective all things considered.  Unfortunately however, much as I like the look and light weight, it’s still too narrow internally to allow fitment of even the smallest nun-chuck type 7.4v battery and that’s after I went away and had the Dytac 12.5″ barrel put on a mill (by someone who’s actually good with one) in order to scallop out the cut in to the bottom of the outer barrel as per the original TM spec.  So the search for yet another suitable handguard continues.  I could of course just go with a fake PEQ or a PTS polymer foregrip, but my main aim is to avoid that sort of thing if at all possible.

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Annoyingly I also ran in to an issue with the QD sling point I dremel’d out to fit on to the buffer tube.  I can only assume the castle nut on the Marui gun is larger than a real one, possibly a similar story with the buffer tube itself too; because there’s simply not enough clearance between the castle nut and the QD point for a QD swivel to lock in to place.  Now, I could go with one of the Magpul ASAP QD plates which change the angle of the hole for the sling attachment slightly (facing down and away from the castle nut), but I’m yet to test whether firearm sling plates will go anywhere near fitting the Marui lowers; so far I’ve only used GBBr airsoft plates.  Another alternative is to try one of the Magpul ‘QDM’ swivels which are a slightly different shape to the standard swivels, but I’ve no idea if they’re slim enough to negate the issue.  Third option is to go with a Marui SOPMOD specific end plate that’s setup for HK Snaps/MASH hooks/Paraclips, but with the decline in interest in this particular platform in the airsoft market those are all long out of stock at every store I’ve searched so far.

I do like a challenge though and making these things work on airsoft platforms is always interesting to figure out.  I shall of course post again further down the line to let you know how I end up rectifying the issue.

Back with OSS

If you know anything much about conventional baffle-stack suppressors, what they can do for you and the ways in which they can negatively affect a weapon that’s not been specifically setup and tuned to make use of them; well then you need to go do a little reading up on the products from OSS because their stuff is pretty darn magical.

They were posted up at Battlefield Vegas all week but were insanely busy on the Monday (since the main show wasn’t yet open), so I took a little stroll back over there Friday morning to get a little more trigger time with them and go in to a lot more detail discussing their technology with one of their lead testing personnel.

In the following video we’ve got a pair of BCM M4s, a Desert Tech 338 and a PDW build from Nemo Arms.  We fired the BCM both standard and with the OSS for comparison and you should be able to hear the difference pretty clearly.  The 338 gun was especially interesting in terms of sound because a Magnum round like that being as quiet as it was on an indoor range is probably one of the best demonstrators there is for how effectively the geometry inside the OSS deflects and redirects the gases leaving the muzzle of the rifle.  Granted the can used was huge and pretty heavy, but when you bear in mind the size of the brass case (and how much powder it can hold) on 338 Lapua Magnum, it still did a superb job.

Devilishly Good

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#MoraleMondays coming to you live from Las Vegas.

This is a Mil-Spec Monkey PVC patch featuring the Military Morons logo.  For those who aren’t familiar, MM is a site that’s absolutely chock full of superb reviews for all kinds of top end gear and accessories.  Even though it’s not been updated much for a little while now, it remains an excellent resource.

Shop Tour at Pro Airsoft Supplies

I actually held this video back deliberately for a short time while I was talking to PAS regards a RIF I’d purchased that had a few problems (not the fault of the store in any way) for 1 simple reason; the true measure of any retailer in any sector is how they deal with things when a transactions doesn’t quite go 100% (or in this case the manufacturer hasn’t done a 100% job on their end).  Now don’t take that to say I doubted the guys there because I didn’t, but it simply made more sense to wait until the return was fully dealt with and completed before I passed further comment on the store given that maybe 3-4 people might read this.

I’m quite happy to say that the staff at PAS were very polite in all my contact with them and I didn’t have any problem at all getting hold of them via social media, e-mail or on the phone; which is something I can’t say for Zero-One and a couple of other places.  They stock a great range of AEGs and GBBs (from a fair few brands I’d actually be interested in), pistols, good gear for the starter (or indeed pretty much any) airsoft skirmisher as well as ton of mags, internal parts, accessories, consumables and just about anything else you could need.  Not that that in itself is at all unusual for an airsoft store, but nobody likes to have to pay for more postage because they had to buy from multiple different shops.  Plus I’d imagine it’s not uncommon for folks to buy entire loadouts from a single place.

The retail location is actually pretty close to a tube station and despite being in a real ‘cosy’ part of London where space is at a premium, they’ve seriously made use of the space they do have yet still kept the store feeling light and open, as opposed to the feeling you get when walking in to an actual armoury or gun museum.

I didn’t cover the small upper area where they’ve got a ton of internal parts on display and a shooting lane, nor did I go down to the basement where the teching happens and they keep the bulk storage of guns (not much point looking at boxes), but I’d say I’ve covered all the stuff that’s worth seeing here:

Legacy Gear Videos (and some Current Gear Videos)

If you were to ask someone that’s successful on YouTube they’d tell you I’m awful at it, but I can quite honestly say I’m fine with that.  My work comes first and will continue to do so until I leave (even if my trade has just been royally shafted by the MoD in terms of salary and other benefits) and that means I’m never going to have a nice, dedicated white space to showcase guns/gear and room to store multiple studio style lightboxes and tri-pods etc etc.  I could buy all that stuff, but in my tiny room I’d have literally nowhere to set it up let alone store it all; similar situation when I go back home.

Sometimes I’m also guilty of letting other people’s opinions get to me, but I’m not going to go in to a massively long story about how/why and the like.  Sufficed to say I’ve had most of these videos sat on my hard drive for at least a year (longer in some cases) and for various reasons haven’t edited and uploaded them.  Unfortunately during that time some of the products detailed have gone out of production and out of stock at most stores, but I think they’re all good pieces of gear that I personally find interesting.  Overall I feel it’s better to get this stuff uploaded so that people can watch them if they choose to, as opposed to simply deleting the footage.  With these done and out of the way I can move forward and hopefully bring some good content to this blog and the YouTube channel during SHOT show.

So without further ado, here’s a great big video dump all in a one’er.

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Most of my christmas presents were entirely practical for boring, average, normal life – that thing we all have to deal with inbetween time spent being all super dynamic n’ shit in unnecessary camouflage.  However, my little brother came through with this gem of a patch, which I’d been eyeing for a while but hadn’t seen for sale in Britain.

You get a 5x multiplier on your patch whore points for actually putting it on that Arc’teryx gear you probably did not need.

 

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MoraleMondays brought to you this week by Kryptek Outdoor.  Presented against some Mandrake on a shirt sold by Kryptek directly, which I’ll be posting about here on the blog in future.