Please only use your airsoft in designated areas away from the view of the Public, the public will only see a gun they will not see the airsoft part of it, it can get you shot possibly killed as we have seen in the news. When transporting your airsoft guns please use proper cases and only remove inside your home or at the field. These are not TOYS as they can cause you a lot of trouble and even worse.
We as players depend on other players to be responsible so that our sport will stay intact for future players.
Don't be "That Guy" we all know the "That Guy" there seems to always be one at every event.
Also take safety seriously, Goggles/Safety glasses, make sure when not in play that your gun is on safety and the magazine is out. Also for the new guys, some AEG's after being fired will still retain a BB in the lower part of the hop feed chamber, since there are no BB's pushing it up to be loaded it will sometimes not load and shoot. So when you have pulled the magazine out turn the gun upside down and fire a few times, it does not happen to all AEG's but it does happen.
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Recover Tactical WE Tech Beretta 92FS
March 19, 2015
Well its been a few years since I have written any reviews so I decided it was time!!
As an airsoft player of many years I have owned numerous and I mean Numerous airsoft weapons from Inokatsu, PTW's, CTW's, M134 Minigun from WWII to modern iconic airsoft weapons, and there has always been one key thing that I myself personally look for and that is "Realism". What I mean by that is how close the airsoft version looks to its real steel counterpart.
I have owned pretty much every Beretta 92, m9, 9 etc on the market except some of the really cheap ones. So the trick for this build was again being realistic.
I know some of you are thinking why add the Recover Tactical Grip set for the light when I can just buy the gun with a light rail, well that would be to easy, I decided this because it gives the gun a modern look. The light rail was just a second thought but a great added feature.
Here is how this build started:
I was scrolling through eBay looking at the Beretta M84 Cheetah and came across the Recover Tactical Grip set, it really caught my attention due to the fact that it just looked cool. I did some research on YouTube on what it looked like on the gun. The only problem was would it fit, I ordered the WE Tech M84 Cheetah then ordered the real 84FS grips and they fit with no problem, So the next challenge was what brand 92FS should I use. Well I as I stated earlier in this review I like realism from function to looks so I started my search for the right airsoft Beretta for the build, I have owned Beretta's from KSC, KWA, KJW, TM and a few others and somewhere along the line they have all come short of what I want whether it be no trades, weak build or sloppy fitment of parts, so I wanted to try a new brand that I have not owned. From the build of the WE Cheetah which the tolerances where super tight with no slide wiggle to a crisp blowback and great finish. So I decided to go with a WE Tech, The problem I had was the blank and bare slide with no markings sold in the U.S.. I did some research and found that they do make a trademarked version sold only overseas, so I ordered it from Redwolf.
Ok first things first
The pistol arrived here from Redwolf in 4 days, one of the things I love about Redwolf is how fast I get my order.
When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised at the finish and look, what I was really surprised about was when I pulled the magazine out the gun it felt just like the real 92FS I owned, weight wise, so I checked its weight against the real one and it was only a few grams shy of the real one, baffles me how it weighs almost the same yet it is not steel.
Although it had correct markings the finish was lacking a bit compared to the real one, not to worry I am great at making finishes look good.
So what I do is start with surface conditioning pad "ScotchBrite" Green which is coarse and give the slide a rub down to take off some black, you will go to bare metal on edges but thats ok because thats what gives it a real steel look. Then I move to a Grey Scotchbrite pad which is a medium grit and again repeat the process. Now to give it the steel look I use a 2000 grit wet sanding paper however I do not use water. The last step is a plain ole Paper towel that I rub the entire slide with which smooths and shines the finish to look steel as you can see in the pictures.
Recover Tactical Grip set
I ordered this from Zahalorg on eBay Oren the seller was very helpful.
So I ordered the grip set in dark earth, I had some worries about it fitting because it wasn't just a grip I had to worry about, it had to fit from the grip through the trigger guard and down the lower receiver, which means the specs had to be close or it wasn't going to work.
There were a few fitment issues but nothing major, first I had to remove part of where the trigger guard on the grips (See 2nd to last Pic ) You will notice in the picture that inside the trigger well top above the trigger I removed some material as well as the bottom where the trigger guard is, the reason for that is the trigger guard is not exact like the real Beretta and what happens without removing some of it is that it causes the front where the light rail is to hang down making it look crooked/sagging. I also went one step further by drilling a small hole between the pica-tinny rails on the grip through the bottom of the lower receiver so that it was a strong point for not only the light but to strengthen the attachment of the grip.(See last Pic)
The last thing to make it fit was to slightly enlarge the screw holes on the grip.
Also be careful when removing original grips because there is a small wire spring held in by the grip panel on the right side, make sure the gun is flat, then remove the panel. You will see a small wire spring, take electrical tape (small square piece) and place over the side of the frame where spring is, that will keep it from falling out. Leave the tape when putting the new grips on since they were not designed for this gun and will not hold spring in place.
Thats it all done!!
Now you ask, what about a holster!!
Well I asked myself same question, I know Recover Tactical is coming out with a holster but the question is, How much will it cost and when will it be available?
I did some research on what might work, I know without the grip my 92 fits my Glock Serpa and Safari holster with no problem so I went with the assumption that I could use a Glock style holster, the question was would it work with a light attached.
Well I am sure you saw the picture so yes I found one, the Fobus GL2EMZ for the Glock which is a speed holster, at first it was very tight to snap it closed but after getting it closed and letting it sit for a week it was much easier, one other thing since the SureFire light can be activated just by pushing in on the switch left/right which is for momentary use, will hit the holster an turn on so I removed a bit of material on the holster to keep from happening. (See Pic)
Well I hope you guys find this helpful if you decide to go this route, as I said the reason I did was it just gives the 92FS a modern updated look that very few players will have.
Matrix Evike S&T MG42 Machine Gun Build Quality
Purchased from Evike.com
March 6, 2015
I decided to do a review of the AGM MG42 due to the fact that there are some misleading descriptions on the web in regards to build materials which is nothing new in the airsoft world.
Now I don't know if airsoft manufacturers start the builds one way and then down the road change materials, parts etc.
In the above photos you will see pictures of my MG42 keep in mind that I have given it a battle worn finish.
Below you will see a review of the MG42 and also the build materials, I am not knocking the manufacturer because I am thankful that they continue to make cool airsoft guns/gear for us the players.
So here we go!!
So as an airsoft player who has the build to carry heavy weapons I have done exactly that, My first airsoft MG was a Top M60 and M249 back in the day, I loved the look of both guns but they did not work very well with the Bellow systems they had and broke very often. So when Classic Army announced they were coming out with an M249 I was excited and couldn't wait!
I liked the M249 but what I really wanted was an M60 that was actually useable, which did come out a few years later by Inokatsu and I ended up with 5 of them.
So now to the MG42
So what made the M60 attractive to me was were it derived from, and that was the MG42, Now I could go into the specs of the real MG42 but to me in the airsoft world that information is of no use.
The MG42 is one if not the top iconic weapon of World War 2, way ahead of its time in capabilities and looks for that matter.
Since the first time I laid eyes on the MG42 I wanted one the problem was there was only one manufacturer of them and we all know who that was, SHOEI, well price was not a concern it was its usability. SHOEI makes beautiful airsoft weapons just not user friendly.
The reason I got into airsoft was due to the realism factor, no hoses, no tanks just a gun and mags. If I wanted to carry around a tank then I would have played Paintball, Same issue I have with these Polarstar set ups but thats another story.
So anyways I decided back in the day I wouldn't buy the SHOEI and figured, more like hoped, that someone would make a useable MG42, Well we all know that happened.
I purchased the AGM MG42 from Evike and sat back and waited for its arrival.
Like most players I watched videos to catch a glimpse of what I would be getting.
When it arrived I slowly took out each piece and studied it.
First item I looked at was the stock, in the YouTube videos the stock I saw was a dark brown, ugly solid piece of wood, well not this one, I was pleasantly surprised! It was a real laminated wood stock showing the fine lines of each piece and beautiful wood grain, well so far its started off good with the first piece.
I then removed the Drum magazine, also on a side note, Magazines are exactly that Magazines holding rounds internally, a clip is exactly that a clip which is a piece of metal to hold rounds used for the M1 Garand and a few other weapons, a box magazine is exactly that a BOX meaning square, and a drum magazine is usually rounded in some fasion!!!! Drives me nuts when I see the incorrect term being used.
Sorry, back to the Drum magazine, again another finely built piece of equipment made entirely of steel, at least what the all knowing magnet says!
I then pull out the charging handle, also made of steel and built pretty well, there are a few pins that I noticed that after being used a few times would probably vibrate out and be lost, however I always secure each part so that can not happen before I ever use them, I see a lot of cases of that with players and the A&K M60 missing the screws on the receiver that hold the gearbox in.
Bipod was next and again 99% steel except the attachment piece that looks to be either aluminum or zinc/pot metal. Now that is a complaint for me, why the hell make 99% of it steel and then make the part that will have the most abuse out of a lesser metal, I mean really CMON!!
So for the main gun, I pull it out, not to heavy, which is bad and good at the same time. Bad meaning light weight so most likely Zinc, pot metal possibly aluminum which will not stand up to abuse like steel. Good meaning it wont be to heavy to field during play.
The front end of the gun is made mostly of al, zinc, pot metal and will work however be careful because if you happen to fall and land on the front end of the gun I guarantee it will snap off the receiver, I have seen many players do that to their M249 breaking the barrel off at the front site. Oh yeah be careful running between trees also!! LOL
The rear sight is not all steel, on my MG42 only the anti-aircraft sight that flips up is, same as the front only a few pieces are steel.
So here is what I mean about product descriptions by vendors and manufacturers.
On every website it says receiver is stamped steel, WRONG, its not!!!
How do I know, well we all know a magnet is sexy for steel so its attracted to each other. The magnet does not STICK to the receiver, it will in a couple spots but thats only because its attracted to the steel screws that are in the gearbox on the other side, place it on a part where there is nothing on the other side and it will not stick telling me that it is not steel. By the way I use a magnet from out of an old PTW motor, if your a PTW owner you know that its pretty powerful.
Vendors please change your descriptions to reflect the truth!!
However it really doesn't matter its actually pretty strong and will do the job.
So is this gun usable for skirmishes? Yes and partially no.
Remember this is a vey long airsoft weapon, it takes one fall or turn to break it which would be very easy to do, I would use it as a static weapon, base security etc. I would say this would not be a suitable gun as your primary for all games, not because its a machine gun but because actually a fragile gun compared to the M60/M249 airsoft machine guns, with that in mind and what it cost compared to those other MG's its not worth taking the chance of course unless your rich then by all means tear it up!!
My assumption is that this is a beautiful Airsoft Replica of the MG42, it can be used to game with if used by someone who treats it right and is a careful player, is it a feasible airsoft weapon? No there are many other MG's on the market that can take abuse much better and more useable for play.
In closing I will say that this is one sexy MG, I took mine out of the box took it to one game to test, not to play with, brought it back home and gave her a battle worn finish added the proper sling and boxed her back up to collect dust!!
Below are pictures from past and present of Florida teams at different OP's
OPERATION NEPTUNE BLACK TRAINING
Whether you like indoor play or close quarters combat, it would be safe to say that everyone enjoys the challenges of moving in and out of buildings or clearing rooms as you move down a hallway. Well what if you had the chance to do that on a ship? More over, what if you got to do it with some real world instruction behind that? Well teams in Florida got to do just that this past weekend.
Mind Game Productions hosted their test Op. called Operation Black Neptune held at Port Canaveral Fire/Rescue's Maritime Academy Ship simulator. The Maritime simulator is a 3 story "Burn Building" where firefighters train in live fire exercises to learn the difference between a structure fires and a ship fires. MGP also had access to the Academy's 6 Story training tower, and was used for stairwell movement and tactics.
Three teams from the Florida area (2 Squads from Sheepdogs Mil/Sim, Spectre VI, and S.O.G.) were rotated through 4 iterations on shipboard combat. As mentioned above, teams in the Stairwell Movement portion climbed 6 flights of stairs multiple times in a tight space. The Fast Rope Insertion portion gave teams an idea on how to move and cover after being inserted onto the deck of a ship. Boarding Operations found teams using different techniques to board a ship through multiple methods. Finally, Interior Shipboard Tactics found trainees in the heart of the ship in almost total darkness. Essentially the same thing as CQB, ISBTs through additional challenges to trainees having to duck/step through hatches, move through tight/narrow corridors, and having to stealthily move through decks while covering see-through grated floors above and blow them.
It wasn't all fun and games though, as teams were pitted against their instructors who posed as Somali Terrorists in three different scenarios. In the first scenario, teams were told an unknown member of crew members were held by an unknown member of terrorist. Both groups (consisting of two squads) split their two squads up, inserting one via helicopter and the other via gangway. Neither team were successful, as the training was still fresh.
Teams quickly improved on the second scenario, which required teams to recover a High Value Target (HVT) and extra him/her. Unbenounced to the teams, there was a crew member or two who had not been accounted for. While only 1 team recovered the HVT and extracted him, both teams showed marked improvement against a force who's advantage (much like the real world) had complete knowledge of the ship's layout, and the use of full auto weapons. The third scenario was a standard recovery of an WMD that had been cargo on the ship. Again, teams showed their retention skills and adding onto their improvements throughout the day.
Mind Game Productions hopes to get back to their roots of military simulations in regards to the airsoft community (MGP does a wide variety of other events, such as movie extras, and real world training.) Having been a successful test Op., MilSim teams can now contact MGP to apply for their chance to train on the Maritime sheep trainer. It is important to note that it is an 18+ event, as some of your typical rules do not apply. While the terrorist are allowed full auto, trainees were required to use semi-auto ONLY, due to the fact that their were hostages and the bang out rule was suspended for this even.
for more photos from the event as well as videos go to:
YOUTUBE VIDEO TO OP: NEPTUNE BLACK
OP: Red Valley
Can you say "TANK"
Mac manning the M60 Machinegun
FA-Ivan & Mike at Kokoro Combatives Training
Hostile Actions Brent and Holiday At Tac Spec Ops Training
Hells Seven and FAST
From left to right: Mike, Dave, FA-Tony, Matt, AL and Gabe
Wolfpack and V3
Great bunch of guys, I would work with these guys any day.
Team CRS from Fl, Tx and Tn Sergio, Roy and Ryan
Kocom SUT training team FAST
As cool as it gets!!!LOL
Joe Merrit in Iraq team FAST, Hurry home safe Guumba!
Sean, Tony and Arnaldo