My wife and I have come to an agreement. It isn't overly complicated, but it is a bit restrictive. After years of having the freedom to pick and choose from multiple partners she has decided that there can only be one… one of each type that is. So I had to make the hard call; do I keep the RECCE around or do I let her go so I can mess around with the newest Marui release? It didn't take long to decide. I rolled a quick tear, wrote a Dear Jane, packed up my RECCE, and sold her off to make room for the Marui HK416D. Curious to know how the new affair is going? Read on…
I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's the wide range of customization options. Maybe it's the layout and ergonomics that just fit. It could just be the way I was raised. Whatever it is, from the day I bought a used Marui 733, I have coveted nearly every M4 I have laid my eyes on. To date I have had no less than ten M4 come and go through my armory. As such, it might come as a a surprise that I no longer own a single one. Actually there is one, and after only a few hours of ownership, it has already become my favorite. Let me tell you why.
I have always had a love/hate relationship with the G36C. The first time I bought one I enjoyed the feel and look of it, but the mags were such a hassle to find pouches for. I also felt like a hypocrite as I made it clear to my team mates from the beginning that I would NEVER own a gun with a folding stock, and they were lesser men for having them on their Sig 552 and MP5 RAS lol!
That was a few years ago, and after buying and selling no less than 5 G36 rifles, I am still fighting the good fight with the G36C. You could imagine the surprise when I awoke from a lust induced stupor with my sixth G36 taking up space in the gun rack. Oh, but this one's different...
My Tokyo Marui H&K USP has been in my collection longer than any of my other airsoft guns. It quickly became an indoor favourite. With a 100 round magazine, top and bottom rail adapters, and a Tokyo Marui tracer, it was usually all I needed for a quick trip to the local indoor field.
When researching the USP, I read that the regular micro battery was sluggish, and only lasted around 500 rounds. I decided to forgo the regular battery and go with a Tokyo Marui Pro-Light attached to the bottom rail. I witnessed the difference immediately when other members of my team bought their USPs and decided to go with the mini battery rather than the Pro-Light to save costs. The Pro-Light does have the obvious benefit of being a tactical light. It is easy to reach the light engagement switch. It is bright, and responsive. You will feel and hear the USP firing cycle slow when you engage the light as power is drawn away from the motor to power the light. An optional pressure switch is available for the Pro-Light, but it uses the same attachment point as the USP power adapter, so you can't use them at the same time.
I've recently decided to jump on the LiPo band wagon.
I have bought and used PEQ and D-Bal type battery boxes, but really don't like the look and bulk of them. I would prefer to have my batteries out of the way, either in the hand guard or the stock pipe. With a couple of my guns I realized I wouldn't be able to get a regular battery to fit, so I decided it was time to make a complete switch to LiPo batteries.
I have read a bit about them online, but wanted to see for my self if they were more responsive, faster, and more powerful than what I had been using up until now.
My Metal Gear Solid M4 just came back from the shop a few days ago. It was rewired to the rear so that I could use my new LiPo in the sock pipe. So let's see how these batteries differ.
I was warned!
When I first started looking around airsoft forums and asking questions about a custom build I was constantly met with a resounding, "Don't do it!" I was told custom builds were expensive, time consuming, and frustrating.
I did it anyway.
I decided that if I was going to custom build something, it might as well be a gun that I couldn't buy elsewhere, and that was going to be some what original, and personal to me. When I first started playing MGS4 I instantly fell in love with the looks and style of the custom M4. I soon decided that this would be my custom build. There were a couple of posts around the web with people that had built this already, and a parts list available on a Canadian airsoft forum. I had some parts kicking around from a used purchase that didn't work out, so I bought the parts that I thought I would need.
The Maruzen P99 might have been my first gun, but the 733 was my first love.
After owning my P99 for a few months I started to lust after something bigger and meaner. With an indoor field about half an hour from my house, I thought the M733 would be a wise choice.
I bought the M733 for about 8,000 yen off a Japanese auction site. It came with a battery and a mag. I bought a charger and some other gear at a retailer in Shinjuku and was ready for my first game with a rifle.
I had always been curious about the guns that I had seen in toy and hobby shops around Japan. They looked incredibly detailed, but I never imagined they were BB guns. I had always figured they were models or kits to be built by the same guys that bought the model cars, airplanes, and military vehicles.
Then, about 18 months ago, a guy I work with suggested we make a bad movie about cops, gangsters, or zombies...didn't matter, as whatever the plot, we would need prop guns. It was time to go shopping! I bought the Maruzen Walther P99 while my buddies picked up handguns from KSC. It had begun.
The P99 felt great in my hand, with a balanced weight distribution and a solid feel. As this was my first gun, I bought used. This was a mistake. Seems the Maruzen mags suffer from quality issues, and the mag release can become worn which doesn't allow the mag to sit high enough in the mag well. I bought the P99 in June and played with it extensively for a few months. I would usually get a single mag between gas refills. Once it got cold out the gun became useless. By October the gun would hardly get five or six shots off before the gas would psssst out off the mag. I posted some YouTube vidoes asking for help and it looked like the mags were causing the issues. I decided to sell the P99 and it sold almost immediately for just under what I paid for it. They buyer wrote that it worked great and that he was pleased with gun 🙂
BLAM was the first airsoft "field" I ever played at. After having played in parks for a few months I decided to see if there were places in Japan where you could actually play as a group that wasn't putting others at risk. I didn't discover airsoft as part of a group or through friends, it was more of an organic discovery that started with the purchase of a P99 GBB...BLAM was my first attempt at joining and being a part of the airsoft "community."