New and Improved AirRattle Website


New and Improved AirRattle Website |

I just got on to look at some airsoft weaponry.  I bought my first gun through them due to their great prices and thought I might find another great deal on the KWA SR7 that I’m looking at picking up.

Screenshot of KWA SR7 on |

After getting on today I instantly noticed the awesome new design.  It is clean and easy to navigate.  It also has a much fresher look than the older site, bringing it on par with many other top airsoft sites, like AirsoftGI and Evike.

Although there are a few minor things that could be improved (gun descriptions could be centered for easier viewing) depending on your personal preference.  The interface has also changed; and may take a little while to get use to if you used the old site.  It is still an excellent upgrade from their older site; and merits a look.

If you haven’t been on for a while, or haven’t ever been on their site before, make sure to check it out.





The Tech Saga: Part 3- Final Test of the Custom JG M4 RIS


The Tech Saga: The Final Test of the Custom JG M4 RIS |

In this final Tech Saga post on the JG M4 RIS we will put the upgraded and customized airsoft weapon through a series of test to determine its ability as a CQB weapon.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the Tech Saga series and has gotten a better understanding on what airsoft teching is.  If you have any questions on the Tech Saga feel free to comment them below.

The Tech Saga Series
The Tech Saga Part 1- Inside the JG M4 RIS
The Tech Saga Part 2- The Upgrade Parts of Champions
The Tech Saga Part 3- Final Test of the Custom JG M4 RIS


The Tech Saga: Part 2- The Upgrade Parts of Champions


The Tech Saga- The Upgrade Parts of Champions |

In the last Tech Saga Post we took a look at the internals of my JG M4 RIS and explained some of the parts you will want to upgrade in a stock airsoft AEG.  In the below video you can see all of the parts I used in my JG M4 RIS, the end result of the install, as well as some of my thoughts on the parts I used and the benefits of them.  Enjoy!

Here is the list of the parts I used in my upgrade along with links to the websites I bought them from.  I have also included some thoughts I had on each part.-

Matrix V2 CNC Steel Ball Bearing Spring Guide by SHS
A ball bearing spring guide reduces wear and tear on your gearbox by allowing the spring to twist on itself instead of storing unnecessary energy. This spring guide has worked great with my ICS ball bearing piston head and also had enough threading for my buffer tube screw.

Hawk Arms Aluminum Air Nozzle
An aluminum air nozzle will last longer than a a stock plastic one.  The single o-ring in the Hawk Arms Air Nozzle aids in air compression and works much better than the stock version.

G&G M100 Spring
G&G makes quality produces and this spring is excellent as well.  The M100 level spring produces 320-350 fps depending on the quality of the other parts in your airsoft gun. The coils of this spring have a variable pitch which helps to reduce stress on other components of the gearbox.

Angel Custom G2 SUS 304 Stainless Steel Tightbore Barrel (363 mm X 6.01 mm)
A tightbore barrel will increase both accuracy and air compression by decreasing the amount of space around the BB as it travels down the barrel.  The Angel custom barrel is an excellent addition to any airsoft custom build due to the ease of installation and the cost to benefit ratio.

ICS Reinforce Polycarb Piston w/ 8 steel teeth + Ball Bearing Piston Head
Note:  I only used the piston head in my upgrade due to a mistake I made in installing the piston itself.  I put the piston in the shell and failed to check that it was on the rails properly.  The piston stood up to my repeated attempts to cycle the gun but ended up being warped beyond repair.  I did use the ball bearing piston head on my stock piston with no issues and excellent air seal.)

Matrix 8mm CNC Precision Steel Ball Bearing Bushings
I had some difficulty installing these bushings into my new gearbox shell.  I would recommend buying a bushing install tool  to aid the process.  I increased the number of revolutions from 5, with out the ball bearing, to 20+ with them.  The increased revolutions will reduce wear on the gears and may increase ROF.

Modify Torus 8mm Reinforced V2 Gearbox Shell w/ Tappet Plate
This shell installed easily into my JG M4 RIS’s ABS plastic body and fit all of my stock components.  The inspection ports were great for checking over the gearbox and making sure my spring was not cocked when I wanted to store my gun.

Scatterplot Sorbo Pad 1/4″ 40D
A sorbothane pad is the best way to correct Angle Of Engagement (AOE) to help lessen pressure on the piston from the upward motion of the gears when they cycle.  It also helps to reduce the stress on the front of the gearbox.

Modify Metal Precision Shim Set
Shiming your gears allows for less friction inside the gearbox and faster ROF. These shims were excellent.  Each thickness was a different diameter to make picking the right thickness easy and simple.  I highly recommend them.

Lonex A5 Durable Standard Motor (Long Type)
The Lonex A5 is one of Lonex’s lower end balanced motors.  A balanced motor has a mix of torque and speed.  This motor is ready for up to a M120 spring. One of the side effects of using this motor with an M100 spring is that it has a tendency to half cock the piston.  In theory this decrease trigger response time because the piston is already half way back.  Be sure to check out your gearbox after a day of battle and mess with the trigger to reset the spring. The rate of fire is also lower than I expected.  I may end up purchasing the A4 (high speed) version to increase the ROF.

Aim Top High Concentration Silicone Oil
I use this liquid silicone oil on my piston head o-ring to help with lubrication and air seal. The liquid form has the right viscosity for this purpose. Competition Grade Silicone Spray
I used the spray form of the silicone oil to clean my barrel.  If you use the liquid form you will have to be extra sure that the barrel is dry for maximum accuracy.

Gaurder Phantom Teflon Grease
Teflon grease is said to work better than other greases in cold environments.  So it appears I am good to go for any Arctic airsoft wars.  It has a white color that looks a little less messy than the black colored greases when you are applying it.  I used it on my gears and on the piston rails.


The Tech Saga Series
The Tech Saga Part 1- Inside the JG M4 RIS
The Tech Saga Part 2- The Upgrade Parts of Champions
The Tech Saga Part 3- Final Test of the Custom JG M4 RIS



The Tech Saga: Part 1- Inside the JG M4 RIS


The Tech Saga |

Recently I started getting into the technical side of airsoft.  I wanted to learn about the ins and outs of my AEG in an attempt to gain more knowledge about the awesome sport of airsoft.  This post is the first of the Tech Saga series.  In the Tech Saga I will show you the basics of teching your airsoft AEG, the problems I encountered during my tech work and how you can avoid them, and the end result of my tech job on my JG M4 RIS.

First we will get some lingo out of the way.  The gearbox (or mechbox) is the heart of your airsoft gun.  It provides the air compression that propels the BB down the barrel.  A good video on the inner workings of an AEG can be found here.  There are many types of gearboxes (Version 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) but they all work essentially the same.  The removal and part design are often different from version to version so be sure to research the parts you are getting to ensure compatibility. The version you have in your airsoft gun varies.  M4/M16 style airsofts often have Version 2 (V2) gearboxes.  An AK or G36 mainly have Version 3 (V3) gearboxes.  I have a Version 2 gearbox in my JG M4 RIS.

The obvious goal of teching (or airsmithing) your AEG is to repair, upgrade, and/or maintain your airsoft gun.  But always remember the real goal is to learn and enjoy your experience.  If you get tired or frustrated, put the pieces in a safe place (I have a special work table set up), take a break, and relax.  Believe me, it is better to wait until you feel up to the task then to press on.

I decided to tech my JG M4 RIS to repair the gearbox shell after the trigger post broke.  This is common problem with Version 2 (V2) gearboxes with weak shells due to the stress put on that post by the trigger trolley (watch the video to learn more).  I also wanted to upgrade the internals for CQB operations (350 fps or less) and increase the life of the weapon overall.  In this post is a video of my JG M4 RIS’s internals and what parts you will want to upgrade, or look for, in you airsoft gun.

Stay tuned for more installments of the Tech Saga.  We will be examining the parts that I used to build this Warrior Grade weapon, the end results, of this custom build, and more! Coming soon to!

The Tech Saga Series
The Tech Saga Part 1- Inside the JG M4 RIS
The Tech Saga Part 2- The Upgrade Parts of Champions
The Tech Saga Part 3- Final Test of the Custom JG M4 RIS


To Tech or Not to Tech


To Tech, or Not To Tech |

If you have been in airsoft for awhile you have probably heard of airsoft techs or airsmithers as well as seen the endless internal and external parts available for almost every $100+ airsoft gun.  If you have done some research into teching you probably have watched one or more of the many videos on how to do it.

Some of you may think that the prices ($40-$100) charged by airsoft companies like,, and are too much considering that you could do it yourself.  Some of you may think that tech work is daunting and are more than ready to send in your airsoft gun to the professionals.  And the rest of you don’t understand why you would want to have an airsoft gun messed with when it works just fine.  This post is for all of you.

I recently had quite an adventure in teching.  I will be telling you guys about that experience in an upcoming series.

I learned a lot during my adventure into the world of teching.  I gained invaluable experience and now have a better grasp on how airsoft guns work and how to help others when their guns malfunction.  You don’t learn if you don’t try.  Below are the three main options you have when it comes to teching your gun and the benefits and downfalls of each.

Tech it yourself
Teching your airsoft gun is an awesome and trying experience.  You can learn a ton and improve your gun as well as others.  You can also shorten the life of you airsoft gun and break it.  So how do you tell if you should do it yourself?  If you have the time, want to learn about airsoft gearboxes, and have the drive to do it, then go for it.  Get some good videos, figure out the tools you need, and go to work.  It may be best to wait until your airsoft gun malfunctions before opening it so you know that you started with a broken gun and have nothing to lose.  Do not tech if you are prone to carelessness or don’t understand what you are getting into.  You can only hurt your gun and yourself.

Send it into a Professional
The case for a professional is obvious.  They have lots of experience, know how to fine tune everything, and often warranty their service.  They charge for their service and that is only right considering what they provide.  If you are unsure about what you need done to your airsoft gun or are wanting serious upgrades done to it then send your airsoft gun in to a reputable tech service.  If you own a low quality airsoft gun or don’t have any reason to send it in then check it out for yourself or leave it alone.

Don’t Tech At All
This option is the most inexpensive (to start with) and easiest of the three.  All you do is leave your airsoft gun alone, wait till it breaks, then buy a new one.  This may be the best option for you if you have a low quality airsoft gun, don’t want to get into teching, or are willing to spend a chunk of change down the road for a new gun.  If you own a high dollar gun then your gun should work fine with out any teching.  A well cared for (don’t run any Lipo batteries, don’t drop it, etc.), high quality (KWA, G&G Top Tech, etc.) gun should last you several years depending on how often you play.  On the other hand, if you want to transform the gun to a CQB from a field weapon or vis versa, want to add power or accuracy, or want the gun to last longer than it might in its stock form then the other two options are for you.

I hope this post helps you to determine what the best option is for you.  Don’t be afraid to try new things but understand your limitations.


Turkey Hunt


Turkey Hunt |

I really enjoy the sport of hunting.  It combines some of my favorite things, the outdoors, shooting, and hanging out with friends and family.  I recently got my first turkey and I thought that I would share the experience with all of my readers.

While I was out on my turkey hunt, I thought about how airsoft had helped me to fine tune the skills I was using to successfully stalk and shoot my turkey.  Airsoft really did apply to a life experience!  My turkey hunt and other situations have shown me the benefits of airsoft and how I can better apply it.  I want to show you how you can apply it too.

I started out the hunt by locating the turkeys.  They were at a feeder about 75 yards away.  I analyzed the situation (battle plan) and started to make an loop (outflanking maneuver) that would keep me out of their line of sight (stealth).

Turkey Hunt-Start |

The turkeys started to move to the north and I quickly changed (adapted to the enemy) the plan to meet the changing situation.  While keeping out of sight I moved forward to a clump of pines directly north of my position.

Turkey Hunt-Change of Plans |

I got a visual on the turkeys and spotted four of them (intelligence in the field).  I knelt and got a sight picture although I was slightly out of range.

The turkeys continued north and I lost a visual on them.  I decided to loop back around and come in at a different angle to avoid detection.  I then quickly crossed an open area and advanced along the tree line while crouched (low profile).

Turkey Hunt-Backtrack |

I then crawled a short distance through the grass (stealth) while trying to determine what the turkeys would do next (staying one step ahead).  I then popped back up and advanced.

Turkey Hunt-Crawling |

I sighted the turkeys as I came around the corner of the trees.  All four of them were in a line.  I didn’t have time to get in a better shooting position (like prone or kneeling) so I sighted in on them while standing.  I put the bead on the first turkey, but it ducked its head, so I quickly switched to the second.  I pulled the trigger.  One shot later I had my turkey!

Turkey Hunt-Taking the Shot |

Airsofting skills apply to life, so practice hard, battle harder, and translate those skills into situations that come up in your life.

Turkey Hunt Completed |


Airsoft CQB: Gear


Airsoft CQB: Gear | links included)

In the previous Airsoft CQB posts we talked about how to enter buildings and clear rooms.  In this post we will look at some of the gear that will help you be more comfortable and effective while fighting in a CQB engagement.

As we have seen, CQB is a very different experience from woodland and field battles.  Your tactics change and so should your gear.  You need to be very mobile and fast during CQB operations so lightweight and simple is the name of the game when selecting CQB gear.  In this post we will check out the clothing, guns, and extras that will meet the criteria for CQB effectiveness.


CQB clothing needs to be lightweight and breathable for coolness and mobility.  Under Armour type clothing makes a great base layer and lightweight military jacket and pants will give you protection from BBs.

Knee pads protect your knees from the hard floors in buildings and come in a variety of colors to match your uniform.

A MOLLE vest is a great way to carry your gear, water, and extra mags in battle.  The MOLLE system allows you to adapt your vest to meet the needs of a specific battle and detach/ reattach pouches as needed.  I am using the  Lancer Tactical Molle Modular Chest Rig w/ Removable Hydration Pouch in ACU.  It has all of the features I need for a CQB battle like a hydration pouch, a triple M4 mag pouch, and utility pouches to carry BBs and extra gear.


A CQB airsoft gun needs a lower fps than a field gun to keep from hurting other players too badly.  It must also have a smaller size to allow you to maneuver through buildings and around corners.  Most CQB fields have a 300-350 fps limit for indoor play.  One of the guns I have found that is CQB ready is the Umarex H&K UMP.  It is affordable at $155, has an fps of 330 with 0.2g BBs, and has a quick change spring feature that allows you to up the power of the gun without any tech experience.  My JG M4 CQB has a little too high of an FPS at 380.  The Lancer Tactical PDW is also a little on the high side in fps but has a very compact design that is perfect for CQB.  In the Extras section I will tell you how you can modify these guns for CQB operations.


If you’ve found or have a cool gun but the fps is too high for CQB you can modify your current gun to shoot at a lower fps.  The simplest way do this is to purchase an M100 or M90 spring (Note: the lower the number the less strength the spring has) and get it installed.  After the new spring is installed test the fps to make sure it it meets CQB limits.  With a lighter spring your rounds per second may also increase.  I use the Xcortech X3200 for my testing needs.

Some CQB fields allow the use of airsoft grenades Thunder B grenades are loud and disorient your enemy giving you a better chance of clearing the room with less casualties.

Smoke grenades may also be allowed.  You can use them to confuse or distract the enemy as well as cover your advance.

CQB Series:
Basic Tactics for Buildings
Clearing Rooms
CQB Gear


Airsoft CQB: Room Clearing


Airsoft CQB: Room Clearing |

In the previous post in this series we examined how to enter buildings with a team.  Now we will look at how to clear rooms inside of those buildings.

Start with a two man or more room clearing team.  Enter the room from the same side of the door.

Room Clearing- Starting Position |

The first decision you will have to make is whether you will recon the room or go straight to entering it.  Often times the combat situation will dictate whether you will have time to recon a room or not.  Be aware that if you recon a room in advance you may jeopardize the element of surprise.  Surprise is vital to staying alive in a CQB operation.

One of the best methods of entering a room is the opposite corners method.  The first man into the room, also known as the “point” man (red), preforms the “button hook” upon entering.  The second man (blue) enters and heads for the far corner of the room opposite of the direction the point man has button hooked to.  This will allow both of you to quickly locate enemies and engage them.

Room Clearing- Entering the Room |

After both team members have reached a corner the point man will walk around the perimeter searching for enemies as he goes.

Room Clearing- Walk the Perimeter |

After the point man reaches his teammate they both walk back to the entrance of the room and the second man becomes the new point man.

Room Clearing- Exit |

This method can be adapted to suit the room shape/size or the combat situation.  Several things to keep in mind is that surprise, speed, and teamwork are your allies in CQB room clearing.  Always stay one step ahead of your enemy, use cover, stay at the ready, and work as a team.

In the next post in this series we will take a look at some gear and equipment that will make your CQB missions more enjoyable and make you more effective.

CQB Series:
Basic Tactics for Buildings
Clearing Rooms
CQB Gear


Airsoft CQB: Basic Tactics for Buildings


Airsoft CQB Basic: Tactics for Buildings |

Airsoft Close Quarters Battle(s) (CQB) are some of the most intense and fun battles you can participate in.  In this 3 part series we will examine how to enter buildings, clear rooms, and find out what type of gear and equipment you will need to be effective in a CQB environment.

Note: The use of cover is vital to your success as an effective CQB solider.  You have to know how to move to cover and how to stay nice and tight behind it.  Keeping your gear, elbows, head, etc. close to your body and behind cover is vital.  At such close distances your enemy’s accuracy will be dead on and you have to give him less chances of eliminating you.  Check out this video and this post for more on how to use cover.

Entering Buildings

CQB often involves buildings.  Buildings have rooms.  Rooms make it difficult to eliminate tactical enemies.  There is usually one main entrance (a door) and that is where the enemy will be concentrating his fire power.

There are two methods to entering and “clearing” out buildings.  One method is the noisy method.  Your team enters the building with a lot of shooting and yelling.  The goal is to confuse the enemy and keep him from reacting.  The noisy method also allows you to communicate quickly and get the job done faster.

The other method is the quiet method.  Your team silently enters the building through an unguarded back door or window.  Your team tries to sneak into the heart of the enemy building and eliminate a key enemy, or rescue hostages without being detected.  This method is difficult and risky because the whole plan can fall apart if the enemy finds you before you complete your mission.

Now that you understand the basic methods of clearing a building, let’s look at how to enter a building and start clearing it.

Entering a Building Example

When entering buildings it is best to have at least a 6 man team.  Separate the team into 2 man buddy teams.  Two of these buddy teams will clear rooms and the third buddy team will provide support and prevent the enemy from reoccupying the rooms that have already been cleared.

Buddy Teams for Building Entering |

The team enters the building from the same side of the door or window.  You may want to recon the room you will be entering before hand by cracking open the door and waiting to see if anyone starts shooting.  You can also examine a window from a distance to see if the enemy is using that room.  If you are unsure if the people in the building are enemies or friendly soldiers be sure to yell out your team name upon entering the building.

Entering Buildings Team Formation |

After you have entered the building have the room clearing teams start searching the rooms and eliminating the enemy.  The support team will stay outside of the rooms to eliminate any enemies that try to advance toward the room clearing teams from other rooms.

Room Entering with Team |

The room clearing teams leap frog each other as they clear the building.  The support team moves up just behind the room clearing teams as they “push” the building.

Room Clearing- Leapfrog Method |

If there is only one room clearing team they will snake back and forth between rooms.

Room Clearing- Snake Method |

In the next post in this series we will look at how to clear rooms effectively and without getting eliminated in the process.

CQB Series:
Basic Tactics for Buildings
Clearing Rooms
CQB Gear