Tulsa Indoor Airsoft Team Deathmatch RAMPAGE!!!

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When I entered this Team Deathmatch (TD) round, I had a goal of reaching the enemy spawn and spawn locking (prevent them from leaving spawn) them there.  I ended up making multiple kill streaks, spending 75% of the game behind enemy lines, and attempting a rare, complete stealth kill on an enemy player coming out of spawn.  To see all of this, and more, check out the video below!

 

Tactics:

Stealth
Since a majority of my time was spent inside enemy territory (mostly right next to their spawn point), I had to stay as stealthy as possible.  Early on in the video, I refrain from firing on an enemy player on the right flank.  Although I may have been able to take him out, giving away my position and risking elimination so early on wasn’t worth it.  I end up taking out multiple enemies (including that same player) later on because I use some battlefield common sense.

Being Sensitive
If you watched some of my kills and the enemies I fired on, you may have thought “Wow! This guy has super human perception!”.  Although my status as a super airsofter may be debatable, I am definitely not super human.  🙂

I use more than just my eyes to recon the battlefield when playing airsoft.  By listening, I can hear enemy players talking, running, or bumping into the walls and bunkers.  By watching the walls and floors, I can see shadows that players make.  From observation and past experience, I’m  able to figure out the most likely paths enemy players take and what bunkers they use often.

One of the biggest tip offs is a gun barrel sticking around a corner.  Don’t be a target to every observant enemy on the field.  Keep your gun barrel behind cover!

Hiding Out
Towards the end of the video, I end up sneaking behind a stack of pallets with a line of sight to the enemy spawn.  One of my favorite kills to make in airsoft is on an unsuspecting enemy player.  Although some players may think there aren’t any opportunities for a true “stealth kill” in CQB games, you can get one if you are patient.  I spent over 2 minutes sitting there, waiting for the right moment.  Although it didn’t pan out this time, I would gladly try it again if the opportunity presents itself (so watch your back!).

(Note: I do not recommend you try to make a stealth kill during a scenario based game (i.e. capture the flag, a bomb round, etc).  These games rely on a high level of teamwork and tactics if you expect to win.  Hiding behind enemy lines and waiting for a stealth kill, or going “lone wolf”, is not a good way to help your team in these types of games.)

 

Gear List

I used my KWA SR7 to take out enemy players with accuracy and rapid full auto fire.  I powered it up with a Tenergy 9.6V 1600 mAh nunchuck battery for long battery life and additional Rate Of Fire (ROF) over standard 8.4v batteries.

I carried all of my extra gear in my Lancer Tactical Modular Chest Rig (Model CA-307A).  This chest rig features lots of MOLLE for customization and the double stack mag pouches held all 6 of the reliable KWA K120 Mid Cap Magazines I used.

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Airsoft CQB Gear List

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You’ll find some of your most intense and challenging airsofting at a CQB game.  Having the right gear for this fast paced environment will make your gameplay more enjoyable, and improve your effectiveness on the field.  I have compiled a list of the basic gear I bring to a CQB game to help you figure out what you need for your CQB game.

CQB Gear List

1. CQB Legal Weapon- I run a KWA SR7 at CQB fields.  It meets the “under 350 FPS” rule that most indoor fields have.  Also take a look at the G&G Combat Machine, Elite Force CQC, or the Valken Battle Machine Mod-M, if you want a more budget friendly option.

2. Light Weight Load Bearing System- I use a Lancer Tactical Chest Rig (Model CA-307A).  It allows me to adapt to my mission, and the removable Hydration Pack allows me to reduce overall weight to decrease fatigue.

3. BDU (Jacket and Pants)- Having a set of clothing that will protect you from the hazards of CQB fields (nails, debris, and BBs littering the floor) and will wear like iron is a priority when selecting gear for a CQB game.  I use a set of military surplus ACU Jacket and Pants, and it is well worth the investment.

4. Knee Pads-  I used to be very skeptical about the necessity of knee pads in airsoft.  I figured they were a waste of time and money.  But, after using them in a game, they have become one piece of my load-out I never leave at home.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, try the Condor Knee Pads.  Once properly adjusted, they are very comfortable and do a great job of keeping your knees protected while pulling off an awesome slide!

5. Magazines and BBs- I carry 7 120-round mid cap magazines (1 in my gun and 6 in my chest harness) during a game.  I usually go through 2-3 mags per game at a semi-only field, and 3-4 at a full-auto field. but it’s nice to have extra.  I use Lancer Tactical 0.25g BIO BB’s, although most fields will allow you to use non-BIO and 0.20g will work fine in the controlled indoor environments.

6. Batteries-  Bring 2-3, fully charged batteries for your primary weapon.  I use Tenergy 9.6V NiMH 1600mAh batteries and I rarely go through more than 1 battery a night.  But, per Murphy’s Law, one battery will die when I least expect it, or I somehow forgot to charge it, so extras are important.

7. Water and Snacks- Bring a case of bottled water to your CQB game.  Although you’re indoors, hydration is still key to staying safe and at the top of your game.  Drink water in the staging area between each game.  I rarely carry water on the field because there is no time to actually drink it, and it’s not as important to have with me when each game lasts 15 minutes and the staging area is only 50 feet away.  A few CLIF Crunch bars are a great way to stay fueled up on the field.  If you want to look cool, whip out one on the field, and chow down while you slaughter the enemy team!

8. Red Dot-  I have found that a good red dot sight can be worth its weight in gold during CQB battles.  You’ll be able to acquire targets faster, have an easier time aiming, and be able to shoot off-hand more effectively.  I’m able to see more of the field with an open, reflex style red dot rather than the tube style, which increases my battlefield awareness.  You can check out the Sightmark red dot I currently use HERE.

9. Gloves-  With the naturally close encounters you’ll have at a CQB game, figuring out a way of keeping your hands from getting shot up is an important mission.  I use half finger gloves for extra dexterity while still be protected from a majority of the dreaded shots to the knuckles.

10. Footwear-  Find a good, comfortable pair of boots that will protect your ankles and feet from punctures by nails or other debris.  I like to wear a pair of 8-inch boots for added protection.  Make sure that you break them in before airsofting, and wear a good pair of boot socks to prevent blisters.

 

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Optional CQB Gear:

Sidearm- Although a pistol might be the most iconic CQB weapon, I have found that the need for one, when you have a good CQB primary weapon, is rare or non-existent.  I almost never consider switching to a sidearm during a game.  My primary weapon has a much larger magazine capacity, and I’m much more familiar with it, so there is no reason to take the time to pull out a side arm.  The only time I may use one is if my primary goes down, or I’m in the mood (really tactical reason, right?).  If you do carry a side arm, get a good pistol holster, and consider getting a pistol lanyard to prevent it from falling out.

Flashlight- Flashlights can be used to stun your enemies and give you a split-second advantage on the field.  You can also use them to search dark rooms and corners while moving up the field.  Be aware that improper use (i.e. having the light on all the time or keeping it on longer than you need to) can give you away and actually reduce your effectiveness on the field.  Make sure you get a flashlight with at least 150 Lumens or it won’t have enough brightness to do much good beyond showing you the ground on your way back to respawn.

Grenades- Often times, indoor fields will have rules regarding the use of grenades.  If the rule set allows you to make kills with them, then you might consider picking up a couple.  They are a ton of fun to use.  Pull the pin, chuck one into a group of enemies, and then sit back and watch the show!

Here is a printable, CQB packing list-

CQB Basic Gear List (Printable) | AirsoftWarrior.net

Make sure you have (as always) a good set of eye pro and some form of face mask.  I would also recommend printing and filling out the field’s waiver before you go.  This will make check-in much easier and faster when you get there.

As a final tip for selecting gear for your CQB game, ask the field owners or other players who have been to the field you want to visit.  Usually they can make the best suggestions regarding what you will need to have with you to play at a specific field.

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Lancer Tactical Chest Harness (CA-307A) Review

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One of the most important pieces of gear any airsofter can buy, besides a gun and face protection, is the load bearing system.  Load bearing systems keep your gear on hand in a game and allow you to carry everything more efficiently.  A good load bearing system carries all the gear you need during a battle, can adapt to changing battlefields and scenarios, and is comfortable and durable.  This review is about the load bearing system I use at my CQB games.  It meets all of the requirements I need for fast paced airsofting and allows me to adapt to accomplish my mission.  Here is my review of the Lancer Tactical Chest Harness!

Cost: 5/5 ($50) – For this full package, it’s a steal!
Design: 3/5 – A few flaws, but nothing major.
Functionality: 4/5 – Adaptability is a key feature of this system
Durability: 4/5 – I only have minor wear and tear after a year and a half of use.
Overall: 4/5 – It works well and performs wonderfully on the field.

As you can see in the video, the Lancer Tactical chest harness is a great system for the airsofter who wants a fast, light load bearing system for CQB or short outdoor games.  I often run it without the admin pouch and hydration pack during CQB because they aren’t necessary during 15-minute games.  If you want an all inclusive, inexpensive (most setups like this would cost $75+) chest harness package, then be sure to check this one out!

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Battlefield Awareness: The Mental Discipline

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In airsoft, you will often find yourself in situations that require you to perform actions in rapid order.  A CQB engagement, a rush into an enemy building, or a fast command decision while under enemy fire.  We block out the rest of the battle when the situations present themselves so we can focus.  This focus is not an issue.  It gives you the ability to think quickly and look at a situation so you can come to a good, fast decision.   The problem arises when you let this focus fuel your actions after that part of the mission is over.  You get what is known as “tunnel vision”.  Your focus is solely on doing the “next thing” and not taking in information about your surroundings.  This can result in a lot of issues on the field.  How do we regain our battlefield awareness?  That is what I hope to show you in this post.

Step 1: Think

The first step to regaining awareness is to think about it.  Remember that you need to be aware.  You’ll notice in my battle videos that I often look around after I get to a position or after making a kill.  This allows me to make sure that my surroundings are clear of enemy players and that I am not being out flanked.  Often my process works like this:

1.  Look for friendly and enemy players (in front of me, on my flanks, even behind me).
2.  Shoot enemy players if they are with in range.  If there are none, go to step 4.
3. Confirm kill (to insure that the enemy will not be firing back at me with out my knowledge).
4. Move into cover to prevent dying (move to a different position if needed).
5. Go back to step 1

You’ll notice that in step 1 I am taking in information about my surroundings.  This is when I am most aware.  I recon the field and use that information to make my next move.

In step 2 and 3, I am very focused.  I have a much more limited awareness of what is going on.  This is when I am most vulnerable to attack or being out flanked.

Step 4 is my opportunity to regain my awareness.  I am able to find new cover and come back to my surroundings.

Step 5 is where my mental discipline needs to kick in.  After the adrenaline surge of fighting the enemy, I want to react with “instinct” to make my next move.  This can result in an untimely elimination.  If you think about awareness at this step, you will have taken a big leap towards having better tactical gameplay.  When you do it automatically, you will have reached the battlefield awareness goal!

 

Step 2: Be an Observer

One of the ways I hone my battlefield awareness is by being an observer.  I often call out the position of enemy players or the direction they are heading.  This allows me to practice my awareness and communication skills while helping my team.  By being an observer you can help your teammates be prepared for enemy players and also have better battlefield awareness.

 

Step 3:  Play in 3D

Airsoft is not a linear, 2D game.  It has a multitude of options, positions, and players.  Tunnel vision causes players to have a 2D approach.  They believe there are only 2 options: either the enemy dies or I do.  This black-and-white approach is not reality in an airsoft game.  Airsofters who have battlefield awareness will look at the field in 3 dimensions.  They will see that they can move away from an attack, switch to different cover, have more teammates come to their aid, etc.  They will use their resources to fight back in creative and effective ways.  They will remember that not every enemy player attacks from the front (and smart enemies almost never do).

Having this 3 dimensional mindset will also help you to recognize that threats can come from any direction and allow you to combat them effectively.

 

Battlefield awareness is a skill that takes a great deal of practice to become proficient at.  Use the guidelines in this post to help you implement new steps to keep yourself mentally and physically aware and involved while at a game.

 

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Knowing When To Move

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In an airsoft game, you have to constantly make decisions that will ultimately affect the outcome of the game and whether you complete your objective (even if your objective is the simple goal of taking down as many enemies as you can!).  One of the biggest decisions during a game is moving to a new position.

Often you’ll be confronted with the choice to move or stay where you are.  If you move too soon, you could get eliminated, lose an objective, or create a hole in your team’s lines that the enemy team can then use.   If you stay in a spot too long, the enemy can pinpoint you and take you out, or you’ll become a useless part of the team because you’re unavailable for other missions (i.e. pushing up a flank or protecting an objective on the field).

Obviously, making the right decision to move (and at the right time) is very important.  Here are some ways of knowing when you should move or stay in a position during a game:

 

You Should Move If:

The Position is Unprotected
If you can’t get behind cover and keep out of the enemy’s BBs then you need to find a new spot.

The Position Has No Good Shooting Angles
A good position should offer you protection and allow you to fire on the enemy with ease.  If the position doesn’t offer both of these, get to a new location.

(Note: Just because there aren’t any enemies around, it doesn’t mean that a position has no good shooting angles and is useless.  Good shooting angles will allow you to fire on multiple locations around the field with minimal movement and maximum protection.  The more shooting angles a position has, the greater chance you have of locating the enemy and getting a chance to take them out.  Find a position that has these great angles and stay away from ones that don’t.)

The Team Needs You Elsewhere
An example of this would be if the enemy forces are pushing up the center and you’re on the flank and can’t see them.  You need to find a new spot that will offer you better shooting angles.  Another example would be if five out of the ten guys on your team are on the left flank and the enemy is nowhere to be found.  Moving to the center or right flank would give your team more support where it’s needed.

(Remember, the enemy may try to use a diversion and then rush through another spot.  If the position you’re at has the best angles on a part of the field that the enemy may try to use in a diversion, and your team already has all the support it needs where the enemy is pushing, then stay put.)

 

You Should Stay Put If:

You Are Protecting An Objective
If your position is right next to, or near, a key objective (like a flag or “bomb”) and offers good cover and concealment, then stay where you are.  You need to keep the main objective safe from the enemy.

The Position Is Stealthy
Finding a good hiding spot and staying put may be the best plan to deal out some damage on the enemy team.  I’ve often pushed up the field made some stealth kills in enemy territory .  This requires you to stay put when the enemy hasn’t discovered you and then move as soon as they do.

Your Position Has Great Angles On Key Enemy Bunkers
If your position offers great shooting angles and allows you to tie up a bunch of enemy operators, stay put and make yourself a thorn in their side.  Keep protected and snap shoot your way to victory!

 

Knowing when to move on the field can make the difference in a game.  Use these tips to keep yourself in the game and useful to the team.  If you have any thoughts on moving during a game, be sure to comment them below!

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Airsoft Warrior Products Release!!!

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That’s right!  The Airsoft Warrior Products are here!!!

 

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Product #1 is a FREE Subscriber ebook!

This ebook features information on buying, and maintaining, your AEG (Automatic Electric Gun).  To get the FREE Airsoft Warrior AEG Buyer’s Guide ebook simply subscribe to AirsoftWarrior.net, go to the bottom of any Airsoft Warrior email, and click on the link to download your FREE ebook!



 


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Product #2 is Airsoft Warrior T-shirts!

Show off your airsoft skills with these Airsoft Warrior T-shirts.  They are offered in 3 colors (Black, Smoke Gray, and Forest Green).  Simply click HERE to pick the one you want.  This sale will be limited to 14 days, so make sure to get yours before the sale runs out!

(Note: T-shirts will be made after the sale has ended.  Expect to see them within 10-14 days of the sales end.)

 

I hope you all enjoy these products.  Be sure to check the new Products page to keep up to date on future product releases.

I would appreciate your feedback on these new products and any suggestions for future products.  Just leave me a comment or send me an email!

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How Numbers (Or Lack Of Numbers) Can Win An Airsoft Game

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How Numbers (Or Lack Of Numbers) Can Win An Airsoft Game | AirsoftWarrior.net

One of the factors that airsofters often don’t fully understand the importance of is troop numbers.  Larger teams may think they will win the battle because the team has more troops to throw around and can take casualties with ease.  Outnumbered teams believe they will inevitably lose because they can’t match the force of the other team.  Numbers can help win a battle, but they don’t guarantee a win.  Being outnumbered doesn’t guarantee you will lose.  It all matters on how you use your resources on the field.

In this post we will examine how troop numbers (or lack of numbers) can affect your airsoft game and how you can use them to your advantage, no matter how big or small your team is.

 

Larger Teams: A Super-Sized Killing Force

Having more players can be one of your biggest resources at an airsoft game, and you should pay attention to how the extra players are used.

Advantages that teams with larger numbers have include being able to:

  • Send out recon missions to locate enemy players,
  • Initiate large scale outflanking maneuvers,
  • Have dedicated defensive squads to protect key points.
  • Control the battlefield better through force. 

Even in small scale backyard battles, numbers can have a big effect.  A two-player-on-one-player battle is an excellent example of this.  The two-player team is able to use many different tactics and options that the lone player can’t.  They can choose to outflank the enemy player while one player provides a base of fire and suppresses the single enemy. They are also able to effectively search for the enemy player if he decides the hideout.  Flexibility and firepower are the biggest strengths of a bigger team.

Numbers can also have a good effect on team moral. If you have five, ten, or even just one more player than the other team, you know you have an advantage starting out.  This allows you to feel more flexible and secure on the field.

 

Keys To Running A Large Team

Good organization, communications, planning and leadership are key to running a large team.  Without these, the war machine can quickly fall apart and become fodder for a smaller, elite enemy team.  Organize the team into buddy pairs and squads so you can keep track of team resources.  Try using radios to stay in touch with other squads on your team.  Have goals and a battle plan (even if it’s simple), and make sure everyone understands it.  If possible, have dedicated leaders for each squad. This way the team leader can communicate directly with them and be assured that his message reaches the whole team.

 

You may be wondering how an outnumbered team can survive against even an moderately larger team.  After all, you’ve probably seen how a large team can crush a smaller team first-hand.  But, small teams do have a few advantages on their side that, if used effectively, can win the day.  Let’s take a look at how you can win with an outnumbered team…

 

Outnumbered Teams: “Don’t Mistake Our Numbers As A Weakness”

As an outnumbered team, you have some disadvantages to the enemies’ large numbers. You can’t simply throw troops at the enemy team and expect to survive, but you can still win through a cunning use of tactics and mobility.

Smaller teams have the advantage of being able to communicate with one another more easily and form plans faster.  This can allow you to stay one step ahead of a larger enemy team.  Outnumbered teams can also move with more stealth on the field.

As a outnumbered team, defensive operations are usually the way to go.  Use a “rolling” defense to wear down the enemy.  Start with everyone near the front line and then slowly fall back to another defensive position.   Remember, although the enemy team may think they are making gains, you will be controlling the field and reducing the opposing team to a manageable size.  Once they’re worn down, you can make a counter strike!

Make sure your team has one or more small goals (like holding a point on the field, or taking down a certain number of enemies before falling back).   Often times, I have focused on taking out enough enemy players to make the numbers even (or to my advantage if possible).

As a smaller team you can make an effective offensive by setting up ambushes and also attacking smaller enemy squads that separate from the main force.  Always try to get the numbers in your favor and fight battles on your terms.  Keep the enemy team members guessing at every turn so they don’t have a chance to regroup and plan.  The key is to control the field.  Fight on your terms!

 

To recap:

  • Large teams need to have leadership and a solid plan.
  • Large teams have an advantage of flexibility over outnumbered teams.
  • Outnumbered teams have an advantage in mobility and speed of planning.
  • Outnumbered teams should always keep each battle on their terms and control the field.

No matter how many players you have, focus on using the unique advantages of being a larger or outnumbered team.  Never give up and always use every advantage you can.

 

 

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Odin Innovations M12 Sidewinder Speedloader Review

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I recently had the chance to use a prototype of one of the newest, coolest speedloaders coming to the airsoft market.  The M12 Sidewinder by Odin Innovations has been featured at SHOT SHOW 2015 and IWA in Europe.  This is the fastest, compact speedloader I’ve seen.  In the video below and in this post, I’ll run you through the features of the M12 and how it is operated, as well as give some of my thoughts on this prototype.

(Note: Since this is a prototype, some features are subject to change.)

 

Magazine in Odin Innovations Speedloader | AirsoftWarrior.net

 

Specs:

Capacity: 1600 BBs
Loading System: Crank Handle
Design Features:  Fits in a double stack M4 pouch for easy storage on the field, loads mags in approximately 5-7 seconds, and the mags lock into speedloader.

 

My Thoughts:

The Odin Innovations M12 is an amazing piece of airsoft gear.  It has all the features you need in a fast and functional speedloader.  As you can tell in the video, it does its job in style.  I was amazed at how intuitive it was to use and that 120 round mags could be loaded in under 6 seconds!!!

While doing some research for this review,  I found other reviews and product demonstration videos.  A lot of the comments on the videos mentioned that the suggested pricing ($60-$80) was too high.  After all, they argued, who would pay almost double the price of the current high-end speedloaders for a new and unproven product?

Although I am inclined to agree with them, I have to mention several features that negate some of the arguments.  It solves most of the problems that traditional speedloaders have (namely speed, effort, and time consumption).  It even solves the issue of transportation on the field while still having a massive BB capacity.  With the function and efficiency it brings to the table, I feel certain it will earn its place as an elite airsoft product.

On the other hand, I still believe that a good price point would be approximately $50 if this allowed the product to be profitable for Odin Innovations.  At $50, the M12 can reach the current market and be introduced to airsofters.  If they can capture the high end speedloader market, there shouldn’t be any competition.

Most of the design suggestions I make in the video are to improve the overall durability of the product. Although this may result in the price needing to be raised, I think that a longer lasting, highly efficient piece of gear is worth much more than the mediocre, cheaper alternative.

That said, I enjoyed using this awesome product!  I look forward to trying out the final product when it is released. Stay tuned for updates about the M12 on AirsoftWarrior.net and our Facebook page.  Don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts on the M12, as well as what you would like to see in the final product!

 

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Airsoft Tips From Videos: Teching on Your Airsoft AEG

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A lot of airsofters like to tech on their guns, either to improve the performance, make it look more “tacticool”, or to learn something new about their airsoft weaponry.  While looking around the internet for more projects to do on my AEG (Automatic Electric Gun), I found some helpful resources that I want to share with you!

(Note:  Please read my post “To Tech or Not To Tech”.  This post will give you valuable insight on whether or not you should tech on your AEG.)


AirRattleTV: Proper Technique for Greasing Your AEG Airsoft Gun Gears

 

A lot of companies send their guns out with a bucket load of grease inside the gearbox.  Although this keeps the gun lubricated, it tends to decrease performance (like ROF) because the grease is so thick that the whole gun has to work overtime to keep everything running.  This video gives you tips on how to properly grease the gears on an AEG.

To keep your AEG in top condition, do this procedure every year or every time you open your gearbox.  Buy some quality silicone grease or Teflon gear grease (Teflon is supposed to have better cold weather performance.  I have used Guarder Teflon grease and it works great.)  You will notice how little grease is actually needed to get the job done.  Also remember to apply a thin layer of grease to the teeth rack on the piston and the rails that the piston slides on inside the gear box.  Apply grease to the motor pinion gear as well.

 

AirRattleTV: How to Lighten Your Piston via the Swiss Cheese Method

 

Swiss cheesing a piston is a simple modification that will allow your AEG to get a higher ROF and better trigger response.  It is one of the most-used modifications in the airsoft world and you can find tons of resources and tips on how to do it.

The basic principle is to remove as much unneeded material as possible from the piston to reduce its weight. This means the gears and motor have less weight to pull back each shot, increasing the speed at which your AEG can fire.  When doing this mod, be careful not to damage the piston or over-swiss it, which can cause it to fail under stress.

 

AirRattleTV: How to Fix Your Broken AEG Gun’s Trigger Post

 

One of the common issues with Version 2 (M4/M16) gearboxes is the trigger post (I had this issue when I started the Tech Saga).  The trigger post is a small piece of metal that keeps the trigger shuttle (which pulls forward to form an electrical circuit when you pull back the trigger) in place.  This puts this piece under stress with each shot, which can cause it to break sooner or later.  Without it, your AEG trigger will lock up and the gun will cease to fire.

Obviously, you want to fix this issue if it happens, but you may not want to spend the $40-$70 to buy a new gear box and bushings.  If you have some tools and time, try the method in this video.  Remember that this modification may still have issues depending on how well the screw holds up.  I tried this method using a roll pin and lock tight, but it just couldn’t hold up to the stress, so be forewarned.

 

I hope that these resources from AirRattleTV will help you to improve your AEG.  Be sure to check out the Tech Saga videos and posts for more information on teching and the inner workings of a gearbox.  Also, be sure to let me know in the comments about your best (and worst) teching experiences!

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What To Do When Your Gun Is Down

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What To Do When Your Gun Is Down | AirsoftWarrior.net

I’ve had my gun go down in the middle of a game.  Sometimes, the mags aren’t loading or the battery is dead.  On occasion, a bigger issue, like the gearbox breaking, has stopped my primary weapon in the heat of the game.

Even though I can switch to a secondary weapon, I still lose a lot of my fighting capability.  Nearly any good airsofter with a running primary weapon will be able to outgun me.

I’ve seen many airsofters deal with a gun malfunctions in different ways.  Some deal with it better than others.  On rare occasions, you can do repairs on the field, but that can still take a good amount of work and you might lose important pieces on the ground.  Most walk off the field and attempt to repair their weaponry in hopes of getting back into the action the next round.

Although walking back to staging is an option, I don’t believe that walking off the field is the best option every time your primary weapon is down.  Your team can still benefit from your abilities even if you aren’t as effective without your main weapon.  In this post, I’ll give you some reasons to stay in the game and how to continue being effective without the big guns.

 

Be Observant

If your gun is out of action, you can still provide intel on enemy locations and other useful information to your team.  Shout out information to your team as you receive it.  Pass on commander’s orders to other players.  Do a recon mission into enemy territory.

If you trust the other airsofters and will be able to locate your gear easily later, you can leave your malfunctioning weapon and other unnecessary gear behind to allow you more freedom to explore behind enemy lines.  Remember, if you don’t look like a threat, most players will let you pass, allowing you to glean more intel!

 

Be a Pack Mule

If your primary gun is down, you obviously don’t need the mags for it.  You can pass these on to other players to keep them in the game.  You can also transport more equipment to the front lines to support your team.

Try becoming the team runner.  Run to get new gear or direct players to where they are most needed.  By becoming the team pack mule, you can make everyone on the field more effective.

 

Go for the Objective

Even though you know your gun is down, the enemy doesn’t.  This allows you to bluff the enemy into thinking you are still a threat.  By pushing up to an objective, or otherwise becoming a problem for the other team, you can force the enemy to react to you.  This will slow them down and allow the rest of your team to make gains elsewhere.

Another thing you can try is going for knife kills.  Work up the field with stealth (Remember the “I’m not a threat” tip).  As long as you’re still playing honorably and safely, you can do almost anything that seems like it might work.  You have nothing to lose!

 

 

The main point to remember is that you don’t want be a liability on the field.  You want to become an asset!  Stay in the game and stay effective.  That gun will still need to be fixed later, but the game is happening now.  Make it a win!

 

 

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