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Everything posted by Daishain

  1. Depends on how you look at it I voted yes, because in most cases there seems to be a severe mark up going on. However, it does makes sense for the parts to be somewhat more expensive than their counterparts intended for other applications. The demand for any one particular part is not high enough to justify a high volume production facility, which would significantly improve the cost per part to manufacture.
  2. Hmm, can't say that I am. Pretty much everyone I care about knows at this point I'm trying to begin playing Airsoft. Then again, I live in an area where a good quarter of all households own firearms. The only criticism I'm likely to face around here is in terms of not saving the money for a real gun and going hunting or something instead. Excellent read nonetheless, and it has some very useful tips.
  3. I'm of the opinion that the following plan of action would be beneficial. Well, not so much a plan of action as a list of things that I think we should work towards getting set up in the long run. This is not in any particular order, and some of it would require the assistance of federal lawmakers, which is likely to be... difficult to obtain. -establish an official nonprofit nationwide organization responsible for certifying both fields and players, as well as overseeing the sport overall and acting as a medium for events. (In this description I'm going to call it AAA, Airsoft Addicts Anonymous, for the humour value) -For a field to be certified, they must pass certain standards for safety (a reasonable guarantee that pellets cannot pass off of owned property, no significant environmental hazards such as broken or breakable glass are present, etc.), they also cannot allow players without a certification to play. -Certified fields get free advertising via AAA, and may qualify for some upfront assistance when it comes to initially setting up, improving, and/or expanding their fields. They also become eligible to host scenario games organized by AAA, which can be greatly profitable. -For a player to be certified, they must pass a simple test on firearm safety, and while supervised load, aim, and fire off a few rounds at a range to prove minimal ability to handle a piece safely, if not necessarily actual competence. An airsoft course should be able to handle this certification, and any firearm safety instructor at a real gun range should be more than capable of doing so as well, so we shouldn't have to arrange anything major for this. Offer optional but recommended courses intended to teach the material needed to pass the test as well. I would also suggest an age limit, but am not certain where to place it. I'm thinking a minimum age of 12, but that may be too low. All in all, keep it incredibly simple for anyone that knows what they're doing to get certified. -In order to legally purchase a realistic airsoft gun, a player must be certified as described before. Otherwise, they are limited to the clear or brightly colored junk. Online sellers will have to ask for the player's certification number. We won't need to stringently enforce this, this is just intended to make it more difficult to obtain an airsoft weapon without registering, particularly one from a reputable source. -Establish a (fairly generous) code of conduct that applies to the proper handling and usage of airsoft firearms both on and off the field, including universal joule vs MED requirements. Anyone caught repeatedly violating this code will have their certification revoked. Getting a certification reestablished should be possible, but not nearly as easy as it was to get in the first place. Goal here is to cut down on the stupidity, but not so much that we can't just go out and have fun. -Encourage the judicial system to prosecute anyone waving a realistic airsoft gun around while off of private property, with or without a certification, as if it had been a real firearm. AAA should at the same time make sure that anyone entering the sport is well aware of the fact that screwing around with this stuff can carry serious consequences. Make damn sure the public is aware that we neither condone, much less allow, that kind of behavior. -Establish a youth group organized around outdoor events. Teach things such as survival, first aid, and discipline while letting the younger players skirmish in an organized setting with others of their age group. Do our best to get the public to favourably associate this group with organizations such as BSA. Getting backing from the military for it would likely be possible, and would help with funding this portion, but that may be too detrimental to public opinion. -Set up a central database for players to give (carefully reviewed, complete, and properly edited) reviews on Airsoft related gear. Supplement it with a buyer's guide useful to as many people as possible, from the kid with a $100 Christmas check to the experienced vet looking to spend his life savings on a new milspec toy. -AAA should not attempt to limit play off of certified fields, so long as it is done on private property with full permission of the owner. However, make it clear to all involved that this is done completely at their own risk. -Special events can be organized by AAA on property that does not meet the safety requirements mentioned before, (for instance, a large woodland area with dangerous wildlife or an abandoned building that can only minimally be considered safe) But the age limit for participants is raised to 18, and additional medical support is to be kept on hand. Heh, you know what? I just realized that if we pull all of this off, we'd have more keeping Airsoft safe than our nation does with real firearms. Which is just fine with me, and would certainly play well with the public.
  4. It looks like either one could work. I'm hoping to spend a little less than their apparent MSRP, given that I'm already well over my original budget for a rifle, but it is nice to know these are available as an option if I give up on trying to keep my budget under control. Thank you, I at least have a new avenue of research.
  5. I'm looking to purchase a G&G M14 EBR For anyone not familiar with this piece, the batteries are housed in an oversized flat fore grip located just in front of the magazine, since the skeletal butt stock has no room for them. Partly because I would prefer an angled foregrip in that location, and partly to improve weight distribution on a somewhat unwieldy rifle, I would like to replace the default stock with something along the lines of the crane stock used on the CYMA variant of the weapon, relocate the batteries to the rear, and install a mosfet while I am at it. How difficult would this operation be? I am no stranger to the workbench, nor to rewiring basic electrical systems, but have no experience modifying even the simplest of airsoft rifles. I am also having some difficulty finding details on the internals of this machine. Normally, I wouldn't be too concerned, but this piece is expensive enough to warrant greater than usual caution. I suppose the big question is: are there any butt stocks that could be used for this purpose without significantly modifying the main body of the rifle? I plan to replace the default batteries anyways, so the shape of the battery compartment in question is unlikely to be an issue.
  6. Just getting started, but I plan to use semi auto most of the time, and will most likely use a mosfet to convert the full auto mode to a 3-5 round burst. I greatly prefer picking out my targets and exercising trigger discipline. Aside from full auto being rediculously wasteful, slowing down the firing pace forces you to choose your targets carefully, and its that feeling of precision that I'm chasing in starting to play airsoft
  7. I recently picked up a Save Phace brand tactical mask, it was originally designed for paintball, but is also rated and well suited for airsoft. The things come with dual pane milspec thermal lenses. I tested it earlier and did not have a hint of fog, something I've always had problems with before. As a bonus (and the big reason I got it), it is a low profile design that should not interfere with scope or sight use. I would suggest looking into better foam padding for it though, it comes with those standard sponge like liners that soak up and retain sweat easily.
  8. I've searched, and seen this question posted before in various places, but none of the conversations I've seen were answered to a satisfactory degree. I may be being too picky here, but I'd rather not waste my time and money on shoddy and/or poorly suited equipment. What I want is a standard full size mesh vest or plate carrier with copious MOLLE webbing and little to no velcro. Multicam camoflage or at least something that won't clash with my uniform which is in that pattern. Reasonably durable and comfortable. I'll get a chest rig if I must, but I'd rather not. However, the standard "one size fits all" either do not go around my chest, or look like a bib. Before anyone breaks out with the smart comments to lose weight or posts the meme picture of the fat airsoft kid saying "don't worry, I come from the internet", you should know that I am not a significantly fat person, but rather a big and tall man with a significant amount of bulky muscle mass, I am in fact a former american football lineman. I cannot claim to be in prime shape anymore, but even if I lose every ounce of excess fat, (something I intend to work on anyways via training for this sport) these things would still not fit properly. For a hint on the needed size, I wear a XXXL long shirt, after training it might go down to a XXL long. IOTVs and their kin look just about perfect in both desired appearance and functionality and come in the right size, but not only are they tough to find, they are ridiculously expensive for the sake of airsofting, I also don't exactly need their bullet resistant properties. Most of the other options that I've seen people suggesting in the past are no longer produced, are otherwise quite difficult to find, or are not in reality suitable to the task. I've heard tell of a few people that will do custom vests, but have not had luck finding them, and don't know about how much they're likely to charge for the work. any serious suggestions would be welcome.
  9. A few years after it becomes detrimental to my health to try and keep up with the young whippersnappers on the field.
  10. Define gun control would you? People use the same phrase to mean so many different things... I am in favor of responsible citizens who know how to use them both safely and effectively owning whatever the hell kind of small arms they wish. I am not in favor of disarming citizens in general, or making it prohibitively difficult to obtain firearms. I am not in favor of every idiot with a bit of cash who isn't (yet) listed as a felony offender being able to obtain a firearm. Getting rid of guns in the United States is an impossible task, your best case scenario should you attempt it would look a lot like the time we banned alcohol. For anyone not familiar with that event, it ended with alcoholism rates going up, and organized crime groups being born. The form of gun control needed is in terms of education and responsibility, not poorly worded bans from people that can't even get the terminology of a firearm right.
  11. This is from another Newbie, albeit one who's been doing a lot of research, so take it with a grain of salt. From what I can tell, if you want a true sniper's weapon, forget AEG. The best sniper rifles available believe it or not are spring powered bolt action. Secondly, you're going to need more than $300 for the gun alone if you want your weapon to significantly outshoot even standard infantrymen. Heck, I'm looking at buying a (fairly nice) pistol that has comparable range and accuracy to the cheap sniper rifles. For your budget, you may wish to instead focus on a pure recon role to begin with. Snag a cheap but reliable SMG or pistol and avoid direct contact with others. Also, one other thing to consider, a lot of people come to this sport without a real idea of the role they want. I want to be sure you know what you are asking for A sniper works alone or with a spotter (another role to consider), they typically move around the least of all other roles. They rely on stealth to a great degree, and rarely fire their main weapon, their primary role being eyes, ears, and the occaisonal assassination, rather than fire support. They typically carry bolt action spring powered rifles with somewhere around 500-600 base FPS A designated marksman is the team oriented sniper's counterpart, and are what many people actually mean when they say they want to be a sniper. Their role is mainly long range fire support to reach targets the rest of the team can't effectively touch. Their weapon is typically a long barrel AEG assault rifle with modifications optimizing range and accuracy over rate of fire, typical FPS range for these is 400-500 Neither role is cheap I'm afraid.
  12. Supply and demand works in all markets where the consumer is free to choose. The details and extent can differ in a billion different ways, but it is ALWAYS a factor. If anything, a market like this should be more sensitive to that effect than most. We are after all speaking of a luxury market with very picky consumers and a great deal of market competition. Again, cheap batteries are an issue with decisions the manufacturer made. Much higher capacity batteries with similar voltage output for much smaller devices exist and are not prohibitively expensive. As for the advantages with AEP, I see low maintenance and consistent reliability regardless of the environment to be major selling points. Then again, I'm a mechanical engineer, I will freely admit to bias in this regard, even if it is not a bias I will ever apologize for. Regardless, I'll drop the issue, there doesn't seem to be much point.
  13. -I was unaware of the FPS drop, but I'm not entirely sure it would actually matter. Based on my understanding, at least assuming the internals are up to the task, 240 FPS is more than enough to accurately hit your target at the short ranges a pistol is meant for. Also, is the FPS drop across the board, or is it just another symptom of the currently available AEPs having been made cheaply? -Like I stated, the realism with GBBs is not that much of a factor for me, at least not yet, and I highly doubt I'm alone. It would be quite nice to have, but sacrificing functionality for it is somewhat questionable unless going for a true milsim. -The rest of the issues seem to be the market responding to player demand, rather than an inherent problem with AEPs. If people were wanting high quality AEPs with plenty of aftermarket parts, the manufacturers would be supplying them.
  14. I did find another promising rifle AEX Warfighter DMR It appears to have almost everything I would like straight out of the box, at least prior to the phase where I start really tinkering, and every review I've seen has been glowing. Does it stand up to the hype in reality? Also, is it often sold out? Deciding its the best DMR available doesn't help if I can't actually ever get my hands on it.
  15. Multiple guides are telling me that gas is the way to go with pistols, and AEPs appear to be quite difficult, if not impossible, to find on the better airsoft gear websites, reinforcing that assertion. But why? I have yet to see anyone explain just how gas is better for pistols, when the reverse is true for all primary weapons Aside from an extra consumable resource to buy and carry, and the difficulties gas encounters during cold weather, the reduced ammo capacity is a significant drawback. I currently see no reason to pick a gas pistol over an electric one, save for the added realism offered by GBBs, which I don't consider to be a significant factor at my current level of play. Would anyone care to explain?
  16. While I intend to upgrade and modify as I go along, for the moment the max budget I decided on for the rifle is $400, but I would prefer to remain in the $250-300 range unless convinced the extra cash is worth the gain. As for the side arm, I would greatly prefer to remain useful regardless of the situation. A rifle configured for medium to long range engagements is likely to be of limited use if a team is clearing a building or otherwise engaging in limited visibility close quarters. Is switching to a pistol not considered by airsoft players to be a viable tactic in such a case?
  17. I am currently doing research, and beginning to put together a set of gear. I could use some advice on selecting a rifle and sidearm I have little patience for poor quality, and so am looking to break straight into the intermediate level of gear. No plastic construction, electric power, and (at least in the rifle's case) plenty of room to adjust/tinker/upgrade. The mass of the piece is not a significant factor in my case. Designated marksman would be my preferred role, though rifleman would be a close second, with support and sniper jockeying for third. These rifles CYMA M14 EBR-S Airsoft Sniper AEG Rifle JG SR25 Sniper Airsoft Rifle Metal 6652M appear to be quite close to what I have in mind, but I would like both a second opinion and a few other options to compare. Frankly, I am having some difficulty deciding what attributes would suit me best for the side arm. It is perhaps not quite as important, but I'm seeing a wide range of pricing and reviews, with little useful information on what prompts either.
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