Friday, 23 December 2011

Modify One-Piece Hop Unit

Stolen from the Airsoft GI website, this looks pretty impressive for anyone who wants a finely adjustable, high quality hopup unit...

Item details:

There has been many Hop up units to claim that they are the best hop up unit to date, but Modify’s new hop up unit may actually fit that bill. The Modify Hop-up unit features a one piece, metal unit which is perfectly cast and does not display any seam lines, burrs or any other casting defects. Next we move onto the actual hop up adjustment gears, Modify constructed their gears with metal sleeve inserts which are secured with O-rings to ensure little to no lateral movement. Modify redesigned the hop up arm to be wider then most and features gearing inside to allow for finer tuning and to ensure that the arm does not move and being properly set. The unit comes with two hop up arms as well, the other arm differs by the hop up nub being built into the arm which is advantageous because the nub cannot shift, move, flex or change shape which provides more consistent results. Simply put, the Modify M4/M16 1-Piece Metal Hop Up will provide the user with extremely consistent hop up and might just be the best hop up on the market.

Manufacteror: Modify
Model: 1-Piece Metal Hop Up
Design: M4/M16

One piece metal construction
High quality adjustment gears
Redesigned hop up arms

Friday, 16 December 2011

11th in 'Airsoft Blog' results...

I'm pretty happy with that, considering all of those above me (with the exception of Everything Airsoft are affiliated to shops or airsoft sites. Not sure I should have given EA a link there either...

Travis Haley Talks FN SCAR

Not a huge fan of the FN SCAR (although it does depend on what mood I'm in), but this is certainly interesting stuff.

SHTF Urban Survival Vest

Had to share this, thanks Alex. Originally from the blog.

Kydex Holsters

Been thinking recently about holsters. I recently bought a railed Marui SIG 226 and an Army Detonics .45 Combat Master. The SIG is pretty easy to accomodate holster-wise until you get the M3 torch on it, then it becomes a pain in the arse. Unless you want to spend top dollar on a holster, which I don't really as I rarely use a handgun on the airsoft field. You also have to consider the difference in the width of the Marui SIG's slide compared to the real thing, especially when buying Kydex holsters, there is always the chance that they just won't fit.

The Detonics is similarly difficult to holster because of the placement of the nearsight. Lots of US manufacturers make holsters to suit the Detonics fans but again, you have to spend a lot of money to get a good one.

The alternative is to make your own holster. Kydex looks like a pretty easy material to work with and is relatively cheap. For a holster that costs around the $80-100 mark, which, by the time you've factored in shipping to the US and the inevitable customs charges, you are going to be paying around the same in £Sterling, which is too much cash for something that will be rarely used other than to just hold a sidearm that never gets pulled on the airsoft field.

In my search for the wisdom of the Kydex holster masters, I've found some pretty good info on the net. I started out looking at the high end Kydex holsters and found Raven Concealement. Raven's gear is used by Chris Costa and features quite heavily in the Magpul training videos. Their stuff looks top notch with a wide variety of choice of styles and supported weapons platforms. this site is my benchmark for determining whether it is actually worth investing in time, tools and materials to try and make the holster. Let's see how that works out. Sometimes the cost is not so important as the challenge and the learning of new skills (this is still the justification for the amount of time and money I've poured into my L119A1 when I could have just sent it to Fire Support and got them to do it).

As far as obtaining the materials, I found a couple of sites in the US., as the name suggests, supplies kits, materials and tools for making knives and sheaths and the like, inlcuding Kydex sheets. don't actually supply kydex sheets, but have a bunch of kits for sale (knives and magazine carriers rather than holsters) and a load of interesting articles and bits of hardware for sale.

By and large, so far, the most informative article I've come across is this one on the 1911 Forum giving a step by step set of instructions on making a really professional looking kydex holster. Now the guy who wrote this tutorial has a fully equipped workshop with some awesome power tools, but nothing that could not be achieved with a normal drill and toolbox and a bit of care and attention.

Now I need to get some kydex sheets. Watch this space...

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Military History: Top Sniper II TV Series

I have no idea if this has been shown in the UK but from the first ten minutes, it looks excellent. Looks like most episodes are available on YouTube too. Enjoy.

RMJ Tactical Warhammer

Dear Santa,

I know it's a bit late in the day, but if you're passing through Chattanooga on the way to my house, could you pop into RMJ Tactical and pick me up some of their goodies, specifically their incredibly bad-ass warhammer (as seen on I fully expect the zombie apocalypse to happen soon, so supplying me with this bad boy is practically a public service. Oh, and a tomahawk and kydex holster would also be cool.


Monday, 12 December 2011

Navy Seals for the 21st Century?

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.

More info about Act of Valor on IMDB

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

$7 for this? Seriously?

The Tourniquet Retainer from Mayflower costs $7. A good idea, but is it worth the money? It would take longer to set up the sewing machine than it would to actually make one of these. Seven dollars plus shipping for two short pieces of webbing and a few inches of shock cord? Come on.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Lost the screws from your SERPA eh?

Fear not. If you have a junior hacksaw or Dremel tool or something like that, pop along to your local Screwfix store. These screws will serve as replacements for the three that hold your SERPA holster to the MOLLE or belt attachment.

Rawl BZP Machine Screws Pan Head M4x20mm (Pk25)

Part No 97740-0025


As mentioned above, youll need something to cut them down as these are 20mm long anf they only need to be about 8mm. No big deal considering the screws were only £1.52. I hate to think how much Blackhawk would rush you for some replacement screws, but a pack of five 25mm bolts with nuts in B&Q was £6.08.

EDIT: disregard the above, it's rubbish. When I got home and tried the screws properly, it turns out they are the correct size but have the wrong thread - only screwing in a couple of turns. Back to the drawing board.