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News from around the world of airsoft. Airsoft Action readers doing what they do best! 12 ARMOURY: ICS KORTH Bill gets under the skin - and on the range - with the very latest “Korth” pistol from ICS, which is a prime example of what beneficial licence relationships can achieve! 16 ARMOURY: KWA A&K SR-25 DMR Often seen in shows such as Sky’s “Seal Team”, the SR-25 is a favoured DMR. Phil Bucknall gives us his initial thoughts on the latest version from A&K and his plans for it in the future. 20 ARMOURY: APS/HAKKOTSU APM40A3 Continuing his search for a bolt-action rifle that can become part of his “competition family”, Bill gets on the range with a surprising contender from the Far East, in the form of the latest “Corps” model from APS and Hakkotsu. 26 ARMOURY: LCT NEXT GEN MAGS LCT recently unveiled their “next generation” magazines for both their AK and Vintorez/VAL models, so Bill got them on the range. 28 ARMOURY: PERUN MOSFETS Tom “Anvil” Hibberd is pretty partial to a MOSFET or two, especially those that don’t involve moving parts, so was keen to take a look at this optical offering from Perun. 32 FEATURE: TIMED v IMPACT BFG Want a blank firing grenade but don’t know whether to go for impact or timed? Steve Takle pits a shiny newcomer against a venerable veteran. 36 EVENT: OP DUSTOFF Dust Monkey heads out on the ‘Nam trail once again but this time he’s signed up with the Airborne – and if you ain’t heard of Credence Clearwater you’re in the wrong war son! 38 KIT & GEAR: EDGE EYEWEAR When Angelo DV heard about eyewear that claimed was guaranteed not to fog up, his reaction was the same as probably most of us would have but maybe, just maybe he was onto something… 42 FEATURE: BB BALLISTICS Choosing the distance you zero your Airsoft replica to can be critical to making your shots count. Tom “Anvil” Hibberd tells us why and shows the path your BBs actually fly. 44 SITE: THURLASTON AAC If you have been watching Airsoft Action TV recently you will have noticed a number of videos coming from a slightly unconventional location, Thurlaston Airgun & Archery Centre. Tom “Anvil” Hibberd tells us more…

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47 COMPETITION Win a set of EDGE Blizzard eye protection by answering some simple questions! 48 AS SEEN ON SCREEN: SRS Square-eyed ‘softer, Steve Takle, looks for sightings of the distinctive SRS sniper rifle across movies, TV and videogames. 56 ARMOURY: TWG UPGRADE Over past issues we’ve had a number of articles about how to get the very best from your AK and thanks to his friends over at TaiwanGun, Bill delves deeper into the “hows and whys” of external upgrades you might consider to get the very best from your “Tacticool Kalashnikov”. 58 ARMOURY: ASG CZ SHADOW 2 Can a competition pistol be as effective as a tactical sidearm in a skirmish? Steve Takle takes the new ASG Shadow 2 onto the field to find out. 62 THE CAGE: HOLSTERS Airsoft Action is lucky to boast a great group of contributors and the majority are out and out airsoft players, with experience of every style of play and competition you can imagine! So who better to bring you advice on those all-important bits of gear? Bill set about asking them what they have in their personal “CAGE”, starting with holsters! 66 ARMOURY: PTY N23 CAR-15 When Phil Bucknall first saw an N23, he wasn’t sure what it was - it looked like an AR but much smaller. More investigation was needed… 70 VERSUS: STERLING v PAM2 Staying with the 1980s for his new column, this month Bill takes two submachine guns “head to head” in the context of the Falklands War of 1982, a year that is fixed in his memory - and will be forever more! 74 THE COLLECTOR: LITTLE MICKIE’S GUN Frenchie continues his new series with a look at one of the most well-known and (in)famous weapon systems ever. 76 FEATURE: BATTLEFIELD TOURS KIT The 75th anniversary of D-Day saw many airsofters visiting the Normandy beaches, so we felt it would be a good time to re-visit the article military historian and battlefield guide, Will Fowler, wrote for us about the kit he takes with him when conducting a tour. 80 LAST POST: GROUNDHOG DAY Frenchie rounds off this issue with his views on how the flow of players in and out of airsoft, coupled with the lack of readily available information, results in the need to regurgitate the same subject over and over again. 86 SITE DIRECTORY & ACTION AIR CLUBS Looking for a skirmish site, or your local Action Air Club? Then we may have the answer, with pages of sites and clubs throughout the UK.


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BEHIND THE BOUNDARIES OF CRAFTMANSHIP IS ART IT SEEMS LIKE MORE AND MORE AIRSOFT MANUFACTURERS ARE LOOKING TO THE WORLD OF REAL FIREARMS FOR INSPIRING AND INTERESTING DESIGNS AND THEN WORKING WITH LICENCE AGREEMENTS TO BRING US ALL SOME UTTERLY UNIQUE MODELS. BILL GETS UNDER THE SKIN - AND ON THE RANGE - WITH THE VERY LATEST “KORTH” PISTOL FROM ICS, WHICH IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF SUCH BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS! I AM UTTERLY FASCINATED at the moment to see some thrilling new directions from established and highlyrespected manufacturers in the airsoft business, both in respect of unveiling some tremendous new models of their own design, or by snuggling up with gunsmiths in the world of real firearms, to bring us some really stunning models. When I visit the big shows, I always make a beeline for the I Chi Shivan (ICS) stand as my personal relationship with them goes back many, many years now. I’ve always been delighted by what ICS offer and have experienced great performance from their AR and L85 lines in the models that I’ve owned. I’ve tested and reviewed many of their rifles and carbines and it was a great honour to be presented with my honourary “ICS Captain” dogtag in 2015! Whilst I am not a great collector of airsoft pistols, it has been intriguing to chart their journey into that side of things after being known as a “long gun” manufacturer for so many years and I’ve very much

but the recent release of their immaculately presented “Korth” model came as a bit of a surprise, I have to say! This is a somewhat unusual and unique model for any manufacturer to choose and I have to hold up my hands and give ICS due credit for such a bold move.

A LITTLE HISTORY

Korth revolvers were initially developed in the early 1980s, by world-renowned German gunsmith Willi Korth, who was known as a maker of fine custom revolvers since the mid-1960s. First “production” Korth pistols appeared in 1985 and these pistols represented high end, custom European guns, with a high degree of hand finishing and hand fitting used in the manufacture of each pistol. Since 2008, the Korth tradition of excellence has been continued by CEO Martin Rothmann, in the requirement for highest quality standards. Their dedicated team of 25 employees has 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and production of

“TRADITIONAL MATERIALS, TIMELESS DESIGN, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP MERGE INTO WEAPONS OF, IF YOU’LL PARDON THE PUN, THE VERY HIGHEST CALIBRE!” enjoyed getting my hands on their BLE XAE and XFG pistols. Both variants have performed flawlessly as I expected them to (I just couldn’t see ICS releasing models to market that weren’t spot on!) and I know that there are some serious fans amongst the Airsoft Action Contributors team. At the shows they have teased us with their “PM-2 Makarov” project for a while (more on this next issue!)

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precision mechanical components, in the fields of Aerospace, Automotive and Defence Industries. In order to keep the production at the usual high level, it was necessary to move into a modern production plant and invest in new “state-of-the-art” machinery. Traditional materials, timeless design, advanced manufacturing and traditional craftsmanship merge into weapons of, if you’ll pardon the pun, the very highest calibre!


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“THE PRS COMES FITTED WITH THE QUANTITATIVE GAS INJECTION VALVE WHICH WE SAW ON THE ICS BM9, WHICH IS CAREFULLY DESIGNED TO RELEASE UNNEEDED AIR PRESSURE, WHICH ALLEGEDLY INCREASES THE GAS INJECTION EFFICIENCY BY 30% AND I’D HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS WORKS… VERY WELL!” Half a century after Willi Korth presented his very first revolver the public, Korth was back in the business of making superlative firearms. The name “Korth” stands for unique and very special gunsmithing, the ethos of Willi Korth was to continuously improve even the best models and this can be felt in each weapon made by PTW KORTH Technologies GmbH. The best steels, hand chosen timber and perfect mechanics are the ingredients, which are formed through experience and countless hours of hand working. It is said that anyone, whoever has held a Korth in their hand and felt its perfect balance, smooth operation and excellent performance understands what a Korth is all about!

AMERICAN MUSCLE, GERMAN PRECISION!

The Korth self-loading PRS (pistol-with-roller shutter), at first glance, looks like another 1911 “clone” and one could be mistaken that the design is some kind of “sci-fi take” on the classic .45 that we all know and love in both real and airsoft guise but you’d be VERY wrong. In fact, the PRS is built on a 1911 design but the operation is very different indeed! Released in 2015 and available in four, five and sixinch barrel configurations, the Korth PRS had a sevenround magazine capacity, a hardened carbon steel frame and slide finished in traditional blueing, PVD coating and Cerakote, with an overall length of 7.67 inches up to 9.64 inches. Inside the pistol, a semi-rigid locked roller shutter worked with a fixed barrel, a system that is still known to many from the H&K P9. Due to the fixed barrel the PRS could handle .45 ACP with far less “felt-recoil” than you would expect, giving rise to superb handling and increased accuracy. The finished item with double slide guide was milled form high-alloy content solid steel

and subsequent tempering and DLC coating ensured the longevity, ease and the perfect look of this extraordinary self-loading pistol. With a highlighted blade front and notch sights, under-barrel Picatinny rail, serrated aluminium trigger, dimpled checkering on the slide and grip frame, extended slide catch thumb safety and beavertail grip safety, plus serrated, skeletonized hammer, the PRS was one heck of a package. Each Korth pistol was made to order and tailored to the individual and the Korth “hemisphere” checkering on the grip-frame fitted perfectly with the “look” of the pistol and enhanced it visually and functionally. The PRS was delivered with plain “noble walnut” wood grips, although it was also compatible with other 1911 aftermarket grips.

GETTING YOUR GBB ON!

Available with a silencer or barrel with compensator as accessories, the Korth PRS soon became a much soughtafter item amongst shooters, even with a US$3000+ price tag! If you go into the real firearms world right now you’ll find that even Korth themselves can’t sell you one and, as a real 4 inch variant sold via Rock Island Auctions recently for US$5,750, for many collectors as well as airsofters I believe that ICS have made a stunning move! And what a job ICS have done with their licenced Korth PRS! As soon as you lift it free of the box you know straight away that you have something that is distinctly different from a standard 1911 in your hands, although the rake angle of the pistol grip and the position of the controls will feel immediately comfortable to anyone that owns a “Colt”. At 770g this is certainly no “lightweight” and it’s all the better for that.

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The Korth PRS is the first licensed 1:1 scale replica that has been produced, so kudos to ICS for getting this done! With the licenced external profile, the hard-anodized aluminium fixed outer barrel leads to better shooting accuracy, just like the real deal; you can also adjust the trigger travel to your own taste which makes it an excellent shooter. Inside you get a TM compatible hop set and chamber, steel hammer and inner barrel, and hop bucking, so for those that like to “fettle” this is going to be a joy! The PRS “6mm” is also a true 1:1 scale airsoft

replica and a CCW 14mm Barrel Adapter is included in the package if you want to run a suppressor. ICS kindly also included a set of nicely finished wood grips that mimic the “noble walnut” models fitted regularly to the real PRS, which I am certain many of you will want as an accessory (although, personally, I liked the black checkered grips that come as standard).

In operation on the range, the Korth PRS is absolutely spot-on! In terms of those familiar controls

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you get a double safety and the slide release is exactly where you’d find it on a 1911, although the weight of the slightly oversized slide means that you get a real “slam” when you release it forward. Bizarrely, this extra weight in the slide sees to make little difference to the operation of the pistol, as over the course of a morning, it happily sent .20g RZR BBs downrange with a very consistent reading through the chrono of 0.76 Joule/287fps. The PRS comes fitted with the Quantitative Gas Injection Valve which we saw on the ICS BM9, which is carefully designed to release unneeded air pressure, which allegedly increases the gas injection efficiency by 30% - and I’d have to say that this works… very well! In terms of performance the PRS is on the money too and the tri-dot luminous front and rear sights make acquiring your target straightforward, even in low light conditions. Once you’ve fiddled a bit with the hop to get things nice and flat it terms of trajectory, then you can crank away to your heart’s delight and the “14+1” mag has enough capacity to keep you in the fight for a considerable time given the accuracy at 10m. I was able to consistently hit my 10p-sized “spinner” at that distance time and again and I’d say that the consistency of power really helped with that! As I said earlier, with the Korth PRS as the choice for their latest replica, ICS have really come “out of left field” and that’s a bold thing to do! With so many adherents to the “1911 Credo”, I believe that they are onto something special with this choice and this pistol is as good as any that I’ve seen, performing splendidly from the get-go! Although you’re probably going to want a bespoke holster for the PRS (given the chunky slide), I have to say that I truly believe that this, just like in the real world, will be a pistol that 1911 fans will place high on their “must have list” - and that makes it a total winner not just for ICS but for airsofters worldwide.

I’ve now passed on the sample of the ICS Korth PRS to Tom for video, so expect so see his take on it featured on AATV soon! AA


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A&K SR-25: IMPRESSIONS & PLANS OFTEN SEEN IN SHOWS SUCH AS SKY’S “SEAL TEAM”, THE SR-25 IS A FAVOURED DMR. PHIL BUCKNALL GIVES US HIS INITIAL THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST VERSION FROM A&K AND HIS PLANS FOR IT IN THE FUTURE. SINCE MY SON STARTED PLAYING this wonderful game towards the end of last year, I’ve been looking at other guns and manufacturers besides my normal first post of call; KWA, PTS and Marui. I’ve also looked more at non recoil guns, something I really haven’t done since I got my first recoil gun a few years back. I genuinely didn’t think I was missing out but over recent months I’ve discovered that this self-imposed embargo on non-recoil guns has been really hindering me, both as a reviewer and as a player. I’ve missed out on quite a few guns that I personally liked the look of but they didn’t meet the requirements for “realism”, so they never even got looked at. With my son having his kit from the lower end of the market (compared to my kit), I’ve played with quite a few budget guns as well as a few more expensive ones that don’t recoil; guns I wouldn’t usually have picked up - the PTS N23 from their new legacy series being an example of that in practice. A year ago I wouldn’t even have entertained the

A LONG LONG

The SR-25 is quite a well-known gun in military circles as well as airsoft ones, with a few representations out there besides this A&K version. It is a semi-automatic 7.62mm sniperesque rifle that can often be seen in various TV and film depictions of US/ SF teams, including Sky One’s “Seal Team”. In truth, it is a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR), designed to fill the void where accurate rapid medium to long

“IT IS A DESIGNATED MARKSMAN RIFLE (DMR), DESIGNED TO FILL THE VOID WHERE ACCURATE RAPID MEDIUM TO LONG RANGE FIRE AT A SQUAD LEVEL IS NEEDED BUT DEDICATED SNIPER OVERWATCH IS NOT USED.” thought of getting one but I am so glad I did - you can read why in this issue (if you haven’t already) as that little gun is a whole heap of fun - and that leads quite nicely to this first look/plan of attack. My esteemed colleague and friend, Bill, asked if I would like to review the new release of the A&K SR-25 that’s being distributed under a new arrangement in Europe through Nuprol and with my newly discovered love of all things non-recoiling, I thought “why not?”

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range fire at a squad level is needed but dedicated sniper overwatch is not used. To get the best from it, DMRs are typically given to the guy in the squad who performed the best on the ranges - but that doesn’t mean they got anything in the way of specialist training.


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After a brief wait, I collected the gun from Bill at the Pilgrims Bandit Game held at Humber Airsoft. This one is the full stocked version (there is also a “K” version which has a crane stock fitted in place of the full stock) and the first thing that leaped out was the length. Jeez, this thing is long! Even without the included suppressor attached it is a fair old beast, especially if you’re used

the user with loads of room for the accessories you’re going to stick on this gun. The rail is done well and the cuts are crisp and uniform, with each one numbered appropriately. There are no other markings on the rail however, much like the gun overall. The long, metal, full outer barrel is nice and culminates in a crowned muzzle, with no flash hider due to the fitting of the included

to carbine length guns, or even shorter SBRs. It was so long in the box that it only just fitted in the boot of my 4x4, which has a cavernous space! Given the size it isn’t uncomfortably heavy, however, which came as a pleasant surprise but that is unloaded and unfettered with accessories. Once you’ve added what you need (and nothing more) it does get heavy, so a decent sling is a must and here I suggest the Ferro Concepts “Slingster”, as it has just the right amount of padding and flexibility. The SR-25 looks like its an M4 that’s just completed a pretty serious course of steroids and has bulked up significantly. Even though it is bigger, all of the controls are where you’d expect them to be for a gun that’s based on the AR platform, so its pretty easy to transition from M4 to this and vice versa. The metal receivers, which are bare with regards to any trademarks, are just like larger M4 ones and the gun has an A2 pistol grip fitted. Above this is the fire selector, which is marked as “Safe” and “Semi” only, to match the real firearm, however, if you look closely you’ll see a cut out on

suppressor. This slides down the barrel all the way to the gas block, which also features RIS rails on the top and bottom, where it locks in with a push down mechanism. There is a spring in the suppressor at the gas block end, so you have to hold it in place to prevent it springing forward when locking in place. Once on it doesn’t move but it does add quite a bit of extra length. The whole gun is very rattle free from front to back and there is not a single screw loose or creaking component in sight. It has been put together really well for what is, in essence, a mid-range gun so its doing pretty well thus far.

UP AND RUNNING

Power-wise the battery goes in the stock and the wires are connected to a mini-Tamiya connector, which is a little strange for a full-sized rifle, so I had the guys over at Defcon Airsoft help me out by soldering on a Deans T-plug. Thanks Jay, you saved my sanity once again with your soldering skills. With this done I could plug it in and see how it performs. Everything at this point is stock - I

“THIS WHERE AIRSOFT AND REAL STEEL REALLY DIVERGE BECAUSE WHILST DIFFERENT AEGS MAY BE BASED ON DIFFERENT CALIBRE FIREARMS, OUR GUNS ALL FIRE THE SAME SIZE PROJECTILE USING THE SAME METHODS.” the back of the fire selector, enabling it to move past “Semi” to “Full”. This is a very useful feature, as inside is a stretched V2 gearbox which we know can lock up if fired rapidly in semi, requiring a quick burst of full auto to free it up - more on this later! The plastic for the stock looks good and durable. I haven’t given it much of a run out but I don’t foresee any issues with it longer-term. Moving forward is a long metal quad RIS rail that’s free floating and provides

haven’t touched anything, including the spring and over an Xcortech chrono it put out around 280-290fps with a 0.28g BB, so it will be site legal pretty much everywhere in the UK. Whilst it is capable of full auto fire, I didn’t test the RoF as that is not the idea with a DMR and definitely not with what I’ve got in mind. With a full midcap magazine inserted I set about some testing and what I found was no surprise. Even with a long inner barrel the range was no better than a standard AEG and neither was the www.airsoft-action.online

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accuracy. This where airsoft and real steel really diverge because whilst different AEGs may be based on different calibre firearms, our guns all fire the same size projectile using the same methods, so there is little to gain by lumping round more weight and length than you need as the guy next to you with an ARP can probably reach the same targets. There’s also the issue that any gun that’s capable of F/A fire must be below 373fps or it becomes an illegal Section Five firearm …and this is very bad news. The only way round this is to have it locked permanently to semi-auto only. Even then, there are only a few sites that operate different FPS limits for locked semi-auto AEGs and these range from about 400 to 450fps. The idea being you have a slight advantage over a normal AEG but don’t encroach on bolt action territory where FPS closer to 500 are the norm.

THE WHY

And now to the why… Why this is a first impressions/ plan of attack article and not just a review. As an AEG, the SR-25 is fine. Yes, it’s big but it can be used as a normal assaulter class gun …but why? That would normally be my review in a nut shell: Its competent but in a grey area because why would you not just grab an AK or M4 if you wanted to be in the thick of it, or a bolt action sniper rifle if you wanted to pick players off at range? In my mind you just wouldn’t, so now to the planning part. After discussing it with Bill and the guys Credit: CBS over at NUPROL,

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I decided to make this a proper DMR and as NUPROL have a fairly extensive range of both own brand, as well as other branded upgrade parts, we wanted to see what could be achieved by using parts only sourced from NUPROL and that is the only stipulation for the internals. How can we make this a 400-450fps bona fide DMR and keep it legal under the terms of the VCRA and the later guidance from the ACPO, regarding FPS and muzzle energy? Knowing what I know about it in terms of performance from the testing done, I shall be upgrading parts to push the gun to 400 and then see what it’s like in game, to see if it has successfully bridged that gap in performance and usefulness. Externally I already had a few parts but I have ordered a nice big clone Leupold scope, complete with mount to top it out, plus a RIS mounted bipod (because firing this beast standing is not easy). Possibly some back up angled iron sights, or even a Red Dot sight and finally, a PEQ-15 I had lying around to complete the look but also give a laser designator mounted on top of the scope very “Seal Team” and hopefully very Gucci too! I shall sign off now but hopefully you’ll come back to see if it has worked - and how well. In the meantime, I’m going to run it at a few more games as-is so I can get used to the size (and the changes I need to make to my play style to fully utilise it because I found myself really out of sorts in the last game). I’m really looking forward to doing this project and seeing if Designated Marksman is a role that’ll hold my interest where sniping has generally failed in the past, or whether it ends up in a gun box to be wheeled out occasionally. See you next time folks - maybe even through a big old highpowered scope …if I’ve done it right! AA


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BOLT FROM THE BLUE CONTINUING HIS SEARCH FOR A BOLT-ACTION RIFLE THAT CAN BECOME PART OF HIS “COMPETITION FAMILY”, BILL GETS ON THE RANGE WITH A SURPRISING CONTENDER FROM THE FAR EAST, IN THE FORM OF THE LATEST “CORPS” MODEL FROM THE GOOD PEOPLE AT APS AND HAKKOTSU, TO CHECK OUT WHAT HIS MONEY MIGHT BUY.

OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS OR SO I’ve been concentrating to some degree on finding a bolt-action rifle that I really feel comfortable with. Beginning at the “budget-end” (to start getting my target-eye back in), I’ve already had heaps of fun rediscovering a part of airsoft that really got me started in the whole thing over 25 years ago! It’s amazing how you forget the simplicity of just being on a range, you and your rifle, with a bag of decent BBs and some targets and just having at it for hours on end. Shot after frustrating shot will head down range until everything settles in and you’ve relaxed, the rifle has had enough BBs through it to settle both the action and the hop, your scope is zero’d correctly and even the weather is perfect, with little or no wind to deflect your shots. When everything comes together it’s a real “eureka” moment and the satisfaction of just making those nearperfect shots time after time is something that stays with you - until the next time you hit the range and start all over again. I’m lucky enough, given my time in the industry and my extensive testing history, to be able to approach different manufacturers and simply request a test rifle. However, I totally understand that this is not the case for many of you out there, hence me writing about my experiences and sharing them with you. Many shops are now offering “range test sessions” and the manufacturers and distributors themselves are now

more regularly out on the road to bring you a snippet of their latest goodies. Oh, how I wish it had been that way when I got started! As I’m also one of the few “full-timers” in the airsoft/ tactical media world, I’m also lucky enough to have time to really keep an eye on what the manufacturers, distributors and even retailers are doing on a daily basis, with the first couple of hours of my working day spent trawling news sites, feeds and manufacturer media releases for the latest information. At any one time during this period I can have message boxes open to the creators of airsoft goodness worldwide and global time differences mean that these conversations will continue throughout the day, as industry friends come online where they are. One morning a message box was open with my contact over at www.taiwangun.com and we got talking about my quest to find a decent “bolty”. He asked me if I had seen the latest APM40A3 springer they had in stock, then quickly sent me a link to the model on their website. It was love at first sight (given that the M40 is a thing of beauty when it comes to precision riffles in the real world) and when I saw the price - just £105.95 - my interest was completely piqued. It all seemed too good to be true, an airsoft M40 for 105 quid, what was the catch? Then I started to look at the details and where this cracking looking rifle had originated from and I was sold.

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COOL PROVENANCE!

The first name to catch my eye was “APS Limited”. Formerly known as “APS Airgun Ltd”, the company was established in 2001 and they specialise in in designing and building Simulation Training Equipment. APS (the three words stand for Accuracy - Pneumatics - Shooting) are best known over here for their superb CAM 870 shell-ejecting shotgun system (I currently have my eye on a CAM MKII Red for... reasons...) and also their Electronic Blow Back (EBB) products. Even though their airsoft products are made in China, all the designers, quality control and Directors are based in Hong Kong, which means that we can purchase airsoft products at a low price (China made) but which are also guaranteed as a high quality item (Hong Kong QC). So far so good… Hakkotsu were another matter, until I remembered the “Hades Arrow Mortar System” that I saw way back at SHOT 2012, thanks to Brian Holt of Echo 1 USA. To be fair, Hakkotsu has never come onto my airsoft radar again until now and their involvement with the M40 intrigued me, so I dug deeper to find out more.

First up, “Hakkotsu” is a Japanese word which means “skull” or “skeleton” and the reason for them using such logo is that the company’s products were designed for law enforcement training purposes. Behind the Hakkotsu brand is “Pioneer Rich Technology Development Ltd” (known as P.R.T.D), which was conceptualised in 2000 and registered as a business formally in September 2003 with its base in Hong Kong, although the company founder, Mr Frog Lee, has been involved in the airsoft industry since 1997. The company goal was (and still is) to develop Tactical Simulation Training equipment and P.R.T.D has been serving Law Enforcement Units for years. P.T.R.D owns a factory specialising in development and production; located in Guangdong with more than 13,000 square meters of plant this factory has advanced, sophisticated production equipment and high-quality management personnel. The company has become a model for innovation and technology, and their products have won favour with customers in Europe, America, Singapore, and Australia. So, with all this under my hat I was convinced that

I’d found a bit of a “hidden gem” and duly sent in an order. Within a week (the service from TaiwanGun is excellent by the way!) the rifle duly arrived from Poland.

NO INTRO REQUIRED

Normally in one of my reviews I’d go into the history of the real-world rifle model, but when it comes to the M40 no introduction is required other than to say it’s the 7.62mm NATO bolt-action sniper rifle used by the United States Marine Corps. Built from a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle, and modified by USMC armourers at Marine Corps Base Quantico, it has had four variants, the M40, M40A1, M40A3, and M40A5; the M40 was first introduced way back in 1966! The changeover to the A1 model was completed in the 1970s, the A3 in the 2000s, and the A5 in 2009. Featured in both “Jarhead” and “Sniper” it’s a well-known and muchloved rifle, and the A3 seemed perfect for my needs! What surprised me most when the package arrived from Poland was the shortness of the plain box the rifle came in, but upon opening it I remembered that one of the features shown was a removable butt for ease of carriage. This did set slight alarm bells ringing as this can often be a weak point, a point of potential failure, but when I locked the butt in place (you can remove it simply be pressing a button!) it was 100%

solid as a rock! This is a useful feature indeed for transporting the rifle, meaning it will fit neatly into a medium hard case. Externally the rifle is very neatly achieved. All the black metal parts including the above-chamber rail are very nicely finished with a matt effect which gives the rifle a classy look. The furniture is available in plain black, plain desert tan and Multicam Black (for a bit more money of course!), and to fit in with my “four gun” concept I chose the tan. Throughout the moulded furniture is very precise with no gaps or prominent lines present, and both the grip area and the forestock are nicely stippled for ease of retention. There are QD studs fore and aft if you want to fit a sling, but the front stud also doubles for the attachment point if you wish to fit a bipod. You can adjust the height of the cheek pad by simply squeezing the APS logo to get the best fit for you; this has three heights so you can get the perfect position behind your optic of choice. Even as new the action is super-smooth and precise.

“THERE ARE LOTS OF MANUFACTURERS MAKING LOW END SPRING SNIPER RIFLES TO A PRICE-POINT, BUT DEFINITELY NOT THE APM40A3 STYLE, AND CERTAINLY NOT WITH THE OUT-OF-THE-BOX QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE THAT THE MAKERS SEEM TO HAVE EKED OUT OF THIS RIFLE! ” www.airsoft-action.online

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With a short lift and sharp pull to the rear there is a little resistance due to the power (oh, the power!) but you soon get used to this. Internally you will find a 6.03 Stainless Steel Inner Barrel as standard; the M40 actually has six built in inner barrel stabilisers and APS/Hakkotsu

have ensured that there is perfect alignment of the inner barrel as it is installed in the rifle. It appears to me that they wanted to make sure the accuracy of this rifle is outstanding from the get go. Another feature worthy of note is the trigger; the trigger pull of the APM40A3 is properly adjustable! This makes it extremely comfortable and smooth, and is a real bonus when you look at the M40 against similarlypriced competitors. The stroke of the trigger is easily adjustable from 0 - 4 mm; many folk may not see the benefit of this, or indeed feel the difference of a few millimetres but good shooters will definitely know the importance of the trigger stroke in shooting accurately! APS/Hakkotsu have also created a new BB feeding mechanism for the APM40A3 rifle. Unlike the many spring sniper rifles where the magazine has a protruding (and prone to damage) housing for BB feeding, the M40 45BB magazine has a unique feeding mechanism which was primarily developed by Tokyo Marui and optimised by APS. The metal magazine feeds from the front not from the top and a plastic follower attached directly to the loading nozzle will extract a BB every time the bolt is cocked on its return stroke. This BB travels through a ramp (it has a feed ramp!) and into the hop chamber. You do need to ensure that the magazine is inserted correctly, and the only niggle I have is that for this reason the magazine is a little wobbly in the housing; I found that a wrap of black tape cured this immediately! This design is very nice though in that not only does it give the magazine a more realistic look and the ability to fit properly into pouches, but it also solves the problem of a potential “double feed”.

SHOT OUT

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down to 50m until everything settles in; once I’ve had time to run a couple of hundred BBs through it (this actually takes time with a bolt-action rifle if you’re doing it right!) then I’ll open this distance out in increments until the user himself is able to make shots further out! The rifle itself is certainly capable of it, as APS/Hakkotsu don’t call it the “EXTREME POWER VERSION” for nothing! This thing came out of the box at a whopping 2.77 Joule/547fps on a .20g RZR so it certainly has the ability to hop a much heavier BB with some “hoof”, and at this power level you may find some sites that won’t be happy with it as a skirmish tool. I however got mine purely for use as a “precision target rifle” and it will never be shot at another player, so I’m more than happy. Thus far I’ve been feeding the beast .32g RZR BBs and it seems more than happy with these, although I will try some .40g in due course to see what difference that makes. Suffice to say that at 50m I’m making VERY neat holes in the paper now, and I’m loving every visit to the range; my hope is to extend this accuracy and with 100m to play with I’m interested to see what the M40 is capable of stock! The APS/Hakkotsu APM40A3 does seem to me to be quite unique in the current market. There are lots of manufacturers making low end spring sniper rifles

to a price-point, but definitely not the APM40A3 style, and certainly not with the out-of-the-box quality and performance that the makers seem to have eked out of this rifle! For very little money APS/Hakkotsu appear to have made a rifle that not so long ago you’d have paid much more money for, and delivered it to market for players to enjoy. I believe that I have found the bolt-action rifle I was looking for, one that completes my competition gun case, and I am looking forward to living with and shooting the APM40A3 in the summer months to come! My sincere thanks go to Kamil at www.taiwangun. com for bringing this super rifle to my attention, and for getting it to me so fast! Please do check out their website, as there’s a LOT of airsoft goodness to discover!


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AK MAGS

READERS OF AIRSOFT ACTION WILL KNOW THAT A NUMBER OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS RUN AN LCT AK MODEL AS THEIR PRIMARY OPFOR “WEAPON OF CHOICE” AND ONGOING USE HAS PROVED THAT EVEN THE MOST BASIC LCT MODEL WILL GIVE YOU LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE STRAIGHT FROM THE BOX. LCT RECENTLY UNVEILED THEIR “NEXT GENERATION” MAGAZINES FOR BOTH THEIR AK AND VINTOREZ/VAL MODELS, SO BILL GOT THEM ON THE RANGE. I’m very pleased that amongst my colleagues on the “Airsoft Action Crew” there are a number of them that really appreciate a good AK as much as I do and, as you’ll have seen Tom, Callum and I REALLY like our LCTs! Although we all use different models, what’s important to us is consistency and durability and the LCT AKs have really proved their worth from simple skirmishes right up to the most arduous MilSim events. But, of course, any AEG is only as good as the BBs you feed it and to feed those BBs you need magazines that will be just as durable and consistent. Although the magazine that’s actually fitted to you rifle will receive the same care that the AEG does whilst in use, magazines live in pouches and pockets and it’s all too easy to fowl your reloads without even knowing it. Attention to detail and positioning of your magazines will help but, ultimately, when you reload you want a magazine that feeds immediately - or you could find yourself in all sorts of bother!

strip-downs for internal cleaning during that time. I’ve basically fed the LCKMS with whatever magazines I had at the time - both from my own collection and from the pouches of others at a push - and all have fed perfectly, apart from one weird waffle that has only ever fitted in the AEG that it came with! So, no problems as far as I’m concerned with LCT AK mags or, indeed, others that I’ve tried. LCT themselves are always striving to give us the very best that they can make and, at IWA earlier this year, I was advised that they would be sending out “Gen II” magazines for us to test, evaluate and show off - both on page and “on film” via AATV (check out the channel to see the magazines in action). When the new magazines, a mix of 130BB mids, along with 450BB and 600BB highs, arrived, what struck me first was just how cool they looked in their simple (yet striking) new packaging. Clearly marked for capacity it’s easy to see whether you’re getting a steel “47/AKM”

“ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND POSITIONING OF YOUR MAGAZINES WILL HELP BUT, ULTIMATELY, WHEN YOU RELOAD YOU WANT A MAGAZINE THAT FEEDS IMMEDIATELY - OR YOU COULD FIND YOURSELF IN ALL SORTS OF BOTHER!” I’ve owned my LCT LCKMS (AKMS) since 2016 and thus far it’s been nothing other than exemplary. I first fielded it in game back at “Op Blue Fox” where it gave great service, and since that time it’s been used for various other games, switching happily from semi to full-auto and back again without a murmur! The steel, 130BB, magazine that it came with originally continues to function exactly as it should and it’s had a couple of 26

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magazine, or a “Bakelite/Plum” version for the ’74. I could easily go into the variations of AK magazines but, as one of the most prolific firearms in existence, there are so many variations and production types from various countries and companies, we’d be here all day! Suffice to say that the “47/AKM” metal magazines are of the Type 2/Type 3 variety, the most common ribbed style. These were produced in blued and enamelled


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finishes, so the colour of the LCT replica is a very good reproduction of the “blued” version. The Russians did monkey around for a while with an aluminium magazine for the AKM, but found it lacking and quickly switched to plastics. Around 1965-1968, Izhevsk developed the AG-4S lightweight magazine, also commonly referred to as the “Bakelite” magazine and while the AG-4S is not technically Bakelite, it has a similar appearance (which is probably why we all refer to it as such). The first AK plastic magazine had a body made from fibre-reinforced phenol plastic and the reddish-brown coloured material was likely chosen due to already-established manufacturing processes and durability. Though not as common as ribbed steel magazines these first-generation Soviet plastic 7.62mm magazines were not as rare as some think. A similar but scaled-down magazine was introduced for the AK-74. The Russian M43 black polyamide (nylon) magazine was introduced with the AK-100 series. As there were enormous amounts of AK-47/AKM steel magazines already in circulation, this type has been manufactured in limited quantities and few have surfaced outside

vision equipment and it being harder to pick out in the dark, to the theory that the plum colour came about because the Russians were trying to make black and messed up the formulation, or even that black dye was too expensive or unavailable at the time and plum was deemed the “next best thing”! The fact of the matter is that “plum” was indeed produced during the late 1980’s and can still be found today, so its inclusion by LCT is spot on. Basically, LCT have taken everything - and indeed every period - into account with their latest range of magazines and they’ve even “tweaked” the designs to make them look even more like the “real deal”, especially on the ’74 mags. Along with capacities that are useful for skirmish players (450/600) and ‘Sim players (130) alike, the new range covers ALL the bases. I tested all the new models through my trusted LCKMS and also in other AK models that I own from other manufacturers and all the new magazine models fed perfectly from the get-go, which is exactly what we players want and need. I truly take my hat off to LCT for investing the time and expense to develop these new

“I COULD EASILY GO INTO THE VARIATIONS OF AK MAGAZINES BUT, AS ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC FIREARMS IN EXISTENCE, THERE ARE SO MANY VARIATIONS AND PRODUCTION TYPES FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES AND COMPANIES, WE’D BE HERE ALL DAY!” Russia. Very similar plastic magazines have also been made wherever “Kalashnikov Clones” have been produced though, so again not as rare as you might think and the LCT models work with everything! The last colour and style that LCT offer in their new magazines is that of “Plum”. I’ve read many theories as to why this colour was introduced, ranging from the it being used due to its evaluations with early night

models and for making such a huge effort to improve products that were already very, VERY good! With most good stores stocking LCT these days I am certain that the “Gen II” models will be available soon and I for one am looking forward to seeing what Tom makes of both the AK and the Vintorez/VAL magazines on AATV! AA

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armoury PERUN OPTICAL MOSFETS

PERUN OPTICAL MOSFETS

Some photos are credit to Perun Airsoft

AS SOME OF YOU WILL ALREADY KNOW, I am quite a fan of programable MOSFETS & ECUs (Electronic Control Units), which replace the trigger contacts and some of the mechanical components inside the gearbox. I’m an even bigger fan of ECUs that don’t have any moving parts and use optical sensors, rather than mechanical units. So when Perun Airsoft got in touch and asked Airsoft Action if we wanted to take a look at their V2 & V3 Optical products, we were very happy to. MOSFET equipped devices have become increasing popular in the last few years, with many considering fitting one an essential part of upgrading an Airsoft gun. This is partly down to the use of high power batteries that can damage trigger contacts over time. An additional benefit is that trigger response is normally increased, as long as the device is hard-wired into the trigger. The new breed of optical MOSFETs go a step further and remove the normal mechanical trigger contacts entirely and, instead, use beams of light that are disturbed when the trigger is pulled. This trips the onboard circuits and releases power to the motor. With no mechanical components wear and tear is minimised. In addition, the cut off lever is removed and replaced by another optical sensor that detects the gear position. The cut off lever is a small device inside the gearbox that allows semi-automatic fire. It resets the trigger contacts after a single cycle of the gears. However, with today’s high rate of fire guns, powerful batteries and fast running motors, they can malfunction. Replacing the functions of a cut-off lever with a light sensor and a micro-controller circuit makes for a more reliable gearbox. The dreaded semi-auto “lock up” is almost entirely banished with this technology!

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PERUN OPTICAL FEATURES

There is a whole host of additional features that the Perun units offer and the first thing on the list is the programable fire selector. The “Semi” and “Auto” positions can be set to semi-automatic, full-automatic or a 2-5 BB burst. This is all done august 2019

TOM “ANVIL” HIBBERD IS PRETTY PARTIAL TO A MOSFET OR TWO, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT DON’T INVOLVE MOVING PARTS, SO WAS KEEN TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS OPTICAL OFFERING FROM PERUN by a series of easy to learn trigger presses and selector switches. Perun even include a handy reference card you can take with you to your game! Next up in the options is setting Active Brake, this stops the gearbox in the right position after firing and completing a cycle. This can also help to stop “overspin”, which is when the motor keeps on working even after the shot is completed and can, in extreme cases, fire another BB. You can also use the active brake to ensure that your spring is uncompressed at the end of game day, which will preserve its power for longer. If you want a really fast trigger response, the Perun Optical features “pre-cocking”. This means that the piston is compressed and then held in a rearward position after you fire a shot. It does this using the optical gear position sensors and has multiple levels of boost so you can tune the set-up to your RIF. Be aware that you might need a bevel gear with multiple positions for the anti-reversal latch. My G&P only has a couple so it can be a bit inconstant as the gearbox reverses after compression, four or more positions would be better. There is also a Battery Warning setting that has audio alerts for low voltage and finally, there is a “double


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shot”, whereby, in semi-automatic, the gun fires on both pulling and releasing the trigger, however, we don’t recommend using this setting as it could lead to accidents and safety issues. Some semi-auto only sites would also consider this breaking the rules.

COMPATIBILITY

The Perun Optical is made in editions for Version 2 and Version 3 gearboxes. The Version 2 comes in both front and rear wired types.

so I had to use some superglue to make sure they stayed in place. This is expected and explained in the very comprehensive installation instructions. There are also videos for the installation and setup available on YouTube, however, the Perun V3 was a different story! As there are so many differently configured V3 gearboxes in so many different guns, Perun have elected to let you build the writing harness yourself. If you are not confident with a soldering iron, then this is either not the product for you, or one you should definitely let an experienced armourer take care of. There are some very small stickers to place on the trigger components and, again, I ended up supergluing these in place. The unit was, however, a drop in fit in my LCT V3 gearbox. I have had some problems with the unit going into programming mode mid-game under vibration and I probably need to adjust the position of the sticker over the fire selector sensor but this is fiddly, as you can’t do this in software and have to adjust manually and retest.

FIRING

Perun say that the V2 was tested with G&P, G&G, Classic Army, KWA, Ultimate, A&K, PJ, JG and Specna Arms. Gearboxes made by ICS, E&L, Cyma and Krytac may need modifying. The Perun V2 will not work with non-Tokyo Marui standard gearboxes like, for example, ARES EFCS or the NUPROL Delta series. Perun V2 can also fit in elongated V2 gearboxes, as used in AR10/ SR25 replicas. The Perun V3 Optical was tested in gearboxes of the following manufacturers: E&L, LCT, G&G, Ultimate, A&K, PJ, JG, Cyma. The Perun V3 Optical does not come with a ready to use wiring harness, you will have to solder this together yourself, though all the parts required are included.

I’ve got used to using optical sensor ECUs now in my RIFs so it was great to add another couple to the armoury. Trigger response is improved markedly and when turning on active brake and pre-cock, this improves yet further. You do need to play around with the level of the pre-cock boost a little but there are instructions on how to do this available. I also especially like the ability to set the gun to semi only for CQB and Urban sites. With the cycle detection sensors you can be reassured that lockup is almost banished as a worry and, as a mostly semi-only player, this is a big bonus for me.

FITTING

I have had easier experiences fitting ECUs in the past. The Perun Optical is a bit more fussy about the position of the selector plate arrangement than other products I’ve used, as you can’t just plug it into a laptop and adjust this in the software later. The V2 was fairly simple, as it was a drop-in fit into a G&P gearbox. The white reflective stickers provided to activate the selector sensors were not very adhesive,

VALUE FOR MONEY

You might be wondering why you would choose a Perun over the competition, well the most convincing reason is simply price - they are around half the price of the similar unit from GATE for example. They are more fiddly to install and have less options but the cost is compelling. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend the V3 unless you have good technical ability, as paying a tech to make the harness for you would wipe out the cost difference. However, if you have an Airsoft gun with an unusual configuration and/or wiring it would make a great choice for you. I probably won’t be keeping the V3 in my LCT AK as I’m thinking of using it for a front wiring project I have coming up but the V2 in my G&P M733 is staying put! AA

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HEAD TO HEAD BFG: TIMED V IMPACT

BFG HEAD TO HEAD:

TIMED V IMPACT WANT A BLANK FIRING GRENADE BUT DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO GO FOR IMPACT OR TIMED? STEVE TAKLE PITS A SHINY NEWCOMER AGAINST A VENERABLE VETERAN. GRENADE!!! Is there any cry on the airsoft battlefield that is either more fun or more scary depending on whether you’re on the receiving end or not? Of course, we’re all about taking our hits here at Airsoft Action but let’s be honest; BB firing grenades are just a bit… lame. Sure, they spit out BBs every which way but where’s the fun in a grenade that sounds like a wet fart? For a bit of drama, you need a Blank Firing Grenade; something that goes “BANG!” when you lob it! But whether you opt for a unit that discharges as soon as it hits a (fairly) hard surface, or after a pre-set delay will probably vary from site to site. In this test, we pit the original BFG by Dynatex in its timed format against the shiny young impact upstart from TRMR.

ALL OF A TREMOR!

There’s no denying the TRMR is a sexy bit of kit. Hewn out of steel, it feels heavy in a way that just screams “quality”. The knurled finish is a pleasure to handle, while both arming actions (Twist To Arm Safety and multi-position charge) operate smoothly. It’s a £100 device - which isn’t cheap by anyone’s standards - but it certainly feels worth it. And it will earn its keep over time with each bang costing pence rather than pounds from cardboard pyro. There’s a gorgeous precision as you manipulate the moving parts that is simply missing in lesser offerings. We can’t help but keep fondling the TRMR and it will make a great desk ornament for any kit fetishist. Measuring in at 12.5cm tall and about 4.5 cm wide, the TRMR - an acronym for Tactical Reloadable Maritime

“WE’RE ALL ABOUT TAKING OUR HITS HERE AT AIRSOFT ACTION BUT LET’S BE HONEST; BB FIRING GRENADES ARE JUST A BIT… LAME. SURE, THEY SPIT OUT BBS EVERY WHICH WAY BUT WHERE’S THE FUN IN A GRENADE THAT SOUNDS LIKE A WET FART?”

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Ready - is an unusual fit for standard grenade pouches. You can buy specific pouches or holders but we can report that Condor’s OC pouch is a spot-on fit too. Weighing in at 460g, the TRMR is heavier than most. This is definitely not a grenade to bowl overarm unless you want to take someone’s teeth out... It operates by rotating the top unit to either arm, or make safe the unit. Loading it with a primer is done by unscrewing the base. In our multi-shot example, that reveals three slots to place 209 primers that rotate through three separate detonations. That means that from one reload, this grenade can be armed for three deployments. Which is tres cool in our book. 209s are both cheap enough to use regularly and plenty loud enough even in woodland scenarios, so they’re a pretty good median between cost and decibels.

EPISODE III

There’s a large aperture in the front of the multi-shot base that shows I, II and III as you rotate the mechanism. Simply load up, throw, recover and reuse again up to three times. In terms of ease of use the TRMR is, quite simply, brilliant! It’s just a shame there’s no physical way to eject spent primers other than turning the separated base upside down and tapping; sometimes it’s handy to have fingernails to help with extraction. When armed, the TRMR has a moving impact column to the top to trigger the Intertia Recoil Firing System. While it works a treat - is also a brilliant place for it to pick up a mud hat if used on soft ground, a twig soon clears it out but an internal mechanism would remove the problem entirely - while admittedly making it potentially less effective.

end of the world but still disappointing on a three-figure bit of kit. This impact grenade goes off every time on hard surfaces like concrete but on softer terrain like even firm mud/grass paths it seems to go off maybe half the time. We’ve found that it helps to throw it - underarm of course - end over end, rather than rolling it sideways out of the hand for a better chance of detonation. While it’s proven to be 100% effective indoors, the problem is that when the going is soft underfoot, the impact just isn’t hard enough to trigger the mechanism. The TRMR is more versatile than most impact grenades we’ve used but it’s still not a 100% reliable solution for soggy outdoor sites.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

There is an alternative to impact grenades though timed grenades. One such option is the snappily named “Blank Firing Hand Grenade With Delay”, by Dynatex. They’ve been making this BFG for 20 years but you know what they say - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

GRENADE PATCH KIDS

Given its hefty quality, it’s a shame the finish on our bought-and-paid-for example doesn’t match up to the otherwise top notch standards of manufacture. Of course it’s a grenade, so it’s going to get scuffed the first time you use it but is that an excuse for a patchy finish to the colour? Speaking of colours, there are nine to choose from as standard, ranging from black to yellow and, erm… pink. We went for bright orange so it would be easy to find and retrieve after use. Unfortunately, there are light yellow spots to the head unit. It’s not the

Over the years, this system has found many fans amongst regular users of woodland sites; where an impact grenade may not discharge after landing on a softer surface, a timed version will go off every time without fail. Another advantage is to be found in CQB where you may not want the grenade to fire upon initial impact but after it’s rolled into a room. Either way, a timed grenade can offer different advantages to an impact grenade, which explains the Dynatex’s enduring appeal in the face of shinier noisy toys that have come onto the market in recent years. From the cardboard tube packaging to the appearance of the unit itself, this feels much closer to an issued training device. Which is probably because that’s exactly what it was originally intended to be. Where the TRMR is all consumer convenience, the Dynatex demands respect - it feels more like ordnance. Whether you want your Sundays to feel like a sport or as close as you can get to the real experience of warfare could make your decision an easy one. www.airsoft-action.online

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HEAD TO HEAD BFG: TIMED V IMPACT

At about 11cm tall, 6cm across the belly and weighing in at 268g, the Dynatex’s curved shape feels more natural in the hand than its competition. The construction is polymer, steel and alloy for durability and lower weight but feels less polished than the TRMR. It’s worth noting that Dynatex also offers a more

chamber, press the firing pin down with the included cocking rod - this takes a surprising amount of pressure - and only when the spoon resets under your thumb can you reinsert the pin. Then pop your chosen cartridge into the chamber, turn the grenade upside down and screw it into place. Now you’re ready to boom.

“DEPENDING UPON THE SCENARIO YOU ENCOUNTER, EACH OF THESE BFGS WILL BE OF VARYING USE. AND THAT SCENARIO COULD CHANGE WITHIN THE COURSE OF A SINGLE GAME.” cylindrical impact grenade that shares the same rugged build. We had the opportunity to test one recently and found that it performs as reliably as the TRMR, while also being far easier to arm than Dynatex’s own timed version.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL

Speaking of arming, with Dynatex’s timed BFG, you need to remove a physical pin before you can use it, which feels authentic - and is well suited to training drills - but could be easy to lose. Thankfully, not only is it simply a split pin that should be easy to replace but the spoon itself is also captive. While that may be less realistic, it also means that you’re unlikely to throw it away in the heat of the moment and in the process making the grenade unusable until you source a replacement.

If that sounds a bit involved, it is. But... We’ve tested both units at a number of games with multiple users and most preferred the feel of the Dynatex, while a slight majority would be willing to put up with the hassle of arming it for both the experience and 100% detonation rate. Your mileage may vary.

ECONOMICAL AND RELIABLE

The timing delay is set at the factory to somewhere between three and four seconds and can’t be adjusted by the user. Using 9mm or .38 blanks as standard, AirsoftWorld.net - who kindly supplied our review sample - are presently shipping the Dynatex with an adaptor for .209 primers, while stocks last. That makes it economical to use at only about 5p per throw. And unlike the TRMR, every single one of those 5p throws resulted in detonation for us. Whether we threw it onto concrete, grass or mud, just wait four seconds and Boom’s your uncle! The Dynatex may be far more fiddly to arm but it’s also by far the most reliable.

SUMMARY

Less secure is the included cocking rod, without which it’s impossible to arm the grenade. It’s a simple 7cm shaft with a convex tip, but we think it’s an oversight there’s no hole or mount to attach a lanyard. Ideally, we’d fasten it to the pin without needing to Macgyver it ourselves. The process of arming the grenade isn’t exactly straightforward either: remove pin, unscrew cartridge

Of course there are other options but in this review we’ve compared one of the most enduring timed BFGs with one of the newest impact grenades. Which would we choose? Both. Wait! That isn’t a cop-out... If we only ever played in a soggy bog, then the Dynatex timed grenade would be our choice without fail, simply because we’d be confident it would go off every time. If we only ever played indoors, then the ease of the multi-shot base would put the TRMR in first place without hesitation. Depending upon the scenario you encounter, each of these BFGs will be of varying use. And that scenario could change within the course of a single game. With that in mind, we’d recommend a mix of solutions whether these or others - that you could deploy to suit the situation as the game unfolds. Push me really hard for a decision and out of these two I’d have to take the TRMR. It’s more versatile, works in most situations most of the time and it’s just so easy to use! In many ways, I prefer the Dynatex but it’s just so hard to arm that it has to end up in second place. That said, you won’t go far wrong with either option and if you value the experience over convenience, then the balance would swing the other way in a heartbeat. AA Our thanks to Duncan and the team at AirsoftWorld. net for providing the Dynatex review sample. Our thanks to Visa for funding the purchase of the TRMR.

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EVENT REPORT OPERATION DUSTOFF

OPERATION

DUSTOFF

DUST MONKEY HEADS OUT ON THE ‘NAM TRAIL ONCE AGAIN BUT THIS TIME HE’S SIGNED UP WITH THE AIRBORNE – AND IF YOU AIN’T HEARD OF CREDENCE CLEARWATER YOU’RE IN THE WRONG WAR SON! ONCE AGAIN I FIND MYSELF DRIVING to the Gunman Eversley site, Credence Clearwater blaring out of my Jeep’s speakers and with a boot full of ‘Nam-era kit and weaponry. This time to “Dustoff 6”, run by Denn Demery-Kane. However, rather than slogging it with the 25th Infantry I had been warmly invited to join the 173rd Airborne and on arrival I knew I had might a good decision, as a group of players they could not have been more welcoming or more friendly. They had a fantastic social camp set up on the Friday night, with the soundtrack to the Vietnam war playing over speakers and an amazing BBQ on the go. One of their members had even built two functioning (at the time) 30 CAL machine guns for the US firebase, however, sadly when it came to gameday, both decided to cease functioning which it seems became a trend for several other support guns over the weekend. The Saturday started with the mandatory safety brief and story outline for why the various US units were in the area and which NVA/VC units we would be coming up against. With the brief and chrono over it was time for the squad I was in (as their ‘60 gunner), to go and lay out a minefield to the left flank of the firebase, denying that route of assault to the enemy.

FIRST CONTACT

While we were in the midst of this, a small VC flanking force probed our left while the minefield was going down, so myself as the ‘60 gunner and our medic took up overwatch positions while NAVY SEALS and the 25th moved forward to engage. This kept our squad free to finish laying out the mine field (which comprised of more claymores and trip mines than I have seen in any one place before) and head back into “Firebase William” for our next objective. It was, of course, around this time that my beloved LCT M60 decided that actually it did not want to play today and it totally seized up, making the sort of grinding sound that you just know sounds expensive.

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Deciding not to try and strip apart the gun in field, I switched instead to my King Arms Thompson, a solid backup gun for worst case scenarios and thankfully a weapon still very much in use throughout the entire Vietnam conflict. Being still focused on the fact my favourite gun had gone down, I failed to notice the Firebase was under fire as I walked back to it, resulting in me literally walking into 4-5 VC and quickly being shot. I lay in the dirt screaming for a medic and got to watch an incredibly cinematic firefight as the US forces pushed the VC back and came to get me. Back in the Firebase finally, I found my unit just in time to go off on a large patrol of the jungle. We quickly fell for the oldest trick in the book, as we saw a few lone VC and rushed to engage, only to find they were a forward element of the main VC force and our small squad suddenly found itself totally outnumbered. I managed to get a few good kills in before lack of cover proved my undoing and I, like the rest of my squad, hit the floor. Some great roleplay from the VC had them searching each American and then mock running us through with bayonets as we lay on the floor. For me an awesome little touch, following which we began the walk back to the Firebase to respawn and go off on another patrol, this time taking an altogether different route but ultimately ending in a similar way! In deep bushes we lay as close to the ground as we could as pyro went off all around us and we each desperately went through our bandages to try and keep each other in the fight, until one by one we were picked off with the last of us making a quick retreat back the way we came and up towards the firebase. The VC were being incredibly tactical at this event and it was great to feel on the backfoot at multiple moments throughout.

BACK TO THE FIGHT

Having quickly wolfed down a US MRE we were back in the bush, this time tasked with running security for an


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ARVN unit which needed to get to a specific location and, once delivered, wait for further orders. The walk there was uneventful, which frankly should have been an early warning. We arrived at the local village which was the drop off point, radioed in that mission successful and got the word back that we were to settle into the village on a relaxed footing and wait for further orders. This we did and after just enough time had passed the ARVN turned on us, demanding all weapons be dropped. The Captain of our unit defied this and charged down an ARVN with his 1911 only to be gunned down and then executed. The ARVN demanded certain information only our Captain was privy to and I took great pleasure in letting them know the only person with any useful intel they had just shot in the head! Having been searched and disarmed we were then marched through the bush under the promise of being delivered to the NVA forces, as the ARVN had decided to swap sides. During this march, which took around 45 minutes, several escape attempts were made which culminated with the 10 of us at the start, only 4 arriving at the NVA base - one of us managed to use a gap in their base to escape while there and ran the entire way back to the US Firebase! We were questioned and eventually released, the whole affair was fantastically done and seeing our numbers slowly dwindle until we reached our final destination was fantastic. The quality of honesty and conduct from all involved was brilliant to see. Back at the Firebase we got radio chatter that a large combined VC and NVA force was approaching the and all units were radioed to return ASAP, to mount a full defence. What followed was one of the most pyro-filled battles I have seen at a themed event, with smoke and pyro going off near on non-stop for the full 30-minute firefight. With the assault finally pushed back the end of the day was announced and everyone quickly returned to various camps to get a host of BBQs on the go and to share stories of some of the amazing action from the day.

enemy became less and less frequent and it soon became clear that the numerical difference the US side had over the NVA/VC was showing. With more and more of the other side calling it a day through sheer exhaustion, equally the US number dipped considerably as well so that come end-ex around midday, only 30 or so of the 80+ in attendance were still in the field. But regardless of that it was another fantastic ‘Nam themed event, very well run with equal parts tense and utterly hilarious. I would heartily recommend anyone interested in the ‘Nam era to get themselves along to a game. AA

“THE FOLLOWING DAY I DECIDED IT WAS HIGH TIME I BROKE OUT MY LATE 60S NIKON 25MM AND WAS ATTACHED TO THE SEALS UNIT AS AN EMBEDDED WAR JOURNALIST… BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A COVERT UNIT WANTS IS AN OVER-BURDENED PHOTOGRAPHER FOLLOWING THEM TAKING PHOTOS!”

DAY TWO

The following day I decided it was high time I broke out my late 60s Nikon 25mm and was attached to the SEALs unit as an embedded war journalist… because everyone knows what a covert unit wants is an over-burdened photographer following them taking photos! The style of play shifted enormously, with hand signals being the order of the day, ambushes being set, long range patrols, quick and fast firefights against VC forces also patrolling, usually over as fast as they began thanks to the incredible teamwork of the SEALs. Equally among the 8-man unit were two MK23 and one M60, so the capacity for huge volumes of fire from the small unit was something to be reckoned with. Other than snapping off shots with the Nikon I also fell into the role as the squad’s unofficial medic. Which was great fun, with the rule set used at Dustoff of having to apply bandages to where someone was hit and the players largely using replicas of era military bandages. A small thing but trying to apply one of those to someone while under fire is incredibly tense. As Sunday progressed our encounters with the

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KIT & GEAR EDGE EYEWEAR

WHEN ANGELO DV HEARD ABOUT EYEWEAR THAT CLAIMED WAS GUARANTEED NOT TO FOG UP, HIS REACTION WAS THE SAME AS PROBABLY MOST OF US WOULD HAVE BUT MAYBE, JUST MAYBE HE WAS ONTO SOMETHING… A question I often ask of Airsoft players is ”What is the most important bit of kit in your bag?” and my personal answer is always the same… “eye protection”, as I’m sure it would be with most players. This is an area that is usually limited to two types; Perspex (or other clear lens protection) and mesh or, alternatively, a helmet with built-in eye protection. I have used mesh for many years, for the simple reason I could never find any clear glasses that wouldn’t fog up the second you get warm and start breathing heavy. This is compounded if, like me, you wear a balaclava when playing …it’s a nightmare! The one advantage mesh does have is that it can’t steam up but that is traded off against the chance of someone using crap BBs and them shattering and going into your eyes. Another risk with mesh is the coating on the inside might not be great and flecks of paint could go into your eyes, plus you can barely see anything when the light fades. So my quest for Perspex glasses went on, with me trying pretty much every brand on the market. Even with the claims of the makers and the use of anti-fog I got nowhere although, admittedly, I am a sweater. When I was looking at the many Facebook posts from IWA this year, I came across a company called Edge Tactical Eyewear. They claimed, like many others, that they had designed Perspex eye protection that they guaranteed would not steam or fog up. “Yeah, yeah, yeah!” I thought, I’ve heard and read this all before - but visited their website anyway. By the time I had gone through the website I was intrigued to know more about them and try them for myself. A big bonus was the products looked great too!

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ABOUT EDGE

My initial contact at Edge was with Paul Carter, who was very keen to get a review written in English as previous reviews had been done in Europe and the Far East where Edge are very popular, not just in Airsoft but with the military and police alike. I was then contacted by Stephane Pitiot, President of ACCOM International, who is managing the International business development for Edge Eyewear and we agreed on a way forward. Edge Tactical Eyewear are not new to this, in fact it is the contrary, they have been making Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for over 20 years out of their base in Layton, Utah - USA. They actually started their tactical range 5 years ago and have been going from strength to strength, becoming extremely popular in Europe, America and the Far East. All the tactical lenses (aside from the polarised) are tested to the standards MCEPS, ANSI, Z87.1, EN166F and are also CE approved.

THE TECHNOLOGY

“VS Vapor Shield” is the Edge Eyewear antifog system, which is not a regular coating or dipping, it is permanent on both sides of the lenses and which they claim is their biggest argument against competitors. I’ll say more about this under the testing part of this article and answer the question “Does it work?” “TT” (Thin Temple) are available on most models, which makes the arms on the glasses taper out to a thin, almost point. This allows you to wear the glasses very comfortably under a helmet or ear defenders, like Sordins and is also very useful if you wear a baseball cap, or any other kind of head gear, while


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“I HELD EACH PAIR OVER THE STEAM TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AND, TO MY ABSOLUTE ASTONISHMENT, ASIDE FROM A TINY BIT OF CONDENSATION THAT SIMPLY JUST DRIPPED OFF THE BOTTOM, THE SECOND I REMOVED THEM FROM THE STEAM THEY WERE CLEAR….VERY CLEAR.” Nylon Frame technology means the eyewear frames are very flexible, making them very unlikely to shatter or snap when hit. I have lost count of how many videos of people testing Airsoft eye protection I have seen, where they only shoot at and test the lenses. I’m lucky as I have never had any eye pro break on me but I have seen many incidents where it is the frame that has failed and not the lenses. The TPR technology is only available on the Blade Runner model which also have rubber on the frames to prevent them slipping off your head. Anyway, enough of that, let’s move on to talk about the models I was sent to test and see if Edge Tactical Eyewear are as good as they claim.

Notch These are very much a similar design to the Sharp Edge but do not come with interchangeable lenses but you do have the option of different coloured lenses when you order. These also have the VS and TT technology and are also very comfortable to wear.

THE MODELS

Sharp Edge This model has a very similar look to some Sawfly or Oakley models, they even come in a similar hard case. These have interchangeable lenses, dark (called G-15), clear and operator orange (called Tiger’s Eye). They also have the Thin Temple and Vapor Shield technology and came with a soft cleaning cloth in the case. The fit is very nice and they will easily fit under a fast helmet or any other kind of headgear.

Hamel These have a classic kind of square shape to them and look very “operator”. Again, they are very comfortable to wear with no slipping and will easily fit under headgear or ear defenders. They come with Vapor Shield and Thin Temple technology and available in various frame and lens colours. In addition to this you can get a foam gasket insert if you want to have them fit more snuggly and are simply clipped in, it takes 10 seconds and even less to remove them.

Blizzard Edge don’t just make glasses, they also make goggles. These goggles are fully enclosed and can be fitted with a prescription insert for players who need to wear glasses or contact lenses. The lenses in the goggles have a triple coating of Anti-Scratch (same as any Edge Eyewear model) so they should last you a while. Another option is a field case that is adapted with molle attachments and is easily folded up. And these also have VS technology.

All the products I received and tested are MILSPEC. There are other models to choose from see website for details www.edgeeyewear.com

TESTING

So on to the really important part… are the claims of Edge Tactical Eyewear actually correct? The products arrived in less than a week from Edge in Utah, very impressed with that and were all nicely packaged and came with a soft case/bag that you can also clean them with. I just want to mention that Edge Eyewear recommend you only use a soft cloth, or a very minimal amount of clean water to clean the lenses - no soap, no detergents. www.airsoft-action.online

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KIT & GEAR EDGE EYEWEAR

Prior to them arriving I posted up on Facebook that I would be on a live feed with the Edge glasses to showcase them to the Airsoft Community, although at this point I hadn’t tested them. After unpacking the products I decided to do a bit of testing of my own prior to the live feed and put all the glasses in the fridge for two hours (because cold Perspex hates warms faces). After the time was up, I removed the lid off the kettle and got it up to boiling. I held each pair over the steam to see what would happen and, to my absolute astonishment, aside from a tiny bit of condensation that simply just dripped off the bottom, the second I removed them from the steam they were clear….very clear. Ok, whilst they were in the steam there was a tiny bit of fogging but then when are you going to be playing in a sauna - or kettle! I’ll be honest, at this point I thought to myself, have I finally found Perspex eye protection that doesn’t fog up? I think I have. It was time to showcase to Airsoft players here in the UK. During the live stream I wanted to show the players how the Edge glasses perform in an actual scenario, as not many players have a kettle with them when they play. I had two other brands of Perspex eyewear to benchmark them against and thought a good test would be the “balaclava test”. So, live on Facebook I put the balaclava on and tried the other brands, both of them steamed up within 10-15 seconds of heavy breathing (for purely scientific purposes, of course). I performed the exact test on the Edge glasses live on air and after upwards of a minute I gave up!

The Notch ones were the only model where I got a tiny bit of fogging but as soon as I stopped with the heavy breathing they immediately cleared. I simply couldn’t get them to fog up! I also tested the frames, they are very flexible and durable surviving many shooting tests I performed on them, as did the lenses. And all this is available in so many configurations to suit every player out there.

SUMMARY

As many of you know, I don’t pull any punches when it comes to testing and reviewing products, I would never say anything but what are my findings. Edge Tactical Eyewear have clearly thought long and hard about the design and technology used in their products. The usability, comfort and aesthetics of this eye protection is absolutely first class, I can’t fault it. Huge thanks to Paul Carter from Edge Eyewear and Stephane Pitiot from ACCOM International for supply of the test products. AA

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BB BALLISTICS

ZEROING IN

CHOOSING THE DISTANCE YOU ZERO YOUR AIRSOFT REPLICA TO CAN BE CRITICAL TO MAKING YOUR SHOTS COUNT. TOM “ANVIL” HIBBERD TELLS US WHY AND SHOWS THE PATH YOUR BBS ACTUALLY FLY. THE AIRSOFT ACTION TV TEAM have been spending a lot of time on the range recently and one thing is totally apparent… BBs do not fly in a straight line! This means that It can be quite hard to set your optic, or iron sights, to best suit your RIF and BB choice. In order to do so we need to define a few terms that will help us in the rest of the article.

DEFINITIONS

Battle Sight Range: These are the distances where you can place the sights of your weapon on the target and be reasonably sure of making a shot. Adjust Sight Range: At these distances you either have to adjust your sights or hold them above or below your target in order to hit. Point of Aim: Where the sights are pointed at on the target. Point of Impact: Where the BBs actually land. This may or may not be on the target. Zero: When the point of aim and the point of impact coincide. This is normally expressed as a distance. I.e. “I zero at 50 metres.” Target: For our testing we use a torso-sized target approximately 50cm high. Maximum Range: The furthest distance that can be reached with a particular Airsoft replica. Effective Range: The longest range at which you can strike the target 50% of the time. Over Hop: When too much back-spin (Hop) is applied to the BB and it climbs rapidly into the air. This can gain range at the expense of losing most of your accuracy.

STOCK PERFORMANCE

Here’s a diagram showing the BB flight path from a

stock UK Legal Airsoft gun. Targets are spaced 10m apart and their height down the range is represented by the horizontal green band. The red line is a 0.28g BB and the blue is a 0.20g BB. The gun is held horizontally to the ground with the point of aim being in the centre of the target. You can see the battle sight range and adjust sight range for each BB with the bars at the bottom. You can gain a few more metres maximum range as well as battle sight range by using a heavier BB as long as your gun can hop them. We’ve found a good compromise in most guns is a 0.28g BB.

UPGRADED PERFORMANCE

In the next diagram we compare an upgraded UK legal AEG to a stock one. It has both slightly more power and a more efficient hop unit. This means that it can apply

more back spin to a BB whilst using less energy to do so. The red line is the upgraded gun firing a 0.28g BB and the blue line is the BB path from a stock AEG firing a 0.20g BB. You can see the upgraded RIF has a significant advantage in terms of range but because of the amount of spin on the BB it climbs above the target area before dropping down later in flight. You could shoot over people’s heads at middle distances with this setup. Again the point of aim is in the centre of the targets.

GOING FOR DISTANCE

It can be common to go for maximum possible range by dialing the hop right up and whilst this can give you some extra distance, it makes it extremely hard to hit anything at closer ranges. In extreme cases it’s practically impossible, even if you aim for your target’s feet! This

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“IT CAN BE COMMON TO GO FOR MAXIMUM POSSIBLE RANGE BY DIALING THE HOP RIGHT UP AND WHILST THIS CAN GIVE YOU SOME EXTRA DISTANCE, IT MAKES IT EXTREMELY HARD TO HIT ANYTHING AT CLOSER RANGES. IN EXTREME CASES IT’S PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, EVEN IF YOU AIM FOR YOUR TARGET’S FEET!” diagram shows the flight path for over-hopped BBs. You have a very narrow battle sight range at the extreme end of the distance where you can make shots on

target. The vast majority of sights do not have enough adjustment to cope with these extreme flight paths. This also represents the proverbial “Airsoft Mortar” when lobbing shots in!

WHAT DISTANCE TO ZERO FOR?

Many people, myself included, initially zero for the maximum effective range of our Airsoft guns and then get frustrated when it becomes difficult to hit anything under the sights at shorter ranges. In the diagram we

show why this isn’t normally a good idea. You end up with a result somewhat like the over-hop flight path though not as extreme. This data was taken from my upgraded KWA KM4. Although we are achieving point of aim, point of impact at 75m this seriously effects the battle sight range and we are forced to adjust or hold the sights under the target for much of its flight in order to achieve a hit. This second diagram using the same gun and ammo shows the effect of choosing a different zero distance. In this case after some experimentation we chose a distance of 50m to zero at. This maximised the Battle Sight Range. In effect the BB flight path has been rotated down allowing more of it to remain inside the target zone. When firing at longer distances than 50m you either adjust your sights or more likely hold them above the target. You can see the huge difference in usable Battle Sight Range between the two different

zero distances. This makes it much easier to land a fleeting shot.

You will need to experiment to find out what distance works best for you and your Airsoft guns and the best way of doing that is visiting a range or finding a space at your Airsoft site that you can use for one. It’s important to make sure that the distances are measured correctly and the targets are big enough that you can either record or observe the hits.

BORE OFFSET

The last thing we will discuss today is “bore offset”, which is simply the height of your sights (or optic) above the barrel of your gun. This is most commonly experienced when you try and fire over an obstacle and although your sights are above it, your barrel is below! You do need to take bore offset into account when zeroing. It can seriously skew your results, especially at shorter distances such as 10m and 20m. If you coincide point of aim and point of impact at 10m this, in effect, rotates the flight path of the BB up and sailing shots

over the heads of your targets at longer distances. The following diagram shows the effect of a 10m zero when not taking into account bore offset. The effect becomes much less apparent as zero distance increases.

VIDEO EVIDENCE

We’ve been filming our results on our YouTube channel Airsoft Action TV so if you would like to see these principles in action then head on over and see what we’ve been up to. Mostly we stress experimenting with your equipment to see what works for you! www.youtube.com/airsoftactiontv AA

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SITE REPORT THURLASTON AAC

THURLASTON AIRGUN AND ARCHERY CENTRE IF YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL, AIRSOFT ACTION TV RECENTLY YOU WILL HAVE NOTICED A NUMBER OF VIDEOS COMING FROM A SLIGHTLY UNCONVENTIONAL LOCATION, THURLASTON AIRGUN & ARCHERY CENTRE. TOM “ANVIL” HIBBERD TELLS US MORE… TESTING AND REVIEWING RIFS whilst playing Airsoft can be quite difficult, as the situations generally aren’t repeatable and even filming can be quite hazardous to our cameras! We’ve been very lucky to have the support of several local sites who have let us film on quiet areas whilst games are going on but we really wanted somewhere relatively quiet, with enough distance, to let us test everything from pistols to bolt action rifles. We first came across Thurlaston on Facebook and I noticed that, somewhat unusually, they were welcoming to Airsofters wanting to test their guns and also ran Airsoft practical taster sessions themselves. We got in touch and headed up to have a look and do the maximum range tests on our Tokyo Marui Mk18 MOD.1 NGRS (see last issue).

LOCATION

It’s a good idea to ring ahead and book if you want to visit the range. It is located in picturesque countryside in Leicestershire, a short drive from junction 22 of the M1. Pay attention to the directions on the website as the postcode is a large area. It is situated on top of hill looking out over rolling fields and, as a city dweller, this is one of the nicest features. The approach road is over a gravel road and at the time of writing, there were sheep and lambs in the fields. There is a large carpark which only gets busy when the shotgun centre next to the range is also operating.

FACILITIES

There are several ranges available at Thurlaston. 65m in the wood, 10m indoor, covered 100m for target airguns, 45m with animal silhouettes for airgun training and taster sessions. There is an 55m Airsoft range with torso targets and practical obstacles and another 100m range for archery. The centre itself is a cluster of porta-cabins and converted containers. There is a small cafe offering the usual breakfast items, plus cakes, burgers and drinks. The site office also has a small shop with a selection of Airsoft rifles and pistols, as well as airguns. Gas and BBS are available, though it would be worth checking ahead if you need something specific. If you do need something specific for your visit, then get in touch with the centre and see if they can accommodate your requests. For example, we needed targets placed further down the field for our range tests and the staff were happy to help us out.

ON THE RANGE

Thurlaston isn’t a skirmish site, so why go to a range rather than just playing? We touched on this earlier but mainly it allows you to get to know your gear and Airsoft guns better than you would skirmishing. So far, we’ve done some practical shooting, checked maximum and effective ranges, zeroed our optics at different distances and had a good look at the ballistics of BBs. A range allows

“ A RANGE ALLOWS YOU TO REPEAT AND REPEAT UNTIL YOU GET THE RESULT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THIS CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT WHEN ON A TWO-WAY RANGE. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT RANGE VISITS ARE A BIT “SERIOUS” BUT WE’VE FOUND THE OPPOSITE, THEY’VE BEEN A LOT OF FUN. ”

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you to repeat and repeat until you get the result you are looking for. This can be very difficult when on a twoway range. Some people think that range visits are a bit “serious” but we’ve found the opposite, they’ve been a lot of fun. When we have gone back to play we have a lot more confidence in our equipment and understand it’s capabilities better. I’m certainly a better shot already after just a few visits. You can see the results of these visits on AATV. We found the staff and customers very welcoming and they were keen to see what we were up to and show us their somewhat more powerful airguns too!

TRAINING AND TASTER SESSIONS

If you have fancied having a go at airgun shooting or archery then you can get in touch with Thurlaston and book in for an introduction session. These last for 90 minutes, during which they will instruct you in the skills needed to shoot on the ranges safely and all the equipment is provided. Once you have completed the introductory session you will be able to return and hire equipment from Thurlaston. The price of an introduction session is £25.00 for an adult and £20 for an under 18. If someone with you wants to see what target sports are all about then you can book them in for a taster session whilst you are on the range. This lasts for an hour and a half and covers Air Rifle, Airsoft Pistol and Archery. The price for a taster session is £25.00 for an adult and £20.00 for an under 18.

RANGING IN

We really like Thurlaston and its fast becoming a favourite place to visit for the AATV team. If the location isn’t suitable for you then it’s well worth having a look at your local airgun centres and seeing if they are as welcoming to well-behaved Airsofters. If Thurlaston is reasonably local to you, then you may well see us filming for our latest product when you visit. For more information, ring them on 07823 555276 or visit their website: www.airgunsthurlaston.co.uk

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AS SEEN ON SCREEN

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DESERT TECH SRS

AS SEEN ON SCREEN: DESERT TECH SRS CONTINUING HIS NEW NEW SERIES, SQUARE-EYED ‘SOFTER, STEVE TAKLE, LOOKS FOR SIGHTINGS OF THE DISTINCTIVE SRS SNIPER RIFLE ACROSS MOVIES, TV AND VIDEOGAMES. AIRSOFT CERTAINLY HAS ITS everyday heroes. Whichever category you can think of, there’s always one platform that garners the most praise from players. In the world of the sniper, that’s Tokyo Marui’s venerable VSR platform - or one of its many clones. Every time a new player asks for a sniper recommendation, you can pretty much guarantee two responses. One: buy an AEG first. Two: buy a VSR. And while that’s certainly not bad advice, maybe it’s not the best advice. Anyone that’s sunk hundreds of pounds into a VSR build will be the first to tell you that it takes a commitment of both time and money to end up

bullpup configuration, preceded by DSR-Precision’s DSR1, from Germany, in 2004. Originally designed for use with the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, the SRS is now available in calibres that include .308 Winchester and .300 Winchester Magnum, .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5x47 Lapua and more besides. The wide range of compatible rounds is due to the way that the rifle is easy to convert across calibres. Desert Tech boasts that, “Operators can change the rifle length, penetration, and distance capabilities based on mission requirements… with no custom tools required!” And as you’d expect from

“IN SERIES NINE OF DISCOVERY’S “MYTHBUSTERS”, ADAM AND JAMIE BROUGHT IN US ARMY SNIPER, DAVE LIWANAG, FOR EPISODE EIGHT, “DODGE A BULLET”. THE MYTH ON TEST WAS WHETHER SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TIME TO AVOID BEING HIT AFTER SEEING THE MUZZLE FLASH FROM A SNIPER RIFLE.” with a long range weapon that’s truly effective. But what if you could buy a bolt action sniper rifle that you can take straight out of the box and into a game? That’s the niche in the market that YouTube celebrity Novritsch aimed to fill with his SSG24, although the reviews have been mixed since release. Obviously, owner’s groups on social media are a partisan affair but there seems to be a consensus that there’s a better option: Silverback’s bullpup SRS.

IN THE REAL WORLD

Released in 2008 by Utah-based manufacturer, Desert Tech - formerly Desert Tactical Arms - the Stealth Recon Scout (SRS) is remarkable for being a sniper rifle in a

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a 21st Century firearm, weight is kept down to just 10.5lbs thanks to the use of polymer for the body. The SRS is used by military and law enforcement agencies around the world, as well as precision shooting competitions and big game hunters. It was first put into service by former Soviet republic state, the Republic of Georgia in 2008 before being awarded the US Army contract for a Configurable Extended Range Sniper Rifle (CERSR) in 2010. Since then, it’s been adopted by forces around the world, including Thailand’s Police, the Saudi Royal Guard, Lithuianian Armed Forces, the Czech Ministry of Defense and the Ukraine State Guard. The SRS is also currently used across America by various law enforcement and state security agencies.


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MOVIES

Hollywood must have been sleeping when the distinctive-looking SRS was released, because its big screen appearances are few and far between since it first appeared more than a decade ago. In fact, there’s only one worthwhile mention - other than 2011’s low budget S.W.A.T.: Firefight - but what a mention it is... Only the single best proponent of modern-day gun fu that is John Wick. The 2014 action thriller starring Keanu Reeves was directed by Chad Stahelski, who famously doubled for Brandon Lee after his death in a shooting accident for 1994’s gothic action classic, The Crow. John Wick is a revenge movie where the titular hitman seeks out the men that broke into his home, stole his car and - most importantly - killed the puppy that was a gift from his late wife. Inspired by a love of kung fu movies, it features choreographed gunplay with a veritable who’s-who of weaponry, including M9s, Browning Hi Powers, Colt Pythons, Walther’s P99, the CA-415 (HK416), FN SCAR-H, as well as various Glocks and of course, Wick’s preferred sidearm, the Heckler & Koch P30L. The SRS puts in an appearance in the hands of a sniper guarding Iosef Tarasov’s safe house, only to be later commandeered by Reeves to memorable effect. Filmed on a budget of $20m, John Wick went on to gross $88m worldwide, guaranteeing not just one sequel, but a third - Parabellum - that’s in cinemas now, with a fourth instalment on the way.

screen. Let’s get the documentary shows out of the way before moving onto the fun stuff. In series nine of Discovery’s “Mythbusters”, Adam and Jamie brought in US Army sniper, Dave Liwanag, for episode eight, “Dodge a Bullet”. The myth on test was whether someone would have time to avoid being hit after seeing the muzzle flash from a sniper rifle. Obviously, they weren’t going to fire live rounds at each other, so they used data drawn from Dave’s shots at a variety of distances to work out the reaction time for a live target to get out of the line of fire. I don’t think you’ll be at all surprised to learn that this ended up as Myth Busted... Also from the USA, TV’s “Ultimate Weapons” aired on the Military Channel and offers a rundown of the 10 best weapons in any given category. Of course, the SRS featured in the sniper rifles episode, where it placed sixth behind the likes of Accuracy International’s Arctic Warface Super Magnum, the Barrett M107 and overall winner, the Cheyenne Tactical M-200 Intervention. In terms of dramatic appearances, the SRS is seen twice in “Burn Notice” season six, episode 12 in 2012 and “Person of Interest” season three, episode eight in 2014. That’s the same year it pops up in Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and season two of “The Blacklist”. More recently, TV’s reimagining of the comic book hero Daredevil, has featured the SRS in two episodes across 2015 and 2016.

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Desert Tech’s finest gets more of a look in on the small

Where Hollywood has been slow to pick up on the SRS, Credit: Discovery Channel - Mythbusters

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the always forward-thinking videogames industry has been faster to embrace this unconventional bullpup sniper rifle. If you wanted to use an SRS in a game in 2011, then you’d be looking for the .338LM Sniper Rifle in “Chernobyl Terrorist Attack”. You play the role of a oneman spec ops unit - yes, we know - taking out heavily armed terrorists who have siezed the Prypiat region, holding it to a 10bn Euro ransom. Published by Libredia, the game received middling reviews. Found on a rooftop beside a dead sniper, the 338LM may be the only weapon in the game that’s lethal with a single shot. One year later, free-to-play (F2P) First Person Shooter (FPS), “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online”, featured the SRS as one of its eight sniper rifles. Following hot on the heels of “Future Soldier”, this multiplayer focused instalment in the franchise also featured a lightweight version of the series’ weapons upgrade system.

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Only available on PC, weirdly - of all the consoles - a Wii U port was underway but was never released. The game was rebranded by Ubisoft as “Recon Phantoms” for its launch in 2014 and is no longer available online.

FIELD AGENT

Ah… “Battlefield 4”. The videogames megacorp that is Electronic Arts (EA), may have a bit of a bad reputation amongst gamers but this was a veritable feast of firepower with an amazing array of armaments on offer to players in 2013. Set in the fictional nearfuture of 2020, the much-maligned campaign focused on relationships between global superpowers America, China and Russia. Released at the time of a new generation of console hardware, it was a multiplatform release available on Windows, the ageing PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as new consoles on the block, PS4 and Xbox One. The SRS appears as the 338 Recon with a capacity of 5+1 rounds and is only unlocked after achieving a sniper rifle score of 27,000. The SRS also appears in the F2P “Contract Wars”

and 505 Games’ heist sequel, “Payday 2”, notable for being playable in Virtual Reality as a free add-on for both of the main platforms, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Appropriately enough, given its silver screen hero status, the Covert was added to this online multiplayer crimefest as part of the John Wick Weapon Pack.

DIVIDING WILDLINGS

In terms of more modern games, only French publisher Ubisoft seems to be keen on the Scout Recon Scout, featuring it in many of its open world shooters. Sadly one of the elite club of games that promised so much and delivered so little, Ubisoft’s “The Division”, nonetheless features the SRS. Set in a near-future dystopia, you’ll be dealing with Green Poison, a weapons grade super virus in New York City as you try to restore order not only to the city, but also to the rest of the “free” world. In the game, you’ll find both Covert and A1 versions of the SRS and as the only bolty with a top rail, it’s also the only sniper you can mount the Improved Iron Sights mod, should you so choose. Another subset of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy licenses, 2017’s “Wildlands” is incredibly the 10th instalment in the Ghost Recon franchise. This open world shooter allows you to play co-op with up to four friends, or - if you don’t have any of those - AI squadmates. Drug lords, outposts, semi-stealth, blah-blah - this is yet another Ubi cookie cutter from the Far Cry template. That’s not to say it’s no good, but it’s not going to win any awards from gamers for innovation. Fortunately, the gameplay is solid and the guns are satisfying to use. If you want to find the SRS, head to the centre of the Mojoyoco province and you’ll find the fastest rate-of-fire for any bolt-action rifle. And if you fancy an upgrade, you can also use the same manufacturer’s .50 cal Hard Target Interdiction (HTI) in the game. Finally, the SRS reappeared in “The Division 2” this year, which has now upped sticks and relocated to Washington DC. Set seven months after the events of the original game, you’ll need to secure the White House and help civilians to survive the chaos.

SELECTIVE FIRE

The SRS is a distinctive sniper rifle, thanks to its bullpup configuration and it seems that its unique appeal has so far passed by most Hollywood prop masters and mistresses. Which seems at odds with the medium’s more usual search for distinctive weaponry; especially in the Sci Fi genre. For anyone with an interest in modern firearms, the SRS is a perfect example of progress. A long barrel in a short frame, coupled with a human-shaped grip and light weight? What’s not to like? AA

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TAIWAN GUN UPGRADES

MANY AK PURISTS WILL BE TURNING in their fauxsoviet graves to hear me even mention the thought of adding up-to-the-minute external accessories to the humble AK. The fact is, that the modern “fighting Kalashnikov” is a million miles away from that original model of 1947, as the modern AR is from the Colt Model 601 of 1959! Whilst the “free enterprise” of the US market has driven things forward faster than the collectives of the USSR, the “Russian Tactical Rifle” is now fast closing the gap, not least in design and modularity! Of course, the US firearms market pushes forward even with the AK and I’ve mentioned companies doing superb work with the platform, such as Rifle Dynamics and Krebs Custom before. Their creations (quite literally) take the humble Kalashnikov to the next level, although new designs and incorporations of updated technology have seen even the “issue” AK take great steps forward too. I am oft reminded of that now-old meme for the “M4” that laid out all the available accessory parts and labelled the entire thing somewhat dismissively as “Barbie for Men”; looking at the modern tactical Kalashnikov I would say that the same now could be said for the AK. If you look at many of the new “tacticool AK” AEGs from the vast majority of manufacturers, then what you’ll find is rail systems of every flavour, railed top dust-covers, side rails, ergonomic pistol grips and buffer tubes fitted with every type of sliding stock you can imagine! But are we loading the venerable AK up with a lot of meaningless junk because it looks cool,

or are things there for reasons that will make the platform more effective as a fighting tool? If you look at some of the pictures widely available of modern Russian Special Forces units you’ll see that, while they still use the Kalashnikov, their firearms are set up with a variety of rail systems, modern western optics and accessories and, more often than not, a buffer tube assembly with a selection of distinctly western stocks! Now these guys mean business and what they have in their hands are their “daily work tools” and anything that will give them an advantage over their foes will be looked at carefully, tried, tested and evaluated to the point of failure. What “stays the course” and ends up on their weapons is 100% worth having and there’s no fluff in evidence. Everything has a purpose and everything is there for a reason, it’s that simple. Bizarrely, my personal journey with airsoft AKs actually began when I lived and played in the USA! My good friend and former PMC, Robbie, was an “AK Fanatic” and during our time playing together regularly, he weaned me onto my very first SU. It was the beginning of an airsoft love affair that has seen me build up quite a large collection of different AK variants over the years and, just as the AK itself has matured, so has my collection. Whilst I am still (perhaps overly!) fond of my “classic” AKs, I have come to the conclusion that the original design CAN be improved - but it’s taken me a good few years of working and playing with the originals to work out just where said improvements can be made.

“THE FACT IS, THAT THE MODERN “FIGHTING KALASHNIKOV” IS A MILLION MILES AWAY FROM THAT ORIGINAL MODEL OF 1947, AS THE MODERN AR IS FROM THE COLT MODEL 601 OF 1959!”

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PISTOL GRIPS

While the original AK pistol grip is not a bad design at all, there are models out there now that really are more ergonomic and “hand-friendly”; grips that are either too large or too small require more effort to retain full control and to accomplish the same “drills”. I’ve commonly added tape to pistol grips to increase the size slightly, as well as to increase “grip” and eliminate pressure points. With modern designs that should (and I stress should) be a thing of the past; simply find a grip that is right for your hand size and BINGO!

FOREGRIPS

Unlike the original Thompson SMG, the modern foregrip is there not to hold onto like a can of beer but to act as a reference and indexing point for your supporting hand, especially if you are using a mounted VLI with a “rats tail” and pressure pad, or any other accessory that operates in this fashion. As Kyle Lamb says in his excellent book “Green Eyes and Black Rifles”, the foregrip is also mounted to help “drive” the muzzle of your rifle from one target to the next efficiently and effectively. With the AK you need to be careful to fit the “right” foregrip, as given the backward/forward rocking motion of the magazine load/unload the foregrip can often get in the way and obstruct clean and smooth reloads. From experience, I tend to choose a cutaway/angled grip or a very short “stubby” one.

STOCKS

In fairness most sliding stocks that will fit an AR will fit an AK with a buffer tube so for airsoft use, fill your boots! The fact is though, if you’re using an AK with a buffer tube you’re quickly going to discover that although most stocks will work with iron sights and close-to-thebore optics, as

soon as you start using something larger you’re going to encounter a problem! The buffer tube actually sits far lower on an AK than on an AR, so when you add the height of even the lowest sight mounts, your eye-line will be too low. To counter this, you need to look for a stock with a built-in cheek riser that will bring your head up and allow you to view through your optic easily.

RAILS AND SIGHT RAILS

Although a goodly number of the newer airsoft AK models now come with an integrated top rail, on older models you might consider using the original “side rail” with a riser mount to add an optic. Riser mounts have moved on too and no longer are you restricted to the side mount, as various designs are out there as “dropin” units which make use of the existing rear iron-sight structure to add an optic accessory rail. This is now not just an “ad hoc” arrangement but one that has been thoroughly thought out. It works well. In terms of “rail systems”, just pick what you like and what works for you! There are traditional “360” Picatinny models, along with M-Loks and KeyMods and even “race styles” to choose from. Again, I would say pick wisely, as it’s all too easy to overload the front end of your rifle with unnecessary weight and accessories. Keep it pared back and only fit what you REALLY need for the job in hand! In the pictures you will see some fabulous examples of external parts that will help to turn your AK into a real “skirmish beast”, including stocks and sight rails that will enable you to 100% access any optic, pistol grips that will fit perfectly in your hand and foregrips that work with any AK magazine! I’ve also added pictures of the “Fighting SU” that I built to take to Crete a couple of years ago, an AEG that has become a firm favourite of mine for modern loadouts. You may also see that I’m building another, longer version at the moment and newer stock designs mean that I can take things even further in terms of overall build-compatibility, to create my perfect “Fighting AK”. All of the accessory parts fitted, including some rather tasty muzzle devices are in stock and available from www.taiwangun.com and my thanks go to them again for providing accessory samples for this article. Their website is constantly updated with new items, so it’s one to keep an eye on regularly, and they offer great service too! AA

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CAN A COMPETITION PISTOL BE AS EFFECTIVE AS A TACTICAL SIDEARM IN A SKIRMISH? STEVE TAKLE TAKES THE NEW ASG SHADOW 2 ONTO THE FIELD TO FIND OUT. ASG’S AIRSOFT VERSION OF THE CZ SP-01 Shadow has earned many fans since its introduction in 2016. Quickly earning a reputation for accuracy and reliability, it was the full-metal-framed big brother to ASG’s earlier CZ P-09 - which in its own right has become one of the most frequently recommended alternatives to a Marui sidearm on many forums. ASG’s original shadow - and its ACCU upgrade has become a firm favourite for more than one Airsoft Action contributor, so I was keen to find out what all the fuss was about. At the time of starting this review, its successor - imaginatively named the Shadow 2 - was literally released yesterday, so we put it through its paces to see if you should spend your hard-earned on this competition thoroughbred.

of rounds through the successor under real competition conditions to increase speed and accuracy. The result is updates to the slide and the frame that, together with the extended barrel, enable faster repeated single shots, as well as a more comfortable and higher grip that’s further towards the axis of the barrel for better control. One obvious difference is a larger magazine release that can be adjusted to one of three positions for faster reloads. After all, on a timed course for sport, every second counts. And since the Shadow 2 is a breathed-upon version of the CZ75 that’s been used by law enforcement and the military around the world from Brazil to the United States since 1975, then you know it has a fine heritage.

ROOTED IN COMPETITION

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

Czechoslovakian arms manufacturer CZ - or Ceská Zbrojovka - spent more than two years on research and development for the successor to the SP-01, itself hugely popular in competitive shooting. CZ released the Shadow 2 in 2016; the same year airsoft players were treated to the original SP-01. At least ASG would have a clear idea where they were headed next... CZ’s IPSC shooting team put hundreds of thousands

I’ve not been fortunate enough to handle a real Shadow 2, so I can only observe that the airsoft version seems to be a faithful replica from what I’ve seen. It certainly feels like a real handgun - to me - and its construction is leagues ahead of your typical Sunday secondary. Sure, £140 is not an insignificant amount of money to spend on an airsoft sidearm but from the moment you lift it from the packaging, this solid, chunky gun

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exudes an air of quality. So what does your money buy you? Metal for just about everything - even the grip shells are CNC machined zinc alloy! That equates to a pistol that weighs in at a hefty 962g - without a magazine. Adding a CO2 mag brings that total up to 1,262g, while inserting a green gas mag tops the scales at 1,275g. That’s still 225g lighter than an unloaded real pistol, but it’s damn close.

FLAGSHIP AHOY!

ASG proudly proclaims the Shadow 2 as the flagship for its CZ range, promising that it delivers all the same great features as the real weapon. Improvements on the inside include a stainless steel recoil spring guide for durability, while the hop up rubber is now TM compatible. But the revisions are plain to see from the outside and perhaps the most obvious change to the exterior is

the new grip angle, which is deeper at the beaver tail and features a new undercut at the extended trigger guard. This is not a minor upgrade - it completely changes how the pistol feels in the hand and it’s something we wholeheartedly approve of! The grip shells are now thinner to help players wrap their hand around the pistol grip, with sharper checkering at the front and back. Metal might not sound like the most obvious choice to reduce slip, but the contours and texture actually result in a really solid grasp on the weapon and at least you know they won’t wear over time like rubber. While the pre-release marketing photos suggested a neon blue finish to those shells that could call in an 80s music video airstrike at 50 paces, we’re pleased to report that the final product has a less attentiongrabbing powder blue - almost grey steel - finish. Whew!

ATTACK, DECAY, RELEASE

The revisions extend beyond the frame and grip to the anodized aluminium slide, which is now more angled, wider and heavier, with deeper and more numerous serrations for a firmer grip when racking. The slide lock design has also been improved. But if you remove the slide to set the hop, then no matter how carefully you line up the markings, you might need to use some kind of probe through the hole on the right side of the frame to raise an obstruction before you can reinsert the slide release from the left. ASG tells us it’s a result of putting enough spring tension on the slide catch to prevent it ‘walking out’ in use, but it’s not covered in the manual and is a bit of a pain. Thankfully, Georaga assures me the original Shadow was the same and that it eases with time. The subsequent problem we encountered is that even with the obstruction cleared, green gas then couldn’t cycle the slide until a couple of mags of BBs had been put through it on CO2. After that, green gas worked fine again. I guess it needed the extra oomph from CO2 to reseat the spring, after which green can cycle without the extra resistance. If you never adjust your pistol hop, then this won’t even be a blip on your radar. If you like to set it every game, then it might be something you should factor in.

PREMATURE EJECTION

The Shadow 2 comes with a fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight, behind which you’ll find a skeletonised competition style hammer. The shiny silver - almost chromed - trigger is the only aesthetic misstep for us on this beefy blaster. But that said, the eye-catching trigger is one of the best we’ve used. Double action triggers can be a painful affair, but with the Shadow 2, you can feel the moment the hammer’s ready to drop. And the action is delightfully light in single action too. Just behind that trigger on the left side is a mag release that’s adjustable through three positions, so you can set it exactly where you want it - just like the real thing. Being oversized, it feels excitingly chunky under the thumb - and there’s definitely no fumbling to find it - but it protrudes so far that it’s also a fast way to lose mags mid-skirmish unless you’re careful about your

“EVEN FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME THAT SWAPS SIDEARMS ALMOST EVERY GAME, THE SHADOW 2 IS SO GOOD THAT IT’S WORTH INVESTING IN A DEDICATED HOLSTER. HAPPILY, THE ASG FITS PERFECTLY IN A REAL STEEL SHADOW 2 HOLSTER, WHICH ARE READILY AVAILABLE.”

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choice of holster. I can’t use it in either of the universal holsters I own for fear of premature ejection. This is definitely not a complaint - it’s just an observation so that you, dear reader, may be forewarned. Even for someone like me that swaps

you really can use a sport gun every bit as effectively as a tactical weapon in the heat of the moment. You get all the benefits of rapid target acquisition and fast reloads from the competition world, with the only demerit being that your pistol doesn’t look like an issued sidearm. Oh - and those blue grips might be easier to spot if you’re trying to be sneaky. In-game, the Shadow 2 is a solid option that makes you feel a secondary doesn’t have to mean second best. Trapped in a defensive position with advancing opposing players and forced to abandon a sniper rifle due to Minimum Engagement Distance, I actually scored more kills with the Shadow 2 - and I can tell you it felt good! The snappy report will give your position away every time, meaning that this is not a suitable secondary for a deep sniper looking to avoid detection, but for a purely defensive or assault role, then the punchy performance in a pinch is a blessing.

sidearms almost every game, the Shadow 2 is so good that it’s worth investing in a dedicated holster. Happily, the ASG fits perfectly in a real steel Shadow 2 holster, which are readily available.

SUCKERPUNCH!

POWER DOES NOT CORRUPT

The Shadow 2 comes with a CO2 magazine and let’s be honest, while you can buy Green Gas mags, CO2 is the way this gun deserves to be used. The felt recoil is just so much snappier and more satisfying, which makes it a more enjoyable experience, but there’s also a practical benefit as CO2 also doubles the number of shots before you need to replenish the power source. Using green gas, the Shadow 2 averaged 306FPS average across two fills of .20 BBs, while CO2 averaged 304 after four loads. That’s about the same average FPS, but with double the shots fired. To compare apples with apples, CO2 averaged 322 for the first two mags (16FPS more than green gas), dropping to 304 on the third (about the same as green), then under 300 for the last refill of BBs. Given the fact that CO2 outperforms green gas, coupled with the cycling issues we experienced using green after reassembly, then we’d go CO2 every time.

Speaking as a serial secondary sucker - always looking for the next hit from a pistol that promises more - right now, I don’t want to take another sidearm into a skirmish. Its roots might lie in competitive shooting, but ASG’s Shadow 2 combines everything I’m looking for in an airsoft sidearm. Not only does it look fantastic, but it also feels great in the hand AND performs spectacularly well. What more could you ask for? Nothing a bit of Krylon on the grips can’t sort out... Given its incremental improvements, if you already have an SP-01 Shadow, then it’s probably not worth the upgrade unless you really want the latest and greatest. But if you want to move on from your run of the mill Glock or you’re still searching for your ideal sidearm and fancy something just a bit special, then you should look into the Shadow 2. I pre-ordered it sight unseen, but this has turned out to be one of my best airsoft purchases to date. AA

COMPROMISING SITUATIONS

On my home range, I was shooting cans with ease at 10m, which is maybe the most common range of engagement for secondaries. Since we were taking our time and hitting small targets at that distance, you could reasonably expect to hit the other guy every time in the heat of the moment. At 25m, not only could we still hit the same cans with care, but we were reliably hitting torso sized targets. That’s pretty good for a pistol, but test conditions aren’t the same thing as a fast-paced skirmish. The question is - how does it perform on game day? With the sage advice of AA colleague Tom Hibberd ringing in my ears that there are always compromises using competition guns in a ‘combat’ environment, I took the Shadow 2 for an outing on my next skirmish to see for myself. What I found is that as long as you have the right holster - simply to avoid losing mags mid-game - then

ASG Shadow 2 Price: £140 Power source: CO2 (included)/Green gas (optional) FPS: 322/306 (Tested) BB capacity: 26 Blowback: Yes Hop-up: adjustable Trigger: Double action Construction: Metal frame and slide (and grips!)

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THE CAGE:

HOLSTERS AIRSOFT ACTION IS LUCKY TO BOAST A GREAT GROUP OF CONTRIBUTORS AND THE MAJORITY ARE OUT AND OUT AIRSOFT PLAYERS, WITH EXPERIENCE OF EVERY STYLE OF PLAY AND COMPETITION YOU CAN IMAGINE! SO WHO BETTER TO BRING YOU ADVICE ON THOSE ALL-IMPORTANT BITS OF GEAR? BILL SET ABOUT ASKING THEM WHAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR PERSONAL “CAGE”, STARTING WITH HOLSTERS! WHEN THE AIRSOFT ACTION TEAM get together for a chat in person, as well as catching up on various projects you can bet your bottom dollar that the conversation inevitably turns to the RIFs and gear we are using. My colleagues and I are actually terrible for it, arguing the case for the best “this or that” that we’ve come across! I thought, therefore, that it may be of interest to all you readers and players out there to know what we’re using ourselves and what we keep in our “Cages” in readiness to roll out to any given game – and I’ve chosen the title of “The Cage” for this new series for a reason. I recently read an interesting article about USSF and that the 3rd Special Forces Team at Fort Bragg needed custom-built storage lockers to accommodate Tuff boxes in addition to their other gear. The final design included an upper section with a shelf and hooks, in addition to a lower compartment that could easily fit the extralarge Tuff box. The well-designed storage locker gave each team member a perfect organizational solution for their jackets, boots, helmets, and other miscellaneous gear! So, without further ado, let’s look at holsters!

HOLSTERS

Over the years I’ve personally tried many models, from leg and thigh rigs through to concealed carry models but what should you be looking for in a good holster, as to me it’s not just a method of securely carrying a pistol but a vital part of your “fighting kit” that will allow you to deploy your “secondary” swiftly and efficiently if you need it. To me the pistol is a backup for any “SHTF” moments and is only really there for when your “primary” malfunctions; in this situation you need to get your pistol from secure

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to deployed lightning fast and get on target! What are some considerations? What hand do I draw and shoot with? First up, an obvious and simple one! Sadly, it’s a fact that most shooters are right-handed and therefore many manufacturers still only cater to that but if you are left-handed you want a holster that you can draw easily from with your strong hand. Most manufacturers (thankfully) now produce left-handed models and if you decide to go the custom Kydex route then you’re all set - and this leads me neatly onto my next consideration! What type of material are you looking for? You can choose leather, nylon, or Kydex. Leather is good for a comfortable concealed carry holster, that is worn on the belt or inside the pants (for those sneaky OPFOR moments!). Nylon works great for carrying your handgun when out in the woods, in either a shoulder, belt or leg holster. Nylon also works well when you want a holster that it not affected by sweat or water. Moulded plastic or Kydex is good for carry on the belt; most models are moulded to lock the gun in place without the need of a retention Kydex Holster strap. Nylon is normally the cheapest in price, moulded plastic can cost a little more if it is a mass-produced holster or a lot more if the holsters is custom-moulded. Leather is normally going to cost the most but almost all leather holsters are made


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by hand and take time to construct. What level of retention do I need? You may have seen a particular model mentioned as a “Level 1” holster and these “levels” go all the way up to a Level 4. This is a rating system for holster retention, as some have more than others. The blog at http:// aliengearholsters.com has a great article on this is you want to know more but as they simply put it: • Level One retention holster: a Level One holster has only passive retention; the friction and “hold” of the holster is all that keeps the pistol in it. Most concealed carry holsters are level one holsters. For true Level One retention, the gun should not be able to be pulled free unless drawn correctly, ensuring secure carry but easy access for the carrier/operator. • Level Two retention holster: a Level Two holster has an active retention device in addition to the passive retention of the holster itself, making for two sources of retention. Commonly, a thumb break, hammer loop or trigger guard lock is the device in question. These are very popular for open carry or law enforcement. • Level Three retention holster: a Level Three holster has an additional retention device installed. A common design is thumb break or loop in addition to a trigger guard lock. These are also common for law enforcement, and a number of departments nationwide mandate that uniform officers have to carry in a Level Three retention holster. • Level Four retention holster: a Level Four holster has three retention devices in addition to passive retention for a total of four retention mechanisms. SIG Level 3 Holster These are much rarer than Level III holsters and are essentially the ultimate in holster retention. No gun will come out of a Level 4 holster except if the wearer means it! What type of carry position do you want? There are many different carry positions; on the outside of the waistband, inside the waistband, ankle, pocket, shoulder holster, small of the back, or on the thigh. Carry position is very important. For example, you would not want to carry a large pistol like a DEAGLE in an ankle holster??? Pick the holster that works best for your style of carry. If you are carrying the gun for general use, a belt holster would be a good pick. For a tactical situation the thigh or leg holster would work well dependant if you’re working with vehicles. What size is your pistol and what is your body size? You also have to think about your body size. Someone that has a small frame may not want a large gun pulling

down on their belt. A person with a large frame can carry a larger gun on the belt or shoulder. Think about your size and the size of your gun.

IN THE CAGE

With all this in mind I asked the Airsoft Action Contributors what they personally use (and why) and this is what they told me: Callum: “I adore my left-handed Safariland for my 1911! I’ve used it for 9 years now and it has the smoothest draw of any holster I’ve owned! It’s lightweight, comfortable and robust and it has literally gone down to the ground from a 4th floor window with a gun in it… and both were fine (do not advertise people do this to test it though as I think I was VERY lucky)!” Christopher JW: “Safariland 3004 and Safariland 6004 are the ones I’ve used most recently for my 90s (Sig 226) and my more modern (M45A1) loadouts.” Steve: “Warrior Universal Holster; it’s lightweight, versatile and works with most - but not all - pistols, making it ideal if you run different sidearms.” Scott: “Blackhawk Omnivore; so long as you use a X300 style torch it doesn’t matter what the pistol model is!” Tom: “I use a couple. The first is a HW Holsters Kydex made for my TM Glock 17 and X300 light. This is mounted to a G Code RTI adaptor. I have several mounts on different bits of gear allowing me to use the same holster but attach it to whatever I want to wear on a game day. The other is a classic M12 Nylon fabric Holster. This will take pretty much any modern semi-auto pistol that doesn’t have a light attached and is therefore great when making reviews. It’s also very secure so good for crawling around during woodland games.” Sai: “Blackhawk Serpa for 1911; they’ve taken a lot of falls and are still rockin’! Blackhawk are a great company with great aftersales and support.” Craig: “Safariland for my Glock and 1911, both the torch version as I do a lot of CQB! They’re easy to draw and holster, comfortable with good retention. I also use a Warrior Universal holster for my Mk.23 as it’s about the only holster with quick retention that will fit it. It too is great to use and comfortable, only real downside is I can’t fit a torch in it.” Andy: “Price Western Leather “Speed Sheath”; I use one for my G17 and one for my K frames.” George: “I run a G-Code XST RTI holster. It’s a Kydex retention design with a second level of retention. The second level of retention is an over the top, spring loaded retention canopy which means that as I reach down to position my grip on the pistol, my thumb activates the vertical release mechanism, the canopy springs forward and I have a natural and unhindered draw from the holster. The RTI aspect of the holster

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means that I can attach and detach the whole holster in seconds and mount it to different mount positions over my rig. So I can go from a dropleg draw, to a plate carrier draw in moments... or switch one holster with another with undoing any straps.” Phil: “WAS universal on my plate carriers for any of the handguns; I haven’t got one that doesn’t fit in it and stays put! If I need to carry a lighted sidearm, then I use one of my Clearwater Airsoft Kydex holsters and if I want lo-pro and belt mounted, I use a Lead Farmer Inc Kydex for Glock/M&P. For the USPC I use another Clearwater Airsoft Kydex belt mounted rig.”

(again!), for now I’m running a simple, cost-effective NUPROL Roto-Retention holster which works well with the pistol, although I’ll undoubtedly end up with a Kydex model for it from Taig at Kydex Customs in due course! Ultimately, whatever you choose, make sure it works for you and your style of play. Don’t be influenced by so-called “experts” online, get to your local shop and try a few different models. Think about how you play, how and why you use your pistol and go from there! AA

Nige: “Double Alpha Academy Race Master for practical and my “old faithful” Blackhawk Dropleg/226 combo for games. I know droplegs are “out of fashion” but I still prefer to have my pistol off my belt! I don’t know why, I just find it works better for me, which is odd when you consider that, for practical, it HAS to be on my belt. Guess I’m just “odd” ...no comments please!” So there you have it! Holster choice is a VERY personal thing but I certainly hope that my colleagues and I have given you some pointers and some models to check out if you’re looking to upgrade. For me, well I’m definitely a two-piece belt kind of guy these days, so my holster is always going to be on there. In line with the above I have a WAS Universal that I use for testing, along with a WAS Ares Kydex Holster for my Glock-17, and a Kydex Customs light-bearing model, again for the ’17. I still use an original IMI Defense Roto-Retention holster for my OPFOR Makarovs and as I’ve just started mucking about with 1911s

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N23: CAR-15’S LITTLE BROTHER! WHEN PHIL BUCKNALL FIRST SAW AN N23, HE WASN’T SURE WHAT IT WAS - IT LOOKED LIKE AN AR BUT MUCH SMALLER. MORE INVESTIGATION WAS NEEDED… RIGHT, FIRST THINGS FIRST… The N23 was never a real gun, in so much as it never saw production and it never saw action during the Vietnam Conflict... However, it was indeed patented around the Vietnam era, so it could technically be classed as a “Nam Gun” although in doing so, you should be prepared to defend your position to robust (almost vicious) rebuttals from aficionados of the period and the equipment used. I thought I had been quite witty when I came up with the “#mARmitegun” hashtag! Y’know… cause its an AR and its like... Oh, never mind! I like it!

maybe a smidge bigger but not much and it’s definitely the smallest AR I’ve ever fielded. It utilises a full-sized A1 receiver set, with PTS markings on the left hand side of the magwell - some Colt ones would’ve been good but it isn’t a deal breaker. It has the integrated carry handle; no forward assist; no fence around the magazine release and no fancy bells and whistles like its modern descendants. Moving back from the receivers (well, downwards first) there is the plastic A1 style pistol grip underneath, with a G&P M140 long shaft motor contained within

“THE N23 IS A SHORTER VERSION OF THE CAR-15; THE ALREADY SHORT AR WITH A TINY COLLAPSIBLE STOCK AND FRONT END. WELL THE N23 IS THE STUNTED LIL’ BROTHER TO THAT! IT’S ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS AN MP5 WHEN FULLY COLLAPSED - MAYBE A SMIDGE BIGGER BUT NOT MUCH AND IT’S DEFINITELY THE SMALLEST AR I’VE EVER FIELDED. ” WHAT IS IT?

So, what the heck is the N23 then? I have to confess that I’m a huge AR fan and until I saw this, I’d never heard of it either - and it isn’t mentioned in the definitive AR guide that I own. Thankfully, it would appear that the vast majority of real steel shooters hadn’t heard of it either, so that made me feel much better. The N23 is a shorter version of the CAR-15; the already short AR with a tiny collapsible stock and front end. Well the N23 is the stunted lil’ brother to that! It’s about the same size as an MP5 when fully collapsed -

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and this gives away the OEM of the gun - and also explains the very respectable job that has been made of the receivers (and, in fact, the whole gun). G&P have a wealth of experience in making very, very good AR AEGs. This might also explain why the PTS Legacy Series kicks off with a gun that G&P don’t currently have in their own line up, but this is pure speculation on my part. It would be great to see a decent XM177 utilising the i5 gearbox in the PTS line up at some point. The buffer tube is where the battery will fit but it is tight and also very limited on size. The buffer is topped off with a screw-in cap but, even with a tiny


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11.1v 1300mah LiPo, I just couldn’t get the wires and battery to fit and re-install the cap no matter how I tried to position them. It’s worth pointing out that the gun won’t even cycle, twitch or suggest any signs of life if you try to run it off a 7.4v battery - it MUST be 11.1v, which I discovered after taking the whole gun apart thinking it was dead when in fact it was simply just the voltage! Doh!! The Buffer tube has three stops for the sliding stock to engage with and you are most likely going to use the last two positions, otherwise it is quite uncomfortable to fire with the stock fully retracted. This also means that you can leave the cap off the end and let the wires “hang loose”, which is how I opted to run the gun so as not to damage the battery or the wiring. The battery didn’t work itself loose all day, so I’m confident that it won’t be an issue. Topping off the buffer tube is a CAR15 stock that has been cut down by approx. 40mm or thereabouts. As this is taken from the front of the stock it doesn’t affect how the gun shoulders and it is quite comfy. The plastics used are sturdy enough and replicate plastics of the era reasonably well, whilst being more than durable enough for Airsoft use. Moving forward we have a classic delta ring that secures the tiny four-inch XM style handguards in place and to the front sight post. These are again a very nice

plastic, with no creaking or twisting when held. There is a notable lack of any rattle or creaks from the gun in general, which is nice but also expected from a premium brand like PTS. The hand guard is literally big enough for my hand to comfortably hold with no space left over and if you have big hands it might be a little squashed on there for you. The front sight is the classic “triangle” that we are all used to seeing and in front of it is an A2 birdcage flash hider. This is a little disappointing and a VN style would’ve made more sense I feel, given the legacy nature of the build but it is only a minor niggle. I swapped it for a Nuprol BOCCA suppressor, so it wasn’t like that for long on mine. With a four inch hand guard you’d be right in thinking that the outer isn’t very long and it isn’t; it’s a tiny little seven inch affair, which in the real firearm would lead to all sorts of issues over firing like cyclic rate, muzzle flash, cycling issues due to the gas port being so close to the chamber and on and on. Luckily this is Airsoft so it is less of a problem and this was born out on the range, where the N23 happily chucked my preferred 0.28g BBs 60m or more with pretty good accuracy.

IN THE WOODS

Okay, externally it is extremely well built, with good components from a reputable manufacturer and, looks aside, it is a competent little gun that would be ideal for CQB but can also hold its own in woodland. I found myself being able to maneuver through undergrowth

much easier with this due to its length, compared to my usual gun of choice either a 10.5’ or 14.5’ carbine. What’s it like inside though?

INTERNALS

As I already mentioned, it uses an i5 gearbox which is based on a Version 2 but with a few changes. The top of the gearbox at the rear is cut away and allows for easy checks on the gearbox, as well as a quick-change spring. Mine came in a little warm so I had to chop the spring to get it to site limits.

The parts in the gearbox appear to be standard Ver.2 components and well-made, so more than capable of keeping pace with the RoF an 11.1v battery can manage. This is also kept in check by the onboard in-line mosfet, which is slotted in a groove on the outside of the gearbox shell, making it easy to get to should you need to. The trigger is screwed into the top shell of the gearbox, which is new to me but certainly helps with reassembly as it doesn’t spring loose at the last inopportune moment (unlike a standard Ver.2 trigger is wont to do). The mechanical switch is replaced with an electronic micro switch that’s housed in a little orange box to protect it. This makes the trigger pull VERY light indeed and it caught me out a couple of times before I became used to it. The tappet plate also works slightly differently to a normal Ver.2 box but not so much so that any decent tech couldn’t figure it out and, in fact, it is another change that makes life easier. All good so far. Then I saw something I hadn’t seen for an age; a two-piece hop unit. A very well engineered and springloaded nozzle/feed tube lower connecting to a rotary style adjustment upper part. There didn’t appear to be any issue with air leaks and it all sealed up very well and gave the user plenty of control over the hop rubber, easily hopping 0.28g BBs with the ability, I’m sure, to hop heavier ones if that is your preference.

ON THE RANGE

With the spring at a UK site-friendly level, a fully charged battery and the short 120rnd VN style magazine fully loaded, it was time to see if it was worth the $330 asking price. Pulling the trigger in semi-auto delivered a shot down range very quickly. The trigger response is exceptionally quick, which I am sure plenty of people will be happy about. A few single shots to set the hop confirmed that PTS

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have got the gun just right and shot after shot sailed in the same direction and impacted the target de jour - a small tree about 50m away - within a few inches of each other, making me one happy bunny! Putting the fire selector to full auto and pressing the very sensitive

and light trigger was like unleashing a beast and a torrent of white plastic came flying out of the muzzle! The accuracy was the same as when using aimed single shots and the only difference in auto was that you could send 22-23 BBs at your target in one second (or so my Xcortech chrono said anyway!). This is a very handy weapon in game and the size and light weight make transitions from target to target a breeze. Same for transitions to a side arm, as there is less rifle to swing out of the way. The RoF means engaging fast moving opponents is a little easier as you can just put more fire on them – and the same for multiple opponents. It also works damn well for suppressing the opposition! People develop a real aversion to sticking their head up over a barricade once they’ve heard 50-60 BBs slam into it a few seconds earlier. So much fun! I have to say I got this gun on a whim because it was quite contentious and I like mixing it up a little. I also wanted a shorter, lighter gun to use when I’m feeling old and broken and my usual ERGs are too much and this delivers in spades. Yes, it isn’t based on a production gun but I have, since getting it, seen a few places like recoilweb make their own interpretation of the N23 and that’s a huge plus for this. You can make it your own. I’ve added a 4x20 carry handle scope ‘cause it’s a classic look; a surefire replica suppressor and I’m using modern polymer mags and a modern sliding sling too. Is it right? No idea and I don’t care! I love my little #mARmitegun and I’m keeping it! AA

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VERSUS...

S&T STERLING V ICS M3/PAM2

STAYING WITH THE 1980S FOR HIS NEW COLUMN, THIS MONTH BILL TAKES TWO SUBMACHINE GUNS “HEAD TO HEAD” IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FALKLANDS WAR OF 1982, A YEAR THAT IS FIXED IN HIS MEMORY - AND WILL BE FOREVER MORE! THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE that say that certain days are etched in their memories and they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing. The most common is the day that John F Kennedy was shot in Dallas but for me it’s the day that the Falkland Islands was invaded by Argentina! I will never forget, all of 16 years old, I was on my geography field trip in Swanage, Dorset. A place that those of you who remember “O Level Jog” will undoubtedly remember as well, as schools from around the UK filled the B&Bs to the brim with eager (and not so eager) young pupils. I was sharing a room with three mates, Chris, Richard, and David (all of who went on to serve with distinction with the UK Forces) and the four of us made up the senior NCOs cadre of our school cadet force. In those days, of course, there was no internet and the only TV available to us was in a dedicated room in the guest house. The rest of the lads on the trip left us largely alone as the four “army barmy nutters” - until on that morning of the first week of April 1982 there was a knock on our bedroom door and someone shouted “You’d better come and look at the telly!”

Jack and suddenly we became very popular, as the other schoolboys with us wanted to know what was what! That image has stuck with me to this day, as of course the Sterling SMG was a British weapon, one that we knew intimately from range days and it somehow added insult to injury that the Argentinian forces were using the self-same thing to herd our sailors and Marines into captivity. As I found out in later years, the Sterling was just one of the weapon systems that the opposing forces shared and much has been written about the war where opponents faced each other with exactly the same thing, albeit the full-auto FAL for the Argentinians and the semi-auto SLR for the Brits. Of course time moves on and even though there is still bitterness amongst some of the former soldiers who fought in 1982, which I totally understand, a few years back, in 2007, a good friend of mine arranged a private “Falklands Game” for select invited players to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the fighting. Amongst those invited were a number of Falklands veterans who were all too keen to get stuck in again with their fairly new STAR L1A1 SLRs - but somehow it devolved to me to provide the OPFOR (strange that…)!

“THE OBVIOUS CHOICE FOR US WAS THE KING ARMS FAL PARA BUT, AS I ALSO WANTED TO BRING IN SOME “COMMANDOS” AND THE STERLING WAS NOT EASY TO GET HOLD OF AT THE TIME, I LOOKED AROUND FOR ANOTHER SMG THAT HAD BEEN USED AND FOUND MANY REFERENCES TO THE “PAM2”.” Suffice to say, the pictures that greeted us were of the Agrupación de Comandos Anfibios (Argentinian commandos) with their blackened faces and suppressed Sterlings organising the surrender of Naval Party 8901 at Government House. We watched in abject horror as the Argentinian flag was hoisted in place of the Union 70

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Whilst it was relatively easy for the “Brits” to throw on some DPM, a set of ’58, and grab their SLR, things were a bit different for the “Argies” but we settled, in the main, for plain green trousers, black boots, Israeli parkas and M1 helmets with a mish-mash of webbing thrown in. The obvious choice for us was the King


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Arms FAL PARA but, as I also wanted to bring in some “commandos” and the Sterling was not easy to get hold of at the time, I looked around for another SMG that had been used and found many references to the “PAM2”.

WHEN A GREASE GUN IS NOT A GREASE GUN!

To cut a long story short, the “P.A.M. 2” basically started life in 1954 as a variant of the U.S. M3A1 submachine gun. It was was “redesigned” at the Argentine FMAP (Fábrica Militar de Armas Portátiles) factory and put into production the following year as the P.A.M. 1 (Pistola Ametrelladora Modelo 1).

fire version with a grip safety on the magazine housing, known as the P.A.M. 2, first introduced in 1963. Known by the troops as “La Engrasadora” or “the Greaser”, 47,688 P.A.M. 1 and P.A.M. 2 submachine guns were produced between 1955 and 1972. A number of P.A.M. 1 and P.A.M. 2 submachine guns were used by the Argentine Army during the Falkland Islands War and captured examples were tested by British forces, some of which now reside as part of the permanent display at the Imperial War Museum.

STERLING WORK

The Sterling is rather better known to most of us! Based on the Patchett machine carbine first produced in the 1940s, the Sterling L2A1/C1 first entered service with the British and Canadian forces in 1953 and was produced in the UK by the Dagenham-based Sterling Armament Company. The Royal Ordnance Factories also manufactured the Sterling purely for the British Forces and over 400,000 were produced. Going through minor modifications, the L2A2 and finally L2A3 had a long and distinguished service career, until it was finally phased out in 1994 when the L85A1 was fully introduced. There was also a suppressed version of the Sterling, the L34A1, which was used to some effect by the ASASR and NZSAS during the Vietnam War and in this context, by the Argentinians!

Made of thinner-gauge steel than the “Grease Gun”, the P.A.M. 1 was rather bizarrely a 7/8 scale replica (see, it’s not just airsoft companies that do this!) of the U.S. weapon, in 9mm Parabellum calibre but was lighter and had a higher rate of fire. In service, the P.A.M. 1’s thinner sheet steel receiver tended to overheat with extended firing, while the gun itself proved more difficult to control in automatic fire, despite the smaller calibre. Additionally, triggering the weapon to fire individual shots proved difficult, owing to the increased

rate of fire. Problems with accidental discharges and accuracy with the P.A.M. 1 led to an improved selective-

The Sterling was a simple beast, that’s for sure. Many who used it in anger described it as the “scaffold gun” due to the simplicity of its construction. It was entirely put together from steel and plastic, with a curved, 34-round, 9mm SAA Ball side-feeding magazine and collapsible stock. The latter made the Sterling perfect for vehicle-mounted and airborne troops. www.airsoft-action.online

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The issued Sterling was a carefully machined firearm in spite of its somewhat rudimentary appearance, which made it more expensive to produce than many of its contemporaries but it was generally reliable and stood up well to “squaddie abuse”. Many who used it though, remembered with some consternation that as it fired from an open bolt, half cocking could easily lead to a “negligent discharge”, as could dropping it!

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The S&T Sterling is very true to the original and this has been cleverly achieved. S&T Airsoft make use of many high-quality parts in putting the Sterling together and the cylinder looks very familiar, although discreet changes have obviously been made. The battery is housed in the rear of the Sterling and the compartment is easily accessed by simply popping off the rear end-cap with the stock folded; it’s a small space and I can see

For many reasons, as well as remembering that the “P.A.M. 2” had been used by the Argentinian Forces in 1982, when ICS released their “Grease Gun” it was immediately on my “must have” list. Sitting, as it does, alongside my Thompson, M1 Carbine, Springfield, Garand and BAR it forms a part of my “USMC Pacific” collection.

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The ICS M3 submachine gun is a great addition to the WW2 family of airsoft guns and of course stands in brilliantly for an Argentinian P.A.M. 2! The M3 was designed by ICS from scratch, with careful attention

to detail and quality and their M3 features a steel strip adjustable stock that has two settings and the magazine catch and simple sights are manufactured from metal stamping. The finish on the majority of the alloy-bodied replica is a matt black paint, which is totally in keeping with the “cheapness” of the real thing! The build quality is excellent and everything is metal that would be on the original, barring the “bolt cover”. The body is aluminium rather than steel, which is actually a plus for weight and rusting issues as mine is mostly held “on display”. Compared to what we’re used to with modern models, the controls are minimalist; there’s the magazine release which is very positive and the cocking lever on the right side of the action functions to open the fake bolt and allow access to the M4 style HOP, decompress the spring and act as the safety. It’s full auto only (as is the real thing), so it’s the ideal tool for sweeping and clearing. However, sites that operate a single shot only rule in very close contact will mean you need to swap out to a sidearm in that type of situation. Chrono’ing at 0.89 Joule/311fps on a .20g BB the ICS M3 offers great range and, despite the short barrel, it’s more than a match for most guns in the woods and definitely good for CQB where full-auto is allowed!

why this will have been a problem before LiPo batteries. The battery compartment accommodates up to an 80mm long and 30mm wide battery, so something like the NP Power 1200mah 7.4v 30c LiPo PEQ15 Micro Type is a perfect match. The collapsible stock is very easy to fold and unfold. From the closed position you simply drop the butt plate, which releases the whole stock from the front. By pushing the end cap forward the arm of the stock clicks solidly into the open position and you simply reverse the process to close it again. There are sling points front and rear (as with the real thing) and period slings can be picked up cheaply online or at Militaria fairs. Once everything is set up correctly the Sterling is a great to shoot, sending BBs out with a nice, flat trajectory, which I hadn’t expected from such a short inner barrel! The accuracy overall is excellent, with nice tight groupings achieved out to 25m on the open sights. The Sterling chronos at 1.06Joule/339fps, now that it’s settled in, which is perfectly respectable and pretty much site friendly. The Sterling is absolutely perfect as a CQB tool given its short length and the fact that, unlike the older Action Airsoft model, it does have safe and semi settings as well as full auto!

SUMMARY

Although the Sterling fits a little less neatly into the overall “historical box” than the M3/PAM2 (it’s really just a cold war warrior, although I suppose you might get away with using it as a WWII Patchett at a push!) both airsoft replicas are thoroughly workmanlike AEGs that each have their own lovely quirks and idiosyncrasies. Owning both, I have to say that I would not wish to part with either and if another “Falklands Game” ever comes along, I’ll be hard pushed to decide which side to play on, as I also still own the FAL Para and an Israeli parka! Suffice to say that, in airsoft form we can thoroughly enjoy our battles, whatever form they may take and it’s great that the tools are out there to let us do this. AA

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LITTLE MICKIE’S GUN - AK47 AK47

FRENCHIE CONTINUES HIS NEW SERIES WITH A LOOK AT ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN AND (IN)FAMOUS WEAPON SYSTEMS EVER.

I CAN’T AVOID THIS RIFLE and next only to the AR15 family, it has the most bewildering array of airsoft replicas to choose from. Fortunately, many of them dismiss themselves from my consideration very quickly but we’ll get to that - and why - in a bit. The AK arose from a Red Army requirement in the early 1940s for a complete weapon system, based around an intermediate cartridge – originally 7.62 x 41mm, later shortened to 7.62 x 39 mm. The Soviets wanted an infantry rifle, an assault rifle and a light machine gun. The assault rifle would bridge the gap between the infantry rifle and the submachine gun. This program would deliver the SKS as the infantry rifle – semi-auto, 10 rounds and fed from stripper clips, the RPD light machine gun and the AK. The SKS & RPD were arrived at reasonably quickly, the competition to create the assault rifle (not then called that) was more complicated. Mikhail Kalashnikov had discovered an early interest in mechanics and weaponry but when WWII intervened, he found himself as a sergeant commanding a T34. Following the battle of Bryansk, where he was wounded, he designed his first submachine gun whilst recuperating. Although not adopted, his talent was recognised and he was assigned to the Red Army’s

During trials his AK-46 was pitted against the AB-46 by Bulkin and AD by Dementiev, was found wanting and rejected. Kalashnikov, by now an intimate of the Soviet weapons design community, was able to lobby to have his design re-entered into the trials. He and his fellow designer, Zaitsev, extensively reworked their design, incorporating features from the other guns in the trial, a practice encouraged in the Soviet Union and the resulting rifle was far better. It was still deemed too inaccurate in full auto, however, the Soviet Army seems to have decided that better was the enemy of good and rather than wait for something even better that may, or may not, emerge in the future, ordered the Kalashnikov gun into production for troop trials. It’s a minor historical note but these trial guns are strictly the only ones that can be called “AK-47” as, once adopted, the Red Army designated the weapon simply as AK – Avtomat Kalashnikova – Kalashnikov’s automatic rifle. The original design was simple, utilising a stamped steel receiver with the major components such as the trunnion rivetted in place. Difficulties in production meant that the early AKs had milled steel receivers and the problems with accurate stamping would only be resolved with the introduction of the AKM (AK

“IT’S A MINOR HISTORICAL NOTE BUT THESE TRIAL GUNS ARE STRICTLY THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN BE CALLED “AK-47” AS, ONCE ADOPTED, THE RED ARMY DESIGNATED THE WEAPON SIMPLY AS AK – AVTOMAT KALASHNIKOVA – KALASHNIKOV’S AUTOMATIC RIFLE.” Small Arms and Mortar Research & Proving ground (NIPSMVO). There he fell under the tutelage of some of the Soviet Union’s most talented designers and although his design for the infantry rifle lost out to the Simonov SKS, he continued work on the assault rifle. 74

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modernised) in 1959. There were other changes made at this time to the fire control unit and the muzzle, with the spoon-shaped compensator being introduced. The story of the AK and it’s variants is simply too long to cover here, the sheer number produced is staggering


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– in 2004 it was estimated that of 500 million small arms in the world, fully 100 million were based on Kalashnikov designs, with 75 million being AKs or derivatives.

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There are plenty of airsoft AKs to choose from, from a multitude of manufacturers. From Marui to LCT, Real Sword to Classic Army, many Chinese-made options, there is no shortage of choice. This month I am focussing on the AK/AKM and I’m ignoring the more modern variants – wood and steel is what we’re after. That drastically reduces the field for a number of reasons. Many airsoft AKs are made from plastic or alloy – great for AR15s – not so good if you want your gun to look like steel. There is also a tendency amongst manufacturers to put much better finished wood on their AKs than I have ever encountered on the real thing. In part, that is the inevitable result of hard lives but Soviet weapons have never been noted for their quality furniture and the AK is no exception. Since I have to narrow this down to the most accurate replica that makes life a bit easier, so I’ll suggest two; the Real Sword Type 56 and the Celcius AKM. I know that many will disagree with my choice, partly because I have excluded “modern” AK variants. I have handled and worked on some LCT guns that met the “steel” criteria but none that did so as completely as the Real Sword or Celcius.

Now, I will fully accept that the Type 56 is not an AK, but really, it is. The only significant change the Chinese made to the appearance of the design were the fully enclosed foresight and the addition of the folding spike bayonet, something the Russians were also fond of,

the later AKM and demands inclusion for that reason. Neither of these are cheap – the Real Sword can be had for around £450 from Landwarrior, the Celcius has an RRP of $1000. Both make extensive use of steel, with stamped receivers, dust covers, outer barrels etc. In both cases the respective manufacturers have avoided the temptation to make them look beautiful – dull parkerised finishes rather than blueing, although the woodwork on the Real Sword is still pretty nice. The Celcius woodwork does look like it just came out the factory, being darker and with the grain more obvious to the eye and hand thanks to a reasonably thin finish. Weight-wise there is little in it – a real AKM weighs in at 3.1kg unloaded, the Celcius is just over that at around 3.2kg, the Real Sword slightly heavier still at 3.5kg If you are looking principally for a wall-hanger that you can play with occasionally, the Celcius is tempting – it is almost impossible to fault it’s finish - but the Real Sword is a more practical option. Although it is a Type 56, these rifles were (and still are) found all over the world, the RS looks and feels like a genuine Kalashnikov. Sadly, my experience of the Celcius suggests that not only are they expensive but they are not particularly reliable, being prone to all the odd faults that CTW/PTS airsoft guns are known for. RS internals are not “Marui” standard but parts are available and build quality is excellent. You can do things to these guns that you would never do intentionally to other airsoft AKs and still expect them to run fine. A deactivated AK is no use for airsofting but frankly you could buy one to hang on your wall and buy a Real Sword Type 56 and probably spend less than you would on the Celcius alone, assuming you can source one. Personally, I would simply buy the RS Type 56 and do both with it! If you do play with it, as well as admiring it, allow it to get a few knocks; these guns will weather up

“A DEACTIVATED AK IS NO USE FOR AIRSOFTING BUT FRANKLY YOU COULD BUY ONE TO HANG ON YOUR WALL AND BUY A REAL SWORD TYPE 56 AND PROBABLY SPEND LESS THAN YOU WOULD ON THE CELCIUS ALONE, ASSUMING YOU CAN SOURCE ONE.” although not fitted to the AK series. Other than that, it is a faithful replica of Kalashnikov’s original and, importantly for this piece, ticks the boxes – steel and wood. The Celcius gun is an exceedingly good rendering of

just like the real thing and look far better for it. My thanks to Landwarrior Airsoft for the use of their Type 56 images. Celcius images came from their website. AA

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THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY SAW MANY AIRSOFTERS VISITING THE NORMANDY BEACHES, SO WE FELT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO RE-VISIT THE ARTICLE MILITARY HISTORIAN AND BATTLEFIELD GUIDE, WILL FOWLER, WROTE FOR US ABOUT THE KIT HE TAKES WITH HIM WHEN CONDUCTING A TOUR.

BATTLEFIELD TOURS KIT ALL INSTRUCTORS KNOW THAT the more senses that can be engaged in a lecture, the better the chance that the contents of the lesson will be absorbed and understood. The worst thing to do is just stand up and talk – the simplest teaching tool is a blackboard, or Powerpoint if you have the kit and the technical skill. This engages both hearing and sight and it is even better if the class

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can touch or handle something… feel its weight and size. When we get into smell and taste then cookery and chemistry would be among the few areas that could engage these senses. It was with this in mind that as a Battlefield Guide working with soldiers, school students and the general public, I put together what I call my “bag of tricks” and you would be excused if you thought that only junior


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soldiers or school students were interested in a handson encounter with this kit. Actually, anyone who has loaded up and tabbed, yomped or hacked over rough ground or thick cover and done so in all weathers, looks at the kit carried by soldiers between 1939 and 1945 and has a real respect for them.

BAG OF TRICKS

So what does my bag of tricks contain? A set of 1937 pattern webbing with small pack and its contents including mess tins, washing and shaving kit, sewing kit, socks, clasp knife and mug. A rolled ground sheet cape stowed at the top of the pack. The webbing has a No.4 Rifle spike bayonet, entrenching tool and, in the ammunition pouches, a bandoleer with clips of deactivated .303 ammunition and a drill No 36 Grenade. A “Respirator Lightweight Mk2” with all the anti-gas ancillaries is of interest to anyone who has had to endure NBC training or, as in Gulf War I, the threat of the real thing. Other bits and pieces include a collarless KF shirt and woollen cap comforter. You will have noticed there is no rifle and in part this is deliberate. Post-Brexit and in the current threat condition, taking a deactivated weapon to the continent can be inviting trouble! In addition to the webbing I have a battledress jacket badged as a Lance Cpl in “The Hampshires”, the first British troops to land on D-Day, coming ashore at GOLD Beach. It has the distinctive “Double T” flash of the 50th Tyne Tees Division that can be seen on the statue of the Green Howards soldier at Crepon, inland from the beaches. The whole lot is topped off with a Mk 2 steel helmet with hessian scrim in the netting cover.

WHERE TO GET IT.

There was a time, not so many years ago, when kit like this could be picked up in surplus stores at knock down prices – partly because it was obsolete and in part because there was a lot of the stuff around. Not anymore. It is hard to find and in many cases when you, do it’s not that cheap. It was as I was putting together my collection that I was recommended the North Walesbased company, Soldier of Fortune. Re-enactors and airsofters will know it, not only for its variety of kit – both World Wars, the armies of the Allies and Axis as well as the Vietnam War – but also for the speedy despatch of purchases and the helpful staff. They have an excellent online catalogue with detailed

explanations of the kit. It includes both World War I and II, from almost all the participating nations so if you have some handy sandy beaches with dramatic dunes, the 8th Army can take on the Afrika Korps or, if there is somewhere green and soggy, the 14th Army can slog it out with the Imperial Japanese Army. Airsofters will also know Soldier of Fortune for its range of practical kit, from boots to load carrying systems via camouflaged jackets and water proofs. There is an overlap to soldiers where this range of good quality equipment supplements issue items. Finally, good old fashioned travellers will find such handy items as a universal bath plug among a range of non-military, non re-enactor items that will make their travels that much smoother when they find themselves in remote and ill-served locations.

SHOW AND TELL

The kit comes in handy as an interest lesson at the end of a day in the open, walking the ridge lines, looking at the rivers and canals or the open expanse of D-Day invasion beaches. The 1908 Pattern entrenching tool, which British soldiers carried through World War I and II, is a simple twopart design, with a metal head and a wooden handle, the metal head consists of an adze/spade blade and a pick spike. With the spike as a handle it could be used as a basic spade. Between the blade and the spike was

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a ring into which the handle could be inserted at right angles to the head. With the handle inserted the tool could be used as a pick/mattock. In World War II, soldiers were trained to dig a shallow 1 foot deep trench with width of their shoulders that was (and still is) called a “shell scrape”. This had to be done in 60 minutes using their entrenching tool. Easy? No, it wasn’t as it had to be done from the prone position. It was a real eye-opener to young soldiers as they hacked away at the soil, often with their mates laughing – until one of the NCOs picked the noisiest to take over the digging! The current entrenching tool is a much more versatile design, however, everyone knows if you really want to shift soil and dig in fast, the best bit of kit is a GS shovel backed up with a pick. It has been around since World War I – it worked then and it still works now.

KIT

All this stuff takes up space and you need a bag (or bags) to cart it around. It’s OK if you’ve got a car into which you can dump it but once you start taking trains and planes and boats its needs to be more portable. A bergen is a handy bit of kit for toting the stuff around, however, grips that have rucksack style straps have less of a “signature”… in other words they do not attract unwanted attention in places like airport terminals or railway stations. One bit of kit that comes in handy on a battlefield tour is a map. OK you’ll say GPS does the trick fine and is often faster and more accurate, however, if you are showing a group how a battle developed a map is much more practical. As anyone knows who has handled maps in bad weather they have a way of falling apart, which why you need a Map Case. They come in roughly three sizes; little “patrol sized” ones with slots for pencils, pens, a compass and protractor, medium and gigantic. The Bulldog Field Map Case is a bit of an old

friend that was designed for Military use and is made from 1000 Denier Nylon to provide durability and performance. With a folded size of 14 x 25 cm is takes up very little space, can fit in most thigh cargo pockets and also has a removable shoulder strap. These nifty map cases cost £13.95 from UKMC Pro and are pretty useful for just that – patrolling. However, battlefield studies often range over wider areas, from the D-Day beaches to the fifteen mile frontage of the Somme. I have found that the next size up, the two-sided 52 x 68cm clear map cover (also sold by UKMC Pro at £7.49) is an excellent investment. It not only protects your map but, being two-sided, allows a larger area to be covered, or a modern map to be positioned back to back with one from World War I or II. But if you are looking for the mother of all map covers, the place that stocks the third option is HM Supplies. Their retail stores sound like a role call of British Army bases and training areas: Camberley, Brecon, Aldershot, Catterick, Cheriton and Tidworth. HM Supplies make a massive 51 x 39 ins map cover that is large enough to accommodate an OS Map and comes in at £15.50 . There is a good range of clear map covers including 36 x 19 inch at £8.00, a 19 x 22 inch at £6.00 and a handy little 12 x 10 inch at £5.00. For the very tactical, the map covers come with a DPM nylon backing or one that is clear on both sides. With some careful trimming and fixing I have been able to fit the French 1:25,000 IGN set of maps that cover the Somme into the large HM Supplies map cover. Of course, maps are incredibly useful when you are doing the “They were there and we were here and this is how the battle developed…” bit, however, in the past I have been interrupted when in full flow by British holiday tourists who had lost their way in the country back roads of Normandy and was able to say “You are here.” And that’s about it. All I can add is that if you really want to get the maximum out of any battlefield tour you take part in, do a little research first and grab a few bits that will help you get the most out of it. AA www.airsoft-action.online

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GROUNDHOG DAY FRENCHIE ROUNDS OFF THIS ISSUE WITH HIS VIEWS ON HOW THE FLOW OF PLAYERS IN AND OUT OF AIRSOFT, COUPLED WITH THE LACK OF READILY AVAILABLE INFORMATION, RESULTS IN THE NEED TO REGURGITATE THE SAME SUBJECT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

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AIRSOFT AS A SPORT HAS A MODERATELY high churn rate, that’s to say that the player base renews itself fairly regularly. Why that is isn’t hard to see, just look at the predominant demographic – young men, late teens to mid-twenties. Yes, I know there are plenty of creaky older blokes and a smattering of women but the bulk of players is drawn from that group. Airsoft as a sport has a moderately high churn rate, that’s to say that the player base renews itself fairly regularly. Why that is isn’t hard to see, just look at the predominant demographic – young men, late teens to mid-twenties. Yes, I know there are plenty of creaky older blokes and a smattering of women but the bulk of players is drawn from that group. Consequently, they are prey to all the things that affect young men; work commitments, lack of work, further education, relationships, children …in short, life as we know it! Some last for many years, others drop in, shoot the sh*t for a bit and then drift off as other priorities exert themselves. This is not a bad thing in and of itself but it can get a little frustrating if your job is delivering information to players by, say, writing for the pre-eminent airsoft magazine. Some things change, some improve and others stay steadfastly unchanging, meaning that periodically you come across posts and excitement about things that simply aren’t new and want to scream a little into your coffee! A good technical example is the matter of “trigger switching”; the simple matter of making your AEG go

“pew” when you pull the go-lever. The basic two-piece switch has been with us forever (in airsoft terms) and continues to be widely used. It is simple I grant you but it is also crude by today’s technological standards – one fixed piece, one moved by the trigger and an arrangement of gear-mounted cam and a lever to disconnect the switch in semi auto. It seemed as if there was never going to be a better alternative; MOSFETs promised much but frankly never really delivered, the ASCU was going in the right direction but was designed by people who failed to realise just how hard some players will depress a trigger mid-game, demolishing the delicate microswitch in the process. Finally, we saw the Gate Titan – an entirely electronic, optical switching and programmable replacement trigger unit. It’s not perfect – optical switches in an environment that involves spinning gears and grease can be problematic but, fundamentally, it should be the future, especially as they have just added Bluetooth functionality allowing you to reprogram it on site. As ASG showed with the Skorpion, it is possible to fit advanced switching as standard and it is to be hoped that we will see manufacturers adopting this technology in the years to come. That’s progress but, at the other end of the scale, standards surrounding eye protection haven’t changed at all and are poorly understood by successive generations of airsofters, if indeed they think about them at all. I have to accept some element of responsibility, as I have written about this several times

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over the years but the information gets lost as the player base changes. Most glasses are technically inadequate as they are certified to less than one joule of energy. I am not going to revisit the whys and wherefores here but the truth of the matter is that, while this is true, it is also to some extent irrelevant, as most glasses also do a perfectly good job of preventing injuries to eyes, even at power levels beyond their EN rating. Again, the reasons are complicated and have much to do with the way eye pro is tested and the criteria used, which have nothing to do with airsoft. My point here, and honestly there is one, is that given that the information hasn’t changed in at least a decade it would be useful if stuff like this was easily available to all players, old and new, should they wish to find it. In some respects, it is, if you are happy to rake through several websites and are willing to collate the disparate threads but there is no central repository. Airsoft Action back issues will contain much of what you might seek but again, searching for an individual subject isn’t always easy. If there was a governing body for airsoft, they could collate all of this stuff and make it available but such a beast doesn’t exist and I don’t really expect it to in my lifetime, airsoft is a bit too diffused. This is a shame as such a body could not only provide information but set standards that could be applied across the board, thereby sparing new generations of players from having to find out all this stuff themselves all over again. Cynically, I should recognise that as a writer about

airsoft the truth of all this is that I can periodically revisit subjects, bringing them before a new audience but there are times I wish that wasn’t necessary. There are certain areas (like the law as it applies to airsoft) that have undergone substantial changes over the last ten years or so, generally to our benefit, that were worth writing about again but even there changes generally take some time to be effected and once settled, don’t change for years. The obvious solution to this would be a database of basic information available to all players, but that comes with it’s own issues. It would have to be UK-specific; it would have to be properly researched and updated as necessary. The web makes this entirely feasible but the will to do it and to maintain it is probably lacking. I personally would worry that I would have to spend so much time writing disclaimers and caveats to ensure that I never found myself being sued by someone who relied on such information, that I won’t ever contemplate such an undertaking. That’s a shame but it’s also the reality of the world we live in. An officially accepted body, supported by the industry could probably do such a thing but it’s a lot of effort and I doubt they would regard the benefit as being worth the candle. That being the case, each generation of airsofters will have to seek out their own information and I and others like me, will have to periodically recap information that is important and bears repetition. Such is life! AA

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Socom Tactical 70 Reading Road South Fleet Hampshire, GU52 7SD 01252 616 868 www.socomtactical.net

Eagle6 Airsoft Sutterton Enterprise Park Sutterton, PE20 2JA 01205 460385 07944 904604 www.eagle6.co.uk

Airsoft Plantation Goatsmoor Lane Stock, Billericay Essex, CM4 9RS 07771 556395 www.airsoftplantation.co.uk

MidWales Airsoft Unit 3, Severnside Shopping Centre Newtown, SY16 1AA 01686 627594 www.midwalesairsoft.co.uk

The Vault Airsoft Store Brook Garden Centre Whittington Way Old Whittington Chesterfield, S41 9AG 01246 260860

Allsorts Airsoft 9 Arundel Road Littlehampton BN17 7BY 01903 714688 www.allsortsairsoft.co.uk

Red Alert Airsoft Hartshill Copse Burdens Heath Bucklebury, RG7 6SX 07941 087070 www.redalertpaintball.co.uk

Bristol Airsoft Shop Bridewell Street Old Crown Court Bristol, BS1 2HQ 07776 288826

www.thedepartmentcqb.co.uk

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SYMBOL KEY

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SHOP ONSITE

WOODLAND

PYROS ALLOWED

URBAN

BATTERY CHARGING

DESERT

REPAIR SERVICE

INDOOR

DISABLED FRIENDLY

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ABER AIRSOFT – THE BUNKER

AIRSOFT KGB

AMAZON EVENTS

BADLANDS AIRSOFT

Allt-lywd Wood Farm,

Porkellis Moor near Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0 Chef1322@hotmail.com

Hellingly, East Sussex, BN27 4HL

Rowlands Castle, Hamps PO9 6DP

Tel: 0844 2570433

Tel: 07534 465589

www.amazonoutdoorevents.co.uk

www.badlandsairsoft.co.uk

AMBUSH ADVENTURES – CHOBHAM

BARNSLEY AIRSOFT

Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8SL

Tel: 07779 236166

Tel: 01252 315225

www.barnsleypaintball.co.uk

outside Llanrhystud, nr. Aberystwyth, Wales. Tel: 07511554740

www.kgbairsoft.com

www.aberairsoft.co.uk

AIRSOFT PLANTATION ABSOLUTE AIRSOFT Maidenhead, SL6 3SS Tel: 07871 314951

Goatsmoor Lane, Billericay, CM4 9RS Tel: 07534 636289 / 07771 556395 www.airsoftplantation.co.uk Email: apairsoftplantation@gmail.com

www.ambushadventures.co.uk

www.absolute-airsoft.co.uk

BATTLETEC AIRSOFT AIRSOFT SKIRMISH

ACE AIRSOFT WAR GAMES Tong Wood, Newport Road Wolverhampton TF11 8PN

Stoulton, WR7 4QW Tel: 07764 587410 www.airsoftskirmish.co.uk

ACE COMBAT Kent, TN12 7DG Tel: 01303 814803 www.acecombat.co.uk

AIRBORNE 101 AIRSOFT CLUB

robinsonm24@btinternet.com

Studley, B80 7LY Tel: 07764 587410 www.airsoftskirmish.co.uk

North Lanarksire, ML7 5 www.airsoftasylum.webs.com

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New Forest National Park, SP5 2DW

www.battletec.co.uk

Tel: 07781 104068

Tel: 01252 315225

BETTER BATTLES Ravenshead, Notts, NG15 9DH

APOCALYPSE AIRSOFT

Tel: 07967 940043

Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7QP

www.better-battles.com

Tel: 07872 348 576 www.apocalypseairsoft.com

ALL ARMS AIRSOFT

BLACKDAGGER AIRSOFT Grasscroft Wood, Barlow Lees Lane,

Near Trawden, BB8 8SN Tel: 07909 683464

ARENA AIRSOFT

www.allarmsairsoft.co.uk

Grimsby, DN31 3JD

Dronfield, S18 7UR www.blackdagger-airsoft.co.uk

Tel: 07752 404060

ALPHA 55

www.arenaairsoft.com

AWA HERTS Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM23 4BJ

ALPHA ELITE GAMING Le Mont de Rozel, Jersey, JE3 5 Tel: 01534 733697 www.aegairsoft.je

BORDERLINE AIRSOFT 51 Green Road, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim

Halkyn Wood, North Wales CH8 8DF www.alpha55.co.uk

AIRSOFT ASYLUM

La Couture, Guernsey, GY1 2

AIRSOFT SKIRMISH CQB

Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 Tel: 07718 032541

AMBUSH ADVENTURES SOUTHAMPTON

www.ambushadventures.co.uk

Tel: 07786 192832 www.aceairsoft.co.uk

Shafton, Barnsley, S72 8RE

Tel: 07732 184957 www.awaherts.com

Northern Ireland, BT39 9PH Tel: 028 9303 7030 or 07729219341 www.borderlinecombat.com


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CERBERUS AIRSOFT – SHEFFIELD WOODLAND

COMBAT SOUTH URBAN

DELTA TEAM 3

Portsmouth PO6 3LS Tel: 02392 655636

Skelmersdale, Lancs WN8 8UT

PR46JX Tel: 07790 715059

Sheffield, S6 6JE

www.combatsouth.co.uk

Tel: 07986 053076

www.bravo22airsoft.com

Tel: 07891 469492

BRAVO 2-2 AIRSOFT Leisure Lakes, Mere Brow, Southport

www.cerberusairsoft.co.uk

BRISTOL AIRSOFT Bristol, BS1 2HQ Tel: 07776 288826 www.bristolairsoft.com

CERBERUS AIRSOFT – THE WORKS (URBAN)

www.deltateam3.co.uk

COMBAT SOUTH WOODLAND Fareham, PO17 5ND

DOGS OF WAR

Tel: 02392 655636

Houston, Renfrewshire PA6 7BP

www.combatsouth.co.uk

Tel: 07853 195290 www.dow-airsoft.co.uk

Off Badger Lane, Hipperholme, Halifax,

BRIT-TAC AIRSOFT Sheffield, S2 5TR Tel: 07795 631331 www.brittacairsoft.com

BUNKER 51 Charlton, SE7 8NJ Tel: 0870 7549653 www.wolfarmouries.co.uk

BUSH VALLEY AIRSOFT Runham Woods, Lenham ME17 1NQ Tel: 07786 448608 Email: bushvalairsoft@gmail.com

C3 TACTICAL Longhope, Gloucestershire, GL17 0PH Tel: 07597 938011 www.c3tactical.co.uk

CERBERUS AIRSOFT – THE COMPLEX Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4RP Tel: 07891 469492 www.cerberusairsoft.co.uk

CERBERUS AIRSOFT – THE OUTPOST (WOODLAND) HPC, York Road, Flaxby, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG5 0XJ Tel: 07891 469492 www.cerberusairsoft.co.uk

CERBERUS AIRSOFT – THE SANDPIT (DESERT) Bolton Wood Quarry, Bolton Hall Road Bradford, West Yorkshire BD2 1BQ Tel: 07891 469492 www.cerberusairsoft.co.uk

West Yorkshire HX3 8PL Tel: 07891 469492 www.cerberusairsoft.co.uk

CHESTERFIELD IMPERIAL AIRSOFT Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1DQ www.cia-airsoft.co.uk

CONTACT! FIGHT SCHOOL Kelvedon Hatch, Essex, CM14 5

DOG TAG AIRSOFT

Tel: 01438 368177

Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4SE

www.thefightschool.demon.co.uk

TEL 01293 852 314 www.holmbushpaintball.co.uk/airsoft

COOL UNDER FIRE Doddington, Kent, ME9 0JS

DRAGON’S LAIR

Tel: 07960 532613

Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

www.coolunderfire.co.uk

Tel: 07703 530189

CLOSE ACTION AIRSOFT Corby, NN17 3BB Tel: 07740 165787 www.close-action.co.uk

COMBAT ACTION GAMES Combat Street, Felthorpe, Norwich,

www.dragonslairairsoft.co.uk

CORNWALLS ELITE AIRSOFT Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4HF.

DRAGON VALLEY AIRSOFT

Tel: 0773 153 1113

Caerwent Training Area,

www.cornwallseliteairsoft.com

South Wales, NP26 5XL Tel: 07921 336360 www.dragonvalley.co.uk

Norfolk, NR10 4DR.

COTSWOLD AIRSOFT

Tel: 07748 023832

Bourton Woods, On the B4479, Blockley

www.facebook.com/combatactiongames

Near Bourton-on-the-hill

D.T.W AIRSOFT

www.cotswoldairsoft.co.uk

Colchester, Essex CO1 2ZF

Tel: 07724629140

Tel: 01206 790046

COMBAT AIRSOFT Just off the A11 outside Thetford Norfolk

www.dtwairsoft.co.uk

follow signs for Combat Paintball

CUMBRIA AIRSOFT

Tel: 07703 045849

Dumfries, DG12

DEPARTMENT CQB AIRSOFT

www.combatairsoftgames.co.uk

cumbria.airsoft@virgin.net

Unit 8, Winston Ave, Croft, Leic. LE9 3GQ

www.cumbria-airsoft.com

Tel: 01455 285605

CONTACT FRONT

www.thedepartmentcqb.co.uk

Wattons Lane, Matchams, Bournemouth

DANGER CLOSE AIRSOFT

BH24, 2dg

Ellough Lark Raceway, Benacre Road,

Tel: 0845 116 2830

Ellough, Norfolk

info@contactfront.co.uk

Tel: 07455 906132

ELITE BATTLEZONE Bexley, Greater London, DA5 1NX Tel: 07968 448475 www.elitebattlezone.co.uk

COMBAT READY CQB

DARKWATER AIRSOFT LTD.

38 Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF

Mobile: 07947 558433

Tel: 01332 493258

EXPERIENCE AIRSOFT

www.darkwaterairsoft.co.uk

Email: info@combatreadyairsoft.co.uk

Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 0AN

Email: darwaterairsofthythe@gmail.com

www.combatreadyairsoft.co.uk

Tel: 01380 728982

DARKWATER AFTER DARK C.Q.B,

www.experienceairsoft.co.uk

(Battlezone Building), Britannia Lane,

CERBERUS AIRSOFT – RIVOCK EDGE Keighley, BD20 0LS Tel: 07891 469492 www.cerberusairsoft.co.uk

COMBAT READY OUTDOOR Middle Wildpark Farm, Wildpark Lane, Brailsford, Ashbourne DE6 3BN Tel: 01332 493258 Email: info@combatreadyairsoft.co.uk www.combatreadyairsoft.co.uk

Kingsnorth, Ashford, TN23 3NA DARKWATER SITE

FIREFIGHT COMBAT SIMULATIONS

Dering Wood, Church Lane, Shadoxhurst,

Lewisham, SE13 5SU Tel: 07973 240177

Ashford TN26 1LZ

www.firefight.co.uk

facebook.com/afterdarkcqb

facebook.com/darkwaterairsoftdarkwater

FIFE WARGAMES www.airsoft-action.online

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St Andrews, KY10 3XL

STEALTH WOODS – OTLEY

info@fifewargames.co.uk

Stealth Woods, Dob Park, Norwood Bottom Road, Otley LS21 2NA Tel: 0161 727 8863

www.fifewargames.com

FINMERE AIRSOFT Buckingham, MK18 4JT Tel: 07976 184897 www.finmereairsoft.com

FIREBALL SQUADRON Sutton Coldfield, B75 5SA Tel: 07582 684533 www.fireballsquadron.com

FIRST & ONLY:

Staffordshire ST13 8TL Tel: 0161 727 8863 www.firstandonlyairsoft.com

FIRST & ONLY: CROSSFIRE WOODS – PRESTON Moss Lane East, Preston PR4 3SP 0161 727 8863

FIRST & ONLY:

Bull Ring Farm Rd, Leamington Spa CV33 9HJ Tel: 0161 727 8863 www.firstandonlyairsoft.com

GREENZONE COMBAT

Tel: 0161 727 8863

FIRST & ONLY:

FIRST & ONLY:

Oak Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire LL13 9RG Tel: 0161 727 8863

THE BASE CQC – YATESBURY 1 Jugglers Ln, Yatesbury, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 8YA Tel: 0161 727 8863

GROUND ZERO WOODLAND Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 2DF www.groundzerowoodland.com

Farcet, Peterborough, PE7 3DH Tel: 01733 247171 www.freefirezone.co.uk

FRV AIRSOFT Annacloy, Downpatrick, BT30 8JJ Tel: 07730 586926 www.frvairsoft.com

Cilyrychen Quarry, Llandybie, Ammanford, Camarthenshire, SA18 3JG Tel: 01269 850404 www.fullmetalairsoft.co.uk

Near Kinver, Kidderminster DY11 5SA Tel: 0161 727 8863

GUN HO AIRSOFT Guisborough, TS7 0PG

Kent TN12 0HP Tel: 01622 831788 / 07876 263290 www.invictabattlefield.co.uk

ISLAND RECON AIRSOFT COMBAT Near Shorwell, Isle of Wight, PO30 www.islandrecon.co.uk

Tel: 07525 435696

LAND WARRIOR AIRSOFT

www.gunhoairsoft.co.uk

Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4LG Tel: 0131 654 2452

GUNMAN AIRSOFT – TUDDENHAM Cavenham Road, Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6DF Tel: 07711 774461 (Doug) or 07711 774401 (Josh) www.gunmanairsoft.co.uk/gunmanairsoft-tuddenham/

www.airsoftedinburgh.co.uk

LAC AT COMBAT ZONE Saxillby, LN1 2JW Tel: 07775 877057 www.lincolnshireairsoftclub.co.uk

LAGAN AIRSOFT CLUB

GUNMAN AIRSOFT – MIDLANDS

Belfast BT170AE / Tel: 07733128484

The Grange, Frogmore Grange, Balsall

LEEDS AIRSOFT: THE FOUNDRY CQB

Common, Coventry CV7 7FP Tel: 01676 532 384

Estate, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan

Drakelow Tunnels, Kingsford Country Park,

Wilden Park Road, Staplehurst,

17G Stationview, Dunmurry,

FULL METAL AIRSOFT

THE OUTPOST – KIDDERMINSTER

INVICTA BATTLEFIELD

Tel: 07964 751047

FIRST & ONLY:

Unit S2 Mill 1, Swan Meadow Industrial

FIRST & ONLY:

www.greenzonecombat.com

THE ARMOURY – WREXHAM

THE MILL CQB – WIGAN

Tel: 0161 727 8863

Co. Armagh, BT60 1NE Tel: 07772 919974

Stealth Woods, Dob Park, Norwood Bottom Road, Otley LS21 2NA

Tel: 0121 643 2477 info@grangelivegaming.com

FREE FIRE ZONE STEALTH WOODS – OTLEY

Bravo One Birmingham,

THE JUNGLE – HARBURY

www.firstandonlyairsoft.com

FIRST & ONLY:

GRANGE LIVE GAMING 93–99 Holloway Head, B1 1QP

ANZIO CAMP Blackshaw Moor, Nr Leek,

Tel: 07792 680297

GASS AIRSOFT – PENN Penn Bottom, Bucks, HP10 Tel: 07907 788970 www.gassairsoft.co.uk

info@suspensionofdisbelief.co.uk www.giairsoft.co.uk/Skirmish-days

GUNMAN AIRSOFT – EVERSLEY The Welsh Drive, Fleet Road (A327), Eversley, Hants RG27 0PY Tel: 07711 774461 (Doug) or 07711 774401 (Josh) www.gunmanairsoft.co.uk/gunmanairsoft-eversley/

Haigh Park Road, Stourton, Leeds LS10 1RX Tel: 0113 277 7707 / 07968 258952

LINDSEY AIRSOFT Manby, Lincolnshire, LN11 8HE Tel: 07955 487983 www.lindsey-airsoft.co.uk

MATLOCK COMBAT GAMES Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5FW Tel: 07974 507166

HILTON PARK AIRSOFT

www.matlockcombatgames.com

Wolverhampton, WV10 7HU Tel: 08000 354490/ www.paintballuk.com

MAYHEM AIRSOFT Upper Harbledown, Nr. Canterbury, Kent

FIRST & ONLY: SHELL SHOCK WOODS – BRIDGNORTH Uplands Coppice, Off B4363, Bridgnorth,

GASS AIRSOFT – PIDDINGTON Piddington, Oxfordshire, OX25 1 Tel: 07907 788970/ www.gassairsoft.co.uk

HOMELAND TACTICAL AIRSOFT Spanby, Lincs, NG34 0AT/ Tel: 07971 560249 facebook.com/HomelandTacticalAirsoft

Shropshire WV16 5LS

CT2 9AX Tel: 07802 837440/07949 486510 Email: mayhemairsoft@hotmail.com www.mayhemsoutheast.com

Tel: 0161 727 8863

GRANGE FARM AIRSOFT FIRST & ONLY:

Leicester, LE9 9FP www.gingerliberationfront.com

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HUMBER AIRSOFT North Lincolnshire, DN21 www.humberairsoft.co.uk

MIDWALES AIRSOFT Abbey Cwm-hir, Midwales, LD1 6PG Tel: 01686 627594


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www.facebook.com/Midwales-airsoft

OBAN AIRSOFT – ILL ARGYLL Argyll and Bute, PA37 1

MILITARY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Wrightington, WN6 9PL Tel: 01942 514724 www.militaryoutdooradventure.co.uk

Tel: 07967 710185

RED1AIRSOFT CQB

www.argyllsurplus.com

Red1 CQB. Kings Langley, WD4 8RN

Checkley, Staffordshire, ST10 4NS Tel: 07523 916607 www.milsimuk.co.uk

Tel: 07964 990831

www.op-tac.co.uk

NCIS AIRSOFT

Fenwick, Ayrshire, KA3 6AY Tel: 07904 998250 www.nomadairsoft.com

PATHFINDER GROUP AIRSOFT MILITARY SIMULATION Hants, BH23/ Tel: 02380 899369

PHOENIX AIRSOFT Welbeck Airsoft, Academy, Budby Road, Notts NG20 9JX

NO LIMITS AIRSOFT Unit 4, King Street, Gatehead, NE8 2YP info@nolimitspaintballandlaser.co.uk Tel: 07464 482410/ 0191 441 4574

NORTHERN ALLIANCE AIRSOFT Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3LQ Tel: 01845 565465 www.northernallianceairsoft.co.uk

Tel: 07956 587213 / 01623 812483 www.phoenix-airsoft.co.uk

PLATOON 1HQ Rochester, Kent, ME1 1 HQ Tel: 01634 829063/ www.ptt-1hq.co.uk

Coventry, CV3 6NX Tel: 07831 429407 www.stirlingairsoft.com

www.riftairsoft.com

RIFT AIRSOFT (COTTENHAM) Cambridge, CB24 8RL

Shotts, North Lanarkshire, ML7 5AB Tel: 07974 026517

www.s8airsoft.com

SG1 COMBAT GAMES Co. Londonderry, BT45 8NA

NORTHFLEET CQB

Trickley Coppice, London Road, Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5SA Tel: 0121 323 1000 info@npfairsoft.com www.facebook.com/npfairsoft

TA EVENTS

Holbrook Coppice, Buidwas Bank (A4169),

Hemel Hemstead, Herts, HP2 7QB Tel: 07894 059794 /www.ta-events.co.uk

Buildwas, Telford, Shropshire, TF8

SKIRMISH AIRSOFT BILLERICAY

PREDATOR COMBAT GAMES Ballynahinch, BT24 8NF

Tel: 01277 657777 www.airsoft-billericay.co.uk

www.predatorcombat.com

SKIRMISH EXETER Exeter, Devon, EX4 5/ Tel: 01548 580025

RAVEN’S NEST Suffolk, IP8 4 / Tel: 01473 831563 www.ravensairsoft.co.uk

www.airsoftexeter.co.uk

TACTICAL WALES AIRSOFT Reynoldston, Swansea SA3 1AS Tel: 01792 473336 www.tacticalwales.co.uk

SOUTH COAST CQB Browndown Road, Lee-On-Solent PO13 9UG Tel: 07533 434203

Wigton, Cumbria CA7 3SZ Tel: 01900 85645

SOUTHDOWN AIRSOFT

www.airsoftcumbria.co.uk

Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0LR Tel: 07766 770830 www.southdownairsoft.com

Tel: 07956 522691/01727846069 www.red1airsoft.co.uk

Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9PL Tel: 0203 490 8008/07983 657093 www.tacticalwarfare.co.uk

TAZ AIRSOFT

TECH BRIGADE Newgate Street, Hertfordshire. SG13 8NH Tel: 07841 713356 www.techbrigade.org

TASK FORCE SKIRMISH Cowbridge, S Glamorgan, CF71 Tel: 02920 593900

RED1AIRSOFT Chislehurst, Bromley BR7 6SD

TACTICAL WARFARE AIRSOFT

Farr, Inverness IV2 6XB Tel: 07848 448408

Hetton, Sunderland, DH5 0 Tel: 07983 333521 / www.nscairsoft.co.uk

Tel: 01642 281220 www.ntac.co.uk

S.W.A.T. AIRSOFT

Billericay, Essex, CM11 2TX

RAW WAR AIRSOFT CUMBRIA

Durham, DL4 2ER

Slinfold, RH12 Tel: 020 8150 9284 www.sussexairsoft.co.uk

SHROPSHIRE AIRSOFT WAR GAMES

NSC AIRSOFT

NTAC

SUSSEX AIRSOFT

Boathouse lane, South Wirral, Cheshire, CH64 3TB www.swatairsoft.eu Tel: 07703 177756

Tel: 02897565651 / 07825169631

NPF AIRSOFT, NPF BASSETTS POLE

Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 4LD Tel: 07515 937633 www.stormforcepaintball.co.uk

www.sg1combatgames.co.uk

Tel: 07713 273102

PLAYERS OF WAR High Bonnybridge, FK1 3AD

STORMFORCE AIRSOFT

SECTION 8 AIRSOFT

Tel: 07786 192832 / www.aceairsoft.co.uk

Tel: 07767 203979/ www.playersofwar.co.uk Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9AA Tel: 07968 448475 www.elitebattlezone.co.uk

STIRLING AIRSOFT

Chipping Warden, OX17 1LZ

Tel: 07751 586781 / www.riftairsoft.com

Former RAF Camp Sopley/Merryfield Park,

NOMAD AIRSOFT

RIFT AIRSOFT COM’S SITE 3

OVER THE TOP AIRSOFT CLUB github.io / Tel: 07895 478634

Edinburgh, EH14 4 nick@ncis-airsoft.co.uk www.ncis-airsoft.co.uk

www.red1airsoft.co.uk

Tel: 07751 586781 Anglesey, LL71 8VW www.ottairsoft.

SPEC OPS AIRSOFT– THE ROCK Portland, Dorset, DT5 2EG Tel: 07984 656947 www.specopsairsoft.co.uk

Tel: 07956 522691/01727846069

OP-TACTICAL UK – TEAN-OPS Tean, Staffordshire, ST10 4JT

MILSIM UK

www.specopsairsoft.co.uk

www.taskforcepaintball.co.uk

SPEC OPS AIRSOFT – BLOXWORTH Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7EU Tel: 07984 656947

THE BUNKER www.airsoft-action.online

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FIND SOMEWHERE TO BE THIS WEEKEND…

Aberystwyth www.aberairsoft.co.uk

– FAWKHAM

Dunstable, LU6 2EE Tel: 01494 881430

07964 751047

Tel: 07841 462806

Fawkham, Kent, DA3 8NY

www.xsiteairsoft.co.uk

Open five nights a week 7pm-10pm Info@islandrecon.co.uk

Tel: 01268 796130 www.ultimatewargames.co.uk

THE DEPOT

High Wycombe, HP14 3NP

Glasgow, G45 9SB Tel: 0161 727 8863 www.thedepotglasgow.com

THE EX SITE Mold, CH7 4 Tel: 07840 001975

ULTIMATE WARGAMES – LIMPSFIELD

Tel: 01494 881430

Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0RH

YORKSHIRE TACTICAL AIRSOFT - THE MANOR

www.ultimatewargames.co.uk

Church Lane

www.theexsitewales.co.uk

URBAN ASSAULT THE WARGAMES CENTRE Lundholm Road, Stevenston, Ayrshire, KA20 3LN

Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 1 Tel: 01733 247171

VIKING AIRSOFT Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0UN

THUNDER PARK AIRSOFT

Sheffield S75 3DQ 01226 414004 To Book

www.urbanassault.org.uk

www.thewargamescentre.com wargamescentre@gmail.com

XSITE AIRSOFT – LANE END

www.vikingairsoft.co.uk

WARMINSTER AIRSOFT

www.thunderpark.co.uk

Warminster, BA12 7RZ

Food & drinks available on site

www.warminsterairsoft.co.uk

WEST MIDLANDS AIRSOFT

Co Tyrone, BT71 4DY  Tel: 07922 377131

F O B (Woodland), Hollington Road, Upper

Facebook: search ‘Torrent Warfare’

Tean, Staffordshire, ST10 4JT

Engine Lane, Shafton, Barnsley S72 8RE 01226 414004 To Book

TROJAN AIRSOFT

included, free tea and coffee available all

Macclesfield, SK10 4SZ

day. Site memberships.

Tel: 07428 024874

Tel: Paul – 07861427553

www.trojan-airsoft.com

Email: paul@wmairsoft.co.uk

YORKSHIRE TACTICAL AIRSOFT - THE PINES

Weir Mill, Viaduct Street, Chestergate,

WEST MIDLANDS AIRSOFT High Command (CQB),

Stockport, Cheshire, SK5 7JP

Doulton Trading Estate, Doulton Road,

Tel: 07428 024874

Rowley Regis B65 8JQ

www.trojan-airsoft.com

On site parking, HPA top-ups, secure safe zone, male & female toilets, hot lunch included, free tea and coffee available all

UCAP AIRSOFT Portsmouth, Hants, PO17 6AR Tel: 07590 818881

www.ucap.co.uk

day. Site memberships.

www.wmairsoft.co.uk

UCAP GREEN OPS Linch, West Sussex, GU30 7 Tel: 07590 818881 www.ucap.co.uk

WORTHING AIRSOFT Arundel Road, Worthing Tel: 07877 210898 www.worthingairsoft.co.uk

ULTIMATE WARGAMES XSITE AIRSOFT OUTPOST

AUGUST 2019

UKPSA-qualified Range Officers Equipment hire available www.ebsc.co.uk

HALO MILL The Penthouse, Colne Valley Business Park, Huddersfield HD7 5QG Tel: 01484 840554 www.halomill.com

01226 414004 To Book

Fryers Farm Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3NP

PRACTICAL SHOOTING DIRECTORY

Tel: 01494 881430

SOUTH WEST PRACTICAL SHOOTERS (SWPS) Action Air IPSC Club

GRANGE PS

Based at The Tunnel Target Sports Centre

Bravo One, 93-99 Holloway Head,

near Charmouth

Birmingham, B1 1QP

The Tunnel,

Tel: 0121 643 2477

Axminster Road,

http://www.grangelivegaming.com

Charmouth,

Facebook: GPS

Dorset DT6 6BY

info@grangelivegaming.co.uk. Range

Contact: SWPSClub@Outlook.com

open for booking Wed-Sun. Club nights every Thursday, 6.30-10.30.

TYPHOON SHOOTING ACADEMY Mondays in Braintree, Essex.

WATFORD PRACTICAL PISTOL CLUB WatfordPPC@gmail.com

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Details on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/290646868310496

StrikeForce CQB, Morelands Trading Estate, Bristol Road, Gloucester GL1 5RZ Facebook: www.facebook.com/ Double-Tap-Practical-Shooting-Club979585958732937

TYPHOON AIRSOFT TARGET SHOOTING CLUB

FPS ACTION AIR IPSC

Both clubs offer Action Air, 2 & 3 Gun,

24 Scarrots lane Newport Isle of Wight PO30 2JD 90

UKPSA Coaches

XSITE PRACTICAL SHOOTING

Tel: Paul – 07861427553 Email: paul@wmairsoft.co.uk

PP, IDPA, IPAS, IPSC, 3GUN

Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6DG

Great North Road

www.wmairsoft.co.uk

TROJAN AIRSOFT – OLYMPUS CQB

MOD-approved gun club

Manchester Road, Linthwaite,

On site parking, HPA Top ups, covered safe zone, male & female toilets, hot lunch

EAST BARNET SC

ebpracticalpistol@gmail.com

Bawtry Forest

TORRENT WARFARE

Facebook:@fpsiow

YORKSHIRE TACTICAL AIRSOFT - THE PIT

Luxulyan, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL305FA Tel: 01726 858613 or 07590 030887

www.4dsportsclubs.co.uk

Fridays in Sible Hedingham, Essex. Details on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TyphonCQB IPAS and Dynamic Action Sport. Contact via FB or 07939 557029.


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Flagship 5.11 UK Shop Unit 3, Stag Business Park, Donnington Wood Telford, Shropshire, TF2 7NA Monday - Friday (08:30 - 17:30) Phone - 01952 56 56 70

CONTENTS CLOTHING

FOOTWEAR BAGS & CASES

LOAD CARRYING ACCESSORIES

Trousers 4 - 11 Shorts 12 - 13 Belts 14 - 15 Shirts 16 - 19 Polo Shirts 20 T-Shirts 21 Fitness 22 - 23 24 - 25 Base Layers Outerwear 26 - 33 Uniform 34 - 39 Boots Socks & Shoe Laces

40 - 53 54 - 55

Backpacks Bags Gear Bags Rifle Cases Hard Cases

56 - 66 67 - 71 72 73 73

Plate Carriers Pouches

74 - 76 77 - 82

Torches 83 Gloves 84 - 85 Wallets 86 Watches 87 Sunglasses 87 Multitools 87 88 Gators & Shemaghs Hats 89 Patches 90

5.11 ABR TROUSERS Page 5

5.11 LV10 13L LOW VIS PACK Page 66

5.11 CRUISER PERFORMANCE LONG SLEEVE HOODIE Page 22

Online | www.tactree.co.uk Phone | 01952 56 56 70 In-Store | Unit 3 Stag Business Park, Donnington Wood, Telford, TF2 7NA


TROUSERS

Ranger Green

NEW

5.11 AMP24 Backpack BG9651 5.11 ABR Trousers TR143 5.11 Union 6in WP Boot PE6960

4

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TROUSERS

Khaki

NEW

Covert front magazine pocket

Fade resistant tool strap

Slash cut pockets for ease of access

Velcro cargo pockets

5.11 ABR Pro Trousers | £55 .80 + Upgraded version of the 5.11 Taclite Pro Trousers + Teflon® finish for soil and stain resistance + Device ready + Double reinforced seat & knees + 9 pockets + Internal knee pad ready + Hip mounted D-ring + 71% Polyester / 29% Cotton FlexLite ripstop, 5.6 oz Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR143

BLACK

DARK NAVY

KHAKI

RANGER GREEN

KANGAROO

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Extra front pocket sized for EDC items

5


TROUSERS

Tundra

Storm

5.11 Tactical Trousers | £43 .20

5.11 Taclite Pro Trousers | £43 .20

+ Tough 8.5oz cotton canvas + Perfect for the outdoors including hunting and hiking + Trademark rear slash pockets and utility strap + Seven pockets in total

+ Lightweight 65% polyester and 35% poly cotton ripstop + Magazine/mobile phone pocket + Signature rear strap and slash pocket design

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR135

BLACK

COYOTE

KHAKI

NAVY

OLIVE DRAB

TUNDRA

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR155

BATTLE BROWN

BLACK

CHARCOAL

COYOTE

KHAKI

NAVY

STONE

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

5.11 Womens Taclite Pro Trousers | £43 .20 Sizes: 8-20, Reg or Long leg BLACK BATTLE BROWN

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KHAKI

Product Code: TR156 NAVY CHARCOAL


TROUSERS

Khaki

Battle Brown

5.11 Fast-Tac Cargo Trousers | £43 .20

5.11 Fast-Tac Urban Trousers | £36 .00

+ Lightweight 4.7 oz. 100% polyester Fast-Tac™ fabric + Flexible, self-adjusting waistband with 7 loops + Cargo pockets with side bellows for extra capacity + 9 pockets

+ Lightweight 4.7 oz. 100% polyester Fast-Tac™ fabric + Flexible, self-adjusting waistband with 7 loops + Water resistant finish + 5 pockets

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR151

BLACK

BATTLE BROWN

KHAKI

NAVY

CHARCOAL

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR150

BLACK

BATTLE BROWN

KHAKI

NAVY

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CHARCOAL

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TROUSERS

Battle Brown

TDU Green

5.11 Stryke Trousers | £67 .50 + 6.76 oz. Flex-Tac™ ripstop fabric + Flex cuff pocket inside front waist + Lightweight 65% / 35% poly-cotton ripstop + Self-adjusting tunnel waistband for comfort + 12 pockets Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

5.11 Apex Trousers | £67 .50 + 6.4 oz. Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch canvas + Flex cuff pocket inside front waist + Twin back yoke magazine pockets + Lightweight 65% / 35% poly-cotton ripstop + Internal cargo pouch magazine pockets Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR160

BATTLE BROWN

BLACK

BURNT

DARK NAVY

KHAKI

RANGER GREEN

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

BATTLE BROWN

BLACK

BURNT

CHARCOAL

COYOTE

DARK NAVY

KHAKI

RANGER GREEN

STONE

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

5.11 Womens Stryke Trousers | £67 .50 Sizes: 8-20, Reg or Long leg

Product Code: TR165

BLACK

BURNT

DARK NAVY

KHAKI

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

VOLCANIC

8

Product Code: TR169

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TROUSERS

Oil Green

Dark Wash

5.11 Defender-Flex Slim Trousers | £63 .00

5.11 Defender-Flex Slim Jeans | £63 .00

+ Soft fade finish and enzyme washed fabric + Five pocket styling plus two rear hip pockets + Button top fly with locking YKK® zipper + 8.8 oz. stretch Cavalry twill (66% cotton / 31% poly / 3% elastane) + Logo button top fly + Fitted waistband + Dual back patch pockets

+ Innovative mechanical stretch denim for better flexibility and mobility + Five pocket styling plus two rear hip pockets + Soft fade finish and enzyme washed fabric + Double needle construction with bar tacks in high-stress areas

Sizes: 28-40in waist, 30-36 leg

Product Code: TR144

BLACK

BURNT

GRENADE

OIL GREEN

STONE

VOLCANIC

Sizes: 28-40in waist, 30-36 leg BLACK

DARK WASH

Product Code: TR146 INDIGO

5.11 Womens Defender-Flex Trousers | £63 .00 Sizes: 8-20, Reg or Long leg BLACK

COIN

Product Code: TR148 STONE

VOLCANIC

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TROUSERS Burnt

Stone

5.11 Stonecutter Trousers | £67 .50

5.11 Edge Chino Trousers | £58 .50

+ Side utility welt pocket, dual front utility pockets and two extra back yoke pockets sized for AR mag storage + Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch fabric with Teflon® finish + Fade and shrink resistant

+ 2-way mechanical stretch fabric for ultimate comfort + Media drop pocket / mobile phone ready + Teflon® finish + 68% poly / 32% cotton Flex-Tac™ twill

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg BLACK

BROWN DUCK

Product Code: TR162 BURNT

GRENADE

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg BLACK

DARK NAVY

5.11 Mission Ready Shirt SH345 5.11 Mission Ready 1.5” Belt NP675 5.11 Edge Chino Trousers TR149 5.11 Mission Ready Document Bag BG998

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Product Code: TR149 LUNAR

STONE


TROUSERS Tundra

Storm

5.11 Traverse 2.0 Trousers | £72 .00

5.11 Ridgeline Trousers | £58 .50

+ Lightweight, flexible, water-repellent trousers + 4-way stretch for maximum comfort + Articulated knees + 10 pockets

+ Lightweight 65% / 35% poly-cotton ripstop + Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch for comfort + Teflon® treated for soil, stain and water resistance + 8 pockets

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg BLACK

KHAKI

Product Code: TR180 STORM

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg

TUNDRA

BLACK

BATTLE BROWN

Product Code: TR141 NAVY

STONE

STORM

Dark Earth

Indigo

Charcoal

Condor Odyssey Gen II Trousers | £63 .95

Condor Cipher Jeans | £43 .95

Condor Cipher Trousers | £41 .95

+ Inlaid cargo pockets with zipper closure + Two gadget pockets for phone or mag + 4-Way stretch material for maximum comfort and mobility

+ Stretch fabric allows maximum movement and comfort + Two gadget pockets for phone or mag (12.7 x 9.5 cm)

+ Stretch fabric allows maximum movement and comfort + Elastic waist band for IWB + Two front & two back pockets

Sizes: 32-38in waist, 30-34 leg Product Code: TR282 CHARCOAL

DARK EARTH

Sizes: 32-38in waist, 30-34 leg Product Code: TR280 INDIGO

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Sizes: 32-38in waist, 30-34 leg Product Code: TR281 BLACK

CHARCOAL

DARK EARTH

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SHORTS

TDU Green

Coyote

5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts | £38 .70

5.11 Stryke Shorts | £58 .50

+ 6.14 oz, 65% polyester/35% cotton ripstop

+ Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch for comfort + 12 pockets

Sizes: 28-44in waist BLACK

COYOTE

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

Product Code: TR175

Sizes: 28-44in waist

TDU KHAKI

Product Code: TR173

BATTLE BROWN

BLACK

KHAKI

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

NAVY

5.11 Taclite Pro 11” Shorts | £40 .50 Sizes: 28-44in waist BLACK

NAVY

Product Code: TR176 TDU KHAKI

TDU Green

5.11 Apex Shorts | £58 .50 + Lightweight 65% / 35% poly-cotton canvas + Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch for comfort + Internal cargo pouch magazine pockets + Deep cargo pockets with clean interior finish + Teflon treated to repel stains, soil, and moisture + Gusseted construction Sizes: 28-44in waist BATTLE BROWN

TDU GREEN

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BLACK

Product Code: TR181 NAVY

KHAKI


SHORTS

Charcoal

Lunar

Black

NEW

5.11 Terrain Shorts | £47 .70

5.11 Forge Performance Shorts | £40 .50

+ MAG pockets at back yoke + 11” inseam + Dual front low profile utility pockets + Full running gusset + 100% cotton twill, 6 oz. Sizes: 28-44in waist BATTLE BROWN

+ 100% polyester, jersey, 4.5 oz + Accordion style trim tape detail at sides + Encased waistband + Contrast thread at inside bottom hem + Enduro-Flex™ fabric

+ Jacquard elastic waistband with internal drawcord + Zipped secure back pocket + 100% polyester four-way stretch, 2.68 oz.

Product Code: TR192

CHARCOAL

5.11 RECON Lunge Shorts | £37 .80

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: FIT230

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: FIT225

STONE

LAKE

LUNAR

VOLCANIC

BLACK

LUNAR

PACIFIC NAVY

RANGER GREEN

Black

Lunar

Tundra

5.11 Patrol Shorts | £52 .20

5.11 Athos Shorts | £40 .50

5.11 Vaporlite Shorts | £47 .70

+ Breathable and quick drying performance + Lightweight 96% nylon/4% spandex fabric + Non-slip waistband to keep your shirt tucked in

+ Media drop pocket / mobile phone ready + 98% cotton / 2% elastane / 6.19 oz. twill + Back patch pockets + Running gusset

+ Lightweight, durable and quick-drying + Four-way mechanical stretch polyester/ spandex fabric + Full running gusset

Sizes: 28-44in waist BLACK

NAVY

Product Code: TR193

Sizes: 28-44in waist BLACK

LUNAR

Product Code: TR191 RAISIN

Sizes: 28-44in waist BLACK

REGATTA

Product Code: TR172 TUNDRA

STONE

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BELTS

Black

Sandstone

5.11 Traverse Double Buckle 1.5” Belt | £18 .00

5.11 TDU 1.5” Belt | £12 .60

+ Two tone lightweight aluminium anodised buckles + Supports a holster and sidearm

+ Durable low-profile, non-metalic buckle + Also available in 1.75” (NP625)

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: NP670

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP620 BLACK

COYOTE

TDU GREEN

TDU Green

BLACK

SANDSTONE

STORM

Black

Sandstone

5.11 Double Duty 1.5” TDU Belt | £16 .20

5.11 Trainer 1.5” Belt | £31 .50

5.11 Operator 1.75” Belt | £33 .30

+ Reversible dual-layer design + Also available in 1.75” (NP611)

+ Solid stainless tumbled steel buckle + Reinforced stitching

+ Solid Stainless Steel Buckle (6000lb rating) + Buckle finished in black matte

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP610 COYOTE

TDU GREEN

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP640

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP630 BLACK

CHARCOAL

COYOTE

TDU GREEN

SANDSTONE

TUNDRA

Brown

BLACK

COYOTE

TDU GREEN

Black

5.11 Apex Gunners Belt 1.5” | £51 .30

5.11 Apex T-Rail 1.5” Belt | £51 .30

+ Cast Aluminium Type 3 Anodised buckle + TPU Coated with 1,500 lbs of tensile strength

+ Ideal for both on and off duty wear + Dual retention prongs for a secure fit

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP650 BLACK

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BATTLE BROWN

BROWN

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP660 BLACK

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TUNDRA


BELTS

Kangaroo

5.11 Elas-Tac Belt | £31 .50 + Easy-set durable, aluminium G-hook buckle + Hook & Loop adjustability + 100% nylon Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP680 BLACK

KANGAROO

Volcanic

Coyote

Black

5.11 Drop Shot 1.5” Belt | £18 .00

5.11 Alta 1.75” Belt | £26 .10

5.11 Maverick Assaulters Belt | £81 .00

+ Metal tension G-Hook buckle + Double-sealed open end

+ Parachute-Grade Metal Buckle with sliding Tension Bar & Triangle D-ring

+ 1.75” belt with Quick attach web loop + AustriAlpine buckles with custom configuration

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP632 SANDSTONE

VOLCANIC

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP631 BLACK

Brown

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP655

COYOTE

BLACK

SANDSTONE

Black

5.11 Casual Leather 1.5” Belt | £35 .10

5.11 Mission Ready 1.5” Belt | £40 .50

+ Full-grain leather with 5.11 branded buckle + Permastiff™ insert for holding sidearm

+ Leather facing with webbing body + Hidden interior cuff key pocket

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP600 BLACK

BROWN

Sizes: 32-42in waist Product Code: NP675 BLACK

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DARK EARTH

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SHIRTS

5.11 Zone Long Sleeve Top | £49 .50

Khaki

+ Side vents + Patented pen pocket design on left sleeve + 5.11 logo embroidery at back right sleeve + 56% Cotton, 36% Polyester, 8% Elastane, French Terry, 7.2oz Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

Product Code: SH302

KHAKI

OCEAN BLUE

UNDER BRUSH

TDU Green

5.11 Rapid Response Q Zip Shirt | £63 .00 + Compressed fit for comfort and flexibility + High performance two-way stretch fabric + Moisture wicking, quick drying + Zippered sleeve pocket at left bicep + 92% polyester / 8% spandex torso Sizes: X Small - XX Large

Product Code: JAU561

TDU GREEN

Black

5.11 Rapid Ops L/S Shirt | £76 .50 + Dual fabric construction + Moisture wicking and quick drying + Double layer elbows for enhanced durability + Bartacks at key stress points + Polyester/Spandex blend Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

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DARK NAVY

Product Code: SH329 TDU GREEN

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SHIRTS

Storm

Tundra

5.11 Stryke L/S Shirt | £63 .00 + 4 oz 65% polyester/35% cotton Taclite ripstop + Patented hidden-document pockets + Bi-swing shoulders for easy movement Sizes: X Small - XXX Large

Product Code: SH321

BLACK

KHAKI

NAVY BLUE

RANGER GREEN

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

5.11 Stryke S/S Shirt | £58.50 Sizes: X Small - XX Large

Product Code: SH322

BLACK

KHAKI

NAVY BLUE

STORM

TDU GREEN

TUNDRA

Navy Blue

Black

5.11 Fast-Tac L/S Shirt | £40 .50 + Button-down collar points + Patented pen pocket on the left sleeve + 100% polyester Fast-Tac™ 4.7 oz ripstop fabric Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

CHARCOAL

Product Code: SH324 NAVY BLUE

KHAKI

5.11 Fast-Tac S/S Shirt | £36 .00 Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

CHARCOAL

Product Code: SH323 NAVY BLUE

KHAKI

Ranger Green

Black

5.11 Taclite Pro L/S Shirt | £43 .20 + 65% polyester/35% cotton ripstop 4 oz. + Teflon® treated for stain, liquid and soil resistance + 5.11’s patented hidden document pockets Sizes: X Small - XXX Large

Product Code: SH331

BATTLE BROWN

BLACK

COYOTE

NAVY BLUE

RANGER GREEN

STORM

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

TUNDRA

5.11 Taclite Pro S/S Shirt | £40 .50 Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

NAVY BLUE

TDU KHAKI

WHITE

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Product Code: SH330 TDU GREEN

17


SHIRTS

Tundra

5.11 Ascension Shirt | £56 .70 + Abrasion resistant contrast fabric on shoulders + Pen pocket at left sleeve + Peached twill + Faux button snaps Sizes: X Small - XX Large BLACK

ENSIGN

Product Code: SH305 TUNDRA

Peacoat

5.11 Expedition Shirt | £45 .00

5.11 Frontier Shirt | £67 .50

+ Welt chest pockets + Sleeve pen pocket + 100% cotton chambray with enzyme stone wash

+ Hand pockets at waist + Bi-swing at back for added movement + Pen pocket on left sleeve

Sizes: X Small - XX Large BLACK ASH

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Tundra

MOSS

Product Code: SH974 PEACOAT

Sizes: X Small - XX Large BLACK

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TUNDRA

Product Code: SH306


SHIRTS

White

5.11 Mission Ready Shirt | £49 .50 + Flex-Tac™ Canvas fabric with wrinkle-resistant finish + Removable collar stays Sizes: 14.5-18in neck, 33-35in sleeve BLUE WATER

FOSSIL

Product Code: SH345 WHITE

Blue Water

5.11 Alpha Flex Shirt | £65 .70 + Impact-resistant branded buttons + Teflon® for soil and stain resistant + 58% Polyester, 42% Cotton Dobby Stretch, 4.4 oz. Sizes: 14.5-18in neck, 33-35in sleeve BLUE WATER

COIN STRIPE

Product Code: SH303

5.11 Alpha Flex Shirt SH303 5.11 Edge Chino Trousers TR149

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POLO SHIRTS

Peacoat

Silver Tan

5.11 Artillery Long Sleeve Top | £49 .50

5.11 Reflex Polo Shirt | £46 .80

Sizes: X Small - XX Large Product Code: SH301

Sizes: X Small - XX Large Product Code: SW468

BLACK

COIN

MOSS

PEACOAT

BLACK

Black

DARK NAVY

SILVER TAN

Silver Tan

Navy Blue

5.11 Utility S/S Polo | £25 .20

5.11 Utility L/S Polo | £29 .70

5.11 Rapid Performance Polo | £45 .00

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW431

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW432

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW463

BLACK

NAVY BLUE

GREY

SILVER TAN

BLACK

NAVY BLUE

SILVER TAN

BLACK

FIRE BLUE

GREEN

NAVY BLUE

SILVER TAN

Blue

Red

Navy Blue

5.11 Professional S/S Polo | £36 .00

5.11 Professional L/S Polo | £40 .50

5.11 Performance Polo | £27 .00

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW439

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW435

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW314

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BLUE

BLACK

GREEN

GREY

BLUE

BLACK

GREEN

NAVY BLUE

RED

SILVER TAN

WHITE

WHITE

RED

SILVER TAN

NAVY BLUE

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BLACK

NAVY BLUE

GREEN

SILVER TAN


T-SHIRTS

5.11 RECON Sprint T-Shirt | £34 .20 + Raglan style baseball tee + Underarm gusset construction + Screen printed tonal logos + 60% cotton/ 40% polyester + Regular Fit Sizes: Small - XX Large BLACK

LUNAR

Product Code: FIT180 PACIFIC NAVY

RANGER GREEN

Pacific Navy

NEW

Navy

Titanium

Navy

Viper Tactical T-Shirt | £20 .64

5.11 Professional T-Shirt | £24 .30

5.11 Utili-T 3 Pack | £35 .10

Sizes: Medium - X Large

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH905

Sizes: Small - XXX Large

COYOTE

GREEN

Product Code: SH9900 TITANIUM

NAVY

BLACK

NAVY

Product Code: SH900 ACU TAN

WHITE

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FITNESS

5.11 Cruiser Performance Long Sleeve Hoodie | £36 .00 + Kangaroo pocket + Draw cords use self-fabric + Moisture wicking properties + 60% Cotton/ 40% Polyester, jersey, 4.12 oz + Regular Fit Sizes: Small - XX Large BLACK

Product Code: FIT510

RANGER GREEN

Ranger Green

NEW

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FITNESS

Underbrush

Lunar

Fatigue

5.11 Max Effort Zip-Up Top | £49 .50

5.11 Max Effort L/S Top | £40 .50

5.11 Max Effort Sleeveless Top | £31 .50

+ Mixed media fabrication + Woven fabric at shoulder panels + Wicking and anti-odour finish on fabric

+ Woven fabric at shoulder panels + Wicking and anti-odour finish on fabric + Thumbhole at sleeve openings

+ Moisture wicking & anti-odour properties + Mesh side panels for enhanced breathability + 100% polyester

Sizes: X Small - XX Large BLACK

LUNAR

Product Code: FIT172 UNDERBRUSH

Sizes: X Small - XX Large BLACK

LUNAR

Product Code: FIT173 UNDERBRUSH

Sizes: X Small - XX Large FATIGUE

Product Code: FIT170

LUNAR

VOLCANIC

Volcanic

Black

NEW

5.11 Max Effort S/S Top | £32 .40

5.11 RECON Lunge Shorts | £37 .80

+ Moisture wicking & anti-odour properties + Mesh side panels for enhanced breathability + 100% polyester

+ 100% polyester, jersey, 4.5 oz + Enduro-Flex™ fabric + Accordion style trim tape detail at sides

Sizes: X Small - XX Large LUNAR

VOLCANIC

Product Code: FIT171

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: FIT230 BLACK

LUNAR

PACIFIC NAVY

RANGER GREEN

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BASE LAYERS

5.11 Range Ready Merino Wool L/S Top | £72 .00 + No itch, extra soft, odour resistant Merino wool + Ultra tough nylon and flexible elastane + Merino wool, nylon, elastane blend Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: UA661 BLACK

DARK NAVY

RANGER GREEN

5.11 Range Ready Merino Wool Tights | £67 .50 + No itch, extra soft, odour resistant Merino wool + Ultra tough nylon and flexible elastane + Merino wool, nylon, elastane blend Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: UA665 BLACK

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BASE LAYERS

Moss

Storm

5.11 Range Ready L/S Top | £31 .50

5.11 Range Ready S/S Top | £24 .30

+ Wicking and anti-odour + 100% polyester, 4.5 oz

+ Wicking and anti-odour + 100% Polyester, 153gsm (Helios fabric)

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: FIT174 BLACK

DARK NAVY

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: FIT175

MOSS

STORM

BLACK

DARK NAVY

MOSS

STORM

Black

Black

5.11 Range Ready Merino Wool S/S Top | £63 .00

5.11 Range Ready Merino Wool Brief | £43 .20

+ Odour resistant Merino Wool + Ultra tough nylon and flexible elastane

+ Odour resistant Merino Wool + Ultra tough nylon and flexible elastane

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: UA660 BLACK

DARK NAVY

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: UA666

RANGER GREEN

ROYAL BLUE

BLACK

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DARK NAVY

RANGER GREEN

ROYAL BLUE

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OUTERWEAR

True Black

Olive Drab

NEW

5.11 RECON Half Zip Fleece | £60 .30

Condor Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover | £33 .95

+ 94% polyester / 6% spandex fleece knit + Ideal middle or bottom layer + Textured inner fabric retains body heat

+ Vertical chest pocket with zipper to secure essentials + Abrasion-reinforced elbow + Sleeve with thumb hole

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: FIT500 COYOTE

Sizes: X Small - XX Large Product Code: JAU451 BLACK

TRUE BLACK

COYOTE

OLIVE DRAB

Navy Blue

5.11 Utility Job Shirt | £49 .50

5.11 Rappel Jacket | £81 .00

+ 60% cotton / 40% polyester + All-weather warmth and breathability + Fade and shrink resistant

+ Adjustable 3-panel hood + Body: 71% cotton, 27% polyester, 2% elastane dobby + Panels: 87% polyester, 13% spandex

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large NAVY BLUE

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Black

Product Code: SH981

Sizes: Small - X Large Product Code: JAU378 BLACK

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OUTERWEAR

Coin

Black

5.11 Apollo Tech Fleece Jacket | £81 .00

5.11 Apollo Tech Fleece Shirt | £72 .00

+ Left & right chest Ready Pocket + Welted zippered hand pockets with internal RapiDraw™ + 100% polyester micro fleece body with 100% nylon N6 piecing

+ Left chest flap pocket w/ snap closure & internal pocket bag + Loop patch on wearer’s right sleeve + 100% polyester micro fleece body with 100% nylon N6 piecing

Sizes: Small - XX Large BLACK

COIN

Product Code: JAU380 FATIGUE

Sizes: Small - XXX Large BLACK

COIN

Product Code: SH300 FATIGUE

5.11 Womens Apollo Tech Fleece Jacket | £81 .00 Sizes: X Small - X Large AMETHYST

BLACK

Product Code: JAU381 COIN

5.11 Blaze Shemagh PE9980 5.11 Apollo Tech Fleece Jacket JAU380 5.11 Station Grip Gloves GL845 5.11 Defender-Flex Jeans TR146 Fatigue

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OUTERWEAR

5.11 Cascadia Windbreaker Jacket JAU362 5.11 HAVOC 30 Backpack JAU380 5.11 Apex Trousers TR160 Lake

Stampede

5.11 Cascadia Windbreaker Jacket | £72 .00 + Brushed tricot lining on chin guard & hand pockets + Packable chest pocket with hanger internal loop + Venting at upper back body + Two-way centre front YKK® branded zipper with internal storm flap + Scope loop patch at right shoulder Sizes: Small - XX Large BLACK

Black

LAKE

Black

Product Code: JAU362 TDU GREEN

STAMPEDE

Black

5.11 Packable Jacket | £38 .70

5.11 Lined Packable Jacket | £54 .00

5.11 Packable Operator Jacket | £52 .20

+ Wind resistant + Hidden chest pocket + Lightweight and packable

+ Wind resistant + Fleece Lining + Hidden chest pocket

+ Durable and comfortable packable rain jacket + Folds quickly into its own compact pouch + Hidden document pocket at chest

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large

BLACK

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Product Code: JAU540

BLACK

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Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

NAVY

Product Code: JAU565


OUTERWEAR

Royal Blue

5.11 Peninsula Insulator Jacket | £112 .50 + Full zip Light Weight Insulation Jacket + Concealed left chest pocket + Internal right chest pocket with zip closure + RapiDraw™ pass through access + Adjustable hem with internal shock cord adjustment system + Packs into removeable stuff sack Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

MOSS

Product Code: JAU370 ROYAL BLUE

SEQUOIA

5.11 Womens Peninsula Insulator Jacket | £112 .50 Sizes: X Small - X Large COIN

MULBERRY

Product Code: JAU371 PEACOAT

ROSEWOOD

Moss

5.11 Peninsula Insulator Vest | £81 .00 + Lightweight Insulation + Concealed left chest pocket + Internal right chest pocket with zip closure + RapiDraw™ pass through access + Adjustable hem with internal shock cord adjustment system + Packs into removeable stuff sack + 100gm Primaloft Black Series Insulation Sizes: Small - X Large Product Code: JAU372 BLACK

MOSS

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OUTERWEAR

Black

Moss Green

5.11 Aurora Jacket | £130 .50

5.11 Sabre 2.0 Jacket | £207 .00

+ Hand zip pockets with internal RapiDraw™ + Articulated sleeves & shoulders + 2.5L 100% nylon plain weave with DWR finish

+ High performance microfibre shell + Waterproof/breathable seam-sealed membrane + Patented Quixip quick access side zippers

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

BROWN

Product Code: JAU375 MOSS GREEN

ROYAL BLUE

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

COYOTE

Product Code: JAU510 MOSS GREEN

NAVY BLUE

Burnt

Green

NEW

5.11 Sierra Softshell Jacket | £103 .50

Viper Tactical Sneaker Jacket | £47 .99

+ 100% polyester stretch fabric bonded to a micro fleece + Elastic hem adjustments inside hand pockets + Durable water resistant finish

+ Built-in softshell hood with fleece lining and elasticated brim for insulation + Softshell arms with elasticated cuffs

Sizes: Small - XX Large BLACK

MOSS

Product Code: JAU354 BURNT

Sizes: Small - XX Large BLACK

LUNAR

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COYOTE

Product Code: JAU405 GREEN


OUTERWEAR

TDU Green

Dark Navy

TDU Green

5.11 Revolver Jacket | £112 .50 + Reversible metal two-way centre front zipper + Loop patch platform on right sleeve + Rib knit collar, sleeve cuffs and waistband Sizes: Small - XX Large DARK NAVY

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Product Code: JAU377

TDU GREEN

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OUTERWEAR

Navy Blue

5.11 5-in-1 Jacket | £202 .50 + High performance waterproof/breathable outer shell + Fleece liner features removable sleeves + Detachable hood + Removable sleeves on inner fleece jacket + Side zippers for ventilation + Removable ID panels on chest and back + Removable ID panel on back

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: JAU330 BLACK

Fleecer inner lining for added warmth

Zippered hand pockets for EDC items

Removable ID panel on back

Coyote

Hidden chest document pockets

Navy Blue

5.11 Bristol Parka Jacket | £261 .00

5.11 Valiant Duty Jacket | £247 .50

+ 3-in-1 jacket + Combines all-weather performance with tactical enhancements + Removable lining allows you to adapt to changing weather conditions

+ 5-in-1 jacket designed to keep you dry in extreme wind and rain + Three-piece hood with built in visor + Hidden chest document pockets + Removable ID Panels at the left chest and back

Sizes: Small - XXX Large

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NAVY BLUE

BLACK

COYOTE

RED

TUNDRA

Product Code: JAU350 NAVY BLUE

Sizes: Small - XXX Large NAVY BLUE

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Product Code: JAU351


OUTERWEAR

5.11 Approach Jacket | £243 .00 + Articulated sleeves and adjustable hem + Seam-sealed nylon 3L hardshell fabric + Stowable hood and cuffs allow you to adjust for best fit + Waterproof breathable (10k/8k) membrane Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: JAU359 BLACK

TUNDRA

DARK NAVY

Tundra

Red

5.11 3-in-1 Jacket | £202 .50 + Waterproof and breathable outer + Removable wind-resistant fleece liner + Hidden chest document pockets + Fleeced inner jacket + Side Zippers for ventilation Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

NAVY BLUE

Product Code: JAU331 RED

Black

Black

5.11 XPRT Waterproof Jacket | £414 .00

5.11 XPRT Waterproof Trousers | £346 .50

+ 100% Nylon Hardshell with eVent® membrane + 20K/15K waterproof & breathable + Adjustable cuffs with hook / loop + Designed to be worn under a plate carrier

+ 3L constructed of 100% Nylon Hardshell with eVent® membrane and brushed tricot backer + Designed to be worn over XPRT® trouser + 20K/15K waterproof & breathable

Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

Product Code: JAU361

NAVY BLUE

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Sizes: X Small - XXX Large BLACK

Product Code: TR228

NAVY BLUE

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UNIFORM

5.11 GEO7 Uniform Night

Terrain

Night

5.11 GEO7 Rapid Half Zip Shirt | £76 .50

5.11 GEO7 Fast-Tac TDU Shirt | £51 .30

5.11 GEO7 Stryke TDU Long Sleeve Shirt | £94 .50

+ Zip patch pocket on left sleeve to keep EDC

+ Lightweight, breathable TDU Shirt + 4.7 oz. Fast-Tac™ Polyester Ripstop Fabric + Bi-swing shoulder for a wider range

+ Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch sleeves and

items + Sleeves constructed from bi-stretch fabric for ease of movement + 92% polyester/8% spandex fabric that wicks away moisture

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: JAU561 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

of motion + Double reinforced elbows + Pen guides on chest pockets

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH325 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

GEO7 Night

shoulders + Teflon® treated mechanical stretch shoulders and sleeves + Reinforced articulated elbows + Mandarin collar

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH326 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

GEO7 Terrain

GEO7™ IS AN EXCLUSIVE PATTERN FROM 5.11 PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VEIL CAMO

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UNIFORM

5.11 GEO7 Uniform Night

Terrain

Night

5.11 GEO7 Stryke TDU Rapid Long Sleeve Shirt | £90 .00

5.11 GEO7 Stryke TDU Trousers | £85 .50

5.11 GEO7 Fast-Tac TDU Trousers | £54 .00

+ Teflon® treated mechanical stretch

+ 2-way Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch + 6.76 oz. ripstop fabric + Teflon® finish for stain and soil resistance + Stretch panels behind knees and waist + Ripstop fabric + Gusseted construction + Kneepad compatible

+ Self-adjusting comfort-waistband + 4.7 oz. Fast-Tac™ Polyester Ripstop Fabric + Double-reinforced seat and knees + DWR Water-resistant finish + Leg openings with removable draw cords + Kneepad-ready + Ripstop fabric

shoulders and sleeves + 87% polyester / 13% Spandex torso + Vertical sleeve pockets + Flex-Tac® mechanical stretch sleeves and shoulders + Reinforced articulated elbows

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH315 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

Terrain

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg Product Code: TR171 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

Night

5.11 GE07 Boonie Hat | £22 .50 + Sizes: Medium / Large and Large / X Large + 87% polyester / 13% Spandex torso + Teflon® finish Product Code: HW809 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg Product Code: TR159 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

Terrain

5.11 GE07 Flag Bearer Cap | £18 .00 + Buckram lined for structure + 100% cotton canvas Product Code: HW859 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

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5.11 GE07 Uniform Cap | £13 .50 + Fade Resistant + Integrated crown eyelets for ventilation + Taclite Ripstop fabric Product Code: HW800 G7 NIGHT

TERRAIN

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UNIFORM

5.11 TDU Uniform

TDU Green

Black

Khaki

5.11 TDU Shirt | £52 .00

5.11 Rapid Assault Shirt | £58 .50

5.11 TDU Trousers | £52 .20

+ Ripstop fabric + Triple-stitch construction + Teflon® finish for stain and soil resistance + Bi-swing shoulder for a wider range of motion + Includes badge tab and epaulette kit

+ Saddle-shoulder design for range of movement + Stretch knit body for comfort under armour + Body: 55% cotton/37% polyester/8% spandex + Sleeves and collar: 65% cotton/35% polyester + Mesh: 55% cotton/41% polyester/4% spandex

+ Self-adjusting waist + Teflon® treated for stain, liquid and dirt resistance + 7.5oz 65% / 35% poly-cotton ripstop fabric + Large side outer pockets + Genuine YKK® zippers and Prym snaps

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH311 BLACK

NAVY

TDU GREEN

5.11 MultiCam TDU Shirt | £76 .50 + Ripstop fabric

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH311 MUL

BLACK

NAVY

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW430 MUL MULTICAM

Sizes: XS - 3XL, Short/Reg/Long Product Code: TR185 BLACK

STORM

5.11 MultiCam Rapid Assault Shirt | £67 .50

MULTICAM

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SW430

NAVY

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 MultiCam TDU Trousers | £76 .50

Sizes: XS - 3XL, Short/Reg/Long Product Code: TR185 MUL MULTICAM

5.11 Taclite TDU Trousers | £52 .20 + Lightweight 6.14oz 65% / 35% poly-cotton ripstop

Sizes: XS - 3XL, Short/Reg/Long Product Code: TR187 BLACK TDU GREEN

5.11 TDU 1.5” Belt | £12 .60

5.11 Double Duty 1.5” TDU Belt | £16 .20

+ Durable low-profile, non-metalic buckle + Also available in 1.75” (NP625)

+ Reversible dual-layer design + Also available in 1.75” (NP611)

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP620 BLACK

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COYOTE

TDU GREEN

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: NP610 COYOTE

TDU GREEN

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NAVY

STORM


UNIFORM

5.11 Fast-Tac TDU Uniform

Black

5.11 Fast-Tac TDU L/S Shirt | £36 .00 + 4.7 oz Fast-Tac™ polyester + Ripstop fabric with water resistant finish + Left sleeve pen pocket + Double reinforced elbows + Pen guides on chest pockets Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH325 BLACK

NAVY

Navy

5.11 Fast-Tac TDU Rapid L/S Shirt | £45 .00 + Light, durable fabric + Main: 100% polyester 4.7 w/ water resistant finish + Secondary: 100% polyester jersey 153gsm wicking

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH341 BLACK

NAVY

Navy

5.11 Fast-Tac TDU Trousers | £40 .50 + 4.7 oz. Fast-Tac™ Polyester Ripstop Fabric + Front pocket openings with bi-stretch fabric allowing for a comfort waistband + Double-stitched front and back pockets + Reinforced front pockets

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg Product Code: TR159 BLACK

NAVY

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 Fast-Tac TDU S/S Shirt | £36 .00

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH342 BLACK

NAVY

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 Fast-Tac 8in Boots | £90 .00 + OrthoLite® X25 foam insole for better cushioning, shock absorption and comfort + Rubber 3D molded toe for durability + Agion® antimicrobial treatment on lining Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE6950

BLACK

5.11 Fast-Tac 6in Boots | £81 .00 + Ortholite® footbed + Full grain/action leather upper + Slip and oil resistant outsole + High abrasion 840 nylon upper Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE747

BLACK

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UNIFORM

5.11 Stryke Uniform

TDU Khaki

TDU Green

TDU Green

5.11 Stryke TDU Shirt | £72 .00

5.11 Stryke TDU Rapid Shirt | £70 .20

5.11 Stryke TDU Trousers | £72 .00

+ 4.84 oz. Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch fabric + Teflon® treatment resists stains, spills, and soil + Reinforced articulated elbows + Canted front chest pockets + Vertical sleeve pockets + Badge tab and epaulette kit included

+ 4.84 oz. Flex-Tac™ mechanical stretch fabric + Teflon® treated mechanical stretch shoulders

+ 6.76 oz. Flex-Tac™ ripstop fabric + Teflon® treated for stain and soil resistance + Double-layered articulated knees + Stretch panels at the waist and knees + Canted ergonomic cargo pockets + Fully gusseted crotch for freedom of movement

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH326 BLACK

and sleeves + 87% polyester / 13% Spandex torso + Vertical sleeve pockets + Badge tab holder and epaulette kit included

NAVY

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 MultiCam Stryke TDU Shirt | £135 .00

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH326 MUL

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH315

BLACK

NAVY

STORM

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 MultiCam Stryke TDU Rapid Shirt | £108 .00

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH315 MUL MULTICAM

MULTICAM

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg Product Code: TR171 BLACK

NAVY

STORM

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 MultiCam Stryke TDU Trousers | £126 .00

Sizes: 28-44in waist, 30-36 leg Product Code: TR171 MUL MULTICAM

5.11 ENDO.K Kneepads | £18 .00

5.11 Neoprene Kneepads | £11 .70

5.11 EXO.K Kneepads | £24 .30

+ Patented D3O Lite foam technology + Contouring pad conforms to knee

+ 6mm thick cushioned neoprene + Nylon/polyester jersey backing

+ Molded, flexible, breathable PolyPro cap + Nylon 900D shell

Sizes: One Size

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Sizes: One Size

Product Code: TE039

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Product Code: TE034


UNIFORM

5.11 XPRT Uniform

Black

Navy

Black

5.11 XPRT Rapid Shirt | £144 .00

5.11 XPRT Tactical Shirt | £166 .50

5.11 XPRT Tactical Trousers | £166 .50

+ 4.2 oz. ripstop with Teflon® finish + 60% cotton/40% Cordura® NYCO Tactical nylon + Articulated elbow pad pockets accept soft

+ 4.2 oz. ripstop with Teflon® finish + 60% cotton/40% Cordura® NYCO Tactical nylon + No melt/no drip performance + Ortholite® shoulder pads + 100% DuPont Kevlar® reinforced collar + Layer of abrasion resistant fabric on elbows

+ 6.2 oz. ripstop with Teflon® finish + 60% cotton / 40% Cordura® NYCO Tactical nylon + Articulated kneepad pockets accept internal

& select hard elbow pads + Includes loop shoulder patches, badge tab, epaulettes & camera loop

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH327 BLACK

NAVY

TDU GREEN

5.11 MultiCam XPRT Rapid Shirt | £175 .50

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH327 MUL MULTICAM

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH328 BLACK

TDU KHAKI

soft & hard kneepads + Cordura® is 10 times stronger than cotton and 3 times stronger than ordinary polyester fibre

NAVY

TDU GREEN

BLACK

TDU KHAKI

NAVY

TDU GREEN

TDU KHAKI

5.11 MultiCam XPRT Tactical Shirt | £225 .00

Sizes: 30-42in waist, 30-36 leg Product Code: TR178

5.11 MultiCam XPRT Tactical Trousers | £211 .50

Sizes: Small - XXX Large Product Code: SH328 MUL

MULTICAM

Sizes: 28-42in waist, 30-34 leg Product Code: TR178 MUL MULTICAM

5.11 XPRT 3.0 WP Boots | £166 .50 + Full-grain waterproof leather + Kevlar reinforced heel + eVent® waterproof breathable and BBP resistant membrane + Vibram® Ananasi outsole with Vibram® Megagrip for traction + Ortholite® footbed + Ghillie lacing system with sausage laces Sizes: UK 6 - 14 BLACK

Product Code: PE744 COYOTE

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BOOTS

ON THE GROUND SINCE 1885

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BOOTS

Bates 8in Tactical Sport Boots | £89 .99 NEW

+ Durable full grain leather and performance nylon upper + Moisture-wicking lining + Removable cushioned insert + Ethyl vinyl acetate cushioned midsole + Slip-resistant rubber outside + Cement construction Sizes: UK 3 - 13

Product Code: PE5400

BLACK

Bates 8in Tactical Sport Side Zip Boots | £94 .99 Sizes: UK 3 - 13

Product Code: PE5401

BLACK

Bates Womens 8in Tactical Sport Side Zip Boots | £94 .99 Sizes: UK 3 - 7

Product Code: PE5406

BLACK

Bates 5in Tactical Sport Boots | £84 .99 + Durable full grain leather and performance nylon upper + Moisture-wicking lining + Removable cushioned insert + Ethyl vinyl acetate cushioned midsole + Slip-resistant rubber outside + Cement construction Sizes: UK 3 - 13

NEW

Product Code: PE5402

BLACK

Bates Womens 5in Tactical Sport Boots | £84 .99 Sizes: UK 3 - 7

Product Code: PE5405

BLACK

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Bates Delta-8 8in iCS Side Zip Boots | £139 .99 + Full-grain Durable leather with 1680 denier nylon + iCS adjustable comfort technology + Moisture-wicking lining + Removable cushioned insert + Double density EVA cushioned midsole + YKK® nylon side zip with Velcro strap + Non-metallic eyelets and hooks + Slip-resistant rubber outside Sizes: UK 3 - 13

NEW

Product Code: PE5430

BLACK

ADVANCED COMFORT + TECHNOLOGY Bates iCS gives you the freedom to customise your comfort among four zones. Use the dial technology to select the comfort zone that is right for you.

FIRM ZONE. Increase energy return. 4 ZONES OF COMFORT

CUSHION ZONE. Increase shock absorption. OUTWARD ZONE. Reduce outward tilt. INWARD ZONE. Reduce inward tilt.

Bates GX-8 8in WP Side Zip w/ Gore-Tex Boots | £159 .99

NEW

+ Waterproof full grain leather and performance nylon upper + A breathable waterproof Gore-Tex membrane with a moisture wicking lining + Cushioned removable insert + YKK® side zip + Lightweight cushioned EVA midsole + Slip-resistant rubber outsole Sizes: UK 6 - 13

Product Code: PE5440

BLACK

Bates GX-8 8in WP CT Side Zip w/ Gore-Tex Boots | £169 .99 + Composite Toe Version Sizes: UK 6 - 13 BLACK

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Product Code: PE5441


BOOTS

Bates Raide WP Side Zip Boots | £119 .99 + Waterproof full grain leather and performance nylon upper + Breathable waterproof membrane + X40 Ortholite® removable cushioned insert + Moulded TPU heel cup for improved stabilisation + Slip-resistant rubber outsole Sizes: UK 6 - 13

Product Code: PE5411

BLACK

NEW

Bates Raide Mid Boots | £104 .99 + Full grain leather (1.6 - 1.8mm) + Durable leather and performance nylon upper + Moisture-wicking lining + X40 Ortholite® removable cushioned insert + Moulded TPU heel cup for improved stability + Lightweight cushioned EVA midsole Sizes: UK 6 - 13

NEW

Product Code: PE5410

BLACK

NEW

Bates 8in Durashocks Lace-To-Toe Side Zip Boots | £119 .99 + Full grain leather (1.6 - 1.8mm) + Durable leather and performance nylon upper + Moisture-wicking lining + X40 Ortholite® removable cushioned insert + Moulded TPU heel cup for improved stability + Lightweight cushioned EVA midsole Sizes: UK 6 - 13

Product Code: PE5420

BLACK

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NEW

NEW

Bates Shock 6in WP Side Zip Boots | ÂŁ119 .99

Bates Shock 8in WP Side Zip Boots | ÂŁ124 .99

+ Waterproof full grain leather and performance nylon upper + Breathable waterproof membrane with a moisture wicking lining + Vapour mesh tongue + Dual Density EVA Midsole + Padded collar with ergonomic flex points + Anti-fatigue endurance performance system

+ Waterproof full grain leather and performance nylon upper + Breathable waterproof membrane with a moisture wicking lining + Dual Density EVA Midsole + Nylon side zip + Multi-terrain slip-resistant rubber lug outsole + Electrical Hazard Protection

Sizes: UK 6 - 13

Product Code: PE5450 BLK

Sizes: UK 3 - 13

BLACK

BLACK

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Product Code: PE5451 BLK

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1

Dual density footbed with memory foam provides arch support and cushion

2

Insole with nylon shank adds support and stability

3

Dual density EVA midsole mitigates shock and redistributes pressure for lasting comfort

4

Durable rubber outsole slip resistant and long wearing with multi-terrain design for traction and stability


BOOTS

NEW

Dark Cloud

Bates Shock FX Waterproof Boots | £124 .99 + Waterproof full grain leather and performance nylon upper + Breathable waterproof membrane with a moisture wicking lining + Vapour mesh tongue + Padded collar with ergonomic flex points + Anti-fatigue endurance performance system + Multi-terrain slip-resistant rubber lug outsole Sizes: UK 6 - 13 CANTEEN

Coyote

Dark Cloud

Canteen

Product Code: PE5455 COYOTE

DARK CLOUD

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BOOTS

5.11 ATAC 2.0 8in Storm Boots | £126 .00 + Full-length dual durometer Ortholite® footbed + Achilles heel flex zone for enhanced comfort & flexibility + Strobel construction + Hidden knife pocket Sizes: UK 4 - 14 Product Code: PE6971 BLACK

NEW

NEW

5.11 ATAC 2.0 6in Boots | £85 .50

5.11 ATAC 2.0 8in Boots | £103 .50

+ Full-length dual durometer Ortholite® footbed + Achilles heel flex zone for enhanced comfort & flexibility + Lightweight upper construction + Shock Mitigation System + Slip and oil resistant outsole

+ New air flow breathable tongue construction + New full-length dual durometer Ortholite® footbed + Full-grain leather toe + Knife pocket + Slip and oil resistant outsole

Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

Product Code: PE6973

Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

5.11 Womens ATAC 2.0 8in Boots | £103 .50 Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

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Product Code: PE6970

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Product Code: PE6974


BOOTS

5.11 ATAC Shield 8in EN/AS NZS Boot w/ Side Zip | £116 .25 + Comfortable, sturdy, and highly tactical boot + Waterproof & polishable full grain leather and 1200D nylon upper + Composite safety toe EN ISO 20345:2011 + Cushioned Ortholite® insole + 5.11 Shock Mitigation System + Waterproof, breathable, BBP-resistant lining Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

Product Code: PE722

5.11 Fast-Tac 8in Boots | £90 .00 + OrthoLite® X25 foam insole for better cushioning, shock absorption and comfort + Rubber 3D molded toe for durability Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE6950

BLACK

5.11 Fast-Tac 6in Boots | £81 .00 Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE747

BLACK

5.11 ATAC 2.0 8in Desert Boots | £94 .50 + Full-length dual durometer Ortholite® footbed + Achilles heel flex zone for enhanced comfort & flexibility + Lightweight upper construction + YKK® side zipper Sizes: UK 4 - 14 Product Code: PE6972

NEW

COYOTE

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5.11 Speed 3.0 Desert Boots w/ Side Zip

A.

5.11 Speed 3.0 Boots w/ Side Zip | £81 .00

A.

B.

+ Accelerated version of the 5.11 ATAC Boot + Full-grain leather and nylon construction Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE736

5.11 Speed 3.0 WP Boots | £103 .50 + 5.11 Slipstream waterproof membrane + Low friction, antimicrobial lining Sizes: UK 4 - 14 B.

Product Code: PE742 BLK

5.11 Speed 3.0 Desert Boots w/ Side Zip | £81 .00 + OrthoLite® insole & sockliner + Lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE737 COY

C. D.

C.

5.11 Speed 3.0 Rapid Dry Boots | £81 .00 + Accelerated version of the 5.11 A.T.A.C. Boot + Full-grain leather and nylon construction Sizes: UK 4 - 14

D.

Product Code: PE738 BLK

5.11 Speed 3.0 Desert Rapid Dry Boots | £81 .00 + Lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking + Full-grain leather and nylon construction Sizes: UK 4 - 14

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Product Code: PE739 COY


BOOTS

Magnum Stealth Force 8in CT/CP Boots

Magnum Stealth Force 8in CT/CP Boots | £105 .00 Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Magnum Classic 8in Boots | £69 .59

Product Code: PE950

Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Product Code: SPU430

Magnum Stealth Force 6in CT/CP Boots | £99 .99 Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Product Code: PE951

Magnum Viper Pro 8.0 Boots | £67 .49 Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Magnum Strike Force 8.0 WP Side Zip Boots | £99 .98 Product Code: PE855

Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE846

Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Product Code: PE930

Magnum Panther 8in Side Zip Boots | £64 .79

Magnum Viper Pro 8.0 Side Zip Boots | £76 .49 Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Magnum Panther 8in Boots | £57 .59

Sizes: UK 4 - 14

Product Code: PE857

Product Code: PE936

Magnum Viper Pro 8.0 Side Zip Leather WP Boots | £80 .99 Sizes: UK 3 - 14

Product Code: PE856

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BOOTS

5.11 Apex Waterproof 8in Boots | £202 .50

Coyote

+ Full-grain, waterproof leather + Improved cushioning with heel/arch support + eVent® blood borne waterproof membrane + Easy polishable leather (black only) Sizes: UK 6 - 13 BLACK

Product Code: PE745 COYOTE

5.11 Apex 8in Boots | £175 .50 + Leather/Kevlar® & nylon upper + Kevlar® reinforced heel for durability + Covert pocket Sizes: UK 6 - 13

Product Code: PE748

BLACK

5.11 AMP12 Backpack BG950 5.11 ABR Pro Trousers TR143 5.11 Apex Waterproof 8in Boots PE745

NEW

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BOOTS

5.11 Defender-Flex Slim Jeans TR146 5.11 XPRT 3.0 WP Boot PE744

Coyote

Black

5.11 XPRT 3.0 WP Boots | £166 .50 + Full-grain waterproof leather + Kevlar reinforced heel + eVent® waterproof breathable and BBP resistant membrane + Vibram® Ananasi outsole with Vibram® Megagrip for traction + Ortholite® footbed + Ghillie lacing system with sausage laces Sizes: UK 6 - 14 BLACK

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Product Code: PE744 COYOTE

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BOOTS

5.11 Cable Hiker Boot Coyote

5.11 Mission Ready Oxford Shoe | £126 .00 + D3O® Lite midsole for added shock absorption + Full-grain leather upper + Agion® antimicrobial treatment on lining + Vibram® Overland non-marking rubber outsole with XS Trek formula Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

5.11 Mission Ready Chukka Shoe | £135 .00 + Vibram® Overland non-marking rubber outsole + D3O® Lite midsole for added shock absorption + Full-grain leather upper + OrthoLite® X25 molded foam insole for better cushioning, shock absorption and comfort Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

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Product Code: PE6901

DARK EARTH

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Product Code: PE6900

DARK EARTH


BOOTS

Storm

5.11 Cable Hiker Boot | £108 .00 + One-piece outsole with forefoot lugs, fence-climbing lugs, multi-terrain tread, slip/oil resistance + Kevlar®reinforced heel + High abrasion rubberised toe + Forefoot thickness: 16mm + Speed 3.0 Jungle outsole + Heel thickness: 30mm with 10mm EVA cushioning Sizes: UK 4 - 14 STORM

Product Code: PE741

COYOTE

Black

5.11 Union 6in WP Boot | £144

. 00

+ Vibram® outsole for maximum traction + Waterproof suede upper + High abrasion nylon upper + New 5.11 rubber toe for protection & durability + Ortholite® insole + Waterproof lining Sizes: UK 4 - 14 BLACK

BURNT

Product Code: PE6960 COYOTE

FLINT

Coyote

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SOCKS & SHOE LACES

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

Bates Cushioned Performance Mid Calf Socks | £11 .99

Bates Tactical Performance Crew Socks | £10 .99

Bates Vented Performance Mid Calf Socks | £11 .99

Bates Tactical Uniform Over Calf Socks | £9 .99

Sizes: Large

Sizes: Large

Sizes: Large

Sizes: M - XL

Product Code: PE5515

BLACK

Product Code: PE5505

BLACK

NEW

Product Code: PE5510

BLACK

NEW

Product Code: PE5502

BLACK

NEW

NEW

Bates Cotton Comfort Crew Socks (3 Pack) | £11 .99

Bates EPS Moisture Wicking Mid Calf Socks (2 Pack) | £12 .99

Bates Uniform Dress Mid Calf Socks | £7 .99

Bates Tactical Uniform Over Calf Socks | £8 .99

Sizes: M - L

Sizes: Large

Sizes: M - L

Sizes: M - XL

BLACK

Product Code: PE5530 SAGE

BLACK

Product Code: PE5525

Product Code: PE5520

BLACK

5.11 Apex Waterproof 8in Boots PE745 5.11 RUSH 24 Backpack BG941

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BLACK

Product Code: PE5501 COYOTE


SOCKS & SHOE LACES A. Nickel A.

5.11 ABR Training Sock | £9 .00 Product Code: FIT355

NEW

NEW

COLOURS

B.

BLACK

CABERNET

NEW

NICKEL

NEW

MARINA

RANGER GREEN

NEW

WHITE

NEW

Bates Tactical Uniform Ankle Socks | £7 .99 Sizes: M - XL BLACK

B. White

C.

WHITE

Foliage

Black

5.11 Braided Nylon Laces | £6 .30

5.11 3-Pack PT Ankle Sock | £13 .50

5.11 Level 1 9in Sock | £11 .26

5.11 3-Pack 9in Black Sock | £16 .20

Sizes: S - XL

Sizes: S - L

Sizes: One Size

Sizes: One Size

BLACK

D.

White

D.

C.

Product Code: PE5500

Product Code: PE7801

COYOTE

DARK COY

STORM

BLACK

Product Code: FIT358 GREY

WHITE

5.11 Sausage Laces | £6 .30 Sizes: XS - L BLACK

Product Code: PE7800

COYOTE

SAGE

STORM

Sizes: S - L BLACK

Product Code: FIT356 COYOTE

GUNMETAL

5.11 Slip Stream OTC Sock | £11 .70 Sizes: S - L BLACK

Product Code: FIT357 COYOTE

GUNMETAL

COYOTE

FOLIAGE

Product Code: PE784

BLACK

5.11 Level 1 6in Sock | £9 .46

5.11 3-Pack 6in Black Sock | £15 .30

Sizes: One Size

Sizes: One Size

BLACK

Gunmetal

5.11 Slip Stream Crew Sock | £10 .80

BLACK

Product Code: PE780

Product Code: PE781

COYOTE

Coyote

Product Code: PE785

BLACK

Black

Black

5.11 Cold Weather OTC Sock | £14 .40

5.11 Merino Wool Crew Sock | £18 .00

5.11 Year Round Crew Sock | £11 .70

Sizes: S/M - L/XL Product Code: PE789

Sizes: S - L

Sizes: S/M - L/XL Product Code: PE793

BLACK

COYOTE

Product Code: PE7820

BLACK

BLACK

5.11 Merino Wool OTC Sock | £18 .90

5.11 Year Round OTC Sock | £12 .60

Sizes: S - L

Sizes: S/M - L/XL Product Code: PE792

Product Code: PE7821

BLACK

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COYOTE

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BACKPACKS

NEW Ranger Green

5.11 AMP12 Backpack BG9653 5.11 ABR Pro Trousers TR143

NEW

Ranger Green

Black

Tungsten

5.11 AMP10 Backpack | £144 .00

5.11 AMP12 Backpack | £148 .50

5.11 AMP24 Backpack | £162 .00

5.11 AMP72 Backpack | £211 .50

+ Bag converts from back pack to slingpack + Internal mesh org and + Overall: 50 x 28 x 14 cm + Total capacity: 20 litre

+ Side compression straps + Internal mesh org and admin pockets + Overall: 51 x 28 x 12 cm + Total capacity: 25 litre

+ Bottom stash pocket + Fleece lined eyewear and media pocket + Overall: 51 x 31 x 18 cm + Total capacity: 32 litre

+ Aluminium frame + Secondary compartment for weapon storage + Overall: 58 x 31 x 18 cm + Total capacity: 40 litre

Product Code: BG9653

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Kangaroo

Product Code: BG9650

Product Code: BG9651

Product Code: BG9652

BLACK

KANGAROO

BLACK

KANGAROO

BLACK

KANGAROO

BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

TUNGSTEN

RANGER GREEN

TUNGSTEN

RANGER GREEN

TUNGSTEN

RANGER GREEN

TUNGSTEN

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BACKPACKS

Black

Tungsten

Black

5.11 HEXGRID 2 Banger Gear Set | £45 .00

5.11 HEXGRID Double Deploy Gear Set | £22 .50

5.11 HEXGRID Admin Gear Set | £31 .50

+ Front zip pocket for accessories + Rear compartment houses two AR mags with

+ Two individually detachable pouches + Poly spandex + G hooks, split S/R buckles and hook backing + Stretch woven pouch with side zipper

+ Multiple slip pockets for EDC & gear + Water-resistant 500D Dobby Nylon + Centre compartment with loop panel

bungee or cover

+ Water-resistant 500D Dobby Nylon Product Code: NP983 BLACK

KANGAROO

Product Code: NP982 RANGER GREEN

TUNGSTEN

BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

BLACK

TUNGSTEN

Ranger Green

RANGER GREEN

Kangaroo

NEW

5.11 Laser Cut MOLLE Gear Set | £24 .30

5.11 HEXGRID 9x9 Gear Set | £27 .00

+ 2 loop strips on top for name tape + Includes two G hooks for top attachment + Split S/R buckles for side attachment + 420D Nylon and 1000D Cordura® Nylon

+ Front zip pocket for accessories + Zippered pocket + Bottom access for easy weaving + Water-resistant 500D Dobby Nylon

Product Code: NP9880

TUNGSTEN

KANGAROO

TUNGSTEN

NEW

BLACK

and elastic bands

Product Code: NP984

KANGAROO

5.11 HEXGRID Insert | £29 .70 + Semi rigid PE board for easy loading / removal

Product Code: NP980 RANGER GREEN

BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

from a pack

+ Removable straps included for attaching a Gear Set + Holes on perimeter for optional bungee cord

routing / attachment

Product Code: NP9881 BLACK

TUNGSTEN

5.11 AMP72 Backpack BG9652 5.11 HEXGRID Admin Gear Set NP985

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BACKPACKS

Double Tap

Black

Tac OD

5.11 All Hazards Nitro Backpack | £121 .50

Condor Gen II Solveig Assault Pack | £84 .95

5.11 All Hazards Prime Backpack | £144 .00

+ Supports removable Ammo Jack or Ammo Mule + Dual main compartments + Bucket lid opening + Total capacity: 21 litres + Overall: 49 x 23 x 11 cm

+ Large main compartment with padded 15” laptop sleeve and mesh pockets + Removable and Reversible beaver tail + Fleeced lined gadget pocket + Total capacity: 22 litres + Overall: 48 x 30.5 x 15 cm

+ Padded laptop & tablet sleeve + Hydration compartment + Compression straps + Tear-out mesh medical pouches + Total capacity: 32 litres + Overall: 52 x 29 x 23 cm

Product Code: BG9055

Product Code: BG953 DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

BLACK

Product Code: BG948

BROWN

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

TAC OD

NEW

NEW

5.11 RUSH Tier Rifle Sleeve | £45 .00

5.11 RUSH Tier System | £15 .30

5.11 Sidewinder Large Straps (2 Pack) | £11 .26

5.11 Sidewinder Small Straps (2 Pack) | £8 .10

+ Adjustable for length + Securely transport you firearm + Padded wrap lays flat when opened + Padded wrap for your trigger

+ Connects any two styles of packs or bags with web platform on the sides + Includes 4 straps and buckle hardware

+ Occupies 1 column & 3 rows of MOLLE + Secure additional items to your gear + Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 cm

+ Occupies 1 column & 1 row of MOLLE + Secure additional items to your gear + Dimensions: 3.2 x 6.4 cm

Product Code: BG969 BLACK

SANDSTONE

Product Code: BG943 BLACK

SANDSTONE

Product Code: NP9879 LG BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

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Product Code: NP9879 SM BLACK RANGER GREEN

KANGAROO


BACKPACKS

NEW

COLOUR

Tac OD

Double Tap

MultiCam

5.11 RUSH 12 Backpack | £81 .00

5.11 RUSH 24 Backpack | £103 .50

5.11 RUSH 72 Backpack | £139 .50

+ 17 compartments + Two external compression straps + Water-resistant 1050D nylon + Two external compression straps + Velcro name-tape and flag/patch holders + Total capacity: 24 litres + Main compartment: 46 x 28 x 16 cm

+ 20 compartments + Three mesh interior organising pockets + 1050D nylon with water-repellent PUx2 coating on main body + Two exterior, side, flat, zippered pockets + Total capacity: 33 litres + Main compartment: 50 x 32 x 20 cm

+ 23 compartments + Generous web-platform on three sides + Adjustable, dual density closed-cell foam shoulder straps with Duraflex hardware + Three mesh interior organizing pockets + Total capacity: 55 litres + Main compartment: 58 x 34 x 21 cm

Product Code: BG940 BLACK TAC OD

DOUBLE TAP

Product Code: BG941 SANDSTONE

NEW

5.11 Multicam RUSH 12 Backpack | £108 .00 Product Code: BG940 MUL MULTICAM

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

Product Code: BG942 DARK EARTH

5.11 Multicam RUSH 24 Backpack | £130 .50 Product Code: BG941 MUL MULTICAM

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BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

DARK EARTH

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

STORM

5.11 Multicam RUSH 72 Backpack | £193 .50 Product Code: BG942 MUL MULTICAM

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BACKPACKS

Moss

Destiny

5.11 MIRA 2-in-1 Backpack | £121 .50 + Durable water resistant exterior + Removable crossbody bag + Hook and loop patch on front panel for morale patch attachment + Laptop compartment + 2 exterior mesh water bottle pockets + Adjustable chest straps + YKK® Self-healing zippers + Total capacity: 25 litres + Crossbody compartment: 25.4 x 23 x 7.5 cm + Main compartment: 45.5 x 28 x 16.5 cm Product Code: BG9514 DESTINY

MOSS

SHARK

STEALTH

Stokehold

Tac OD

5.11 Rapid Quad-Zip Backpack | £76 .50

5.11 Rapid Origin Backpack | £76 .50

Condor Elite Frontier Outdoor Pack | £99 .95

+ Hydration compatible metro gear bag + 270 Degree up-zip main compartment + Total capacity: 27 litres + Main compartment: 51 x 28 x 18 cm

+ Padded laptop sleeve + Two internal zippered organisation pockets + Total capacity: 25 litres + Main compartment: 49.5 x 28 x 18 cm

+ Constructed with Mil-Spec 500D Cordura® fabric + Total capacity: 25 litres + Main compartment: 45.5 x 28 x 18 cm

Product Code: BG9551 CLAYMORE STOKEHOLD

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Graphite

HURRICANE

Product Code: BG9553 SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

Product Code: BG9035 COAL

STOKEHOLD

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BLACK

BROWN

GRAPHITE


BACKPACKS

Black

NEW

5.11 Morale Pack | £55 .80 + Exclusive 5.11 Always Be Ready® patch included + Large loop panel on front panel for name tape and morale patches + Web MOLLE platform on left side panel + Padded shoulder straps with loop face for additional patches + Padded laptop sleeve in main compartment + Water-resistant 600D Poly + Total capacity: 20 litres + Main compartment: 43 x 25 x 20cm Product Code: BG9555 BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

KANGAROO

Includes exclusive 5.11 Always Be Ready® patch. All other patches shown not included.

Maxpedition Entity 16 | £145 .96

Maxpedition Entity 21 | £164 .94

Maxpedition Entity 23 | £191 .95

+ Fully ambidextrous sling pack for right or left side carry + Main compartment with assorted pockets + Double-sided hook Security Lockout Strip included + Padded shoulder strap with swivelling stabiliser strap + Total capacity: 16 litres + Main compartment: 43 x 25 x 20 cm

+ Ergonomic padded shoulder straps with quick release buckles + Shapeshift™ webbing top carry handle + Tuckable exterior magnetic wings for quick temporary closing of main compartment + Adjustable sternum strap + Dual side zippered and slip pockets + Total capacity: 21 litres + Main compartment: 43 x 29 x 23 cm

+ Lockable padded compartment for 15” laptop + Lockable main compartment with assorted pockets + Ergonomic padded shoulder straps with quick release buckles + Removable waist belt with quick release buckle + Total capacity: 23 litres + Main compartment: 51 x 28 x 18 cm

Product Code: BG9290

Product Code: BG9291

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Product Code: BG9292

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BACKPACKS

Double Tap

Black

5.11 HAVOC 30 Backpack | £108 .00

5.11 Dart Backpack | £81 .00

+ Padded laptop compartment + Overall size: 53 x 30 x 23 cm + Total capacity: 27 litre

+ Slick load profile exterior + Overall: 47 x 28 x 15 cm + Total capacity: 25 litre

Product Code: BG9550 BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

Product Code: BG9552 SANDSTONE

BLACK

GRENADE

NIGHTWATCH

Foliage

5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack | £108 .00 + Padded internal laptop compartment + Hydration compartment + Shoulder straps with QuickTact™ accessory straps + Quick access flex cuff channel + 500D/420D Water-Resistant Nylon + Main compartment: 48 x 31 x 17 cm + Front compartment: 28 x 23.5 x 6 cm + Total capacity: 30 litre Product Code: BG955 ASPHALT ICE

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BLACK

FOLIAGE


BACKPACKS

NEW

Grenade

5.11 Dart24 Backpack | £108 .00 + Top loading main compartment with and T puller + Removable accessory board with padded laptop sleeve and admin organisation panels + Dual zipper access too rear CCW compartment with loop panel for TacTec or hook/loop + Quick release shoulder straps with articulated webbing loop + Fleece lined eyewear / media pocket + Total capacity: 30 litres + Main compartment: 47 x 30 x 17.8 cm

NEW

Product Code: BG9554 BLACK

GRENADE

NIGHTWATCH

Accessory board can be inserted in main compartment, rear compartment or removed completely

Night Watch

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BACKPACKS

Black

Khaki

Black

Maxpedition Sitka GearSlinger | £123 .95

Maxpedition Kodiak GearSlinger | £148 .20

Maxpedition Monsoon GearSlinger | £132 .95

+ Y compression front strap + 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant material + Full clam shell opening and laptop storage + Main compartment: 46 x 27 x 18 cm

+ Y compression front strap + Full clam shell opening and laptop storage + High tensile strength nylon webbing + 100oz/3L hydration reservoir storage + Main compartment: 51 x 34 x 19 cm

+ Teardrop design carries on your right shoulder and sits on your left hip + YKK® high strength zippers and zipper tracks + Teflon® fabric protector for grime resistance + Main compartment: 51 x 36 x 15 cm

Product Code: BG9165 BLACK

TAN

Product Code: BG9166 WOLF GREY

BLACK

KHAKI

Product Code: BG9155 FOLIAGE GREEN

BLACK

WOLF GREY

Wolf Grey

Black

Wolf Grey

Maxpedition Wolfspur Sling Pack | £149 .95

Maxpedition Edgepeak Sling Pack | £141 .95

Maxpedition Gridflux Sling Pack | £159 .95

+ Crossbody shoulder bag optimised for concealed carry + Reinforced seatbelt webbing shoulder strap with quick release + Main compartment: 33 x 30 x 18 cm

+ Fully ambidextrous sling pack + Lockable main compartment + Reinforced padded shoulder strap with swiveling stabiliser + Main compartment: 46 x 27 x 18 cm

+ Sling pack with reinforced padded shoulder strap + Stowable swiveling stabiliser strap + Dedicated padded tablet compartment + Main compartment: 46 x 31 x 23 cm

Product Code: BG9255 BLACK

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TAN

Product Code: BG9240 WOLF GREY

BLACK

TAN

Product Code: BG9245 WOLF GREY

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BLACK

TAN

WOLF GREY


BACKPACKS

5.11 RUSH MOAB 10 Backpack | £85 .50 + Ambidextrous cross-body shoulder strap system + Padded back with ventilation channels and non-slip pads + Interior admin panel and stash pockets + Hydration pocket (1.5ltr) with pass-through port + Sturdy, lightweight 1050D nylon + Total capacity: 18 litres + Main compartment: 46 x 23 x 13 cm

Sandstone

Product Code: BG945 BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

STORM

Coyote

Titanium

Black

Viper Tactical Shoulder Pack | £26 .94

Viper Tactical Lazer Shoulder Pack | £31 .50

5.11 RUSH MOAB 6 Backpack | £65 .70

+ Shoulder straps with QR buckle + Retaining straps/bungees + Exterior utility pouches + Total capacity: 10 litres + Main compartment: 31 x 20 x 17 cm

+ Carry handle on the top of the pack + Stabiliser Strap included + Padded mesh back panel + Total capacity: 10 litres + Main compartment: 31 x 20 x 17 cm

+ Adjustable cushioned shoulder strap + Water resistant + Grab and Go carry handle + Total capacity: 25 litres + Main compartment: 27 x 23 x 13 cm

Product Code: BG8000 BLACK

COYOTE

Product Code: BG8001 GREEN

COYOTE

GREEN

Product Code: BG944 TITANIUM

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

STORM

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BAGS

5.11 LV10 13L Low Vis Pack Black

NEW

Grenade

NEW

NEW

5.11 LV18 29L Low Vis Pack | £126 .00

5.11 LV10 13L Low Vis Pack | £103 .50

+ Ambidextrous side entry CCW compartment with loop panel, elastic bands and webbing system for holster and mags + Secondary compartment with two zippered pockets and a slip pocket + Main compartment with padded laptop sleeve and rear access + Water-resistant 840D Nylon + Total capacity: 29 litres + Main compartment: 49.5 x 28 x 14 cm

+ Quick access to internal lid dual mesh pockets + Bottom webbing straps with expandable water bottle pocket + Fleece lined top zipper pocket + Flex cuff channel on back panel + Rear CCW compartment with “hot pull” system, loop panel and webbing system for holster + Water-resistant 840D Nylon + Total capacity: 13 litres + Main compartment: 27.7 x 41.3 x 14.5 cm

Product Code: BG9661 BLACK

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Night Watch

GRENADE

Product Code: BG9662 NIGHTWATCH

BLACK

GRENADE

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BAGS Night Watch

5.11 Dart Duffel 40L Bag | £94 .50 + Two pockets on the lid can be accessed externally or internally + Adjustable shoulder strap with articulated webbing design + Removable storage bag with mesh top and carry handles included with hook/loop attachment + Total capacity: 40 litres + Removable storage: 22.9 x 28 x 13.4 cm + Main compartment: 27.7 x 50.8 x 28 cm

NEW

Product Code: BG9664 BLACK

GRENADE

NIGHTWATCH

Sandstone TAC OD

Kangaroo

5.11 RUSH LBD XRAY Duffel Bag | £103 .50

5.11 RUSH LBD LIMA Duffel Bag | £90 .00

5.11 RUSH LBD MIKE Duffel Bag | £81 .00

+ Extra durable 1050D nylon + Total capacity: 105 litres + Main compartment: 78.7 x 34.3 x 34.3 cm

+ Extra durable 1050D nylon + Total capacity: 55 litres + Main compartment: 61 x 34.3 x 34.3 cm

+ Converts easily from a bag to a backpack + Total capacity: 25 litres + Main compartment: 61 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm

Product Code: BG9841 BLACK

OD TRAIL

Product Code: BG9840 SANDSTONE

BLACK

OD TRAIL

Product Code: BG9842 SANDSTONE

BLACK

KANGAROO

SANDSTONE

TAC OD

Double Tap OD Trail Black

5.11 RUSH Delivery Mike Bag | £76 .50

5.11 RUSH Delivery LIMA Bag | £90 .00

5.11 RUSH Delivery X-Ray Bag | £103 .50

+ Padded laptop compartment + Total capacity: 6 litres + Main compartment: 36 x 28 x 6 cm

+ Padded laptop compartment + Total capacity: 12 litres + Main compartment: 43 x 28 x 10 cm

+ Padded laptop compartment + Total capacity: 26 litres + Main compartment: 51 x 30 x 17 cm

Product Code: BG995 BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

Product Code: BG996 OD TRAIL

SANDSTONE

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

Product Code: BG997 OD TRAIL

SANDSTONE

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BAGS

Sandstone

Storm

Storm

5.11 UCR Thigh Rig | £40 .50

5.11 UCR IFAK Pouch | £31 .50

+ MOLLE and web platform compatible + Bungee tie-downs and wide elastic loops for securing gear + Made from durable 1050D nylon

+ MOLLE and web platform compatible + Drop-down zipped compartments + Bungee cords for added stability + Designed to attach to a vehicle’s headrest

Product Code: BG578 BLACK

SANDSTONE

Product Code: BG577 STORM

BLACK

SANDSTONE

STORM

Black

Black

5.11 UCR Slingpack | £99 .00

5.11 Med Pouch Gear Set | £40 .50

+ Bungee and loop-sided cargo management to keep your essential gear in place. + Compression straps for the UCR Litter or a light jacket

+ Compatible with 5.11 AMP Backpacks, 5.11 Operator ALS Backpack, 5.11 ALS/BLS Duffel and 5.11 All Missions Plate Carrier + 3 tier fold-out organisation system

Product Code: BG575 BLACK

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SANDSTONE

Product Code: NP986 BLK STORM

BLACK

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BAGS

5.11 Operator ALS Backpack | £180 .00 + Four Easy-Vis Med Pouches with differentiating zipper colours, clear vinyl windows and pull tab + Easy grab aluminum carry handle and reflective pulls/trims + Total capacity: 26 litres + Main compartment: 71 x 26.6 x 10 cm Product Code: BG587 BLK BLACK

Black

Shamrock

5.11 ALS/BLS Duffel Bag | £202 .50

5.11 Easy-Vis Med Pouch | £12 .60

+ Removable Med Pouch Gear Set: organisational pouch for airway and other medical supplies + Clear vinyl compartment for iPad/tablet + Total capacity: 37 litres + Main compartment: 54.6 x 26.6 x 34.3 cm

+ The replacement pouch for the 5.11 Operator ALS Backpack + Clear vinyl / 600D poly + Pull strap for quick detach + Main compartment: 17.7 x 16.5 x 8.9 cm

Product Code: BG588 BLK BLACK

Product Code: NP985 BLACK

CHERRY BOMB

SHAMROCK

YELLOW

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BAGS

OD Trail

Double Tap

5.11 2-Banger Bag | £45 .00

5.11 4-Banger Bag | £58 .50

5.11 PUSH Pack | £52 .20

+ Holds 2 x 5.56 magazines + Adjustable shoulder strap for right/left use + Cross-body stabilising strap + Front storage pocket + Reliable internal retention system + Main compartment: 24 x 18 x 8 cm

+ Holds 4 x 5.56 magazines + Adjustable shoulder strap for right/left use + Cross-body stabilising strap + Stable and secure mag retention + Dual zip storage pocket at front + Main compartment: 39 x 18 x 8 cm

+ Designed to be worn on your left side + Adjustable strap on back + Side utility pockets + Aero-foam padding on back + 1050D Nylon + Main compartment: 22 x 20 x 10 cm

Product Code: BG931 BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

Product Code: BG932 OD TRAIL

SANDSTONE

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

Product Code: BG947 OD TRAIL

BLACK

DARK EARTH

SANDSTONE

Black

Black

Black

5.11 Side Trip Briefcase | £85 .50

5.11 Kit Bag (Small) | £36 .00

5.11 Kit Bag (Large) | £54 .00

+ MOLLE/Alice interior panel + Made from 1000-denier textured nylon + Light colored interior for easy access + Expandable side pockets + Large hidden pocket with full Back Up Belt System + Main compartment: 42 x 39 x 14 cm

+ Non-slip padded shoulder strap + Two-stage fold-out mesh organiser panel + Heavy duty nylon handles + High impact plastic D rings + Durable all-weather 1050 D nylon + Total capacity: 8 litres + Main compartment: 15 x 25 x 13 cm

+ Heavy duty nylon handles + Three-stage fold-out mesh organiser panel + Reinforced main compartment + Durable all-weather 1050D nylon + Non-slip padded shoulder strap + Total capacity: 16 litres + Main compartment: 20 x 33 x 15 cm

Product Code: BG991 BLACK

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Black

Product Code: BG960 BLACK

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Product Code: BG961 BLACK


BAGS

5.11 Range Ready Bag Sandstone

5.11 Range Ready Bag | £103 .50 + Eight pistol magazine holders in large padded external pocket + Padded side pockets in main compartment + Removable ammo tote and brass bag + Total capacity: 43 litres + Main compartment: 24 x 44 x 27 cm Product Code: BG963 BLACK

5.11 Patrol Ready Gear Bag | £58 .50

5.11 Range Qualifier Bag | £65 .70

+ Adjustable main compartment divider + 8 external pockets + Total capacity: 40 litres + Main compartment: 33 x 47 x 22 cm

+ Removable ammo tote bag + 6 magazine pockets + Total capacity: 18 litres + Main compartment: 22 x 20 x 10 cm

Product Code: BGU237 BLACK

Product Code: BG968 BLACK

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SANDSTONE

5.11 Mission Ready Document Bag | £148 .50 + Quilting details on shoulder/sleeve panels + Ability to cover neck for full protection or wear open Product Code: BG998 BLACK

COIN

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GEAR BAGS

A. Ranger Green

NEW

B. Black

NEW

C. Kangaroo

NEW

A.

5.11 SOMS 3.0 Rolling Gear Bag | £283 .50 + Retractable handle and self-retracting grab handles + 3 external zippered pockets with name tape and morale patch holders + Main Compartment: 81.3 x 47 x 35.5 cm + Capacity: 126 litres Product Code: BG9711 BLACK

B.

DOUBLE TAP

RANGER GREEN

KANGAROO

NEW

5.11 Mission Ready 3.0 Rolling Gear Bag | £238 .50 + Three internal pockets and light coloured interior lining + Retractable handle and self-retracting grab handles + Impact resistant bottom base panel + Main Compartment: 90 litres + Capacity: 73 x 40.6 x 31.1 cm

D. Ranger Green

Product Code: BG9712 BLACK

C.

DOUBLE TAP

RANGER GREEN

KANGAROO

5.11 CAMS 3.0 Rolling Gear Bag | £306 .00 + Internal fibreglass rods for easy loading or compact storage + Compression molded side panels with impact resistant bottom + 5 external zippered pockets + Main Compartment: 101.6 x 52.1 x 41.2 cm + Capacity: 190 litres Product Code: BG9710 BLACK

D.

DOUBLE TAP

RANGER GREEN

KANGAROO

5.11 Load Up 22in Carry On | £198 .00 + Middle mesh compartment with removable divider and two way access to top and main compartments + Internal compression strap in main compartment + Middle compartment with honeycomb frame + Main Compartment: 55.9 x 35.5 x 22.9 (28 w/ expansion) cm + Capacity: 55.5 litres Product Code: BG9660 RANGER GREEN

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VOLCANIC

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RIFLE CASES & HARD CASES F. Black

NEW E. Tarmac E.

NEW

5.11 LV M4 Shorty 18L Low Vis Pack | £108 .00 + Low-vis solution for transporting up to a 29” rifle + Removable shoulder straps for dual backpack carry or single sling carry with crossbody strap + Water-resistant 840D Nylon + Main Compartment: 73.6 x 30.5 x 5 cm + Capacity: 18.3 litres Product Code: BG9665 BLACK

F.

NIGHTWATCH

TARMAC

5.11 LV M4 20L Low Vis Pack | £117 .00 + Low-vis solution for transporting up to a 32” rifle + Front pocket with loop faced laser-cut MOLLE platform and zippered mesh pocket + Top and side grab handles + Main Compartment: 81.3 x 30.5 x 5 cm + Capacity: 19.5 litres Product Code: BG9663 BLACK

NIGHTWATCH

TARMAC

Double Tap (BG9603)

5.11 RIFLE CASES CODE

NAME

COLOURS

PRICE

BG9600

5.11 36” Shock Rifle Case

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

£72 .00

BG9601

5.11 42” Shock Rifle Case

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

£85 .50

BG9602

5.11 36” Double Rifle Case

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

£144 .00

BG9603

5.11 42” Double Rifle Case

BLACK

DOUBLE TAP

SANDSTONE

£153 .00

Black (BG9600)

5.11 HARD CASES CODE

NAME

EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS (cm)

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS (cm)

PRICE

BG9750

5.11 HC 940 F Hard Case

41.2 x 32.8 x 17.2

38.1 x 26.6 x 15.2

£121 .50

BG9751

5.11 HC 1750 F Hard Case

55.6 x 35.4 x 22.8

51.7 x 29 x19

£193 .50

BG9752

5.11 HC 3180 F Hard Case

58.2 x 45.6 x 29.3

52 x 39.3 x 25.4

£202 .50

BG9753

5.11 HC 5480 F Hard Case

65.1 x 41.9 x 39.7

58.4 x 43.1 x 35.5

£270 .00

BG9760

5.11 36 F Hard Rifle/Gun Case

99.1 x 42.6 x 17.3

92.7 x 36.8 x 15.2

£225 .00

BG9761

5.11 42 F Hard Rifle/Gun Case

114.1 x 43.1 x 17.3

107.9 x 36.8 x 13.9

£243 .00

BG9762

5.11 50 F Hard Rifle/Gun Case

134.7 x 43.1 x 17.3

128.2 x 36.8 x 15.2

£252 .00

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PLATE CARRIERS

Black

Black

5.11 All Mission Plate Carrier | £234 .00

5.11 HEXGRID 12x9 Gear Set | £27 .00

+ Kangaroo pouch with magazine adaptor + GrabDrag handle located on the interior for emergency exfil + Adjustable, padded shoulder straps + Universal size fits any ESAPI plate, secured with shock absorbing straps + 500D Nylon (body) and HEXGRID® 420D/1000D Cordura® Nylon

+ Compatible with the 5.11 All Mission Plate Carrier + Proprietary HEXGRID® multi-angle load-bearing platform + Bottom access for easy weaving

Sizes: Small/Medium - Large/X Large BLACK

KANGAROO

Product Code: NP981 BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

Product Code: VE405 RANGER GREEN

Kangaroo

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PLATE CARRIERS

TAC OD

Storm

5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier | £157 .50 + Enhanced comfort and freedom of movement + Accommodates medium or large ballistic plates + Back yoke shoulder pads distribute weight evenly + Adjustable waist and tensional bands + One-handed quick-release Product Code: VE415 BLACK

DARK NAVY

SANDSTONE

STORM

TAC OD

5.11 Multicam TacTec Plate Carrier | £198 .00 Product Code: VE415 MUL MULTICAM

A.

A.

B.

BeaverFit Weighted Vest Plates (Flat - 7 lb ) | £55 .00

Sold in pairs

Product Code: VE998/25

BeaverFit Weighted Vest Plates (Flat - 10 lb ) | £83 .99 B.

Sold in pairs

Product Code: VE998/5

BeaverFit Weighted Vest Plates (Curved - 7 lb ) | £79 .49

Sold in pairs

Product Code: VE999/25

BeaverFit Weighted Vest Plates (Curved - 10 lb ) | £89 .50 Sold in pairs

Product Code: VE999/5

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PLATE CARRIERS

Green

Black

Coyote

Viper Special Ops Carrier | £67 .50

Viper Elite Carrier | £35 .94

Viper Lazer Carrier | £39 .95

+ Shock band shoulder strapping + 3 magazine compartments

+ MOLLE webbing panels front & rear + Adjustable padded shoulder straps

+ Lazer MOLLE webbing panels front & rear + Quick-release buckles

Product Code: VE955 BLACK

COYOTE

Product Code: VE950 GREEN

VCAM

BLACK

COYOTE

Product Code: VE951 GREEN

COYOTE

VCAM

VCAM

Olive Drab

Dark Earth

Sandstone

5.11 TacTec Chest Rig | £76 .50 + Carry up to 6 magazines, either nylon cover or bungee + Can be worn H-frame or Rhodesian Product Code: VE410 BLACK

OLIVE DRAB

Condor VAS Vanquish Plate Carrier | £74 .99

5.11 VTAC LBE Vest | £80 .10 + MOLLE compatible throughout + Web platform on interior for backup or other items

+ Compact, low-profile platform + Adjustable shoulder straps

Size: Reg, XXL, 4XL

Product Code: VE900 SANDSTONE

BLACK

BROWN

DARK EARTH

OLIVE DRAB

Product Code: VE370

OLIVE DRAB

STORM

A.

Condor VAS Modular Panel | £20 .99 +

Adds extra MOLLE customisation options

Product Code: VE903 BLACK

B.

BROWN

OLIVE DRAB

Condor VAS Recon Mag Panel | £35 .99 +

Holds up to 6 M4 Magazines and 6 Pistol Magazines

Product Code: VE901 BLACK

C. A. Black

B. Olive Drab

C. Brown

OLIVE DRAB

Condor VAS Kangaroo Mag Panel | £31 .99 +

Holds up to 3 M4 magazines and 3 pistol magazines

Product Code: VE902 BLACK

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BROWN

OLIVE DRAB


POUCHES

Ranger Green

Kangaroo

Black

NEW

NEW

NEW

5.11 Flex Medium GP Pouch | £27 .00

5.11 Flex Admin Pouch | £29 .70

5.11 Flex Radio Pouch | £31 .50

+ Front stretch woven zippered pocket + Minimalistic, low profile and lightweight + 12.7 x 16.8 x 7.6 cm

+ 2 small and 1 large SLI pocket on back panel with elastic bands + 11.4 x 15.8 x 2.5 cm

+ Magnetic closure for easy removing/securing of radio + Double layer water-resistant 500D Nylon

Product Code: NP9870 BLACK

Product Code: NP9876

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

BLACK

Ranger Green

Product Code: NP9875

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

Kangaroo

NEW

5.11 Single Flex Pistol Mag Pouch | £18 .00

5.11 Double Flex Pistol Mag Pouch | £24 .30

+ Flex-HT 1/2” webbing ladder for more weaving opportunities + Drain hole on bottom panel

+ Double retention system with high strength / impact insert and elastic band + Double layer water-resistant 500D Nylon

Product Code: NP9874 RANGER GREEN

BLACK

Ranger Green

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

+ Attach any hook/loop pouch, accessory or morale patch + PU coated straps are more durable & waterproof Product Code: NP9878 BLACK

Product Code: NP9872 RANGER GREEN

NEW

5.11 Flex Hook Adaptor | £9 .00

+ No cover or bungee system required Product Code: NP9871 BLACK

RANGER GREEN

Ranger Green

5.11 Double Flex AR Mag Pouch | £31 .50

+ Elastic band compresses the pouch KANGAROO

KANGAROO

NEW NEW

5.11 Single Flex AR Mag Pouch | £24 .30

BLACK

NEW

Black

NEW

RANGER GREEN

5.11 Flex Loop Panel | £13 .50

Product Code: NP9873

KANGAROO

KANGAROO

Black

NEW

BLACK

BLACK

KANGAROO

+ Adaptor strip converts any pouch strap to a hook backing for hook/loop attachment Product Code: NP9877

RANGER GREEN

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BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

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POUCHES

5.11 Pistol Bungee/Cover Mag Single Pouch | £15 .30

5.11 AR/G36 Bungee/Cover Mag Single Pouch | £19 .80

5.11 AK Bungee/Cover Mag Single Pouch | £19 .80

5.11 MP5 Bungee/Cover Mag Single Pouch | £18 .00

5.11 5 RD Shotgun Bandolier | £15 .30

Product Code: NP938

Product Code: NP943

Product Code: NP945

Product Code: NP947

Product Code: NP937

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

STORM

STORM

5.11 Pistol Bungee/Cover Mag Double Pouch | £19 .80

5.11 AR/G36 Bungee/Cover Mag Double Pouch | £25 .20

5.11 AK Bungee/Cover Mag Double Pouch | £25 .20

5.11 MP5 Bungee/Cover Mag Double | £22 .50

5.11 Shotgun Ammo Pouch | £25 .20

Product Code: NP939

Product Code: NP944

Product Code: NP946

Product Code: NP948

Product Code: NP936

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

STORM

STORM

STORM

STORM

5.11 MultiCam Pistol Bungee/Cover Mag Double Pouch | £22 .50

5.11 MultiCam AR/G36 Bungee/Cover Mag Double Pouch | £27 .90

Viper QR Mag Single Pouch | £6 .24

Viper Duo Mag Single Pouch | £11 .50

5.11 Double Grenade 40mm Pouch | £21 .60

Product Code: NP5001

Product Code: NP5004

Product Code: NP952

Product Code: NP939 MUL

Product Code: NP944 MUL

BLACK

BLACK

MULTICAM

BLACK

GREEN

VCAM

MULTICAM

Viper Elite Mag Pouch | £9 .95

COYOTE

COYOTE

GREEN

TAC OD

VCAM

Viper QR Mag Double Pouch | £9 .84

Viper Duo Mag Double Pouch | £15 .24

Viper Duo Mag Triple Pouch | £17 .94

Product Code: NP5007

Product Code: NP5002

Product Code: NP5005

Product Code: NP5006

BLACK

BLACK

BLACK

BLACK

VCAM

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COYOTE

GREEN

VCAM

COYOTE

GREEN

COYOTE

GREEN

VCAM

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VCAM

COYOTE

GREEN


POUCHES *Pouches not included

NEW

5.11 Covert Insert (Small) | £18 .00

5.11 Covert Insert (Large) | £22 .50

5.11 HEXGRID Insert | £29 .70

+ Transform any carryall into a tactical kit + Integrated grab handle + Pouches sold separately + Dimensions: 38.7 x 25.4 cm

+ Transform any carryall into a tactical kit + Integrated grab handle + Pouches sold separately + Dimensions: 48.3 x 31.1 cm

+ Semi rigid PE board for easy loading / removal from a pack + Removable straps included for attaching a Gear Set™

Product Code: BG993 BLACK

BLACK

SANDSTONE

Viper Tactical V-Pouch | £10 .74

Viper Grenade Pouch | £6 .24

Product Code: NP5000 BLACK

Product Code: BG994

COYOTE SANDSTONE

GREEN

VCAM

Product Code: NP5010 BLACK

COYOTE SANDSTONE

GREEN

Product Code: NP9881 BLK BLACK

SANDSTONE

Viper GPS / Radio Pouch | £6 .95

5.11 C5 Phone Case | £13 .50

Maxpedition CP/L Phone/ Radio Holder | £25 .96

Product Code: NP5011

Product Code: NP934

Product Code: BG9100

BLACK

COYOTE SANDSTONE

BLACK

GREEN

BLACK

KHAKI

VCAM

VCAM

5.11 MultiCam Radio Pouch | £17 .10

5.11 Radio Pouch | £14 .40

5.11 Flash Bang Pouch | £13 .50

Product Code: NP924 MUL

Product Code: NP924

Product Code: NP923

MULTICAM

STORM

BLACK

FDE

SANDSTONE

STORM

TAC OD

BLACK

TAC OD

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5.11 Large Drop Pouch | £18 .00 Product Code: NP927 SANDSTONE

BLACK

TAC OD

SANDSTONE

STORM

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POUCHES

5.11 MultiCam 6.6 Pouch | £20 .70 Product Code: NP917 MUL

5.11 6.6 Pouch | £18 .00

5.11 6.10 Pouch | £22 .50

5.11 10.6 Pouch | £22 .50

5.11 Ignitor 6.5 Pouch | £22 .50

Product Code: NP917

Product Code: NP922

Product Code: NP919

Product Code: NP991

BLACK

BLACK

BLACK

MULTICAM

FDE

TAC OD

STORM

BLACK

FDE

SANDSTONE

STORM

TAC OD

NEW

5.11 H20 Carrier | £18 .00 Product Code: NP925 BLACK

FDE

TAC OD

FDE

NEW

NEW

5.11 Ignitor 4.6 NB Pouch | £20 .70

Viper Small Express Utility Pouch | £9 .54

Viper Medium Express Utility Pouch | £1 2 .90

Viper Large Express Utility Pouch | £14 .70

Product Code: NP992

Product Code: NP5014

Product Code: NP5015

Product Code: NP5016

BLACK

BLACK

SANDSTONE

COYOTE SANDSTONE

GREEN

VCAM

BLACK

COYOTE SANDSTONE

GREEN

VCAM

5.11 Ignitor Med Pouch | £29 .70

Maxpedition Individual First Aid Pouch | £24 .95

Maxpedition FR-1 Combat Medic Pouch | £39 .95

Product Code: PE198

Product Code: NP990

Product Code: BG9145

Product Code: BG9110

BLACK

BLACK

BLACK

BLACK

FDE SANDSTONE

KHAKI

BLACK

COYOTE SANDSTONE

GREEN

VCAM

5.11 Disposable Glove Pouch | £18 .00 SANDSTONE

SANDSTONE

KHAKI

5.11 Med Pouch | £24 .30 Product Code: NP929 BLACK

FDE

SANDSTONE

STORM

OLIVE DRAB

5.11 Cuff Case | £14 .40

5.11 Rigid Cuff Case | £20 .70

Viper Operators Pouch | £9 .74

5.11 Strobe/GPS Pouch | £16 .20

5.11 AdaptaPouch | £15 .30

Product Code: NP930

Product Code: NP949

Product Code: NP5003

Product Code: NP932

Product Code: NP974

BLACK

BLACK

BLACK

COYOTE SANDSTONE

BLACK

BLACK

GREEN

VCAM

80

SANDSTONE

FDE

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POUCHES 5.11 Tailwind Utility Pouch

NEW

A. Khaki B. Black

NEW

A.

5.11 9.12 Joey Pouch | £22 .50 + Water resistant construction + Durable material for tough use + Dimensions: 23 x 30.5 cm Product Code: NP9891

NEW

BLACK

B.

KHAKI

RANGER GREEN

5.11 7.10 Joey Pouch | £18 .00 + Water resistant construction + Durable material for tough use + Dimensions: 18 x 25 cm Product Code: NP9890 BLACK

C.

NEW

C.

KHAKI

RANGER GREEN

5.11 Tailwind Utility Pouch (2 Pack) | £22 .50 + Extended zipper for easy access + Small Pouch - 15.2 x 20.3 cm + Large Pouch - 20.3 x 25.4 cm

NEW

Product Code: NP9893

NEW

D.

D.

5.11 Tailwind Lightweight Pouch (2 Pack) | £18 .00 + Side webbing loop & webbing puller + Small Pouch - 15.2 x 20.3 cm + Large Pouch - 20.3 x 25.4 cm

NEW

Product Code: NP9892

E.

5.11 Tailwind Boot Locker | £22 .50 + Large main compartment + Dimensions: 32.4 x 38 x 12.7 cm Product Code: NP9895 BLACK

E. Stone

NEW

F. F. Tundra

STONE

TUNDRA

5.11 Tailwind 10.13 Packing Cube | £18 .00 + Front ventilation mesh panel + Dimensions: 25.4 x 33 x 7.6 cm Product Code: NP9894

NEW

BLACK

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STONE

TUNDRA

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POUCHES

Maxpedition DEP Essentials Pouch | £39 .95

Maxpedition FRP Response Pouch | £41 .95

BLACK

BLACK

Product Code: BG9220 GREY

TAN

GREY

TAN

Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organiser | £13 .96

Maxpedition E.D.C Pocket Organiser | £20 .95

BLACK

BLACK

BROWN

KHAKI

GREY

Product Code: BG9125 KHAKI

OD GREEN

Maxpedition Triad Admin Pouch | £38 .95

Product Code: BG9140 BLACK

KHAKI SANDSTONE

Maxpedition Entity Utility Pouch (Small) | £18 .95 Product Code: BG9280

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Product Code: BG9225

Product Code: BG9115

FOLIAGE

Maxpedition PHP iPhone 6 Pouch | £18 .95

Product Code: BG9230 BLACK

Maxpedition AUP Utility Pouch | £46 .96

Maxpedition CAP Admin Pouch | £38 .95

BLACK

BLACK

Product Code: BG9210 GREY

TAN

Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organiser | £24 .95

Product Code: BG9120 BLACK

BROWN

KHAKI

GREY

FOLIAGE

Maxpedition Entity Hook & Loop Utility Profile Panel | £18 .95

Product Code: BG9215 GREY

TAN

Maxpedition Beefy Pocket Organiser | £25 .96

Product Code: BG9130 BLACK

KHAKI

Maxpedition Entity Hook & Loop Low Profile Panel | £17 .95

Product Code: BG9285

Product Code: BG9284

Maxpedition Entity Utility Pouch (Large) | £23 .60

Maxpedition Entity Utility Pouch (Tall) | £18 .95

KHAKI SANDSTONE

Maxpedition Entity Utility Pouch (Medium) | £21 .95 Product Code: BG9281

Product Code: BG9282

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Product Code: BG9283


5.11 EDC PL 2AAA Torch Weathered Orange

NEW

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

NAME

CODE

OUTPUT

RUNTIME

POWER

COLOURS

PRICE

1

5.11 EDC PLUV 1AAA Torch

TO8907

UV 375nm wavelength

6hr 40m

1 x AAA Battery (included)

ULTRA VIOLET

£24 .30

2

5.11 EDC PL 1AAA Torch

TO8906

55 lumens

3hr 54m

1 x AAA Battery (included)

BLACK

£20 .70

3

5.11 EDC 2AAA Torch

TO8908

127 lumens

3hr 27m

1 x AAA Battery (included)

4

5.11 Rapid 1AA Torch

TO8903

160 lumens

54m

1 x AA Battery (included)

5

5.11 EDC PL 2AAA Torch

TO8905

107 lumens

4hr 20m

2 x AAA Batteries (included)

6

5.11 Station 2AA Torch

TO8900

256 lumens

2hr 30m

2 x AA Batteries (included)

BLACK

£40 .50

7

5.11 Rapid 2AA Torch

TO8904

275 lumens

54m

2 x AA Batteries (included)

BLACK

£40 .50

8

5.11 Station 4AA Torch

TO8901

500 lumens

2hr 30m

4 x AA Batteries (included)

BLACK

£56 .70

9

5.11 Station 3D Torch

TO8902

1231 lumens

3hr 30mins

3 x D Battery (not included)

BLACK

£81 .00

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BLACK

KANGAROO

£22 .50 £36 .00

BLACK

BLACK

COOL GREY

ORANGE

SANDSTONE

£24 .30

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GLOVES

Ranger Green

Kangaroo

Storm

5.11 Competition Shooting Gloves | £24 .30

5.11 High Abrasion Tac Gloves | £24 .30

5.11 TAC-A2 Gloves | £24 .30

+ High dexterity fit + Webbing pull tab/hanger storage + Synthetic suede & nylon spandex

+ High abrasion 10W synthetic suede palm + 3 fingers with ring-cut microfiber strips + Notched index & thumb gussets for flexibility

+ Grip-enhancing reinforcements + Synthetic suede palm + Lightweight and fast drying

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL872 BLACK

KANGAROO

RANGER GREEN

BLACK

KANGAROO

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL850 BLACK

STORM

5.11 TAC K9 Gloves | £34 .20

5.11 Tac-NFO 2 Gloves | £43 .20

5.11 Taclite 2 Gloves | £33 .30

+ Grip-enhancing reinforcements + Kevlar® reinforcements

+ Goatskin knuckle abrasion protection + Seamless palm for weapon handling

+ Cool and comfortable design + TacticalTouch™ precision fingertips

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL865

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL830

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL800

5.11 Station Grip Gloves | £22 .50

5.11 HardTime Gloves | £58 .50

5.11 TAC-AK2 Gloves | £44 .10

5.11 Caldus Gloves | £52 .20

+ Heavy duty nylon and

+ High performance articulated thermoplastic knuckle plates

+ Reinforced finger joints + Padded palm

+ Weather resistant + 40g Thinsulate C100 insulation

ruggedised leather

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Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL871

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL845

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL805

Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL840

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Sizes: Small - XX Large Product Code: GL880


GLOVES

Wolf Grey

Seamless single layer palm improves fit and dexterity

Stretch Spandex material provides a comfortable fit

Mechanix Original Gloves | £19 .96 + Nylon cord loop provides convenient glove storage + Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) closure with hook and

loop provides a secure fit + Machine washable Sizes: Small - X Large COYOTE

Product Code: GL400

MULTICAM

WOLF GREY

WOODLAND

Mechanix M-Pact Gloves | £30 .00

Mechanix FastFit Gloves | £15 .00

Mechanix M-Pact 3 Gloves | £39 .90

+ XRD palm padding absorbs impact and vibration + Impact Guard frees your index finger

+ Elastic cuff provides secure fit & easy on/off + Reinforced thumb and index finger

+ 3mm EVA accordion padding reduces impact

Sizes: Small - X Large

Product Code: GL446

BLACK

COYOTE

WOLF GREY

WOODLAND

MULTICAM

Sizes: Small - X Large

Product Code: GL431

BLACK

COYOTE

WOLF GREY

WOODLAND

MULTICAM

to the thumb and fingers Sizes: Small - X Large BLACK

Product Code: GL455

COYOTE

Mechanix M-Pact 2 Gloves | £34 .96

Mechanix M-Pact Fingerless Gloves | £22 .80

Mechanix T/S Element Gloves | £24 .98

+ Extreme knuckle guard + 2-way stretch + ZEUS Clarino synthetic leather

+ Fingerless design allows for maximum control + Thermal Plastic Rubber on knuckles & fingers + TrekDry® material helps keep hands dry

+ SoftShell™ water-resistant & wind-resistant

Sizes: Small - X Large

Product Code: GL450

Sizes: Medium - X Large Product Code: GL440

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stretch fabric

+ Fleece-lined back-of-hand provides insulation Sizes: Small - X Large

Product Code: GL470

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WALLETS

NEW

5.11 Bifold Card Case | £15 .30 + Multiple card slots, ID compartment + 100% Nylon for durability

Product Code: PE9961 BLACK

5.11 Standby Card Wallet | £22 .50

5.11 Excursion Card Wallet | £18 .00

+ Genuine leather + Snap closure flap

+ Main pocket holds up to 10 cards + Genuine leather

STORM

Product Code: PE9969 BLACK

RANGER GREEN

MULTICAM

BLACK

RANGER GREEN

MULTICAM

5.11 Ronnin Wallet | £31 .50

5.11 Phantom Bifold Wallet | £36 .00

5.11 Bifold Wallet | £22 .50

+ Ultra-strong polyamide/PE blend + RFID blocking shield

+ Leather and PU coated polyester + Spare key pocket

+ Multiple card slots, ID compartment + Hidden key compartment

Product Code: PE9966 BLACK

Product Code: PE9963 BLACK

Product Code: PE9960 BLACK

NEW

NEW

5.11 Status Bifold Wallet | £22 .50

5.11 Lockdown Zip Wallet | £24 .30

5.11 Steel Jacket Multi-Tool Wallet | £24 .30

+ ID pocket + 3 card pockets

+ 5 card pockets + Coin pocket with flap closure

+ RFID blocking body material + 2 sizes of SIM and Memory card storage

Product Code: PE9971 BLACK

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Product Code: PE9970

KANGAROO

Product Code: PE9968 BLACK

KANGAROO

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Product Code: PE9965 STEEL


WATCHES & GLASSES

5.11 Field Watch | £144 .00 + Scratch/chip-resistant mineral glass crystal face + Water resistant to 100 metres/10 atmospheres + Screw on case back & crown Product Code: PE280 BLACK

KANGAROO

5.11 Raid Sunglasses | £76 .50

5.11 Aileron Shield Sunglasses | £76 .50

+ Three interchangeable plain lenses (Clear, Orange and Smoke) + Standard T-shell coating is scratch, crack, and craze resistant

+ 100% UV protection + Created in partnership with Wiley X® Performance Eyewear

Product Code: EW340 BLACK

NEW

Product Code: EW390 SANDSTONE

MATT BLACK

NEW

5.11 TKO Ratchet Kit | £18 .00

5.11 EDT Multitool | £11 .26

5.11 Utility Money Clip Tool | £21 .60

+ Compact bi-directional magnetic ratchet + Knurled positive lock magnetic bit holder

+ Stainless steel multitool with sheath & carabiner

+ Two flat head screwdrivers, a wire stripper, bottle opener + more

Product Code: PE9972 BLACK

Product Code: PE9967 BLACK

KHAKI

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Product Code: PE9964 BLACK OXIDE

STEEL

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GATORS & SHEMAGHS

5.11 GEO7 Flag Bearer Cap Night

5.11 Halo Neck Gator | £11 .24

5.11 Blaze Shemagh | £22 .50

5.11 Jacquard Beanie | £15 .30

+ 100% polyester microfibre

+ 150 x 150 cm

+ 100% cotton

Product Code: HW812 CARBON

LAKE

RED SAND

VOLCANIC

Product Code: PE9980 GREEN

AMETHYST

COYOTE

Product Code: HW813 FATIGUE

STORM

BLACK

FATIGUE

STORM

VOLCANIC

FATIGUE CAM

5.11 Balaclava | £18 .00

Condor MultiCam Multi-Wrap | £12 .95

Condor Black MultiCam Multi-Wrap | £12 .95

Condor Multi-Wrap | £11 .95

+ Doubles as a neck gator

+ Anti-static & moisture wicking

+ Anti-static & moisture wicking

+ Stretchable Polyester

Product Code: HW842 BLACK

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NAVY

Product Code: HW920 MUL MULTICAM

Product Code: HW920 MBL MULTICAM

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Product Code: HW920 BLACK

TAN

OLIVE


HATS

5.11 MultiCam Boonie Hat | £31 .50

5.11 GE07 Boonie Hat | £22 .50

5.11 Boonie Hat | £18 .00

+ Sizes: Medium / Large and Large / X Large

+ Sizes: Medium / Large and Large / X Large

+ Sizes: Medium / Large and Large / X Large

Product Code: HW809 MUL

Product Code: HW809 G7 NIGHT

MULTICAM

NEW

NEW

Product Code: HW809

TERRAIN

NEW

BLACK

KHAKI

RANGER

TDU GREEN GREEN

NAVY

NEW

5.11 XTU Hat | £18 .00

5.11 Foldable Uniform Hat | £13 .50

5.11 Flex Uniform Hat | £18 .00

5.11 Fast-Tac Uniform Hat | £10 .35

+ Flex construction w/ plush elastic

+ Foldable brim

+ Flex band construction

+ Water resistant Fast-Tac Ripstop

Product Code: HW871 BLACK

Product Code: HW870

NAVY

BLACK

Product Code: HW873

NAVY

BLACK

NAVY

Product Code: HW872 TDU GREEN

BLACK

NAVY

5.11 GE07 Flag Bearer Cap | £18 .00

5.11 Flag Bearer Cap | £18 .00

5.11 GE07 Uniform Cap | £13 .50

5.11 Uniform Cap | £11 .26

+ Buckram lined for structure

+ Six rows of bill stitching

+ Fade Resistant

+ Poly-cotton Twill

Product Code: HW859 G7

Product Code: HW859

NIGHT

TERRAIN

BLACK

KHAKI

RANGER

STORM

Product Code: HW800 G7 NAVY

NIGHT

TERRAIN

TDU GREEN

Product Code: HW800 BLACK

NAVY KHAKI

TDU GREEN

Condor Mesh Tactical Cap | £10 .96

Condor MultiCam Mesh Tactical Cap | £13 .80

5.11 Kryptek Cap | £18 .00

Condor Tactical Kryptek Cap | £16 .80

+ 100% Cotton

+ 100% Cotton

+ Authentic Kryptek colour pattern

+ Authentic Kryptek colour pattern

Product Code: HW400

Product Code: HW405

BLACK

BROWN

GRAPHITE

NAVY

OLIVE DRAB

TAN

ARID

BLACK

Product Code: HW808 TROPIC

HIGHLANDER

Product Code: HW410

TYPHON

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PATCHES

TacTree UK Stealth UK Flag Patch | £3 .29 Product Code: PE9890

Maxpedition Black Widow Patch | £5 .95 GLOW

Maxpedition UK Flag Patch | £3 .95

GREEN

ARID

Product Code: PE9700

Product Code: PE9807

VCAM

Maxpedition Jolly Roger Flag Patch | £3 .95

Product Code: PE9809 ARID

Viper Tactical UK Flag Patch | £2 .50

Product Code: PE9802 SWAT

COLOUR

GLOW

SWAT

COLOUR

Maxpedition Do Not Press Patch | £3 .95

Maxpedition Dog Track Patch | £4 .95

ARID

GLOW

ARID

SWAT

Product Code: PE9801 SWAT

NEW

5.11 Wing Shot Double Tap Patch | £6 .30 Product Code: PE9916

5.11 SWAT Gnome Patch | £6 .30

Product Code: PE9924

Viper Tactical Risk of Death Patch | £2 .50

Viper Tactical Bullet Proof Patch | £2 .50

Maxpedition Owl Patch | £5 .95

Maxpedition Viking Skull Patch | £5 .95

ARID

ARID

Product Code: PE9701

Product Code: PE9804

Maxpedition Beer Mug Patch | £3 .95

Product Code: PE9800

Viper Tactical Skull Patch | £2 .50

Product Code: PE9702

COLOUR

Maxpedition Major League Shooter Patch | £3 .95 ARID

Viper Tactical ‘Like This’ Patch | £2 .50

Product Code: PE9703

SWAT

Product Code: PE9810 GLOW

Product Code: PE9704

Product Code: PE9811 SWAT

SWAT

Product Code: PE9812

NEW

5.11 Crusty Bullet Skull Patch | £6 .30

Product Code: PE9925

Maxpedition Soldier Skull Patch | £4 .96

Maxpedition Reaper Patch | £4 .96

ARID

ARID

Product Code: PE9806 SWAT

Product Code: PE9805

STEALTH

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SWAT

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GLOW

SWAT


GUIDES & TERMS

Mens Body Measurements Alpha Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Neck (in)

13-13.5

14-14.5

15-15.5

16-16.5

17-17.5

18-18.5

19-19.5

Chest (in)

30-32

34-36

38-40

42-44

46-48

50-52

54-56

Waist (in)

24-26

28-30

32-34

36-38

40-42

44-46

48-50

Short = 5’3” - 5’7.5” | Regular = 5’8” - 6’0.5” | Long = 6’1” - 6’3”

X-Small

Small

Medium

Large

X-Large

UK Size

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

US Size

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

EU Size

Using a measuring tape, measure your body (not over clothing) & refer to body charts to determine the best size. If you fall between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size.

Men:

Womens Body Measurements Alpha Size

Determining your proper size:

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

Chest (in)

32.5

33.5

34.5

35.5

36.5

38

39.5

41

43

45

Hip (in)

35.5

36.5

37.5

38.5

39.5

41

42.5

44

46

48

Regular = 5’5” - 5’7” | Long = 5’8” - 5’11”

Mens Shoes

Utilise your chest, arm length & neck measurements to determine the proper size for tops, outerwear or jumpsuits; utilise your waist measurement (where you wear your trousers) for bottoms & belts.

Women:

Utilise your chest measurement to determine the proper size for tops, outerwear or jumpsuits; utilise your waist & hip measurements for bottoms; utilise your waist measurements (the smallest part of your waist).

Womens Shoes

UK Size

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

UK Size

4

5

6

7

8

US Size

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

US Size

5

6.5

7.5

8.5

9.5

EU Size

38.5

40

41

42.5

44

45

46

47.5

48.5

49.5

EU Size

37

38

39

40.5

42

5.11 Gloves

Mechanix Gloves

Alpha Size

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Alpha Size

Measurement (mm)

78

90

103

114

127

Measurement (mm)

Measure across palm of hand from where thumb & index finger meet

S

M

L

XL

203

229

254

279

Measure around hand at fullest part (excluding thumb)

UK Delivery Options

Terms & Conditions

Super Saver Delivery* | 3-5 working days | FREE

Product details, prices and availability are subject to change without notice.

Standard Delivery | 2-3 working days | £4.50 24 Hour | Next working day | £7.50

All orders are subject to our standard terms and conditions. For our full terms and conditions please visit www.tactree.co.uk/terms

Before 12 | By 12 noon next working day | £12.00 Before 10 | By 10am next working day | £16.50 Saturday | Saturday delivery | £22.50 Saturday Before 12 | By 12 noon Saturday delivery | £25.50 Saturday Before 10 | By 10am Saturday delivery | £28.50 *Available with online orders only

International Deliveries TacTree deliver worldwide. Please email us at sales@tactree.co.uk for a quotation.

Returns We have a quick and easy online returns process if you are not happy with your purchase. For full information please visit www.tactree.co.uk/returns

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