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    7APCA Nominations Final Day

    Let’s end the year with a bang by making the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards Nominations Period end in a really high note. Indeed, this Nominations Period is the biggest ever with more submissions as compared to the previous years. This means that the race to be on the top 5 nominees per category is even tighter for the awards.

    This also means that fans and friends of prospective finalists should work even harder to ensure that their favourites make it to the finals. And today is the final day of Nominations and every nomination will really count before the Nominations Period ends at 2400H PST 30 December 2016.

    Get the word out for those who have not nominated yet, and if you have not nominated yet, better do so now by clicking on the button below:

    Invite your team mates as well and tell them to invite even more. There are raffle prizes waiting for the lucky winners at the end of the awards process.

    Just remember  the Nominations Period ends at 2400H PST today.

    Don't forget to visit the sponsors of the awards who have made it possible to make this more exciting, with their contributions and raffle prizes:

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    Happy New Year 2017

    There are a good number of reasons to hate 2016. Whilst it is not in the league of other years which were really terrible, still 2016 has brought a lot of anxiety and loss of hope for peoples around the world, thinking that it has gone cruel. In airsoft, it was in a way, a normal year so 2016 for airsoft there was growth with an anxious world as a background.

    What do we want for 2017? A lot, I would say, and many would wish world peace and prosperity for all, which so far has remained very much elusive. To be realistic, we wish for good health and satisfaction in the New Year for ourselves, our friends, and our family.

    We want a great airsofting year in 2017 where we get to experience awesome games and milsim events, as well a breakthroughs in more realistic airsoft guns that are very much safe to use.  Also in 2017, we should be vigilant at protecting our hobby as there will be efforts to ban it or regulate it to oblivion.

    We wish all our friends and readers of Popular Airsoft the usual --- happiness, prosperity, peace of mind, and fantastic health and this goes out to their friends and families as well. Now, we greet 2017 with hope or steel ourselves for the surprises it has in store for us.

    Happy New Year! Happy 2017!


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    Hankook Mirae Mechbot (photo by Vitaly Bulgarov)

    Whist we wait for any update about the duel between the American MegaBots and the Japanese Kuratas, the South Koreans have been working silently working in the background with an even better mech that takes giant robot-building to the next level. Hankook Mirae Technology, working with Hollywood FX designer Vitaly Bulgarov, have unveiled a 13-foot, human-piloted Mechbot that can move on its own two feet.

    If you have been dreaming for a real wold Gundam robot, this is the nearest that it can get you given existing technologies. The ability of the Hankook Mirae Technology's mechbot to walk on its own feet gives it distinct advantages over the wheeled Kuratas, and the tracked MegaBots just like how humans were able to develop an advantage over the rest of the animal kingdom when they learned how to walk and run on their two feet as they evolved over millions of years.

    Looking at the robot, it reminds us more of the robots used in the movie “Avatar”, and it was designed by Bulgarov who was involved in “Transformers,” “Terminator,” and “Robocop.” Hankook Mirae has been working on the robot since 2014, spending over US$200 million to bring it to a point that it can now take baby steps.

    The Kuratas uses an airsoft mini-gun and coke bottle rockets as weapons while the MegaBots uses paintball. The Korean robot does not have any weapon, but is able to flex its arms in better ways that it can be used to pummel both the Japanese and American robots and if custom made weapons can be made for it, can pick up different types, from clubs to flamethrowers.

    For those expecting this to be used for some giant robot wars, they are in for a disappointment. The robot is a test bed for emerging mech applications and it is seen more usefulness for logistics and search-and-rescue. It can be used to reach areas where unprotected humans cannot such as those affected nuclear radiation like the area in Fukushima Japan.

     

    All photos here are from Vitaly Bulgarov's website.


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    Militaryblog.jp Airsoft ZPU-2 From Scratch

    If there is an event where you can see some unique airsoft guns built from the ground up for tge event’s purposes, you have to look to the Land of the Rising Sun, or for those in airsoft, the land where airsoft began. The Modern Military Meeting (MMM) is an event where the Japanese airsoft community mass in numbers with airsoft tinkerers also bringing their latest creations for the community to gawk at.

    Militaryblog.jp, the other respectable Japanese airsoft, tactical and military news blog republish their report about some big airsoft guns that have been customized for the MMM 2013, which took place in March 2013. Why are they republishing? They want to show to their readers their high quality reports so they make a selection of stories to repost, and this one made the list as they prepare new stories for 2017. It is also a relief for us that we get to read this as we seemed to have missed these report three years ago.

    So what are these airsoft guns built from scratch for the MMM2013? Here they are but you can learn more about them by going to the Militaryblog.jp repost:

    Airsoft ZPU-2

    Based on the Soviet ZPU-2 double barreled anti-aircraft gun, this posts no real threat to aircraft though for drones used in an airsoft event, they better watch out if for this baddie if they are also in play (meaning airsoft players can shoot at drones, which is a rare thing in airsoft). This was built using specifications that can be found on the internet so there is no telling if this is a faithful airsoft reproduction of the ZPU-2. If you need an AA for airsoft game, then you can call for this one.

    Airsoft Browning .50 Cal

    Not exactly a rarity these days are there have been many custom airsoft .50 cals in airsoft around the world. But building one from scratch is a crowning achievement for any serious airsoft gunsmith who loves building things from scratch.

    Airsoft XM174 Grenade Launcher

    This is more an AEG, using a though we are not sure of it uses the 40mm shell grenades for an airsoft game. This is based on the XM174 40mm grenade launcher that saw action during the Vietnam War.

    Airsoft DShKM

    Also built from scratch is the DShKM airsoft heavy machine gun. Introduced in 1938 and is still in use today, it is usually seen on two-wheels but is also tripod mounted or vehicle mounted.

    Airsoft MK19 Grenade Launcher 

    Seen in action in Afghanistan this is either operated on a tripod or mounted on Humvees for quick support of frontline troops and can lay a good number of grenades in a short time that can immediately disrupt an enemy’s attack or provide offensive support for troops that need some clearing of the path ahead that is full of enemy troops.

    Airsoft PKM

    There are off the shelf airsoft PKM’s that can be bought. But no one’s stopping anyone from building one from scratch. In this case both the wood and standard version were built for MMM 2013.

    The MMM 2013 took place last 2 March 2013 in the Wakayama Prefecture. All photos here are owned by Militaryblog.jp.


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    E-Blanks

    Live-fire  training exercises are important in any serious military organization. But such exercises entail logistics that will costs a lot of money ranging from fuel, vehicle repair, and blanks for safety when doing live firing. And to determine if soldiers were able to “kill” the enemy soldiers and vehicles, they also use some laser systems to simulate the kill and usually they use the MILES or Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System that is mounted on the rifles and other weapons and used in conjunction with blanks to simulate battlefield noise.

    It can also bring more realism to Milsim events for milsimers looking for such an equipment.

    But using blanks can costs money, and for military organisations with smaller budgets, any solution that can combine both the MILES and blank firing features into one system can help them save a lot in money and still be able to conduct simulated live firing exercises. In this case, a Norwegian company just created the solution for the budget-conscious military.

    E-Blanks AS present their solution, also named as E-Blanks, as a cost effective alternative for live firing as it bills itself as a lower cost and environment friendly system. Developed to highest military standards, they can be used in harsh conditions where soldiers and police forces train in. Since it uses advanced electronics to simulate muzzle flash, recoil, and rifle sound, it does not use actual blank bullets that will be left in the environment after a live exercise. Since it uses electronics, it does not need even Simunitions or pellets, making it extremely safe to use in a live exercise.

    Here’s how E-Blanks describe the technical aspects of the system:

    E-blanks technology is built into magazines that replicate real magazines and consists of a rechargeable battery, sound device and control unit (electronics). This is assembled to be water, dust and shockproof.

    The magazine is specially designed for each weapon type. The recoil module consists of robust mechanical system that respond on the same way as a weapon bolt when firing. This module has a connection to the magazine and a light beam that is designed to fit into the chamber.

    The light beam will hit the muzzle flash reflector to simulate a live firing muzzle flash. A recoil is a closed module that will strike with the desired strength and speed to achieve the weapon`s mechanical functions and give recoil.

    These modules are protected on the inside of the weapon. Included with the system are a stationary troop level battery charger and single/patrol field battery charger.

    A 30 round magazine can be used several times before it requires recharging. At magazine change there will be a filling up time by pushing button for each shot. The system is designed to maintain the normal weapon SOP’s in use.

    For Milsimers who want another level of realism such as simulating a live firearm which airsoft has not yet reached that degree of realism, they may want to look into E-Blanks. An example is the Milsim West in the USA, which combines the use of blank firing firearms in their milsim events to simulate the staccato of live weapons fire and these are dispersed to trusted cadres.

    An interesting product really for advanced milsim use in the civilian markets as well as budget live training device for military and security organisations, how we wish that it also has a laser designator and receiver just like the MILES system to confirm “kills”, making it an ideal training device.


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    Philippine Army Troops in New Camopat

    Actually, the news is not really fresh, but we just encountered this information via Soldier Systems, which blogged about this decision this week. Googling further, it has been reported by reliable Philippine blogs, in this case, Stuka.ph, in September 2016 after noticing the new camo patterns being worn by Army officials in news reports.

    Now, looking at Hyperstealth’s Biotechnology Corporation Facebook page, they posted a video from the Philippine government-run PTV (People’s Television) where the new camo patterns were put on display. According to the Canadian company, the company developed the pattern with colours specifically for the Philippines:

    The Philippines is just the latest of clients for the Hyperstealth, where they have already chalked up wins in New Zealand, Jamaica, Afghanistan, Mexico, as well as cooperating in developmental efforts with the U.S. Marine Corps, according to Soldier Systems. Stuka.ph says that new uniforms are lighter and more adaptive for the terrain in the Philippines, as part of the Army’s plans to make the organization “World Class”, which we don’t know how they really define that. As Stuka further writes:

    It’s official as per latest press released that the Camopat™, will be adopted by the Philippine Army. The selected digital camouflage pattern is professional and scientifically developed by the world’s renowned modern camouflage expert.

    It was created by Mr, Guy Cramer, President/CEO of HyperStealth based on mathematical fractals (feedback loops) taking camouflage into an area of science that had been proposed by the experts but none were able to design (source: Hyperstealth). He is now considered one of the top camouflage designers in the world, developing hundreds of patterns every few months.

    It was an excellent decision by the PH Government to solicit the expertise of Mr, Guy Cramer of Hyperstealth Biotechnolocy Corp. for the Philippine Military to be at par with other world’s leading military forces as far as camouflage uniform is concern. To the AFP uniform board, CONGRATULATION [sic] for the EXCELLENT CHOICE!

    Too bad local airsoft players won’t be able to wear the new pattern for their impressions of units in the Philippine Army that have started to wear them. It is illegal for civilians in the Philippines for unauthorized use of official uniforms of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police under Republic Act 493.

     

    Top photo: Philippine Army troops in action wearing the new CAMOPAT. (Photo source: W54biz forums, credit to the original photographer)


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    GoPro Karma Drone In Flight

    The CES 2017 kicked off yesterday and we’ll the world’s biggest and most exciting consumer electronics manufacturers strut their wares to show you what you can expect from this year and some of their concept projects that may or may not see the light of day.

    For drone hobbyists and action camera enthusiast, they will be expecting what GoPro will announce this year. In particular, what happens to the GoPro Karma drone which they launched last year but recalled the product as some of the 2,500 units that were released were falling out of the sky due to abrupt loss of power while in flight.  The Karma drone is their first foray into the consumer drone market, which is now being dominated by the China-based DJI.

    GoPro will still be pushing ahead with the Karma drone, amidst the recoil, as they acknowledge that problem was a mechanical issue in security the drone’s battery and in their press release issued prior to CES 2017 that they will detail their plans about the drone in February as they complete their testing.

    What many drone enthusiasts and industry observers wonder if customers will still go for the Karma Drone. It is a nicely designed drone that comes with a Karma Grip handheld stabilize that you can use your GoPro Hero 5 with for smoother video capture. But when compared to the DJI Mavic Pro, it falls short feature wise for the price that. With the debacle over its release, drone owners who planned to get one probably have moved on purchasing the Mavic Pro or other drones that they can mount their Hero 5 action cams on.

    Will the Karma that will be released this year will be the same Karma released last year or will GoPro add more features to entice former Karma owners back? We’ll find out next month.


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    Site Maintenance 07 January 2017

    We’ll be undergoing scheduled site maintenance at around 1200H GMT today as we prepare for the website for more news updates and cleaning up to make more space due to limitations in our hosting. The scheduled maintenance will take the whole weekend until late evening of Monday, the 9th of January.

    We know that many of you are waiting for the results of the nominations of the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards, and rest assured, the announcement of the finalists in each category will be made on Monday evening. We shall be officially opening the Finals/Voting period of the awards to determine the winners for all the 23 categories at the same time.

    So we request just a bit more patience, and we shall still be posting news whilst maintenance is ongoing. Thank you for bearing with us.


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    7APCA Voting Period 1st Week

    Sorry for the bit of delay, as we prepared the site for 2017 as well as the deluge of voters for the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards as the voting period starts today. Thousands of Popular Airsoft readers from around the world will be voting from today until the 6th of February to finally determine the winners in the 23 categories of the awards for this period.

    The top 5 finalists per category are the top 5 nominees that was conducted last 28 November to 30 December 2016. We can finally say that the Nominations Period of the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards was the biggest so far as compared to the previous awards periods ever since it started in 2010.

    We know you can’t wait to get started to vote, so click the button below to start voting:

    As for the finalists per category, here they are:

    Best Airsoft Retailer for North America

    Airsoft GI
    Evike.com
    Airsoft Atlanta
    Amped Airsoft
    Airsoft Outlet Northwest

    Best Airsoft Retailer for Europe

    Gunfire
    RedWolf Airsoft UK
    Taiwan Gun
    Anareus
    Begadi

    Best Airsoft Retailer for Asia

    RedWolf Airsoft
    Echigoya
    FIRST Japan
    WGC Shop
    eHobby Asia

    Best Gear Retailer for North America

    LBX Tactical
    Evike.com
    Airsoft Atlanta
    LA Police Gear
    MiR Tactical

    Best Gear Retailer for Europe

    Military 1st
    SpecShop.pl
    UK Tactical
    Grey Shop
    ASMC

    Best Gear Retailer for Asia

    EB Airsoft
    WGC Shop
    RedWolf Airsoft
    eHobby Asia
    Laylax

    Best Airsoft Magazine (Print or Digital)

    Arms Magazine
    0'20 Magazine
    Airsoft Action Magazine
    Airsoft Insider
    Airsoft International

    Best English Language Airsoft News Website

    Arnies Airsoft
    Airsoft & Milsim News Blog
    Airsoft Denmark
    /r/airsoft
    Airsoft News EU

    Best Non-English Language Airsoft News Website

    Red Army Airsoft
    Hyperdouraku
    WMASG
    Military Blog Japan
    Airsoft.nu

    Best Airsoft Blog (Regardless of Language)

    Red Army Airsoft
    Hyperdouraku
    Airsoft & Milsim News Blog
    Femme Fatale Airsoft
    Military Blog Japan

    Best Airsoft Community/Forum

    /r/airsoft
    Airsoft Canada
    Airsoft Heretics Group
    Arnies Airsoft Forum
    Airsoft Society

    Best Airsoft Video Posted Online in 2016

    Battle Arena Russa vs France
    Airsoft4u Airsoft Sniper Scope Cam
    Border War 8 Movie Trailer by Platin Box
    Overload 6 - Battle Of The Red Gorge
    RWTV Biggest Airsoft Game Ever - Armored War VIII in Russia

    Best Airsoft Event (Over 500 Players)

    Berget 14
    Border War 8
    Misja Afganistan
    Overload 6 - Battle Of The Red Gorge
    Wargame 9

    Best Airsoft Podcast or Video Channel

    Airsoftology
    Golandec Airsoft
    House Gamers Airsoft
    DesertFox Airsoft
    Novritsch

    Best Airsoft Upgrade/Parts Maker

    Laylax
    MadBull Airsoft
    Modify
    PDI-Japan
    SHS Airsoft

    Best Airsoft KABOOM (Grenade/Mine/Mortar/Rocket/Pyro) Maker

    Airsoft Innovations
    TAG Innovations
    Enola Gaye
    Zoxna
    Dynatex

    Best Airsoft Pistol (Regardless of Power Source)

    ASG CZ P-09 Duty
    Tokyo Marui Glock 17 Gen 3
    Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1
    Tokyo Marui M&P9
    Elite Force 1911 Tac

    Best Airsoft Gas Blowback Rifle

    Tokyo Marui M4A1 MWS
    Tippmann M4 Carbine
    VFC HK416D
    KWA KRISS Vector
    VFC HK417

    Best Airsoft Shotgun (Regardless of Power Source)

    Tokyo Marui AA-12 AES
    APS CAM870 CO2 Shotgun
    Tokyo Marui M870 Tactical Gas Shotgun
    Tokyo Marui KSG Gas Shotgun
    CYMA R870 Tri-Shot Shotgun

    Best Airsoft Sniper Rifle (Regardless of Power Source)

    Tokyo Marui VSR-10 Professional Sniper Version
    Silverback Airsoft DesertTech SRS A1
    Amoeba Airsoft Striker S-1 Sniper Rifle
    Tokyo Marui VSR-10 G-SPEC
    Jing Gong BAR-10 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle

    Best Airsoft Automatic Electric Gun (AEG)

    ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1
    Tokyo Marui HK416D New Generation Electric Gun
    Krytac Trident CRB MK2
    ICS PAR MK3
    Tokyo Marui SCAR-H New Generation Electric Gun

    Best Airsoft Manufacturer

    Tokyo Marui
    ICS
    Krytac
    ASG
    Ares Airsoft

    Special Airsoft Player Award

    Mark Rasmussen
    Novritsch
    Dayton Bauder
    Jet "DesertFox" Del Castillo
    Robo Murray

    Congratulations to the finalists of being able to overcome the hurdle of being the top 5 nominees. But now the moment of truth is at hand --- who or what will be the winner for this period in the awards categories?

    That means the work is not over for the nominees as they will have to cajole their fans, customers, and friends to get the vote out. We’ll see a good number of finalists making an active attempt to get their votes and those who work hard to get the votes, usually have better chances of winning.

    Good luck to the finalists!

    For our dear Popular Airsoft readers, we’ll be posting details of the raffle prizes this week. Stay tuned!

    Don't forget to visit the sponsors of the awards who have made it possible to make this more exciting, with their contributions and raffle prizes:

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    BioBullet (Depiction)

    The news will probably raise a few eyebrows, but it the Department of Defense (DoD) is serious about this. It wants environment friendly bullets that not only degrade after use, but will be able to plant seeds that will grow and replace the foliage destroyed during exercise. Call it “biobullet” if you want, but it is an idea that environment conscious individuals should welcome.

    It is a ironic that a military organization, not known for its efforts for a cleaner and greener environment, is pushing for this. But the DoD deems climate change to be a security threat and there are efforts amongst the military branches to do their bit in helping the environment, from use of biofuels to renewable energy.

    In a posting at the Small Business Innovation Research website, the DoD is calling for “Biodegradable Composites with Embedded Seeds for Training Ammunition” with submissions due on the 8th of February 2017 and here is description:

    Currently the US Army manufactures and consumes hundreds of thousands of training rounds. These rounds are fired at proving grounds and training ranges in the United States and around the world. In addition, special forces conduct day and night training exercises utilizing these training rounds. These rounds include low velocity 40mm grenades; 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm mortars; shoulder launched munitions; 120mm tank rounds; and 155mm artillery rounds. The projectiles, and in some circumstances the cartridge cases and sabot petals, are either left on the ground surface or several feet underground at the proving ground or tactical range. Components of current training rounds require hundreds of years or more to biodegrade. Further, civilians (e.g., farmers or construction crews) encountering these rounds and components do not know if they are training or tactical rounds. Proving grounds and battle grounds have no clear way of finding and eliminating these training projectiles, cartridge cases and sabot petals, especially those that are buried several feet in the ground. Some of these rounds might have the potential corrode and pollute the soil and nearby water. The solution sought by this topic is naturally occurring biodegradable material to replace the current training round materials, eliminating environmental hazards. This SBIR will prove out the technology and replace current training round components with biodegradable parts. The biodegradable materials identified can be utilized by private industry to manufacture biodegradable water bottles, plastic containers, or any other composite or plastic product(s) on the market today. The US Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) has demonstrated bioengineered seeds that can be embedded into the biodegradable composites and that will not germinate until they have been in the ground for several months. This SBIR effort will make use of seeds to grow environmentally friendly plants that remove soil contaminants and consume the biodegradable components developed under this project. Animals should be able to consume the plants without any ill effects.

    It is indeed a good case to make environment friendly training ammunition, especially when training on one’s own soil, with the aim of being able to remove soil contaminants and that animals will be able to consume such plants without experiencing side effects. Since it has been proven by the CRREL that is possible to embed bioengineered seeds for such purposes, it is now just a matter of having the biodegradable munitions to carry that payload.

    This is a good idea for airsoft event organizers who want to have a green credential in their events. There are now biodegradable BBs or “BioBBs” that are in use and many airsoft manufacturers are offering such. Now, if there is a bioengineered seed that can be embedded in these “BioBBs” that will then germinate upon contact to the ground when released by the degraded BB, then airsoft players will be able to say that their sport or hobby is environment friendly.

    It may cost a bit more than the usual Biodegrable BBs, but would airsoft players mind to pay a bit more just to help the environment? What do you think?


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    Richard Machowicz Discovery Future Weapons Tavor

    “Future Weapons” was a favourite show amongst airsoft players during the great airsoft frenzy in the late aughts of the 21st Century.  From 2006-2008, 3 seasons, and 29 episodes, the audience were treated to some of the advanced weaponry and future firearms that we all wanted to have airsoft versions. It was hosted by Richard “Mack” Machowicz, who became a most familiar face to airsoft players before the likes of Travis Haley and Chris Costa became the admired personalities in airsoft.

    It is on a sad note to learn that Mack passed away last 2 January 2017 at the age of 51, after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Prior to his death, Mack was signed up by the History Challenge to host the “Ultimate Soldier Challenge” according to the We Are The Mighty website.

    Apart from “Future Weapons”, he has hosted 10 episodes of Spike Network’s “Deadliest Warrior” and six episodes of History Channel’s “Ultimate Soldier Challenge”. He had also authored one book in 2002, the “Warrior Within” a motivational book to "Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence, and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals.” He also was a contributor to History Channels “America: The Story of Us” and “Mankind:The Story of All of Us.”

    Mackowicz was a former U.S. Navy SEAL, spending 10 years with SEAL Teams One and Two. In SEAL Team Two, he was Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper and Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare.  He was also a certified Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course and as a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper.

    For airsoft players who have missed those episodes of “Future Weapons” episodes are available at Discovery’s YouTube Channel and if you want a playlist some fans have made playlists of the series on YouTube.


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    Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20

    Casio is still committed to the smartwatch, even if the releases of new smartwatches in the past months have been more subdued as compared to the fanfare when the first generation of Android Wear and iWatches were released. At the CES 2017, they unveiled the Pro Trek WSD-F20, a follow up on the Pro Trek WSD-F10.

    A quick look at the WSD-F20 and you’ll not find any big differences from the WSD-F10, but inside, they have added a low-power GPS and is one of the first smartwatches to use Android Wear 2.0. The Casio WSD F-10 did not have a built-in GPS and uses the smartphone’s GPS instead.

    For outdoors people, including us airsoft players, we would welcome the GPS built in the WSD-F20 as you can download color maps with it and can connect to the American GPS and Japanese “MICHIBIKI” QZSS global positioning systems with the Russian GLONASS to be added soon. Since the color maps can be displayed for offline viewing on the WSD-F20, one can navigate outdoors even if there is no signal available for the smartphone.

    What’s even better with the GPS feature is that it can display footprints of route taken on the map as well as record markers and make notes by using voice inputs.
    The watch is 56.4mm which is bulky for those not used to wearing Casio G-Shock watches but is 1 gram lighter than the WSD-F10. As for the touch screen, the size is the same as WSD-F10 at 1.32 inch with a 300 x 320 pixel resolution.

    Since it is a hybrid Android Wear smartwatch, it has a dual-layer LCD with superimposed monochrome and color LCDs. The time is measured with the monochrome LCD, allowing it to turn off the Android Wear functions and use basic timekeeping and run for a month before battery juice runs out, making it one the most battery efficient smartwatches in the market through more frequent use of the Android Wear functions would lessen battery life. The color LCD is devoted for the Android wear features such as the GPS as well as showing notifications.

    The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 will be released on the 21st of April 2017 with an MSRP of US$500.  As for WSD-F10 winners, rest assured that their smartwartch will soon be almost up to par its newer sibling as it will be updated with Android 2.0.


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    G&G Armament NVG

    A reader from Japan dropped us a note about what Militaryblog.jp spotted at the G&G Armament website. If you have not noticed it yet, the Taiwanese airsoft manufacturer released their 2017 Product Catalogue, showing what they have on offer and what can be expected from the company for this year.

    Tucked in page 14 of the product catalogue is the G&G Night Vision Goggles (G-03-195). There is no information at all apart from the product name. We don’t know if you’ll agree with our observation that the model wearing the G&G NVG is a 1/6 model, but it really looks like one that it makes us wonder if their NVG is made for 1/6 models or a full 1:1 scale NVG.

    You can download a copy of the G&G 2017 Catalogue here.

    Probably the next question that readers would have in their minds if it is a 1:1 scale product is, “Is it a dummy or a real working NVG?” For now most would probably bet it is a dummy one just to be on the safe side though many would welcome if it is a working NVG even if it is uses a gen 1 NVG tech.

    Now, the G&G NVG is based on the Thales LUCIE, a compact and light night vision goggle. Weighing 435g, it is one of the lightest NVGs, can be powered by one AA battery and the image intensifier or the I² Tube is either a Gen II or Gen III with optional autogating which can help improve the quality of the image. It also provides a wide 51° field of view instead of the traditional 40° field of view at the standard 1x magnification and can offer 4x, 5x and 6x magnification (which also will narrow the FOV depending on the magnification level).

    According to the Militaryblog.jp report, a prototype will be on exhibit at the G&G booth at the IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany this March.
    As mentioned above, not further information can be gleamed from the catalogue including target release dates and retail pricing.

    The G&G NVG is not the first LUCIE-style NVG for airsoft as there is one available for the airsoft market. There is the KSK LUCIE NVG Dummy that is 235 grams lighter than the real deal that is being sold by Defender Gear of Germany with price available upon request and here is their video of the LUCIE dummy that they posted in March 2016:


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    7APCA Voting Period 2nd Week

    The Voting/Finals Period of the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards, even with the slight delay, is off to a hot start with thousands of players having cast their votes in the first week of the most important period in the biggest online airsoft event. Now, as we go into the second week, we plan to make it even hotter.

    No surprise, but some cool airsoft prizes are up for grabs for the awards. And to win one, vote and your name (or email address) will then be entered for the raffle draw. If you have nominated too, then your email address is entered twice, giving you a better chance to win a raffle prize.

    But before you get to learn about the raffle prizes, if you have not voted yet, better vote now:

    The raffle prizes are from our mainstay sponsors, Tokyo Marui, Gunfire, and Airsoft Atlanta and oh boy! You will be excited about the prizes, especially for those who are in Europe and North America. So here they are:

    Raffle Prizes from Tokyo Marui


    Tokyo Marui M4 CQB-R Block 1 Gas Blowback Rifle

    Tokyo Marui M40A5 Sniper Rifle

    Tokyo Marui HK45 Tactical Gas Blowback Pistol

    Raffle Prizes from Gunfire For Airsoft Voters in Europe

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 1:

    • Specna Arms SA-V26 Red Editon
    • Specna's baseball cap
    • Specna's patch
    • Specna's 0.25g BBs

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 2

    • Specna Arms SA-B11 URX in Kryptek Typhon
    • Specna's baseball cap
    • Specna's patch
    • Specna's 0.25g BBs

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 3

    • Armored Claw shield gloves
    • G-light S360 tactical torch
    • Armored Claw buff
    • Gunfire Patch

    Airsoft Atlanta Prize for Airsoft Voter In North America

    G&G Top Tech TR16 R4 DST AEG Raffle Prize

    If those raffle prizes won’t motivate you to vote, then we don’t know what will. But for giving due recognition to those who deserve an award in airsoft that means the world to them, casting that vote at the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards will mean a lot to them.

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    3D Printed Drone (U.S. Army)

    3D printers would soon be playing an even more important role in the U.S. Army. Realising that 3D printers are versatile tools that can create on demand parts, tools and even the possibility of printing food for the soldiers on the ground, the U.S. Army are also moving to another level, on-demand 3D printed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones as we call them these days.

    In a demonstration at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE) in Fort Benning, Georgia in December 2016, the engineers from the Army Research Laboratory flight tested a3-D-printed drone, the On-Demand Small Unmanned Aircraft System (ODSUAS), showing that it is very much doable in a report at the Army.mil website:

    "We've created a process for converting Soldier mission needs into a 3-D printed On-Demand Small Unmanned Aircraft System, or ODSUAS, as we've been calling it," said Eric Spero, team leader and project manager.

    Whenever an army patrol requires UAV support, they can input their requirements into the mission planning system which will then determine the optimal configuration for the drone and have it ready in 24-hours. For the demonstration, the team spent hours working and testing on the design so it would work as they wanted it to be.

    They received feedback on the need to reduce the sound produced by the drone while in flight, increasing payload capacity, and improving agility, all important in having a drone useful and has better survivability in the hostile environment.

    Apart from on demand drones, 3D printers will be able to print out whatever is needed by the soldiers for a mission, ranging from weapons mounts, which was also demonstrated and impressed the soldiers present.

    The engineers plan on continuing to collaborate with the Aerospace Systems Design Lab of Georgia Tech to refine the technologies that soldiers will need.

     

    Top photo: John Gerdes, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, explains the capabilities of the ODSUAS during the AEWE, at Fort Benning, Georgia, last 1 December 2016. (U.S. Army Photo by Angie dePuydt)


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    Spartan117gw Industry Range Day Shot Show 2017

    We’re finally seeing a deluge of videos from the SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range where the media and industry guests try their hands on every real steel firearm they can and shoot them at the range. It’s the first big gathering before crowds get into the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada as the SHOT Show 2017 kicks off.

    But before we go to the real steel guys talking about real steel stuff, here is our compilation of videos from the Airsoft industry and community. Still few videos that we can find but we find an Industry Range Day video from Spartan117gw where he goes out shooting at the range with Milsimjunkie, Airsoftology, Robo-Airsoft, and RedWolf Airsoft:

    Evike.com, as they have promised, have started doing live videos at the Sands Expo Center, and they here are their initial videos:

    Lancer Tactical is there as well, and they have an announcement to make:

    We are expecting more videos from the airsoft side as the SHOT Show 2017 progresses. Since the SHOT Show 2017 is mainly a real steel event, here are more videos from the Industry Range Day. We’ll keep on reporting on what we see from our friends for the rest of the week.


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    Evike Booth SHOT Show 2017

    The SHOT Show 2017 starts with a big bang as the first day of the show greeted us with a lot of vides, mainly from real steel YouTube Channels. But after the first and second days, we now get to see more videos from the airsoft YouTube Channels. Some we have already posted in the news section and now we post an even bigger number for our today’s main feature story.

    As Evike.com has promised, they will be giving blow-by-blow reports where they drop by the various airsoft booths and other booths they think are of interest for airsoft players and thus, they went on video overdrive with Evike Matt really getting busy in front of the cameras.  Some of their videos cover LBX Tactical, G&G Armament, PTS Syndicate, and Elite Force Guns:

    Airsoft DB checks out the latest HPA engine out of Wolverine Airsoft, the Reaper:

    Action Sport Games announce the release of products such as the EVO 3 A1 Hydra HPA, CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Carbine AEG, and the Dan Wesson 715 Revolvers. USAirsoft, Airsoft Megastore, and the Brain Exploder cover these products as they dropped by the ASG booth:

    Airsoft Megastore is also very busy on the exhibit floor and you have already a video or two from them in the news section with more coming in the following days. The videos they have here cover the new airsoft M4 and tactical gear from Valken Tactical, Enola Gaye, Lonex and the PTS .308 Mega Arms Gas Blowback.

    To top up your SHOT Show 2017 Thursday, a sprinkling of videos from the real steel industry. More SHOT Show 2017 news to follow…


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    Gun Gamers: SHOT Show 2017: Krytac Vector Final Prototype Hands On Preview

    One of the anticipated products by airsoft players at the SHOT Show 2017 is the Krytac KRISS Vector AEG and we got good news from the floor as it will be eventually released either by the end of the 1st Quarter or at the start of the 2nd Quarter 2017. It is definitely going to be released as airsoft retailers in the U.S. are starting to take pre-orders of this AEG.

    Airsoft Megastore reported about the AEG yesterday as we have posted in the news section. But if there is information that they may have left out, perhaps this video from the Gun Gamers, who are pretty much busy going around and giving good reports on the show, can cover some more information:

    Apart from KRISS Vector AEG, they also got their hands on the latest airsoft SR-47 offering, the Krytac Alpha 47 AEG:

    Valken Tactical got a little bit busy with their production and a stream of videos came out on the standalone grenade launcher, MOD-S Battle Machine, their Tactical Alloy Series, and the K-1911 Double Stack Pistol:

    Airsoft Megastore, which has been prolific in their reporting got two more videos on the Lancer Tactical QR Plate Carrier, the ASG Scorpion Evo with Wolverine HPA System, and the G&G Armament G2 Gearbox:

    Evike.com's still are reporting from the floor, and they have their visit at the KWA booth to find out what they have been preparing for airsoft players in 2017:

    More reports to follow as we keep on the lookout for interesting bits that airsoft players would be interested in and we’ll post them in the news section. As for the real steel reports, here are some we have spotted. Enjoy!


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    SIG P320RX

    The biggest story in the firearms industry this week was not announced at the SHOT Show 2017 but at Newington, New Hampshire, the location of SIG SAUER’s U.S. factory.  The company announced that its SIG P320 pistol has been selected for the the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System contract. The P320 will finally replace the Beretta M9 service pistol that has been in use in the Army since the 1980s.

    The contract is worth US$580 million over a 10 year period.

    Four companies vied for the Modular Handguard System contract: SIG SAUER, Beretta, FN Herstal, and Glock. Beretta and FN Herstal were eliminated early on, leaving Glock and SIG SAUER with the latter finally winning the contract.

    For the contract, SIG SAUER is to supply both the full size and compact P320s with all pistols configurable to accept silencers and include both standard and extended capacity magazines. The P320 is a modular handgun that can be adjusted in terms of frame size and caliber. It is not mentioned yet which calibre the U.S. Army has settled with as the P320 can be used with the 9mm, .357SIG and .40SGW though Military.com says that it the U.S. Army may have settled with the 9mm version. Below are the actual full size and compact P320s that will be adopted as posted by SIG SAUER at their Facebook Page:

    The P320 pistols will be produced from the company’s new Hampshire facility if all goes well with the clearing of contracts. There might be some protests that will be filed regarding the contract by competitors, especially the losing bidder in the final round, Glock.

    Now, we wait for an airsoft version of the SIG P320, and all variants of it. Full press release from SIG SAUER below:

    SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)

    Newington, NH (January 19, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

    The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

    “I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

    Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

     

    Top Photo: P320 RX with FOXTROT1 mounted light and SIG MCX (Photo Source: SIG SAUER)


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    7APCA Voting Period 3rd Week

    Let’s turn up the heat a bit more on our dear readers as we have reached the halfway point for the Voting/Finals Period of the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards. We know that it is a month-long voting period so you can cast your vote when your are free, but we always prefer that the earlier you vote, the better.

    Many of our finalists in the categories are turning up the heat as well as they work harder to invite their fans and friends to cast their votes to ensure that they get to win in the biggest airsoft event online. And if you have not cast your votes, then click on the button below to vote now:

    If you are a finalist, then you better not stop encouraging airsoft players to vote until the final minute of the final day of voting. You can make videos, conduct your own activities and promos to motivate your fans to vote for you, and spread the news across social media networks to put out the word faster. Their vote is what you need to count on to win, so better hope that each vote cast is a vote cast for you.

    For our dear Popular Airsoft readers who have note voted yet, raffle prizes await the lucky winners. Better vote now so your name will be included in the raffler draw.

    Raffle Prizes from Tokyo Marui


    Tokyo Marui M4 CQB-R Block 1 Gas Blowback Rifle

    Tokyo Marui M40A5 Sniper Rifle

    Tokyo Marui HK45 Tactical Gas Blowback Pistol

    Raffle Prizes from Gunfire For Airsoft Voters in Europe

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 1:

    • Specna Arms SA-V26 Red Editon
    • Specna's baseball cap
    • Specna's patch
    • Specna's 0.25g BBs

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 2

    • Specna Arms SA-B11 URX in Kryptek Typhon
    • Specna's baseball cap
    • Specna's patch
    • Specna's 0.25g BBs

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 3

    • Armored Claw shield gloves
    • G-light S360 tactical torch
    • Armored Claw buff
    • Gunfire Patch

    Airsoft Atlanta Prize for Airsoft Voter In North America

    G&G Top Tech TR16 R4 DST AEG Raffle Prize

    Don't forget to visit the sponsors of the awards who have made it possible to make this more exciting, with their contributions and raffle prizes:

    MAIN PRESENTER

    GOLD SPONSORS

    GENERAL SPONSORS


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