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    Dutch Open 2018

    The BBs have been swept away, the targets discarded, and the courses of fire dismantled. That’s all in a more than week’s worth work with the NABV-IAPS, members of which worked hard and meticulously executed a smooth running of the largest airsoft practical shooting tournament in Europe this year ---- the Dutch Open 2018.

    Held last 10-11 November 2018 with a pre-match for ROs (Range Officers), the Dutch Open 2018 took place the NABV National Airsoft Centre in Geldermalsen, The Netherlands for the second time. With the tournament site being under the auspices of the Dutch airsoft association, the IAPS group has full control to pull off a massive undertaking in one of the most competitive disciplines in airsoft.

    We arrived on the 9th, having spent the night before in Rotterdam. Most shooters were already at the hotel in Zaltbommel, other shooters were billeted at hotels in other nearby areas but for most ROs and shooters, they were booked at the hotel in Zaltbommel. It was a pleasure to see the same crew from NABV –IAPS led by Luuk Van Hulten and Bart Verwijst as Gerard Timmers, Director of the NABV Office and Chairman of the Competition Committee was caught up in the preparations at the National Airsoft Center, as they prepare for the biggest event of the year. A pleasant dinner was hosted by them and we capped off the night at the hotel bar, though we had to call it a night early as it is going to be a long weekend.

    Saturday, the first day of the match, we hurriedly ate our breakfast as we needed to drive to Geldermalsen so we can start the big day. On the dot, Gerard Timmers and Bart Verwijst welcomed all shooters and representatives of sponsoring companies to the Dutch Open 2018. They quickly went through the briefing and rules as they wasted no time to get the event going. In under the five minutes, they finished the opening ceremonies and broke up the big crowd of shooters who went to their squads so they start shooting through the COFs (Courses of Fire), the Dutch Open 2018 was finally on.

    Events like this usually start slow, with shooters still trying to get themselves orientated to the layout of the stages in order to determine the best way to shoot the targets at the fastest time possible and in the most accurate way possible too. In some of the videos we posted on the Popular Airsoft YouTube Channel you’ll see them going through a stage plotting how to shoot through it fast in their minds.

    We also made history in cooperation with the NABV-IAPS as Gerard Timmers immediately worked in providing us the bandwidth we needed to do the first livestream of an airsoft practical shooting event. Still a new thing for us, expect us to do more livestreaming either on our YouTube Channel or the official on Facebook.

    As they day progressed, we see the shooters picking up the pace, shooting faster and of course with some in their haste, made mistakes that resulted into their disqualifications. But that’s how it goes in this highly competitive environment, even the best do commit mistakes, and they usually charge that to experience and avoid in the future.

    The presence of shooters from Hong Kong, who are a class in themselves, brought the level of competition even higher. They are quick and accurate, and they set the benchmarks in every airsoft practical shooting competition that we have covered.

    The officiating of the event was so smooth that by 1700H, most of the squads were done with the stages for the day. Whilst waiting we all waited for the dinner hosted by the organisers, Gerard went ahead with the raffle draw, giving away prizes provided by the competition sponsors, which was a lot. After the raffle draw, dinner was served, and we all gorged down the food, as the night was full of hungry shooters and ROs.

    Back at the hotel, I almost lost the video footages I took on the first day, and frantically tried to retrieve them which took me the whole night. I was able to get most of them back, at the expense of lack of sleep.

    On the second day, we were a bit late in arriving at the National Airsoft Center, as I needed to catch some sleep given the lack of sleep I had trying to retrieve lost video footage and just went about quickly taking photos and videos of the shooters in action. The second day has settled into a rhythm, with shooters going through the stages like clockwork. Still the competitive atmosphere was tense, it is the final day the shooters get to improve their scores and get higher into the standings in their categories and divisions.

    As such, they upped the ante of shooting, going for the fastest and most accurate approach they can. Anyone has the chance to be the winner in their categories and divisions, so for an event such as the Dutch Open, one can be crowned as the European Champion as well.

    Even if fatigue was starting to set in, being competitors, they didn’t show it one bit. They went through the stages as expected of practical shooters, prompt and abiding with the rules of that stage. Past 1600H, all the squads finished the Dutch Open 2018 stages, save for one squad but still finished on the day on time.

    Tallying all the scores is quicker now as compared before in which everything was done manually, meaning pen and paper. In the past years, scores are done using tablets connected to the internet and the scores are quickly tallied. So the waiting time is shorter now as the organisers had to make sure that by 1800H, everyone will be on their way to catch flights and ferries home.

    Also introduced at the Dutch Open is the Practical Shooting Duck, which is actually two toy ducks that are main features in the Dutch Open since Papendal. Now, they get to travel around the world attending airsoft practical shooting events, with one already making it to Barcelona, Spain. They even have their own Facebook Page so you can follow their travels in the airsoft practical shooting world.

    Overall, it is a well-executed tournament, and for a group such as the NABV, the level of organisation is something that needs to be emulated by airsoft organisations wanting to hold events that need a lot of time and planning such as the Dutch Open. No stone was left unturned and every detail was thought of.

    But that’s only half of it. The Dutch Open 2018 won’t be successful without the shooters’ participation. This year’s competition brought more shooters from more countries with Asia being represented for the first time by shooters from Hong Kong and the Philippines, apart from Brazil and European countries. As for the total of shooters the organisers were able to register 144 shooters in the match day, and 24 in the pre-match.

    The NABV-IAPS, according to Gerard Timmers, are planning an even bigger Dutch Open next year, pending planning and approval by the organisation’s board. If indeed such expansion gets approved, and with the shooters up to the challenge, the Dutch Open 2019 will be a massive three-day event.

    Congratulations to all the winners, shooters and organisers of the Dutch Open 2018.

    Photos and livestream videos of the 2-day airsoft practical shooting action can be found at the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page. More videos can be found at the Popular Airsoft YouTube Channel.


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    9 APCA Nomination First Week

    We hope you have already prepared your list of nominees as the biggest online event in the airsoft world has finally begun --- the 9th Airsoft Players' Choice Awards. This is the moment that every member of the airsoft community can nominate anyone, any company, or any product in the 25 categories of the awards.

    This is also the chance for the airsoft players the chance to show their appreciation to companies and persons who have contribute a lot to the growth airsoft. Giving them an award for excellence in whatever they do for airsoft is one of best ways to show that appreciation.

    So if you’re ready to nominate, click on the image below to start nominating (opens in a new window):

    Better make sure you nominate the right person or company or product in the categories or you will waste your nomination. Also, we repeat that as much as we are flattered that Popular Airsoft gets nominated as well, the website is disqualified by the mere fact that it is behind this event. Any nomination for Popular Airsoft will not be counted.

    The Nomination Period starts today, the 26th of November 2018 and ends on the 28 of December 2018 at 2400H PST.

    Let’s get going then and make the 9th Airsoft Players Choice Awards’ great again, just like the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards in the past years.

    Please don’t forget to visit the websites of the companies supporting this event. Without them, we won’t be able to pull off the awards. You can click on their logos to learn more about them.

    To all those who want to be nominated, it’s time to rally your fans and communities to support you. Share this on your social media page, website, or video channel. The more nominations that you get, the more chances you can get into the Finals/Voting Period. Only the top 5 nominees per category, or the top 5 nominees with the most number of nominations will advance to the second phase of the Awards process.

    Good luck!


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    Glock 17 Gen 4

    Probably by now most airsoft players will think of the Airsoft Glock as the pistols released by Umarex under a licensing agreement. But there are two licensees of the airsoft Glock with Cybergun being the other holder of the agreement. However, Cybergun is limited to releasing the airsoft replicas in the Mil/LE market in October 2015 and then it was extended for the civilian market in August 2017, can only sell the licensed airsoft Glocks in France and other French Territories. Umarex gets the market outside of France and her territories.

    This agreement allowed Cybergun to bag a contract to supply to French Interior Ministry airsoft replicas to equip all schools and regional training centers of the National Police.

    The company is known for its litigious behaviour in the airsoft industry being aggressive in the protection of its licences and others intellectual properties. The latest companies to be at the receiving end of its legal offensives are two French airsoft companies, Nouvelle Europ'Arm and BO Manufacture. Cybergun sued both companies for distributing unauthorized Glock airsoft replicas in violation of its licence from Glock.

    According to Zonebourse.com, Cybergun won its case against the two companies with the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Rennes ruling in favour of the company. Both companies have been ordered “pay 50,000 Euros in damages for counterfeiting, 10,000 Euros for unfair competition and to destroytheir stocks of counterfeit goods.”

    In a press release, Hugo BRUGIÈRE, Vice President and General Manager of CYBERGUN, said, "We have supported this GLOCK initiative from the outset, and today I am pleased with this decision, which demonstrates our ability to work closely with our partners and for others to recognize our rights. This is a strong signal addressed to counterfeiters, in France and abroad."

    Both Nouvelle Europ'Arm and BO Manufacture have not yet put out statements with regards to this case. Surely such fines and order to destroy their stocks of unlicensed airsoft Glocks will affect their bottomline.


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    Crye Precision G4 Combat Uniform

    For fans of Crye Precision, it’s time to part with that hard earned money as there is something for them to get this Christmas --- the G4 Combat and Field Uniforms. Both of these new generation uniforms are now available to purchase at the Crye Precision website and authorized resellers.

    First revealed at the SHOT Show 2018 in January, the G4 Combat Uniforms feature the exclusive stretch VTX Ripstop fabric and it is constructed with Invista’s T420 high-tenacity nylon fiber. The use of such material makes the uniform light and at the same time durable. With the integrated stretch, it makes the uniform have a slimmer cut and while not hindering the mobility of the wearer.

    Crye Precision made the pockets low profile to reduce bulk but will still allow room for necessary gear. Mesh venting feature allow for maximum air-flow and breathability.

    Here is a breakdown of the G4 Combat Uniform as explained by the company:

    G4 Combat Shirt:

    Our next generation of Combat Apparel features innovative, custom stretch VTX RIPSTOP™ fabric. Torso constructed with lightweight, high performance, flame-resistant jersey fabric. Invista’s T420 high tenacity nylon fiber makes it lighter and stronger in the sleeves. Designed to be worn under body armor, the integrated stretch allows for a slimmer cut with maximum mobility. Zippered shoulder pockets are low profile and engineered to reduce bulk while still allowing room for all essential gear. Zip collar for easy donning/doffing. Designed for use with all removable AIRFLEX™ ELBOW PADS (sold separately).

    G4 Combat Pant:

    Our next generation of Combat Apparel features innovative, custom stretch VTX RIPSTOP™ fabric. Constructed with Invista’s T420 high tenacity nylon fiber to be light yet strong. Integrated stretch allows for a slimmer cut with maximum mobility. Pockets are low profile and engineered to reduce bulk while still allowing room for all essential gear. Mesh venting for maximum air-flow and breathability. Built-in kneepad adjuster and padded adjustable waistband. Designed for use with our removable AIRFLEX™ IMPACT COMBAT KNEE PADS (sold separately).

    The G4 Field Uniform also uses the VTX Ripstop Fabric with the stretch allowing a slimmer cut while mobility is maintained even wearing body armor.

    G4 Field Shirt:

    Our next generation of Field Apparel features innovative, custom stretch VTX RIPSTOP™ fabric. Designed as a tailored utility shirt, the integrated stretch allows for a slimmer cut while maintaining maximum mobility—even under body armor. Chest pockets are low profile with flaps engineered to be tucked in for ease of access. Zippered shoulder pockets reduce bulk while still allowing room for all essential gear. Designed for use with all removable AIRFLEX™ ELBOW PADS (sold separately).

    G4 Field Pant:

    Our next generation of Field Apparel features innovative, custom stretch VTX RIPSTOP™ fabric. Constructed with Invista’s T420 high tenacity nylon fiber to be light yet strong. The integrated stretch allows for a slimmer cut while maintaining maximum mobility. Pockets are low profile and engineered to reduce bulk while still allowing room for all essential gear. Mesh venting for maximum air-flow and breathability. Adjustable waistband. Designed for use with all removable AIRFLEX™ IMPACT KNEE PADS (sold separately).

    Now if you are planning to have the full set by Christmas, then better prepare your budget. For the G4 Combat Uniform, the shirt is priced at $185.40 and the pants at $279.10. For the G4 Field Uniform, the shirt is $244.30 while the pants is $218.00.

    That’s serious money, so better make sure you have enough of that Christmas money.


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    Zapata Flyboard Air

    Perhaps the best thing than owning a drone is being able to have your own personal hoverboard. You can fly to locations instead of driving a car and be able to skip the traffic below. Franky Zapata, the man behind the hydro-powered Flyboards seen at beach resorts, has developed a micro-jet- powered hoverboard called the Flyboard Air in 2016 which his company claims is “the safest, most reliable, lightest, fastest, and least expensive personal flight system ever created.”

    Seen at events such as F1, the Flyboard Air is a real hoverboard that can go over 100mph. There is no mention of maximum ceiling and range, as this is still a work in progress as safety features built into it which the company lists:

    • With engine out capability, the Flyboard Air can lose one engine and still continue the mission. If two engines go out, the Flyboard Air will make a controlled descent.
    • Auto-hover mode allows the pilot to maintain a steady altitude without having to manage the throttle.
    • Isolated turbines with improved cooling and lubrication increase jet engine reliability and lifetime.
    • Embedded stabilization independent of flight controls.
    • Status indications via heads-up display inform pilot of engine status, fuel levels, altitude and speed.
    • Independent engine electronics means any possible electronic failure can only effect one engine at a time and the Flyboard Air can still safely fly.
    • Independent engine fuel supplies.
    • Triple redundant flight controls - two wired systems, plus one wireless backup system.
    • Quick release boots means the pilot can quickly let go of the Flyboard Air in case of an emergency water landing.

    But the progress of Zapata with the Flyboard Air is so significant that it is attracting interest from French Armed Forces have given it 1.8 million Euros as seed money to further develop it further that it can be used by the French Special Forces.

    In a report in Le Parisien (The Parisian), Franky Zapata demonstrated the Flyboard Air, hovering 20 metres over the River Siene towards Bercy. In the audience were Florence Parly, the Minister for the Armed Forces, and Mounir Mahjoubi Secretary of State for Digital Affairs. The demonstration was part of the First Defence Innovations Fair.

    According to Zapata, the French Special Forces have been interested in the Flyboard Air for over two years now, which means ever since it was started in 2016. They see a good number of possibilities in using the Flyboard Air as a military hoverboard such as reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and even urban combat which actually makes sense. Fighting in urban areas means being able to go to elevated areas quickly and the Flyboard can do that quickly rather than relying on stairs or waiting for a helicopter to drop them the top floor of high rise buildings.

    Zapata is improving on his engine, working with ONERA military research institute and Polynape to make in more stable, secure, and less noisy. If all goes well, then we might be seeing hover troops going into action in the future.

    Just imagine playing airsoft mounted on a Flyboard? That would be really tacticool, isn’t it?

     

    Top photo:Zapata Flyboard Air (Zapata Racing Facebook Page)


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    Popular Airsoft Website Maintenance 29 Nov 2018

    We’ll be undergoing scheduled site maintenance this weekend and will start at 0100H GMT tomorrow 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 Sunday, the 2nd of December 2018.

    The site will remain online up so don't worry, you can still get to read news and stories though expect some hiccups when loading the pages. We will try to post some news reports this weekend so you won't feel left behind on what's happening in the airsoft world, but the priority will be the website's house cleaning.

    The 9th Airsoft Players' Choice Awards website is not affected so readers can keep on nominating potential awards winners in the different categories. Please do spread the word around that the Nomination Period of the awards is ongoing so they can nominate their favourites.

    Thank you for your patience.


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    9 APCA Nomination Second Week

    That was a big first week of nominations for the 9th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards. Already, thousands of airsoft players already submitted their lists of Nominees. We haven’t peeked at the lists yet since we only do that after the Nomination Period has ended so we don’t know if the usual names are in there or there will be new ones who will shake up the awards.

    But before you proceed on reading this, you might want to just jump right in and nominate. Click the button below to open a new window and start nominating:

    If you are passionate about your list of nominees, then better do something about it. Invite your team mates and shared the news and website of the Awards on social media pages. If you are prospective nominee, better start campaigning now other potential finalists are forging ahead with videos and social media posts to rally their fans to nominate them.

    There are three more weeks to nominate, though it’s better to be early so you’ll have peace of mind that you have already sent in your nominations. Remember that if you nominate and also vote during the Voting/Finals Period, your name gets to be entered twice for the Raffle Draw.

    Remember that the Nomination Period ends by midnight on the 28th of December 2018, so get those nominations in!

    Please do take time to visit the sponsors of the Awards by clicking on their logos below. With their support, the Awards have been a successfully endeavour year after year.


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    Airsoft Player Dutch Flag

    If you are an airsoft player based in The Netherlands or if you are planning to play there next year, here is something for you to take note and keep in mind. There is a new set of Joules Limits (not FPS) that has been approved by the NABV, or the Dutch Airsoft Association and it will take effect on the 1st of April 2019 (nope not an April Fools’ joke).

    Our friend from Slickaxe, of NLAirsoft.com, kindly allowed us to do a repost of this news posted at his website:

    The Dutch Airsoft Association NABV announced new rules per April 1st 2019. No, this is not an April 1st fools joke, these are careful considerations and discussion. Now after month of testing and arguments, the new rules set has been determined and will be effective soon! Former 2013 rules will be replaced entirely. Main considerations are safety, bringing back fun gameplay and limit joule creep. Foreign players that will visit The Netherlands, please also take these new rules into consideration!

    The 4 biggest changes in the new 2019 rules:

    • The maximum limits are set in Joule instead of FPS.
    • A new class has been added: CQB-only. This makes a total of 4 socalled classes.
    • Tests are done with at least 0.30 gram BBs.
    • A maximum of 0.40 gram BBs are allowed on all game areas.

    The above CQB class is exclusive. This means if only an organizer chooses to use it, every airsoft device must comply with this. The choice to use this class lies entirely with the organizer, not with the NABV. The DMR class has a max rate of fire: 4 shots a second, single shot only!

    See the detailed graph below for all rules per class. Remark the 0.9 Joule limit for CQB games!

    So there you go. There is strict implementation of these new rules when they take effect next year. Make sure that you adjust your airsoft guns according to class as well as avoiding any 6mm BB that weighs over .40g.


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    Amscor .45 ACP AFP Pistol

    We are in the Philippines right now, preparing for an appreciation event for the local airsoft players, the RATRATAN 2018. The local airsoft community is one the oldest and most vibrant airsoft communities in the world, and the local Milsim community works closely with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in which facilities are opened to the Milsimers for their use in their events that also involve active service people. The local airsoft community are also big users of the 1911 pistols given than it is a popular handgun in the country since the Model 1909  .45 ACP pistols was introduced by the Americans in the Philippines.

    Thus, for 1911 or .45 ACP fans in the airsoft community, the latest news of AFP procuring an additional 50,000 .45 ACP Pistols from Armscor, is good news given the trend of militaries around the world opting more the 9mm round.  The Philippine News Agency posted the news last 22 November 2018 with the AFP opting for the Cal .45 high capacity Pistol M1911 that will supplied by Armscor, the Philippine company known for its Rock Island Armory Pistols and owned by Squires Bingham:

    MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and ARMSCOR Global Defense Incorporated have signed a contract for the manufacture of 50,000 .45 caliber high-capacity pistols for the use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

    In a statement Wednesday, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the contract was formally signed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and ARMSCOR president and chief executive officer, Martin Tuason, to start production of the weapons.

    He added that this collaboration between the DND and ARMSCOR is in line with the DND's efforts towards “witnessing a Rebirth of Defense Self-Reliance.”

    "This initiative of optimizing our local resources contributes to the development of our economic and labor industries by providing jobs for Filipinos and contributing to economic growth - positive effects that far outweigh DND’s spending in importation. The SND (Secretary of National Defense) also stated that 'it signifies a trust in our own country’s craftsmanship and expertise'," Andolong stressed.

    Meanwhile, Tuason, in his speech, emphasized his support for the defense sector.

    “I look forward to making more guns, more ammunition and more products that we can do here in the Philippines as we progress. ARMSCOR backs the Filipino people and we support the AFP,” he added. Both parties believe that this partnership will set the standard for future projects of the government in procuring local materials. (PNA)

    As to the design of the 1911 pistol, the photos from Armscor as well as the government-run PTV (People’s Television) as based on the previous 3,000 units in 2017 show that it is a variant of the ARMSCOR/Rock Island Armory’s TAC Ultra FS, a .45 ACP 1911 that comes with AFP markings and has a 14+1 round capacity.

    The Philippine Army has been using WWII-era 1911 pistols which have been refurbished over the years. The new sidearm will compliment the new main service rifle, the Remington R4 rifle, which replaces the locally produced M16 rifle that was supplied by Elisco Tool since its introduction in the Vietnam War under licence from Colt.

     

    Top photo: AFP .45 ACP Pistol showing the AFP Markings (Source: Armscor)


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    CZ 75 Republika

    If you love collecting firearms and works of art, you can combine both if you have the money and connections, to collect the limited edition CZ 75 Republika pistol. This was designed as commemorative pistol in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic which separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

    Only 100 pieces are made so that means some it will immediately run out. We wonder of Action Sport Games (ASG) would be allowed to make the airsoft version of this given that it has the licence to replicate the CZ 75 and other CZ pistols for the airsoft market. We sure hope so.

    We’ll let CZ explain more of this pistol as based on their press release:

    In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic, Česká zbrojovka a.s. is launching a limited edition pistol, the CZ 75 Republika. There are only 100 models in this limited edition, each one with top-quality hand-crafted decorations depicting motifs of Czechoslovak state symbols, and designated with a unique serial number.

    Today, CZ is the only direct successor of the legendary tradition of the Czechoslovak interwar arms industry. Our company continues to promote the key ideas of the Czechoslovak Republic at the time, such as the vision of a strong and stable state needing a first-rate arms industry that will be able to fulfil the needs of its armed forces. What is more, the democratic Czechoslovakia became a country with liberal gun laws; with legally armed citizens, it saw one guarantee of its security in the spirit of a motto: A firearm in the hands of courageous defenders is the best guarantee of the nation’s freedom!

    This limited edition of cutting-edge national pistols with Czechoslovak roots thus represents a dignified way to commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the creation of the Czechoslovak Republic.

    The CZ 75 Republika edition is based on the all steel SA/DA CZ 75 B model in 9 mm Luger calibre, the modern successor of one of the most famous Czechoslovakian guns of all times. The frame and slide are blued and polished to high gloss, with the barrel finished in high gloss as well.

    The outline of the frame and the slide is inlaid with 24 carat gold. Within this area, the surface is engraved with the motif of a linden tree branch which constituted an important element of the interwar Czechoslovak Republic national symbols. The engraving can be also found on the front and back of the grip, where it has replaced the usual vertical checkering for more reliable handling. The golden outline and the linden tree motif engraving are repeated on the bottom of the magazine baseplate.

    In addition, the controls – the trigger, hammer, slide stop, magazine release and manual safety as well as their visible parts on the right side of the frame are gold-plated with 24 carat gold, as are the extractor and screws securing the anatomical grip panels that are made of briar root. The beautiful grain of this brown wood is further enhanced by varnishing.

    There is also a special decorative feature in the form a small Czechoslovak Republic coat of arms used between 1920 and 1938. It is a true copy made of gold (certified by a hallmark), embedded into the right side of the frame, between the gold-plated parts of the safety and slide stop.

    On the left side of the frame there is an inscription ‘PRAVDA VÍTĚZÍ’ (TRUTH PREVAILS – a motto used on the presidential standard and on the greater coat of arms) and CZ 75 REPUBLIKA in elegant Art Deco style font. The pistol also bears the traditional CZ trademark and the calibre designation. On the left of the frame, there is an inscription in Czech stating ‘Made in the Czech Republic in a limited edition of 100 models’.

    On the right side of the frame, on the slide and on the barrel within the ejection port, each model is designated with a unique serial number, CSR-1918 to CSR-2018, as well as with the required proof marks. In addition, there is an inscription marking the anniversary of this edition: 1918–2018 at the front end.

    Each CZ 75 REPUBLIKA model is supplied in a specially designed wooden presentation case, made of three types of wood. A linden tree branch motif is carved on the lid, encircling the Czechoslovak greater coat of arms from the First Republic. The sides of the case are covered with dark burr walnut veneer.

    Inside, the case is lined with dark red microplush velvet. A portrait of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and the Czechoslovak Republic greater coat of arms reproduced on handmade paper is mounted into the lid of the case, held open by two tricolour ribbons. The cases are supplied in black protective laminated cardboard boxes bearing the CZ logo.


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    MOA Exhibition 2018 Day 1

    It was a very busy day to us as we are now in Taipei for the MOA Exhibition 2018. If you want to see th Taiwanese airsoft industry in other one roof, plus some more companies from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Japan, then this the trade fair that you will want to visit.

    Happening for the weekend at the Taipei World Trade Center which is beside the world-famous Taipei 101 building, which was before the tallest building in the world, the MOA Exhibition showcases the best that the Taiwan airsoft industry has to offer and perhaps give us a glimpse of what to expect next year. We did have some information that you can be excited out but we were requested for an embargo as they want to announce it next year.

    As seen on our Facebook Page we did some livestreams of some of the exhibitors and presentations at the event. We have some photos as well of the first day.

    We will be making a full report after the event, for the meantime, just follow the videos and photos of Day 1 up to Day 3 at our Facebook Page:


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    MOA Exhibition 2018 Day 2

    The heaviest day of the Military, Outdoor and Airsoft (MOA) Exhibition 2018 organised by the QRF Magazine in Taipei, Saturday saw a deluge of airsofters, industry representatives, as well as purchasers from around the world. The latter is significant as we see airsoft dealers and retailers from Asia and Europe checking out products and sealing deals with potential suppliers to keep airsoft players happy in their locations.

    If you are an airsoft business, the MOA Exhition is an event that can be hard to ignore. Whilst the bigger names in airsoft can be found at the SHOT Show in the U.S. as well as the IWA Outdoor Classics in Germany, the MOA Exhibition showcases some brands and companies that do not have presence in this bigger trade fares. There are interesting techs and products carried by the smaller companies in Taiwan that checking them out in person is worth a trip to the island.

    The airsoft media got a get together as usual. For now it is an informal affair with Airsoft.nu, WMASG.pl, Airsoftology, TacticalTwo, Hyperdouraku, Arms Magazine, QRF Magazine, and of course Popular Airsoft. The more airsoft media reps present here, then we might have a side event so that both the airsoft media and the Taiwan airsoft industry can have a more beneficial relationship. Apart from the usual talk on the exhibit floor, our Hot Pot dinner has grown bigger.

    Whereas we were four before, now we are nine. Hopefully, next year we get to see more of the airsoft media in Taipei to join us in covering the event.
    Full story of the event to follow, videos are on the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page as well as the second day photos.


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    MOA Exhibition 2018 Day 3

    The airsoft fun continues as the MOA Exhibition 2018 goes on its third day. Whilst exhibitors are tired as well as us in the airsoft media, we continued on as many visitors continue to enter the exhibition floor despite a wet Taipei Sunday.

    The popresentations, whether at the main stage or the booths of the trade exhibitors, went on with even products that are hitting or will hit the airsoft market, whether these are gear or airsoft guns. It was actually a funny Sunday at the MOA Exhibition 2018 that it seems everyone has joke to tell or just going around with their antics like the TMC guys roaming the exhibition corridors with an RPG.

    I was introduced to some companies that have promising products that have military and real world applications apart from airsoft. If I were a purchasing manager for an airsoft distributor or retailer, I better be loaded with business cards as all of the exhibitors are ready to do business. Walking around, some were closing deals or making contacts for big purchases.

    One of the things that we are looking forward to be released is an airsoft version of the U.S. Army’s new service pistol, the M17. Before we had a story about an M17 that is in air gun form and finally the airsoft world will be getting an M17 blowback pistol of the plans of WE Airsoft goes well. It was on display at the WE booth together with the SIG P320 GBB Pistol.

    I still have many things to write about the MOA Exhibition 2018, but I will have to do that once I get back home. For now, the final batch of photos from the event can now be viewed on the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page.


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    9 APCA Nomination Third Week

    The window for the Nominations Period of the 9th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards is getting smaller as the days go by. Always remember that the Nomination Period will end on the 28th of December 2018 by midnight. If you don’t make it by then, then your nominees may not make to the Finals/Voting Period.

    As always, our advice is for you to draw up a list of nominees in each category if you want to nominate in all these categories. Better think each nominee well as you can only nominate one per category. So if you have a strong belief in that nominee then go ahead, include him/her/it in the list.

    If you have not nominated yet, better do it now by clicking on the button below:

    A nominee can be anyone or anything in the world, except for the Best Airsoft Retailer and Best Gear Retailer categories where you can nominate anyone belong to a particular region.  You can compare notes with other players as well, especially your team mates when you want to do a campaign for your nominees to get into the top 5 in their categories.

    You can even share your list publicly, nobody’s stopping you from doing that.  If that’s what it takes, then share your list on your social media pages, blog, or event make a video for them. Surely,  that will be appreciated by your nominees.

    So get those nominees in before it’s too late!

    Please do take time to visit the sponsors of the Awards by clicking on their logos below. With their support, the Awards have been a successfully endeavour year after year.


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    Ratratan 2018 Food Packs Reg Final Call

    Attention to our Philippine-based readers! If you are intending to go RATRATAN 2018 this Saturday and would like to avail of the food packs, your deadline for registration is today, the 11th of December 2018 and this registration portion will cut off by midnight. Game fee including food packs is Php400.00.

    If you have not registered yet, please register at the Popular Airsoft Events Page.

    If you miss the deadline for food packs registration, the final deadline is on the 13th of December 2018 midnight. But then you will pay the same registration fee but without the food packs. Please bring your own food or lunch pack as you will not be allocated the food packs.

    Raffle prizes are still coming in, increasing chances of players to bring something home during the raffle draw.

    For those whose registrations have been approved by LZ Delta Game Site, please check the map and directions elow on how to get there. Please be there by 0800H so that chrono and confirmation of registration can be done early.

    See you all on Saturday!


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    U.S. Army Nike "The Big Red One" Uniform

    The U.S. Army chalked their third consecutive year of winning over the U.S. Navy in the annual Army-Navy Game. Already on its 119th year, the Army-Navy Game is an American Football Game of two oldest branches of the U.S. Military. Held last December 8, 2018, the Army Black Knights won over the Navy Midshipmen with a score of 17-10.

    For this game, the Army Black Knights wore the Big Red One uniform designed in cooperation with Nike. This was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the army’s 1st Infantry Division that was deployed to help end the First World War. It was the first American division to meet the Germans in the battlefield during the Great War.

    Both teams traditionally wore uniforms in honor of a unit or significant military event. The 1st Infantry Division is known as “The Fighting First” and “The Big Red One.” The black and red colors of the uniform by the Black Knights is in honor of the uniform colors of General Pershing who is an 1886 West Point graduate and commanded the American Expeditionary Forces in World War 1.

    The helmets are in black matte showing a red "1″ on the front which is also the shoulder patch on the division’s original helmets. The American Flag at that time of the War feature 48 stars and are seen in the uniform. The black lion on the shoulder of the uniform was added in honor of first major American victory at the Battle of Cantigny and with the Division’s 28th Infantry were then called the as “the black lions of Cantigny.”

    As for the U.S. Navy their uniforms is in honor of their mascot, Bill The Goat. It was designed in cooperation with Under Armour.

    To learn more about the U.S. Army Black Knight’s “The Big Red Army” Uniform, you can visit the Nike website.


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    Ratratan 2018 Reg Final Call

    Better get those gear ready and guns cleaned as we are now on the final two days on preparation for RATRATAN 2018, Popular Airsoft’s revived player appreciation game in the Philippines. But before you proceed to the LZ Delta Airsoft Game Site in Las Piñas on Saturday, better make sure your name is included on the list of approved players.

    How to be included? Better register now at the Popular Airsoft Events Page.

    The final, final deadline for registration of players will be by 2400H, today, the 13th of December 2018. We will not be accepting registration of players after the deadline and if players who have not registered appear at the game site, they will be put into a waiting list of players subject to approval by us and the management of the LZ Game Site.

    Please be aware that if you have registered after the 11th of December, your game fee of Php400.00 just covers game participation but no foodpacks. You will have to bring your own lunch for the game. We have announced this previously so it is no we hope you are aware of it.

    As for game rules, click here to know more about the game rules. The site management will not tolerate any breaking of the rules and we all want to have fun. Stick the rules and parameters of the game scenario and we will all be happy! 

    So better register now before it’s too late. See you on Saturday!

    Here is the map and directions to the gane site:


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    Ratratan 2018 Game On

    WE'RE GOING HOT TOMORROW! We are now deep in preparations for the big day tomorrow. We would like to thank the Filipino Airsoft (FAS) for allowing us to promote the event and the help of 6mmTV and SpartanX spreading the word around. But before we start the action tomorrow, here is  more information for the players.

    To all players who will be joining in the funsoft event, please arrive early as December 15 is going to be a heavy day with traffic expected to be at its worst in Metro Manila. If you can be there at 0730H the better. If we can start early, even better.

    For those who failed to register but show up at the event. It will be at the discretion of the LZ Delta Airsoft Game Site Management to allow you or not to play at the event. The game fee will still be Php400.00 but no food allocation since they did not make the deadline for foodpacks registration.

    All questions will be at the RATRATAN 2018 Facebook Events Page.

    Be ready to exhange BBs!!! RATRATAN NA!!! :D

    Don't forget to download the map and directions below:

    Photo: RATRATAN 2007 Santa VIP Protection Mission


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