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    Six Season 2

    It’s time to search for another high-octane TV series as History Channel decided that the “SIX” series has ended its mission after two seasons. History Channel made the decision midway through the second season which according to Deadline, is said to be due to many of the cast members’ contracts expiring.

    During the its 8-episode Season 1, “SIX” was a breakout show for the History Channel, getting strong viewership that a second season was ordered with a longer run of 10 episodes before the Season 1 finale. For the second season, the team was on a mission to find and destroy the terrorist network responsible for the shooting Richard “Rip” Taggart ,  their former leader whose role was played by Walton Goggins.

    Olivia Munn joined in the second season as a smart and ruthless CIA operative who was also a shooter before becoming a high-level operations officer. She joined the cast already comprised of Barry Sloane, Brianne Davis, Dominic Adams, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Schmid, Jaylen Moore, Juan Pablo Raba, Lindsley Register, and Nadine Velazquez.

    Apart from the contracts expiring, Season 2 was running almost below 50% of the Season 1 averages. Even with the addition of Olivia Munn, who is a big star on her own right, failed to match the previous season. It is also said that one reason is the gap between the two seasons which was big one.

    The final episode of Season 2 will be on July 25, and it will also be the series finale. “Six” was created and written by William Broyles and David Broyles, who is a military special operations veteran. As for History Channel, it will have to explore other new series to replace it. But if you are looking for another SEAL TV series, then you still have the option to follow SEAL Team from CBS which has been renewed for another season.


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    Rainbow Six Siege: Another Mindset

    Whilst we spend a good amount of money in our hobby and want to have it as a full blown sport, we are still nowhere to that level that airsoft is to be considered a sport that gives a big payday. So far, those who are having a big payday with airsoft are the manufacturers, retailers, game sites, and a sprinkling of airsoft YouTubers.

    If you, as an airsofter want to earn money shooting other people in a competitive manner, for now, the only way is through video games. eSports shooter games such as Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege have turned into big money events. Some prizes run into millions and players get the chance to earn over 6 figures just playing their favourite shooter game.

    But to turn one video game into a big eSports event is a combination of players who either are influencers via their social media channels, a player managing an eSports team, or the player who is at the frontline battling it out for the prize money and bragging rights at being one of the best in the world at eSports. Together with the support of the video game company, they push an event in eSports on one of the biggest gaming titles on the planet.

    In the case of Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft unveiled during the E3 2018, their documentary called “Another Mindset” as they celebrate a milestone of having 35 million Siege players:

    Two and a half years after its release, Rainbow Six Siege is 35 million players strong. Content creation is at an all-time high and the esports scene is now entering a state of maturity. As the game and the community keep growing together, we took some time to reflect upon some of its famous members.

    During 9 months, we followed 8 community members in their daily lives and at Rainbow Six events, from the Pro League finals at GamesCom 2017, to the finals in Sao Paulo, and finally to the Six Invitational 2018. They are professional players, coaches, managers, commentators, analysts or Twitch streamers. To their families, they are Alexis, Nicolle, Niklas, Thomas, Alex, Niclas, Andre and Maciej; but to millions of Rainbow Six fans, they are Lil_Lexi, CherryGumms, Willkey, Shas, Z1ronic, Pengu, Meligeni and Macie_Jay. How did gaming become more than an entertainment for them? These are the stories of those with another mindset.

    It is interesting to watch the documentary which will be released next month. Can we learn something from this documentary to make airsoft a lucrative sport for serious airsoft players rather than be a constant money drain that sometimes affects relationships with friends and family? For airsoft manufacturers, it is something to learn from the eSports, which is a familiar area for many airsofters as a big percentage are gamers themselves.

    Airsoft being a sport that awards generously is still a distant dream. Sorry, our dear players, shooting and earning prize money is via the digital realm for now until a formula can be found for airsoft. Below is a teaser for Episode 1 s0 we can all look forward to full release of the documentary in August 2018:


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    U.S. Army Combat Fitness Test

    Soldiers will soon need to take a more strenuous fitness test, regardless of age that will evaluate their readiness in combat. It will replace the Physical Fitness Test that has been in place for 38 years and based on a pilot that was conducted over 6 years that was known as the Combat Readiness Test.

    Around 2,000 soldiers participated in the pilot program and by the beginning of October 2020. All soldiers, regardless of gender and age, will need to take the test.

    In a news report at the Army.mil website, Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, commanding general of the U.S. Army Center of Initial Military Training, said, "The Army Combat Fitness Test will ignite a generational, cultural change in Army fitness and become a cornerstone of individual Soldier combat readiness. It will reduce attrition and it will reduce musculoskeletal injuries and actually save, in the long run, the Army a heck of a lot of money.”

    The Army Combat Fitness Test will have 6 events that will need to be completed in order by soldiers and can take anywhere around 45 to 55 minutes. The Army.mil website lists these as:

    Strength deadlift: With a proposed weight range of 120 to 420 pounds, the deadlift event is similar to the one found in the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, which is given to new recruits to assess lower-body strength before they are placed into a best-fit career field. The ACFT will require Soldiers to perform a three-repetition maximum deadlift (only one in OPAT) and the weights will be increased. The event replicates picking up ammunition boxes, a wounded battle buddy, supplies or other heavy equipment.

    Standing power throw: Soldiers toss a 10-pound ball backward as far as possible to test muscular explosive power that may be needed to lift themselves or a fellow Soldier up over an obstacle or to move rapidly across uneven terrain.

    Hand-release pushups: In this event, Soldiers start in the prone position and do a traditional pushup, but when at the down position they release their hands and arms from contact with the ground and then reset to do another pushup. This allows for additional upper body muscles to be exercised.

    Sprint/drag/carry: As they dash 25 meters five times up and down a lane, Soldiers will perform sprints, drag a sled weighing 90 pounds, and then hand-carry two 40-pound kettlebell weights. This can simulate pulling a battle buddy out of harm's way, moving quickly to take cover, or carrying ammunition to a fighting position or vehicle.

    Leg tuck: Similar to a pullup, Soldiers lift their legs up and down to touch their knees/thighs to their elbows as many times as they can. This exercise strengthens the core muscles since it doubles the amount of force required compared to a traditional situp.

    2-mile run: Same event as on the current test. In the ACFT, run scores are expected to be a bit slower due to all of the other strenuous activity.

    Soldiers are given 2 minutes of rest after each event with the exception of the 2-mile run as they are given a 5 minute rest before they go with their. As for scoring, there will be a maximum of 100 points per event, with a maximum total 600 points. There will be a minimum score per event which may change depending on the soldiers specialty with soldiers doing tougher jobs may just face tougher minimums.

    The new test will be part of the a Holistic Health and Fitness System that is designed to produce fitter and healthier soldiers.

    Perhaps this is something for serious airsoft milsim teams to follow to ensure that their members are as fit as Army soldiers. If you need a physical regimen that is being used by a major military organisation, then this new fitness test can help. Who knows? Your team members may be called up by the army, especially if they are reservists or conscripts, then they will be ready to meet the test and be combat ready.

     

    Top photo: Soldiers pulling a 90-pound sled for 50 meters as part of the Combat Fitness Test pilot. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sean Kimmons)


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    Black Variable Project Update

    Last April, we featured the Black Variable H-Mag, an adapter that will allow you to use AEG magazines with gas blowback rifles powering the rifles with HPA. This means that rather than use the more expensive gas magazines, you can already use the cheaper and readily available magazines, even better, you get higher capacity magazines to use rather than be limited to 30 round gas magazines.

    Whilst, no one’s stopping you from getting your own gas magazines, it’s the option that you can use AEG magazines with gas blowbacks that makes the Black Variable H-Mag a product to look forward to.

    The developers of the magazine adapter, knowing that they have potentially good product, went to Indiegogo to raise funds in order  to make see it come into fruition. The response was good until Indiegogo decided that the project decided to close it, citing that “This campaign has been closed by Trust and Safety due to a violation of our Terms of Use. The campaign will no longer be accepting contributions, and the Campaign Owners no longer have access to the campaign.”

    But, don’t you worry, especially if you are waiting to be an owner of the adapter, the Black Variable H-Mag project is still running. The developers have sent us an update, so it’s best for you to read what they have to say regarding the project:

    Hey everyone! We have some good news, some bad news. The bad news is more of an inconvenience, but we'll explain below.

    Good news! We are still alive and accepting orders. While our website states that there is a 2-4 week production lead time, we have a few fully assembled H-Mags for your WE M4- these are ready for immediate shipment.  From the people who have already ordered; thank you!

    Bad news: Indiegogo froze our account and suddenly refunded all backers on our campaign a while back. The freezing of our account makes us unable to post updates to the campaign to explain what happened. Furthermore, the campaign has been wiped from the search listings on Indiegogo last we checked.

    Indiegogo states that our campaign and account were frozen due to violating Indiegogo's Terms of Service, particularly regarding the clause in their ToS stating "Campaign Owners are not permitted to offer or provide any of the following as a Perk: ...weapons, ammunition, and related accessories". Despite this, there have been and are several knife and airsoft-related campaigns being hosted or previously hosted on their platform. Knives are also included as being against Indiegogo's Terms of Service.

    We immediately brought this point up to Indiegogo Support, but they have not responded back to us; we do not expect that they will. As a frank word of warning to others looking to crowdsource on platforms like this: this kind of thing can happen, so make your decisions carefully.

    Hey everyone! We have some good news, some bad news. The bad news is more of an inconvenience, but we'll explain below.

    Good news! We are still alive and accepting orders. While our website states that there is a 2-4 week production lead time, we have a few fully assembled H-Mags for your WE M4- these are ready for immediate shipment.  From the people who have already ordered; thank you!

    Bad news: Indiegogo froze our account and suddenly refunded all backers on our campaign a while back. The freezing of our account makes us unable to post updates to the campaign to explain what happened. Furthermore, the campaign has been wiped from the search listings on Indiegogo last we checked.

    Indiegogo states that our campaign and account were frozen due to violating Indiegogo's Terms of Service, particularly regarding the clause in their ToS stating "Campaign Owners are not permitted to offer or provide any of the following as a Perk: ...weapons, ammunition, and related accessories". Despite this, there have been and are several knife and airsoft-related campaigns being hosted or previously hosted on their platform. Knives are also included as being against Indiegogo's Terms of Service.

    We immediately brought this point up to Indiegogo Support, but they have not responded back to us; we do not expect that they will. As a frank word of warning to others looking to crowdsource on platforms like this: this kind of thing can happen, so make your decisions carefully.

    The situation with the Indiegogo campaign does not interfere with our production- we already have a batch of CNC machined parts, as well as a new H-Mag for a new GBB platform! More information on this new H-Mag (compatible with our Lowers) to come soon.

    More good news: We are offering a special discount program for those who have already ordered from us: receive a unique 10% off coupon when you post a picture or video on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, Youtube) using our products. Send us a message on Facebook with the post and we will send the code to you!

    The situation with the Indiegogo campaign does not interfere with our production- we already have a batch of CNC machined parts, as well as a new H-Mag for a new GBB platform! More information on this new H-Mag (compatible with our Lowers) to come soon.

    More good news: We are offering a special discount program for those who have already ordered from us: receive a unique 10% off coupon when you post a picture or video on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, Youtube) using our products. Send us a message on Facebook with the post and we will send the code to you!

    So, there is no need to worry then. Their website is up and is now accepting orders, and you can have a choice which adapter to use, for the standard M4 AEG magazine, and for the M4 Drum AEG magazine. Just remember that these adapters can only be used with M4 gas blowback rifles that use the WE Airsoft GBB system. Also, you will have to be bit patient as they need a time allowance of 2-4 weeks as these are built to order.


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    Tachyon Indieogogo

    If you remember about a gun mounted computer for the FN F2000 AEG that I wrote about last April, it will soon become available for other rail mounted airsoft guns as its developer has decided to raise funds on Indiegogo.

    Calling it the Tachyon, Martin Hrehor, also known as Delta129 on Reddit, has already raised the required funding for the project, and the first kits, if on time, will soon be delivered this month. Even if all the perks have been sold out, Hrehor says that he will still be making the Tachyon as long as there is demand. If you want an airsoft gun computer, then you probably would like to own a Tachyon.

    So, what does the Tachyon offer? Well, if you like to have a high-tech looking airsoft gun just like those you see in sci-fi movies or video games, then you will like the Tachon as it has the following features:

    1. Ammo Counter
    2. Battery Indicator
    3. Clock
    4. Customizable such as the colour scheme other settings

    Too bad it won’t be able to make coffee for you, but you can play around with it, if you are familiar with Arduino and can program it. It is an open source thing so with a USB interface, you can modify the whole Tachyon to suit your needs or even expand on its features. With a simple I2C expansion bus, you can add more features and Hrehor intends to add GPS and a magnetic compass module in the future.

    You can mount on any airsoft gun that has a Picatinny rail, which most airsoft guns nowadays have. Even if you use a gas blowback rifle, Tachyon can be  powered externally with a battery. An infrared sensor is attach at the front end of the barrel, which means you will have to remove the flash hider or mock suppressor. You can mount the Tachyon’s IR sensor without the need of a thread.

    As Hrehor prepares to deliver the Indiegogo orders, you can contact him at the page how you can place an order. You may have to wait more as the priority are the backers who snapped up the perks on Indiegogo. But as long as there are other airsoft players ordering, then you will have the chance to own one.


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    U.S. Army Soldier with M249 in Afghanistan

    The U.S. Army’s search to replace the M249 continues and it has finally selected Textron and 4 more companies to help develop the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR). In its requirements for this new weapon, it wants that it be lighter than M249.

    According to Military.com’s Matthew Cox, writing for the Kit-Up! Blog, single contracts were awarded to AAI Corporation/Textron Systems, General Dynamics-OTS Inc., PCP Tactical LLC and Sig Sauer Inc.  FN America LLC, the U.S.-arm of FN Herstal, the maker of the M249, has been awarded two contracts.

    Textron is mentioned here, as previously it was in the news developing a Cased-Telescoped (CT) Weapons & Ammunition that will be able to help lower the weight of the NGSAR as based on the requirements of the U.S. Army. With the additional companies, this will help the U.S. Army able to harness the best possible weapon design.

    The companies are expected within 12 months, to submit one weapon, a fire-control system and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

    Army Pvt. Michael Rojas fires an M249 light machine gun during in Djibouti, 2 May 2017
    (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas M. Byers/Source: Defense.gov)

    The full requirements of the U.S. Army for the NGSAR is that it should weigh no more than 12lbs., the fire control system to be less than 3lbs, and the its length should be at a maximum 35 inches. The ammo should we less than the current brass ammo, which the CT from Textron should be able to meet, can have a sustained fire of 60 rounds per minute for the 15 minutes.

    So far, there is no mention of what caliber the weapon should be. The U.S. Army are looking for a replacement to the 5.56mm and they have not yet settled on, though the 7.62mm round seems to be a strong candidate as the 5.56mm round may not be effective to penetrate body armor of potential enemies of the U.S.

     

    Top photo:  U.S. Army Spc. Shane Storey fires his M249  in Afghanistan (Source: Wikimedia)


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    USAirsoft: Prototype SIX12 Bullpup Airsoft Shotgun

    3D Printing is really doing wonders in airsoft, especially for the smaller airsoft design shops. A good number of designs in airsoft are coming out from the smaller shops, either as conversion kits or even as complete airsoft guns. One example is Kinetic Action LLC, owned by mechanical engineer Brian Liu, for him to design products for use in airsoft.

    Whilst what he does magazines and magazine adapters for airsoft guns such as gas blowbacks from GHK and WE Airsoft, he does dabble in actual airsoft designs, and he reveals, via USAirsoft, his prototype of an airsoft SIX12 Modular Shotgun.

    The SIX12 Modular Shotgun is from Crye Precision which first appeared in 2014 at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It has come as a surprise as most of us know that company, which owns the Multicam Pattern, is more known for tactical gear. The SIX12 Shotgun is its first foray into the firearms world, and this shotgun is available for civilian and MIL/LE markets.

    Just like the real SIX12 Shotgun, Brian designed the prototype airsoft SIX12 to be modular. It can be used as standalone weapon as a rotary-fed, semiautomatic breaching shotgun, reminding us that is a shotgun that is like a revolver. It can broken down and used as breaching tool like a Masterkey, mounted to the under rail of a rifle, especially an M4 rifle.

    His work, even with the 3D Printing, looks impeccable and he tries to be as faithful to the original SIX12 using whatever photos and information that he can lay his hands on make his prototype. The airsoft shotgun shells he uses are the APS CAM870 shells, so this makes it to be a CO2-powered SIX12 airsoft shotgun.

    Brian also made a replica of the SilencerCo Salvo 12 Shotgun Silencer that has two tracer units inside though he did not mention the brand and model those tracer units are. Load up all the CAM870 Shells with Tracer BBs and we expect it to be light show showing all BBs spreading out upon exiting the muzzle especially in the dark.

    To be clear, the variant he made was designed for a video game, Rainbow Six: Siege SIX12 SD variant with some minor changes.

    Brian mentions that it is a personal project of his, devoting hundreds of hours doing CAD modeling to come out with this prototype. Will he do this as a full blown airsoft product for mass production? We do not know, but he will have to get a licence from Crye Precision. With Crye Precision open to having their products have versions for the airsoft market, such as the agreement they have with ZShot.

    If you like what you see, why not tell what you think by sending him a comment or a message at the Kinetic Action LLC Facebook Page. Who knows, we might get to enjoy playing with a fully licensed SIX12 airsoft shotgun in our fields.


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    Nerf Laser Ops Pro

    NERF is known for its foam darts, those somewhat harmeless projectiles fired from NERF Blasters (of course). They are fun and safe to use and for airsoft players wanting to satisfy their itchy trigger fingers but nowhere near an airsoft game facility, can always resort to NERF wars as they can just happen anywhere, though they may have to watch out for paranoid police who think that they are real guns.

    But they also have a Laser Tag line which they launched some years back. Called Lazer Tag and they were to use. No need for vests as the hit sensors are on the Lazer Tag guns themselves. Now, Hasbro updates the laser tag offerings called the Laser Ops Pro that looks like the company took some hints from the first person shooter video games.

    Having the hit sensor as a translucent dome on top of the Laser Ops Pro eliminates cheating as players cannot cover the Laser Ops Pro guns during game play as compared to wearing vests with hit sensors. Just like the other laser tag guns, it is actually infrared red, not some laser beams that we usually see in sci-fi movies.

    Now what sets the NERF Laser Ops Pro apart from other laser tags? It actually comes with an app that can be installed on iOS and Android smartphones. For FPS video gamers, it is familiar territory as they can track their performance, earn power ups, customize the blasters, and even keep tabs of the opposing force during a game.

    With the app, you can also play by yourself with Augmented Reality (AR) and that means you can still get trigger time even if your usual laser tag friends are not around.

    The available Lase Ops Pro blasters at the NERF online store are the AlphaPoint and Deltaburst. The AlphaPoint are pistol versions while the Deltaburst is a rifle design which has an LCD screen that shows ammo and health. If you want to get some Pew pew pew time with a friend quickly, you can grab  2-Pack AlphaPoint and get blasting quickly.

    So in between airsoft games, having some play time at home or at the office with the Laser Ops Pro can keep you from being bored. You can pew, pew, pew all the time.


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    Magpul Eyewear

    Magpul, perhaps the friendliest brand to airsoft, decided that the market still needs another eye pro supplier and announced that it will be releasing its own line-up. Having a very strong brand in the tactical and airsoft communities, it surely will have willing buyers for these products.

    In its press release, Magpul explains why they released Eyewear products:

    We build products for the real world, with every item designed for a unique mission that provides more value, simplicity, and features than anyone else. At Magpul, we’ve always felt strongly about eyewear because the need for reliable eye protection is rooted in our daily lives. Whether we’re at work or at play, we understand the demand for good-looking eyewear that protects us as across the range of activities that we and our customers engage in every day. As a result, we’ve created ballistic rated eyewear that’s engineered from quality materials and finished with an enduring design.

    The first three eyewear products that they unveiled: Explorer, Terrain and Summit will give customers various options on how they want these to be. There are a lot of colour options and combinations as well as they can choose polarized and non-polarized models.

    Apart from such options, the important thing to note is that they are rated to Z87.1 ballistic impact protection which will make airsoft players and shooters at ease as they can handle projectiles and flying objects that may just stray and go for their eyes. It uses the strongest thermoplastic material for eyewear, and follows the TR90NZZ design making these lightweight and at the same time very durable without using a metal frame.

    With Oleophobic treatment the Poycarbonate lenses provide liquid and other chemical protection. It also makes them added scratch resistant. The anti-reflective coating on inside of lenses minimizes distracting reflections. The padded low profile temples allows them to be smoothly integrated under helmets, communication headsets and over the ear hearing protection which make very much mission compatible. Magpul had the rubber nose and temple pads overmolded to the frame for durability.

    For sizing, the Terrain is best for medium to large faces while the Explorer is suitable for most faces. The Summit is best for small to medium faces. We do not know if they have an Asian fit, which usually is about the frame designed to sit higher on the bridge of the nose, but they might just consider such as they also have a good following amongs airsoft players in East Asia.

    The Explorer is being retailed at US$139 while both the Terrain and Summit are prices at US$149.00. These are now being shipped to authorized dealers and retailers.


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    Overlord Trailer

    J.J. Abrams’ latest film project is a War Horror Film. Set in D-Day during World War II, “Overlord”,  a group of American paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines with the objective of infiltrating a village. What they stumbled upon is top secret experiment of Nazi scientists that, unless stopped, will have Nazi zombies conquering the world for the Third Reich.

    When it was first revealed, many were speculating the movie that is part of the “Cloverfield” franchise which is produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions, which is also a partner in “Overlord.” However, Abrams it was not the case and that production was kept secret leaving observers to speculate what the movie is all about, with the exception that it was a World War II supernatural film.

    J.J. Abrams initially conceived the movie a decade ago with screenwriter Billy Ray writing the script and Paramount Pictures acquiring the rights to the film in 2007 according to Variety. However, the project took only a year ago when production started in 2017 with Julius Avery ("Son of a Gun") directing the film.

    The trailer reminds of the “Wolfenstein” first person shooter, specifically “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” (2001) in which the games main character, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, discovers “Operation Resurrection”, a diabolical plan of the Nazis’ Paranormal Division, which is about raising the dead to create the Übersoldaten (super soldiers) and also trying to harness supernatural elements as part of the plan to win World War II. In “Overlord” the paratroopers need to survive by beating the zombie soldiers that have awakened and are coming after them.

    The cast is comprised of Wyatt Russell, Jovan Adepo, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Pilou Asbæk, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Mathilde Ollivier, and Bokeem Woodbine.

    “Overlord” is set to be released on 9 November 2018 in the United States.