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    U.S. Army PEO Soldier Weapons BOSS

    This week is actually dearth in terms of news about new firearms as well as new airsoft guns as most have been announced last month, especially during the SHOT Show 2017. The next instance that we’ll get a deluge of information from both the real steel and airsoft industries will probably be at the IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany next month.

    So time to look for other technologies, while not actually applicable for airsoft, are nonetheless technologies that will affect the warfighting capabilities of militaries. In this case, the U.S. Army’s PEO Soldier Weapons is looking to a system that allows a sniper to hit a person-sized target at extreme ranges.

    Called the Ballistically Optimized Sniper Scope or BOSS, this is an integrated fire control system for sniper rifles. Realizing that improvements in sniper and ammo will not change substantially over the years, the researchers turn their attention fire control devices that takes into consideration the limitations of such rifles and ammo and be able to improve accuracy as well as reducing time for a shooter to properly aim and make a high probability hit.

    The rail-mounted BOSS is an automated, full-solution fire-control system for sniper weapons. It comes with a 6-22x optic with a precision, eye-safe laser range finder. It also has an internal environmental sensor suite, platform orientation inclinometers, and sophisticated ballistic calculator. Overall, this is a sniper scope with a lot of computing power to help the sniper aim accurately and hit a target at greater distances. It has a fail-system that allows the sniper to continue operations even in the event of loss power that the various components of the BOSS fail to function.

    Regina Stonitsch, Assistant Product Manager for BOSS at Project Manager Soldier Weapons said in a story at the U.S. Army website, "To improve sniper effectiveness, especially at extended distances, we need to find a way to increase accuracy by reducing aiming errors, and minimize the time for the shooter to figure out where to correctly aim his weapon. We believe the answer could be the BOSS Project."

    She further adds that, "Since sniper rifle and ammunition technologies are unlikely to change considerably in the foreseeable future, we're concentrating our efforts on developing a revolutionary fire control system that will provide a leap in shooter performance and likewise a big return on investment."

    While, the lightweight BOSS, (weighs 3.5lbs) is made for snipers, it can be readily adapted for other small weapons systems. If the Army decides to adapt the BOSS for use, it could be available for use by soldiers in 2020.


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    The Airsoft Meetup 2017 At The IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 Is On

    It is now less than a month and the one of the largest trade exhibits in the world where you see a lot of airsoft manufacturers and gear makers, as well as firearms manufacturers all in one place will take place. The IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 is all set to welcome guests and trade visitors from all around the world from the 3rd to the 6th of March 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany.

    For the airsoft industry and community, it is also another opportunity to gather together and update each other on what is happening, especially in terms of product development and commercial activities. Started in 2011, the Airsoft Meetup has been gathering together the airsoft industry, airsoft community, and the airsoft media under one roof and is growing each year.

    As always, for this year, we expect various presentations from the companies that work hard to provide their customers and airsoft players products they think will enhance or give them a good airsoft playing experience. For the airsoft media, they can also sit and relax to get more information as compared to visiting their booths where the din and noise of such a large trade exposition will sometimes drown out the audio for their videos. At the Airsoft Meetup 2017, they will hear them loud and clear with more information prepared.

    Apart from that, the awarding ceremonies of the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards also takes place after all the speakers are done with the presentations. Awardees present will be given their awards from the largest airsoft event online where the community awards those industry and as well as community members who they think have provided an excellent product or service.

    To attend the Airsoft Meetup 2017, airsoft visitors should have their invitations to visit the IWA Outdoor Classics via the airsoft exhibitors they know of. Once they get their IWA invite, they can then proceed to the Airsoft Meetup 2017 website to get their free tickets.

    Details of the Airsoft Meetup 2017:

    Airsoft Meetup 2017
    IWA Outdoor Classics 2017
    Hong Kong Room
    Nuremberg Messe
    Nuremberg, Germany
    5 March 2017
    1300H – 1600H

    See you there!


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    7APCA Winner Announcement

    After two months of nominations and voting, we finally get to have the privilege again of announcing the winners of the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards for the 7th year. They all deserve to be winners as they got the respect and recognition from the readers of Popular Airsoft as well as the global airsoft community.

    A good number of winners in for the 7th iteration of the biggest airsoft awards are consistent ones, winning in their categories for 3 or more years. We wonder why airsoft players don’t get bored and keep on voting these same names, companies or brands. The answer is pretty much obvious --- these companies have been very much consistent in providing excellent service, experience, or products that their customers and fans keep on voting them back.

    But of course, there are new names also given that there were new categories created to give more companies a chance to bag an award and also that there are some names that probably have done better for the 7th year of the awards that they managed to dislodge the defending champions, so to speak. This means that there is always an opportunity for every airsoft company, airsoft player, and airsoft media outfit to get an award. They just need to work harder or learn what the consistent winners do for their customers or followers.

    We’re pretty sure you want to read the list of winners and here they are:

    Best Airsoft Retailer for North America

     Evike.com

     Best Airsoft Retailer for Europe

    Gunfire 

    Best Airsoft Retailer for Asia

    RedWolf Airsoft 

    Best Gear Retailer for North America

    Evike.com

    Best Gear Retailer for Europe

    Military 1st

    Best Gear Retailer for Asia

    eHobby Asia

    Best Airsoft Magazine (Print or Digital)

    Airsoft Action Magazine

    Best English Language Airsoft News Website

    Arnie's Airsoft

    Best Non-English Language Airsoft News Website

    WMASG

    Best Airsoft Blog (Regardless of Language)

    Airsoft & Milsim News Blog

    Best Airsoft Community/Forum

    Airsoft Society

    Best Airsoft Video Posted Online in 2016

    RWTV Biggest Airsoft Game Ever:
    Armored War VIII in Russia

    Best Airsoft Event (Over 500 Players)

    Border War 8

    Best Airsoft Podcast or Video Channel

    Airsoftology

    Best Airsoft Upgrade/Parts Maker

    Laylax

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

    Airsoft Innovations

    Best Airsoft Pistol
    (Regardless of Power Source)

    ASG CZ P-09 Duty

    Best Airsoft Gas Blowback Rifle

    Tokyo Marui M4A1 MWS

    Best Airsoft Shotgun
    (Regardless of Power Source)

    Tokyo Marui M870 Tactical Gas Shotgun

    Best Airsoft Sniper Rifle
    (Regardless of Power Source)

    Tokyo Marui VSR-10 Professional Sniper Version

    Best Airsoft Automatic Electric Gun (AEG)

    Tokyo Marui HK416D
    New Generation Electric Gun

    Best Airsoft Manufacturer

    Tokyo Marui

    Special Airsoft Player Award

    Mark Rasmussen

    The awarding will be done during the Airsoft Meetup at the IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 in Nurember, Germany. For the winners who will be attending the Airsoft Meetup, please do get in touch with us so we can bring your award. For the winners who won’t be able it make it for the Airsoft Meetup, please do get in touch with us as well as we will need your shipping/delivery address so we can ship your shiny award.

    A big, big, big congratulations to the winners! A big salute from the Popular Airsoft team.

    Our big, big, big thanks as well to all the voters of the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards, without your participation the awards will not happen. Don’t worry, we shall be announcing the raffle prize winners next so make sure you visit the Popular Airsoft website to find out if you won one of the raffle prizes.

    And a massive thanks to our sponsors, without their support, we won’t get the wheels of the awards process moving. They do want those who work hard in the airsoft community and the airsoft industry get the recognition they deserve, and they see the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards as they proper vehicle to give that recognition, and with it the respect from airsoft players.

    Please do click on our Sponsors’ logos and learn more about them and the products/services they provide:

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    See you at the 8th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards!


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    7APCA Raffle Prize Winners

    Now, here is the next great news from the 7th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards after we announced the winners of the categories --- the raffle prize winners. This is our and our sponsors’ small way of thanking those who submitted their nominees and those who cast their votes. As we always say, if we can only give all those participated raffle prizes, we would. But sad to say, we are only limited in the number of raffle prizes.

    For some technical stuff, if you won an airsoft gun as a raffle prize and you live in the United Kingdom, we will need you to provide a VCRA Valid Defence such as a UKARA Number or you shall forfeit the raffle prize and it will be raffled off again. If you live in a country that has a law that only airsoft players ages 18 and above can own an airsoft gun, then you must be at least 18 years old or else you will forfeit the prize and will be raffled off again.

    Winners have a maximum of 180 days to claim their raffle prizes.

    Here are the lucky winners of the raffle prizes (we blotted their names out for privacy and anti-spam purposes). Congratulations to these lucky guys! :)

    Tokyo Marui M4 CQB-R Block 1 Gas Blowback Rifle
    Winner: Romain <r_ro***@orange.fr>

    Tokyo Marui M40A5 Sniper Rifle
    Winner: Helmut <helmut_ba****@gmx.com>

    Tokyo Marui HK45 Tactical Gas Blowback Pistol
    Winner: Simon <shen*******@yahoo.com>

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 1
    Winner: Rauno <raunoil****@gmail.com>

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 2
    Winner: Saul <saulma***@hotmail.com>

    Gunfire Raffle Prize Package 3
    Winner:    Martin <moc***@post.cz>

    Airsoft Atlanta G&G Top Tech TR16 R4 DST AEG Raffle Prize
    Winner: David <Dok***@aol.com>

    on'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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    U.S. Marines Riding the Polaris MRZR-D ATV

    The first batch of the ultralight Polaris MRZR-D All Terrain Vehicles s are set to be delivered to Marine infantry units this month. Last year, the U.S. Marines ordered 144 Polaris MRZR-D ATVs last year to the tune of US$2.5 million with the aim of improving readiness through rapid logistics support in the field in a report by Mathuel Browne, Marine Corps Systems Command at the Marines.mil website.

    The fast ATV can carry up to four Marines or carry 1,500lbs of supplies and each Marine infantry regiment will be equipped with 18 units of these vehicles. Already in use by some special operations units, this ATV can fit inside the Marine V-22 Osprey and CH-53E helicopters for easier and faster deployment. This version of the MRZR-D, while it is diesel powered, can also run on JP-8 fuel.

    Jessica Turner, team lead for Internally Transportable Vehicles/Utility Task Vehicles at Program Executive Officer Land Systems (PEO LS), “The Marine’s pack is getting heavier, and they are carrying more gear than ever down range. Infantry Marines were looking for a capability that would lessen the load while increasing the area of operation, and the UTV is that solution.” The PEO LS is the U.S. Marine Corps’ acquisition arm for major land programs and they joined the Marines Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) to deliver the capability with a shorter time frame.

    The MARSOC partnered with Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory to evaluate the vehicle if it meets the need of Marine infantry. Marines who will be authorized to drive the vehicles will need to complete operator training and off-road vehicle safety procedures.

    According to the Marines website, the Polaris MRZR-D ATV shipment will be going to I and II Marine Expeditionary Force in February, and III MEF in March and April.

     

    Top Photo:U.S. Marine Corps photo by Private 1st Class Rhita Daniel


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    Battlefield 1 Winter Update

    Still within the confines of your homes playing online multiplayer FPS games rather than brave the freezing cold outside and play airsoft with your mates? Well, before the snow starts to thaw next month and if you are a Battlefield 1 gamer, then there is good news for you.

    The Battlefield 1 Winter Update is a massive update, rolling out worldwide, the update will require a 4.6GB download for gaming consoles and a 1.6GB for PCs (hooray for PC gamers like us here at Popular Airsoft!).  Based on the feedback of gamers, they are implementing new features and improvements which they hope will keep the players coming back for more.

    According to DICE, they are bringing back the Ribbons for players to collect, with a 300 XP increase whenever a ribbon is collected. These Ribbons are designed to promote good team play and playing the objective. Apart from the Ribbons, it is now possible to unlock an Elite Codex for 8 of the primary weapons available in the game. The requirement is to get 500 more kills per primary weapon and the player is awarded a shiny Elite Codex as well as 25,000 Bonus XP.

    As for the max Class Ranks, the new one has been increased to 50. Once a player hits 50, he/she will be granted some extra Class flair in the kill card. There will also be Dog Tags that can be unlocked as a player progress towards the max Class Rank 50.

    The Winter Update will also include the highly anticipated rent-a-server features. Admins will be able to kick out players from the server by using the in-game UI or ban a misbehaving player and they get priority access to the server. Players will be able to vote for the next map after a match is over and they are given two options which to vote for and whichever alternative that garners the most votes will be the map.

    You can click here to read the full update notes of the Winter Update.

    For March, the first expansion pack “They Shall Not Pass” will be released. The French Army will be joining the fight and there will be 4 all-new maps, new weapons, a new game mode, and much more in store for players anticipating this pack.


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    Mil-Spec Monkey Motale Patch Sheet

    We have received word that Morale Patch Armory, an online shop for morale patches, has successfully trademarked “Morale Patch” as granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last February 7, 2017.  The USPTO published the trademark application to find out if there was opposition to it last November 22, 2016 and since there were no objections, they granted the application of Morale Patch Armory.

    It looked like that the communities that collect morale patches, such as the tactical and airsoft communities were asleep with this development and only moved into action with the posting of Morale Patch Amory at their blog. A group of people have decided to fight the trademark and have it cancelled by the USPTO. Calling the campaign "Morale Patch" Trademark Defense Fund, they have put up a Gofundme Page to raise US$10,000 for the legal work to be done. As of this writing, it has already breached the 10,000 dollar mark and still more people are contributing money:

    Our community is under attack. The term "Morale Patch" was recently trademarked despite it being a common and generic term that our community has used for years and developed its identity around. We've reached our initial goals of $5,000 and $8,000, but keep going...who knows how much this thing is going to cost, but we're probably going to need a sizable war chest.

    We've got engagement letters in hand to retain the legal services of Loza & Loza, a firm specializing in trademark law. We will be filing a motion of "cancellation" of the trademark. We're confident that with the amount of previous usage, this trademark will be successfully and swiftly cancelled.

    The retainer is $2,000 and the cost per hour of the attorney is $350. Any leftover funds after the legal challenge will be donated or used towards a cause that benefits the patch community as a whole...like perhaps a charity, an event at Shot Show for all of us, or a special patch for the group of people who answered the call. One step at a time, and right now that step is to defend the community.

    If you'd like to contribute to this cause, $5, $20, or even $1,000 (like Jason Wages aka Modern Arms) or whatever you can give...you will be remembered as a hero and will be forever able to say that you stood up for what is decent and right in the face of tyranny. Now, go back to your Xerxes and tell him that he faces free men here.

    -Violent Little

    Morale Patch Armory posted a statement on Facebook on the issue on their Facebook Page. It is a long reply, denying that they have sent Cease and Desist Letters to companies or individuals, nor asked for licensing fees from those making morale patches. This paragraph summarizes it all:

    We have NEVER asked for any sort of licensing fee so anything you see where people are sharing that is absolutely false. Like ALL other patch companies, they use the term “dealers” for people who resell their patches, for our exclusive designs that would be resold from other companies/designers, we require our designs to be ‘licensed’. But have no plan on requesting or collecting any “licensing fee” on morale patches that they have designed and are selling. So as direct from the source as can be, anything you see people saying or sharing about this is a falsehood and should be treated as such.

    But it looks like the community is not convinced given the reactions to the statement (some of the negative comments were removed). Though we agree with the patch community that the “Morale Patch” should not have been trademarked in the first place since morale patches have been in existence for decades now and the term considered something to be in the public domain.

    It is going to be a legal battle between Morale Patch Armory and the Patch community and we’ll monitor the progress of this. If you want to support the "Morale Patch" Trademark Defense Fund, you can go to the GoFundMe page and show your support by pledging funds in whatever amount you want.

     

    Top Photo:Mil-Spec Monkey Patch Sheet


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    7APCA HOF Second Inductees

    As we countdown to the next big event in the airsoft industry, the IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, we eagerly prepare also for the gathering of the airsoft industry and the airsoft media for the Airsoft Meetup 2017 which will be on the 5th of March 2017 at the Hong Kong Room of Nuremberg Messe.

    One of the highlights of the Airsoft Meetup is the awarding ceremony of the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards, as the winners of the various categories go up the stage to receive their awards. For the 7th Airsoft Players Choice Awards, there is a special moment for the some of the awardees, as they join an elite group of winners in the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards Hall of Fame.

    For this year, there are four inductees to the Hall of Fame. What they have achieved is hard to do, having won 5 times in their categories. Three of the winners have achieved a rare 5 wins in a row. Because of their achievement, we honour the following to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

    Let us welcome and congratulate the Second Inductees of the Airsoft Players' Choice Awards Hall of Fame:

    Hall of Famer Border War: Best Airsoft Event With Over 500 Players

    Established in 2008, Border War aims to create international high level airsoft MILSIM event with an exciting atmosphere and a great level of enjoyment for all participants.


    Hall of Famer WMASG: Best Non-English Airsoft News Website

    WMASG.pl exists since 2001 which makes us one of the oldest Airsoft community websites in the world. We keep acting as the leading and the main Polish airsoft community platform. This is the biggest website about airsoft & tactical gear in Poland.

     WMASG.pl is a huge data base of airsoft reviews, news, events and also military equipement. Our team are people with longterm experience, wide knowledge, thanks to that for many of our users WMASG.pl is a source of final information they are looking for. What is more, for all of us airsoft is only a part of wider military passion! Thanks to that our website is lucky to be trusted from years.

    WMASG.pl is a wide and always on time platform to communicate with and among our users who also create WMASG.pl. They are not only citiziens but also actual soldiers, policemen, war veterans.

     

    Hall of Famer Airsoft Innovations: Best Airsoft KABOOM Maker

    We are a company run by airsoft players. We strive to revolutionize the airsoft experience by delivering well-engineered products that expand your game.

     

    Hall of Famer Evike.com: Best Airsoft Retailer For North America

    Evike.com is today, the world's largest airsoft retailer and distributor because of overwhelming support from our shoppers around the world. In return, we offer our fans unmatched services and selection. Evike.com Inc. is a USA based company with over 100 staff and a mission to provide the best service in the industry.


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    USMC M27 IAR in Afghanistan (Wikimedia)

    Last February 10, 2071, the US Marine Corps sent a Request for Information (RFI M67854-17-I-1218) for manufacturers that can meet the demand of producing 11,000 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles (IAR). This further solidifies the reports that the Marines are looking into replacing the M4 with the M27 IAR as the standard issue rifle.

    Last November 2016, Military.com reported that the M27 IAR was issued to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines rather the M4 for pre-deployment exercises to experiment with the rifle as the mainstay rifle for the Marines. Officially, the M27 IAR is used as a support weapon for the Marine infantry, replacing the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in 2010, alongside with the M4, which is the standard rifle at present.

    But with the cost of the M27 IAR at US$3,000.00 and with just 11,000 rifles that are planned to be ordered, it is still not close to fully equipping the Marine infantry with enough M27 IAR. Perhaps, it is just adding more IAR ready to be issued for squads as there are just about less than a hundred of the IARs issued to the squads at present. Adding more M27 IARs to the Corps’ 32 infantry battalions would further enhance the firepower of the Marines at the fire team level.

    The M27 IAR is base on the Heckler & Koch HK416 Assault Rifle, but with the RIF, the U.S. Marines will be requiring competitive bidding among interested manufacturers that can meet the required 11,000 IARs that are compatible with the existing weapon. The M27 IAR has a fully automatic fire option as compared to the M4 rifle and is more accurate due to its free floating barrel as well as longer range. As stated above, the M27 IAR is about three times more expensive the M4 with the latter costing US$750 per unit.

    The U.S. Marine Corps are expecting responses from interested vendors by March 17, 2017.


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    Remington Model 700 CDL SF

    In 2014, Remington recalled their Remington Model 700 and Model Seven Rifles to replace their triggers after complaints that they were firing when they were not supposed to. Fast forward to 2017, a federal judge in Missouri began hearing arguments for a suit brought against the company by owners of the rifles, which is one of the most popular bolt-action rifles in history.

    For airsoft players, their encounters with the Model 700 is in the form of its military versions, which is either the U.S. Army’s M24 or the U.S. Marine’s M40 series (M40, M40A1, MA403, and M40A5) that are made by Classic Army (M24) or ASG-VFC and Tokyo Marui (M40 series).

    The models recalled by Remington were the rifles that were built from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 that use the XMP (X-Mark Pro) trigger which the company says have been assembled with too much bonding agent. But complaints also cover the original trigger, called the “Walker” trigger

    According to Inverse.com, more than 20 people have been killed by the rifles which their owners say fired without them squeezing the trigger. With the problem recognized by Remington, it may lead to those accused or convicted of shooting the victims who claimed that the rifles fired on their own to be declared innocent.

    In one case, as covered by CBS News 60 Minutes, is about Zac Stringer, who his father talks about in the show, was sent to prison for killing his brother with the Remington 700.  Zac maintains his innocence that he didn’t kills his brother and that the rifle went off without him doing anything to make it fire.

    Zac Stringer is now out on good behavior, after serving five years of his 10-year prison sentence.

    In 2010, CNBC conducted an investigation before on the Remington problem, and that thousands of owners of the rifle have complained about the trigger problem ever since the rifle was first introduced in 1940s. The original designer, Merle "Mike" Walker, who was already 98 years old when CNBC conducted the investigation, proposed a safer trigger in 1948 when the rifle was being tested but was rejected since it will add to the cost though the added cost, adjusted for inflation is US$0.55.

    In the 60 Minutes report, the X-Mark Pro trigger was supposed to correct the “Walker” trigger problem , but actually made it worse. Remington blames human error rather than the gun’s fault. They may have to stand with this assertion as it may cost them real big if they have to replace every trigger as lawyers estimate that it will be 500 million dollars. That’s a lot of money, and thus the lawsuit will deeply impact the company if they lose.