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    Classic Army Double Barrel DT-4

    We’re getting closer and closer to the SHOT Show 2018 where the greatest and bestest in the firearms industry will be on display at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the first major event in the airsoft industry as well as they will be represented as well. One airsoft company is ready to show its wares at the event, and it is Hong Kong’s Classic Army.

    Classic Army is a strong player in the airsoft market, especially in the first decade of the 21st Century. But in this decade it was silent for a few years, with no new significant releases from the company. Only in the last few years did we see the company becoming more active again, with the introduction of the Scarab and Nemesis Lines in 2016. The Scarab being an original in-house design reflects the trend of airsoft companies coming out with their own gun designs and also, Classic Army introduced their Electronic Control System or ECS (originally called the ECU) which is what their call their MOSFET.

    Though what really put Classic Army again in the radar of many airsoft players is their M132 Hybrid Powered Micro-gun which is a smaller and more portable version of their airsoft Vulcan Minigun. It is also very affordable making owning an airsoft minigun within the reach of more airsoft players.

    Now, Classic Army has come well prepared for the SHOT Show 2018 and we like what they are going to put on display. On the Facebook page of Classic Army USA, they posted teaser images of the DT-4 which will be the first double-barreled M4 airsoft gun in the market. Not much details yet, though we expect this to be using the ECS too given that the company is putting the ECS in their other lines that are being re-released.

    So what else will be on display? Another photo they revealed are two SBRs though they did not reveal their actual model names. One is an SBR that uses the 9mm-style magazine that airsoft players can’t help but compare it with G&G’s ARP9. The other SBR uses the regular M4-style magazine.

    But if you are looking for a long rifle, one that will be on display is an updated version of the M-110, the Classic Army M-110 ECS DMR (CA110).  This is part of their Professional Line and it is RIS Full Metal AEG and uses the CA-25/SR-25 magazine.

    So, if you are on the lookout for some of the latest in airsoft for 2018, then better visit Classic Army at their booth during the SHOT Show.

    The SHOT Show 2018 will take place on the 23rd to the 26th of January.


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    PITTA Camera Drone

    Imagine going to an airsoft game with a drone to get aerial shots of your game, an action cam to get a first person view of the action, and a selfie cam to take shots of yourself with your mates? That’s about two to three devices that you will carry together with your airsoft guns and gear. But how about if you get to have all those things in just one package?

    On Kickstarter is a project called PITTA. The name itself makes want to get some Houmous and treat myself to a nice meal. Kidding aside, PITTA is, as what its makers say, a modular transformative drone:

    It’s not just aerial, not just handheld, not just wearable or mountable, it’s all of these. It’s a complete system packed into a single device.

    The PITTA package comes with the Camera body and the Drone and Action Cam Modules. To charge PITTA, a charging cradle also comes with the package. You can interchange the drone and action cam modes by using the snap and twist-to-lock design, which means you just move the camera body from either modules depending on your video capture needs.

    In Drone mode, PITTA is terrain aware as well as the “Follow Me” feature in case you want the drone to follow you in action from the air. It orbits around the a target, come back home, and lands automatically:

    In Action Cam mode, it captures video at 60fps, does burst modes, time lapse, live streaming, and sharing it via social media.

    Once at home you can put it on its charging cradle and if placed in a strategic location in your house, can also act as security cam. It will be able to stream footage of your house via IP-Wifi via your mobile phone wherever you are.

    As for the footage, it shoots 4K at 60fps, allowing you to do some slow-mo editing.

    With the funding goal already met, the PITTA is seen to be ready for delivery by May 2018, if all goes well. There are still some pledge packages available if you want to be one for the first to receive it with the lowest being the US$289 which is the Kickstarter Exclusive Basic Kit and from there the packages get more expensive.

    A three-in-one product, PITTA can be that drone and action camera that you might want to bring to the airsoft field if ever it gets released to market.


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    Fight! Piccholina "Survival"

    One of the famous Miridorus (Hot Gun Girls) in Japan, Fight! Piccholina, finally got her wish come true. According to Yas of Hyperdouraku, Piccholina wanted to become an action movie star so they put her through a three-stage program to prepare her for one:

    Stage 1: Airsoft Tactical Training in Japan
    Stage 2: Real Gun Shooting in Guam
    Final Stage: Produce a music video with her as the star!

    Japanese personalities on social media got involved in the project. Umi-Kuun, a famous singer and song writer on YouTube put together the lyrics and music for “Survival” (he also appears in the video); and Zoezimax (or Soezimax), is a famous director on YouTube, who we have featured here for his “SGS9R” project, directed the music video.

    Photos: Umi-Kuun (left) and Zoezimax (right)

    For the production, it was held at the Airsoft Zone Delta Survival Game Field in Chiba Prefecture. The airsoft guns used in the video are from Western Arms, Top Japan, and Tokyo Marui.

    As “Survival” is how airsoft gaming is called in Japan (also known as “Sabage game”), the music video is for every airsoft player and also being the expression of Piccholina’s will. Too bad Yas did not give us the lyrics and English translation of the song. But surely Piccholina did well in the video, perhaps showing that she can do the John Wick moves that Keanu Reeves would surely approve. It may not be a full movie that Piccholina wanted, but a music video is a start.

    So here it is, the music video “Survival” featuring Fight! Piccholina on the Hyperdouraku YouTube Channel:

    You can also download the song "Survival" from iTunes if you want to have a copy on your smartphone.

    You can read more about the story on Hyperdouraku. Both Hyperdouraku and Piccholina are finalists at the 8th Airsoft Players' Choice Awards.


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    8 APCA Voting Period 2nd Week

    This looks like an interesting awards period! Votes are pouring in for the 8th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards. We noticed that in several categories, finalists are working hard to bring in the votes --- making appeals with videos, posts, and special pages just to get votes for them in. This should be a wake-up call to other finalists to work harder still, if they want to win an award.

    Not much for us to say here but for the finalists, there is still a lot of time to work on getting the votes But we do suggest that they do get even more creative. Sometimes voters can be fickle-minded. Even if they nominated for them during the Nomination Period, they may just change their minds during the Voting Period and vote for the other way. So they better make sure the voters are still on their side.

    As for our valuable voters, if you have not cast your votes yet, it’s time to do so now:

    Remember, there are prizes for you to win when you vote as you get entered into the raffle promo to help readers of Popular Airsoft to vote. So here they are:

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    USMC M27 IAR Island Warriors

    The M27 IAR is already a mainstay weapon in the U.S. Marines, with each squad being issued the IAR as the automatic squad weapon to replace the M249. Recently, the M27 IAR is also designated as the M38 DMR as it gets kitted out with optics. Now, it looks like they are going ahead with the plans they have been contemplating on for some time now --- deploy it even more to the infantry.

    According to Kit-Up! The USMC’s Commandant Gen. Robert Neller confirmed the plan when he was interviewed by Military.com last December. This is based on the recommendations that were drawn up after the deployment 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in which every grunt was issued an M27.

    According to Neeler, not everyone will be able to receive the M27 IAR still, such as the Javelin and the Mortar guys. Other potential candidates for having the M27 IAR are the artillery forward observers, fire support teams, and even engineers might be good candidates for the weapon. The USMC have already issued a pre-solicitation of 50,000 IARS in August 2017 and this is in-line with the plans.

    Photo: M27 IAR during a Designated Marksman Course (by Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz)

    With the need for more IARs, the competition and economies of scale have pushed the cost of the rifle down from US$3,000, which is more expensive to the US$1,000 M4 rifle which is the standard service rifle in the U.S. Military. The Kit-Up blogpost though failed to mention the actual cost of the IAR as of the moment.

    What is more interesting in the blogpost, is that they plan to kit each grunt in the Corps “from head to toe” with some of the latest gear and weapon accessories. This includes more special operations gear for the grunts, suppressors, hearing enhancement, ear protection, and communications equipment.

    We’ll be hearing more what the new equipment upgrades the Marines will have in the near future.

     

    Top photo:  Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment training with the M27 IAR (by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)


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    ICS CXP-MMR

    Amongst the bigger airsoft manufacturers operating out of Taiwan, ICS Airsoft always approaches its own way. Whilst it is known with its split gearbox technology, the use of MOSFETS , the Transform4 with electric blowback, what is also more radical about ICS is that they were the first one to do their own gun designs not necessarily based on a real world weapon with the introduction of the CXP-08 Concept Rifle in 2008.

    Now a decade since the introduction of the CXP-08, ICS has expanded their CXP line which first carried the Transform4 and the KeyMod rail system before these enhancements were implemented throughout the AR-style AEGs of ICS.

    Also in recent years, ICS Airsoft also introduced their line of airsoft pistols, starting with the Black Leopard Eye line. It looks like ICS Airsoft likes the pistol segment of the airsoft market that for 2018, they will be introducing more pistols which are licensed.

    With the release of their 2018 Catalogue, we see that ICS are introducing the use M-Lok with in the CXP line the announcement of the CXP-MMR with Magpul full authorization to use the M-Lok:

    In 2007, Magpul introduced the first negative space attachment system for firearms with what became the MOE slot system. No longer was it necessary to use a Picatinny rail as an intermediate, and accessories could be direct-mounted to hand guards and other surfaces.

    Fast forward a few years. Other direct attachment systems came to market where access to the backside of the mounting surface was no longer needed…an improvement in usability.

    After shaker table testing, thousands upon thousands of rounds of live fire testing, drop testing, pullout testing, and manufacturing time and material studies, Magpul developed and moved forward with the M-LOK slot system as a better solution in every metric studied.

    M-LOK is stronger, easier and faster to machine, has no sharp corners, has full four way recoil lug support, is adjustable in small increments for position, is repeatable, and is generally considered visually appealing.

    Now ICS has been officially authorized by Magpul to use M-LOK standard, allowing us to provide more reliable products for the future of the airsoft industry.

    For KeyMod fans, no need for them to worry as ICS Airsoft are still producing AEGs with the KeyMod rail with the introduction of the CXP-YAK that company says that it sports hard-anodized coating and CNC milling for a unique design that retains the lightness of the Keymod system.

    As for the pistols, they have lined-up the fully licensed Sarsilmaz SAR9; the Korth from PTW Korth together with Begadi of Germany; and PM2 Makarov.

    Other planned pistols under the BLE line are the XFG, XPD and XCP.

    You can browse and download the 2018 Catalogue below. We’ll be seeing more of these in the following weeks and we’ll do a hands on these during the IWA Outdoor Classics 2018 in March:


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    IWI Tavor TS12

    With just a few days to go before the SHOT Show 2018 opens in Las Vegas, there is a flurry of announcements from firearms and airsoft manufacturers on what visitors to the show should look for. These advance announcements are done to get the maximum attention to generate traffic to their booths during the SHOT Show as visitors are aware of what to look for before arriving.

    One that the airsoft media should look during the show apart from the airsoft displays, is the new Tavor TS12 from IWI as it is a new bullpup shotgun that sports the familiar Tavor signature look. It is also the first shotgun from IWI more known for their Tavor family, Jericho Pistols, Galil and the iconic Uzi machine pistol.

    The Tavor TS12 is a 12 GA shotgun and has a capacity of 15+1 shells that are fed with three tubular magazines. It has an ambidextrous design making it friendly to operate for left-handed shooters. It uses the M-Lok System for attaching weapons accessories as well as top rail for optics. With its bullpup design, it gives a more compact profile makes it more handy to use in close quarters. The other compact shotgun that we can think of is the Crye Precision SIX12, a 6-round cylinder-fed compact shotgun.

    Once released, it will be initially be available in black with OD and FDE colors to follow. It will have an MSRP of US$1,399.00. Press released from IWI below the image:

    IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., brings innovation to the tactical shotgun market with their first bullpup shotgun: the TAVOR® TS12. This 12 GA gas regulated, smoothbore semi-auto shotgun feeds from one of three magazine tubes, each capable of holding four three-inch shotgun shells or five two-inch shotgun shells, for a total potential magazine capacity of 15 +1 rounds. The TS12 can be fed and unloaded from either side and configured for either right or left side ejection or operation.

    “The TAVOR TS12 is our first entry into the home defense shotgun market and we held off until we had something unique and desirable that held the same characteristic quality and performance of the entire TAVOR line,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US commented. “The TS12 is it; compact, easy to use and maintain, and with a large magazine capacity, it is ideal for home defense, as well as a sporting shotgun.”

    The TAVOR TS12 features a unique patented “Bullhead” bolt locking system, specific to the TS12. The 18.5-inch smoothbore barrel with a three-inch chamber is fed rounds through a tubular magazine system that automatically loads the next round when the tube is rotated in position. The muzzle threads are internal and compatible with Benelli®/Beretta choke tubes. One choke tube is included with the TAVOR TS12.

    Compact in length at only 28.34-inches, the TS12 has a one-piece, full-length 1913 Picatinny top rail with M-LOK receptacles integral in each side of the forearm of the shotgun body, allowing multiple placement possibilities for the addition of accessories.

    Available initially in a black finish, later versions will be offered in OD and FDE. The MSRP is $1399.00.

    TAVOR® TS12 Specifications:

    • Gauge: 12GA/ 3” chamber
    • Weight: 3.6 kg (mag empty) / 8 lbs.
    • Barrel Length: 47 cm / 18.5”
    • Overall Length: 720 cm (not including choke) / 28.34”
    • Height: 260 mm / 10.23” (from pistol grip to top)
    • Magazine: Tubular system, 15-rounds total capacity (five 2.75” or four 3”)
    • Choke: Internal muzzle threads / Benelli / Beretta Type (one choke included)
    • Picatinny Rail: one-piece, full-length 1913 standard top rail
    • Safety: cross bolt safety

    To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.

    About IWI US, Inc.

    IWI US, Inc. is the USA based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR® X95™, TAVOR® TS12, Jericho® 941™ pistol, UZI® PRO pistol, Galil ACE® rifles and pistols and the DAN.338™.


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    Revision Military ShadowStrike

    The market for eye protection is already saturated. There are lots of capable eyewear that can protect our eyes and many of them affordable. The best are the ballistic ones, able to protect our eyes from the projectiles coming out of flashing barrels meeting requirements of military organisations which are very stringent in terms of protection gear.

    Even with these capable eye wear available, many still do not fight fogging adequately. There are ways to prevent fogging of lenses: anti-fog spray which can last for long, microfiber cloth to wipe away the moisture, air vents to let in air to whisk the fogging away, or installing battery operated blowers. But I have to be honest, I have not yet been satisfied by any eyepro in terms of anti-fogging capabilities.

    But perhaps ShadowStrike Anti-Fog Ballistic Tactical Sunglasses from Revision Military might be the eyewear that I want so I can banish my worries about eye pro that fogs up.

    Sporting a wrap-around design which can give you that “operator” look, Revision Military says it gives the wearer an unobstructed view and it fits securely and comfortably.  The polycarbonate dual-frame lenses are interchangeable with a novel nosepiece mechanism.  Also, the lenses provide distortion-free cision and provide 100% UV-A-B—C protection. One of the good features that it is compatible with equipment used in missions, not getting in the helmets, equipment mounted on the head, and comms.

    Now for the fun part which is its anti-fog feature, the ShadowStrike has what Revision Military calls “Ocumax Anti-Fog Coating” which is tested to be proven to last 10-20 times more than other solutions and is also chemical resistant. The same coating prevents scratches, streaks, and smears.

    The ShadowStrike will be available with an MRSP of US$115.00 and comes with a standard two lens kit, solar and clear. Frame will initially be in black with more lens and frame option colours to be released later in the year.


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    Airsoft Meetup 2018 Call for Speakers

    We can now confirm that the Airsoft Meetup for the IWA Outdoor Classics 2018 in Nuremberg Germany got the go signal. Thus, for all those in the airsoft industry and related industries, they can now start making plans of including the Airsoft Meetup in their IWA 2018 Calendar.

    The Airsoft Meetup is an annual event for the Airsoft Media, Airsoft Community, and Airsoft Industry to listen to what the industry has to offer for year. In one room, we get to watch presentations of the various speakers from different companies and even airsoft organisations to what everybody in airsoft can expect for the year. There is no other event in the world wherein the airsoft industry can meet with a greater number of airsoft media representatives in one event and make their case.

    Now that it has been confirmed, we are now opening the doors to interested speakers. If your company has something very interesting to show us and you might not be able to present everything properly at your display booths during the IWA Outdoor Classics 2018, then the Airsoft Meetup is the best place for you to say what you want to say. You can make presentations without being disturbed by curious trade visitors and all recorded to be put on YouTube via the Popular Airsoft YouTube Channel.

    Slots are limited and thus, it is a first come first serve basis for those who want to book a slot. So here are the details that potential speakers will need to know:

    1. Speakers are given a maximum of 15 minutes to present and answer questions.
    2. They should have an audio-visual presentation that will be projected to the wall.
    3. The Airsoft Meetup will take place at the Hong Kong Room of the Nuremberg Messe on the 11th of March 2018, from 1300H to 1600H.
    4. Interested companies/speakers can immediately contact Slickaxe of NLAirsoft.com as he is in charge of the speakers’ line-up. There are some requirements that he will ask from you before getting approved to become a speaker.
    5. Topic should be about their companies and what the airsoft player will expect from them in 2018.

    We’ll post the finalized list of speakers as soon as Slickaxe sends us confirmation that all the slots have been filled up.

    For more information of the Airsoft Meetup, visit www.airsoftmeetup.com. You can book your tickets to reserve your slot to attend the Airsoft Meetup.


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    8 APCA Voting Period Third Week

    Yes indeed! We have two weeks remaining for the Voting/Finals Period for the 8th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards. That is still a lot of time, but sometimes time flies past that before you know it, it’s over. Rather than putting off your vote, better cast it now to make sure it gets counted.

    So get that vote out and head to the voting area by clicking the image below:

    Again, we’ll have to remind the finalists, even those who want to win an award again in their categories will have to put up a fight. No matter how many fans you have on social media, or whatever platform you have a following, there is no guarantee that such a following will make you win an award at the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards. So it’s a matter of working harder to ensure that you get their votes as they just prefer someone else to vote for even if they liked your page or subscribe to your channel. Remember, everyone on the internet don’t just like just one social media page or subscribe to one online video channel. They always follow other pages and channels that are maybe owned by other finalists.

    You’ve got to weeks to get the vote out and that it means more work.

    Now, a reminder that there are awesome raffle prizes to be won at the awards. But your name won’t have the chance to get drawn if you do not vote. Again, vote and you might win any of the raffle prizes below:

    PRIZES FROM TOKYO MARUI

    SGR-12 AES

    AK-47 Type 3 New Generation AEG

    USP Gas Blowback Pistol

    RAFFLE PRIZES FROM MILITARY 1ST

    First Tactical Tactix Half-Day Backpack OD Green

    Helikon Raider Backpack Shadow Grey

    PRIZE FOR EUROPEAN VOTERS FROM GUNFIRE

    SET 1

    Specna Arms SA-A03 Chaos Grey
    Gunfire Patch
    Specna Patch
    Specna 0.25 BBs - 1000 pcs

    SET 2

    Specna Arms SA-C04 Half-Tan
    Gunfire Patch
    Specna Patch
    Specna 0.25 BBs - 1000 pcs

    Set 3

    Rush Plate Carrier
    Waist Bag
    Gunfire Patch
    Specna Patch
    Specna 0.25 BBs - 1000 pcs

    We hope you like the prizes and motivate you to vote now.

    Also, please take time to visit the sponsors for without them, running the awards won't be as big as this over the years:

    MAIN PRESENTER

    GOLD SPONSORS

    ASG APS Gunfire

    Laylax RedWolf Airsoft Military 1st Evike.com

    REGULAR SPONSORS

    Specna Arms Airsoft Atlanta Low Speed Gear Airsoftjunkiez WGC Shop

    Don't forget to cast that vote! :)