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    Sgt. Devin Hughes of the Marine Shooting Team with Glock 19

    Finally, Glock has gotten somne good news in the U.S. Military after not getting the contract from the U.S. Army for the Modular Handgun System (MHS). Their Glock 19M pistol has been finally adopted  by the U.S. Marine Corps and being given the designation as the M007.

    Sounds like James Bond? Indeed, as those who will be carrying it will need a concealable weapon just like the Bond, such as the CID (Criminal Investigation Division) and Marine One personnel. The USMC requires that when they are on duty wearing civilian attire, they should be able to carry a concealable weapon.

    The Marine Corps Systems Command website quote Gunnery Sgt. Brian Nelson, Individual Weapons project officer at Marcorsyscom saying that, “The M007 has a smaller frame and is easier to conceal, making it a natural selection to meet the Marine Corps’ conceal carry weapon requirement.”

    USMC Gunnery Sgt. Brian Nelson With Glock 19M(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Jennifer Napier)

    The M007 was already issued early this year to Marine and civilian members of the CID, as well as members of Helicopter Squadron One, tasked to ferrying the U.S. President, and more famously known as Marine One, in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They used the data already with the FBI, allowing them to reduce testing time.

    Nelson further said that, “Aside from concealability, the M007 has several physical improvements over its predecessor. The grip lacks finger grooves but has a textured frame, improving the ergonomics of the weapon and providing a consistently comfortable grip with traction for a wider range of users. The ambidextrous slide stop allows for both right- and left-handed use. The magazine release of the M007 can also be changed and the magazine well is flared, making the system easier to reload.”

    Learn more about the Glock 19M/M007 pistol in this Marcorsyscom Tactical Tuesday episode on YouTube:

     

    Top Photo:Sgt. Devin Hughes of the Marine Shooting Team with Glock 19(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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    This War of Mine: Father's Promise

    Many video games with war themes revolve around the story of a soldier as he goes on shooting the bad guys. That’s always a sure-fire formula and will remain that way. But in 2014, the gaming industry got its first war-themed game in which it is seen through the eyes of those who are trying to survive, mainly the non-combatants caught up in war.

    Poland-based 11 Bit Studios released their game called This War of Mine revolving around a group of civilians trying to survive in a fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia that is under siege. The player has to ensure they are alive as snipers prevent them from going outside during the day, allowing them to search for food and tools for survival at night.

    The game was inspired by what Bosnian civilians endured during the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo. When it was well received that the development costs was recouped in just two days.

    If you call it a “survivalist” sim game then you are not far off as the main game can be considered as such. But with the release of a new DLC, this might want you to take a box of tissues with you when you play the game.

    11 Bit Studios are releasing the “Stories” DLC series as they try to tug gamers’ hearts as they show that war is hell perspective. The first story will be “Fathers's Promise” where the gamer has to play the role of Adam who will attempt to save her daughter to survive and escape the besieged city.

    The story still takes its inspiration from the Siege of Sarajevo, but they also add narratives based on the audio drama written by Polish author Łukasz Orbitowski. The DLC has 4 completely new locations, 5 reconstructed and remastered locations, and a set of new game mechanics: dialogue and clue searching system.

    We highly recommend the game to airsoft players so used with first person shooter games and try to experience a game that is not based on just shooting the bad games. War is hell, and for the innocents caught up in the middle it, they have a story to tell and now can be experienced in a video game.


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    GEIO Battle Bots

    Perhaps you are still ruing with disappointment that the much anticipated Giant Robot much was more of a letdown rather than point the future of robot fighting. If you are, why not do some robot battles yourself without breaking the bank? You might just get the opportunity to do it albeit you will have to make do with tiny battle bots.

    In this case, you might want to check the GEIO Battle Bot and get to battle other GEIO Battle Bots using First Person View (FPV). Yes, the FPV that we see in being used in racing drones. GEIO Battle Bots get to shoot at each other whilst being controlled remotely using Augmented Reality:

    GEIO is engineered to present you the most indulging robotic battle experience, equipped with First Person Shooter (FPS) and Visual Recognition system. The power behind GEIO is attributed to the groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

    Not exactly as exciting as those battle bots that you see on TV or the already available Gankers, but you can have good robot fighting sessions with friends with the GEIO as they are affordable enough to get a set and have a battle bot party. You get to control a GEIO with a smartphone. The GEIO bots are agile enough that running after one to “disable” or “destroy” should be fun.

    Too bad they do not fire projectiles like those mini airsoft tanks in the market.

    A curious feature of the GEIOs is that they can scan a totem or symbols that are printed on cardboard boxes which are placed in a set battle area. Special abilities or powers can be achieved and used against the opposing GEIOs such as freeze powers, confuse the enemy, or increase firepower, or energy recovery. Even more curious is that it will have its own personality --- “GEIO will show you its feelings from curious, grateful to melancholy.”

    Unfortunately, you can’t have this for Christmas, even as the Kickstarter page says that that the team behind GEIO has already achieved the funding goals. Their target for shipping out will be in February 2018 so some patience will have to be required before you get your GEIO.

    We might get our own GEIOs as it would be nice to do some robot battles inside the office as we wait for the next airsoft weekend.


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    PUBG

    The latest online multiplayer game that airsofters are absorbed with when not playing airsoft, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is about to get a new set of maps set in the desert. NVIDIA reported about the new maps in a news article at their website.

    PUBG is a highly successful game that sold 20 million copies when it was introduced via  Steam's early access program in March 2017 with a peak of 2 million concurrent players making it the most played on steam. Some of the famous airsoft players we know of that play the game are Marck, Tim, and Max of RWTV, as well as guys from NODE of Corridor Digital, Jet Desertfox and Unicorn Leah.

    Inspired by the Japanese film “Battle Royale” which was released in 2000 and which Hunger Games was said to be based on (unproven), PUBG is a death match game of up to hundred players at any given time. Players have to find weapons and equipment as they try to survive in the map they are in with the safe area decreasing over time with the last player or team standing winning the round.

    The game is still in Early Access but an update has been made this month with the vaulting and climbing features added. Also the ballistics have been adjusted to make it more realistic. According to the Kitguru dataminers have been combing through the update and they got a better look of the desert map and new vehicles. Below are the sceenshots as provided by NVIDIA.

    The Desert Map will be available for PUBG once it exits the Early Access later this year.


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    BO Manufacture MTO Phantom

    We have been wondering what happened to the MTO Phantom that BO Dynamics almost announced two years ago. The MTO Phantom is vaunted to have a dynamic airflow with 97% power efficiency and battery consumption down to 90% making it the most power efficient airsoft tech.  Plus, it has excellent trigger response and a guarantee that it can fire a million BB rounds.

    That is, if it ever gets to be released. But with the updated posted by BO Dynamics on their Facebook Page, it looks like the MTO Phantom is a still born project:

    Nous avons bien pris connaissance de vos nombreux commentaires à propos de la solution MTO appliquée à l’airsoft sur laquelle travaillait notre partenaire Magneto Research.

    Après de longs mois d’attente, et suite à un changement radical d’orientation de la part de Magneto Research, BO Manufacture a décidé de mettre un terme à sa collaboration avec cette entreprise. En effet, Magneto Research qui nous proposait ses services en sous-traitance, a choisi d’abandonner les applications destinées à l’airsoft.

    Toute l’équipe BO Manufacture comprend votre déception et se recentre sur son savoir historique, au plus proche des terrains et des joueurs, pour vous proposer des répliques fiables, originales et accompagnées d’un service de qualité.

    Airsoftement,

    L’équipe BO Manufacture

    English translation via Goggle Translate:

    We have taken note of your many comments about the MTO solution applied to the airsoft on which our partner Magneto Research worked.
    After long months of waiting, and following a radical change of direction on the part of Magneto Research, BO Manufacture decided to put an end to its collaboration with this company. In fact, Magneto Research, which offered us its outsourced services, chose to abandon applications intended for airsoft.

    The entire BO Manufacture team understands your disappointment and refocuses on its historical knowledge, closer to the fields and players, to offer you reliable, original replicas and accompanied by a quality service.

    Airsoftement,

    The BO Manufacture team

    The MTO Phantom is a different type of airsoft tech as it uses lesser parts as well as does not depend on an external tank or a gas source. If it uses electro-magneto-pneumatic propulsion (that’s how we understand it), then it is indeed a more efficient way to push the BBs out of the barrel. However, we may perhaps not get to understand it fully and the closest we can get to knowing about it is during the presentation of Eric Gautier of BO Manufacture/BO Dynamics at the Airsoft Meetup during the IWA Outdoor Classics 2016:

    Afterwards, nothing much was heard about the project with announcements that production is delayed and appearance at CES 2017.  The last major announcement being the termination of cooperation with Magneto Research as posted on the BO Manufacture Facebook Page.

    We got in touch with them and they indeed confirmed that they are stopping the prhat they will be focusing on the fully licensed Fabarm Professional STF/12 Airsoft Shotguns as they have the licence from Fabarm of Italy. They are cooperating with VFC for the CO2 version of the shotgun and a springer version will also be released.

    Will the magnetic airsoft project remain dead? We cannot say as there have already been ideas in the past about magnetic airsoft guns prior to the announcement of the MTO. Someone may just pick up idea and come out with their implementation in the future.


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    Z-Shot Odin Innovations M12 Sidewinder 02

    Airsoft replicas. It’s in the words that define most anything we may use in the hobby. Replica guns, replica gear, replica optics, replica uniform and so on. How do you draw the line on anger of a replica issue in a world in which everything is rooted in clones or knock offs? When does it make sense to be upset and when is it just an acceptable norm? No one is innocent and everyone has fed the clone/knockoff industry. So we need to find a line that’s logical given the reality of the world we live in. Straight idealism without realism is not the answer to a complicated situation in the hobby.

    Before we can find the right middle ground or threshold for where we should truly be upset we need to admit the truth about ourselves. We all have to admit to ourselves that we have or still buy knock offs. We have to admit we prefer cheaper when it’s convenient to us getting what we want. To pretend like that hasn’t been part of our player history is to ignore that the problem starts at the consumer that drives any market. We create the demand that results in the knock offs and unlicensed clones, and when money is tight we are grateful for. Or even when we have the money airsoft is a hobby and the expense of the real deal product isn’t justified for the weekend BB slinging.

    Here’s where we have to face a reality about how we spend. A clone or a knock off isn’t just a choice made by the new player short on funds. It’s a choice on where your disposable income goes in relation to the importance to the hobby. We will buy knock offs or clones all day long of something like EOtechs and not bat and eye lash over it. EOtech aggressively goes after those selling these replicas but players still buy them from any source they can find. The more realistic the better even as EOtech fights the dangers of these replicas in the market. Yet, there is no outrage anywhere in the airsoft community.

    Why?

    EOtech may be an American made product, it may employ American workers and is by far the better product over any replica made of it. The problem is that it’s just not a practical purchase for airsofters in general. It is a small minority that uses them for airsoft and those that do are mostly doing it as a status symbol. For most people the expense of an optic that may cost two or three times more than the gun it’s on just doesn’t compute. So in comes the market demand for a cheap replica that looks the part and does the job for airsoft. Now are airsofters destroying EOtech by buying these replicas and not the real thing. The answer is obviously no and that airsofters aren’t EOtech’s target market. Replicas are dangerous to EOtech when people try to sell them to real steel shooters passing them off as real units. So that’s an example of how replicas or clones themselves aren’t the problem and buying them is in certain cases completely logical. Should real companies look for their share of the pie and license more products? Sure, it’s a capitalist market in which you should work to make more money whenever possible. If you can’t beat the replica/clone market, take advantage and profit from the game.

    EOtech is one example within a very expensive industry, the consumer demands an alternative that will force the creation of clones. Airsofters that get angry over a soft stance on clones or replicas often forget that we by far are not the intended end user of the expensive real gear we buy. Airsofters are the ancillary business that would not ruin a company to lose. Crye Precision, LBT, AimPoint, Colt or EOtech won’t go out of business if the hobby disappears tomorrow. The replicas created aren’t eating into the market share represented by airsofters. It’s a threat of a very different kind when they are passed off as the real deal. But that’s not the argument or conversation the community is having right now.

    Odin Innovations and companies like it are a direct product of the hobby and count solely on the hobby for its sustainment. We need to divorce the conversation a bit away from the idea that all replicas or clones are bad. They have a very logical place in the economics of the hobby. Spend less on gear, have more money to play and keep the community alive. Playing less because you can’t afford to travel to an event after blowing all your money on Crye didn’t help the hobby. It just gave you something to look good in as you walk around your house poor. The line comes at the products that are a creation of the hobby for the hobby. We have to be realistic in this view of clones/ replicas in order to know how to correctly pick our battles and direct the conversation positively without just calling everyone a hypocrite.

    I own an Odin Innovation speed loader and think it’s a great product. I own replica optics like the EOtech and replica flashlights like Surefire produces. I also own real EOtechs and real Surefires I use on my real guns. To me replicas have a logical place in the economics of my hobby. I feel no issue being outraged with what’s happening to Odin Innovation because it has its place in the hobby and nowhere else. There is the line and one that makes sense to the greater picture. When an industry eats its own it’s as many have said kills the potential for others to rise up and create for the hobby. Arguing over to buy clones/knockoffs of not to buy them is the wrong argument. Clones/knockoffs have a place in the hobby that can’t go away. We can choose to spend our money on quality and support the original design. But with the removal of clones/knockoffs so goes the hobby itself.

    Photo:Some of the M12 Sidewinder Clones under different names.

    The argument should be one of Odin Innovation a small company bringing a niche market, a niche product that it needs. Now here comes a company in the same space killing the original designer in its actions. The line is drawn in the consequences for the original designer by having the product design copied. Valken did not produce the clone Odin Speed loader, they are just selling it. They are being hammered so hard publicly because of a bad reputation and because it’s seen as a big company trying to smash a small company. This isn’t about to clone or not to clone but do we allow the destruction of a small company that only really caters to airsoft by a company that could choose to support others in its niche but doesn’t. Pushing out the competition with its own design is a low we shouldn’t tolerate. We can and should continue to vote with our wallet. That is how change is made in a free market capitalist economy. We can’t pretend to be outraged over clones/knockoffs like they are the devil but forget it’s the drug airsoft won’t ever quit. Focus your energy on where your dollar goes and if you do that the steam will correct itself in support of the original designers of key products needed for the hobby produced by those in the hobby. It makes all the difference to remember that when deciding when and where to be outraged about in the industry of airsoft products.

    Javier “Darkhorse”
    One Grunt’s Opinion

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    About The Author

    Javier "Darkhorse" Franco, formerly from This Week In Airsoft, runs his own Airsoft Blog on Facebook called "One Grunt's Opinion."This article has been posted here as contributed by the the author.


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    Megabots Eagle Prime and Iron Glory

    After the giant robot duel in which their Eagle Prime won over the Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s Kuratas, Team Megabots take another step in realizing their dream of having a Giant Robot Fighting League. With robotics teams from around the world now coming forward to challenge Team Megabots, they want to raise more funds by going back to Kickstarter for another crowdfunding round:

    We have more than 3 years and $6.5M worth of investment into developing these robots and this sport. We have one of the founders of the UFC on our staff, we've been working with the former video production staff of Mythbusters on our videos, and our engineering and fabrication team comes from high end robotics companies, defense contractors, and industry leaders. We have the best shot in the world at making this sport come to life within the next decade.

    We need your help. We have the technology, the rockstar team, and the ambition to make this sport become a reality, but we need hardcore fans to help us fill an arena to watch the first live tournament, watch our videos, and advise us as we create the sci-fi-inspired sport fans want to see. By participating in this campaign, you're sending a message to potential investors and big media companies - you want this sport to exist so badly, you're willing to help build it from scratch.

    If you want to see the mecha and giant robots of science fiction come to life, we need your pledge now. This campaign is the culmination of years of planning, and failure of this campaign will likely mean MegaBots closes its doors.

    The Chinese want to take on Eagle Prime according to Team Megabots such as the GREATMETAL, creators of Monkey King and Fighting My Bots, the creators of Yamantaka. Overall, they have from 20 other teams in China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, and the USA who want to attend. Now, that surely is real giant robot party. These teams are just waiting for the tournament details for them to commit.

    It is just a wonder why they still have to resort to crowdfunding when they have the rockstar team, and not try to start tapping big sponsors. Red Bull is one company that is crazy enough to fund unique sporting feats and events, pushing the boundaries of human endurance and technology. Surely, a Giant Robot tournament is something they can be interested in. With automation, AI, and robots now getting into the more mainstream debate that the tech titans can look into what Megabots are proposing and perhaps throw some of their funds from their billions in their investment stockpile. Surely any technology that is developed in such a tournament can be used for civilian purposes. Just look at F1, the pinnacle of motoring tech. A lot of F1 technology are used in cars we take foregranted.

    Here are the goals of the crowdfunding campaign:

    • Host the World's First Giant Fighting Robot Tournament in the San Francisco Bay Area in Q4 2018, where 4 teams will compete for the international title. This event will be live, unscripted, and professionally livestreamed. We will confirm a final date with our fans 6 months in advance. There is a possibility this date will be pushed back if teams aren't ready, or if arenas aren't available, but we will communicate with our fans every step of the way. We are no longer under any NDAs like we were during the Giant Robot Duel, and are free to communicate about our plans openly.
    • Make our MK2-class Iron Glory robot open source, so anyone in the world can build their own mech. It should be possible to build all of the components of a MK2-class robot in a garage, so long as you assemble it outside...
    • Produce MegaBots Season 2, where we show you our own R&D AND the progress of teams around the world as they prepare their mechs for the tournament.
    • Host a series of MegaBots LIVE! events at our headquarters, where you get to be up close and personal with the robots and watch us test new technology/rules/weapons/etc live. 

    Do you agree with such goals and share the vision of a Giant Robot League? Well, then open your wallets and help fund the next step, the 2018 tournament. Sometimes building things meant to destroy others help in the progress of humankind.


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    Shayetet 13 (Wikipedia)

    SIG Sauer’s MCX Rifle now has an airsoft version in the form of the Cybergun SIG MCX AEG with Vega Force (VFC) Company being the OEM. Many have been looking forward to getting an airsoft MCX which is probably the newest rifle that caught the eyes of airsoft players looking for a new AR-style rifle. But certain airsofters usually buy an airsoft gun that goes with a loadout that they are putting together. So what loadout should the MCX be with?

    The London Metropolitan Police’s SCO19 and or the Eckernförde Länderpolizei  in Germany can be examples. But if they are looking into a special operations unit, then they have to look at the Israeli Navy as their version of the U.S Navy SEALS and the British Special Boat Squadron (SBS), the Shayetet 13, are evaluating the SIG MCX that can potential replace 5 weapons that are in used by the highly trained unit.

    According to Ynetnews, the “The multi-purpose MCX rifle by US company SIG Sauer is one such weapon, considered by the IDF for its ability to hit its target for several different distances.”

    SIG MCX (Photo by Sig Sauer)

    The unit uses the M4, CTAR-21, X95, Uzi SMG, SR-25, and even the Kalashnikov in operations. Having a multipurpose rifle to consolidate use of parts and ammo does make sense for the unit as it lessens training time for its operatives.

    Whilst Ynetnews mentions the SIG MCX, it does not mention the other rifles that the Shayetet 13 are looking into as potential replacement.

    The Shayetet 13 is one of the most secretive units in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Their operatives and mission details are kept classified. Volunteers for Shayetet 13 are required to be in service at least four and a half years as compared to the mandatory 36-month service in other IDF special operations units.

    New Shayatet 13 Vest

    In the same news report, the unit recently received a new vest that does not soak up water and can be carried in wet or parched terrain, given that they are primarily a waterborne special forces unit. Its compartments accommodate can electronic devices, commando knife, water drinking kit, explosive charges, and grenades.

     

    Top photo:Shayetet 13 in training (Photo source: Wikipedia)


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    Noveske Rifleworks Ghetto Blaster Rifle

    Not impressed with the SIG MCX nor the Honey Badger even if they have airsoft versions?  Perhaps this new series from Noveske Rifleworks might just get your attention. Noveske do have licensed products in airsoft via MadBull Airsoft and hopefully their new offering would get into the hands of airsoft players as well.

    So what are they called? They’re called the Ghetto Blaster Rifles. Well, if they sound like the boom box in the 1980s that breakdancers used on the streets for their showdowns (Ghetto Blaster is another term for the boom box), then they will be a blast to use, no pun intended.

    Initially starting with three models, the Ghetto Blasters are available in different lengths and are customized versions of the companies Gen 4 receivers with Ambi bolt release, Norgon Ambi magazine release, and Ambi 60 degree STS safety selector. Customers can choose either M-Lok and KeyMod versions.

    According to the Truth About Guns, since this is designed in cooperation with Kevin Brittingham of Q, who is the designer of the Honey Badger, the Ghetto Blaster Rifles can be used with the PDW stock of the Honey Badger and can also mount the suppressor for the Honey Badger. Kevin is the best friend of the late John Noveske, the found of Noveske Rifleworks.

    The initial releases in the Ghetto Blaster Rifle series are the 7-inch and 16-inch configurations. The 5.25-pound 7-inch version can be outfitted in for either 5.56mm or 300 BLK while the 16-inch version is configured for the 5.56mm only.

    Press release below:

    GRANTS PASS, OREGON, NOVEMBER 21, 2017 — Noveske Rifleworks is proud to announce the Ghetto Blaster Rifle — the introductory rifle configuration on our new Gen 4 platform. This lightweight rifle (5.25lbs in the short configuration) features a customized version of our new Gen 4 receiver set, collapsible stock and Noveske Rail system (MLOK or Keymod option). Adapted to accept a collapsible stock, the receiver set also includes ambidextrous controls, flared mag well, and new geometry relative to our Gen 3 set. Additionally, the rifle features a Magpul grip, adjustable gas block, and Geissele SD-E trigger. We teamed up with Kevin Brittingham and his team at Q to incorporate the collapsible stock and BCG in this rifle.

    At launch, there will be three configurations available for pre-order:

    • 7.94” 5.56 Stainless barrel, w/7” NHR
    •  7.94” 300BLK Stainless barrel, w/7” NHR 
    • 16” 5.56 CHF barrel, w/15” NHR

    Other configurations available in Q1 2018 include: Suppressed 300BLK Model (Ghetto Blaster NSD), as well as 10mm.

    Pre-sale starts today!


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    Tokyo Marui 4th Festival Type 89 GBB Presentation 02

    The Tokyo Marui Festival is the last major event for the venerable Japanese airsoft company to make major announcements in terms of product announcements and product plans. For the 4th Tokyo Marui Festival, the company has revealed more gas blowback products, especially gas blowback rifles that airsoft players can look forward to next year.

    For customers and fans of the company, the event, which took place last 11-12 November 2017 in Akihabara, the excitement of new products from the company made them queue up near the entrance as early as 8 in the morning. Long lines were observed as loyal customers and those who are curious about airsoft and Tokyo Marui waited for the opening of the event.

    In the earlier events such as the Shizuoka Hobby Show and the All Japan Model & Hobby Show, it is more of the AES and New Generation AEGs that were prioritised especially with the SGR-12 and its special big brother, the Thor’s Hammer for Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 “Not A Hero” DLC; and the latest electric blowback and recoil new generation AEG , the AK47 Type 3 NEG.

    By this time, most of you have probably aware of the new products that were unveiled at the Festival: the Type 89 GBB Rifle, MTR-16 GBB Rifle, Scorpion Mod M AEG SMG, and the M45A1 Gas Blowback Pistol.

    This is feature is not more about what happened at the event, but what we have observed about the direction the company is taking in producing new airsoft products:

    More M-LOK

    We noticed that Tokyo Marui prefer developing new airsoft guns that use the M-Lok Rail System, rather than the KeyMod. Examples are the SGR-12 and the Thor’s Hammer AES, the MTR-16 GBB, and the Scorpion Mod M4 AEG. Many airsoft manufacturers are now shifting from KeyMod to M-Lok realising the advantages of the latter, but it is Tokyo Marui that is solely making airsoft guns with the M-Lok.

    Will they be releasing more AEGs, AESes, NEGs, and Gas Airsoft Guns that will have the M-Lok as the mainstay handguard? With the 4 examples above, we may just see more.

    More Original Designs

    With the revelation of the SGR-12, the company just announced to the whole world that is getting more adventurous in terms of coming out with airsoft guns that are designed in house. Though it is not the first airsoft company to put out original gun designs, as ICS and G&G Armament have gone ahead with their own designs.

    The MTR-16, or the Multi Tactical Rifle 16 Inch, is a gas blowback rifle that is the second original design from the company. It does use the MWS-ZET gas blowback rifle system as seen in the M4 GBBs Tokyo Marui released, it is still is an AR-style GBB rifle.

    The Scorpion Mod M Electric Airsoft Machine Pistol will immediately give us an impression that it is based on a CZ Škorpion vz. 61 Machine Pistol that has been updated for the 21st Century. However, there is no real world Scorpion Mod M made by Česká zbrojovka, making us conclude that is an original airsoft design by Tokyo Marui that probably takes its inspiration from the Škorpion vz. 61.

    Whether it was intentional or a coincidence, the Scorpion Mod M was announced 10 years after the release of the Tokyo Marui Škorpion vz. 61  AEP in 2007.

    The Type 89 Gas Blowback Rifle

    The main star of the 4th Tokyo Marui Festival is the Type 89 Gas Blowback Rifle as the company catered mainly to a Japanese audience and thus presenting an indigenous design for them to appreciate what the company does. It is the second Type 89 released by the company with the first one being an AEG.

    The Type 89 GBB has a realistic take down, ambidextrous controls as well as a three-round burst. The dimensions are exactly the same as the real Type 89 that is in use in the JGSDF. It is expected to be released in Spring 2018.

    Apart from the new releases, the visitors were treated to handling the airsoft guns that were on display, listen to presentations, check the illustrations of guns and girls with the Tokyo Marui guns of course, try to shoot some of the guns as well as buy merchandise from the offline version of the Tokyo Marui Webstore.

    The next major event that Tokyo Marui shall announce new products will be at the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 which will take place in May. For now, we wait for the company to release the new products to distributors and resellers for the Holiday season and Spring next year.

    Photos of the 4th Tokyo Marui Festival at the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page.