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    DEFCON Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro Multicam Black

    For Vans sneaker fans in the airsoft community, better part with a portion of Christmas shopping budget this weekend. DEFCON, the group for its collaboration in the apparel industries, is set to drop a new pair of Multicam Vans on the 10th of November 2018.

    DEFCON group calls itself stealth collective and their origins unknown. But they are known with their custom Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro that comes with the more Multicam patterns such as Arid, Black, and Tropic.  They were quickly snapped up with some of them ending up on eBay being sold at more exorbitant prices, which reminds me of the Nike Special Field Air Force 1 "Faded Olive", which was priced at US$200 when released and owners are asking up to US$1,500 on eBay. The DEFCON Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro is fetching up to US$1,000 at the auction site.

    The DEFCON Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro will be back again way before the Christmas shopping rush starts. To be released the DEFCON website on the 11th of November 0600H PST, this will come in Multicam Black and will be complimented with apparel and accessories, the better to crowd out the items in your Christmas shopping list. Here are some photos released to smoothen the way you will turn over your hard-earned money to them.

    Here are more details:

    FOOTWEAR OVERVIEW:

    • STYLE: SK8-HI NOTCHBACK PRO
    • MATERIALS: PIG SUEDE / CORDURA
    • COLOR: (DEFCON) MULTICAM / BLACK / BLACK
    • MTL #: VN0A38CARF0
    • SIZES: 5.0 – 15.0

    FEATURES:

    • Premium Fire-Proof Warrior Suede®
    • Water proof treatment on upper
    • MULTICAM® CORDURA NYLON textiles
    • DRi-LEXTM lining throughout
    • Gusseted tongue
    • Military detailing from DEFCON identity to BDU specs
    • Custom Vans Ultracush HD footbeds w/ custom artwork
    • Hesh Goat embossed heel stamp
    • Durable reverse lug outsole and Knurled texture foxing tape

    So better get ready on Saturday if you want one. The site might just get bogged down with the deluge of fans trying to snap-up a pair. Good luck!


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    FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle

    I do love my airsoft SCAR rifles. I got to own the built like a tank Classic Army SCAR-L AEG 11 years ago and still heavily use my Tokyo Marui SCAR-L and was able to play once with the Tokyo Marui SCAR-H and they have been impressive AEGs that I make sure I have a SCAR in my personal armoury.  But the FN SCAR family is not only the SCAR-L and SCAR-H, SCAR MK 20 SSR, SCAR-SC and the Heat Adaptive Modular Rifle (HAMR). I think there are more in this list as there are those variants offered for LE use.

    But here comes the latest for commercial and law enforcement use, the FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle. It uses the 7.62mm round just like the SCAR-H and the SCAR MK 20 SSR. It has the same specifications of of the MK 20 SSR that includes a 20-inch, 1-in-12-inch twist, heavy profile barrel and an adjustable stock. It is kitted with MIL-STD-1913 accessory rails at the 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12 o’clock positions.

    The gas-operated piston was designed to recoil efficiently to be able improve follow-up shots and maintain target acquisition. Out of the factory, it comes installed with a double-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger that provides a 3.5 to 4.5-pound trigger pull.

    Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC.  in a press release said, “The FN SCAR 20S is the latest addition to our battle-proven line-up of FN SCAR products and the first commercial SCAR release since we launched the 17S in 2010. Customers will notice that the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR and reaffirms our commitment to producing commercial versions of our iconic military firearms.”

    Here are the technical specifications:

    • Caliber: 7.62x51mm
    • Barrel Length: 20 inches
    • Barrel Twist Rate: 1:12
    • Weight: 11.2 pounds
    • Overall Length: 40.6 – 42.5 inches
    • Operation: Short-stroke gas piston
    • Finish: Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
    • Capacity: (1) ten-round magazine *Compatible with FN SCAR 17S 10- and 20-round magazines

    According to the FN America, the MSRP is US$4,499. Tactical Life got a close up story on the rifle which you can read here and below is their video for the same story.


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    Ratratan 2018 Heads Up

    One of the exciting airsoft events in the Philippines is about to start again. The Ratratan (“Firefight”) Series started 11 years ago in 2007 and had a 3-year run with the event stopping when player numbers dwindled in the country caused by election gun bans and airsoft players in those years took up new hobbies such as running and biking.

    On Facebook, some of the veterans of Ratratan have been saying to us, “Ratratan na ulit!” has given us thought in recent months if we should revive the series again. With us covering the MOA Exhbition in Taiwan in December, we finally decided to also include the Philippines in our trip to East Asia and that means an activity to be with the airsoft players there.

    Ratratan is also Popular Airsoft’s appreciation event for the airsoft community in the Philippines, one of the oldest and most vibrant airsoft communities in the world. Filipino airsoft players are very instrumental in spreading airsoft outside of East Asia and wherever there is airsoft, there is a Filipino playing.

    Whilst we have decided the 15th of December 2018 as the date for the event we are yet to decide on the venue and there are two candidates. So either it will be somewhere in Metro Manila or in the Province of Bulacan, just at the northern outskirts of the Metro.

    So save the date. We’ll make a full announcement on Ratratan 2018 next week as soon as we finally decide on the game site.


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    NABV IAPS Dutch Open 2018 Vroom

    This weekend sees many airsoft practical shooters from Europe, South America, and Asia competing for the various categories and divisions of the NABV IAPS Dutch Open 2018 International Airsoft Practical Shooting,  this year’s biggest airsoft practical shooting event in Europe.

    It will be held at the National Airsoft Centre in Geldermalsen in The Netherlands.

    From today until tomorrow, 144 shooters will running and gunning through the 24 stages and courses of fire of varying degrees of difficulty. Some will be fun and some will just make the shooter curse to high heavens why the organisers have designed such a difficult course of fire. But that’s how it goes in practical shooting, some are easy and some are just plain hard to shoot the best time.

    We’ll be covering the event again this year and for the first time, we shall attempt to livestream the event. For avid fans of airsoft practical shooting, we shall be livestreaming the opening and closing ceremonies.

    • Opening Ceremonies: 10 November 2018 at 0830H CET
    • Closing Ceremonies: 11 November 2018 at 1800H CET

    Where to watch (this will be updated if need be)

    From time to time we shall be livestreaming the action depending on the how we can set up at the courses of fire as we do not want the video recording equipment to get in the way of the shooters. Just always visit the pages above to see if there is a livestreaming.

    Hoping that bandwidth is good and that we can bring a lot of the airsoft practical shooting action to your mobile or computer. See you all online this weekend!


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    Dutch Open 2018 Awarding

    We’re still recuperating from what was a highly successful staging of the NAVB IAPS Dutch Open 2018 International Airsoft Practical Shooting Tournament. The event took place this weekend and boy! What a highly organised event it was.

    We did the live webcast of the event, from the Opening Ceremonies to the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies. We event showed in real time the airsoft practical shooting action as various shooters went through the courses of fire at various stages. It was the first of its kind and in cooperation with the NABV IAPS, we made history too.

    You can catch up with the practical shooting action as the livecast videos are left on the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page. So  that means you won’t miss a piece of the action as you can play the available videos there. Whilst we recuperate from a long and tiring weekend, you can enjoy watch the videos.

    Full report of the event to follow. Better prepare for more videos and photos of the event.

    Congratulations to all the winners!


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    SA80A3 Rifle (MOD)

    In April 2018, the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced that they plan on upgrading the SA80A2 Rifle to the SA80A3. And last 28 October, the MOD announced that they intend to award NSAF limited, which is a UK subsidiary of Heckler & Koch, a contract worth up to GBP75 million (USD95.6 million) to modify and supply 44,000 upgraded 5.56×45 mm SA80 rifles according to a report at Janes.com.

    Heckler & Koch’s involvement in the evolution of the 5.56x45mm NATO SA80 rifle started when they were contracted to upgrade the SA80A1 rifle to the SA80A2 when the rifle performed poorly during the First Gulf War. The A2 has a lot redesigns to address the reliability issue achieving better performance although it is still prone to jamming.

    In our previous story on this, we mentioned the various components in this upgrade. The A3 upgrade has the following features: a) the upper receiver is modified; b) full length rail system; c) better coating with a “flat dark earth” colour scheme; d) streamlined foregrip; e) 100 grams lighter than  the A2; and f) bracket for low light sight that are smaller, lighter and require fewer batteries.

    Also, the SA80A3 will be 100g lighter the also resolves the over rotation issue of the fire selector switch.  The barrel is also free floating for better accuracy. 
    This deal is an expansion of the upgrade programme in which there was already 5,000 SA803 units being delivered.

     

    All photos here by the UK MOD.


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    Gunfire GFPoint 2019

    In what is said to be  the most unique airsoft event in the world, Gunfire’s GFPoint, which is now its 10th year, finally opens itself to participants from around the world. If you are an airsofter, military professional, or a survival athlete, then this event should  interest you as it will test you physically, mentally as well as make you prove your orienteering skills without depending on GPS on your mobile phone.

    Set in breathtaking landscapes, the event gathers 300 participants, who are brave enough to face the challenges posed by GFPoint under freezing conditions. There is also a story to be followed as participants will need to get retrieve information and materials at each point as they proceed towards their final objective.

    With US$15,000 prize pool, depending on your skill level, there are different categories that you can join as explained by the GFPoint website:

    BASIC CATEGORY

    Have you never participated in this kind of event before? Do you love mountains or hiking? Have you always wanted to try orienteering? Don’t have airsoft equipment and the professional category seems too demanding?

    If your answer is yes to one of these questions, then this category is for you.

    Don’t worry, the name BASIC doesn’t mean there are no challenges. There are 25 kilometeres of orienteering under in difficult weather conditions and in the demanding terrain of the Suchy Mountains. This race will put you through a much bigger challenge than those offered by many advanced categories of popular obstacle races.

    PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

    If the orienteering is bread and butter for you and you’re hungry for something new and extreme with elements of survival and military. If you are looking for an opportunity to test yourself and your equipment in harsh, winter conditions the Professional category is an excellent choice.
    Gear up, take your airsoft replica and fill the backpack. You will need them to fulfill the challenge of majestic Polish mountains. No slacking here, it’s you against the nature and…tasks at checkpoints!


    TEAM CATEGORY

    Team category is without a doubt the most difficult one from all GFPOINT categories. It will test your spirit, teamwork and give you an opportunity to prove the strength of the whole team and each of you. If you think that you have what it takes to complete the two-stage race including a daily stage with the distance and tasks on the PROFESSIONAL difficulty level and add to it the special night stage, then don’t wait and gather your team. Don’t fight the hardest battles alone.

    ADVENTURE CATEGORY

    Secrets, riddles and amazing story. The ADVENTURE category is a unique experience for you and your friends. Are you ready for the lifetime experience hidden among snow-capped Suchy Mountains peaks? Don’t hesitate and become main characters in the intrigue that can change history. Immerse yourself and your team in the story full of secret organizations, their plans and actions.

    Sounds like fun? Well, then better take the challenge. The event will take place on the 8th to the 9th of February 2019 in Mieroszów, Powiat wałbrzyski which is at the border with the Czech Republic. Participants should be at least 18 years of age with exceptions made of the Basic Category in which those between 16 and 18 years are allowed with parental consent. Participants are expected to be in excellent health to face the orienteering challenges. There will be requirements and starter packages that players will need to meet when registering.

    Good luck!


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    Command & Conquer

    My! My! What wonderful news. For those who spent countless nights of Command & Conquer playing the GDI or the Brotherhood of Nod in the Tiberium Series, or Allies versus the Soviets in the Red Alert Series, then you have something to rejoice. You will get to play those titles again as EA announced they plan to release 4K remastered versions of these game.

    Both these series attained high Metacritic aggregate and they are joined by another series, Generals. Before CounteStrike and the start of domination of FPS games by end of the 20th Century, Command & Conquer set the bar in RTS rivaled by Age of Empires and the phenomenal StarCraft with the latter being played these days with an updated trilogy.

    Jim Vessella announced in a news post at EA the following titles that will be included in the “remaster plan”:

    Today, I’m thrilled to tell you we are going back to the beginning. We have decided to remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn. And while this is incredibly exciting on its own, we’re also aware of how passionate the community is about the Red Alert universe.  So, we will also remaster the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert™.  But what about the classic expansion packs you may ask - Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath?  Well, C&C and Red Alert wouldn’t be the same without them, so all three expansion packs will be bundled with the base games into one remastered collection - without microtransactions.

    What’s even better, they will have some of the original developers from WestWood, the original developers of the Command & Conquer games, now under Petroglyph Games, will be tapped to do the remaster as Vesella continues in his post:

    Petroglyph Games includes many of the original developers from Westwood Studios, and some of the most influential members of the original Command & Conquer development team from 1995. Joe Bostic is known as the co-creator of C&C, having also served as the Lead Programmer on Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert. Steve Tall joined Joe as a Lead Programmer on Red Alert, and Mike Legg contributed to all forms of audio systems at Westwood, having been an employee since 1986!  All three members helped start Petroglyph Games in 2003 after the closure of Westwood and are joined by a veteran group of RTS developers from the past 15+ years. And don’t think we haven’t noticed the #1 request from the community in all the comments from the past month...  You want Frank Klepacki. So as a cherry on top for the fans, we are thrilled to announce that Frank will be re-joining Petroglyph Games to be our Composer and Audio Director for the remaster collection!

    In addition to the fantastic team at Petroglyph, we will also be partnering with Lemon Sky Studios to help bring these original games to 4k glory. Lemon Sky is one of the premier art studios around the world, with a unique specialty in remastering classic RTS titles.  After meeting their team and hearing their passion for C&C, we are incredibly lucky to have them team up with Petroglyph to develop the highest quality C&C possible.

    But before these will get released as there was no mention of release dates, EA will be releasing Command & Conquer : Rivals, which is a new series of the franchise made for mobile devices and will be available for the iOS and Android.

    Whilst waiting for the remastered games to arrive, here are the original intros for Command & Conquer, and Red Alert to help you reminisce those years of RTS play:


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    Ratratan 2018 Official Announcement

    As announced previously, the Ratratan (“Firefight”) series hosted by Popular Airsoft will be having another game in the Philippines. This is more a restart of the series and for Ratratan 2018, it will be fun-filled day of games, laughter, fellowship, and of course, with prizes to be raffled off.

    So for those who are waiting for the details so they can book their slots here it is:

    RATRATAN 2018
    15 December 2018
    0800H – 1700H
    LZ DELTA AIRSOFT GAME SITE
    Marcos Alvarez Avenue
    Las Piñas, Metro Manila

    Players can go to the Ratratan 2018 Facebook Event Page to ask questions or reserve their slots.

    We’re still finalizing the game fee as we are just waiting for some more information from suppliers for the event and once done, we’ll post it quickly.

    Since traffic in Manila is much dreadful than usual in December, we are having the game start early. We advise everyone going to leave early than usual. As for directions, you can use the maps below (click to get bigger images):

    The maximum of players allowed is 150 and thus, better reserve your slots early on to assure your slots. Once we reach 150 players registration will be temporarily closed and those intending to join will be on the waiting list to take the chance of getting a slot of a player who cancels his/her reservation.

    As for deadline for reservations: 8 December 2018, 2400H.

    We will be making more announcements as for the gameplay, setup, and anything that will make your attendance at Ratratan 2018 worthwhile.

    We hope to see you there and exchange BBs with you. RATRATAN NA!


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    Tokyo Marui 5th Festival

    Right! The Tokyo Marui 5th Festival is ongoing is a I write this and for this year, there is something to be excited about ---  the revelation of their first airsoft Squad Automatic Weapon using the Next Generation Recoil and Blowback Tech by the company in the form of the MK46, a variant of the M240 that is in use by the USSOCOM as well as more airsoft guns in such as the FNX-45 Tactical, AKS-47 NEG, Hi-Capa D.O.R., HK45 Tactical Black, more pistols, and more revolvers.

    We’ll dig in right away as we know that you want information on these reveals. The information here are the company’s own words so you will have to take into consideration the nuances in translation to English. Too bad the MK46 won’t be available this Christmas, but it is something to look forward to next year:

    TOKYO MARUI  MK46 MOD.0

    Series: Next Generation Automatic Electric Gun
    Price: Undetermined
    On-Sale: Spring 2019 (planned)
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Decided to release Next generation first LMG (Light Machine Gun) model.
    • Mk46 is weight saving and compact model of M249. USSOCOM use this model since 2003.
    • Reproduced the MK46 features like Picatinny standard handguard, heat shield, light weight bipod. Fixed stock doesn’t have Shoulder Rest.
    • Foldable type bipod. It is detachable by the same way as real guns.
    • Due to installed shot & recoil engine, it generates strong kick back by shot. In addition, Ammunition Belt which is ranged dummy cartridge is roughly moved as a motion of feeding.
    • Pulling cocking handle and set BBs. When magazine is empty, auto stop is on.  Changing magazine and pulling the cocking handle to cancel the auto stop.
    • Full automatic shooting mode only.
    • Ni-MH AK-type battery. Take the barrel and set the battery just like in  real guns.
    • FET is adopted. Reduce the damage of switch. Control not to operate FET when taking off the barrel or opening the feed cover.
    • Flash hider is detachable. Muzzle is 14mm counter clockwise, optional suppressor can be attached.
    • Rear sight is adjustable relative position as a real gun. Front sight is adjustable top and bottom.
    • Electric magazine is equipped. When switch is on, BBs are wound up by spiral spring. The magazine is planned to 1000 rounds.

    Production Specifications:

    • Length: 928 mm (Undetermined)
    • Inner Barrel Length: 412 mm (Undetermined)
    • Weight: 6,600 g (battery included /Undetermined)
    • Capacity: 1,000 rounds (Undetermined)
    • Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.25g)
    • Power Source: 8.4V 1,300mAh Ni-MH AK Battery

    TOKYO MARUI AKS-47

    Series: Next Generation Automatic Electric Gun
    Price: JPY49,800
    On-Sale: Estimated February to March 2019
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Installed auto stop system and bolt release as the same as “NEG AK47 Type-3”.
    • When shooting NEG AKS-47, dummy bolt is also operated. When the magazine is empty, the operation of dummy bolt is stopped. After changed magazine, enable to shoot again after the cocking.
    • Mechabox is the same as “NEG AK47 Type-3”. Refinement in AK74 mechabox, operation and internal mechanism are entirely improved.
    • Reproduced the color of the receiver of real guns, defric coat which is used in the cylinder of cars adopted.
    • Attached NEG AK47 magazine is built in follower stopper. Just operate the switch of top of magazine, selectable the mode which works without firing BBs. 90 rounds magazine.
    • 2 pieces of adopter is attached for adopting Standard AEG AK magazine. NEG AKS-47 with adopter attached, following magazine can be used.
      • Standard AEG AK spare magazine (70 rounds).
      • Standard AEG AK 250 round magazine.
      • Standard AEG AK 600 round magazine.

    *Attached AKS-47 magazine cannot be used while using adopter.
    *NEG AK74 magazine cannot be used for NEG AKS-47 with adopter.
    *Attached NEG AKS-47 magazine cannot be used for AK series of Standard AEG, HC AEG and NEG AK74 series.

    Production Specifications:

    • Length: 643/888 mm (expanded stock)
    • Inner Barrel Length: 300 mm
    • Weight: 3,300 g(including battery)
    • Capacity: 90 rounds
    • Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.28g)
    • Power Source: 8.4V 1,300mAh Ni-MH Mini S Battery

    TOKYO MARUI FNX-45 TACTICAL

    Series: Gas Blowback
    Price: Undetermined   
    On-Sale: Estimated February to March 2019
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Developed “FNX-45 Tactical” is as a new gas blowback. Taking measurement of real gun, the appearance is good in detail.
    • Taking off the front cover of rear sight, optional “MICRO PRO SIGHT” is attachable without mount.
    • Tall front and rear sight which can sight remain attached optional “MICRO PRO SIGHT” is attached.
    • Accessories as flash lights are mountable to 20mm-wide (Picatinny) under rail.
    • Palms well is attached (2 types, 2 size)
    • Muzzle screw is the same as “HK45 Tactical”. Plan to release the suitable suppressor as a optional parts.
    • Magazine catch, safety lever, slide stop is ambidextrous type.
    • Up the safety lever, safety is ON, Down the safety lever, then de-cocked.

    Production Specifications:

    • Length: 220 mm
    • Inner Barrel Length: 113 mm
    • Weight: 830 g
    • Capacity: 29 + 1 rounds
    • Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.25g)
    • Power Source: HFC134a、HFO1234ze+LPG

    TOKYO MARUI Hi-CAPA D.O.R

    Series: Gas Blowback
    Price: Undetermined
    On-Sale: Estimated February to March 2019
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Variation model of Hi CAPA 5.1 style base. “Direct Optics Ready” is called “D.O.R” for short.
    • Taking off the rear sight cover located on top of slide, Optional “Micro pro sight” is directly attached. With D.O.R. high mount, micro pro sight can be attached a few mm higher place 
    • Although cylinder is mostly the same as current Hi-CAPA series, improved piston surrounding, short recoil system of M45A1 type is adopted. Due to efficiently use the gas pressure, the stability of operation is improved.
    • The distance of slide stroke is shortened. The slide moved back returns more quickly. Therefore, it enables to reduce the time loss for next shot. When the magazine is empty, slide stop is on.
    • Ribs are attached on both side of slide end. Slide is easily operated when Micro prosight is attached.
    • White dot front sight. Rear sight doesn’t have dot.
    • Metal notch spacer prevent damage of slide stop and notch.

    Production Specifications:

    • Length: 222 mm
    • Inner Barrel Length: 112 mm
    • Weight: Undetermined
    • Capacity: 31 + 1 rounds
    • Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2~0.25g)
    • Power Source: HFC134a、HFO1234ze+LPG

    TOKYO MARUI V10 ULTRA COMPACT

    Series: Gas Blowback
    Price: Undetermined
    On-Sale:    Planned to be ready in April 2019
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Reproduce “V10 UC” which is clone government with 3.5 inch barrel.
    • Reproduce cone barrel with 10 V port and 2 port of slide. Also reproduce other original parts to improve the detail.
    • NOVAC official license combat sight is attached.
    • Grip is tuber coated. HOGUE type design.
    • Considering whether to plate in black for not to be stood out the inner barrel.
    • 15mm diameter cylinder.
    • Plan to sell V10 dedicated mount to attach optional “Micro Pro sight”.

    Production Specifications:

    • Length: 179 mm (Undetermined)
    • Inner Barrel Length: 74 mm (Undetermined)
    • Weight: 700 g (Undetermined)
    • Capacity: 22 + 1 rounds (Undetermined)
    • Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.25g)
    • Power Source: HFC134a、HFO1234ze+LPG

    OTHER PRODUCTS

    Revolvers:

    • Python PPC Custom 6in Black/Silver
    • Spring 2019 planned / Price (undetermined)

    Handguns:

    • USP Slide Silver
    • G17 Slide Silver
    • KP85 Black
    • Double Eagle Black
    • Spring 2019 planned / JPY2,500

    Option Parts:

    • Quick Adjust 2-Point Sling (O.D./Tan)
    • Coming soon / JPY3,500

    Surely, 2019 looks bright for Tokyo Marui with this nice line-up of airsoft guns that players will definitely look forward to. As to what is happening on the exhibit floor of the Festival, we’ll follow up soon as we get more photos and information of the festivities.