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    Tokyo Marui 57th Shizouka Hobby Show

    The 57th Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan is on its third day and many are expecting what Tokyo Marui will unveil at the event. The company did not disappoint as there is a new collectible from the Biohazard Series as they continue their collaboration with CAPCOM;  a new Gas Blowback Rifle Design;  a new Glock GBB Pistol; and black version of the Best Airsoft AEG for the 8th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards.

    For the first two days, the event is open to Trade visitors. Thus, it is more of a business-like atmosphere at the show as buyers go all over the Twin Messe Shizuoka to check out what is on display and determine what products they want to procure for their hobby companies and sell to their end consumers in their own countries.

    By the weekend, the event will be finally open to the public. For airsoft players planning to visit the Tokyo Marui booth at the show, they can expect more, apart from the new products that have been unveiled. They can check the airsoft guns on display or try them out at the shooting range they have setup at the venue. There is merchandise from the Tokyo Marui Official Webshop that can be purchased on site. As always, there will be product presentations which are always well-attended.

    We’re pretty sure that you want details and specifications of the new products, so here they are they are as based on the product documents Tokyo Marui happily translated for us:

    TOKYO MARUI ALBERT.W.MODEL 01P

    Series: Gas Blowback
    Price: JPY22,800
    On-Sale: Planned to be ready in June 2018
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Collaboration with CAPCOM game for the “BioHazard” series.
    • This model is not a limited edition like “Samurai Edge standard model”. This is available throughout the year.
    • Blue umbrella medallion of “UMBRELLA CORPORATION” which appears in “BioHazard 7” is embedded in the grip. 
    • Product name is “ALBERT.W.MODEL 01P”. Last letter of “P” is the first letter of “Performance”.
    • Setting of “this handgun is made in UMBRELLA CORPORATION” which is adopted by special force of UMBRELLA CORPORATION which appeared in video game “RESIDENT EVIL7”. *Although this model is not a “Samurai Edge”,  therefore “Samurai Edge” is not included in the model name.
    • Dedicated short type outer barrel.
    • White dot combat sight.
    • The slide is not the brigadier type. Engraved “UMBRELLA CORPORATION” in the side, also engraved serration in the front side.
    • 20mm rail integrated frame is beaver tail.
    • The space is available to stock AWM01P in the gun case of “THOR’S HAMMER <ALBERT.W.MODEL 02>” limited model which releasedwas released this February.

    Production Specifications:

    Length: Undetermined
    Inner Barrel Length: Undetermined
    Weight: Undetermined
    Capacity: 26 rounds
    Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.25g)
    Power Source: HFC134a、HFO1234ze+LPG

    TOKYO MARUI HK416 DELTA CUSTOM BLACK NEG

    Series: Next Generation Automatic Electric Gun
    Price: JPY 69,800
    On-Sale: Coming soon
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Decided to release an all black version of the Next Generation Electric Gun “HK416 DELTA Custom”
    • SMR HK type handguard, detachable rail, receiver, grip, and stock are all black.
    • KAC type backup site is originally equipped.
    • SUREFIRE type flash hider attached. Hider and dedicated outer barrel are made by aluminum cutting.
    • Adjustable six-position crane-type stock.
    • Shooting performance is the same as HK416DELTA CUATOM and HK416D.

    Production Specifications:

    Length: 711 mm/787mm(Stock extended)
    Inner Barrel Length: 275mm
    Weight: 3,365g (Additional rails x3, empty magazine, battery included)
    Capacity: 82 rounds
    Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.28g)
    Power Source: 8.4V 1,300mAh Ni-MH Mini S Battery

    TOKYO MARUI GLOCK 19 3rd GENERATION

    Series: Gas Blowback
    Price: Undetermined
    On-Sale: Coming soon
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • G19 original blowback engine is equipped with 15mm cylinder. Short recoil mechanism is renewed.
    • With extending the distance of the stroke of the piston, the recoil shock is enhanced with slight increase in gas consumption
    • Based on actual measurements of the real G19 to reproduce more realistic detail.
    • The extractor is made as a part (conventional Glock series are slide integrated type as G17). Focus on the coating of slide and the detail of appearance.
    • Magazine is newly made for G19 new Gas blowback engine.

    Production Specifications:

    Length: Undetermined
    Inner Barrel Length: Undetermined
    Weight: Undetermined
    Capacity: Undetermined
    Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.25g)
    Power Source: HFC134a、HFO1234ze+LPG

    TOKYO MARUI MTR16 GAS BLOWBACK RIFLE

    Series: Gas Blowback Machinegun
    Price: Undetermined
    On-Sale: Summer 2018 planned
    Target Age: Over 18 years old

    Features:

    • Tokyo Marui Original M4 Custom. “MTR16” is an abbreviation of “Multi Tactical Rifle 16inch”
    • The first short magazine of GBB Machine gun is equipped with a 20-round magazine. This magazine is compatible with the Tokyo Marui GBB M4 series.
    • M-LOK rail system is equipped with aluminum cutting resulting with a slim handguard.
    • 160inch light weight barrel is processed as twist with thinning.
    • Side two-port compensator is mainly used for real guns.
    • Charging handle, Magazine catch, Selector lever and Bolt catch are ambidextrous. Their sizes have been enlarged to for easy operation.
    • Straight-type Trigger.
    • Large-size trigger guard makes it easy to pull the trigger with gloves.
    • Grip is almost vertical to hold easily with the stock shortened.
    • QD sling adaptors are provided in five places: at the back of the frame (the bottom back of buffer tube), handguard (two spots), and end of stock (two spots).
    • Transform-stock in which the back of the stock can be reconfigured. When the direction of extension part at the bottom back of stock is changed, it is selectable convex type which can be moved up and down while posing, or concave type which the shooter put his body on stock tightly.
    • Picatinny rail appears when taking off the extension parts at the bottom back of stock. Monopod can be attached to it for stable shooting in prone position.

    Production Specifications:

    Length: 837 mm
    Inner Barrel Length: 250 mm
    Weight: 2,676g (if the magazine is empty)
    Capacity: 20 rounds
    Caliber: 6mm BB (0.2〜0.25g)
    Power Source: HFC134a, HFO1234ze+LPG

    OTHER UPCOMING PRODUCTS

    Airsoft Guns

    • Gas Blow Back Machine Gun: Type 89 - Planned to be ready in summer, 2018 / Price (undetermined)
    • Next Generation Gun: AK74MN - Coming soon / JPY54,800. Decided to resale NEG AK74MN (No modification)
    • BB Air Revolver: PYTHON PPC CUSTOM 4in SILVER - Coming soon / JPY4,980

    Option Parts

    • Gas Blow Back Machine Gun Type89 Mount Base - Release date: Same as Type 89 / Price (undetermined)
    • Gas Blow Back Machine Gun Type89 Spare Magazine - Release date: Same as Type 89 / Price (undetermined). Compatible with GBB Machine Gun M4 model
    • BB Air Revolver: SPEED LOADER .357 - Coming soon / Price (undetermined). SPEED LOADER.357 is available for following BB Air revolver models. Just pushing Speed loader set with cartridge into cylinder enables to reload BBs. Cartridge holder is equipped to set the cartridge into loader.

    We'll post more information as they come in.


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    AT4-CS (U.S. Army Photos)

    It’s not something for airsoft players to worry about in general, but for those who are still in service in their countries’ militaries may want to read the hazards that shoulder-fired heavy weapons pose to their brains.  This means that those who handle these types such as the AT4, Carl Gustaf, and the LAW will have to be concerned.

    First reported at Task & Purpose, we checked out the study cited by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and here are some of the key findings:

    • DoD studies have demonstrated that some servicemembers experience cognitive deficits in delayed verbal memory, visual-spatial memory, and executive function after firing heavy weapons, even within allowable limits.
    • DoD studies have also found higher rates of concussion and post-concussion associated symptoms among individuals with a history of prolonged exposure to low-level blasts from breaching and shoulder-fired weapons.
    • Primary blast pressure waves are an important mechanism for brain injury, but the specific causal mechanism is unclear. Multiple theories exist, each with varying degrees of support.
    • The Army does not currently have a requirement to protect against brain injury from exposure to blast pressure waves from explosions (aka primary blast injury).
    • Computer models and physical experiments have suggested that existing Army helmets provide some modest protection against blast waves and that improved helmet designs, such as adding a modular face shield, could reduce blast pressure in the brain by up to 80 percent.

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a bigger problem now in the U.S. military with treatment to head injuries conducted more that chest or abdominal injuries. The same study cited by CNAS also state that over 300,000 in the U.S. military suffer some form of TBI since they started tracking TBI in 2000.
    In using should-fired heavy weapons, the primary cause for brain injury is the wall of blast pressure of when it is fired which travels than the speed of sound, up to 1,600 feet per second. The other problem is the stigma of having TBI that it may be under reported and that veterans with PTSD may have a form of mild TBI symptoms.

    Recommendation on helmets used by soldiers is that they should be modified change the strength and distribution of blast waves inside the head. The present ACH can mitigate the blast pressure, the introduction of face shields or mandible protection could further reduce the exposure to blast pressure.
    Another is the requirement that soldiers have to wear blast gauges to measure blast pressure exposure and monitor the record (“blast history”) so that if any injury that may arise, the records can provide valuation information in developing a treatment plan.

    Apart from training precautions, the study recommends that, “The Army should review and update its firing limits for shoulder-fired heavy weapons, such as the AT4, LAW, and Carl Gustaf. Firing limits should be revised downward to a level such that allowable exposures are not associated with cognitive deficits after firing. Additionally, firing limits should cover exposures across a longer time period, on the order of 72 to 96 hours. Firing limits should include a minimum safe distance for observers and instructors, and should account for the possibility of multiple types of heavy weapons being fired in a single day.Additionally, the Army should establish cumulative annual and lifetime limits for blast exposure in training.”

    The study concludes that the U.S. Army should further invest in TBI research in order to have a better scientific understanding of brain injury. Especially with TBI being an increasing problem and it has cost the Department of Veteran Affairs US$234 million in 2015 and projected to increase to US$2.2 billion in the next 10 years protecting the soldiers from TBI will become a matter of urgency.

     

    Top photo: AT4-CS being fired (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton)


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    Battlefield 1 Apocalypse

    We have now heard of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 but what will be EA’s answer to Activision’s biggest FPS video game? Battlefield 1 players found out via Easter Egg in the game that EA will soon reveal what this year’s Battlefield installment will be this month.

    Eurogamer reports that players with the Battlefield 1 “They Shall Not Pass” Expansion pack finally got to unlock the door in the Fort Vaux map that they have been baffled with whilst playing game.  By following a sequence of breaking signs and flipping switches that spells out “isolement”, which is “isolation” in French. They then see painting of a white horse with what looks like vehicle tracks over it. A dripping pipe is actually dropping sounds in Morse code that when decoded, reveals a URL pointing to the EA website revealing “23 May 2018, Battlefield” which everybody understands to be the reveal date for the Battlefield title.

    Reports say that the next Battlefield title will be called Battlefield V and will match Call of Duty’s WWII as it will be a change of technologies from World War 1 as played in Battlefield 1 to World War 2 with the tire or tank threads on the horse painting. Whilst Call of Duty’s offering for 2018, Black Ops 4, will be mainly multiplayer with no single player campaign and more zombie gameplays, Battlefield 5 will be having a single player campaign, loot boxes and coop mode.

    Battlefield got World War II titles as it started as a WWII game title with Battlefield 1942 in 2002 with the last being the multiplayer-only Battlefield 1943 in 2009.  Now, how will the 2018 release make itself different from the last decade apart from new graphic resolutions and better gaming platforms?

    We just hope that Battlefield V will provide a compelling story that is better than Battlefield 1, which in itself is a tremendous success. So on 23 May we will find out if the series will “never be the same.”


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    USMC Rifle Squad

    The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to shake up the Rifle Squad. The present Rifle Squad is comprised of three four-man Fire Teams and the Squad leader but with a newly revamped Rifle Squad, it will be three three-man Fire Teams, the Squad Leader, Assistant Squad Leader and the Squad Systems Operator. That also means that the new Rifle Squad will have 12 members instead of the current 13.

    In a Marine Corps Times report, Commandant Robert B. Neller announced the new configuration at the Marine Corps Association and Foundation Annual Ground Awards Dinner. According to Neller, the Squad Systems Operator is the most tech-capable Marine in the squad and will come from the infantry ranks.

    With the increasing number of the technologies being used in squads, the Squad Systems Operator will perform tasks that will insure that these work and integrated in the squad. This will include small unit UAVswhich can be used in aerial or building reconnaissanc in bulit up areas.

    Photo:A Marine Squad at Exercise Chosin (Photo By: Lance Cpl. Levi Schult)

    The members of the Rifle Squad will all be equipped with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR), including the Systems Operator. Originally, the Systems Operator was proposed to handle an M4 rifle, but was dropped as he/she might be identified quickly.

    The squads will also be equipped with tablets so they can communicate can and coordinate effectively in the field. Furthermore, they will also be issued suppressors as lessening the noise can help them communicate more clearly during a firefight. A designated marksman will be carrying the M38, which is an M27 with a Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T scope that has a variable magnification from 2.5x to 8x. Also, instead of the M203 rifle grenade launcher, they will be equipped with the M320 Grenade Launcher Module.

    Neller said that these changes will happen in the next months as well as changes that are being proposed at the company level.

     

    Top photo:1st Squad, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (Photo by LCPL Stephen Kwietniak)


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    The Predator

    It looks like some people are going to dust off the good old but heavy and big Classic Army M134  or the Craft Apple Works (CAW) M134 Minigun in anticipation of the release of the reboot of the “Predator” series. The original “Predator” in 1987 was a success even when it initially had mixed reviews and over the years it has been looked on favourably and considered to be one of the best action films of all time. It is also the movie that every airsofter will always imagine when they get to hold the M134 minigun airsoft version, especially the scenes where Blain and Mac get to hold the beast and fire it.

    There have been two sequels of the Predator film, Predator (1990) and Predators (2010) which were generally well received as compared to the sequels of Aliens and Terminators which are mixed bags.  (Yeah, yeah, those Alien vs Predator movies too)

    Also known as Predator 4, The Predator will be directed by Shane Black (Iron Man III director), who was the first member of the team in the original film to die. Said to be story that will bridge the 1990 and 2010 sequels and this is its synopsis:

    From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black's explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

    The cast is made up Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, and Thomas Jane. Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed appearing in the film as the same character in the original film and Benicio del Toro was initially signed up for the film but had to be replaced by Boyd Holbrook for the lead role due to scheduling problems. There is no confirmation of the Schwarzenegger will be appearing in the film at all, even if it is a cameo.

    The Predator will be shown on the 14th of September 2018 and distributed by 20th Century Fox.


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    Joerg Sprave: Rey’s Blaster

    Pew! Pew! Pew! The Slingshot Guy, or Joerg Sprave/Jörg Sprave of the Slingshot Channel, is back with another creation using his unparalleled knowledge on slingshots to actually create a replica of Rey’s Blaster. If you are a Star Wars fan, you would of course remember Rey, who is one of the main characters in the new Star Wars trilogy and is seen as the heir to Luke Skywalker.

    What is nice with what Sprave created is that it shoots out “lasers” which are actually glow sticks that are propelled out of the replica NN-14 Blaster (the actual model name of the blaster) using rubber bands. So it should work better in the dark when a glow stick that shoots out of the blaster replica will look like an actual laser beam being fired off.

    For Star Wars cosplayers, it is a cool contraption mimicking a laser blaster that shoots out laser.

    Rey got to own the NN-14 Blaster when in the “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” Han Solo gave her the blaster to defend herself when they landed on the planet Takodana. She was able to use them against the stormtroopers of the First Order when they raided Maz Kanata’s castle though the blaster proved useless against Kylo Ren who just deflected the beams when she fired at him. The NN-14 remains to be Rey’s blaster in “Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi.”

    If you like to own the NN-14 Blaster made by Joerg Sprave, tough luck, it’s not for sale. But if you want to make one for yourself then better watch the video carefully as he gives details on how he made it. You will need some patience in doing some woodwork, really good rubber bands, and glow sticks. We would recommend red glow sticks as the NN-14 fires red laser beams, not green.


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    Metro Exodus

    In the next few days, expect more stories on video games from us as May is the month in which major game publishers start announcing their upcoming offerings for the next months. For us in the airsoft community, it’s more on the new FPS titles from existing game franchises so we can plan which of these games we can purchase to play during the winter season in which it is too cold to play outside.

    For those who follow the Metro video game series, which is based on the Universe of Metro 2033 which was first written by Dmitry Glukhovsky, they will have to wait a little bit for the release of the third installment of the Metro game, which us Metro Exodus. It is based on the post-apocalyptic stories written by various authors that began in Russia and has become popular in Eastern Europe.

    4A Games and publisher Deep Silver released a statement regarding the delay Metro Exodus:

    Deep Silver and 4A Games would like to share some important information with you regarding the release date of Metro Exodus.

    The development of Metro Exodus is progressing well; we are all really excited by what we are seeing. We have been constantly reviewing the games progress to ensure that we deliver a product that gamers and fans of the Metro series want and deserve, as well as keeping an eye on announcements from our competitor products. We want everyone to be able to experience what is the most ambitious Metro game to date at its absolute best and therefore we have taken the decision to move the release date to Q1 2019. We know that this will be disappointing news for fans that had hoped to play the game this year, but also know that you will appreciate the results that this additional development time and new release date will bring.

    We would also like to take this opportunity to confirm that at E3 in June we will be revealing some brand new gameplay from a never before seen game environment for you to enjoy.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding, we look forward to sharing more with you in June.

    The story for Metro Exodus is set in the year 2036, 23 years after Earth was devastated by a nuclear war forcing the inhabitants of Moscow to use the Metro underground system as a place of refuge. It is the sequel to much well-received Metro: Last Light, in which together with the Rangers, the player, taking the role of the main character Artyom had to battle various factions for the control of D6 and depending on the karma the player has acquired he/she either destroys D6 in the “bad ending” and in the “good ending” he was prevented by the little Dark one who then with rest of the Dark ones, defeated Korbut’s army. He was assisted by Anna, the Ranger’s best sniper and the daughter of Colonel Miller. In Exodus, the player, again taking the role of Artyom embarks on a journey with the Spartan Rangers to go the Far East Side of Russia. Anna has now become Atryom’s wife.

    Metro Exodus is a single-layer FPS game with no multiplayer mode. It will be available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.


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    Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal

    Activision officially revealed all the initial information on what to expect from the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and it is an affirmation that Fortnite and PUBG got the formula to get players keep on playing online --- ditch the single player and go on Battle Royale. Yep! No more single player with Call of Duty and just go on a shooting spree in Multiplayer gameplay.

    Does this mean that Call Of Duty has run out of ideas to have a single player campaign? Perhaps. But we’ll miss those days when there was a really compelling story that makes you want to line-up in the middle of night and be one of the first get a copy and that was the Modern Warfare story.

    At the Reveal event, Treyarch announced that they putting back Specialist in the game, and in the reveal trailer it looks like a take on Rainbow Six: Siege there are an initial 8 specialists: Ajax, Battery, Crash, Firebreak, Recon, Ruin, Seraph, and Torque. Each specialist has ability and teams are allowed only one Specialist in a match. Items will be recharge-based and health does not regenerate and will need a recharge meter or wait for a Specialist Medic to heal a player. In a regular Multiplayer game, it will be 5 vs 5 this time, down from 6 vs 6.

    Weapons will be having major changes with more possibilities for customization with 3D tracers to see where a player is being shot from.  If you are wondering what the Battle Royale is, it’s called “Blackout” and the map will be massively bigger than Nuketown and players will drop on maps from all the Black Ops titles.

    Fog of War will limit what the player sees in the map so one will have to be on his/her toes all the time and will rely on a lot of communications with team mates.

    For those who prefer playing on Battle.net then good news! Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will the first in the Call of Duty series to be played in Battle.net rather than on Steam.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be released on 12 October 2018 making it the first in the series to be released in the month of October whereas before the COD titles were released in November.

    It will be playable on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. More videos from the reveal, zombies and all, below:


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    Northern Shooting Show 2018

    All roads led to Harrogate last weekend as the Northern Shooting Show 2018 took place. Now on its fourth year, according to its organizers the NSS is a celebration of shooting sports, aiming to be a “one stop shop” in which every facet of shooting is represented. This involves the big manufacturers as well as the smaller retail shops. Thus, from hunting to shooting sports, anything that is considered legal in the UK is represented at the show. That includes Airsoft as well.

    It was a long drive for us from London, as there were road closures along the M1 and upon reaching Harrogate, it was a long queue of vehicles to the Yorkshire Event Centre. That was almost four hours for us to reach the event, having left my place at 0630H and arriving at around 1115H.

    It was our first time to visit the Yorkshire Event Centre as well as attend the Northern Shooting Show. It is an expansive place as it is the largest single space events place in the North of England giving events organizers options to have indoor or outdoor events. In the case of the Northern Shooting Show 2018, the place was maximised as there were ndoor and outdoor displays and just bit beyond the exhibition areas were the sound of gunfire as there were shooting events too.

    For me and Master Chief, our focus was on the Airsoft “Experience” at the Northern Shooting Show where Airsoft had its own indoor and outdoor spaces to allow anyone to try their hands on airsoft as well as try some airsoft shooting disciplines such as 3-Gun and practical shooting. Before the airsoft exhibitors were in the open but for this year, a massive tent has been set up for them.

    At the Airsoft “Experience” area, the first exhibitor that caught our attention was Nuprol as there were just at the entrance. Trent Halligan was there to greet us and we had some small talk about the stuff they had on display such as their new Raven Pistols and also the G&G products as they are officially carry them now in the UK. On the other side was Herman Monk manning the RedWolf Airsoft UK/RWA where the RWA Lee Enfield No. 4 airsoft rifle and the new Avatar Airsoft Grenade. The space where RedWolf was located was shared with Fubar Bundy. Based in Leeds, it is a big retailer in the North of England, and they were a big presence at the Northern Shooting Show with different types of airsoft brands on display.

    Opposite RWA is the Landwarrior Airsoft display with their EZ Distribution which handles the distribution of different products in the tactical and airsoft markets such as Umarex and Krytac. On the other side are the booths of ASG where Paul Wignell and Ben Webb were busy entertaining questions from airsoft players as well as curious visitors encountering airsoft for the first time.

    Also present was the Gunfire and Specna Arms UK partner, more known as Gear Custom Paint that is based on Stockton-on-Tees. Master Chief had a good discussion with Stuart talking about the various Specna Arms AEGs. On display at their booth were Armored Claw Gear and custom airsoft guns.

    The Special Forces Charity, Pilgrim Bandits, who use their training and experience to help and inspire injured personnel to live life to the full were there as well.

    Outside are the airsoft shooting areas for visitors to experience more airsoft shooting. Most of the grounds are taken for the 3-Gun Shooting and Action Air that have been setup by Halo Mill led by Mark Farrar, Elite Shooting of Mike Cripps and the Northern Practical Pistol Club. Calibre Shooting setup a CQB area for those who want a taste of airsoft combat.

    Here is the full list of airsoft and airsoft-related exhibitors who were either at the Airsoft "Experience" area or in other exhibition halls: Ammo Drop, Airsoft Action, Elite Shooting, RedWolf, Fubar Bundy, First & Only, Viper Tactical, ASG, Halo Mill, Landwarrior Airsoft, GI Sportz, MR Military, Nuprol, Military Patrol, Cannae, UKPSA & Tippman sports. Airsoft Media partner is Airsoft Action Magazine with Nigel Streeter. Other airsoft media present are Airsoft & Milsim News Blog with Aryan Alipour and Private Military Contractor International Magazine (PMCI) with Bill Pryce-Thomas.

    We went around checking the other exhibition halls whilst we looked for a place to have our “Mealsim” which is our food session when attending an event. Sport shooting, shotguns, airguns, gamekeeping, hunting gear, optics, inert rounds, off-road vehicles, and more were on display. For those looking for a bargain or “exhibition prices” can really grab some good deals.

    Time flew fast that by the time we realised, it was already 1630H and we planned on driving back to London around 1600H. We said our goodbyes to the exhibitors at the Airsoft “Experience”.  On our way back the clouds opened up and it rained on the A1 all the way to the M25 as we drove back home.

    More photos of the Northern Shooting Show at the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page.


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    STALKER

    We continue with stories of video games that airsoft players may take interest as the month of May where plans of game publishers and developers are announced. In this case, another post apocalyptic game that was widely that had its last installment released almost a decade ago, have started development again. Sergiy Grygorovych who owns the Ukrainian game development company GSC, announced on Facebook last Tuesday, the 15th of May 2018 that they have restarted the development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.

    The STALKER series is a first person shooter that was first released in 2007. Starting with Shadow of Chernobyl, it was then followed by Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat. STALKER 2 was announced in 2010 but was cancelled in 2012. Various game publications gave the game when it was first released high marks for the gameplay but is mainly criticised for its story.

    The announcement came as a surprise to the fans of the game who have given up that STALKER 2 would be released as it was 6 years ago when it was announced it was cancelled.

    With the announcement that development is being started, with the exception of the year in which it STALKER 2 will be released, there were no further information revealed. These days, players expect more such as teasers and initial graphic work or screenshots to show that the developers are committed to the project.  The supposedly developers of the STALKER 2 when it was cancelled, put up their own game studio called Vostok Games and released the free-to-play Survarium.

    STALKER was a unique game on its own as it was a sandbox environment allowing players to progress on their own. There are no restrictions with players able to kill anyone in the game, including other stalkers. In the Shadow of Chernobyl, there are multiple endings which are dependent on what the player has accumulated during the game as well as memories of the main character are put together.

    STALKER 2 was supposed to be developed on a new multi-platform game engine that was written in-house by GSC. But with this announcement, Polygon reports that the Epic Unreal Game Engine 4 may have been licensed by the company thoughh it remains to be confirmed by GSC.

    The STALKER 2 website is already up but it’s only a splash page, no further information can be gleamed from it for now.