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March 31, 2009

CQB CITY 3-28-2009


Sorry for the belated post but its finally up. So the Saturday game was my first as a staff member and I would have to say I am glad I join on board with Joey aka Chief. As much as it was my first day on the job it felt very much like the first time playing airsoft. Hard to believe a year has lapsed since first setting foot onto the very same concrete floor. Franklin, I owe a lot of my passion for the sport to you for introducing me to it so long ago and going with me to that very first game. Overall the day went smooth and with very little mishaps.

The meat of my footage was when I ref'ed for one of the scenario's. I still need to workout a better camera position for a POV style but that is all in time.

I am looking forward to more Ops and hope to continue to grow as a member of the team.

March 22, 2009

Night Ops @ CQB City [3/21/2009]

"If you show up on time, your late, if you show up 15 minutes early your on time, and if you show up 30 minutes before your early" -anonymous

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As usual I show up to CQB City early 2:30pm and decide to take a little video tour of the city. On my way back to the staging area I find Chief and staff walking to the other end. "We are moving buildings" Chief exclaims. So I join in and before you know it we are doing a quick once over before the night begins.

By far the best night op I have been to at any local field. Why? There were only about 30 players on the field and for a CQB field less than 50 is a great size.

The night was filled with tracer rounds, close engagements and some solid teamwork. It was a blast in the kill house rockin' and surprising opposing forces as they tried to infiltrate our positions. By the end of the night we had them so backed up into their own spawn area (headquarters) we were picking them off left and right. 

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During my time in the kill house I found I was only 1 of 2 individuals in the whole house. Considering that the opposing side has an entrance closer to their position it was an intense 10 minutes. Me and a teammate, armed with a nice SL8, were picking off the other side as they advanced towards at twelve and three o'clock positions. It was only a matter of time until they got smart and started to come into the house but I had that covered.

Showing up late as usual (because they live in Hayward) was Donny and his son Dominic. I always enjoy teaming up with them because they play smart and fast. During one scenario we came up to a cluster of opposing forces so fast they didn't see us coming, mowed at least half of them down before getting hit out.

Before the night was over I ended up buying an HFC M190 full metal full auto M9 with rail and three mags. I think I got my M9 bug back and that is why my TM Tac Master is no longer for sale.

March 20, 2009

Night Ops checklist

Ill be participating in a night OP @ the city. As an avid hobbyist airsoft player I think its a good rule of thumb to have a pre-game ritual. This is the time where you check double check your equipment before the day of. Why? Makes sure you dont travel to a game and have something fail on you and your left watching people play or asking for a hand out.

This is my usual base checklist everyting else builds upon this:
  • Check Tac Light [batteries/brightness]
  • Check Laser [batteries/pressure switch/alignment 50ft]
  • Check Main [proper feed/hop-up/lubed]
  • Check Secondary [recoil/mag leaks/proper feed/hop-up 15ft]
  • Check Vest [fit/pouches]
Its always a good rule of thumb also to bring enough things with you just in case you need a quick fix. I usually bring my multi-tool [Leatherman Juice S2], duct tape, electrical tape, & folding allen key [Spin Doctor; for bicycles]. I have used all of them on occasion to help out a fellow player, fix broken or falling pieces, or have used a combination of them for improvised tools. I keep things relatively small, why? I dont wanna carry my whole Airsoft outlet with me. Usually after a game I feel worn out and the last thing I wanna do is bring all the stuff in.

Today I did a little maintenance on my G17

Its a HFC Glock 17 or now commonly referred to as the HFC DarkHawk. But up until today I had a KJW barrel in it. I reverted back to the original HFC barrel and spring and did some Teflon modding. Taking from the Teflon mod's they do on clone spring sniper riffles I wrapped the barrel and hop-up bucking in Teflon tape. Wow. I was rather impressed with the distance and float of the BB. At 20 yrds out it floats nice flat float and a slight curve at the end. Thats how I like it. Each shooter has a preference.

Tomorrow morning I will zero in my weapon to a little closer than usual is that at night games people want to remain planted in their spots. However, when I play I try to zero in on their position thus having closer targets. Hopefully this will work out.

WE GBB M4 V2






I like how this guy takes straight from the Magpul Dynamics video.
Apart from great discipline there would be no need to check for a stove pipe or double feed on a GBB Airsoft rifle.

Went over to a friends house to pick up my MP5 I let him borrow. He needed a secondary-primary (weird right?) because he has yet to have received his GBB M4 mags before a OP @ CQB City.

While I was visiting I was able to shoot a couple rounds really play with the WE M4 GBB (version 2). This thing is very solid looking. Metal were its suppose to be and plastic the rest (hand guard and stock. Other than the wobble in the stock this gun is very solid. The front post iron is all metal and is just like an actual AR. The mags hold 30 rnds and enough gas to last two BB fills (60rnds total).

What I liked the most was the working mechanics of the rifle. It functions just like an actual AR. When there are no more BBS in the mag the bolt catch works. As you insert a new mag you have to press the bolt catch to move the bolt forward. Even a working forward assist when the spring is compressed. To clear jams you can Rack-Tap-Bang (S.P.O.R.T) as demonstrated in the above videos. Semi is very controled and manageable. On full auto its just like any GBB pistol somewhat slugish (compared to an AEG).

This version 2 chronos at a nice 320 fps. Perfect for fields that require <400 fps rifles.

Overall I am SOLD on the GBB M4. The only drawback is of course the mags @ $40-$50 a pop they would become rather expensive.

March 18, 2009

Classic Army M15A4 Auto Blowback System (ABS)


The next generation of AEG's are slowly rolling out. With likes of G&G, Tokyo Marui, and now Classic Army jumping on the blow back wave.

Classic Army's M4 does seem to be pretty nice compared to a TopTech blow-back. Features a locking bolt, bolt that does cycle, & working bolt catch.

I did have a privilege to DEMO a G&G Top Tech blowback about a month ago when they first rolled out and I did like that. But as the video below shows (from Spartan Imports) maybe I have something better to look forward to.

March 16, 2009

MBUS Available @ EHobbyAsia

Made of polymer material (same as Magpul PMAGS) these Magpul Back-Up-Sights (MBUS) offer a real nice flip-up sight. With release buttons on its side and top it makes for a real nice sight for when your optics or position require you to go to irons. The sight requires an adjustment key to adjust the front post. These sights fit standard 20mm rails. They retail for $89.99 as seen on Ehobbyasia.com.


Having sold my replica 552 and RDS I have been using my iron (with great results). So this may be in my future external purchases.

Still have no idea what I am talking about? Check out Christ Costa @ the Magpul booth at SHOT Show 2009 demo its real steel counter-part (although still made out of polymer) the PTS MBUS:

Softshell! Softshell! Softshell!

If you know me lately I have been wearing a non-tactical softshell around. Having doubts of spending the money on a tactical softshell? I do recommend that you invest in some regular softshells in particular one made by Snozu. 


Found it at a local discount clotching store (Marshalls) for $29.99 Ive been wearing it ever since even on relatively warmer days. It lacks pockets, pockets, pockets, & pockets but I can make by. However, if you are looking into a TACTICAL line without busting the wallet or going for a clone (Ebaybanned) I strongly would invest in a Triple Aught Design (TAD) Gear softshell. 

Anyone of their signature softshells should suffice for you. I have personally seen these in person and have a couple of friends with them. They have nothing but great things to say of them. One of my friends uses it religiously even at work getting dirty and regular use. It still maintains its shape and the stiching has really stood the abuse. Heres a short review from Modesto Airsoft BATStrider (Bay Area Tactical TV):

March 11, 2009

Art of the Tactical Carbine - Magpul Dynamics


Title: The Art of the Tactical Carbine

Price: $39.95
Website: www.magpul.com

Disk 1: Magpul Basic Carbine Course
Disk 2: Magpul Advanced Carbine Course
Disk 3: Reference

Finally, I had a chance to get through the whole set. All I can say really is WOW. Coming from an airsoft perspective (no formal real steel training) I can see this as one big reference. It really is something that I will look back on over and over again. The instructors Chris Costa and Travis Haley do a wonderful job at breaking down the essentials and basics and re-build them to fit the shooter. This DVD collection should be used as a way of establishing some ground rules and basics for the operator to build upon.

As an airsofter I find it very helpful in pointing out drills and basic rifle management. One section that got me rewinding over and over again was on the types of reloads. Why is this important? Basically better manage your magazines the faster and less steps you take off whoever your engaging. Both Chris and Travis go over equipment placement and how a better set-ups can shave seconds (and essentially save lives) on the field. For an airsoft player most of the time we put pouches on our molle webbing without ever thinking about the practically. Efficiency not fluidity is what they stress. They want to make sure that the operator stays in control of the moment and wants to ensure that the shooter has to do the least amount of work to put a mag in. Ive seen some players place them on the back of their plate carriers (wtf?) and to be honest I think on my next (airsoft) gear purchase I will put defenietly consider its placement.

Heres a video that you WONT find on YouTube or anywhere else for that matter. Its a special section on "Drawing the Secondary" on the 3rd disk. All of the rights go to Magpul Dynamic and I am solely putting it on the page for education and reference for the dvd.
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March 09, 2009

Drills (USMC)

Real Steel here. Here a Marine demonstrates shooting drills and a tactical reload:

March 06, 2009

Green Mountain Rangers

Most enthusiasts are probably familiar with members of GMR (Green Mountain Rangers) especially those who participate in the Op: Irene games.


This is one of my favorite helmet cam videos. Why? Simply because it shows the intensity of the sport. Granted all tactics and training were thrown out the window during some of the gameplay but that just shows -one can imagine- the true emotion of combat. Things get close, things get disorienting, things get out of hand but you want to make sure the steps your taking are the right ones.


March 04, 2009

CQB City - Stockton, Ca

Received an email from Chief (Joey) the host and owner of CQB City in Stockton, Ca. Apparently @ the end of March 2009 they will begin team competitions. They will be semi-private as they will follow a normal public game. Essentially it will be 2 teams of no more less than 4 and no more than 8 against each other in the city. They will be scenario based so no capture the flag (CTF) or domination type games. Implementing designated rolls such as medic and sniper will add to the milsim realism of the competition. Each teamate is limited to 1000 rounds or 10 midcaps per game. So they must choose their shots wisely. The teams will need follow some essential prerequisites to participate in these competitions. They are as follows:

  • Coordinate CAMO for all team members (must bring alternate set)
  • Coomuncations for every team members ( walkies, headsets, etc)
  • Each memeber must have an AEG and sidearm w/ multiple midcaps
If your are interested please e-mail chief by visiting the CQB City website. Each of the winning team members will be granted 12 free games to the city. The cost of normal play at the city is $35 so thats a savings of $420.

For more information on the field visit the website or search YouTube for videos.

Below is a video of the refs (Matt, Joey, and Chief) @ the city. If your interested in videos from the city on a regular basis visit the YouTube channel of one of its refs: Gravexero

US Airsoft - Halmstad, Sweden

One of the channels on YouTube I have been following is that of BadASszZ. With a great POV style we see first hand how indoor CQB airsoft is played. The UnrealCity field (commonly referred to as US Airsoft) is located in Halmstad, Sweden. The 2500 sq/m field has 10 buildings two of them with a 2nd floor. 


BadAsszZ, I dont know what your real name is but I have to say is that I am enjoying your game footage. Looking forward to more. Check out the video by visiting his YouTube channel.

Check out how quick and silent these guys play:

Weapon: TM MK23



*Bonus*
Heres some promotional video for US Airsoft