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Would you sell a Realistic Imitation Firearm to this man? 
9th-Dec-2007 05:43 pm
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Went down to Ultimate Wargames yesterday with mrmrsmith. Definitely a tad on the damp and muddy side. I started off thinking my CADPATs were a bit too green for the setting but they didn't stay too green for long! Another fun if wet day though.

Still, highlight was that, because it was my third trip down, I could apply for site membership and hence UKARA registration. Yep, good Sir, lock up your son and daughter, I am now permitted to buy airsoft guns once more. Had to dash out during the lunch break to the nearest Morrison's to get ID photos taken though. Got some funny looks as I staggered in in my wet muddy CADPATs! So, would you sell a Realistic Imitation Firearm to this man? ;-)

One amusing thing - as he was sorting out the ID card, Dean, the proprietor, said "Have to ask - what's your secret?" which initially alarmed me. Turned out he and his wife couldn't believe I was pushing 40. Alas, if only...

So, what do I have my eye on?

One bummer - the barrel/foregrip cover on the Thompson sheared off while Shaun was using it :-( Not sure how feasible obtaining a replacement will be, but I discovered that I had a spare left over from the Thompson that was converted into a Pulse Rifle. Almost. That one is a Marui, the current Thompson is a Cyma. The parts are almost identical but the Marui barrel cover appears to be just 1mm too narrow at the point it mates with the gun body. Hopefully it can be ground out...In the meantime, time to investigate what the most powerful metal glue I can get my hands on is...

EDIT: Got the Marui outer barrel on after a bit of effort. It occurs to me there's one unexpected minor benefit of this: I was planning to get a wood kit for the Thompson but it's designed for the Marui rather than the Cyma - the biggest difference is that the bolt which holds the foregrip on is angled on the Marui but vertical on the Cyma, requiring a bit of extra drilling of the foregrip for the latter. Not any more, I guess! ;-)

Nonetheless, still rather tempted to join Gary and Nigel at Finmere next Sunday!
9th-Dec-2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
You should rolled around in the mud like I suggested ;)
I wanna get me one of those tommies...it was just too damn accurate. And I was gushing over it. Sad I know. And I need to adjust the hop up on the P90,
10th-Dec-2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
The Cyma Thompsons we got from Beltring are absolutely superb bits of kit. Spot-on 1J/328fps out of the box, stunning accuracy even without adjusting the hop and all for £120 apiece (although that was partly because we got three in one go, it was tail end of Beltring week and we knew Ratty at Airsoft Armoury). Only real downside is that the mags are an awkward shape for modern webbing/vests/pouches. Can't wait to fit a wood body kit and take it out with my KMT gear!
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10th-Dec-2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Not yet but now I know who to chase down!

So, have you painted orange tips onto your airsofts yet? Virginia, eh? For some reason I thought you were Florida-bound!
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10th-Dec-2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Really? That's weird, because all the ads for US retailers and photos of US 'softers I've been seeing all seem to have orange tips and the HK sites mention they will apply orange tips and remove trademarks (or is this a new development?).

Re: DC. Well, good to know my memory not totally faulty! Loved it, beaten only by SF and Boston as favourite places I've been to in the US so far!
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10th-Dec-2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
but the funny story was when dawn was bringing them out of the uk the virgin gave us alot of trouble at the check in desk

Is this some sort of modern day Nativity play then? ;-)

the one thing the atf dont like is russian made air rifles

Interesting. What's the issue with Russian-made air rifles? Are they readily convertible to fireing live rounds or something? Or are they just butt ugly?

Edited at 2007-12-10 05:10 pm (UTC)
10th-Dec-2007 10:21 am (UTC)
Whoa. You got that "thousand yard stare" thing going on there.

Shame I'm so jammed with work right now, or I'd join you. I still need to give the G-Spec and the MP7 a workout.
10th-Dec-2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
As I stand on the runway, I always will see,
The boy with the thousand yard stare...

Just be glad I took off the CADPAT jacket and put on something else before entering the photo booth!

So, what do you think? M249 or SLR?
10th-Dec-2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
So, what do you think? M249 or SLR?

SLR, natch. Complete that whole "Classic UNIT" look.
10th-Dec-2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
True. I was leaning towards the M249 because my collection lacks a support weapon but, if I'm being honest, I'd much rather have a 'Nam period M60 but there isn't an affordable one about yet. Hopefully, the Chinese cloners will get round to it soon.

Main snag with the Star SLR is, like the real thing, it's semi-auto only which potentially limits its usefulness as a skirmish weapon.
16th-Dec-2007 11:47 am (UTC)
And speaking of UNIT... Seen this? A still from next season's DW...


17th-Dec-2007 10:39 am (UTC)
Oh dear. Again with the (badly shaped) red berets (not to mention the G36s ;-)). I guess this is ongoing fallout from the UN getting all pissy about having its name taken in vain?

Interesting other photos on the news item page though, especially the images of the new UNIT IDs!
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