GBBR Magpul PTS Masada by CS Jordan

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Hey guys, its Jordan from the Customer Service department again. Today we are looking at the new PTS Masada gas blowback rifle. PTS is known for the “hi-end” and unique products. The Masada does not fall short to what we’ve come to expect form PTS.
 
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First off the gun feels great out of the box. The quality of the polymer and metal that was used in this build is phenomenal. It has the look of the classic Masada, but some how feels even better than their AEG version. There is no rattling from any parts on the gun, and it feels absolutely solid. Not only does the gun feel great, but it functions just as good. The bolt seems to be made of a lighter material allowing the rate of fire to be higher than the LM4. That being said, since it is made of a lighter material, the kick from the gun seems to be lighter as well. Out of the box, I think the gun performs better than the LM4. The gun comes pre-installed with a “cup seal mod” which allows for better gas efficiency out of the box. The magazine is pretty heavy and holds 2 rounds less than the LM4. The magazine seems to be my only issue with this gun. I feel is does not hold as much gas as the LM4 magazines and the BB’s tend to engage the bolt which causes it to lock. When using the LM4 magazines the gun cycled just fine and even felt a bit more “snappy”.
 
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If I were to run this model, I would prefer to run it at an outdoor field. I would first put a few different accessories on it. First I would change one thing internally and that would be adding a Maple Leaf bucking, to give me better range and performance. I would like to put a replica Specter LCAN on there to give me some magnification. Lastly I would throw Magpul MVG on there to give me better support while shooting and a Bravo PEQ 15 for the light and laser options.
 
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I don’t normally run gas blowback rifles when playing, mainly because I don’t own one. When I have used them they are a blast, and bring a unique feel and aspect to the game. That being said, I would love to run the PTS Masada at a game. The function and capability I would say fits my overall play style.
 
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Overall I am very impressed with the quality and performance of the gun. The gun shooting close to 400 fps out of the box and coming pre-installed with the “cup seal mod” I think the price tag of $420.00 is well worth it. The gun has a very unique look and feel and can bring a whole new look to any ones load out.

Player Spotlight – Jordan

JV5Hey guys my name is Jordan, and I have been working here at Airsoft GI in the customer service department for 2 years. I have been playing airsoft for about 12 years now. I have played many different types of airsoft games, and have used a wide variety of different equipment, in my day. I have had plenty of time for trial and error to find what works best, in each situation for me.

JV7I started playing my first airsoft games at Desert Fox Fields about 10 years ago. You can still find me there most Sundays. I enjoy playing there because of the field layout, and the skill level of players that attend the field. The field refs and the rest of the people who run the field are great as well. I have played at many outdoor fields, but Desert Fox is my go to place to play.

JV1I enjoy playing at desert fox because it allows me to run whatever loud out I feel like running. It is an outdoor field, but has many CQB aspects, which does not restrict me to a certain set up. I enjoy using my Elite Force M27 IAR there because of the range I get out of it. The M27 allows me to run somewhat of a DMR or even SAW gunner load out. I also enjoy running my Australian load out there. It gives me a good chance to run my kit before a milsim event. Running your gear set up at a pick up game before a large event is a great idea because it allows you to find out what works well and what does not, rather than figuring it out at the event itself. My PTS ERG runs great as well and allows me to be versatile when playing.

tumblr_ngr61iFYwM1syjtupo4_250On Thursdays you can find me and some of the other Airsoft GI staff members at full force night, at Tac City South, located in Fullerton, California. I enjoy playing at an indoor field like Tac City, because it is a completely different game type. Even though some outdoor fields have some CQB aspects, it is nothing compared to the speed at a field like Tac City. The players there usually have a very high speed set up, and the games are quick and fast paced. I enjoy full force night because every other game is limited to players that are 18 years of age and up, and refs allow no engagement distance for the players. You really find out what type of player you are at these types of games. I don’t really run a certain setup at Tac City. I usually come from work, and run a minimalist set up. I usually will run my KJW 1911, or my Echo 1 RDP. These are both small guns which allow me to move quickly, and not get caught up around corners, like some full sized airsoft guns would.

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Other than pick up games, I enjoy attending “milsim” events, specifically MilSim West events. I have been to many games that are advertised as “milsim” events, but most give me the feel of a large pick up game. Milsim West does a great job in the immersion factor of games. They allow each player to be fully immersed in an environment that feels like no other milsim event I’ve ever been to. This is done through the preparation, and game staff brought to each game. Most “MSW” cadre members are current or prior service members, who are very passionate about their events. This allows each platoon, and squad, to be led by someone who can help immerse each player at an individual level. The shear amount of pyro, and blank fire guns really adds to the immersion of the event. The players that attend these games are also what make the games great. Each player is fully kitted out in appropriate NATO or RUSSFOR equipment. Having the “uniformity” factor in each player makes each team feel very real. The skill level from each player is like none other, and most do not play like it is a normal airsoft game. They use real military tactics down to the individual fire teams. The event locations are the icing on the cake. They vary in terrain and game play style, which allows each event to have its own tone. The variations in game play style, also makes the player adjust their kit to accommodate to the individual event needs, and requirements. JV4When going NATO, my team likes to run an Australian impersonation, rather than going with the standard US load out. This allows us to bring another aspect to the NATO team, and individualizes our team from the rest. I usually run my PTS ERG when going Australian and you can check out my Tactical Gears Heads on Airsoft GITV. When we are not on the NATO side, we are on the Russian side. The thing about going Russian is that their real army has many different uniforms and equipment setups, which allow each player to have their own personalized load out, while still adhering to the uniformity factor. I usually run my CYMA AK, with ASURA Dynamics parts. 11336885_680753802068851_485936174916406112_oPhoto Credit: GwagDesigns

Thanks for checking out my spotlight, and stay tuned to GITV for more content.

Product Spotlight – Ares Amoeba AM-013

Ares has been long known for their M4 AEGs and several other niche guns which they’ve produced over the years. Ares newer Amoeba line has introduced a line of airsoft guns with both unique designs and performance internal parts. Apart from their original CC series which was a handful of ultra compact M4 type weapons, the new Ares Amoeba AM-13 and AM-14 are more reminiscent of a weapon which has become so popular in current video games.

11074612_10207030556990198_252767689_nStarting from the front of the airsoft gun, Ares has fit a suppressor flush with inner diameter of the RIS, resulting in a very stable barrel extension. The RIS itself is a modular system which allows the user the freedom to choose which of 8 angles to attach accessories to, while remaining incredibly lightweight with a skeletonized design. In addition to the already very comfortable rail, Ares has created custom handstops for the AM-13 RIS which attach directly and create a perfect reference point for weapon manipulation. Placed on both top and bottom, these handstops will also provide users of the C-clamp grip comfortable points to rest their thumbs and pointing fingers. In addition to the handstops, every AM-13/AM-14 also includes Battlesight style iron sights which complete the look from popular games such as Call of Duty. 11075316_10207030556750192_1797523609_nThe receiver of the Amoeba has also been stylized, as well as changed for function. The receiver is a very thick polymer which feels like it could even be metal. Keeping in line with the PDW type weapon that the AM-13/14 is, the weight of this receiver Ares Amoeba unique receiver design allows for a several components that make the weapon much easier to use. The most notable of these features is the enhanced magazine release. Moving away from the tiny standard M4 magazine release to the Amoeba paddle release, reloading becomes ridiculously easy. From there, moving to the trigger guard, this enhanced trigger guard is bowed out for comfort, while also creating a spot under the guard itself for your middle finger. The spot under the trigger guard feels a lot like a spot for a high tang pistol grip, and is very comfortable while providing what feels like a more solid control point on the weapon. The pistol grip is also a very welcome change from a standard A2, as the texture feels like it improves control without being overly aggressive, and the grip is overall thinner, allowing for a full hand on the gun, as if it was a smaller framed handgun.

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The stock is one of the most notable features of the AM-13, as the stock is both a retractable wire style stock and will house a battery. Unlike other designs of PDW style stocks, the AM-13’s buttpad is very comfortable, and is large enough to make a good amount of positive contact with the shoulder, enabling the shooter to have a solid reference point and maintain control of the weapon. The battery compartment will easily fit a small type 7.4V LiPo battery, and the compartment itself is hidden and placed so that it is barely noticeable during use.

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A final element worth noting is that the Amoeba Series guns use the Ares Electronic Trigger System. The microswitch that the Amoeba Series uses responds with a crisp, clean break and has a very positive feel to it. In addition, each of these guns can be used on conjunction with the Ares Programming Unit to set the gun to a burst function.

This gun is definitely one of the most innovative new AEGs on the market, and presents a unique and interesting design with a host of features that make it a top level contender. The AM-13 shoots around 370-380 FPS, which is perfect for outdoor play, and wont break the bank sitting just shy of $300 at AirsoftGI.com.

Opinion Editorial – Airsoft/Firearms Cross Training for Practical and Competitive Shooting

In the past, we have talked about the effectiveness of training for practical and competition shooting with realistic airsoft replica firearms platforms. Now, hear an expert opinion on the matter from USPSA Grand Master and 3 Gun Competitor Chris Andersen:

Personally, I have been shooting competition matches seriously since mid-2014, and while I am not an experienced nor seasoned veteran, I have made some very interesting discoveries about the intersection between playing with airsoft guns and shooting competitively.

Pitfalls and Benefits

One extremely important thing to keep in mind is that in order for the skills trained with airsoft replicas to carry over into shooting, you must keep mind on form. Like lifting weights, if form is ignored you will benefit negligibly, or will end up with detrimental habits. For example, if you are practicing stance, but allow your stock to rise above your should while using an airsoft replica, your muscle memory will dictate similar actions upon your transition to competitive or tactical shooting with firearms. For this reason, I always concentrated on doing my best to ensure I would not fall into the pitfall of bad habits. Every shooter must be conscious of the nature of airsoft replicas when cross training– generally lighter triggers, occasionally more distinct trigger resets, lighter actions and recoil (pistols specifically), and of course the lack of flash and bang. These “negative” elements are not necessarily detrimental, however, if the shooter keeps in mind this difference, and are far outweighed by the positive elements reflected upon in this article.

I think it is extremely important, however, to say that anyone looking for a cheaper alternative to spending time and ammunition on the range has found it. With innovations like recoil systems/bolt stop mechanisms being developed by multiple manufacturers, the lack of recoil or feedback is no longer an issue . These recoil and bolt-stop systems require the user to develop proper stance & grip to mitigate muzzle movement and preserve sight picture. Magazine capacities can now also realistically reflect the amount of ammunition in a real magazine, with some even offering the option to hold a round count reflective of magazines used for competition. Last but not least, the cost of $12 for a bottle of 5000rds of mid weight BB’s is far more affordable than $300+ for 1000rds of .223 for practice. This is especially true, as many shooters do not have the financial ability to spend thousands on rounds for training. BBs offer a low-cost alternative for a system which can be instrumental in developing muscle memory.

 

New Product Spotlight – Revision Extreme Weather Goggles

Everyone is familiar with Revision Military. The Vermont-based, U.S. made brand is known for its high quality ANSI Z.87.1 Rated Optical Protection devices; otherwise known as goggles, sunglasses, and more recently their BATLSKIN project. Revision’s reputation as such a high-quality domestic brand would later carry on Revision’s Desert Locust Goggles to be the choice for the U.S. Army’s standard-issue eye protection, and to this day remains in the same position.

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Reputation aside, and all things taken into account (price, lenses, etc), I personally love Revision’s goggles. I’ve taken my goggles onto the range and onto the airsoft field for over 5 years now, with no plan to ever switch to another brand of eye protection. There is simply no other system I find as comfortable nor as well designed as Revision’s Desert Locust Goggles because of their fit, their protective ratings, and Revision’s dedication to QC and simply creating the best system out there to protect both users in the civilian market as well as on duty with LE/MIL.

Well, many people had heard that Revision Military would be bringing out a thermal lens in Q4 2014/Q1 2015, and I can proudly report that I, in fact, have a set of Revision’s Extreme Weather Goggles in my hands. While these goggles haven’t strayed from the crazy comfort that the Desert Locust Goggles nearly perfect, Revision has made some welcome changes to these new EW Goggles to ensure they will maintain visibility even in harsh conditions and disruptive environments.
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The most interesting feature added is definitely the thermal lens. Maintaining ballistic protection properties while finding a system to prevent fogging in weather like blizzards and tropics is by no means an easy task, but Revision has done so by using a very thin sheet of polycarbonate along with a rubber seal, much like we have seen in most paintball masks that have done the same. This thermal lens addition also still maintains an extremely low profile, rising only about 1mm above the normal lens surface. Second, a felt-lined foam layer has been added to the already godly-comfortable rubber seal, creating a more insulated space when the goggles seal with your face. I can also see this being a huge improvement in climates at which things like sweat and water will make goggles stick to your face without a fabric seal… OUCH.

All in all, these improvements are great for extreme weather, and guys playing out in the Midwest and North-East U.S. will likely find these features an absolute must. For California and desert  climate players, night games just got easier; I cannot tell you how many times my goggles have gone foggy on me on a sub-40 degree night out at Code Red or in Victorville for Op: Lion Claws Night Ops.

– J