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

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Manta Weapon Accessories

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I have been using Manta weapon accessories as far back as two years ago when I acquired a Manta rail cover at Shot Show 2012. I had already been having issues mounting a few of my pressure switches so when I stopped by the Manta booth I was immediately interested. Since then, I have taken my Manta rail cover all over the United States, both to operations and recreational gameplay and I am happy to report that not only did it never fail me but that it utterly exceeded my expectations. Not only that but I have recently learned that Manta rail covers are being issued for use with the M27 IAR!

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Manta rail cover with pressure switch compartment

Manta weapon accessories work like any other commercially available rail covers do, they snap on over existing rails with one exception, they come with a compartment that can either hold a pressure switch or allow you to route cables connected to your accessories through them. This can take care of a lot of cables jumbling around on the outside of your gun without having to use electrical tape or zip ties. I actually used to wrap excess cables around my gun in order to keep them from flopping around which did work, most of the time, but it made my gun look absolutely hideous.

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My KWA LM4 PTS with a Manta rail cover mounted on the left side

I have even used my Manta rail cover to add a pressure switch to my Tokyo Marui AK. This was a last minute modification I used for Tim VS Bob 5 in order to add both a pressure switch as well as a flashlight and to be honest it worked out spectacularly. It may have looked a bit off but I thought it was completely in line with how my rebel forces operate. We don’t have to look good as long as we get the job done!

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My Tokyo Marui AK with Manta rail cover duct-tape-mounted on the top of the handguard

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My New Favorite Boots

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My Personal set of Under Armour Tactical Valsetz Boots

I have been using boots purchased at Army/Navy Surplus stores for the majority of my airsoft career. About 6 years ago I purchased some boots online on the advice of my friend and fraternity brother Matt, only to be disappointed by their craftsmanship and lack of ventilation, considering they were desert boots. This led me to refuse to order boots online because I didn’t want to spend any more money on boots until I could try them first hand to make sure I wasn’t throwing money down a hole.

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My UA Valsetz Boots at Hollywood Sports Park’s Combat Center

Little did I know, that I my girlfriend was planning on buying me something special for my birthday and asked me if there was one thing I could have for airsoft what would I buy? So, I told here “I haven’t had a comfortable set of boots in almost a decade, and that’s what I spend most of my time in, so it would have to be a new set of boots.” She asked if there were any specific ones I’d thought about and quite a number of my coworkers had just purchased Under Armour Tactical Valsetz boots from AirsoftGI.com and could not stop talking about them. These same folks would also wear them into work just about every day leading me to believe that they really were as comfy, lightweight, and breathable as everyone had claimed them to be.

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My UA Valsetz Boots at Bob’s Rebel Training Camp: Northern Resistance at Gamepod Combat Zone

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Gloves that Bob The Axe Man uses

tgh1 Over my decade and a half of playing airsoft I have had the chance to try out many different pairs of gloves and as such I feel confident talking to all of you about what I use and why. Firstly, I actually have about three sets of gloves that I currently use right now and find myself switching to for different reasons. These gloves are the following: Mechanix MPACT 2012 gloves, Mechanix MPACT gloves, V-Tac Armored Half Finger gloves. mpact 2012 Now, I generally have multiple versions of the same item in my armory because they fulfill different mission requirements. The Mechanix MPACT 2012 gloves are the main set I use for the vast majority of my operations. This is for a number of reasons, but mainly because they provide the best combination of dexterity and protection. They also look the coolest which is, if you know me, also a big factor in my decision making process. mpact

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Why you should use Gryffon Gear…

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I’ve been working at AirsoftGI for over 4 years now and there is one question that I’ve been getting asked more and more recently and it generally goes something like this, “Bob I know you have a lot of stuff to push but do you really believe in [Blank] ?”

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Now, one of the great aspects of working here is that I get to try out a lot of products that we sell. This allows me to do better reviews and educate our customers in a much more profoundly. That’s where the Gryffon Golem Chest rig and Dragonspine belt system come in.

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These two Gryffon products looked, on the surface, like one of the best deals we’d ever had going on at Airsoftgi.com. For $15 you can either get the Golem chest rig that can hold 9 STANAG magazines or 6 AK magazines in addition to having MOLLE real estate on either side as well as an incredibly large map pocket that you can stow maps, beef jerkey, bubble gum, or any other number of airsoft necessities. On the other side of the coin, you can spend $15 to get the Dragonspine belt system that is essentially a tactical belt that includes a dual magazine pouch that can fit at least 4 STANAG mags in addition to a wide variety of other magazines as well as a dump/recovery pouch.

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The GI team right before the third evolution of OP Irene

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