The Arsenal – Zach’s Scratch Built MK18 Mod 1

Zach here. Check the vid below to see a run down on my “go-to” gun, my MK18 Mod 1. Included below will be links to products that I added to this rifle over time to increase the reliability, performance and feel of my airsoft gun to get out of it exactly what I wanted.

For those curious, the batteries I use are 11.1v lithium polymer batteries of varying MAH ratings. The battery fits inside the buffer tube with the rear wiring and connector all in place. The base external build for this gun was a Cybergun Licensed King Arms Colt M4A1.

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How to Pick the Best Beginner Gun

Airsoft GI Custom Samehada-e Airsoft AEG

Airsoft GI Custom Samehada-e Airsoft AEG

If you’ve ever spent more than five minutes in an airsoft store or looked around on an airsoft forum or Facebook group, you’ve come across this question.

“I’m brand new to airsoft, so what’s the best gun for me?”

This is a question that will always be a part of the sport we all love and hold dear, because there isn’t an easy answer to it. The same way that the .45ACP fanboys in the real-steel world can’t ever let the 9mm heroes have the last word, nobody can seem to agree on the best answer for what the best beginner set up is for an airsofter. Is it the 10 inch M4 with an RIS? Is it the plastic fantastic AK47 style model that has the rave reviews online? What about the budget stuff from a big box store? The answer may surprise you.

The answer to this question is simple. There is no “best” gun. There is no “best” setup. Only what works best for you!

What this means is that the only person who can really answer this question for you is yourself. To answer this fundamental question though, let’s break it down a bit and ask some additional questions to get the necessary information.

Question 1: What is my budget?

Budget is important, as obviously, you can’t spend money you don’t have. Decide what your ultimate bottom line is for jumping in, and then decide what that budget has to cover. Are you looking at 250$ just for a gun because your buddy is going to loan you gear? Is your budget going to include everything you need to play like a facemask or gear?

Question 2: What do I want to shoot?

The second most important thing about an airsoft gun is finding one that makes you feel awesome. What good is spending $500+ on a super slick new blaster and never playing because it’s too heavy, or because it doesn’t look neat or make you feel awesome. Decide what style of gun you would like to play with. This can be an aesthetic preference based on looks or what you like in video games or it can be an extension of what you enjoy shooting when you shoot firearms.

Question 3: How do I want to Play?

The last question is what do you want this gun to do? Have you been watching a ton of Novristch videos or Swamp Sniper and feel the need to become one with the dirt and play the long-range game? Do you like watching CQB or Speedsoft videos and want to be a hard charger kicking in doors? Maybe you have no idea what you want to do and would like a gun that’s a bit more versatile.

Once you have these questions answered, you have the data necessary to determine what gun is best for you! From here, you can work within your budget to plan for extra equipment necessities like a facemask or tactical gear, or even extra magazines so you don’t run out of ammunition on the field. It’s a complex question to answer, and it’s never going to get easier because there isn’t one gun that’s perfect for every beginning player. However, now, you too, can find the best gun for what you want to accomplish!

VFC MK16 / MK17 Line

VFC ( Vega Force Company ) is a well known airsoft manufacturer in the industry. VFC has proven their name through performance and durability. One of VFC’s original line of performance airsoft guns is their SCAR line. The Special Operations Forces Combat Asault Rifle ( SCAR ) is a modular rifle designed by FN Herstal for U.S. SOCOM. The FN SCAR consisted of two main types. One chambered in 5.56x45mm ( MK16 / SCAR-L ) as well as one chambered for the bigger round 7.62x51mm ( MK17 / SCAR-H ).

VFC has done a great job in designing and creating a precise replica of the SCAR. VFC had originally created the MK16 line but had later created their line for the MK17 rifle. These rifles have gone through a major improvement over the past few years. Similar to the real firearm variant, the VFC Scar contains an aluminum upper receiver and polymer lower frame, stock, and pistol grip. Externally, the VFC MK16 / MK17 contain similar parts such as a monolithic upper rail, left and right rail segments for flashlights, lasers, etc. Like most airsoft SCAR variants on the market, the folding stock makes it easier when transporting your airsoft gun as well as exiting vehicles during a training scenario. The ambidextrous fire selector and magazine release serve a great purpose for left handed shooters especially when transitioning around corners, in buildings, etc. One thing that sets the VFC SCAR line from others is the folding stock, no wires are exposed when stock is folded over. VFC uses a unique hinge system. The gold plated contacts are built in the hinge making the VFC SCAR a more realistic airsoft gun. Although the VFC MK16 and MK17 are one of the more popular SCAR variant airsoft assault rifles on the airsoft field, the VFC MK17 SSR serves a great role for the long range shooter.

The VFC Sniper Support Rifle ( SSR ) is based off of the MK17. Unlike the MK16 and MK17, some of the more noticeable differences is the longer upper receiver as well as the longer barrel. Having a longer inner / outer barrel, allows the user to engage targets in the distance quickly and accurately. The longer monolithic upper rail allows the user to mount their preferred optic(s) at the preferred eye relief in order to adapt to the mission. The extended lower rail will allow the user to not only mount a bipod for stabilized long range shots but for mounting additional vertical grips for more control and comfort at mid range engagements. The VFC MK16 / MK17 has been well known to perform exceptionally well especially in stock form.

Internally, the VFC SCAR line contains simliar components. VFC’s pre-upgraded version 2 gearbox contains reinforced, self shimming, steel gears. Having reinforced drive train components alleviates the worry of parts breaking during operation on the field. Unlike other gearboxes, VFC is equipped with 8mm steel bushings which provide stability and longevity over plastic, copper, and brass bushings. The self shimming system allows the gears to be more stable during rotation. The polycarbonate piston is much stronger yet lighter for durability and longevity. The compression components such as the piston head, cylinder head, cylinder, and air nozzle provide superb air seal even over time. Having a great air seal provides a more consistent velocity output. Less deviation between shots.

Overall, the VFC continues to strive ahead in the airsoft industry by providing one of the best if not the best airsoft guns on the market. The externals are made out of the strongest materials while maintaining a slim and lightweight design. The external finish is exquisite and the internals are by superb. The entire airsoft The MK16 / MK17 line of airsoft guns by VFC are surely designed to impress the average airsoft player or collector.

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Tactical Universal Clip – No Need for Slings?

Tactical Universal Clip (Patent Pending) is a holster for a long gun or shotgun. The device comprises a clip that is attached to the butt stock of the rifle or shotgun, and a chest plate that attaches to a military style Molle vest, police tactical vest, police officer’s duty vest, or a chest harness by means of Velcro straps. This enables the user to carry the rifle or shotgun without the use of a sling or strap. For years, a sling or strap has been accepted as the standard way to carry a rifle or shotgun. The TAC System is an innovative design that will revolutionize the carrying of long guns. It’s simple, easy to use, practical and “makes sense”.

Tactical Universal Clip

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