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Why you should use Gryffon Gear…


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] ?”


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.


These two Gryffon products looked, on the surface, like one of the best deals we’d ever had going on at 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.

The GI team right before the third evolution of OP Irene


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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Operation Blue/Grey

Are you looking to join a high profile operation that features helicopter gun runs, zodiac boat missions, night operations, and direct action missions? Well, American Milsim, the same organizers that brought airsoft players Rebel Yell and Broken Home, are going to Ballahack Airsoft on October 12-13 2013 to hold Operation Blue/Grey.

Aerial View

Ballahack Airsoft was the site of the famous Tim vs Bob 4 and 4.5. It is one of the largest airsoft fields on the East Coast featuring 99 acres of woods, marshland, paths, clearings, and a central MOUT town. Ballahack is considered one of the premiere dedicated airsoft fields in the world.

Aerial View

American MILSIM features Direct Action Missions, which for an additional fee, your squad can participating in a custom written mission with interaction with dedicated LARPs. These slots are limited however, so sign up quickly!

Operation Blue/Grey

Ballahack Airsoft – 2900 Ballahack Rd. Chesapeake Virginia, 23322

American MILSIM

The Cove 3 – Sign up now!



Acres of airsoft field. Need we say more?

Here’s word from the sheep’s mouth:

“I will never give up on The Cove – it is the Everest of MILSIM. It brings everything this sport is about to a focal point. It is the only venue Blacksheep MILSIM will offer this style of gaming at. All of the other venues around the United States are MOUT oriented and they are absolutely awesome. Regardless of how much you love MOUT and kicking in doors – The Cove is the ultimate test of any squad’s mettle.

I have been in this sport for ten years and hosting national level events for six years. I have learned how players think and what they desire as a challenge. I have rewarded Pathfinders of Operation Pine Plains and The Cove with honorary status because they took the leap of faith when others stood on the sidelines and watched. I have maintained a consistent pricing structure in light of rising costs to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience Blacksheep. Some players think they are not ready for Blacksheep – you never know until you put your skills to the test against a measurable standard.

I empathize with current economic conditions, with the saturation of events this season and player decisions on which events to attend. I know many of you are sitting on the fence right now about The Cove. Waiting to see who else signs up and not wanting to commit because if it doesn’t happen you won’t get a refund. Let me put your minds to rest. Our normal policy is that no refunds are issued, credits for future games are honored at any venue. We have never been in this situation before and there are many factors influencing where we are right now. There has never been a situation of whether or not to hold an event. This caused us to revise our refund policy, for events that get cancelled due to low headcount refunds will be issued. Get off the fence, every paid registration counts.

The Cove is that important as a milestone for our sport. I ask your support in being part of the solution to make this event happen. Not part of the problem in waiting to see what others do. I will make a decision on Sunday at midnight, 15 September based on paid registrations. It’s a simple GO/NO GO at that point and I will announce it at midnight. If it doesn’t happen, the next Cove will be in September 2014 due to our increased schedule next year.

The Cove is the Everest of MILSIM, as a community let’s put it on the global map! See you on the field.”

– Blacksheep6

Blacksheep MILSIM
Blacksheep MILSIM Facebook

Blacksheep MILSIM – The Cove 3 Preview

AirsoftGI is committed to being involved in airsoft all across the country, and we are excited to promo a great team of individuals over at Blacksheep MilSim. They run awesome operations, and we are sending some of our own east coast employees to play in the event. Additionally, the footage was shot by an excellent videographer and editor, Dandman, who channel link is below. Be sure to check out Blacksheep Milsim and Dandman, and sign up for the event!.

Blacksheep MILSIM – The Cove

Blacksheep MILSIM Youtube Channel

Dandman’s Youtube Channel