So when you think "Airsoft" what is the first thing that comes to mind?
For many, it might be, "that's that wanna be paintball game, with BB's and the guys all dress up like 'Call of Duty' and run around the woods shooting each other like they're commandos and stuff..."
For me, and like minded individuals, we think AWESOME! We think Brotherhood! We think, a cost effective way to hone your training and stay frosty when it comes to all the weapons training we have. We also think FUN!
For me, I think; Stress relief. I think, good times and friends. I think, ... Airsoft @ The BATTLEGROUNDS PITTSBURGH!
I had the honor and privilege of being the General Manager of the Battlegrounds under Owner Matt Krupp. We had a blast, and at the same time; a TON OF WORK! I came in towards the tail end of initial construction of the original opening of the BG. Long hours, blood sweat and tears; we worked tirelessly to get that place going. After I left to start Irregular Mischief Publications, Matt and the crew kept on.
Initially starting with just one indoor field with an EPIC post apocalypse setting of an invaded town. Complete with a Junk yard, bank, row homes, grocery, pizza shop, carnival and with no less than 8 actual cars on the top field. Yes, that's right. I said "top field", the BG Pittsburgh, now has multiple fields, a full service armorer and top of the line Pro-shop!
The Battlegrounds Brigade has added 3 more fields to this Historic 3 story building. Now not only is there a dystopian invaded town on the third floor, but there is a Night Club/Casino on the second floor and a CQB (Close Quarters Battle) room called the 6-6 room. With no more than 6 on 6 players it is a field of pure intensity!
I headed down today and met players, staff and family. The consensus is that of AWE! Manager Jake, my successor and friend, says that with the new fields opening they have had to run anywhere from 3-4 groups of two teams in each group.
The owner Matt and I have a long running "grudge" match going when it comes to playing against each other. It's all in good fun. For having no military or law enforcement training, I have to say Matt is pretty good. He gets some good hits, and when in rare occasion we play on the same team; the other team almost always get's decimated.
So, taking pictures and talking to player he comes to me. "Get your butt up on the field, grab a mask and gun. I'm going up against you on the new field!" he says to me.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED OLD MAN!
Years of Military and Police training come back to me in an instant. Clearing my corners, working the angles and cover; I start to hunt. Matt has me at a distinct disadvantage as to I have never played the new field. Bar, kitchen, casino teller booths, a tricky and winding hallway are only some of the obstacles on the new field. The built in sound system is cranking out AWESOME house music, which only adds to the adrenaline level. The hunt was tit for tat. I'd get him, he'd get me. It was good to play again.
I have to say, the Battlegrounds Pittsburgh is a true ICON in the Airsoft community. I have seen tons and tons of arenas. Outdoors, Indoors...but never have I scene themed fields that were invaded towns, the inside of casinos and clubs. All of which are indoors. I can't wait to go back!
I'm not going to show you TOO much in this article. I'm saving that for when I go back to play this week! If you're an Airsofter, you have to go PLAY HERE!!!
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THIS STUNT WAS PERFORMED BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL! WITH DECADES UPON DECADES OF EXPERIENCE!!! DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF!!!
Now that being said, this video is pretty freaking cool!! Jerry Miculek is hands down one of the greatest shooters on the planet! Known for his lighting fast speed with a pistol and revolver, Jerry is also known for his witty and dry sense of humor.
Jerry tests the myth that you can "flip cock' a mares leg M1887 shotgun as seen in 'Terminator 2' & video games such as 'Call of Duty'- All in super slow mo & 4K resolution!
Please, for the love of God don NOT ATTEMPT THIS! Just watch Jerry do his thing, laugh at the jokes in the skit and enjoy the awesome SUPER SLOW MOTION FOOTAGE!!!!!
If you are interested in learning more about firearms, contact your local sportsmans club/gun store. They can point you in the right direction of getting training from a certified professional instructor.
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We all love Star Wars. Well, most of us anyway. If you're like me, you grew up watching Han and Chewie running down the corridor chasing Stormtroopers and getting into firefights. Did you know, that a good majority of the blasters and blaster rifles from the films are actually old military surplus weapons?
True story. This is just a small bit of the arsenal contained within the saga and the history of the REAL variants. Yes, it's Guns AND Star Wars. What else would you expect from a "Gun Geek"?
Han Solos blaster is just a modified Mauser C96. A.K.A. a "BroomHandle Mauser"
The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. Unlicensed copies of the gun were also manufactured in Spain and China in the first half of the 20th century.
The distinctive characteristics of the C96 are the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stockwhich can double as a holster or carrying case and a grip shaped like the handle of a broom. The grip earned the gun the nickname "Broomhandle" in the English-speaking world because of its round wooden handle, and in China the C96 was nicknamed the "box cannon" (Chinese: 盒子炮; pinyin: hézipào) because of its rectangular internal magazine and the fact it could be holstered in its wooden box-like detachable stock.
With its long barrel and high-velocity cartridge, the Mauser C96 had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols; the7.63×25mm Mauser cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnumcartridge in 1935.
Mauser manufactured approximately 1 million C96 pistols, while the number produced in Spain and China was large but unknown due to the loss, non-existence or poor preservation of production records from those countries. WIKI
The Storm Trooper Blaster is a modified "Sterling Machine Gun"
We have all made jokes that the Storm Troopers couldn't hit the broadside of a barn. But the REAL weapon that the blasters are modified from were actually pretty cool.
The Sterling submachine gun is a British submachine gun. It was trialled with the British Army in 1944–1945 as a replacement for theSten, but it did not start to replace it until 1953. It remained in use until 1994, when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1 assault rifle
In 1944, the British General Staff issued a specification for a new submachine gun. It stated that the weapon should weigh no more than six pounds (2.7 kg), should fire 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition, have a rate of fire of no more than 500 rounds per minute and be sufficiently accurate to allow five consecutive shots (fired in semi-automatic mode) to be placed inside a one-foot-square target at a distance of 100 yd (91 m). WIKI
The Sand Trooper's Rifle- I always wondered how bad it would suck to walk around on Tattooine in armor carrying this beast, which is actually just a modified German MG-42. Then I was assigned to CAX at USMC 29 Palms. I found out. Minus the Storm Trooper armor.
The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42, or "machine gun 42") is a 7.92×57mm Mauser general purpose machine gun designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the second half of World War II. Intended to replace the more expensive and time-consuming to manufacture frontline MG 34, they ended up produced in tandem until the end of the war.
The MG 42 has a proven record of reliability, durability, simplicity, and ease of operation, but is most notable for its ability to produce a high volume of suppressive fire. The MG 42 had one of the highest average cyclic rate of any single-barreled man-portable machine gun: between 1,200 and 1,500 rpm, which results in a distinctive muzzle report.
The MG 42's lineage continued past Nazi Germany's defeat, forming the basis for the nearly identical NATO round chambered MG1 (MG 42/59), which subsequently evolved into the MG1A3, then the Bundeswehr's MG 3. It also spawned the Swiss MG 51, Zastava M53, SIG MG 710-3, Austrian MG 74, and the Spanish 5.56mm Ameli light machine gun, and lent many design elements to the American M60 andBelgian MAG. The MG 42 was adopted by a number of armed organizations after the war, and was both copied and built under licence.
The Jawa Blaster- This one I'm really excited to talk about, for the simple fact that I OWN the real thing! This is a chopped down and modified 303 Lee Enfield.
Pictured above is my ACTUAL 303 Enfield mk 4. One of the best Battle Rifles ever made. British Marksman (snipers) still use the caliber today.
The Lee–Enfield bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957.
A redesign of the Lee–Metford (adopted by the British Army in 1888), the Lee–Enfield superseded the earlier Martini–Henry, Martini–Enfield, and Lee–Metford rifles. It featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee–Enfield was the standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars (these Commonwealth nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, among others). Although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1 SLR in 1957, it remained in widespread British service until the early/mid-1960s and the 7.62 mm L42 sniper variant remained in service until the 1990s. As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it is still found in service in the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, notably with the Bangladesh Police, which makes it the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service. The Canadian Forces' Rangers Arctic reserve unit still used Enfield No.4 rifles as of 2012, with plans announced to replace the weapons sometime in 2014 or 2015. Total production of all Lee–Enfields is estimated at over 17 million rifles.
The Lee–Enfield takes its name from the designer of the rifle's bolt system--James Paris Lee—and the factory in which it was designed—the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and India the rifle became known simply as the "three-oh-three".
I would love to tell you what Chewbaccas Bowcaster was made from but I haven't been able to figure it out. Sorry. I will be doing a few videos in the future where we actually go out and shoot some of these Bad Boys! Be sure to subscribe to the Youtube Channel and give us a LIKE on Facebook!
Savannah River Armory is making some of the coolest Rifles on the market. The sheer smoothness, lightweight frames and dependability of these firearms is unparalleled. In the video you can see that both myself and Chris Howard from Howards Firearms, were overly impressed by the fact that these rifles had NO RECOIL and that they didn't have that signature right pull that most AR-15s have.
We decided to use the dreaded and grossly misunderstood Steel Ammo chambered in 5.56. The Custom VPR 3 gun didn't like it so much. However, it is actually the Personal weapon of Alex, CEO/Owner of SRA; and is built to his needs. All of the standard competition grade VPR rifles as well as the Recon, The Urban Recon and the rest of the line from SRA; can chew up and spit out whatever ammo tickles your fancy.
These weapons systems are elite and up and coming. I have fired many AR-15 systems before, and I would pick these every time. At a fraction of the cost as some REALLY big name companies, you get a rifle that functions 10 times better without breaking the bank. Watch out shooting world, Savannah River Armory is coming at ya!
It’s not often that I get to Interview someone, that by the end of the Interview; I feel as though I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. The pride I take in writing for Tactical Shit and in my books, is the same pride that Alex and the gang at Savannah River Armory put into their work.
A relatively new company, about 2 years old; they are the up and comers that the shooting community should be keeping their eyes on. SRA is fast gaining notoriety in the area of 3 gun competition customization as well as working with big names such as Rock Island Armory. Having done all of the gun coatings for R.I.A.’s 30th Anniversary 2015, 1911’s.
SRA is a Type 7 Manufacturer building everything from Uppers and Lowers to AR Pistols; and are the only Blackwater Certified Armorers in their area. Alex, a former L.E.O. works hand in hand with his team of Military Veterans to develop quality product as well as a training program that is not “in your face” but one that adapts to the shooters strengths. Every shooter has a different style, and what works for one shooter, doesn’t necessarily work for the next. (I get what he means. I hate that C Clamp grip thingy. Just saying.)
Alex, Roman and the gang have also started a series of Webisodes focusing on what if SHTF, called “Training for an Uncertain Tomorrow“. The video is about as BAD A** as it could be, I mean the opening sequence alone had my heart pumping and my butt on the edge of my seat. The cinematography is excellent and the video editing and performances of all involved are a sight for sore eyes. Hollywood should take notes.
Be sure to hit up their YouTube Channel and Subscribe, as well as their FB page and give them a LIKE over there as well. If you are in Georgia, you’re in a great State. Especially because you have true Patriots building quality American Made Arms right next door.
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