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The myriad of things that pop in to my head, put down on pixels

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Leeds Royal Armouries Museum - 'Patterns' Room: 28000 firearms and I touched as many as I possibly could

Sadly right now photobucket is down, but then I wasn't allowed a camera in the good part anyway, so for now, here's the world's most innocent looking door:     Behind that is another door, and then a security lobby with another steel multi-reinforced and locked door, and then a metal detector, and then another door and then... well, for a gun geek like me it was a 'god rays shining down, angels singing' moment. 28,000 guns of every variety, from the tiniest little matchlock pistol to 40mm+

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Above *ALL* else: Personal preference

Since this is a subject within airsoft I feel extremely passionate about, I'd like to copy here a post I recently made in this thread:   http://www.arniesairsoft.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=192859&view=findpost&p=2411576&hl=&fromsearch=1   After a few people were bashing certain platforms of airsoft weapon, and basically taking a "it's my way or the highway type view", which is something I despise in general but specifically in this hobby of mine, I decided to do a littl

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Christmas haulage

Being home for over a week, and having not only my own purchases but Christmas presents as well, I'm hoping to have lots of stuff to write about and take pictures/videos of. Although sadly the speed it gets dark in the evenings is proving a bit limiting but I shall do what I can. After recovering nicely from my chocolate/cider/roast meat festival yesterday I think I'll start off with a group shot of the Yuletide gifts:     List in order of interest to the average airsofter:   -SDS Super

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It begins...

Part of me doesn't want to reveal what I'm doing just now before it's ready, but I don't think many people will be looking here so just a quick preview. A picture paints a thousands words after all, so here's what rocked up at home today:     Obviously, they won't be staying like this for terribly long.

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N00b tube

I actually uploaded this yesterday, and i'd imagine there's a good chance that anyone reading this blog has already checked out the YouTube channel. But, if you haven't here's some footage of me slamming the VFC EGLM, and then 'dry' firing 4 shells full of propane out of my ARES EGLM.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRoivR8Ft1c   Fun stuff 40mm.   Reminds me of a time at a skirmish actually, I had the ARES launcher mounted to my 14.5" CASV Marui SOCOM, and no word of a lie, some chubby d

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Stuff. And things.

Favourite phrase of an old mate of mine when I was up at Lossiemouth. Sadly he's a civvie now, but he was a really fat bugger who despised fitness tests, so perhaps the military wasn't the best environment for him. 6 years of being in the raf while we were in Afghan and he never got deployed, that takes some skills; though perhaps it's more of an indicator of how randomly deployments come around, I've been out of training and eligible to go for over 2 years now, and despite repeated pleas to t

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Hello you tubes

It's double posting madness today apparently. Other than building stupidly pimped-out Magpul guns, I also decided to finally get around to recording some airsoft chatty/reviewy/shooty stuff for YouTube. The first thing that came to mind, since I'd received a RS AR-15 buffer unit with one of my orders, was to compare a heavy recoil setup in one of the WA rifles to one using much lighter parts. Now lets see if I can get this embedding lark to work...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhovYNSk2

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Who I Is

Since I've found that only doing videos when I'm home at the weekend/on leave is rather limiting from now on I'll be making them here in the barrack block since this is now where all my new stuff is going to pitch up. Having been here just over 2 months now the first few orders of guns and equipment have been flowing through the mail room here on camp, and after the 2 years of having to send it all home and not get my hands on it for months it's really been a great relief, and to be honest I fe

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Gah.. customs...

Bloody TMC, costing me unnecessary money. A strong word of advice for anyone out there reading this, whenever you've got a sort of e-mail 'trail' going with a HK airsoft shop because you want something specific with an order, make doubly sure to remind them again of exactly what you want just before they ship it out, else they'll have forgotten.   Can't progress on the project now since I may (or may not!) be about to receive an enormous customs bill through from FedEx. If any of you could p

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Shiny Hi-Def is shiny

In preparation for the batch of videos I'm editing up right now, and as some practice at YouTube embedding, here's my first 2 bits of work using the Samsung HMX-R10, shot at 720p and 50 frames per second, slo-mo bits beign slowed by a factor of 4. I'm pretty damn happy with the camera considering I picked it up brand new for £220 off ebay. If you can actually manage to find one in stock in the UK, it'll be more like £300-350. I did manage to put quite a substantial dent in the metal casing ov

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Just not in time.

Well, the new builds are basically all done, they've been assembled, played with, checked, tested, and of course there's always more to tweak and tune (especially with WA's) but they do at least look very nice. Anyone wanting lots more pics of the guns or info, check out the magpul picture threads.   On a 'showing people your stuff' note, I'd like to mention that I coughed up for a 'pro' account on photobucket the other day, $25 for a year and it's a pretty sweet deal for anyone out there loo

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December purchases

After finally getting around to taking a photo of it all (and fighting the urge to rip it all out the packets and put it to use for a few days) here's another "*suitcase* I've bought recently" update:     As opposed to simply providing a list of the above items I'll be giving my reasoning for each purchase, as hopefully this will provide some insight in to my playing/kit/guns related habits and hopefully even trigger some productive thoughts and learning processes, for anyone that cares to

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BIG delivery

Well, the vat majority of the metal hardware for the new rifle project has rocked up, first time I've used UPS as a courier and I've been fairly impressed to be honest, HK to here in 4 days and that was the 'saver' option which wasn't much money at all. Always far better than using EMS and getting your stuff stuck in some depot while Parcel Farce snail mail you a snotty letter demanding money out of you before they'll deliver the stuff you paid for. Wankers...   Anyways, picture of lots of n

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omgzorz cod nite vijuns

What this could really do with is forgetting linking to facebook, twitter and all that lark, I'd never put my Arnies status updates on facebook, that would be social suicide. A linked in stream of anything I upload to youtube though, that'd be handy. Since that doesn't yet exist however, here's some really dark grainy footage of me shining a couple of replica illuminating devices around at night, they looked a lot better than the camera picks up I promise.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP

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Please love me, I crave attention

In a thinly veiled attempt at increasing the number of people that read this blog from 2, to the giddy heights of maybe 3 or 4, I have decided that I shall be posting up all my latest stuff here first rather than the appropriate picture threads in the pictures forum. So, since I'm in a rush and getting dragged out the door to the cinema by the missus right now, I'll keep it simple.   Where there's a will, there's a WA     Hope you enjoy.

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Phew.

After over 2 days waiting in UK customs, the box full of RS magpul parts from the states has finally passed through. Bit of a tense moment there, the actual items themselves are perfectly legal to buy within the UK and obviously they're not made here but you can buy them from Midway UK so they must be ok to import, but US retailers reckon they're ITAR restricted so quite lucky I had a 3rd party to help me out on that front.   Had a bit of bad news the other day, in that the 4 GHK magazines I

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Videos, bloody everywhere

In a random bout of freak filming, after much blood, sweat and tears spilled over converting about a million different video formats in to something that's actually useful, I've ended up with a fair bit more stuff on my YouTube channel. No one's watching it, I'm not sure why, perhaps I should just cheat and put 'call of duty' in the tags, but I refuse to stoop to that dishonest level frankly. I like to think they're the sort of videos that folks on here would find interesting though, so here t

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Oww.. my wallet.

Well, that's everything for the project finally paid for. I've got a shed load of WA rifle parts and all the other metal hardware on the way from WGC, and all the plastic accessories (stocks, grips, rail panels etc) will be on their way from the states shortly. It's all been paid for using paypal, and I'm glad it's all in $ because if the actual £ value was right there in black and white to plainly see I'd probably cry myself to sleep tonight.   There has been a glimmer of hope with the 2 WO

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*facepalm*

And so it hits, a lovely lovely import taxes bill from FedEx this morning. I actually can't even remember off the top of my head how long ago the guns turned up, suffice to say it's a fair old while. Their speed of shipping is great, the tracking system works great, they get things through customs incredibly quickly, even 2 WA GBB rifles which are about as close to the RS as you can get short of a de-act, so on the major criteria that you'd judge a courier by they're pretty awesome really. Th

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Night time antics - part. 2 (child safe entry I promise)

As promised, after re-ripping the mini-DVD with a more reliable (and waaaaaay more slooooow) program and doing the editing, the second part of the lights/lasers video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmPv92vIvQk&feature=feedlik   I did turn up the brightness, and the actual light being kicked out by the various devices is substantially brighter and more effective than the video shows, but that's the issue with recording at night without fancy gear.   On a separate note, kudos to TNT t

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I now reside in englandshire

Woohoo, and other celebrations.   I have nothing against Scotland, it's a very pretty country with lots of things gong for it, and if I'd been living in a decent sized city like Inverness or Aberdeen I'd have not minded being there so much it must be said. However, my girlfriend lives in Eastbourne, my parents and brother live in Middlesex (where I go when I get a weeks' leave) and there isn't a SINGLE skirmish site to be found in all of Moray/Aberdeenshire (where my previous posting of Lossi

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Done. (mostly)

Well, I flew home on Saturday and have been working on turning the massive pile of boxes full of stuff that greeted me, in to some sort of correctly assembled set of airsoft weapons. it's been a bit of a pain sufficed to say, as per usual with any airsoft project manufacturers standards of tolerances and dimensions have been off here and there and not everything just slots together as it should; although not having bought anything ACM for this project has lessened that particular headache to so

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I can do maths me

Copied this over from the 'Pistols' thread in general discussion, since it got a pretty positive reception I figured it's worth putting up for the folks that haven't been in to that thread, bit of an analysis of gear trends for some airsofters, in graphical format:     A. Starting off, AEG with hi-cap/couple of mid-cap mags, possibly a very basic rig. B. Continuing to purchase more guns and gear, MOLLE creates great potential for loading up more and more pouches with more and more junk, 20

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It's like the matrix, but less professional

Oh I must enter a post must I? More demanding than my girlfriend this thing. *grumble*   What with my life being totally consumed by trying to move the entirety of it from the lower scottish highlands to suffolk, there's neither time nor money for airsoft shopping at the moment sadly. Of course I still browse the various retailers because it's like looking through the toys section in the Argos catalogue as a child, you might not be able to buy it all but, as with 'adult activities', the anti

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Progress must be made!

How long should a blog entry be? I mean, obviously there's no actual defined limits, but is there a sort of convention? Is it considered not-cricket to write lots of short entries? Will people not take an interest in your blog if they feel it's more like a status update? I wonder. Considering the nature of airsoft and building guns and skirmishing, it seems to me like a paragraph or two and maybe a picture would be the sorts of things you'd put in, as your builds progress and you go out to

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