It remains cold and difficult to test airsoft, but that's not stopped me posting up a few new reviews on the justpistols website.
I've also been photographing some of my current guns (some for review, some for fun as they're already reviewed) with my lovely new digital SLR and you'll find a lot of these shots are in the picture threads and/or my gallery.
One of the guns not yet reviewed is my ICS MP5 SD5 AEG. As I don't skirmish, an AEG is an indulgence, but I've been enjoying the AEG (all metal goodness ) experience (especially in the cold weather, when it doesn't vent freezing gas all over my hands!) and I've been attracted to the idea of another AEG.
The particular model that's taken my fancy is the G&P SPR Armalite style sniper rifle. I've read some mixed reviews and it is quite expensive, but I'm tempted by the mixture of Assault rifle and long barrelled sniper rifle. Another, very similar rifle I'm considering is the G&G SR25, but that's semi-auto only - realistic, but a little dull for an AEG...
If anyone's got any experience with either of these AEGs, drop me a PM or add a comment to this thread.
One thing that my investigation into AEGs has highlighted is that realism seems less important to the AEG buyer than it does to many GBB owners, but it might explain why some threads on GBBs divide into people decrying lack of realism and those thinking the details are unimportant.
Most AEGs seem to feature fake markings, which would (IMO, and those of many others) be laughable on a GBB, but cause few raised eyebrows on an AEG. Even some guns with 'accurate' markings only feature them as transfers or painted-on markings, where the real thing has engraved markings.
I guess this really indicates that few AEG buyers are collectors and that they, fairly obviously, don't value high levels of realism that highly. It also makes sense that those same people can't understand the GBB collector's value of realism on gas guns.
PS Does anyone ever read these blogs?