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About Gigueand

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  • Birthday 09/27/1984

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  • Airsofter since
    2006, paintballer since 1996
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    Traverse City, MI

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  1. Gigueand

    G&P HPA Carbines

    M653 is sold.
  2. Gigueand

    WE G17 Gen5 F-type

    Bren 10 now! If I wanted a normal gun for a normal person I wouldn't be an airsofter.
  3. Gigueand

    Anyone still around from the old days?

    Its pretty unbelievable the level to which many, fairly large groups of guys are going for MSW events here in the U.S. Sure, there's your odd .MIL person here or there, but a lot of these are civilian dudes who are going above and beyond. Not only are they building very solid impressions, but they are also acquiring the appropriate sustainment gear plus the equipment needed for successful night antics (NVGs, IR devices, etc). I attended Ruins of Saratov in November and our platoon of 50(ish) dudes had 47 guys with NVGs, 1 guy with thermals only and only two guys who had nothing NVG-wise.
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    Anyone still around from the old days?

    Speaking as someone who remembers the "old days" of both airsoft (at least in the U.S.) and Arnie's, there's definitely an evolution that longer term players go through. Definitely reminds me of this somewhat famous graphic from paintball. In general, most airsoft players are in the hobby for a season or two - just a couple of years. The primary demographic of airsofters, in my experience, is the 14 - 18 year old crowd. Kids who are old enough to afford the hobby and who are relatively immobile life-wise. They're usually living at home, finishing their undergraduate education and they drift away from airsoft once they leave home and go to university/college. The folks who survive this tend to stick around longer and go through several phases. Speaking for myself, I came over from paintball and into airsoft nearly 15 years ago after having played a decade of paintball. I was, frankly, shocked by the amount of gear and other gucci nonsense people were carrying around (MICH 2000s, CIRAS vests, etc - you can guess the time period...) and I built purely lightweight, functional loadouts. Then as I got more into the hobby and more interested in kit I started buying more gucci stuff (Mayflower, Crye, ATS, TT, etc). Eventually transitioned into building impressions which didn't always work out very well. Nowadays I'm far more interested in having lightweight, functional kit that is comfortable to wear and let's me keep up with the kids. What I've got is still nice (Velocity Systems, PVS-14, etc), great for milsim events, but also totally fine for your average rec play with 12 year olds running to and fro.
  5. Gigueand

    1:1 PEQ-2 replica?

    I own a G&P AN/PEQ-2. Yes, they are expensive, but they are quite robust externally. Unfortunately, the laser on mine died after one event. Fortunately, they're not very complicated electrically, so I'm hoping to pop it open and re-solder whatever broke inside.
  6. Gigueand

    G&P HPA Carbines

    Conditions: - I accept Pay-Pal only. - I will only ship within the United States. - Insurance is recommended, but is at the buyers expense. - I am not liable for lost or damaged items due to USPS/UPS/Fedex, etc. - No refunds, item is sold as is. The item will leave my hands in the conditions described in this thread. I have tried to describe the item as accurately as possible below, but will elaborate if need be. - I am located in Traverse City, MI and am willing to meet up in the general area. - Please send questions via PM, questions posted in this thread may not be answered in a timely fashion. - I am a member of Arnie's Airsoft, Michigan Airsoft (MiA), Airsoft Ohio, Airsoft Forum and Airsoft Retreat. Feel free to look at my buyer/seller ratings on those sites, if you care to. - NO TRADES AT THIS TIME. MESSAGES REQUESTING TRADES WILL NOT BE REPLIED TO. 2011 G&P M4A1 $550 SHIPPED Adult owned and cared for. Purchased by me in 2011 from Airsoft Global. Features the old style "Colt Gray" receiver color and full "M4" Colt trademarks. Upgrades: Polarstar Gen 1 V2 Fusion Engine upgraded with the Gen 2 FCU and Gen 2 wire harness PDI 6.03 300mm Tightbore Barrel Guarder "Clear" Bucking and Nub ProWin Hop-Up Unit MagPul ASAP rear sling plate Cosmetics: Scratches and wear from use. The right side selector cover fell out and has been covered over with a strip of adhesive velcro. Does not impact function. Front sling swivel removed (to allow M203 use). Pictured accessories (AN/PEQ-2, M203, ACOG, Eotech, Sling, flip-up rear sight, etc) NOT included. 2015 G&P M653 $450 SHIPPED Adult owned and cared for. Purchased by me in 2015 from Ehobby Asia. Features the old style "Colt Gray" receiver color and full "A1" Colt trademarks. Upgrades: Polarstar V2 JACK Guarder "Clear" Bucking and Nub ProWin Hop-Up Unit Cosmetics: Scratches and wear from use. Issues: Polarstar JACK is semi-auto only. The trigger board was damaged during installation. Replacement Polarstar Universal Trigger Boards are available for about $30. Pictured accessories (PAQ4-C, Aimpoint Mk III, Sling, Surefire G2 Light & Mount) NOT included.
  7. Gigueand

    MK16 URGI Rails

    Holy comprehensive reply, batman! Now this is why I come to Arnie's! Thanks, NonEx.
  8. Gigueand

    MK16 URGI Rails

    I'm looking at purchasing a replica MK16 (i.e. URGI) rail for my rifle. I'm looking the HAO version, but haven't heard much about it. My understanding is that JKArmy, Angry Gun, C&C Tac and HAO make replicas, but some are better fit and finish than others. Can anyone weigh in? Thanks,
  9. Gigueand

    Is there ANY shotshow news?

    To be fair, DSG runs were around loonnggg before modern HPA systems. I remember the dudes with Systema PTWs getting the same sort of heat HPA users get nowadays. But, yeah, speed triggers for semi-auto and the like... The whole "problem" of high ROF guns is a non-problem, really. It is as simple as the site telling people they can only use semi-auto. Sites around me went through a couple year period where they were semi-auto only unless the RIF was a SAW or LMG. Personally, I rather liked that as it actually forced people to use SAWs in a way that resembled the "real world." Most of the CQB places that I'm familiar with around me are still semi-auto only unless the players specifically opt for a game or two with full-auto rules. A lot of sites need to step up and offer some customer service - if kids are getting over-shot either in full-auto or even from high ROF semi-auto guns then the site needs to isolate those players and tell them to cool it with the trigger spam or put them with other like players. I do think a lot of the "joy" of airsoft has gone away. Maybe that is because I've been in the hobby for a long time and have kind of seen and done it all, but I suspect there's also an element of silliness that has died in the community. Airsoft seems to be "serious business" now and there's either a speedsoft "anything to win" mentality or a "MILSIM OR GTFO" mentality. I hardly ever seen anyone running around with weird get-ups or non-M4/AK styled rifles these days. My team is sort of notorious in the Midwest for having a "zero-fu**s" goofy attitude, running pink shirts on the 2nd day of the event, that sort of stuff. But that attitude seems few and far between nowadays.
  10. Gigueand

    Is there ANY shotshow news?

    I do have to drive quite a way to play. I do know a lot of dudes who basically only play at MSW 3 or 4 times a year. I drove 16 hours to play in Mississippi and 8 hours to play in West Virginia. Your take on RUSFOR is spot on. MANY of the RUSFOR dudes I know are teenage edge-lords. Bang rules are, fortunately, going the way of the dinosaur in my region. Most event hosts both big and small recognize all the problems they create.
  11. Gigueand

    Is there ANY shotshow news?

    I think this varies regionally. In my area (the Midwest) there's just not a big enough community to really have much differentiation between players. Or, to put it another way, games will have some speedsofty types, some milsim-types and a whole slew of people in the middle. I have noticed a growth in "speed-sim," running the highest speed "milsim" type gear - Crye JPCs, Opscore helmets, Spiritus Systems - all that lightweight stuff is hugely popular. Milsim is still pretty huge among a certain set of players. Milsim West (MSW) draws pretty big crowds to events all over the U.S. and really does offer a great experience. Shaking my head about the "murder mags" - seems like a great way to draw negative attention to the hobby. Cue the videos of kids being hosed at 45 RPS.
  12. Gigueand

    Is there ANY shotshow news?

    Pretty much no. SHOT Show this year has been pretty underwhelming. All the airsoft "news" involves companies releasing yet more lines of guns with insane acronyms for names not modeled after anything that exists in the real world.
  13. Gigueand

    Anyone still around from the old days?

    And, in my experience, the level of discourse is significantly higher...
  14. Gigueand

    Anyone still around from the old days?

    Well, Titleist did get into some legal trouble for shipping ITAR restricted parts to a member of a biker gang in Finland so...
  15. Gigueand

    Anyone still around from the old days?

    Joined in 2006 and been playing somewhat regularly since then. It is too bad what Facebook has done to many of the great airsofting communities of old including Arnie's but also places like Airsoft Canada and my own local forum. Arnie's was truly a great community back in "the day" with all sorts of characters - TheCrunchBunny, Sledge, Stealthbomber, Magz, MasakariJoe, Titleist, DarkLite, CKinnerly - some of whom are still around. The days of the "Clone Wars" where a new replica was released every month and the forums were filled with people posting the latest build trends (Art of Tactical Carbine!) have sadly passed us by. There's a lot to be said for the convenience of Facebook and while the 101 airsoft groups on it are great for some niches (Gothic Serpent kit, early GWOT kit, Polarstar Owners Group, etc) there's a big hole when it comes to having one cohesive community. edit: Is it actually possible anymore to see a full members list for Arnie's?

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