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    Pics of your Gear

    Some heavy Russian FSB kit from the local CQB field, "Fear City Tactical Arena" Really neat place! It's actually a haunted house attraction in October, and then an airsoft arena in the winter.
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    Silenced Guns Picture Thread

    This APB is a pre-production model completed by NPO-AEG for Atacka.com, the US-based distributor of the refinished Gletcher GBB Stechkin. If you want to order from the UK, rusmilitary sells the Gletcher guns directly. NPO-AEG will release the APB kit (slide + barrel + silencer + stock) as a kit some time in 2014 (?). To get that you'll have to order through Atacka because as far as I know, Rusmilitary has nothing to do with NPO-AEG.
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    Gletcher APS Stechkin with Externals by NPO-AEG

    If you're in the UK Rusmilitary has them in stock along with the Grach (which is sold NBB but can be mod'd to GBB). The Rusmilitary ones are straight from Gletcher so they have the nasty trades. I got mine from Atacka.com which sells the NPO-AEG refinished ones for $350 (218 sterling). Straight Gletcher one at $254 (159 sterling). For US folks the Atacka one makes sense because the shipping is free and you get the bonus of the improved exterior. For UK and EU people, if your pocketbook is making the decision...probably consider Rusmilitary.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    It's hard to respond to this one without my personal bias since I've been craving a modern Russian handgun replica since Day 1. Part of me just wants to shout GET IT BECAUSE THEY ARE FINALLY FOR SALE, but I also can understand some people care more about function than looks Both guns have metal slides + frames and plastic grips. Stechkin has the C02 cartridge in the grip and Grach has it in the mag. Haven't tested the metal, but people working on them say that it's pretty soft. NPO-AEG covered up the original bogus Gletcher trade marks and did a nice job of refinishing them. The slide action isn't going to win any awards on either. The Stechkin is GBB out of the box and it has some nice blowback, owing to the explosive amount of pressure behind the first few shots. Both of these replicas NEED some kind of fix before you can take them to a site or you'll wind up shooting a hole in somebody's face. The Grach is NBB out of the box with the supplied magazines, but in the Russian forums, several users have found ways to mod the mags to "activate" the guns GBB. AFAIK this particular model is actually a re engineering of the blowback metal pellet replica. So, it stands to reason with a few mods you can get the blowback working again. No idea on what the scope of the mods are or whether or not they compromise the reliability of the replica. I need to do more reading. In the UK you can order the Gletcher guns right through rusmilitary, but here in the US we only have the NPO-AEG refinished ones that were imported by Atacka. I would say YES to anyone who wants to order the APS. Grach is good too (especially if you like modern Russian stuff), but we gotta figure out how to mod it for GBB.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    I couldn't find a good place for any of these handguns... Gletcher APS Stechkin - Refinished by NPO AEG Gletcher MP443 Grach - Refinished by NPO AEG Gletcher APS Stechkin - Refinished by NPO AEG + APB kit by NPO AEG
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    Silenced Guns Picture Thread

    Gletcher APS Stechkin with the NPO-AEG APB kit. The kit replaced the slide + barrel and includes the silencer and wire stock
  7. Wordy title right? I received by Stechkin from Art at Atacka (http://Atacka.com) along with an extra magazine on Tuesday. First impressions: It's big and it's heavy. I've been collaborating with Art on some related projects, so I was clued into the goings on with this particular import. I learned that exporting airsoft guns out of Russia is a hell of a challenge, and it takes time, patience, connections, and money...and that's to do it legally! This replica is a 6mm GBB made by Gletcher and refinished by NPO-AEG. As you can see, NPO-AEG cleaned up the externals and added full trades. I don't have the full list of enhancements that NPO-AEG made, but Art is working on translating it right now. Since I care a lot about externals, I'm very pleased with this replica. Dimensions look good too. It fits in all the holsters I tried it in: The slide + frame are metal and the grip panels are plastic. The left side grip pops off to reveal where you put the C02 cartridge: You then use an allen wrench (supplied) to move up a bolt that pushes the cartridge up against the valve. Pretty straightforward. The mags are basically sticks. A bit disappointing for anyone looking for full size mags. They hold 18 rounds each and given their size, they're a little tricky to find pouches for. Anything made to fit mak mags won't really work, but I found that some adjustable pouches, like the pictured CCO MOLLE pouch, do ok The manual is pretty light, so I'm not totally sure how to fully disassemble the gun. I managed to remove the slide by pressing down on the trigger guard: I only got to shoot two mags, so I can't comment too much on performance. I'll know more after Sunday when I shoot more pics + vids. I can say that the blowback is really intense, probably due to the explosive power of the first few shots. The chrono showed that the first two or three shots were around 420FPS before falling to the high 300's on the subsequent shots. Again, I'll have more to say when the weekend is over. Conclusion: Buy buy buy. I'm a tad biased because I have contributed photo + video help to Atacka.com, but damn do I love this replica. Not only does it fix the Gletcher trade issue, but the performance is pretty awesome. The FPS issue is something that I'll wait for airsmiths to solve, but the recoil as of now gives this GBB a really great fun factor. I know some of you performance nuts will want to know about hop up (does it have one? is it adjustable?), cool down (how many shoots per cartridge? how fast can you shoot a magazine?), fps (what's the range? how do I limit the FPS?), but I don't have all the answers right now. On Sunday I hope to do a more thorough review of the pistol. Until now, appreciate that the Gletcher Stechkin GBB is finally available to consumers outside of Germany and Russia!
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Please don't hate on Red-Alliance! We're trying to fix the image and be more open. For example, members like adadqgg get infractions and citations from admins and moderators if we can spot abusive or combative posting. We want more people to use the site to share and discuss! I'm a big Russian gear collector, but I still like to see people share images of their own projects. The Russian/AK community isn't about excluding people from getting involved. It should be the opposite
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    The factory doesn't give the AK-105/104 to the military with a ribbed cover on it. You would have to make that an aesthetic rather than realistic choice.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Just to really drive the point home: When real Russian (and Ukrainian, etc) soldiers are using front-mounted optics by choice, the phony Russian/communist airsofters should probably keep their mouths shut. It's one thing to have an aesthetic preference, but it's another to get dogmatic and assume a bizarre fake persona from a country you don't live in.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Russia has several private companies who have licenses to import certain ITAR accessories. For example, American manufactured PVS-14 can be legally sold to some military personnel through one such company (TsSN makes use of PVS-14 for a lot of teams). With stuff from 2008-present in Russia, guys in tactical teams of the FSB and MVD are buying new gear every day. Some of their sport and competition rifles are totally tricked out as the last photo demonstrates.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Real World 2011 service rifle: This one was from a 2011 competition. I can't see the sleeves to identify the unit, but this is probably a rifle from the TsSN of the FSB. Modifications would be paid for by the soldier using the gun. Purists look away
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    Armocom 6B7-1 Helmet

    Cool stuff!
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Do you know anyone in the FSB? MVD? Let me tell you: They like putting accessories on their guns. The only thing keeping more soldiers from having more additions to their firearms is the limitation of their pocketbooks. If you have an aesthetic preference for an airsoft gun without accessories, that is your business. Bladerunner168 never said he wanted to mimic a real Russian firearm.
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    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    There is a folding adapter made for the stamped AK series. I think there was one made by a company called SWAT Arms and then SRWW claims that TDI made one in collaboration with them.
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