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Arn’s Airsoft “way back when (‘n buggy) machine” is being built….

I am working on importing all of the old archived documents we have, this includes the old projects and articles section. This will mean that a heap of the new pages added to the top menu system will be a bit of a mess. I have to go through the entire tree by hand after the auto-import has run and edit each page by hand. Old page counters have to be removed and everything tidied up. This will take a long time but I’ll get there!

These files include loads of old content from numerous other authors, and projects like Jericho and DumboRAT’s custom Face Off pistols (page one and page two).

Downtime and the repair

Sorry for the downtime, completley unavoidable and out of my hands.

I won’t bore you with the technical stuff but there was a corrupt file int he network configuration which meant that duyring the forum updates when we went to reboot the machine for the first time ever the network went offline, this meant we couldn’t physically route or talk to the machine.

It’s taken until today for us to get access and repair the issue. Now everything is back, I can continue to get the forums fixed. There was a massive upgrade needed to them, Invision (who we lease the software from) provided a custom fix to their UTF8 conversion as the pound signs were lost and a few other special characters when we first ran the upgrade. I’ve run it with their custom code and it just needs checking now to make sure all went well, the skin can be quickly rebuilt and the forums turned back on again.

More good news coming!

Update: the database for the forums has been updated, all looks good, I am now waiting for IPB (Invision) to check it so we can enable the forums and ensure there’s no data loss. We can’t merge posts so have to ensure that the upgrade has gone smoothly otherwise we have to revert back tot he backup and run the update again.

Merry Christmas 2017

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas this year! Now what are you doing reading a computer screen? Why not go and enjoy a break food and some of your favourite beverage?

As Thumpy would say “shots fired, by Zshot”

Knock offs and copies of copies has been pretty much the way of airsoft for some time. Prices get lower, everyone copies everyone else, and unless you have a huge legal division it can be almost impossible to protect your investments. As a consumer though, why should you care, you’re getting it cheaper and competition is good right? Right?

Historicially when large companies use their legal muscles to protect their interests it attracts negative PR on social media from both customers and distributors.

Without all the facts or knowing the positions on both sides of an argument as an individual it is naturally hard to form an unbiased opinion.

In this case Wallace Lau over at ZShot has circulated a pretty clear letter to one company (Valken) that really ought to resound throughout the Airsoft industry. This isn’t the first apparent case of the little guy losing out to bigger fish and likely won’t be the last; Wallace’s opinion is clear and he isn’t pulling any punches.

There’s the full text of the post over at and I do hope that there is a response from the other side and perhaps a sensible agreement that comes out of this. Clearly something has gone wrong somewhere, is it about time that Airsoft as an industry started to regulate itself?

I have to be clear that I/we/Arniesairsoft are not forming an opinion in the dispute but reporting on it. We will happily post any response from any party involved.

Here’s the open letter from Wallace:

Dear Valken:  I believe you can go to hell.
I hate political drama. However, this is not about some company knocking off our product; that happens all the time. This is about some big bully shutting out a small company, founded by one very genuine dude, who just love tinkering and creating new cool shits for all of us. This is about Jordan at Odin Innovations getting f***ed, and I have to say something about this.

A little back-story, Jordan founded Odin Innovations purely out of his love for airsoft. To spare you the long story, the Odin speed loader has been Jordan’s primary (if not the only) source of income — while he continues to tinker the next invention for airsoft. Also, Jordan had some medical complications earlier this year and he was hospitalized for a considerable period of time. At one point, the profit from Odin sales was the only income that sustained him and his family.

And Valken knows this. When the M12 was still a prototype, Jordan approached a few companies for help, and Valken was one of them.  I do not know the context of Valken’s meeting with Jordan, but in the end Valken either did not step up to the plate, or offered too little to Jordan. Long story short, Valken knew where the Odin came from, and Jordan needed the income. They can’t say “oh I didn’t know.”

So let’s get to the core of this issue: We (ZShot) have been importing, distributing, and supporting retailers since 2002 (yes it’s been 15 years) and we HAVE been wronged a few times. But not once have I genuinely been angry until now, because this has affected more than just us. ZShot will survive just fine if we lose a product line or two.  But I can’t stand and watch Odin Innovations be smashed because some multi-million-dollar company wanted to make a few extra bucks.  To whomever in Valken decided to import the Odin knock off: You can go straight to hell.

Gino, if you are reading this, take a good look at your company. Yes, I am nobody in your eyes, I know you have millions of dollars in your bank, I know you have lawyers sitting in the office waiting for a fight, and I know you have the resources to render us penniless by drowning us in expensive legal battles. In fact, it is probably stupid of me to risk my company and to stand up behind a friend.  However, everyone here at ZShot knows life isn’t just about money.  We would rather have our honor and integrity than make a quick bucks at someone else’s expense. If you are to mess with Odin Innovations, then I welcome, in fact challenge, you to squash and crush ZShot too.  However, we will not admit defeat unless you beat us by innovating and giving the community better products than what we can. Anyone can rip-off a product, and when you don’t have to pay for R&D or share your profit with the inventor, of course you can undercut everyone. However, with all your capital, why not take pride in what you do and direct employees to innovate?  Would that not be something you can be properly proud of?


Signed, Wallace Lau

Wallace Lau
30+ year airsoft enthuaist.  ASTM Airsoft Sub-committee Vice Chair.  Founder, ZShot Inc.


Reader feedback: updated podcasts, magazines, ebooks?

I’ve been updating the lists we have on the front page of airsoft related podcasts and magazines. Do you know of a regular magazine or podcast we’ve overlooked? If so please drop me a line so I can include it.

We sort through the lists every couple of months and anything production that slows down gets removed over time as it becomes less relevant or out of date.

JustPistols, lives again!

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 21.33.30Many years ago there was an awesome collection of pistol articles and reviews written and hosted by Mark (Snowman). As we never like seeing articles lost in the etherweb we’d like to reintroduce the updated collection.

Here’s a quick intro from the man himself:

After a long absence JustPistols is back on the web with a new home.


Thanks to ArniesAirsoft, all the reviews are now available to read again at

There are not likely to be any new reviews, but some current airsoft pistols are covered and for newcomers its a chance to see what we were using 10 years ago and more!

Mark, (JustPistols)

If anyone out there is looking for somewhere to archive content that they have and are having issues drop me a line. Also if someone out there knows of an easy way to host ASP on a PHP engine drop me a line! I have another archived site for someone I want to get online.

Anker PowerHouse: power for your next weekend event?

The next tiem you’re away for a skirmish weekend and don’t know if you’ve got enough juice in your phone or appliances, fancy taking an Anker PowerHouse with you? It packs 120,600 mAh and a 110v socket which will power a laptop or even recharge some LiPo batteries. Cost is 500USD at the moment but it will come down to 400USD by using a coupon code “ANKPower”.


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APS Festival 2016

headerAPS Festival-Model-w wallet poster

It’s not often I get to sit down and write material and articles and it’s always a pleasure to write about good people and their friends.

Frog and his APS ( family started their own corporate show is the commercial district of Tseun Wan, Hong Kong in 2015 which allowed them the opportunity to get their customers and friends together in one place. This is the second year of their show and I thankful for the opportunity to be here for it.

In relation to APS products it’s hard not to instaly nod towards their Dragonfly pistol and CO2 shotgun.


Their shell ejecting CO2 powered M870 style shotgun provides a satisfying “boom” when cycled and naturally proves very popular with the three gun sport shooting community.


IMG_4887The latest version of the Dragonfly has been warmly recieved and there are a selection of quality independant reviews on YouTube showing the current feedback (Gunsmith BATON, YouTube).

Designed as their best GBB pistol yet and running on CO2 it’s pokey, powerful and doesn’t suffer from cooling issues. The CO2 magazine will get around 60 shots per gas charge and I’m kicking myself for not getting a photo of the grips on the Dragonfly to upload for this but I’ll dig one out later. The grips are are all stippled by hand, not moulded, and the finish accordingly slightly is different for each one.

Kryptek is strongly in fashion in all versions and colours and there are a number of custom paint jobs available. The sport version of their rifles stand out from the crowd espeicially in some of the custom colours on show.


On show were tow new custom shotguns, a Kryptek custom M870 and a licensed Salient Arms 870 with custom Magpul grip and stock.


At the event I also had the pleasure to meet contacts from around the world including Adrian and Angela from 0’20 Magazine, Alan from Toy Soldier,Brian from, Eric from, Robert from, Kobahashi from Fireplace, Alan from Combat King, Zero from Poseidon and Larry form Centurions and many many more…

I have a lot more to write and some a lot more photos to sift through but it’s time for me to pack my bags, head down to the lobby and prepare for a flight home. Handlily this gives me time to get some a larger article up.

Email changes – MX now moved to Google

We’ve made some changes to our email system and moved all of our email handling to Google App’s servers. The main reason for this is that our hosts (SagoNet) refuse to fix some hosting issues that have currently caused SpamHaus to flag all emails from Sago’s server’s as spam (see here). SpamHaus say that Sago wilfully host spammers and don’t fix hacked websites and Sago aren’t really replying to much at all; enough of my wingeing. This meant that almost half of our outbound emails to you guys were being bounced.

As a result I’ve moved the MX records to Google’s servers and created the new groups and accounts on the new service. All should work, but if there are any issues please email me at our backup account arniesairsoft [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll look in to it. I have tested the usual groups and emails and all looks fine…

HARDCORE a POV film by Ilya Naishuller’s time for a slightly random post for a Thursday.

Why am I posting about this? Well it’s something I’m interested in seeing when it’s complete and I believe it may well appeal to a good few people on here.

Hardcore is a movie from the guys behind Biting Elbows and their recent music video. The new movie stars Sharlto Copley who you might recognise from District 19.

The movie has been shot and edited and now going into post production. For those that like the crowd funding route they have started a page on Indiegogo where you can back their project and pre-purchase a copy and various other rewards. They are using the funds gathered to finish the movie the way they want (I presume without going to a studio and losing their independent status).

Here’s the trailer:

Kickstarter: Emer Equipment modular backpack

I’m a fan of Kickstarter and have backed a few things on there (such as the minikit). It’s always nice to see things that look different and bring a new set of ideas to a traditional design.


Emer Equipment have a new urban backpack on there. The pack is a waterproof design and more pitched for your average commute but there’s obvious cross over as soon as you add tactical pouches to it. I’m quite a fan of their pouch attachment mechanism but I think I’d miss having standard MOLLE loops and velcro to attach extra gear to it. Here’s the brief on it:

The Ember team has a passion for design, craftsmanship, street life, the outdoors, and California.

The first EMBER product is a backpack for a reason. Our lives are active, highly mobile, and always changing. We needed one pack that can flow from the streets to the airport seamlessly, scale from minimal to maximal effortlessly, and stand up to all the abuse along the way. 

The Ember Backpack is a sleek urban-travel pack designed to house and protect your critical gear. Each material has been chosen for its particular performance characteristics as well as aesthetic quality. The pack is designed and crafted in obsessive functional and aesthetic detail. 

The Ember Backpack is a 20-liter urban pack and a modular system. In its most minimal form the pack incorporates 20 liters of storage space, padded internal laptop & tablet sleeves, 2 weather-proof exterior gear pockets, and the ability to instantly upgrade your pack – all in a stealthy package.

Emer Equipment, Kickstarter

Individual tastes vary but I quite like it.

Server Downtime

Sorry for the downtime folks. Our hosting company decided to physically move our server racks to a different city at short notice. This meant a 14hr window where things went offline as it was moved from A to B.

I’ve just set the databases to repair as things weren’t shut down smoothly prior to turning off. It looks like things were just turned off at the plug which left the database tables locked open. I’ve run a simple repair that will bring the affected tables back up. In short the forums should be back live in a moment.

It’s 4AM GMT here so I’m going back to bed!

Merry Christmas folks

It’s that festive time here, and so we’d like to wish you all the best for the holidays.

We enjoying a glass or two and a day off for a change from the usual day jobs.

Merry Christmas!

Move to new dedicated server now complete

zoomThe new server move went well. We’ve had some 50Gb of data moved from our old box to our new machine. the new dedicated machine has much more power and space/memory than the old server.

The old server was constraining our software updates, as our core services could easily not be updated past a certain software version.

The forums and news system are now back up and working as you would expect.

There are some minor issues with outbound emails bouncing due to rDNS problems. I also have various bits of code to update and our entire news front page to overhaul. If there are any issues, please let us know via email or in the forums.

Downtime, an explanation (sorry)

Sorry for the downtime folks. I have been running updates on our Facebook and Twitter feed to keep people in the loop and I thought I’d add some here as well now that we are back live again.

We have been organising a move to a new build server from our old box. this was due to have taken place this week. We’d be moving from 3+ year old hardware onto a newer dedicated box of markedly better specs and simply put “newer”. This would bring with it that latest core OS and new versions of our background services and enable me to roll in all our latest software updates. I can then update the site design and all the software we’ve written that runs this site. In short we get a new box and I can make things all shiny and kick some life into the design.

On or around the 6th of October the company behind the server management software that runs our rack pushed out a new version. This new version was quick frankly dreadful for us and crashed a heap of core services, knocking out email and web services. Then after a few days the entire server went down. We run a RAID hard drive set up and also backup regularly off site, however the drives then took that moment to die and due to the core management suite being broken the latest backup was corrupt.

Thus our technicians at the data centre have worked to restore our data and rebuild the hard drives manually so as to prevent any data loss. We could have used old backups but that would loose some forum posts and updates.

At present we are back up on the old box, the new machine is being prepped and shortly we’ll move the IP over to the new machine.

I’m afraid there was little we could do when this all occurred, we run from one dedicated box with no fall back machine if everything goes wrong at once. We are then in the hands of data centre technicians many miles away. Sadly their speed and ability to respond to our needs was slowed down by the number of sites affected by the same software fault.

When there’s more to post up I will add it. Quite simply I’d like to get the new hardware up and running so I can rewrite the site code and design and add all the latest software.

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