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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Rogerborg in Airsoft World   
    Try reading the reviews on them on this forum.
     
    As I always say, all retailers are great until something goes wrong and then it sorts the men from the boys.
     
    I mean, how hard is it to take an online order and post something out. A lot of retailers get rave reviews for doing just this.
    Means nothing to me. The true measure is how they handle warranty claims and problematic despatches.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from AnotherOopsie in G&P SR15 or G&G GR25?   
    I have the G&G SR25.
    Apparently there is a tendency for lockup and I was advised to have a MOSFET fitted, which I did, together with a spring upgrade so I could use it as a DMR to get the benefit of higher FPS allowances on the sites I play at.
     
    Its a nice rifle, obviously very long, which is the nature of the beast and Ive since got both sized mags for it.

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    Baz JJ reacted to Robert James in New Site - Hertfordshire - Your thoughts required !   
    Custom painted not made. It leaves about 2 mm gap between my glasses and mask. 
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    In regards to public perception, I was playing at Eversley once (it was a milsim in my defence) and we had a bit of the game where the Russians were having a secret meet with the rebels. One of the players turned up at the RV point in a Russian GAZ with his henchmen and after a few minutes, AK Toting rebels came out of the trees, barrels raised suspiciously.
     
    Eversley has a few public thoroughfares and is located in Hampshire.
     
    Two teenage girls on horses suddenly appeared coming up the track, They just rode past this frozen tableau and then one was heard to say "oh look Lucinda, men with toy guns".
     
    We pi**ed ourselves with laughter but it sums it all up.
     
    Tolerance and not taking yourself too seriously.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    In regards to public perception, I was playing at Eversley once (it was a milsim in my defence) and we had a bit of the game where the Russians were having a secret meet with the rebels. One of the players turned up at the RV point in a Russian GAZ with his henchmen and after a few minutes, AK Toting rebels came out of the trees, barrels raised suspiciously.
     
    Eversley has a few public thoroughfares and is located in Hampshire.
     
    Two teenage girls on horses suddenly appeared coming up the track, They just rode past this frozen tableau and then one was heard to say "oh look Lucinda, men with toy guns".
     
    We pi**ed ourselves with laughter but it sums it all up.
     
    Tolerance and not taking yourself too seriously.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    The problem comes when you have people playing the wrong game. I got started in milsims when I found people weren't working tactically or in teams; they would all just run off in different directions with no thought of objectives.
    Nothing wrong with that but not what I want, Rather than get all bitter and twisted, I went off and found people who play in the style that I want.
     
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from DarkAssassin in Russian loadouts thread   
    Personally, I go for comfort at a skirmish and tend to just wear a chest rig to carry what I need for an hour or two until the next break.
    Thats my choice but you have to respect the choice of others.
     
    For some people, their enjoyment of a skirmish is dressing in a loadout of their choice. Providing they take their hits (and if theyre not because they dont feel it, that should be dealt with by the marshalling team), its up to them. Theyve paid their walk on and unless the rules forbid it, they have as much right as anybody else.
     
    Concerning the military/walt thing, thats an age old argument. There will always be ex mil guys who resent airsofters. In the same way, there will be those who make money out of airsofters and those who dont give a rats either way. Soldiers are people and individuals and as such have lots of different viewpoints.
    If you spend a large amount of time training and lets face it, often risking your life in the military, I can fully understand why they can get irritated by a Tescos shelf stacker masquerading as Seal Team 6 (no disrespect intended to either profession). Instead of seeing it as homage, they see it as a lessening or cheapening of their efforts.
    I meet milsimmers sometimes who believe they are on a par with real serving SF because they've played a few hard core games at MOD facilities and go on some courses. Thankfully, its a very small minority.
     
    However, our military largely fight for the freedom that allows us to have this choice. Ive got a mate who lives in Turkey and they have a lot of airsoft restrictions. Be thankful, that people can play as they want here.
     
    We dont have to like it, but we do have to live with it.
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    Baz JJ reacted to AnotherOopsie in G&P SR15 or G&G GR25?   
    Thanks Baz, looks like I'm sold on the GR25, and a new case to go with it!
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from AnotherOopsie in G&P SR15 or G&G GR25?   
    1173mm as seen in the photo
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from AnotherOopsie in G&P SR15 or G&G GR25?   
    I have the G&G SR25.
    Apparently there is a tendency for lockup and I was advised to have a MOSFET fitted, which I did, together with a spring upgrade so I could use it as a DMR to get the benefit of higher FPS allowances on the sites I play at.
     
    Its a nice rifle, obviously very long, which is the nature of the beast and Ive since got both sized mags for it.

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    Baz JJ got a reaction from clumpyedge in Milsim - Op Clean Sweep   
    Again, my experience is a lot of players who mainly skirmish get obsessed about their guns, hops, barrel upgrades etc. Milsimmers tend to see their rifle as just one bit of their kit and are just as obsessive about clothing, comms kit, etc. 
     
    Not to look like a wannabe but to be able to play in the environment they are being put in, carry whatever kit they need with minimal weight and be able to reach what they need when they need it.
     
    Milsims and skirmishes are opposite poles connected by airsoft weapons.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from ImTriggerHappy in Milsim - Op Clean Sweep   
    Did the Okto Eight Milsim Op Clean Sweep at the weekend.
     
    Man, it was cold and muddy.
     
    I've heard hardcore milsimmers preach about the games like the CAG ones where they trek 7Km in full kit across Otterburn in blizzards and attack an objective.
    The Okto one is supposed to be a softer option with the fighting ending at 1700 each day so people can socialise, eat, get warm etc.
     
    However, this weekend made me realise the real difference between skirmish players and milsimmers who just happen to use airsoft weapons.
     
    The weather hovered around zero all weekend, we had deep mud and it snowed every day.
    Players were camping, many from Friday to Sunday evening.
     
    Now the Okto game is not aimed at Seal Team 6 wannabes. Instead, its a personally challenging game where people choose to be in teams to overcome tactical objectives whilst fighting with airsoft weapons, against a continuing and evolving dynamic movie-style storyline.
     
    What I saw was a polarisation where skirmishers who were used to day games struggled with suitable kit to combat the weather, struggled with comprehending rules, didnt make any preparation and got all antsy when things went against them, leaving before the game was finished on Sunday and letting their team mates struggle against a better prepared force.
     
    On the other hand, the superior force, who ironically werent special forces wannabes in gucci kit as is often portrayed in milsim circles, were prepared for the weather, were organised in sub-units with slick drills and absorbed the intel, using it to their advantage.
     
    They really did demonstrate what you can do with teamwork and good effective communication and their OPFOR had their arses handed to them on the Sunday.
     
    There was an APC which was defending the Titanium Mine. The opposing team were trying to kill the APC by throwing grenades through one of its open gun ports, but the crew inside werent dying. I was acting as impartial observer and they complained to me. I asked them to try it again. The guy dodged the machine gun fire to get up alongside the APC in its blind zone and threw another grenade. I couldnt believe what I saw. The lad inside who I felt had more of a skirmishing attitude, jumped out of the rear hatch when the grenade came in, waited outside at the back for it to explode, then jumped back in to live another day and carry on. He really couldnt see my point when I explained that apart from being unfair, this was a highly improbable action had it been a real APC. Im sure its possible in one of the video games he plays..
     
    I hasten to add that the game only accepts players 18 or over, so he wasnt a child.
     
    Luckily, this is a minority occurence.
     
    Despite that, it was a really good weekend and everybody seemed to leave having learned a lot of stuff about themselves. It might be that milsim isnt for them, but I suspect even the ones that excelled were questioning some of their kit choices. 
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from ImTriggerHappy in Milsim - Op Clean Sweep   
    Did the Okto Eight Milsim Op Clean Sweep at the weekend.
     
    Man, it was cold and muddy.
     
    I've heard hardcore milsimmers preach about the games like the CAG ones where they trek 7Km in full kit across Otterburn in blizzards and attack an objective.
    The Okto one is supposed to be a softer option with the fighting ending at 1700 each day so people can socialise, eat, get warm etc.
     
    However, this weekend made me realise the real difference between skirmish players and milsimmers who just happen to use airsoft weapons.
     
    The weather hovered around zero all weekend, we had deep mud and it snowed every day.
    Players were camping, many from Friday to Sunday evening.
     
    Now the Okto game is not aimed at Seal Team 6 wannabes. Instead, its a personally challenging game where people choose to be in teams to overcome tactical objectives whilst fighting with airsoft weapons, against a continuing and evolving dynamic movie-style storyline.
     
    What I saw was a polarisation where skirmishers who were used to day games struggled with suitable kit to combat the weather, struggled with comprehending rules, didnt make any preparation and got all antsy when things went against them, leaving before the game was finished on Sunday and letting their team mates struggle against a better prepared force.
     
    On the other hand, the superior force, who ironically werent special forces wannabes in gucci kit as is often portrayed in milsim circles, were prepared for the weather, were organised in sub-units with slick drills and absorbed the intel, using it to their advantage.
     
    They really did demonstrate what you can do with teamwork and good effective communication and their OPFOR had their arses handed to them on the Sunday.
     
    There was an APC which was defending the Titanium Mine. The opposing team were trying to kill the APC by throwing grenades through one of its open gun ports, but the crew inside werent dying. I was acting as impartial observer and they complained to me. I asked them to try it again. The guy dodged the machine gun fire to get up alongside the APC in its blind zone and threw another grenade. I couldnt believe what I saw. The lad inside who I felt had more of a skirmishing attitude, jumped out of the rear hatch when the grenade came in, waited outside at the back for it to explode, then jumped back in to live another day and carry on. He really couldnt see my point when I explained that apart from being unfair, this was a highly improbable action had it been a real APC. Im sure its possible in one of the video games he plays..
     
    I hasten to add that the game only accepts players 18 or over, so he wasnt a child.
     
    Luckily, this is a minority occurence.
     
    Despite that, it was a really good weekend and everybody seemed to leave having learned a lot of stuff about themselves. It might be that milsim isnt for them, but I suspect even the ones that excelled were questioning some of their kit choices. 
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from djben9 in Experience and Airsoft Wisdom   
    The thing is, if its people I like, I try to offer them advice to help them not make the mistakes I made. If they want to ignore me, its up to them and Im fine with that. At least I tried and Im not a control freak.
     
    I would never offer strangers advice unless they asked for it and lets face it, most don't.
    Im not out to save the world.
     
    Safety advice is a different thing.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Samurai in Airsoft reviews   
    And so it goes on - youth.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Samurai in Odin Innovations M12 Airsoft Speed Loader   
    Thanks for everybodys help.
     
    It came and I made an early review here. We will see how it copes with regular use over time.
     
    http://airsoftsofsim.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/cranking-them-out.html
     
    By the way, Ive come across a cheap copy by CCCP for £21 which looks identical in all but colour. People tell me it is a cheap copy though and the reliability of the imitation is not good.
     
    The original Odin has the name moulded into it.
     
     
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Samurai in Airsoft reviews   
    And so it goes on - youth.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from djben9 in Experience and Airsoft Wisdom   
    Anyway, Ive recently started playing at skirmishes with an ex workmate and some of his friends.
    My milsim circuit and skirmish circuit tend to be different.
     
    Im an old fart in my mid fifties and they are early thirties, but they are complete noobs.
     
    Its been interesting because their questions and pondering regarding kit has made me realise how much Ive learnt the hard way about kit. I still know nothing about the workings of airsoft guns and have no real interest in motors, tappet plates or barrel upgrades, but Ive learnt a lot about the suitability of accessories, mainly through buying the wrong stuff.
     
    Ive had to temper my enthusiasm because I have a tendency to save up and buy expensive stuff rather than the cheapest possible off eBay and also I dont want to come over, as some kind of know all, which Im definitely not or put indirect pressure on them to buy kit which they maybe cant afford right now.
     
    Anyway, Ive tried to guide them through not making the mistakes that I made and Im quick to say I dont know if its a question outside of my experience.
     
    I just wish I had met someone like me when I started. It would have saved me a lot of time and money.
     
    One of the things I notice on forums is that a lot of people ask for advice but dont really want to hear it. They ask about a particular gun choice and then defend it when people give them a negative low down.
    Similarly, the OP asks a question, somebody spends 15 minutes typing a thoughtful answer and the OP is never heard of again. Not a lot of motivation for that responder.
     
    So, conclusion, not a lot.
     
    The value of a physical mentor in Airsoft ?
     
    As an OP, Do take the time and effort to type out your question on forums clearly and fully, using a spell checker. "ABC optic - any good" isnt really going to get you a useful answer. Give a bit more information.
     
    Do thank people for their efforts in answering your question or at least give them some feedback as to what happened in the end.
     
    I know we live in an instant, quick fire, BRB world but people all have lives to live outside airsoft. Its just good manners to not grab information and run.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from djben9 in Experience and Airsoft Wisdom   
    Ive been playing about three years now.
     
    When I started, I ended up going to my first game on my own as my son wasn't that interested and I just went for it in the end.
     
    It was a bit Johnny no mates for a few games, but I was determined to get my UKARA defence.
     
    The main problem I had was not knowing what kit to buy.
     
    I made the first mistake, one that is so common in airsoft, of buying a sniper bolt action as my first rifle.
    I can now see the folly of that.
     
    What happened was a lot of trial and error with kit.
     
    Online reviews are helpful but can often be misleading.
     
    Many reviews are sponsored so not objective or comparative and a lot of personal reviews are from players defending a purchase decision - my JingTong Fong plate carrier is the best as it holds my mags and hasnt fallen apart even though Ive played three games in it.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from DarkAssassin in Russian loadouts thread   
    Personally, I go for comfort at a skirmish and tend to just wear a chest rig to carry what I need for an hour or two until the next break.
    Thats my choice but you have to respect the choice of others.
     
    For some people, their enjoyment of a skirmish is dressing in a loadout of their choice. Providing they take their hits (and if theyre not because they dont feel it, that should be dealt with by the marshalling team), its up to them. Theyve paid their walk on and unless the rules forbid it, they have as much right as anybody else.
     
    Concerning the military/walt thing, thats an age old argument. There will always be ex mil guys who resent airsofters. In the same way, there will be those who make money out of airsofters and those who dont give a rats either way. Soldiers are people and individuals and as such have lots of different viewpoints.
    If you spend a large amount of time training and lets face it, often risking your life in the military, I can fully understand why they can get irritated by a Tescos shelf stacker masquerading as Seal Team 6 (no disrespect intended to either profession). Instead of seeing it as homage, they see it as a lessening or cheapening of their efforts.
    I meet milsimmers sometimes who believe they are on a par with real serving SF because they've played a few hard core games at MOD facilities and go on some courses. Thankfully, its a very small minority.
     
    However, our military largely fight for the freedom that allows us to have this choice. Ive got a mate who lives in Turkey and they have a lot of airsoft restrictions. Be thankful, that people can play as they want here.
     
    We dont have to like it, but we do have to live with it.
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    Either its gets split out or people are a little more tolerant and less vocal.
    Im not a great fan of HPA personally but I dont comment on HPA threads because I suspect nobody cares what I think.
    If people are asking for an opinion, fine. Players often post a picture of them in their latest loadout and ask for a critique in which case its fair game, but if people are just sharing a passion, then good for them. Variety is the spice of life and we do that on this island very well.
     
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    Baz JJ reacted to MSSW Rune in Russian loadouts thread   
    Here is a link to a basic kit guide for Russian kit. It should help people who are starting out with Russian kits and hopefully save you some money and stress along the way. 
     
    https://airsoft-forums.uk/index.php?/topic/34410-a-basic-guide-to-buying-russian-kit-for-beginners/
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    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    In regards to public perception, I was playing at Eversley once (it was a milsim in my defence) and we had a bit of the game where the Russians were having a secret meet with the rebels. One of the players turned up at the RV point in a Russian GAZ with his henchmen and after a few minutes, AK Toting rebels came out of the trees, barrels raised suspiciously.
     
    Eversley has a few public thoroughfares and is located in Hampshire.
     
    Two teenage girls on horses suddenly appeared coming up the track, They just rode past this frozen tableau and then one was heard to say "oh look Lucinda, men with toy guns".
     
    We pi**ed ourselves with laughter but it sums it all up.
     
    Tolerance and not taking yourself too seriously.
  24. Like
    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    In regards to public perception, I was playing at Eversley once (it was a milsim in my defence) and we had a bit of the game where the Russians were having a secret meet with the rebels. One of the players turned up at the RV point in a Russian GAZ with his henchmen and after a few minutes, AK Toting rebels came out of the trees, barrels raised suspiciously.
     
    Eversley has a few public thoroughfares and is located in Hampshire.
     
    Two teenage girls on horses suddenly appeared coming up the track, They just rode past this frozen tableau and then one was heard to say "oh look Lucinda, men with toy guns".
     
    We pi**ed ourselves with laughter but it sums it all up.
     
    Tolerance and not taking yourself too seriously.
  25. Like
    Baz JJ got a reaction from Lozart in Russian loadouts thread   
    Either its gets split out or people are a little more tolerant and less vocal.
    Im not a great fan of HPA personally but I dont comment on HPA threads because I suspect nobody cares what I think.
    If people are asking for an opinion, fine. Players often post a picture of them in their latest loadout and ask for a critique in which case its fair game, but if people are just sharing a passion, then good for them. Variety is the spice of life and we do that on this island very well.
     
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