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Strataim Epsilon & NOVA48: The future of airsoft grenades

You may not have heard of Stratiam before, but their products have brought new ideas to the market with regards to airsoft grenade systems. We’ve seen the Airsoft innovations Tornado grenade previously and their newer Cyclone impact & XL Burst banger grenades. we’ve seen the ASG Storm grenade develop since the release of the Strataim line, but for all the gas powered, BB spraying, enemy slaying grenades out there we’ve found this is the best on the market for size, reliability and durability.

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Tokyo Marui HK416 DEVGRU

Tokyo Marui HK416 Devgru – £575

The Tokyo Marui Next Generation recoil series has been a massive step forward in airsoft due to the fantastic recoil and blowback action built into an AEG (Automatic electric gun). We’ve seen mechanical blowback and pneumatic blowback before in AEGs , but no company has done a recoil system as efficiently as Tokyo Marui. Sure there’s the BOLT recoil AEGs, but Tokyo Marui have put so much work into making sure the recoil action doesn’t harm the receiver, piston or any other internal parts of the gearbox, it all moves in perfect synchronisation.

Now onto the model itself, it’s based off of the DEVGRU (Seal Team Six) model and comes with the quick detach flash hider & supressor as well as a Tango Down style foregrip. The crane stock is also different from the standard HK416 stock. The batteries are situated in the crane stock, but is wired to take Tokyo Marui’s own battery configuration without a Tamiya or Deans connector, however we offer a free service to fit either of these connections on making it easier to use 8.4v, 9.6v or 7.4v batteries. We do not recommend using 11.1v LiPo batteries unless it has been modified by a technician to do so. The trigger response on 7.4v batteries is brilliant out of the box anyway.

The mid capacity magazines can hold up to 82 rounds, but can also be adjusted to hold only 30 rounds for milsim games. 430 round high capacity magazines are also available, however this does eliminate the functioning bolt stop when it runs out of ammunition. Both the HK416 and M4 Stanag type magazines work in the HK416.

As expected from Tokyo Marui, the FPS is approximately 280 with every one of their models, but this in no way hinders the performance of the RIF. The range and accuracy out of the box is brilliant. If you feel you need to change or upgrade the hop system then a Maple Leaf hop rubber with a ZCI 6.02mm tightbore barrel is a great combination for brilliant performance.

Why not finish off the Seal Team Six look with an Eoech replica 558, a PEQ-15 and an M600 torch. Keep an eye on our bundles section for upcoming deals on Tokyo Marui Next Gen series.

JG G36c – The Perfect Starter Gun

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Jing Gong G36c – £145

The JG G36 has been around for years and many like myself started of with one for their first gun, but lets look at why.

First of all it’s and inexpensive, durable ABS plastic rifle with lots of potential for customisation, for example you can change the standard skeletal style stock to the KV shark stock or even get the M4 stock adapter to attach a stock tube and new stock. This is ideal for those that don’t like the standard folding stock aspect of the G36 and want the comfortable feel of a crane or viper stock. Magazines are readily available for these in both high capacity (470 round) and mid capacity (100-140 round) magazines, available from MAG, Cyma, JG, Classic Army and Tokyo Marui. Another customisable aspect of the G36 is the M4 magazine adapter allowing you to use M4 type magazines.
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Jing Gong Bar 10 Standard & Gspec

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JG Bar 10 standard & Gspec – £155

The JG Bar 10 (or VSR 10) is arguably one of the best base airsoft guns in the market for upgrading to an ultimate bolt action spring sniper rifle. Starting with the externals, the Bar 10 features a rubberised texture body, instantly giving it one up on the Tokyo Marui VSR 10 which has a basic ABS plastic body. It has sling points on both the front and rear of the lower body with the 20mm bipod rail readily available. The upper half is full metal like the TM one and comes with a 20mm picatinny rail for sights and scopes. Oh and it even comes with a 3-9×40 scope! The scope has a nice, clear crosshair and also comes with the scope rings necessary to mount the scope on.

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NATO Size Chart – Conversion guide

NATO Clothing

Buy your NATO issue products at Socom Tactical here

How NATO / British Army sizing works

NATO sizes are made up of 6 digit numbers which represent metric cm sizing for different parts of the body. This is how many army products are sized in Europe, so it’s worth being aware of the conversions. They are structured as below.

NATO / British Army Jackets & Shirt Sizes

With shirts and jackets, NATO sizes will be displayed as ‘xxx/yy’ where ‘xxx’ is your full height in cms (not the length of the garment) and ‘yy’ is your chest size in cms.

NATO / British Army Trouser Sizes

Trousers are sized as ‘xx/yy/zz’ where ‘xx’ is your waist size in cms, ‘yy’ is inner leg size in cms and ‘zz’ is seat size in cms.

British Army Uniform – An overview

The British Army uniform is made up of sixteen categories. The most common of these categories is the Number 8 Combat Uniform made up of a multi-terrain pattern smock, jacket and trousers. Before 2011, there were additional designs suited for desert and more tropical uses; however these have since been replaced with the one Combat Uniform – designed to blend in with a range of environments. With hats, there are different coloured berets for the different regiments. These then have a regiment or corps badge attached when wearing number 8 combat uniform.

NATO / British Army Clothing, Footwear & Accessory Size Chart

Shirts/Jackets
NATO Size UK Chest Sizes Height
170/88
35″- 37″
5’5″ – 5’9″
170/96
38″- 40″
5’5″ – 5’9″
170/104
40″- 42″
5’5″ – 5’9″
170/112
44″
5’5″ – 5’9″
180/88
35″- 37″
5’10” – 6′
180/96
38″- 40″
5’10” – 6′
180/104
40″- 42″
5’10” – 6′
180/112
44″
5’10” – 6′
190/96
38″- 40″
6′ – 6’8″
190/104
40″- 42″
6′ – 6’8″
190/112
44″
6′ – 6’8″
190/120
46″- 48″
6′ – 6’8″
Trousers
NATO Size
Waist Size
Inner Leg
Seat Size
80/80/96
32″
31 – 33″
38″
80/84/100
33.6″
31 – 33″
40″
84/88/104
35.2″
31 – 33″
42″
80/92/108
36″
31 – 33″
44″
80/96/112
38″
31 – 33″
46″
85/80/96
32″
33 – 36″
38″
85/84/100
33.6″
33 – 36″
40″
85/84/104
35.2″
33 – 36″
42″
85/92/108
36″
33 – 36″
44″
85/96/112
38″
33 – 36″
45″
85/100/116
40″
33 – 36″
46.5″
85/104/120
41.5″
33 – 36″
48″
Hats
Size 22″ 22 3/8″ 22 3/4″ 23 1/8″ 23 1/2″ 24″ 24 3/8″
Inches 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8 7 1/2 7 5/8 7 3/4
Cm 56 57 58 59 60 61 62
Boots
UK EU USA Japan
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7 41 8 25
8 42 9 26
9 43 10 27
10 44 11 28
11 45 12 29
1 2 3 4