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Where can I do Airsoft in the UK?

UK Airsoft

Airsoft is a popular sport where battles with fake weapons that feel realistic can take place without having to face the danger of a real battle.

Although the weapons are generally harmless, there are rules in regards to carrying these around.

Airsoft equipment should not be taken out into public. If you carry it with you, it must stay concealed in a bag, unloaded. This is because these guns, even though they are fake, can cause unnecessary worry to the public if spotted.

Two-tone guns (guns of more than one colour) are recommended if they are ever carried anywhere other than a skirmish zone as to make the gun imitation appear less real but it is still advised that you conceal them.

Any damage you cause to people not wearing protective equipment can be designated as common assault and items broken can be classified as criminal damage.

That is why there are designated areas where people can take part in Airsoft with other players referred to as skirmish sites.

These skirmish sites range from woodland sites to urban sites where players are free to roam around and fire their weapons at others in the knowledge that those people are part of the game too.

There are over 150 skirmish sites are set up across the UK where you can get involved in a simulated battle with others, using your Airsoft equipment in the process.

This saves you from having to organise your own get together and find suitable space to play in.

You can contact the owner of the site to join in or you can set up your own skirmish site to have a battle simulation among a group of people, usually taking place on a Sunday.

Costs

If you are simply a person interested in becoming an Airsoft player, the cost is non-existent to take part in Airsoft activities.

Some sites will allow you to buy or rent Airsoft equipment once you are there which, along with the cost of travel, is the only cost associated with Airsoft activities for players.

Buying and owning your own weapons and protective gear beforehand means that you have everything you need and won’t have to pay for them each time you play.

The only added cost comes if you want to upgrade your current equipment.

You can register with the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association (UKARA) to become a registered player, requiring you to play three games on a UKARA registered game site over a two month period.

If you want to set up your own game site to run and have people join your group, there are a number of costs associated with bringing this to fruition.

You will need to reach an agreement with the owners of the land to rent or buy the site for yourself (even if the site appears abandoned), clean up the area and make it the layout you want.

Once all that is done, you will need to take out an Airsoft insurance to cover you for public liability so that those who take part in your activities are insured. The good news afterwards is that registration with UKARA is free.

How to begin with Airsoft

Making a start

Once you have your Airsoft weapon, you will probably be looking to join a skirmish site as soon as possible to start playing.

However, before you can go ahead with Airsoft games, there are several things you have to consider to ensure you are fully prepared when you arrive at a skirmish site ready to undertake Airsoft activities.

Face Protection

Body shots are generally harmless although close-range shots could make your body jump a little bit or leave small welts.

While chest protectors can be bought to give you added protection against the plastic pellets fired from Airsoft guns, they are not a necessity. However, face protection is.

It is important to protect your eyes as any object flying into an eye can be damaging, particularly considering the speed of the pellets as they are fired. Goggles can be purchased to protect your eyes from any possible damage.

Masks and helmets are also available to cover your eyes and give your entire face and head protection.

While pellets won’t cause major damage to the face, any small welts that appear on your face will be much more visible than on your arms and legs which should be considered when you return to the real world following Airsoft.Best airsoft guns 2018Transporting Your Airsoft Gun

If you are carrying your gun on public transport or in your car en route to a skirmish site, the gun will need to be concealed in a bag or any other object which keeps it out of public sight.

Having the gun out in the open, even in a car, could cause unnecessary worry for members of the public and the police may be needlessly called out.

Battery & Charger

When you’re in the heat of battle, the last thing you want is for your gun to run out of power.

That is why it is important to charge your battery beforehand and it is also helpful if you bring spare batteries along so that these can be switched in and out throughout the day.

We have a number of batteries and chargers to choose from so you can gain a sense of the limits of each battery to know how many shots you can fire before the battery runs out.

BB Pellets Ammo

You’ll need ammo for your gun. BB pellets are small metallic balls which are fired from your gun which acts as your bullets during the game.

BB pellets can be fit into any Airsoft gun although pellets of a certain weight are usually more suitable for one type of gun over another.

We have a number of BB pellet options for you to discover, allowing you to work out the most suitable pellets you need to fit into your gaming strategy.

Register as a player

You can register with the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association (UKARA) for free to allow you to join in Airsoft games at skirmish sites.

You will be required to play three games on a UKARA registered game site over a two month period.

 

Safety

Is it dangerous?

Any object flying into your eye will hurt and cause damage to your eye but with the speed at which pellets are fired, there is an added danger to your eyes.

Goggles, helmets and masks all offer protection for your eyes which are at risk of damage if they are hit by a pellet.

In a skirmish site where everybody is wearing the correct protection, there is little danger caused by the firing of pellets itself.

Many sites will enforce the rule for all participants to wear suitable eye protection which eliminates the only danger which comes from the firing of bullets towards another person.

The main danger of Airsoft is the terrain.

Although sites will be cleaned up regularly and debris will be removed, the terrain itself might be difficult to navigate.

Hilly areas may be harder to traverse safely while muddy areas can lead to falls and slips.

The franticness of battles means a lot of the time, you may be on the run which also creates the potential for people to fall over so any injuries associated with falling can be applied to Airsoft.

Airsoft guns should not be used against any person in any other circumstance than as part of an Airsoft game.

Members of the public won’t be wearing anything to protect their eyes so shooting at them puts them at serious risks.

Guns must be concealed in a bag and unloaded so that the gun isn’t seen as a danger by any member of the public who spots it.

Carrying an Airsoft gun in public is a danger to yourself as police may become involved or you could even be tackled by someone who suspects you are carrying a real gun.

The speed of firing pellets is dangerous to small animals which can be killed by them. Animals should not be shot at with pellet guns under any circumstances as we know you know.

Does it hurt?

With the rate of speed at which pellets are fired from guns, you may be forgiven for thinking that the impact of it against your body would hurt.

Any pain you may feel when you are hit by a bullet is an instant sensation, like having a rubber band snapped back against your skin but the pain won’t linger.

Body shots are generally harmless although close-range shots could make your body jump a little bit or leave small welts.

Chest protectors can be bought and thick clothing can be worn to give you added protection against the plastic pellets fired from Airsoft guns.

Unlike paintball, you won’t leave the Airsoft game with bruises from the pellets. Close range shots onto unprotected skin can draw blood but won’t pierce the skin.

It is most likely that the pain you feel will be similar to the pain you might feel after exercising.

Running, climbing and jumping may play a huge part in your game so you may have some sore limbs afterwards and if any of these activities leads to you falling over, that may cause you a bit of pain too.

Airsoft as a hobby

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Airsoft is a sport

Airsoft is a sport where replica guns are used as weapons to fire pellets at other players in a simulated battle.

It is similar to paintballing in that the aim is to avoid being hit while shooting at other players.

These battles take place on skirmish sites, which range from woodland sites to urban sites, where players are free to roam around and fire their weapons at each other on a Sunday afternoon.

It began in Japan in the mid-1970s before reaching the UK and the US in the 1980s and it has continued to grow since then.

How popular is Airsoft

The fact that there are 150 skirmish sites registered across the UK with the number likely to increase is an indication of how popular Airsoft is.

On average, these sites can provide Airsoft activities for groups of 30-40 people each weekend, potentially meaning over 7,000 people could be playing on any given Sunday.

There are also skirmish sites in almost every European country so it is not just in Britain where there is a call for it.

This popularity is reflected by the vast number of sites which sell Airsoft weapons, accessories and protective gear. More.

Why is it popular?

Airsoft gives people a chance to experience the physical and tactical side of a battle without being put in any real danger.

As long as you have correct eye protection, Airsoft is pain-free particularly in comparison to paintballing which often leaves people with bruises afterwards. More.

There are so many battle scenarios and various terrains to play on to provide a unique experience each time you try out a new skirmish site.

FPS Chart usersBattle scenarios can range from capturing the flag to modern military battle operations.

Any scenario or environment that can be imagined can be applied much like in a video game allowing for an immersive experience.

The rising popularity of video games, tactical warfare games, in particular, is a factor in making Airsoft popular- the fact that it is like a video game in real life.

You get the chance to try and try again in Airsoft after you are shot by returning to a respawn point for you to join the battle once more.

Players enjoy the challenge of developing battle strategies, keeping their minds stimulated while they play.

This goes even deeper with the range of weapons and equipment you can purchase beforehand to fight in the style that suits you and your game plan.

Many video games that simulate battle are often played with and against other people which is the same for Airsoft which can be a social bonding activity for you and your friends and even with strangers too.

Unlike a video game, you are actually living in a constructed battle.

If you like video games, you might have been told to go out and enjoy the outside every now and again.

With Airsoft taking place outdoors, you can fulfil that requirement and keep yourself active at the same time with plenty of running require to avoid fire.

 

Airsoft safety

Safety

Is it dangerous?

Any object flying into your eye will hurt and cause damage to your eye but with the speed at which pellets are fired, there is an added danger to your eyes.

Goggles, helmets and masks all offer protection for your eyes which are at risk of damage if they are hit by a pellet.

In a skirmish site where everybody is wearing the correct protection, there is little danger caused by the firing of pellets itself.

Many sites will enforce the rule for all participants to wear suitable eye protection which eliminates the only danger which comes from the firing of bullets towards another person.

The main danger of Airsoft is the terrain.

Although sites will be cleaned up regularly and debris will be removed, the terrain itself might be difficult to navigate.

Hilly areas may be harder to traverse safely while muddy areas can lead to falls and slips.

The franticness of battles means a lot of the time, you may be on the run which also creates the potential for people to fall over so any injuries associated with falling can be applied to Airsoft.

Airsoft guns should not be used against any person in any other circumstance than as part of an Airsoft game.

Members of the public won’t be wearing anything to protect their eyes so shooting at them puts them at serious risks.

Guns must be concealed in a bag and unloaded so that the gun isn’t seen as a danger by any member of the public who spots it.

Carrying an Airsoft gun in public is a danger to yourself as police may become involved or you could even be tackled by someone who suspects you are carrying a real gun.

The speed of firing pellets is dangerous to small animals which can be killed by them. Animals should not be shot at with pellet guns under any circumstances as we know you know.

Does it hurt?

With the rate of speed at which pellets are fired from guns, you may be forgiven for thinking that the impact of it against your body would hurt.

Any pain you may feel when you are hit by a bullet is an instant sensation, like having a rubber band snapped back against your skin but the pain won’t linger.

Body shots are generally harmless although close-range shots could make your body jump a little bit or leave small welts.

Chest protectors can be bought and thick clothing can be worn to give you added protection against the plastic pellets fired from Airsoft guns.

Unlike paintball, you won’t leave the Airsoft game with bruises from the pellets. Close range shots onto unprotected skin can draw blood but won’t pierce the skin.

It is most likely that the pain you feel will be similar to the pain you might feel after exercising.

Running, climbing and jumping may play a huge part in your game so you may have some sore limbs afterwards and if any of these activities leads to you falling over, that may cause you a bit of pain too.

What is a Airsoft Mosfet?

 

What is a MOSFET?

A MOSFET means a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor. It is a well-known type of Field effect transistors(FET). It can be called an (IGFET) insulated-gate field-effect transistor. A MOSFET is commonly manufactured by well-handled oxidation of silicon. The device conductivity is determined by the voltage of an insulated gate which comes with it. Conductivity change and change in the amount of applied voltage is an alternative for switching or amplifying electronic signals. The birthplace of MOSFET was at Bell-Labs in the year 1959 by Dawn kahng and Martin Atalla.

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Most popular Airsoft equipment of all time

From pistols and machine guns to rifles

From pistols and machine guns to rifles, there is a variety of Airsoft equipment to choose from depending on what kind of gun you want. Each gun category has a variety of choice so we have picked out the most popular of each for you to consider.

 

PISTOL: TOKYO MARUI – Desert Eagle .50AE (GBB)

Magazine Capacity – 27+1

Length – 270mm

Weight – 1160g

Framerate- 260 FPS

The Desert Eagle is a classic pistol- fans of warfare games will most likely recognise the name and its look is simple yet iconic. This pistol is light so it is easy to carry around, easy to grip for aiming and it’s good for running and shooting at the same time.

It has a great range due to an adjustable hop-up allowing you to put some backspin on your shots, reaching targets accurately up to 100ft with a blowback effect to simulate the impact of firing a real gun.

ASSAULT RIFLE: Wingun co2 m44 Mosin Nagant with bayonet

Magazine capacity- 12 Round Removable Magazine

Length- 1023mm, 1340mm w/ Bayonet Deployed

Weight- 3724g

Framerate- 480FPS

For less subtle options, you might consider this assault rifle. Being an exact replica of the 1944 model, this rifle really looks the part with the imitated wood colour and texture design.

It is a rifle that is useful for both short range and long range skirmishes with an adjustable rear sight to ensure high-precision accuracy.

If that wasn’t enough, it even comes with its own affixed folding metal bayonet if you end up getting into close range combat with an opponent.

 

SNIPER RIFLE: JG VSR / bar10 G-Spec with scope

Magazine capacity- 28 round

Length- 860mm

Weight- 2200g

Framerate- 400FPS

For those who like to pick off their targets from a distance, this is the best all-round sniper rifle to use.

Given the look and size of the rifle, it is surprisingly lightweight and provides pinpoint accuracy while aiming up to nearly 200 feet away, aided by an adjustable hop-up.

The rifle is fully upgradeable to make it an even more efficient and effective rifle capable of long-range combat with accurate results- nobody will be able to see it coming.

 

SUBMACHINE GUN: ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 – B.E.T. carbine, M95 version

Magazine capacity- 75 rounds

Length- 815mm

Weight- 2450g

Framerate- 312FPS

Most guns provide and encourage accurate shooting but the thrill of submachine guns like the Scorpion is the rapid fire of bullets against your opponents in a skirmish. The gun allows you to change the velocity easily so you can determine for yourself how fast the pellets shoot out.

That isn’t to say the Scorpion doesn’t provide accuracy though as it comes with front and rear sights to make for a more accurate shot.

This version of the Scorpion is designed to not only look like the real thing, but it is also made to feel like the real thing in weight and function thanks to a full-metal internal system.

It is open to customisation to increase the spray of bullets coming from your submachine gun making it an even more potent choice of weapon.

 

SHOTGUN:  Bison 870 Pump Action Tri Shotgun (Black – 402C)

Length- 880 mm

Weight- 1770g

Given the need for a much closer range than other guns, shotguns are the least subtle of all. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t look stylish and give you a real feel for what it is like to hold one.  With this Tri Shotgun, you can shoot 3 BBs at a time with great force to those nearby.

The pump action is reminiscent of many action movies where a hero reloads his shotgun simply by pushing the pump, making a satisfying clicking noise in the process. A Rubberised butt pad and pistol grip make it easy to grip and to hold for long periods of time.

 

Top 5 Unbeatable tips to improve your airsoft skills

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“Before you enter the battlefield, it’s a good idea to get in some really good training.”

Whether you are a beginner or far more experienced, every airsoft player can improve their skillset on the battlefield.

Remember these vital tips and apply them to your next skirmish and you will see an improvement in your focus, accuracy and general performance next time you’re in a cross-fire.

 

1)  Practice makes perfect

You are only as good as the time you put into the game. Regularly attending airsoft games where you live or further afield forces you to think like a soldier. When you have the right mindset, know your gun and the battlefield inside out, you will begin to predict your opponents’ next move.

There are many airsoft sites throughout the U.K. The most popular locations to become a better airsoft player can be found here

 

2)  Practice Improve your accuracy

The more you play with your chosen gun the more accurate you will become. However, you should do the following to improve your overall accuracy and rate of fire.

  • Know your gun – In combat it is best to utilise your gun’s sights and steer away from using hip fire on your automatic weapon as this will lead to inaccuracies and empty mags.
  • Hold your gun correctly – Using a stock (placed on your shoulder) will help you to control your aim. With the stock pressed against your shoulder, use your weaker hand to hold the gun whistle your stronger hand presses the trigger. If you can master gripping your gun you will eliminate your opponents’ before they shoot you.

3) Defence Oriented and Offense Oriented. Be more Tactical

Airsoft is fundamentally a tactical sport so it is important that you start to understand how the game works. When you are comfortable with this, you will automatically be able to think carefully about how you can best perform in each skirmish.

Rather than try harder to think smarter. This approach will make you one step ahead of your opponents’ and earn you the win your team deserves.

4) Don’t buy cheap guns

You get what you pay for! Don’t break the bank but also don’t buy the cheapest weapons either. Airsoft gun range.  The Ares Amoeba Honey Badger AM-013 is a good starter assault rifle and with this, you will be able to hit something. But it is £200! If you are new then perhaps a less expensive option is a good pistol, they start at £80.

 

5) Join a local team

Find a local airsoft team, or try with your friends. The more you do it, the better you will become.  Learn from others, look at their weapons and see what is good for your set up.

If you feel up to it let someone empty a magazine on you just to see what it feels like and see the different rates of fire and clip load, it will make it all more fun on the day. It does not really hurt and it will make you bolder as a soldier.

 

AND REMEMBER Never surrender

Remember, the more you play at Airsoft, the better you will be. Don’t be down on yourself if you can’t seem to win. Ask fellow players for help and advice; what new tactics can I use, should I be more offensive, should I be a sniper? Just keep trying, be safe and have fun.

By following these three sure-fire tips, you will quickly be able to improve your skill set and ultimately become a better airsoft player.

 

 

How to get ready for your first airsoft skirmish

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Ultimate Airsoft

Airsoft is an immersive tactical experience which uses plastic pellets which are used in the guns. Preparing for your first airsoft skirmish can be very exciting. Airsoft places realism at its core so you can immerse yourself in on the battlefield playing like your favourite Black Ops character.

Ultimate Recreation | Great for everyone

Airsoft battles are hosted throughout the UK. Depending on how invested your team is, you can dress in complete combat gear or go for a more relaxed look.

Lots of locations and venues

Ultimate Recreation in London stage and provide everything for paintball and airsoft battles see their Bunker 51. Or there are other venues like http://www.combatairsoft.co.uk/

How does an airsoft skirmish work?

 You will most likely play a simple game of team deathmatch. This consists of both teams trying to eliminate all of the other team’s players.

It is a good idea to first familiarise yourself with how a game of airsoft takes place on the battlefield. You will be split into teams where you will have to understand the rules. Once you know the rules, you need to follow them in order to not be disqualified.

  • No friendly fire! It may seem obvious but you cannot shoot your teammates.
  • No headshots: For safety reasons, you will need to avoid aiming for the head.
  • Admit a hit: when you are hit by the opposition, you need to be honest
  • 10ft safety zone: You cannot shoot within this length as it is extremely dangerous.

The roles of Airsoft battles

Your first team deathmatch will result in a success if you work as a team. Start by allocating what role you each would like to take on in battlefield such as:

  • Runner: This is not for the faint-hearted. It is the most skilled, and arguably the hardest, role in the skirmish. The purpose of a runner is to survive the entire course without getting hit once.
  • Solider: General duties applied to a soldier surround eliminating the opposition.
  • Protector: Your purpose is to protect your team so you will be heavily armed.

Above all, communication with your team will result in a proud win. Remember, your first airsoft skirmish will be a lot to process but ultimately, it should be fun!

King Arms Rifle Grade Types

King Arms Rifle Grades:

Sport Series: Entry-Level with Economical price! The Sport Series
is granted the title “The King of mobility” with its lightweight & fine performance

Main material: Nylon Fibre

Ultra Grade: An Upgraded version of the sports Series! Attractive pricing with the perfect balance of weight and durability! It’s Perfect for newer players

Main Material: Zinc: Nylon Fibre.

Ultra Grade II : Upgraded version of the Ultra-Grade! Same attractive pricing with
the perfect balance of gearbox & Mosfet assembly as the new features they bring better control over the weapon to all platers

Advanced: The Advance range is built to outperform the pricing & quality!
Enjoy the highest capacity of price values with high-performance gearbox & full metal construction.

Main Material: Zinc Alloy / Nylon Fibre

Elite: A Semi – Professional airsoft build with the latest airsoft technology and full features, Outstanding performance and exceptional quality! Unstoppable momentum once you get your hand on the grip!

Main Material: CNC 6065 Aluminium alloy / Steel / Nylon Fibre

 

Sights & Scopes – What works for you?

Hours can be spent trawling the internet trying to find the right red dot sight or scope for your airsoft rifle, but it’s not always easy to find the right one. Here’s our little guide to helping you pick between a T1 style sight or Holographic sight or even between a 4x ACOG or a 3-9x full size scope. We’ll go through each style based on size and list the benefits of each one.

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Individual: A New Blog Series

In the wide world of airsoft we come across people from all different kinds of background and walks of life, but we all share a common interest and are all there for one main reason…to have fun! Each loadout is unique to the person who chooses it and wears it. Some players have all Viper gear, some choose to splash out even more and get 5.11 gear and some just get a mix of everything!

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Top 5 Airsoft Gear Set Ups

In airsoft (and primarily the military world) there’s several options and loadouts you can put together to cater for your needs and play style. These can range massively in prices depending on your budget, there are several brands like Viper, 5.11 Tactical, Tasmanian Tiger and Oper8 which each have their own range of fantastic pouches and load bearing equipment.

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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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