Unlike past years, when I (ORCA) was the only 1 going to the SHOT Show to report on waht’s going on. This year DIGITALWastelands/Airsoftmonkey had a crew of people reporting on SHOT. uscmCorps, Ning and Wedge were out at the show with better cameras and more energy/time then I had on the show floor! Many thanks for their contributions!
Manufacturer: Magpul (USA)
Magpul PTS – AFG (Angled Fore Grip) is different then a vertical fore grip as it puts your hand in a different position on the fore grip For airsoft, this device really boils down to personal preference. I’ve been using a TDI Stubby in a "Thumb Break Grip" for a while now. The AFG is more comfortable for me personally.
The Magpul AFG ships with am interchangeable finger stop and smooth grip insert.
The AFG accommodates this type of grip by design.
Here’s a comparison of the accessory aided fore grip types.
Magpul’s, Dr. Drakes description of the AFG:
The Magpul AFG puts the hand in a position called supination. Supination occurs when the hand is held with the palm facing up and the knuckles towards the ground. This puts the musculus supinator muscles in extension with most weapon movement coming from the distal radioulnar articulation. (wrist joint) With weapon articulation coming from the wrist, the muscles being in extention, and the supination muscles being stronger than pronation muscles the AFG actually reduces shooter fatigue and enhances point control like no other firearm grip on the market.
The Magpul PTS, B.A.D. Lever is a device that allows an operator to disengage the bolt catch on an AR style lower with their trigger finger. Airsoft wise, this will only functionally work on airsoft rifles that utilize the bolt catch. Magpul PTS’ description only list Systema PTW’s and WE GBBR’s as what this device will work on. I am happy to report, they also work on TM SOPMOD/SOCOM recoil engine AEG’s. I will test this on other AEG’s with functioning bolt catches as I come across them.
Magpul’s description of the B.A.D. Lever:
Developed from the operational experience of the Magpul? Dynamics team, the B.A.D. Lever? (Battery Assist Device) is designed to considerably improve the speed and efficiency of the AR15/M16 bolt catch. The B.A.D. Lever? quickly addresses reloading and malfunction clearance shortcomings of AR15/M16 platforms by extending a paddle to the right side of the weapon, allowing manipulation of the bolt stop from the fire control/ready position with the right-hand trigger finger.
Manufacturer: Tokyo Marui (Japan)
Type: Gas Blow Back
Date Acquired: 1/2010
The Tokyo Marui , Desert Warrior 4.3 was loosley modeled after the Kimber Desert Warrior, but with some noticeable differences. This GBB is the shorter barrelled 4.3 and has a removable rail system. While it’s markings, OPS-Tactical are the same as the TM High Capa series, this is a single stack, 1911 frame similar to the TM M.E.U.
As with most TM GBB’s, the Desert warrior is a high quality build and is a great performer straight out of the box. Handles Green Gas no problem. Most parts are TM 1911 compatible/interchangeable.
Chrono results (FPS)