Jericho Airsoft was the setting for Airsoft Expo 2013 and it could not have been better. Almost 200 players gathered bright and early at the field, located in Lake Elsinore, California. Players had a huge field to play on and many companies had booths at the Expo to show off their latest products. There were plenty of giveaways and raffle prizes to be won.
Echo1 USA was there to show off over a dozen guns and answer your questions first hand with our knowledgeable tech staff. The highly anticipated AR-57 and GAT were being shown as well as the brand new Echo1 quick detaching Mk1 Barrel Extensions. The other guns on display included some custom AEGs built off of Echo1 guns to show new and experienced players what great platforms our airsoft guns make for every kind of player. We also gave out a brand new polymer Echo1 Robinson Armament XCR-C and Echo1 Timberwolf pistol.
With the weather being perfect, the casual atmosphere, and the great field, we’d like to thank the players and Jericho Airsoft for having Echo1 USA at their event. We hope to see you guys again real soon!
Airsplat is one of the biggest online retailers for everything airsoft nationwide and now they have a retail store in California. Even though the grand opening was on Saturday, September 14th, 2013, loyal customers began camping out and lining up outside the store starting the night before at around 2AM. Many hardcore airsofters camped out just so they could be the first to check out the new showroom as well as take advantage of the doorbuster promotions that Airsplat had going just for this event. Echo1 USA was there at this great event along with many other vendors to show our products and answer your questions first hand.
Echo1 USA has always been a grass roots leader in the airsoft community. People may not know this but we’ve always been a company of numerous firsts in airsoft. We were the first to offer customer appreciation games, the first to tour the country and host games in places that nobody thought could support such events, and the first to offer Tech Support videos for our customers. Many companies have since followed suit and held their own interpretations of these services but it was Echo1 that forged that path. Now, Echo1 USA is pleased to add another accomplishment to the list: the first big game featuring all Echo1 products.
Operation: Geronimo marked the first Echo1 Signature Event which featured players running nothing but Echo1 products. Fans from all ends of the United States travelled to California just to be a part of this historic game held at Jericho Airsoft on Saturday, August 10th, 2013. Being that this event was open exclusively only to Echo1 users, this was the best and most direct way to thank the customers for their loyal support.
Unlike other appreciation day style games that have come along since Echo1 started the trend, this one was going back to the basics: make the day as fun as possible for the players. We wanted to show the players and the industry that it isn’t about numbers or money. It’s about setting an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy and will remembered for years to come. That meant going back to the essentials of making a good game.
Our aim was to make Op: Geronimo’s feel completely different from other events. We focused more on gameplay by limiting the number of player spots so that the field was not flooded with people sharing a small amount of cover. This gave a nice balance between lengthy playtime and a ton of action. Jericho Airsoft provided the huge backdrop for the players to exploit while they fought to complete objectives that would earn them in-game prizes. This created a lot of intensity as players battled it out in various terrain ranging from trenches to hilltops.
The food and drinks were all provided by Echo1 at no charge to the players. Lunch consisted of a home cooked BBQ lunch prepared personally by Brian Holt from Echo1 and the Echo1 family (There were many players who loved the food so much that they helped themselves to seconds and even thirds!). How often do you see the people from behind the scenes of an airsoft company personally cooking for its customers? Add to that the goodies that were handed out throughout the day as an added bonus. The goodies included limited edition Echo1 and Operation: Geronimo PVC patches, stickers, tag rags, and even a 5000 round bag of Echo1 BBs packed inside an Echo1 messenger bag. We spared no expense to make sure you know that Echo1 supports you as much as you have supported us. The day ended with a raffle with various guns from Echo1 and a few custom guns provided by AirsoftGI, Airsplat, and SS Airsoft.
Overall, we at Echo1 had a great time throwing the event and would like to once again thank the players, the vendors, and the field for making Operation: Geronimo so memorable. We can’t wait to do it again! As always, PLAY HARD, PLAY SAFE.
Echo1 is pleased to announce that we now carry our own line of Kydex holsters and pouches made exclusively by Spetzgear Tactical Systems. Spetzgear is an up and coming shop that produces the finest custom made holsters for many professional clients including elite police units, competitive shooters, and operators who are serious about weapon retention.
Unlike nylon or leather, Kydex will never stretch of wear out. It is stronger than plastic and is easily molded to form a perfect fit. People in the real steel community recognize this as the most secure and hassle-free way to carry their handguns and spare magazines.
There are no flaps, straps, buttons, or Velcro to deal with. Everything is held snug and secure around the custom formed pouches and holsters using Kydex.
“Brian holding the Platinum Edition M4 and carrying War Dog Pack”
Partnering up with Spetzgear, Echo1 wanted to elevate Timberwolf owners to the next level of realism by giving them the best custom holster to go with the best gas pistol.
There is an extremely limited quantity of these holsters and pouches on hand. Get them now because these will sell out quickly!
Gear shown is by Defcon Gear. This Body Armor Shell can be found at your favorite retailer or at the Defcon Gear website
Echo1 USA is soon to come out with the new AR-57. History on the AR-57 or AR Five-Seven is that it’s based on a real steel caliber conversion that changes the standard M4/AR15 from 5.56mm NATO to intermediate 5.7x28mm round and magazines. The AR-57 has the same great feel as an M4 but due to the smaller cartridge, it also offers extremely low recoil and high ammo capacity over the standard M4. The 5.7mm round has high lethality and armor defeating capability even up to 200 yards, making it a great personnel defense weapon.
The airsoft version faithfully recreates this gun in every detail, and will come fully licensed and engraved with AR Five Seven Trademarks. At its heart is the metal monolithic upper receiver which holds the 5.7mm style magazine.
The upper receiver has long continuous rails running along the sides and under the barrel. Its short overall length and collapsible stock make this a great CQB weapon. The AR-57 is a completely unique design that should stand out from the crowd of other M4s that are out on the market today.
Stay tuned to Echo1 as this great AEG is coming out soon.
Over 1,000 people gathered bright and early on Sunday May 20, 2013 for Airsplat’s Appreciation Day game. The event was hosted at Tac City Fullerton and featured vendors including Echo1USA. This event was to show loyal Airsplat customers gratitude for their patronage. It was free to play at Tac City all day with lines circling the building. Players also got to enjoy food, music, and raffle prizes to round out the festivities. They also got to interact with a lot of famous airsoft personalities and check out the latest products being shown off in the vendor area.
Echo1USA was there to show their support for AirSplat and interact with die hard Echo1 fans. It was at this event that Echo1USA decided to debut to the fans their latest product.
Out of the impressive lineup that Echo1 had on display, the one that got the most attention was the new AR-57.
Due out this summer (tentative), the Echo1 AR-57 is modeled after a real-steel firearm of the same namesake. The real-steel counterpart was created as a way to convert the popular M4/AR15 to use the powerful yet easy to control 5.7mm PDW cartridge.
“Deadcell member “Snake” showing off his used and abused Platinum Edition M4″
Just like the real version, it feeds from the top of the gun. The magazine sits on the upper receiver and feeds down into the custom Hopup unit. Since the real AR-57 no longer feeds from the bottom mounted M4 magazine, the magwell functions as a chute or ejection port where the empty brass falls out as rounds are fired.
Real operators sometimes use hollowed out M4 magazines inserted in the lower magwell to act as a brass catcher. Though you could leave it empty, some players may opt to run a battery in the hollowed out magazine and have the look of a real operators.
“Echo1 Staff with AirSplat Models”
For the lucky winners at AirSplat’s Appreciation Day 2013 we had two lucky winners win the Echo1 Commando JP-10 and Timberwolf. Congratulations to the raffle prize winners. Like always we hope to see everyone out at Airsoft events in the near future.