AirsoftCon with Evike.com

It’s that time of year again for the Evike.com AirsoftCon event for the largest Airsoft event on the West Coast.
Evike is located at: 2801 W. Mission Rd. Alhambra, CA 91803

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The event will be a 2 day event starting on Friday Oct. 21st at 10am for a day filled with on site Video Game trucks and many more fun activities on location.
The main day is Saturday Oct. 22nd at 9am and going late into the afternoon at 5pm! People will be camping out for the first in line deals and limited items with a great price.

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Last year at the Evike.com AirsoftCon event we displayed the new products including the Knight’s SR16 models and the other currently released models which you can find at Evike.com today.

This year we will be having a shooting range for the new Troy Industries Battle Rifles so our fans and new Airsofters can stop by and test fire the rifles and check out the other items we have to offer.

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Custom MTC3 Giveaway – FREE Airsoft Gun

Free Airsoft gun

The latest contest or giveaway is being held by Brian of Echo1USA for a custom built MTC3. The MTC series is a unique rifle that is using a version 3 gearbox and parts but using the M4 magwell giving the user the best gearbox and magazine options on the market. Brian has taken the next step to build a rifle of the MTC3 with several other parts from the boneyard to make one lucky fan. Over the course of a few weeks while he gets to the goal of 10,000 Instagram fans he will be building the rifle on the inside too. The target FPS will be 500 with a .20g BB. All the parts and effort will be shown here in the blog and in his Echo1 Tech Support video.

echo1 modify parts

To win this custom rifle well worth over $500 you just need to follow BRIAN_at_ECHO1 on Instagram and might as well Like his FaceBook page too. Once the goal of 10,000 fans is met he will post the ‘how to’ win instructions on how to win the MTC3. No purchase is necessary, just be a supporter and you are entered to win it. Make sure you tell your friends as well.

echo1 mtc3

Check out the status of the build here below as it is worked on and build over the weeks.

Brian at Echo1

Today I went through the warehouse and started picking parts I want to put into the MTC3 to make it a great rifle I would want to use myself. I will be using the Modify compression parts since they are the best on the market. I will be mixing the parts to get more air than the standard cylinder set. Using a full cylinder and not a ported cylinder to get maximum air when using a 445mm MadBull barrel. We practice the same concept in our Knight’s SR16 with a short barrel and a full cylinder to send those BBs flying for days as most people report and enjoy.

Echo1 contest build

For the gearbox I will keep the standard Version 3 shell that is a 8mm option. I am going by the classic motto of KISS; Keep It Simple Stupid. I will keep the the parts that are good and no need to spend more money replacing the parts just because. The Steel bearing spring guide that is stock in most of our rifles is a great part and no need to swap it out with an aftermarket unit which would be the same but only a different color. The piston is the Modify Ultra Piston and is my favorite. I have several of these in my other builds that have lasted years with heavy use. I have corrected the AoE on the piston with a spacer so I retain all the air volume. The piston and gear mesh is just about perfect of 98% and the second tooth was hand filed to be removed and the third tooth has been partially removed as well. The gears I am using are the Echo1 Gearset Torque that are 18:1 ratio for a snappy trigger response a a durable choice.

Echo1 contest Brian Holt

Since I am treating this like my own rifle I want to make it cool so I have installed the SPEED Airsoft straight trigger. This will give the MTC3 a little shorter trigger pull and a sweet custom look. The bearings and bushings in the MTC3 will be custom by not being a uniform set like most factory builds. I am using 8mm steel ball bearings for the Bevel and Sector gears and a solid steel bushing on the Spur gear which takes more force in the gear train. This setup will give me a higher ROF while being durable and when combined with the torque motor and lipo the trigger response will be really good.

Modify v7 latch

This is a cool trick I use. The Modify Version 7 anti reversal latch for the M14 is being used in the V3 shell. I drilled out the axle hole to make it fit. The reason being is that the longer axle will have more surface area and support on the pot metal gearbox which is just a molded collar and will break from high spring rates. With the axle going through it makes it stronger and the flat head tool release option which is on all Modify latches makes it much easier than the old hook technique to release the bevel gear.

modify anti reversal latches

The anti reversal latches as shown;(left to right)stock V2/3 latch, stock v7 latch and the Modify v7 latch. As you can see the original latch is much shorter and the drilling is needed. The stock v7 latch did start to bend from the M150 spring. The new upgraded Modify latch made with better steel will be just fine.

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Echo1USA contest gun

Now that the gearbox seems to be just about completed I will will shoot and test it and see if anything fails while I break in the spring and have it settle to a nice 500 fps with a .20. Using the deans plug on the rifle to make this complete for a lucky fan.

Stay turned to my Instagram BRIAN_at_ECHO1 for more updates on the parts and things I’m doing for the build.

Those are the parts currently in the MTC3 giveaway rifle and this is a sweet setup for a lucky fan. To build this yourself or have a store do it for you will cost around $600 but this rifle is being given away for FREE to a lucky fan once @Brian_at_echo1 gets to the 10,000 fan mark!

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For the final test of the parts and FPS the results are still amazing with very little FPS loss from the spring settling but after some more shooting it should be right at 500 FPS with a .20 gram BB. The ROF of Rate of Fire is around 17 BB per second on full auto which is a beast but might be too much. It will be easy to modify the rifle to make it Semi-Auto only if the winner wants that and that will be more field legal but up to them.
The Rifle is built and now just waiting for a new owner once the Instagram goal is reached of 10,000 fans. I will try to hurry and get a Echo1 Tech Support video put together to better show the gearbox and parts of this rifle.

Parts List:
Echo1USA MTC3 Master Blaster
Phantom Mock Suppressor
MadBull 455 6.03 Tight Bore Barrel
MadBull Bucking 60′ (orange)
Modify X36 Nozzle
Modify V3 Cylinder Head
Modify Type 0 Cylinder
Modify Ultra Piston
Modify Polycarb Piston Head
Echo1 Torque Gears 18:1
Modify 8mm Steel Bearings
SPEED Airosft G36 Trigger
Modify V7 Anti Reversal Latch
Modify T Connector
Echo1 MAX Torque Motor Short
BRAVO 4×32 Scope
Echo1 MTC 2 Bipod

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Gearbox Report of the Knight’s SR16

How do you know if an Airsoft rifle is good or not and worth your hard earned money? You need to do a test drive or see the parts after they have been heavily used and make the call yourself if the rifle is good or not. In this Knight’s SR16 parts review the test drive will happen and the results will be seen up close.

Related Blog: Knight’s Armament SR16 by Echo1USA

Knight SR16 Echo1USA

The nozzle and hop up unit for any Airsoft rifle is very important to ensure proper feeding and air seal. This nozzle of the Knight’s SR16 is dirty from being used at the recent shooting events over a four days of dusty continuous shooting.

Related Blogs: Echo1USA at the Raahauges Sports Fair and JAG Precision at the Kids Safari Day

The rifles were used very hard by first time users just as a rental in a CQB field would be but add the dust and debris from the shooting range and bad things can happen. In this case the inner barrels were cleaned before each event day but during the day there still was debris build up that got in every place possible of the Airsoft rifle. One of the winning factors of the Knight’s SR16 would be the one piece hop up unit that is used to better seal and keep dirt out. No problems from this or the other demo rifles with this amount of dirt inside.

Knights SR16 Echo1USA

The external parts of the rifle can be tampered with by the user or just wiggles free if it is not designed correctly. A great example of a solid part and how it is designed well will be the magazine release and how it is based off a real firearm design and not using a small screw what can loosen over time. Some Echo1USA rifles in the M4 styles use the older style magazine release with the small screw which is fine but the mindset for the Knight’s was to a two prong attack for the market. First make it budget friendly and to the liking of KAC for the Knight’s trademarks and secondly have it built to last with very little to no maintenance for the shooter. In this review the many other parts that make the Knight’s SR16 a solid platform will be highlighted.

Knights SR16 Echo1USA

The motor is another key part in the function of the rifle and it must work when the time comes. The motor pinion gear is of course made out of steel with the D style in case it needs to be changed out. Upon a closer look of the pinion gear there is very little to no wear on the teeth and that is due to the proper height during the heavy use. Every time the trigger is pulled the motor will crank over and spin to pull the gears to complete each shot. That cranking motion is the vibration felt in the pistol grip and just like an automobile the parts need to be secured otherwise a failure will happen. The motor in the Knight’s SR16 will have a hard time failing since the adjustment screw is a large screw with more than enough surface area and a drop of loctice to keep the prefect adjustment over time.

Related Video: Motor Height Adjustment

Echo1 Airsoft Review

The motor will take most of the abuse during the firing process with the heat and power going through it. A commonly overlooked part of the Airsoft rifle is the motor and the status of the parts to make sure it is working properly. Many times players will clean their inner barrels but forget to check their motors after an extended amount of use. The motor commutator can get burnt and dirty and blocking the power from the battery and stopping all movement. A way to do a quick inspection of the part is to manually spin the pinion and watch the commutator for any burnt marks or deep grooves. After the heavy use of the four days and no stop firing the motor looks really good and can keep on being used without being cleaned or serviced.

Echo1USA Airsoft SR16

The main reason the motor commutator looks so clean after all the use is because the brushes are a solid face design to ensure the most contact for the extended period of time. The brushes are important in how they are pressed inward and that relies on the springs behind them. The motor is a very complex part in the Airsoft rifle.

Echo1USA gearbox

A solid foundation is very important and the 8mm solid steel bushing is perfect for that. The solid steel bushing is a change for the Knight’s SR16 when compared to the other rifles in the Echo1USA lineup but that due to the desires of KAC and wanting a solid rifle inside and out with their name on it. The 8mm ball bearing that is used in the other Echo1USA rifles are great for the stock gearbox stresses and even up to the 500FPS. Just in case an upgrade was needed the strongest part is already installed with this rifle. Being that this gearbox uses a steel bushing it will not fail or erode over time from the gear axels. Some Airsoft rifles use a brass material for bushings which is weaker than the steel and will fail over time with moderate use. Echo1USA would not cut corners in this department.

Echo1USA Gearbox review

The grease for the Knight’s SR16 is applied in the key parts and just the right amount. There is a good amount to keep the bushings and gears greased without going into places that it does not belong.

Related Video: Knight’s SR16 Gearbox Takedown and Review

Echo1USA gearbox review

The gear grease can move inside the gearbox due to hot temperatures such is sitting in the sun all weekend at the range but it will still not cause any issues by getting into he trigger system of the gearbox. This is the factory grease amount and after the non stop heavy use it still looks good. The gears are properly shimmed from the factory to make sure everything works smoothly.

Echo1USA piston review

The piston of the Knight’s SR16 Airsoft rifle is a made out of nylon fiber and the same found in the RedStar AK series. The advantage of the lightweight piston is to keep the cycle rate up without having extra weight to slow the process down. The piston is a regular TM spec with the tooth design and the second tooth is present. The stock setup is able to work great even with a lipo during the demos during the show without any signs of damage.

Echo1USA wire harness

Current trends in Airsoft claim the use of a lipo battery the Airsoft rifle will explode when no MOSFET is present but from the pictures the wire harness looks great and no issues present. Being that the Knight’s SR16 does not include this upgrade feature the rifle is still able to perform very well out of the box and keep on working without issues. The rifle is still using many other upgrade parts it still makes for a great complete and field ready package. A MOSFET can be installed later but that will be up to the shooter since there are several to choose from and none are the best since they vary in features.

Overall the Knight’s SR16 Airsoft rifle held up great from the events of the non stop shooting and you will find them in some CQB fields for the rental fleets for the same reasons highlighted in this review. The Knight’s SR16 series is a great choice since it is built to last for around the $200 mark it will be a great investment for the Airsoft game.

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Summer Camp at Tactical Airsoft Arena

It is summer time once again and you know what that means! The Summer Camp at Tactical Airsoft Arena in Rockville Maryland.

If you are not aware of this camp you better check out the video above to see what all happened last year. This camp is geared more for the younger players to teach them the basics and skills to get them ready for the bigger games or even doing their own tech work. The Tactical Airsoft Arena Summer Camp Leaders will be comprised of experienced Airsofters that have the years under their tactical battle belt or time on the tech bench to help the younger players learn tactics in their CQB field. Watching a video is one thing but having a skilled instructor teaching and explaining why and how to use the CQB tactics that is the key to learning and becoming a better Airsofter that these younger players want.

Echo1USA summer camp

This is a four day set of classes to cover everything these young Airsofter will need to build their foundation to becoming great Airsofters. Space is limited so you have to reserve your spot now. Learning how to tech on their own Airsoft rifles or pistols will teach them to take care of their investment which it is.

Tactical Airsoft Instagram

Last year’s Summer Camp was a great time and the players all loved it and are ready to come back and bring their friends so you have to act now. The camp is held from July 11th to the 15th of 2016. Recently they posted on their Instagram about the upcoming summer camp and the players responded and cannot wait to go back. Check the Tactical Airsoft Arena’s FACEBOOK page to sign up.

Echo1USA kill rag Airsoft

This year Echo1USA and JAG Precision is sponsoring the Summer Camp once again and making sure the campers are happy. Each camper will get a JAG Arms BB bottle, Echo1 Kill Rag and an Echo1 Hat. This will make the Summer Camp that much better and the kill rag and hat will come in handy long after the camp. Most Airsoft fields require a ‘kill rag’ to signify a player is ‘hit’ or ‘dead’ so they can walk to the respawn without being mistaken for an active player.

Echo1 XCR Airsoft prize

One lucky Tactical Airsoft Arena Summer Camp player will take home a brand new Echo1USA XCR! The Polymer XCR is a great choice for a younger player but built tough to be upgraded and kept over the years when the player becomes more advanced on the Airsoft field.

Related Blog: The Polymer XCR Series

This Summer Camp for the younger players held at Tactical Airsoft Arena is a great way to teach the basics and some advanced skills in a fun and safe environment. Even if you are not able to make it to the camp you can still go to the store and field and have fun with your friends all year round. Check out their TAA Overview – First Time Players video to see the easy steps for check in and rentals and to get on the field for a fun time.

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A new Airsoft Field is opening! – Power Ops

Power Ops Airsoft field

A new Airsoft field opening is a big deal to all Airsofters since it is just like a new video and new map pack to run and find all the good spots. Well you guys and gals are in luck! The new field Power Ops in Atlanta, GA will be the hot new place to blast your friends!

Airsoft Atlanta Echo1USA
Airsoft Atlanta Echo1USA

The CQB location that is still being built as we speak will be opened on June 25th 2016 with a huge Grand Opening event you don’t want to miss. The rest of the field which is about 100,000 Square feet of playable space is ready for the big day!

Airsoft Atlanta Echo1USA
Airsoft Atlanta Echo1USA

The CQB field will be made out of solid plywood and built like a city that will contains several two story buildings, breach able doors and shipping containers to complete that look and feel of the Hollywood movies or your favorite video game but now literality in your back yard.

Airsoft Atlanta Echo1USA
Airsoft Atlanta Echo1USA

Echo1USA was able to check out the field and the progress and it is amazing. Tell your friends about this new field and you don’t want miss out on the Grand Opening on June 25th 2016. We will have raffle prizes and it will be a great day to start out a new Airsoft field called Power Ops!

The outdoor field section of Power Ops will have two main types of enviroments that consist of the CQB Iraqi city and a Vietnamese Jungle setting. These field types will allow for all kinds of players from the CQB to the Ghille snipers and everything else for a great day of Airsofting.

For more infomation you will need to check out Power Ops and their website for the rules, location and other details.

Check out the first video from the field! Once the field is open you will see more of the locations of course and Echo1USA will do its best to keep you updated as well!

Echo1 GAT video

A perfrect side arm or even primary for the CQB section would be the Echo1 GAT or RDP. Check out the video from Airsoft Atlanta and how the two compact AEG’s compare. Check out the video: Echo 1 GAT TEC-9 / SPECTRE – SMG Review

Echo1USA raffle prizes

For the grand opening of Power Ops we as Echo1USA will be have these raffle items up for grabs for the lucky players that are there that day! Several people will get the JAG Arms BBs in .25 weight which is the best BB on the market now days, a large amount of the players will get the Echo1 Kill Rags or Hats. The second place prize will be a Socom Gear Double Star 1911 pistol. A green gas pistol from Socom Gear. the grand prize will be the new Troy Industries Battle Rifle with the 10″ TRX hand guard. Being that the Troy TRX is all metal and covered in Troy Industries parts and a new gearbox already upgraded this will be an awesome prize for a lucky player.

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Echo1USA at the Raahauges Sports Fair 2016

Another fun summer weekend at the Raahauges Shooting range for the annual Sports Fair. The fair covers just about all outdoor activities that include Firearms for trap and target shooting, Archery, Airsoft Rifles, Pellet Rifles and even Fishing. This annual event focuses on bringing the family together in the great outdoors or to get into a new hobby since you get to try out everything.

Brian Holt airsoft

Many years ago Brian came to this same sports fair with his parents to shoot the pistols and rifles and he has been into the firearms and ever since. Now he is grateful to give back and help the youngsters learn how to shoot with Airsoft rifles and hopefully get them into the firearm world after.

Knights airsoft gun

The Airsoft rifles that the new shooters could shoot were the Knight’s SR16 Carbine. The rifle is only around five pounds so it is great for people of all sizes. Most of the youngsters and parents have never seen Airsoft up close and this was a great way to let them test it out.

Brian Holt airsoft Echo1

Now at the booth Brian is able to help coach the new shooters on the range. They had the choice of a basic looking SR16 or a customized version like what they see in the video games and they had fun. The parents enjoyed this as well seeing them get some hands on range time with the rifles and the proper guidance.

JAG Precision targets

The targets were the same steel targets that Brian and the other use for firearm practice which made a gentle ‘TING’ with the BB hits. The several targets made it fun for the shooters and also huge improvement from the soda cans some have shot at.

female shooter

Many of the younger shooters would be excited about their first time shooting and convince their Dad or Mom to even try it out. Some of the parents thought Airsoft is just for their children and not for adults but after hitting the targets they were happy with how much fun it was.

airsoft family

Seeing a family come together and have fun with Airsoft is a great sight. The older brothers have played Airsoft and moved into firearms and the younger brother following in their footsteps. This is how Airsoft can be used as a great training rifle with adult supervision to teach proper weapon handling skills which will be needed at the range in the years to come.

If you didn’t make it to this year’s Raahauges Sports Fair you can check out the quick recap of what we saw while we were there. As Echo1USA we have been going to these events to help welcome new and young shooters into the world of Airsoft and eventully the Firearm world. We have another video from our time at the 2011 Raahauges Sports Fair that you can check out as well.

california shooting range

The rest of the Raahauges Sports Fair will cover a lot of ground and weapons you can try as a test drive. Paying for just the ammo the cost is very affordable and you can try any pistol, rifle, shotgun or belt fed weapon at the fair.

Brian was able to go check out the other vendors at the show and the one that had the biggest crowd all weekend was Triple R Munitions that had several belt fed weapons.

The Raahauges Sports Fair comes around every year in Southern California and hope to see you out there next year.

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