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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out the status of the build here below as it is worked on and build over the weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once you have your rifle such as the M4 ST6 or any other rifle you will need the little parts that many players over look until it is too late and they are on the field.
The parts in question are the mounts for slings since you will in the field for hours and holding the rifle will take a toll on you. There are many options and reasons on what you should get and why and we will cover them.
The Echo1 Sling Mount Loop is a small loop that is contructed out of metal and provides a secure point for a front sling if you were using a two point sling. Using a standard allen key to lock it on the rail it will be small and out of the way when not in use.
The next option for a rail attachment would be the slightly larger Echo1 Sling Belt Mount which allows for the use of the sling fabric to be looped through for a more semi permanent attachment. This setup gives a more stealthy option since the there will not be a metal on metal attachment like the previous mount. Some slings offer a secondary loop as shown.
With the use of a sling you are able to add more accessories to your rifle such as a light. The Echo1 Offset Light Mount is able to secure most tactical lights on the market. The inner diameter is one 1 inch and with the textured lining inside the metal mount your light will secure. With the thumb screw and locking port you are able to lock this mount onto your rifle and know it will be there in the morning.
Another small part that you might need later on will be the M4 Locking Body Pins. These pins replace the original pins which are a friction fit. The locking pins are made out of steel and use a threaded screw to lock together. Coming in a two pack and will work great for the ST6 and just about all other M4’s in case your friends need one.
Using a single point or one point sling is a more tactical option and with the QD Dual Sling Swivel you can do that. The mount will replace the original plate and be locked in place with the buffer tube as you can see. There is the left and right option for the attachment of a sling depending on the shooters preference. The QD Dual Sling Swivel will come with the QD sling loop as shown. With this part and the QD loop you can use to attach to the mount on the crane stock if you choose to do so as well or other mounts on other rifles.
The stock has a few removable parts that might get misplaced but no worries since we have them in case that happens. The Stock Knobs are used in the front of the stock to secure the spare batteries and rotate open once the stock is removed from the buffer tube. The Stock Butt Pad is also available and will fit the ST6, STAG, XCR and ER25K series rifles from Echo1USA.
Once you have your battle rifle all figured out with these little parts you will be set and able to focus on the game that is coming and give it your all.