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My Work experience at Combat UK/ OnlyAirsoft!

On Monday I was nervous to start my experience at Combat UK/OnlyAirsoft. The day started off as I walked into the doors of the shop, then I had been taken up to up to the Combat UK store to start the day. Firstly I was introduced to the staff who I was working with that day and had a tour around the shop to get used to where everything is. Next, I had cleaned the displays to make sure that they are clean and looking good. The day went on a bit and then we had got some new boxes of stock come into the store, so then we were putting out the stock in the correct places to maintain the stock within the store. As the day went by I was shown how to put stock into the system and how the system works.


The next day had come and I was less nervous as I had got to know some of the staff. I had started by going to the store I was in on Monday and had settled in. I had cleaned the store to make sure the displays are looking good. Next, I was learning about how they use social media and how they can interact with their customers through social media. After that, I was put to the test and was given a task to post there next post about what sites they would be at this weekend. And I succeeded! So my post had gone onto the social media platforms. Further on in the day, I was setting up a photo shoot which had a John Wick theme. The final task I had for the day was to start creating this blog.


Before I knew it I was halfway through my week of working here. This day I was in the OnlyAirsoft store. I had started out by cleaning the cabinets and making sure all the weapons were in the correct places and was not damaged. Towards the middle of the day, I was shown how to do the sales and was able to help people who were interested in anything.  I had done a few sales and at the end of the day was able to use their sales system and I had helped out with a big sale that day.


The next day I went around making sure that the weapons were not damaged and were in the correct places. As well as this I had helped people around the store using my knowledge of what I know to help them as much as I could. I was able to make some sales to some of the customers. Furthermore, I had met some of the regulars that come into the store. Everybody I have met so far has been really friendly and have made me feel welcome. Towards the end of the day, I helped a customer pick out his first pistol and put the sale the system. this was the first proper sale I had done where I helped him pick out his weapon.


So this is my last day, I don’t want to go as I have had so much fun with my experience working with the staff at Combat UK and OnlyAirsoft and don’t want to go back to school. Today I have been writing up this blog throughout the day as well as, doing sales to people.


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Respect your photographer! – Ems

Since starting at OnlyAirsoft in October, I’ve become a bit of a workaholic! What can I say, I love my job and (not to sound too big headed) but I am incredibly grateful I am able to work where I do. However, when I do have a do off I do enjoy visiting sites and taking photos of you lovely lot. Photography is something that I slowly got into throughout my childhood, with many hours spent with a camera in my hands. Take it from me, flowers are soooo much easier to shoot than Airsofters!

After a lot of hard work, practice and tutoring from the Jedi Master of Photography himself; Stuart Manks, I am finally at the stage where I am slowly at a point where I like my work. But what is really like to be an amateur photographer in Airsoft? What properly grinds my gears about being an amateur photographer?  Find out below!


“It can’t be that hard, all you do is just press a button right?”

WRONG! If I had a fiver for every time someone said that I would be a millionaire. There is a lot more involved than that, and I honestly don’t think people truly understand how many hours of work go into it.

Typically the majority of my work at the moment, it is taken at Halo Mill: Proving Grounds and Rift: Coms Site 3. Now if you’ve ever been to Proving Grounds from the Stevenage area, you’ll know it’s 3-hour drive! That’s a long way y’all!  Once you arrive, then begins the part of the day that can only be described as “total wipeout”. After crawling and sliding around in the mud, going from objective to objective, being shot to shit, to take hopefully awesome photos. Then the 3-hour drive (maybe more if you get stuck in Sunday traffic) home just to sit at a computer for hours editing. Now thankfully, for my proving grounds photos, Stu does the majority of the edits but this isn’t always the case.

So why do I do it? I get it you’ve probably just read my mini rant and thought why do you put yourself through that? Well firstly, it awesome! There is nothing more satisfying than looking back at your work and thinking “I am so pleased with this!”. Secondly, it helps my stress levels and has a positive impact on my mental health. I feel at my most relaxed and freest with a camera in my hands shooting airsofter. Finally, I feel as if my photos help grow this community for the best because the players go home with cool photos and show their friends which encourages more people to slowly get into the sport.




And now the part you’ve all been waiting for, Emma goes into full-on rant mode! If you ask any photographer in airsoft, they have probably experienced at least one of this list.

Getting messages asking if the photos are posted 20 minutes after leaving the game day

This has now happened to me on several occasions where I have been having a cheeky pint in the pub after a long day of airsoft and I get messages asking when the photos are going to be uploaded. To be fair to players, I don’t think the majority of them realize that most photographers have actual jobs and that the site photography is only a part-time hobby, which we don’t get paid for.  All I would say if just think before messaging the photographer. You don’t know what’s going on day to day for them and editing photos might not be their top priority.

“Are there any more photos?”

After how many hours of painstakingly checking through each photo and editing the photos that have made the grade. You always seem to get that one message that goes along the general lines of this… “Is there going to be any more photos, as there aren’t any of me. I’m sure someone pointed a camera at me.” Ok firstly, I would only post photos that I am 100% happy with as it is my reputation and my work that will be judged at the end of the day. Secondly, yes the camera might have been in your general direction however the focus point could have been something else.


Photo Credit

Ah man, this one properly sucks and it’s such a small thing today. As photographers, we utilize social media to promote our work to the world. It is absolutely awesome to us when our work is posted on different social media platforms by you guys! It shows that we have done an ok job 🙂 However, I sadly often come across photos I have taken without the adequate photo credit being given. It is incredibly frustrating as so much work goes into the photos that we produce. Now I am no angel, I have been done it in the past, but it’s not until you step behind the lense that you truly understand. So my advice! Credit your photographers and if you don’t know the photographer’s name, just drop a message to the site.  They will be able to help you.

Cropping out watermarks

Following on from photo credit, we have cutting out watermarks. I haven’t had to experience this that much thankfully but I know friends that have. I do understand that different format sizing on various social media platforms does restrict how photos look when posting, however more and more images are having watermarks cropped out of them. Now 9 times out of 10 if you are really bothered about a watermark, photographers will have an unwatermarked version available (sometimes at for a small fee) that they will be able to send across to you. If not, just drop them a message and explain the situation to them. I would prefer the heads up, then just to come across it.


RANT OVER! Thank the lord! The end meaning behind this whole piece is purely to spread the message to respect and credit your photographer. They work extremely hard to make you look good and make sure you have a memory of the day that you can show off to your mates. Thank you for reading and see you on the next one!


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What Yo Rocking?! – Ems

With working at Combat UK/ Only Airsoft, customers often  ask, “What do you wear to airsoft?” And just like that BOOM! An inspirational blog post for your next loadout!


When I personally play, I like to keep my loadout quite chilling and lightweight, as my playstyle is quite fast. Chillsoft… It’s the greatest! To start off my loadout, I wear my LBX ranger green combat trousers RELIGIOUSLY! They are by fast the comfiest and durable trousers ever. I would wear them all the time if I could. Normally I will pair this with either a Viper Fleece Hoodie in with black or Titanium. If the weather is more forgiving, I have my Brewdog Beer Baseball Tshirt because  beer… Need I say more.


Moving onto my rig itself, I pair my TMC Modular Lightweight chest rig with my Viper Buckle Up Charger Pack, which is available in our clothing store. I’ve always been a firm believer that gear does not need to cost the earth and  I’m a northern so I’m tight when it comes to money LOL. For my belt set up, I run an FRV Tailoring Cobra Shooters belt with a Warrior Medium Molle Utility Pouch, a Warrior Roller Up Dump Pouch, Kydex Pistol Mag Pouches and a Custom Kydex Pistol Holster. I’m a bit boring when it comes to the colour of my rig as it’s a whole load of Coyote Brown. I personally prefer wearing solid colours rather than camo, with the blunt explanation being I’m larger lass and camo does nothing for my figure.

For my helmet (when I want to feel totally operator) I run an FMA Team Wendy Style Exfil Helmet which has a custom paint job. In addition to this, for earpro and coms, I use the 3M Peltor ComTac XPI whilst are attached to my lid with Exfil Helmet Peltor Helmet Adaptors. On the back of the lid, I run a FMA counterweight pouch that I can stuff all the wires from my earpro. I have paired this all with my Venom Tactical snood and Wiley X Saber Advanced with Vemon Pink Lenses. I personally love these eyepro, as not only are they comfortable and don’t fog up but the pink lense means I can see better in lower light. Perfect for CQB!

To finish off the clothing and gear part of my loadout, I have my trusty Salomon Women’s Quest Prime Gore-Tex Boots, which give me the full ankle support I need for airsoft and everyday life. Man these boots have been abused!

Get your guns out

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the guns! One question I must get asked on a daily basis is “Working in a gun shop, you must have loads of gun!”, however, believe it or not, I actually don’t!

TM M4A1 Socom Recoil Shock –  

Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t have a soft spot for a classic. Originally I got the TM as I wanted a milsim gun with that had that aspect of realism. However, it is quickly becoming my everyday skirmish gun and I love it! Internals whilst, the only thing that has been changed is the barrel and hop rubber and to be honest it will probably stay this way. My Forever Gun. 


My CQB gun of choice. Unlike my simplistic TM, internally pretty much everything has been upgraded or replaced. With a Wolverine Gen 2 Spartan HPA engine and the help of our lovely Airsoft Monkeys, we made a HPA beast! It has also had the hop and the unit itself replaced with a MapleLeaf rubber and Max Hop Unit. In addition to this, a purple speed trigger and a sound hog has been fitted. This ARP is the definition of obnoxious.

ASG SP-01 Shadow –  

We all remember our first… pistol I mean. This competition spec pistol was the first I ever bought and will always remain in my collection. Its full metal exterior gives it that realistic feel that I love in a pistol. It performs fantastic on both Co2 and Green Gas (I much prefer red) and it is all round reliable. 

SAI Hi-Capa 4.3 –  

The snappiest pistol I have ever owned! Sleek, elegant and gives a satisfying kick. Out of all the pistols I have ever owned, it will always be my all time favourite and the one I reach for every time. The only internal upgrades I have made to this particular pistol is replacing the original rubber for a MapleLeaf, so that it is able to lift the heavier weight bbs with ease. 

Most of the items mentioned are available from Combat UK/ OnlyAirsoft.

See you on the next one!





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It’s quite nice when someone comes up to you and asks about your gear. Let’s face it a lot of us spend forever trying to get our look and it’s nice when it’s appreciated.

So as a few people have asked I’m going to do a kit list for what I run and why:

Let’s start with the face, normally I’ll run a cap to protect my head slightly from the rain of bbs that normally come my way.

Revision shadowstrike glasses as eyepro in woodland with a viper lower mesh or a Dye i5 in blue for close quarters. My best advice is full face definitely and you can never spend enough when it comes to eye pro.

Torso – we’ve got t-shirt or hoodie depending on the weather with a Haley strategic D3CRM Rig and Flatpack combo. Similar to this would be the Viper VX rig and Viper VX Buckle Up Charger Pack (for a fraction of the price!) I run these because they’re lightweight so running around in summer they’re awesome!

Legs – either 5.11 Jeans with extra 5.56 magazine pockets or Emerson gear G3 Combat Pants in M81 pattern. The jeans are normally for building fighting but the Emersons are really comfy everywhere and the knee pads make for amazing protection from those bbs on the floor that always manage to find the soft spots. These are accompanied by a Bigfoot drop leg with Nuprol holster for whichever pistol I’m running that day.

Feet – A big pair of socks with some Viper Elite Boots in Coyote. These boots are hardwearing and offer good ankle protection due to the height of the boot.

Weapon systems:

TM VSR10 Gspec – A stock TM Gspec shooting around 318 fps. It makes for a ridiculously quiet tool for sneaking around and picking people off at a distance.

TM Type 89 – Modified to give a greater trigger response this non-recoil TM can handle 11.1v lipos with ease, making for a stable assault platform for those medium to long range engagements.

G&G ARP9 – Heavily modified with the same reinforced parts you’d normally put in a light machine gun the airsoft monkeys have bumped up its rate of fire and made it into quite the monster.

Tippmann M4 – Set up for HPA the Tippmann is unique in the fact that it is basically a gas gun but using AEG magazines, giving you a full recoil feeling whilst being able to use most of your existing magazines.

TM MP7 AEP – For those close quarter fast-paced games the TM MP7 AEP is an easy platform to run. Its small size and small magazines make it easy to pop around doors and catch people out while the small magazine sizes mean you can carry multiple on you at once without worrying about space on your rig.

Bolt MP5 – An electric recoil MP5, There’s nothing like the feeling of popping around a corner and feeling that recoil in your shoulder especially from a gun as cool as the MP5 .

Frenchi Spring Shotgun –  The veteran of the group having been in my collection for 7 years and counting. Reliable, cheap and easy are the best ways to describe it. With it’s 40 to 50m range this tri shot always impresses no matter what weather. It’s always in my box as a backup should anything go wrong.


TM Glock 19 – Compact, Lightweight, easy to use. The Glock is reliable and can even hop 0.30 bbs quite comfortably. This has become my go-to on my drop leg due to its size and just how easy it is to use.

ASG Shadow 2 – The newest to the collection and I’ll admit mainly for target shooting the shadow 2 looks impressive with its full metal build and blue highlights. Designed for target shooting it comes standard with a co2 magazine, but gas ones are also readily available.

Custom Highcapa – So this is my personal little project taking 3 highcapas and making them into one. My 7-year-old TM base made for an ideal lower as I have lots of TM magazines available whilst the salient upper slide allows for me to pump higher pressure gasses and co2 through the magazines. The maple leaf hop up chamber and bucking then lifts those higher weight pellets making it a wonderful hybrid for both target shooting and skirmish.

KJ Works P226 – Reliable and heavy. This is one pistol you know you’ve got with you as you can feel the weight, but it has never let me down so I don’t mind running it especially when in close quarters with multiple weapons. this sits behind me on a Nuprol Paddle Holster just in case things go bad.



Most of these are available from Combat-UK OnlyAirsoft.



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ASG Trip!

Anyone who follows us on social media will know that three lucky members of Combat UK Onlyairsoft staff went across to ASG headquarters to get some technical training.

All I can say is I am impressed! From seeing the Scorpion Evo production to its impressive quality control. The whole production line was definitely a sight to see.

Day 1

Landing in Copenhagen we set off on the train into the city for some exploration, taking in some of the sights and sounds of a very picturesque country. We stopped at a cafe for some food which i can vouch for the Danish they have amazing food, the whole trip we didn’t have a bad or even average meal. Everything is prepared fresh and is amazing, but back to it, we explored some more found the dragon fountain and the palace. then headed to the train station to travel to the hotel. Once there we settled in for the experience ahead, the ASG main office.

Day 2

So in we went tech novices into the repair and servicing workshop with two awesome technicians to learn all that we can in three days.

First up were revolvers, sounds simple enough considering how simple it looks on the outside, but inside, however, they are a work of art. each component working to help the other and push the bb out of the barrel towards the target. We took them apart piece by piece and then reassembled the pieces one at a time. Then the time came to take them to the range to ensure we have put them together correctly. Pulled the hammer back, bang they fired the pellet down and hit the back wall. Success!


Next AEG an Armalite AR15 stripping it down to the gearbox, removing the spring and opening it up, gears removed we looked as shimming. All the small fiddly shims getting placed into position, grease here and there. Placing each part back into place and squeezing the gearbox shell back together ever so gently. then to the externals screws and pins pushing into place, all together and then back to the range. The gears spin,  pellets hitting the back wall. Success!


Day 3

The ASG PO9 sits on the table in front of us. Waiting to start the day. Yes, I can say they’re fiddly to put back together with springs and small parts needing to be held together, but how they work when you fire a shot… it’s nothing but amazing if there’s nothing else I could take away from this course it’s the new appreciation for how these amazing pieces of engineering function. The PO9 inner frame is a mesh of some very complex small parts that all work together to allow gas to flow. Together it went all the pieces one. off to the range, and bang. Success!

Last but not least was the ASG SSG69 P2 bolt action rifle needing a spring and barrel upgrade we took it apart barrel from body and cylinder from the receiver. Out came the spring and in went the new barrel. Quick clean and easy upgrades that upped it to 500FPS and lifting 0.40s with ease. We went to the outdoor range. Pulled the bolt, squeezed the trigger, ping. the 0.40 hit the metal target at the end. Success!

To sum it up

Denmark is a beautiful country from what I got to see with some of the best food I have ever had. But the main thing for me was being able to see the workings of one of these big manufacturers, to see how they operate and seeing their world is definitely a change. Being able to delve into the technical side under the guidance of the amazing team of technicians was astounding. Being free to strip down each gun to its bare parts and getting to understand all the inner workings as the parts are put back in place is an amazing privilege and a big thanks go out to all for allowing us to learn under them.


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Our Trip to ASG HQ!

2 newly qualified ASG techs , who would have thought it! But how did this happen? What did we get up to? Let’s give you the low down to an experience, which very few have been fortunate to experience.

As many of you may be aware (especially if you follow Combat UK/OnlyAirsoft on Facebook or Instagram) Myself, Keyring and one of our wonderful bosses Ida, recently went on our travels to the home of the Vikings! That’s right, we were lucky enough to go to the ASG Headquarters in Denmark, which I think we will agree was an incredible experience. If you have never been to Denmark before you definitely need to go, it’s beautiful! With stunning views of green for miles and picturesque villages, it is one of the few places where you can truly feel at peace and disconnected with the world.

Day En:

Upon our bumpy landing in Copenhagen, we took a train direct to the city center so that we could begin our afternoon of being typical British tourists and take a load of selfies with monuments. After wandering around in the glorious sunshine for several hours, we stopped for a seafood feast in a Danish cafe alongside the canal in Nyhavn. It is definitely worth mentioning the food in Denmark, it is the freshest food you have ever tasted in your life, prepared and cook with love and care.

Once we had completed our meals and realizing we only had 20 minutes to complete a 30-minute journey, we hot-footed it back to back to the main train station stumbling upon Christianborg Palace on the way. After meeting up with the lovely Paul from ASG, we made our way to our hotel in Snekkersten, where we were treated to a stunning 3-course dinner.

Day To:

After tackling a delicious breakfast, we made our way to ASG HQ to begin Day one of our tech course. Our day began with a 10 senses tour, in which we met all the staff and how their jobs play a vital roll in the day to day running of the business. Next, we had a tour of the warehouse, wherein particular we were shown the process that their blaster bbs go through before being sent out. Then the teching began, firstly with revolvers. At first glance, you would assume from there simplistic design their internals would be similar.   I never thought in a MILLION years, they a revolver had so many parts to it! It’s mental!  After mastering the Classic Dan Weston 6 ” and the slightly more tactical 715 4″, we then moved onto AEGs.

Finally! Something I am confident about dissembling WOOHOO! (Thank you to Reece and Phil for giving me a sneaky extra lesson in advance!)  So well as dissembling and assembling the rifle, we also learned about diagnosing potential issues and service maintenance that you may have to do on an AEG, which was absolutely fascinating. And then the dreaded shimming… god I hate it! Thankfully Jebba is the master of shimming and guided us through it step by step.  It is very much an art form in itself.

Once we had completed our training for the day, it was off for dinner in Helsingor to this INCREDIBLE BBQ/ Steak house with Team ASG. Uh Oh Food Baby Alert! I have never eaten so much in my life, I could have rolled back to the hotel!

Day Tre:

Just like a snap of the fingers, day 3 was upon us! Our final day of the day not only at ASG but of the trip of a lifetime. The day began with one of the most complex and fiddly pistols I have ever taken apart… The P09. Unless you have taken one of these apart to its bare bones (NO not just the slide, I mean EVERYTHING!) you won’t understand how challenging they are to put back together.  It far to say I swore a lot to myself, whilst attempting to fit the inner frame back into the lower frame of the pistol. Nevertheless, the whole experience does make to appreciate the amazing design and engineering that goes into creating a pistol such as this. It makes the perseverance and determination worth it once you have it back together and it fires. YESSS! *Fist Pump


Next Bolt Action Sniper Rifles! For this part of the course, we got to upgrade the ASG SSG69 which needed a spring and barrel change. I’m not going to beat around the bush, until this point I had never taken apart a bolt action so I was particularly nervous going into it. It did take a few attempts and the encouragement of Keyring and Jebba, the new barrel and spring went in with ease. After reassembling the rifle, we were able to take it out on ASG outdoor range,  so we were able to see how our upgrades had made a difference to performance.

And then we were qualified! What a rewarding feeling it was!

Let’s sum things up!

To sum the whole experience up, I feel very blessed and honoured for the whole experience! From being able to see how much ASG do in house to the teching side, it was incredible. At this point, I would like to say a massive to both the lovely team at ASG for their amazing hospitality and secondly to our bosses who made this trip possible!

See you on the next one!




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Jackal Alpha by Nuprol, a good all rounder

Nuprol have hit the market hard with not only all the accessories you can think of but a full range of rifles as well. so here’s a spotlight on one of the contenders.

The Jackal Alpha looks clean and sleek with 20mm rail only where you need and QD sling points for added customization. Lightweight metal construction means you get that durable metal build but you can still run it all day with no issues.



Nuprols Jackal

Internally the Jackal stands up for itself with a micro switch trigger and 6.03 tight bore barrel as standard meaning it can keep up with many of the more expensive brands.

Here is Scrim Airsoft with his detailed review.


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Raven EU18 – A pistol for the everyday player

The airsoft Raven EU18, in-store at £89.95 most people, would question why so cheap?

Black Raven EU18 Showing fire selector

Full gas blowback action for a fraction of the price of other brands, with easy availability of Co2 and gas magazines they sound like the ideal sidearm in the field.

If your playing CQB, you can even get 50 round extended magazines for pistol only load-outs and lightweight runs.

The most awesome feature of the EU18 is the full auto fire selector. So even if they’re pushing your position hard you can keep heads down with a burst or two.

Black Raven EU18 with slide locked back

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Charity weekend event!

This year we return once again to the awesome Tuddenham site in aid of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Both very good causes that deserve our support.

The unique site will offer fantastic skirmish based games with both woodland and a CQB experience.

This is a whole weekend event with booking in starting at Midday on Saturday followed by an afternoon of games and tank rides before the awesome live band Finer Things plays its set while you all relax at the BBQ.

The evening will include chilled out camping and some night games going on till around 11 pm.

Sunday will be a full day of Skirmishing finally finishing around 4 pm

Tickets for this event are pre-booking only via our website

Limited hire weapons are available on request

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Airsoft and Vortex Optics – The last optic you’ll need to buy ?


Airsoft sights are notoriously fragile at times and can need replacing after a heavy knock or BB strike, Is there a better alternative?

We give you Vortex Optics for your consideration

  • Who are they? 

Vortex is a well established American company who are leading the market on unparalleled customer support. They have an impressive range of weapons optics, that will suit most budgets and shooting styles. Most the thing that really makes them stand out is the VIP warranty.

Vortex Optics SPARC AR Red DOT
Vortex Optics SPARC AR Red DOT on High mount

But why should I buy Vortex for airsoft?

  • Let’s talk about that VIP warranty,

How many times have you brought that perfect red dot but have had to replace it because a stray BB hitting the glass? or do what I do and decide that your favorite scope needs to be bashed into that a door frame.

Not to worry with any of the Vortex products! Their Very Important Promise ensures that you will never be without an optic ever again.

  • What if your sights get damaged?

They will fix or replace an unlimed amount of times, yes that’s a right UNLIMITED amount of times.

  • As a nice bonus,

Because Vortex Optics are designed for real firearms they won’t un-zero on your airsoft gun even under heavy recoil and quite often will withstand most knocks that an airsoft sight would shatter under.

What styles of sights do they offer?

Because Vortex caters to a wide range of real weapons you will have a wide range of optics to choose from, Their red dot range, as well as their lower end rifle scopes, are becoming incredibly popular with the airsoft community for obvious reasons.

Vortex are no strangers to 3 gun challenge

So do they on make gun sights?

  • Vortex doesn’t just cater to the real steel and airsoft markets,

They also have a range of bird watching and clothing choices available. Airsofters often take great pride in their Vortex hat collection or you often see them wearing T-Shirts and shirts.

Also available are some of the best range finders on the market, allowing you to really sight in that airsoft sniper.

Why not have a look?

We have an extensive range of Vortex optics for both your airsoft gun or your other optical related hobbies both Online and Instore