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AI Industry Awards

It’s been bought to our attention that due to a slight administrative error (we’ll blame it on the hectic run-up to Christmas) some of the winners/runners up positions of the recent Ai Industry Awards categories might not have been as clear as they should be. To remove all doubt and make it clear, here’s a definitive listing of the final positions.

Once again congratulations to the winners and thanks you to the readers of Ai for your nominations!

SHOP RETAILER OF THE YEAR:

1: FIRE SUPPORT
2: AIRSOFT WORLD
3: LAND WARRIOR AIRSOFT

ONLINE RETAILER OF THE YEAR:

1: REDWOLF UK
2: BOMB UP AIRSOFT
3: PRO AIRSOFT SUPPLIES

TECHNICIAN SERVICE RETAILER OF THE YEAR:

1: KINGDOM OF AIRSOFT
2: PRO AIRSOFT SUPPLIES
3: FIRE SUPPORT

CUSTOMER SERVICE RETAILER OF THE YEAR:

1: FIRE SUPPORT

2: JD AIRSOFT
3: LAND WARRIOR AIRSOFT

WOODLAND SITE OF THE YEAR:

1: RIFT COMMS 3
2: FREE FIRE ZONE
3: MAW

CQB SITE OF THE YEAR:

1: UCAP SANDPIT
2: THE GAOL
3: RED 1 AIRSOFT

WEEKEND/MIL-SIM EVENT OF THE YEAR:

1: AI500
2: GUNMAN AIRSOFT
3: ZERO ONE WEEKENDER

AEG MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: G&G
2: TOKYO MARUI
3: VFC

GBBR MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: WE
2: GHK
3: KWA

HPA MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1. Tippman

2. Wolverine

3. Polarstar

SPRING WEAPON MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: ASG
2: TOKYO MARUI
3: VFC

GAS PISTOL MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: TOKYO MARUI
2: WE
3: CYBERGUN

INTERNALS MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: SHS
2: LONEX
3: MADBULL

EXTERNALS MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: PTS
2: VFC
3: KWA

AIRSOFT GRENADE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: TRMR
2: OHSHIBOOM
3: DYNATEC

MOST INNOVATIVE WEAPON MANUFACTURER:

1: TOKYO MARUI
2: RWA
3: KWA

WEAPON ACCESSORY OF THE YEAR:

1: PTS
2: NUPROL
3: G&P

CLOTHING MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: HELIKON

HEADGEAR MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: FMA

GLOVES MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: SKD PIG

PLATE CARRIER MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: VIPER

CHEST RIG MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: WARRIOR ASSAULT SYSTEMS

HOLSTER MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: NUPROL

PROTECTIVE PADS MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: VIPER

BOOT MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: MAGNUM

MOST INNOVATIVE TACTICAL GEAR MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: CRYE PRECISION

TACTICAL GEAR ACCESSORY OF THE YEAR:

1: Haley Strategic D3CR

EYEWEAR MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR:

1: OAKLEY

SPECIAL AWARD:

BODGEUP’S AIRSOFT

ONLINE COMMUNITY:

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NEWS BLOG:

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Airsoft International Volume 11 Issue 7 On Sale NOW!

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A Mixed Bunch…

Instead of this preamble being a summarisation of the following issue of Ai, I’m finding myself compelled to write it during the production of the issue as a piece reflecting something I find perennially amusing. It’s something that cropped up during the recent Ai500: Viper’s Strike event that you can find a gallery of images form elsewhere in this issue.

The subject I’m talking about is the sheer variety of people that airsoft attracts… We all have one thing in common but I’m not sure there’s a more disparate group of people interested in any one hobby anywhere else. In one corner you have the die hard Mil-Sim fans. The guys that like all the guns and gear just like their favourite military unit, even down to the level of detail where they will buy those exact, genuine items. These guys can be divided into a couple of camps still, you have the ones that like the “flavour of the month” or modern gear and kit and then you have guys that like a bit of historical gear. This rages from 15 year of US Special Forces kit all the way back through Vietnam era gear and even WW1/2 and beyond!

You then have the “what works for me” guys who purposely won’t use kit just because they saw it in a reference photo and simply use gear that works for them. Of course there’s no boundaries on the shopping lists these guys can write, so they often end up spending as much, if not more than the re-enactors!

In addition to these guys, we’ve got the group that I lovingly refer to as the “fantasy” airsofters. These guys usually got involved in airsoft via computer games or tabletop gaming and wear their influences on their sleeves when it comes to having a shoot-up, and who can blame them? Foam swords, LARP axes and runner knives abound, these guys are out to have a good time!

Moving away from these groups are the “casual shooters” that basically just take airsoft for what it is, warts and all. I sometimes think it’s these guys that will end up having the most fun in any situation because their expectations are managed. They don’t really care what their airsoft replica gun represents, how far it shoots or how many terrorists it can kill, it’s just a BB gun.

When you think about it, it’s crazy that we try and make a single magazine that caters to all these groups and sure, it’s a tough one because not everyone gets on and plays airsoft for the same reason. I think the truth is though, that the boundaries between the groups are not exactly firm or solid. They shift and to an extent, every airsoft player has a leaning towards all the different points on the star, we just need to appreciate that others might enjoy different aspects of “the game”.

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Airsoft International Volume 11 Issue 6 ON SALE NOW

NOV15 Cover.inddCONTENTS – VOLUME 11 ISSUE 6

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8 – Gallery – Reader’s images from around the globe! Got a shot of you in action? Send it through to editorial@ai-mag.com

12-13 – Local Load outs – Send in your load out to earn your place within the pages of Airsoft International! Turn to Page 14 for more information.

16-19 – TEAM SCENE – Are you a die-hard bunch of military impressionists or simply a rag-tag group of best friends? It doesn’t matter, we want to hear how you play and where you do it!


22-29 – Warrior’s Path! – We check out the latest evolution of Warrior Assault Systems gear and find out just how far it has come in recent years.


32-35 – Vortex Optics – Real steel sight and optics with airsoft friendly prices? Sounds to good to be true but just wait until you read about the unlimited lifetime warranty!

38-39 – Bagged & Tagged – Military 1st help us showcase a great selection of luggage products to help you get your show on the road.

40-41 – Zero Dark Thirty – One of the most influential movies, the one that spawned a thousand (or more) load outs is recapped here!

42-43 – Ai Industry Awards – it’s time once more to nominate your favourite retailers, manufacturers, technicians and websites in another round of the Ai Industry Awards!

48-50 – Socom Gear Noveske N4 – An interesting licensed AEG from Socom Gear bearing full Noveske trademarks and a lively NSR rail.

52-54 – Tokyo Marui Sig P226 E2 – The original P226 is a firm favourite, a classic if you will, so what’s new with the E2 version… Find out if it’s really any better.

56-57 – Train and gain? – The difference between airsoft and real firearms is that you can shoot each other harmlessly, so why do many choose to shoot static targets under the guise of “training”?

58 – Staff Shooters – Health and Fitness – Once again we are looking at a slightly “unconventional” weapon in the Ai Armoury and it’s perhaps one we have not maintained as well as we should have!

62-67 – Tried and Tested – Every month we test a selection of kit to let you know what’s hot and what’s not!

70-71 – Firing Point – Radios, legality and effective communication are on Frenchie’s hitlist this time around. If you like to talk, you need to read this!

72-73 – Project Charlie – Jay forges on with his crazy creation. Find out how the Carl Gustav is coming on.

75-80 – SCAR-H DMR – The final part of our guide on upgrading the Tokyo Marui SCAR-H to pack a mighty punch!

82-83 – ICS SIG Commando – it’s no new release but the ICS Sig 552 Commando might be the hidden gem you are looking for if you need something a little different to get your fix!

84 – Reader Offer – Snag a bargain with our Reader Offers. Check back every month for new deals!

86 – French Letter – What motivates us to do what we do? Frenchie gets a little philanthropic this month with his regular French Letter…