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  • Best Action Cameras for Airsoft

    Airsoft kit.

    The meteoric rise in the popularity of sharing airsoft gameplay footage via video sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook has led to many more people recording their days on the field. Whether they run a scope cam, first-person camera or both, we are seeing a significant rise in people filming their airsoft experiences. Although there are arguments for and against the use of cameras in airsoft, something we’ll touch on in a future blog post, there’s no denying that we’ve all marvelled at some of the epic sniper shots that have been caught on film. If you’re planning to start recording your airsoft gameplay or want to upgrade your current filming setup, then read on to see what we recommend for getting the best quality footage.

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  • Do 3D Printed Weapons Pose a Threat?

    3d printer

    In 2013, news channels across the world starting to take notice of Cody Wilson, the owner of Defence Distributed, US-based company responsible for the first 3D printed gun. The gun was titled ‘The Liberator’ and the designs were made available to download for free from the internet. Six years have passed since and we take a look at how 3D printing has evolved, and whether 3D printed firearms pose a viable threat.

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  • A Closer Look at NASA’s Planetary Defence

    NASA Planetary Defence

    As you may have seen from checking out our other blog posts, we have a definitive interest in all things military. Whether this is looking into the history of conflicts or exploring possibilities for new military equipment, chances are, it’ll be piquing our interest.

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  • Choosing the Right Air Pistol for Pest Control

    Pest Control with a Handgun

    With summer pretty much upon us, we are entering the prime season for pests. For people that own large areas of land and that need to keep pests under control, air pistols can be a valuable investment for both effectively and humanely managing the problem. Although we always recommend using the highest power air weapon possible (it’s not just a numbers thing, rifles are more accurate over longer distances and a higher power gives you a better chance of a humane kill, which should always be your goal in pest control) and air rifles can offer more power (a legal limit of 12ft lb limit), this can often be seen as overkill, or be unsuitable for the task. With the pellets often travelling through the target - without a suitable backstop, this can reduce the legality. Therefore, in this article, we take a look at some of the best air pistol options for pest control.

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  • A Guide to Airsoft Brands – Part Three

    Airsoft Gun

    Following on from part one and part two of our guide to airsoft brands, like the Terminator, we are back. One of the best problems with airsoft is the sheer number of manufacturers there are. Either specialising in bringing specific designs to market, or focused in bringing a range of setups and guns, either at great prices or with high performance (occasionally both). In this article, we take a look at another set of airsoft manufacturers and brands and uncover what they are all about. Like in previous articles, we'll group them as either a 'budget' or 'performance' brand; however, there will occasionally be some crossover.

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  • The Role of Military Psychologists

    Military boarding a plane

    At first glance, psychology and the military can seem somewhat unrelated. Being part of the military often requires exceptional physical performance, especially from younger and newer recruits. Whether this is running, swimming, parachuting or any other physical exertion, having strong physical power and lasting endurance are vital assets of being effective in a military role. However, something that is often overlooked is the psychological side of being part of the military. In this article, we look at the role of military psychologists and how they use their skills to further their country's military power.

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  • What is a Bullpup Gun?

    Bullpup Rifle

    For hundreds of years, classic rifles and firearms have used a ‘bulletproof’ technique of firing. The trigger, as with all weapons initiates the firing process with the firing action occurring either in line or slightly in front of the trigger. All the way from the very first matchlock guns in the 14th and 15th-centuries to the classic Colt models on the 1800s and 1900s and now with the modern rifles that come in all shapes and sizes, the style, although differing slightly, has been a uniform approach. That all changed when a significant innovation was introduced at the start of the 20th-century, the bullpup. But what exactly are these? Take a look below at our guide to bullpup weapons, their history and how they differ to classic rifles.

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  • Military Heroes: Barnes Wallis

    Barnes Wallis

    Image Source: Northern_Forza

    As fans of all things military, we think it’s important to look back into military history to remember and celebrate some of the military heroes of past and present. It’s a divisive subject and depending on where you’re reading this blog from, the word ‘hero’ could easily be replaced with something less effusive. However, being UK based, for the most part, these blogs will be relatively UK-centric, with the occasional international hero included.

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  • Airsoft Terminology - Part Two: N - Z

    Airsoft kit.

    As part of our attempt to support new players that have recently taken up airsoft as a hobby, and to help more experienced players keep up with the jargon of the sport, we have published a two-part series of airsoft jargon. This is the second instalment in the series that focuses on N through to Z. Make sure to let us know if there is anything that you think we have missed from the list or if there are any site-specific phrases that are used at your local site. You can find part one of the series here.

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  • Airsoft Terminology - Part 1: A-M

    Airsoft kit.

    Here at the Surplus Store, we’re all about trying to introduce new people to the sport of airsoft, however, something that seems to be tripping a few new players up is the diverse and sometimes confusing vocabulary that the sport has adopted. A combination of words that have been given new, airsoft-specific meanings and seemingly endless acronyms have resulted in a new language spoken by airsofters. To help unravel the mysteries behind this foreign dialect, we have composed a two-part series that breaks down all the need-to-know vocab from the sport of airsoft.

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