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Forum News / SPAM
« on: August 25, 2019, 11:57:42 PM »
So apparently google's recapcha was broken, which means IT WAS THE RUSSIANS.

Actually in this case it was legit Russians who posted all sorts of porn and weird crap. So I hope you guys bought your black market viagara while the links were up;)

I just cleaned all the garbage out, upped the security for new accounts and also setup manual approval of all new accounts. It's a PITA since I'll have to approve all new accounts but it should keep this sort of thing from happening until google updates their end of things and we can get back to normal.

If you see something weird report it, I know a few guys reported this I just hadn't had time to check what was going on until tonight. So things should be back to normal, enjoy!

Luke

EDIT: Also if you registered a new account yesterday or today it's likely gone. I just deleted about another 100 accounts that were registered since this issue. Most if not all used Russian IP's so I bulk killed them, that way I don't have to worry about them going active and spamming. I also did a search and if any legit guys registered with a *.ru email sorry your account is also gone. Register with gmail or something legit too much spam these days from server farms over yonder. My rule going forward is no *.ru email domains etc so be aware.

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Accessories & Ammo / Barrett M82A1 mods
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:28:57 PM »
So I've got a Barrett it's a Snow Wolf AEG I picked up as a shell and rebuilt the internals. Basically it was empty of all mechanical parts and slightly cut down outer barrel etc. But I built a gearbox, installed everything and got it shooting right in the 540fps range with a .2g. Fairly long barrel so it doesn't Joule creep even with heavier ammo. I never have had time to really tune it like my other long range guns since I built it around two years ago which happens to be the last time I've really had much time for airsoft with family and business getting in the way(along with health, had a bad bout of pneumonia last year).

Either way I've been 3d modeling this last year, and 3d printing so naturally I've been thinking about airsoft related projects. I've done some that aren't ready to be shown, and I do intend to likely sell some parts eventually. But until then I've got some pictures of some cool bits I've been making for my Barrett. I never liked the fact the Snow Wolf wasn't super accurate to the real deal so some is to improve that. The other is the M107 QDL Suppressor and muzzle break. Which no one builds an airsoft version of, so I figured that would be a fun project to do. I previously had a hand built version but it was further from realistic spec etc. This isn't perfect to spec but it's very close, based on the specs that I could get and scaling within CAD.

Either way fun project and as time permits and the weather gets better I'll take some more pictures of the fully finished gun.

Take care!

Luke

EDIT: Also should mention I'm planning to add the allen head machine screws to the muzzle break section of the suppressor. I had printed them but it wasn't the look I wanted. So I'll just drill and screw some in next time I get to town and can grab some to spec where I need. There are also a few other minor imperfections across the board, those will be cleaned up in time. I actually built this over the last 3 days, so it's barely finished. And the stock clamshell piece I just finished today and installed. And I ran out of paint;)

So there will be several things "fixed" before it's actually done. And I plan to go through and change out the gearbox with a QD box and finish the actual tuning before it hits the field. So it's somewhat of a work in progress like allot of stuff but I still think despite it's complete lack of practicality it's awful cool;) I doubt it'll see much use at all, generally I'll grab my TM VSR10 or my CA M16A2 but maybe once in a while I'll bring out the M82A1;)

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Forum News / MIA Facebook group
« on: February 02, 2019, 07:41:47 PM »
Currently Facebook has decided to block or ban the MIA facebook group, we're trying to appeal and get it sorted out, but at least at this time we've got zero info on what's going to happen.

So just a heads up, nothing has changed with MIA as a whole and to the best of our knowledge we didn't do anything against the TOS or see anything against the TOS.

So we're gonna have to wait and see what happens but if you've got any questions we don't really have any answers;) In the meantime feel free to use the forums as there won't be any changes here.

If Facebook decides to bring the group back I'll post another update here also, and if we start another group etc I'll also post it here.

Take care!

Luke

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So I've gotten a few comments over the years about guys scamming or people not holding up their end of the deal. Now I'm not saying all sellers or buyers are bad certainly not the case. But anyone involved in any hobby buying and selling has at some point likely encountered someone who didn't hold up their end of the bargain.

First and foremost it's not MIA selling, it's individuals. We can't control effectively who uses this area, so if someone posts something for sale someone on staff may know that person but more often than not we don't. And since the platform as a whole is far less active than it was in the past there is little way to know the guys selling. As a buyer or seller it's your responsibility to protect yourself and do your best to check into guys. But at the end of the day there is always an element of risk to buying and selling and by using this you assume that risk.

Second, use paypal when possible DO NOT USE FRIENDS AND FAMILY, honestly I know guys don't want to pay the fees etc. But if you use Friends and Family you get ZERO paypal protection. Is it fine most of the time yeah, until it isn't. I've had guys I trusted fail to deliver using friends and family I have zero need to ever use it again when buying something and I'd highly recommend you not using it either.

Third, if possible meet up in person to be able to look over the gun. In almost all cases I've bought a used airsoft gun something has been wrong that wasn't disclosed. Sometimes the guy knew, sometimes he didn't have the experience to know, and who knows what accounts for the other times. But being able to check out the gun/gear in person solves that problem. Also if possible go somewhere you can see it shoot and hear the mechbox if applicable etc. If you can't then take a note from the guys online who show a video of the gun functioning, then you can hear, and see some more things than pictures will show you.

Last but not least if a deal sounds too good to be true then please exercise additional caution. I know everyone wants a deal but just like you're unlikely to "get a million dollars by filling out a facebook quiz" it's highly unlikely you'll see an $800 gun for $100 in perfect working order. I'm not saying it doens't happen, but it's infrequent so if you see a good deal put up your shields a little harder to insure you're protected. And keep in mind while we all enjoy the hobby at the end of the day look out for yourself as no one else will, it's your responsibility to try and insure things go well.

If you've got any questions feel free to shoot me a note.

Luke

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AEG / Very cool AEG design made in the USA
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:19:00 PM »
So I came across this and it's a few weeks old but I haven't seen anyone talking about it;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LJYtYn7x0A&feature=youtu.be

So basically it's an AEG but it also has a precocking system with a sear. From what I understand looking at it and watching the video. At first I actually thought it was an open bolt design firing going forward from the sear. But further looking the cylinder(fake bolt), basically draws the piston to the rear cocking it onto a sear, then returns forward either by spring or cycle, I'd assume spring since it supposedly uses normal gears. So basically the cylinder is the loading mechanism cocking the piston and moving like a piston would in a typical AEG. But then when the trigger is pulled the piston flies forward shooting the BB, and I'm guessing a sensor or switch of some sort initiates the action cycling it to the rear repeating the process.

Overall this is actually not far off an idea I had, however I had no way to build it;) So I'm pretty interested to see how this goes. The downside is of course the price I heard around $1300 which is way out of my airsoft budget. But the concept is cool, and if the build quality is there I can see this being a 600-700 dollar gun that would be popular. Or possibly a conversion kit since I don't see a massive issue with the form factor etc of their box. They'd need a proprietary hopup chamber and a few other bits but it seems possible.

Either way this is a super interesting bit to me, it's got some of the realism of GBB but with the reliability hopefully of an AEG. Additionally cool is bolt lock back, along with the ability to use standard AEG mags. Both are things I would love to see happen across the board but this looks like the best implementation I've seen along with probably a great training platform for CQB with LEO environments etc. So we'll see where this goes but I'm excited, it's a cool idea and I hope it takes off and is reliable.

Luke

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Forum News / Current situation with MIA FB as well as forums.
« on: October 06, 2017, 04:32:10 PM »
The state of the MIA Community. We've been talking in a thread about where to go and what to do to improve the community as a whole. As I'm sure many of you noticed there has been some pretty major changes on the Facebook group in the last 24 hours. I just wanted to say that at the end of the day no one wanted this to occur. It's going to further fracture an already delicate community and at the end of the day hurt the players and hosts within Michigan.

The goal of MIA has always been to keep things going forward and try to keep a civil community and give them a place to talk about all the facets of airsoft. With Facebook that's become a bit more difficult for the reasons mentioned in that thread I talked about above. But that doesn't change the fact that we've got the best interest of the community in mind. The admin and mod staff is made up of guys from all over the map of activity. We've got a couple guys that because life gets in the way don't play very often at all. We've got active hosts and players as well. Myself I was inactive for a long time though I've been very active in the UP the last several years. And I've also been very active here keeping the site running and adding new features etc. The way MIA is setup isn't centralized, it's basically a gentleman’s agreement among the staff on how to do things and how to go forward. It may say admin by my name but that's because I'm working in the background etc on the site. I'm not above or below the other guys on staff. If you've earned everyone's respect your opinion is basically the same as everyone else’s.

I should also mention that people within the normal MIA players are always welcome to start taking some responsibility and modding parts of the forum etc and eventually move up into the higher positions. And I don't mean higher in the sense of "your cooler than them" but rather more responsibility and more trust because that is the primary thing with the MIA staff as a whole. Allot of us have been around the block, we've seen allot of things come and go. But the one thing that keeps up spending time here without making a dime from the effort, is that at the end of the day we love the game. That's why we're here, we like to go sling BB's at one another.

One final little bit I wanted to just thank the guys over the years who have supported MIA and the hosts within Michigan. By posting information here, attending games in Michigan and everything in between. By being a part of the community you're bringing value to the community and it's appreciated even if it's not always acknowledged.

Luke

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Airsoft Locations / Airsoft Locations guidelines
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:53:01 AM »
So this area of the forum is setup so that field owners can post up more information about their fields for players. And also a place to review of sorts various fields. The one thing I want to make clear is that I'd like to see those separate. So as an example if "Jim bob's airsoft field" posts a thread with pictures and information, pricing etc on their field. I don't want to see tons of guys jumping in reviewing it. The thread about the field should be kept just for them to update information on developments and new features of the field and changes. Aside from that I expect we'll have running threads on certain fields reviewing them, posting ideas and issues. But feel free to start a new thread there as well to give your two cents.

Also to note, if a field is no longer active just notify a mod/admin and we'll remove it from the sticky threads at the top of this section. I'd like to keep this as active as possible list wise, so that new players when looking around can get a good feel for the location and all the information all in one place.

Luke

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Airsoft Discussion / Forums lets talk about them as a whole
« on: September 26, 2017, 01:58:24 PM »
So guys we all know that currently forums are not in vogue I think there are allot of reasons they should be myself. But this is a weird topic but I think it has merit. What I want to know is why you came to MIA, what drew you here functionally or feature wise. I'll post below to give my own example, but I think knowing what drove you here initially may yield some interesting things that may tell us something about going forward as a community.

So I came to MIA because I was at the time wanting to get into paintball. I couldn't find a gun or guns that I really liked. I had played paintball in the past non-seriously and was looking to take it up a notch. But as I researched I just didn't like the guns. Then I got into the cost, at the time I was a young guy without much extra income, the cost of CO2 and paint was just a bit investment for the amount I wanted to play which was all the time. So somehow in my searching(I say searching because crazily enough I don't think I was using google yet), I came across airsoft, and started just digging into it deeply to learn about it. The guns drew me in, I've been a gun guy my whole life and I loved the idea of realistic guns and particularly guns I couldn't easily own like full auto's and weird guns like the P90 etc. I'd owned and shot allot of typical centerfire rifles like AR's, and AK's but they were semi of course. So the idea of these cool guns was a draw, and the cost wasn't that much when compared to the real deal. I mean I TM P90 used would be a couple hundred dollars, a PS90 which didn't exist to my knowledge at the time was around a thousand if not more.

So in searching I learned a bunch, joined forums because that's where I found myself searching for information. I may have even joined Airsoft Players or one of the other larger forums at the time before MIA. Then stumbled into MIA and found a community. The players and the scene as a whole was quite a bit smaller than anytime since then, from memory MIA had a couple hundred players when I started on the forums. But they were a tight community of guys traveling around the state on the weekends to play games on someone's property. There was one Michigan retailed, Wolverine Tactical long gone now. But at the time the guy who ran it was named Mike, and I actually bought some stuff from him at my first game downstate. But overall it was a good group of guys who loved playing airsoft. Sure there was drama but generally not from the admin/mod side of things, they seemed to just like playing and trying to further the sport as a whole.

And when you asked a question, pending it wasn't a stupid question or in the wrong area etc. You got an answer, and while there might be discussion about minutia you could find someone who knew the answer. Come to find out many years later guys weren't always right but they were right for the time. For instance gearbox timing, at the time somehow that made sense, it was the excuse honestly we used to explain midfeeds in gearboxes likely related to either hopup, nozzle, or other issues we'd not figured out at the time. And you have to realize this was before youtube, I Learned to take apart a gearbox from a series of photos/text from Airsoft Players forum, and then jumped in.

But overall for me it was the game, love for it and the community that came up around it with a good dose of knowledge from guys who'd been taking apart their own guns. Typically at the time fixing guns rather than tuning, tuning tended to be more common later. At the time shooting 400fps on a stock TM without it eating itself was pretty much everyone's goal. RPS wasn't on anyone's radar that I'm aware of, at least not at that point.

So I'm curious for you guys what drew you in, feel free to repeat even if someone else already posted I'm interested to hear.

Take care!

Luke

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Accessories & Ammo / Short zoom level scopes or short dots
« on: September 23, 2017, 07:33:51 PM »
So I've used red dots for years, I've used scopes for years. But now the cool kids seem to be using short dots and other low magnification stuff which you can then twist and get say 4x. So I'm curious what you guys using them are thinking of them in practice.

I just started testing a Bushnell 1.5-4x scope on my own sort of DMR M4 and I'm not sure what I think of it yet. But I haven't had it long enough. I'm not sure I like 1.5x vs. Iron Sights or a 1x red dot. I don't like when shooting both eyes open that the scope occludes more of my vision compared to a red dot or it seems to.

This all might be things I'll get used to, but I'm curious what you guys think of it. Is it a fad, or is it the best thing ever or something in between.

Take care!

Luke

EDIT: I should mention I was planning on putting that Bushnell on my real AR but like allot of things I like to test them with airsoft first and see how I like them moving/shooting etc. Gives me a chance to shake things out before I change something on a platform that slings lead rather than plastic. And I'm not a super secret squirrel or anything my AR is home defense and plinking critters around here. But I still like to insure I'm not changing something before testing it fairly well first and making sure it works for me.

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Local and regional events / UP Airsoft Channing MI - OP Frost
« on: September 23, 2017, 07:20:08 PM »
Location: UP Airsoft Channing MI

When: 10-21-2017 11:00-18:00 CST

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/145289129406659/

MAP: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Adams+Holsters/@46.2082177,-88.0897517,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4d518023f687487b:0xe1b8c96a8873771c

Scenario:

As winter approaches, more than just leaves are falling on the Korean peninsula. As nuclear tensions mount between North Korea and the United states and its allies, displays of military power have become commonplace. The US and South Korea are flying numerous bombers and fighters over Pyongyang in ever-increasing frequency while North Korea positions its forces closer and closer to the DMZ. North Korea, growing weary of an impending air attack, secretly plans to shoot down an American bomber in a reckless display of aggression.

North Korea’s plan in downing a US Air Force B-52 proves to be successful, but the plane was coincidentally carrying an unexpected piece of cargo: a high-yield nuclear device. Many times more powerful than anything the secluded country could produce with antiquated Soviet-era technology, the device could completely wipe Seol off the map. The bomber was never supposed to be carrying anything other than conventional ordnance, resulting in the US and South Korean forces being slow to realize the gravity of the situation. By the time the news has spread through military channels, North Korea has already mobilized in an effort to capture whatever the plane was carrying. To make matters worse, the plane went down inside North Korea.

The North Korean Military doesn’t know exactly what was aboard the bomber they shot down. The bomber crashed in an extremely rural area of their homeland, one inaccessible by major roads and too thick with vegetation to safely land an aircraft. So their solution to recover the weapon as well as any technology they can salvage is to mount an expedition to the crash site. Once they secure the weapon, site, and technology they will have to extract with everything to a waiting plane on the tarmac.
 
The US(CIA) and South Korean underground forces need to infiltrate that location and destroy the crash site with a purpose built bomb before it falls into the wrong hands. Once the target is destroyed their cover is blown as a result they need to get back across the border into friendly territory with any intelligence they can recover during the operation.

Rules of Engagement/FPS Limits:

FPS with .2g projectile(calculated based on Joules of energy with the BB weight used) 001-350fps 5ft.    CQB/Assault role, full auto permitted.

FPS Table:
 351-400fps 40ft.    Assault role, full auto permitted.
 401-450fps 60ft.    DMR role, full auto permitted but limited.*
 450-550fps 100ft.    Semi auto or bolt action only.**

Joules Table:
 0.01-1.14 5ft.        CQB/Assault role, full auto permitted.
 1.15-1.49 40ft.        Assault role, full auto permitted.
 1.50-1.88 60ft.        DMR role, full auto permitted but limited.*
 1.89-2.81 100ft.    Semi auto or bolt action only.** 

*DMR Role full auto is permitted, but short bursts only max of 4-5BB’s  per burst.
**Sniper class rifles do not require full auto lock out, however if caught using full auto in game you will be asked to leave and not return. Airsoft is a game based on trust, and I trust this won't be an issue.

Food etc: Food will be available on site, planned Chilli, I do need a headcount on how many guys would like lunch there will be other things to go with it. But it will be $5 a head for lunch, those who aren't familiar with this area, it's remote. As such you will need to either bring lunch, or buy lunch here. There is no place close by to eat especially under the time frame we're going to shoot for with lunch.

Water is available from the house, we will have cups etc but it's always recommended to bring a bottle, or camelback to make sure you're hydrated even in cooler weather.

Approx. timetable:
1000-1100 CST - Chrono and setup for game, loading mags etc.

1100 CST - Scenario 1: Recovery

1400 CST - Break for lunch(this may vary, it's based on the primary objective, also since this is a late lunch you should probably eat breakfast before coming)

1430-1500 - Scenario 2: Extraction

1700 - This is also up in the air, depends on how long scenario 2 takes to complete, if it ends quickly and guys are willing we may do some basic pickup games afterwards. But typically that's not the case.

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Local and regional events / UP Airsoft Events
« on: September 23, 2017, 07:11:26 PM »
So events in this section occur within the UP. If you're not familiar with the area and airsoft scene be aware it's quite a bit smaller than what you're accustomed to in lower Michigan. Most of the fields are privately owned, and are not "for profit" type of businesses. As such the events are typically smaller(though MTU's games do sometimes draw quite a few guys in the 50+ player range).

Generally though games posted in this section as of writing this are fairly small 15-30 player games. It's unlikely that it's worth guys traveling up to our games unless you happen to be in the area and would like to play. Or are planning a trip and would like to stop by. Either way you're more than welcome to contact the host and get more information or around what the current player count is etc. But if you're planning to travel please contact the host before to insure it's worth the trip.

I'm not knocking our games here at all, but I want realistic expectations for those who might be interested in attending. Typically it's all local players that are traveling between 30-200 miles for these types of games. Overall though it's a far smaller community of players though some of us with allot of long term experience as well.

Also since I organize UP Airsoft's Facebook group which is where most of the individual fields and teams are organized, if you've got a particular question about a game, field, or the state of the community in the UP. Feel free to contact me here or where ever I'm pretty easy to get ahold of and happy to help whenever I can.

Take care!

Luke

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Forum News / Image upload changes.
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:58:01 AM »
So I've opened up some storage for images on the site. We always ran that quite limited but I've opened it to around 2mb per image that can be directly attached to a post. You also can attach images via Tapatalk when doing it that way it actually uploads the image to their servers instead.

So I'd recommend trying to use this rather than the "Add image to post" link that hosts them off site for a little while more of a trial. And we'll see how it effects the site and hosting. But I think it's going to be just fine and should make it a little easier to post photos.

Additionally, you'll see more of these posts. Prior to our conversations on Facebook and here I had already been planning to roll out a bunch of new stuff for the site. Just was waiting on time to do it, so I'll be changing some things. Making mobile browsing a little easier and generally trying to improve the user experience. If someone out there reading this has experience with SMF(Simple Machines Forums) and would like to make suggestions for plugins etc that they would like to see feel free to shoot me a note. If you don't have experience there you're still always welcome to make suggestions it just may not be possible to implement within the framework.

Take care!

Luke

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