Airsoft Action Magazine

Posted by Yosser H On Monday, September 19, 2011

Airsoft Action Magazine Review - by Yosser


Most airsofters by now have seen the usual suspects of airsoft magazines gracing the shelves of their local WHSmith’s or airsoft resellers. Well, now along comes a new title to get excited about and unsurprisingly its called ‘Airsoft Action’.

To be fair I wasn’t expecting much but was quite surprised to find a nice magazine containing something that I feel more mainstream magazines either can’t be bothered with or totally miss and that seems to be the more ‘entry level’ airsofter.

The first issue has a good spread of articles covering sites reviews for ‘The Bunker’ and ‘Dragons Lair’ plus ‘Ground Zero’ and includes their recent weekender which also hosted the launch event for ‘Airsoft Action’. The mag also has some good short reviews of Lowa boots, and a not bad synopsis of Pistols covered by Land Warrior as well as a nice article on the Dongsan KTW Range including the Winchester Carbine and M37 Shotgun, something I appreciated reading through. One ‘funny’ article on the Magpul Masada AKM was slightly spoilt by the picture of a ‘normal’ Masada as the main picture rather than the AKM variant – which I will give them the benefit of the doubt over not receiving the correct picture before the publishing deadline past.

Some of the features felt like advertising but that said I did enjoy reading about Stirling Airsoft, Edgar Bros and Tier 1. I really liked the balance that they tried to strike in order to broaden appeal with the vast contingent of on-line gamers also drawn to airsoft with a preview of Battlefield 3 one of the BIG FPS coming down the line.

I enjoyed the magazine and it provided a good read on the War & Peace 2011 feature while the ‘Real Loadouts in an Airsoft World’ made me chuckle with the ‘models’ wearing their knee pads somewhere around their ankles (is that the trendy way to wear ‘em nowadays?).

Some have critised the heavy advertising content, which really I didn’t mind at all – don’t forget adverts keep the magazines running at a reasonable price for us consumers and I have discovered some great retailers via advertising. I suppose it all comes down to balance.

I will be keeping my eye on the shelves for the next issue to see how the magazine grows and matures; I just hope it stays around longer than some of the others that have published and failed in this very difficult publishing field.

I'll be WATCHING the SHELVES for the NEXT EDITION - will you?

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3 comments

  1. Yosser Said,

    OK, its early days and this mag will go one of 2 ways in future issues I suppose but its first issue is 'promising' - I like it because its NOT another Ai wanna be clone - it is different and I applaud that but it has to up the anti if it's to gain market share and 'stick around' our shelves.

    Posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:08 AM

     
  2. Anonymous Said,

    Hi Yosser,
    Thanks for your comments about the mag and good to meet you recently at AAF4.
    Just wanted to clarify your point about our "models" wearing their kneepads near their ankles.
    The photo on the left was a real photo, of a real soldier, standing above the lake at a certain Dam in Ganners.
    The reason they wear their knee pads on their ankles is quite simple...
    They need to keep all their kit to hand, just in case it's needed in a rush but wearing kneepads in hot, sweaty conditions, for (sometimes) days at a time is highly uncomfortable. So they wear them round their ankles, where they are out of the way but available for immediate use when neccessary.
    And that, my friend, is from "the horses mouth".
    All the best,
    Nige. Editor, Airsoft Action.

    Posted on October 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

     
  3. Yosser Said,

    Hi Nige - thanks for the comments and a great read. Loving the mag by the way.

    AND the clarification on the REAL DEAL kit with REAL operators and their Knee Pads - great 'inside' info there - so BIG THANK YOU on that! Look forward to reading more in the coming weeks/months and hopefully years.

    Posted on October 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

     

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