Well this is my airsoft Desert Eagle as it looks today. I do like to fiddle with things, especially guns, and customise them. It used to have a longer barrel which looked really good, but got in the way. This gun is big enough on its own, without making it longer still.I have four magazines, which is normally more than you need. The gun holds one, as does the pocket on the side of the holster, and the thigh pouch on the other leg holds two more.The other thing which is a bit of a pain is finding a holster to fit it in. At the time of buying, I only found one made purposely to fit it. This was an Eagle Industries MK23 holster. This was the only one I could find that fitted the gun in, and had straps to hold it in place when not in use, and a spare magazine pouch.
Well this is my airsoft Desert Eagle as it looks today. I do like to fiddle with things, especially guns, and customise them. It used to have a longer barrel which looked really good, but got in the way. This gun is big enough on its own, without making it longer still.I have four magazines, which is normally more than you need. The gun holds one, as does the pocket on the side of the holster, and the thigh pouch on the other leg holds two more.The other thing which is a bit of a pain is finding a holster to fit it in. At the time of buying, I only found one made purposely to fit it. This was an Eagle Industries MK23 holster. This was the only one I could find that fitted the gun in, and had straps to hold it in place when not in use, and a spare magazine pouch.
As you would have seen by now, I like to customise stuff. Some people will agree, while others will say leave it as it is. I decided to make this that bit different, to paint selected areas silver to the gun to make it more my own and unique. You tend to see quite a few around all the same, and I just like to be different.paint things like this so they look good, really needs an airbrush, as paint brushes put to much paint on and then it looks painted, while several thin coats with an airbrush, give it a nice deep colour, but without the build up. Also the thicker the paint, the more chance it has to flake off.The trickiest part was deciding what to paint and what not to. To much and it looks really poo, as itís too much in your face. To little and its looks odd as itís neither one or the other, so a balance is needed, where there is enough silver to be noticed, but not so much as its over powering, verging on tacky.
As with most things I own, after leaving them an alone for a while I get bored and want to change them. After I painted it, I kept looking at it thinking it didnít quite look finished, so thatís when I thought of drilling out the trigger and hammer. I think I saw it in a film or magazine, and thought it looked quite good, but it turned out not to be the easiest of tasks, but with the aid of a pillar drill and vice, I managed it without taking the gun apart. The holes needed to be big enough to be seen, but not as big as they weakened the part. The trigger was fine as it was a squared off ĎUí shape, so it was far stronger than it needed to be, but the rear hammer has to hit the air release plunger, so while not a huge amount of force needed, it still needed to be kept as strong as it could be, while having holes drilled in it.In the end I decided to go for different size holes as this cured the weakening problem while still remained notable.I like the end results, but again some people do and some donít. I tend to find most normal people like it, but itís those funny purists or anal people as I call them, that hate anything not as it was made originally.
Now I am always on the look out for any bits to make my Desert Eagle that bit different still, and one day while looking through various gun web sites I came across one that sold accessories for all handguns, and in a sub section was rubber tactical handgrips. However they had every gun grip except the one I wanted.A bit disappointed they didnít do one for my favourite gun I continued searching for the next few weeks, until I had a bright idea. Why not try the web site of the company that make the real steel version. Magnum Industries.This turned out to be gun loverís heaven and theyíre in a section all of there own were custom grips. They had several different versions, but the black tactical grip with finger slots caught my eye.I forget how much it was now exactly but Iím sure it was around $50. I didnít buy it there and then I e-mailed the company and made enquires as to whether they could send it to the UK, and they did.After contemplating as to whether I really needed it or not, I decided I didnít, but bought it anyway. I placed the order only to find they were waiting for stock to come in again. Luckily three weeks later it arrived on my doorstep.
So this is it. Overall it cost more than I thought it would as they sent it over express postage, without asking my preference, but on the bright side I have never been charged VAT or import tax on it. So it was sort of evened out.I would buy another one without question, if the grip on the new hard Kick Desert Eagle was as bad as the old one. While some may say a grip is a grip, if your planning on playing a lot, a bit of luxury is nice. Being a proper tactical hand grip meant for a real gun, the texture and shape are perfect, and it fits into your hand just right. The only downside is the grip is thicker than the old one and makes the already large hand grip bigger still. Itís not really a problem except if you have small hands. So far I have got on fine.So there is not much else that can be done without going overboard on this, so the next project I would like to do, is get a metal frame hard kick version and polish and nickel plate it properly. It would also be good to upgrade it to get a bit more power out of it, and keep it for target practice and playing at home with.However at the moment, they only seem to do it in 6mm, and it would be good to get it in 8mm, but the only 8mm versions are not blowback. I can wait ;)
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