This page is all about my Spas 12. Its spring powered so there is no need for gas or batteries, so its just endless hours of
shooting without worrying about running out of anything, except bb's. (And arm ache after a while :)
I originally bought the metal stock version mainly because I wanted to enlarge the four holes in the stock to hold spare shells, as
I thought it would save carrying extra around in a pocket, and also I think it looks quite good.
However as with most
things I own, the gun didnít stay in this form for long. I have this tendency to change things to how I want them at that time,
and so during their lives my guns have had several different looks.
This is how my Spas 12 currently looks. I found four extra shells, was not enough if you got trigger happy while playing, so
designed and built a new metal shell holder come handle. I also wanted a front grip, but at the time the one to fit it had stopped
being made, so I made my own.
In the picture is also has my hi-cap magazine fitted, this along with the shells
in the handle mean you can go all day if your arm will hold out without having to stop and reload.
These two pictures show the laser pointer built into the bottom tube of the gun, which in turn is wired up to a micro switch in the
While some people will say itís pointless, it makes shooting from the hip spot on accurate, and if you in an indoor airsoft
site with just a bit of artificial smoke it looks great, but it does give your position away.
In terms of construction, its very simplicity
makes it perfect. The bits were bought from Maplin Electronics and consist of a 3 volt laser module, a single AA battery holder,
a micro switch and lengths of red and black wire, and the only home made bit is the piece of resin that I turned on my lathe, to house
the laser module in. The rear grip was taken off and a tiny hole was drilled in it, and a micro switch stuck on the inside with
the button just proud of the surface. The wire was then run the length of the gun inside the housing, to the front tube where it was
wired up to the single AA battery holder, then onto the laser module.
So now with the press of a button you get a nice red dot on the
This is a close up picture of the front grip I made. Like most things I want, when I go to buy them, they have stopped being
made, as I found with this grip. So not being deterred by this I had an old spring powered SA80 that was in bits, so I used
the grip off that to make one.
As the grip fits into a slot on the underside of the main slide, a bit of reverse
moulding was needed to get the perfect shape to fit in. Once I had this I cast the part and stuck it to the old grip, then applied
car body filler and filed and sanded until it sort of flowed nicely into the main slide. My main aim was to make it look like
it fitted on properly, not a bodged stuck on effort.
Its also shaped to fit into you hand nicely, and I done
this by applying more car body filler, then wrapping it in thin plastic sheet, and gently squeezing it, then letting it dry.
This way I got a more natural shaped grip, which felt nice to hold, and pull back.
I also wanted it o reflect
the looks and shape of the rear grip, so added filler here and there to try and recreate a shape that was similar to the rear one.
With most of the work done, I found as it was all smooth it looks out of place next to the textured main slide, so masked up bits
of it, and then sprayed it with car body underseal to give it texture. Once this was done a mould was taken, so I could cast
a single piece.
As it took longer to make and cost than I thought something like this would, I was going to
make a few to sell, and try and recoup some of my costs, but just my luck by this time the proper one was back in production, (just
my luck) so it got shelved.
At some point I would like to add a full stock to the back of it, like seen in The
Matrix, but time and spare money govern these little projects, and I have neither to spare at the mo. One day it will get done,
but until then its fine as it is.
This is another top view of my shell holder. This was born out of the need to carry spare shells around, but not in my pockets.
I have a tendency to not do the flaps up and things tend to fall out, and also having them there allows for easier assess.
Its construction is out of a sheet of mild steel. I drew the design up on my computer, then transferred the pattern onto the
sheet of metal and cut it out. Unfortunately I don't have a metal folding machine, so had to fold it by hand, which is not as
clean or accurate as a proper folder.
Once it was folded, I just needed to join the bits up to create a single
strong enough to carry and be dropped and slung around.
I welded up the edges, but being such thin metal afterwards
I found it would have looked neater to have brazed and not welded. While I can weld ok, this was a tad thin, and kept blowing
through even set on the lowest welding power. You live and learn
With the welding done, it just needed
spraying black. Again I wanted it textured to match the overall look of the gun, so out came the car body underseal and a coat
was applied giving a nice rough finish. When that was dry a few coats of satin black finished it off.
One of my
main aims with this was although I made the laser pointer; some sites don't allow lasers, so it had to still use the original metal
sights. This was done by simply leaving gaps in the frame to allow you to look down the sights.
this is more a shoot from the hip gun, than a look down the sites, as most airsoft guns don't have a huge range, and as this fires
three bb's that tend to have a mind of there own, careful aiming unless quite close is lost on the guns inaccuracy.