My friend Hugh has been planning this gun for a while, although maybe planning is the wrong word? Plotting is better, because he kept the exact spec very close to his chest but went to Machiavellian lengths to secure all the Gucci bits he wanted. I think he’s done a great job, because the whole is greater than just the sum of the parts – uber cool though those parts are, individually. And the whole is what marks out successful, credible Free-Solo builds.
However, there is something else which marks out this build. Something as unique as it is Gucci. Check out the barrel (above) from LC’s Engineering Outpost. Absolutely beautiful and one of a kind. Unless you ask nicely and then maybe they’ll make one for you. LC’s is new to me, so I had a look at their About page on Facebook:
“Engineering Outpost of the Last Chancers
I have been repairing Airsoft guns and kit for over 6 years now, with a background in Engineering and Electronics.
I take pride in building the internals of a rifle up to a good standard. We have all been to a game day and had your pride and joy fail mid game… My aim is to prevent that happening!”
The next section is a price list of standard services and then the bit which will interest PTW users, who like their custom machining:
“Anything else… give me a shout. We enjoy making up custom rifles from parts, machining custom parts, we have extensive machinery available to produce most items. Have a look at the photo album for ideas!”
Here’s their album of the work carried our for Hugh:
So, back to Hugh’s blaster and the high end part naming continues…the major component in this build is the FCC Noveske Gen 2 lower. Difficult to source. On top is a modded LaRue Stealth upper. A cheeky Rainier Arms Raptor charging handle is tucked inside. The receiver set is accessorised with an FCC BAD ASS fire selector (Hugh favours the long arm version) and an Airsoft Surgeon trigger. Dirty! A Magpul grip finishes the lower – along with a pair of dummy anti-rotation pins which were fitted by Project PTW when the lower was refreshed. Magpul MBUS are also installed.
Up front, we have the part which, along with the barrel, helps truly define the build: a Centurion Arms CMR tube rail in 11″ flava. A truly modern tube – narrow OD and a barrel nut which does not require timing. Sublime. Hugh sourced this from Arc Precision (the same place where I bought my Geissele SMR). I believe that this is the first CMR to be seen on a PTW build in the UK. It’s certainly the first one I’ve seen – so bragging rights for Hugh (as if he didn’t have enough to brag about already!) A repro LaRue gas block is tucked under the rail. Details, details.
Lastly, the powerhouse of this build is 100% Tackleberry. Hugh bought this PTW in early 08 and since it’s been Tac’d it hasn’t skipped a beat.
I’m looking forward to skirmishing with Hugh soon and seeing his new blaster for real.