EMG: Kings of Tacticool & Incredibly Realistic Training Firearms | SHOT 2017

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If you are at SHOT Show and ventured into the law enforcement section of the first floor, you likely came across Evike Manufacturing Group, EMG. They have amassed in one area probably the coolest collection of arms in all of SHOT Show. The only kicker is that they are all airsoft guns. So you cannot use anything they have as your next race gun or 3-Gun setup, but they are great training tools for law enforcement. EMG

What EMG has done is produced perfect replica models of firearms so they can be used for training purposes.

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By working with actual firearm manufacturers and not skimping on the components, the level of realism and authenticity they achieved in regards to airsoft guns is unmatched.

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Law enforcement companies use these firearms in different configurations and models for less expensive training and without the need of an actual range with a back stop.

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This keeps department ammo costs down and allows for more frequent training.

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Companies from Hollywood and the movie industry have also looked to use these incredibly, realistic airsoft guns because it makes for safer scenarios in films.

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Some of the big headliners that EMG is working with are:

Looking at that list is like a who’s who of tacticool in the gun industry. Most of these airsoft training replicas run around $400 and up.

Finally, to cap off this lair of awesomeness there were two special guests gun enthusiasts could get selfies with. EMG had Black Widow and Iron Man present as if the guns were not enough (the guns were enough, but having some of The Avengers there is just icing on the cake).

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The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Blake

    Back when I got into airsofting I went out of my way to get a gun that wasn’t an M4 because that’s the gun that *everyone* had and was using. I ended up with a pretty badass G36K, but looking back I really wish I had bought an M4 because it would be absolutely perfect to practice with. AEGs are the cheapest while still being realistic, but the real way to go is gas powered because then you can get actual (semi-realistic) blowback. I could see these being an outstanding way to practice switching between targets, drawing, and weapon manipulation. You could even set up targets that collect your pellets so you wouldn’t even have to keep rebuying those.

    • forrest1985

      I know exactly what you mean Blake! I spent the extra £££ to run an AEG Galil ARM. At the time they only made a tokyo Mauri conversion kit which still required you to pay for the base AK and Galil parts! Cost of standing out i guess. These will definitely be a benefit to Hollywood armorers, especially with the trend towards close quarters gun fights.

      • Blake

        Yup. Normally I don’t put much stock into what everyone else is using, but I swear it seemed like literally 99.98% of all airsofters were using M4s.

        Yeah hopefully Hollywood starts using these. Could avoid situations like Brandon Lee’s tragic death.

    • Vhyrus

      I got a g36 that takes m4 mags, so I’m good. 🙂

      • Blake

        What exactly does that accomplish? You can’t use real M4 mags with the airsoft version, and the whole point of having an airgun with identical properties and controls as your rifle is completely negated with the G36.

        • Vhyrus

          The mag release is in the same place, and the safety being slightly different isn’t going to radically screw up your training. Besides I don’t ever remember saying my real gun was an ar. Lighten up Francis.

          • jamezb

            haters gonna hate, bro.

        • TW

          Sometimes people just want to have a replica gun of the real thing that can be obtained.

    • jamezb

      Well, actually the pellets deform/dent hitting most “hard” targets and re-using them can jam magazines and actions, but if you buy bulk, they are dead cheap.

  • Arie Heath

    Evike is a good company. They have a great walk-in store too, if anyone is interested in getting into airsoft.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    So that Han Solo blaster is an airsoft?

    This is the first time ive ever seriously considered getting into that.

    • Edward Franklin

      It certainly is Airsoft, if I’m not mistaken it based off of a gas blowback C96 so the goofy thing even has an action that cycles.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        OK, im officially in the airsoft game.
        Maybe not actually playing but definitely shooting beer cans off my kitchen counter.

        • Edward Franklin

          That’s my exact idea, a couple companies also make L85A2’s. That way I can handle something similar without all the regret and new car level money involved.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, I dont wanna be the guy with the safe full of awesome guns in my single wide.

    • jamezb

      Nice, isn’t it… A Sterling replica is also available, to make E11 blaster fans dreams come true.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sweet.

      • noob

        does replica storm trooper armour typically have enough eye pro to qualify for scenario airsoft games?

        it would be so cool if it did or could be made to be so

    • Vhyrus

      They also make the aliens pulse rifle with a working ammo counter

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Now that’s freaking cool.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    I use a Tokyo Marui Glock replica for IPSC and IDPA practice. You can get great practice moving through courses, changing stances, and getting your sights lined up for the first shot when you move to a new section of a course. A lot of people, when they’re getting started out, really have a hard time figuring out the fastest way for them to move between sections of targets and order for them to hit the targets in, and airsoft practice lets you practice and improve on these challenges.

  • jamezb

    Another airsoft niche that might interest some collectors in Evike products, is the ability to cosmetically fill high-dollar/low supply gaps in representative WWII collections…B.A.R.’s, MG34’s, MG42’s, Brens, STEN’s, M3’s, 1919A4’s… ALL can be found as full scale wood and metal replicas, which in a static display will beautifully fill those gaps you’ll most likely never be able to afford to fill with originals, for pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of hard to locate transferrable originals.
    …and you don’t have to be a “kid” to enjoy a 1000 round ammo dump from a replica MG42 in the basement or back yard…you don’t have to admit how much fun it is to the purists, either.

  • thedonn007

    I might have to get an airsoft pistol. I just recently bought a CO2 pellet pistol for practice in my basement.

    • Wingbert

      Go find yourself a gas blow back pistol. You’ll save yourself a lot of money in CO2 when you run green gas or straight propane. (green gas is just propane without the smell and with lubrication added for o rings). Best of all they replicate the action exactly.

  • QuadGMoto

    … the level of realism and authenticity they achieved in regards to airsoft guns is unmatched.

    I couldn’t help but smile at the irony of this statement appearing right before a picture of a replica of Han Solo’s blaster—a fictional weapon. (Yes, I know it was a real pistol modified for use as a prop.)

  • TW

    I have spent hundreds at Evike. Not only do I spend a lot on “real steel” guns but I also play airsoft at many of my local fields as a hobby. It really is fun.

  • bob987654321

    So the pictures in this article make the text sound sarcastic. I hope that was the intent.

  • jamezb

    oh yeah, that’s the ticket.