By the time you get this far in there is no turning back.
The shop as you see it when you enter. Heart’s racing by now.
found this while looking through some of the excised sections of the bible
on the 6th day – at around 5.55, just before clocking off time
– God did create The Factory which was called First because, though Raphael
did say unto him “surely Lord, this doth righteously take the p*ss”, the
big man was on a roll!”
There are many excellent
custom houses and purveyors of fine Airsoft products throughout Japan:
- though I seem to be the only man here who likes them
- noted for their beautiful AEG conversions of such classics as the MG34,
Grease Gun, M14 and Galil)
- THE place to go for WWII real steel German LMG AEG conversions – if
you can afford the 450,000 yen fee)
1950 - M63a1. We are not worthy. Nuff said!
- Dragunov, Socom Sniper. You want more? ^_^
- with their hand machined ally Infinity slides – so light they can run
on HFC134a without cycling slowdowns)
finally, Gun My Arse (well “Gun My Hobby” – but everytime I go
in there I want to spank there arses for always having so bloomin many
cheap Asahi guns for sale!)).
But then we have First
Factory. Maybe not purveyors of the most obscure guns (no MP40s here mate),
but certainly the home of Airsmithing on Earth – if their vast range
of mechbox upgrades, APSII parts and cosmetic sections can be believed.
We got biggies too. TOP M60VN for 390(ish) quid? Sweeeeeeet (first
we get the Cheezey Poofs, then we get the Yellow Megaman, then
we get the PSG1).
The infamous Ogre Eater (a Blademaster with a real blade attached
– lets hope I win it (it has been put up as a prize in ARMS magazine)).
Mr. Ishida shortly before he was beaten to a bloody pulp
for daring to tell me he acquired this mint, shiny chromed,
Fujima Semi/Full Auto Mauser – with box, all air fittings
(yes, she was an internal/external air job) and instructions
– for 4,000 yen. Barst! ^_^
The one thing which saved Mr. Ishida from certain Mauser
related death. The Maruzen 3/4(?) scale External gas feed
Steyr AUG. The cheapest gun I have ever bought – at 500
yen as you can see. Once owned by Mr. Ishida hisself (his
first gun by all accounts). The fan-boy in me takes over!
Custom Parts? The buggers make most of their own. Ever heard of
Then there is
the fact which keeps bringing customers back time and again – it is
possible to buy a 1Joule Marui custom (the “J-Nesis”) from First
for less than the RRP of the gun itself (At the moment anyway). Moreover,
their range of custom boxes (called the “Hard System”) can be whipped
up in hours – or if you prefer not to wait you can take a “card” from
their Fast Food Selection of ready made custom guns.
J-Nesis: A cheap and effective upgrade using the joule
spring and airless nozzle. Fusion: Effectively the Systema 1 joule tune up kit
(and retailing at the same RRP), but including a TN tight-bore barrel
into the money as well as fitting. Sonic: As Fusion, but including a custom spring guide,
high speed gears, and a custom piston head/Nozzle. Matrix: Up to a 150 spring, uprated cycle speed and
durability. Exceed: Up to a 170 spring and all that entails. Extreme: Up to a 190 spring (2 joules on a full auto)
(I’ve seen these things shred full drinks cans in the twinkling of
an eye – oh for a more liberal view to velocities in the UK ^_^).
Indoor 10m range.
are of the highest order and have made the name of First legendary
in Japan (don’t forget that Airsoft
Dynamics are the official UK source for First Factory
gear, including their superb range of custom guns) and with good
You want AEGs. These guys have got em (flat rate of 42% discount
on Marui’s RRP as part of a special year long sale – AK(S)47
for 110 quid anyone? PSG1 for 200 squidlies? (Super) FAMAS
The First Factory boss has many tricks up his sleeve – guns
too. This was one of his first pieces (bought 16 years ago now).
The original Marushin M1 carbine (though it looks more like
an M2 or M3 to me). Before Maxi, before SSB, there was this
intruiging little springer. Apparently based on an airborne
troops version, the grip on the underside is purely there to
Then we have
special upgrade packages for both the APS II and the PSG1. The former
taking her up to the 190 spring level (or gas bolt if prefered)
and the latter creating the ultimate sniping system – at a 97,000
yen price tag, (66,000 yen if you already own the gun).
But it is more than that. The after sales service, the friendly
nature of the staff (including a few English speakers) and the general
hands on attitude of First is what makes it the best place
to shop I have been in (Then again it is nice to see a good place
this side of Nagoya – Tokyo might have the most, but she don’t have
the best ^_-).
The New Second Generation KSC TMP. We only got a few mags worth
each through her (it went on sale on the day after the visit
– the 14th), but I can say off the bat that she kicks harder,
is much louder and feels so much more REAL than the first edition.
wanna try a gun, any gun? Just ask (they keep one of each custom
level – represented by an M16 – for power checking too)! Can’t do
a custom job? They will undertake anything you can imagine.
After an old
classic gun? If they can’t find it no-one can (as a giggle I mentioned
the infamous Asahi M40a1 in mind of Sniper’s monumentally impressive
Coupe and while I am not actually saying they had one – oh no that
would not be allowed under Japanese law – the way Mr. Ishida was
stroking an oddly long Asahi box was very intimidating ^_-).
Upgrades? Cup of tea and a chat (with a drinks machine and communal
seating area the shop is the centre of softing for the Osaka region and many a blissful hour can be
worn away there ^_^)?
Then they let me play with their ARMS Magazine custom guns…….but
you have to see the photos for the full effect.
Those First Factory Jackets. Hope mine fits!
Smug little bugger (well not so little. Well, bloated actually).
Mr. Ishida’s very sweet custom skirmish AEG. And when a First
Factory bod goes and picks a FAMAS over all the other toys they
sell, you KNOW, the gun has good points (oh you doubting Thomases
^_^). As well as custom mags (400 rounds each so I am told),
she carries a milspec red dot sight and a full on German military
First010: Now you
are taking the p*ss. Sniping with a 203? Whatever floats the boat I
Now for the tricky bit.
I don’t go there often – once a month, it only tortures me to go more –
but if there is an
item you really can’t find anywhere else, drop me a line
offer good till 1st February 2002) and – if my “quota” is not
yet full for that month (only so much I can run down to the post office
before the other half wants to do non airsoft stuff on a Saturday ^_~) I
will give it a go (because, as it was once told to me, “Japan bound Gaijin
softers have something of a responsibility” – in this case I see
it as spreading the wealth as much as I can before Taeko and I are dragged
kicking and screaming back my department in Sheffield for another year.).
Bio001: The ARMS
Magazine Biohazard gun contest spawned many more projects than actually made
it into the first (ARMS number 9) event.
The First (though I thought this was a Carrot design) Racoon Police Department
M16 pistol. She takes a mini battery in the top mounted pack and sports
a First Factory Fusion Mechbox upgrade. (The Nauty Boy did not want to
give this one back as you can tell by the pained look on his face - Taeko).
The Mother of all P90s. The textured surface is a resin mix, and the adjustable
stock end is straight from the Real Steel version according to our First
hosts. The front lower rail looks a shade weird, but the overall appeal
of this baby is way high.
M3 not look meaty enough for you? Zombie popping ahoy with this contender.
The stock in particular is splendid and those flip up sights (apparently
from a real steel M4 – and 25,000 yen each for front / 26,000 yen for
rear) add a really sweet touch.
Now this is a REAL Barry Burton special. It has been the bane of
many lives here that Marui chose to release a Blademaster as Barry’s signature
gun (when any Biohazard/Resident Evil fan will tell you good old Barry
is a revolver man ^_-), and the thought of First putting this modification
for a Tanaka M29 onto the market is making me drool.
I once accused Good old “Sheriff” Matty Dean of “having a woman’s gun
M’lord!”, but if First can churn this out and still make it look brick,
then I have no right to criticize the good Sheriff ^_^. Rebecca Chambers
has not appeared much in the Biohazard series, but she’s still a popular
figure in Japan. The pink coloured ridge above the tac-light on the right
as supposed to be a laser site (though it seems that the model simply
sports an LED).
Short of attaching Vinnie Jones to it, how do you make a
Desert Eagle look harder? Well, this little bugger has zombies, bioweapons
and all manner of mutants running for their sticky lives at the mere mention
of it. Apart from the rail, all the custom work is cosmetic, but for those
sort of looks…………. Well, I’m a convert ^_-.
Bio008: Another of the more superficial custom jobs – this time to a 92F.
I find it a little odd to see a gun as wimpy as the F (IMHO) sported up
like this, but she still looks the part.
And beyond. In the afternoon I spent there, I met a bod from Nagasaki, one
from North Biwa, 2 from Tokyo and one from fe*kin Hokkaido (though he was
in Osaka on business admittedly ^_^) – all of whom were down to take advantage
of the First hospitality.
Keep in mind though that due to time constraints I wont be able to do all
the sort of things that US customs require – sad but true – you can take
the risk, but I would not advise it.
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