Land Warrior Airsoft
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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
Scott told me that he originally set up LWA completely by accident. He’d been a player for years and spent a short time in Airsoft retail. He had a good background in setting up systems and a belief that good customer service isn’t difficult. With no investment or business loans it was a slow yet steady start, and LWA has grown by doing the simple things correctly whilst staying true to what he originally set out to do.
LWA have got a small, hard-working team, again with a varied background that gives them a diverse way of thinking and planning. Alan is Head Technician, and has literally thousands of hours of gun work under his belt. He has been trained by Classic Army, Real Sword, G&P & PTS and is probably one of the most qualified technicians in the industry today. Cliff is Supervisor & Technician, and looks after the day-to-day running and keeps everything moving smoothly. Andrew is Warehouse & Customer Service, fairly new to the team. He is into his WWII and Vietnam re-enacting, so has a keen eye for detail. Frenchie is their ‘guest’ Technician; a name famous within Airsoft, Frenchie has been helping with technical work since 2013 and has become an important part of the team.
LWA try and cover all the big boys when it comes to the replicas they stock – G&P, G&G, ICS, Marui, WE and Real Sword, to name but a few. But Scott told me, with CE marks and ROHS compliance, their work has been cut out to get all the manufacturers playing ball. The entry level G&G Combat Machines are always popular, and quite rightly so as they are excellent value.
They are also big on custom work at LWA. While there are some small specialist custom shops LWA is one of the largest companies to offer such a diverse and high end service; from modernising a BAR to high rates of fire, they’ve done it all. As you would expect, they pretty much have all the usual suspects from spares to upgrade parts. Madbull & Dytac in stock mean they can cover a large range of products to suit any budget, and new external accessories from IMI Defense mean that they can ‘dress up’ any replica.
They offer a focused tactical gear range, which is dictated by customer requirements. They carry a range of Viper and Helikon gear, which is good value and pretty tough wearing, and are now carrying higher end gear from Haley Strategic Partners and HSGI.
LWA run their own game site called Airsoft Edinburgh. It is a 70 acre woodland site that has been filled with the usual small buildings and barricades. They have some non-running ‘snatch’ Land Rovers to dress the place up and a couple of FV432 armoured personnel carriers – the site is dedicated for airsoft.
Asking Scott where he saw airsoft heading in the future he commented:
“It is hard to say, every time we seem to move up a gear we are hindered by some form of legislation or difficulty – ROHS, CE Markings, the VCRA, Magpul PTS stopping production. They are all little bumps that add up and steer people away. Airsoft TV I believe is a step in the right direction. Some kind of larger formal national system for competitions would be great to raise the profile too. Unfortunately, we have one of the most counter-productive industries I have ever come across. People who continually sit in their homes and would rather sink the game to get one up on someone do pollute some areas. Hopefully the larger audience can move past these, out of date, out of touch and massively unnecessary people and progress forward as a professional industry.”