Recently Tyler and I went on a trip to Hong Kong. Hong Kong in my opinion is
someplace everyone should go to at least once in their lifetime. Most of you
reading this would want to go to Hong Kong for the airsoft, and for convenience
and price itís hard to beat Hong Kong. True you might not find the rare Japanese
items like Poseidon body kits or Fortress rifle stocks but for upgrade parts,
metal bodies, optics, and rails the average airsoft player will find everything
Tokyo Model Company
First we need a lesson in geography. Hong Kong is on the southern edge of
China. The country is split into two sections, the island which is actual Hong
Kong, and the China peninsula known as Kowloon. Hong Kong island is the more
up-scale tourist area of the two, where as Kowloon is for the working man and
the bargain hunters. The majority of airsoft shops are in Kowloon, in a district
called Mong Kok. Within Mongkok is a small triangular block on Kwong Wa Street.
This is where 80% of the airsoft shops in Hong Kong are located including Tokyo
Model Company, War 4 Toys, Guns Ní Guys, Classic Army, Armed Forces, Den
Trinity, Modern Model Company, Gunner, S3, and several other companies. All of
these shops are located within two buildings, itís virtually an airsoft mall.
Itís very easy to find everything, but itís even easier when our good friend
Clarence Lai, the Airsoft Surgeon, takes us there (especially in his 4 door
The first shop in the ďmallĒ is Classic Army. They have a huge store, which
is mostly empty. Itís the cleanest store with a nice tiled floor and bright
lights in a space that looked about 800 sq. feet. The left and right walls were
lined with showcases showing CA products, guns on one side parts on the other,
and nothing in between. I only saw tourists walk into that store. Considering
just a few steps away are shops with Guarder, PDI, and Laylax parts (which
perform much better) I donít know why CA even opened a store here.
Modern Model Company
Next was Modern Model Company. This is more like a typical Hong Kong store,
packed full of guns and parts. They have a lot of pistols and handgun
accessories, especially for SVís, STIís, and similar guns. They were very busy
with a lot of customers.
There are a few ďgarage shopsĒ after that where itís literally a garage stall
with some generic P.O.S. Chinese guns like Well, Both Elephant and CYMA on the
ground. Again, why anyone buys this stuff when there are all the other shops is
beyond me, especially the tourists. If you can spend a couple thousand bucks to
have a vacation in Hong Kong then you can afford the extra $50-100 and buy a
War 4 Toys
War 4 Toys Intl., an ASH BASH sponsor, is next. Their shop is deceiving
because when you first look you just see a small space behind the door, then you
notice it expands to quite a nice shop in the back. They had a lot of nice
custom built guns, especially STAR rifles such as the L85/L86 type. They also
had a lot of spare parts most places donít sell such as screws, selector
switches, trigger guards and grips.
After is Gunner. This is one of the most disappointing shops ever. Very very
very small. They had a shipment and they were organizing it on the ground
outside, while smoking and dropping ash all over the product mind you. A lot of
people on Arnies keep saying Gunner is the best place to go to. Did they not
notice the other ten stores on the same block?
There is a bunch of small specialty shops also. One specialized in taking
real gun parts and modifying them for airsoft. Donít remember the name but I
remember the high prices.
Outside youíll find Tokyo Model Company, another ASH BASH sponsor. They have
a nice shop filled with stuff. They donít have much walking space but they have
tons of showcases full of parts from Laylax, PDI, Systema, Tanio Koba, and all
the other big names. One of the best shops for finding upgrade parts. When I
went to Hong Kong a few years ago their airsoft selection was just a few cases
and model cars and Gundam took up the whole store. Now itís all airsoft.
Guns N Guys
A few stores down is Guns N Guys. They are another big shop with tons of guns
and parts. Lots of metal body parts and conversion kits from HurricanE, King
Arms, Proud and other companies to choose from. They also have a lot of upgrade
parts as well.
Inside Armed Forces Shop
Around the corner is Armed Forces. They have the nicest display of guns with
showcases lining the whole store. I wish my store looked like this, itís even
nicer than the DEN shop. This is a big improvement from the white walls and
shelves that I remember from a few years back. They also have a good selection
of body kits and upgrade parts.
Across the street is S3. I wish I could say something about them but I never
saw them open for the whole week I was in Hong Kong. I was more interested in
checking out the Charlie Brown Cafť next door.
DEN Trinity Shop
Finally was DEN Trinity. They had a good selection of parts and guns in a
nice display, but no customer service. I wanted to buy a tool that I saw in the
showcase and I had to drag they guy over to get it, otherwise he was busy
reading a book or something.
Inside WGC Shop
So where are the 2 biggest airsoft companies in Hong Kong, RedWolf Airsoft
and War Gamers Club? Well they actually donít have stores. However if you do go
to their offices you can ask them for stuff and theyíll fill an order on the
spot. War Gamers Club, or WGC, has their office located near Mong Kok.
The office of Redwolf Airsoft
RedWolf Airsoft, two time ASH BASH presenter, is located north at Cheung Sha
Wan in the V-Ga building (I donít know what that stands for). Youíll need to
take the MTR subway up for about a 10 minute ride, too far to walk from Mong Kok
but close enough you can go up there on a whim. There you can meet Paul Chu who
has been at the 2005 and 2006 ASH BASH and will be here for 2007. Tell him you
heard about us from Airsoft Hawaii.
If youíre looking for airsoft stuff youíll find almost everything in Hong
Kong. Itís the easiest place to find what you need, and the stores are so close
together you can go back and forth to compare prices. Unlike Japan or even
California where going to different stores require lots of travel time you could
literally do all your shopping in Hong Kong in one afternoon. I love Hong Kong.
Hong Kong travel tips:
In Hong Kong there are a few HUGE shopping centers but unless youíre looking for
specific name brands you can find great clothes for much cheaper in small shops
all over Mong Kok and Jordan.
Donít expect to find fake LV and Rolex like in the good old days. Since 2007
they have been cracking down on counterfeit bags and jewelry.
Go when itís cool, like early spring or late fall. Donít go in the summer.
Humidity is so high you will sweat more than you thought humanly possible. Plus
all the furniture in the hotel will feel wet. Very disgusting.
Donít be afraid to try different food. Food is so cheap in Hong Kong if you try
it and itís bad you can just pay the bill, go somewhere else and not feel ripped
off. But just make sure you know what animal it is and what part it came from.
Look around and donít spend all your money in one place. A lot of the shops
repeat block after block (like Giordano and G2000) and if one shop doesnít have
something the next one will.
Take large bills to places like the airsoft shops where you know youíll spend a
few hundred dollars, but have lots of small bills for all the cool things youíll
find in the small shops and the street markets. With $2 CDís, $5 DVDís, $7 dress
shirts and slacks, and tons of toys Kowloon is Impulse Buy central.
And most important, take large suitcases with lots of space, youíll need it.