This month's Featured Article
Minoru Matsumoto, President and founder of Shoei, recently passed away. He
will be missed by all of us in the airsoft community. For those of you not
familiar with Shoei believe me that nobody makes nicer looking replica guns.
I have a MG42 displayed in the showcase at my shop and everyone marvels at
it. In 2005 Shoei donated a MP44 which was given away to the winner of the
ASH BASH Cosplay Contest. We were given the honor of displaying it before
the 2005 ASH BASH and everyone who saw it said that was the prize they
wanted to win. Even people who never heard of Shoei were amazed at the looks
and could easily see the quality of the gun even behind the showcase glass.
Minoru Matsumotoís legacy will live on through his company and his family
who continue to build replica guns to Minoruís high quality standards. In a
previous Ballistic article we interviewed his son, Tomio Matsumoto. As a
tribute to Minoru we are republishing this article. Thank you Minoru
-Grant Woo, Impact Games
Tokyo Marui Type 89
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