BadgerTac are open for business
Run by a former British Army tankee and a former Royal Marine sniper, BadgerTac serve up a wide range of top-notch tactical gear, airsoft weaponry, training and simulation pyrotechnics, and a host of services to go with them. Until now, you could catch up with Ian and Dan (or “Ratty” and “Snatcher” if you prefer) through their website (www.badgertac.co.uk) or on Facebook; and as of Tuesday 5 October their bricks-and-mortar shop will be fully open for business too.
Westcott Venture Park
The shop’s opening times are Tuesday – Saturday, 0930-1730 (that’s 9:30am – 5:30pm in civilian time) and its located on the right flank of the Westcott Venture Park a few miles west of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It really is a one-stop-shop too – stocking everything from boots to caps, gloves to grenades, and shooting glasses to shooters. And Airsoft Soldier magazine too of course!
BadgerTac stock well-known global brands like Danner, Blackhawk and 5.11, as well as leading European brands like Helikon-Tex, Arktis and Solo International. You’ll also find economical brands like UTG, Web-Tex and Milspex too. So, whether you’re kitting up for deployment to the back-of-beyond, or just a Sunday-Skirmish, Dan and Ian aim to make sure you’ll find what you need.
On a side note, their location is somewhat special too. RAF Westcott was a World War II Royal Air Force station. The airfield opened in September 1942 with crews using Wellington bombers for training (11 OTU – Operational Training Unit). The RAF moved out in August 1945, and shortly after nearly 53,000 libeated allied POWs arrived by air into Westcott as the first UK staging post in their repatriation in Operation Exodus. The station closed on 3rd April 1946.
In the 1960s and 1970s, it was the home of the Rocket Propulsion Establishment; also known as “Peenemunde UK” due to the large number of captured German rocket scientists who worked there, and because of the site’s close replication of Peenemunde’s layout and facilities. One notable feature of this era was that RAF Westcott did not appear on Ordnance Survey maps of the area.
Security on the site is still fairly tight – as BAE Systems maintains a facility there – with full CCTV coverage, and a manned gatepost at the main entrance. However, the days of being a blank spot on the map are well over – so we can even provide you with this aerial photograph showing the location of the BadgerTac shop.