Hobby Outlet is your trusted source for the best R/C and Airsoft packages. We are experts in both Radio Controlled (R/C) and Airsoft, because we enjoy these hobbies ourselves.
Our bottom line? We want you to have the same level of enjoyment that we do — at the lowest possible price point!
Whether you are shopping for a basic beginner’s package or a premium upgrade you can count on our expertise to make sure you get the exact product match for your needs. From open-throttled fun with the latest R/C vehicles and accessories to a new Airsoft gun to get in on the action, our team will make sure you have everything you need to hit the ground running, without breaking the bank!
Experience: 6 years
Trivia: AJ has gotten most of his family addicted to RC, including his father, brother-in-law, and nephew. Each of them owns at least one 1/10th scale R/C truck!
Tip for beginners: Be respectful to others and you’ll receive the same energy back
Favorite upgrade: AJ believes that upgrades reflect the personality of the hobbyist! He loves the crazy custom builds that hobbyists come up with.
Experience: 11 years
Trivia: Lawson has played Airsoft fields from coast to coast, and from local open plays to full scale Military Simulation (MilSim) events. As an experienced airsoft facilities manager, he excited to see what the future of the sport holds.
Tip for beginners: Don’t hesitate to try Airsoft because you might be surprised by the outcome.
Favorite upgrade: Buy right the first time and upgrade from there. I standby every product we have on this site and couldn’t find a negative thing to say about any of our products even if I tried.
Experience: 14 years
Trivia: Adam loves vehicles of all sizes. Before opening his R/C hobby shop 14 years ago, he worked as an ASE-certified auto technician for 25 years!
Tip for beginners: Go electric! They have made a great impact in the past few years and electric vehicles are now the best way to go.
Favorite upgrade: The ability to customize is what I love most about R/C: It’s constantly changing. I have owned hundreds of RC trucks and I’m always changing my setups.
Experience: Longer than he can remember!
Trivia: Matt owns both Hobby-Outlet and The Battlegrounds Pittsburgh, which is an indoor airsoft facility. He also owns Show Me Your Hobbies, which features a crawling course and full retail R/C shop as well as repair shop.
Tip for beginners: For Airsoft, Matt recommends purchasing a good pair of gloves!
Favorite upgrade: For R/C beginners, Matt recommends upgrading your service
HOBBY OUTLET'S ORIGIN STORY
In 2008, even though he had years of experience in the R/C Community, Adam struggled to locate parts at R/C shops in his area. Seeing an opportunity, he opened Show Me Your Hobbies in Greensburg, PA. As his business grew, Adam turned his full attention to Show Me Your Hobbies, where he performed custom builds for customers, and helped grow the R/C community throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Adam was also a customer at the Battlegrounds, where he developed a friendship with the owner Matt while taking advantage of their R/C course, Airsoft facility, and more.
Both men had similar business philosophies and were part of overlapping hobbyist communities, so they merged their companies. The Battlegrounds acquired Show Me Your Hobbies in 2021, with Adam as the General Manager. This acquisition enabled our store to grow its inventory and inspired our name change to the Hobby Outlet! As our reputation grew, so did our business, but we will never forget our roots in the RC and Airsoft communities.
Matt says, "I started the Battlegrounds because I wanted my own son to have something to do outside of traditional sports. This journey has given us more than we could have ever asked for. I hope we can build the community together. Both myself and my family look forward to seeing the community grow and to seeing families grow by engaging in new activities and bonding together. Going forward, I hope to keep impacting the community in a positive way. That includes keeping our youth occupied in fun activities like Airsoft and R/C."
Lawson agrees, adding, "From this sport, I have gained many lifelong friends, including some I consider family. We don’t just want to run a business; we want to grow a community!"
Adam says, "I first got into R/C when my wife got me a gift card to a hobby shop. Ever since, I've been hooked. I want to see the RC community continue to grow as a whole, because the community is the best part of R/C. I have met so many incredible people and I take great pride in being able to keep that going, including getting my own son into it. RC has been something we have always done together and continue to enjoy."
AJ says agrees that this is a family friendly sport, adding, "My advice to anyone getting into either hobby is to always remember it is a hobby that helps you unwind and enjoy. Don't get discouraged, worked up or frustrated. There can be a small learning curve, but all you need to beat it is patience and practice like anything else. I hope the community in our area pools together a little more for events and different activities in the future, only time will tell!
What I love so much about both hobbies is that it’s all up to you and how much you really want to dive into it. You learn how to be yourself amongst a diverse and cool group of people."