Monday, March 16, 2015

What To Bring To an Airsoft Game: VISM Competition Range Bag by NcSTAR

So I talked to Airsplat about putting together a series of posts about what you can/should pack for an airsoft game.  In this post, I'll show you what I bring and also how I take it to the event.  You'll see that I use a few different bags/transport options for my gear but let me emphasize that you MUST BE SAFE!  Carry your airsoft gun IN A BAG.  It's dangerous for you and bad for airsoft if you don't.  (Ok - rant ended).   Let's get on with this post.

You'll need a gun.  Here's my AEG with some mags and then my secondary with a mag.  I carry them in a Condor 42-inch gun bag.  This thing holds my primary (it can hold two M4s pretty easily) and my secondary (it can hold 2-4 easily).  It also has 3 detachable pouches on the front to hold mags, green gas, etc.  Lots of space - it's keeps you and your AEG safe.

Next up, I've got my rig.  Pouches for mags and all kinds of other accessories.  I've got a dead rag, a bandana to wipe off sweat or to clean my goggles, and also a tactical 'scarf' of sorts. Knee and elbow pads are nice to have as well, and of course, BBs.  


BDU is next.  I come to ops in sweat pants or something like that, and then I change into my BDU.  Boots with socks (and an extra pair is nice to change into at the end of the day).  Water canteen (Camelbacks are good as well).  Gloves, sling, speed loader, and some batteries too (yup - I like the old school kind).  Lastly, I've got a bag of stuff for cleaning and lubing guns.

A hat and eye pro are next.  I've also got a chrono - not needed but a nice addition.  I use a headset for comms connected to my radio.  Airsoft Innovations grenade and a charger round out this photo (green gas needed FYI).

And here's what it looks like.  Between the Condor bag and this VISM Competition Range Bag from NcSTAR, I basically carry all my gear.  

Here's a few pics of how I organize my bag.

The bag will run you $40 over at Airsplat. I like it a lot.  It has molle all over to attach some additional pouches, and I like the gray color a ton.

Lots of room inside as you can see.  Pockets on the front and back as well as side pockets.

So there you have it. One way to organize and carry your gear to an airsoft event.  Check out this bag by clicking HERE.  Thanks to Airsplat for helping support this review.

Keep on firin',

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shenzhen Tactical Ambush Backpack

Packs.  There are lots of them out there.  Here's one over at Airsoft Atlanta - it's the Shenzhen Tactical Ambush Pack.  Cost is $26.99.

Up top, there's a pocket with MOLLE on it.  This offers easy access to the user for a variety of smaller items.

Here's a look inside that pocket.


Below that pocket there is some bungee cordage where you can stuff in a jacket or something else that you want quick access to.  There's also another small zippered compartment on the front of the pack here - more storage.

Here's how you get into that section


On the front, there's 1 large buckle.  I like this as it make access quick and easy - you're not fiddling with a ton of different straps, snaps, etc.

The straps are comfortable.  They aren't something I'd want to wear all day long with 20 lbs. in the bag, but they are comfortable and adjustable.  D-rings allow for you to connect some gear to them as well, and the included sternum strap gives you even more control when you are wearing it.

There's padding and channeling for both comfort and airflow.  If you are airsofting in the summer or hotter months, this will help you to stay a bit cooler when hauling your gear around.

Just to give you a sense, here's a look at a ton of MOLLE webbing that is available to you on this pack.  This thing'll take pouches galore!

Here's looking into the main compartment.  As you can see, there's a pouch to hold your hydration bladder.

And yet MORE storage in the other larger front section pocket.

In the outer pocket there is a place for some smaller gear and this internal mesh pocket as well.  TOLD YOU THERE WAS PLENTY OF STORAGE!!!

Now I realize that Condor is kind of the standard for backpacks in airsoft.   BUT I'd highly encourage you to consider this one.  It's got (as you saw) a lot of storage, the built seems pretty solid, and it's under $30.  Here's the link - check it out: GET THIS PACK OVER AT AIRSOFT ATLANTA.

Thanks for reading and keep on firin',

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Voodoo Tactical Bones Shooter Gloves

They are just cool.  I mean let's admit it - they are just cool.  Am I right?  Yes, gloves are functional but it doesn't hurt when they look cool too.  These are the Voodoo Tactical Bones Shooter gloves.  You can get them in black with grey, orange, or white - just CLICK HERE to head over to Airsplat to get them.  And they only cost $15 a pair.

Here's a look at one from the top.

And here's the thumb-side.

And the palm-side.

Why wear gloves?  Here are a few reasons:
1. It hurts less when you get shot
2. You put your hand in an ant nest during an op - less pain if you have gloves on.
3. You're crawling over a tree and you rake you hand on something jagged - gloves help protect.
4. They look cool
5. They don't really hinder your function much
6. They look cool

Here are the specs on these gloves:
- Hook and Loop closure
- Spandex nylon back
- Cool VT logo and bones imprints
- Synthetic leather palm
- Quick-drying material

Here's a look at the hook and loop.

And holding my 1911.  No prob for function at all.

And just to show you that you hand can still comfortably fit inside the trigger guard with gloves on...

You can spend all kinds of money on gloves, but you don't need to.  Just get these and make it happen, cap'n.  Thanks to Airsplat for making this review possible.  Check them out HERE.

Keep on firin',

Monday, July 7, 2014

New BBs from Command Airsoft

What else can I say?  They've got new BBs made for CAT Airsoft and I've got them out to airsoft buddies to review.  Check them out HERE for .20s, HERE for .25s, and HERE for .30s.

Keep on firin',

Thursday, July 3, 2014

So You Wanna Be An Airsoft Ref, Huh?

Maybe it's at your local CQB facility.  Maybe it's at the ops you go to each month.  Maybe it's even for something like the Lion's Claw Series.  Or maybe you are thinking about starting your own airsoft field.  Whatever it is - you want to start officiating.  So what gear do you need?

For me, there are 3 main areas to consider when it comes to be an airsoft official: safety, visibility, and gear you'll need - and Airsplat can cover it all for you.  Let's start off talking about safety and visibility.  These 2 are linked because if you can't be seen, if you look like another player sneaking around in the woods, you are likely to get shot, and you are also likely (once you are shot) to be distracted from taking care of your officiating duties.

That said, you'll need to be safe and seen.  If you are looking for a full-face mask, this one is my favorite.  It's going to be a little warmer than some others, but it is stinkin' cool.  It's Snake Eyes, people - it's gotta be cool.  Here's the link: SNAKE EYES MASK.

Now if you aren't going to run with a full mask, I'd recommend you use full-seal goggles and some sort of lower-face guard as well.  These goggles from Bobster are a nice option.  They come with 2 lenses and as you can see, these ones are tinted to make it a little easier on your eyes during the day.  Here's the link: BOBSTER GOGGLES.

When it comes to lower-face coverage, there are 2 schools of thought.  One says wear mesh because its cooler and the mesh is metal, thus begin safer.  The downside to these kinds of masks is that if a BB shattes, it can get through the mask.  The other school of thought is wearing some sort of neoprene.  The good part about this kind is that they are full-coverage of your lower face.  The downside is that since its right against your face, any hits will sting a bit more.  My preference is for the mesh kind both because of the protection and the breathability.  Here's one from Bravo: BRAVO LOWER FACE MASK.

If you want to be extra cautious (read: smart), I'd also recommend some neck protection.  All you need is a SAW gunner to think you're in the game as OPFOR and get lit up in the neck.  A nice, light-weight option is this Condor Airsoft Sniper Multi-Wrap.  It's not super heavy but if you get it around your neck, you've got some extra protection.  Check it out here: CONDOR SNIPER MULTI-WRAP.

On to hand protection.  Once again, Airsplat has a lot, but I think these from Voodoo Tactical are cool looking and with the orange, they will make you stand out a bit.  They are also a little more maneuverable than some other gloves so you can operate a radio or other kit more easily.  Check them out here:

When it comes to your upper body, I think this is the area where visibility is most vital.  Here's a great option - this high-vis sweatshirt.  Now, given it may be too hot to wear this some part of the year, but at least here in New England where we play in the spring and fall, this would be money.  And if you are playing at an indoor CQB facility that has air conditioning, this is worth considering.  Also, you can get it as a hoode with or without the zipper.  Check it out: HI-VIS SWEATSHIRT.

If you can't swing the full sweatshirt, here's a vest.  Again high-vis.  Check it out here: HI-VIS VEST.

Some people like to wear a chest rig or some sort of MOLLE to carry pouches with water bottles, radios, game info, etc.  I think this NcSTAR First Responder Bag is a better option.  Low-cost and high-value, and it can carry a ton of items while you're officiating.  Simple and lots 'o' pockets - check it out: NCSTAR FIRST RESPONDER BAG.


There's a lot more than gear when it comes to airsoft officiating, but at least you've got the gear covered now.  Check out AIRSPLAT for more gear that will fit your airsoft needs.  Thanks for checking out this post.

Keep on firin',