Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Black Multi-Cam Contractor Hat from Tru-Spec

I saw it, I liked it, I got it, now I'm reviewing it.  This hat comes to CQB Radio from Airsplat (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT ON THEIR WEBSITE).  It's the Tru-Spec Black Multi-Cam Contractor Hat.  Cost is $17.99, and I gotta say - it's pretty cool.  

So let's be real here - would this be useful in an airsoft op?  Well, it depends.  In a Northeastern forest during the day, I'd prefer regular multi-cam or regular woodland.  But I would definitely run this at a night op, or definitely at a cqb event.  An as an everyday hat - certainly.

As far as the fit, I did find it a little 'small' in the top i.e. it's not like a trucker's hat with a ton of space above the top of your head. I'd guess my head is average-sized to slightly larger, and this hat sits a bit more snug on me than maybe my Condor multi-cam hat.  But it's still comfortable - no issue or discomfort when wearing it.

Here's a look at it straight-on.  As you can see, the TS of Tru-Spec is stitched into the front section of Velcro.  I like this because if I don't want to add a patch, there's not just a huge blank patch in the front.  

And from the back.  Note another spot on the back with Velcro, as well as a small Velcro spot on top.

Let's compare the two styles of multi-cam.  The regular multi-cam is much more...well...colorful.  The black multi-cam - in these photos - looks more like black/dark blue and a bit of light green/gray.

Here's the inside - nothing too fancy.

And a few more shots of it.

So do I like it?  Yes.  Would I recommend it? Yes.  If you want a very unique look in multi-cam, this might be the one for you.  CLICK HERE to find out more about it.

Keep on firin',

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shenzhen Tactical 3-Day Backpack from Airsoft Atlanta

COOL new tac-pack from Airsoft Atlanta.  And the cost - only $26.99.  This is the Shezhen Tactical 3-Day Backpack (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT OVER AT AIRSOFT ATLANTA).  Take a look.  

Here are some of the features:
- Tons of straps to adjust the pack, so it'll fit a kid or an adult
- Padded shoulder straps
- Zippers are smooth
- Velcro locations for patches
- MOLLE on the pack
- A variety of different-sized pockets

Just looking at, you can tell it's bigger than an assault pack.  Having used it, I can tell you that if you pack effectively you can use this for an overnight trip easily, and with no problem what so ever, you could put all your gear other than your AEG in this for an airsoft op.

Another look - this one looking at it straight on at the pack.   Basically 3 main compartments for storage - the larger main one, a middle, medium-sized one, and then the angled-zipper one on the front.

Here you can see two of the velcro locations for patches.  One is a standard size (about 3x5) and the other one is about 3/4 inch by 5 inches.   Pick a patch and make it happen, cap'n.

This is kind of unique - the front pocket is at an angle.  The purpose?  Not totally sure, but it does offer a kind of cool look.  Storage inside and molle on the outside.

Up top, there are a few things to note.  The handle makes it easy to carry the bag - grab it from the car and head out to an op.  Also, you've got an access point to run your hydration tube from, so no canteen needed - just run your hydration bladder.

On the sides, more molle and compression straps too, so you can stuff the bag and then 'smoosh' it down to get it to be more stream-lined.

On the back, you can see the padded shoulder straps.  D-rings are included so you can attach all kind of other gear.  Sternum strap  - now you can secure the pack even more effectively, and of course the waist strap allows you to keep the bag from bouncing all over the place when you are moving.

D- rings.

Sternum strap.

Waist strap.

Here's another look up top at the handle and the opening for the hydration tube.

Here's a look inside the medium (middle) pocket.  Lots 'o' space - more than your average assault pack.

A look at the hydration bladder storage compartment in the MAIN compartment...

...and I mean just look at the storage in the main section.  And remember - only $26.99 for the pack.  Nice deal.

Down on the bottom - more molle and some straps so you can attach more gear - whatever you'd like, but it looks like it'd be perfect for a bed roll of some sort.

Ok - here's the deal, airsofters.  $27 = not very expensive at all.  A lot of different storage space, lots of molle, and lots of straps.  You can get these in black, OD, and tan, and here's the link again (CLICK HERE).

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tactical Shoulder Versipack from Airsoft Peak

I love gear, you love gear, we all love gear.  But there's always that 'how much can I spend' vs. 'what do I get for it' question we have to deal with.  Well, our friends from Airsoft Peak have sent us a few items for review and if you don't have  ton of cash to spend but want to get a compact, messenger-style pack, here's a good option for you.  It's the Tactical Shoulder Versipack.  

This guy will run you $23.99 on their site (www.airsoftpeak.com).  If you know packs, it looks a lot like the UTG Messenger bag, but it's a bit more streamlined/compact, and you save about $10 AND you get free shipping too.  

It's made of 600D nylon material, and this one is obviously in OD, but it does come in other colors as well (ACU, multi-cam-style, woodland, and tan).  The bag measures 13.5 x 12 x 3.5 inches.  They also have a larger one called the Jumbo Shoulder Versipack and that one runs $28.99.  

Here you can see the front flap that closes over the main pocket.  The buckle looks and feels solid, and the smaller zippered pocket offers you some space to carry an iPhone, a pad of paper, or other flat items.

Looking down inside the main compartment, you can see it has a draw-string option, which I like.  This gives you ability to put items that are slightly larger than the pocket-size into the main compartment and just draw the string closed around it.  The main compartment will fit mags pretty nicely - AK and M4.  You will also find a mesh compartment inside to help store and organize your gear.  

 The draw-string.

On the left side is a small zippered pocket.  There's molle on the outside to attach other items, but this item is perfect for batteries, a basic charging plug, a small bag of BBs (say around 250 rounds), gloves, etc.

In the front, another zippered pocket.  This one has mesh inside for organizing more of your items.

And over on the right side, a pistol mag pouch.  Certainly, you could store a pistol mag in there, but you could also nicely fit a multi-tool or a flashlight  for repairs.

The back is flat - nothing too busy or fantastic about it - just gets the job done.

Your shoulder strap is adjustable and has a QD buckle to pop this bad-boy off easily.  There is also a small spring-loaded hook so you can attach keys or other similar items.

For me, this would be a 'small items, headed to the local game' pack.  As you can see I've got some mags and in the back you can see my hex wrenches - you could also toss in some BBs with no problem.  I might actually recommend this as a tool bag too - keep your tools, a light, some spray, etc. in this bag so you can always have it ready to go if a gun has issues.

A solid little pack at a very reasonable cost.  Is it made like a Maxpedition bag?  No, but you also are getting it for A LOT less than a Maxpedition bag.  This one will be a nice addition to your airsoft loadout when you head out to sling some plastic.  Again, check it out over at Airsoft Peak (CLICK HERE to head to their website).

Keep on firin',

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Welcome Airsoft Megastore to CQB Radio


Just a quick post to welcome Airsoft Megastore to the CQB Radio family of supporters.  Glad to have them on board.  Check them out at (click the website link) www.airsoftmegastore.com. Reviews coming soon!
- Carp

Saturday, January 18, 2014

PDT - Practical Defense Training Technologies

Hey CQB Radio peeps,

Today we look at some products from Practical Defense Training Technologies (click on the name for more information and their website).  What do they do?  Simple enough - they offer reality-based training in what they call their 'mico-emersive trainer' using, among other things, airsoft as a training tool.  They offer other services as well as selling some tac gear, so for the purposes of our post today, we are giving an overview of the PDT protective gear that is used during their airsoft-centered training.

First thing to note - you can purchase the protective gear in a full-set or in individual pieces.  So if you're an airsofter - particularly a CQB player - this is some kit you might want to consider.  

Here's the insert you get when your order the protective gear from PDT

And the bag that the gear comes in.  Nice bag, solidly-made, and it holds all the gear in the set.

Here's a look at the face mask.  Features include ear protection that still gives you the ability to still hear, an anti-fog lens that offers a maximum of peripheral vision.  On that note, PDT says that their dual-lens goggles are the only true no-fog lens on the market.  Want comfort in a mask - this one offers some nice soft gaskets to keep you safe and at the same time keep it comfortable.

Gloves - I love me some nice tac gloves. Protection is literally built-in to this glove - it's not on the outside, it's stitched into the glove.  Hook-and-loop closures on the wrists, cow-hide palms, and stretch material make the gloves safe and also comfortable to wear.

Neck protection.  Ever get shot in the neck?  Yeah, I know - THAT hurt.  Here's your neck protection.  Again light-weight and comfortable (you'll see that as a theme), and the BEST feature of this is the neck skirt.  That means this neck protection won't a.) move around and leave your skin exposed, and b.) it's not so small that it really doesn't cover your neck.  I'm telling you - the little things make  huge difference.

Groin protection....yeaaaaah.  Awkward to talk about, nice to have.  Made of Cordura, easy to put on and take off, and yeaaaah...keeps everything safe.

If you look at the picture, the chest protector kind of speaks for itself, but here are a few details worth noting - made of Cordura, hook-and-loop on the shoulders and sides so it fits pretty much anyone, built to function and feel like a real duty vest, light-weight, and complete with a foam core for protection.


Lastly, the marking knife.  If you are an airsofter, you know a 'knife kill' can be intense and invigorating.
 Well, here's your chance.  This knife comes with the marking compound so you know when you actually get someone.  It's one piece of plastic with a sheath that you can attach to your person.  

Today's post is just an overview so take it in and think about it.  Next post - you'll see the kit on and I'll talk about how it feels and works.  Stay tuned!
- Carp