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',

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kryptek Mandrake Hat by Condor

I love me some nice camo, and to be totally honest I was very impressed with how well the Kryptek Mandrake pattern worked in the woods of the North East.  You can see in the pictures below, but man - this really blends in nicely.  I've always liked my multicam, but this may trump multicam for my local environment.

Some of the details: this is a baseball hat made by Condor and you can find it HERE at Airsoft Megastore for $14.95.  They also have a very similar version that has mesh on the top/back, so you can check that out as well.

As far as function...it's a baseball hat, so you should understand what that means - keep sun out of your eyes, give you some camo on your dome, etc.

As you can see above, I've put an American flag patch on the front and (as you can see below) there is a place for a tiny patch on the top of the hat and also space for a name tag/panel on the back.  Your adjustment option is one of those brass slides.

Here it is in the middle of the path.

Again, the middle of the dirt path but taking the photo from bit further back.

A few shots of it on a branch in not-much cover and late afternoon sun.

As you can see from the pics here, the pattern is very mix-and-match - kind of like A-TACS is blended and overlapping

Here it is in some low grass cover.  Pretty amazing I think.

In the trees with leaves, this also works quite well.

I think you can see that this stuff works - Mandrake in the spring in the North East is pretty sweet.  You can also get shirts, pants, and even gear in this pattern, and in some of the other Kryptek patterns as well.  Once again, you can find it HERE over at Airsoft Megastore.  Thanks for checking out the review.

Keep on firin',

Friday, May 9, 2014

Voodoo Tactical Scorpion Range Bag - Review

Today we are looking at the Voodoo Tactical Scorpion Range bag which came to us from Airsplat.  You can find it over on their website HERE in either Tan or Black.  This bag will run your $48 and I have to say, I think that Voodoo Tactical is stepping-up their quality in manufacturing.  This bag is really nicely made.

Here are some of the features:

As you can see/read, this bag is more than just a standard bail-out bag with a shoulder strap.  And as if often the case, it's the smaller features that add up to the big benefits of a bag like this.

Here's a look at it from another angle.

On the front, we have 2 storage compartments.  They are slightly different sizes so you can carry smaller mags, batteries, gas adapters, plugs, dead rags, and much more.  You can also see the cross-stitching.  Now inside the different squares in the stitching is padding, so this bag offers your gear some additional safety because of the padding.

Open up on of the 3 larger sections, and here's what you see inside.  More internal store pockets, places for pens, small flashlights, and the like.  You also have a larger section with padding and a velcro pull-over tab where you could store an iPad or a Kindle if you'd like.

Double-zips are how you open the top to get into the main section.  This makes it easier to access all the items easily because there is such a large opening for the bag once you zip it open.

Inside...more storage.  Looking at the pics below you can see another internal section with a velcro pull-over tab, more elastic to hold mags and then on both ends of the INSIDE of the bag are 2 more pockets.    Again I'll note that that one of my favorite features of this bag is that when the main section is open, you can get into easily to get gear out, and when you want to return gear to it, you can do so easily as well.

On both ends of the bag are pockets like the one shown below.  In my opinion, these are perfect for phone storage when you are at an op or airsoft event.

Turning to the backside, you can see there is a clear ID pocket so you can let people know this is your bag.  More of the same stitching, and up top you can see the 2 carrying handles as well as the shoulder strap (which can be removed if you don't want to use it).

On the inside of the back panel, there is...more storage.  This section has 4 elastics to hold mags - M4s will be fine, AKs will be a bit tight, and things larger than that should just be stored somewhere else in the bag.

 Another feature of this bag that I really, REALLY like are the 4 'feet' shown below. These allow the bag to stand more firmly and they help give the bag more structure and form when you place it down.  Well-done Voodoo Tactical.

Here's the skinny - I'm impressed.  Voodoo Tactical has stepped up their game in the last few years as they take their quality to another level.  Now as is often the case, many airsoft items are used by real-steel operators or just citizen shooters, and that's the case with this bag.  It's made for real-steel but offers (as you have seen) a TON of space to bring your gear to an airsoft event.  Other than my BDU, my boots, and my AEG, this will hold what I need to head out for an airsoft op.  Check it out HERE, thanks to Airsplat for making this review possible, and thanks to you for reading this review.

Keep on firin',