Combat Systems CZ Combat Pants G3 M81 Woodland | Unboxing

Combat Systems CZ Combat Pants G3 M81 Woodland | Unboxing

The good people over at Combat Systems CZ were awesome enough to send me a pair G3 Combat Pants for testing and review. Now I know a lot of fan boys will start screaming “Crye or die!” – let me be clear about something even though this isn’t the review part or the right article to rant about it. Crye makes very good products, but their camo options and availability is often very limited. So in my case I was looking to get a pair of M81/Woodland Combat Pants because I needed a new pair of Combat Pants for the Air Assault Course in end May. I needed the open knee style and had great quality in mind so my pick of brands were limited.

Enter Combat Systems CZ

I’m always a bit skeptical when it comes to replicas – I’ve seen them for many years and I keep questioning the built quality. But recently more and more companies pop up that are making reproductions of certain products. Usually I would say it’s just a matter of semantics; Replica vs Repro.

But upon receiving the Combat Pants from Combat Systems CZ, I gotta say I’m very optimistic and very surprised of the quality and feel of their product. Even so much that I might dive even more into their product line in the future.

Unboxing first | Review later

Now these pants are nice, the stitching looks great, the feel is nice and the M81 pattern looks to be spot on. But these pants will take some time to work through before giving my review on them. So please follow my blog, Subscribe to my Youtube and stay frosty.

 


Strike Force Energy Drink | Review

Strike Force Energy Drink

Sir Richard Bell of www.alliedriskequipment.com gave me a few packs to try out while at IWA 2017. If you’ve ever been to a tradeshow you know that when it becomes evening time you are drained.

I took a couple of these packs at the show and tried a few while back home and I gotta say they do help you get through the day. Do they make you a ultra Seal Delta Marine? no they don’t.

But they do contain some goodies like caffeine, vitamin B6, B12 and Taurin – everything a big boy needs to get through the day.

Taste is decent and let’s you know you’re drinking something with a punch. But if you’re used to drinking coffee or pre-workouts they might not give you that biggest boost. The Strike Force Energy Drink isn’t a miracle drink, but they might just help you out a bit. They are easy to store away and take with you and cost barely anything. So be sure to try one out if you get the chance.

 

 


Fight Club Custom | Outer barrel 9"

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It’s the simple things in life that makes you happy. In my case it’s a new Outer Barrel from Fight Club Custom that makes my life a little better.

Fight Club Custom | Outer barrel 9″

FCC have been around for a while, but it seems I’m late for the party. I’m probably one of those ol’ school types that never really gets too much new stuff. FCC graciously sent me one for review – even though it’s a very simple piece of kit for your PTW, the quality and feel is still magnificent.

The set contains the outer barrel, CCW and CW threaded screws, O-rings for better stability and air seal.  Small hex screws for better fitting the Outer Barrel to the different kinds of upper receivers on the market and the barrel pin.

 

FCC_outer_barrel_5Now the length of the SYSTEMA Outer barrel vs the FCC outer Barrel doesn’t make weight comparison fair due to obvious reasons. But looking how a few inches can make such a gap the weight difference does really make you appreciate the aluminum built FCC barrel – whereas the SYSTEMA is made out of steel.

I’ve been running my SYSTEMA PTW since ’08 and only changed the handguard, buttstock and body. People were amazed of the weight it packed, so the new FCC outer barrel truly is a blessing for my weak bitch wrists. Props does go to SYSTEMA for their original PTW parts, my 08 model has performed great for 8 years and running – the only problem being the infamous motor issue.


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Dimensions on the outer barrel is spot on. There might be a small difference going on with a plus side for the FCC, but we’re talking “Inner Space” off-specs, so it wont make any difference.

 

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Custom fitting it

The small holes on the receiver end of the barrel are for the hex screws mentioned earlier. They help adjust the small differences in the 3.party upper receivers and eliminate wobble. Something you see more and more from FCC is them trying to make their products fit as many different PTW configurations as possible to best serve customers… and they do it well.

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Installing the FCC Outer Barrel is easy. It requires the tools you should have in your gun box anyways. If you were wondering about the shorter outer barrel when you’ll see that I have my blaster set up to accommodate the “integrated suppressor”. It goes really well with the HERA Arms IRS 12″ M-Lok front.

Like I mentioned before this is a simply piece of kit. It’s a outer barrel and fairly easy to install. If you can’t figure out how to install it it might be because your parents still follow you to school. That being said although it is a simply accessory for your blaster it still has a good built quality and feel – with the addition of doing some custom fitting the outer barrel from FCC is a great choice!

 

 

 

 

 

 


HERA Arms | IRS 12" M-lok Review

Remember that feeling when you get a new pair of shoes? Or when you see that 60’s Lada with new rims? Well that’s that special place where I’m at right now.

HERA Arms IRS M-Lok

The ever so gracious people at HERA Arms blessed me with a new front. In 2015 at IWA they graciously donated me an IRS 15″ Keymod… Now if you missed that review click here to read it 

There are many similarities between the two fronts… They are basically the same, but there are a few differences.

Okay so one is Keymod and the other M-Lok, duh! And the lenght is different as well so weight won’t compared either – what else is there then? Well let’s run the basics over first

Made out of high-quality aluminium, CNC milled and hard coated anodized for added strength – this combo simply just works. My 15″ might not get the same treatment like with Live rounds, but it’s been through the same ordeal as my side chick… dumping, throwing, tossing, losing, using and abusing the hell out of it and it still holds up nicely. Only beef I have had with my 15″ Keymod was the hex screws shows signs of rust or corrosion – something HERA Arms were aware of and have since replaced the screws with a different material or coating… they fixed it, ok

Total diameter of the IRS Keymod is ~38.24mm – With medium size hands and what can only be descripted as piano ready fingers this handguard is a pleasure to hold (wait there is more freudian references incoming). The thickness of the front is more or less the same as the Keymod version – ~2mm.

The sleek design combined with the aluminum construct makes this a great front to both hold and manipulate the rifle. The light weight and feel of the handguard is a pure pleasure.

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Just like the Keymod version, the M-Lok supports all kinds of accessories already on the market. M-Lok and Keymod are what the young kids want these days, so finding the right accessories shouldn’t be a problem.  With M-Lok installing new rails and mounts is easy and requires no special tool to install.

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All IRS models have the same proprietary barrel nut – so replacing the Keymod with the M-Lok was easy. The IRS series is installed via a clamp system and is very effective. Even with the handguard being a free float front, the clamp system is study. One of my concerns with the IRS handguards was the use of a clamp system to keep it in place, but after a long time using it, it has proven to work just fine. The 3 screws at the bottom of the handguard secures the front is tighten around the barrel nut. The anti-turn screws at the 3 and 9 o’clock prevents turning during hard use.

The IRS M-Lok like the Keymod is a tight fit when it comes to the inner diameter ~34.30mm. Adding anything like a suppressor can be a challenge.  There are suppressors that fit in it, including HERA Arms own suppressor – so be sure to go check out their stuff at www.hera-arms.com

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If I was a rapper, my hit nr. 1 song would be about how pimp my German engineered car was… Since I’m not a rapper it would have to be about my German engineered IRS hanguard. The markings on it just screams ‘pimp’ – not sure Germans would appreciate that kind of description though.

I did manage to install a Noveske KX3 muzzle flash (Airsoft). I wouldn’t say it fits like a glove, but installing it was a tight fit. As you can see in the image above, this truly was an old Lada getting some new rims.

Conclusion.

Just like the Keymod version, the M-Lok version does not disappoint what so ever. Again there are pro’s and cons all depending on how you’re built and what your budget is. But coming in around 160 dollars retail – this handguard gives you a lot more bang for your buck.

Now the main difference I felt handling the M-Lok version compared to the Keymod version – the feel! The Keymod version could give off a little ‘cut’ feeling due to the Keymod slots having a sharp edge. Now the M-Lok seems more smooth with the M-Lok slots, giving it a better feel when holding it. Now this isn’t an issue when wearing gloves, but that skin to aluminum feel is oh so good sometimes.

 

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IWA 2017 | After Action Report

I’m writing this a few days after I got back, so most of the trade show still sits fresh within my skull. But the amount of people, conversations and information that went through my brain the last couple of days has been overwhelming.

IWA 2017 | After Action Report

Now I have no clue where to start, the whole trade show was nuts as most trade shows usually are. I didn’t walk around and get to look at as many booths this year like I usually do. Main reason for that is simply time management is very limited. I do work the ASG booth and my presence was required a lot more than the previous years.

Now the show is hectic – no way around it. There is not enough hours in the day to capture it all nor is there enough days to experience it all.

During the evenings after the show ends I usually went out to dinner with the ASG team or I met with friends within the industry – after food had been consumed, a pint of Guinness would follow afterwards at Finnegans, the notorious Irish Pub.

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Now there were a few days before the show really took off where I managed to hit the gym… probably not the best idea since you’re basically drained and sore all over… but fuck it. Gains, right?


 

HOT new items at IWA 20117

Now I didn’t get to go around so much and spot all the new hot items especially not the Airsoft stuff. But I did manage to spot a few. Being with ASG I’m not going to give you the inside scoop on what’s new in the Airsoft business but rather the gear and firearms industry instead… which I prefer doing more and more.

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TILO-3

First up was this very sweet looking Thermal Mono google – the TILO-3 by Andres Industries. It attaches to a helmet via Gopro mounts so there are many options as to where and how to mount it also when thinking of non-helmet applications

20170305_160254TILO-3This unit features the thermal vision and white flash light and runs around 2.5-3 hours with the onboard battery. A battery pack is planned to be released later on. There are different versions to different types of usage like Firefighters and LEAF – of course with more advance features and specs. Pricing for a more civilian version starts at 2000€. Some might say that’s a bit too much, but this is one hell of a nice unit.


 

UF Pro

20170304_13174520170304_131739UF Pro  had a few new things to show off this year – most notably the new color scheme for 2017.  The color is called Frost Grey and is a light tone grey. Mostly meant for Urban environments, the lighter tone mixed with the darker folds create a nice blend for more mountain based operations as well.


 

HOLOSUN

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Now HOLOSUN had this red dot on display and comes in two versions; HS530CHS503G with the difference of one unit having “Automatic reticle intensity adjustment in Solar Mode”. Now this combo of Micro dot with a 26mm lens is just brilliant. All of it sitting inside a titanium housing, this dot will for sure turn heads once released sometime in Q3.


 

HERA Arms

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HERA ARMS showed off the new CQR stock and front grip at SHOTshow 2017 – it’s been leaking on the interwebs but it’s official release definitely made people go nuts. I saw it last year in its prototype stage at IWA 2016 and my reaction then like now is “this is going to rock the firearms industry”.

HERA Arms is one of ASG’s licenses, so who knows what the future might bring.

Now I’m not into space age designs for the looks, but having trying it out first hand at IWA 16/17 there is a function side to this kit. It is very ergonomically designed and works really well with CQB type AR’s. The stock is solid and shoulders well and is adjustable with different pads added. The front grip is nice to hold as both pistol grip style or C-clamp. Once videos start coming out of this being used in actual livefire drills, people not into “spacey” designs will want to give it a go.

20170306_224451On another HERA Arms note, the ever so generous guys at HERA donated a new front to me. The IRS 12″ M-lok. Oh yes, so pretty. 2 years back they donated a 15″ IRS Keymod to me and I fell in love with it on the spot.  If you happen to miss my review on the 15″ model – click here

Overall the shorter front is lighter, duh?! – but first hand impression is that it’s more comfortable to hold as well. You really gotta like the markings on it as well, you can tell HERA Arms really takes a lot into consideration with their products.

What can I say… I’m a fan boy!


 

One last thing that caught my attention was the MantisX.

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IMG_4606_largeI didn’t get the chance… or I rather forgot to take some pictures of this little ‘laser like’ device. Now this is not a laser device but a sensor that measures all kinds of vibrations and variables and gives the shooter feedback via a smartphone app. Right now it’s still in it’s baby steps phase. A lot more features are going to be released and once they do I’m seriously looking to get one. The device is made to help real steel shooters look at the data on how their gun reacts to trigger pull/recoil. The data feedback provides suggestions as to how to improve your shooting stability. The cool thing is, this device is so sensitive it works with dry fire and Airsoft. Ya Airsoft!

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Now for my own personal preference I would love to see how my shooting can improve and so forth, but that kind of training can only get me so far within a certain time frame… However I have had contact with MantisX on Facebook and they’re hinting that future upgrades of the firmware or app or whatever might include Shot timers, something that has long been needed in the Airsoft world especially for serious players looking to train and develop the sport more. If the device can tell the difference between running and actually shooting, shot timers combined with shot date would be extremely nice to have.


 

Ok then, that kinda rounds up IWA 2017 for this time around. There was a lot more going on, I didn’t have the chance to walk around as much as the previous years… apparently people kept wanting to talk me, which I’m grateful for. But keep an eye out as KIRERU AIRSOFT is undergoing some changes in the near future.

 

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IWA 2017 | Here we go again

It’s that time again where I head off to Nürnberg, Germany… why you may ask?

IWA!!  if you didn’t know IWA is the European version of SHOT Show… but with less strippers and cocaine. As usual I’ll be there working the ASG booth. I’ll be arriving on Wednesday to help set up the booth, get all the products set in the right places, talk to media folks on and off camera but most importantly I’ll be meeting a bunch of friends within the Industry.

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As usual I’ll be posting some pictures from the show when I have some spare time.

 


Airsoft Action Q&A | International Airsoft

Airsoft in Denmark

Just before Christmas was hitting stores last year in 2016, I was asked by Bill (the legend) if I wanted to do a Q&A piece for Airsoft Action about Airsoft in Denmark. Having played for over 10 years, worked in a tactical shop and currently working for ActionSportGames I tried my best to give it a go.

After spending a few hours writing the piece and several days proof reading it, I shipped off the article and now it’s live in this current issue of Airsoft Action.
Be sure to stop by www.airsoft-action.online and give them a like on Social Media. FYI I’m in none of the pictures since I wanted to write about Airsoft in Denmark, just in case you were wondering.

If you’re having difficulties reading the added article in the post, here’s a link to the PDF.
Internatonal Airsoft Denmark.pdf

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Combat Stance | By Project Gecko

In a continuing series of articles, where Combat Stance is being analysed by the good people over at Project Gecko, I found something worth noting.

Doing it over and over and over… again

I’m not going to copy paste the content of the article or overanalyse the already well written piece on Combat Stances. I suggest you click on the link and read the whole thing yourself (including part 1).

No what I wanted to highlight was this particular sentence:

“To learn a simple movement it takes 300-500 repetitions. To change the learned procedure it takes about 5000-7000 reps and as soon as you get tired you fall back into the old pattern.”

Now the reason why that stuck to my brain better than cheesecake to my fat ass, is that this is a very overlooked mantra. By that I mean, there are several LEAF personnel and Airsofters that skip training, especially when presented with something new. They try it once and go “nope”.

This comfort level of denial creates a bad mindset and culture in which whatever you have learned or perceived as “”right” doesn’t always mean it is – nor does one attempt at something new mean you can completely disregard it.

Now the article does raise some questions on preexisting stances and argues with both sound logic and use science to backup their argument – one which I’m all for myself. All I wanted to share was a mind twitch on the whole repetition part because I don’t get to train as much as I want too these days so keep in mind that the brain needs to be reminded on how things are done – especially when it’s something old you’re trying to replace. This doesnøt only apply to your combat stance but also gear setup, reloading procedures, body condition and so forth.

Of course there are certain things that are dead wrong like wearing 3 carabiners on top of your Plate Carrier because you then have the option to rappel whenever you like to or tangled up in just about everything – or wearing a leg holster on the front of your tight because fuck prone right?

A lot in how we work and train still remains in the realm of dynamic conditions. Learn to think that way and train your brain to accept new things before disregarding them. Test yourself and your gear and gain a better understanding.

Link to the Article

http://www.projectgecko.info/reviews/2017/1/31/the-combat-stance-part-02

Stay safe


2017 SITREP

Ok so first let me start off by explaining my lack activity here on my Blog…

BUSY and MORE busy is what I’ve been.

Besides my regular assignments at work, which has been hella busy lately with a lot of new stuff coming to the Airsoft market, I’ve also been busy doing trade show artwork for Shot Show and the upcoming IWA which I will be attending myself.

On a more personal note my Girlfriend is moving into my small apartment, so time has been spend moving stuff and getting things sorted more to her liking.

Hopefully once the weather turns to the better and I have a little more sparetime outside of work I can post more stuff.

But I do have something big coming to this site and my Youtube channel… a BIG change is coming!


OneTigris | Christmas surprise

A Merry Surprise

A few days back I received a package in the mail, which I was not counting on getting. It seems that Chinese outdoor and tactical nylon manufacture OneTigris haven been sending out some early Christmas presents to those that have helped them out during 2016.

In case you forgot, I made a short review video of their Dump pouch a while back.

It’s been a pleasure to see OneTigris develop throughout 2016. Their name and brand has been getting a solid foot hold in the outdoor segment. It really shines through their posts on Social Media, so definitely stop by their platforms online and check them out!