Oh dear god, I'm not very good at keeping the blog up-to-date am I?
Let's bring everything back up to speed.
I sold my SOE Modular vest and it's pouches, and replaced that setup with a Tactical Tailor MAV. Unfortunately, I've found the MAV to be pretty uncomfortable and I am moving on to other options. As I don't really want to be bogged down with a full armour carrier such as a CIRAS, RMV, BALCS or IBA, I will be going down the route of a higher-end chestrig. I have opted for the Eagle Rhodesian, which looks to sit a whole lot better than the rather flimsy MAV.
I sold my Blackhawk belt + pad setup to Tom Fahey (I still need to send you it! Can you PM me your address? ) and have moved on to a TAG padded patrol belt (Thanks Rachel! <3). This thing is the heat, pure and simple. I have had two different padded belt setups beforehand and both just didn't sit right with me. The padding would usually be too bulky and would restrict movement or would generally chafe the sides more than an unpadded belt! However with the TAG belt there's none of those issues. It's padded, however not as bulky as your Average American middle-aged man. On top of this, it lacks any of what I cleverly have called 'pointy bits' (you know what I mean. Those really irritating bits) and the whole setup is smooth as Cagalli Yula Attha's arsecheeks.
I also picked up a shiny (literally) new Safariland 6004 for my Sig 226. It's one of the newer models with the more flexible material and the redesigned leg shroud. Whilst I have heard negative things about these changes, I welcome them. The build quality is still there and it's still extremely comfortable to wear for prolonged periods. The only differences really asides from the shape would be that you can remove the straps without having to disassemble the entire holster (I tend to remove the top strap and run it with just the lower) and also it comes with a hood which covers the SLS hood. I removed this promptly as it just got in the way of my draws.
In other news, I just got myself a new job! It's not exactly what you'd call executive. It's a 20-hour-a-week temporary spot at my local Somerfields. However, the people I work with are great, my hours are fixed and I get every monday, tuesday and wednesday off. Perfect!
Oh, and my M4 broke. I seem to have a really terrible history with AEGs. My M733 didn't shoot right and my CA M15a4 just... well, let's just say it was about as mechanically sound as an L85a1 with it's internals coated in batter and then thrown into the Mahabi desert. It seems that the tappet plate has gone. A simple thing to fix, but frankly I just can't be bothered. Ho hum.
Well, I'm off to bed now. I just worked an excruciating five and a half hour () shift and I need my beauty sleep.
So I have a few new toys headed my way with the cordura and the releasable goodness of FUN!
Cough... Pilz-e moment over...
Anyway. I've got a few new things coming my way. To begin with, a pair of ESS ICE glasses. I have heard nothing but good things about these shooting specs. I'll do a short review on them when I recieve, which will be tonight when I'm back from work. They appear to come with a clear and tinted lense which is pretty good value for money.
Secondly... I've ordered quite alot from Triad Tactical.
1x Eagle CIRAS (medium)
5x Eagle single magazine pouch (each holds two)
2x Eagle double pistol/FB pouch (have krydex inserts to stop the mags from falling out and eliminate the need for the flaps to be covering the magazines all the time)
1x Eagle utility pouch (Has loops on the inside to retain items and also makes for a good magazine dumper)
1x Eagle map/admin panel
1x Eagle hydration carrier (MOLLE but also has buckles so it looks like it can be connected to the Eagle Rhodesian chest carrier (for you blackhawk boys, Blackhawk Products Group stole this design and made the Commando Recon Harness)
1x Eagle MBITR radio pouch
All of which is in the rather sexy "ranger green". To say "I'm looking forward to this" would be a huge understatement. I have owned lots of Eagle stuff in the past and can only say good things about them.
Think I'll get a Sage Green flightsuit and have a rather nifty all-green doorkicker loadout.
Over the past year or so I have dealt with several gear retailers. However it is "Triad Tactical" (Triad Tactical) whom I have gotten the best service from.
I sent him a couple emails his way but didn't get a response for a week or so, and then I decided to call him up on the number provided on the website.
I spoke with him for 30 minutes or so, and had a really friendly chat with him, where he said that his PC actually had a virus and he was just bringing it back and such.
we confirmed the order I wanted (ranger green CIRAS vest w/ a slew of eagle ranger green pouches) and that was that. He was very helpful with things like release dates for the ranger green stuff.
We then went on to talk about CIRAS sizing. Having found out I was about his general size and weight, he said "Yeah, I'm sorta in the middle of "medium" and "large"..." so we both agreed that the medium would be better for general mobility and also an incentive to lose the weight.
In conclusion I ended that phonecall a very happy and satisfied man. He knows his customers to the point he knew my name just based on what I asked for in the email order and recited in the phonecall.
AEGs and me just don't seem to mix.
My first AEG - a Tokyo Marui M733 carbine - fired off to the left.
Second AEG which a Classic Army M15a4 RIS, had a faulty oring on the piston, a shoddy motor and the RIS wobbled like jelly on a bouncy castle.
The current one? A rather lovely M4 RAS with an M203 launcher. Well, that's pretty much perfect all round. The externals are lovely, and the majority of the internals are fine, except for one minor detail. The tappet plate.
Oh my, that was fun! I recieve my speedloader and charger, load six magazines up, take the little beast outside...
...and then find out that the damned thing won't work!
The tappet plate broke and of course, no BBs could feed into the gun. Jesus.
Thank god there's people like Hissing Sid on this forum! He's taking my gearbox and fitting a new tappet plate (supplied by me of course!). Thanks mate!
But, hey! I get paid tomorrow, and I'll be able to afford the new bits and also some new bits of gear (hey, I'm a kitslut and proud!).
The majority of CCOs (Close Combat Optics) have been in the form of the red dot sight, such as the Aimpoint M2 and Trijicon ACOG Reflex sight. The Eotech series of sights, known as "holosights" are the next generation in CCOs.
I bourght my Eotech 552 HWS (Holographic Weapon Sight) simply because I just didn't like the tubular nature of the aimpoint. The Eotech carries the same holographic three dimensional properties as a modern fighter aircraft HUD (Head's Up Display) and thus does away with the conventional tubular design completely, giving the operator a full periphiral vision which can be extremely vital in a combat situation. Not only this, but the Eotech uses a 65 MOA (Minute of Angle) ring and a 1 MOA dot in the middle. This gives the best comprimise between speed and accuracy.
The durability of the sight is another reason why I purchased it. It is a very, very tough little piece of equipment. The sight itself is made of a hard plastic material that has been drop tested to military specifications. The internals are also encased in a resin to absorb the shock of impact. In addition to this, a heavy metal (and replacable!) "roll bar" hood is placed over the outside of the sight window. I myself have accidently drop tested this, by removing the sight from the rail, and having it slip from my hands, and land on concrete. The only damage it sustained was a minor scratch.
The window itself is designed to be as versatile as possible. As the reticle is recorded and viewable everywhere on the window, the sight will still function properly and maintain it's point of aim/impact. If the screen is obstructed with mud, snow or even in an extreme case, the window itself is shattered at one point, but other areas of the HUD are still alright, then the user can view the reticle and continue to use the sight effectively. Whilst a BB hit is unlikely to shatter the window, you at least have that peace of mind knowing that the sight will still function.
Unlike red dot sights, there is no muzzle side reflections in any way, and the reticle is only viewable by the operator. Even GEN III nightvision equipment cannot pick up glare from the HWS. The surface for the HUD is flat and treated with an antireflective coating which eliminates glare and reflections. There is simply no need for costly filters such as Killflashes which also dim the light that travels through the sight, thus rendering it less effective.
Unlike other sights, it uses more conventional and easier to source batteries, which are N cell and AA. Due to the massive size difference in these two battery types, there is two different sizes of Eotechs on the market. The shorter, stubby nosed one accomodates the N Cell batteries whilst the considerably longer version takes the AA which can be found in just about any store you come across. I went for the 552, which uses the AA batteries. This version costs more but is worth it in the long run.
The Eotech HWS also comes with a built in picatinny railgrabber, so you can put it straight onto the rifle (if the rifle has a rail mounted to it, of course). With the Aimpoint M2 you have to buy a 30mm mount for it, which just adds to the cost. There is a throw lever ACCUCAM mount by GG&G, which takes the place of the standard one, but this is only needed if you think you're going to be taking it off in a hurry, or just paranoid that the screw will come loose and the sight falls off the rifle! However, this is extremely unlikely.
It really is hard to compare the Eotech with a sight like the Aimpoint M2. It's not so much like comparing apples and pears, but apples and very large grapefruits. The age of the red dot is dying out, and the HWS is taking it's place. I can only say good things about the Eotech.
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It's late - midnight, infact. I am trying to get to sleep, and what happens? My mother's mobile (cellphone to Americans) goes off!
First time it's like, "Why the heck did someone phone at this hour?"... the phone rung off the hook and then phoned again, and again... by the fourth time, I was pretty freaked out. I mean, it could be a family member or friend who's been hurt! So I raced upstairs and picked up the phone...
Missed call messages. Bloody Missed Frickin Call messages. Dated from when? The 13th of October!
I really, really hate technology right now. Apart from my laptop, because it's adorable.
I've been off for the past two days because of illness. My head feels like it's going to explode, my nose will not stop pouring both snot and blood out at a steady rate, and my stomach feels like it's going to explode in a similar, yet larger, manner to my head.
Luckily we're nowhere near shortstaffed at my work, so it's not a big issue for people to take sickies. So... here I am.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go find a box of paracetemol and down the lot...
My parents went on a nice two week holiday to Crete, and me being a lazy bugger, stayed home.
20 year old male + house - parents = fun!
Computer, xbox and minifridge all found new temporary homes in the livingroom upstairs, and the room itself got a huge makeover (by that, I mean move the sofa infront of the LCD TV...) For about a week, I survived on Rustlers microwavable food and the local chippy. Hardly health food, but what can I say... it was fun.
Then, I got myself a rather nice laptop. This was pretty much an impulse buy... I went to Currys intend on buying a 19" TFT monitor and walked out with a Advent M740 laptop.
Overall I am very impressed with this laptop. With 1.73ghz of processor power, a gig of DDR ram and a 128mb PCI-Express X700 Graphics card it's nothing to go "feh" to. I had alot of naysayers stating that it wouldn't play Battlefield 2 on even the lowest settings. Funny how I can run it on medium settings absolutely fine.
Hilariously, the powersupply on my desktop PC literally blew up. Though I replaced it with a spare, the damned thing just won't be the same again. Thus, I'll be stripping out the insides and putting new internals in.
Anyway, back to my vacation. For the following week, I was actually cooking stuff (*gasp*). ...Okay, so it was chips and chicken fillets, but I was cooking. That's all that matters. My friend came up for the remaining week and pretty crashed here, bringing his computer up for LANnage fun. His bacon sandwiches have more fat content than the original pig had in it's entire body... very yummy!
Well, thinks are back the way they were now... and I hate my job just as much. Oh well, though.
Oh, and to anyone who wants to play with me on Battlefield 2, my username on Xfire is SaFalken.
Well, here's my new blog... expect lots of geardo related things and my general rantage.
First on my list... a big thanks to arn. This should prove iiiinteesting.
Secondly, airsoft armoury kick *albatross*. I ordered a VP charger and a speedloader from them just over two weeks ago, and there was still no sign of it. I phoned them today, and they said they'd look into it and contact me as soon as possible. Within 20 minutes, they phoned back and said the order got misplaced, and he'd send out my stuff AND free BBs cause of the wait!