LBX TACTICAL | MINIMALIST GEAR PACK!

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Today I have another review for you - we’re going to be looking at the LBX Tactical Minimalist Gear Pack, a 24-hour ops pack from one of my favourite gear manufacturers!


Firstly, let’s talk about the features of the MGP. It is a small backpack designed for 24-hour ops, and is split into two sections - forward and the rear. The forward opens 3/4 of the way down the length of the bag and has an opening section lined with loop velcro for attachment of hook pouches/accessories, it has an elastic hydration port and the contents are secured with 2 heavy-duty zippers with paracord pull tabs. The rear compartment has a sleeve for a hydration bladder (up to 2L) w/ built-in hanger, a lower portion lined with loop velcro for attachment of hook pouches/accessories and a pass-thru between rear/forward for hydration tube. What I love the most about the MGP is its versatility - it’s roomy enough to be used in-game but also, lightweight and compact enough to use in everyday life without looking out of place. When being used for a game, the front compartment is roomy enough for a shit tonne of pyro, BBs, gas and speedloaders, whilst still having room in the rear to carry a full 2L hydration bladder - perfect for those longer ops! I have used this pack in my day to day life and although the camo colours can look out of place with the wrong outfit, the pack serves me well, especially as the rear section of the MGP is also PERFECT for stowing my MacBook Pro when I take it out and about.



The exterior of the pack also has some pretty cool features - it has 6x6 loop modular webbing, a zippered admin pocket that has loop velcro for identification patches, each side of the pack has modular webbing for accessory pouches, padded adjustable shoulder straps w/ adjustable sternum strap for comfort, the entire back of the pack is padded, w/ air channels to promote comfort, and it has drain grommets on rear and bottom to enable drainage should the pack get wet.

The Minimalist Gear Pack from LBX retails for $99.99 (which is around £78 at the current exchange rate - not including shipping and customs, be sure to take those into account when purchasing from overseas) and is available in MultiCam Tropic, MultiCam, MultiCam Arid, MultiCam Black, Ranger Green and MAS Grey. I chose MultiCam Tropic so I could run the pack with my MCT X MC loadout and so that it wouldn’t stand out too much should I use it for everyday wear. The LBX MGP is an awesome, little pack - my only regret is not getting it in more colours!


Photography thanks to L.Sibley Photography

SHOT SHOW 2019 | LBX TACTICAL!

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog!

Today I have another post in the #SHOTShow2019 series, and in this one we're going to be looking at the releases for 2019 from one of my favourite gear manufacturers - LBX Tactical

This year from LBX Tactical we can expect great things! Whilst I was catching up with my main man Bo, I saw the new Armatus minimap - so the original minimap from LBX wasn’t meant for the Armatus system, but they've taken on the feedback from their customers and this one is and what is really cool about it is that players can stack their other panels on top of the new minimap thanks to the velcro attachments running along the pack. They’ve even made an adaptive velcro panel for those who don’t run an Armatus but want to run the back panels - Yaaaaaas!



One of the main themes for this year was panels! Panels, panels, panels. This year we will see a range of new panels for their Armatus plate carrier! With the popularity of the 9mm SMG such as the Vector and the ARP9, LBX have created an SMG panel to be released later this year, which has 5 x 9mm magazine pouches with bungee cord to keep them secure and it attaches via buckle clips and velcro.


We can also look forward to the new ‘stretch’ panel -  this stretchy piece of kit has 3 x AR magazine pouches that are made from the same stretch fabric that the Armatus stretch cummerbund is. The sample we saw at SHOT was literally hot off the sewing machine so we don’t have a release date or price as of yet but these details will be in ASAP.


Another prototype panel that was debuted at SHOT Show 2019 was the shotgun shell panel - each strip panel has 5 shell holders which are then attached to a full velcro panel meaning shooters can stack them up on the panel and have multiple shells on standby.


The new ‘admag’ however is the one that really caught my eye at the show and that I'm really looking forward to! The front admin pocket opens out to be able to carry medical equipment, navigation equipment, extra magazines (it already has some velcro loops for pistol mags) and it was discovered at SHOT that a magazine can be stored behind the admin panel, increasing the load it is able to comfortably carry.


All the panels will be available in a modular version - think most molle platforms.

If you want to get the deets on all of the ne releases from LBX Tactical, check out my SHOT Show 2019 LBX coverage here:



SHOT SHOW 2019 | PTS SYNDICATE!

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Today we're carrying on with my #SHOTShow2019 coverage and in this post, we're going to look at what PTS have announced for 2019. PTS have announced a tonne of new products but there are a couple that I was really excited about - The EPM 1 and their new MTEK USA Helmet collaboration - the MTEK Flux!

The Enhanced Polymer Magazines from PTS are, in my opinion, the best on the market, but could they possibly make them any better? Well, with the release of the EPM 1, PTS think they've done just that! It is a collaboration between PTS Syndicate and Odin Innovations - they’ve partnered with Odin on this project to create a midcap magazine that has a functional load indicator - the load indicator begins at the top of the magazine when it’s full and as you go through ammo, it moves down the view window until it eventually reaches the bottom, indicating that the magazine is empty. This means that players will know the condition of their magazines at all times by simply looking at them. The new EPM 1, I've been told can hold 200+ BBs, meaning it carries more than the standard midcap magazines on the market! It is still made from the Dupont Zytel polymer that the original EPMs are made from making it just as durable as its predecessor. It has recessed sides to help with grip and of course an over mould on the bottom of the mag to ease with getting the mag in and out of pouches. Although it looks pretty finished, it still has another round of testing to go before it hits the market, and PTS are aiming to have the EPM 1 on the market later this year. There’s currently no price point announced.


Next up is the MTEK Flux, PTS announced their partnership with MTEK a couple of years ago but this is the first we’ve seen from the collaboration between the two brands - and I couldn't be more excited! The amount of detail that has gone into this sample is insane - it has the smooth texturing that we can expect from ballistic materials (however it should be noted that this helmet isn’t ballistic rated), it has a metal shroud, MLOK rails on both sides of the helmet for attachments and second to none padding on the inside - there are two layers of padding which means it is adjustable. Although there is no date currently, PTS expect this product to be hitting the shelves soon!


To get the deets on all of the new releases from PTS Syndicate, check out my SHOT Show 2019 PTS Syndicate YouTube video here:


SHOT SHOW 2019 | REDWOLF AIRSOFT!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! I'm now back from my trip to the States, and catching up on all my SHOT Show 2019 content - sorry it has taken so long to get this information to you but it's been a hectic few weeks! First up in my SHOT Show coverage is RedWolf Airsoft!

This year at SHOT Show 2019, RWA announced that they are releasing the GBB B.A.D Rifle, now this will come in two lengths - the carbine and the CQBR (which I'm super excited about!), both will have a keymod switch rail and a collapsible stock. Inside this badass GBBR is an upgraded Tokyo Marui MWS spec system! So players can have faith in this being a performer out of the box. This particular release will be available in March/April (TBC). Out of the box it comes in black but can be cerakoted using their new cerakote service!


Another announcement is that they are also releasing this rifle as an AEG as well, so for the players who aren’t familiar or don’t like using a GBBR there is still an option for you! The AEG B.A.D rifle will have a 13-inch M-LOK switch rail, the same outer barrel as the GBBR, the same ambidextrous controls but it will have an ECU (Electronic Control Unit), rotary style hop up and an extended magazine release for easy reloads! There isn’t a date currently for the AEG release, but RWA hopes to have it on the market by June 2019.


The Lee Enfield No.4 - yes, I know what you're thinking! We’ve seen this gun a few times now at various trade shows BUT RWA have made it their mission to make this as authentic as possible, so the new version has a few new features that really complete the build. They’ve partnered with a company called ‘Show Guns’ to make this version more romantic with features like textured wood, weathered finish and a BRASS buttstock! These are a build to order piece!


The 2018 SRS Sportline - the well-known bolt action sniper SRS has had an overhaul in the sportline edition - it has a new mould design, a new feed lip to ensure that all the BBs will feed from the magazine which also means that when you eject the magazine it will no longer drop. It features an upgraded piston and piston head so you can add an airbrake to the gun - now what this would do is make the gun shoot quieter but will also lower the FPS, so it is a bit of a tradeoff but it's great that players will have the ability to do this straight off the bat. The new Sportline comes pre-flat hopped - but it is proprietary. It has the same mode of adjustment but this has been made easier without the need of an Allen key. They have a lower price point than the 2018 SRS but has the same, if not better performance.



Last year RWA debuted the prototype of the Agent 1 GBB pistol - a collaboration between Nighthawk Customs and Agency Arms. This pistol will be released in the coming months and only 100 of them will be made! Making it an exclusive piece! It comes pre-ceraokated, is based on a Tokyo Marui system, some of its features include a stainless steel outer barrel and a fibre optic front sight.

This year, they are debuting another prototype - the Agent 2, which is also a collaboration between Nighthawk Customs and Agency Arms. It is also based on a Tokyo Marui system, has a stainless steel outer barrel, cut-outs on the slide (which are a VERY nice touch). The first release will be alluminium and will feature a MEU magazine which will be green gas. At a later date, we can look forward to a steel version that will run on C02. (Agent 2 below)


If you have been watching the Femme Fatale Airsoft Instagram you’ll know that over the last few months I’ve been playing around with the Avatar grenade! This year at SHOT Show, RWA had the line of new skinz and of course the new cerakoting service. The original skin now has the option to be cerakoted in a variety of colour ways and camp options. The new skinz featured included the Plasma with blue/green LED switch kit - you’ll recognise this if you’ve ever played HALO, the Tacphoon - which has two release ports and is the highest FPS skin yet, the Little Loud - which transforms the Avatar into a simple sound grenade and lastly the Agent skin with orange LED switch kit - which those of you who played the Division will recognise as the seeker mine.



To see all the new releases from RedWolf Airsoft, check out my YouTube video below:


SHOT SHOW 2019 | ZSHOT INC. HIGHLIGHTS!

Hey everyone and welcome back to the blog!

This week we're catching up on my SHOT Show 2019 content, and first up is the highlights from ZShot Inc. 

As many of you will know ZShot Inc. have licensing from Crye Precision to make a couple of different replica options for players who want Crye Precision gear, but at a more affordable price point - currently they make the replica JPC 2.0 and the replica AVS and there's a pretty comprehensive accessories line to go with them! 

Currently the JPC 2.0 comes in black, MultiCam, MultiCam Black, MultiCam Tropic, coyote, ranger green and urban grey and the AVS is available in MultiCam, black, coyote, ranger green and urban grey! The accessories include zip on front and back panels, front flaps, 2 band and 3 band cummerbunds.




In the front flaps there are options for both 5.56 and 7.62mm mags.


In the zip on back panels there are a bunch of different pouch configurations to suit.


The Odin Innovations M12 Transformer speedloader. The Transformer gives players the ability to adapt the Odin to their play style, with the original M12 Speedwinder you needed different adapters for the different types of airsoft magazines as it only came in M4 or AK variants, in the new Transformer, the speedloader is completely customisable and comes with different bottoms including M4, AK, PTW, G36 and MP5 so most airsoft magazines are covered. They have also created different ways of feeding the BBs into the Odin by utilising bottle screws and giving players the ability to screw a bottle directly to the Odin.


You can check out my ZShot Inc. SHOT Show 2019 highlights video below:


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