WOMEN'S AIRSOFT KIT FEATURE - PROTECTIVE GEAR!

Over my time in airsoft, it’s been no secret that I’ve struggled to find kit that fits and works for both my body shape and height - weighing in at 57kg and measuring just 5”3 I’m an airsofter of small stature, meaning often the smallest sizes aren’t small enough but along the way I’ve found brands/product that work for me so I’ve put together a kit list of my go-to protective gear suitable for women and younger players.

FACE PRO

Kicking off this kit feature is face pro! As women’s faces are smaller than mens, the regular mesh/fabric half face masks tend to be a little too long from the tip of the nose on the mask to the end of the chin but, one company has developed a half mesh/fabric face mask based on the feedback of their female customers to create the first specific women’s half face mask for airsoft: The One Tigris Women’s 4.5inch Mesh Mask!

Based on the feedback of their female customer’s, One Tigris have taken their 6” tactical foldable half face mask and cut 1.5 inches off the bottom mesh and shortened the chin fabric of the 2 sides, meaning it fits smaller faces much more comfortably. It fits securely on the head/face thanks to the adjustable straps and the padded sides make it comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. It’s lightweight and the mesh provides enough ventilation for there not to be any issues with fogging.

The 4.5 inch mesh mask by One Tigris retails for £16.98 on Amazon and comes in a range of colours including: black, black MutliCam, tan, ranger green and MultiCam.

PC: Stacey Deanne Photography

GLOVES

Next up in my kit feature is gloves - this has always been a tough one for me as I have really dainty hands but I’ve found two pairs that I keep coming back to!


The EG FUG (Field Utility Glove) is a glove made for paintball, airsoft and outdoor activities from Enola Gaye that is touchscreen compatible, comes in a range of 6 colours including black, grey, camo, tan, digicam and olive drab and has a cute little pistol/sight graphics on the first two fingers as a cheeky FU design feature. 

They come in a range of sizes from XS-XL and what’s really cool is that the XS size has been sized to my own hand and whilst they are a little roomy around the back of the hand they fit my fingers and wrist well. They retail for £19.99 and are available from the EG website and EG retailers! They’re a great budget pair of gloves for airsofters that need a smaller glove.

PC: James Murray for Enola Gaye


The PIG full dexterity tactical (FDT) Delta Utility glove is my absolute go to! It’s a slip-on tactical glove that although small and a seemingly ordinary pair of gloves boast a bunch of awesome features including: touchscreen compatible forefinger and thumb, single-layer palm for tactile sensitivity, bar-tacked paracord pull loops and they even have a silicon printed grip on the palm for extra grip making them practical and usable for not only airsoft but for other outdoor activities.

The fold-over finger construction and elastic wrist for quick put on and take off sequence not only make them more comfortable for the user but it also gives them a sleeker, more sophisticated look - nothing like the purpose made airsoft gloves we usually see on the field. They aren't padded or extra thick around the knuckles so getting shot in the hands whilst wearing these does still suck, but honestly? Finger shots are quite rare and I'd rather have the dexterity than bulky protection. They're easy to put on, quick drying after they've gotten wet and the touchscreen compatible finger and thumb is super useful! Overall, I'm super impressed with them.

The PIG FDT Delta Utility Gloves are available in black, coyote, ranger green & carbon grey and are also available in sizes ranging from a small to an extra extra-large the size range is super inclusive. They are available from Tactical Kit for £30.95!

PC: L.Sibley Photography

PLATE CARRIER


The ‘Small Modular Plate Carrier’ from LBX, or the 0300S is the compact model of LBX’s popular Modular Plate Carrier. The carrier has 360 modular webbing, on the front panel, back panel, and cummerbund so players can customise their carrier on all sides. The top rows of webbing on the front panel also have hook Velcro so you can show off your favourite patches.

The carrier can take 8 x 10 plates if the operator chooses to and It features a heavy-duty drag handle which is probably more applicable in real-world application than airsoft but its there if you need to quickly drag your mates out of a firefight. It also has hydration/comms guides on the front and rear panels to keep hydration system and communication systems organised and of course to prevent any loose cables being snagged during use – after all, no one likes catching their lines on door handles!

The 0300S is fully adjustable - the cummerbund is adjustable up to 46", and as my waist is 29” it fits snuggly but can still be adjusted to give me room to wear the carrier over a softshell in the winter. As the cummerbund also has Velcro closure it can be securely fastened. The carrier has adjustable shoulder straps which means the operator can adjust where it sits on the torso. Both shoulder straps have padded strap coverings which makes them comfortable to wear for long periods of time even when the carrier is loaded up. I’ve found very few plate carriers that can comfortably fit my small frame and contour my waist and chest but the 0300S does the job. As I’ve said, the cummerbund fits my waist pretty snug but still leaves me enough room to be worn over a light jacket or hoodie. The overall size looks/feels right on my torso and fits the contours of my body.

The LBX 0300S comes in MAS Grey, MultiCam, Coyote, Black and Wolf Grey. On the LBX website, it is available for $159.95, which works out at £114 to across the pond.

PC: Stacey Deanne Photography
BATTLE BELT


The Cobra Shooters Belt from FRV Tailoring is a low profile, lightweight and affordable load bearing system. It has an inner belt made of one layer of webbing with velcro hook on the outside, you place the outer belt with all your pouches, holsters etc attached over the inner belt and fasten it with the cobra buckle.

The belt is 50mm/2" in width with 18 columns of molle. The molle loops run along the top and bottom of the outer belt and they're compatible with any molle or pal attachable pouches and holsters. The outer belt has a double layer of webbing to give it that rigidity and it has a cobra buckle that is rated up to 4000 lb’s. The belt has plenty of room for all my kit and isn't weighed down by it. The pouches are really secure and don't bounce up and down too much! The best bit about this belt is that it can stay set-up for future use!

The FRV cobra shooters belt is lighter, thinner than most belts I’ve tried and because of this it sits on my hips firmly but doesn't rub. It's comfortable to wear even during long ops such as Tora Bora Raid! The belts are sized to the users waist size. Although I have a 28" waist it is more comfortable for me to wear belts on my hips so I opted for the 30.

What's the cost? The belt retails at £69.99 from FRV Tailoring which is super affordable compared to similar belts on the market, giving airsofters that high end look and handmade quality for less!



BOOTS


The Pentagon Achilles Trekking 6” boots are my go-to airsoft boots!

These were brand new to Military 1st in 2017 and they’ve stood the test of time! They are a coyote suede leather, ankle length boot that comes with features including a Dintex waterproof and breathable membrane lining to keep your feet nice and dry during ops and an Ortholite sole which makes them comfy to wear for extended periods of time. 

I usually wear a 4.5 shoe so chose a size 5.to give me a little extra space for thick socks during the winter months. The boots are really comfortable across the toes, instep and don’t rub against my heels. The top of the boot sits just above my ankle so I’m pretty happy with the ankle support they give and they have a pretty decent sole on them as well. I’ve worn these around the world from CQB games in the UK to wet, MilSims in the US and they’ve held up well. They aren’t completely waterproof so I wear a pair of seal socks on wet game days to keep my feet warm and dry.s

They retail at £97.50 from Military 1st.

PC: Stacey Deanne Photography

Hardwick, K. (2018). LADIES AIRSOFT KIT PART 1 - PROTECTIVE GEAR!. Airsoft Action. 93 (December), 40-43.

'1 MILLION MAFIA: JET DESERTFOX 1 MILLION SUBSCRIBER PARTY'


Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! I know you guys and girls love to see the behind the scenes of my international trips so today I'm giving you an insight into our time in Los Angeles for Evike's Airsoftcon and Jet DesertFox's 1 Million Subscriber Party hosted by G&G Armament and Evike at the 18 Social Bar in Downtown Los Angeles.


Downtown, Los Angeles

The party's dress code was '1 Million Mafia' so we all donned our gold 'gangsta' gear for the party. For my look, I chose a leopard print body con dress from Prettylittlething.com, a black/white fur coat and knee high black boots from F&F and some $2 jewellery from a local beauty supply store in the High Desert. The look I wanted was 'someone paid for this, but honey they PAID for it' 


My face when Dayton of thehousegamers looks better in my fur than I do...

Airsoftcon was pretty crazy (you'll see this in my Airsoftcon blog and vlog coming next week) so it was great to hang out with all our friends that we didn't get to hang out with at the event and let our hair down. It was an amazing evening filled with drinks and dancing.

Hanging with Evike Outpost Highground


Congrats Jet!

Dranks with good friends

Being fancy with my girls Unicorn Leah and Amanda from G&G
Congratulations Jet! Here's to the diamond play button!

Patrons: Toots, Owen Walker, James Smith & Oskar Engstrom

USA 2018 PT. 2!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! As many of you will know I flew out to LAX from London Gatwick on the 17th October 2018 to rejoin my girl Unicorn Leah for another 4 weeks in the United States of America for a lot of airsoft and box wine tasting.

I left my home in the Midlands at 1am to be at Gatwick for 3am, because of diversions and roadworks we got to the airport at 4am, just in time to check bags and get through security. I flew out at 6.30am BST with Norwegian Air, my go-to low cost airline for transatlantic trips. The flight from London Gatwick to LAX is usually around 11 hours and 10 minutes but because we had some good tail wind, it only took 10 hours and 12 minutes. The food on the flight, as always with airline food was mediocre but the service was impeccable and I was sat next to a family who I chatted to for majority of the flight. I didn't get much sleep the night before as I was SO excited and I rarely sleep on the plane so as you can imagine, by the time I got to LA I was pretty exhausted.

Sunset from the air


As soon as I landed at LAX we made the trip back to Victorville, CA to prep for our weekend in Los Angeles for Airsoftcon. On the way, we stopped at my favourite fast food joint, In-n-Out 😍


You can check out Leah's vlog of my first night in the States with Jet DesertFox, thehousegamers, Novritsch and MilSim West here:


The day after I arrived we started packing for our weekend in Los Angeles which included a night game at Tac City Airsoft in Fullerton. For this game I used an AEG from the DesertUnicorn armoury: the HK416C from Elite Force with a G&G Armament tracer unit, a Tru Glo T1 RDS and the PTS Syndicate EPMs.


Rocking the PTS Syndicate EPMs


For my loadout I ran: the 5.11 2017 Range cap, Wiley X EMEA Saber shooting glasses, One Tigris ladies lower face mesh mask in ranger green, Peltor headset, Crye Precision Gen 2 Ranger Green BDU, PIG Delta FDT gloves in Ranger Green, Z SHOT Inc Crye Precision licensed JPC In Coyote and the Salomon Quest Prime GTX boots.

Loadout

The guest list for the Tac City game hosted by Evike was pretty epic! L-R: Novritsch, Cooper, Jet DesertFox, Dutch the Hooligan, Demolition Ranch Matt, Operatordrewski, Spartan117GW, Robo Murray, Evike Matt, MSW Josh, little ol' me, Unicorn Leah, thehousegamers, Alfonse Kolis, Airsoftology.



The game at Tac City was 6pm-10pm and we played multiple games of single elimination - 4 rounds in each game. The site is pretty big and has a lot of cover and even a sniper tower (not entirely sure what the point of that is in CQB but I got killed by a sneaky dude hiding it it!). The site has great facilities and the staff are pretty friendly. It is a site however aimed at a speedsoft style of play so charging in and shooting fast definitely helped.

Keep an eye out for my blogs and vlogs on my trip!

Patrons: Toots, Owen Walker, James Smith & Oskar Engstrom


CUSTOM KRYTAC MKII CRB GANGSTA CITY SET-UP | PTS SYNDICATE | VORTEX | NUPROL

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I'm going to be running through my custom Krytac MKII CRB set-up for Gangsta City: Retribution a couple of weeks back! The base for this, as I've said is the new MKII CRB from Krytac that was upgraded to the teeth by Land Warrior Airsoft in Dalkeith, Scotland to include a Titan Gate Mosfet and other goodies that made it a beast to shoot. I'll be doing a full review of this beauty soon so keep your eye out! In the meantime, check out my set-up below:


My front sight was the PTS Unity Tactical FUSION mounting hub - a cool attachment hub that allows you to add multiple attachments based on your needs. It includes attachments such as 45 and 90-degree rails and torch attachments to make sure you have everything you need on the field.
 

For my optic on this build I chose my trusty Vortex SPARC AR. You can check out my review for this wee beauty here (although it is a bit dated now! Maybe I should do another?)


For my ironsights, I used my go-to PTS EPBUIS. You can read my review on the EPBUIS here.


My mags for the weekend were my trusty PTS Syndicate EPM X MAGPODs. They're as reliable, sturdy and durable as the EPMs (my review for those can be read here) but they have the added bonus of having MAGPOD base plate that serves as a monopod in the absence of one. I'll be doing a full review of these soon!


And for the night game, I added a Nuprol tracer unit and the Olight M20SX Javelot kit for tracking my BBs and giving me more visibility at night. The Nuprol tracer unit is powered by 3 x AAA batteries that are housed inside the unit and it is mounted on a CCW thread. To get this on my Krytac I had to remove the rail in order to get the grub screw securing the flash hider out. It was easy to install and worked great during the night games and allowed me to see where my BBs were travelling. My review on the Olight M20SX Javelot kit can be viewed here.


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SPECNA ARMS CORE BB REVIEW | GUNFIRE.COM

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another review for you in partnership with gunfire.com and this time we’ll be looking at the Specna Arms CORE BB range! Those of you who read the blog often will have probably seen my reviews on the SA-G11, SA-C09 and the SA-H08 from Specna Arms and now it’s time to turn our focus to their line of ammo. Gunfire sent over a few 1 kg bags of their 0.30g BBs for me to test, as most indoor CQB sites have ammo weight limits I tested these in the outdoor games I’ve played over the last couple of months in both my custom Krytac MKII CRB and my G&G Armament Black Orchid ARP9.


Whilst Specna Arms is, as a brand getting pretty well-known in the airsoft community thanks to their quality, well-priced replicas, their new BB line is still relatively new to players. Their mission is to give players excellent quality BBs that have a very good price to quantity ratio.

Although there’s not too much to say about the features of a BB, the diameter of the Specna Arms CORE™ BBs is 5.95 mm (+/- 0.005 mm) which is pretty standard along the board of BBs on the market and the difference in weight between each BB does not exceed 0.01g which is excellent. These combined means they’re an ideal choice of ammo for replicas with stock internal barrels and they can also be used in tuned replicas that are equipped with precision barrels. Each BB has a high-gloss polish which helps prevents issues with feeding from a variety of magazines and also helps achieve a stable spin on the BB by the Hop-Up system.


I tested the 0.30g Specna Arms CORE BBs in my upgraded Krytac MKII CRB with the PTS Syndicate Enhanced Polymer Magazines, after quickly adjusting the hop to help carry a heavier BB than I would usually use in this gun I was soon putting rounds down range. The only issue I had with using them in this rifle is, around the 12th magazine in, two of the BBs did get jammed in the barrel. I’ve not had this problem with this rifle/BBs since so whether it was a one-off or something to do with the custom internals I don’t know. It was easily solved with a jamming rod.


I also tested them in my G&G Armament Black Orchid ARP9, which has completely stock internals. For this, I used the G&G ARP9 mid capacity magazines and again adjusted the hop. The BBs fed really well in this rifle and I had no misfeeds or jams. 

The Specna Arms CORE BB’s are available in various weights and quantities. From 0.20g BBs all the way up to 0.30g and available in bags of 0.5kg and 1kg bags. At the time of writing this review, only the 0.5kg bag of 0.30g BBs were available from the GF website and they were priced at £3.21, which is a seriously good price! Overall, I’m pretty happy with the quality of them.

Post sponsored by Gunfire.com
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