ACCESSORIES | PRIMAL GEAR WAIST BAG!

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Welcome back to the blog! Today I’m back with another review and in this one, we’ll be looking at the Primal Gear Waist Bag from gunfire.com


The Waist Bag by Primal Gear is a tactical waist bag designed with carrying capacity and end-user comfort in mind! It has been manufactured from 500D Cordura - a durable and utilitarian fabric that we see a lot of tactical kit made from. It features a large main compartment with an internal pocket and a drainage hole, a small external pocket with a buckle closure, a front pocket with an internal mesh compartment, a flat front pocket that has a rectangle of loop velcro, a phone pouch that is attached using MOLLE / PALS webbing and has a D-ring and it also has MOLLE on the top and back so its carrying capacity can be expanded with more pouches. It can either be used as a waist bag and fastened with the buckle strap or it can be attached to a Plate Carrier or belt using the MOLLE at the back.


It is bigger than your average tactical fanny pack which in my opinion gives it more usability and applications from the range, travelling, dog walking and hiking. The construction is sound - with straight, uniform stitching and the material feels of good quality. The edges of the buckle closure pouch and front flap are also reinforced. The zippers have paracord pulls on them so it is easy to open/close even with gloves on and the main compartment has a lining that feels water-resistant (I can’t find any official information on this fabric so I’m hesitant to say waterproof) making this a good all-weather bag. The waist strap is also completely adjustable and adjusts to accommodate most body types.

As I haven’t run a Multicam load-out in a game yet (it is coming, don’t worry!), so I used it during one of my range testing days at my local site. As it’s really spacious, I managed to load it up with ‘essentials’ including 3 M4 magazines, an Odin speed-loader, a QUAKE8 grenade, 2 packs of .209 primers, tools and gloves. It really is a Mary Poppins tactical fanny pack! I am really impressed with it’s carrying capacity.


I’ve also been using the Primal Gear Waist Bag on dog walks and hikes. As summer approaches I want to be fully confident in Dexter’s recall so we can go on loads of adventures so this bag has been a great tool for recall and off-leash training. The bottom of the main compartment expands so I can fit his portable water bottle and his 10m recall training lead which does take up a lot of space due to the thickness of the material and the length, the buckle-closure pouch is great for keeping doggy bags and the front pouch has plenty of space for treats/kibble. I like the addition of the D-ring on the detachable phone pouch as it lets me attach his clicker.

Unfortunately, the phone pouch is too small for my iPhone 11 Pro Max so the chances are it would be too small for a lot of the latest iPhone/Android phones out there. As my phone doesn’t fit in this compartment when I use it my phone goes into the internal pocket in the main compartment. This is the only problem I’ve found with it so far, however, I do want to revisit this review once I have had the chance to run it at my next MultiCam event!

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The Waist Bag by Primal Gear is available from the Gunfire website for €28,40 however at the time of writing this review it was out of stock. 

Post sponsored by Gunfire.com

PISTOLS | EMG ARCHON FIREARMS TYPE B

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Welcome back to the blog! This week I got my hands on a pistol that has just arrived at Extreme Airsoft - the EMG Archon Firearms Type B! As we’re finally back playing in the UK I took this along to my latest game day.


Until I saw this replica in the store I was unaware of the firearms manufacturer Archon Firearms but here’s some background info on them: whilst Archon Firearms is a relatively new name within the industry, their history goes back to Arsenal Firearms and the development of the STRIKE ONE pistol. “Unhappy with the then available offerings in the striker-fired, polymer-framed pistol market, the STRIKE ONE with the AF-Speedlock barrel locking system was developed. This new system takes a departure away from the venerable Browning tilting barrel design with a cam-activated, floating locking block system. Fast forward and the STRIKE ONE was reimagined as the Archon Type B and re-built from the ground up under Archon Firearms to better cater to shooting enthusiasts” The airsoft version of this pistol has been manufactured by EMG, who is well known amongst airsofters thanks to their STI/TTI Licensed John Wick 3 Combat Master.

The EMG Archon Type B is a slimmed-down, compact gas blowback pistol that features a CNC machined aluminium slide with serrations at the front and rear, a slide lightening cut, and officially licensed Archon Firearms trademarks. The frame is made from heavy-duty fibre reinforced polymer and has aggressive slip-resistant texturing, an oversized trigger guard, reversible magazine release and an accessory rail that can be used to mount a variety of lights and lasers. It is an accurate 1:1 replica of its real-world counterpart. Internally, it has an adjustable hop and a three-stage recoil spring.


It comes well packaged in a green/grey box with the Archon Firearms logo on it. Inside, there is the Archon Type B gas blowback pistol, a 19-round gas magazine and a certificate of authenticity. When it’s in your hands it has a nice weight to it thanks to the aluminium slide and it feels well balanced. It is a great looking handgun - the serrations and aggressive texturing give it a futuristic vibe and the shape vaguely reminds me of an HK45. One of my favourite features on the Archon Type B is the texturing on the pistol grip - although it can be harsh on bare hands, whilst wearing gloves it is really grippy and gives you a feeling of security whilst holding it.

The magazine is easy to load and has a positive click when inserted into the magwell. It has an ultra-low bore axis which helps with the lever effect and perceived recoil. The term ‘high/low bore axis’ refers to the position of the barrel of the handgun in relation to the shooter’s hand - low bore means the bore of the gun is as close to the top of the shooter’s hand as possible. This also makes it very comfortable to use. It is capable of firing off shots in rapid succession and it performs well - there were no misfires or gas venting during use.

The only thing I’m not keen on, on the EMG Archon Type B is the 19 round magazine - whilst I understand its lower than average capacity is due to its compact size, I would to see some extended magazines released. Of course, you can just carry more magazines (which in turn means more reloads). The magazine release also got a little stuck whilst I was reloading however this is easing off with use.


At Extreme Airsoft, the EMG Archon Firearms Type B is currently on sale for £179.99 (usual price of £194.99) and can be two-toned if you don’t have a defence. I think sub £200 for a fully licensed pistol is a reasonable price. You can use the code 'femmefatale' for 5% discount on the Extreme Airsoft website. It's worth noting that Deadly Customs will be manufacturing a kydex holster for this pistol.


Post sponsored by Extreme Airsoft.

PYRO GUIDE | TECTONIC INNOVATIONS!

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I regularly get asked the question 'what grenade would you recommend for...' so I thought I'd put together a little Tectonic Innovations pyro guide so you can make an informed choice about what reusable grenade is right for you, your play style and the sites you regularly play at. As the ATOM is discontinued, we'll be skipping that one and be starting with the NEUTRON:

NEUTRON


The NEUTRON is the newest grenade in the Tectonic Innovations line of products! It is a single-shot impact grenade that has been crafted from Stainless steel and aircraft-grade Aluminium for longevity and durability. It uses a 209 primer as its munition. It features a ‘twist to safe’ mechanism and locking pins for the fire and safe positions.

The most notable feature on the NEUTRON is the 2 windows that are on the base of the grenade - these take 40mm glow sticks (think the fishing float ones) to make it easy to find in dark places. Once the little glow sticks are cracked you can insert them into the window spaces and they’ll glow for a good few hours. So if you regularly play dark CQB sites and are concerned about finding it in the dark, these simple glow sticks really make a difference.

Like the Quake 8, all of the internal parts of the NEUTRON are replaceable, so if anything should ever go wrong with your ‘nade instead of replacing the entire unit (for £69.99) you can simply replace the part - this works out much cheaper for the end-user. Most parts are available from dealers but if they’re out of stock they are available direct from Tectonic Innovations. The customer service at Tectonic is fantastic. The NEUTRON is manufactured in the UK as well so no long waiting times for parts.

 The NEUTRON is definitely the most sensitive grenade in the collection. It is designed for CQB but will go off on grass as long as it is quite solid ground.

The NEUTRON retails for £69.99 and is available from all Tectonic Innovations dealers, including Extreme Airsoft. You can also use my 'femmefatale' code for 5% off at Extreme.

QUAKE8


The QUAKE 8 from Tectonic Innovations is THE 7 shot blank firing grenade. It’s made from CNC’d stainless steel that discharges .209 multipurpose primers. It has a safe position (so it doesn’t discharge when it shouldn’t - think when it’s being stored, or transported. No one needs a .209 going off in their kit bag!) And 7 firing positions. The way to prime/arm it is that you unscrew the base, load the primers up into the base, screw back on (so the firing pin is in the safe position) and then when you want to use it, twist the base to one of the firing positions and throw. When you retrieve your ‘nade you can simply put it back into safe and store it or move it to another firing position to throw again.

What I think is a great feature/selling point of the QUAKE 8 is that all of the parts are replaceable like the NEUTRON, so if anything should ever go wrong with your ‘nade instead of replacing the entire unit (for £134.99) you can simply replace the part - this works out much cheaper for the end-user.

The QUAKE 8 retails for around £134.99, so it is an investment but if you're a player that plays a lot of hard hitting CQB this is a grenade for you to consider, As it's re-usable you can use it up to 7 times per load cycle it's a great tool for clearing room after room and building after building!

There are other grenades in the works from Tectonic Innovations that I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on when they're released!

SET-UP | MULTICAM BELT SET-UP!

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Welcome back to the blog! Following on from my Ranger Green belt set-up, today we have my MultiCam belt set-up.

Like my RG set-up, the base of this set-up is a TMC 1.75" Tactical Belt in MultiCam (that has black accent Molle). This belt has a Cobra buckle - not rated like the AustriAlpin buckles are, but it is more than durable enough for airsoft. It has an inner belt that is included that is loop velcro (the soft Velcro) that goes through your belt loops. The outer MOLLE belt that is lined with Hook Velcro (the rough Velcro) attaches onto the inner belt - the benefit of this is you can load your belt up with your pouches and holster without needing to take them off every time you can take the belt off/put it on. I purchased my belt from eBay, you can check it out here.


As I use this belt with a variety of different pistols, for my holster, I have my trusty Warrior Assault Systems Universal Holster (which I think I purchased from UK Tactical alllllll the way back in 2015). This holster has held up really well over the years and has accommodated most of the pistols I've used in that time. It's really easy to adjust. You simply adjust it by way of a velcro closure - pull it open, place the pistol in the holster, tighten and it's good to go! The pistol is secured by the molded composite internal housing and is released by pressing the push down thumb release. The main attraction of this holster is its capability of accepting a wide variety of pistols - it won't accept anything too large like a Desert Eagle so that's something to take into consideration . My pistols sit securely in the holster with no wobble or rattle and there's no chance of an accidental discharge. The thumb release is quite snappy and allows for a quick draw. Whilst this can be used with a mock suppressor or a tracer unit, it won't accept a pistol with a torch on it so be sure to remove them before use.

Next, up in the set-up, we have 2 Esstac KYWI 9mm pistol mag pouches in MultiCam. These are simple mag pouches made from double layer 1000D Cordura that have a polymer insert that makes mags easy to pop in and out, and helps with retention. These are a new bit of kit for me ( purchased during our many national lockdowns) and I'm impressed with the quality! They attach using malice clips, which are included. I purchased mine from Tactical Kit, here.

Next up is a Blue Force Gear Frag pouch (old style), which is also made from 1000D Cordura, Molle compatible and has a clip closure so the grenade is stored securely and quietly until it is ready to be used. This pouch is perfect for the EG67 clay frag grenades. It is discontinued as it is the old style but I found it is still available from this retailer here.


Moving on, we have the Deadly Customs Baofeng UV5R Radio Kydex Holster. This Kydex radio holder fits the Baofeng UV5R perfectly and allows you to set it and simply leave it without worrying that you'll accidentally press a button that you didn't mean to.


Lastly, I have 2 of the 40mm Grenade Holsters from Deadly Customs, in black. The 40mm Grenade Holsters from DC are a super simple Kydex carrying system that has been designed specifically for airsoft impacts that is compatible with any MOLLE system. Although there’s really not a great deal to talk about in terms of features as they are a super simple bit of kit – just moulded thermoplastic with an attachment system, this simply means there’s less to go wrong. One of the main selling points of Kydex carriers is that they are really lightweight so are perfect for low drag loadouts.


They can be attached to a plate carrier or belt with either a malice clip or combat loop (which are compatible with any MOLLE system) that you select at the point of ordering. For all of my 40mm grenade holsters from DC I have opted for the malice clip (out of habit mostly). I like the malice clips because they’re easy to attach/detach when needs be and they’re also secure. Although you can attach them to any MOLLE system, I prefer to have mine on my belt set-up. The holsters allow them to be within easy reach so the deployment of them is smooth when needs be. They’re also easy to reindex.
The 40mm grenade holster from Deadly Customs fits all of the following: all versions of the Tectonic Innovations Quake Grenades, the Tectonic Innovations Neutron, TRMR, Alphatec Grenades, Pulse Armament B1 Grenades, EG WP40 Smoke Grenades, TAG Rounds and the Oshiboom Grenades (however as the Oshibooms are a little smaller than the other 40mm grenades on this list Deadly Customs recommends a few wraps of tape around the grenade to make it fit more securely). Read my full review here.

SET-UP | RANGER GREEN BELT SET-UP!

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Welcome back to the blog! Well, in England Airsoft is beginning to resume - some local councils allowed sites to run last weekend but for the most part, it will resume after today, April 12th when the next set of lockdown restrictions lift and none essential retail/personal care/gyms and dance studios open! I cannot tell you how excited I am to play my first game back on the 17th! During the national lockdowns I have been upgrading and updating my kit, so I thought new belt set-up blogs were in order.


Today we're going to look at my Ranger Green belt set-up that I use for CQB. I've recently replaced all of my old shooters belts, and for this new set-up, I opted for a TMC 1.75" Tactical Belt in Ranger Green. This belt has a Cobra buckle - not rated like the AustriAlpin buckles are, but it is more than durable enough for airsoft. It has an inner belt that is included that is loop velcro (the soft Velcro) that goes through your belt loops. The outer MOLLE belt that is lined with Hook Velcro (the rough Velcro) attaches onto the inner belt - the benefit of this is you can load your belt up with your pouches and holster without needing to take them off every time you can take the belt off/put it on. I purchased my belt from eBay, you can check it out here.


As this is a CQB set-up I've kept it super slick and simple. To hold my sidearm, I have a Deadly Customs DC4 Kydex Holster. My DC4 from Deadly Customs is moulded around an Olight Valkyrie PL-2 torch which means most pistols can fit in the holster securely as long as they have a PL-2 torch attached to them. You can adjust the fit of the holster by adjusting the screws on the side of the holster. It's really useful to have when I want to swap out my sidearm for the day. To attach it to the belt I've mounted it on a Safariland QLS on a Low Rider with a thigh strap. I got my Safariland hardware from a company in the Netherlands called Kydex Holster NLD.

Next up in the set-up, we have 2 Esstac KYWI 9mm pistol mag pouches in Ranger Green. These are simple mag pouches made from double layer 1000D Cordura that have a polymer insert that makes mags easy to pop in and out, and helps with retention. These are a new bit of kit for me ( purchased during our many national lockdowns) and I'm impressed with the quality! They attach using malice clips, which are included. I purchased mine from Tactical Kit, here.


Lastly, I have 2 of the 40mm Grenade Holsters from Deadly Customs, in the 'Deadly Cus-Tom' print. The 40mm Grenade Holsters from DC are a super simple Kydex carrying system that has been designed specifically for airsoft impacts that is compatible with any MOLLE system. Although there’s really not a great deal to talk about in terms of features as they are a super simple bit of kit – just moulded thermoplastic with an attachment system, this simply means there’s less to go wrong. One of the main selling points of Kydex carriers is that they are really lightweight so are perfect for low drag loadouts. 

They can be attached to a plate carrier or belt with either a malice clip or combat loop (which are compatible with any MOLLE system) that you select at the point of ordering. For all of my 40mm grenade holsters from DC I have opted for the malice clip (out of habit mostly). I like the malice clips because they’re easy to attach/detach when needs be and they’re also secure. Although you can attach them to any MOLLE system, I prefer to have mine on my belt set-up. The holsters allow them to be within easy reach so the deployment of them is smooth when needs be. They’re also easy to reindex.
The 40mm grenade holster from Deadly Customs fits all of the following: all versions of the Tectonic Innovations Quake Grenades, the Tectonic Innovations Neutron, TRMR, Alphatec Grenades, Pulse Armament B1 Grenades, EG WP40 Smoke Grenades, TAG Rounds and the Oshiboom Grenades (however as the Oshibooms are a little smaller than the other 40mm grenades on this list Deadly Customs recommends a few wraps of tape around the grenade to make it fit more securely). Read my full review here.
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