LBX ARMATUS II REVIEW!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog!
Today I have another gear review for you - on the LBX Tactical Armatus II plate carrier! I originally came across this plate carrier completely by accident - on my second visit to the US! I needed a MultiCam Black plate carrier for the very first Desert Fox Events: Battle for Lost Angeles so my friend Josh came to the rescue and lent me his MCB Armatus II for the event, and in November last year I got my very own Armatus II. After putting it through its paces during multiple game days, I’m ready to give you guys and girls my thoughts!


The LBX Tactical Armatus II is a low profile plate carrier made of 500D Cordura. As standard, the carrier has a fast clip front panel and comes with a Triple M4 Panel from LBX and also a removable back modular panel that is compatible with MAP components (I’ve accessorised my MAS Grey Armatus II with the Banger Back Panel). Other features of the carrier include removable padded shoulder straps, removable adjustable modular mesh rib cage cummerbund, it has a reinforced drag handle and a front zipper admin pocket (that is a great fit for my iPhone XS).

The construction is sound - with clean, straight stitching and the materials feel sturdy, even the mesh in the cummerbund. As for size/fit, I chose the medium size and once adjusted (as the carrier is fully adjustable) it fits my body well and still has a little room to allow me to wear thicker layers underneath. The padded shoulders allow you to have the carrier loaded and wear it for extended periods of time without your shoulders becoming sore - it would be cool for these to have a fabric cover though. The M4 mag pouch included is really handy for those of us who run M4 platforms, but needless to say, if you want to run the Armatus II with any other platform, another front panel would be needed.


My only complaint towards the Armatus II, as is with the 0300S, is that it doesn’t come with foam plates as standard like some other carriers on the market do. This means that the carrier as standard doesn’t stand up or hold its shape too well. In both of my Armatus II carriers, I have added the PTS Syndicate foam plates to give it more stability and keep the shape when not in use.

Priced at $249.99 from the LBX website and comes in MultiCam, MC Arid, MC Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, Wolf Grey, Black and MAS Grey. The carrier also comes in 2 sizes - medium and large (to fit the corresponding plates). I have the Armatus II in both MAS Grey and MCB, and I switch these carriers in and out of a number of different loadouts - from MCB, RG and even M81 (US Woodland), the colours work for me. At the current exchange rate, $250 is around about £191 (this doesn’t include customs and shipping, so be sure to budget extra to accommodate those!).


Overall, it is a comfy carrier, has sound construction and does the job intended. The range of colour/camo options is varied enough for there to be an option for most loadouts.

Photography thanks to Stuart Manks
Patron: AirsoftPanda
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MULTICAM BLACK SHOOTERS BELT SET-UP!

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Welcome back to the blog! Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that I’ve been slowly building a MultiCam Black loadout and I’ve finally finished my MCB belt set-up so here’s a little post giving you the deets of what’s in my set-up.

First up, is the belt itself. The base of my build is a MCB FRV Tailoring Cobra Shooters Belt. These belts are a low profile, lightweight and affordable alternative to some of the pricier shooters belts on the market. It has an inner belt made of one layer of webbing with Velcro hook on the outside which you feed through your trouser belt loops as you would any normal belt, then you place your 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" wide and has 18 columns of molle. The molle loops run along the top and bottom of the outer belt and they're compatible with any molle pouches and holsters. The outer belt has a double layer of webbing to give it that rigidity and a cobra buckle that is rated up to 4000 lb's. What I love about this belt is it sits quite high up on my hips so it doesn’t bruise me or get uncomfortable even when there’s a fair bit of weight being carried, and I can have all my pouches/holsters etc set up on the belt without needing to take them off when the belt is removed. I have some of the earlier versions of this belt (my MC and OD belts) and this new belt is definitely stiffer and sturdier than the previous gen which is a bonus. You can get 10% off at FRV Tailoring using the code ‘Femmefatale'

Next up in my MCB set-up, we have the Viper Covert Dump Bag in Black! A small addition but one that makes a big difference during a skirmish in terms of stashing used mags in a flash. This tiny pouch folds out into a full-size dump pouch – so it has a good carrying capacity whilst being compact in its folded form and looks tidy. It’s really easy to deploy even whilst wearing my belt and what I really like about it is that it folds away easily too! It has a drawstring to keep everything in the pouch secure and a drainage hole at the bottom of the fold-out pouch to prevent rainwater pooling on wet game days. The only downside to this pouch is that taller mags such as KRISS Vector mags or ARP9 mags have a tendency to fall out if it isn’t securely closed with the drawstring.


Next up are the GK Tactical SG 2.0 Mag Pouches (rifle and pistol pouches). These features a sturdy construction with a balance between rigidity and expansion for many variations of magazines. It ensures the most positive retention on your magazines while still allowing instant access when sourcing your reloads. 

The GK Tactical SG Rifle Mag Pouches fit all AR series magazines, any AK magazine and all variations in the wider 7.62 style magazines. They have flared surfaces on all four sides, which allows smooth, blind insertion of the mag into the pouch.  The front torsion plate is designed to direct pressure down through the pouch, forcing its inner friction surface to make positive contact along the length of the magazine. It takes just minimal adjustment to the cord to increase the retention power of the pouch can be multiplied through the designed leverage in the system. 



As you guys and gals know, I LOVE pyro, so naturally, I need something to carry smoke grenades and my trusty TRMRs, so for this, I have 2 of the Kydex TRMR Carriers from Kydex Holster NLD – both in grey, but I have a V1 and the latest prototype. These are a Kydex carrying system designed specifically for the TRMR that has a malice clip attachment for use with molle plate carriers and belts. There’s not really much to talk about in terms of features as they are a super simple bit of kit – just moulded thermoplastic with a malice clip but their simplicity means less to go wrong. Once it is attached to your kit, the operation does take a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it does offer quick deployment and of course good retention. As it has a moulded back piece with a lip I found the best way to deploy it quickly is to push the TRMR base up and it will slide out. On the way back in, the best method I found was to have the TRMR at a 45-degree angle against the back of the TRMR and push down. The new prototype is a new design that Lenn and the team are testing out, in terms of the new design the retention is fantastic but it is quite hard to deploy the TRMR with one hand with this design so I do think it needs to be tweaked slightly.


Last but not least is my custom Lowrider Kydex HK45 holster, also from Kydex Holster NLD with a Safariland universal belt loop and leg strap. The Lowrider holster sits a little lower on my hip than my other holsters (more so on my outer thigh than anything else) which means it sits lower than my plate carrier so the pistol is easy to stow and to retrieve.  The only issue I’ve found with my new holster is that sometimes I’m not completely aware of how far it sticks out and I have got it caught in game on walls, holes, people, trees etc, that is more of a user error than anything to do with the brand itself. The rentention on the holster is great and it doesn't catch or get stuck when in use.


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6MM ACTUAL

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that last week I launched 6MM ACTUAL.

6MM ACTUAL is all about giving you - the readers of FFA - more value from Femme Fatale Airsoft. I've designed 6MM ACTUAL so you can read the best of the monthly blogs and also get bonus content exclusive to our monthly downloadable. Online or offline, and for free! Whilst I love writing the blog, creating IG & YouTube content and writing for publications, I felt like something was missing and this is where our monthly downloadable bridges the gap. Truly International airsoft, from guns to gear, to events, it’s in 6MM ACTUAL.


You can check out the first issue here!
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