Just me putting turning money in to noise at Battlefield: Vegas. I’d always been incredibly curious just how uncomfortable the Sten submachine gun would be hold even hold let alone shoot given the plate of essentially raw steel that makes up the ‘grip’ on the Mk2 (which was the most common variant). It’s actually not too terribly bad.
Just straight up gratuitous phone footage of me blasting stuff at Shoot Las Vegas. I’ll write a review of the business later, but right now I’ll score them an easy 9/10 if not higher. If your personal belief is that using good looking women to promote your enterprise is a bad thing you won’t like them that’s for sure, but that’s not my personal outlook on things. Especially when the lady they post the most online also runs their social media and more importantly is one of their RSOs and works as such 6 days a week. But anyway, here’s the break down.
Single Action Army:
I realised I’d never fired any sort of revolver before this trip, but I’ve used SAAs many times in games and I bloody love that old school feeling of spinning the cylinder to load each round through the gate and cocking the hammer manually each time with the single action trigger. This model is obviously a slightly longer barrel than the US military variant that was adopted. Surprisingly not too much recoil for a big old cartridge and no slide to reciprocate.
Henry Repeating Arms Lever-Action:
Chambered in .45 Long Colt, same as the SAA. Again I’d never fired lever action before this, but the rifle is an early variant of the Henry without the King’s loading gate, so loading was done by dropping cartridges down the magazine tube from the front. You notice the rear site is a gigantic, cavernous notch with multiple angles inside it? Well I had no idea where to put the front bead inside that cavern so I started with it lined up at the top, then later realised it had to be at the bottom and got a hit. The subsequent miss is presumably just the fact I suck.
20″ AR/M16 style setup with Spike’s Tactical 37mm launcher:
The selection at SLV is very good considering it’s waaay out in the sticks, but I’ve obviously been in the service a while and fired a few things along with visits to other rental ranges and range days during SHOT Show trips. I basically just wanted to shoot an M16 clone with the heatshield around the barrel that you only see on M16s with UGLs. It’s as iconic as they come. I had an Action Man with that gun as a kid (the 203 fired green plastic ‘missiles’ via spring that cocked on loading, amazing).
Kahr Firearms Group/Auto Ord M1928 Thomspon:
I’ve fired this exact setup before, but it was the time I took my PivotHead glasses to the range and they let me down worse than any other piece of gear in history. If you’ve ever held a Thompson (real or replica) you’ll know the stock and controls make it a competitor for least ergonomic gun ever made. I presume it was setup to be hip fired after jumping in to a WW1 trench. So I don’t think I hit anything but I do not care a single jot – It’s a Chicago Typewriter *with* the drum.
FN America/Herstal P90:
I did not know this PDW had an AUG style 2-stage trigger as well as the fire selector, very, very odd. Also no idea where the EoTech was zero’d so I probably entirely failed to take in to account that huge bore offset, but it doesn’t matter because it fires rapid as hell and barely moves so I had a great time blasting sand. Which is all I do care about in this context.
Heckler & Koch G36:
I didn’t really expect a lot from this since it’s just a plastic assault rifle in 556, but it’s the easiest to control in automatic of just about any rifle I’ve fired, which makes little sense given how light it is. Felt like firing an SMG. Obviously you’ll note ALL of the shots hitting low but at least they’re fairly consistently low in the ground, so I can only imagine the sights were set for a lot further out than I was aiming.
Same super freaky selector + dual stage setup as the P90. Do not ask me why that automatic ROF is so insanely high, it makes no sense to me, especially since I’ve handled the rifle previously at the Leeds collection and it weighs about 4lbs at a guess; all plastic body. Genuinely fits the bill when you say ‘feels like a toy’ in relation to a firearm because it feels like budget airsoft or a NERF gun.
FN SCAR Light/Mk16:
Fitting squarely in to the ‘boring, 556, short stroke, metal upper + polymer lower, AR layout’ modern assault rifle category, I was going to pick something else initially. But then SLV had the short version in sandy colours exactly like my TM replica and I changed my mind very quickly. Great controls, very light recoil. I can see why these guns are so pricey and so popular.
Just a regular 91/30 from what I can see in he video but I didn’t look the rifle over in person. Honestly the worst shooting experience I’ve had, the only gun that’s ever bruised me. Nothing to do with SLV of course, it’s just an old bolt action with no muzzle device and a beast of a round from the late 1800s, back when range and power was king. Combined with a metal butt plate of course and zero padding so ALL of that x54R force is going in to smacking a piece of metal right in to you. I guess I’m just a masochist.
The .50 I’ll throw in to a separate video because I want to have a nice big thumbnail on YouTube with the Barrett front and centre, because why not right? I probably could have got a ton of views over there if I’d uploaded each gun separately with big thumbnails and capitalised video titles, but then they hate guns and I’d make nothing from it. I’ve also had mostly just bad experiences with trolls on any video that has gotten large numbers of views.
The other shooting footage that came out from the FirstSpear range day.Primary Weapons Systems make one of very few (maybe the only?) AR-15 with a long stroke gas piston, one of the features of an AK pattern gun that contributes to their legendary reliability. Even if that legend does get over-blown sometimes.
Should’ve been leaning forward more, but when it’s a fairly long barrel, comparatively heavy gas parts, shooting slow in a small cartridge and with frangible bullets… well all shots were hits, so it is what it is. Jumping behind the gun and going all-out tactical would’ve looked and felt pretty strange in a relaxed range situation like that.
First of 2 videos with Kit Badger and myself just sitting down after day 3 of the show to talk all kinds of gear. Covering some Crye Precision, SureFire, LLC, Spiritus Systems and FirstSpear/Raine Inc.
Cheers to Ivan for coming over to my place with all his camera and media equipment to get this filmed. He had to cut out a lot of me coughing my lungs up because Vegas is the driest place I’ve ever been, I was talking in the show all day then talking all the way from the show back to the hotel, but with a lot of Halls+Water I got through enough takes in the end.
One of the quickest videos I’ve ever uploaded, but honestly I think one of the most valuable.
Also few of my thoughts on the high end vs cheap copies vs military surplus and what makes sense in different situations. I have my personal preferences, but when discussing this sort of thing I like to try and mention different perspectives so that anyone can choose appropriate gear regardless of what they do. Lots of folks have different jobs and hobbies so a perspective of ‘only X brand is any good’ is futile without context.
Obviously that subject could easily be a length standalone video or article, but I wanted to just touch on the basics as it’s something that gets debated a lot. That and a lot of people online have an angle as it were, whereas I’m in no position to gain or benefit regardless of what kit you buy; be it top end or the cheapest clones going.
Comparing the UF PRO Striker XT Combat shirts in PenCott CamouflageGreenZone. This is a brand I don’t think I’ve featured before on the channel but definitely one you should pay attention to, especially being one of the few brands in Europe putting out really high quality kit at a price that’s a hell of a lot more palatable than some other big names. Still in the upper echelons, but in terms of fabrics and construction quality vs cost the ratios are excellent.
The thumbnail will make sense when you watch the video I promise.
Went all in on the title I’ll not lie, but hey that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.
I picked up a new MBAV cut Strandhogg from FirstSpear only a few weeks back and since it is pretty much their flagship product and they’ve made a fair few changes to the design I wanted to go over those while A) I still had my old one as it’ll be sold off to make room and B) the new rig wasn’t yet setup and covered with all the pouches and modular placards/panel systems I had here waiting to be attached.
To be 100% honest I’m not personally a fan of the interior design on the new cummerbund or the way it adjusts. I don’t mount stuff inside there, the mesh always helps with airflow and dissipating sweat and you lose adjustment range with the new wide elastic attachment vs the old design where the PALS slots carried on in to the back panel and you’d expose more when you made adjustments. Am I however a blurry-faced CAGGRU dude who’s probably put the feedback that lead to the new design? Well… that’s classified.
I was a bit torn making this video, because I felt I was almost betraying my gear whore principals in a way, but on the other hand I don’t think I’ve ever pretended that buying the super high end kit turns you in to the SF equivalent of Superman either.
Most likely I’m going to bring up the SKD Tactical ‘Enhanced Combat BDU Shirt’ a few more times in the near future because I’ve got a couple of other field cut shirts in original MC that I’m planning on going over and none of them get close to beating the SKD in terms of value. Do they (higher end shirts) look and feel more premium in general, handy little features in the pockets, more pockets maybe, more time and effort put in to cutting the fabric and stitching it all together? Yeah, no doubt. I’ll continue talking about that sort of gear just because I want to put out the information, as I always have, such that if you do want to spend the money you can at least get a bit more detail than a website product description before you invest so much. Plus of course I just enjoy collecting that sort of product and I can only publish info on the products I have.
All that said, for a shirt to cover your torso and camouflage you, carry a few items in pockets, protect you from the sun and certain abrasive things better than a t-shirt will; well I’d be dishonest frankly if I tried to claim that anything from Patagonia, Crye, Arc or Beyond did anything magical that this SKD shirt doesn’t, it can even take elbow pads. At the basic level of things that matter like durability, wearer’s comfort and practicality in usage, the difference between the really gucci brands and this shirt is quite little.