Latest from Plat-A-Tac – Mk3 Lowers

I feel like I need a specific day to publish videos. Tuesday seems good since it alliterates with the ‘Tube and you know I like some alliteration early in the week.

Part of the PLATATAC gear I was kindly provided a little while back was this pair of their Mk3 Tac Dax combat cut trousers. I’ve given them a few runs out and the following is my entirely honest and open opinion of the product.

Tru-Spec Combat Shirt – Not Bad for NYCO

Video review is up now on the TRU-SPEC combat shirt, picked up from LA Police Gear (but it’s available around Europe too).

If you fancy the new multicam colours but don’t want to gamble on bargain basement chinese Crye knock-offs it’s a particularly good option in the UBACS department. The NYCO version is available in plenty of patterns for a pretty decent price.

No-melt no-drip construction just like most Cryes and Arc’teryx, so if you can’t stretch to full FR or you just have concerns about small pyrotechnics, another reason to take a look.

Rain’ing BCGs

Two reasons to share this from Rainier Arms:

1. To illustrate my earlier point about subscribing to small retailer channels, they put out some quality content just like the US Elite Gear video from the other day.

2. If you’re in the US, this looks like a SERIOUS contender for your AR builds as far as BCGs. Lifetime bolt warranty that actually covers normal wear and tear. Your standard warranty on basically any other product will specifically exclude normal wear and tear through usage. That’s the reason I posted about CamelBak before and any time I find a gear company I can buy from that I hear offers that sort of customer service, I always give their product a very close look indeed.

Price tag?

Who knew nylon went through a heat treatment process just like a quality steel would? Not this guy, until tonight.

There’s a few retailers out there with their own channels who rarely upload, but if you don’t sub to good channels who rarely upload I fucking guarantee you’re missing out on a lot of top-tier learning opportunities. US Elite Gear is a prime example.

Do I recommend Arc’teryx for everybody? Hell no. The position their stuff sits on the price/performance curve graph is waaaaaay out there. I have a few pieces that I’ve always picked up in sales and the quality of manufacture is pretty unreal there’s no doubt about that, wearing the product feels pretty awesome. But in a world where people justifiably think Crye is mega bucks, Arc’teryx LEAF pretty much takes it to another level on a lot of their offerings and it’s a rare person who will genuinely benefit from the performance gains. I know I could use far cheaper items to extremely similar effect for work, everyday use and airsoft, but my personal goal is to understand everything from the basic and mid-range gear up to the indulgence items and the cult following they generate.

Very good video to watch to at least gain some understanding of the fine details of really premium hard use equipment. If you’re not a believer you won’t come away converted to the church, but it might give you some fresh perspective.

Top Materials – Less Money

In the process of going over these Explorer model field type trousers in A-Tacs Camo by Leo Köhler GmbH & Co. KG, I wanted to take the opportunity to run down the 2 most commonly seen fabric types used in most camouflage/tactical gear.

Now it isn’t as simple as just poly/cotton vs nylon/cotton because there are variances in fabric weights, weave and balance of the blend (especially on the py/co side) but the basic differences do remain pretty much the same. As per usual with stuff I post, the moral of the story is if you take the time to learn and look around, you’ll find that within the commercial space you can spend less money for a better product than *some* ‘big’ personalities might make you think. do not, for some reason, have a page here on facebook but for those of your in Europe looking to buy kit for sporting usage of any kind, I recommend checking them out for military surplus apparel and commercial camo and load bearing kit that delivers a lot of quality for the money.

There are probably better places to go when you want equipment for life-on-the-line work and anyone who’s also serving or in the police/contracting world etc is always more than welcome to post here or message me directly if they’re after advice in that regard. I can certainly point you to lots of good resources.

The Other Six12

Little clip from SHOT Show​ I dug up from my phone the other day showing the formerly-Crye Six12 bullpup revolver shotgun.

There’s a very fancy website for this gun up now that’s worth a look to get an idea of the number of different stock/mounting options that have been planned and prototyped for this thing.

Guns’r’Bad M’kay?

So.. YouTube.

I’m guessing if you read this, you follow a fair few gun/shooting related channels. I don’t subscribe to a whole lot of them, probably less than a dozen in total and a lot of them rarely post because they’re run by 1 dude just for the fun of it.

Now the basic headline story here is that the Wall Street Journal highlighted the fact that because YouTube puts ads before/around every video, various companies were having their products ‘associated’ with ISIS and neo-nazis etc etc, so some huge brands pulled hundreds of millions in revenue from YouTube, not far off a billion USD. It would seem this caused YT to have a big rethink about how and where ads are placed and in the process of implementing an even more mysterious, unexplained algorithm for monetisation, gun channels have done very badly indeed (even worse than they were doing before vs the so-called ‘family friendly’ generic content).

All the big channels I subscribe to have uploaded in the past few days talking about this and a lot of them are asking for more support via the likes of patreon since they’ll now be making either zero money from ads, or very little. This also affects airsofters since if a channel primarily promotes/discusses airsoft guns, they fall in to the same bracket as real guns as far as YT’s rules go.

This could definitely hurt viewers in terms of a loss of content to watch, but whether any big channels completely disappear or change dramatically remains to be seen. My personal perspective is that, to an extent, some people have been unthinkingly riding the gravy train on YouTube and social media in general for a long time now and were really, really naive to think it would last forever. Basing essentially your entire livelihood around that sort of thing was never a smart move, it was always too fragile a platform if you’re in the realm of anything that looks like a gun.

Despite the view/sub numbers clearly showing that, globally, people want to see firearms and airsoft, a vocal minority of people (probably largely in the US) will never stop squealing about how a bolt action bb gun is definitely 1 small step away from being converted to an automatic high-capacity assault weapon ideal for mass shootings.

Personally I made so little off YouTube that losing (for example) 50% of that money means nothing to me, it’s a miniscule percentage of what I earn in my actual job. I’ll carry on uploading gear reviews, the occasional shooting video and the occasional airsoft video as and when I’m able to, want to, and feel it makes sense. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this affects the sphere of ‘gun guys’ on social media and around the internet as a whole.

Swerve The System

In theory, specific pouches designed purely for mounting to belts can be very nice for using on your belt line in place of a conventional PALS pouch. They can be more secure and ‘sit’ a lot better all round. There was some fanfare when HSGI released their belt-mount-only TACOs. Personally as a very big fan of the TACOs and as someone who uses them on almost all my belts and plate carriers etc I had to try out a few of their new belt mount variants, but frankly I found them underwhelming and I do not see any reason to buy them over the standard PALS mount.  At least not once you think the matter through.

I’ve explained here my thoughts on a far better solution to the issue at hand that gives the user more versatility and flexibility with the gear they’ve bought, therefore making their money do more.