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.
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.
Going over the Rasputin item G3 styled combat shirt in PenCott Camouflage SandStorm vs the Crye original and other options that are out there and worth considering.
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.
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.
Now the winter’s here I can finally put on my MilSpecMonkey Hoodie the way I like and talk about it.
If you’ve been subscribed to the channel over there a fair while you may remember the previous video I did on this jacket, I liked it then, but this newer example is definitely softer to the touch and more comfortable all around.
If you find camo and tactical colourways interesting make sure to check the description for the articles MSM have published going in to great detail on the minutiae of choosing the shade they finally went with. There’s a lot of very interesting pictures in there. Before reading those pieces I myself thought Wolf Grey absolutely made sense as the solid colour to go for in an urban environment, but I think the Monkey has done a really good job debunking that concept in reality.
Will we see more apparel and cordura load gear like rigs and pouches in this colour? Maybe, but given the logistical issues for a company of investing tens of thousands in getting thousand yard rolls of fabric printed (be it NYCO or 500D) and then standardising other components, adding it all to the production line for various offerings and then convincing other brands to get on board so people can build the loadouts they want… it’s a slow conversion process.
As I mention, RAL 7013 uniforms are already out there from UF PRO and Clawgear and RAL is not too far off this shade from MSM, but I’ve not seen any loading bearing kit to match yet. Ranger Green rigs and pouches from Crye or FirstSpear probably come closest but that cordura can most definitely vary in shade depending on when it was manufactured. The old Foliage Green cordura some companies made 5-6+ years ago may have been closer but that is long gone from most inventories.
If the right people see this stuff and appreciate its’ value I reckon we could well see an expansion in these ‘muddy’ middle-ground colours. Hard to say which shade it would replace exactly since they sit very much in between RG and Wolf (with a bit of Coyote in there) but do keep your eyes peeled and we’ll see what unfolds.