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Ian

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    Ian reacted to Dave in Help finding a good Red dot sight with magnification - need your thoughts   
    "Looking for budget red dot" is literally the opposite of $1,446 ACOG.  I'm also curious how you "upgraded" your ACOG?  Can you post pictures?  
     
    ACOGs are bush league, you may as well drop another grand and get a Spectre.  The .5 MOA accuracy is good for when you need to place BBs in the 1" gap between their plate carrier armor to ensure they feel the hit.  The BDC is good out to 600m, which will come in handy when your BBs catch a magical gust of wind to blow them an extra 550m.  It's also bomb proof, just in case you have a "burrito blowout" on your way to the field.
     

     
     
     
    I can find pictures but I can't find who makes them anymore - I believe there was a huge lawsuit between EOTech and various chinese manufacturers, because for months all of the holosights disappeared off the airsoft market and some weird starship troopers stuff started coming out.  I haven't looked to see if they have been snuck back in, but probably not.  There are plenty out there that can be bought from players - pay attention to the classifieds if you can't find any off the big websites.
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    Ian reacted to Dave in The Future of Airsoft   
    There is a significant difference in "new players" and "new players that listen".  I have ran into far, far more of the former than the latter.  Offering assistance, advice, gear, and the "follow me" attitude is well and good until the new player rejects you because you do not resemble a mp.net montage.  Even military service becomes irrelevant to some.  Repeat this many times and it's easy to become jaded and let them do their own thing.

    The airsoft community has changed greatly since I began playing in 2010.  I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing; player numbers are up and the gear selection is out of this world - however, the players I started with are no longer active and most of my stuff has been converted to wall hangers as well.  

    Find those that are interested and help, assist, reach out, give pats on the back, whatever to help build the community.  That is all we, as veteran players, can do.
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    Ian got a reaction from Grizzly in Gaiters   
    I have a pair of pretty nice Outdoor Research "Crocodiles" I bought in anticipation of doing some hiking in Colorado this spring (before most of the snow has melted high up in the mountains).  Last summer I did this without waterproof gaiters and it was (frankly) miserable. 
     
    That said I'm wondering if anyone uses these for airsoft.  I'm interested because it would let me wear low-cut hiking shoes without getting brambles and whatnot into the shoe.  I note with chagrin that some of the Battlefield 4 concept art features guys with none other than Outdoor Research gaiters, and from previous experience I know that where video games go, airsofters follow...
     
    Any comments?
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    Ian got a reaction from Blue1 in PRAISE and a Question about single shot only   
    If you use your rifle-style AEG like a support weapon, I already don't want to play with you. 100% in support of AMS and the semi-auto rule.
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    Ian reacted to Doc Dodge in 2014 Rifleman Semi-Auto Rule   
    Gee, players will actually have to use the sights on their weapons rather than hose a stream of plastic into an area. Great Game Changer.
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    Ian reacted to Dave in 2014 Rifleman Semi-Auto Rule   
    Love everything about it 100% and completely and utterly excited for this rule to be implemented.  
     
    Also, in before
     

     
    "MY FULL AUTOOOOOOO"
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    Ian reacted to TheJP in 2014 Rifleman Semi-Auto Rule   
    Starting at OBH3 2014 all rifleman will be required to ONLY use Semi Auto Mode. You do not need to physically modify your firearm in anyway.
     
    Rifleman Role (M4, AK, AUG, ETC..) - Semi Auto Only
    DMR Physically modified to only shoot SA (SR-25, Mk 12, SVD, ETC...) - Semi Auto Only
    Sniper (M28, AWP, ETC...)  -  Bolt Action ONLY
    SSW (M249, RPK, LMG, ETC...) -  SEMI/Full Auto
     
    Take a few minutes and watch Big Silva explain the new SA rule:
     

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    Ian got a reaction from BigSilva in LBX Tactical   
    Sorry to bump an old thread, but I like the "Project Honor" camouflage and wouldn't mind seeing some of the features of the Crye G3 stuff reproduced on the LBX offering.  It seems like the trousers are missing the pant leg velcro that would allow you to secure the cuff around the boot (a turn off for me). 
     
    Anyway - is this pattern even allowed at AMS events?
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    Ian reacted to Hack in need help with comms, what to buy   
    I'm not familar with Sordins, but that PTT should work fine with any Baofeng radio.
     
    You might also look at the UV-B5, also by Baofeng. I haven't used one personally (yet, I'll pick one up before OBH3), but from what I'm reading they have a better receiver, and are a little more durable. I like the fact that they have a physical channel knob instead of buttons on the keypad. The down side is that they don't have the extended batteries like the UV-5R. 
     
    Regardless of which radio you go with, buy an after market antenna. Stock antennas are horrible for any radio (even $400 ham HTs). Look at Comet, MFJ, or a dozen other brands. Good antennas will give you a 'gain' value, usually measured in dbi. The higher the gain the better.
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    Ian got a reaction from TheJP in Looking For Personal Experiences concerning Kastway Airsoft   
    Have used Kastway twice with no issues - would heartily recommend.
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    Ian reacted to BigSilva in LBX Tactical "Project Honor" Assaulter Pants   
    Ian,
    Thank you for your review on AMS forums and for your support of LBX.
    I would love to get into a long conversation about these as I am the LBX rep as well. But am pressed for time heading to our ESR game in Oklahoma.
    They are great pants and from what I have seen the majority of those people that have purchased them are very happy.
    The MC patter pant is great as well.
    There seems like there is a lot of unknowns on your part and that's ok.
    These are not supposed to be a pant from another manufacturer. They are LBX.
    The knee pads that I have fit right in and serve their purpose very well.
    As we have started the first run of these pants are sized a little small and that is something we can remedy if you would like to send these back and get a larger size.
    Bottom line is that we want you to be happy with your purchase and if there is something we can do please do not hesitate to email me at bo@lbxtactical.com and I will do what I can.
    Thank you again for taking the time to review our pants.
    I hope to see you on the field!
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    Ian reacted to Runt511 in LBX Tactical "Project Honor" Assaulter Pants   
    if you live near a military base, take a photo of the G3 pants and your pants/pads in with them. Explain that you want the knee inserts such as the crye G3 pants and bring velcro for the ankles and knees, most will do the alteration because for them it is simple and they charge a custom fee (I have a nice little old korean seamstress that has done many custom jobs for me). my only recommendation would be to purchase project honor fabric (if its available/you can find it) or order a second pair of pants so that they can cut/add fabric.
     
    You may not have some one that is willing to do this in your area, but it is what I do here. I hope this advice can lead you to what fit you want for your pants
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    Ian reacted to Ron Mexico in HOG tooth necklace opinions?   
    As a Marine and knowing that in the Marine Corps nothing is free I have to say no. Every Marine works hard to earn everything they are striving for, we don't wear patches for a reason, we don't receive free ribbons for throwing a grenade, and the hogs tooth is earned after training. In my opinion as an 8 yr vet I have to say that if you don't earn it or it wasn't given to you by a friend or family member then please don't wear it and it's no different then wearing a seals trident or force recon scuba bubble or maybe even the rank you didn't earn just don't do it.
     
    Also I think either the info you posted or may have received is a little blurred, it is very possible that a Marine in the scout sniper program is called a "pig" but "a regular Marine" is called a Marine, Devil Dog, Jarhead, and Leatherneck at any given time.
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    Ian reacted to autolycus in Gaiters   
    I was thinking of getting a pair to run low profile boots without worrying about stickers or other hitch hikers. Go for it!
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    Ian got a reaction from TheJP in Gaiters   
    I have a pair of pretty nice Outdoor Research "Crocodiles" I bought in anticipation of doing some hiking in Colorado this spring (before most of the snow has melted high up in the mountains).  Last summer I did this without waterproof gaiters and it was (frankly) miserable. 
     
    That said I'm wondering if anyone uses these for airsoft.  I'm interested because it would let me wear low-cut hiking shoes without getting brambles and whatnot into the shoe.  I note with chagrin that some of the Battlefield 4 concept art features guys with none other than Outdoor Research gaiters, and from previous experience I know that where video games go, airsofters follow...
     
    Any comments?
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    Ian got a reaction from TheJP in Gaiters   
    Sure, I definitely agree - after all I'm the guy who ran World War II kit for most of my time playing anyway.  
     
    It was more a question of whether or not anyone had done it already and had any advice/comments to share - should have made that clearer in the OP, sorry.
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    Ian got a reaction from Zubi in Gen 3 Uniforms   
    I'd totally buy a G3 uniform if they made it in Rhodesian camo...
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    Ian reacted to Sisu in Gaiters   
    OH, ha. I know I haven't seen anyone with them on the field... But I REALLY like the idea... 
    I kindof want a set of my own.
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    Ian reacted to Zubi in Gen 3 Uniforms   
    They didn't have it in Alpenflage.
     
     
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    Ian reacted to Dave in HK M27 IAR   
    The (dis)advantage to having a normal, full sized SSW is that it is heavy.  With everyone slinging around 120-200 round magazines on full auto it kind of defeats the purpose of a SSW, as the military traditionally uses semi-auto only.  Take that 6 pound package (or whatever the AEG M27 weighs) and stick a 1000 round magazine into it and there's no point to bother with a heavy/bulky LMG.  
     
     
    FWIW I think high cap mags in airsoft need to be restricted to cumbersome systems.  SSW should be a terrific combat multiplier to the squad, not some "meh" 'let's do it because its cool'.
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    Ian reacted to Aswayze in McChrystal says it's time to bring back the draft   
    So what you are saying is that you should send only the lower grade people off to war?
     
    Or are you saying that you don't think the other soldiers are valuable enough to you to warrant putting higher standards upon those that they have to rely upon in combat?
     
    Look guys, the military is not boy scouts, it is not a place to send wayward youth to make up for their parents being lazy, it is a serious trade in a deadly serious business. We have chosen to have an all volunteer force not because we don't like the hassles of a draft but because we recognize that troops that want this lifestyle are are VASTLY more effective in combat than conscripts that are forced into it.
     
    It is disrespectful to our troops to say that among the many things they already have to do, they now have to be babysitters as well.
     
    Real life will take care of the kiddos once they finally move out of their parents basement, don't make it our troops problem.
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    Ian reacted to Tusk in McChrystal says it's time to bring back the draft   
    Ok - I think Gen. McChrystal has had a memorable career, but I don't know how I feel about a draft. We don't need to pluck people from what they're doing and force them into a world they may not thrive in. I see his points, but I'm not sure about a draft these days.
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    Ian reacted to jazzman in LBX Tactical   
    "- Dual layered reinforced knees w/ hook & loop closure for optional knee pad insert"
     
    Direct from the product page...
     
    http://lbxtactical.com/collections/bottoms/products/proj-honor-camouflage-combat-pan
     
    They also have a 25% presidents day sale going on.  Wallets beware!
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    Ian reacted to DLockett86 in LBX Tactical   
    LBX pants don't have slots for knee pads.
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    Ian reacted to Dave in Tactical Tailor Fight Light Plate Carrier   
    TT Fight Light PC
     
    Overview
     
    http://www.tacticalt...t-plate-carrier - $325
     
    (From TT) The Tactical Tailor Fight Light line of tactical gear features the same combat tested designs as our regular gear but in a 30% lighter, FR lined package! The Fight Light gear line is contructed of lighter 500 denier Cordura, compared to the 1000 denier material of our regular gear, with strategic reinforcements and flame resistant lining so that it still holds up to whatever punishment you can dish out. The Fight Light Plate Carrier is constructed from tough lightweight materials for maximum comfort and mobility and lined with FR material for flash flame protection. The inside features a unique molded foam design to channel airflow and improve impact protection. Also features air mesh shoulder strap and side lining for comfort. Vests are custom sized to fit different plate sizes to securely hold armor in place. Includes removable SAPI side plate pockets. Available in ATACS, Coyote Brown and MultiCam®.
     
     
    Components
    Front Pocket
    Pockets or sleeves consist of custom sized pouches according to size and cut of plate. TT does not typically do rectangular plates, but will tailor one for you for an additional fee ($15, includes a row of PALS sewn to the bottom of my rear pocket). Five molded foam triangular pieces are sewn to body-side of the pockets to help with air flow. PALS on the pockets comprise of 4 rows of 6 loops, and 2 rows of 4 loops. This is consistent for both sides.
     
     
     
     
    Front (duh)
     
     
     
    Foam Pads (backside of front plate)
     
     
    Rear Pocket
    I have a ‘Shooter’s Cut’ front plate and a rectangular rear plate. It took a few phone calls, but TT decided they would sew on corner pieces to the rear pocket to fit my rear plate. An extra row of PALS was sewn to the bottom of my plate to help mitigate flopping of my 3L bladder sleeve. The rear pocket also contains the tie downs for the cummerbund. These are attached via two MALICE clips.
     
     
     
     
    Overview
     
    Side Pocket
    Designed for 6x8 Enhanced Side Ballistic Inserts (ESBI), these are attached by a tunnel with Velcro on both sides. There is an insert pocket with a flap, and an open pocket for gear. I have no use for the side pocket, but it holds two STANAG magazines neatly. My complaint with this is I don’t like the way they layered it, with PALS, Cummerbund, insert pocket, and gear pocket from outside to in. I think it would be more comfortable with the inside two pockets swapped since ESBI’s have a contour to them, but I’m sure TT didn’t just slap it together last minute.
     
     
     
    Side Pocket Design - note the open hole pocket, ESBI insert sleeve, and velcro 'tunnel'
     
    Cummerbund
    Consists of two pieces. Has 2 rows of 4 PALS webbing. Attaches to the rear plate via 1 MALICE clip, and to the front with a parachute/fastex buckle. I wish there was an additional attachment method for the front since buckles have a tendency to break, but they are quite large and pretty durable. There is a small flap that fits over the top of the buckle to protect it. It has 2 rows of 4 PALS webbing, but anything attached to this flaps and sags. Good for a CAT or other small, light item.
     
    Shoulder Straps
    Pretty simple design… permanently attached to the front pocket, it connects to the rear pocket with a fastex buckle. There is an elastic sleeve that fits over the buckle to protect it. The shoulder pad is almost unnecessary, but provides a small level of padding. I noticed that my right shoulder starts to hurt after an hour or two of wear because of a pressure point from the buckle. When I run with this vest, I take the straps off and really don’t notice a difference other than it’s not as soft.
     
    Donning/Doffing
    As with any PC, you want the cummerbund to be snug as to avoid bouncing. Because of the location of the cummerbund buckle, getting a tighter fit with the vest is easier. I just unbuckle the right side, throw it over head, and snap it together. Pretty simple, really.
     
    Weight
    Empty, this thing weighs a hell of a lot less than my previous Condor Operator something-or-other. The design is pretty minimal to cut down on weight, and apparently TT used a light fabric to craft it.
     
    Comments
    Fits snug like a glove. Know that you will not get a lot of PALS real estate with this vest because of its minimal design. I also wear my plates high (because your vital organs and vessels are high; I don’t know why some people slouch their plates halfway down their chest, but go you), which means that some of the PALS behind my midsection line are not reachable. I run a battle belt with it to counter the usable webbing.
     
    Use
    I rocked this bad boy all day at Rebel Yell and only noticed a sore back and sore feet (from kicking tan’s butt all day ). Minor right shoulder pain due to previously mentioned problems, but my vest is a good 15 pounds heavier than yours and you shouldn't have the same problem.
     
     
     
    Ask away if you think I missed something! I know there aren’t a lot of reviews of the Fight Light online and found this to be frustrating when I was deciding what PC to purchase. I’m glad I grabbed this one and I think it was worth the money.
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