Sky Charger B6AC

 

Today I received my new batteries and charger for my gun. I have been running NiMh batteries since I started playing because they offered better life and better charge/discharge cycles.

When LiPos came out I was didn’t jump on that wagon because they were costly and there were rumors of them catching fire during charging or discharging cycles, but it was mostly the cost. AirsoftGI had batteries and chargers around $70 for each when NiMhs were closer to 30.

I recently got into RC hobby and that’s when I learned that  LiPos are cheap and just as safe as NiMhs if they are used properly. So lets get into this shall we.

I ordered this from HobbyPartz.com for $60. Great site and fast service. The charger is capable of charging LiIon, LiPo, LiFe, NiMh, NiCd, and Pb batteris and up to 6 cells for Lithium batteries. As you can see in the above picture you can see that it comes with quite a few connectors, although they are mostly for RC use, even comes with a glow plug cable.

The unit is all metal and has plenty of vents to help keep down heat buildup.

Sky Charger B6AC

Instead of having a single lead from the charger that you have to make adapter cables for, this charger uses banana connectors to connect the charge lead to the unit. You can pick up these connectors to make your own charge leads from any hobby shop or radio shack. As you can see from this image it has a built in LiPo balance up to 6 cells.

 

Sky Charger B6AC

It gets power from a AC source or it comes with clamps so you can power it from a car battery, this was a selling feature for me because there have been a few times out in the field that I have needed to recharge my batteries.

It has a great backlit screen, and a easy to navigate and use menu system. I was shocked to find that for all battery types it has a discharge that can be set to a specific voltage per cell.
Sky Charger B6AC

This was a neat feature if you’re a information addict like me. It comes with a USB kit so that you can monitor in real time from your PC alot of information you cant read on the LCD screen, such as charger temp. You can also get a graph that shows you the stats of the charge, if there was a voltage drop or spike during the charge that might indicate potential damage to the cell.
Sky Charger B6AC

Also came with a temp sensor for on the battery, but this is more of a pain than anything else since it has an odd shape. You shouldn’t be cooking your battery if you’re charging at the right rate.

Conclusion
This charger does what a charger should do and so much more. For $60 this has alot of features. The fact that it will charge all my batteries, can be powered on a DC battery, and I don’t have to make a adapter to go from one plug to my dean, which creates resistance, are all major selling points. I am very happy with this purchase. Time will only tell on the long run, but reading other reviews and comments on this product I think it will stand the test.

Tru Spec Combat Shirt Review

Tru Spec Combat Shirt

A lot of local players have been switching to Tru Spec Combat Shirts.  They are a great piece of gear.  The middle area is like a poly/cotton tshirt, while the sleeves and back are more like a BDU/ACU material.  This combo offers you protection in the arms, while keeping your core cooled off.

There are included pockets with hook and loop patch locations on both sleeves like any modern combat uniform.  The elbows are reinforced with an extra layer of cordura material and look like they can take a good deal of punishment.

The Army and Marines are issuing these shirts (ACU and MARPAT respectively) to all in tour soldiers as they provide great benefits when worn with a tac-vest or plate carrier to keep you cool even in high temperature weather.

If it’s good enough for the Army, it’s (generally) good enough for me.  I of course don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, so opted for a better color for the local fields and went with the full OD shirt.  There is (I think) a Woodland sleeved variation of this shirt, but it is harder to find.  There’s also a Woodland MARPAT version as well, as MARPAT is a very popular camo locally for the woods.  There’s a Multicam version too, but guess what?  It’s $20 more than the other colors.  Another reason not to use Multicam.

I purchased mine from AirsoftGI.com for $49.95.  They also sell the Tru Spec Tactical Pants for $39.95 to match the shirt.

Umarex Licensed USP

 

Just did my annual airsoft order. Reviews incoming. First up, Umarex Licensed H&K USP.

Specs: (from ASGI website)

Capacity: 16 rounds

FPS :360

ORDERING

I ordered this gun from Airsoft GI on Feb 27th for $45. I received it on March 3rd. I love the speed that ASGI processes and ships their orders. Along with this order was a custom gun but that is another review 🙂

PACKAGING

The gun was in a formed clam shell package. And the boxed it was shipped in was packed well. Once again Airsoft GI has shown they care.

FIRST IMPRESSION

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This gun feels nice. I think it has to do with my palm size but it feels good to hold. The exterior is made of plastic but doesn’t feel cheap. The sights aren’t adjustable but have white dots, which helps with aiming.  Safety clicks into place very well. I’m more used to a Beretta’s mag release so this one might take a while to get used to. Empty, the mag drops out of the gun pretty good. I do have the option to add attachments to the front of the frame. The gun fires in dual action so the trigger pull is pretty long. There is a fake hammer that moves when you fire. Gives it a neat look I guess.

INTERNALS

There is not a whole lot to report on this as there are not many moving parts. All the moving parts are metal. The package says that there is a hop up. It is not adjustable!

FIRING

Loading the magazine.  This is my first real dislike. The CO2 cartridge goes in the mag, but in order to do this you will need a allen wrench. Most have a folding wing. Besides that loading BBs is pretty easy, it holds 16 rounds. I loaded .23 BBs and fired a few rounds. The BBs seemed to drop after about 20-30 feet. I dont know if its because of the BB weight or the hop-up is just not working well. I will try this with .20 later on. I didn’t get a chance to chrono the gun until the CO2 was pretty low. It was still shooting at 290fps with a .23 BB. I was able to hit a paper target on my fence (~20ft away) 7 out of 16 times. I hope a lighter BB will increase the range and accuracy of this gun. Although I still feel pretty good about spending the $45 on this.

CONCLUSION

Great sidearm for the price. How often do you use your sidearm? Is it really worth the cost of a AEG? This gun is $45, so it wont break your budget and it looks pretty good. I havent had the chance to use this gun in any real games but I feel good about my purchase.

Condor 36″ Gun Bag Review

Today I will be reviewing the Condor 36″ Gun Bag.

ORDERING

I ordered this bag from evike.com on March 16th for $50. I received it on the the 24th. Shipping of this item was delayed because of another item I ordered went on back order and they were waiting to ship until it arrived. Had to beg customer support to just ship the back order item separate.

PACKAGING

Came with a few other items in large brown shipping box.  This item and my vest were used as shipping material for my pistol and goggles that also came in the box. I have seen better ways to ship items but this isn’t even close to the worse I have seen things shipped.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

WOW! This thing only cost 50 bux? I would expect to pay alot more for something like this. Everything about it felt strong and high quality, from the zippers to the stitches.

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MAG M4 Midcap Review

Today my review is on the MAG 80 round mid cap magazine for the M16/M4.

ORDERING

I ordered this from evike.com on March 16th for $55.00 for a pack of 8. This was my alternate choice for King Arms Midcap.  I didn’t receive my order until March 31st. The day I ordered this it went out of stock, and when I went to email customer support they had already shipped it.

PACKAGING

I though this was worth mentioning. It came in a standard shipping box from UPS, no noticeable dings and dents to the box. Inside was another brown box that they came in. No markings or labels. This box was loose inside the shipping box and shook around. The “retail” box was also made from flimsy material and the top wasn’t taped down. Altogether the shipping could of been better….lots better.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

These mags have a grey-ish color to them. I really don’t mind that looks good with my gun. They are made from plastic, but it feels like a durable material. There are no noticeable dings and dents, which surprised me because of how they were shipped. I also noticed these has a bb follower so that you get every last one of your shots.

FEEDING/TESTING

Before I oiled these I was only able to fill 40 bbs into them before they bound up. Shot some silicone (recommend doing this to all types of mags) down the feeding tube and was able to plug 80 bbs into these guys. I wanted to check the feeding on these so put it in my gun. They fit my mag well really nice with no wobble and they slide out with a tug when I release them 5 stars for that. Fired off several rounds on single fire and fed great. Switched over to full and spent the whole mag with out missing a beat (13 rounds a second). Another 5 stars.

CONCLUSION

My shopping experience with evike this time around has made me rethink ordering from them ever again.  The lack of packaging for shipping has also added to this. That aside I am really happy with this purchase (although not my first choice for mags). Decent build quality and and good finish, on top of working well with my gun has left me with a 4 out of 5 star rating on this product.

Joker’s Review of the A&K M16 SPR MOD 0

Since joining the team and being assigned a specific role on the team, I came to the realization that I needed to change my weapon platform from a CQC type weapon to something with more range and that will pack more punch. After much research and evaluation of my wants and needs in a weapon system, I opted for the M-16 SPR MOD 0, a versatile variant of a rigorously tried and true weapon system.

A&K M16 SPR MOD 0

ORDERING
I originally ordered the D-Boys version from Evike for $175 USD, however, the gun ended up being on a back order from hell, so following the advice of my team mates I subsequently ordered the A&K version from Airsoft GI. The A&K listed for a little more at $218 but Airsoft GI offered free shipping on my order so I ultimately paid about the same as I would have from EVIKE. I placed my order with them on March 8th and got the gun on March 12th. Four days wasn’t bad compared to the two months I had waited for Evike and to be honest, I’m glad I switched.

WEAPON SPECS (as quoted by Airsoft GI, not all tested yet.)

Gearbox: Version 2
Accuracy: 120 feet
Muzzle Velocity: 400+ fps (the gun came with a slip of paper saying that they chronoed the gun at 410 before they shipped it.)
Battery Type: 8.4, 1200 mah small type (doesn’t make much sense for such a large gun, but I believe they expect you to upgrade, which I will.)
Large Magazine Capacity: 300 rounds

Features:

Full Metal Receiver (upper and lower)
SPR Style Flash hider
Functional Charging Handle
Free Floating, all metal RIS Hand guard
Flip-Up Front and Rear Sight
Metal Ball Bearing Spring Guide
High Torque Up Motor
Metal Bushings

First impression:

The gun came in a tidy Styrofoam package which encased the gun and all the accessories; a 8.4 volt 1200 mah battery, charger, high-cap magazine, cleaning rod, vertical fore grip, the barrel extension/flash hider, a tiny screw driver and a small bag of crap bb’s.
After taking the gun out of the box, I noticed immediately how solid it felt, no play or wiggle anywhere. It also has good weight to it. As stated on the website, the entire gun is metal (with the exception of the pistol grip and stock). The stock is completely hollow and feels cheap and there is a lot of room for the battery and wires to jostle around inside, so I took some egg crate foam and placed it inside to keep those components in place.
The pistol grip feels solid and is comfortable to grip.
The selector switch is standard with a semi, auto and safe trigger group. It’s very solid in feel and delivers distinct, audible clicks when selecting fire. It is not ambidextrous, however.
The charging handle is fully functional, in that it releases the dust cover and exposes the hop-up when pulled back.
The magazine that came with the gun is a nice, full metal 300 rounds or so, high capacity magazine. It fits in the mag well snugly but takes a bit more force to get it to click in. I tried another mid-cap mag I had laying around (not sure of manufacturer) and this had a little side to side play once seated, but not enough that I’m worried it will fall out. I also tried a mid-cap Viet Nam style magazine which seemed to fit the best. The magazine release works well but is also not ambidextrous.

This gun has a full metal, free-floating outer barrel inside an aggressive MOD 0 type hand guard which features a top rail that extends from the receiver to the front sight. There is also 3 other shorter rail segments on both sides and on the bottom of the hand guard which could facilitate a number of accessories including a bipod. To add to the versatility of the included rails, the hand guard is pre-tapped on all sides to allow for the addition and movement of rails along the outer barrel, making the possibilities for mounting accessories endless.

The front and rear sight both flip up which is a nice feature, but they are both a little wobbly. The rear sight is engaged by depressing a lever which allows it to spring up and has two peep holes, one large and one small that are selected by flipping it forward or aft. The front sight is engaged by flipping it up until it clicks. To put the sight back down, a button on the side is depressed, allowing it move back down.

The gun comes with an all metal, SPR type flash hider which is 3 or 4 inches longer than the orange flash hider that comes on the gun, allowing a longer barrel down the road. Switching these out was pretty easy as the orange tip was glued on but a pair of pliers broke the bond and it unscrewed with ease. Once off, the new flash hider screwed on easily and securely, making the gun look a lot better.

TAKEDOWN

Basic takedown is a little more in-depth, as the entire top rail has to be removed. This isn’t rocket science but there are more tiny nuts and bolts that could be easily lost. Care should be taken when disassembling this weapon. Once the top rail is removed, there is one bolt on the forward side of the mag well that allows the barrel to slide forward and off, exposing the hop-up and the gearbox. From here, the inner barrel and hop-up can easily be removed and/or maintained. This procedure also allows for easy access to the gear box, air nozzle and motor.

INTERNALS
All the internal components appear to be clean and sturdy. The gun has an all metal gearbox, hop up and a plastic air nozzle. It is also advertised to have metal bushings, a metal ball bearing spring guide, and a high torque up motor which I will have to verify with my team as I am not internal savvy.
The inner barrel is a crappy brass stock barrel, which I assume to be 6.08mm in bore size and 509mm in length.

PERFORMANCE:
I haven’t had a chance to test the real performance of this gun. However, from the firing it a few times in my back yard, everything seems to work well. The motor is a little whiny but smooth and the piston gives the gun a mean sound as well. The hop-up works well and is pretty sensitive from what I’ve seen so far. The gun shoots well on semi and also on full. I plan on chronoing the gun soon and when I do I will add the numbers to this review to give a good idea of how the gun performs stock. I will also add more after I use it a few times in the field.

CONCLUSION
All in all, this gun is solid for the money. It’s a versatile gun out of the box but is also a great platform to build on and I look forward to upgrading it to meet my needs as a Delta Seven operator.

PROS:
Solid all metal construction
Reasonably priced
Limitless rail system
Sturdy internals
Aggressive looking
Very upgradeable
Realistic weight

CONS:
Cheap hollow stock
Small battery
Non ambidextrous

JG M4-A1 (Enhanced) Review

(1)Real Steel History

The M4A1 carbine is a fully-automatic variant of the basic M4 carbine intended for special operations use. The M4A1 has a “S-1-F” (safe/semi-automatic/fully automatic) trigger group, while the M4 has a “S-1-3” (safe/semi-automatic/3-round burst) trigger group. The M4A1 is used by almost all U.S special operation units. The M4A1 is especially favored by counter-terrorist and special forces units for close quarters combat because of the carbine’s compactness and firepower. These features are also very useful in urban warfare. Although the M4 has less effective range than the longer M16, many military analysts consider engagement with a non-specialized small arm above a range of 300 meters (330 yd) to be unnecessary. It is effective at ranges of 150 meters (160 yd) or less and has a maximum effective range of about 500 to 600 meters (550–660 yd).

(2)Ordering

I ordered this gun from Airsoft GI.  Their shopping and checkout system is very simple to use.  I bought it for $155.

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Review of Dboys KAC PDW

Dboys PDW

Ordering
First Impressions
Gun First Impressions
Included
Externals
Magazines
Performance
Internals
Modifications
Pros/Cons
Overall

Ordering
I ordered this from Airsoft Megastore for $180. It took about a week to come as it was just after xmas, and they were really busy. The box was pretty small and light.

First Impressions
Upon opening the box, the gun is really small, and light, but feels solid. It did not have the peq or forgrip installed yet, so it felt tiny in your hands. Once you slap the forgrip and peq box on, it adds a little weight, but I would guess it’s still under 4lbs. Amazing for a CQB gun! The outter barrel was a bit wobbly when I got it out of the box, but there is an allen screw on the bottom of the body you can tighten. Fixed it perfectly, no wobble.

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OE Tech MPS Plate Carrier Review

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Table of Contents:
Introduction/Ordering
Rig Information
MOLLE Space
Build Quality
Pros/Cons
Overall

Introduction/Ordering
A week ago I received the OE TECH MPS Combat Chest Armor that I ordered from AirsoftGI. This product had been out of stock for a few months due to manufacture difficulty. Once it came back in stock, I ordered it right away with a few extra pouches. It is $60 and is a great deal.

Rig Information
The rig is sold as “chest armor”, but it is really a plate carrier. It comes with two fake foam plates, one in front and one in back. It also has 6 built in triple M4 pouches. With nothing on it, it can hold a staggering 18 M4 mags! What a value for $60 bucks. Most plate carriers in that price range don’t have any pouches or real estate for mags, those pouches cost extra. There are two buckles, one on each side, to get in and out of the carrier.

MOLLE Space
The back has plenty of MOLLE space for a hydration pouch and a few other pouches. I have a hydro pouch on it, which another large pouch on top of that. The front has two MOLLE spots. One above the mag pouches and one below. There are only three rows per spot and most pouches take 4, so there is a bit of an issue with MOLLE space on the front. If you use smaller pouches such as grenade pouches you will be fine. The radio pouch I got takes 4 slots so it does hang down a bit on the front. We’ll see how that works out.

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Back
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Front
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Front

Build Quality
The build quality is great. This product is part of OE Tech’s new line of 1000D cordura gear. The clips are plastic, so that could be an issue if they are shot too many times, but they are thick. There is a nice amount of stitching on the MOLLE, and it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere.

Pros
Great price for a plate carrier
Built in AR pouches
Comes with fake plates
1000D cordura material
Lots of MOLLE on the back

Cons
Not enough MOLLE real estate on the front
Plastic clips could break if shot
Excess shoulder straps, need to be cut

Overall
Great looking plate carrier with plenty of mag space. Lacking on front MOLLE, but makes up for it in build quality and space on the back. This carrier is going to replace the UTG tac vest that I have been wearing. I am excited to have more breath ability on my upper torso and not be stuck wearing a belt on my rig unless I want it. This rig is as nice as I expected and looks/feels great. Nice job OE Tech.