The Crossdraw vest is not an end-all, be-all platform, but it will accomplish everything you need and more for the player that is looking to get started with something inexpensive and versatile!
Many new players often ask us about the importance of load bearing gear, and a fantastic option when you’re just getting into the game is the Crossdraw Vest. Though it might not carry everything you might eventually need, the basic Crossdraw generally has pouch real estate for most items you’ll need as a beginner.
Everyone’s preferences vary quite a bit, but as a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to carry enough magazines to get you through a game and back to the staging area, a sidearm in the event your gun goes down or for clearing tighter spaces, and enough magazines to keep said sidearm running. Most folks will also attach some kind of dump pouch to their vest, plate carrier or belt kit, allowing them to quickly and easily store expended magazines rather than fiddling with getting them back into the pouch when you need to get your gun up fast. It’s always advisable to have a spare space for other miscellaneous items you might want to bring with you too – pens, a notepad, a small first aid kit, etc.
If you couldn’t tell where this was going by now – a Crossdraw Vest handles all of these duties with ease!
While not as modular as a pure MOLLE platform, these vests are a great way to get out and play with minimal both minimal thought given to setup, and a minimal hit on your wallet!
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A common question we get asked is, “What’s the best weight BB for my airsoft gun?” The answer is: It’s complicated!
In the video below, we take a look at the most common BB weights used by most airsoft players and run them through a stock G&G Armament Combat Machine. Though every gun will perform a bit differently, this makes drawing general conclusions quite simple. The .20g BB is by far and large the generic industry standard for many users for its reliability and widespread availability. The round is consistent and performs well in many different guns, making it a great all-around choice for AEGs that may be stock or shooting within CQB FPS ranges. You’ll not want to go any lighter than this round for your rifle, as generally most .12g BBs are poorly made and can have casting seams that will damage your gun’s hop up unit.
When your gun is shooting a bit closer to the FPS ranges typically associated with outdoor play, you may want to consider anywhere from a .25-.32g BB. Though you’ll lose velocity of the round due to the heavier projectile, this range of BBs typically produces a more stable flight pattern and increased overall accuracy at range. The .28g BBs used in our video scored the most hits out of all rounds tested, offering optimal accuracy and range from the maximum engagement distance. These BBs are also quite popular for airsoft LMGs at events that allow them to shoot above normal Rifle FPS limits.
Generally speaking, .34s, .43s and beyond are usually reserved for sniper or marksman platforms that have been upgraded extensively, as the extreme FPS these airsoft guns produce are generally unstable with anything lower weight than that. The stock Combat Machine we used in testing was not able to produce enough backspin via the hop up for these rounds to be a viable option in any scenario.
Proper cleaning and maintenance of your airsoft gun’s inner barrel is one of the most important factors in keeping the gun in tip-top fighting shape, but is also overlooked quite often!
Airsoft guns utilize smooth bore inner barrels which sit inside the outer barrel, and can accumulate dust, dirt and grime quite quickly through normal use and play. Dirty barrels are the most common causes of FPS drop and poor accuracy. Obviously, the projectiles we fire are spheres, and the inner barrels have no rifling or other stabilization features of their real-steel counterparts. This means that keeping your barrel clean and free from debris is an absolute must!
Check out this quick tutorial from GI Tactical VA’s Zach for more information on how to keep those barrels squeaky clean and shooting straight!
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