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Mil-Sim and the Lancer Tactical GPNVG-18 Dummy Night Vision Goggle

Lancer Tactical GPNVG-18 Helmet Mounted

Airsoft distinguishes itself from other similar sports, such as paintball, laser tag, etc. by having guns that look realistic. It stands to reason that most players want their accompanying gear and equipment to look realistic. Also, being a sport built around honor and not relying on paint to mark hits enables players to have nice uniforms and gear that will not get irrevocably damaged during regular game play.

Mil-Sim Airsoft Players commonly mistaken for Navy SEALs

As a result, mil-sim (military simulation) has become a large part of the airsoft community. Not only is game play designed to simulate military operations but the player’s appearance also replicates the military. Items that are not strictly necessary to play a game of airsoft, such as GPS devices, flex cuffs, chem lights, medical equipment, mil-spec optics, etc, provide an added level of realism. This also gives rise to replicas of items that the general public could not readily afford or legally acquire, such as Night Vision Goggles.

Lancer Tactical GPNVG-18 Dummy Night Vision Goggle

For example, we recently received a replica of the GPNVG-18 by Lancer Tactical. The real GPNVG-18 increased the FOV (Field Of View) from the 40 degrees of legacy night vision binocular systems to 95 degrees. For anyone familiar with night vision you can understand what a revelation this is. Given their level of sophistication and performance specifications their sale is regulated by the government and their price could easily be the equivalent of a new car.

GPNVG-18 on shelf
Photo by Mark Owen, No Easy Day

Although information regarding the GPNVG-18 was available to the public as early as 2011 it was not until the next year that it gained wide spread attention, when its use was connected to U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DevGru), widely known as SEAL Team Six. No Easy Day, a military memoir by Mark Owen, a personal account of the raid that lead to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, featured pictures of the GPNVG-18 among their equipment. Later that same year, the GPNVG-18 was depicted in use by Navy SEAL Team Six in the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

GPNVG-18s from Zero Dark Thirty
Screen Shot from Zero Dark Thirty

The Lancer Tactical GPNVG-18 is a replica and does not function but it will bring your Navy SEAL kit to a new level. Be sure to check it out on our website,

Lancer Tactical GPNVG-18 Dummy Night Vision Goggle (Tan)
Lancer Tactical GPNVG-18 Dummy Night Vision Goggle (Black)

RESTOCK: Source Tactical Gear


Yesterday we received a shipment of Source Tactical Gear including several of their hydration carriers and bladders. The exclusive 3 layer coextruded polyethylene construction with glass-like liner creates a taste-free, bacteria-free maintenance, and low maintenance hydration system that rivals any on the market. Out shipment included the following items:

Source Tactical 3L Hydration Carrier ( BLK )
Source Tactical 3L Hydration Carrier ( OD )
Source Tactical 3L Hydration Carrier ( Coyote )
Source WXP 3L Storm Valve Hydration Bladder
Source Kangaroo 1L with Pouch ( Coyote )
Source Kangaroo 1L with Pouch ( Multicam )

For a complete list of available Source products please visit our website,

Magpul PTS Go Gun Products, Blade Tech Holsters, and TVB Patches – GI Live Show 4-11-13

In this GI Live show, Tim and Bob go over a variety of new products including Magpul PTS Go Gun muzzle brakes, Blade Tech Holsters, Banshee Rifle Plate Carriers, as well as Tim VS Bob patches that will be shipped out to players who were at TVB 1, 2, & 4.5.

Bob also show off the new camo scheme he was able to put on his Bravo PJ helmet (with a lot of help from Jet) using an LBX spraypaint and stencil kit.

Gear Tip: Condor EMT Glove Pouch for Red / Dead Rags


The Condor EMT Glove Pouch is intended to function like a box of Kleenex but better and for disposable Nitrile gloves. Essentially you would reach in between the elastic flaps that retain the gloves and the gloves unfurl as they come out. We apply that same principle to your red rag. If you are like me then you have experienced those times when you get hit but you continue to be lit up and you realize the hail of BBs will not cease until you deploy your red rag. You grope around frantically for your red rag in your innumerable pockets and pouches; eventually you find it wherever you crammed it the last time you were at regen, only to repeat the process the next time around. The Condor EMT Glove Pouch not only gives you a dedicated spot to carry your red rag, it gives you a quick and easy means to deploy it. It can be mounted to your vest or belt via the included MOLLE straps.


Specter Gear Christmas Stockings

Specter Christmas Stockings

We just got the Specter Gear Christmas Stockings in today and I thought they were amusing so I had to post something. They are constructed from 1000D Cordura Nylon. The front and back of the top edge is covered in loop fastener for the attachment of name tapes and patches. There is also a cord loop at the top to hang over the fireplace. They are available in OD, Black, ACU, Coyote, and Multicam.

At $15 ($16.50 for ACU and Multicam) I would definitely recommend picking one of these up if you are shopping for an airsofter this Christmas. It will bring them joy for years to come given the normally “bomb-proof” quality of Specter Gear products.

Best Regards,