Apr21 Chest Rig 4 magazine pouches

In this review we are going to take a look at the Chest Rig 4 magazine pouches from combatkit. We recieved this rig from, many thanks for that! We will give you some detailed information of the chestrig. In this review u will learn more about the functionality and quality etc.
The creed of combatkit is “Aiming for top quality equipment” and they sure do that. The manager is an ex-soldier from the Norwegian army (Normal trainings are extremely heavy there), were he served for 8 years. All his good experiences with tactical gear can be found in his own products. A new design is always tested by himself and soldiers of course, and the feedback he gets is directly added to compliment the design, so that u will have a truly durable piece of equipment.
The company is active on two places, the company top in Norwegian and the production process takes place in Croatia. His products are used by numerous armed forces, for example; Norwegian and Sweden.
The service is very quick, mostly u will get a reply on your e-mails in a day or so, they will provide you with all the information u ask for. The delivery of the items is very quick aswell, we ordered this rig on a Wednesday and we received it on the next Friday, if that isn’t quick!
The product range goes from a wide selection of accessories, like pouches, holsters, chestrigs and even complete battle vests. Almost everything is available in a wide variation of camouflage colors; Norwegian forest, Norwegian Desert, DPM, DPM desert, Flecktarn, Australian, Swedish M90, Danish M80, Central Europe, US woodland, US 3d desert, Black, Tan, White and Olive green. Since a short time they also got their own line of leather products, holsters and magpouches, Even rucksacks are available on his site, at a very nice price.

The first impression
The first time when I glimpsed at this rig I was a little bit disappointed, the chestrig didn’t look that impressive, and I had such high expectations of it! But luck ally that was only the first impression, when I fully loaded the thing with all kinds of stuff, it proved itself worthy and wearing it was comfortable. At your first look at this product u can see that it is made with excellent craftsmanship and that they have do their utterly best to provide you with a top notch product.

More details
When I was packing the rig I noticed how well it was finished, all seams were secured tightly with triple stitches, and the MOLLE (= Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) fasteners are also very tightly fitted to the rig. In the process of testing, I’ve pulled a single molle fastener a few times (not to gently) and it didn’t gave way at all. More about the MOLLE functions later in this review. The magpouches are fully lined with pvc for durability, except the rear of the pouches (against your chest), but that isn’t really necessary. There are 2 ways of closing the magpouches, with velcro or fastex clips. U can enable or disable the use of velcro with a small piece of velcro so that u can use fastex clips only for a ’silent operation’. The fastex clips are nice to handle and very solid, closing a clip is very easy, but as always it makes a little ‘click’. Overall the fabric doesn’t feel rugged and seems vulnerable, but it still is 1000 d corduroy, so it’ll withstand the harshest conditions, and I noticed that during the testing. As u all know, after a good skirm everything is dirty, but the dirt comes of easily. The big an broad shoulder pads feel very nice and comfortable, they are specially designed for use with a rucksack, so they won’t get in the way or cut into your shoulders. The padding in the straps is 1,5 cm thick (when it is processed, afterwards it is pressed firmly in the strap) and the strap itself is 8cm broad. Here is a line-up of all the pouches on this chestrig:

    * 4 magpouches, each can take; 2 x G3 mags, 3 x M4 mags, 3 x AK 47 mags (Tested and they fitted very well), 2 x G36 mags or 4 x MP5 mags.
    * 2 large stuffing pouches under your armpits (for your water bottle or as a storage pouch) the left pouch has a built-in section for a weapon cleaning kit. This looks very professional. This pouch is also provided with 2 firm elastic bands where u can store a gas can for your GBB.
    * MOLLE webbing on the side of both stuffing pouches, and on the side of the 2 outer magpouches.
    * 4 D rings at the bottom of the rig to attach extra gear.
    * Fastex clips on all straps, for dumping in difficult situations.
    * 2 small medic pouches on both sides of the stuffing, pouches for storage of an FFD or a grenade.
    * MOLLE webbing on the shoulder straps, double!
    * A map pouch, placed behind the magpouches, closes with velcro.
    * The back strap has the possibility to take a few pouches, attached with Alice clips.

Camouflage Colors
As mentioned before the rig is available in many colors and camouflage patterns. The available patterns are as following; Norwegian forest, Norwegian Desert, DPM, DPM desert, Flecktarn, Australian, Swedish M90, Danish M80, Central Europe, US woodland, US 3d desert, Black, Tan, White and Olive green. As u can see on the pictures we have received the olive green version. It’s a standard Nato olive color and it is easy to combine that color with a load of different camouflage patterns.

Material usage
The rig is made of 1000 D corduroy, sadly not IRR coated, but for airsofters that’s not really relevant isn’t it. Foam padding of 1,5 cm in the shoulder area, the harness goes over the shoulders and then there are 2 fastex clips added (for dumping the rig in difficult situations like a med-evac) and then the harness goes on without padding. The map pouch is well protected behind the pvc coated mag pouches and is also very easy accessible, but it makes a lot of noise do to the Velcro! The mag pouches are coated and fitted nicely with a layer of pvc on the inside, and will take AK magazines without any problem, the pouches are secured by a strip of Velcro or by fastex clips (his own design, large and very good to use) The big pouches under your armpits are easily accessible and they will take a lot of gear in them, on these pouches there is a small pouch for a grenade or a field dressing. The MOLLE straps are sewn solid to the rig and pouches and will not fail at all, they dint gave way after pulling hard on them a few times.

The fieldtest
The rig has withstood the test excellent; you really notice that u bought a top notch item when u are wearing it. From my own experience with other rigs, I can tell that this one feels better than the Webtex rigs and even those of Arktis! Fully loaded with gear and mags it’s an easy to wear item and isn’t constraining your movement at all. Only when I was prone and started to crawl the hard coated pvc pouches where showing some minor resistance and make it a little bit harder to crawl silently.

This retailer has a load of quality stuff and his chest rig is perfectly suited for airsofters. The only problem is the price it’s quite expensive… for no less than € 162,95 the rig is yours, and with that kind of prices you get awfully close to the price of a complete battle vest. I must say that you will have a dandy rig for all your airsoft adventures! Just take a look at this retailer’s site, as mentioned before he sells a lot of accessories for MOLLE vests. Quality products, service and a fast delivery are on the top of the list at this dealer.

Final Grading
Dealer: *****
Quality: *****
Reliability: *****
Comfort: *****
Value: ***
Over-all: *****
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Cybergun Acquires BIOVAL Technologies

Written by // Ronald “SlickAxe” Meeuwissen Categories // Special

What will happen to the BIOVAL BB's?

CYBERGUN announced today that they have acquired BIOVAL Technologies, well known because of their BIOVAL BBB's.

Cybergun Acquired Bioval

CYBERGUN improves their position in the airsoft market with the acquisition of Swiss company BIOVAL Technologies, BIOVAL can be considered as the leading manufacturer of high quality Bio bb's.

BIOVAL Technologies was working for several years on the "gulf like" DIMPLEX BBB's and the TSV impact system. We hope Cybergun will continue and speed-up the development of these products. They already announced to continue the development of the TSV impact system, which can lead the airsoft world into a more competitive and professional gameplay. Till today we heared nothing about the TSV system anymore...

For more information please visit the website of CYBERGUN and BIOVAL Technologies.



Cybergun acquires Swiss Arms

Categories // Special

Cybergun Airsoft LogoThe Cybergun acquisition strike continues with the acquisition of a real arms manufacturer, Swiss Arms.  which is more of a shares-swap deal. Bioval was already in a close relation with Swiss Arms, this might be a logical next step for Cybergun.

You want a SIG 550/551/'2/'etc. with real trades??? Looks like the world will soon be knocking at CYBERGUN'S door a little bit harder, as Cybergun announces at the IWA Show in Nurnburg, Germany they are acquiring Swiss Arms in a major new Cybergun deal.

Coverage again by several European financial services and sites show that the maker of SIG SG550-series carbines and rifles will have a much-more direct working relationship than their original marketing/licensing agreements that brought clear-plastic SIG guns to the Airsoft marketplace.

Foreshadowing their Swiss Arms announcement, we saw this poster at Cybergun's SHOT Show 2011 Display area 'Among the iconic models marketed by the company include the range SG550, SG551 and SG552 team that many armies around the world, as the French GIGN and the U.S. Navy SEALS.'


Cyma MP5-J

For the price of a Marui battery, you get a great expensive looking and feeling mp5-j.

This review is not about one of the new 300+ euro/dollar/pound aeg's that’s out from Marui or CA. Nope, its about a surprising bargain from Cyma. Cyma you say, isn't that the cheap stuff from China? Yes you would have been right, up to now cyma mostly produced very cheap feeling and badly produced airsoft equipment. Imagine my surprise when they released the mp5-j on the market, known to Cyma as the Cyma023.

Out of the box
The package arrived and the box already looked interesting. Its a well produced brown "professional" looking box. All the items are neatly packaged, it comes with:

    * Battery and charger
    * Top RIS rail, red dot
    * Silencer and normal muzzle
    * Fast loader and cleaning rod
    * 2 magazines 1 standard low-cap and 1 automatic high-cap(!)
    * Screwdriver, 300bb's, safety glasses, sling

A very complete and total package if you ask me...

First impressions
Taking the gun out of the box makes you think that Cyma mistakenly put a Classic Army or ICS mp5 in the box. The gun is heavy and feels sturdy. There is no creaking or flexing. The finish is very good, there are two different kind of plastics used on this mp5. One type is grained and textured and used on the lower receiver and foregrip. The other type smooth and looks very metal like. Size is of course similar to the real thing:

    * Length 58-74
    * Weight about 2 kilo

The magazines
This gun comes with an amazing amount of gear, the most important stuff apart from the mp5 are the magazines. The first one is the standard long magazine which takes about 24 bb's.It's well made and feels heavy and metal-like even though it’s plastic. The spring is quite strong, and you can actually see the bb's on the rear of the magazine through a small transparent strip. The fit is very thight, it takes some practice to get it in the gun quickly. However because of the thight fit there is not rattle of flex.
In a weird way, it's kind of fun to see the spring guide move up with every shot. You are going to know when the magazine is empty, which can be a tactical advantage. Having only 24 bb's however is not, enter the high cap:

The second magazine is an automatic high cap. It looks like a double magazine, the "Second" magazine even has a few fake bullets in it. The bullets slide backwards to reveal an opening for the bb's. Filling is quick and easy. The magazine then has to be wound-up. The high cap also has a sturdy fixation to the gun, and it has worked flawlessly up to now. You do notice when the last bb has been fired, as the remaining spring pressure is released in a loud "whirr". I have seen this high-cap magazine sold separately for around 75% of the price of the total package.

The tour
The stock rails are metal and this gives the gun a very sturdy and cold feel. A rubber piece is attached to the plastic shoulder plate for a good fixation to your shoulder. The stock is held in place by a locking lever, which makes a reassuring "clunk" sound when you lock the stock. It has two locking positions so you can adjust the length of the stock to your taste.

The mp5 comes with a detachable short top RIS rail. The rail is plastic and can be snapped on. Cyma supplies also 4 screws and a screwdriver to fix the RIS rail to the top of the receiver. Also supplied, well normally as I didn't get one, should be a red dot sight which you can screw onto the RIS rail. There are 2 sling points on the gun, the rear one is metal and the front, plastic. The mode select switch has a soft feel to it and it moves a bit too easy from the safe to the semi and auto modes. However it does stay in place once you leave it. The trigger is ABS and needs medium pressure.

There is also a cocking lever on the mp5, which actually functions. You can slap it back and forth all day if you like. Of course doing so has zero use, apart from strengthening your wrist muscles. The fore grip hides the real small 400mah 4.4 volt battery, which comes with its own charger. Opening the fore grip could not be easier, after opening the lock the whole thing swivels out front to back. The battery fits tight and doesn’t rattle. Amazingly for such a low power battery I fired already 600-800 rounds with it and its still going.

The gearbox seems to be a copy of the Tokyo Marui boy’s gearbox. This in this price range is a good thing. The claimed output is around 170FPS using 0.12 bb's. I have done both semi and auto tests at 3,5,7 and 10 meters distance. The grouping is tight up to 7 meters. Effective range is around 20 meters, of course it won't penetrate paper anymore at that range. The flight path of the BB is badly affected by this gun main problem; the absence of a hop-up. Of course you can always point the gun 45 degrees and shoot the bb's ballistic..

The claimed fire rate is around 10 per second, I timed it and got about 8 per second. That still empties the high-cap in 14 seconds. Great for supporting fire! No one will know that the bb's don’t make it over 20 meters, the sound alone will scare them. That’s another good thing about the mp5; it does make quite a racket.

The most important thing to remember during reading of this review is the price. This is a quality gun, heavy, well made, lots of metal parts, and enormous amounts of extra kit. Detailing is very good; you’ll find a lot of fake weltmarks on the right places. The most amazing part of this gun is the price, so much quality, metal and fun for only 64 euros. That even includes the taxes. The high-cap magazine alone can be found on the net for around 50 euros.

Final Grading
Appearance: 5 out of 5: Even if it was 300 euro it would still be good
Build quality 4 out of 5: some small plastic irregularities
Performance 4 out of 5: in its class its great
Upgrade-ability: 4 out of 5: well there is a RIS rail.
Value for money: 5 out of 5: Best deal ever if you like mp5's

Photo below: Green = metal, Blue = Rubber.
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