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Apr21

MICH Replica Helmet

Common information
The MICH (Modular Integrated communications Helmet) TC 2000 is the replacement for the PASGT. The MICH is now used by the US Army/Airforce along with many other units around the would. It comes in tan or olive for a desert or woodland environment. Remark that the helmet is a replica! It can not by used as real head protection!



Configuration
The shell is made of high impact ABS plastic and has a rough finish to it. The MICH has an updated suspension system which consists of 7 soft pads that fit in to the helmet by means of 16 Velcro disks so the fit can be tailored to the wearer. This really enables you to suit the helmet for your own use. You don't need to focus on your equipment anymore but you can focus on the mission!


The inside of the MICH helmet, you can clearly see all the 7 soft pads...


The helmet is held on to the head by means of a 4 point system with a neck pad and opens with one Fastex clip.

Usage

Side view of the MICH helmet



Front view of the MICH helmet


Conclusion
This helmet got everything you might expect from a helmet. Comfort, weight en usage are just fine. The helmet also looks durable and certainly suiteble for airsoft employment. The helmet only comes in tan and olive drap but you are able to buy several kinds of helmet covers in your favorite camouflage. So this won't be a problem. Even nightvision tools can be mounted on the helmet! So the helmet certainly has a lot of functionality. A nice addition to your equipment. However I still prefer a boonie head or cap, just because the looks and the weight.

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Apr21

Milspex CIRAS Land Version Vest

A geardo’s gear, without a geardo’s pricetag?” Before I begin this review, I would like to genuinely extend my thanks Paul at RedWolf Airsoft for providing me this opportunity to review this excellent vest. For more information about RedWolf, please read their shop review here: Redwolf Airsoft Shopreview.



Introduction
Milspex’s CIRAS (Combat Integrated Releasable Armor System) is a replica of the famous armor carrier used by the USSOCOM. The real vest, manufactured by Eagle, costs an arm or leg for most airsofters, not only is the Milspex version affordable, it includes all the necessary pouches.

The features of the vest are as follows:

  • MOLLE/PALS compatible
  • Quick release system (exactly like Eagle’s)
  • Detachable shoulder pads
  • Internal and external cummerbunds for tight fit
  • Removable soft “armor” plates
  • Cordua fabric
  • Fully adjustable for height and width

Eagle produces 2 versions of this vest, the Maritime and Land versions. The vest being reviewed today is the Land Version, which is different than the Maritime Version ( The cummerbunds end anteriorly and is overlapped by an abdomen flap.

The vest is very light and flexible when compared to the RAV (which is also gaining popularity among our military troops.



A view of the vest, without all pouches attached. Notice that the back also is covered in MOLLE, allowing attachments for a hydration pouch.

Quality
This particular vest is constructed out of 1000 Denier Cordua, which is just about the strongest material available on the market; like other high quality vests, and plate carriers, they feature one inch, military specification webbing across the front and back for mounting various pouches. On this vest, Milspex had made sure to keep up the quality by having the webbing triple stitched.

Even though most low cost, replica plate carriers/vests are not exactly the best of quality, I can honestly say that this particular vest does and will meet and even exceed an airsofter’s expectations. The vest doesn’t feel like a “toy” or a “costume accessory”. I have had friends in the military tell me that my replica can almost be mistaken for the real CIRAS because of the quality.


Here you can see the extremley sturdy stitching of the MOLLE webbing.

Adjustment
All parts of the vest can be separated an adjusted individually. Each part has an attached “strip” of wide webbing with many eyelets, like a belt. Simply have all the “parts” meet together to the back of the vest, and take the loop of para cord and insert it though all the desired eyelets. After this, take the metal cord and slip it through the para cord, and pull it to make it tighter. The process is straightforward; simply imagine the whole process as wearing many belts. After looping the cord through all the parts, simply leave it alone, as the pressure of all the combined “parts” will keep everything tight. The below picture shows the back panel lifted, revealing all the “strips”.



Wearing the vest
Most people are actually confused when asked how to wear this particular vest. And in reality, it is a bit complicated. First, place your head through vest, and attach the internal cummerbunds, they are elastic, and should be attached securely, to reduce unwanted movement of the vest during combat. Secondly, lift the front MOLLE flap in the center. Now you have access to attaching the external cummerbunds. Take the cummerbund (either left or right) and attach it to the front, then take the other side and repeat the process. After doing this, simply drop the front MOLLE flap down, and button it back. Since the front MOLLE flap will always move up and down, don’t attach any pouches between the flap and the external cummerbund.


Internal Cummerbund


MOLLE flap up


First External Cummerbund attached


Second External Cummerbund attached, and MOLLE front flap down. The vest is now ready to go.

Color Options
As seen above, these are the other CIRAS Land Versions that Milspex produces. The coyote brown (CB) is shown first, and the olive drab (OD) is shown second. The one being reviewed today is the OD vest. Milspex also produces the Maritime version of the CIRAS, also available in CB and OD. Both shades of colors match the “real” Eagle CIRAS.



Package
This package is available on Redwolf Airsoft for an incredibly low price of only $148 USD. Most vests cost around the same price, but don’t even include any pouches! This includes all the pouches, seen in the above pictures. Here is a list of all the pouches included:

Admin Pouch
The admin pouch is great for operators because it has a large area of loop Velcro, for adding any patches you desire. The pouch is separated into 2 separate compartments. The lower compartment includes 2 loops of cord that enable the user to slip objects roughly the size of glowsticks, in order to secure them. The back compartment is slightly larger, and is great for putting folded maps, or other small, thin objects. This pouch is usually attached to the front chest.

Dual Pistol Magazine Pouch
The Dual Pistol Magazine is good not only for holding pistol magazines, but can also hold folding knives, or Surefire 6v flashlights. The lids of each compartment can be adjusted and even removed, as shown in the picture below.

Dual M4/M16 “Blackhawk-type” magazine pouch (2 included)
Simply put, this magazine pouch is extremely versatile. It was designed for AR-15 type magazines, but can also be adjusted (like the Dual Pistol Mag Pouch). Each compartment in the pouch can hold up to 2 M4/M16 type magazines, or 3 MP5 magazines, all with or without magpul’s. The lids can also be completely removed, at the operator’s preference. Since the lids can be adjusted, it will most-likely be able to fit most other magazines. Since the package includes 2 of these pouches, you will be able to fit up to 8 AR-15 type magazines, and 12 MP5 magazines.

General Utility/Magazine Dump Pouch
This particular pouch is not very fancy, but it gets the job done. The pouch was designed to be able to carry basically anything you can fit inside. But most people find it useful for carrying extra BBs or a small emergency medical kit.

Gas Mask/Accessory Pouch w/ Internal Elastic Retainers
In reality, this pouch would usually play the role as a gas mask or medical supply carrier. However, in airsoft, this pouch is very useful for carrying larger items such as your paintball mask, or a large canteen (if you don’t already have a hydration pack). Since this pouch has internal elastic retainers, you can easily attach items to the 2 inside “faces”, thus making access much quicker, than having to dig through the rest of your belongings inside.

Quick Release Accessory Pouch for Radios, etc.
The sole purpose for this pouch is to hold personal communication radios. The elastic cords secure the radio, while allowing the antenna, adjustment knobs, and headset (if attached) to come out, without interfering with a lid. The pouch can hold radios from personal to industrial sizes, and can be released with a quick release of the buckle.



Pros

  • Extremely sturdy stitching
  • High quality fabric (Cordua)
  • Many included pouches
  • Button snaps are tight
  • Quick release function, like real CIRAS
  • Stable when worn correctly
  • Very modular
  • Magazine pouches have detachable and adjustable lids

Cons

  • Bulky (like all body armor)
  • A little bit hard to get into

Verdict
For the price and quality, this vest cannot be beat for its price. It features many pouches which sold separately, are expensive. The vest offers complete modularity for personal preferences. The best feature are the 2 cummerbunds, they help secure the vest so it won’t move around during a firefight.

Final Score: 9.5 out of 10

May31

Mobile

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Apr21

MODIFY airsoft upgrade parts

About Modify
MODIFY contacted us to test their upgrade parts for airsoft replica's and to provide feedback and improvements on these items. First some more information on MODIFY. MODIFY is a company from Taiwan specialised in precision metal parts, turning industry tools and precision machine attachments such as Airsoft Custom Parts, R/C Car Upgrade Partsetc. They have 40 years experience in the industry and their products have a high reputation for quality and value. However MODIFY was unkown for us and we suppose quite unknown in Europe. They mainly aim at high quality airsoft upgrade parts and accesoires. We are also very pleased that they are interested in consumer feedback and that they are willing to listen to feedback to improve their products even more. We would like to thank MODIFY for providing this opportunity to NLAIRSOFT.COM. Please read along and find out more about MODIFY and their airsoft upgrade products. To be clear we have tested parts for M16/M4 series, however MODIFY provides upgrade parts for nearly all Tokyo Marui replica's!



How does an AEG work?
For those who don't have a clou how the internals of an AEG work, please find the art impression below to give you an idea. Thenks to Mechbox.com for the great artist impression!



First Impression
The upgrade kit comes nicely packaged, with the parts snugly fitted into the foam nice and compact. The kit contains the following: cylinderhead, cylinder, piston, pistonhead, nozzle and the springguide offcourse. Actually all the parts look very well built, well designed, good finish and solid! We were very impressive and glad to see we have received some top quality material here... The modify kits are there for all sorts of airsoft replica’s, as we mentioned MODIFY provides for nearly all Tokyo Marui and compatible models upgrade parts.

* The cylinderhead is a double o-ring type for better sealing
* The piston is a polycarbonate one light and durable
* The pistonhead comes with a bearing
* The springguide also comes with a bearing

Cylinderhead & Cylinder & Nozzel



The MODIFY stainless steel cylinderhead is a cylinder head with a double O-ring so that it has a better seal. On the MODIFY cylinderhead there is also a foam ring, the foam ring has 2 advantages; first it makes your gearbox quitter and second because of the foam ring there is less stress on your gearbox shell when your piston hits it. I took the cylinderhead and it fitted nice into the cylinder. However there was a small problem which we have passed through MODIFY. When installing the cylinderhead to a reinforced gearbox (6mm) of a Classic Army M15A4 Rifle their appeared a slight problem. Well the problem was that the cylinderhead did not fit over the 2 nocks in the front of the Classic Army gearbox. I also had a Tokyo Marui M733 with a stock Tokyo Marui gearbox lying around and in there the cylinder head fitted nicely and snug. MODIFY already made some slight adjustments and soon we will receive a new Classic Army compatible set. Stay tuned on a update on this review for our final results and thoughts.

The modify cylinder is a steel one witch is very nicely polished and very smooth. Nothing more to say really. High quality cylinder against good pricing!

The modify nozzle is a nice touch to the kit! The nozzle is a plastic nozzle, it will alow a better flow trough of air and will insure les air leaks witch insures a better and constant fps. This also thanks to the added O-ring...

Piston & Aluminium Piston Head



The piston that comes with the MODIFY kit is a polycarbonate piston with 1 steel tooth. This piston looks like a Tokyo Marui one only from a much higher quality material, some may choose a aluminium piston over a polycarbonate but for the velocities that are normal in Europe a polycarbonate piston is a winner. A polycarbonate piston is lighter then aluminium and will cause less stress on the gearbox and less noise. The piston looks rock solid and looks that it can handle heavy gearbox loads. However we adviced to introduce an all steel teeth piston for ultimate performance, this will be send together with the Classic Army compatible parts. Stay tuned on the update about this...

The pistonhead is an aluminium pistonhead and has a bearing that seals the cylinder very well, the piston head is a ported design. The website states that it is made of aircraft aluminum alloy. The bearing on the piston head, makes sure the spring can rotate as it gets wound up so it can perform at its best. This will also lengthen the life span of the spring. Also will the bearing cause an additional fps, around 5 fps. We were also very impressed that the parts all fit very well, they are indeed 100% air thight and no FPS will be lossed. This has been tested with our finger on the nozzel and pushing the piston through the cylinder. It was truely impossible to do this, it all was air tight!

Springguide



The springguide in this kit is a full steel springguide with a bearing, the full steel springguide is also well constructed but has another slight problem when you try to fit it to a Classic Army gearbox use’s pins to get it instead while a Tokyo Marui gearbox uses round pins to hold it in place instead of the flat ones, this again will be addressed in a kit that is Classic Army compatible. The full steel springguide will make more noise then a stock plastic one but is a lot stronger and the bearing again insures longer spring life and a slight increase in fps. This springguide base and the two wings are shaped in one-piece, this to make a high durability. The two wings are the weakest part of a spingguide and MODIFY ensured this problem is history. This springguide can handle up to a M170 spring, so don't worry about any durability! Using it with a M120 spring (340-350 FPS) will make it run for ages.

Price
Here some European retail prices of the MODIFY parts. They look extremely low, but i think they are right. We will compare them with some SYSTEMA parts, just a fast price comparison:

* MODIFY Bore Up Cylinder Set 60,00 EURO
* MODIFY Bore Up Nozzle 10,00 EURO
* MODIFY Bore Up Pistonhead 20,00 EURO
* MODIFY Fullteeth Piston 20,00 EURO
* MODIFY Bore Up Cylinder M16A2 17,00 EURO

* SYSTEMA Nozzle 12,50 EURO
* SYSTEMA Alluminium Pistonhead 25,00 EURO
* SYSTEMA Red Piston 31,50 EURO
* SYSTEMA AREA 1000 CYLINDER FOR M16 12,00 EURO

We have used some prices from Stormtec and Arco & Frecce to compare. First of all we think the quality of SYSTEMA parts and MODIFY parts are comparable here. So we do not compare aplles with pears here. As you can see prices on MODIFY are very well! Most of the parts are below SYSTEMA prices and quite a lot. However the AREA 1000 cylinder of SYSTEMA is a little cheaper but we do not know the quality of it and so we don't know if it is comparable or not.

Overall
These parts of MODIFY do see a bright future we think. Good quality parts with good prices! And the company itself is listening very good to feedback and has great service. Compatibility problems will be solved soon! Stay tuned on this review since we will provide an update when the improved Classic Army compatible parts have been received. When we have fully upgraded our Classic Army gearbox we will also take some nice shots of the internals installed!

External Links
www.modify.com.tw

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