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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
You don’t want to rush out and spend fortunes on gear that will just sit in your car forever, be uncomfortable or in my case find that you can’t lift it! Well help is here! I have compiled a list of dream airsoft kit and bargain buys which over the coming months fingers crossed should get you through this (possibly literal) minefield!
Obviously you do not want to set foot on a skirmish field without some form of gun – you can hire out from your local shop but its not the same as having your own; we will be dealing with this subject in great detail with lots of tried and tested guns over the next few months as its way too wide a subject to deal with here
Dressed to Chill
No, this month’s article is even more essential then your AEG – its what you wear on the skirmish field, as only the clinically insane or a stag on a bet would play in shorts and a t-shirt.
Over the last few months I have been amazed by the variety of camouflage used on the field ranging from bog standard British Army DPM all the way through to the Vietnam Tiger Stripe I have been playing in. I know that 511 Women’s tactical trousers are comfy and everything you could ask for, but sometimes a girl just needs to disappear into the background, so bring on the camo!
This brings me nicely onto the new camouflage sensation A-TACS (Advanced Tactical Concealment System) brought to us by the whizz kids at DCS (Digital Concealment Systems) who have been in the business for over 20 years, so as we will see they know what they are talking about!
Launched at last year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, this camouflage has already generated a lot of talk now the time has come to see if it lives up to its stellar reputation.
As this new pattern is a possible contender for the US Military Special Ops Team and has already been featured on Shia Le Boeuf in the new Transformers film, you can see just how widespread its appeal is – even Hollywood is talking about it!
Now for the technical bit, A-TACS is composed of “organic pixels” which mimic natural shapes rather than the standard unnatural square pixels which have been in widespread use up until now and the colours are carefully recreated natural shades with a base of natural tan carefully lit to conform as closely as possible to every imaginable background. It also utilizes smaller shapes which work at a distance to create larger shapes which in turn create distinct patterns. This pattern within a pattern has proved highly effective at breaking up the human outline at a distance.
Many who have seen the pattern comment on its chameleon like ability to blend into the surrounding environment whether its woodland, sand, or even an Essex skirmish site in the pouring rain.
As a bonus the ATACS range is available over a massive amount of items – boots, jackets, shirts, vests, gloves and pretty much anything else you will ever need can be had in this pattern. There will be full testing of this camo in a few months as I am still putting it through its paces but I have to say that so far, so good. The ATACS clothing is tough, comfortable, and the clothing I have been trying has given a decent amount of protection from BB’S (always a consideration for me) and has not ripped yet.
One thing we have not taken into consideration is the price, surely for this amount of performance there has to be a catch somewhere? Well luckily its not here, with prices starting at just £55.00 for a proper A-TACS coat it puts this well into the bargain buys category and I can see this camouflage taking over at a skirmish site near you very soon!