Tactical and Cool

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Grabbed one of the Shooter Performance Shirts from Tactical Distributors recently as I was ordering a Velocity systems BOSS rugby at the same time and wanted to test them both out for comparison given that they’re both aiming to solve a similar problem.

The Shooter T comes in a really nice 4-way stretch synthetic, I always wear my issued synthetic t-shirts for the gym and any other phys (as well as under MTP uniform of course) and the fabric that Tac Distributors have used for this top is seriously plush. Flat lock seams to minimise any potential rubbing (something the issue T also does, luckily) and sewn from 6 main panels of material rather than the conventional 4 most t-shirts comprise; more expensive for the manufacturer, but giving a better fit and mobility.

I wouldn’t take this in to the depths of the most dangerous combat zone purely because it’s not FR and synthetics are definitely not what you want when there’s a lot of danger of extreme flash and flame close by. But for the sportsman who wants maximum ventilation and moisture wicking, this is the way to go. Try going for a run on a hot summers’ day wearing a cotton T some time then try something like this on the same run the next day; by the end of your session the amount of cold, horrible sweat that’s saturating the cotton and clinging to your skin will be exponentially higher vs a quality synthetic like this.

Most importantly of course there’s a nicely sized loop panel that’s well integrated in to the left sleeve for your patch needs. They’ve actually stitched it in all the way round the edges to make the loop sits as flat and flush physically as possible – even Crye and Arc’teryx just run a single line of stitching around their loop panels and leave the edges exposed.

In a totally ideal world I’d really like full loop squares in the AC style on both sleeves, but given this is aimed more at the sports market than military I can see why they’ve gone for the much more subdued styling (which certainly isn’t a bad thing overall).

To QD or not to QD

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Have a QD point? Want to hook on your MS2/3 or other non-QD sling?Magpul Industries Corp. has a gadget for that.

Can look a little funky (as demonstrated here on the Fortis ManufacturingREV rail) but it’s small and locks in totally solid; no rotation once tightened in to place.

I picked up a pair of these as so many forends incorporate QD points right in to the metal and having these on hand means you can almost instantly switch from needing a QD sling to being able to use any sort of hook you like.

The latest edition Vickers Sling from BFG

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The latest Blue Force Gear, Inc. Vickers sling I’ve picked up has some interesting little improvements from previous iterations, which is something I’ve noticed BFG do quite continuously. They never really publicise it as far I’ve seen, but if you buy something like a pouch from them at one point, then buy another one of exactly the same item 6 months later, you’ll be almost guaranteed to find changes and improvements.

In the case of the padded Vickers Combat sling seen here, they’ve changed the acetal adjustment piece with the webbing tab that allows quick changes to the length of the sling; switching between appropriate lengths for patrolling, shooting and carrying on your back. I found the previous version would slip slightly when the weapon was suspended on it over time, leaving your sling longer than you’d want it to be. Initial impressions are that this new piece will lock in the webbing better to alleviate this issue, but only time and testing will tell.

The question in my mind is whether I’ll buy any more of these now the padded Magpul MS1 is on the market. I’ve used a fair few of the Vickers’ slings for building my own customised versions over the years and they’ve served me so much better than anything I used before… but, the padded MS1 doesn’t have any bunching around the pad the way this does (not a noticeable problem on the BFg, but it does happen), seems to lock in the chosen length just as well with a lower profile adjustment system, is generally a lot less shiny and is constructed in a more up-to-date fashion. The Magpul product generally looks and feels higher quality and more advanced. Again, time and testing in usage will of course tell.