The CIRAS (Combat Integrated Releasable Armor System) is a modular protective vest designed for US Special Forces by Eagle Industries. The vest features PALS webbing, making it MOLLE compatible, and there are two versions of it: “Land” and “Maritime”. The CIRAS comes with a releasable design; a pull of the cord and the armor falls apart from the operator’s body, for quick access to combat wounds for instance.
I prefer to use the goggles/soft-mask combo when it comes to face protection. I have tried several different shapes and brands of goggles but none of them was perfect so I wanted to try one used by military and law enforcement personnel and not because I am a “geardo” only because I hate to stop every 10 minutes to wipe the glass dry.
If you're been looking to North America for some of the formidable protective vests and load carrying gear, or to China and the rest of the Far East for copycats and cheaper knock-offs if you're on a budget, don't forget that there is one to seriously consider too --- GERMANY.
Let’s all agree Airsoft is indeed a sport, despite not having its superstars, multi-national corporate sponsors or fans it is still a sport. Just like any sporting event we would like to capture as much of the action as possible. For years airsofters had to contend with taking still images of the action using 35mm film. The number of images taken was limited by the number of shots in a roll of film. When digital cameras came our horizons widened and we were able to take more photos than before. However we were still limited to still images, skirmish actions frozen in time devoid of sound.
A fast growing favourite among airsoft players, the expensive PCU Level 5 now has a Chinese-made replica. The Protective Combat Uniform (PCU) was developed for the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick to respond to the demand of Special Forces troops for warm clothing.
This is a non-branded and bought from Ebay for around £10, compatible with most Motorola Talkabout T – series two way radios. It comes with a throat mic, ear piece, separately wired PTT button and Motorola compatible 2.5mm plug.
In military battles, having clear lines of communications coupled with clear real time intelligence always give you the upper hand. Unit formations, terrain, weather, logistics, location, and situations are relayed among units and to their command posts. Smaller and well-trained units can wipe out bigger opponents through the effective use of communications. In conventional warfare, one of the first things attacked before a full scale force on force battle happens is communications.
Swedish uniforms are very popular among airsoft players. They have a unique camouflage pattern that is edgy but proven very effective. The Swedish army and camouflage experts experimented to get the ultimate camouflage during late 80’s, giving birth to the Swedish M90. The green M90 comes in different types depending on which unit and in what type of terrain you are to serve in. The M90K, desert colored camouflage is the latest addition.