OLight PL-Mini 2

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There’s a lot to like about this mini tac light. It’s as bright or brighter than some full-sized weapon lights but don’t stick out awkwardly post the muzzle. Speaking of full-sized lights, I found out that the magnetic charger is not compatible with the Olight PL-PRO. So don’t lose the charger or you’re going to have to order another one from Olight. That’s the one main downside with this light, I kinda wish it was USB-C instead.

Overall there’s a lot I like about this light: it’s bright, weighs next to nothing on my pistol, and is easy to manipulate and activate. It’s a lot better than my XC-1. Its closest competitor is the Klarus GL-1 which is about as small, has an adjustable length mounting system, is also 600 lumens but also has a strobe mode. I know some real-life Operators hate strobe (for valid reasons), so if you want a non-strobe compact weapon light go with Valkerie Mini. 

Product Link
Amazon https://amzn.to/3q3GwLl

Specification

  • Output: 600 LM~60 LM
  • Max Runtime: 1hr 50min  
  • Light Source: CW LED
  • Body Material: AL6061-T6 aluminum alloy
  • Dimensions:
  • Length: 2.07 in /52.5 mm
  • Width: 1.26 in / 32 mm
  • Height: 1.28 in / 32.5 mm
  • Weight: 2.57 oz/ 73g
  • Battery Source: Built-in LiPoly Battery
  • Waterproof: IPX6
  • Impact Resistance(m):1 meters

Are Matrix Goggles really shatter-proof?

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Features

  • Shatter-proof, ANSI Z87.1 rated lenses in three shades: Yellow, Tinted, and Clear
  • Single pane lens with anti-fog coating
  • Foam dust seal to keep dust out and air flowing
  • Comfortable rubber eye surround provides full-seal protection
  • Wide, adjustable elastic strap
  • Meets and exceeds ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 impact requirements
  • Package includes a soft carrying case

These Matrix Tactical Systems Airsoft Goggles were sent to me by Evike.com and today I’m going to shoot them with a full-auto burst from 1ft away with an AEG firing 0.25g BBs at 340fps (1.34 Joules). But before we destroy them, we’ll take a closer look. I review it’s build quality and eye-glass compatibility. 

So here’s what you get, inside the box, we find the goggles inside a carrying case/pouch. 2 replacement lenses (clear and amber tint). And a protective cloth sock/sleeve attached to the straps reminiscent of military-issued ESS goggles. The strap is easily adjustable and is detachable from the frame but with a proprietary clipping system.

The frame lacks a foam lining which can leave some gaps depending on your face shape. This is the main shortfall in the product. They should have included a small roll or strip of foam tape. I recomend using insulating weather stripping tape to both fill in gaps and improve comfort. 

The lenses have an anti-fog coating. But in my testing, they did not perform remarkably better than any other single-pain goggle I’ve used. It fogs up and quickly if you are wearing any type of cloth mouth covering. Not worse, just average. Meh.

For our BB impact the test I used .25g Matrix BioBBs fired at 340fps from an AEG. I set up a firing position with slightly less than 1ft distance between the muzzle and the goggles. On the first semi-auto shot to lense face, I thought the lens had shattered because there was some particles spraying from it. It turns out that it was just spray from left-over soapy water trapped in the frame under the lens.

I next proceeded with a full-auto burst which I was sure would crack the lens. I was frankly surprised that it survived with just a few scuff marks on the lens. I was able to wipe off the white marks but small BB shaped distortions were permanent. But the goggles were still usable and clear enough to play. 

Overall I would recommend these goggles for their durability. If they would have included foam insulating trim in the frame these would be 100%. If you’re interested in picking up a pair, they are available in a variety of camo colors at Evike.com

PRODUCT LINK
Evike https://bit.ly/2KYV00j

OPSMEN Earmor M31 Review

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Retailing at around $49, these headsets are about the same price as Walker Razors and Howard Leight Impact Sports. They have been supplied for this review by Opsman and Evike.com and I found them to have the best features of both the Razors and Leights; the directional stereo sound of the Howard Leights and the superior AUX audio sound or Razors (actually a bit better audio than Razor).

One sore point (literally) was that the extra-soft earpads didn’t provide sufficient spacing for my ears. They would pinch against the inside of the earcups and became uncomfortable after about 30 minutes of wearing. I replaced the foam pads with supplied gel pads which relieves the issue slightly. I suggested a larger plastic frame spacer to the OPSMEN, or simply thicker pads. I hope they offer this as an option soon.

These low profile Electronic Hearing Protectors feature a noise reduction rating of 22 decibels. 2 x AAA batteries power the unit for up to 350hrs. And if you forget to turn off the unit before putting them away, it has an auto-shutoff after 4hrs. 

They’re reminiscent of MSA Sordins combat headsets but with an unusual asymmetrical slant. They’re designed with this angle so that the earcup rests against your rifle stock. It’s an effective design solution to the problem of noise leak due to a pushed earcup when you’re using iron sights.  

PURCHASE ONLINE
M31 on Evike.com: https://bit.ly/EarmorM31
M31 Gel Pads: https://bit.ly/2VcJPlO
On Amazon: https://amzn.to/33ml3EA

SPECS 

  • NRR 22
  • 3 volume levels: Low, Med, High  
  • Sound Cut Off: ≥82 dB  
  • Power: 2xAAA
  • 350hr runtime
  • 4 hours auto shut-off
  • IPX-5 Water Resistant
  • 3.5mm jack AUX jack

Budget Bug Out Solar

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I put together a budget portable solar setup for under $200; pairing the Beleeb 50W solar panel and the Jackery 160 solar generator/battery. These two highly-rated solar products on Amazon but they were not compatible out of the box. I had to find the appropriate cable which wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to track down the info, so I’m sharing it with you. As an added benefit, this is also one of the most compact 160W solar setup that you can easily fit in the back of a truck cab or even a backpack.

PRODUCT LINKS

Beleeb 50w solar panels: https://amzn.to/2IFwwYC

Jackery 160: https://amzn.to/3aggmAz

8mm to Anderson adapter cable: https://amzn.to/3aggmAz

8mm power cord: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_A4ifPf

Beleeb

  • Peak Power: 50 W
  • Cell Type: A-grade Monocrystalline
  • Cell Efficiency:23%-25%
  • Power Voltage: 18V
  • Max Power Current:2.77A
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 3.02V
  • Operating Temperature Range: -10℃ ~ 65℃ 
  • Extended Size: 87cm x 41cm x 1cm 
  • Folded Size: 29cm x 41cm x2cm
  • Weight: 1.35kg

Jackery 160

  • Capacity: 167Wh 
  • Input (DC 8MM): 12V~30V 42W Max
  • AC outlet : 110V 60Hz Continuous 100W Peak 150W
  • USB-C output port: 5V 3A
  • 2 x USB-A output ports: 5V 2.4A
  • DC Output port (6MM port): 12V/7A
  • Dimensions: 7.40*4.59*6.73 in
  • Weight: 3.97 lbs

Klarus HR1: Lite Light Right?

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Weighs as much as 4 quarters and as bright as 600 lumens (they also make a 400 lumen version).

• 18mm ultra-thin body

• 46g featherweight headlamp (without battery pack, the unit weighs only 1.6oz)

• Detachable rechargeable 2000mAh battery pack

• USB-C charging port

• 3 lamps(spot/flood/red light)

• Max up to 600 lumens

• Up to 2.3 days on low 

• IPX6 Water Resistance

Maglite, the one flashlight you need

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How to calculate the lumen output of any flashlight. If you ever wondered if those crazy high lumen claims of those cheap Chinese lights are legit, use this US-made Maglite to check it yourself. Just download a Light Meter App to your phone and use this 100-lumen penlight as your benchmark. Because it’s 100 lumens, it’s easy math to determine how many times brighter the suspect light SHOULD be.

Before there was Surefire, Streamlight, or even the term ‘Tac Light’, there was Maglite. Founded in 1979, Maglite was the first mass-market duty flashlight made with aerospace-grade aluminum, and pioneering the use of ultra-bright bulb technology.

PRODUCT LINK

Amazon https://amzn.to/3nELQUL

APPS

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tsang.alan.lightmeter&hl=en_US&gl=US

Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lux-light-meter-pro/id1292598866

The best $500 you can spend in airsoft: a Gunpower SMT Review

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SMT Gunpower
This $500 electronic target game and training system (Smart Monitor Target) from Korea and available exclusively in the US at Evike. This is a stand-alone electronic game/training device is an impact sensitive 24” LCD screen that can accurately record BB hits to score and time the shooter.


PRODUCT LINK
http://bit.ly/2JcfxgO

Features

  • Vertical standing monitor
  • Adjustable stand, can be made as tall or as short as the shooter would prefer
  • Avoid going outside for target practice, practice within the safety of your own home
  • Easy to set up and get started
  • Various targets to choose from, with up to 6 unique targets
  • Test yourself and practice shooting with an individualized scoring system
  • BBs resistant screen and sensors ensures reusability

Recommended Airsoft Weapon Specs

  • FPS Under 400 (measured with 0.25g BBs)
  • BB weight under .30g
  • Minimum Distance 6ft
  • Semi-Only


The level of complexity to assemble the unit wasn’t quite IKEA level in terms of difficulty. But setting it up the first time was a bit of work. With practice, you can get down to about 3-5 minutes. It includes an Allen wrench but I found the screws on the stand to be waaaay tight. Other reviewers have reported similar problems out of the box. I recommend a good ratchet to get them loose. I used a rubber mallet.

The stand pieces are very heavy-duty and robust.

It boots up automatically when plugged in and turned on. The screen is protected by a special flexible, replaceable, plexiglass screen which also slows down BB’s and eliminates all but a few rare ricochets. But you should still, always wear eye-protection when using this with any airsoft weapon. 

You control it using the button master-control pad which is connected to the unit with a supplied 10m USB cable. You can also shoot at the screen and control it like a giant touch screen but lightly tapping or pressing on the screen doesn’t work. It only responds to hard, fast impacts, like BB hits. 

The unit has 11 target games or modes. I understand there are future games in development and the unit is software upgradable though I don’t have any information as to how that’s going to be implemented or when it will roll out. 9 options are game or competition based some of whom are 2-player. The unit also has 2 unscored and untimed targets for zeroing optics and general accuracy training. 

TARGET MODES

Aiming: A time based accuracy game. In a grid of 12 circle targets a random target will glow briefly and you must hit that target before the stops glowing. You’ll be presented with a total of 20 targets. Your score is based on your time plus penalty time for misses. 

Command 1: Is a long and challenging arcade style shooting drill using numbers and shapes. At the start of each stage you’re given a set of 3 numbers and shapes to shoot among 5 tarets. You have 5 shots per stage. Fail to hit all 3 of your targets or hit the wrong one and you lose a life. You have 3 lives to complete all 25 stages.  

Criminal: Law-enforcement style “bad guy” target with a limit of 10 shots on the target and scored hit zone. This mode is best used with a user created challenges such as forced a mag changes or the shooter change cover locations to fire on the SMT. 

Flip Flop: A 2-player game where you claim hex spaces on the game board with a correctly placed shot on a highlighted target. You’re given 3 shots per turn. You’re goal is to turn the entire board to your color. Miss and you could turn your hex over to your opponents color. This game is very competitive but is best played with 2-players. 

Hostage: Similar to “Criminal” target but with a “no-shoot” hostage with a total of 10 shots scored on hit zones on the ‘bad guy’. If you hit the hostage, you get points deducted. 

Shot Time: IPSC style target surrounded by smaller target ‘steels’ with various number values. You have a total of 10 shots per round and you’re scored by accuracy and split times. Like the Criminal and Hostage targets, this game improves when you user imposes shooting challenges like manditory mag relods. 

Target: Is a simple target bullseye and hunting animal silhouettes. You have 10 shots per round with no time limit, and your scored on shot placement on the central bullseye target. 

Training 1: Is one of 2 games that allows you to network together additional SMT screens and presenting the the target on different screens. You’re presented a series of IPSC paper targets, a no-shoot, and steel poppers.Your score is based on your time. 

Training 2: Also has a multi-screen option. In this game you have a series of steel reactive targets and challenge trees. Your score is based on your time to complete. 

Zeroing: Paper target design 1 for zeroing optics 

Zeroing1: Paper target similar to Zeroing but with a 5 shot limit per round. The target measures the size of your 5-shot group. This info is helpful in measuring the effects of changing weapon peramiters such as BB weight or brand used. Or changings to your hop-up or barrel. 

INSIGHTS AND ISSUES

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Ok, so I’ve been playing with this thing for a couple of days and I found somethings I really like and some room for improvement. Thanks again to I want to thak Evike.com for sending this unit  for me to review. They wanted my unbiased feedback on how to improve it so I’m going to tell you what I told them. 

Screws in the stand are way too tight out of the box. I think the factory painted them after they put the screws in place. It was a pain to loosen them to assemble the stand. 

Also the assmebly instructions. The set screw mentioned in Step #6 really needs to be installed in Step #2 or else you’re going to have to unscrew other connector you just got finished installing to align it properly. It’s needless extra work. 

Next the BB catch tray install isn’t adequately explained and illustrated in the instructions. I eventually figured out you have pull out the arms insert them into small slots on the sides of the screen. And then attach the rubber side panels which have magnets on them. This helps catch ricochets. I was shooting form about 10ft away with a 350fps AEG with 0.25g BBs and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the plexi screen slowed down the BB’s and it seemed like over 90% of my BB’s landed in the catch tray instead the floor. 

I had fun with just 1 unit and while it would be nice to have more than one, I gotta wonder why they designed them to network with ethernet cables and a wired hub. This isn’t the 1990’s, why didn’t they build in wifi or bluetooth into them?

One thing people may balk at is the price of $500. But when you consider that’s the price of a high-end customized AEG or two average AEGS, well that’s not outrageous. If you already have a bunch of airsoft guns already, I’d consider this a better use of funds than buying yet another rifle. In fact it’s the most fun I’ve had shooting an airsoft gun, without actually skirmishing with other people. Especially for folks in parts of the country where you can’t play airsoft during the winter months. It really is a great training tool. 

And if your a family man and need another excuse, yes it even works with Nerf guns. So you could claim you’re buying it for the kids. You’re welcome.

So is it worth it? That’s ultimately up to you. I hope this video helped you decide. If you want to pick one up yourself, please use the evike link in my video description. My channel gets a little commission if you do. If you don’t that’s cool too. Just do me a favor and share this video with somebody who you think might be interested. 

Again, that’s for watching. Play safe. 

Moondog Out.
 

EMG Noveske Gen 4 Review

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The real steel Noveske Gen4 Shorty. A custom-built AR chambered in 5.56mm made by Oregon based Noveske Rifleworks. Featuring a 10.5 inch barrel with a 1-in-7 twist and a plethora of ambi controls, this EMG built airsoft AEG is a faithful replica. It was supplied by Evike.com for this unbiased review. 

PRODUCT LINK
https://bit.ly/37d7jy8

CHRONO TESTING

340.5 FPS with 0.25g Matrix Bio-BB’s 

ACCURACY

3.6” group at 25fts.

The SilverEdge 2.0 gearbox and programmable fire controller. This AEG has 5 different fire modes. Selectable from a button inside the mag well. You press the button for a 5 seconds until it blinks and it changes the fire-mode:

Mode 1 – Safe / Semi / Auto

Mode 2 – Safe / Semi / 3rd Burst

Mode 3 – Safe / 2rd Burst / Auto

Mode 4 – Safe / 3rd Burst / Auto

Mode 5 – Safe / 3rd Burst / 9rd Burst

Klarus E2 Review: 7 Day Runtime?

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https://rumble.com/vbtsuh-klarus-e2-review-can-it-run-for-7-days.html

The Klarus E2 is an aluminum-bodied EDC wilderness survival flashlight is scarcely bigger than the 18650 battery that powers it. With a max output of 1600 lumens and at low power, a max runtime of 168hrs (in my testing it fell short by 54hrs). Let’s take a look at what you get for a street price of about $70.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/36NhetZ

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