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

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

Walker’s Razor vs Howard Leight Impact Sport

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I can’t stress enough how important ear-pro is. Use any legitimate hearing protection when firing your firearms. Electronic ear protection is a leap in functionality from simple ear plugs and standard earmuffs.

Bear in mind, electronic earmuffs but they can sometimes be advertised as electronic noise-canceling earmuffs. This should not be confused with Active Noise Canceling headphones used to listen to music (Bose, Sony, Beats, etc.) Those work by creating mirror sounds that cancel the offending background droning sounds like an air conditioner or jet engine. Those music headphones can NOT be used for gun sports.

Electronic Earmuffs work by passive noise reduction like non-electronic earmuffs; by simply blocking loud noises with the sound-deadening insulation. The electronics instead pipe in ambient sounds from outside the earmuffs, until a noise exceeds 82dB; they electronically shut-off the mics in an instant. Both reduce loud noises, reducing gunshot sounds (approx 155db) by about 22 decibels (dB) to approximately 133dB. Their Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is the amount of decibel noise reduction they offer.

Howard Leight Impact Sports
• Directional Stereo sound amplification 
• NRR 22dB
• 3.5mm headphone jack
• 2 x AAA batteries (~350hrs)
• 4hr Auto Shut Off 

Walker Razor Slim
• Omni-Directional sound amplification
• NRR 23dB
• Full dynamic range HD speakers for clear balanced sound with sound-activated compression reaction of 0.02 seconds
• 3.5mm headphone jack
• 2 x AAA batteries

Available on AMAZON

Walker Razor https://amzn.to/2HKPPie

Howard Leight https://amzn.to/2HK5Yop