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Too much kit! 
8th-Apr-2006 01:12 pm
ARVN Ranger
My sister once said that, if I ever got raided by the Police, between the airsofts and military kit lying around the place, I'd be in so much shit. After a bit of taking stock today, she may have a point. It looks like I could equip a small (albeit mismatched) squad all on my own!

Airsofts (skirmish grade weapons only)
  • Steyr AUG
  • M-16 (Vietnam pattern)
  • P-90
  • M-41A Pulse Rifle (theoretically convertible back to a M1A1 Thompson)
  • Mossburg M500 shotgun
  • L-85A2/SA-80 (admitedly, this is off being upgraded right now)

  • Glock 18c
  • Baretta Tac Master
  • Colt M1911

Uniforms (complete sets only)
  • British woodland DPM
  • British tropical DPM
  • British desert DPM
  • Canadian CADPAT woodland digital
  • US woodland
  • US tropical olive drab ripstop (in ARVN Ranger insignia)
  • US Marine woodland digital
  • US Army ACU universal digital
  • Singaporean woodland
  • Malaysian brushstroke jungle
  • South Vietnamese ARVN Ranger olive drab
  • Generic black SWAT

And that's not counting the fictional stuff like the Space: Above And Beyond USMC flight suit or the Stargate olive drab outfit. Strictly speaking, there's also a British staff officer's No. 2 uniform (decked out as a Brigadier, naturally) and a New Model Army foot outfit but I can't see me skirmishing in either...

Webbing (complete sets only)
  • British DPM vest
  • British DPM PLCE webbing
  • British 58 pattern webbing
  • Canadian CADPAT vest
  • US canvas ALICE webbing
  • US nylon ALICE webbing
  • USMC MARPAT vest (South African pattern)
  • USMC MARPAT vest (Hong Kong SDU pattern)
  • Generic black vest

Now waiting for vireton to arrive and then popping over to pick up Kate for a trip up to Airsoft Armoury: I need another magazine for the M-16/SA-80 and Kate wants to get her SA-80 looked at.
8th-Apr-2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
that is a bit scary..
8th-Apr-2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
And yet, that is still far from the largest collection (of weapons anyway) that I know of. That dubious distinction would belong to a chap I met through Buffy cons who once told me he had over a dozen electric airsofts (i.e. rifles or SMGs).

Anyway, what are you scared of, you have access to real guns!
8th-Apr-2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
i do. and i can shoot an m-16. can you?
8th-Apr-2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
You must be joking! I fired 20 rounds from an M-16 at a rifle range at the Cu Chi tunnel complex in Vietnam in 1999 and er... that's it. Hell, I doubt I've fired more than 100 live rounds in my entire life and that'll be split between that M-16, L1A1s, Lee Enfields and .22 rifles!

I am under no illusions about my marksmanship and, despite airsofts' lack or range and accuracy, the ease with which I can get shot by someone I never even saw means I have absolutely no desire to do any of this stuff for real!
8th-Apr-2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hmm... an odd thought: Are Israeli ration packs openly available?
9th-Apr-2006 05:24 am (UTC)
we're kinda at war here, should they be?
9th-Apr-2006 09:43 am (UTC)
I could think of arguments for both restricting their availability and making them freely available (e.g. for public use in event of major emergencies). It's just I came across a MRE/ration pack
forum and there was some discussion about availability of these things in different countries and one of those mentioned was Israel so I was just curious.
9th-Apr-2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
wait, ration pack, like, food?! that's ewwwwwwwww.
9th-Apr-2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
I take it you're not overly impressed with the quality of the food in Israeli ration packs then?
9th-Apr-2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
goddammit canned meat and fucking tuna and only ONE CAN OPENER !!! so if someone decides to open, say, tuna first, i can't eat anything because it will have touched tuna.


/reason i forced some french girls to open the chocolate and halva first when we had to eat from ration packs AGAIN and FOR NO GOOD REASON


9th-Apr-2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
awwwwwww whatacutelittlesoldier!!
10th-Apr-2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I take it ration packs are not individual then?
10th-Apr-2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
1 ration pack/4 people.
10th-Apr-2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
And 1 ration pack, 1 can opener? ;-)
10th-Apr-2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
damn it yes
8th-Apr-2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Im so breaking into your house, I want the p90 and hmm..which is better, the glock or the beretta? ;)

If we all carried real weapons instead of replica stuff at conventions, the average stargate convention probably would have enough firepower to equip a small army! I know at one of the past wolf cons we had about 3-4 p90's, 2 mp5's, about 6-7 pistols then theres the clothing..and that was just one room lol!!
8th-Apr-2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
But you already have a P-90!

Just looking at them as airsofts, the Glock is the sexier piece of kit - it has a rail for attaching a torch or laser and an automtic fire mode. However, the Tac Master, by virtue of being simpler, has proved more consistently reliable - the Glock has needed to go in for servicing once.

Pistols aren't actually all that useful in a skirmish though. Range, accuracy and ammunition capcacity-wise, they're outclassed by AEGs. Things have to be pretty desperate e.g. flat battery before I'll resort to a pistol!

Re: weapons at cons. Quite frankly, observing the weaponry on display is one of the few remaining reasons I might go to a Stargate con.
9th-Apr-2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Your P90 is a Mauri though isnt it? Mines one of the cheap ones remember, usless for anything less than show.
9th-Apr-2006 09:33 am (UTC)
Yep, it's a Tokyo Marui but I thought you said you weren't likely to ever go skirmishing so does the extra range and power matter?
9th-Apr-2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Damn pigeons are armoured plated so need the extra force

You never know, plus would be nice anyway to have the extra range and firepower..
Besides, they do look and feel better anyway. One of the guys who stays with me for wolf cons has a Tokyo Marui P90 and while its a lot heavier than mine, is obvioiusly far superior! Think he'd notice if I swapped them though ;)
9th-Apr-2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I imagine the reason the Marui is heavier is because of better build quality - stronger plastics, tougher gearbox etc. For most skirmishers, heavier=better as it usually means stronger (important when throwing yourself and your kit around a lot). However, the L-85 may be taking things a bit too far - it's not only got a metal body but it's steel rather than aluminium!
9th-Apr-2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Just re-read your comment. Exact what is wrong with my Colt .45 M1911 that you don't deem it worthy of nicking?!? ;-)
9th-Apr-2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hehehe..colt's have never taken my fancy..the other two have, but Id still not say no ;)
10th-Apr-2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Not that you're going to have that opportunity :-D
9th-Apr-2006 10:06 am (UTC)
I've got a fair-sized armory too, but most of mine are springers and certainly not of skirmish-able quality. I'm impressed by the size of your wardrobe!
9th-Apr-2006 11:05 am (UTC)
Hey, it was our discussions on what kit I might be able to offer for next trip to Urban Assault that prompted this cataloguing!

It must be said, I have more interest in acquiring more cammies than guns, especially maybe the new Malaysian woodland or the Danish flecktarn. I'd love to get my hands on the experimental Finnish digital pattern but they're a tad protective of it!
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