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  • Writer's pictureKelly Hardwick


 Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Following on from my last favourites post, today I'll be looking at my favourite bits of gear that I used in 2021. Let me clarify though - these are MY favourite pieces of gear (yours probably will be different) that I used in 2021 - meaning they may not be new or innovative but they are products that have elevated my kit this year.

At number 5 we have the Deadly Customs DC4 Kydex Holster. My DC-4 from Deadly Customs is moulded around an Olight Valkyrie PL-2 torch which means most pistols can fit in the holster securely as long as they have a PL-2 torch attached to them. You can adjust the fit of the holster by adjusting the screws on the side of the holster. This piece of kit is really useful to have when I want to swap out my sidearm for the day. To attach it to the belt I've mounted it on a Safariland QLS on a Low Rider with a thigh strap (you can check out my review of the DC4 here). 

For the last year, I’ve sacked off my regular airsoft trousers for a pair of hiking trousers. When I visited Poland in September 2020 for the Gunfire calendar shoot I met Lisa (@skinnybitch._) who had a pair of hiking trousers that fit amazing so on her recommendation I decided to get some, and now I have 3 pairs!

RVRC GP Trousers are a pair of hybrid trousers that have stretch fabric and reinforcements at the knees, seat and lower legs. They are wind and water-repellent, and the stretch panels ventilate and add comfort. They also have ventilation zippers along the thighs and the knees are fitted with pockets for knee pads. My favourite thing about these trousers is the fit - I’ve never had a pair of trousers fit better.

At number 3, we have the Rigger's Belt from Deadly Customs! The Rigger’s Belt is a weight-bearing belt system with an added D-ring to attach things such as carabiners etc directly to the belt. It’s made from MILSPEC webbing and features a dual-layer construction for strength and durability. At the front of the belt, there is a genuine 45mm AustriaAlpin Cobra Buckle that has the built-in D-Ring previously mentioned which you can use to attach a load of items. The inside of the belt is lined with Hook Velcro to attach it to the inner belt (which is included).

Although ropes and carabiners etc aren’t needed for airsoft, I do think that they add an extra something to the belt and they’re super useful for attaching gloves and face pro so they’re always on this.

At number 2, we have the OneTigris Mag Inserts which I’ve been using to switch up my Spiritus Systems Micro fight MK3 and my Viper VX Buckle Up Chest Rig! They’re made from an elastic material and with a hook Velcro fastener on the outside. They have great retention and are easy to install/swap out - check my TikTok video out here.

They come in a few different options including a single 5.56 insert, a double 5.56 insert and a double SMG and they’re compatible with a lot of chest rig systems.

Number 1: NVM14

At the top of this list, we have Night Vision! 2021 was the year I finally caved and brought Night Vision. Up until now I didn’t see the need for it but hear me out! Over the last 6 years, I’ve played a lot of 24-hour games (sometimes longer) and the night is a very large part of this time, by sleeping and also having reduced natural Night Vision (thanks to a neurological condition called Visual Snow) I was losing out on so many hours of gameplay so I took the plunge and brought a monocular.

I had a unit built custom for me, by my friend Adriano at RDX_Tactical on Instagram and chose an NVM14 Housing (which is a little smaller and lighter than the well-known PVS14) and a Photonis BASIC WP tube. I chose WP over the traditional green as it is a little easier on the eyes (at least for me) when I wear it for extended periods and I also think it looks the tits.

Although it’s not essential, owning NV has allowed me to play for longer during 24-hour events and has given me so much enjoyment.

Originally posted Monday 10 January 2022


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