OP: Red Dawn – Field Report and Experience

So this month I had the pleasure of attending  OP: Red Dawn. A multi-day Milsim run by the Aces and Eights out at the Tranquille Sanatorium in Kamloops BC.


Photo courtesy of my teammate Loops (Jon) who played the part of a press photographer throughout the weekend. He makes us look badass.

Read on below for details on the event and my experiences.

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I’ve been bit by the AOR1 bug again!


Recently I have been bit by the AOR1 bug again; being on a budget I looked for some decent replicas out there. After some searching I found a small and newer company named Hellfire Development. I picked up a MMAC and an assortment of pouches. Though I already have a LBT 6094 slick and a Toy Soldier 6094, I have always wanted a MMAC because of a few photos used by SEALs in the wild. I was able to ask a buddy to lend me his Eagle MMAC to do a comparison to see the accuracy of their work.

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HM AK Optic Mount

While I’ve been kind of quiet on here as of late, I have certainly not stopped buying.

This item at least wasn’t a week (or two or three or four) of Kraft Dinner’s worth of saving those (now-obsolete) pennies for – the “real steel” mount would have been – but this mail order (and accompanying pictures) showed up a couple of months ago.


Those of you who are keen on American AK parts may recognize this as resembling one of the most highly regarded side mount designs on the (US) market.

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Planning for 42hrs Scenario: Part 1

With an upcoming game here in BC in a pretty cool 100-acre venue (and only a few hours drive from home) coming up this weekend, the following is a rough draft of my WIP packing list:


Note this is not a complete packing list yet – one intentional omission is the clothing that I’ll be wearing. I’m primarily missing a day pack (TBD) to carry the secondary hydro reservoir and some of the smaller non-essentials – or so my plan goes.

Additionally, I will have a larger bag of back-ups, tools, additional supplies & water that I will not be carrying with me onto the field. As this game is being advertised as a “scenario,” players are being allowed to walk off the area in play if they so desire for sleep breaks & the like; as such, items stored outside of the game are still somewhat accessible. Players are also allowed to play for as long as they would like – which is what I’m planning for.

Irregardless, it should be fun to run around & sling plastic in what is more or less a ghost town – I’m interested to see what this organizer may be capable of on a much larger scale of game.

Overview: SSO Partizan Harness

It cost me an arm and a leg to purchase, from a dealer I had never dealt with before in Russia who frequently sold things within the Rushing Russians Facebook group. But 600 dollars later, and running around town trying to find a Western Union outlet in Downtown Vancouver, I have finally found the rig that I have been searching for years on end. The legendary SSO Partizan Harness.


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Preview: The Most Expensive Rig I’ve bought in Recent Memory (SSO Partizan Harness)

Hey all,

It’s been a while since I did a blog post on a bit of Russian Gear (which I have procured an absurd amount of gear over the past few months). Funny enough, I have a few more Partizan Patterned suits, as well as Sumraks coming in, made with rare bits of camouflage meant for both VDV and MVD inspired loadouts.

So to make up for this, I will be doing a write up on a bit of kit that isn’t made anymore that I managed to procure for a relatively decent price through a seller based out of Moscow. The legendary SSO Partizan Harness (2003-2004).

These aren’t made anymore, and are, at this point in time, collectors pieces. Which I game, like a fool.

It is one of my favourite rigs in my collection, and more than happy to share this with everyone, and will be doing a review as to why it is my favourite rig. For the time being, here are some pictures of it in action.


These rigs found their way to popularity through the use of them in the Beslan School Siege, as well as their popularity with both Spetsnaz and FSB. They have since fell into relative obscurity due to other rigs being available, but for collectors such as myself? They are priceless. There are camouflage patterns as well in use in the pictures above that I might do a write up on, when the time permits.

Till then, fair well.

Goggles, out!

TM VSR-10 G-SPEC – X-Fire, Upgrades and headaches

So in my recent post I showed off the new TM VSR-10 G-Spec I picked up from a local shop. As I said before, I either go all in or not at all. So below is a breakdown of where I picked up my parts, the upgrades parts I picked up and my experience thus far with installing these upgrades and testing.

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