With Operation: Iceback quickly approaching, I figured that I should probably start hammering down my guns and gear loadouts. Above is a pic of the guns I’ll be taking with me to Iceback. After the break is a quick rundown on each gun and why I’m taking it with me to Golden.
- Systema PTW (Mk.12 Mod 1 SPR)
There’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind that I was going to be relying on my PTW as my primary for Iceback. Despite the mechanical problems with the platform (and there have been several expensive ones) it is still by far my best performing AEG. The real problem is with what combination of upper receiver, inner barrel, and optic I would be taking with me.
In the end I settled on my Mk.12 SPR upper, as it is obviously set up for long range engagements and given the size of the AO long range engagements will probably be very common. In addition, the long-range optic (a Leupold replica) will be perfect for spotting troop movements and such – as one of the COs for our side it’s important that I be able to have long range spotting capabilities.
The SPR upper with the Vanaras inner barrel performs adequately, but I’m thinking it could still shoot better with an actual DMR cylinder (my only cylinder is shooting only 390-400 fps at the moment). I’ll have to borrow a spare one from someone in FTB to see if shooting at DMR speeds will make a measurable difference. I may or may not be experimenting with my SOPMOD Block II upper and the VisionKing short dot replica that’s currently on my KJW GBBR – I’ll take it out this weekend and see how it shoots. For now, the SPR will be my selection.
My only concern with taking the SPR upper is the weight/length of the gun in this setup. Given that I’ll likely be humping a heavy third-line pack, the weight might slow me down over the course of the day. I’ll just have to suck it up, I guess, because the benefits of this platform far outweigh the cost in weight.
FTB won’t be doing any type of impression for the sim, but I guess it’s worth noting that the SPR also has the advantage of being kind of kosher for this type of op, as far as real-world ops go. Marcus Luttrell mentions several times in Lone Survivor that he carried an SPR on that mission (and Mark Wahlberg, who plays Luttrell in the movie adaptation, also carries one), so I suppose the SPR would be the choice of real-world operators too.
- LCT AK-104
The PTW is great and all, but sometimes you just want an AEG that works 100% of the time you pull the trigger – for me, that AEG is my LCT AK-104. My love for this thing has been well documented in these pages, I’m sure. This thing has respectable range, amazing accuracy, and above all, a reliability rating of over 9000.
The AK will likely be my secondary AEG that I’ll leave back at base in case my PTW goes down. Alternatively, I may also decide to voluntarily switch to it in case I foresee any need for full-auto fire in medium/close range engagements. I’ll likely also use it for any night sims/CQB games that the organizers are running apart from the actual sim itself.
- TM Glock 17
As we all know I’m not really a fan of sidearms, but I can’t deny the fact that everyone should carry one, particularly for CQB environments when my potentially hot shooting SPR can’t be used.
My TM Glock 17 is by far my best shooting pistol, with range and accuracy that rivals some of my AEGs. Full credit goes to Juicy, who built the thing from the ground up. I had some initial problems with the gun when I first picked it up from him that made me semi-regret my purchase, but the issues have since been ironed out and it’s quickly becoming my favourite sidearm. This one is a bit of a no-brainer.
Thoughts on these guns? Should I go with a different upper/optic combination for my PTW? Comments welcome.