I have generally given up hope of keeping my WE M4 in good condition anymore. This usually results in it running dirty yet (usually) functional, if I go shoot with it. Perhaps not the best practice, but I’ve been shooting (and pouring money into) mine for many years past its prime – I probably should have given up on this one a few generations before WE “open bolt”/open chamber GBBR and conversion kits even hit the market. But what the heck, I might as well keep it running.
I recently have been encountering issues with most of my 9 working magazines refusing to lock back (I have somewhere in the range of 14, but the old gen internals just leak too often to be worth maintaining). Years ago, I did most of the common mods you’ll find on the internet and then some, in regards to getting the finicky WE M4 “open bolt” bolt stop to actually, well, stop the bolt when the mag runs out of ammo. A combination of many of those seems to have fixed my issue, but it has since returned… all things considered, I’m a little surprised that I’m just experiencing this now (much later than expected).
After inspecting the usual suspects and confirming those to still be in functional condition, I still couldn’t get it to work right with all my mags. A few ideas popped into mind – mag part that pushes up on bolt stop, magazine outer shells, or lower receiver.
No photo(s) today – just a story about a surprising good warranty policy from a repro company in China.
I picked this one up a while ago from DS Tactical and forgot to do a write up on it. So without further ado, may I present to you my custom Grey Ghost Gear Minimalist Plate Carrier, as I have been running it over the past summer:
- Grey Ghost Minimalist, Coyote
- Eagle Admin Pouch, Khaki
- Flyye Triple M4 Mag Pouch, CB
- Shoulder Pads from repro LBT6094, painted
- Z-Tactical Speaker Mic
- Eagle MBITR Radio Pouch, Khaki
- TMC Canteen Pouch, Khaki (Source 1L)
- Pantac Horizontal Utility Pouch, Multicam
Read on for my simple DIY modifications to the Minimalist, and my ideas on why I put pouches where I put them.
I had a whole thing written up on my phone a few days ago, but apparently the WordPress Mobile App hates me and refused to post it.
In a nutshell, this happened again:
Oh, Russian Partizan pattern, how I have missed owning you!
“Jester” and I have come to affectionately dub these our 3D leaf hunting camo – as the pattern itself features both a printed foliage pattern (similar in concept to a few more well-known hunting camouflage brands, such as Real Tree) as well as cut shapes to resemble leaves (once again, similar in concept to other hunting camouflage). We both noted that this pattern works well when wet from rain, rather well.
The main reason for my search for this camouflage set is due to inspiration from Taskforce Valkyrie and Team Cobalt (both have awesome MOUT/Mil-Sim YouTube channels, if you aren’t already aware of them). AFAIK, the dude on TF Valkyrie wears a higher end product, which definitely looks like a more useable pattern in itself… but in the end, I didn’t feel like shelling out the cash for a product that I wasn’t sure I would like to wear. That being said, the one I got instead has certainly proved to be an excellent test of this 3D pattern. Continue reading
Now that I am back in Hong Kong, it has become harder for me to carry things – thus I felt a need to buy an EDC bag. Since my favourite shop, DS Tactical, is now half way around the world, I made do with the equivalent in Hong Kong, Supreme Co.. After looking around there, I decided on the Mystery Ranch Full Moon.
From my latest LegitKit purchase through eBay – a used old gen London Bridge Trading radio pouch. Operator as f*ck with green zip ties, presumably to keep the knot on adjustable radio retention from coming undone. Previous owner Sharpie’d on his name, which was later obscured, presumably when he offloaded it.