Gen X Global Stealth Paintball/Airsoft Mask Review

The Gen X Global Stealth mask is great for both paintball and airsoft, giving your face protection from BBs and paintballs. It’s made mostly from durable, flexible plastic with the exception of foam around the inside of the lenses and the adjustable strap in the back.

The Gen X Global Stealth mask has a great fit. As mentioned before, there’s a adjustable strap on the back of the mask that you can easily pull tighter or looser. And the plastic that the mask is made of is flexible; this doesn’t only cushion the shock from BBs and paintballs, but it also flexes to the contours of your head, making for a nice and snug fit. There’s also a small line of foam padding outlining the inside of the lenses, boosting the comfort level tremendously. The foam also doesn’t scratch against your skin like other masks with inner foam lining, which can be extremely uncomfortable, especially so when you start to sweat.

As you can see in the picture above, the Stealth mask also has plenty of little slots for air to get through. This is a big up-side for airsoft/paintball skirmishes when you’re constantly on the move and needing to suck down a lot of air.

The visor that comes with the Stealth mask is removable. This is great for transitioning between sunny outdoor shooting and indoor or CQB where you have to be as low-profile as possible. However, it is a little tricky to get on and off. There’s two little rods (one on either side) of the visor that you must fit into two holes on either side of the mask. There’s also four little hook-type parts that you have to align into vents in the top of the mask. To snap the mask back on you must align all four hooks and both rods into their places which is easier said than done.

A huge down-side is that it’s almost impossible to shoot rifles with the mask on. The problem is that that mask interferes with aiming down the sight, basically forcing you to either hip-fire or hold the rifle way out in front of you with the butt on your chest while trying to line up the sights. Although, you’re going to have this problem with just about any mask and you can still use pistols effectively. This problem also only applies to airsoft rifles, since you don’t have to use the traditional aiming method with paintball guns.

Another down-side is that the mask doesn’t cover your entire head. With the exception of your ears, the side and back of your head are still completely exposed. However, you’re still going to have this issue with any other mask because the only thing that covers your entire head are helmets, which can often cost upwards of $100.

The durability of the Stealth mask is exceptional. Even when shot from ten feet away with a 325FPS airsoft pistol it doesn’t chip or break, even if shot in the lens and slots. And even if a BB or paintball managed to chip or crack the lens, it’s easily replaceable. The lens can come on and off by pressing a couple points.

Fogging doesn’t seem to be a major issue with the Gen X Global Stealth mask. From time to time you may have a little bit of fogging up, mostly if it’s cold out, but for the most part the lens stays clear.

In a wrap, for the 10-$20 the Gen X Global Stealth runs, it’s a solid mask. I wouldn’t recommend this to airsoft players, just because the major issue of not being able to look down the sights on rifles, but if you’re planning to use it for paintball or if you’re going to use a pistol you should be fine.

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Tapco Intrafuse T6 Rubber Butt-Pad Review

The Tapco T6 Butt-Pad attaches to the butt of most M4s with adjustable stocks, compatible with both airsoft rifles and real ones.

The T6 Butt-Pad pops right onto most M4 style rifles with adjustable/collapsible stocks without any glue, tape, or any other bonding agent. It also pops right back off very easily if you pull on it, but it’s still snug enough that it won’t fall off in the middle of shooting. To give you an example of what type of stock works best, the T6 fits perfectly onto my personal JG M4 2010 Upgraded Version as well as the Crosman Stinger R34 airsoft rifles.

The T6 definitely helps the butt of your gun to stay up on your shoulder, especially if you’re wearing a backpack or a vest where there’s a strap right where the stock rests. It also takes off some of the impact that your shoulder gets from recoil on real guns.

The T6 also adds a full inch the the length of your gun, which can be both good and bad. If you have longer arms, you might benefit from the extra length. But if you already have your stock at a perfect length, the extension might make your rifle feel awkward. Although, truthfully, an extra inch doesn’t make that big of a difference on my personal airsoft rifles, and, besides, the T6 only fits onto adjustable stocks like I’ve mentioned, so you should be able to just adjust your stock an inch inward if you really don’t like the extra length.

It’s also extremely durable. It’s made fully of rubber, and can hold up to just about any climate or terrain you can throw at it.

In a wrap, the Tapco T6 Butt-Pad is a durable and cheap attachment for any M4. It works with both airsoft and real firearms and keeps your rifle up on your shoulder. The only down-side is the extra length, which isn’t even that big of a deal.

Tac R71 Airsoft Gun Review

The Tac R71 is Crosman’s take on one of the most internationally used guns; the MP5k. The Tac R71 is designed for tight maneuvering, quick hip fire, and mainly used in CQB (Close Quarter Battle) due to it’s low profile and light 200 fps velocities. This gun also shines with it’s full auto capabilities.

The more pronounced features of the Tac R71 is the removable stock and the silencer. The stock is fixed, which means you can’t adjust it or fold it, however you can take it completely off. It’s made of light-weight plastic and it shouldn’t give you any problems as far as breaking. As for the silencer, like almost all airsoft silencers/suppressors, it doesn’t silence or suppress it. But, it does add accuracy and much needed velocity.

A big fact to know about the Tac R71 is that the scope and magazine are backwards. What I mean by that is, the scope, while you can see through it, is really a gravity fed hopper. What that means is that all of the BBs are stored in there, and they fall into the chamber by going through a hole in the bottom of the scope. While this allows more BBs to be in the gun at one time oppose to the magazine, the problem is that every five seconds or so you must shake the gun to get the BBs to fall into the chamber. It’s not a huge deal, but it gets annoying if you are planning on creeping along quietly and shaking it gives away your position. All the “magazine” is, is the battery.

It also gives a good fight. For only $40, the Tac R71 can put some plastic down range in a hurry. Although, you do have to shake it frequently. It’s advertised as 200 feet per second, but if you keep it clean and lubricated, you could see velocities of 275 with .12 gram BBs. It can hold ground in a airsoft fight, even up against higher end AEG’s, as long as you’ve got a feel for the gun and know what you’re doing.

The Tac R71 wears over time though. While at first the Tac R71 fires rounds at a incredible pace, after a year and a half of use, it can start losing FPS and struggles to get BBs out the barrel. The average life for a airsoft gun is around two or three years anyway, so it’s to be expected. You can try looking for a new battery which might help, but due to its unique design, it might be very hard to find a new one. You can also try filing down the inside of the barrel; because the Tac R71 has common problems of having rough barrels, causing the BB to get stuck or lose all its momentum and dribble out the barrel.

So, this is a great gun for CQB, or even as a low profile sub machine gun in a airsoft fight. The Tac R71 is good for target shooting, too! This is a good gun for someone who is just getting into airsoft, or for someone who is hesitant about airsoft and wants a good, cheap example of what it’s like, or even a good player looking for a cheap full-auto alternative. Just give it some love and keep it clean and lubed, and it’ll pass your expectations.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 200
Accuracy: Can hit a person from over 40 feet
Power: Electric
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .12 grams
Magazine Capacity: 500 BBs (Gravity-fed hopper)
Manufacture: Crosman