I have made yet another video for the YouTube channel. This time I am talking a bit more about the LAW launcher that I use at Berget games. It is an inert LAW which has been fitted with the Berget Anti-Vehicle System, or BAVS. It is custom made by Berget Events and it functions really close if not completely like its real world counterpart. It is one of those things that can bring something a little extra to games. On the video I am talking more about how it works. I love the system and as a milsim player it is an excellent addition to my equipment.
Even the best laid plans have a tendency to change when the first BB flies in the air. I earlier posted an article about the kit I was going to run at Berget 13. I had a dry-run with the kit at the reconnaissance training we attended with our team and noticed that while it was an excellent piece of kit, it was rather cumbersome with the drills we had to run. While comfortable and able to carry much on me, it was pointed out by our instructors (guys who do know what they are talking about, let’s just leave it at that) that the best rig for a reconnaissance trooper in their mind was a chestrig, belt and a rucksack. With this in mind, I change the LBV-E I had to a ALICE harness. Why? Well it was lighter and I still could carry the stuff I needed with me plus have my ALICE ruck on my back. Thinking that this would be the shit, I had a few dry runs at weekend games with the said kit and saw that it worked well. For weekend games at least. That previous sentence is important, remember it.
While I was finally packing for Berget and setting up some final stuff for the ALICE harness, I saw my SDS RACK (Ranger Carry Kit, as far as I am aware) in the corner. I’d bought this from a good friend who works at a local airsoft store near my hometown. I saw him carry one in 2014 at Blood Valley Chronicles airsoft event and it looked very comfortable and able to carry the essentials you needed in the field. I had gotten it with the main RACK plus three SDS R.A.C.K M4 Double Magazine pouches. I added some pouches from my Safariland ELCS kit to it and took it with me, just in case. I packed my other stuff and left them to wait for the trip to Berget.
As the hours towards game start were slowly disappearing from our watches, I did some final packing of my gear. We heard that we did not need our rucksacks, as we would be coming back to the camp to sleep or they could be dropped to us by our mechanized unit. We had anticipated as much and prepared for that. One team from our outfit stayed near the enemy base for the duration of the game and my hat goes off to these guys. Very hardcore shit guys, very hardcore! As I changed some stuff on my kit and packed my buttpack I started to notice that maybe this was not as good of an idea after all. While I like the ALICE harness at weekend games, with the thin strap foaming and the amount of stuff we needed to carry, it might get uncomfortable. Had it had more padding, it might have made a difference, or it might have not. Who knows? We head out and after 6 hours of wearing the damn thing fully loaded, my right should cramps at the in-game village we were then stopping at. The pain was a real motherfucker, as I had never had anything like that happen to me before. Noticing the looks the guys were giving me, I started limping as well (just for a laugh) and made a remark about Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Everyone started laughing with me. I convinced the guys I could still hold my weapon and we headed back to our camp as per orders from HQ. On the way we went through CP2 and run into about 10 GCT soldiers. Our sniper takes one guard out with one shot, for which the GCT player later walks towards us asking who took the shot. Our sniper confesses and the player walks to him to shake his hand to congratulate him for the excellent shot he took. That’s the spirit of airsoft right there everyone!
During this engagement with the help of adrenaline, the pain slowly fades away but kicks back in when we get back to camp. I take off my webbing and decide I will NOT carry that thing anymore the next day. Then I remember what I was told at the reconnaissance training; “chest rig, belt and a rucksack”. I take out my RACK from my kit bag and swap all the stuff from the harness to it. The essentials do fit but I still need a small rucksack. Having only my ALICE ruck with me (while really good, even the medium is quite large), I borrow one from the same guy who sold me the RACK, since he cannot carry a rucksack because of his shoulder. We discuss our mutual pains on our shoulders and about the RACK as well, sharing a few laughs about how plans never really come together the way you want them.
As I had learned, the ALICE harness worked well, for weekend games. Most likely with some lightening and adding a rucksack, it would work well for longer games as well. But with the current setup I had it with me, it just killed me shoulder. LBV would have worked better, but then again, it might have been too much. I was so glad that I took the RACK with me.
The next morning I setup the RACK, tightening the straps and everything. I placed my Blackhawk! dual pistol mag pouch on my trouser belt, as well as my Bianchi holster for my M1911. I ran these the same way at Blood Valley after Berget and noticed that while great, it is better to have a webbing belt for them. Since I have a few extra ones at my home bunker, I took one and added one ALICE mag pouch to it for small items along with a Blackhawk! bang pouch for grenades and what not. Have not tested this belt out with the RACK yet, but it feels good when posing. Then again, that does not necessarily mean anything.
I also modified the RACK a bit after Berget. I added one SDS canteen pouch and bought an extra Safariland accessory pouch for it so that I could put the other one back to my Safariland ELCS kit. I’ve also added some bicycle inner tire strips to the straps so I can run my camelback tube and radio wiring through them securely. These actually work really well and I recommend this mod! I use them on my other kit as well.
In addition, since I did not have a small daypack at all, I purchased one from, again, the same guy who sold me the RACK in the first place. Adding some custom foam padding to the back of the rucksack (the original was thin and when I got it, all folded up at the bottom of the pack) and secured it with some custom mods. The funny thing is, I bought “the same” pack from a shop/seller on ebay (which I will not name though I have had bad experiences with them in the past as well), taking a risk though I knew there had been some issues before as well, and I received the larger version of the rucksack. While the images on the listing were correct, the rucksack I received was the wrong one. It was the more expensive one so I was not going to complain, since I already had the smaller one lined up though my friend. Now I am just missing the largest pack of the set and I am squared away. I would have gotten the medium size eventually anyway, so no harm was basically done.
Now that my current favorite gear has been finished and what not, I just need to do some testing with it. So far I have tested individual items equipment and they seem to hold up really well and it is comfortable and light. I will try and see if I have any pictures of me with the Berget setup, Blood Valley setup and the current incarnation that I have yet to try out. Thanks for reading through everything and I hope this was at least remotely fun and informative to read. As always, here are some pics!
Berget setup for the RACK and other kit seen as well. Could not locate better pictures but I’ll give you the short and sweet. From my POV, left hand side has Safariland ELCS M60/SAW 100rd pouch which was used for food and small items. Next up a tan buckled radio pouch (SDS Sabre Radio Pocket) for my radio, then three SDS R.A.C.K M4 Double Magazine pouches (these are probably the best mag pouches I have ever had), one SDS MOLLE II, Pouch, Grenade, Hand, pouch which I ended up using for the platoon radio (Puxing 888, fits great!) I was tasked of carrying, and on the right hand, another Safariland ELCS M60/SAW 100rd pouch which held my canteen and canteen cup. In the upper picture you can also see the OD daypack I borrowed and of course, The Lawmaker, which is a custom made by Berget Events for me. Works like the real thing too. Liking it!
Here is the Blood Valley setup. Basically the same as the Berget setup, but daypack switched for a Camelback 3L hydration (need to get a woodland one…) and the left hand side Safariland pouch was changed to Pouch, General Purpose, Large, from the same manucafturer. I also added an SDS Medic Pocket (as it says on the tag) to the right side of my left hand M60/SAW 100rd pouch.
And finally, the current setup. Again from my POV when wearing the RACK, from the left hand side, Safariland Pouch, General Purpose, SDS Sabre Radio Pocket , three SDS R.A.C.K M4 Double Magazine pouches, SDS MOLLE II, Pouch, Grenade, Hand, US GI Carabiner with some OD 100mph tape, which holds two rolls of red/black electrical tape, SDS Medic Pocket and SDS 1QT Canteen/Utility pouch.
The belt is a standard ALICE webbing belt, with Blackhawk! Dual pistol mag pouch, ALICE M16 magazine pouch, Blackhawk! frag pouch and a Bianchi M12 holster.
The two rucksack are, left to right, The Protector Corp. Pack, Patrol, Combat and SDS Large Assault Pack. I think that the Patrol pack is the Air Force version, since it does not have the US stamped on the smaller front pocket. Both packs are to my liking and now I just need to get out with them to the field.
Thanks again for reading everyone and apologies for the shadows on the two last pictures.
For the past five years, our airsoft group has traveled to Berget for some international airsoft action. Being one of the largest airsoft events in Europe, with people all over the world coming to play for a little over three days. With over a thousand players every year, Berget is something that cannot be described; it has to be experienced. For some, it is not what they want. For others like us, it is something we look forward to every year. It is a place where we meet old friends and make new ones, all over the world!
This year’s story was different from the last two Berget games. The self-appointed president Rico was captured last year, and this year the event focused on the country of Fadjikestan. The below caption has been taken from the Berget Events website (http://berget-events.com):
“Berget 13 will take place one year after the conflicts inside Lerando/Guyana and will unfold around the town of Krasnovo in the country of Fadjikestan. A military coup, funded by a so far unknown terrorist organization, has turned the country to chaos. GCT forces will be tasked for a spearhead operation into the country, in a swift attempt to liberate the people from its oppressors and freeing the international journalists being held as hostages.”
Our group played as reconnaissance troops in the Ikaros Corporation, in the Cerberus Recon and Sabotage unit. Our mission descriptions before the game was reconnaissance and sabotage of enemy logistics and troops concentrations. We succeeded in the missions and also got to do some resupply missions for our fellow comrades in the same unit, who stayed at close proximity of the enemy base for the duration of the game. Hats off to these guys!
Our faction had nationalities from various different countries, who all embrace the same thought; love for airsoft. Same is true for our rival faction, the GCT. Some friendly bickering could be seen on the forums leading up to the game, which is natural for building up the hype before we all meet on the large battlefield that Berget Events provided for us.
Härnösand was the location for Berget 9 and Berget 10 before this year’s game. The area is pitted with high hills and going around the game area can be quite demanding at times. Adrenaline keeps you going, naturally, and seeing the rest of your friends walking that extra kilometer keeps you right there with them until the end. Of course, if you at any point should feel that you cannot go any further, no one will look differently on you. After all, we are all there to have fun and have a good time, and it is a game after all!
For the past two years, we have been bodyguards for Rico, which had us doing close protection duties for the whole event. This year we wanted to do something different and go back to basics. In Berget 9 and 10 we were part of NAF 3rd Rangers and we spent most of the game time in the field. This year we did the same and it felt good to be back in the mix. I personally waited for something in particular this year. I bought a real LAW tube a while back, and ever since I got it I wanted to use it in Berget in a real capacity, more than just a prop to carry on my back. With some help from friends, they got the LAW to actually work with the BAVS system that Berget has. Better yet, it functions like the real thing. Reloading is done by putting it back into transportation form and then opening it up again. Working safety and everything! I happily carried the LAW on my back on every mission, just in case there were any enemy vehicles that needed some power from “The Lawmaker”.
Aside from the recon missions, we did some resupplying to friendly units behind enemy lines and also attacks across the border to the GCT base. For this attack, we left in the morning from our base so that we would be ready at the gates when the bases were allowed to be attacked once more (in Berget, main bases are off-game during 3am until 9am). We had three contacts on our hike to the base, but we managed to get behind the border without the enemy knowing we were there. We did not take any huge casualties, but the first chance contact was an interesting one. We were ambushed near the city of Krasnovo by an unknown GCT force. Few of our guys were hit but everyone got back up with the help of our medics and we continued our mission. We did not pursue any of the contacts we had. The ambush in question, we later learned, was a GCT Ranger unit which was tasked to debrief and extract a civilian spy, who was gathering intelligence on Ikaros forces operating inside and in the vicinity of the city. The contact we had was their rear security, who fled the contact area once we began to flank them. As said before, we did not pursue but broke contact after our wounded were back up. It was interesting to learn this after the game.
On the final day, as it is custom at Berget, there is a large battle for a few hours between the two opposing forces. This year it was in the city of Krasnovo, which was the old city of Janco from Berget 9 and 10, with even more buildings added to it. It was quite the city! During the game, there were less fighting inside the city to give the civilian players a chance to LARP, which in my opinion is a good move from Berget. There has to be civilians in the game to make it interesting not only for the LARPing players, but for the military factions as well. No one is forces to LARP, but it does give that extra spice to the game to see a LARP scene developing in the city. It makes the game feel real and like a real conflict, where the civilians are a part of it all.
This year Berget also introduced their now BAPS grenades (Berget Anti Personnel System), which players could pre-order before the game and purchase on-site when they arrived. They could keep the grenades after the game. The concept was excellent, but since the grenades were a bit bulky, it was difficult to carry them and there were some cases where hit taking from the grenades was not clear to all the players. Nevertheless, it is a good system and with some tweaking an excellent addition to the game! It really made clearing the buildings and rooms in the city quite interesting.
Another new addition was the area control system. There were different control points around the game area that you could claim for your side. With the push of a button, you could in 30 minutes claim the area to yourself. You could then respawn at that control point, if it was still under your control. There was also a system at every headquarters at main bases where you could see the current situation of the control points. More missions for the players aside the Berget given missions, very cool and it worked quite well!
Overall this year was probably the best Berget I have personally been to so far. It was a nice change from the close protection duties we had last year and it felt good to be back in the field. We already have some good plans for next year as well, along the same lines as this year with something extra added to it. More on that later for sure. And before I start posting a few pictures, I’d like to say a few words on future posts. I will be making a post about the gear I used at Berget, since the post I made earlier about my kit did not actually come true. From lessons learned from the reconnaissance training we had before Berget, I changed my kit and it changed again after the first night we were at Berget. More on that in the later post. Since I did not take any pictures this year, I am using pictures that others took. Credit given to everyone where due, of course. Thank you all for an awesome game and I will see you next year!
(C) The Reverend
“You know I’m all about your base, about your base…”
(C) S5 Airsoft
In the Swedish jungle, behind the border. Featuring The Lawmaker!
(C) The Reverend
Cerberus Recon & Sabotage, 1st Platoon + Cerberus 1IC and 2IC
(C) Lisa Janssen
(C) Lisa Janssen
(C) Lisa Janssen