So, tonight we have the Easy & Simple 06028B USASOC URG-1 Operation Kit Review for your reading pleasure.
URG-1, or Upper receiver Group 1, and the Jungle Multicam kit is what we’re looking at. So lets get right into it.
The Box and packaging is similar to most of the other rifle sets, but it’s a bit taller to accommodate the extra uniform gear in the set. Typical box with taped tabs, and cutout foam inserts.
I’m going to start with the vest as opposed to the rifle, which is the headliner of this set. Sewing it detailed, but there are plenty of loose threads around this set. There is the vest itself, an attachable backpack, 2 magazine pouches, a medical pouch, helmet and a belt as the clothing/gear bits.
The backpack attaches to the back of the vest with small zippers. They are a bit fiddly, but do go in and zip up. Of special note, don’t zip too fast or the pull will come right off the zipper, as there are no finished ends. Then you have to try and jam and wiggle and curse to get it back on. That’s annoying This should have had some attention addressed to it before being released.
The Backpack is stuffed with tissue. Nothing fancy inside.
The sewing on the MOLLE loops looks a bit clunky, and not like most other vests. Like they went over it a few times, and the threads are more noticeable.
Lift the front flap/magazine pouch to reveal some velcro attachment patches. I believe this is how the spare ammo pouches also attach. But there isn’t a lot of reference to that installation.
The front magazine pouch can be removed if you desire. Just pull the straps through the loops, and set it aside.
On to the rifle. For the most part the rifle is well done. The appearance is great, and looks a lot like the promo pics. So there is no need to post more of the same stuff. Paint applications are decent, and the details are well done.
But… That’s where the good stuff ends. And the pictures begin for me. The Elcan Spectre DR is loose on the rail, and moves around. The dust cover on the ejection port is so loose if keeps flopping open, which is not normal for E&S. The forward hand grip falls out. The small rail sections do fit more snugly, but you really have to push them in, and this hollow forward end feels like it’s going to crush if it’s pushed on too hard.
The light and laser switch fits well, as does the laser. The tac light is loose, but it interferes with the laser, so that keeps it from falling off if you mount it a bit further back. The cords for the laser and light are okay. The cord fits the laser well, but does not fit into the light at all. That will have to be drilled out to work. That’s annoying, and so are the loose attachments.
We have some black PMags with Ranger plates. Haven’t seen those in a bit. Nice details there.
Magazines can fit into the front pouch. Or the extra added magazine pouches. The extra mag pouches hold 2 extra mags, and elastic straps will keep them from falling out. I have to mention that the front pouch looks like it was designed to hold three magazines, but there are no individual pockets, just one big loose pouch with 3 elastic straps to keep the mags from falling out
The medical pouch (aka, LBT 9022 blow out pouch) is neat. And kind of lame at the same time. Looks like it is made to either attach to a belt, but could also attach to a vest or pack with straps for MOLLE loops. It has some strange zigzag closure at the top, with the small flaps attached to the front and back of the pouch in a staggered pattern like zipper teeth. But here’s the weird part. It is laced together with string on a pull strap that looks like you pull it to keep it closed (actually it’s pull to open, but that feature doesn’t work.). But I couldn’t actually open it. Maybe I’m just tired, and a bit frustrated at this point. But E&S sure put a lot of detail into a part that looks like it should work, but doesn’t.
The holster and Glock 19. Glock is a fairly standard issue part. Nothing outstanding. The holster… well… it looks nice. Has a nice fabric cover in the Tropic Multicam. But that’s it. It’s big. Too big. It’s too wide and the pistol is VERY loose inside it. So loose it just falls out if it’s tipped at an angle. And with no retention strap at the top, you can really see how big it is inside. This is not typical of E&S holsters from my previous examples.
Oddly, you get two spare magazines for the Glock, but nothing to put them into. Maybe I am missing something, but it appears there is no pouch to stuff them into, unless you put them in a rifle mag pouch.
There are two small pouches at the bottom of the pack that look like they could be pistol mag pouches, but they don’t seem like very intuitive positions for them. Especially if you opt to use the vest without the pack.
The rest of the gear is the sling, belt, dump pouch and helmet. All are sewn well, and made. And the Tropic Multicam actually looks better in hand than on the promo pics, so that’s something good.
The dump pouch has a nice wire sewn into the opening to hold it open. You could also shape it to any desired preference. And there are some small loops inside for something if you want to stuff something in there. I’ll get pictures of that later. That seemed like an odd detail for a dump pouch to have.
Final impressions. Well, the set is not great, but not terrible. I do expect more from the quality from E & S. Especially at the price point of $80 USD MSRP being asked for these sets.
The loose and ill fitting accessories on the URG-1 rifle are terrible. It’s more than usual, and it’s annoying to think I will have to jam them on with some black tape, or glue them in place. It looks pretty, but it’ll be a pain to use on a figure without fixing those loose bits.
The sewing is decent overall, but strange missed details like the zippers on the pack, and extra chunky threads on the loops are a bit off-putting.
I’m going to have to put a bit of work into this gear to get it up to snuff on a figure.
I hope that the issues are just a one-of thing with my set, and not something that is through the whole production run. But I suspect it’s not, and that’s a shame. Maybe the A set with the Arid Multicam parts have a bit better success in this arena.
Some of the shortcomings may also be answered if you combine this set with the Special Forces Sniper set which uses the same camo pattern uniform. But it certainly doesn’t excuse the lack of quality.
Feel free to add any feedback or questions. Or add any of your own thoughts on the subject. These are just my thoughts and experiences on the subject. I hope the read was helpful and informative for you.
The original promo photos and discussion can be seen here.