If you’ve read my Osprey Defense scuba “test” article, you probably picked up that I’m a little suspicious of the methods this company uses to market their products.
Well, they’ve put out a half dozen or so videos since then, so I thought I’d address a few of them as well. Don’t take me not addressing a particular video as a sign that it’s a good test – I just don’t have the time to wade through that much crap.
First, their “sandblast” test. They start out by having a guy cut through a thin concrete block with his big sandblaster.
The block is sloppily attached to a small wooden table with bungie cords, and almost falls off once. Our backdrop is an old shipping container upon which they later sandblast “OPS-416”. Yes, they’re maintaining the high production values witnessed in the scuba video.
But first, we see them shoot the carbine on semi and full auto while spraying lots of sand at the op-rod. During the video, we don’t really see any sand get in or near the action. I’m sure it does get a little dirty, but a much more impressive test would have been to spray sand into the ejection port.
Furthermore, most of the sand they do spray is at the handguards. I’m sorry, is this a test of handguards, or a test of the conversion? Am I supposed to be impressed that $20 handguards lasted 20 seconds vs. the 40 seconds it took to cut the block? What, exactly, is the point here? Other than showcasing a total lack of advertising ability and/or professionalism, I’m not getting it.
Another “test” they put forth is a helicopter drop test. In this video, the Osprey folks load up in an old Hughes helicopter along with their carbine in what appears to be a poorly constructed wooden box. The carbine’s barrel has been covered with what might be saran wrap and blue contractor’s tape. Once the helicopter gets to 500ft, they toss the box out.
It shatters on impact, and some guy runs out to grab the rifle. First, he rips off the barrel cover, and showcases his weapon handling skills by fumbling a magazine.
Then, he rips through a mag on full auto. Afterwards, the commentator gives us what is apparently their new slogan, “Osprey Defense: A New Level of Reliability”. Well, it’s a new level of something, alright.
What I don’t understand is why the weapon needs to be in a crate to absorb impact, and have a “barrel shroud”, for lack of a better term, in order to survive this test.
After watching their promotional videos, it seems that if you want to do any OTB operations or heliborne insertions with your OPS-416 equipped Bushmaster (against enemies with sandblasters), you’d better bring duct tape, contractors tape, saran wrap, a wooden crate painted orange, and a few spare sets of plastic handguards if you want your weapon to function properly.
Because if the guys who are selling it don’t have the confidence to use the weapon without those items, why should you?