A next generation tracer unit for the new generation of airsoft
Tracer units are pretty much an essential accessory for night games, and the days of having only one option on the market are long over. To keep up with the demands of players, companies need to make their units stand out from one another. G&G has accomplished that with their MIT by building a whole new system that not only functions as a tracer unit, but adds a built-in chronograph and promises future compatibility with their new MIT laser based shooting system. This system promises to blend airsoft and “laser tag” style play for extreme long range hit detection, up to 300 yards. For now, let’s take a look at the base of this system, the Military Intelligence Tracer Unit, or MIT for short.
WHAT IS THE G&G MIT?
The MIT is a mock suppressor based tracer unit, made entirely out of metal with a small backlit screen located on the side. It features a relatively simple interface with four input buttons to control the five different core functions that it can perform. The functions are the tracer unit, integration with the laser aiming device, integration with simulated laser rounds, BB velocity, and BB counting, both for total shots fired and for rounds per second. You can turn on each individual setting depending on what you want to accomplish with this thing. The backlight turns off automatically after a few seconds to keep it from giving away your position in the dark.
The MIT operates based on an optical switch that registers when a BB passes through a series of sensors to activate and record the various functions. When being used as a tracer unit, the optical sensor causes an internal light to flash, briefly illuminating the BB as it passes through the tube. When using glow-in-the-dark tracer BBs, this will be enough to charge the phosphorescent material and illuminate the BB as it flies towards your target. This gives you an excellent tracer effect and lets you track your shots during night games or in dimly lit CQB.
The chronograph functions use the same sensors but in slightly different ways. To measure the speed of your BB, it records how long it takes to fly between its internal optical sensors and uses a built-in computer to spit out your velocity with a reasonable degree of accuracy. In my testing, it records the velocity accurately, with very few outliers on the high or low side. This function is helpful for ensuring that your gun is performing as expected. The shot count feature is great for determining your gun’s rate of fire, measured as BBs per second, as well as for counting up the number of rounds that you shoot in a given game.
The last functions are as a laser aiming device and simulated laser round emitter, which require the G&G PEQ style laser box, which our package didn’t include. I imagine that this setup will be more integrated once G&G launches their full MIT helmet and vest package With G&G moving into the competitive airsoft shooting scene more and more, both with their 5×5 MET target and CQB World Cup competitions, I can see them putting together an excellent program using the MIT laser system.
This thing looks dead sexy. The aggressively shaped muzzle looks modern and pretty intimidating. The tracer unit works extremely well, consistently lighting up each BB that passes through it. I haven’t hit it with any crazy high ROF, but it’s kept up with 25 RPS without issues. The chronograph seems to be recording true velocities compared to my normal Madbull chronograph, and the rate of fire and BB count modes are a great addition. Being able to monitor your BB usage accurately can help you see if you’re over or under shooting during any given game, and can help you plan out your magazine needs accurately.
The MIT is only compatible with 14mm- threads, so if you have a 14mm+ or other thread equipped replica, you’ll need an adapter. The unit has a built-in battery and I can’t see if it’s possible to replace it if that battery comes to the end of its life. My unit is a little fickle with plug placement during charging, but it seems like it’s an isolated issue with my unit. Lastly, the MIT is pretty big, 7.5 inches long and over 1.5 inches in diameter, girthier than most other tracer units on the market. Depending on your gun, it might add a fair bit of size to it and change how maneuverable it is.
My previous tracer unit, the SRC rechargeable unit, served me well for several years until the battery conked out for good, so I found myself in need of a new one. The G&G MIT unit is an excellent, albeit a bit chunky, tracer unit, even before you start looking at the other features. The built-in chronograph is more than just a novelty, as it can make spotchecks for velocity consistency an instant affair instead of requiring a chrono in the field. Being able to monitor and confirm your rate of fire and BB usage is convenient as well. As for the future ability to integrate with the MIT laser system, I can’t speak for that as I don’t know how well that system will work; however, I’m optimistic that G&G will be able to put together a good package and integrate the new system into specialty game scenarios. The MIT only costs $10 more than G&G’s normal rechargeable tracer unit, so if you’re shopping around for a tracer unit from them, I’d absolutely spring for this model.
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