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US Army Photos of Scorpion W2 Operational Camouflage Pattern Variant of Army Combat Uniform

August 2nd, 2014

MSG Benjamin Owens in OCP ACU - Army Photo

These US Army photos of MSG Benjamin Owens wearing the Operational Camouflage Pattern (Scorpion W2) variant of the Army Combat Uniform with the new zippered upper arm pockets adapted from the Army Combat Shirt appeared this evening on the web. MSG Owens serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to COL Robert Mortlock, Project Manager (PM) Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment (SPIE) at PEO Soldier.
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Smith & Bradley – Ambush Digital Analog Watch

August 2nd, 2014

Smith & Bradley Ambush

The Ambush is the latest tactical watch from Smith & Bradley. Made from 316L PVD coated stainless steel, the Ambush features swiss digital analog movement, along with an alarm, chronograph, compass, dual time zone functionality, and a blue back-lit LED digital display. The Ambush is also waterproof up to 10atm/100m/330ft. Interestingly, the sides of the watch are designed to emulate an AR-15′s heat vents and the bezel draws inspiration from an AR-15 top rail.

Currently up for funding on Kickstarter.

GEMTECH – Vote For Your Favorite Local Agency

August 1st, 2014


Once a month, GEMTECH will be giving away an Extreme Duty suppressor to a nominated Law Enforcement Agency, whether it be local police, sheriff, or other Law Enforcement Agency. The nominator of the winning agency receives a GEMTECH prize pack. The contest starts on the 1st of each month and will run through the entire month. A winner will be announced the following month. Entries are limited to one entry per person per day.

London Bridge Trading – Summer Deals 2014

August 1st, 2014

LBT Summer Deals

From now until August 7th, LBT is holding a Summer Deals sale on select products, such as the Modular Loadout Kit, which comes with a modular vest w/ 6 pouches and a 3-wheel medium loadout bag. Quantities are limited, so take advantage while you can.

Vicker’s Tactical – Small Arms Introduction

August 1st, 2014

In this video from Vickers Tactical, Larry Vickers meets up with a Special Forces Qualification instructor of the 18B course as he takes his students through Small Arms introduction.

Mayflower Research & Consulting – Pusher Chest Rig (UW GEN VI)

August 1st, 2014


Mayflower has just released the Pusher Chest Rig (UW GEN VI). The Pusher is intended as a streamlined carrier for individuals with a specific load out who also have to be able to quickly switch weapon platforms. The Pusher was designed to carry the following:

- Issue radio (PRC-152, PRC-148, Motorola, etc.)
- Four rifle mags (5.56, 7.62 NATO, 7.62×39, by utilizing different inserts)
- Pistol magazine
- Med kit or SAT antenna
- Four front pouches for smaller items

Additionally, the body features an internal map pocket, and 3″ shoulder straps which provide longer term comfort during extended patrolling.

Made in the USA out of 100% US materials. Currently available in MultiCam. Coyote Brown will be available shortly.

Get Your Bates Recondo Jungle Boots Exclusively from Tactical Distributors

August 1st, 2014

TD Recondo Banner

Bates Footwear recently debuted their Recondo jungle boot, developed for a specialized military requirement for a boot for hot, wet environments. Now, they are available exclusively from Tactical Distributors. They feature side panels in the MultiCam pattern which is also known in the US military as Operational Camouflage Pattern.

Violent Little Machine Shop – Creasy Bear And Goose Color Patches

August 1st, 2014

Creasy Bear Goose SSD Patches

Violent Little Machine Shop partnered up with Combat Swag to turn two of their most popular patches, the Creasy Bear and Goose patches, into full color PVC.

Creasy Bear Patch 1

Talk to Me Goose Topgun Group Patch

Adams Industries Launches Helmet Mounted Binocular

August 1st, 2014

bino mount 1

At Warrior West, Adams Industries showed me a prototype concept of a Steiner Binocular that had been modified with an adapter to fit on to a Night Vision Goggle Mount. The idea was that some folks in the reconnaissance and Call For Fire business wanted a means to mount a bino directly to the helmet and pulled down for use during daylight hours for magnified optics. After a few tweaks, the final result is the HELM-BINO-ST which includes the adapter and a STEINER 8×24 TACTICAL Binocular. This particular model was chosen as a balance between size, weight, performance and cost. When you need the magnified binocular vision, you pull them down into place and when they are not needed, you flip them up, just like NVGs. No more binos flopping around on your chest. No more wondering where they are, because they are handy. When it becomes too dark to use the binos, swap them out for NVGs.

-High Definition multi-coated lenses w/ Fast Close Focus from 6′ to infinity. Field of view at 1,000 yards: 375 feet
-Military Grade Rubber Armoring and Waterproofing, Eye cups, submersion to 6 feet
-Mounting systems available for dovetail (PVS-15 style) mounts. Bayonet (PVS-7B style) mounts coming soon!

Currently in production, these are available for order now with EOY funds. KillFlash and Laser Filters available separately.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Partner Series – Battleware Jump Out Vest

August 1st, 2014

For a second time, the FirstSpear Friday Focus will concentrate its efforts on educating you about one of their OEM partners; Virginia-based Battleware. We’ll also show you the Jump Out Vest built exclusively for Battleware by FirstSpear.

Why Battleware Started

We created Battleware because of our desire to design and build products that reach beyond the incremental improvements of the status quo. We saw an opportunity to create dramatically new approaches to solving end-user problems. The feedback we’ve gotten from our customers tells us we’re clearly on that course.

Why American Production

The choice to have our products manufactured in the United States was easy. We are absolutely committed to not only defending Americans as they do their jobs down-range, but also to providing opportunity for as many Americans to participate in that process as we can. For us, it’s a matter of pride in our country as well as a duty.

Why FirstSpear

Choosing to partner with FirstSpear was among the easiest of all our decisions as we ramped up Battleware. We’re completely focused on revolutionary change in design and FirstSpear is the clear leader in our market. Game-changing technologies, combined with truly insightful designs born from direct contact with end-users keeps First Spear extremely relevant. Combine all that with a long pedigree of excellence in manufacturing tactical equipment and a shared focus on going beyond the normal incremental improvements most often found in this market and the choice to team with FirstSpear becomes obvious.

Jump Out Vest

Jump Out Composite View

The Jump Out vest is designed for quick on and off operations common to street crimes teams and counter drug surveillance units. Light weight and fully adjustable, the Jump Out can be worn comfortably in a vehicle, or kept close to be thrown on quickly as the officer exits.

-6/12™ or MOLLE pocket attachment system
-Front to back wrap-around protection
-Four-point adjustment
-Can be worn with or without Tubes cummerbund
-Bottom-loading armor pockets with rifle plate suspension system back and front
-Available in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes