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Ops-Core Issues Product Advisory Information for FAST Base Jump Helmet

May 26th, 2016

Last week we shared a press release from TNVC regarding the availability of Ops-Core’s FAST Base Jump Helmet. Earlier today, I followed up with Ops-Core at SOFIC and they issued this press release. They found the issue on their own, conducted testing, and once they found a fix, have been forthcoming with me about the situation. It’s important to note that this issue does not pertain to any other Ops-Core or Gentex products.

Product Advisory Information for FAST Base Jump Helmet
(Now known as FAST Bump)*

Ops-Core, Inc. announced today that it is offering an impact liner upgrade kit for previously purchased FAST Base Jump Helmets (now known as FAST Bump) to ensure the helmet satisfies the blunt impact protection specification in ACH Specification CO/PD-05-04:2007. The FAST Bump Helmet will continue to be available for purchase according to the revised product specification which is available on the updated FAST Bump Helmet product page. 

Testing confirmed that the FAST Bump Helmet meets the BS EN 1385 blunt impact test specification, but not the ACH blunt impact specification. While no customers or users have reported any issues, Ops-Core is offering the upgrade kit to ensure conformance with the ACH specification.

It is anticipated that the upgrade kit will be available in the 3rd quarter 2016. The upgrade kit will be provided and installed free of cost to customers requesting the upgrade. Customers should visit the website for details, which will be posted soon.

For questions regarding the upgrade process, or if you have a current order for the FAST Bump Helmet, please contact Patrick Stallings at 617-603-2433 or support@ops-core.com between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.

To learn more about the FAST Bump Helmet upgrade, read the FAQs. (Available through the announcement on the website).

Ops-Core is continuing to test and evaluate the FAST Bump Helmet and encourages customers to visit www.ops-core.com, which will be updated as additional information becomes available.

*This product advisory does not apply to any other products.

Combat Flip Flops Stoked To Race With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 5

May 26th, 2016

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BELLEVUE, WA – TA Group, a Bellevue, WA-based investment firm, salutes the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and Military Appreciation Month through its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team added TA Group’s veteran-powered brand, Combat Flip Flips, to the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car, driven by fan favorite, James Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe secured the pole position for the historic race in an emotional qualification that underscored his comeback from a life-threatening crash one year ago on the same track.

“We can identify with Hinch’s indomitable spirit and determination to overcome obstacles,” said former Army Ranger and Combat Flip Flops’ CEO/Co-founder, Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin. “Making cool stuff in dangerous places is a lot like driving a race car…you need to go full throttle while anticipating every potential road block, and understanding when to have patience in the short-term to hit your long-range goals.”

Combat Flip Flops manufactures fashion and travel accessories including:

  • flip flops made in Bogota, Colombia, known for its high-end leathers and shoe construction (among other things);
  • sarongs, shemaghs and cashmere scarfs sewn and embroidered at a woman-owned factory in Kabul, Afghanistan where the purchase of one puts a woman in secondary school for up to a month;
  • hand-sewn and embroidered belts made by Afghan widows through a program that teaches sewing, fundamental literacy, math, and hygiene;
  • jewelry crafted from unexploded ordinance (UXO) dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War where each purchase clears 3 square meters of UXO; and
  • messenger bags and neckties sewn in Washington which helps keep Americans and veterans at work.
  • TA Group Chairman John Sercu commented, “Our sponsorship of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Indy Car is based on mutual values of speed, innovation, technology, and a strong belief that giving back makes us better. The Indy 500 is a great time for us to say thanks to our country’s veterans and showcase the good we can do together.”

    www.combatflipflops.com

    SOFIC – High Threat Concealment

    May 25th, 2016

    The new IWB with Light Holster from HTC accommodates pistols with both Lights and Red Dot Sights.  As you can see, there’s a guard toward the body and you can adjust cant and tension.

    SOFIC – Wilcox Ind and Aviation Specialties Unlimited Partner To Offer Next Generation Aviation Mount Battery Pack

    May 25th, 2016

    Wilcox Industries has made a major announcement. They’ve teamed with Aviation Specialties Unlimited of Boise, Idaho to develop and offer a completely new mount and battery pack for aviation helmets.  For decades, the aviation community has used the same ANVIS mount and battery pack which are prone to damage and cannot be reliably repaired. The plan is to rectify that situation.

    The mount will be modular and can not only be used with standard aviation helmets, but also with other Wilcox ground helmet shrouds. The mount will also be molded from advanced polymer materials. Between the mount and battery pack, they’ve successes in lowering the weight by 20 grams. Field maintainable, the items can also be evac’d to ASU for repair.

    The power cord connector follows the contour of the helmet. Also, rather than a neck cord, aircrew will now have access to the Wilcox retractable lanyard like on ground applications.

    Wilcox loves their dovetail mounts and they’ve integrated into the rear of the battery pack. An adapter plate is available that can velcroed unto the helmet for mounting. They’ve also eliminated the battery cartridges. ust put the batteries in, positive side up and users can swap between primary and auxiliary power.

    ASU will be the exclusive distribution and maintenance channel as well the Parts Manufacture Authority for this new product, still under development with Wilcox. Their PMA certification is maintained through the FAA for safe to fly items. They expect full rate production by October, once EMI and environmental (Mil-Spec and DEFSTAN) testing are complete.

    SOFIC – SIG MCX 7.62×39

    May 25th, 2016

    This is the new MCX 7.62×39 from SIG SAUER. Like the MCX itself, this variant was developed for a government customer. Although they are evaluating it now, you’ll be able to get yours commercially beginning Mid-2017 as a full rifle, upper receiver group or as a barrel, bolt and magazine package. As a matter of fact, those are three components you need (besides ammo) to swap out calibers on the MCX. In case you were wondering, that is a C-products 28 round magazine, although when finally available commercially, a different magazine may be included.

    SOFIC – WL Gore & Assoc Pyrad Combat Uniform

    May 25th, 2016

    Ever since I was first introduced to WL Gore’s FR Pyrad self extinguishing fabric technology, I’ve been intrigued about applying it to a combat uniform. The beauty of Pyrad is that it is a treatment process applied to existing fabrics rather an entirely new one. This means that the base fabric retains its inherent properties. That includes strength and comfort. It’s a laminate rather than a simple topical spray, so the Pyrad isn’t going to wash out. In fact, testing shows that Pyrad fabric is more tear and abrasion resistant as well as colorfast than other fabrics, even after washing.

    This garment, manufactured by The Italian brand Montura is made from a Pyrad fabric. In Europe, other garments are popping up as well such as this German uniform in Flektarn from Lindnerhof Taktik I saw during IWA.

    Hopefully, we’ll see them here soon as well.

    www.goreprotectivefabrics.com

    SOFIC – Michelin X Tweel UTV Airless Radial Tire

    May 25th, 2016

    Although the new X Tweel Utility Terrain Vehicle airless radial tire and wheel assembly will be offered initially to military customers, they tell me it will be offered for commercial sales by next year.

    The X Tweel is a single unit, replacing current tire/wheel/valve assemblies. It performs like a pnuematic tire, except that it doesn’t go flat like a traditional tire. The secret is in the poly-resin spokes which carry the load as well as absorb impacts and reducing bounce. Yet, they aren’t so rigid that they won’t collapse enough to allow the tread to fully grip the surface below the tire.

    www.michelintweel.com>

    SOFIC – Suppressed Optimized Bolt Carrier Group-Long Stroke from SureFire

    May 25th, 2016

    Not long ago I saw a BCG bearing the SureFire logo. I thought it was a pretty example of laser engraved branding but didn’t realize that it was actually an entirely new product called the Suppressed Optimized Bolt Carrier Group-Long Stroke. It consists of a Bolt Carrier Group, Buffer and Action Spring.

    I know that’s quite a name but the new SOB-556-LS from SureFire was designed to improve reliability of suppressed AR-style weapons, particularly during full auto fire.

    One major update to this BCG is the spring loaded counterweight visible at the back of the carrier. It helps slow things down a bit with the components all working together to minimize bolt bounce during full auto fire. Ultimately, it all results in more dwell time to the rear for the BCG, giving the magazine 30% more time to load before the weapon has completed cycling.

    As you can see, the Black buffer of the SOB-556-LS is .4″ shorter than a Mil-Spec buffer. However, SureFire has developed different buffer weights based in your gas setup.

    There is also a new action spring which is slightly longer than the Mil-Spec version and also made from a narrower gauge material. You’ll also note that it features a red marking on the end to denote it is different from the Mil-Spec spring.

    Currently undergoing government evaluation, these should be available soonish.

    www.surefire.com