USSOCOM Issues Pre-Solicitation for SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet

May 24th, 2017

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) recently issued a pre-solicitation notice to industry pursuant to their requirement for a multi-year contract to procure Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS)-Coxswain Helmet System. The Coxswain Helmet system is the most interesting helmet system from a technical standpoint and more closely resembles the recent Next Generation Helmet work done for SOF by Ops-Core and Revision.  Although Ops-Core is keeping their’s under wraps, Revision recently released their candidate commercially, as the Batlskin Caiman Head System.

DoD Photo by MSG Timothy Lawn.

The coxswain helmet will consist of a non-ballistic helmet system with modular accessories which will consist of a visor, ballistic mandible, non-ballistic (i.e. impact) mandible, and two piece ballistic appliqué. Additionally, the helmets require a variety of VAS Shrouds, Helmet Covers, Accessory Rails, Pads, Exterior Velcro sets, and Peltor Adapters.

The helmets will be offered in five sizes in Tan, Neutral Grey, AOR 1, AOR 2 and MultiCam.

The government intends to award a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm Fixed Price (FFP) production contract for a fully developed item to the offeror with the best value to the Government. They are looking for Commercial-Off-The-Shelf items. The actual solicitation should be issued in June and the minimum contract value will be $150K and the maximum contract value will be $95M.

Because of the scalability of the Coxswain Helmet I wonder how long it will be before other SOF personnel want it instead of the standard SOCOM helmet already in solicitation.  

For full details, visit www.fbo.gov.

UF Pro’s Guide to Close Combat

May 24th, 2017

plus offer you the chance to win €500 worth of UF PRO® product

Today UF PRO® are releasing a three part exclusive video series called the Pro’s Guide to Close Combat, showcasing Special Forces instructors demonstrate effective close combat skills, to cope with diverse and challenging situations. These expert videos outline the necessity of free and easy body movement in terms of tactical attire, which is crucial in overcoming complex combat situations successfully.

These extremely professionally shot, realistic videos exhibit an array of situations in different environments such as park and rooftop settings. The footage style is fast moving and dynamic, yet focuses on each of the combat manoeuvres demonstrated in a super slow motion context. In an additional video, the individual moves are explained clearly, broken down into smaller, easy to learn steps.

In Part 1 of the series, learning how to deal with hand to hand combat is showcased, outlining a breakdown of moves in this situation and how to master them. It displays how understanding your body in motion, during these scenarios is pivotal and that the gear you wear is instrumental in allowing flexibility of movement.

In defence against cold weapons, Part 2 illustrates how to overcome opponents with speed and agility when under attack by weapons such as knives or sticks. This could happen at any time so you need to be equipped with the necessary attire to competently conquer your opponent.

Part 3 focuses on dealing with close combat against and with firearms. It highlights how to react when attacked in close proximity and how to use firearms in these instances, without actually shooting the opponent.
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You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

May 24th, 2017

How many SSD readers are at SOMSA? I know one that’s there.

Prometheus Design Werx – Rapide Field Short

May 23rd, 2017


Prometheus Design Werx introduces the Rapide Field Short 5050RS for the start of the 2017 Summer Season. These are the one wilderness grade, expedition capable, all around outdoor short that will tackle any land-based adventure.


Ultra clean, purpose driven design and styling will confidently take you from trekking to the top of a mountain peak, discovering a mysterious desert ruin, to sharing your tales of adventure with new friends in a hidden tavern. Utterly functional design to industrial work wear grade construction and bespoke tailor level detailing makes these the one field short to rule them all.

These are a best in class, field and utility short for exploring the wilderness, use on expeditions, overlanding to warm weather camping and the workshop.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“We set out to make the finest, modern field and utility short for the discriminating and demanding adventurer. The one outdoor short the user would go back to again and again. The MILSPEC 5050 NYCO is not bulky or too heavy yet is robust and rugged enough to last season after season. The cut suits most body types and the leg hits right above the knee for ease of movement-bending-scrambling on the trail but long enough to use with any climbing and rap harness. Our new horseshoe gusset pattern gives even more range of movement while being active. Like our other CORE-Line apparel styles, the Rapide Field Short is an apex apparel style and uses best in class US production quality. The highest single cost component in the production of this short, is skilled US labor. There are 20 years of performance apparel design study and experience behind these shorts. Followers of our design ethos have been in some of the world’s most wild and dangerous places, and require apparel and goods that perform superbly and can be relied on. We believe we built the finest American field and utility short available today. Overbuilt, packed with functional design details and features, our core customers are men of capability, detail, confidence, and discriminating taste who understand what goes into our goods. The outcome of this design created a clean styling that is easily paired with a tee, flannel or technical fleece. To our amusement, we’ve even had numerous bespoke suit tailors comment how impressed they have been with our functional apparel styles. These shorts are intended to be the one all-rounder style that can be used over and over for the field, for adventure, for expeditions, chaotic travel to street and warm weather work wear.”

The PDW Rapide Field Short 5050RS is a part of their Built in USA CORE-Line of products by Prometheus Design Werx. Available in Dark Arid Earth, Dark Leaf Green, and Machine Mineral Gray.


The PDW Rapide Field Short 5050RS will be available for purchase on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon PDT via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

Lipsey’s and Vickers Tactical Launch Full Flat Dark Earth GLOCK Collaboration

May 23rd, 2017

Baton Rouge, La.—Lipsey’s, a nationally renowned firearms distributor, and industry icon Larry Vickers, continue to up the ante on the popular “Vickers GLOCK” series.


Shipping immediately as a Lipsey’s Exclusive, this new Full FDE GLOCK series is built on the Vickers preferred RTF2 frame. The initial production run will be limited to 2,000 G17’s and 3,000 G19’s.


There are some familiar features that seat this Full FDE model at the Vickers GLOCK table while maintaining its own unique personality. Touting the new AmeriGlo Pro I-DOT tritium front sight and proven Wilson Combat U-Notch rear, Vickers stated this may be the best sight configuration that he’s ever shot. “I’ve run a lot of pistols set up every way imaginable but this yellow/green front sight picks up as fast as anything out there.”


The reliable Vickers TangoDown add-ons include the extended mag release, extended slide catch and matching FDE magazine base plates. The grip plug with integral disassembly tool, new in FDE, is a perfect match. An allen wrench is also included for rear sight adjustment.


Now the fourth GLOCK in the Lipsey’s/Vickers Tactical offering, there are no signs of slowing down as Lipsey’s Vice President and Product Development Manager, Jason Cloessner, eludes. “The Vickers GLOCK project is one of our most popular and requested exclusives. With the popularity of our Full FDE exclusive that’s been around for a few years, we saw a void that this Vickers gun fills perfectly. We had to have Larry’s stamp on it.”

Located in Baton Rouge, Lipsey’s was originally formed as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor in 1953. Today, the company leads the firearms industry in the collaboration and distribution of exclusive firearms. An authority in NFA regulations, Lipsey’s also offers a robust line of silencers, short barrel rifles and accessories. With a committed focus on relationships, Lipsey’s provides value and innovation to federally licensed dealers and the industry’s top manufacturers.


Panteao Productions Launching New Cooking Series

May 23rd, 2017

Columbia, SC, May 22, 2017 – Panteao is happy to announce the upcoming release of a new series called “Wilderness to Table with Chef Bri”. Unlike other cooking shows, Wilderness to Table will take the viewer from the hunt, to field dressing and prep all the way through to the finished gourmet meals. From big game to small game, waterfowl to upland game, seafood, and even soups, salads, and deserts. Chef Bri will show you how to take what you hunted in the field or caught on the lake and create an amazing meal!

Bri Van Scotter is a Professional Chef & Pastry Chef who loves to hunt. She attended the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, CA and graduated with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. After that, she felt the need to head back to school to study Pastry. Bri went on to graduate from The Art Institute with a degree in Baking and Pastry. After working in fine dining for years and having a passion for sharing her love and knowledge of food, she became a Chef Instructor at her Alma Mater The Art Institute. Bri is also BALLISTIC Magazine’s Wild Game Cooking Editor.

“We are extremely excited over the upcoming launch of this new series. After the completion of the Make Ready to Survive series we learned that many viewers wanted to know more about preparing and cooking the wild game that they hunted. Fast forward to today and we have the right person to help us accomplish that,” said Fernando Coelho, President/CEO of Panteao Productions. Fernando also added, “We were very fortunate to have our friends over at Athlon Outdoors share a video of Chef Bri with us that she filmed as well as an early copy of one of her articles in BALLISTIC magazine. After reading the article and watching her video, we knew we had the right person for the new show.”

“Being a chef and being passionate about food lead me to hunting. I wanted to be a part of the whole process, from the wilderness to my table. Doing so has given me more passion and drive to showcase the beauty of Wild Game meat. It’s time we turn to the wilderness instead of the grocery store for protein!,” said Bri Van Scotter.

Episodes of Wilderness to Table with Chef Bri are filmed in 4K Ultra HD resolution and will be available streaming in Ultra HD and HD from the Panteao website, Panteao Make Ready mobile apps for Android and Apple devices, and on television via the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. Each season will then be available for digital download in HD and SD formats as well as on DVD. Complete recipes will be available from the Panteao website for download.


Training Cell on SOFREP TV

May 23rd, 2017

A friend of mine, 75th Ranger Veteran Drew Wallace, is producing Training Cell for SOFREP TV. Below is a trailer to give you a feel.

The premise of the show is documenting various training the military, or SOF, does across the country; driving, shooting, climbing, etc. They don’t give away any secrets or anything like that, but just a very high level capability overview, focusing on the location, instructors, the gear, and guys.

Check out Chapter 1 of their Shaw Shooting episode.

Propper International Sponsors Richard Petty Driving Experience

May 23rd, 2017

St. Charles, MO — Leading military uniform and tactical gear company Propper International has joined the ranks of NASCAR sponsors with a one-year partnership with Richard Petty Driving Experience. In addition to providing apparel and gear to Richard Petty Driving Experience staff, Propper has wrapped one of the RPDE racecars in its company colors and logo, with the number 50 on the sides and top in honor of Propper’s 50th anniversary.

Started in 1967, Propper’s first military contract provided the iconic white Dixie Cup caps to the United States Navy. Over the next five decades, the company grew to become the country’s largest supplier of BDUs and ACUs to the US military. In 1991, Propper branched out into the commercial market to provide tactical gear and apparel to law enforcement personnel and civilians.

“NASCAR has a long history of supporting and honoring the men and women who fight for our freedom,” said John Negrau, VP, Marketing & eCommerce for Propper. “Our military heritage was a perfect complement to the mission of both organizations.”

Chris Tompkins, Corporate Operations Manager for RPDE, agreed. “This is a terrific opportunity to reflect Richard Petty Driving Experience’s continuing commitment to the armed forces and law enforcement communities,” Tompkins said. “Partnering with Propper was a logical choice.”

Richard Petty Driving Experience puts drivers in a NASCAR-style racecar for an adrenaline-pumping thrill of a lifetime that gets them as close to actual racing than they will ever get at more than 15 tracks around the country, including Daytona, Indy, Talladega, and Las Vegas.