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Archive for December, 2008

Rescue Tape

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Simply amazing. This tape is a fix all. This self-fusing tape has a 700 PSI tensile strength, insulates 8,000 volts per layer, withstands 500° F degrees of heat (260° C) yet remains flexible to -85° F (-60° C). The possibilities are almost endless with the stuff. It isn’t effected by wet, dirty, or oily surfaces and can be used as easily to repair a leaky radiator as to stop a bleeding injury.

Rescue Tape
For reasons such as these, Rescue Tape is found in every Battle Damage Assessment and Repair kit. Rescue Tape is available in 1″ and 2″ widths in eight colors (Black, Red, Clear, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, White).

For more info go to Rescue Tape. To order go to Supply Captain.

More on British PECOC Program

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The British Army has released additional photos of PECOC equipment and trial camouflage patterns. We will be posting them over the next week.

Hybrid Camo Pattern Developed for British PECOC Program
The New Hybrid Camo developed for PECOC.

PECOC Prototype Webbing
Prototype Webbing showing different options including fasteners and tape.

Photos from MOD.

HK-416 Handbook by Mike Pannone

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Back in August we published an article on the “M16/M4 Handbook” written by Mike Pannone. That book, published by Blackheart International has become an indispensable part of our small arms library. Recently, a companion of sorts was published, titled the “HK-416 Handbook” packed full of information and tips for shooters who wield the 416. As the 416 becomes more prevalent in the law enforcement realm (and hopefully eventually the civilian world as well) this handbook stands as the sole publicly available documentation on it’s use, care, and feeding.

HK-416 Handbook by Mike Pannone

The author, Mike Pannone is well versed in small arms training but has particular experience with the HK-416 including it’s use in combat. He has paid the same attention to detail to this weapon as he did previously with the M-16 family. We highly recommend this book.

Available now for $19.95 from Blackheart International.

Anson Tactical ATLAS SF Assault System

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

In addition to the PSD Nomex suit we recently wrote about Anson Tactical also offers an FR outer garment for Police and Military intervention operations.

Anson Tactical ATLAS SF Assault System

Manufactured from FR Nomex III, the suits feature Kevlar reinforcement patches on knees, elbows, and groin. There is also an integral hood with ID holder with window on rear, flap neck closure with Velcro fastening. The ID holders with windows are found on each sleeve. The coveralls have knitted inner collar and wrist and elasticated waist band. Manufactured in the UK, the ATLAS SF Assault System is in use with European Special Forces and Police Intervention teams.

Garments are custom built based on user requirements and pricing is dependent on quantity, material weight, and pocket options. The suits are available in Black, Dark Navy Blue, Desert Sand, and Olive Green.

More information is available here and here.

Photo from Anson Tactical.


Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Pro Bar

We are always interested in meal supplements or replacements that will aid the Soldier whether in garrison or deployed. We recently had an opportunity to sample several new flavors of ProBar. Overall impression? Pretty darned good. Most of the flavors were quite tasty but reviewers were 50/50 on the Kettle Corn bar.

Ounce for ounce, the ProBar is lower in both sodium and protein than most other bars. They do this for two reasons. One, to help reduce your need for water and second because the carbohydrates that the ProBar is packed with are the perfect fuel for a body hard at work. Made from 17 whole foods of which about 70% are raw, and they accomplish this by blending rather than baking the bar.

Pro Bar Koka Moka

They come in an ever expanding variety of flavors including: Superfood Slam, Art’s Original Blend, Whole Berry Blast, Nutty Banana Boom, Apple Cinnamon Crunch, Cran-Lemon Twister, Koka Moka, Cherry Pretzel, Maple Pecan, Kettle Corn, Cocoa Pistachio, and Sesame Goji.

Available from ProBar or REI.

Norgon LLC Mag Catch Tool

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Norgon Mag Catch Tool

Norgon’s Ambi-Catch installation tool allows for a quick and simple installation and removal of any M16-style magazine catch by allowing the magazine catch button to be held with one hand. The tool’s polymer construction won’t scratch the weapon or damage any internal parts. An ingenious design feature tells the user how many revolutions the magazine catch has made for proper installation. It also allows for the rapid unloading of magazines.

Available in Black, Dark Earth Brown, and Olive Drab Green. At $6.95, it’s a steal.

For more info contact Norgon LLC. To order visit Brownell’s.

USMC ILBE Detachable Platform Chest Rig

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

USMC ILBE Detachable Platform Chest Rig

The Marine Corps is working on a specialized detachable chest rig for armor vehicle crewmen to be used as a quick-attach/detach capability for ILBE pouches . The Detachable Platform Chest Rig will integrate with the Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) or recently fielded Scalable Plate Carrier (SPC). Vehicle space constraints make it difficult for mounted crewmen to perform their mission while wearing pouches attached to their armor carrier. They require a “slick” chest area but once they exit the vehicle need a means to rapidly integrate ammunition and other critical equipment to their armor. As envisioned, the chest rig is a two piece design consisting of a vest foundation piece and removable pouch attachment system. The vest foundation piece will be affixed to the MTV/ SPC and serve as the base for the pouch attachment piece. The pouch attachment piece will hold the required pouches and be stored in the vehicle during normal vehicle operations. The pouch attachment piece will essentially “snap into place” once the crewman dismounts.

Planned fielding is currently just over 6000 systems but if the rig shows utility expect to see it adopted by other service components.

Refrigeration from Fire

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Zero Electricity Fridge

Tech venture capitalist Adam Grosser worked with a thermodynamics team at Stanford, to build a thermos-sized device that contains a refrigerant that’s triggered when the device is heated and then left to cool. It acts like a powerful cold pack, turning anything from a jug to a hole in the ground into a twenty-four-hour minifridge. At roughly fifty dollars apiece, Grosser’s device could potentially bring people in the developing world high-maintenance medicines. Imagine how this same technology could be adapted for military use.

Photo from Hero Design Lab.