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Archive for February, 2009

EOTAC 25% Off Sale

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009


As a thank you to our readers at the Soldier Systems Daily, EOTAC is offering a special 25% off discount. For the next two weeks you can take 25% off your order of EOTAC Operator Grade Tactical and Discreet clothing when purchased at The discount starts today, Tuesday, February 17 and runs through Monday, March 2 and only applies to gear purchased directly from Simply enter the special EOTAC forum discount code, CODE# SSN0209, at the time of check-out to receive your discount.

Shoulder Pocket Walletâ„¢ from Spec Ops Brand

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Shoulder Pocket Walletâ„¢ from Spec Ops Brand

Spec Ops Brand listened to Soldier feedback about needing a wallet that would fit into the shoulder pockets of their ACU. More than just another simple ID card holder, the Shoulder Pocket Wallet™ has two exterior ID windows as well as a third interior slot. Additionally, the wallet will fit a message pad or passport. The bi-fold design zippers shut to secure contents and the “Dura-Lastic” organizer holds pens, markers, as well as standard size USB thumb drives. There is also an internal zippered pocket to protect your challenge coin.Finally, the wallet has an integral “pull-tab” to facilitate removal from an ACU shoulder pocket. It can also be used to carry the wallet around the neck.

Shoulder Pocket Walletâ„¢ from Spec Ops Brand

The wallet is made in the USA from 1000D cordura and available in UCP, Black, and Coyote. Like all Spec Ops brand products, it is guaranteed for life.

To order visit Spec Ops Brand. Spec Ops Brand products are also available from many military outfitters.

BHI Offers Gransfors Breaching Tools

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Blackheart International

Swedish built Gransfors Smide breaching tools are some of the finest available and Blackheart International has just added them to their line up.

Gransfors Large Tactical Ram

The products are quite diverse and go beyond the standard “Halligan and Ram” offerings of other lines by leveraging experience in the military, police, and EMS arenas. Tools include bolt cutters, sledge, break and rake tool, steel and wooden door breaching tools, two sizes of rams, as well as a high jack. The tactical bar is an adaption of the TOVE crow bar manufactured by Gransfors since the 1940s.

Gransfors High Jack

The high jack was adapted from a product used in the for the forestry industry for over 30 years with the addition of extending tubes, an adapter crown, adapter U-hook, and a movable base with ring for strap attachment.

To order any of the line visit

USMC Boot Resole Program by NuShoe

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

NuShoe offers footwear refurbishment programs for several commercial vendors including Belleville, makers of the Marine Corps Hot Weather boot. It just so happens that NuShoe offers a special boot resoling program for specifically for Marines to repair the issue Hot Weather boot.

USMC Boot Resole Program by NuShoe

The before and after picture provided by NuShoe shows an actual pair of boots that they have resoled and repaired. Advantages to resoling include lower cost than purchasing new boots as well as avoiding the need to break them in. NuShoe will resole a pair of hot Weather boots for $50.00. What’s more, local cobblers cannot replace polyurethane mid-soles so the two to three week turn around time is very quick.

To learn more about NuSHoe visit them on the web at

Heavy Coverâ„¢ Canteen Cup Lid from BQM

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Brigade Quartermaster has been outfitting American troops with innovative products for over 30 years. The Heavy Coverâ„¢ Canteen Cup Lid is just another in a long line of kit that makes me scratch my head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I can remember boiling water in a canteen cup over a fire with a piece of bark on top as an expedient lid. Not to mention all of those times that I would get to the bottom of my coffee and find plenty of dirt. This thing is pure genius. My only question is, where were these things 20 years ago?


What I think is really cool about this design that snaps in place much like a Tupperware lid is that it incorporates a drinking spout. The lid available in Black and is made in the USA.

To order visit BrigadeQM.

IBM Patents “Matrix” Bionic Body Armor

Friday, February 13th, 2009


Remember watching the character Neo in the Matrix dodge bullets? Well apparently this has also been an obsession of engineers at IBM who were just awarded a patent for “bionic body armor” designed to scan for projectiles fired from a firearm. If one is detected, the system would deliver a shock to the muscles causing a swift, reflexive action away from the bullet. Something tells me that is going to leave a bruise.

Figure from Patent

The present invention relates generally to the protection of an individual against a projectile propelled from a firearm. More particularly, the present invention relates to a body armor system and its method of use that is capable of detecting a projectile propelled from a firearm, computing the trajectory of the projectile, and moving the individual out of the path of the projectile to avoid being hit.

Patent at US Patent Office

5.11 Tactical DPM 3-in-1 Jacket

Friday, February 13th, 2009

5.11 Tactical has been offering exclusive products with retail partners for a couple of years now. Now in the UK, they offer a version of their popular 3-in-1 Jacket in British DPM. This is a good option for British troops awaiting the new PECOC issue.

5.11 Tactical DPM 3-in-1 Jacket

Essentially, three jackets in one, the garment features a waterproof/breathable outer shell and a removable inner fleece jacket. They can each be worn alone or together and mate via main zipper and a low profile strap system in the wrists. The handwarmer pockets are also fleece-lined and there is a removable hood that rolls up into the collar.

Another feature not often found in military clothing is side zippers which allow access to your duty belt. This is particularly useful for MPs or those who carry a sidearm. Additionally, the chest pockets are compatible with 5.11’s Back-up-Belt Systemâ„¢ or other velcro backed pouches.

Available from a variety of UK retailers including Drop Zone Supplies.

Photo from Drop Zone Supplies.

Blauer Tactical Systems – S.P.E.A.R.â„¢ Instructor Course

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Blauer Tactical

During the week of January 26, more than 40 trainers from the military and law enforcement community converged on the Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS) world headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, for instructor certification in the popular close quarter counter ambush program, S.P.E.A.R. Systemâ„¢.

Blauer Tactical Systems - S.P.E.A.R.â„¢ Instructor Course

I was on hand for the last day of the week long course. Attendance ran the gamut from local LE to Federal Agencies to some of our nation’s most elite military units. Additionally, there were some international students on hand and during brief interviews after the graduation, regardless of origin, man or woman, the training was a resounding hit. Often you can write that off to post training high, (the students literally went from a final round of hand to hand exercises at full speed in High Gearâ„¢ to graduation) but this was an instructor course. Most of the students had studied several disciplines yet everyone sang the praises of the S.P.E.A.R.â„¢ system.

As a testament to the value of the training, one local corrections officer paid his own way to the class and worked his schedule in order to attend training. I have no doubt that the skills he learned in this class will one day protect him or one of his coworkers.

Tony Blauer, BTS CEO also commented stating, “It’s a powerful and exciting thing to see so many operators, DT and combatives trainers together at our facility.” He went on to add “It’s very rewarding to know Blauer Tactical is helping our warfighters and law enforcement community.”

As I have said in the past, one of the unique things about Blauer’s training philosophy is that he has developed a self-defense program based on psychology, physiology and kinesiology. The name S.P.E.A.R. says it all; Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response. The system exploits the body’s natural responses to violence and danger. This survival mechanism, dubbed: Startle-Flinch Response has been scientifically integrated into a series of neuro-muscular drills that teaches individuals how to convert their instinctive reactions into protective and combative tactics.

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Photo from Blauer Tactical.