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New Lightweight Helmet Option from Gentex

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Gentex recently unveiled a new lightweight version of their popular Tactical Ballistic Helmet series. This new TBH III is crafted from a polyethylene product rather than the aramid normally found in the TBH. Inspired by the requirements for the Enhanced Combat Helmet requirements, Gentex decided to offer an alternative helmet. In addition to the new ECH, Gentex also developed a helmet that offers the same ballistic protection as a current ACH, but with a weight savings of over 30% due to the use of PE material.

Gentex TBH-III

Additionally, as you can see from the photo, Gentex is experimenting with new cuts to further balance protection with the ability to utilize active hearing protection and communications headsets. Rather than the popular “Gunfighter” cut (still offered by Gentex) step-style cut, this sample has more of a scoop cut around teh front portion of the ears and retains more coverage in the rear.

The new helmet is so new there is no information available on their website yet. Please contact Gentex.

OTB Boots Halloween Sale

Friday, October 30th, 2009

OTB Boots is offering 20% off selected styles and colors. Additionally, the Abyss, Odhin, and SAR are available in Green for only $69.95!

OTB Halloween Sale

Use discount code “BOO” at checkout. Sale ends soon. Visit OTB Boots to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Note: No back orders accepted and this offer may not be used in combination with other specials or discounts.

Magpul Releases QD Sling Mount

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Magpul has released the ACSâ„¢ QD Swivel Mount for the new Adaptable Carbine/Storage Stock. It attaches to the stock and allows for the quick attach/detach of slings to the weapon yet limits the rotation of the sling to prevent hangups.

Magpul ACS with QD

To order visit

Kyle Defoor Offers Training

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Kyle Defoor, co-host of TV’s Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms has branched out on his own and is offering several new training courses. Decorated Navy SEAL and long-time Blackwater trainer, Kyle brings a great deal of real-world experience to his courses. For his law enforcement curriculum he is joined by two sworn officers with over 20 years of on-the-job expertise. In addition to firearms and tactics courses, Kyle also offers tactical medical training.

Visit for more info.

New Products from Mayflower

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Mayflower Research and Consulting has released several new products. As always, their focus is on no-nonsense, combat-focused equipment. Their designed are based on real-world experience.

5.56 Hybrid Chest Rig

Mayflower has been producing both 5.56 and 7.62 hybrid chest rigs for some time but just released them for sale to the general public. They are low profile, light weight, general purpose chest rigs with fixed pouches for magazines and PALS webbing to accommodate a customized load..

Assaulter Arm Board

The new Assaulter Arm Board features three viewable surfaces; a flap which is viewable on both sides as well as the base. It is perfect for comms checklists, target info, and other aide memoires.

All Mayflower products are Berry compliant and available in Coyote, Ranger Green, Black, UCP, and MultiCam (some products may vary).

These are just two of the new products. Be sure to head over to to see all of them. These will be the last of the new releases before SHOT Show but they should be more than enough to tide you over.

Camouflage Expert Joins Protect the Force, LLC

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Protect the Force, LLC announced recently that Mr. Richard “Rick” Cowan, chemist and Subject Matter Expert in Camouflage and Counter-Surveillance Protection has joined Protect the Force, LLC as the organization’s expert for camouflage and signature management.

“Rick brings an unmatched experience and know-how in the art and science of camouflage. He worked as the Army’s Camouflage Scientist at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center for over 20 years developing the most advanced counter-surveillance protective technologies applied to combat uniforms and equipment” said Francisco J. Martinez, EVP for Product Development and Technology Integration.

According to Mr. Martinez, Protect the Force does not plan on developing proprietary camouflage patterns but rather to lend their expertise to Government and industry on the test and evaluation of patterns.

To learn more about Protect the Force, LLC vsit them on the web at

Win Free Boots for Life

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 is sponsoring a Free Boots for Life Photo Contest to find the oldest, most worn-out set of boots in the world. All you need is a tattered pair of boots and a great story telling ow they got that way. Submit a photo of your boots along with the story by January 31, 2010.

To enter visit Also be sure to read the fine print.

An Afternoon with Uncle Larry

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Spending an afternoon with Larry Vickers is like visiting a demented Santa Claus. That is if ol’ Saint Nick were cool and into guns and mayhem. Every time I see him he has something new to show me.

Santa Vickers

I had a chance to visit with Larry on the set of “Tactical Impact” at US Training Center in Moyock, NC. In addition to the amazing amount of firearms lore that just rolls off his tongue, Larry started pulling treasures out of the back of his truck. He would mumble “Hey, have you seen this?” as he rummaged through a couple of bags. Out would come a rare firearm or a gadget currently under development.

But two of his finds are worthy of mention, simply because they are classics and quite rare. Both were used by Allied Special Forces in World War Two.


The first was an original FP-45 (Flare Projector) Liberator pistol developed by US Amy Psychological Warfare during WW II. The name was adopted to conceal the true nature of the project with weapon components also having innocuous names used in standard manufacturing parts. The weapon was adopted by the OSS for use by partisans behind Axis lines. The simple design allowed the shooter to neutralize an enemy in order to procure his weapon for himself. The breech lock pistol was shipped in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty shell casing, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form showing how to load and fire the weapon. Extra rounds of ammunition could be stored in the pistol grip. Designed to be cheaply mass produced ($2.10 a copy), there were only manufactured over an eleven week period in 1942 when over one million pistols were produced. Interestingly, while there are numerous stories about the Liberator’s wide spread use in occupied France, it actually saw more use in the Pacific theater.

Hi Standard H-D Military Model

The second find is a reproduction Hi Standard HD-M silenced .22 pistol first produced during WWII. As you can see from the photo, the pistol featured an integral silencer and after the war many of the weapons passed to the US intelligence community. Oddly, one of the pistols was included in the survival equipment carried by U2 pilot Gary Powers when he was shot down over the Soviet Union. The suppressor component was designed to drop the weapons signature by 28 decibels and can be removed for cleaning or maintenance of the pistol. However, the suppressor was only designed for 200 rounds and would be discarded after use and replaced with a new component.

Keep an eye out for more surprises from Larry Vickers and his co-hosts Jason Falla and Kyle Defoor on Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms. Check your local listings for time and channel.

Canada to Develop Urban Camo Pattern

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Canada has decided to develop a unique urban camo pattern called Canadian Urban Environment Pattern (CUEPAT). Ok, makes sense. But not the why and where. That is where it gets weird. We had to take this straight from the tender:

The Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada – Suffield, (DRDC-S), AB, has a requirement to develop a Canadian Urban Environment Pattern (CUEPAT) based on the unique requirements of Canada’s three major metropolitan areas, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The current CBR individual protective equipment (IPE) used by the Canadian military is provided in a woodland or desert camouflage. A camouflage suited to the Canadian urban environment is required when the milatary (sic) operates in urban terrain.

So essentially, Canada’s equivalent of DTRA is seeking a camo pattern based on domestic urban environments. What’s even more curious is that the pattern is specifically for chem-bio gear. One would think that for domestic CBR defense, one would want to blend in with the local population as much as possible, perhaps as first responders or in items that more closely resemble civilian clothing.

However, what makes this even more interesting is that the tender is the Public Works equivalent of a sole source solicitation. The work is being handed over to Guy Cramer and Co at HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. So how did they get this sole source contract valued at $24,900.00 C$ (GST extra)? Once again we have to look at the tender.

The Contractor holds the proprietary right to the advanced fractal algorithms and feed back loop technology to develop non-repeating digital camouflage patterns. HyperStealth Biotechnology Corporation’s design team of Guy Cramer and Timothy R. O’Neill share copyright on approximately 8,000 digital camouflage patterns. Access to this extensive data base for the purposes of developing a new Canadian urban environment camouflage pattern is critical to the success of the project. All Intellectual Property Rights in the Foreground Information shall belong to the Contractor as soon as they come into existence. There are no alternative sources of supply for this requirement as no other Canadian source exists that has the capability to design and develop digital, non-repeating camouflage patterns using state-of-the-art fractal algorithms and feed back loop technology, with concomitant IP protected access to approximately 8,000 copyrighted patterns that can be used in full support of meeting the requirement.

That’s right, copyright on over 8,000 patterns! Some other nuggets from the solicitation include that the period of performance will be from contract award until March 31, 2010 but may include follow on work. Interestingly, HyperStealth will be allowed to retain the intellectual property developed under this contract.

So the way this is written, it looks like the Canadian government is paying HyperStealth almost 25 large to do work they have already accomplished and they are giving them six months to do it. In the end, the Canadian government will have an urban camo pattern fine tuned for use in their own major cities and applied only to chemical and biological warfare clothing. Like I said; interesting.

Thanks to Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms Sponsors

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Last week I was offered the chance to join the cast and crew of “Tactical Impact” and “Tactical Arms” on the set at US Training Center in Moyock, North Carolina.

The US Training Center facilities are fantastic and provide the team a variety of backgrounds to accommodate filming. Viewers who have attended training sessions at the Xe campus will recognize the range complex and if it has been awhile since you last visited some of the additions would surprise you. In addition to ranges and various backdrops, US Training Center also features an on-site dining facility and hotel-like accommodations.

Tactical Impact

While I was there they were filming an intro sequence that will be featured on an episode of “Tactical Impact” focused on Special Forces. As the cast and crews are the same for both shows, segments are shot in overlapping schedules. Very little of the work is conducted indoors so it can lead to some long days in weather extremes from the North Carolina heat to cold rainy days that hover just above freezing. Cold and wet describes my time on set perfectly.

Tactical Impact

It is on days like this that the material provided by sponsors goes beyond the “This will look great on screen” to “Man, good thing this product performs as advertised”. And perform they do. Early this year as production for this season was ramping up, show co-host Larry Vickers called me and asked if I could recommend some equipment to be used on the show. After speaking with producer Eric Sherertz and soliciting input from co-hosts Jason Falla and Kyle Defoor, I contacted several companies to see if they would be interested in providing products for use on the show. The response from industry was fantastic, so keep your eyes peeled while watching both series for some of the newest products in the tactical market.

EOTAC provided a variety of clothing items from their Operator Grade line including specially embroidered shirts for the cast and crew. Additionally, Propper provided embroidered TAC.U uniforms as well as several items from the Adventure Tech line. Under Armour donated jackets, hats, and gloves. Additionally, several cast members use Vickers Tactical gloves. Arc’teryx LEAF was well represented through their US distributor Uber Group.

Footwear companies who have participated include OTB Boots, Tactical Research, and Salomon. Both Smith Optics and Revision Eyewear provided several styles of eyewear for use during the season and SOG Knives provided their popular SOG tool as well as pocket knives.

Tactical Impact

Bulldog Equipment also produced variants of their Mirage Camouflage uniforms for the show. As you can see from the photos Mirage does a great job of blending in with the environment used on the set. Additionally, Daniel Defense provides the DDM4 for use in many of the tactical scenarios depicted on the shows.

Despite the inclement weather, it was a great day and both cast and crew were able to get the film in the can thanks to the support of these sponsors.