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Archive for November, 2009

Fox NFL Team Checks Out the Vuzix Tac-Eye to Operate the iRobot SUGV

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Fox NFL Sunday’s” Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan spent some time USAF EOD techs Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Spradley and Senior Airman James Dobrynski on a recent visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. They got some stick time with the iRobot EOD robot and checked out the Vuzix TAC-EYE.

Terry Bradshaw Michael Strahan
(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Felicia Juenke)

For more information contact Vuzix.

Speaking Arc’teryx

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

We regularly field questions about the Arc’teryx naming conventions. It can be easy to get confused as there are various versions of many of the products which are essentially modifications for specific use. Once you understand the lingo, it’s easy to see what is going on.

Designed for use in the harshest of conditions. The SV garments are manufactured from the most durable of materials and feature hoods.

These products are crafted from mid-weight materials and are designed with versatility in mind.

Designed for mixed weather and dynamic movement The MX clothing feature durable, highly mobile stretch materials which are breathable and moisture shedding.

These are made from the lightest of materials with streamlined feature sets. In the LEAF line, the new Alpha LT Jacket is a classic example of this.

Predominantly made with lightweight Paclite® textiles this is generally the lightest weight garment in a series.

The SK is a winter sports-focused design with generous articulation for ski touring and alpine climbing.

To check out the entire line of Arc’teryx products visit them online.

“New” IED Map Symbols

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Mil Std 2525C which sets the standard for all of those little pictures situated on your map overlay was updated over a year ago and one of the most significant, yet overlooked changes was the addition of map symbology for IEDs.

IED Map Symbology

The Army is making a major push to integrate the new icons into digital C4ISR systems so you should be begin to see them soon on a FBCB2 screen near you. For those of you who would like a guide to learn to decipher all of those diamonds and rectangles, check out Mil Std 2525C.

EOTAC Concealed Carry DVD Giveaway

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

EOTAC partnered with Thunder Ranch Director Clint Smith to produce a short DVD introducing viewers to basic concealed carry techniques. The vignettes are extracted from a full length DVD Clint produced with American Handgunner and each segment shows how to accomplish a different presentation technique with various EOTAC clothing options. At only 12 minutes in length it has only been available exclusively to EOTAC dealers until now.

Concealed Carry DVD

Soldier Systems convinced EOTAC to provide us with five copies to give away to lucky readers. To enter, all you need to do is send an email with “EOTAC Giveaway” in the subject line. Entries must be submitted by 12:00 PM EST 1 December, 2009 and winners will be selected and announced that same day.

The full-length DVD is available from American Handgunner.

Shellback Tactical Reveals New Web Site

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Shellback Tactical has updated their website with new flash driven content. In addition to their line of LE inspired products, you can sign up for Twitter feeds from Shellback.

Shellback Tactical

Check it out at

KDH Soldier Plate Carrier – A Closer Look

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The contract award for the Army’s Plate Carrier is no longer under protest. We were able to take a few photos of the winner; the KDH Soldier Plate Carrier.

KDH Soldier Plate Carrier

KDH Soldier Plate Carrier

KDH Soldier Plate Carrier

KDH Soldier Plate Carrier

Tactical Tailor Introduces Armor

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Tactical Tailor Introduces Armor

Tactical Tailor has joined forces with Armor Express to introduce a new facet to their topnotch equipment. Now available for order directly from the Tactical Tailor website are a variety of hard plates and soft armor exclusively for law enforcement and military customers. Soft armor is cut specifically for the for their line of armor and plate carriers.

Visit for more information.

Note: It is Tactical Tailor’s policy to only sell Armor Express armor and armor components to verified law enforcement and military personnel. You will be required to provide proof of identity when placing an order for items in this category.

ITS Tactical Blow Out Kit

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Our friends at Imminent Threat Solutions didn’t just show you how to create a blow out kit they went the extra mile and are offering one for sale.

The kit was assembled by their resident SF medic following Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines. This means that the contents meet the basic standard set for American combat medical treatment. In particular the kit has been assembled to mitigate the three leading preventable causes of death in the field; Extremity Hemorrhage, 60%; Tension Pneumothorax, 33% and Airway Obstruction, 6%. What’s more, the kit is latex free!