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Archive for May, 2010

New Surefire Helmet Light Mount

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Based on a requirement from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Surefire recently updated the mount for their popular helmet light. While it sill attaches along the lip of the helmet, the light no longer hangs below edge and can be mounted to the right or left side of the helmet. Additionally, the light can now be rotated along one axis so that the beam no longer has to remain on axis with the head. As we understand it, this is a line change and will be standard for lights in the future but as you can see the mount we looked at is a prototype. These will be available soon.

www.surefire.com

Quad Release System

Monday, May 31st, 2010

National Molding has just announced their new Quad Release System. It combines their Tether Pull Buckle with a lever actuated cable release system wherein cables are routed from the buckle to a junction box. With a pull of a single lever, all of the buckles actuate simultaneously. The system is simple and can easily be reassembled. The impact here is significant as the system becomes a field leveler. Companies who had never produced cutaway armor carriers will be able to insert this pre-built system rather than engage in a costly development process that often leads to patent infringement or less than optimal results. Additionally, the technology could be applied to other systems such as pack straps.

Made in the USA by National Molding.

365 Days in Five Fingers

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Five Fingers fever has caught on and they have become wildly popular with the Cross Fit crowd as well as military so when Eric Steinkopff, Director of Government Sales for Extreme Outfitters told me what was going on there I asked him to get something to me. What’s happening is that Extreme employee Erin Totterton is wearing her Vibram Five Finger footwear for 365 days straight. Eric, who wrote this report is a retired Marine and spent a couple of years as a journalist covering the military beat in Jacksonville, North Carolina prior to assuming his current position with Extreme.

Extreme Outfitters employee Erin Tetterton is making waves and raising a few eyebrows by wearing her Vibram Five-Finger footwear for a complete year.
She began April 17, 2010, and recently passed day 30 of her 365 trek.
“I’m wearing my toe-shoes for 365 days – because I can,” said Tetterton, whose husband Todd is a Marine stationed at the Stone Bay complex of Camp Lejeune and supports her endeavor as she posts near-daily blogs on her website www.wherethetoesgo.com with pictures taken from her iPhone as part of a college art photography project.

But Erin is no stranger to the unique looking shoes with fingers, because she has had them in her wardrobe for more than two years already.
“I originally bought them because they look cool and wore them for about two and a half years, just for fun,” Tetterton said. “I really like them and wear them because they’re different. People got to know me as the girl with those funny shoes.”
She wore them during water sports, boating, swimming, sand volleyball and rock climbing.
“I (even) wore them to our wedding,” Tetterton said. “Todd didn’t know until after the ceremony. The dress covered them up, but it made for some really great pictures later.”
This year Tetterton found out that people were running in the Five-Fingers and became interested in the ergonomic benefits of near-barefoot running.
“One of the things was Harvard’s study on collision forces – (that highlights) the difference between forefoot striking and heel striking,” said Tetterton, who added that a forefoot striker is less prone to injury. “The Vibram Five-Fingers encourage you to be a fore-foot striker.”
There are also testimonials by individual long distance runners who were claiming to be running injury-free or with a lower incidence of injuries, so she completed the 5th Annual Run for the Warriors, a five-kilometer run in Jacksonville May 15.
“It’s improved my run time by 20 percent,” Tetterton said.
But it wasn’t always that way.
“I started with the Classics and wore them for the first two years,” Tetterton said. “I think they’re the most ‘barefoot’ feeling of all they shoes, but they can come off in the water. Flows are great for water sports, especially in slightly cooler water and I’m looking forward to trying them under my fins for SCUBA diving this summer.”
“My Sprints are by ‘go-to-shoe – everything from gardening to running, and they stay on in the water,” Tetterton said. “KSOs are comparable my Sprints, but they feel a little more structured and a little more ‘shoe-like.’”

But wearing the interesting-looking footwear has not come without its challenges – such as conveying her message to others who don’t entirely understand.
“Explaining it to people (has been difficult), such as my aunt who loves shoe-shopping – why I’ve limited myself to one style of shoe for a whole year,” Tetterton said. “The only two times I won’t be able to wear them is with roller blades or bicycling cleats.”
All the focus on the Five-Finger footwear has brought about some unintended benefits.
“I donated a bunch of my shoes to charity this year,” Tetterton said. “Since I’m wearing (Five-Fingers), I don’t need them. I’m more interested in what other people around the world are wearing or not wearing.”
Although the summer weather is really just beginning to get hot in eastern North Carolina, late this fall it will be cold enough to warrant wearing one size larger Five-Fingers and special toe socks inside.
“I’m not looking forward to winter,” said Tetterton with a laugh.

To purchase these ergonomic “toe-shoes” known as Vibram Five-Fingers, visit Extreme Outfitters for a 10 percent VIP discount at 102 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28546, call the store at 910-355-2118 or visit their website at www.tacticaledge.com.

Grey Group Training Big F#$%ing Memorial Day Sale

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Details have emerged on the Grey Group Training Big F#$%ing Memorial Day Sale. It begins tonight at Midnight and ends Monday at Midnight (both Eastern Time). When they said it was gonna be a Big F#$%ing sale they weren’t kidding.

30% Off Arc’teryx, Mountain Hard Wear, and Salomon!
30% Off all Footwear!
40% Off RAV Cut Armor and RAV Carriers!
TAD Gear Direct Action Tops for $49.95!

www.GreyGroupTraining.biz

Note: Sale prices available only to in stock items. Backorders are welcome, but sale prices will not apply.

Wilson Combat Launches New Website

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Wilson Combat’s new website sports a classic look yet has all of the features expected from a modern website. One of the biggest advantages afforded consumers by the new site is updated inventory status so you know if the products you are interested in are in stock.

Stuff We Missed This Week

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Like every week, this one was busy. Here are the things we didn’t get to discuss.

Navy uniform guide for iPhone
Botched Police Raids
The $4000 Polo Shirt
Sneaky Bags at SGC USA
UCP TRU-SPEC Combat Shirt only $39.99 at US CAV
The Sayoc Store

Modular Boot Program

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

The National Defense Education Program’s “Lab TV” has a great video on the Army’s Modular boot program. They interviewed Natick Soldier Center’s Mike Holthe who is a footwear engineer and he discusses some of the factors that go into developing effective combat footwear.

Check out the website. In addition to the footwear episode, there is information on a wide variety of programs ongoing at our military labs.

Supply Captain Memorial Day Sale

Friday, May 28th, 2010

When you are Bar-B-Que’ing this weekend and have a hankering for some tactical goodness head over to Supply Captain and take advantage of this exclusive offer for SSD readers. From now until June 6th, 2010 save 20% off purchases of $75 or more. Just enter coupon code: SSBBQ at check out. This cannot be combined with any other offer.

www.supplycaptain.com

Magpul MOE Illumination Kit

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The MOE Illumination Kits from Magpul have started shipping to dealers. Designed to integrate with the MOE and ACR hand guards, the kit is designed to accept Mil Std 1913 rail compatible lights and contains a short rail section, cantilever rail mount, two Surefire optimized pressure switch pad mounts (both old and new styles), and all mounting hardware.

www.Magpul.com

PM Soldier Weapons Issues Sources Sought Notice for Individual Carbine

Friday, May 28th, 2010

PM Soldier Weapons has issued a Sources Sought Notice for weapon capabilities to fulfill the Individual Carbine role. As promised, it is not limited to 5.56 mm but any submission must meet international convention standards and they are open to accepting foreign systems. Offerors will need to submit the typical information such as size and weight but there are a few key parameters they are also looking for. For example, there is specific interest in improvements to zero retention and zero repeatability. They are also seeking information on factory capacity and anticipating US based manufacture by year three of production. The response date is 18 June, so they are moving out on this one but it is still a sources sought and failure to respond will not restrict a company from submitting to a full solicitation should it be released. However, the information they receive now gives the program management team an idea of the state of industry and can shape at least to some degree, how the solicitation is written.

To read the entire Sources Sought Notice visit www.fbo.gov.

Thanks to DMR for the heads up.