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Archive for September, 2010

Tactical Pants for Women

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 has prepared an excellent article on tactical pants for the ladies. Quite frankly there is a dearth of information on this subject and the tactical community becomes more gender integrated, the market is only going to grow. (Take note of this manufacturers, there will be a test, and only those that pay attention will survive)

One of the article’s features that we really liked was the information on Men’s vs Women’s pants since there are still so few styles available. We hope that revisits this issue in the future as we hear there are more products for women on the horizon.

Field Gourmet – Do You REALLY Love Ramen?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Several of the military rations we have been receiving info on (and keep the pics and info coming)include Ramen. Additionally, many of our readers either supplement issue rations with Ramen, are destitute college students who can’t afford anything else, or just happen to like the taste. No matter which category you fit into, it’s nice to spice those noodles up once in awhile.

One of our favorite blogs, Gizmodo, recently spoke withToshio Yamamoto, who writes, get this…a ramen review blog It’s a very interesting article and in it he suggests several enhancements to your standard Cup O’ Noodles. Funny thing is, if we had those other things we’d eat them and leave the Ramen in the cupboard.

ANVIS Arm from Wilcox Industries

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Wilcox Industries displayed their new purpose built arm for the ANVIS family (AN/AVS-9(V) (F4949) and AN/PVS-23 (F5050) Aviator’s Night-Vision Imaging System) of night vision devices at Modern Day Marine. Previously, mounts designed for use with flight helmets have been adapted with varying degrees of success to bump and ballistic helmets. Now, there is an arm that fits the standard one-hole NVG mount found on many helmets.

Additionally, a battery compartment has been integrated into the design so that the battery box does not need to be attached to the back of the helmet. You can see it in the photo above located just below the adjustment lever. A single DL123 battery will provide up to 32 hours of operation. Elimination of the battery box decreases both cost and weight and eliminates the cable that usually runs along the side of the helmet and can catch when in confined spaces. Although, that same box can still be used for those that use it as a counterweight.

Unlike aviation use mounts and arms, the new Wilcox item is machined from Aluminum and while the NVG will pop out from its ball and detent as designed, it won’t do it accidentally. You have to depress both sides simultaneously to get it out.

Escalation of Force Kits ADS

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Ever wanted to learn about Escalation of Force Kits but didn’t know where to look? Well you do now. ADS has just published a good primer on what goes into the kits. (No TTPs were injured in the preparation of this article)

Rappel On!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

We spied these babies in the New Balance booth at Modern Day Marine. The Rappel from OTB Boots will be available in both low and high topped versions.

You may notice that the rubberized toe looks a little different than what you are used to. It’s because the rubber has been printed onto the toe which eliminates the glue and stitching that increases weight (and cost) and is vulnerable to wear. You will also notice the cut out breathing panels to increase airflow. Unlike other boots, the padding has also been eliminated from those areas.

While the low top version is a straight forward light hiker, the high topped variant sports a couple of features that make it a great candidate for a covert assault boot. The instep has integrated cleats to help retard descent while fast roping and the sides are covered in rubberized fabric that resists wear and increases friction.

Available early 2011 from New Balance’s OTB Boots brand.

CM901 Magazine Confirmed

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

That was quick. Less than 24 hours after our article predicting that the Magpul 20LR would be the magazine for Colt Defense, LLC’s new CM901 Modular Carbine, it has been verified by Defense Review’s David Crane who seems to have the inside scoop. Go check out the photos. That’s an interesting finish on that weapon.

Ever Dream of Being a World Champion Shooter?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

See what it is like to shoot from the perspective of Revision Eyewear world champion shooter Max Michel.

Montenegro Military in MultiCam

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Military of Montenegro (Vojska Crne Gore) is a professional force consisting of a 2500 member combined Army, Navy and Air Force. As you can see, they use MultiCam.

PALS Universal Platform

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Bawidamann Blades has developed an innovative solution for attaching equipment to PALS compatible platforms. As you can see from the graphic it is versatile in that it allows you to assemble your sheaths and pouches to the PUP at virtually any angle.

Thanks to Thad for the heads up!

Diamondback Tactical Acquires Assets of First Choice Armor & Equipment

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

D-Back Acquisition Co., parent company of Diamondback Tactical, announced yesterday that it has acquired the assets of First Choice Armor & Equipment, Inc. This transaction unites the quality and exceptional delivery capabilities of Diamondback with the technology and broad product portfolio of First Choice, creating a market-leader in personal and tactical protection products for the domestic and international law enforcement and military markets.

“The addition of First Choice brands and capabilities sets the stage for Diamondback’s growth strategy,” said Lt Gen Greg Newbold, USMC (Ret) of Torch Hill Investment Partners, an investor of Diamondback. “The existing technology and manufacturing know-how acquired from First Choice provides Diamondback with state-of-the-art soft and hard ballistic armor technology development and manufacturing capability allowing Diamondback to offer its strong customer base with new and expanded product lines.”

Diamondback has also announced the appointment of Dan Walsh, former President of First Choice, as Chief Executive Officer of Diamondback Tactical, overseeing all company operations. In addition, Paul Larkin assumes the role of Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Brad Ditchfield continues as Executive Vice President Operations and Dale Taylor as Executive Vice President Product Development.

“The First Choice team is delighted to join forces with Diamondback,” said Dan Walsh. ”Diamondback’s reputation for high-quality tactical gear and its vision and commitment to the domestic and international personal protection markets, creates a potent combination for future company growth.”

With the acquisition of First Choice’s assets, Diamondback now manufactures a complete range of personal protection products from concealable and tactical body armor, to hard armor plates, ballistic/riot shields and vehicle armor. Diamondback is an ISO 9001:2008 and ANAB accredited certified company that has pioneered the development of innovative NIJ 0101.06 certified concealable and tactical armor and is a global leader in ballistic technology and design.