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Archive for August, 2011

Inside Line Equipment Photographers Bag

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The Ultimate Photographers Bag from Inside Line Equipment is an actual backpack rather than the more common shoulder bag. This is great for those of you who walk to work or like to hike. It features a waterproof roll top main compartment and camera compartment (12x6x8) padded, with 2 moveable Velcro dividers as well as a laptop sleeve.

Now, this is interesting. It’s made in California. This isn’t very common these days for commercial packs.

9/11 Charity Fraud Shame List

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Nothing torques my head bolts more than someone setting up a fake charity. Gawker media has assembled a sampling of some of the fraudulent concerns set up to bilk a compassionate public post-9/11.

We will only post charities on SSD that come from known entities. Please, make sure you check out any charities you donate to in order to make sure your support is going where you want it to.

Hurricane Irene Signing Off

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, we survived. Lots of wind, lots of rain, but were inland far enough to avoid the tidal surge. Lost a few limbs, but it ended up being more of a pruning than anything else. Spent the morning cleaning up the debris. The power only flickered but lots in the area lost theirs. Hopefully everyone is up and running again soon.

Rest in Peace those who lost their lives in the storm. We mourn your loss.

Colt CM901

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

If you want to get your hands on a Colt CM901 in a more intimate environment than SHOT Show or AUSA then make sure you visit Colt at this week’s Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo & Conference at Fort Bragg.

The Colt CM901 can change calibers from 5.56mm up to and including 7.62 x 51mm NATO, by changing the upper receiver group at the user level. By simply disengaging the takedown and pivot pins, the user can quickly change from a 5.56mm Close Quarters Battle (CQB) to a full length 7.62 x 51mm Extended Range Carbine (ERC) configuration in seconds without the need to re-zero optics already mounted on the upper receiver assembly.

Tactical Fanboy Takes Us to an Interesting Survival Blog

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Tactical Fanboy posted an interesting link to “Emergency” author Neill Strauss’ survival blog. It’s worth a look.

Swag Backpack Bed

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

This article comes from Tactical Fanboy.

The Swag is a lightweight backpack that turns into a single-person shelter with a 6’2″ EVA insulated foam mattress and a top cover fabric made from UltTrex Liteâ„¢, a material 7 times more waterproof than canvas. Besides this, the Swag is anti-mildew treated, windproof, and features steam-sealed seams, zippered mosquito mesh, four zippered external pockets, an internal waterproof pocket, a lockable internal pocket (brass lock included), Velcro front pocket, Kevlar security loop, 2 wind clips, two carabiners, and three built-in ropes, among other features. Plus, every Swag purchased buys another for a homeless individual.

You can buy it here.

An Odd AUSCAM Sighting

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

No sooner than he comes back from the dead, Libyan dictator Gaddafi’s son is seen wearing a pair of AUSCAM combat trousers used by the Australian military. Naturally, this caused quite a stir in the Australian press. Good thing that Crye is working on that new son-of-AUSCAM pattern.

Hurricane Irene Update

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

We are 12 hours into the wind and rain. We’ve had a couple of tornado warnings throughout the night and morning but nothing close. Peak wind gusts at 51 mph here in town. Our retention pond is already at the same level as it was during the Nor’Easter of 2009 so this is some serious rainfall. Overall, not horrible. The Postal Service even made deliveries this morning. The good news in all of this? The fire in the Great Dismal Swamp that has been plaguing our air quality over the past several weeks should finally be out. At this point we still have power and internet but phone service is abysmal. So far so good.