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215 Gear Assault Pack, Medium Now Available for Pre-Order

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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The Assault Pack, Medium is now added as a product, available for pre-order until 0900 07MAY12. The best part is if you get in on the pre-order, you can get the pack at a 15% discount.

www.215gear.com.

Montie Gear

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Montie Gear makes a bunch of cool products like slingshots, RFID detectors and a wide variety of rests. Take for example this AR Rest. It sits 9.5″ from the deck in order to accommodate magazines and is collapsible for transportation and storage.

www.montiegear.com

5000th Post!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

This is our 5000th active post in just under 4 years of publication as SSD. So say, “Hip, Hip, Huzzah” three times for us and then back to work.

BCM Announces Compensator

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In a roundabout way, Bravo Company Manufacturing announced a new compensator today in a video featuring their weapons. You can only see a glimpse in a few frames.

www.bravocompanyusa.com

Requirement or Desirement?

Monday, April 30th, 2012

One of my sons found out his brother had received a new pair of swim trunks. He told me that he needed a pair as well. So, I asked him if it was a requirement or a desirement. He said, “wait, now I’m confused.” Now that I think about it, I’d venture to say that he isn’t the only one. Back in the dark ages, before the war, we used to get asked if a piece of gear we wanted to purchase was mission essential or mission enhancing but the fairly free flow of OCO dollars has meant that most any whim was met with a purchase. You’re probably realizing that those days are over.

Your unit isn’t going to have much money. It may already be an issue. Hopefully, it won’t be as rough as the bad old days, but you’ll need to ask yourself if you really need the unit to purchase that new knife, or eye pro, or day pack. Or, can you purchase it yourself (that’s what we had to do), or do without?

Do an analysis and be prepared to actually justify the impact of the gear on the mission if it passes the “smell” test. Save the silver bullets for real needs and be ready to invest a little personal cash in the things you’ve taken for granted these past 10 years.

Motorola LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Motorola is marketing their new LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld. Imagine that all of the things that military now take for granted such as dynamic mapping, GPS, Blue Force Tracking, and streaming video were all available to Law Enforcement, First Responders and Fire services? That’s what the LEX 700 and its associated infrastructure offers and all in a smartphone package. When connected to Public Safety LTE broadband, all of a municipality’s services can be coordinated. Communication is via voice services over LTE, cellular and IP networks or a dedicated Push-to-Talk button. Additionally, the LEX 700 can be used to as a controller to remotely change volume and channels on an APX® 7000 radio.

Personnel can use the LEX 700 to coordinate via white board, see each other’s locations relative to a scene and share imagery and other useful intelligence across the network.

www.motorola.com

FirstSpear – The Walt Torso Holster

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Every once in awhile I take one look at a product and say to myself, “THAT is freakin’ awesome.” Before SHOT I got to see some sneak peeks of FirstSpear’s new products and the Walt was in amongst the others they were unveiling. And while, pretty much everything FirstSpear does has been quality, the Walt really stuck out for me.

I can’t say that I’m much of a fan of Tanker-style holsters. They have traditionally been the territory of US Army Mech and Armor officers who are channeling Patton and for some reason Marine Officers (maybe it’s a Chesty Puller thing). Either way, not exactly my vision of cool. But then, I see the Walt. It’s like something out of a 1930 adventure serial. A traditional design, but fully modernized. Take for example, the materials. The Walt Torso Holster features a body of waterproof material lined with Cordura and an adjustable shoulder strap made from a combination of nylon webbing and mesh. The strap is wide enough to be comfortable, yet not get in the way. There is also a removable quick-release belt anchor attachment but we removed it for these photos. Additionally, a bungee makes quick work of keeping your pistol in the holster. Just remember to remove it from the grip of your weapon before you attempt to draw it.

Everybody should have a Walt. It doesn’t matter if you are out on the back 40 mending fences or trotting around the FOB, the Walt will be your new best friend. This isn’t a quick draw holster but rather a working rig. Not only does it perform well, but it looks cool.

And now, the Walt is available in Black as well as Coyote. Either way, it features FirstSpear’s baddass skull logo laser engraved into the material. It fits the 1911, M9, 226, Glock, M&P, XD and other pistols of similar size. However, it does not fit a pistol equipped with a light or optic. Right or left hand draw.

Get yours at www.first-spear.com.

Coming Soon from Norrøna

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Coming in July 2012 from Norwegian manufacturer Norrøna is this hardshell parka and trousers featuring GORE-TEX construction. Developed in conjunction with Norwegian, Swedish and Danish Special Forces.

www.norrona.com/Concepts/recon