Archive for May, 2012

ARES-16 Small Arms Family Product Overview

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

We mentioned the ARES -16 family of weapons last year.

The ARES-16 family of small arms is available in 5.56mm and incorporates a Gas-Piston, Short Stroke Tappet operating system. Actually, to configure the various weapons, the ARES-16 relies on different upper and lower receivers. These combinations allow the user to configure the weapon as:

-Assault Rifle
-Designated Marksman Rifle
-Magazine-Fed Assault Machine Gun
-Belt-Fed Assault Machine Gun
-Dual-Feed Assault Machine Gun
-Belt-Fed Mounted Light Machine Gun


WT Tactical Gear Upgrade Sale

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Wild Things Tactical, which holds something like 30 contracts with the military supplying inclement weather gear like the Marine Corps Happy Suits to extreme cold weather kit for PJs in Alaska (and is approved for the Military Free Fall School), is conducting a ‘Gear Upgrade Sale’ through 31 May.

All WT Tactical and Wild Things gear (military, LE and commercial) is 15% and 25% off, respectively. This price is adjusted on their site, you don’t need a coupon code.

We’ve covered WT Tactical many times before, if you want to do some reading.

TVR Scamander

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

evo Diaries profiles the Scamander, a concept car by British firm TVR. A Labor of Love for TVR head man Peter Wheeler, the Scamander’s futuristic looks belie its off-road prowess. While development began before Wheeler’s passing, final touches were put on the design in recent years.

This one-off center drive all terrain vehicle is powered by a MOGAS engine and even includes a propeller for use in swampy conditions. Watch the Scamander make short work of the boggy terrain that trips up even an LR Defender.

Train with Magnus Johnson at Rock Castle Shooting Center

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Invictus Alliance Group’s Magnus Johnson is their man on the ground at Rock Castle Center. In between Battlefield to Boardroom classes he is offering pistol, carbine and AK courses as well as customized training solutions. Magnus is a Special Forces Veteran and the class rates are very reasonable.


The 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Tidewater Tactical

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Once again, our friends at Tidewater Tactical are sponsoring their Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Redwing Golf Course in Virgina Beach at 1200 on June 15th with all proceeds going to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Entries fees are $400 per foursome or $100 per individual which includes greens fees, buffet and snacks, live music, good company, a goodie bag and FREE BEER! Prizes include longest drive, best outfit, and closest to the hole, Hole in One and more.

Register at www.TidewaterTactical.com.

Softshell Tech – Drac Giveaway

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

In this final installment of our series on Arc’teryx LEAF’s softshell tech, we are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a set of Drac Jacket and Pant manufactured from Burly Double Weave.

The Drac Jacket is a welcome addition to the LEAF line. It features pit zips and two bicep pockets with Velcro fields for IFF as well as two zippered hand warmer pockets mounted low on the jacket in the traditional fashion. Additionally, the cuffs incorporate die-cut laminated Velcro adjusters.

Burly Double Weave is made for cold weather so you’re getting wind and water resistance along with a generous 4-way stretch. The Drac jacket combines combat jacket styling with a generous cut. The same can be said of the pant. If you’re on the edge between sizes, go down rather than up.

The Drac Pant features an interesting combination of styling and features. It’s as if the Combat Pant and Sphinx Pant had a baby. All of the features of the Sphinx with the stretchy goodness of Burly Double Weave.

You get:
-Two slash hand pockets
-Two rear pockets with angled access
-Two tool pockets with Cordura reinforcement
-Two calf pockets with flaps
-Two cargo pockets with flaps that fit standard rifle magazines and are easy to access from a seated position
-Built-in gaiters
-Ingenious webbing covered kneepad pockets with access points for straps

Both the Drac Jacket and Pant are available in Crocodile as well as Wolf sizes Small – XXLarge.

At the request of Arc’teryx, this giveaway is restricted to MIL/LEO. For your chance to win, in the comments section of this posting on SSD, tell us how you learned about Arc’teryx LEAF and how long you’ve known about the LEAF program. Use your real email address to enter because that is how you will be contacted in case you win. You may use a civilian email address to enter but official email addresses are preferred. The winning email address is the only one that will be shared and that is with Arc’teryx to arrange for your prize. If you use a civilian email address it will certainly delay your prize due to verification and if you cannot be satisfactorily verified we will choose another winner. Your posting may have to be approved so be patient of it doesn’t show right up. Only one entry per person. The contest closes at 0001 GMT, 2 June, 2012. At that point, SSD will randomly draw a winner from the entries. We will then pass the name and email address of the winner to the Arc’teryx LEAF team and they will contact the winner and arrange shipment.

Void where prohibited.


Batman is an Airman

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Batman or Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge is a program at Air Force Research Lab to improve the performance of the Terminal Attack Controller and other Battlefield Airmen. With a motto of “Lighter, Smarter…Deadlier” it couldn’t be anything than Air Force.

CNN Money recently took a look inside the program. Watch it here.

Some of the gems in this ensemble include the “Bat Hook,” the nickname used for the Remote Auxiliary Power System developed by Defense Research Associates, a new wrist mount unlike anything you’ve seen developed by our friends at Juggernaut Defense, and an armor mounted computer system.

While most of these technologies seem TAC-centric, BATMAN works Guardian Angel projects as well. For example, late last year they issued a challenge for a new stretcher system via the website InnoCentive. Seeking a single-rescuer solution, the Air Force also challenged innovators to propose a system that would stabilize the patient.

(Photo by Senior Airman Chris Hubenthal : 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing)

Other interesting items include this grappling hook developed by students at BYU for AFRL.

BATMAN is spirally developed and fields solutions when they are ready for prime time. In fact, the program has been around since 2004 and has already fielded several versions.

Blast From The Past – Becoming Batman

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Batman is the ultimate Badass. A science hero, Batman is the product of dumb luck and a very strong will. He has tapped the very pinnacle of human potential and has access to Gucciest of kit. I’d say he is so popular because, of all super heroes, he is the most plausible and it’s easy to put yourself in his shoes.

A book released in late 2008 , “Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero” from The Johns Hopkins University by E. Paul Zehr examines what it would take to become the “Bat”. Zehr is an associate professor of kinesiology and neuroscience at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and long time practitioner of Chito-Ryu karate-do.

Scientific American has a great interview with Zehr on the subject.

Available from The Johns Hopkins University Press.