Archive for September, 2012

Shameless Plug for US Tactical Supply

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Earlier we mentioned that we encourage you to support our advertisers as you make your final sales of the fiscal year. US Tactical Supply is standing by to support you right up until the 30th so give them a ring. In fact, they sent us this note.

We would be happy to help you with your Fiscal Year End emergencies or non-emergency purchases. Please contact us at 541-928-8645 /

Or, You can also request a quote @

This really is a shameless plug because there is zero shame in recommending US Tactical Supply. They are great folks.

Sneak Peek – Oakley Eyepro in MultiCam

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Available 1 November – SI Ballistic M-Frame 3.0 in MultiCam.

MDM – Learn About Ironlace

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A few months ago the owner of Unleashed Tactical Equipment linked me up with the Canadian brand, Ironlace. It’s a bootlace brand. I know it sounds mundane, but broken laces suck. Sure, you can use 550 cord but even they don’t offer these features. In addition to 1600 lbs of tension, Ironlace is virtually chemical proof, UV ray resistant, water proof, abrasion resistant, and heat resistant up to 630 deg F.

They offer laces in 33″, 45″, 54″, 63″, 72″, 84″, 96″, and 108″ in both Black and Brown. However, for military personnel, the 72″ model seems to be the most popular and they are also available in Olive Mojave.

Be sure to see them with Provengo, their exclusive US distributor, in booth #3056. Provengo will not only be giving demo’s but they will also be giving out 100 pairs of Ironlace Olive Mojave 72” boot laces to Devil Dogs attending the event!

Sneak Peek – ATS Tactical’s 7.62 Split Front Chest Harness

Monday, September 24th, 2012

This harness was designed by an SF friend of ATS for a deploying unit that needed the capability to switch between weapons load outs. Ultimately, they decided on this split front harness to solve that problem. The harness is constructed of 500DCordura with Murdock Webbing’s Jacquard Multicam nylon used for the PALS webbing. Each pouch holds a single 7.62 M14/M1A, SR25, FAL/L1A1, G3, or Magpul LR20 magazine. They are held in by ATS’s bungee retention system, with Murdock Webbing nylon pull tabs. Each side of the harness has a built in 9”x 7” map pocket. To the outside of each side of the rig there are two channels and three rows of PALS webbing. Each magazine pocket of the harness also has two channels and three rows of PALS on its face.

Each side of the harness is 10” x 7”, and the harness is closed by two ITW/Nexus GhillieTEX 1” Fastex side release buckles. Overall width of the harness is about 22 ½”. To reduce weight, the waist belt has been redesigned to release only from the left side, and a webbing retainer has been added to secure the running end of the strap. The upper harness attachment points use the lighter ITW/Nexus Ladderloc and along with the webbing retainer. The shoulder straps have also been redesigned to accommodate their MCH Hydration Harness or a smaller and lighter modular carrier such as the ATS 50 Ounce Hydration Carrier. The cross strap portion of the harness has a very lightweight 4 channel and 4 row grid of PALS webbing with a clever design that does away with the base material that PALS is usually sewn to, instead using a double row of Murdock webbing bar tacked to itself and box-X stitched to the harness.

As with all ATS Tactical gear, it has a lifetime guarantee and is Made in the USA!

MOD7 HOG Saddle Available Now

Monday, September 24th, 2012

We’ve mentioned the HOG Saddle several times. It’s a mobile shooting platform designed to attach to tripods. It allows the shooter to assume a stable position with the weapon.

List of improvements:

1. Opens 1/4 in wider than original model.
2. Incorporates a retention button screw to prevent unintentional disassembly in the field.
3. Weighs less than 16 ounces.
4. Added cut-outs to the base of the HOG Saddle. These narrow slots better integrate with tripod heads or QR plates that have anti-rotation video pins.

See You at Modern Day Marine

Monday, September 24th, 2012

SSD will be on the ground at Modern Day Marine, 25-27 Sept at Quantico Marine Corps Base, bringing you live coverage of the latest and greatest. Articles will bear the prefix “MDM”. Apparently, we’re doing something right. This year we received VIP parking passes.

2012 Tommy V Challenge

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Thomas J. Valentine Memorial Fund established in 2010, is a tribute to the memory of USN SOCS Tom Valentine who was a SEAL. Through CharitySmith The Thomas J. Valentine Memorial Fund is now an established non-profit memorial fund (EIN #87-0636433) and supports the Navy SEAL Foundation.

This year’s Tommy V Challenge will support some of the families that will be hitting the 10 year mark: Neil Roberts (3/4/2002) and Matt Bourgeois (3/28/2002). Unfortunately, many of the opportunities and benevolent groups that exist today to help families of fallen SEALs did not exist in 2002 and most of the current programs are not retroactive to these families. It is the intent of the Tommy V Challenge IV to provided financial support to these families. Additionally, since January of 2012 we have lost two more men, and the Tommy V Challenge will be supporting these families as well.

AS last year, the Tommy V Challenge will consist of SKEET & GOLF TOURNAMENTS and they will be held at the NAS Oceana & Aeropines Golf Course. The SKEET Tournament is Thursday, October 25, 2012 ($100 per person | $450 per team) and the GOLF Tournament is Friday, October 26, 2012 ($175 per person | $575 per team?).

I plan on returning from AUSA in time to participate and I hope to see some of you there as well. Visit to register and entry closes 15 October. Entry fee includes range fee, clays, shells, shirt, visor, food, after-party and a 2012 Tommy V Challenge Coin.
The Skeet Tournament is limited to 50 shooters.

SSD Can’t Provide Quotes

Monday, September 24th, 2012

SSD can’t help you with your end of fiscal year emergency by providing you with quotes. We don’t sell anything. But, we have the best advertisers in industry and they’d be more than happy to help you out. Support our advertisers when making your unit and agency buys just like you do for your individual purchases.

Gore Military – Woodland Combat Desert Jacket

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In this third of our coverage of WL Gore’s various technologies and their military applications our subject is the Woodland Combat Desert Jacket. While we are all familiar with the popular GORE-TEX brand, many do not know that WL Gore has worked extensively with the military since the mid-1980s to develop specific fabrics for various purposes.

The Marine Corps has adopted a woodland MARPAT variant of the popular Combat Desert Jacket. It’s an interesting garment. Based on the name alone you’d probably realize that it was originally issued in Desert MARPAT. Other than being developed specifically for use in South West Asia, another thing that you don’t normally see with military garments is that it is made up of multiple types of fabrics. It’s a softshell garment featuring a lightweight, water-resistant fabric with a Gore membrane that is engineered to withstand rain, wind, and sand. Additionally, there are strategically placed stretch zones for increased flexibility and mobility. There is also a moisture-wicking lining. The CDJ also incorporates 99.9 percent pure silver in the gridded fleece lining to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi in the garment. Early in the production of the original CDJ there were issues getting the printing to match on all of the different fabrics, but they long ago mastered that issue and as you can see from the photo, it looks great.

This waist length jacket features a chest mounted rank tab as well as a single chest and bicep pocket. Finally, there are slash handwarmer pockets on either side.

Kilted to Kick Cancer in the UK

Monday, September 24th, 2012

What do you get when you take “Kilted to Kick Cancer”, take it to the UK and then add a dash of MultiCam? You get this.

SSD reader SKN Neilson shared his project with us to participate in KTKC UK and do so in style. He created his own MultiCam kilt after reading about the 5.11 MultiCam kilt we mentioned on April Fool’s Day. Neilson’s was no fool’s errand tho. He put a lot of effort into it. For example, the sporran is a UK issue commander’s admin pouch with a KTKC UK’s patch velcro’d on it.

To support his effort visit It’s a great cause intended to raise awareness and funding for prostate cancer.