When S&S Precision launched their latest iteration of their Performance Denim, they mentioned that they’d be releasing alternative colors in the coming months. At SHOT Show, they had this Khaki variant and they look great.
Like many in the firearms and tactical products industries, we turn to FlexSystems for our SHOT Show giveaway morale patches. Their products are American made and they bend over backwards to get you your PVC patches on time. They also make a wide variety of other PVC items such as key rings, tags and stickers. We just received a sample of another project they accomplished for Primary Weapons Systems.
This clear mat has the image applied to the reverse side so it won’t come off while you are displaying your items. It came out great and is just another example of the cool things FlexSystems can do to help you promote your business.
Artist Ryan B. Flowers has been selling his Mandalorian-inspired Galactac armor sets for a while now, but this is the first time one’s been made of actual ballistic armor, and it has some high-profile industry names behind its creation. Ballistic armor manufacturer AR500, Heckler & Koch, SureFire, SOG Knives, Team Wendy, Armasight, and TEA Headsets all threw their support, and products, into the development of what is essentially a set of contemporary ballistic Mandalorian armor. This set was floating around the SHOT Show floor, spending its time between the H&K and AR500 booths, the later where we found it and took a few photos for your perusal.
Stay tuned for the further info on the development of this suit at a later date.
You can get a set of the non ballistic armor at www.galac-tac.com/home.
WASPs in Pencott Badlands pattern! Specially made by their ace sewer Suna!
The U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group assists U.S. Army Cadet Command with Adaptive Soldier Leader Training and Education at Fort A.P. Hill.
Sport cameras are not designed for military operations. Their awkward shape and high profile hinder movement, create dangerous snag hazards, fail under the rigors of combat, and are difficult to operate while wearing gloves. The MOHOC is a tactically designed camera that revolutionizes form-factor, durability and user interface.
In my present position as an instructor at the Navy’s International Training Center (NITC) I teach many different subjects in several of the different courses we run here. However, my favorite course is the International Professional Advanced Leadership course (IPAL). It’s my favorite because frankly I wrote most of the curriculum, developed the Leadership Reaction Course and (to the constant worry of my Navy CO) run the PT program. I designed this course based on the model of the Marine Corps SNCO career course and it’s open to all branches of international military, LE and Intel services. In the last five years we’ve had students attend from over 60 different countries, that have all levels of military experience, training and physical conditioning.
Before our last IPAL class started we learned that we would have a student that was a 46 year old police officer from a small African country. Now I didn’t give it a second thought, however there was considerable worry and concern over this persons ability to handle our PT program. I assured the command that if he was just in good general health and had no physical limitations he would be fine as this wasn’t my first bus ride training out of shape, older people. However after several meetings generated even more concern from the head shed, it was recommended that he be given the “option” of attending PT, or not. I flatly dismissed that and I strongly reminded everyone that this course is first and last, a leadership course and it was inconceivable that we would allow one student to “Opt out” of what the rest of the class would be required to do, PT or otherwise. IMO this went against every basic tenet of leadership training I had every learned. It turned out to be a heated debate and I ended up having to standing on some desks in full Master Gunny mode to make my case.
In the end the CO sided with me and it was decided that he be required to PT with the rest of the class, BUT I was directed to be very mindful of his advanced age when we ran PT, (Advanced? I found this funny as they seemed to forget that the PT instructor was 55). In any case the students arrived and the one in question looked exactly as you might have guessed; overall thin, with a slight gut and no visible muscle tone. He was about 15 years older than the next oldest student. After questioning them (as I always do), about what their PT program was, it was apparent that this senior police officer had done very little in the way of PT during his adult life. However he was professional and actually seemed excited to have the opportunity to get learn about fitness and to participate in a structured program.
Now there is only so much you can do in six weeks and the overall goal of our program is train students in how to develop and maintain a PT program in their own country, not to bring them to a high level of fitness. However, while this isn’t Marine Boot camp or Ranger School, it’s no sissy program either. We run PT 3X a week for an hour each and gradually ramp up the intensity. The workouts are purposely structured to allow those that are in better, or worse condition to preform and improve at their own level. So there was no need to make special adjustments to the program for him. Over the six weeks he participated fully in all of the different sessions that we did. Yes, he was very slow (with some walking) on all the initial runs and he struggled with calisthenics. However, with encouragement from his classmates and staff ,he steadily improved. Along the way he lost body fat, gained strength and remained injury free. At the end of our course we made a Field Studies Program trip to San Diego. In between visiting the USS Theodore Roosevelt and MCRD San Diego we took a day off and made a hike up Mt. Woodson to the famous; “Potato Chip Rock” (see pic) just outside of the city. We made steep hike up the 3 mile trail with “Robo Cop” (this was the nickname the other students gave him) leading the way without a hitch. He remarked that he never would have considered doing something like this before he came to our course and felt that he was in the best shape of his life.
To the dismay of the head shed (and my great amusement), at the completion of the course he remarked at the final debrief that the PT program (and the hike), was his favorite part of the course. He also intended to continue his new fitness routine, AND to incorporate this with his officers when he returned home. Now the point of this story? It’s that people tend to seriously underestimate what can be done when it comes to getting in shape and improving their health. Especially if they’re presently out of shape, or haven’t exercised much in their life. This story is just one example of many that I have personally witnessed over the years. The fact is a simple and consistent exercise program can produce amazing results if people would give it a chance and it doesn’t matter how poor your present condition is or how old you are. Give yourself a chance and don’t listen to the doubters, especially if that doubter is yourself.
Be safe always, be good when you can.
Anyone taking home defense seriously needs to take a serious look at the firearm they plan on using, where they store it, the Ammo they have available for it, and realistic transport and reload scenarios. Take a very hard look at these as well as any other issues that are specific to your situation. This can help you decide what type makes the most sense for you. A perfect example is a home defense shotgun; depending on the weapon reloading it under stress may not be a good option. Think it thru and figure out what works best for you.
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Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD-Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows on the Sportsman Channel with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor. Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat and Schmidt & Bender.
Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.
Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer us some words of wisdom.
I love wool and I love anoraks, so is it any wonder that when I saw primitive survival expert Bill McConnel wearing this woolen jacket on the latest season of Discovery Channel’s ‘Dual Survival’ I’d want one?
Turns out, it’s called an Al’s Anorak from Weather Wool. I found out the source of the garment before SHOT Show but didn’t want it to become lost in the massive number of posts from that crazy week. So, here it is.
This Anorak has zippers on the sides that can be opened up to make it easier to put on, then zipped shut to make it snug around the waist. The side zips can also be used to vent heat. The Anorak has a tapered fit and without the side-zips some people would have difficulty getting in and out of it.
It even has slotted buttons! The front closure features four of them that secure the opening up to the neck. The hood can be adjusted by means of pull cords at either side with barrel clips to finish the ends of the pull cords.
McConnel was wearing the LYNX camouflage pattern in the show but the anorak is also available in their FullWeight fabric in BLACK and DUFF or in their MidWeight fabric in DRAB. The MidWeight is about 70% the weight of its heavier counterpart.
Available in XS – 5XL but 3XL and up call for a significant uncharge.
Often, I’m told by service members who read SSD, “yeah, that item is cool, by does it have a National Stock Number?” When I question them about this, I’m told that their supply office won’t buy the item, unless it has an NSN. Although, nothing could be more Cold War (and lazy) than that approach, I’ve been keeping my eye out for gear that has an NSN. For example, here is a chart from Benchmade that has NSNs.