Archive for July, 2016

Direct Action – SPITFIRE Plate Carrier Cutaway System

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

This system provides for the immediate cutaway release of the SPITFIRE Plate Carrier. Its design allows for quick and easy reassembly of the Plate Carrier without the cutaway elements. Created primarily with waterborne operations in mind, the SPITFIRE Cutaway System also allows for immediate battlefield assessment and treatment of a wounded team-mate, and then quick and simple reconfiguring and reassembling the wounded person’s Plate Carrier for armor protection during transportation / evacuation.

To order within the European area:

To order within the US / North American area:

9th Infantry Division (Motorized)

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Originally activated during the US buildup of World War One, the 9th Infantry Division would see numerous activations and deactivations up until its final casing of the Division colors in 1992. The 9th ID engaged in combat in World War Two and the Viet Nam conflict but the 1980s were a period of experimentation where the Division served as the US Army’s High Technology Test Bed and was designated the only Motorized Division.  This included the use of Fast Attack Vehicles shown above.  Unfortunately, the force structure, while nimble, could not stand up to enemy fires or the armored threats prevalent at the time.  

Are there any 9ID vets reading SSD?

Patriot Weaponry Announces New B-17 Rifle

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Mattis & Company is proud to announce a new offering from their client Patriot Weaponry: The B-17 Series of .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor rifles! The B-17 series features the same uncompromised build and componentry as the widely popular P-51 series of 5.56 models to deliver one of the lightest and most accurate AR platforms on the market.

Patriot Weaponry is a Wisconsin based Veteran Owned Small Business. For more information, please contact Kody Karch at

LaserMax – Manta-Ray Weapon Light

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The Manta-Ray is a collaboration between Manta Defense and LaserMax. It is a low-profile, Picatinny compatible, Weapon Light which emits 140 lumens of Mint Green LED light. Thanks to the Manta attachment, it easily snaps on and off the firearm rail without need for tools, levers or clamps. That means it can also be used as a handheld light.

It incorporates an internal rechargeable battery with a 1-hour constant runtime but there is a dimmer function as well as constant versus momentary activation and programmable lockout. It is also compatible with LaserMax’s optional Remote Activation Switch (LMS-RAS).

Ok, So Maybe I’ve Got A Slight Boba Fett Problem

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Hi, I’m Eric and I’m a Fettaholic.

This is the Boba Fett pen by High Caliber Craftsman, made from two pieces of Cerakoted .308 brass.

SSD Saturday Night At The Movies – Stop That Tank!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

For tonight’s feature presentation, we’re showing an instructional film produced by Disney on the British Boys Anti-Tank Rifle.

Tyrant Designs CNC Announces Colored AR grips

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Tyrant Designs CNC, a industry leader in high end, aftermarket AR grips announced that they will now be selling their premium grip, the MOD Grip, in Red, Blue and grey. After the successful release of the MOD Grip in only black, they have decided to expand the options to other colors. With the contrast of colors against the black front and back straps they believe it will help consumers further customize the look of their rifle.

“After a few months of customers requesting color options, and the fact that the AR platform itself is becoming more than just a black rifle, we decided it would be best to give our customers what they want. We truly appreciate customer feedback, and a lot of our current and future designs include much consideration from the input of our customers. Although we love to push the limits of innovation in our designs, our products would be nothing without the operators input. “

Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and have plans to expand to foregrips as well as other AR accessories this year. Check out all of the products they offer at

Sneak Peek – Vickers Guide : AR-15 (Volume 1)

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Looks like Larry Vickershas access to some very cool historical firearms for his upcoming book, ‘Vickers Guide : AR-15 (Volume 1)’. Take for example, this rifle, AR-15 serial number 000001.

To learn more, visit

Patrol Incident Gear BBC-2 Helmet Bag by SKD Tactical

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

PIG BBC-2 Helmet Bag

Patrol Incident Gear is pleased to introduce the BBC-2 Helmet Bag, a fully padded, full-featured carry case for your Helmet. The PIG BBC-2 Helmet Bag was based on a PIG lab design from years back, and we recently brushed off the dust and upgraded a few features to bring it to market. 

The project name “BBC” was an abbreviation for “Brain Bucket Carrier”, which is based on the old GI slang for a helmet. 

-Fully padded design
-Quick & Easy Drawstring Closure
-External Accessory Pockets (2)
-Sturdy Carry Handle
-Large Loop fastener field for Patches/Name Tape
-Integrated ID Window with Hook & Loop Closure
-Made in USA

Gunfighter Moment – Pat McNamara

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Hypothetical question; if you and I were in a gunfight at mid-range and I had to do a rifle mag change from behind cover and then move behind you with a ‘hot’ gun, would you want my rifle to be on ‘Safe’?

There is only one correct answer. It would be negligent to move in close quarters with another with the rifle on ‘Fire’.

Therefore, when we practice mag changes, whether on a bolt lock or tac reload, we should throw the rifle on ‘Safe’.

This should be a subconscious level driven task. It should be rehearsed in training for the appropriate amount of meaningful repetitions to the point of ‘automaticity’.

When I hear guys say that it is not necessary to throw the weapon on safe during a reload, I am hearing them say “I am fucking lazy.” “I do not want to perform the proper amount of repetitions to ensure that this is an intuitive level task.”

Putting the rifle on ‘Safe’ during a reload, when done right, will not slow you down so it won’t become a disabler. This can only be an enabler.

Patrick McNamara
SGM, US Army (Ret)

Pat McNamara

Patrick McNamara spent twenty-two years in the United States Army in a myriad of special operations units. When he worked in the premier Special Missions Unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness. McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger.

His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line and standards.

While serving as his Unit’s Marksmanship NCO, he developed his own marksmanship club with NRA, CMP, and USPSA affiliations. Mac ran monthly IPSC matches and ran semi annual military marksmanship championships to encourage marksmanship fundamentals and competitiveness throughout the Army.He retired from the Army’s premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and is the author of T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting). He also served as the Principle of TMACS Inc.

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