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New Ops Core Sentry Covers from Agilite

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Most people aren’t aware that the Ops Core Sentry is not just a FAST helmet with a mid-cut ear area, it has very different overall geometry. Due to demand from US SWAT Teams, Agilite has made new versions of both their Raptor and Mohawk helmet covers, specifically for the Sentry.

Custom designs, camo patterns and colors are also available on request from Agilite, subject to MOQs. To speak to them about a custom cover contact support@agilitegear.com.

To see more details of Agilite’s Ops Core and other helmet covers, visit agilitegear.com/collections/helmet-covers

1st SFAB Responds To Concerns Over Adoption Of Green Beret And ‘Legion’ Nickname

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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Last week, photos of an Olive Drab beret intended for wear by the US Army’s newly minted 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade surfaced. They set off an internet firestorm that has culminated with the unit issuing this statement on Facebook.

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It says:

The 1st SFAB has great respect for U.S. Army Special Forces, their many accomplishments and their singularly distinguished history. We also respect the concerns associated with the heraldry of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The 1st SFAB is not a Special Forces organization. We are a conventional force purposefully built to partner with other conventional forces. SFABs will support Army readiness by allowing brigade combat teams to focus on building their readiness for large scale contingencies instead of on the train, advise and assist missions.

In accordance with Army guidance, we will select a new unit name. The Army has also decided the SFABs will wear a Brown Infantry Beret like those worn by many armies. Our new name and photos of the beret will be published once the final decisions are approved.

Thank you for your support as we establish the identity and culture of the #1SFAB.

U.S. Army U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) XVIII Airborne Corps

The Olive Green color of the 1st SFAB’s new beret was a bit too close for comfort for the US Army Special Forces, who were awarded the Green Beret by a Presidential Memorandum issued by President Kennedy, well over 50 years ago.

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While the shades of Green are different, the President didn’t say “Rifle Green” Beret and the issue item has a tendency to fade to a much lighter shade over time. It’s always been referred to simply as a ‘Green Beret’. What’s more, popular culture refers to SF by that term thanks to a popular song and book turned movie. ‘Green Beret’ is part of the national lexicon.

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When the Olive Drab beret was combined with an arrowhead-shaped Shoulder Sleeve Insignia complete with tab ala SF and USASOC as well as the self-appointed nickname of “The Legion” (the actual nickname for the 5th SFG(A)), it all added up to appear that Big Green was attempting to steal SF’s lineage for this new unit. To make matters worse, the 1st SFAB was stood up to conduct a mission long accomplished by SF. The similarities were uncanny, even to the most reasonable observor.

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In protest, numerous articles were written, memes were created, and supporters of the SF heritage even created a petition.

On Monday, Army Chief of Staff, GEN Mark Milley, himself SF qualified and a veteran of 5th Group, responded to concerns in a phone interview with Army Times.

Bottom line, GEN Milley has taken responsibility for the situation, explained that it was unintentional and directed the 1st SFAB to find a new nickname. Finally, he referred to the beret as an Olive Brown color, patterned after a British Army Beret but acknowldeged that the shade may appear Green. Based on the 1st SFAB’s statement, it looks like they’ll be adopting a much richer Infantry Brown.

Although not common knowledge, there was a move to adopt a Brown Beret for the US Army in the late 1990s. Then Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney, was the lead on the initiative, but when he was relieved from his duty position and court martialled, the project was stopped.

Instead, in 2000, former CSA Shinseki awarded the Black Beret worn for decades by the 75th Ranger Regt, to the Army as a standard headgear, and issued the Tan Beret to the Rangers instead, complete with a contrived backstory. Soldier and Rangers alike still grumble over that fiasco.

At least this time the Army leadership has reacted before it is too late. Unfortunately, it took the collective voice of the internet to point it out rather than realizing it was a poorly hatched plan from the beginning.

2017 US Army International Sniper Competition Winners Used Lanxang Tactical Rifles

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

SSG Jonathan Roque and SGT Brandon Kelley from 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, were the overall winners of the 2017 US Army International Sniper Competition at Ft Benning, GA. The team used Lanxang Tactical 20″ VL34 .308 rifles to negotiate the challenging four-day competition which consisted of fitness testing, ability to acquire targets, long-range and short-range shooting skills, ability to disappear from the enemy, and attention to detail. An additional aerial event assessed the snipers’ ability to fire from a UH-60 Black Hawk.

Lanxang is an up and coming small rifle manufacturer in Georgia. While this is the first time a Lanxang Tactical rifle has taken the top prize at the Army’s International Sniper Competition, their use in competitions is nothing new.

Other events Lanxang Tactical rifles have placed at include:
1st Place 2017 U.S. Army International Sniper competition (Ranger team)
1st Place 2017 Purgatory Sniper Challenge (Ranger team)
2st Place 2017 Purgatory Sniper Challenge (Ranger team)
3rd Place 2017 Purgatory Sniper Challenge (Sniper School team)
1st Place Mammoth Sniper Challenge (Ranger team)
2nd Place 2015 U.S. Army International Sniper Competition (Ranger team)
*Top US Team
*Top Special Operations Team
3rd Place 2015 USASOC International Sniper Competition (Ranger team)

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Lanxang Tactical VL34 VLAD:
• Lanxang Tactical Billet 7075 aluminum upper and lower with black hard coat anodized
• Lanxang Tactical CNC machined charging handle with Battle Latch
• Lanxang Tactical CNC machined oversized mag release (MMR)
• Lanxang Tactical CNC machined hand guard
• Lanxang Tactical billet rail attachments (qty of 3)
• Lanxang Tactical low profile gas block
• Lanxang Tactical stainless barrel nut
• Lanxang Tactical CNC machined bolt catch
• Lothar Walther stainless 1/10 barrel
• Black Nitride Enhanced bolt and carrier group
• 45/90 ambidextrous selector switch
• Geisselle SSA trigger
• Magpul MIAD grip
• Magpul PRS rear stock (18/20”) Magpul ACS 16”
• Lancer and/or Magpul magazine (qty of 2)
• Armageddon Gear range bags standard with all rifles.

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www.lanxangtactical.com

TYR Tactical Tuesday – Huron Grid Fleece 1/2 Zip Mid-Weight Top (Level 2)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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The Huron™ Grid Fleece ½ Zip Mid-Weight Top was built with Polartec® Power Grid™ fleece in the body and PowerWool stretch panels under the arms.

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This top was designed to provide maximum warmth from minimal weight and reduce your body’s overall exertion during movement and activity. Its grid construction aides in booth insulation and moisture management.

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Thumb loops have been added to the sleeve of the garment to secure it when putting on a jacket or to keep it inside your gloves in extremely cold temperatures.

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This top can be worn stand alone or layered with other Huron™ clothing items.

Features:
• Ultra lightweight
• Superior Wicking Action
• ½ Zip Pullover Style for easy on and off
• Grid Channels Reduce Weight & Increase Warmth
• Fast Drying
• Extremely Packable
• Size: SM, MD, LG, XL & 2XL

www.tyrtactical.com

Today in History: 31 October 1917

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Charge of the Light Horse, in which 400 mounted infantry of the 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse Regiments audaciously charged against over a thousand entrenched Ottoman defenders of Beersheba, Gaza.  Their success secured the area’s only potable water source before the Turks could destroy the wells and opened the way for the Allied capture of Jerusalem.

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Painting  by Ian Coate.  

TacJobs – Sales Positions at Lancer Systems

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Lancer Systems would like to obtain sales personnel for our Commercial, Law Enforcement, Military, and International Sales segments. These candidates would have a minimum of two years’ experience within sales, or a sales support team, within the firearms industry.

Job Duties would include (but not limited to):
• Candidate would be responsible for initial contact and maintaining customer relationships within assigned accounts.
• Follow ITAR and ATF rules and regulations at all times
• Provide feedback regarding trends, ideas, and needs for developing new products
• Strive to reach/succeed targeted sales goals
• Support marketing in their efforts to achieve targeted goals
• Listen to customers and working with them to offer solutions to their inquiries by evaluating their needs using good judgement and logic.
• Identify opportunities by researching industry and adjacent industry activities, buying trends and tender announcements.
• Prepare quotes for military and commercial entities
• Promote products at trade shows, industry demonstrations and other sales events

Requirements:
• Minimum of two years’ sales experience
• Prior Law Enforcement or Military preferred
• Strong technical and interpersonal skills
• International sales experience a plus
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong Microsoft skills
• Must be a U.S. citizen

To apply, please send your resume to scugini@lancer-systems.com for consideration.

A Closer Look At PDW’s Geometric Camo Pattern

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Prometheus Design Werx founder has been long time a fan of the Swedish M90 camo pattern, saying, “from a design perspective the angular shapes and layout is a fascinating visual exercise in disruptive patterns.”

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Years ago, he worked with a similar design, but it never cane to market. This is his latest effort and Wednesday (Nov 1st), PDW’s AG Cashmere Shemagh will be offered in this unique pattern.

ASE UTRA At MILIPOL 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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www.aseutra.fi