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Some Sage Advice

Monday, January 19th, 2015

You’re going to hear from lots of “experts” this week. Unfortunately, not all of them actually are.


Thanks JC!

Magpul Presents “The Precision Hunter” Featuring the New Hunter 700 Stock System – UPDATED with Product Details

Monday, January 12th, 2015

“The Precision Hunter” follows the activities of Magpul Dynamics and features the Hunter 700, Magpul’s new adjustable, lightweight stock system with aluminum bedding block for the short action Remington 700.

UPDATE – Magpul releases details on new 700 items:

“Hunter 700, $259.95 MSRP has an anodized aluminum bedding block, uses SGA cheek riser and LOP spacers, has M-LOK slots, has dimples to add swivel studs and places to add our QD sockets, weighs 2.9 lbs, and works with factory Rem bottom metal as packaged, or….

Remove a spacer (30 seconds) and insert our hybrid steel and polymer Bolt Action Magazine Well (MSRP $69.95, includes one magazine) to use AICS compatible magazines, speaking of which…

The PMAG5 7.62 AC is an AICS compatible polymer magazine with anti-tilt follower, MSRP $34.95. The magazine holds five rounds as packaged to comply with hunting regulations, but if you clip the follower stop on a pre-scored line, it becomes a 6-round magazine, useful in competitive shooting disciplines or just for an extra round.”

2015 Means Two Goals for SSD

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

I don’t normally share our plans because sometimes they don’t always come to fruition but we’ve got two projects that have sat in the back burner for entirely too long. It’s high time we implemented them.

The first is Soldier Systems Digest, a weekly email-based newsletter. You’ll finally be able to actually subscribe to SSD.

The second project that has been in development hell for the past several years is The concept is that all sale / discount announcements will go to a central location in a new sub domain on SSD.

What are your goals for 2015?

Take 10% Off TYR Tactical Orders

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


SOMA – TSG Associates / Kingfisher Medical

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014


Kingfisher Medical is the North American arm of internationally recognized TSG Associates who is known for the Smart Triage Tag. In fact, the Smart Triage Tag has been adopted as a standard of care in nine US states already.


The Extract2 is designed for rapid casualty extraction from the scene in hostile, mass casualty environments such as combat or active shooter scenarios. It cocoons the patient via a bungee system which won’t obstruct chest rise and fall. It can be drug or carried. The Extract2 weighs less than 2 lbs empty and can carry up to 2000 lbs. Finally, it is made from a proprietary fabric that can be punctured by not ripped.


Maker Monday – S&S Precision’s Manta Strobe

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Manta Strobe is a helmet mounted multi-spectrum light emitter optimized for Military Operations. Their design goals: keep it simple for the end user, provide the highest level of performance through “Select” Electronic components combined with smart programming for highest output and extended battery life.

-Zero overt light AD
-100% user confidence in Infrared Mode with Vibrating feedback
-Intuitive One-handed operation
-Multiple Infrared and Overt LEDs generate an overlapping and omnidirectional light emission
-Curved base specifically for helmets
-Lightest weight and lowest profile in its power class
-Tool-less battery change out, 3V CR-123
-Downward (”Low”) facing Infrared Emitter (positive IFF for close in work with minimal glare)
-Upward (“High”) facing Infrared Emitters (multiple emitters delivering a peak IR signal for maximum distance)
-IPX8 = Manufacturer Rated – Waterproof 150’, Zero water penetration in Main Housing or Partitioned Battery Compartment
-Primary Overt LED/s are visible beyond the FAR105.19 requirement (3 Statute Miles)

The Manta Strobe is available through DLA, DOD EMall, TLS, & GSA with the following National Stock Number/s(NSN):
MS-0011 NSN# 6210016298285
MS-0015 NSN# 6230016302690

‘Proudly Made in the 757’

Manta Strobe

Note To Drive By Commentors

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Don’t attempt to create a new profile to talk smack about an article, give an asinine name, and then come back repeatedly entering comments that will never be approved to complain that your original BS comment wasn’t approved.

Or you can, either way, I can do this all day.

Sneak Peek – The Warmer from Honor Point USA

Friday, November 14th, 2014


Coming soon…

PEO Soldier Provides Modular Handgun System Program Update

Friday, October 31st, 2014

We just received this update from PEO Soldier in the progress of the Modular Handgun System Program which aims to replace the current issue M9 pistol in 9mm which is manufactured by Beretta.

New Army sidearm program advances

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Army moved a step closer toward the purchase of a new, modern handgun system for Warfighters when Program Executive Office Soldier hosted a third industry day for interested manufacturers here Oct. 28-29.

Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier spokesperson, said representatives of 20 companies attended the government-industry meeting. Federal procurement restrictions don’t allow the disclosing of the names of firms participating, the spokesperson said.

The Army calls the new sidearm the “Modular Handgun System.”

Attendees discussed the Army’s draft solicitation for the new weapon system, which will replace the current M9 standard Army sidearm, according to Dawson.

Since the M9 entered the Army’s inventory in 1986, handgun technology has advanced significantly with the introduction of lighter weight materials, ergonomics and rails for accessories, Dawson said. Through the competition, the Army intends to replace the M9 with a state-of-the-art handgun.

Current plans call for the Army to purchase more than 280,000 handguns from a single vendor, with delivery of the first new handgun systems scheduled for 2017. The Army also plans to buy approximately 7,000 sub-compact versions of the handgun.

The other military services participating in the MHS program may order an additional 212,000 systems above the Army quantity.

The Army issued the draft solicitation, which identifies design and performance requirements for the new handgun system, Sept. 29 through the government FedBizOps. This Federal Government website posts all procurement opportunities more than $25,000.

The draft includes proposed procedural and schedule details responding vendors must follow to participate in the competition.

The Army held two previous industry days at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., Dec. 18, 2013, and July 29.

The purpose of these industry days was to enhance vendor-government communications by involving likely competitors throughout the planning process. The days also allowed the Army to obtain their feedback on whether the products and proposed strategy are achievable and affordable.

During the Industry Day meetings, Army representatives discussed details about the “more accurate, ergonomic, reliable, durable and maintainable” handgun system the service seeks to buy through full and open competition, Dawson said.

Throughout the process, the Army encouraged Industry attendees to suggest ways in which the Army can improve the plan and process. The Army has adopted a number of suggestions and ideas.

The draft solicitation calls for a commercially available weapon tailored to the unique needs of the military services. The solicitation specified no particular caliber. However, the Army is seeking a handgun system that outperforms its current sidearm. The Army is also seeking a modular weapon, meaning it allows adjustments to fit all hand sizes. Although purchasing a commercially available system, the Army is encouraging Industry to optimize gun, ammunition and magazine for maximum performance.

The competition itself will choose a handgun that performs best in the hands of Warfighters who will play a critical part in the evaluation. More than 550 military personnel from all of the Services will participate and provide feedback on the performance of each of the candidate system after firing them in simulated combat scenarios. This particular Warfighter assessment is an important part of the evaluation process.

The Army expects to begin the competition in early January 2015 with the scheduled release of the final solicitation. The competition will result in the Army beginning a long-term partnership with a single vendor.

“It Doesn’t Fit My Mission Profile So This Product Shouldn’t Exist”

Friday, October 31st, 2014

“It Doesn’t Fit My Mission Profile So This Product Shouldn’t Exist” aka “I don’t understand/have enough money for/want/need this product, so it sucks.”

Lately, this has been a regular response to new product posts on SSD. New products are kind of the point of SSD.


Guys, knock it off. Absolutely nobody cares if you don’t want it/need it/can’t afford it except for the other knuckleheads who are in the same boat. If this is you, we suggest you visit

But, on the other hand, if you want to know about features? Awesome question, ask away!