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We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

As you have likely noticed, we have had issues with the site loading since yesterday. This is server side, and currently being fixed. It is an ongoing process, and we thank you for your patience.

Additionally, AUSA coverage has been temporarily halted. Unfortunately, our writer on scene is having difficulties with maintaining a constant internet connection and as a result must go off site to publish any stories. We will continue with standard coverage in the mean time.

Poll – Should SSD Close The Comments Section?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

I’ve been mulling this over for awhile and the past few days have been over the top. SSD was created to educate readers on the goings on in the tactical industry and share things I found interesting. Lately, the comment section has become a magnet for disrespectful discourse and outright lies.

Spam I can live with, but the constant stream of dick measurers, internet experts, shills and trolls are getting to be a bit much. What do you guys think?

Delivering The Holidays To Diplomatic And Military Service Members Worldwide – U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Making sure those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents and care packages in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving around the world. Helping to get packages on their way, the Postal Service offers a $2 per box postage discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $15.45, for mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at either local Post Offices, or ordered online at Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/ DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.

APO Post

Use the Military Care Kit to Send Presents and/or Care Packages
With Priority Mail supplies as the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the Postal Service created a free “Military Care Kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families.

The kit contains:

§ Two Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes.
§ Two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes.
§ Priority Mail tape.
§ Priority Mail address labels.
§ Appropriate customs forms.

To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at

Addressing the Package
1. Write out the service member’s full name in the address.
2. Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:

UNIT 2050 BOX 4190
APO AP 96278-2050

PSC 802 BOX 74
APO AE 09499-0074

FPO AP 96667-3931

CMR 1250
APO AA 09045-1000

3. Include a return address.
4. Include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card inside the package in case the label is damaged.

12,000 Posts!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

12000 Posts

We’ve made it to 12,000 posts! Five months ago, we had our 6th anniversary, and now we’ve made it to this milestone. Here’s to over six years of daily content, with plenty more to come!

Time For Your Quarterly Counseling

Monday, September 29th, 2014

SSD is reaching more people than ever. Unfortunately, it seems that all too many of these folks think this is Facebook or a forum or some other Internet playground where they they can talk smack without any repercussions.

“I’m going to go on SSD and talk $hit about everything today.”

If that’s your mission statement, find something else to do.

The Internet dehumanizes. Don’t let it happen to you.

SSD only has a couple of rules and those are very simple.

-Whether you praise or criticize, provide substance.

-Don’t say anything on SSD that you wouldn’t say to the person’s face.

That’s it. Move out and draw fire.

Noctober Nocturnal Shooting Event

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Click to view .pdf

Noctober is an upcoming nocturnal live fire event in which LE, Military, and civilians will be given an opportunity to try out professional NV, thermal, and white light devices in a controlled low to no light environment, as well as meet with various technology vendors. Among those in attendance will be Jim Smith, CEO of Spartan Tactical, who will be briefing “Applications of Technology” myths and realities.

The even is taking place at Copperhead Creek, Marble Falls, Texas. October 17th, 2014 for LE & Military, and October 18th, 2014 for civilians.

For more information, and to purchase tickets visit

Announcing the Internet Expert Award

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


SSD will now be awarding the Internet Expert Badge to qualifying commenters.

That is all.

MDM – Marathon Targets

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Marathon Targets offers smart targets for Live-Fire training. These autonomous, wheeled targets offer the ability to engage moving targets. Think of it as a four-in-one system. It can be used as a stationary target, pop-up target, left to right movers or autonomous moving targets.


The targets incorporate speakers and can move up to 12 mph on puncture proof tires. When properly engaged it works as a pop-up target and will go down which is programmable for the number of shots in the torso/head as well as how long it remains down. The most interesting aspect of the target is that when used in conjunction with one another, if one is successfully engaged, the others can be configured to scatter.


Hey SOT-A Guys

Monday, September 8th, 2014

(Yep, budgets were so tight when I was in 3rd Group that we could only afford 3-digit team numbers.)

Did you ever get that pipeline? I’m not going to write anything. As a former SOT-A guy, I’m just curious. Don’t answer here, send me an email.

Are You A Troll? Check And See With This Handy Guide

Monday, September 8th, 2014

SSD doesn’t get trolled a whole lot these days. You guys are a pretty good mob. But, I remain fascinated by this phenomenon. I ran across this infographic the other day on Sage Dynamics’ site and thought it was worth a share.