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Ares Armor Writes Letter To ATF Director Todd Jones

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

At approximately 1015 AM PDT, Saturday, March 15th, the BATFE executed a search warrant on Oceanside, California-based Ares Armor, seizing 80% AR-15 polymer lowers manufactured by EP Armory, as well as private customer information. In response to this action, Dimitri Karras – CEO of Ares Armor, wrote a letter addressed directly to B. Todd Jones – Director of BATFE:

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Letter to Todd Jones

In this letter, Dimitri, citing specific examples of prior court rulings and product manufacturing methods, outlines his reasoning as to why the 80% polymer lowers manufactured by EP Armory and later seized by the BATFE cannot be classified as a firearm. Dimitri requests that any seized 80% lowers be returned to Ares Armor. Additionally, he also requests that copies of private customer information that was obtained during the raid be destroyed.

S&S Precision – MWA – Manta Webbing Adapter

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


S&S Precision’s Manta Webbing Adapter is designed specifically for use with their Manta Strobe, allowing the user to mount the strobe to PALS/MOLLE and webbing up to 2″ wide. It doesn’t interfere with the visual operation of the LEDs or the activation buttons.

SSD Is NOT Soliciting For Website Donations

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

It has come to our attention that a website that is unaffiliated with Soldier Systems Daily or Tactical Fanboy has been soliciting vendors for “donations” in exchange for advertising. We do not do this. In fact, we don’t solicit for advertising at all. If you receive an email regarding advertising from SSD it’s because you inquired via the web or in person and we are following up.

There may be some confusion as the author of the emails soliciting donations shares my first name and doesn’t disclose his last name much like I do on the site. Additionally, we are currently not affiliated with any other websites and do not work off of donations. We have a set advertising plan.

Btw, please support our advertisers. They are all great folks and make this website possible.

Thank You…

Moray Commando Camo 5mm Wetsuit

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A buddy sent me the link to the Moray Commando Camo 5mm Wetsuit. His email was cryptic but described it to a “T”, it was a simple, “I found the Johnny Quest wetsuit.”


Moray wetsuits have been well known for years and this camouflaged model is intended for spear fishing. But, it might be just the ticket for guys looking to do a different form of hunting.

Phantom Bogey; Hyperstealth’s Deceptive Decoy Technology

Friday, March 28th, 2014

(March 22, 2014, Vancouver, B.C.) - Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. President/CEO, Guy Cramer, announces another breakthrough the company refers to as “Phantom Bogey” where a military can deceive the opposing force with full scale decoys where the simulated decoy moves as if it was real, will show up as a target to battlefield optical sensors and will reflect a laser target designator allowing the real personal and equipment to remain hidden or at least mixed in with the decoys diverting fire and focus away to provide higher survivability for the real counterparts.

In the dictionary a Phantom is described as an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a dream image, mirage, or optical illusion (1). Whereas a Bogey is an unidentified aircraft or missile, especially one detected as a blip on a radar screen (2). Combining the two we achieve the perfect decoy, Hyperstealth’s Phantom Bogey comes across as both a target and with substance but it is in-fact neither.

Hyperstealth is a successful Canadian camouflage design company with over three million military issued uniforms and over 3000 vehicles and fighter jets using their patterns around the world.

The First Lightbender

In 2011 Hyperstealth’s Cramer announced Quantum Stealth (Light Bending Material)(3) a story which went viral around the world after a 2012 CNN T.V. story on that technology (4). Many remain skeptical that Cramer has accomplished this, however, members of the Hyperstealth advisory board who have seen and handled the Quantum Stealth material have come forward to confirm his claims: William Jarvis, 19 year Navy SEAL (Retired) who has accompanied Cramer to a number of these demonstrations in the U.S. and Britain. Colin Worth a 20+ year RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer (Retired) who accompanied Cramer to the first set of Canadian Government Demonstrations. Master Corporal Matt Pitre, Sargent Scott McLeod both Retired Canadian Special Forces and Brigadier-General Larry Lashkevich, (Canadian Forces Retired) who accompanied Cramer on his second and third demonstrations to the Canadian Military.

The U.S. military (which has budgeted for Quantum Stealth R&D for fiscal year 2015) refuses to disclose the Quantum Stealth to protect the technology and it also prevents adversaries to develop counter technologies.

What’s the reverse of Invisibility? Seeing something that actually isn’t there!

Decoys have been successfully used in military campaigns for thousands of years. The German’s were often tricked by the American “Ghost Army” of World War II, a specialized team of artists, professional theater crews, engineers and actors were put together to come up deceptive methods to turn the German attention away from the actual military objectives.

So what’s the difference with the Hyperstealth “Phantom Bogey” system? Once Cramer understood how to bend light, he was then able to determine how to manipulate light to create a false target instead of bending light around the target as Quantum Stealth does. It does so at minimal cost, power and weight. These are not stationary decoys like a manikin, nor do they take up the space or weight that a typical decoy would use, these are decoys which would look and move just as real as the item, vehicle or person they were simulating.

The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Imagine a tactical compound which does not have enough soldiers to defend it and is about to come under attack; Using the Phantom Bogey technology the defenders are able to simulate 100 extra heavily armed soldiers who now appear to be defending the position. Ten simulated Main Battle Tanks are added to the compound and move into defensive positions, simulated helicopter gunships, takeoff and move over the compound, if the attack comes, the small team defending the position are no longer the primary targets. The defenders could also drop Phantom Bogey’s behind the enemy and pretend to flank them or surround them. Unless the bad guys were within a couple of feet they would not be able to tell the difference between the real targets and the Phantom Bogey’s. A flanking or surrounding move will often force the opposition to move from their cover allowing the smaller group of defenders to acquire a larger portion of the target much easier. A more likely outcome is that the attackers are likely to be overwhelmed with the show of force and retreat.

Scenario 2: A Special Forces Team not knowing how many bad guys are in a room they want to enter and send in the Phantom Bogey simulating their entry to the bad guys with cameras and sensors on the Phantom Bogey’s detecting the exact location of the enemy and any weapons fire location before they actually enter.

Scenario 3: Using the Phantom Bogey technology a Special Forces team is able to infiltrate behind enemy lines using decoy equipment and decoy people which appear to the enemy as their own equipment and soldiers.

Scenario 4: Opponents watch convoys of troop transports full of troops moving to a specific location, it’s actually just drivers with simulated troops in the back. The enemy watching the logistics from a distance assumes a whole Army group is moved to a location as the truck returns with no troops in the back and the location is now just full of decoys of the Army group.

Scenario 5: With limited resources Police are more often alone without a partner in their vehicles and do not have immediate access to backup. With Phantom Bogey a Police partner may be added to provide a perception of more officers and/or you could add simulated K-9 (dogs). In talking to Police, they can have 5 patrol cars show up to a gathering that they need to disperse but the crowd will taunt them until a Police K-9 vehicle shows up, and the crowd will quickly disperse.

Due to operational security currently surrounding these techniques, the methodology of Phantom Bogey will not be disclosed.

Given shrinking defense budgets with expected and substantial downsizing of military personal and equipment, the addition of Phantom Bogey may help to fill in these cracks where perception is viewed as reality.

The military term for the field of camouflage is known as CCD (Camouflage Concealment and Deception). If Quantum Stealth is the optimal Camouflage and Concealment, then Phantom Bogey would be the optimal method of visual Deception.

Smashwords Claims Copyright of TRADOC PAM 525-97 – “Soldier as a System”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

On April 12, 2012, SSD shared TRADOC PAM 525-97 – “Soldier as a System”. It seemed a great fit, considering it’s a US Government document and it is the baseline for what this website is all about. We used At the time it was a very effective way to embed .PDF documents. Earlier today, we received an email from Scribd (detailed below).

Dear solsys,

Scribd’s automated copyright protection system identified a book in your Scribd account as a copy and a possible copyright infringement of a book distributed through Smashwords. As a result, Scribd has proactively disabled access to the copy of the book titled “Soldier as a System TRADOC PAM 525-97″ (id: 90878210) in your account and will be replacing it with a version distributed through Smashwords.

Scribd has recently signed an agreement with Smashwords to offer many of their titles as part of our subscription reading service. As part of this agreement, we are removing all detected copies of the Smashwords books and replacing them with the Smashwords distributed version.

If you are the author of this book, you don’t necessarily need to take any action: by default, your copy will simply be replaced by the Smashwords copy. If you would like to restore your version on Scribd, please forward this notification to with a brief explanation of the situation. A member of our copyright team will review the matter, confirm your status as the author, and work with you to re-instate the content.

For more information about Scribd’s relationship with Smashwords, please see this article: For more information about’s copyright policy in general, there are several articles available at

Best regards,

Scribd support team

As you can imagine, since the document in question is a US Government creation, I was a little ticked off. Who the heck claims copyright on a US Government document? I checked SSD’s archives and sure enough, they took the TRADOC PAM down from their site and replaced it with a notice claiming that it violated copyright. I’ve since updated the article for those of you interested.


If you’re like us and want to tell SCRIBD what you think of their promoting the illegal claims by Smashwords of copyright of US Government documents, feel free to drop them a line at

Here’s Something From Hodge Defense Systems

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014


Adaptive Grand Slam

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Adaptive Grand Slam

The Adaptive Grand Slam is a multi-year event in which 5 wounded Veterans are attempting to climb the 7 highest peaks on the 7 continents as well as walk unsupported to the geographical North and South poles. Started in 2011, the Adaptive Grand Slam team has already completed the walk to the Geographic North Pole along with HRH Prince Harry, completing 2 world records in the process. As of last year, they have also managed to summit Mt. McKinley in North America. This June, the team will be attempting to summit Mt. Elbrus (Russia/Europe), followed by Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) in November. Adaptive Grand Slam is expected to extend through 2017, with the team also looking to summit Mt. Everest (Asia), Mt. Aconcagua (South America), the Carstensz Pyramid (Australia), and Mt. Vinson (Antarctica), as well as complete the walk to the Geographic South Pole.

Catch Up Day

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Unfortunately, breaking news sometimes gets in the way of finishing out the stores we pick up during trade shows. As we still have some stuff left over from SHOT Show, OR and last week’s Warrior Expo, we are going to try to concentrate on using today as a catch up.

Hope you enjoy!

Warrior Expo Emerald Coast Kicks Off

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


I go to a lot of shows and while this one isn’t massive, it brings together some great products and capabilities with the world’s greatest clients. I’m stoked to be here.