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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

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Coming soon…

www.honorpointusa.com

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.

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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 www.parentsbasementinmyunderweartactical.com.

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

Canada – We Stand With You

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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We grieve for your fallen from the recent domestic attacks on your armed forces. When they attack you, they attack all of us. Stand strong.

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 shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at cns.usps.com/go.

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 usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm.

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:

CPT JOHN DOE
UNIT 2050 BOX 4190
APO AP 96278-2050

SGT ROBERT SMITH
PSC 802 BOX 74
APO AE 09499-0074

SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
USCGC HAMILTON
FPO AP 96667-3931

MSG JANE DOE
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.