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Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

New for Fall/Winter 2019 is the Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie. Arc’teryx has taken one of my favorite jackets, the minimalist Norvan SL which made from WL Gore’s ShakeDry fabric, and added Coreloft Compact 40 insulation for winter running. Because of the insulation, they’ve also added a Dope Permeair 20 liner to help manage moisture. Naturally, this means the jacket won’t be quite as light as its original, uninsulated form, but it’s going to be great for high energy activities in cold environments.

While I own a Norvan SL, I’ve always hated the Orange color pop on the zipper and hood (the alternating colors are a little better now). It just isn’t me. With the new version, I’m happy to see, comes an all Black variant.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is a minimalist design, so there are no pockets. Also, as the Norvan SL is intended for cycling and running, it’s an athletic fit. Sizes are Small -XXLarge.

In the description video we created during a visit to BC last fall, you’ll see that the jacket was called the Norvan IS. That was nine months ago. Now, the name is Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie.

My Norvan SL goes with me everywhere. The Gore-Tex ShakeDry construction means the jacket will stuff into a sack the size of my fist, allowing me to always have rain or wind protection. I’ll definitely be picking up a Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie for winter months.

Now Shipping – Magpul Terrain and Explorer Eyewear with Red and Silver Mirror Lenses

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Magpul’s Terrain model is for those who require ballistic impact protection. It features ballistic Rated Z87+ and MIL-PRF 32432 lenses and frames meet both high velocity impact protection and safety ratings.

The Explorer model is more for casual wear. Though not rated to Z87.1 due to the wrap and shape of the Explorer, the lens and frames were engineered to the Z87.1 ballistic impact protection standards

Either way, they offer great styling. Check out the lens and frame colors at

FN Wins Contract to Supply M240 Machine Gun Receiver Assemblies

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the company has been awarded an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery (IDIQ) contract, valued at up to $10.6 million, by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply complete receiver assemblies for the M240 machine gun over a five-year period ending in 2024. Work will be performed at FN’s Columbia, South Carolina production facility to support the U.S. Army.

For more information about FN’s military product line or current U.S. military contracts, please visit

Raptor by Altama Boots Now In Stock

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Named after the F-22 Raptor, this 8″ boot features a steel toe.

Weighing in at only 20 oz, they feature Altama’s S.A.C. (Stationary Achilles Cushion) and the customized security of the UFit lacing system.

Sizes 4-12 (half) and 13-16 (whole), regular and wide.

Platatac Offers “Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan” Official Merchandise

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

If you’re looking for swag from the new Vietnam War flick from Australia, “Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan” then Platatac has you covered.

My favorite item is the Claymore Bag. The materials are updated and it’s better construction than the one you swiped for use as a shower kit bag. It’s also emblazoned with the movie’s logo.

HSGI to Provide 30K TACO Pouches as Part of H&K’S SDMR Contract

Monday, August 5th, 2019

SWANSBORO, NC, July 31, 2019 – High Speed Gear® has been contracted to provide Heckler & Koch® with more than 30,000 rifle TACO® pouches as part of their fulfilment of the Army squad designated marksman rifle contract. The TACO® MOLLE pouch was chosen for its functionality, versatility and retention.


The TACO® will handle any type of rifle magazine.  This unique pouch uses injection-molded polymer sides, 1000D Cordura® front and back, and shock cord lacing to securely hold almost any rifle magazine. The TACO® maintains a positive, adjustable grip on its contents without additional securing systems and deploys easily and silently on demand.

“We were so pleased to work with Heckler and Koch® on this equipment contract for the Army,” said Bill Babboni, HSGI® vice president of sales and operations. “While we have supported individual military units and personnel for years, to have two sizeable military contracts is truly an honor. Our recent contract with the Marines for 150,000 X2R TACO® and this contract of 30,000 TACOs® heading to the Army means High Speed Gear is doing the right things at the right time for our service members. It truly reflects well on our teams and the great work they continue to do here. We couldn’t be more grateful to support our military.”  

For more than 20 years, High Speed Gear® has been dedicated to building the best American-made tactical gear with distinct and innovative products such as the TACO® and the Sure-Grip Padded Belt®. Our products are designed for the highest level of comfort, functionality, versatility and are always user driven to meet the operational needs of a wide variety of end users.


Raptor Tactical Grand Opening

Monday, August 5th, 2019

I drove to Fayetteville yesterday to attend the Raptor Tactical Grand Opening.


Adjacent to their factory, the new showroom is fairly small, but well put together.


There are several iPads throughout the store to allow customers to see the entire line in case something isn’t out front.

In addition to showcasing their own products, Raptor also has Disco 32 antennas, A-TACS uniforms, Combat Defense Systems uniforms and SKD Tactical gloves, with more coming.


For the grand opening, Raptor invited several local businesses to set up displays in the parking lot, creating a mini trade show event.


Wilmont Knives showcased their SKARN folders.



Adventure Tactical displayed their light systems including their latest model, the Trilobyte.


A-TACS showed off their latest clothing, including a new line of hats with different unit insignia embroidered on the front. Soon, they’ll have more caps sporting SF unit crests with Group Numbers.


Delphi Tactical was more than happy to talk guns.


Delphi Tactical supports the Memorial 3 Gun Foundation.


The Fayetteville Chapter of A Girl & A Gun, a shooting league of their own, also set up a booth.


They had a great turn out, with lots of activities, holding hourly giveaways with some great door prizes.


For mom and dad, there was beer.


And for the kids, a bouncey castle.


Be sure to stop by next time you are in town. Their new storefront is located at 704 Festus Ave in Fayetteville, just off of Yadkin Road.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – The USS Indianapolis

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Like most people, I first heard of the Indy from the movie “Jaws” but didn’t really know what happened or if it was just made up for the movies. But it did happen, and it is one of the worst disasters in naval history. Like most of the times that something like this happens, it is from more than one bad thing that seems to build up. They where alone without escort, no one knew they were leaving or where they were going or when to expect them.

On the 15th of July 1945, the USS Indianapolis had departed Gaum on a top-secret mission to deliver the first atomic bomb (little boy) to a Naval base on the Pacific island of Tinian. It would be used on the 6th of August, 1945, to level Hiroshima. It departed Tinian on the 28th of July and headed towards, Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to meet the Task Force being formed, for the invasion of mainland Japan.

On the 29th of July, the Indianapolis was making about 17 knots, and then just after midnight, a Japanese torpedo hit her starboard bow, blowing almost 65 feet of the ship’s bow out of the water and igniting a tank of 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel. Then another torpedo struck closer to midship, hitting the fuel tanks and the powder magazines. This set off a chain reaction of explosions that effectively ripped the Indianapolis in two. Still traveling at 17 knots, the Indianapolis began taking on massive amounts of water; the ship sank in just 12 minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, 900 made it into the water alive.

No one knows what drew the sharks in, but it is thought that the sound of the explosion, the man in the water and yes, the blood in the water. The first night, the sharks focused on the floating dead. But the survivors’ struggles in the water only attracted more and more sharks. As the sun rose on the 30th of July, the survivors bobbed in the water, and a lot of the rafts were no were to be found. The living searched for the dead and appropriated their lifejackets for the survivors that didn’t have one. The survivors began forming into groups, some small, some over 300.  Soon the sharks turned their attentions toward the living, especially the injured and the bleeding, sailors tried to quarantine themselves away from anyone with an open wound, and when someone died, they would push the body away, hoping to sacrifice the corpse in return. Many survivors were paralyzed with fear, unable even to eat or drink from the meager rations they had salvaged from their ship. One group of survivors made the mistake of opening a can of Spam—but before they could taste it, the scent of the meat drew a swarm of sharks around them. They got rid of their meat rations rather than risk a second swarming.

The sharks fed for days, and with no sign of rescue for the men. Navy intelligence had intercepted a message from the Japanese submarine that it had torpedoed the Indianapolis. Describing how it had sunk an American battleship along the Indianapolis’ route, but the message was disregarded as a trick to lure American rescue boats into an ambush. The Indianapolis survivors learned that they had the best odds in a group, and ideally in the center of the group. The men on the outsides or, worse, alone, were the most susceptible to the sharks.

As the days passed, many survivors succumbed to heat and thirst or suffered hallucinations that compelled them to drink the seawater around them—causing them to die from salt poisoning. Those who so slaked their thirst would slip into madness, foaming at the mouth as their tongues and lips swelled.

Around 11:00 a.m. on their fourth day, a Navy plane flying overhead spotted the Indianapolis survivors and radioed for help. Within hours, another seaplane, manned by Lieutenant Adrian Marks, returned to the scene and dropped rafts and survival supplies. When LT Marks saw men being attacked by sharks, he disobeyed orders and landed in the infested waters, and then began helping the wounded and stragglers, who were at the greatest risk. Most of the survivors said that one of the scariest times was waiting to get out of the water. A little after midnight, the USS Doyle arrived on the scene and helped to pull the last survivors from the water. Of the original 1,196-man crew, around 900 made it to the water alive, of that only 317 remained. Estimates of the number who died from shark attacks range from a few dozen to almost 150.

In November of 1945, Captain McVay was court-martialed for “hazarded his ship by failing to zigzag and failure to order to abandon ship fast enough” at the time torpedoes struck. The commander Hashimoto ( CO of the sub that sank the Indy) testified at the trial that he would have been able to sink the Indianapolis whether it had been zigzagging or not, testimony which appeared to fall ao deaf ears and had no impact at all on the court-martial board which found McVay guilty anyway. Like always, the military did not take any of this into account.

• The captain was never told that Jap Subs had been seen in the area.

• The Indy was cruiser with no sonar, and it usually had a destroy with it for anti-sub. But they were told they didn’t need one and to go alone.

• The Indy sent out three SOS, and all three were received. One group thought it was fake, one of the admirals on duty was drunk, and the third that was received, the” O” was asleep and had ordered everyone not wake him up.

In 1968 he committed suicide suffering from health issues for years. In 2001 he would be cleared of all charges. But it was too little too late. Like always, the military blamed someone. Of the over 300 ships that were sunk, during WW2 he was the only CO to be court-martialed for it.