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Velocity Systems Scarab Light in Action with HTC

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

High Threat Concealment recently put the Velocity Systems Scarab Light through its paces.

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Reports are it was great and worked well with the HTC belt rig.

AUSA – Sneak Peek – Mystery Ranch MR PC

Monday, October 13th, 2014

This is the first public look at the MR PC. It’s releasable and uses the already existing BASE frame (Body Armor Support Equipment).

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Look for more details soon.

www.MysteryRanch.com

Tactical-Life.com – 12 Top Bulletproof Body Armor For LEOs And Military

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Tactical-Life.com has compiled a list of 12 individual plate carriers and tactical vests for use with Law Enforcement and Military, from manufacturers such as SKD Tactical and TYR Tactical.

You can read the full article at www.tactical-life.com/gear/12-top-bulletproof-body-armor-for-leos-and-military/5

Velocity Systems – SCARAB Light Plate Carrier

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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The SCARAB Light is a newly released plate carrier from Velocity Systems. According to Velocity Systems, the SCARAB Light was designed to meet unique user needs and solve industry-wide armor carrier issues. It features a color matching Velcro loop Admin Panel on the upper chest, a front kangaroo pouch, and integrated SwiftClip buckles for rapid don/doff of auxiliary chest worn equipment.

SCARAB Shoulder

The shoulder straps are designed to alleviate common fit issues seen with traditional sewn fixed angle shoulder straps. They are made from ULTRAcomp, with an articulate D-ring which allows them to swivel to sit correctly and comfortably on any user. I’ve used a developmental version of the vest and I can attest to the design. The straps are adjustable for length and have a padded sleeve, which can also be used to route cables.

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The SCARAB Light is initially configured for standard front flap opening. It can also be set up by the user for dual or single quarter flap opening. The flaps can be easily and quickly reconfigured if one style of opening works better for a particular mission.

SCARAB Rear

The upper back features color matching Velcro loop for identification. The rear is also equipped to accept Zip-On Back Panels of various configurations.

Currently available in Coyote Brown and Multicam; Black and Ranger Green will soon follow. Made in the USA.

www.velsyst.com/store/261/167/SCARAB%E2%84%A2-Light.html

Paraclete Special Operations Hard Plate Carrier – SKD Spec

Monday, September 29th, 2014

An SKD exclusive, the Paraclete SOHPC-SKD (Special Operations Hard Plate Carrier – SKD Spec) is an update to the venerable design, making it both lighter as well as more functional. For example, PALS field is entirely ¾” webbing for added weight savings. Additionally, the exterior of the SOHPC-SKD is made from 500D Cordura and the interior is lined with 420D Nylon.

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As with the original SOHPC, the tall cummerbund and front flap remain a distinguishing feature, allowing for donning and doffing without removing magazines mounted on the front. The cummerbund on the SOHP-SKD has now been updated to hold Side Plates up to 7″x8” in size.

SKD has also incorporated 1.5” loop Velcro strips to match up with their PIG (Patrol Incident Gear) AFC (Airflow and Comfort) Pontoons which users swear by as they claim it increases comfort and breathability. They’ve also padded the shoulder straps. Front and back Loop Velcro fields allow for ID and Morale patches up to 3” x 6” in size. The rear carrier also includes an integral drag handle.

This bit is important. The Paraclete SOHPC-SKD comes in 2 chassis sizes. The S/M/10×12 will fit both Small and Medium ESAPI and 10” x 12” commercial plates and soft armor backers, and secure the plate to the top of the carrier. The L/XL will fit Large and XL ESAPI plates or similar. Cummerbunds come in 4 different sizes: Small, Medium, Large and XL. (Note, the chassis size S/M/10×12 is labeled “M”, and the L/XL is labeled “L”). Make sure you work out the proper sizing based on your plates and girth.

The Paraclete SOHPC-SKD is available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam. As with all SKD-Spec Paraclete products, the SOHPC-SKD is proudly Made in the USA!

www.skdtac.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – The Slick

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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The Slick is an Ultra Lightweight Plate Carrier designed to be worn beneath over garments such as jackets or even Tommy Bahama shirts as well as other kit. FirstSpear has just updated the carrier by transitioning the fabric to Tweave Durastretch 520E which is a durable four-way stretch. It’s quiet and comfortable. FirstSpear also updated the cummerbund.

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Cut to fit either “Swimmer” or SPEAR cut ballistic plates, it is a simple design with no integral load carriage capacity and not really appropriate as an outervest. However, the 520E is more than up tot the task. Shoulder straps are adjustable overlapping flaps and secured via Velcro.

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Offered in Coyote, order by plate type and size.

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www.first-spear.com

MDM – National Molding – Rigid Plate Carrier

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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National Molding has unveiled their new Rigid Plate Carrier is made from a high impact plastic shell that helps contain spall and frag. It also protects the plate from day-to-day impacts and integrates the National Molding X-Quad single point release. This version is 20% lighter than the Quad release found in the IOTV.

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Need PALS-compatible load carriage? Not a problem. National Molding has introduced an adapter that fits over the RPC. As you can see, it can be dipped in any Camo pattern.

Available 3rd Quarter, 2015.

www.nationalmolding.com

Sneak Peek – MTEK Weapon Systems G4

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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www.mtekweaponsystems.com

FS Friday Focus – Partner Series – SKD Tactical

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Occasionally in the FirstSpear Friday Focus we take a look at their OEM partners. This time, we’ll examine SKD Tactical and one of the pieces of kit FirstSpear builds for them: the STT Plate Carrier.

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This particular STT is quite special. It’s a one-of-a-kind version in Kryptek Highlander. One-of-a-kind, as in you can’t purchase it. However, you can win it, in a Facebook contest, but more on that later. Now, on to some really cool background.

What drove SKD to get into products manufacturing versus just being another retailer?
When we first got involved in the Tactical gear market in 1999, we recognized pretty early that there were a lot of things that could be done to improve existing product designs. While technology was advancing products in other industries at breakneck speed, tactical gear was still pretty much some modified derivative of LBE’s or RACK systems. Our first step into “making” gear was getting Eagle Industries to modify the Paul Howe Universal Chest Rig for us. After that initial success, we realized that we could differentiate ourselves in the market by modifying and improving other products we already carried. This led to the easy transition of designing our own gear from the ground up. When tactical gear innovation really started exploding during OIF/OEF, we were well positioned to be able to take part in the new wave of gear designs.

Why “made in America?”
Making our gear here is woven into our identity. We as a nation have lost the quality edge on a lot of different product segments to overseas manufacturing, but America is still the best in the world at designing and manufacturing tactical gear. This is an undisputed fact. With partners like FirstSpear, continuing to make quality gear in the US is what we intend on doing for as long as long as we remain in business.

How did the relationship between SKD and FirstSpear begin?
Our relationship with FirstSpear began ironically at Eagle Industries. We were already making our own products with Eagle when they were sold in 2009. Visiting their design shop and factory was a regular occurrence. When Eagle eventually closed their factories in St. Louis, we were pleasantly surprised that many of the key players we dealt with at Eagle had moved on to start up FirstSpear. Working with a manufacturer that already had decades of experience making the world’s finest gear was a no brainer. Even before we actually began carrying any FirstSpear labeled products, we had inked a deal for First Spear to take over production of the PIG Plate Carrier.

What drove the development of the STT?
We were always impressed by the innovative technologies of FirstSpear’s Tubes and 6/12, but the price considerations of the Strandhogg were not a good match for our market. It was during a visit at FirstSpear that we came across a simplified version of the Strandhogg that was done for a major LE agency–we immediately had a “eureka” moment. When we realized that we could make the STT with the ability to accept PIG Airflow and Comfort Pontoons, and price it in the void that was left empty by the disappearance of the Eagle Plate Carrier, we knew we had to execute.

Were there previous iterations of the STT or any major changes through development?
Coming from an already existing platform, the development process was pretty linear. We went from flash to bang in about 3 months, which was pretty fast for us. We did experience a bobble at the release however- we only had one cummerbund size available. FirstSpear was really good about working with us to get the other sizes online and manufactured within weeks.

Are there any other FS/SKD partnership projects on the horizon?
We don’t have anything to announce at this moment, but we are always trying to come up with sneaky collaborations with FirstSpear, who is our premiere manufacturing partner. The quality and consistency they’ve turned out over the course of making thousands of PIG Plate Carriers has been nothing short of brilliant. We try and utilize both our Facebook pages and newsletter for product announcements, so please like both the SKD and FirstSpear Facebook pages and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

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www.skdtac.com/FirstSpear-STT-Plate-Carrier-SKD-Exclusive

Facebook STT Plate Carrier Contest

At the beginning of the article, we mentioned that you can win the one-of-a-kind STT Plate Carrier in Kryptek Highlander, which comes with a FirstSpear M4 3-Mag “Ranger” Shingle. For full details and to enter, ‘like’ both the FirstSpear and SKD Tactical Facebook pages and share the contest post on the FirstSpear page. Good Luck!

www.facebook.com/1stSpear

www.facebook.com/skdtactical

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Ragnar

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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This week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus concentrates on the Ragnar. Named after Viking warrior Ragnarr Loðbrók, this armor vest is an adaptable system that can be quickly configured for the mission at hand.

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In addition to different cummerbunds, the Ragnar offers special pockets like the stretch models seen here. FirstSpear also offers specific soft armor packages as well as plates.

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Available in sizes Small – XLarge in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

www.first-spear.com