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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Deceptor

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Deceptor money shot

This week, we are checking out the FirstSpear Deceptor. Designed to conceal Rifle Velocity Protective Plates it will discretely hold a pair of plates and, if desired, two 6”X6” Rifle Side Plates. Additionally, pockets from the Ragnar Series can be quickly attached to the front or the back of the carrier as well.

It’s optimized for plates in the 2.2 to 4.5 pound size medium weight range which are .75” or thinner. For larger, thicker or heavier plates, FS recommends you consider a different carrying solution. This carrier comes with stretch and non-stretch shoulder straps to accommodate user comfort preference.


The Deceptor is becoming quite popular at the Federal level and has basically split down the middle on users who prefer Stretch vs. Static Shoulder Straps. FS speculates that a lot of that preference is shaped by the plate used and whether or not there is an external load (Ragnar Pockets) being utilized on the Carrier.

FS has a range of soft armor inserts cut in plate shapes as well as their UC Special Threat Plate that will fit the Deceptor. The soft armor cummerbund of the popular NOC will fit onto this carrier as well.

Available in Black or Coyote, sizes Small through XLarge.

Airsoft BBs Used to Test Continuous Filament Knit Aramids for Extremity Ballistic Protection

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Army Research Labs recently subjected several new fabrics to ballistic testing to see how they might perform in protecting against explosively launched debris for applications in clothing and other gear such as Protective Under Garments. They chose airsoft BBs from BB Bastard as test projectiles because they replicate the size and weight of gravel particles.

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Continuous Filament Knit Aramids for Extremity Ballistic Protection

The report is quite interesting for those of us interested in materials, ballistic or for those who want a peek into what testing actually entails.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Adaptive Cummerbund

Friday, January 30th, 2015


The Adaptive Cummerbund is the next step in the FirstSpear system approach. Up to now, you’ve been able to exchange front panels for several carriers. Now, you can take full advantage of their Tubes technology. Tubes are located at both front and rear of the cummerbund meaning you can easily swap them out, as well as front and rear panels.


It is currently available in the “land” style with loop Velcro on the body side for Ragnar pockets, as well as a TFSS maritime flotation cummerbund specifically designed for combat swimmers, and/or maritime airborne operations personnel.


The TFSS cummerbund has been designed and tested for use during egress from a submerged structure of any type, providing 45lbs of positive flotation in seawater at a depth of 33 ft, 57lbs of positive flotation at a depth of 15 ft and 80lbs of flotation on the surface, allowing the wearer a maximum load-out of equipment.


Soft Armor Ballistic Inserts complying with NIJ Category IIIA.06 or specific Military Specification requirements are available from FirstSpear for an additional fee.

This video will bring it all together.

These Adaptive Cummerbunds are just the beginning. Look for FIrstSpear to add purpose built sections for the Adaptive Cummerbund as well as integration of other mission essential elements.

Available in Black, Ranger Green, Multicam, and Coyote

Revision Military Showcases Capabilities

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Revision Military is so much more than eyepro. Over the past several years they’ve purchased a company or three and expanded their capabilities to provide a holistic soldier protection solution. Although they have been involved in USSOCOM’s TALOS program, it was more a conduit to showcase what they’ve done than a driver of innovation. They were already well on their own path when former Commander, USSOCOM, ADM McRaven called on industry to develop an “ironman” suit.

Revision has been way out in front of everyone else bringing this all in house. Hopefully, their hard work will be rewarded.

SHOT Show – Armor Express

Monday, January 26th, 2015


As I meandered through the halls of SHOT Show 2015, the aesthetic of the Raven carrier from Armor Express caught my eye. The refer to the PALS compatible triangle-shaped laser cuts as Trilogrid. It also features a built-in kangaroo pocket as well as ambidextrous horizontal knife sleeve. The padded shoulders are nonskid and incorporate utility ports for comms. Additionally, the best is lined with 3d spacer mesh.

SHOT Show – Tactical Assault Gear

Saturday, January 24th, 2015


Available with either skeletal (licensed from Crye Precision) or standard cummerbund, the Vanguard Plate Carrier features a built-in multi-caliber three mag carrier mounted to the flap. Additionally, it incorporates low profile padded shoulder straps as well as added padding for comfort and breathability throughout the interior. Made from 500D Cordura, its a replacement for the Banshee carrier. Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.



Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Over at Beyond SHOT, MATBOCK gave us a look at their upcoming plate carrier.


SHOT Show – Point Blank Enterprises / Paraclete

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


The Trifecta is the latest shield from Point Blank Enterprises under the Paraclete line. It offers NIJ Level III protection, as well as protection against M855 green tip ammo. The Trifecta’s unique two layer ballistic system consists of a hybrid composite ballistic material with an air pocket in-between the two layers. This pocket allows projectiles to tumble and yaw before hitting the second layer of armor, reducing their penetrative capability. Either side of the shield features the three Weapon Mount System, which offers a platform to stabilize either a handgun or long gun. The rear features a stationary handle, foam pad, and Velcro forearm strap attachment system. The total weight with the optional viewport and 450 lumen LED light kit is only 35 lbs.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – New FS Strandhögg Front Panels

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

In this week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus we are going to take a look at the new replacement front panels for the popular Strandhögg Plate Carrier which make it even more customizable than before. It’s important to mention right up front that there are two variants of the Strandhögg Plate Carrier; MBAV cut and SAPI cut. There are two new Front Panels so it’s important that you not only specify which style of Front Panel you want but also which type of armor you are using.


In addition to attaching via patented Tubes connectors, both styles continue to offer the same padding and ventilation features of the standard Strandhögg Plate Carrier. The photo below gives you a side view.


AK Front Panel

The first Front Panel for the Strandhögg Plate Carrier is the the AK Purpose Built model. Additionally, it will fit the FS AAC Plate Carrier. Built with the same padding and ventilation features found in its modular brother this front panel features sewn on pockets accommodating 3 single 30 round magazines for the AK47 or 74 series rifles, secured with elastic cord and FS Speed Tabs. A 6/12 modular pocket attachment field is found above the magazines for utilizing 6/12, 6/9 or MOLLE style pockets. This panel will be available for purchase 1 February 2015 for SPEAR/SAPI Cut Plates in sizes M, L & XL as well as the popular MBAV Cut in sizes S/M, L/XL & XXL in MultiCam, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Black.

Modular Wing Front Panel

The second Front Panel incorporates Modular Wings which give you some additional real estate for pouches on your vest. The panel incorporates a left and right wing with a 6/12 Pocket Attachment Field that allows you to select how you want to use the space back behind your Tubes/Cummerbund. Like the AK Panel, this version also integrates the padding and ventilation of the FS Strandhögg Plate Carrier. This panel will be available for purchase 1 February 2015 for SPEAR/SAPI Cut Plates in sizes S, M, L & XL as well as the popular MBAV Cut in sizes S/M, L/XL & XXL in MultiCam, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Black.

Sneak Peek – LBX 0300

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


The LBX 0300 armor carrier will launch at SHOT Show along with a whole slew of other new products. LBT has quite a bit in the way as well so make sure you stop by their booth.