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AUSA – Oxx Coffeebox

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Most everyone appreciates a cup of coffee in the morning. Doubly so when in the field. During Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015, we saw the Oxx Coffeebox. During my discoursing with the creator, I suggested he check out the military market. At this week’s AUSA, there he was. Coffee and Soldiers are like peas and carrots.

The 120v Coffeebox is the world’s first ruggedized coffeemaker. It is K-cup compatible and brews a hot cup of coffee in 90 seconds. Designed for use in rigged environments, it’s crush proof as well as impact, water and dust resistant.

They’ve even introduced a Tan version. Military discounts available.

AUSA – Unifire Introduces ShieldX Elemental Gear

Friday, October 7th, 2016

TLS vendor Unifire displayed their new ShieldX line at both Modern Day Marine and AUSA. ShieldX is powered by X-STATIC which is a silver based antimicrobial to inhibit odor causing bacteria. The fabric itself is is moisture wicking and fast drying with a soft hand for comfort. Offered in Men’s and Women’s styles, the underlayers are FR (ASTM F1506), Arc Rated and Anti-Static (EN1149-5).

The line includes Underlayers, Socks and Linen. The linen would be great for deployments to austere environments where you can’t get things washed as often as you’d like.

In the case of the socks, there are cotton, Coolmax, Merino and FR blends in several colors.

ShieldXgear is available for unit and agency orders though Unifire.

AUSA – LWRC International CSASS

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Although LWRC International didn’t submit a candidate for the US Army’s Compact Semi Automatic Sniper System solicitation, they did develop one. This is their solution.

Obviously, this 12″ gun is chambered in 7.62 NATO. Now get this, it has a 20 position gas block. You should be able to run just about any ammo, suppressed or unsuppressed. It’s a monoforged upper receiver with an LWRCi NiCorr treated spiral fluted barrel. The CSASS comes standard with LWRCi Skirmish Back-Up Iron Sights. The lower is fully ambidextrous including bolt catch and release, magazine release and selector lever. The trigger is a Geissele SSA Two-Stage Precision model.

AUSA – TEA Headsets High Threat Tier 1 Headset Universal Mounting System

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

TEA Headsets showed their High Threat Headset at AUSA. It features Combat Noise Suppression technology that protects the operator’s hearing against damaging noises they’re exposed to during combat. In addition to providing certified hearing protection the HTH has adjustable and amplified electronic hearing that allows wearers to maintain 360° battlefield awareness. Hear-thru audio can be easily adjusted using the HTH’s simple 3-button controls located on the left ear cup.

The HTH has an AUTO-OFF feature that turns off hear-thru after four hours of inactivity. Two AAA batteries provide 600 hrs of use. TEA offers the HTH with single or dual comms wires as well as several microphone options. The HTH is available in Black, OD Green and MultiCam.

I know a lot of you are using different methods to attach your headsets directly to your helmets rails. The Universal Mounting System works on a variety of headsets, so it might be the answer you are looking for.

You can quickly swap the ear cups from headband to rail adapter. Simply unscrew the thumb screw on the UMS to remove a headband or mount and then screw it back down to secure it after adjustments.

The HTH Tier 1’s low profile headband features an easy to remove, over the head, Velcro headstrap that allows you to retain the assembly for future use. Helmet adapters are available for Team Wendy, Ops-Core, Revision and other makes and models of helmet rails.

The Aimpoint 6x Magnifier Is Coming

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

This image at AUSA from Aimpoint claims that the 6x magnifier is coming but I’ve got a feeling it’s really only just breathing hard.

AUSA – Colt CSASS 901

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

AUSA – Mayflower Jungle Rig from Velocity Systems

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Velocity Systems continues to refine their Mayflower Jungle Rig. Those of you familiar with pre-GWOT British load carriage systems, particularly those used by British SF, will recognize the design inspiration at work. For example, a bungee is routed through the pouches in order to reduce bounce.

Below, you can see the pad. While it’s stiffened, it has spacer mesh and ventilation holes cut in the stiffener. Additionally, you can see the use of Blue Force Gear’s Helium Whisper.

Material selection was very important. The ULTRAcomp fabric is stiff enough to give the pouch and lid body so that the rig doesn’t flop around, despite its light weight. This construction also makes it easier to insert magazines. The Mayflower Jungle Rig offers both 2 x 7.62 magazine and 3 x 5.56 magazine pouches. In addition to Velcro closures, they’ve also incorporated Side-Release buckles for use during mobility, maritime and air operations on the magazine and GP pouches.

This photo gives you a different perspective of the pouch construction. The ULTRAcomp wraps around bottom of the pouch. There are also drain holes in the bottom of the pouches.

The sides of the Magazine Pouches feature PALS webbing for the attachment of grenade or other pouches. Although it’s not specifically addressed in this article, there’s also a Grenade Pouch which will hold the M67. It can also be used for a compass or other items.

The GP Pouch is quite versatile. The pouch has a skirt to keep debris out and will hold jackets up to Arc’teryx Atom LT in size or the Velocity Systems Basha with bungees and pins. The GP pouch is also sized to accept several models of canteens including the Nalgene 32 oz, 44 pattern (or later) water bottle, and Canadian cold weather model. It will also accept the British two-piece mess tin.

While the shoulder straps are low profile for wear under packs and armor, they’ve introduced removable padded sections.

Considering the amount of carrying capacity, it’s extremely lightweight. I didn’t get to weigh it, but it was obvious when I picked it up. Much of this is due to the materials used in its construction.

No release date yet. They are still working a few components such as a 40mm pouch which integrates with the shoulder straps.

AUSA – Revision Military / Milliken

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Revision Military has developed an interesting thermal signature management shroud using the Milliken Conceal fabric.

It uses a magnetic interface to keep it in place around eyepro. They’ve also created internal standoff around the nose and mouth to suppress hot spots created from exhalation.