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Warrior East – Strohman Enterprise / Garmin

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Strohman Enterprise is my go-to for GPS and they take great care of military and LE customers.  At Warrior East, they showed me the new Garmin Oregon 750t. It’s is a dual band GPS/GLONASS receiver with integrated wi-fi, 8 mp camera.

-Redesigned antenna enables better GPS and GLONASS reception and performance; 3-axis compass with accelerometer and barometric altimeter sensors
-3-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen with dual orientation (landscape or portrait view)
-Expanded wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, ANT+® capable); includes smart notifications¹ and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ online community and supports Active Weather and Geocaching Live
-8 megapixel autofocus camera; automatically geotags photos
-Preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps; includes 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription


Warrior Expo – Juggernaut Case

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Juggernaut Case has a whole slew of new products. Today, we’ll discuss several of them.  Clockwise from the top we have the User Removable Cable Assembly, HAHO-L Accessory, and the Radio Universal Custom Kit.

User Removable Cable Assembly

The allows the user to acquire cases and cables separately, facilitates quick cable replacement and allows users to swap between a cable and a fully sealed door.  When Juggernaut tweaked the case for this new cable, they made it so you can still use the standard cable that comes with the phone.

HAHO-L Accessory

The HAHO-L is an add-on accessory to add MFF electronic navigation equipment to any 5 or 6 series armor mount. It is a low profile alternative to more traditional, full size Nav Boards.

Radio Universal Custom Kit

The RUCK is an amazing new chassis technology that allows a direct gold-dot connection to an S series case. The RUCK is fully customizable and can carry a wide of array of payloads such as radio cards, storage devices, heaters and extended batteries. Additionally, it snaps right into any of Juggernaut’s different mounts like the RAM vehicle, Forearm or PALS compatible Armor mount. I think it’s going to change how we look at and use these devices.  When used to its full potential, RUCK will eliminate many cables and redundant radios as well as extend the operational capabilities of the device.


Dressed To Kill

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This image from the September 28, 1959 issue of ‘Life’ magazine depicts a developmental US Army clothing system reportedly intended for wear on a nuclear battlefield. While the gloves, mask and coveralls are interesting, what is really cool is the helmet, complete with IR goggles.

The plastic helmet integrates the AN/PRC-34 radio, the developmental Soldier Radio of its day and an attempt to replace the large, walkie-talkie PRC-6 squad radios. The two studs along the crown of the helmet hold the antenna in place when not in use. In this photo, the antenna is deployed. Between the M-1 helmet-style webbing and the shell was a snag of wires.

But the IR goggles are the real treat here, considering this photo is coming up on 60 years old. First off, they are binocular and mount in a similar fashion to what we still do today.  You can also see the battery pack at the rear of the helmet.  A later version of the helmet was developed that offered some ballistic protection as well accommodations for a newer radio variant, the PRC-36.  However, this radio was not integrated directly into the helmet.

SHOT Show – SOCET GXP by BAE Systems

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

BAE Systems is working to bring the software used to produce customized Gridded Reference Graphics to the first responder and LE communities. In particular, they want to prepare products to support counter active shooter operations.


The software can also be used by investigators and prosecutors to recreate crime scenes. Data sets can come from a wide variety of sources. For example, the parking lot image in the graphic above was taken by a DSLR from a state police helo. They later mensurated the image using the software.


Now the exciting part. It will run on a mobile device. You don’t have to hand out hard copies.

This product is available through www.unifireusa.com.

Edgegear – Shift

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015


Edgegear developed a new ambidextrous strap for fitness watches, called the Shift, which moves it to a better location for viewing on the go.


The Shift watch band comes with an adjustable band and three loop sizes for a custom fit for petite to large-size wrists. Available now for pre-order with deliveries in April.


Garmin Epix

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Imagine seeing where you are on a map or image just by glancing at your wristwatch.  The Garmin Epix incorprates full color mapping, GPS/GLONASS and watch functions.  

-1.4-inch high-resolution color touchscreen
-Worldwide shaded relief basemap
-8 GB built-in memory so you can load up on maps, such as TOPO U.S. 24K, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, City Navigator and BlueChart g2 maps
-Preloaded TOPO 100K maps also available
-Fitness Training Apps
-Stainless steel EXO antenna with GPS/GLONASS reception
Water rated to 50m
-Bluetooth enabled

 Mapping Examples 

Satellite Positioning
Earlier we mentioned both GPS and GLONASS functionality which is very exciting because you can access both US and Russian satellite positioning data.  This feature just might come in handy if someone decides to use GPS jamming.  

Altimeter, Weather and 3-axis Compass

If you are on the job and looking for Garmin products, contact Strohman Enterprise. I cannot say enough good things about how well Joe and his team will take care of you. They are my go-to for Garmin products.

Situational Awareness – It’s A Thing

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

This reminds me of a section in the book “Starship Troopers” during training where Rico talks about being so fixated on all of the displays in the suit that a guy could walk up and hit you over the head with a rock.  

Juggernaut.Board MFF-T2

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Juggernaut Defense and ADI Technologies assembled a team to develp the Navigation Board solution for CTTSO to assist HALO/HAHO jumpers. By bringing together several key trainers and HAHO jumpers from the SOF community, the best ideas from several decades of high altitude-high opening navigation were applied to the design.

The Juggernaut.Board™ MFF-T2 has several key features which enable jumpers to employ the NavBoard under canopy without interfering with the many types of containers and kit loadouts.

By applying the same hinged design as the Juggernaut.Case™ Armor.Mount, the NavBoard is able to be fully folded up or down for aircraft exit and landing. While under canopy the board can be angled into view, enabling the user to manipulate Jumpmaster apps within ATAK and APASS, utilize the red-LED backlit Oceanic Compass, and view the wrist-top GPS mounted to the board.

Also integrated into the board is a CR123 powered heater-element capable of sustaining operation of the device down to -50°C for 30 minutes and a stylus-garage/tether for operating apps on the device with thick cold-weather gloves on.

For additional information, visit shop.juggernautcase.com/JuggernautBoard-Military-Freefall-Toolkit-2-JGMTMFFT201