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Flashbang Volume 4 Now Available To Order

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Cover-Flashbang-V4-recto

If National Geographic did a tactical photo magazine it would be “Flashbang.”

“Flashbang” is a quarterly with the following salient features -

- 160 pages
- over 400 exclusives and never seen pictures
- no advertising !
- high quality printing and paper
- 4 issues per year
- 3 units from all over the world in each issue
- worldwide distribution
- very few (english) texts

The Spring 2014 fourth issue is now available to order. This issue features Brazil’s GRUMEC, Hungary’s TEK, and the USA’s SEB. You can order it directly from the official website, along with the previously released issues.

flashbang-mag.com/ecommerce/index.php/magazine/spring-2014-edition-004

Canadian Army ‘Land Operations Temperate Boot’ Program – Soldiers Can Keep Old Boots But Need CO’s Permission To Wear Them

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

In a previous article, we mentioned that Kodiak Group Holdings of Cambridge, ON were awarded 2 contracts, and L.P. Royer Inc. were awarded one contract to develop what is called the ‘Land Operations Temperate Boot’ which is intended to replace the in-service combat boots used by the Canadian Army; Mk III Combat Boot, General Purpose Boot, and Temperate Combat Boot.

Well, according to Canada’s Department of National Defence, through ‘Ottawa Citizen’, those serving in the Canadian Army will be allowed to retain their current boots, with a catch: it will be limited to a local chain of command decision if soldiers will be permitted to wear their old boots when the new boots are issued.

It’s also worth mentioning that Soldiers will be issued two pairs of boots, either two pairs of one style, or one of both styles:

“The Kodiak Group Holdings boot is a lace-up while the L.P. Royer has a zipper as well as laces,” She [Chelsey McLellan, a spokeswoman for DND’s Materiel Group] noted. “Both styles will be a shade of brown as this has proven better in camouflage testing than a black colour. The suede-nubuck leather and textile upper materials are more comfortable and breathable than full grain leather previously used on in-service Land Forces footwear.”

Source: blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2014/03/26/each-canadian-soldier-to-get-two-pairs-of-new-boots-they-can-keep-the-old-boots-but-need-commanding-officers-permission-to-wear-them

Australian Getaway

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

From Hardcore Hardware Australia.

Forces Focus – Operation Serval – 2e REP Combat Jump into Timbuktu

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

To quote my friend Yancey, “Seems like the French had themselves a combat jump in Mali.”

This video by Pascal DuPont is the long version that shows the airland on the 27th of January into Gao and then concludes with the jump into Timbuktu on the 28th by the French Foreign Legion’s 2e REP ( 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment) including Harfang drone footage. Then there’s a bunch of other stuff.

Dutch Troops Get New Boots

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Over the next two years all Dutch Soldiers will receive new combat boots.

New Dutch Boots
Photo: Ministry of Defense

“With this new footwear we put another important step forward in the in order of the armed forces.” With these words, armed forces Commanding General Tom Middendorp handed the first pair to Sergeant 1st Class Johan de Jong at the der clothing company of Defence in Soesterberg.

New Dutch Boots
Photo: Ministry of Defense

Priority of fielding is to deployers. Consequently, the 45 men and women of Air Task Force 22, who head this month to Mazar-e-Sharif were issued first. The Dutch military has also instituted a new foot measuring device to ensure a proper fit as they issue these 2 new boots which are intended for use in Netherlands and North-Western and Central Europe. The first is a multifunctional combat boot for use in rocky and mountainous terrain and incorporates a waterproof, breathable lining for temperate to cold areas. The second boot features a moisture regulating lining intended for temperate and warm areas. Together, these two boots replace a single model that was supposed to be a jack of all trades. While no brand name or model was mentioned, it appears everybody initially will get 2 variant of Meindl boots; the Island MFS and another unnamed model for hot weather. Additionally, the boots are issued with 6 pair of socks matched to the performance of the boot.

They’ve also adopted other models, the so-called desert or jungle gevechtslaarzen, which are special issue to troops stationed or deploying to those areas.

Thanks Ipkiss

The Latest FAMAS in Mali

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

French Troops in Mali

Here you can see the latest model of the French FAMAS (without SAGEM Sword for the FELIN system), with a fast access pouch on the stock. Also, check out the Woodland Safriland holster.

Photo – Loopster

Flashbang Magazine Makes Its Premier

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

If National Geographic did a tactical photo magazine it would be the new “Flashbang.”

Promo-Flashbang-V1

“Flashbang” is a quarterly with the following salient features -

- 160 pages
- over 400 exclusives and never seen pictures
- no advertising !
- high quality printing and paper
- 4 issues per year
- 3 units from all over the world in each issue
- worldwide distribution
- very few (english) texts

www.flashbang-mag.com

www.facebook.com/flashbangmag

Whiskey 5 – Rampart International Corp.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

WHO:
Rampart International Corp.
Rampart Intl Corp
What:
Rampart International Corp. is Canada’s leading supplier of Operational Equipment to military, Special Forces, Law Enforcement, and first responder operators. We select only the industries best equipment in each category to offer to our operators. Some of our exclusive brands include Mystery Ranch, Source Hydration, INFORCE, Laser Devices, S&S Precision, Wild Things Tactical, Browe, High Ground Gear, NFM, Defenshield and M-Tek. Our equipment offering covers the spectrum from small arms systems and components to combat clothing, PPE, electro-optics, medical/survival and tactical equipment.

Rampart currently sells via three channels 1) Direct to agency 2) Dealers 3) Online sales. We have over twenty dealers across Canada and our online store allows the public direct access to over 200 items stocked and shipped quickly from Ottawa.

Furthermore, we have some very exciting news for 2013; Rampart will be manufacturing its own line of products; designed, developed, engineered, manufactured and tested in Canada. More details in March 2013!

Rampart Products

Where:
We are strategically located in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. This allows us to be in close proximity to the military, Special Forces and Federal Police.

When:
Rampart was born in the summer of 2010.

Why:
Frustrated with the status quo and myopic attitude that was present in the market; it was time to do it better. Rampart’s motto is “advancing the operator” – we take this task very seriously. This means offering the finest equipment available matched with unparalleled service and support. We know who we are working for, and do everything possible to expedite for our customers.

North Eastern Arms Introduces Compact Carbine Stock

Friday, January 11th, 2013

North Eastern Arms is a firearms manufacturer in Canada is set to release the new Compact Carbine Stock. It’s the first drop-in stock system for the AR for direct impingement guns that significantly reduces the length. Their 7.5” PDW AR is almost 2” shorter than a MP5A5 collapsed to give you some idea of how short it is.

CCS

Initially, it will be available to Law Enforcement and military only to start due to demand. Unfortunately, the company reps weren’t able to go into the internal mechanism of operation on this until it’s officially released on display at IWA 2013 in Germany, but they did say that it is a complete drop-in unit, and significantly improves the reliability of the return system of the AR design.

North Eastern Arms Combat Carbine Stock by solsys

www.neaginc.com

Forces Focus – SOBR (Police Special Squad of Russia) Full Length Video

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

This full length video from www.CombatShop.ru features the SOBR UMVD of the Kurgan region, expanding on the short we posted in December. The SOBR or Spetsial’nyi otryad bystrogo reagirovaniya is by definition the Special Rapid Response Detachment, a police armed response and internal security unit.