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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Brawler FR Shirt

Friday, November 9th, 2018

All new from FS, meet the Brawler FR Shirt.

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Typically most FR garments are stiff and uncomfortable with a blocky fit due to the nature of the fabrics used. The Brawler on the other hand uses 6.5oz Tencate Twill that is durable yet extremely light and comfortable . Material make up is a 65% FR Lenzing / 25% Para-Aramid / 10% Nylon blend that offers excellent Flame Retardant characteristics and assists in defeating or mitigating heat transfer to your skin.

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The Brawler features a zipper front opening, reinforced with webbing sewn buttons. The protective collar can be fastened up around your Neckie or left open, multi positional cuffs, and a security strap to keep the sleeves rolled up. To make the most of hot weather versatility, the Brawler has breathable mesh in the bottom and back of the front pockets, arm pits, and across the entire back yoke.

As with all FS products, there’s a very interesting story behind the name:

In late 1966 through early 1967 US Marines in I Corps Tactical Zone South Vietnam began aggressive patrolling to enforce and establish the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Vietnam’s. Commanders at the strategic level during that time believed that the war would devolve into a static scenario just as the Korean Conflict had previously. Unit Commanders were encouraged to “patrol aggressively” and “define the DMZ” in favor of South Vietnam. To maintain communications security, radio brevity pro words were assigned to articulate specific combat contacts without divulging great detail. For the Marines of I Corps at that time a “Scrap” was a Small Unit Contact generally Unit on Unit and confined to Small Arms, a “Brawl” was a full engagement involving Combined Arms and Support. The patrolling actions and border battles at that time increasingly contributed to large scale operations that became known collectively as the Battle of Con Thien.

First Spear has elected to the name our heavier weight FR Garment the “Brawler” and our light weigh FR Garment the “Scrap”, initial editions of these will be released in FS Sand which is a close to USMC Coyote as we could get in this base material.

Made in the USA with USA Materials. Available now.

www.first-spear.com/technical-apparel/outerwear/brawler

USMC to Field Gen III Vest Systems with FirstSpear Technology

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Fenton, MO – FirstSpear® Technology Group, industry leading technology integrator for Personal Protective and Load Bearing Equipment, announces the Gen III vest systems for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) will be produced and fielded with FirstSpear® Technology. After extensive testing and evaluation, the Marines chose to include FirstSpear® 6/12™ laser cutting and Tubes™ rapid-release system on the all new Gen III Vest System.

Debuted on Solider Systems Daily in 2011 and proven in the field for over seven years, FS™ 6/12™ laser-cut platforms and rapid-release Tubes™ fasteners are embraced by assets of the United States Department of Defense, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, and friendly forces within the international community. The FS™ 6/12™ laser-cut and fused platform system helped the USMC achieve their goals for reducing bulk and weight of legacy PALS systems.

USMC Systems Command wanted to give as much mobility back to the individual Marine as possible by reducing the weight and bulk of the vest without decreasing ballistic protection. Integrating 6/12 laser cutting and Tubes allowed designers to reduce the weight of the vest by 25 percent.*

FS™ Tubes provide rapid donning and doffing of carriers without complicated cable systems adding weight or requiring specialized training and allows the Marine to remove and reassemble their vest in less than three seconds. Vest testing found the older system took about seven seconds to take off, and 10 minutes to reassemble. The Tubes have vastly improved the Marines ability to act fast while on missions.*

According to Sam White, Vice President of Applied Science at FirstSpear®, “Our primary mission is to provide equipment solutions to the men and women protecting our freedoms and the fastest way to do that is by working with industry partners and program managers to make this technology widely available. We couldn’t be more excited the USMC has integrated this technology into their new vest system and look forward to helping Vertical Protective Apparel provide it to the Marines.”

FirstSpear™ continually develops and refines Technology to meet the ever-changing requirements of the warfighter and first responder. Paramount to every development effort is a focus on mobility, lethality, weight reduction, functionality, durability, and manufacturability. Ideas are well thought out, tested, and proven in actual field use before general release, ensuring the final product works as intended when needed most. Once proven, FirstSpear® works closely with end users and manufacturers to allow for rapid fielding of advanced solutions.

For more information or to contact FirstSpear® Technology Group on how you can integrate these technologies visit www.first-spear.tech.

**Sources:

soldiersystems.net/2018/09/27/usmc-awards-vertical-protective-apparel-62-million-contract-for-gen-iii-plate-carriers

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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Non-Stocking Pockets Available

Friday, October 26th, 2018

FirstSpear has added three pockets to the non-stocking non-standard section of their webstore available while supplies last. These are 100% brand new 1st quality goods, Made in the USA. Now shipping is an AK47 Single magazine pocket with an optional bungee retention tab, will hold two AK47 magazines. Next is a .300 Win Mag pouch that will hold up to three magazines featuring a hook and loop flap and side release buckle closure. Last is a 7.62 SCAR H triple shingle featuring bungee retention. Will also hold .308 PMAG. All pockets utilize FS 6/9 pocket attachment system. Limited colors and quantities available!

AK-47: www.first-spear.com/non-stocking-non-standard/ak-47-single-30-round

.300 Win: www.first-spear.com/non-stocking-non-standard/long-gun-mag-pouch-5-round-3-mag-sustainment

SCAR-H: www.first-spear.com/non-stocking-non-standard/7-62-scar-h-triple-shingle-separate-pockets-6-9

FirstSpear Friday Focus – USA Centurion Pants

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The all new FirstSpear Centurion Pants are in stock and shipping now. Order any pair this weekend and get a free FirstSpear Logo hat.

Constructed from a ripstop nylon and combed cotton with several unique comfort features including nano glide stretch mesh pockets, quick dry breathable materials, and an integrated low-profile belt system that uses a customized BioThane webbing and a jam lock buckle.

Removable Poron Foam inserts on your left and right inside hip let you carry your pistol, knife or phone on the belt with total comfort. The belt loops on the Centurion Pants have been spaced to accommodate on-the-belt carry and off-hand draw as needed. The side pockets are made of 520 stretch fabric and will easily fit folding knives, common pistol magazines, and similarly sized items. In-stock and shipping now. Made in the USA with 100% USA materials.

www.first-spear.com/technical-apparel/outerwear/centurion-pants

FirstSpear Friday Focus – CAT Rifle Case

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Designed at the request of FS professional users the CAT Rifle case is a low vis rifle case specifically designed for short barrel carbines up to 30 inches over all length. Large exterior pocket features a reversed 6/12™ laser cut platform and stiffened dividers perfect for organizing equipment and securing all styles of pockets including hook backed pockets and accessories.

• 32″ Long
• 13½” Wide
• 6″ Deep

Available now in Manatee Grey and Coyote. Made in the USA.

www.first-spear.com/cat-rifle-case

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Mid Shirt and Hoodie Now in Black

Friday, October 5th, 2018

All American Merino wool Hoodlum Hoodies and Mid-Shirts are now available in Black from FirstSpear.

Constructed from ACM-MID 400, FS proprietary Merino wool mid-weight package which is a dual layer material featuring a 100% poly interior and 100% wool exterior designed to quickly wick away moisture and absorb into the wool layer keeping you cool and dry when its warm and insulate and trap heat when its cold.

The Hoodlum Hoodie is a full zip and features a low profile hood and thumb holes. The Mid-Shirt is a 3/4 zip with a higher collar and no thumb holes, both are in-stock and shipping now. Made in the USA.

www.first-spear.com/mid-shirt-acm-mid-400

www.first-spear.com/hoodlum-hoodie-acm-mid-400

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Stratton Flannel

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Introducing the all new Stratton Flannel available exclusively from FirstSpear! This is a 5oz lightweight flannel in navy/green/white perfect for fall. Features two oversized breast pockets and a two button closure on the forearms and cuffs. Machine washable and slightly oversized to accommodate for a 3% shrinkage after the first wash.

Made in the USA – Shipping now.

www.first-spear.com/technical-apparel/outerwear/stratton-flannel

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Mexican Marines Adopt Protactic Vest System with FirstSpear Technology

Friday, September 21st, 2018

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Fenton, MO – FirstSpear Technology Group and Protactic have announced a joint development combining Protactic’s advanced materials and signature management solutions with the latest FirstSpear Technologies to create a system built from the ground up to support the demanding and unique requirements of the Mexican Marines.

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The design incorporates a 6/12™ laser cut platform for less breakup of camouflage pattern and tighter pocket attachment with less movement than traditional MOLLE. Rapid-Release Tubes™ Technology on the shoulders and cummerbund provide the most secure and quickest way to don or doff a plate carrier. Tubes also ensure more consistent placement of ballistic components and does not wear out like traditional hook/loop vests.

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By using these two technologies together there is a significant reduction in weight and bulk helping to reduce fatigue and minimize the silhouette of the end user. The hydration carrier leverages Tubes to quickly secure to the vest for improved range of motion and rapid individual access to the pack itself.

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