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FirstSpear Friday Focus – See FirstSpear at SOFIC

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Heading to SOFIC next week? Stop by and see the latest and greatest load bearing and personal protective equipment from FirstSpear including the AAC Frog Kit as seen below.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Hilleberg Allak 3 in Sand

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Simple, remarkably light, and completely free standing, the Allak is an excellent all-rounder.

Since its introduction over 10 years ago, the two-person Allak has been one of Hilleberg’s most popular tents. For 2019, they have introduced a three-person version, the Allak 3, and renaming the original model the Allak 2.

Both remarkably light yet impressively strong Allak models are well-suited for anything from summer paddling to winter ski mountaineering, as the outer tent fabric is Kerlon 1200 and with its 9mm poles, makes for a very lightweight yet supremely stable tent.

Hilleberg’s Allak 3 is light enough for mobile journeys, where you move your camp every day, and its two-entrance construction allows for superb ventilation options in warm weather. At the same time, the Allak’s three-pole dome structure is strong enough for summer or winter base camp use in all but the worst conditions, and the fully freestanding construction make it ideal for tough pitching conditions, such as rocky ground and sand.

In addition, its two integrated vestibules are set parallel to the sleeping area, giving excellent access to gear storage space as well as ease of entry and exit. Mountaineers appreciate both the Allak’s freestanding design, compact footprint, and its roominess, as well as its ability to deal with snow loading. And taller adventurers find its length a welcome comfort.

All these factors make Hilleberg the ideal solution for all military deployments, whether in areas of heat or extreme cold as well as being lightweight, easily portable and available in Sand.

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A Statement From The Founder And Former Owner Of Shellback Tactical

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know that after 15 years, I am no longer with Shellback Tactical. From starting and building the brand, creating demand, designing the products, leading it as the founder and being involved with it for 15 years of my life. It was an interesting journey with its roller coaster ups and downs. But it was also incredibly rewarding.

Building something out of nothing was extremely tough. From hoping that the products you make are bought and used by anyone. To seeing it worn, trusted and proven by military and law enforcement personnel around this great country and around the world. Wow, it’s what you hope and wish for. Some know that the company has been under new ownership/management when it was sold in 2017 to US Patriot. I stayed on for another 2 years as the Founder to help with it. It has been recently sold again. And I will not be continuing on with the company.

Most importantly I wanted to take this time to thank all of the customers over the years. Those who followed the brand, dealers, departments, units and the great people I met along the way. Thank You. I was incredibly lucky to serve and work with all of you. Without all of these pieces, it would have been nothing. And words cannot describe the gratitude I have for you.

Life is a gift and your time on this earth is short. Make it count. Although it may take longer, remember to always keep your character and integrity intact. And do your best to do what’s right, because its right, even when it’s not convenient.

I wanted to also put something out, because I have received several messages on other platforms wondering why I have not answered their emails. And now you know why. I am not leaving the Industry though. I will take some time to work on growing some projects and spend time with family.  I will also be looking for other new opportunities to be an asset at another great company. Maybe it’s yours.

Those who still would like to contact me can email me at or DM me on one of the platforms out there.

Thank you again, Michael Wratten

Max Talk 21: Team Patrol Formations

Monday, May 13th, 2019

This is the twenty first installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This video focuses on Team Patrol Formations, and the advantages and disadvantages of various formations for patrol movement and advance to contact.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Dive Logs

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

When you first started diving, your instructors taught you to log all your dives. A typical entry consists of the dive location, date, time, duration of the dive, depth, water temperature, wetsuit with thickness, equipment, and other facts relevant to the dive. Like if that suit was suitable for that water temp if your foot cramped up with the fins you used and other items like that.  

As we went away from diving, there are a lot of old skills and habits that have been lost. Also, as we start to use more advanced items in the water from sonar to Heads Up Dive Computers some of the necessary skills have been lost. Lastly, as we go longer durations in-between dives, it is a great idea to write stuff down, so you will remember how you had your gear set up the last time you did it. This can go for all the training that you do.  

Document your number of dives. With technology today you can use your dive watch, and it does all the work for you. I think every dive company has an app that you can download your dive and add the other information you might want to remember. You will also be required to have a certain number of dives or a certain amount of a specific type of dives if you’re going to achieve different levels in the civilian dive world. Also, in most organizations, a minimum number of dives are required for you to keep your pay. If you ever have to prove you have dove, this can help.

By recording the equipment, your log can quickly become a reference to see how much weight you’ll need to descend in a given wetsuit. If you dive in various locations around the world, and in various climates, a dive log takes the guessing out of the equation. Remember to take into account what you are doing and wearing. If the last time you dove you had a 3lb sludge on your back and this time you don’t this will remind you. It never hurts to keep a paper logbook, so you can write in it and store it with your dive gear this way it is always there if needed. Lastly, write down if you had a problem with a piece of equipment. It’s easy to use something once a year and forget that you had a problem with it. Let’s say you had Nav Board that labeled as #3 and it needs to be replaced. So, when you are on deployment, and you go to dive, and you get Nav Board #3 you know to make sure it works, and it doesn’t have the same issues that it had before. Some people get very detailed in their log books others just write the necessary info down. That is up to you as long as you can look back and remember what info will help you out later. Lastly, you don’t have to use a particular book you can use anything as long as you are saving the same info.

Here is a great one, available from

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Ragnar Pocket Series

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Today we are taking a closer look at FirstSpear’s versatile Ragnar pocket suite. Constructed with a full hook backing for fast attachment or removal from any vest using a loop field including the Ragnar Vest, Deceptor, DOV, as well as the Overlap and Adaptive Cummerbund. Ragnar Pockets also work great with absolutely any other bag or pack that features a loop panel.

Today FirstSpear offers a wide range of options from single, double, triple M4, double pistol, admin, radio options, and even a new soft holster. The Ragnar pocket suite is a simple yet effective sustainment solution with the sort of flexibility that allows you to use one system across a variety of profiles. 100% Made in the USA with USA Materials.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Deuter Guide 45+

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Off the success of the Deuter Guide 35+ in Multicam, Deuter and Brigantes are collaborating again in developing a slim and lightweight 45+ version.

The well-designed alpine backpack guarantees absolute robustness, a snug fit and maximum control on demanding tours. The development pack is the perfect companion for particularly tall mountaineers and it features Deuter’s Alpine System and X frame construction. The systems has two flexible softstripe back pads that are perfectly adaptable to the anatomy and follow the wearer’s movements. In combination with the pack’s sleek shape, this keeps the load always close to the centre of gravity, this guaranteeing full pack control.  

The adjustable lid provides additional space and the bottom compartment includes a removable separator for ideal gear access and load placement. The bag is side opening to provide easy access to items and with a stretch compartment on the inside, allows the stowe of sweaty/wet clothing away from other clothing.

The Deuter Guide 45+ removable padded hip belt with Vari Flex System leaves the generous hip fins fully mobile to ensure they follow even the most complex movements, allowing tricky sections to be negotiated without losing balance, especially important when carrying a hefty load.

Added to these features, the attachment loops for helmet holder, ski fixation attachments, attachment loops for ice axe or poles and sternum straps, make this pack the perfect solution for military mountaineering.

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SureFire Field Notes Ep 43 – Zack Harrison of Northern Red, Training VS Practice

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Prior to enlisting in the military, Zack was a history teacher and coach in his hometown of Richmond, Va. For the last ten years, Zack has served in the United States Army. His career has been spent in the Special Operations community at Ft. Bragg, NC. He has been a member on Special Operation detachments and an instructor of US Army Green Berets.

Northern Red LLC is a U.S based, Service-Disable Veteran Owned Small Business founded in 2011 by former US Army Special Operations Veterans and private-sector entrepreneurs. Northern Red is an international risk management firm specializing in high-risk security, training, intelligence operations and information security for public and private sector clients.