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Wilcox – L4 Series Hybrid Shroud

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


Wilcox’s L4 Series Hybrid Shroud was developed to allow the user to attach any of Wilcox’s L4 Series line of MVG mounts onto a helmet with either the One-Hole U.S. Army standard or Three-Hole MARSOC/WARCOM mount patterns. In the case of One-Hole helmets, the additional gaps in the housing can be filled with rubber plugs which keep the shroud from collecting dirt and debris. A rubber insert sandwiched between the helmet and shroud stabilizes the shroud body, particularly in cases when the One-Hole mount is utilized. Constructed of lightweight aerospace aluminum alloy and glass-reinforced polymer, the shroud is low profile and durable, yet weighs in at only 1.6 oz.

The Hybrid Shroud features four recesses molded into the sides of the polymer frame, hook points for bungees such as those found on the Ops Core FAST helmets and the Crye Precision AirFrame. The two lower recesses are molded to accept cable/cord pass through. The Hybrid Shroud also accommodates the optional retractable NVG lanyard system.

Available in Black and Tan.

TNVC – Iron Forged Concepts SARA Adapter

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

In this video, Chip goes over the Iron Forged Concepts SARA Adapter, a product designed for helmet mounting SA Sordins or TCI Liberator ear pro.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Get Your Head Right

Friday, March 7th, 2014

This Friday we are going to focus on FirstSpear’s products that relate to helmets.

Helmet Cover

FirstSpear offers three different helmet cover models; for the ops-Core family of FAST helmets, there are versions made from both softshell material and hybrid mesh/softshell material as well as a hybrid model for the MICH/ACH. All offer Velcro for ID patches and protect the helmet from bumps and enhance camouflage. Available in a variety of colors.

Helmet Battery Pack

The FS Helmet Battery Pack serves dual duty as on-helmet battery storage as well as use as a counterweight. Made from softshell, it is Velcro backed in order to attach to a helmet cover. Offered in Black, Ranger Green,Coyote and MultiCam.

NVG Pocket

FirstSpear’s NVG Pocket is different because it carries your Binocular and Monocular NVGs with the mount attached. Plus, there’s room for batteries and other accessories. Available in Black, Ranger Green,Coyote and MultiCam with 6/9 or 6/12 attachment.

Eye Pro Field Case


This pouch is designed for use as a stand alone case for your eye pro but can also be attached to MOLLE platforms. The insert is custom cut to hold your second set of lenses and can be customized by FirstSpear for other fragile items like medicine vials, syringes etc. Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam with 6/9 and 6/12 attachments.

Helmet Hut


The Helmet Hut is one of my favorite FirstSpear products. Helmets, ear pro, NVGs and accessories are expensive and this padded case is a great way to store and transport them. It features a U-shaped 3/4 opening zipper so you can get at your kit as well as internal storage pockets. Available in Black, Coyote, Khaki, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Warrior Expo – Wilcox Industries

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


Dual Powered Aviation Mount or DPAM is the latest thing from Wilcox Ind. Designed as a replacement for the issue plastic ANVIS mount, it is manufactured from Aircraft grade aluminum and glass filled polymer. In addition to internal power it also offers a low power indicator option. Naturally, it can also connect to the issue rear mounted battery pack.


It connects via an adapter to standard NVG shrouds. Additionally, they have introduced a shroud for the HGU-56/P helmet.

Attention Ops-Core: These Photos Are Keepers

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

First, we see Chief of Staff of the Army GEN Ray Odierno donning an Ops-Core Maritime FAST Helmet as he prepares to observe a live fire demo by members of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA.

Rangers from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment assist U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno dawn his protective gear and communication system during his visit to Fort Hunter Liggett, CA Jan. 31, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez/ Released)

Next, he is out in the field, kitted out. I also dig that the CSA is wearing the Operational Camouflage Pattern even though it is a CONUS training exercise.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (left) observes as the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment conducts a live fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA Jan. 31, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez/ Released)

On the other hand, we have this photo taken at a different time and place, of the Commander-in-Chief, President Obama wearing an ACH with the worst cover I have ever seen. If looking cool is winning, then GEN Odierno is taking home the trophy. The POTUS? Well, maybe that’s what happens when you hang out with Marines.
What a Helmet
(Thanks Feral Jundi for the heads up on the POTUS helmet.)

Three Sixty Corporation – Advanced Combat Helmet Light (ACHL)

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The ACHL helmet light from Three Sixty Corporation is a tactical, lightweight center-mounted, multiple-output helmet light. It features four white LEDs, two red LEDs, one blue lens for medical personnel, and a blackout cover.


The ACHL features a durable, lightweight polymer body. The weight of the ACHL is only 1.25 oz, and is powered by a single CR2 3V battery. It is capable of producing 35.2 lumens with a runtime of 8.9 hours, and 6.2 lumens of red flood light with a run time of 25.6 hours.

The white LEDs function as general-purpose, immediate work area illumination. The red secondary LEDs provide center-mounted illumination without producing a large light signature. The blackout cover slides into place for adjusting the amount of light used, or eliminating light entirely.

The ACHL is designed to attach to any Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH) and Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) via the included centrally located mount. With this mount, the light can be rotated 360 degrees, and can also be quickly removed from the mount by removing the battery cap. The ACHL also comes with a lightweight headband, eliminating the need for a separate quick-use headlamp.

Currently available for pre-order.

TNVC Introduces Helmet Builder Program

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The ultimate in helmet customization is here. You chose your base shell and accessories. Configure your helmet the way you want it. TNVC has assembled the most popular components for this program. Shells are NIJ Level IIIa equivalent in TC-2000/2001/2002 cuts.


TNVC is extremely excited to announce the launch of our Helmet Builder program. Helmet Builder allows customers to design their own ballistic ACH/MICH Helmet from the shell on up and purchase it for less than the cost of the individual parts. This provides a substantial value and savings to the end-user because it allows them to get everything they need and nothing they don’t.

Customers start with a basic NIJ IIIA Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) shell made by Rabintex in Israel. Rabintex has been making high quality ballistic protective equipment for over 60 years and is among the leading manufacturers of ballistic helmets worldwide. From there, customers add NVG Shrouds, Mounts, Pads/Liners, Chin Straps, and Rail Systems from industry-leading manufacturers; Wilcox, Norotos, Ops Core, and Team Wendy, to build their Custom Helmet Solution.

TNVC is dedicated to providing its customers the highest grade gear for all their low-light/no-light needs. Helmets are an essential element to the use of Night Vision Goggles. Helmet Builder allows you to create the best platform for your individual needs at a substantial savings!

SHOT Show – 3M / Ceradyne

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Back during AUSA we told you about 3M Ceradyne’s new Ballistic Bump Helmet. At SHOT Show we got to take a glimpse of their 3 helmet system.


Specifically, they are offering a Ballistic Bump Helmet for those who will use their helmet for bump protection but require basic ballistic protection. The aerial density 1.1 psf. There is also a Tactical Ballistic Helmet that offers ACH level protection at 1.65 psf and a Extreme Ballistic Helmet that offers Rifle threat level protection at 2.1 psf aerial density.


It’s a high cut helmet with a proprietary rail system and Wilcox shroud. The rail easily integrates another 3M product, the Peltor Comtac headset. The suspension can be configured based on customer requirements.


Look for more info soon.

SHOT Show – Crye Precision

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Once you see what Crye has on hand as well as their Six12 project, some will just throw their hands up in defeat and wonder why they even bothered to show up. But most will accept the challenge and up their game.

Crye Precision has delved into new areas and continues to remain out on the cutting edge.

First off are the new patterns. On the left you have Arid pattern and on the right Tropical.


Next up, three new jackets for Spring.

FieldShell 2

They’ve redesigned the fit lock on the fieldshell.

Loft Jacket

The loft jacket is an insulated softshell with stretchy side panels and thumb hole cuffs. It also features a stowable, low-profile hood.

LWF Jacket

The lightweight fleece jacket is the first use of this new printed softshells with fleece interior.

LEO1 Pants


The LEO1 Pant was created to offer a low-cost alternative to the combat pant for law enforcement. While the stretch panels are not on this pant, the fit block is said to be well suited to mobility. The LEO offers the Crye knee pad and the front and side cargo pockets are integrated into a single piece to lower cost.




Hitcoat is a two component system designed for LE that incorporates a vest and a sleeves. You may note that the vest offers an offset zippered, front closure.


The sleeve component is a single, integrated unit that offers armor and shoulder and elbow protection.



Sizing will be similar to the combat shirt.



SmartPouch Suite

This is a real gem. Crye Precision looked at the Operator’s load and designed a suite of pouches that can be used for several different purposes.


For attachments, each pouch has a sleeve for use with AVS that will also accommodate a 2″ belt as well as PALS compatibility.


More on these soon.



They updated the yoke for the Adaptive Vest System.


Fieldsuit and Combatsuit


The Fieldsuit and Combat suit were designed for airborne operations,


They found that by offsetting the front zipper, they could keep the suit from riding up.


Airframe ATX


The Airframe ATX is an aramid option for the helmet.

And now what you’ve all been waiting for…Six12


Six12 is a modular, compact shotgun system that utilizes a rotary magazine ala a revolver.


Designed as an answer for the breacher, the patent pending system can be used standalone or attached to a carbine. As it is, the bull pup design a perfectly legal length. However, there is a short barreled NFA variant available for use with SBRs.


The compact design gives the breacher additional breaching rounds in a package that is integrated into his carbine, increasing both lethality and survivability.

Here, you can see the removable magazine.


Look for it by Christmas.

MTek Introducing Helmet and Armor Plates at SHOT Show

Monday, January 13th, 2014