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TNVC – Wilcox FLIR M24 Recon Helmet Mount Adapter

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


Wilcox Industries has developed a helmet mount adapter for the popular FLIR Recon M24 Thermal Monocular. Precision machined from lightweight aerospace aluminum, the FLIR Recon mount comes complete with interfaces for both dovetail and bayonet horn helmet mounts, which can be swapped without tools.

A dovetail shoe bolts to the 1/4-20 threaded insert in the FLIR M24, providing a low profile interface for the mount adapter. The adapter arm provides interpupillary adjustment, while the vertical, fore/aft, and tilt adjustment is handled by the helmet mount. The FLIR Recon mount can be assembled in either left or right eye configurations.

SOFIC 2014 – Revision Military

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Revision Military is debuting two new products at this year’s SOFIC, the Expanded Batlskin Head Protection System, and the Prowler Military dermoskeleton which was developed in collaboration with B-TEMIA Inc.


Batlskin Viper Front Mount

Revision’s Viper Front Mount features an interchangeable center piece system which allows the user to swap the receiver component and utilize various NVG interface plates. The Front Mount also acts as the MPAS platform, allowing integration of the full line of Batlskin Viper components such as the Interlocking Long Rails and Mandible Guards.


Batlskin Viper Interlocking Long Rails

Revision’s Viper Interlocking Long Rails attach to the Front Mount and allow for quick and easy attachment of cameras, lights, and other head borne accessories. The rails are sized specifically to fit small, medium, large, or extra-large helmets. Now available to order.


Batlskin Viper High Cut Helmets

Revision’s Viper A1 and P2 High Cut Helmets are designed for optimal compatibility with communications headsets. The ACH-shaped Viper A1 High Cut is now available in all sizes. The Viper P2 High Cut will be available in early Summer.


Batlskin Viper Three-Position Visor

Revision’s Viper Three-Position visor clips into the Front Mount with a simple, one-handed movement, and can be worn in three configurations: locked, vented, or up. The Visor features high-impact protection and maximum field-of-view while remaining scratch, fog, and chemical resistant. An optional gasket provides a seal between the Visor and helmet. The Viper Visor will be available in early June.


Batlskin Viper Mandible Guards

Revision’s updated Mandible Guard provides best-in-class lower-face protection in a strapless design that’s lightweight and quickly attaches to the Front Mount without the use of tools. The Guard is easily tilted downwards in varying degrees from improved sight compatibility, eating, and drinking. Pressing the mandible against the chest resets it to its original position. The Mandible Guard will be available in early Summer.


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Prowler Augmentation System

The B-TEMIA / Revision Prowler is a near skin, lower body motorized soldier protection device worn on both legs. It is designed to increase the metabolic energy reserve of soldiers while preventing short and long term musculoskeletal injuries. The Prowler distributes the load across the entire body from the upper body to the lower legs, circumventing the load around the knee joint which is proven to reduce applied stress to the knee by 1/3 under combat load conditions. The Prowler has been tested through the US Army NSRDEC Human Augmentation Program and SOCOM’s TALOS Program.

SOFIC 2014 – Polaris Industries

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

This was a real shocker. Polaris Industries recently started working with a composites company named M9 Defense. Aside from vehicle armor, they also came up with a new helmet in response to a USSOCOM Broad Agency Announcement.


The Lightweight Tactical Helmet boasts an aerial density of less than 2 lbs psf, yet defeats 7.62×39 threats with a Back Face Deformation of <25.4 mm front and back and 16 mm side and crown.

No Wonder They Lost – A Revisit

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We recently posted photos from our trip to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, and in the comments section, one of our readers asked what the deal with the “…Darth Vader looking Republican Guard helmet” was. Way back in 2009, we ran a brief article on the helmet, which was worn by Sadaam’s “elite” Fedayeen forces. Since it has been asked, it’s now perfect time for a revisit.

Some of you may remember the Darth Vaderesque helmet worn by troops in Sadaam’s “elite” Fedayeen forces. Apparently manufactured from fiber glass it saw only limited issue. Perhaps the idea behind the helmet was to make the enemy pause to say, “WTF?” giving the wearer enough time to run away. A badge with the words “The Lord, The Homeland, The Leader” was affixed to the side of the helmet. They bring top dollar in the collector’s market.

Iraqi "Vader" Helmet

A Spanish collector’s site has an excellent backgrounder on the helmet. Check it out here.

Warrior Expo – Adams Industries/Norotos Inc RHNO II Helmet Mount

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Adams Industries shared their booth with the guys from Norotos, makers of night vision mounting systems. Based in Southern California, I enjoying seeing them each year at Warrior West. They’re both great companies with great products. You’ve probably seen one of Norotos’ shrouds such as the Universal Shroud. Last year, they won part of the Army helmet mount contract with the RHNO II seen here. Yes, it is being delivered in this Grey metal color.


The single most important thing about this mount is that the patented “Glide-right” mechanism is infinitely adjustable within the limits of its range in both the vertical and horizontal planes. No more notches. You can get the device exactly where you want it.


Above you can see the Dovetail Mounting System in a Universal Shroud. It is available in both Horn (J arm) and Dovetail versions.

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.)