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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.

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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.

www.xshellhelmets.com

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

www.wilcoxind.com/L4-Series-Hybrid-Shroud-P166

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.

tnvc.com/shop/sara-sordin-arc-rail-adapter-gen2

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

www.First-Spear.com

Warrior Expo – Wilcox Industries

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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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.

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

www.wilcoxind.com

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.

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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.
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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.
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(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.

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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.

threesixtycorp.com/product/advanced-combat-helmet-light-achl

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.

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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!

tnvc.com/helmet-builder