Soldier Systems
5.11 Tactical
Categories About Us EmailArchives Home Tactical Fanboy Soldier Sytems Home

Archive for the ‘Industry’ Category

The Safariland Group Appoints Chad Appleby As Vice President, Tax

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Safariland Group has recently appointed Chad Appleby as the Vice President, Tax. The full release can be read below:


Appleby to focus on global tax strategy and tax operations

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Safariland Group (“the Company”), a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, announced today that Chad Appleby has joined the Company as the Vice President, Tax based in Jacksonville, Florida. Appleby will be responsible for leading the global tax strategy and tax operations of the Company and will report to Scott Harris, Chief Financial Officer. Appleby is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years of experience working on a wide range of domestic and international tax matters.

“Chad joins The Safariland Group at a pivotal time as we continue to execute our plan for growth through acquisitions and international expansion,” said Scott O’Brien, President. “We are looking forward to Chad’s involvement and leadership managing the complex tax issues and tax planning opportunities we face across the Company’s global operations.”

Appleby joins the Company after spending the last nine years leading the tax department as the Senior Director, Income Tax at PSS World Medical, Inc. a publicly traded distributor of medical supplies and equipment. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility in the Denver, CO; Honolulu, HI; and Jacksonville, FL offices of KPMG (the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm) advising clients on all areas of tax planning, reporting, and compliance. Appleby received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin and his Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program.

“I’m thrilled to join The Safariland Group’s financial leadership team,” said Appleby. “The Company has a proven track record in the public safety market and has a solid plan for growth. I look forward to contributing to its continued advancements both in the US and internationally.”

For more information about The Safariland Group, visit

LBX Tactical Launches New Website

Thursday, October 9th, 2014


LBX Tactical has launched a new webpage that allows visitors to purchase from both and with single checkout capability.

Additionally, if you register with the website, you will qualify for a discount.

Vickers Tactical Partners With CCW Safe

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

It was announced today that Larry Vickers and Vickers Tactical has partnered with CCW Safe. CCW Safe is a legal services membership plan that provides attorneys, investigators, and expert witnesses to its concealed carry permit holder members.

You can read the full release here:

KRISS Group To Release Licensed War Sport LVOA Rifles Through KRYTAC

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

If you’re wondering why we’re posting news about airsoft rifles on SSD, it’s because this presents a scenario where a gun company is preemptively licensing their designs for airsoft rather than let others copy them. It’s a smart move.


KRISS Group SA officially entered into a trademark licensing agreement with War Sport Industries, LLC to produce the LVOA rifles, in .22 LR and 6mm, through its training and recreational shooting products brand, KRYTAC.

October 7, 2014 – Nyon, Switzerland – KRISS Group has entered into a worldwide license agreement with War Sport Industries, LLC to manufacture and distribute .22 LR and electric airsoft LVOA rifles under KRISS Group’s KRYTAC brand.

The agreement between KRISS Group and War Sport Industries represents an important step forward for KRYTAC to produce affordable training solutions based on innovative firearm products. The LVOA’s advanced design compliments the KRYTAC rifle product line with its unique silhouette and reputation for excellence.

“War Sport Industries is very excited to be partnering with KRISS Group SA in the LVOAtm trademark licensing agreement for the KRYTACtm and .22 LR product lines. The partnership brings two very innovative and “out of the box” manufacturers together to offer both training and recreational shooting products known as KRYTAC,” said Joey Boswell, CEO of War Sport Industries, LLC.

The KRYTAC LVOA .22 LR is intended to become the affordable shooting alternative for the range day enthusiast and tactical trainer by replicating the form and function of the 5.56mm LVOA rifles. The KRYTAC LVOA AEG (Airsoft Electric Gun) will provide shooters with a low impact, non-lethal training solution and replicate many of the same features of the War Sport LVOA rifles. It will be powered by the KRYTAC Nautilus 8mm Reinforced Gearbox.

The KRYTAC LVOA .22 LR and AEG are targeted for 2015. Release dates and pricing will be announced at the 2015 Shot Show Exhibition in Las Vegas, USA.

MMI Textiles And Hyde Definition Create A Partnership For Production And Distribution Of The PenCott™ Brand Of Camouflage For Domestic And International Military And Commercial Markets

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

WESTLAKE, OHIO, USA, OCTOBER 7, 2014 – MMI Textiles introduces Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ family of patterns into its strong portfolio of military textile products. The PenCott™ inventory will initially consist of the BadLands™, GreenZone™, SandStorm™ and SnowDrift™ patterns on 500D Cordura, Nylon-Cotton Ripstop, and 50D Polyester fabrics – all printed and finished to meet US milspec nIR standards. Future production will also expand to include Asia for delivery to our customers who manufacture their end products in the Far East. Additional fabric and fabric-based substrates will be added to the portfolio as well – some of which will also leverage new printing technologies.

PenCott family 500D Cordura

Increased availability of PenCott™ patterns, with commitment from the MMI Team

MMI has always had a strong commitment to the US armed forces, and many of our international customers also seek quality products that have been manufactured to US standards. We have over 30 years of experience in the military market producing cotton, nylon, polyester and blended fabrics. The PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns greatly enhances our existing product offering and we are excited to have this opportunity to increase sales and marketing efforts for this newly created partnership. For further information about the PenCott™ patterns, please visit and/or the PenCott™ Facebook page at:

PenCott™ – Mission Critical Camouflage: the science behind the solution

The development of the PenCott™ pattern began in 2005 as a result of Dom Hyde noting that virtually all current-issue military camouflage patterns for clothing were ineffective in many environments and missions in a post 9/11 world. Dom’s decades of studying and experimenting with thousands of camouflage designs and the direct result of several years of independent research and development has gone into the creation of PenCott™.

The 360° pattern geometry – with the inclusion of large, medium and small fractal shapes – makes the PenCott™ patterns effective at close, mid and long range; and because of its non-linear orientation, the full effectiveness of the pattern is retained whether the wearer is standing, kneeling or prone.

LVOA Perfomance

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


These photos from Richard King Photography show what appears to be War Sport Industries‘ latest venture; performance automobiles. They aren’t the only ones. It seems that guns and cars definitely go together. Numerous companies have undertaken vehicle projects.

Layin’ down tracks…


This Pack Found At Walmart Looks Very Familiar

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We received a message Friday about a new line of tactical at gear at Walmart. The SOG line appears to be from SOG Specialty Knives & Tools but they aren’t available through their website, only through Walmart. Although there are numerous clones in the line, we decided to concentrate on the SOG Squadron Pack which bears a striking resemblance to the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 backpack.

SOG Squadron Pack

Essentially, both are about the same size and serve the same purpose as backpacks but we don’t believe that the 5.11 Tactical product is patented. Instead, we see something amiss that is going to start showing up a lot; Trade Dress. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s a form of intellectual property. Trade dress is a legal term of art that generally refers to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging that signify the source of the product to consumers.

Pack Comparison

As you can see, aside from the overall look of the packs, there are several features in particular that are the same. What remains to be seen is if 5.11 Tactical has noticed (we are pretty sure they will after this story) and what, if anything they might do about it.

Violent Little Machine Shop Names Evan Rommel As Executive Operations Commander

Monday, September 29th, 2014

This is an announcement from Violent Little Machine Shop regarding the recent appointment of Evan Rommel as their Executive Operations Commander. The full release can be read below.

We’re proud to announce that Evan Rommel has been brought on-board as the new Operations Commander of Violent Little Machine Shop. Having spent the majority of his military career in Virginia Beach, Evan comes to the Violent Little Machine Shop in beautiful Ketchum, Idaho after retiring from 20 years of (mostly) proud Naval service, with his last eleven years served at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Evan brings to the Violent Little arsenal an impressive military operational background, extensive product development skills, and exceptional, proven leadership. His new role at Violent Little will include overseeing our prestigious worldwide operations, product development, and all sorts of other “ill-shit.”

“Its a privilege to bring Evan on-board,” proclaimed Yanne Root, founder of Violent Little. “His impact has been immediate. There isn’t a person in this country right now that can even touch the amount of evil-genius-creativity that a guy like this brings to the table. I mean, have you seen this guy’s patches…they’re insane. He’s a real “A” player!”

Rommel excitedly spoke of his new duties at the company: “Violent Little is a force of nature; they’re a phenomenon. And I don’t mean that in a good way. My first order of business will be to shake up the management… figure out who goes and who stays. I’m really looking forward to making the rounds and getting everybody on-board with MY vision and direction that I’m going to take this company. I couldn’t be any happier to join the team!”

“Wait… what?” replied Root.

Join us in welcoming Evan to the Violent Little Crew! Notes of congratulations can be sent to

The Hook and Loop Society – I Like It!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

I received a mystery package today from ITS Tactical. It contained a patch with a Hook and the letters, “HLS”.


Fortunately, the package also contained a wax sealed letter written on parchment from Bryan Black himself, inviting me to join the Hook and Loop Society.


Promising “a community dedicated to the quality and design of morale patches” I’ve got to say, he’s got my attention.

The Safariland Group Achieves Three Million Hours Worked With Zero Recordable Injuries

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Safariland Group, named one of America’s Safest Companies, announced today that it has achieved an aggregate 3.2 million hours worked without a recordable injury. Associates in Jacksonville, Florida have exceeded more than one million production hours without a recordable injury while Tijuana, Mexico associates surpassed more than two million production hours, both accumulating to achieve this distinction. As a company committed to saving military and law enforcement officers’ lives with ballistic vests, holsters, duty gear, bomb-disposal suits and more, The Safariland Group continues to distinguish itself with an emphasis on the safety of their own associates with world-class safety procedures in place.

The Safariland Group initiated its corporate safety program five years ago, and in 2013, Safariland, LLC was named one of “America’s Safest Companies” (ASC) by EHS Today for providing a safe work environment and demonstrating low injury rates that few companies achieve. In fact, while the standard total recordable case (TRC) injury rate of .75 is considered “world class,” The Safariland Group facilities around the world are operating well below this U.S. standard.

According to an article published in September of 2013, “Companies that are named to EHS Today’s ASC list understand the symbiotic relationship between safety and productivity, profits, morale and employee retention,” said Sandy Smith, editor in chief of EHS Today. “The marketplace is demanding that companies be sustainable, and they only should be considered sustainable if they protect their most important asset: employees.”

Today, included in its comprehensive safety program, The Safariland Group associates are involved in stretching programs to address potential ergonomic issues and are trained to identify risks which may potentially cause injuries. Further, with safety tips posted visibly throughout the facilities and encouragement from the leadership team, associates have been empowered to raise a “red flag” if a concern is noted. “With this element of our safety program, we’ve empowered our associates to stop production if, at any moment, they feel unsafe or see a potential danger,” said Pat Ross, Director of Safety, Health, Environmental Security and Risk Management for The Safariland Group. “Conversely, this program also encourages associates to call out good behavior with incentives tied to it. By giving our associates the right to put their and their colleague’s safety first, they now have created a safer working environment for each other. It is very rare to work for a company that has exceeded one million hours of production without a single recordable injury. We are so pleased to know that we come to work in a safe environment each day.”

Stated Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, “Our entire company culture is built around saving lives; it’s why we come to work every day. It was only natural to ensure that the same type of attention our associates place on the lives of others was built into our own operating procedures. We’ve always strived for a safe workplace environment, so implementing a program with strategic safety goals and key measurement factors was the next logical step for us.”

The Safariland Group safe practices, including designated safe working parameters, are implemented throughout its facilities. The Jacksonville facility houses production for concealable ballistic vests, firearms cleaning solutions and forensics equipment. Similarly, Tijuana associates are safe and ergonomically-correct manufacturers for automotive accessories, ballistic vests and duty gear equipment. Consisting of 12 locations, The Safariland Group is a growing company and is determined to continue to pursue innovative solutions to safety challenges.

The Safariland Group is celebrating 50 years in business in 2014. For more information about The Safariland Group and its life-saving products, visit or follow The Safariland Group on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.