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ORWM – Outdoor Knitwear – The Original “Wooly Pully”

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

For those of you old enough to remember the original British issue crew neck Wooly Pully.


In addition to the traditional models, they offer a wide variety of other variants. I can’t say enough good things about wool and I’d love to see these make a resurgence. They are currently looking for US dealers. Contact Steve Martin.

Costa Takes Japan – The Tchotchkes

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Much has been written about Chris Costa’s presence at Peace Combat Fes 2015. What we didn’t realize was that there was so much merchandising. My favorite is the Picatinny figurine.


To see the whole lineup of Costa tchotchkes visit


Saturday, January 10th, 2015


I ran across this on Facebook where it came from imgur. Fancy. Amazing how GIGN is equipped.

h/t spartan117gw

Cult of Costa – Japan Synod

Friday, January 9th, 2015

International Tactical Training Star Chris Costa preaches to masses during his recent trip to Japan’s Peace Combat Fes 2015. There’s a lot going on here. Enjoy!

“Cos-Tah! Cos-Tah!”

Costa Is BIG In Japan

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Chris Costa is a pretty big deal here in the US but he’s never had a reception like the one he received during his recent visit to Japan. Here, Costa struts his stuff in front of eager fans at his welcome party held by host Peace Combat Fes 2015.

New Belt and Harness Systems from CTOMS

Monday, January 5th, 2015

CTOMS had a lot to show me during last month’s SOMSA conference. In addition to the Temba Pack, Pulley, and SlimmerLine IFAK they also showed us their line of Belt and Harness Systems.

M2/G2 Systems

-The desire was to build a lighter and more versatile belt and harness system than the current large buckle and large webbing.
-They started with AustriAlpin designing a 1” buckle where the release tabs were flush with the frame for added safety. CTOMS also switched to their new ‘Pro’ design which claims a redesign with a lower likelihood of inadvertently only securing one side.


-CTOMS belts start with what they call the Chassis.
-This is an adjustable one-size-fits-most carrier for two belt options.
-The chassis fits into most trouser belt loops.
-Hypalon belt loops retain the inner belt.





M2 Inner Belt:

-This is a similar design to their old M-Harness belt with a non-adjustable quick release in the center and a ladder lock adjuster slightly offset. This allows conversion into their patented M2-Harness system.

M2 Leg Loops (seen above):

-These are an improvement to the original design.
-Integrated leg loop padding.
-Lighter 1” webbing.
-Field replaceable shock cord for rear leg loop support straps.

G2 Inner Belt:

-This is simply 1” tubular nylon with end user’s choice of dual adjust ITW SR buckle, or a dual adjust Cobra Buckle. Also available is their dual adjust, but not quick release, Belay Loop Assembly.
-The Belay Loop Assembly can be worn just like a non-quick release riggers belt, but instead of a metal V-ring, it has a soft bely loop clip in point. That belay loop can be slowed in its belay loop keeper to prevent inadvertent snags.


G2 Leg Loops (seen above):

-Shares most design features of the M2 System, but compatible with the CTOMS Belay Loop Assembly.
-This turns your G2 Belt into a traditional style climber’s harness with a belay loop.

T2 Harness:

-2nd generation Turtle Harness
-More comfortable and less likely to stress the stitching on the plate carrier.
-Similar configuration to the M2 System for ease of donning and doffing.
-Integrates into any PALS based plate carrier without interfering or crushing contents of pouches – goes under pouches but over armor.
-Connects to the M2 or G2 Harnesses via the Leg Loops.
-Rapidly adjusts for comfort depending on if the user is walking, in the aircraft or about to go on the hoist.
-Full Class 3 with new over the shoulder straps.

RE Factor Products Available From Platatac

Thursday, January 1st, 2015


RE Factor products are now available through Platatac.

15% Off Agilite Gear for SSD Readers

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Donate Your Used Boots to the ANA Commandos

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Although the war is over for the majority of Americans, it wages on for the Afghan National Army and their advisors.


Advisors we know have been telling us about the state of the Commandos’ footwear.

There was this one mission where we were going in at night to clear some checkpoints that the Taliban had raided. We were stacked tightly with our Afghan partners in a helicopter, late at night. It was probably only about 25 degrees or so. You could just barely make out the white capped mountain peaks as we skipped through the valleys. Snow and ice patches littered the LZ. I looked down to make sure that the laces on my cold weather boots were still tight, and that’s when I noticed that the two dudes in front of me had on plastic shoes and the guy next to him had taped the soles of his boots to his uppers. There were several other Afghan Soldiers with similar footwear. It didn’t matter how cold I got on that mission because I knew that those dudes were colder and probably tougher. Period.

The ANA Commandos are generally well equipped but their boots aren’t built to our standards and many of them are wearing footwear that is taped back together as well as running shoes, flip flops and even plastic shoes purchased at the market. This is making it difficult for them to make movements over rough terrain.

It’s tough to kick doors when you’re wearing flip flops. They need gently worn desert and mountain boots in sizes 7-10 to help get these guys back in the fight.

Tactical Tailor has agreed to accept the boots and transship them to their recipients in the ANA.

Tactical Tailor
ANA Boots
2916 107 ST S
Lakewood, WA 98499

ADS Inc Introduces International Catalog

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014


Check out the ADS Inc International Catalog to see examples of how they are supporting capability definition and development across 107 countries worldwide. It’s a great time of your for them to release this. It’s like the old Christmas wish books from when I was a child.