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Hill People Gear – M2016 Butt Pack

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Hill People Gear has answered the requests of customers and persuasive friends with an updated version of the venerable M1956 / M1967 military butt pack. For many in the US, a moldy military surplus M1967 on an alice belt with a couple of canteen pouches (and sheath knife if you were lucky!) was a first field setup and still holds a special place.

Just like the originals, the M2016 Butt Pack can be used as a shoulder bag or mounted on a belt with or without H-Harness. Unlike the original, HPG’s new offering is also designed to mount securely on the top of a full sized pack as a floating and compressible top pocket. It comes with a shoulder strap with other carriage options offered separately.

The exterior has 4 different surfaces comprised of FirstSpear’s proprietary 6/12 PALS grid fabric. There are both top and bottom compression straps for adding additional items. The interior is accessed via a full panel opening secured with a #10 zipper and additionally protected with side release buckles. Internal organization consists of a full 6/12 velcro / PALS field next to the removable HDPE frame sheet and a mesh zippered pocket opposite that.

I love their videos which not only inform you about the product but also have a travelogue vibe.

The Hill People Gear M2016 Butt Pack will be available in mid-November for $135 in two-tone ranger green / khaki and two tone manatee grey / foliage grey. To be notified when it is available, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. Please specify color choice.

MDM – Berry Compliant Pouch for Magpul D-60 Magazine

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Earlier this year Magpul came out with a MOLLE compatible pouch for their D-60 Drum Magazine.  Immediately, customers started asking for a Made in USA version.  Magpul listened and made it happen.  Look for these very soon.


MDM – 5.11 Tactical’s HEXGRID

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

5.11 Tactical is displaying a production version of their HEXGRID plate carrier at Modern Day Marine. We first saw this awhile ago with a preproduction model showing up at SHOT Show.

The proprietary material is cut with PALS Hexagonal holes which accepts pouches not only up and down but on angles as well.

The plates are covered with Cordura bags for protection and held within the HEXGRID carrier.

The carrier itself is a simple affair with optional shoulder strap covers. That’s right, it’s 5.11 Tactical, but that ‘Made in USA’ tag is real.


Ghost Army Tactical – Ripcord Belt

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Some of you might be interested in this. Ghost Army Tactical is a local shop to us and every once in awhile offers custom products, like the Ripcord Belt.

It’s made from 100% genuine military “para-loft rigger” material; riggers webbing (looks like Type 8), yellow static line, harness buckle and ring. Size Small (30-34) Medium (34-38) Large (38-42) and custom sized for the bigger boys.


Armageddon Gear – Kestrel Pocket

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Kestrel Pocket is purpose-built to securely protect your weather meter against bumps, scratches, dirt and debris. Your meter will ride snugly in a soft, fuzzy, and padded inner layer housed within a Cordura covered hard plastic outer shell. Webbing loop provides a convenient way to attach an ITW Tac Link or other tie-down so you don’t lose your gear. Like everything Armageddon Gear manufactures, the Kestrel Pocket is made in the USA!

(photo courtesy of Mike Mangum)


MATBOCK Monday || Shield IFAK Pouch

Monday, September 19th, 2016

This is MATBOCK’s Shield IFAK Pouch. Designed for the Phokus Research Shield kit or any similarly sized IFAK, it features a single tab pull system that will extract the kit halfway from the pouch for easy access for the operator without fear of having the kit fall out of the pouch. Made from MATBOCK’s Ghost Lite material, it is extremely lightweight and features a drain hole at the bottom to ensure zero weight gain when exposed to wet environments.

The pictures are of pre-production prototyoes and show 1 inch webbing used for MOLLE and belt attachments, but these have been switched to 3/4″ webbing so that the pouch will fit on just 2 rows of MOLLE.

Available in MultiCam (shipping in 2 weeks) while Tan and Black colors are expected in the near future.

Buy now at www.matbock.com/products/shield-single-pull-pouch.

Mean Gene Leather – Hot Tamale

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The MGL “Hot Tamale” Less-Lethal Coin Purse. Simplicity in action.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Tactical Patrolling Harness

Friday, September 9th, 2016


For this week’s Friday Focus, we’re taking a look at the Tactical Patrolling Harness. The Tactical Patrolling Harness is based on FirstSpear’s Patrolling Suspenders, and provides users with a lightweight load-carrying option as it utilizes the 6/12 pocket attachment system.

The Tactical patrolling Harness is available in the following colors: Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green. Sizes Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large.

www.first-spear.com – Tactical Patrolling Harness 6/12


Additionally, the MOLLE variant of the Tactical Patrolling Harness is a discontinued item, and all current stock is going for 50% off list price.

www.first-spear.com – Tactical Patrolling Harness MOLLE