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Platatac – Helium Whisper Backed Pouches

Thursday, September 18th, 2014


Platatac has released a series of pouches with BFG Helium Whisper backers, offering a weight reduction of up to 60% versus traditional pouches. Currently, Platatac is offering magazine, medical, GPS pouches, and their popular KS pouch, with the Helium Whisper backers. Platatac plans to expand their HW line including radio, frag, and admin pouches in the near future.

Platatac pouches are made in Australia.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – New Fight Straps for Subguns

Friday, September 12th, 2014


The Fight Strap is the bandoleer you always wanted. This isn’t some cheapo, disposable envelope for your ammo. Instead, it’s a purpose built means to keep all of your magazines organized. The original models accommodate 5 magazines of 30-round 5.56, 20-round 7.62 NATO or 30-round 7.62 x 39.


The Fight Strap is designed to fit as a component in several of FirstSpear’s storage and transport bags. What’s more, it just so happens to serve additional duty as a handy carrier for loaded magazines with its integral shoulder and waist straps. It’s not a chest rig, but it will do in a pinch and is great for taking extra mags up on the line during range sessions.

Now, FirstSpear has added three new Fight Strap models for three new ones for MP-5, UMP, and P90.


Offered in Black, Khaki, Coyote, Ranger Green, MultiCam. Get this, for SSD readers, if you buy any Fight Strap, get FREE domestic ground and APO/FPO shipping on your entire order.


Shellback Tactical – Banshee Plate Carrier In Operator Grey

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


Shellback Tactical has just announced that the Banshee Plate Carrier is now available in Operator Grey. This joins the recent update to the Banshee now being manufactured using 500D Cordura nylon as well as the inclusion of lightweight shoulder pads.

Shellback Tactical – Banshee Plate Carrier Now Available in A-TACS LE

Sunday, September 7th, 2014


Shellback Tactical has just announced that the Banshee Plate Carrier is now available in A-TACS LE. This joins the recent update to the Banshee now being manufactured using 500D Cordura nylon as well as the inclusion of lightweight shoulder pads.

SORD – Tactical Exploitation Dump

Friday, September 5th, 2014


SORD’s Tactical Exploitation Dump (TED) is a lightweight multi-purpose dump pouch intended primarily with tactical entry and exploitation teams in mind. Designed to attach to any SORD platform by use of the Velcro sandwich closure on the bottom edge, the TED can be rolled up and stowed with a single 25mm side release buckle. Additional features include an elastic draw cord closure and elastic stowage tabs for entry/exploitation tools and other MEI.

Available in MultiCam.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Double and Triple M4 Speed Reloads with Pistol Pockets

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Each week, SSD takes a look at a FirstSpear product during our Friday Focus series. This time, we are showing another item from their “Non-Stocking Non-Standard” category. These Double and Triple M4 Speed Reloads with Pistol Pockets incorporate a pistol magazine pocket sewn onto each M4 pocket.

FS Double and Triple M4 Speed Reloads with Pistol Pockets

The pockets were built at the request of a Federal Special Operations Group and FS ended up running a batch in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote, and MultiCam. M4 pockets are FS speed reloads featuring stiffened inserts and the pistol pockets are sewn on (fits single stack .45 all the way up to double stack HK .45) and have an optional full flap or FS speed reload tab which can be configured by the user.

Currently available only in 6/9™ attachment style. While supplies last.

LAPD Approves S.O.Tech’s Cobra SIS Vest

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Cool news for S.O.Tech.


CARSON, CA - S.O. Tech, Inc./Special Operations Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that its COBRA SIS Vest has been recently approved by the Los Angeles Police Department.


The Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Special Investigation Section (SIS) has spearheaded the development of game-changing tactics to make our nation’s streets safe. Gone are the days of detectives in police windbreakers waiting as a suspect barricades himself and SWAT arrives for a long standoff. SIS officers worked with S.O. Tech staff on the design of the COBRA armor carrier to quickly throw on over undercover clothing from a surveillance posture. The vest is also designed for maximum mobility to apprehend perpetrators in travel mode and the pouch placement follows the order of use and accessibility. “It was an amazing experience to assist SIS operators in translating their decades of tactical experience into a vest system that represents a true change in law enforcement tactics.” said Jim Cragg, President and CEO of S.O. Tech.


The pinnacle feature of the vest is its panel waste attachment system which allows the vest to be hung over a car seat then quickly pulled on and snapped into place. Built to order and adjustable for fit, the vest has a non-skid upper chest to keep the weapon secure while aiming and firing and includes a Velcro®-secured cummerbund to keep the vest from shifting. Made in the USA, the COBRA SIS vest can carry both soft armor and plates, has a built-in weapon sling and is made of 1000D Cordura® nylon for supreme durability. The vest is versatile and can accept other SO Tech products such as: First Aid Kits (which mounts out of the way in the lower back), an array of tactical pouches and holsters, a “Go Bag”, a bandolier and various patches.

FS Friday Focus – Partner Series – SKD Tactical

Friday, August 29th, 2014

FS OEM Partner Series - SKD

Occasionally in the FirstSpear Friday Focus we take a look at their OEM partners. This time, we’ll examine SKD Tactical and one of the pieces of kit FirstSpear builds for them: the STT Plate Carrier.


This particular STT is quite special. It’s a one-of-a-kind version in Kryptek Highlander. One-of-a-kind, as in you can’t purchase it. However, you can win it, in a Facebook contest, but more on that later. Now, on to some really cool background.

What drove SKD to get into products manufacturing versus just being another retailer?
When we first got involved in the Tactical gear market in 1999, we recognized pretty early that there were a lot of things that could be done to improve existing product designs. While technology was advancing products in other industries at breakneck speed, tactical gear was still pretty much some modified derivative of LBE’s or RACK systems. Our first step into “making” gear was getting Eagle Industries to modify the Paul Howe Universal Chest Rig for us. After that initial success, we realized that we could differentiate ourselves in the market by modifying and improving other products we already carried. This led to the easy transition of designing our own gear from the ground up. When tactical gear innovation really started exploding during OIF/OEF, we were well positioned to be able to take part in the new wave of gear designs.

Why “made in America?”
Making our gear here is woven into our identity. We as a nation have lost the quality edge on a lot of different product segments to overseas manufacturing, but America is still the best in the world at designing and manufacturing tactical gear. This is an undisputed fact. With partners like FirstSpear, continuing to make quality gear in the US is what we intend on doing for as long as long as we remain in business.

How did the relationship between SKD and FirstSpear begin?
Our relationship with FirstSpear began ironically at Eagle Industries. We were already making our own products with Eagle when they were sold in 2009. Visiting their design shop and factory was a regular occurrence. When Eagle eventually closed their factories in St. Louis, we were pleasantly surprised that many of the key players we dealt with at Eagle had moved on to start up FirstSpear. Working with a manufacturer that already had decades of experience making the world’s finest gear was a no brainer. Even before we actually began carrying any FirstSpear labeled products, we had inked a deal for First Spear to take over production of the PIG Plate Carrier.

What drove the development of the STT?
We were always impressed by the innovative technologies of FirstSpear’s Tubes and 6/12, but the price considerations of the Strandhogg were not a good match for our market. It was during a visit at FirstSpear that we came across a simplified version of the Strandhogg that was done for a major LE agency–we immediately had a “eureka” moment. When we realized that we could make the STT with the ability to accept PIG Airflow and Comfort Pontoons, and price it in the void that was left empty by the disappearance of the Eagle Plate Carrier, we knew we had to execute.

Were there previous iterations of the STT or any major changes through development?
Coming from an already existing platform, the development process was pretty linear. We went from flash to bang in about 3 months, which was pretty fast for us. We did experience a bobble at the release however- we only had one cummerbund size available. FirstSpear was really good about working with us to get the other sizes online and manufactured within weeks.

Are there any other FS/SKD partnership projects on the horizon?
We don’t have anything to announce at this moment, but we are always trying to come up with sneaky collaborations with FirstSpear, who is our premiere manufacturing partner. The quality and consistency they’ve turned out over the course of making thousands of PIG Plate Carriers has been nothing short of brilliant. We try and utilize both our Facebook pages and newsletter for product announcements, so please like both the SKD and FirstSpear Facebook pages and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news.



Facebook STT Plate Carrier Contest

At the beginning of the article, we mentioned that you can win the one-of-a-kind STT Plate Carrier in Kryptek Highlander, which comes with a FirstSpear M4 3-Mag “Ranger” Shingle. For full details and to enter, ‘like’ both the FirstSpear and SKD Tactical Facebook pages and share the contest post on the FirstSpear page. Good Luck!

High Speed Gear – Improvement To The TACO Line

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

SWANSBORO, NC – 26AUG2014 - High Speed Gear is pleased to announce of an improvement to our TACO® line of pouches. Moving forward, all TACO® pouches that utilize an injected molded bracket will have the following improvements implemented.


• Each bracket is now 1/8th inch longer creating higher feed ramps for easier indexing and reinsertion of magazines.

• Increased the size of and beveled the eyehole for easier tension adjustment.

• Adjusted the proportion of all edges and corners


The bracket is one of the most crucial and unique parts of our TACO® pouches. It keeps the pouch open when empty and allows the user to index magazines for easy reinsertion. By improving the bracket, it will allow for improved performance. Implementation was made across the board and the polymer material utilized retains the same strength as previous versions.

Oneiros Valley – Scorpion W2 Practical Admin Pouch (PAP) Pre-Order

Monday, August 25th, 2014


Phoenix, AZ – Oneiros Valley will be manufacturing a limited number of Practical Admin Pouches (PAPs) in authentic Operational Camouflage Pattern (Scorpion W2) 500D nylon. The PAP is a compact admin pouch that features numerous organizational loops and pockets, a tourniquet holder and a removable map insert. Pre-order is now open with delivery in October.


Made in the USA with domestic materials.