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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.


RE Factor Tactical – Pelican Case Insert Combination

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Pelican Insert 1

RE Factor Tactical’s Pelican Case Insert is designed to help organize the inside of a Pelican case. It consists of a front panel with PALS and Velcro loop webbing that allows for compatibility with hook patches/pouches and/or PALS compatible pouches. Three included hook and loop tape strips adhere to the interior of the case so that the insert can adhere to the top lid.

Inserts that are compatible with the 1700 and 1750 are currently available.

TYR Tactical – PICO-MVW Direct Action Plate Carrier

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


TYR Tactical’s PICO-MVW Direct Action Assaulters Plate Carrier (PICO-MVW-DA) is designed to fit standard SAPI and ESAPI plates .75 – 1″ thick, with “wings” that provide further side protection. The external portions of the vest are made using TYR’s own PV material, and the internal portions of the vest feature antimicrobial/FR treated padded spacer mesh for comfort. The PICO-MVW-DA has tourniquet mounting grommets and a removable assaulter zip-on back panel for a multi-platform modular design. With a wide range of operational configurations, the PICO-MVW-DA can be scaled up or down depending on the environment, threat, and load requirement.

• PALS Webbing for MOLLE Attachment
• Tourniquet Mounting Grommets
• Removable Assaulters Zip-On Back Panel
• Holds 9 M4/M16 Mags
• Hydration/Communication Tabs for Routing
• Removable MOLLE Kangaroo Front Flap, Holds Three 5.56 Mags
• Front Wing Mag Adapters, Set
• Shoulder Pads
• Ballistic Vein™ to Stabilize and Enhance Soft Armor Inserts
• Reinforced Drag Handle
• Comes Standard with PALS Adapter Sets:
(TYR-LW106A23F, TYR-LW112AS-4, TYR-LW106A23)
• Repair Buckle Kit
• Compatible with the XFrame™ Dynamic Load Carriage™ System
• Certified Level II NIJ 0101.06 T52/SP Level 2 Armor Package Specifications [SOCOM, FBI, DEA] with an extremely high performance and lightweight ballistic solution. (.82 AD)

The PICO-MVW Direct Action Plate Carrier will be available in MultiCam. TYR Tactical is planning on releasing the PICO-MVW during their upcoming Labor Day sale. They’re also currently holding a contest on their Facebook page with this carrier as the prize.

Haley Strategic – What To Bring To Their Classes, A Visual Guide

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

In response to the age old question, “what do we bring to your class?”, Haley Strategic has released a couple of visual guides detailing what they feel is the optimal loadout for both their Disruptive Environments Carbine class and Disruptive Environments Handgun class. Check out both images below and see if you can name everything on display.

Disruptive Environments Carbine

Disruptive Environments Handgun

Violent Little Machine Shop – GoPro MOLLE Mount

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

LoPro Molle Mount for GoPro

Violent Little Machine Shop has come up with the ‘LoPro Molle Mount’, a MOLLE-compatible mount that can be used to mount a GoPro camera to tactically capture footage. Machined from aluminum and hardcoat anodized, the LoPro works with all 1″ MOLLE webbing, mounting to kit, backpacks, armor vests, etc. It has a profile of only .42″ thick, and is only 16 grams in weight, giving it a low-profile when mounted and not adding weight or snags to critical areas.

Laser engraved with the VLMS logo and the US Flag, and available in two colors: Black and Brown. Made in the USA.

S.O.Tech – Cobra SIS Overview Video

Friday, August 15th, 2014

S.O.Tech has released a video detailing their Cobra SIS system.

The Cobra SIS Armor Carrier was developed in collaboration with members of the LAPD’s Special Investigation Section, hence the SIS moniker. Made from 1000D Cordura nylon, the SIS Armor Carrier is designed as a low-profile carrier for both soft armor and plates. A built-in weapon sling allows the user to secure their long gun, while an adjustable cummerbund and non-skid upper chest keeps the vest from shifting and the weapon secure while firing. The SIS Armor Carrier can be ordered as just the vest, or with the full complement of SIS kit parts, which can also be ordered separately for full customization based on end-user needs:

- Double pistol magazine pouch
- Eye protection hard case
- 40mm and flashbang grenade pouch
- Pistol holster
- M4 magazine shingle pouch
- Handcuff pouch
- Rapid response bandoleer
- Flat IFAK
- X26, X26P, and X2 Taser holsters

Made in the USA with American materials.

Crye Precision Releases Smart Pouch Suite

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Smart Pouch Suite

Crye Precision has just released their Smart Pouch Suite. Unveiled during SHOT Show 2014, the Smart Pouch Suite is a simple lightweight pouch system designed to handle the vast majority of all load carriage tasks. It’s rather ingenious. Rather than specialize in a particular item, each pouch is designed to hold a variety of items within its size limitations, comfortably and securely. Imagine not having to purchase as many different, specialized pouches. Products in the SPS line include:

GP Pouch 6x6x3

The GP Pouch 6x6x3 includes an SSE bag in a front zippered pocket. Comes with built-in AVS, MOLLE, and belt attachment features. It can hold:

– Up to 8 double stack full-size pistol magazines (with optional inserts, one insert per 2 mags)
– Individual medical kit
– 5590 battery
– PVS-15 NVG
– Fusion goggles
– Five flashbangs
– 100-round SAW drum
– Five 40mm rounds (with optional insert)
– Fifty loose 12 gauge rounds (2.75”)
– Twenty 12 gauge rounds in optional inserts (5 rounds per insert)
– 6”x6” MSAP side plate

GP Pouch 9x7x3

The GP pouch 9x7x3 is capable of one handed opening for fast, quiet access. An optional foam insert offers additional protection for NVGs and masks. Comes with built-in AVS, MOLLE, and belt attachment features. It can hold:

– 200-round SAW drum
– Six 30-round 5.56 magazines
– Four 25-round 7.62 SR-25 mags
– 50 oz. water bladder
– GPNVG (4-tube) (optional padded insert available)
– One 32 oz. water bottle & two rifle magazines

GP Pouch 11x6x4

The GP pouch 11x6x4 features adjustable retention and is compatible with a separate drop leg mount. Comes with built-in AVS, MOLLE, and belt attachment features. It can hold:

– Four rolled breaching charges
– M53 protective mask
– Jacket or compact sleeping bag
– 70 oz. water bladder

152 Bottle Pouch

The 152 Bottle Pouch has adjustable retention with a bungee retention loop option. The front flap can be tucked behind the item for fast access. Comes with built-in AVS, MOLLE, and belt attachment features. It can hold:

– PRC 152 radio
– MBITR radio
– 32 oz. water bottle
– SureFire® 60-round magazine
– IZLID Ultra
– One or two 30-round 5.56 magazines
– Two 25-round 7.62×51 SR-25 magazines
– One 20-round 7.62x51magazine (polymer HK)

Frag Pouch

The Frag Pouch can be mounted right side up or upside down. Buckle system allows for quiet, one-hand opening. Features adjustable retention. Comes with built-in AVS, MOLLE, and belt attachment features. It can hold:

– Frag grenade
– Five 12 gauge rounds (with optional insert)
– Handcuffs
– Two cans of chewing tobacco

5.56/7.62/MBITR Pouch

The 152 Bottle Pouch has adjustable retention with a bungee retention loop option. The front flap can be tucked behind the item for fast access. Comes with built-in AVS, MOLLE, and belt attachment features. It can hold:

– One or two 30-round 5.56 magazines
– 25-round 7.62×51 (.308) magazine
– MBITR radio
– Pistol w/light
– Smoke grenade
– Thermobaric grenade
– 16 oz. water bottle

The entire line is made from 100% nylon, and comes in the following colors: Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green. Made in the USA.