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PocketUp

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Many of you may know my long-time friend Mel Terkla. He and his wife Rena have started a new company called PocketUp, specializing in load carriage.

They started out with various pockets for organizing larger packs but they are introducing the Park Pack, a simple daypack design.

Everything is reasonably priced and made by them. Be sure to check them out at pocketup.net.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Non-Stocking Pockets Available

Friday, October 26th, 2018

FirstSpear has added three pockets to the non-stocking non-standard section of their webstore available while supplies last. These are 100% brand new 1st quality goods, Made in the USA. Now shipping is an AK47 Single magazine pocket with an optional bungee retention tab, will hold two AK47 magazines. Next is a .300 Win Mag pouch that will hold up to three magazines featuring a hook and loop flap and side release buckle closure. Last is a 7.62 SCAR H triple shingle featuring bungee retention. Will also hold .308 PMAG. All pockets utilize FS 6/9 pocket attachment system. Limited colors and quantities available!

AK-47: www.first-spear.com/non-stocking-non-standard/ak-47-single-30-round

.300 Win: www.first-spear.com/non-stocking-non-standard/long-gun-mag-pouch-5-round-3-mag-sustainment

SCAR-H: www.first-spear.com/non-stocking-non-standard/7-62-scar-h-triple-shingle-separate-pockets-6-9

Website Back In Service – MVT Special Operations Rig (SOR) Available in Ranger Green & Coyote Brown

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The Special Operations Rig (SOR) was designed in collaboration with SOF personnel, specifically to fill the need for a chest rig / PC panel that is optimized for operational use, while able to comfortably carry the AN/PRC 152 radio to the front / side of the body. This has resulted in four kydex magazine pouches (5.56) flanked by two collapsible side pouches that enhance the rig by allowing the carriage of two radios (one each side), or 2 x 5.56 magazines in each radio pouch, or use the pouches for admin items or leave them collapsed. In addition, the front of the radio pouches have four rows of MOLLE, for the attachment of admin pouches as needed.

These specific design features and capabilities have resulted in a chest rig that is extremely versatile to varying load requirements, and will suit non-military as well as military personnel, whether or not you carry a radio on your gear. It can be used entirely as a standalone chest rig, attached to a plate carrier, or as a hybrid allowing optional attachment to a plate carrier, depending on the tactical situation.

Wear the SOR with the supplied H-harness, over a Plate Carrier or standalone.

Utilize the supplied PC Kit to attach the SOR directly to your Plate Carrier.

Multiple use options, as an assault panel over a PC, or standalone in ‘recce mode.’

The SOR is designed to allow the radio pouches to adjust comfortably across your chest, or if worn over a PC, the radio/mags fit into the space beside your front plate.

Available colors:
MultiCam
Ranger Green
Coyote Brown

maxvelocitytactical.com/shop

Reversible Inner Belts (RIB) Now Available at Mean Gene Leather

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

We have been reporting on “Mean” Gene Higdon’s company since it launched four years ago. This is the latest in a series of new products MGL has released, though building any of them was impossible for a while because of the hurricane. Many people don’t realize the former saddlemaker is usually up and sewing by about 4am, and rarely quits until long after this grandkids bedtime.

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Mean Gene Leather recently announced the availability of the new MGL Reversible Inner Belt (RIB). The RIB is designed to function as sharp, buckle-less EDC belt (with the leather outboard) or the under-belt for a duty rig (with the loop outboard), providing all the stability one needs for IWB, OWB, or “full duty” carry.

Hurricane Florence made it a bit difficult to obtain a Reversible Inner Belt for a while, but thankfully Mean Gene’s facility survived Flo’s drubbing and they’re back at it.

The RIB is very similar to the MGL Free Flight belt (q.v.), the difference being the addition of a polymer stiffener and hook-and-loop interior lining instead of a second layer of leather. This gives the wearer an everyday wear belt that simultaneously provides the option of flipping around, whether at need (throwing a full rig on from a kit bag) or just for convenience (stepping out of the courtroom and going back On The Job). Unlike nylon belts and rigger belts, the RIB is not clearly a tactical accessory.

RIBs are sewn individually at the time of order and will require a few days to build before shipping. Lead times are determined by MGL’s work load and availability of materials by suppliers.

MBL Reversible Inner Belt Features & Specs:

· Hand built using 8/0 oz. leather
· The RIB belt is available in all 10 MGL leather colors* with 5 options of matching or contrasting thread.
· Thread color options include black, brown, old sand, white, and steel grey
· RIB belt width is 1.5 in. only
· Standard sizes include 28 to 48 (US). For bigger or smaller, contact MGL**
· Male and female versions available (8 in. overlap and 5 in. overlap respectively)
· Weight will depend upon the size of the belt, but is typically in the 1 lb. range.
· Dimensions 13.45 x 11.63 x 2.25 in.
· Double stitching with #277 Bonded Nylon thread for strength and durability.
· Layers laminated with industrial strength adhesives in addition to the stitching
· Burnished and dyed edges.
· Hand conditioned with Ray Holes Saddle Butter Leather Conditioner before packaging for a soft, supple feel and increased flexibility.

*Rich Brown and Golden Brown are English Bridle Leather; Crazy Horse, Antique Brown, and Dirty Grey are premium water buffalo hide. All other colors are high quality vegetable tanned leather.

1. Wear the pants you normally would.
2. Measure around yourself, preferably using a cloth or other flexible measuring tape.
3. If you carry IWB, handgun or mag pouches or both, do so as you measure.

DO NOT USE PANTS OR TRADITIONAL BELT SIZE FOR YOUR RIB – IT MAY NOT FIT CORRECTLY IF YOU DO.

Need one, or just want one? Ü MGL RIP Reversible Inner Belt.

Find other MGL keep-your-belt up and support-your-gun offerings on the Mean Gene Leather Belt Page.

For additional information, contact info@meangeneleather.com.

Kydex and Cordura will work but distinguished things deserve leather.
Mean Gene Leather is dedicated to Handmade Leather products. Where the Old meets the New. Our vision is to provide the best handcrafted gear for our Mean Gene family. Without you, we would be nothing. MGL is online at meangeneleather.com. Connect on Facebook, /MeanGeneLeather/, or follow on Instagram, @mean_gene_leather. See more: #meangeneleather on Instagram | #meangeneleather on Facebook.

MVT Special Operations Rig (SOR) Now Available in Ranger Green & Coyote Brown

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The Special Operations Rig (SOR) was designed in collaboration with SOF personnel, specifically to fill the need for a chest rig / PC panel that is optimized for operational use, while able to comfortably carry the AN/PRC 152 radio to the front / side of the body. This has resulted in four kydex magazine pouches (5.56) flanked by two collapsible side pouches that enhance the rig by allowing the carriage of two radios (one each side), or 2 x 5.56 magazines in each radio pouch, or use the pouches for admin items or leave them collapsed. In addition, the front of the radio pouches have four rows of MOLLE, for the attachment of admin pouches as needed.

These specific design features and capabilities have resulted in a chest rig that is extremely versatile to varying load requirements, and will suit non-military as well as military personnel, whether or not you carry a radio on your gear. It can be used entirely as a standalone chest rig, attached to a plate carrier, or as a hybrid allowing optional attachment to a plate carrier, depending on the tactical situation.

Wear the SOR with the supplied H-harness, over a Plate Carrier or standalone.

Utilize the supplied PC Kit to attach the SOR directly to your Plate Carrier.

Multiple use options, as an assault panel over a PC, or standalone in ‘recce mode.’

The SOR is designed to allow the radio pouches to adjust comfortably across your chest, or if worn over a PC, the radio/mags fit into the space beside your front plate.

Available colors:
Multicam
Ranger green
Coyote Brown

maxvelocitytactical.com/shop

Carbon Tactics EPOCH Belt Now On Kickstarter

Friday, October 12th, 2018

EPOCH is the 11th Kickstarter edition to the Carbon Tactics line. This belt with a unique quick release buckle is the result of almost a year of prototyping, testing, and listening to feedback from their customers and beta testers.

Here are some features:

The buckle is machined aluminum, with patches in three colors: Black, Silver, and Dark Earth. Additionally, the belt itself is available in single or double thickness nylon as well as a Biothane hybrid option.

See the Kickstarter page for all of the options.

High Ground Wins Multi-Million Dollar Contract for USAF Carriage Equipment

Friday, October 12th, 2018

After extensive evaluation, the US Air Force has awarded a multi-million contract to purchase High Ground newly re-engineered carriage equipment for their special operations TAC-P, JTAC, ASOG and ASOS units.

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“High Ground’s newly re-designed bags, packs and technology pouches are optimized for the demanding performance and functional requirements of the USAF and its airman. High Ground’s technical staff and application engineers evaluated downrange customer feedback to incorporate new advancements in their gear”,” says Mike Runella, Director of Business Development of High Ground.

For the past three (3) years, High Ground has actively supplied the US Air Force with a variety of bags, packs and equipment on a smaller, “as needed” basis; including High Ground’s Summit 5 Day pack with a patented Quick Release Waist Belt System and their Load Out Bag with their revolutionary wheel design. High Ground Gear, a product division of Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc., designs and manufactures the latest in mission-specific, technologically advanced tactical nylon gear and armor systems.

“Ehmke, through our High Ground product line, is honored to continue to serve all the military services. This latest contract commitment by the US Air Force shows their confidence that our gear can meet the rigorous tempo of their Special Operations units”, states Bob Rosania, CEO of Ehmke Manufacturing Company. He further adds. “Our company’s mission is to continually evolve the design of our gear to meet the ever-changing challenges our war fighters face”.

The complete High Ground product catalogue of tactical gear & armor can be found at www.highgroundgear.com.

High Ground; We Make Every Stitch Count…

FirstSpear Friday Focus – CAT Rifle Case

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Designed at the request of FS professional users the CAT Rifle case is a low vis rifle case specifically designed for short barrel carbines up to 30 inches over all length. Large exterior pocket features a reversed 6/12™ laser cut platform and stiffened dividers perfect for organizing equipment and securing all styles of pockets including hook backed pockets and accessories.

• 32″ Long
• 13½” Wide
• 6″ Deep

Available now in Manatee Grey and Coyote. Made in the USA.

www.first-spear.com/cat-rifle-case