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Off Shore A-TACS Fabrics Announcement

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Schott Performance Fabrics and Digital Concealment Systems
announce the addition of off-shore produced A-TACS Camo fabrics


In response to growing worldwide demand, Digital Concealment Systems and Schott Performance Fabrics are pleased to announce that in addition to their full range of U.S. produced Berry Amendment compliant A-TACS Camo fabrics, they are now offering a full range of A-TACS Camo fabrics produced off-shore. These fabrics are produced to the same exacting standard as the U.S.-produced fabrics and are made available to international and domestic manufacturers who do not require Berry Amendment compliant goods for their production. Available fabrics include a full compliment of Nylon, Cotton, Poly/Cotton and Polyester goods in a varity of fabric weights and construction.

Many international manufacturers of A-TACS Camo products now have the option to source their fabrics ‘closer to the cutter’. This will allow for shorter lead times and significantly lower fabric costs. It also affords significant savings on international shipping and material costs for the end gear manufacturer.

This new option also benefits European and Asian manufacturers who sell in non-military channels. Now they have the option to source GENUINE A-TACS Camo fabrics at a lower cost. This option also benefits many smaller manufacturers, especially with low minimum order requirements on fabric–and it will replace the poorly made, poorly constructed counterfeit fabric that is currently on the market.


Counterfeit camouflage fabrics have been a problem for every major camouflage brand since the beginnings of the industry. Cheaply and poorly produced overseas pattern knock-offs are a continuing issue for everyone from Crye Precision, to the US Goverment, to us here at DCS. Each time a counterfeiter is pursued through legal channels, a new one pops up, perpetuating the problem. This new fabric option will allow manufacturers currently engaged in producing A-TACS Camo gear using poor quality counterfeit fabrics the option to switch over and begin using legitimately produced A-TACS Camo fabrics. Schott Performance Fabrics is the ONLY legitimate source for genuine A-TACS Camo fabrics. If the fabric was purchased from anywhere else, it is the product of a counterfeiter.

In the coming months, Digital Concealment Systems will be ramping up it’s legal pursuit of both manufactures and retailers engaged in the production and sale of counterfeit items in A-TACS Camo. Additionally, DCS will also be calling out manufacturers and retailers dealing in and manufacturing counterfeit A-TACS Camo gear.

For additional information, sourcing questions and availability, contact Denise Barrick or Bryan Merrick at Schott Performance Fabrics (330)784-4545 or visit them on the web at

Introducing 47 Pro 6 Treatment

Friday, February 20th, 2015

47 Pro 6 is a new C6 flourochemical-based finish which offers long lasting oil and water repellancy to natural and synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, cotton, rayon and blends. In addition to oil and water resistance, this DWR treatment is also stain resistant and much more environmentally sound than the C8 treatment. As you may know PFOA, a material that bio-accumulates in Humans is an unintended byproduct of C8 DWR production and is viewed suspiciously by the medical community due to its adverse effects on laboratory animals and persistence. C8 flourochecmical production is under EPA review and DoD desires to move away from it. C6 production, on the other hand does not result in PFOA and is not subject to the voluntary restrictions facing C8.

47 Pro 6

Initial applications for 47 Pro 6 DWR treatment include physical fitness uniforms for DoD. If you are interested in incorporating this capability or for more information, contact Edward Ricci.

Airsoft BBs Used to Test Continuous Filament Knit Aramids for Extremity Ballistic Protection

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Army Research Labs recently subjected several new fabrics to ballistic testing to see how they might perform in protecting against explosively launched debris for applications in clothing and other gear such as Protective Under Garments. They chose airsoft BBs from BB Bastard as test projectiles because they replicate the size and weight of gravel particles.

Click to view .pdf
Continuous Filament Knit Aramids for Extremity Ballistic Protection

The report is quite interesting for those of us interested in materials, ballistic or for those who want a peek into what testing actually entails.

TWN Industries Introduces New Pyro-Mini Film Pattern

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

in case you ever wanted to give your gun some bithcin’ flames, TWN Industries has announced their new Pyro-Mini film pattern. The full release can be read below:

TWN Industries Starts the Year off Right with a Scorching New Pattern

WTP-802 Pyro Mini

PRINCETON, FL February 5, 2015 – TWN Industries Inc., the leading water transfer printing supplier, announces the release of their Pyro-Mini film pattern. The new fire-inspired pattern is sure to please those in the hydro dipping industry who are looking for a realistic fire pattern. The flames’ sizing  and placement have been designed to allow maximum coverage in small to mid-size profile parts. Due to its versatility, the applications for this pattern are numerous: game calls, custom modded controllers, motorcycle gas tanks, dashboards, helmets, cell phone covers, sunglasses, gun stocks, bows and much more.

The Pyro- Mini Flame water transfer printing film pattern is available exclusively through TWN Industries, Inc. Three-meter accessory packs and production quantity film is available immediately. The part number is as follows: WTP-802 Pyro- Mini.

SHOT Show – Reebok / WL Gore Launches KRIOS Boot

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Warson Brands, exclusive licensee of Reebok military and tactical boots, has partnered with W. L. Gore & Associates to offer the first Berry complaint military footwear with Extended Comfort Texhnology.


Warson Brands has been manufacturing footwear since 1989 and has provided Reebok brand occupational and safety footwear and duty uniform footwear which includes military since 2013.

In addition to the GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Technology, the Reebok KRIOS incorporates the MeraMAX polyurethane outsole which is lighter weight and four times more abrasion resistant than rubber.


Additionally, Warson had the foresight to offer the KRIOS in all four current military boot colors. Tan will be available initially this Spring followed shortly by Sage with Black and Coyote next. Naturally, the Black color has a polishable toe and will be great for LE and public safety professionals.

But the real interesting stuff is in the inside. The Extended Comfort Technology is a different Gore-Tex “recipe” than you are probably familiar with. It’s meant for hot weather. That’s right, no more sweaty feet in the Summer. Your feet can remain dry in hot, wet weather. This is because, it’s right up against the outside of the boot with the membrane and the exterior Cordura fused together. The boot isn’t packed with extra material that will absorb sweat and heat up your foot. What’s more, the KRIOS absorbs 90% less water than non-waterproof boots. This is because the membrane is right up against the outer shell of the boot and means that it will dry much faster.


I want to point out that this is an AR 670-1 compliant boot and will be available just in time for this Summer’s hot weather. Dealers should contact Warson Brands at 877-753-2426. For additional information, visit

SHOT Show – Murdock Webbing

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

SuperFlo SafetT Systems recently came to Murdock Webbing asking for an FR Kevlar webbing with Neoprene that would pass the vertical burn test. Murdock answered the call and the resulting product is the Bunker Boot Mate.


The Bunker Boot Mate was created for use by Firefighters. It’s essentially an instep strap used to keep a Firefighter’s pants from riding up in the case he falls through a floor or crawling. Durable and FR? Sounds like something Soldiers could use when wearing FR combat clothing.

Magpul Introduces New MagazIne Color – Sand

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

With the advent of the M3 magazine, Magpul decided to give you any color of magazine you wanted, as long as it was Black. Since then, they’ve been working on their materials and with this new Sand color, they are introducing a new material solution that will hold up to the rigors of use with firearms. Not only is it stronger than the current Black material but it can also be dyed to other colors or even distinctive designs and camouflage patterns.


We’re introducing a new color to our line. This color, officially named “Sand”, is as much an overall material development as it is a color development. “Sand” is a light, “non-black” color that closely matches some of the lighter tones in popular military camouflage patterns as well as many environments on the current battlefield. In addition to being less significant in the IR spectrum and ideal for many desert environments, this new material has several other meaningful benefits.

This new Sand colored material shares many of the properties and components of our latest black material. Endurance, reliability, chemical resistance, stability, and other parameters are exactly the same. The main difference, due to some proprietary developments in composition, is strength. The GEN M3 AR/M4 PMAG is extremely resilient in black. However, as tough as our basic black material is, the Sand material is even stronger. We’ve seen very significant increases in feed lip drop and other rough handling tests from -60F to 180F—to an extent that it made our initial results hard to believe. Similar proportional increases in the other magazines in our line have been seen in our testing. With this increase in drop strength, we still see the resiliency that makes the PMAG what it is—Feed geometry does not change, unlike metal or softer polymer magazines—and so reliable feeding is not affected by this punishment.

In addition to its physical properties, the color of the Sand material was chosen for another reason. It serves as a perfect foundation for water-based dye processes to change the color of the material or add camouflage patterns without adding surface thickness or scratching off with use. You can see some of the results of a few minutes with common RIT dye and cellophane wrap in the inset photo. If paint is the desired method of camouflage, “Sand” forms a great basis for this also. Dyed magazines can serve as the base for additional paint pattern options.

Expect to see the new “Sand” material making its way through our magazine line very quickly. We’ll have some video tutorials about using dye and paint to change the appearance of this material coming soon.

Check out this new magazine color as well as the entire line of Magpul products on their newly updated website.

New Products from AustriAlpin

Friday, January 16th, 2015


Due to rabid customer demand, AustriAlpin is releasing new sizes in it extremely popular D-ring COBRA buckle. This innovative hybrid technology (patent pending) integrates a stainless steel articulating D-ring with AustiAlpin’s proprietary COBRA buckle technology. It’s now available in 1 inch and 1.5 inch models and is launching at SHOT show (booth 8611). All versions exceed ANSI Z359.1 standards for PPE and fall-protection. 18kN / 4000lb (frame test). They are also releasing some new frame buckles (tri-glides) which integrate a D-ring.

Sneak Peek – Mean Gene Leather Adopts Ares Gear’s Aegis Buckle

Thursday, January 15th, 2015


In a deal that was just inked today, Mean Gene Leather will start using the Aegis belt buckle for leather belt applications, developed by Ares Gear. We owe this great linkup to Matt Jacques of Victory First (hence the logo on the buckle).

Cobra Sport Buckle from AustriAlpin

Friday, January 9th, 2015

AustriAlpin has introduced the new Cobra Sport. Made from 7075 Aluminum, this new buckle offers the same look and feel of the Cobra but without the life support features. The associated lower cost makes it a great option for belts, luggage, packs, etc.