Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

GAOS – ModWall by Tactical Walls

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Tactical Walls had a soft launch of their new firearm organizer system called ModWall at SHOT Show. Unfortunately, I missed it so I was quite pleased to catch up at the Great American Outdoor Show.

ModWall is manufactured from US-sourced HDPE which the CMC mill. Current models are custom width by production versions as 22″ x 48″ panels are coming Mid-March. Attachments fit into slots on the wall in a similar manner to sales displays in shops, allowing the owner to customize the layout of the ModWall panel.

Currently, they have Magazine-style attachments which allow storage using the magwell for AR10, AR15, AK and Double stack 9mm. Additionally, they’ve got Generic Rifle and Generic Shotgun mounts. There is also a combination Body and Helmet stand which attaches to ModWall. Finally, there is a Magnetic mount which will accept many firearms.

Coming Mid-March from tacticalwalls.com.

Sentry Products Group – 1080 Technology

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Sentry Products Group was founded by former Blackhawk! CEO Mike Noell. He’s combined several existing brands including Scopecoat and Sentry Solutions while assembling a great executive team consisting of Terry Naughton, Scott Ferros and Eric Yeates. Now, they’re introducing completely new products. Some of their first are packs featuring 1080 Technology.

The 2,300 cu in Tumalo pack is available in two versions. Both are offered in Black and Wolf Grey.

Tumalo Extreme – constructed of 550D Rip Stop TPU. YKK waterproof zippers combined full seam sealing offer ultimate water resistance.

Tumalo Air – lightweight version constructed of 550D Nylon Rip stop.

The Tumalo pack is outfitted with patent pending 1080 technology. It’s PALS compatible and will accept pouches in different orientations rather than just vertical.

“I wanted to take a new approach” stated Eric Yeates, Vice President Research and Development for Sentry. “For years I focused on developing products to military specification and I wanted to achieve that same quality level, using cutting edge materials and techniques”. Sentry’s 1080 Technology builds on this concept allowing users to quickly mount pouches and accessories securely, in horizontal, vertical and diagonal orientations without any intermediary mounting panel. The 1080 Technology incorporates laser cut, wear resistant Hypalon panels, shaped to mimic product profiles. “Along with streamlining the overall appearance, eliminating the nylon webbing and bar tacks associated with traditional molle construction reduces weight and retains structural integrity of the base materials.” concluded Yeates.

The pack’s three storage compartments are accessed through dual slide YKK zippers. Interior features include hydration access port, integrated laptop sleeve, mesh organizers and key lanyard. Front panel includes a quick access slash pocket. Airframe technology reduces heat build up for the user, while 1080 equipped padded shoulder and a removable waist straps enhance carry comfort.


MMI Textiles Introduces Performance Knits

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

MMI Partners with Longworth Industries to Diversify Product Line and Reinforce Commitment to Outdoor Industry

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of performance knit fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Longworth Industries. The goal of this addition is to diversify MMI’s product line, strengthen their commitment to the tactical and military markets, and continue to sell more products made in the USA.

This line of apparel materials is currently available in various weights that can be tailored in a garment depending on the intended environment. It features a group of fire retardant fabrics and a group of fast-drying fabrics. Engineered with silver anti-microbial protection to help resist odor, superior moisture management, breathability, and anti-shrink/pick/pilling; the benefits of these knits are numerous. These products also allow MMI to continue adding to and maintaining their ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

“Being able to offer performance knits helps fulfill our promise of providing more products and high-tech solutions to all of our customers, specifically those who are in the performance apparel market.”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.

After 20 years in the business, MMI Textiles, Inc. has a long history and an excellent reputation of serving the industry. The company’s mission is to be an all-in-one supplier to the commercial, outdoors, medical, and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.


SHOT Show – ITW/DownEast Innovation

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

DownEast Innovation has developed numerous molded parts used in the tactical industry as well as full finished items like the FASTmag.

FASTmag Gen 4

In conjunction with ITW Military Products, they released the FASTmag Gen 4 at SHOT Show. One big update is the attachment system which is much easier to manipulate. You can see the wide strap to the right compared to the older style to the left.

I was shown two variants, one for 5.56 and the other for 6.8 magazines.

As you can see, it can be stacked one in front of two. Available from ITW, they will still be available in stackable and PALS compatible versions.

3D SR Buckle

Another new product from DownEast is the 3D SR Buckle. Unlike other side release buckles, it releases under load.
What’s more, it releases while using the whole hand in a clasping or squeezing fashion, rather than using the finger tips. Additionally, it’s quite flat making it a great choice for shoulder straps. Interstingly, it’s also frag resistant.

Holster Lock

This is the most interesting thing I’ve seen so far at SHOT Show. The patented Downeast Innovation Holster Lock may well herald a boom in holster development. Many smaller companies are hesitant to get into the holster game since much of the IP for retention is sewn up by a few companies.

This new part will allow companies to offer license-free level 2 and level 3 retention which can be actuated with the thumb of the shooting hand without compromising the grip on the pistol. Additionally, the same Lock is user configurable left to right. The parts can be removed and reinstalled in a mirror fashion.


SHOT Show 17 – MATBOCK Ghost TAB

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

For decades, MOLLE/PALS has been the industry standard for attaching pouches and accessories to your plate carriers and belts. While others have tried to improve this system, they generally add pieces, parts and ultimately weight and bulk. MATBOCK is stoked to introduce the Ghost TABs (Jokingly stands for Tactical Advantage Bite System). The Ghost TABs not only lower the profile of your pouches and accessories, it also significantly decreases the time spent on modifying your carrier or belt.

 The TABS are cut directly into the backing of the pouches (single, double, triple mag, M60 pouch, admin pouch, and backdraft med pouch) and attach quickly and effectively to the either laser cut MOLLE systems or traditional MOLLE systems. This has all been done without adding useless pieces and parts. Coupled with MATBOCK Ghost fabric and carriers, these systems decrease weight and volume for the operator. Lastly, Ghost Tabs are patent pending.

Please allow 6-8 weeks new pouches to ship. Available at www.matbock.com

FirstSpear Range Day – TEXTECH Industries

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This is a new No Melt/No Drip T-shirt from ResistX, a TEXTECH Industries brand. It has a very comfortable hand and feels like cotton.  

Aspetto Swift Release

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to check out a new buckle, designed for use with Armor Carrier Cummerbunds. Named the Swift Release, it is the brainchild of Aspetto, a company that has, up to now, specialized in low viz armor applications. Aspetto has spent the last three years developing the Swift Release using a team of Marines and mechanical engineers. It seems that the investment has paid off. As you can see, the Swift Release is a low profile solution.

When the time was right, Aspetto went to National Molding who has taken on production. During testing the fail-point for pull exceeded 200 lbs. Even then, it was only a partial failure on the test buckle I examined. Although some of the surface area broke, the buckle would still function, but at a reduced load capacity.

The Swift Release simplifies donning and doffing the Cummerbund of an Armor Vest, allowing you to “dump your gear in no time”. But to be clear, this is a buckle, and not a quick release system. The patented “lift” & “pull” release system is also self-cleaning and can be attached to any 1″ webbing. Eventually, they will also introduce a narrow version for use on shoulder straps.

Although this pre-production example is Black, they will also be available in Coyote and OD. The Swift Release will be available for purchase individually, or in bulk.

Aspetto will exhibit the Swift Release at SHOT Show in GSS Gear’s booth #6608. Additionally, they will schedule meetings in their Venetian suite throughout SHOT – contact: robert.davis@aspettoinc.com for an appointment.

Murdock Jacquard Webbing

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Here’s a little background on Murdock Webbing and their Jacquard weave.


Honeywell Lightens Tactical Vests For Law Enforcement Officers By Up To 40 Percent

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

New fabric made from next-generation Honeywell Spectra® fiber offers breakthrough lightweight protection

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, Jan 12, 2017 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has released Centurion™, a composite fabric designed to make law enforcement apparel and equipment 35 to 40 percent lighter. Centurion is the latest performance fabric made from Honeywell Spectra® fiber and is suitable for any type of application where the product needs to be strong but lightweight.

Traditionally, law enforcement officers have carried extra gear such as ammunition and radios by attaching them to modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (MOLLE) web designs that include straps sewn onto their tactical vests. MOLLE straps add extra weight and can make movement more difficult for officers.

By contrast, vests made with Centurion fabric are 35 to 40 percent lighter because they do not require extra fabric. Centurion is laser-cut according to user preference, resulting in slits along the vests from which officers can hang, hook or tie gear as needed. Because nothing needs to be sewn into these vests, they are lighter and more comfortable for officers to wear, as well as faster and easier for manufacturers to produce. Combined with Spectra fiber’s strength, Centurion-made vests are resistant to cuts, abrasion and water, making them suitable for many tough environments.

“Centurion represents the next evolution of lightweight law enforcement equipment, removing several pounds from the more than 20 pounds that an officer can typically wear while on patrol,” said Lori Wagner, armor marketing manager for Honeywell Packaging and Composites. “At the core of Centurion fabric’s remarkable properties is Spectra, Honeywell’s next-generation fiber that is the material of choice for law enforcement agencies around the world as well as the U.S. military. Honeywell’s armor technology not only provides life-saving materials, but also produces industry-leading, high-performance, lightweight fabric like Centurion, designed to help those who protect us.”

Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. Pound for pound, Spectra is 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fiber. Spectra fiber is used to create Spectra Shield®, an advanced ballistic-resistant material. Honeywell’s Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra as well as aramid fiber in Gold Shield® materials.

Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products have been widely adopted and proven for the most advanced armor applications globally, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft – all which require lightweight solutions and superior performance.

Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information about Spectra fiber, visit www.honeywell-spectra.com.

ORWM – CORDURA Brand Announces Durable Fiber Breakthrough; Debuts Strongest Nylon-6,6 Staple Fiber Ever Produced by INVISTA

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

WICHITA, Kan.–In its 50th anniversary year, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has made a cutting-edge breakthrough in designing and commercializing the strongest nylon-6,6 staple fiber ever produced by INVISTA.

This intensive two-year-long research and design process resulted in a state-of-the-art, patent-pending high tenacity fiber designed to enhance the core strength of CORDURA® fabrics. With the introduction of the new high tenacity INVISTA T420HT fiber technology, INVISTA’s scientists and technicians have successfully achieved one of the largest leaps in its nylon-6,6 innovation pipeline which dates back to the initial commercialization of the fiber at the company’s flagship Seaford, DE staple nylon 6,6 production facility.

“At INVISTA, an on-going dedication to innovation is in our DNA,” said Anthony Green, global CORDURA® brand business director. “Our latest T420HT technology launch is one in a series of new qualifying CORDURA® brand fiber breakthroughs to come as we continue to push the boundaries of durable possibilities.”

Already adopted by a major international military, CORDURA® NYCO (Nylon/Cotton) fabric blends based on new INVISTA T420HT high tenacity fiber are undergoing extensive wear trialing for next generation combat uniforms. The stealth-like INVISTA T420HT fiber has a mission to create a new generation of durable, yet lightweight fabrics – such as CORDURA® NYCO Extreme and CORDURA® NYCO Tactical fabrics – to be used in many applications like military uniforms, outdoor apparel and workwear. Dickies is the first consumer brand to adopt the new fiber in its Dickies PRO™ with CORDURA® fiber technology workwear collection, which will be available online Fall 2017.

For more information on the new INVISTA T420HT fiber technology, visit booth #39213 at 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer, or visit www.CORDURA.com.