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National Molding – Duraflex Web Adapters And Release Pull Bead

Monday, June 27th, 2016

National Molding has introduced two new products. They’ll be offered in Black, Tan 499 and Ranger Green.



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Morgan Advanced Materials and D3O Announce New Helmet

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Morgan and D3O create world’s most advanced helmet for defence sector

Morgan Advanced Materials, a world leader in the application of advanced composite material technology, has incorporated D3O TRUST high-performance padding system into its ultra-lightweight combat helmet portfolio, the LASA AC914 and LASA AC915. The combination of Morgan’s hybrid composite ballistic helmet shell technology, with D3O’s impact pads is believed to be the most advanced combat helmet in the global market.

The D3O TRUST helmet liner system, created by the experts in real-world impact protection solutions, is engineered using patented composite materials. The seven-piece system which exceeds required Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) protection levels by 33% at 10ft/sec, has now been used by Morgan to complement its world leading ballistic helmet shell technology.

Morgan’s LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 ballistic helmets are manufactured using proprietary ultra-lightweight, composite hybrid technology, which provides structure, durability and a level of protection at weights significantly lower than previously available. The helmets are the outcome of over three years of materials and product development at Morgan’s Ballistics Centre of Excellence.

Weighing in at 1.25kg (2.9lb) for a full cut LASA AC914 helmet and 1.15kg for a high cut LASA AC915 variant, these composite hybrid helmets are 7.5% lighter than a typical advanced combat helmets with 10% enhanced 17gr FSP Performance (735m/s). Built for comfort and endurance, the D3Oâ TRUST 10ft/sec blunt trauma impact padding system exceeds all regulatory performance standards and is recognised as the most durable and comfortable solution on the global market.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites and Defence Systems, explains: “Morgan has been at the forefront of ballistic protective combat helmet design for more than 30 years and we are proud to partner with D3O in the creation of our most advanced combat helmet yet”.

“The unrivalled performance of the D3O TRUST padding system and the resulting helmet is one which provides the highest levels ballistic protection at an extraordinarily low weight – a technological advancement which is sure to shape the sector.”

Todd Dunnagan, Director – D3O Global Defence Sector commented: “Morgan’s helmet shell technology provides flammability protection, ballistic protection and a structurally sound platform for the integration of blunt impact and retention systems, which, combined with the comfort and shock-absorbing capabilities of our D3O TRUST helmet liner system, delivers the ultimate lightweight, high-performance head protection solution.”

Available in a variety of configurations, the LASA helmets are compatible with in-service equipment including night vision goggles, as well as an array of other accessories. The LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 are available to purchase through Morgan’s locations in the UK, Canada and Singapore.

For more information on Morgan’s ballistic helmets, visit www.morgandefencesystems.com/LASA-900 and for details on the D3O TRUST helmet liner system, go to www.d3o.com/d3o_products/trust-helmet-liner-system.

Arc’teryx Reminds You To Care For Your Gore-Tex Outerwear

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

If you’ve got an Arc’teryx jacket or pants made from Gore-Tex, they’d like to remind you to give it a little TLC.

At the end of each season it’s a great idea to do a visual inspection of your gear so, if needed, you can have it repaired and ready for next season!

-Open and close each zipper and inspect teeth for damage.
-Verify that all internal elastic drawcords (i.e. hood and hem) are in good shape.
-Inspect the outside of the garment

In the event of a problem, warranty info is available at www.arcteryx.com/Warranty

MMI Textiles Now Offering Printed Narrow Fabrics

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

MMI partners with Mikan to expand product line and reinforce commitment to the military industry

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of printed narrow fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Mikan Printing. The goal of this addition is to better serve the military and tactical industry throughout the United States and around the world. These printed narrow fabrics will include webbing, binding tape, loop, elastic, zipper, and more. 

This product is currently available in MultiCam® with MultiCam Alpine®, Arid, Black and Tropic patterns being developed in the coming months. With higher quality inks and improved durability, this new product line is one of the best available in the market. It’s created with advanced-edge technology to give fabric a more concealed edge. It is 100% Berry Compliant maintaining MMI’s ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

“Being able to offer printed narrow fabrics fills a need we heard loud and clear for our tactical and military customers. Current and future customers will have a high quality, innovative, and competitive option for printed narrow fabrics along with the commitment of the MMI team,” said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.

After 19 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 both the commercial and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

A valued-partner, Mikan Printing, is one of the countries most respected and innovative leaders in the narrow-printed fabric industry–a family owned business with over 64 years of experience. This proven expertise will reinforce MMI’s commitment to providing quality products and valuable customer service.

Morgan Advanced Materials Launches Ultra-Lightweight Discreet Covert Ballistic Insert

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

LASA LWB Covert front small

Morgan Advanced Materials, a world leader in the application of advanced composite armour technology, is delighted to announce the launch of the discreet, ultra-lightweight, buoyant, high performance covert ballistic insert, the ‘LASA LWB Covert’. Designed to fit under standard clothing, the LASA LWB Covert is ideal for military and law enforcement operations where the wearer needs to blend in with their surroundings.

Featuring a specialist discreet design and undetectable from metal detectors, the LASA LWB Covert is shaped to conform to the user’s body shape, with a thickness of just 13mm and edges tapering to 6mm for enhanced subtlety. Once in place, when used in conjunction with approved soft armour, it protects the wearer from special threats that include both the 5.56 x 45mm 55gr ball (M193) and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS ball (mild steel core) ammunition. Utilising a shooter’s cut; the LASA LWB Covert weighs just 686g with an aerial weight of 11.9 kg/m2.

LASA LWB Covert side

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites & Defence Systems, commented: “we are delighted to launch the discreet LASA LWB Covert ballistic insert, which delivers exceptional, multi-hit covert protection at an extraordinarily low weight and thickness. Our expert knowledge in composite armour design has allowed us to add another world leading ballistic insert, meeting the varied needs modern military and law enforcement personnel to our suite of leading personal armour technology.”

The LASA LWB Covert is the latest product in Morgan’s Lightweight Armoured Soldier Architecture (LASA) portfolio, covering ultra-lightweight ballistic inserts, ballistic shields and hybrid composite helmets. The LASA portfolio includes a modular suite of ballistic inserts providing multi-hit protection against threats exceeding NIJ Levels III and IV and solutions tailored towards defeating special threats including the BZ and SS109 round at the lowest weight.



Blade Show – Index Fasteners

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

When you think of Blade Show, you think about knives, but there are loads of companies offering raw materials, including those for sheaths and holsters. Likewise, when you hear the name Index Fasteners, most people think about sheets of Kydex, but they also offer all of the bits and bobs you need to make a variety of items. Take for instance this snap selector sample wheel.

Those of you into military history may recognize this old mil-spec snap used on ammo belts. They still offer them.


MMI Textiles Introduces MultiCam Printed Webbing

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

During SOFIC we ran into MMI Textiles and they told us they had secured a license to print MultiCam webbing.

One of the things I like about their printed webbing is that the edges aren’t white.


SOFIC – WL Gore & Assoc Pyrad Combat Uniform

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Ever since I was first introduced to WL Gore’s FR Pyrad self extinguishing fabric technology, I’ve been intrigued about applying it to a combat uniform. The beauty of Pyrad is that it is a treatment process applied to existing fabrics rather an entirely new one. This means that the base fabric retains its inherent properties. That includes strength and comfort. It’s a laminate rather than a simple topical spray, so the Pyrad isn’t going to wash out. In fact, testing shows that Pyrad fabric is more tear and abrasion resistant as well as colorfast than other fabrics, even after washing.

This garment, manufactured by The Italian brand Montura is made from a Pyrad fabric. In Europe, other garments are popping up as well such as this German uniform in Flektarn from Lindnerhof Taktik I saw during IWA.

Hopefully, we’ll see them here soon as well.