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New CORDURA Brand 50th Anniversary Microsite Celebrates Its Rich Heritage and Future Durable Innovations

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Wichita, KS – February 15, 2017 – For five decades, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has been shaping the world of military gear, workwear and outdoor apparel. Throughout 2017, the brand will be celebrating its 50 year love affair with durability with the launch of its new anniversary microsite – – designed to showcase the brands, mills, collaborations, and innovations that have been a part of its durable journey.

Since 1967, the CORDURA® brand has been working with industry leaders who have helped sculpt and evolve fiber and fabric technologies, pushing the boundaries of innovation. The passion and experience that its valuable authorized mills, brand customers and collaborative partners dedicate day in and day out have helped build its reputation for high quality, durable fabrics.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to honor those who have been with us along the way,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director. “Our new microsite allows us to not only tell our own story, but is also a platform for others to share their experiences and memories as we nod to our durable heritage and look forward to fifty more years of innovation together.”

The new microsite features real-time news and stories including an exciting 50 @ 50 innovation spotlight detailing the brand’s new technology launches, cutting-edge collaborations and major milestones in its anniversary year. The microsite also invites brands, mills, consumers and media partners to leave their own long-lasting legacy by sharing durable memories, experiences, and favorite products through the decades.

To learn more about the latest news or share your CORDURA® brand story, visit the microsite here, or track the #CORDURA50 hashtag on social media.

“Soviet And Mujahideen Uniforms, Clothing And Equipment Of The Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989”

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Published in 2016, “Soviet And Mujahideen Uniforms, Clothing And Equipment Of The Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989” by Zammis Schein catalogs the author’s extensive collection of wartime artifacts.

The 500-page volume contains every conceivable variant of Soviet uniform, including armor crew, aircrew, infantry and spetznaz as well as women’s ensembles.

Mujahideen clothing has also been catalogued. Much of it will be quite familiar to those who have served in Afghanistan. In fact, that’s where the author began his collection, while working as an interpreter.

The collection is certainly impressive and includes inert models of the infamous PFM-1 “Butterfly” landmine.

Additionally, the author has included pocket litter such as ID cards, letters and other ephemera.

The book has value as a reference document but I wish it had also featured the historical images depicting the equipment in use which were used by the author to validate the items.

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Osprey Elite 216 – Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

I own quite a library of reference books and some of my favorites are from Osprey Publishing. Last week they released Osprey Elite 216, “Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments” by Gordon L Rottman and illustrated by Adam Hook. In my collection, I’ve got books going back to the 80s by Rottman and it’s great to see him still in the game.

Right off the bat, I’ll acknowledge that this selection isn’t the definitive work on the subject. This is mainly due to the format of the Elite Series. However, while there are several other in-depth works on Vietnam-era load Carriage out there, “Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments” is a welcome addition to my library. 

For one thing, it covers both US and Allied gear in one volume. In fact, they’ve packed a whole lot of information in these 64 pages. If you need a quick reference for mid-century load carrying gear (including specialist items), this is the one to get. They are all there; M1956, early-war M-1961 USMC Load Carriage, M-1967 (Army and USMC variants), LINCLOE, SF-specific items, and ANZAC Systems (’37 and ’44 pattern webbing) as well as indigenous systems used by RVN forces. What’s more, packs, shelters and sleep systems are also accounted for.

Additionally, the author and illustrator do a great job of offering multiple views of the equipment. Not only do they offer period photos of the items in use, but they supplement this with studio shots of artifacts for comparison. The icing on the cake is the series of excellent illustrations which bring the gear to life.

One thing I wish Osprey would do is offer up the artwork from their books as order on demand prints. They’d make great artwork for mancaves as well as going away gifts for military units.

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Apocalypse Now: The Video Game On Kickstarter

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Erebus LLC has set up a Kickstarter campaign for a video game adaption of Apocalypse Now. The dev team, which is composed of industry veterans who have developed for titles such as Fallout: New Vegas, Wasteland 2, and Far Cry will be lending their talents towards adapting Apocalypse Now into a psychological horror game with RPG elements, encouraging stealth and resource management over run-and-gun gameplay, and allowing the player to develop Captain Willard to suit their playstyle.

While it can certainly be a daunting task to try and adapt Apocalypse Now into a functioning, and more importantly enjoyable, video game, on paper, at least, it seems the dev team is taking a pretty decent attempt at adapting the property into an interactive media.

Vickers Guide: 1911 Reprint

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017


The original Vickers Guide: 1911 proved to be popular enough that it went out of print in 5 months, which prompted Mott Lake Publishing to produce a reprint, which is expected to start shipping May 15th, 2017.

They’re not just reprinting the book as an exact copy, however, as they’re giving fans the opportunity to pick the new cover of the book from one of the three 1911 models below (write ins are also an option on the survey page):

Survey ends January 27th, 2017.

Extreme Outfitters – New Website

Monday, January 2nd, 2017


It’s true! After 15 years, the Extreme Outfitters website, also known as, is finally getting an update. It’s been a long and painful process, but in January 2017 we will launch our new website. It will be mobile responsive (imagine that!) and it is our hope that you will find it very user friendly. The last four years have been tough for us due to the sudden death of the founder of the company and change of ownership, but we are determined to remain committed to our customers by providing great service from a knowledgeable staff and promoting great gear at great prices. For those of you who have stuck with us over the years, we truly appreciate your loyalty; to those of you who stopped shopping with us we hope to win you back. If you can hang with us until the new site is up, we would like to offer an online discount of 15%* with code IAT (It’s About Time). Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay updated on the progress. We truly appreciate your support and look forward to serving you even better in 2017!

Ready To Work Off That Christmas Feast?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

History Channel – The Selection: Special Operations Experiment

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

History Channel has introduced a new series called, “The Selection: Special Operations Experiment” which stars my friend Tyler Grey. So far, I’ve watched the first episode but they have already aired the second.

The eight episode, unscripted series follows those with no military background as they are coached by SOF Veterans who put them through event after event which are modeled on those used for SOF assessment and selection programs.