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You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I ran into my friend Guy Cramer at Warrior East and he was sporting our giveaway reflective patch on his US4CES pack.


If you’re at the expo, stop by CeJay Engineering to pick up yours.

Get Your SSD Reflective Patch and Sticker Pack at Warrior East

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


If you are attending Warrior East today or tomorrow be sure to stop by the CeJay Engineering booth to pick up your SSD logo reflective patch and sticker pack. These reflective items are made by Warrior GloTape and are not ITAR controlled. They are available on a first come, first served basis and once they are gone, that’s it.

Starbrite Car Bomb – CLO2 Odor Control System

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Finally, a Car Bomb that you’ll be happy to see. We’re passing this along after hearing from a reader who gave us one of the best lines we’ve ever heard.

My Honda no longer smells like CIF and Dog Puke.
Army NCO, Dad, Dog Owner and longtime SSD reader

He went on to say, “This thing removed the sweaty ass scent of professional soldiering and parenthood that infests almost any dude’s car/truck/minivan.” After reading that, we decided to share the info on this wonder product with our readers.


The CLO2 Chlorine Dioxide generator pouch treats an area up to 1,000 cubic feet to eliminate the odors caused by mold, mildew, pets, food, smoke and more. Even better, it doesn’t try to mask odors, leaving you with a perfume smell. In fact, the manufacturer recommends its use to rid yourself of those odors.

While you shouldn’t use it while people or pets are in the car, it is people and pet safe and frequently used in public water systems, hospitals and food processing facilities to disinfect and sanitize. Sorry guys, not available in Canada or Europe.

Some Cool New Patches from Platatac

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014


I gotta say, I’m a big fan of these two new limited edition patches from Australia’s Platatac.


Qore Performance – Blessings Of Liberty

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Qore Performance is a new company that specializes in thermoregulation, including clothing and specialized temperature-controlled inserts. They produced this military-tribute video in association with Ares Armor for Independence Day, celebrating those who fight to protect our liberty.

Operation Red Wings Memorial Shoot

Monday, June 30th, 2014


It was a warm, clear morning on Saturday, June 28th at Academi Training Center, Moyock, North Carolina. At 0930, a shot rang out from the 600 yard line of Range T10, the first shot made towards a commemorative target meant to honor each US Navy SEAL and member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Attachment lost during Operation Red Wings.

Red Wings Memorial Shoot

For the 9th anniversary of Operation Red Wings, a retired SEAL friend of ours who previously worked on the 911 for 9/11 project decided to take a similar approach to honoring Operation Red Wings. A Chinook helicopter was traced onto a black target, and over the course of the morning 19 shots representing each servicemember lost was taken. Additionally, three of the shots made that day were taken by members of three of the SEAL members’ families:

The shooters

GM2 (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz was represented by his wife Patsy Dietz

ITCS (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy was represented by his son Jacob Centeno-Healy

ET1 (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas was represented by his wife Rhonda Lucas


The weapon used during the shoot was a Mk 12 SPR, which was specially chosen for the shoot: 3 Mk 12s were utilized during Operation Red Wings by the SEAL teams. Also, the use of the 5.56 round from the 600 yard range required a greater deal of focus and dedication to effectively mark the target.

The Range

This was the view from the 600 yard mark. The target was situated underneath the ’4′ position, and the traced Chinook strike area encompassed roughly a fourth of the total target.

Finished Target

The finished target is being sent to Ellwood T Risk to be turned into a piece of art in the same vein of the 911 for 9/11 piece. The finished art will be auctioned live Memorial Day weekend 2015 in Rosenberg, Texas, at the 3-day Danny Deitz Memorial Team Roping, Auction, and BBQ event. Reprints of the original will be able to be ordered before then and will be available through the Tommy Valentine Memorial “All in All the Time” Foundation. The prints will be produced in Hampton Roads, with all profits benefiting the Navy SEAL Foundation, helping to fund a 10th Anniversary retreat for the surviving families of the servicemembers lost on Operation Red Wings.

Happy Armed Forces Day, UK!

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

I know a certain group of very patriotic young lasses from the United Kingdom who share our sentiment in wishing you well on this sixth Armed Forces Day!

UK Armed Forces Day

Thank you to the Hot Shots Calendar models for doing so much for Allied morale!

Mudge Smash Monday – Everything ‘Tactical’

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

It seems that word ‘tactical’ has become a bit over used, to the point that the virtual pitchforks and torches come out in a demonstration of outrage every time it pops up. Shoot, if you want to make Mudge really angry, just utter the word. In fact, he won’t even be able to read this story without that vein in his shiny forehead popping out. You may not survive if you ask him to read the word aloud.


According to Merriam-Webster, the adjective ‘tactical’ refers to:

Main Entry: tac·ti·cal
Pronunciation: \?tak-ti-k?l\
Function: adjective
Date: 1570
1 : of or relating to combat tactics: as a (1) : of or occurring at the battlefront (2) : using or being weapons or forces employed at the battlefront b of an air force : of, relating to, or designed for air attack in close support of friendly ground forces 2 a : of or relating to tactics: as (1) : of or relating to small-scale actions serving a larger purpose (2) : made or carried out with only a limited or immediate end in view b : adroit in planning or maneuvering to accomplish a purpose

I’ll leave it to you to come up with some alternative. Share your ideas in the comments.

SERKET Racing – The Mission

Friday, June 20th, 2014

In this video, former Marine Mark Llano talks about SERKET Racing, an organization based in Wellington, Florida. Started by Llano and Randy Webb, SERKET Racing competes with the goal of raising awareness and assistance for military Veterans and their families. SERKET races a Porsche GT3 Cup 911 in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, the largest single-make racing series in North America.

Gun Websites – Visual Kalashnikov Recognition Playing Cards

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

AK Deck

Gun Websites currently is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for Kalashnikov playing cards reminicent of aircraft identification cards. Consisting of 52 individual Cold War-era AK variants manufactured in Russia, China, East Germany, and Bulgaria, the cards will feature the following information:

- Kalashnikov Model
- Country of Origin (USSR, China, E. Germany, Bulgaria)
- Countries ‘Cold War’ Flags
- Dates of Production (when available)
- Caliber (color of silhouette indicates caliber)
- Type of Receiver (Milled, Stamped)
- Materials used (Wood, Plastic, Bakelite, etc)
- Factory of Origin (when available)
- Cold War Factory Logos

Of course, the cards will also feature full suits and will fully function as a standard playing deck. The cards will be printed in the USA by USPCC.