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Wild Things Guide Light Pack Available from O P Tactical

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The New Wild Things Guide Light Pack we weote about awhile back is now in stock now at O P Tactical.

This is a minimalist waterproof pack with the features you need and nothing else for a streamlined and ultra-light package made to withstand multiple deployments. It’s not on Wild Thing’s website yet, so check it out at O P Tactical now.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Vertical Envelopment Pack

Friday, April 24th, 2015


According to FirstSpear’s description, the Vertical Envelopment Pack is a top opening, rolled closure and Tubes secured Assault Pack that can be mounted to FS Modular Plate Carriers. Developed to “go forward from the Objective Rally Point (ORP)”, the VEP provides the Assaulter with a unique capability that augments the full spectrum of modern combat operations. The VEP can be carried with its own shoulder straps (included) for conventional use without a plate carrier.


Inspired by the Bag, Canvas, Field, M1936 (Musette Bag) so often associated with World War II-era paratroops, the Vertical Envelopment Pack is a simple design that can be worn is a couple of different ways and, like its mid-20th Century counterpart, allows rapid access to critical equipment. FS even had the parachutist in mind when they envisioned the VEP. When worn in front, it is compatible with a parachute harness. Clutter is also kept to a minimum around the biceps due to uniform pockets and there are no straps under the arms. Additionally, it was critical that the pack be removable without taking off any body armor.


Jon Laplume took the 117 Raid Bag FS had been making for a government customer as the basic size and worked from there. That 117 Raid bag itself is a shrunken FS Exigent Circumstances Pack and about two-thirds the size of what they eventually ended up with for the current VEP. That final size was derived from the kidney bean shape and simple carriability; any more and it just didn’t ride well as intended, although the bag is pleated and gusseted at the bottom to help stabilize the load.

Tubes attachment

He then began to experiment with ways to attach the VEP to an armor carrier and looked to some earlier work FS had done to attach the Draeger rebreather to carriers using Tubes. One trick Laplume told me was to attach the VEP further to the front on the lower part of the Vest’s shoulder straps. It rides better this way and makes sure it clears the head when flipping it to the front.

In addition to back mounted wear, attached directly to a vest, the VEP is easily flipped over the head for quick access or to get it out of the way while riding on vehicles.


You may notice that the main closure does not use zippers. Instead, they incorporated a stiffened roll top closure with Tubes. The height when the top is rolled down is roughly 17”, with top open it’s 21”. Additionally, it’s 4” deep and 12.5” wide.


Despite its small size, the sample VEP that Laplume showed me contained everything seen on the table above.


You can still mount a hydration on the back of your vest and the VEP will ride just fine and if you remove the VEP altogether, you will still have the water.


Naturally, after all of that, you’re going to look at this and wonder how you get it over your head. You use a Rat strap (above) that attaches to the pack via the daisy chain and is kept up front where you can get at it for a pull.


The VEP has 1″ webbing spanning both sides of the pack, about halfway down. This serves as daisy chain and allows adjustment of the removable compression net (which will accommodate a helmet). The bottom of the net secures via a bar.


Although everything is reversible, there are zippered pockets on either side. One side has a horizontal zipper and the other features a slanted zipper. This will help with figuring out what is in either pocket in the dark or under stress. Additionally, one side has a pile field for attachment of ID panels and the opposite a simple 1″ webbing handle which ends up on top once you roll it closed.

VEP Back

This video gives you a quick run through the paces.

Laplume showed me an early version of the VEP months ago and I immediately got it. There’s really nothing like this out on the market right now. In addition to the ability to fight from the contents of your buddy’s pack, the VEP offers so much to the individual wearing it. The ability to flip it up front for access or to free the back for sitting down in a seat is awesome. It’s also narrow and low profile enough that you can maneuver unencumbered through most any obstacle. In fact, it’s not wider than an armor plate. The size parameters of the VEP make it an edge to edge fit on carriers cut for the Swimmer/Shooter M – XL, SPEAR/SAPI M to XL or the MBAV S/M, L/XL & XXL. Plus, it’s lightweight.


Two more tidbits before I let you go. The VEP will fit into the open space of the frame on the new Marauder Pack and, Laplume says they are working on concepts for larger and waterproof versions of the VEP for down the road. Can’t wait to see if those materialize.


Available in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote and MultiCam. Optional VEP M4 Double Accessory Pouch sold separately.

PILGRIM – TACSAC Covert Chest Rig

Monday, April 20th, 2015


UK-based PILGRIM has developed what they call the TACSAC Covert Chest Rig. Designed to appear and function as a vehicle go bag, the TACSAC can quickly transform into a Chest Rig by releasing and pulling down zip pulls on the bag. The loose flaps fold behind the bag and secure with Velcro.


With the contents of the bag secured to the webbing, it can also be used as a general purpose bag. It’s also small enough to fit within a vehicle footwell for quick access if the vehicle comes under contact.

PILGRIM states the TACSAC can be made in any color or material to help break up the profile of the end user. The TACSAC has recently been made in Black, Coyote Tan, and MultiCam.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Marauder Pack System

Friday, April 17th, 2015

It’s rare that I receive photos of a new product and say, “Wow, that is not what I expected,” but this week’s Friday focus evoked exactly that reaction. While FS has a distinct design aesthetic, I didn’t have something like this in my mind’s eye when they told me they had designed a jungle rucksack and frame. It’s also refreshing to see a product released before the season it’s meant for. There are are a variety of reasons to blame, but all too often we see mittens announced in Spring and shorts released in time for Thanksgiving.

But I digress. Please allow me to introduce the FS Marauder Pack System.

Taking its name from the famous Jungle Fighters of the 5307th Composite Unit that operated during WWII, FirstSpear introduces the Marauder Pack System. The initial release scheduled for Summer 2015 will lead with the Marauder, Standard – a 3.9-Pound Rucksack (Frame, Suspension and Pack included) with a cumulative volume of 2500 Cubic Inches. Utilizing advanced construction and fabric technology as well as innovative approaches in rapid drainage this design keeps close to its tropical combat roots while taking advantage of modern material advances. Optimized for loads in the 60-Pound range certain features in this system will ensure that when required, excessive loads can be managed.

FS Marauder Pack

Currently, there are three different sized waist belts planned for the Marauder Suspension System and swapping out between them is easy and Operator friendly. The Marauder frame is one size fits most, and manufactured from an advanced thermal molded composition. For personnel not immediately familiar with pack systems designed for operations in deeply foliated, hot tropical environments the frame may initially seem to ride high, there is ample adjustment to raise and lower it on the body however, the design intent is to minimize conflict with your load bearing/fighting load, accentuate stand off from the back of the body to aid in ventilation/cooling and facilitate getting in and out of different body positions required for Jungle Warfare.

FS Marauder Pack - 3 View

The Marauder features two external pockets positioned on the outside, back center to aid in organization and provide access to smaller immediately needed items. An overstuff skirt is manufactured of lightweight/compressible material that is highly water resistant. The top flap of the pack is completely removable and features an accessory strap letting you use it as a Bolt Bag. An internal radio pocket can securely hold the AN/PRC-117G or dense, heavier items that are desired to be transported high and close to the back. Upcoming accessories will secure on to the Marauder Standard and let you attach pockets and other features more suitable to open terrain, that will increase capacity further without changing to a larger bag. 2 Sleeves on the inner, side walls of the pack will each hold a 3 Liter On The Move drinking bladder and are aligned with pass through ports that allow the drinking hose to be accessed without having to open the pack. These same ports can be used for communication wires or antennas.

Additional bags, accessories and frame sizes/features as well as integrated floatation capabilities are planned for the Marauder and will be phased into the FirstSpear product line. T&E systems are now available to agencies requesting a demonstration, contact FirstSpear for more details.

This Is A Jungle Ruck

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

This is what a jungle ruck looked like when we had spent several years fighting in tropical envirnments.

Lightweight, Simple, Inexpensive

NRAAM 2015 – Elite Survival Systems

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Introduced at SHOT Show, the Stealth Covert Operations Pack has already sold through the first run.

It features a large firearms pocket as well as a fully configurable PALS and Velcro compatible accessory pocket and admin pocket.
Additionally, the shoulder straps and back are fully padded. Available in Black and Grey.

Sneak Peek – New Large Pack from Blue Force Gear

Monday, April 6th, 2015

As seen at the recent USASOC Sniper Competition.


In case you missed the news at SHOT Show, Blue Force Gear is back in the pack business. They’ve integrated their proprietary Helium Whisper technology which combines ULTRcomp material with laser cut, PALS compatible slots into a panel loader design. Coming soon.

PIG Runt Urban Pack

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Patrol Incident Gear has launched the PIG Runt Urban Pack.


Considered the ‘prequel’ to the PIG gRUNT Modular Pack, the Runt Urban Pack is designed to bridge the gap between “your tacticool gear and your everyday items, even if your EDC includes a 10×12″ Shooter Cut plate.” The Runt has a minimalist footprint, with a tri-panel design taking cues from military issued Special Operation packs.



  • An electronics sleeve large enough to handle an 11” Macbook Air or 10×12” Shooter Cut plate, and lined with loop Velcro for securing a Velcro holster for concealed carry.
  • Two front mesh zippered pockets with high visibility backing to aid in quick-access identification of contents.
  • An exterior large zippered pocket large enough for a windbreaker or light rain jacket, and also featuring a secret stash pouch above the zipper.
  • Two accessory pockets sized to fit either a 20 round M4 magazine or two pistol mags each.
  • Stretch elastic water bottle holders and ¾” webbing for attaching myriads of other items (pens, chemlights, pocket folders and more).
  • Compatibility with the Runt frame sheet for additional rigidity as needed (sold separately).
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    Available in seven different color options: Black, Grey, MultiCam, MultiCam Tropic, MultiCam Arid, MultiCam Black and Woodland Camo. The PIG Runt Pack is Designed and Made in USA.

    RE Factor Tactical – Deployable SSE Duffle Bag

    Thursday, March 26th, 2015

    Deployable SSE Duffle Bag 1

    RE Factor Tactical’s Deployable SSE Duffle Bag is manufactured from 70D water-resistant ripstop nylon, and features an integrated stuff sack which also functions as an internal pocket when the bag is deployed. The SSE Duffle also features an external zipping pocket, and 2″ wide nylon straps. The bag comes in two sizes:


    Dimensions (collapsed) – 7″ x 7.5″ x2″
    Dimensions (expanded) – 16″ x 9″ x 9″


    Dimensions (collapsed) – 7″ x 8″ x 2″
    Dimensions (expanded) – 19″ x 10″ x10″

    Available in Tan and MultiCam. Made in the USA.

    S.O.TECH Tactical Releases Mission Go Bag Model A1

    Monday, March 16th, 2015

    S.O.TECH Has released the upgraded Mission Go Bag Model A1. The full release can be read below:

    Mission Go Bag A1 press release

    S.O.TECH / Special Operations Technologies releases its upgraded Mission Go Bag Model A1 to celebrate 10 years of fielding the original Mission Go Bag to US Special Operations Forces.

    While the Mission Go Bag became synonymous with Special Operations over the last decade, it has also been adopted throughout law enforcement, federal agencies, search and rescue and even urban fashion. S.O.Tech originally designed it as a trauma go bag to mount to its medical Mission Pack. Both medical packs have been issued throughout the GWOT to Special Forces Medics (18D) as part of the SOF-Medical Equipment Set. The inspiration came from S.O.TECH founder Jim Cragg’s first designs of a satchel and an ALICE pack-mounted go bag dating back to when he was a 2nd Lieutenant in 1994. As such, the Mission Go Bag’s DNA has been an integral part of S.O.TECH’s development as a company. Because of its compact design with large internal IV pockets, the bag was quickly adopted for use as a survival bag and a breacher / explosive demolitions bag. The Mission Go Bag won its place as the satchel bag of the SOCOM BALCS pack contract providing over 16,000 bags to Special Forces, Rangers, SEALS, MARSOF, ParaRescue and other US SOF units.

    The Mission Go Bag is one of the most versatile designs fielded. It can be configured for carry as a satchel, waist pack, sling pack, vest mount, pack mount, brief case, vehicle wall pack, belt pack, or chest pack because of its patented design. Five internal packets were ideal for 4 rifle magazines, an IFAK, an MRE, and a radio with batteries. Its ideal size found it used as a survival bag, surveillance/camera bag, submachine gun carrier, medical bag, sniper bag/rest, EOD bag, breacher bag, active shooter bag, laptop bag, and travel bag. Over the years the Mission Go Bag has been made in most camouflage colors including British DPM, German Flecktarn, Auscam, Canadian digital, Thai digital, and Japanese camouflage for our clients.

    In recent years, the Mission Go Bag has moved into the law enforcement arena as patrolman warbags shrank in size. Soon the requirement for active shooter response bags saw a demand because of its ability to carry a full tactical load in a sleek and compact design. At the same time, the Urban Fashion industry took note of the Mission Go Bag as Vans Shoe’s custom designed a tennis shoe with S.O.Tech, Dual Forces Gear and Vans OTW which paired the shoes with a black custom modified Mission Go Bag.

    Accessories for the Mission Go Bag A1 include a padded camera insert system, shoulder pad, flex tab MOLLE adapters, medical panel inserts, and a removable flap module. S.O.TECH’s Mission Pack shoulder straps and padded pistol belts all integrate with the design and are sold separately. The new MGB-A1 design incorporates a padded wrap into the handles, and improves internal organizer and pocket designs.

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