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Max Talk 43: Gear Review: Crossfire DG3 Pack (Part 2)

Monday, November 4th, 2019

This is the forty-third installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This is a gear review of the Crossfire DG-3 Pack. This is a gear review of the Crossfire DG3 Pack. This is part 2, with part 1 already posted on YouTube. The U.S. Crossfire website is now up: crossfirepacks.com

More of these instructional videos can be found by subscribing to the Max Velocity Tactical YouTube Channel.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.

Max Talk 42: Gear Review: Crossfire DG3 Pack (Part 1)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

This is the forty-second installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This is a gear review of the Crossfire DG-3 Pack. This is part 1, with part 2, a field trial of the pack, also available on YouTube. The U.S. Crossfire website is now up: crossfirepacks.com

More of these instructional videos can be found by subscribing to the Max Velocity Tactical YouTube Channel.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.

Stuff I Like – In and Out Pack from Mystery Ranch

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Like the name implies, the In and Out Pack is a self-stuffing pack which compressed down to a 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 4″ envelope.

When open, it has a 19 liter capacity, but unlike most other stuffable packs, the In and Out offers comfortable shoulder straps and plenty of features.

In fact, I haven’t transitioned mine back into storage configuration since I picked it up at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. It now accompanies me as my carry-on for air travel and you’ll also find me wearing it during trade shows.

Features:
-Contoured shoulder straps with adjustable sternum strap
-Two, external zippered access pockets
-One, side stretch-woven water bottle pocket
-Two tool carry loops with secure straps
-Side compression straps
-2 L (70 oz) hydration reservior pocket against frame with ports to drinking tube above shoulders

Offered in a wide variety of color schemes, check the site for current availability.

www.mysteryranch.com/in-and-out-pack

Is The Army Looking to Expand Use of MOLLE 4000 Airborne Rucksack to General Purpose Forces?

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Terry Baldwin sent me a link the other day with this note:

I admit, this particular item of kit has really captured my interest. It seems from the pictures that the “final” version of the rucksack is even more of a large ALICE-clone than the prototypes suggested. The rigging geometry, likewise, would be very familiar to you or me. It also appears, from a separate slide briefing that it is being considered not only for Airborne units but also as a possible Service-wide replacement for the Molle Large. Note, the standard Molle waistpad / belt used with the prototypes has been replaced by what looks like an OCP version of the pad /belt on the Marine’s FILBE pack. The shoulder straps also have  a new 4-point connection arrangement above the envelope pad. Interesting stuff.

He had run across a sources sought notice from earlier this year. The Army is looking to build more of its new MOLLE 4000 Airborne Rucksacks. What is interesting is the description. Up to now, it has only been intended for airborne troops.

Considering the numbers of 130,000 packs and the Army’s concentration on modernizing it’s Close Combat Forces, this looks like a possible fielding for the BCTs.

Here’s the info on the MOLLE 4000 Ruck:

“The new MOLLE Rucksack for Airborne and General Purpose Forces [ emphasis added] is a Government-owned design. It has an approximately 4000 cubic inch capacity and made of 1000 Denier nylon coated fabric, has an external frame, adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable waist belt. The exterior of the rucksack has multiple storage pockets and pouches of varying dimensions. The interior of the main compartment of the rucksack has a pouch for carrying a radio / hydration bladder or other similarly sized equipment. The interior of the main compartment of the rucksack has a center zippered flap that divides the main compartment into two approximately equal upper and lower halves. The bottom of the rucksack has a separate [Air Items] storage compartment and above that a zippered access into the lower part of the main compartment.”

LTC Terry Baldwin (USA, Ret) contributed to this report.

DSEI 19 – Osprey Drop Dry Bag from Typhoon

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Typhoon manufacturers drysuits, dry bags and accessories.

One of their latest products is the Osprey Dry Bag which has been built specifically for para ops. It incorporates a single pull release and this can be covered when not in use. The bag itself is made of durable trilaminate texturized polyester with stitched and double taped seams and waterproof zippers.

It also features integrated shoulder straps which can be stored behind a zippered flap.

The Osprey has a 120 liter capacity and is available in Black or Drab Green.

www.typhhon-int.co.uk

ThirdBlockGear – Advanced Field Sling Bag

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Advanced Field Sling Bag was developed by a friend of mine for personal use while working initially overseas, and increasingly here at home. He wanted a bag that would keep his most needed equipment right at his fingertips.

His work requires the use of electronics and those often need to be recharged in the field.

Above is a layout of the kit he uses to teach classes.

And in case your interested in the types of electronics he uses, here are a couple of images of something he is currently working on.

But back to the ASF. Here are some key design points:
• Comfortable to wear for hours, in hot climates.
• Quick access to all your gear, without taking the bag off.
• Adjustable, ambidextrous, and quick-release design.
• Designed to fit power, communications, and sustainment gear.
• Extremely durable and rugged.
• 100% US Materials. 100% US manufactured.

I’ve had one for awhile and feel blessed anytime Jason honors me by allowing me access to his work. While it’s a very specialized piece of kit with a very specific layout, it has already been fielded to several organizations. Learn more at thirdblockgear.com/shop/afs-bag.

Crossfire – DG3 Available Again

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

An streamlined and updated version of the DG16, the DG3 comes with an internal frame or the external DG frame. The last time these were in stock, they flew off the shelves.

Key Features:
-Three rows of MOLLE on front panels
-Internal sleeves and ports integrate hydration reservoirs
-PRC117G capable internal removable pouch
-Zipper port for radio and antennae access
-Velcro on lid for identification and patches
-removable waist belt wings
-all critical buckles are easily field replaceable if damaged
-easy adaptability between DG external frame or internal sheet frame

Available in MultiCam, Coyote, and Ranger Green.

crossfire.com.au

The IKEA Day Pack

Friday, August 9th, 2019

My friend Dan Matsuda has been a gear designer for decades. He recently whipped up this day pack using an Ikea tote.

He previously created a pack from a rice bag. Check out the video.