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TacHacker – Rothco Dog Tag Signal Mirror

Monday, July 28th, 2014


This dog tag shaped signal mirror from Rothco is scratch resistant and at $2.50 is a great option for those assembling their own survival kits. It incorporates a sighting hole as well as a chain hole so could be used as a handy signal mirror around your neck or as a back up in a kit.

Gearward – Fire Cord Micro

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


Gearward has just released the Fire Cord Micro. Fire Cord Micro consists of a small spool which contains 2 ft. of waterproof 5-strand jute cord that has been saturated in boiling paraffin for 2 hours. The spool is designed to be attached to a firesteel or kept in a survival kit for immediate access to reliable tinder.


Fire Cord Micro is made in the USA. Each pack contains 3 spools.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Das Ding

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Each week we focus on a different aspect of FirstSpear. This week, it’s once again my pleasure to discuss Das Ding. I originally wrote about it a little over a year ago, offering up the first photos of how it is employed. Das Ding is German for ‘The Thing’ and that’s a pretty apt description. It’s a thing that adapts to the mission and kind of reminds me of a money belt on steroids. I fell in love with it for low-viz and SERE application. I am a big fan and it is a great low profile carry option for the tools you need to get your job done. What you carry is really limited by your imagination.


Made from Tweave, Das Ding incorporates 11 sewn pockets that allow you to configure your load any way you like. Once you’ve got it loaded, you slightly stretch Das Ding when you put it on. Then you overlay the Velcro panels to close it around you like a cummerbund. There’s plenty of contact with a 4.5″ x 6″ hook panel that connects to an even larger loop panel for adjustability. Additionally, you can close it in front or rear based on where you want to carry your load. You may want a smooth front or perhaps you want to be able to reach inside your jacket to access something.

Das Ding Front

The softshell stretch fabric accommodates a variety of items and grip enhancement panels on the inside of the pockets and security stretch cords keep them in place.

FS_Das Radio

Although it’s not a purpose built holster, you can even carry a gun.

FS Das Ding

Grip enhancement panels on the inside of the pockets and security stretch cords are included and can be attached as required. this item can be worn empty under your load carriage platform and blouse. Available in 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL), corresponding to the AGB. Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Order a Das Ding and FirstSpear will also ship a free FS Logo T-Shirt.

SOLKOA – SUMA (SOLKOA Ultralight Multipurpose Aluminum) Containers

Sunday, June 15th, 2014


Machined from a solid billet of 6061 aluminum, SOLKOA Survival Systems’ SUMA – SOLKOA Ultralight Multipurpose Aluminum container is a highly durable, lightweight container purpose built for carrying a survival kit. The container cover includes a rubber gasket to keep out dirt and moisture, and secures to the container body by Velcro One-Wrap straps. In addition to serving as a container, the SUMA is also excellent for digging, melting ice, boiling and purifying water, and even small cooking needs.

Available in Small (inside 3 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 1 3/16”, outside – 4” x 2 3/4” x 1 5/8”)


Large (4 3/4” x 2 7/8” x 1 3/8”, outside – 5 1/8” x 3 1/4” x 1 7/8”)

sizes and in the following colors: Black, Red, Orange (all with black Velcro) or Tan (with tan/beige Velcro).

Blade Show 2014 – Manu Toigo Introduces Machete

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

You may recall seeing Manu Toigo on the show “Naked and Afraid”. After an 8-year stint in the Australian Army, Manu spent several years recovering from injuries. During this period of recovery and self-discovery she found herself in acting school. After a student exchange in Seattle, she emigrated to the US and spent some time in the contract training world as a role player and instructor in scenario based training. This parlayed into some private investigation and personal protection work.


Eventually, she ended up on the show, “Naked and Afraid” in a jungle scenario, in Panama, leveraging the survival skills she learned growing up. On this episode, she used an Ontario machete. Based on this experience she was determined to create something more versatile than that single use instrument. This is what she has come up with.


Offered in 18″ and 24″ models, the Manu Toigo Signature Series Survival Machetes are manufactured from 1070 High Carbon Steel with either G10 or Micarta handles. The design incorporates several features Manu wishes she would have had at hand during her Panamanian adventure including a saw, gut hook and lash points which come in handy when using the hook to retrieve flora from trees.


Manu is still getting this project off the ground and so far she only has custom, low-rate production models. In order to get this into full production, she is looking for viable contacts in the following areas:

- A production knife sheath maker, producing Kydex and Nylon sheaths.
- US Based machine shop with blade making capability.
- Manufacturer of phenolic laminate like G10, including maker of production knife scales in OD Green, Coyote and Camo.
- Saw and or knife blade manufacturer.


Forces Focus – Pararescue in Iceland 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Guardian Angel (GA) is a US Air Force, non-aircraft, equipment-based weapon system. GA is organized into nine specific capabilities: Prepare, Mission Plan, Insert, Movement, Actions on Objective, Medically Treat, Extract, Reintegrate, and Adapt.

These nine capabilities are supported by a family of nine acquisition systems: precision aerial insertion, information management, force application/personal protection, visual augmentation, maritime, ground mobility, technical rescue, medical, and Survival EvasionResistance and Escape (SERE). The sum of these capabilities and acquisitions support the PR execution tasks of report, locate, support, recover, and reintegrate.

This equipment-based weapons system is employed by Combat Rescue Officers, Pararescuemen, and SERE Specialists and enabled by uniquely trained combat support personnel.

Recently, a GAWS team deployed to Iceland. This is their experience.

MontanaTech / The Peak – Safe Travel Abroad Course

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The Peak MontanaTech

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The Peak, in association with MontanaTech is offering a new course for Fall 2014 called Safe Travel Abroad. In this course, students will learn essential skills of traveling abroad while mitigating risks to their safety. Learned skills include recognizing health issues, disease prevention, recognizing safe food and water sources, identifying safe modes of travel, and recognizing traveler scams, criminal activities, and kidnapping risks. The students will also undergo an all-encompassing field exercise at the end of the course. It’s a great course for Government, Industry and Tourist alike.

Safe Travel Abroad is a combination of lecture, homework, a final field exercise, and intensive class participation/discussions. The course is capped at 15 students, so if you’re capable of attending and interested be sure to register early.


The Peak was started by some PJ friends of mine and they offer a wide variety of training opportunities including tactical movement in a variety of arduous terrain at their Montana facility.

For more information, contact Mark Gollinger at The Peak Inc. at 406-494-7999.

SOFIC 2014 – Atlas Devices – Sled Dog Pack from PMK Solutions

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The guys at Atlas Devices showed us a new product developed by PMK Solutions (USAF PJ) called the Sled Dog Pack. We’ll give you a sneak peek and follow up soon with a full article.


Designed specifically for PJs and Medics, the heart of the Sled Dog Pack is the aluminum frame sheet (for stability and durability) that integrates PALS Compatible slots into the design called MSIG for MOLLE System Integrated Gear.


The MSIG offers shoulder straps and a padded yoke and lumbar which is removable to accommodate armor. The MSIG pouches include a micro haul kit, crash axe and GP pouch.


It also incorporates a Removable waist belt called the MARCH Belt (Massive, Hemorrhaging, Airway, Respiration, Circulation, Hypothermia). MARCH is a trauma treatment protocol and the belt is configured specifically to support that treatment. Internally, the sleeve offers pockets for casualty cards and chem lights and the outer area offers two rows of PALS webbing. The sleeve accepts load rated belts. The pouches mounted from left to right support the MARCH acronym.


Gearward – AK Band

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A-K Band

The Gearward AK Band, short for Anti-Kidnapping Band, is a micro escape kit. Designed to look inconspicuous on any black digital watch band, the AK Band consists of a segment of tube that conceals a ceramic razor blade, universal polymer handcuff key, and a pre-tied 4′ Kevlar friction saw, giving the user the functionality to escape from a variety of restraints including zip ties, handcuffs, and duct tape. The AK Band can be useful as a piece of E&E gear as part of a layered SERE plan.

The AK Band is assembled in the USA out of US and Canadian components.

Survival.Signal.Rescue Panel

Monday, May 12th, 2014


Developed by a friend of SSD, the Survival.Signal.Rescue Panel or SAR Panel is a multipurpose signal panel designed to help the user survive and get rescued in an emergency situation.

The top side is composed of NSI/ISEA 107-2010 compliant high-visibility material, designed to reflect light in either day or night conditions. A center pocket stores the included 20ft. of 400lb break strength kevlar cord, and the entire panel can be stored within the pocket when not in use. High contrast black webbing is sewn around the edges, providing strong attachment points for the included cord.


The bottom side is composed of a US manufactured heat-reflective Mylar, thicker than a standard space blanket. In addition to the signaling and marking functionality, the SSR panel can be used as a sun shade, and the integral pocket can hold hand-warmer and be wrapped around the user’s chest, while the Mylar side is positioned outward to reflect and trap heat in the core. The Mylar is also waterproof so the SSR can be used as a rain cover.

The SSR Panel is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. Funding is going towards ordering the product materials, all produced in the USA. Project rewards include the SSR panel itself, up to a package including a GPS beacon, infrared strobe, and additional survival items.