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SHOT Show – OCP Update

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Naturally, when you get that many industry pros together, they are going to talk programs. Of course, there was lots of talk regarding CSASS and Modular Handgun but the sod goods folks wanted to talk about the US Army’s impending Operational Camouflage Pattern transition.

Announced last year, the US Army plans to begin issuing the new pattern beginning early Summer 2015 to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern initially fielded in 2004. Operational Camouflage Pattern or OCP arose from the ashes of the uncompleted Camouflage Improvement Effort which began in 2011. A developmental camouflage pattern called Scorpion W2 was selected by the Army for fielding as OCP after the Army unilaterally broke off talks with Crye Precision who had created a pattern commercially called MultiCam. MultiCam has been in use with USSOCOM for many years and was adopted for use by the Army in 2010 strictly for use in Afghanistan also under the nomenclature of OCP. The US Air Force also used MultiCam OCP for their deployed forces and will continue to use the new OCP variant as well.

A couple of items stuck out in my OCP conversations with industry.

First, OCP NYCO fabric is all that is being printed and it has only been delivered so far to NIB/NISH and Federal Prison Industries for assembly into ACUs. No commercial vendors have received fabric yet to manufacture ACUs for the Army.

Second, there is currently no plan to release fabric to companies for commercial sale. This means no commercial OCP ACUs like those offered in other patterns by companies like Propper and Tru-Spec. It’s a pretty significant issue that will affect military outfitters which service Army customers outside of Army posts as well as online.

While no one has been printing OCP Cordura, this issue will most likely affect that fabric as well, meaning no commercial OCP (Scorpion W2) equipment. This falls in line with what I expected early on with OCP (Scorpion W2) being restricted to US government use and MultiCam being used for commercial OCP sales. Remember what we told you early on; OCP is OCP.

However, these are pretty cautious actions by an Army that claims to “have appropriate rights to use OCP.” They are certainly tiptoeing through the tulips.

SHOT Show – Winkler Knives Push Dagger

Monday, January 26th, 2015


Winkler Knives had several new items including this push dagger design created for an element of a national LE agency.

SHOT Show – T10 Thermal Imager from Torrey Pines Logic

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Year after year, Torrey Pines Logic is tucked into a back corner of SHOT Show’s main tactical hall. I’ve known them since my active duty days and they are well known in the SOF S&T community for providing innovative technologies. At this year’s SHOT Show, TPL exhibited their T10 series of Thermal Imagers. I took a picture of it on top of a bill in order to show you its size. It’s actually that small, in the class of an MRDS.


They are marketing it as a thermal micro dot. Based on capability, it’s really more of a micro thermal sensor than a typical micro dot. But, the T10 does offer a low-cost, weapon mounted thermal sensor option.


Available in three models, the T10-S (50° FOV, 9Hz video) and T10-N (25° FOV, 9Hz video) are great for hog hunting and the T10-M (50° FOV, 30Hz video) is intended for LE use although none of the three are restricted sale. The screen offered several modes: white hot / color / black hot / NV green. The Picatinny compatible T10 comes with a wrist strap as well a handle.

Now, get this. The T10 is not ITAR controlled and can be exported under commerce rules. What’s more, all three models are very affordable.

SHOT Show – Armor Express

Monday, January 26th, 2015


As I meandered through the halls of SHOT Show 2015, the aesthetic of the Raven carrier from Armor Express caught my eye. The refer to the PALS compatible triangle-shaped laser cuts as Trilogrid. It also features a built-in kangaroo pocket as well as ambidextrous horizontal knife sleeve. The padded shoulders are nonskid and incorporate utility ports for comms. Additionally, the best is lined with 3d spacer mesh.

SHOT Show – Blackhawk! Diversion Wax Canvas Line of Bags

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Looks like waxed canvas is in this year. Blackhawk! has introduced a series of bags made from 10.10 oz Army Duck Martexin wax canvas. Offered in Earth and Slate colors, the Messenger, Satchel and Rucksack all incorporate hidden pistol compartments. There is also a matching accessory pouch which opens into a stretch nylon pocket for a water bottle or SSE use.




(They are already up under the what’s new category.)

SHOT Show – American Rifle Company

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In addition to the Mausingfield action we showcased just before SHOT Show, American Rifle Company also displayed their M10 Scope Rings.


CNC machined in the USA from 7075 aluminum, these rings are available in 1″, 30mm, 34mm, 35mm, and 40mm (measured as top of rail to center of scope ring.). Their crowned rail interface tolerates out-of-spec Picatinny rails and maintains zero. Finally, with only one rail clamp screw and one scope clamp screw per ring, mounting is easy.


Additionally, ARC offers a QD-L Mount, available in 30, 34, and 35mm diameters, 35 and 40 mm heights, and inclinations ranging from 0 to 40 MOA.

SHOT Show – Carnik Con Knows How To Party

Monday, January 26th, 2015


Carnivorous Kinetic Concepts showing off at SHOT Show.

Gratuitously stolen from his Facebook feed.

SHOT Show – Benchmade

Monday, January 26th, 2015


Designed for brush clearing and similar tasks, the Jungle Bolo and Clip-Point knives are made of 1095 Spring Steel. The handles are orange textured Santoprene, and both blades come with a leather sheath with belt loop.



SHOT Show – Taurus

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


The Curve is one of the more unique pistols to be shown at SHOT Show. Chambered for .380 ACP, the Curve is designed specifically for right-side pocket carry, with its curved design and integrated belt clip. Its smooth, snag-free design, according to Taurus, ensures no visible printing when concealed.


The Curve has a “bore-axis sighting system”, where the three lines on the back of the slide function as the sighting system; the Curve has no iron sights. To make up for this, the Curve can be purchased with an integrated light and laser combo, which is built into the frame.


The magazine features a 6-round capacity, and is removed from the pistol by depressing both side tabs and pulling down.

SHOT Show – Standard Manufacturing

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


Following in the footsteps of Kel-Tec and UTAS, Standard Manufacturing has developed their own bullpup pump action shotgun with dual magazine tubes, however unlike the former two shotguns which feature a single barrel that feeds from two tubes, the DP-12 features double barrels. Two shells are chambered with each pump, and the trigger must be pulled twice to fire both barrels. Each tube is capable of holding 7 2 3/4″ shells, for a total capacity of 14+2. The DP-12 is machined from a solid billet of aircraft grade 7075 aluminum, and it features a spring loaded recoil pad.

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