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SHOT Show 17 – CMMG Tac Snac

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017


From the same company that brought us ‘Tactical Bacon’, comes the Tac Snac. The Tac Snac is high in protein, low in fat, and made of beef and pork. According to CMMG, the Tac Snac is “Perfect for camping, hunting, zombie standoffs, and end of the world scenarios”.


Aside from Original flavor, which is pretty tasty, CMMG is also offering the Tac Snac in Habanero, Peppered, and Bacon.


SHOT Show 17 – Qore Performance IcePlate

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

IcePlate Offers three benefits; cooling, hydration and protection.  Think of it as High School physics, wrapped in a water bottle, shaped like an armor plate.

IcePlate is intended to be worn near the body in an Armor Plate pocket on a vest.  At only 1″ thick, it’s designed to be frozen and the 50 oz of water in the IcePlate’s capacity offers 70 watts of cooling over two hours. Two IcePlates offer 140 combined watts of cooling which meets a US Army goal. What’s more, it doesn’t require power while worn. Additionally, as the ice melts, it offers portable water. Conversely, you can fill it with hot water.  It also offers 30% more water storage for the same space as bottled water. It’s also rigid, rather than floppy.  Finally, video testing indicates that use of the IcePlate behind soft armor eliminates back face deformation from the NIJ standard of 44 mm down to 0.01 mm, and that’s in all three modes, ice-filled, water-filled and empty.

The IcePlate design is stackable and incorporates an asymmetric drain so you get every last drop. At SHOT Show, Qore Performance is introducing Coyote color to join Clear and Wolf Grey.

IcePlate 2 will introduce a quick disconnect tube so you can configure your hose on your kit just once and won’t have to snake it in and out every time you fill the IcePlate.


Sneak Peek – Titanium Frying Pan from Heavy Cover

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Heavy Cover’s new Titanium Frying Pan is .6 mm thick, weighs 6.2 ounces, and is 8″ in diameter and with a liter capacity. Retail price will be $60.00. Coming Soon.


New Man Revolution – Manpoo

Thursday, December 1st, 2016


We here at SSD are always eager to assist with the endeavors of Veterans in business, which is why we’re introducing New Man Revolution, a company founded by two US Military Veterans and a massage therapist, and their new product, Manpoo. Snicker-inducing name aside, Manpoo is an all-natural shampoo made of coconut-based cleansers, essential oils, aloe vera, and green tea extract, while being free of artificial fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. Manpoo currently comes in two varieties, ‘Going Commando’ (seen above) and ‘Firm Handshake’.

To top it off, New Man Revolution currently donates 5% of their net profit to NY-based Veteran’s foundation called America’s Vet Dogs.


Armageddon Gear Beer Bivy

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

It’s rare to see this much awesome packed into 1:51.


Prometheus Design Werx – Technical Picnic Blanket

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

I love picnics and I love blankets. Although the new T.P.B. From PDW, is called a picnic blanket, and I might use it as such, it’s so much more, and I’m looking forward to ordering one just as soon as they are up.

A Multi-Purpose Wool Lined SilNylon Ground Sheet and Wilderness Throw, Made in the USA

San Francisco based specialty outdoor products brand Prometheus Design Werx releases their packable, multi-purpose T.P.B. (Technical “Picnic” Blanket) designed to be used in a variety of roles, from an insulated ground sheet, weatherproof wilderness throw, picnic blanket, to stadium blanket. The lightweight yet durable nylon ripstop ground liner is impregnated with silicone to repel water and also coated with PU for extra protection against the elements. The T.P.B. is inspired by the classic “cowboy bedroll,” but PDW’s take is updated with modern, lighter, technical materials with the silnylon, tried and true wool Melton, and yet this 54” x 84” back country throw rolls up into the included small stuff sack to easily stash in your pack. Designed and made in USA.

The T.P.B. is part of the Made in USA CORE-Line of products by Prometheus Design Werx, and will be available in Charcoal Gray wool Melton with dark OD Green silnylon.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“We came up with the product name of ‘Technical Picnic Blanket’ with a bit of a chuckle. As serious as a piece of backcountry gear this is, it certainly can be casually used as a picnic blanket but will kick the pants off of those crappy plasticky jobs you see being offered at big box stores. We really felt there was something missing from our gear line up and this product really fills that niche. We’ve used it hiking, backpacking, overlanding, the beach, watching fireworks and meteor showers, and lining the floor of our tent when snow camping. The seasoned outdoorsman knows that wool insulates even when wet and we’ve found that the weight of the wool Melton we selected to be a great balance between packed trail weight and all season use. This best made product uses custom milled lightweight but durable 30D nylon ripstop that has been impregnated with silicone for the hydrophobic properties and also lined it with PU for even more protection from the elements. The 14 oz wool Melton is sourced from a US supplier that has been in operation since 1922. It’s surprisingly soft to the touch and uses 15% nylon fibers to add that extra touch of durability to the 85% wool content. There are 6 staking points to secure it to the ground and the entire 54” x 84” foot print rolls up into its 6.5” x 11” stuff sack to easily stow into just about any pack. We also always keep an extra one in the 4×4 for just in case.”

The PDW CAB-2 will be available for purchase on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 1:00pm PST via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

ADS Inc – Think LEDs are more expensive? Military Consumer Behavior Says, “Think Again.”

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

This is a pretty interesting article from ADS Inc regarding the adoption of LED lighting for use by the military. It’s not something I’d normally consider but they make a good case for its adoption when you start to do the cost-benefit-analysis of life-cycle costs.

Automobile headlights, office ceiling lights, shipboard lights, and flashlights are make up the bulk of LED converted lights used in the US Military today. And just like many emerging technologies widely adopted by the military, commercial and residential LEDs have gained popularity in recent years. Regardless of whether you are a civilian or soldier, the common misconception of LED lighting is that it’s more expensive. This case study provides consolidated research that thoroughly examines and demonstrates the benefits of LEDs over its counterparts.

The biggest initial barrier for the widespread adoption of LED lighting (also known as Solid-State Lighting (SSL)) was a purchase price greater than the equivalent Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) or incandescent bulb. SSLs are defined as a light source that emits solid-state electroluminescence through light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and do not use thermal radiation or fluorescent tubes. (Solid-State Lighting n.d.) Since 2000, the Department of Energy (DOE) has invested heavily in Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D projects in order to realize the full potential of LED lighting. Finding ways to optimize the use of LEDs included research and development into the reduction of material costs, greater light output, and remedy of underlying technical challenges. As a result of improved technology, the cost of LED lighting dropped almost 40% between 2011 and 2012. (Top 8 Things You didn’t Know About LEDs n.d.)

Cost Comparison

When researching the cost comparison of LED lighting compared to a CFL or incandescent bulb, the question became:

Does switching to LED lighting actually save money, and if so, when are those cost savings realized?

In Cost Comparison (Table A), the cost and lifespan of a single LED, CFL and incandescent bulb are compared. The top-level benefits of using LEDs over CFLs or incandescent bulbs are clear; LEDs cost more upfront but use less energy and last significantly longer.

The real cost-benefit analysis of purchasing an LED bulb over its counterparts becomes clear around the 5-year mark (see Table B – 1 Ballast). At the 10-year mark, CFL bulbs cost two times the amount and incandescent bulbs are six times the amount of a single LED bulb.

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?

It remains unknown, but what is clear is that LED lighting doesn’t need to be replaced nearly as many times as CFLs or incandescent bulbs. Using Table C – Maintenance/Bulb Replacement, let’s examine changing a CFL or incandescent bulb over the course of 20 years.

You may think to yourself, “Changing a residential light bulb may not require much manpower or preparation.” However, imagine changing a single commercial CFL or incandescent bulb 6 – 49 times over the course of 20 years. Commercial lighting, whether on a ship or in an office, is much more abundant and will require an unwarranted amount of manpower. When lighting requirements are in the thousands, as is with shipboard lighting, changing a lightbulb becomes a man hour intensive exercise.

When you consider the time it takes to replace thousands of commercial bulbs over the course of 20 years, you may be exposing your service men and women to unnecessary risk of injury and countless hours of maintenance that would be better spent on training or fleet operations.

DID YOU KNOWThe U.S. Military has been one of the largest consumers of LEDs sense 1998 (Snyder 2013)

Military Adotion of LEDs

As stated previously, LEDs provide substantial cost, energy, and time savings over CFL and incandescent bulbs. Since the Navy first installed LEDs on ships in 2007, more than 125 ships and submarines – almost half of the current fleet – have been outfitted with more than 500,000 LED products. The Navy’s investment of millions of dollars over the years doesn’t come without a thorough backing in LED research, development and fielding. The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus once stated that reducing just 3% of each vessel’s total energy equates to an annual savings of over $150 million in fuel consumption for the entire Navy fleet. (Shavers n.d.)

According to the Commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC), energy bills are the single largest cost for Navy installations. Energy costs at one time made up 28% of the Navy’s overall shore budget. It was imperative to reduce these energy costs to free up budget to invest in crucial support training and fleet operations. In 2010, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) spearheaded an initiative titled the Navy Shore Energy Program to set specific energy goals geared towards reducing the Navy’s energy costs. The proposed outcome for these goals included reducing the shore energy consumption by 30% in 2015 and by 50% in 2020. (Navy Shore Energy Program n.d.)

Safety and Quality – Added Benefits

In addition to providing cost, energy and time savings, LEDs have been proven to improve performance and safety for our service men and women. Just by reducing the maintenance required, we are mitigating the risk of injury associated with disrupting workflow to replace a bulb. Depending on the mission, having a reliable light source can be critical to safety. Furthermore, the quality of light emitted from an LED creates a “daylight” ambient light that can increase performance and minimize the effects of eye strain, headaches, and migraines associated with traditional fluorescents. Some manufacturers even insist LED lighting can be attributed to changing a person’s mood.

LEDS Lead the Way

ADS is a proud partner and government supplier of Energy Focus, an industry leader in LED technology research and development. Outdated fluorescent technology, whether in a warehouse, on a ship or in an office is proven to cost more, use more energy, require more manpower and strain the eyes. The Energy Focus 2-ft. LED is a direct replacement for these legacy fluorescent lamps, operates with or without a ballast, works with the New Emergency Automatic Lighting System (NEALS), and has a starter that can be removed in either mode of operation. Energy Focus’ technology is the only LED replacement lamp approved by the U.S. Navy for shipboard lighting.

Test Your LED Lighting IQ with this QUIZ provided by the Department of Energy.

If you’d like to learn more about LED lighting and other energy efficiency solutions that can save you time and money, contact a knowledgeable ADS Representative at 866-845-3012.

n.d. Navy Shore Energy Program. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/om/base_support/facility_system_investment/Navy_Shore_Energy_Program.html.
Shavers, Lt. j.g. Clyde. n.d. Navy Installations Go T-LED: Replacement of Fluorescent Bulbs. http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90427.
Snyder, Tim. 2013. LED Lights Are Now Being Used By The Military. 09 16. http://4wheelonline.com/led-lights-military.231321.0.
n.d. Solid-State Lighting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_lighting.
n.d. The True Cost of Lightbulbs. http://greenlivingideas.com/2015/02/19/the-true-cost-of-light-bulbs-led-cfl-incandescent/.
n.d. Top 8 Things You didn’t Know About LEDs. http://energy.gov/articles/top-8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-leds.
n.d. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp.

AUSA – Oxx Coffeebox

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Most everyone appreciates a cup of coffee in the morning. Doubly so when in the field. During Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015, we saw the Oxx Coffeebox. During my discoursing with the creator, I suggested he check out the military market. At this week’s AUSA, there he was. Coffee and Soldiers are like peas and carrots.

The 120v Coffeebox is the world’s first ruggedized coffeemaker. It is K-cup compatible and brews a hot cup of coffee in 90 seconds. Designed for use in rigged environments, it’s crush proof as well as impact, water and dust resistant.

They’ve even introduced a Tan version. Military discounts available.