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Warrior Expo – Mobile Fitness Equipment

Monday, March 10th, 2014

I remember attending a trade show 10 years ago and seeing the TRX which is a compact workout kit many in the military now deploy with for use in areas with no gun facilities Then, last week, I ran across this black 8′ x 8′ x 8′ shipping container at last week’s Emerald Coast Warrior Expo near Hurlburt Field, Florida. It brings deployable fitness to a whole new level.


The crew set up the self contained Mobile Fitness Unit in a matter of minutes.

MFU Winch

The sides are raised and lowered via an electric winch and cable. A small generator powers the winch as well as electric lights when shore power is unavailable.

MFU Rack

Everything is then easily into place.


While this model was mounted to a trailer (they towed it all the way from their hometown of Boston to Destin, FL), you can easily pick it up and put it down wherever you like, just like other shipping containers.

It literally looks like a gym once it’s fully deployed and serves as a great focal point for deployed fitness.


The Mobile Fitness Unit I saw was fully outfitted with a variety of free weights and Olympic barbells along with Kettlebells, Ropes, Medicine Balls and Gymnastic rings. I also noticed several TRX mounted to the pull up bars which brought this whole thing full circle for me. Ten years ago I picked up a couple of TRX for some teams I was supporting that deployed around Afghanistan. If I were still doing that for a living, I’d certainly take a look at the Mobile Fitness Unit for my deployed troops.

The Mobile Fitness Unit from Greg Monaco on Vimeo.

Death Valley Training Center – Tomahawk Scout School

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014


Death Valley Training Center is now offering a Tomahawk Scout School course, headed by Thomas Moore, co-star of the Discovery Chanel show “Dude You’re Screwed”. The course teaches skills used by the famed Apache Scouts of the U.S. Army.

Through the course, the participant will learn:

- Fundamental Tomahawk Scout skills
- General Wilderness Survival
- Tracking Humans and Animals
- Fire making
- Shelters (natural and man-made)
- Camp selection and setup
- Acquiring and purifying water
- Scout Equipment Selection
- Scout Patrol Food and Cooking
- History of the U.S. Army Apache Scouts

The course teaches traditional skills, along with subjects such as shelters and gear that have been modified to fit with today’s technology.

By graduating from the Tomahawk Scout School, the participant receives:

- An exclusive Tomahawk Scout Tab
- Certificate of Graduation
- Lifetime membership in the Tomahawk Scout Association
- Ongoing Tomahawk Facebook Group Membership, including Q&A with Tom and other graduates
- Eligibility for additional follow up courses to be revealed soon.

The school takes place over a weekend – 2 1/2 days, starting on a Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday. The current class schedule lists these locations for hosting courses:

-Masardis, Maine
-Frederick, Maryland
-Blacksburg, Virginia
-West Palm Beach, Florida
-St. Augustine, Florida
-Houston, Texas
-Sierra Vista, AZ
-Reno, Nevada
- Palm Springs, California
-Portland, Oregon

Additionally, Death Valley Training Center is also offering a series of 13 online lessons teaching the same skills as the Tomahawk Scout School. This gives students an opportunity to learn the materials at their own pace and without having to take time off from their daily schedules to attend a course.

New Nikki Turpeaux DVD From Panteao

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Columbia, SC, February 24, 2014 – Panteao Productions introduces the first in a series of DVDs with Nikki Turpeaux.

For women interested in concealed carry, this is one of the best videos to start with. Nikki Turpeaux is the Owner/CEO of Archangel Tactical, LLC and Founder of the Get A GRIP™ Ladies Personal Defense & Firearms Training Program. Her training curriculum serves women, men, youth and families in the disciplines of defensive pistol, shotgun, carbine, OC, edged/improvised weapons and unarmed defense training. In this video, Nikki starts you off with the key fundamentals. She walks you through handgun and ammo selection, methods of concealment, training equipment, targets and lethal zones on targets, stance, grip, sight alignment, and more. With this video, you will come away with a solid foundation to start building your skills upon.

The DVD is available for pre-order from the Panteao website. The video will be available streaming to Panteao subscribers shortly.


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New Home Defense DVD From Panteao

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Columbia, SC, February 22, 2014 – Panteao Productions introduces a new DVD on home defense called “Make Ready with Paul Howe: Home Defense”.

Taught by Paul Howe and drawing from his personal experiences, this video will give you the advantage. Paul is a high-risk training instructor that served 20 years in the US Army, ten of those in Special Operations. He served as a Tactical Team Leader and Senior Instructor while assigned to Army Special Operations. During his tour in special operations he was involved in several combat actions. One of the most notable was the battle of Mogadishu that was later portrayed in the motion picture Black Hawk Down. In this video, Paul takes you step-by-step through alarms, cameras, and gates for your home, what to do when you leave or arrive at your home, staging equipment, home invasions, mindset, movement and engaging threats, calling 911, and more.
The DVD is available for pre-order from the Panteao website. The video will be available streaming to Panteao subscribers shortly.


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The Rules from The Man Himself

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Jeff Cooper Safety Rules

Later, these rules were adapted slightly:





Jeff Cooper

Osprey Range Day – Tactical Athlete Kettlebell Training

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Jeff Martone of Tactical Athlete, and combative instructor for Osprey Global Solutions was present at the Osprey Range Day, where he gave a demonstration on kettlebell training and technique. This video is a bit long, however it’s very informative and functions as a good primer for utilizing kettlebells in a fitness routine.

Osprey Range Day – Introduction And Overview

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

We were recently lucky enough to be invited to a range day sponsored by Osprey Armament – in association with Defense Logistics Support and PWT3 Development. This “Overmatch Concepts” Range Day was held at the Osprey Range located in Council, North Carolina. Our host for the day’s events was Retired US Army Major General David Grange, head of Osprey Global Solutions and a legend in the Ranger community.

The event kicked off with the usual admin brief for range safety and MEDEVAC plans along with the facility layout. Then, General Grange jumped right into a brief overview of the day’s events, which included an operational vignette, weapons demonstrations, and round robin group visits of products and services from partners of Osprey Global Solutions.

As it turns out, the day was set to be filled with a wide variety of technologies ranging from low to high tech. In addition to weapons there were ISR capabilities including trackers and forensic evidence collection as well as medical, and training demos. While some of it might seem old-hat, the attendees included military, LE, first responders and industry. Everyone saw something new.

The Operational Vignette was a scenario involving a raid on a terrorist bomb making element that has infiltrated the area of the Cape Fear river, represented by the buildings down range. A tracking team confirmed the location of the bomb making element, and passed the information along to an assault team who took down the building. Afterwards, an EOD team disarmed the explosives while a rescue team stood by to provide rescue and medical services as needed. It was constrained by both time and the limits of the facility but included examples of a wide variety of the “Overmatch Concepts” that were the point of the entire day.


One thing I noticed was a lot of work on battlefield obscurants. Long a bailiwick of the military engineer community, it was refreshing to see a renewed effort on their application for some more non traditional roles. MSI Delivery Systems was on hand, supplying obscurants via their AB2K Multi-Mission Aerosol Delivery System. The standalone version of the AB2K-MMADS is capable of dispensing up to 50,000 cubic feet of smoke coverage per load. A dependent version with a high capacity backpack can dispense over 320,000 cubic feet of smoke coverage. Additionally, the AB2K-MMADS can easily be configured to dispense smoke mixed with irritants for crowd control, or specialized chemicals for uses such as decontamination and infestation control.

There was also a team on hand using a remote control plane as a UAS surrogate investigating the aerial delivery of battlefield obscurants. Although it took a few runs for the effect of the test obscurant to become noticeable, testing is ongoing, and from what we’ve seen so far the system does have promise.


Additionally, the obscurant used at the range was water based; an oil-based obscurant is also being tested.

Look for several more stories today which provide details of some of the weapons we encountered. We’d like to once again thank MG Grange and his team for their hospitality and for setting up a great program.

TAT3D Targets

Monday, January 27th, 2014


We’ve mentioned the TAT 3-D targets a couple of times in the past so it was cool to get a chance to check them out at SHOT Show during the FirstSpear range day. They are 3-D modular targets that resemble manakins. You can replace the face and chest plates as well as hands. Additionally, there are various accessories such as knives and small arms that can be placed in the hands of the target in order to enhance realism.


The target can be configured with foam, steel plate or cardboard face and chest components. Backed by an armor- grade steel plate with a frag reduction frame, the removable foam chest plate can take a beating. Interestingly, frangible ammo seems to beat the foam plate up more than anything else.



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ExplosiveOps Gear – Operator Training Bags

Friday, January 24th, 2014


ExplosiveOps Gear has launched their new Operator Training Bag. The EOG OTB is constructed of U.S. made 1000 denier Cordura with 2″ milspec seatbelt webbing. 6-7 handles (depending on size of bag) are double stitched all around the bag allowing for all manner of push, pull, or throw movements. Bags ship empty and can utilize any manner of fill material including wood pellet, sand, gravel, rubber, etc. Liners are sold separately or as part of a kit.

Made in the USA. Available in Medium and Large sizes and in the following colors:

Ranger Green
Coal Grey
Olive Drab

TacCraft – “Covert Rural Surveillance”

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Due to several decades of operational application during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, the British developed an excellent standard in covert rural surveillance. CROPS UK offers a manual on covert rural surveillance.

Covert Rural Surveillance

“Covert Rural Surveillance” is a tradecraft manual dedicated to modern military techniques and covert tactics for rural surveillance operations. With over 560 pages, in excess of 1500 color images and diagrams, it offers unrivaled insight and quality to this unique subject. This manual has been designed, to enable the reader to carry it under the ‘top flap’ of their CROPS Bergen or other pack for immediate reference should it be required. It also contains a number of blank documents such as: Surveillance Logs / Reconnaissance Report Template / Replenishment Cards / Sketch Sheets and File Notes used on operations that can all be photocopied and used during your surveillance.

The rural environment is by far the most challenging, requiring the utmost of personal discipline and the aim of this manual, is to make your operations successful every time. The content of this manual has been taken directly from the author’s Covert Rural Surveillance Course syllabus.

Subjects covered:
• Introduction to surveillance
• Planning & Preparation
• Clothing & Equipment
• Rural communications
• Navigation
• Field Craft
• Patrol Skills
• Rural hide construction
• Logging & Reporting
• Triggers (static follow)
• Sketch Maps
• Panoramic Sketching
• Observation Skills & search
• Close Target Reconnaissance
• Methods of Resupply
• Digital Still & Video Imagery
• Deployment of Covert Camera Systems
• Eavesdropping
• Operating from Buildings
• Winter Operations
• Law & Legal Issues

Covert Rural Surveillance is a highly recommended tradecraft manual, which is currently been used by a number of overseas specialist units as the comprehensive training guild for this subject available anywhere.