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Whiskey 5 – Savannah Luggage Works

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018


Savannah Luggage Works is an American contract cutting and sewing company in continuous operation for 40 years. Founded by 2 brothers, Allen & David Rice, both U.S Army veterans. SLW specializes in complicated high-quality products & services used by high intensity U.S. military, industrial, & individual use organizations. Our logo says it all: built on quality, innovation, & service.  SLW is Viet Nam veteran owned, Hub Zone certified, & a small business.


Headquartered in Vidalia, GA with 3 state of the art plants, a highly trained & skilled work force, 800 sewing machines, & can-do management. No order is too small or large, we do them all in the United States of America. You name it & we have probably made it. Examples are 1,700,000 IOTV/OTV Outer vest for combat body armor. 100’s of thousands of pouches, cases, assault packs, & other related military gear, & 2,500,000 pieces of Tumi luggage. Considered by world-wide serious travelers as the best of the best.


SLW was founded in March of 1978, in a 250 square foot, run down, 1 room apartment in Vidalia, GA.


Two plants in Vidalia, GA, 110,000 square feet, 1 plant in Swainsboro, GA 30,000 square feet. Total- 140,000 square feet.

Savannah Luggage Works
3428 Hwy 297 North
Vidalia, GA 30474

Oh: 912-537-3024


Two brothers who believe the US industrial base is actually a national security issue, we believe in American manufacturing, and we wanted to do our part. We are not your competitor. Our job is to help you reach your goals. Work with us, you’ll be glad you did.

Whiskey 5 – Greyhive

Saturday, October 28th, 2017


Greyhive is a media company founded by a Special Operations veteran and a former law enforcement officer. Greyhive’s web application,, is the premier online destination for civilians, first responders and military personnel to access trusted firearms and tactics training content.

Greyhive is a cooperative enterprise built upon a community of like-minded professionals Greyhive calls its “Experts”. All Experts are vetted by their peers, are highly regarded in their specified fields of expertise and have chosen to join the Greyhive community where they create, consolidate and deliver free training videos and articles. They possess decades of experience (active, retired and former military and law enforcement, competitive shooting, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, combatives, survival), but perhaps more importantly, Greyhive Experts possess a common passion: To lead, teach, influence and engage with individuals committed to their own professional and personal development.


Greyhive is a community where civilians, public safety professionals and military personnel go to access vetted, trusted and relevant online tactical and firearms training content. consolidates industry-leading instructors, subject matter experts and training companies and delivers free articles and videos created by its “Experts”. The featured free content is Greyhive’s ‘Training Brief’ video series. The Training Brief series covers a broad spectrum of topics, but each video segment is delivered in a concise and narrowly focused format.

Greyhive is built to strengthen the bond of the men and women who invest their time, money, and hard work into their training. Whether you’re a responsibly armed citizen, law enforcement, or military personnel, Greyhive provides the knowledge that fuels the professional growth and development needed to accomplish your mission and meet your intent. Greyhive is a resource for like-minded individuals committed to defending themselves, their families, their communities and their country.


Greyhive is based in Nashville, TN.



Greyhive was founded in December 2016 and launched in October 2017. The first segment of the Training Brief video series will be released in November and Greyhive will begin delivering premium, subscription-based training content through its proprietary Team Room Platform in early 2018.



Greyhive has identified two significant gaps in the current firearms and tactical training continuum:

(1) There are no community-based sustainment or follow-on training solutions available to support professional, 1-to-1 online interaction between instructors and students;

(2) Instructors possess valuable subject matter expertise and highly sought-after training assets, but have no efficient way to control the dissemination of these assets online.

Follow-On Training. Students invest in attending training classes delivered by their instructors of choice. After the class ends, they have no way to continue training with the guidance and feedback from their instructors. This makes it difficult for the students to continue honing their skills and growing professionally. Without Greyhive, options for student-to-instructor interaction are too broad, too spread out, and not personal enough to get any meaningful feedback that is value added to their development. Students, as well as instructors, need a means of providing feedback, a professional community that encourages interaction and development, and a way to gain diagnostic feedback between attending classes.

Because training doesn’t end when you walk off the range.

Whiskey 5: Lead Faucet Tactical

Saturday, July 29th, 2017


Lead Faucet Tactical (LFT) is a training and tactical gear company located in Pinehurst, NC operating throughout the United States. LFT was founded by SGM(R) Daniel Brokos. Brokos has 26 years of service and 21 years in the SF community. A vast majority of Brokos SF time has been with Crisis Response Force that specializing in DA and the skills of advanced marksmanship and CQB. Brokos has had only 2 breaks from being operational. He has served as the NCOIC for SF advanced marksmanship and CQB course and as the Company SGM for the SF sniper course and aforementioned Advanced marksmanship/CQB course. Brokos and all his Instructors were Senior Leaders somewhere throughout the SOF community.

Lead Faucet Tactical (LFT) offers relevant and realistic gunfighting in a variety of courses focusing around fighting with your carbine and pistol day and night. They offer several shooting and CQB courses for LE, Military and Civilians to increase shooting performance or as Brokos puts it “Take the thinking out of fighting”.

LFT has teamed up with Troy Industries and Moser Machine Works for weapon accessories. LFT will be offering several Carbine and Pistol accessories developed over years of experience. Brokos says there was several times he was handed the wrong piece of kit for the job, and wants to make sure guys have good relevant accessories.


Brokos is the creator of the “Brokos Belt “currently sold by TYR Tactical, VTAC and 5:11. LFT has a couple unique options for this belt coming out, as well as some interesting fabric technology in there 2 Carbine slings. LFT has teamed up with Tom Fuller of Armageddon Gear for these tactical products.

Brokos will also be contributing as a free-lance writer for The Enthusiasts Network and Iain Harrison. Look for articles in upcoming issues of Recoil, Recoil concealment and Recoil Off-grid. Also look for training videos on Recoil TV.

LFT was founded in May 2017 by Dan Brokos, training is up and running, products available Nov 2017.


LFT HQ’s will be based out of Pinehurst, NC. It’s a small shop for receiving and packaging of products. Its HQs should be easily recognized by the trail of brass leading into the door. It will be an occasional stop for Brokos to check emails, drink a beer and tell the LFT assistant “Juice to do her job. LFT primary HQs will be on a range somewhere throughout the US.

LFT Mission Statement: impart others with relevant knowledge revolving around the employment of your weapons in a variety of realistic training venues.

Brokos believes deployments and combat count but experience and being an Instructor in the military is more tangible than deployments alone. The fact Brokos has Taught and wrote POIs for over 208 Green Berets a year; for several years is the foundation of LFT. Brokos believes since he is retired and will miss the SF mission sets and training, he wants to share and impart on others. He believes the knowledge gained in shooting and CQB from himself, peers and subordinates over the past 26 years has a place in LFT library. The end goal for LFT is for Brokos to pass along his experience and knowledge primarily through training courses, products, articles in recoil line of magazines, and training videos for recoil TV. As Brokos says, “everything is a rehearsal for something.”



Guest Post – Chris Stalzer On Juggernaut.Case

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

I’ve been on the road quite a bit over the last few months, attending trade shows and participating in one-on-one demos with end users. During one of our recent debriefings, our Principal Engineer, Tom, asked me “What were you surprised that people didn’t know about Juggernaut?” Here are my top five:

• Juggernaut does custom product design work for all sorts of defense rugged products, not just smartphone cases.
• We custom configure our off-the-shelf product at very low minimum order quantity.
• There are 3 types of Juggernaut.Cases and all fit in the same mounts.
• Juggernaut manufactures custom cables in-house for system integrators.
• We sell to any consumer on our web store, you don’t have to be SOF.

Juggernaut does custom product design work for all sorts of defense rugged products, not just smartphone cases.
Juggernaut started in 2000 as a product design consultancy and quickly found that the defense community was not well understood by most design professionals. Early on during the Objective Force Warrior program, we found inspiration and kindred spirits in Caleb Crye of Crye Precision fame and Dave Rogers, founder of Ops Core. Both started out as design consultancies but found a passion for solving design problems for war fighters. Even though we’ve been manufacturing off-the-shelf solutions for bringing smartphones to the battlefield, we still continue to help defense contractors with user focused design and engineering of rugged products to support the warfighter. You can check out our portfolio here.

We custom configure our off-the-shelf product at very low minimum order quantity.
One of the toughest problems designing and manufacturing product for SOF is the low quantities involved. That means that we’ve had to build our entire business culture around designing and tooling efficiency. System integrators are shocked that we can build an entirely new phone case around a custom device, tool it and produce it in weeks. Our current record was the s50c case. The first 25 units shipped to a large radio manufacturer 6 weeks and 1 day after kick-off.

There are 3 types of Juggernaut.Cases and all fit in the same mounts.
Since the latest phones from Samsung and Apple are now waterproof, we’ve added two new types of Juggernaut.Cases to our lineup. Our original Juggernaut.Case is a fully sealed waterproof and cabled case that will keep non-waterproof phones connected to your tactical radio even underwater. The SLEEV is a version of the original case without a sealed glass screen protector. It allows quick removal of the phone, includes our quick disconnect cable and is significantly less expensive than the original. Our BUMPR is an even simpler, less expensive case that screws together and can be cabled, but does not offer quick tool-less removal of the phone or cable. All of the cases fit in the same 5, 6 & 8” line of mounts (Chest, Forearm, Kneeboard, Vehicle…) so if you upgrade cases your old mount will still work. Our iPhone BUMPR will fit in the same Chest Mount from a Galaxy Note I built in 2012.

Juggernaut manufactures custom cables in-house for system integrators.
System integrators have enough on their plate without building custom cables to interface between their system and the Juggernaut.Case. It’s time consuming and expensive buying a small number of connectors and the custom crimpers that are also needed, not to mention strain relief tooling. We build cables and over-mold strain reliefs in-house at our Arizona facility. We design our own production molds and have them built in days for around $1000. We can also build shielded inline modules and splitters on a cable.

We sell to any consumer on our web store, you don’t have to be SOF.
While most of our cases are used by SOF operators around the world, we also sell to anyone who needs a rugged, mounted, or cabled smart phone. We have customers using them for GPS applications mounted in boats, off road vehicles, MilSim fans, and deployed individuals users who prefer the Juggernaut.Case to what they might have been issued. You can easily order on our webstore.

By Chris Stalzer

Whiskey 5 – Carter Industries Inc.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Who – Carter Industries Inc. was founded in the mid-1990’s and has become the primary manufacturer and provider of US military clothing. We have an outstanding customer service department that is highly qualified to assist you should you have a problem with your order. We take great pride in our merchandise and stand behind our product.

What – We specialize in the construction of the CWU-27P Nomex flight suits and the ICVC Coveralls which are distributed to the DSCP/DLA (Defense Supply Center Pliladelphia/Defense Logistics Agency). In fact, we are the only official supplier of 27/p Nomex® Flight Suits and ICVC Crewman’s Coveralls to the US Defense Force.

When – Our company was established in January 1995 and it has been growing ever since. Our company received an award from the Defense Logistics Agency in January 2009. We were honored and humbled to receive such recognition from the US Defense Department. We want to send a huge thank you to our US Armed Forces and to you, our newest customers. We would not be where we are today without your continued support as our faithful customers.

Where – Carter Industries Inc. is located in Olive Hill, KY. Olive Hill is nestled in the majestic Appalachian Mountains and is a small, rural town in the Northeast section of Kentucky. It is a quaint town full of history and features a beautiful state park nearby. The flight suits are made here in the US which created much needed jobs in northern Kentucky. Our head office is located in Brooklyn New York. To order your 27/P nomex flight suit or ICVC Crewman’s Coverall you can go to our website

Why – We founded Carter Industries Inc. because we wanted to safe, quality products to the US Defense force AND to the general public. Safety is our primary concern. Our Nomex flight suits are constructed with a variety of features that are meant to keep the wearers safe and comfortable. These suits are flame-resistant, breathable, and lightweight which makes them ideal for the duties associated with those in the military and aviation industry. In addition to the safety features, the Nomex flight suits are also equipped with 6 convenient pockets that are easy for wearers to access. Our flight suits and coveralls come in several different colors which make it easy for wearers to blend in with their environment whenever they may be in the company of their opposition.

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Whiskey 5 – Nelson & Co

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Who – Introducing Nelson & Co. This is probably the oldest ‘new’ company you’ve never heard of, but the roots go very deep in the tactical equipment community. Though the company was only just started at the end of 2014, it is founded by Brad and Rebecca Nelson, the original owners of Those who know Brad know he is well regarded for his passion and relationships. Those who remember Rebecca know she is one of the nicest humans on the planet.

What – The lessons learned (and there were many) about operating a retail supplier of tactical equipment were long discarded, placed on the back burner right away once Lightfighter was merged into ATS those many years ago. Brad and Rebecca moved on, first going back to school after a lifetime in the Army and growing the Lightfighter business. Then occupying themselves with their family and working in corporate America, including years spent at, 5.11 Tactical, and Wal-Mart Stores. The lessons weren’t forgotten, however; they were welded to all that was learned working for these other retail giants. Because of this, Nelson & Co is already light years ahead of where left off.

When – After nearly a decade of dormancy, along comes at last the inspiration to try building a brand again. It sparked in 2014 for a simple reason, and one that echoes with the origin story for Lightfighter (with Lightfighter, Brad wanted a Becker Patrol Pack for duty use, but in the late 90s, it wasn’t easy to find vendors that reliably sold gear of that quality, so he started a company just to buy this pack – sshhhhh, don’t tell Rebecca). Nelson & Co was started similarly; Brad became a sheriff’s deputy and found that buying uniforms and equipment was a very unpleasant experience in his part of Indiana. So instead of only complaining, Brad and Rebecca resolved to do something about it. It started with a small local store operated from their home in Greencastle, Indiana – sound familiar?

Where – Greencastle, Indiana is uniquely located to make it easier to buy uniforms and equipment. For the customers who visit the new retail store, it is very easy to get to between Indianapolis and Terre Haute. Nelson & Co also happens to be the only store of its type within hours – most customers travel more than an hour, even into Illinois, to shop. For online customers, Central Indiana is an e-commerce fulfillment wonder – it is the crossroads of America. A good majority of American consumers are within only 2 days shipment even with standard ground service in all directions. There is a reason that Amazon made Indiana one of its early shipping hubs with 4 warehouses here.

Why – Nelson & Co aims to make it easy. The company steals a word learned in those years after Lightfighter when Brad was working with – that word is “customercentric”. It means that everything the business does is with the customer in mind, not just what is easy for the store. It does not mean that everything is always perfect – no honest merchant would suggest such a thing. It does mean that if it makes sense and is in favor of the customer, even if it is hard on the business, the customer gets it they way they want it. Sounds simple, but its rare. Just ask yourself how often you have heard a business tell you, “Sorry, but our policy says…” Nelson & Co is Customercentric.

Visit Nelson & Co in Greencastle, Indiana or shop online at

Whiskey 5: NLB Tactical

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Whiskey 5 is a recurring Soldier Systems Daily feature that asks “Who, What, Where, When, and Why” of industry leaders, manufacturers and instructors — to let you hear how they describe themselves. It’s intended to give you a close and thorough look at some of the people that make our industry unique. We’ve found these basic 5 questions to be the basic keys to understanding. Past Whiskey-5s have included business from Provengo to Kryptek, and all sorts of other companies in between.

Today we’ll be sharing an overview of Virginia Beach’s, NLB Tactical formerly No Lie Blades.

NLB Tactical is a training company located in Virginia Beach, operating MTU’s in the United States and Europe. It is run by Hank Hayes, a veteran close protection specialist, senior Mil-L/E combative instructor and the inventor of the No Lie Blades feedback training knife. Hayes’ experience alone would make NLB worth looking into, but NLB’s instructor staff makes it that much more (the go to solution) enticing. NLB is made up of literally 100’s of years of superior tactical and field combat skills with over 51 instructors world-wide with instructors in the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany with the bulk of the MIL-L/E instructors on the east coast and mid-west states. NLB, also formerly known as No Lie Blades, manufactures various feedback training knives and offers a host of unique courses available on the United States government GSA products and services schedules. Additionally, NLB has more letters of recommendation on government letterhead than its 5 industry competitors combined.

NLB is one of the best solutions for edged weapons combat simply because they provide an immediate feedback tool that no other US government training provider offers. From the first days of NLB it was clear they were onto something with their very direct, straight-forward, and highly effective fighting system. Its methodology is rooted in violence of action, shutting down threats and uses HVT (High Value Target) striking, pinching, biting, gouging, ripping and tearing to name a few of the neutralization tactics.

Operators have found that with these proven methods that work for dealing with an edged weapon threat those exact same tactics and methods will work for dealing with blunt or impact weapons and also in dealing with empty hand subjects. Departments and agencies saw that NLB could handle several of their needs and started asking for more training from us. Currently NLB offers combat solutions in the follow areas.
Edged Weapons Tactical Training
Impact Weapons Training
Instinctive Reactive Firearms Training
Dynamic Transitional Fighting from Weapons to Empty Hand, etc.
Active Shooter Response Training

NLB’s transitional fighting course is something virtually no other organization provides. This is where the student transitions from one weapons system or empty hand to another weapons system up and down the force continuum. The root of the NLB system translates directly to impact weapons, empty hands fighting and direct access to firearms weapons over the shoulder or on the belt line.

The NLB company story is an interesting one. Like most inventions they are either made from frustration, necessity, mistakes or creativity. NLB’s was a little bit of everything. After an edged weapons training session with some instructors from Quantico in 1997 and a large dose of frustration Mr. Hayes felt the strong need for a training knife that could provide immediate feedback just like a simunitions training ammo round. He needed evidence to show what was working and what wasn’t. Many claimed that their techniques worked when they clearly didn’t, but proving this was a challenge short of an actual knife encounter.

Later he started doodling on a napkin and after a few months and lot of help he had a prototype marking training knife. So as you often hear the rest was history. In 1998 NLB was open for business and within a year the US government approached to purchase the product which is how NLB became a US government contractor. About 2 years after that NLB received another call from the government stating they had a problem. They said the tool does exactly what it says it’s going to do and that their men have found their fighting programs had major holes now that the training knife revealed all their tactical knife fighting flaws. They wanted to know if we had a training program, they needed help. It was in those moments the training side of our company was born.

NLB Tactical is based in Virginia Beach, Va minutes from Dam Neck Military Base, Naval Air Station Oceana and close to the other 25 Military bases in Virginia Beach and neighboring states. NLB operates as an MTU (Mobile Training Unit) or MTT (Mobile Training Team) dispatch team. Although NLB administrative offices are located in Virginia Beach and have small teams and senior instructors ready to be active as needed for any training operation in the US, Canada and Europe.

There is an overarching reason and 3 key things to point out. The main reason why is that the Military and especially the Law Enforcement communities make it so hard to get good, solid training. The standards are often set so low to meet the skills of some complaining pansy who went and got the minimum skills requirements lowered even more. When US lives are being lost at the rates that they are and with easily 50% of those deaths avoidable with proper skills adjustments, something MUST BE DONE! NLB takes on that responsibility to do something about those skills that are needed.

The components that make NLB a must hire solution are 3 key things. First is the marking feedback training knife. NLB is the inventor of the marking blades technology and are so far in front of others when it comes to training with this immediate feedback it makes them the most knowledgeable and the leaders in the knife fighting arena. It has been said that NLB would have to be really stupid to profess they have a tactical edged weapons solution without it being outstanding as the marking blade reveals everything with each mark representing injury/blood loss.

Second, NLB is world known for being very direct, straight-forward and highly effective. It’s methodology is rooted in violence of action, shutting down threats and uses HVT (High Value Target) striking, pinching, biting, gouging, ripping and tearing to name a few of the neutralization tactics.

Thirdly, NLB ownership is highly focused on serving departments, agencies and commands with the absolute best people and service in the industry. Mr. Hayes has been said to be fanatical about the people that come on board with NLB and demands their best. Mr. Hayes says the A game is the only game accepted.

NLB Tactical can be found online at
Phone 610.442.5539
You can also acquire NLB training services on GSA through their Prime vendor partnership with MJL-Enterprises at

Whiskey 5 – Gen Kit Exchange

Sunday, January 8th, 2017


Gen Kit Exchange is created by serving British soldier Alex Miller. He has also recently collaborated with a group called Cooper’s Kit Corner to bring Kit Pest Reviews.



Gen Kit Exchange is an online marketplace where retailers or individuals can buy and sell new and used gear.

It’s intended to be an alternative to the high fees that sites such as eBay and Amazon can charge for this market. You can sell anything on GKE with only a small number of prohibited items and as long as they’re military related.

Kit Pest Reviews is a review blog with the intention of bringing unbiased, and relative gear reviews regularly. Anyone can send in reviews if you’d like to have them on the blog, however there is a handful of core contributors that are self confessed ‘kit pests’. Another aim is to bring ‘everyday’ bits of kit into the light rather than, out of this world cutting edge technology that we might never see.



Alex started the Gen Kit journey nearing the end of the summer of 2016. It was crowdfunded over £1000 on Kickstarter which enabled Alex to create GKE much quicker and bring it out almost immediately at the start of December 2016.


GKE is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne but is subject to move all over the UK, however if you’re in a different country you can still buy and sell items on the site. The actual initial brainstorming happened on a broken-down coach on our to way an exercise in Denmark.


Alex has been in the Army for 6 years and created GKE after noticing a lack of refreshing options in the kit market. He did some research and couldn’t find anything like this available, instead only finding tired and old Facebook groups which just aren’t relative to the great industry that this is.

After many hours of research he found a viable option for GKE which is where its at today. In the future it will develop into a new platform that will still hold the core principles that it does today yet bring many more exciting features to all that use it.