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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.


Whiskey 5 – Quantico Tactical

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016



Quantico Tactical is a leading retailer and a government supplier of weapons, weapon accessories and other special operational equipment. Quantico Tactical was founded in the town of Quantico by David Hensley, who retired from the Marine Corps in 2004 as a Major with seven years enlisted time. As a family, veteran owned small business, David and his team ensure Quantico holds true to its founding principles of integrity, service and value.


Quantico Tactical has two divisions; retail and government sales.


Via its on-line presence and retail stores located outside of major military bases, Quantico Tactical is a leading force in the retail of weapons, weapon accessories and other gear to members of the military, federal agents, state/local law enforcement officers and enthusiasts. Every Quantico Tactical store has an unmatched selection of gear & guns with a well trained staff to ready to assist.

Quantico Tactical is the largest military/LE distributor for Smith and Wesson, Sig Sauer, FN, IWI and Beretta which allows Quantico Tactical to offer unmatched “Professional” pricing on weapons for Military (Active/Reserve/Retired), Law Enforcement (Active/Retired) and First Responders.


Quantico Tactical also manages the commemorative weapons program for both Smith and Wesson and Sig. So, if your unit, department or agency is interested in a commemorative weapon or a group buy of off the shelf weapons, please contact Quantico Tactical.

Government Sales

Quantico Tactical is a major supplier of equipment to the Military, Federal Agencies, State/Local Departments and Private Security. Our line card includes leading manufacturers of weapons, weapon accessories, personal equipment, communication/crypto/computer gear, tents/shelters/generators, UAVs and more. Our contract vehicles include an extensive GSA Schedule, DoD eMall and a Defense Logstics Agency contract for Special Operational Equipment which allows us to rapidly supply equipment to you equipment via MIPR or MILSTRIP funding.

Our Government Ops team is made up of US Military combat veterans who continually train so they can stay abreast of current technology to assist you in filling your capability gaps.



Quantico Tactical was started in 2001 as a part time business while David was stationed in Quantico. The original store was open Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays unless David was deployed, in which case the store would remain closed until his return. Upon David’s retirement in 2004, Quantico expanded to seven stores and began doing government sales. In 2014, after a decade of full time effort, Quantico Tactical was awarded a five year, $10 Billion contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to provide Special Operational Equipment to US Military and Federal Customers worldwide. This DLA contract, allows Quantico to take MIPRs or MILSTRIP for your unit’s equipment needs. Further, Quantico Tactical has an extensive GSA Schedule.


Quantico Tactical currently has a Government Ops (Sales) team around the country, six brick and mortar stores outside major military bases (Ft Lewis/Tacoma, Fort Riley/Junction City, Ft Hood/Killeen, Ft Campbell/Clarksville, Ft Bragg/Aberdeen and Northern VA/Woodbridge). Their HQ is located in Aberdeen, NC just outside Ft Bragg.


Quantico Tactical’s growth is continually fueled by our commitment to exceptional service and the desire to sell only the best gear and weapons. When you visit Quantico Tactical, you will see only “better, best and over the top best” gear. When you order from us, expect excellent customer service.

David Hensley is still actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Quantico Tactical and may be reached at

Whiskey 5 – 37 PSR Gun Club

Monday, November 7th, 2016

SSD’s Whiskey 5 is a recurring feature that asks industry organizations, “Who, What, Where, When, and Why?” It’s a column intended to give you a more in-depth look at those manufacturers, trainers and individuals that make this industry unique. Today we’ll be taking a look at the 37 PSR Gun Club, which we originally talked about back in 2012.



The 37 PSR Gun Club is a shooting range and training facility run by Retired Special Forces NCO Frankie McRae. McRae also operates Raidon Tactics, a fundamentals-to-Special-Operations training organization which holds most of its open-enrollment courses at 37PSR.



37 PSR Gun Club is a full service low restriction outdoor shooting range and training facility featuring covered firing lines with handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting positions, tactical training, competition bays, and a 360-degree ballistic rated shoot house. 37 PSR also houses a gun shop with full gunsmithing services. 37 PSR is open to shooters of all skill levels from beginners to special operations troops, and offers families everything from a Woman’s Only Shooting program to a Youth Shooting Program and Family Steel Challenge Matches. 37 PSR’s staff and firearms instructors have many years experience in either Special Forces or the US Special Operations Command.



McRae bought the facility in 2009, when it was barely recognizable as a range. Using his own and an investor’s funds, he recreated the facility from the ground up and opened it for training later that same year.



37 PSR Gun Club is based in Bunnlevel, North Carolina, between Fayetteville and Lillington, just off HWY 210, 45 minutes from the Fairgrounds in Raleigh and 15 minutes from Fort Bragg.



Initially planned as a DoD-specific training site, 37 PSR evolved into a civilian-friendly range offering everything from firearms fundamentals classes for children to advanced skills courses for special operators.


McRae realized the Fort Bragg area, home to numerous highly-trained troops and their families, lacked a low-restriction range where those troops and families could actually train rather than just shoot (no more than two rounds at a time, no drawing from the holster, no movement, nothing but sterile, square range noisemaking). 37 PSR Gun Club filled a dire need for a real place to train, from cradle to adulthood, without the mind-numbing restrictions of the typical shooting range. Despite detours from the original plan, and a near-catastrophic “hoarding instead of shooting” lull after Sandy Hook, 37 PSR continues to build its client base and expand both its facility and services offered.


37 PSR Gun Club is online here:

You can learn more about Raidon Tactics on SSD here:

Read up on Frankie McCrae, who we’ve known here at Soldier Systems Daily since some time spent with him in the Philippines a few years back, in this interview:

Whiskey 5: Raidon Tactics

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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 North Carolina’s Raidon Tactics Inc.

Raidon Tactics is a training company located in North Carolina. It is run by Frankie McRae, a former Ranger and Special Forces NCO who instructed at the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center and School. McRae’s experience alone would make Raidon worth looking into, but Raidon’s entire instructor staff is comprised of seasoned professionals, with an aggregate total of over 100 years of Special Operations experience. Raidon offers one-on-one instruction for classes ranging from firearms fundamentals for new shooters to advanced skills for highly-trained special operations troops. Because McRae and so many of his instructors were Special Operations senior leaders who held positions in SF schools, and they’re close to Army SF’s heartland, Raidon maintains working relationships with military units to facilitate needed training.

Raidon Tactics is a go-to company for those requiring realistic, relevant training from skilled, experienced instructors. Raidon offers individual and team training in rifles, pistols and shotguns, Tactical Casualty Combat Care/EMT/paramedic training, counter-ambush and PSD driving, surveillance, sniper/observer skills, aerial marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, K9 handling, edged weapons, corporate and travel threat mitigation, and many other courses. Raidon trains military, law enforcement and private citizens of all ages.

Raidon bought their facility in 2009, made improvements and opened the facility for training a year later.

Raidon Tactics is based in Bunnlevel, North Carolina, minutes from Fort Bragg. Raidon operates a low-restriction training facility almost 365 days a year, minus Christmas and Easter. The facility has numerous live fire training bays, a 360-degree ballistic shoot house, and 100- and 25-yard shooting ranges for the public. “Low restriction” means exactly that; Raidon students shoot from elevated positions, vehicles and other barricades. Firearms classes offer a full complement of steel targets to challenge shooting skills. Raidon also leases a 1000-acre farm for realistic scenario-based training; for example, students learning Sensitive Site Exploitation will get many false positives from explosives and other chemicals used for farming. Raidon has a hardball road for Vehicle Interdiction training, which is used often by Special Forces units on near Ft Bragg. Language skills can be tested in realistic scenario-based training exercises that employ multilingual role players to enhance realism. 

Because the military makes it hard to get good training.

McRae dealt for years with the Army’s policy of ruining good training opportunities with bureaucratic obstacles and overbearing safety rules. After retiring he decided to open his own facility where he could provide the best training possible with the least red tape.  There are very few military facilities where a unit can incorporate evasive driving, CQB, hand-to-hand combat, TCCC, and small unit tactics into one exercise, without having to deal with an old-school sergeant major waving a reflective belt. Instead of drowning troops in unnecessary hurdles, Raidon Tactics has perfected the turn-key method of providing training to Special Operations units. Raidon Tactics even provides all weapons, ammo and gear to all of students in order to make training as painless and smooth as possible.

Find Raidon Tactics online at

Also on Facebook at

You can read more about Raidon Tactics chief instructor Frankie McRae in this interview here: