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Velocity Systems Releases New Colors For BOSS Rugby

April 24th, 2015

BOSS Rugby wearers have called for additional colors and Velocity Systems responded by introducing the Coyote version we saw in March as well as the new Ranger Green and Red. If I were ever accused of endorsing a product, the BOSS Rugby would be it. I love these things and it’s great to see more color options.

You’ll notice that the Red variant, which is great for range personnel, is long sleeved and features Grey sleeve pockets. In fact, all three new colors will be offered in Short and Long Sleeve versions. These should be available very soon. In addition to Velocity Systems, SKD Tactical has also placed a stocking order.

Remember The Men We Lost During Operation Eagle Claw

April 24th, 2015

Today marks the anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw. In the early morning hours of 25 April, 1980 President Carter announced to a stunned world that the United States had undertaken an ambitious raid into Iran to liberate 52 American hostages held illegally at our Embassy in Tehran. Unfortunately, Operation Eagle Claw was unsuccessful and we lost eight American servicemen in a horrible aircraft ground collision.  Join me in remembering their sacrifice.


Their sacrifice was not in vain.  The hostages were eventually returned and the accident was the watershed event that created, over the next several decades, the world’s preeminent Special Operations capability; USSOCOM and its components. We wouldn’t be where are today with the determination of that fledgling task force. Join me in remembering those that paved the way.

Wild Things Guide Light Pack Available from O P Tactical

April 24th, 2015

The New Wild Things Guide Light Pack we wrote about awhile back is now in stock now at O P Tactical.

This is a minimalist waterproof fabric pack with the features you need and nothing else for a streamlined and ultra-light package made to withstand multiple deployments. It’s not on Wild Thing’s website yet, so check it out at O P Tactical now.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Vertical Envelopment Pack

April 24th, 2015


According to FirstSpear’s description, the Vertical Envelopment Pack is a top opening, rolled closure and Tubes secured Assault Pack that can be mounted to FS Modular Plate Carriers. Developed to “go forward from the Objective Rally Point (ORP)”, the VEP provides the Assaulter with a unique capability that augments the full spectrum of modern combat operations. The VEP can be carried with its own shoulder straps (included) for conventional use without a plate carrier.


Inspired by the Bag, Canvas, Field, M1936 (Musette Bag) so often associated with World War II-era paratroops, the Vertical Envelopment Pack is a simple design that can be worn is a couple of different ways and, like its mid-20th Century counterpart, allows rapid access to critical equipment. FS even had the parachutist in mind when they envisioned the VEP. When worn in front, it is compatible with a parachute harness. Clutter is also kept to a minimum around the biceps due to uniform pockets and there are no straps under the arms. Additionally, it was critical that the pack be removable without taking off any body armor.


Jon Laplume took the 117 Raid Bag FS had been making for a government customer as the basic size and worked from there. That 117 Raid bag itself is a shrunken FS Exigent Circumstances Pack and about two-thirds the size of what they eventually ended up with for the current VEP. That final size was derived from the kidney bean shape and simple carriability; any more and it just didn’t ride well as intended, although the bag is pleated and gusseted at the bottom to help stabilize the load.

Tubes attachment

He then began to experiment with ways to attach the VEP to an armor carrier and looked to some earlier work FS had done to attach the Draeger rebreather to carriers using Tubes. One trick Laplume told me was to attach the VEP further to the front on the lower part of the Vest’s shoulder straps. It rides better this way and makes sure it clears the head when flipping it to the front.

In addition to back mounted wear, attached directly to a vest, the VEP is easily flipped over the head for quick access or to get it out of the way while riding on vehicles.


You may notice that the main closure does not use zippers. Instead, they incorporated a stiffened roll top closure with Tubes. The height when the top is rolled down is roughly 17”, with top open it’s 21”. Additionally, it’s 4” deep and 12.5” wide.


Despite its small size, the sample VEP that Laplume showed me contained everything seen on the table above.


You can still mount a hydration on the back of your vest and the VEP will ride just fine and if you remove the VEP altogether, you will still have the water.


Naturally, after all of that, you’re going to look at this and wonder how you get it over your head. You use a Rat strap (above) that attaches to the pack via the daisy chain and is kept up front where you can get at it for a pull.


The VEP has 1″ webbing spanning both sides of the pack, about halfway down. This serves as daisy chain and allows adjustment of the removable compression net (which will accommodate a helmet). The bottom of the net secures via a bar.


Although everything is reversible, there are zippered pockets on either side. One side has a horizontal zipper and the other features a slanted zipper. This will help with figuring out what is in either pocket in the dark or under stress. Additionally, one side has a pile field for attachment of ID panels and the opposite a simple 1″ webbing handle which ends up on top once you roll it closed.

VEP Back

This video gives you a quick run through the paces.

Laplume showed me an early version of the VEP months ago and I immediately got it. There’s really nothing like this out on the market right now. In addition to the ability to fight from the contents of your buddy’s pack, the VEP offers so much to the individual wearing it. The ability to flip it up front for access or to free the back for sitting down in a seat is awesome. It’s also narrow and low profile enough that you can maneuver unencumbered through most any obstacle. In fact, it’s not wider than an armor plate. The size parameters of the VEP make it an edge to edge fit on carriers cut for the Swimmer/Shooter M – XL, SPEAR/SAPI M to XL or the MBAV S/M, L/XL & XXL. Plus, it’s lightweight.


Two more tidbits before I let you go. The VEP will fit into the open space of the frame on the new Marauder Pack and, Laplume says they are working on concepts for larger and waterproof versions of the VEP for down the road. Can’t wait to see if those materialize.


Available in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote and MultiCam. Optional VEP M4 Double Accessory Pouch sold separately.

Sneak Peak – Arktis Driving Cap

April 24th, 2015

Brian Johnson would be proud

Vickers Tactical – Russian Alpha AK

April 24th, 2015

In this video, Larry Vickers shows off his Russian Alpha AK clone he constructed based on his time in Russia with the Alpha anti-terrorism unit.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

April 24th, 2015


This time, we find our ‘Desert Stealth’ patch in Rio de Janeiro.


MDM – Leatherman – Tread

April 23rd, 2015

The Tread is a 25-tool multitool in a bracelet form. Made from 17-4 stainless steel, the Tread consists of multiple ‘treads’ which feature a variety of common tools. Some of those tools include:

- Cutting Hook
- Bottle Opener
- Oxygen Tank Wrench
- Carbide Glass Breaker
- Pick/Sim Card Tool

As well as various screwdriver and hex drive bits.

Leatherman is also offering the Tread QM1, a variant of the Tread with a Swiss-made timepiece.

Additionally, Leatherman is also offering every component of the Tread for individual sale, including the timepiece, for replacement or customization.

MDM – 5.11 Tactical – Apex Pant

April 23rd, 2015

The Apex pant was initially developed for a customer who required a low-profile operational pant. Constructed of Teflon-treated Flex-Tac fabric, the Apex features dual thigh pockets, each with two integrated magazine pockets; reverse seam construction makes it so the pockets fill against the body instead of billowing outward when used. Two additional low-profile mag pockets above each seat pocket allows for the wearer to store up to 6 AR-15 magazines within the pant. Additional features include a flex cuff pocket built along the inside of the waistband and hidden cuff key pockets in the waistband and the cuff of the pant.

The Apex pant is slated for a Fall 2015 release.

MDM – Blue Force Gear – Belt Minus V2

April 23rd, 2015

The biggest change to the Belt Minus in its V2 configuration is the addition of the laminate foam pad set. The pads are sewn into place, as a Velcro-based mounting system would absorb moisture in jungle environments. The V2 is still constructed of hydrophobic ULTRAcomp material, along with CORDURA and low IR nylon hardware.  Finally, the Belt Minus V2 incorporates low profile lateral stiffeners.  

The Belt Minus V2 will be offered in sizes XS – XL.