Tactical Tailor

FirstSpear Friday Focus – ACM Hooded Field Shirt

October 18th, 2019

This Friday we are taking a look at another extremely popular garment from the FirstSpear American Wool line up. We are still looking at the lightest weight FS wool package ACM BASE-100, this time on the Hooded Field Shirt. Generously cut with an oversized hood with absolutely no hardware makes for an incredibly comfortable and highly functional base layer or perfect stand alone top when temperatures are fluctuating.

Get all the natural performance characteristics of merino wool in a stylish comfortable and light weight package. Available now in Sand, Charcoal, Heather Grey, Commando, and Black. FirstSpear American Wool is 100% Berry Compliant.


You Never Know Where They’ll Turn Up

October 18th, 2019

We change the title slightly because this is a UK edition.

Leeds Castle, Kent, England

AUSA 19 – General Motors Infantry Squad Vehicle Candidate

October 17th, 2019

General Motors displayed their ISV candidate at AUSA.

It’s on the Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck architecture and its ZR2 and ZR2 Bison variants, supplemented with both custom and commercially available parts proven by Chevy Performance engineering in more than 10,000 miles of punishing off-road development and desert racing in the Best in the Desert Racing series.

Powered by a 186-horsepower, 2.8L diesel powerplant and six-speed automatic transmission, the nine man crew is protected by a Roll Over Protection System which serves as a roll bar. It can be stored for air transport.

AUSA 19 – LMD Pistol Enhancer For Glock

October 17th, 2019

LaserMaxDefense manufactures the Pistol Aiming Laser (PAiL) for the US Army’s Modular Handgun System.

The switches are designed to be operated while wearing gloves and both the white light and IR illuminator (while using gen III Night Vision Devices) are designed to provide positive weapons ID at 40m.


WHITE LIGHT: 175 lumens (typical) of white light
IR ILLUMINATOR: 175 mW (typical) of 850nm illumination
IR LASER: 850nm 0.7 mW max (class1) eye safe aiming laser

Length: < 2.8″
Height: < 1.4″ (not below trigger guard)
Width: < 1.5″
Weight: 2.6 ounces with battery

The Pistol Enhancer offers two hours of continuous use with a single CR-123 battery, which can be changed without removing the device from the weapon.

LMD took a look at the market and decided to create a version for use with the Glock. Because the trigger guard of the MHS is so large, they had to make a new version, with a different housing. Functionality of this prototype is the same as the original model, but experimentation has shown that it will fit a wider variety of pistols.


AUSA 19 – MOOG’s Reconfigurable Integrated Weapons Platforms Features PASEO Sight by SAFRAN Optics 1

October 17th, 2019

Weapon integrator MOOG has incorporated the SAFRAN Optics 1 PASEO Modular Advanced Stabilized Sight on their Reconfigurable Integrated – Weapons Platform.

RIwP is a remote turret which can be configured in multiple ways including for multiple missiles, direct fire weapons and sight combinations. All direct fire weapons feature reload under armor for increased crew protection.

RIwP is currently being offered as an upgrade to the US Army’s Stryker as well for the SHort Range Air Defense system.

PASEO incorporates day color HDTV cameras, cooled thermal imager, and eye-safe laser rangefinder. The day cameras allow continuous, motionless zoom. Images are always stabilized, even while on the move. The system provides panoramic scan mode for 360 deg coverage and when connected to an Inertial Navigation System, threat geo-location. It can also be armored for increased survivability.

Dual PASEO systems are currently deployed on the Cockerill 3000 series vehicle. One is used by the vehicle commander and the second by the gunner to allow independent Target acquisition and overall situational awareness.

AUSA 19 – FibroTex USA

October 17th, 2019

FibroTex USA has the contract to provide camouflage screens for the US Army. Although they are well known in Europe and their home country of Israel, few here know about their other capabilities.

In addition to providing multi-spectral screens which keep watchful eyes out but still allow sensors within to see the battlespace, they also offer lightweight shrouds and oversuits, in a wide variety of visual patterns.


Hey US Army, Get The Lead Out

October 17th, 2019

I’ve got switched on NCOs asking me how to get a copy.

AUSA 19 – Danner Fullbore

October 17th, 2019

Although it’s a TAA compliant boot, this is the first time Danner has offered a hiker-style in their military line.

Available in Black, Coyote and coming this Fall, Gunmetal Gray. The Black and Gray models are waterproof and feature smooth leather. The Coyote is suede and is only water resistant.

The Fullbore features a Vibram Fuga sole with Megagrip technology along with an Ortholite footbed for comfort.