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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Padded Split Front Recce Rig, 6/12

April 18th, 2014

This week we are taking a look at the FirstSpear Recce Rig. I’ve got to say that I am a big fan of Chest rigs having used an Arktis Model 42 Rig while stationed in 3ID LRS back in the late 80s and later wearing an Eagle SF30 AK rig in Haiti in the mid-90s while on a SOT-A in 3rd Group. Something neither of those designs offered was modularity. The Padded Split Front Recce Rig, 6/12 moves the load from the waist up unto the chest on 6/9 body panels that ride left and right and accept PALS and 6/9 equipped pouches meaning you can completely customize your load.


The split-front front closes via two short TUBES attachments and incorporates a Velcro closure on the sides allowing you to stash needed items inside the body of the rig. The padded shoulder harness features a flat, H-style cross piece at the rear for comfort. The rear of the waist is held fast via a simple, 1″ webbing strap that is releasable and adjustable at either end.


Berry compliant and offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam. – M35 2.5 Ton Truck Rebuilt For Bug-Out

April 18th, 2014


This week’s post from profiles Big Bug Out Trucks, a North Carolina-based company which rebuilds old M35 military surplus trucks for off-roading & disaster preparation.

Their method is to bob the M35, which means shortening it by removing an axle, removing 3 feet from the chassis frame, and lengthening the drive shaft, among other modifications, which increases the fuel efficiency and top speed of the truck. Additionally, Big Bug Trucks can even add an electronic shock device to the vehicle which will deliver 1,000,000 volts of low-amperage, non-lethal electricity to the outer shell of the vehicle.

For the full story, visit:

Advanced Armament Corp – Damn The Man Promo

April 18th, 2014


AAC is holding a special promotion: purchase a new AAC suppressor or Short Barreled Rifle, and AAC will give a $200 credit towards any future purchases made on

For further information, go to

RE Factor Tactical – Enhanced Kit Bag

April 17th, 2014


RE Factor Tactical’s Enhanced Kit Bag is the first kit bag that is custom configured out of the factory based on user requirements. Made from 1000D Cordura, the bag measures 20″ x 11″ x 16″ with a total of 57 liters of space, and comes with a water/abrasion resistant bottom for use on wet days.

The carry straps are capable of carrying up to 700 lbs. Detachable backpack straps come standard, and are interchangeable with RE Factor Tactical’s ASO Bag.

At the time of ordering, the customer can choose to have both sides of the interior left blank, outfitted with PALS webbing, outfitted with zippered mesh pouches, or any combination of two of these options.


Additional features
- 2x exterior admin pockets
- 2x clear ID windows
- 2x Velcro patches
- Fully opening main compartment zipper
- YYK zippers with rubber pulls

Made in the USA. Color options are Black, Ranger Green, and Tan.

Available for pre-order until April 23rd – bags are set to ship May 14th.

Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker Helps Protect Boston Marathon Runners From Dangers Of Heat Illness

April 17th, 2014

The Kestrel® 4400 provides waterless WBGT measurement and displays on-screen warnings when environmental conditions put athletes at risk.


Boothwyn, PA – April 16, 2014 — Long distance runners have a lot to be concerned about when exercising in hot environments. Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar radiation and indirect radiation from surfaces play a significant role in an athlete experiencing exertional heat stress or other medical problems. This can be particularly true when an early season event is affected by unusually high temperatures and runners have not had an opportunity to become acclimatized.

The 2012 Boston Marathon experienced an unusually hot day, resulting in the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) allowing runners to choose to defer their entries or to run at a slower pace. This situation resulted in the BAA evaluating the best way to monitor heat stress conditions during their premier endurance event. To do so, the BAA partnered with the Natick, MA based US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) to evaluate available methods for monitoring heat conditions and providing guidance for athletes and emergency personnel. One of the tools the USARIEM team will be deploying for their monitoring program at this year’s race is the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker.

The Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker is a handheld or tripod-mountable portable instrument that provides waterless readings of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), the most widely- used measure of physiological heat stress in an environment. After first validating the accuracy of the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker in the USARIEM environmental chambers, the USARIEM team will be taking measurements at three locations throughout race day and comparing these “ground truth” readings with alternative methods for calculating WBGT. Based on their study, USARIEM hopes to be able to provide the BAA and other endurance event organizers with recommendations on the best way to monitor heat stress conditions at events.

The Kestrel 4400 helps athletic trainers, military trainers, emergency staff and scientists get real-time information to monitor environmental conditions such as heat index, relative humidity, temperature and most importantly WBGT. WBGT is an aggregate environmental measurement that combines ambient temperature, humidity, sunlight, radiant heat and wind into a single number that can be referenced to published guidelines to increase safety and preparedness for hot weather activities. The American College of Sports Medicine provides the following WBGT guidance for endurance events: when WBGT exceeds 65°F, warn entrants of increased heat illness potential; if WBGT is over 73°F, recommend entrants adjust their normal pace or withdraw if at risk; if WBGT exceeds 82°F, cancel event or recommend voluntary withdrawal. The Kestrel 4400 has user-settable warning zones that can be set up to trigger when WBGT passes these thresholds, helping to ensure that event personnel are aware and prepared when the chance of exertional heat stress and adverse medical events rises.

The Kestrel 4400 is also a full environmental weather meter, offering readings of all meteorological measurements and can be Bluetooth® enabled. Sealed to IP-67 standards and drop tested to MIL-STD-810G, the Kestrel 4400 is built to stand up to real-world conditions.

Darley Defense Days – Shakespeare Company

April 17th, 2014


The RamHead Tactical SATCOM Antenna is designed as a wearable hands-free way to send and receive real time information via satellite. It provides high quality voice communications for both mounted and dismounted operations.


Frequency – 225MHz-500MHz
Polarization – Linear
Input Power – 25 Watts (Max)
Gain – 2.14dBi
VSWR – 2.5:1 or less

The RamHead has been tested and proven with the following radios and accessories:

- PRC 152
- PRC 117F and 117G
- PRC 148
- PSC-5
- KMW1031 amplifier
- TSE-RAMP-25 amplifier
- TSE-AMP-MB-50 @ 20 watts

Available from Shakespeare Company, LLC.

Advanced Holster – Snatch N’ Grab Modular Loadout Panel

April 17th, 2014


The Snatch N’ Grab is a low-profile modular loadout panel designed to be compatible with most commercial day packs on the market today. Made from flame retardant (UL94-V0) ABS plastic, the Snatch N’ Grab measures 16″ x 10″ with a 2.3″ bottom flange. The rigid construction means it won’t slump inside your pack, and the nylon handle allows you to ‘snatch and grab’ the panel. Rounded edges prevent frayed webbing and material.


The Snatch N’ Grab features multiple PALS-compatible slots to allow you to customize your load. It also can be configured to fasten to the front or rear of a vehicle seat.

The Snatch N’ Grab is truly something we’ve all been waiting for. It gives the user the ability to go to an area, obtain a commercial day pack from a retailer or market, and outfit themselves with necessary kit in a low-profile configuration.

Available for pre-order with an expected ship date of late May/early June.

Look for additional models designed to fit attaché cases.–Grab

Eleven 10 – 2 New Colors For The RIGID TQ Case

April 17th, 2014


Eleven 10 has further expanded their color offerings for the RIGID TQ Case for the CAT to include two new colors: Training Blue and Rescue Orange. Training Blue is designed to keep operational and training equipment separate while allowing students to utilize the gear they will actually wear for duty. Rescue Orange is for situations where a hi-vis tourniquet case is desired, such as EMS, hunting, or inside bags/vehicles.

These new colors come in addition to previous offerings Black, Coyote, and Ranger Green.

Things Are Getting Real For The BATFE’s Firearms Technology Branch

April 17th, 2014

Sometimes, you can get to know a bit about someone by taking a peek at their shopping list.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was served a lawsuit last week by SIG Sauer. This suit immediately followed ATF’s public chastising from a judge in a similar case brought by Innovative Arms (both cases where muzzle brakes were submitted for testing and classification and deemed “silencers” by the ATF, but no decibel reduction testing was provided to back up their determinations). It might be of interest to other muzzle device manufacturers (and possibly the legal team at SIG Sauer) that ATF themselves this month has admitted that their own sound testing equipment “…has reached end of life and requires an upgrade.” and has issued a sole-source solicitation to purchase a new “computer controlled firearm silencer testing system” from a Virginia-based Bruel & Kjaer representative that custom built ATF’s last system in 2005.

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FedBizOpps SIMS Solicitation

Recently, ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch claimed that Innovator Enterprises, Inc.’s Stabilizer Brake was a highly-restricted silencer, even though the manufacturer’s intent was to make a freely-sold, unregulated recoil device. The ATF’s determination, however, was shot down with no small amount of candor by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia when Innovator Enterprises sued the ATF over the mischaracterization. District Judge John Bates’ commentary read that the ATF’s “decision to classify the Stabilizer Brake as a ‘firearm silencer’ is ‘arbitrary and capricious’ for at least two reasons: the agency failed to ‘articulate a satisfactory explanation’ for its decision and the agency failed to ‘examine the relevant data’ before coming to a final conclusion.”

The Court noted that the ATF did not provide any proof or determination of the Stabilizer brake’s ability to reduce noise, but gave FTB the benefit of the doubt by assuming “Although the FTB (Firearms Technology Branch) utilizes state-of-the-art sound metering equipment, these tests do not affect the classification of any item.” But ATF themselves, in what may wind up being an unfortunately-timed admission from them in any upcoming court cases, gives justification of their purchase by admitting that their sound metering equipment is actually not “state-of-the-art” but rather “has reached end of life.”

The Court goes even further to question the history of “what exactly Congress was concerned about in deciding to regulate silencers at the federal level”, and points out a study showing that “The 1934 congressional debates [over what became the National Firearms Act] provide no explanation about why silencers were licensed” in the first place.

The ATF’s National Firearms Act Branch is incredibly overworked and understaffed. It is constantly inundated with tens of thousands of silencer transfers, and is currently dealing with the frustrations of a contractor’s failed e-Forms website (that was supposed to help ease their workload and speed the processing times of these transfers). Add the issue of being repeatedly sued over arbitrary determinations – on what is not even a firearm to begin with, but rather a harmless noise-pollution reduction device – it is certainly a ripe time for Congress to assess if suppressors should be removed from the purview of the NFA entirely.

- Kel Whelan

Kel Whelan has spent decades working NFA issues, and is well known to many in the firearms industry. Plus, he can always recommend a great place to eat.

Conqueror Australia – Mk1 UEV-490

April 17th, 2014

The UEV-490 is the largest Urban Escape Vehicle on offer by Conqueror Australia. The body is CNC manufactured and features skeletal construction with cladding to reduce weight. All body parts are electro galvanized and epoxy coated and Chassis beams are hot dipped galvanized. The 490 rides on an independent trailing arm suspension with coil springs and ‘Tough Dog’ shock absorbers.


Luxury items include a diesel-powered hot water system, interior heating, microwave, shower, fridge/freezer, full kitchen with cutlery and crockery, and a flat screen DVD player.

Contact for a quote. Conqueror Australia sells the UEV-490 worldwide.