FirstSpear Friday Focus Non-Standard Non-Stocking Strandhogg / Retro-Fit Cummerbund

December 15th, 2017

FirstSpear has a run of Strandhoggs and Retro Fit Cummerbunds built in the older Coyote just a shade darker than the new spec for Coyote 498.


SSD readers get the first look at a non-stocking run of 100% new Strandhögg plate carrier systems and the Tubes Retro-Fit Cummerbund all constructed in FS 6/12 from a slightly darker shade of the spec Coyote 498 currently in production.



Government run Strandhögg comes with an ultra light weight Amphibian cummerbund (no flotation inserts) and standard 6/12 front and back panels featuring comfort padding and ventilation channels to keep you cool.

Retro-Fit Cummerbund


Retro fit your current carrier with FirstSpear Tube technology on the Reto-Fit Cummerbund for single hand operation to don and doff your plate carrier in just seconds. Includes 6/12 cummerbund and male Tubes panel that goes under the front flap of your current vest. Works with most vests that have a pass through channel in the back of vest. Includes a pocket to hold 6×6 side plate or bungee tabs to hold 2 M4 magazines on each side.

Supplies are limited! No back orders will be filled. Maintains standard FS lifetime warranty on materials and craftsmanship. Made in the USA.


Nightforce Launches NX8 1-8X24 F1

December 15th, 2017

At only 8.75” in length and 17 ounces, the new NX8 1-8×24 F is optimized for short and mid-range shooting.


With the daylight visible center red dot users can engage targets with speed like a red-dot sight, but as targets increase in distance the intelligent FC-Mil and FC-MOA first focal plane reticles provide precise hold points. For those preferring to dial for long shots, the ZeroStop elevation adjustment allows for a rapid and positive return to zero. Adjustments are a true .2 Mil-Radian or .50 MOA. To aid in fast magnification adjustments, a built-in Power Throw Lever (PTL) is included. Ot is a first focal plane optic and has a fixed parallax at 125 meters. Brightness adjustments also feature “Off” settings in between the adjustment levels.



James Yeager Wants You To Help Him Launch YeagerTUBE

December 15th, 2017

As many of you may know, James Yeager has been banned by YouTube. To be sure, Yeager is a controversial figure in the firearms business. Some consider his banning is a blow to free speech while others feel that he brought it on himself. Regardless, we have to acknowledge that YouTube and other major social media platforms have become central to modern communications. Not many alternatives exist. Yeager recognized this and has developed a plan to create his own video hosting platform which he initially called YeagerTUBE, noting, “I am looking to build a free speech oasis in a sea of left wing censorship.”


The project has been renamed LiberTV with the project described as “WE are going to build a place where our freedom loving culture can share photos, articles, videos and podcasts. A place that doesn’t muzzle the voices of freedom and that cherishes our heritage.”

To make it a reality, he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign.

GunfighterU.com Introduces the Latest in Firearms Training: Online Training Database Memberships

December 14th, 2017

I received this note from Sergeant Major (ret) John McPhee AKA “The Sheriff of Baghdad”.


I’m excited to announce a service I’ve been working on since I began providing video diagnostic firearms instruction.

I was the first instructor in the industry to use video diagnostics and coaching technology to breakdown the performance of individuals. From my personal combat experience, I set out to relay the same neuroscience approach to training that I received in the military. Only I work to deliver it quicker, using a modern sports coaching model.

After 5 years of collecting data via video diagnostics, I have come up with an extensive database of online training modules that will help you improve your shooting faster than ever. Now, I’m opening the video database for you to access.

Whether you are a civilian, law enforcement or military, I have created these modules so that when the time comes for you to use your firearm, you have the best knowledge available to you. I created an online “member’s only” training database that offers endless advantages of instruction making it an attractive alternative to traditional in-person experiences.

What are the benefits?
In each comprehensive video training module you will have the opportunity to learn fundamental and advanced skills. With new content added each month and even more original programming planned for the future.

2 New Fundamental and Skills Videos Each Month
2 Advanced Knowledge Videos Each Month
24/7 Access to private Facebook Group
24/7 Access to Entire Online Video Database
Ready to learn more? Check out the benefits and become a Gunfighter University Member.

Sign up for a membership today and start your journey to better shooting visit gunfighteru.com

Sergeant Major (ret) John McPhee AKA “The Sheriff of Baghdad” served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011. Better known for his call sign “SHREK”, John created the S.O.B. brand to provide his knowledge to civilians, law-enforcement, and militaries around the world. He is one of the most written about operators in modern history.

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Survitec Group Goes Global by Adding Extra Engineers to Lifeboat Servicing Programme

December 14th, 2017

Safety solutions provider Survitec is transforming its lifeboat services operation into a fully global offering with the addition of 14 extra engineers across a range of sites worldwide.

Customers ordering lifeboat services – along with all their other needs such as life rafts – can now enquire with their local branch, then have services delivered wherever they need globally.

The overhaul means it will now have engineers on the ground in five continents, supported by flying squads in the main global ports. Survitec previously sent engineers from the UK and Scandinavia round the world to conduct inspections, but the enhanced service will be quicker and more cost-effective for customers, as well being able to be booked locally.
Its existing team of more than 100 service engineers can already attend any location worldwide, but adding more operatives in additional locations will further improve the service for marine and offshore customers.

The enhanced proposition will be co-ordinated through one point of contact as opposed to multiple sites; reducing the administrative load for the customer. By providing services for all lifeboat brands and types, complexity is also reduced for users.

In addition to compliance with SOLAS regulations and conforming to the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) requirements, Survitec offers multi-brand inspection capabilities approved under Class and Flag.

Survitec carries Class approval – including DNV GL, Lloyds and ABS among others – and many Flag approvals including Panama, Malta, Norway and Liberia.

Survitec also has a renowned and well-developed re-hooking service, in line with the latest relevant IMO standards.

Paul Watkins, Regulatory & Compliance Manager at Survitec Group, said:

“We have always offered a global proposition, but these expansion plans give us an even larger footprint, which in turn offers operators greater peace of mind that we can reach them wherever they sail. Our cross-trained service agents can help companies improve their operational efficiency, not only saving them time and money, but also ensuring their statutory obligations are met. Customers can contact their local branch and the services can then be delivered wherever their ship is going to be globally.
“Our commitment to compliance and our position as a standard bearer for class approvals means that rather than reacting to regulatory changes, we are influential in helping to develop them. This expertise not only qualifies us to service any brand of life-saving appliance, but also means we can help companies no matter what their fleet requirements are.”


US Army Center of Military History Releases New Cold War Era Book About Berlin Occupation

December 14th, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) has released a new Cold War era book: The City Becomes a Symbol: The U.S. Army in the Occupation of Berlin, 1945-1949.


The latest addition in the U.S. Army Cold War series, this new book by William Stivers and Donald A. Carter begins in July 1945 during the opening days of the occupation of Berlin by the Allied powers. The four nations negotiated on all aspects of postwar life in the city, including troop placements, headquarters locations, food distribution and the question of which Berliners could serve in governing the city.

During the initial years of the occupation, differences emerged over policies and goals that led to the Soviets cutting off road and rail access to the city. With no other options, U.S. and British forces had to supply their sectors of the city by air. In addition to meeting the basic needs of the residents in their sectors, the Western allies worked to win the loyalties of the citizens and to convince political leaders to resist the spread of Soviet communism. These first four years of occupation set the stage for a decades-long face-off with the Soviets in Germany.

This book is 329 pages and contains six maps, forty illustrations and an index. It will be issued as CMH Pub 45-4 (cloth) and 45-4-1 (paper), and is available for purchase by the general public from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

To order the book, go to bookstore.gpo.gov/products/city-becomes-symbol-us-army-occupation-berlin-1945-1949.

To see other books about the history of the U.S. Army in the Cold War please visit history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/cold-war-series.

Fix It Sticks – AR15 Kit With Hard Case

December 14th, 2017

Fix It Sticks AR-15 and Glock Tools

Fix It Sticks is a company that created the Fix It Stick, a compact multitool which consists of two ‘sticks’ designed to combine into a t-shape for leverage. They will soon be releasing an AR-15 Maintenance Kit, complete with hard case, that’s currently up for pre-order on their site.

Fix It Sticks AR-15 and Glock Tools

The kit is full of bits and accessories specifically for AR-15 maintenance. In addition to a set of Fix It Sticks, the kit also contains, in part:

  • BCG Scraper
  • Pin Punch
  • Bronze Scraper
  • A2 Front Sight Adjustment Bit
  • Set of Brass Cleaning Rods
  • Fix It Sticks AR-15 and Glock Tools

    The included hard case is designed to hold bits and accessories with a standard 1/4″ base, and any 8-32 threaded component.

    The Fix It Sticks AR-15 Maintenance Kit has an estimated ship date of February 1st, 2018.


    Marine Corps Fields “Game Changer” Biometric Data Collection System

    December 14th, 2017

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — In September, Marine Corps Systems Command completed fielding a new biometrics system to help deployed Marines identify and track the movement of individuals encountered on the battlefield, conduct entry control point operations, and determine who is a friend or foe.

    Identity Dominance System-Marine Corps, or IDS-MC, is a simple and effective biometric data collection, matching, and transaction management system that is composed of a handheld device, known as the Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, and a laptop computer with specialized biometric collection sensors and a badge printer.

    IDS-MC replaces the Biometric Enrollment and Screening Device to assist with detainee management and questioning, base access, counterintelligence screening, border control and law enforcement operations. Unlike the BESD, IDS-MC’s transactional data management capability conveniently collects, shares, matches and stores identity information immediately, allowing the user to connect to the Tactical Data Network, manage and submit collected data and receive responses and feedback on submissions. This improves on the legacy system, which could take days to download data via a CD or DVD, and then Marines had to transmit that vital identity information from a separately connected computing system. This process was not only logistically cumbersome, but the latency in data submission and response receipt created force protection mission challenges for the Marine.

    Marines conduct a field user evaluation for the Identity Dominance System-Marine Corps, or IDS-MC, in Dahlgren, Virginia. In September, Marine Corps Systems Command completed fielding of the IDS-MC, which is a new biometrics system to help deployed Marines identify and track the movement of individuals encountered on the battlefield, conduct entry control point operations, and determine who is a friend or foe.

    “The IDS-MC is more convenient because it connects directly to the Marine Corps’ Tactical Data Network, allowing Marines to share data and submit biometrics and receive the responses effortlessly,” said Sarah Swift, Identity Operations Team lead for Biometrics and Forensics Systems at MCSC.

    To develop the IDS-MC, the Identity Operations Team identified a need for a portable, easy-to-use system via feedback from Marines in the fleet. The system was created to directly address the specific needs of Marine Expeditionary Forces in a contested environment.

    Using IDS-MC, Marines collect biometric data by capturing a person of interest’s fingerprints, iris and face images. That data can then be matched with pre-existing information onboard the system, either on a BEWL or other lists, such as an access control list used for base force protection. The IDS-MC also has the capability to capture location, biographical and any other reference data that may be useful to an intelligence analyst now or in the future.

    The IDS-MC user submits biometric information to the Department of Defense’s Automated Biometric Identification System authoritative database via a web portal, allowing data to be shared across the Biometrics enterprise, and also aiding in the creation of the DoD extensive Biometric-Enabled Watch List, or BEWL. The BEWL contains an ongoing collection of biometric intelligence that helps users determine what actions to take immediately when they encounter a person of interest. Additionally, the Marine Corps Intelligence Agency Identity Intelligence Analytical Cell, or MCIA I2AC, reviews the IDS-MC user’s biometrics submissions and other collected biographical and reference data, and provides direct support to the submitting Marines, providing them analysis reports and intelligence products for potential Persons of Interest.

    “The BEWL helps Marines match nefarious people they might encounter anywhere in the world to the ones listed in the database,” said Swift. “We support Marines by providing them the most up to date BEWL, and then they can collect a person’s biometrics. If it shows up in the system as a match, they’ll be notified with a pop-up on the device.”

    “All of this provides the Marine Air-Ground Task Force with the ability to rapidly and efficiently identify people encountered in the battle space in support of targeting, military intelligence, law enforcement operations and force protection,” said Maj. Keystella Mitchell, project officer for IDS-MC.

    In addition to identifying known threats, the system also collects information on potential future threats and stores it for future reference. If an individual is a match in the system, Marines are able to immediately receive that information and use it to inform on-the-spot decisions.

    “It can be difficult to determine who the enemy is because they truly blend in with their surroundings,” said Mitchell. “The IDS-MC is a game changer and force multiplier as a connected system for the commander on the ground because they can identify the threat and take action much quicker than before.”

    In addition to the planned fielding of the IDS-MC system, an urgent system quantity shortfall was identified by the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force and Marine Corps Forces Central Command customers. This required an unplanned increase in the number of production assets which required a fielding re-prioritization strategy, additional rapid procurement and integration. The Identity Operations Team adapted its strategy, and within two months of validating the requirement, it fielded the additional systems.

    The fielding of the IDS-MC system has led to a 154 percent increase in the biometric collections submitted to MCIA I2AC and resulted in 11 watch list hits in just the first month of fielding.

    The IDS-MC is managed by the Identity Operations Team which falls under Command Element Systems at MCSC.

    By Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication