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SHOT Show 17 – Crye Precision

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A couple of years ago Crye Precision made the decision to not exhibit anything new at SHOT Show that wouldn’t be released on that same year. Consequently, there aren’t a lot of new items on display but they are definitely worth checking out.

Maritime JPC 2.0

The big story is the Maritime JPC 2.0. Using the basic construction of the JPC 2.0, including the rapid don/doff capability, this Maritime variant is manufactured from wayer shedding materials like mesh. Models available to accommodate SAPI and Swimmer Cut armor plates.

Maritime Pouches

Crye Precision created a suite of Maritime Pouches accompany the Maritime JPC 2.0. Using similar mesh construction of the Maritime JPC, the suite consists of Frag Pouch, GP Pouch 6x6x3, 5.56-7.62 Pouch, GP Pouch 9x7x3, 152/Bottle Pouch, amd Pack Zip-On Panel which are the most popular of the Smart Pouch Suite (SPS).

Maritime AVS

Similar to the Maritime JPC, this version of the AVS was developed for a special customer. They eliminated the foam in the back panel and incorporated printed mesh.

MOLLE Zip-On Panel 2.0

Updated version of the original, zip-on panel for Crye armor carriers. Incorporates bolt cutter/hydration pocket. All of the 2.0 zip-on panels are now available in just two sizes, S/M and L/XL rather than four sizes for the plate bags.  Fits many other brand vests.

Pack Zip-On Panel 2.0

This Top Loading zip-on pack panel incorprates bolt cutter/hydration pocket as well as two side access mag pockets. Fits many other brand vests.

Pouch Zip-On Panel 2.0

Like the others, this zip-on panel also attaches to the rear of an armor carrier. This one features the bolt cutter/hydration pocket as well as two side access mag pockets, but it also offers GP pouches which will accept the SPS inserts. Fits many other brand vests besides Crye.

Hitcoat Shoulders

Some customers wanted the molded armor protection of the Hitcoat shoulders but in a fashion which would attach to a more traditional armor vest.

Range Belt

The Range Belt is very similar to the LRB except that it offers an Austrialpin buckle for convenience as a more traditional belt and no hard loop. It’s not intended as a life support item.  Designed to be worn alone, inside the Modular Riggers Belt, or on top of the MRB Inner Belt, the Range Belt has inner Velcro to mate with the MRB Inner Belt. Additionally, it can be worn with other belt systems.

Contaminated Water Dive Suit

Developed for the Office of Naval Research, this dry suit attacked the problem of the interface of the suit to the full face mask which is where contaminants often infiltrate.

The Crye Precision solution was to move the interface away from the face as seen here.

One advantage is that facial hair doesn’t affect the seal. Additionally, this solution eliminates the head harness, long the source of headaches.

– Eric Graves
SSD Editor

Crye Precision – Extendable Structural Kinetic Support System

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Crye Precision’s Structural Kinetic Support System (StKSS)™ allows a wearer to selectively transfer some or all of the weight of their armor vest to their hips. Their new EXTENDABLE StKSS™ allows the user some adjustability in ride height fir the vest. Additionally, the wearer’s shoulders and spinal column to be completely isolated from the weight being carried. Instead, the weight is transferred directly to the pelvis (hip bone) and legs.

Compatible with CPC™, Low Profile Blast Belt™, and AVS™ Belt. (Use Chassis™ StKSS™ Adapter for compatibility with Chassis™ and High Back Blast Belt™.)

Made in the US from US materials and offered in Black or Tan.

Crye Precision Compact Alpine Overwhites

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Winter is here and the CP Compact Alpine Overwhites, unveiled at SHOT Show, are now available.

Also available, the lightweight Alpine Pack Cover offered in Small and Large.

Crye Precision Founders Launch Vantage Arms, LLC Located in Tennesee To Manufacture Six12 Shotgun

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Crye Precision founders Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson have launched new brand Vantage Arms, LLC, to manufacture the Six12 Modular, Rotary Shotgun. They have located to the Nashville, Tennesee area where they will invest $5 million to move into a 22,000-square-foot facility at 1657 Murfreesboro Road.

Gregg Thompson told the Nashville Post, “We couldn’t be more excited to begin this new endeavor in Nashville, it’s absolutely critical to the success of the company that we have the right people at the helm and the right environment to grow. We’ve come to the clear conclusion that Tennessee, and Nashville specifically, offers a top-notch workforce and a climate that is unwavering in its support of innovation.”

The 12 guage Six12 uses a six round rotary magazines like a revolver but which can be removed for loading. The shotgun has been paired with the SilencerCo Salvo 12 shotgun suppressor as seen above. Originally envisioned as a breaching shotgun, the bullpup’s modular design allow it to be configured as a stand-alone weapon or attached to an M4 carbine.

Designed at Crye Precision’s home base at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Six12 was unveiled several years ago. However, production at that location was problematic due to regulation. The move to Murfreesboro is a sound one where they plan to hire 100 employees. We wish them well in this new endeavor.

Crye Precision Releases EXP Pack Family

Monday, August 15th, 2016

At SHOT Show, Crye Precision introduced their EXP series of packs. Offered in 1500 (H: 18.75” (27.75” Extended) W: 12.5” D: 7.25” (11” Expanded)) and 2100 (H: 21” (29” Extended) W: 12.5” D: 9.25” (12.75” Expanded)) cu in sizes, the EXP series is a low profile option. It is a panel loader, with a generous zipper which extends beyond more than three sides in order to open the bag completely.  

As you’ll note from the dimensions, these are like Transformers, there’s more than meets the eye. Thanks to some well hidden zippers, the packs will expand in volume to accept larger loads.

-Full perimeter (lay-flat) opening allows easy access to contents and offers all the benefits of both a top-opening and side-opening bag
-Fleece lined pocket fits medium to small sized tablets (H: 11” W: 8”)
-Top access laptop storage (H: 12.25” W: 19.75”)
-EXP™ PACK MOLLE INSERT (sold separately) for attaching pouches and gear
-Integrated expansion feature adds 500 cubic inches of volume
-Extends to carry items up to 27” long (29″ for 2100 model)
-Molded back pad with integrated air channels
-Internal PALS webbing on inside walls
-Internal mesh divider separates front compartment and main compartment
-Convenient briefcase style side handle
-Removable sternum strap
-Removable 3D formed frame sheet
-Removable waist belt (2100 only)
-Radio/H2O port at top of bag (2100 only)

Offered in Black, Gray, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Additionally, they’ve introduced a MOLLE Insert (mentioned above) which is a rigid skeletonized plastic frame that accepts PALS equipped pouches. It slips right into the pack’s main compartment and includes two lashing straps in case you want to lash something to it.

Made in USA from US materials.

Crye Precision Presents – “Into The Breach”

Monday, May 30th, 2016

“Into The Breach” remains just as poignant today as it was when Crye Precision presented this tribute to our fallen on Memorial Day 2013.

Crye Precision Files Appeal in Recent Dismissal of Suit Against Duro Textiles

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Yesterday, Crye Precision filed an appeal to Federal Judge Denise Cote’s ruling last week to dismiss Crye Precision’s lawsuit against Duro Textiles.

Court Dismisses Crye Precision’s Suit Against Duro Textiles

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On Friday, 22 April, 2016, Federal Judge Denise L. Cote published a ruling, granting Duro Textiles motion for summary judgement and dismissing with prejudice Crye Precision’s remaining claims against Duro Textiles, stemming from a lawsuit filed against Duro in early 2015. This is actually a second lawsuit although the initial suit was filed in late 2014 and withdrawn in early 2015.

Specifically, the Judge dismissed three specific allegations in this suit; breach of contract, trade dress infringement and common law unfair competition arising from Duro’s printing of a camouflage pattern owned by the US Government.

Crye Precision’s MultiCam licensing agreement was central to their claims against Duro. Duro last signed such an agreement with Crye in 2012 and once it had expired in 2014, and Duro began printing the Army’s OCP, legal actions commenced.

Below is the paragraph 3(h), in question.

According to New York law, this clause from the 2012 agreement is unenforceable due to reasons stipulated in the ruling. Furthermore, the judge ruled that it was too broad in scope. At face value, it seems like a pretty straightforward ruling by the court, until you consider that it could create a situation where the premise it is based upon fundamentally changes.  The full order, seen below, is quite detailed and worth the read.


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To be sure, this is a victory for Duro, but perhaps a bittersweet one. Duro was essentially a lone horse in printing OCP for the Army. Now, they are sure to see competition for this business in the future. What’s more, the Army may well lose control of the pattern it created for use in place of MultiCam. Whether the Army likes it or not, we may see commercial OCP, or really close copies, by Christmas.

Here’s why. Much to the chagrin of those of us watching from the sidelines, the Judge’s decision does not declare whether MultiCam and OCP (Scorpion W2) are similar. Rather, the court is very clear that Duro is just printing what the Army paid them to print; namely, OCP and claims that the government can tell the difference.

Judge Cote dismissed Crye Precision’s claim of trade dress infringement. The court’s ruling may well have set creating about an interesting situation. Consider this:

The Government is the creator and only purchaser of Scorpion W2. It is a sophisticated consumer, as its creation of Scorpion W2 and its announced switch from MUTLICAM in 2014 evidences. Duro’s only sales of Scorpion W2 have been for the Government, specifically to Government contractors and subcontractors in the supply chain for the U.S. Army. These contractors order Scorpion W2 from Duro by name. Thus, while MULTICAM and Scorpion W2 compete in the same Government sales market, there is no likelihood of actual confusion on the part of the Government or its contractors.

It’s the second and third order, or should I say “disorder” effects that will be interesting. For example, what if the consumer is no longer just the US Army but also commercial customers. Could that expanded consumer group tell the difference between these two patterns?

This exact situation may be additional fallout from this ruling, and it may not just affect Crye Precision. By declaring the competition clause of Crye’s licensing agreement void, could printers, licensed or not, begin to make counterfeit versions of MultiCam, or for that matter OCP, consequence free?

Although Judge Cote declared the provisions of Crye Precision’s licensing agreement too broad, you have to wonder how specific they would have to be to satisfy the court and protect the pattern(s). As far as I know, current licensees are under a newer 2014 version of the contract which may contain updated language that already addresses the court’s concerns and were signed under different circumstances than the long-standing agreements with Duro. It must be noted that this ruling by Judge Cote is specific to the situation with Duro.

It is yet to be seen whether Crye Precision will appeal the ruling, but it doesn’t stop them from defending their IP on other fronts. Also, although many are concerned with license fees for the printing of both MultiCam and OCP. This ruling doesn’t address them. Regardless, the bottom line here is that Crye is going to have to sue the US Army if it wants to ultimately settle the MultiCam vs OCP question. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.