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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Aegir-38 Added To AMU List

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Congratulations to FirstSpear! Thier Aegir-38 has been added to the NAVSEA Authorized for Military Use list.

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AMU Approved Maritime Plate Carrier: # 1.1.17

The Aegir-38 (pronounced eye-jur) is a ballistic protective rifle plate carrier with integrated inflatable tactical aid to flotation devices specifically designed for combat swimmers/divers as well as personnel conducting maritime airborne operations.

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It offers the ability to attach multiple re-breathers for use in closed circuit diving operations via FS Tubes closure technologies as well as backpacks and other emerging FS capabilities.

  

In addition to internal Bouyancy Compensators behind the carrier’s plate pockets, each Aegir-38 has a two bladder emergency tactical aid to flotation capability consisting of two CTAF (Cummerbund Tactical Aid to Flotation) located inside the cummerbunds. Each system includes two welded flotation bladders, two inflation systems, and two firing handles. The bladders are reusable welded fabric that position under the arm when deployed manually by the two 38 gram CO2 cartridges. There are two oral inflation tubes for a secondary inflation method located on the CTAF.

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When activated, the Aegir-38’s integral Bouyancy Compensators provide:
-45lbs (20kg/ 200n) positive flotation in seawater at a depth of 33′(10m)
-57lbs (25kg/253n) of positive flotation at a depth of 15′(4.5m)
-73lbs (33kg/324n) of flotation the surface

FirstSpear BCs are installed in mesh chambers behind the plate pockets, offering a minimum of 10LBS (4.5KG / 45N) of lift per set in size M-XL Swimmer Cut vests. The BC can be user configured for either left or right hand operators and can be inflated/deflated individually or connected for one inflation/deflation point. When inflated they provide airflow channels aiding in air flow to the operator as well as some distribution. During independent testing in support of NAVSEA the BC also reduced Back Face Deformation (BFD) significantly when used inflated during ballistic resistant testing against specified high velocity rifle threats.

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For non-diving operations any of the FS Standard land cummerbunds can be used as well as the two inch belly band for extreme hot environments or confined work space. All land and flotation cummerbunds for the Aegir-38 secure with the FirstSpear Tubes closure system. The Aegir-38 is designed to be used and maintained at the Operator level and with limited training can be repacked and one hundred percent operational in under 30 minutes.

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Additionally, its streamlined design incorporates Dual, Built-in Radio pockets, accommodating PRC-148 or PRC-152 radios, extra magazines and/or med supplies. Thanks to a channel stitch design, shoulder straps on the Aegir-38 are designed to allow the operator to cut off excess material without degrading the stitching of the whole shoulder strap.

Here is some video from certification testing.

I’m impressed that they got this added to the AMU list as a BC. But, if you’re like me, you’ve wondering this whole time where the name comes from, so I asked Jon Laplume and he directed me to this:

In Norse mythology, Ægir (Old Norse “sea”) is a sea jötunn associated with the ocean. He is also known for hosting elaborate parties for the gods. Sea Giant who likes to party? Sounds like a SEAL named Dave Kent to me.

www.first-spear.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – AGB Point Pad

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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For this week’s Friday Focus, we’re taking a look at the AGB (Assaulters Gun Belt) Point Pad.  Back when I was a young man in the 90s, belt pads were all the rage, having been brought over from the UK where they were pretty common.  But they were all full belt pads and no one ever padded just sections of a belt like this.   The Point Pad just offers comfort where you need it.  Featuring comfort ventilated foam, wicking mesh, and multiple points of security, it can be used behind holsters, mag pouches, and other belt-mounted accessories.

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Available in Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green.

www.first-spear.com – AGB Point Pad

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Improved IFAK Med Thong

Friday, August 14th, 2015

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For this week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus, we’re taking a look at the Improved IFAK Med Thong. Utilizing the 6/9 attachment system, the Med Thong can attach to either standard PALS/MOLLE or the 6/12 Pocket Attachment System. The Thong can fit a variety of IFAKs, and the inclusion of 6/12 slits along the sides and top flap allows for the attachment of additional medical pouches, such as the FirstSpear Tourniquet Pouch and Rapid Access Pocket, Pressure Dressing.  

Available in Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green. Note that this products consists of the Thong only, and does not come with the Med Pocket.

www.first-spear.com – Improved IFAK Med Thong

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Padded AGB Sleeve 6/12, Slim Line

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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For this week’s Friday Focus, we’re taking a look at the Padded AGB Sleeve 6/12, Slim Line. The Slim Line is a slimmer, more minimalist version of the Assaulters Gun Belt (AGB) Padded Sleeve. It allows users to attach belt direct pouches, as well as 6/12, 6/9, or MOLLE-compatible pockets and pouches, in addition to a pistol holster. The Slim Line features comfort padding with moisture wicking mesh along the whole length.

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Available in Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green.

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www.first-spear.com – Padded AGB Sleeve 6/12, Slim Line

FirstSpear Friday Focus – OEM Partner Series – Wingman Harness

Friday, July 31st, 2015

FirstSpear shared this awesome story with us about an OEM project they are working on. Once you see the Wingman Harness on their site, we think you’ll be as impressed as we are.

We have been working with the good people at Wingman Multi-Sport to manufacture their Wingman Harness. It was originally designed for kids with mobility challenges like cerabl palsy as well as aid in general rehab therapy for wounded veterans, sports medicine, and even exercise and training.

The Wingman Multi-Sport is a patented revolutionary product designed to function in 3 different areas of human movement.

Therapy:

Physical therapists, adult and pediatric, trust the Wingman Multi-Sport to provide variable truncal support for their patients for gait training, treadmill training, seating support, hippotherapy, and assistance with general ambulation. It is also good for help with transitions. The design is comfortable for the patient and easier for the therapist. The design not only ensures the patient gets maximum benefit from the therapy, but allows the therapist to not fatigue as easily and be in as much control as they feel necessary on any given session. The units are adjustable and lightweight. G-tubes and ports can easily be avoided during the fitting process. This harness works well when assisting visually impaired clients as well.

High Intensity Exercise and Professional Level Sports Training:

Exercise enthusiasts, Professional and Olympic level trainers trust the Wingman Multi-Sport to provide a comfortable and adjustable harness for use in exercises such as speed and resistance training, sled training (does not pull the torso backward during training), weighted pull-ups, assisted push-ups, and sit ups with resistance. The Wingman is also an important part of a well-rounded balance training regimen.

Recreational Sports Training:

The Wingman Multi-Sport is ideally suited for teaching individual sports such as biking, skate boarding, roller skating, in-line skating, ice skating, hockey, and skiing. These sports require balance and control of torso and limbs together. The Wingman Multi-Sport allows the parent or coach, to be in a supportive role by having unobtrusive variable control of the torso, the major component of balance. This also allows the coach or adult to be in a position to reduce falls and injuries since they are supporting the trainee as needed. By being in control of the torso alone, the individual is allowed to work on control of the hips, legs and arms and have total head control. With this approach, the trainee, not the adult/coach, is in control of the sporting equipment. This enables the trainee to learn motor control faster and more efficiently than what typically happens when someone else has a hand on the bike or skate board, or the individual’s hands to keep them upright. For Hockey it allows students to learn to skate before they learn to rely on the stick and pads to keep them upright. It allows both the student and coach to be in control simultaneously.

Chris Spinelli from Wingman (founder/creator) talks about the product:

1. Why did you originally develop the Wingman Harness?

–My daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She needed a therapy device to use at home but I couldn’t find what she needed on the market so I made what she needed.

2. How did the relationship with FirstSpear begin? Why did you ultimately choose FirstSpear to manufacture the harness?

–The owner of Asymmetric Solutions recommended FirstSpear because we used their gear and we knew the quality was top notch. Met with Ronnie and toured the facility and I liked the fact that it was made in the USA by people who support the military after all more than 50% of our company is military or former military.

3. What is the future you want for the Wingman harness? Who will it help?

–The future is to hopefully get it approved as a prescription item so as many families in the USA that need one can get it even if they are poorer families. Special needs kids require a lot of equipment and the costs adds up quickly. If it becomes a prescribed medical device that cost is lower for those families. We would like this to help our wounded veterans with serious physical injuries who need additional balance or gait training and be able to do the training/rehabilitation at home. They are motivated individuals and would like to do some therapy at home and this product allows for that to be accomplished as well. We would like to see them in military rehab centers as well for the benefits it can provide.

We also see this as an item that helps do therapy for adults and children all across the world in underserved locations like Africa, India, Haiti, etc. We have had many requests to use the units in these location because the therapists are mostly women and they have no electricity or ability to have therapy clinics. This product is small, portable, and adjustable. Perfect for that environment. Plus it’s solidly made so will last a long time in that environment.

4. How will the Indiegogo campaign help?

–the campaign helps us get the FDA approval. It’s a costly process and ultimately our company needs the FDA approval to get it sold as a “medical device”. As part of that we plan on trying to cover any costs that FirstSpear might incur to get certified as a manufacturer of “medical devices” as per the FDA requirements for medical harnesses. They should be already there if making military gear but it’s a paperwork process and there are additional costs we need to cover

To check out their indigogo campaign visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/wingman-harness/x/11460521#/story.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – E&R Waist Bag

Friday, July 24th, 2015

In last week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus we have you a little taste of their new take on the traditional E&R Waist Bag. You may recall the photos of it attached directly to the Joker rig and that versatility is just one of the things that sets this E&R Waist Bag apart from the many “fanny packs” seen on the market.

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For years, these simple waist packs have been worn slung just below body armor, in the front and filled with last ditch items like medical gear and SERE items. Even if the wearer cutaway all of the rest of his equipment, he’d still have his E&R bag. Some even added soft armor to protect their “package” from IED threats.

In addition to being worn via its integral waist strap, the E&R Waist Pack can be secured directly to your belt or load carrying rig with a 2-point QD buckle configuration.

Shock cord mounted on the top provides a quick stash point for a tourniquet, Eye Pro or other gear you need at hand.

There are four different zippered compartments as well as a removable top flap stiffener. Additionally, the E&R Waist Bag incorporates drainage for maritime ops or just crossing a river.

Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, MultiCam and my favorite, two-tone Grey/Rust. Imagine that you could use the two-tone model even after ditching your gear in order to blend in with a civilian environment.

www.first-spear.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – The Joker : Jungle Operations Airborne Capable Chest Rig

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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During this week’s Friday Focus, we are sharing a new FirstSpear product, just released during Warrior East. Designed primarily for jungle operations, the JOKER is a patrol rig intended specifically to work in conjunction with the FS MIKE Force Pack. Although the intended use was initially jungle, JOKER would make a great primary load carriage rig across the board. It offers a great deal of adjustment and can be worn alone, or over low bulk armor carriers like Slick, Deceptor NOC or similar from other manufacturers.

What’s more, there are a couple of cool design stories in creating the JOKER, including some work with a Yodaesque figure at the forefront of load carriage development. FirstSpear asked me to share a salute:

FS was fortunate enough to be noticed by someone out on the true cutting edge of load carriage development, thank you for asking us to partner with you on this product, enough said.

The components are pure FirstSpear. This platform offers a Tubes front closure system, making it a snap to don and doff. The three 6/9 & MOLLE compatible pocket panels are also padded in key areas to provide comfort and some buoyancy. Since it’s going to be used in wet environments, the JOKER incorporates drainage in the mesh panel pockets.

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One of those design stories I mentioned is that they were looking at shoulder straps solutions for the Joker. Ultimately, they decided to use a Yoke created by the the guys at Hill People Gear, who they OEM for, and incorporated a low profile drag handle.

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There are some neat load options. If you are looking to transport a medium or small frame pistol on the JOKER, you can integrate their SSV holster in the Belt Holster on the left or right side inside the pocket panels. A stiffened and reinforced SCUBA webbing strap in either pocket will let you attach the SSV back up cord and clip the J Hook in place leaving the butt of your pistol exposed for decent draw.

Additionally, there are Velcro pile fields located inside the front pockets on both sides of the Tubes which will accept FS Ragnar Pockets for Single or Double Pistol Mags as well as Ragnar Single M4 Magazine Pockets. Webbing loops on the front shoulder straps will accept single attachment style pockets of the 6/9 or MOLLE variety. You can really customize the load on this thing.

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One of my favorite features on the JOKER is that it has a Side Release buckle on each shoulder strap that when activated, will drop the length of the shoulders overall to a preset position selected by the User. This will allow the JOKER to be worn higher on the chest or down low like a traditional patrol rig, with the pouches below the ruck. This also means it can be pulled up through existing parachute harnesses and worn for airborne operations. Once clear of the parachute harness the User returns the 2 one inch side release buckles to the original position and the JOKER is back in its fighting configuration.

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Another cool integration option is depicted in these photos which show the attachment of the E&R Bag to the back panel of the JOKER nested underneath a GP Large Pouch. It’s easy to reach back and detach the E&R and then transport on its own waist strap. This is also a great place for weapons cleaning kit.

Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green or MultiCam.

www.First-Spear.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Summer 2015, V9 Catalog

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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FirstSpear has just released their Summer 2015, V9 catalog through digital distribution channels. The 88-page catalog features the latest and greatest FirstSpear products, including:

You can view the catalog by clicking the above image, or through the following link – issuu.com/firstspear/docs/v9_finalweb6/1

The print version of the catalog is available at www.first-spear.com.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Forager Cap LP And Independence Day Offer

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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FirstSpear’s Low Profile Forager Cap is just as feature-rich and functional as the larger Standard Size Forager, but with a .5″ reduction at all points and all the corresponding bulk removed. In layman’s terms, the Low Profile cap is more like a ballcap when compared to the Standard cap, which is analogous to a Patrol Cap.

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The Low Profile Forager Cap is available in Black, Coyote, and MultiCam.

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Additionally, in honor of Independence Day, FirstSpear is offering FREE domestic ground shipping on the purchase any Forager Cap through the weekend.

www.first-spear.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Instant Adjust Back Panel, AAC

Friday, June 26th, 2015

This week, we’ll focus on the FirstSpear Instant Adjust Back Panel, AAC. The concept is to allow the user the ability to quickly and easily resize the entire cummerbund to accommodate transitions from dry suits, CBRNE Suits, or Extreme cold weather clothing.

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It was once said that “Battle is a highly fluid situation, flexibility is the key to being able to respond appropriately…” taking that ethos to heart FS is continuing to evolve their successful line of plate carriers by introducing the Instant Adjust Back Panel, currently available in the AAC configuration in all FS standard plate cuts and sizes including the popular MBAV.

The Instant Adjust Back Panel integrates seamlessly with the FS Adaptable Cummerbund, Sectional as well as Modular along with any existing FS front panel utilizing Tubes Technology.

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The access flap allows you to get to points of adjustment located on the back panel. This means you can now pre-arrange a second set of Tubes on the sewn track for when it is required to adjust your cummerbund size out or in. This photo shows you exactly what this means.

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Available in all standard FS Colors.

www.first-spear.com