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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Vertical Envelopment Pack

Friday, April 24th, 2015


According to FirstSpear’s description, the Vertical Envelopment Pack is a top opening, rolled closure and Tubes secured Assault Pack that can be mounted to FS Modular Plate Carriers. Developed to “go forward from the Objective Rally Point (ORP)”, the VEP provides the Assaulter with a unique capability that augments the full spectrum of modern combat operations. The VEP can be carried with its own shoulder straps (included) for conventional use without a plate carrier.


Inspired by the Bag, Canvas, Field, M1936 (Musette Bag) so often associated with World War II-era paratroops, the Vertical Envelopment Pack is a simple design that can be worn is a couple of different ways and, like its mid-20th Century counterpart, allows rapid access to critical equipment. FS even had the parachutist in mind when they envisioned the VEP. When worn in front, it is compatible with a parachute harness. Clutter is also kept to a minimum around the biceps due to uniform pockets and there are no straps under the arms. Additionally, it was critical that the pack be removable without taking off any body armor.


Jon Laplume took the 117 Raid Bag FS had been making for a government customer as the basic size and worked from there. That 117 Raid bag itself is a shrunken FS Exigent Circumstances Pack and about two-thirds the size of what they eventually ended up with for the current VEP. That final size was derived from the kidney bean shape and simple carriability; any more and it just didn’t ride well as intended, although the bag is pleated and gusseted at the bottom to help stabilize the load.

Tubes attachment

He then began to experiment with ways to attach the VEP to an armor carrier and looked to some earlier work FS had done to attach the Draeger rebreather to carriers using Tubes. One trick Laplume told me was to attach the VEP further to the front on the lower part of the Vest’s shoulder straps. It rides better this way and makes sure it clears the head when flipping it to the front.

In addition to back mounted wear, attached directly to a vest, the VEP is easily flipped over the head for quick access or to get it out of the way while riding on vehicles.


You may notice that the main closure does not use zippers. Instead, they incorporated a stiffened roll top closure with Tubes. The height when the top is rolled down is roughly 17”, with top open it’s 21”. Additionally, it’s 4” deep and 12.5” wide.


Despite its small size, the sample VEP that Laplume showed me contained everything seen on the table above.


You can still mount a hydration on the back of your vest and the VEP will ride just fine and if you remove the VEP altogether, you will still have the water.


Naturally, after all of that, you’re going to look at this and wonder how you get it over your head. You use a Rat strap (above) that attaches to the pack via the daisy chain and is kept up front where you can get at it for a pull.


The VEP has 1″ webbing spanning both sides of the pack, about halfway down. This serves as daisy chain and allows adjustment of the removable compression net (which will accommodate a helmet). The bottom of the net secures via a bar.


Although everything is reversible, there are zippered pockets on either side. One side has a horizontal zipper and the other features a slanted zipper. This will help with figuring out what is in either pocket in the dark or under stress. Additionally, one side has a pile field for attachment of ID panels and the opposite a simple 1″ webbing handle which ends up on top once you roll it closed.

VEP Back

This video gives you a quick run through the paces.

Laplume showed me an early version of the VEP months ago and I immediately got it. There’s really nothing like this out on the market right now. In addition to the ability to fight from the contents of your buddy’s pack, the VEP offers so much to the individual wearing it. The ability to flip it up front for access or to free the back for sitting down in a seat is awesome. It’s also narrow and low profile enough that you can maneuver unencumbered through most any obstacle. In fact, it’s not wider than an armor plate. The size parameters of the VEP make it an edge to edge fit on carriers cut for the Swimmer/Shooter M – XL, SPEAR/SAPI M to XL or the MBAV S/M, L/XL & XXL. Plus, it’s lightweight.


Two more tidbits before I let you go. The VEP will fit into the open space of the frame on the new Marauder Pack and, Laplume says they are working on concepts for larger and waterproof versions of the VEP for down the road. Can’t wait to see if those materialize.


Available in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote and MultiCam. Optional VEP M4 Double Accessory Pouch sold separately.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Marauder Pack System

Friday, April 17th, 2015

It’s rare that I receive photos of a new product and say, “Wow, that is not what I expected,” but this week’s Friday focus evoked exactly that reaction. While FS has a distinct design aesthetic, I didn’t have something like this in my mind’s eye when they told me they had designed a jungle rucksack and frame. It’s also refreshing to see a product released before the season it’s meant for. There are are a variety of reasons to blame, but all too often we see mittens announced in Spring and shorts released in time for Thanksgiving.

But I digress. Please allow me to introduce the FS Marauder Pack System.

Taking its name from the famous Jungle Fighters of the 5307th Composite Unit that operated during WWII, FirstSpear introduces the Marauder Pack System. The initial release scheduled for Summer 2015 will lead with the Marauder, Standard – a 3.9-Pound Rucksack (Frame, Suspension and Pack included) with a cumulative volume of 2500 Cubic Inches. Utilizing advanced construction and fabric technology as well as innovative approaches in rapid drainage this design keeps close to its tropical combat roots while taking advantage of modern material advances. Optimized for loads in the 60-Pound range certain features in this system will ensure that when required, excessive loads can be managed.

FS Marauder Pack

Currently, there are three different sized waist belts planned for the Marauder Suspension System and swapping out between them is easy and Operator friendly. The Marauder frame is one size fits most, and manufactured from an advanced thermal molded composition. For personnel not immediately familiar with pack systems designed for operations in deeply foliated, hot tropical environments the frame may initially seem to ride high, there is ample adjustment to raise and lower it on the body however, the design intent is to minimize conflict with your load bearing/fighting load, accentuate stand off from the back of the body to aid in ventilation/cooling and facilitate getting in and out of different body positions required for Jungle Warfare.

FS Marauder Pack - 3 View

The Marauder features two external pockets positioned on the outside, back center to aid in organization and provide access to smaller immediately needed items. An overstuff skirt is manufactured of lightweight/compressible material that is highly water resistant. The top flap of the pack is completely removable and features an accessory strap letting you use it as a Bolt Bag. An internal radio pocket can securely hold the AN/PRC-117G or dense, heavier items that are desired to be transported high and close to the back. Upcoming accessories will secure on to the Marauder Standard and let you attach pockets and other features more suitable to open terrain, that will increase capacity further without changing to a larger bag. 2 Sleeves on the inner, side walls of the pack will each hold a 3 Liter On The Move drinking bladder and are aligned with pass through ports that allow the drinking hose to be accessed without having to open the pack. These same ports can be used for communication wires or antennas.

Additional bags, accessories and frame sizes/features as well as integrated floatation capabilities are planned for the Marauder and will be phased into the FirstSpear product line. T&E systems are now available to agencies requesting a demonstration, contact FirstSpear for more details.

TacJobs – FirstSpear Seeks Customer Service Rep in Fenton

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


FirstSpear is looking for a qualified Customer Service Representative in Fenton, MO.

> Support and manage new and existing customer accounts
> Support business development internally
> Maintain knowledge of product offerings
> Support commitment made to customers and ensure customer satisfaction

> Highly motivated individual – works well in a fast pace, team oriented environment
> Must possess excellent interpersonal skills
> Must be focused on ensuring customer satisfaction at all times
> Proficient in the latest Microsoft Office Professional Applications
> Willing to travel infrequently for 1-3 day periods as neccesary
> Commitment to 40 hours per week

Please submit resume to:

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Approach

Friday, April 10th, 2015

This week we’ll direct our focus on the FirstSpear Approach, an attache-style shoulder bag designed based on userfeedback.


The Approach will hold larger size laptops in a stable, stiffened compartment, a large internal zipper compartment segregates the interior further with two mesh zippered pockets for further organization.

A full length front zippered pocket is accessible just under the flap and two deep open top mesh water bottle pockets are on each side. Simple strap handles are on each end of the bag so that it is easy to pull around your body or out of overhead storage on the plane and a comfortable top center handle is available to you for when you want to go to “Samsonite” mode.


For those of you who conceal carry and are tired of putting your sidearm in the bowels of some courier bag to never be seen again relax, FS has you covered because the Approach integrates with the Line 1 Belt to seamlessly hold your SSV holster in a ready position in the same place every time. A Tubes Stretch Strap can secure the bag around your body, be stashed under the flap for when you need it or stuffed in the bag. The whole surface area under the front flap also accepts the full range of FS Ragnar Pockets. About the only thing you won’t find on the Approach is MOLLE Webbing and “Tactical” colors. Look for further sizes and shapes of the Approach coming out this Spring. Patent Pending.

FS_approachWaistStrap – Approach Bag

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Navy Jack (Don’t Tread On Me) IFF Flag Patch

Friday, April 3rd, 2015


Unfortunately, there’s not a lot to say about this week’s Friday Focus. Instead, it’s best if we just show you how awesome these IFF flag patches are.


Offered in 2″x4″ size, they come in Glow-in-the-dark only or IR reflective only and utilize the same patented technology as the FS Cell tags. Look for Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – SSV In-The-Belt Appendix/Kidney

Friday, March 27th, 2015


Continuing development of the SSV Holster Line, FirstSpear has been hard at work to bring you a deeper concealment holster with the versatility that EDC requires. Available for all standard stock pistols without light in the FS SSV Line and all standard colors, this holster has some unique attributes that are sure to make it your favorite. An easy-to-use molded J Hook lets you attach and remove the holster without undoing your belt and a backup lanyard can be installed in case the J Hook becomes disengaged from your belt (removable if not desired). Lastly, the holster body provides a complete wrap at the muzzle to facilitate protection of key body parts from a hot muzzle during repetitive training drills.

Available immediately from FirstSpear!

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Beat Up Plate Carrier

Friday, March 20th, 2015

This week we feature a FirstSpear original. The Beat Up is a plate carrier that was one of the first armor platforms produced when the company launched. A government agency overrun has allowed them to close out a limited stock of Medium and Large SAPI cut Beat Ups (Ranger Green only).


This is a great opportunity to grab a full featured carrier or replace an old one at a very low cost. These are not seconds and are fresh off the floor and still come with the FirstSpear lifetime warranty in materials and craftsmanship.

With a name borrowed from the lexicon of the elite Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) of World War II, a “Beat Up” was considered to be a raid, ambush or direct action of the type that group favored and this PC is developed for just that sort of operation. The Beat Up is lightweight and integrated with all appropriate functions that reflect input from Professional Users, the experience of the FirstSpear Design Team and the very best in modern materials technology.

The Beat Up features full comfort padding and ventilation on the front and back body just like the Strandhögg. Includes full cummerbund that accepts 6×6 side plates, Drag handle, fully adjustable shoulder straps, and FirstSpear design and quality craftsmanship you can trust. Fits Hard Armor plates cut to SAPI in the corresponding size, ie. Medium Plate fits a Medium Plate Carrier.


The Beat Up retails at $349.98 now available while supplies last for $149.99 AND they are offering Free Domestic Ground Shipping (APO/FPO/DPO) with purchase of the Beat Up (Ranger Green only).

FirstSpear Friday Focus – FirstSpear Logo PVC Patches

Friday, March 13th, 2015

FirstSpear PVC Patches 

 For this week’s Friday Focus, we’re featuring FirstSpear’s Logo PVC Patches. As the name suggests, these patches are PVC, and feature Velcro backing. Available in Black, Coyote, and Green and Tan. You know you want one.  Here’s your chance. – PVC Logo Patches

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Field Ruck

Friday, March 6th, 2015

After calls for a more streamlined field oriented pack, FirstSpear developed the Field Ruck which offers more than 2000 cu in of carrying capacity. This week, we’ll take a look at this new pack which is an adaptation of the HOTEL 23, one of FirstSpear’s original products.


For one thing, They stripped all of the PALS webbing found on the HOTEL 23 the pack.  On the Field Ruck, the side slots, which FS calls “wings”, accept tripods or other items such as trekking poles, antennas, probes, etc. Additional side carriage of gear such as rockets is facilitated by the 1.5″ compression straps. The buckles are large enough to find in the dark and can be manipulated in the cold, even while wearing gloves or mittens. The 6/12 compatible waist belt can also be removed when not needed in order to further streamline the ruck.  Additionally, inside the bag, divider walls provide organization for the main compartment. These dividers can be pushed out of the way to maximize storage compartment space.

I really like the roll top closure at the top of the ruck’s bag. An extension skirt on the top of the main compartment can be rolled and secured with a side release buckle. This gives you a little extra carrying room. Additionally, there is a zippered opening at the top for quick access.

The Field Ruck’s bottom incorporates drainage holes.


The shoulder strap quick release is easy to manipulate and should be familiar to military users.


The lid can be removed and used on its own if needed.


Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Contractor Bag and Rolling Frame

Friday, February 27th, 2015

I saw the new FirstSpear Contractor Bag and Rolling Frame at SHOT Show. Generally, companies are want to take this project on due to cost but enough of their customers asked for one that they decided to work out the frame side of things. Building a good bag isn’t the issue for a company like FirstSpear, it’s putting together a frame that balances weight and durability that can be the challenge.


FirstSpear did it by engineering a lighter, more durable rolling frame by taking advantage of advanced design in both tubing and material structure to drop some weight and maintain or increase strength in key areas.


This system features top loading through a generous zipper closed portal and has reinforced secured handles that can be used to offset the pull of the bag behind you so as not to clip your heels or for those times when you find yourself pulling two. If needed, the bag can be removed from the frame for cleaning and repair.


Available in Black, Rust and Manatee Grey so you won’t stick out like the proverbial sore thumb during travel.