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Kryptek Smiths Are Now Available

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Kryptek Smiths

Tactical Distributors has received the brand new Smith Optics Elite Lockwood sunglasses in Kryptek Highlander, and they’re ready for shipping starting today. The Lockwood features 100% Milspec polarized lenses, which meet ANSI Z87.1 standard for optics and MIL-PRF-31013 standard for impact. The frame is constructed of lightweight, impact resistant materials and includes megol nose and temple pads. Each pair also ships with a free Smith Optics Elite skull patch.

The Highlander Lockwoods are also available through US Elite Gear.

2014 Hot Shots Calendar Now Available From Smith Optics

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


Smith Optics Elite Division is now selling the 2014 Hot Shots calendar. Proceeds from the calendar will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Quaff with Smith Optics and S&S Precision at SOFIC to Honor Shady

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Join Smith Optics and S&S Precision at SOFIC for the 2013 Gelande Quaffing Grudge Match to Honor Brett “Shady” Shadel. There will also be a silent auction.

Gelande Quaffing Grudge Match

Not sure what this whole Gelände Quaffing thing is all about? Read this and then check out the video.

In 1986, the skis were skinny and the snow was fat, during a 14 foot storm, the infamous underground crew of the Jackson Hole Air Force was going stir crazy in the Bear Claw Café, waiting for the mountain to open. In those days the bartender would send a freshly filled beer mug sliding down the bar to the patron who ordered it. One fateful night a beer mug slid off the end of the bar, took air, was caught seconds before a glass shattering catastrophe, and promptly pounded. Gelände Quaffing was born. Apres’ ski competitions followed, testing the unique skills of all who entered, and provided exciting entertainment for all spectators. But somewhere along the way Gelände Quaffing was lost and the après ski spirit forgotten.

BEERSPORT: The 2012 Gelande Quaffing World Championships from David Stubbs / AVIVIDEYE on Vimeo.

See you there!

Edgar Brothers Offering Smith Optics Aegis ARC in Urban Wolf – Worldwide Exclusive

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Edgar Brothers has a worldwide exclusive to offer the Smith Optics Aegis ARC (Standard and Compact Fit) in the Urban Wolf color from Arc’teryx. Not only is this a great color, but there is a wide variety of clothing and equipment coming from Arc’teryx as well as other vendors such as Smith Optics over the next few months.

Unveiled at SHOT Show this past year, the Aegis ARC offers ballistic impact protection per US MIL-PRF-31013 standard and meets US ANSI Z87.1 for protective eyewear along with European standard EN 166. Additionally, the Aegis provides 100% protection from UVA/UVB rays as well as anti-fog and scratch resistant coatings on all lenses. Two great features are the megol temples and soft nose to hold the Aegis in place and Pivlock Lens Interchange Technology to simplify lens changes. Although the photo below features a pair of Black Aegis, it gives you an idea of what is included in the kit.

Standard Fit

Compact Fit Aegis ARC

All orders who mention SSD in the subject will receive a further 10% discount off the £58 price.

This product is available for international orders, please email for further information. Email them and they will call you back.

Hot Shots Veteran’s Day Giveaway

Friday, November 9th, 2012

In honor of this Veteran’s Day, enter for a chance to win one of 12 limited edition SSD variants of the 2013 Hot Shots calendar. This year’s Hot Shots calendar is inspired by pinups of the 40s and 50s. Like always 50% of proceeds go to military charities.

There was a limited run of SSD variant 2013 Hot Shots calendars produced and this is your chance to win yours. We will be giving away one of these to 12 different, lucky SSD readers.


Smith Elite On Review – Episode I

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Today’s premiere episode of Smith Elite On Review stars Stacey Nagy of Primary Weapons System and the MK107 Diablo AR-15.

Smith Elite invites you, as members of our community, to sit back, grab some popcorn, and tune in to Smith Elite On Review. Afterwards, tell us what you think and share your experience.

Smith Elite On Review – An Intro

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Smith Optics asked us to help them share a new project they’ve been working on. Smith Elite On Review is a new web series that will look at stuff they think is cool. Here’s how they describe it…

Outside of designing and producing world class ballistic glasses and goggles, the Smith Optics team and community pushes life to the limits. We understand the need for reliable gear that you can depend your life on. We also appreciate the stories and legends from fellows in and around our industry. With that in mind, we are proud to introduce to you Smith Elite On Review. This new series is designed to review performance driven, dependable, lifestyle oriented products & organizations.

Tune in tomorrow for their first episode starring Stacey Nagy & Primary Weapon Systems.

Smith Elite Has You Covered For EOY

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Smith Optics Elite Division has a wide range of protective eyewear in
stock and ready to ship.

Give them a call at 1-800-635-4401 ext. 8 or visit

Costa – When Work is Play

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012


Chris Costa enjoying a day at the office. Jumping a Camo Rigs harness, he’s wearing a Bone Head helmet dipped by the guys at WW Guns, and fitted with Smith Elite boogie goggles.

Rick Elder Moving to 5.11 Tactical as VP of SOF Products

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

It seems like just the other day that Rick Elder had left Government service supporting USSOCOM at Natick and had accepted a position as Executive Director Smith Optics Elite Division. He’s done one hell of a job during his time at Smith. Maybe that’s why the past two years seems like just yesterday. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. But, today is a new day, and Smith Optics announces that Rick is leaving and 5.11 Tactical announces that in October, he will join them as Vice President of Special Operations Forces Products.

The move is extremely amicable and Rick won’t be leaving Smith immediately. He’s going to stick around for two months to help in finding his replacement, as well as spending additional time in ensuring a smooth transition.

Rick Elder provided SSD with the following statement, “I have greatly enjoyed my time at Smith Optics, working with a fantastic team that over the last two years helped propel this division into one of the top tier ballistic eyewear providers in the world. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Smith provided me and proud of all that we have accomplished.”

Regarding the new opportunity with 5.11 Tactical, “I am excited to join the 5.11 Tactical leadership team in October. While I cannot yet share the specifics of 5.11’s plans to serve the Special Operations communities, I look forward to telling you more about the company’s plan for 2013 before the end of this year.”

First off, congrats to Rick, who I’ve known for many years, on his new position. Second, congrats to 5.11 Tactical for landing Rick. He’s a very talented guy. Finally, think about 5.11 starting a division to concentrate on SOF Products. This announcement has so many implications and we can’t wait to see where this will take them.