Tactical Tailor

Archive for January, 2009


Monday, January 26th, 2009


The Multi-Use Rail and Light Mount (MURLM) from Tactical Night Vision Company was designed to integrate a mini red dot (MRD) and a flashlight into a single mount.

TNVC used the following design guidelines when developing the MURLM.

1. To eliminate the “chin welds” of MRD’s mounted high at the 12 o’clock positions and enable the shooter to
maintain a low profile and a solid platform especially while shooting on the move.
2. To offset an MRD at an optimum angle that would only require a very small rifle cant or “look-over” while
maintaining the same cheek weld and could also be used while employing a gas mask. (Specifically the M53).
3. Combine this mounting solution with a lightweight flashlight to avoid separate mounts on a weapon.
4. The flashlight portion of the mount needed to be offset for VG wrap-around activation and also incorporate a very
fast and strong QD system that a user could hand hold light weight lights (i.e. G2’s) and/or attach and remove a
light from the weapon in very short order.
5. The ring system of the light needed to be low profile to transition to a hand hold fighting light if needed that was
easily removed from the weapon.


The MURLM mounts to any Mil Std 1913 rail via a hex screw hard mounting solution which includes a recoil lug for maintaining zero of any optic mounted. 1” variable sized low profile light ring with a proprietary quick detach system. This system uses a small tab release system that releases light from the front of the MURLM.

We took a look at the mount at SHOT Show and it is fantastic. Many other attendees were able to get a hands on feel for the MURLM in the Aimpoint booth where it sported a T-1.


The MURLM is available directly from TVNC. They also have some great deals on packages including Sure Fire lights and Aimpoint T-1s.

Photos courtesy of TNVC.

Light for Life from 5.11 Tactical

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Can you imagine owning a light that was designed to hand down to your grand children? Tired of buying batteries? Weary of requiring multiple lights due to charging cycles? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”, then you need to take a look at 5.11 Tactical’s latest product unveiled at the recent SHOT Show in Orlando.

5.11 Tactical Light for Life

The Light for Life was developed in conjunction with IVUS Energy Innovations, the makers of Flashpointâ„¢ Power Technology. Utilizing a revolutionary design the Light for Life relies on three ultra capacitors rather than traditional batteries. The capacitors are rated for 50,000 charge/discharge cycles (a charge a day for more than 135 years) with virtually no degradation.

One of the most amazing points about the light is that it charges in 90 seconds. This means, it can be recharged virtually anywhere power is available.

5.11 Tactical Light for Life

The lamp consists of three LEDs rated for over 50,000 hours (40 hours a week for over 24 years) and features three outputs:
-90 lumens for 90 minutes and then 25 lumens for 30 additional minutes
-270 lumens for 30 minutes dropping to 25 lumens for an additional 30 minutes

The Light for Life will float and is waterproof to 3 meters.

The Light for Life flashlight is unlike anything we’ve seen in or out of the tactical industry. At $169.99 it’s a steal. After all, with stats like that, it’s designed to outlast you. The only downside is that they aren’t available until the end of May. The light will come with a charger and belt ring.

For more information visit 5.11 Tactical.

NRA Members Vote Kollitides

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

George Kollitides is running for a seat on the NRA Board. He has an excellent background, particularly with his ties to the Tactical Industry. Please vote for George Kollitides.

George Kollitides

For more information visit www.gkollitides4nraboard.com.

One for the Ladies

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Kaos, manufacturers of Ladies Sporting Goods offers a special version of their Sports Bra designed specifically for the Army’s Rapid Fielding Initiative. The Kaos Komfort RFI sports bra is specifically designed to eliminate chafing and irritation. Modified straps prevent seams from digging into the shoulders, while a band below the chest minimizes shifting and binding. Available XS-2X in Black and Sand.

Kaos RFI Bra

To order visit Kaos.

Magpul Dynamics Unveils New Sling at SHOT

Friday, January 23rd, 2009


In addition to Magpul’s veritable plethora of upcoming black rifle accouterments, Magpul Dynamics debuted their new Ambidextrous Sling Adapter Plate (ASAP) and Multi Mission Sling System (MS2).

The ASAP is an innovative sling plate that allows the sling to swivel a full 270 degrees to facilitate transitions from right to left hand.

Magpul Dynamics MS2

The MS2 is an adaptable sling that can be used as a single or two point point sling. It features an innovative buckle to quickly facilitate the conversion. The MS2 attaches to the ASAP with a snap shackle and the new buckle connects to a ring on the sling for single point carry or to a forthcoming rail mounted sling attachment point for a two point style.

Magpul Dynamics MS2

Available soon from Magpul.


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Newcomer V-Lite was walking the show at SHOT and introducing their new line of personal marking lights to select customers. We are happy to introduce them to you. Measuring just four inches long, the V-Lite is both water and shock proof. We expect to see these markers on a lot of equipment this year. They are available in Red, Green, Blue, and Infra-red.

V-Lite Red

To order go to vliteusa.com.

V-Lite is looking for distributors.

Photo from V-Lite.

Down East at SHOT

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Down East are the geniuses behind such products as the FastMag, Snap Dragon buckle, and MOLLE Frame. Amid little fanfare they unveiled their latest incarnation of the FastMag at SHOT Show. As the prototype FastMag passed from hand to hand among gear aficionados, the inventors explained the evolutionary improvements over previous versions. The greatest improvement is the attachment mechanism. A thin, rubberized, PALS compatible strap has been integrated directly into the design and pulls over a tab to secure the pouch via tension. Additionally, they introduced the ability to shingle the FastMag with Tactical Tailor’s MALICE Clip. The pouches can be stacked on top of one another or in conjunction with soft pouches as seen below. Additionally, you will notice that the bungee is missing. Down East felt that it was superfluous and drove up cost. Instead they engineered holes into the design so that the user could integrate a bungee if they felt the need. The new design is still in the prototype phase but if past performance is any indicator, these should begin to be available soon.

Down East FastMag Down East FastMag Attachment System Down East FastMag

To announce their new Direct Sales program, they also showed a version of their rucksack. In order to test their latest frame (DEI 1606) and suspension (in this case made by Eagle), Down East commissioned Log House Designs to manufacture a 2400 cu in pack. They are pleased to now offer limited numbers of these for sale in UCP and Multicam (available Late Jan 09) as well as civilian Black and Navy Blue. The pack is a simple top loader with ample PALS webbing to attach accessories and features a comfortable suspension.

Down East Rucksack Suspension Down East Rucksack Down East Rucksack

For more information visit www.downeastinc.com.

Photos from Soldier Systems Daily, Down East Inc and Mil Spec Monkey.

Darn Tough Vermont Tactical Sock Kit

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Darn Tough

As our readers know, we are big fans of Darn Tough Vermont and so is the US military. Several of their products are issued through RFI and they recently developed a Sock Kit for a US customer. It covers everything a foot craves; comfort and warmth.

Darn Tough Vermont Tactical Sock Kit
Socks are described below and are in order from Left to Right.

This five sock system was developed with members of the Special Forces community to offer a family of socks to cover any mission in any climate. Darn Tough Vermont socks are known for their long term durability and comfort. The fine gauge Merino wool used in these socks is naturally anti microbial, fast wicking/fast drying and will keep the wearer warm even when wet. Dense terry loops for cushioning without bulk and heavily re-enforced heels and toes are just two of the features that make these socks unique.

1493 Merino Wool ¼ Sock Mesh
68% Merino Wool, 28% Nylon, and 4% Lycra® Spandex
Color: Graphite
Category: Physical Training
The ¼ Sock Mesh is a light weight PT sock with reinforced heels and toes. The cuff breaks approximately 2” above the ankle. These socks have open mesh knitting on the top of the foot for greater breathability and no cushioning on the bottom of the foot for a performance fit.

1418 Merino Wool Nordic Boot Ultra Light
60% Merino Wool, 33% Nylon, and 7% Lycra® Spandex
Color: Graphite
Category: Tactical Boots
The Nordic Boot Ultra Light is a light weight ¾ height tactical socks that is approximately 7” tall. The heels and toes are reinforced and there is no cushioning on the bottom of the foot for a performance boot fit. The leg is a rib knit construction.

1466 Merino Wool Micro Crew
67% Merino Wool, 29% Nylon, and 4% Lycra® Spandex
Color: Graphite
Category: Tactical Boots
The Micro Crew is a ¾ height tactical sock that is approximately 6” tall. The leg is a flat 5 x 1 rib construction with resilient terry loop cushioning on the foot bottom.

1403 Merino Wool Boot Sock Cushion
67% Merino Wool, 29% Nylon, and 4% Lycra® Spandex
Color: Graphite
Category: All Condition Boot Sock
The Boot Sock Cushion is a mid calf sock that is approximately 9.5” tall. The foot bottom and leg is surrounded by resilient terry loop cushioning.

1405 Merino Wool Boot Sock Full Cushion
67% Merino Wool, 29% Nylon, and 4% Lycra® Spandex
Color: Graphite
Category: Cold Weather Boot Sock
The Boot Sock Full Cushion is a mid calf sock that is approximately 9.5” tall. The foot and leg is surrounded by densely knit terry loop cushioning. The heels and toes are reinforced.

Notice, all of the socks in the kit are manufactured from Merino wool which provides a myriad of advantages including comfort, inherent FR properties as well as being anti-microbial.

For more information contact Darn Tough Vermont. Additionally, the entire Darn Tough Vermont line is available on GSA.