Archive for April, 2009

ICE Bivy

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Integrated Combat Equipment of Canada is releasing a limited run of Multicam Bivy Bags using Gore-tex 3 layer fabric left over from a design project for a large US supplier. Future Multicam Bivy production will utilize a 3 layer Stedair fabric from Duro. Additionally, they will have a coated nylon floor to help control costs.


The ICE bivy is generously cut (90” Long x 34” Wide (Flat) at shoulders). Made entirely from 3 Layer Gore-Tex the bivy is fully seam sealed. The 36” side zipper also features a flap. There is also an 8” overlap at face opening which has a wire stiffened hood. Finally, tie-out loops at head, hood, and foot complete the design.

The bivy comes standard with a stuff sack and at $185.00 US, this is a phenomenal price for a 100% Gore bivy, especially in Multicam. If you feel the price is high consider what one of my readers said elsewhere, “That price is cheap compared to a few cold and wet nights out in the woods. Think about how much you spend on motels “. Also upon reflection the Editor said that he recalls purchasing a Woodland 100% Gore-tex bivy in 1987 for about the same price! We could call this a “Deal of the Week” but it’s really more like a “Steal of the Week”.

Available in Multicam, Army UCP, and Woodland MARPAT. We have verified that there are Multicam bivies currently in stock but there will be a two week wait for UCP and MARPAT. If you want to secure a 100% Gore-tex bag you need to jump on this offer quickly.

To order visit ICE Tactical.

Harris Wins $20 Million Contract from Poland

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Harris Corp. has announced that it has been awarded a $20 million contract from the Polish Ministry of National Defense to provide its Falcon II and Falcon III tactical radios to Poland’s land and special operations command forces. Earlier this year the Estonian military purchased $5 million worth of Falcon III multiband radios from Harris.

Harris Falcon III
The U.S. Army issues the Falcon III as the An/PRC-150. It provides secure voice and data communications in the HF-SSB/VHF-FM bands.

This win literally comes on the heels of a $600 million award from the U.S. Army to modernize SATCOM terminals.

5.11 Tactical Signature Buckle

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

5.11 Tactical has released a new signature buckle that fits their line of leather belts as well as other 1-3/4″ belts. Manufactured from zinc with a gunmetal finish the buckle offers a new look for 5.11 belts.

5.11 Tactical's Signature Buckle

To order one of these limited run buckles visit 5.11 Tactical.

Daniel Defense A1.5 Rear Sight

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Daniel Defense set out to design a simple and reliable Back Up Iron Sight and they have more than succeeded with the A1.5 BUIS. The BUIS integrates the M16A1-style windage and elevation adjustments with a same plane small and ghost ring aperture. Once you adjust them, they are staying put.

Daniel Defense A1.5 Rear Sight

The BUIS is manufactured from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum and mounts to a 1913 standard rail. It slides on and locks in place via a slotted fastener which is threaded into a self-locking steel thread insert. Once it’s on, it isn’t going anywhere. The BUIS is fixed so no need to worry about it popping up at the wrong time or thin parts breaking off. Additionally, the BUIS was designed to not interfere with the charging handle.

Larry Vickers summed it all up when he said this about the BUIS, “Finally a rear sight that has everything you need and nothing you don’t”.

For more information visit

FiveTen Mid Desert Enforcer

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Grey Group Training has the exclusive for tactical versions of FiveTen footwear. They recently offered low and mid versions of the Desert Enforcer. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond Grey Group’s control, the mid variant was not produced. While the low top is currently in stock many have continued to ask for a mid top shoe. Grey Group is currently weighing their options for future offerings and has an excellent offer for those with existing pre-orders for the Mid Desert Enforcer.

FiveTen has issued the following statement in regard to production of the shoe.

“Five Ten is a family-owned company that is dedicated to making the best outdoor sports footwear available. The Redlands, California-based company makes shoes with their proprietary Stealth rubber soles for a variety of outdoor disciplines. The world’s top climbers depend upon Five Ten climbing shoes. Five Ten multi-sport shoes are now essential equipment for downhill mountain bikers, paddlers, hikers, trail runners and climbers. From elite, world-class athletes to all outdoor enthusiasts, people know that Five Ten is the most authentic footwear brand available.
Through the years, Five Ten has received requests to develop a military specific shoe. Five Ten has stepped up to the plate and developed the Desert Enforcer, built for military operations from urban climbing to combat hiking. Military and law enforcement markets will now be able to benefit from the comfort, stickiness and reliability of Five Ten.
Five Ten has teamed up with Grey Group Training to exclusively launch the Desert Enforcer. Grey Group Training is a wonderful partner for Five Ten and is unique in providing the gear, instructors and technical expertise needed for a particular requirement. Grey Group’s belief is that there is a synergistic effect between the tools of the trade, the skill sets to use them, and the ability to source them both from one place.
The Desert Enforcer (low-top) is NOW available, exclusively through Grey Group Training ( Because of various manufacturing issues, the Desert Enforcer (high-top) has been delayed. Five Ten is currently reworking time lines and will launch a solid ETA, ASAP. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience due to this delay. Five Ten is committed to the military market and plans on launching additional shoes to help support the mission. Please stay tuned and we appreciate your continued support.

Five Ten

215 Gear’s K9 Accessories

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Recently, there have been a great deal of new products designed specifically for the K9 and handler released on the market. In response to requirements from the community, 215 gear has developed several new products including collars, leashes, and leads.

Seen below is the Hands Free K9 Leash with Quick Release Buckle. It is a bungee type dog lead that extends from four feet to seven feet and is designed to allow the handler to have both hands on his weapon. 215 Gear has also integrated a large, formed non-slip control handle close to the dog for situations when more control is called for. The Leash attaches to a common riggers type belt, via a quick-release snap shackle and to the dog’s collar via a H&K type snap hook.
215 Gear's K9 Leash

The entire line can be found here.

ADS Warrior Expo

Monday, April 27th, 2009

ADS is hosting their annual Warrior Days Expo July 15 & 16 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. In addition to the opportunity to see the latest equipment from over 100 leading manufacturers, ADS also offers the chance to attend some great seminars. Last year, they hosted Mark Twight who spoke about environmental clothing systems. The Warrior expo is an excellent opportunity for end users, GCPC holders, and acquisition officials to learn about ADS and their various services.

For more info and to register visit

Transition Lenses that Really Transition

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

ScienceNOW Daily News reports that researchers have developed a material that almost instantaneously changes from clear to dark blue when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, and it just as quickly reverts to clear when the exposure is removed.

For more than a decade, chemical engineer Jiro Abe and colleagues at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan have been studying the light-sensitive properties of photochromic materials, including a compound called hexaarylbiimidazole (HABI). In its natural state, HABI is colorless, but when ultraviolet light breaks one of the bonds in the molecule, it produces a version that is dark blue. They found that by adding naphthalene to the compound, they could accelerate the color change to about 180 milliseconds. Adding a compound called cyclophane instead of naphthalene improved the clear-to-blue conversion even more–to about 30 milliseconds. According to an article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the cyclophane version of HABI reverts just as rapidly to its colorless state when the UV light source is turned off and the reactions can be repeated thousands of times.

Scientists see this as a great step forward in the development of optical storage drives. This could be a boon for transition lenses which take forever to change from clear to dark if they can develop ways to control it. Similar work has been ongoing for some time to protect vision from LASER as well as the flash associated with a nuclear detonation but such systems have been powered in order to make the nearly instantaneous transition.