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Archive for September, 2009

Patrick Smith Talks Armor Grip

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Kifaru’s legendary founder, Patrick Smith discusses their Armor Grip technology in this new video.

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BAE to Produce MultiCam MOLLE for Afghanistan Camo Test

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The Army has issued a Purchase order for the production of MOLLE systems in MultiCam in anticipation of the upcoming camouflage tests in Afghanistan. It seems that this train is on its way.

New British Helmet and Armor on Way to Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

According to an article published in Sunday’s edition of the “Daily Mail”, the new Osprey assault armor and Mk 7 helmet have been shipped to Afghanistan for use by the 11th Brigade just beginning a six-month deployment.

Mk 7 Helmet

This photo published in the “Daily Mail” shows the new helmet’s camouflage cover. It will be interesting to see if this is just a prototype or will see general issue as it forgoes the sewn-in foliage bands found on the cover for the Mk 6 helmet.

Magpul to Release Adaptable Carbine/Storage Stock

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Magpul will soon release the Mil-Spec Version of the ACSâ„¢ Carbine Stock. Designed to fit a Mil-Spec Receiver Extension (buffer) Tube, the ACSâ„¢ takes storage to a whole new level. In addition to dual, rear accessible, water-resistant battery storage tubes, it also features an integral storage compartment in the butt of the stock. The streamlined shape shields the release latch to prevent accidental activation. This is backed up by a power lock mechanism which relies on a chrome-silicon spring to avert auto-collapse failure by resisting spring relaxation.

Adaptable Carbine/Storage – Military Model

The ACSâ„¢ features two sling mounts; the mid point of the stock accepts optional QD sling mounts (up to 1.5” push-button swivels) and the rear has a 1″ sling loop. The ACSâ„¢ comes standard with a rubber butt-pad which gives positive shoulder purchase to prevent slippage even with body armor or modular gear however the Enhanced Butt Pad will also fit this stock.

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Camo for Afghanistan – The Rest of the Story

Monday, September 21st, 2009

On Friday September 18th, Soldier Systems Daily was granted an exclusive interview with PEO-Soldier’s COL William Cole, Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, Todd Wendt, Deputy Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, and Cheryl Stewardson, Team Leader, Soldier Integrated Protection, at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center. The topic of our conversation was alternative camouflage patterns. Our goal at SSD for the interview was to cut through the misinformation and conjecture currently permeating the web on this subject and get to the facts. Up to now no one, including us, has adequately told the story of what is actually going on.

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Use a 3D Printer To Get Out Of Handcuffs

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Ok, sure. It sounds like something out of an action movie. Sport Enthusiasts of Lockpicking – Europe member Ray used a hi-res camera to image the Dutch Police Hand Cuff Key. He then used a 3D printer to make a copy.

Handcuff Key

According to the lock picking blog Black Bag:

At first the police officers at HAR (Hacking at Random 2009, an international technology & security conference) were a little reluctant to event try out the plastic key he printed. But he found another way to verify the key he printed was the correct one. I guess these officers never thought about wearing keys concealed, especially when talking with Mr. Handcuff himself. Given the megapixel camera’s on the market today it was not so difficult to verify the key he printed was the correct one. At the end of the day he talked the officers into trying the key on their handcuffs and … it did work! At least the Dutch Police now knows there is a plastic key on the market that will open their handcuffs. A plastic key undetectable by metal detectors….

AAC’s Silencer Shoot

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

AAC's Silencer Shoot 2009
Photo Ted Tae

Advanced Armament Corporation was kind enough invite Soldier Systems Daily to attend the 2009 Silencer Shoot. Despite rainy weather the event was well attended and offered a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to fire suppressed as well as full auto weapons.

Wounded Warrior
Photo AAC

The Wounded Warrior Project was a big part of the Shoot’s activities and proceeds from the raffles were donated to the cause.

Attorney Goldman
Photo AAC

Attorney David Goldman gave a great presentation on NFA trusts during the Seminar held Friday evening. After hearing him speak I suggest that anyone who has a trust not specifically written to comply with the National Firearms Act take a look at his services.

Photo Ted Tae

AAC had their full line of suppressors on hand including the new Ti-RANT. Constructed of Grade 9 Titanium, heat treated 17-4 PH stainless steel, and high strength hard coat anodized 7075-T6 aluminum alloy, the Ti-RANT integrates AAC’s A.S.A.P. System (Assured Semi Automatic Performance).

Silencer Shoot 2009
Photo Ted Tae

Additionally, several vendors were on hand to display their wares in the vendor tent. Attendees had an opportunity to see the latest from a long list of suppressor and firearm producers as well as a few of our favorite soft good manufacturers. Arc’teryx displayed their entire line of LEAF products and had a couple of under the table samples of their new line coming out this Winter. Sorry, no sneak peeks; yet.

Gryphon Gloves from TAD
Photo Ted Tae

Gryphon Gloves from TAD
Photo Ted Tae

Triple Aught Designs had a great booth and was well represented by Mack and Dan. In addition to several of their new garments, they had a prototype of the upcoming Gryphon glove. They have put a lot of work into these and should be available this Fall.

Soldier Systems Daily would like to thank AAC for their hospitality as well as all of the vendors who took time to speak with us. You will be seeing future articles based on several of these products. Finally, a big thanks to Monster who provided free drinks through out the day.

Redington Introduces the Eco Grip Feltless Wading Boot

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

The Eco Gripâ„¢ is Redington’s first felt-less wading boot designed by Redington and engineered through an exclusive partnership with OTB. OTB developed the lugged and precisely razor-siped Tactical Rubber Technologyâ„¢ to support their military customers and is yet another case of technology developed to support America’s Warfighters finding its way to the civilian market.

Redington Eco Gripâ„¢ Feltless Wading Boot

Rubber-soled wading boots are an evolution in wading gear, since felt soles can be a cesspool for damaging aquatic microorganisms. In addition to helping prevent the Aquatic Hitchhikers (didymo, New Zealand mud snails, zebra mussels, whirling disease and other introduced nuisances) that threaten our waterways, the Eco Grip™ boots have many other notable features. Mesh side panels allow for instant water drainage, and ballistic mesh placed between the outsole and upper prevents small stones and other debris from entering the boot. High-abrasion TPU upper material resists scuffs, far outlasting conventional leather and a DWR finish on the entire boot prevents extreme water absorption, so the boot doesn’t get weighed down as the day progresses.

The Eco Grip Boot features the same foot bed found in OTB’s maritime footwear. In the footbed, the exclusive SFSâ„¢ (SEAL Fit Systemâ„¢) aids in water drainage as well as breathability. OTB’s SEAL footbed has a patented removable shank that allows the user to customize the fit with two different insoles, depending on the application. A thick neoprene insole takes up more room inside the boot for use with a thin sock or when wearing the boot barefoot while wet wading. Replacing the thick insole with the thinner insole gives the wearer additional room inside the boot when using an extra-thick sock or a neoprene bootie.

The Eco Gripâ„¢ boots will be available December 2009 from Redington.