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New Lightweight Helmet Option from Gentex

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Gentex recently unveiled a new lightweight version of their popular Tactical Ballistic Helmet series. This new TBH III is crafted from a polyethylene product rather than the aramid normally found in the TBH. Inspired by the requirements for the Enhanced Combat Helmet requirements, Gentex decided to offer an alternative helmet. In addition to the new ECH, Gentex also developed a helmet that offers the same ballistic protection as a current ACH, but with a weight savings of over 30% due to the use of PE material.

Gentex TBH-III

Additionally, as you can see from the photo, Gentex is experimenting with new cuts to further balance protection with the ability to utilize active hearing protection and communications headsets. Rather than the popular “Gunfighter” cut (still offered by Gentex) step-style cut, this sample has more of a scoop cut around teh front portion of the ears and retains more coverage in the rear.

The new helmet is so new there is no information available on their website yet. Please contact Gentex.

OTB Boots Halloween Sale

Friday, October 30th, 2009

OTB Boots is offering 20% off selected styles and colors. Additionally, the Abyss, Odhin, and SAR are available in Green for only $69.95!

OTB Halloween Sale

Use discount code “BOO” at checkout. Sale ends soon. Visit OTB Boots to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Note: No back orders accepted and this offer may not be used in combination with other specials or discounts.

Magpul Releases QD Sling Mount

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Magpul has released the ACSâ„¢ QD Swivel Mount for the new Adaptable Carbine/Storage Stock. It attaches to the stock and allows for the quick attach/detach of slings to the weapon yet limits the rotation of the sling to prevent hangups.

Magpul ACS with QD

To order visit

Kyle Defoor Offers Training

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Kyle Defoor, co-host of TV’s Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms has branched out on his own and is offering several new training courses. Decorated Navy SEAL and long-time Blackwater trainer, Kyle brings a great deal of real-world experience to his courses. For his law enforcement curriculum he is joined by two sworn officers with over 20 years of on-the-job expertise. In addition to firearms and tactics courses, Kyle also offers tactical medical training.

Visit for more info.

New Products from Mayflower

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Mayflower Research and Consulting has released several new products. As always, their focus is on no-nonsense, combat-focused equipment. Their designed are based on real-world experience.

5.56 Hybrid Chest Rig

Mayflower has been producing both 5.56 and 7.62 hybrid chest rigs for some time but just released them for sale to the general public. They are low profile, light weight, general purpose chest rigs with fixed pouches for magazines and PALS webbing to accommodate a customized load..

Assaulter Arm Board

The new Assaulter Arm Board features three viewable surfaces; a flap which is viewable on both sides as well as the base. It is perfect for comms checklists, target info, and other aide memoires.

All Mayflower products are Berry compliant and available in Coyote, Ranger Green, Black, UCP, and MultiCam (some products may vary).

These are just two of the new products. Be sure to head over to to see all of them. These will be the last of the new releases before SHOT Show but they should be more than enough to tide you over.

Camouflage Expert Joins Protect the Force, LLC

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Protect the Force, LLC announced recently that Mr. Richard “Rick” Cowan, chemist and Subject Matter Expert in Camouflage and Counter-Surveillance Protection has joined Protect the Force, LLC as the organization’s expert for camouflage and signature management.

“Rick brings an unmatched experience and know-how in the art and science of camouflage. He worked as the Army’s Camouflage Scientist at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center for over 20 years developing the most advanced counter-surveillance protective technologies applied to combat uniforms and equipment” said Francisco J. Martinez, EVP for Product Development and Technology Integration.

According to Mr. Martinez, Protect the Force does not plan on developing proprietary camouflage patterns but rather to lend their expertise to Government and industry on the test and evaluation of patterns.

To learn more about Protect the Force, LLC vsit them on the web at

Win Free Boots for Life

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 is sponsoring a Free Boots for Life Photo Contest to find the oldest, most worn-out set of boots in the world. All you need is a tattered pair of boots and a great story telling ow they got that way. Submit a photo of your boots along with the story by January 31, 2010.

To enter visit Also be sure to read the fine print.

An Afternoon with Uncle Larry

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Spending an afternoon with Larry Vickers is like visiting a demented Santa Claus. That is if ol’ Saint Nick were cool and into guns and mayhem. Every time I see him he has something new to show me.

Santa Vickers

I had a chance to visit with Larry on the set of “Tactical Impact” at US Training Center in Moyock, NC. In addition to the amazing amount of firearms lore that just rolls off his tongue, Larry started pulling treasures out of the back of his truck. He would mumble “Hey, have you seen this?” as he rummaged through a couple of bags. Out would come a rare firearm or a gadget currently under development.

But two of his finds are worthy of mention, simply because they are classics and quite rare. Both were used by Allied Special Forces in World War Two.


The first was an original FP-45 (Flare Projector) Liberator pistol developed by US Amy Psychological Warfare during WW II. The name was adopted to conceal the true nature of the project with weapon components also having innocuous names used in standard manufacturing parts. The weapon was adopted by the OSS for use by partisans behind Axis lines. The simple design allowed the shooter to neutralize an enemy in order to procure his weapon for himself. The breech lock pistol was shipped in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty shell casing, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form showing how to load and fire the weapon. Extra rounds of ammunition could be stored in the pistol grip. Designed to be cheaply mass produced ($2.10 a copy), there were only manufactured over an eleven week period in 1942 when over one million pistols were produced. Interestingly, while there are numerous stories about the Liberator’s wide spread use in occupied France, it actually saw more use in the Pacific theater.

Hi Standard H-D Military Model

The second find is a reproduction Hi Standard HD-M silenced .22 pistol first produced during WWII. As you can see from the photo, the pistol featured an integral silencer and after the war many of the weapons passed to the US intelligence community. Oddly, one of the pistols was included in the survival equipment carried by U2 pilot Gary Powers when he was shot down over the Soviet Union. The suppressor component was designed to drop the weapons signature by 28 decibels and can be removed for cleaning or maintenance of the pistol. However, the suppressor was only designed for 200 rounds and would be discarded after use and replaced with a new component.

Keep an eye out for more surprises from Larry Vickers and his co-hosts Jason Falla and Kyle Defoor on Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms. Check your local listings for time and channel.