Archive for March, 2010

M4 Shroud from Bonehead

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

M4 Shroud

Many of you have probably heard of the Bonehead Military Free Fall helmet but Bonehead Composites actually offers several products designed specifically for the military parachutist. Produced initially as a special project, their M4 shroud brings a whole new meaning to jumping with exposed weapons. Designed for MFF operations, the clam shell design features a padded interior to protect delicate optics and laser devices. It allows you to jump with the shroud attached to the weapon yet still have full access to the pistol grip and trigger. Special configurations as well as other weapons can be accommodated contact Bonehead Composites for details.

Patagonia Slingshot in Coyote

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Slinghsot was a component of the Military Advanced Regulator System (MARS) military clothing system. A lightweight softshell, it has a bit of stretch built in. It is treated with a good DWR so light rain rolls right off. Two angled bicep pockets feature Velcro for insignia and the collar is lined with fleece. Finally, there are two deep pockets in the chest to warm hands or store essentials. Currently sizes Small – XX-Large are in stock. The torso is true to size with plenty of room for base layers but some may find the sleeves a bit short and also be aware that the cuff is elasticized. At $90 it is a smokin’ deal so these won’t be around for long at this price. Order at www.Patagonia.com.

Patagonia Slingshot in Coyote Tan

Cobra Range Bag from Venom Industries

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The new commercial tactical line, Venom by Bulldog Equipment, put up a few teaser pics today of their new range bag on Facebook and I am liking what I am seeing. Like my friend at Strike Hold! suggests, hopefully they will consider offering products in colors such as Grey, Taupe, and Blue in addition to what we would consider more traditional tactical colors. This will be a most welcome addition to the market place.

Cobra Range Bag by Venom Industries, LLC

WL Gore Releases OPTIFADE Concealment – Forest

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Last year we introduced readers to WL Gore’s proprietary camouflage pattern OPTIFADE Open Country pattern. This year they have introduced a new pattern; Forest which is specifically designed for tree stand hunting in wooded environments. Like the Big Game/Open Country pattern, the new Big Game/Forest pattern is based on how deer see, both spatially and colorimetrically. Incorporating both micro and macro patterns, the unique micro-pattern considers the way a deer or other ungulate perceives color, the ratio of positive to negative space and other visual elements to create an effect that allows the hunter to blend with the animal’s perception of the environment. Whereas, the macro-pattern breaks up the symmetry of the human body so that if a hunter is detected, the animal will not be able to identify the hunter as a predator.

Sitka Incinerator Jacket with Gore OPTIFADE Forest Pattern GORE-TEX

As a bit of a side note, while WL Gore has shown the patterns at military trade shows to gauge interest they have been quite adamant that they are not for use by military forces and furthermore that they are not at work developing a military pattern. Interestingly, their partners in development of both of these patterns have been Guy Cramer and Lt Col Tim O’Neil both well known for the introduction of numerous military patterns into the market. Regardless, the science behind OPTIFADE is solid and now there are two options available for outdoorsmen depending on environment.

OPTIFADE clothing in both patterns is available from Sitka which was recently purchased by WL Gore. Packs in OPTIFADE can also be purchased from Mystery Ranch.

British Officer’s Compass

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

British Army Officer CompassWith commissioning season just around the corner you might be looking for a unique gift idea. Officially dubbed the M-73 Liquid Prismatic Compass, it is manufactured from aluminum, glass, and brass by the firm Francis Barker. This liquid filled compass is accurate to within 1 degree and features a prismatic aiming system as well as five tritium light sources. In addition to the M-73, Telluric Group offers several other compasses including the highly sought after SAS survival compass.

To order contact Telluric Group.

Airborne School Graduates First Class Using New T-11 Parachute

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Airborne School tranistions to T-11 parachute
(Photo: US Army)

The T-11 parachute, also referred to as the Advanced Tactical Parachute System has already begun to replace the venerable T-10 with operational units. As Fort Benning’s Basic Airborne Course trains new parachutists, they too have have begun the transition to the new system. Students will continue to train with both since the transition to the T-11 will take about three years, but the class graduating last week was the first to have jumped the new parachute.

T-11 Ft. Bragg NC – LTG Helmick Jump from PEO Soldier on Vimeo.

This PEO-Soldier video of a recent jump by the 18th Corps Staff gives you a good idea of the characteristics of the parachute.

One of the first things you will notice about the new canopy is its shape. Rather than the traditional conical shape of the T-10 the T-11 boasts 28% more surface area and assumes a somewhat square shape due to a modified version of a cross/cruciform. This results in a slower rate of descent and a softer landing (19 fps vice 24 fps). Additionally, the T-11 replaces not only the round canopy but the harness as well which is designed to displace opening shock forces of the reserve parachute equally along the long axis of the jumper’s body. While the T-10 relies on the Modified Improved Reserve Parachute System (MIRPS) which includes a standard T-10 reserve parachute canopy assembly integrated with a commercial deployment assistance device to throw the canopy out away from the jumper, the new T-11R is based on the British Low Level Parachute (LLP) aero-conical design that includes apex scoop pockets at the top of the reserve canopy and skirt assist lines at the system’s hem to promote fast opening of the reserve during low-speed malfunctions. Unlike MIRPS, the T-11R reserve uses an omni-directional, center-pull deployment system.

Grey Man Lesson: Spotting a Hidden Handgun

Monday, March 29th, 2010

While this graphic actually dates from 1992, it does contain quite a few details that are of use both offensively as well as defensively. Originally, published in the New York Times the data came from NYPD Detective Robert Gallagher based on criteria he used to size up suspects. Megan Jaegerman, the artist who translated this information into a readily usable format has been lauded for this and other work. She succinctly synthesizes a great deal of information into a story that can be interpreted with the eye.

Spotting a Hidden Handgun

SpecOps Warfighter Expo East 2010

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

We are only a few weeks out from the 2010 SpecOps Warfighter Expo East held at Fayetteville, NC’s Crown Expo Center April 13-16. Like last year it will be held in conjunction with the annual Special Forces Branch Symposium. The expo is open at no charge to all active duty, active reserve, law enforcement and government personnel. However, there is a fee for attendance by industry.

For more information or to register, visit DefenseTradeShows.com.