Archive for August, 2010

Not Just a Container Manufacturer Anymore

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

GCS Incorporated has released its’ first full-line tactical equipment catalog. Their 2010 – 2011 catalog showcases the many items GCS makes and a multitude of items from other popular brands such as Pelican, Streamlight, Blackhawk and Safariland. The new catalog includes individual equipment items, MWD supplies, deployment kits, kennels and aluminum shipping containers. GCS has also made most bags, backpacks hydration and nylon available in Multicam as well.

GCS Tactical Guide 2010

The Aegis Industries Mark 63 Trident

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

At the upcoming New Breed of Warrior in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Aegis Industries will present a breakout session on the Mark 63 Trident.

An emerging market leader of professional security solutionsAegis Industries recognized that the operational demands of the military, law enforcement, corrections, and private security markets required a new class of intermediate force options to allow operators to communicate, contain and quickly control potentially dangerous scenarios more safely and effectively than ever before. They developed the MK63 Trident, the first in a new class of scalable intermediate force options: Hand-held Modular Multi-Stimulus Response Devices (HMMRDs). As you can see in the photo, the Mk63 provides numerous options including Laser, LEDs, Pepper Spray, Impact, and Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI). NMI is essentially stun gun technology but with a bit more science behind it.

Aegis was founded by US Navy SEAL Kenneth J. Stethem after the events of September 211, 2001. Inspired by the courage of his brother, SW2 Robert D. Stethem, who was murdered during the 1985 hijacking of TWA FLT 847, Stethem founded Aegis with a single mission – To Defend, Protect and Preserve Life – by engineering the world’s most advanced and operationally effective intermediate force option.

Break Out Session Overview:
TITLE: The Aegis Mark 63 Trident: Revolutionizing Intermediate Force Options
LENGTH OF SESSION: (:30 Minutes Demo/:15 Minutes Q&A)
Aegis will be demonstrating its revolutionary new Aegis Mark 63 Trident, the first in a new generation of advanced intermediate force options. These Handheld, Modular, Multi-stimulus, Response Devices (HMMRDs) provide a level of flexibility, safety and effectiveness that is unmatched by any other Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solution.
The Mark 63 is a scalable, full-dimensional solution that combines Lasers, LEDs, Pepper Spray, Impact, and Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) in a single device. The Mark 63 delivers:

• Scalability
• Multiple force options are combined into a single, handheld device (Laser, LEDs, Pepper Spray, Impact and NMI).
• Force options can be used individually, in any combination or simultaneously
• Safety
• Innovative engineering and advanced technology backed by comprehensive medical safety research that was independently peer-reviewed and published prior to market launch.
• Industry’s first low voltage non-invasive multiple stimulus force option.
• Effectiveness
• Multiple force options allow operators to transition up and down the force continuum faster, safer and more effectively.
• Operators are better prepared, equipped and protected

MSM CoolGuy-Hat DLUX

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Our friends at Mil-Spec Monkey have been working on a secret project for some time and they have just unveiled the results.

Starting with a FlexFit cap as a foundation, they have removed the top rivet and applied ample amounts of velcro loop. The loop is color matched so it doesn’t stick out but the shapes are different than what you have seen in the past. This is because MSM specializes in patches and have built the cap to accommodate some of their more exotic designs.

In the photo you will also notice a set of earplugs. Rather than showing up at the range without earplugs, they are stored in a small garage on the sides of the cap. The earplugs are on leashes that are connected to auto-retracters and with a gentle pull go right back into storage mode.

Available in S/M 6 3/4” – 7 1/4” and L/XL 7 1/8” – 7 5/8” in Khaki, Loden (GreenishBrown), and Black. Get them from milspecmonkey.com.

Name That Pack Contest

Monday, August 30th, 2010

After suffering for several months with awkward part number based names for their new line of military and discrete packs, Blue Force Gear has decided to run a contest on Soldier Systems Daily to help them name 4 different packs. The contest will run from now until the 10th of September. If your pack name is selected you will receive a free pack of that style! In the event multiple entries are received with the same suggested name, only the first submission received by Blue Force Gear will be awarded a free pack so get them in as quickly as possible! Send your ideas to [email protected].

Here’s what you’ve got to work with:

Medium Pack – Military (02)

The 02 Pack is a super light-weight three day style pack that is covered in MOLLE compatible webbing. It has a removable beavertail on the front for carrying quick access items like a helmet, jacket, or even one of our original Micro Packs. The inside surface of the beavertail is lined with Loop Velcro to attach any of the Dapper accessory pouches. The inside of the pack is also lined with loop so that the pack can be configured in an infinite number of storage options. The bottom of the pack is made of High Abrasion Neoprene for long term durability. There is a sheet of HDPE sewn into the back panel so that you’re not forced to buy a frame sheet for improved load carriage capability. The pack weighs 43oz and the main compartment is ~2000 cubic inches. Made in the USA!

Medium Pack – Discrete (03)
The 03 Pack is built on the same production line as our military version, but with a more discrete, stylized appearance for everyday use. It has some of the same features like the removable beavertail on the front. The inside surface of the beavertail is lined with Loop Velcro to attach any of the Dapper accessory pouches. The inside of the pack is also lined with loop so that the pack can be configured in an infinite number of storage options. There are also two accessory pouches on either side of the pack designed to fit a 1L Nalgene style bottom. The bottom of the pack is made of High Abrasion Neoprene for long term durability. There is a sheet of HDPE sewn into the back panel so that you’re not forced to buy a frame sheet for improved load carriage capability. The pack weighs 49oz and the main compartment is ~2000 cubic inches. Made in the USA!

Small Pack – Military (04)
The Small Military is based loosely off the original Micro Pack. There is a little more depth in the main compartment and on the military version the face of the pack is covered with MOLLE compatible webbing. The shoulder straps are lightly padded and the interior of the pack is lined with Loop Velcro so that it is compatible with the full line of Blue Force Gear accessory Dappers. There is a sheet of HDPE sewn into the back panel so that you’re not forced to buy a frame sheet for improved load carriage capability. The pack weighs 28oz and the main compartment is ~1000 cubic inches. Made in the USA!

Small Pack – Discrete (05)
The Small Discrete is very similar to the original Micro Pack. There is a little more depth in the main compartment and the face of the pack is stylized to appear more like a high end commercial pack. The shoulder straps are lightly padded and the interior of the pack is lined with Loop Velcro so that it is compatible with the full line of Blue Force Gear accessory Dappers. There is a sheet of HDPE sewn into the back panel so that you’re not forced to buy a frame sheet for improved load carriage capability. The pack weighs 28oz and the main compartment is ~1000 cubic inches. Made in the USA!

All Blue Force gear products are proudly Made in the USA! so Berry compliance is never at question. Be sure to check out the product pages at www.BlueForceGear.com as they offer a wide variety of color schemes depending on teh product and its intended use.

A Low Cost UAS?

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Strike Hold! caught wind of a $15k vertical lift Unmanned Aerial System manufactured in China. Amazingly, this product was designed for airsoft. It is controlled by GPS, and features electric motors for quiet flight and delivers streaming video back to the hand-held remote unit.

This is the same kind of stuff we were alluding to in our recent article on Disruptive Technologies. However, since both good and bad guys have been modifying what are essentially remote control toys for some time to conduct reconnaissance then this new product doesn’t really fit the definition of a true disruptive capability. What it does mean, is that a lot more folks will have access to low-cost, purpose built unmanned aerial systems. Aside from the obvious issue of having an enemy with similar reconnaissance capabilities as us, there are also airspace issues to consider. And as these commercial systems become more pervasive, the issue will be more prevalent. Think about being on a patrol and trying to figure out if it is one of ours. Think about safety of flight issues.

Stuff We Didn’t Write About

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Female ACU on the Way

Student Radically Improves the UK Plug

Wizard to Print Pages for Your Moleskine Notebook

Galil Ace Rifle

5.11 Tactical Releases New Catalog

Deflate This Inflatable Air Mattress and Store it Inside the Hand Pump

iPhone App Tracks Battle Buddies (Rifle Mount Optional)

Off Duty Wear – The Suit

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

We first published this article back in June of 2008 and it is a reprint of an article from “The Morning News“. The info is just as fresh today as it was in 2002 when it was originally published by them.

The Morning News
Men’s Fashion: Part 1, Suits

It’s the one thing every man should own: a suit. THE EDITORS salute the suit’s ability to withstand expiration, bask in its enduring appeal, and offer advice on what to look for when you’re off to buy your own. If only we could be there to say, “Suits you, sir!”

On Suits
Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.
—Cary Grant

Without suits, men would have nothing. In the hierarchy of style, a good suit remains a man’s only trump card. Even in this sad age of casual-wear, the suit still carries an air of success, taste, and sophistication. It is designed to make you look better, to break boundaries between social classes, to make a small man tall with pinstripes or a fat man rich with soft wools. The suit looks good in restaurants, trains, dinner parties or Paris; in short, everywhere you want to be. It is, in its best forms, a complete outfit that will never fail you.

And that is exactly what it will do, if you treat it right. Unfortunately the majority of suits you see look awful. This isn’t necessary. Even if you work ten hours with your jacket on, being mindful of your clothing will keep you ready for cocktails after work. Too many men either don’t care or don’t know how to wear a suit, and, suitably, look like shit. This is worth avoiding.

To start us off, a few general rules should be observed when approaching a suit, and most apply to good dressing in general:
The suit, no matter the style, needs to fit your body, closely. This means all pieces should be cut and tailored appropriate to your form. Surprisingly, this doesn’t require a lot of money ($500 can, in fact, get you a good suit) but it does take an eye, and the strength to ignore any saccharine compliments from salesmen.
Trends have six-to-eighteen-month shelf lives. If you plan to retire your suit in this window, feel free to splurge. Otherwise, shop considerately.
Suits are made of wool or cotton, and their variations. Additional fabrics need not apply.
You are an interesting, confident, multi-hued man. Let others learn that from how you behave, not from the label on your jacket.
A suit jacket goes with suit pants, not with jeans or chinos. If you want a casual jacket, buy a sport-coat or a blazer. Stand-up comedians are regularly shot over this rule.
If you’re not comfortable—if you don’t feel the suit’s appropriate for you—the salesman’s looking out for his commission, not your style.
A modestly, well-dressed man has never failed to impress. Yes, never.
Assuming you’re not an investment banker, you don’t need ten suits; you only need four. This means you can be a discerning shopper and spend time accumulating, then keeping your suits in good condition (dry clean once a year, then more for spills; don’t you dare iron it yourself). Think of the process in terms of collecting, spending years searching for that one original-packaged Chewbacca.

The Fab Four
1. The Standard Blue: Great for business, lunches, New York Mayors, summer dinners, or casual parties. Can be worn with black or brown shoes, even white if you’re daring. Reflects well by a pool. Standard blue means navy, with no room for paler shades, even if you went to U.N.C.

2. The Classic Gray: Appropriate for everything and even makes a red-head look dandy. Grays also are the best with patterns, especially anything in the chevron family. Start with plain, move to window-pane. Even such, the gray is never controversial. It’s the Switzerland of suits.

3. The Basic Black: Our favorite and the perennial classic, it’s a fit at the Oscars or your sister’s wedding, the perfect compliment to a good white shirt, beloved by gangsters, designers, and undertakers (those jobs with the highest doses of fashion-conscious aptitudes; respectively, aggression, vanity, and wisdom). If you only own one suit, this is it. You can even be buried in it.

4. Any of the above, with pinstripes.

The Jacket
So. You’ve picked your color and you’re ready for the fit. First comes the jacket. Never was a suit bought for the pants and repeatedly worn afterwards. Pants are easily adjusted by a tailor, jackets can only have minor improvements. Think of true love: it must be close to just-right at first, with a slight thrill when you put it on, the coup de foudre as the French say.

First off: are you a single-breasted man or a double? While both styles can fit most body types, single-breasted jackets tend to flatter the slim while double-breasted jackets make the broad look mighty. This doesn’t imply being “skinny&” or “fat,” it’s simply about your tits; hence the term “breasted.” Choose the jacket style that you can best fill out—from there you’ll always look best. David Letterman, who can rarely be found not wearing a double-breasted jacket, skirts this rule by sitting behind a desk. Notice how uncomfortable he is during the monologue, fussing with his buttons while standing full-view before the camera.

To those opting for the single-breasted jacket, you’ll have to choose how many buttons you want. One? Hmm. Two? Excellent. And returning in popularity. Three? Certainly good, and was much sought-after in the recent past though it’s now reached near total market saturation. But, still classic, and hopefully always available.

Of course, jackets also come in four-, five-, and six-button styles, each with their own fifteen minutes of fame. Four-button jackets have been sported by everyone from The Beatles to Steve Harvey. Can you sport one? Of course! But no, not this season…

Last, the fit. Like we said before, close to the body, but no wrinkles when you button. Vents, double or single, are preferred to the vent-less jacket that, nine times out of ten, looks like a giant condom from behind. Shoulder pads should be avoided—you’re no linebacker—but a tailor will gouge you if you show up post-purchase and ask him to reduce the heft.

Finally, before we move onto trousers, there is one ticklish in-between: the vest. We can put this simply. If you’re ready to buy a vest, you’re either old enough to sport one or dangerously disillusioned. A good rule of thumb: Alfred Hitchcock looked great in vests. Young Jimmy Stewart looked out of his league. Pick your man.

The Trousers
You must now choose a trouser style. There have been, in the history of men’s trousers, a few trends that fucked with a good thing: bell-bottoms, bibs, clam-diggers, “cargo.” Unfortunately, all of these styles eventually found their way into suits.

Men, generally, will take any pants that come with a jacket. Being men, we want some control over how they look—“How they work,” thinks the man—but not too much. Hence, the cuffs-or-no-cuffs debate. Ask a man what he thinks of his pants and he’ll say, “Yeah, I had to go no-cuffs.” We won’t help you here except to say: cuffs are older, no-cuffs are not. Choose according to your image of yourself.

Next comes the pleats question: The only times pleats are wanted is in the single-pleat case, on a pair of wool pants. The case should be that the pants look crisp and well-folded, rather than puckered. How to tell the difference? Think of a pair of pants recently back from the dry cleaner. Remember the line down the middle of the leg. Does your new pleat-to-be look like that? If not, drop the hanger and run.

After cuffs and pleats, you need to worry about waist, swish, drape, belt-loops, ass-hugging, crotch-dangling, and whether or not you need a watch pocket. This is beyond our advice. Suffice to say, your ass is probably less than marble, though it shouldn’t be treated like a towel hook. Pants shouldn’t blow like a scarf in the breeze. The best way to judge a pair of pants is to ask yourself, “Would I wear these pants on a date without the jacket?” If so, they’re fine. If not, move on.

Finally, a salesman will often ask if you’d like to buy two pairs of pants for the suit. The idea is you can alternate pants with the jacket so they wear evenly over time, but since pants can be so easily ruined, you always have a back-up pair. This is similar to electronics store people trying to sell you insurance on an air conditioner; if you have the money, it’s not a bad idea, but it also isn’t necessary.

So now that you’ve picked out your suit, you have to know how to wear it. We’ll assume you know the basics of putting the thing on. (Yes, the jacket part goes on top.) And this brings us to buttoning. It is a historic dilemma, faced by every man. Here, for you, is our easy-to-remember rulebook:
Two-button jacket: Button the top button, only, ever. Button the bottom button and you’ll look like a stooge. That’s really all there is to it.
Three-button jacket: Button either the middle button alone or the top two. Important: the bottom button does not meet its hole. It will plead before a date, just when your stomach’s boiling, “Hey! Friend! Button me once, please. I’m sure we’ll look fine. Come on! Just once!” But you will not give in, you will be strong.

* * *

Now the suit’s on, and you’re ready to go. Comb your hair, have a cocktail, head out for the evening. Travel lightly when you go, meaning don’t bulge your pockets with a Bible-sized wallet. Your outside jacket pockets, in fact, should never be used unless your companion asks; at that moment chuck your pretensions and stuff them full. When you get home, brush down the suit, hang it evenly, and keep it in a bag. Wear it often, with pride, and don’t take shit for looking good. After all, no one can be Cary Grant, but everyone can try.

Oh yeah, another thing: Don’t roll up the jacket sleeves Miami-Vice style. We say this now, but then again, considering the fickle nature of fashion, don’t hold us to it.

—Published April 15, 2002
Copyright 2002, The Morning News

Zel Custom Manufacturing Introduces the Tactilite T2

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Zel Custom Manufacturing introduces the Tactilite T2, a magazine-fed, bolt-action .50 BMG conversion for AR-15 style rifles. The T2 utilizes a side-mounted magazine design (similar to a Sten gun) on Zel Custom’s unique steel billet upper receiver. As a “firearms accessory”, the Tactilite T2 .50 BMG conversion kit requires no special paperwork, background check, or waiting period.

“The T2 was developed in response to law enforcement feedback to our single-shot T1,” said Michael Brendzel, president of Zel Custom Manufacturing. “However, consumer demand has already exceeded expectations.”

The T2 receiver is CNC-machined from solid 4140 steel bar stock, heat treated for greater strength and durability, and features an integrated scope rail, for superior accuracy. The T2 comes standard with a 7075 aluminum quad-rail, black CeraKote finish and one 5-round Accuracy International magazine. Available options include choice of Mossberg or Lothar-Walther barrels, choice of barrel contour and choice of right- or left-handed receiver. Prices start at $2298.

Tactilite T2 and Tactilite T1 (single-shot) uppers are available from Zel Custom, Brownell’s, RSR Group, AcuSport, Amchar Wholesale and Vance Law Enforcement Supply.