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SOTech Joins in on Some Zombie Fun

Friday, November 30th, 2012

We received this note from SOTech. Turns out there are loads of Zombie preparedness websites where folks are combining a little bit of fun with prepping. Relax Francis, it’s all in good fun.

S.O.Tech is joining the preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. After 15 years of equipping America’s Special Operations Forces, S.O.Tech has opened a new branch to equip America’s Zombie Resistance Force! We realized that a significant amount of business has been coming to S.O.Tech through Zombie Awareness sites so we have decided to join in. Whether you’re having fun preparing for the zombie infection or you see the Zombie Apocalypse as a metaphor for preparing for an infrastructure breakdown, S.O.Tech’s line of Paladin Go Bags and Zombie Patches are the answer for you. They even come with a zombie survival packing list included.

Magpul Releases Statement Regarding the USMC Ban on Non-GI Magazines

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Earlier this week, the Marine Corps released a MARADMIN effectively banning the use of polymer magazines in their 5.56mm magazine-fed weapons. Naturally, everyone immediately thought about Magpul who’s PMAGs have become almost synonymous with polymer magazines. This is their response to inquiries.


We have been asked for commentary on the recently released MARADMIN affecting PMAG use in the United States Marine Corps. In response, here is a statement from our founder:

I am the founder of Magpul Industries and also a former active duty Recon Marine (88-94, 0321/0352). We also have several other former active duty Marines in the company, and have from our very beginnings. Our mission and foundations have always had at their core the best interests of our Marine Brothers and all US Service men and women.

There is indeed an issue with respect to IAR compatibility with the first generation, and MREV, or GEN M2 PMAG, due to the IAR having an SA-80/HK416 specification magazine well as opposed to the standard, Colt specification magazine well of other US service arms. While we certainly wish the IAR was specified with a standard magazine well, it has been fielded as submitted, and this incompatibility now presents a safety and survivability issue for those Marines deployed in Combat.

As such, we support the intent of this memo with respect to compatibility with our earlier generation PMAGs.

Our current generation PMAG, the GEN M3, is fully compatible with the IAR, the M4, the M16A4, and all other 5.56 platforms in the current US inventory. We are currently well into the process of arranging 3rd party verification and official testing to prove the advantages in performance, durability, lifecycle, and potential cost savings of the GEN M3 PMAG as a fully IAR compatible magazine solution for consideration by the USMC and the other Armed Services.


Richard Fitzpatrick

The Delta MK 4 Megafighter Motorcycle

Friday, November 30th, 2012

If the Army is going to spend resources validating the use of motorcycles (yet again), what they really need is the Delta MK 4 Megafighter.

That’s right, MegaForce!

“Deeds Not Words”

Kitanica 1911 Grips

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Kitanica has just announced their new 1911 grips manufactured by Hogue.

The grips are based on Hogue’s Extreme Series Grips, manufactured from aircraft grade 6061 T6 aluminum and Type III Black hard anodized with the Kitanica logo laser etched into the grip.

Team TCB finishes Baja 1000

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Congratulations to Team TCB at Race for the Wounded for completing the 2012 Baja 1000. Team TCB consists of Veterans from the Army, Navy, and Marines that banded together to race Baja in order to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. This year’s Baja 1000 had the highest attrition rate in history and yet, Team TCB finished 2nd in their class with a time of 43 hours.

These guys are amazing. Members literally just started riding last year and would practice between deployments as contractors in order to refine their skills.

We also want to mention that our friends at Combat Flip Flops are a proud sponsor of Team TCB. To help Team TCB hit their $50,000 donation goal, Combat Flip Flops is donating $20 for every pair of Flip Flops sold to Team TCB between now and Christmas. For more information about the race, riders, and their mission, you can visit their website at

SORD Tourniquet Cover

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The SORD Tourniquet Cover fits both the SOFFT and CAT tourniquets and is a simple affair that holds the tourniquet fast via a pull-down hook and loop flap and attaches to your gear via MOLLE. It’s marked with a large “T” so you’ll know exactly what’s inside in case the shape wasn’t clue enough.

Available in SORD Base Color, A-TACS AU, Black and MultiCam.

Eagle Industries Launches New Website

Friday, November 30th, 2012

In addition to an updated look, Eagle’s new website includes products sheets for many of your favorite products as well as a few “new” products such as the Multi Mission Armor Carrier (MMAC) seen below. The MMAC has been around for awhile but this is the first time it’s been featured on their site.

The MMAC fits SPEAR/BALCS SAPI and ESAPI Front/Rear plates and uses a kangaroo-style flap to retain the cummerbund which will carry 3 x M4 magazines. In addition to a drag handle and padded shoulder straps with detachable cable routing, the rear also features upper and lower pack attachment connection points for attaching Eagles Modular Assault Packs. The MMAC is modular so you can configure it with a MOLLE assault cummerbund that integrates both Radio and side plate retention or a simple waist strap to maintain a low profile. The MMAC will also accept Deltoid and Groin protection.

RCS ModuLoader Frames Are Meant For HSGI Tacos

Friday, November 30th, 2012


Raven Concealment Systems prepared this graphic to explain that their new ModuLoader Frames are intended specifically for use with the HSGI family of TACOs.

They also provided this clarification:

Frames are made to work specifically with HSGI Taco pouches. Taco pouches have a number of features that work with the Frames to hold the pouch in place. All Taco pouches have three horizontal rows of 1″ webbing with no space in between the rows. The Taco pouches for rifle magazines are tacked down the center of these three rows to create two separate channels. On the Taco pouches, by selecting which two rows of webbing you pass the Frame through will allow you to adjust the ride height of the Taco.

If you want to use another type or brand of pouch on the Frames, the pouch must have AT LEAST two rows of 1″ webbing WITH NO SPACE IN BETWEEN THEM. Rifle mag carriers must also be tacked down the center to create two channels. Many MOLLE/PALS pouches do not have these features and thus will not mount correctly to the Frames.

Additionally, the HSGI Taco pouches are sewn with very tight tolerances. One of the main complaints about Tacos is that they are very difficult to mount to a MOLLE platform, and much of that difficulty is due to how tightly the PALS channels are sewn. To work with the Taco pouches, the fingers on the Frames were spaced at one inch intervals instead of 1 1/8″ or 1 1/2″. While this spacing fits the Tacos perfectly, it is too close together to match up with most other pouches.

Most of the other types of pouches we tried on the Frame had a tendency to slide around (either vertically or horizontally) because of the more generous spacing of the MOLLE/PALS interface. Also, most other types of pouches are wider than the Tacos due to their construction. This makes fitting more than one pouch on a frame side by side less than ideal.