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Help Us Celebrate Our 10,000th Post! – Prizes Added

10,000 Posts!

UPDATED – We’ve reached 10,000 posts and to help us celebrate, 10 of you lucky SSD readers will win a Tarsier Eclipse generously donated by our friends at MATBOCK, LLC. Another 10 will win t-shirts from Beyond.


The Tarsier Eclipse is an accessory for NVGs designed to allow the operator to see objects from 18? to infinity at the same time and without loss of clarity. It incorporates a smooth action, high performance optical iris that can quickly be adjust open or closed depending on the amount of ambient light. Additionally, the clear front Corning Glass sacrificial lens can quickly be replaced without tools.

The Tarsier Eclipse is designed to fit the following models of NVGs:

-AN/PVS-23 (F5050YG)

Our friends at Beyond have offered 10 T-shirts to other readers.


1. In the comments section of THIS article on SSD share your favorite SSD article and why. Only entries here on SSD (not Facebook) are eligible to win.

2. Comments are open from now until 2359 Zulu on 12 January, 2014.

3. Use any alias you want to post but be sure to use a valid email address since thatโ€™s how weโ€™ll contact the winners.

4. Ten (10) winners will be selected randomly from the comments to receive a Tarsier Eclipse from MATBOCK LLC (NODs not included). Another Ten (10) will receive T-shirts from Beyond.

5. One entry per email address. We will delete entries that violate this policy.

6. Must be 18 to enter. Due to the technology, US entries only. Void where prohibited.

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209 Responses to “Help Us Celebrate Our 10,000th Post! – Prizes Added”

  1. robert says: I enjoyed this article. I found it highly informative and a good look into the method to the madness. It also got me positively hooked on both new camo patterns coming out, and on SSD. I have ever since had SSD as my home page, and look into industry updates many times daily.

  2. Eric says:

    I liked your write up “ask SSD” about sending gear to bloggers. It game great insight into questions companies may have.

  3. Giovani says:

    I really enjoyed the two articles surrounding the contest in which members who had good ideas submitted what essentially were proposals to be reviewed by professionals in the industry. I believe that kind of action (when done correctly) will result in fantastic offerings for those still in the fight.

    If I’m selected randomly, please pass me. I don’t need the Tarsier Eclipse. I know there are plenty of others that could use something like that. Have fun at SHOT!

  4. ThisGuy says:

    I love your shot-show write-ups, especially those with video commentaries. It’s not one specific article but really an entire genre… still, those are my favorites.

  5. Justin says:

    The sales announcements save me serious cash (although one could argue that they cost me more than they save me) so those are my favorites.

  6. Invictus says:

    Pick just one?

    I started reading just to see some interesting gear, being a gear whore, and became educated in processes behind .mil/.gov acquisitions, heads up on small business startups to watch, commentary by top trainers aggregated in a single place, gear reviews in picture and video form, and discounts for all the best tactical gear site sales. The site is invaluable to a wide variety of folks, something hard to do these days. Well done, and thanks for all of the hard work on this place.

    Here’s an example of my favorite type of article: the gear heads up.

  7. Clint says:

    I enjoyed this article:

    On the edge of our seats waiting for an update to the Army Camouflage Improvement Effort, this article certainly got a lot of responses both positive and negative. Heck, you even had me going for a minute.

  8. Craig says:

    While there are numerous outstanding posts that I have read over the last two years since learning of this site, I would have to say my favorite article(s) have been the ones in regards to the Camouflage Improvement Effort. As frustrating as it has been and making me want to bang my head against the nearest wall, these articles have shed some serious light on how Gov. contracts and purchases are made, or not, maybe, sort of, someday? . . .

  9. P.L. Smith says:

    I’ve enjoyed the ongoing coverage of Magpul’s relocation. It started out as an interesting view into a company’s interaction with an un-accommodating bureaucracy and then it became an issue to follow if only to be reassured that Magpul is a stand up company that does what they say they will do.

  10. z3ro says:

    My favorite was the day you posted about my business. I was truly humbled to be put out there by such a respected industry conduit for all things awesome.

    Thanks for your consideration, and I appreciate your support!


    I could care less if I win, but if I do I will donate the prize to a warfighter.

  11. Mike says:

    The post below about saving the Son Tay Raiders barracks hit close to home. It’s one I think of often.

  12. Fox says:

    The Article pertaining to the OG-107’s.
    What first attracted me to your site, was the insider reports on upcoming products, though looking back on historical tech such as the OG-107 uniform article, it was a nice break from the norm. Most online sources report only on the new and upcoming tech, so it is nice to go back and still learn more about what came before. Specifically the OG-107, which saw a limited issue after Vietnam. You could not have OCP without the OG-107, ERDL’s, Woodland, and the like. I don’t know if you have ever done a piece on the origin and evolution of the US uniform- but it sure would be interesting to me.

  13. Packtray says:

    Always been an “ask SSD” fan. It’s good to see small business get help figuring this thing we call DoD acquisition out!

  14. T.M. says:

    It’s an older one but I was so jealous of you guys back when you posted this. I don’t remember seeing the follow-up review though. I guess I’ll have to go back and look.

  15. Chuck says:

    I like the posts that show all the toys I had as a kid!

  16. SwissFreek says:

    I like your coverage of the uniform debacle.

  17. RazorSix says:

    We have been fans from day one…hello have to start somewhere…build it and they will come…nice Eric

  18. will says:

    I love the gunfighter moments. All of them.
    They rock

  19. Aaron says:

    When this one dropped it was better than Phase IV because the Army Buzz killed us all and Rocky has the product available although it was way too late for me:

  20. Jay D Sal says:

    This was my Favorite article. I found it to be great info since I am a avid shooter, promoter, and engaged in a lot of pro 2a activities and alos someone who has built numerous Ar 15’s and was wondering how others received products to review.

  21. Eric says:

    I am new and love the post on the board!

    Thanks a lot.

  22. Master Yoda says:

    My favorite article was on the Tarsier Eclipse by Matbock. It opened my eyes to the ability of clearer night vision. Until the article was posted I had no idea about upgrading my NODs. I had accepted the fact that “this is the best it was ever going to get” with my current NODs because everyone in the unit kept saying it was the best set up available. We only work at night. My ability to see at night literally could mean life or death. Since the article was posted I have been saving up & looking for sales RE: The Tarsier Eclipse by Matbock. I got my fingers crossed for this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. prt3 says:

    I am currently in the market for Night Vision. This helped refine my search.

  24. Michael says:

    Some of these posts were bad for my wallet but good for my soul.

  25. Jon Cook says:

    I really enjoyed the information shared regarding Sniper Sustained Training. As a retired US Army Veteran and current Law Enforcement Officer, I am constantly looking for training and tactic information. I will be following SSD as a new subscriber and wanted to thank you gentleman for putting this information out there. Jon

  26. kevin says:

    I really like all the post ive read great job on reviews and keeping things fun for us

  27. harper says:

    I have loved SSD’s coverage of the camouflage debacle. AWESOME!

  28. Jake says:
    This one is my favorite because I have the same 3D printer and I love it!

  29. Matt says:

    My favorite article: Ask SSD โ€“ โ€œShould I Send Gear To This Blogger? It wasn’t simply an advert. It is important because it spoke to getting legitimate reviews are test if you will on products from a range of companies.

  30. Ramia says:

    Ok – I have two – I can read but I am going to ask for forgiveness instead of permission ๐Ÿ™‚

    First one – the bloggers asking for free stuff from manufacturers post. This hit home and was perfect for us in retail too. I don’t know how many emails I get asking me to ask so-n-so to contact them about gear or do you have something in your store we can try out. Um, no – we’re a retailer not the manufacturer – if we have to pay for gear so do you. It amazes me how many people actually get free stuff from emails claiming to be whatever they wish.

    Second – this might be a little narcissistic, but I liked the post you did about me when I moved from NC to KS and became the Training Coordinator. I know SSD does post stuff about GGT, but when you chose to make me the subject of your post – that meant a lot. I really appreciate all you do for the industry and I am happy to call you a friend.

    Congrats on 10,000 posts!!!

  31. Colin says:

    My favorites are the ask ssd.

  32. Robert Archuleta says:

    It is well written so you can understand all about its features I love it

  33. deerhunter8338 says:

    Truly enjoyed the xm408 gave me good insite on my next build very informatitive and clear statistics.

  34. Ron Howson says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video about the Larue Tactical flip-to-side Magnifier Mount….Extremely impressed it WILL be my next purchase to go with my CP tactical red (and green) dot sight. This is mounted on a DPMS AR15 LR bull barrel rifle…..

  35. Mercedes C says:

    This was one of my favorite articles. I am a new shooter (7 months now) but I have been bitten by the bug. When I first decided that I was going to into shooting I did some research on how to acquire a handgun, I live in NJ which as you may know it is not the easiest thing to do in this state. I went into a sport shop which was highly recommended as friendly and well versed on this sport. As a new shooter that did not know anything about guns, had never held a gun I was very overwhelmed to say the least. It was very disappointing to me when I was treated very poorly, I was spoken to in a condescending manner, I was made to feel stupid and I almost considered not getting involved in this sport. I left that place sad and more confused. I found another shop, family owned and extremely supportive. They helped me with my first time holding a gun. They helped my find an instructor for my first safety and shooting lessons. Thanks to them I love this sport, I am now the proud owner of 3 handguns and I am thinking about getting involved in competitions. I continue to learn and this website provides me with the education and information I need. Thank you!!

  36. Jim says:
    Mike Pannone’s discussion on carrying concealed.

    I had problems getting my wife to carry concealed all the time and I explained exactly what this article says numerous times. Well I guess her seeing it from someone else has opened her eyes finally. She now carries all the time.

  37. DaveWs says:

    This site is great, probably any of the posts that you preview anything new from Arcteryx. My wallet cries, but damn do I look good

  38. Mortsey03 says:

    I liked the article on the Systems Technology Jumpmaster simulator. It was cool to reds about the new way to train safely for skydiving. I have a few jumps in myself and I can see how this is a great training aid for anyone that jumps.

  39. john says:

    I have followed many sites and this is the only one that I check everyday, well everyday I am at work. All the others have become flavors of the week. I am impressed by the whole thing you do here, from reviews and insights about the the Armed Services to the links about sales or new gear. I would say my favorite post ( so far ) is: – I think the fact that you cover so many things all in one place is the best part of the site

  40. Blane says:

    As cliche as this sounds I don’t have a favorite article, I have yet to find one that holds that honor in my mind. I say this because all of your articles are so full of information, savings, and the future of what’s coming to me as the soldier. From your Optimal Swat posting in 2008 to the fact that you are still pushing Johnny magazines for his family really shows the type of character associated with Soldier Systems. I as a current soldier have followed close the Camo epidemic that is happening in government now an you have always provided the best and first information reguarding important info about said content and much more. These are the reasons I do not have a single favorite article and why every time I log on Soldier Systems is always the first website I visit and always will be.

  41. Major_Northeast_City says:

    I always like the reviews on the Salomon Quest 4D, simply because I own two pairs and think they are the best boot of this type made.
    I also liked the link to the story behind Crye Precision and its executive director Caleb Crye, a graduate of Cooper Union in Manhattan which I found very interesting.

  42. Twoff says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your insider view points and knowledge or the Army (and DoD) camouflage improvement efforts. Your writing is clear and concise as usual, and as somebody who will have to personally deal with the outcome of the camo decision, your updated are very helpful.

  43. Donald Swartz says:

    Love how you keep us updated on everything important. BCM KMR. ; )

  44. Tim says:

    I have learned a lot from your site, from camouflage development (I had no idea so much research went into it) to gear reviews and info on “throwback” technology. I enjoy what you do a lot, but if I had to pick one article it would be one of the camo discussions like this:

    It’s totally engrossing to see how they test the various patterns (and how they seem to disregard a lot of it).

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  45. Agent K says:

    I am pretty sure my favorite was the coverage (or the lack there of, haha) of the models in the calendar shoot.

  46. centra says:

    I always like your “You’ll never know where they show up” posts on the SSD patches. I think its cool how the blog is followed globally, and with 10,000 posts its stands to reason the blog should only grow from here. Congratulations fellas.

  47. Average_guy says:

    I really enjoyed this article on C.B. Colby’s Take on the M16. I have an M.A. in history so always enjoy older books, but I especially like these Cold War era military books. I feel the writing conveys a sense of the time more so than other books.

    Plus they bring back good childhood memories of my countless hours reading through them.

  48. FidsGreen says:

    My favorite would be the TacHacker โ€“ The UnPouch โ€“ ShareWear from Advanced Outfitters because it inspired so many ideas and design possibilities that I’m still using and developing.

  49. Guy Mandude says:

    My favorite write-ups were Canipe Correspondence. He is a virtual encyclopedia of all cool-guy stuff, whether it was gear, shooting, fitness, etc but most importantly, pushing people to work on necessary skillsets (all done with some dry wit).
    And with the polar winter vortex blowing through, I will leave you with one of my favorite articles
    This is one of the articles we pass along to new guys on our team and I re-read every year as winter approaches.
    Congrats on the milestone, SSD. Keep up the good work.