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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 that’s how we’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. Old Doc Gee says:

    Gunfighter moments. All good!

  2. JDoc says:

    You never know where they’ll show up.

    Still waiting for the answer to this one!!!


  3. stephen deguire says:

    always appreciate your articles on Scouting. Great to see someone highlighting the positive impact of BSA.

  4. Nick the Brit says:

    Sat around in Afghanistan talking about the scorpion pattern and what could have been! Stimulated a lot of discussion https://soldiersystems.net/2013/05/30/hyperstealth-talks-army-scorpion-camo/

  5. CJ (the conservative one) says:

    I like that you keep us updated about USAF Security Forces, even though I’m generally grumpier after reading the articles. I know we’re not high speed operators, but thanks for not forgetting about us.

  6. Dr. A says:


    I had a discussion similar to the one Mike outlines in this article and having read this a day before that discussion helped me discuss the issue with my family member.

  7. Max says:

    I love your ongoing Army camo debacle articles. Every time I feel down, I go back and read one and realize nothing I could do would be close to that convoluted.

  8. Andrew says:

    Big fan of the new arcteryx what I believe was called the battle cloak. (https://soldiersystems.net/2013/07/18/sneak-peek-td-exclusive-arcteryx-cloak-lt-in-wolf/)

    You had great coverage on 2A matters (maintained objectivity).

  9. Philip says:

    My favorite article(s) were when SSD covered the UK’s PECOC program back in 2008: https://soldiersystems.net/2008/09/20/pecoc-on-the-bbc/

    I read everything you guys posted on that program. It proved to be a valuable reference when researching experimental DPM. I was eventually able to track down one of the experimental camouflage shirts similar to those worn in the press photos for my camo collection.

    SSD is a regular part of my daily “internet routine” — always a good read!

  10. Airborne_fister says:

    The reason is actually really simple. I was deploying to Afghanistan. My unit was allowed to were a personal plate carrier as long as it held all the plates. My tl. Had a pig carrier. Most comfortable thing ever. Then I wanted to find out as much as possible. That’s when I found SSD. 2 deployments later using the same carrier and still going strong. Now in 2014. Thanks SSD. NOW I READ IT MULTIPLE TIMES IN A DAY. Addict maybe?

  11. Alex says:

    I really liked the Canipe Correspondence article regarding his HK416. Really shed some light on what was internet BS and what was factual regarding the weapon system.

  12. Mike B says:

    The article Grey man lesson: Spotting a hidden handgun, or should I say graphic illustration, really helps you determine a potential threat. I studied the postures on the illustration and went to my local mall and must have seen five people who were probably armed that day in fifteen minutes.

  13. J.R. says:

    This article has to be my favorite since it celebrates another accomplishment of SSD.

  14. Ian says:

    I don’t have a favorite per se but wanted to say congratulations! I have been an avid fan of the site since 2010.

  15. Bill Lamb says:


    Great deal for the kids. I find his death to be quit disturbing and think something is wrong with this ordeal. Strange that both him and Chris Kyle are both gone.

  16. Bill Lamb says:


    Great deal for the kids. I find it disturbing that both hin and Chris Kyle are both gone. Something is strang with these deaths.

  17. mark says:

    I get a feed from you on facebook. i admit i don’t check every one of them unless it hits close to home, work, or play. i enjoy the articles concerning personal gear (boots, clothes, comfort of troops) because they always show that industry is concerned with the well being of the soldier as well as his equipment. nice rifle: check. comfy boots to hump 35 km to use that rifle: check. warm clothes because its in a cold region? check.

  18. Scubasteve says:

    If I win, then this article would go up there with the favorites. If not, then the article(s) relating to the camo improvement effort, or lack of effort rank up there. It’s pretty hard to pick just one favorite articles, so I have to go with the favorite topic.

  19. Daniel says:

    Any of the slew of articles covering the recent camo effort but specifically the one when you broke that it didnt look like an announcement would come on the Army Birthday.

  20. Larry says:

    Gunfighter Moment – Pat McNamara posted on Saturday, June 15th, https://soldiersystems.net/2013/06/15/gunfighter-moment-pat-mcnamara-10/

    “Mechanics and fundamentals should be performed with perceptive insight. Performing immediate action or magazine change, safety manipulation, muzzle awareness, establishing a shooting position, acquiring a sight picture, controlling breathing, trigger control, should all be performed at a subconscious level. Forecasting, predicting, planning should be performed consciously.”

    This quote is the reason why, Before starting a shift I draw my on duty weapon out of the holster and dry fire (3-5 times)

  21. AV says:

    Ask SSD would have to be one of the favorites.

  22. Toby says:

    Eric, congrats on your achievement brother. I am truly happy for you.

  23. Victor says:

    I love the Gun Fighter Moments. Getting data and intel straight from Those “who been there and done that”, can’t be beat. These are the individuals shaping and molding the tactical community with there insight and experience via trigger time down range.

  24. AC says:

    My favorite articles have got to be the sales alerts!

  25. Trevor says:

    Well congrats on the 10,000th post! I have been in the industry for a decade now and I have enjoyed using your site to help me stay up on everything and know what is going on. It’s hard to pick a fav article but I have enjoyed the article series of the gunfighter moment like https://soldiersystems.net/2013/12/28/gunfighter-moment-mike-pannone-16/#comments

  26. Josh says:

    I love everything about the website, Gunfighter moments are the best, and a close second to annual black friday/cyber monday (though that’s a costly fav). You guys do a great job of reporting things that are relevant and /or interesting to us gunslingers. Thanks for all the info.

  27. Gef says:

    I’m not sure that I can pick just one article!

    That said being a fan of the old school, this always makes me both smile and shudder : https://soldiersystems.net/2012/09/27/woodland-camo-skipped-cool-went-straight-hip/

    SSD both entertains and informs, and has been my daily online addiction for a long time.

  28. Slangvel says:

    You always highlight my work, making hats, that has been a godsend at times, being a disabled vet, your support is very appreciated. All of the information provided on SSD is great reading, thank you for being the 1 source that can be depended upon.

  29. Josh says:

    I’ve always liked the convention/industry show coverage. Enjoy SHOT this year! Here’s to another 10K!

  30. james says:

    You just never know where it will show up… always entertaining. Eric thank you for providing a fantastic venue to explore our ever changing industry

  31. Gunslinger6 says:

    Wow, just pick one post that is too hard as I check this website daily. My favorite posts (since i have to pick) are about new gear, and websites where to find it. I have found so many great gear sights through SSD. Keep up the great work!

  32. shawn says:

    To be honest I enjoy almost all of the gunfighter moment articles. Being current law enforcement as well as military these articles have provided me with insight on fundamentals,morals, and even “out of the box” thinking. Plenty of times I’ve toldgiven myself the “oh yea” thought while reading these articles that I chose to also share with others.

  33. HT says:

    I look forward to the Gunfighter guest spots on Saturday and have really been following the innovations from smaller companies like S&S Precision and Matbock. SSD is the first site I check every morning before work.

  34. Tim Mc says:

    I love to read the “REMEMBER THIS” the Navy Seal magazine cover, the Terminator pistol but most of all I love the G.I. Joe Mobil command truck and the video posted with it. That brought back so many memories that I actually went up into attic to find my Joes. My daughter and I had a great day her barbies and my Joes (no ken).

    Keep it up it’s all good…

  35. SCar says:

    Keep up the great work EG. I always look forward to reading your insight on the the latest go fast kit. Don’t need the Tarsier Eclipse, I’d probably give it to AV anyway. Also thanks for all the cool giveaways hopefully someday I’ll win something but your words are what keep me coming back. Congratulations and Cheers to many more great reads. Thank you.

  36. dubs says:

    I have to say the TNVC Another Day at Work Post. Before that I had a low cost gen I unit with TNVC Torch. A short while after that, TNVC had all my money but I had a sweet AN/PVS-14 Opscore CQBL setup.

  37. ccolter says:

    really enjoyed the article on sending gear to bloggers. It was a great read and really informative. I hope we will see ”ask ssd” more often, or just a post by ssd itself.

  38. leadthrower says:

    The gunfighter moments. Where can you get so much great information at such a low/no cost from true experts in the field.

  39. CPTP says:

    Though I read the blog every; I have enjoyed all of the camoflage improvement updates, especially the links to the US4CES creation/evaluation/testing. Facinating to see the science and criteria that go into something that most people wouldn’t put a lot of thought into.

  40. Doug says:

    I read an article about Wild Things Tactical probably a year or so ago – I’d never heard of them, but your write up convinced me to look into their products, a few of which I now own. I’m happy with the gear, but I would never have known about them if not for SSD.

  41. Kris says:

    I liked your articles covering the everlasting camo issue. They were more informative and up to date than in everywhere else.

  42. AJ says:

    I have to say my favorite are the forces focus pieces that highlight some pretty cool and lesser known elements of of the military.

    Oh and anything including Hot Shots! 😉

  43. Ron Burgundy says:


    This was my favorite article, it really exposes the current combat uniform downfalls against NV as well as other uniforms big military is thinking of using. With the probability of our enemy on multiple battlefronts acquiring NVG’s it is paramount that we choose combat uniforms that will at a minimum camouflage us from the most basic night vision capabilities. By hyperstealth exposing the weaknesses of each of the camouflage patterns it brings to light some things that higher military command just dont think about due to the fact there butts aren’t the ones on the battlefield being shot at.

  44. Dead On The X says:

    The Gunfighter Moment articles have been a true blessing and have really influenced me as a shooter. I can’t tell you how invaluable it is to have so many industry pros drop so many pearls of wisdom on the same blog. Thank you.

  45. Phil says:

    this is my fav still, and relevant to me since i’m just a hobbyist shooter but i’m professional advertising design guy.


  46. Chance says:

    This article from Mike Pannone, articulating why people are responsible for their family’s well-being, even if their family is not actually present. Eloquent and succinct, I have already shared it with my mother and my sister to encourage them to finally get their CHLs.

    Wonderful write up: https://soldiersystems.net/2013/12/28/gunfighter-moment-mike-pannone-16/

  47. Tapgear says:

    My favorite articles are in regards to MOTUS. I have been an avid follower of Ma’s previous brands and was disappointed to learn of his departure. Due to SSD I was able to see the beginnings of a new and promising movement.