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Hidesight

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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The Hidesight is an add on device for 1x red dot and holographic weapon sights that enables the user to view the sight picture of the sight while staying hidden behind shielding obstacles. It projects a non-magnifying, non-inverted “true image” view of the sight, through one of three selectable viewing modes: normal, side view, and trench. The Hidesight mounts to a picatinny rail, and is designed so it can be offset from the sighting path without detaching from the weapon. A dual mechanism safety feature prevents accidental opening of the frames during normal weapon handling, the weapon falling, or when the weapon in storage. The optical panels are easily cleaned in a field environment, and can be replaced without specific tools if they are broken.

www.hidesight.com

Millbrook Tactical Is Exclusive NEMO Shield Distributor in Canada

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Great news for NEMO Shield. It’s a great product line and the folks at Millbrook Tactical are awesome.

Millbrook Tactical Inc. is excited to announce that we are now the exclusive dealer of Nemo Shield® products in Canada. We are very proud to add Nemo Shield® products to our top tier tactical gear lines.

NEMO began adapting its shelter technology for elite U.S. Special Operations Forces and launched its Shield™ product line. In the years since, many elite Warfighters have depended on NEMO tents, shelters, sleeping gear, weapons bags and other products, to take full advantage of what limited comfort and protection can be found on the battlefield. NEMO is intensely proud to serve the American and Canadian Warfighter as well as Law Enforcement, and aims to design, engineer, and manufacture the best equipment solutions possible.

The Nemo Shield® brand can be found online at millbrookcanada.ca

CMMG’s Newest Rifle Line Defines Versatility – CMMG Unveils Its New Mk4 T Series

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Fayette, MO — The new Mk4 T series rifles are CMMG’s latest definition of versatility. With four different calibers and two different barrel types to choose from, the Mk4 T line-up has something for everyone. Whether looking for your first AR, defending the homestead, planning that next hog hunt or just wanting a fun gun to have around – the Mk4 T has you covered.

The Mk4 T is available in four different calibers, including 5.56×45 NATO, .300 AAC Blackout, 9mm and .22 long rifle. The 5.56mm and .300 BLK models are offered with either a 416 stainless or a nitrided 4140 CrMo steel barrel in a medium taper profile. The 9mm and .22 LR versions come standard with the nitride 4140 CrMo M4 profile barrel.

The Mk4 T includes an RKM11 KeyMod free-floating hand guard with a 1913 Picatinny rail on top. The KeyMod slots are found at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and offer shooters a low-profile mounting alternative to the M1913 Picatinny rail. For accessories that are not yet KeyMod compatible, users can purchase a separate CMMG 5-slot Picatinny adapter rail that can be easily attached to any of the KeyMod slots for optimal placement of the accessories.

CMMG Mk4 T Specifications:

Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO/.300 AAC Blackout/9mm/22 long rifle
Barrel: 16″ medium weight tapered profile (5.56mm, 300 BLK)
Muzzle: A2 Comp., Threaded ½-28 (5.56mm, 22LR), ½-36 (9mm), 5/8-24 (300 BLK)
Hand Guard: CMMG RKM11 KeyMod hand guard
Upper Receiver: Forged 7075-T6 AL M4
Lower Receiver: Forged 7075-T6 AL AR15
Trigger: Single stage mil-spec style trigger
Furniture: A2 pistol grip, M4 butt stock with 6-position mil-spec receiver extension
Weight: 6.3 pounds (unloaded)
Length: 32 inches (stock collapsed)

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www.cmmginc.com

The Iowa Suppressor Ownership Bill Needs Your Support

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Our friends at the American Silencer Association have asked us to spread the word on a pending bill that would allow citizens of Iowa to possess suppressors. As a native of that great state that values liberty, it’s something near to my heart.

Last week, State Rep. Matt Windschitl, (R-Missouri Valley) introduced House File 384 to the Iowa State House. The purpose of the bill is to legalize the possession of suppressors for the law abiding citizens of Iowa who complete the proper Federal NFA transfer process.

Iowa is currently one of only 11 states that prohibit the possession of suppressors by civilians. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.
Although HF 384 is moving through the General Assembly, it needs your support to pass.

Please contact members of the Iowa State House and Senate TODAY and urge them to support the legalization of suppressor ownership in Iowa. Contact information can be found below:
House: www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/house
Senate: www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/senate

OR – 32 North Introduces New Military Boot Compatible STABILicers

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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32 North has introduced new versions of their popular STABILicers that fit Vapor Barrier (VB or Bunny) Boots, Mukluks and issue combat boots, including cold weather models. These are critical for areas with ice, helping you stay on your feet.

These new models are available for unit and agency purchase exclusively through ADS.

www.32north.com

What a Trade Show is Like with Beyond

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Ever wanted an back stage view of Beyond Clothing at a trade show? If so, here’s your chance. There’s even a quick glimpse of me in there. Good times wee had by all at my favorite trade show; Outdoor Retailer.

Rolly Mini Toothbrush

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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I first got to look at this product during SOMA 2013 and I really like the idea. Rolly Mini Toothbrush is billed as ‘The World’s Smallest Toothbrush’. Available in a 6-pack, non-reflective blister, Rolly is similar in size to a small mint, hands-free, and requires no water, making it ideal for Soldiers in the field. Rolly utilizes fluoride and a sugar-free mint flavored containing Xylitol, a non-fermentable sugar alcohol flavoring clinically proven to fight cavities. You get filthy in the field and the guys who carry toothbrushes will tell you that they end up as ridden with bacteria. It can almost be worse than having no brush at all. That’s why I think is definitely worth considering at the unit level. Having clean teeth isn’t just a health issue, it’s also a serious morale boost.

www.redhotinternational.com/rollybrush.cfm

Objective Force Warrior? What’s That?

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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I just realized that many of my readers have no idea what Objective Force Warrior or its follow-on, Future Force Warrior are all about and I’m afraid some may think it’s something new. Objective Force Warrior was one of many Soldier Modernization Programs going back to Soldier Integrated Protective Ensemble in the early 90s to 21st Century Land Warrior to simply Land Warrior and then OFW in the early 00s. You could go on for days talking about what they wanted it to do. If you want to really delve into it, download a vision document below.

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For our purposes, the system was intended to integrate with the conceptual Objective Force that would have provided the Army with a new family of ground and air vehicles under Future Combat System. Like FCS, it wasn’t fielded.

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20140129-181023.jpgWhat’s important to you is that it’s where Crye Associates made their bones and many staples of modern Soldier Systems spun out from that program. Working in conjunction with other firms such as Juggernaut Defense and Artisent (which spun off Ops-Core) as well as large contract system integrators, Crye was responsible for the clothing, load bearing and armor components of this Soldier Digitization effort.

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As with most of these programs, lots of money is poured into the software and comms portion and relatively little effort and funding is put towed the clothing and individual equipment components. With many of these programs, actual development of the system’s digital operating environment becomes virtual and during program reviews and Congressional dog and pony shows, Crye’s efforts became the face of the program. They produced prototypes that a Soldier could wear and that looked unlike anything else out there. I’d say that they kept that program moving for as long as it did. The clothing and armor developed by Crye was something you could actually see and lay your hands on, Eventually, after a name change to Future Force Warrior and facing actual combat in multiple theaters, the Army let the project drift away with the C4I component transitioning over time to Nett Warrior.

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Industrial Design house Crye Associates founded Crye Precision based on the success of their work on FFW and after commercialization, caught the eye of the Special Operations community. The rest you should know.

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Ultimately, four critical Soldier Systems technologies find their roots in FFW and with Crye:

MultiCam Camouflage Pattern – It began life as Scorpion for use with FFW but Crye Precision refined the pattern for commercial use and later provided modified variants of the pattern for both the UK (Multi Terrain Pattern) and Australia (Australian MultiCam Pattern). In 2009, the US Army selected MultiCam for use in Afghanistan as the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP). In 2010, Crye Precision developed Woodland and Arid patterns for the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort. They were selected as finalists along with three other companies. In late 2013, Crye Precision introduced four new patterns to complement the decade old Transitional pattern: Alpine, Arid, Black and Tropical.

Combat Uniforms – The concept of producing a shirt that combines a moisture wicking torso with heavy duty sleeves for wear with armor systems was unheard of prior to OFW. The same goes for garments with integrated knee and elbow protection. Now, these concepts are accepted as state of the art.

Crye Armor Chassis – Crye Precision’s armor chassis took an entirely fresh approach to body armor, combining special, ergonomically shaped armor plates in such a way that allowed movement. It has been adopted for use by niche forces and up has influenced armor design.

Close Fitting Modular Combat Helmets – While the material science wasn’t quite there yet when the OFW/FFW helmet demonstrators were built, several companies produced enhanced combat helmets over the years including Crye Precision’s AirFrame that fits very close to the contour of the head.

ID Magazine did a great article on Crye’s participation in the project which we offer here for historical purposes.

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