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The COL Kurtz Uniform Package From Moore Militaria

Sunday, August 30th, 2015


Walter Kurtz was one of the most outstanding officers this country’ ever produced. He was brilliant. He was outstanding in every way. And he was a good man, too. A humanitarian man. A man of wit and humor. He joined the Special Forces, and after that, his ideas, methods became unsound. Unsound.
– LTG Corman

Moore Militaria is one of the best sources for original as well as reproduction Viet Nam militaria. Now, they’ve assembled a package of 1st generation jungle fatigues, green beret and appropriate insignia, for Apocalypse Now’s seminal antagonist, COL Kurtz.


There’s a CPT Willard Tigerstripe uniform package as well, for fans of our “hero” as well as a LTC Kilgore getup (sans Slouch Hat).


Ask SSD – How Do I Sign Up For Your Newsletter?

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

We get asked this a lot but unfortunately, we don’t offer a newsletter. In fact, we’re not even sure that anyone is actually interested in an SSD newsletter. However, we do have a way for you to have the articles delivered directly to you via our RSS feed.

We’ve been getting a few questions about how to subscribe to our RSS feed. Well, it couldn’t be simpler.

1) Visit www.soldiersystems.net/feed. It’ll look like this:


2) Subscribe to the feed using the dropdown menu. You can utilize Live Bookmarks, Microsoft Outlook, or any other program which supports RSS feeds.


3) Alternatively, a number of web services also allow for subscription to an RSS feed. Just search ‘RSS Reader’ or a similar term in your search engine of choice and work from there. Usually, with online services you’ll simply have to provide the website for the feed to pull from, which in this case would be www.soldiersystems.net.

4) Enjoy your new subscription to the SSD RSS feed!

If you have any more questions, feel free to post them in the comments section and we’ll see what we can do to help you.

It’s “Pogue”

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

This is a “POG”


This is a “Pogue”


Any questions?

TYR Tactical – 2015 Labor Day Sale

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

TYR Labor Day WIDE A2

TYR Tactical is holding a Labor Day Sale. Take advantage of 15% off closeout products. Use coupon code USAMADE to apply the discount. Sale runs from September 3rd-8th.


Atlas 46 – AIMS 3″ Magnetic Panel

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Many of us are busy with DIY projects this Saturday so we thoight it wouod be a great time to tell you about the AIMS 3″ Magnetic Panel from Atlas 46.


This 3″w x .5″d x 4.5″h panel uses Atlas 46’s AIM attachment system which sandwiches the pouch around the belt (fits up to 2” belt) and allows quick attach without removing the belt. It incorprates six magnets to hold smaller items in place and would be handy for chores. Hand crafted in the USA


Available in Black or Coyote.  Also offered in 2″ width.


Gunfighter Moment – Mike Pannone

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Targets, trash and a Sharpie

I see a lot of different targets out there, some are very simple and some are quite ornate and expensive. A target is designed and intended to give the shooter speed and accuracy feedback based on historically significant data from other shooters across the spectrum of various shooting disciplines. For that reason I use almost entirely USPSA metric, IPSC classic, IPDA standard, B8 pistol and SR-1 rifle targets. I choose these because I want to know how accurately and how rapidly I shoot in relation to other accomplished shooters worldwide and those targets give me a legitimate comparative scale. If I don’t have them I can draw them with a Sharpie on a piece of cardboard from the trash and voila! I get the same feedback damn nearly.

I’ve spent deployments in far less developed countries where the targets that were supposed to be there were not. We ended up taking all the 9mm and 5.56 out of the boxes and dumping them back in the ammo cans so we could use the cardboard boxes as targets and used stencils and spray paint for both pistol and rifle targets with whatever target skins they did have. When we ran out of those we cut up and drew consistent sized target areas on any trash that would show bullet holes and we could glue, tape or staple to a backer. In the end it really doesn’t matter what you shoot at as long as you scale it comparable to what is considered a standard for your particular task. I have found LE qualification targets tend to be far too forgiving in the size of their scoring areas so I take my trusty Sharpie and draw a 6”x11” A-Zone, 8” IPDA -0, 5.54” B8 9-ring or 6.35” SR-1 9-ring. I will also use my pen to make non-standard shapes for offset or surgical shot drills and to put numbers in the shapes as well to add another mental component to the drills and training (the picture below is from a recent Marine class where we were exercising sight offset for M4 carbines. The shapes are all smaller than the height over bore). In the end, targets are anything that allows you to print shots and by using standard sizes and distances it gives you legitimate data to base your training goals or evaluations on.

Last point, it really doesn’t matter if a target has all kinds of scary faces or humanoid looking drawings or looks like a human anatomy char, it just matters that you can put the bullets exactly where you choose or where it is required as fast as possible. Everything else is flair and flair at a cost. Buy a Sharpie, pasting tape and some simple targets, maybe make a stencil or two and then get to the business of refining your shooting technique and spend the money saved on bullets. My last Unit in the Army used USPSA cardboard, NRA B8 and SR-1 targets for more than 90% of our marksmanship training that was not shot on steel for the reasons mention at the beginning of the piece.


– Mike Pannone


Mike Pannone retired from the Army’s premier assault force (1st SFOD-D) after an explosive breaching injury. A year after his retirement America was attacked on 9/11 and he returned to help serve his country as the head marksmanship instructor at the Federal Air Marshals training course and then moved to help stand up the FAMS Seattle field office. In 2003 he left the FAMS to serve as a PSD detail member and then a detail leader for the State Department during 2003 and 2004 in Baghdad and Tikrit.

In 2005 he served as a ground combat advisor of the Joint Counter IED Task Force and participated on combat operations with various units in Al Anbar province. Upon returning he gave IED awareness briefings to departing units and helped stand up a pre-Iraq surge rifle course with the Asymmetric Warfare Group as a lead instructor. With that experience as well as a career of special operations service in Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces and JSOC to draw from he moved to the private sector teaching planning, leadership, marksmanship and tactics as well as authoring and co-authoring several books such as The M4 Handbook, AK Handbook and Tactical Pistol shooting. Mike also consults for several major rifle and accessory manufacturers to help them field the best possible equipment to the warfighter, law enforcement officer and upstanding civilian end user. He is considered a subject matter expert on the AR based Stoner platform in all its derivatives.

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TacticalGear.com – AR 670-1 Compliant Boots Available For Purchase

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

AR 670-1

As part of the most recent changes regarding AR 670-1 and the adoption of the OCP ACU, Coyote Brown was chosen as the official new boot color. Although the expected mandatory possession date for CB boots isn’t until October 1st, 2019, you can get the jump ahead with a number of AR 670-1 compliant boot styles, such as those available from TacticalGear.com.

TacticalGear CB boots

Boots such as the Reebok Hyper Velocity, Under Armour Jungle RAT, NIKE SFB Field Leather, and Rocky RLW are available now, with several styles including the Propper 8″ Series 200, Garmont T8, and Reebok 8″ Dauntless available for pre-order.

You can check out TacticalGear’s full range of AR 670-1 compliant boots at tacticalgear.com/coyote-brown-boots

Chest Rig Neck Tie Available Now from Combat Flip Flops

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Crafted from recycled plastic bottles and hemp by Veterans in the Seattle area, the Chest Rig is available in Agency Black, Scorched Earth, Claymore Green and Grey Man.

In production now. Delivers Late September.