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Max Talk 19: GEAR: HELMETS – The Why, What, How for Day & Night Tactical Operations

This is the nineteenth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This Max Talk is a follow-on gear video focusing on helmet options and use for day and night tactical operations. This was requested after the previous ‘GEAR: Why, What, How. Building Your Kit for Tactical Operations’ video, which was posted here as Max Talk 18.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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14 Responses to “Max Talk 19: GEAR: HELMETS – The Why, What, How for Day & Night Tactical Operations”

  1. Joe (G.W.N.S.) says:

    Why is this really good information?

    The almost hidden gems contained within.

    Direct Action vs Jungle Patrol, accidental bumps to head and eyes, why scrimmed or not, environmental factors like extreme heat/cold.

    These are all factors, it’s certainly not the common “it’s what the Delta Geeks are wearing” choices.

    Compromises! You hear that a lot.

    Remember much of current military gear is Afghan/Iraq focused, imagine that!

    I am here to tell you from experience that what works in summer there is not the same as my area of Florida.

    Current helmets suspension/padding is great for protection, but limits airflow the could cause heat injuries in the jungle.

    Then I hear “it’s hot in Iraq too!”

    Yea, but during a halt I can reduce head temperature through evaporative cooling by a quick removal of headgear for a few minutes.

    Doesn’t work in high humidity environments like jungles.

    So again nuanced compromises!

    Max puts an amazing amount of info in these brief videos, make sure your understanding the nuances.

    There’s more to it than looking cool.

    • Lose_Game says:

      Extreme cold too. The Russians went with a suspension-type liner on the 6b27, probably for more airflow.

  2. AASKOV says:

    To add some additional anecdotal data points; while 3A helmet armor is not *tested* to rifle threats, I have seen a number of ballistic shells defeat rifle rounds that would have otherwise been non-survivable.

  3. Barry says:

    Who is this even aimed at ?
    Another useless video.

  4. Owen says:

    Another great video….not ?

  5. Joe (G.W.N.S.) says:

    Well my favorite troll…

    Barry says:
    April 30, 2019 at 18:30
    Who is this even aimed at ?
    Another useless video

    …and 6 minutes later his alter ego!

    Owen says:
    April 30, 2019 at 18:36
    Another great video….not ?

    Since this dynamic duo insist on continuing their trollfest.

    So here’s some examples of Owen’s quality commentary in regards to Max’s contributions to SSD!

    Owen says:
    March 5, 2019 at 02:11
    This guys is a idiot

    Owen says:
    March 19, 2019 at 07:20
    Why do you insisit on posting this stuff… its insulting

    Owen says:
    March 20, 2019 at 09:27
    Are you even english?

    Owen says:
    March 20, 2019 at 09:26
    Yeah cheers…

    I regulary conduct live fire excercises with my baseball cap on…

    Owen says:
    March 26, 2019 at 16:59
    Another rubbish video

    Owen says:
    April 1, 2019 at 19:37
    Absolutely webbo!

    Owen says:
    April 3, 2019 at 20:45
    I hate you

    Owen says:
    April 22, 2019 at 17:03
    Another great video from Walter Mitty


    Barry says:
    April 2, 2019 at 07:56
    Talking of Walter Mittys, I wasn’t aware British Paratroopers and Commandos were SOF.

    Barry says:
    April 22, 2019 at 19:38
    Is that the kit you wore when you were in your fantasy SOF land ?


    Very insightful commentary.

    Owen in particular must have a very boring fobbit life, I certainly had better things to do with my time there.

    Sad really.

  6. Barry says:

    Seen as you’re so vocal Joe enlighten me, who is this aimed at ?

    • Joe (G.W.N.S.) says:

      Obviously those who have a choice in the gear they use, whether that is armed citizens or various contractors.

      With the reach SSD has possibly even those in procurement of such gear.

      Given your comment history it is difficult to take your statements seriously.

      Comments such as yours are a great disservice to the readership at SSD, particularly those looking real world information.

      Should you be ready to discuss things in a constructive and civil manner, I am ready either here or the Forum that you joined during our last exchange.

  7. Barry says:

    I’m also unsure why you’re trying to discredit my serious posts before, especially when your hero openly admitted they are factual.

    • SSD says:

      Either get on topic or go away.

    • Joe (G.W.N.S.) says:

      Should you choose to follow our hosts advice here at SSD and make a constructive post related to the topic at hand I am more than prepared to have a dialogue.

      Of course even now your above post is lacking in substance with a lazy attempt to bait a response.

  8. SamHill says:

    I bet this dude that trolls him showed up to one of his classes, probably obese wearing paintball gear, eating fast food and could not pass the PT test. That or they are a business competitor. Probably not the latter because a business competitor would have better things to do.

    Either way, get your life in order and move on to better things. (Owen/Barry)

  9. Matthew Hanudel says:

    Not a TW helmet