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Meet Särmä Jorma, The Hunting Suit

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Something this cool could only come from our friends at Varusteleka Oy. Jorma is an ancient Finnish man’s name, pronounced with a strrrrong ‘r’. The English equivalent would be Dick or Johnson. This sums up the deal: straightforward, free of uselessness and solid as hell.

Completely rustle-free, silent and slightly resistant to rain (can be waxed for more water resistance).

The Jorma suit comprises of jacket and trousers, sold separately.

Offered in Finnish M05 Woodland or Bright Orange.

Designed in Finland, by hunters, for hunters.

Hot Off The Press – TC 3-20.40, Training and Qualification, Individual Weapons

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The Army has just published TC 3-20.40, Training and Qualification, Individual Weapons, dated 30 JUL 2019 to APD.

If you’re a Soldier, read it. One important note for everyone; you will require a barricade for the new qualification. A diagram is on page 99. Range Control will need to provide these. They received money to create them a while back. Only some installations have accomplished this task. Make sure yours does soon.

Thanks Ash!

Helix Tactical Linkits

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

DMM Linkits are compact, lightweight and versatile connecting elements. They are compatible with a wide range of DMM components such as Compact Shackles, Focus, Nexus and Directors using their double locking axles. They allow for very short connections which is ideal for height constrained situations and confined spaces.

Here we see the Linkit Y3 connected to the Titan Tapered Split Basket Stretcher.

helixtactical.com

5.11 Tactical Opens 50th Company Owned Retail Store

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The company launched its first company-owned retail store in 2014
Irvine, Calif. (July XX, 2019) – 5.11 Tactical®, the global innovator of tactical apparel and gear, is celebrating the grand opening of its 50th company owned retail store in Fort Bliss, Texas this week. The store marks the completion of an initiative established in 2014 to launch and expand company-owned retail stores across the country, aiming for 50 stores by the middle of this year.

“It used to be that you couldn’t buy 5.11 pants unless you were training with a government agency,” said 5.11’s Co-Founder and CEO Francisco J. Morales. “Our retail stores are an ideal destination for people from all walks of life to come and experience 5.11 clothing, footwear and gear. Our products are specially engineered for first responders and the military to be functional, comfortable and durable, and through our 5.11 retail stores, everyday consumers can benefit similarly from the innovation we inject into our products.”

The beginning of the brand’s robust retail expansion came in 2017 and 2018, with an average of two store openings per month. The brand continued its momentum into 2019 with six store openings since January. An estimated 1-2 store openings per month are planned for the remainder of the year and into 2020.

“Opening our 50th store this week celebrates an ambitious and sustainable streak of retail expansion,” said 5.11’s Senior Vice President of Retail, Jeff Roberts. “5.11 stores offer professionals and consumers something beyond high-quality products to wear. The stores serve as a beacon for the first responder community and for the military, both active duty and veterans. Our Always Be Ready Academy offers the community free in-store classes in trauma care, self-defense, everyday carry, fitness and outdoor adventure. Our knowledgeable in-store staff, experts in their field, help bring 5.11’s innovative, purpose-built gear to life.” Roberts concludes, “We’ve found that even as shopping becomes more digitized than ever, people value and seek out the level of personal interaction our 5.11 stores offer.”

With its roots in servicing the law enforcement, first responder and military communities, 5.11 Tactical prides itself on seeking out and hiring former servicemen and women and veterans whenever possible. Each retail location carries head-to-toe apparel and gear for men and women including pants, shorts, shirts, outerwear, footwear, packs and bags, headwear, load-bearing equipment and tactical accessories. To date, 5.11 owns retail stores in 24 states, with larger metropolitan areas serving as a hub for several stores. 5.11 Fort Bliss joins the ranks as 5.11’s eighth store in Texas.


5.11 Store in Fort Bliss, TX

5.11 will host a public grand opening event at Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan Rd, Fort Bliss, TX 79906, on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. The military base will be open to civilians and the public is encouraged to attend. Commencements will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the National Anthem and a Door Breach Ceremony. The first 70 adults in line will receive a gift card valued up to $511, and all visitors will enjoy 20 percent off storewide, a free 5.11® limited-edition patch with purchase, raffles and complimentary food and refreshments. The storewide discount will continue through Sunday, August 4th.

Following the grand opening, the 5.11 Tactical Fort Bliss, Texas store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To find a store location near you, please visit www.511tactical.com/store-locator.

GORUCK Workshop – The American Waterproof Jacket

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

GORUCK has expanded their clothing line with the cadre-approved American Waterproof Jacket.

It’s made in Spokane, Washington, by K-L Manufacturing who have created specialized clothing for US special operators for decades. Back in the 90s, real cool guys were issued lightweight Black Gore-Tex jacket, also manufactured in Spokane but by Adventure Tech. While those were simple designs, this model has a lot more features.

Features:

• Tough & technical jacket made from ToughShield Fabric that is waterproof, windproof, and fully protective from any weather
• Full zip front with lock down waterproof zipper to keep weather out
• Reinforced hood with hidden adjustable elastic hem
• Two exterior front pockets with waterproof zippers
• Interior chest pocket with waterproof zipper
• Two Interior map pockets
• Internal inspirational quote from General Patton
• Subtle GORUCK logo on bottom seam
• Made in the USA
• Comes with the GORUCK Scars Lifetime Guarantee

When you look at the price, remember, it was made in the USA.

Available in any color, as long as it’s Black.

www.goruck.com/the-american-waterproof-jacket

Streamlight Introduces TLR-VIR II Tactical Illuminator

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Low-Profile Light Features Three Functions, Adjustable Eye-Safe IR Aiming Laser

EAGLEVILLE, PA, January 22, 2019 – Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the TLR-VIR® II, a lightweight, compact rail-mounted tactical light with a high intensity white LED, an integrated infrared (IR) LED illuminator, and Class 1 “Eye Safe” IR aiming laser with windage and elevation adjustment controls. The new light securely fits all long guns with MIL-STD-1913 rails and M17/M18 pistols.

The TLR-VIR II enables users to easily toggle easily between bright light and the IR illuminator/laser. This feature allows military and law enforcement personnel to remain in a proper firing position when making the transition from IR mode to white light, and vice versa. The light features a three-position mode rear selector switch, including IR illumination/IR laser, Safe Off (to prevent accidental turn-on), and visible illumination, that enables users to keep hands away from the muzzle during mode selection.

“The TLR-VIR II gives soldiers and first responders the ultimate in tactical lighting flexibility,” said Streamlight President Ray Sharrah. “With its high intensity white light and a long-running IR illuminator and Eye Safe IR laser for optimizing night vision, it’s an essential tool for those deploying with weapon lights.”

The new light, which is powered by a single CR123A lithium battery, uses the latest in LED technology for ultra-bright visible light, providing 5,000 candela, 300 lumens and a 1.5 hour run time. For IR lighting, the TLR-VIR II uses an 850-nanometer LED emitter with 600mW/sr radiant intensity, providing optimum illumination when using night vision equipment; it delivers a run time of 12 hours. Its IR aiming laser has fully adjustable windage and elevation settings.

The TLR-VIR II has an ambidextrous momentary/steady on-off switch. Like other TLR® models, the light has a rail clamp that can be easily attached and tightened with one hand, without the use of tools. The IR illumination/laser mode selection also features a tactile indicator on the light housing for switching modes with ease.

The TLR-VIR II is constructed from machined aircraft aluminum, with a coyote anodized finish body and a high-impact, chemically resistant polymer black switch housing.
The compact light weighs only 3.82 ounces and measures 3.30 inches long and 1.40 inches high. It uses a high temperature, shock-mounted, impact-resistant Borofloat glass lens. It is available in Coyote or Black.

Featuring extensively live-fire tested construction, the TLR-VIR II has an IPX7 rated design for waterproof operation to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It has an MSRP of $600.00.

About Streamlight

Based in Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. has more than 45 years of experience making tough, durable, long-lasting flashlights designed to serve the specialized needs of professionals and consumers alike. Since 1973, the company has designed, manufactured and marketed high-performance flashlights, and today offers a broad array of lights, lanterns, weapon light/laser sighting devices, and scene lighting solutions for professional law enforcement, military, firefighting, industrial, automotive, and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. For additional information, please call 800-523-7488, visit streamlight.com or connect with us on facebook.com/streamlight; twitter.com/Streamlight; instagram.com/streamlightinc; https://www.linkedin.com/company/streamlight-inc.; and youtube.com/streamlighttv.

KDH Defense Systems Awarded Another $40 Million in Orders from the US Armed Forces

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Eden, NC, July 30, 2019 – KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (“KDH”), a leading manufacturer of American-made, high-performance protective solutions, announced today it has been awarded two separate delivery orders from the U.S. Army totaling approximately $40.0 million.

 

KDH received a $31.5 million delivery order as part of contract number W91CRB-15-D-0021 from the Army Contracting Command to produce the Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”) Generation II. KDH also received a delivery order valued at $9.0 million from the Army Contracting Command to produce the Blast Pelvic Protectors (“BPPs”). These are new fair opportunity awards stemming from the contracts the Company initially won in 2015. All production will be performed at KDH’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Eden, NC, with an estimated completion date of June 2020.

 

Jim Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of the holding company that owns both Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems stated, “We continue to receive large-scale orders from the U.S. Armed Forces and various Federal agencies, which we believe are a testament to our manufacturing capabilities, technological skillsets and most important, our commitment to customers. We are also expanding our domestic and international law enforcement business, with the bulk of production being performed in our Central Lake facility. We’re investing in our business, enhancing our talent, and strengthening relationships with our supply chain and technology partners, which we believe will benefit our customers as we move into the 2nd half of the year and for years to come. It is our honor to serve our customers and deliver the solutions they need to ensure their safety.”

www.armorexpress.com/kdh-defense-systems

Milliken Names Price EVP of Milliken Operations, McAllister President of Performance & Protective Textiles Division

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Executives tapped to lead growth in global textiles, sustainability goals, among others

SPARTANBURG, S.C.— Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturer with specialty chemical, floor covering, healthcare and performance and protective textiles expertise, has named Jeff Price executive vice president of operations for Milliken & Company. Chad McAllister has been named the successor to Price as president of Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles division. 

 

Price was tapped to spearhead a new comprehensive corporate function at Milliken, overseeing corporate logistics and sourcing; environmental, health and safety; corporate engineering; global security; and Milliken’s consulting arm, Performance Solutions by Milliken. His impressive and successful 40-year tenure at Milliken includes leading the company’s global Performance & Protective Textiles division as well as serving as general manager of the company’s global airbag and automotive nonwovens business. 

“Jeff’s deep multidisciplinary knowledge spans manufacturing and general management and makes him exceptionally suited to pioneer this strategic and important role at Milliken,” commented Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken & Company. “I look forward to his leadership in working closely with all Milliken divisions to achieve our sustainability goals for 2025.” 

“Milliken’s legacy of environmental stewardship has always inspired me,” said Price regarding his new responsibilities as executive vice president of operations at Milliken & Company. “I’m honored to be tasked with further growing sustainability and operational excellence, among other important functions, to broaden the positive impact of our company around the world.”

McAllister joined Milliken’s Chemical division in 2001 where he supported many initiatives including international business growth. He went on to hold finance and strategy positions in corporate development and the company’s airbag business. In 2010, McAllister joined Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles division as chief financial officer where his leadership resulted in continued division diversification and growth. 

“Chad is a strong and proven business leader,” said Cook. “His career accomplishments have uniquely prepared him to lead Milliken’s largest and most diversified division into the future.” 

“Milliken’s leadership in the global textiles industry is unwavering. I look forward to working alongside Chad and the entire team as we further the positive impact innovative American-made textiles can contribute to the world,” said Kim Glas, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). 

“Milliken’s rich history in textiles, while more than a century long, is just beginning,” shared McAllister, president of Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles division. “It is an honor to lead Milliken textiles during such an exciting time for textile innovation.”

www.milliken.com