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Origin Of The Army Air Force Shoulder Sleeve Inginia

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

OPFOR Militaria Reproductions does some cool stuff. They recently shared the documentation for the Army Air Force’s shoulder sleeve insignia.

Sneak Peek – Rapscallion Bottle Totes

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Rapscallion is a new brand formed by former Mystery Ranch members and brothers Luke and Levi Buckingham along with Cory Krull. Their first series of products are padded bottle totes, offered in three sizes.

Nightcap – 2 Bottles

Share – 4 Bottles

Enetertainer – 6 Bottles

They feature zippered closures to keep your beverage secure and accommodate beer and wine bottles from Piccolo to Champagne Magnum as well as up to a Growler thanks to snap-in interior dividers.

They’ll kick-off online next week with several standard colors, but by Thanksgiving they’ll offer a customization configurator with a wide variety of options.

A Moment In History From The Army Marksmanship Unit

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The AMU recently shared this image taken in the summer of 1967 when John Wayne was at the Home of Champions filming “The Green Berets” movie.

The US Army Fort Benning Soldier with the legendary actor is Sgt. Richard L. Foronato, who was part of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Shotgun Team.

The scene filmed at Hook range was when Col. Lamar Asbury “Bill” Welch, the actual commander of the United States Army Airborne School at Fort Benning in 1967, makes a brief cameo shooting trap with John Wayne. Welch wears a 1960s U.S. Army Fatigue Baseball Cap (common issue during the Vietnam War) in the scene while the actors wear green berets. The Soldiers exercising on the drill field – who Wayne shouts to – were actual Army airborne recruits in training.

Brigantes Presents: The Helix Operations Combat Multi Harness

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The Helix Combat Multi Harness (HCMH) is a fully modular tactical harness system that has been developed over several years with significant end user input and trials. The system has been specifically designed for military operational use and can be used in a wide range of missions and tasks across all environments and operational theatres. Having a single system increases safety and reduces the training burden. The HCMH system has uniquely acquired UK helicopter clearances for specialist troop emplaning & deplaning techniques as well as fulfilling mission high access requirements. Unlike other off the shelf harnesses, the HCMH fully integrates with other ‘on the man’ systems such as life jackets and plate carriers, ensuring greater comfort and safety of the end user. 


The HCMH is issued as a single unit item complete with log cards. This allows logistics staff to easily administer the equipment. The system is initially vacuum packed which simplifies PPE inspection prior to first use. Once the system has been opened for use, all components are stored in one purpose designed breathable bag, which optimises storage. All items are interchangeable meaning when an item is damaged, it can be replaced, and the log card updated which is much more cost effective than replacing an entire system. 


The HCMH Pack includes the following components:

1 x Riggers Belt – A 45mm wide belt which fits into standard belt loops and can take molle attachments and heavier equipment such as pistol holders. It is fully adjustable and excess material is easily stowed away. The lightweight material has minimal volume to reduce water absorption and drying time. The outside surface of the belt uses fine velcro, allowing battle belts to be positioned on top of the belt and won’t move around. The belt includes a low-profile textile belay loop on the front of the belt which allows the user to connect quickly into an anchor or system using a tested belt.

2 x Gear Loops – These velcro into position onto the harness in the position required by the user. 

1 x Set of Leg Loops – These are very lightweight and compact due to the synthetic mesh which minimises their bulk and moisture retention. Weighing just 260g they can pack down into a pouch which is just 12 x 8cm. They are fully adjustable and use the same corrosion resistant buckles as the belt. They can be added to the sit harness in less than 15 seconds. 

1 x Chest Harness – Can be worn over or underneath plate carriers and is made from mesh fabric which minimises bulk, water absorption and drying time. The integrated attachment point for the chest ascender is compatible with body armour. 

2 x PerfectO Carabiners – This compact oval carabiner connects the chest harness to the sit harness. 

1 x Fifi Hook with retaining grommet and mouth tab – Provides a ladder attachment point to support the load of the operator and is useful for resting or situations where two free hands are required. 

1 x Chest Ascender  

1 x Storage Bag

1 x User Instructions

For more information contact [email protected]

For UK sales contact [email protected]

US Army Europe – 1966

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

This is what field training exercises in West Germany looked like in the 60s and the 70s.

1791 Tactical Kydex Over The Waistband Paddle Hopster

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Miami, FL, U.S. –1791 Gunleather® proudly presents their 1791 Tactical Kydex Over The Waistband Paddle Holster (TAC Kydex OWB Paddle). This holster is 100% made in the USA in the state of Texas with rounded polished edges and an enlarged opening for easier reholstering.

The TAC Kydex OWB Paddle has adjustable retention and ride height with 4 settings, low, mid-ride, high, and super high making this holster extraordinarily adaptable. The open muzzle design of this holster accommodates firearms with extended threaded barrels, compensators, and longer slide models, as well as a tall sight channel for weapons with suppressor height sights. The RMR Optic cut will also accommodate most pistol optics.

“Our leather holsters have long been known for quality and craftsmanship. As we entered the Kydex market, we approached it the same way…quality and craftsmanship come first. Our Paddle Kydex series holsters were the perfect addition to our line offering something now for every customer,” says Ramiro Romani.

The TAC Kydex OWB Paddle Holster includes a tall sweat-shield and stainless steel hardware for increased corrosion protection to increase the longevity of your holster. The unique T-Blocking standoff is compatible with the included paddle attachment and Bladetech Teklok Mount. This holster allows for multiple carry positions including 3- 5 o’clock and cross-draw and has a +/- (Positive and Reversible) 15 Degree Cant.

1791 Gunleather Holsters are handcrafted one at a time, using reinforced stitching that ensures quality, security, and a lifetime of enjoyment. 1791 Gunleather is an innovative manufacturer that creates multi-fit holster designs to accommodate a wide range of firearms, providing reliability and performance. For further details on 1791 Gunleather visit

Blast From The Past – The Chinese Entrenching Tool

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

This may prove to be the most entertaining 8:46 of your life, or the most terrifying if you consider the Chinese horde all armed to the teeth with these shovels. It slices, it dices, it juliennes. Truth be told, a couple of the features such as the “scissor” and nail puller are pretty cool, but music and effects make this one worth the price of admission. Make sure you stay long enough to see the entrenching tool museum.

This article first appeared on SSD June 9th, 2010.

USSOCOM To Buy M110K1 Upper Receivers In 6.5CM From Knight’s Armament Co

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

According to a pre-solicitation notice published yesterday by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, Knights Armament Company has offered to the Government an improved, capability upgrade to the upper receiver assembly for the M110K1 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS). The new upper receiver is 6.5mm Creedmoor (versus 7.62mm, CLIN 0001 on current contract) and provides longer distance shots and increased range.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane has a requirement for M110K1 new upper receiver (6.5mm Creedmoor conversion kit) assembly (Technology Improvement). NSWC, Crane Division, Crane, IN intends to modify the existing sole-source, Firm-Fixed Price (FFP), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract (N00164-18-D-JN50) for technology improvements with Knights Armament Company.

Last year, USSOCOM adopted the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber to replace certain uses of 7.62mm NATO.