Archive for December, 2019

Ruger Introduces 5.7 Pistol

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

During NASGW I heard a rumor that Ruger had developed a new pistol to shoot the FN 5.7 x 28mm cartridge developed for NATO’s Personal Defense Weapon program. The Ruger-57 is now available and holds 20+1 rounds in steel magazines, like the FN Five-seveN, but there are also 10 round magazines available for those in states with magazine capacity limits. The 4.94″ alloy steel barrel features a black nitride treatment for wear resistance and the the slide is drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics with separately available optic adapter plate. The pistol also incorporates a Picatinny rail.


Kentucky Guard First to Receive ACFT Equipment

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Army’s new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2020. In order to meet that timeline, equipment for the ACFT has started shipping – and the Kentucky National Guard is the first of all three Army components (active, Guard, Reserve) to receive the initial fielding.

“I’m appreciative of the Kentucky Guard being the first Army organization to receive this equipment as we go into the ACFT transition,” said Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Kentucky’s adjutant general. “The ACFT will be a better assessing tool of our physical conditioning. By virtue of us being the first to get the equipment, we’ve set ourselves up to have more time to prepare for the new test.”

Leading the charge for equipment distribution across the total Army is the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), who had a hand in selecting Kentucky as the first location. TACOM is a subordinate command to Army Material Command (AMC).

“Our master plan for the distribution of ACFT equipment across the Army is regionally based. With Kentucky being part of the southeast and one of the first regions we were fielding in, it worked out perfectly,” said Col. Steven Carozza, military deputy for TACOM’s Integrated Logistics Support Center and the lead for the fielding of the ACFT equipment. “Kentucky was ready and expressed an interest. We had the sets available and ahead of schedule so everything just kind of aligned perfectly for us to use Kentucky National Guard as the first unit to receive the equipment.”

According to Susan Hubert, Program Manager for the ACFT, the 54 states and territories of the National Guard are getting enough equipment to run 15,533 ACFT lanes and Kentucky is getting 308 of them.

“This ACFT effort, a Chief of Staff of the Army initiative, is critical to the Army as it directly supports our individual Soldier readiness,” said Hubert. “Our team is positioned to field all 36,608 ACFT sets for the total army by May 15. The National Guard’s 15 thousand sets will be included in that fielding.”

The first shipment arrived at the United States Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO) in Frankfort on Dec. 11 and will begin pushing out to the units across the Commonwealth this week.

Critical to the success of Kentucky’s physical fitness program is Staff Sgt. Zach Casey who is the designated project officer for the Kentucky Army National Guard and spearheading the effort to effectively implement the ACFT across the organization.

“It is proven that the Kentucky National Guard is willing to adapt and take something head on,” said Casey. “We opened our arms and welcomed it as a challenge. It’s pretty neat to be the first state.”

The Kentucky National Guard hosted a ceremonial equipment signing on Dec. 17 at the USPFO with representatives from TACOM and the National Guard Bureau in attendance.

Capt. Ryan Short, ACFT project officer for the National Guard Bureau stated, “The Army is focused on the tactical athlete and the ACFT is really the first big step in that direction. This is a part of a cultural change that the Army is going to embrace so we can have well rounded Soldiers.”

Every unit in the U.S. Army is required to complete a diagnostic ACFT between now and Sept. 30 before the ACFT becomes the official test of record.

Lamberton stated, “Change is an ongoing dynamic and the Kentucky National Guard will be ready.”

By MAJ Stephen Martin

Milspec Retail New Years Sale!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

The Milspec Retail End of Year / New Years Sale is live! Take 12% off site-wide! Free shipping and free 30 day returns on all orders!

(Discount is automatically applied in cart. Sale ends 1/2/2020 at 00:00)


Eagle : BEYOND Episode 2 // NO QUIT

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019


THE NFM WAY – From Viking to Modern Soldier

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

NFM would like to thank the Norwegian Ministry of Defence for their support and involvement in the creation of this movie.


Equipment used in the movie:
– NFM HJELM helmets
– NFM GARM combat clothing
– NFM THOR load bearing
– NAMMO ammunition
– AIMPOINT optics

Air Force Security Center Introduces the M18 Modular Handgun System

Monday, December 30th, 2019

The Air Force has been fielding the M18 variant of the 9mm Modular Handgun System for several months now. Manufactured by SIG SAUER and based on the P320 pistol, it is replacing the M9 Beretta used since the 1980s.

Sneak Peek – Thrudark SF Base

Monday, December 30th, 2019

The SF Base layers have been through 3 stages of design and development with their Italian factory. They have have taken them to the highest point on planet earth, Everest, and they have endured countless hours of multi activity use by the ThruDark co founders.

Made from Polartec Power Grid and Scholler, a large front zip lowers to the sternum to allow venting when required and the highly breathable moisture wicking Power Grid technology helps regulate body heat during high output activities.

Due February 2020, from thrudark.com

Til Valhall Warrior Gear – Flannel Combat Shirt

Monday, December 30th, 2019

From Germany comes the Til Valhall Warrior Gear Flanel Combat Shirt. It is made of 100% Cotton double brushed flannel material for a soft and comfortable fit. The torso is contoured and consists of 95% cotton and 5% elastane for a good fit and freedom of movement. There are no zippers, buttons or other hard materials for wearing under protective vests in the torso area. Recessed zip pockets with attached Velcro patches are attached to the upper arms. In addition, there are sunglasses loops on the right and left of the upper arms and on the chest. Adjustable cuffs with Velcro.