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Frontline Masks – Filtered Masks for Medical Professionals

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Yesterday, I spoke with Scott Jones, the founder of Beyond Clothing who now owns Further Designs. He shared an incredible story with me.

The news of the day remains the COVID-19 pandemic. As scary as it might be, it is awesome to see Americans pivoting their efforts to counter this threat to our health.

The project is home sewer manufacture of filtered masks for use by those who have given up their N95 masks for use by higher risk groups. They’ve created a Facebook Group. Although it was founded by folks in Bellingham, Washington, they encourage others to join and collaborate.

Here is Scott’s story:

I was contacted on Friday afternoon by a friend who is a nurse at a local hospital. She was on the verge of tears fearing that soon she, and her peers, would not have access to any face protection while providing medical care to patients.  We are only 90 miles, from Seattle, WA. 

I was not behind the idea of simply creating cotton masks, but once the idea of a replaceable micron filter came up, I was on board.

Might as well make em look good, right?

Over the last 48 hours, I have worked with a team of local doctors and nurses, engineers, and others to create the Frontline Mask. As I did at Beyond, I like to be able to create as much versatility in my designs and production as possible. Especially in a dynamic world where items disappear from stores and online overnight. I couldn’t rely on elastic, or a certain fabric, or a certain filter. It had to be able to be ‘plug and play’ by the user, and the mask had to be able to handle the changes.

The mask in its current state, is made of 2 layers of tight weave cotton, with a slit on the face side, for the placement of a filter, that fills the entire mask. Filters such as vacuum bags, industrial filter fabric, hepa filters or the like will be able to be chosen, cut in the field and inserted. The cotton mask will be able to handle the changes to the filter requirements. Although Covid-19 is incredibly small, the transmission occurs on large water droplets that are far easier to stop. Although hospitals and doctors offices are not yet allowing this type of mask, we sadly feel that they will need to soon. Even the CDC has mentioned this regarding bandanas.

We also feel that the FrontLine mask will help those who have generously given up their own masks to more at risk medical professionals; dentists, PT, clinic nurses, soldiers, and senior care centers.

Attachment was also a challenge. To make the mask easily made world wide, but as safe as possible, the attachment to the face had to be dynamic and come with multiple solutions.

Different means of attachment.

The one I find to be most comfortable are daisy chained rubber bands applied to built in anchors in the mask. The nose piece is malleable farm wire, or clothes hanger wire. 

The solution is comfortable, air tight around the face, able to go over a N95 mask, and able to handle any filters available.

The Version 1 spec package, patterns and instructional videos are available at fb.com/frontlinemasks or furtherdesigns.com/frontlinemasks and will be continuously enhanced as feedback comes in. We’ve received updates and recommendations for filters from around the US, and recommendations will be listed after further vetting.

If anyone in the Soldier Systems sphere has expertise or recommended items please have them contact me at scott@furtherdesigns.com.

SSD Pandemic Update – Our Commitment To Industry

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

During this trying time, markets will shift quickly. Traditional retail is taking a serious hit as is demand for anything other than groceries, guns, and ammunition. However, this situation should begin to sort itself out as people begin to adapt to this new normal.

As a business you will most likely feel a pause, but hopefully, this will be a short crisis and our economy can get swiftly back on its feet. As always, SSD stands ready to do what we can to help.

One of my goals when I created Soldier Systems Daily in 2008 was to serve as a resource for industry, both here in the United States as well as abroad.

To this end, we are waving the fees associated with sales announcements and offering them cost-free for the foreseeable future to help your business reach customers.

Just go here and fill out the form to upload your sales ad. We will review and post them to the site as quickly as possible after receiving them.

Additionally, trade shows, where you would normally launch new products, have been delayed or cancelled outright.

SSD is here to support your business, product, and service launches. There has never been a cost associated with this. Feel free to email us press releases in text format with photos less than 2mb each in size (no adobe acrobat versions). If you’re curious, our column width is 440 pixels.

SSD Readers – Keep your eyes on the Sales page for regular updates. We also ask that you support those businesses that support us as advertisers. Many have stood by us since the beginning and they will be focused on their survival during this time.

Let’s all get through this together.

-Eric Graves


Hey, It Was The 60s…

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

According to the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute, who shared this photo from May 1967, this is USAF SSgt Barbara J. Snavely who became the first enlisted female NCO to be assigned to US Military Assistance Command, Saigon, Vietnam.

What gets me is the weapon grip in use at the time.

Congratulations Mike and Kelly!

Monday, March 9th, 2020

We are very happy to congratulate you on the recent addition to your family!

Congratulations D3

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

We are very happy for you and your new bride!

Let’s Get At It

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Who can identify the kit in this clip?

SHOT Show 20 – Steiner eOptics Helmet Mounted Beacon

Saturday, January 25th, 2020


Steiner eOptics Teased us with their new Helmet Mounted Beacon.details to follow soon.

SHOT Show 20 – Gentex TBH-R1

Friday, January 24th, 2020

The new TBH-R1 from Gentex is a rifle rated helmet. It incorporates everything you love about Gentex helmets, Modular Bungee Shroud, Ops-Core ARC Rails and liner/suspension systems. It’s offered in High, Mid and Low cut in a variety of colors.

What the TBH-R1 also offers is ballistic protection against 7.62×51 M80 NATO Ball along with handgun protection from 9mm 124gr FMJ and others. Naturally, it also offers Frag protection you to 17gr with a V50 at 3,190 FPS.