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Varusteleka Jämä Chestrig in M91 Camo

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

Our friends in Finland are at it again. Varusteleka has taken the classic CHICOM 56 pattern chest rig design and made it from surplus Finnish M91 pattern tent fabric. It’s a great combination of tried-and-true design, classic aesthetic, and robust materials. The fabric came from Savotta and is a ripstop with a (most likely) PU coating. The toggles are wooden.

You get three AK magazine pockets, two grenade pockets and two mid-size pockets which can be used for admin or first-aid items.

Mystery Ranch Gunfighter SB

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Coming this Wednesday, August 10th is the latest in Mystery Ranch’s Special Blend series of limited run packs, the Gunfighter SB.

The current iteration of the Gunfighter just came out earlier this year. The SB version is offered exclusively in MultiCam Black with features found only in this variant.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Operation Magic

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

If you follow history, there is a lot said about how different battles were, this group took this hill, or this guy did this. But a lot needs to be said about what goes on behind the scenes. While the United States Army Signals Intelligence Section (SIS) and the Navy Communication Special Unit worked in tandem to monitor, intercept, decode, and translate Japanese messages during World War II, Operation Magic was the cryptonym used to refer to the United States’ efforts to break Japanese military and diplomatic codes. The Office of Strategic Services received the intelligence information acquired from the transmissions and forwarded it to military headquarters (OSS). It is widely acknowledged that the capacity to interpret and understand Japanese communications was a crucial component of the Allied triumph in the Pacific.

Early in 1939, the United States began its efforts to decipher Japanese diplomatic and military communications, even before the outbreak of World War II in Europe. In 1923, a United States Navy intelligence officer got a contraband copy of the Japanese Imperial Navy Secret Operating Code from World War I. Afterward, after all of the additive code keys had been discovered, the codebook was photographed and sent to the Research Desk, arranged in red folders by the cryptologists. The simple additive code was given the name “Red” in honor of the directories in which it was initially kept.

In 1930, the Japanese updated the Red code with Blue, a more sophisticated code for high-level communications. However, because the new code was too similar to its predecessor, cryptologists in the United States could fully decrypt the new code in less than two years after its introduction. At the onset of World War II, the Japanese were still using both Red and Blue color codes for various communications purposes. Listening stations were set up all across the Pacific by the United States military intelligence to monitor ship-to-ship, command-to-fleet, and land-based communications between ships.

The Japanese acquired encryption and security assistance from Nazi Germany after World War II erupted across Europe. Since 1935, the Germans have known that U.S. intelligence is monitoring and decoding Japanese communications, but they have not instantly informed the Japanese of this fact. Later, Germany delivered a modified version of its iconic Enigma encryption machine to Japan to assist the country in securing its communications. As a result of this, American intelligence was unable to understand Japanese intercepts. The tedious job of United States cryptologists was restarted.

Cryptanalysts in the United States gave the new code the moniker Purple. Purple, used to decrypt numerous variants of the original Enigma code, was the most severe obstacle to American and British intelligence throughout World War II.

After receiving information from Polish and Swedish cryptologists, the British military intelligence cryptanalysis unit at Bletchley Park became the first in the world to decrypt the German Enigma code in 1942. They then created advanced decoding bombes and the world’s first programmable computer to aid in the deciphering of the complex Enigma cipher. By 1943, British intelligence could use information obtained through translated Enigma intercepts received in near real-time.

For years, cryptologists in the United States sought to break the Purple code by hand. However, the format of Japanese signals, always opening with the exact introductory phrase, enabled code breakers to establish the sequencing of the multi-rotor Japanese cipher machine. By 1941, code breakers in the United States had made significant headway in cracking the Purple code, and they had gained the capacity to decipher multiple lines of intercepted messages. The procedure remained sluggish, and the information obtained from Purple was frequently outdated when translated into another language.

United States military intelligence became aware of British victories against Germany’s Enigma machine and requested that their allies share code-breaking information. Top Bletchley Park cryptographers and engineers were dispatched to the United States to assist in training code breakers and constructing decoding bombes. But they were highly protective of and didn’t want anyone to know about their Enigma code-breaking activities (codenamed Operation Ultra), which involved Colossus, the Bletchley Park decoding computer, and which they were involved.

United States intelligence made significant headway against Purple in a short period, thanks to the assistance of the British. A copy of the Japanese Purple machine, created in 1939 by American cryptologist William Friedman, was used to adapt a German Enigma bombe to decode Japanese Purple, which was then used to decode the Japanese Purple machine. Even though each message’s settings had to be determined by hand, United States intelligence improved its ability to read Japanese code with greater ease and timelier by 1942, six months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.

With the help of their vast network of listening stations in the Pacific, the United States intelligence services could intercept and decode various other sorts of communications. In conjunction with JN-25 intercepts, the Diplomatic Purple transmissions, another broken Japanese Navy code, provided critical information to the United States military command about Japanese fortifications at Midway. The intercepts from Operation Magic provided valuable input during the ensuing Battle of Midway, which helped to turn the tide of the Pacific War in the allied forces’ favor and ultimately win the war. Approximately a year later, Purple intercepts provided the United States with intelligence about a diplomatic aircraft on which Japanese General Yamamoto, the mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor assault, was scheduled to travel. The Japanese aircraft were shot down by American planes.

Operation Magic was a vital source of intelligence information in both the Pacific and European theaters of conflict during World War II. Diplomatic messages between Berlin and Tokyo, encrypted with the Enigma and Purple codes, provided British and United States intelligence with information about German defenses in France during the Second World War. This information aided leaders in their preparations for the D-Day invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

The Japanese government remained uninformed despite the fact that the United States had broken the Purple code. According to the United States government, Japanese Imperial forces continued to employ the principles decrypted by Operation Magic throughout the war and in the weeks following the Japanese surrender in 1945.

High Speed Gear Releases Core Side Plate Cummerbund

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

SWANSBORO, N.C. – August 5, 2022 – High Speed Gear® has released an additional accessory to the Core™ Plate Carrier. The Core™ Side Plate Cummerbund integrates with the Core™ Plate Carrier, providing four columns of MOLLE attachment area on the sides of the torso, and holds hard side plates for added protection. The cummerbund is built from lightweight durable laser-cut laminate. Webbing straps with integrated elastic allow for a comfortable, precise fit. Side-release buckles allow for quick don/doff.

The Core™ Side Plate Cummerbund features five rows and four columns of laser cut MOLLE, built from a durable Cordura® nylon laminate. Webbing straps with integrated elastic, allow for precise body fit for most users. Side plates are stored in integrated pockets which adjust to fit most plates in the 6×6” to 6×8” range.

The Core™ Side Plate Cummerbund is currently available on the High Speed Gear® website or through the HSGI network of Authorized Dealers.

Major Order from NATO Customer: Rheinmetall Supplying 155mm Artillery Ammunition in the Upper-Two-Digit Million-Euro Range

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Rheinmetall has proven once again its compelling expertise in the world of indirect fire systems: a NATO customer has just placed an order with the Group’s South African subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition to supply 155mm ammunition from its tried-and-tested Assegai product line. Awarded in July, the contract is worth a figure in the upper-two-digit million-euro range. Delivery will take place over the next two years.

The new order encompasses the complete 155mm Assegai ammunition system, including fuses, different projectile types such as high-explosive service rounds, and Assegai artillery propelling charges. The Assegai family of artillery ammunition can be fired from any NATO STANAG-compatible artillery system, including the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer.

“We’re known worldwide for our long-range Assegai indirect fire technology and are pleased to be able to welcome a new partner nation to the Assegai family”, says Jan-Patrick Helmsen, managing director of Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

“As a systems maker, we work constantly to improve our cutting-edge technologies so that we can provide our customers’ soldiers with the best-possible, most reliable solution.”

Back in 2019, Rheinmetall succeeded in setting a new maximum range record in South Africa with the Assegai family and other Group products like the new Topcharge. Thanks to the Assegai system approach – from fuse to projectile to propelling charges – long ranges were attained with various artillery systems. A non-NATO 155mm artillery gun with 52 calibre lengths and a 25-litre propelling charge chamber achieved a record range of 76 kilometres.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition is already working on other future artillery technologies. For example, the rocket motor in conventional 155mm Assegai projectiles is being improved. In addition to this, a new development is on the way that will boost the maximum range to over 155 kilometres.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Non-Standard Non-Stocking

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Specialty Equipment For Professional Users.

FirstSpear Non-Stocking Non-Standard may sound strange and confusing when browsing through our website. In this weeks Friday Focus, we’re discussing exactly what Non-Stocking Non-Standard is and why these FirstSpear products are so incredibly important to American operators and tactical professionals across the globe.

Roll Up Style Cargo Pocket. Roll it out here.

The designation Non-Stocking Non-Standard refers to items that have been designed by FirstSpear at the request of professional users to meet unique and specific mission sets. Limited quantities and colors are available. The remainder of these items, after fulfilling the needs of the professional user, are made available on the Non-Stocking Non-Standard category of our website for other interested professions to purchase.

Special Operations Forces (SOF) Med Pouch. Check it out here.

Eye Pro Field Case. See it here.

Items in the Non-Stocking Non-Standard category include everything from small pouches to complete plate carriers. A notable point about this equipment is the ability to purchase a piece of kit designed specifically for America’s finest.

Visit FirstSpear to find all the gear and apparel for America’s Warfighter.

The Big Gear Show 22 – Princeton Tec

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Coming 1st quarter 23, a new version of the VIZZ headlamp from Princeton Tec called the RGB.

Powered by 3 AAA batteries, you’ll get up to 90 hours of light at up to 550 lumens in white, red, blue and green hues.

HUXWRX Safety Co Releases All New 3D Printed Suppressor

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

HUXWRX Safety Co. (formerly OSS Suppressors) proudly announces their all-new 3D-printed FLOW 556k suppressor will be available to the public for purchase. While this suppressor utilizes HUXWRX’s patented Flow-Through® and Torque Lock™ technology, it also features the enhanced benefits of 3D-printing which makes it a lighter, shorter, and quieter suppressor.

In addition to the stringent assessment and development undergone by HUXWRX, the FLOW 556k also participated in rigorous FBI Ballistic Research Facility testing. The results of which revealed the FLOW 556k as an unparalleled product when it came to weight, unsuppressed and suppressed flash, accuracy, sound suppression, reliability, and blowback mitigation.

HUXWRX Safety Co. is honored to have developed systems utilizing the advanced manufacturing techniques of 3D printing. This rapidly evolving technology allows for more efficient quality control, improved logistics, elimination of tolerance challenges, and improvements in the design and development cycle. Ultimately, we have created a product that enables development and production efficiencies unavailable with traditional CNC manufacturing. The 3D-printed FLOW 556k is only the beginning for the next generation of technologically advanced suppressor systems to come from HUXWRX.

The FLOW 556k is currently shipping to dealers and will be available in the coming weeks.

Learn More here.