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Introducing: The TASKER Network

Monday, January 17th, 2022

The time has come for Tactics & Applications to enter the next phase in its evolution. We are enthused to present the fruits of our latest endeavor: the TASKER Network.

Tasker – Noun: One who performs or delegates a task.

TASKER is a project that culminates all of what Tactics & Applications and Lightfighter have collectively accomplished over the years and provides it to the 2A community in a centralized and easy to navigate format. It is an aggregate resource of content, communication, and networking.

At TASKER, we believe in being inclusive of our friends and the extended family they form throughout the industry, and we honor them by showcasing their contributions to the greater community, as we are all in the 2A movement together.

Just as Tactics & Applications has done on Facebook, with news drawn from a slate of the best publications our industry currently has to offer, along with native original content and accompanied by the Lightfighter.net forum, TASKER gives the audience a place to simultaneously learn and discuss the subject matter among a community respected and renown for the highest standards of information and the performance and capability that information enables.

All of this, all in one place, all beyond the auspices of social media, a realm that has become increasingly hostile towards the firearms industry and its constituents over the last two years.

In addition to facilitating the flow and circulation of high quality information among end users, TASKER also provides a portal for commerce, where our followers can finally purchase branded merchandise that’s been requested of us over the years.

As we approached the development of our Webstore, we chose to utilize WooCommerce as the store platform rather than Shopify, as an act of solidarity in standing with our friends in the 2A vendor circuit who were unjustly inconvenienced and turned away from Shopify when they turned their noses up at the firearms industry. “Stick together” isn’t a mere platitude at TASKER, but a practice.

In addition to these services, TASKER will provide an apparatus for industry personnel to communicate and network towards furthering the development of their wares and concepts, all amongst themselves, to ensure they can both hear and be heard by their colleagues however they deem appropriate. This utility would be akin to a trade show in a wholly online setting, secure, and available year round. This same feature will also be available for those who wish to sponsor or archive their technical content for ease of access and distribution among their target audience.

TASKER is what the industry and greater 2A community needed ten years ago: A network where they could come and learn and discuss from and with the best of the best, to set the standard proper, and then elevate that standard, without the interference of self interest and lesser quality wannabe authorities muddying the waters and skewing the signal to noise ratio, as we’ve seen elsewhere on social media. A place where the end user and the quality of information and products they receive is the priority over the individual entities delivering it to them, towards elevating the readiness capability of that audience, in the spirit of our second amendment: armed professional and armed citizen alike, Taskers either way.

TASKER will be the face of all of our in-house endeavors and the presentation thereof going forward. You can find us and links to all aforementioned content and information sources at www.taskernetwork.com

Welcome to TASKER.

SOTECH Celebrates 25 years Presenting New Products and a New Look at SHOT Show 2022

Monday, January 17th, 2022

Recently SOTECH started to bring back some of its most impactful products in new camos and enhanced designs distributing them in weekly drops. Sensing an interest our history of gear innovation, SOTECH is using this vehicle to develop homage pieces and modernizations from the early days of our 25 year history.

Always evolving with input from the field, SOTECH is expanding the Cobra Pack line by adding the Mini Cobra, Micro Cobra and Sustainment Pack Cobras.  The micro and mini are a medical dangler and a butt pack that can both top open and splay open like the larger 3 Cobra Packs. Working with Special Forces Medics and members of the Army Airborne community, we added two sustainment side packs to give the medic extended range and duration of operation.

SOTECH is also displaying its medical micro pack in a Dyneema variant with carbon fiber inserts. The Micro came from a request 5 years ago from a Ranger medic named Mac who wanted to split the flat med pack into a micro pack and either a MARCH belt or fanny pack.

Respecting the calls for us to reintroduce our h-harnesses and belts, we wanted to honor our beginnings by doing a reboot of an ALICE Pack predecessor – the ARVN Ranger Pack, a favorite of MACV-SOG and other SOF units. At a base level, this is a hat tip to our early days modifying ALICE packs, but its much more significant than that.  SOTECH started in a time when we were issued the same tired designs that barely evolved from World War Two through Korea and Vietnam and into the Cold War of the 80’s. There was a creativity born from lessons from the field, and a handful of innovators started companies to modify and then create alternatives.  In this vein, we took the day pack version of what would become the ALICE and modernized and modified the design with Tegris and improved cuts (the pack was designed for small-framed Vietnamese soldiers). The result is an EDC pack that takes you back to your days in BDUs every time you cinch that ribbed web through those metal tabler buckles.

The Special Forces Association will be meeting in SOTECH’s booth (20059) at SHOT Show. If you are an SFA member or are Army Special Forces Qualified or have made a significant contribution to the Special Forces Regiment, stop by booth 20059 and meet SFA President Kevin Harry and his SFA leadership team on Wednesday and Thursday from noon until 1pm. SFA members walking the show are welcome to drop by booth 20059 for waters and munchies and a rest stop.

In the new SHOT Show floor layout, SOTECH came out on top! Our booth is located at the first entrance door on the hallway coming in from the Venetian Casino. Take the first right you see when you come in, walk through that door and you are staring at Booth 20059.
See you at SHOT!

DXLTAC Is Open For Business

Monday, January 17th, 2022

DECKERS X LAB TACTICAL is now open for business online. Established under the Deckers family of footwear companies which includes Hoka running shoes, Ugg Boot, Teva Sandals, and Sanuk, comes Deckers X LAB Tactical. Engineered in the Deckers Innovation Lab, the range of Deckers Tactical product takes over 30 years of developing cutting-edge footwear technology, now introduced in a high end range of military footwear.

Check out the newly released G8 model for wear on land and the M4 for wear at sea.


SCUBAPRO Sunday – Australian Z and M Special Units WWII

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Growing up the movie “Attack Force Z” one of my favorite movies and still is. I have always wanted to an old school WW2 operation doing an insert by Klepper kayaks and blow-up a ship in a harbor or a bridge. You know like Cockleshell heroes or Attack Force Z  

SOE-Australia (SOA) was a WWII Special Forces and covert operations organization operating in the Pacific theater behind Japanese lines. It was made up of men and women from Australian, British, New Zealand, Canadian, South African, Indonesian, Timorese and Malay. SOA fought a secret, undercover war against the Japanese occupying force on the islands north of Australia. With the success of the British SOE unit in the European theater, Winston Churchill ordered that a similar unit be formed in the pacific. SOA was made up from many different units like the Royal Australian Navy’s  Coastwatcher’s, a propaganda unit the Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO), the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/SIA), a Dutch East Indies intelligence unit (NEFIS), the United States’ Philippine Regional Section (PRS, operating in the southern Philippines) and an Australian/British Special Operations group, which was to carry out missions behind enemy lines. The SOA took part in hundreds of covert operations against the Japanese and were directly responsible for eliminating thousands of enemy troops and sinking tons of ships and supplies, they paid a high price with more than eighty SOA commandos losing their lives. To maintain security, the SOA was given a cover name – Inter-Allied Services Department (IASD, mostly referred to as the ISD). It had British SOE agents that had escaped Singapore and the Dutch East Indies before it fell to the Japanese. That helped get it up and running.

SOA operators could operate in parties as small as two men, ISD Operatives faced overwhelming odds against a barbaric and increasingly desperate enemy. They conducted similar operations as many other SF groups in WWII. From Jedburgh’s type of missions (training indigenous guerrilla forces) to conduct direct action missions and raiding targets of opportunity. They also performed special reconnaissance missions close to enemy forces behind the lines.

The ISD men kept quiet about their exploits for over 50 years, and even today, the full story has never really been made public. The whole story of ISD operations during WWII is one that has been largely overlooked and misunderstood for the past 75 years. One of the main reasons for this is the misunderstanding that ISD was named Z or M Special Unit. The Z and M just referred to their administrative arm of the units. Z Special Unit was also used for requisitioning stores and transport through Australian Army channels. There are cases where Colonels were removed from transport aircraft to make room for ISD Corporals. Such was the administrative power of the Z Special Unit. So, this is how it was broken down, for Australian Army personnel and civilians assigned to ISD, and later to SRD, and as such, Z Special Unit appears on the service records of every Australian soldier who was assigned to either of those organizations. Another reason for some of the confusion is that in early 1943 the SOA was giving a new code name the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD), and the term SOA was only to be used at the highest level. Z Special Unit does not appear on the service records of RAAF, RAN or British, NZ, Canadian, or South African personnel assigned to ISD or SRD since they weren’t enlisted in the Australian Army. However, Z Special Unit or Z Force became a common term in the post-war years, even among SRD Veterans. Although it is historically inaccurate to refer to the Special Operations as Z Special Unit. So, where do M Special units fit in? During the war an Allied Special Forces Reconnaissance Team under the command of the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD.) It was the successor of the Coastwatcher’s unit. Raised in Queensland, Australia, in 1943, the unit operated behind enemy lines for long periods in the Pacific theatre, collecting intelligence such as enemy troop movements and shipping details. It was disbanded at the end of the war in 1945.  

Unlike its sister unit, M Special Unit wasn’t as well known for direct action missions. Z Special Unit was comprised of about 81 members and generally inserted via small boat, submarine, or airplane and conducted quick hit and run missions. They would also conduct intelligence-gathering operations. M Special Unit, on the other hand, operated behind enemy lines for extended periods and did long-range intelligence collection; as such, they tried to go undetected and, as such rarely engage the enemy.  

Also, all personal assigned to ISD were still listed as attached to the parent unit they came from. The reason for this was to help maintain secrecy. It was also used as a way to hide the funding for the ISD. As one of the best ways to keep something secret is never to show that money is going to them. The units never had an official insignia. You will often see a Z of M with a dagger through it. This was not made until 1970 and unfortunately, is mistaken for the units WWII symbol. 

One of ISD/SRD’s most famous Operations was called Jaywick. They used a 68-ton wooden ship. British authorities had seized the Kofuku Maru in Singapore following Japan’s entry into the war. In 1943 she was renamed Krait and assigned to the SRD. The objective of Operation Jaywick was for SRD members to attack Japanese shipping in Singapore. SRD commandos paddled into Singapore harbor in kayaks and attached limpet mines to Japanese enemy shipping. The stealthy raiders sank seven ships and about 39,000 tons of supplies and equipment before escaping home to Australia. By the time they returned nearly seven weeks later, the crew of 14 had carried out one of the most successful clandestine raids in Australian history. Throughout the war, the 70-foot wooden-hulled boat involved in the Jaywick raid, MV Krait, sank more shipping than any other ship in the Australian navy.  

In a subsequent mission to Jaywick called Operation Rimau, the raiding party was detected by the enemy, hunted down and executed. Seventeen of SRD members lie in graves at Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. In Operation Copper, eight men landed on an island off New Guinea to disable enemy guns before the Allied landing. Discovered by the Japanese, three commandos were captured, tortured, and executed. Four others escaped and fled out to sea, but only one made it home.

No matter what their name was or what they are called now, the units of WWII are the forefathers of today’s Special Forces in Australian and New Zealand and helped end the war.


Arc’teryx LEAF – SHOT Show 2022

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

Arc’teryx LEAF will be exhibiting at the 2022 SHOT Show from a new location at the Caesars Forum. They’ll be showcasing their entire system-of-dress, purpose-built for the most demanding Special Forces and Tactical Law Enforcement end users. From Jan 18-20, LEAF will be having its customary Happy Hour starting 16:30hr. If you are around, drop by to say hello! They are at Booth #75417. 

Revision Announces New Laser Eye Protection Designed for Aviators at the 2022 SHOT Show

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

Essex Junction, Vermont (January 15, 2022) – Revision Military, the world leader in ballistic and laser protective eyewear systems, announces a new laser eye protection solution optimized for aviator protection and awareness. Developed with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Revision’s CALI-C lens formulation offers eye protection that protects against common handheld laser hazards while performing in a cockpit environment.

Above: CALI-C is being offered in two configurations tailored for either fixed-wing or rotary-wing environments: The Aviator SF-2 frame (left) offers a lightweight metal frame with dual lenses – low profile and ideal for a fixed-wing cockpit. The StingerHawk® frame (right) offers a single wrap-around lens for maximum coverage, ballistic protection, and anti-fog performance for rotary-wing cockpits.

“Each year the FAA reports a higher rate of laser strikes against aircraft, putting aviators at risk,” said Revision CEO Amy Coyne.  “Over the past decade, Revision has been partnered with AFRL on laser eye protection solutions for the military.  This CALI-C formulation represents a real solution that gives aviators peace of mind while operating in low-altitude operations, keeping them safe and reducing the impact of laser hazards on their mission.”

The CALI (Commercial Aviation Low Intensity) solution was developed by AFRL in collaboration with Revision Military and successfully tested and evaluated by Washington State Patrol pilots.  The Personnel Protection Team at AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is headed by Dr. Matthew Lange, who says “Simply put, the lenses maximize protection while minimizing the impact to the cockpit.”

Above: Flight Officer Cameron Iverson of the Washington State Patrol tested CALI laser protective lenses formulated at Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. (AFRL courtesy photo)

The ideal cockpit laser eye protection solution offers the following:  a wide range of protection given the variety of laser hazards; lenses that don’t interfere with the cockpit instrument panel yet transmit enough light to be worn at night when most laser incidents occur; and are easy to don and doff featuring frames that integrate with cockpit head borne equipment (headsets, helmets, etc).  Therefore, a set of laser protective eyewear designed for a ground-to-ground laser hazard isn’t ideal for the cockpit.  The CALI-C solution was developed to maximize aviator protection and situational awareness – solving the challenges of laser eye protection in a cockpit environment.

Revision research scientists look to design formulations that consider the specific end-user environment and needs. Both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft have the benefit of altitude, which means a reduction in the rate of eye damage, but a heightened threat of distraction, disorientation, and flash blindness as laser light can fill a cockpit with bright light in an instant. The CALI-C formulation takes this into account by offering a wide band of protection without compromising light transmission – a critical point given most aviation laser incidents happen at night.  

CALI-C is being offered in two configurations tailored for either fixed-wing or rotary-wing environments: The Aviator SF-2 frame offers a lightweight metal frame with dual lenses – low profile and ideal for a fixed-wing cockpit. The StingerHawk® frame offers a single wrap-around lens for maximum coverage, ballistic protection, and anti-fog performance for rotary-wing cockpits. Both configurations of the CALI-C formulation are restricted for sale to aviation end users only. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Additional background information about the laser hazards for aviation, and the development of the CALI-C product can be found here.

Magpul FDP/FDC Update

Friday, January 14th, 2022

It’s been a year since we announced the FDP/FDC Magpul is building in conjunction with ZEV Technologies.

With roots in the FMG9 project of over decade ago, the new FDP/FDC Pistol and Carbine variants have undergone engineering improvements and ATF review. Back in 2008, the Folding Machine Gun was originally envisioned as a 9mm, Glock-based sub gun, envisioned as a transforming firearm that would snap into action at the push of a button. As you can see, the ZEV collaboration brings the OZ9 into the equation.


Darley Defense to Showcase ANAFI USA Mil UAS at SHOT Show

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Vendor Darley Defense will exhibit numerous technologies at next week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, including the ANAFI USA Mil Unmanned Aerial System which was developed as part of the Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU) Blue small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) project.

It features a 21MP camera with 33x zoom capable of panning from -90° to 90° and with a wide-angle lens of 110° FOV. It can also record 4K HDR video. For more info visit blog.darleydefense.com/a-uas-built-to-serve-dhs.

See the UAS and other equipment in booth #32011.