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BAE Systems Honors Wilcox Industries Corp with a Gold Tier Supplier Award

Friday, July 10th, 2020

NEWINGTON, NH – July 10, 2020 – Wilcox today announced it won a Gold Tier Award for exceptional performance and contributions to supply chain success in 2019 for BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector. Wilcox was selected from a pool of more than 2,200 suppliers that worked with the sector in 2019.

In response to the award, Wilcox CEO and Founder James Teetzel stated, “Wilcox is honored to be recognized by BAE for its efforts in employing the ISO 9001:2015 system, along with continuous quality improvement initiatives for creating a manufacturing environment that yields consistent quality products. BAE Systems’ recognition of these efforts demonstrate that our attention to detail and disciplined manufacturing systems have paid off. At Wilcox, our slogan speaks to what we as an organization believe – ‘Our Customer’s Life Depends on It’ ”.

BAE Systems’ Partner 2 Win program is designed to achieve operational excellence and eliminate defects in its supply chain by raising the bar of performance expectations to meet the demand of current and future customers. As part of the program, BAE Systems meets regularly with its suppliers at their locations to transfer best practices to ensure that the components and materials that compose BAE Systems products meet the highest quality standards.

“We are proud to partner with companies – including Wilcox– committed to delivering the highest quality products on-time, every time,” said Kim Cadorette, vice president of Operations for BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector. “We look forward to continued collaboration and success.”

The Sons of Liberty Gun Works Warranty

Friday, July 10th, 2020

When you get into the top tier rifle companies you have a high performance expectation. At that level, the guns really do work.

Sometimes what truly separates those brands is the end user support.

A SOLGW Rifle is forever.

Quantico Tactical Showcases ATAK Enabled Gear from Safran Optics 1

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Aberdeen, North Carolina – July 9, 2020– Quantico Tactical®, the largest North Carolina based federal contractor, is proud to showcase ATAK enabled devices for the dismounted soldier.

Quantico Tactical® has been a longstanding partner with Safran Optics 1. Together these two companies are teaming to offer the latest in Android Tactical Assault Kit, ATAK, enabled devices. ATAK is an app-based technology that identifies and views teammates, targets, and route points. Operators can also see points of interest, such as terrain, topographical elements, and even weather.

The Optics 1 Enhanced Clip-On Thermal Imager, ECOTI, provides unmatched detection capability and situational awareness by adding a long wave infrared thermal overlay on the user’s night vision device, NVD. The ECOTI is a low power consuming thermal sensor that mounts to existing NVD’s.  The ECOTI has a Heads Up Display, HUD, that provides real-time, geo-referenced navigation information.  When combined with an Android device, the NVD becomes a remote display for identifying teammates, targets, and route points.

The Optics 1 Enhanced Clip-On SWIR Imager, ECOSI, is bears the same physical design as the ECOTI, yet provides short-wave infrared, SWIR overlay on to the user’s NVD.  It helps see out-of-band short-wave infrared items like strobes, markers, beacons, and other devices. The ECOSI also integrates augmented reality through the use of ATAK.

“ATAK is a game-changer for properly relaying information,” said Rett Vandenberg, C4ISR Category Manager for Quantico Tactical. “Having the right devices that connect via ATAK can dramatically change the battlefield.”

The Pocket Laser Rangefinder, PLRF25C, is a reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting device, also by Optics 1 that provides accurate distance and angle measurement. The PLRF25C is a small, lightweight, and ruggedized laser rangefinder that connects via Bluetooth® to wirelessly transmit distance, azimuth, inclination, horizontal distance and vertical distance to a target. The ATAK unit will automatically populate the target location information on the ATAK map.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Fast Rope Mit

Friday, July 10th, 2020

FirstSpear is at it again this Friday showing us the first look at an enhanced capability for the modern warfighter, the FRM – Fast Rope Mit. You might have seen prototypes and field samples at SHOT Show with the very distinctive lobster claw design, now we are getting to see what the final product will look like.

Right off the bat this glove is 100% Berry Compliant featuring all American “roper” cow leather and ultra high performance Kovenex providing greatly enhanced cut, tear, and thermal resistance for Fast Rope Insertions up to 90 feet (27.4 meters). Ultra soft on the hand and double layered in key points with a firmer grain and texture on the exterior of the palm. Reinforced button holes allow for quick and easy carabiner or snap hook attachment.

The FRM can be worn all on its own or over the top of your OG shooters glove for even greater protection. FirstSpear designed the Fast Rope Mit with several key features to increase the lethality of the operator. For example, the advanced two finger pattern allows the user to rapidly expose the trigger finger to engage a firearm with out removing the entire glove saving valuable seconds when coming off the rope. Additionally, the FRM can be flipped off the hand and retained further down the wrist with the second elastic strap allowing for total freedom from the glove without the possibility of losing it in rotor wash.

As you would expect, FS used overbuilt construction techniques with highly advanced materials, all balanced for weight and performance for the most demanding end users. The FRM is currently in production and delivery to FS Professional Users domestically and worldwide. Commercial availability for individual purchase is set for end of August. 100% American Made with USA materials.

Garmin Introduces New Solar Versions of Tactical Watches

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Garmin has introduced new solar versions of their Instinct Solar Tactical Edition, tactix Delta Solar Edition, and tactix Delta Solar Edition with Ballistics. This is a great upgrade that will aid those who wear these wrist mounted computers in the field.

However, let’s to be clear that this isn’t going to run your watch indefinitely. It’s just going to extend its battery life between proper charging. For instance, they claim the tactix Delta will go 21 days indoors and up to 24 with direct sunlight, but that’s not using the apps at the rate someone in the field would.

Instinct Solar Tactical Edition

The Instinct can be paired with an inReach device (sold separately; active satellite subscription required) to view and send messages, get weather alerts on your wrist and trigger an SOS to the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team.

tactix Delta Solar Edition

The tactix Delta displays maps right in your wrist.

There’s also a Kill Switch which wipes the memory, right on the spot.

tactix Delta – Solar Edition with Ballistics

Same watch as the tactix Delta, but with the inclusion of Applied Ballistics software.

Common Features

First off, all of these smart watches incorporate an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.

Each of the models is built to Mil-Std 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters). They also incorporate a Night Vision mode, with a face designed to be read under NODs as well as Stealth mode which prevents storing and sharing your GPS position and disables wireless connectivity and communication.

Additionally, all three models accept GPS, GLONASS and Galileo signals so even with signal degradation (either natural or intentional) your odds of accessing accurate point data is pretty good. You’ll see both universal transverse mercator (UTM) and the military grid reference system (MGRS) points on your screen.

Finally, you’ll have access to all of apps you’ve come to expect from Garmin, including Jumpmaster, Fitness tracking, Pulse Ox, Heart Rate, and Stress Tracking.

Available now. We always recommend that SSD readers buy their Garmin devices through Strohman Enterprise.

IceVents Aero by Qore Performance

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

STERLING, VA – Consistent with their commitment to continually press the limits of design to enhance operator performance through thermoregulation, Qore Performance released to the public this week the IceVents Aero, their latest innovation in padding and ventilating load carriage systems.  Inspired by the aerodynamic profile of Formula One cars and the SpaceX Falcon 9/Crew Dragon, IceVents Aero use the same honeycomb thermoplastic elastomer from their popular IceVents Classic, but in a streamlined shape that removes all excess material.

The lighter-weight IceVents Aero prevent chafing on the neck when worn with low collar shirts and reduce fatigue on shoulders in the highest performance and lightest weight minimalist plate carriers and rucksacks. They also reduce chafing and bulk around the hips under a duty belt.

IceVents Aero are universally compatible with every plate carrier system on the market, and are compatible with many rucksacks and assault packs as well. 

IceVents Aero are available as a pair for shoulder strap venting and padding, or as part of combination sets with IceVents Classic to cover duty belt padding and torso ventilation with the IceVents Classic used as pontoon-style padding inside the plate bag.  IceVents Aero are available in Black and in AR 670-1 compliant Coyote Tan. More detail is available at

Unity Tactical Announces the New and Improved SPARK Marking Light is Now Available and Shipping

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

SPARK is a personal identification/marking light in a small footprint. Originally designed for industrial safety applications, SPARK is a practically unnoticeable addition to helmets, plate carriers, chest rigs, or virtually any item requiring illuminated visual identification.

Purposely simple, SPARK’s bright LED is easily activated by pressing its center to cycle between constant-on/blink/off and features a positive click for tactile feedback. SPARK is fully encapsulated in a flexible silicone body, making it water and damage resistant and backed with Velcro for ready placement.

SPARK is perfect for active IFF on helmets, vehicles, K9’s, and other kit. It is affordable enough to be issued by large agencies and units. Disposable with 200+ hour runtime.


WTF Insert 401 for Spiritus Systems Micro Fight Chassis Mk4

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

WTF’s Insert 401 accepts three 556 mags or similar. Insert 401 is intended for use in Spiritus Systems Micro Fight Chassis Mk4. Insert 401 has hook on the front and back.

Insert 401 is manufactured in the USA using milspec, Berry compliant, solution dyed fabrics. MIL-W-5664, solution dyed, elastic holds mags snug against a Hypalon friction pad for a well balance retention. 

MIL-T-5038 webbing loops are ready to receive optional shock cord and pull tabs should additional retention be desired. Milspec hook front and back hold securely inside loop lined platforms. 

Abrasion resistant MIL-DTL-32439 TIII 500D nylon lines the interior. All of this is stitched together by skilled labor with A-A-59826A bonded nylon thread to produce a tough, lightweight part.

Made in the USA. 2.1oz / 60g. Available in MultiCam, coyote brown, ranger green, and wolf grey.