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Detonation Technology – STS-6 Shock Tube System

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Setting a breach is inevitably the moment when shock tube turns against you. For a small interior breach shock tube (or NONEL) is manageable, only needing to be 12′ or 15′ long. But when large wall charges and EOD energetic tools are needed that standoff isn’t enough, and 75′ of shock tube can make an impressive rats nest.

Enter the Detonation Technology STS-6. The shock tube is spun on a collapsing mandrel in a hand held drill, then the clam shell case is snapped on and the mandrel is removed. An M-81 or other igniter is attached to the outside, and the “live” end spools out from the middle. It is virtually impossible to get tangled.


Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Although it’s been around for awhile now, I first saw the TRMR E2 in SERT’s booth when I stopped by to check out the Sentinel Pack.

The TRMR E2 is a reusable diversionary device. What makes it stand out from others is that it has received a determination from the BATFE that on its own, it is NOT a Destructive Device. Available in 12 and 20 gauge, it can be loaded with Nitro Propellant (not explosive nor gunpowder), Magnesium Oxide, or Magnesium.  Not only does this make it safer and easier to store, transport, train and use, but also makes it less expensive to employ since it is reusable.

It’s a two part cylindrical device manufactured from metal components. The main body is available in a number of colors including black, grey and blue. Each unit is engraved with a unique serial number on a flattened surface of the main body. The TRMR E2 design addresses a number of critical shortcomings against currently available items improving in key areas.

This new device helps familiarize operators with diversionary devices and is an effective audible and visual distraction with temporary stun effect.
3-Stage Safety System – The fastest deployable & reloadable inertia device on the market.

3-Stage Safety System – The fastest deployable & reloadable inertia device on the market.

No Pins or Levers to Lose – Incorporating the “Twist to Arm” Safety System which provides up to 50% reduction time on deployment.

Inertia Recoil Firing System – Allows for successful discharge of munitions.

In the UK there are four loads available for the TRMRs and ALL have been tested and classified as 1.4S (regular ammo). However these are months out before they will receive determinations from BATF. Loads need to also be determined to be non-destructive which will then make it easier for the procurement, storage and transportation of these by LE.

US loads tested last week have an output of 172db and 1.5 mil candelas @ 7 feet.  These US loads already have non-destructive determinations so no waiting for that. In essence, the 20mm (12GA) TRMRs and these new loads will be made available for sale before the end of March.

Integrity Tactical Solutions – Mini Quick Saw

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

I ran into Integrity Tactical Solutions during SHOT Show in the LBT booth who makes their bags. This Southern California-based company actually specializes in breaching equipment. While they showed me several of their pieces of equipment, I though this Mini Quick Saw would be a great place to start.  It’s a component of their extrication kit.  


Yes, it’s a modified commercial product but its not just a paint job. The 3.9 kg Mini Quick Saw is a cordless cut-off machine with a 230 mm cutting wheel for wet cutting, suitable for indoor and outdoor use up to 70 mm cutting depth. It also has a spindle lock and maintenance-free beltdrive and is powered by a Lithium-Ion PRO AP 300 (18mins). Finally, the saw emits 114dB.

-Eric Graves

Post SHOT Show Wrapup – CGS Group Pandora Firing Device

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

A government customer approached Artesia, New Mexico-based CGS Group to create a replacement for the current issue Mk 54 Mod 1 firing device. Although, they have concentrated for the past decade on crafting highly accurate long range rifles, they gave it a go. The result is the PANDORA, a Handheld Dual Firing Device, the safest, most user friendly mechanical firing device in existance today. Safety was paramount in the concept phase as the Mk 54 can be dangerous to use. CSG Group integrated a simple, easy-to-use design into a compact, 4.4375″ x 2.5″ x 0.875” envelope that weighs in at just 9.4 ounces.

PANDORA is simple to assemble/disassemble, easy to clean, and features a unique modular design. Remove two T9 Torx screws on the rear of the device and push in the guide rod protruding into the rear plate and slide the rear plate out of the device. The guide rod/spring, trigger pack, and mounting plate will slide out of the housing allowing you to slide in a different mounting plate for various methods of attachment and features.

Mounting plates are available which will attach the PANDORA to a pole arm for breaching windows or similar stand oV use, for mounting to a MIL-STD-1913 rail, for attaching two PANDORA devices back to back, or for a plate with Velcro or similar for attaching to a plate carrier. PANDORA will fit in an M16 magazine pouch for carriage and the Pic Rail plate can be carried on a carbine’s rail or on your kit via an ITW Pic Rail to PALS Adapter. A rear plate is also available which features a non-electric shock tube cutter.

Below, you can see PANDORA paired with the issue Mk 54 Mod 1 it was designed to replace. When you take a look at the Mk 54, you get an idea of how the decixes work to ignite a charge.

PANDORA is striker fired and offers an immediate restrike capability in case your charge doesn’t detonate on the first try. Just release the trigger and try again as many times as necessary. The enclosed design keeps the works protected from debris and the firing channels are separated with each striker having its own sear for true independant striker movement.

PANDORA has many different safety features. The only time the device is ever cocked is when the user is in the process of firing the device. Using a double action only striker fired method of operation is what allows for this feature. But when it’s not in the process of firing, the strikers don’t rest on the primers of the non electric shock tube. The strikers are constantly held back behind two striker block plungers at all times ensuring the strikers won’t protrude into the primers unless having been immediately fired. As the trigger is being pulled to the rear, near the end of its travel the trigger moves the striker block plungers out of the way of the striker. When the sears in the trigger pack release the strikers they can now go forward and strike the primers uninhibited. Once the strikers hit the primers they are immediately locked back behind the striker block plungers by a striker return spring on each side. These all function to keep the user safe even if the external safety slider switch is in the fire position. PANDORA will never fire unless you want it to fire.

I expect a great deal of interest in PANDORA’s new, safe alternative to the currently issued Mk 54 Mod 1.

Shaddox Tactical – Carrier for Dead On Tools 18 inch Annihilator Wrecking Bar

Monday, February 16th, 2015


Shaddox Tactical originally created this Dead On Tools 18 inch Annihilator wrecking bar carrier for a local tactical team. Retention flap features both Velcro and SR buckle with strap. PALS compatible, it comes with 4 Tactical Tailor short MALICE Clips.


Available in Black, Coyote Brown and Ranger Green.

SHOT Show – Marz Tactical Gear

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This is Marz Tactical Gear’s Universal Breaching Tool Quiver. It’s a straight forward design that is adjustable for a wide variety of Halligan tools on the market thanks to the Velcro straps and removable PVC sleeve.


Additionally, the adjustable shoulder strap is lined with non-slip material to keep it in place.

Tac-Up BV – Tactical Chainsaw

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Tactical Chainsaw

Tac-Up BV is a company based in the Netherlands formed by ex-SOF and SWAT personnel. They’ve developed the Tacical Chainsaw, a powerful and versatile breaching tool which can cut through a wide range of materials including armored glass, steel, stone, and more. The Tactical Chainsaw uses a special chain with a Wolfram carbide hard metal coating, and the blade can be adjusted with an included depth limiter. Also included with the Tactical Chainsaw is a tactical light, heavy duty protection plate, and a non-reflecting “urban grey” coating. Check out the video below to see the Tactical Chainsaw in action.

Tac-Up BV will be visiting SHOT Show this year, so stay tuned for further coverage of the Tactical Chainsaw from the show floor.

SOMA – Atlas Devices

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


The Atlas Tactical Ladder system can be used as a Ladder, Litter and Bridge. Because it is collapsible, it can be jumped and you only need to carry the sections you require. The sections are removable and you can add sections to the 7′ standard length to bring it out to 15′. It has a 350 lbs rating with a 2:1 safety factory, and that’s in the bridge mode!


In addition to integrated handholds the ATL RACC also has an integrated patient packaging harness and vertical/horizontal hoisting bridle.


The multi handle autolocks into various positions and can be used as a pool hook while in the Ladder mode or an offset handle in the Litter mode. You can also turn the litter into a table to get your patient off of the ground or to elevate head or feet.


The ATL RACC can be carried on the MSIG pack we showed you last year via speed clips. However, you can use the MSIG frame to package your patient’s torso and head.