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Caveat Emptor – Counterfeit Tourniquets Are Still An Issue

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We first mentioned counterfeit Combat Application Tourniquets back in 2010 and they had already been a problem for awhile. Recently, there has been a rash of these fake products showing up in various supply chains of law enforcement and first responder agencies. For example, this clinical bulletin was issued just this week by the New Hampshire Department of Safety.


According to North American Rescue, they’ve identified six different counterfeit CATs.  While this link offers a great comparison between a genuine CAT and a counterfeit, the simplest thing to check is the windlass.  If it isn’t stiff, ask for a real one.  

Caveat Emptor – Seconds/Counterfeit PenCott Fabric

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Bottom Line Up Front
The only truly authentic, genuine, first-quality PenCott fabrics are the ones that that have been or are being sold by Hyde Definition, MMI Textiles or Tacticaltrim.

Hyde Definition recently issued an alert regarding both the sale of seconds quality as well as counterfeit fabrics.


For example, this garment sewn in a Crye Precision combat uniform style is made from seconds quality GreenZone fabric. These are ejected off-color and other types of ‘second-quality’ PenCott camouflage fabric which have turned up on eBay and other online wholesale outlets being sold as good quality material. Some customers have already been duped by the low prices on the per-yard fabric and/or by low shipping rates.

If its not genuine first-quality fabric, there could be one or more problems with it – such as; the colors being off, the colors will fade quickly, the fabric will shrink too much when its washed, etc.

Counterfeits on the other hand are originating in China, Indonesia and Ukraine. These are unauthorized reproductions of genuine fabrics. Aside from being thievery, these fabrics suffer from indistinct prints, incorrect colors, and low quality substrate fabrics. Once again, buy fabric from legitimate sources to ensure quality.

Hyde Definition is pursuing legal action against the counterfeiters, and has pledged to take action against any retailer who offers finished goods made from these counterfeit fabrics.

For full details visit www.hydedefinition.com.

More On The Tactical Chaplain

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Turns out, the Tactical Chaplain who recently reached out to a prominent tactical gear producer for T&E samples, actually represents ‘usasoc’ not ‘USASOC’. It looks as though ‘usasoc’ is a “Christian men’s ministry serving the special operations community” that is based in Quantico, Virginia. Considering this, I’m not even sure at this point if he’s actually even in the service.

Yes, we know who he is now, and no, we aren’t going to share his name publicly. I’m not one to undermine confidence in the clergy. Not when guys like this work so hard to do it to themselves. However, if you are in industry and have been contacted by a Tactical Chaplain from usasoc or for that matter anyone with a usasoc.us email, hit me up and I’ll verify the name.

This just gets better and better.

Caveat Emptor – Leupold Counterfeit Warning

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Leupold put out a warning detailing a recent surge of counterfeit Mark 4 and Prismatic riflescopes. The scopes’ apparent origin is the People’s Republic of China, and bear many of the marks and trade dress of current Leupold & Stevens riflescopes. If a scope seems suspect, the serial number can be called in to 1-800-LEUPOLD to confirm its authenticity. The counterfeit scopes can also be identified by several characteristics not found on authentic Leupold scopes, as seen in the images below.

Counterfeit Mark 4

Counterfeit Prismatic


Caveat Emptor – Why Don’t You…Redux

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

This article was originally published just last November. An email I received the other day reminded me of it so I thought I’d share it again. The bottom line here is scientific method. It’s boring, and expensive and time consuming, but it’s how you test accurately. Now data interpretation is an entirely different ball of wax, but you’ve got to get there first.

We get email all of the time from readers asking why we don’t test this or that. There’s two simple reasons.

First, we do the news and we don’t have enough bandwidth to do proper test & evaluations which leads us to the second point. We don’t have the access to the right facilities and equipment to conduct proper tests.

We see folks all over the internet throwing products on their charcoal grills saying they are conducting burn tests or taking their latest gucciflauge out in the back yard to snap a couple of photos and saying they are testing camouflage or worse yet, shooting a ballistic material at a random range with some random gun. In all cases, they are wrong. All they are doing is making noise and, filling their reader’s heads full of nonsense that in some cases is libelous and in others downright dangerous.

Our editor actually conducted test & evaluation for DoD and later, after he retired from the military for commercial companies. Consequently, he knows how it is supposed to be done and, that is why you won’t see us doing it. If we aren’t going to do it right, we aren’t going to do it at all.

So, next time you see an internet “test” conducted by amateurs, ask them what qualifies them to conduct that test. Ask to see their test plan and their data collection schema. Ask them how many times they conducted the test and how they ensured that the tests were conducted properly and consistently. We could go on and on but quite frankly, question one will stump them.

Not only are there folks posting this nonsense on the internet but they are taking money from unsuspecting companies. Before you pay someone to conduct RDT&E for your company ask them what qualifies them to do this. There’s an old saying in SOCOM, “Don’t confuse enthusiasm with capability.” There are tons of former end-users out there but DoD’s T&E community isn’t very big. Verify credentials.

Caveat Emptor – War Bungee

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

There is a company overseas that is unlawfully using the names War Sport, War Sport Industries and War Bungee and are even using the actual War Sport logo and watermarks. They’re selling a predictably poor copy of the War Bungee (not a huge surprise, since they knock off many other Made in the USA products).

As always, make sure you know who you are buying from. If the item is surprisingly inexpensive, it’s probably not legit. All parts, pieces and labor involved in the Suppressor Sock and War Bungee from War Sport are made in the USA. Ensure you purchase them from War Sport directly or from an authorized dealer.

The real War Sport "War Bungee".


Caveat Emptor – ‘Replica’ Magpul MS3 Sling

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Yes, it’s true. If someone builds something, someone else is more than happy to copy it and turn a quick buck. Lately, Magpul has been getting knocked off. This time it’s their Multi Mission Sling System. You’ve really got to be careful with this one. They’ve even done a good job of counterfeiting the packaging. The top photo features a counterfeit package and the lower photo depicts a real sling from Magpul.

As always, if a deal’s too good to be true; it is. Buy your kit from authorized dealers.

Caveat Emptor – Counterfeit Dueck Defense RTS Sights

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Be aware, there are currently a number of counterfeit Dueck Defense RTS Sights currently being sold on eBay, apparently being marketed at the MilSim community (no, not interested in an all-encompassing “Airsofters are evil” diatribe). We first mentioned the Dueck RTS in Dec of 2010. Effectively, they can work as backup sights or as dedicated transition sights for close in targets when your carbine is equipped with a scope. In fact, the RTS replicates the M16-style front and rear sight system many are used to from their time training with issue weapons just mounted on a 45 deg offset.

If you’re looking to purchase one, ensure you are getting the real thing. Dueck Defense RTS Sights are made in the USA and are ISO Certified.  You can find the real thing on the Dueck Defense website or through SureFire.

Here’s a video of the sights in action:

-DR with input from GS