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FirstSpear Friday Focus— Comm Pack

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Based off of the popular Exigent Circumstance Pack, the Comm Pack offers a distinctly urban style. The zippered main compartment offers ample storage for a wide variety of communications devices or other equipment and the cable access ports are discreetly located. Inside, there’s a padded laptop sleeve and zippered mesh pocket.

• Discrete backpack
• Distinct urban feel
• Internal laptop sleeve
• 2 Sizes: 980 cu in or 1800 cu in

The pack incorporates padded shoulder straps with QR buckles as well as a low profile, padded haul loop handle at the top of the pack. The mesh, padded back of the pack offers the distinctive FirstSpear logo stitched design. Each side of the pack features a mesh pocket for water bottles or other items. There is also an exterior, beavertail-style flap with dual zippered compartments for quick storage. Additionally, there is a flat zippered pocket at the front of the pack under the flap.

The Comm Pack is available in Black, Blue/Silver, Ranger Green/Coyote and the Ripstop Light Grey.

Check out the Comm Pack at www.first-spear.com/comm-pack-and-comm-pack-large

FirstSpear Friday Focus: TTPOA

Friday, April 9th, 2021

FirstSpear attends Texas Tactical Police Officers Association (TTPOA) in Dallas, Texas, April 7-9, 2021. The mission of the Texas Tactical Police Officer’s Association is to provide an exchange of ideas and information within the field of tactics and operations in police work.

In addition to classroom seminars, TTPOA also offers hands on training courses and live range demos.

FirstSpear is a proud platinum sponsor of TTPOA.

Check out TTPOA.org and first-spear.com.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: OEM Spotlight Tuff Possum Gear

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

It’s Friday and this week is our second installment of our OEM Partner Series. We’ll take a look at an OEM company that FS has partnered with and the equipment they produce. Today we are checking out an all-American company, Tuff Possum Gear.

How has Tuff Possum grown over the years?

When we launched as a brand in the fall of 2017, it was just me, Jayberry, with a small sewing machine on the kitchen table and a few rolls of fabric, webbing, etc. We grew exponentially, until we reached some serious chokepoints in our growth towards the summer of 2019. We needed to scale our production and incorporate design elements involving things like laser cut laminates, but being self-funded meant those things were difficult to do in the timeframe and budget we had. So we started looking around for a manufacturing partner who would have the infrastructure to help catapult us forward.

There are options for private label manufacturing all around the world, how did you find us and why did you ultimately choose FirstSpear OEM manufacturing?

We first found FirstSpear through another OEM customer of theirs, Hill People Gear. I have used Hill People gear products for years, and I trust the judgement of the fine folks at HPG when it comes to human character. We talked to a number of industry folks, toured the factory in Fenton, Missouri, and were impressed by not just the dedication to quality and innovation, but the professionalism of the people as well.

Why was Made in the USA important to the brand?

For one, I know that FirstSpear and the wonderful men and women working there share the same ideologies as we do; namely the importance of life and liberty. Of the freedom to build and grow. To create value and be rewarded for it.

As such, I know that the employees are well taken care of and are working in a professional, healthy environment. I know that we can trust our manufacturing partners and that it is merely a few hours drive to visit the factory in person. It is important to me that I am supporting American jobs and a robust domestic manufacturing culture, when we are surrounded by a world that seems bent on becoming even more fragile and dependent on our nation’s enemies for our supply chain.

I also have a strong sense of gratitude for the land and the country that has given us so much. Despite its flaws, it has stood as a bastion for freedom and righteousness in a world of darkness. And it is truly a land of opportunity. A land that has been fertile ground for generations of our forefathers. American manufacturing is important to us as a way of giving back. Of supporting the industry, the grit and tenacity, the people, and the families that compose this great country.

Why was the Shackleton EDC Satchel created? Can you dive into the relationship between that and the Med Pouch?

The Shackleton EDC Satchel was the result of 8 years of filling the need for a compact shoulder bag to carry the tools that make life flow smoothly and solve problems when they arise, after the manner of the “possibles bags” of frontier trappers or the famous Indiana Jones, World War II era gas mask bag.

It needed to be clean and unassuming on the outside, with the right balance of organizational pockets and freedom of modular customization. Partnering with FirstSpear allowed us to take advantage of their 6/12 laser cut, velcro compatible laminates. We put a full width panel of it across the back of the Shackleton’s interior, allowing the customer to use any manner of PALS/MOLLE pouches, velcro hook backed pouches, as well as clip smaller items such as flashlights, pens, knives, etc. in the loops.

We believe in being prepared to protect the innocent and save a life if need be. This means not just having the tools to stop a threat, but having the tools to patch up an injured person, whether that is from a deadly force encounter or a motorcycle accident. The Med Pouch is the result of my need for a removable “pod” that would hold a solid selection of items to address massive hemorrhaging and airway on a trauma victim (ie. tourniquet, compressed gauze for wound packing, compact chest seals, NPA, gloves, etc.), and attach via velcro to the inside of the Shackleton EDC Satchel or any Velcro loop lined bag.

Always at hand and always ready to “rip” out and go to work. The Med Pouch  was an instant hit and is still one of my favorite pieces of gear when paired with the Shackleton.

What sets your products apart from others on the market?

Customer involvement and feedback combined with our commitment to high standards of quality and design, make for a winning recipe. Rather than some corporate designer in an ivory tower, our gear is the result of “boots on ground” real world experience and needs.

As the main product designer and owner/operator of Tuff Possum Gear, I “keep my hands dirty.” Using gear, talking directly with the customers, and always on the lookout for ways to improve. That affects every aspect of our products from customer service to design to quality control and culture.

What’s your company’s motto and what can we expect from Tuff Possum in the future?

“Equipping you with trustworthy adventure gear, built for those who GO places and DO.”

We have traditionally been a soft goods company and had an absolutely amazing year in 2020, doubling in growth and launching many of our now signature pieces (many manufactured by FirstSpear). Looking back, it was really building out a foundation for this year. Now we are broadening our horizons and adding a host of new designs. You can expect not only a variety of new nylon goods, but also a selection of designs in the tools and hardware category, from pack hanging hooks to lockpicks and even a knife design or two.

For more information, check out tuffpossumgear.com/shop.

For more information about FirstSpear and OEMs, contact [email protected].

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Limited Quantities Stratton Flannel Blowout

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Limited quantities, sizes and colors in stock of Stratton Flannels. This year’s flannels are 100% American made in heavier 9 ounce weight and there are also some of last year’s flannels in 4 ounce weight.

Act now before they’re gone. Limited time only— 10% Stratton Flannels use code FLANNEL10 at checkout.

Premium construction with oversized breast pockets, exterior hang loop, and two button closure on forearm and cuff. They are machine washable and oversized to accommodate 3% shrinkage after a few cycles in the wash. Please note that the Stratton Flannel is an oversized design, step down one size from your normal T-shirt size for a standard fit.

Promo Code expires March 28, 2021 at 11:59pm. Only orders using promo code will receive the discount.

For more information about FirstSpear, check out www.first-spear.com/stratton-flannel-7385.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: FS Will Attend ADS Take Your Best Shot

Friday, March 19th, 2021

FirstSpear will attend ADS’ Take Your Best SHOT at Lost Rhino Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia, on March 25th, 2021. Attendees will be able to network with industry leading suppliers and learn about the latest and greatest products at each their respective booths. We look forward to being able to showcase some of our new products and technology.

“With most trade shows being predominantly virtual this spring, we appreciate ADS’ efforts to make an in-person exhibition possible,” said Ronnie Fowlkes Vice President of Business Development at FirstSpear.

Qualified attendees include active duty military, federal, state and local government agencies, law enforcement, and first responders. Military and government attendees must present official government-issued identification.

For more information about FirstSpear, check out www.first-spear.com.

For more information about Take Your Best Shot, check out events.adsinc.com.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Admin Pockets

Friday, March 12th, 2021

FS’s passion lies in our unapologetic commitment to elite professionals and the continuous development of disruptive innovation and technologies designed to pass the ultimate test. Enter our admin pocket series. Details matter. Gear selection matters. Get yours squared away on your load carriage systems with our admin pockets.

Grid Reference Pocket Guide Organizer

The FS Grid Reference Guide (GRG) Organizer Pocket is a handy tool for utilizing status cards, target photos, or other key data needed in hard copy. Military-Spec elastic webbing keepers can hold pens, wax pencils, and more. A small stretch pocket will hold items roughly the size of a battle dressing. Items are secured by an integrated hook & loop flap with a loop exterior field for attachment of patches. The clear area inside the GRG Organizer can be marked on with alcohol pens, wax pencil, and more. Available in black, coyote, multicam and ranger in 6/9 or 6/12 attachment.

Mini Admin Pocket

The popular FirstSpear Admin pocket has been adjusted to fit and work with the newer Amphibian and Maritime armor carriers. This pocket works great on previously designed armor carriers as well. It comes in 6/9 and 6/12 attachment options. There is also loop field on the front for cell tags, patches, or anything else you may want to attach. Available in black, coyote, multicam and ranger.


Ragnar Mini Admin

This flat pocket is hook backed for fast attachment or removal from various loop based FirstSpear platforms. Based on the original FS Admin Pocket, the Ragnar Mini Admin will fit just about anywhere and provide simple storage for a variety of smaller sized items. It has a hook and loop closure system and 6/12 material on the front. Available in black, manatee, multicam, ranger and coyote.


For more information check out, www.first-spear.com/pockets.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Contractor Bag

Friday, March 5th, 2021

This week we are focusing on the Contractor Bag and Rolling Frame. Need help getting your gear squared away and contained? Enter the Contractor Bag. It’s a staple for law enforcement and military, and anyone interested in high-quality, American made gear bag for travel, backcountry hunting or your next expedition.

The bag features top loading through a large generous zipper closed portal and has reinforced secured handles that can be used to offset the pull of the bag behind you so as not to clip your heels or for those times when you find yourself pulling two. Since all of the FirstSpear end users we’ve talked to claim to have never used it in raids or ambushes, we decided to release it in some more travel-friendly colors.

The frame is engineered to be lightweight and durable and features two wheels to help you maneuver.

Dimensions:
Width: 16”
Depth: 11.5” at the top 12.5” at the bottom
Length: 36”

*interior open and pictured with FS Sherpas inside — sold separately*

The Contractor Bag is available in black, manatee and rust.

For more information check out, www.first-spear.com/contractor-bag-and-rolling-frame.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: OEM Spotlight Boydd Products

Friday, February 26th, 2021

It’s Friday and we’re kicking off the first FirstSpear OEM Partner Series of 2021. We’ll take a look at an OEM company that FS has partnered with and the equipment they produce. Today we are checking out American equipment company, Boydd Products.


How did Boydd Products get its start?
Boydd Products, Inc. was founded in 2015 by retired Police Sergeant James Boydd to provide law enforcement agencies direct distributor access to quality protective equipment at an affordable price. Boydd Products is a proud distributor for AVON Protection’s line of APR’s (Air Purifying Respirators) and Ceradyne brand ballistic helmets. Boydd Products is also a distributor for 3M Peltor and Paulson Manufacturing. In addition to distribution, Boydd Products has designed and developed its own line of products to include the patented rifle rated Compact Response Shields, Pat-Down Props training kits, and NIJ compliant rifle rated armor plates.

What new products do you have for 2021?
In 2021, Boydd Products has designed and will be releasing three new products to include: the new, patent-pending armored flip panel extension accessory for the rifle rated ballistic Compact Response Shield (CRS21), an innovative new patented straight baton for riot control and patrol use, and the Advanced Riot Shield (ARS) designed specifically for mounted units (motors, bicycle, and equestrian teams), allowing the shield to be stored on the user’s upper back, yet quickly deployable.


There are options for private label manufacturing all around the world, how did you find us and why did you ultimately choose FirstSpear OEM manufacturing?
We were already familiar with FirstSpear as we attend many of the same trade shows and conferences. Our experiences with the FirstSpear trade show staff have always been friendly, helpful and positive. Additionally, many of our existing customers utilize FirstSpear products and highly recommended them. For our OEM project we reached out to three different manufacturers to evaluate quality, durability, production capabilities and affordability. In mid-2020, Boydd Products made a trip to FirstSpear in Fenton, Missouri, and took a tour of the facility to see their operation firsthand. Besides producing a superior product, what impressed us the most was FirstSpear’s genuine interest in our product and their commitment to meet the detailed manufacturing needs of the OEM customer. This attention to detail resulted in minimal revisions during prototyping. The prototypes were high quality and produced in a short period of time. The choice was easy.

Why was Made in the USA important to the brand?
First of all, we know that when a product is made in the USA it creates jobs at U.S. factories. These jobs help support communities and provide more opportunities for the American worker. We are proud to contribute to that process. Also, having direct oversight here in the U.S. is a plus when it comes to managing quality control. When it comes to textiles and tactical gear, no one does it better than here in the U.S.


What sets your product apart from others on the market?
There are many great ballistic shield designs available from a variety of top notch manufacturers. Each are designed with a specific purpose. The rifle rated Boydd Compact Response Shield differs in that it is generally more compact (hence its name), lighter weight (7.5 lb. and 10 lb. panels) and modular in design. This fast moving, center mass ballistic shield can be carried and utilized by first responders and warfighters of varying sizes and strengths with less fatigue. When not in use, the shield can be slung and secured high on the user’s back. It can also be transported and quickly deployed from a vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or other confined area. The 6/12 FirstSpear Molle webbing and Velcro allows for attachments such as shield lights, medical kits, ammunition pouches, and weapon support brackets. An additional armored flip panel accessory can be attached to increase the area of coverage if desired (CRS21). The Boydd Compact Response Shield is available in 21” and 26” sizes and can be ordered in a variety of colors (Ranger Green, Black, Coyote, multicam & other custom patterns).

Why did you choose FS technology?
The CRS shield cover is built using FirstSpear’s 6/12 Modular Platform Technology. This technology has already been proven in the field and has been utilized by tactical teams all over the world for years. In addition, this platform provides our customers a newer and lighter weight version of our previous shield cover without sacrificing strength and durability.

For more information, check out www.boyddshield.com.

For more information about FirstSpear and OEMs, contact [email protected].