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The Full 9 – Modified Desert Night Parka

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

First off hello to all SSD readers, it’s a great pleasure to be here.

TheFull9 is something I created as a pastime in the form of just discussing interesting gear, uniforms, camo kit and firearms.  Material comes both from my own collection and things that I find on my travels and at shows like SHOT.  One item of military apparel I posted not too long ago was the modified Desert Night parka pictured above and since that time an awful lot of people had asked me how they could go about getting one of their own.  If you happen to be interested in finding out the answer to that question you can follow the link below to my own site for all the details:


The blog entry is also posted here on facebook if you happen to use that platform.

Thanks folks

Max Talk Monday – GEAR: Why, What, How – Building Your Kit for Tactical Operations

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

This is the eighteenth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This Max Talk is a discussion about the concept of equipping yourself for tactical operations. What type of kit to wear and how, why we wear certain equipment and the rationale behind it. This is a general discussion of gear concepts, and will be followed up by further talks on items such as helmet use, and even how to set up a Brit Belt Kit for sustained patrolling operations.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.


Sunday, April 21st, 2019

The 25th of April is ANZAC day for Australia and New Zealand. It is their Memorial Day to remember their falling with a sunrise service, ANZAC biscuits, and beer with brothers and family.  ANZAC day started as a remembrance of the raid on Gallipoli, now it is used as a Remembrance Day for all who have been lost at war. On the 25th April raise a glass to all of our brothers that have helped support us in everything we have done and helped promote freedom in the world. The ANZACs are the only countries that have been with the U.S. in every war we have fought since WW1, to include Vietnam and the Global War on Terror.

ANZAC is the acronym formed from the initial letters of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This was the formation in which Australian and New Zealand soldiers in Egypt were grouped before the landing on Gallipoli in April 1915.

The acronym was first written as “A & NZ Army Corps.” However, clerks in the corps headquarters soon shortened it to ANZAC as a convenient telegraphic code name for addressing telegram messages.

I can never do justice telling the story of Gallipoli. Like most of WW1 and other wars, a lot of mistakes were made in the planning, but they were followed up by a lot of brave man doing whatever they had to do so their brothers would live another day. I have attached a couple links so you can read for yourselves if you don’t already know the story. I have also attached a link about Z Special unit commonly known as Z force. They were the early pioneers of Special Forces in Austral and New Zealand. They were made up of Aussies, Kiwis, Brits, and the Dutch. They conducted raids on the Japanese, using kayaks, submarines and even parachute insertions. They are the forefathers of today’s Australian SASR and New Zealand’s SAS.  








Soldiers, Science, Tech Showcased at Boston Army Week Expo

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

BOSTON — In the early morning hours of Apr. 19, 1775, British troops crossed Boston Harbor intent on seizing military supplies stored by Patriot militiamen in the town of Concord, Mass. It was there, at the Old North Bridge, where the first shot of the American Revolution was fired and subsequently immortalized by American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as the “shot heard round the world.” Two months later, on Jun. 14, the Continental Army was established.

That April day is memorialized in Massachusetts as Patriots’ Day (observed on the third Monday of April) and is known as a time of celebration of the Boston Marathon. In light of this historical significance, it was apropos that the first-ever “Meet Your Army” expo took place during Patriots’ Day Weekend on Apr. 13.

“I was asked a few minutes ago ‘what does it feel like to have the first Army Week in the City of Boston in the history of the Army,'” said Martin J. Walsh, Boston’s 54th mayor. “I said that it’s important that during Patriots’ Day Weekend that we have this expo here on Boston Common, as many men and women lost their lives right here to create the country that we have.”

The day’s rainfall cleared in time for the gathered crowds to see the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, also known as the Black Daggers, perform a parachute jump with the American and MIA/POW flags in tow.

Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe, 43rd adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard–who made quite the entrance as he arrived to the event aboard a UH-72 Lakota helicopter–welcomed expo participants on behalf of his 6,400 Soldiers and 2,200 Airmen. Keefe also presented an American flag that was flown in Afghanistan (and carried down with the Black Daggers) to the City of Boston.

The senior active-duty leader present, Brig. Gen. Vincent Malone, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), said that the past week has been a total Army outreach effort to connect the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ communities and citizens with the Army they may not have met yet, including active-duty Soldiers, the National Guard, and the Army Reserves.

“What a great opportunity to showcase our Army right here in the heart of New England,” said Malone, who is also the senior commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center. “As you walk around here today you will see exhibits from all three components of the Army, as well as Army ROTC, recruiting, special operations, acquisitions, science and technology, and others.

“You may even see some things that surprise you, some things you didn’t know the Army was involved in: robotics, virtual reality, and other science and technologies. The reality is that innovation is an integral part of the Army’s modernization effort, to optimize the performance of our Soldiers so that they fight and win our nation’s battles and come home safely.”

Expo attendees had the opportunity to experience the science and talent behind the Soldier, including gear developed by the Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, including the Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH) and Soldier Protection System (SPS), the Program Executive Office Solider (PEO Soldier) featured equipment including the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-III (ENVG-III), M240 Machine Guns, and M110 Sniper Rifles, a binary game developed by the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber), combat vehicles including a M1126 Stryker, a demonstration by the U.S. Army Drill Team, and performance by the Six-String Soldiers, who played the familiar Boston tune “Sweet Caroline.”

Several members of the public said they had no idea that the Army actively participates in the development of such technology. One college student who is studying engineering said that he was very impressed with the advanced technologies seen at the expo. “People only know of the Army they see in movies, but they never think about the science and tech behind it all,” commented the student.

However impressive, the showstopper was not the military equipment or vehicles or entertainment, but the men and women in uniform and the approximately 40 new recruits who were sworn in during the expo.

“Today I have the opportunity to welcome some of our nation’s finest into the Army family,” said Malone who performed the oath of enlistment.

“You will not make a better choice for your future than raising your right hand and taking that oath,” added Keefe. “You are now less than one percent of the nation who has done what you are going to do.”

Walsh concluded, “To the new recruits, congratulations. You make us very proud here in Boston and New England for standing here today and what you’re about to embark on.

“I want to thank all the men and women in the United States Army for what you do every single day, for putting your lives on the line for us to give us a free nation and a free city. Without you we would not have the freedoms we have as a country. We live in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America, because we have the greatest military in the world that protects us and keeps us safe and keeps us free every single day.”

Story by David Wedemeyer

Photos by SPC Patrick Ferraris from 24th PCH, Steven P. Stover of INSCOM and David Wedemeyer of Natick

FirstSpear Friday Focus – TTPOA

Friday, April 19th, 2019

The TTPOA SWAT Conference is a massive exchange of ideas and information within the field of tactics and operations in Police work, complete with a vendor range day on Wednesday the 24th, a Trade Show on the 25th and 26th, combined with training courses and live range demos. Check out FirstSpear Law Enforcement offerings at booth B12/13 next week in San Marcos, Texas.


Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Julbo Explorer 2.0

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

High mountaineering is changing and the same is true for Julbo’s flagship model. More ergonomic, better ventilation and is slimmer and more stylish. The Explorer 2.0 has reached new summits in performance.

These glacier sunglasses are designed for extreme conditions without any compromise. The Explorer 2.0 boasts large coverage, removable shields and 360 degree adjustable temples so it can be moves in all directions, under a helmet over a hat or on the head, the frames are held in place.  The high protection lenses ensure maximum protection from sunlight in extreme conditions.

The exclusive soft-comfort material on the temples that doesn’t stick to hair, giving perfect grip and comfort and the wide lens surface allows for maximum field of vision.

The Julbo Explorer 2.0 sunglasses are the complete solution to mountaineers wanting improved eyewear whether it be to summit mountains or hike up peaks.

For more information contact international@brigantes.com

Or for UK sales contact warrior@brigantes.com



SPARTANAT: CONCAMO and HK G95K in the field

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Every camouflage pattern is only just as good as its application. CONCAMO is new, was presented during IWA 2018 and is going its way ever since: this time straight to Heckler & Koch. During a joint photoshoot with the German weapons manufacturer on their own testing grounds, not only the best gear in CONCAMO was being used. It also featured two special main characters: G27 and G95 (pictured below), as well as some other newcomers…

CONCAMO has already come so far to be “operational”. Both men are fully equipped. And in the course of this article we will reveal step by step what you can see on the pictures. For starters the new G95 for the German Special Forces. The HK416A7 is going to be adopted by the KSK as well as the frogmen.

The bigger brother is the G27, which is already in use by the Bundeswehr. Using the nomenclature of Heckler & Koch, it is a HK417. This weapon is not only available as DMR, but also as equipment for the Special Forces with a higher calibre.

What we also see with this wonderful new pictures is, how CONCAMO blends into the natural environment. The camouflage pattern feels right at home in the forest with all its different facets. The G27 is equipped with the Elcan Specter DR for calibre 7,62.

Moss and leaves, the play of the light. The marksman in CONCAMO nearly disappears on the surface of a clearing at the testing grounds of Heckler & Koch

At the border of the forest both men are nearly invisible as well – without any additional means of camouflage. If you want to know more about the background of CONCAMO: here is our Interview with Matthias Bürgin, who developed the pattern.

This camouflage makes also use of the underground in the freshly cut forest. Even if both men are standing, they are hard to recognize at first glance. CONCAMO works how camouflage is supposed to: it blurs the outlines.

Even the brown forest soil has no issues with the new camouflage pattern. If you want to see more field tests with CONCAMO: CONCAMO in the field 1. And here: field test 2.

The uniform worn by both of the pictured test persons is the new Striker Gen. 2 by UF PRO. It was already presented by SPARTANAT here. The set is available directly from UF PRO: Here the CONCAMO page of UF PRO.

Not everyone wants to show their faces, we understand that… Camouflage materials for advanced users are being provided by NONVIDE – we looked at their first products during IWA 2019. The mask is made of a very thin material, which does not obstruct breathing. The camouflage effect however, is obvious.

There is no soldier without a backpack. The one on the users back is the Modular 30 pack by Tasmanian Tiger – we discovered the very first piece as a unicorn during Shot Show 2019 in Las Vegas. The backpack is being reviewed at our site. The CONCAMO version will be available from June 2019 – here we can show you some more pictures, exclusively for you.

In fact, not after a shootout, but after a shooting: men without the mask. Matthias Bürgin (left) is the man behind CONCAMO. With him: Ripperkon, the well-known German blogger on gear, climber and photographer. As a result of CONCAMO being so good in blurring outlines, you can only see at second glance that both of them are wearing full kit. The plate carrier is from md-textil.

Here you can see the detailed pictures from IWA 2019:

CONCAMO on the internet: www.concamo.com

Heckler & Koch on the internet: www.heckler-koch.com

SPARTANAT on the internet: www.spartanat.com

The secret star is the HK416A7 of Heckler & Koch, however. Pictured with the new HK polymer magazines by the way. The G95 will be handed out to German Special Forces soon. We are providing the current status of the G95 HERE.


Fort Campbell Team Places First in 2019 Best Sapper Competition

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The 13th annual Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition concluded with an awards ceremony Thursday on Gammon Field.

In a heavily-contested race to earn the title as the next Best Sapper, Capt. John Baer and 1st Lt. Terence Hughes representing Team 17 from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, emerged as this year’s top-placing team.

Top finishers were:

1st Place — Team 17: Capt. John Baer, 1st Lt. Terence Hughes, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky;

2nd Place — Team 16: Staff Sgt. Lucas Tucker, 1st Lt. Sabin Vaira, 27th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina;

3rd Place — Team 6: Capt. Erwin Marciniak, 1st Lt. Jeremy Matsumoto, 299th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Event awards went to the following units:

Non-standard Physical Fitness event winner — Team 17: Capt. John Baer, 1st Lt. Terence Hughes, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky;

Water Operations Phase — Team 6: Capt. Erwin Marciniak, 1st Lt. Jeremy Matsumoto, 299th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado;

Round Robin Phase — Team 28: Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Olson, Sgt. David Wilson, 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska;

Land Navigation Phase — Team 6: Capt. Erwin Marciniak, 1st Lt. Jeremy Matsumoto, 299th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado;

X-mile Ruck — Team 16: Staff Sgt. Lucas Tucker, 1st Lt. Sabin Vaira, 27th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and;

X-mile Run — Team 17: Capt. John Baer, 1st Lt. Terence Hughes, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Story by Martha Yoshida, Leonard Wood

Photos by Michael Curtis, Leonard Wood