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Another Dan Matsuda Special

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share a fun personal project I just did this week. Despite it being a smaller product, there was a surprising amount of labor that went into this. But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


SHOT Show 20 – Grey Ghost Gear Introduces New Back Panels

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Grey Ghost Gear showed a full line of zip on back panels for armor vests.

They’ve even got an adapter for those vests without incorporated zippers.

The panels use the same zippers as the Crye systems so there’s some compatibility here in both directions.

Tasmanian Tiger Introduces the TACVEC Series of Products

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Expanding its offerings to include tactical vehicles, Tasmanian Tiger® introduces three new products for patrol and SWAT vehicles


Miramar, Fla. (January 2020) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., is proud to announce the addition of their line of products specifically designed for police and SWAT vehicles is now available in the US: the TACVEC series. The first three products in this new line-up include the TT Modular Front Seat Panel, the TT Sun Shade Cover, and the TT Head Rest IFAK.


Made from 700 den CORDURA®, the TT Modular Front Seat Panel is a MOLLE panel for use on the back of front car seats in a vertical position or horizontally on rear seats. Hook-and-loop pouches can be arranged on the MOLLE specific to the mission. The MOLLE panel is secured with three fastening straps and side release buckles and can be removed quickly from the vehicle with all attachments in place. It is available in black only for an MSRP of $89.95. See how the TT Modular Front Seat Panel works here.


The TT Sun Shade Cover is a length-adjustable MOLLE shell that attaches to the vehicle’s sun visor (approximate circumference of 11-14 inches or 29-37 cm). It includes a hook-and-loop adapter for use on larger sun visors. The TT Sun Shade Cover attaches with hook-and-loop fastening and features a large transparent card holder for identification and additional MOLLE for small accessories such as lights. Available in black only, the TT Sun Shade Cover retails for $21.95 and a video can be seen here.


The third item in the TACVEC series is the TT Head Rest IFAK, a quick-access first aid kit that attaches to the back of the car seat headrest on either the driver or passenger side. The TT Head Rest IFAK uses the inclusive “IFAK” hook-and-loop patch. The first aid pouch with the IFAK hook-and-loop patch for color-marked, attaching straps can be accessed from either side. It also opens out with hook-and-loop fastening and has a length-adjustable fastening system for car seat headrests and includes an adapter for bigger headrests. Comes in black only with an MSRP of $44.95 (Medical supplies not included). Video here.

Check out the 2020 Tasmanian Tiger digital catalog here.

SHOT Show 20 – Blue Force Gear Lightweight MOLLEminus Belt

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

During DSEI we have you a taste of great things yo come from BFG. The Lightweight MOLLEminus Belt is now in production with delivery to commence shortly in MultiCam with other colors to soon follow. Sizes 28-46.

I am very impressed with this belt which not only boasts light weight and ergonomic design, but also a static load rating of 3500lbs (15.5 kN).

Here is their press release:


POOLER, GA (January 16, 2020) — Blue Force Gear’s absolute dedication to Lighten the Load™ for the warfighter has led to the development of a state-of-the-art, fully MOLLE-compatible belt system that – incredibly – weighs just half as much as competing brands, and with a static load rating of 3500lbs (15.5 kN). Intelligent design, proprietary ULTRAcomp laminate and valuable feedback from elite professionals all contributed to the success of this belt system, one we are very proud to bring to market.

“Our new Lightweight MOLLEminus® Belt is the result of many months of focused design work and nearly daily interaction with our SOF customers. We listened intently to their evolving needs and the MOLLEminus Belt is a product of that synergy” said Stephen Hilliard, Director of Product Development for Blue Force Gear. Constructed using Blue Force Gear’s proprietary ULTRAcomp® laminate – a layered composite material – coupled with other technologically advanced components; the MAB is set to revolutionize how the modern warfighter carries their first-line kit.

Some innovative features include ULTRAcomp® laminate and composite components that are cut on a bias to provide custom-fit-comfort right out of the box. A lanyard “hard-point” at the rear of the belt is positioned for greater safety should the user depend on the restraint feature, and a matching inner belt is laser perforated for increased breathability and comfort. All this, and the Lightweight MOLLEminus Belt still comes in at only 0.65lbs for the inner/outer belt system (size 32).

The composite material sandwiched between the layers of the outer belt provide more than sufficient stiffness to carry a sidearm, plus mission essential loads without affecting overall comfort, or compromising the stability of the system.  

Lastly, the MAB is Made in America of Berry compliant materials and will be available 4th quarter, 2019.  

For more information, technical specs or to view video demonstrations of Blue Force Gear products, visit us at www.blueforcegear.com


SHOT Show 20 – Further Faster Designs

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Further Faster Designs is a small Veteran owned business. We wrote about their Super B Poncho Liner awhile back. Their latest product is the RAP Bino Harness.

Not only is there room for your binos…

But you can keep a pistol, or other item handy in the Rapid Access Panel.


SHOT Show 20 – Crye Precision

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Just like every year in the past we begin with Crye Precision. The most new thing in the Booth is G4 Hot Weather clothing.

With an ensemble that consists of Field Shirt and Pants as well as Combat Shirt and Pants, the G4 Hot Weather is made from a combination of Polartec Power Dry mesh jersey with X-static anti-microbial fibers as well as two weights of Apocalypse fabric with the heavier weight for high wear areas on the Field Pant and Apocalypse and VTX Ripstop at high wear areas on the Combat Pant. Additionally, the Field Pant incorporates a gaiter at the bottom hem.

These will be offered in MultiCam and Ranger Green, sizes XS-3X, Short – XLong.

With the Combat Shirt, the design was kept as close to a base layer t-shirt as possible. You’ll definitely note the exposed buttons on pockets rather than the low profile Velcro fasteners. This is because in a jungle environment Velcro just doesn’t work as well due to being constantly wet and picking up errant material.

Next up is G4 Combat and Field apparel in new colors Khaki, Ranger Green and Black. Same new cut and VTX ripstop fabric, just additional colors.

We’ll wrap up with the LRB (Load Rated Belt), LRB Leg Loops and ASR (Adjustable Safety Restraint) Lanyard. These were developed for a USSOCOM requirement.

The LRB is rated to 15kN and offered in sizes S-XL in MultiCam, Coyote, Ranger Green and Black. Combined with the Leg Loops it forms a EN-12277 Compliant Climbing Harness. The ASR Lanyard is rated to 15 kN and adjustable from 18″-30″.

The Leg Loops are offered in SM/MD and L/XL in Coyote and Black and the ASR Lanyard is one-size in Coyote or Black.

FirstSpear Range Day 20 – Hill People Gear Belt Pack

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Offered in a wide variety of colors, HPG’s Belt Pack is made from 500D Cordura. It adapts the chest-mounted Snubby Kit Bag to waist or cross-shoulder carry.

It features a quick access concealed pistol compartment that will hold up to a Glock 19. There is a front zippered access flat pocket with two interior slot pockets with dummy cord loops above them. 1″ deep main compartment with dual interior slot pockets with dummy cord loops above them. Main Compartment lined with 6/12 velcro loop that is laser cut to accept PALS style pouches.


FirstSpear Range Day 20 – Vertical Entry Belt and Harness

Monday, January 20th, 2020

FirstSpear has introduced a new VerticalEntry Belt that can be used alone or in conjunction with the Vertical Entry Harness for assault climbing and urban vertical operations. The Belt is a two-piece design with base belt, and 6/12 Modular Overflap which is an I order Assault Sleeve.

Above is the Harness with the padded leg loops stowed and below with them deployed. It also features a reinforced and stiffened tie-in point.

The system was developed specifically to meet USSOCOM’s strenuous Modified NFPA standard 1983-2012 for vertical falls.