Archive for the ‘Made In USA!’ Category

The Made in America PPE Movement – The Time is NOW

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

It’s time to answer to the medical voices of our healthcare frontline workers and provide a solid supply chain in the U.S. to deliver the necessary protection equipment required for our country in times of pandemics. We should not be relying on Asia or EU to supply our much-needed supplies and ensure we are providing the safety measures necessary for today and our future. member companies have the capacity to turn on PPE equipment to support our country. 

SSD is proud to be a part of the SEAMS Made in America PPE movement and ask you support those companies keeping Americans safe and the lights in here at home.

American Tomahawk

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

The Model 1 Tomahawk is a modern recreation of the company’s original design carried by Soldiers in the Vietnam war. RMJ Tactical bought the company in 2019, and they are back in business.

It has a forged 1060 head featuring a forward cutting edge, and a aggressive 3.25″ long Spike.

Offered with Hickory or Nylon 66 Handle and a Kydex sheath.

And, it’s Made in the USA!

Tactical Tailor produces reusable PPE Face Masks

Friday, April 17th, 2020

After receiving Medical Grade Cotton Fabric, Tactical Tailor’s talented crew began sewing simple, single layer masks that could be delivered to local agencies quickly.

Another fine example of a Defense Contractor stepping up to meet our nation’s need for PPE – Tactical Tailor has been manufacturing Single Layer Cotton Face Masks to help assist local medical professionals in their local City of Lakewood as well as nearby Joint Base Lewis McChord combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Made one size fits all, the mask covers both the face and nose area, preventing airborne water droplets from being transferred between the wearer and those nearby.

“This simple yet effective facial mask is made from Medical Grade Cotton Fabric and features adjustable elastic shock cordage that goes around the head and neck to prevent fatigue on the wearers ears like other face masks can cause. This also allows the cords to be adjusted easily for length and head shape for optimal comfort.

The single layer Medical Grade Cotton doesn’t require a separate filter, simply use, wash and reuse up to 30 times.

According to the website product page, these masks have three special finishes that aid in contaminant resistance:

  • Antimicrobial – Healthier to use than regular untreated fabric
  • DWR – Prevents droplets to be absorbed into the fabric
  • Soil Release – Easier to wash

While minimalistic in design, these masks are not meant be single-use/disposable. According to TT, they can be home or industrial washed and dried up to 30 times before replacement is recommended.

If you would like to personally purchase on of these Tactical Tailor PPE masks, they retail for $10.99 and are available here.

SHOT Show 20 – Point6 To Introduce Berry Compliant Merino Wool Baselayers

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Point6 let us know that they are introducing new Merino wool undergarments that are Berry compliant, utilizing wool from domestic Rambouillet sheep.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – OEM Partner Series: Shaw Concepts

Friday, December 20th, 2019

It’s Friday and we have another edition of the FirstSpear OEM Partner Series where we take a look at a new company FS has partnered with and the equipment they build for them. Today we are checking out a great up-and-coming American equipment company, Shaw Concepts and the RAID Pouch.

Why was the RAID developed and why did you choose the Tubes system?

The RAID was developed from the lack of a good IFAK that could be easily removed and reattached. Most IFAKs on the market come off easily but once used don’t offer the user an easy way to pack up the contents and reattach the pouch. Some just dump out their contents, leaving the user to pick up their trash and just stuff it in their pockets or dump pouch. The RAID started out as a solution to this but proved itself to also make a great general utility plate carrier hanger pouch as well. The idea to use the FirstSpear Tubes came from my experience with the Tubes on the AAC I owned. They’re easy to connect and disconnect and they are short in distance from end to end making them fit well in the slim space between the plate carrier and RAID Pouch, something not many buckles can do well, which made it a simple choice. The ease of connecting with one hand without seeing it made it idea for lowlight and night time operations as well and that’s the sort of work our target customer base does.

Why did you choose FS manufacturing?

Once some of my designs caught a bit of traction and I found myself unable to fulfill the demand on my own sewing equipment I started looking into OEM options. FirstSpear turned out to be one and I was already familiar with their products and quality since I used their AAC Plate Carrier. I contacted them and to my surprise they answered and were willing to help and easy to work with.

Why is American manufacturing important to Shaw Concepts?

I fundamentally believe in American Exceptionalism and that as Americans it’s our responsibility to pioneer continuously. I also believe in taking care of fellow Americans and American Industries first. Most of us hate how much of what we use is made overseas and now that I’m in a position to choose to make things here or abroad I prioritize American manufacturing. Plus I get a sense of pride in seeing the ‘Made in the US’ tag on some of my products. I hope this shows in the quality of my products and the values of my business.

Why was Shaw Concepts started?

Shaw Concepts was started due to a lack of satisfaction in the gear offerings of the industry. Time and time again I found myself wishing for a particular piece of gear tailored to a certain purpose or just made well with the user’s comfort and use in mind. I found myself designing gear I wish I had and even making some early creations out of sea bag canvas with the help of my unit’s riggers. From there I started making things for fellow recondos around the barracks and coming up with new products like the RAID Pouch. I started an instagram (@ShawConcepts) for my creations; not planning for too much to come of it but people online and around the barracks were really impressed with what I came up with so from there it just kind of grew.

Predator Tools Model 25, The Raven

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

If you’re looking for a made in the USA spade, check out the Model 25 from Predator Tools.

Made from temepered Chrome-Moly 4130 Aircraft quality steel, the Raven features a double serrated edge on the blade.

If the Raven isn’t what you’re looking for, Predator Tools has a full line of digging implements.

Kitanica Mk VI – Now With Side Zips

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

We’ve been writing about Kitanica for over 10 years and we still live their dedication to innovation and American manufacturing. So when Chris Cronin told us they had added side zips to their Mk VI jacket, we told him we were going to pass the word.

Yep, it’s expensive, but you’re buying American craftsmanship.

Danner Light – 40th Anniversary Edition

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Forty years ago, Danner introduced the first boot with a Gore-Tex liner, the Danner Light. This 6″ boot combines the latest Gore-Tex liner with a full grain leather and 1000D Cordura upper for durability in Black and Timber colors.

The classic Danner stitch down construction incorporates a Vibram Kletterlift outsole. Inside, there’s a removable Ortholite footbed for comfort.

Be prepared, these boots are bomber so the 61 oz per pair weight shouldn’t surprise you.

Made in USA.