Archive for the ‘Made In USA!’ Category

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.

GORUCK Workshop – The American Waterproof Jacket

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

GORUCK has expanded their clothing line with the cadre-approved American Waterproof Jacket.

It’s made in Spokane, Washington, by K-L Manufacturing who have created specialized clothing for US special operators for decades. Back in the 90s, real cool guys were issued lightweight Black Gore-Tex jacket, also manufactured in Spokane but by Adventure Tech. While those were simple designs, this model has a lot more features.


• Tough & technical jacket made from ToughShield Fabric that is waterproof, windproof, and fully protective from any weather
• Full zip front with lock down waterproof zipper to keep weather out
• Reinforced hood with hidden adjustable elastic hem
• Two exterior front pockets with waterproof zippers
• Interior chest pocket with waterproof zipper
• Two Interior map pockets
• Internal inspirational quote from General Patton
• Subtle GORUCK logo on bottom seam
• Made in the USA
• Comes with the GORUCK Scars Lifetime Guarantee

When you look at the price, remember, it was made in the USA.

Available in any color, as long as it’s Black.

US Defense Industrial Capabilities Report

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Last week, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition in conjunction with the Sustainment and Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy released a report entitled, “Industrial Capabilities” which covers the entire defense industry for the year 2018.

In general, as you can imagine, the state of industry isn’t as great as we’d like. For the past several decades we have abdicated our industrial capability writ large to foreign nations. While we have retained quite a bit of our capability to produce defense articles here in the United States, it relies on a vast supply chain, and much of that is what is missing here domestically.

Of particular interest to SSD readers is the section on soldier systems. As you are probably aware, due to the Berry Amendment, which dates back World War Two, all textiles purchased by the Department of Defense must be manufactured in the United States from materials of US origin. While there has been a resurgence of commercial demand for clothing made here in the USA, the vast majority of our domestic textile capability exists to service the military.

While this niche fares pretty well, each year the capacity dwindles. Unfortunately, some of this is caused by lack of interest. Much of our textile supply chain is privately held by family owned businesses. As those operating these businesses reach retirement age, the younger generations are reticent to take up the reins. Those companies who manufacture clothing and individual equipment for the government operate on very tight margins. What’s more, the military is notorious for buying in spurts causing feast or famine cycles which are difficult to manage. Many feel the headache is not worth it. They’ll either sell the company off, or just close it altogether.

The report specifically call out this issue:

Evident industrial base risks in the soldier systems sector include single sources, capacity constraints, foreign dependency, market fragility, and diminishing manufacturing sources and material suppliers. The case studies below illustrate examples where the risk of permanent capability loss is enough to potentially warrant government action.

Erosion of U.S. Textile Industry

Between 1995 and 2009, the U.S. textile industry suffered a historic contraction, and Asian markets now dominate global textile supply. U.S. manufacturers are at a competitive disadvantage in workforce and raw material costs and availability. DoD is reliant on single sources and foreign sources, and competes with commercial demand for adequate production capacity.

However, clothing and individual equipment are just part of the soldier systems portfolio. The report also goes on to specifically address batteries:

Erosion of U.S. Rechargeable and Non?Rechargeable Battery Industry

Characterized by irregular demand proportional to operational tempo, the military battery industrial base is diminishing. Military-unique requirements can depart from commercial demands in size, quality, safety, power density, weight, and environmental ruggedness. Lack of stable production orders has resulted in lost capability and capacity, increased surge lead times, workforce erosion, and inhibited investments by remaining suppliers. Surge-capacity-limiting constraints occur at several points along the value chain, from raw material to final battery assembly.

Another issue of concern is our “Own the Night” advantage.

Foreign Reliance for Essential Night Vision Components

U.S. military “night vision” systems are enabled by an image intensifier tube, a vacuum-sealed tube that amplifies a low light–level scene to observable levels. The Department is reliant on foreign capabilities to supply image intensifier tube core glass and gallium arsenide photocathodes. Core glass is DoD-unique, and demand is very low compared to commercial glass production; the foreign sole source manufactures the core glass in batches based on demand, every few years, to replenish a U.S. buffer stock. Gallium arsenide allows for a more efficient conversion of light to electrical energy at extremely low light level, so by adding gallium arsenide to the photocathode, a brighter and sharper image is achieved. Gallium arsenide supply risk is considered reduced as the number of global suppliers has increased over time, though available suppliers remain foreign.

The reports also mentions the merger of two Night Vision manufacturers, stating “INDPOL (Industrial Policy) is examining whether the merger could result in a loss of competition, create single source dependence, or constrain capacity.”

Overall, it’s refreshing to see these issues addressed at this level. Hopefully, the Homeland Procurement Reform (HOPR) Act we mentioned last week will be enacted into law. The increased demand on the domestic clothing industry will help fill capacity and provide more predictable demand.

The story isn’t all bleak. While the investment tends to be from multinational corporations, we are seeing some investment in new textile infrastructure here in the US, thanks to increased productivity, due to automation, as well as ever increasing labor costs in China. For example, South Korea-based Youngone recently opened a brand new factory in El Monte, California to support Outdoor Research. Other businesses are opening new, or refurbishing elements of the supply chain in the Carolinas.

1620 USA – Operator Cargo Pant

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

1620 USA started life as Made in USA workwear brand, but like others in this space realized that some of their customers were military and law enforcement members who had chosen their clothing for both low viz assignments as well as off-duty wear. They’ve responded by creating some clothing more tailored to that crowd.

The Operator Cargo Pant is made of 4-way stretch Tweave and integrates low profile pockets as well as double knees.

– Gusseted crotch
– Durable water/oil/stain repellent finish
– Low profile cargo pocket with bellow and two way flap
– Extra-large zippered back pocket with angled top for ease of entry
– Left hand watch pocket compatible with XL size mobile device
– Military-spec shank button
– YKK zippers
– 3/4″ wide belt loops
– Modern fit

Fabric woven in the USA | Pant sewn in the USA

Available in Grey or Khaki, waists 30-40.

Sierra Designs – California Collection

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

At Outdoor Retailer we found out that Sierra Designs is launching a new clothing collection which is not only Made in the USA, but in California, where the brand is located. There are several factories there specializing in clothing and bag production. It’s great to see more and more products being made here.


The line will include everthbg seen here as well as other items. There are both men’s and women’s styles along with packs and bags.

Releasing later this month.

Out Now – Perun LC for Glock 19M + TLR-7/8

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Today, Raven Concealment Systems announced the release of the latest addition to their Perun LC outside-the-waistband holster line:  The Glock 19M with Streamlight TLR-7 and TLR-8.

Because RCS bases the the overall length of the holster off the dimensions of the weapon light, this model is the most compact Perun LC RCS has produced so far, thanks entirely to the small size of the TLR-7.

This holster is designed to accommodate Gen 5 Glock 19’s with either a Streamlight TLR-7 or TLR-8 weapon light attached.  While it will certainly also fit Gen 3 and 4 guns as well, the fit will be optimal with the latest Glock 19M pistol.  However, since the Perun LC has adjustable retention, end-users can dial the retention in to suit their tastes.

Like the rest of the Perun and Perun LC line, this holster is ambidextrous, and comes with 1.5″ belt loops configurable for either 0-degree or 10-degree cant.

They are in stock and shipping now, priced at $49.99.  They are Made in USA and backed by Raven Concealment’s unconditional lifetime warranty.  You can order by clicking here.

The Multi Use Block

Monday, July 30th, 2018

It would seem that Outdoor Retailer is the last place I’d learn about a new optics mount. But when you realize it’s now held in Denver, which is just up the road from Fort Carson and it’s tenant, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), it makes complete sense.

During a reception one evening, a couple of ADS employees told me about a new optics mount called the Multi Use Block. It is manufactured by a company founded by a team of Veteran and Active Duty Soldiers called appropriately enough, The MUB, LLC.

The device itself is multifaceted. First off, both Manfrotto and Arca Swiss attachments are machined into the base, to accommodate the direct attachment for either style of tripod.

Next, you’ll notice a large cavity down the middle of the MUB which facilitates bore sighting. Additionally, either the LaRue spotter Kit or Badger Ordnance SLICK mount will attach directly to the top of the MUB via a Picatinny mount. You’ll also notice a level built into the rear of the base.

What’s more, the MUB will work with a Hog Saddle or RRS Vyce-style gun clamp. The MUB was built tall enough to still work inside a Hog Saddle without the throw levers being hindered by the height of the walls on the Saddle.

PRS competitors have also used the MUB attached to the bottom of their rifle chassis handguard to gain additional purchase on various obstacles.

The MUB may be used with an accessory rail called the Wing which mounts in a perpendicular orientation, offering space for additional target acquisition systems.

MUB is also designed to be a completely tool-less device. The Picatinny rail locking bar can be adjusted without tools and the Wing has 2 x 1/4-20 thumb screws for a tool-less attachment of any sort.

The MUB weighs 14.4 oz with the Wing mounted. Made from 6061 Aluminum, the Wing itself weighs just 5 oz.

Finally, MUB is Made in America of 6061 die cast Aluminum, anodized in Gun Metal Black.

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ADAPTIV-X Is Now Live On The Web

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018


ADAPTIV-X makes jeans here in America which integrate the Dynamis Alliance Integrated Waistband System.


IWS allows firearms, knives, and other equipment you want to keep concealed, to be attach to the inside of the waistband of the jeans.


Learn more at