Tactical Tailor

Sneak Peek – Terrain Camo from Snugpak

May 5th, 2021

Snugpak will introduce the Terrain camouflage pattern to its range soon.

Sitka Arrowhead Equipment – Midlayer Jacket and Hoody

May 5th, 2021

The Midlayer Jacket and Hoody are cross-functional pieces which find their DNA in Sitka’s Kelvin Active Jacket. However, due to material and construction, the Arrowhed Midlayer is even lighter and more breathable.

The key to this midlayer is its effectiveness as both a standalone piece and as part of a wet weather layering system. Exceptionally lightweight, highly breathable and compressible making it well suited for Special Reconnaissance tasks.

In fact, I’ve been wearing one for several months and love the comfort, both in how it feels against the skin but also how it feels as it warms up and under exertion.

The key to the success of the Midlayer Jacket and Hoody is the employment of Polartec Alpha Direct which is the newest variant of their Alpha insulation, originally invented for use in USSOCOM’s Protective Combat Uniform level 3 jacket.

Alpha has become extremely popular in outdoor clothing due to its high air permeability, allowing perspiration to escape. Alpha Direct is even more breathable as they’ve eliminated the next to body layer of the sandwich-style application of the insulation. Yet, Alpha Direct retains the loft to create air pockets which create a layer of insulating air. When you’re static it insulates, but when you move, heat and perspiration can be be pushed away from the body. This process is facilitated by the use of Brookwood AEROLITE H600 30d Nylon Ripstop face fabric which offers breathability and packability.

Because Alpha Direct has direct contact with the skin or other fabric layers, it increases breathability, while reducing weight, bulk, and dry-times.

In addition to those factors, you also get zippered handwarmer pockets and a single chest mounted zippered pocket.

The backer and exterior face readily accept dyes and can be color matched to maintain a consistent subdued tone throughout the garment. It not feels good, but looks good as well.

Offered in Coyote, Black and Lead, sizes Small – XXLarge, the jackets are made in El Salvador meaning they are TAA compliant.

US Elite has posted a blog entry about Polartec Alpha. They’ll will also be conducting a concurrent Facebook and Instagram Live event today at 1430 EDT where they’ll show you the line and conduct a giveaway.

Find an Arrowhead Dealer here.

The ‘Eyes’ Have It; Army, Navy Researchers Agree to Train Tech Tools Based on Warfighter Gaze

May 5th, 2021

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Imagine future American warfighters in the midst of a mission leveraging technology to maintain a new level of situational awareness. This may be possible thanks to a new suite of software tools that tap into what a Soldier or sailor sees and feels.

U.S. Army researchers developed a suite of tools under a decade-long research program that focused on how brain function and eye tracking can be used to predict  situational awareness.

Researchers developed software to exploit gaze and physiological data and provide real-time estimates of human situational awareness using a systematic collection of measurements via what they call the lab streaming layer, or LSL. This data collection ecosystem addresses analytic difficulties when combining information from different types of sensors.

It also offers the capability of synchronizing physiological data from a suite of sensors that monitor eye tracking, breathing patterns and other physiological responses during experiments designed to mimic realistic mission events.

Researchers use the software to quantify, predict and enhance squad-level shared situational awareness with Tactical Awareness via Collective Knowledge, or TACK.

“We can know exactly when and what someone looked at when we use TACK software tools and the physiological changes happening concurrently including what their pupil size was, as well as heart, brain and many other sensors,” said Dr. Russell Cohen Hoffing, a research scientist supporting TACK who works at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory’s western regional site in California.

Cohen Hoffing said he extensively relies on TACK tools and LSL to do data collection and analysis. He’s bringing together DEVCOM ARL colleagues with researchers from the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory to find synergy and collaborate on experiments for multi-domain operations.

A new suite of software tools enables Army research and technology development using Soldier-borne technologies to assess Soldier performance and improve human-autonomy teaming.

“The ability to integrate USAARL’s realistic helicopter pilot simulations with TACK’s dismounted environment, which can incorporate multiple humans in virtual or augmented reality scenarios alongside intelligent agents, is currently not possible but would be necessary to do virtual experimentation around a multi-domain Army-relevant scenario,” Cohen Hoffing said. “We could simulate helicopter pilots dropping off dismounted team.”

Researchers developed LSL as part of the lab’s Cognition & Neuroergonomics Collaborative Technology Alliance, which is the Army’s flagship basic science research and technology transition program in the neurosciences. It’s a multi-aspect data acquisition and synchronization software backbone that has been adopted by an industry partner, Neurobehavioral Systems, Inc., for integration into their commercial stimulus presentation tool.

LSL has also become a key integration and synchronization technology for a number of laboratory projects, including large-scale research efforts supported by

Army-wide programs designed to address expected challenges within multi-domain operations. A growing number of academic labs around the world use LSL to create a unified ecosystem for human sensing, Cohen Hoffing said.

Dr. Jonathan Touryan, Army researcher and collaborative alliance manager of this decade-long research team, now leads TACK, which aims to improve warfighters situational awareness in teaming contexts that involve both Soldiers and intelligent agents like autonomous aerial and robotic systems.

“Obtaining and maintaining situational awareness in complex, dynamic environments is a critical component to ensuring force protection and mission success,” Touryan said. “Maintaining situational awareness is everyone’s responsibility.”

Army and Navy researchers are focusing efforts to determine what to do with the data once it’s been collected from the sensors.

“Without meaningful analysis of pupil size, for example, it is just a number of millimeters at any given time point,” Cohen Hoffing said.

Researchers at USAARL and NRL are beginning to integrate LSL into their research pipeline because it offers an easy method to synchronize sensors in a standardized format that is shareable, he said.

Researchers at DEVCOM ARL used physiological sensors like electroencephalograms, or EEG, to detect electrical activity in brains to build a human-interest detector. They also plan to create a way to estimate other states relevant to situational awareness like cognitive load and exploration or exploitation.

“This new research efficiency will allow laboratories to move away from previous efforts spent on making custom software to synchronize other sensors,” Cohen Hoffing said. “Relying on LSL will allow them to focus on run experiments which aim to understand and interpret the sensor data and infer human states.”

DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army’s corporate research laboratory, ARL is operationalizing science to achieve transformational overmatch. Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, DEVCOM leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more successful at winning the nation’s wars and come home safely. DEVCOM is a major subordinate command of the Army Futures Command.

By U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

Introducing the Fred Perrin x WNDSN Escape Coin

May 4th, 2021

WNDSN Applied Sciences Lab is pleased to announce the release of a collaboration with French knife maker Fred Perrin, an OSS-inspired coin knife based on the heavy metal WNDSN eclipse challenge coin.

The front side of the coin shows the WNDSN metrology motto: “ex mensura, scientia” or “knowledge from measurement” and a graphical representation of a lunar eclipse that utilizes the old alchemical symbol for verdigris and, later, the astronomical symbol for the Earth. On the back side — on top of four graphical quadrants featuring a shadow square, standing for solving problems of space, a set of equal hour lines, standing for determining time, and the sine quadrant as the most elegant of mathematical instruments — Fred installs the blade, perfectly keeping with the lines, and, in its closed state, perfectly flush with the coin surface itself.

The famous Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency of the United States during World War II. The OSS Research & Development produced its own line of novel spy tools and gadgets, including compasses hidden in uniform buttons, playing cards that concealed maps, a diverse selection of lapel and otherwise concealable knives as well as coins (in the denomination of the respective country of operations) with integrated blades for escape purposes.

Based in the city of tradecraft, and heavily influenced by the atmosphere and climate of the cold war, WNDSN’s roots are inseparably connected to the divided city of Berlin and its flair of competing interests from all over the world.

Enter Fred Perrin, famous French knife maker and covert weapons designer, well known for his legendary LaGriffe (the claw) design, a small, concealable knife with a ring right behind the blade for retention and control. Fred is a former French Army Commando and a world-ranked martial artist.

Fred has a sizeable portfolio of covert tools made in the spirit of the OSS and its siblings in other countries, among which happens to be a version of the (in)famous “escape coin”. Now, many makers are making these coins, but Fred is the only one who’s integrating a thumb stud as his signature take on that by now almost a century old design.

The blade is made from 1095 carbon steel, the coin and hardware, thumb stud, pivot, and stopper pin choice is between raw copper or brass — either of which will patina beautifully.

Available directly from Fred Perrin.

The EX Performance Adjustable Stock from Adaptive Tactical is the Ideal Upgrade for a Variety of AR Rifles, Shotguns, and Rimfire Platforms

May 4th, 2021

The advanced design and high-impact, polymer construction of the EX Performance Adjustable Stock, complete with an extra thick hexagonal non-slip vented rubber recoil pad, aids in a reduction of felt recoil and shooting fatigue, proving its performance for the long haul.

Nampa, Idaho (May 2021) – Adaptive Tactical, LLC, manufacturers of innovative firearm stocks and accessories, is proud to announce its highly successful EX Performance Adjustable M4-Style Stock for AR15/AR10 Carbines has received some updates for 2021 to meet growing customer demand. With its advanced design and high-impact, polymer construction, the EX Performance Adjustable Stock is the ideal upgrade. The stock is engineered for compatibility with MILSPEC buffer tubes, so it works on a variety of AR rifles, shotguns, and rimfire platforms. The oversized pin, durable construction, and extremely comfortable recoil pad make it an ideal option for customers building larger caliber rifles such as .308, .458 SOCOM, and even .50 cal. Designed for owner installation, the quality of its sleek industrial design and construction is evident in the details of this great product.

“Our EX Performance Adjustable Stock is a highly successful stock, in fact, our number one selling item, but we wore out the mold with the increased demand in 2020. With the number of units we produced, we were forced to cease production and rebuild the mold,” commented Gary Cauble, vice president of sales and marketing at Adaptive Tactical. “During the revamp of the mold, we decided to streamline the appearance of the stock to better match a wider variety of modern rifle receivers and consumer preferences. By doing so, we have not only been able to update the look of the product, but we have improved the mold to increase our production capacity to meet growing customer demand.”

The EX Performance Adjustable Stock was engineered with a component level focus on long-term durability and performance. The finished product is a collection of USA manufactured parts that merge to create an incredible stock. This M4-style stock features an easy-to-reach rapid adjust lever for a custom, adjustable length-of-pull. It incorporates an oversized steel extra strength adjustment pin to handle the power and energy generated by the heaviest calibers. An extra thick hexagonal non-slip vented rubber recoil pad absorbs the relentless and pounding recoil of the nastiest rifle rounds, reducing felt recoil and shooting fatigue. A pair of adjustable lever pin covers eliminate the discomfort often associated with removing adjustable rear stocks, while the integrated non-rust sling swivel stud and QD sling swivel insert make for quick and versatile sling mounting options. Glass filled nylon construction guarantees years of reliability for all seasons and conditions.

Available in Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE), and Orange Less Lethal, the EX Performance Adjustable Stock weighs in at 12 oz. with recoil pad (8 oz. without pad) and has an MSRP of $49.99.

Adaptive Tactical’s Ex Performance Adjustable Stock creates the perfect set with the new Adaptive Tactical Lightweight Tactical Grip (LTG) for AR15/AR9 rifles and AR pistols (available in April 2021). This bundle combines the LTG and the EX Performance AR Adjustable Stock in a cost-saving, made-for-each-other set.

The LTG’s one-piece frame design reduces overall material and significantly reduces weight compared to other grip designs. Non-conductive polymer material will not retain heat nor cold and maintain a comfortable surface temperature while providing an improved grip in all weather conditions. The LTG is easily installed and includes mounting hardware. Proudly made in the U.S.A., the LTG is available in Black (AT-01900) or FDE (AT-01900-E). Bundle MSRP $55.98.

For more information on Adaptive Tactical, visit www.adaptivetactical.com or “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Instagram. Competitive OEM pricing is available and new dealers and distributors are welcome – please call 208-442-8000 for pricing and information.

Textron Systems Unveils Its Cottonmouth Purpose-Built Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle

May 4th, 2021

HUNT VALLEY, MD. – Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the unveiling of Cottonmouth, a vehicle purpose-built for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) program. Cottonmouth is a next-generation Naval Sensor Node as an amphibious scout vehicle that offers cutting-edge sensor technology.

Leveraging Textron Systems’ history and range of specialty military vehicle experience, Cottonmouth delivers advanced maneuverability and a synergized sensor system to enhance reconnaissance operations.

Cottonmouth has a 6×6 compact build that allows four vehicles to fit on a single Ship to Shore Connector, or SSC, enhancing the Marine Corps’ ability to support Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Textron Systems’ vehicle is equipped with multi-spectrum sensors, providing seamless communication between the Navy and Marine Corps to employ unmanned systems and joint-warfighting weapons systems. This provides the next-generation decision dominance needed to defeat threats beyond line of sight. Among the integrated sensors is teammate Elbit Systems of America’s IronVision™, which uses “see-through” technology to provide the vehicle with advanced visibility and 360 deg situational awareness.

“We listened to the customer and have invested in developing and producing Cottonmouth as a purpose-built vehicle to give the U.S. Marine Corps the amphibious mobility they need for quarterbacking the future fight,” said Senior Vice President David Phil lips of Textron Systems.

“Along with Textron Systems’ extensive experience designing, producing, fielding and supporting high-performance armored vehicles, our Cottonmouth offers the Marine Corps a low-risk, mission-oriented solution. It is representative of a revolutionary, not evolutionary, system” Textron Systems’ Cottonmouth began USMC requirements validation testing at the National Automotive Test Center in February 2021. This testing continues in Q2 with a validation of the amphibious capabilities.

www.textronsystems.com/capabilities/innovations/cottonmouth

TacJobs – Brick and Mortar Operations Chief & Entry Level Representatives at O P Tactical Inc.

May 4th, 2021

O P Tactical Inc. a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, is seeking a highly motivated Brick and Mortar Manager to join our team of gear obsessed professionals.  Primary duties of this individual are to synchronize daily operations, including inventory, walk in sales staff scheduling, sales, among other myriad duties that fall under the daily operations of a multi-faceted retail business.  All applicants are considered, individuals with a background in retail management, the gear industry, ecommerce, military, LE, and sales are preferred.

OPT is also seeking entry level individuals for basic order fulfilment as a member of our ecommerce team.  Duties involve picking items for orders, boxing orders, and basic maintenance in our facility, among other daily tasks that may come up.

O P Tactical Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should send resume including military and / or law enforcement experience to [email protected]

 

The Billy Waugh Demo Folding Knife: from RYP.Desig

May 4th, 2021

RYP (Robert Young Pelton) and William Harsey Jr. have collaborated on a knife — a knife designed as a tribute to the legendary Billy Waugh.

“Why the hell would anyone want my name on their knife?” Waugh asked when they approached him with the idea.

Journalist-Adventurer RYP first met Waugh, a retired Special Forces soldier turned CIA paramilitary, at a Texas Waffle House for an interview. One of the things Pelton, a knife designer, wanted to know was what sort of hardware Billy carried on his missions behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War. Billy remembers his favorite tools being the local (machete-like) parang and the machine-stamped Demo knife issued to soldiers.

RYP offered to design a series of knives that would integrate Waugh’s hard-earned ideas into a reimagining of tactical blades.

That’s when Billy scoffed and gave his reply.

Billy Waugh

Here’s more from the release:

Pelton disobeyed orders and recruited legendary Special Forces knife designer and friend William Harsey Jr to make Billy proud. Together they fine-tuned collaborated on a design only a warrior of Billy Waugh’s level could sign off on.

The design was inspired by the standard issue multi-purpose knife Waugh remembers from his Vietnam days.  The DEMO is not the result of the lowest bidder. The Billy Waugh version is not only a knife fitting of the special operator, but an homage to toughness, and performance under fire.  The DEMO features a balanced three dimensional Titanium alloy body with a retro diamond pattern and vintage finish.  The four inch flat grind M390 blade is on bearings, with flipper, glass breaker screw, and an Awl on bronze washers.  The knife comes with a replacement flat head screw.  The deep pocket combat clip is engraved with Billy Waugh’s signature. The blade is laser engraved with William Harsey’s signature.

Limited quantities of the Billy Waugh edition will be created with the unsigned DEMO version going into production runs later this year.

Billy Waugh

BILLY WAUGH:  AN ARMY SPECIAL FORCES AND CIA LEGEND

Billy Waugh at age  91 has a military and intelligence career that can only qualify as legendary.  Prevented from enlisting for WW2 because of his age, Billy signed up for the newly created Special Forces – choosing the most dangerous tasks our nation demanded. Billy is the recipient of eight Purple Hearts and has a lifetime of service to America.  Billy Waugh continued his Special Forces career all the way to the opening months of the war in Afghanistan. His 20 years to the CIA post-retirement made Billy officially the oldest serving CIA contractor in history.  Billy’s book “Hunting the Jackal” covers his time tracking Carlos the Jackal and Bin Laden, and “Isaac Camacho An American Hero” is his homage to a fellow Green Beret.

Billy Waugh prepping for a HALO jump in the Republic of Vietnam

Billy Waugh prepping for a HALO jump in the Republic of Vietnam. Waugh was medically retired, went to work for the CIA, and remained in service ever since. He spent his 70th birthday on a mountainside in Afghanistan during the opening days of OEF.

WILLIAM HARSEY JR

To honor a legend of Billy Waugh’s background, Pelton teamed up with award winning designer William Harsey Jr. Harsey grew up as a logger in the Pacific Northwest but managed to get a degree in fine design. He put his elegant artwork and knowledge of the craft to design knives, and the rest is history. Harsey is the creator of the Applegate Fairbairn Combat Folder and the equally famous “Yarborough” design, which is issued to each Special Forces graduate. Harsey’s designs can be purchased from Gerber, Spartan Blades and Chris Reeves Knives.

ROBERT YOUNG PELTON

Robert Young Pelton is not only an award winning knife designer but best known for his lifetime of documenting war zones on film, and in his books. His time with SF ODA 595 or the “Horse Soldiers” in Afghanistan during the winter of 2001, led to the unit adopting his patch.  Billy Waugh is featured in Licensed to Kill — Hired Guns in the War on Terror  Pelton’s best seller on contractors, paramilitaries and mercenaries.  Waugh and Pelton have shared some of the same wars and hit it off. They have been friends ever since. Billy has been approached numerous times with the idea to make a Billy Waugh specific model.  Billy has graciously refused – until now.

RYP.Design is a new venture in which Pelton will partner with designers and legends to create unique products ranging from books to graphic novels to knives to survival designs.  The initial limited edition DEMO is only offered for sale through two websites: www.ryp.design and exclusive RYP Design dealer, Straack –www.straack.com.

RYP DESIGN PRESENTS THE BILLY WAUGH DEMO LIMITED EDITION

KNIFE SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICING

Weight: 6.80 oz/ 193g

Overall Length: 9.13″/ 232mm

Blade Length: 3.78″/ 96mm

Blade Steel: M390

Rockwell Hardness: 60

Blade Coating: Matte black PVD, then stonewashed

Blade Thickness: .16″/ 4mm

Handle Material: 3D Titanium