Posts Tagged ‘France’


Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Sometimes we post a product simply for its attributes. The Overade bicycle helmet from France is one such item.


Overade is a folding helmet for cyclists. Considering that carting around a helmet is such a pain once you get to your destination, it’s a great idea for commuters. Additionally, the concept might just inspire someone to produce other ‘transformer’ products.

The Firearm Blog Reports French to Adopt HK416

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This is a Norwegian issue HK416

The Firearm Blog has posted a story that the French Army is preparing to drop the home grown FAMAS (Fusil d’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne) F1 bullpup design in use since the 70s for the piston driven HK416. Due to their unofficial source they have advised all to treat it as rumor for now.


One interesting factoid about the FAMAS is that the French have to use steel cases ammo with it due to its delayed blowback design that is is too rough on brass cases.

Happy Joan of Arc Canonization Day!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012


Intelligent Armour – Team Wendy Distributor for UK & France

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Team Wendy produces the Zorbium Action Pads (ZAP) that are the only US DoD approved padding system for ballistic helmets. Not only will IA offer the pad systems for sale but they will also provide them as an upgrade for their its MACH range of combat helmets.

Team Wendy
EPIC™ (Enhanced Protection, Individual Comfort)

Zorbium® helmet liner. Ideal for standard and high cut helmets

Team Wendy EPIC Air Combat Helmet Liner System
Zorbium® helmet liner with patent-pending Air Channeling. Ideal for standard and high cut helmets

Team Wendy ZAP Pads
Zorbium® helmet liner, 3/4 inch system authorized for all ground combat helmets

Today We Remember Warriors Lost in The Lebanon

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

On October 23, 1983 at 6:22 AM, a large delivery truck drove to the Beirut International Airport where US Marines, serving as part of a multinational force were billeted. They were in Lebanon to help keep the peace in a land torn asunder by internal strife, fueled by outside influence.

The truck contained 12,000 lbs of TNT. The driver detonated the truck bomb and in this cowardly act killed 220 Marines 18 Navy personnel and three Soldiers, along with sixty Americans injured.

Unfortunately, the deaths did not end there. Two minutes later, the barracks of the French contingent was attacked with a bomb killing 58 paratroopers from the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment and wounding another 15.

To make the day even more tragic, the Lebanese janitor of the American barracks as well as the wife and four children of a Lebanese janitor at the French building were also killed.

Remember all of them and their sacrifice today.

Intelligent Armour Launches French Website

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

UK-based Intelligent Armour has informed us that they have launched a new French language website to better serve their Franophone customers. In a statement, Intelligent Armour CEO Alex Bomberg told us, “I am very happy that the website launch has gone very well with no technical issues. It has taken nine months of planning and work and over 9000 technical translations to be able to provide our French speaking clients with their own website.” He went on to add, “Having been selling to mainland Europe for the past number of years, and although we have French nationals as part of our sales and management team, this new website enables us to provide a far higher level of service.”

New Boots for French Army

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

New French Combat Boots

The French Army has placed an order for 100 000 pairs of Meindl boots with deliveries commencing Second Quarter of 2009. The new boots will replace the long-issued “Rangers” or Brodequins de Marche à Jambière Attenante (BMJA), French for High Laced Boots, with a commercial boot more suited to arduous terrain. BMJAs have not been procured since 2007. The new boot is intended specifically for combat arms Soldiers and an additional new model of boots for general issue will begin development in 2009.

Meindl can be found on the web at