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Order of the Undercollar

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

This guy looks REALLY proud to be an Engineer.  I bet he has castle buttons on his ASU too.When the ACU was adopted by the Army, the rank insignia was moved to the center of the chest and the officer branch insignia was eliminated from the utility uniform. Naturally, this didn’t stop officers from wearing their branch insignia, they just had to come up with some interesting ways of doing it. Then comes along, Order of the Undercollarâ„¢, a company founded to provide branch insignia that fits perfectly on the Velcro found under the collar on the ACU. That way, an officer can flash his buddies the high sign so they know who’s who. I can say one thing, they are honkin’ big so you won’t have any problems sorting lawyers and tankers. Not sure if they have a MultiCam version coming yet or not but they will do custom runs with a unit designator. Be sure to check out the HH6 patch as well in case she, or he for that matter, lounges around in ACUs.

To order visit www.orderoftheundercollar.com.

McNett Gruntline

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Sometimes the simplest things make life better. For guys who can’t rely on KBR laundry, washing your clothes on a washboard and hanging them out to dry is a reality of life. Manufactured from braided rubber tubing the Gruntline stretches up to 7 feet and has clips on each end to attach it for use as a clothes line or as a tie down strap. Although its been around for awhile, its a classic. I carried one with me for years and it got lots of use as intended as well as to suspend ponchos in large tents so I could stake out some “me” space.

Available from McNett.

Revitalize Your DWR

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

We originally published this article in February of this year but seeing as the weather is getting cold and times are tough we thought this one deserved republishing. You pay a lot for your clothing and equipment and it is just as important to maintain it as it is your firearm.

It looks like it’s going to be a LONG winter. During a recent shooting class I attended it started raining day one and by the middle of the second day it looked like a blizzard. Most of my fellow shooters were wearing waterproof breathable outerwear and several began to feel clammy and then damp the longer each day progressed. A couple of guys were wearing issue Gen I ECWCS parkas. Probably not the best garment available as Gore long ago decided that the basic design could not meet their “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” standards. Of course these jackets were old. More than anything, they needed some maintenance.

The key to any modern outerwear is its Durable Water Repellent (DWR). There are quite a few treatments available and different manufacturers have their favorites but they are usually are based on flouropolymers. These are PTFE molecules that are applied to the surface and cured at high heat to make them adhere better and increase performance and have a fluorine atom at one end which is highly hydrophobic. Heat causes them to align themselves with their flourines exposed. Water tries to move away from the flourines resulting in beading. This allows the water to roll off without wetting the fabric. Interestingly, Quarpel (Quartermaster Repellent) was one of the first DWRs and used to treat field jackets and other military clothing items.

Since most of us can’t run out and purchase a new jacket every time this happens I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips with you that will not only revitalize your garment’s DWR treatment but also extend the life of your clothing.

DWR treatments work best when they are clean. I realize this seems counter to what you think is right since a DWR generally lasts about 25 washings and tactical garments get quite a beating in the field, but you need to wash your clothing. The first thing is to avoid using liquid detergents as well as fabric softeners. Additionally, avoid optical brighteners as they are not good for DWR or IR treatments. There are wash in treatments you can purchase as well as spray on options to help renew your clothing’s DWR. However, wash in treatments may affect the breathability of your membrane. One of the best spray solutions available is Revivex from McNett and it is what I have used in the past. It also serves as a stain repellent. Revivex can also be applied to garments that never had DWR in the first place so if you have hunting or field clothing that you find yourself wearing in inclement weather regularly you may want to give it a once over. If you use a spray treatment be sure to evenly coat your garment while it is still damp after washing and to pay special attention to any seams.

There are two additional ways you can put some life back into your DWR. One is to put the garment in a conventional dryer on warm and the other is to iron it on low heat. If water fails to bead up on the surface of your garment you will need to retreat.

No matter which method you choose, proper maintenance of your foul weather clothing’s DWR will help keep you warm and dry and extend the life of your equipment.