Category Archives: Equipment

Gear & Equipment (Stuff that helps us accomplish the mission)

LE use of NVG for Warrant Service – One Cop’s opinion.

I have been a SWAT dude for over 20 years, during that time I have seen huge advances in tactics, techniques and procedures as well as gear and supporting equipment. Indeed, I tell new guys that I wish I was starting my SWAT career today versus being at the end of it. We have come a long way since Balaclavas, Command Jac vests with K30 plates and MP5’s. A big reason for this growth and increase in skill is directly related to the GWOT. America’s heroes in foreign lands have discovered that technology, when used correctly, is a force safety multiplier unlike anything else. This is particularly true of night vision capabilities and supporting gear. It is far past the time that domestic LE catch up. As I said earlier, I’ve been kicking in doors since 1995. Since NVG technology was nowhere near where it is today, and the cost was also extremely prohibitive, SWAT teams in America were simply conducting warrant service with flashlights when conditions were such that you had to see in the dark. Many different white light techniques and team tactics with white light have been developed and used over the years. During all that time,

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Soldier Survivability: The KDH PC

The KDH Plate Carrier (PC) was flawed from inception. This system was fielded to us as part of the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI) prior to our 2011-2012 deployment to Afghanistan. Deficiencies noted include the following: 1. Gaps in armor coverage The KDH PC was the only armor system in the 2009 down select that had gaps in armor coverage. This should have immediately removed it from consideration. However, the requirements were written poorly - with square inches of overall soft armor coverage only, not ensuring that there was armor coverage for vital areas. This directly led to injuries to US Army Soldiers being made more severe than what they should have been. Bullet strikes and fragmentation / shrapnel damage in those gaps of armor coverage were reported. Had there been a cummerbund armor system selected, Soldiers would still have been Wounded In Action (WIA) but less so than they were. Here is a photo of our teammate and grenadier. Method Of Injury was shrapnel/fragmentation from a pineapple hand grenade that was thrown into the compound. Note the blood on the left side of the plate carrier rear - shrapnel/fragmentation struck in those gaps of armor coverage. This increased the scale

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B.E. Meyers: GLARE RECOIL

B.E. Meyers Awarded Sole Source Contract by U.S. Marine Corps for Ocular Interruption System February 10, 2016 (Redmond, WA) – Marine Corps Systems Command has selected B.E. Meyers & Co. as their sole source for the Ocular Interruption Program. The GLARE® RECOIL employs a dazzling laser to hail and warn potential threats while implementing escalation of force procedures. Commanders have a single, non-lethal hail and warning capable device to use across the range of Marine Corp military operations. The GLARE® RECOIL represents the culmination of a decade of technological development used to create the safest and most effective ocular interruption laser in the world. The GLARE® RECOIL features pioneering EyeSafe® technology with the latest advancements in automatic power control. The GLARE® RECOIL uses a 250mW maximum output power source, while its safety control design establishes the laser safety classification as a 2M laser system by using a Laser Range Finder (LRF), Near Field Detector (NFD), and 3-axis Gyroscope. This approach to laser safety in an ocular interruption device is unique to the B.E. Meyers design. The green beam is always effectively regulated by SmartRange™ technology and eye safety is sustained through controlling the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) on target. “We

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SHOT 2016: RCS Balor Mount

Raven Concealment Systems announced today their Balor mount. Designed as an alternative to traditional slide milling the Balor utilizes the rear dovetail and striker cover to mount an RMR or Aimpoint Micro while still allowing co-witness with standard height front sights. For more information visit the Raven Concealment Balor Product Announcement Page.  
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SHOT 2016: Blue Force Gear Sustainment Pack

  Pictured is a prototype of a new sustainment pack from Blue Force Gear. It appears to be a mid-sized pack designed to be integrated onto a Down East Industries 1606 pack frame. Stay tuned, as more information becomes available it will be posted here first.    
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SHOT 2016: New From HSGI

High Speed Gear Inc. (HSGI) announces several new products at SHOT 2016.  These include several new variations of the popular TACO pouches as well as updated versions of their Slim-Grip and Sure-Grip padded belts. All are available as of this posting.  Press release and pictures are republished below: SWANSBORO, North Carolina – Jan. 14, 2016 – High Speed Gear® has a history of producing some of the most versatile tactical pouches and platforms in the industry. A proven performer, HSGI® continues to show tremendous popularity in the law enforcement and military markets worldwide. Our lengthy list of top tier operators includes U.S. and allied special forces, state and local tactical units, and hundreds of federal agencies. In keeping with that standard, and from popular demand, High Speed Gear® is proud to expand its TACO® and battle belt families with the new TACO® LT and slotted battle belt lines. These lines feature our three top-selling TACOs®, including the Pistol TACO® and Double Decker TACO®, and slotted versions of our popular Slim-GripTM and Sure-Grip® Padded Belts. The TACO® LT, Pistol TACO® LT and Double Decker TACO® LT function like the traditional TACO® pouches, but weigh 30% less with our new injection-molded polymer

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What Rig Should I Get For Class?

I often get this question.. what rig should I get for Class? Considerations to be made before asking this are - 1) consult instructor for recommendations 2) consult prior attendees 3) what do you carry now? 4) how will this choice alter your current direction as a class rig for most shall not be any different than what is to be used "in real life" Features and abilities of a rig in general (this comes from building them) are as follows A) 3-5 magazines with no less than 1/4 of mag exposed (4 being nominal even choice for people to wrap their head gaskets around) B) Bungee topped / cross-faced compression along with ability to use kydex insert for bungee less retention C) magazines placed in single file parallel to user body. D) side edges of rig should not go under arms E) accessories should be accessible by either hand without looking. (Diver's triangle or workspace) F) larger pockets with positive closure G) ability to carry "simple" medkit H) Obviousness to others (no shit where is stuff for others to access) -Med supplies - bandage, hemostatic, ducttape -Flashlight, multitool -notebook & pencil During this time your Secondary and secondary ammo

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The Gimmick of Blood Type Patches

BY: Tore Haugli Blood type patches and why they are nothing more than gimmicks. I was asked to type out a short post detailing why these kinds of patches - blood types, NKDA etc - are totally useless for real world application. 1. No professional pre-hospital medical provider will look for, or TRUST, medical information found on a patch velcroed to your gear. It will not affect how they examine or treat you. 2. No ER/Role 2/3 staff will trust or bother with medical information velcroed to your gear. They have advanced equipment to test everything to make sure they perform the correct interventions and administer the correct drugs/fluids. They also have the expertise and antidotes on hand to counter any negative effects, should they occur. 3. If you are going to wear anything denoting special needs with regards to medical care, wear proper items as provided by your physician. 4. Typed blood transfusion is definitive care, and is only carried out once a patient's blood group has been typed correctly in a lab. Until that time, you will be given O Neg - universal donor blood. 5. Pre-hospital fluid resuscitation is done using colloids or crystalloids. Even if you were

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How To End The Endless Quest For Good Footwear

By: Michael Heuser A couple of things. Don't wear kicks that reflect the current trend just so you can step up your Instagram picture "likes"... Only fools and tools do that shit. Your foot volume, foot profile, and biomechanical issues are as unique to you as is your BZO or your favorite choice in Instructor Zero vids. Unless you are burning frequent flier miles for a trip to London to have custom kicks made at John Lobb, no shoe/boot will truly account for your nasty, Hobbit feet. If you don't like English shoes, there are some excellent cobblers in Italia that cut a mean last. Don't believe me? Ask the Gioppetto that mentored Daniel-Day Lewis... $3500.00 customs not your thing? Bueno..... Before you buy new shit kickers, ACTUALLY have your feet measured in a Brannock Device... Look it up, I'll wait..... Why is this important? It gives a decent metric regarding your foot "size". "But hermano, I've always been a size 10..." Maybe, maybe not... With that number from the Brannock, you now know what's up. Next.... Get a piece of cardboard... Steal the box your cat hides in if you are so bold (they will murder you in your sleep at some later date). Lay a flat piece

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“That Guy”: Gearing Up

Know your goal. Know your role. Slow your roll. We live in a world of appearances. It's unavoidable when most of the data we accumulate is visual. How we look is important and can play a large part in what social groups we to which we gain entry. If you show up to your office job in overalls or your mechanic's job in a suit, there's a good chance you won't be taken seriously on first impression. You'll be embarrassed (Damn. There's that word again.). In the fight against the dreaded embarrassment, we emulate.  We find who we want to be like, and we try to look like them. If you're reading this, there's a good chance firearms are a part of your life. We all come to guns from different places. Some of us grew up hunting. Some of us chose a profession for which a gun is a tool (maybe even the primary tool). Some of us came to firearms as historical or collectible. Some of us (I) didn't have any of that. There's a new category of shooter these days. With media, politics and world events constantly sounding the alarm, many of us came to this community

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