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NicKydex AIWB Roland Holster Review

Before we begin, let’s set some baselines to see if this review will be relevant to you. This was not a scientific, standards base, control group study. It is my opinion based on the things that are important to me. I am a nobody but I train a lot. Here is my story : Lifelong… read more »

Emerson Knives: A Critical Look

Emerson Knives Inc. and the custom knives of Ernest Emerson enjoy a strong reputation in professional circles. Emerson folding knives in particular are considered by many to be the epitome of what tactical knives should be. I was an Emerson user (hard user) and fan for over a decade, beginning in 2001. I owned both… read more »

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… read more »

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… read more »

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… read more »

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.  

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.    

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… read more »

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… read more »

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… read more »

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