Sunday, July 31, 2011

Protech's FAV MKII Enhanced QR in A-TACS

We have been anticipating the release of some photos for Safariland's tactical line of products, since they announced Protech's use of the A-TACS camouflage on its equipment. Not only did they introduce their best and brightest FAV™ MKII Tactical Platform with an Enhanced Quick Release version. The tab loop  to drop the Armor Carrier in one quick pull is in the center of the chest under the LI on POLICE, which can be hard to see given the matching A-TACS camo webbing in place. 
Protech A-TACS FAV MKII Enhanced QR
This Armor Carrier features eight mag pouches, plate carrier pockets all around , built-in wire routing ports, identification hook and loop system at the upper harm, rear and front, soft armor that can be removed, removable weapon retention pads, internal cummerbund, a full MOLLE Compatible webbing for attachments at the front and flanks. You can also purchase additional protection accessories to add on to fill in the gaps of the standard system for a custom personalization.

The FAV MKII Enhanced QR is manufactured with 1,000 Denier Cordura Nylon and and the interior is designed with Diamond Ripstop material for added comfort. Obviously A-TACS is the latest addition to their color line up, but other options for this carrier run the gammet including MultiCam Camouflage, UCP/ACU, Digital Urban or Woodland Camo, Ranger or Tactical Green, Black, Khaki, and Navy Blue. 

It was noted that a custom armor carrier was created for the Transformer's 3 Film, but I would not be surprised if it wasn't very similar to this model given its popularity prior to the quick release option being added. It can be assured that the Law Enforcement Community will be excited to have this new plate carrier system available for ultimate protection. We haven't seen price figures yet, but prior models without the Enhanced QR system can be seen to range from $1.3-$1.9K depending on the customization, so you can be assured there will be a premium price tag for this awesome tactical product. 

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ares Armor: This is Who We Are

The guys over at Ares Armor are no stranger to video coverage of their innovative tactical product designs. So, it is no surprise that they would put out a great promo video showing the true intention of their equipment. Given that they are a Marines driven company, you would not expect less than  high intensity full speed ahead field coverage. Of courses the highlights are their rigs, packs, sling, and EFFIN-A!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Camo Form Protective Camouflage Wrap Now in MultiCam

Newest Camo Form
Pattern Available
McNett has released today that they will be offering their popular gear heavy duty wrap in MultiCam camouflage. The versatile fabric can be affixed to any item and take its form. This provides an added defense again dust, dings, and the elements. 

Obviously with the camouflage finishes on the fabric, it provides the ability to conceal an object that normally would stand out. You always here the argument, what good is my camouflage if I am carrying a big black rifle, well this can counter any naysayers at a more affordable cost than getting it dipped or purchasing a weapon that carries a premium due to its pre-designed camouflage pattern. The same goes for any other object you cover with the wrap. 

Just a week ago they announced the addition of the popular hunting camouflage Realtree AP and Realtree Max-4, so now with MultiCam they are rounding out the major commercial patterns on top of their pre-existing Mossy Oak line. This will work out great for those outdoorsman, tactical forces, and military personnel that want to match their equipment to their uniform and gain that added buffer.

Obviously the guys at Crye Precision must be ecstatic to see this product, which allow their MultiCam camouflage pattern to be featured on endless lines of gear, guns, and you name it. We can see this be a huge product for the U.S. Soldiers or Airmen now wearing MultiCam Army Combat Uniforms in Afghanistan.

Here is a great video showing different uses and actual application of prior camouflage to a rifle.

Saiga-12 Chest Rig from Beez Combat Systems

BCS Saiga-12 Chest Rig in MultiCam
The guys over at BCS are at it again with their custom gear and with this latest rig to accommodate three massive twelve Guage mags for the Saiga-12 Shotgun.

Their simplistic design provides for comfortable custom fit at a thrifty $69.99. The three magazines are secured in their pockets by webbing flaps and velcro. Three columns of MOLLE compatible webbing run across the front and a rear pocket provides for supplemental gear storage. 

You can pickup up the Saiga-12 Chest Rig in UCP/ACU and MultiCam Camouflage as well as Coyote, OD, Ranger Green, Khaki, and Black at 

BCS is definitely churning out useful gear, but don't take our word for it. Instead watch someone put  this rig to use while blasting away with his Saiga-12 Shotgun. 

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Camouflage Guru Guy Cramer Interviewed on NPR

ANCOP Policeman in Hyperstealth SPEC4CE Sierra
Guy Cramer was featured on NPR today giving his background information, previous projects, and current camouflage innovations he has been working on.

Many articles have been released lately covering his camouflage designs, and some of his projects have created quite the buzz. Many are touting him as a great innovator while other detractors think it is all hype. 

I thought this was a great radio clip as it gave Mr. Cramer the opportunity to explain what he does and focuses on in his camouflage design work. He also talks about the current U.S. Army Solicitation and what it means for future camouflage utilized on combat uniforms for different environments. He also touched on his own entry without giving away any juicy details.

Of course he also covers the Quantum Stealth Camouflage technology in development at Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. We have provided the full audio clip below, so you can listen to the man speak for himself and answer questions from the interviewer as well as listeners. 

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ADS Tactical, Inc. Drops IPO

We had announced the intentions of ADS to go public with a portion of the company's shares back at the beginning of the year. Yesterday Soldier Systems Daily announced that the industry leading operational equipment provider is withdrawing a chance for investors to snag a piece of the company. 

Claims of an unfriendly investment market were noted for the IPO termination. With the amount of uncertainty that is floating about, we can certainly understand why a companies shareholders wouldn't want to give up any portion of their shares when they are unsure of what the dollar figure may be on the outcome. This factor is unfortunate given the investment potential for this dramatically growing company. 

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Power Point Ranger: Political Contributions

We have read and seen in various forms how money and other "gifts" can really bring the Afghan people to our side in the fight against enemy insurgents. Some discretionary cashola can go a long way to build good will. In Restrepo they showed how the locals can to the soldiers to have their cow replaced that was killed by ally forces. Unfortunately they had no means to repay the farmer and the whole incident fell by the wayside. 

Obviously we can just send over a boat load of money and buy some friends, but perhaps this would be better than sending our tax dollars to government thugs who have a hand to pocket dispersal system, which lacks any thoughtful discretion. I digress with the great commentary from Power Point Ranger. 

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Nine1One Gear and Watershed Merge

Alpha One Duty Jacket Nine1One Gear
In a deal that could bring more manufacturing jobs stateside, Nine1One gear has left their Chinese operations. In conjunction with this return, they have brought their LEO, Fire, and EMS clothing production back to the United States in a merge with the logging raingear manufacturer Watershed to form a new company named Watershed Apparel LLC. 

All of their apparel will now be produced in the US utilizing Watershed's existing facilities in Salem Oregon. It is not noted if there will be a net gain in jobs for the American labor force initially, but one can hope the synergy of Nine1One's wide reaching dealer network and Watershed's Made in the USA manufacturing can bring in new employment for the State of Oregon.  

It seems quality control and a growing cost of labor in China was the driving force of this return of the prodigal son. Obviously claims of shoddy Chinese craftsmanship are not just propaganda and can have an end result of return to quality stateside. Of course when your cost cutting incentives all but disappear the decision becomes much more easy. One hopes this will be a growing trend of companies returning to homegrown production. 

Nine1One Gear's high end public safety jackets can be customized to the specification of the public safety worker or EMS and are made with top rated GORE-TEX Material. The Nine1One brand will now be the focal point of Watershed Apparel's Law Enforcement and EMS line of products, while their Stormforce Brand will focus on their Tactical Line of Clothing geared toward SWAT and Military with a new website to come in the near future. We wish them well in their future growth!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A-TACS TAC.U Combat Shirt in the Field

Some great new photos were released by the guys over at A-TACS of the Propper TAC.U Combat Shirt out in an Arid environment for which it was intended. The ACU cut uniform has had huge popularity since it was released by Proper in early 2011 and we think the Combat Shirt will give the ACU coats a run for the money as the most popular top being selected in the Law Enforcement Tactical Community, Special Ops, and beyond.

Propper A-TACS TAC.U Combat Shirt

The breathable knit top on the TAC.U Combat Shirt will be a great alternative for those that want a very comfortable form fitting shirt to wear in conjunction with armor carriers or chest rigs. This especially will be the case for those operating in desert or urban environments that can definitely see the mercury rising this time of year.  As with other A-TACS photos, you can see a wide spectrum of gear, helmet covers, and rifles in the latest camouflage storming the tactical gear and clothing market.

Be sure to get your Pre-Order in soon to make sure your size is held for you as soon as they are available for shipment. Online Ordering is available at

A-TACS Combat Shirt Field Shot

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3D Television Eyewear Goes Camouflage

I was at Best Buy the other day and took a seat to relax in front of a 3D TV that had a Tennis Match on. They had these thick plastic behemoths that you hold up to your eyes to get the "enjoyable" three dimensional experience. Dimensional Optics has introduced their new 3ACTIVE™ Camouflage Framed 3D Glasses which are lightweight, rechargeable, and designed for comfortable wear. This version is available in Desert Digital Camouflage as shown here and also a Jungle Variant. 

3ACTIVE 3D Glasses
Desert Digital Camouflage
I do like the design in that the frame is wide in front of the temple to block out peripheral light. While this seems like a fairly new product for comparison, a $59.99 price tag seems very reasonable given its function and design. They also cover the popular 3D TV models typically seem in the big box stores with versions that can work with Sony, LG, Mitsubishi, and Samsung.

The noted focus market is for military and gamers which could be well intended, but I am guessing it weighs more toward the the tacticool aesthetic. Personally I am happy with the HD and going outdoors to catch a real world viewing experience, at least till hologram TV's come out. If you have already jumped on the 3D TV  Techno Bandwagon, you can pick up a pair of these at

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MultiCam Also Worn by Georgian Troops

I am sure there are plenty of people in the State of Georgia that are fans of the MultiCam camouflage pattern. After all we have shown it is a great hunting camouflage, but this soldier isn't from Atlanta or Smyrna, rather the country of Georgia where they have outfitted their Army and Air Force with their own MultiCam variant. 

This shot shows you the close resemblance to the MultiCam pattern worn by U.S. Troops. You can also do a quick side by side with the much darker Forest Digital Camouflage worn by the Afghan National Army Soldier. In this particular photo, the Georgian Soldier is training the proper use of artillery equipment. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SPECOPS MBS-1 Combat Uniform in PenCott Sandstorm

SPECOPS MBS-1 Combat Uniform
PenCott Sandstorm Camouflage
The Polish Army's Future Soldier Project has brought many great new camouflage design companies to the forefront by having uniform manufacturers like SPECOPS utilize their family of patterns for field trials.

Such is the case for Hyde Definition, which has licensed their PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage Patterns for use on the MBS-1 Combat Uniform as shown in the photo with the Sandstorm Colorway.

The Special Forces focused uniform feature the latest innovations for military clothing. The blouse has some similar comparisons to the ACU Coat with the adjust to fit velcro Mandarin collar and slanted chest pockets to a less dramatic degree.

The cuffs can be custom tightened with velcro closure and the hook and loop system is carried over on the chest, neck front and rear), and biceps for name tapes, insignia, etc. MOLLE Compatible Loops are attached to the Bicep pockets and additional pockets are provided at the forearm

The Pants feature massive cargo pockets with organization compartments, large belt loops, calf  pockets, and two large back pockets.

As with their other uniforms NYCO fabric was utilized to to manufacture the Coat and Trousers along with SUPERFABRIC's laminate ceramic material to double reinforce the elbows and knees.

Zipper closures are utilized for the main closure on the coat and pants along with a secondary velcro closure for the coat and all pockets, plus a secondary button closure for the pants.  Just to show their attention to detail and pride in their brand, SPECOPS is now also outfitting their Uniforms with their own logo stamped zippers.

SPECOPS is outfitting their uniforms with all three PenCott Camouflage Colorways from Hyde Definition including GreenZone and Badlands not seen here, but are covered in prior posts. View full details on this Uniform and other tactical products they offer at

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Spec4ce Camouflage Uniforms and Headwear in Stock

HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. has released these photos of their ball caps, boonie hats, and packaged uniforms ready to go out in their Spec4ce Series 2 Camouflage with 15 different colorways. They also have two more colorways that cannot be shown bringing the total count to 17 colorways for Series 2, which is the most ever done for a commercial camouflage pattern.

There are 3 other colorways which were in Series 1 which are not featured in the latest line including Urban, Tropical, and Forest with the latter being picked up by the Afghan National Army. You can also add the Sierra scheme utilized by Afghan National Civil Order Police, bringing the grand total to 21 colorways. This is quite the impressive feat and really gives you the option to choose the colorway that best fits with your intended terrain of use.
HyperStealth Spec4ce Series 2 Camouflage Boonie Hats
If you have not already placed your order, then you may out of luck on this batch. This production run will  cover those pre-orders that were already in place for the uniforms and hats as well as some for SpecOps Groups. Shipments of pre-orders are aimed to start on Wednesday and intended to be completed by the end of next week. Additional orders will be allowed starting in late August to Early September for the remaining window. Keep your eye out for this short time window. 

HyperStealth Spec4ce Series 2 Camouflage Ball Caps
We matched up the corresponding colorway with the caps in photo above, they are as follows starting from the top of the photo left to right: 1. Desert Adder, 2. Timber, 3. Arid, 4. Desert Dune , 5. Canuck 6. Artic White 7. Metro 8. Brush 9. United 10. Jackal 11. Central 12. Woodland 13. Urban Light 14. Temperate 15. Mountain

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Grilling Goes Tactical with MultiCam Apron

With Summer in Full Swing this Chef's Apron from Tactical Grilling can provide much needed relief in keeping your cooking gear and most importantly your tasty beverage well organized. This gourmet BBQ Gear also comes equipped with three rows of MOLLE Compatible webbing along the torso, which you can use to strap on their three holster Tactical Beer Shingle. Two additional rows of webbing are at the chest for more attachments as well as a hook and loop system at the top for accompanying patches or name tape designating a nom de chef.

Jeff Greathouse of Gorilla Barbecue, LLC Wearing a Tactical Grilling Apron

In this photo Jeff Greathouse of the aptly named Gorilla Barbecue, LLC of Pacfica, CA rocks the MultiCam Tactical Apron while at the BBQ pit with an awesome orange multicam-esque camo chef's coat. He was working the grill in conjunction with a group of chefs that have been featured on the Food Network's Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri and are touring with the USO/MWR to bring their tasty cuisine to the troops. Tactical Grilling supplied the aprons to provide the military focused cooking experience.

The Tactical Apron is available in Universal/ACU, MultiCam, Woodland Camouflage, as well as Coyote and Fire or Law Enforcement Black and Navy Colors. It is a one size fits all item with adjustable shoulder and waist straps. The apron is manufactured with extremely durable 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon. The Base Price is a very reasonable $45 for how well this is constructed. You can custom add any MOLLE compatible pouches or purchase their kit  for $30 more which comes with the Tactical Beer Shingle and a Tactical Spatula Sheath for the grilling essentials.

If you are a beast at the BBQ like Mr. Greathouse, then we think this is a great way to keep it clean and mean during your Summer cookouts. For more information and online ordering, visit:

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Concealed Carry Stop Gone Haywire

We posted a great concealed carry pedestrian stop the other day on Facebook that showed exemplary conduct by an officer in questioning the individual and making sure he hat the proper permit. He even noted his own opinion that he was all for this persons rights as a gun owner. Shortly after it was taken down. 

This video is the complete opposite scenario. While we don't rest judgment on the officer as this video may not show all that went down, it certainly gives a different perspective on how an officer's attitude can change when he finds out someone is carrying. Obviously he may have self censored some of his wording, since he should have known the patrol camera's were rolling, but we guess the moment got the best of him. It is noted on Live Leak where the video shown that a formal investigation is under way on the officer's conduct. 

We now no longer need a permit to carry here in Arizona and certainly honor the rights of Gun owners across the nation. We also appreciate an officer's perspective given all of the shootings on law enforcement. However, there is a fine line to consider in these concealed carry stops to make sure the officer is safe and that an individuals rights are not garnished.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

SPECOPS Pencott Preview

Coming Soon! SPECOPS MBS-1 Uniform in Hyde Definition's PenCott Family of Patterns.

Oakland County Michigan Sheriff's Department in MultiCam

Provided by Alan Stamm/ Birmingham Patch
Many law enforcement tactical teams are donning camouflage uniforms when it comes to special mission specific activities. The deputies of the Oakland County Sheriff's Special Response Team have the latest MultiCam Army Combat Uniforms, which are making their way to law enforcement departments around the nation. 

With the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel among several other sites in the city, one can see why proper hotel clearance of armed terrorists could be a high priority for a Special Weapons and Tactics Team. 

The Birmingham Patch covered the deputies of Oakland County's latest training mission as they held a hotel clearance drill to test their abilities in combating possible terrorist scenarios in Birmingham, Michigan. Luckily for them, they had an old dilapidated hotel to conduct their exercise, and any damage caused would soon be covered up with a demolition of the building. 

You can see in this photo that they went full coverage in their camouflage application. In addition to the uniforms, they had helmet covers and Armor Carriers in MultiCam. There were also a LT. onsite with a MultiCam Operator's Cap to match the deputies. 

The deputies also wore matching camouflage name tapes with thread that looked similar to the Air Force's new "Spice Brown" lettering. The Sheriff wore the units custom embroidered patch in MultiCam as well . It is noted in the article that the deputies are normally outfitted in standard police patrol uniforms, so the camo only comes out in conjunction with these training runs, and when  the team must take part in Special Response missions that may come up at the drop of a hat. 

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

MMA Combatives Championships in Army Combat Uniforms

It was always quite impressive to see the MMA greats like Royce Gracie taking it to the mat wearing a full Gi Well these soldiers are equally intense going full contact in their full ACU at the 2011 Army Combatives Championships in that took place at Fort Hood. These are the Best of the Best in terms of Mixed Martial Arts fighting soldiers and they did not pull any punches as you can see from one interviewee with a nasty swollen mouse on his noggin. 

The interesting fact of this competition is the concept that they are not doing this for sponsorship dollars or roaring crowds paying a pretty penny to see them fight. This is a point of pride and these soldiers came from far and wide for the mere point to compete and give their best beating. Bonus points must be given to the Army for not only organizing a great event, but also the forethought in placing close matched Universal Camouflage Pattern trimmed mats down to match the UCP on the uniforms. 

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Wilderness Tactical Products Back into Packs

Wilderness Wombat Safari Rack Pack
The Phoenix mainstay tactical gear manufacturer since 1981, has a wide variety of tactical gear and clothing. They had cut back on production of their Wilderness Packs due to the amount of man hours involved, which cut into their other daily activities running a small business. 

However, they are back on track with more production line staff and will be pumping out their high quality and simplistic designs, which meet all the necessities of a great pack. 

As a sign of the times, they are offering MultiCam for three of their most popular options including the Wombat Safari or Pequeno Rack Packs, and their versatile carry Trekker Safari Pack. 

The Wombat and Pequeno packs flip out at the front for easy opening. Three internal straps on each side of the main compartment allow you to clip your gear into place for vertical secure racking storage, making the best use of the space. 

Racking View
You can clearly see two supplemental compartments on the front of the Wombat Safari Rack pack in the photo and there is also a hidden velcro shut pouch behind the bottom pocket, which is why they call it the Wombat. You can see two four-way strap loops on the right side of the pack, which are also located on the other side in which you can secure sacks, clothing, tent, or other gear. There are also three strap loops on the bottom to secure a sleeping bag with utility straps that can are made to fit the pack. 

The Wilderness Wombat Safari Rack Pack is available in MultiCam and Realtree AP Camouflage, as well as OD Green, Coyote, and Black. You can also choose between a 5" or 7" depth, with further customization on height at 15", 17", and 19". The base price is $239.95 with a $20 premium for the Camo options and a $20 premium for the added depth. It is great to see a local company out of the Slope running strong and wish them well in pushing out these great packs. 

You can purchase their packs and other fine tactical gear at: They are also offering weekly specials at their Wilderness Tactical Products Facebook Page to celebrate 30 years of success from now till the end of the year.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Girl Scouts Bring Joy to Gitmo

This is certainly not the typical load you see coming off a military supply truck. These soldiers and other Joint Task Force members at this Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay are going through the tough task of unloading over 5 tons of Girl Scout Cookies. 

Don't know if any of these make their way to detainees as part of any retraining programs, but I am sure the troops are pleased with their fair share of Do-si-dos and Thin Mint rations. Maybe they could slip some of these into Havana for a good propaganda campaign. Many companies donate great food items to the military and we certainly think this gracious gift will boost morale. 

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A-TACS SORD Armor Carrier and Tactical Pouches

We are receiving some great imagery from the guys over at SORD USA showing our latest tactical gear products in the A-TACS Camouflage with matching webbing. Here is one of the first photos of the Variable Armor Carrier (VAC) outfitted with various pouches, Subdued US Flag Patch, and hydration cover. The pattern's colorway really pops in photos of the Nylon kit.

The pouches on the front featured here are the Admin Panel at the center of the VAC with A-TACS Subdued US Flag attached, three D/A 30rd Shingles at bottom, and MBITR radio pouch w/ antennae.  To the immediate right of the mag pouches you have in respective order Smoke/NVD, Small Accessories, and CFA Medic Pouch.

On the rear of the VAC you have the Hydration Carrier and a GOE Back for easy carry of an 870 Shotgun or heavy tools like bolt cutters or sledge hammer. The Variable Armor Carrier is releasable and you can find full specs and ordering at at along with much of SORD USA's gear and clothing in A-TACS camouflage.

SORD USA Variable Armor Carrier and Tactical Pouches in A-TACS Camouflage
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Oldest Manufacturer of BDU Fabrics Halts Production

Lowell Textile Mill, Photo by Aaron Morton
In what may be another sign of a troubled economy, it was reported yesterday that the Textile Finishing Company, Bradford Printing and Finishing, LLC (BPF) has closed its doors till additional cash flow rolls in to float their payroll. With 100 years in the industry, the company touts itself as the longest running producer of the BDU (Battle Dress Uniform). 

The major focus of the Rhode Island based business is on Military fabrics and collaborated with the DOD on  the development of the Marine Corps' MARPAT pattern, the Army's Universal Camouflage Pattern, and the Navy's Navpat. They also own the rights to the U.S. Air Force's Digital Tiger Stripe Pattern. out of Connecticut reported that the company sent 48 employees home due to lack of cash flow to cover their paychecks. It is stated that recent flooding resulted in $4 million in damages and losses is to blame, and their expected Federal Disaster Grant is not being distributed by the State fast enough to keep its employees on the job. However, this is just part of their worries as it also states they have lost 60-70% of their business over the past few years. 

Obviously there is a confluence of problems that is causing Bradford Printing to shut its doors, one hopes temporarily. However, this problem may throw a wrench in at least one camouflage designer's master plans when it comes to the U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Effort Solicitation. Roggenwolf had submitted its response to the solicitation with printing and other production figures as well as requested samples utilizing the services of BPF. 

Tiwaz Family of Patterns
All is said and done for the submission and assuming that their is interest in their Tiwaz Family of Camouflage Pattern, one would expect other printers to come knocking at their door. 

The opportunity to garner business resulting from any subsequent contract would be an enticing incentive. However, this begs the question, would the quotes and multiple variables fitted into the solicitation match up with another vendor? 

With Duro Industries snatching up a good sum of military business with its exclusive distribution partnership with Crye Precision on the MultiCam Camouflage pattern, gaining back lost business could be a tough proposition for Bradford Printing. With the entire Army and Air Force in Afghanistan switching from UCP and Digital Tiger Stripe to OCP (MultiCam), one can see how the change in climate of the Military Textile Printing business could leave some companies on tough times. At last check Duro is pumping out yards of fabric faster than you can say Betsy Ross, despite a fire at one of their factories less than a year ago. 

One hopes the Bradford Printing will get its bridge funding to keep afloat and allow hard working Americans to return to work. In response to this development and the unknown, the camouflage designer and founder of Roggenwolf responded for comment: 

"Nick Griseto and BPF were prepared to take a chance on Roggenwolf Tiwaz, and even believed that it stood a better than average chance against the other contenders he'd seen -- and you have to remember that he and his people had seen the patterns full-size and in real life, and therefore had a much fuller appreciation of what it really does than the tiny edited-for-public-consumption images on my Web site could ever convey. So I feel that I should respect his confidence in Roggenwolf and repay it in kind; I have no immediate plans to seek a partnership with another printer. I know what's it's like, to be out of work; and the guys and gals from BPF have my full support.

If things don't go the way I would like and Roggenwolf finds itself in the running without BPF's support, then I'll either have to find another mill or pull out of the race. It's that simple. If I find another partner, I won't be asking for more money from U.S. Army, I never viewed the Solicitation as an opportunity to gouge the U.S. Government. On the other hand, another mill might charge more per yard than BPF would. I have no control over that. If worse comes to worst and I have to pull out of the race, then at least I'll have a spare family of patterns to license. Roggenwolf isn't a one-trick pony, like some other camouflage developers; but it never hurts to have something fully developed and ready to go, when customers come calling." - Mr. Brad Turner

Full Closure Notice Article at: Bradford Printing closes; 48 out of work

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Snappy Cow Now Shipping - Stock Up!

Massive quantities of Snappy Cow are now available for shipment. Load up the fridge, stock up your armory, 'cause when the $h*t hits the fan, it won't just be bullets you want in that can. Stockpile cases of Original Flavor Snappy Cow are available for ordering now online at

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U.S. Army Seeking Custom Textile Prototype Fabricator

A pre-solicitation has gone out for supplemental private industry prototype fabrication to go hand in hand with the work coming out of  Natick laboratories.

This is for small scale one off test samples as well as medium size production runs for what one can presume would be related to field testing as they give a high number of 200 items for some orders. 

A vague textile tag is given in the solicitation, so one could wonder if this is related to clothing items that they want to tweak using feedback from soldiers or if it is a wide range of tactical gear that they plan on doing test production runs. They also note that the companies that are awarded with the subsequent contract will be responsible for working face to face with Natick designers in order to understand exactly what is needed for the end product. 

This particular development with private industry production working with the government designers is not a new concept, but it certainly brings to mind recent developments covered in other sources related to the possible duplication of private tactical gear manufacturers.  TYR Tactical's MICO was covered by Soldier Systems and Kitup! in relation to its striking similarities to the Army's "new" High-Capacity Ammunition Carriage System. To what ends are they trying to get at by outsourcing production of prototypes, but at the same time requiring a collaborative process along the way. It also clearly notes claim to property rights on everything that is produced.

You could think that if mere fabrication is all that would be needed, they could pass off the required designs, materials required, and have it produced. Perhaps some instruction is required for specific manufacturing requirements. Then again this may be all that is covered in those face to face pow wows. It also brings to task the needs for private ingenuity. Why would a company strive to create new tactical products and uniforms that soldiers need, when they know the Army is pushing for their own research and design, while only handing off the labor. 

Maybe Natick can come up with better options by focusing less on the production end and more on churning out test gear, but does this mean they are trying to compete with private industry in engineering the best equipment for the troops? Are they trying to edge out the competition and essentially eliminating any middle man costs? 

Many of the private companies that product new innovative tactical gear are former military servicemen who know what is needed and also gain insight from those that are still active. They also have the ability to gain investment in their concept to get what is inspired rather than what meets budget. Then again without that middle man cost, perhaps the Army is looking to get more high end designs without paying the premium for outside sourcing. Also if they can pick up some new concepts in their collaborations, maybe this is an added bonus from this private industry production strategy.

Perhaps the U.S. Army knows what is best and can take soldier feedback to determine what is needed for their final product. However, one can wonder if Groupthink, budget concerns, or outside interests could sway the quality line. After all the Universal Camouflage Pattern was an Army solution that seemed to balk at the need for prior testing and consideration for function. You also have the ABU provided by the Air Force which needs new incarnations to improve on its more obvious failing when put to use. Maybe these are mistakes that will disappear with this new strategy.

Mr. Beck from Tyr Tactical said it best, "...if the guys are getting the right gear then honestly in the long run, that is really all that matters"

The full pre-solicitation is available at

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Marine General Allen Still in MARPAT

It will be interesting to see with the change in ISAF Command if  Marine General Allen will go the way of the MultiCam Uniform as had General Petraeus. This seems to be the proper step giving the majority of Ally forces adopting the latest camouflage in Afghanistan. 

Of course the key factor will be if the General wants to stick by his USMC service and wear the Combat Uniform that is commiserate with U.S. Marines fighting in Afghanistan. Perhaps the latter kills any discussion of MultiCam even being a consideration for the incoming Commander. Then again it could be too soon to tell as the latest photo is just the change in command ceremony that took place Monday. We wish the General well in the tough task ahead of him. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Iowa National Guard Homecoming in MultiCam ACU

These National Guard members have the distinction of being the first major deployment utilizing the new MultiCam Army Combat Uniform in Afghanistan. The OEF specific camouflage also known as OCP has now made its appearance back in the town of Boone as these Iowa National Guard Soldiers make their return home after their eleven month tour.

The Des Moines Register has this great video of the celebration and warm welcome back last week. You can see a few soldiers wearing the UCP Camouflage that originated on the ACU, but the fast majority of soldiers have on the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern. There will be a steady stream of these National Guard Soldiers back from Afghanistan over the next week. 

Rocking the Camouflage Headband in Kandahar

We were really digging the camouflage headband warn by this Slovakian service member that was competing in the 10th Mountain Combat Relay Run. We are not positive if it is the same pattern as the vz 2007 Desert Digital Camouflage that he is wearing on his uniform, but it certainly looks close from this photo. 

This competition took place at Kandahar Airfield and covered a two mile course. Certainly don't know if this headband is standard issue, but it certainly gives a lot of head coverage with its wide breadth. Perhaps the U.S. Army can release a Day-Glo Orange version for the ultimate in safety during PT training.  

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jes Smith
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Monday, July 18, 2011

SORD USA Elite Advanced Releasable Armor Carrier

The Advanced Releasable Armor Carrier (ARAC) is the first product to be released for Pre-Order from SORD USA's new Elite Series of Nylon tactical gear. S.W.A.T. Magazine was the first to announce the Elite collaboration of Jason Falla from Redback One whom helped create the ARAC with SORD USA'S Design Team. Mr. Falla also was wearing this Armor Carrier in the cover shoot for the magazines August issue. 

The ARAC as with many of SORD USA's products was created with Special Operations units in mind who are keen on having a smaller plate carrier that can also be used in conjunction with soft armor. It is a high-speed, compact plate carrier, capable of holding soft and/or hard armor plates.

SORD USA Elite Series Advanced Releasable Armor Carrier (ARAC)
The cut of the ARAC allows maximum range of movement and does not hinder shooting positions like other larger armor carriers. The armor carrier includes a "Joey" pouch on the front with internal Velcro panels, allowing the addition of any number of items, such as the internal M4 triple shingle (included). The ARAC also features two different cummerbund options, one with top access Velcro pockets that allow for insertion of single M4 internal shingles (2 total included). Another cummerbund does not include side PALS columns, however it includes side fastex clips for getting on and off quickly and quietly.

Like other SORD releasable armor carriers, the ARAC has a unparalleled release mechanism to suit airborne operations over water or for quick detachment of the equipment in a casualty situation without the need to cut the rig off. The jettison device can be mounted on either left or right side to suit left and right-handed operators. The ARAC's release system comprises of Teflon-coated stainless steel cables, so you know regardless of dust or water ingress, it will release on the first pull, every time. With generous adjustable shoulders and sides, the ARAC is One Size Fits All.

The Advanced Releasable Armor Carrier will initially be available in A-TACS as seen in the photo above, as well as MultiCam Camouflage. You can also choose Black or SBC (Sord Base Color), which is similar to Coyote.  The two camouflage options will come with matching webbing. 

Initial Pre-Orders can now be placed at Initial shipments are scheduled for September for those that order first to receive the initial production run. 

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EFFIN-A Compensator 556 Now Available for Pre-Order

ARES Armor EFFIN-A Compensator 556
We had touched on the EFFIN-A Compensator 556 by Ares Armor a few weeks back and we are now happy to open up orders at

The most unique aspect of the EFFIN-A Compensator is the ability to fine tune and stack it for customized performance. It was was designed to allow the end user the ability to adjust the manner in which the gas exits from the weapon. 

The EFFIN-A features 7 columns and 4 rows of exit ports that can be either opened or closed through the very simple use of set screws.The exit ports are not threaded completely through to eliminate the possibility of the screw being over turned into the chamber. This feature also allows the screw to "bottom out" increasing tightness and ensuring that it will not work itself out under the pressure of the gasses being released by the weapon. This Compensator also features the ability to "Stack" multiple comps end to end giving further options to the end user.

Fine Tuned and Stackable Effin-A Compensator
Muzzle climb is solved by this device in two ways; Ares Armor designed the comp with tunable exit ports, which act as an outside force that returns the weapon to a "position of rest".  

This outside force counters that of the weapon being fired where the shooter needs it most. This Compensator is also designed to directly increase the weapons moment of inertia by accurately counter balancing the mass of the front of the weapon in relation to the force of motion created by the outside force. 
Due to the amount of time and money we spent on researching the amount of pressure released during the act of firing a round and adjusting the Compensator's balance to correspond to it, Ares Armor will not be releasing the exact weight until after the pre-order is finished and products have already shipped. Note: testing was conducting with two types of ammunition, Matchgrade and GreenTips. The general weight is between 4 and 5 ounces.
The Compensator has an outer diameter of 1" and is 1.95" inches in length when the cap is removed. You have the choice of selecting the EFFIN-A Compensator in Black or Stainless Steel depending on which aesthetic appeals to you or fits best with your weapon. 
WARNING! If you attempt to modify or use these devices in any way attempting to create baffles for a suppressor, it will instantly void our warranty and possibly land you in jail. PLEASE OBEY THE LAW!
We do not recommend stacking more than two of these on top of each other. If you do so, you do it at your own risk and it will also void the warranty.

A lot of pride was put into the design of this compensator and the initial production run will have a designated number engraved (i.e. #25 of 100) for the first 100 Black and 50 Stainless Steel that are ordered. This will only be provided for this first allotment and is only guaranteed if you order before they run out. A lot of effort was also given to provide this product to our customers at a reasonable price.  You will have the option to choose a Black or Stainless Steel model. Pre-Order Shipment is scheduled for late August to Early September. The EFFIN-A Compensator 556 is now available for the pre-order price of $90.99 at

Misspelled Badges Bring Ire for Australian Defence

The newscast provided in the video below reports that the Australian Royal Navy received badges with an extra L in the country's designation. While this is certainly a neglectful error for the manufacturer that produced the badges for the Australian Department of Defence, the true hubub comes from the company that received the contract and past it off to a Chinese (Hong Kong) Manufacturer. 

Obviously this mistake could be made during any production run, but a strong argument could be made that it would not be made by an Australian firm that is a bit more in tune with the proper spelling for its own country's name. A bit of quality control may be the real culprit, but why is the Australian government even bothering to contract with home grown companies when they just pass the buck to a low end manufacturer. Clearly this middle man scenario could have been eliminated if home country status was not of concern. 

We recently touched on the consternation developed by Australian defence contractors when the Australian Department of Defence awarded a handsome contract to the US based Crye Precision for their MultiCam camouflage design for use in Afghanistan without the ability for local designers having the chance to compete. It was also reported that an initial production run had problems when the size selection was fouled up by choosing US size standards with Australian measures in mind. 

One would hope that US companies would be up to task in completing orders with much attention to detail and Crye Precision was not at fault in the size problem. Proper spelling should be pretty clear, then again the Queen's English throws in extra letters all over the place that the United States learned to omit years ago, so this mistake could be possible anywhere. Hell, we even found it more prudent to put an "S" in Defense. Perhaps a quick review of lettering on samples is in order before outfitting your Navy with an unfortunate blunder on their nations namesake. Everyone is passing the blame these days, so I guess you could point the finger in all directions.