This is pretty cool. I’ve seen and used plastic illuminated pens and they don’t last long. They also take some funny hearing aid batteries that are impossible to buy in hurry. The 5.11 XBT Scribe Pen is made of aluminum and runs on a single, easy to find AAA battery. The pen puts out 1 lumen of light; enough to illuminate a sheet of paper and has a lockout switch so you can choose if the light goes on when you click the pen open or not. These are $33 and out now.Read More
Barry Dueck has a new set of pistol sights coming out at SHOT show this year. I had a look at them during Surefire’s media event this week. The new sights feature a smoothed notch on the rear for easy slide racking on just about anything you can hook the sight on.
Dueck also gave the front sight a little breathing room with a rear sight notch that’s .145″ (and 120 thousandths deep) so there’s some light on either side of the post. This makes the sight stand out vs. the black-on-black you’d see with a narrower rear notch. The front sight will be unserrated since, according to Dueck, the coating on serrations tends to wear over time and leave reflective edges that catch the light that the serrations were meant to disperse in the first place. Rather than have to remember to color a serrated front sight with a Sharpie, he just left the front sight unserrated.
The version will fit Glocks and be available with your choice of front sight; fiber optic insert, tritium insert or no insert. More details and pricing will be available within a week.Read More
Bushido Tactical has worked with AustriAlpin, the makers of the COBRA buckle, to manufacture the Bushido Tactical COBRA HALO quick release buckles. The name HALO stands for Heavy Duty, Aluminum, Low Profile, Operator and the buckle comes in two versions: HALO2, HALO3; the number denotes the number of MOLLE/PALS rows onboard in the HALO2 and HALO3. (There is also a HALO1, but it’s not being used in any of their products.)
LEOs and operators “…wanted an easier, faster way to get in and out of their plate carriers without having to remove magazines and fumbling with the Velcro flap,” said Wade Rorich, Operating Manager of Bushido Tactical, LLC. “We started manufacturing newly improved plate carriers (Guardian & Sentinel) and tactical vest (Itus), including a retrofit cummerbund utilizing our innovative HALO buckle.”
Bushido Tactical nylon gear incorporating the HALO buckles will be available in December 2013. These buckles are exclusive to
Bushido Tactical and not available for sale as individual pieces. Damn.
- Solid, lightweight aluminum construction
- Slim “H” design
- Quick release buckle utilizing the COBRA® buckle locking mechanism
- Patent Pending HALO2 and HALO3 versions offered
- MOLLE compatible HALO3 buckle
- Available in matte black and coyote brown
I’m a big fan of combining artwork and firearms, so when I saw Houston’s XRAYGUNS.com project I was floored. His prints are made by taking CAT scans of firearms. Ingenius! In his own words:
We scanned various guns using a variety of methods to produce source images that were then passed on to a graphic designer for refinement. Additional high resolution screenprinting experimentation took place over a period of months until we finally achieved what you see here on our T shirts. After two years and multiple generations of test prints we have produced what we feel are the best such images ever created. The prints are meant to be framed. They make for great man-cave art and is a very unique addition to any gun room.
The majority of these firearms are from my personal collection but some are loaners from friends. Most are BATFE registered transferable machine guns. The older firearms from WW2 are generally matching numbers (Curio and Relics) originals.Some have interesting pedigrees and stories behind them.
At the moment, there are prints of the HK33, HK 51, MP5, MP5k, Uzi, Mp40, PPSH-41, PSG-1, FN’s SCAR 16 and 17, Barrett M82, Springfield M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, AK47, AR15, Luger P08, 1911, USP .45, Ruger GP100, Sig P220, Walther PPK, Saiga 12, Tommy Gun, and an HK23E machine gun for sale.
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Some estimates say Americans used 50 billion disposable water bottles last year. 50 billion. Last year. That’s a lot of bottles. Sure, disposable bottles are great because they take up no room in your pack when tossed after consumption. But, bottled water is expensive and making/disposing all those bottles is killing the earth.
Hydrapak introduced their answer to the plastic bottle, the Soft Flask. These durable and reusable bottles come in 300, 500 and 750ml sizes, are easy to fill thanks to their 42mm wide mouth opening and can be thrown in a dishwasher. They come with a covered, lockable bite valve and lash points on the top and bottom. Best, when empty, the bottles compress and take up very little room. Only downside— you probably won’t want to use it as a dip bottle. $18-$24. Hydrapak.comRead More
The Colt booth at the AUSA 2013 show was centered around two technology demonstrators from Colt Canada, titled Sniper Weapon & Observer Reconnaissance Devices (SWORD), which promise to bring power, data, and navigation connectivity to a single rifle.
There are many parts to the SWORD system, and all of them have acronyms. Although it’s described as modular, where individual parts can be used as accessories on other rifles, it’s designed around the Small Arms Rail System (SARS) – specifically the NATO concept of a powered rail. Colt takes this several steps farther with the addition of data connectivity to a “load carriage vest” through a unique single point sling. Power may also be sourced from a battery pack attached to the underside of the stock. This gives us the NPDS, or Network Power Data System.
Network connectivity includes the Android smartphone attached to the rifle as well as a tablet for the spotter. A camera attached to the riflescope allows the shooter to upload photos of potential targets in real time to other users on the network. This is accomplished via a button on the pistol grip, which may also be programmed for other uses. Data may also flow in the opposite direction as the observer or spotter may mark targets using a spotting scope equipped with similar technology. The smartphone display shows targets and other information such as friendly unit locations on a terrain map, the orientation of which is slaved to the movement of the rifle. Mini and micro UAVs may also be integrated into this system, giving battlefield commanders a clearer picture with which to make air and artillery support decisions.
An integral laser rangefinder and ballistic software/range card with target image overlays would enable the shooter to identify and kill a target without any verbal communication whatsoever with the spotter; this is one of the stated goals of the program. Colt says the system also has the ability to record detailed information about each shot, including the position of the shooter and the exact angle of the muzzle, but that the end user could dial back this capability to only record the number of shots.
Because there are as of now only two technology demonstrators, exact fielding details are uncertain, but Colt claims the system only adds eight ounces of weight to the rifle.
Personally, I feel that parts of this system have promise, but I am skeptical that it will provide a large leap forward in the capability of a sniper/spotter team. Such teams work pretty well right now, and I don’t see how eliminating communication between the sniper and spotter would make things any better, if snipers and spotters would want to, or even if it could actually be accomplished. Frankly, I think it will add to the workload of the shooter, who probably has enough on his plate.
Although gathering intelligence and making reports are part of what sniper teams do, this system may have come a little too late to see significant fielding in an environment which could prove or disprove its worth.Read More
Skydex, manufacturers of impact-absorbing mats used in MRAPs and padding for helmets, has produced a limited run of shoes called the “Battle Trainer.” They’re available now in a variety of sizes for $79.95.
Utilizing the same twin-hemisphere padding design they have licensed to Nike for that company’s Air line of shoes, Skydex’s Battle Trainer is claimed to be ideal for “boot camp style workouts.” There’s a Velcro patch on the heel for the addition of customizable patches, if the user so desires. Available only in a desert digital camouflage pattern, they are sure to turn heads at your local gym or trailhead.Read More
Garmin just released the tactix, a rugged high-sensitivity GPS navigator and ABC watch directed at the tactical market. The big separator between the tactix and the rest of Garmin’s wrist top navigators is the blacked-out display, jumpmaster information, tide tables, mineral glass face with stainless back, and though it’s not listed in the specs, Garmin told us they’re using a more sensitive GPS receiver in the tactix than the one found in fenix.
In addition to the GPS enabled functions the wrist-top navigator has altimeter, barometer and compass functions. Garmin claims it will run for 50 hours on a charge. The Garmin tactix will be on shelves in fall 2013 for $449.99 MSRP.
More details in Garmin’s Release Announcement on the jump.Read More
D3o, the UK impact protection & technology company that makes shockingly effective protective padding today entered the military market with their new TRUST (Trauma Reduction Unrivaled Shock Technology) range of protective products. Shown at AUSA, the first products to hit the market are a helmet liner system and internal knee and elbow pads that are made using the latest versions of D3O’s latest materials; the helmet features D3O Decel and the elbow/knee pads are made of a lightweight, temperature stable solution called D3O Lite.
D3O says independent lab tests show the TRUST helmet liner system provides protection which exceeds the required level of protection by 33% in the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) tests at 10ft/sec. Each helmet pad in this 7-piece system features a unique geometry that allows the pad to fit the shape of the head and offers superior deceleration under blunt impact tests
The TRUST elbow and knee pads feature enhanced shock absorption, maximum flexibility and comfort, puncture and abrasion resistance. They are available in a range of sizes to fit ACU pockets.
Though the knee/elbow pads are the company’s first retail offering in the military market, they are not a freshman effort by any means. D3O has year of experience building OEM products for companies in the tactical and sporting goods sector and the details on the TRUST pad system show some advanced design cues. Aside from the performance of the impact absorbing foam itself, the outer shell features flat spots that make a stable platform when going prone and, say, shooting from your elbows. The material is unbelievably pliable and light for a foam that has about 10 times the impact absorbing power of a wrestling mat.Read More