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Sneak Preview of Tactical Tailor Concealable Armor Carrier

There isn’t a lot of information I can really put out on this, aside from Tactical Tailor is getting ready to finalize the design on a new carrier which will take both plates and a soft armor backer.  While this isn’t the production model, from what we gather, the final version will be very similar.  The idea is for it to be worn underneath gear, and hook and loop attachments will carry magazines and other gear, making it very easy to change your load out.  We will get pictures that are better than phone quality as soon as we get our hands on one.  We also understand a second version is about to be released, which will carry the other style of plate. 



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Let the NSA know freedom means more than bits and bytes it’s collected about you in its files with this original morale patch from Grey Group Training.

Look for them to hit the GGT website shortly for $5.

Grey Group Training

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Otte Gear takes 40% off all in stock items.

Otte Gear makes good stuff, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen their gear discounted so low.  From 7/1 through 7/9, all in stock items are 40% off.  The deduction is taken at when your order is processed.

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Which Hive Satchel design do you like?’s interesting to see the varied reaction to the Hive Satchel and the way Blue Force Gear is using camo and color to help the bag blend into a fashion landscape. I’ve got my own take on what’s going on and I had a long talk with the folks at Blue Force Gear about their approach and the reaction to it. As a result, we’re about to embark on an experiment to see just how well the Hive Satchel works as a concealment device. We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, BFG is looking to its customers to help decide which colors to use for an upcoming batch of the Hive Satchel. The very next batch is already slated, but the colorway after that is up for grabs. Have a look at the photo and click through to vote on their polling page.

Blue Force Gear

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Raven Concealment Surefire Pocket Clip

Raven Concealment is well known for their super comfy Kydex holsters, but this new item shows the company is pushing out in new directions. The pocket clip for the Surefire P and G series lights gives you a way to stash your light without losing it to the depths of a pocket. There’s also a notch for a rubber ring or lanyard attachment. It’s a dead simple way to keep your clipless light handy. Just be aware that the clip’s base takes up some room on the light’s tailcap threads and may interfere with the ability to twist some lights all the way down to a constant-on setting.

-100% U.S. Made
- Fits the Surefire G2, P6, P2X, G2X (most 1″ body Surefire lights)
- Will NOT fit the Z series
- Orients the light bezel-down inside the pocket
- Made from high-strength spring steel
- Includes a removable O-ring for those who use the ring technique when shooting
- MSRP: $14.99

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Bravo Company MFG has released a new Vertical Fore Grip, with a twist.  The BCM Gunfighter Vertical Grip allows a forward or reverse angle when mounted, allowing for increased comfort depending on how you shoot.  The polymer body has good texture providing for a solid grip.  The screw has a large slot, which makes it easy to tighten with a coin or similar object, and the grip has a rubber o-ring to seal its storage compartment.  We took the grip. mounted it to a rail, and slammed it against a tree a few times and couldn’t get it to break , crack, or shatter.  The grip also comes in three colors (FDE/ FG/ Black), and has a street price of $50.


  • Mounted in forward angle increases rigidity of forearm, while providing more natural wrist angle when grabbing the vertical grip.
  • Mounted in reverse angle to increase control when grabbing handguard and vertical grip.
  • Flat sides give better yaw control to the shooter during firing and non-firing manipulations.
  • Aggressive texture and generous storage volume combined with modular design to allow improvements and adaptation in the future.
  • Cross bolt designed to work with improvised tools (such as a quarter) allow for easy adjustment or re-tightening.
  • Hinged trap door offering storage inside the grip with a water resistant rubber gasket.
  • Reversible clamps allow user to setup fasteners to reside on either side.
  • Spring-loaded clamp makes installation and removal easier.
  • Available in popular colors such as: Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and Foliage Green.
  • Made in the USA and manufactured from high quality impact resistant polymers.
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The Hive hatches a second brood

Blue Force Gears’s 2.0 Hive Satchel keeps all the discreet carry features of the original model but ditches the staid grey color for a camo-as-fashion look that will stand out for the right reasons. To the untrained eye, the new three color desert and orange Hive looks like a crazy messenger bag that blends in with today’s fashion forward designs. The bag’s shape gives absolutely no indication of the contents.

BFG designed the Hive with Chris Costa to as a discreet and efficient way to carry and quickly deploy anything from a pistol to a submachine gun including the MP7, MP5K, B+T MP9 and Uzi variants.

The sling bag is completely ambidextrous and set up for fast access to the contents featuring a one-handed, rip-open zipper for the main compartment. Both the main compartment and the smaller side pouch are loop lined and compatible with Blue Force Gear Dappers and Velcro backed holsters to keep items organized and secure. Exterior slot pockets are shaped to hold a water bottle. The smaller side pouch will hold a large frame pistol or EDC items and can be worn on either side of the main bag. The shoulder strap is MOLLE compatible without looking like it. This makes a great spot to attach an accessory pouch.

The roughly eight liter pack is water resistant and constructed with lightweight CORDURA and Tweave fabric. The body is padded to protect and break up the shape of the contents. A stiffened back panel retains the packs shape and keeps gear from poking you in the back.

Each colorway of the Hive Satchel will be a limited edition, only produced as a single run of 300. So, if you like this version, jump on it because BFG won’t make it again.

2.0 Hive Satchel
$195.00 at Blue Force Gear.

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A man bag you’ll be happy to call ‘mine’

The Claymore from Combat Flip Flops is the answer when you need to carry your gear in the most threateningly understated way possible.

The bag is based on the canvas M7 Bandoleer, a Vietnam-era satchel used to carry an M18A1 Claymore mine and associated equipment. The signature look of the two-pocket original is retained, but the updated Claymore adds a large pocket across the bag’s width to carry a small laptop or tablet computer in an optional padded sleeve.

This isn’t a cheaply made, mass-market nylon bag. CFF is using Duro 70d LiteLok lightweight synthetic fabric for the bag’s exterior and lining it with a 500d Cordura fabric inside for some structure. They’re also using weapon sling hardware (what looks to be HK snap hooks) so you can run your favorite sling setup if you want to customize the bag.

There’s three ways to secure the main flap (all included): old school snaps, hook & loop, or Fighter Design covert magnet closures. These magnetic snaps cover the hook & loop panel, turning it into a silent snap in seconds.

There’s elastic daisy chaining and hook & loop pile in the pockets to keep things organized and modular. The bag also comes with a pair of hook & loop backed shingle cases to hold shades and a phone (or a 5.56 mag, if that’s your thing) in either of the front pockets.

CFF is going to offer a suite of optional cases for the Claymore to organize and protect your gear. They’ve already got the iPad Mini sleeve done and are working on sleeves for the iPad, Kindle and Surface that should be out before the end of the summer. The accessory prices don’t look bad, either. The iPad Mini case is only $12.

With a limited first run of just 100 Ranger Green bags shipping in July, the sellout risk is high. After the initial run, the Claymore will be available in black, dark earth, ranger green, and silver.

At the moment, CFF is only listing the Claymore on an unlinked page in their site. I assume this is an effort to throttle demand. To get one, use the link below.

Made in the USA, $85.

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Behold! Colt is making a modern AK (sort of.)

In what looks like an accidental reveal, Colt posted a photograph on their Facebook page of Texas Gov. Rick Perry shooting an as-yet unannounced 7.62×39 variant of their LE901s platform during a tour of their West Hartford factory yesterday.

We’d heard rumors of Colt making an “AK” for the State Department, though Colt officials wouldn’t confirm anything when we asked them about it at Modern Day Marine last year. This appears to be it.

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Steve Siderias of Extreme Outfitters has died

I’ve just learned Steve Siderias, the president, owner and founder of Extreme Outfitters, died May 26 at the age of 47.

I knew Steve as a frighteningly energetic personality who loved bringing ideas and people together. He was always working to bring new and better equipment into service to improve the lives of service members.

I met Steve years ago while working on a story about the origin of the IIIA Assault Pack. It turns out, he would later work with Granite Gear’s Jeff Knight and Dan Cruikshank to successfully put their lightweight backpack designs on the backs of operators USSOCOM-wide.

His shop in Jacksonville, N.C., catered to the Marines of Camp Lejeune and grew into a popular e-commerce destination for tactical and camping gear. Most recently, Extreme Outfitters opened a new retail location in Columbus, Ga., expanding to serve the soldiers of Fort Benning.

Steve grew up in Bethlahem, Pa., where he went to high school before joining the U.S. Navy. He served as a radioman and later as a Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen (SWCC).

I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

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