Smith Elite is releasing the Prospect Tactical, the latest in their series of attractive, blacked out, ballistic sunglasses.

Staying true to the core, this Smith Elite protective sunglass incorporates Smith Ballistic Lenses and Frames that exceed the MIL SPEC for impact resistance. The Prospect Tactical is an all day, everyday style for the modern outdoor warrior.

  • Smith Ballistic Lenses meet ANSI Z87.1 standard for optics and MIL-PRF-31013 standard for impact
  • Medium fit/Medium coverage
  • Megol nose and temples pads
  • Smith Ballistic Frames: Light weight & impact resistant
  • Tapered Lens Technology corrects distortion
  • Lenses provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/UVB/UVC rays
  • 8 Base Lens Curvature
  • Frame Measurements 61-19-125

Available now at your local Smith Dealer or via for $80.

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Raptor Buckle Pull Test - Ladder Lock Configuration from CTOMS Inc on Vimeo.

CTOMS, a Canadian manufacturer
of high angle rescue equipment, just posted an interesting article on their blog in which they describe their in-house test of the JBC Corporation Raptor Buckle. The Raptor is an American-made competitor to the popular AustriAlpin Cobra buckle.

We’ve been doing a lot of pull tests and drop tests lately, validating the operating parameters of our TRACE Comprehensive Capability Micro Rope Systems.  During a day of testing, I thought I would pull some Raptor™ Buckles to destruction and measure peak forces, just out of curiosity.  We’ve been using Cobra Buckles on our X-Belts and M-Harnesses since the beginning and, keeping an open mind for alternative possibilities, I wanted to validate the Raptor personally.  There has been some controversy around them and I figured the best way to sort it out was to to see for myself.

The good news: the buckle withstood 1569 pounds of force before the frame broke. The buckling mechanism stayed intact, for what that’s worth. The bad news: that’s a quarter less than JBC’s own published rating of 2023 pounds. Keep in mind, that’s still plenty of retention unless you’re on one end of a 20ft dummy cord attached to one of these.

Source: CTOMS Blog

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VERTEX Tactical Aviation will be using TRU-SPEC apparel as it clear the Texas landscape of feral hogs. 

“TRU-SPEC represents a perfect match for the extreme demands that we place on our apparel that we utilize during both our helicopter hog hunts and ground-based hog recovery operations,” states Mike Morgan, president of VERTEX Aviation Group.

“Our flight and ground crews are extremely hard on our gear, ” says Morgan. “On any given day, we can be running hogs out of high trees and triple canopy wood-lines into rougher terrain with rose thorn thickets where normal clothing gets torn to shreds.”

He says TRU-SPEC’s Tactical Response Uniforms and TRU-EXTREME uniforms answer all of his company’s requirements for clothing that can handle extreme environments and continue to stand up to their routine demands.

“Our flight crews normally wear Nomex flight suits,” says Morgan, “but they get ripped up when going through thorns to drag out a feral hog that has gone deep into the brush.”

TRU-SPEC’s XFIRE Tactical Response Uniform offers flight crews the fire protection of TRU-SPEC’s Interlock fabric, while still tough enough to transition from the helicopter to a ground environment without losing protection when working in heavy brush.

GearScout readers in Texas might be interested to know VERTEX is based at Hobby Airport in Houston and offers an Aerial Hunting Safety Course two weekends per month at a cost of $350 per attendee. Since beginning the program in June of 2011, more than 500 people have attended the course.

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Danner, the original designer of the Marine Corps’ Rugged All Terrain boot, is having a limited-time sale on “second quality” boots.

Both the temperate and hot-weather versions of the boots, normally $340 and $320 respectively, can be had for $79. That is potentially a huge break for Marines who need a replacement pair.

Second quality, however, means the boots aren’t aesthetically perfect.

“Form, fit, and function. These are the standards we will never jeopardize. A second quality boot maintains these standards and is only marked as second quality due to cosmetic defects. It requires the critical eye of our craftsmen to catch these small imperfections,” according to Danner’s web site. “Common defects for second quality boots include things such as scuffs, veins, or scars in the leather, slight color variations, and different colored hardware.”

They are available in limited sizes and only for three days or until supplies run out, but those who jump on it quickly could score a sweet deal.

As of noon today, temperate boots were available in sizes 4, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, and 12.5. Hot weather boots were available in 4, 5, 8.5, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5, and 16.

To see what’s available visit and sign up for Danner’s “Breakroom” sale website at


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Police Dogs from MeltawayProductions on Vimeo.

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Battle Arms Development’s AR fire control selectors are available Cerakoted from the factory in a variety of colors to match popular Cerakote gun finishes.

The original offerings saw all components of the modular fire control selector coated; even the shaft. As of this week, though, BAD will stop painting the shafts to ensure compatibility with the widest range of AR lowers.

BAD says even though the coating adds only 0.002″ to the diameter of the selector shaft, they worry it may be too much for some slightly out-of-spec lowers. With a glut of new AR manufacturers hitting the market to soak up some of the post-Sandy demand, it’s not unreasonable to expect some of them to have problems sticking to the original M4 specs. So, as a prophylactic measure, BAD has decided to stick with a parkerized shaft for a more comfortable fit in more receivers (photo above). The original, fully Cerakoted model is shown below in pink.

“To date, Cerakoted selectors compatibility issues, specifically, its diameter being 0.002 or so larger than the host receivers, can be counted in one hand,” the company reports in a thread over on, “However, with more manufacturers making AR receivers, it’s virtually guaranteed a few will not be in spec, the prudent thing to do is preempt these issues once we identify it. In this case, leaving the center at technical data package specs and not coating them.”

To this, I say, meh. If a manufacturer can’t get the dimensions right, the fire control selector holes may be just the first of many issues with a lower. Why BAD want’s to enable poor manufacturers, I don’t know. But, it does make sense for them to stick to the spec and reduce the chances of alienating a customer that can’t get the safety to fit their gun.

Most folks that Cerakote their guns are doing so mainly for aesthetic reasons. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to paint the selector core anyway since it can’t be seen. I suppose there are some who would argue the coating offers oxidation protection for the part’s operating surface. To those folks: I guess you’ll just have to invest in a few Q-tips.

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Troy Asymmetric just announced the appointment of it’s newest addition to the instructor cadre. John Williams is a twenty-six year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Troy Asymmetric is part of Steve Troy’s family of companies that’s grown from Troy Industries to include Troy Industries, Troy Defense and Troy Prepared. Troy Asymmetric provides instruction, services and products for government, military, law enforcement and corporate risk organizations that focuses on the  response to threats from explosives and other asymmetric attacks. Offerings include:


  • Large Vehicle Bomb Post-Blast Course
  • Combat Zone Post-Blast Course
  • SWAT/EOD Interoperability
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Threat Analysis for Government and Private Entities


  • Forensics and Evidence Exploitation
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Threat Analysis


  • Tactical Post-Blast Kits
  • SWAT/EOD Kits
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KAC covers a concise history of their handguard systems before showing how to install the new URX4 on an AR upper. A couple things set this rail system apart. First, it uses the KeyMod attachment system in place of Picatinny rails on the sides and bottom. Second, it has an integrated barrel nut. That means the whole free-float system is one piece. It’s very simple, strong and uncomplicated. Installation is a breeze with the included wrench. You don’t even need a torque wrench since installation is timed and torqued using a shim set.

We had a look at the system and a bunch of the new KAC KeyMod accessories at SOFIC. It’s great to see how much support the KeyMod system is getting and KAC looks like they are going all-in, judging from the range of KeyMod rail parts they are putting out with the URX4.

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No doubt, TrackingPoint is some nextgen gun tech. If you can get past the gamer feel, this animated video gives an idea how the HUD looks when you’re behind the gun.

We shot it at SHOT this past year and found the system is deadly accurate. We were center-punching steel at close to 1,000 yards when the wind was calm. When the sock perked up, though, the system had some trouble. TrackingPoint said they are working on integrating wind measurement into an update.

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