Jan 17, 2012

2012 SureFire New Products video

Preview Surefire new flashlights; they reach new heights in terms of light output. Nearly all of our best-selling lights—WeaponLights included—have been significantly upgraded, and more ground-breaking tactical products are on the way. To learn more, visit www.surefire.com

Jan 16, 2012

FirstSpear Explains 6/12 and Tubes

FirstSpear website

 FirstSpear™ is in the business of providing innovative solutions to long unanswered challenges. Our Tubes™ technology reaffirms that position. The common closure method for most Armor Carriers on the market today is to join the cummerbund in the front with hook & loop fasteners like Velcro®. This presents many performance failures. The hook & loop adds weight and bulk; is noisy and wears out quickly; and retains water, mud and snow. From a safety standpoint the hook and loop closure flap allows for cummerbund protection accessories like side plates and inflatable floatation to shift position and misalign from where they should be to provide maximum performance. The common release mechanisms found in most releasable vests typically utilize a variety of cables, routed through a complex maze of channels that when assembled correctly, are clumsy, heavy, awkward and difficult to reassemble. When assembled incorrectly, the results can be catastrophic.
FirstSpear™ Tubes™ solve all these challenges. Quick to close and even quicker to doff, Tubes™ are manufactured from lightweight high-performance polymers that exceed the strength of other molded fasteners currently used on Operational equipment. Molded in signature suppressive colors and with a variety of choices for activation, this closure system can be rapidly deployed and completely reassembled in SECONDS.
Let FirstSpear™ show you how Tubes™ technology will improve performance, enhance mission functionality, reduce weight and allow you to ditch the cable.
Patent Pending

• Up to 50% reduction in weight & significantly less bulk
• Backward compatible with standard MOLLE/PALS
• Forward compatible with FirstSpear’s™ ultra-lightweight 6/12™ pockets
• Enhanced cable management
Weight! There are several philosophies on dealing with weight as it applies to load carriage. Some development has occurred in lightweight materials, but these tend to sacrifice performance. Other developments have taken place in “load transfer” by shifting weight around, but they reduce flexibility while increasing heat retention, bulk and even overall load. FirstSpear™ has taken a different approach. We listened to the Users and decided to eliminate the weight and sacrifice nothing. In the design assessment of current pouch attachment systems, FirstSpear™ recognized that the major weight parasite on both the platforms and the attaching pockets is the yards of bulk nylon, snaps and polymer stiffener. The FirstSpear™ 6/12™ technology eliminates these components and achieves a 20%-40% reduction in weight per standard Assaulter configuration when compared to current pocket attachment systems. The FirstSpear™ team invested more than a year developing and testing the FirstSpear™ 6/12™ Pocket Attachment System. It utilizes state of the art fabric technologies to deliver a completely modular system, compatible with standard MOLLE pockets. From adhesive heat-set backing to laser cut precision attachment points, the 6/12™ system is a completely new, design-engineered solution that meets the need for modular, lightweight load-carriage platforms and pockets. Additionally, 6/12™ provides greater fabric flexibility on unarmored platforms and tighter mounting of pockets to create a cleaner silhouette that aides in enhanced signature management and mobility. The 6/12™ platform face is completely slick when pockets are removed and allows for easy management of communications cables and wires.
Don’t transfer the weight, get rid of it.
Patent Pending

Modular Pockets Compatible with FirstSpear™ 6/12™ Platforms Weight reduction is not just a buzz phrase at FirstSpear™ - it is an ethos demonstrated by the 6/12™ pocket line. Utilizing these pockets on FirstSpear™ 6/12™ platforms allows the wearer to achieve a weight reduction of over 40% without sacrificing performance. By removing the heavy nylon webbing, polymer reinforcement and metal snaps of the previous system, not only is weight reduced, but the overall profile of the pocket on the platform is significantly condensed as well, allowing improved signature management in all visual, IR and thermal spectrums.
Patent Pending

Jan 14, 2012

Magpul PMAG 30 M3 and Accessories

PMAG 30 M3 and PMAG 30 M3 MagLevel

Magpul is pleased to announce the latest additions to the PMAG family; the PMAG 30 M3 and PMAG 30 M3 MagLevel. Like its predecessors, the PMAG 30 M3 is a lightweight 5.56 x 45 NATO / .223 Remington 30-round polymer magazine for the AR15/M16 platform, but with a number of new features which improve its durability, compatibility, and overall performance for the most demanding professional shooters. By combining the knowledge gained from years of PMAG production, extensive research and development of materials and manufacturing processes, and incorporating feedback from a broad range of end-users, the PMAG 30 M3 pushes the envelope of magazine performance one step further.

The PMAG 30 M3 features a corrosion-resistant stainless steel spring, four-way anti-tilt follower, pop-off Impact/Dust Cover that snaps onto the floorplate when not in use, and easy tool-less disassembly for cleaning and maintenance. Low-profile ribs and aggressive front and rear texture provide positive control of the magazine while helping ensure compatibility with common double and triple magazine pouches. The easy to disassemble standard flared floorplate provides drop protection and aids extraction from magazine pouches, but can be replaced by a PMAG Ranger Plate for improved handling, or the new M3 Slim-line floor plate to minimize bulk (not included). A paint pen dot matrix (click here for marking guide) has been added to the bottom panel of the magazine body for easy marking by the end user for magazine identification.

Modified internal and external geometry provides greater compatibility and function with a wide range of non-AR15/M16 platform weapons. A re-designed bolt catch notch in the rear of the magazine allows increased bolt catch clearance, while an over-travel stop on the spine helps ensure the PMAG 30 M3 will not over-insert on compatible weapons, including the AR15/M16, HK 416, M27 IAR, British SA-80, FN SCAR MK 16/16S, and others. In addition to the expanded feature set and compatibility, the PMAG 30 M3 incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes that have been engineered to exceed rigorous military performance specifications. By improving strength and durability in critical areas, the PMAG 30 M3 increases overall reliability and lifespan, while decreasing total lifecycle cost.

Shipping Spring 2012. MSRP To Be Announced.


The MagLink 30 is a coupler for PMAG 30 and PMAG 30 M3 magazines which allows the user to attach two magazines together for more efficient speed reloads, and to keep an additional 30 rounds of ammunition accessible on the weapon at all times. The MagLink 30 features a two-piece bolt-on design, and durable, lightweight reinforced polymer construction. Note: the MagLink 30 is not compatible with the first generation PMAG 30, PMAG 20, EMAG, PMAG 30G, or PMAG 20LR.
MSRP $17.95

PMAG 30 M3 SL Floorplate

Designed to reduce bulk and enhance compatibility with double and triple magazine pouches, the PMAG 30 M3 Slim-Line Floorplate replaces the standard flared floorplate on all PMAG 30 M3 variants. The Slim-Line Floorplate reduces PMAG thickness by approximately 1/8" per magazine, and requires use of Impact/Dust Cover or other improvised tool for disassembly. Note: Slim-Line Floorplates are only compatible with PMAG 30 M3 variants, and will not fit other current production or legacy PMAG products.
MSRP $4.95 | 3 pack

Revision Sawfly Photochromic System

Essex Junction, VT, USARevision Military, the world leader in protective soldier solutions, introduces the Sawfly Photochromic Eyewear System. Featuring Revision’s rapid light-changing technology, first introduced in its Hellfly Ballistic Sunglasses, the ballistic photo-chromic Sawfly lens automatically darkens to a sunglass tint when exposed to sunlight and returns to its clear state in the absence of UV rays, providing a tactical edge in rapidly changing environments.
“Revision’s photo-chromic lens technology not only eliminates the need to switch lenses when transitioning between the indoors and outside, but also automatically adjusts to compensate for varying outdoor light levels allowing the end user to focus on his mission, not his eye-pro,” commented Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision. Revision’s Photo-chromic Sawfly lens takes only 60 seconds to change from its darkest state to almost clear, while most competitors’ lenses take more than twice as long to do the same. From the clear state to a light-grey lens tint capable of blocking sun glare, it takes only 20 seconds. “For military and tactical operators, faster photo-chromic lens change means enhanced visual performance when it’s most needed - in dynamic environments.”
True to the entire Sawfly line, the new Sawfly Photochromic Eyewear System exceeds ANSI Z87.1-2010 and U.S. military ballistic impact requirements for spectacles (MIL-PRF-31013 clause while providing flawless optics and 100% UV protection. The Revision Sawfly Photochromic Basic Kit retails for $149.99 and the lens is interchangeable across the entire Sawfly line. The Photochromic system is prescription ready with Revision’s optional Rx Carrier; it’s also available in three sizes to ensure fit, comfort and optical performance. 
The system will be available for purchase in March 2012.

Jan 13, 2012

Madbull Original 2" Outer Barrel Extension

Is your outer barrel slightly too short? Madbull's 2" Outer Barrel Extension is coming soon.

1. CNC Lightweight Alumninum with matte black anodize (seamlessly integrates with Madbull black outer barrels).
2. CCW threaded on both ends.
3. Hides extra inner barrel slack.
4. Adds space for quick detach or other barrel accessories.

More info: http://madbull.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=418

Award of Phase IV Camouflage Uniform Contracts

On 31 October 2011, the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army approved the selection of multiple camouflage patterns to continue field trials and more extensive computer analysis during FY12 for the Army’s Phase IV Camouflage effort.
The U.S. Army selected five vendors to proceed forward to develop a family of camouflage patterns that will be effective across a myriad of environments. The effort, commonly known as Phase IV and managed by PEO Soldier, enters the second phase of selection with the award of these contracts by narrowing the field to five selects. These selects were chosen following a rigorous technical evaluation backed by solid scientific analyses and incorporating critical Soldier input from the field.
Four industry partners and one Government team will produce fabric for prototype uniforms and Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) camouflage uniforms for field trials and other evaluations in FY2012:

1.      ADS, Inc. (teamed with Hyperstealth, Inc.) – Virginia Beach, Virginia
2.      Brookwood Companies, Inc- New York, NY
3.      Crye Precision, LLC – Brooklyn, NY
4.      Kryptek, Inc. – Fairbanks, AK
5.      Government pattern developed at U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Natick, MA

Each offerer submitted a family of camouflage patterns (desert, woodland, and transitional) along with a single coordinated pattern for the Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE). 
The second step will entail scientific analysis including field trials and will take approximately nine months. This will be followed by a cost benefit analysis to determine if the Army will adopt a new camouflage pattern.
The Army pro-actively works alongside our sister Services in several developmental projects, with Phase IV being one of them. We share the results of our camouflage research with the other Services, and would place no restrictions on other Services wearing uniforms in the newly developed patterns. 
For more information, contact Steve Abate, Army Contracting, at (508) 233-6160. 

Jan 11, 2012

Kryptek camouflage patterns

The Kryptek Highlander ™ camo pattern is designed for the elite Soldier in transitional terrain with the purpose of improving stealth and enhancing survivability, ultimately increasing the lethality of the user. Kryptek™ camo patterns provide a tactical advantage to the Operator by reducing visual acquisition through the combination of proven camouflage concepts, scientific principles and field testing. The Kryptek™ designs incorporate proven principles of visual deception based on mimicry of foliage, animal, marine and geographic visual qualities. These principles have been combined with evolutionary concepts and fused with state of the art technology to offer the utmost in effective concealment in differing environments. Kryptek™ utilizes a multi-directional design to effectively conceal in a multitude of terrains that have either a lateral or vertical flow. The bi-level layering of the patterns incorporate background transitional shading and sharp random geometrical foregrounds to create a three dimensional effect that ensures the utmost in concealment at both close and long ranges. These components combined with colorations selected and matched based on input from testing and observations from Operators in the field make Kryptek™ Camo the ultimate in passive battlefield deception.

Jan 10, 2012

Madbull Airsoft: PX Piston, with 14 full metal teeth

After several years of product development, the most innovative piston has arrived: the Madbull PX Piston designed and developed by Madbull’s engineers.

This piston is comprised of new materials never before used combined with innovative processes.  The Madbull PX piston is designed with full metal teething and hardened polymer.  The metal teeth is produced with MIM (Metal Injection Molding), which gives the teeth a degree of flexibility without breaking.  The body is molded with Alien green polymer ensure you have the alien power technology in your AEG!

State of the art composition
MIM full metal teeth
Alien green polymer
Eliminate 2nd tooth to less the stress on the gear

Jan 6, 2012

Smith Optics Aegis ARC Field kit with frame in Multicam.

The Aegis Eyeshield offers maximized coverage and protection for high impact environments. Whether you are deployed, training for a mission, or shooting for sport, the Aegis is the piece of eye protection you want with you.

  • Meets US Standard MIL-PRF-31013, ANSI Z87.1-2003 & EN 166 standards
  • PivLock Lens Interchange Technology allows for fast lens exchange
  • Airflow active ventilation channel exhausts air during activity
  • Megol temples and soft nose to hold eyeshield in place
  • Tapered Lens Technology corrects distortion
  • Anti-fog and scratch resistant coating on all lenses
  • Lenses provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/UVB/UVC rays
  • Compatible with Smith Elite Interchangeable Rx system
  • Good fit for hat size 7 1/4 or greater for Aegis ARC

Corps' new Combat Shooting Team adds new dynamic to marksmanship competitions

The Marine Corps' new Combat Shooting Team employs the "3-gun" method of fire during its courses of competition. Lance Cpl. John Tucker introduces us to the new team.

Jan 5, 2012

Madbull: Licensed Barret REC7 Gas Block Kit / Daniel Defense OmegaX 7.0 FSP

Madbull Airsoft is proud to announce the licensed Barret REC7 Gas Block Kit, and licensed Daniel Defense OmegaX 7.0 FSP rail.

Barrett REC7 Gas Block Kit (8.7" / 10.5" / 14.5"): 
The Barrett REC7 is one of the most reliable piston-driven rifles which is designed for both 6.8 and 5.56mm calibers. The REC7 patented gas block prevents excessive carbon build-up from operation under adverse conditions and make the rifle extremely reliable, clean, and low maintenance. As stated on the Barrett website: “Compact, accurate and completely trustworthy, the REC7 is designed specifically for situations in which there’s no room for errors!”

  • Adjustable / movable gas block switch 
  • Movable dummy piston driven system (spring and transfer rods) included (1:1 ratio replica) 
  • Adjustable Outer barrel included 
  • Built of T6-6061 Aluminum

More photos & info: http://madbull.com/rec7gbk/

Daniel Defense OmegaX 7.0 FSP 
MadBull Omega X Rails feature an easy upgrade platform, high strength, and extreme ergonomics. The Omega X Rails offer a smooth transition from the upper receiver offering the most useable rail space. It features a continuous upper rail platform along with integrated sling swivels. Integrated sling mounts also feature limited rotation and ambidextrous points.

NOTE: The OmegaX 7.0 FSP is designed specifically for use with the REC7 Gas Block Kit, 8.7" Version.
Front sight post configuration may require modification to outer barrel, or use of non-Madbull outer barrel.


  • Free Floating Barrel Design
  • Uninterrupted Upper Rail Platform
  • Integrated Sling Swivel Attachment Points with limited rotation
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny Rails
  • Narrow profile for enhanced ergonomics
  • Precision CNC machined
  • Aircraft Grade 6061 Aluminum
  • Matte Hard Coat Anodized finish
More photos & info: www.madbull.com/omegax7fsp

Jan 1, 2012

Happy New Year Artillery M109A1B firing FHD slideshow video.

Hellenic Army Artillery self propelled M109A1B firing a 155mm round in a live fire exercise. The slide-show contains 54 high definition photos. After two introduction photos there is a sequence of 52 images where the M109 is firing. We are using a Casio Exilim F1 Pro which is capable to shot 60 photos per second.

Music:Two Steps from Hell - Nemesis, Clash of Empires.
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