An outside petition is calling for restricting who can wear the tan beret in the U.S. Army to soldiers in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

The petition was posted on www.change.org by a group called SOF Alumni, for Special Operations Forces. As of Tuesday, it had more than 2,700 signatures. The news was first reported by Michelle Tan of Army Times.

Specifically, the petition seeks to “limit the receipt and wear of the tan beret only to those who have successfully graduated the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP).” [click to continue…]


Russia MasksPlenty of questions have been raised over the masks worn by pro-Russian militants in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Many have suggested the masks have disguised the identity of Russian special forces units.

The masks are not typically associated with U.S. military camouflage, but they are in Russia. In fact, the masks are part of the Russian term “maskirovka,” translated to  mean disguise. 

Masks have been incorporated into Russian military garb for hundreds of years. The purpose is to deny the basic identities of the troops. Wearing them is not out of the norm, especially for specialized units. [click to continue…]


Raytheon ExoskeletonThe U.S. military listed off the companies its working with thus far to develop a tactical suit for special operators that is often compared to the suit worn in the Hollywood film Iron Man.

Many of the companies listed on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) are the usual defense regulars like Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. There a few other athletic wear companies like Nike and Under Armour. And then there are a few outliers that have left some in the industry scratching their heads like National Public Radio and Red Bull Air Force.

Military leaders to include Adm. William McRaven, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, have touted the suit as a next generation capability that will change how Special Forces operate. Leaders like McRaven want it to provide troops super human strength, the ability to see through walls and a bulletproof skin, among other capabilities. [click to continue…]


Vertx - A-Range bag - 1Several of our minions have been playing around with elements of the new Vertx EDC lineup – the A-Range Bag is particularly good to go. This isn’t to say we don’t like what we’ve seen of the whole line, we do, but the A-Range Bag is what we’re most intrigued by. We’ll warn you up front, the price point on some EDC pieces will make you work to justify the expense to Household-6. They range from $150 for the satchel up to $220 for the Gamut Plus. It’s worth the purchase in our estimation, just not something you’re going to pick up for a few bucks at the PX as an impulse buy.

There are 7 pieces in the EDC lineup total – Commuter, Satchel, Gamut, Gamut Plus, Courier, A-Range and the limited edition version of the Gamut Plus. All of them have a lot of Velcro real-estate, largely because of their “Tactigami” add-on (this Tactigami stuff would be worthy of a short article itself, so watch for that). Below are a couple of videos from the new series. To our minions’ minds, the best piece of the line is the A-Range bag. It is, as the name indicates, a modular range bag. It’s very well designed and has some great features. Good for an individual/family visit to the range though obviously it’s not going to be something that carries everything you need for everyone during a qual day.

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A military police officer says he and his colleagues should be allowed to carry their own guns on bases while off duty to help provide security during mass shootings or other incidents.

The debate over whether to allow troops to carry personal firearms on military installations has gained momentum after the recent shooting at Fort Hood, Texas — the site of two mass shootings since 2009. [click to continue…]


Enduring FreedomCommon sense tells you that wearing your helmet and body armor in combat will increase your odds of survival, but British Army researchers said evidence to objectively demonstrate the advantage of body armor is scarce.

A British medical unit mapped the surface wounds of all NATO and Afghan troops treated at the field hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, from July 8 to October 12, 2012. The doctors and nurses compared the wounds with the body armor the soldiers wore.  They also mapped the wounds of those who did not have the protective helmet or armor on at the time they were hit.

And what they found was that troops wearing a helmet were 2.7 times less likely to sustain a fragmentation wound to the head than those that were unprotected. Body armor made it 4.1 times less likely that the soldier would suffer a fragmentation wound to the chest or abdomen, while a pelvis protector improved the wearer’s odds against a wound to the pelvic area by 10 times. [click to continue…]



Sig Sauer has a new, self-defense ammo that looks promising.

Elite Performance Centerfire Pistol Ammunition features the SIG V-Crown stacked hollow point design that “provides a smaller additional hollow point cavity behind the main cavity. This design, along with V-shaped jackets skives and scores provides controlled, uniform expansion at all effective distances and velocities,” according to Sig officials.SIG-Ammo-Web-New-Cutaway

It has a “unique toothed cannelure located halfway up the shank of the bullet to more effectively lock the jacket and core. This feature provides exceptional structural integrity in a jacketed design, ensuring maximum weight retention and outstanding terminal performance.”

Elite Performance ammo has a nickel-plated, brass case to reduce corrosion, enhances lubricity, and improves feeding and extraction, Sig officials say.

Sig Sauer has a detailed video on its website. Elite Performance is available in .380 AUTO, 9mm Luger, .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .45 AUTO and retails for $16-$22 for a box of 20.