COAST's Polysteel 600 LED Flashlight COAST’s Polysteel 600 LED Flashlight

COAST unveiled a set of three POLYSTEEL LED flashlights over the summer that the company plans to display next week at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas.

The waterproof flashlights are designed with a stainless steel core as well as an easy-to-grip polymer body. COAST, based out of Portland, Oregon, introduced the POLYSTEEL 200, POLYSTEEL 400, and the POLYSTEEL 600.

The company didn’t deliver the specs for the 200 model but they did for the 400 and 600. [click to continue…]


Army Spc. Rafael Boza tests the prototype smart suit on a three-mile course  at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The Army tested a prototype of soft suit designed by Harvard University engineers to aid soldiers’ muscles on long marches and patrols allowing them to move quicker and for longer distances without getting injured, according to an Army release.

Engineers with Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have worked with the Army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a smart suit that uses a “series of webbing straps containing a microprocessor and a network of strain sensors.”

“The suit mimics the action of leg muscles and tendons so a soldier’s muscles expend less energy,” Ignacio Galiana, a robotics engineer working on the project, said in the Army’s release. [click to continue…]


D3O TrustArmy’s PEO Soldier awarded funding to a British material specialist to test the company’s shock absorbing helmet system for the Advanced Combat Helmet.

The helmet padding system, built by D3O, is called TRUST, which stands for Trauma Reduction and Unrivaled Shock Technology. The British-based company designed the system to protect soldiers from traumatic brain injuries.

D3O designs a host of materials based off its orange polymer that can protect against blunt force while remaining comfortable to wear. The company also sells knee pads, football helmet pads  and even cell phone cases. [click to continue…]



Daniel Defense just released an upgrade to its popular Aimpoint Micro Mount.

The Aimpoint Micro Mount (Absolute Co-witness) users the option of both an absolute or lower 1/3rd co-witness with iron sights and Aimpoint’s popular Micro R-1, H-1, T-1, or T-2 optics.

“In the early years, we earned the reputation of being a rails & accessories company,” said Marty Daniel, the president and CEO for Daniel Defense. “It remains a core element of our business, and this upgrade to the Aimpoint mount demonstrates our ability to take a proven product and elevate it to the next level.”

The improved mount features our Patented Rock & Lock attachment system and secures to any MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail with two slotted machine screws.

These fasteners thread into stainless steel self-locking threaded inserts that resist vibration and loosening. Offering absolute or a lower 1/3rd co-witness with your back-up iron sights, this mount is ideal for shooters who are looking for the lightest mount to accent their Aimpoint Micro, Daniel Defense officials officials maintain.

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If you haven’t heard about this, it’s a pretty interesting story. A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss’s brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle suppressors, according to prosecutors in a trial that began recently.

“In opening trial statements in Alexandria, Va., prosecutors said the defendant, Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling, had no authority to buy weapons and that the real reason for the contract was to bail out his boss’s brother, who prosecutors said had a failing race-car business.”

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Emdom USA has a new, low-profile wallet that might be just the right touch of tacticool for your business cards, cash and plastic.

The Emdom Slim Wallet is made from the “thinnest and lightest weight materials possible,” Emdom officials maintain.

It features five external card slots on the front and a webbing grid on the back for additional cards. The cash pocket features plastic inserts in the opening for ease of access.

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The swatch of Army uniform fabric on the right has been treated with a special coating, making it super liquid repellent. Three drops of grape juice sit on top. The un-coated swatch on the left could not keep the grape juice from soaking in. (U.S. Army photo) The swatch of Army uniform fabric on the right has been treated with a special coating, making it super liquid repellent. Three drops of grape juice sit on top. The un-coated swatch on the left could not keep the grape juice from soaking in. (U.S. Army photo)

U.S. Army scientists have developed an advanced coating for fabrics that could make soldier uniforms much more effective at repelling water, oil and many other liquid chemicals.

This durable “omniphobic” coating is much more repellent than Quarpel – a water-repellent coating that has been used for the past 40 years, Army officials maintain.

“It’s omniphobic. That means it hates everything,” Quoc Truong, a physical scientist at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, said in an Army press release.

Truong and other Army scientist developed the coating to ensure “minimal impact to Army fabrics’ original physical properties and performances, such as comfort, while providing added repellency to water, oil and toxic chemicals,” the release states.

The coating greatly reduces how often soldiers need to clean their clothes and enhances chem-bio protection, according to Army officials.

Uniforms treated with the coating then underwent field testing to assess field durability, performance and user acceptance.

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