110323-A-3108M-009The military’s top research laboratory wants to replace its standard issue night vision goggles with a lighter more powerful version.

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) said today’s night vision goggles are too heavy and cumbersome for troops and have led to short term and long term neck injuries.

DARPA officials have put out a call to companies to issue proposals to build the next generation of night vision goggles. Proposals must put forth a plan to design goggles that look a lot like a bulky pair commercial sunglasses. The night vision glasses must be able to instantly switch from daylight to infrared.

Military leaders worry that soldiers and Marines don’t have the same advantage they once did in the night as more armies and fighters get access to commercial night vision goggles. DARPA made a point to highlight the development of devices like Goggle glasses that allow for instantaneous mobile computing. [click to continue…]

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We spent a little time on the range today with the Ohio Ordnance Works Heavy Counter Assault Rifle or HCAR.

It was outstanding. So much fun.

I say that not because this is the greatest firearm ever made. It’s not. It’s just a really cool gun story.

The HCAR is the brainchild of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Robert W. Landes III, whose father owns Ohio Ordnance Works. The company builds reproductions of historic weapons such as the Browning Automatic Rifle.

So Robert set out to bring the classic World War II weapon into the 21st century. The HCAR became available for sale this month, and it was on the floor at Modern Day Marine 2014.

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A Montana-based company is marketing carbon fiber-wrapped rifle barrels to high-tech hunters, as well as military shooters interested in a stronger, lighter — albeit pricier — weapon system.

Proof Research generated some buzz at this year’s Modern Day Marine expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, with a booth featuring the technology on different sized barrels. [click to continue…]

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Benchmade Knives showed off its latest little fixed blade that’s designed for heavy use.

The Steep Country – Benchmade’s newest addition to the Hunt Series — stood out to me at Modern Day Marine 2014.

It features a strong-looking 3.5 inch S30V steel blade and a non-slip, molded rubber handle.

“Everything about this particular knife is about skinning and outdoor utility,” said Benchmade’s Shane James.

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I couldn’t resist writing about this. Ohio Ordnance Works is going to demonstrate its Heavy Counter Assault Rifle, or HCAR at a live-fire range near Quantico Marine Base on Thursday and KitUP will be there.

The HCAR became available for sale this month, and it was on the floor at Modern Day Marine 2014.

It’s not really practical for U.S. military use since it is chambered for 30-06, but it is such a cool weapon. Unveiled at SHOT Show in January, the HCAR is a modernized, semi-automatic version of the Browning Automatic Rifle.

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For those who don’t know, Superfeet has these insoles that are made from carbon fiber, so they are ultra-thin but still offer a great deal of support.

The Carbon insoles are made from the company’s special plastic foam material that has been infused with carbon fiber.
“We are able to achieve a lighter-weight, thinner product that is going to withstand a lot more pounding,” Brian Mastrofino, sales operations manager, said at Modern Day Marine 2014. “Lighter, faster, stronger.”

The heel cup and mid-foot stabilizer resemble other Superfeet models, but the cushioning at the front of the foot doesn’t look like much. It’s down-right flimsy at first glance.

“It’s designed for lower-volume footwear,” Mastrofino said. “Our products give support by supporting the rear foot. It keeps your foot in its natural shape we achieve our cushioning by keeping all of the soft tissue that Mother Nature gave you in the right spots.”

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StreamLight has updated its Sidewinder light series with a highly-visible strobe that’s designed for both water and ground operations.

The Sidewinder Rescue features an omni-directional defuser that makes the strobe visible from the side as well as the top. It has two strobe settings. It fires 50 beats per minute to meet the U.S. Army requirement for ground operations and 110 bmp to meet the Marine Corps requirement for water ops, Matt Baker, director of Streamlight’s Military and Federal Sales, said Tuesday at Modern Day Marine 2014.

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