There are many custom kydex and leather holsters out there. This makes it easy to yawn and dismiss a new style or manufacturer – I’m not sure that’s a wise idea with the Keeper Holster.
What initially intrigued me most about this holster was that Craig Douglas was somehow associated with it, even peripherally. After listening to Spencer Keeper, the holster’s designer, discuss his design methodology I decided to order one and take it out to the range. If it works as described it would mitigate the issues I have had carrying appendix inside the waistband (AIWB).
The Keeper kydex holster begins with the premise that driving the butt of a handgun into the wearers belly will help with concealment. To this end Spencer has built 2 wedges into the holster; one to push the butt of the gun into the belly, one to push the muzzle away from the body, which (because it is hinged on the belt line) pulls the slide into the body. [click to continue…]
Army airframes will soon be receiving improved, lighter ballistic protection, according to Redstone Arsenal,. Developed by the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), the new armor will increase protection while significantly reducing weight.
The recently developed Ballistic Protection System (BPS) was designed specifically to improve the survivability of helicopters, whose changing roles on the battlefield have them lingering in place for long periods of time. It is substantially different from more common armor. [click to continue…]
That’s the Skallywag Razor and Skallywag Tactical Dagger from Skallywag Tactical. Skallywag is run by Craig Burhart and his partner Mr. Grey. Skallyway is based out of Marina St. Croix, MN. There they build knives, perform custom work on guns and engage in “think tank – skunk works” development of a very wide array of items – from push daggers to boats 4WD vehicles for disabled persons.
Craig’s background is in fabrication and electronics while Grey’s is in engineering, knife design and CNC machining. Both were SCUBA diving instructors in the Cayman Islands for about a decade. They came back home to open a fabrication-design engineering center, which has grown very quickly despite being, as Craig describes it, “out in the back woods.” [click to continue…]
“The Monkey” has announced his first pack design – the “Adapt Pack.”
Based on the Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack (ROP), MSM (MilSpec Monkey) made a few design changes he thought might improve it for his intended needs. He wanted it to be an ambidextrous, lightweight pack with modularity and the ability to compartmentalize and organize equipment both military and civilian users might carry on a daily basis.
It is a nice size; somewhere between EDC pack and small assault pack, with the added benefit of wearing it like a messenger bag if preferred. [click to continue…]
Microtech Defense Industries (MDI) will be releasing a new entry to the polymer rifle magazine market in the next two months. MDI’s parent company is the same Microtech you are probably familiar with as Microtech Knives; the magazines are called ACMs (Advanced Combat Magazines).
The ACMs will be available in both .308/7.62×61 and 5.56mm; apparently the former will be a 25-round capacity and latter in 30- and 40-round capacities. Constructed of an “advanced, impact modified, UV resistant polymer with low deformity properties,” they’ll be available in ‘Smoke Translucent’, Matte Black, OD Green or Dark earth. [click to continue…]
Swedish manufacturer Spuhr AB typically builds firearms accessories like optics mounting systems, sights for 40 mike-mike grenade launchers and updgrade kits for the G36 and HK 417. Håkan Spuhr just released some video of the new Spuhr AB NVG adapter for the Ops-Core helmet and VAS shroud.
This new piece will allow a helmet wearer to utilize the previously released Spuhr AB NVG mount with the popular Ops-Core VAS. The Spuhr NVG mount is an ambidextrous, lightweight and flexible mount that allows the user to change from having one to two monoculars as needed. It also allows a fast, efficient way to transfer not only the optic from head/helmet to firearm and back, but also the entire system from helmet to head and back. [click to continue…]
Australia’s Special Operations Research & Development (SORD) is offering a few more of their Light Field Anoraks (LFA) for commercial purchase. This is usually a military/government item, available only intermittently. Like the British smock, anoraks are a less common type of cold weather garment that is very well-loved by those who prefer it to more traditional snivel kit like softshell jackets.
These SORD LFSs are available in MultiCam only, unfortunately (not even AUSCAM), so those who might want to wear one in “civvies” are out of luck. Color options (colour options if you’re from Australia) are limited in this particular fabric.
The LFA is a lightweight mid- or outer-layer garment. It is lightweight, waterproof and apparently breathable (according to SORD it is breathable enough that they eschewed pit zips). The base fabric, “DELTA“, is US-manufactured by Duro Textiles. It is NIR (Near Infrared) and Schoeller Nanosphere treated. The former reduces the wearers IR signature while the latter helps the garment repel debris and water while retaining warmth and breathability.
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