The data book you see in the picture above is the Combat Operations Data Book (CODB) from 1MOA Solutions in use in Afghanistan. The CODB was developed by former Army sniper Adam Wilson with help from other long gun specialists and is built by Combat Swag.
Adam is the head of 1MOA Solutions. When not crossing Eriador with Balin, Dwalin, Oin, Gloin and Pocket Doc, he now teaches precision rifle, carbine and other classes via 1MOA Solutions, Warrior Summit and other venues. The CODB is modular and was designed to withstand the abuse of mud, sand, dirt, etc. frequently encountered by snipers on the job. It’s built of rip resistant, waterproof materials that has been described by some of its end users as “even tougher than Rite in the Rain paper.” [click to continue…]
The Olight S20 flashlight has many good features. First of all, it’s light, tiny and easy to carry. No matter how great a flashlight is, if it’s not comfortable to carry, it’s going to stay in the house or car. This one rides snugly and practically unnoticed on my belt, thanks to a very sturdy belt clip, or in my back pocket next to my wallet.
It’s also extremely bright, much brighter than other small flashlights I’ve owned. Back in the 90s when I first became a cop, the giant incandescent Streamlight I carried wasn’t this bright. It also has variable levels of brightness, from very subdued to pretty bright to damn bright. [click to continue…]
It’s extremely rare that you will ever catch me wearing anything other than boots. Being extremely hard on my boots, I tend to wear them out faster than most of my teammates and buddies. That’s why at first I was very skeptical of the “Valsetz light weight boots” from UnderArmour.
Constructed completely out of synthetic materials, these extremely light weight boots are the first I’ve ever worn that are completely void of leather. Not being a tree hugger, leather free boots are not something I typically go hunting for. Perhaps this is because I’m a little too traditional and biased. I’ve just always associated natural leather with durability and longevity of the footwear. However, we live in a world full of synthetics and mad-man materials, used in millions of applications on a daily basis. So maybe my skepticism was arguably a bit unfounded. [click to continue…]
A buddy once said that flashlights and knives should only come in one color; blaze orange. We were surprised as he has lots of experience outside the wire. We asked him why.
He said he was tired of losing them. Second, he figured if the enemy was close enough to see the blaze strip sticking out of your pockets then you already have bigger problems.
We empathize with that and have joked over the years that we’re really good at losing three things: expensive pocket knives, Zippos and women. Luckily, all three easily replaced (if not without some tears and regret). Flashlights are another issue — they’re a small EDC item that often goes MIA, whether by a lapse in caution, forgetfulness or thieving bastards. [click to continue…]
One of our friends pointed this out to us, so we thought we’d pass it along. You can argue most tactics all day long but TBF (Tactical Blind Fire: “unsighted target discrimination and prosecution”) is irrefutably, ruthlessly effective. It’s the next best thing to doing a “death blossom” with an AK and a handgun when you’re surrounded. There are a few discrepancies in this one, of course – no reflective belts, for one, and it’s a video (not a powerpoint) for another. Other than that? Totally legit.
Besides, who doesn’t like pie? Mad Duo [click to continue…]
Rehovot-based Agilite is a company founded and operated by Israeli Defense Force and US special operations veterans. Company officials plan to announce Tuesday they’ve purchased a company called Shiltex.
Shiltex is Israel’s national manufacturer of webbing, paracord and similar material. They also make the braided drinking tubes on Israel-based Source Hydration‘s drinking tubes. The interesting thing about Shiltex is that it hasn’t just produced textiles for the IDF for over half a century, they also provide material for Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. [click to continue…]
I am a Southern boy who grew up in the woods with a gun in my hand hunting all types of game. From day one, camouflage was paramount to any successful hunt. The right camouflage can sometimes determine whether you bring home a trophy buck and bragging rights or you’re heading back home empty handed.
Unfortunately, camouflage can get pretty expensive and, if you hunt multiple types of game in different seasons of the year, your wallet will quickly feel the effects of your obsession with the outdoors. Cabela’s has a plan to remedy your need for multiple articles of camouflage and help your budget with one quick dose – and I wonder how this might impact things from a tactical perspective. [click to continue…]