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Propper International, manufacturer of the USMC-issued ILBE (Improved Load Bearing Equipment) ruck, has released their new UC (User Configurable) Pack.

In fact Propper says the UC Pack is inspired by that Marine ruck. It measures 20” high x 13” wide x 6.5” deep with 4 built in compartments; one on top for small items, a segregated compartment with drainage ports and cinch straps at the bottom and two internal zippered pouches that run the full height/width of the bag (one in the front and one in the back).

The pack opens almost completely clamshell-fashion (the zippers end immediately above the separated bottom compartment) for access. The front pocket has a padded insert; the back a frame sheath for support and structure. Shoulder straps are padded and are equipped with adjustable waist and chest straps, and there are pass-through ports on top for cables, hydration tubes, etc.

The interior is lined with soft-touch loop for hook and loop accessories and virtually the entire exterior of the pack is equipped with MOLLE/PALS loops for modularity. Propper addresses this modularity with a large series of storage accessories; pouches, pockets and assorted other organizers that will hold everything from weapon magazines to admin gear.

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G2 Research recently introduced its new 10mm R.I.P. round, the latest in its line of self-defense, fragmenting pistol ammo line.

Is anyone out there familiar with this stuff? It looks impressive; wonder if its effective? R.I.P. stands for Radically Invasive Projectile that’s offered in a range of calibers, from .380 to .45 ACP.

“The key to the R.I.P. round’s devastating effect is its exclusive bullet construction that causes the round to fragment into several separate controlled copper fragments thus causing more bleeding, trauma and pain all designed to stop an attacker quickly,” G2 Research officials said in a recent press release.

The fragments are called Trocars. The .380 round contains seven Trocars. All other R.I.P. rounds contain nine of these nasty little slivers.

“When the R.I.P. round enters the target, the large hollow point creates a huge temporary wound and the individual Trocars peel from the bullet body and spread in a controlled, multi-inch circular wound pattern while the bullet base continues traditional penetration,” the release states.

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Blue Force Gear has a belt-mounted version of its Ten-Speed magazine/multitool pouches that’s worth checking out.

“Whether worn at home on a duty belt, or under clothing for concealed carry, the Ten-Speed pouch securely holds single pistol magazine while allowing for immediate accessibility,” according to Blue Force Gear officials.

The pouch uses a hook and loop closure system to attach to belts or duty belts up to 2 inches in width.
The Ten-Speed pouch has no sharp edges or hard corners, making for comfortable all-day carry and allowing the pouch to lay flat when the mag is removed.

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Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn recently expressed his desire to lighten the soldier’s load during a visit to Program Executive Office Soldier, according to Army officials.

PEO Soldier officials showed Allyn how they are providing soldiers with more lethal weapons, better protective gear and more capable equipment while also looking for ways to lighten soldier load during his June 23 visit.

Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, commander of PEO Soldier, and his project and product managers briefed new programs and developments taking place, according to a recent Army press release.

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Demands-Study-600x400The Army is making progress with a special study designed to help soldiers determine which specialty to pursue.

The purpose of the Physical Demands Study, or PDS, is to provide predictive tests to select soldiers for accession into physically-demanding occupations, an Army statement sai

Researchers, from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, three times this year as they continue to collect data for the study. [click to continue…]

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Revision Military’s Kinetic Operations Suit attracted a lot of attention at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla. this past week.

It was the only attraction on the exhibit floor to take a stab at U.S. Special Operations Command’s vision for creating the Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit, or TALOS — a program the command launched in 2013 to create Iron-Man-style suits designed to give operators increased physical strength while providing them with greater ballistic protection and acute situational awareness on the battlefield.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Textron Systems showed off its newest effort to develop an ultra-light 7.62mm machine gun at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

The new MG is being designed to weigh 14.5 pounds – more than eight pounds lighter than the lightest version of the M240.

The effort is part of the Case-Telescoped Weapons and Ammunition program which has produced a matured 5.56mm lightweight machine gun similar to the M249 squad automatic weapon, according to Textron officials.

The newer 7.62mm version is under contract with Joint Service Small Arms Program Office to develop the operating system to handle the larger caliber, according to Ben Cole, mechanical engineer for AAI Corp., owned by Textron. JSSAP is based in the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

Formerly known as the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies, or LSAT, the program is designed to lower ammunition weight by 40 percent as well as producing significantly lighter infantry weapons.

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