Basic Load


Army equipment officials are asking gear companies for new ideas to reduce the weight of soldier protective kit by as much as 40 percent.

The Oct. 6 Request For Information asks for proposals to lighten the Soldier Protection System Torso and Extremity Protection, or SPS TEP.

The SPS TEP design consists of four components — Modular Scalable Vest, Ballistic Combat Shirt, Blast Pelvic Protector, and Load Distribution System. The Army has awarded multiple indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contracts for all of the components of the system, which weighs in at 16.14 pounds for a size medium.

“This RFI is to gain information on industry’s capabilities to further lighten soldiers’ load by 10-40% or better when compared to the legacy SPS TEP,” according to the RFI. “Significant potential exists in further reducing the weight of the SPS TEP components due to continued improvements in both ballistic and non-ballistic components.”

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If you live to lighten your kit, Emdom USA’s new Fight Light MALICE Clips might help you shave a few ounces of your MOLLE gear.

“These are identical in function to the previous version, but they’re thinner, lighter, stronger, and much easier to weave,” according to Emdom officials.

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Daniel Defense recently unveiled its newest rifle chambered for 7.62 x 51mm NATO – the DD5V1.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way this rifle turned out,” said Daniel Defense president and CEO Marty Daniel, in a recent press release.

“Our engineers utilized existing technology where appropriate and developed entirely new designs when necessary to optimize the performance of this gold-standard rifle. Those who demand … the increased range and terminal ballistics of 7.62mm ammo are going to be very pleased with this rifle.”

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The 2015 Modern Day Marine Military Expo will be held Sept. 22-24 at Quantico Marine Base and Kit Up!, will be there.

This year’s show will feature panel discussion groups for the first time. The panels will focus on Marine Corps programs, future amphibious operations and special operations.

Kit Up will be walking the exhibit floor, searching for sweet new gear.

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Springfield Armory is now offering its XD Mod.2 in a 4-inch Service Model just in time the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System competition.

To be clear, Springfield Armory officials are not marketing this new pistol as its entry into the Army’s recent XM17 MHS request for proposal – but the timing and the name can’t be ignored.

Anyway, the new, 9mm Service Model features a slim, ergonomic design with a 16-round magazine capacity.

“With high visibility, low-profile sights and a slim-contour frame, the XD Mod.2 Service Model is a feature-packed, full-sized double-stack pistol,” according to a Springfield Armory press release. “The noticeably slim profile and other features combine to make the Mod.2 Service Model a pistol that offers excellent ergonomics and serious firepower in a surprisingly concealable, full-sized handgun.”

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Savage Arms has added a 10-round detachable magazine to its new 10 FCP-SR Law Enforcement Series rifle.

The .308 platform is built around Savage’s “classic, duty-proven 110 action, and uses a floating bolt head, zero-tolerance headspacing and precision button rifling to provide outstanding accuracy and consistency,” according to a recent press release.

“The adjustable AccuTrigger lets the shooter set the trigger to their individual preferences for a light, crisp pull, while the AccuStock bedding system engages the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, further enhancing accuracy.”

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SafeTacMag,LLC has developed an training magazine for M16s and M4s, specifically designed to fire blank ammo.

“During training exercises, blank ammunition often “jams,” causing the service rifle to malfunction. … The standard-issue magazine was never designed to fire blank ammunition,” according to a recent press release. “As everyone in uniform knows, the much shorter blank ammunition cartridges simply do not feed properly from the standard magazine into the service rifle. Our blank-fire magazines feed blanks into the service rifle seamlessly without causing jams.”

SafeTacMags require no modifications to the weapon and “makes training safer because it is simply impossible to load live rounds into our magazine,” according to the release.

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