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U.S. Army scientists are trying to show how better-fitting body armor can improve a soldier’s performance.

Members of the Anthropology and Human Factors Teams at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are conducting a range-of-motion and encumbered anthropometry study to better understand the link between fit and performance with the Improved Outer Tactical Vest Gen III.

“We have this belief that if the fit of the body armor is really good, then the performance is going to be maximized,” Dr. Hyeg joo Choi, the principal investigator for the study, said in an Oct. 9 Army press release. “So the question is how can we quantify a good fit so that soldiers’ performance is maximized?”

To help answer that question, Choi and her fellow researchers collected measurements from 23 soldiers at Natick, including 21 males and two females.

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U.S. Army equipment officials are encouraging units to use lithium AA batteries rather than the cheaper alkaline version to power thermal weapon sights and night vision gear.

The L91 lithium battery costs more but it lasts a lot longer than the alkaline alternative, according to Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers officials.

Lithium batteries provide up to three times the operating time which will allow soldiers to carry less batteries on dismounted ops, said Joe Pearson, Logistics Management Division director for PM SSL.

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I love Modern Day Marine. It’s a small show, but there’s always cool kit to see. This year, 375 gear companies are expected to show up at Quantico Marine Base, Va., Sept. 23-25.

KitUp! will be there, scouring the floor for latest in weapons accessories, lights, packs, gloves, eye wear, boots, knives and other tactical gear. Let us know if there is anything specific you want us to check out.

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U.S. Army weapons engineers are developing a new 40mm grenade that is designed to explode over enemy fighters hiding behind cover.

The Small Arms Grenade Munitions, or SAGM, will be twice as lethal as the current 40mm grenade against targets in defilade, according to Steven Gilbert, project officer with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Gilbert, and a team of about 10 engineers within the Joint Service Small Arms Program, is trying to replace the standard 40mm grenade with an airburst model to be used against enemy in defilade positions.

“Warfighters currently lack the ability to achieve desired accuracy and incapacitating effects against personnel targets in defilade at ranges from 51 to 500 meters,” Gilbert said in a recent Army press release.

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Crye Precision LLC has unveiled a new line of modular pouches that offers a few new twists on the general purpose pouch genre.

The Smart Pouch Suite features six pouches and accessories to offer multiple options for carrying kit to satisfy mission needs, Crye officials maintain.

The SPS consists of a Frag Pouch, 5.56/7.62/MBITR Pouch, 152/Bottle Pouch, GP Pouch 6x6x3, GP Pouch 9x7x3 and GP Pouch 11x6x4.

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IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., today introduced the IWI US Online Web Store (www.iwi.us/Products), for fans of the Tavor SAR.

The new store offers a host of Tavor accessories, including the IWI Vertical Foregrip and Ergonomic Foregrip, the Foregrip Light Holder and Flashlight/Laser Holder, the Tavor SAR Forearm Picatinny Rail and cleaning kits.

“We are thrilled to have launched the IWI US Online Web Store,” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US, said in a recent press release. “This has been a long time coming and we’ve worked really hard to create something our fans would appreciate and find simple to navigate.”

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Months back, I finally got my hands on a 4-Banger Bag from 5.11. I had been looking forward to checking the bag out for some time. I gave it a few spins in my hands, along with the normal poking and prodding that comes with new gear, then quickly starting loading it with essentials for a “get home” type situation. The 4-Banger stays in my wife’s van because that’s our primary family vehicle. I want her to have a solid and dependable bag capable of storing what she’d need if my family was to get stranded without me.

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