These are wicked. Ernest Emerson is now making his popular Commander folder with Kryptek camouflage, G-10 handles just in time for Christmas.
Krypek was one of the finalists for the U.S. Army’s camouflage improvement effort. It’s unlikely we will ever see battalions of soldiers decked out in this unique style of camo. But the reptilian motif is becoming quite popular. It’s showing up on packs, pouches and ballcaps.
“Since these handles are built with actual Kryptek patterns in random order, every handle is completely different and none match any other. So although they are similar, bear in mind that none will look exactly the same as our sample photos. In other words all patterns will vary from knife to knife. So if you’ve been good this year, I suggest you ask Santa for a Commander that will garner some serious bragging rights and ownership of a Commander so unique that no one will ever have one quite the same as yours.”
Emerson Christmas Kryptek Commanders are available in Highlander, Mandrake and Nomad for $290 each.
Arsenal Inc. has a new optics mount for AK-style rifles. The SM-13 is made from a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum and is designed to attach to the side of an AK variant rifle for maximum stability, Arsenal Inc. officials maintain.
The SM-13 follows the contour of the rifle closely. The low-profile design allows for the use of the iron sights when the scope mount is attached to the rifle. It relies on a time-proven steel adjustable locking mechanism that allows instantaneous attachment and release of the scope mount without any compromise to the accuracy and loss of zero, company officials say.
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FN Herstal recently unveiled its next generation MINIMI Light Machine Guns that feature a new feedtray, cocking handle, buttstock and bipod/handguard assembly.
The U.S. Military adopted the 5.56mm version of the MINIMI in 1982 to become the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.
The new FN MINIMI Mk3 is convertible to either 5.56mm and 7.62mm and ”offers the users improved ergonomics and improved mobility while retaining the same core mechanism as the previous versions, for a limited impact on logistics,” FN officials maintain.
“The modifications introduced on the FN MINIMI Mk3 result from feedback provided by users engaged in current operating theatres. Indeed, the demands of users have evolved over the past 10 to 15 years due to changes in the way the FN MINIMI machine gun is used in combat (increased use of accessories, evolutions in the soldier’s equipment, and changes in tactics such as shooting from all positions).”
The changes include:
– An ergonomic buttstock adjustable in length (5 positions) to allow compensation for body armor and load bearing equipment. The buttstock is adjustable for cheek rest height as well. The user can have his eye correctly aligned with the iron sights, or optical sights, while keeping his cheek properly positioned on the buttstock. It also integrates a folding shoulder rest and a hydraulic buffer that stabilizes the rate of fire and reduces felt recoil.
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When we decided to do reader reviews on military-style bivy shelters, we wanted to give the rest of our audience some insight on what amounts to be a substantial investment in snivel gear. We chose these three bivies because they were anything but cheap.
The Observer Plus, which retails for a little more than $700, features a duel-pole support system at the front opening and is extremely low profile. The Sabre SE, which averages about $500, has an inflatable, Airbeam support system, a large vestibule and light-signature reducing fabric. And finally, the IONOSPHERE, which costs about $200, is a roomy, well constructed shelter that will likely keep you well protected in foul weather. [click to continue…]
NEMO’s Sabre SE features a new waterproof, breathable fabric that significantly masks light sources from inside this compact little bivy. The OSMO DC fabric does not provide full blackout capability, but it is very effective. I tested it using white, blue and red light inside; the only light that stuck out was the white light. I was truly impressed.
Like its big brother — the Gogo — the Sabre SE uses an innovative, inflatable rib, or airbeam, for support. It is a strong performer, but I found it difficult to set up and take down in a hurry.
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The Observer Plus, by Carinthia European Cold Weather Specialists, is a simple, intuitive shelter that is less a bivy bag, and more of a tent. It’s easy to use, versatile and very well constructed.
Two tent poles form a small dome at the head end which provides enough space for the user to handle a rifle lying in the prone in an overwatch position. The design slopes down from the shoulder to the foot end to prevent straight lines which are easily spotted, company officials maintain.
The Observer Plus features a large opening at the front that allows a 180-degree field of view. It has an L-shaped, zipper opening that allows the user to enter and exit from the left side. Both the observation opening and the access opening are fitted with a mosquito net. All zippers are protected by a specially designed storm flap to make them absolutely waterproof, company officials maintain.
The bag is made of Gore-Tex and is well put together. As I stated before, this is more of a tent than a pure bivy bag, as it uses tent poles, and has loops to stake it down. The whole system is very simple to use; it took me about 10 minutes to figure out how to put it up, without using a picture. Anyone could use this with minimal spin up time.
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This week, KitUp!, will run reader reviews on three military-style bivy shelters. We put out the call for reviewers in May and got an overwhelming response.
So as winter approaches, we thought it would be a good time to look at available upgrades to the standard G.I. bivy.
We selected bivy shelters from three respectable gear makers that offer one-man shelters designed for use on the battlefield. We looked for compact, lightweight bivies made from high quality materials. Our reviewers focused on setup and takedown times as well as how easy or painful it would be to get out of these little cocoons if it meant life or death.
We also tried to select bivies that represented a wide range of designs, features and price points.
Look for the first reader review later today.