QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va. — Gerber showed off its new Crew Served Weapons tool at Modern Day Marine 2013. The nifty new multi-tool is an offshoot of Gerber’s eFECT tool for cleaning M16/M4 weapons.
The CSW tool has several scrapers designed to get into the nooks and crannies of the M249 and the M240 machine guns. It’s scheduled to be released Oct. 1 and, according to Gerber officials, has already generated a lot of interest from the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Gerber officials said they had not decided on a price yet but estimated it should retail for just under $100.
I got a chance to get my hands on Phokus Research Group’s alternative to the sometimes bulky Individual First Aid Kits combat troops wear on their body armor vests. I saw the Sons Trauma Kit last week at the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Ga., at the ADS Inc. booth.
This is a pretty good idea for grunts who want to trim down the kit they carry on their vests. The STK contains what you need to treat battlefield wounds, but it’s designed to fit behind a standard Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert.
The clear, medical grade vinyl packaging seems beefy enough to stand up to lots of abrasion.
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., is trying to get the U.S. Army to replace the fleece jacket in the Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System with a fire-resistant, Primaloft jacket that looks nice and toasty.
Currently, there is no FR requirement in the ECWCS line, but Army officials are warming up to the idea after dealing with more than a decade of flash-fire producing enemy bombs, said Jon Buchwald, Army branch specialist at Gore’s military fabric division. Plus, fleece doesn’t compare to Primaloft when it comes to compressibility and efficiency.
“We are trying to replace the fleece; wind goes right through it,” Buchwald said recently at the Army’s 2013 Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Ga. Gore officials have teamed up with Wild Things Tactical for the venture.
About a month and a half ago, Kit Up contributor Chris Hernandez was sent a pair of Smith & Wesson’s “Athletic Breach” boots to review. Hernandez has yet to give the boots a full test, but he jotted down his initial impressions based off what he’s learned, good and bad, from boots he’s worn in the past. A more arduous evaluation is due in a couple months.
First thing: right out of the box, these boots look pretty impressive. They certainly appear well-made, with no obvious weak points. The boots are solidly built, with much thicker material than any other military boot I’ve worn except for the Danners. The first time I put them on it felt like I had armored up my feet. [click to continue…]
Despite 12 years of continuous combat experience and significant advances in material, design and manufacture technology, the military’s holster selection process and guidance on wear still leaves plenty to be desired.
Holster choice is largely inconsistent, frequently arbitrary and only rarely reflected in training or on the square range.
I know this to be true – I just don’t know if there’s anything to be done about it.
Arsenal Democracy has been in existence less than 8 months and are poised to unveil new rifles in about two months.
Two Special Forces Soldiers stood Arsenal Armory up back in January and they have already weathered problems that would have completely shut down less determined entrepreneurs. James Pechi and David Pavlick were still assigned to 7th Special Forces Group when they established Arsenal Democracy.
James departed the Army two months later to work at it full time. David will be starting terminal leave soon to join him.