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LAS VEGAS – The competitive nature of SHOT Show is always exciting to behold, but sometimes – it can get a little nasty.

Maxpedition launched a new fixed-blade knife line at the opening of SHOT Show 2014, touching off a dispute between Maxpedition owner Tim Tang and Kevin McClung, who makes Mad Dog Knives.

So it turns out Tang’s new line of inexpensive fixed-blade knives and sheaths, made with tool steel and glass reinforced handles, looks a lot like McClung’s expensive Mad Dog Knives and sheaths.

So much so that McClung wasted no time accusing Tang of copying his designs in the comments section of a Jan. 14 KitUp!, post.

DSC_0490“Tim Tang/Maxpedition has OBVIOUSLY ripped off my sheath designs, as well as many of my trademarked/copyrighted design features on the knives. The assertion that “Tang also designed a universal Kydex sheath for each blade size” is total baloney, as these are BLATANT RIPOFFS of my own sheath designs. His previous use of my name and registered trademarks in his advertising of his knife line is uncompensated and unlawful. Timmy has some explaining to do. His “Passion” is evidently making poor copies of better men’s work. That’s called PLAGIARISM.”

I spoke with Tang after the dispute emerged, and he looked a bit rattled over it.

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DSC_0526Most things made by Crye Precision look high-speed and the tactical clothing and gear maker’s new Six12 rotary-fed, semiautomatic breaching shotgun is no different.

Yes, Crye Precision LLC., the creator of the MultiCam camouflage pattern, showed off its new Six12 12 gauge shotgun at this year’s SHOT Show.

The streamlined package is designed to mount under AR-style rifles and carbines in attempt to solve a problem most breachers face, said Eric Burt, senior design engineer at Crye.

“As soon as the door is breached, he has to get out of the way and transition and get to the back of the stack as they enter the room,” Burt said.  “We wanted to have a shotgun that you can breach doors with attached to your primary weapon so that a breacher can breach the door … then go on in.”

Burt has designed weapons in the past for Advanced Armament Corp. and Magpul Industries. Crye officials hired him to design the Six12.

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LAS VEGAS – Maxpedition, a gear company known for making extremely rugged, tactical packs and bags, is now offering a large line of tough, fixed-blade knives that won’t empty your bank account.

The new knives are available in three sizes and come in a variety of blade styles. They feature hard chrome plated, D2 tool steel blades with full-tang construction.

KitUp!, talked to Maxpedition’s owner Tim Tang about his leap into the fixed-blade world.

“I wanted to use a tool steel; D2 was very attractive because it’s very hard and very tough and it has a higher chrome content than most tool steels so it’s a little bit more corrosion resistant,” said Tang, a long-time knife collector and blade designer before he launched Maxpedition.

“Knives are my passion. Introducing a cutlery line is sort of me coming full circle. Knives got me into the gear industry. I had the opportunity to build really good bags; now I have the opportunity to come back and do my passion.”

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NOLATAC Training and Consulting has teamed up with High Speed Gear Inc. to introduce the M3T Multi-Mission Medical Taco. This is a welcome addition to the list of HSGI-built products, in our mind. Med kits are finally all the tacticool rage, and frankly it took long enough. More importantly, the increasing number of options for an individual trauma kit, from a variety of manufacturers, has made it far more likely that 1) they’ll be carried in the first place and 2) that a suitable choice exists for every body type and manner of carrying gear. The M3 Taco promises to accept a wide variety of pre-built medical modules now commercially available. This would add significant (and cost efficient) versatility with one purchase.

Kit Up! Mad Duo on HSGI Multi Mission Medical Taco -4

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A company known as GEARWARD is offering compact spools of low-bulk survival cord that’s stronger than battle-tested 550 cord, GEARWARD officials boast.

To me, 550 cord has no equal. It’s strong, compact and easy to work with. But it’s more than that — 550 cord is used as suspension lines on tactial parachutes. It’s a common thread between paratroopers and parachutists – past, present and future.

Having said that, I’m always open to new ideas. GEARWARD founder, Mark Greenman, recently reached out to us about his new Compact Survival Cord products, and I have to say they do look interesting.

Compact Survival Cord “represents a serious leap forward when compared to traditional 550 paracord. By combining high-tech cordage with a unique spool design, CSC allows the soldier to carry far more cordage than was previously possible, and most importantly, allows them to deploy it at a moments notice,” Greenman said. “Compared to traditional 550 Paracord, CSC is significantly smaller and lighter – while still being strong enough to count on in an emergency.”

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gcode1The U.S. Army recently awarded contracts worth more than $73 million to equip soldiers with the G-Code XST and Blackhawk SERPA holsters for its Improved Modular Tactial Holster program.

On Dec. 18, the Army awarded a $49 million contract to Military Hardware, LLC for G-Code holsters and $24.3 million contract to ADS Inc. for Serpa holsters.

The SERPA line has seen mixed reviews over the years. The Marine Corps held a similar effort two years ago and adopted the Blackhawk SERPA.

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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.