KitUp! is extremely grateful to all our readers who answered the May 16 call for gear reviewers. To date, we have received 348 applicants! That’s overwhelming; much more than we had hoped for.
Unfortunately, it’s also many more than we can use, so the applicant portion of our reader gear review effort is now officially closed. There is a chance we will reopen the application portion in the future.
The next step is to go through all the applicants and pick those best suited to be guest reviewers. Our goal was to end up with a pool of about 20 solid reviewers. Now we will likely keep a large number of applicants on file, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear from us right away. We may contact you six months from now when other reviewers are unavailable or don’t work out.
The next steps involve selecting the first pieces of gear and getting them into the hands of reviewers. It may take a little time to settle into a smooth rotation, so please be patient with us. We will keep you updated as we move forward.
Congress has directed the Pentagon to look into fielding female-specific kit ranging from rucksacks to body armor to field urination devices.
Lawmakers are concerned that the services haven’t done enough to ensure that individual combat equipment is designed to fit the female body properly despite the increased role women have played in dismounted ground combat over the past decade.
The increased interest in this issue comes on the heels of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision in January to lift the ban prohibiting women from serving in combat arms units such as infantry and Special Forces.
Adaptive Tactical recently announced it’s offering its Sidewinder Venom Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kits for Mossberg shotguns. These conversion kits enable the 500 and 590 pump-action shotguns to be loaded with the Adaptive Tactical’s 10-round rotary magazines and five-round magazines.
Adaptive Tactical introduced its redesigned Sidewinder Venom concept in January 2012. I’ve never seen it before, but I’d give it a whirl. It does look like it would be right at home in an “Expendables” movie.
The debate over mobility versus protection and complaints from the field is by no means new. However, the recent focus on “returning [the Corps] to its high-mobility, high-tempo expeditionary roots” make it seem to be the source of newly focused attention.
Marine Corps System Command, Marine Corps Capabilities Directorate and others are participating in the Marine Corps Load Effect Assessment Program and “Lighten the Load” initiative.
“A middleweight fighter can fight one weight class down or one weight class up,” said George Solhan, Director of Marine Corps Science and Technology, echoing the sentiment of Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, who originally compared the Marine Corps to a middleweight boxer. [click to continue…]
Line of Fire is about to introduce their newest addition to their glove line, The Jedi.
The Jedi is a super-lightweight and comfortable minimalist tactical glove that is meant for many types of users. It can be used as operational glove capable of resisting high levels of abrasions or tears, or it can be utilized by the average shooter at the range to provide protection while not sacrificing comfort.
Israel’s Agilite (a company founded by veterans of the IDF and the US Army) recently released a run of Limited Edition Tactical Hi-Vests after repeated requests via the Agilite Facebook Page. The Tactical Hi-Vest is an infantry-centric loadbearing rig designed to allow for a full loadout without impeding freedom of movement and maneuverability. The decision to make the Limited Edition A-TACS came, says Agilite’s Elie Isaacson, after a barrage of requests via Agilite’s social media platforms, “…literally from all over the world, from the US to Hong Kong to Denmark.”
Says Agilite’s Eli Freedman, a member of the design team, “The A-TACS AU Hi-Vest is a stock item at Agilite but seeing it in FG too is beautiful.”
The new vests were actually delayed after losing their turn in the Agilite Custom Department. Two of the designers working on them were called to active service as part of an emergency IDF reserve duty activation during the recent Operation Pillar of Defense in the Gaza Strip. It is Agilite policy that designers not just be veterans of the IDF’s own in-house tactical design studio but most also be former operators as well. This operational experience is one of the reasos for their continued design success and high levels of ergonomic design.
“The only downside [to that]“, says Freedman, “is that when things heat up we can be several men down!”
FN Manufacturing has outbid Remington Arms Company and Colt Defense LLC., to win a contract worth just under $77 million to make M4A1s for the U.S. Army, according to an industry source. The award notice was posted on Federal Business Opportunities on Feb. 22 with an initial value of $9,370,615.
This is the latest round in what has become a hard-fought battle to equip soldiers with a better carbine.
The drama all began when the Army chose Remington over Colt, the original maker of the M4, last April to make 120,000 M4s and M4A1 carbines. That award meant that more soldiers would go into combat with the M4A1, a SOF version of the carbine that features a more durable barrel and a full-auto trigger. The Army’s decision to dump the three-round burst setting will give soldiers a more consistent trigger and better accuracy.