Triple Aught Design has advised they are getting a restock on their Stealth Hoodie LT and Ranger Hoodie LT as of today. Like most Triple Aught Design (often colloquially referred to as TAD Gear) apparel, the hoodies typically sell out quickly and I’m sure these will be no different.
The Ranger Hoodie is made of Polartec Wind Pro, which is described as blocking the wind approximately 4x as well as typical fleece. I don’t know precisely how they quantify that, but I can attest to how well my own Ranger withstands the wind (and precipitation for that matter). The restocked Rangers will have the standard TAD hoodie features – 6 pockets, a media port, a guide wire for headphones, lie-flat aero hood, etc.
The Stealth Hoodie LT is described as providing the “…perfect balance between weight, durability and capability…”, making it a good all-around garment. It’s a seam-taped softshell made of Schoeller’s c_change™ membrane. It features Nanosphere™ conditioning and both “3XDRY” and “coldblack” treatments. The former is used to give it better moisture regulation and breathability (as I understand it) while the later reflects UV rays to keep the jacket cooler for longer no matter the color. The softshell is waterproof and the hood, which lays flat, can be converted into a collar.
The Tactical Operator Band was developed by a Green Beret SERE Level C graduate and is made in the USA by a US Army combat veteran. It has a removable P51 can opener and flint rod (which can be used without damaging the remainder of the band); the flint can be used as a sink weight for the hook and line, The bracelet is built of 12′ of 550 (Para-) cord and features 30′ of 80lb fishing line, a #8 fishing hook and a handcuff key.
The Henry Survival AR-7, for those who are unfamiliar with it, essentially disassembles so the entire thing packs away in the butt of the weapon. It’s a little over a foot long (16 ½” long) when broken down, so you can easily throw it in a 3-day pack or other compartment. Weight is 3.5 lbs.
CamelBak put out a video about their “All Clear Microbiological UV Water Purifier” last month and somehow I missed it, so here it is late.
All Clear is a portable purification system built into the actual CamelBak water bottle that provides purified water in about one minute. You can fill it from a pond, a handy swamp, or even one of those streams that flows away from the COP…though personally I don’t know that I’d trust the UV to make that sort of libation safe. According to CamelBak, the All Clear reduces bacteria 99.9999%, virus 99.99%, Protozoa 99.9% and it will last 10,000 cycles. The description doesn’t mention particulate matter, though, you’ll still need to filter the silty/moss/gritty stuff out before putting it in the bottle (unless you just like the texture).
No word on how it affects taste and I haven’t tried it myself. I’m guessing depending on your water source you still run the risk of getting that delicate bouquet of distilled ass sweat.
The RE Factor Tactical Operator “survival” bracelet is available on the RE Factor store now. It is billed as the band designed “to fit the mission needs of Special Operations Personnel” and allow them to have “survival essential at all time”. However, it is probably something that’s just as useful to Boy Scouts and ESAR professionals as it is SOF troops (which is meant as a compliment).
The Tactical Operator Band was developed by a Green Beret SERE Level C graduate and is made in the USA by a US Army combat veteran. It has a removable P51 can opener and flint rod (which can be used without damaging the remainder of the band); the flint can be used as a sink weight for the hook and line.
The bracelet is built of 12′ of 550 (Para-) cord and features 30′ of 80lb fishing line, a #8 fishing hook and a handcuff key.
Rumors of det cord woven in the bracelet, a blasting cap hidden underneath the P51 and a little bottle of spermicide hidden under the buckle are probably apocryphal and have nothing to do with the strange events reported near Simmons Army Airfield the night of St. Patrick’s Day.
Here’s a little knife porn for all you blade lovers out there. Former Marine and knife designer Laci Szabo offers some unique cutting tools at Szabo Inc. Szabo’s new Tactical Golok, pictured above, is a blend of ax and machete. He also makes knives that incorporate cleaver and sickle designs.
Tactical Hog Control, started in 2009 by Texas ranchers Clark Osborne and Mr. Dreher, is among a handful of next-generation outfitters across the South offering a new style of hog hunting designed to appeal to hunters’ inner commando. Each client on a nocturnal hunt with the two men suits up with roughly $40,000 of military-grade gear, including semiautomatic rifles like the DPMS AR-10. The men prowl bumpy pastures and farmland in off-road vehicles bristling with gun racks and infrared headlights.
The equipment, combined with many states’ loose restrictions on hunting feral hogs, allows hunters to shoot a number of pigs in one outing.
“I believe every man in the U.S. has a tactical gene,” said Rod Pinkston, an Army veteran and former Olympic sharp-shooting coach whose Jager Pro guide service conducts high-tech hog hunts in western Georgia. “They’ve always wanted to be a soldier, a SWAT team member. We’re the closest thing to combat that these guys are ever going to experience.”
So true. And though the story doesn’t touch on hog hunting from a helo, it’s interesting to re-introduce the discussion over the applicability of this kind of hunting with real-world training. And it sure looks like a hell of a lot of fun, though as a hunter myself, I’m not a huge fan of just leaving meat for the coyotes…