Raytheon ExoskeletonThe U.S. military listed off the companies its working with thus far to develop a tactical suit for special operators that is often compared to the suit worn in the Hollywood film Iron Man.

Many of the companies listed on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) are the usual defense regulars like Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. There a few other athletic wear companies like Nike and Under Armour. And then there are a few outliers that have left some in the industry scratching their heads like National Public Radio and Red Bull Air Force.

Military leaders to include Adm. William McRaven, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, have touted the suit as a next generation capability that will change how Special Forces operate. Leaders like McRaven want it to provide troops super human strength, the ability to see through walls and a bulletproof skin, among other capabilities. [click to continue…]

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The U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group has worked out a way to calibrate a standard-issue, infrared illuminator/laser aiming device to 091026-A-3108M-004help combat troops effectively track and shoot sprinting enemy forces at night more effectively than ever before.

Military.com ran a story today that looks at the AWG’s effort to develop a training designed to help soldiers, Marines and Special Operations Forces become more efficient at engaging moving targets, both in the day and at night.

Part of the effort involves a new style of robotic targets, made by the Australian-based firm, Marathon Targets. The four-wheeled targets are topped with life-like mannequins and move at speeds of more than eight miles per hour. They can be programmed to change directions quickly and move for cover like many of the enemy seen in Afghanistan.

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You’ve heard us talk about Panteao Productions here on Kit Up, more than once. In their ever-increasing library of DVDs (and streaming content options) is a vast amount of accumulated knowledge. This isn’t surprising, given their ‘stable’ of SMEs. You can like the video training option or hate it, but there’s no denying the amount of background and experience Panteao presents taken in total. Paul Howe of Combat Shooting and Tactics, Jim Gilliland of Shadow-6, Louis Awerbuck of Yavapai Firearms Academy, Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics, “Chappy” Chapman of LMS Defense…I could go on, but you get the point.

In any case, what you might not know is that the vast majority of their filming is done on location in the Everglades (which is where Matt Jacques of Victory First tried to feed me to what appeared to be the world’s biggest saltwater crocodile, though Panteao HMFIC Fernando Coelho said it was a young alligator). The location is a good one, but it is a lengthy drive from the closest billeting and infrastructure, which cuts down on the amount of work time they have available each day. There are availability limitations, weather constraints and the fore-mentioned reptiles as well.

As a result, Panteao Productions intends to build their own shooting location – to wit, a Pantheon Headquarters (Panteao is Portuguese for Pantheon) in South Carolina. this will include an indoor studio, multiple ranges, armory armory/gunsmithing accommodations, billeting facilities and all the infrastructure required to bring the crew and ‘talent’ in and get to work. Less time on the road, more time working.IMG_6538

In order to build the Panteao Productions HQ quickly (they hope to move in and be filming by October) they are launching a Kickstarter project with a goal of $250,000.

Kickstarter LinkWe just launched a fund raising project on Kickstarter.com in an effort to help fast track the ranges and studio. The ranges include a 100 yard bay and three 25 yard bays. We already have steel targets supplied to us by our friends over at Action Target. The indoor studio will feature studio sets geared specifically towards instructional videos and interviews, including a green screen set, moveable walls, etc. Instead of traveling to film at a rented studio and bring all of our gear, we will be able to produce more videos in a shorter period of time from our own facility. A phase 1 study has already been completed on the land, designs completed and a contractor selected. Now we need to pull the trigger and get the project rolling.

If the Kickstarter Goal isn’t reached, they’ll phase the ranges and studio facilities as time and funds allow. If they exceed their fundraising goal they will build a ballistic shoot house with the help of Action Target.

More information here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/panteao/be-part-of-panteaos-next-chapter-less-gators-more

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Though I haven’t been able to do much tracking over the last couple of years, I try to remain in touch with my mentor and some of the instructors I’ve worked with. Tracking at a fundamental level hasn’t changed since hairy guys with sharp sticks were chasing down woolly mammoths but tactics do evolve as we learn new lessons (often relearning old ones) and as technology changes. One aspect of tactical/combat tracking that has changed significantly over the last decade is the ability of trackers to follow spoor at night with some security. Changes in the types of lights available, the increased availability of green lights over red, improvements in nightvision equipment and lasers – all of these impact how a tracker conducts the follow-up in hostile conditions.

Fred Osuna of Greenside Training is working to incorporate the Z-Bolt C-TRIP  tripwire laser into his night-time index tracking instruction. Originally intended to to illuminate and fluoresce trip and command wires, it looks like the C-TRIP may also be perfect for picking up everything from heel strikes to material transference even in darkness. (If you weren’t aware, green light is far superior to red for tracking at night and far less likely to get you killed than white, which is why even as early as ’02 and ’03 Scott-Donelan was having us use green lens flashlights when we were On Track, and why many track-trained military personnel and LEOs routinely carry Inova microlights in their kit now.)


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Those crazy Slovenians. In all seriousness, though, it is often more expedient to go to a secondary reload. Our old Rangemaster here (who has a whole list of unique aphorisms) always said, “Cuz the fastest reload, boys, is another gun.”

Of course, in the event, it would seem to be better to drop the weapon on the deck and draw than try to reholster…of course, that’s only an option for those of us who understand a carry weapon is a tool not a showpiece.

This is via Polenar Tactical. Once you’re done watching it, let’s talk reloads. Muzzle down  or muzzle up? Elbow tight against the rib cage and handgun in front of your face? Move and reload? Stand still and reload? Crouch and reload? Obviously the situation dictates, but I thought it would be interesting to see what you think. Post links to videos that might be pertinent, if you have a favorite.


I’d like to let everyone know about a new training organization. Victory First, of Fredericksburg, VA, will be holding its first classes soon. Knowing the background and reputation of the man behind Victory First, I highly recommend you attend one (full disclosure – he is a friend).

Victory First’s Matt Jacques is a veteran tactical officer, former Marine and long-time industry consultant with an impeccable pedigree. He’s been involved with firearms and tactics for over 20 years, is an accomplished horseman and a man who loves both beer and bacon with a fierce and terrible love.

My understanding is that V1 will be focusing on concealed carry/everyday carry (CCW/EDC/off-duty) classes initially—how do you respond with what you have on you when you’re at the grocery store, a movie theater or have taken the Residential Sergeant Major out to dinner. In addition to those courses, Matt will be featured on several upcoming episodes of Trigger Time and will be the host of a new Panteao Productions DVD.

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This appeared originally over on Soldier Systems Daily. It is a well-written and timely piece so we took the liberty of reposting it here.

What are you training for?

by Jon Canipe, via Soldier Systems Daily

Years ago, as I was getting into attending open enrollment training courses, I heard someone refer to these types of training events as “The New Golf.” That phrase stuck with me as a pretty accurate description based on what I had seen, and it holds true today as much as ever. The customers that fall into this category have worked hard for their money, and like all free Americans have the right to spend it however they wish. In fact it is very encouraging to see such a surge in responsible, law abiding citizens seeking firearms and self defense training today, and I hope the growth seen in the tactical training industry continues indefinitely. My friend Ken Hackathorn says “Just by showing up here you’re already in the 0.1%” Over the last decade I have been fortunate enough to take part in dozens of classes, both open enrollment and more specialized closed courses for military and law enforcement personnel. Having been on both sides of the class as a student and an instructor, I have seen a huge cross section of people in attendance. I’ve noticed some trends I’d like to highlight and hopefully assist some people into making more informed decisions regarding their training. Regardless of your background they can apply to formal classes or individual practice.

To truly make the most of your time, effort, and money, the student needs to be realistic about their needs. As I write this, nothing rings more true as Fox News is covering the massacre in a theater in Aurora, CO. 14 people gunned down and 50 plus injured by one active shooter in a theater. I have heard the mantra “performance on demand” my entire career. I try to live that, because as dozens of people found out in the early hours of July 20, 2012 you don’t always get to choose when you will be called to the plate.

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