Army bootsSgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III recently issued guidance to help clarify the Army’s position on commercial-off-the-shelf combat boots.

“There has been misunderstanding with the ALARACT Message 140/2007 with leaders in interpreting which COTS boots are authorized and which are not,” Chandler wrote in a document that was posted on Facebook’s Army NCO Support page. “My intent is to add clarity to the ALARACT message giving leaders a better understanding of which boots are authorized for wear and why.”

There are many COTS boots that meet Army guidelines, Chandler wrote.

“Some examples of these items include, but are not limited to, the Belleville Model 390, the 8-inch Danner Desert TFX, the 8-inch Oakley S.I. Assault Boot as well as many other more traditional Army tan combat boot styles. The purpose of listing these items here is to give examples of styles that fall within the guidelines and authorization as optional to wear,” Chandler wrote. [click to continue…]



The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets, program officials maintain.

The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance program, known as EXACTO, is being developed to “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet,” DARPA officials maintain. “The EXACTO 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”

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Lone Wolf Distributors is now carrying floor plates for the Glock 42 and other models.

“These drop-in floorplate replacements will enhance your magazines by providing a grip extension for your pinky and in some cases will even increase ammo capacity,” Lone Wolf officials say.

Glock released their new .380 Model 42 in January.

The Pearce Grips are available  Glock 19/23/26/27/29/30/32/33/39 or G42. They will cost you about $10 bucks.

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As the last Marine departs the CH-53 D, Regimental Combat Team 2 begins its 12-month deployment in Helmand province. The RCT provides support to its subordinate battalions, enabling them to fight the enemy with every advantage. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dorian Gardner)The Marine Corps made it official this week with the announcement that the Marines will start issuing the Rugged All-Terrain boot to recruits and officer candidates starting this October. The boots are not new to the Corps. Deploying Marines have been issued the RAT boot since 2009.

However, the Corps has improved the design to make sure the boot dries faster. Marine officials said it will take until Oct. 1 2016 to outfit every Marine with the new boots. Until then, Marines can continue to wear the Marine Corps Combat Boot.

Marines have told uniform officials that they were not impressed with how long it took for the RAT boots to dry after wading through streams in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marine officials have heard that feedback and made improvements. [click to continue…]



I have received a lot of email responses from my July 3 article on the Army’s Modular Handgun System praising .45 caliber as far superior to 9mm.

Pistol-caliber choices are personal and everybody has an opinion. But opinion isn’t fact, and there is some misinformation out there that needs to be addressed.

Many readers are under the impression that U.S. special operations forces have returned to using .45 caliber pistols since the adoption of the M9 9mm in 1985.

This has some truth to it, but in most cases SOF units use 9mm, experts maintain.

The Army’s Delta Force adopted .40 caliber, but the elite unit is having the same problems as the FBI – the heavier caliber is causing excessive wear problems in guns that were originally designed to be 9mm. Delta is now using 9mm Glock 17s, 19s and 34s.

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Iron ManMilitary leaders have not shied away from referring to the new suit the Pentagon wants to build for special operators as the “Iron Man” suit. So much so that they’ve turned to the special effects company in Hollywood that worked on the Iron Man franchise to build a prototype.

Legacy Effects, which has worked on Iron Man, RoboCop, and Captain America, have been asked by the Pentagon to build a prototype of the suit that is officially called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

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Bates Footwear will soon unveil its new jungle boot that was designed with the help of special operators.

The Recondo boot is being officially launched at the ADS Warrior Expo East in Virginia Beach July 10-11. They are a low-absorption, quick drying, durable solution designed to provide secure footing in multi-terrain jungle regions, Bates officials maintain.

“The Recondo provides a much needed jungle boot update for the next generation of our armed services,” said Bates Footwear President Onder Ors. “Based on the specific feedback we received from our development partners in the Special Operations Forces, Bates has created the only boot specifically engineered for hot, wet and humid combat environments common in tropical regions.”

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