ESS just unveiled its new lightweight ballistic Crowbar interchangeable-lens sunglasses.

The Crowbar has Rapid Lens Exchange which features a frameless bottom lens design and innovative “Lens Gate that makes lens exchanges quicker and field of view greater than ever,” ESS officials said in a recent press release.

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G2 Research recently introduced its new 10mm R.I.P. round, the latest in its line of self-defense, fragmenting pistol ammo line.

Is anyone out there familiar with this stuff? It looks impressive; wonder if its effective? R.I.P. stands for Radically Invasive Projectile that’s offered in a range of calibers, from .380 to .45 ACP.

“The key to the R.I.P. round’s devastating effect is its exclusive bullet construction that causes the round to fragment into several separate controlled copper fragments thus causing more bleeding, trauma and pain all designed to stop an attacker quickly,” G2 Research officials said in a recent press release.

The fragments are called Trocars. The .380 round contains seven Trocars. All other R.I.P. rounds contain nine of these nasty little slivers.

“When the R.I.P. round enters the target, the large hollow point creates a huge temporary wound and the individual Trocars peel from the bullet body and spread in a controlled, multi-inch circular wound pattern while the bullet base continues traditional penetration,” the release states.

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Dan Baechle is the lead investigator on MAXFAS, a mechatronic arm exoskeleton that is designed to improve firearm aim stabilization with motors that pull the arm with cables, like a puppeteer and control algorithms that stabilize the arm and damp out the tremors that naturally occur when most people shoot firearms.

A mechanical engineer at the Army Research Lab is building a mechatronic arm exoskeleton to both train soldiers to shoot and improve soldiers’ accuracy in combat.

The exoskeleton is designed to eliminate the non-voluntary tremor in a shooter’s arm while aiming and shooting. Much like a puppet, the exoskeleton has a series of motors and cables to dampen the tremor to allow shooters to gain greater accuracy.

Dan Baechle started working on the program called MAXFAS while earning his Master’s degree at the University of Delaware. He got the idea for the device after seeing how exoskeletons help stroke victims relearn how to use limbs.

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Army-M9-1200x800The U.S. Army‘s plan to replace the M9 9mm pistol could result in the large-scale adoption of hollow-point pistol ammunition — a move the U.S. military has refused to even consider for more than 100 years.

The Pentagon’s devotion to full-metal jacket, or ball ammunition, is the result of a 116-year-old guideline in the 1899 Hague Convention that prohibits combat units from using bullets that “expand or flatten easily” inside the human body.

The declaration was ratified by all major powers, except the United States, but the Pentagon has used it as the legal standard to rule out any ammunition other than ball for use in sidearms.

This mindset is changing, however, since the recent release of the Army’s draft solicitation for the Modular Handgun System cites a new Defense Department policy that allows for the use of “special purpose ammunition.” [click to continue…]



Army-OCP-1200x800In the first week of the July 1 rollout, soldiers have been standing in long lines to buy the Army’s new camouflage uniforms in record numbers, according to Army Air Force Exchange Service officials.

Army Combat Uniforms in the new Operational Camouflage Pattern are now available at Military Clothing Sales stores at 20 locations and “demand has been exceptionally high, with the exchange reporting first-day sales in excess of $1.4 million,” according to Debra Dawson, spokeswoman for the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier.

The Mini Mall at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, sold $300,000 worth of the new camouflage uniforms on July 1, according to store manager Dave Dingwell. [click to continue…]



Knifecenter is offering 40-percent price reduction on Cold Steel’s AK47 Field Knife.

Cold Steel came out with this fixed-blade version of its AK47 folding series earlier this year.

“When we decided to explore designs for a new multi-purpose fixed-blade field knife that would be suitable for military use, we kept coming back to the AK47,” Cold Steel officials maintain.

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Tacprogear recently announced that its new GEN 2 designs for the Spec-Ops Assault Pack (SAP) line are now available for purchase.

The redesigned SAP line comes in three sizes – SAP 1 (small), SAP 2 (medium) and SAP 3 (large).

The GEN 2 versions of these packs include several new features such as reinforced handle (SAP 1) or reinforced padded handle (SAP 2 and SAP 3), loop for ID patches and a new foam pad design in the back, according to a recent press release.

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