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…]

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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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130606-A-NQ567-052I posted an update story on Military.com this morning looking at the Army’s Modular Handgun System effort. The service is holding its second MHS industry day July 29.

This is not the first story I have written about the Army wanting to replace the M9 9mm pistol with a larger-caliber weapon, but the weapons officials seem set on doing just that.

Army weapons officials from Fort Benning, Ga., say the joint MHS effort will result in a “new gun, new ammo, new holster, everything,” according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.

“We have to do better than our current 9mm.”

The MHS will be an open-caliber competition that will evaluate larger rounds such as .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.

The story also points out that the FBI and several major police departments recently decided to return to using the 9mm round after finding that .40 caliber ammunition was causing excessive wear on its service pistols.

The heavier bullet and greater recoil over time resulted in frame damage to well respected makes such as Glock and Beretta, according to Ernest Langdon, a shooting instructor and respected competitive pistol shooter.

“Most of the guns in .40 caliber on the market right now were actually designed to be 9mm originally and then turned into .40 calibers later,” Langdon told Military.com.

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The guys from ADCOR Defense do a test between the tradition rear charging handle for the AR15 versus the forward charging handle. Obviously, ADCOR has a bias to the forward charging handle, but still worth a look.

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SOG Specialty Knives and Tools has a new series of custom fixed and folding knives called The Kiku. The knife company partnered with “legendary” Japanese knife maker Kiku Matsuda for his talent and experience in blade grinding.

“Known to have a ‘magic hand’ in grinding and polishing blades, in any angle and direction, Matsuda is unlike the average knife grinders in that he uses a side flat area of the power wheel as his canvas to create 3D grindings, concave, hollow, flat, Hamaguri (convex), twist, double and triple grindings in a free hand,” a SOG officials maintain.

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