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IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., today introduced the IWI US Online Web Store (www.iwi.us/Products), for fans of the Tavor SAR.

The new store offers a host of Tavor accessories, including the IWI Vertical Foregrip and Ergonomic Foregrip, the Foregrip Light Holder and Flashlight/Laser Holder, the Tavor SAR Forearm Picatinny Rail and cleaning kits.

“We are thrilled to have launched the IWI US Online Web Store,” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US, said in a recent press release. “This has been a long time coming and we’ve worked really hard to create something our fans would appreciate and find simple to navigate.”

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The U.S. Army on Wednesday released much-anticipated details about its new camouflage uniform slated to hit shelves next year. Military.com’s Matt Cox, a frequently contributor to KitUp, has followed this issue closely and reported the latest news in a separate article.

Disregarding for a moment the actual appearance of the camouflage pattern, here are some of the key design changes under consideration: [click to continue…]

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The U.S. Army is seeking “one-way” tracers that can only be seen from the vantage point of a shooter — a big advantage that would solve an age-old drawback with the technology by not giving away his position.

Engineers with the service’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as ARDEC, at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are working on developing the technology, known as the One-Way Luminescence, or OWL, tracer round, according to a recent press release from the service.

What’s more, the service is holding a competition to solicit bids from companies interested in manufacturing the technology, according to the release. [click to continue…]

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At long last, the U.S. Army has released the first images of its new Operational Camouflage Pattern, the replacement for the service’s Universal Camouflage Pattern. Army Times was the first to post the new pics yesterday.

The service plans to print Army Combat Uniforms in the new pattern and make them available at at Military Clothing Sales Stores next summer.

OCP is also known as Scorpion W2, a revised version of the original Scorpion pattern that Crye Precision LLC developed for the Army’s Future Force Warrior in 2002. Crye later made small adjustments to the pattern for better performance and trademark purposes and called it MultiCam.

The new OCP is very similar to MultiCam, the pattern the Army chose in 2010 for soldiers to wear in Afghanistan. Army officials maintain however that there are differences between the two patterns.

Stay tuned for future updates.

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U.S. Army officials released an official statement today on its long-waited camouflage decision, and it left a lot of questions unanswered.

The statement echoes what Gen. Dennis L. Via, the head of Army Materiel Command, said July 23 – that Scorpion W2 would likely be fielded sometime in 2015.

But the statement never names Scorpion W2 as the replacement for the current Universal Camouflage Pattern. It only refers to the pattern as the Army’s new Operational Camouflage Pattern.

Here’s the complete statement:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Army statement on the Operational Camouflage Uniform

July 31, 2014

By Senior Army Spokesperson

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 31, 2014) — The Army has selected a pattern as its
base combat uniform camouflage pattern. The Army has confirmed through
testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly
enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers.

The Army is naming the pattern the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) to
emphasize that the pattern’s use extends beyond Afghanistan to all Combatant
Commands. The Army’s adoption of OCP will be fiscally responsible by
transitioning over time and simply replacing current uniforms and equipment
as they wear out.

The Army anticipates the Army Combat Uniform with the OCP will be available
for purchase by Soldiers at Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS) in the
summer of 2015.\\_______

There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. At the top of the list is a detailed account of the testing the Army put this revised version of the original 2002 Scorpion pattern through.

Roughly a year ago, Army uniform officials completed a four-year camouflage improvement effort. The finalists were Crye Precision, ADS Inc., teamed with Hyperstealth, Inc.; Brookwood Companies Inc.; and Kryptek Inc.

The Army should explain how Scorpion W2 compares to these top-performing patterns and release the test data to the public.

 

 

 

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Reconnaissance Marines train with close-quarters battle pistol

Because they work in smaller numbers Marine Corps Recon units have always favored .45s as their Close Quarters Battle Pistol over the 9 mils issued to the rest of Marine infantry.  The stopping power advantage of the .45 is well documented, and it makes sense that Recon would want those at the hip.

Until recently Recon’s .45s were made at the Marine Corps’ Precision Weapons Center in Quantico, Virginia.  “They were like a racecar,” said Master Sergeant Cory Paskvan of the Second Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC.  “They were effective, but you’d go out and do a mission and then have to do a lot of maintenance on it.”

The new .45s are made by Colt, the first 1911 models they’ve provided to the U.S. Government since the end of World War II.  Features include a Cerakoted Stainless Steel Receiver and Slide, Novak® 3 Dot Night Sights and Flat, Serrated Mainspring Housing with Lanyard Loop. The pistol also features an Enhanced Hammer, Colt Tactical Ambidextrous Safety Lock, a 5” ‘National Match’ Barrel, and a MIL-STD-1913 Accessory Rail.

In addition to the .45 Recon uses the M4 A1 carbine instead of the standard issue M4 and M16A4.  The M4A1 has a heavier barrel and a full-auto trigger.  Recon tricks the close quarters carbine out further with a suppressor and a holographic red dot site.

“You don’t have to have perfect cheek load,” Paskvan said.  “Wherever the red dot is, that’s where the bullet is going.”

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sog_tf102_0006_closed-frontSOG Specialty Knives and Tools, has a new addition to the Trident folder series.

The Trident Elite features a 3.7-inch, straight-edge AUS-8 stainless steel blade. SOG’s patented Assisted Technology that opens the blade with authority once you start the opening action and dual thumb studs on the blade to allow for easy ambidextrous opening, SOG officials maintain.

It has  a glass-reinforced nylon handle with textured rubber inserts.

At the front of the handle lives a built-in carbide glass breaker. The handle also features a built-in groove for safely cutting through thin rope, belts or webbing without having to open the blade.

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