Army leaders will have to include the Marine Corps’ camouflage patterns in the new camouflage strategy the service plans to unveil in April.
Army uniform officials will outline the new strategy after it appeared the service was ready to announce it would replace the service’s Universal Camouflage Pattern with Crye Precision’s Multicam last fall. However, Congress introduced new legislation last year stipulating that any new camouflage pattern must be designed with the entire military in mind.
This was always part of the plan, Army officials said Wednesday. However, it has never been so clearly stipulated in their statements to the media as it was on Wednesday in response to an article Matthew Cox wrote for Military.com on the new strategy coming in April. [click to continue…]
Have you ever had to just “’tape it up and go”? Whether you were an athlete trying to finish a competition or a military member simply continuing the mission, sometimes there is no choice, you have to just suck it up and move on.
Kinesiology tape has been on the market since the 1980’s, invented by Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Kenzo Kase in Japan. Kinesiology Tape started to gain attention after international recent events like the Olympics, CrossFit Games, and use by professional athletes all over the world. So I figured if these athletes are seeing pain relief and success with the tape, I could at least try it. [click to continue…]
The Russian Defense Ministry said Russian soldiers will be outfitted this summer with an ensemble of futuristic gear including firearms, body armor, communications equipment and other technologies, according to the Russian news service Ria Novosti.
There have been some delays with the gear, called Ratnik, due to uncertainty over the small arms component, the Russian news service said. Ratnik, which is currently in the final stages of field testing with Russian paratroopers, is expected to include a new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle. [click to continue…]
U.S. Army soldiers at war in Afghanistan have made personal modifications to the M4 carbine to improve its effectiveness, according to a news report.
Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton Kramer, a longtime Green Beret, said he and fellow Special Forces soldiers buy off-the-shelf triggers and other components and overhaul the M4A1 commando version of the assault rifle, according to an article by Rowan Scarborough, a reporter for The Washington Times. [click to continue…]
Military.com ran a story today about the U.S. Army fielding new, high-end, mountaineering gear to all infantry brigade combat teams.
The improved kit comes as U.S. forces are preparing to leave Afghanistan after more than a decade of deployments to the rugged, mountainous country. In the past, units have spent their own funds on commercial mountain gear.
This new gear will come in tactical colors and feature gear from proven brands such as Black Diamond, Petzl, MSR and Metolius. Units will receive the gear organized into the High Altitude Mountaineering Kit, the Assault Climber Team Kit and the Snow and Ice Kit — all of which are designed to equip platoon-size units, or up to 40 soldiers, with ropes, ice axes, crampons and other climbing gear certified by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
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The first so-called “smart gun” has hit the shelves at U.S. retail outlets, including one of the biggest firearms stores in California, according a news report.
The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately, according to an article by Michael Rosenwald of The Washington Post. [click to continue…]
Oakley’s Standard Issue Division unveiled Prizm at SHOT Show in Las Vegas last month. A lens technology developed by Oakley’s division that specializes in military and government products, the Prizm lens was developed with the military shooter in mind.
The lens utilizes formulated dye compounding technology to enhance specific wavelengths of color in order to improve the wearer’s vision and help him distinguish targets.
The Prizm lens will be offered by Oakley in three of their most popular frames — The Ballistic M Frame, The Radar and The Flak Jacket. Oakley offers three different lenses for different light variations. Buyers can receive the TR22 Prizm, TR45 Prizm and clear lens. [click to continue…]