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The Pak-Rat Quick-Clip is a stand-alone, universal accessory which works with nearly every sling or strap. Photo: Copper Basin LLC.

Pak-Rat Secures Your Rifle Sling to Your Pack

Copper Basin, LLC has a new backpack accessory for securing your rifle sling to your backpack strap. The Pak-Rat Quick-Clip is a stand-alone, universal accessory…



Members of the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade were the first to test the new female body armor in 2012. The equiment was named one of Time Magazine's best inventions of 2012, in Afghanistan. (US Army photo)

Sizing up Gear for Women in Combat

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that military combat jobs will be opened to female troops. The decision means qualified women will be…


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Army Tests Battery-Recharging Backpack

A novel attachment to the soldier’s assault pack might someday reduce the number of batteries carried to power night-vision devices, radios and other equipment, as…





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Momentum Builds for Army EOD Robots

Army leaders praised the work of a mini mine and IED-clearing robot in Afghanistan called the “Devil-Pup” while speaking recently at a Ground Robotics conference…



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Maxpedition Gets Serious about Its Backpacks

I like Maxpedition gear, but I’ve never been overly impressed with the company’s backpack designs. I’m having second thoughts looking at their latest internal frame packs. The XANTHA and the,…



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Congress Wants Female Kit for All Services

Congress has directed the Pentagon to look into fielding female-specific kit ranging from rucksacks to body armor to field urination devices. Lawmakers are concerned that…