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A Look at Operational Camouflage Pattern (Scorpion W2 Variant)

August 22nd, 2014

Yesterday, SSD received several yards of the Scorpion W2 variant of the US Army’s recently adopted Operational Camouflage Pattern in 500D Cordura. As you can see, from these photos, it is similar to the commercial MultiCam pattern developed by Crye Precision and used by the US Army as OCP in Operation Enduring Freedom as well as various other DoD elements over the years. But, it isn’t an exact match. There are numerous differences in the patterns.

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The May 2014 marginal marking is the date that the pattern was registered.

Scorpion W2 Pattern

Two striking elements are the rather wide brown and green-based bands that run across the pattern. Additionally, you will note that Scorpion W2 is less dense than MultiCam and lacks vertical elements present in MultiCam.

Colors

Here you can see the eight colors in the pattern’s palette. The pattern is 60″ wide and repeats every 25″ vertically, which is the close to the same as MultiCam.
Pattern Repeat

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Below, you can see the MultiCam pattern. The pattern is about 60″ wide with a 26″ vertical repeat. The pattern is much more dense and would seem busy when compared to Scorpion W2. However, we do have almost 10 years of effective operational use of the pattern which was used as a baseline pattern in the unfinished Phase IV of the US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort.

MultiCam Pattern Sample

Please Note, major coloration differences are due to photos taken in different lighting.

What do you think?

Smith Optics – The Gray Man MilSpec Ballistic Aviators

August 22nd, 2014

The Gray Man

The Gray Man ballistic aviators were developed by Smith Optics with direct input from Special Operators. The idea was for MilSpec sunglasses that would allow them to blend in during low-vis operations i.e. as “Gray Men”. Created over a year ago, they’re now available for the civilian market.

The frame can be ordered in either Matte Black or Matte Gunmetal with Gray Mil-Spec lenses. The Gray Man meets ANSI Z87.1 and MIL-PRF-31013 clause 3.5.1.1.

www.smithoptics.com/elite/Root/Elite/Sunglass/GRAY-MAN-TACTICAL/p/GMTPCGYBK2

Line of Fire Tactical Gloves Receive USAFGSC Safe to Fly Certification

August 22nd, 2014

Authorization letter safe to fly

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The US Air Force’s Global Strike Command has issued a Safe to Fly certification for two of Line of Fire Tactical’s gloves; the Flyby and Sortie on all aircraft that utilize touch screen Electronic Flight Bag systems. They feature TEGS grip and Sensa-Touch technology.

Flyby

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Sortie

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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Ragnar

August 22nd, 2014

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This week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus concentrates on the Ragnar. Named after Viking warrior Ragnarr Loðbrók, this armor vest is an adaptable system that can be quickly configured for the mission at hand.

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In addition to different cummerbunds, the Ragnar offers special pockets like the stretch models seen here. FirstSpear also offers specific soft armor packages as well as plates.

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Available in sizes Small – XLarge in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

www.first-spear.com

TYR Tactical 80k Facebook Free Giveaway

August 22nd, 2014

TYR TACTICAL 80K FREE GIVEAWAY

TYR Tactical has reached 80k likes on their Facebook page, and they feel it’s time to give back. If you like and share the relevant post on Facebook you’ll be automatically entered to win the new TYR Tactical PICO-NVW Direct Action Plate Carrier with T52/SP soft armor.

The TYR Tactical™ PICO-MVW Direct Action Assaulters Plate Carrier (TYR-PICO-MVW-DA) was designed to fit standard SAPI and ESAPI plates .75” – 1” thick. The “Wings” provide further side protection. The addition of tourniquet mounting grommets and a removable assaulter zip-on back panel makes this a state-of-the-art body armor system that has a multi-platform modular design. This allows the operator to change and adapt to mission sets with minimal effort and maximum efficiency. The PICO-MVW-DA offers a wide range of operational configurations and allows the user to scale up or down depending on the environment, threat and load requirement. We created this item with our revolutionary PV® material for durability and weight reduction. Antimicrobial/FR treated padded spacer mesh is used on the internal portions of the vest for comfort.

FEATURES:

• PALS Webbing for MOLLE Attachment
• Tourniquet Mounting Grommets
• Removable Assaulters Zip-On Back Panel
• Holds 9 M4/M16 Mags
• Hydration/Communication Tabs for Routing
• Removable MOLLE Kangaroo Front Flap, Holds Three 5.56 Mags
• Front Wing Mag Adapters, Set
• Shoulder Pads
• Ballistic Vein™ to Stabilize and Enhance Soft Armor Inserts
• Reinforced Drag Handle
• Comes Standard with PALS Adapter Sets:
(TYR-LW106A23F, TYR-LW112AS-4, TYR-LW106A23)
• Repair Buckle Kit
• Compatible with the XFrame™ Dynamic Load Carriage™ System
• Certified Level II NIJ 0101.06 T52/SP Level 2 Armor Package Specifications [SOCOM, FBI, DEA] with an extremely high performance and lightweight ballistic solution. (.82 AD)

A winner will be randomly selected on Monday, August 25th. You can enter here: www.facebook.com/TYRTacticalLLC

Original Footwear Purchases Wellco and Altama

August 21st, 2014

This letter went out last night from Kevin Cole President of Original Footwear (aka Original SWAT) regarding their purchase of Wellco and Altama brands out of Ch 11 Bankruptcy. This is great news as they salvage these brands and institute US production for Original SWAT.

Dear valued customers,

We are pleased to announce that our company, Original Footwear, has purchased the majority of the assets of Tactical Holdings and Operations Inc. as of August 15th, 2014. Most notably we welcome the Wellco and Altama companies—brands with a wealth of history, research, and footwear technology.

These premier footwear brands have served military personnel for generations and will live on next to our already successful and rapidly growing Original S.W.A.T. brand of performance tactical boots. With our fifteen-year record of constantly improving footwear manufacturing techniques and quality assurance, this acquisition is a perfect fit for all involved.

There are many important steps to take, and our journey has just begun. We will face all obstacles head on. As a first priority, we are consolidating manufacturing at our state-of-the-art facility in Morristown, Tennessee, and ramping up USA production.

Our unwavering mission is to create the most reliable military and law enforcement boots on the market, and ensure our availability standards are met. Combining Original S.W.A.T’s consistent quality and value with Wellco and Altama’s unique understanding of military needs, we are confident that the end results will far exceed our customers’ expectations.

Thank you for your time and understanding. Please make note of our new Customer Service information below and feel free to contact us at any time.

Best regards,

Kevin Cole
Owner
Original Footwear

Mega Arms Begins Manufacturing 5.56mm Barrels

August 21st, 2014

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Mega Arms has announced they are now manufacturing 5.56mm barrels in both 16 and 18 inches with a 1:8 twist. 16 inch barrel has a mid length gas system and Gov profile. The 18 inch barrel has a rifle length gas system and a true SPR profile. Both barrels are nitrided in and out, have an 11 degree target crown with ½-28 thread. Both have M4 feed ramps and are manufactured from 416 stainless with traditional button rifling.

The best part? $269 MSRP for either the 16 or 18 inch barrel.

www.MegaArms.com

Tactical Fanboy Reports – Swedish FireKnife

August 21st, 2014

We picked up a couple of the new Swedish FireKnife from Light My Fire at the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Although we’ve only been able to try them out a couple of times, we are impressed enough to share them with you. Having a fire starter built into the knife’s handle is a pretty handy feature for a 72-hour kit knife. Additionally, Mora has an excellent reputation for offering quality knives.

Light My Fire x Mora

The Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife is a product by Mora and Light My Fire. The blade is 3.9″ and made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, with a Scandinavian grind. The handle is made of high-friction, TPE rubber, and houses a FireSteel Scout firestarter, which twist locks into the handle for convenient access, and can provide about 3000 strikes. This starter works when wet and at all altitudes, producing a 2,980°C (5,400°F) spark, which lights easily when struck by the flat end of the FireKnife blade. The sheath is made of polypropylene and has an included belt clip.

The blade handle and sheath comes in five colors: Black, Red, Orange, Blue, and Green.

www.lightmyfire.com/products/products/swedish-fireknife

- The Three Amigos reporting for Tactical Fanboy

Samtech to Purchase Massif Out Of Bankruptcy

August 21st, 2014

Received some great news today that Massif will be purchased by Samtech LLC. Massif has long been at the forefront of providing FR clothing systems to the US military.

Massif Mountain Gear Company L.L.C., the flame resistant clothing company, announced yesterday that Samtech, LLC was the successful bidder at a Section 363 sale auction to acquire substantially all of Massif’s operating assets. Samtech, LLC is affiliated with Antex Knitting Mills/MatchMaster Dyeing & Finishing, Inc. based in Los Angeles, California. The acquisition enhances Massif’s supply chain through vertical integration, product innovation and rapid prototyping capabilities, while providing Antex/MatchMaster with an expanded infrastructure to meet the global needs of the civilian & military flame resistant clothing industry. The Massif brand will be maintained.

“The Massif team is thrilled to solidify our long standing relationship with our most important supplier. This acquisition will be seamless to our customers” said Noelle Christensen, VP/GM Massif. “The Antex team has been a huge part of our business since its start so we’re looking forward to growing the business together.”

“The Antex/MatchMaster team has worked closely with Massif for many years on development and production of flame resistant fabrics and garments. We are very excited about this acquisition.. It is a natural outgrowth of our long-standing partnership and we look forward to our next phase as one team.” Bill Tenenblatt, Vice President Samtech.

The sale to Antex is subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court at a hearing on August 22, 2014 and is expected to be finalized within the next two weeks.

Boom: That Just Happened

August 21st, 2014

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Something Cool Just Showed Up At SSD. Details soon!