RailRiders VersaTac pants

Posted in Clothes, GEAR on May 30th, 2007 by M M

It’s been a year and a half since I sent John d’Arbeloff (president and founder of Rail Riders) my ‘wish list’ of features I wanted to see in a tactical pant if RailRiders ever made one, so I’ve been anticipating the release of Rail Rider’s new VersaTac Pants for quite a while. After Mel from Kifaru introduced me to RailRiders products, and I used their Weatherpants and Eco-mesh pants reviewed above, Mel and I always speculated about how cool it’d be if RailRiders made a nylon tactical pant. It wouldn’t fade like 5.11 pants, be lighter weight, dry faster and be more durable. John was very open to the idea of RailRiders entering the tactical market, and started gathering input and ideas for the RailRiders tactical pant. Helmie from i-SHOT inc, was also interested in this project, and offered up suggestions from the competition shooting community. John also consulted with the tactical/military community including Natick, and the VersaTacs are the result of all that combined input.

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Vltor E-MOD stock preview

Posted in AR, Furniture, WEAPONS on May 28th, 2007 by M M

Shown here is the pre-production sample of Vltor’s new Enhanced-Modular (E-MOD) carbine stock. As the name implies, it’s an evolution of the original Modstock, not a completely different model. It retains the overall design of the Modstock while adding some features. (Note that this pre-production sample doesn’t have the non-glare texture of the production version, so it appears smoother in the photos. The production versions will have exactly the same texture as the current Modstock.)

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Inka Pen

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Outdoor on May 28th, 2007 by M M

The Inka pen is a write-anywhere pen that always catches the eye of gadget-lovers whenever I pull it out. When closed, the pen is 3.15″ long, with a stainless steel split ring for attaching to keys, bags, D-rings etc. It’s O-ring sealed and watertight in this configuration. I have it attached to the neck lanyard of my ID badge for work, and have been using it every day for the past 8 months. My wife has one that she’s attached to the outside of her bag, and found that other women have commented on it as well. It’s the perfect companion for her Rite-in-the-rain notebook.

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DBT FAPC inserts and S-3 plates

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Protective on May 25th, 2007 by M M

Stand-alone rifle plates are designed to stop the rated ballistic threat without the need to be worn over a ‘soft’ armour vest. ‘In-conjunction’ rifle plates are designed to stop the rated ballistic threat when used in-conjunction with the specified soft armour combination. For example, the SAPI plates initially issued with the Interceptor were meant to be used with the level IIIA armour in the OTV, not by themselves. But the Interceptor and other armoured vests can be bulky, and users might choose to wear a plate carrier instead of a full vest. Plate carriers are generally designed to hold a set of plates only, or small soft-armour panels. There are times in which a user might have a plate carrier, and stand-alone plates might not be available. In this case, in-conjunction plates can be used, but with a plate-shaped soft-armour insert. Diamondback Tactical manufactures offers Level IIIA plate-shaped inserts under their CAT (Custom Armour Technologies) label to use behind in-conjunction rifle plates in plate carriers. I was taking a look at an entry vest issued to a friend who’s a Federal agent, and the panels were made by CAT, and the carrier was the older Federal Agent Kit vest (now replaced with the newer molle style).

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OTTE Gear MultiCam hardshell parka

Posted in Clothes, GEAR on May 20th, 2007 by M M

I met Todd Fairbairn of Ops-Technical Gear at the 2005 SHOT Show. He had some interesting stuff on display – softshells, hardshells etc. At the 2006 SHOT Show, he was sporting a MultiCam hardshell that everyone was drooling over. Since then, he has renamed the company OTTE Gear. ‘Otte’ was Todd’s grandfather’s last name. Todd chose to honour his grandfather (who was a soldier, and had no sons) and keep his name alive by naming his company after him. OTTE gear’s goal is to provide lightweight, packable and durable clothing for troops and civilians alike for harsh use. Featured here is OTTE Gear’s Patrol Parka, in Crye MultiCam. A matching hardshell pant is also available.

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Sordin Gel Earseals

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Headwear on May 18th, 2007 by M M

I’ve been using my Sordin Supreme Pros for the past two and a half years, and my only question is: what took so long for gel ear seals to be offered? I tried out and reviewed the MepaBlu hearing protectors with the gel earseals, and they were extremely comfortable. However, MepaBlu didn’t do a good job of supporting U.S. dealers and customers, so I retracted my review, which is why it’s no longer on this site. I was sold on the comfort of gel earseals, but unfortunately they weren’t available for the Sordins.

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TangoDown ACB4 bipod in FDE

Posted in Access, AR, WEAPONS on May 14th, 2007 by M M

The TangoDown ACB-4 is now available in Flat Dark Earth. The body and main legs are molded in FDE material; all other components are the same.

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TNVC SAR mounts

Posted in AR, Optics, WEAPONS on May 11th, 2007 by M M

When it comes to mounting MRDs (Mini Red Dots) on magnified optics; scopes namely, the choices are pretty limited. ARMS offers rails that place the MRD on top of the scope – this may not work well with tall turrets and make it difficult to adjust the MRD. LaRue (reviewed above) make a special MRD ring for their scopes, which offsets the MRD just to the side of the scope at the 10:30 or 1:30 positions. But you must have LaRue rings and mounts. Victor from Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) is now offering his SAR mounts as alternatives to current mounting options that will work with any 1″ or 30mm scope tube. The SAR1 (not pictured, for 1″ tubes) and SAR3 (for 30mm tubes) add a rail to any scope tube that can be used for mounting an MRD. They’re machined aluminum with a hard anodized finish.

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Vltor Compensator 1st Model

Posted in Access, AR, WEAPONS on May 6th, 2007 by M M

Vltor’s Compensator was first seen in the M4K preview, and the 1st Model is shown below. It’s really the 2nd model, since the M4K comp was the first, but it’s the first one that will be offered to the public, hence the designation. The 1st Model differs from the M4K model at the rear – the M4K model has a shoulder that acts as the M203 mounting interface, the 1st Model does not.

The 1st Model utilizes any standard peel washer or crush washer (peel washer supplied). There is no need to index the comp, unless you want the Vltor logo at the top, as shown. The flats on either side are sized for the USGI combination tool – an adjustable wrench will not work for installation. The 1st Model is machined from steel, heat treated and manganese phosphated. It’s 2.1″ long, and will bring a 14.5″ barrel to legal 16″ length when permanently installed.

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Revision Military Desert Locust goggles

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Headwear on May 2nd, 2007 by M M

The Desert Locust Goggle System from Revision Eyewear is designed as a single-lens goggle system for extended-use wear that provides ballistic fragment protection. The optically correct, distortion-free lens provides a wide field of view. Foam covered air vents help ventilate the goggle to prevent fogging.

The Desert Locust Goggle System consists of interchangeable lenses that lock into a frame that provides a complete facial seal. There are different kits offered:

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