OTTE Gear Patrol Parka (2010)

Posted in GEAR, MANUFACTURER SECTIONS, OTTE Gear on April 25th, 2010 by M M

The OTTE Gear Patrol Parka is designed for the operator who spends extended time in the field where weight, durability and complete weather protection are mission-critical factors. I first featured the OTTE Gear Patrol Parka back in 2007. Since then, the Patrol Parka has undergone some changes, which were implemented in the fall of 2009. The changes are in both design and manufacturing; resulting in a more refined and improved product.

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Hammerhead Rifle Tool

Posted in Access, AR, WEAPONS on April 21st, 2010 by M M

Many of us who tinker with the AR-15/M4 family of weapons have dealt with difficult castle nut removal when changing out the retractable stock receiver extension/buffer tube. The HammerHead Rifle Tool is a multi-purpose tool designed primarily as an M4/AR-15 carbine castle nut wrench, which makes that job a whole lot easier. It comes in two variants – and armourer’s model made of 1095 steel and a lightweight field deployment model made of 6AL-4V titanium.

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Clothing Section Re-org

Posted in Clothes, GEAR on April 19th, 2010 by M M

I’ve re-organized the Clothing Sections in the left menu on the main page by type, instead of everything being mixed up. I now have categories like ‘Light Weight Base Layers’ and ‘Insulated Soft Shells’ etc where similar types of garments are grouped together.
The individual review links still go to the old pages as it was too much work to re-link them all, plus quite few external sites link to those page. They’ll still be there, but from now on I’ll use the new categories.

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Eye Safety Systems Eye Pro

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Eyewear on April 16th, 2010 by M M

ESS (Eye Safety Systems, Inc) specializes in advanced eye protection for military, LE and public safety professionals. Featured here are two of their eyeshields – the ICE Series and new Crossbow. Also of interest is the Vice Rx insert.

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Lowa Zephyr GTX Hi TF Desert Boot

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Footwear on April 9th, 2010 by M M

The Zephyr GTX® Hi TF (Task Force) Desert Boot is the taller version of the Mid-cut Zephyr Desert GTX®. The Zephyr Desert is a waterproof and breathable lightweight duty boot, designed for everyday use in desert and hot climate conditions. It is not currently available at the time of this writing – expected availability in the U.S. is May or June.

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RailRiders VersaTac Shorts

Posted in Clothes, GEAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on April 2nd, 2010 by M M

It was only a matter of time before RailRiders introduced their short version of their popular Versatac pants. Due to the overwhelming success of the Versatac pants, RR expanded the line to include shorts. Like the pants, the Versatac shorts are available in both Light and Mid weight versions. While the shorts share many of the same features as the pants, they aren’t simply the pant version chopped off at the knee – there are some differences between them.

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