TAD Gear RECON Pouch

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT, Packs on March 14th, 2009 by M M

The TAD Gear RECON Pouch is a smallish sized pouch designed to carry and protect accessories such as GPS, electronic devices, mid-sized digital cameras, compact optics etc. It can be mounted to a belt, MOLLE rig or carried around on a shoulder strap (not included).


CTOMS X-Beltâ„¢ PS

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on August 9th, 2008 by M M

CTOMS (Canadian Tactical & Operational Medical Solutions, Inc) is a company dedicated to providing training and equipment for the medic and soldier, LE officer and paramedic, SAR technician, first responder and health care professionals that go into harms way and those that provide medical care in remote and dangerous places. Besides specialized tactical medicine equipment, CTOMS also makes Rescue and Extrication equipment, like their X-Beltâ„¢ PS featured here, which might be the most technical battle belt I’ve seen yet.


EMDOM-MM Battle Suspenders

Posted in 1st Line, Emdom, EQUIPMENT on June 18th, 2008 by M M

Introducing the EMDOM USA/MM Battle Suspenders – a project that has been in work and development since the end of 2006. I’m always looking to improve upon existing designs, and while I was collaborating with EMDOM on other projects I saw elements of EMDOM’s other products that I felt could be used to create a pretty good suspender, so Ken and I put our heads together on this one as well. The goal of this project was to make the best, most comfortable set of suspenders that we could, for pistol/combat belts that would be comfortable and low profile for under armour. I wanted more comfort than webbing-only suspenders while remaining less bulky than a fully padded harnesses/LBE. I also wanted it to be comfortable with heavier loads, simplify the attachment method, use lower profile hardware and eliminate the possibility of the shoulder straps slipping off the shoulders.


TAD Gear Rapid Deploy Dump Pods

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on May 14th, 2008 by M M

Another cool offering from TAD Gear is the RDDP (Rapid Deploy Dump Pod), available in two sizes: small (Sz1) and large (Sz2). Like the Maxpedition Rollypoly (MM Folding Dump Pouch), the TAD Gear RDDP is a folding dump pod/pouch meant to provide a quick means of additional storage on the belt or rig for magazines or other items at a moment’s notice. However, the way it’s designed and folds up is completely different from the Rollypoly (it was actually designed in part by a buddy of mine who has the initials ‘MM’ coincidentally).


Crosstac D-Belt Urban Tactical Belt

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on March 28th, 2008 by M M

If you want an every day wear web belt to hold up your pants that is stiffer than a thin BDU web belt, but don’t need the thickness or features of a riggers belt, the D-Belt Urban Tactical Belt from Crosstac might be your answer. The D-Belt is somewhere in-between the two, providing enough support and stiffness for carrying a concealed weapon or other EDC items on your waist.


OSOE 4 to 3 Row Tapered War Belt Sleeve

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on February 22nd, 2008 by M M

Here is Original SOE Gear’s “4 to 3 Row Tapered Belt Sleeve” (not yet added to their website), which is a padded MOLLE belt sleeve. Last year, John Willis sent me one of his Modular War Belt sleeves. It’s a sleeve for use over a rigger’s or duty belt that provides MOLLE webbing for pouches and padding for comfort. It has four rows of MOLLE/PALS webbing and is internally lined with velcro to interface with an inner belt. However, at 5.5″ tall for its entire length, it was better suited to taller guys than me. I’m only 5′ 7″ with a short torso, and the width of the belt got in the way of my mobility when kneeling, squatting, bending at the waist etc. A taller, bigger guy would probably have no issues. I told John “y’know, I’m just too short to use it” and he asked me what I’d like to see in a lower profile war belt sleeve. The Tapered War Belt Sleeve is what resulted.


Original SOE Gear Trouser Belts

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on December 31st, 2007 by M M

Another item from John Willis, the original owner of SOE (Special Operation Equipment) and owner of Original SOE Gear is the Trouser Belt. The Trouser Belt is an excellent daily belt or travel belt due to its metal-free construction. The Trouser belt is available in plain colours, or with camouflage wrap (MultiCam shown here), and in two variants.


Real SOE Gear Riggers Belts

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on December 10th, 2006 by M M

John Willis, the original owner of SOE (Special Operation Equipment) is back to doing what he does best – making bomb-proof, overbuilt nylon gear. His new company is Real SOE Gear and he’s been busy doing custom work. One thing that hasn’t changed is the attention to detail, quality and workmanship that customers of the original SOE were used to.

MultiCam Riggers Belt – John put together this Crye MultiCam Rigger belt, for those who really can’t live without a perfectly matching belt for their Crye MultiCams pants. He took 1000D MultiCam Cordura and wrapped it around the 1.75″ Type 7R MIL-W-4088 webbing. It’s a fully functional Riggers belt, and has a forged steel camlock buckle and parachute hardware V-ring attach point. While I’ve never used a rigger’s belt for rappelling, I’ve used one of John’s original SOE belts for years, occasionally as a safety line hookup when working at heights, and also as a pistol belt.


Foliage Green Liger Belt

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on January 28th, 2006 by M M

LIGER PRODUCTS has added the Army’s Foliage Green colour to the Liger belt lineup to match the new ACU colours. Seen below with SOF-PCU Level 5 pants. It’s a medium/dark grey-green.


LIGER Gen II Gun Belt Buckle

Posted in 1st Line, EQUIPMENT on December 11th, 2005 by M M

LIGER PRODUCTS has introduced the Gen II version of their LIGER gun belt buckle, as shown below. The buckle has been smoothed/rounded out a bit, which results in a more ‘aerodynamic’ look, and more pleasing aesthetically than the Gen I version (which I thought looked fine as well). Curves have been put on the front and back vertical edges of the buckle, with the original corner radii kept the same (1/2″ in front, 1/8″ at the back). A 1/32″ chamfer has also been added all the way around on both the front and rear edges of the buckle, making it less sharp than the original.