The Casio G-Shock line of watches enjoy great popularity among people in military service. We believe that it’s important to understand exactly why military-style gear and accessories are better choices for durability, performance and expanded uses. We also believe that the Casio G-Shock is the best military watch available for the price. Shown here is the . Looks simple doesn’t it? Simple, reliable, and works when you need it. No bells and whistles. That’s the whole point. What Is a Military Watch? The definition of military watches varies, but one of the most common interpretations is that military watches are highly functional timepieces without a bling factor. Jewels, gold and other eye-catching features are worthless to soldiers deployed in the field. Watches with dazzling features can be a danger because the flash can attract unwanted attention and even compromise your attention and performance if the watch is damaged. You might fail to take the safest course if it puts your fancy and expensive watch in danger. The same applies to many civilian tasks. Simple reliability is an important factor because [Read more…]
Need hook and loop (velcro) pouches or accessories? Check out these items. Chemlight Holders The lets you keep chemlights within easy reach. It has velcro on both sides, so you can place it on your shoulder hook and loop, and then place any necessary patch over top of it. For chemlight carrying, here’s a minimalist option. The has velcro on the back. It is perfect for chemlights, or for spare CR123 batteries.
Let’s talk about the best MOLLE pouch. What is the best pouch? That’s a trick question. It depends on what you need it for. We’ll go through a variety of cool gear that fills a variety of roles. Consider this a “best of the best” list. Best General Purpose MOLLE Pouches The is a great general purpose MOLLE pouch. If you need to carry a 200 round magazine for a SAW it is of course perfect. But I’m going to assume that is not what you are here for. What is so great about this? For one, this is genuine US military surplus – so that means made in the USA. And it’s made to milspec requirements – so it’s not a cheap piece of junk. And, these are brand new. It is size 9″ height x 7″ width x 3″ deep. There also two 6″ MOLLE straps on the back. Here’s the MOLLE on the backside. Carry mags or anything else in this high quality and cheap pouch. These are also great to organize items inside your rucksack. Best [Read more…]
Hydration Bladders: The Ultimate Tool for Adventure Have you ever had a water bottle leak into your hiking rucksack, making the entire contents of the bag wet? Have you ever wished that you could have a water source available while running without having to tote around a heavy, sloshing water bottle? Wouldn’t it be simple to sip out of a straw while exploring rather than having to stop and mess with water bottle caps? If you are tired of these scenarios, then you are in luck. A device called a hydration bladder can eliminate all of these pesky situations while freeing up your hands for outdoor activities and providing you with ultimate hydration. What is a Hydration Bladder? Hydration bladders are simplified water reservoirs with a spout-like attachment that allows individuals to wear their source of water on their back while having easy access to hydration. As a system that functions like a backpack, the CamelBak was the original hydration pack and was often used by soldiers and avid outdoorsmen. Popular by demand, hydration bladders began to evolve and became [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best tactical pen for 2019. What’s a tactical pen? It’s a pen for writing – but so much more. A tactical pen is an ink pen that has other uses too – such as self defense and survival. Every man should include a good writing instrument in his bug out bag, get home bag, or similar. And you might as well make it a multi-purpose item. It’s a covert way to have within easy reach a tool – or weapon. Let’s get started. For those that don’t want to read the whole article – here’s our recommendations: Features of the Best Tactical Pen First, what should we look for in a tactical pen? First of all, it should write in ink. And it should be refillable. If you are going to drop $30 on a pen – it should be something you can use for years. To be a useful EDC (Every Day Carry) item – there’s got to be a reason to have it on you every day. It should be a reliable ink pen, [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best tactical multi tools for 2019. What is a tactical multi tool? It’s a multi tool for tactical situations – those involving firearms and other military equipment. And you don’t have to be an operator or a SWAT team member to make use of these. Throw one in your range bag the next time you go shooting. We’re going to highlight several products and explain why these are better than your regular Leatherman. If you don’t want to read all of this – here’s the gear we are going to cover: Leatherman MUT – Tactical Multi Tool Leatherman is a known and trusted name in the multi tool business. The has all the tools you’d normally expect. But it is designed to maintain military gear with the addition of a bronze carbon scraper, disassembly punch, bolt override tool and more. This multitool is made from 154CM Stainless Steel – and that’s what we want. Just as important – it’s available in flat black color. And that’s what we’d recommend. It is 5″ when closed and weighs [Read more…]
Every man needs a good flashlight – it’s a basic piece of gear with immense practicality. Let’s look at the best tactical flashlights you can buy in 2019. Do you need an ultra-bright and dependable flashlight for self defense, home defense, or patrol duty? Or maybe you just want a practical Every Day Carry (EDC) flashlight that can also be used for self defense? You need a flashlight that won’t let you down when your life is on the line. Shown here is the – it is our top pick for best tactical flashlight. We’re going to describe in detail the things you want in a tactical flashlight. And we’re going to show you a range of options to fit any budget. Let’s get started. Don’t want to read it all, here’s our top picks. What is a Tactical Flashlight? First of all, what do we mean by tactical flashlight? A tactical flashlight is a light intended to be used for self defense, military, or law enforcement purposes. Handheld tactical flashlights are often used along with a pistol, but they [Read more…]
Here we are going to explain a low-cost, but complete basic rucking gear setup for a beginner. This would be a great setup for a GORUCK Light event, but would work for a Heavy or a Tough as well. This is a no-frills load out – no unnecessary bells and whistles, and using the most cost efficient gear possible. At the same time, this is a high quality setup – this is proven gear that will last for months or years. Here’s our recommendations. Read on for the full reasoning behind each choice. Looking for a rucking alternative to expensive GORUCK gear? Check out these items – and save tons of money. Cheap Beginner Rucksack GORUCK makes some great gear for rucking – but it is also very expensive. For a beginner we think the from 5.11 tactical is a better choice. Why lay out a lot of cash when you can get something else for 1/4th of the cost? Why do we think the Rush12 is so great? It’s the right size – this is a 12 hour pack [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best night vision goggles available in 2019. There are mainly three types – monocular (one tube), binocular (two tubes), and panoramic (four tubes). We’ll review all these options. Shown here is a 4 tube setup that provides a panoramic view (wide field of view). Let’s look at some of the common hardware that is in use. Most of these are pretty darn expensive. Binocular (dual tube) systems range from $10K – $20K. Prices for PNVGs are in the low to high $40K range, and are available only to government and law enforcement in many cases How do Night Vision Goggles work? Here’s a simplified view. Special Image Intensification Tubes (IIT) amplify the available light sources (photons) and in combination with a Micro Channel Plate an image is created on a phosphor display. The phosphor screen gives night vision the green (or white) glow you’ve seen in the movies. Are Night Vision Goggles Legal in the United States? There is no law in the United States that prevents a US citizen from owning and using Night Vision [Read more…]
Camouflage is a French word meaning disguise. Historically, camouflage has been used by both military forces and hunters, for pretty much the same purpose. And that purpose is to remain hidden – to be able to take action first from a position of surprise. OK – that makes sense. Here in this article we’ll focus on common camouflage in use today, primarily for uniforms and personnel concealment. What is Camouflage? From the US Army FM 5-20 Manual “CAMOUFLAGE BASIC PRINCIPLES AND FIELD CAMOUFLAGE”: “Camouflage uses concealment and deception to promote our offensive or defensive action, to surprise, to mislead the enemy, and to prevent the enemy from inflicting damage” and “Concealment includes hiding from view, making hard to see clearly, arranging obstructions to vision, deceiving, and disguising.” “Deception is attained by the use of, any means or measure to mislead, distract, or misrepresent any installation, equipment, or activity.” So, we see there are two essential elements: Concealment and Deception. Camouflage and Concealment In this article, we’re going to focus mostly on concealment. How can we conceal an individual and their [Read more…]
Rucking this winter? Be sure to stay warm. But, do it in a smart way. Here’s our tips for cold weather rucking. These top tips were gleaned from the experience of many ruckers. Best materials for cold weather rucking First of all, let’s review the best materials to use in the cold weather. Best Fabrics for Cold Weather Ruck March In general, wool is a superior material for cold weather as compared to cotton. It is also better than most synthetic materials that are not purposed designed for cold weather. Wool from a sheep is an amazing insulator. Nature made sure of that – the crimped nature of the individual wool fibers ensures that they form millions of tiny air pockets. These tiny pockets trap air, helping to provide a thermal barrier. And, wool outperforms cotton even more when it is wet. Cotton is NOT recommended for hiking in cold conditions. Why? Because when cotton gets wet it completely loses its insulating abilities. It also does not wick away perspiration. Base layer fabrics should be wicking (which transports moisture away [Read more…]
Upgrade your tree stand carry straps. These are US Government Issue. Brand new, and made in the USA, this is meant for the use with a MOLLE back pack system frame – so they have six attachment points and straps. Thanks to those attachment points, they can be used with just about any frame or pack you’d like. But, these also work great as an upgrade to carry your tree stand, such as a climber tree stand. These straps are premium load bearing equipment, and the 2″ wide padded straps ensure you can carry a load in comfort. A sternum strap (chest strap) is included. These are a big step up from the stock straps included with the Lone Wolf tree stand.
Let’s talk about the best dump pouch, also commonly called a mag dump pouch. First of all, what is a dump pouch? It is a pouch – with an open top – so you can “dump” items in there quickly, but securely. Primarily these are used in combination with a plate carrier, tactical vest, chest rig, duty belt or battle belt such that you can secure any empty or nearly empty magazines. Best practice is to NEVER put an empty mag back into your tactical vest or rig – only put them in the dump pouch! So, the dump pouch can be used to stow empty magazines, shotgun shells, or other purposes on the firing range. But, dump pouches have a lot of other uses as well. Really, the best dump pouch can be used for collecting and transporting all sorts of items securely. Like what? It can be used on camping trips to gather wild edibles or kindling while hiking, collecting apples or fruits on trips to orchards, or tomatoes in the garden. They are also popular for people [Read more…]
Best Plate Carrier in 2019? For comfort and mobility it seems to be the . It’s been described as the “most balanced minimalist plate carrier family on the market.” A minimalist plate carrier would be a good option for a home defense plate carrier. But, this is a versatile PC that could be used for: training classes and courses, a SHTF setup, home defense, LARPing, active shooter kit, and more. The is a ballistic plate carrier (sometimes abbreviated PC) from Crye Precision. Shown here in Multicam camouflage pattern. NOTE: The Cyre Precision JPC does not come with ballistic plates. Add the 10″ x 12″ plates of your choice. Sizes are based on the size of the ballistic plate. This is the large model – referring to the plate size it will accommodate – not your shirt size. It is also available for medium and small plates as well. The JPC gets rave reviews for being light-weight and minimalist, but durable. The JPC plate carrier itself weighs just over one pound. It is meant for maximum mobility, and packabiity. If you [Read more…]
Let’s talk about the best chest rigs available in 2019. First – what’s a chest rig? It’s a piece of tactical gear used to carry necessary items within easy reach for your mission. They are an efficient way to carry necessary and important gear and to make it accessible quickly at all times. Just as important – what is NOT a chest rig? A plate carrier. While those modular body armor items can also be used to carry extra gear – a chest rig can’t hold ballistic plates. Therefore a chest rig is a lighter weight, more streamlined, and more maneuverable option for those that don’t need armor, but still have a lot of critical gear to carry. These rigs typically come in two flavors – an H rig and an X (or cross-back) rig. What’s the difference? A picture is worth a thousand words. Some rigs even let you reconfigure as X or H, based on your preference. These use keepers to help reconfigure the harness straps. As you can see, the configuration of the harness straps is what [Read more…]