Radio Comms & GPS

FCC Licensing for Radio Operators

What is the FCC? The Federal Communication Commission, or FCC, is an independent agency created by the United States Federal government to regulate communications via radio, television, wire, satellite, cable and internet. Why does the FCC require that certain radio frequencies are only used by licensed and trained operators? The FCC was initially created in 1934 for the purposes of: [READ MORE…]

AN/PVS-30 Night Vision Scope
Night Vision Scopes

AN/PVS-30 Clip-On Night Vision Sight

In this article we’re going to take a close look at the AN/PVS-30 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight (COSNS) as used by the U.S. Army and other armed forces. A Night Vision Scope let’s you see in the dark – and in particular accurately aim a weapon in the darkness. Here’s the gear we’re going to review: These types of sights [READ MORE…]

AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapon Sight mounted on an M240B machine gun.
Night Vision Scopes

Thermal Weapon Sight – AN/PAS-13

There’s more than one way to see in the dark. In this article, we’re going to take a close look at a thermal weapon sight used by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and others. The AN/PAS-13 is a Thermal Weapon Sight used in the US military. It enables night vision capabilities, although thermal sights are useful in the daytime too. [READ MORE…]

AN/PEQ-15A - the DBAL-A2 - the latest version of the PEQ-15
Night Vision Scopes

Dual Beam Aiming Lasers

In this article we’ll take a close look at Dual Beam Aiming Lasers (DBAL), such as those from Steiner Defense. First of all – what is a Dual Beam Aiming Laser? It’s a laser pointing device that contains both a day-light visible red or green laser combined with a co-aligned Infrared (IR) laser that is visible only with night vision. [READ MORE…]

AN/PEQ-16B mounted on an M4 carbine.
Night Vision Scopes

US Army Aiming Lasers

The US Army and US Marine Corps use a variety of weapon sights and scopes. We’re going to review the current crop of sights and scopes – and explain what they are used for. We’re going to start with aiming lasers – also called laser pointers, target pointers, or target designators. The US armed forces consider optics, sensors and lasers [READ MORE…]

A DAGR military GPS device.
Radio Comms & GPS

Understanding GPS and the Future of Positioning Tech

What Is The Global Positioning System? The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a U.S-owned and operated system that can give precise, relative, or general location information. Officially, information about location is called Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) because those three elements come together to provide GPS services. For most people, GPS is a way to figure out where they are [READ MORE…]

Stream water should be purified before drinking.
Prepper Life

Outdoor Water Purification Techniques

If you’re an outdoors enthusiast then you know that there’s an endless list of activities that you can enjoy. From hiking through the mountains to camping along the plains, there’s something for everyone. However, it’s important that you have keen survival skills when spending time in nature. This is especially the case when it comes to water. While you may [READ MORE…]

A cell phone tower
Radio Comms & GPS

Emergency Communications for Civilians

Have you ever thought about how dependent modern society is on the cellular phone? We’ve reaped the benefits of having “always on” connectivity and the ability to contact anyone and just about anywhere at our finger tips. But the truth is that the cellular system is quite fragile – and it is not something we can count on to be [READ MORE…]

The Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) being used to send a message from a patrol vehicle.
Radio Comms & GPS

What is ATAK?

ATAK is the Android Tactical Assault Kit. It is a smartphone geospatial application originally developed for Android phones and tablets. It is sometimes referred to as the Android Team Awareness Kit or the Awesome Team Awareness Kit – because there are versions for Windows and iOS as well as Android. Tactical uses include mission planning, situational awareness (SA), mission execution, [READ MORE…]

Radio Comms & GPS

Best Military Grade Phone Cases

Let’s look at the best military grade phone cases available for iPhone and Android. Why take your phone on the mission? Because modern smartphones are amazing devices – they can leverage GPS, GLONASS, Galileo satnav systems for precise location finding – in a fraction of the space of a dedicated GPS unit. Secondly, there are some cool new Situational Awareness [READ MORE…]

Advanced Night Vision Goggles like the AN/PVS-21 show that night vision technology just keeps getting better and better.
Night Vision Goggles

Fusion Night Vision Goggles

Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) are game-changing tactical gear and in 2019 the prices are coming down and capabilities are better than ever. But at the same time there is some really cool new high-end gear coming out. Advanced Night Vision Goggles include low-profile night vision goggles and those that combine thermal imagery with light amplification – so called fused or [READ MORE…]

Magazines & Mag Pouches

Best Mag Pouches

Let’s look at the best mag pouches (magazine pouches). We’ll look at some popular tactical gear options that work great with your plate carrier, chest rig, or battle belt. We’re going to compare Blue Force Gear’s Ten-Speed line of mag pouches to High Speed Gear’s (HSGI) Taco mag pouches against Esstac’s Kywi line. Let’s get started. Here’s some of the [READ MORE…]

Night Vision Goggles

Night Vision Trail Cameras for Hunting

Game trail cameras have come a long way – there’s a ton of new, high-tech options you can get for cheap. We’ll take a look at those here. Here’s the gear we are going to review. Basic Features of Trail Cameras Here’s some things that are “table stakes” in trail cameras today. It’s gotta have night vision – of course. [READ MORE…]

A robust handheld GPS device - rugged, with long battery life - this has many advantages over your smartphone
Radio Comms & GPS

Handheld GPS Devices for 2020

GPS, short for Global Positioning System, devices are everywhere. The tech needed to give you a quick readout on your location anywhere in the world is smaller and cheaper than ever. GPS, and the navigating efficiency it enables, is truly one of the wonders of modern life. Your phone, your watch, even your fitness tracker – all these things can [READ MORE…]

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for Rucking

If you are participating in a ruck march training or event (like a GORUCK event) you probably don’t need to pack an IFAK or trauma kit. Why not? Because you are already going to have to pack the minimum required weight – so why add more to that? Here’s the items we recommend you have in your GORUCK first aid [READ MORE…]

Visible light green chemlight being spun for high visibility
Night Vision Goggles

IR Strobes, Beacons, and Chemlights

Got Night Vision? Then you might need an IR beacon, IR Strobe, or IR Chemlight. What are these things and what are they used for? That’s what we’ll talk about here. Why IR is used with Night Vision First of all, let’s talk about IR (Infrared) and why it is related to night vision. The “near infra-red” (NIR) spectrum of [READ MORE…]

A Simunition marking cartridge as compared to an actual 9mm cartridge.
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Simunition – Realistic Training

What is Simunition? Simunition is a specific type of training, usually used for training military and police. Humans, understandably, become incredibly stressed during firefight and live gunfire situations. Thus, practicing in the realest conditions possible will help people be more effective when in true combat. This form of training underwent prototyping and testing beginning in the 1980s. Originally, it was [READ MORE…]

Propper's Multicam OCP Scorpion Combat Uniform Coat is an example of NIR compliant clothing.
Night Vision Goggles

NIR Compliant Clothing

When researching tactical gear you will run across garments (clothing) claiming to be NIR Compliant. What does that mean? NIR stands for Near InfraRed. It is the wavelength of light from 780 nm to 2500 nm. It is not visible with the naked eye. But, it is visible with various kinds of night vision devices (NVDs), including tactical night vision [READ MORE…]

The ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) is made from Kevlar.
Tactical Helmets

History of the ACH Helmet

What is the Advanced Combat Helmet? The Advanced Combat Helmet, or ACH, is a military helmet that is used in active combat zones. Development of these helmets began in 2003. United States Army Soldier Systems Center, U.S. Army Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Research Laboratory worked together to create this helmet. It is currently the standard issue helmet for [READ MORE…]

Night Vision Goggles will play a key role in the upcoming Call of Duty : Modern Warfare game
Night Vision Goggles

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Night Vision Goggles

The 2019 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now for sale – and quad tube Night Vision Goggles play a prominent role in the gameplay. When you are assuming the role of “Tier 1 Operators” night vision goggles are available – you can shoot out lights and then surprise your opponents. You might be wondering – are these [READ MORE…]

Thermal imaging devices have many tactical uses
Night Vision Goggles

Thermal Imaging for Night Vision

Let’s talk about thermal imaging for night vision, sometimes called thermal vision devices. What is thermal imaging? Thermal imaging lets you use an electronic device to “see” temperature differences. Infrared radiation (IR), sometimes called infrared light, is electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than that of visible light. That means you can’t see it with the naked eye. It is invisible. [READ MORE…]

Tactical Helmets

Best Eye Protection – Safety Glasses

Let’s talk about eyepro (or eye pro) – Eye Protection. We’ll look at some options that are affordable, but good. We’ll look at safety glasses meant for tactical use – meaning shooting – or being shot at. These are not sunglasses per se, but many have tinted lens options and 100% UV protection – so they are sunglasses. But they [READ MORE…]

RV - Recreational Vehicle
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RV Survival Mods for Off-Road Living

Living off the grid is becoming more commonplace these days, with more than 18,000 families choosing to live off-grid in the U.S. alone. Toughing it out in the wilderness without modern comforts is no easy task, however, especially for those who want to live the nomadic lifestyle. If you’re living off the grid in an RV, taking proper precautions may [READ MORE…]

Best Comms Setup
Radio Comms & GPS

Best Comms Set Up For Tactical Use

Let’s talk about the best tactical comms setups for tactical radio. What are the essentials that you need? You’ll need a radio, an electronic headset (ideally with noise cancellation or high sound cut-off), and a push to talk (PTT) switch of some sort. Here’s the gear we are going to explain: Here’s a comms headset with a boom mic in [READ MORE…]

A tactical headlamp with a red lens being used to preserve night vision.
Night Vision Goggles

Best Tactical Headlamp

Let’s look at the best tactical headlamp. Why a tactical headlamp? Because it gives you bright light, when you need it, in a hands free fashion. It is a lot more convenient than a flashlight – because you don’t have to hold it. What’s more, today’s models with LED bulbs are incredibly bright, lightweight, and have great battery life. There’s [READ MORE…]