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.
Prepper Life

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…]