Let’s look at tactical notebooks. What’s a tactical notebook? It’s a tough notebook made for field use – like in the mud, rain, or desert heat. And to use a tactical or field notebook – you’d better have a tough pen too. Here’s the products we are going to cover today. Features of the Best Tactical Notebook First of all, most of these will have a “window” or protective polycarbonate sleeve for displaying maps and checklists through the cover of the notebook. And because it is a notebook – you will be writing with a pen, pencil, dry erase marker, or grease pencil – so look for elastic pen loops – to secure all those writing instruments. Also handy is having a mesh pocket – so you can keep track of loose items. Convenient sizing – most will fit in a cargo pocket. These will also fit in the admin pouch, sleeve, or pocket on a Plate Carrier, such as the Crye JPC. Tough tactical or field notebooks are great for hikers, search and rescue personnel, hunters, squad leaders, and [Read more…]
Team Wendy makes tough milspec gear – and their ballistic helmets are some of the best. The Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic Helmet is a popular choice for a protective helmet. First off, let’s be clear – this is a ballistic helmet, not a bump helmet. What’s the difference? About $700. In all seriousness ballistic helmets are meant to protect you from high speed projectiles and fragments – something a bump helmet doesn’t claim to do. The helmet discussed here provides ballistic protection to meet the NIJ Level III-A standard (according to NIJ STD 0106.01/0108.01). It also provides blunt impact protection (ACH Blunt Impact Protection requirements per AR/PD 10-02). Here’s the gear we are going to review in this article. Let’s take a closer look at this outstanding piece of tactical gear. First off, the EXFIL Ballistic Helmet is made with a hybrid composite shell, and features a unique CAM fit retention system – that you can adjust with one hand. The high cut shell is made from polyethylene and other fibers in a proprietary composite matrix. By the way, these [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best bump helmet that you can pick up in 2019. What is a bump helmet? A bump helmet is protective gear worn to protect your head and skull. A bump helmet in particular protects you against bumps, falls, and similar impacts. Basically, bump helmets stop your head from hitting the sharp corner of things. A bump helmet is NOT a ballistic helmet. A ballistic helmet may protect you from a range of high speed projectiles. That’s not what a bump helmet is for. Why would you need a bump helmet? First off, for tactical operations and law enforcement there is obviously a need for a bump helmet. It also gives you a convenient way to mount a carry certain gear – Night Vision Goggles, IR Strobes, Comms Headsets, Task Lights, and more. If those things aren’t mounted on your helmet – where will they be mounted? Typically a bump helmet is lighter than a ballistic helmet – and that means less fatigue and less wear and tear on your body. Bump helmets can be useful for [Read more…]
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. And battery life of weeks or months. That’s the whole point. We’re going to look at some other options too, here they are: 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 [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. Here’s some of the gear we’ll be reviewing in this article. Let’s get right to it. 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 mil-spec 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 [Read more…]
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 available by many different manufacturers. Boasting various [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: Tactical Pens – Cheesy or Legit Tactical Gear? To say tactical pens are a controversial piece of gear is an understatement. Most people will grab anything cheap that will write – after all how often do you lose your pen? Secondly, you might be better off with a legit tactical flashlight or mulittool rather than trying to make a pen that does those things. Having said all that, we’ll present the options here – and you decide what is [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 – a good gun multi tool can be used for a lot of things. 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 [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 cheap, 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. Get started with rucking on the cheap – you can always upgrade gear later. 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 [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). There’s also “biocular” which is one tube with two eyepieces. We’ll review all these options. Shown here is a 4 tube NVG setup that provides a panoramic view (wide field of view). This is what is known as a PNVG – for Panoramic Night Vision Goggles. 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. Here’s some of the night vision devices we’ll look at in this article. How do Night Vision Goggles work? In a nutshell, NVGs use special hardware to accomplish “Light Intensification”. They take whatever minimal amount of light that is available and amplify it to a level that is useful to the human eye. Here’s a simplified [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.