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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. Here’s the models we’ll review. Whether you are working on a car, night trail running, road side repairs, camping, GORUCK challenge events, or on a mission – a head lamp can help make you more efficient. A headlamp with long battery life should be considered a bug out bag essential. What should you look for in a headlamp? We’ll talk about that next. Features of the Best Tactical Headlamp The best tactical headlamp will have an LED bulb, not an old school xenon or incandescent bulb. Why? LED is just better – in just about every way. For one, they can be very, very bright. Light intensity (or brightness) is measured in Lumens. You’ll see some of these models have 150 [Read more…]

Best Tactical Pen 2019
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Best Tactical Pen 2019

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…]

AOR-2 camouflage pattern as used in the Navy Working Uniform (NWU)
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What is Camouflage?

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…]

Suunto Baseplate Compass - our pick for premium magnetic compass for outdoorsman, orienteering, and survival
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Best Baseplate Compass for Land Navigation

An essential part of any serious Bug Out Bag (BOB), Get Home Bag (GHB), survival pack, or outdoorsman’s rucksack is a magnetic compass. Not a smartphone compass app, but a real, no battery needed compass. A magnetic compass will always work because of Earth’s magnetic field. There are two main types of magnetic compass: a lensatic compass and the baseplate compass (also commonly known as an orienteering compass.) Baseplate compasses work well with maps, but certainly can be used without a map as well. We’re going to review the best options for baseplate compasses, because that’s the type we’d recommend. Compass, Map, and Land Navigation Terms Primer We’re going to present a variety of compass options. To understand the benefit of some of these compass features, it would be good to quickly review some of the key terms involved with magnetic compasses and land navigation. Much of this information is derived from the US Army’s field manual for Map Reading and Land Navigation[1]. For those without military experience, it should be known that the military has driven the need for [Read more…]