Let’s talk about tactical comms setups. What’s the essentials that you need? You’ll need a radio, an electronic headset (ideally with noise cancellation), and a push to talk (PTT) switch of some sort. Best Comms Headset The is an “operator” quality tactical headset. The 3M Peltor ComTac III Electronic Headset has it all, and a boom mic for use with a radio. First of all – this is a noise canceling electronic headset. Thanks to the dual mics it picks up all ambient sounds and quickly shuts off to protect you from gun shots (or loud industrial noises). These meet DA PAM 40-501 Army Hearing Conservation Program requirements. They are popular with the military and LEOs. Two AAA batteries will give you approx. 500 hours of use. It includes a radio jack (and a boom mic) – which is what makes this a comms headset vs just an electronic ear muff. This headset will work with various bump and ballistic helmets with a high cut shell. Want a streamlined in-ear headset options? This would work with an ACH (Advanced Combat [Read more…]
Let’s talk about the best ear protection for shooting. We’re going to look at all the technical features you would want in a pair of passive earmuffs or active noise reduction headsets. Passive ear muffs require no batteries and protect your ears against most loud and intense sounds. But, Active Noise Reduction headsets are available that are more pleasant to use – especially for long durations. These are great for wear all day on the job site – or on a mission. Those Active Noise Reduction headsets protect your ears just as well as passive devices too. Here’s the products we’ll be reviewing: Let’s dive right in. Tips for Ear Protection for Shooting Before we start, let’s make sure you understand the basic terminology related to hearing protection. Here’s some things to look for in the best ear protection for shooting. In the year 2019, there’s really no reason to use old-fashioned ear plugs and passive earmuffs. Active Noise Reduction is cheap and plentiful – and it works great.
Let’s look at Plate Carrier Placards. First of all, what is a PC Placard? It’s a modular front panel meant to be quick attached (or detached) to the front of a plate carrier (or “PC”). Why modular? This let’s you quickly and easily swap load-outs. First of all, you’ve got to find one that is compatible with your Plate Carrier. There are a variety of attachment options include: “G hooks”, side release buckles, and other attachment methods – some of which are proprietary. Here’s what a G hook looks like, in case you don’t know. Most of these placards are roughly three M4 mags in width – or about 6 MOLLE columns. Placard for London Bridge Trading Plate Carriers As one example, here’s the . You can see this has room for 3 M4 mags, plus 3 pistol mags – or other gear – like a flashlight. This is meant to work with LBT (London Bridge Trading) or LBX (London Bridge’s budget line) gear. What you can’t see is how this attaches – Condor Vanquish Armor System Accessories Kangaroo Mag [Read more…]
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). 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 are NOT ACH style helmets (Advanced Combat Helmet). Those models have [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. 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. But, bump helmets can be useful for recreational activities too – like whitewater rafting, skateboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Or, how about: caving, ziplining, and rock scrambling? All those things require a good bump helmet. Bump helmets are also used in Search And Rescue (SAR) operations, particularly in mountaineering situations. They are also a popular accessory for airsoft, LARPing, and MilSim. We’ll look at the best bump helmets from Team Wendy. Ops-Core and ESSTAC also have good models. Team Wendy EXFIL [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. 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. [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…]
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…]
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…]
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, MilSim, active shooter kit, and more. Plate carriers with plates are popular for training – because the weight of those plates have a big impact on how you move and how you shoot. So, whether you are LEO, Mil, or just a concerned citizen – plan to train like you’ll fight – and that means in your full kit. Here’s the items we will review in this article. The is a ballistic plate carrier (sometimes abbreviated PC) from Crye Precision. Shown here in Multicam camouflage pattern. NOTE: The Crye 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 [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…]