Best Tactical Flashlight 2019
Tactical Gear

Best Tactical Flashlight 2019

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…]

Rucking

Beginner Rucking Gear

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…]

Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVG) from L-3
Tactical Gear

Best Night Vision Googles (NVG) for 2019

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…]

AOR-2 camouflage pattern as used in the Navy Working Uniform (NWU)
Survival Gear

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…]

Rucking

Cold Weather Rucking Tips

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…]

Best Should Straps for Hunting Tree Stands
Hunting

Best Tree Stand Carry Straps

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.

Best Dump Pouch 2019
Tactical Gear

Best Dump Pouch

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 2019 - JPC Plate Carrier
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Best Plate Carrier 2019

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, 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 plate. [Read more…]

Best Chest Rig 2019
Tactical Gear

Best Chest Rig 2019

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…]

The GORUCK GR2 is a great backpack, but it's a premium backpack. Find out all the great features that make this an expensive, but outstanding rucksack for rucking.
Rucking

The Most Expensive Backpacks for Rucking

How’s this for a change of pace? Let’s skip the budget-friendly, low-cost backpacks for rucking. Instead, we’re going to look at the most expensive backpacks for rucking. Why? Well, because these very expensive tactical backpacks also happen to be outrageously good. What We Need in a Rucksack For Rucking Honestly the requirements for a rucking backpack are not too intense. We want a bag with somewhere between 20L (liters) and 30L in capacity. We need some volume to carry gear – but not too much and not too little. Secondly, the bag must be reasonably tough and durable. The chances of a failure due to overloading on a ruck march is pretty small – we’re not really going to be using that much weight (between 20 lbs and 45 lbs of extra weight is typical). But, we may need to use the ruck for PT – especially if we’re on a GORUCK challenge event. Bag swings, bear crawls, overhead press, and possibly more. There’s nothing worse than gear that fails when you need it the most. Lastly, we want MOLLE [Read more…]

Multicam camouflage
Tactical Gear

What is MultiCam?

What is MultiCam? MultiCam is a camouflage pattern created by Crye Precision. The name MultiCam is a registered trademark of Crye Precision. It is meant to be versatile and applicable to a wide variety of conditions. It is currently a popular option for the military combat uniforms of the armed forces of several nations. From the creator: “MultiCam® is a highly effective, commercially available camouflage pattern used by the military, federal agencies, and law enforcement.” MultiCam was originally developed for the US Army. It is meant to be effective in a variety of environments (arid, tropic, etc.), elevations, and light conditions. Military forces are always eager to reduce logistical workload – and having versatile uniforms goes a long way to easing the burden of too many combat uniform types. Colors of MultiCam There are now several different variations based on the environment. Besides the original MultiCam color scheme, the current officially licensed versions offered by Crye Precision include: MultiCam Arid, MultiCam Tropic, MultiCam Alpine (for snow), and MultiCam Black (for Law enforcement and SWAT team use). The original MultiCam pattern [Read more…]

Best Boot for Rucking 2019
Rucking

Best Boots For Rucking in 2019

If you use rucking for personal physical fitness or for military training, you need good boots. Footwear is hands down the most important piece of equipment for rucking (after that your rucksack is second most important). Let’s talk about what makes the best boots for rucking in 2019. First of all, if you are in the US military your footwear might have to be AR 670-1 compliant boots. That’s the US Army regulation that dictates what footwear (and other items) are allowed as part of the uniform. What does AR 670-1 compliant mean in practical terms? If your commander has authorized commercial design combat boots: Boot must be 8″ to 10″ high. Must be made from tan or coyote color cattle hide leather (flesh side out). Plain toe, not steel toe. Color matching sole – The sole of the boot must also be tan or coyote. Sole can’t be more than 2″ in height. The outsole must be rubber or pure polyether polyurethane. Boot upper has to be leather or non-mesh fabric. If it doesn’t look a lot like the [Read more…]

IFAK - Individual First Aid Kit
Tactical Gear

IFAK – Individual First Aid Kit

An IFAK is an Individual First Aid Kit. An Individual First Aid Kit is intended to be used by an individual for self-aid or to render aid to a buddy (such as for TCCC – Tactical Combat Casualty Care), as opposed to a more full featured medical kit that might be carried by a combat medic. A typical IFAK might contain: Bandages Tourniquet Burn ointment Antibiotic ointment Water purification tablets Gauze of some type – including special “quick clotting” combat gauze. A writing instrument like a sharpie or mini-sharpie marker is also commonly carried – in case any notes have to be made (anywhere or on anything.) Here’s the items we will review in this article. IFAKs are really military first aid kits. In the US Army, IFAK stands for Improved First Aid Kit. This refers to a very specific issued item, but the purpose is the same. The US Air Force and Marine Corp refer to IFAK as Individual First Aid Kit. You will also hear of something called a Trauma Kit. A trauma kit is a medical kit [Read more…]

Best Battle Belt 2019
Tactical Gear

Best Battle Belt

A Battle Belt, also known as War Belt or Combat Belt is load bearing equipment intended to keep important equipment within easy reach. Shown here is the . This is the Viking Tactics Battle Belt as sold by 5.11. A battle belt consists of a padded sleeve with rows of MOLLE PALS webbing for attaching pouches and accessories. A battle belt typically requires an inner belt (web belt or tactical belt) to secure it around your waist. Why a Battle Belt? A battle belt let’s you have all your essential gear within easy reach – and the weight is supported by your hips. It’s also very quick and easy to put on a belt. If you need to carry a lot of heavy gear (spare magazines, radios, holsters, IFAK, knife, gerber multi-tool, etc.) a regular belt won’t cut it – there is not enough space for one, and it won’t be comfortable. Battle belts are tough, and usually have lots of MOLLE webbing – so you can customize and attach utility pouches and accessories of your choosing. These belts help [Read more…]

Suunto Baseplate Compass - our pick for premium magnetic compass for outdoorsman, orienteering, and survival
Survival Gear

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…]