In February 2015, the Army unveiled its plans for a new Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The program will be launched this year by PEO Soldier in order to provide soldiers, Army leaders and industry manufacturers clarity on what optional-wear boot models are considered Army authorized.
Per usual, SHOT Show was 5 days full of the latest and greatest gear from the industry’s premier brands. We hand-picked this year’s standout styles of apparel, equipment and footwear from the show so you know what to look forward to in 2015.
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Tactically proficient and all-around entertaining, the Mad Duo really knows their stuff when it comes to gear. The team writes primarily for their blog, Breach Bang Clear, but they also contribute occasionally to other publications like Military.com, RECOIL Magazine, The New Rifleman, Concealed Carry, Law Enforcement Today, Monderno and numerous firearms/tactical magazines. We were lucky enough to have them utilize their incisive wit, comical insight and expert knowledge to put together their ultimate wish list. That’s 10 hand-picked pieces of gear with the Mad Duo stamp of approval. Check ‘em out.
We have some massive news! We’ve partnered with tactical light superpower Streamlight for a nation-wide contest. The winner will receive a free Streamlight light (up to $100) every year, for 20 years. Every Streamlight flashlight, key chain light, penlight, weapon light and lantern on our site qualifies.
Updated on April 15, 2015
The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is in the process of being reinvented with several design updates. Shortly after announcing a new camouflage pattern for the ACU, the Army released a list of improvements being made to the pants-and-coat combination.
Updated on October 3, 2014
Unless you’ve been avoiding all news outlets and social media or been living under a rock the past few days, you’re probably aware that the United States had its first diagnosed case of the Ebola virus. If you’re anything like us, your first thought might have been, “Oh crap. We’re all going to get Ebola and die.”
Well slow your roll, hypochondriacs—that’s most likely not the case. After the recent confirmation of diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on the control and prevention of the disease.
“We do know how to stop Ebola’s further spread: through case finding, isolation of ill people, contacting people exposed to the ill person, and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms,” the CDC said. “The U.S. public health and medical systems have had prior experience with sporadic cases of diseases such as Ebola. In the past decade, the United States had 5 imported cases of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) diseases similar to Ebola (1 Marburg, 4 Lassa). None resulted in any transmission in the United States.”
In addition, Ebola is not an airborne disease and cannot be spread through casual contact. To contract Ebola you must be exposed to the bodily fluids of a sick person or to objects that have been contaminated.
At this point, it’s premature for even the most vigilant prepper to go into full lockdown mode. While the threat level is still pretty low, consider this diagnosis a storm-warning. A pandemic hasn’t hit, but now’s the time to prepare yourself for any further outbreaks. So what should you be doing now to prepare for a potential pandemic? We’ve got a few tips.
Check your stock of emergency foods. Restock any expired goods. We suggest having least one months supply of food that requires no refrigeration on hand.
Stock a gallon of water per person per day in clean plastic containers. In addition, you also want to have plenty of fluids with electrolytes.
Make sure you have a plentiful supply of medical supplies. That includes pain relievers, stomach and anti-diarrheal medication, disposable cleaning gloves, bandages and surgical face masks.
Antibacterial cleaning supplies such as disposable wipes, hand-sanitizer and bleach are a must. Make sure you aren’t running low.
Garbage bags, duct tape, zip-lock bags and toiletries are also necessities.
This diagnosis isn’t enough to go code-red panic mode. It’s just a good reminder to keep emergency supplies close-at-hand. Also, continue to keep a close eye on the news for when the threat becomes real.
If you’re still concerned about whether or not you have Ebola, consult this handy flow chart.
What do you think about the announcement of an Ebola diagnosis in the U.S.? Are you prepping for a pandemic? Leave your comments below.
Updated on September 5, 2014
For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black. Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern.
MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design.
A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and black pattern absorbs the night for maximum concealment. This particular blend of colors also means neither green nor black tactical vests look out of place with this uniform.
Perhaps it’s biggest advantage is it’s just plain mean looking. It has been called “intimidation camo” because it allows the wearer to project a sleek, strong image. This is incredibly helpful for tactical professionals who need to operate with an air of dominance.
Now you can get the TRU Xtreme Uniform pants, shirt, combat shirt and vest in MultiCam Black. Each item is built to resemble the battle-tested Army Combat Uniform design. Made from a 50% nylon / 50% cotton ripstop material, the Xtreme uniform features a mandarin collar and a 6-pocket pant configuration.
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What do you think of MultiCam Black?