Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit NOW!

When it comes to needing a battle-tested medical kit, Blue Force Gear® has the solution.  Blue Force Gear® designed the Micro Trauma Kit NOW!™, Micro TKN, as a trauma kit designed for military and law enforcement. The Micro TKN is a lightweight, low profile, easy to access trauma kit that holds essential lifesaving medical supplies on a belt or plate carrier while maintaining a much lower profile than other medical kits currently on the market.

 

The Micro TKN stores securely but can be deployed quickly, even by a single finger, to either side. All critical first aid supplies are deployed by simply pulling on the BLIP feature pull tabs.  The Micro TKN consists of two main components – an outer pouch that can be MOLLE or belt-mounted, and an inner removable insert that keeps medical supplies organized.

 

The outer pouch utilizes the Ten-Speed® technology to hold the kit firmly.  The outer pouch’s front also features a laser-cut cross with several signal indicators – black insert or highly reflective glow-in-the-dark insert.  The end-user can decide which indicator works best for their use or leave all the inserts out for a pattern matched front for maximum concealability.

 

The Micro Trauma Kit NOW!™ is available in several variations, including advanced or basic medical supplies.  You can also choose no medical supplies and load it out based on your units/agencies SOP.

 

Contact Quantico Tactical® today for a complete solution that’s ready to go with the Blue Force Gear® Advanced Medical Supplies Kit.

 

Virtual Firearm Training and Simulations

 

Laser Shot® Simulations has been developing cutting-edge virtual firearm training and simulation systems since 1999. The key to their success is their full-spectrum immersive experience, which features a vivid HD projection system and true-to-life experiences, including the look, feel, and function of simulated weapons.

 

Laser Shot® utilizes a team of software engineers, live-fire range specialists, and firearm engineers to create virtual training solutions for US and allied foreign militaries while strictly adhering to training doctrine. The Mobile Marksmanship Training Simulator, MMTS, is an entirely portable system designed for both basic and advanced firearms training. This flagship product provides up to four independent lanes of virtual marksmanship training per unit. Multiple MMTS units can be networked together to provide additional lanes and additional degrees of immersion arranged throughout a structure for room clearing and MOUT exercises.  Additionally, the MMTS can connect to simulated combat vehicle cabins for mounted gunnery and convoy operations.

Laser Shot® simulators feature the smallest footprints, fastest setup times, with the most industry options.   Every branch of the US military are currently using Laser Shot® simulators. These systems are designed from the ground up for ease-of-use by the end-user, with no contractor support required.

 

Website: https://www.lasershot.com

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SureFire® SOCOM Suppressors – The Standard-Bearer

In 2002 SureFire® created its suppressor division to redefine suppressor technology, materials, and construction. Starting with the finest U.S. mill-certified high-temperature alloys available, SureFire® engineered the most advanced and fail-safe suppressor baffle system ever devised. It met all their ambitious criteria for sound, flash, and dust signature reduction while remaining compact in size, lightweight, and supremely durable. They torture-tested every design relentlessly to ensure that it met their goals while consistently producing a sub-1 MOA shift in point of impact compared to the same weapon unsuppressed, regardless of the number of attach-detach cycles. Their patented front plate design virtually eliminated the first-round flash signature. Their patented Fast-Attach® mounting system provided a rock-solid interface with the weapon and fast and easy detachment after extensive firing. The philosophy at SureFire® has always been that durability, signature reduction, accuracy, repeatability, and sound suppression are the most important factors to consider when evaluating a suppressor design for combat or duty use.

Once they were satisfied, they had met their own goals; they summated their suppressors for the SOCOM suppressor solicitation. The SOCOM suppressor solicitation was the most demanding suppressor trial ever performed by the U.S. Military. In 2011 SureFire® was awarded the SOCOM Suppressor contract for $23.3 million.

 

In 2017 they were awarded another $10 million contract.

This contract is the second award based on the most rigorous and extensive suppressor selection in USSOCOM history.

In 2019 The military established NSN’s for the SOCOM556-RC2.

 

SureFire® makes SOCOM model suppressors for weapons systems from 5.56 to .50 Caliber weapons.

There are four SOCOM series models in 5.56 caliber; SB2, RC2, the Mini2, and MG. All of these come in both black and dark earth. All of these suppressors except the Mini2 have NSN’s assigned to them.

There is additionally four SOCOM series models in 7.62 caliber; SB2, RC2, TI, and MG. The MG model has an assigned NSN.

The SOCOM300-SPS was designed for the 300 Blackout, but works for all calibers from 5.56 thru 300WM.

The SOCOM338 TI is 9.9 inches long and weighs 22.0 OZ, but it is a beast at handling the 338 Lapua and has an assigned NSN.

The SOCOM 50 SPS at 14.4 inches long and 86 oz is a large suppressor to be sure, but it also accommodates the large 50 caliber round. The SOCOM 50 SPS delivers up to a 99% reduction in flash to conceal the shooter’s location.

The newest kids on the block are the SOCOM65-RC2 and the SOCOM65-TI. These suppressors are for 6.5mm, 6mm, .260 calibers. The SOCOM65-RC2 is the 6.5 mm/6 mm/.260-caliber version of the U.S. Special Operations Command selected suppressor for the Mk13 Sniper Rifle.

All SureFire® suppressors are designed and built in the USA.

 

SOCOM65-RC2 SUPPRESSOR

  • The combat-grade suppressor for 6.5 Creedmoor, 6 mm and .260 caliber rifles
  • Full-auto reliability
  • Reduces sound at shooter’s ear to 130 dB, cuts visible muzzle flash by 98%

Get The Most Out Of Your Creedmoor. Why would you accept less than the best suppressor for your 6.5 mm Creedmoor, .260 caliber, or 6 mm semi-automatic rifle? The SOCOM260-RC2 utilizes the same technically advanced, no-compromise design and engineering that earned the SOCOM556-RC suppressor a victory in the harshest, most demanding suppressor trials in USSOCOM history. Using the latest manufacturing techniques and materials, a class-leading suppressor delivers the utmost in sound attenuation and flash and dust signature reduction. CNC laser-welded Inconel alloy and stainless steel materials provide uncompromising durability. Inside, the technically superior internal baffling reduces backpressure and sound to match supreme accuracy with extreme quiet. It makes your 6.5 Creedmoor a 10 in the stealth department.

 

 

 

 

SOCOM65-TI SUPPRESSOR

  • The ideal titanium suppressor available for 6 mm, 6.5 mm and .260 caliber bolt-action rifles
  • The lightest SureFire® suppressor; minimal effect on weapon handling
  • Optimal bore concentricity and suppressor alignment deliver extremely consistent accuracy.

Send It. The revolutionary SureFire® SOCOM65-Ti is the lightest rifle-mount suppressor we make, but if you want the best in noise attenuation, quality materials, and precision craftsmanship, it’s a genuine heavy hitter. The SOCOM65-Ti meet and exceed military sniper rifle suppressor specifications. It performs best with bolt-action weapon systems and precision rifles and weighs a mere 11 ounces while maintaining our strictest durability standards. The SOCOM65-Ti’s internal venting technology evenly distributes thermodynamic gases, significantly reducing pressure impulse effects on the projectile as it clears the muzzle. Precision manufacturing tolerances, strict attention to bore concentricity, and suppressor alignment combine to provide the best titanium suppressor available for 6 mm, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .260 caliber rifles.

 

 

 

SOCOM556 MG SUPPRESSOR

  • The extreme-duty SOCOM suppressor is designed for 5.56 mm machine guns.
  • Thicker materials and more robust baffles provide combat-proven continuous-fire reliability.
  • It is expertly engineered to reduce sound, back pressure, suppressed cyclic rate, and gas blowback.

Keep It To A Whisper. The SOCOM556-MG is a beast ready to devour, precisely engineered to operate with maximum reliability and minimal sound on fully automatic rifles. A version of our USSOCOM suppressor trial-winning SOCOM556-RC suppressor, its thicker Inconel alloy and stainless steel, and more robust baffles provide extreme durability in the most demanding combat conditions. Our superior gas-flow dynamics significantly reduce back pressure, cyclic rate, and gas blowback on the shooter while effectively attenuating sound, decreasing flash, and reducing dust signature. Like all SureFire® suppressors, the MG is test-fired to ensure minimal and consistent point of impact shift, virtually eliminating the need to re-zero the weapon regardless of the number of attach-detach cycles.

 

 

 

SOCOM556 MINI2 SUPPRESSOR

 

  • The SureFire® Mini with maximum sound attenuation
  • Optimized for 14.5-inch and longer barrels on 5.56 mm M4 variants
  • Unprecedented performance for its size

Make Every Inch Count. When the going gets tight, an inch can mean the difference between efficiently engaging the enemy or getting caught in a vulnerable position. That’s why SureFire® created the SOCOM556-MINI2. It delivers performance levels similar to the model that assured SureFire® the victory in the demanding USSOCOM suppressor trials but a more compact package optimized for 14.5-inch and longer barrels. A mere 5 inches long, it places a premium on efficiency and maintains the quality synonymous with every SureFire® suppressor. The innovative internal baffling significantly decreases back pressure, cyclic rate, and gas blowback. The net result is a tremendous reduction in sound and dust signature with virtually undetectable first-round flash and minimal, consistent point-of-impact shift.

 

 

 

SOCOM556 SB2 SUPPRESSOR

  • The best short-barrel 5.56 mm (.223 caliber) suppressor available
  • Weighs a mere 17 ounces; minimal effect on weapon handling.
  • Adds as little as 3.8 inches to overall weapon length

Use The Right Utensil. You don’t have to compromise on your suppressor’s performance or reliability just because your primary is a short-barreled rifle. The SOCOM556-SB2 is designed and engineered by the same dedicated team that produced the USSOCOM suppressor trial-winning SOCOM556-RC. The SB2’s larger bore diameter and innovative internal design deliver extremely low-back pressure and stealthy sound attenuation in a rugged suppressor optimized for rifle barrels of 10 inches or less. Its high-temperature alloys and stainless steel components are CNC laser-welded for strength and durability when shooting the SB2 in full-auto mode. It incorporates an innovative internal baffling that significantly decreases back pressure, cyclic rate, and gas blowback while delivering tremendous accuracy with a minimal and consistent point-of-impact shift. It’s the right tool for the job.

 

 

 

SOCOM556 RC2 SUPPRESSOR

 

 

 

 

  • Our best-selling suppressor model
  • It takes our SOCOM-winning design to the next level
  • Extremely quiet, supremely accurate

Hold The Objective. Attach the SOCOM556-RC2 to any 5.56 mm weapon system with a minimum barrel length of 10 inches, and you will. The RC2 showcases the USSOCOM contract-winning know-how in cutting-edge suppressor design. It incorporates the latest in manufacturing techniques and materials to produce the most exceptional tool of its kind. Count on it to deliver the utmost in sound, flash, and dust signature reduction. The RC2 is precision-built of advanced Inconel alloys and stainless steel, and CNC laser-welded for uncompromising durability. The RC2 features unique internal baffling that reduces backpressure and sound, matching supreme accuracy with extreme quiet compared to an unsuppressed weapon. It’s the best overall suppressor in any environment.

 

 

SOCOM762-TI SUPPRESSOR

 

  • The lightest 7.62 mm SureFire® suppressor available
  • No-compromise performance, strength, and durability.
  • Ideal for hunting and bolt-action precision rifle use

Lighten Up. The SOCOM762-Ti is simply the ultimate lightweight suppressor for 7.62 mm bolt-action rifles. Constructed of high-grade titanium, it weighs just 11 ounces, minimizing the impact on weapon handling characteristics. Although the material choices are lightweight, this suppressor does not compromise performance, strength, or durability standards. It meets and exceeds military sniper rifle suppressor specifications. The SOCOM762-Ti’s innovative venting technology evenly distributes thermodynamic gases, significantly reducing pressure impulse effects on the projectile as it clears the muzzle. It bears the SOCOM name, so you can be sure it delivers immense reductions in sound, flash, and dust signatures. Precise tolerances and strict attention to bore concentricity deliver exceptional alignment, resulting in a suppressor that maximizes accuracy and minimizes the point-of-impact shift. It may be light, but its impact is undeniable.

 

 

 

SOCOM300-SPS SUPPRESSOR

 

  • The quietest SureFire® suppressor ever designed.
  • Optimized for .300 BLK/Whisper (7.62×35) subsonic and supersonic ammo
  • Engineered for extreme durability

Get Ready For The Blackout. The SureFire® SOCOM300-SPS is the answer for .300 BLK/Whisper (7.62 x 35) subsonic and supersonic ammo users seeking superior sound attenuation levels from a precision-built suppressor. It’s also very capable of 5.56 mm and 300 WM applications. The SPS features highly specialized, V-shaped baffles that promote the utmost in sound suppression for subsonic ammunition while virtually eliminating first-round flash and dust signatures. Constructed of Inconel alloy and stainless steel and CNC laser-welded, it’s stealthy without sacrificing an ounce of strength. Go ahead. Make it rain.

 

 

SOCOM762 MG SUPPRESSOR

  • Extreme-duty SOCOM suppressor designed specifically for 7.62 mm auto rifles
  • Incorporates thicker Inconel/stainless steel alloy and more robust baffles than the SOCOM762-RC for combat-proven continuous-fire reliability
  • Expertly engineered to reduce sound, back pressure, suppressed cyclic rate, and gas blowback.

Fire The FPF. Robust. Rugged. Reliable. That’s the SOCOM762-MG. Designed expressly for use with 7.62 mm machine guns; it’s the extreme-duty model among our stout line of SOCOM suppressors. We take the advanced suppressor technology developed for our USSOCOM endorsed SOCOM762-RC, then beef it up with heavier Inconel and stainless steel construction and more robust baffling to withstand continuous automatic fire without fail. Our internal venting lessens back pressure, reducing suppressed cyclic rate and gas blowback on the operator. Our proprietary improvements in gas-flow dynamics attenuate noise, reduce dust signature to an unprecedented degree and nearly eliminate the first-round flash. Like all SureFire® SOCOM Fast-Attach® models, the MG produces minimal, consistent shift in point of impact compared with the unsuppressed weapon regardless of the number of attach-detach cycles. Employ your machine guns without attracting unwanted attention.

 

 

SOCOM762 RC2 SUPPRESSOR

  • An improved version of the 7.62 mm suppressor chosen by USSOCOM
  • Precisely engineered and constructed for combat superiority
  • Supremely reliable sound, flash and dust attenuation

Stand On The Shoulders Of Giants. You want the best all-around suppressor for your .30 caliber platform. You’ve come to the right place. An improved version of the SOCOM762-RC trusted by elite military units worldwide, the SOCOM762-RC2 showcases years of expertise in the category. We have taken the tried-and-true design, refined it with advanced manufacturing processes, and tuned it for further dB reduction. Our advanced Inconel alloys and stainless steel are the best materials available, and they’re CNC laser-welded for the ultimate in strength and durability. Our meticulously designed internal baffling significantly reduces sound, flash, and dust signature with a minimal and consistent point-of-impact shift. Improve your position.

 

 

SOCOM762 MINI2 SUPPRESSOR

  • The SureFire® Mini with maximum sound attenuation
  • Optimized for 16-inch and longer barrels on 7.62 mm rifles
  • Unprecedented performance for its size

Make Every Inch Count. The SureFire® SOCOM762-MINI2 delivers big performance levels in a small package optimized for 7.62 mm rifles equipped with 16-inch and longer barrels. It’s compact, measuring just 6.3 inches in length, but it places a premium on efficiency while maintaining the quality synonymous with the SureFire® suppressor that dominated the demanding USSOCOM suppressor trials. Our innovative internal baffling significantly decreases back pressure, cyclic rate, and gas blowback. The net result is a tremendous reduction in sound and dust signature with virtually undetectable first-round flash and minimal, consistent point-of-impact shift.

 

 

SOCOM338 TI SUPPRESSOR

  • The quintessential titanium suppressor for the .338 Lapua rifle
  • Precision tolerances deliver superior long-distance accuracy.
  • Lightweight design meets combat-ready durability.

Keep Your Distance. The SOCOM338-Ti for .338 Lapua sniper rifles is a combat-ready suppressor hewn from high-grade titanium, one of the world’s lightest and most durable materials. Designed and built with extreme tolerances to ensure accuracy, it meets the demands of the most qualified precision sniper rifle shooters in the world. No one has tighter bore runout tolerances than we do, proving that this is the choice for the precision marksman. The SOCOM338 provides unsurpassed signature reduction, nominal and consistent shift in a weapon’s point of impact, and significantly reduced backpressure for consistent results. Expertly engineered, it gets you to where you want to go, no matter how far away it is.

 

 

SOCOM 50 SPS SUPPRESSOR

  • Delivers up to 99 percent flash reduction to conceal the shooter’s location
  • Significant sound and dust signature reduction
  • Tight tolerances and bore concentricity result in excellent accuracy.

Tame The Beast. Highly specialized tools in the arsenal of our warfighters, .50 BMG rifles such as the TAC50 and M107 deliver a cannon-like report that’s as extreme as the weapons themselves. The new SureFire® SOCOM50 SPS tames these beasts with patented baffle technology that significantly attenuates sound, reduces flash by an amazing 99%, and virtually eliminates dust signature to mask the shooter’s position. The SOCOM50 SPS is machined to exacting tolerances and test fired to ensure sub – MOA accuracy. Precision manufacturing tolerances, attention to bore concentricity, and suppressor alignment produce the most accurate .50 – caliber suppressor available. The SOCOM50 SPS also incorporates an optimized integral muzzle brake to manage recoil for faster follow-up shots. Manufactured of stainless steel alloys in the U.S.A. and coated with a high-temperature Cerakote finish, the SOCOM50 SPS is durable enough to survive the harshest combat environments. The SOCOM50 SPS incorporates the innovative Fast – Attach® system that allows lightning-fast and rock-solid suppressor attachment without the use of tools. The SureFire® SOCOM50 SPS is the ultimate in suppressor performance for bolt-action and semi-automatic .50-caliber rifles.

 

 

RE Factor Tactical Target Lineup

RE Factor Tactical Target Lineup, Featuring the IQ and Essentials Targets

 

RE Factor Tactical has a variety of targets intended to help amp up your shooting game. They like to say that the best target is the one that makes you better, and RE Factor has done an excellent job at providing targets to help. We want to highlight two targets from RE Factor: their Pistol and Rifle IQ Targets and the Essentials Target.

IQ Targets

The IQ Target comes in a pistol or rifle version. So, depending on what you’re aiming to shoot will depend on which target you’d be using. So, how does it improve your shooting? Well, the IQ Targets make the shooter think by presenting a variety of letters, numbers, shapes, and colors to shoot.

Instructors or range buddies can give the command, “Shoot all circles with a number in them” or “shoot all the red shapes.” This forces the shooter to think about where they need to aim, rather than merely putting holes in paper. Or, you can draw from the Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck and follow those instructions.

  •       Measures: 23 x 35 in.
  •       Unlimited amount of shooting combinations
  •       Pistol targets: 3 in. shapes
  •       Rifle targets: 5 in. shapes
  •       Made in the USA

 IQ Pistol Target

The IQ Pistol Target comes with 3-in. shapes, which makes it great for up-close or long-range pistol work.

 

IQ Rifle Target

The IQ Rifle Target comes with larger 5-in. shapes, which makes it an excellent option for close quarters or short-range rifle drills.

You can purchase the rifle or pistol IQ shooting targets through RE Factor Tactical.

 

Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck

 

If you want to add a little more excitement to your range days and improve your shooting skills, RE Factor makes something called the Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck.

Intended to work specifically with IQ Targets, you can purchase the deck for pistol or rifle drills. And like the targets, the shooting decks are designed to help shooters think before pulling the trigger.

 

Like most card decks, the Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck comes with 52 different cards. But these aren’t just any cards; they also come with 52 different shooting drills, where the goal is to get the shooter to recognize their target(s) before firing.

This deck also offers a variety of drills for every skill level. If you’re a beginner, there are drills for you; if you’re more advanced, there are drills to challenge your skills. You can even add in shooting times to add stress and make it even harder.

 

Each deck comes with an instruction guide and metal case for secure storage in a range bag. So, grab your IQ Targets, throw a pistol or rifle deck in your range bag, and let’s get shooting! 

You can purchase the Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck through RE Factor Tactical.

Essentials Target

Another awesome target to help liven up your range days and make you a better shooter is the Essentials Shooting Target. This target focuses on the essentials to maintain and improve your current proficiency

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The Essential Shooting Target drill, outlined in the Essential Shooting Guide, requires 150 rounds to complete and covers the various pistol marksmanship elements.

You’ll be required to focus on things like weak and off-hand shooting, slow aimed fire, target transitions, speed changes, drawing, magazine reloads, and controlling multiple shot groups.

If you want to improve your marksmanship, this is a target you’ll want to check out.

  •       Measures: 23″ x 35″
  •       Unlimited amount of shooting combinations
  •       Designed to maximize range time
  •       Made in the USA

Essential Shooting Guide

Intended to be used with the Essentials Target, the Essential Shooting Guide can work on a variety of skills imperative to true pistol marksmanship.

  •       Measures 4×6″
  •       Multiple shooting drills
  •       Designed for use in conjunction with the Essentials Target
  •       Provides space for recording results
  •       91 Pages of content
  •       Made in the USA

MASSIF EARNS UNITED STATES AIR FORCE APPROVAL FOR WOMEN’S-FIT 2-PIECE FLIGHT SUIT FOR ALL NON-EJECTION SEAT PLATFORMS

Massif, a world leader in flame-resistant clothing for the United States Military, today announced a new branch-wide approval from the United States Air Force for its women’s-fit 2-Piece Flight Suit for all non-ejection seat platforms.

 

This is further affirmation of Massif’s long-standing commitment to providing the best-fitting garments for all end users. Massif prides itself on purposeful clothing design with a high level of detail that syncs with the real-life needs of its end-user, for maximum performance in the field.

 

Over the last decade, there has been a steady growth of women in the military, particularly in aviation, with women making up 20.2% of the Air Force and 19% of the United States Navy (according to 2018 statistics). Massif recognized this growth early on and has, over the last several years, intentionally developed a line of women’s fit clothing that provides the best in comfort and performance for female service members.

 

“We know that for a team to perform well, their gear needs to perform well. That means optimal comfort and functionality for each specific individual on that team,” said Darci Knobel, Vice President of Customer Experience. “We have always been laser-focused on making sure our clothes fit and perform their best for all end-users, and have made a concerted effort to be at the forefront of providing performance garments designed specifically for women. Today’s news is further validation of our commitment, having already received approvals from the United States Navy for the women’s-fit 2-Piece Flight Suit, and approvals from all branches, including the United States Coast Guard, for our women’s-fit base layers.”

 

Massif’s 2-Piece Flight Suit was designed from direct end-user feedback across multiple branches and multiple platforms. Massif wanted to enhance the capabilities of the modern aviator and aircrewman with innovative design features unique to our garments. The original

 

patented attachment system in the suit was built to allow flexibility and movement between the jacket and pant while still aiding coverage in flash events.

 

Massif recently launched a short documentary film in their Massif Film Series titled “Love the Mission,” highlighting Captain Lexi McRobert, Operations Officer, G/1-189 AVN. Captain McRobert is a great example of the company’s mission to design and develop garments for women who serve.

 

“The days of women having to wear men’s uniforms are over,” said Knobel. “The example of Captain McRobert in our latest short film is a great one. Like nearly every woman in the military, she was issued a men’s flight suit. Wearing our women’s-fit 2-Piece Flight Suit allowed her to feel and perform her best. We are proud to provide the option for all service members to have the best-fitting gear to keep going and perform at their highest level.”

 

 

For more information on Massif, visit www.massif.com, or see what the company is up to on Instagram and Facebook.

MAGPUL® Gen M3 Magazine

With a few modifications to the combat-proven MOE® (MAGPUL® Original Equipment) M2 PMAG®, the Gen M3™ takes a great design and adds additional improvements. The Gen M2 MOE® and the Gen M3™ are primarily designed for the AR15/M4 weapons. The Gen M3™ has a modified internal and external geometry also permits operation with a wide range of additional weapons such as the HK® 416/MR556A1/M27 IAR, British SA-80, FN® SCARN MK 16/16S, along with others.

The MOE® MAGPUL® set a new standard moving away from the aluminum USGI magazine while offering a cost-competitive upgrade. The new Gen M3™ still comes in a robust impact-resistant polymer construction. It also includes the dual-sided transparent windows to enable rapid visual identification of an approximate number of rounds remaining. The window incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability to exceed rigorous military performance specifications.

Like the MOE® PMAG, the GEN M3™ features a long-life USGl-spec stainless steel spring, four-way anti-tilt follower and constant-curve internal geometry for reliable feeding, and simple tool-less disassembly to ease cleaning. Also added is a redesigned bolt catch notch in the rear of the magazine provides increased bolt catch clearance. At the same time, an over-travel stop on the spine helps ensure the magazine will not over-insert on compatible weapons. Low profile ribs and new aggressive front and rear texture gives positive control of the GEN M3™ in all environments. A paint pen dot matrix has been added to the bottom panel of the body to allow easy marking by the end user for identification.

The new, easy to disassemble flared floorplate aids extraction and handling of the magazine while providing improved drop protection. It is slightly slimmer than before for better compatibility with tight double and triple magazine pouches. The magazine includes a pop-off Impact/Dust Cover that minimizes debris intrusion and protects against potential damage to the top cartridge during storage and transit.

The Gen M3™ magazine takes a proven design and adds amazing additions for the end-user while maintaining value to the customer. When it comes to a Polymer magazine with well-thought-out functional options, the MAGPUL Gen M3™ is a magazine well worth using. These magazines are proudly made in the USA.

Trijicon Machine Gun Reflex Sight

The Trijicon MGRS® (Machine Gun Reflex Sight) is a non-magnified optic that mounts to the M2 and M240 machine guns.

As reflex sights and red dot sights capabilities become more advanced they are becoming a standard piece of gear and equipment across the board on multiple platforms.

The Trijicon MGRS® is prime military technology intended to aid the machine gunner in rapid target acquisition and engagement with an illuminated, 35 MOA red circle that allows gunners to keep “both eyes open” from a natural shooting position. The MGRS® utilizes interchangeable range dials to increase accuracy and performance.  The housing is made of 7075-T6 forged aluminum and is purpose-built for military applications.

 

The MGRS® is, without a doubt, a must-have on any mounted machine gun. With its ease of use and large field of view, paired with its ability to be used with a magnifier, the machine gunner can take their designated platform’s capabilities to the next level!

 

 

 

INTERCHANGEABLE RANGING DIALS

Two interchangeable dials for the M2 (.50 caliber) and M240 (.308/7.62) machine guns allow the operator to dial in target distances for specific host weapons.

DESIGNED FOR FIRST-ROUND HITS

35 MOA segmented circle with 3 MOA dot significantly increases the probability of first-round hits.

FORGED 7075-T6 ALUMINUM HOUSING

Military technology, nearly indestructible, aircraft-grade aluminum and 80% stronger than extruded 6061.

OUTSTANDING TARGET ACQUISITION

Large objective lens and an ample 3″ by 2″ viewing area.

BUILT TO HANDLE THE WORST

Dry nitrogen-filled and fog-resistant make it the first pick for military equipment.

DETACHABLE PICATINNY RAILS

Three detachable rails allow for mounting of lasers and LRFs to the top or side of the optic.

 

EASILY ADJUSTABLE WINDAGE AND ELEVATION

Includes elevation and azimuth adjustment to 100 MOA total travel.

 

 

INCLUDES

MGRS
MGRS Magnifier (TA50-D-400301)
MGRS Magnifier Mount
MOLLE BAG
LENSPEN® (TA56)
Trijicon Logo Sticker (PR15)
MGRS Manual
Magnifier Manual
Warranty Card

 

 

SPECS:

Length x Width x Height

8.78 in x 4.38 in x 5.22 in
(223.01mm x 111.25mm x 132.59mm)

Weight

66.9 oz. (1,896.58g)

Magnification

1x

Reticle Pattern

35 MOA Segmented Circle with 3 MOA Dot

Day Reticle Color

Red

Night Reticle Color

Red

Bindon Aiming Concept™ (BAC)

No

Illumination Source

LED

Illumination Settings

2 Night Vision, 5 Day settings, including one super-bright setting. “Off” positions are both below the minimum brightness setting and between Night Vision 2 and Day Setting 1

Power Source

1 CR123 Battery

Adjustment Range

Elevation: 100 MOA Total Travel, Azimuth: 100 MOA Total Travel

Mount

Integrated Mount

Housing Material

7075-T6 forged aluminum

Finish

Matte Black

Submersion Depth

6.6 ft. (2m)

 

Handheld Flashlights in your EDC

In a time where EDC (everyday carry) handheld flashlights are becoming more and more popular and making their way into our daily load-outs; SureFire® has stepped up to the plate yet again and has delivered us a great solution with the Stiletto® and Stiletto® Pro.

The SureFire® Stiletto® and Stiletto® Pro meet all the requirements for a high quality, low profile, multiple application EDC light.

Stiletto and Stiletto Pro

Both the Stiletto® and Stiletto® Pro feature:

  • High-performance LED and MaxVision Beam® reflector projects a wide flood beam ideal for situational awareness.
  • The primary switch activates high, medium, and low light output for a wide variety of tasks.
  • Tactical switch activates high output and an optional tactical strobe when white light is used as a fighting tool.
  • Mode switch programs activation sequences to choose between tactical and/or task illumination preferences.
  • Integrated MICRO-USB rechargeable lithium polymer battery is environmentally friendly and reduces the cost of operation.
  • LED Fuel Gauge for tracking battery charge/discharge status.
  • Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum head assembly is corrosion resistant and durable.
  • Melonite® coated, spring steel pocket clip for bezel up, everyday carry quick access.

The Stiletto:

Powerful, sleek and slim, the SureFire® Stiletto® only measures 4.5 inches long and weighs a mere 2.8 ounces, but packs a heavyweight punch. Quickly switch between 650 lumens, 250 lumens, or 5 lumens of smooth, well-rounded MaxVision Beam® illumination, which projects a wide flood beam that’s ideal for situational awareness; it’s programmable from low-to-high or high-to-low. The Stiletto® has a rugged polymer body that features a tail-mounted tactical switch that instantly activates the high output or strobe feature in no time flat. It utilizes a micro-USB to recharge the long-lasting lithium polymer battery.  The heavy-duty pocket clip will keep it accessible and secured. Stiletto® is a tool with a different kind of edge.

 

KEY ATTRIBUTES:

PEAK BEAM INTENSITY

1,530 candela

BATTERIES

Rechargeable lithium polymer (integrated)

SWITCHING

Primary, tactical and programming

LENGTH

4.45 in (11.3 cm)

OUTPUT

HIGH OUTPUT

650 lumens

HIGH RUNTIME

1.75 hours

MEDIUM OUTPUT

250 lumens

MEDIUM RUNTIME

2 hours

LOW OUTPUT

5 lumens

LOW RUNTIME

30 hours

DISTANCE

78 meters

BODY

CONSTRUCTION

Aluminum/polymer

FINISH

Black

WEIGHT

2.8 oz (79 g)

BEZEL DIAMETER

0.8 in (2.03 cm)

LIQUID INGRESS PROTECTION

IPX7

 

 

 

The Stiletto® Pro:

Go Pro. The Stiletto® Pro is a pint-sized powerhouse that takes the already legendary performance and durability of the Stiletto® to the next level. The proprietary MaxVision Beam® reflector from SureFire® delivers 1,000 lumens of smooth, shadow-filling LED white light in high-output mode, with a 300-lumen medium output and a 25-lumen low output to suit a variety of tasks. It can be programmed to set the output sequence from low to high or vice versa, and you can always access high output and strobe capability via its tail switch. Its Melonite® coated, reversible heavy-duty spring steel pocket clip keeps the light secure, whether you prefer bezel-up or bezel-down storage. Its precision-machined, Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum body is sleek and slim for tremendous durability. The Stiletto® Pro fits comfortably in any pocket, and it can be drawn and activated with ease.

 

KEY ATTRIBUTES:

 

PEAK BEAM INTENSITY

5,100 candela

BATTERIES

Lithium polymer rechargeable (integrated)

SWITCHING

Primary, tactical and programming

LENGTH

4.5 in (11.4 cm)

OUTPUT

HIGH OUTPUT

1,000 lumens

HIGH RUNTIME

1 hour

MEDIUM OUTPUT

300 lumens

MEDIUM RUNTIME

1.5 hours

LOW OUTPUT

25 lumens

LOW RUNTIME

23.5 hours

STROBE

Tactical switch: 9 / Emergency: 3-4 Hz

DISTANCE

142 meters

BODY

CONSTRUCTION

Aluminum / polymer

FINISH

Mil-Spec hard-anodized, black

WEIGHT WITH BATTERIES

4.0 oz (113 g)

BEZEL DIAMETER

0,87 in (2.2 cm)

LIQUID INGRESS PROTECTION

IPX7

 

 

Posted in HQ

Mastodon Design Scourge Antenna for the Dismounted Soldier Kit

Today’s soldier is often required to carry multiple radio systems for a single mission.  As a retired Combat Controller, it didn’t take long to see the many benefits of swapping traditional handheld tactical radio antennas with Mastodon antennas.  Additionally, most “next-generation” radios have dual channels and GPS; therefore, a single device may require three or more antennas.  On today’s battlefield, and certainly the next contested/ near-peer fight, soldiers will depend on a multitude of communication networks and Video Downlink (VDL) feeds to enhance combat effectiveness.  While these communication networks improve situational awareness, force protection, and lethality, they also can be cumbersome and impractical for a dismounted soldier who must carry multiple antennas to utilize them.

 

Traditional tactical radio antennas snag on equipment, interfere with line of sight, and create a sizeable visual profile of the soldier, making them an easier target.  Many soldiers fold the antennas or remote them to their back to reduce signature and interference with their primary mission tasks, but these “fixes” significantly reduce antenna performance.

 

Mastodon Design’s RF engineers have decades of experience designing tactical radios and antennas.  Mastodon Design’s Scourge antennas are a family of flexible, ultra-lightweight antennas designed for tactical military operations.  Utilizing the help of real-world SOF inputs, the Scourge antenna was designed to be routed through MOLLE and uses a TNC connector to work with fielded tactical radios.  The streamlined design allows soldiers to weave the antenna through their equipment to reduce target profile, save space, and prevent snags while increasing their communication signal gains. These antennas are currently being fielded by USSOCOM units and provide increased range and performance with a drastic reduction in size, weight, and profile.

The Scourge antennas work with the dismounted soldier kit in a way that does not impede their movement, create snag hazards, or reduce antenna performance.  Additionally, the antenna’s placement over the soldier’s shoulder alleviates poor performance in the prone position. Whereas, this design improves omnidirectional performance caused by body masking.  This positioning also eliminates the “cone of silence” that occurs directly above a traditional antenna, a common problem with helicopter operations.

Mastodon Design Scourge antennas are a must for anyone in the communications business while on the battlefield.

Viasat: Communications-on-the-Move, Mobile Satellite Broadband, No Matter Where You Are

If you are in the military tactical communications systems business, you’ve seen broadband “Communications-on-the-Move” (COTM) promised by many satellite terminal vendors.  Many of those vendors do not tell you that their ability to provide said services depends on tenuous lashups with satellite companies, exorbitant bandwidth costs, and dead spots in your required area of coverage.  I’ve planned missions for and used many satellite terminals over my active duty years, but only one mobile broadband satellite solutions provider has delivered consistently:  Viasat.  Their success comes from their end-to-end integration capabilities, including satellite, terminal, and managed services.

 

Viasat has built and launched a high capacity, commercial Ka-band satellite constellation that is still growing.  In 2022 Viasat-3 will launch.  Once fully completed, Viasat will be able to provide complete global connectivity and provide high capacity satellite WiFi anywhere at “60 times more affordable” and “15 times more capacity than DoD satellites”. (https://www.viasat.com/products/government-high-capacity-satellites).

 

Viasat has been the lead satellite modem developer for over a decade.  Their modems are the de facto DoD-standard.  You can tailor your terminal for EBEM, LinkwayS2, or CBM-400 modems, with CBM-400 providing quad-band (X, C, Ka, Ku) access, diverse network topologies (including full mesh), and the most bandwidth (up to 400 Mbps (waveform dependent)).  Viasat offers several preconfigured satellite terminals for air, land, and maritime uses, but you can tailor your terminal to your specific needs.

 

Along with the satellite modem development, Viasat has been a leader in communications security equipment development and communications protocol development.  For example, the NSA Type 1 KG-255X HAIPE Inline Encryptor has enabled faster network speeds (2Gbps) for secure networks up to TS/SCI.  It can operate in Layer 3 HAIPE mode to maintain interoperability with their older, but still widely used, KG-250X, or as a VLAN/Ethernet tunneling on Layer 2.

 

Finally, there are the various services they provide.  You can choose to run your own network and only call for training, technical support, or repair/warranty support.  In this complex communication environment, with rapid deployments, using Network Operations and Management services from Viasat on a private IP network is a better choice.  Viasat’s Network Operations and Management services can provide:

 

  • Performance Monitoring and Fault Resolution
  • Traffic Management and Beam Optimization
  • Provisioning, Commissioning, and Configuration Management

 

Viasat’s ability to provide satellite broadband communications on the move is based on their end-to-end integration of the entire communications and services path, as I’ve briefly outlined.  With highly talented, expert satellite, communications, and cybersecurity personnel, Viasat is a winning option as your tactical network provider.  If you would like to explore that option, contact us at Quantico Tactical.

ATAK Enabling Technology with PLRF25C

Android Tactical Assault Kit, ATAK, is an app-based technology to support complex communication and coordination.  ATAK utilizes Blue Force Tracking technology to track team members in real-time.  ATAK is beneficial for large-scale operations and small tactical teams; it also allows users to communicate via text or file sharing.  The users can also identify points of interest, terrain, weather, and other topographical elements.  ATAK gives the operators enhanced real-time situational awareness.

 

PLRF25C (Pocket Laser Rangefinder)

The Safran Optics 1 PLRF25C is a reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting device that provides accurate distance and angle measurements (conditions dependent) in a lightweight and rugged, compact unit. It is the smallest eye-safe laser rangefinder in its class designed for single-handed use with a one-button function by snipers/spotters, marksmen, and forward observers. The PLRF25C will measure and display distance, azimuth, inclination angle, and the horizontal and vertical distance of the target. It even has an optional fall of shot calculator.

 

 

 

PLFR25C / ATAK Integration

The PLRF25C with Bluetooth can wirelessly transmit azimuth, elevation, and LRF distance information to ATAK, automatically populating the target location onto the user’s ATAK map for situational awareness or targeting.

 

Highlights:

  • MIL-STD-810 ruggedized
  • Small and compact Laser Rangefinder for single-handed use
  • 6x magnification
  • Ranges up to 6000m
  • Bluetooth capable and connects ATAK and Kestrel® with Applied Ballistics
  • External GPS (Rockwell Collins DAGR / PLGR II / PLGR +96)

ATAK Enabling Technology with ECOTI

Android Tactical Assault Kit, ATAK, is a game-changer for increasing situational awareness and is ideal for law enforcement and military operators. ATAK is app-based and available to all government agencies and provides the ability to view the location of various elements within the area of operation. The system utilizes Blue Force Tracking to track team members in real-time and help coordinate movements.  ATAK also uses Red Force Tracking to see where “bad guys” and dangerous elements may be. Operators can view entered points of interest like terrain, topographical elements, and even weather. It also enables encrypted data communication like text and file sharing (i.e., photos and videos) for user-to-user, user-to-team, user-to-command, or user-to-entire force communications, which was never before available until ATAK.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdNy0YBfEvU

 

ECOTI (Enhanced Clip-on Thermal Viewer)

The Safran Optics 1 ECOTI is a night vision enhancement and visual augmentation system that provides unmatched detection capability and situational awareness by adding a long wave infrared thermal overlay on the user’s night vision device. It bears a lightweight, compact design and significantly increases an operator’s ability to detect and eliminate threats. It has low-power consumption, thermal sensor technology, and high-performance optics that integrate seamlessly. ECOTI is designed for low-light and no-light environmental conditions such as dense foliage, caves, and tunnel systems.

 

WITHOUT ECOTI                                                  WITH ECOTI

 

             

 

WITHOUT ECOTI                                                  WITH ECOTI

            

 

ECOTI / ATAK Integration

The ECOTI integrates with ATAK and acts as a heads up display, HUD. The Augmented Reality, AR, capability connects to the app and aids in identifying teammates and targets, while also providing point-to-point navigation, allowing for a heads up and hands-free operation.

             

             

ECOSI (Enhanced Clip-on SWIR Imager)

The Safran Optics 1 ECOSI bears the same lightweight, compact design, yet offers a different, critical technology. It adds a short wave infrared overlay on to the user’s night vision device. It can see out of band markers, designators, strobes, beacons, and pointers that operate in the SWIR spectrum, undetectable by standard NVDs. It allows JTACs, JFOs, and FOs, to view laser makers and designators during day or night operations. Like the ECOTI, ECOSI connects to ATAK to provide AR and HUD capability.

 

ECOSI can be used during the day when attached to the Optics 1 Daytime See-Spot 2x Extender. This accessory provides See-Spot, PRF code counting, and zoom capability all in a small handheld or rail mountable configuration.

 

Key Features:

  • Overlay on to the I2 scene and does not require modification to existing hardware
  • Heads up display capability that shows COT icons for situational awareness and route navigation
  • Powered by a single CR123 battery and/or connects to an external battery pack
  • Waterproof up to 20 meters
  • Built-in 16GB SD card for image capture
  • Can be used during the day or night, mounted to NVGs or handheld

ECOTI

Two thermal detection modes:

  1. White Hot
  2. Black Hot

Three observation modes:

  1. Full Thermal
  2. Patrol
  3. Outline

 

ECOSI
Two polarity modes:

  1. White observe
  2. Black observe

Two observation modes:

  1. See-Spot
  2. Pointer

Electro-Hydraulic Tactical Breaching

In the early 2000s, Israel faced terror attacks daily; suicide terrorists murdered hundreds of Israeli civilians by exploding buses and bombing restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs.

 

The Israeli Defense Forces faced the challenge of eliminating terror cells in highly crowded urban areas mixed with uninvolved civilians. Israeli Special Forces quickly realized that the classic doctrine of targeting terrorists was ineffective. And the threat to the soldiers on the peripheral of a building was too high.

 

Initially, the team used explosives for breaching.  But quickly, this technique exploited its weaknesses. Variations in buildings and entry points made planning difficult and required the team to carry multiple explosive charges.  Planning with the proper explosives was hard to design effectively.  Heavy metal doors with numerous security bars were prevalent, and the lack of quality intelligence on the doors specifically led to the use of overweight charges.  The resulting explosion often harmed any uninvolved people inside the target facility and reduced the operator’s visibility due to dust and particles flying in the compound.

Additionally, when the charge exploded, the team location was exposed. The terrorists would start fighting inside the compound and utilize nearby buildings for an ambush, making extraction more difficult.

 

A new tactic was needed, better breaching teams and better breaching technology was required.  New breaching technology would allow the better use of the element of surprise.  The solution was the creation of a quiet set of hydraulic breaching tools. Quiet breaching into terrorist compounds permitted the operators to gain entry and use their houses to cover the periphery threat.

With these new hydraulic tools, you could breach reinforced doors.  And with no explosive, you could maintain the element of surprise, and not injure any uninvolved civilians. Hydraulic tools were effective; however, they suffered from significant weaknesses as well. The devices were from different worlds of operations, often from firefighters and emergency rescue. They were extremely heavy and bulky and not designed for tactical missions. Each item needed to be carried with the hands, thereby diminishing the lethality of the operator.  Also, the tools were special purpose and could not be changed as the situation changed.

 

In 2006, one breaching team of the Israeli Special Forces took the hydraulic tools to the next evolution.  They worked with SAN Hitech Ltd, SAN, a privately held defense engineering company. The engineering team with SAN utilized invaluable operational inputs to create an entire suite of door-breaching options within one backpack. The electro-hydraulic pump with a brushless motor and flexible oil reservoir is mounted inside a purpose-built backpack and weighs less than 20lbs.  The system generates 9,000 psi, which creates 6.2 tons of lifting force and 23 tons of cutting force.  The whole system is very discreet at only 60 decibels. The system has been MIL-STD 810F and CE certified.

 

The SAN breaching system has now been in operational deployment for over ten years.  In that time, SAN has become the market leader in electro-hydraulic tactical breaching tools.  SAN continues to push the boundaries of tactical breaching to create the right solution according to the dynamic operational reality with full collaboration with its customers.

 

FOR BREACHERS BY BREACHERS.

 

Sanitizing in a Time of a Pandemic

What has the pandemic taught us? That our enemy is ever-evolving. We are witnessing the impact of a fast-spreading socially infectious pathogen.  And your tactical gear is a breeding ground for those potential pathogens.

 

Global Ozone Innovations has been working to find ways to defeat pathogens, such as Coronavirus.  They teamed with hospital groups, FDA, and NASA; and participated in an independent study by Georgia Tech to improve the Coronavirus sanitation method.  Global Ozone Innovations created the Decon Zone Sanitizing System as a vehicle for pathogen control. And now that control is at the fingertips of our front line responders.

 

Global Ozone Innovations created the Decon Zone Sanitizing System to regulate your disinfectant program. Utilizing the Decon Zone Sanitizing System, your application and disinfectant program can be reliable, accountable, and repeatable. Since time and concentration are the critical elements for disinfection, you need your system to be dependable. And if a new pathogen strain is discovered and requires additional time to achieve the proper kill percentage, you need to be capable of modifying the program. The Decon Zone Sanitizing System is reliable and adjustable.

The Decon Zone Sanitizing System has evolved to put all these parameters at your fingertips. You are now in control of the critical elements, controlling both disinfectant concentration and time of application. If you need to increase the amount of pathogen kill rate, you can change at the controls.  Additionally, the Decon Zone system lets you know when maintenance is required.  The maintenance program helps the system achieve maximum performance for reliability, repeatability, and accountability.

 

Items sanitized in the Decon Zone Sanitizing System cover a broad range of personal protective equipment such as body armor, face masks, goggles, shoes, scuba gear, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, riot gear, PAPR suits, gas masks, sports, boxing, and combative equipment.  Even medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, lab coats, knee & elbow braces, portable stretchers, backboards, and other first responder equipment. If it can’t go in the laundry, run it through the Decon Zone unit. It is made for all PPE to mitigate cross-contamination from these lethal pathogens.

 

Decon Zone is designed to defeat these pathogens, such as Covid-19, but can also meet the requirements of future pathogens. Decon Zone will help you achieve the level of protection your unit deserves.

CineMassive Expeditionary Visualization Systems

Having served in a variety of staffs, from the squadron to a Marine Force component as an S6/G6, there were few technology solutions more difficult to fully utilize than video teleconference systems (VTCs) and the video wall displays in both garrison and tactical conference rooms.  Video walls and their remote control systems had never been standardized, so the variations I experienced were vast, but the problems were similar:

  • Unfamiliar and/or difficult to operate user interface
  • Screens that flicker or do not work reliably
  • Poorly documented systems with little or no user guide help
  • Countless other network gremlins that show up at only the most important meetings

 

Inevitably there was always an issue that just made the video wall not work unless a special contractor with magic fairy dust made it suddenly work.  Given their expense, video walls were not easily replaced without proper budget planning.  They were also heavy, delicate, and not expeditionary – even the video walls we put into bulky, often homemade, embarkation cases, and deployed anyway.  CineMassive would have answered my prayers back then, so they may be the answer to your prayers now if you’re struggling with an outdated, difficult to operate, or even broken video wall.

 

CineMassive’s video wall offerings are impressive and they offer full-service support for them.  For brevity, I will only focus on their expeditionary and tactical visualization systems although they have solutions that support fixed rooms as well.  The heart of their expeditionary capability is their Alpha FX Stryke or Alpha FX Stryke SR processors.

 

The Alpha FX Stryke processor is rugged (no moving parts, MIL-STD-810G certification pending), man-portable (fits in a backpack and weighs 12 lbs), will work on battery backup if needed, and can support four 4K HDMI inputs and outputs.  Pre-loaded with the CineNet control software, it’s intuitive to set up varying screen layouts that the user, or command center, or commander’s conference room support, can easily understand and configure without calling for technical assistance.

 

The Alpha FX Stryke SR processor is semi-rugged, weighs 5 lbs. (fits in a backpack), and supports four 4K HDMI inputs and outputs. The Alpha FX Stryke SR is equipped with CineNet control software.

 

The Alpha FX Stryke and Alpha FX Stryke SR will work with any display (or projector). As an additional option, CineMassive has two kits that provide a ruggedized carrying case and a 2 X 2 industrial-grade 4K LCD video wall display (that’s four 22-inch LCD displays with 1920X1080 resolution).

If you need a larger video wall and you don’t have to hand carry it all in, you can opt for the Scalable Mobile Display (SMD) option.  This turn-key video wall system comes packed in rugged transport cases, requires no tools to put together, and includes the Alpha FX video wall processor, 10-inch touch screen with CineNet software, CineView LCD displays, mounting frame, all cables, and connectors.  The SMD option comes in 2 X 2, 4 X 2, or 6 X 2 display configurations with standard 12 video capture ports (can go up to 28).  Those video capture ports are where the various PCs/laptops, TV tuners, and VTC codecs plug in to be displayed simultaneously.  The COC can be up in minutes.

As easy as the SMD is to set up, configure, and operate, I would still recommend getting their onsite training package and GuardianCare 24/7 support.  CineMassive will support training OCONUS and will provide both remote and on-site support via GuardianCare.

 

It’s everything I needed, but just did not have, for an expeditionary video wall.

Panasonic Toughbook Series FZ-N1 Tactical

Have you ever dropped a smartphone, even one that you’ve spent the extra money for the hardened case that surrounds it, and still have the screen crack?  Do you work outside, in the rain, with gloves on and get frustrated because you cannot get your smartphone to work in the rain, or with gloves?  Do you get frustrated not being able to see your screen while outside on a sunny day?  How many times have you looked around for a power outlet because your phone was about to die and you wished you could just replace the battery?  If those scenarios describe your frustrations with your current smartphone, then please let me introduce the new Panasonic Toughbook FZ-N1 Tactical, the Fully Rugged Android handheld that solves those problems.

Most know the N1 as the built-in scanning device that delivery service carriers have to scan the packages as they deliver them, but this new N1 Tactical will not have the scanner.  The first version of the scanner-less N1 was a Wi-Fi device only, but with its rugged (MIL-STD-810G and IP 65/66/67/68), small form factor, and consistent size, weight, and power in versions, it was a logical choice to implement for tactical handhelds.  Panasonic listened to their customers and the N1 Tactical to be released in July, 2020, will come in Wi-Fi only, one SIMM, or dual SIMM versions (AT&T and Verizon, FirstNet capable), and all variants will be the same size, weight, and power.  Full specifications have not yet been released, but it will come with a Multi-core Qualcomm CPU capable of supporting Android 9 or 10 OS, which is capable of running the latest versions of ATAK, APAS, or other situational awareness applications and plugins.   The 4.7 inch HD 1280 x 720 screen is daytime viewable.  With its 10-point capacitive, multi-touch display, the N1 works in the rain and with gloves with the Panasonic patented rain sensing and glove input modes.  It will have two cameras, full HD 5MP in the front and 8MP rear.  It comes with a 12-hour removable, warm swappable battery that can fully recharge within two hours.  All N1 variants come with three programmable buttons, so all those applications you would want to get to quickly can be programmed to show up (or go away) at the push of a button.

Quantico Tactical worked with Juggernaut Design and developed cases and cables for the N1.  You can choose a Fischer connector to plug directly into an L3Harris AN/PRC-152A side hat adapter, or a Nett-Warrior standard cable that will plug into any of GlenAir’s StarPan hubs.  The latter option is particularly useful since the N1 will charge while in use, giving you even more time to complete the mission.  To make it easy for customers, we are working with Panasonic to list the Nett Warrior case/cable solution with Panasonic as an available-to-order accessory.

Panasonic’s three year warranty is the best out there, so if you and/or your team are really rough on your handheld devices, you can still get support.  In the rare event of a failure, devices will be delivered overnight, at no expense to you, to and from the US-based service center with a sub 2-day average repair turnaround.  For any technical issues, you can leverage the 24/7 US based technical support hotline, 1-800-LAPTOP5.  You can also have the peace of mind that when a new version comes out that you can still use the same cases and cables as you have previously, which is not only a significant cost savings, but allows you to keep your kit exactly the way you had it.

If you are interested in the N1 Tactical, you can contact us at Quantico Tactical.

Next Generation X-Ray Solutions

Logos Imaging was the first company to introduce a glass-free DR flat panel imager to the security market, and now offers a full line of these rugged imagers. Their DR systems are designed and manufactured with ruggedness in mind to ensure exceptional performance and enhance field operation functionality even in harsh climate conditions. Logos Imaging, a Colorado based leading provider of innovative and cost-effective portable x-ray solutions, with an installed base of more than 4,000 field tested imaging systems worldwide, is committed to developing next generation X-ray solutions. Through strategic partnerships with US National Laboratories and increased R&D funding, their staff of electrical, mechanical, and software engineers are positioned to achieve their full potential as they continue to release truly revolutionary products.

 

PRÓTOS: At just 2.2 lb and 0.5” thick, this is the smallest and lightest imager offered by Logos Imaging while providing exceptional image quality (16 bit, 208 μm) and a narrow bottom border of just 5 mm. The versatile PRÓTOS system is easily deployed by a single operator and designed for incidents where size and speed are paramount.

XIRÓS (12”x12” Image Area) and STENÓS (14”x17” Image Area): The XIRÓS and STENÓS panel’s glass-free design allows for the smallest borders on the market at just 3 mm without compromising image quality (16 bit, 140 μm). Coupled with the IP67 rated enclosure, these panels stand apart from the competition in durability. With multiple wireless options, including custom mesh network integration, these systems are at the cutting edge of X-ray technology for the modern day warfighter.

 

Innovative Hearing Protection

Innovative hearing protection technology provides exceptional situational awareness for greater tactical success

OTTO Engineering is collaborating with tactical operators in all branches of the military to design and manufacture a better type of hearing protection for today’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and federal agent. The goal is to enhance, rather than inhibit, combat performance. The result is OTTO’s NoizeBarrier® line of hearing protection. The NoizeBarrier® Micro electronic earplugs and the NoizeBarrier® TAC headset give today’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen the hearing protection they need with the advanced situational awareness and communications clarity required to prevail in combat. In addition, OTTO’s Multiport Hub PTT simplifies communications with advanced audio steering to minimize distractions when using multiple communications devices.

 

Proprietary NoizeBarrier® technology can enhance combat performance in three ways:

 

  1. Detect Threats with Greater Accuracy

Instead of dampening sounds completely and compromising the ability to hear what’s happening nearby, the NoizeBarrier® TAC headset and NoizeBarrier® Micro electronic earplugs feature proprietary technology that actually improves situational awareness. NoizeBarrier® technology enhances low frequency sounds, like nearby voices and movement, and minimizes distracting and damaging noises to enable soldiers to hear essential commands and approaching danger with greater clarity. With the NoizeBarrier® true 360-degree soundscape, soldiers can easily determine with near certainty the direction sounds are coming from and how far they are away from the current location.

 

The NoizeBarrier® Micro electronic earplugs take situational awareness to the next level with an enhanced mode that provides 5X amplification of soft sounds. With enhanced mode on, soldiers can hear clearer than ever, providing greater safety in the field. When quick reactions matter, verbal commands issued in barely detectible whispers and sounds as minimal as clothes brushing against skin can be clearly heard and quickly pinpointed. In combat, soldiers can identify potential threats and recognize friendly forces faster and with greater certainty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  1. Improve Communications Clarity

With NoizeBarrier® hearing protection, soldiers do not have to rely on their ability to interpret hand motions or read lips to react quickly and follow orders. Proprietary situational awareness technology allows normal-level sounds to be easily heard, while suppressing loud noise and impulse blasts to internationally accepted safe levels. Verbal commands can be heard completely and clearly without distortion, clipping or cutting out.

The same holds true for incoming radio transmissions for soldiers using the NoizeBarrier® TAC headset. Some headsets indiscriminately distort and cut-out incoming transmissions when the noise in the surrounding environment is too loud. Essential transmissions can be fragmented or even lost, which clearly jeopardizes the safety of the mission. With the NoizeBarrier® TAC there is no clipping of transmitted commands or shut-down of situational awareness, allowing soldiers to remain focused, alert and primed for mission success.

  1. Simplify Control of Communications Devices

In today’s combat arena, soldiers are connected to multiple communication devices. Control of the devices can be distracting and compromise safety and combat performance if not managed well. The Multi-Port Hub PTT is designed to integrate seamlessly with the NoizeBarrier® TAC headset to centralize control of as many as three different communication devices. Incoming transmissions from different devices are sent to separate ears (audio steering) for clarity and safety in critical engagements. In short, the Hub simplifies communications and helps soldiers maintain situational awareness, location awareness (when used with an ATAK-type device), clarity and focus during critical operations.

PrincetonTec Helmet Lighting

Princeton Tec has been a leader in headlamps and lighting solutions for 45 years.  At Quantico Tactical we believe in partnering with the best manufacturers for today’s mission.  Here are some of the new products and true operational performers from Princeton Tec that interest us and should interest you.

 

Headlamp: Vizz Tac MPLS:  New to the tried and true MPLS Headlamp line-up, the Vizz Tactical MPLS packs a powerful 420 lumen and dimmable spot beam, and is the brightest of the series. MPLS standing for Modular Personal Lighting System allows the user to mount or move the light from head, to helmet, to MOLLE with ease and efficiency. Specialty light users will find four color LEDS: red, blue, green and IR, which are all available in the same light. Set and change the order your specialty color LED appear, to your specific needs and preferences. With an IPX7 waterproof rating, the Vizz Tactical MPLS is a top of the line choice in tactical lighting, equipped to endure your next mission. Available in Tan, Multicam and Black.

Link: https://princetontec.com/product/vizz-tactical-mpls/

Helmet Light: Charge:  The Charge MPLS series is the natural evolution of personal task lights; boasting an exclusive flexi-neck design that gets spot illumination to the task at hand by incorporating a high power white Maxbright LED for distance spotting and a cluster of three Ultrabright LEDs in various color configurations to meet the needs of specialized users. The Maxbright LED required a full two-second press of the button to be turned on to avoid accidental activation and is fully dimmable. Available in a wide array of LED and body colors.

Link: https://princetontec.com/product/charge/

Lantern: Helix Back Country Multicam:  This small and compact lantern delivers more area light, than many of its larger competitors and gets even smaller when folded down for travel. With dimmable white and red modes, Helix is easy to use and water resistant. The legs conform to any surface, allowing for secure placement in any situation. Removing the collapsible globe creates a directional spotlight that can be used in a wide array of scenarios. Operating with three AAA batteries for up to 12 hours of use, the Helix is great for any adventure or base camp.

Link: https://princetontec.com/product/helix-backcountry/

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Heads Up Situational Awareness With Augmented Reality

I wish we had Augmented Reality in my NVG when I was in Afghanistan and Iraq.  We would get lost at night in the “Sneek up” on our route to the Target Area.   Everything looked the same in a city of sand, this way we could just plan our route in ATAK, select it in ARC4, and just follow it in our NVG’s.   Our team would not have to open our phones every 1/8 of a mile.   Our light discipline would be excellent without the exposure of the light coming off the phone and this definitely would have increased our Situational Awareness Perspective.   I could have walked right up to the Soldier I needed and not have to go through 7 other guys that look the same at night.  Motorcycle and ATV Operations would be awesome because you would not have to stop!  “Being able to see past the capability of NVG’s is a game changer!”

Augmented Reality has found its place maximizing the already in use heads up display and navigational 2D data.  ARA has released Augmented Reality Command Control Communicate and Coordinate, ARC4.  This system is currently in use with Air Force Special Operations Command and deployed to Southwest Asia Theater of operations.

The ARC4 offers the unique advantage of using a HUD to show all necessary command and control functions in 3D.  The HUD utilizes a Situational Awareness, SA, ring at the bottom of the screen.  This shows you where you are, where you are looking, where teammates are and where tactical points of interest are around you.  The software is intuitive as it moves to future check points as you progress.  You can also send and receive commands, create new points of interest and define new navigation routes in real time without speaking over comms.  This information can be used and created in real time by both in field personnel or remote higher command.

The all in one Recon device includes all of the necessary sensors to geo-locate the camera and the direction it is looking.  The camera connects via any open port using Black Diamond Assaulter or Glenair cables and hubs.  The cables connect the camera system to a Battle Management Program such as ATAK with the ATAK HUD plugin.  Running that information back to a HUD connecting directly into a clip on night display, or Ecoti/Ecosi for system integration.  The system also has a daytime HUD that integrates in standard mounting gear to place a clear lens to see all of the same information with full daylight.

The ARC4 recon truly is a heads up display that no longer requires you to look down at your map or navigational equipment.  The ARC4 system with a network hub is designed not to eat up too much battery power. Lasting more than 8 hours on a small radio battery is not uncommon.

 

See the ARC4 Details

 

ARC4 table talk

Night Video

Day HUD

LED Smart Lighting

Are you looking for LED lighting solutions?  Here at Quantico Tactical we have partnered with LED Smart to meet the Defense wide requirement and the need for low power consuming LED lighting.

LED Smart was founded in 1995 to take advantage of the emerging market in LED technology. They have been at the forefront of unique applications for LED technology and advanced LED lighting systems.   They are able to maintain their high quality due to manufacturing and assembling their own products.  They also have their own design and engineering team to meet future customer demands.  LED Smart currently holds many US, Canada and International patents for their LED technology. In 2006, LED Smart first introduced the LED lighting tube style of products that are used in many industries today.  The company has earned a great reputation for the ability to design and manufacture high quality, long lasting LED products.

Their most sought after product is the highly robust HTL light bar.  The HTL light bar used for expeditionary shelters, flexible tent and medical tent applications. The two designed ends are designed to be hung via straps or fixed hooks.  These tube lights are IP 67 waterproof rated and rugged enough to take a tactical beating.  They are also designed to save precious power in any operational or medical shelter environment. LED Smart HTL Light bars last 5 times longer than standard florescent tubes. The HTL light bar has an end to end design that allows you to string the light tubes together to meet all your tent lighting needs.

LED Smart became an approved vendor to the US Navy in January 2017.  The FLZ family of tubular shipboard tubes have been built to rigorous standards of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for use with all ships in the US Navy.  Quantico Tactical and LED Smart were able to set a new standard of price, quality and delivery.  The FLZ tubes saved nearly $14 million to the US Government in 2017.  LED Smart products are a dramatic improvement over the competition producing first-generation LED lights.  The FLZ is lighter, brighter, more durable and lasts longer than any competing light.  The Quantico Tactical/LED Smart team was able to cut the delivery time to the Navy fleet from competitors at 90+ days to only 10 days or less with Quantico Tactical and LED Smart.

LED Smart has products on 185+ US Navy ships since 2017.  Each year a new product has been approved by NAVSEA for use throughout the fleet.  Several new products are in the approval process.  LED Smart products are found on the most advanced warships in the world.

 

 

Quantico Tactical has the best pricing available for these high quality LED lighting tubes.  If you want more specific information about any products, pricing or availability please email us.

Rapid Network Implementation

If there is one thing this pandemic has driven home is that communications capacity planning for an emergency is better done before the need hits.  It’s also better if that plan is exercised periodically to remind ourselves of all the myriad details our information technology and cybersecurity personnel deal with every day to keep us securely connected.  The news feeds are full of the Herculean efforts by major telecommunications companies, software and collaboration services companies, DOD and Federal Agencies, and small businesses to figure out how to turn themselves into nearly 100% teleworking organizations.  Then there are the hospitals and DOD Defense Support to Civil Authorities support missions that suddenly find the need to extend networks to external locations to provide point of care solutions to those locations.  Notwithstanding the growing pains, bandwidth throttling, cybersecurity issues, and successful hacks, like all networks, after some time to “burn in,” things are working.  Now is the time for the IT, Cyber, and Comm folks to grab their operations officers and logistics officers, get a cup of coffee, gather around virtual conference table and write the after action reports.  These should become the lessons learned and the critical purchases/current year deficiency priorities.  What could have been done, done better, or not done at all, to make rapid network expansion easier and secure?  What did your organization need to buy, lease, or subscribe to rapidly to get operational quickly?  Would you choose different solutions now?  Here are some solutions to consider:

 

4G Mobile Broadband Kits (MBKs) were a clear winner for the rapid response deployed capability for COVID response.  Major telecommunications and cellular providers made it easy to get them by adding the MBKs to a subscriber’s bill and delivering them to their customers.  These MBKs are configurable, but generally come in hardened, hand-carry Pelican cases, have configurable firewall, Virtual Private Network and other network capabilities; have 2 GB LAN/WAN port, are battery powered for 4-8 hours, and provide WiFi access for 1-50 users.  These MBKs are widely used throughout US Government Agencies, Military, and Law Enforcement particularly during disaster response.  4K Solutions is the leading provider of MBKs and their products are listed on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s approved products list.

 

RIVA Network’s NanoSat mobile phone network kit is another option and one that will work in areas where there is no public infrastructure to tie into.  RIVA Network’s NanoSat not only comes with the cellular and satellite transmitters, network, battery-backup, and deployable case like the MBKs, RIVA Networks is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with a Network Operations Center connected to the Global Roaming Alliance.  They can route calls and traffic from anywhere to one’s phone.  One can keep the same phone number no matter where deployed in the world.  It works with all commercial satellite systems, and the cell sites are available in GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G LTE and WiMax.  It is a complete mobile solution for all mobile devices anywhere one needs to be.

 

If satellite access is the driving factor, Viasat’s AN/TSC-241 Multi-Mission Terminal (MMT), while a larger, but still transportable, solution, delivers IP-based voice, video, and data networks over X-, Ku-, commercial Ka-, and military Ka- bands, including operation with Viasat’s high-capacity network.  A simple change of the feed arm allows allows the terminal to access the specific satellite band.   Combined with a something like PacStar’s 400 Series or Smart Gateway capabilities to implement the IP network or wireless network and one can have a command operations center up and running within 30 minutes (preconfigured, of course, ahead of time).

 

The options available for communications and connectivity are vast beyond these three examples and the decision is an important one.  A number of factors, other than costs, should go into the decision of what an organization buys/leases to be ready for an emergency. I learned these planning factors as ‘DOTMLPF’:  Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, and Facilities.  Without getting into full details of a DOTMLPF planning process, it provides a mechanism to think through other employment considerations, including costs, and it is a process I would advise all to apply to any significant purchase or procurement to ensure that the solution meets requirements.  At Quantico Tactical, we work with thousands of great vendors with products that can fit your needs, including those previously discussed.  We can help you find solutions that will best fit your organization’s ability to employ it.

COVID 19

Well here we are.  COVID 19 has us all changing our routines.  We typically get the chance to see you at tradeshows, industry days and demonstrations, like AUSA, Shot Show and Modern Day Marine.  These venues offer a great opportunity to see you face-to-face.  We get to learn what problems you are facing and we get to educate you on the latest solutions.  Unfortunately, with the current circumstances these events have been canceled and seeing you face-to-face is a little more difficult.  We want to be safe and want you to be safe.  To do that we need to keep our physical distance but we want to connect with you to inform you of the best products in the world for your mission.  Launching now is our new blog as an addition to our website.  We’ll fill this blog with the best, most relevant products and brands that we think you need to know about.  If you want more specific information about a product, pricing or availability please email at Quotes@QuanticoTactical.com.

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