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Cold Steel’s Shark Tactical Marker is a heavy-duty fine-tip felt marker. Although it’s lacking a strike edge or metal body like a tactical pen would have, the Shark does have a hard plastic body, four times thicker than regular markers. The cap is also screw on, so it’s easily secured.
TROOPS is the classic ‘Star Wars’ fan film that parodies COPS; an oldie but a goodie.
The titanium escape ring is a nondescript titanium ring that holds a saw and handcuff shim pick combination micro escape tool. The shim can be used to open single-locked handcuffs, while the saw can cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope, and other non-metallic materials.
An artist on Society6 named Replaceface has taken many of the 19th century portraits of Russian generals by George Dawe and replaced the heads with those of modern day celebrities.
The ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance – Imaging System) is a powerful 1.8-Gigapixel camera capable of real-time, high-resolution video for the purposes of finding, tracking and monitoring events in real time; it’s able to identify six inch targets from up to 20,000 feet in the air. Leave it to DARPA to make the inevitable machine takeover that much easier.
This UAV identification kit was created by James Bridle while he was Artist in Residence at the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Created from 3D modeling software and desktop printing technologies, the kit was based on military and civilian recognition kits, which were collections of models used to train gunners, radar operators and visual observers. Kit 001 was made using models of the MQ-1 Predator, the RQ-170 Sentinel, and the RQ-4 Global Hawk with human models for sense of scale.
Deenamee (Greek for strength) Shooting Sports Training Center offers a relatively unique situation: crowdfunding for a shooting range. Deenamee, LLC is a company founded by Special Forces veterans with the goal of creating a superior shooting range and firearms instruction environment. The pledge length will last until September of 2014 when they hope to reach at least one million dollars in funding, with an stretch goal of four million dollars. Further details, including the donation reward levels, risks and rewards, and more on the company itself can be found on the Deenamee website. Deenamee also pledges to donate all non-taxable funds to the NRA in the event they don’t reach their initial goal of one million dollars.
The TechJect Robot Dragonfly is a micro UAV designed to mimic an insect; the project started due to a grant from the U.S. Air Force for research into biologically-inspired spy drones. Four models will be available, with the highest model featuring a re-configurable processor, hovering and gilding capabilities, accelerometers, gyroscopes, remote control, GPS, an advanced sensor pack with 18 individual environmental sensors, two cameras, and wi-fi compatibility.
These cufflinks are made from spent .357 SIG and 9mm casings recycled from shooting ranges. The casings are soldered with either brass or silver and given an antique finish.
This glass decanter is shaped like a MkII grenade, although the lid is plastic and screws on. Weights 2 lbs. empty and holds up to 16 oz of fluid.
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GoPro’s latest iteration of their line of HERO cameras, the HERO3, has just been released. It comes in three progressively better editions: White, Silver, and Black. All three editions come WiFi-enabled and are capable of recording in upwards of 1080P resolution. Additionally, the HERO3 is also capable of taking photos upwards of 12MP, depending on the model.
The Inheritance Collection the creation of one Stephen Kenn, who is selling them on his site. Each piece in the collection is constructed using salvaged WWII-era military fabric surplus; seen above is the couch, loveseat, and single chair with ottoman. Some of the pieces are far from cheap, but man are they cool looking!
This is quite possibly the most rugged USB storage device yet conceived (well, with the case on, anyway). It’s drop resistant up to 100m, IP-54 certified for resistance to damage from dust and water projection, and heat and cold resistant. Additionally, the RuggedKey features a transfer speed up to 150MB/Sec and AES 256-bit data encryption.
Available in 16 and 32GB from LaCie.
Written by Richard W Graves
Shipping August 20th is the Project Honor Camouflage Stencil Kit. The pattern was developed for the upcoming Electronic Arts title Medal of Honor Warfighter.
The kit includes –
4 4.5oz Aerosol Cans
1 LBX logo stencil
1 LBX digital logo stencil
6 Digital stencils
Indiegogo is a site much like Kickstarter, where individuals can use cloud/social funding to raise capital for various projects. It also happens to be the platform that Matt Arrell of Home Combat Magazine is using to try and fund his project: converting old military duffel bags into EDC bags. The initial donation will be used to create prototypes for the bags, which will include a hydration bladder pocket and pockets on each of the shoulder straps for holding your cell phone and credentials. If these prototypes prove successful, the plan is to try and move production to a veteran’s homeless shelter in Arizona, which will provide the veterans with jobs and assistance. The project only requires $550 out of a $750 goal with 26 days left at the time of writing. You can find out more information at the project page on Indiegogo.
Coming in at a weight of 49g and an approximate dimensions of 73x9x48mm, this pistol model doubles as a USB flash drive holder, which is stored in the magazine well. Available in 2, 4, 8, and 16GB models. Also available is a black handgun, three different models of revolvers, and silver and gold cartridges.
USB.Brando.com – Metallic Pistol USB Flash Drive
The latest tent technology of 2012 offers new and improved designs for campers and backpackers of every kind. Whether it’s a family affair in 100-degree weather or a solo excursion to the most excruciating alpine climate known to man, this season’s gear won’t disappoint. Browse our list to discover the best tent for your needs.
The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1 Al Tent
This is the perfect lightweight tent for solo trips. You and all your gear will fit comfortably with it’s unique “porch” storage, and you can count on staying warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Its durability is incredible considering it weighs only 3 lbs., and it’s super easy to transport and set up. The mesh sides and built in fly vents provide for optimum ventilation while giving the option to keep them open or zipped up depending on the elements. Take the Mystique 1 on your trip, and you won’t even know it’s in your pack until you need it.
The Marmot Firefly 2PWith a spacious floor and high ceiling, this 2-person double-dome is ideal for taller campers. Storage is a breeze with the built in wall organizer and gear loft, and there’s even room for your dog to sleep too. Its light-reflective fabric allows for outside visibility at any time of day, in any condition, and the 360 degree window design allows you to enjoy the view from any position inside the tent. When the full-coverage rainfly isn’t necessary, stargazing is recommended on clear nights with its mesh ceiling, and the mesh walls keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest summer day. The custom footprint allows for set up just about anywhere, keeping mud, puddles, and sharp rocks absent for the entirety of your stay.
Read the rest of the article (and about the other 7 tent styles) on Active Junky.
From Tactical Life
U.S Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Victoria Rogers jumps over a canal on her way to a school in Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 30, 2011. Rogers, with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Female Engagement Team, visited medical clinics and schools on a regular basis as part of the team’s efforts to interact with women in the community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Colby Brown/Released)
Command Sergeant Major Jane Baldwin and Colonel Ellen Haring, both Army reservists, said policies barring them from assignments “solely on the basis of sex” violated their right to equal protection under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
“This limitation on plaintiffs’ careers restricts their current and future earnings, their potential for promotion and advancement, and their future retirement benefits,” the women said in the suit filed in U.S. District Court.
U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Ed Hammond, center, reviews a prison assessment checklist with Spc. Nicole Meixner, right, at Joint Security Station Shield, Iraq, before going outside-the-wire to assess the conditions at a women?s prison in the Rusafa Prison Complex in Baghdad, Iraq, April 6, 2011. Hammond is a U.S. Forces – Iraq provost marshal office corrections assistance transition team first sergeant. Meixner assisted CATT on this mission because only women were allowed into the areas of the facility with female inmates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Larry Schneck/Released)
The Pentagon unveiled a new policy in February that opened up 14,000 more positions to women in the military. It still barred them from serving in infantry, armor and special-operations units whose main job is front-line combat. Women make up about 14.5 percent of active-duty military personnel. More than 800 women have been wounded and more than 130 killed in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the lawsuit said.
Source: Ian Simpson for Reuters.
“The Year in Special Operations” has been one of my favorite reads for a few years now, and if it’s a little skewed, it’s not more so than any of the regular military publications and it contains a lot of information you won’t get anywhere else (especially without doing a lot of research). I prefer reading the Amish way, on paper, but an electronic publication will do in a pinch. Check it out, it’s an excellent ‘magazine’.
Who Tactical Fanboy. The Lighter Side of Tactical. An unabashed Look at Tacticool.
It’s a part of the SolSys Group serving much the same readership as Soldier Systems Daily—though more during non-duty hours. Tactical Fanboy is written by a cadre of writers and gamers, including current and former military personnel, battle-hardened FPS game veterans and at least one homeless guy in an alley behind an internet cafe. The team is commanded by the ineffable Tactical Fanboy himself, spawn of the Editor at Soldier Systems Daily.
The elite (pronounced eeee-light) fighting blogger team at Tactical Fanboy writes about a wide array of things. From weapon and gear news to life skills, movie reviews and television previews, first person shooter game updates to op-ed pieces on everything that our demographic enjoys. To wit, guns, boobs, gear and intel…