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Coverking – Tactical Seat Covers

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Coverking is a company that specializes in car seat covers, among other car-related products, and they’ve recently expanded into a line of Tactical Seat Covers. The covers are made from Cordura nylon and feature PALS webbing down the length of the rear. Each cover comes with 6 MOLLE compatible pouches of various sizes for storage purposes with the pouches also available for individual purchase. The covers come in five colors: black, cashmere, charcoal, grey, and tan and are custom made specific to a vehicle’s make and model. Coverking products are made in the USA.

Hat Tip: 4 Wheel Drive Magazine – Coverking’s Tactical Seat Covers

Coverking.com

Some Bumper Stickers Speak Volumes

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Love this bumper sticker. Of course, you’d be far better off sporting it here CONUS that you would on the back of one of the ubiquitous little white pickups or checkered taxis in Iraq. It’d be really cool on a jingle truck, but it wouldn’t be as funny because of the language. Guess it might look okay on the back of a jundi gun truck if they really had a sense of humor.

Flying Humvees are coming, but aren’t a new idea

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has been looking for something like a tactical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (to steal one writers description of it) for a long time now. It’s apparently actually in the works. Aviation Week recently just approved designs from AAI and Lockheed Martin to enter the second phase of the testing program which is (seriously) named the “Transformer Program”.

The goal is to have a diesel powered battlefield utility vehicle like the humvee able to lift and carry a squad of four personnel with their loadout. This may or may not be practical in the wide scheme, but it would sure make it easier to get up some of those shitty goat trails roads in Afghanistan than walking with everything on your back.

The idea of a flying vehicle is by no means new of course. It’s been the topic of design discussion for years and a standard trope in science fiction for just as long. We’ve seen them in everything from Bladerunner to the Jetsons. That doesn’t mean it won’t have some use of course, and in certain situation might be the transportation force multiplier needed. Some concerns arise…how do we qualify the driver/pilot? Will the Air Force complain, like they did about the UAVs? Will we have to add some sort of aerial vehicle acronym to METT-C to avoid traffic jams and midair collisions? Who knows. One things for certain. If they do get to the field, and the infantry gets hold of them it’s going to make for all new kinds of entertaining once they get bored.

Read the rest of the story over at Techland.

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2011/10/27/the-flying-humvee-exists-who-wants-one/#ixzz1cTPkcs4r

Girls, Guns, Exotic Cars & More

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Filmed at a BDS Tactical Gear photo shoot, this video has it all: hot women holding guns while posing next to expensive cars. A pretty good way to start the day, don’t you think?

Wasteland Weekend: Get Your Mad Max On

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

It’s not too late to go visit the Atomic Café, Thunderdome, Wasteland Casino or Mushroom Cloud Lounge. With any luck you’ll have time to get a free mohawk.

Wasteland Weekend started today, but it goes through Sunday; it’s not to late to dunk your face in a bucket of fishhooks, throw some leather on, grab up your sawed off scattergun or crossbow and get down there. Go have some fun in the sun in the lovely Mojave Desert with the finest in fringe elements of a Mad Max loving subculture.

There are a lot of bands scheduled to be playing in addition to numerous events (an archery contest, Wasteland Games (including boomerang toss and gas can carry) plus, of course, multiple Thunderdome fights. There will also be some sort of sermon delivered around an ‘unexploded nuclear bomb’ on Sunday.

They are working toward an immersive environment. From the official website:
“Wasteland Weekend reserves the right to prohibit any vehicles, structures, or items it deems unfit for the look of the themed area. (Any unfit property can be stored outside the gates of the themed area in the general camping area or hidden from view.) We are trying to create a convincing 360-degree post-apocalyptic environment. We hope you understand.”

In addition to individuals, there are a number of “tribes” who will be in attendance. There are several, including the Petro Pirates and Dukes of the Nuke, but our favorite has got to be the Dystopian Slut Militia.

Wasteland Weekend is a relatively new post-apocalyptic event, but organizers expect it to be much larger than the 400 attendees they had last year.

One long weekend of booze, body piercings, pointy things, makeshift weaponry and metal, punk rock, industrial rock and cleavage. What’s not to like?

Wasteland Weekend

NTOA – Oshkosh Defense

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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This is the Tactical Protector Vehicle from Oshkosh Defense. Built on a Ford F550 chassis, it is designed to haul up to 8 officers around and protect them from threats rated up to NIJ Lvl IV.

www.Oshkosh-tacticalprotector.com

A Kazakhstani’s Answer To Batman’s Tumbler

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

It is called the ‘Black Raven’ and is was developed as the perfect vehicle for wolf hunting in Karaganda, Kazakhstan by its creator, a handyman named Vladimir. It features a V8 engine, hand-built aluminum body and independent suspension and is comfortable in rough terrain at speeds exceeding 60mph. Amazing do-it-yourself engineering aside, I can’t help but make a Soviet Batman reference.

Hat Tip: Jalopnik

Modern Warfare 3 Wrangler

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

For the second year in a row, Jeep and Activision have partnered up to bring the masses a limited edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon based on the Call of Duty series. Available in two and four door models, the MW3 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes in Black or Bright Silver Metallic and features MW3 graphics, 32-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, spare tire cover with a unique special elite logo and a large assortment of Mopar® accessories including: a Performance Parts Kit (Warn® Winch, 2-inch Lift Kit, and Classic 5-hole wheels in Black), a power-dome hood, front and rear bumpers, rock rails and a satin black fuel filler door. It’s cool and all, but honestly, does anyone actually buy these things?

It’ll be available this Fall from Jeep, most likely in November along with MW3 itself.

http://www.jeep.com/en/callofduty/

World’s Only Turbine Powered Batmobile Up For Sale

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Just a quick update on that totally sweet turbine powered Batmobile built by Casey Pusch I wrote about a while ago. It turns out he’s currently putting it up for sale on eBay to help fund other projects. However, as expected from something built from …”a military spec 385 hp Boeing turboshaft engine from a naval drone helicopter…”, as well as being modeled after the most bad-ass super hero of all time’s preferred mode of transportation, it ain’t cheap. If you’re really into getting it, you’re looking at spending $620,000. At that price, only the real Batman could ever hope to afford it.

The Crown Vic Retires

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

One of the most iconic police cars in the US, the Crown Victoria, is finally being retired by Ford. Although the Crown Vic wasn’t available from licensed dealers since 2008, Ford continued to sell to police departments until this year. The cars Ford is replacing the Crown Vic with? A Tarus variant and the Explorer SUV. Commence laughing at any time; the Tarus sucks. Some good news comes from this though, since I’ll no longer have to wonder if any old dudes rocking Crown Vics on the highway are just playing cop or really driving an unmarked car.

Hat Tip: freep.com

Tumbling Around Town Like Batman

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Check out this video of the three tumblers/Batmobiles from the upcoming ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the last film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Each tumbler is powered by a Chevy V8 engine and is painted in a desert camo variant. It’s a shame they’ll most likely be lost to high-impact stunt damage, since they look so damn cool. The owner of one of these would be the envy of Batfans the world over.

subaruwrxfan – Youtube channel that contains this footage and plenty more from the set of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

World’s Only Turbine Powered Batmobile

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Built by Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing, this Batmobile is powered by a military spec 385 hp Boeing turboshaft engine from a naval drone helicopter driving the rear wheels through a semi automatic gearbox. It also features a custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independent suspension, disc brakes, and a sequential shifter. It runs on kerosene, diesel, or jet fuel and has a power to weight ration comparable to a Dodge Viper. Thankfully, it’s very close in design to the 1989 Michael Keaton Batmobile, which is great, because that movie was actually watchable.

Operation Geronimo Stealth Helicopter Model

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Dragon Models Limited, a popular Chinese toy company, is offering a 1/144 scale model of the stealth helicopter used in the raid on UBL’s compound. Highly detailed with distinct edges and angles and a modified fuselage, nose and tail, each set come with two helicopters, allowing modelers to recreate the raid themselves. No word on whether the Chinese government was using these models as the basis of their own soon-to-be-announced stealth helicopter program, but I wouldn’t find that the least bit surprising. It’ll be available in the States this July.

DragonModelsUSA.com

You’ve Never Seen MultiCam Like This!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

LEAFGEAR.COM is sponsoring a Ducati raceteam and is proud to present the first ever Ducati bike in Crye MultiCam. The team’s Ducati 1098 (tuned to 200BHP) went public this last weekend. The version featured in the photos is the test version which sports the full Multicam camouflage. This week it will be fully prepped for the upcoming race season.

LEAFGEAR’s Ducati raceteam will compete in four races during the next few months in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and possibly the UK. The first race will be held at the TT in Assen, The Netherlands this upcoming weekend 14 & 15 May. Everyone who wants to follow the MC Ducati and might want a chance to win some MC Ducati goodies or a VIP treatment at a race can follow them on Twitter (@LEAFGEAR).

This article was originally posted on Soldier Systems Daily.

Bremach T-Rex

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Each T-Rex is hand-assembled to meet the buyers exact specifications. It can be powered from one of three chosen fuel types: gasoline, natural gas, and electric, with a hybrid option also available. The cab is all steel and is available in two configurations, single and double cab, fitting 3 and 5 individuals respectively. It’s also designed to carry upward to a 4 ton payload. So in other words: Cool truck, bro.

Visit bremachusa.com to check it out.

Mythbusters Season Premiere Tonight

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Just a quick reminder that the new season of Mythbusters premieres tonight, April 6th, at 9pm Eastern on the Discovery Channel. It’s worth a mention if only for all the explosions and firearms that have appeared in the past seasons. Personally, I’m hoping for a lot more of the same!

Flypmode Wins XC2V Challenge

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Local Motors ran a design contest in which readers were tasked with developing a vehicle for DARPA’s XC2V (Experimental Crowd-Derived Combat-support Vehicle) Challenge. Of all the entries, Victor Garcia’s Flypmode was chosen as first prize, netting him $7500 and his vehicle design becoming an actual DARPA prototype. Other noteworthy designs were second place winner Marc Senger’s Kratos ($1500 prize) and third place winner Romain Chareyre’s Sentinel ($1000 prize). For what I assume is just a simple coincidence, check out the Sentinel. It looks fairly close to the Warthog from Halo, sans chaingun.

Thanks to reader Giovani FarLords for the tip.

This Ain’t Your Kid’s Green Machine

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Developed by Parker Brothers Customer Choppers, this is one bad ass big wheel. It’s completely street legal and steers from the back two wheels, just like the original. But what’s most awesome about it? It’s powered by a Harley V-Twin. A man-sized Green Machine with a motorcycle engine? No better way to relive your childhood than that.

So That’s Where All That Energy Supplement Money Goes

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Red Bull has a Cobra attack helicopter? Looks like we need to get the ‘Tactical Fanboy’ Reaper drone up and running sooner than I thought.

Now We’re One Step Closer To A Real-Life Rocketeer

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Among the many futuristic pursuits we were promised as kids but never got, like food pills, flying cars, and death rays, comes an actual jetpack, courtesy of the Martin Aircraft Company of New Zealand. Featuring a gasoline powered V4, 2 liter engine, the Martin Jetpack can fly at a maximum regulated speed of 63mph with a maximum ceiling of 8000 feet. The current focus of the company is for governmental purchase, with 500 jetpacks to be used by emergency services and four unnamed defense companies. However, Martin is looking to secure additional funding to build a factory for the purpose of making jetpacks for commercial purchase. Although manned flight trials won’t be until 2012 at the earliest, at least we have something to look forward to as an alternate to that painful commute to work.

Black Ops Wrangler

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

In a marketing first, Chrysler has announced the release of a vehicle with a video game promotional tie-in: the Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops edition. Available in two variants, the two door version is based on the Wrangler Rubicon model while the four door is based on the Wrangler Unlimited model. Both models feature a black exterior with Black Ops graphics on the roof and front quarter panels, 32 inch off-road tires in a high-gloss mineral gray, and tail lamp guards and a fuel-filler door from Mopar. The MSRP on the two door is $30,625 and the four door is $33,500. Since there’s finally a Jeep with tie-ins to a video game, perhaps someone will consider releasing a UNSC Warthog in the near future. The fans can only hope…

Skull Hitch Cover

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Ever wanted something for the hitch on your truck or 4×4 that looked cool, yet menacing? Then TAD Gear’s Skull Hitch Cover should do just the trick. Handmade from laser-cut steel with a powder coated finish, it’s emblazoned with the design of TAD’s Mean T-Skull logo.

Ural Patrol T Motorcycle

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

From Ural Russian Motorcycles comes the Ural Patrol T. A copy of the WW-II era BMW bike used by German forces, the Ural Patrol T combines old-school style with modern features like two-wheel drive and off-road suspension at a much cheaper price then the average antique original.