The use of modular tactical load bearing belts has consistently grown in the past decade. The influence of special operations in tactical training and shooting techniques has brought a very versatile tool in the hands of many users. What is typically referred to as “first line” is, in fact, the primary layer on top of which the users equips himself. This terminology has been applied to professions in which there is a multi-level approach to equipment. In almost all cases the first line is the first to be applied before heading out of the door and the last to be taken off. Different professions require a multi line system for different purposes: Law Enforcement usually add a second-line (chest rig/PC) for special purposes while using the first line (belt) as the main source, on the other hand we usually see the opposite with military applications, in which the belt mounted equipment is a backup for the plate carrier. There are exceptions to this in both professions, for example we see often the positioning of the magazine designated for speed/emergency reloads placed on the belt at the 9 o’clock.
The crossovers between tactical and competitive shooting, ever present in the high end training arena, had brought much influence between the two, in techniques, methods and equipment design and manufacturing. Holster placement and magazine pouches placement has brought a greater level of attention to belt mounted equipment, especially in highly dynamic environments.
To achieve efficiency in biomechanics while maintaining a high degree of modularity, companies like FROG.PRO have brought to market lightweight and modular belt platforms and pouches like the COBRA Operator Belt.
3 x FROG.PRO Pistol-SMG-1-EOT, single
2 x FROG.PRO Multi-1-EOT, single
Gerber Gear MP1-AR WEAPONS MULTI-TOOL
Safariland ALS holster for Glock19 w/ Streamlight TLR-1 HL
FROG.PRO Trousers Inner Belt
FROG.PRO COBRA Operator Belt
FROG.PRO 2-V2M Belt Adapter
Blue Force Gear MICRO Trauma Kit Now!
Safariland Low Belt Mount
Tourniquet mounted on the belt via elastic bands (not shown)
Multi-1-EOT, Single – Multi-platform Rifle Pouch designed for AR, AK and other dimensionally similar magazines.
Function and Performance:
The combination of rigidity and flexibility is achieved through the merge of three high quality materials:
- The Laser-Cut LAHYCO laminated panel provides a versatile attachment point for other pouches or miscellaneous items to the outer portion
- The Elastic fabric enlarges the gamut of magazine types by providing an inherently conforming pressure to the content that is reliable and repeatable
- The Hypalon lined inner portion, in conjunction with the inward pressure given by the elastic fabric, ensures a secure retention of the content into the pouch with superficial friction that is extremely effective with polymer, stainless steel and aluminum magazines
The pouch features shock cord and speed tab for additional retention in airborne employments and operations involving high speed vehicles, but can be easily removed.
Because of the high level of retention provided by the two panels of Hypalon the pouch can be safely utilized without the shock cord and speed tab.
The anchor points of the shock cord are inherent in the design of the laser cut LAHYCO panel, which provide an eyelet-free construction. This feature is particularly beneficial in the reinsertion of magazines when the shock cord is removed, which ensures a snag-free operation.
The pouch can be mounted and effectively utilized on both belt and chest rig/plate carrier platform and allows an effective extraction from both position, also for emergency reloads.
The pouch features a WTFix attachment system for PALS/MOLLE platforms. The pouch utilizes three rows of PALS.
The 100mm elastic section provides a great degree of adaptability in order to accommodate different types of magazine. Its inherently variable compression nature meets the elasticity and stretch needed for retention without the use of bungee cord which are more susceptible to the elements and the test of time.
Lightweight and Maritime Applications:
The Proprietary LAHYCO laminated material from FROG.PRO is lightweight and features a high
level of tenacity and abrasion resistance. Combined with materials such as Hypalon and
(Stretch Fabrics), the textile products from FROG.PRO feature a high degree of water
repellency, which in maritime applications translate to higher mobility and lighter weight.
Pistol – SMG – Pistol Caliber Carbine pouch designed for:
- Single Stack / Double Stack Pistol Magazines
- 9mm / 45mm SMG and Pistol Caliber Carbine Magazines
This medical kit is meant to be a redundant last resort in case of trauma emergency when the main IFAK is not available. This system also becomes useful for training on the flat range, especially when working on the fundamentals without full kit or body armor. The construction of the FROG.PRO COBRA Operator belt and the use of the COBRA buckle allows for practical repelling solution (with the use of an additional leg harness).
Low-profile versatile systems for mounting optics to M2 .50 via quick disconnect attachment that retains zero.
(Modular Advanced Weapon Laser) Very intuitive and ergonomic laser device mounted on carbines for direct action applications. The user can quickly jump from one setting to the other, even in the dark while using gloves, providing great flexibility to the platform.
Aimpoint has released the ACRO (Advanced Compact Reflex Optic), displayed today here at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris.
With the rising need of enhanced precision rifle on modern battlefields, the SOF community is looking closely at the possible implementation of precision cartridges, like 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Remington, within an AR10 frame.
The need for precise fire from these platform requires and inherent higher degree of precision within the entire package, from the sniper rifle itself to optics and mounting systems.
To achieve reliability and consistency in precision the proper care and maintenance of these platform is key; the use of high quality and durable cases, for storage and transportation solution, aids the operators in successfully fulfilling the mission with confidence in their equipment.
The 13513 case is able to protect a fully assembled AR-10 platform (or variant) with a barrel up to 18″ with its accessories (suppressor, thermal/IR clip-on optics, laser devices and additional magazines).
The internal dimensions are (L,W,D): 1350mm, 350mm, 135mm [53 1/8 in, 13 3/4 in, 5 5/16 in].
4-MEN SEAL team INIFL by Zodiac & Cobat dive to emplace demolition charge, board vessel and occupy assault position
4-Man tams INFIL via MH-6 Little Bird (NS) to sniper and support by fire positions on TGH and TCC
5-man team on MH-60 HELOCASR with CRCC to secure enemy position
2-man SEAL team engages enemy sentries
MH-6 Little Bird returns to provide armed recon to assult teams
8-man team conducts a MH-60 Blackhawk FRIES assault and 2-man SEAL element boards enemy controlled vessel to rescue hostages
12-man team moves byt GMVs and ATVs to assult enemy CP
8a: 10-man team conducts a boat assault to secure enemy village and rescue hostage
8b: SOC-R boats engage OPFOR vessel
EXFL all units from OBJ area
9a: TCC Sniper Rappel
9b: TGH Sniper Pick-up via MH-6 Little Birds
9c: Boat/GMV EXFIL
9d: SPIES EXFIL
9e: EXFIL HELOCAST
9f: Repatriate Vessel
7-man team conducts MFF water jump
SureFire Scout Light Dual Fuel
SureFire V1-C Vampire (IR + Low red visible)
SureFire V1-B Vampire (IR + 250/5 Lumens white visible)
SureFire Scout Light M600V Vampire (IR + White light visible)
SureFire Fury Tactical Dual Fuel
SureFire 6PX Tactical
SureFire X400V Vampire
Dual Independent Night Vision Mount
This mount allows to use two independent devices with features that are usually present in dual night vision devices. The mount allows to fold upwards each device independently, also creating a much lower profile when stowed on top of the helmet system. The use of quick disconnect attachment points allows to have great versatility and flexibility allowing the temporary use of one single device (for example for aiming a primary weapon sight in passive night vision applications) or for utilizing a different unit on one side (for example a thermal device).
LAMG (Light Assault Machine Gun)
This belt features a retractable 4000 lbs Kevlar lanyard with Dyneema stitching. The thin profile of the belt allows the belt to be worn through the belt loops of most combat pants, for a safe use even when leg harnesses are not worn.
Team Wendy and Ops Core Helmet Skins
MATBOCK Skins are a multi-layer adhesive/fabric laminate designed to give the user the ability to camouflage any surface desired. The Skins are waterproof and oil resistant, can be reused multiple times and are certified Near IR Compliant.
LIFT Ladder + Carbon Poles
S-LIFT + Carbon Poles
At 6.5 feet long, the stretcher is long enough to accommodate all operators and has a maximum carrying capacity of 400 lbs for both the operator and his/her gear. The stretcher has 5 handles per side to give each team a multitude of configurations for carrying a downed man. When paired with the Combat Carbon Poles (sold separately), you get the lightest semi-rigid expedient medical litter / stretcher available at only 3.5 lbs total weight. Combat Carbon Poles found here
Additionally, the litter collapses and zips together to form an essential multipurpose lightweight bag for operators to collect items such as Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Material or gear from a downed man. The bag is augmented with a single adjustable strap for easy carry when loaded, a drawstring to secure the bag contents, and is small enough to fold up and be stored in a cargo pocket.
Packs + Plate Carriers
Mr. Geissele holding Project Joy, or the VSASS (Very long range Semi Auto Sniper System); a weapon platform that is chambered in .260 Rem but is soon going to available also in 7.62 NATO and 6.5 Creedmoor.
The weapon system is engineered and manufactured entirely by Geissele, including the innovative suppressor: Super Night Owl.
The A3 Lochi Jacket is designed for active use in cold environments, and is reversible for low-profile use in urban environments. Polartec® Alpha® Insulation transfers moisture away from the body to keep you dry and warm, while the DWR treated nylon ripstop shell protects you from wind and rain. Light, highly compressible, breathable, and fast drying, the A3 Lochi Jacket is a low-profile alternative to the A3 Alpha Jacket.
- Insulated hood
- Left Internal/Right External chest pocket
- Hand Pockets
- Highly compressible
- Berry Complient
- 40D Nylon Ripstop with DWR
- Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 80g
Weight: 16.0 oz.
The Explorer Cases 15416 is the longest rifle hard case available on the market and is able to carry an assembled .50 caliber sniper rifle. Due to the construction process and the due to the properties of the copolymer polypropylene, the case is rigid and provides protection along all axis of the content, despite the very generous dimensions.
Mechanical strength is one of the most important aspects with such a long case. In order to protect and maintain zero and POA/POI during transportation the case has to keep its rigidity without compromising transportability with excessive weight. The balance between ribbing and the polymer compound delivers a great result even with these dimensions.
The protective hard case is a vital element in equipment transportation, protection and storage. The very close relationship between hard cases and firearms revolves around the key concept of having the firearms stored and protected in order to be combat-effective when taken out and utilized, even with minimal preparation.
One of the advantages of these protective solutions is that environmental effects do not alter the status of firearm during transport or storage. In the past, due to technological limitations, the ability to stored assembled rifles was compromised in some instances; for example, .50 BMG precision rifles or even sniper rifles with suppressors already attached (direct thread for example).
Wider Latches with Safe Button
The larger dimensions require a more secure locking and sealing system, hence the wider latches with the addition of a safe button. To ensure the maximum protection and sealing consistency the case features 6 latches, 4 on the longer edge and 1 per each side.
The four hinges are heavily reinforce and, despite the large dimension of the case, provide a smooth and unimpeded opening, even after being exposed to dusty or sandy environments. The case, when opened while empty, does not tip.
The 15416 case was designed specifically for platforms that are most likely going to be heavier; consequently the carrying method needs to be effective for the user without obstructing the operating procedures of the case. The dimension, position and build quality of the handles featured by Explorer Cases are functional and comfortable.
The inherent nature of this case is to efficiently carry weapon platforms that usually require disassembly or two man operation. The wheels of the 15416 are oversize and provide, in conjunction with the rigidity of the case, a very effective carrying solution on all sorts of terrain, despite the heavy load.
The Magpul Bipod was designed to be the most durable and versatile bipod for the money. Rich with important features, our lightweight Mil-spec hard anodized 6061 T-6 aluminum and injection-molded polymer bipod brings innovation in ergonomics, functionality, strength and value together. An aesthetically pleasing, low-profile design conceals its mechanisms and hardware, smoothly brushing off snags and bumps. Optimized for rapid one-handed adjustments, the bipod quickly and quietly transitions between countless user configurations. The Magpul Bipod includes many features normally found on bipods at a significantly higher cost.
Durable & Lightweight
The Magpul Bipod is exceptionally strong and built to perform under punishing field conditions. Like all Magpul products, the Bipod is constructed of rugged, high-strength materials and designed to last a lifetime. In the shooting position, it is easily loaded with stabilizing forward tension without fear of failure or warping. Mil-spec hard anodized 6061 T-6 aluminum, stainless steel internals, and injection-molded reinforced polymer ensure years of dependable performance and reliability, all while shaving weight. At just over 11 oz., the Magpul Bipod is lighter than many pricier bipods currently on the market.
Innovative, Adjustable, & Easy to Use
Deploying and adjusting the Magpul Bipod is quick and easy. Spring-tensioned legs stow neatly forward and snap down and lock into place with one hand. Leg extensions slide and lock securely with the push of a button on any of the seven half-inch spaced locking detents. The legs extend a full four inches, from 6.3” to 10.3”. An industry-exclusive 50° of total tilt and 40° of total pan are controlled by a glove-friendly knurled tool-less bipod locking knob located between the extended legs, allowing easy adjustment between shots. Additionally, the Magpul Bipod has the exclusive ability to lock pan at 0° while maintaining full tilt functionality.
Smooth & Unobtrusive
From the drawing board, the Magpul Bipod was designed to be barely noticed until needed. Folded, the streamlined housing and legs fit neatly under the barrel and are just under 2.3” deep and 3.3” wide. In addition, anodized surfaces and tight, precision tolerances mitigate squeaks and rattles.
The Magpul® Bipod has many features that are also useful even when it is in the stowed position. A soft rubber bipod locking knob cap is attached to the locking knob gives users a steady, non-marring forward rest while the bipod is folded. Additionally, its staggered soft rubber feet hold fast on a variety of shooting surfaces and are easily removed with a roll pin punch. Should users choose to change feet, the Magpul Bipod’s legs accept all Atlas pattern bipod replaceable feet.
The Magpul Bipod is available in three popular mounting platforms: M-LOK ® (MAG933), 1913 Picatinny Rail (MAG941), and A.R.M.S® 17S Style (MAG951), and is available in BLK or FDE colors. The Bipod for A.R.M.S.®17S Style must be used in conjunction with an appropriate 17S-style mounting device that is purchased separately and typically is quick-detach capable, for proper mounting to your weapon system of choice.
Images and description from Magpul.com
Sea Dragon Plate Carrier
The Sea Dragon plate carrier designed for divers and for maritime operations.
Retrofit Quick Release Cummerbunds for LC-Hagakure
New Iteration of LC-Kusazuri Belt Cover-MD
The addition of a silicon strip provides retention and grip on clothing and equipment. This addition renders rainy shooting session while wearing a hardshell much more comfortable and efficient.
New line of pouches
Top Row (left to right):
– Pistol-1-VF, single
– General Purpose-VF
– Multi-1-EOT, single
– Pistol-SMG-1-EOT, single
Bottom Row (left to right):
– Multi-1-Pistol-VF, single
– Multi-1-General Purpose-VF, single
– Multi-2-EOT, single
– Multi-1-Pistol-EOT, single
New functional packaging from FROG.PRO
Laser-Cut organizer for gear storing and heavy duty zip locked bag.
ADEFT URBANICA P/01
An EDC – Commuter proposal from FROG.PRO that incorporates some of the features of the tactical and military lines into a more design-based bag.
The interior provides organizational capabilities via a Laser Cut panel and is protected by waterproof zippers. The outer portion offers a multitude of attachment options via the signature FROG.PRO laser cut pattern and utilizes a very clever material for providing a subtle and low-key look, without compromising the safety of the commuter (possibly on a bike).
The ADEFT URBANICA features a QR buckle for easy access and release.
EXFIL® Ballistic SL Helmet
Helmet shown with:
– EXFIL® Ballistic Ear Covers
– EXFIL® Ballistic Visor
Ear Covers Ballistic Performance:
NIJ Level IIIA (according to NIJ STD 0108.01 / 0101.06; stops 9mm FMJ RN, .357 SIG FMJ FN, and .44 Magnum SJHP)
Visor Ballistic Performance:
Exceeds impact, fragmentation and optical requirements of Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) Class 2 in accordance with MIL-PRF-32432(GL), 9 January 2013
MCEP requirements include meeting ANSI Z87.1 2010
The EXFIL® Ballistic Visor with ESS Lens Technology is a low profile, lightweight visor system that mounts quickly and tool-free to the front section of the EXFIL® SL Rail. It quickly adjusts into three preset positions (down, up and stowed back), and provides clearance for NVG mounts when in the stowed position. Frame available in Black, Coyote Brown and Ranger Green.
Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic
Helmet in the picture below shown in Multicam colorway set up with:
– EXFIL® Peltor™ Headset Adapter
– EXFIL® Oxygen Mask Strap Kit
– CORE Survival Helstar strobe
– MOHOC Helmet Camera.
EXFIL® Carbon Helmet spottet at the Princeton Tec booth
EXFIL® SAR TACTICAL
The EXFIL® SAR is the first purpose built Search and Rescue helmet to provide tactical accessory mounting capabilities, including a standard NVG shroud, while meeting key industrial and mountaineering performance standards. The EXFIL® SAR Tactical is optimized for use with night vision devices, it features a machined aluminum Wilcox® NVG shroud. The helmet also includes a 4-point CAM FIT™ retention system with chin cup for optimal stability and a Boa® Closure System to dial in precise fit adjustment while providing single-handed quick release.
Enforce Tac – IWA 2018 brought the opportunity to meet the team behind Beyond Clothing and allowed us to get our hands on their garments.
A3 Active Insulation
The midweight performance layers can be worn as insulation layers or stand alone outer garments, depending on the environment, These lightweight loft and flees layers are breathable, packable,and highly wind-resistant.
A3 – Alpha Lochi Jacket (Reversible)
This jacket comes in two colorways: Navy/Grey (as show in the photos below) and Black/Multicam
– 40D Nylon Ripstop with DWR
– Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 80g
A3 – Alpha Sweater
This garment comes in four colorways: Coyote, Black, Grey and Multicam
– 40D Nylon Ripstop with DWR
– Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 80g
A5 Softshells layers are designed to protect the user against wind and rain during active use. These outer layers are built out of an extremely breathable, 4-way stretch material that allows for excellent mobility, high durability and protection from the elements.
A5 – Stretch Alpha Sweater
Available in Grey, Navy and Ranger Green
– Tweave® Durastretch® Nylon with DWR
– 3.2 oz. Polartec® Power Grid® Fleece
– Polartec® Alpha® Insulation – 60g
A5 – Rig Softshell Pants
Available in Multicam, Coyote and Black
– Fleece Laminated Tweave® Durastretch® Softshell with DWR
Built with the mission in mind, the A9 uniform garments are designed to perform in a variety of conditions. The A9 suite is constructed with durable NYCO Ripstop to endure the harshest terrain.
A9C – Cold Weather Mission Shirt
– 6.6 oz. Polartec® Power Grid™
– Fleece Laminated Tweave® Durastretch® with DWR
A9-E Equatorial Mission Pants
-Lightweight, 3.8 oz. Nylon Ripstop with No-Fly Zone® and MCS
A9-A – Advanced Mission Pant
Available in Multicam and Woodland
– No Melt, No Drip NYCO Ripstop
– Tweave® Durastretch® with DWR
Designed to be highly adaptable, the Element System features lightweight, hydrophobic fabrics that offer unparalleled moisture management and breathability. Mesh pocket openings through the system allow for fast and quiet pocket draining when working in or around water.
A9 – Element Pant
– Tweave® Durastretch® with DWR
– XPG Superfabric® on stretch Cordura®
– Brushed Mesh Pockets
The Extrema Ratio manufactures four models of concealable neck or belt mounted knives that are very interesting for applications in urban environments. The four variants are N.K.1, N.K.2, N.K.3 and N.K.3 K (K stands for Kerambit). These fixed blade knives are made with BöHLER N690 steel (60HRC) and with a MIL-C-13924 burnishing surface finish (for the black version). The Extrema Ratio Neck Knives are available in Black, Desert Warfare and Stone Wash. For belt mounting solutions separately purchasable accessories are available from Extrema Ratio.
Explorer Cases 15416
With an internal length of 1540 mm (60 5/8 in) this is case is able to store an protect a fully assembled .50 BMG, while still offering the same functionalities of a high-end gun case.
MUB (Multi Utility Box)
This weather resistant case is designed to be a logistically practical and efficient solution for transporting and storing equipment that can better withstand exposure to the elements: therefore it doesn’t offer the same degree of protection from weather or impacts and it comes at a very interesting price. The MUB is offered in two sizes and features multiple carrying methods, including wheels and drag-handle. In our opinion this case is ideal for soft goods and any type of equipment that is voluminous and less fragile that precision instruments or optics. This would be a perfect storing / transporting solution for plate carriers, helmets and gun belts.
Explorer Cases 3005 (Pistol Case)
In the past few months we have received many private inquiries on tactical bump helmets with protective mandibles for first responders. In some instances, especially outside of the United States, transporting and storing ballistic helmets requires special documentation and further bureaucracy; this could therefore be a sufficient solution for those activities that require a certain amount of protection, modularity of accessory and op flexibility.