Tag Archive | Explorer Cases

Interview with Richard Elder of Beyond Clothing

Richard Elder in known in the industry for being the project officer for the team that developed the PCU, the protective combat uniform. A breakthrough technological improvement that has become the foundation of modern high performance and expeditionary clothing systems.

Now at Beyond Clothing since its acquisition by 5.11. Richard Elder formerly served as the executive director of Smith Optics Elite Division, where he led the development of the ballistic eye-wear program. Prior to Smith Optics, Elder spent 10 years as a US Federal Program Manager, developing equipment in support of the United States Special Operation Command. Prior to, he attained the rank of Sergeant and later, Captain, completing his tour in 2001 within the 75th Ranger Regiment, United States Special Operations Command. Elder also served in the United States Army for seven years as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rick and spend time with his team while visiting the Beyond headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Topics covered:

  • PCU
  • Manufacturing Capabilities
  • Tier 1 Customers Requirements
  • Combat Clothing vs. Expeditionary Clothing
  • Tactical Companies vs Outdoor Companies
  • Supporting SOF
  • A diverse customer base
  • Developing for the next challenge
  • Integration between clothing and gear
  • Next stage for mission clothing
  • System vs. Garments
  • Softshell
  • Kyros
  • Lutra Fabric

 

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SOFIC 2018 | Explorer Cases 13513: Hard Case for Precision Platforms in 6.5 Creedmoor

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].

 

SOFIC 2018 | ISOF Capabilities Demo

SOFIC-ISOF Demo-03956

PHASE 1
4-MEN SEAL team INIFL by Zodiac & Cobat dive to emplace demolition charge, board vessel and occupy assault position
PHASE 2
4-Man tams INFIL via MH-6 Little Bird (NS) to sniper and support by fire positions on TGH and TCC
PHASE 3
5-man team on MH-60 HELOCASR with CRCC to secure enemy position
PAHSE 4
2-man SEAL team engages enemy sentries
PHASE 5
MH-6 Little Bird returns to provide armed recon to assult teams
PHASE 6
8-man team conducts a MH-60 Blackhawk FRIES assault and 2-man SEAL element boards enemy controlled vessel to rescue hostages
PHASE 7
12-man team moves byt GMVs and ATVs to assult enemy CP
PHASE 8
8a: 10-man team conducts a boat assault to secure enemy village and rescue hostage
8b: SOC-R boats engage OPFOR vessel
PHASE 9
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
PHASE 10
7-man team conducts MFF water jump

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SOFIC 2018 | SureFire

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 Tactician

SureFire EDCL2-T

SureFire Fury Tactical Dual Fuel

SureFire 6PX Tactical

SureFire XH30

SureFire XH55

SureFire X400V Vampire

SOFIC 2018 | Knight’s Armament Company

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)

  

SOFIC 2018 | Mystery Ranch

Mystery Ranch has updated the military line of packs introducing key features for the future and current battlefield applications.
Non IR-Reflective zippers are now common on all packs within the military line.
New safer and more rapid attachment points and harnesses for airborne operations.

SOFIC 2018 | Leupold

LTO Tracker HD Thermal Viewer

The new LTO-Tracker HD uses 2nd generation thermal sensor detects heat out to 750 yards.

SOFIC 2018 | Gerber

Empower Auto Opening Knife

   

US-Assist S30V (Assisted Opening) and Empower in Black with Stonewash Blade (Auto)

A very interesting low-vis piece, the MINI COVERT AUTO
COYOTE BROWN, BLACK BLADE, FINE EDGE
Automatic Opening Knife

 

Crisis Hook Knife

 

Strap Cutter

SOFIC 2018 | Matbock

The Sheath

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

 

SOFIC 2018 | Glock 19X with Threaded Barrel

During SOFIC 2018 Glock showcased the model 19X with a factory made threaded barrel for muzzle device attachment.