Semper Crye

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Crye/Drifire temperate MARPAT.

I preferred the brown coloured torso of my USMC issued FROG shirt, however, the AC type cut they manufacture these shirts in has much more arm velcro and as we all know, arm velcro is very important.

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Keep ’em Shut

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The Muff Sack from Griffon Industries. So called because you put your electronic ear pro inside (duh).

I have a pack that I put my gloves, slings, eye pro, spare eye pro hats, extra spare base layers etc inside and my electronic ear pro was by far the most valuable item to routinely go inside said bag. It always felt a bit ‘off’ somehow not having something to put such an expensive electrical piece of gear inside to segregate it, so I’m really liking this little addition tomy kit. Even as simplistic as it is.

High end cordura construction, cinches down tight and secure with loop space and a small external pocket to secure the specifically relevant items such as the correct spare batteries, connecting cables, extra gel ear cups etc. Obviously it’s available in a wide range of colours and camos and a great option to organise all those small bits and pieces (doesn’t have to be ear pro of course) then get some super cheap bits of hook tape and sharpie on them to show what’s in each sack within your larger loadout bag.

Don’t Be a Hot-Head

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The ‘Blasting Cap’ from RE Factor Tactical. I already have some of these FlexFit caps from Arc’teryx and Mil-Spec Monkey and they’re my go-to for any weather except bucketing rain/snow.

No opening at the back which personally I find great as I usually wear my cap backwards to accommodate goggles. Highly breathable mesh construction for most of the surface area that wicks sweat and allows heat to escape while still camouflaging and protecting the head from the sun.

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It has a little more loop than I’d actually like perhaps, but it was designed for people who need lots of IRR patches/identifiers on them. The inside features R.E. Factor values for various common explosives (which shows the relative mass of TNT for which the named explosive is equivalent) and a bright orange panel so you can turn it inside out, put it back on and be seen more easily if the need should ever arise.

Little details, but they add basically zero weight to the cap so adding this sort of stuff inside a garment is a great example of intelligent design.

Military Kit – Always Playing Catch-Up

Great article in Marine Corps Times about potential changes including painting rifles (at last), issue of silencers (yes, that was the original name for them), plastic cased ammo, freefloat handguards, upgraded triggers and changing from the old bird cages to newer designers of muzzle compensators.

Given how far the technology has come on the civilian market (i.e. far beyond what any military has these days) it’s really interesting to see all this sort of stuff starting to maybe catch-up in the service post all the gear changes we saw throughout the main campaign in afghan.

Have a read:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/tech/2015/09/17/marines-unveil-plan-modernize-their-small-arms-arsenal/72006282/

The Height of Fashion

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I fancied an AC style multicam shirt for the look of it, it’s something of a tactical classic by this point in terms of aesthetics. Picked up a Drifire version, which supposedly will wick sweat better than the original version while also being easier to find than a second hand original AC in my size. I’ll be interested to see how it does once I sweat in it.