New Year & New gears (So Happy New Gears)

30 01 2011

Happy new year everybody (I know it’s the end of the month). With the new year comes new resolution, and in our case, new gears. US Army is going to change UCP battle dress by some MULTICAM uniform for the afghan theater. Before talk about the Multicam, I would like to introduce a special element which was test by US forces in ASTAN. 500 pieces of this uniform has been produced and tested by the 4th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division current the 2009 year. This uniform is a variant of the UCP pattern with some brown touch. This is the UCP DELTA or ACU-D

I’ve found somes pieces on Ebay, I’m waiting the shirt. But for my pants is built from the UCP 2nd gen materials, the DEFENDER with aramide fiber.

On the left pocket, the ACU-D (and Multicam) wear a strange square which look like to an IR tabs, also seen on the shirt arm (soon).

Rare pieces and prices are sometimes really expensive.

Now, a lot of soldiers wear the new uniform (DEFENDER) with a new pattern, used by SFG, PJ, DEVGRU, special but very efficient in a good context. The MULTICAM take a lot of colors (no UCP pattern) which have a good game on the afghan countryside. A friend of mine has bough a complete set up. As the ACU-D, you could seen on the leg pocket and the left arm a king of web square. On the shoulder pocket the IR sqare is now fix on the tab.

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Laser Devices :

6 11 2010

Often seen on the rifle’s RIS handguard, a little box which  work with the NVG. An help to aim in during night combat or to mark objectives with IR spot. This box called AN/PEQ ( a lot of models has been used, 2, 2-A and 15 for the army, marines used a different model) is a visible and invisible laser aim, and contain a IR light.

There are 2 famous models the AN/PEQ 2-A and the AN/PEQ 15 and a new is appear recently the DBAL-12 (same function as the old AN/PEQ 2-A but smaller and lighter).

Items below are replicas :

AN/PEQ 2-A (airsoft battery case)

AN/PEQ 15 (airsoft battery case)

Aim system could be control by central button or by deported remote pressure switch





Night Vision Goggles & accessories

6 11 2010

For the 80’s, we could see in the dark,  with light intensifier, Infra Red, thermal device and now through a wall.  Soldier are equipped for the night operation with a special kind of goggles. Their names : the NVG, the Night Vision Goggles. More the progress grow up more their size are small. At the beginning a big facial mask and now a simple monocular or 2 little tube to see with a perfect view. G.I. carry it on their weapon or helmet, even helicopter’s pilot could fly the night with out problems with this device.

The NVG, AN/PVS 7 and AN/PVS 14  have change the night combat. Work with AA battery, lighter than old device (counterweight could be use behind the helmet). To fix it on the helmet, the main part is the rhino plate, one screw on the MICH front. The the rhino mount, (why Rhino, cause ‘s that’s look like to a rhinoceros horn) PVS 7 could be fixed on the rhino mount for the PVS 14 you need to add a J-Arm to adjust monocular front your eyes.

rhino plate (one point) different for PAGST and marines LWH

rhino mount and PAGST rhino plate

J-Arm to positioned NVG on left or right side

below : PVS 14 replica

 

PVS 14 (replica) with J-Arm

To used the pvs 14 on weapon, you must fixed of your gun’s picanty rail, a special mount, front of or behind the scope.

 





Helmet : ACH / MICH / WARRIOR

17 10 2010

Known with a lot of names, the US ARMY’s helmet is used all arount the world by occidental armies, different names too, but same line. During the second gulf war we have seen on field a mix in same unit with PAGST and MICH helmet, proved of the future replacement. The USMC has a more protective and lighter version of the old PAGST, (the LWH).

Differents names  as usual for differents brand (MSA = ACH, Gentex = MICH, SDS = Warrior), a new profile with a chin strap fixed on 4 points. Inside no leather head band, a combination of foam pad to a best comfort which adopt all the head outline.

Front of the helmet, you could fix some gears for night vision devices (rhino plate, willcox or norotos 1/3 points).

And to finish like a cake you cover the parcel with a beautiful cover (in acu partern!)





Boots : Danner Combat Hiker Boots

3 10 2010

With the new uniform (Multicam) new accessories has been improved, but we’ve seen on field this boots before. Personal buy by soldier at the beginning, the Danner Combat Hiker boots has been adopted by the DOD.

Reasons are the same with all new equipments, comfort and weight, Danner is ever an army boots manufacter, but this model has been created for civilian who like hiking walk. And in Afghanistan, patrols in the mountain are the same characteristic of a hiking walk. So these boots are lighter that other combat boots, a better comfort like civil shoes, a vibram sole and the goretex technology.





Body Armor : IOTV (Improved Outer Tactical Vest)

3 10 2010

New generation of body armor (but ever replaced by the KDH spc) IOTV has equipped soldiers to erase otv’s problems.

Best comfort, more protection, lighter, and a innovation, a quick release system  (seen on ciras) you pull a strap, hide on you chin level, and the body armor fall on the ground. As the ciras, IOTV has been built on same system, not like a vest but like to panel link on the shoulder. Front and back panels protect the body and the cummerband which contain soft inserts and SAPI insure the side protection.  Before closed the cummerband, you need to scratch the internal velcro belt (“paste” the back panel on your back) then place the front panel front of you and with cummerband lock the protection.

2 brands are allowed to build it , SDS and Point Blank. (Pantac isn’t approved)





Pouches : 1st part

18 09 2010

The OTV and the IOTV (and now the new KDH SPC) could carry a lot of kind of pouches, with M.O.L.L.E straps. Every kind of gear coul have a specific pouch. Mag, grenade, canteen etc.

the most popular : SDS or michael bianco DOUBLE MAG POUCH, could contain 2 M4 mag (or a small bottle of water)

back side : 2 MOLLE retention strap and closed bay a velcro on the front

Other kind of pouch and very  pratical, the shingle pouch : on a line you can carry 3 mags and the coolest thing is that you can load others pouches on the front side,thanks to the MOLLE system.

Soldiers are always free for choose their pouches, but one is most important and essential ! the IFAK (Improved First Aid Kit), look like a 100rd pouch but contain all the material for a first aid, and can help the soldier to treat him self .

  • Tourniquet, Combat Application
  • Bandage Kit, Elastic
  • Bandage Gauze 4-1/2″ 100/Pkg
  • Adhesive Tape Surg 2″ 6’s Roll
  • Airway, Nasopharyngeal, 28fr, 12s
  • Glove, Patient Exam 100/Pkg (4ea)

Tourniquet, Combat Application
6510-01-492-2275 Bandage Kit, Elastic
6510-01-503-2117 / 6510-00-058-3047 Bandage Gauze 4-1/2″ 100/Pkg
6510-00-926-8883 Adhesive Tape Surg 2″ 6’s Roll
6515-01-180-0467 Airway, Nasopharyngeal, 28fr, 12s
6515-01-519-9161 Glove, Patient Exam 100/Pkg (4ea)