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IWA 2015 – Article 1

Hello readers,

 

I got home from IWA in Germany a few days ago. IWA is a yearly event and this was my second visit. I remembered it smaller, but the show floor is actually quite big and there were many companies present that made it’s way from overseas, which was a nice surprise.

The show is focused toward military, law enforcement, sports shooting, outdoors, hunting and so on. Of course I found a lot of very nice things to look at.

Here are a few:

 

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FrogLube CLP is adding a De-greaser to its repertoire. Looking forward to trying it. I also found out that their Solvents works in windshields. I’ve been using FrogLube in my AR15s for a while with good results, but I will also start using it in my AK after talking to Mr. Lube (?). Good stuff!

 

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Team Wendy had a booth at the show as well, reasonably priced and very comfy helmet liners made by one of the best in the business.

 

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I am a snow camo guy. There just isn’t that many good ones out there. Thankfully the last couple of years has provided us with a few; Kryptek Yeti, Multicam Alpine, PXL Snow and Pencott Snowdrift. The latter is shown here by Helikon-Tex who are developing an over-white set in the pattern. This is just a prototype and the production version will among other things have color matched zippers.

 

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Mechanix is releasing a new series of gloves called Tactical Specialty. Model names are TEMPEST, ELEMENT, PURSUIT, RECON, BREACHER and AZIMUTH.
Most models are flame retardent and no-drip made for military use. The AZIMUTH in the above picture is a Nomex flight-type glove with padding for knuckles and leather reinforcements. The BREACHER looks brutal, but felt very comfortable. The whole series seem to succeed in balancing both dexterity and protection and I am certainly looking forward to slipping my fingers into these beauties…

 

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Yes please! Who doesn’t want one of these babies?


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Since I am about to write a review of my Eberlestock Battleship I took the opportunity to talk to the very friendly Mr. Eberle himself and ask some questions about the Eberlestock product line.

 

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5.11 was of course present, as always. Very friendly crew, mainly from my home country it seemed. 5.11 seem to be moving away from the overly tacticool and into the realm of discreet preparedness, something I am very happy to see.

Oh, and thanks for the ballcaps guys! ;)

 

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Had to take a look at the stuff Heckler & Koch showed, a lot of RAL8000 as expected. A lot of stuff added to my Christmas wish list. ;)

 

 

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I’m no big fan of flaunting the joy-sticks and SERT offers some nice carry solutions for discreet shooters – be it Law Enforcement, Military or Civilians.

 

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Armourlite makes some interesting discreet yet functional watches. But can you rely on them in a crisis? A review is in the making.

 

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This might just be one of the biggest news coming from ATK! this year.
Former 160th SOAR Nightstalkers pilot and Air Crew Systems designer at Eagle Industries, Todd McDunn, the artist formerly known as “Chief McStache” is turning 50 this year and decided to remove his signature facial hair. Doesn’t he look younger though?


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Some of the Spartan Blades blades, note the very nice looking take-down chop sticks to the right. We all love Ti right? Very nice and polite guys as always.

 

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The italians are making some new very nice looking knife models. This one is made by Viper.

 

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I guess a lot of us have been looking forward to the Leatherman TREAD. For those of us that value readiness and preparedness, this is a very interesting tool / accessory. The well-known brand is also releasing a survival and bushcraft oriented tool with a lot of useful features in a SERE situation. The SERE multitool will be called SIGNAL. Didn’t get any pictures of that though, since some douchebag had stolen the one at the booth.

 

More to come!

Stay tuned!

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I know it’s been quite lately. I’ve been off grid for a while due to some hard- and software issues. They are about to be resolved shorty so stay tuned for a high volume of updates. I’ll be leaving for IWA in Germany tomorrow and hopefully I will be able to give you some interesting news during the weekend.

Other stuff that is coming up:
– All material will from now on be in English
– The Dave Directive (my tweaks on The Grey Man Directive)
– The G.A.G.G Concept
– Weapon mounted lights galore
– A lot of knives, Kershaw, Mr. Blade and so on. Some odd, some unusual, all good.
– Kit builds. I’ll be discussing my Bug Out Bag, SERE Kit and what I keep in my car etc.
– Gear reviews. Eberlestock backpacks, clothing systems and more.

Stay tuned!

Tillståndsenheten Stockholms vapenhandläggning

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Om man skulle ha ett intresse i att gräva i hur man från polisens håll gärna vinklar eller undanhåller information till allmänheten kan man med fördel läsa på hur Tillståndsenheten i Stockholm tolkar förvaltningslagen. Där anser man nämligen att den lagstadgade “skyndsamma handläggningen” börjar först långt efter att licensansökan lämnats in. Alla ansökningar läggs i en stor hög från vilken varje handläggare hämtar ansökningar. Det kan ta några månader bara detta. Därefter gör handläggaren en bedömning; är ansökan komplett, kommer man att avslå ansökan? Om det tex. skulle vara ett halvautomatisk gevär avsett för målskytte läggs ansökningarna i en speciellt hög kallad “kommuniceringsfacket”. Detta gäller speciellt vapen som ser “läskiga” ut, exempelvis saknar träkolv, är svart eller har såna där skenor man sätter kikarsikte på.

Nu har handläggaren sållat ut de krångliga ansökningarna, registrerat sig som handläggare och från och med nu börjar man räkna att den “skyndsamma handläggningen” börjar, men bara för de lätthanterade ärendena. De som nu ligger i kommuniceringsfacket får inte handläggare på länge än. Denna hög handläggs av ett mindre antal handläggare som både handlägger “enkla” och “svåra” ärenden och de svåra tas i mån av tid.
En ansökan som solklart skall beviljas kan alltså ta ett antal månader, men handläggning räknas bara som några dagar och därmed väl inom lagens råmärken.

Kvar är de svåra ansökningarna, att dessa tar väldigt lång tid beror helt enkelt på att handläggaren måste utreda vapnets lämplighet, vilket i realiteten innebär att vederbörande googlar, söker i SKLs vapendatabas och försöker på mycket kreativa sätt komma på en orsak att ge avslag. Därefter skickas en “kommunicering om avslag” där man ger den sökande rätt att inkomma med ytterligare information. I realiteten kan ingenting den sökande skriver grundat på fakta eller genom att påvisa direkta fel i kommuniceringen påverka avslaget. Därefter väntar avslag samt överklagan till Förvaltningsrätten och därefter Kammarrätten vilket tar ett antal månader ytterligare.

Kontentan av detta är att en ansökan som på pappret väl faller inom lagens krav i realiteten innebär att både skytt och försäljare väntat i flera månader på beslut. I värsta fall, om man tvingas överklaga, innebär det dock att de inblandade fått vänta i ett år eller mer, trots att det finns åtskilliga kammarrättsdomar som i de flesta fall ger den sökande rätt mot Polisen.

Och vad kan göras? Sverige saknar konstitutionell domstol och handläggarna kommer enkelt undan ansvar trots uppenbara tjänstefel på både tjänstemanna- och chefsnivå. De JO-anmälningar som lämnats in ger ingen effekt utöver några mindre snälla ord till Polisen i det initiativärende som presenterades tidigare i år.
Polisen själva är dock ganska nöjda med sitt resultat enligt dagens utspel signerat Thorsell som återfinns nedan. Betänk dock hur polisen tolkar ordet handläggningstid när ni läser detta. Skulle man helt sonika jämföra ankomststämpelns datum med beslutsdatum skulle man få ett helt annat resultat än i rapporten nedan. Förutsatt att man inte “gjort fel” när man scannat in ansökan, för originaldokument kör man raskt i dokumentförstöraren. Och dessa så kallade “misstag” är så vanliga att man blir orolig att det är avsiktligt.

 

Zero Tolerance 0560BW Update in Swedish

Vertx Solid Smock Review

I made a short review of the Vertx Solid Smock in Swedish on Youtube. The video shows some of the features, if you can’t stand swedish – read the review and watch the video without sound.

Vertx is the tactical brand of Fechheimer, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc and makers of Flying Cross military and law enforcement uniforms.
Since 1842, Fechheimer has been crafting great uniforms for America’s military and public safety professionals. Over 170 years, thats a helluva long time.
Vertx strive to combine a low visual signature with the features and functionality of a battle garment, and I feel that they may have succeeded so far.

The Smock was developed for British paras during the 2nd world war to wear over their gear during jumps. Later the jacket evolved to the Windproof Smock with the help of British SAS. After a few years decline this typical Eurpoean garment has seen groving popularity in the US as well as Europe. There are now a number of manufacturers both European and American that makes some version of the jacket. Examples include Aktis Ltd. Oberland, First Spear, Dropzone Tactical and of course Vertx.

This smock has a lot of storage, it is a good choice for all of us that prefer to carry our stuff in our outerwear and also appreciate having everything in one place. When I grab my jacket and head out the door, I like to know that everyting I need is with me. It also has six different locations to carry AR15 magazines, a great feature for first responders. But for the rest of us the pockets can also be used for other things such as medical equipment or every day carry items.

 

  • Fleece lined, button-down hood includes 4 draw cord adjustments for fit; hood rolls up or detaches when not in use. It is large enough to fit my XL-head with ComTacs, but you won’t fit a helmet.
  • Large capacity mag compatible chest pockets with concealed vertical zipper closure include bonus inside pockets. These pockets are easy and quick to open and close
  • Loop Velcro on sleeve for unit patch. Huge, I estimate it to to be 4″x7″
  • Mesh-lined dual-pull pit zips ventilate while preventing entry of debris
  • Constructed of lightweight Cordura® treated Nanosphere®
  • Gusseted, articulated elbows deliver maximum range of motion for shooting on-the-move
  • Fleece-lined hand warmer pockets are bellowed to allow for more storage
  • 6 AR15 magazine pockets
  • A total of 10 pockets in which 4 has internal pockets for AR-magazines
  • The jacket lacks other type of internal organizing of your gear, no pistol magzine pouches and such
  • Roomy, like a Smock should be
  • Warm three season jacket. It’s to warm in the summer but will keep you cozy with just a fleece underneath during the Scandinavian winter.
  • The jackets sound signature is substantially lower than most gore-tex shells.

In conclusion I would recommend this jacket for security or plain clothes operatives, first responders and preppers that need to carry a variety of equipment in a discreet package. This is not a garment for hikers or regular outdoors people, for that kind of people my recommendation would be a regular hard shell.

Preparedness Methodology – Part I: Fundamentals

 

Even though my blog is mainly oriented towards gear, I believe that the foundation to any form of preparedness has to begin with something completely different. In this article I will walk you through the steps to take in order to become an effective ‘prepper’. I have divided the fundamentals into four parts:

1. Mindset
This is without a doubt the first step to becoming a prepper. If you realize that there are risks and threats that you should prepare for and if possible avoid you have already taken the first step in the right direction. You need a keen eye and a sharp and creative mind. Think outside the box and understand the fragile nature of our society. Plan ahead, see options and opportunities. When you go to the grocery store, do you look for things you might need in a crisis so you can find it quickly if you’re in I hurry? Do you plan alternate routes to and from your place of work? Do you have a plan if something happens to your home?
When you have the right mindset you will also learn what you need to improve your level of preparedness.

2. Knowledge
Knowledge is an important part of your preparedness and fuses with your mindset. It helps you understand how risks happen and what to do when they happen.  Knowledge is mostly theoretical, and examples could be geographical knowledge like routes, possible shelters or how ice forms on a lake. Knowledge helps you make good decisions and what you need to approve in the next step.

3. Skills
This is the application of stuff you can read about but not use without practical experience and/or training. With the right mindset and knowledge you will have an easier time identifying skills you need to improve. You may learn animal tracks from a book, but you will need the skill to track. You cannot learn martial arts or hunting only by reading about it, you need training and practice.

4. Equipment
Even though I and many others tend to focus on equipment this is the last step for a reason. Equipment is force multipliers, they can help you greatly but they multiply your mindset, knowledge and skills and without the first parts their effectiveness will become slight at best. A hunting rifle is an excellent tool, but if you don’t foresee that you will need to purchase ammunition prior to TEOTWAWKI, you don’t know how animals travel or how to lure them to you and don’t know how to shoot or take care of a killed animal the hunting rifle won’t do any wonders. You cannot multiply zero.

Zero Tolerance 0560BW Review in Swedish

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Sorry guys, I will sort a English text review in a bit, until then here’s a video unboxing and review of an awesome knife:

 

Enjoy

Battlefield 4 Key Art kit

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A few years ago I was approached by the game developer DICE, short for Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment. They are located here in Stockholm and requested some input and advice regarding the characters equipment for their upcoming game. I was of course happy to give my input as best I could. In short; we played dress-up with models such as the one on the cover of Battlefield 4.

Without going into detail about the specific process and technical aspects of developing the characters, I hope this will give a few readers a chance to get to know some bits of kit in the game.

I will walk you through the key art character, the one on the cover of the game.

Firstly, the G3 Combat Uniform is made by Crye Precision, it is a sweet uniform with build in knee pads and moisture wicking material where you carry your body armor . In his leg pockets we find a SERE kit and First Aid.
On his shoulders the character wears a IR reflective US flag, Advanced Warfighter Solutions callsign patch, Calico Jack pirate flag patch and a light stick holder made by Explosive Ops Gear, in which there are a few 4” light sticks.
His pants stay up with the help of a London Bridge Trading rigger belt, from which a personal retention lanyard from Yates Gear hangs. He also carries an ITW Tac-Lock carabiner with a roll of electric tape and an Eagle Industries frag grenade pouch attached to the belt. On top of the rigger belt the operator wears a Tactical Tailor 40mm belt with a bunch of 40mm grenades for his m320a1.

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On his left fore-arm he wears a Diamondback Tactical Commander Arm Panel as well as a Suunto Core All Black. He wears Outdoor Research/Massif Overlord gloves and a pair of Lowa Zephyr Desert boots.

The holster used both on the chest and in the belt is a Safariland 6378USN in Multicam, attached either to a MOLLE attachment or a low-ride Universal Belt Loop.

The plate carrier is a London Bridge Trading LBT-6094B. The Magpul PMAG magazines are carried in a kangaroo insert and a ITW Fast Mag Gen 2, allowing the operator to quickly change magazines in the heat of battle. When he isn’t mounting the Safariland pistol holster at his chest, he chooses an Eagle Industries admin pouch with a Velcro attached 5×3” American flag. A Leatherman MUT EOD is barely visible attached next to the admin pouch on his chest. On the front of the kangaroo puch he also attaches ASP tri-fold restraints and a Tier One Quality Solutions MET Gen 2 (Military Emergency Tourniquet. Under his right arm you may spot a M320a1 grenade launcher holstered in a S&S Precision mount and there is also a Cammenga Tritium Wrist Compass attached to his right shoulder strap.

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The push to talk button for the radio is made by Tactical Command Industries, and he wears a pair of Peltor ComTac II over his Arc’teryx LEAF ball cap in one picture. The radio antenna is located at the operator back with the help of a TCI M.A.S.T kit. Also at the back is a London Bridge Trading 100oz MOLLE hydration pouch, a Diamondback Tactical HABD Pouch with a HABD air system inside, an Omega carabiner as well as two tri-fold restraints and two flash bang grenades, easily accessible for other team members.

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The helmet is a Ops-Core FAST Ballistic helmet with a First Spear  helmet cover, ACR MS-2000 Strobe, Explosive Ops Gear  counter  weight pouch, Princeton Tec MPLS light, Smith Optics  Elite Boogie Regulator goggles and a Norotos AKA-2 night vision  arm.

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About 90% of the equipment is real although I might be forgetting brands and models since it’s been a while now. The few things that aren’t authentic is hard to get a hold off or are unsuitable for untrained models to handle, like live firearms.

As you may notice there are a lot of different models and brands, the reason is simple: There are so many awesome gear manufacturers out there and none of them offers a complete package for everyone. Still there are a lot of brands and models I would like to get to know, but untill then I will only stick to those brands I am familiar with.
Since a few of my favs didn’t get mentioned in the article, here is a shout out: Eye Safety Systems, Wiley-X, Mechanix, Surefire, Vertx, Tactical Assault Gear, High Spear Gear Ind, S.O Tech.

Want to know more about the weapons? Stay tuned…

Any questions or comments? Send it: dave (at) therepublicofdave (dot) se

LBT + HSGI = <3?

 

London Bridge Trading recently released the following statement:

“London Bridge Trading is proud to announce that we are partnering with High Speed Gear to offer a Made in the USA Assaulter’s panel with Double Decker TACO’s® that is compatible with the new MAP (Mission Adaptive Panel) System designed with Chris Costa. A modular version is currently in the works as well to retrofit your existing LBT-6094. We at LBT feel that ultimately, by working with HSGI on this project, that we’ll be able to insure that the end-user will receive the highest quality product from the collaborative efforts of two companies deciding to work with one another manufacturing gear in both our Virginia and North Carolina communities.”10392475_739096462799351_1936356238150208109_n

 

 

 

 

Crye Precision’s new pallettes

This is probably news to no one, but Crye Precision has released a number of variations of their patented Multicam®.  Most of the new pallettes compliments and overlaps portions of the main MultiCam® pattern; so pairing MultiCam® gear with MultiCam Arid™ apparel results in a well-coordinated concealment system. All according to Crye Precision. What I undoubtedly like best though is the Alpine. Let’s do a quick run down.

Multicam Arid™ was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in desert environments that predominantly consist of open sand and rock.

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MultiCam Tropic™ was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in dense jungle environments, areas that predominantly consist of lush vegetation that remains relatively unaffected by seasonal changes.

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MultiCam Black™ pattern was developed to meet the unique requirements of law enforcement officers operating in high-risk environments. It projects a distinctly authoritative presence appropriate for domestic operations. MultiCam Black™ is designed to complement an officer’s existing equipment and present a sharp, professional image for top-tier law enforcement units. Compared to the A-TACS LE this seems both useful and sincere in its approach.

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MultiCam Alpine™ pattern was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in snow-covered environments. It is intended to be used in every area of operation that receives significant snowfall. The MultiCam Alpine™ pattern can be paired with MultiCam® gear as needed to appropriately match the overall level of snow cover present.

Let us linger at the Alpine camouflage for a bit. In all fairness, there hasn’t been a lot of descent snow camouflages. At least not until recently. As the worlds conflicts are about to move from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and the Arctic it is a sensible decision, and Caleb Crye has always proved to be in the forefront of military equipment. In my mind MultiCam Alpine™ will do the job very well.

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Other winter-oriented camouflages that are getting in the fight are the Penncott Snowdrift, Kryptek Yeti (and maybe Raid, would be interesting to see) and the Stealth PXL Snow Camouflage used in Vertx’s Overwhite Suit.

Let’s hope this development continues.