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Bear Grylls Parang Recall

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

I was at REI today and I saw a recall notice for the Gerber Gear Bear Grylls Parang. It seems that there’s a weakness in the area where the blade meets the handle. This can cause either the blade or the handle to break during use which poses a laceration hazard. If you happened to have purchase one of these blades, you can register at this page, where Gerber will process your info, send out a prepaid FedEx box, and send you a replacement parang some weeks later. Given the quality of the blade, I’d rather receive a refund, but you get what you get, I suppose.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 In Camouflage

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Reebok will soon be supplementing the already wide range of color options for their CrossFit Nano 2.0 shoe with options for two digital camouflage patterned uppers. Both designs use a khaki-colored base, and feature either brown or green secondary tones. They’ll be available October 1st.

Hat Tip: Kicks On Fire

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Friday, September 28th, 2012


The LifeStraw is an inexpensive yet effective water filtration device that’s perfect for outdoor carry. Without the use of chemicals, batteries, or moving parts, it filters a minimum of 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria and a minimum of 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites from at least 1000L or 264 gallons of water. It also features a shelf life of 5 years, so you can feel safe in storing a couple in a bug-out bag or emergency kit.


The Operator

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


The Operator is a stainless steel multi-function iPhone case currently in development by HEPHAESTUS. The company’s founders’ experiences with working with US Special Forces groups and manufacturing armor for the US military and various DOD groups led to the design of case, which will be going up for funding on Kickstarter this October.


Black Ops 2 – Zombies Reveal Trailer

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The reveal trailer for zombies mode in the upcoming CoD: Black Ops 2 just came out today. Personally, I would have waited to release this until Halloween rolled around, but then again I’m also not a member of the marketing team for a billion dollar game franchise.

MultiCam In Kick-Ass 2

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Jim Carrey is playing Colonel Stars (in a MultiCam outfit to boot) in ‘Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall’, the upcoming sequel to ‘Kick-Ass’, the movie based on the comic of the same name.

WETA Workshop Portal Turret Replica

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I didn’t think WETA could top their previous gift to the fine folks at Valve, a replica of the engineer’s turret from Team Fortress 2. Then, they sent a replica of the turret from Portal, and I was proven wrong. Features motion tracking, deployable guns, and in-game sound effects and voice clips.

Recon Cigars

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

I was at a local gun show today and happened to see a company called Recon Cigars with a booth on display. Their product is named “The Triumphant Recon Cigar”. Each Recon is handrolled by expert “Torcedores” (cigar rollers) using high-quality leaves from regions with rich and fertile soils that produce rare and unique tobacco for filler, and “ECU” wrapper leaf grown in Quevedo and Babahoyo, Ecuador. The cigars are further adorned with hand cut and hand placed patches of Candela, South American Cameroon, and Criollo-Maduro wrapper that gives them a woodland-esque camouflage look. Additionally, a percentage of each purchase goes towards the charitable organization Hope For The Warriors.



M48 Apocalypse Series Tactical Tomahawk

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

While it has a bright green ‘zombie’ handle, the M48 Apocalypse Series Tomahawk does have some good features going for it. The 8″ head, constructed from 2Cr13 stainless steel, has two sharpened blades, the axe and spike. The 30% nylon reinforced handle secures the head with three separate bolts and is wrapped in black paracord. The M48 also comes with a nylon belt sheath with belt loop and snap closure buttons. It’s a United Cutlery piece, and they do offer a ‘non-zombified’ all-black version as well, if the Apocalypse model isn’t your thing.

Available on Amazon.com.

Build Your DDM4 – Daniel Defense

Friday, September 21st, 2012

A recent addition to the Daniel Defense website insures you get exactly what you want out of your DDM4 with the appropriately named ‘Build Your DDM4’ feature. ‘Build Your DDM4’ allows you to choose the options you’d like in either a full rifle or upper receiver group. Options include:

*Lower receiver with standard or Geissele Super Semi-Automatic (SSA) Trigger
*Mid-length or carbine gas system
*Three caliber choices – 5.56mm NATO, 6.8 SPCII, and 300 Blackout
*Barrels – 10.3″, 11.5″, 12.5″, 14.5″, 16″, 18″ (NFA rules apply)
*Standard or extended muzzle device
*Bolt carrier group – standard or chrome plated
*Rail systems – Omega, Omega X, AR15 Lite Rail EZCAR, RIS II, MFR
*Sights (optional)
*Grips (optional)

After you’re finished, ‘Build Your DDM4’ not only gives a total price for your design, but also allows you to place an order, save your created rifle as a wall paper, and save the design on the site for future reference (customer registration required).


Herschel Anchor Computer Sleeve – Chocolate Chip Camo

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Herschel Supply Co.’s Anchor Computer Sleeve is fully padded with a fleece-lined interior. It’s designed to fit 11″, 13″, and 15″ computers. The camo pattern seems to be based heavily on the DBDU or Chocolate-Chip camo pattern used during the Gulf War by the US military; Herschel even marks it as ‘Desert Storm’ on their product line. Herschel also offers a small line of luggage that uses the same pattern, including these parcel and claim bags.


Bark Ops

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

OMG Tactical Tactical Bottle Opener

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

OMG Tactical’s Tactical Bottle Opener is constructed from die-cast A-384 aluminum alloy that’s anodized to MIL-STD-171D and mounts to anything with a picatinny or weaver rail. It’s also designed to resemble a bald eagle’s profile.

Available for pre-order on infidelcaps.com.

Roach Biobots

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Researchers at North Carolina State University have managed to turn Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches into biobots, which can be issued movement commands wirelessly. The process involved taking an off-the-shelf microcontroller and hooking it up to the roaches’ antennae and abdomen. Using this, they were able to issue the roach commands that fooled it into thinking either danger was near or that an obstacle was blocking its path, which is how the roach follows the set path seen in the video. It wouldn’t be surprising to see spy equipment in the near future developed using this technology, along with any number of uses people can come up with.

Hat Tip: Engadget.com

Vice Holster

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

fourChamberForge’s Vice Holster is a hand made top leather grade shoulder holster that allows one to carry both a pack of cigarettes and a flask on their person. Alternative holster options include a wallet holster and smartphone holster, if your not a smoker or a drinker, and are completely interchangeable via the back screw rivets, which allow for any combination of the available hostlers. As an added bonus, every holster comes with a 6oz. stainless steel flask.

Sized to fit most; custom dying and detailing available for an additional fee.

Etsy – fourChamberForge – Vice Holster (cigarettes and flask)

Target Joffrey Poster

Saturday, September 15th, 2012


Anyone who is familiar with ‘Game of Thrones’, or the book series it’s based on, knows that Joffrey Baratheon is a major jerkass, and that’s putting it lightly. Thanks to 604 Republic, however anyone can take out their frustration on a shooting target bearing his image. These full color 12.5″ by 18.5″ targets are printed on 100lb. stock paper using environmentally friendly vegetable soy based inks. My favorite element is the ‘Made In Winterfell’ tag on the lower-right corner of the target.

604 Republic – Target Joffrey Poster

Experimental Bullpup Rifles

Friday, September 14th, 2012

This is an image collection of experimental bullpup prototype rifles seemingly based on the AK design or at least chambered for the same 7.62×39 cartridge. At least one of the rifles, the TKB-022, actually existed. It was designed by G.A. Korobov of Tula Design Bureau, itself an arms-designing organization associated with Tula Arms Factory, and never went into full production due to its radical design; Soviet officers preferred the familiarity and reliability of the already proven AK-47 and its variants. Interestingly enough, the TKB-022 has the best barrel length to overall length ratio of most military rifles ever built, and at one point was chambered for an experimental 5.6×39 cartridge that later evolved into the current 5.45×39.

Modern Firearms – TKB-022

Chalk Warfare 2.0

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Firearms, a flame thrower, and a combat drone, all made from (seemingly magic) chalk. An entertaining vid with clever use of special effects.


Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The ADAPPT XT, a multi-function iPhone 4 utility case, is an impressive-looking project currently open for funding on Indiegogo. The poly-carbonate case protects the phone from drops, nicks, and scratches and houses both a 1.5″ utility blade and a multi-tool card. The card currently functions as a 10 piece wrench set, flat head screwdriver, ruler, and bottle opener. If the project gets off the ground, both the multi-tool card and knife slot will have options of customization such as a mirror or magnifying glass, and scissors or a USB drive. Additionally, there are plans to release a case for the recently announced iPhone 5.

Crosman – Undead Apocalypse Airsoft Defense

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Crosman has their own line of undead-themed airsoft rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

Z71 Zombie Eraser

– Weight: 2lbs, 3oz
– Velocity: Up to 200 FPS
– Electric mechanism w/ rechargeable battery
– Metal barrel
– Weaver optics rail

ZT32 Zombie Terminator

– Weight: Roughly 1lb, 13oz
– Velocity: Up to 350 FPS
– Pump action mechanism
– Metal barrel
– Weaver optics rail


– Weight: Roughly 1lb, 6oz
– Velocity: Up to 400 FPS
– CO2 powered semi-auto repeater
– Metal barrel
– Weaver optics rail

You can see more of the undead-themed airsoft models and accessories at crosman.com/airsoft/undead.

SOG Knives – Blade Light Folder (BLT50-N)

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Soon to be joining SOG’s Blade Light Fixed is the Blade Light Folder (BLT50-N). Featuring a 9Cr18MoV stainless steel 3.9″ blade and a rubberized glass-reinforced Nylon handle, the BLT50-N has 6 LEDs molded into the handle, providing up to 37 lumens of light with a 4.5 hour runtime off two AAA batteries. The blade folds into the handle with a liner lock design, which also allows the Blade Light folder to be used as a flashlight. Available this October.


America’s Fighting Dinosaur On Kickstarter

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

‘America’s Fighting Dinosaur’ is a short film currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. It’s a faux documentary on the exploits of “Pvt. “Little” Sammy Vogel, a 7 ton, 40 foot long Army infantryman and Tyrannosaurus Rex” and his actions during WWII. The project has already easily reached past its $10,000 goal, however the creator has stated that any additional funds up to and past $20,000 will be used to extend the original run time of 10 minutes to roughly 40 minutes, along with adding additional rewards to the different donation levels, such making the soundtrack available via digital download and posters and t-shirts.

‘America’s Fighting Dinosaur’ – Kickstarter

Chris Costa “Trainer” Figurine

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

You can see more photos of the Chris Costa “Trainer” on CalTekUSA’s Facebook Page.

D.I.C.K. – Dynamic Intervention Contraceptive Karrier

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The D.I.C.K., or Dynamic Intervention Contraceptive Karrier, is Off The Grid Concepts’ high speed, low drag, ultra resilient condom carrier. Available in multiple mounting solutions, which allow for attachment to a MOLLE compatible platform and a regular belt, for “”low pro” urban operations”. Available in a staggering selection of colors: Black, Coyote, Hawt Pink, Blood Red, Wolf Grey, Zombie Green, OD Green, Purple Rayne, and Safety Orange.

You can buy yours from offthegridconcepts.com.

Huge hat tip to breachbangclear.com

Imperial Death Star Officer’s Cap

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

ThinkGeek is selling replicas of the Imperial Death Star Officer’s Cap from the ‘Star Wars’ films. They’re created from the existing cut patterns from the LucasFilms archives and made using a heavy, custom dyed, all-cotton weave, which is similar to the fabric used to make the originals. The cap also includes an aluminum Imperial disk, which functions as “the metal thing in the center of the forehead”. Great for cosplay or just wearing around, because nothing says ‘I’m awesome’ quite like an Imperial Officer’s Cap.

You can buy it here.