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In Inside Look At Independent Studio Services

Monday, September 30th, 2013


Located in an unassuming suburb of Los Angeles, the Independent Studio Services warehouse holds thousands of props from hundreds of movies, television shows, etc.; they’re the largest prop supplier in the USA. What drew my interest the most, understandably, was the armory, from which ISS supplies most of the firearms you see in modern movies and television shows. Check out the gallery down below.


Thanks to Tactical SMGLee!



Monday, September 30th, 2013

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The PTS RM4 ERG series represents the continued evolution of the AEG. The guns feature a mechanical/electrical cut-off with the last round fired, functional bolt release, and simulated recoil via the proprietary Kinetic Feedback System.

The included ERG PMAG is specifically designed to work with the auto cut-off system, and can be adjusted for either a 60 or 30 round capacity for added realism. Standard AEG magazines are also compatible with the RM4 ERG guns, although the auto cut-off feature won’t be active with these.

Further adding to the realism of the RM4 ERG series, the guns sport an all metal billet-style AR-15 receiver, flip-up rear PTS MBUS, fixed front sight post, PTS MOE handguard, PTS MOE pistol grip, and PTS MOE Stock.

The model seen in the images, and currently available, is the Scout; a CQB variant will be released at a later date.



Gerber Gear Round Up – GDC Zip Blade

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Gerber gear offers a selection of knives, flashlights, belts, and other survival tools for the outdoorsman. We purchased a small variety of Gerber survival tools, and put them to the test with our own weekend warriors, our three Boy Scouts. The rules were simple. They could select any of the products that wanted but had to write about their impressions.

Each week, we’ll feature a new Gerber product review written by one of the Scouts.

GDC Zip Blade

The Gerber Gear GDC (Gerber Daily Carry) Zip Blade features a 7CR17 steel blade with a length of .68″. A frame lock mechanism locks the blade into place when deployed. The body of the Zip Blade is made of 3CR13 steel. The zipper attachment features a clip for quick removal.

I like the GDC Zip Blade because it feels solid. The blade is small but useful, and comes out easily enough. The frame lock isn’t too tough to push down when I needed to store the blade. I also liked the clip because I could remove the zip quickly if I needed the blade. I think it works best as a backup if you already have a bigger knife with you.


By Isiah Tubbs

Attempted Robbery At Mercury Service Station

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

A shop owner in the UK fought off two attempted robbers, one of which was brandishing a knife, with a shoe and a jar.

First Official Still From Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Saturday, September 28th, 2013


Got it off Reddit.

Custom MultiCam And Leather Jacket

Saturday, September 28th, 2013


While I was at AEX – Airsoft Extreme in Torrance, CA, director Mike Ho happened to be in the shop sporting a custom-made MultiCam jacket with leather sleeves.


Strike Industries – J-Comp Type 89 Compensator

Friday, September 27th, 2013


The Strike Industries J-Comp is based on the compensator used on the Japanese Self-Defense Force’s Type 89 assault rifle. It utilizes a double chamber system and six ported side vents; the front ports act to minimize flash from the muzzle allowing for fast follow up shots. It’s constructed from parkerized steel with a black finish. It’s also long enough to lengthen a 14.5″ to 16″. Available for .223/5.56x45mm, although there’s also mention of .308/7.62x51mm and 7.62x39mm models.


Intelligent Armour Lightweight Combat Belt + TFB Patches Giveaway Is Now Over

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I hope you got your entries in when you could because the Intelligent Armour belt + patch giveaway is now over. The winners will be contacted on Monday; good luck everyone!

Wrong Gear – Warrior Mask

Friday, September 27th, 2013


Wrong Gear’s Warrior Masks are deeply inspired by the Arabian shemagh. They’re made of light weight 100% cotton with a polyester nose mesh area to wick away moisture and allow unrestricted breathing. Warrior Masks feature a high thread count and tight knit with custom colors specially made for Wrong Gear. The masks strap on using Velcro hook and loop. The versatility of Warrior Masks means they can be used as a face veil, sunshade/sand/dust cover, neck warmer, sweat mop, dust wipe, field towel, foot wrap, short rope, emergency bandage material, etc.

They’re hand cut and sewn in Los Angeles, and no two masks are exactly alike.


www.airsoftextreme.com/store/ – Warrior Mask

Go Joe!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013



Thanks to Tactical Pro Shop!

Size Comparison – Science Fiction Spaceships

Thursday, September 26th, 2013


DeviantArtist ~DirkLoechel created this chart detailing size comparisons of spaceships from multiple science fiction properties. The chart is constantly expanding, so if a favorite series isn’t present it might show up later.


Personal Navigation Devices In The 20’s and 30’s

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013


An article on GIS Lounge shows that people developed personal navigation devices way before GPS was possible. For example, the Italian Iter-Auto, the first in-vehicle personal navigation device, featured a scrolling map hooked up to a speedometer so that the location of the motorist on the map was more or less accurate to their actual location.

You can check out the full article at GIS Lounge.

DragonCon Carpet Camouflage Maker Sent Cease And Desist Order

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013


Volpin Props, the company of the guy who made the above carpet camo costumes for this year’s DragonCon, was issued a cease and desist order by carpet company Couristan Inc over the use of its pattern. Now, before anyone claims how ridiculous this is, Volpin Props attempted to sell the pattern on print-on-demand service Spoonflower for future DragonCon cosplayers, or anyone else, to use, which would amount to one company making money off another’s intellectual property. Volpin completely agreed that Couristan has every right to defend their intellectual property, only finding it strange that after years of replicating weapons and artifacts from video games in prop form that a carpet company would be the first to send him a C&D.

Hat Tip: io9.com

Bacon Spatula?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


Obviously, it’s not a spatula made of bacon, but rather a spatula patterned to look like bacon; kitchen camouflage if you will.

It’s part of the ‘GIR: Get It Done’ line of spatulas, kitchenware made for men. Here’s what the creator had to say about them:

“They are unibody silicone, and indestructible. There is a pro size that can legitimately knock someone out if you hit them on the head with it (field-tested).”

The line is currently up on Kickstarter, where enough funding will result in spatulas in all sorts of colors, including the bacon pattern, and sizes mini, skinny, ultimate, and pro.


Christian Bale – Batman Begins Screen Test

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

He wore Val Kilmer’s Batman Forever suit.

Bane Motorcycle Jacket

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Because it's the jacket Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now

Inspired by Bane from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, this motorcycle vest is designed to look like Bane’s combat vest worn over a leather jacket. More than being just a visual design choice, however, the sleeves and collar are actually removable so that only the vest piece is worn, if wanted.


– Made from Grade A cow hide, canvas, and open weave mesh details
– Bane sleeve branding titled RISE
– Thick brass lower belt buckle
– Adjustable forearm gauntlets
– Adjustable vest sections in the sides and lower waist belt
– Removable CE-approved body armor in forearms/elbow, shoulder, and back spine protector
– Highly detailed, removable lightweight interior lining


Intelligent Armour Lightweight Combat Belt + TFB Patches Giveaway

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


We’ve got five of UK-based Intelligent Armour’s Lightweight Combat Belts – featuring the Austrialpin one inch Cobra buckle – to giveaway in the following colors/camos and sizes:

Black – 28-34″

MultiCam – 28-34″

MultiCam – 42-46″

Coyote Tan – 28-34″

A-TACS – 36-40″

Additionally, the winners will also receive a Tactical Fanboy patch of their choosing:


Clockwise from top: Full Color, Desert, SWAT


– In the comments section of THIS article on TFB (and nowhere else) simply state which belt and color patch you want; comments about the site won’t increase your chances, but they are appreciated! Remember, post in comments section of THIS article on TFB. The winners will be randomly chosen based on their personal selection of belt.

– Contest ends at 1600 Zulu on Friday, September 27th. Comments will be closed when the deadline is reached.

– Use any nom de guerre you desire but use your real email address as we will use it to contact the winners to request your shipping address; one entry per email, please.

– Winners will be notified Monday, September 30th; unclaimed prizes will be redistributed.

– Void where prohibited.


How To Kill Two Guys With One Bullet – Philippine Movie Style

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Volk Tactical Combat Uniform

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


The Volk Tactical Combat Uniform consists of the TCU shirt and pants. The shirt features 100% ripstop cotton on the arms and neck and 100% stretch cotton for the body. Both upper arms have zipper-sealed pockets and Velcro hook for identification and morale patches; the wrist feature Velcro hook and loop straps for size adjustment.

The pants feature 100% ripstop cotton, and an 80% polyester, 15% rayon, 5% polyurethane blend. The pants also have multiple pockets: rear zippered pockets, side cargo pockets, and front flap pockets. Velcro hook and loop is included at the knees and ankles for size adjustment.

The Volk Tactical Combat Uniform is available in Khaki and Grege.



GTA V Psych Evaluation

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013


After completing the story mode and sitting through 30 minutes of credits for GTA V, you get a psych evaluation based on your actions throughout the game; I thought mine was pretty funny.

Gerber Gear Round Up – Bear Grylls Survial Bracelet

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Gerber gear offers a selection of knives, flashlights, belts, and other survival tools for the outdoorsman. We purchased a small variety of Gerber survival tools, and put them to the test with our own weekend warriors, our three Boy Scouts. The rules were simple. They could select any of the products that wanted but had to write about their impressions.

Each week, we’ll feature a new Gerber product review written by one of the Scouts.

Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet

The Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet features 12 feet of paracord for survival situations. Designed as one-size-fits-most, it has a one-hand size adjustment. It also has an emergency whistle.

This survival bracelet is nice because it has 12 feet of paracord you can unwind in emergency situations. Both the bright orange color of some of the cord and the emergency whistle could be useful in case a rescue is needed. I also like how you can adjust the bracelet to fit most people. One nice feature is an elastic band on the bracelet that holds the whistle when you don’t need it.


By Eli Tubbs

Hot Toys – 1/6th Scale 1966 Batman And Robin Figures

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013


The dynamic duo is back! 1/6th scale models of Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin (sold separately) from the 1966 Batman movie are available from Hot Toys. These highly-detailed models feature 30 points of articulation, screen accurate mask sculpts, and multiple movie accurate accessories; Bats comes with shark repellant and can even do the ‘Batusi‘!



Schnelle Keys And Tools

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


Schnelle Keys and tools are a project currently up on kickstarter for keys that also function as tools. Made from 17-4PH steel, the keys come as blanks and in two styles – Schlage SC1 and Kwikset KW1; the purchaser is required to have a locksmith with carbide key cutters to grind the keys to match their locks. As can be seen in the image above, the keys would be available with heads featuring either a variety of hex wrenches or a variety of flat head or Phillips head drivers.

Featured on opposite ends of the image are the Schnelle pocket tools. Made from 304 Stainless Steel and Titanium-6Al-4V, the pocket tools feature tools including: socket driver, screw drivers, hex wrenches, bottle opener, pry bar, rough file, nail notch, and box opener.


Hyperkin RetroN 5

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


Hyperkin’s RetroN 5 console is a multi-cartridge gaming device that plays NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, GBA, Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges. A new chipset removes issues with region locking and compatibility, allowing both PAL and NTSC cartridges and games with CIC lockout chips and FX chips. It has a standard bluetooth wireless controller with input buttons for all supported systems, although it also features controller ports compatible with SNES, NES, and Genesis wired controllers. Other advanced features include: save states, HDMI compatibility up to 720P, improved sound, and a GUI that allows one to further customize their gaming experience. It will be released on December 10th, 2013.


Machete Kills – Red Band Trailer (NSFW)

Friday, September 20th, 2013