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America’s Army Motion Comics

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

There’s now an app available on iTunes and Google Play built to view the America’s Army digital comic series. The comics feature sounds, including a musical score, and some limited animation, detailing conflict in the country of Czervenia (FYI, not a real country). The app itself also has some dvd menu-esque features, such as scene select, character bios, and information on Army ranks, equipment, vehicles, and techniques. The first issue is already out, and although there’s an impressive amount of detail and realism in the uniforms, the weapons, and the like (it is military funded, after all), the story could be, well, more entertaining. This also applies to the dialogue which can be comically awful at times; you just have to read it to see what we mean.


Thanks for Having Balls as Big as Church Bells

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

It took some nuts to tell mother England to get stuffed. I want to thank the Signers of the Declaration of Independence for showing some ‘nads. We owe it to you guys.

This article was originally posted on SSD, and we reposted it because it’s so perfectly worded.

Happy 4th, everybody!

Infidel Operator Gen II Cap

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Infidel Operator Gen II Cap, AKA the “Click-Click Bang” Cap is available now from Infidel Caps. Like the original Infidel, the Gen II features an embroidered Arabic and English infidel symbol centered on 2″x3.5″ loop Velcro for the placement of morale patches and a 1″x1″ loop Velcro top for use with I.R. tabs. Instead of the additional rear Velcro the original Infidel had, however, the Gen II has the phrase “I speak Al-Qaeda “Click-Click Bang”” embroidered on that location. Available in Khaki, OD, and MultiCam.

Infidel Caps – “Click-Click Bang” Cap

Night Vision Pin-Up Girl Stickers from TNVC

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Looking for something really cool to spiff up your gear? Then I think Tactical Night Vision Co has just the right thing.

This package of four premium, high-resolution, laminated white vinyl stickers features original pin-up artwork produced in-house at TNVC. The lovely ladies adorning these high quality stickers are showing off some of the latest night vision hardware. The material is suitable for use outdoors and on vehicles. Stickers are only sold as a set. Each set comes with 1/ea Red Head, Brunette, Blonde, and Logo.


This article was originally posted on Solder Systems Daily.

If You Want To Be Cool Like Tactical Fanboy…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Then don’t forget to pick up a limited edition SSD ‘Keep Calm and Return Fire’ t-shirt from Tactical Distributors today! Available in Black or Tan in sizes S-XXL.


Terrorist ID Tape Measure

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This little gem from the Perfect Measuring Tape Company measures up to 80 inches and has the names and heights of top international terrorists marked along its length. Aside from being a pretty kick-ass tape measure, a portion of the profits also goes to helping Paws And Stripes, so if you buy one you’re not only getting a great tape measure but you’re also helping out a great charity.

www.perfectmeasuringtape.com – Terrorist ID Tape Measure

A Personal Shoutout!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012


Here’s a personal hello from Las Vegas to my good mate Beau Mooney in Australia!

How Kim Jong Il Really Died – Action Figure Therapy (NSFW)

Monday, December 19th, 2011

I think we all knew that Kim Jong’s heart attack was just a North Korean government media coverup, but I never would have guessed it was Jungle Recon’s mighty Syphilis that did ‘im in.


Coming In December – The 12 Days Of Tactical Christmas

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

The 12 Days of Tactical Christmas will be upon us soon. But what are they, you may ask? Why, a contest with 90 available prizes courtesy of some of the biggest names in the industry, that’s what!

Details soon to follow, and trust me when I say that it’s quite the unique event.

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2011

We here at TFB would like to give our sincerest, most heartfelt thanks to every individual who has served in the Military. From the very first militiamen to the warfighters of today, your sacrifices assure that we continue our way of life, freedom, and liberty. Again, thank you.

Water Bomb Squad

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I guess we’d call this a textbook example of Aquatic Ordnance Disposal and how an operator properly disposes of an Improvised Water Device. Yeah, that sounds about right.

You can own a t-shirt with this image courtesy of Glennz Tees. Not hard to see why, since EOD is easily one of the most important jobs in the military today. Not to mention it is a pretty amusing image.

Glennz Tees – Water Bomb Squad

Lumberjack Commandos

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The most elite fighting force in the world. They go in Felling Axes and Crosscut Saws hot and run on nothing but flapjacks and pure testosterone. Trees of the world, prepare to meet your maker.

First Cav Gets Its Dork On

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Here’s what COB Adder looks from the outside on a bad day in 2009:

Here’s what it looks like on the inside, on a good day, when some of the Americans start getting their dork on:

Let’s be clear: no one is bagging on them for getting their dork on. WE get our dork on. We’ve been to the Inn of the Welcome Wench. We know our way around the Little Keep on the Borderlands, that Bree Yark isn’t nice and that you can’t trust Brian Van Hoose. That’s when we’re not trying to get the Leeroy Jenkins title, or collecting bottle cap currency.

It might be a little weird, being a junior enlisted man playing a role-playing game with a Captain as your “narrator” or “Dungeon Master” or “Game Master” (whatever), but hey – at least you’re slinging dice. Beats mind-numbing boredom (and getting shot at).

Frankly, we wish we could get in on a consistent game that played twice a week…though not enough to go back to the desert again.

Read the whole story of the First Cav and their fantasy gaming.

The Story Behind AFT’s New Gyrene

Monday, October 17th, 2011

As you may have already seen, the team at Action Figure Therapy have added a new character to their roster—at long last, a US Marine. One of the Soldier Systems-Tactical Fanboy eee-light writin’ unit of tactical bloggers caught up with Dan Bialek, the man behind AFT, and asked him for some details about the decision to add a gyrene to the mix. He told us there’d been calls for a Marine AFT character for a long time, that it was a foregone conclusion that they would add one…the question was how to do it.

“The decision for a Marine character took a lot of thought,” Dan said. “Obviously there was a lot of demand for it, and we try to listen to our fans, but we want to remain autonomous and not pander. That would ruin the series and we wouldn’t suit everybody anyway. We put two or three different posts up on Facebook…got between 150 to 300 responses at a time. [He laughs.] Some were constructive and some weren’t, some were printable and some weren’t.”

It might surprise a lot of AFT fans just how seriously the comedy team took the decision. It frequently does surprise people once they learn how much time goes into the AFT video process. Determining subject matter (frequently based on suggestions from their fans), writing the scripts, recording the audio, rerecording the audio if it doesn’t come out right… There is a lot to it. As simple, crude, at times brutally profane as the series is none of it is taken lightly, or written off-hand. They knew they had to get their jarhead right, because they’d only be introducing the new Marine once.

“We did a ton of research for the Marine charcter,” said Dan. “Watched a lot of documentaries, read a bunch, took everything everyone said or told us and took it all into consideration. We didn’t want to just throw together a hodge-podge of clichés, especially from a character from a branch of the service we’d never featured before.”

It was obvious Dan and his crew like the way the Marine’s personality and demeanor turned out.

“This character is always right, even if he knows he’s wrong. His ethos is that he’s always right…we wanted to reflect that attitude a lot of Marines seemed to express. They have this…it’s almost like they’re proud of living as hard and being treated as badly as they are…where they love the Corps but they know the Corps shits on them so f#*& the Corps but they love the Corps at the same time. It’s their Marine Corps.”

Watch the AFT video Semper Fidelis.

They must’ve done their research right, and their writing must’ve been more inspired than usual. The new AFT Marine video is on track to be their most popular video yet, and the ending is sublime.

“We were very proud of the ending…we thought it was clever and an accurate solution to the stereotype people expected. We didn’t want just that cliché. Jerry [Jerry, the voice of the Marine character] recorded the video one night and it was super funny, but I knew the voice wasn’t quite what it needed to be, so I called him and asked him to come back over and do the voice again meaner and louder. When he came back over he just sort of absorbed the character and we thought…people are going to like this character.”

Dan was right. A lot of people do like the Devil Dog and are standing by for his next diatribe. “Honest to God, dick blood and tears. Try it!”

If you’re interested, go over to AFT creator Dan Bialek’s Facebook page and download a free copy of his standup CD. Just click the “Free CD” tab on the left side of his page to get it. You should also watch their website and Facebook page for updates on seeing the AFT characters in person. They’re currently looking for CONUS bases (mostly in the southern California area, to start with) that might be open to letting them perform.

We’d like to thank Dan Bialek and his beloved, vitriolic cast for taking the time to talk to us and helping us reach us new heights in profanity.

“You don’t believe Marines are tough? We train our testicles to fist bump after every kill!”

First Warror Zone Opens In Fort Riley

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The Warrior Zone, which opened August 26th in Fort Riley, Kansas, is a 25,000 sq. ft., $10 million multi-purpose facility entertainment facility developed for use with the base’s personnel. It features 68 computers for gaming and general use, dozens of game consoles hooked up to 55-inch flat screen televisions, pool and poker tables, a 75-seat snack bar, full bar, theater and large conference room. A covered patio is also available outside with grills and a large fire pit. It looks like a great place to kick back and relax, and it also seems to be a great success; they’ve already extended the hours on Fridays and Saturdays to 0100.

Original story: blackanthem.com

FUBAR 2: Empire Of The Rising Dead

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I was at the Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend and I had the pleasure of seeing the FUBAR team for the second year in a row. For those not familiar with FUBAR, it’s a graphic novel zombie anthology series that takes place during WWII featuring a mix of different artists and writers for each story. The first volume, FUBAR: European Theater of the Damned covered the Nazi and Allied zombies in, appropriately enough, the European Theater.

This year, the FUBAR team has released FUBAR 2: Empire of the Rising Dead, taking place in the Pacific Theater, with plenty of zombified soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Despite being the second volume, it’s not linked to the European stories, so you wouldn’t miss anything story-related by skipping straight to FUBAR 2, although I suggest you get both; it’s an exellent series.

In addition to the graphic novels, there’s also a set of zombie targets available. Originally confined to just WWII zombie soldiers, the targets now include a Wild West Cowboy, Michael Jackson in Thriller, and my personal favorite, the Modern Operator (complete with Blackwater Logo, lol), among others. These come in two sizes: 11″ x 17″ and 24″ x 36″.

Finally, the FUBAR team is currently running a Kickstarter page to help with printing the second book. In exchange for your contribution, they’re offering everything from T-shirts to posters to both volumes of the book with custom sketches, depending on the size of your donation. You can donate here.


US Military Bracelets – “My Soldier Story” Contest

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

US Military Bracelets is offering a chance for you to win one of 30 Sterling Silver Military Emblem bracelets of your choice. All it requires is either a short Youtube video or paragraph explaining how you honor your courageous soldier or service. Other prizes include 20% off any single item purchase from US Military Bracelets or free engraving on a new US Military Bracelet.

For information submissions and guidelines visit usmilitarybracelets.com/contest .

Black Market Goods Brewing

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Designed to look like a bomb found on the black market, the BMG-10 bottles feature removable rear fins and include a hand-built crate with a bracing system for transportation. They’re only a conceptual piece right now, which is a shame since they’re actually pretty cool looking.


Captain America Propaganda Posters

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Commissioned by Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s collectible art boutique, this is one of a set of four promotional posters made for the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger. Created by Eric Tan and Olly Moss, the posters depict propaganda on the part of both Captain America and the main antagonist organization HYDRA. The posters are available in extremely limited quantities and apparently only at Comic Con, so if you’re not there, then you’re out of luck.

Hat Tip: Wired.com


Vinoflage – Grape Leaf Camo

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Available from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, this unique camouflage pattern was developed by Anahid Nazarian, Director of the American Zoetrope Research Library, while working on a film for Coppola. She got the idea from observing various countries’ camouflage patterns. After noticing that several patterns featured shapes very similar to grape leaves, Nazarian decided it would be a fun idea to develop camo constructed entirely of a grape leaf pattern. Besides the available apron, shirts with this pattern were also made available to Chris Morisoli, a 1st Lieutenant formerly stationed in Iraq. Originally one was sent to 1st Lt. Morisoli in a care package from Nazarian sent on behalf of the Coppolas. He liked it so much, and so did the men in his unit, that they donated additional shirts so every one of his fellow Soldiers could also wear them.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Vinoflage Apron

Coalition Forces VS Taliban and Insurgents Chess Set

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Jeffrey Train, former Master Corporal in the Canadian Army, came up with this series of chess sets, which showcase either American, British, or Canadian forces against Taliban or Iraqi Insurgents. Both sides feature the various classes of pieces in their own unique ways. For example, the American forces have ‘American Assault Soldiers’ for pawns, ‘American Heavy Gunners’ for knights, the World Trade Towers for Rooks, ‘American Snipers’ for Bishops, the Statue of Liberty for a Queen, and either George W. Bush or Barack Obama as the king. The chess sets can be purchased from Hedwig & Sergeant Major (click the image above) in these configurations:

Canadian VS Afghanistan Taliban Figures
American VS Afghanistan Taliban Figures
British VS Afghanistan Taliban Figures
American VS Iraqi Insurgent Figures
British VS Iraqi Insurgent Figures

A portion of the sales goes towards Canadian troops to help fund fun-runs and provide food for events in Afghanistan.

Hat Tip: The Star

Happy 4th Of July!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Enjoy your Independence Day and all the beach trips, backyard barbecues and fireworks that come with it, but don’t forget what the day celebrates: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress. Of course the 4th also represents the denouncement of a lack of freedom and the practice of tyrannical oppression. In a remarkable coincidence, this day also marks the deaths of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the year 1826. A little history lesson for you all.

Own The Bullet With Your Name On It

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

That’s the slogan of ‘My Bullet’, a company that allows you to custom order either a .50 rifle round or 20mm cannon round with a personal inscription. Both are available in either brass and silver, and can come packaged in a metal case, window case, wall plaque or shield. Also available is the ‘Bin Laden Bullet’, a pre-made .50 round engraved with the words ‘Osama Bin Laden’ and ‘Got him!’ on opposite sides. In all honesty, an engraved 5.56 would be more appropriate, but I suppose its the thought that counts.

My Bullet

Battle Mug

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

It’s getting VERY hot here at the home office and one of the best ways to cool down is to take a big, cool drink. So, why not do it in style? Featuring 4 Mil Std 1913 rails, the Battle Mug starts life as a 13.5 pound! solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminum before it enters a state of the art CNC facility. What comes out is a 24 ounce tankard that screams warrior. The idea came about over beers and a conversation about a pile of removable M4 carrying handles.

Battle Mug has been used in a variety of ways; to commemorate commissioning, to honor others and hail & farewells, and as gifts for loved ones.

Battle Mug is Made in USA and can be customized in a variety of ways including various finishes. Additionally, the Picatinny rails will accept any number of accessories, including those pesky M4 carrying handles which make tipping back a brew or two a snap.

To order yours, visit www.battlemug.com

Originally posted on Soldier Systems Daily.

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Always observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is often considered the beginning day of the Summer season, with labor day being the last. Enjoy your celebrations, whether they be at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or somewhere entirely different, but remember the true reason for this holiday: commemorating those who died while in military service.