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Swedish Army Para Rangers – Op Normandie 2014

Airborne Soldiers from around the world gathered in Normandy, France last month for the Anniversary of the Allied airborne drops that spearheaded the invasion on that “longest day” 70 years ago.  Rangers travelled to Normandy and jumped from a Dakota onto the sacred ground of Normandy’s drop zones…

In this video we see some of the 68 Swedish Army Para Rangers, age 23 to 64, doing refresher training in Sweden and then jumping in Normandy to honor the airborne soldiers who fought for freedom all those years ago.  For many of these guys, this was their first jump in more than 30-40 years.  The Dispatcher (‘Jumpmaster’ in American jargon) seen in the video is the legendary Ian Marshal – of the Pathfinder Parachute Group.

Click on the picture below to jump to the video.

Para-Rangers Normandy 2014

(hat tip to Alex Moodie)

MilSpec Monkey reviews Blauer Clash LT 8″ Boot

MSM takes a close-up look at a pair of boots with a pretty unique lacing system…


Footwear typically doesn’t change too much these days so it was a treat to checkout something truly different with the Blauer Clash series. The main stand out is certainly the BOA lacing system used which uses a steel cable and rotating cinch concept instead of laces you tie. Originally the BOA system was for snowboard boots and has since been applied to all kinds of boots and other footwear…. read more here.

PenCott-BadLands™ camouflage features in upcoming “Halo: Nightfall” series

Scott Free Productions and 343 Industries Press Release, July 24, 2014:

San Diego Comic-Con - 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions gave show-goers and the Halo Nation a first look at “Halo: Nightfall”, the original live-action digital series executive produced by Ridley Scott set to release this November on Xbox.


Taking place between the events of “Halo 4″ and “Halo 5: Guardians”, “Halo: Nightfall” follows the original story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. Led by Locke, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI.


As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where they’re forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Agent Locke is a new character in the Halo universe poised to play a major role in “Halo 5: Guardians” releasing on Xbox One in 2015.


Members of the Colonial Guard forces on planet Sedra wearing Helikon-Tex CPUs, in PenCott-BadLands™ camouflage.

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TRU-SPEC : Two New MultiCam Patterns Join TRU Line

Press Release, 24 July 2014:

TRU-SPEC®, one of the leading suppliers of uniforms and personal equipment to the military, law enforcement and public safety markets, has added the MultiCam Tropic™ and MultiCam Arid™ patterns, developed by Crye Precision, to their popular Tactical Response Uniform selections, designed to meet the unique needs of Tactical Professionals, Law Enforcement and Special Operations personnel operating in high-risk environments.

The MultiCam Arid™ pattern was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in desert environments, which predominantly consist of open sand and rock. This particular palette compliments and overlaps portions of the main MultiCam® pattern; so pairing the apparel results in a well coordinated, functional concealment system.

MultiCam-Arid-TRU-Shirt    MultiCam-Arid-TRU-Pant-Back

The MultiCam Tropic™ pattern was developed to 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. Much like that of the MultiCam Arid™, the pattern’s palette compliments and overlaps portions of the main MultiCam® pattern; allowing for overlapping and coordination.

MultiCam-Tropic-TRU-Shirt    MultiCam-Tropic-TRU-Pant

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Tac-Up Gear: OPPO A1 Gloves

I’ve been a fan of Tac-Up Gear for quite a few years now, and its great to see that they’re still out there innovating and creating great tactical gear – in a part of the world that most people probably don’t look to as a source for such things.  So, now you know…

Tac-Up Gear’s original OPPO Glove was created with the Swedish Hemvärnet (Homeguard), Police and Law enforcement personnel in mind who need a glove for MOUT / Tactical or just normal duty use – with a reasonable price tag!  The “A1” model is an enhanced version of the original.


The leather fabric of the glove is very smooth and comfortable yet sturdy, with reinforced palm and fingertip areas that do not feel too “thick”.  The combination of of NOMEX® and Neoprene also creates a glove that’s easy to put on and take off – there’s also no Velcro to attract dirt and moisture or to snag on your kit.

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