So here we are, 15 years after the most terrifying and mind-numbing day that most of us will probably (hopefully) ever endure in our life-times…
There are no words, no great speeches, no simple actions that can ever encapsulate the horrors of that day. The September 11 attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. Overall, 2,605 U.S. citizens, including 2,135 civilians, died in the attacks, while an additional 372 non-U.S. citizens also perished. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks – making the Sept. 11 terror attacks not only the most deadly ever, but also the most global. Sept. 11, 2001 was truly a day that made the whole earth stand still – and nothing has ever been the same since.
Chilean soldiers from the 1st Paratroopers Battalion and Canadian soldiers from 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment, conduct helicopter insertion rappelling from a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopter during RIMPAC 2016 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.
The ‘Dragon Egg®’ has been one of the best sellers in the company’s so-called “Legacy Line”, but never ones to rest on their laurels, the company recently announced an upgraded version. That upgraded, MKII version is now available for sale in a variety of solid colors and can be purchased through the company’s US/North Americs and European / International online stores.
The Dragon Egg MKII® is a 25+ liter capacity backpack designed to fulfill the needs of an LE or military patrol pack, as well as serving the hunting, hiking or EDC user as well. The pack features two hydration bladder pockets – one in the main compartment and additional in the zipped back part. The rear pocket, thanks to a padded sleeve, can be used for safely carrying a multi-band radio, or a notebook, laptop or tablet PC (up to a 15’’ screen).
The history of the ‘smock’ in military usage goes back to the Second World War when they became famously associated with the German Fallschirmjaeger, the British and Allied Airborne Forces and the British Special Air Service.
WWII-era British Airborne Force ‘Denison Smock’, from the Imperial War Museum’s collection. © IWM (UNI 11787)
Continuing to be inherently associated with Airborne and Special Forces in the UK, Commonwealth and Western European countries, the ‘old skool’ style smock reached what was perhaps the pinnacle of its design with the famous ‘Kit Karry Smock’ from Special Air-Sea Services in the UK (see below). However, since the start of the Global War On Terror, the kit used, carried and worn by Special Forces (and even regular grunts) has undergone a remarkable transformation – so much so that many people felt that the smock no longer had a place in the modern kit list of combat shirts and body armour / plate carriers…
But, as is so often the case, units are (re)discovering that some of the old ways were in fact the best ways. Such is the case with the new Striker Stealth Smock from UF PRO®. UF PRO® learned from working with European Pathfinder and other Special Units that there are occasions when you simply want to or need to travel light, and that there are also times when a combat shirt under a plate carrier simply doesn’t provide enough warmth or weather protection, and that you also sometimes want to carry secondary or sustainment items in your backpack but keep all of your essential items’ within reach of your hands…
After reviewing the current needs with a German special unit, it became clear to UF PRO® that the classic smock design couldn’t meet the desired criteria – so they would have to reinvent it, and the result is the Striker Stealth Smock.
Yup, it does indeed look as though the French Army will be adopting a new rifle that speaks German – albeit with a decidely American accent…
The famous FAMAS – standard rifle of the French Armed Forces since the ’70’s. Photo copyright: Larry Vickers
According to a story that broke on The Firearm Blog yesterday, it looks as though the French military will be swapping out their famous ‘bugle’ bullpup FAMAS for the HK 416 – which has already been seeing service with French special forces units.
The HK 416 is of course based on the AR15 / M16 platform, but with a number of modern improvements and upgrades – not the least being the replacement of the direct gas impingement system with a short stroke gas piston design. The HK 416 is also famous for having been originally developed at the request of the US Army’s elite Delta Force, and for the fact that Larry Vickers was involved in its development.
Read the full story on The Firearm Blog…