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Product Video: Hurricane® chest-rig from Direct Action®

As its namesake was for the RAF during the Battle of Britain, the HURRICANE® chest rig is the workhorse of the DIRECT ACTION® line.

The HURRICANE® is a split front, full size, hybrid chest rig with fixed, integral magazine pouches for maximum weight reduction.  The HURRICANE® can be used in regular, stand-alone mode and can also be attached to the Direct Action® SPITFIRE® plate carrier with a separate attachment kit.

hurricane-cr-cbr_1080HURRICANE® Chest Rig – Coyote Brown

Specs:

  • Proprietary laser-cut laminate, Cordura® 500D and softshell construction
  • Integrated, adjustable magazine pouches, will fit: 8 x AR type, 4 x AK type or 4 x SR type magazines
  • Fixed external pouches: two silent adjustable pouches, sealed zippered pouch and Velcro flap pouch for quick access items
  • Flat inner pockets in each chest panel
  • Low profile, adjustable harness with slots for PTT and additional accessories attachment
  • Reinforced drag handle incorporated into harness design
  • Body armor interface via buckles and additionally stabilized with Velcro adapters
  • Antenna / cable routing loops
  • 9 PALS slots on the sides for radio, medical or utility pockets, horizontal PALS slots under ammo pouches for tourniquets, pistol magazine pouches, etc.

The HURRICANE® Chest-Rig is in stock and available for purchase in the Direct Action online stores for  US / North & South America and Europe / Rest-of-the-World.

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The Hawker Hurricane was a single-seat fighter aircraft designed during the 1930s for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire in the popular memory of the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane actually accounted for 60% of the RAF’s air victories in that battle.  Of all Hurricane squadrons in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, No. 303 (“Kościuszko”) Polish Fighter Squadron was the highest scoring.  During the duration of the Second World War, the RAF contained a total of 16 Polish fighter squadrons. 

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Polish 303 Squadron pilots in front of one of the squadron’s Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain, summer 1940.

Introducing the Edge Hydration Pack from Agilite Gear

The Edge is a new 3 liter tactical hydration pack Made in Israel from mil spec materials and hardware by Agilite Gear.

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It is designed to attach to virtually any modular plate carrier using Agilite’s new MOLLE Hydration Attach Straps, although it can be worn independent using Agilite’s K Series Shoulder Straps. The Edge is designed around a version of the Hydrapak Tactical Hydration Reservoir, specifically chosen by Agilite for “outstanding durability and user comfort”.

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For a limited time, Agilite are running a special package deal price on the full Edge Hydration set, get it now.

The Striker Stealth Smock from UF PRO®

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.

denison smock IWMWWII-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…

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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.

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Direct Action SPITFIRE Plate Carrier Cutaway System

The latest product video from Direct Action gear is now live on their YouTube Channel.

SPITFIRE Cutaway System

This system provides for the immediate cutaway release of the SPITFIRE Plate Carrier. Its innovative design and allows for quick and easy reassembly of the Plate Carrier without the cutaway elements. Created with primarily with waterborne operations in mind, the SPITFIRE Cutaway System also allows for immediate battlefield assessment and treatment of a wounded team-mate, and then quickly and easily reconfiguring and reassembling the wounded person’s Plate Carrier for armor protection during transportation / evacuation.

To order within the European area: https://eu.directactiongear.com/en/vests/plate-carriers/spitfire-cutaway-system.html#AGR

To order within the US / North American area: https://us.directactiongear.com/vests/plate-carriers/spitfire-cutaway-system#PGZ

Direct Action Gear USA expands product offering

Direct Action’s expanded line of advanced tactical nylon gear was debuted in the US at SOFIC in late May – now these made-in-Poland products are in-stock and available for purchase through the Direct Action Gear USA webstore.

The line-up includes their flagship SPITFIRE™ Plate Carrier, HURRICANE™, TEMPEST™ and TIGER MOTH™ Chest Rigs, as well as the MOSQUITO™ Modular Belt System, the MUSTANG™ Rescue/Gun Belt and a wide range of pouches and accessories.

SPITFIRE Plate Carrier  HURRICANE Chest Rig

40mm GRENADE BANDOLEER  MOSQUITO Belt Sleeve

MOSQUITO Y-Harness  TAC RELOAD Rifle Pouch

Most products are available in genuine MultiCam® and PenCott® camouflage patterns, as well as the solid colors of Black, Adaptive Green and Coyote Brown.  Check their website for full product descriptions, pricing and availability: https://us.directactiongear.com

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