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China will optimize the size and structure of the army to increase its military power

China will optimize the size and structure of the army, adjust and improve the proportion between various troops, and reduce non-combat institutions and personnel, according to a decision of the Communist Party of China (CPC) published Friday, November 15, 2013.

The decision, which is on major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms, was approved at the close of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee on Tuesday.

According to the decision, the CPC Central Committee called for innovation in military theory, strengthening military leadership, improving military strategy in the new era, and building a modern military power system with Chinese characteristics.

The decision also vowed to deepen reform and adjustment of military system and establishments, promote reform and adjustment of military policy system, and promote army-civilian integration.

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Friday Foto


Rangers from 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and Night Stalkers from the 160th Special Operations Regiment rehearse roof-top fast rope insertions at Colmar MOUT site, Fort Stewart, Ga., Oct. 23, 2013.

U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Gabriel Segura

Grey Ghost Gear becomes the Exclusive US Distributor for KARRIMOR SF

At long last, Grey Ghost Gear’s offering of packs built by the UK’s Karrimor SF is finally available – in several types and multiple colors, and with more to come!

Karrimor SF has been in existence since 1995, and it is a direct descendent of the original Karrimor brand that has equipped British soldiers and adventurers since the end of WWII.

Based in Exeter (Devon, UK), Karrimor SF’s gear has fought insurgents and Taliban since OEF and OIF started; it has also literally climbed mountains, gone on safari or otherwise adventured on every continent in the world. The KSF brand was conceived by innovator and designer Deric Gollop and the KSF team, who used contemporary technologies and developments from the civilian world to build specialty packs for military Special Forces (such as the SBS, SAS, SRR and others) and law enforcement units—not unlike what Grey Ghost Gear has been doing in the US.

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LAV Machine AK

You might have seen this on Soldier Systems Daily already, but I thought its so cool it deserved a repeat – and SSD kindly gave their permission to do so.

Larry Vickers Russian-SOF inspired 5.56mm AK build:



– Arsenal SLR-106CR
– Texas Weapon Systems Dog Leg Rail
– Aimpoint T-1
– Larue T-1 Mount
– Zenit Extended Rail Cover
– Survival Corps AK-100 Side Folding Collapsing AR Stock Adapter
– Krebs Extended Safety Lever
– Tromix Extended Charging Handle Knob
– Bulgarian 4-piece Krinkov brake
– Wilcox Industries Raptor laser w/white light
– Magpul CTR stock
– Tango Down / US Palm AK grip
– Magpul vertical grip
– Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling
– Polish Mag

Remember – if you’ve got a cool custom build or mod that you want to share, you can send us the details (and photos) through the email address listed on our ‘contact us’ page.

REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Combat Patrol Uniform (CPU) in PenCott-BadLands™ camouflage

Thanks to a content-sharing agreement with our friends at SPARTAN.AT we can bring you this English language translation of their review.  To read the original article in German language, click here.


In the autumn forest the full camouflage potential of the PenCottBadLands pattern can be seen. The uniform in the picture is the Helikon-Tex Combat Uniform Patrol (CPU), which at first glance appears to be a classicACU” cut, but is actually very different in the details. We took an up-close looked at the CPU for you in the following review.


Here are the front and rear views of the set. Noteworthy are the slightly slanted breast pockets, the Velcro name and branch strips and the rank tab attachment point in the middle of chest. The entire uniform is made from mil-grade 50/50 NyCo ripstop fabric, and the fit is good.

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