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Grey Ghost Rifle Case

If you’re in Nashville for the NRA show this week/week-end, then you’ll probably have a chance to see these first-hand.  The Grey Ghost Gear Rifle Case is something a little different from the cheap rifle bags you see elsewhere.

For a start, its lined with hook and loop so you can infinitely customize rifle ride positions, and add additional patches, pouches, or holsters.  Of course, Grey Ghost’s own line of Orange Diamond Concealment pouches can be fully integrated. There is also a set of generous zippered mesh pouches on the inner lid to secure loose items such as range cards, magazines, notepads, and other shooting accoutrement.

Grey Ghost Rifle case

The Grey Ghost Rifle Bag is versatile too.  Rifles up to 38” long can fit without issue and larger rifles can easily be secured if broken down, leaving plenty of space for a spotting scope, NVGs, or a handgun or two.

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Further developments in the Netherlands Fractal Pattern camouflage saga?

It appears that the US Army isn’t the only force who’s efforts to field a new camouflage pattern seem to be moving at a snail’s pace…

The speed with which the Dutch Armed Forces are implementing their new Netherlands Fractal Pattern almost appears to be in danger of possibly standing a chance of losing to a snail if it was pitted in a head-to-head comparison.

Nonetheless, our friend Robert Hendrick has reported that there’s been at least a couple of new developments reported in the official Dutch Army newspaper – from which the photo below has been taken.


The female anatomical configuration has now been factored into the uniform sizing system (note the female mannequin in the line-up) following input from a focus group of female soldiers.  Also, it appears that the Dutch have also settled on a combined Temperate/Arid colorway of the NFP pattern to be used for individual gear (note the swatch of fabric hanging off the shoulder of the first mannequin on the left).

As we learn more, we’ll keep you informed.

Russian airborne forces get new combat gear for Arctic mission

In a related story, the Russian MoD reports that their paratroopers will be getting equipped with a new outfit is to ensure they can operate comfortably in the Far North and transpolar regions at air temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius.

Paratroopers of the Airborne Forces formation in Ivanovo (Central Russia) will get new combat garments for the Far North and transpolar missions, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the VDV Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Meshkov said on Tuesday.


According to him, the paratroopers’ combat garment comprises several elements in which soldiers can take dynamic actions and also remain motionless for a long time in the cold. “Paratroopers in this garment will be able to wait out strong winds with sleet not suffering health damage even staying motionless. The uniform is designed for quick change and putting on of any of the garment element depending on the conditions,” the spokesman said.

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The Cold War heating up again in the Arctic?

Russian paratroopers to conduct drill landing on Arctic ice floe.

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Looking like something out of the Cold War thriller “Ice Station Zebra”, Russian paratroopers will participate in a humanitarian search and rescue expedition training exercise in the Arctic.   Paratroopers from Russia’s Ivanovo and Pskov airborne divisions and rapid reaction forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are preparing for landing on a drifting Arctic ice floe, Russian Airborne Force spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said on Monday.


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Friday Foto


U.S. Army paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, load a Heavy Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster at Aviano Air Base, Italy, as part of an emergency deployment exercise held here March 24. The 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Army’s contingency response force in Europe, providing ready forces to deploy anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa and Central Commands areas of responsibility within hours of alert.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brett Hurd

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