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DIRECT ACTION ‘Dragon Egg MkII’ coming soon!

Direct Action gear’s ‘Dragon Egg’ backpack has been one of the best sellers in the company’s so-called “Legacy Line”.  But never being ones to sit on their laurels, the company recently announced that an upgraded version is coming in a few weeks.


The “MkII” version of the Dragon Egg features a new side pocket design that will securely hold a 1-litre Nalgene, or similar sized, water bottle.  The Backpack retains all of the other great features of the original Dragon Egg, and will be available in Black, Olive Green, Coyote Brown, Adaptive Green and Shadow Grey colors.

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Helikon-Tex ‘WOLFHOUND’ Light Insulated Jacket

The WOLFHOUND has landed!  Helikon-Tex’s long awaited light insulated jacket landed in shops this past week.  Check it out!


The Wolfhound is a lightweight & insulated mid-layer that can be used as part of a layered clothing system, or as a stand-alone jacket.  The hydrophobic properties of its Climashield® Apex™ insulation keep the user warm and dry in all cold weather conditions, while the breathable nylon outer layer provides durability and crucial wind and water resistance. The jacket’s two bottom side slash pockets are lined with fleece to provide quick warming for cold hands.

The Wolfhound is also highly compressible – it can be stuffed in a pack or cargo pouch, without affecting its properties.

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Leapfest 2016 is coming!

The Leapfest International Static Line Parachute Competition 2016 is now less than a week away!  Watch out of our event coverage to start this coming Saturday.

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Sunday Snapshot


Picture of a group of mountain troops (‘Gebirgsjaeger’) of the West German Bundeswehr, from a 1959 issue of LIFE magazine.

Note the use of the G1 (German model FN FAL), the Bundeswehr 1956 pattern ‘Splinter’ camouflage, and the US-style ‘steel pot’ helmets.  Here’s a closer look at the M1956 Splinter Camo uniforms used in the early days of the Bundeswehr.

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Weekend Wallpaper

US, Romanian and Bulgarian Forces initiate multilateral exercise

Marines with the Combined Arms Company, Black Sea Rotational Force and Romanian Forces conduct patrols during Platinum Lion 16-2 at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Jan. 8, 2016. Exercise Platinum Lion provides combined training with NATO Allies and partners, demonstrating our commitment to promoting a peaceful and stable Europe through theatre security cooperation engagements.

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff

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