Regiment Blades

Colonel Blades designed knives are back in the form of a new company, Regiment Blades! Colonel Blades was known for their distinctive, self-defense knives touted as being very intuitive to use. The designs featured a generous index finger ring for retention and a dagger blade that is angled in relation to the grip to promote a strong wrist position. In short, these are well-regarded, purpose-driven knives.

The new company has initially listed non-metallic versions of their knives for purchase with several new versions coming soon. Interestingly, Regiment Blades appears to be based in Hartland, WI which is also the home of one of the largest original Colonel Blades distributors, BCM.

Look for more information as it becomes available.

Mutiny Metals

The economy is… well… it’s a mess. In times like these, people have traditionally turned to precious metals. There are a lot of ways to stack precious metals and some are more fun than others. Sure you could get into stuffy numismatics. You could stack sterile, soul-less silver bars. Or, if you want to have a bit of pirate fun, you could buy some metals that are hand-poured with awesome art by a veteran right here in Idaho. That’s Mutiny Metals.

I own a few pieces of theirs and I wouldn’t suggest that this kind of collectible silver be the bulk of a stack due to the higher premiums (the price above and beyond the SPOT price)… but I love this stuff. I also love buying from an American business that is not afraid to work with other businesses in the “tactical” industry. It might not be a bad idea to have some precious metals put away as part of your preps and this is a fun way to do it.

Now is a great time to check out their website as they are having a 10% off sale. Visit them on Instagram to learn the discount code (they release discount codes periodically so it literally pays to follow them).


The new BCS PREDATOR GHILLIE SPECTRALFLAGE BLANKET from Beez Combat Systems (BCS) is set to release soon:

PREDATOR GHILLIE™ SPECTRALFLAGE BLANKET reduces the physical visual, UV, NIR, and thermal signature of the individual to avoid being observed/targeted by ground-based detection and UAS Near-Peer threats. 

The PREDATOR GHILLIE™ SPECTRALFLAGE BLANKET uses complex, next generation engineering to accomplish the unthinkable; thermal mitigation of the individual war fighter from real world thermal threats and night vision, while providing a visual 3D outline breakup. This system is designed to be utilized as a Hide/Blind and or camouflage blanket. The more distance between your body heat and the blanket the better. While this system exponentially excels at outline breakup and mitigating your heat signature to thermal threats, the laws of convection still apply. It will mask your visual signature regardless of its use due to the advanced visual  3D outline breakup and A-TACS camouflage. It has shown to be most effective with standoff from the blanket under thermal. 

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Shelta Hats Icarus

I’ve been using a Shelta Hats Seahawk for about 3 years now for all of my outdoor activities including training on the range. I haven’t found a better sun hat – the No Flop brim is excellent, the performance of the materials is excellent, and the hat has held up to everything I’ve thrown at it including high winds, water, and gallons of sweat.

Now Shelta Hats is rolling out their first cap, the Icarus. This may be even better suited to use at the range for those who use over-the-head hearing protection thanks to its ball cap design and lack of a top button. The Icarus features 6-panel construction, plenty of laser-cut mechanical venting, breathable fabric, glare-resistant treatment under the brim, and adjustable Velcro closure with an elastic stretch band.

In my experience, Shelta Hats makes some of the most functional outdoor headwear around. The Icarus looks like a worthy addition to their line.

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Memorial Day 2022

I was able to visit the National Cemetary where one of my grandfathers is laid to rest last month. As we quietly walked the grounds, I was thinking of not just my grandfather but all those others laid to rest there as I read the markers that surrounded us. While many of the stones represented older men and women who had lived long lives after their service, many were younger people who fell in the primes of their lives while in service to this nation. Being there, reading those markers, stirred a great sense of gratitude in me and my family.

It is for this reason that I almost always recommend on this day, that you take your family to a local war memorial. There is almost always one within driving distance in some town square or park. Read the names of the fallen and remember.

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