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Tactical Tailor Now Building in PenCott

Tactical Tailor is about to make the day of PenCott Camo fans everywhere. They are releasing many of their most popular products in PenCott!

From Tactical Tailor:

Tactical Tailor now building in PenCott™

Lakewood, WA—For Immediate Release 05 NOV 13

Tactical Tailor, supplier of rugged, 100% American-made tactical equipment to Warfighters around the world, is proud to announce it will be building equipment in the PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns.

The effectiveness camouflage should not gauged by popularity, nor aesthetic appeal. Camouflage is measured by its ability to mask shape and form to prevent detection. The successful use of camouflage—or its compromise—often determines mission success, mission failure and even mission completion. It is for this reason that Hyde Definition calls their patterns Mission Critical Camouflage, and it’s because of PenCott’s efficacy that TT added the Badlands™ and GreenZone™ variants to its equipment camo pattern options.

“We haven’t just looked at T&E results,” says Tactical Tailor’s GW Ayers, “We did our own research. We took it to the field and sent it overseas…the results are in. We need to offer PenCott™.”

“Tactical Tailor makes some of the most rock solid and effective gear on the planet,” says Lawrence Holsworth, Hyde Definition’s Director of Business Development. “It’s a great honor to be working with them—and a testament to the effectiveness of PenCott™’s patterns that they chose us.”

Hyde Definition’s family of patterns features a unique, hybrid, 3-in1 pattern geometry that is more organic and natural looking than typical camouflages. It provides superior concealment at all ranges. Founder Dominic Hyde realized the deficiencies of many such patterns years ago and set out to design a new pattern geometry that would be more effective and adaptable than any other patterns available.

“The PenCott™ patterns are enjoying great growth internationally,” Holsworth advises, “so teaming up with Tactical Tailor will help us consolidate and build on that success in the US market as well.”

Tactical Tailor will initially be offering equipment in BadLands™ (for dry, upland, bushland, semi-arid and transitional terrain) and GreenZone™ (for verdant temperate, tropical and semi-tropical operations). There are two other patterns, with a fifth in development: SandStorm™ (for arid, desert terrain) and SnowDrift™ (for snow and winter terrain).  The last pattern is called MetroPolis. It’s an urban/industrial/low-light pattern scheduled for release in 2014.

“Sandstorm™ and SnowDrift™ are great patterns, no doubt,” Ayers continues, shading his eyes with a grin and looking into the distance. “and MetroPolis is intriguing. However, I can neither confirm nor deny we’ll be doing anything with those in the future.”

View the entire line of Tactical Tailor PenCott™ offerings: http://www.tacticaltailor.com/pencottproducts.aspx

Learn more about PenCott™’s international use:  in use all around the world: https://www.facebook.com/Pencottcamouflage

I suspect that this bodes well for the staying power of PenCott.

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New Gear from MSM

Mil-Spec Monkey just dropped some new gear and it is always worth taking a look at what the Monkey unveils.

The MSM Notebook Cover is a minimalist approach to covering and and organizing your 3″ x 5″ notebooks (Rite in the Rain and others). This simple design allows you to keep a couple of pens and pencils handy, along with a few business cards. It just slips on to one of the notebook’s covers and the Hypalon material prevents it from sliding off too easily.

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The MSM Stealth Compact Pouch is a compact version of the MSM/Tactical Tailor Stealth Admin Pouch. It features 2 internal pockets with built in organization and, of course, a generous loop field on the front. It is the same height as the original Stealth Admin but it is narrower side-to-side and front-to-back. This narrower design allows it to mount on just 2 columns of PALS which makes it just about ideal for using on the high center of a plate carrier to keep the sides of the plate and shoulder pockets clear for your carbine’s buttstock. It also works well on the side of a pack where there is often only 2 or 3 colums of PALS webbing available.

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Review: MSM Bottle Corset

If you are like me, you probably have several different types of water bottles that you use for everything from hiking and camping to staying hydrated on the shooting range. I even have water bottles that I don’t use much because I didn’t have a good way to carry them. Who wants to have a pouch that is specific to each type of water bottle that they own? I sure don’t and now I don’t have to thanks to the Mil-Spec Monkey (MSM) Bottle Corset.

MSM Bottle Corset Assortment


The MSM Bottle Corset is a pouch that adjusts for various sizes and shapes of water bottle (and more) two different ways. The depth can be adjusted via a large Velcro flap on the bottom of the pouch. The diameter and overall shape of the pouch is adjusted via a matrix of shock cord. It also has shock cord retainer with pull tab that can be adjusted for length and be configured to retain the bottle in a number of different ways.

When it isn’t in use, the Bottle Corset can be adjusted so it sits nearly flat and out of your way. It mounts via 2 of the long MALICE clips.

It is made in the USA by Tactical Tailor.

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Observations from Use

I do not own a water bottle that the MSM Bottle Corset can’t hold. It is extremely adjustable. I have a bin down in my basement where I keep all the water bottles that my family and I use. I sat down with that bin and tried every bottle I could. The bottles included large 38 oz stainless steel Nalgenes, 32 oz wide mouth Nalgenes, 20 ounce wide mouth Nalgenes, multiple sizes of Camelbak Better Bottles, USGI Canteens, off brand hard plastic bottles, and even the little 12 ounce bottles that water comes in at the store. They all fit.

The bottles don’t just fit, they are retained. You can adjust the retention a number of ways. If you want more retention, you can adjust the flap on the bottom to make the bottle sit lower in the pouch. You can also adjust the tension or configuration on the retainer strap. It works well in an over the top configuration like you would find on a magazine pouch or in a loop configuration that can be looped around part of the bottle. The loop configuration works very well on the wide mouth Nalgene bottles because of the wide shoulder they have under the cap.

MSM Bottle Corset with USGI Canteen

The Bottle Corset doesn’t need grommets or mesh for drainage because the sides are open. There is basically no way this pouch can retain water.

I found that I can hold more than just water bottles – a lot more. It holds 2 AR-15 magazines quite well but if you remove one, it loses tension and the remaining magazine can flop around a lot. It isn’t an ideal magazine pouch but it isn’t intended to be.

MSM Bottle Corset with US PALM AK30s

I tried it with AK magazines and it will work. The only issue is that the locking tabs will catch on the shock cord when you are inserting and withdrawing the mags. It doesn’t stop you from removing the mag but you will eventually wear out the shock cord this way and have to replace it (which is easily done).

The nicest surprise with this pouch was that it holds the two of the new PMAG 40s very well, almost like it was made for it. The Bottle Corset even has enough adjustment to allow them to sit fairly deep for retention.

MSM Bottle Corset with PMAG 40s

I also found that it was great for carrying items like a rolled up wind shirt, rain shell, poncho, camping tarp, ammo boxes, and who knows what else. I even wedged a first aid pouch in it so I could carry it temporarily.

My Bottle Corset spends just about all of its time in one of two places. I keep it on the side of my pack or on the hip belt. If you have a pack with a MOLLE compatible hip belt like Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, and others, you will love this pouch. It gives you some serious versatility in terms of what you can carry on your hip belt.

Wrap Up

The MSM Bottle Corset is one of the handiest pouches that I have in my toolbox. It solves a problem for me and that is probably the highest praise that I can give.

Check out the MSM Bottle Corset at the Mil-Spec Monkey Store.

MSM Adapt Pack

msm-adapt-pack-010I have been wanting to tell you all about Mil-Spec Monkey (MSM) Adapt Pack for weeks and now I finally can! This MSM/Tactical Tailor collaboration is based on the Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack (ROP). The Adapt Pack keeps everything that makes the ROP great intact and, in true Monkey style, adds some very slick functionality.

The Adapt Pack is identical in size and quality of construction. The size of the ROP and its derivatives is one of its best attributes. It straddles the line between EDC bag, day hike bag, and assault bag perfectly. The Adapt Pack also retains the ability to be docked onto a larger bag or plate carrier and includes all the necessary hardware to accomplish this.


There are a handful of differences between the Adapt Pack and ROP that revolve around the idea of making the Adapt Pack, well… more adaptable. It is cleverly designed to work in either traditional 2 strap backpack configuration or as a single strap sling bag with stabilizer strap. The sternum strap has an extra removable female side release buckle. This buckle can be moved to either pack strap (fully ambidextrous) to serve as a docking point for the opposite pack strap. You’ll want to watch the video to see how it works. It is extremely seamless and the transition can actually be done while you are wearing the pack.

The single strap configuration offers the capability of being able to pull the pack around to your front to access its contents. To support this capability, the front pouch on the Adapt Pack has been modified to allow access from either side. The interior now features a large loop Velcro panel so that you can add items like Blue Force Gear Dappers or other Velcro backed pouches. You can actually mount magazine pouches inside this pouch and fight out of it like a chest rig.


I have had one of these for several weeks and I am thrilled with it. I am glad I can finally tell you about it. Stay tuned for a full review. In the mean time, check out the MSM Adapt Pack at MilSpecMonkey.com.

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