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Saving lives is a serious business

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By using state-of-the-art protective equipment, security workers and other personnel in high-risk zones can dramatically improve their odds of surviving when facing potentially deadly threats.

Security needs have never been greater, with numerous challenges ranging from robberies to terrorism plaguing our world at the moment. People who respond to those challenges are frequently in the line of fire and must be protected with the best available equipment whenever in action. In many instances, wearing body armour and a ballistic helmet can mean the difference between surviving a dangerous encounter and getting killed, especially for those whose work involves frequent collisions with armed opponents, such as police officers, soldiers or private security contractors.

That’s why the market for personal security items is very dynamic at the moment, with innovative products being launched with regularity. Designing and manufacturing equipment that can provide effective protection against bullets and other shrapnel while remaining reasonably comfortable to wear. Selection of materials is just as important, which means a lot of scientific research needs to be directed into this area in order to come up with universally acceptable solutions. Since the demand is very strong at the moment, the intense competition is pushing the overall quality of safety equipment upwards and incentivizing bold experiments that seek to develop even more impenetrable armour.

A company like Hard Shell is a great example of the modern security trends. This provider offers a broad range of military-grade tactical vests, helmets, and other ballistic protection aids designed to withstand direct impact from high-velocity ammunition without yielding. The company markets so many armour products that it would be possible to dress a person from head to toe into bullet-resistant gear – which is simply a necessity in certain fields of work. In addition to personal protection, Hard Shell makes personal protective equipments that can be used to provide improvised cover for groups of people during an attack. Police dogs are not forgotten either – there is a line of protective vests specially designed for canine use and it looks great, too!

Hard Shell’s customers come from a broad range of public agencies and private companies based around the world, as there is hardly any country where such equipment can’t be put to adequate use. Indispensible on the battlefield just as much as during disaster response operations, bulletproof vests made of Kevlar are standard for all units that are frequently exposed to direct gunfire or bomb threats. The products are put to a series of tests before reaching the market and any imperfections are immediately corrected, so that its end users don’t have to worry about the practical features and effectiveness under duress. Such procedures have ensured that the company enjoys a strong reputation for quality in the professional security circles and that it keeps expanding its global business network.

It is beyond any doubt that proper use of protective armour can save lives and minimize injuries, especially if the equipment is reliable and battle-tested. As offensive weapons become more powerful, it is imperative for body armour to follow the same pace or otherwise those whose task is to defend public safety would be at a disadvantage. Today’s security risks are greatly increased by the use of advanced technology during the planning and realization of various criminal acts and security officers need to have the same kind of access to live-saving innovations. The nature of defensive operations demands nothing short of perfection, since the slightest mistake could be very costly in terms of human lives.

By providing security professionals with a broad choice of anatomically shaped protective gear, Hard Shell and similar companies are performing an essential function that has far-reaching impact on our complete society. Just look at the range of situations where ballistic products can make a crucial difference –through protection of witnesses and VIP people, to securing peace in war-ravaged areas. When it comes to matters of life and death, being well-prepared for any eventuality is imperative and trusting your equipment 100% is prerequisite for effective action in the line of duty.

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The 2nd Marine Division’s top firearms expert put the M9 and Glock 19 H2H

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The 2nd Marine Division’s top firearms expert, Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Wade, is back with yet another gun video — And this one’s all about pistols. His message is: Take care of your side arms and they’ll take care of you.

Tired of all the hate dropped on the M9 Beretta, Wade’s latest edition of “Fact or Fiction” pits the battle-tested handgun against the Glock 19, which Wade says may soon begin making its way to Marines headed for Afghanistan. Gunner shows us just how effective the Marine Corps small arms can be.

To prove that M9 and Glock 19 can hold their own in a close-quarters shootout, Wade does away with the disciplined drills. There are no slow and steady squeezes here — this demonstration is all about volume of fire:

“I’m going to do a drill where I fire three magazines as quickly as my arthritic hands can fire them,” Wade says. “No specific drill or discipline to this, if anything I just want to show you this pistol can fight.”

With that, Wade deftly unloads three magazines in a matter of seconds, transitions to fresh clips and rips through paper at point-black range with his M9, before running the same drill with the Glock 19.

“Okay, not bad. Pretty fast,” Wade says, before quipping. “I’m a little old, so it’s a little slower than maybe 20 years ago, but if you’re going to Afghanistan you can fight with this gun too.”

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Field Guide For Beginners: The Essential Extras

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Field Guide For Beginners: The Essential Extras. 9

This guide is intended for those that are about to join the military of their choice. If you are currently an active or former service member, feel free to sound off with any suggestions in the comments.

Below are some of the best things you can take to the field, whether going  downrange or for a simple training session, the following items will make your time that much more enjoyable. Keep in mind some items may be forbidden by your respective military, especially if you are still in basic training. These items are not absolutely necessary, and you can live without them, but having them will make your time more enjoyable. Special-Ops.org takes no responsibility for punishment or damages incurred by following any of the tips in this guide.

1) Jerky.

Jerked meet is amazing. It tastes great, and because its preserved, it can last quite a while even after the package has been opened, its fairly light weight and often very easy to compact, so it’s a breeze to stuff into an empty pouch or within the crevices of a  backpack. Furthermore it is high in protein and salt and low in carbohydrates, which makes for a great mix of essentials ingredients you need while training in the field.

2) Head lamp.

Flashlights are important, but often require the use of a hand to hold them while digging through your pack to find a change of underwear, or better yet beef jerky. A head lamp will stay in place on your head and allow you to utilize both hands. Its important to get a headlamp that will give you red light , and if possible blue light, as these are much harder to spot from long distances and will still allow you to see whats directly in front of you. Furthermore red light won’t bother those sleeping around you as its not as intense as white light.

3) Multi-Tool knife.

While your army might provide a bayonet or Ka-Bar, it’s still important to have a personal utility knife that will provide essential items such as pliers and a screw driver, as you will inevitably need to use these things at some point or another during your service. Especially useful when adjusting the sights on your gun.

4) Pain-Killers

Make sure you are not allergic to any of the drugs mentioned within before taking them. Do not bring your dads prescription Percocet or Vicodin to boot camp – no. However, simple over-the-counter pills like Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen (names may vary by country) are usually A-OK in most armies, and bringing a few of these with you to the field will help quell a headache or other pain in a pinch. Medics don’t always have these with them and even when they do, you might still have to wait several hours to receive one. Please respect your countries and armies individual rules with regards to the usage of pain killers. Bonus Point: Liquid-Gels are fast acting, but they tend to melt when kept in very hot conditions, so they are not the best option while training in hot weather.  Pro tip: Always keep a few of the above recommended pills in your pocket, tied in a small plastic bag,  when going on long marches, as you might roll your ankle and be forced to continue marching.

5) Rolling Tobacco.

Smoking is bad, but if you must smoke in the field, bring roll-your-own tobacco. Roll your own tobacco is extremely easy and lightweight to take to the field. It also tends not to smell as strong as regular tobacco. A typical 30g pouch of tobacco is rated to provide 100 cigarettes. To get the same number you would need 5 packs of smokes which would take up valuable room in your bag, and are easier to crush, especially as soldiers are prone to tossing packs on the floor and lay on them to get some rest.

6) USB Battery Charger.

On the rare chance you are allowed to bring a phone or iPod to the field with you, for personal use during free time, a portable charger will be your best friend. These chargers are small, light weight, and often hold enough power to provide anywhere from 1 – 5 full recharges (based on mAh size – a 2500 mAh charger will often be enough to provide at least one full recharge) and as an added bonus they are often quite cheap.

7) Baby Wipes.

These are extremely important towards maintaining good hygiene while in the field. Baby wipes offer a simple, comfortable way to clean yourself off after doing your business in the field. They are also great for cleaning ones feet.

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