Troops of Doom – Inside an S23 ‘Day Sack’

Troops of Doom – Inside an S23 ‘Day Sack’

It’s the weekend, so I thought I’d do a quick bag (day sack) dump before getting geared up for another whole new week …

I’ve been using my surprisingly vacuous LondonBridge Trading 8000ain MultiCam ‘Tropic’ …

This carries:

• 1 x Jetboil Flash

• 1 x Patagonia Lvl 5 Soft Shell

• 1 x Patagonia Lvl 4 Wind Shirt

• 1 x SureFire, LLC 6P Classic Blk

• 1 x MRE Spoon

• 1 x Oakley ‘Gas Can’ Glasses

• 1 x Gerber Gear ‘Suspension’ Multi Tool

• 1 x Noble & Blue M05 Field Note Wallet w/Sharpie and IR Cymalume

Patrol Incident Gear FDT gloves

• 2 x Nalgene 1 ltr Bottles

• 1 x AeroPress (fitted with Percolo Stainless Steel Filter)

• 1x Gsi Outdoors ‘Java Mill’

• Assorted Storacell holders

• 1 x Neck Gaiter

… what’s in yours, have an awesome Bank Holiday weekend – S23

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• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

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Good Lookin’ Out – Stretch Tactical and Back Country Workshop Spotlight

Good Lookin’ Out – Stretch Tactical and Back Country Workshop Spotlight

Short overview of some excellent new products released this week.

It’s great to see good people take the first foray for real in to the world of product design and bring it to the masses – always great to support local and see that ‘hardcore diy’ ethic still lives too …

First up, perhaps make familiar to many of you, hot off the heels of his Mk II PVC patch Stretch Tactical have collaborated with Neptune Designs to bring a new range of UKSF inspired designs …

The first being the popular and arguably now iconic L119a2 platform, stunningly presented in X-ray format.

However options are always good, and they’ve released the above shirt in tandem with another populist piece of equipment – following on with the X-ray theme the second shirt features the ubiquitous Ops Corereplete with Comm’s, NVG’s and strobe …

Both shirts proudly display StretchesTactical’s ‘Varsity inspired logo on the rear and are printed on high quality tee’s with a very broad selection of sizes and fits for both men and women …

You can head over to his store and grab yourselves one of these over at his web store.

Stretch Tactical Online Store: http://www.stretchtactical.co.uk/

Next up, and quite possibly no stranger to many of you – Back Country Workshophas been steadfastly producing no end of excellent Kydex items such as knife sheafs and holsters as well shirts, apparel and of course the essential item you should all have on your key chain – his brand new bottle opener …

As there web bio aptly describes: We develop and design equipment, apparel and promote a lifestyle for the military, athletic, crossfire and outdoors enthusiast, as well as providing consultants for these areas to the commercial world. We are a veteran owned business and take pride in everything that is produce here in the cave.

This caught my eye trawling through the feed of several social media accounts, and boasting a design based on his Bearded Ball Cap logo, it’s not only a stunning piece but fully functional as an Every Day Carry ‘bottle opener’ – due for release imminently, it would appear these will be offered in a matte black finish and distressed copper ‘acid dipped’ variant.

Of course supporting quality home grown gear is always great, but yet in picking one of these up is a sound investment, as you’ll be supporting a former Royal Marine, as you well know the Corps is very close to my own families heart – check out Back Country’s store right here: http://www.bcworkshop.co.uk/

Feel the Darkness – ATRG’s S23 Interview

Feel the Darkness – ATRG’s S23 Interview

**NEW INTERVIEW UP FROM ATRG**

I’ve made it no secret that I’m genuinely a big fan of good friend Dan’s new blog ATRG, so much so I’ve encouraged many of you to check the excellent and consistently solid work he’s published so far …

Well, it’s all down hill from here on in, he asked me for an interview (just kidding, this was a pleasure and honored to make a guest appearance)

More relevantly he asked some thought provoking questions and it certainly solicited some earnest answers – you can read it all here: https://atrg836615659.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/interview-andy-s23/

*footnote, more importantly go follow his Instagram and Facebookpages, lots of really cool stuff on there, and subscribe to his blog, it really is a relevantly fun read – S23

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Each Sticker set contains:

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• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

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… Who’s Buying – Tacbelts UK Incremental Update

… Who’s Buying – Tacbelts UK Incremental Update

… in a short but sweet update, rather than redux our original Peace Sells … Tacbelts Spotlight – I thought I’d get out and get some quick photographs of my new S23 patches from Tacbelts and as they’re so good I put in a third order. The man is a machine, this too was turned around in true ‘speed metal’ fashion and arrived only a mere day after the two S23 patches had dropped.

Blend In

As you can see, the first S23™ Callsign perfectly blends in against the Wild Things Soft Shell Tweave in Multicam™.

Needless to say perfectly equal and laser cut straight with tight and tidy stitching the 3M Solar IR backer peaks through the stenciled font perfectly. Bound to MilSpec Hook, it securely attaches to your chosen Loop Velcro attachment point …

The Thin Blue Line

So, to say I’m impressed doesn’t quite cut it, these are far beyond superb, so pleased in fact I immediately reached out to Andy at Tacbelts UK for a very special third piece. Not so much for fun, but a special requirement for at work, when on duty. It was to be a UnionJack with the ‘Thin Blue Line‘ through it …

… and drawing inspiration from images of SOF and in particular 75th Rangers I opted for Hook bordering so I could switch between the ‘Hi-VisPhotoluminescent side and the more subdued ‘3M IR Blackout‘ on the reverseside …

Suffice to say he’s knocked it out of the park again and I’m sure he’ll be in receipt of requests for more of these very soon …

… staggering to think, such is his ability to visualize the customers brief and subsequently realize it and get it shipped within a mere few hours is truly testament to not only his professionalism, but commitment to customer satisfaction, I’ll be wearing this with no end of pride.

Last but not least the second patch ordered from Tacbelts is possibly the most stunning of the pair, in Multicam™ and with ‘Night Glow’ bordering – whilst this will provide for a more covert visual signature – when attached to bags and cargo it’ll be quickly located with a flash of my trusted Surefire, LLC 6P Blk …

Naturally, I’ll urge you to go give Tactbelts UK a follow over at their pages here at Tacbelts UK FB and Tacbelts UK IG account too …

I’ll leave you with a few more shots of his stunning patches – S23

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Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

* (*whilst stocks last)

Överkill – Kifaru Urban Zippy Pack Spotlight by No.1 Jimmy Pie

Överkill – Kifaru Urban Zippy Pack Spotlight by No.1 Jimmy Pie

Funnily enough, today marks the 3rd year anniversary of my very own ‘Pie Slicer’ from Jim over at No1. Jimmy Pie Knives

Needless to say, after three years of work, use and abuse – with a little care and maintenance it’s going as strong as ever …

Albeit it’s picked up what I think is some rather fetching patina …

Now, I’ve been meaning to get Jim on the blog for quite sometime, however, if not quite found the angle I was after – and he is a very busy man. In between cups of coffee he’s found toiling away crafting exquisitely functional knives, related accessories and ephemera in his incredible workshop hidden, somewhere in the depths of leafy suburbia …

I know this much, Jim is exceptionally well thought of, not just by me, or his customers and legions of fans but his contemporaries within the industry.

He’s forged, or should that be ‘carved’ a reputation through his intimate dialogue of photos of knives, axes and hatchets, often modified and detailed to bespoke customer requirements – and, have been seen subsequently across the globe in the hands of outdoorsmen, every day carry enthusiasts, hiking community as well as Law Enforcement and Military too …

I’ve got my own, and plan a second (I blame you Jim for sending that phot) – but what has attracted many, is through his visual diary you often get a unique insight into how they are made, processes he’s developed and learnt. It’s a very affirming process, and even from a customers point of view, gives you a real personable account of your knifes creation …

Anyhow, on with this posts topic – Jim, like many of us, comes from a background of gear collecting, and as such, having more than a passing interest knows what works and what doesn’t – I’d noticed he’d been shifting a few pieces of Cordura and suspected it was for a higher purpose …

Enter The Kifaru Urban Zippy

Jim recently picked up a brand new Kifaru Urban Zippy, this model in Ranger Green.

In his original post he had this to say:

Little Bag, big capacity, I honestly don’t think I’ve owned a ruck in this size range that packs this much in with room to spare.

He went on to further explain and evidence with some great explanatory photos too:

I can still fit in my hammock or a set of base layers, the rear pouch is still empty too …

Better yet, Jim gave a run down on what he was packing too, giving not only example of the packs capabilities – but many of the things you should consider carrying on a leisure hike and or short stay out camping …

He explained:

… it lets you get to it all easily too, great design by Kifaru.

External Lid Pocket

Small Fixed Blade, Ruck Cover, External Lid Pocket – Spare Large Kifaru Pouch

Internal Lid Pocket

First Aid Kit

Main Pocket

• 1Ltr Nalgene Bottle

• Jet Boil PCS

• MRE

• GoreTex Bivvy

• Triple Aught Design Scarf

• Kifaru x 4 Pockets (Wash Kit, Brew Kit, Fire Kit, Snacks)

Left Side Zipper

• Shelter Kit

• Folding Saw

• Cordage

• Bungees

Right Side Zipper

• Tarpaulin

Outside Pockets

• 1 Ltr Nalgene

• Large Fixed Blade

Rear Pouch

• Empty (as you can see the pack is vacuous with room for much more despite its diminutive size)

Encouragingly, Jim is always keen and enthusiastic to engage questions solicited from followers and made the following poignant remarks. When asked about not having a proprietary ‘waist belt’ he explained:

It does have a simple waist strap, nothing padded, and you’d be correct, I wouldn’t want to do a full days hike with it as it is – but a light bimble (walk) and an overnight wild camp, it’d be fine …

The proof however, will be in the pudding as they say, when I get out and test it properly.

Further praise was evidenced by Jim:

… this feels perfect, in the 25ltr range, it’s been a while since I’ve had a Kifaru in my life, maybe three years, very happy to get one back …

With regards to the unique and innovative design, the side pockets:

It’s a damn neat idea!

Quick access to the bottom of the bag or the internal mesh pouch, genius and cool as f**k !!!

As he’d sent over additional phot’s for this very article he parted out with this great line:

The real game changer I think with a load like this is the internal frame …

You can keep up with Jim here over at No.1 Jimmy Pie Instagran and check our more from Kifaru here: http://www.kifaru.net/

He also sent over this stunning exclusive photo – showcasing his incredible craftsmanship alongside his Kifaru Pack – S23

**RESTOCKING STICKERS – GET EM’ BEFORE THEY’RE GONE**

Restocking stickers, back by popular demand and now with

an all new additional variant sticker – get em’ here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

**NOW WITH MORE NEW DESIGNS**

Plaster your ‘Blaster Cases’ stocks, kit and gear or even coffee mugs with hard wearing S23 Familia Sticker pride

Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

* (*whilst stocks last)

Peace Sells … Tacbelts UK Spotlight

Peace Sells – Tacbelts UK Spotlight

Serendipity

“In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might – Beware my power-Green Lantern’s light!”

Whilst on the way to work today, taking a lazy detour to pick up a fresh hot cup of joe I received a great message from good friend Jules aka W-12 from the old WannabeForum days. In fact he was instrumental in its inception and as it’s already be widely reported the Wannabe Forum was key in inspiration for this very blog.

If you so wish you can read his interview from a few years back right here An interview with Zero Positive

Whilst we talked about the London Bridge Trading 8000A Day Sack review he’d just finished reading over breakfast, as well as the golden era of the Wannabe Forum, as well as work, weddings and diets – the conversation drifted over to patches !!!

Jules was after some more ‘professional’ Call Sign Patches, specifically W-12 to posthumously commemorate his time on the forum and of course spent in the pursuit of ‘PlasticDeth’ (SIC) …

Tacbelts UK

Of course there was one name, who been popping up across my desk with break neck frequency – Tacbelts UK – who naturally I recommend to W-12

Andy over at Tacbelts has been going for a little while now, but as a relative new face across social media has very quickly garnered the attention of many well respected luminaries Dan from ATRG, Jimmy over at No.1 Jimmy Pieas well as a few ‘anonymous’ high profile ‘customers’ …

He’s not only built a reputation for high quality work, using authentic color ways and camouflage patterns in Cordura, but as is industry standard, uses 3M IR reflective backing, CyFlect and even the option of bordering designs with ‘Night Glow’ material …

What’s even more astounding is his very competitive prices, superb communication and advice on options and designs. But wait, there’s more – whilst dependent on size and number of patches, his turnaround on projects is no less than stellar …

Jules ordered three patches, one standard, one IR and one CyFlect patches early this morning after I’d sent over the link. By mid afternoon the work was completed and exampled on his IG account …

Now, I rarely swear, but no more f**kin’ about I dropped him a message with haste mid afternoon, requesting two new S23 Call Sign Patches – one in Multicam with IR backing and a second S23 patch in MulticamBlack with IR backing and ‘Night Glow’ bordering – less than 45 minutes later I’m in receipt of a completed work photograph and shipping in the AM …

It really doesn’t get better than that !!!

Tacbelts also produce not only patches, but belts, slings, suppressor covers …

… head bands for ear pro and comm’s sets, artisanal ancillary products. Custom pouch work and more …

And whilst I’ve never really taken to them some really well produced ‘industrial’ mesh face protection, so good in fact, I’d consider a set f’sure …

One item that really has caught my eye, is a custom reversible ‘Thin Blue Line’ patch subdued IR& CyFlect reversible Union Jack patch that surely would look great on my ‘duty’ Plate Carrier

In the meantime head on over to his Instagram account here at Tacbelts UK Instagram

And his Facebook page here Tacbelts UK Facebook… and tell him we sent you – S23

**RESTOCKING STICKERS – GET EM’ BEFORE THEY’RE GONE**

Restocking stickers, back by popular demand and now with

an all new additional variant sticker – get em’ here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

**NOW WITH MORE NEW DESIGNS**

Plaster your ‘Blaster Cases’ stocks, kit and gear or coffee mugs with hard wearing S23 Familia Sticker pride

Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

(*whilst stocks last)

Power Metal – Doomtrodon New Demo Track

Power Metal – Doomtrodon New Demo Track

We take a quick detour from our usual fare of ‘Plastic Deth’ to introduce something, we at the S23 HQ have been quietly waiting for a for a while now – the first track from Doomtrodon’s upcoming ’68 Demo’ …

If your not up to date on the current ‘Metal Zeitgeist’ then let’s bring you screaming up to speed …

Doomtrodon is a new band based out of west England and are on guitar ‘Geezer’ drummer ‘Gav’ newly acquired vocalist ‘Matt’ and on bass, the inimitable ‘Biz’ !!!

Sound familiar – well, as I posted elsewhere this evening …

… check out Doomtrodon’s demo track Vampyre Ratt from there ‘68 Demo’ – that driving bass line, alongside those tortured vocals, pummeling drums and gravel rough buzz saw guitars is by none other than artist extraordinaire Simon Bisley …

Simon ‘Biz’ Bisley is famed for his incredible illustrative body of work, including Dredd vs Batman one shot ‘Judgement on Gotham’ – cover art for Doom Patrol, his groundbreaking Slaine, ABC Warriors for 2000ad and much much more …

Whilst not his first foray into music, his art has also graced Danzig’s EP ‘Thrall Demon Sweat Live’ as well as working with the Misfits vocalist extensively on his own comic line.

You Can hear the new track by hitting the link below

New Demo Track ‘Vampyre Ratt’ from Doomtrodon’s ’68 Demo’

This is a powerful and promising start, Geezers solid guitar work with riff heavy hooks oozes confidence.

You can also give another track, ’68’ from Doomtrodon a listen here !!!

Gav’s precision drumming pins it all down, and with extra greasy groove domination from the Biz’s incredible bass line, quite possibly motivated by his underlying skill at the drums, it’s great to see him switch instruments here.

All ably led by the tortured growls and screams of newly added Matt, that’s not to say there’s no lack of melody to what he’s delivered here, but it has its own nightmarishly tortured charm.

Doomtrodon to me personally sound like a really much needed and refreshing take on British Grind and Doomcore with a healthy nod to influences such as Sabbath and Motörhead – without sounding plaid or routine, I’ve quietly observed rumblings and movements over the past few months on their FB page and it’s been impressive to see what has slowly unfurled and evolved, it clearly is genuinely passionate and genuinely professional going concern, more importantly a labor of love which has finally come to fruition.

Whilst no genuine music hack, more over, just a die hard enthusiast- as I’m sure many of you are aware I’ve long been a fan of the many heavy genres of music, including Metal, Hardcore and Punk – of late much has left to be desired of new music in general, and after several plays Doomtrodon’s new track has left me exceptionally excited for what’s to come …

I’ll certainly not dare to pigeon hole them into a genre or cast too many similarities to their own brand of swaggering heavy groove laden doom – but any fans of Crowbar, EyeHateGod, Bolt Thrower or even the Obsessed would happily see this band stand proudly alongside them as contemporaries – high praise, maybe but they’ve surely got the punch and heart to put British Heavy Music back on track …

If your local they are due to take the stage this Saturday, May 12th at Oxfords O2 – someone pick me up a shirt !!!

Supporting Death Remains – you can pick up tickets here !!!

Again the underground has delivered, and it’s this original and fresh take on the genre that’s certainly reinvigorated my faith in new music – anyhow, enough from me – tune down, turn up and sab out – S23

Keep up to date with more from Doomtrodon here on there FB page: https://m.facebookn.com/doomtrodon/

NEW DESIGN – S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ Skull Tee

In NSW ‘Navy Blue’ with the classic ‘Beer Mat’ on the front and custom ‘Plastic Deth’ Skull Art sporting the now infamous ‘Ranger’ diamond on the rear, by S23 himself – you can now sport you OG S23Familia Pride on or off the field – S23

Available in Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XXL-Large and XXX- Large here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-plastic-deth-skull-tee