Peace Sells … Tacbelts UK Spotlight

Peace Sells – Tacbelts UK Spotlight

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“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)

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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

True ‘Till I Die – ‘A-Patch’ Tactical

True ‘Till I Die – ‘A-Patch’ Tactical

Very good friend over at Tactical Airsoft Confrontation Team Bruno Van S has been toiling quietly behind the scenes to bring his new endeavor to life – A-Patch Tactical

Working hard to find his feet and very quickly to discover new technology, and materials including IR and IFF reflective materials – amongst many other things on the cards has already brought to life some very high end patches …

Some of designs already produced so far for customers are far beyond pristine – and have already delivered products for both the Military, Law Enforcement and Emergency Services not just at home, Belgium – but internationally too …

If you are looking for custom work, at competitive prices and very quick turnaround – then A-Patch are the guys to talk to, drop em’ a message …

As you can see he’s also been experimenting with a particularly familiar design in MultiCam Cordura

It’s not stopping there with patches and callsigns but they are dipping their feet into laser engraving and the early test results are already very promising.

Be sure to head on over to their Facebook page and Instagram accounts to keep updated with news and developments – S23

A-Patch Tactical FB: https://www.facebook.com/Apatch.tactical/videos/2077152275876885/

A-Patch Tactical IG: https://www.instagram.com/apatch_tactical

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

Immigrant Song – NOBLE & BLUE – Triple Aught Design Review

Immigrant Song – NOBLE & BLUE – Triple Aught Design Review

… possibly one of the more authoritative gear reviews I’ve recently read. Objective, personable and intuitively brave in discussing its merits and flaws – N&B have delivered another ‘must read’ …

Anything posting once is worth posting twice right ?

This truly deserves a wider audience and if your not already following Noble and Blue, here’s a great jumping on point.

**NOBLE & BLUE – Triple Aught Design**

New review up from the good guys over at Noble& Blue – this time out they give a comprehensive review of Triple Aught Design’s ‘Shagmaster’ hoodie which is even seen sporting the ubiquitous ‘beer mat’ you can read it all here: https://nobleandblue.wordpress.com/portfolio/triple-aught-design-shagmaster-hoodie/

You can read our original interview with Noble and Blue right here: https://s23gearmonkey75.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/5678/

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

Navy SEAL – DEVGRU – HALO – Combat Diver – VBSS complete gear. ABA LBT LAR-V

Navy SEAL – DEVGRU – HALO – Combat Diver – VBSS complete gear. ABA LBT LAR-V

Lord Sex used to be one of, if not the leading lights active on the much lamented ‘Wannabe Forums’ – subsequently, post active service with his own nations Military he’s pretty much stepped out of the lime light of ‘Gear Forums’ – until recently, where he set up an expansive fan page on Facebook cataloguing much of his photo collection, documenting his expansive collection of gear, blasters and of course his stunning photo shoots – you can check it all out here: https://www.facebook.com/Lord_sex-154333258005818/

Anyhow – he’s recently released some of his collection for sale, which for posterity I’ve decided to give a spotlight on and show just how much detail and research went into his gears – if you’ve got a cool $7000 plus you can put in a bid here: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192519336660

US NAVY SEAL gear for HALO/HAHO, combat diver and VBSS operations.

Lord Sex went on to describe on the listing:

“For sale is a very rare and unique set of US NAVY SEAL gear for HALO/HAHO, combat diver and VBSS operations.

This listing contains the following items:

-US divers 2 piece dive suit, reversible. (Item is very used, and has some hole’s in the armpits and groin section. It is still usable, but it is old and not recomended for water use)

-Us divers / Aqualung Dive mask, panoramic view, good usable condition.

-Deep See diver gloves, size M. Good usable condition.

-IST diver hoodie, size M. Good usable condition.

-Deep See diver boots, size 9 / 42 EU. Good usable condition.

-Fore fins pro, size L. Good usable condition.

-SI TECH Waterproof Pack w/Alice Frame. Good condition, but i am not sure if it is still usable in open water. (IMPORTANT, main air bottle is INCLUDED for this item)

-Secumar lifejacket with valves. Good condition, but i am not sure if it is still usable in open water. (IMPORTANT, air bottles are NOT included for this item)

-Drager LAR-V Rebreather. Good condition, it is still in working condition, but i am not sure if it is still usable in open water. (IMPORTANT, main air bottle is INCLUDED for this item)

-TAC-100 diver navigation board. Good usable condition. Has some scratches but is still 100% usable, numbers still glow’s in low light condition.

-Aqualung depth gauge (Atached to TAC-100 but can be removed) Item is very used, and it is in NOT WORKING condition.

-Casio G-shock dw 6600. Good usable condition.

-UDT combat life vest,1988. Good condition, but i am not sure if it is still usable in open water. (IMPORTANT, air bottles are NOT included for this item)

-Gentex HGU 55 helmet with black visor. Good usable condition. (Helmet has been customised with velcros and some black paint)

-Gentex MBU-12 oxygen mask. Good usable condition.

-SDU-5 strobe. Good external condition, but in no working condition.

-HALO/HAHO twin air bottles + adaptor for MBU-12. Good external condition, but unkown usable condition.

-Twin air bottles pouch, black color. Unknown manufacturer, looks like LBT. Good usable condition.

-Altimaster II altimeter. Black color. Good usable condition. (Tested, it is in working condition)

-HSPR / Harness Single Point Release. Dated 1988. Used for airborne ops to atach backpack. Good usable condition.

-MC-4 HALO/HAHO parachute system. Good external condition. (Item has some external marks and holes. The release handle is a replica) (VERY IMPORTANT, item has been de-miled, so it is NOT Working and has no main or secondary parachute. Please do not try to use it or fix it without a profesional’s supervision.

-American Body Armor (ABA) tactical vest, size L/XL. Black color. Good usable condition. The vest is in usable condition, but some of the butons are in bad shape.

-American Body Armor (ABA) utility pouches x 4. Black color. Good usable condition.

-American Body Armor (ABA) double pistol pouch. Black color. Good usable condition.

-American Body Armor (ABA) triple MP5 pouch, old version without buckles. Black color. Good usable condition.

-American Body Armor (ABA) triple MP5 leg panel, old version without buckles. Black color. Good usable condition.

-American Body Armor (ABA) radio pouch. Black color. Usable condition. (Pouch been repaired several times by the operator, but still holds the radio properly)

-London Bridge Trading (LBT) triple flashbang pouch, black color. Good usable condition.

-USGI first aid kit with plastic insert. OD green color. (Sprayed black) Good usable condition.

-Blackhawk Industries (BHI) canteen pouch with canteen. OD green color. (Sprayed black) Good usable condition.

-London Bridge Trading (LBT) riggers belt, size L, black color. Good usable condition. (Item is very used and has some rust, but it is still usable)

-Motorola MX-300r Radio. Item is very used, and it is in unknown usable condition. (The external part of the radio is cracking and peeling off).

-Nexus large size PTT for Motorola MX-300r . Good external condition. (Unknown working condition).

-SPIE Harness, size M. Good usable condition. Comes with one carabiner.

-Safariland 3006n for MK-23 (SOCOM) black color. Usable condition. (The holster is still usable, but has major signs of use, and rust)

-AN/PVS 5 night goggles. (Real item, comes with head harness) Item is in NOT WORKING condition, has some external scratches, including in the tubes/glass. I don’t know if it can be repaired or usable again.

This is a very unique set, of very rare and olschool gear. As Indiana Jones would say, “This belongs in a museum”

… an amazing piece of gear history right there – hope you enjoy getting an insight into a real piece of gear collecting history – S23

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

Urban Discipline – USMC Urban Camouflage ‘T Pattern’

Urban Discipline – USMC Urban Camouflage ‘T Pattern’

Whilst trawling a few gear pages on Facebook this came up in my feed, only time I’ve seen these in the wild was during a History Channel Urban/CQB documentary, where the Marines used these train in MOUT.

Whilst not footage from that documentary, some archival news reels are online and can be viewed here:

Not much proliferates the web regarding this pattern, however it’s clear as far back as 1999 the USMilitary in anticipation of growing threats from Terrorism, and domestic civil unrest – would see a shift towards more Asymmetrical Warfare, most likely within Urban City Centres.

Urban Warrior 1999

Operation Urban Warrior was a United States Marine Corps program created as an exercise meant to plan and test Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) and urban warfare in general.

It was developed in the mid 1990s by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory partly in response to growing problem on inner-city fighting, and especially made urgent following the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.

Press materials from the Warfighting Lab in 1997 stated, “..the world is becoming increasingly urbanized and increasingly dangerous” and described a new fight zone called the “urban littoral,” or coastal zone where most of the world’s population will reside. “Parts of the urban littoral will contain all the classic ingredients for conflict. There will be social, cultural, religious and tribal strife between differentgroups.

Many areas will have scarce resources, including the most basic ones like food and shelter as populations grow and resources shrink even further. The chances for conflict will naturally grow with it”

It’s no surprise that Law Enforcement and Police Forces have adopted ‘Grey’ as color way best suited for today’s AO’s …

Camopedia’s entry had this to say:

The US Army began testing a variety of camouflage patterns in 2001-2002 to replace the m81 woodland and tricolor desert patterns.

In 1998, another MOUT pattern was tested, this time with a very dominant grey colorway. BDU shirt and trousers, as well as PASGT helmet and vest covers were produced in the pattern, termed “urban camouflage” on the nomenclature. As with its predecessor, the urban MOUT pattern (sometimes nicknamed “Urban-T” or “T-MOUT”) was never adopted.

The range of designs included patterns with names such as “all-over brush,” “shadow line,” and “tracks,” with variations of each for use in woodland, desert, urban and combination desert/urban environments. At the same time, Natick begandeveloping a new era ofcombat uniform, based on improvements suggested by soldiers with field experience. This concept uniform would eventually be given the name Close Combat Uniform or CCU, and would eventually lead to the design implemented as the Army Combat Uniform. Of the new camouflage designs tested by the Army, only the “Urban Tracks” version would be fully implemented to the CCU production stage. Several hundred uniform examples were produced for testing by the Stryker Brigades in 2003-2004, although the pattern itself would be dropped in favor of the Universal Camouflage Pattern of the ACU.

Experimental USMC Urban T-Pattern BDU’s used in Urban Warrior in 1999 just for one FTX. Approximately only ever 800 sets of BDU pants, shirts, helmet and armor covers were made.

The Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) are camouflaged fatigues that were used by the United States Armed Forces as their standard combat uniform from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s. Since then, it has been replaced or supplanted in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

So, onto the pants – these have as expected become much sought after, and highly prized amongst collectors. I’m aware of a Far East Reproduction – however, whilst the pattern was correct in scale and color, the sizing was off and they horrendously faded when laundered.

These pants, as expected where produced in the obligatory BDU cut, and comprised of a shirt, pants – made from 50/50 NYCO and Helmet and Armor cover for the PASGT (Personal Armor System Ground Troops) PPE.

With a button fly, side bloused pockets and rear button pockets these are as utilitarian as expected – however, there’s a lot to be said for the venerable BDU.

It’s loose cut, and solid stitched construction make the BDU a firm favorite in my gear locker to this day.

I’d certainly hazard a guess and state these undoubtedly influenced NATTICK’s UCP pattern- which, whilst subject to much controversy and derision, particularly as it was heavily used in Arid environments such as Afghanistan is still an effective pattern in low light urban environments.

Whilst Camouflage is perhaps never intended to be appealing or attractive its three color pattern in rectangular and t-shaped print is striking none the less, and is interesting to see what development had extrapolated as potential solution to Camouflage in Urban Operations.

I’d love to add these to the collection, if only for posterity and historical interest – however, scarcity and availability make for an unlikely opportunity – S23

Photography courtesy of and special thanks to Bartek S

S23 Familia Stickers Ver. 2.0

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

http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

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 S23 ‘Mystery’ sticker*

*whilst stocks last

METAL MANIACS – THE REPTILE HOUSE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY BLOG S23 EDITION

THE REPTILE HOUSE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY BLOG

The Reptile House celebrates its fifth anniversary, and I was personally commissioned by Rich from TRH to write some liner notes on my top five TRH Blogs, of course I was more than happy to reflect back on his stunning encyclopedic body of work and proudly contribute alongside the likes of Dan from ATRG and Jay from TaranisS23

You can read my ‘liner notes’ here and catch up with the other anniversary installments too – have a real good look around the TRH’s vast library of material, you may want to get the coffee on, it’s huge …

https://thereptilehouseblog.com/2018/04/21/anniversary-v-s23s-top-five-blogs/

S23 Familia Stickers Ver. 2.0

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

http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

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 S23 ‘Mystery’ sticker*

*whilst stocks last