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Portable Water Filters

Portable Water Filters

For decades we’ve depended on some amazing gear. We’ve been able to test numerous products while residing long-term in, or traveling short-term to, some of the world’s most challenging areas. Some of this gear has served is well for years, while other products have...

Brunton 7×18 Monocular

Brunton 7×18 Monocular

Civil wars and other conflicts are raging at this very moment in a number of international locations. I’ve been receiving several updates a day from individuals on the ground, close by, or monitoring these situations from many miles away. Battles, drone strikes,...

Digital Road Flares

Digital Road Flares

I shared in our last Saturday article the fact that my son-in-law was recently involved in a serious automobile accident. On a dark, very wet and rainy night in late October he was stopped at a red light. Without warning, a sports car slammed into the rear of the car...

Beartooth Off-Grid Comms Test

Beartooth Off-Grid Comms Test

As Global Security Advisor for teams serving in over 100 countries, I’ve learned first-hand how important it is to have communication redundancy. We’ve mentioned in numerous posts that having a three-tier Comms system should be considered the minimum. A three-tier...

9mm Blank Pistol Review

9mm Blank Pistol Review

On a set schedule we run on-site Soft Skills and Tactics (SST) training events. These are not open to the public. Instead, they help to prepare individuals who will be serving on teams in some of the world’s most challenging international locations. This is the...

Perimeter Alarm – One Year Review

Perimeter Alarm – One Year Review

On 22 April 2020 we posted an article called “Covert Hardening.” You can review this by going to Panoplia.org and clicking on the “Latest Posts” link in the top navigation bar. Once there, enter the word “Covert” in the Keyword box and hit “Search.” You can then read...

Night Vision and Signaling

Night Vision and Signaling

There’s been a number of times over the years when individuals we advise had to evacuate an area under threat. The most recent was within the past few weeks. At least one of these incidents was an extraction involving a helicopter whose crew had to search for...

Ryobi Air: Back on the Road Fast

Ryobi Air: Back on the Road Fast

A few years back a friend called and asked if I’d like to meet him at the shooting rage. I said, “Of course, I’ll be there in an hour.” After some preparation I jumped onto my KTM Duke and was on my way. About three miles into the ride the KTM’s rear felt spongy. I...

Tried and Tested Footwear

Tried and Tested Footwear

Tried and Tested Footwear There’s no question that we’re spoiled in the United States when it comes to firearms. We have so many choices and options that over the years shooters have settled down into camps of allegiance. It’s fun to see those who prefer one...

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