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Glossary of Tactical Terms


  • ALS: Automatic Locking System

  • A-TACS: A type of camouflage.

  • BDU: Ready for combat – Battle Dress Uniform

  • BM: Benchmade – knife manufacturer

  • Camo: Another common abbreviation for camouflage.

  • CB: Carabiner – the metal loop with a flip opening – handy clip with many uses

  • CCW:  stands for – Concealed Carry Weapon

  • CF: Carbon Fiber

  • CQC: Close Quarters Combat – as in house to house

  • CQT: Close Quarters Tactical

  • CT: Coyote Tan (color) – also could be Composite Toe

  • Cuff(s):  Common abbreviation used for handcuffs.

  • E&E: Escape & Evasion

  • EDC: Every Day Carry – could refer to a weapon

  • ELS: Equipment Locking System

  • EMS: Emergency Medical Services (Supplies)

  • FG: Foliage Green (color similar to OD)

  • GTG: Things are “Good To Go”

  • IR: InfraRed

  • IWB: Inside WaistBand

  • LED: Light Emitting Diode – generally used here referring to flashlights

  • Level 1 Retention: A holster where the pistol retention method is friction.

  • Level 2 Retention: A holster where the pistol retention method is friction as well as a push button release.

  • Level 3 Retention: A holster where the pistol retention method is friction, a spring loaded cap device that snaps in place.

  • LRT: Long Range Tactical

  • LRP: Long Range Patrol

  • Mag:  Abbreviation for pistol/rifle magazines.

  • MLS: Molle Gear Locking System

  • MOLLE: Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (ex. strap system on packs)

  • MRT: Mid Range Tactical

  • NRA: National Rifle Association

  • OD: Olive Drab (commonly known as Army Green)

  • PALS/PAL: A term for molle compatible attachment straps or items.

  • QD: Quick Disconnect

  • QLS: Quick Locking System

  • S.T.R.I.K.E.: Soldier Tactical Retro Integrated Kit Enhanced

  • SERPA: This refers to a type of holster, named after Michael Serpa (inventor)

  • SLS: Self Locking System

  • ST: Steel Toe

  • USAF: United States Air Force

  • USMC: United States Marine Corps

  • USN: United States Navy

  • WP: WaterProof

  • ZK: Zombie Killer

  • ZT: Zero Tolerance – knife manufacturer

  • ZK: Zombie Killer

  • Zulu Time: Universal Time (24 hour clock at the Prime Meridian)

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Buckle from AustriAlpin

Patented AustriAlpin COBRA™ quick releases are, without equal, the safest, most finely crafted, and strongest load bearing buckles available anywhere. They are also the only stab-lock style fastener in the safety products market that will not open while under load. That makes them the best choice (we believe, the only choice) for ensuring the highest degree of safety for yourself or your customer. COBRAs are CNC machined, assembled, inspected, and packed (re: from alpha to omega) in our ISO quality assurance accredited facility. All COBRA products are tested and certified by highly respected independent /3rd party test houses and exceed Mil Spec guidelines for dust / sand / salt water as well as all applicable CE, EN, CSA, ANSI, and NFPA standards for fall-protection and personal safety. Our superior designs and commitment to quality guarantees the highest degree of reliability and assurances for safety and strength. Not too mention, they look awesome too!

All COBRAs are machined from the highest grade 7075 aluminum alloy and feature solid brass and stainless steel components. Each production batch is randomly test certified for strength, and in the case of our NFPA models, all are individually test loaded to 11kN. We offer numerous sizes, finishes, styles, and models to suit almost every application imaginable. COBRAs are used in countless Military applications / contracts (with Berry Amendment approval). They are specified over and over again for special contracts and applications where uncompromising safety, long term reliability, and extreme performance are required.

GT Cobra® (100% polymer - made in usa)

AustriAlpin is proud to partner with ITW Nexus North America who will produce, under licence, a
new game changer to the polymer hardware industry. The GT COBRA® a high strength polymer buckle system. Designed to be more robust than any other type of plastic hardware with target load of 500lbs, the GT COBRA buckle is a 100% Polymer system with no metal springs or hinges. A few of the many GT COBRA advantages are its lightweight construction, noise discipline, Infra-red reduction compliance, and extreme crush-resistance.

The GT COBRA buckle will be offered three sizes; 1.5". 1.75" and 2" (other sizes by special request based on applications.) The GT COBRA buckle is designed for all heavy load bearing applications such as belts, collars, leashes, plate and armor carriers, shoulder straps, medical device straps, harnesses, PFD's, packs, litters as well as any other applications that demand high performance for your complete product life cycle.

- 500 pound MBS payload

- Made in USA.
- Safe. Does not release when under load.
- 100% polymer, no metal springs or hinges
- All sizes & models are interchangeable


Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Active Duty Gear

Below are a few ideas of some great products that your father probably doesn’t own, but would love to have. We have highlighted (3) knives – (2) flashlights – (3) packs

Our Father’s Day Gift to you is a 15% Discount on these 8 Products!

SALE PRICE includes the 15% discount


We picked these because they are high quality and are very useful. They are high value products. They will give great performance over a long period of time. In addition to these great products, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on ALL ORDERS through Father's Day!

Benchmade HUNT 15031-1 North Fork Folder
G-10 Handle

This Benchmade HUNT POCKET CARRY FOLDER is one of their best. It is very popular for several reasons. It has a blade length just under 3 inches making it legal to carry in almost all areas of the country.

Item #: BM-15031-1
SALE: $124.95 after 15% Discount

Benchmade HUNT 15031-2 North Fork Folder
Dymondwood Handle
This Benchmade HUNT POCKET CARRY FOLDER is one of their best. It is very popular for several reasons. It has a blade length just under 3 inches making it legal to carry in almost all areas of the country.

Item #: BM-15031-2
SALE: $124.95 after 15% Discount

Extremebeam M4 Scirrako Flashlight.

Perfect, top quality all-purpose ExtremeBeam 230 Lumen light. Dependable and long battery life. BEST VALUE at regular price

Item #: EB-AG-B01
SALE: $44.95 after 15% Discount

ExtremeBeam M1000 All Purpose Home Flashlight

This indestructible powerhouse will light up your whole house. Drive intruders away with its BLINDING LIGHT and power. This is a Man's Flashlight.

Item #: EB-AK-B01
SALE: $114.95 after 15% Discount

Streamlight Strion LED HP Flashlight w/ Recharging Kit

Streamlight Strion LED HP High Performance Rechargeable Flashlight is ultra compact and ultra powerful! This flashlight from Streamlight has 3 microprocessor-controlled variable-intensity modes, a strobingimage mode, and the latest power LED technology. Great for many uses.

Item #: SL74501
SALE: $124.99 after 15% Discount

Benchmade HUNT – Hidden Canyon Hunter

This brand new Benchmade Fixed Blade hunting knife is perfect for the any outdoorsman. Great look and feel. Includes Leather Sheath.

Item #: BM-15016-2
SALE: $104.95 after 15% Discount

Maxpedition Personal Cooler.

This stylish new Personal Cooler is perfect for a variety of situations. It is great for car trips, school lunches, short hunting or fishing trips or just attaching to your backpack with camping/hiking.

Item #: MAX-PT1009
SALE: $62.99 after 15% Discount

Maxpedition M-1 Waistpack

The ideal waistpack has plenty of room, multiple compartments, secure closures, is durable and has multiple carry options. Wear it on your belt, Molle it to your pack or throw it in your pack. 100s of uses.

Item #: MAX-0307
SALE: $23.49 after 15% Discount

In addition to these great products, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on ALL ORDERS through Father's Day!
Folding Maxpedition Rollypoly Pouches
The Rollypoly line of Maxpedition pouches is unique in its breath of products and the quality of the materials. These pouches when folded correctly are small, compact, lightweight and therefore easy to store, attach to a larger pack, or worn on a belt.

Below are some pictorial instructions to assist you in folding your new Rollypoly pouch.

RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification)
What is RFID Skimming?
RFID Skimming is a form of digital theft, which enables information from RFID based smart cards to be read and duplicated. It can be used as a form of wireless identity theft or credit card theft among other forms of information theft. Typically it works by illegitimate reading of RFID chips at a distance using a cheap RFID reader device, which downloads the card information. From there, it can be written to a new blank card, which then operates in the same manner as the original legitimate card. Because the data is identical on both cards, and the information is only copied, it makes no difference if the original data is encrypted or not.

RFID skimming has been demonstrated as far back as 2008 and as recently as 2013, however levels of theft are difficult to determine, as victims typically do not know how their card data was compromised.

What is RFID?
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Some tags are powered by and read at short ranges (a few meters) via magnetic fields (electromagnetic induction). Others use a local power source such as a battery, or else have no battery but collect energy from the interrogating EM field, and then act as a passive transponder to emit microwaves or UHF radio waves (i.e., electromagnetic radiation at high frequencies). Battery powered tags may operate at hundreds of meters. Unlike a barcode, the tag does not necessarily need to be within line of sight of the reader, and may be embedded in the tracked object.

Who uses RFID?
RFID technology has been commercially available in one form or another since the 1970s. It can be found in car keys, highway toll tags, bank cards and security access cards. The Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, who staff the ports of entry, anticipate that the speed of vicinity RFID will allow CBP officers, in advance of the traveler's arrival at the inspection booth, to quickly access information on the traveler from secure government databases, and allow for automated terrorist watch list checks without impeding traffic flow. In addition, they foresee that multiple cards can be read at a distance and simultaneously, allowing an entire car of people to be processed at once.

US Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs
Radio-frequency identification. Wikipedia. Retrieved May 6, 2014, from
RFID skimming. Wikipedia. Retrieved May 6, 2014, from

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