Thursday, July 28, 2011

Keep it clean or Keep it real?

On occasion people ask us for advice on cleaning nylon tactical gear. So here is what we say:
First, a word on what not to do: don't try to clean your gear in a washing machine. It won't hurt the materials but it will beat up the gear as a whole and distort its shape. Dry cleaning is also out of the question. In fact, there is no need for a machine to clean a piece of nylon gear. For removing accumulated dust and grit use a bristle brush—the kind sold in super markets for scrubbing pots and pans. Nylon is tough. A vigorous bristle brushing won't hurt it.
For dirt and stains that simply will not brush off, we recommend upholstery cleaner which can be bought at most auto supply stores. Use it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Since the real waterproofing in the nylon weave is the urethane coating on the inside of the Cordura®. The only thing that you might do, if you are a stickler for waterproofing, is to treat the seams with Seam Seal (the gooey stuff that comes in a tube, sold by those who sell tents and rain gear).
In fact, if you like your gear just the way it is, proudly wearing the dirt and stains of long and faithful service, there’s no reason to think about cleaning it at all. You can save yourself the cost of a brass bristle brush and a can of upholstery cleaner-carry on.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tactical Gear quality check - nylon cloth.

Most people buying tactical gear today will be purchasing gear made of nylon fabric, whether Cordura or otherwise. So here’s the scoop on the three layers that make up this fabric.

Top Layer:
Usually the top coating will be a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) that serves as a stain release and water resistant barrier. It could also be an anti-microbial, anti-static, anti-fungal, or wicking layer depending on the needs of the end user.

Middle (Woven) layer:
The woven fabric is the foundation of the textile. It provides the strength and abrasion resistance and is measured in denier. Typical denier weights are 210, 420, 500, or 1000. Ballistic nylon is 1680D.

Bottom Layer:
In most fabrics, the bottom layer is a water proof barrier made from an applied film or coating, typically polyurethane (PU). It can have a multi-ply configuration that might include a waterproof/breathable film and a protective and wicking layer. Many of the attributes of the Top Layer are often added or duplicated in the Bottom Layer. If the fabric is treated with fire retardant, the back of the fabric often looks like it has a milky residue. Military grade (MilSpec) nylon will often add an IR reflective coating and cost a bit more than otherwise equivelant commercial variants.

Well made tactical nylon fabric and webbing will have superior durability and abrasion resistance which equate into long service life.Tactical gear built overseas using knock-off nylon typically does not have the abrasion resistance and durability that most people desire in their go-to-gear.

Back on the farm we never seemed to have the time or money to get the job done right, but we always seemed to find it the second time something needed to be replaced. Buy your tactical gear right the first time!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tactical reload and malfunction drills for the AK-47 -the basics

If you are new to the AK and the concept of fast reloads and malfunction drills then welcome to basic training. Below is an excellent tutorial produced by a highly motivated tactical civilian. He covers common tactical reloads and malfunction drills from various angles so you get a 360 degree view of the techniques. StrikeHard Gear forgives the young man on his choice of AK chest rig  and will  look past that as the information conveyed is very good.

One common arguement you will encounter on the training field is whether to let your magazine drop to the ground or retain it. It's a "Ford or Chevy" arguement and a discussion for another day. The take away here is to develop a basic weapon handling technique and work it into your muscle memory via repetition.
That said, grab your AK and get busy.

Getting the most out of your AK-47

Simplicity and field expediency are the watchwords for the tactical civilian. Being able to operate in a hostile environment without the aid of a trained gunsmith or resupply from the local battery store is where the AK-47 and SKS excel. This little charging handle trick comes to us from the folks at Gun Websites, while not a longterm and robust solution to extending your charging handle it could come in handy. You be the judge.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blog Mission

At StrikeHard Gear we realize that not everyone who purchases a new firearm is an experienced marksman skilled in the tactical use of weaponary and sporting the latest in modular tactical gear. Everyone has to start somewhere and to that end we are working on a series of articles to help the owner's of rifles such as the AK 47, SKS, Mosin Nagant and Dragunov/PSL make informed decisions when they buy tactical gear.

Owning a rifle and dedicating yourself to learning how to use it for sport or self defense can be a daunting task but its a satisfying skillset to learn and a fun hobby. Over time we intend to expand the subject area into the basics that every gun owner should know including: safety, care and maintenance, basic marksmanship and sighting in your rifle as it pertains to the above mentioned rifles.

Don't forget to stop by the store and see our latest modular tactical gear offerings for the civilian tactical shooter.