This thread is for discussion of night vision and the related aiming systems. There are a number of posts scattered around LF, but as far as I can see there is not a single dedicated topic. In the aftermath of Hogpocolypse, it struck me that a consolidated topic would be useful. As I find links to individual posts I will add them in this first post. So, any comments, questions or observations about buying, using, or setting up NVG devices and the associated IR aiming and illumination systems...
I know a set of tubes on their own were unobtanium back when First Spear was the only one doing it. Now that Safariland is also doing tubes on their carriers, is their any way to get a hold of a a set of tubes without buying a whole cummerbund and cutting the tubes off of it? Looking to retrofit a Slickster cummerbund with tubes.
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/new-marines-united-spinoff-drive-includes-image-of-an-unconscious-woman OK, first, ignore the full link wording - Defense News and their .mil Times website has this as the link to the article. My point is that the system being tested looks like it uses First Spear Tubes. Is it one of their PCs? After the Army mess with Multi-cam, I'd be very leery about partnering with DOD/Army if I was a vendor working in that realm. Tankersteve
Does anyone know where to get a lube bottle or container that will fit in the battery tubes of storage capable stocks (Magpul, b5, etc)? Seems like a nice thing to have in there and forget about until you need it. All the eye drop style bottles are just a hair too big.
I don't know about unobtanium, but I got them from First Spear around this time last year, my wallet cried, but I rubbed some dirt on it. They took a while to ship- about 3 weeks, but it was well worth the wait. The tubes are listed on their website now, fiftten bucks more than I paid.
Yeah, I already went the cummerbund route on my AWS 6094. I am trying to just find the tubes themselves this time to have the local stitch doctor fit them to a Ferro Concepts slickster. I don't really want to pay the price for the cummerbund just to ditch the cummerbund and keep the hardware. I want it but I don't know that I want it "that" bad.
What's so special about the Tubes that can't be replicated with Cobra buckles or even Fastex? I personally rigged my Tyr Pico up with Cobra buckles to replace the hook & loop cummerbund attachment system.
I would say that the Tubes are wider, and therefore more stable than Cobra buckles or Fastex, unless you use a couple of buckles. Even then, a single wide Tube would provide a more rigid solution than a couple of buckles. This would mean that donning and doffing is slower. Especially when compared with just pulling the Tubes tab to release it in an emergency. The Tubes also appear more durable than Fastex, and easier to use than both Cobra and Fastex when wearing gloves. There are plenty of...
Considered that, but in thinking about it, it would seem that doing one central buckle would create a roll point on the cummerbund. They also take a substantial length given both male and female parts, for this particular application I don't want a closure that eats up an inch and a half of so of space.
@LobsterClaw207 lucky.... thats a badass carrier. Had some guys running them slicked out during an aircraft assault class recently and I was really impressed. I haven't had PC lust in a long time but got some from that one.. I *think* it would work if you had someone who could cut your cummerbund right between the large velcro piece that goes under the front flap, and the rest of the cummerbund itself and then sew the tube in where the cut was made. That is how I plan to insert mine if I can...
Damn I was thinking something along the lines of half the tube has a Velcro "tail" that I could put under the front flap of the PC and Velcro it down, and then the other side maybe threaded through the cummerbund and fold the Velcro back inside it.. Am I describing this at all coherently? I like it so far and we got the releasable one for ops near water and the attachable backpack. Going to be night and day over the my current Protech entry vest I think.
They posted they are available for individual purchase on their facebook page today. Hot damn. And they are local to me and take very good care of Us local LE. And ive got a consew now too. This could be bad. Lol https://www.facebook.com/1stSp...sts/1341371272585320
Has anyone actually ordered individual tube sets successfully? The email I got had the 2017 price list but it was case sales only, not for individual sales. I have a LPAC cummerbund I need to retrofit.
@Diz Yes. You have to contact them, they will send over some agreements you have to sign prior to purchase and send back. With those agreements comes pricing. After that you can call in an order without trouble. Still not available on their website.
@krax . Yes. Call them. They will send you an end user agreement you'll have to fill out and fax back and then you can place an order. I asked their CS last week if that would change with the new website and they advised negative.
I have been too lazy to do things like call and order special stuff, but FOXDIE did, and today he finally came by with the ones I haven't paid him for, and we sewed up his ESSTAC Bushboar. Not a lot to say about it, but I thought you may all be interested in seeing what a mod looks like, even done by someone as halfassedly as me. I will generally sew anything you want, but you have to stop by, and watch me do it. If you can't help, I put you to work otherwise, such as loading all my mags as...
I remember what else I was gonna say: I was hoping they were at the pitch of MOLLE, and could simply remove SRs and attach the repair version of this thing at least halfassedly without sewing, but make no mistake, they are very much not. You must sew on 1.5" webbing at the right pitch. Later on today I also did my Hellcat, and while it fixes everything stupid about the center attachment there, it was a hell of a lot more work than the Bushboar, and I didn't sew it so well so no photos for...
Hmm, ok, maybe good field expedient, if you have good mail service. Good idea, if required, but added weight. Yeah I have wondered why they went with a 1.5" format, instead of 1". But it's still pretty easy and works well. I use a para cord lanyard, wrapped in duct tape, in lieu of shrink wrap tube.
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