Peter Jones Klick Fast Dock For MOLLE Vests + Straps – DOCKMV

The Peter Jones MOLLE Klick Fast Dock has been designed with the need for the Police and other Emergency Services that are moving over to MOLLE vests to be able to attach radios and just about anything else that has a Klick Fast stud on them.

The dock fits to any MOLLE platform and is stable by using webbing and stud fasteners as shown below.

 

Contact Left are an official supplier of these to the UK Police and these are now worn on a wide range of MOLLE plate carriers and Body Armour ensuring all kit can attach securely


Posted in Blog by with comments disabled.

A Guide to Lightweight Camping

When going camping it can very easy to over pack. However, this can very easily lead to overflowing rucksacks, aching backs and shoulders (and even injury), and generally ruin your trip.

Have you considered lightweight camping?

Lightweight camping is pretty straightforward – just stripping out all the gear that isn’t essential, and choosing products that are more compact and weigh less.

Firstly, you should leave behind non-essentials, but what should you take with you?

 

Lightweight camping tent

Your tent is probably going to be the heaviest piece of equipment you take with you, so it’s important to try and be as reasonable with space as you can. A one-person tent is ideal for the warmer months, although in winter you might want to consider a two-person tent to accommodate extra kit.

Wild Country Terra Nova make excellent lightweight tents, but most brands such as Highlander have suitable selections, like the Blackthorn tent.

Helpful tip:

Use nearby rocks as tent pegs.

 

Lightweight sleeping bag

Getting a good night’s sleep is important, and going lightweight doesn’t mean you have to forego getting some decent shut eye. Mummy sleeping bags are a good choice, as they tend to be warmer, lighter and have a smaller pack size. Snugpak have sleeping bags that have a good comfort temperature along with a suitable pack size.

Then it’s a choice between down and synthetic filling. Down is lighter, packs smaller, and has incredible warmth-to-weight ratio – although it is more expensive, damp/wet conditions can affect the performance of the bag. Synthetic is cheaper but generally heavier and bulkier.

Opt for a 1-2 season sleeping bag in nice weather to cut down on the bulk. You could use a 1-2 season bag even in colder weather, and just put more layers of clothing on or use a sleeping bag liner, but we’d always recommend having a sleeping bag that provides the appropriate level of warmth.

 

Season Season Rating                          Perfect for…                       Temperature Range

Summer

Season One        Summer camping where weather is mild. Indoor use.     +5 degrees

Season Two        The UK late spring to early autumn temperatures.           +0 degrees

Winter

Season Three    Autumn/Winter. Mild to cold nights, without frost but feeling chilly. 0 to -5 degrees

Season Four       Cold winter nights where it may even be frost/snow.  –12 and lower to +8 degrees

See all our sleeping bags.

 

Lightweight sleeping mat

A good quality sleeping mat is also a key part of getting a good night’s sleep,  it’s worth getting a good one. Granted, you could opt not to take a mat if you really want to cut down on bulk.

¾ length self-inflating mats are a great option, as they’re nice and comfy and also pack pretty small. For winter, even if you’re trying to go lightweight, we’d still advise taking a full-length sleeping mat, as they’ll help reflect the heat back up to your body and reduce cold spots coming through the cold ground.

Helpful tips:

Use a cheap foil emergency blanket under your sleeping mat for extra insulation.

Use your backpack instead of a pillow.

 

Lightweight stoves & cookware

If you’re going to be doing a spot of cooking, then you’re going to need a lightweight stove and cookware

Jetboils are excellent at what they do, boiling water very quickly, but they can be a little bulky.  However there are large ranges of smaller camp stoves that will help reduce space, but may take longer to heat food. The Highlander Blade Mark II can boil 500ml of water in under 3 minutes! Size: packed 15cm x 11.7cm. Weight: 393g (unboxed), 495g (boxed).

 

Lightweight rucksacks & backpacks

The time of year and extent of the lightweight camping trip will determine the size of rucksack you will need. Around 60L capacity should be fine for most camping – however, in summer you should be able to use an even smaller rucksack as you’ll need fewer layers and a thinner sleeping bag.  Dry bags are a great idea to keep your kit dry and organised.

Helpful tips:

 If you’re taking a map, cut out and take with you only the bit you need.

Toilet paper – remove the cardboard center, so it packs flat, and put it in a plastic bag.

Cut up a straw. Fill the pieces with toothpaste for one-use packets. Seal the ends. With a lighter  

Use a head torch rather than carrying a bulky torch in your back.

Make a small first aid kit – put plasters, a few pills, antiseptic wipes, and whatever else will fit in to a little pouch. 

Dry out your gear – if it gets wet, then it’s going to weigh a lot more than if it’s dry.

Try a microfiber instead of a beach towel

 

Clothing

When camping you only need the essential items of clothing, as this can be the main cause of over packing, due to the weather being temperamental.

Try layering thin clothing rather than bringing big, bulky items – base layers are ideal for this, helping to keep you warm while taking up very little room. Garments made from merino wool are also good as it’s quite lightweight and dries quickly if it gets wet.

In terms of footwear, ditch the walking boots and try walking shoes or trail shoes instead. They’re much more lightweight and should be perfectly suitable for most short to mid-length walks. However if you do need more substantial boots there are a large range such as the Aigle boot that are sturdy but not too heavy.

 

Food

Food is another part of packing that can be very heavy and take up a lot of space. Dried and dehydrated food is ideal. It won’t spoil as easily, but it also packs much smaller than regular food. You can have whole meals without having to take all the ingredients separately – and don’t worry, they’re very tasty and nutritionally balanced!

 

Water

Water is absolutely essential to your well being when camping or backpacking, so always make sure you have access to some, one way or another. You’ll need it for drinking and for cooking if you’re using dried food, so always ensure you have enough. Ensuring you have a strong substantial water bottle is key when outdoors – Klean Kanteen offer bottles that are safe to use with all liquids hot or cold and lightweight

Use a collapsible water container or carrier so when it’s empty, it’s much easier to store. You can also buy hydration bladders that will fit inside most rucksacks if you have space.

You may have access to natural fresh water while you’re away, such as a tarn, and if you want to get your water from there, make sure you have water purification tablets with you or UV water purifiers that are lightweight and reliable (it’s good to have some of these with you anyway). However, to be on the safe side, try and stick to running water if possible.

Helpful tip:

Use cold or frozen water bottle to keep food fresher for longer – this can also be used as an ice pack in the case of an injury 

 

One last and very important tip:  never take any unnecessary risks when lightweight camping. Always make sure you have enough equipment with you to stay warm, fed and hydrated.

 

 


Posted in Blog, Camping by with comments disabled.

Military Outdoor Nyrex / Nirex Folders

What is a Nyrex / Nirex Folder

These folders are made from a waterproof plastic and have clear plastic sleeves to allow paper documents to inserted and then used and referred to when outdoors, in the field, on excercise, on the range or on operations. These are also used by outdoor enthusiasts to put printed maps in and route cards etc. Nyrex’s folders are generally soft and can be

Types and Sizes of Nyrex / Nirex Folders

Many types of Nyrex folders are available, many are foreign made and although generally good quality many of the non UK manufactured Nyrex’s do not have clear pages meaning at times it can be difficult to read the information contained within the sleeve. To ensure you get a high quality Nyrex folder which has clear sheets that is suitable for military use ensure you buy one manufactured by UKOM (UK Outdoor Manufacturing). The UKOM Nyrex’s are 100% UK Manufactured and to the highest standard.

Nyrex folders normally come in 3 sizes

A6 

A5

and A4

although any size can be manufactured and UKOM have manufactured both larger and smaller.

The standard number of sleeves available are 20 page Nyrexs, 30 page Nyrexs and 40 page.

The standard colour for Nyrex folders is green although several versions are available in black and any colour and personlised design can be made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military Use

An example of when  military personnel will use these, is when giving orders, normally an A5 Nyrex will be used for this, the pre printed paper sheets are inserted and then the user can write on the clear sheets when needed.  Other inserts that the military will put in there Nyrex’s include:

(TAC and Ground brief, Platoon Orders inserts, SPOTOCA card (Warning Order), Aide memoire – combat estimate & Os.doc, Section Quick Battle Orders, The Pl Sgt in the advance and attack, The Pl Sgt in defence, Pl Comd QBOs, Pl Comd Advance to contact Aide Memoire, Pl Q4 effects schematic, Duties of a sentry / stag list, Range Card, Simple range card, Section Ammo and Cas card, Slimmed down Section Ammo / Cas card, Quality Warning Order, Extraction of orders schematic, Sangar / Sentry brief, CBRN state, CBRN Threat Levels, Contact Numbers, Flap sheet, Guard List, HLS Dimensions, Location of key pers, Messages, Post Ex MS report, Radio diagram, Radio Net, Range Card, Readiness states, Sentry checklist, Sick Parade, Tp site plan, Veh state as at, Vehicles, Weapon numbers, Casualties, Guide to the staff branches (G1-G9), Route Card, Artillery ranges and effects, OPCOM(Mike)/OPCON(November)/TACOM(Mike)/TACON(November), MEDEVAC 9 Liner, A5 Patrol reportsFull patrol report, SADCHAP, Zap number auto spreadsheet, Genfor Aide Memoire , Useful Principles, Driver brief, Military Map Reading, Appraisals / Tp Comd notebook, Tp/Pl Comd notebook, Gunner Tp notebook, Individual Activity Record, Post Ex MS report, MPAR)

Above are just some of the types of information that military may put in there Nyrex Folders.

Outdoor Use

Many outdoor enthusiasts use Nyrex folders for putting maps, route cards, weather reports, emergency contact details, instructions and many other items that they need to keep dry in. Also those who work outdoor that need any paper information to read from and keep dry use Nyrex folders including teachers, guides, forest rangers etc.

Police / Fire Service / Ambulance Service / Security use of Nyrex Folders

The above services and users tend to use the black Nyrex folders and use them when outdoors and also on courses.

We always recommend buying the UK Outdoor Manufactured UKOM Nyrex folders as these not only have clear pages making them ideal for all users they are also made to the highest possible standard.

 


Posted in Blog by with comments disabled.

UK Terrorrism Threat Levels

Current UK Threat Level Critical (23rd May 2017)

What the threat levels mean

Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.

  • LOW means an attack is unlikely.
  • MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility
  • SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  • CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently

Threat level history

Since 2006, information about the national threat level has been available on the MI5 and Home Office websites. In September 2010 the threat levels for Northern Ireland-related terrorism were also made available.

 

Date Threat from international terrorism Threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism
in Northern Ireland in Great Britain
23 May 2017 CRITICAL SEVERE SUBSTANTIAL
11 May 2016 SEVERE SEVERE SUBSTANTIAL
29 August 2014 SEVERE SEVERE MODERATE
24 October 2012 SUBSTANTIAL SEVERE MODERATE
11 July 2011 SUBSTANTIAL SEVERE SUBSTANTIAL
24 September 2010 SEVERE SEVERE
(first published)
SUBSTANTIAL
(first published)
22 January 2010 SEVERE
20 July 2009 SUBSTANTIAL
4 July 2007 SEVERE
30 June 2007 CRITICAL
13 August 2006 SEVERE
10 August 2006 CRITICAL
1 August 2006 SEVERE
(first published)

Posted in Blog by with comments disabled.

Guide to Military Camouflages

Camouflage has been used by the military in bulk since 1929 when the Italian military first bulk cloth printed camouflage clothing for all thier military. Although prior to this there are lots of reported instances of camouflage being painted onto clothing and ghillie type suits being used by a whole range of miliatry units and individuals worldwide.

Currently there are hundreds of camouflages used, this blog will have a look at a wide range of these.

One of the most popular camouflages at the moment is the Crye Multicam. The MultiCam® pattern was developed to effectively limit the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating across a very wide range of physical environments and seasons. After many successful evaluations, after being proven in combat, and after becoming the officially issued pattern of the US Army for all Afghanistan operations in 2010, MultiCam® is the proven multi-environment concealment solution. (Multicampattern.com)

crye-multicam

Crye have now created a family of camouflages for different environments, Multicam Black, Multicam Arid, Multicam Tropic and Multicam Alpine.

multicam-alpinemulticam-tropic multicam-black multicam-arid

 

 

 

 

 

  Alpine                       Tropic                                Black                           Arid

While the black is designed for Law Enforcement and urban operations. The other camouflages work particularly well in specific environments as seen below.

multicam-family-graph (1)

Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP)

 

uk-mtp

The British military has now also moved on to a camouflage that “is derived from the multicam camouflage Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP). It uses similiar colours to the Crye Multicam and was first revealed to the public in 2009 after the UK military had suffered large losses in Afghanistan. At this time military personal were wearing a mixture of Desert Camouflage and Woodland camouflage to achieve the right combination in Afghanistan (telegraph.co.uk).

Woodland Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM)

DPM

A variant of Woodland DPM was used by the British Military as early as the 1940’s however the standard four colour camouflage was used on mass from the 1960’s. The camouflage is highly effective in woodland areas and this pattern and close copies have been used by military forces worldwide. This was the British Military main camouflage until it was replaced by MTP.

Desert Disruptive Pattern Material (Desert DPM)

desert dpm

British Desert DPM was designed for use Desert and Arid environments, this pattern was used in the Gulf conflicts and Afghanistan until being replaced by the MTP camouflage.

Auscam (Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU)

Auscam

Used by the Australian Military and is effective especially in the bushland and tropical jungles of Australia. Auscam has also been adopted over the years by Special Forces and Elite units worldwide. The selected five colour pattern consists of a greenish sand coloured background with randomly arranged spots of orange-brown, mid-brown, leaf-green and very dark green overlaid. While a mid-grey tone was included in early test uniforms, this was omitted in later unifoms in favour of a second brown tone.

Flectarn

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Flecktarn is a “mottled camouflage”; also known as Flecktarnmuster or Fleckentarn) is a family of 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-color disruptive camouflage patterns, the most common being the five-color pattern, consisting of dark green, light green, black, red brown and green brown or tan depending on the manufacturer. The use of spots creates a “dithering” effect, which eliminates hard boundaries between the different colors. The original German 5-color pattern is designed for use in the European temperate woodland terrain.


Posted in Blog, Clothing by with comments disabled.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers REME Ranks

reme blog_Page_1

reme blog_Page_2

Ranks of the REME PDF


Posted in Badges and Insignia, Blog by with comments disabled.

Comfortable Sleeping Under The Stars

Night landscape with tourist tent. Camping in the mountains

Kids love sleeping out in the great outdoors may it be in a tent or under the stars. But for some adults, “sleeping out” doesn’t offer much in the way of an enjoyment.

No matter how hard you might try, sometimes finding a level spot to pitch your tent is impossible. The ground can offer many surprises such as slopes, bunches of lumps or worse, heavy rain can cause a middle-of-the-night washout.

If you want to get a good night’s rest, the key to comfort is how you pitch a tent and prepare your bed.

Pitching on a slope

ground1Wisdom advises that you pitch your tent with the head end uphill, and then use clothes and other parts of kit under your lower body for support and to level the pitching site. But this can create a hammock like sleeping effect that may produce a morning backache.

However this can be avoided by pitching the tent perpendicular to the drop (one side lower than the other). Then, level your sleeping pad by placing clothes under the downhill side so you will roll into the tent wall, rather than fall out the door. You’re creating a “level trough” that’s much more comfortable to sleep in than a “hammock.”


If you’ve pitched your tent in a low spot and it rains hard enough, groundwater will flow into your tent. Many years ago this water flow was controlled by digging a trench around the tent — a procedure that causes soil erosion and, consequently, has become prohibited on most areas of land. Instead, of tampering with the land around you, you can place an over-sized plastic ground sheet inside your tent. Make the ground sheet large enough to rise about a foot up the sidewalls of your tent.

Any groundwater that gets into your tent will be trapped beneath the plastic sheet, and you’ll stay dry.

Sleeping Ideas

On summer nights, a sleeping bag can get too hot and laying directly on your air mattress or foam pad seems like a cunning plan— except the plastic/nylon covering on these pads becomes too hot and sticky. The solution: Make a fitted-cotton flannel cover for your pad. The cotton wicks away sweat, can guard against risk of punctures, and prevents the pad from sliding around on the slick plastic groundsheet below.

Under-the-stars


Posted in Blog by with comments disabled.

Award Winning Leatherman Signal

 

s43087

The Leatherman Signal has been designed to be a survival tool, and it delivers on all fronts. The Signal offers the right selection of tools without any unnecessary bloat, and the added benefit of the DLC (Diamond like Carbon) coating helps to justify the spike in cost. I would suggest this multi-tool for anyone in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or anyone looking for a premium multi-tool with an over-abundance of easy to use tools.

 

Common to Leatherman tools, the Signal is built off of two durable metal arms that act as a frame and are stylized for comfort and weight reduction. The arms are also DLC  coated for added scratch and corrosion resistance.

The Leatherman Signal features a liner lock for its saw and knife blades, a lock back lock for the bit driver, can and bottle opener, and an awl. The lock back lock also acts as a retention device for the knife sharpener.

signal

The Signal boasts 154CM steel and 420HC, both of which get the job done—especially the 154CM steel on the wire cutters.

Because of the common hardware used and the cutouts in the handles, the Signal is very easy to clean and maintain. Because they are easily removable, the whistle/ferro rod tool and the knife sharpener may have to potential for getting lost after a wild excursion.

 

Like most other Leatherman tools, the Signal is built to be used and will take a beating in any environment. The DLC coating on the arms is more durable than most other coatings used on multi-tools and knives.

Even after a multitude of twists and turns on some stubborn bolts and nails, the pliers have stayed aligned and only show scratches from the use. The replaceable wire cutters can shear ten penny nails in half (like they were paper clips) and still look brand new.

The usual suspects; bit driver, can opener, bottle opener, and awl on the Signal are off-the-shelf parts and are on par with Leatherman’s exceptional quality. The foray into the whistle/ferro rod combo and knife sharpener are a great addition to the Leatherman. The whistle itself has a bit of a learning curve to it and the ferro rod will probably only last a few outings—if you can get it to throw a decent spark. The knife sharpener works quite well, but can be easily lost. These parts (thankfully) are replaceable from Leatherman directly.

Signal1_zps80c1b85d
Survival tools are usually used in extreme circumstances, and it’s obvious that the Leatherman Signal was designed with that in mind. There are multiple carry options and all of the tools are easy to access—even with gloves on. One thing that was initially apparent was that the tool cannot be closed when using the can opener, bottle opener, bit driver, or awl.

 


The saw and combo knife blade on the Signal are made from 420HC which can be hardened to 56-59 HRC. It can be sharpened like a scalpel and will hold that edge for a fair amount of time, but not as well as 154CM.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 
Needlenose Pliers
Regular Pliers
Replaceable 154CM Wire Cutters
Replaceable 154CM Hard Wire Cutters
Wire Stripper
420HC Combo Knife Blade
Sawsignal-accessories_1508_1c0
Hammer
Awl
Can Opener
Bottle Opener
Bit Driver
1/4” Hex Bit Driver (built into frame)
1/4” Box Wrench
3/16” Box Wrench
Safety Whistle
Ferro Rod
Diamond-Coated Knife Sharpener
Carabiner
Pocket Clip
Hammer Lock
25 Year Warranty

2015 Helix BT GI-bestNewGear ORWM 2015-Badges 1x1


Posted in Blog by with comments disabled.

Walking Leads to a Healthier Lifestyle

 

Walking is a fantastic way to get active and improve your health. Just a few more extra steps a day can help! If you are new to exercise, it’s a great way to slowly introduce a new daily routine as you can do it in your own time, at your own pace and its free. You can easily build walks into a busy lifestyle as you can do it pretty much anywhere, at any time.

As well as being a great way to get from A-B, walking is:

  • good for your health – it has many benefits including reducing your risk of health
  • free – it won’t cost you a penny as you don’t pay for fuel, parking or transport fares
  • sociable – there are lots of walking groups, or you can do it with a friend
  • a great way to discover new areas  – it’s amazing what you find just from taking a different route
  • environmentally friendly – walking instead of driving means less pollution

Brisk walking that raises your heart rate and makes you warm and slightly breathless is a great form of aerobic exercise. This helps you to get fitter so you will find it easier to be more active and get tired less quickly. It is common to feel more tired in the first week or so, but if you carry on you will find exercise easier than when you are inactive.

Below is a chart showing you how easy it is, 150 Calories would be burnt playing doubles tennis for the same length of time. And it’s more than half the number of calories in the average chocolate bar!

Distance Time Type of Walk Calories Lost
6.4KM 4 Miles Per Hour Brisk Approx 150

Although the exact number you burn depends on your body weight, age and fitness, there’s no denying that walking more is a good thing.

There are other health benefits to walking, for example you can reduce the risk of:

  • cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and stroke
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • coronary heart disease

Have you got the right gear?

Walking isn’t going to be much fun if you’re in pain from blisters or challenged by the British weather. But remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

  • Buy a reasonable pair of shoes or trainers. They need to be comfortable and provide adequate support.
  • Get some good waterproofs – admittedly they might not be the height of fashion but you’ll enjoy your walk much more if you keep dry.
  • If you’re walking to make the most of a sunny day, take some water, sunscreen and a sun hat to stay safe in the sun.
  • Maybe you’re setting your sights on mountains rather than city streets. If so, you might want to get some advice on walking boots and other specialist gear.

 

See our ‘How to Prevent a Blister‘ blog for advice and tips.


Posted in Blog, Clothing, Help and Advice by with comments disabled.

ITW Waterbury G Hooks

The ITW G Hooks are Manufactured by ITW Waterbury

ITW Waterbury Buckle has manufactured metal hardware for over 155 years. We have maintained our reputation as the highest quality provider across a wide range of products and markets.

itw-g-hook-flat

 

Available to buy here

G-hooks offer compact webbing mods connecting with a simple hook to 25mm (1 inch) webbing and offering 25mm (1″) slots to connect additional webbing.

Example attachment points include the sides of tac-vests or up on shoulder straps (packs or vests). Since metal, the G-hooks are very flat compared to a typical Side Release Buckle attachment.

itw-g-hook-003

G hooks are used on a wide range of kit and are ideal for belts, making attachment’s to your gear, weapon slings, dog leads and hundreds of other uses.

itw-g-hook-002

 

for blog

 

for blog 2

 

The Black and Tan flat G Hooks are available from Contact Left Limited 

tan-g-hookblack-itw-g-hook

The G hook is also available in a waveloc version

34f-ghook1w-coy-m2

Contact Left sell a massive range of equipment including materials, buckles, webbing and just about everything else to help make or fix any equipment be that military, outdoor or fashion.


Posted in New Products by with comments disabled.