Tru-Spec by Atlanco: Weathershield 3 in 1 Jacket
Years back, Atlanco was known for its military-style BDUs, which were well made and affordably priced. Then Atlanco added the Tru-Spec line, which was a leap forward. Tru-Spec offers uniforms that meet or exceed those offered by the military and tactical uniforms that rival those of any manufacturer in the industry.
In the Tru-Spec family you will find the 24-7 Series. This is an entire collection of clothing designed for tactical, training, duty, and EMS applications. Tru-Spec's 24-7 clothing is some of the most well thought-out clothing I have worn. My partner in crime has found the line to be excellent, too.
New to the 24-7 Series this year are the Weathershield 3 in 1 Jacket and Parka. I chose to look at the jacket because my wear tester prefers the shorter length. If I were walking a beat I would opt for the longer length of the parka and use the side zippers to give me access to my weapon and magazines; I want to be warm.
The Weathershield 3 in 1 is designed for versatility. A fleece liner zips out, allowing you to wear it separately as outerwear or wear the jacket by itself to keep you dry when you don't require layering to beat the cold.
With a name like Weathershield you would assume this jacket will fend off the elements. I decided to put it to the test. Since we have yet to have any blizzards this season, I opted for a manmade rain storm, aka the garden hose. After 15 minutes of soaking with the hose going full blast, the fleece liner was still dry. This may not be scientific but it shows that the Weathershield 3 in 1 will keep you dry in a downpour, so you can assume it will also keep you dry in a snow storm.
This jacket is loaded with other great features, too. Bellows hip pockets securely store gear and, while they can't carry items, rear hand warmer pockets will take the chill off your fingers. Besides, the jacket also has low-profile zippered chest pockets to carry small items. Above these pockets and on the back of the jacket are zippered, Velcro-secured ID panels that Tru-Spec can print with your choice of wording. I have found that many preprinted panels also fit these perfectly.
Tru-Spec's Weathershield 3 in 1 Jacket is duty built and has been designed to meet your needs. That makes this a rare beast. Most companies tell you what you need. Tru-Spec by Atlanco designed the 3 in 1 with input from the end user and it shows. The 3 in 1 is built for duty; it looks good and has features you're sure to make use of.
iTAC Defense: RDS1 Red-Dot Sight
Red-dot sights have become as much a part of an officer's kit as body armor. They make target acquisition faster and in low-light conditions the dot is easier to find than iron sights. There are many models on the market today; one of the newer manufacturers is iTAC Defense.
iTAC's miniature red dot for the police and military market is the RDS1. It has a four MOA dot with eleven brightness settings and uses a common CR2032 battery. This sight also comes with a hard anodized aluminum case and can easily be adjusted vertically and horizontally with a dime or the rim of a cartridge.
You will find the RDS1 ready to mount on your firearm; it comes with a M1913 Weaver mount, which works well on an M4 if it has a flip-up front sight. If you have a fixed front you will need a riser or a different mount to clear the sight post.
I opted to remove iTAC's mount and install American Defense's AD-T1-10 mount because my M4 has a fixed front sight. This is a locking quick release mount that allows you to co-witness the RDS1 with your iron sights. The quick release allows you to easily remove the red dot so you can install a telescopic sight should your mission requirements change.
I found the RDS1 easy to operate and use. It gives fast target and sight alignment, while the small size gives you a better field of view than larger dot sights. With this reduced size you have better awareness of the surroundings of your target area without sacrificing accuracy. With an MSRP under $230 this sight will not break the bank and will serve you for years to come.