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David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

Chinese Single-Photon Quantum Radar Makes the Invisible Visible, and U.S. Military Low-Observable/Stealth Aircraft Very Observable, Supposedly. Oh, My.


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: September 23, 2016 Last updated on 9/23/16. As if Chinese martial/military-application technologies like their new “ultra-thin”, lightweight “tunable” UHF microwave radar-absorbing stealth material cloaking technology for manned and unmanned combat aircraft and warships and “hack-proof quantum satellite” aren’t enough to worry about, the Chinese, busy little Asian beavers that ... Read More »

Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) + FlyBoard Air Ducted-Fan Hoverboard = Flying Super Soldiers: Future Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) Assaulters/Operators to Fly Themselves to the Target in Exo-Armor ‘Iron Man’-Type Combat Suits?


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 21, 2016 Last updated on 10/09/16. DefenseReview (DR) first reported on the TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) Exo-Armor Combat Suit program in October, 2013, and while we were healthily skeptical about it, we were also cautiously optimistic, as is our way. Cut to the present, and the TALOS program is ... Read More »

5.11 Tactical Women’s Cirrus Pants Combat/Tactical Pants for Female LEO’s (Law Enforcement Officers), Civilian CCW’s and Tactically-Minded Women! (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 16, 2016 Last updated on 9/16/16. So, let’s say you really like the 5.11 Tactical Ridgeline Pant lo-pro/lo-vis combat/tactical pants DefenseReview (DR) just reported on, but you can’t wear them, because you’re a woman. Well, despair not, because 5.11 has just the pants for you–the 5.11 Tactical Women’s Cirrus Pants. The ... Read More »

5.11 Tactical Men’s Ridgeline Pant Lo-Pro Lo-Vis (Low-Profile Low-Visibility) Combat/Tactical Pants for Covert Ops, Concealed Carry (CCW), and Casual Wear Applications! (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 14, 2016 Last updated on 9/16/16. 5.11 Tactical’s really been killing it lately with their combat/tactical clothing, lately, and that’s especially true with their pants. DefenseReview’s (DR) current favorite is the 5.11 Tactical Men’s Ridgeline Pant lo-pro/lo-vis (low-profile/low-visibility) combat/tactical pants for covert ops, concealed carry (CCW), and casual wear applications. We’ve ... Read More »

Tactical Revolution Rapid Barrel Change Rail System (RBCRS): Mount Your Laser Aimer/Laser Aiming Device on Machine Guns and other Crew-Served Weapons, and Keep that Laser Zeroed! (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 7, 2016 If you’re planning on running an IR (InfraRed) laser aimer/laser aiming device on a crew-served weapon, including a medium machine gun/general purpose machine gun (MMG/GPMG) or heavy machine gun (HMG) with a quick-change barrel (QCB) system–and frankly, why wouldn’t you (run an IR laser AND a QCB system)?–then this ... Read More »

Bravo Concealment BCA Light Bearing Gun Holster and Mag Carrier/Pouches for Covert Missions/Operations and Civilian Concealed Carry (CCW) Applications: Best Combat/Tactical-Kydex Bang for the Buck! (Video!)


By Jeff Gurwitch September 2, 2016 Last updated on 9/02/16. I’ll admit it, up until very recently, when it came to kydex holsters, I was a Raven Concealment guy all the way. After all, Raven Concealment Systems was the first company that really seemed to take the market by storm with their great designs (particularly the Phantom Modular Holster series), ... Read More »

CORE Survival HEL-STAR F2 (Friend or Foe) Helmet-Mounted, Multi-Function Light: Combat/Tactical Helmet Strobe Beacon/Marker Light System for Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) Lets You Know when You’ve been Targeted! (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com August 30, 2016 DefenseReview (DR) recently got to check out the CORE Survival HEL-STAR F2 (Friend or Foe) Helmet-Mounted, Multi-Function Marker Light combat/tactical helmet strobe beacon light at SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 2016, and we came away very impressed with it. Similar to the HEL-STAR 6 Gen III, the HEL-STAR ... Read More »

Strike Industries SI AR Carbine Flat Wire Action/Buffer Spring for Tactical AR-15/M4/M4A1 Carbines!


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Strike Industries (SI) August 28, 2016 Last updated on 8/28/16. A quality action/buffer spring is one of the most important parts in a tactical AR carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), as it’s crucial for reliable functioning, proper timing, and the required level of weapon durability. So, you shouldn’t skimp on one, ... Read More »

High Ready Weapons-Handling Position for Combat/Tactical Shooting Applications and (Direct-Action) Military Special Operations: High Ready or Not, Here I Come!


By Jeff Gurwitch August 24, 2016 When it comes to techniques and methods employed in tactical shooting, there are, in many cases, certain developed solutions to very specific tactical problems. Unfortunately, when passing on these techniques to others, sometimes the “why” of something being done a certain way is poorly explained or left out altogether. As a result, all too ... Read More »