What's in the Kit?


I receive a lot of inquiries regarding the exact gear that I use for SAR and night operations. Rest assured that nothing makes it into the kit until it's thoroughly vetted in the field. My pistol and best friend (Mr. 10mm) is a Glock 20 with an extended, threaded, gunsmith-fit Barsto barrel and McNally trigger. My rifle is a POF 415 Edge w/3.5X ACOG.

For everything else, select a category, below, and you can follow the links from there. You won't find most of these items in the neighborhood Bass Pro, Cabelas, Scheels, or REI, so order here! Note that items are listed in random order, so do not place any meaning on products at the bottom or top of any list.

Note that I will add cameras to the list in the near future.

    - Jim Armstrong, L-5 Imaging

  • Drones
  • Knives
  • Flashlights
  • Headlamps
  • Cordage
  • Compass/GPS
  • Night Vision
  • Optics
  • Backpacks/Helmets
  • Chest Rigs
  • Gloves
  • Footwear
  • Misc

NOTE: I do not use GPS for navigation. My Garmin device is accompanied by a subscription that facilitates contact with GEOS in case of emergencies. It also provides tracking for Incident Command and my team while I'm in the field.

- CMMG Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass
- Suunto M-3 G Compass
- Garmin inReach Explorer+
- Pulsar Axion XM-38
- Pulsar Digisight Ultra LRF

If you are interested in running a PVS-14, I've had good luck with TNVC. Digital CMOS tech. is catching up fast - this one is currently under evaluation.

Note that choice of pack depends on whether or not I'm packing a drone as well as the type of drone deployed.

- Team Wendy EXFIL SAR Tactical Helmet (Red)
- Hard Head Veterans ATE Bump
- 5.11 Operator ALS Tactical Backpack
- 5.11 Rush 72 2.0 Tactical Backpack
- MYSTERY RANCH Rip Ruck 32 Backpack

Note that I work at relatively low altitudes and do not climb (at least not mountains). So, my use of extreme cold-weather gear is likely to unsuitable for high-end climbing.

- 5.11 High Abrasion Tac Gloves
- 5.11 Rope Gloves
- Mechanix Tactical Specialty 0.5mm High-Dexterity Work Gloves
- Mechanix 0.5mm M-Pact
- Mechanix Sub20 RealTree Edge
- Outdoor Research Men’s Arete Gloves – Gore-TEX, Waterproof