Anyone who’s served in the military since the Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops was introduced in 1985 knows the value of Kevlar. While the Lightweight Helmet and Advanced Combat Helmet have slowly come to replace the drab olive gear that came to define American troops at the end of the Cold War, the PASGT virtually made Kevlar synonymous with tough, lightweight armor that can take a beating in even the worst situations.
It’s that durability that makes Kevlar the ideal choice for adventures off the battlefield as well. It doesn’t matter if you’re camping or hiking, dirt-biking or mountain-climbing, or even just doing some work around the house: cut-resistant sleeves are a fine investment for a man who works hard with his hands. Or, you know, a man who plans on fighting off a band of thugs in the middle of the night.
While Amazon is rife with options when it comes to protective sleeves of tried-and-true Dupont Kevlar (our friends at HiConsumption recommend this bright yellow pair for reasons we can’t fully explain), we recommend going right to the manufacturer — start with Wells Lamont, which sells a dozen for just over $120 — to ensure that these things have the American National Standards Institute Cut Level you’re looking for. After all, it could be the difference between life or death — or at least a serious cut.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.