New Polymer FAL Moses Mag Available

We are pleased to announce that the Captain Dave’s is now stocking the Moses Mag, the new, lightweight, polymer magazine for FALs. This robust, ribbed magazine will fit both inch and metric receivers and holds 20 rounds of .308/7.62×51.

Each magazine weighs less than 5 ounces, about half the weight of the traditional steel magazines. So if you were to carry 8 magazines on your chest rig, you’d be saving 2 pounds. 12 magazines is a savings of three pounds. And when you are humping full rig, every little bit helps.

Check out this stress test and see the magazine in action.

Tru-Spec 24-7 Tactical Pants are Now 25% Off

Tru-Spec 24-7 Tactical PantsStop by our store and it’s a good bet that at least one employee – and sometimes three or four – is wearing a pair of Tru-Spec’s 24-7 tactical pants. Sometimes it’s a pair of their Eclipse jean-style tactical pants or the Tru-Spec classic pants, but most of us prefer the original 24-7 pants.

And what’s not to like? They are comfortable and useful, with deep front pockets capable of concealing a revolver or pocket pistol, plus two cargo pockets, each of which is large enough to hold two AR15 magazines or the world’s largest wallet. There are two smaller flap pockets in the front and a matched set of rear pockets, all protected with a flap that is secure by a good amount of Velcro. There is also a thin knife pocket on each side that also can hold a flashlight or a tool.

If you wear an IWB holster, the expandable waistband of these pants will allow you to be as comfortable with it on as you were without it, and there is an internal pouch at the knees that will allow you to slip a knee pad inside.  The teflon coating helps keep them clean and makes a splash of water bead up and roll off, usually before it soaks you.

So you can imagine how happy we were when Tru-Spec gave us the green light to drop the price 25 percent over the holiday sale season, bringing the cost of these pants down from $44.95 each to $33.95 per pair. And right now, if you spend $100 in our store, you get free shipping to the lower 48 states. That means you can pick up three pairs of Tru-spec pants with free shipping for just a hair over $100.

Tru-SpecPantsWe have the men’s 24-7 pants  available in even waist sizes from 30 to 46 and inseams of 30, 32 and 34. The most popular colors are khaki, black and coyote tan. Sheriffs will be happy to see that we offer them in both the brown and an olive while police fire and EMS personnel usually have to settle for the navy blue. Charcoal grey and stone round out the color selection and are great options for business casual.

We also offer the 24-7 tactical pants in women’s sizes from 2 to 22 in black, khaki and navy blue. We fit a lot of women police officers and EMTs in our store, and about half of the women love the women’s sizes while the other half is more comfortable wearing the men’s pants. Some women find the rise in the womens sizes to be too short and don’t like that these pants ride low on the hips, especially if they are wearing a duty belt.

The classic pant is similar to the 24-7 but without the large cargo pockets. This makes for a neater appearance and may be more acceptable in some business environments.

The Tru-Spec 24-7 EMS pants, also on sale, are quite similar to the 24-7 tactical pants, but include pockets for carrying EMT shears.

To get the most out of your tactical pants, we recommend you do the following when laundering them:

  • Double check your pockets. There are so many of them it’s easy to send something through the wash unintentionally.
  • Make sure the pocket flaps are down to keep lint out of the Velcro.
  • To play it safe, turn the pants inside out. This will keep the Velcro from abrading any softer clothing you have in there.
  • If you are washing the black and navy blue , consider using Woolite Black laundry detergent (it’s in a black bottle) to keep them bright and fade-free. In our experience, the Tru-spec tactical pants fade less than other brands, but this extra step will help keep them nice and dark.

Get your Cold Weather Wardrobe Ready

Cold weather is supposed to blow in this week, so make sure you are prepared!R6240.main

If you plan to spend a significant amount of time outdoors, be sure to dress in layers and make sure your extremities are covered. That means a warm hat, gloves or mittens, and warm socks.

Here are our recommendations:

Base Layer: We recommend moisture-wicking thermal underwear, either made from synthetic fibers or wool. If you are going to be very active, go with the silk weight thermals. If you are going to be in a tree stand, riding a snow machine, or sitting on a bleacher watching a football game, go with the heavyweight thermals, which are surprisingly warm.

Exterior layer: You want something for your outside layer that is wind and water resistant and will keep the weather from sapping your heat. Ideally, it will be breathable so any moisture you generate can escape rather than build upSweater inside. We have a ton of options, from traditional military parkas like the N-3B or the M65 field jacket to modern Gore-Tex and similar parkas and the popular Rothco 3-in-1 jacket that includes a zip-out fleece liner. For cold – but not sub-zero temperatures – when you expect to be active, a soft shell jacket may be your best bet because it combines wind and water resistance with excellent breathability.

Mid layer: Everything between your base layer and your exterior layer should provide insulation. This can be a heavy flannel shirt with a fleece over it. It may be a lined sweatshirt or a sweater. You can put as many insulation layers as you want or need, depending on the temperature and your expected activity level. Just be careful not to overheat, and to unzip or remove a layer if you start to perspire due to exertion.

When not to Layer Up

Layering is important any time you will be exposed to the weather for more than 10 or 15 minutes, or when you will be exerting yourself in cold weather. It’s not necessary for a quick trip in the car, such as to pick up the kids from school, zip to the office in the morning and home at night, or to go out shopping. In this case, you need a single garment that offers you both insulation and an external layer that can cut the wind and shed moisture for at least a little while. You can use one of those all-in-one jackets, or a heavy parka like the N-3B. If you have to dress up, nothing beats wool, whether it’s one of our pea coats or a dress coat.

What is important under any conditions are keeping your head, hands and feet warm.

You have many choices when it comes to head wear, from a simple knit cap to a full face mask for cold, windy days or when riding a snow machine. Whatever you decide is right for you, be sure it can cover your ears.

When it comes time to pick your socks, you can’t go wrong with wool. Wear a 100% wool sock or a wool sock with some nylon in it to improve durability. Consider layering on your feet as well, which can be achieved by wearing a sock liner and a wool sock with a boot that is waterproof and may contain some Thinsulate or other insulation.

Finally, we come to your hands. Today’s insulated gloves do a great job of keeping your hands warm. Look for a glove that is insulated and waterproof, such as Rothco’s Cold Weather Duty Gloves or HWI’s lined neoprene glove. Match your glove to your activity and make sure it provides grip as well as warmth.

Winter Clothing = Shelter

Think of your winter weather gear as portable shelter. You can’t take your house with you, but you can keep the weather out and your body heat in by choosing clothing that is appropriate to the conditions and your activity level.

Your body will generate heat just like your furnace at home; you simply need a plan to help contain the heat. Wind is enemy number one as it will suck the heat away from you. Water is enemy number two, because it will cause you to get cold and clammy and it renders many insulation materials ineffective. You want to keep moisture away from your skin, which is why a wicking base layer is important. Better yet, don’t perspire and you will minimize the moisture that needs to be wicked away. One way to do this is to open your zipper, remove your hat or otherwise adjust clothing when you exert yourself so that you do not build up too much heat. Then when you stop exercising, gradually re-apply those layers as you cool back down.

For more information on keeping warm in the great outdoors, read the following sections of Captain Dave’s Survival Guide:

 

 

Protect Your Weapons with a Rugged Hard-Shell Case

We have sold the Voodoo Tactical padded weapons cases for years, and these are quite popular with customers who need a case to carry their weapons to the range or in the field. Voodoo Tactical makes a wide range of sizes and offers soft cases designed for shotguns, subguns, carbines, hunting rifles, and even large .50 caliber sniper rifles. Their cases come in a wide range of colors and styles, including lockable cases that allow customers in states like California to meet the legal requirements of transporting their weapons in a locked case.

Quick Fire double pistol case

Quick Fire double pistol case

As good as the Voodoo Tactical padded weapons cases are, however, they do not meet the standards for checking weapons on an airline. In general, airlines require that the weapons be in a lockable, hard case. When you consider that a weapon checked on an airline will be out of your sight and out of your control for hours, having a tough, solidly built, lockable case is a darn good idea. Captain Dave’s has added a new line of hard shell firearm cases from Quick Fire Cases that we feel are top of the line.

Quick Fire offers a range of waterproof pistol cases, shotgun cases, and rifle cases, but one thing that truly sets them apart is the foam inside the case. This durable, mil-spec foam will protect your weapon from extreme handling and resists solvents so it won’t be degraded by gun oils. The foam inserts also come pre-cut to fit your specific weapon or, in the multi-fit pistol cases, to fit more than 50 different models of pistols, from compact to full size.  And because the foam inserts are molded to fit your weapon, you do not need to spend time manually configuring your case to your gun.

Many of the quick-fire cases are double-level cases. The QF340 pistol case fits two pistols while the QF350 has a pistol on the top and a compartment for ammo or accessories beneath it. The Shotgun case is also two levels, hold two weapons or two receivers on top and up to four barrels on the lower level. This case is a great option for skeet shooters and other shotgunners who have multiple barrels or tubes for their weapons.

They also offer the QF540, which holds four pistols, and the QF 620, which can hold up to 9 pistols. This is a great option for a trainer or for a gunsmith who needs to bring multiple weapons to the range in a secure, convenient fashion.

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The Quick Fire AR15 case features pre-cut removable sections to fit different barrel lengths

The case exteriors are molded from a tough copolymer that will withstand abuse. Large, rugged hinges and tight latches keep your gear safe and secure under extreme conditions. While most of the cases are available with locking latches, every case has at least two integral loops that accept standard-size padlocks, so you can lock up your weapons for added security.

The largest cases include wheels and a handle, so you can wheel your way through the airport parking lot or to the range in style. This includes both the rifle cases, the shotgun cases, and the QF920 pistol storage cases.

Best of all, Quick Fire cases are made in the U.S.A. and carry a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.

 

Quick Fire weapons cases are built to withstand abuse

Quick Fire weapons cases are built to withstand abuse

Celebrate Hunting Season, an American Tradition

BuckStopsHereNew hunting themed t-shirts from Erazor Bits are here, just in time for hunting season. The line includes two deer-hunting shirts. The “Buck Stops Here” motif shows a 10-point buck against an American Flag background, celebrating the heritage of this great American sport. The Bow Hunter t-shirt features a camouflage-clad hunter and several mature bucks.

Also in the Erazor Bits Wicked Hunt line are shirts celebrating hunting dogs, turkey season and duck season. These join the popular line of fishing t-shirts debuted earlier this year.

All Erazor Bits T-shirts are printed on pre-shrunk, heavy-weight 100% cotton t-shirts and are available in sizes small to 3XL.

 

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Free Shipping on Boots from Original SWAT and Belleville

If your boots are worn, or you’ve been thinking about getting a waterproof pair for the winter, don’t miss our free shipping offer on every boot from Original SWAT boot or Belleville — including the very popular Tactical Research line.  This sale ends Friday, October 31.

Original SWATWe’ve been selling the Original SWAT line of tactical boots for more than a decade and they are very popular with our EMT customers who require composite safety toes.   Known for their comfort, Original SWAT boots sell from $69.95 to $129.95, with quite a few in the $80 to $90 range. Most of them have side zippers and a few feature air sole technology.

Belleville is best known as a supplier to the Department of Defense, and many a soldier or airman has deployed wearing their trusty Belleville boots. We sell their military line, including desert tan, coyote tan, and sage green boots. They offer everything from a hot-weather boot to flight deck boots to the rugged USMC Mountain Combat Boots.

Several years ago, Captain Dave’s was among the first to offer Belleville’s Tactical Research line of boots, and we’ve outfitted everyone from local law enforcement to federal agents in these high-performance tactical boots. Over the past year or two, we’ve really seen their lightweight and minimalist boots, the Flyweight and the Mini-Mil trending upwards. Their new Chrome line is also proving to be very popular with law enforcement.

BellevilleBootAll of our boots are available in a wide variety of sizes, often from 5 to 15, in both regular and wide widths.  Since these are men’s boots, we recommend that women order two full sizes smaller than they wear in women’s sizes.

Here’s the only complication related to this offer: To get free shipping, qualifying boots must be the ONLY thing in your shopping cart. So if you want another item, you’ll need to buy it separately.

Of course, we cannot make a special offer without small print: Free shipping via the ground method of our choice (usually UPS or Fedex) is available to the lower 48 states only. Adding other items to your shopping cart will incur shipping charges. Void where prohibited. Purchases must be made at http://shop.captaindaves.com during the promotion. May not be combined with other special offers. Not valid for prior purchases.

Brown is the New Black

BrawnyBrownRothco has introduced a new color to their line of popular Brawny flannel shirts, and it is available at Captain Dave’s: Brown and black plaid joins their traditional red and black, blue and black, green and black, white and black, and yellow and black color options.

Also new for the 2014/15 winter season are solid olive and solid black flannel shirts that offer the warmth and softness of flannel without the outdoorsy look of the lumberjack plaids.

Whatever color you pick, you will find that these thick, 100% cotton shirts are soft, warm and comfortable. Be sure to buy a size larger than you normally do because they shrink a bit when washed.

Also available in our store is the Brawny sherpa-lined flannel jacket. Designed to provide extra warmth, these flannel jackets are an excellent exterior layer for those who work or play in the great outdoors during the cooler months. When worn over some of our thermals, they help you stay toasty warm even when the flurries are flying.

BrawneySherpaThe Brawny shirts and jackets are such popular Christmas gifts that several sizes and colors sold out last year. To be sure this popular item is under your tree, we recommend you get an early start on your holiday shopping.

Just in: Edge Eyewear Tactical Sunglasses

Captain Dave’s is proud to offer Edge Eyewear’s line of tactical sunglasses. We are now stocking 20 different styles, all of which meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1+2010 and Military MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 standards for impact resistance.  As you can see in the accompanying videos, these polycarbonate lenses are pretty tough!

Most of their glasses are priced from $30 to $50, making them an excellent option for someone who wants a distinctive pair of shooting or tactical glasses but isn’t ready to step up to the premium Wiley-X line. Even their polarized glasses are just $69.95.

Edge also offers their Blade Runner frames in an XL size for guys who find the tight fit of traditional tactical glasses too restrictive. They offer some frames with thinner temples for greater comfort when worn with a helmet, headset or under ear protection.

See our full line of sunglasses and goggles, including classic aviators, the pilot line from American Optical, Voodoo Tactical goggles, and a range of styles and colors from Rothco.

 

MultiCam Arid and Tropic Camouflage Clothing Now Available

TRU pants in MultiCam Tropic

TRU pants in MultiCam Tropic

We just received new Tactical Response Uniforms in MultiCam Tropic and MultiCam Arid, designed for jungle and desert or plains environments, respectively. These new TRU pants, combat shirts, jackets and boonie hats are all from the Tru-Spec line and join our current line-up of uniforms and gear in the original MultiCam pattern and MultiCam black.

We now offer clothing traditional patterns like woodland camouflage, the new Kryptek camo patterns like Typhon and Mandrake, military patterns like MARPAT and ACU, subdued digital camouflage, and fashion camo in bright colors like purple, sky blue and orange.

Visit us online or in person and make Captain Dave’s your camo headquarters.

A Tractical Response Uniform shirt from Atlanco in MultiCam Arid

A Tractical Response Uniform shirt from Atlanco in MultiCam Ari

Captain Dave’s Now Stocks Merrell Boots and Shoes

We are proud to announce that our store, Captain Dave’s Army Navy & Outdoor Adventure Gear, is now stocking Merrell footwear. Our initial order is in house for immediate shipment and we expect more styles and colors in the future. To celebrate, we’re offering free shipping of Merrell items to the lower 48 states.

Merrell Boots and ShoesFor those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of slipping your feet into a pair of Merrell boots or shoes, come check out what you have been missing.

If you already have a favorite Merrell hiking boot, trail runner, slip-on, or sandal that we do not stock, we’ll be happy to order it for you, and chances are that we can save you money over what you would pay at a big box store, or even Amazon. Stop by and try a pair on or call us at 919-384-9760 (or toll free 877-41-DAVES) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.