Kit Up is a military gear blog that reports on the changes -- both good and bad -- to combat gear, including guns, magazines, packs, knives and other essential kit. Our focus is on the weapons, ammunition and equipment that U.S. Army and Marine Corps infantry and U.S. Special Operations forces carry into the fight.
Here Are the Rules Behind the Navy's New Female Hair Regs
Female sailors may begin wearing their hair in ponytails, locks, wider buns and sometimes even below their collars.
Army Names Firms Selected to Design Next Gen Squad Auto Rifle
The U.S. Army named the five gunmakers it selected to build prototypes of the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle.
Navy Announces New PT Uniform, Unisex Jackets, Boots and More
Sailors will have access to new physical training uniforms and safety boots this fall, leaders announced Wednesday.
Army Taps Six Firms to Design New Auto Rifle Prototypes
The Army recently six gunmakers a contract to build prototypes for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle program.
Army Close to Selecting Lights, Holster for New Service Pistol
The MHS features an accessory rail that allows soldiers to mount pistol lights and other devices for operating in low-light.
New Drone School Trains Young Soldiers to Survive Enemy UAS
Army instructors at Fort Benning, Georgia recently opened a new drone training school.
How Much Did Army Pay For New Service Pistol? Details Remain Murky
The Army got a good deal on its new Modular Handgun System, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.
SureFire's Newest Light Offers Dual Power Option
SureFire introduced a high-powered tactical light that runs on standard CR123 batteries or a lithium-ion rechargeable battery...
Marines Begin Issuing New Night Vision Binoculars to Specialized Units
The Marine Corps is fielding new night vision binoculars equipped with thermal imaging that can help spot buried explosives.
Army Will Test Out 3 More Sub-Guns For Security Units
U.S. Army weapons officials have expanded the list of submachine gun-style weapons the service plans to test.
After Glitch, Marine Rifles Passing Safety Check; Army Results Mixed
Marine Corps M16 rifles and M4 carbines are passing a new safety check designed to catch a potentially dangerous glitch.
Army Selects 10 Commercial Subcompact Weapons for Future Testing
U.S. Army weapons officials plan to purchase subcompact weapons from 10 different gun makers for testing.
About 3,000 Army M4s Have Failed Safety Check for Dangerous Glitch
Army units have reported about 3K M4s have failed a safety inspection because of a potential glitch in the selector switch.
Marines Get Resupply from Unmanned Helo During Exercise
In a first, Marines participating in an integrated training exercise got supplies delivered via an autonomous UH-1 Huey.
Marines to Test New Boots and Socks for Freezing Climates
The Marine Corps will soon test new cold-weather boots and socks designed to perform at temperatures from -20 to 20 degrees.
Army Tests Mechanical 'Third Arm' to Ease Weapon Weight
The "third arm" attaches to the weapon and the soldier's waist belt to take the weight off his arms.
Here's Everything in the New Pizza MRE, Headed to the Field Soon
Defense Logistics Agency officials said it will be available to most troops in about 18 months.
Army Updates Functions Check, Malfunction Drill After M4A1 Mishap
A soldier at Fort Knox experienced an unexplained, unintended weapon discharge.
Pentagon to Test Combat Rations Specially Designed for Infantry Troops
Experts hope to start testing a new assault ration that is drastically lighter than existing field rations by 2020.
Army Seeks New Designs for Improved Hot Weather Boot
Army officials recently asked commercial industry for fresh designs in the search for an "Improved Hot Weather Combat Boot."