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.
Air Force Pursuing Heated Boots to Protect Downed Pilots in Extreme Cold
The Air Force contract is for low-bulk boots designed to keep pilots' feet warm in temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit.
Modular Handgun System Missteps Raised in SecAF Confirmation Hearing
The Army began working on the MHS in 2009 and launched a competition, which Sig ultimately won, in the summer of 2015.
This Tactical Tablet Will Help Marines Cut Through Fog of War
Combat Marines will soon test an upgraded version of a tactical tablet designed to help units see through the fog of war.
Israeli Gunmaker Unveils Multi-Caliber Special Ops Rifle in .300 BLK/5.56mm
Israel Weapon Industries recently unveiled a new AR-style rifle that can quickly change from 5.56mm to .300 Blackout ammo.
Marine Corps in Final Phase of Selecting an Intense Cold Weather Boot
The Marine Corps recently asked bootmakers to submit designs for cold weather boots built to keep Marines' feet warm.
Sig Sauer Offers First Look at Weapons that Could Replace Army's M4 Carbine and M249
Sig Sauer offered a first look at the automatic rifle and rifle prototypes for the U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon.
Army Picks Gunmakers for Next Test Phase of Future Infantry Weapons
The Army's goal is to begin replacing both M4s and M249s in an infantry brigade combat team in the first quarter of 2023.
These Tactical Glasses Could Give Marine Grunts an F-35 Pilot's View of the Battlefield
Marine infantrymen may soon be able to see through the floor of an MV-22 Osprey and track terrain features.
Army Wants to Replace Rifle Combat Optic with New Variable-Power Sight
Weapons officials say that the new Direct View Optic could be ready for fielding by late 2020.
Army Hopes Microsoft App Will Help Reduce Heavy Soldier Loads
The Architectural Assessment Tool is designed to be a collaborative tool for project managers and requirements officials.
New Set of Gear Could Allow Soldiers to Ditch AA Batteries for Good
The service wants equipment sets that can run communication, navigation and weapons accessories off of a common power source.
Here Are the Jungle Combat Boots That Emerged from Army Testing
Soldiers looking to buy Jungle Combat Boots with features evaluated by Army field testing have two styles to choose from.
After Lengthy Wear Tests, Army Won't Issue a Jungle Boot to Soldiers
The boots will be available at military exchange stores.
Army Orders $40 Million of its Newest Body Armor
Coming your way in 2020.
Marine Corps Wants Single Device to Control Rifle Accessories, Radios
Marine Corps riflemen may soon be able to control their thermal sights and aiming lights with a single touchpad device.
F-22 Pilots First to Get Air Force's New, State-of-the-Art Flight Suit
F-22 Raptor pilots in Hawaii are some of the first to try out the Air Force's new integrated aircrew ensemble flight suit.
Marine Corps Inks Contract for New Rifle Magazine Pouches That Will Fit PMAG
The magazine pouch features a "Double Decker" design allowing Marines to carry two magazines in a single pouch.
Some Don't Like It Hot: Shorts on the Way for Maintainers at Nellis Air Force Base
The high-stress, high-heat environment prompted officials to get utility shorts for its maintenance crew, officials said.
Robotic Mules Could Deploy with Army Advisers to Afghanistan
The service hopes to start fielding the SMET after successful testing with the 10th Mountain and 101st Airborne divisions.
Army Reveals Timeline for Fielding New Infantry Weapons
The service's goal is to select a final design for both weapons from a single provider in the first quarter of 2022.