Having problems with main site

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 by dtacnz

Having problems getting the main site up guys, the curse of being a Grunt and not a computer geek.  Until its up and running please email me at DTACNZ@gmail.com with any sales queries.


Custom Gear Report reviews the Snurse

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by dtacnz

A video review by Mike, owner of DIY Tactical and Custom Gear Report.


SNURSE musings…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by dtacnz

I decided to put some info on why the Snurse is the way it is.

I have spent a lot of time creeping around the jungle and learnt quickly that anything that can snag will.  Trying to tactically unsnare yourself from jungle creeper, maintain control of your weapon and watch your arcs of responsibility is a super human feat.  The solution is to remove anything that can snag in the hope of minimizing it, you will never avoid it completely.  Well not unless you coat yourself in teflon.

That is the reason the Snurse doesn’t have side release buckles permanently fitted to it, if you have it mounted to the patrol pack of your choice and turn to cover your 3 o’clock there is less possibility of it catching onto a creeper.

I prefer “clean” looking pouches.  On my personal kit I don’t normally have external PALS on my GP pouches etc as I know what the pouch is going to carry and size it for that.   I’m also not a fan of stacking pouches on top of each other till you end up patrolling with your arms up around your ears, it’s unnatural and you look like a fag.

The strapping system is not the quickest to install, you pass the two open ended vertical straps up through the PALs columns on the rear of the Snurse and then using the ITW repair buckles pinch the loop and feed it on just like you would when replacing a broken buckle.  I accept that some users might want a system that is almost instant but I don’t foresee anyone under fire deciding “hey I might choose this time to convert my Snurse from chest rig mode and mount it on my pack”.   The messenger bag option is for when you have to low crawl in, you can mount it off to your side so the pouch isn’t chafing your sensitive nipples or stabbing you in the chest.  You can also mount it low  in case you get found and need to get a magazine out yesterday.

I played with putting “ears” inside the Snurse so it would stay up.  I found it a debacle to try and write info on the sketch pad so that feature got f***ed off at the high port.  At the customers request I can install two HDPE reinforced lengths of 1″ webbing that will do the same job.  They fasten to the bottom with press studs that allow them to be turned to face in and allow the pouch to close properly.  I’ll try to get some pics up of that soon.

One of the thoughts behind the Snurse was to give the user a platform that allowed you to break away if you had your OP remoted forward or where conducting a CTR.  When I use my one I carry three thirty round shingles and 4 x 40mm HEDP and an M-18 smoke screening on it.  In the bad old days I used to patrol around with a set of belt order and a small chest rig that allowed me to carry enough to break back to my team when I had to get real sneaky in places I shouldn’t be and my belt order would have hampered my movement.  This was before MOLLE reared it’s head.

I found it worked well for me and wanted to replicate it as an option with the Snurse.


Posted in Pouches on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

One Handed Trauma Kit

I made the first version of this 1 1/2 years ago.  The idea being that you could apply pressure to a bleed with one hand and tear off the pouch, manipulate the zipper and release it with the other.  Having one of the zipper pulls “leashed” to the PALS platform allows you to turn the pouch around and open the zip at the same time.

I’m about to begin work on improvements for it.  Sizing will be to fit the following:

  • 2 x 4″ Israeli bandages
  • 2 x H&H Compressed Gauze
  • NPA
  • OPA sz L
  • 14g Angiocath for ND
  • Nitrile gloves
  • ACE wrap
  • 2 x ACS
  • Roll of 1″surgical tape
  • Casualty card

Our SOP for TQ is to have it mounted accessible by with either hand on the vest.  I carry mine in a 215 Gear TQ holder if you haven’t seen one before I highly recommend you check them out.

So far my intent is to have a set of elastic “pussy lips” in place of the PALS on the front of the pouch for the gloves.  I’m going to investigate the possibilty of making an easier way to open the pouch as a casualty in shock may have problems with the fine motor skill required to manipulate the pouch open.  This may be a an exposed 1″ strap that sits between the zipper pull and opens with a yank.

Stay tuned…

Comments have been left activated for readers to put forward their ideas.

Snurse Generation 3

Posted in Pouches on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

This incarnation of the Snurse was built using feedback from deployed Snipers and SOF.  The front Velcro pocket was changed to #6 coil zipper which allowed me to remove a layer of 1000d Cordura.  All the internals were built with 420d pack cloth to further reduce weight.  The zipper was changed to a single puller for ease of use and another 2″ x 3″ clear slot was added.


Posted in Accessories on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

The Comms Cable Retention Strap (Vertical) was designed to secure the users MBITR down leads and still allow them to be removed from the vest etc as opposed to cable tying them on and then having to cut the cable ties to remove it.

7″ long with 3 x 1 1/2″ elastic loops for routing.  You simply weave the strap under the PALS grid on your vest, place the pouch of your choice over the top and then feed your radio cables through.

Testing has been completed and the CCRS (V) has performed to expectations.  It will soon be offered for sale and thank you to everyone who helped with the T&E.

Snurse Generation 2

Posted in Pouches on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

The Snurse (Sniper purse) was originally designed to give the Shooter/Spotter or Recon Patrol member a versatile admin pouch that could be used for recording and referencing data and also double as a modular platform for affixing pouches.

It can be mounted on a vest or pack via Malice clips or carried as a chest rig or messenger bag via the innovative harness. It features a front pocket for storing equipment, 3 rows of 6 columns of PALS for fixing pouches and internally it has an HDPE reinforced back for writing on, pen and pencil slots, quick reference card slots and a 2″ x 3″ clear window for range data with a removable clear sheet for displaying panoramic sketches or overhead imagery.

It is sized to fit 2 x NZDF commanders notebooks or most commercial data sheets including the NSN model.