Product Guides & Reviews
Camelbak Motherlode Lite – 37L Review
The Camelbak Motherlode daysack was used by a GPMG gunner in the light role environment, during a 7-day exercise in Estonia with temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.
Reservoir Set Up:
After an hour on the ground, the reservoir proved unfit for purpose due to the freezing temperatures. However, it was easy to remove from the main unit.
Easy Storage and Access:
The smaller pockets were ideal for storing fiddly items such as HMNVS and ear defence. This separation from the main pouch made them more accessible and protected them from the larger items. Conversely, the 37L main compartment provided ample storage space for numerous, larger items including cold weather clothing sealed in waterproof bags, up to 600 rounds of 7.62mm link and 24hrs rations. A mesh storage area within the main compartment enabled the user to separate items further, giving easy access to a notebook and pen, spare gloves and smaller items of warm kit, such as a beanie hat.
Comfort and Feel:
The user complained that the pack pulled away from the body when fully loaded with ammunition and personal equipment. This was partly due to the VIRTUS body armour, around which the chest strap could not be connected. In general, however, the pack was comfortable and did not sway whilst patrolling in 2ft snow. It was easy to remove, enabling the gunner to adopt a rapid firing position when required. Similarly, the external handheld straps enabled the user to carry the pack without slinging it over his shoulder, which proved useful when bounding forward over short distances.
The Motherload proved to be a functional daysack whilst operating as a GPMG gunner in a Light Role environment. Unfortunately, it was not possible to test the reservoir system, due to the freezing temperatures. The pack was comfortable and robust, whilst operating in extreme cold weather conditions.
CRYE COBRA D-RING MOLLE SHOOTERS BELT REVIEW
Crye Cobra D-Ring MOLLE Shooters Belt was used by a Sharpshooter in the light role environment during a 7-day exercise in Estonia with temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.
Belt Set Up:
Attached to the belt was two sharpshooter magazine poches, a small first aid pouch and two small utility pouches. The user deemed these were easy to fit and did not shift on the belt.
Comfort and Feel:
The overall fitting of the belt was comfortable throughout. The Velcro adjustment made it simple to adjust to size and did not lessen through the exercise. However, due to the narrowness of the belt, the magazine pouch did tend to rub on the soldier’s thigh whilst patrolling over long distances through deep snow. The quick release buckle proved easy to operate when taking the belt on and off.
The low profile of the belt made it easy for the operator to move around the battlefield. The was especially noticeable when operating in the trenches, built up areas and forests. The lack of storage capability meant that the operator did have to store more of his items in a pack and could not operate from his belt kit alone for a substantial duration of time.
Overall: The Crye Cobra D-Ring MOLLE Shooters Belt was a comfortable and easy to use. It was durable and allowed the operator to fight effectively whilst maintaining a low profile. However, it did prove uncomfortable whilst tabbing for long durations.
Military Direct is Proud and honoured to receive the Defence Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award 2020
UK military supplier AMMO & COMPANY and its continued dedication to the armed forces has been recognised with the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.
Part of The Armed Forces Covenant, the ERS scheme aims to reward employer organisations for their support and dedication towards defence, including putting initiatives in place to provide training and employment to veterans and ex-forces personnel as they begin the transition to civilian life.
AMMO & COMPANY has had a close history with the Armed Forces since its formation in 1850. In addition to around half of our current workforce is made up of Veterans, CFAVs and Military spouses.
AMMO & COMPANY recognise the skills and attributes that service leavers bring to any organisation and are very keen to tap into these skills and help develop them. As they work closely with our workforce from commercial and business backgrounds, strong diversity ensures a great client offering.”
Tommy Dalman, Managing & Director of AMMO & COMPANY, said the company prides itself on its links with the UK Armed Forces and ex-service personnel are an integral part of our workforce, with a great balance between them and our workforce from business backgrounds as we build for the future
Commenting on the announcement of the ERS 2020 awards, Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said:
“The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location.
“I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adopted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.
“I am delighted that so many companies are supporting our people and that, through this scheme, we can give them the public recognition they deserve.”
Coronavirus / Covid-19: Keeping you safe and well
The rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a source of uncertainty for all of us. We know you are concerned, and so are we.
At times like this, communication is critical. I am writing today to share what we’re doing in response to this public health crisis and to let you know how we’ll continue to provide you with the high level of support and service you’ve come to expect from us.
Primarily, the health and safety of our community—our employees, customers, and partners—is our top priority. We have had conversations with many of our customers and suppliers in recent days about the developing situation with Covid-19, and we have been heartened and inspired by the positive and pragmatic outlooks that have been shared with us. While we embrace this optimistic outlook, we would also like to take the opportunity to assure you that we are taking every possible step to play our part in protecting and preparing you for every eventuality.
We have been and will continue to monitor and implement formal advice from the government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.
At the core is a full action plan, which fundamentally creates segregation within the workforce:
- All our staff members are fully aware of current advice and requirements and regularly briefed with updates.
- A system of ‘teams’ has been introduced within departments, with separate facilities, in order to duplicate activities where possible.
- Working hours have changed in the warehouse to prevent any overlap of shifts and to allow for the extra cleaning of crucial areas and equipment. Our overall operational hours have increased to meet additional demand and we have currently no delays to shipping or stocking.
- In line with the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, any member of our team who has a fever and/or has a new, persistent cough is to stay at home for at least fourteen days.
- We have handwashing facilities on every floor of our HQ, wall-mounted clinical-grade hand washing instructions in our toilets, and wall-mounted and freestanding hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the building, including in the entrance.
- We have ample supplies of disposable gloves in our building, which are worn, and our staff are sanitising at regular intervals.
- An ‘off-site’ office facility has been set up, which has no physical link to Ammo HQ current office areas.
- Staff business travel offsite has suspended, and likewise visitor access on-site, with all business meeting being conducted via phone or video link.
We can confirm that all in the business will be working hard to ensure that Ammo & Company and its subsidiaries continue to provide high service levels that are unaffected by these measures and that we will be maintaining the usual order deadlines, shipping schedules and other SLAs, subject to our carriers also doing so.
We have temporarily asked those employees whose roles allow them to work remotely at least until Friday, 24 April 2020, at which point we will re-assess. It is quite possible that we will extend that time, and we are planning as if we will. However, we are keeping our re-evaluation cycles short given our learnings—the evolution and additional information we gain on this, even day-to-day, is significant.
We will be monitoring developments and official advice closely and implementing any, additional measures we feel are necessary and beneficial to protect your health and safety.
If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about any aspect of current events or our response, please do not hesitate to speak to any of the team. We ask in the first instance to email us to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than call with your query, and our team will get back to you as quickly as they can.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support, loyalty, and the trust you place in us.
As at all times, we take our responsibilities to help protect your health and safety incredibly seriously, and we would like to assure you that, you continue to be in the safest possible place, and hands, at Ammo & Company.
Assuring you of our best attention always,
TentsTents are the first thing you should buy and the good news is that they come in a range of sizes so whether you are camping on your own or with a family of 10, you are sure to find an option to suit you. From the simple two-man tent to the larger tents that have separate sleeping and living areas, there is something for everyone. Included with them are all the things that you will need including ropes and tent pegs. Our most popular tents include the Snugpak Scorpion 2, Snugpak Ionosphere and Highlander Blackthorn tents.
Sleeping GearSleeping bags are the most basic thing you will need for the camping lifestyle but many people prefer to add in a sleeping mat or an airbed just to make it a little more comfortable. A Snugpak sleeping bag is a great choice for style, warmth and a great night's sleep. A good quality sleeping bag is a great investment - just because you are getting back to nature doesn't mean you have to have sleepless nights! Sleeping bags are another thing that come in a range of sizes, but remember if you are buying for kids they are going to grow and you might have to buy new ones in a couple of years.
Cooking equipmentStoves, pans and dishes are always needed when you are camping, particularly if you are catering for a group. A Jetboil Flash cooking stove is easy to use, is compact and efficient, so preparing hot meals while you are camping will not be a problem. Boil time is only 100 seconds so you can be warm with a lovely brew in less than 2 minutes! Another option is a BBQ but if you are camping off the beaten track remember that you will need somewhere to keep food such as meat cool and fresh. You should also consider how light you want to travel - if you are on your own you should be able to manage with a relatively small number of cooking utensils.
ResearchDon't let your research stop at where to camp. Look into all the different options that you have with tents, sleeping bags and cooking stoves. Think carefully about what you should take with you. One of the mistakes that many first time campers make is to take too many things with them, for example, packing boxes of board games thinking that the family will sit around each evening to play them. Be realistic about the clothes you pack too.
Figure it all out in advance and you and your family are sure to have a great time on your camping trip.
1 - Assess Your Physical Condition - The first thing you should do is assess your physical condition so that you can pick a hiking trail that is well within your capabilities. Once you have completed a few trails, you can think about tackling more advanced routes, but it is better to start off with a trail that does not overtax you physically.
2 - Acquire the Necessary Equipment - If you are going to be hiking in the wilderness, you will need to go well equipped. A good pair of walking boots and some quality walking socks are essential, along with water bottles to take care of hydration. You should also take along some energy bars to keep up your strength when attempting longer hikes. If you would prefer not to carry loose water bottles, you can invest in equipment, such as Camelbak hydration packs, which are backpacks with an integral reservoir in which clean drinking water can be stored.
3 - Obtain a Trail Map and Study it Carefully - Before you set off on your first hike, obtain a map of the trail you are planning to follow and study it carefully. Look out for any points along the way where paths cross each other so that you can make sure you do not head off in the wrong direction and get lost. You may also like to mark the location of promising-looking spots where you can stop and have a bite to eat, such as by a river or lake.
4 - Get Your Equipment Ready - The day before you go on your first hike, gather all your equipment together to make sure that you have everything you need. If you bought yourself a Camelbak hydration pack, you can either fill it the night before or in the morning before you set off. The reservoirs are designed to ensure that the water inside them stays fresh so it is perfectly safe to fill them in advance. Place your walking boots and walking socks together with the rest of your gear so you do not forget to put them on before you leave.
5 - Check Online Weather Reports - Adverse weather conditions can cause serious problems, even for experienced hikers, so it is important to check the local weather reports before you set off on your first hike. If high winds or heavy rain are forecast, it may be best to postpone your trip until another day.
Wherever you decide to go for your first hike, we hope that you have a great time and enjoy many more trips in the future!
Static BFPO Addresses
Max weight - 30Kg
|12||BF1 3AH||Belize City||Belize|
|59||BF1 2AW||Ayios Nikolaos||Cyprus|
|64||BF1 3AS||Edwards AFB||USA|
|66||BF1 3AU||Creech AFB||USA|
|68||BF1 2BE||Poggio Renatico||Italy|
|73||BF1 3BD||Beaufort AFB||USA|
|75||BF1 3BF||Eglin AFB||USA|
|105||BF1 0AX||Isolated Detachments||See table below|
|113||BF1 0DN||Mansergh Bks||Germany|
|140||BF1 0DQ||JHQ, Bielefeld||Germany|
|622||BF1 6BD||IMATT (SL)||Sierra Leone|
|642||BF1 6DD||BMM Kuwait City||Kuwait|
|644||BF1 6DF||BMATT (J)||Jordan|
|655||BF1 6DU||All FI units||Falklands|
|677||BF1 6EX||RAF Ascension||Ascensions|
|678||BF1 6EY||Two Boats||Ascensions|
Isolated Detachments (Isodets)
Max Weight - 30Kg
|589||ATC Obersdorf||2021||The Naval Outdoor Centre|
|2001||FDTC Bavaria||2022||RN Ex Officer Flensberg|
|2002||Army EO, HQ Army, Strausberg||2024||UK Ex Officer Stuttgart|
|2003||NATO School Oberammergau||2025||BLO Stuttgart|
|2004||Army EO, HQ1 (DEU) Armd Div, Oldenberg||2026||RAF Liaison Officer Diepholz|
|2009||MBSTC Möhnesee||2027||RAF Ex Officer Konigsbrunn|
|2010||NETMA/BCG/BSSO MUNICH||2028||RAF Personnel MEA 4 Manching|
|2011||BLO(G) Force Development, Koln||2029||UK Typhoon Team Eurofighter IWSSC|
|2014||OCCAR/COBRA||2030||RM Ex Officer Eckenforde|
|2016||BLO Pionierschule||2031||Defence section British Embassy Berlin
|2017||BLO(G) Training Leipzig||2032||BLO Berlin|
|2019||RAF Ex Officer Hohn||2033||RN Exchange Pilot Nordholz|
|2020||German Armed Forces Staff College, Hamburg||2034||GBR NSE Munster|
Max Weight - 11Kg
|485||BF1 4TG||NP 1002||Diego Garcia (BIOT)|
|487||BF1 4TJ||NP 1010 (BDLS Ottawa)||Canada|
|488||BF1 4TL||NP 1011 - Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC) / Autec||Portsmouth, UK/Miami|
|489||BF1 4TN||NP 1022 (RNLO)||Singapore|
|490||BF1 4TP||NP 1023 (RNLO Gulf)||Dubai|
|494||BF1 4TT||NP 2010||Falkland Islands|
|495||BF1 4TU||NP 1005||Den Helder, Holland|
|496||BF1 4TW||OP Atalanta||Djibouti|
|497||BF1 4TX||OP Atalanta||Att to foreign ships|
|c/o2||BF1 3AA||HMS Saker (Washington)||USA|
|c/o63||BF1 3AQ||NP 1964 (Norfolk, Virginia)||USA|
Max Weight - 11Kg
|204||BF1 4AF||HMS Albion||363||BF1 4LE||HMS Pursuer|
|205||BF1 4AG||HMS Ambush||364||BF1 4LF||HMS Prince of Wales|
|208||BF1 4AL||HMS Archer||365||BF1 4LG||HMS Queen Elizabeth|
|210||BF1 4AP||HMS Argyll||367||BF1 4LJ||HMS Protector|
|213||BF1 4AS||HMS Artful||368||BF1 4LL||HMS Ramsey|
|214||BF1 4AT||HMS Astute||369||BF1 4LN||HMS Ranger|
|216||BF1 4AW||HMS Audacious||375||BF1 4LU||HMS Richmond|
|221||BF1 4BB||HMS Blyth||377||BF1 4LX||HMS Raider|
|222||BF1 4BD||HMS Bangor||378||BF1 4LY||HMS Sabre|
|229||BF1 4BN||HMS Biter||381||BF1 4NB||HMS Scott|
|231||BF1 4BQ||HMS Blazer||382||BF1 4ND||HMS Severn|
|241||BF1 4DB||HMS Brocklesby||384||BF1 4NF||HMS Scimitar|
|243||BF1 4DE||HMS Bulwark||386||BF1 4NH||HMS Shoreham|
|251||BF1 4DQ||HMS Cattistock||387||BF1 4NJ||HMS Smiter|
|252||BF1 4DR||HMS Charger||395||BF1 4NU||HMS Somerset|
|254||BF1 4DT||HMS Chiddingfold||398||BF1 4NY||HMS Sutherland|
|255||BF1 4DU||HMS Clyde||399||BF1 4NZ||HMS St Albans|
|267||BF1 4EJ||HMS Defender||401||BF1 4PB||HMS Talent|
|268||BF1 4EL||HMS Dragon||402||BF1 4PD||HMS Tireless|
|269||BF1 4EN||HMS Duncan||403||BF1 4PE||HMS Torbay|
|270||BF1 4EP||HMS Daring||405||BF1 4PG||HMS Trenchant|
|271||BF1 4EQ||HMS Dasher||406||BF1 4PH||HMS Triumph|
|272||BF1 4ER||HMS Dauntless||407||BF1 4PJ||HMS Trumpeter|
|273||BF1 4ES||HMS Diamond||408||BF1 4PL||HMS Turbulent|
|275||BF1 4EU||HMS Echo||409||BF1 4PN||HMS Tracker|
|276||BF1 4EW||HMS Enterprise||411||BF1 4PQ||HMS Trent|
|280||BF1 4FA||HMS Explorer||412||BF1 4PR||HMS Tyne|
|281||BF1 4FB||HMS Example||418||BF1 4PY||HMS Vanguard|
|282||BF1 4FD||HMS Express||419||BF1 4PZ||HMS Victorious|
|285||BF1 4FG||HMS Exploit||420||BF1 4QA||HMS Vigilant|
|288||BF1 4FL||HMS Gleaner||421||BF1 4QB||HMS Vengeance|
|292||BF1 4FR||HMS Grimsby||426||BF1 4QH||HMS Westminster|
|300||BF1 4GA||HMS Hurworth||431||BF1 4QQ||RFA Wave Ruler|
|309||BF1 4GN||HMS Iron Duke||432||BF1 4QR||RFA Wave Knight|
|318||BF1 4GY||HMS Kent||433||BF1 4QS||RFA Argus|
|323||BF1 4HE||HMS Lancaster||435||BF1 4QU||RFA Black Rover|
|324||BF1 4HF||HMS Ledbury||436||BF1 4QW||RFA Cardigan Bay|
|332||BF1 4HR||HMS Medway||438||BF1 4QY||RFA Diligence|
|334||BF1 4HT||HMS Mersey||439||BF1 4QZ||RFA Fort Austin|
|335||BF1 4HU||HMS Middleton||441||BF1 4RB||RFA Fort Rosalie|
|338||BF1 4HY||HMS Monmouth||442||BF1 4RD||RFA Fort Victoria|
|339||BF1 4HZ||HMS Montrose||447||BF1 4RJ||RFA Lyme Bay|
|345||BF1 4JG||HMS Northumberland||448||BF1 4RL||RFA Mounts Bay|
|350||BF1 4JP||HMS Ocean||455||BF1 4RU||RFA Tideforce|
|357||BF1 4JX||HMS Pembroke||456||BF1 4RW||RFA Tiderace|
|358||BF1 4JY||HMS Penzance||457||BF1 4RX||RFA Tidespring|
|361||BF1 4LB||HMS Portland||458||BF1 4RY||RFA Tidesurge|
|362||BF1 4LD||HMS Puncher|
Max Weight - 2Kg
|501||BF1 5AB||OP ELGIN||627||BF1 6BJ||OP SHADER|
|550||BF1 5DP||OP SHADER||630||BF1 6BP||OP TRENTON (EAN)|
|556||BF1 5DW||OP SHADER||631||BF1 6BQ||OP TANGHAM|
|561||BF1 5EB||OP ELGIN (K)||632||BF1 6BR||OP KIPION|
|566||BF1 5EH||OP CABRIT||634||BF1 6BT||OP CROSSWAYS|
|572||BF1 5ER||OP LITTEN||636||BF1 6BW||OP SHADER|
|567||BF1 5EJ||OP TOSCA||637||BF1 6BX||OP SHADER|
|576||BF1 5EW||OP VOCATE||639||BF1 6BZ||OP KIPION|
|584||BF1 5FF||OP CABRIT||651||BF1 6DQ||OP VERITAS|
|590||BF1 5FP||OP ORBITAL||652||BF1 6DR||OP MARMAT|
|597||BF1 5FX||OP SHADER||660||BF1 6EA||OP SHADER|
|598||BF1 5FY||OP SHADER||664||BF1 6EF||OP BRANTA|
|602||BF1 6AD||OP NEWCOMBE||675||BF1 6EU||OP SHADER|
|604||BF1 6AF||OP TURUS||684||BF1 6FF||OP SHADER|
|605||BF1 6AG||OP TURUS||685||BF1 6FG||OP TRAMAL/
|606||BF1 6AH||OP PERCIVAL||689||BF1 6FN||OP HALLEX|
|607||BF1 6AJ||OP VOGUL||690||BF1 6FP||OP RECOMPOSE|
|611||BF1 6AQ||OP MATCHMAKER||695||BF1 6FU||OP TURUS|
|616||BF1 6AW||OP CATAN||711||BF1 7AQ||OP TORAL|
|617||BF1 6AX||OP BACKWELL/
|759||BF1 7DZ||OP TORAL|
|618||BF1 6AY||OP TRENTON||762||BF1 7ED||OP TORAL|
|619||BF1 6AZ||OP TRENTON||764||BF1 7EF||OP TORAL|
|620||BF1 6BA||OP TRENTON||767||BF1 7EJ||OP KIPION|
|625||BF1 6BG||OP SHADER||779||BF1 7EZ||OP KIPION|
|626||BF1 6BH||OP SHADER||798||BF1 7FY||OP TORAL|