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.
Army Secretly Fields Lighter Helmet that Offers More Ballistic Protection
The Army recently fielded a small number of helmets that offer increased protection against high-performance sniper rounds.
Marines Will Soon Have Better-Fitting Maternity Uniforms and Nursing T-Shirts
The changes are expected to go into effect later this year.
Air Force Recruits Start Receiving OCP Uniform at Basic Military Training
The phase-in of the Air Force OCP uniform continues.
Winchester Is Now Selling Ammo Developed for Army's MHS to Consumers
The company announced the launch of its "Active Duty" 9mm training round line Monday.
These Are the First Units to Get Army’s New Night-Vision Binoculars
Army Futures Command enabled the service to develop and field the new technology fast, officials said.
This Tiny Thermal Weapons Optic with Red Dot Is Designed for Close Combat
The Close Quarter Thermal takes two CR-123 batteries, weighs approximately one pound and currently costs about $10,000.
Beretta PMX Submachine Gun Makes US Debut at Modern Day Marine
Beretta Defense Technologies showed off a production model of its PMX submachine gun for the first time this week.
Here's What Marines Can Expect from Their New Night Vision Binoculars
The new Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggles (SBNVG) emerged from an effort that began last year.
Marines Test Nonlethal Mortar Round for Crowd Control
They may not be deadly, but some of the nonlethal weapons the Marine Corps is working on look pretty devastating.
Marines Get New Tool for Delivering Deadly 'Call for Fire' Missions
Marines in fire-support units can now coordinate artillery, mortar and naval gunfire from a handy, ruggedized tablet.
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.