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 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.
Army to Receive 7.62mm Squad Marksman Rifles as Early as Next Year
Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. will soon begin delivering thousands of 7.62mm squad-designated marksman rifles to the Army.
Acting Army Secretary Shoots Early Version of Next-Gen Squad Weapon
Ryan McCarthy met with officials from the Army Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team at Fort Benning on Wednesday.
The Army's New 9mm Handgun is Finally Approved for Full Material Release
The U.S. Army recently approved Full Material Release (FMR) of its new Modular Handgun System that will replace its M9.
Army's New Hot Weather Uniforms Are About to Hit Shelves
The design of the Army's Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform has been finalized, and it's now being shipped.
Army Still Tweaking Green Service Uniform as Recruiter Wear Test Gets Underway
U.S. Army recruiters are starting to show off the service's new World War II style service uniform.
Navy Commands Begin to Roll Out Custom Patches for Camouflage Uniforms
Commands and units have the option of wearing an embroidered shoulder patch on the Navy Working Uniform Type II and III.
This Is How an RPG Works
The United States and the Soviets disagreed on almost everything; except the fact that anti-tank infantry capabilities are ne...
Full Details: Army to Test New Extreme Cold Weather Gear Next Year
This winter, researchers plan to field test the Cold Temperature and Arctic System.