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.
SureFire's Newest Light Offers Dual Power Option
SureFire introduced a high-powered tactical light that runs on standard CR123 batteries or a lithium-ion rechargeable battery...
Marines Begin Issuing New Night Vision Binoculars to Specialized Units
The Marine Corps is fielding new night vision binoculars equipped with thermal imaging that can help spot buried explosives.
Army Will Test Out 3 More Sub-Guns For Security Units
U.S. Army weapons officials have expanded the list of submachine gun-style weapons the service plans to test.
After Glitch, Marine Rifles Passing Safety Check; Army Results Mixed
Marine Corps M16 rifles and M4 carbines are passing a new safety check designed to catch a potentially dangerous glitch.
Army Selects 10 Commercial Subcompact Weapons for Future Testing
U.S. Army weapons officials plan to purchase subcompact weapons from 10 different gun makers for testing.
About 3,000 Army M4s Have Failed Safety Check for Dangerous Glitch
Army units have reported about 3K M4s have failed a safety inspection because of a potential glitch in the selector switch.
Marines Get Resupply from Unmanned Helo During Exercise
In a first, Marines participating in an integrated training exercise got supplies delivered via an autonomous UH-1 Huey.
Marines to Test New Boots and Socks for Freezing Climates
The Marine Corps will soon test new cold-weather boots and socks designed to perform at temperatures from -20 to 20 degrees.
Army Tests Mechanical 'Third Arm' to Ease Weapon Weight
The "third arm" attaches to the weapon and the soldier's waist belt to take the weight off his arms.
Here's Everything in the New Pizza MRE, Headed to the Field Soon
Defense Logistics Agency officials said it will be available to most troops in about 18 months.
Army Updates Functions Check, Malfunction Drill After M4A1 Mishap
A soldier at Fort Knox experienced an unexplained, unintended weapon discharge.
Pentagon to Test Combat Rations Specially Designed for Infantry Troops
Experts hope to start testing a new assault ration that is drastically lighter than existing field rations by 2020.
Army Seeks New Designs for Improved Hot Weather Boot
Army officials recently asked commercial industry for fresh designs in the search for an "Improved Hot Weather Combat Boot."
Here Are All the Features on the Air Force's New Camouflage Uniform
In addition to a new camouflage pattern, the new uniform will offer different features from the current ABU.
No Secret Message in New Uniform Announcement, Air Force Says
An infamous name was featured prominently in photos of the new uniform.
New Info Out on Purchasing Army Surplus 1911 .45s
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has released the much anticipated instructions for purchasing U.S. Army surplus 1911 .45 au...
Soldiers Take Top Honors at Marine Scout Sniper Course
Two soldiers recently outshot their Marine classmates in one of the Marine Corps' most challenging schools.
Dunford Pushes Services to Move Faster on Body Armor Fitted for Women
The services have to speed up the process of getting body armor fitted for female troops into the field, Dunford said.
Marines Unveil New Drone Operator Badge Design
The newest approved breast insignia for Marine officers and enlisted troops is here and ready to be worn.
SecAF Asks Airmen for Opinion on OCP Uniform, Tries It Out Herself
Wilson changed into an OCP-pattern uniform before attending a mission demonstration by an AFSOC special tactics team.