"Considered a legacy unit of U.S. Army Special Operations Forces, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) has assumed almost mythical stature since World War II. Several OSS veterans, among them Colonel Aaron Bank, Lieutenant Colonel Jack T. Shannon, and Majors Herbert R. Brucker and Caesar J. Civitella brought unconventional warfare (UW) tactics and techniques to Special Forces in the early 1950s. It should be remembered, however, that the short-lived OSS (1942 to 1945) had two basic missions: its primary one was to collect, analyze, and disseminate foreign intelligence; its secondary one was to conduct unconventional warfare. The first, executed primarily by the Research and Analysis branch (R&A), was considered the most important during the war.
It is the second mission of UW, however, that has received the most attention since WWII. It was this element of the OSS that provided the most exciting stories and which was cloaked by an aura of secrecy and mystery. This section is designed to serve as a primer on the UW elements of the OSS. It is not an exhaustive look at the OSS, nor does it address every OSS function or branch. Its intent is to provide the reader with a basic understanding of what missions the separate OSS branches had, what the main operational efforts were, and where they took place geographically."
Everybody lokes cool gear nowadays. People LOL’d at me when I used to show up wearing alice belt (brass buckle) and the old blackhawk padded waistbelt under it. I hung a chopped safariland M9 holster modofied for high thigh/low hip carry, 3 mismatched mag shingles for fighting load on left side and an old alice mag pouch for 3 mag sustainment on roght. A dump pouch and a traima kit both industrial zip tied to belt.And I was only guy without an optic.
At a class ater a run&gun drill I had a SEAL ask me "who are you with?“ I told him I was an underemplyed stay at home dad for 15yrs.
Mags are loaded, fresh batteries in the Walkers, and with some B8s I am ready to have my ego good and crushed tomorrow lol. Gotta help my boss sight in a couple of new rifles first then I can get some work myself.
Going to be too many people to even break out the timer. But Im going to see if I can make myself cry with the B8s at 25 yards lol. Fuck those things at 25, especially doing anything timed. Maybe I will go super early and break out the timer for a quick round of No Fail to make myself feel like the trash I am
Also here is the Safariland ELS belt I was talking about earlier if anyone hasnt seen one yet. Big fan of the modular mag pouches and the countless attachment points for them. They have rifle mag pouches as well but Im just using a HSG taco on there.
Add a QLS holster set up, and you can go from single stack to double stack, swap guns out it in seconds.
The carbon arms ratchet I added is dope, basically just a roller blade ratchet that lets you adjust the tension on the fly. Pretty popular in competition.
The belts normally set up backwards with the buckle in back, so you can have the more space for shit up front. You just trim the belt a bit, giving yourself some room for weight fluctuations, and add the ratchet. Super convenient.
After a few years of using it. Im a pretty big fan of the ELS set ups, and I can see why people reccomend them.
If anyone one is ever looking for a range belt/action shooting type set up instead of going full battle belt set up, the Ben Stoeger Pro Shop is great as a one stop shop, including full kits complete with holster, belt and pouches in a variety of price ranges. Big fan of that dude and his books, and his podcast lol.