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John “Tilt” Meyer’s MACV-SOG Loadout

Editors note: MACV-SOG was organized and functioned as the first true joint special operations task force (JSOTF). Formed during the Vietnam War, the unit conducted special operations, to include providing intelligence, psychological operations, and personnel recovery, in support of the theater campaign plan.   From John’s book Across The Fence: The Secret War In Vietnam, here’s […]

A quick look at the SOG SEAL Strike fixed blade knife

SOG Specialty Knives & Tool, LLC has been in the business of crafting fine blades and tools for both military and civilian markets since it’s inception in 1986. In 1992, when the SEAL’s held trials for a new knife, the SEAL 2000 from SOG won the contract and remained in production from 1995-2007. The 2nd knife in the SEAL line was […]

The history and heritage of SOG Knives

In 1964, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was formed to carry out unconventional operations. The strategic reconnaissance and clandestine missions were designed to secretly carry the fight to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in order to dissuade them from supporting the Viet Cong insurgency in South Vietnam. The nature […]

SOG Camp Axe: A Go-To Outdoor Tool

“Let the enemy come till’ he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.” -Maj. Robert Rogers 1759 While the SOG Camp Axe wasn’t designed for warfighting, a hatchet type tool is a great addition to anyone’s loadout. I’ve been using the Camp […]

The SOG Ace | Rugged And Durable Without Breaking The Bank

I was packing to leave for a trip to work. I went through my usual checklist – Helmet, Night Vision, Gerber Multi-tool (I wrote a review on that as well, you can see that here), clothing, Gore-tex, MultiCam this – MultiCam that, boots, plate carrier, etc. Long story short, I thought I had everything. I throw my stuff […]

SOG Knives Makes Bags? EVAC Sling 18 Review

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools has been expanding their line to impressive levels.  Far from just simple folders, they make multi-tools, hatchets, and now bags and packs.  Just like their knives the SOG packs are purpose-built with important details considered.  We recently had the chance to evaluate the EVAC Sling 18.  As the name describes the […]

SOG Quake Folding Knife | Review

Plowing through a sea of folding knives there lies great difficulty in finding new innovative designs. After all, several manufacturers have been creating reliable, well designed assisted-opening knives for years. And what’s not broken, needs not fixing, right? Well, SOG decided to look into new mechanisms and methods for opening an assisted knife and gave […]