About This Blog & Reviews

Unconventional – Tactical

Seeking solutions to complex problems… and in the process, disrupting the “status quo” 

This blog is primarily dedicated to providing custom field/combat hybrid uniform conversions, custom tactical clothing modifications, soft gear load-carrying repairs and general outdoor clothing/outerwear modifications, at a reasonable cost, for those who serve our country and who are ultimately under duress in hostile environments. PMC’s, PSS’s, SAR teams, EMS units and well informed citizens are also welcome here. Whether they are within our great United States or far away from home…without these patriots, we wouldn’t be safe and free.

“And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved”  Matthew 10:22 (KJV)


Some of the clients include the following entity’s:

SOTF-East (3rd SFG)
Camp Montrond
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ODA 1316
Camp Mike Spann
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OLG
APO, AE 09356
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J. Woolley
SWAT officer, Akron Ohio PD
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Berryville PD
Berryville, AR SWAT
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Kentucky State Police
Special Operations Branch
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Illinois Dpt. of Corrections
SERT
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US National Guard
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USAREUR
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Australian Army
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…and various other law enforcement, military personnel, PMC’ s and others serving in protective service and EMS occupations

 

REVIEWS

 

05/17/15

Custom (SAR) E-FCHP Battle pants conversion to M81 Woodland BDU pants

– add removable knee pad caps with velcro retainers

– add WBP pocke

– add velcro closures to rear pockets

“I just used the M81 BDU conversion pants for the first time today on a SAR mission and I wanted to shed some review.

Use:

I walked miles through snow covered trails in early spring in the lower Front Range of Colorado at 6.7k ft altitude.

Stitching/sewing:

All modified areas of the pants where extra pockets, closures, flaps, and panels were added are highly durable. The knee pad enclosures were fitted very well to the actual knee pads with  no wobbling. The extra pockets I had commissioned were extremely well made, but I recommend using a commonly shaped object like two large smart phones stacked on top of each other as the shape and size template for the thigh pockets. All of the attaching flaps and adjustable items on the pants are cut professionally, neat, and consistent. The WBP is very well made and can be concealed by a wide belt easily.

Quality construction all the way around.

Thanks again for everything.”

 

Z. Kier

(US military and SAR)

 

 

 

04/22/15

Custom E-FCHP/CP-AC pants conversion to M81 Woodland BDU pants

Custom FCHS/CP-G3 shirt conversion to M81 Woodland BDU top

 

“They look awesome. You do great work I can’t wait to get them.

Thank you sir !

 

K. Fazzone

(US military)

 

 

03/06/15

1 – E-FCHP Battle pants conversion

1 – Basic RAID conversion to M81 Woodland BDU top

 

“Hey man…Thanks again for building those woodland cryes..they worked great all deployment”

M. Hobruchak

(US Army)

 

02/04/15

(1st order)

1 – Custom E-FCHP SOF Battle pants conversion to OD Green TRU pants

(reinforce torn crotch/butt seam)

1 – Custom rear waist and groin stretch panel additions to OD Green TRU pants

(reinforce seam)

1 – Custom rear waist and groin stretch panel additions to OD Green TRU pants

(reinforce torn crotch/butt seam

 

“Just saw the pants on facebook. They look LEGIT.

 Thanks man !

E. Williams

(US, Prince George County PD)

 

Custom RAID mods to M81 woodland top

Custom RAID mods to woodland MARPAT top

 

02/02/15

 

“The cammies came out great. Couldn’t be happier with the work !

I’d like to send out two more items for alterations.”

 

G. Allen

(US military)

 

 

 

10/06/14

(3rd Order)

 

“Just got the conversions. They look great man. I really appreciate the work.

Well worth the wait !”

 

A. Wingate

(US military)

 

 

 

 

 

 

08/22/14

2cnd RAID shirt conversion request

 

“Thank you for the extra effort and features put into the jacket. I appreciate that and will definitely continue to use your services in the future as I have another jacket that will need modifying soon. ”

 

B. Christiansen

(MILSIM enthusiast)

 

 

 

08/02/14

1 – Custom E-FCHP/CP-AC pants conversion to ACU pants

1 – Custom FCHS/CP-AC combat shirt conversion to ACU field shirt/jacket

 

 

Chris,
I received my uniform today and am very pleased with the quality of work you did. Thank you very much.  I am certain I will have more orders for you.
Thank you, again.
J. Woolley
(SWAT officer, Akron Ohio PD)

 

 

 

 

 

07/23/14

Request:

1 – FCHP PMC pants conversion to M81 Woodland pants

– relocate calf pockets to upper front of pant legs

 

1 – FCHP PMC pants conversion to Woodland MARPAT pants

 

 

“Chris,  great job on the FCHP PMC woodland and MARPAT pants!”

 

J Moses

(3rd Unc-Tac order !)

 

 

 

 

07/22/14

Request:

Custom CP-AC arm pocket modification to existing TRU Woodland MARPAT combat shirt arm pockets

– make existing zippered arm pockets into CP-AC arm pockets w/zipper

 

Custom E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to TRU Woodland MARPAT pants

– add OD Green stretch groin panel

– add side waist stretch adjusters

 

COMMENT:

“Oh my god these pants. I could sleep in them if they weren’t covered in dirt. These things ROCK!!”

 

W. Johnson

 

 

07/09/14

Request:

RAID shirt conversion to Desert Tigerstripe top

– add military grade Desert Tan velcro to pockets

 

COMMENT:

“I got the jacket. It looks great.

Thank you! I have another that I’d like the same treatment on. I’ll send that out to you within a few days. Thanks again.”

 

B. Christiansen

 

 

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05/29/14

Request:

Custom Order:

E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to DCU pants

– add front RAID pockets

– add knee pad height adjusters inside front thigh pockets

– add widened rear waist belt loop with end-loop

– add small velcro “tool/LP key” pocket onto left front thigh pocket

 

COMMENT:

Hey, they look badass !

I may want you to do the same job to my woodland TRU pants in the near future, I’ll keep you posted.

 

M. Hafley

(Professional Photographer, Kent State)

 

 

 

05/24/14

Request:

Custom E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to Temperate Tiogerstripe BDU pants

 

COMMENT:

“Pants are fantastic and fit wonderfully. The construction looks top notch and I can’t wait to use them. Will surely be ordering more custom products from you, thanks for the amazing craftsmanship”

 

B. Caron

(MILSIM enthusiast)

 

 

 

 

04/21/14

Request:

E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to M81 Woodland BDU pants

– add side stretch waist adjusters

– add OD Green rep. combat knee pads

 

COMMENT:

Hey,

First opportunity I’ve had to follow up with you since receiving the pants last week.

Just wanted to let you know that I couldn’t be happier with the results.  You definitely do some fantastic work!  I’m sure I’ll have some additional work for you in the not so distant future.

Till then, thanks again!

D. Hutton

(occupation: Project Manager)

 

 

 

04/02/14

Request:

E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to USMC temperate MARPAT pants

 

COMMENT:

“It looks awesome, thank you for all your hard work.”

 

B. Shum

(MILSIM enthusiast)

 

 

 

12/10/13

Request:

E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to temperate Tigerstripe pants

FCHS/SOF/CP-G3 combat shirt conversion to temperate Tigerstripe top

 

COMMENT:

“I have to say it looks amazing!

Thank you again for everything!

 

R. Pawloski

FPO AP 96379

 

 

 

06/12/11

Request:

Custom Call Sign multiple item order (Afghanistan)

 

COMMENT:

“Our condolences to you and his family. God bless his soul and rest in peace.
Thanks for the info…we appreciate what you are doing and looking forward to the product.”

C. Klawitter

OLG
APO, AE 09356

 

 

 

07/28/11

Request:

Custom Call Sign order (Afghanistan)

 

COMMENT:

“The patches arrived today and they are awesome. Thank you very much
for the product and service.
Will send you pictures as soon as we’ve got them on the gear etc.

Best regards from Kabul..”

C. Klawitter

OLG
APO, AE 09356

 

 

 

01/30/13

Request:

Customized E-FCHP Battle pants conversion to MARPAT pants

 

COMMENT:

“Looking forward to more of your quality work.

Thanks!”

D. Lodahl (SFC)

 

 

 

02/28/13

Request:

E-FCHP Battle pants conversion to M81 Woodland BDU pants

 

COMMENT:

“I received the modified pants and they look great. They fit excellent and I cannot wait to get out and try them!”

E. Fine

“The Gear Locker”

 

03/03/13

Request:

E-FCHP Battle pants conversion to DCU twill pants

 

COMMENT:

“Sorry for the late reply. I received the package yesterday. Everything is excellent…hope to do business in the future!”

C. Van Buren

 

 

 

03/13/13

Request:

Call Sign order

 

COMMENT:

“I just wanted you to know we used the patches you made for us during an event in Oklahoma last week and they worked great. In fact, I am passing your info on to a friend of mine. He expressed great interest in your work.

Cheers!”

B. Harvard
General Manager/Founder
The Yankee Division Milsim Team

 

04/18/13

Request:

FCHS/SOF combat shirt to DCU field top

 

COMMENT:

“Awesome, thanks for the photos.

The uniform looks great!”

C. Jensen

 

 

 

06/02/13

Request:

FCHS/CP-AC combat shirt conversion to M81 field top

 

COMMENT:

“Thank you so much, the mods look great. I’m still “breaking them in” and so far everything is perfect. Thanks.”

A. Marquez

 

 

 

06/04/13

Request:

Custom E-FCHP Battle pants conversions (DCU & M81 BDU pants)

 

COMMENT:

“Talk about hot, those are some awesome pants!

Thank you.”

M. Depree

 

 

 

08/09/13

Request:

Customized E-FCHP Battle pants conversion to temperate vintage E. German uniform

 

COMMENT:

“Got the uniform today. It looks great. I will have to make a range trip to try them out. I’m already looking forward to the next one.”

T. Sterling

 

 

 

10/06/13

Request:

FCHP pants conversion to BDU pants

 

COMMENT:

“Excellent work, the knee pad holes are just at the right size, good sizing and elevation for the knee, quality on stitches and work overall.”

J. Solano

 

 

 

10/10/13

Request:

Custom E-FCHP Battle pants conversion to DCU pants

Additional features added:

folding utility knife pocket installed to left hip, reinforced pant leg cuffs installed, wide belt loop w/D-ring loop installed at rear waist, wide belt loop w/D-ring loop installed at right front waist

 

COMMENT:

“Delivered and looks amazing thank you!”

I. Stout (PMC)

 

 

 

10/14/13

Request:

FCHS/SOF/CP-AC combat shirt conversion to M81 Woodland top

– FROG base shirt used as base shirt

 

COMMENT:

“I just received the package, I try on the shirt and it fits perfectly, nice job again!”

H. “Bill” Shum

(MIL-SIM enthisiast)

 

 

 

11/05/13

 

COMMENT:

Hey! Just wanted to let you know how truly awesome your work is after being able to field it for a good 6 months or so, and to provide some insight.

I had a woodland FCHS/SOF combat shirt conversion done, and I loved it from the get go. Today I had my CP-AC shirt come in, and while the quality and comfort of CP is well known to be top notch work, I have to say I enjoy my Unconventional Tactical shirt MORE than the CP shirt.

Stitching and construction is on par with Crye’s. After 6 months of using my woodland top at various multi-day milsim ops, I find the comfort and moisture-wicking abilities of the top you made for me BETTER than the CP-AC. At a fraction of the price that’s INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much for making such awesome work, and I highly recommend your work to ANYONE who is in need of some kind of combat shirt.

Cheers!

M. Jankovsky

(MIL-SIM enthusiast)

 

 

 

 

Those in our family who have served our country in military service:

H. H. Bathke (Grandfather…my mothers side of family) – WW2 ’40 – ’42 (engineer)

B. Tenold (uncle) – WW2 ’41 – ’43 (bomb group ground-to-pilot comm’s and navigation)

G. Rogers (Grandfather…my bio-fathers side of family) – WW2 (pilot)

C. P. Beaubien (father-in-law) – WW2 (hospital ship)

Mike L. Rogers (bio father) – (Vietnam combat veteran, tank driver, tank gunner, tank commander..SP4, E-4, H Company, 2cnd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry ’67 – ’68)

 

My background:

Entrepreneur/Researcher

Executive Protection

Supervising Investigator (civil/criminal)

Multi-Environment Mobile Surveillance Operations (civil/criminal)

 

My Interests:

Outdoor soft gear and outerwear/clothing repairs, modifications and conversions

Outdoor/back-country equipment repairs & re-soldering comm’s equipment

Tactical/situational awareness

Mountaineering & AT Skiing

Trail running

Biblical & World history

Outdoor photography

Fixing things or making them better

 

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I’ve always been an adventurer in many outdoor pursuits for sheer recreation,  and to get away from the “hustle and bustle” of urban life and when I need a break from work assignments..etc. Isn’t it fantastic that we live in a country where it’s people can travel and enjoy what their country has to offer? Like many of you out there, I believe in America’s founding fathers and the principles that they strived to uphold in order to provide a system of justice, freedom and opportunity for all people. When somebody complains, speaks negatively or whines about how tough they have it..or that the US has too much of this or too little of that..etc I simply tell them that they can always go back to where they came from if they don’t like it here…and that likely, they will not have as good a life as they would by staying in America. I also don’t have any hesitations about sharing my faith in God’s word…the bible and how it coincides with our current troubled times. Biblical history tells us a lot more than I think many people are willing to accept. I can truly say that I’m a firm believer in God as I’ve come way too close to losing everything (including my life) during many of the crazy activities I’ve been involved with through the course of my life. For some reason, He just keeps on saving my butt any time I get myself into a tough situation during my outdoor excursions and even at some work assignment situations as well. I believe, without a doubt, that He keeps on helping us over and over, through all of our mistakes and close calls because He cares about His people and is trying very hard to show us how to improve ourselves and be better humans…and because He has the ultimate plan for us.

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Mt. Tallac 03-19-95

 
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My son looking for targets at a CQB MIL-SIM event

2 Responses to About This Blog & Reviews

  1. brett caron says:

    Custom Order:

    E-FCHP/SOF Battle pants conversion to Temperate Tigerstripe pants

    – taper the width of each pant leg by 1 – 1 1/2″

    – raise & angle cargo pockets/fold lower cargo pocket corners

    – remove existing buttons and add black velcro to cargo pocket closures

    “Pants are fantastic and fit wonderfully. The construction looks top notch and I can’t wait to use them for paintball next. Will surely be ordering more custom products from you, thanks for the amazing craftsmanship”

    B. Caron

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