7 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Marine Corps

7 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Marine Corps

Marine tradition holds that the Corps was formed in a bar. The story dates to late-November 1775, when newly commissioned Captains Samuel Nicholas and Robert Mullan supposedly organized the first Marine Corps muster at Tun Tavern, a popular watering hole in Philadelphia. The two officers are said to have lured potential Marines with mugs of beer and the promise of adventure on the high seas, and their recruits later made up the first five companies that served aboard Continental Navy ships. While there’s little hard evidence to back up the tavern tale—some historians maintain that a pub called the Conestoga Wagon was the more likely recruitment site—it remains a part of Marine lore to this day. The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia even contains a restaurant named “Tun Tavern.”

Camping Catawba Falls

Camping Catawba Falls

Whether you're looking for a scenic relaxing get-away or an ass kicking hike and adventure, Western North Carolina's Catawba Falls are the perfect spot to set up camp and take a break from the mundane. Set up camp with just the essentials for a perfect weekend!

Cold Weather Bug-Out Bag

Cold Weather Bug-Out Bag

SPRING IS HERE BUT WITH COLD TEMPERATURES AND SNOW STORMS STILL HITTING THE NATION, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING. STAY WARM, SAFE, AND HYDRATED WITH NICK KOUMALATSOS' WINTER BUG-OUT BAG. KEEP THIS IN YOUR VEHICLE AND YOU WILL BE READY FOR ANYTHING.

Winter Survival Kit

Winter Survival Kit

For a lot of people, when they think of “survival,” they think of activities we typically associate with warm weather — camping, fishing, hiking, and the list goes on. Truth be told, most of us are more comfortable in warmer weather, so it’s not surprising that we tend to practice and hone our survival skills during the summer months. This can be a dangerous and even deadly mistake, however, when you are faced with an emergency situation in the winter and find that you haven’t adequately prepared.

TOP 10 GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2016

TOP 10 GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2016

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching and here you sit going “What am I going to get him???? 

It's so hard to shop for him because he wants everything or just buys it himself and does not tell me!" Orrrr,you are having to narrow down your list of 100 of the best, most awesome, coolest items known to man! Don't worry, STS has your back. Here is a list of our favorite gear that will leave you feeling like the kid that showed up to the first day of school with your brand new kicks!

In-Season Training - Bert Sorin

In-Season Training - Bert Sorin

Fall is here, and for many who live the Iron Game lifestyle, that means we are “in season." A bunch of you think I am referring to football season, maybe the championship season of highland games, or powerlifting, but no, I’m talking about the oldest sport of them all, hunting season!

Dress For Survival: Base Layers

Dress For Survival: Base Layers

The number one reason to layer correctly for the outdoors is safety.  Hypothermia and Hyperthermia occur when either heat loss, or heat gain occur at a faster rate than your body’s natural ability to self regulate.  Modern technical clothing and layering techniques allow you to help regulate your body’s core temperature and survive in extreme climates.

Flooding in Surf City, NC

Flooding in Surf City, NC

Disaster planning should begin before you even choose your home, with a simple investigation of the risks that you will face. Is the house in a flood zone? Is there a history of hurricanes, wildfires, or tornadoes? Once you're settled, you can build up your resources, put important things in a safe place, and turn your home into a survivable system. You will be prepared.

Improving My Survivability

Improving My Survivability

I am a 26 year old, 5’2" 110lb woman who, to be honest, fits every predisposed image of a potential victim. My innocent and non-confrontational appearance make me an ideal target for an attack. Fortunately, I think about this often, and do my best to stay informed and trained in order to protect myself.

Stronger Together: The Story of STS

Stronger Together: The Story of STS

"Do not allow fear to keep you from doing what you want to do."

Meet Nick Koumalatsos—Marine Special Operations Veteran, CEO of Survival and Tactical Systems (STS), and winner of the May Commander’s Call Veteran Business Award. Our team had a chance to catch up with Nick to have him share his experience as a Veteran entrepreneur.

Woodland Camo is Back

Woodland Camo is Back

Woodland is making a massive comeback thanks to HSGIB5 Systemsand Tactical Distributors who have teamed up to introduce several new products to the market. Although woodland camouflage has been all but abandoned by the US military it continues to remain popular due to its effectiveness in the environments it was designed for. Even the US Army Jungle School continues to issue woodland hot weather BDUs to its students and MARSOC CSOs use it for certain applications.

Everything you know about tactical fitness is wrong!

Everything you know about tactical fitness is wrong!

We believe that a person needs to be tactical fit for several reasons. How is your body going to react when your heart rate elevates to 170bpm and you have to think clearly, react quickly, pick something or someone heavy up, and then move to a point of safety. What happens when you can't do this effectively? What is the price of a life? Is not being healthy, strong, and fit with you or your family's lives? Because ultimately this could be the price. 

“You do not rise to the occasion; rather you sink to your level of training.”

Teens Mauled in Shark Attacks at NC Beach

Teens Mauled in Shark Attacks at NC Beach

Two teenagers were mauled in separate shark attacks on the same stretch of North Carolina beach Sunday, both suffering life-threatening injuries, local officials said.

A 13-year-old girl lost a part of her arm when she was bitten by a shark in an attack that occurred around 4:40 p.m. in Oak Island, a town about 30 miles south of Wilmington, according to Brunswick County officials.

Mind and Body Workout 3

Mind and Body Workout 3

This past weekend, the STS crew headed to William Brice Stadium for the 8th annual Summer Strong Expo and Combine. What a phenomenal event! We learned a ton from the volunteer speakers during the clinic, rubbed elbows with renowned coaches and experts from the athletic performance community, and got to train and sweat with top-tier athletes and attendees.

Physical Fitness and Survival

Physical Fitness and Survival

As a veteran owned an operated company, made of up of former Special Operations we can tell you first hand how crucial physical fitness is to survival. This week we connected with Jeff Nichols, Navy SEAL (ret)  – From Virginia High Performance.

Mind and Body Workout 2

Mind and Body Workout 2

May is Mind and Body Month for Survival Tactical Systems. If you missed our first workout, you can check it out in the WAR ROOM. MIND AND BODY WORKOUT 1

Part 1: 27 Rounds (3 Magazines with 9 Rounds each) (Ammo)

Part 2: 8 Rounds (4 Magazines 2 Rounds Each) (1-way)

Toughest Job in the World: Being a Mother

Toughest Job in the World: Being a Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, let's take a quick look at this thing called motherhood. Our mom had to incubate a living being that literally sucked the life right out of her, and eventually, she had to squeeze it from her body—the devious little creature wreaking havoc on its way out the door. 

An Operator’s Guide to Leadership, (Part 2)

An Operator’s Guide to Leadership, (Part 2)

How many of you have been in that team that we have fought or would have fought tooth and nail to stay in? You know, the team that you just cannot live without. The one that you look forward to going to work with every morning, where things just smooth seamlessly and everyone gets along. I have been in several teams over the years and have had some less than desirable teams and some really great teams. What are those key differences that made one team sync up better than the other?

Mind and Body Workout 1

Mind and Body Workout 1

Mind and Body Workout 1

PISTOL (50 RDS) (ALL DRILLS WILL BE FROM THE HOLSTER)

This week kicks off the beginning of Mind and Body Month for Survival Tactical Systems. Create a connection between mental and physical focus with this workout.