Gear Improved Chemical Warfare Suits Tested at Natick Recoil Staff July 8, 2015 Join the Conversation Chemical Warfare gear has come a long way since John Haldane developed the veil respirator during World War I, and further still since the soldiers in the trenches soaked cloth in piss and covered their faces in it. Although we don't deal with the same chlorine, phosgene, mustard and Lewisite they did, NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) attacks are obviously still a concern in the military today. In many circles it's a topic of interest to civilians as well. One of the biggest problems with wearing a MOPP ensemble (or any of its predecessors) is how hot and stifling it is; what the military calls the “thermal burden.” According to Military.com, that thermal burden is the current focus of Army and Air Force attention. According to Kit Up!, NRSDEC (U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center) is working on newer, cooler chem warfare suits and are testing them at Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground. Say's KU's Mike Hoffman, “The effort is called the Integrated Protective Fabric System program…Engineers have designed a cooler suit by altering the fabrics where soldiers and airmen produce the most heat such as the chest and groin. Meanwhile the new suits reinforce areas where soldiers and airmen would likely come in contact with a chemical agent like the elbow or knee…” As with many things there is sure to be some sort of cross-pollination from military to civilian technologies (or vice versa) at some point. Read the article in its entirety here. Explore RECOILweb:Smith's Subcompact SigmaPreview - America’s Handgun - The 1911 Government ModelRECOILtv Road Trips: Modern Outfitters Aerial Hog HuntViking Tactics: Streetfighter-Nightfighter NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.