The competition is much stiffer in the tactical gear arena these days. I also have read Blackhawk's quality control has gone way down and lots of cost cuts, so I wonder if that was a motivating factor in the sale? Then again, Mike probably just wanted a boat load of money and retire.Originally Posted by Military.com
Blackhawk dominated the industry for a long time, and still are a major player. I have a lot of their stuff. But in recent years companies like Maxpedition, Voodoo Tactical, Tactical Tailor, London Bridge and a host of others have really hit the market with excellent quality and innovative products and are clearly after their piece of the pie.
Eagle Industries was around several years before Blackhawk and I have always tried to patronize them since they are a small company located in my home State. But these days, availability of their products to the civilian market is plagued with long wait times because all their stuff is going to military contracts ever since the war on terror started. And now it looks like Eagle Industries has been bought up by ATK as well as Blackhawk.
It will be interesting to see what kind of changes are in store for the Blackhawk line.