While serving together in the Ninewa Providence in Northern Iraq, Kryptek's founders discovered they shared a common thread, an unprecedented passion and desire for extreme big game hunting, especially in austere environments. The type of hunting where one pushes themself both physically and mentally. They shared a common mentality and philosophical attitude about the pursuit of big game. Their success on the battlefield was directly related to this mentality; the same principles applied. Skill sets necessary in combat are often applicable to the hunter. It is here that Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn began their journey in what would become Kryptek Outdoor Group.