The CIPHER Helmet Prototype May Be Cause For Concern

A prototype helmet with jaw protection and visor is undergoing testing.

Researchers with the Naval Research Laboratory have concluded that the Conformal Integrated Protective Headgear System, or CIPHER helmet system showed blast waves could bounce off the added components producing unexpected pressures.

Tests were conducted in all configurations: helmet only, helmet and visor, helmet and jaw protection, and the full-face coverage of visor and jaw protector.

NRL’s findings  showed that adding face protection didn’t necessarily mean lessening blast-wave impact. For example, according to the report:


■ In a front-facing blast, pressures on the forehead were higher with the jaw protector, or mandible, in place and with the mandible-visor combination than they were with the helmet alone.

■ Wearing just the jaw protection for a front-facing blast doubled the strength of the secondary shockwave pressure on the forehead from 2 atmospheres (one atmosphere is a little less than 15 pounds per square inch) to 4 atmospheres.

■ In a rear-facing blast, pressures on the forehead were more than twice as high for the mandible-visor combination than for the helmet alone.

Test protocols centered around the helmet’s suspension geometry; expressed in less technical language, what is between the wearer’s head and the outer shell.

David Mott, an NRL aerospace engineer explains;

“You need that standoff for that blunt-impact and ballistic-impact protection … that’s the way the helmets work.  We had seen that blast waves can infiltrate that gap.”

Future tests

The prototype, which was designed under the Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradable Protection, or HEaDS-UP, program by Army researchers in Natick, Massachusetts, is far from finished with testing. Mott offered a series of steps that could improve future findings:

■ Blast reaction. “We’re moving toward including the material response of the head and the helmet” to the explosion, he said. The latest tests were conducted using “stationary, stiff bodies.”

■ Torso tracker. “Although we had a very detailed model for the head and helmet for these calculations, we had a pretty simple torso and shoulders,” he said. A more realistic mannequin would yield better data, especially when measuring ricochets off the body.

■ More gear. That torso will need a tactical vest, at least — Mott said knowing what soldiers likely will wear in theater will help fully track the blast waves. “We don’t have all the relevant geometry in the calculations yet,” he said.


Mott and colleagues Ted Young and Doug Schwer are optimistic they can find “combinations of geometry, either for the accessories themselves or for the suspension, that may reduce those pressure loads that we’re seeing,”

Source: Army Times, “Research raises concerns for new Army helmet design”

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High Speed Gear (HSGI) Announces A New and Improved TACO Pouch.



High Speed Gear (HSGI)  announced its launch of an improvement TACO® line of pouches.  All TACO® pouches that utilize an injected molded bracket will have the following improvements implemented.

  • Each bracket is now 1/8th inch longer creating higher feed ramps for easier indexing and reinsertion of magazines.
  • Increased the size of and beveled the eye hole for easier tension adjustment. 
  • Adjusted the proportion of all edges and corners


“The bracket is one of the most crucial and unique parts of our TACO® pouches.  It keeps the pouch open when empty and allows the user to index magazines for easy reinsertion.  By improving the bracket, it will allow for improved performance. Implementation was made across the board and the polymer material utilized retains the same strength as previous versions.”

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Baghdadi Sit Yourself Down In Your Car

I have had the privilege of visiting a number of gentlemen’s clubs around the country, and around the globe. In spite of tremendous cultural diversity, they all had one common element; artists performed to the great Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.”

I’ve taken the liberty to modify the lyrics to a small degree …


Baghdadi baby!
That’s what I feel now
Let’s call this song exactly what it is
Step n’ move your hips
With a feelin’ from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car
And take a ride
And while you’re movin’

Baghdadi baby
Let’s call this song exactly what it is
(What it is -what it is – what it is)
It’s a funky and low down feelin’
(What it is)
In my hips from left to right
(What it is)
What it is
Is I might be doin’
(What it is)
This funky dance all night
(Let me hear ya gotta feelin’ in the air)
(Gotta a feelin’ an ain’t got a care)
(What fun to take this ride
Baghdadi will only slide)
Baghdadi…….. Baghdadi baby
Baghdadi…….. Baghdadi baby
Step and move your hips
With a feelin’ from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car
And take a ride
While you’re movin’ Baghdadi


Let’s call this song exactly what it is
(What it is -what it is – what it is)
It’s a funky and low down feelin’
(What it is)
In my hips from left to right
(What it is)
What it is – is I might be doin’
(What it is)
This funky dance all night
(Wave your hands up in the air
Got the feelin’ an ain’t got a care)
(What fun to take this ride)
(Baghdadi will only slide)
Baghdadi baby
Baghdadi … woo!
(Bagh…dadi!… Bagh … dadi!)
(What it is)
It’s a funky and low down feelin’
(What it is)
In my hips from left and right
(What it is)
What it is
Is I might be doin’
This funky dance all night
(Wave your hands up in the air)
(Got a feelin’ an ain’t got a care)
(What fun to take this ride)
(Baghdadi will only slide)
Steady it baby!
Bagh….Baghdadi baby
(What it is)
Baby baby
(What it is)
(What it is)



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The Remington Group and Pelican Products Team Up…

The Remington Outdoor Company (ROC), which includes Remington, AAC, Bushmaster and DPMS brands, among others, today announced a strategic partnership with Pelican Products, Inc.

This strategic alliance includes the creation of custom gun and accessory cases for each ROC brand, as well as Remington/Pelican branded outdoor gear including coolers, flashlights, and luggage.

The ROC – Pelican line of products will become available in Q4 of this year and will feature a selection of Pelican’s signature hard cases to enable gun owners to safely and securely transport their firearms and accessory pieces. Each case will be customized to carry a specific model firearm and accessory.

Speaking of its new alliance, George Kollitides, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ROC. says:

“Our Pelican partnership extends our lifestyle reach by equipping our consumers with the greatest accessory products on the market,”

“Remington is a symbol of a larger culture that extends beyond firearms and ammunition to the entire outdoor lifestyle; it is an integral piece of our American heritage, and we’re proud to be partnering with a global powerhouse like Pelican.”

Lyndon Faulkner, President and CEO, Pelican Products. says:

“When you bring Pelican Products and the Remington Outdoor Company together the consumer wins with the best of both worlds – legendarily tough protection for advanced weaponry and accessories,”

. “Pelican has been the preferred brand and relied upon for more than four decades by professionals operating in extreme environments. We look forward to providing our professional-grade equipment protection to Remington customers.”

Our weegie boards went to work on this back in 2012 and it only makes sense! We are delighted to see it happen and view this strategic partnership  as a plus for Remington and Pelican customers.

Damn, maybe I can use my electric knife for carving turkey and not foam any more…


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Arsenal, Inc. Is Making Its SAM7K Pistol Available With The SIG-Sauer SB15 Pistol Stabilizing Brace

Arsenal, Inc. is introducing a new configuration to their line of Bulgarian-made SAM7K 7.62×39 caliber pistols, now with Sig Sauer’s SB15 pistol stabilizing brace.
The first variation of the SAM7K pistol was introduced in 2013. The SAM7K pistol is manufactured with Arsenal’s exclusive forged then milled receiver, original Bulgarian hammer forged chrome lined barrel, flip-adjustable peep rear sight, and ambidextrous safety lever.
The Sig-Sauer SB15 pistol stabilizing brace used on the SAM7K-03 is a veteran-designed aid that is made to improve the single-handed shooting performance of a pistol. By using the operator’s forearm, it provides a stable support to reduce felt recoil and minimize accuracy-robbing spin and shift. The stabilizing brace sits on the receiver extension, and the flexible cuff with two adjustable nylon straps allows the brace to be custom fit to any user. The receiver extension has a water proof storage compartment with a sealing threaded cap. It is accessible when the brace is removed or pushed all the way forward.
The SAM7K-03 is available from K-VAR at an MSRP of $1199. To order or for additional details visit K-VAR.

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Silencerco’s Harvester and Harvester Big Bore Tech Video

Silencerco has just released a technical video on their Harvester and Harvester Big Bore Suppressors. Complete with sexy uptown background music.

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Reader Question: Ranging With A Duplex Reticle

This is a question that comes up in a variety of different ways and I’ve run across it at the range as well. The reader was not sure if he could range a target using a duplex reticle.  The duplex reticle was not designed as a ranging reticle. To range across a wide set of situations you need a reticle graduated in fixed divisions across the horizontal and vertical stadia. There are a number of proprietary systems available to the tactical shooter but the grand daddy of them all is the U.S. Army Mil-Dot reticle (shown below)

However, you can also get a fairly decent range estimation using a duplex reticle.

The duplex reticle assumes an 18” target and a variable power scope for example 3.5 x 12.

To range with a duplex reticle, identify an 18” target then adjust your magnification on the scope to bracket the 18” target between opposing heavy posts as show below.

Duplex Ranging

In this sight picture I used the target width of 18 inches and bracketed the target between the horizontal posts. Once you’ve done that look at your magnification setting and multiply by 100 to get an estimate of your range. With some practice, you can perform this very quickly and achieve an accuracy of + or – 20 yards. You can also interpolate for 36 inch targets or 9 inch targets.

Corrected: 27 Aug 2014

We try to be helpful but at times we don’t succeed and this is one of those times. Ranging with the duplex reticle is based on a 16″ target not 18″. You also need to do a little legwork the next time you go to the range. Here’s what that means.

When you look at your magnification adjustment ring, some manufacturers, Leupold for example, will etch magnification on one side of the ring and yards on the opposite side of the ring. If that is the case, bracket the 16″ target using either the vertical or horizontal stadia, then read the range markings for your range estimate.

If you do not have range markings on your magnification adjustment ring, take a 16″ wide target and run it out in 100 or 50 yd ( send your buddy down range but make sure your weapon is safe) increments then note at what power setting you bracket the 16″ target, and write down the range. This will allow you to correlate magnification setting to range. You can then memorize that data or make up a crib sheet.


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Crimson Trace Laserguard LG-489G For The S&W M&P Shield Is Now Shipping

Crimson Trace's LG-489G Laserguard with green diodeCrimson Trace® announced the Laserguard® (LG-489G) green laser sight designed specifically for Smith &Wesson’s M&P SHIELD™ pistols is now shipping. This newest Laserguard® features a green diode and is designed to securely fit onto the trigger guards of the polymer-framed M&P SHIELD™ pistols.

Crimson Trace’s LG-489G features a proprietary Instinctive Activation switch for instant on/off and is powered by a 1/3N battery. The unit is backed by Crimson Trace’s “free batteries for life” program. The LG-489G laser sight can be easily installed without special gunsmithing skills or tools. The design permits easy windage and elevation adjustments with a provided tool. A free included instruction booklet provides more operation details for buyers and owners.

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LaserLyteTGL Kit for the Hi-Point Pistols



LaserLyte® introduced the newest of the TGL series for the Hi-Point pistols, featuring the LaserLyte Master Module system. The versatile Master Module fits the gun’s frame seamlessly; matching the gun’s dust cover and trigger guard with perfect fit. The LaserLyte®TGL UTA-HAB Kit fits the Hi-Point .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.

 Each TGL package comes with two housings per model and will fit two guns for the price of just one laser. Simply use a Philips head screw driver to remove the single screw to swap out laser housings. A laser swap can easily be made in under a minute. Initial installation onto the gun will take less than five minutes and the laser does not require removal in order to change out batteries.  There is one set of housings that fit the. 380 and 9mm, the second set of housings fit the .40 and .45 models.

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LaserLyte® UTA-HAB Specifications:

  • Compatible Firearms:  HI-POINT 380 ACP, 9MM, .40 S&W and .45 ACP
  • Power Output:  650NM, 5MW, Class IIIA
  • Programmable:  Dual mode constant on and pulse, auto-off in 6 minutes
  • Batteries:  3 x 392
  • Battery Life:  Actual usage 5 hours constant on, 10 hours pulse mode
  • Weight:  .75 ounces/0.0213 kg
  • Material:  55% Glass Filled Nylon and Aircraft Grade 6061 aluminum
  • Length:  1.52 inches/3.86 cm
  • Width:  .76 inches/ 1.93 cm
  • Height:  1.70 inches/4.32 cm  
  • MSRP:  $104.95
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Christensen Arms® Launches New Website



Christensen Arms®, manufacturers of superior hunting, tactical and sport shooting firearms utilizing the latest in carbon fiber technologies, is proud to announce the launch of a complete redesign of the Christensen Arms website, The refresh offers customers a brighter, modern wide-screen view with large product category images on the homepage.

Products are separated into Bolt Rifles, MSR, 1911 Handguns and the new Component division. Under each product category, a customer can quickly locate a model series for more in-depth information. Both the Bolt Rifles and MSR categories include links to the custom shops that allows the customer to personally select the specific components for their firearms. Whether it’s a build from the ground up or custom finishes or colors or components, the Christensen Arms Custom Shop is where every firearm produced is a unique reflection of its owner.

The Christensen Arms online store offers a wide selection of Christensen Arms carbon handguards, carbon and steel barrels, gun cases, slings and logo wear.

Christensen Arms not only offers custom firearms, they also offer upgrades and services to guns other than Christensen Arms firearms, including installation of carbon-fiber barrels, stocks, muzzle brakes, action/bolt work, Rem 700 conversions and much more.

The website also provides customers with support features, such as warranty registration, downloadable owner’s manuals, FAQ’s and how to return your firearms for servicing.

Under the About Us Section, customers will not only find the story behind Christensen Arms and their legacy, but for those still undecided customers there are plenty of testimonials, articles and press materials to convince them that owning a Christensen Arms firearm will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and become tomorrow’s family heirloom.

To keep up with Christensen Arms, customers can opt-in to a newsletter that will offer new product information, hunting and shooting sports news and tips, customer stories and videos and promotions.

For more on Christensen Arms, visit their website or join the conversation on Facebook.

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SKD Armorgeddon Sale



A few readers have asked about body armor and where they can get a good price. I normally don’t recommend retailers; however, as an individual,  I have used SKD in the past and found product and service to be exceptional in every respect.

It looks like they are having a nice sale on some of their ballistic protection products. These are some pretty good prices so you’ll want to check that out.

Click on the picture to go to SKD’s WEB site.

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Washington Times Says: “Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine”

The M4 complaints are based on two factors. First is lethality. When the Army moved from the M16 to the M4 they reduced barrel length from 18 inches to 14.5 inches. The decrease in barrel length reduced projectile muzzle velocity, which when combined with a 62 grain steel core projectile, affectionately known as green tip,  of the M855 round resulted in poorer terminal effects. Hence the lethality issue.

Second, the operating system used in the M4 carbine is a direct gas impingement system, which means that after the bullet escapes the barrel, a small amount of gas is allowed to return back to the receiver to unlock the bolt pushing back the bolt carrier group and cycling the action – ejecting the spent case, loading a fresh round in the chamber and locking the bolt for the next shot. The gas that is diverted back to the receiver is hot, under high pressure and contains minute particles of powder residue. Hence the alleged reliability problems.

To deal with the lethality question, the U.S. Army commissioned an enhanced version of M855 designated M855A1. The new round combined the use of improved propellants with bullet composition and geometry to improve terminal ballistics. Nothing in M855A1 should be cause to redesign a weapon. If it fires M855 reliably it fires M855A1 reliably.

Weapon reliability issues have two drivers.

First, the services do not have a systematic means of performing maintenance of the weapon system. You and I can look at the odometer on our vehicles and asses that we need an oil change or a tune-up. As an NCO in CA NG, when one of my guys had a weapon problem you took it to the armory. It is a reactive process as opposed to proactive. Fabrique National (FN) developed a shot counter that can be installed on the weapon. Like a gun odometer, it keeps track of shots fired thus  making the maintenance process systematic and proactive. In my opinion, it should be used DoD wide, but regrettably it is not. Someone should ask why not?

Finally, soldiers don’t like spending down time cleaning weapons and magazines and that is a behavioral issue that needs to be handled at the squad level. All weapon systems operating in harsh combat conditions require so level of maintenance including the venerable AK-47.

The M4 family of weapons are effective, reliable, highly configurable and lethal, given field performance reports on the Enhanced M855 ammunition (M855A1).

In closing, although there are several  advanced weapon systems available to the DoD that are truly exceptional (e.g. FN SCAR, Beretta ARX, HK416 and HK417, Steyr AUG which are a few of my personal favorites) the question has to be asked are they sufficiently exceptional to replace a 500,000 + unit inventory along with the supporting parts, training and logistics. Is there a business case? I haven’t seen that made, so any effort to replace the M4 seems whimsical. This is our 2¢ worth on the topic.

Source: Washington Times Article.

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Gear Review: S4 Gear ZOOM SVS Digiscoping Mount For Your Smartphone.


I had a complete blast working on this project for you guys. Testing some of the available software was informative; putting it through some of it paces to understand capabilities and limitations was an education. There is a lot of junk out there, but you’ll also find some diamonds in the rough.

Read my review

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Silencerco Giveaway !


With a value of over $4,000, you’re not going to want to miss out on this huge giveaway package from SilencerCo, Noveske, and Aimpoint.
Enter once a day, every day, until September 7, 2014 to maximize your chances. Enter by clicking on the image above, or by clicking Here.
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FLIR One Thermal Imagers For The iPhone 5 and 5s Are Now Available.

If you think you may have an application for a thermal imager this is an excellent opportunity for you to do some creative pictography, check your home or cabin for heat leaks, or personal security using the iPhone 5 or 5s as a platform. FLIR (pronounced Flee er) has a thermal imager that cradles your iPhone and provides you with amazing capabilities in the 10 micron spectrum.

We got word from our friends at FLIR letting us know FLIR One thermal imagers are now in stock and available to order.


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HPF Wraith From Houlding Firearms



Houlding Firearms has just announced the Houlding G2L carbon fiber AR-15. The rifle weighs a mere 6 lbs. and comes with a Geissele SD-3G trigger and Houlding’s HPF Curse muzzle brake.

Detailed Specifications

  • HPF-Curse Muzzle Brake
  • 16” Lothar Walther match grade barrel; Mid length gas system
  • HPF-NMX Handguard-Carbon Fiber octagonal shaped (not pictured)
  • HPF-15 Receiver Set-CNC machined from 7075 billet aluminum and custom fit to exacting tolerances
  • Geissele Super Dynamic 3 Gun trigger (SD-3G)-single stage, 2.5 pound competition trigger with a flat trigger shoe
  • HPF-Low Mass BCG
  • BTE Low Pro Gas Block
  • BCM medium latch Charging Handle
  • MOE+ Pistol Grip, BAD Lever and Sights
  • HPF-UL Stock-uses real (not wrapped or painted) ultra light carbon fiber for the buffer tube
  • Rifle finished with Cerakote
  • Includes Flambeau hard rifle case

FPS Russia did a very nice video featuring the Houlding HPF-Wraith

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Daniel Defense Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes


Black Creek, GA- August 19, 2014- Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced the “Build Your DDM4 Flyaway” Sweepstakes.

This is a great opportunity for one lucky person to experience Daniel Defense behind the scenes and assist in building a custom rifle. The sweepstakes, which runs August 18th through the end of the month, will provide the winner with round trip airfare to Savannah, a tour of both Daniel Defense manufacturing facilities, and a custom built DDM4 that he/she will help to build.

“We’re excited to fly a DD fan to Savannah for this opportunity of a lifetime,” shared Jordan Hunter, Director of Marketing for Daniel Defense. “Not only do they get to see our team at work—manufacturing the barrels, and rail systems, upper receivers and lowers— they’ll work hand-in-hand with one of our armorers to build their very own custom DDM4. This will be an experience they’ll never forget.”

Since the official launch of the custom builder in July 2012, thousands of customers have configured a multitude of different complete firearms and upper receiver groups. To throw your name in the hat for this prize package, visit the official sweepstakes page at

About Daniel Defense

President and CEO, Marty Daniel founded Daniel Defense at the turn of the 21st century. From its humble beginnings as a start-up company, creating rails and accessories for the AR-15 platform in small batches, Daniel Defense has grown exponentially over the last decade, and is now known for its premium line of firearms and accessories. Now with two locations and a combined 137,000 square feet of available manufacturing space, Daniel Defense looks forward to continued growth, as well as the opportunity to better serve their customers.

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A Look At Arsenal’s New SAM7R-66


Blake Wheeler with K-Var and MSR distribution gives us a video overview of the new Arsenal SAM7R-66.

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IWI Introduces Its New Sniper Rifle The DAN 338

1526402_-_mainShown with a Meprolight Meslas sniper scope/automatic ballistic computer.

This past July, at Eurosatory 2014, IWI introduced its new sniper rifle, the DAN 338 chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum.

DAN features a 31″ (787.4 mm) fluted, free-floating, barrel with a 1:10″ twist and a built-in muzzle break or optionally threaded to fit a suppressor.  . The barrel is interchangeable without dedicated tools. The rifle is fed via a 10-round magazine with an ambidextrous magazine release and an ambidextrous safety.

The system is built on aluminium-alloy modular chassis that features full-length MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rails along the top and bottom of the receiver. The chassis allows for configurable side rails to be installed at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions. The rifle features a folding stock that is adjustable for length of pull and comb height with an adjustable cheek rest.

This rifle weighs 15.2 lbs. without magazine, optics, or mount and is some 50.4 inches long – which shortens to 40.6 inches with the stock folded.

Currently the DAN is offered only in the .338 chambering, but IWI suggests that it could be chambered in any other caliber as customers require.

It’s unlikely that DAN will be offered commercially until well into 2015 but it has the makings of an excellent precision / tactical sub-MOA rifle.

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Ashbury Precision Ordnance New .308 Tactical Rifle The .308K1


APO announced a technology demonstrator designated the .308K1. It is a precision tactical rifle designed in collaboration with Jim Gilliland of Shadow 6 Consulting. The concept is to produce an accurate, bolt operated, tactical rifle with a barrel shorter than 20 inches.

The APO .308K1 Tactical Rifle above is built on a X-Treme titanium short action receiver, Pinnacle Series 16.5″ 1-in-8 twist 5R 416RQ fluted stainless steel barrel, AAC Blackout 51T muzzle brake, and 762SD suppressor.  The primary day optic is a Leupold Mark 6 3-18×44, Insight MRDS close combat optic on a return to zero GDI PROM-L scope mount.  The base rifle weight is just over 11lbs.  This is all built on Ashbury’s latest SABER RSA-A3 MOD-1 “K” model modular rifle chassis.

As of this writing, the .308K1 is not in production and still undergoing testing and evaluation; however, it would not surprise me in the least to see a production version by year end or Q1 2015. One thing is certain, I have never shot an Ashbury Precision rifle that has not been 1 MOA or better. On the occasions when I fired an APO rifle with Ruag SWISS P, groups have all been sub-minute with no vertical stringing whatsoever.

It’ll be interesting to see what the .308K1 will do first hand and APO’s production version of this rifle. Stay tuned for more details…


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An Inspirational Moment For Those Who Want To Hang The ISIL Flag Over The White House !


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Add Spice To Your Weapon Cleaning With Swab-its Gun-tips and Bore-tips.

As we all know, gun cleaning is like baking Lasagna there are at least a million recipes all of which taste good, but some are just better than others. Once you find the one you like we tend to want to stick with it. With that illuminating observation, I’d like to turn you on to a line of products from Swab-its® that enhance weapon maintenance.

Swab-its® is a registered trademark of Super Brush LLC and they’ve been in business for 50 years plus. Before ever getting into the gun cleaning business, Super Brush LLC was making swabs for all kinds of industrial and medical applications. Back in the days when people wrote checks, banks processed those checks using MICR machines that required regular cleaning. Many of the service technicians used swabs from Super Brush LLC to perform that task. Well, Swab-its® has added a line of foam swabs designed to make gun cleaning more thorough and less tedious.


In a nut shell, Bore-tips® eliminate patches along with their lint and residual pieces of thread, etc. These foam swabs attach to your cleaning rod, are lint free and reusable. Using them is simple. Soak one swab in solvent, use another swab to mop out the bore, use a third and final swab to lubricate the bore. When you’re done wash them in warm soapy solution and your good until the next time. Bore-tips® are available for all calibers, including 12g.

What I like about this product is that I don’t need to keep a plastic bag full of different size patches and they leave no lint behind. It even works with the OTIS Technology cleaning systems that I’ve standardized on.DSC_1912

Even better in my estimation are Swab-it® Gun-tips™. I used to have to use a small flat blade screw driver, pocket knife or tooth brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies on a pistol slide, or the rails in an AR receiver, AK receiver, or what have, to remove grease and powder residue. That tedium is gone with  Gun-tips™. You will love these swab. They not only work, but they are lint-free, washable and reusable.

Go online and order a package, or two, of Swab-it® Gun-tips™ and Bore-tips®, give them a try and let us know what you think. The more I use them the more I like them but I’m also very interested in your feedback.

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Arsenal Now Offering The SAM7R Rifle With A Quad Rail System.

LAS VEGAS, NVArsenal, Inc. is introducing the latest configuration of SAM7R modern sporting rifle with Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System. Sold under the SKU SAM7R-66, the new configuration of SAM7R, as all other MSRs in this series, features Arsenal’s exclusive forged then milled receiver, original Bulgarian hammer forged chrome lined barrel, 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads, removable muzzle brake, bayonet lug, US made mil-spec polymer stock set with stainless heat shield and cleaning kit compartment, and 800 meter rear sight leaf.
After successfully fulfilling military requirements, for the first time, the SAM7R is being made available to the public with Arsenal’s latest design Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System. The PR-01 Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System follows Arsenal’s legacy of quality and craftsmanship and provides superior platform for wide range of attachments, including optics, flash lights, lasers, forward grips, and other accessories of your choice.
The PR-01 Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System was designed and manufactured to meet and exceed the following stringent military requirements:

  • Ability to accept cleaning rod with the rail system installed – achieved with stainless steel internal guide rail
  • To easily align the rail system with both milled and stamped receivers – achieved with a pair of precision machined tabs
  • Ability to constrain debris from entering into the receiver from under-rail openings – achieved with sealing caps of the rail system
  • Minimize weight, while providing maximum strength – achieved with the triangular support design and utilizing aircraft grade durable aluminum material
  • Providing the maximum number of rails – achieved with optimum design with 14 rails on the bottom and the sides, and 9 rails on the top
  • Identification marks for repeat attachment of devices – achieved with clearly marked numbering system on all 4 sides
  • Provide comfortable grip to the shooter – achieved with compact system profile and smooth finish

This limited run of the SAM7R-66 rifle has an MSRP of $1,349 and is now available through dealers and retail outlets.
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New Zealand Defence Forces Would Like A New Rifle By 2016

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has received approval from New Zealand’s government to move ahead with a competitive tender process to purchase a COTS rifle to replace the Steyr AUGs currently in use. A total of 8,800 rifles will be purchased once the evaluation process is complete. The NZDF objective is to select a rifle that is more configurable than the current Steyr rifles. Mission adaptability, along with compatibility with modern optics to include thermal imagining and I2 optics is important to their decision.

 Defence Minister Coleman states:

“The Steyr rifle has served the NZDF well for over 20 years and it has seen considerable operational use, but it is now reaching the end of its lifespan. Weapon technology has advanced considerably since the NZDF purchased the Steyr rifle in 1987.

“Modern rifles can be adapted to individual needs, maximising the effectiveness of the weapon. They can be fitted with a range of advanced day and night sights, and other specialised equipment. They can also be adjusted to suit different body sizes, and for the wearing of personal kit.

“NZDF personnel need a rifle that can be optimised for a range of situations. Operational experience in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste highlighted the importance of effectively identifying and engaging targets in various settings.

“The Steyr replacement is part of a wider personal weapons replacement programme. New light machine guns, combat shotguns and designated marksman rifles have been introduced to service. Future projects are also planned to look at the in-service pistol, sniper rifles, and grenade launchers.”

Request For Tender Text

Individual Weapon Capability Request for Tender


  • RFx ID : 3295746
  • Tender Name : Individual Weapon Capability Request for Tender
  • Reference # : 1-415-04-1
  • Open Date : Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
  • Close Date : Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
  • Department/Business Unit :
  • Tender Type : Request for Tenders (RFT)
  • Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
  • Categories : 92000000 – National Defense and Public Order and Security and Safety Services
  • Regions: International
  • Required Pre-qualifications : None
  • Contact :
    Deborah Speller
    +64 4 496 0626
  • Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
    Ministry of Defence, Level 4 Freyberg House, 2-12 Aitken Street, Thorndon, Wellington
  • Alternate Physical Fax Number  :


This Request for Tender (RFT) is for the provision of contemporary individual weapons (IW), necessary training, and associated support to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).
The Crown procured its current individual weapons in the late 1980s. The current individual weapons are currently 25 years old, have passed their economic life and their capability no longer meets operational needs.
To meet the needs of future operating environments, the IW Replacement Project requires a move from a closed architecture design to open architecture, to provide an IW that delivers modularity in capability.
Contact Officer for Requests for Tender enquiries
The Contact Officer for this RFT is:
Deborah Speller
Office Administrator
Acquisition Division
Ministry of Defence
P.O. Box 12703
Molesworth Street
Wellington 6144
New Zealand
Tel: +64 4 496 0626
Tenderers must direct all questions regarding this RFT to the Contact Officer in writing. The Crown may change the Contract Officer at any time by notifying prospective or actual Tenderers of any such change by issuing a notice on GETS or directly in writing.
Tenderers submit questions or requests for clarification on the basis that the enquiry and responses may be circulated to all other Tenderers without disclosing the source of the inquiry (unless such disclosure is unavoidable) or revealing Commercial-in-Confidence Information or the substance of the proposed Tender.
All questions regarding this RFT must be submitted to the Contact Officer at least 10 Business Days before the Tender Closing Time. Enquiries received after 1600 hours New Zealand local time 2 October 2014 may not receive a response.

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The Failed Wing Suit Flight

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GoTenna A VHF Front End For Your Smart Device

I found out about this device from a crowd funding source so I checked it out for my readers. The concept is not intuitive although no special skills are required to use it. In fact, the only things required are the GoTenna transceiver, a smart devices with Bluetooth support and the GoTenna app.

The idea is to provide point-to-point communications with another paired device in an area where there is no 2G, 3G or 4G coverage. GoTenn is a VHF transceiver front-end for your smart device.

GoTenna operates in a frequency spectrum the FCC designates as MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service), 151 Mhz – 154 Mhz. In that space there are five channels available to MURS communications devices as follows:

  1. 151.820 MHz (11.25 kHz wide)                                
  2. 151.880 MHz (11.25 kHz wide)                                
  3. 151.940 MHz (11.25 kHz wide)                                
  4. 154.570 MHz (20.00 kHz wide)                                
  5. 154.600 MHz (20.00 kHz wide)  

Because GoTenna is classified as an MURS device, there are no end-user or station licensing requirements and can be used by anyone in any age group.

GoTenna, uses anyone of these channels to transmit text messages and georeferenced  information like GPS coordinates. GoTenna uses a proprietary r.f. net protocol that detects the least used channel then sends traffic on that channel to the receiving station. If someone steps on that frequency GoTenna handles the retransmission. GoTenna does not frequency hop it merely selects the least used channel prior to sending traffic.

All communications between GoTenna devices is encrypted end-to-end using 1024 bit asymmetrical encryption, RSA-1024, which is secure.

GoTenna are sold in pairs and can be preordered for $149.99 for late Fall delivery. Your card will be charged at the time of preorder.

Detailed Specifications

Key app features
  • Send & receive text messages for free
  • Share locations on detailed offline maps
  • Instantaneous transmission within range
  • Automatic message retry & delivery confirmation
  • Individual & group messaging
  • ”Shout” broadcasts to anyone within range
  • Proximal friend map & location pinging
  • Emergency chat
  • End-to-end encryption (RSA-1024) & self-destructing messages
  • Compatible with iOS & Android
Key hardware specs
  • Antenna
  • 2-watt radio
  • Flash memory good for 1000’s of messages
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Micro-USB connector
  • BluetoothLE data interface
  • Status indicator lights
  • Nylon attachment strap
  • Water-resistant
  • Dust-tight
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A Tribute To Robin Williams


Friday is upon us once more. This is the day when we write about one or two things unrelated to guns and gear. Sometimes it’s our Top “n” List Where “n” Equals any Real or Imaginary Number, or Another True Story, but this week I’d like to dedicate our moment of frivolity to Robin Williams.

Like all of America, and indeed the world, I was flabbergasted by news of his suicide. I was unfamiliar with both his medical condition and personal struggles. As a San Franciscan, I had the opportunity to run into him, on Clement Street, on several occasions. I did not know him personally, but he always seemed pleasant not aloof as we exchanged smiles. In those days, I believe he had a home in Seacliff, but I couldn’t say with complete certainty.

My most memorable encounter with Robin Williams was on a Sunday evening while at Washington Square. I was a parishioner at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church and on that day I was sitting on a park bench waiting for 6’o’clock Mass to roll around. As I waited, I saw Robin Williams walking towards me, dressed in a dark purple suit, accompanied by two thugs that looked like they were about to break out in a chorus of YMCA . I knew immediately, just by looking, this was no Jos. A. Bank, buy one get a dozen free dreck, modeled by a handful of idiots with delusions of grandeur. His threads were primo. Brother Robin was ragging uptown and styling! I thought about singing Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir but I was afraid Robin would break out into his Liberace repertoire. In addition to his Jewish jokes he had a sack full of gay routines that were amazing; never offensive, but always humorous. My ex-wife would sometimes see me sitting, laughing to myself, and she’d ask what I was laughing about? Sometimes it was something she had done; other times it was just me recalling something Robin Williams had done, or said, that I caught on TV the night before.

That was his contribution to my life; those lighthearted moments that by themselves are not necessarily inspirational but they made you feel good. I think that was his real gift to humanity, and his driving force. We will never know if his decision to leave this Earth was clinical or he simply looked around, saw so much suffering and pain in this world, and couldn’t deal with the reality that no matter how hard he tried to bring joy and laughter suffering could not be conquered.

With that, I extended my sincerest condolences to his family, along with my thanks for those moments of laughter that brought tears to my eyes, not from sorrow but from joy.

Rest In Peace Robin. Merci et bon voyage!

- Sal

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AKTI Unveils Updated Website Featuring Knife Laws By State

The American Knife and Tool Institute has launched a revised version of its website with complete and legally accurate knife law information available  at The improved site features accurate information about laws that impact knife businesses and knife owners in every state.

“Making state knife laws available online to our members and easily accessible has been a priority for AKTI in the last year,” explained AKTI Executive Director Jan Billeb. “Ensuring that the information is complete and legally accurate has been our primary goal.”

Members of the organization are able to see knife law information for any state, while non-members can see quick legal facts about each state. The information was compiled and written by AKTI’s legislative consultant, Dan Lawson, a lawyer who has been involved in the knife industry for more than a decade. Topics include which knives are prohibited, which knives can be sold or manufactured, critical dimensions, major cities with ordinances and more.

The website also features news and action alerts; education on knife use for kids, the general public and law enforcement officers; popular resources like AKTI’s approved knife definitions and guide to traveling with knives; and a monthly fundraising auction that supports the organization’s ongoing legislative efforts. In addition, visitors to the site can buy or renew their memberships, give memberships as gifts and purchase AKTI merchandise online.

“Every year we see more and more people – both our members and the general public – looking for information about safe and legal knife use,” Billeb said. “Our website has been redesigned to make it even easier for visitors to learn more about all facets of knife use in the U.S.”

The new website is also responsive, meaning it will be easier to view for visitors on smart phones and other mobile devices. It can be accessed at

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Islamist Funeral That Went South

These Islamists were celebrating a funeral for one of their fallen mujahidin when something went terribly wrong. It would appear the deceased was either booby trapped or still wearing his suicide vest.

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Tacprogear BLACK releases The Citadel™ Series Hard Armor Plates

Tacprogear BLACK, Delray Beach, FL is offering the American-made Citadel™ Series of hard armor plates. These plates have been tested and certified to NIJ STD 0101.06 for the application of concealable body armor, external carriers, plate carriers and tactical body armor.

The NIJ Compliant Citadel™ Series is available in a multi-curve full-size (FS), SAPI/ESAPI (SE) and Shooter’s (SH) configurations in 8″x10″, 10″x12″ and the full range of SAPI sizes from XS through XL. Independently tested and certified single-curve plates are available in full-size side plates in 6″x6″, 6″x8″ and 7″x8″.

The Citadel™ 36 Series are Ultra-Lightweight hard body armor plates made from 100% polyethylene with a polyurea or 1000D Cordura protective cover. The Citadel™ 36 Series is one of the lightest weight NIJ compliant stand-alone level III plates on the market today.

The Citadel™ 32 Series are made from polyethylene and ceramic with a polyurea protective cover. The 32 series is a NIJ III Plus protection type plate with Special Threat Testing in accordance with an abbreviated and modified NIJ Standard 0101.06 and Tacprogear Testing Protocol.

The Citadel™ 30 Series are made from 100% polyethylene with a polyurea protective cover. The 30 series has also received Special Threat Testing and is NIJ III Plus tested.

All Tacprogear Citadel™ hard armor plates have been designed and manufactured to meet or exceed U.S. Military and National Institute of Justice performance standards. The Tacprogear advantage lies in their ability to develop products that provide protection against a wide array of threats with the need for reduced weight at the greatest value.

Product inquiries can be made on the site, by emailing or calling (561) 865-7279.

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G-Code Holsters Offering A Limited Run In Kryptek Typhon


For a very short time and only while supplies last G-Code will be offering Kryptek Typhon on select products and in limited combination.

This is a close out run for the Typhon coatings that will not be offered again.

It is an actual fabric coating, permanently laminated to the outside of the molded Kydex shell.  Using this method the holster inherits the genuine non reflective properties of the fabric not possible in printed or film coated plastics.

Get’em while you can …

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Don’t Risk Your Rights GUNVOTE

Election season is upon us and we’d like to do our part to help get out the vote. Elections are won when citizens are engaged and present themselves at the polls to let their voices be heard loudly and clearly. The numerous elections and primaries being held around the country are pivotal in driving Pro Second Amendment local legislation and in the upcoming November National Election.

So, we want you to stay focused, stay engaged and make your voices heard. In addition to going to the polls, help others get their vote out. Americans need to regain confidence in the power of the vote. You can help do that!


NSSF, National Shooting Sports Foundation, has set up a web site to help you and others get registered and to keep you informed of elections and issues. To navigate there, click the GUNVOTE button.

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Crimson Trace Can Outfit Your New M&P 22 Compact

S&W M&P 22 Compact with a CT Rail Master

Crimson Trace Offers Options for S&W’s Newest Pistol (Press Release)

(Wilsonville, OR)—Crimson Trace, America’s recognized leader in laser sighting systems and tactical lights for firearms, offers numerous rail mounted light and laser sight options for Smith & Wesson’s newly released M&P 22 Compact pistol. Anyone shopping for—or buying—one of these new semiautomatic pistols will want to also take the time to explore the many accessory options offered by Crimson Trace.

A top compact laser sight option to outfit Smith & Wesson’s new M&P 22 Compact pistol—or any firearm equipped with a standard Weaver or M1913 Picatinny rail—is the Crimson Trace Rail Master series. These very small and powerful units are offered with either red diodes, green diodes, Infrared or a bright 100-lumen LED light version. Along with Instant Activation for easy-to-operate tap-on and tap-off engagement, the units will save battery life and auto shut-off after five minutes of inactivity. Manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) for Rail Masters begin at $159 for the CMR-202 light-only unit.

Also on the “to-be-considered” list for attachment on the new M&P 22 Compact pistol would be Crimson Trace’s latest rail mounted offering—the Rail Master Pro. This light and laser (green or red models) combo is lightweight, compact, easy to operate with Instant Activation™, and will securely attach to the pistol’s rail via Crimson Trace’s Secure Lock Technology™. Rail Master Pros also provide 100 lumens of bright LED light. This laser and light combo can be set to one of four preference modes: laser only, light only, laser and constant light, or laser and strobe light. Crimson Trace’s CMR-205 is the red laser model and the CMR-204 is the green laser model. The MSRP is $279 for the red unit and $379 for the green model.

Crimson Trace offer’s America’s firearms enthusiasts and self defense minded gun owners more than 160 options in laser sighting and tactical lighting—the most of any laser sight manufacturer. The company’s products are widely recognized for innovation, durability and reliable performance. For additional details, visit or call 800-442-2406. The company is based in Wilsonville, Oregon, and all Crimson Trace products are proudly Made in the USA.

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SIG P938 .22LR Conversion Kit Promotion

SIG P938 ultra compact 9mm pistol is an exceptional alternative to many of its .380 ACP competitors. The P938 comes standard with a thumb safety and an all metal frame making it an ideal defensive pistol. However, going to the range and running through 100 or 150 rounds of 9mm ball is taxing not just on the wallet. As with all small frame firearms, felt recoil is more pronounced. So having a .22LR conversion kit for the P938 is the perfect solution. SIG has announced a promotion on its SIG P938 .22LR Conversion Kit.

P938 .22LR Conversion

Special promotional price: $279
More than 20% savings (MSRP: $352) includes:

  • Slide with target adjustable sights
  • Barrel
  • Guide rod and spring
  • (1) .22LR magazine
    The first 200 callers to purchase the P938 .22LR Caliber Target Conversion Kit will receive a FREE SIG SAUER Pistol Bag (a $30 value).

The first 200 callers to purchase the P938 .22LR Caliber Target Conversion Kit will receive a FREE SIG SAUER Pistol Bag (a $30 value).

TO ORDER Call: (866) 619-1128 or (603) 418-8102

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Midnight Three Gun Invitational App is Now Available

M3GI 2014 LogoIf you can’t reach central Oregon to attend Crimson Trace’s Midnight 3-Gun Invitational that is now underway, a new FREE app (M3GI 2014) offers the next-best-thing—instant access to the action and scores. Attendees at the range will be uploading images from their phones and tablets and providing details on behind-the-scenes action.

“As the Midnight 3-Gun Invitational has grown from an ambitious idea to one of the most talked about events in the shooting sports industry, so has the way we support the event,” said Gary Killingsworth, Crimson Trace Digital Marketing Manager. “The M3GI mobile apps were created to help competitors and fans stay up to date on all the action. Since the M3GI takes place in the high desert – and at night – a mobile app is a great way to keep everyone up to speed as its happening. We’ve also focused plenty of energy on making sure the app is ‘social’ and allows competitors and media members to share images and social media posts to those who can’t be there.”

The M3GI 2014 App is in the Apple Store for iPhones, smartphones and iPad tablets, Google Play Store for Android smartphones and tablets and for Kindle Fire tablets through the Amazon App store. Visit and look on the left side of the page to be directed to the apps.

The M3GI 2014 App provides details on the schedule, match rules and info, details on the 40-plus sponsors, stages diagrams and details, and a range map with directions to the COSSA range. There is also a social media portal—Live Album—where visitors can see images posted by contestants, including the guns they’ll be shooting and details as they prep for the match. There will also be live Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds from the event to keep followers—and e-spectators—up to date.

The Midnight 3-Gun Invitational is underway in central Oregon. Additional details can also be found at



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Ed Brown’s Limited Edition Krypteia

Krypteia Limited Edition

Ed Brown Products, Inc. in collaboration with Krypteia Strategies, the civilian division of the highly respected Paratus Consulting Group, has introduced a limited edition 1911. This limited edition pistol is called the “Krypteia Edition”, pronounced “Cryp TIE ya”, and is built according to Krypteia Strategies specifications.

Krypteia Strategies works closely with current Military and Law Enforcement units to ensure that their training and skill sets are unmatched when they step foot on the battlefield. Krypteia gathered information, feedback and opinions from Tier 1 operational units in Military and Law Enforcement in order to help spec out a handgun that would outperform anything else on the market.

Krypteia Strategies has chosen the specs for this pistol based on the needs of the modern operator. Every part of this handgun is specifically designed to be utilized in today’s operational environments by today’s leading operators. Krypteia has taken the classic design of the 1911 and enhanced it with the options that matter most to the modern day operator. From the oversized magwell for faster, more consistent reloads, the aggressive Chainlink II pattern on the grip that is perfect for gloved or wet hands, and the front and rear serrated slide for press checks and hasty return to battery, this pistol has everything needed to be utilized in combat theaters around the globe.

Learn more about Krypteia Strategies.

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SilencerCo: Find Your Range with Noveske in Oregon


Find Your Range is about getting out into the millions of acres of beautiful wilderness that this country has to offer, in hopes of discovering the ultimate shooting experience.

The poor guy who said the ISIS flag would be hanging over the White House literally has no idea what’s in store…

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LaserLyte CM-MK4 Center Mass Laser Now Available on Select Taurus Pistols

LaserLyte®, has announced a joint promotion with Taurus® featuring the LaserLyte® CM-MK4, dual laser for pistols and three popular Taurus® handguns. The innovative CM-MK4 handgun laser displays a ring of red laser dots surrounding the center aiming laser for quicker target acquisition and a better score rate. The LaserLyte® CM-MK4 is packaged with Taurus’ new PT840 in .40 S&W, the PT92 in 9mm and the Millennium G2.This combination is shipping now to distributors and is available through many big box stores such as Cabela’s, Bass Pro and Academy.

The LaserLyte CM-MK4 projects a ring of 8 red laser dots with one red laser dot in the center as the aiming laser. The circle grows at 1-inch per yard, approximately the same configuration as a shotgun aimed at a moving target. The red laser circular pattern gives the use the advantage of a wide field-of-view while keeping both eyes open for aiming. The advantages of the CM-MK4 are many, from learning the sight pattern of their Taurus personal defense pistol, to immediate and precise aiming when under threat to helping individuals with vision issues confidently return to the shooting sports.

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Magpul Industries AFG-2 & RVG M-LOK Adapter Rails Now Shipping


AFG-2 & RVG M-LOK Adapter Rails

AFG-2 M-LOK Adapter RailsRVG M-LOK Adapter Rails


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ISIS Talking Points

Friday is upon us and this is usually the day of the week when we stray from reviewing gear and getting the word out about new product offerings from our industry partners to add a little fun to our Blog with a lite humor. We also present our thoughts on relevant issues that mainstream media may skew to one side or the other.

When ISIS began operations in Iraq we felt that the U.S. should do nothing and allow the situation to play itself out. We still feel that way. Why?

1. Iraq was never ours period. It belongs to Iran. The Al-Maliki government, principally Shea Muslims have a bad taste in their mouths for Sunni Muslims, and the population suffered the brunt of that ideology. In fact, one of  several reasons Iran was able to circumvent sanctions was its Iraqi proxy and Shea Muslim affiliation.

2. The Al-Assad government in Syria also belongs to Iran and serves as a conduit for Iranian materiel and funding for Hezbollah. Although it is a marriage of convenience as opposed to a deeply rooted allegiance based on religion, or anything else for that matter.

3. Unlike the west, political ideology is not the driver for interrelationships in the region, it’s sectarian,  Shea v. Sunni, and less so for Afghanistan and Pakistan where tribal relationships are the cement holding things together.

4. No action the United States can take will result in a political or ideological win. Supporting Shias would alienate the Sunnis, and vice versa.

5. Furthermore, in order to prevent a nuclear Iran, you need less sympathetic governments in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is that surrogate force to accomplish the task. If properly managed, transitional governments in Iraq and Syria will go a long way towards reducing state sponsored terrorism and a nuclear Iran.

6.There is an assumption that ISIS will establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, which I think is possible, but short-lived. The radical component of ISIS is like an opportunistic pathogen. It has taken advantage of an Iraqi government that disregarded a large segment of its people and a Syrian state in turmoil with Al-Assad’s foot on the throat of his people. Those are the conditions that created ISIS. However, those countries are beginning to produce antibodies. Iraqis and Syrians are sophisticated, educated and intelligent people which makes for very poor auger; therefore, it is unlikely that Islamic fundamentalism will thrive in those environments.

7. ISIS’s approach to conquest  is bring minds in line with its goals through fear and intimidation. But,  they do serve a purpose as distasteful as that may seem. To date, they remain an isolated regional problem. It is a dynamic that needs to be played out with U.S. involvement limited to humanitarian assistance and the appropriate level of overwatch.   

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