Magpul Industries Introduces The PMAG® 30 AUS GEN M3 Window

PMAG ®  30 AUS GEN M3 Window, 5.56x45 Magazine – Steyr AUG

The PMAG 30 AUS GEN M3 Window is a 30-round 5.56×45 NATO polymer magazine for Steyr® AUG/F88/F90 compatible weapons that features transparent windows to allow rapid visual identification of approximate number of rounds remaining.

The PMAG 30 AUS GEN M3 Window  will begin shipping in the Fall of 2014 at an M.S.R.P of $19.95


  • Next-generation impact and crush resistant polymer construction
  • Designed specifically for the Steyr AUG platform and variants such as the F88 Austeyr and F90
  • Modified dimensions provide a slimmer footprint than factory Steyr magazines
  • Constant-curve internal geometry for smooth feeding
  • Anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability
  • Long life USGI-spec stainless steel spring, black-oxide coated (MIL-DTL-13924D)
  • Anti-glare translucent MagLevel windows on both sides of the body along with a painted indicator on the spring allows for easy determination of rounds remaining from 1 to 30
  • Over-travel insertion stop on the spine
  • Ribbed gripping surface and aggressive front and rear texture for positive magazine handling
  • Paint pen dot matrix panels on the bottom of the body to allow for identification marking
  • Flared floorplate aids magazine handling and disassembly yet is slim enough for use with many mag pouches
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PMAG 25 LR/SR Gen M3 Window Now Shipping


Magpul Industries has announced that the PMAG 25 LR/SR Gen M3 Window 7.62 x 51 magazines are now shipping> The magazines are designed for the SR-25 / M110 SASS pattern semiautomatic precision rifles. The new magazine increases  capacity to 25 rounds and provides the convenient level window.

These should be available at your dealer now M.S.R.P. is $22.95

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Why Good Analysis Is Essential To Understanding And Defining A Mission

The essence of problem resolution and decision making is that ALL data elements are assessed using the same light and microscope. It is the only method that will reliably produce the correct answer.

The New York Times ran a piece “Ukraine Provides Evidence of Russian Military in Civil Unrest” showing pictures of pro Russian separatists that have been allegedly “linked” to Russian special forces and intelligence services. So let’s take a look at this and see how it shapes up….


 The individual shown in the picture on the left has been identified by Ukranian sources to be a member of Russian special forces by the patch on his left arm. Now, this was a 2008 photo taken in Georgia. Let’s think about this for a moment. The guy is wearing multicam and he’s wearing a Russian special forces patch. How many guys do we know that suite out in multicam and wear U.S. military patches. Somehow, this makes the guy a Russian SOF. Everything that he is wearing with exception of the biker beard can be worn and is worn by the airsoft community on the planet. Not to mention self-fashion “militias,” and accessible for purchase on the internet.

Now take a look at the guy sitting down looking at the camera, his head is approximately 10 inches high. If you superimpose his head on the upper torso of the individual in question, you can reasonably estimate that our subject has a waist to top of the head dimension of 36 to 40 inches. Unless the guy has tiny legs, and his ass is dragging the ground you can reasonably assume that his lower torso is of equal proportions. So we have a likely overall height of 72 to 80 inches. We can draw a conclusion that this individual has a height of 6 feet or more.

Let’s move forward to 2014…


Now let’s take a close look at the two pictures on the left. The top photo was allegedly taken in Kramatorsk and the bottom photo was taken Slovyansk. Both pictures are allegedly taken this year in 2014. Take a look at the bottom photo with respect to the other individuals does the subject circled in the photo appear to be 6 feet tall or more? Not to my eyes.

So we need to be cautious about formulating plans and assessing conditions or basing problem solving on the basis of poor analysis.

Right here and now, I want to separate decision making  from swaying public perceptions.

Organizations, like the New York Times, display a remarkable propensity for testing absolutely nothing. Is it possible that the individual depicted in the 2008 and 2014 pictures is one in the same, yes it is, but on a decision tree that leg would receive a probability of less than .05 from me. Readers need to develop a critical eye, and regardless of what side of the fence you sit on with this Ukrainian issue, examine all data under the same light and using the same microscope.

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Magpul Industries Is Now Shipping Accessories In Stealth Gray

Stealth Gray Accessories

Shotgun Furniture and the majority of stocks, grips, and hand guards are now shipping in Stealth Gray. Now available from dealers & distributors.

Magpul has also indicated that with the launch of Stealth Gray across the board, they will be discontinuing Foliage Green as a color option, to be completely phased out by the end of 2014. Also, based on demand and to maintain consistency across their line of magazine products, all non-black MOE magazine color options will be discontinued by the end of 2014 as well.



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Coming Attractions

We continue with our month long reviews of weapon mounted laser and laser/light accessories with two professional grade products.

In our next two reviews we’ll be taking an in depth look at the Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro, an superb example of design and engineering excellence. CTC has put together an accessory that  delivers a tremendous amount of functionality in an easy to operate and compact package. Now if we only had a Heckler & Koch MP7A1….

CTC Raim Master Pro

You can also look forward to our review of Streamlight’s TLR-2 G. Here’s what I’ll leak about that. If you like death rays emanating from your weapon, slicing through the night air,  you’ll want to catch our upcoming review. An excellent piece of kit in every respect.


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LaserLyte Center Mass Lasers Now Standard Equipment On Mossberg’s 500 Persuader and Cruiser Shotguns.

LaserLyte’s Center Mass Lasers will be standard equipment on the Mossberg® 500 Persuader® and the 500 Cruiser® Tactical Tri-Rail Center Mass Laser Shotguns. These Mossberg’s, 12-gauge, 3-inch, pump-action shotguns,  will now have the added benefit of the Center Mass Laser’s quick target acquisition.

The Mossberg® 500 Persuader® Tactical Tri-Rail Center Mass Laser Shotgun is the full-length stock version of the 500 pump-action platform with a 20-inch cylinder bore barrel and traditional bead sight; a tri-rail forend with a full-length bottom Picatinny rail. Two shorter removable side rails allow for additional accessories, such as the LaserLyte® Center Mass Laser. The 500 Persuader® has an 8-shot capacity. MSRP is $674.00.

The compact version of the 500 Persuader® is the 500 Cruiser® Tactical Tri-Rail Center Mass Laser Shotgun with an 18.5-inch stand-off cylinder bore barrel and a bead sight. It features a black synthetic pistol grip, tri-rail forend with full-length bottom Picatinny rail and two shorter removable side rails for additional accessories. The 500 Cruiser® has a  6-shot capacity. MSRP is $674.00.

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Surefire Introduces The SF Ryder 22-A Suppressor

Surefire has introduced a new .22 caliber suppressor marketed as the SY Ryder 22-A. The new suppressor uses and advanced baffle concept termed Pig-Nose baffle. The baffle stack is numbered and indexed for easy reassembly. Surefire uses a red hard anodizing, which should make maintenance much easier than conventional coatings.


The SF Ryder 22-A uses a patented aluminum body designed for light-weight and durability. The suppressor has a 1 inch tube diameter and weighs 3.1 ounces with an overall length of 5.4 inches.  It comes with a stainless steel back plate and thread mount in a 1/2 x 28 thread pattern. An assembly and disassembly tool is provided.

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LaserLyte Kryptonyte Center Mass Laser CM-K15B


Earlier this year, LaserLyte announced a series of design changes to the Kryptonyte® Center Mass™ Laser The new laser, designated CM-K15B (Black) and its tan counterpart the CM-K15T underwent several design changes that resulted in a more flexible arrangement. At its price point of just over $219, adding one to your kit is a no brainer.

You’ll want to check it!



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Tuesday Morning Gun Porn


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We want to kickoff your day with a little Tuesday Morning gun porn. This fully accessorized 9mm SBR is representative of pure function with no excesses.  It features the OTIS TRS rail, Streamlight TLR-4 and KAC vertical foregrip among its accessories. Honorable mention goes to the OTIS Technology team for an exceptional rail system.

Note: OTIS has discontinued the TRS rail and in its place announced the MSRS rail at this year’s SHOT SHOW. The new MSRS is a two piece system that attaches to the existing barrel nut. It was designed by OTIS Technology around U.S. Army specifications. The MSRS rail system from OTIS Technology is currently shipping and should be available from your favorite retailer or directly from OTIS.

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Extrema Ratio Updates Its Task-C Fixed Blade Tac Knife

A staple in Extrema Ratio’s line of fixed blade tactical knives are the Task and Task-C. The Task is a full-sized combat utility knife with an overall length of 11.24 inches and the Task-C (Compact), its little brother, that measures 8.46 inches. Both models are constructed of the Bohler tool steel and feature a reverse Tanto tip with a tapered full flat grind; originally both knives shipped with a combination edge.

Today Extrema announced its Task-C knife will loose its serrations and will only be available in a plain edge.

If you are unfamiliar with Extrema knives you need to reverse that path and try one out. Possibly the best tactical or combat knife anywhere.

U.S. Distributor

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UK Based Steel Core Designs Debuts SC-127 Thunderbolt Tactical Rifle At Kuala Lumpur.

SC-76 Thunderbolt Rifle

UK based manufacturer of precision sniper platforms with a focus on Special Operations Forces introduced the SC-127 Thunderbolt precision rifle to DSA attendees at the Kuala Lumpur exhibition.

The SC-127 is chambered in 12.7 x 99 (.50 BMG) and boasts an effective range of up to 2000 meters. The company plans to introduce the Thunderbolt rifles in the U.S. An official date has been released but I think it’s reasonable to expect a showing at SHOT SHOW 2015 in Las Vegas.

Presently, the Thunderbolt is available in 7.62 x 51, 8.6 x 70 (.338 Lapua) and 12.7 x 99 (.50 BMG); SC-76, SC-86 and SC-127 respectively.

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Promtechnologii’s ORSIS T-5000 Plans For Upgrade

ORSIS T-5000 Rifles

In the 90’s, the Russian small arms industry made a departure from the ubiquitous SVD to the SV-98. It was Russia’s Izhmash Arsenal that first took a swag at producing a bolt action high precision sniper platform. The SV-98 kept the  7N14 7.62X54R sniper load used in the Dragunov variant.

In late 2011, Russia’s Promtechnologii introduced the Tactical Sniper Rifle ORSIS T-5000. The new rifle was chambered in .308, .300 WinMag and .338 Lapua Magnum, giving the T-5000 an effective range spread from 800 meters to 1500 meters depending on the caliber selected. The new T-5000 was built on a fully adjustable aluminium chassis. Even with its heavy barrel and proprietary muzzle brake the T-5000 weighed less than 13 lbs. Promtechnologii chose the Russian-made scope, the DH 5-20×56, developed by the Moskva Company Dedal-NV.


Representatives from Prometechnologii recently announced in Kuala Lampur that the T-5000 will see chamberings  in .408 Chey Tac and .375 Snipe Tac

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Remington Arms Issue A Safety And Recall Notice For The Model Seven And Model 700


Model Seven Black Synthetic 85913


Model 700 Long Range


PRODUCTS: Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge. A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process. 

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR RIFLE IS SUBJECT TO THE RECALL: Only Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers are being recalled. To determine if your rifle is subject to this recall, you should take the following steps: 

       I.        Find the rifle’s serial number where the barrel meets the receiver. SEE GRAPHIC A
                    a. For a right-handed rifle, the serial number is located on a user’s left.
                    b. For a left-handed rifle, the serial number is located on a user’s right. 

                                 GRAPHIC A: HOW TO FIND YOUR SERIAL NUMBER.

serial number

       II.      Identify the serial number and provide it to Remington’s recall support team, either by entering it at or call 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. You will be informed if your rifle is affected by this recall and supported with free resources to return the rifle for inspection and specialized cleaning.

       III.     You may also determine if your rifle is subject to the recall by a visual inspection.
                    1) If the face of the trigger is ribbed (see Photo (1) below), your rifle does not have an XMP trigger and is NOT subject to this recall.
                 2) If the face of the trigger is smooth (see Photo (2) below), your rifle has an XMP trigger and IS subject to this recall – in which case you should immediately seek further assistance at or by calling 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

NO recall (Photo 1) RECALL (Photo 2)

no recall

REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN: STOP USING YOUR RIFLE. Any unintended discharge has the potential to cause injury or death. Immediately cease use of recalled rifles and return them to Remington free of charge. Rifles will be inspected, specialty cleaned, tested, and returned as soon as possible, at no cost to you. DO NOT attempt to diagnose or repair recalled rifles.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS RECALL PROGRAM: For your safety, STOP USING YOUR RIFLE and immediately contact Remington.

To participate in the recall, please follow the instructions below:

STEP 1      Visit or call 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. You will be asked to provide your name, address, telephone number, and rifle(s) serial number.

STEP 2      Upon receipt of the information requested in Step 1, Remington will send you pre-paid shipping tags, boxes and written instructions. Remington will cover all related shipping, inspection, and cleaning charges. Please ONLY return your rifle with the designated shipping tags and boxes, as they are marked to expedite the rifle to a dedicated Remington facility.

VERIFICATION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION: Upon return of your rifle, you will note a punch mark on the bolt release (see Photo 3 below). This mark confirms your rifle has been inspected and specialty cleaned under this recall program.

Remington has also corrected the XMP trigger assembly process to eliminate this problem in rifles made after April 9, 2014. Rifles made after April 9, 2014 will also have a punch mark on the bolt release.

Even after your rifle has been inspected and repaired under this recall program, always follow the Ten Commandments of Firearm safety, printed below, whenever you handle any firearm.


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Extrema Ratio’s BF2 V For The Sailor In You


The folks at Extrema Ratio have come up with a new twist for their very popular BF2 medium folding knife family. They added a series of features to create the BF2 V, which makes this knife and ideal shipmate. They’ve included a 70mm Marlin spike, which is indispensible for working with line, especially when it’s wet. They’ve added a reversible stainless clip that let’s the knife sit deeply in the pocket. And, you always have that classic Extrema flat grind that cuts with superb symmetry. The BF2 V also ships with its own quick attach/detach lanyard for when you find yourself between the devil and the deep blue sea!

U.S. Distributor – Extrema Ratio Knives

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Do You Know What A Cuban Mambi Is?



The Mambi is a gas operated semiautomatic anti-material rifle, or AMR, chambered in the Russian 14.5 x 114 mm round. Its principal application is against thin-skinned vehicles, boats, etc. However, it has also been used as an anti-helicopter shoulder fired weapon. The action and magazine are behind the trigger group qualifying it as a bull pup design. The Mambi AMR is only manufactured in Cuba, and it is still in existence today.


Length 2100 mm (83 in)
Barrel length 1219 mm (47 in)

Cartridge 14.5x114mm
Action gas-operated
Muzzle velocity 1,114 m/s (3,655 ft/s)
Effective firing range 2,000 m (6,600 ft)
Maximum firing range 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
Feed system 5-round magazine
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Only You Can Prevent Firearm Related Accidents


This individual was field stripping a Glock pistol, and Glocks require that you pull the trigger in order to separate the slide from the frame. He undoubtedly failed to clear the chamber and accidentally discharged the pistol into his hand. One of the issues that I’ve encountered in dealing with shooters and firearms, in both civilian and military settings, is that they become complacent in handling their weapon, and sometimes that familiarity breeds contempt – this is the result.

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard this repeatedly:

1. Always assume that a weapon is loaded.

2. Point the weapon in a safe direction and keep your finger off the trigger

3. Drop the magazine.

4. Lock the slide back, and visually, and physically inspect the breech.

5. After you’ve cleared the weapon, place the weapon down such that there is a clear view of the breech.

Now internalize it!

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Iowans HF2381 Needs Your Immediate Support…

Iowans overwhelmingly want to see the legalization of sound suppressor ownership in their state. However, in spite of  bipartisan support in the State House and the passage of HF 384 by a huge margin, State Senator Thomas Courtney (D-44) has unilaterally denied the Bill a hearing in the Senate. Read the details below along with contact information.


Written by ASA on April 4, 2014 – Comments

Iowa House File 2381, a bill which sought to legalize the possession and ownership of firearm suppressors in Iowa, was denied a hearing in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by Senator Thomas Courtney (D-44), and is no longer active. HF 2381, formerly known as HF 384, passed the Iowa State House by an 83-16 margin.

The opposition for the legalization of suppressors stems from the vehemently anti-gun Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Robb Hogg (D- 33). Despite overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, Sen. Hogg continues to oppose the measure in a blanket attempt to block any and all legislation that advances the Second Amendment.

What Sen. Hogg does not understand is that the legalization of suppressors is about more than the Second Amendment. It is about jobs. It is about economic development. It is about hearing protection.

The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Despite their name, suppressors do not silence anything. Instead, they simply trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a type of hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

Even the most effective suppressors on the market on the smallest and quietest calibers reduce the peak sound level of the gunshot to that of a chainsaw or a hammer drill (110-115 dB). According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “without proper hearing protection, running a chain saw for only 2 minutes can become dangerous to the human ear.” For centerfire rifle and pistol calibers, suppressors can only reduce the peak sound level to that of a snare drum at a rock concert, or a jet engine at takeoff (130-140 dB).

According to NIOSH, individuals should not be exposed to sound levels over 85 dB for more than eight hours (Occupational Noise Exposure, Revised Criteria 1998). For every three dB increase, exposure time is cut in half. At levels between 130-140 dB, the sound level of most suppressed firearms, noise levels are loud enough that only a few rounds can be safely fired without earplugs or earmuffs. Any exposure to sounds in excess of 140 dB will cause instantaneous and irreversible hearing damage. However, when suppressors are used in conjunction with traditional hearing protection devices, shooters can safely expose themselves to hours of additional shooting without risking permanent damage to their hearing.

Iowans have made it clear that they want to become the 40th state to allow their citizens to protect their hearing by possessing and using suppressors. In order for it to become a reality this year, the Senate and House leadership will need to agree to include language from HF 2381 in their end of session leadership bill. They will only do so if you keep the pressure on them.

Please contact members of the Senate and House Leadership IMMEDIATELY and urge them to support the legalization of suppressor ownership in Iowa. Urge your friends and family to do the same. Without everyone’s support, your rights will not be granted.

Contact information can be found here:


Senate President Jochum: (563) 556-6530

Senate Majority Leader Gronstal: (712) 328-2808

Senate President Pro Tempore Sodders: (641) 751-4140

Senate Majority Whip: (319) 337-6280

House of Representatives:

Speaker Paulsen: (515) 281-3521

Speaker Pro Tempore Olson: (515) 281-3221

House Majority Leader Upmeyer: (641) 357-8807

House Majority Whip Hagenow: (515) 281-3221

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Black Rain Ordinance Is Now Producing New York State Compliant Carbine.


It was only a matter of time before some good ole Yankee ingenuity kicked in to solve the gun dilemma foisted on the citizens of the Empire State by its elected officials.

Black Rain Ordinance of Neosho, MO will begin selling rifles chambered in both 5.56 and .308 that are“Safe Act” compliant.


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U.S. Army Is Looking At New Jungle Boots

One of several jungle boots undergoing testing by soldiers. It’s the only photo of a boot the Army is testing thus far. (Source: U.S. Army photo)Matthew Cox wrote a great piece for, 2 April 2014, “Army Starts Testing New Jungle Boots for Pacific” Confronted with over 12 years of combat in arid regions, jungle boots have remained unchanged since the Vietnam conflict ended.  I still have a pair of Vietnam era jungle boots and I can readily tell you that they did not breath or drain very well but they are light and “relatively” comfortable.

Col. Robert F. Mortlock, PM, for Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment is spearheading the development and acquisition of a new jungle boot, which incorporates a number of design features. Although the overall requirements were not discussed, it’s reasonable to assume that the new boot should be light, durable, provide good support, drain well and protect the foot. One of the new technologies to be employed in the new boot is direct-attach outsoles.

The direct attach process is used to mold the sole directly to the upper material, eliminating the need for gluing or sewing to produce a finished shoe. Direct attach requires that the upper is secured to the top of the mold, and the polyurethane system(s) is injected into the mold cavity. For dual density direct attach, a dummy last is used to form the outsole, and the upper is secured into the mold prior to midsole injection. However, direct-attach is not a panacea. Scrap produced using a direct attach process is very expensive due to the fact that an entire shoe is wasted. It is also very difficult to complete a post-mold finish process on direct attach unit soles without affecting the upper portion of the shoe; making mold release agent selection critical.

P1000350I’m guardedly enthusiastic about a new jungle boot but I have a number of concerns about fielding a jungle combat boot without a stitched outsole. One of the more challenging features of jungles and rainforests is the breath of biologics, and bacteria will metabolize virtually anything you can throw at it given time and the right conditions. Direct-attach outsoles are certainly expedient from a manufacturing perspective but the shoe on the left failed in use and needed a liberal application of Goop to make it through the day.

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First Ever Kel-Tec Factory Tour by Hank Strange


Hank Strange is his internet nom de guerre. He describes himself saying…

“I’m a Novice Firearms Enthusiast Sharing Videos of my Learning & Growing Process in the form of Gun Reviews, Shooting, and other videos that document my personal adventure in life with The World via YouTube. I’m a Libertarian, Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Artist, Writer, Music Producer & Filmmaker, so Stay Tuned because anything could happen and probably will.”

He is known and recognized  for his You Tube voyeurs of guns and gear of which this Kel-Tec factory tour is but one example. This video is both entertaining and informative, and puts a face on Kel-Tec,Vero Beach, Fl, never seen before. Watch it and subscribe to his channel.

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Gear Review: Laselyte’s Sight CM Dual Lens-Black Sneak Preview.


There is no shortage of weapon mounted laser sights on the market. However, very few deliver the performance to cost ratio that Laserlyte’s Sight CM Dual Lens aiming laser achieves – enormous value in a robust package!

Look for our upcoming review – Mid-April – of a very functional and rather cool aiming laser. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but I like it a lot!

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Night Vision Contact Lenses…

The soldier of the future may no longer need image intensified monoculars and binoculars hanging from his helmet.  Two researchers, Ted Norris and Zhaohui Zhong,  at the University of Michigan have developed a super-thin infrared light sensor using graphene. The material is an atom-thin material that could be layered onto contact lenses. Graphene absorbs infrared rays and translates them into an electrical signal, similarly to how digital camera sensors work. When infrared light hits the contact’s layered material its electrical reaction is greatly amplified.

Zhong: “If we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision.” “It provides you another way of interacting with your environment.”

To get the project off the ground, Norris and Zhong are looking for commercial and/or governmental partners beyond the initial support that came from the National Science Foundation.

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Silencerco Announces Wizard Staff The Quietest .22LR Suppressor Ever Made.

The Wizard Staff is SilencerCo.’s newest suppressor. And, it is not a spoof, but a real silencer made from a unique CTA baffle stack consisting of 44 polished Mithril baffles designed for an infinite dB reduction of sound.  This 36 inches suppressor is easily disassembled to facilitate end-user maintenance. 

The ageless construction of rare and exotic materials makes the Wizard Staff indestructible.  The eternal warranty ensures the Wizard Staff will last as long as any immortal being wielding this impressive firearm silencer.

It won’t make you Merlin or Gandalf but you’ll sure have something to talk about!

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CNN Adds Michael Smerconish To Its Lineup…


It looks like CNN’s Domestic side of the house is trying to pull itself back into the news business. I caught Michael Smerconish last night and he is a refreshing departure from what one has come to expect from CNN’s Domestic side. He was animated, engaging and not suffering from neurosis with the numerous topics programmed for the show.

So, be sure to check Michael Smerconish on CNN.

My only suggestion to CNN is that they decaffeinate Michael – he looks a little like an ambulance chaser at a 30 car pileup.

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Top n Theories (where n is any real or imaginary number) CNN Has Yet To Put Forth On The Disappearance Of MH370

Two weeks ago, we published our hypothesis on what we thought happened to Malaysia Air, MH370. I speak in all candor when I say I’ve never seen a more amateurish handling of a very tragic event. I can only begin to imagine the frustration and heartache family members and loved ones must be dealing with. I am also completely floored by the insensitivity of the media, and how little space family members and loved ones of the missing have received.

Any good mystery, and MH370 falls squarely in that space, inspires conjecture and an abundance of hypothesis, that’s only human.  Leading the pack of hypothesis generators is unquestionably CNN who’s covered the event 24 x 7; however,  we feel they’ve missed, or are holding back, a number of theories. So, being that it’s the start of the weekend and that laughter is good for the soul, we’ve come up with…

Top “n” Theories (where “n” is any real or imaginary number) CNN Has Yet To Put Forth On The Disappearance Of MH370.

10. Evil Spirits Took Control Of The Flight Computer.

9. Solar Flares Blinded The Pilots.

8. Bad In-flight Menu Created Passenger Gas Problem Blowing Out Windows Causing Rapid Decompression.

7. Pilot Married To Jewish Woman Was Tired of Living.

5. Malaysian Pilot Union Called A Strike.

4. Pilots Left Flight Deck To Check Out A Couple Of Sheilas.

3. After A Night Of Partying Pilots Fell Asleep At The Controls.

2. Co-pilot Heard Of A Nudist Colony At Port-aux-Français

1. Pilots Scored Two Sheilas And Offered To Show Them The Throttles.

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The American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) Launches ARES

ARES is ATN’s latest addition to their line of night vision weapon mounted sights. The ARES series of weapon sights is more compact, rugged and easy to use. It uses a more sensitive sensor and a high quality image tube to present sharp clear images.

The ARES runs on 1 AA battery and mounts to a standard Weaver rail. The one-knob operation allows for precision windage and elevation adjustments, as well as automatic brightness control. The optics feature ATN’s Proshield lens coating and a “red on green” reticle system with a 1/6 MOA adjustment. Other features include, waterproof, a low battery indicator and a detachable infrared illuminator.

The ATN ARES is available in two models, ATN ARES 2-2 and the ARES 6-4.

The ATN ARES night vision weapon series is available in a variety of configurations, including ATN’s WPT™, CGT and HPT, as well as different magnifications. MSRP starts at $2,099.00.

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Bawidamann Is Now Accepting Pre Orders On The Skeletonized Karambit…


Bawidamann designs are highly sought-after embodying both artistic flair and superb craftsmanship.  Production runs from Andrew sell out before production is complete, so if you want to own a Bawidamann creation you’ll need to place your order quickly. If you snooze you loose.

Having said that, Andrew is now accepting orders for the Skeletonized Karambit. These knives are exquisite. These knives were designed in conjunction with Steve Hacht and Bryce Bell Doel in 2008. They are one of a kind creations. Only 8 or so have been made per year since 2008; this is the first release for 2014 and estimated to ship the first week of April.

More info/purchase: CLICK HERE

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Tacprogear BLACK Partners with Kryptek Outdoor Group

Tacprogear announced their latest partnership:  Kryptek™ Outdoor Group.  Kryptek™ incorporates proven combat features and designs into high-performance technical and tactical outdoor adventure products.

Tacprogear, as part of its BLACK line of “American Made, Mission Specific” product line, has begun manufacturing bags, packs, helmets, vests and pouches utilizing Kryptek’s unique line of camo patterns.  Kryptek™ Camo is based on the principals of visual deception and employs a multi-directional design to effectively conceal in a multitude of terrains that have either a lateral or vertical flow. 

“This partnership, once again demonstrates Tacprogear’s innovation in bridging the gap between outdoor world functionality and tactical requirements,” Dan Lounsbury, CEO of Tacprogear and Tacprogear BLACK stated. “We are proud to provide our customers with this Kryptek™ camo product line to ensure that the men and women who go in harm’s way have an additional tool in mission effective concealment and stealth.” and

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ATN Unveils The ATN X-Sight Rifle Scopes.

The ATN X-Sight ships in 3-12x and 5-18X configurations. The X-Sight rifle uses a low-light HD sensor to provide a high quality, high resolution image. The X-Sight operates using menu driven software that allows the user to choose from several options and settings to customizing the optic to a specific application. The system also allows the user to select a number of reticle options as well as reticle color best suited for the lighting conditions.

The X-Sight includes an IR illuminator and a high-power digital zoom from 3x to 12x in the 3-12x model and 5x to 18x in the 5-18x.

The ATN X-Sight Rifle Scopes are available in two models; the ATN X-Sight 3-12x and the ATN X-Sight 5-18x. MSRP is $599.00 for the 3-12x and $699.00 for the 5-18x scope.

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Gear Review: Burris AR-DBAL Visible and IR Lasers For Your AR-15


Burris, Steiner and LDI are sister companies; all owned by Beretta. So, given Burris’ tactical focus, it makes perfectly good sense that Burris partner with a sister company to deliver Burris branded AR accessories to millions of AR owners. Regardless of the sister company relationship, it is unquestionably a win-win for Burris, LDI and our readers. LDI will now have direct access to Burris’ distribution channels and a large mass market. So, this may be one of those magical business decisions that merit a fat bonus check. It’s all good from this writer’s perspective, and I’m glad to see it happen.

Read my review….

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Fort Bragg, NC: Special Operations International Sniper Competition Kicked Off

SOF Instructor

The competition is hosted by the Army Special Forces Sniper Course, and will run from Monday, 24-March-2014 to Thursday, 27-March-2014. Two man sniper teams from around the world as well as federal agencies and law enforcement will compete for top honors in a course of fire that requires engagements out to 1000 meters.

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Why MH370 Could Not Be Cloaked By Another Aircraft

This post attempts to shed some light on why Malaysia Air Flight 370 could not have been cloaked by a Singapore Airline Flight destined for Barcelona.

The Air Traffic Control System is comprised of two distinct radar systems, Primary Surveillance Radars or PSRs and Secondary Surveillance Radars or SSRs. The PSR is responsible for detecting the aircraft. It provides range and bearing. This is a radar system that usually operates in the S Band region and a circular scan. When we discuss radars that have a circular scan, specially older systems, it means that the antenna rotates 360 degrees. Every time the radar beam passes or paints the target, a return echo is received by the radar and a blip appears on the operators screen. These radars have a larger pulse width and lower pulse repetition rate in order to operate at longer ranges. Hence less resolution.

The SSR radar is a system which sends out coded messages that interact with the aircraft transponder, which then responds with its set of codes. In addition to interacting with the target aircraft’s transponder, the SSR also detects the aircraft and determines bearing and altitude. The SSR has a significantly narrower pulse width and higher pulse repetition rate and may use a complex scan or beam switching, which gives it a much higher resolution. In other words it can better resolve the target.

The systems, work in conjunction and are designed to specifically avoid the scenario being suggested by some of the news outlets.

Military aircraft, carry very sophisticated electronic packages to fool ground radars into thinking that they are seeing multiple targets or no targets at all. Commercial aircraft have nothing of the sort onboard.

Flying directly behind, above or below another airline creates significant aerodynamic or flight challenges, like  downdrafts and updrafts to name a few. It’s like a race car driver moving his vehicle a foot or two behind the lead car – a process called drafting. The driver of the lead car is very much aware that this is happening and tries to avoid it.

Furthermore, at some point along the route, MH370 would have to break away from that flight formation without detection, which means they would need to have mapped civilian and military air coverage along the route to include side lobes emanating from the antennas.

It’s highly unlikely that MH370 could make a transition from Flight Level 300 to 15,000 feet then descend, go into slow flight and setup an approach undetected !!!

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 21, 2014) – Nissan announced today its philanthropic initiative in support of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) that will help fuel the next phase of “Project Titan,” the automaker’s second crowd-source vehicle program that will build the ultimate off-road capable full-size truck.

With the help of Titan fans, the vehicle will be outfitted with customized equipment designed to meet the unique needs of two injured service members who have been selected to take the ultimate outdoor adventure behind the wheel of Nissan’s brawny full-size pickup. WWP is a veteran services organization that helps post-9/11 veterans and their families’ transition into civilian life through a variety of programs and services.

“In addition to their physical wounds, service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder upon returning home,” said Adam Silva, chief development officer, Wounded Warrior Project. “We’re in the business of finding innovative ways to honor and empower these Wounded Warriors for a lifetime. Because of that, we are incredibly grateful to Nissan for providing this unique opportunity to two of these very deserving heroes.”

Announced at the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Business Conference, veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon have been chosen by Nissan and Wounded Warrior Project to embark on an unforgettable adventure behind the wheel of Nissan’s Project Titan truck. Iraqi war veterans, Guzman and McMahon have both suffered significant physical and invisible injuries throughout their military service.

During a night convoy mission in Iraq, Guzman sustained a traumatic brain injury in addition to damaging his leg, wrist and mouth. Despite these pitfalls, he has since earned Associate’s degrees in culinary arts and interdisciplinary studies. McMahon also suffered several emotional and physical traumas requiring several surgeries because of his multiple deployments around the globe. Since his return, he has frequently volunteered with WWP, and even joined the organization as a WWP leader throughout New England. 

An Adventure of a Lifetime

Guzman and McMahon will embark on a multi-day trek through Alaska with the help of a custom-built 2014 Nissan Titan. The ruggedly tailored Titan will enable the veterans to take on the natural terrain of the Alaskan wild. To assist in their off-roading explorations, the veterans will put Titan’s cargo carrying flexibility to the test by loading up the truck with an array of outdoor recreational and survival equipment. With a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 lbs, sliding bed extender, Utili-track™ Bed Channel System for optimum cargo hauling and a lockable bedside storage compartment, the Titan’s undeniable functionality makes it the perfect companion for the rigorous journey.

“With its first‐in-class features and serious hauling and towing capabilities, the Nissan Titan is built for handling The Last Frontier,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Parts and Service, Nissan North America. “The custom-built Project Titan is sure to amaze. Our goal is to create a truck that will cater to the individual needs of these fearless Warriors, and the only way we can do that is by pushing Titan to its limits with features never-before-seen on a Nissan full-size pickup.”

The Warriors’ ultimate Alaskan adventure was inspired by Joe Byers. Byers, along with 2,500 other outdoor journalists, was asked during a special media event at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show and Conference in Las Vegas to describe his idea of the ultimate adventure. When coupled with the Titan’s work-hard-play-hard design and rugged construction, Byers’ adventure concept will enable the wounded service members to experience Alaska’s beauty from all vantage points, whether perched on a mountain in Healy or waist deep in the Kenai River.

A Shared Adventure

For his winning submission, Byers will join the two injured veterans on their Alaskan experience. Additionally, Byers was awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Titan PRO-4X of his own to take on his many annual hunts.

Equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine, 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, electronic locking rear differential and Nissan Navigation System with color display and USB connectivity, Byers’ will be armed with a powerful full-size truck that has earned a reputation of being a rugged, reliable and spirited choice for active truck buyers. Designed to get the job done, whether that job entails hauling cargo, a trailer or just family and friends, the 2014 Titan combines no non-sense performance with an array of technology and comfort features.

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About Wounded Warrior Project®

Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving Wounded Warriors for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit

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MalaysiaAir MH370 Response To Some Reader Questions…

We’ve seen a number of questions from readers prompted by the abundance of theories on what happened to MH370 so it may be productive to share some ideas with you all. The purpose is to help you understand the complexity of the search. It is an enormous undertaking. You can find our initial hypothesis here. We also continue to pray for the families that are suffering, struggling to cope with this enormous tragedy.

  1. First is the concern of the aircraft behavior as it runs out of fuel?
    1. To begin with, fuel, even in light aircraft, is not consumed evenly from all tanks, so it’s his highly unlikely the engines would have stopped working at precisely the same moment in time. In this situation, a pilot is put in a position where he or she must determine if there is enough fuel to fly the aircraft to the nearest landing field on a single engine. Consideration of runway length and condition goes out the window in this scenario and lading the aircraft is paramount. If the pilot is over water and too far from land, the pilot  is thinking about a water landing. He or she would use all available power to gain as much altitude as possible to setup a glide, while transmitting a May Day and position data.
    2. To execute a glide, the pilot establishes an attitude, depending on aircraft weight and other parameters, to maximize the amount of over ground travel.  The greater the altitude the longer the flight time and the further the aircraft would travel. Weight and balance are play an important role in this situation. It means setting up a descent at an appropriate airspeed. The pilot would allow the nose to drop to maintain a desired airspeed. At this speed, the wing still generates a sufficient amount of lift to keep the aircraft flying and all the control surfaces, like the ailerons, would provide control for a controlled decent and ultimately a water landing.
    3. If the aircraft makes a successful water landing, meaning little or no structural damage, there is enough time to open the emergency exits, deploy the slides and commence evacuation of the passengers.
    4. If on the other hand, the aircraft suffered structural damage there is a high degree of probability the aircraft would begin to flood. In heavy seas, that flooding would occur quickly and with sufficient force to prevent evacuation of the aircraft. It would sink impacting (note: not settling) on the ocean floor. In MH370’s case that’s anywhere from 10,000 feet to 14,000 feet depending on location.
  2. Why are there no crash signals being transmitted?
    1. The EPIRBs, of which there are several, and the ELTs transmit on UHF and VHF  frequencies at 400Mhz and 121.5 MHz (monitored and reserved for emergency comms). These are line-of-sight frequencies, so if the aircraft is below the water, and the EPIRBs were not released but still trapped in the aircraft, UHF and VHF frequencies would be so attenuated as to make them undetectable assuming the transmitters are able to work submerged. Even at LF and VFL (low frequencies or very low frequencies), depending on the depth of the aircraft, and at what depth these devices became active, a distress signal may escape detection; leaving only the acoustic ping of the flight and voice recorders operational.
    2. Those of you that have SCUBA experience know that as you go deeper, water pressure compresses your body and you become less buoyant. Even equipment that would normally float, like seat cushions may not make it to the surface for quite some time. The same is true for EPIRBs. A situation that is sadly true for the victims; many of whom are still secured by seatbelts.
  3. What efforts are currently underway?
    1. Very capable and professional assets are presently engaged in the search. Searchers are employing satellite imaging, visual and radar surveillance, passive and possibly active sonar. As sensitive as military passive sonars are, the flight recorder’s acoustic pings have a limited range and are hampered by thermoclines. A thermocline is a density and temperature differential that attenuates or masks submerged acoustic signatures. Thermoclines are often used by submarines to disguise their presence from surface ships and aircraft. Therefore, to have an effective and comprehensive search submarines are also being used. Active SONAR emits a variety of acoustic frequencies that bounce back to aid in detecting objects. A strong echo would suggest the presence of an object perhaps leading to determining a location of the wreckage.
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Upcoming Gear Reviews: Lasers

April is laser month here at the shop and we’ll be reviewing a number of weapon mounted lasers for your reading enjoyment. There is some great technology available, and the great news is that prices are coming down for both visible and IR spectrums; so, we’ve selected a good cross-section from some top of the line manufacturers. Look forward to those reviews in April.

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Our Theory On What Happened To Malaysian Air MH370

First of, all of our hearts go out to the families and loved ones aboard Malaysian Air MH370. It is a tragic event and we advance this theory with the deepest respect to all aboard the flight and their families. The mystery surrounding this event prompted us to use our experience and knowledge to come up with what we think is a plausible story.

  1. On Saturday at 12:41 a.m. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 departs Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
  2. At 1:30 a.m on the same day, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 clears Malaysian air space in preparation to be handed over to Vietnamese traffic control. Its position at the time was Lat 06 55 15n, Log 103 34 43e.  It was at this location that the transponders were disabled. Shortly thereafter, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 executes a left hand turn; taking the aircraft on a south westerly course towards the Indian Ocean. If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was experiencing mechanical, or electrical problems, the two logical actions would be to take a reciprocal course back to Kuala Lumpur International,  or declare an emergency with Vietnamese Traffic Control and request a vector to Ho Chi Min City Airport approximately 350 miles from its present location. Had the aircraft broken apart while in flight, or on impact in the water, you would have a debris field with clothing, seat cushions and other items including fuel etc. On that basis, we hypothesized that there was no crash or airframe failure in the vicinity of its last know location.
  3. There are other significant pieces of information for example the course change and position reported by the Malaysian Air Force at 2:40 a.m. placing the aircraft near Pulau Perak in the Strait of Malacca; furthermore, the Malaysian Air Force reported that Malaysian 370 was reducing its altitude from its original cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. At the time Malaysian 370 was detected on military radar, the planes altitude was reported as approximately 29, 000 feet and descending. This information is important because Chapter 6 , Section 6-3-4, “Special Emergency (Air Piracy)”  of the Aeronautical Information Manual, requires specific actions on the part of the pilot in the event that transponder or radio communications is unavailable.

“d. If it is possible to do so without jeopardizing the safety of the flight, the pilot of a hijacked passenger aircraft, after departing from the cleared routing over which the aircraft was operating, will attempt to do one or more of the following things, insofar as circumstances may permit:

1. Maintain a true airspeed of no more than 400 knots, and preferably an altitude of between 10,000 and 25,000 feet.

2. Fly a course toward the destination which the hijacker has announced.”

It is our belief that the pilots aboard Malaysia 370 were following Air Piracy procedures, which accounts for what would appear to be an irrational course change. The fact that Malaysian military radars detected a reduction in altitude, gives us a reasonable comfort level that our assessment is correct and that the pilots aboard Malaysia 370 were following Special Emergency (Air Piracy ) procedures.

So what was the objective if in fact a hijacking took place?

We believe that the course flown by Malaysian 370 would place the aircraft in the middle of the Indian Ocean when it ran out of fuel. Two possibilities exist. First, the plane’s attitude could be such that it crashed into the ocean, or the pilots may have attempted a water landing during which the aircraft flooded (by intent or as a result of the landing) sinking with all hands onboard, which could account for the absence of debris.

This coming May is the anniversary of Usama Bin Ladin’s burial at sea; believed to have been in the Indian Ocean at an undisclosed location. 

This is only our hypothesis based on the limited information available. However, it is highly probable, in our view, that Malaysia 370 was hijacked and not missing as a result of airframe or system failure.

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Top (n) Clues, where n = any real or imaginary number, Your Girlfriend Has Mistaken Your Axiron For Deodorant.


10. Stops asking what you’re thinking about.

9. Doesn’t ask if you’ve noticed anything new.

8.  Starts taking out the garbage.

7.  Raises her leg when breaking wind.

6.  Makes Luciano Pavarotti sound like the neighborhood castrato.

5.  Has no reservations about scratching her crotch.

4. Starts checking the engine oil.

3. Promises to respect you in the morning.

2. Stops rearranging the furniture.

1. Forgets to lower the toilet seat.


TGIF Have A Great Weekend Everybody!

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Streamlight Upgrades Its TLR-VIR And Introduces The TLR-2 IRW.

tlr2-irw_logoedStreamlight Inc., has introduced a new member to its TLR family of lights, the TLR-2 IRW. This new light keeps the same form factor as the classic TLR-2, which has a visible red laser module. The TLR-2 IRW retains a 300 lumen white light but replaces the red visible laser aiming module with an IR Class 1, 850nm, <.8 mw laser.

In conjunction with the introduction of the TLR-2 IRW, Streamlight has also announced an intensity upgrade to its TLR-VIR light to 300 lumens. The TLR-VIR provides switch selectable white visible light or IR illumination.

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Also Increases Light Output of TLR-VIR® Tactical Illuminator

EAGLEVILLE, PA, March 13, 2014 – Streamlight, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the TLR-2® IRW, a gun-mounted tactical light with an integrated infrared (IR) aiming laser. The company also announced an upgrade to its existing TLR-VIR® tactical illuminator long-gun light. Both lights are designed to give military, tactical, law enforcement and security personnel greater weapon lighting flexibility than ever before.

The ultra-bright TLR-2 IRW features a visible white C4® LED that produces 300 lumens, 12,000 candela and 2.5 hours of continuous run time.  The light’s deep-dish parabolic reflector provides a concentrated beam of white light with optimum peripheral illumination.  The new tactical light also provides a Class 1 infrared laser with an “eye safe” power output of less than 0.8mW for night vision use, designed to enhance long-range targeting capability; it offers 45+ hours of run time. 

The company also has upgraded the brightness and intensity of its TLR-VIR model, designed for use with long guns to provide both high intensity white light and an infrared illuminator for night vision use. The enhanced tactical light now uses a C4 LED that produces 12,000 candela and 300 lumens of visible bright light.  For infrared lighting, the TLR-VIR features an 850 nanometer LED emitter with 1000mW/sr (min) radiant intensity, providing optimum illumination with night vision equipment, and a run time of 20 hours.

The TLR-VIR and the TLR-2 IRW securely fit all long guns with MIL_STD-1913 rails.  The TLR-2 IRW also mounts directly to handguns with Glock-style rails; it includes keys for Glock-style, Picatinny, Beretta 90two, S&W 99 and S&W TSW. 

Both models also are equipped with a tactical strobe that can be used to distract targets or conceal movements or positions.

“The TLR-2 IRW and the TLR-VIR use the latest LED and other technology innovations to make them indispensable tools for personnel who deploy or patrol with weapon lights,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “The infrared aiming laser of the TLR-2 IRW model gives users the ability to focus more readily on a target in critical situations in darkness, while the white LED provides abundant white light.  And the TLR-VIR enables users to transition seamlessly from infrared mode to ultra-bright, visible white light and vice versa.”

The lights feature a one-handed, snap-on and tighten interface that keeps hands away from gun muzzles when attaching or detaching the lights.  Each offers a three-position Mode Selector switch.  The TLR-VIR comes with a momentary/steady On-Off switch with a plug port for a momentary remote switch. The TLR-2 IRW features an ambidextrous momentary/steady On-Off switch. 

The TLR-2 IRW measures 3.39 inches in length and weighs 4.72 ounces. The TLR-VIR measures 3.82 inches and weighs 6.0 ounces. 

Both lights are manufactured with 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with a black anodized finished body and include a high-impact, chemically resistant housing for the laser/IR LED.  Each light uses two (2) 3 volt CR123A batteries.

Featuring an extensively live-fire tested construction, the TLR-2 IRW features an IPX4 rated design for water-resistant operation, while the TLR-VIR is rated IPX7, for waterproof operation to 1 meter for 30 minutes.  The lights have an operating temperature range of -40°F to +140° or +150°F, depending on the model.  The products come with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty. 

The MSRP for the TLR-2 IRW is $575.00, while the MSRP for the TLR-VIR is $692.58.

Based in Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. recently marked 40 years of making tough, durable, long-lasting flashlights designed to serve the specialized needs of professionals and consumers alike. Since 1973, the company has designed, manufactured and marketed high-performance flashlights, and today offers a broad array of lights, lanterns, weapon light/laser sighting devices and scene lighting solutions for professional law enforcement, military, firefighting, industrial, automotive, and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.  For additional information, please call 800-523-7488, visit or connect with us on;; and

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London Bridge Trading and 2VetsArms Introduce The Covert Rifle Bag (CRB)


London Bridge Trading Inc, Va Beach, VA and 2VetsArms, Eufaula, Ok have introduced the Covert Rifle Bag or CRB.

The CRB is a collaborative effort between these two companies, who’s objective was to create an rifle bag capable of carrying a 16” AR15 and accessories in a form factor that departs from the traditional profile rifle carry case. The pack consists of the main pack and the rifle insert.

The rifle insert is lined with loop and comes with hook backed rifle insert tie downs – these secure the insert with heavy duty nylon straps. There is also a hook-backed medium magazine pouch that securely stows five (5) M16/M4 30 round magazines. External carry straps allow the rifle insert to be transported separate from the pack.
COVERT-PACK-10TThe pack features heavy duty shoulder straps designed to evenly distribute the load while on the move; straps are adjustable and have side release attachment points for quick removal. The back of the pack consist of padded mesh for comfort and breathability, minimizing “hot spots” while on an extended movement. Full length zippers on both sides reveal a laptop/iPad compartment as well as a concealed carry pouch that is accessible while wearing the pack. The front of the pack features multiple zippered pockets as well as a loop area for identification/unit patches. The front of the packs two zippered compartments form a “V”, signifying LBT’s partnership with 2VA.

The CRB is available in Urban Wolf, MultiCam and all of the Kryptek patterns. M.S.R.P. is $325

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BAE’s Q-Warrior Closer To Primetime.


q-warrior see through display

As battlefield objectives become more specific, the need for precision increases correspondingly. The successful kinetic operation needs a greater level of accuracy if we are to avoid collateral damage, fratricide and maintain the good will of indigenous people. So, operators must be able to interact quickly and accurately with command and control, and they must also be empowered with a three dimensional view of the battlefield.

Q-Warrior™ is a see-through helmet mounted soldier display offering a high transmission and high luminance see-through display, which incorporates a high-resolution color, collimated display. The technology allows the use of symbols and video. What is important is that the soldier or operator receives this information overlaid on the real view of what’s actually out there.

“Paul Wright, Soldier Systems’ Business Development Lead at BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems  in Rochester, Kent, said  “Q-Warrior™ increases the user’s situational awareness by providing the potential to display “eyes-out” information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats,” he said. “Other key features include enhanced night vision, waypoints and routing information, and the ability to track both personnel and assets.
“The biggest demand, in the short term at least, will be in roles where the early adoption of situational awareness technology offers a defined advantage,” added Mr Wright. “This is likely to be within non-traditional military units with reconnaissance roles, such as Forward Air Controllers/Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers (JTACS) or with Special Forces during counter terrorist tasks. The next level of adoption could be light role troops such as airborne forces or marines, where technical systems and aggression help to overcome their lighter equipment.”

I suspect Q-Warrior will have both a learning curve and acclimation period very much like the helmet mounted systems used by Apache pilots but once implemented, perhaps as part of the proposed Tactical Assault Light-Operator Suit, or TALOS initiative for USSOCOM, the technology should prove indispensible.

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