General Dynamics and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Team To Produce Airburst Munitions For The U.S. Military

General Dynamics, ST Kinetics target US military market

The 40mm airburst ammunition can be fired from existing US Army grenade launchers such as the Mk19and MK47.

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The munition uses a programmable timed fuse technology that computes and programs the detonation time into the fuse. Once fired, the fuse counts down to zero detonating at the intended target point.
The partnership ensures the U.S. Army will continue to derive the highest value while remaining adequately supplied.

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TPG BLACK Citadel™ 36 Series Receives a Score of 4.96 Points from the National Tactical Officers Association

 

Delray Beach, Fla. (November 2014) - TPG BLACK, the exclusive line of American-made products offered by Tacprogear (TPG), is proud to announce that their Citadel™ 36 Series hard armor plates have received an exemplary score of 4.96 out of a possible 5 points from the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Member Tested and Recommended Program. TPG has the privilege of displaying the prestigious NTOA Member Tested and Recommended Logo in their marketing materials.

The testing officer, who performed his evaluation of these level III plates in both the TPG BLACK BONZ GRID-HERCULES™ Plate Carrier, as well as in his full-size TAC vest, remarked how “extremely light” the Citadel™ 36 Series were. He evaluated the dual convex shooter’s cut, both front and back.

He continued, “Weighing not even what one older, heavy ceramic plate weighs, [the Citadel™ 36 Series] actually make full TAC gear bearable. The inside face of the plate has about ¼ of soft foam built in under the outside finish. This makes the edges soft and more comfortable if wearing in the stand-alone plate carrier. I wore them around the house and basically forgot they were on, aside from the added bulk…extremely light and comfortable after eight years of 10 lb. ceramic plates!”

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TPG Ballistic Test Range Miami, FL

Made in the USA, the Citadel™ 36 Series are lightweight hard armor plates made from 100% polyethylene with a polyurea or 1000D Cordura protective cover. It is one of the lightest weight NIJ compliant stand-alone level III plates on the market today.

For more information on any of the Tacprogear product line, visit www.tacprogear.com or www.tpgblack.com.

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Jay Leno Cancels His Appearance At SHOT SHOW 2015

 

NSSF announced a couple of days ago that comedian and former Tonight Show host, Jay Leno, decided to cancelled his appearance at SHOT SHOW 2015 in Las Vegas. Mr. Leno’s office made this statement regarding the untimely cancellation.

“When it came to his attention that this was actually a pro-gun lobby show, he immediately cancelled his appearance,” Bruce Bobbins, spokesman for Leno, told MSNBC. “He found out that it was not what he was originally told it was, and he decided to cancel.”

NSSF organizers issued a statement upon learning of Leno’s cancellation on their blog.

“He unilaterally cancelled his promised appearance due to pressure from the anti-gun lobby, which included false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety, which we attempted to personally correct with him, but to no avail. We are not deterred by their publicity seeking nor are we unfamiliar with the bullying political tactics of the gun control groups that seem to have as little respect for the First Amendment as they continually demonstrate with regard to the Second Amendment,”

The organization did not say who would replace Leno as the emcee.

Jay Leno’s decision to not attend SHOT is unfortunate. He’s a very talented comedian, avid motorcyclist and car collector, I especially like his love for vintage Cadillac’s

Our message to Jay is that SHOT SHOW is not just guns; manufacturers exhibit tents, camping equipment, sleeping bags, nature, trail cameras, hammocks, binoculars and telescopes…

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MAGPUL iPhone 6 Field Cases Are Now On The Truck

MAGPUL November 21th  
Field Cases iPhone 6
Galaxy S5 Field Case Nexus 5 Field Case iPad Air Field Case
 

 

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Sneak Preview: Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x 24mm Throw Down PCL FFP Illuminated BTR Reticle

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This December, I’ll be bringing you a comprehensive review of Bushnell’s AR Optics 1-4x 24mm Throw Down PCL FFP Illuminated Reticle. I wanted to close out the year with at least one review of a mid priced magnified optic for the AR platform and I chose Bushnell’s optic. Driving that decision was its first focal plane reticle and the illuminated BTR.

I’m a precision rifle oriented guy, and I normally don’t run with FFP scopes because at the lower magnifications you tend to loose the reticle under less than optimal lighting conditions, which is not the case with a second focal plane design. So, I wanted to see how Bushnell’s FFP  works out in a 1-4 power optic. I also like the BTR reticle quite a bit and it’s tuned for a 55g and 62g 5.56 x 45. It’s fast and accurate. I will admit that at first glance I felt the throw down PCL was a bit ghetto but after using it a few times I began to appreciate its merits.

Bushnell has done an exceptional job with this optic and I’ll be sharing my impressions with you in my upcoming review, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, keep your comments coming; know that they are appreciated.

 

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Magpul’s MBUS PRO Offset Front And Rear Sights Are Now Shipping

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The Engineering Flow Chart

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Should The U.S. Army Replace The Beretta M9 ?

T.G.I.F. and what a week it was. This Friday’s shoot-the-shit topic is about the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) or more commonly known as the quest to retire a tried and true venerable veteran, the M9 9mm semiautomatic service pistol.

I’ve taken the liberty to post the solicitation synopsis below; however, if you’d like to read it at the source simply click here.

Solicitation Number: W15QKN15R0002

Notice Type: Special Notice

Synopsis:

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Solicitation Number: W15QKN-15-R-0002
Notice Type: Modular Handgun System – Special Notice To Post DRAFT RFP
THIS IS A DRAFT RFP FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT PROPOSALS.
The Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), on behalf of Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) anticipates awarding an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) Contract to support the Modular Handgun System (MHS). This Full & Open Competition (F&OC) intends to award 3 IDIQ contracts for Production Verification Testing (PVT) units and then down select to one awardee for production units.
The Government is encouraging industry feedback to see if there are cost drivers in various areas that do not add value. Please submit questions via email to Vincent Turco, at vincent.f.turco.civ@mail.mil; and Dan Potempa at: daniel.l.potempa2.civ@mail.mil; not later than Wednesday, 15 October 2014 5:00 PM EST.
The Modular Handgun System (MHS) will consist of a new handgun, ammunition, supporting accessories, and spare parts. The system will consist of a full size and compact handgun or just one handgun that meets full size and compact requirements. The MHS will replace the existing family of handguns in Army inventory, leverage commercial technology to mitigate gaps and shortcomings in presently fielded weapons, and counter current and emerging threats. The MHS is planned as a competitive acquisition seeking a commercial/Non-Developmental Item solution to provide Warfighters with a best-value system that features increased lethality, increased accuracy, improved ergonomics, and a higher degree of reliability/durability over legacy handgun systems. The applicable NAICS codes are: 332994 and 332992.
To obtain a copy of the latest DRAFT Purchase Description (PD) AR-PD-177, AR-PD-179, AR-PD-180, AR-PD-183, AR-PD-184 and other Distribution D documents, interested parties must email a signed and approved DD Form 2345 Military Critical Technical Data Agreement, a completed AMSTA AR Form 1350 Technical Data Questionnaire, and a completed and signed Non-Disclosure / Non-Use Agreement
to Mr. Vincent Turco (email: vincent.f.turco.civ@mail.mil) and Dan Potempa (email: daniel.l.potempa2.civ@mail.mil) or mail to same at the address listed below.
This announcement should not be construed as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a commitment by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this announcement. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION AND DOES NOT OBLIGATE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE A SOLICITATION. The U.S. Government will NOT ACCEPT proposals at this time.
This event is for U.S. Government planning purposes only and constitutes a request for exchange of information pursuant to FAR 15.201.

The Army has established four pillars of performance and those are:

  1. Modularity
  2. Enhanced Precision
  3. Enhanced Recoil Recovery
  4. Ergonomics

Taking those line item by line item I’ll start with modularity.

Does anyone really know what the U.S. Army envisions Modularity to mean: caliber conversion, different shaped slides, different length barrel, interchangeable fire control group? By Army definition the pistol is a secondary weapon. Better yet, what is it about the M9 and M9A1 that is not modular. The only thing you need on a pistol is a rail system for accessories like lasers and light and maybe a choice of frame sizes.

Moving to Enhanced Precision, the Army is looking for a pistol that will deliver a 4″ group throughout the 35,000 round expected service life of the system 90% of the time. I don’t know of a pistol on the market, from a major company, that does not meet or exceed that requirement COTS, including the Beretta M9 at 25 yards.

So, how would you address the precision issue? Training! Soldiers are not being trained adequately, and by all indications there is a conspicuous absence of sustainment.

Enhanced Recoil Recovery is something that a manufacturer can get his teeth into and there are a number of recoil mitigation strategies already in place, but this is what the Army is looking for:

Regardless of caliber, the pistol needs to be able to come back on target quickly so that soldiers can make rapid and accurate follow-up shots, since handguns are inherently weak compared to rifles.

However, as all pistol shooters know, this is not solely a pistol issue it’s a shooter issue to be addressed through training. Any blowback design has enough mass moving rearward that will cause the muzzle to rise. So, I’m not sure what the Army’s thought process is with this one.

The last point is Ergonomics. Shooting is like running, the gun must fit the shooter’s hands if you want to shoot well, no different than your running shoes, and I see this as an important issue.  However, the downside is that it forces the Army into a polymer frame pistol decision. And quite frankly I would not want to go to war with a polymer frame anything. So maybe the solution to the problem is standardize on two or three models offering the desired ergonomics.

My personal experience with the M9

  1. simple to maintain
  2. accurate (excellent sight radius)
  3. reliable
  4. adequate magazine capacity
  5. safe to handle
  6. fits my hand like a champ

Chime in and share your thoughts with us. This is a shoot-the-shit so anything goes!

Have A Great Weekend Everybody!

 

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Results For The 2014 Ft. Benning International Sniper Competition

1st Special Forces Group took home the gold in this year’s International Sniper Competition.

Sgt. 1st Class Travis Croy and Staff Sgt. Rudolph Gonsior edged out 36 two-man teams from around the world to take first spot.  Sgt. 1st Class Terry Grower and Sgt. 1st Class Neil Hudspeth, from the 3rd Special Forces Group landed the number two spot.

Final Results 20 Oct to 24 Oct

Standings

Congratulations to Sgt. 1st Class Travis Croy and Staff Sgt. Rudolph Gonsior  and Sgt. 1st Class Terry Grower and Sgt. 1st Class Neil Hudspeth on a job well done.

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COLT Adds The M.A.R.C 901 Carbines To Its Product Lineup

The M.A.R.C. 901 family of rifles draws a portion of its DNA from the highly regarded LE901-16S so it retains the flexibility of accepting any COLT upper receiver group chambered in .223 (5.56×45 NATO) using the optional conversion kit.

Colt 901 series features:

sLE901-16SE Special Features

  • User Configurable 1-Piece Upper Receiver with Back Up Iron Sights (BUIS)
  • Full Floated Barrel
  • Bayonet Lug and Flash Hider
  • Ambidextrous Controls
  • Accepts Mil-Spec 5.56 Colt Uppers

AR901-16S Special Features

  • User Configurable Tubular Handguard
  • Full Floated Barrel
  • Accepts Mil-Spec 5.56 Colt Uppers

LE901-16S Special Features

  • 1-Piece Upper Receiver with Back Up Iron Sights (BUIS)
  • Full Floated Barrel
  • Bayonet Lug and Flash Hider
  • Ambidextrous Controls
  • Accepts Mil-Spec 5.56 Colt Uppers

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

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MODEL

AR901-16S

LE901-16SE

LE901-16S

CALIBER

.308 Win

.308 Win

.308 Win

BARREL LENGTH (IN.)

16.1″ Heavy

16.1″ Heavy

16.1″ Heavy

BORE

Chromed, 4 Grooves, 1-12″ RH Twist

Chromed, 4 Grooves, 1-12″ RH Twist

Chromed, 4 Grooves, 1-12″ RH Twist

FRONT SIGHT

None

Flip-Up, Adjustable Post for Elevation

Flip-Up, Adjustable Post for Elevation

REAR SIGHT

None

Flip-Up, Adjustable for Windage

Flip-Up, Adjustable for Windage

EXTENDED LENGTH

37.5″

37.5″

37.5″

COLLAPSED LENGTH

34.24″

34.24″

34.24″

WEIGHT

8.4 LBS

8.4 lbs

9.4 lbs

ACTION

Direct Gas System, Locking Bolt

Direct Gas System, Locking Bolt

Direct Gas System, Locking Bolt

FINISH

Matte Black

Matte Black

Matte Black

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Gear Review: Primary Arms Micro Dot MD-FBII

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I’m not suggesting that you forgo buying the best equipment you can afford. What I am suggesting is that there are excellent alternatives that will satisfy 100% of your needs and still leave you with dollars to allocate to training. Primary Arms’, Micro Dot MD-FBII is but one of several excellent choices for your weapon system. It’s certainly going on our Annual Stocking Stuffer Suggestions and it is worthy of your consideration.

Make 2015 the year when you focus on personal development with training.

 

Read My Review…

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Limitless Gear OPFOR MC-R

Limitless Gear is a Virginia based designer and innovator focused on delivering advanced technologies to the warfighter’s kit.

The company manufactures a magazine carrier that eliminates the need for retention flaps or bungees, as well as the rubber bands used on the ITW FastMag. The company’s OPFOR MC-R is a polymer carrier that uses the same magazine retention mechanism as used on the M4. Extracting a magazine requires only a twist and pull movement. The OPFOR carriers are also stackable.

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However, what peaked my interest most is their unique attachment mechanism. There is nothing to thread or pull through PALS webbing, so attaching or removing the magazine carrier is literally a snap.

 

 

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T.A.G Tactical Lighting Sale

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888-890-1199

Mon – Fri 7:30AM- 4PM EST

 

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Deal ends at 11:59PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.

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Streamlight Sidewinder Tactical Flashlight

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Surefire KX4 LED Conversion Head

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Surefire G2 Nitrolon Flashlight

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Streamlight Fire Vulcan Flashlight

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Crimson Trace Batteries For Life Program

Free Batteries For Life

CTC wants you to know that as a registered CTC customer, you are eligible to receive free batteries for life. Buyers can call the customer care center to register their product. This unique program allows one set of batteries per calendar year. Customers can register online at www.crimsontrace.com or by calling the customer service center at 800-442-2406. Batteries are shipped within days of a request on a registered product.

Also, be sure to ask for a copy of Crimson Trace’s “The Laser’s Edge”. It is free and presents in non-technical terms the benefits of laser aiming products from Crimson Trace along with their application in defensive situations.

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Parrot Bebop Drone Available For Pre-Order

Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot, is best known as the makers of the AR.Drone 2.0 smartphone-controlled mini quadcopter. They have recently added a new model that has peaked my interest. The new addition to the Parrot fleet is called “BeBop.” Whereas previous Parrot drones were built for the RC hobbyist market, with a 720p non-stabilized flight camera more for FPV than video recording, BeBop looks ratchets things up another notch bringing serious aerial video capabilities to the market. The most notable features being a unique image stabilization system and the ability, with the right hardware, to pair it with an Oculus Rift.

Its camera features a 180-degree fisheye lens plus a 14-megapixel sensor, allowing it to capture a wider field of view and higher resolution than it needs, so the image can be cropped by onboard software and have an image stabilization algorithm applied. If this sounds like electronic image stabilization (found on many consumer camcorders) that’s because that is exactly what it is. However, BeBop’s electronic image stabilization is a tad more sophisticated than your average home movie camera. It uses an array of sensors to keep track of movement and tell the software which way to “pan-and-scan.” For example, if BeBop gets jolted left, the “window” it crops out of the frame instantly pans right.

SkycontrollerThe other major feature introduced with the launching of BeBop is the ability to pair its camera with the Oculus Rift. The camera isn’t 3D, so you won’t quite be getting a virtual reality experience. But it does give you a truly first-person means of living your flights. By linking to the Oculus you’ll gain 3D functionality. If 3D is your thing you’ll have to purchase the Skycontroller, an accessory whose primary function is to extend the Wi-Fi range of the mobile device controlling the quadcopter up to 1.2 miles (2 kilometers).

BeBop uses GPS as part of the flight control system, and you can expect it to have similar autopilot features as the AR.Drone 2.0. when paired with the Flight Recorder USB dongle. It uses a 1200mAh battery, which is reported to last around 12 minutes.

M.S.R.P w/o Skycontroller : $499.99

M.S.R.P w/ Skycontroller: $899.99

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Mechanical To Electrical Conversions–Old Concept Rebuilt On New Technology.

 

In a net centric battlefield, electronics is as important, if not more so, than soldier protection equipment and the choice of soldier weapon systems. Engagements and battles are won with accurate and timely dissemination of  intelligence, command and control and battlefield awareness; as a result, powered “smart” devices now permeate the armed forces and nowhere is that more visible than with ground forces. SOF, Big Army and USMC are increasingly becoming more dependent on electronic devices to meet mission objectives – something that I termed a few years ago as the electrification of the soldier.

To support the increased use of electronics, ground forces are required to carry an increasing number of batteries and the U.S. Army estimates, going forward, a soldier will need to carry 14 lbs. of batteries to support a 72 hour deployment, so the Army has been looking at ways to reduce and /or eliminate that requirement by implementing energy transformation technologies.

Energy transformation is nothing more than converting one form of energy to another. It’s like the hand cranks used during World War I and II to provide electrical power for comms stations and other uses.

A Soldier conducts dismounted maneuvers wearing Lightning Pack's Rucksack Harvester, Bionic Power's Knee Harvester and MC-10's photovoltaic, or PV, Solar Panel Harvester during an energy harvesting technology demonstration held at Ft. Devens, Mass. by the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)

Photo by David Kamm

The soldier depicted above is both actively and passively engaged in energy transformation. For example, the device worn on his legs is a knee harvester designed and built by Bionic Power Inc, based in British Colombia, Canada. It converts the mechanical energy of a walking soldier to electrical power. Bionic Power, markets the device as the PowerWalk™ M-Series; developed in collaboration with the Canadian Forces and the US Army. It resembles an athletic knee brace and weighs about 850 grams (1.7 lbs.) per leg. With a device on each leg, a user walking at a size0comfortable speed generates an average of 12 watts of electricity. At this rate, a little over one hour of walking generates enough electricity to charge four mobile phones. The PowerWalk™ M-Series intelligently adjusts the amount of energy that it harvests as a function of walking speed and terrain, harvesting more energy when available and dialing back energy harvesting when it might be obtrusive.

A second device built by Lightning Pack and marketed as Rucksack Harvester converts the mechanical movement of the pack on the soldiers back as he or she walks or double times to electrical energy. Lightning Pack publishes the following performance criteria.

Activity

      Avg. Electrical Power

Walking at Relaxed Pace

12-15 W

Walking at Hump Pace

20-35 W

Running

33-40 W

 

The solar panel attached to the soldier’s pack is MC-10′s ( Cambridge, MA) photovoltaic, or PV, Solar Panel Harvester.

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Here is the commercial version…

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Equipment List

  • Bushnell Power Sync (Energy Storage and Solar Panel), used for charging electronic devices with USB compatibility.
  • Smart Phone (voice communications, computation, data, imaging and GPS)
  • Tablet (computation, imaging, GPS, data, situational awareness)
  • Iridium Go – WiFi hotspot (provides voice and data connectivity via satellite when G3 networks are not available).

Words for the day: “Assume nothing and stay on your toes” 

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SilencerCo Launches Second Find Your Range Video

These guys have way too much fun; you can too! GO FOR IT!

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London Bridge Introduces Doug’s Trench

First question: What is Doug’s Trench?

Answer: Doug’s Trench is new program for limited releases and rare production runs based off consumer feedback, it will consist of rare patterns and kit from the London Bridge Trading archives. Follow us on social media for future releases.

Having said that, The first product LBT is bringing  you under the concept is a combination of the loved 3 Color Desert and the current industry standard LBT-6094. This kit includes all the basics and gives you the freedom of movement and weight distribution that have set LBT apart for years.

 

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For more details on Doug’s Trench visit London Bridge Trading

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Tru-Spec 25% On 24-7 Series Pants Through End Of Year

TRU-SPEC®, has announced a 25%-off promotion for their 24-7 Series® Pants, from Nov. 14 – December 31st. TRU-SPEC’s 24-7 Series® pants are designed to be worn both on-duty and off-duty.  Built for unmatched comfort, superior utility and rugged reliability, the 24-7 Series® apparel line is styled for contemporary appearance, reinforced with materials and colors that match any active lifestyle. The tactically inspired pant selection offers full featured, cutting edge styles that are versatile enough to wear in any situation. Available directly from your Tru-Spec dealer.

This promotion gets our 5 thumbs up rating!

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HSGI Adds Belt Mounted Pouches and Woodland Camo To Their Product Line

Our friends in Swansboro have been busy and continuing the tradition of making some of the best tactical gear on the planet with the introduction of belt mounted TACOs and a “new” pattern, Woodland Camo – when I saw that I became misty-eyed and nostalgic but yes it is true Woodland is now available.

Now there are a lot of people out there that will tell you Company X’s kit is great blah, blah. Folks the proof is, as they say,  in the pudin’ and this is my kit…

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I’ll reiterate, High Speed Gear Inc. out of Swansboro, NC produces a superb product.

Candidly, there were quite a few times when I did not want to wear a drop leg arrangement and simply wanted something that will mount on my belt. HSGI heard its customers and introduced product to address the requirement.

HSGI’s entire pouch line now has a belt mount counterpart!

But, I don’t know about the Woodland Camo part of this equation as I have nothing to wear. Well, I may still have a set of BDUs somewhere…

In closing, Christmas is nearly upon us and HSGI is top of the line so pay their new website a visit and do some of your shopping early this year.

 

 

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COLD Steel’s Parking Lot Sale

If you’re out in the Los Angeles / Ventura area be sure to check out COLD STEEL’s Parking Lot Sale. They have them a couple times a year so it’s an excellent opportunity to pick up some great knives and tools.

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November 22nd – 23rd
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fantastic prices on all Cold Steel items we have in stock.

Huge savings on closeouts, seconds, and shopworn, and returned or repaired items.

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New Shipment of Master At Arms Series – Chinese War Sword

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New shipment of Master at Arms Chinese War Swords are in. Lynn Thompson (President & Owner of Cold Steel, Inc.) is especially pleased with them and has given his stamp of approval for these bad boys. If you want to survive the zombie apocalypse, you’ll definitely need one of these.

MAA Chinese War Sword

Specifications:
Weight: 61.9 oz
Blade Thickness: 1/4″
Blade Length: 23″
Handle: 14 1/2″ Long. Cord Wrapped
Overall: 38″
Scabbard: Leather Scabbard

The Man at Arms was a warrior, pure and simple. A stalwart and dependable fighter who exhibited great martial prowess with a range of weapons. He was a capable and competent warrior who was the veteran of many conflicts and was often first into the fray. Although he was not a Knight, he fought and trained alongside them as a brother in arms.

To honor these rugged, reliable, salt-of-the-earth warriors we have created a range of true journeyman’s weapons that we have called the Man at Arms Collection.

These practical and battle ready swords lack the gleaming blades and polished silver steelwork of our other swords, but they pack a resounding punch where it counts!

Approximating the quality and performance of our high end swords, the Man at Arms collection features a selection of some of our finest high performance blades but at a markedly reduced price.

Their fully sharpened and blued blades have a distinctive gun metal finish that compliments their black leather handles, and when well-oiled they are gleamingly beautiful in their own right.

If you always wanted a Cold Steel sword, but couldn’t afford one, the Man at Arms collection is for you.

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Get Your 2015 Exotic Weapons Calendar

Exotic Weapons Calendar 2015

These exceptional calendars produced by Milspec Monkey are packed with weapon data so it’s a great resource. They make a great PG wall decoration as well and 10% of the print run of this calendar is donated to deployed soldiers and organizations that support them, notably AmericanSnipers.org

The 2015 Exotic Weapons Calendar brings you photos, detailed specifications and interesting facts about 13 tactical weapons used by law enforcement, military and clandestine special operations agencies worldwide. The calendar features the McMillan TAC-50, the platform used by Canadian Snipers in 2002 to set a long range kill record of 2,430 meters. Also featured is the innovative KRISS Vector Submachine Gun, the Kel-Tec RDB .5.56x45mm bullpup carbine and the M249 SAW Machine Gun.

M.S.R.P $16.95

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Colt Defense LLC One Of Several Domestic Gun Manufacturers Experiencing Sluggish Sales

Colt Defense LLC one of the oldest and most reputable firearm manufacturers in the United States, is feeling the sales pinch. The company warned that it could fail to make a $10.9 million payment to bondholders due on 17 Nov. If  the company skips the payment, it will enter a 30-day grace period. If payment is not made by 15 Dec, it will be in default and bondholders can demand immediate, full payment.

Colt’s NT 10-Q “Notification of inability to timely file Form 10-Q or 10-QSB” Acc-no: 0001104659-14-079873 (34 Act)

Colt Defense LLC (the “Company”) is unable to file the subject report in a timely manner because the Company is working through accounting considerations and liquidity concerns with respect to its financial operations.  As a result of several recent business trends negatively impacting the Company’s current and forecasted revenues and cash flows, the Company is evaluating its forecasted operating cash flows in consideration of recent delays in product shipments and availability of borrowings under the Company’s Credit Agreement.  As of this filing, the Company believes that it is probable that it will not be in compliance with its Term Loan covenants, as amended, as of December 31, 2014 as they currently exist absent an amendment, waiver or refinancing of the Term Loan Facility.  The Company is in current discussions with existing and potential financing sources to address the situation as discussed below in Part IV.

Colt Defense LLC attributes its current state of affairs to decreased government spending and significantly lower consumer demand.

Readers can read all recent Colt filings at: http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?CIK=0001508677&action=getcompany

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A Message About Holsters From Crimson Trace

Holster and gun w CT laser installedWhen customers answer their first question of which one(s) of the more than 160 Crimson Trace® laser sights or tactical lights to buy for their handgun, their next question often is: “what about a holster?” The good news is that there are a large number of holster options— and those options are growing. Crimson Trace partners with numerous holster suppliers and manufacturers, so when a new product is released to retail outlets, holsters are also readily available for gun owners who purchase the Crimson Trace laser sights and lights.

A good example is the CrossBreed Holster for the Glock 42 with a Crimson Trace Laserguard model LG-443 installed. The holster was readily available on-line as soon as the laser sight was launched to market. Numerous holster manufacturers have made similar product launches.

Today, more than 50 holsters are also readily available on www.crimsontrace.com. The holster options are made from leather, nylon, Kydex, or other synthetic materials. Most models are custom holsters that are adjustable, and some of the holsters can be worn inside or outside the waistband. One holster from BLACKHAWK! will hold a handgun at-the-ready by your bedside.

The holster styles available in the Crimson Trace online store will fit many handguns, including: 1911s, Beretta, Kimber, Kel-Tec, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, and others. Some Crimson Trace laser sights are also available in a package that includes the holster.

Finding the perfect holster has never been easier. The Crimson Trace website now permits searching for holsters by firearm manufacturer or by holster manufacturer. The leading holster brands in the industry are represented, such as: BLACKHAWK!, Blade-Tech, CrossBreed, DeSantis, Galco, Mitch Rosen, Tactical Tailor, and others. Retail prices range from $25 to $75. Crimson Trace also offers numerous laser sight and holster combination packages. Most holster manufacturers also sell holsters that accommodate handguns with Crimson Trace laser sights.

Beyond holsters, Crimson Trace has undertaken a new campaign that encourages everyone to ask themselves, “have you done everything in your power to defend yourself and what’s yours?” The rallying words are: “In Condition Crimson™, We Stand.” For more details, visit www.crimsontrace.com or call 800-442-2406. All Crimson Trace products are proudly Made in the USA. This year Crimson Trace is celebrating two decades of product innovation.

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Here’s Your Chance At A SIG P320 and $10,000 Prize Package

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Enter to Win a $10,000 Prize Package!

  • P320™ Pistol
  • Trip to SHOT Show 2015 in Las Vegas
  • Ultimate SIG SAUER® Collection of Firearms and Accessories

Click the Enter to Win button above or click on the link below to go to our website.
http://www.sigsauer.com/promotions/p320-take-a-shot-contest.aspx

TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

  1. SWEEPSTAKES DRAWING
    Fill out the entry form below to enter to win one of (10) SIG SAUER P320 Carry 9mm pistols to be given away each day at 3:20pm for 10 business days from Dec 1 – Dec 12, 2014. 
    From the (10) winners, (1) will be chosen at random on December 15, 2014 to win a trip to SHOT SHOW 2015 in January to compete in the semi-finals for the Grand Prize at the SIG SAUER VIP Range Day.
  2. VIDEO CONTEST
    Create a video (60 sec or less) around the theme “The P320 is Epic because (fill in the blank)”. Submit your video between now and November 30, 2014 by clicking the link below.
    The Top 10 video entrants, as chosen by SIG SAUER, will each win a P320 Carry 9mm pistol!  Top 10 videos will be posted on the P320 Take-A-SHOT Video Voting Gallery on December 5, 2014.
    No purchase necessary to win. A SIG SAUER P320 pistol is not required to be present in the video submission in order to win.
    The video with the most votes by December 22, 2014 wins the 2nd spot in the competition. Entrant will travel to SHOT SHOW 2015 in January to compete for the Grand Prize.

GRAND PRIZE
The two (2) semifinalists will win 5 days and 4 nights in Las Vegas to compete one-on-one at the SIG SAUER Range Day on January 19, 2015 in the P320 Take-A-SHOT Competition for the Grand Prize: The Ultimate SIG SAUER Collection.

Enter to Win a $10,000 Prize Package!

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G-Code Scorpion Series Magazine Carriers


Announcing G-Code Scorpion Series Magazine Carriers

A Variable Compression carry concept … the (patent pending) G-Code Scorpion series mag carriers exceed all expectations and set new standards for the industry.

  • G-Code Scorpion Mag Carriers are ambidextrous, completely modular, RTI compatible and integrate with the entire array of G-Code mounting accessories. In addition, G-Code Scorpion pouches attach to each other enabling rifle to rifle or pistol to rifle “mag stacking” in various combinations. 
  • Scorpion pouches are minimal in size with the smallest footprint of any carrier in the category.
  • Tactical FUZZ inner lining enhances holding power while providing a smooth extraction of your reloads. Engineered channels provide armored protection of the binding cord while insuring the precision placement of the weave.
  • G-Code Scorpion series products are intended for the harshest, real world environments and are adaptable to nearly any carry contingent.
  • G-Code Scorpion series products are 100% made in the USA to the strictest quality standards in the industry. All Scorpion products are covered by G-Code’s Lifetime Warranty.
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IWI’s New Galil ACE Top Down

 

IWI has done a great job of modernizing this classic. I like the fact that it’s coming to market chambered in 7.6×39. I’ve shot Galil rifles in the past and you definitely needed your Wheaties – it was a heavy rifle and heavy to hump around. The new version comes in at 7.5 pounds without clean and without the magazine.

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K-Var Now Carries Bersa Pistols!

Bersa is one of the best values in handguns. These are high quality pistols, have a lifetime warranty, and a very attractive price. Most of their guns have been in production for a long time, and are some of the most thoroughly de-bugged guns available. Parts, accessories, magazines, and holsters are all readily available. Many South American Military forces and Police agencies have used these guns trouble free for decades. learn more at k-var.com

bersa @k-var.com

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Specifications

Model: THUN380CC
Caliber: .380 ACP
Action: DA
Capacity: 8+1
Barrel Length: 3.2″
Front Sight: Blade Integral with Slide
Rear Sight: Notched-Bar Dovetailed
Sight Radius: 106mm
Finishes: Matte Black
Grips: Checkered Polymer
Construction: Alloy Frame/Steel Slide
Safety: Integral Locking System, Manual, Firing Pin
Weight: 16.4 oz.
Length: 6″
Height: 4.5″
Width: 1″

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Tactical Tailor Fall Sale Starts Now.

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This is always one sale promotion that we like to broadcast. It’s a great opportunity to buy some of the best nylon gear made at huge savings. You’ll definitely want to check this out.

The Veteran’s Day sales are concluded and it will be a little bit yet before the Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales start. So, Tactical Tailor will fill in the gap for you.
All Tactical Tailor products are now 30% off, effectively immediately, until next Friday at midnight.
Start shopping immediately at
www.tacticaltailor.com.

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Tacprogear Soft Armor Package Receives NIJ Certification

TPG SoftTacprogear has received NIJ 0101.06 Certification Threat Level IIIA for their newest soft armor package.

NIJ Model designation T-112-IIIA is TPG’s first compliant soft armor package manufactured exclusively at TPG’s factory in South Florida. Also noteworthy is that this model was tested across the complete size range of C1 through C5, which means TPG can deliver armor packages of any standard size to the law enforcement, security and military end users.

NIJ Threat Level IIIA soft armor provides the tactical operator with the highest level of protection currently available in soft body armor. NIJ Level IIIA certified armor made by TPG and TPG BLACK provides protection against .357 SIG FMJ FN bullets with a specified mass of 125 gr. impacting at a velocity of 1,470 ft. /s and .44 Mag SJHP bullets with a specified mass of 240 gr. impacting at a velocity of 1,430 ft. /s. As part of the NIJ Standard 0101.06 performance, the armor must also submit to a 30-minute water submersion test, the designated impact velocity must not create any penetrations and the depth of the depression made in the backing material cannot exceed 1.73 inches (44mm).

For more information on the soft body armor, or any of the Tacprogear product line, visit www.tacprogear.com or www.tpgblack.com.

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What The Changes In The Computation Of GDP Will Mean To Your Business.

This week’s shoot-the-shit is on the 14th comprehensive revision of the national income and product accounts (a.k.a. GDP). GDP, as you all know, is a measure of the output of the economy. Last year, 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the 14th comprehensive revision to GDP. The revision expands the intellectual property account to include expenditures for research and development (R&D), entertainment, literary, and artistic originals under the assumption they provide long-lasting service to the businesses, nonprofit institutions, and government agencies that use them. Why is this important to know?

First it adds to GDP, and in part accounts for the larger GDP estimates in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2013 and those throughout 2014. I don’t want to give you the impression that I oppose these changes but I am disappointed that it was not verbalized in the media. In fact, I don’t believe there was any discussion at all. I may be wrong on that, and if so I stand corrected, but, we, as consumers, businessmen and citizens need to understand the change and the corresponding increases in the GDP estimates. These changes will be less important going forward but for 2013 and 2014 they are relevant especially in understanding why we are seeing GDP estimates of 3 and 4 percent yet unemployment is still at 5.8%.

The second important point to get a handle on, because it’s one that impacts a large number of businesses is the treatment of R&D expenses going forward.

Business transactions have a financial treatment and a tax treatment. Currently, the financial accounting treatment of R&D expenses is to recognize 100% of R&D as period expenses. Let’s say that in 2014 you had $1,000,000 of gross income and incurred $350,000 of R&D expenses. Your net income for the accounting period is $650,000. This is the income that would be reflected on your profit and loss statement.

For tax purposes, you can take 100% of all R&D expenses in the current tax year, or you can depreciate R&D expenses over any period of time up to 60 years.

  1. In the first example you have  gross income of $1,000,000 and R&D expenses of $350,000 so your taxable income is $650,000.
  2. In the second example, you decide to amortize R&D over a 10 year period using a straight line method.  The yearly deduction you can take is $350,000 / 10 = $35,000. So, for the current tax year, your gross income is $1,000,000 and your R&D expense is $35,000, so your taxable income is $965,000.

Under the 14th comprehensive revision , a business would have to carry R&D as an asset that would then be depreciated using some formula. Your balance sheet would increase year over year by the amount of continued R&D investment net of current period depreciation. I’m not sure if the Financial Accounting Standards Board has a pronouncement to deal with the change, so I’ll need to research that. However, for tax purposes, it is quite likely that you will lose the ability to deduct 100% of R&D expenses in the tax year incurred. So plan on depreciating accumulated R&D expenses and the associated higher taxable income.

So, here’s the net effect of the change.

  1. On your financial statements you’ll have an increase in assets and increase in income. On your statements of cash flows the only net change you’ll see is an increase in taxes. (this is all assuming FASB goes along with a corresponding change to financial statements to accommodate the BEA change)
  2. On your tax returns you will report a larger taxable income and will therefore incur a larger tax liability all other things being equal.
  3. Wall Street will love it because they’ll be able to bid up stocks prices.

Here is my question….

With this change, R&D expenses went from intermediate inputs to output. When companies incur R&D expenses, they do so to produce a product, service or technology that is sold or licensed at some point in time; those are the real outputs of a business. Those outputs are captured in  the GDP accounts when they occur. So, adding accumulated R&D balances to intellectual asset accounts in calculating GDP creates, at least in my mind, the potential for distorting income and balance sheet asset valuations. I honestly don’t see a compelling need for this change and quite frankly I’m still trying to digest entertainment and literary works. But, the 14th change is here, so sit down with your accountant, CFO and or comptroller and run it past them just to make sure you understand the implications for your business. It’ll be time well spent!

Send us your questions and or comments.

Have A Great Weekend Everybody!

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Magpul Is Now Shipping MOE AK+ And MOE K2 + Grips

 

 

MOE AK+ & K2+ Grips

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Recently Found Earth Artifact

This artifact recently found  in a weapon’s case suggests that older civilizations existed in North America with access to .22lr ammunition.

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It is hard to fathom how life was in days where man was able to go to a shooting range and for $3 to $4 fire 50 rounds of .22lr. We believe this specimen to be of FIOCCHI origin that made its way across the oceans from Italy.

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Rogue Gunfighter Sale Through Black Friday

How about a different product on SALE every 24-48 hours from now until Black Friday. Well that’s what’s happening. 

Listed from now until black Friday Rogue Gunfighter will be changing it up a little by offering different products on sale every couple of days… Have you been holding out for a plate sale or a specific product that is on sale?  Now is your chance.
Between now an black Friday some of the following products will be on sale:
LVR
Level III plates
Level IV plates
Ultra Low Vis SOCOM plates
Med Kits and supplies
Moab
NEW Skull cap
Tee’s
Check
Facebook daily to see what product will be on sale!

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Shellback Tactical Has Just Added New Products

 


NEW – BANSHEE DEFENDER SYSTEMS – ACTIVE SHOOTER KITS

NEW – PHOKUS RESEARCH PRODUCTS

SHELLBACK TACTICAL LOGO TEES – NOW $18.99

 

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Dead Air Armament® Launches 7.62 Sandman Suppressor Line

Dead Air Armament®,  launches the 7.62 Sandman® product line, which includes the Sandman-S®, Sandman-L® and Sandman Ti® models.

Sandman® baffles are constructed from 100 percent Stellite®, more costly than traditional stainless steel, but offering better performance under extreme conditions and usage than Inconel®. Tubes are made from high performance precipitation hardened stainless steel, making the Sandman® series lightweight with no sacrifice on strength.

The 7.62 Sandman-S® delivers performance in a small package. The “S” stands for short, measuring in at 6.8″ in length with a weight of 17.3 oz., making it the perfect cross-over can for 5.56mm, 300BLK and 7.62 platforms.

The QD system features easy one hand removal, in mere seconds, without the wobble or seizing that can often times affect performance. Easy-on-easy-off with minimal point of impact shift or loss of precision.

As an innovative 7.62 design first, the front cap is detachable and features an integrated flash hider. This affords better performance, particularly in low light conditions. The detachable front cap also provides some level of assurance when that “accident at the range” happens and the can gets dropped or abused. The front cap can be replaced trouble free without the need of sending it back for time consuming repairs.

The 7.62 Sandman-L® is designed for those demanding absolute  performance in a suppressor. The “L,” or long version, is made and constructed from the same materials used in the “S” version and measures in at 8.9″. It offers true sound reduction of 31dB firing standard 7.62 ammunition. Just like the “S,” the long version uses Dead Air’s industry best QD system for fool-proof quick one handed mounting. The mount features Nitride® finished 17-4 stainless steel construction for the ultimate in durability. The Sandman-L® features a detachable front cap with an integrated flash hider. The whole suppressor gets a Cerakote® finish for ultimate corrosion protection. The Sandman-L® is ideal for a tactical bolt rifle or a .308 AR.

For those demanding the ultimate silence from a precision rifle suppressor, the Sandman Ti® suppressor is it. It features a titanium tube with precision rifle direct threads and detachable front cap specifically designed for the challenging environments faced by law enforcement professionals. The exterior is finished in Cerakote® for ultimate durability.

7.62 Sandman® Product Line Specifications:

 

 

7.62 Sandman-S®

7.62 Sandman-L®

7.62 Sandman-Ti®

Length:

6.8″

8.9″

8.2″

Weight:

17.3 oz.

21.8 oz.

16.8 oz.

Diameter:

1.5″

1.5″

1.5″

Rating*:

Up to .300 Win Mag

Up to .300 Win Mag

Up to .300 Win Mag

Finish:

Cerakote® body, Nitride® Muzzle Device

Cerakote® body, Nitride® Muzzle Device

Cerakote® Body

MSRP:

$1,049

$1,199

$849

Dead Air Armament® products are made in the USA and distributed by BPI Outdoors, an outdoor industry leader in combining excellence of manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and marketing of outdoor products through their experienced sales channel. The 7.62 Sandman® line is backed by a lifetime warranty.

For more information on Dead Air Armament® and their line if suppressors, please visit www.deadairsilencers.com or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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Celebrate Veterans Day

This is an excerpt from a Veteran’s Day essay, the author is unknown but I’d venture to say of high school age. It communicates feelings that are regrettably absent often superseded by smart devices and network appliances. Patriotism is not exclusive to military service, it’s often a reason for public service or just teaching your children that there is more than self; that God and Country are as much a part of us as one’s self. This Veterans Day take time out of your busy schedule to be a Patriot.

 

“…Our nation’s veterans pledge their lives to our defense, so that, in their absence, we can continue to live in freedom, and enjoy our time in life. Veterans are separate from our everyday struggles. They represent our country as a whole, people of every belief coming together and standing strong.

They do not pledge themselves to us simply because it is their duty. They have a deep-seated belief that this country is worth fighting for, and they volunteer to be the ones to step forward in its protection. The patriotism in their hearts is what allows everyday life to continue unimpeded; it is how they advance and do what they must for the good of the country as a whole, not just what they would want themselves…

Author: Unknown

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PREMIERING SOON: Nissan and wounded WARRIOR PROJECT TO HONOR VETERANs with DEBUT OF Short FILM, PROJECT TITAN

Nissan is paying special tribute to a pair of Wounded Warrior Project® Alumni and their fellow veterans with the launch of an adventure-packed short film this Veterans Day. The film captures the excitement of two veterans’ journey through Alaska behind the wheel of Nissan’s Project Titan. It will be launched digitally via Hulu, XBOX Live, and the History2 Channel. It will also be shared through Nissan’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels.

                 Additionally, Wounded Warrior Project and their efforts will be honored alongside the Project Titan during the 16th Annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Parade in downtown Houston. For a preview of the short film, visit the NissanUSA YouTube channel, or the Nissan Trucks Facebook page.

WHO:

  • Wounded Warrior Project Alumni, specifically:
  • David Guzman, Wounded Warrior Project Alumnus and Project Titan adventurer
  • Kevin McMahon, Wounded Warrior Project Alumnus and Project Titan adventurer

WHEN:        Veterans Day: Tuesday, November 11

  Project Titan Short Film:

  • All day – Hulu, XBOX Live and the Nissan YouTube Channel.
  • 11 p.m. EST – History2 Channel

Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Parade: · 12:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:     

  • Project Titan Short Film: Digitally and on television (See above)
  • Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Parade: Downtown Houston
  • · Parade begins at corner of Bagby St. and Dallas St.
  • · Following a nine-block loop, concludes at Bagby St. and Lamar St.

DETAILS:   In March, Guzman and McMahon were selected to embark on an unforgettable adventure behind the wheel of Nissan’s Project Titan truck. In mid-September, following months of preparation, the two veterans took off on their journey through the Alaskan wilderness in the outfitted Project Titan. This action-packed short film captures their journey and marks the culmination of Project Titan, the second crowd-sourced Nissan vehicle.

For a detailed look at the team’s thrilling journey through the Last Frontier, visit the Nissan Trucks Facebook page: Facebook.com/nissantrucks. For detailed photos, video, past press releases and a history of the vehicle, as well as a complete list of modifications to Project Titan, visit the Project Titan news page at NissanNews.com/ProjectTitan.

Adventure-packed story of brotherhood launches tomorrow on Hulu and XBOX Live; will air on History2 Channel 

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American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) Launches "Thirty Days of Christmas" Giveaway

American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN), innovators of advanced night vision, thermal imaging and digital SMART HD optics for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, military and law enforcement, is pleased to announce a special ‘Thirty Days of Christmas” Giveaway to be hosted on ATN’s Facebook page. Beginning November 10th, 2014, visitors to the ATN Facebook page can enter for a chance to win one of the next big innovations in hunting cameras: the Shot Trak HD (value $139). ATN is giving away one each day for 30 days. On December 10th, 2014, one lucky entrant will win the grand prize of an X-Sight 5-18x (value $749). For a chance to win one of these great prizes, contestants can enter their email, phone and home address on the contest entry page. Prizes will be shipped by Christmas.

The Shot Trak HD, the high definition gun camera for capturing personal outdoor adventures with 5-times the magnification of any standard action camera, is ruggedly built using military-grade materials. It is easily attachable on 3-sides of the unit to a standard Weaver mount on a rifle, shotgun, handgun or bow. Its durable construction is tough enough for inclement weather conditions and repeated recoil. The Shot Trak HD is capable of fully recording target practice, a hunt or outdoor action in full HD with sound. It operates with a simple toggle switch and is Micro SD compatible.

 The X-Sight 5-18x day / night rifle scope utilizes the newest in electro-optical technologies with an advanced HD sensor providing superb image quality with high resolution.  Each riflescope features ATN’s Smart HD optics suite that allows the user to choose from a variety of options and features, customizing the system to a specific application. Features include: record HD video, Wi-Fi, GPS, E-Compass and Geotag, to name a few. Plus, as new firmware is created and more features added the X-sight can be upgraded by the customer with a simple do it themselves firmware upgrade. The X-Sight has a high resolution day / night sensor that can be switched between modes so that during the day the user can look through the HD scope like any other daytime scope, while at night or in darkness, the sensor can be turned on and the scope can be used like a night vision scope. A new, more powerful IR illuminator allows the user to see in total darkness, perfect for night-time hog or varmint hunting.

Giveaway winners will be selected at random. No purchase necessary for entry. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate.  Winning a Shot Trak HD does not affect a contestants chances of winning the grand prize of an X-Sight 5-18x. To enter the contest, please visit http://woobox.com/2wdwzz.

For more information on American Technologies Network Corp, visit www.atncorp.com. Visit ATN on Facebook to stay up to date on new products, images and promotions.

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G&A 2014 Suppressor of the Year: SureFire Ryder 22

In a field were increasing competition is translating to better and higher performance technology, receiving an award from one of the Industry’s most prestigious publications is quite a nice feather in your cap. We congratulate Surefire on the award.

Read the full story by Jeremy Stafford here.

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