Camelback’s FORGE A Better Travel Mug…

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  • Leak Proof
  • Double-Wall Impact-Resistant Cap
  • Aroma Bowl
  • Lock-Open Button with leak-proof closure for frequent sipping.
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IWI US, Inc. Announces The Tavor Tactical Combat Folding Knife

This week, IWI introduced a tactical folder that pairs very nicely with your Tavor SAR.  The knife is an exclusive design, for IWI US, manufactured in Pennsylvania by Guardian Tactical in collaboration between the U.S. Protective Service and Andrew Buerk, Guardian Tactical’s Chief Designer. Readers should note two highly desirable characteristics, the aggressive Tanto point and the flipper just south of the blade axis.

The IWI Tavor® Tactical Combat Folding Knife blade is produced from  CPM-154 steel and is set into a textured G-10 handle that aids in grip retention. It has all black stainless steel hardware with a black anodized aluminum back spacer, incorporating a silky smooth 16 ball bearing system that ensures a solid lock up and zero side to side “play.” The U.S. Protective Service came up with the idea to incorporate Dual Arc Rapid Deployment thumb studs that will allow the user to rapidly deploy the knife with one hand.

IWI Tavor® Tactical Combat Folding Knife Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 9″
  • Blade Length: 4″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.75″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.155″
  • Handle Length: 5.0″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.58″
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.

The IWI Tavor® Tactical Combat Folding Knife is individually numbered, comes in a soft IWI branded bag and has a 100% Lifetime Warranty serviced by Guardian Tactical. MSRP $324.99. These knives are available today directly from IWI’s WEB site.

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Canadian Soldier Murdered While Standing Guard At The National War Memorial In Ottawa.

The loss of a Canadian serviceman carries the same weight as the loss of one of our own and we extended our deepest condolences  to his family, friends and comrades. Canadian authorities are conducting operations in the downtown area of the Parliament, and National War Memorial. At this stage of the operations it is too early to assess if the attack has terrorist underpinnings.

En Français

La perte d’un militaire canadien a le même poids que la perte de l’un des nôtres et nous étendre nos plus sincères condoléances à sa famille, ses amis et camarades. Les autorités canadiennes mènent des opérations dans la zone du centre-ville du Parlement, et Monument commémoratif de guerre mènent. A ce stade des opérations, il est trop tôt pour évaluer si l’attaque a des fondements terroristes.

 

 

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HK Days $200 Rebate

HK is looking to make your Christmas brighter with a $200 rebate on any purchase of an HK firearm. This offer is good from 1 Nov 2014 to 31 Dec 2014. This is one heck of a deal…

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Take advantage of HK DAYS and receive a $200 VISA CARD when you purchase a NEW HK firearm (All Models of: USP, P30, Mark23, MR Rifle.)

www.hk-usa.com

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Brownells Back-In Black Rifle Event…

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It’s a great time to start or finish that AR build as Brownells kicks off the “Back In Black Rifle Event” starting October 20 and running through Black Friday weekend. That’s more than a month of special deals on AR-15 parts, tools and accessories. The event culminates with more blowout specials on the official Black Rifle Friday Weekend – from Friday, November 28 through Cyber Monday, December 1st .

Each Monday, leading up to Black Rifle Friday, Brownells will unveil on its website a new package that includes all the required parts – except for a lower receiver – to build a different version of the AR-15. Every package will give customers significant savings compared to buying all the parts and components individually. The packages will also save customers time picking out individual parts, and eliminate the chance of overlooking or forgetting items.

“We think people will be excited about our special package deals,” said Matt Buckingham, Brownells President/COO. “We’ll be telling everybody a lot more about each weekly special as we get closer to it. Be sure to keep checking the Brownells website to see the list of products and packages in that week’s sale.”

In addition to the main sale on AR-15 components and tools, some weeks will feature specials on 1911 magazines and parts, as well as accessories for Remington 870 shotguns. Customers can see a new AR-15 package every Monday, from now until November 24, by clicking on the Black Rifle Event Page at Brownells.com.

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HSGI Has Added Belt Mounted Tacos To Its Product Line

HSGI customers will now have the option of adding belt mounted HSGI pouches to their kit.

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To order, or for additional details visit HSGI

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Silencerco Adds Threaded Barrels To Its Lineup

Silencerco deepens its commitment to the company’s suppressor customers by offering what promises to be some impressive threaded and extended pistol barrels. M.S.R.P. on the new barrels will be at the $220 price point. Silencerco’s initial offering is for the Glock 17, 21 platforms.

COMING SOON:

  • GLOCK 17L
  • GLOCK 34
  • GLOCK 19
  • SIG SAUER P226
  • SPRINGFIELD_XD
  • SMITH & WESSON M&P

For additional details visit SilencerCo,com

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Aimpoint Introduces A New Carbine Optic

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Aimpoint has announced today the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new red dot, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic  or ACO, expands upon the company’s proven designs and focuses these features into a high quality, entry priced optic. Suggested M.S.R.P $393

    The ACO was developed with the modern sporting rifle owner in mind and  is ready to mount and shoot directly out of the box. A full suite of branded accessories, such as front and rear flip covers, an anti-reflection filter, and spare battery holders are available from dealers, and allow users to customize the sight to fit their specific requirements.

The new sight is built on a 30mm aluminum alloy tube with an extremely rugged fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness with AR-15 backup iron sights. A two minute of angle (2 MOA) red dot is used to allow maximum target acquisition speed and accuracy at all distances. The ACO is completely waterproof, and offers one year of constant-on use from a single 1/3N battery.
  Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. explains,  “The Aimpoint Carbine Optic is the smart choice for today’s modern sporting rifle owner; By choosing this optic, shooters get a premium Aimpoint sight at an extremely friendly price point. If you own an AR-15 rifle, the ACO is exactly what you need to complete the package.”
   The Aimpoint Carbine Optic will be available from Aimpoint dealers in mid-to late October. For more information on Aimpoint and the new ACO, visit the company’s website at:
www.aimpoint.com .

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Greg Hall Joins Benchmade Product Team

October 20th, 2014

greghall(Oregon City, OR) Benchmade Knife Company, manufacturer of premium sports cutlery for the last 26 years, is pleased to announce the addition of Greg Hall as a new Product Line Manager.

As the latest member of the Benchmade Product Team, Hall will assist in the strategic planning, execution and management of product in the HK Knives and Benchmade portfolio.

A Chicago, Illinois  native, Hall brings 12 years of product management and marketing experience to Benchmade having previously worked at WARN Industries and FLIR Systems.

“We’re incredibly excited with the addition of Greg to the Benchmade Product Team.”, says Jason Boyd, Director Of Product for Benchmade Knife Company. “With the combination of his experience and his passion for the industry we look forward to all the tools and skills that Greg will bring to help continue to drive Benchmade as an industry leader in its category.”

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Who Remembers Blind Melon Chitlin ?

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Crimson Trace Honors Media Members

(Wilsonville, OR) Crimson Trace, the shooting industry’s recognized leader in laser sighting systems and tactical lights for firearms, recently honored two shooting sports media members for professionally communicating about concealed carry techniques and self-defense firearms.

The first honor was awarded to Cory Yarmuth of Villa Park, Illinois at the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) annual conference held recently in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Yarmuth’s article, Illinois Concealed Carry, A First-Hand Journey: Part 1 was selected as the winner of the Crimson Trace excellence in craft contest for published articles. Yarmuth’s piece captured the frustration in dealing with the mountains of CCW paperwork most gunowners encounter along with the jitters of going into a classroom for training. His article also touched on the legal aspects of self defense.

The second winning media member, Dick Jones of High Point, North Carolina was recognized during the recent Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) annual conference in Fontana Village, North Carolina. Jones’ article, A Carry Gun without a Laser is Like a Car Without Headlights, appeared on the Outdoorhub.com website in May 2014. Jones’s article covered details on successfully and safely introducing female shooters to the complex world of firearms. He also covered why equipping self defense firearms with a laser sight is a great idea.

Both winning authors are freelance writers, and each received a first-place prize of $1,000. The excellence in craft awards are part of Crimson Trace’s multi-channel approach to partnering with media members who write about firearms, shooting and self defense. Crimson Trace also often hosts shooting ranges at media events to help press members experience a firearm equipped with a laser sight.

Crimson Trace’s mission is to enhance people’s ability to protect family, home and country. To help meet that mission, the company 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.conditioncrimson.com or call 800-442-2406. All Crimson Trace products are proudly Made in the USA. This year Crimson Trace is celebrating 20 years of product innovation.

ABOUT CRIMSON TRACE:

Crimson Trace, the acknowledged industry leader for laser sighting systems and tactical lighting for firearms, is based in Wilsonville, Oregon. Its award-winning innovations include Lasergrips®, Laserguard® and Lightguard® –all with Instinctive Activation ™. The company’s product line also includes the Defender Series® and Rail Master® platforms – all are proudly Made in the USA. More details are available at: www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

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TrackingPoint Introduces The First Weapon-Integrated Digital Glasses For Hunting and Shooting.

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The folks at Tracking Point have improved on their total fire control shouldered fired weapon system with the introduction of Integrated Digital Glass. Designated ShotGlass™ digital shooting glasses, these optical devices allow you to shoot around corners and record your shooting event. The glasses use a built-in camera and high-definition video display.

With the ShotGlass™, you can shoot your Precision Guided Firearm from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when it’s necessary to remain unexposed to the target. When your Precision-Guided Firearm is zoomed in on a target, the view in ShotGlass™ can remain zoomed out. You get 2 unique fields of view on the same shot.

This state of the art technology does not come cheap. The 5.56 version of the Precision Guided Firearm is right around $7,500, but to help you get in the game Tracking Point is now offering financing.

You can get all of the details and have your questions answered by some very knowledgeable folks by contacting tracking point directly at :  http://tracking-point.com/?utm_medium=MDB-Email&utm_source=Eloqua&utm_campaign=Blitzkrieg&utm_content=Financing&utm_term=141017_Blitzkrieg_Financing_All

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Blue Force Gear Has Just Announce A Limited Edition AK Sling

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BFG and Larry Vickers have collaborated once more to produce a Kalashnikov sling that retains the classic AK characteristics with the convenience and utility of the Vickers combat sling design. Improved materials, enhanced design with an AK panache sounds like a winner to me.

I understand that these are available in only limited quantities so if you own an AK or Krink you’ll definitely what to check these out.

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AUSA 2014 Winter Symposium (Feb 2014)

If you are a planner or product developer for your company, you’ll want to sit through this video library. The importance of developing products and technologies that specifically address the needs and solve the problems presented by these panels will be critical to your success. As many of you already know the heady days since 9/11 are gone and the stark realities of budget crunches and downsizing are upon us. Yet, interestingly enough, the demands being place on the Joint Services are still increasing. That translates to “do more for less;” be that unrealistic expectations by the Legislative and Executive Branches, or a demand that Services start planning and functioning more efficiently is a question for political scientists to answer; however, the reality to your business is that if you are to succeed, you must know and understand the needs and solve the problems.

This series of 19, or so, videos are enlightening and good to know.

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Questions You May Have About Ebola…

I decide to write this piece because I’m seeing literature starting to pop up around the internet; although well intentioned it is mostly incorrect.

What Is Ebola?

Ebola is a virus. A virus is a protein strand with a very specific shape and specific to a host cell. Ebola is classified as a hemorrhagic fever. Anytime that you see the prefix “hemo” it refers to blood. So, Ebola attacks the blood and its associated infrastructure.

Ebola is also not a living organism hence it does not respond to antibiotics. Medications designed to disrupt a virus by necessity also attack the host cell; therefore, viruses are not generally curable, like the common cold. Instead, the host or infected organism must rely on its immune system to develop the antigen needed to thwart off the virus; this is the role of a vaccine.

Ebola has no known cure, no effective prophylaxis and IN MOST CASES spreads from contact with bodily fluids. It has a mortality rate of 50 to 70 % depending on availability and quality of patient care.

Ebola has a 21 day incubation period dependent on the individual. This means disease symptoms will usually manifest themselves within a 21 day window.

Like all viruses, Ebola has several strains; it is subject to mutations all of which have the potential of altering the virus’s epidemiology.

Why Should I take Ebola Seriously?

When you are dealing with a virus that has the mortality rate of Ebola, what is unknown about the virus is as important as what is known. For example:

1. Are there individuals that can become carriers of the virus? A carrier is someone carrying the virus but is unaffected by it.

2. Can an individual while in an asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) condition transmit Ebola through bodily fluids – more specifically semen?

3. Can indigenous species of vectors (dogs, cats, squirrels, rats, insects) become carriers and spread the virus?

All of these are uncertainties; however, even if the chance of them occurring is below 1% (<.01) it has to be factored into the national strategy because of Ebola’s lethality.

Is Bio-Terrorism Possible?

Sadly, we live in a world where individuals are willing to wrap themselves up in ball bearings and explosives, and detonate such a device in a crowded store or on a street just to prove a point. Suicide bombs are dramatic with lots of carnage. The possibility exists that these individuals and/ or their handlers will look at Ebola with comparable appeal. Therefore, we need to be alert to the outside chance that Ebola will become a bio-terror tool. If this is the case, we need to be concerned about terrorist efforts to place infected individuals inside the United States and/or seed an epidemic in Mexico, Central or South America where the medical infrastructure is poor at best. Such a situation, would lead to waves of immigrants coming through our southern border as they flee in panic or come to seek medical care in the United States. The good news is that my last scenario is being discussed at US Southern Command.

What Should I Do or Not Do?

1. You will not find yourself being overrun by hordes of people trying to get to your food supply or steal your F150. So, forget the carbine battles with fast mag changes as you make your way to your F150 to grab your GO BAG. NOT HAPPENING!

2. Don’t Panic! Be Focused!

3. If you’re in the woods hunting or camping stay covered up and use insect repellents. If possible, have the meat from a kill tested to make sure it is safe to consume.

4. Wash your hands regularly.

5. Be alert to health issues and report them to the management. Not too long ago, I was using a public rest room at a mall when I observed a food worker leave a stall after a bowl movement without washing his hands.

6. Avoid, or reschedule, non-essential travel.

7. Ask your elected officials to impose temporary travel bans to and from afflicted areas. The CDC’s statement that it would hamper a medical response to the West African crisis is quite frankly moronic.

8. Ask elected officials to work with our NATO partners to impose similar temporary travel bans to afflicted regions.

9. Talk with your elected officials and get them onboard with controlling our borders. Interestingly enough, the Center for Disease Control published a report about 5 or 8 years ago in which they identified a resurgence of previously eradicated disease in the United States. In that report, they attribute the resurgence to illegal immigration.

Don’t panic and keep sweat pumps in low speed

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3M Introduced Its Defender Ultra Light Weight Ballistic Bump Helmet (ULW-BBH)

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  • Multi-use ballistic protection at 30% less weight than the closest alternative.
  • Flexible rail system that offers compatibility with all standard accessories. Rail is mounted on shell without use of through bolts
  • Areal weight of 1 lb per square foot (5 kg/m2)
  • Blunt Trauma Impact performance meets ACH specification requirements.

 

  • Field Applications
  • Jump.
  • Head protection when parachuting for military paratroopers
  • Bump.
  • Head protection from bumping objects for military ground forces
  • Ballistic.
  • Head protection against handgun rounds and ballistic fragments
  • *Manufactured and sold by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company
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IWI US, Inc. is the NASGW 2014 Importer of the Year

(L-R): Assaf Elias, IWI Executive Director; Craig Lucas, IWI US CEO; Shlomi Sabag, IWI President; Michael Kassnar, IWI US VP of Sales and Marketing; Casey Flack, IWI US National LE Sales Manager.

Harrisburg, Pa. (October 2014)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announces that it has received the 2014 Importer of the Year Award from the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). The inaugural award was presented during the 2014 Awards Reception & Dinner, held Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 during the NASGW Expo & Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The award recognizes the contribution made by IWI US to the successful business climate of NASGW’s wholesaler members.

“Receiving the inaugural Importer of the Year Award in just our second year of business is a tremendous honor for IWI US,” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US remarked. “We will honor this award by continuing to offer the highest quality and most advanced products available from our parent company IWI Ltd.”

IWI US is exhibiting at the NASGW Expo & Annual Meeting at Booth 223 from Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 through Friday, October 17th, 2014.

For more information, visit IWI US Inc at our website – www.iwi.us, Facebook www.facebook.com/IWIUS – or contact us via e-mail at: marketing@iwi.us.

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GEMTECH Adds The GMT-556LE To Their Line Of Extreme Duty Suppressors.

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The GEMTECH GMT-556LE is part of the Extreme Duty line of suppressors. These suppressors meet the stringent SOCOM Military standards and are optimized for use on short barreled, full auto firearms. The baffle stack has been constructed differently than in the past and an increase in Inconel gives this suppressor its hardcore properties.

  • Tested To SOCOM Military Standards
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO / .223
  • Sound Reduction: 29 dB
  • Full Auto Rated
  • Length: 5.7″
  • Diameter: 1.5″
  • Weight: 12.3 oz.
  • Materials: Titanium & Inconel
  • Finish: Desert Tan Cerakote with Reduced Visual-IR Signature
  • Mount: 1/2-28 (2A) Ti Threads
  • For Barrels: 10.3″ or Longer

Price: $875.00

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Welcome To Our Reality …

This is a Swedish Recruitment Ad, which captures the cultural differences in the European approach to recruitment vis-à-vis our American approach. It’s slapstick but quite good nevertheless.

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OSS Suppressor Systems

Russell Oliver with OSS Suppressor Systems discusses the technology…

OSS Suppressor Systems
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Magpul Industries Is Now Shipping all NEW M-LOK Accessories

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M-LOK MVG

QD Sling Mount

M-LOK Offset Light/Optic Mount

M-LOK Bipod Adapter

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TAR Ideal Concepts Will Be Demonstrating The TL5 Pro-Personal IR Marker At AUSA 2014.

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Israeli Manufacturer TAR Ideal Concepts will introduce its TL5 Pro Personal IR Marker at AUSA 2014 in Washington D.C. this coming week. The TL5 Pro is individual soldier equipment that can be weapon mounted, worn on a helmet or load bearing vest. Among its many features are 4 levels of intensity for effective ranges of 100/300/800/1500 meters. The marker offers both visible and IR constant and beacon modes. The TL5 Pro is powered by a single AA battery or a CR123A. Battery run times are a minimum of 4hrs at high output illuminations;  24hrs in high IR strobe mode or 48hrs in low IR strobe mode.

Features:

Visible Constant Light -White/Blue/Red
IR Constant Light
Visible Beacon Flickering Light -White/Blue/Red
IR Beacon Flickering Light
Flashlight Mode: White

Additional Product Details

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Pay Attention: U.S. Army Wants You Using Lithium AA In Your Electronics

Our colleagues at Kitup ran a story today disclosing that the U.S. Army wants its units to use the more expensive lithium batteries in thermal sights and night vision goggles. It appears that units are purchasing and using the less costly alkaline batteries.

You can read the complete story here.

Our parting advice to alkaline battery using troopers: “You’re only as good as your power supply in the net centric battlefield.”

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Taiwanese Special Forces Fielding A New Rifle

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Dubbed the Multi-Utilization Special Rifle (MSR), Taiwan’s 205th Arsenal of the Material Production Center(MPC) has high hopes for its new 5.56mm MSR. The weapon borrows from several external sources including the AK-74. Although the bolt design is simpler than the AK-74, the MSR like the AK-74 will have just two locking lugs as opposed to the multiple lugs of the AR patterned rifles.

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The MPC also has ambitions to export this rifle, which is a significant departure from Taiwan’s long standing policy of “ no exports of military equipment.”

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MAGPUL Industries Is Now Shipping MOE 1911 Grip Panels

 

Magpul’s 1911 Grip Panels with TSP texture are now shipping. These grips offer the user a more aggressive texture allowing for better control of the weapon in all environments.
Constructed of heavy-duty reinforced polymer, the grips have a unique diamond-shaped cross section to prevent twisting in the hand, an aggressive magazine release cut-out, aggressive TSP texture (Trapezoidal Surface Projections) for positive control, and are compatible with ambidextrous safeties. The grips are designed to fit full size framed 1911s with standard grip screw bushings.

For Additional Information See: http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG544/grips

M.S.R.P. $19.95

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Turn Up the Silence With Dead Air Armament Suppressors

Lawrenceville, Ga. (October 2014)Dead Air Armament® and their new line of game-changing, 100% USA made suppressors are now available through BPI Outdoors. Dead Air product concepts  are the result of suppressor design and shooting sports industry veterans joining together to create an entirely new vision of suppressors for the civilian and law enforcement markets. Founded by former co-founder of SilencerCo® Mike Pappas and former designer Todd Magee of SilencerCo®, Dead Air Armament® aims to bring to the suppressor market uncompromising quality in design and manufacturing.

“I’m finally building the no-compromise cans that I’ve always wanted to make,” Mike Pappas, Founder and Director of Product Development for Dead Air explained. “No corporate bottom lines to deter the mission. The only thing that matters to Dead Air and myself is ‘how does it sound?’ And the Sandman® sounds awesome…”

Dead Air product line launches with the 7.62 Sandman®, which includes the Sandman-S®, Sandman-L® and Sandman Ti® models. In early 2015, Dead Air will launch their innovative .22 suppressor, the Mask-22.

What sets Dead Air suppressors apart from the competition is attention to detail in engineering and materials. Sandman® baffles are constructed from 100% 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 Sandman Ti® suppressor features a titanium tube with precision rifle direct threads specifically designed for the challenging environments faced by law enforcement professionals. “The old adage, ‘close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades’ could not be more true when developing  products for professionals whose very life or lives depend on making an accurate shot in difficult circumstances,” Pappas commented, “the equipment must perform and Dead Air hits the mark!”

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.

Pappas’ experience and skill set have established him as an industry expert on developing the most innovative designs in the suppressor market. Pappas’ commitment to the industry and providing personal customer service have secured him a loyal following of customers and industry contacts.

Todd Magee is an engineer specializing in suppressor design since 2008. Initially hired by SilencerCo®, he pioneered and perfected some of the industry’s most innovative suppressors. Now, Magee oversees Dead Air’s Research and Development Department where he will be responsible for pushing suppressor technology even further.

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

About Dead Air Armament®:  Dead Air Armament® is a division of Sound Moderation Technologies®, a North Carolina company designing, patenting, and marketing the next generation in sound suppressor systems for civilian sportsmen, law enforcement, security and the military. Dead Air products are manufactured and sold through BPI Outdoors.

 

About BPI Outdoors: BPI Outdoors, a Georgia based outdoor company parent to many highly successful brands in the shooting and hunting industry, including CVA® PowerBelt® Bullets™, Quake Industries™, DuraSight™ Scope Mounts, Bergara Barrels™ and now Dead Air Armament®. BPI utilizes channel and direct sales relationship with virtually all major sporting goods wholesalers, buying groups, specialty retail chains and mass merchants. BPI manage a sales force of over 60 representatives located throughout North America.

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Sneak Preview: Tom Bender Knife Maker

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No other industry can tout artisans the way bladesmiths can. If you want to discover the spans of talent and human creativity just attend the Atlanta Blade Show; this is true around the world with examples like Bastien  Cove of Bastinelli Creations, Paris France,  Jesus Hernandez of Salamanca Spain or Brent Beshara from Holyrood, Canada. Talent abounds!

One such individual is Thomas R. Bender from Van Nuys, Ca. By way of background, if you’ve been to see an action movie in the last 10 to 20 years it’s highly probable that Tom Bender had something to do with the guns and kabooms.

In November, I’ll be reviewing one of his creations for our readers. So, stay tuned.

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Gear Review: ATN’s Shot Trak HD Action Camera For Your Gun

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I can’t remember having as much fun writing a gear review than with ATN’s Shot Trak HD. This little camera may be small but its output is excellent in every respect. It is capable, robust, waterproof, light and an absolute blast to work with even on those occasion when I inadvertently left the lens cover on.

  So, if you are presently installing a crossbar on your Picatinny rail to mount a point and shoot camera, do yourself a gargantuan favor and pick up either the Shot Trak HD or Shot Trak-X HD. You’ll find it does everything you need exceptionally well in a compact package.

Read My Review

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Ashbury Precision Ordnance Launches The SABER® Precision Rifle (SPR)

Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg (APO) introduces the SABER® Precision Rifle (SPR) line based on its new SX bolt action receiver.  The SABER SX is Ashbury’s first in a new line of octagonal precision manufactured bolt action receivers for calibers up to short magnum chamberings.  The SPR-308 uses the latest innovation in the patented SABER®-FORSST® modular rifle chassis system (MRCS), an interlocking action/chassis design. 

The core of Ashbury’s SPR-308 platform is the precision CNC machined SABER SX bolt action receiver, a newly engineered octagonal manufacturing collaboration with Stiller’s Precision Firearms that accepts two styles of detachable box magazines.  The fire control mechanism on SPR-308 rifles is an adjustable single-stage trigger, set to a crisp 3.5lbs.  The SPR-308 is hand crafted by a team of specially trained former USMC 2112 Precision Rifle Technicians, engineers and experienced machinists to exacting standards and precision tolerances that deliver consistent sub ½ MOA performance with RUAG’s 168gr Swiss-P Target and other premium grade match ammunitions.

The SPR-308 is a rugged precision rifle designed to produce optimum accuracy with 150 to 200 grain projectiles for a variety of precision shooting pursuits.  Using proprietary barrel engineering software, APO designed the 20 inch Pinnacle Series contour, fluted barrel in 416R stainless steel for this potent package.  The 1-in-10″ twist 5R barrel is chambered in .308Win Match and finished with a recessed target crown reminiscent of the revered USMC M40A1 sniper rifle.  SPR cartridge chambers and (optional) threaded muzzles are precisely machined to a straightness of less than 0.0002 of an inch, true to the centerline of the barrel bore.

The rifle is a standard right-hand configuration, with a left-hand model available.  The SPR-308 features a one-piece monolithic 20 MOA 12 o’clock top rail with rail space for a “co-aligned” day optic, clip on night vision or thermal imaging device.  The SABER MRCS one-piece monolithic rail provides unparalleled platform rigidity, yielding consistent shot-to-shot accuracy.  Ashbury’s SPR also features an ergonomically shaped Quattro Alloy series V-17 vented forend with 3, 6 and 9 o’clock accessory rail attachment points, variable grip angles, adjustable hand-grip-to-trigger distance, and a comfortable Ergo hand grip.

Ashbury’s new interlocking ASX-A3 MOD-1 chassis further incorporates a double locking aluminum alloy hinge and an ergonomic tactically adjustable shoulder stock (TASS) with changeable length of pull spacers, positive locking thumbscrew/bail ring cheek piece height, and rapid push button Limbsaver® recoil pad positioning, up and down.

The basic SPR-308 rifle weighs in at a lightweight 11.3lbs with an overall length of 39 3/8 inches extended, and a compact folded length of 29 5/8 inches.  There are flush cup sling swivel sockets evenly distributed along the entire length of the rifle on both sides.  The SPR-308 is coated with rugged ceramic Cerakote in Black, Olive Drab Green, Flat Dark Earth, Nordic and Tungsten Gray.  The SPR-308 is moderately priced at an MSRP of $5,650 and delivered in a lockable hard transit case.

The SPR-308K1, Ashbury’s “Special Applications Rifle” (SAR), was developed in consultation with Jim Gilliland of Shadow 6 Consulting.  Jim brings to the table a significant background as a small arms instructor and distinguished operational sniper.  He also is a strong advocate of 20″ and shorter barreled .308 rifles for dynamic situations where precision shooting from alternate positions and practical maneuverability is the rule, while still offering long range performance when necessary.

For law enforcement where typical engagement ranges are less than 100 yards, a high precision ½ MOA specialized tactical rifle makes quite a bit of sense, while retaining the capability to also engage threats well beyond 300 yards, essential.  For short to intermediate range engagements by law enforcement tactical marksmen or as a fast handling hog hunting rifle the SPR-308K1 rifle uses a 16.5 inch Pinnacle series 1-in-8″ twist barrel with a 5/8-24 threaded muzzle, Blackout muzzle brake/suppressor adapter and optional sound suppressor.

Ashbury’s SPR is also chambered in .223 Wylde, (SPR-223) designed for commercial .223 Remington or military 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition.  For more information about APO’s precision rifles, SABER-FORSST Modular Rifle Chassis Systems (MRCS), please visit the APO website or shop our online store The Armory.

About Ashbury…

Ashbury International Group Inc. is a central Virginia USA based company, having more than 19 years of international experience as a prime contractor to government agencies, military, and special operations forces as well as manufacturer of commercial shooting sports equipment.  The company provides logistics, engineering, training, ordnance manufacturing, systems integration and emergency preparedness products and services.

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ATN Shot Trak HD Live Fire–Short Video

I was at the range today to run live fire tests on ATN’s Shot Trak HD. I have to tell you, you can shoot this camera on any platform without fear of recoil damage. The rear facing microphone kicks ass; making annotations extremely clear. The Shot Trak HD or X HD models are ideal for CQC training. Range for carbine and shotgun was 20-25 yards.

In the carbine drill, you can see a trigger snafu during the headshot. It was lights out, but it lacked elegance. The shot placement should have been about 2 inches to the right as you view the video. What does it say to me? It tells me I have to watch my trigger control.

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MGI’s New 9mm Hydra Feeds On Glock Magazines

MGI’s long-awaited 9mm Hydra rifle, designed to use GLOCK® magazines, is now out and available. This configuration of MGI’s Hydra Modular Weapon System uses standard 9mm GLOCK® and GLOCK® style magazines.

The 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It is made from 7075 aluminum and uses standard Mil-Spec internal parts. It is completely modular and interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras.

The 9mm MGI Hydra MARCK-15 rifle has a suggested retail price of $1,299.00 and  ships to in a standard, hard-sided, lockable pistol case.

For more information, visit www.mgi-military.com

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American Sniper Official Trailer–Directed By Clint Eastwood

This is the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle one of the most effective U.S. snipers to operate in the Iraqi theater. Upon his return to civilian life in 2009 he dedicated his time to helping returning veterans suffering from PTSD. Chris was shot and killed at a shooting range on February 2, 2013, by a U.S.M.C. veteran he was trying to help, near Chalk Mountain, Texas. The man accused of killing him is awaiting trial for murder.

American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall, Chris Kyle is played by Bradley Cooper. The official release date is scheduled for 16 Jan 2015. It’s a must see film so you’ll want to get that on your To-Do list.

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Grey Ghost Gear Has a New Slim Med Pouch For Your IFAK

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The Slim Medical Pouch is just the right size for a blow-out kit; taking up just two rows of MOLLE with an adjustable ride height. It is ideal for securing to a plate carrier or belt. The smooth dual zippers combined with an oversized pull tab means that contents can be accessed with ease, even one handed, and the elastic loops on the inside ensure the contents won’t come crashing out when you open it. The exterior webbing is great for storing trauma shears and tourniquets.

The pouch is just the right size for all of the essentials: Kerlix, QuikClot, nasal passage airways, decompression needles, chest seals—and even end up with some space for your preferred Barbie Band-Aids.

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ATN Shot Trak HD’s FOV at 50 Yards

One of the things that I’ve tried to communicate in my review (work in progress)  of this awesome little camera is how better suited it is to capturing a hunt or shooting session than your normal action cam. So, I shot this short video to give you a feel. I was also surprised to see how much detail is observable in an aggressively backlit scene. The Shot Trak’s rear facing microphone also greatly reduced ambient and wind noise when compared to the standard action cam. Try capturing a hog hunt on a standard action cam – not happening. You need the Shot Trak HD’s 5x magnification.

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SIG SAUER P320 Television Commercial

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It’s That Time Of The Year To Start Thinking About Your Hot Shots Calendar.

 

Hot Shots 2015 Behind The Scenes

 

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Story Of U.S.S. Laffey Who Survived What Is Now Called The Fiercest Kamikaze Attack Of WWII

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TPG BLACK Marine Plate Carrier (MPC) Receives High Scores from the NTOA

Delray Beach, Fla. (October 2014)TPG BLACK (TPG), the exclusive line of American-made products offered by TPG,

is proud to announce that their Marine Plate Carrier (MPC) modular vest has received a score of 4.06 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 from Maryland remarked, “I was very pleased with the maneuverability I was afforded in the vest. Additionally, I found the Velcro flap that can be tucked within the vest to be very valuable in maintaining a tight fit to the body.” He continued to say that there was sufficient surface area to attach the majority of his necessary tools that he would carry into a tactical operation and was pleased to note that the vest itself proved buoyant when placed within water.

The MPC is a modular vest protecting the upper torso from multiple ballistic threats (depending on ballistic inserts utilized) which can be easily configured to defeat predicted mission threats at a minimum system weight. The MPC system consists of one base vest assembly made up of an outer shell base vest carrier with an optional ballistic insert set and one set of interchangeable left and right cummerbunds, one pair of removable side plate pockets, internal elastic belly-band and a quick release cable. Made in the USA at the TPG facility in South Florida, it is available in Coyote, Multi-Cam (OCP), Kryptek Mandrake™ and Black.

The testing officer from Wisconsin mentioned that he “really liked the increased movement allowed by the cut of the vest compared to his usual ERT entry vest.” He continued to say that, “I will be using the vest when deployed as a sniper. The vest is well made with sturdy stitching; it fits over my patrol uniform / internal vest and could be used for additional armor on patrol if  needed. In short, I really like the vest.”

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Reader Question: What Is A Statistical Model?

statistics_standard_deviation_formula (1)Yesterday I did a little venting on how the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was being covered by the media. I referred to the fact that the role of infectious vectors was not being discussed; instead limiting discussion to human-to-human contact. “Ebola And Our Forces Overseas

In that short piece I stated that statistical models support the assertion that human-to-human contact is the more likely means of transmitting Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers.

Well, last night I got a question from a reader that wanted to understand what a statistical model was, so here is my response packaged in as little technical babble as possible.

Statistics is a social science used in arriving at an “objective” description of a population. Statistics attempts to be descriptive and predictive. However, statistics is fraught with problems. For example, the antigun lobby likes to cite statistics suggesting that banning guns will reduce gun homicides, you’ve all seen that. However, here is the problem with that statistic.

It is absolutely correct that if you ban guns you will reduce gun homicides, but it is a meaningless statement without looking at what banning guns did to the number edged weapon homicides, blunt object homicides, strangulations and any other means of killing a person. If you want to be judicious about your analysis you would also need to look at lives lost because individuals could not adequately defend themselves. Although the initial statement is correct, the desired objective and conclusion is way off. This is the reason why statistics is used so often when the uninformed try to have you accept and idea.  It’s also true that If you ban cars you will reduce automobile fatalities and if you ban airplanes you will reduce aviation deaths. It is a meaningless statement without looking at how that action influences substitutes. Do you get my point?

When you talk about a “population” in statistics you are talking about a finite group of people, or things, that exhibit or have a chance of exhibiting a characteristic, or characteristics, that you are trying to describe and not the world population. In virtually all cases, a population is too large to work with so we take samples analyze those samples and make predictions about a “population” on the basis of the samples taken. For example, ammunition manufacturers will select a small lot of shell casings, measure them for length, wall thickness, primer pocket and from that sample they make a prediction about the population of shell casings.

However, samples are not perfect; this is particularly true in the case of diseases. People, because of fear, shame or ignorance will deliberately provide researchers with false information. So, if you have small, bad or poorly selected samples you will have errors in your analysis of the “population.” The size of samples and methods used to obtain a sample of the “population” are critically important in describing the “population.” As a result, when we say there is a .8 (80%) chance of coming down with the disease you have to ask  what is the confidence interval. If someone says that you have a .8 chance of being infected but the confidence interval of that statistic is 60, there’s a lot of room for error. However, if they say you have a .8 chance of contracting the disease with a confidence interval of 93, now you have something to really worry about.

The moral of the story is this. Never accept a statistic without understanding how the sampling was done and never accept a probability as gospel without asking what is your confidence interval. When you are dealing with a disease like Ebola the outside 20%, 10% or 2% is not where you want to be, so take every precaution protecting yourself from both human contact and infectious vectors. You don’t want to be in the 2% that was infected from a mosquito or tick bite!

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Blackhawk Industries Introduces The EPOCH Level 3 Holster

 

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Blackhawk’s new EPOCH™ Level 3 Light Bearing Holster is a duty holster that will provide you with three levels of retention while concurrently allowing you to carry a mounted weapon light.

• Passive retention detent screw

• Epoch™ Auto Lock thumb release (patent pending)

• Thumb-activated Pivot Guard & Ejection-Port Lock

• Fits popular lights (TLR-1®, TLR-2®, X300)

• Reinforces full master grip

• No snaps or hoods to accidentally open

• Includes innovative Jacket Slot Duty Belt Loop&

• Mid-Ride Duty Belt Loop and High-Ride Duty Belt Loop also available (sold separately)

• Fits all BLACKHAWK!® injection-molded platforms

 

 

The EPOCH™ is available for the following platforms: Glock 17, 20, 21, 22, 31, 37

and the Smith & Wesson M&P 9/40. M.S.R.P $107.99 USD

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