STAR WARS Episode VII or DOD’s 5 Year Business Plan

This Friday’s shoot-the-shit is an open discussion on who knocked who off. If you’ve seen the new Star Wars Episode VII trailer, just released today, you can observe some similarities between it an what the DoD sees as a future direction.

Right off the bat we see a guy dressed as an Imperial Storm Trooper, or is he perhaps a test pilot for USSOCOM’s TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) project?

Next we see an R2D2 variant rolling across the sands all of which is remarkably similar to the DoD’s  UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle).

How about the speeder, can you imagine what the SEALs could do with that. Check some of the mobility initiatives that USSSOCOM has in the works.

Did you check out the X-wing fighters screaming across the screen just feet above the water, it is what the Air Force would like to see the F-35 do.

So who knocked who off?


Have A Great Weekend Everyone!

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CamelBak’s Phantom 20LR Pack


I ran across this pack on the Camelbak website and it seemed like a pretty good arrangement to consider for readers that are into Alpine training, etc. or if you need a light low-profile mountain patrol pack. Check it out.


Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn – easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, dryer arms, center baffling and low-profile design, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, insulated PureFlow™ tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening


A-frame ski carry, diagonal ski carry with tuckable loop, vertical & horizontal snowboard carry, load bearing waist belt with cargo pocket, helmet carry, organization for heavy gear, fleece-lined goggle pocket, wet/dry compartment, essentials pocket with key clip


Helmet, skis or snowboard, shovel, probe, skins, snowshoes, goggles, multi-tool, extra layer, lunch, phone, wallet, keys

It will run you right around $140 with shipping.

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Extreme Outfitters Black Friday Sale

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Thanksgiving Airsoft Action

This post is for some of the retailers and manufacturers that still don’t see the airsoft community as part of your customer base.

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Crimson Trace Announced Its LG-360G For You M&P

LG-360 for S&WCrimson Trace Corp., CTC, announced the release of its LG-360G –a new Laserguard® equipped with a Crimson Trace green laser. This Laserguard is engineered to perfectly fit over the trigger guard and rail system of the S&W M&P full-size and compact pistols. The LG-360G features Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation™ with a pressure sensitive touch pad under the trigger guard. The new laser will also provide the user with a master on/off to prevent accidental activation.

The Laserguard LG-360G features a unique set of inset scallops that match the in-the-metal patterns found along a portion of the pistol’s slide. Those scallops, along with seamless integration, combine to make the new LG-360G have a factory-built appeal and appearance. This new Laserguard will also permit windage and elevation adjustments that can be easily accomplished with the provided tools. This laser sight can be easily installed by the buyer in a few minutes without any special gunsmithing tools, and it will be covered under Crimson Trace’s popular Free Batteries for Life program.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the LG-360G will be $299.

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U.S. Army Would Like Its Members To Participate In A Survey

Operating in tropical regions means that you will come in contact with every species of fungus, parasite and bacteria imaginable. If you think you’ve had a case of athlete’s foot and/or jockitch in gym class wait until you start operating in the tropics. So, to understand the dynamics of field hygiene and antimicrobial treatments Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center would like you to participate in a survey. The idea is to get as large a sample as possible so that the data collected becomes meaningful. Please participate and be serious minded with your participation. The data collected will have a positive impact one you. NCOs be sure to get your folks online to complete this survey.

This is the link to the survey ; the server hosting the survey is behind a firewall so you will need a computer with a CAC address to open and complete the survey. It is important for you guys and gals,  so do a good job with that survey.

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Remington is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 887™ shotguns manufactured from December 1, 2013 to November 24, 2014. DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Remington Model 887™ shotguns manufactured between December 1, 2013 and November 24, 2014 may exhibit a defect causing the firing pin to bind in the forward position within the bolt, which can result in an unintentional discharge when chambering a live round. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the 887™ shotgun, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety.

REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN: STOP USING YOUR SHOTGUN. Any unintended discharge has the potential to cause injury or death. Immediately cease use of recalled shotguns and return them to Remington free of charge. Shotguns will be inspected, repaired, tested, and returned as soon as possible, at no cost to you. DO NOT attempt to diagnose or repair recalled shotguns yourself. For your safety, STOP USING YOUR SHOTGUN and immediately contact Remington.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS RECALL PROGRAM: To participate in the recall, please follow the instructions below:

STEP 1 Visit or call 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #2) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. You will be asked to provide your name, address, telephone number, and shotgun(s) serial number.

STEP 2 Upon receipt of the information requested in Step 1, Remington will send you boxes and written instructions, and arrange for UPS to pick-up your shotgun(s). Remington will cover all related shipping, inspection, and repair charges. Please do not return your shotgun on your own. Remington will arrange for pick-up of your Model 887™.

VERIFICATION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION: Upon repair of your shotgun, you will note a punch mark on the bolt (see photo below). This mark confirms your shotgun has been inspected and repaired by Remington under the recall program.


Remington has also corrected the manufacturing process to eliminate this potential firing pin problem in shotguns manufactured after November 24, 2014. Shotguns manufactured after November 24, 2014 will also have a punch mark on the bolt.

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OTTE Gear Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

It does not happen often; however, Otte Gear is having a Black Friday sale!
We wanted to thank our customers for a great 10 year run and to do that everything on the site is 50% off!
The sale starts Wednesday 11/25 and goes through 12/2.
Our high speed system will not reflect the discount on your
order confirmation but it will on your invoice.
Happy Holidays!


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U.S Tactical Supply Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals


Stay out of the RED and Stay in The BLACK!!

Do Your Christmas Shopping with U.S. Tactical Supply!!

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale is on!

Check out our entire section of sale and clearance items for killer deals sure to help keep you from breaking the bank this holiday season.
Sale and Clearance

Sage EBR Stocks on KILLER Deal.  These prices won’t last, get yours before they are gone!
Sage International EBR Stock

Ammunition on Sale!  Check out these screaming deals on Ammo! Ammunition

Check out our Sale and Clearance Apparel Section for unbeatable steals and deals.
Sale and Clearance Apparel

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Wishing You A Happy And Memorable Thanksgiving Day

On behalf of Twobirds Flying Publications, I would like to extend our sincerest wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. I especially want to thank our men and women in uniform many of whom are engaged in very serious work around the world, and to our readers we say Thank You for your patronage, questions and suggestions. Please enjoy your day with good food and family, and may its many blessings follow you throughout your journey in life. As always, be safe and come back to see us.

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Adams Arms Black Friday Deals


Black Friday Specials:

  • Find our Black Friday Discounts and Bundles HERE
  • Save 10% on all other Adams Arms and VooDoo Innovations Products

Check out our BESTSELLERS

These specials will run through Cyber Monday!


Adams Arms

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Heckler & Koch Black Friday Sale



Discount Only Applies to US HK Webshop.

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Silencerco’s Harvester Big Bore ASR Mount Is Here


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Another True Story – An iPhone Moron

Two day’s ago, I was struck by hunger pain, so I shut down the printing press and went out to get some grub at a local hole in the wall – excellent food and great prices. Driving to the restaurant requires that I travel north on a one-way 4 lane street (i.e major thoroughfare) . Three minutes into the journey, a guy holding an iPhone in his left hand and directly in front of his face turns south into the northbound flow of traffic. Not only did he turn the wrong way on a one-way street but he drove for a block and a half before ever realizing what was happening. People screaming and leaping out of the way while the moron text on his iPhone. It was close enough where I could see him typing with his thumb.

Where is O’Reily when you need him? Nowhere; probably drinking lattes…


         This has been another true story!

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LaserLyte® Receives Patent for Center Mass Laser



Cottonwood, Ariz. - LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies, is proud to announce that the Center Mass laser has been assigned a US patent. The Center Mass laser system offers users a choice between two laser patterns: single dot or the popular Center Mass pattern. The Center Mass laser projects a ring of eight laser dots with one dot in the center as the aiming laser. The circle grows at one-inch per yard, approximately the same configuration as a shotgun aimed at a moving target. The laser gives the user the advantage of a wide field-of-view while using both eyes for aiming.


The Center Mass laser fits AR-15, AK-47’s, and rifles and shotguns with at least a 3-inch Picatinny rail. The popularity of the Center Mass laser system has leading manufacturers including the Center Mass system as part of a firearm package. Mossberg ships the Center Mass laser on their 500 Cruiser® and 500 Persuader® Tactical Tri-Rail shotguns making it the ideal home defense weapon.

Since the 2013 introduction of the industry-first laser system featuring a ring of laser dots with a center aiming laser for rifles and shotguns, LaserLyte has expanding the Center Mass offerings to include handgun versions, lasers in red and green and Center Mass housings produced in black and tan colored polymers. Additional models within the Center Mass laser line will soon be available from LaserLyte®.


LaserLyte® continues to get sport shooters and professionals on the target faster, increasing accuracy and overall hits with affordable and fun laser training tools.


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MasterPiece Arms Introduces the New DMG Series


The MPA30DMG, is the first “multi caliber” pistol from the new DMG (Defender, Machined, Grip) Series. This 9mm pistol is based on the 30sst, but includes a fully machined aluminum pistol grip. The DMG series grip is MPA’s most ergonomically designed grip system allowing the ability to change calibers by changing the grip housing, bolt and barrel (depending upon the caliber).

The 30DMG ships as a 9mm, using a GLOCK® style magazine; however, by changing out the grip housing, bolt and barrel, other calibers can be fired using this modular system. Additional calibers in 5.7x28mm, 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG kits will be available. MPA is working on adding the .45 ACP as a possible caliber and plan to have it developed potentially by SHOT Show 2015.

The MPA30DMG also includes additional upgraded features, such as adjustable front and rear sights, L-Bracket with QD plate for single point sling system and a Cerakote Flat Dark Earth coating. It is also available in Black, Gunmetal, Tungsten and Burnt Bronze Cerakote finishes. The pistol is further equipped with a side cocker, scope mount, lower Picatinny rail for flashlight or laser systems, hammer with disconnect (plus original hammer) and comes in an MPA polymer case.

MPA30DMG Specifications:

  • Caliber: Ships in 9mm (additional calibers to become available)
  • Barrel Length: 5.5″
  • Weight: 58 oz.
  • MSRP: $679.99

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London Bridge Trading Inc. Black Friday

Black Friday Plate Carrier Deals!

12PM 27 NOV – 12PM 2 DEC

  • While supplies last/Limited quantities available
  • **Cannot be combined with current promotions or discounts
  • London Bridge Trading Inc. (800) 229 0207 , 585 London Bridge Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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SIG SAUER Has A New WebStore


Announcing the new online store for SIG SAUER apparel, merchandise, parts, accessories and more:
Announcing the new online store for SIG SAUER apparel, merchandise, parts, accessories and more:

To celebrate, we are offering
FREE shipping from November 25 – December 2!

  Announcing the new online store for SIG SAUER apparel, merchandise, parts, accessories and more:  


  • Over 200 new items including t-shirts, grips, parts, magazines, shot glasses, and much more.
  • Advanced search allows you to shop by firearm type, model, caliber, apparel type, color, size, price and more.
  • Enhanced product pages that make it easier to shop.
  • Share a personal wishlist with friends and family.
  • Track your orders as they ship, review past orders.


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American Built Arms Company Launches Black Friday and Cyber Monday Blowout Sales

American Built Arms Company (A*B Arms), a Veteran-owned, U.S. manufacturer of parts and accessories for the firearms industry, announced it is offering extraordinary savings between November 24th and December 8th on metal and polymer items.




Check out the American Built Arms Company Deal of the Day web page for more information.

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Smith & Wesson Will Team To Meet The Army’s Modular Handgun System Challenge

As all of our readers know, the U.S. Army has a solicitation open, under Modular Handgun System, to replace the M9,M9A1 handguns. The competition is schedules to begin in January 2015, for 2017 delivery  to begin at a TBD date.

General Dynamics OTS and Smith and Wesson have teamed to present the U.S. Army with an M&P polymer frame solution. Smith and Wesson will supply the M&P pistols and GD OTS will actively manage the project.

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Brownells Says Black Friday Is Almost Here

Brownells - Promotions & Discounts
Back In Black Rifle Event | Products On Sale Now!
Brownells AR-15 Upper
Receiver & BCG Kit
Bushmaster Stripped
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Advanced Armament AR-15
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Daniel Defense 16″ 5.56 Lightweight Carbine Barrel Brownells .45 ACP 1911
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Black Rifle Basics AR-15 STripped Lower $49.99

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3 Percenter Grips Celebrate Those Who fought In our War of Independence


Brighton, CO, late November 2014 - Rio Grande Custom Grips announces a new patriotic theme grip for 1911 frame pistols and various revolvers.


Rio Grande Custom Grips created these new3 Percenter grips for those folks who want to honor and celebrate the history of those who fought in our War of Independence. Three Percenters were the courageous 3 percent of the population who actually took up arms to fight and defeat the British and achieve independence for the United States.


The 3 Percenter image grips are new to the compact-frame 1911s but they are also available for the usual variety of popular revolvers and full-size 1911-type semi-autos.


Rio Grande Custom Grips produces more than 100 illustrated handgun grips (also known as stocks) for revolvers and pistols. Using a proprietary patented process, the company can put most any image, illustration and/or verbiage on a handgun grip. Rio Grande can also create custom images from artwork or from photographs.  


Made from molded, high-strength specialized polymer, the good looking grips are colorful, tough and durable and, because the images are encased in the polymer, they resist salt, oil, solvent, water impact and abrasion.


“Neat-looking grips dress up any handgun,” says Bryan Chambers, V.P. of Rio Grande Custom Grips. “Our grips allow the owner to make a personal statement or show off some great artwork enhancing the look of their handgun.”


MSRP: 1 pair $64.95, 2-5 pairs $54.95 each plus shipping and handling.


Rio Grande offers volume pricing for individuals, clubs and organizations who may want to have their own logo or artwork on their revolver or pistol grips.


Rio Grande Custom Grips is seeking retail outlets; however, the grips are available now direct from the company at


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Optics Planet Black Friday Deals

Pre-Black Friday Sales - Be the first to take advantage of our early deals!
10% off ALL BlackHawk Holsters
15% off ALL Trijicon Night Sights/Tritium Sights
15% off ALL Armasight Thermal Imaging
15% off ALL Crimson Trace Laser Sights
15% off ALL Armasight Night Vision
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Viridian Black Friday Starts Now



From now through Monday, December 1st, take 20% off all retail purchases of $50
or more. Just enter the promo code TURKEY14 at checkout to receive your discount.
Green Lasers, Red Lasers, and Taclights for Shield, Glock 42, XDS, Ruger LCP, LC9/380, Kahr 9/40/45


Green Lasers, Red Lasers and Taclights for Full-Sized Guns


Green Lasers, Red Lasers, and Taclights for Subcompacts



Including holsters by Galco, DeSantis, and Crossbreed
($50 minimum order applies)

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No Nonsense Silence: Meet Mike Pappas

Mike Pappas, Director
of Product
Development Dead Air Armament 

Mike Pappas isn’t new to the suppressor industry and he doesn’t take any prisoners when it comes to his products. After co-founding SilencerCo and helping it become a market leader, Mike left after disagreements about the company’s direction and decided to form his own company: Dead Air Armament. Now, Mike can create the no nonsense, uncompromising suppressors he’s always envisioned.


“No corporate bottom lines. The only thing that matters to me is how it sounds. And the Sandman® sounds awesome,” said Mike.


A shooter at heart, Mike has designed Dead Air’s suppressors to deliver the sound, accuracy and ease of use that give shooters like him the excellent experience that they deserve and expect.


“Our standards are simple, good isn’t good enough. If a can comes off the line and it’s not up to par, it gets canned. It’s that simple,” Mike remarked.

Enter the Sandman: L®, S® & Ti®

Do you hear that? Still nothing? Turn up the silence™. That’s the sound of Dead Air’s 7.62 Sandman® line of suppressors. Dead Air took no shortcuts with the Sandman® and created the meanest, toughest and quietest suppressor line possible.


Every Sandman® baffle is constructed from 100% Stellite®. Suppressors work by turning noise energy into heat, and Stellite® can take the heat. Dead Air’s baffles offer better performance under extreme conditions and usage than Inconel® while their high performance precipitation-hardened stainless steel and titanium tubes can take whatever punishment you throw at them while remaining extremely lightweight.


The 7.62 Sandman® comes in three models:

7.62 Sandman-L®

L for long, no-holds barred performance while delivering 31 dB of noise reduction.

Length: 8.9″ Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
Weight: 21.8 oz. Finish: Cerakote® body, Nitride® Muzzle Device
Diameter: 1.5″ Ideal Usage: Tactical bolt rifle or MSR (7.62mm/.308)
MSRP: $1,199

7.62 Sandman-S®

Big performance in a small package.

Length: 6.8″ Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
Weight: 17.3 oz. Finish: Cerakote® body, Nitride® Muzzle Device
Diameter: 1.5″ Ideal Usage: Cross-over for 5.56mm, 300BLK & 7.62mm
MSRP: $1,049

7.62 Sandman-Ti®

For those demanding the ultimate silence from a precision rifle suppressor.

Length: 8.2″ Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
Weight: 16.8 oz. Finish: Cerakote® body
Diameter: 1.5″ Ideal Usage: Challenging environments faced by LEOs
MSRP: $849


Coming Soon: Mask-22®  

The Mask-22® for .22-caliber firearms does exactly what it sounds like and gives you accurate shooting so quiet you’d be wondering if you’d even pulled the trigger if it wasn’t for the thud of the bullet punching through the target and the smile of satisfaction spreading across your face.


The Mask boasts the high performance that Mike Pappas demands and provides a balance of performance, weight and extraordinary cleaning intervals that are unmatched by the competition. Coated in a Cerakote® finish to provide years of protection, Dead Air has made the Mask-22® easy to disassemble and clean because we all know that the .22lr is one of the dirtiest rounds known to man.

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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.

                        MK-19                                                                 MK-47

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!”


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.

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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


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


Added: Sep 29, 2014 9:58 am

Solicitation Number: W15QKN-15-R-0002
Notice Type: Modular Handgun System – Special Notice To Post DRAFT RFP
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; and Dan Potempa at:; 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: and Dan Potempa (email: 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


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










.308 Win

.308 Win

.308 Win


16.1″ Heavy

16.1″ Heavy

16.1″ Heavy


Chromed, 4 Grooves, 1-12″ RH Twist

Chromed, 4 Grooves, 1-12″ RH Twist

Chromed, 4 Grooves, 1-12″ RH Twist



Flip-Up, Adjustable Post for Elevation

Flip-Up, Adjustable Post for Elevation



Flip-Up, Adjustable for Windage

Flip-Up, Adjustable for Windage










8.4 LBS

8.4 lbs

9.4 lbs


Direct Gas System, Locking Bolt

Direct Gas System, Locking Bolt

Direct Gas System, Locking Bolt


Matte Black

Matte Black

Matte Black

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Gear Review: Primary Arms Micro Dot MD-FBII


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.


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





Mon – Fri 7:30AM- 4PM EST












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















Streamlight Sidewinder Tactical Flashlight







Surefire KX4 LED Conversion Head






















Surefire G2 Nitrolon Flashlight







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 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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