Ram Air RA-1 New Double Duty Parachute For SOF Parachutists

RA-1For our readers who live to jump out of perfectly good aircraft, you’ll be happy to know that SOF parachutists now have a Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System, RA-1, which is built for static line or free fall operations. The U.S. Army’s 3rd SFG will be the first group to field the new canopy.

In addition to being configurable for static or free fall, the RA-1 increases the load capacity to 450 lbs. with an operational envelope of 3,500 MSL to 25,000 MSL.

The RA-1 has been undergoing rigorous testing since 2013 at Fort Bragg, N.C.,  and will replace the aging MC-4 parachute for all services. Testing of the RA-1 was supported by 30 static line qualified paratroopers from C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment at Joint Base-Lewis-McChord, Wash., and 50 military free fall paratroopers from the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th Special Forces Command groups. Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, or ABNSOTD, testers conducted the operational test to validate the system’s effectiveness, suitability and safety, said the projects test plan analyst R. Manke.

“The RA-1 is an individual Soldier’s parachute system consisting of a main parachute, reserve parachute, harness and container,” Manke explained. “It is designed to allow insertion by both Military Free Fall and Double Bag Static Line techniques depending on mission deployment requirements.

“The system also allows for an increase in the jumper’s rigged weight of up to four hundred and fifty pounds,” he continued. “Additionally, the system is designed to deliver jumpers safely from aircraft flying at elevations from thirty-five hundred feet above ground level to twenty-five thousand feet mean sea level with an objective to go to thirty-five thousand [mean sea level] after follow-on testing.”


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There’s not a lot of detail available on the POF-USA PSG9 other than its form factor, which POF describes as smaller than an MP5. We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground on this one. In the meantime check their video out.

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ProTac HL

EAGLEVILLE, PA, April 16, 2015–Streamlight®  introduced a rechargeable version of the ProTac HL®, the ProTac HL® USB.  Offering a bright 850 lumens, the new model uses three battery types, and includes a built-in USB charge tab, permitting it to be charged from a laptop or most USB wall chargers. 

“The ProTac HL USB combines extraordinary lumen output with the convenience of charging on the go from a laptop or other portable device,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “Tactical, professional and consumer users alike will rely on this flashlight to literally flood an area with light, such as when illuminating a dark alley, vehicle, job site, or outdoor path, while still delivering a strong, focused beam.  And, for even greater convenience, it operates from multiple lithium battery sources, enabling users to insert disposable cell batteries to power the light when a charging source is not available.”

Featuring Streamlight’s Ten-Tap® programming, the ProTac HL USB enables users to select among three programs to suit their preference or operating needs: high/strobe/low (the factory default setting); high only; or low/medium/high. On high, the light delivers 850 lumens, 10,000 candela, a beam distance of 200 meters and a run time of 1.5 hours.  On the low setting, it provides 85 lumens, 1,000 candela, a beam distance of 63 meters and a 12-hour runtime. The strobe runs for 1.5 continuous hours.

The ProTac HL USB uses a C4® LED that is impervious to shock.  It runs on an included Streamlight lithium ion rechargeable battery pack; it also functions with a commercially available 18650 rechargeable lithium ion battery, or two CR123A lithium cell batteries.  The ProTac HL USB also features an innovative adaptable battery compartment design that eliminates battery rattle. An optional USB/AC wall adapter is available.

The light is fabricated from 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish, and includes a convenient multi-function, push-button, tactical tail switch.  This tail switch provides easy, one-handed operation of the light’s momentary, variable intensity, or strobe modes. The light’s Micro USB charge port is protected by a sliding water-resistant cover.

The ProTac HL USB measures 6.50 inches in length and weighs 7.2 ounces.  It features an anti-roll face cap, and a removable pocket clip for attachment to a vest, belt, or pocket. The light also has an IPX4 rated design for water-resistant operation and is impact-resistance tested to one meter. Available in black, the light comes packaged with a USB cord and ballistic nylon holster.

Depending on the configuration, the MSRP of the ProTac HL USB ranges from $180.00 to $200.00.  The light comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Do You Really Need A Ballistics Calculator?

This Friday’s shoot-the-shit topic is geared towards the tactical precision rifle folks in cyberspace. These are the folks that are called upon to take the shot but could really careless about producing ragged holes on the job.

So, here’s our question/challenge. Do you really need a ballistic calculator?

With the increased use of smart devices in the field, it seems like every one on the planet is coming up with ballistic apps. More recently, Peak Studios has introduced Ballistic for the iPhone. Android devices also have a plethora of apps to choose from. All of which are great, with varying degrees of sophistication, but they all suffer from a common problem, which is fitting them into real world scenarios. Ballistic calculators are wonderful when you are shooting at steel or paper out to extended ranges but they fall short in application because targets under“work” conditions have a nasty habit of not presenting themselves as frequently or predictably as you’d like. So here’s what I would like to suggest.

  1. Learn your more meaningful variables – mine are range, muzzle velocity (with and without suppressors) and density altitude.
  2. Learn to range accurately using your magnified optics. I say this because in future theaters you may encounter a combatant that can detect the LRF’s laser.
  3. Get a Kestrel meter (maybe two in case one craps out or is lost) and set it to read density altitude.
  4. Pick up Adaptive’s Field Density Altitude Compensator (FDAC)

Adaptive FDAC ranging card

Let us know what you think – agree or disagree. Insults and profanity will not be censored or if you’d like to change topics feel free to do so. It’s that weekly non-billable event that we call a shoot-the-shit.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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City of Atlanta, S.W.A.T. Orders Bergara rifles featuring Dead Air suppressors.


Lawrenceville, Ga. (April 2015) – Silencer manufacturer Dead Air Armament™, distributed through BPI Outdoors, announced that its highly regarded 7.62 Sandman-L™ suppressors are part of a contract for Bergara rifles ordered by the Atlanta Police Department S.W.A.T.  Working closely with the Atlanta S.W.A.T. team for several months, Bergara has created a customized rifle based upon its “Heavy Tactical” model which will feature the Dead Air Sandman-L™ suppressor. Bergara is also a division of BPI.

The 7.62 Sandman-L™ suppressor (‘L’ stands for ‘long’) is constructed from Stellite®, a non-magnetic and corrosion-resistant cobalt alloy consisting of complex carbides developed specifically for performance in hostile environments. At only 8.9 inches in length, the Sandman-L™ offers a true sound reduction of 31dB. The suppressor also integrates the Dead Air QD (quick disconnect) system for fool-proof, quick, one-handed mounting. The baffles form a solid welded core with a detachable front cap and an integrated flash hider. The Sandman-L™ is finished with a nitride muzzle device and Cerakote™ body.

Sandman-L™ Specifications for the Atlanta S.W.A.T. Bergara Rifles:

  • Length:                               8.9 inches
  • Weight:                               21.8 ounces
  • Diameter:                           1.5 inches
  • Rating:                               .308 (up to .300 Win Mag)

For more information on Dead Air Armament™ and their line of suppressors, please visit www.deadairsilencers.com

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Extreme Outfitters $500 Shopping Spree

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G-Code Holster “GETSOME” Discount Expires Soon

Just a reminder that the 15% off Coupon Code of getsome will expire tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th, 2015! If you haven’t already, log on to www.tacticalholsters.com and use your code today.

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Looking Ahead…


We’ve had a pretty busy Spring this year with a number of events that will generate articles throughout the summer months. We are also working on some edged weapon reviews from a number of manufacturers, and if you like the Japanese influence of John Williams you’ll want to tune in for that review.

We also want to reintroduce bore sights to our readers as they are particularly valuable in these times when availability of ammunition fluctuates widely and its cost risen dramatically. In discussing bore sights, one gets a sense that the general shooting public considers them a waste of time and money; it’s unfortunate, unfounded and influenced by operator issues and product selection. There are excellent bore sighting tools on the market and we will introduce you to just one. They aren’t inexpensive but they have a very short payback in reduced ammunition costs and platform independence. We’ll have that article up in May.

May also brings a review of one of Magpul Industries’ latest products. Regular readers know that we’ve described Magpul as one of the most innovative manufacturers and designers in the industry and our upcoming review supports that. We’ve also developed a matrix for you to use in determining Magpul product availability. We had a lot of fun with that and we think you’ll enjoy it.

With that, we thank you for being a reader, your comments, critiques and suggestions.

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Surefire’s New Titan Key Chain Light




  • Output     High    125 lumens / runtime 1 hr.    Low     15 lumens / runtime 8.5 hrs.
  • Length:   3 inches
  • Bezel Diameter: 0.58 inches
  • Weight w/ batteries: 1 oz.
  • Batteries: 1 AAA NIMH or AAA alkaline
  • M.S.R.P. $59.99


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TPG to Exhibit at LAAD Defence & Security 2015 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 14 – 17, 2015.

Boynton Beach, Fla. (April 2015) – Tacprogear, a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, will be exhibiting at LAAD Defence & Security 2015 at the Riocentro Exhibition and Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 14 – 17, 2015.

TPG will be exhibiting at Stand K.46a in Hall 4. The LAAD Defence & Security 2015 expo brings together manufacturers and suppliers of technologies, equipment and services for the Navy, Army, Air Force, Police Force, Special Forces, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, security managers of larger corporations, utility companies and critical infrastructure.

“We are excited to exhibit at this year’s LAAD Defence & Security expo,” Dan Lounsbury, CEO of TPG and TPG BLACK commented. “We are eager to unveil our new Medical and Luxury lines, as well as new TPG BLACK products, to the international markets converging here in Brazil.”

TPG and TPG BLACK will be exhibiting a variety of new products designed for law enforcement, security and military professionals. Products on display from the TPG Medical line feature trauma and first aid bags and packs, including fully customizable and made to order medical kits. TPG’s new Tactical Luxury line, combining tactical tough products with luxury materials, will also be on hand. In addition, TPG BLACK will be showing helmets (SCOUT), vests and Citadel plates, as well as other TPG products, including the recently added LALO Footwear line.

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Accu-Grip for the AK-47














Las Vegas, NV, April, 2015. Accu-Grip www.accu-grip.net  – as a follow up on to their wildly efficient new adjustable AR-15 Grip, Accu-Grip is now producing another unique patented adjustable grip for the AK-47. This new grip fits the AK-47 and will increase trigger control and shooter efficiency resulting in better accuracy and fire control.

The key to accurate and quick shooting is trigger control, which can be improved by correct contact between the trigger finger and the trigger. The basic trigger length of an AK-47 is only 2-3/8 inches.

The AK-47 Accu-Grip allows the shooter to lengthen and incrementally adjust the critical grip-to-trigger contact–up to 31/4- inches if desired.* This distance (with any rifle) is a key ergonomic factor and fitted correctly can greatly improve trigger control resulting in more accurate and faster shooting.

Accu-Grip fits all original type stamped metal military (Soviet Bloc/Chinese MIL-SPEC) and commercial stamped metal AK Soviet/Chinese MIL-SPEC) lowers–but will NOT fit milled AK receivers. Each grip kit comes with the necessary hardware and Allen wrench for installation. Installation takes about ten minutes.

After installation, adjusting the grip to fit the individual shooter takes just a few seconds. Movement of the grip is accomplished in 1/10-inch incremental positive hold adjustments and, of course, the grip may be adjusted as many times as the shooter wishes.

MATERIAL: The patented and patent pending, all American-made Accu-Grip is molded with DuPont Zytel resin and long strand glass fibers, making it incredibly tough–tougher than the original grips.

COLORS: Accu-Grips are available in black, dark earth, OD green and desert sand. Other custom colors can be created in quantity on request.

PRICE: $39.95 MSRP.

*Note: Standard AK grip to trigger face is 23/8″; Accu-grip adjusts from 27/8″ to 31/4″.   Accu-Grip is also available for AR-15s and M-4s, same price, same colors, same  improvement in control.

Accu-Grip: 713 Merialdo Lane, Las Vegas NV 89145, www.accu-grip.net

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KALASHNIKOV USA and CAA USA Ramp Up Commercial Sale Team

CAA USA  and Kalashnikov USA, announced the hiring of four seasoned sales professionals as regional account managers to increase commercial sales of Command Arms Accessories (CAA) products into the US marketplace.

New Commercial Sales Team (Left to Right): Reese Cullinane, Jonas Sherman, CAA USA Vice President of Sales Bill Silver, Steven Kates, Andrew Breneman

Reese Cullinane, a former US Army Infantry Fire Team Leader with over twenty years of professional sales experience, six within the firearms industry, will be covering the territories of New England, Mid-Atlantic, Arkansas, Texas and Hawaii. Jonas Sherman brings his 20-year passion for the shooting sports as an instructor and professional, combined with his sales experience from high-end technical recruiting to over-the-counter firearms sales, to concentrate on sales in the mid-US states from Michigan and Indiana to Montana and south to New Mexico. Steven Kates, a 30-year sales and marketing professional and public 2nd amendment advocate, will service the west coast including Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. Andrew Breneman, a 17-year firearms industry sales veteran, will cover the southeast from Tennessee and North Carolina to Louisiana and down through Florida.

“This team of dedicated sales pros is ready to hit the ground running,” Bill Silver, vice president of sales for CAA USA and Kalashnikov USA said. “All four team members have a proven track record of building relationships and increasing revenue. We are confident our new sales team will generate sizeable sales and increase the presence of the CAA and Kalashnikov brands in the US market place.”

CAA USA markets and distributes Command Arms firearms accessories for the AR / AK platforms, the RONI pistol-carbine conversion, as well as less-lethal products, such as the newly released Lady Jean Pepper Spray. Kalshnikov USA manufactures, markets and distributes U.S. made AK rifles, shotguns and other sporting rifles.

For more information on CAA USA, visit www.commandarms.com.

For more information on Kalashnikov USA, visit www.kalashnikov-usa.com.

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SilencerCo Summit Line Kicks Off With the AK Collection



This has to be one of the more impressive collaborations in the industry. Rifle Dynamics, purveyors of custom Kalashnikov rifles, from Las Vegas, NV and  SilencerCo, a transforming force in suppressor manufacturing have teamed to introduce the AK Collection in the Silencerco Summit Line  of Products. My appreciation of the AK platform is showing when I say these offering are at the Pinnacle and a splendid example of the creators’ competencies!

“The Summit line of products embodies our goal to provide consumers with only the best-in-class and cutting-edge products. When you strive to create the best, progress never stops; because of that, SilencerCo’s Summit is ever changing and evolving. Through this family of products, we will introduce exclusive partnerships and collaborations that have never and will never be seen anywhere else. So stay tuned – the best is right here.”

Introducing the AK Collection: All Black Edition 7.62×39 14.5″ Rifle Dynamics AK + SilencerCo Omega.

This initial release will be followed by additional variants in 7.62×39, 5.45×39, and .300BLK. Available later this year. Due to the labor-intensive nature of these builds, only 25 of each configuration will be available for purchase.

Black Omega w/ ASR Fast Attach Mount and Flat Front Cap
14.5″ Barrel w/ Pinned ASR Trifecta Flash Hider
Matching Serial Numbers
Hand Crafted Collector’s Edition Reclaimed Wood Crate
One 30-Round Magazine
Matte Black Finish on Rifle and Suppressor
Ultimak Railed Gas Tube for Optic
US-Made Barrel w/ Black Nitride Finish
US-Made Receiver
Triangle Skeleton Side-Folding Stock

Available for purchase through Silencer Shop. Visit www.silencershop.com or contact Silencer Shop directly at 512-931-4556 for further information.

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Donald Trump Will Speak At the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting



WHEN: Friday, April 10th 2015 at approximately 4:15pm

WHAT: Mr. Trump will be available to media immediately following his remarks at the NRA Leadership Forum in Nashville, TN.

WHERE: Mr. Trump will speak in the Grand Ballroom (Level 4) of the Music City Center located at 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 and be available to the media immediately following in room 208 of the Music City Center venue.


CONTACT: Please contact Hope Hicks with any questions related to Mr. Trump’s availability. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hope Hicks

Email: HHTrump2016@gmail.com

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The South Carolina Police Shooting

I wrestled with my decision to choose this topic as our shoot-the-shit, for this Friday, principally because of the suffering the Scott family is going through. I can’t begin to imagine loosing a sibling under these circumstances considering it could have all been avoided. I guess shit happens. However, the reason I chose to go forward is because I’m sick and tired of the news media rendering verdicts and trying people before investigations are complete.

So, here is our question. Did Officer Slager screw up big time or did he murder Mr. Scott?

Here are the facts as best as we know them.

  1. Officer Slager stopped Mr. Scott for defective equipment, by all measure a routine traffic stop. It’s our understanding that the car did not belong to Mr. Scott, it was something he was planning to buy so he was on a test drive.
  2. Officer Slager walked  away leaving Mr. Scott in the vehicle and went back to his patrol car presumably to:
    1. Get his citation book.
    2. Run Mr. Scott’s license.
    3. Run the vehicle registration.
  3. Mr. Scott panics, gets out of the vehicle and flees on foot. It’s our understanding that Mr. Scott had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support.
  4. Seeing Mr. Scott fleeing, and not knowing why, Officer Slager resorts to his less-lethal tool, a Taser, and Tases Mr. Scott. An eyewitness states that Mr. Scoot was on the ground. The eye witness states that Officer Slager had control of Mr. Scott but we don’t know what he means by “control”. In law enforcement parlance having a suspect under control means the suspect has been cuffed.
  5. Based on the eyewitness’ video, Mr. Scott breaks free from Officer Slager. This could mean the Taser probes were dislodged in a scuffle or did not fully penetrate Mr. Scott’s garments.
  6. Mr. Scott runs away from Officer Slager and does not appear to be a threat to Officer Slager.
  7. Officer Slager, draws his weapon and fires eight shots at the fleeing Mr. Scott killing him.

At no time prior to the tragic shooting does Office Slager search Mr. Scott. In fact, the video evidence released shows that Officer Slager does not have the opportunity to search Mr. Scott. In fact,  Mr. Scott was not searched until after he was shot. So, Officer Slager is confronted with a fleeing suspect that could be armed.  Had Officer Slager given chase with his weapon holstered, or at a low ready, he could have exposed himself to potentially being shot by a fleeing suspect who had not been searched earlier to assess whether he was armed, or not.

Even with video, these scenarios are never black and white they almost always are varying shades of grey. So my message to the media is; allow for the investigation to proceed before you stoke the flames. The Scott family deserves it as does Office Slager.

In our view, Officer Slager had the means to mitigate his own exposure but wrongfully chose to fire on Mr. Scott. Is Officer Slager a murderer or did he really fuck up! Let’s us know what you think, and if you’re a person of faith say a prayer for the Scott Family who sit at home grieving over the tragic loss of a son and brother.

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MAGPUL Introduces The Hunter X-22 Stock For The Ruger 10/22 Rifle


Hunter X-22 Stock – Ruger® 10/22

Hunter X-22 Stock for Ruger 10/22 Rifles

The Magpul Hunter X-22 chassis is a full-featured stock for the Ruger 10/22 pattern rifle. Made from high quality reinforced polymer, the Hunter X-22 features an ergonomic grip, adjustable length of pull and comb height to fit a wide variety of shooters, multiple sling mounting options, a non-slip rubber butt pad, and M-LOK slots for accessory attachment. The Hunter X-22 fits standard Ruger 10/22 pattern rifles with no gunsmithing, and a reversible barrel tray ensures proper fit with both factory barrel profiles and heavy bull barrels. Made in the U.S.A. MRSP: $139.95

Buckwheat’s prediction for 2015 – Magpul will sell more than an Éclair Cart at a Jenny Craig Clinic

Available Summer of 2015

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Visit With Sig Sauer at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting Booth 925

Save up to 20% on our popular Pistol Stabilizing BracesSIG SAUER Weapons SystemsSIG SAUER Pro ShopSIG SAUER SilencersSIG SAUER Electro-OpticsSIG SAUER Elite Performance AmmunitionSIG SAUER P320SIG SAUER AirgunsBooth Appearances

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Heckler & Koch Announces the New P30SK Subcompact


HK will debut its latest addition to the P30 line, the P30SK Subcompact, at the NRA Annual Meeting (Booth 2041) this coming weekend in Nashville, TN.

The new P30SK is one of the smallest HK handguns made and is ideally suited as a concealed carry pistol. With an overall length of less than six-and-a-half inches, the P30SK is small enough for discreet, everyday carry but still packs a substantial 11 rounds of full power 9 mm cartridges in an easy to shoot, ergonomic design. Sticker price on this new model is $719.

The P30SK (“SubKompact”) has all of the characteristics of the larger frame P30 and P30L pistols but in a more concealable design.

The completely adjustable P30 grip feature -consisting of interchangeable backstraps and lateral grip panels -is replicated in the shortened grip frame of the P30SK. Changeable backstraps and grip panels allow the pistol to be easily modified to fit any individual user.

Like its larger frame P30 counterparts, the P30SK is available in multiple trigger firing modes including HK’s enhanced double action only “Law Enforcement Modification (LEM).”For the P30SK, the LEM trigger is configured with a “light strike V1″setup -requiring approximately 5.4 pounds-force to pull the trigger. Other trigger modes include conventional double action/single action (DA/SA) with a serrated decocking lever located on the rear of the frame. The DA/SA mode is available with and without dual ambidextrous manual safeties located on the left and right side of the frame. Other ambidextrous controls include dual slide and magazine release levers.

Like all P30 pistols, the P30SK features an automatic hammer safety and firing pin safety. An abbreviated Picatinny rail molded into the front of the frame enables weapon lights, laser aimers, or other accessories to be easily mounted.

All P30SK models have been extensively tested during a three-year development process. Despite their small size, P30SK subcompacts have excellent weight and balance making them naturally pointable, easy to control, and accurate to shoot.

Currently available in 9 mm, the P30SK is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany and is covered by HK’s limited lifetime warranty. Widespread availability of the P30SK is slated for June 2015.

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LaserLyte Mighty Mouse™

The fine folks at LaserLyte have introduced the Mighty Mouse Laser for all North American Arms .22 Mag Pistols, including the Pug, Black Widow and Side Winder.  The Mighty Mouse Laser sight is built from 55% glass filled nylon and is grip activated.

The 22 Mag Grip Laser allows for a longer stand-off distance and repeatable increased accuracy. The laser is fully adjustable for wind and elevation.  The Mighty Mouse Laser will also work with all current holsters for any 22 Mag N.A.A mini revolvers.

The LaserLyte® Might Mouse Laser for North American Arms .22 Mag framed pistols is aligned along the pistol’s sight line for instant target acquisition. 

For more information, visit www.laserlyte.com.

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POF-USA Says Stop By Booth 1355 While at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting and Win a Puritan Rifle



Stop by booth #1355 at the 2015 NRA Convention to enter.

The brand new 7.62×39 Puritan rifle from POF-USA is up for grabs to one lucky winner. As pictured, the lucky winner will take home this complete package including a Vortex PST 1-4×24 Riflescope. Sub MOA is guaranteed with quality ammo and competent shooting ability.

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Visit Maxpedition While at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting

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Attending the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting? Be Sure to Visit…




Booth: #1311 (Lyman Products) www.adaptivetactical.com

Visit Adaptive Tactical at the Lyman Products booth to see a host of new product lines for 2015. The entire line of Adaptive Tactical branded RM-4 replacement stocks for the Ruger 10/22 and Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle will be on hand. These feature-rich products, marketed and sold through Lyman sales and distribution channels, are available in nine colors for 2015. Adaptive Tactical will also have on display their new line of Tac-Hammer Ruger 10/22 Barrels. These new barrels are compatible with standard Ruger 10/22 Rifles, Takedown Rifles, Charger Pistols and Charger Takedown Pistols.

In addition, Adaptive Tactical’s 2015 line of Sidewinder Venom Kits featuring the new 10 Round Box Magazine and Wrapter Forend with integrated heat shield, accessory rails and sight tunnel will be on hand. Adaptive Tactical’s new EX Performance Shotgun Stock for Remington and Mossberg 12 gauge pump shotguns and new EX Performance Adjustable Rear Stock for Mil-Spec AR Rifles will also be shown.

Adaptive Tactical will be offering NRA Members a 10% discount for purchases made at the show.


GUN CLUB OF AMERICA www.gunclubofamerica.com

Booth: #2609


The American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) will be making a major announcement on opening day of the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits so make sure to stop by this booth to see what all the fuss is about. If that wasn’t enough, the Gun Club of America (GCA) will be launching their new Silver and Silver PLUS Membership levels. Gary Howes will be on hand providing demonstrations of the new Online Content that will be available only to GCA Silver and Silver PLUS members. Master Pistolsmith Gene Shuey will also be at the AGI/GCA booth to answer your gunsmithing questions.

On Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 a.m. at Aloft-Nashville-West End in TACTIC ROOM 2 (approximately 1 mile from the NRA Convention Center), AGI will be hosting a Breakfast with AGI President Gene “Machinegun” Kelly. Attendees of the breakfast will learn “How to Defeat the 7 Deadly Myths that are Preventing you from Becoming a Successful Professional Gunsmith,” plus a Q&A session where attendees get to ask their questions about how to get started as a professional gunsmith. Cost is $9.95 per person and all proceeds will be donated to The Pathway Home, a non-profit treatment center for veterans with PTSD. To register, call 800-797-0867. Limited to first 50 registrants. On-site registration will occur if space is available.


Booth: #101 www.commandarms.com

CAA USA, the U.S.-based company marketing and distributing world-class, operator-tested firearms accessories from Command Arms Accessories (CAA), will be bringing various grips, including the Ergonomic Vertical Grip, Short Vertical Grip, Vertical Forward Grip, Folding Vertical Grip and Pistol Grip, the Lady Jean Pepper Spray Gun, various magazines, including the Clear Action Magazine and 10 Round Magazine, Picatinny rail systems, butt stocks, cheek rests and more to the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. CAA USA products are specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of tactical solutions required by the world’s armed forces, law enforcement units and weapons professionals.

Stop by the CAA USA booth to receive a coupon worth $100 off any CAA purchase of $150 or more.


Booth: #206 www.concealedcarrie.com

Concealed Carrie will be featuring their new Athletic shirt, as well as the Casual Carrie Spice Crossbody at Booth #206.

Concealed Carrie will be reducing the minimum first order for all new dealers who sign up at the show from $1,000 to $500 with free shipping. Direct to consumer sales allow for free shipping and a 10% discount on orders place at the show.


Booth: #2732 www.eagleimportsinc.com

Eagle Imports, an exclusive firearms importer and distributor, will be showcasing their line of Grand Power performance semi-auto pistols, Bersa handguns and accessories, Comanche single shot pistols, as well as the Metro Arms MAC pistol line of superior and highly accurate 1911s.


Booth: #1311 (Navy Arms) www.iwius.com

IWI US, a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., will be exhibiting at the Navy Arms Booth #1311 this year at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, displaying the American Rifleman 2014 Rifle of the Year Tavor® SAR bullpup, as well as Galil ACE® pistols and rifles, UZI® PRO Pistols and the legendary Jericho® pistols.


Booth: #2257 www.fobusholster.com

Fobus Holsters, a leader in injection molding polymer technologies, is offering for a limited period of time on a first come, first serve basis its new universal IWBL and IWBS at a deeply discounted price of $20.00 (regular MSRP $34.99). Fobus shirts will be included free of charge with while supplies last.


Booth: #671 www.laserlyte.com

LaserLyte will have their new Score Tyme™ Laser Trainer Target and Mighty Mouse™ Laser on display at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. The next evolution in laser target training systems, the Score Tyme™ Trainer Target comes with 147 LEDs, scoring capabilities, a timer to race against and double the target size area of LaserLyte’s popular and original Laser Training Target. The Mighty Mouse™ Laser is designed for all North American Arms .22 Mag Pistols, including the Pug, Black Widow and Side Winder. This laser design allows for a longer stand off distance and an increased rate of repeated accuracy.


Booth: #2257 www.missionfirsttactical.com

Mission First Tactical designs and develops select USA-Made rifle/carbine accessories specifically for the military, law enforcement and civilian markets. The MFT team has over 75 years of industry experience in taking concepts to front-line deployment. Battlelink™ Buttstocks, Engage™ Pistol grips, React™ Grip Series, Torch™ Laser & Light Mounts, E-Volv™ Attachments and more!

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Steiner eOptics® Appoints BG US Army (Retired) Howard W. Yellen to its Board of Directors

be23b4f6-097d-4e35-bcfa-500c6b0fa13aMONTEREY, CA (April 7, 2015) – Steiner eOptics (formerly Laser Devices Inc.) has appointed BG US Army (Retired) Howard W. Yellen to its Board of Directors. With expertise in strategic planning, business management, marketing and communications, General Yellen will assist Steiner eOptics in its Capture and Proposal Management as well as its Strategic Planning and Business Development.
“I am excited to join the Steiner eOptics team and anticipate enormous growth opportunities for Steiner eOptics,” said General Yellen. “I look forward to being a part of a team delivering advanced eOptics laser technology to our DoD and international customers.”
General Yellen was previously Executive Vice President at the private equity firm Patriarch Partners. There, he coordinated strategic initiatives and exercised selected management control for companies exploring business opportunities within the Department of Defense.
Prior to this, Mr. Yellen was the Vice President for Business Development (Strategic Pursuits) at L-3 Communications, Integrated Systems Group serving as the General Manager for Global Military Aircraft Systems (GMAS). While at L-3 he was a principal player in the successful pursuit of the Joint Cargo Aircraft contract from the U.S. Army.
General Yellen retired from the US Army in 2006 after a distinguished 30-year career directing large multi-disciplinary professional teams. As Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., he organized, trained and equipped five of the most unique units within the Defense Department. In addition he secured funding and force structure for many critical initiatives in support of the Global War on Terror. He also served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Special Operations Command and was Commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Ft. Campbell, KY.
General Yellen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, an MS degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Masters of Arts degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He served as the President of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), completing his tenure in that role on 31 March 2015.

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Surefire Increases Output Of Its M300 Mini Scout Light


Surefire has introduced the new M300 Mini Scout Light®. The ultra-compact light is powered by a single 123A lithium and delivers 300 lumens. Surefire’s patented TIR lens produces a well collimated tightly focused beam of light that’s ideal close to mid range engagements. The Mini Scout is the perfect balance of size and power for your carbine. M.S.R.P. $299

For more information visit Surefire.

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Crimson Trace Opens Product Center at NRA’s Annual Meeting

Crimson Trace booth at shows

Crimson Trace customers are invited to visit the company’s product center booth to meet Lewis Danielson, the company’s Founder and Chairman of the Board. Danielson will be receiving recognition—the NRA’s Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award—for his significant contribution to the laser sight industry. He can also provide booth visitors with insight into the company’s 20-plus years of manufacturing excellence and first-class customer service.

During the NRA’s annual event, Crimson Trace will have a unique photo booth—a mini booth within the larger booth— that will permit visitors to place themselves in a new Condition Crimson advertisement. A winner will be selected from the photo booth participants’ selfies to win a Crimson Trace Rail Master laser sight system. Full details are available in the #2525 product center display on the show floor.

Crimson Trace staff will also be on hand during show hours to cover information on the full product line, reveal details about new products and the growing line of green laser sights, and answer questions about product fit and holsters. The booth at this NRA event will also have a store located inside. Anyone wanting to learn more about the advantages that laser sights provide to firearms owners and concealed carry enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the display and test products to examine the red and green laser sights.

Visitors to the Crimson Trace booth can also learn more about Condition Crimson®, the company’s new online training videos, and obtain a free copy of The Laser’s Edge educational DVD. Nearly a million copies of that DVD have been distributed since it was produced.

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MSG Frank McRae (USA, Ret) of Raidon Tactics Reviews the Specter Light


Frank McRae is a former SF instructor and NCOIC of SFARTAETC, the Us Army Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course at Ft. Bragg. During the course of a long and distinguished career he served with the 75TH Ranger Regiment, 1ST SFG and 3RD SFG in a number of combat operation billets (including the Combatant Commander’s In-Extremis Force/CIF OEF-P and Company MSG advisor, Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force/ICTF). He deployed as an exchange instructor with the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Course and was honored for having the highest graduation rate in SFARTAETC’s 2 decade history. He now operates Raidon Tactics and remains heavily involved in the training and education of SOF personnel from across the spectrum.

He put over 16,000 rounds through the Specter Light before reviewing it.

GGP Specter Light Review

Frank McRae, MSG USA (Ret), Director of Training, Raidon Tactics

I was introduced to the Grey Ghost Precision “Specter Series” of firearms in Autumn of 2014 during a training evolution with an SOT-A. That element was deploying to conduct combat operations OCONUS; members of the team were using a GGP prototype rifle; my initial impressions of the weapon were extremely positive. GGP later attended and supported the Green Beret Pro-Am on Veteran’s Day, where I became acquainted with their staff and was able to shoot the production versions of the gun. Based on that experience I purchased one of the first 5.56mm Specter Lights “off the line.” Since that time I have become increasingly impressed with the weapon, enough so that I offered this review to them. GGP did not ask for the review and offered neither remuneration or trade. This is the first rifle I have reviewed—the weapon has certainly earned it.

The Specter Rifle feels exactly how a real rifle should feel—that is the best way to describe it. This is the closest I’ve seen to a SCAR in an AR platform. The weapon is weighty but not heavy and well balanced, with even weight distribution from the muzzle to butt. When firing, the recoil impulse is high, causing a perceived reduction in recoil shock to the shooter; this allows faster recovery time and quicker follow on shot placement with minimal muzzle rise.

The rifle is solidly built and, short of a left side ejection port, has all the amenities that belong on any ambidextrous rifle. The ambi bolt release is a welcome addition, allowing for more ergonomic magazine changes and letting the shooter watch what is going on downrange instead of looking at the other side of the rifle. It also allows the shooter to maintain a better high ready position and reduces the amount of movement with the non-firing hand. In the high ready position, a simple glance at the round entering the chamber when the bolt is released will tell the shooter exactly what condition the rifle is in. This ambi charging handle is solid, beefy and works great. Its design allows for faster immediate action correcting any malfunctions just as easily with either hand.

A Keymod free float hand guard comes standard; this will allow the addition of reduced weight, lower profile accessories as they become available, which will in turn reduce the overall weight of the rifle. More real estate and better ergonomics mean better shot groups and longer engagements from the standing position.

Most rifle manufacturers skip aftermarket muzzle brakes due to additional cost, but the Specter comes with a Gem-Tech brake already installed. Many shooters already have Gem-Tech cans in their arsenal, which makes this an even better value for some and if you were on the fence about buying a can for your rifle, now you will have one less excuse. With the Gemtech brake installed, there is a noticeable decrease in flash compared to other brakes, especially during our low light shooting and night time training courses.

Even better (and more significantly), I experienced a slight reduction in recoil and no increase in noise. Combining the Gem-Tech brake with the geometry of the rifle makes for fast, and I mean very fast, reduction in follow though time and putting the next shot on target.

I found the trigger geometry to be outstanding. The straight line with a slight curve at the bottom makes for better trigger manipulation and the additional room in the trigger guard allows a shooter to place his trigger finger in a lower position on the trigger itself. This allows for a better mechanical advantage on the trigger and gives a perceived lighter trigger pull. The reduced weight of the pull, combined with the geometry of the trigger itself, provides a very accurate manipulation of the trigger.

My experience has proven that most battle rifles have more perceived pull than the GGP Specter Light. The trigger pull scale I used easily validated that. I measured the pull at 4.8 pounds, which is excellent consistency for a mass produced rifle and is a ready example of GGP’s high production standards. The crispness of the break in the trigger is superb, with reduced pre travel and minimal over travel, with a solid and defining reset. You definitely know when the trigger is reset and ready to fire again.

The ambi safety is rigid but not hard to manipulate, so there is no mistake when it locks into position. You will know that it is on safe or ready to fire. This is topped off with a Magpul grip that gives a more neutral grip angle than a standard AR grip, which makes it easier to reach and engage the safety, a definite advantage for the shooter with smaller hands. I am normally not a fan of Magpul products, but the grip set-up on this rifle made it a better value for more shooters by reducing the sweep of the grip to allow for this extra reach capability.

The tolerances between the billet cut upper and lower receivers are second to none. The upper receiver has m-4 feed ramps cut for reliable feeding and chambering every time. Though it is no longer or wider than any other MilSpec mag well, the Specter’s mag well is built beefier than those on a typical lower receiver. The edges also feature a slight bevel, making for faster magazine insertions. The fit of a magazine into the mag well is secure and feels good in the rifle. Balance of a firearm is important for everything from shooting long distance from a standing position, moving in and around cover, or just carrying when out on a mission. With a billet cut lower, the weight distribution of this rifle gives it the ideal balance for all of these. The buffer tube and spring assembly are held in securely, and there is a noticeable absence of the typical grinding sounds from the buffer tube when firing. A Magpul stock finishes out the lower receiver as an integral part of the overall balance of the rifle.

The only parts I felt the need to add for my own edification were the Armaspec Tactical Combat Button and the Troy industries Bolt Release. I have been using these parts for as long as they have been out on other rifles so it only felt natural to include them on this one.

I admit I hate to clean rifles but the black nitride coating makes the chore of cleaning easy and requires just a wipe down with a cloth. I use very little oil in this rifle and I have put around 16,000 rounds through this rifle in the past 3-4 months using it as a rental for our gun club and as an SOF skills weapon for training my students. I am happy to say that I have had no malfunctions that were not caused by my own intentional abuse. I fired 12000 rounds before even the first cleaning and then let the carbon, dirt and oil build up till it fails. All it took was a wipe down and the GGP Specter was back up and running like it was new. The bolt is nitride coated as well, which makes for very tight tolerances with parts like the cam pin and the cotter pin. I believe the tighter a bolt carrier and bolt are, the longer you will have tighter shot groups. There is a point when a bolt wears that you will also notice the shot groups beginning to relax a bit as well.

The direct impingement system is flawless. I fired over 3000 rounds in the first month of using rifle number 00013, with no cleaning, and zero malfunctions. No double feeds, no failures to lock on an empty magazine, nothing. With cheaper Wolf ammo, I experienced a few light strikes, but with good ammo, this rifle shoots great. With match grade ammo, the Specter Light holds a sub minute group at 100 yards. I am confident that this is easily a 650 yard gun.

I am a shooter and instructor, not a gunsmith by any means. The amount of work my gunsmith has to perform on the typical AR platform is almost shameful due to malfunctions and gas system problems. I have many ARs come through my pro shop in the $1900 to $3500 range, straight from the gun show or other gun shops, and seen them fail on the first round. I am talking high end, high priced rifles. Names will be withheld to protect the innocent, but I would put the GGP Spector Light up against any of these rifles any day. In a shooting endurance test, I would bet on the GGP rifle to be in the top 3 every time. For the money, this is by far the best AR platform in 5.56 that I have had the pleasure of owning. Out of all the rifles I have in the same class, I grab my GGP Specter when I want the gun to work and shoot true.

More information:

Learn more about Raidon Tactics online at
http://raidontactics.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RaidonTactics. You can also follow Raidon and Range 37 PSR here on Instagram: https://instagram.com/37psrgunclub. Range 37 PSR can be found on line at http://37psr.com or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/37PsrGunClub.

Consilio, quod respuitur, nullum subest auxilium.

Learn more about Grey Ghost Precision online here: http://www.greyghostprecision.com or follow GGP on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/greyghostprecision. Grey Ghost is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreyGhostGearGGG.

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Your Prosciutto Doesn’t Stand A Chance!

The master bladesmiths at Extrema Ratio decided to bring tactical to the kitchen with a professional grade chef’s knife designated the Psycho Series.

The Blades are made from tried-and-tested Böhler N690 steel – enriched with chromium, vanadium, molybdenum and cobalt, tempered to a hardness of HRC 58. The Forprene handles can be fully detached from the blades, enabling thorough cleaning and maintenance. Forprene is an elastomer compliant with NATO standards for weathering extreme conditions.

Each knife comes with its own sheath, also fashioned after military criteria. Sheaths are not designed for food preparation hygiene, but rather for maximum safety in carrying an extremely sharp blade, while shielding it from impacts and preserving its sharpness. Therefore, they recommend only sheathing these kitchen knives for transportation and long-term storage.

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CAA USA Exhibits at National Rifle Association 2015 Annual Meetings & Exhibits

CAA USA offers NRA show attendees and online customers a limited-time discount on Show Special.

Tullytown, Pa. (April 2015) – CAA USA will be exhibiting at the National Rifle Association (NRA) 2015 Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 10 – 12, 2015 held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. As a way of saying “thank you” to their customers for their continued support, CAA USA is announcing two new promotions.

The first promotion starts at the NRA show’s opening on April 10th and goes through the last day, April 12, 2015, NRA attendees can purchase any CAA product at booth 101 and receive a 20% discount.Second, CAA USA is offering any customer the opportunity to take $100 off any CAA firearms accessories purchase of $150 or more at their favorite retailer. Simply, bring in the CAA USA coupon to any retailer and receive the discount. The offer expires June 30, 2015 and is limited to one coupon per customer. 

Retailers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this limited CAA USA promotion. For every coupon redeemed at their store location, the discount applies to the price of a stocking dealer order of $500 or more. (Limit one coupon redemption for every $500 order.) Retailers interested in saving 20% off of every redeemed in-store purchase can call CAA USA ahead and stock up prior to this promotion by calling Mike Grandy at 215-949-9944 x105 or Rick Young at 2-15-949-9944 x103.

The CAA USA Promotion coupon can be found and downloaded at Command Arms website and Facebook. Visit the new CAA USA Facebook fan page to get all the upcoming information and promotions.

For more information on CAA USA, visit www.commandarms.com. Become a fan on the new CAA USA Facebook page.

Visit CAA USA at the 2015 NRA Show, Booth 101

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Our Take On Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

It’s impossible not to sit and wonder what makes an individual summarily kill 149 completely innocent people. In our view, Andreas Lubitz has not only betrayed the solemn responsibility a pilot has for his passengers but in the process set a new standard for the meaning of  genetic defect. Investigators still pouring over the co-pilot’s personal records know that he was seen by at least 6 psychologists and psychiatrists but remain clueless as to his motive. We’ve developed our own theory based on a recent e-mail advertisements.


We believe that upon discovering the availability of online psychology programs, he reached the conclusion that he was hoodwinked, and that he did not need six people to accomplish what he could have done for himself. Feeling cheated, he slipped into a deep depression and fueled with anger decides to end his life. And, since misery loves company he felt justified in taking 149 souls with him. Cockpit voice recordings captured Lubitz’s breathing, which we believe suggest that he was fondling himself all the way to the end. This, we surmise, is the reason for the 8 minute descent.

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Visit EOTech At The NRA Annual Meeting

EOTech is attending the 144th National Rifle Association Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN from April 10th through the 12th and we would love to see you!  Visit Booth #2333 to check out the latest in EOTech Holographic Weapon Sights, as well as, innovative new thermal and night vision technology for hunting and home defense.



If you’re not attending, click to follow EOTech on social media and use #EOTechNRA to keep up with the action from the show floor.
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William W. (Bill) Robinson Appointed to Vice President of Sales



Black Creek, GA- April 2, 2015- Daniel Defense is proud to announce that Bill Robinson has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, reporting directly to Marty Daniel, President and CEO.

Bill joined Daniel Defense in 2009 and has been instrumental in growing their distribution network and building their Commercial sales team. He was previously Director of Commercial Sales.

Prior to Daniel Defense, he held many sales leadership positions, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. His twenty plus years of sales experience have more than prepared him to assume this sales leadership role at Daniel Defense. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University.

In his new role, he will be responsible for leading all Daniel Defense sales. “It’s an honor to be part of such a great team,” explained Robinson. “All of our success over the last several years would not be possible without our outstanding customers and the Daniel Defense team. I am truly thankful. We will continue to work hard to lead the industry in our quality, our on-time delivery, and our customer service.”

Marty Daniel said, “Bill is the perfect fit for this job. He has done an outstanding job for our company. He has already shown great leadership skills, has been committed to process improvements and understands the importance of customer relationships. This strategic move will enable Daniel Defense to continue to be the market leader in customer service.”

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Is Skynet Coming?

I’m a confirmed early adopter. All my life, I’ve embraced technology and used it extensively as an enabler. I seek knowledge of it, ways to apply it and master it. Others express noticeable timidity, suspicion, and in extreme cases irrational fears of it. So, when people discuss drones, unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, I don’t see the technology as an infringement on privacy, civil liberties or sinister attempts to control the people by governments. Certainly that potential is there, but that’s not my focus or thought process.

Commercial aviation is a good example. Commercial airliners are highly automated; not simply flying to its destination but landing using an ILS system under computer control. Recent  air disasters like Germanwings and MH370 will serve to accelerate increasing restraints on pilot discretion replacing it with stricter computer controls to the degree were someone could take control of the aircraft from the ground. UPS, FedEx and USPS will use UAVs to move cargo and yes, police and government agencies will expand their use.

This Friday’s shoot-the-shit topic is less frivolous than previous choices. I’d like to open the topic up to our readers to hear some of your thoughts. Let’s us know where you stand on the proliferation of UAVs. To seed the discussion, I found a video published by Infowras.com. The players raise interesting points, some of which are very well reasoned. I invite you to watch it and lets us know what you think.

Enjoy Your Weekend! Do Something Fun With Your Buds And/Or Family.

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Johnny Dronehunter


The year is 2015 a.d. and man has survived the wars but he faces new and present dangers. Technology which once helped him now hunts him, and liberty is a passing concept. Freedom belongs to those who stand squarely in the face of adversity. It is a time for new men who are not afraid. It is a time for Johnny Dronehunter…

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GEAR REVIEW: Streamlight’s ProTac-1AAA, Don’t Leave Home Without It !


Streamlight’s ProTac-1AAA is the best backup flashlight you’ll ever need. It runs on one alkaline or lithium AAA battery; generating 70 lumens on high and 5 lumens on low with a strobe to boot.

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TACPROGEAR Becomes Military and Tactical Distributor for LALO Footwear


Boynton Beach, Fla. (March 2015) – Tacprogear, a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, is pleased to announce that it has become the military and tactical distributor for LALO Footwear. Additionally, LALO has become the official footwear of Tacprogear.

“We are very excited about becoming the exclusive distributor for LALO Footwear to the military and tactical markets,” remarked TPG CEO Dan Lounsbury. “Our company missions and beliefs are very similar so this was a natural fit. Top tier materials designed with invaluable feedback from Elite Operators creates a top notch product that we are proud to offer through our website.”

LALO makes uncommon gear for the common man and woman, making the most technologically advanced products for the military and beyond. LALO Footwear is Navy SEAL field tested and approved. Their creations come from the minds of current and former special warfare operatives, as well as a team of award-winning designers and developers that have been creating innovative footwear for some of the world’s most popular brands for over 30 years.

“We are very pleased to partner with TPG to distribute LALO products via their sales channels, servicing their customer base. Together with TPG we can focus on delivering world class products and impeccable customer service to the market,” commented LALO CEO Jay Taylor.

TPG carries the following LALO Footwear styles on its website:

  • Bloodbird (available in Black Ops, Desert, Jungle)
  • Grinder (available in Black Ops, Desert, Jungle, Night Vision)
  • Zodiac Recon (available in Black Ops, Desert, Night Vision)
  • Shadow Intruder Tactical Boot (available in Desert Tan and Black Ops)
  • Shadow Amphibian Tactical Boot (available in Desert Tan and Black Ops)

MSRP ranges from $117 to $315. The full selection can be found on TPG’s website.

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Pentagon Works To Reduce Its Acquisition Costs

The DoD is looking at revamping its procurement rules to reduce acquisition costs and speed up purchasing of commercial products. In recent years, the Department of Defense has increasingly relied on “currently on the shelf” or COTS purchases to meet the Department’s growing needs. Although its dependency expanded, potential suppliers were stymied and often discouraged by excessively long and complicated evaluation periods.

The DoD spends about $60 billion a year on commercial purchases. Some items, like bathroom tissue, are purely commercial; however, others are of commercial origins but modified for military use. Suppliers of commercial but modified for military use products have found themselves in prolonged battles with Pentagon officials while they establish if the item supplied is commercial or exclusive to the military. The purchasing of commercially available products means that contracts can be negotiated without undergoing the elaborate cost analysis performed for military only purchases.

The proposed rule changes would establish a 10 day window to determine if a product is truly commercial and not exclusive to the military. This comes as good news to prospective suppliers and established vendors experiencing increasing selling costs due to burdensome regulation. If successful, the rules changes will reduce the Pentagon’s acquisition costs and attract new suppliers to the military sector.

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Bawidamann / RMJ Tactical Collaboration


The first installment of the Bawidamann RAGNAROKS  is now available ( now sold out.) It looks like Andrew decided to do two runs with the first coinciding with the new issue of RECOIL magazine featuring a broad survey of the tomahawk. The RMJ Tactical influence in this collaboration is evident as is the Bawidamann artistic flair. Bawidamann expression with RMJ Tactical function a amazing offering. You’ll find that the first run is sold out but more should be available in 3 to 4 weeks. M.S.R.P is $550

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M855 v. M855A1 U.S.M.C. And U.S. Army Differ In Their Opinions.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and she wants to know why the Marine Corps uses the M855 5.56mm round and the Army uses the M855A1.

Representative Sanchez comments:

“Maintaining two inventories of the same size combat ammunition is probably not the most efficient way to go,” Sanchez said.

“I just think it looks bad. It makes us all look bad. It appears very wasteful from the outside to have the Marines and the Army not buying the same bullet.”



The U.S.M.C. uses the M16A4 – it’s a 4th generation M16. The rifle is chambered in 5.56 x 45 mm (NATO) and has a barrel length of 20 inches. The U.S. Army has standardized on the M4 also chambered in 5.56 x 45 mm (NATO) but with a barrel length of 14.5 inches.  The 5.56 x 45 round, designated as M193, was designed with a 55grain projectile and intended for a 20 inch barrel.  M193 relies on a muzzle velocity of 3000+ feet per second to achieve its terminal effectiveness; however, it lacked penetration performance against hardened targets.

The M855, with its steel penetrator, effectively addressed that concern and when fired from a 20 inch barrel, like those used on the M16A4, the round has sufficient muzzle velocity to achieve the desired terminal effects even with its 62gr projectile weight. Subsequently, all the services adopted the M855.

With the emergence and adoption of the M4 by the U.S. Army the situation changed. The M4 with its shorter barrel did not posses sufficient muzzle velocity to achieve acceptable terminal ballistics and  the M4’s shorter barrel, even with its 1:7 rifling, did not provide the level of accuracy that the 20” M16A4 was able to deliver, so the U.S. Army called for an enhanced round, which was ultimately adopted by the Army in 2010 and designated the M855A1. This new round offered some interesting features. First, it was lead free, which I think was more of a political statement than anything else. However, the real reason for adopting the M855A1 was:

  1. Improved external ballistics, optimized for the M4 carbine. For example, higher muzzle velocity.
  2. Improved projectile geometry for better penetration and terminal effects.
  3. Reduced flash and smoke signatures from improved propellants.

Readers who have been following the M4 “lethality” concerns will recall that the U.S.M.C. was conspicuously absent for those discussions. Their choice of rifle was the principal reason for that absence. The U.S.M.C. was simply not experiencing a performance issue with the M16A4 and M855 combination.

The M855A1 has, from all reports, addressed the overwhelming majority of issues with the M4, but does it perform equally well when used with the M16A4? This is a question that needs to be empirically answered. Ammunition IS NOT weapon system agnostic as most experienced shooters already know.

Suggested Approach:

So, perhaps the best approach is to ask the U.S.M.C. to conduct comparative tests, with both M855 and M855A1 ammunition types, and present its findings to the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces along with its supporting data so the appropriate decision can be made.

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The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued a solicitation dated 17 March 2015 seeking what it designates as the Family of Weapon Sights – Sniper or FWS. The new thermal sight will work across all sniper system platforms including the M24, M107 .50BMG, M110 SASS and the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle. Ideally, the FWS will be comparable to the AN/PVS-30 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight currently in use, which mounts in front of the magnified day optic.

Interested parties have until 30 April 2015 to respond. Reference Solicitation No.:

  • Department of the Army
    Army Contracting Command
    ACC-APG – Aberdeen Division D
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I’ve followed Rob’s work for quite a few years. He was senior photographer for Military Times. He’s not just a great photographer but he’s a gearhead through and through. Over the years, Rob has done great work for Military Times and his experience will serve Recoil Magazine well. Congratulations Rob, we wish you the very best.

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