DoubleStar Unveils the Halcon-X "Non-Traditional Karambit" at 2017 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting

Developed by Robert Cabrera, DoubleStar Director, Edged Weapon Division, the Halcon-X will be available for 2018.

Winchester, Ky. (October 2017)DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, is pleased to introduce the Halcon-X “Non-Traditional Karambit” at the 2017 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting, held at the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 17 – 20, 2017. Developed by DoubleStar Corp. Director of Edged Weapons, Robert Cabrera, the Halcon-X optimizes cutting positions and striking angles for any military or self-defense situation. It will be available for purchase in 2018.

Made from the new Nitro-V stainless steel and finished with a tumble, the blade has a custom look and feel without the custom price. Designed to be one of the industry’s most comfortable Karambits, the Halcon-X provides multiple cutting surfaces. The design lends itself to be usable in any close quarter combat (CQC) or combative system due to the combination of its traditional and progressive physical attributes.

In the pantheon of Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino style knives, there are many called Karambit, but only one called the Halcon-X. The Karambit was originally used as an agricultural implement designed to rake roots and plant rice. The blade became more curved to maximize cutting potential as it became weaponized. It was embraced as a last resort weapon among Indonesian soldiers when their other weapons were lost in battle and as a self-defense tool for women, who would often tie the Karambit into their hair. Today, the blade is commonly used in Filipino martial arts and is one of the main weapons of silat, which is a collective word for a class of indigenous martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia.

Cabrera, the designer of the Halcon-X, is a self-defense instructor and has 20 years of self-defense instruction to the military and law enforcement communities, as well as eight years of professional knife design with his own company Filo Bladeworks. He is involved with the concept, design and development of all new and existing blades for DoubleStar Corp.

Halcon-X Specificiations:

  • Steel: Nitro-V “Improved AEB-L by New Jersey Steel Baron”
  • Steel Thickness: 0.187″
  • Overall Length: 6.75″
  • Edge Length: 5.75″
  • Blade Weight: 4.8 oz.
  • Rig Weight: 8.2 oz.
  • Handle Material: (0.187″ thick) black, coarse textured G10
  • Handle Length: 3.75″
  • Ring Diameter: 1″
  • Sheath: 0.08″ thick Boltron
  • Attachment System: Large Tek-Lok
  • Finish: Tumbled
  • MSRP: $259.99

The NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting is the premier place for shooting sports professionals to conduct business. The annual convention brings buyers and sellers together, providing network opportunities with top industry leaders, the chance to meet with leading manufacturers of products and services in the shooting sports industry and, of course, the opportunity to see new products and innovations.

For more information about DoubleStar, visit

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Laserguard Pro features 4 modes of operation, (laser + light, laser only, light only, laser + light strobe), a master on/off switch, user adjustable windage and elevation, and 2 hours of battery life. All models are eligible for our Free Batteries For Life program. Available for GLOCK Full-Size (17/22/31+), Compact (19/23/32+), Subcompact (26/27+), 42 & 43, Smith & Wesson® M&P9™ Shield™, M&P40™ Shield, M&P45™ Shield, and Springfield Armory® XD-S® pistols.

Select models are available pre-packaged with a custom Blade-Tech® Klipt™ ambidextrous inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster.

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Image result for Shoot the shitIt’s Friday and we’re rolling into what we hope will be a nice weekend. I hope you all had a rewarding and productive week.

If you’re new to this blog, on Fridays we usually have a shoot the shit with our readers. The shoot the shit can be about anything, even if it’s unrelated to the site’s central theme. Readers are free to make unsupported comments, use profanity, insult anyone they wish or change the subject altogether.

I’ll kick this thing off by asking for reader assistance. I have been struggling to find out how the hell one becomes a Fellow. There are Fellows all over the place, on the news, they have Fellow business cards etc., but how do you become a fellow? I have a Masters and I think I’d make a great Fellow but I don’t know how to become one.

If you don’t already have big plans for the weekend, or  aren’t heading out to the range, go see The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan. Jackie is a restaurateur in London during the Irish Republican Army (IRA) conflicts. He looses his only living child when a bomb is detonated outside of a London dress shop. The rest of the movie involves Jackie searching for the culprits. It’s not until late in the movie that it’s revealed that Jackie was an operative during the Vietnam War. It’s a great movie and one you can take the whole family to see. Great flick!

Anybody worn out with the Harvey Weinstein extravaganza? Personally, I think Harvey may be a reincarnated diesel boat sailor, but here is the reality. Harvey is a product of his environment and many of the people that condemn Harvey also have skeletons in their closets. In Hollywood the agents tap the talent (male, female, gay, straight or gender undecided). If it moves they tap it. They then refer them to a director or producer who also taps them. They in turn pass then on to a financial planner who also taps the talent, and they in turn refer them out to a therapists who too taps the talent.

Last but not least, note that everyone and their mother has a theory on the WHY behind the Las Vegas shootings. Here’s ours …

Steve Wynn, during a Fox News interview, indicated that Paddock and his girlfriend frequently visited the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas. Mr. Wynn continued indicating that neither Paddock nor his girlfriend took a sip of alcohol; while gambling, through room service or dinning. He further indicated that Paddock and his girlfriend were at all times coherent, reasonable and lucid. So, my theory is that Paddock had either converted or developed an affinity with Islam. As a convert or sympathizer, he deliberately targeted the Country Western concert possibly making a mental connection between Christianity and country music genre .

I don’t believe the event had political motivations, but I do hypothesize that ideology was possibly its catalyst. The absence of footprints openly indicating an affiliation with Islam,  ISIS, AQ or AQPAP does not exclude that ideology from being the motive.

Let us hear from you, we love hearing from you! Have a great weekend be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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CRKT TECPATL – a Michael R. Rodriguez Creation



Michael R. Rodriguez has taken a timeless combat tool and enriched it with Aztec lore and symbols of his military life. In so doing, he’s produced a unique edged weapon worthy of a place in CRKT’s Forged By War™ program.

Read my review…

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Walther Arms Introduces the New PPQ M2 Q4 TAC


Introducing the PPQ M2 Q4 TAC!

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Eagle Imports, Inc. Brings the Llama Micro Max to American Shores

The small, feather-light Llama auto pistol available at an affordable price has now begun shipping stateside.

Wanamassa, N.J. (October 2017)Eagle Imports, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Metro Arms, SPS, Bersa®, Comanche, Grand Power, Llama and Avidity Arms firearms products, is pleased to announce that after much anticipation, the Llama Micro Max has begun shipping in the United States.

Llama took the classic 1911 and shrunk it down to make it easier to conceal and in the process created the Llama Micro Max. Despite its size, this firearm still functions and performs like a full size with a Novak-Style rear sight, fiber optic front site, a true beavertail grip safety and a slide that racks easily and smoothly. The Micro Max has a flared and lowered ejection port to eliminate hang-ups and front and rear slide serrations to provide a better grip. A skeletal combat hammer combined with a combat trigger creates sleek aesthetics, while the throated forged steel barrel adds durability. The Micro Max has a standard slide stop for added safety.

Llama Micro Max Specifications:

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Action: SA
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • Barrel Length: 3.75″
  • Front Sight: Dovetail
  • Rear Sight: Novak-Style
  • Finishes: Matte Blue
  • Grips: Polymer / Contoured for comfort
  • Construction: 4140 Steel Frame / 4140 Hammer Forged Steel Slide
  • Safety: Ambidextrous thumb safety / beavertail
  • Weight: 22.9 oz.
  • Length: 6.3″
  • Height: 4.5″
  • Width: 1.2″
  • MSRP: $468.00

As with all Llama products, Eagle Imports offers a lifetime service contract for the original owner.

To learn more about any of the firearm brands that Eagle Imports, Inc. carries, visit

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SENTRY Products Group Announces the Acquisition of Hexmag™

When every shot counts, end users trust Hexmag™.

Virginia Beach, Va. (October 2017)SENTRY Products Group, an industry leader in the Military, Law Enforcement and Outdoor equipment, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hexmag™, innovators of AR-15/AR-10 magazines and accessories. 

When Hexmag was founded, it introduced lightweight magazines for the AR-15/AR-10 platforms.

“We set out to make the most durable, versatile and aesthetic magazine on the market,” stated Aaron Schefter, founder of Hexmag. He continued, “With great acceptance and a strong end user following, the company rapidly expanded and SENTRY was the logical partner to continue the product development. When the SENTRY crew were executives at BLACKHAWK!®, they really loved and understood product development and manufacturing and that is what I want for the future of Hexmag’s products.”

Built in the USA and backed with a lifetime warranty, Hexmag’s products are manufactured using a proprietary fiber-reinforced polymer, PolyHex2, resulting in a lighter and more durable magazine. The patented hexagonal surface provides superior grip and ease of handling. Hexmag’s HexID Color Identification System allows end users to quickly personalize magazines to identify different ammunition calibers. Product line extensions include grips, rail covers and grip tape allowing end users to further customize their gear.

“We are proud to add Hexmag products to our company offerings; their innovative approach to product design and marketing fits well and extends our presence in the Military, Law Enforcement, Tactical and OEM markets,” said Terry Naughton, President of SENTRY Products Group. He continued, “This addition creates new US based jobs as manufacturing and distribution moves to SENTRY’s Boise, Idaho facility and core business functions move to the Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S.A. headquarters.”

“The acquisition of Hexmag fits perfectly with SENTRY’s short, medium and long-term vision of both organic growth, as well as growth through acquisition,” said Mike Noell, CEO of SENTRY.  “Hexmag was an easy plugin to our accessories business and gives SENTRY additional product categories, sales channels, new distribution partners and an entrance into the high-tech injection molded product arena. We are now focused on operational excellence, great products and awesome service. Thank you for your trust and business, we look forward to serving you!”

If you are interested in becoming a Distributor, Dealer, OEM Customer, Manufacturers Rep or to request an appointment to preview our product line at the 2017 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting (booth #601), please contact us at (877) 726-7328.

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The New Updated Harry’s Holsters’ Inside the Waistband Holsters Now Available for an Even Greater Number of Popular Firearms

Roxboro, NC (October 2017)- Harry’s Holsters has introduced an updated version of their Insider line and have greatly expanded the number of firearms The Insider is now available for. The Insider is an inside the waistband (IWB) taco style holster that can be configured for Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB), 3-5 o’clock carry and other non-traditional positions based on hardware configuration.  The Insider is perfect for those who don’t want their box of holsters to continue to grow.  The Insider is a versatile holster platform that accepts a variety of standard holster hardware which is also offered by Harry’s Holsters.

Key Features Include:

  • Multiple Hardware Mounting Points (Maximum Ride Height and Cant Adjustment)
  • Accepts Threaded Barrels
  • Accepts Suppressor Height Sights
  • Adjustable Retention
  • Full Sweat Shield and Rear Sight Coverage

In addition to the wide variety of holsters already available, the newly added custom designed holsters for The Insider include the following firearms:

  • CZ P10c
  • HK VP9
  • HK VP9sk
  • Ruger LC9/LC9s
  • Sig P320 Subcompact (Fits Standard and Railed Frame)
  • Sig P320 Compact/Carry (Cross Compatible Subcompact and X series Frames)
  • Sig P320 (Cross Compatible Subcompact and X series Frames)
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 3.5 inch
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 4 inch (2.0 Cross Compatible)
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 4.25 inch (2.0 Cross Compatible)
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 5 inch (2.0 Cross Compatible)
  • Springfield XDm 3.8
  • Springfield XDm 4.5
  • Taurus PT111 G2
  • Walther PPQ
  • Walther PPS

Harry’s Holsters stocks a large selection of Ready To Ship holsters, that ship in 1-3 business days as well as custom holsters that can be shipped in as little as little as two weeks.  They offer a 45 Day return period on Ready to Ship Holsters.

Configurations Include:

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Bushnell Announces AR Optics Laser Sights


OVERLAND PARK, KansasOctober 16, 2017 – Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optical solutions, announces the addition of three high-end laser sights to its industry-leading line of AR Optics.
Bushnell’s AR Optics line is already the category leader for MSRs. New this year, AR Optics now offers laser lighting systems in the Haste, Chase and Rush. Each model is a purpose-built laser sight with advanced features and high-performance output.
“More and more MSR users are finding the benefits of laser sighting systems impossible to ignore,” said AR Optics line manager Bryan Parrish. “Our engineers worked tirelessly to advance these systems, with innovative designs purpose-built for the rifle platform. With high-output lasers and easy one-button, constant-on operation, the Haste, Chase and Rush outperform the competition and offer users a better way to make the shot.”
Waterproof, ergonomic and ready for every MSR – including AR pistols — the Bushnell AR Optics Haste is the epitome of forward-grip lasers. Available in red or green laser options, the Haste mounts under the bore, and provides a bright, continuous, long-lasting beam with the push of a single button. The waterproof construction ensures it won’t falter in bad weather.
“Keeping the laser in-line with bore is paramount to accuracy,” Parrish said. “And we were able to do that with improved ergonomics. It allows you to better grip the rifle and provide a more stable shooting platform.”
The AR Optics Chase is two sights in one. Push a button for a bright, continuous laser beam available in red or green. Flip-up the post for a physical sight. The Chase mounts over the bore, allowing for a seamless, accurate transition between multiple targets. The back-up sight is ideal for longer shots, and integration saves valuable space on the accessory rail.
“Back-up iron sights are an important part of many shooters’ MSR accessory kit,” Parrish said. “We combined the BUIS with a laser to cut weight and also increase the laser’s accuracy by aligning it with the bore.”
The AR Optics Rush is a hi-rise optics mount with built-in laser sight for close quarter environments. The integrated, offset laser saves space on the rifle. It is available in red or green, and projects a continuous, powerful beam with one push of a button. It replaces standard optics mounts, and is compatible with any optic that can be mounted on a picatinny rail.
“Like the Chase, the Rush combines two essential accessories,” Parrish said. “It takes the optics mount and makes it a dual-purpose accessory. These purpose-built products with industry-leading technology embody the AR Optics line, and they further expand the AR Optics supremacy within this key category of the firearms market.”
Bushnell, a Vista Outdoor brand, is one of the most recognizable and trusted names in precision hunting, tactical and recreational optics and accessories. For more information, visit

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HM Defense announces the HMBTM Bolt

HM Defense HMB Bolt


Mt. Orab, Ohio – HM Defense announces the release of its all-new HMBTM Bolt, an enhanced durability bolt for M16, AR-10 and AR-15 rifles. The HMBTM Bolt corrects a natural weak point in existing Mil-Spec M16, AR-10 & AR-15 bolts where the cam pin hole passes through the bolt. Under extensive use, including the stress of combat, a standard Mil-Spec bolt can fail at the cam pin hole location.

The HMBTM Bolt by HM Defense eliminates the pass-through cam pin hole and replaces it with a cam pin socket and tapered cam pin design. This new patent-pending design eliminates the natural weak point of Mil-Spec bolts by significantly increasing the amount of metal (and strength) at the cam pin location. The result – No more broken bolts!

“The HMBTM Bolt design provides a substantial improvement in long-term durability over the existing Mil-Spec bolt,” said Clay Barker, General Manager at HM Defense. “Every M16 and AR rifle can benefit from our new HMB TM Bolt design”HM Defense HMB Bolt Cross Section

Additionally, the HMBTM Bolt reduces contact between cam pin and firing pin, enabling smoother operation of firing pin, bolt lugs and aft gas rings. The new cam pin socket also retains lubrication for extended operations.

The HMBTM Bolt is 100% compatible with Mil-Spec M16 & AR-15 BCGs and can be installed as a drop-in bolt replacement in any existing M16 or AR-15 rifle. The HMBTM Bolt will be standard on all HM Defense HM15 rifles and available as an HM Defense bolt replacement kit or in a complete HMBTM Bolt Carrier Group starting in September 2017.

For more information on the HMBTM Bolt and other HM Defense technologies, please visit

HM Defense HMB Bolt with Cam

About HM Defense

HM Defense Technologies, designs, develops and produces AR rifles that feature exclusive components & patent pending technologies. The HM Defense mission is to advance AR rifle technology to its highest level. The company strives to create rifles that are more accurate, easier to maintain and dependable in extreme conditions.

HM manufactures and final machines rifle components in-house, ensuring the closest tolerances, highest quality and maximum performance of its products. All HM Defense products are proudly made in Mt. Orab, Ohio. For more information, call 937-444-6500 or email

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Lyman Products Introduce the GuardianGrip

The patented design of the Pachmayr GuardianGrip™ carries like a compact and shoots like a full-size grip.

Middletown, Conn. (October 2017)Lyman® Products is proud to unveil the first in a grip that offers the concealment of a compact with the shooting control of a full-size grip: the GuardianGrip™, by Pachmayr, a division of Lyman Products. The patented design allows the user to simply squeeze the button on the front of the grip and a spring loaded finger extension drops down out of the GuardianGrip, converting a two-finger compact grip into a controllable three finger grip.

Initially available for J-frame revolvers, the GuardianGrip line will expand to include many of the popular conceal carry pistols. The GuardianGrip is made from high-strength polymers and is impervious to moisture, weather and chemicals. The ergonomic GuardianGrip includes an open backstrap for greater concealability and textured panels for a positive grip. Snag-free and comfortable, the contour of the GuardianGrip also allows the easy use of speed loaders.

“The GuardianGrip is the answer for every person that carries concealed yet feels a compact grip does not give them the control they need, whether it is during target shooting or if an actual self-defense scenario arose,” Trevor Mullen, VP of Global Marketing and Business Development for Lyman Products, said. “The GuardianGrip adds that level of confidence for the owner of a compact conceal firearm, just by providing them with a positive full-size grip.”

Stop by the Lyman Products booth #713 at the 20178 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 17-20, 2017 to see the new GuardianGrip that will revolutionize conceal carry grips.

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When Seconds Matter: The Story of a Daring Rescue During Hurricane Harvey

by Ashley Burgess Gall

It was late August and Hurricane Harvey had made landfall over South Texas, bringing with it devastating winds, storm surges and extreme rainfall, culminating to produce some of the worst flooding the area had ever seen. The first major hurricane to strike South Texas since Celia in 1970, Harvey was making sure his mark was felt. Americans across the country were glued to their mobile devices, computers and televisions watching the updates come from the Houston area and trying to find ways to help Texas.

Mike* was one such person. A native Houstonian, specifically from Memorial, Mike was fortunate enough to have his home and his business office spared from the flooding. He knew he was one of the lucky ones and couldn’t sit idly by as he watched his beloved Memorial experience extreme flooding. So, he did what any red-blooded American would do in a time of crisis; he grabbed his go-bag, a medical kit, suture kit, multi-tool and DoubleStar Wrath “CrashHawk” and headed out to help.

Mike knew his skills could be used to help people who were trapped by the rapid flooding. Memorial had experienced swift flooding in the dead of night. With many people receiving no advanced warning, they were trapped in their homes as cars weren’t even able to escape their driveways from the oncoming water. Mike met with a friend who had been helping people in another area of Houston and, together, they began to search for flood victims.

The neighborhood began to flood rapidly as the Addicks Reservoir and Addicks Dam were released. Mike and his friend came upon a family of four that were trying to escape their home with as much as they could before the water took away everything they had. Three of the family members were able to get into the boat before things became serious. The father, a man approximately 65 years old, was trapped in the kitchen by the rising water. It was dark, time was running out, they only had one light and everyone began to fear that the father would be swept away by the current.

Mike grabbed the Wrath and sprang into action. Using the CrashHawk, Mike smashed through the small sliding kitchen window with a swift three to four chops. He was able to remove the entire window structure and scraped all the glass edges off quickly. The father jumped onto the kitchen counter and crawled out the window into the safety of the awaiting boat, escaping the murky flood waters that were filling his house.

Mike and his friend would go on that night to continue helping flood victims, but the memory of that first family they rescued and how his Wrath made all the difference in those crucial moments will forever stay with him.

*name has been changed to protect his identity.

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Nighthawk Custom is now offering a double stack configuration as an upgrade option for all government model 9mm guns we make. If you have always loved the slick lines of the 1911 platform but limited capacity held you back, here is your chance to get the best of both worlds. After over two years of development, Nighthawk Custom has created a double stack worthy of putting the Nighthawk Custom name on. Regardless of model, this upgrade will be priced at $650.

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New Pulsar Locking QD Mount

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Improving on their already stellar night vision and thermal optics, Pulsar is proud to release a new Locking QD mount (PL34000), sure to be welcomed by shooting and hunting enthusiasts. Better suited for mounting Pulsar scopes on MSR platform rifles, this new and improved mount features a compact design half the length of the original mount.

The locking latch found on these new mounts prevents the latch from accidentally opening during hard use in the field. Able to return to zero, this user-friendly QD mount is ideal for hog and predator hunters who like to switch their optics between multiple rifles. Weighing in at a mere 3.5 oz., this aluminum picatinny mount is lighter than the counterpart it replaces.

The Locking QD mount includes 3 mounting screws and is compatible with various Pulsar riflescopes including the Trail, Apex, Digisight Ultra and Core product lines.

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DefenseWeb TV Arms & Security 2017 – Day 2: Introducing Ukraine’s New Military Vehicles

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Defense Web TV Arms & Security 2017 – League of Defense Companies of Ukraine’s new products

There’s some excellent footage of Ukranian mobility products. You can see a definite Soviet influence with significant changes , like German power plants and Ukranian weapon stations. Enjoy!

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Larry Vickers on the Galil Ace 21-N

Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor. Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as Blue Force Gear, BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat, Mile High Shooting, Red State Tactical, and Schmidt & Bender.

Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.

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DefenseWeb TV – AUSA 2017 Association of United States Army Exhibition and Conference Washington DC Day 2

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DefenseWeb TV – AUSA 2017 Association of United States Army Exhibition and Conference Washington DC Day 1

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Sniper’s Hide Interviews Dave Walls of Accuracy International

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Maxim 9 Tech Specs By Silencerco

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SAR USA Unveils SAR 9

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Des Plaines, IL, Oct. 1, 2017 – SAR USA combined all the features experts demand in one handgun for duty, competition and carry in its new SAR 9. The polymer-framed, striker-fired semiauto is made to NATO specs in the 137-year-old firearm firm’s cutting-edge facility.

Lightweight, accurate and unwavering in reliability, the SAR 9’s low-profile design channels recoil straight back into the hand for recoil mitigation and follow-ups faster than criminals can say, “Sorry, mister!”

SAR 9’s next-generation trigger design does away with the terrible two-stage feel that has become the accepted norm. Instead, SAR 9 uses a patented, double-action-style trigger that’s pounds lighter than traditional double actions. The SAR 9 comes with metal sights (why wouldn’t every handgun?), two 15-round mags and all the features serious handgunners expect in a top-end 9mm pistol, except the frightening price tag. Now imported by SAR USA and sold throughout America, the SAR 9 retails for $449. Windswept Creative Group Cody Roberts 512.944.3828 S

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MAGPUL M-LOK Extended Cantilever Scout Mount NOW SHIPPING

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The M-LOK Extended Cantilever Scout Mount provides maximum forward light positioning to minimize shadowing effects and return usable handguard space to the user. The extended cantilever design is low profile and optimized for Magpul MOE SL, Zhukov, and MOE M-LOK Shotgun forends as well as compatible aluminum M-LOK handguards.

  • Fits SureFire® Scout Light®* and Streamlight® ProTac® Rail Mount Lights
  • Extra length reduces barrel shadowing and provides more handguard real estate
  • Directly mounts to M-LOK compatible systems
  • Cammed T-Nuts • Mount machined from Mil-Spec hard anodized aluminum
  • Recoil/impact mitigation lugs
  • Backwards MOE® compatibility with optional adapters
  • M.S.R.P. $34.95

* SureFire DS00 Dual Activation Switch is NOT compatible

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PROOF Research Announces Partnership with H&G Marketing

Leading manufacturing sales team will represent and increase market share nationally for PROOF Research’s innovative carbon fiber and stainless steel barrels and rifle platforms.

Proof Research Granite Rifle

Columbia Falls, MT (October 2017) PROOF Research, the industry leader in the production of aerospace-grade carbon fiber rifle barrels, cut-rifled stainless steel rifle barrels, and lightweight hunting and military rifle systems, has chosen H&G Marketingto represent them throughout the United States.

“We are very pleased to announce this newly-formed partnership with H&G Marketing,” said Kelly Streiff, Director of Sales at PROOF Research. “Just as we at PROOF ensure our products uphold the highest standards of quality and reliability, so does the representation that H&G Marketing provides. Our companies have the same stringent core values and goals for our customers and end users. We feel we have chosen one of the leading sales organizations in the country to represent PROOF on a national basis.”

Proof Research

H&G Marketing, headquartered in Big Lake, MN, is a national sales and marketing organization with over thirty-five years of experience. With over thirty-five regional representatives and managers with countless years of combined experience, H&G Marketing provides sporting goods manufacturers throughout the United States with expertise on the industry and proven marketing techniques, including in-store promotions, product training and trade show exposure.

“Our staff of trained sales and marketing professionals located throughout the country will help PROOF Research grow their brand at both the dealer and distributor levels, said Scott Dobry, Vice President of Sales at H&G Marketing. “We appreciate the opportunity to represent PROOF and look forward to a long and enhanced relationship with them.”

PROOF Research is a science-driven manufacturer of lightweight precision rifle systems and record-breaking steel barrels and carbon fiber-wrapped barrels. The company’s Advanced Composites Division develops next-generation materials to produce innovative weapon systems that lighten warfighter load while increasing durability and effectiveness.

For more information about H&G Marketing, contact Scott Dobry or visit their website:

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It’s Friday and another weekend is upon us. It’s also time for our weekly shoot the shit, which you all know is a time during which you can make any unsupported comment, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. We offer this service, at no charge, because we feel you shouldn’t have to pay a couple hundred bucks an hour to have some jackass who’s only reason for studying psychology was so they could understand themselves  listen to you.

Reader’s we will be glad to see 2017 make its exit. Let’s see – two major hurricanes, a mass killing and towering inferno and on top of all that, MiniMe in Pyongyang is threating to nuke us. Is that enough or what? However, for me the challenge was even more profound. I love tuna salad and during the week I ran out. So, I left the bat cave to pick some up; however, my usual grocer had none. Totally disappointed, I went to a second location of the same grocer, no tuna salad to be had. In an act of desperation, I went a third store location. Unbeknown to me, this is a store that caters to the “Micro-Generation.” Walking through the front door you could sense the total lack of social skills and personalities. It’s very likely I lost 10 points of I.Q. just walking through the front door, but they had tuna salad. So, I scored a couple of containers and proceeded to check out. The checkout clerk, customer in front of me and behind me all looked like the life had been sucked out of them so to test my theory I told the cashier I had just purchased a iPhone 8. Her face immediately lights up and everyone wanted to know how I liked it. Think about this for a while.

Those of you invested in the market, you’re undoubtedly excited with the stock index approaching $23,000. This price level reflects the market’s anticipation over pending tax legislation and a continued reduction in regulations, all great news! Most of the financial pundits talk about how well the average man’s 401K is doing. A true statement, but you need to understand that, per the U.S. Census Bureau, only 32% of Americans have a 401K, but making matters worse most are underfunded – people are contributing at a low rate, which  should improve with higher wages and lower taxes. So, who’s doing well? It looks like the institutional investors who have also managed to rack up $550+ Billion in margin account debt. Continuing…

Investors look at a measure called the P/E, or price to earnings ratio to gain a sense of how well a stock is priced. It’s the ratio of a company’s stock price  to its earnings per share. The industry considers a PE of 20 to be an indication that the stock is not overpriced or undervalued. So, if earnings per share is $1 the stock should be selling at $20 or so.  Today PEs for the various indices are:

  1. Dow Industrials  about 21

  2. Dow Transportation about 20

  3. Dow Utilities about 38

  4. Russell 2000 about 99

  5. Nasdaq about 26

  6. S&P about 25

So, we’re seeing hints of an overpriced market, driven by enthusiasm for the proposed tax plan and present and future reductions in burdensome regulations.

I’m subjecting you to this because I want to point to the need for Congress to get  off its duff, get to work and move forward with a tax package. Sadly, I’m not optimistic that our legislative branch will accomplish anything; in which case, the economic outlook will be much less promising, but it won’t be Donald J Trump’s fault!

We’ve been blessed by a President who focused on the economy like a laser, recognizing that it is as important as a strong, modernized and mobile military. In 2008 the banks were bailed out, the public was not, yet they account for roughly 70% of GDP. The proposed tax reform is CRITICALLY important because it drives capital investment by businesses and reduces taxes on the individual which will jumpstart consumption.

Alright, were done! Have a great weekend be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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Brownells Announces Exclusive Polymer80 Frames For Glock®-Style Pistols



Grinnell, Iowa – Do-it-yourself pistol builders can now get unique Polymer80 80% frames at Brownells in a wide range of colors and with a Brownells-exclusive, more-aggressive grip texture to make instant custom handguns at home.

Also exclusively at Brownells are Polymer80 80% frames in the color Coyote Tan.

Polymer80 80% frames accept parts compatible with either the Gen3 Glock® 19/23/32 or Glock® 17/22/33/34/35 handguns. Because they are not complete firearms, they can be shipped straight to a customer’s home without an FFL.

The customer must perform the final manufacturing and the 80% frames include a jig, and all required drill bits and end mill. With a drill press or similar tool, an 80% frame can be finished into a firearm in just minutes.

Polymer80 80% frames exclusive to Brownells include:

“The Polymer80 80% frames are perfect for dedicated enthusiasts who enjoy building it themselves,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “Those who might have built their own AR-15 rifle can now make their very own custom pistol with just a few simple tools.”

See Brownells How To Build a Polymer 80″ page for detailed videos and information about completing an 80% frame, as well as how different parts fit.

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SilentHawk Hybrid-Electric Military Motorcycle

The SilentHawk all-wheel drive, hybrid-electric motorcycle is designed to quietly carry troops and their gear over rough terrain and behind enemy lines. Logos Technologies was recently awarded a second Phase II SBIR for further optimization of the motorcycle’s design.

The vehicle combines Logos Technologies’ proven, multifuel hybrid-electric power system with a cutting-edge, off-road electric motorcycle platform developed by Alta Motors. This initiative will be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle.

For more information on Logos Technologies and its innovative solutions, please visit Booth 1065 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, October 9-11.

For more information on SilentHawk, please email

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Magpul Industries Now Shipping Tactile Lock-Plates

The Magpul Tactile Lock-Plate is a magazine enhancement that provides the user with the ability to rapidly and easily identify/ differentiate magazines with mixed loadouts such as ball, tracer, supersonic and subsonic types via raised tactile features. These features are 1/8” raised ridges that protrude through the magazine floor-plate opening and are purposely pronounced at an optimum height to ensure functionality with gloved hands. The Magpul Tactile Lock-Plate comes in two fully distinct configurations of 1/8” raised ridges: Type 1 – single ridge and Type 2 – double ridge. These designs provide the user with the ability to quickly and confidently identify three separate loadouts by tactile feel when utilized in conjunction with standard floor plate/lock plate combinations. Full functionality remains with the magazine inserted in a weapon or in a magazine pouch while retaining the proven PMAG Gen M3 strength and performance characteristics for total end user confidence.

  • Immediate tactile identification of magazine loadout 
  • Ridge heights are optimized for gloved hand usage  
  • 1/8” feature heights minimize snag hazards and optimize tactile identification  
  • Two fully distinct tactile design features provide three separate options for mixed loadouts 
  • Retains PMAG® GEN M3™ strength and performance characteristics  
  • Fits standard PMAG® 10/20/30 AR/M4 GEN M3™ and PMAG® AR 300 B GEN M3™ floor-plates
  • MSRP $9.95  for 5 pack


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NAPED Honors Veterans of our Armed Services with Membership Promotion

Veteran-owned distributors or dealers, manufacturers or service providers for the law enforcement, public safety and military markets receive 50 percent off membership.

New Bern, N.C. (October 2017) – The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) is honoring our Armed Forces veterans with a special membership promotion from Oct. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017. Any veteran owned distributor/dealer, or manufacturer/service provider will receive 50 percent off the standard General or Associate membership price for the first year and 25 percent off the second year. The third year, membership is full price.*

“This Veterans’ Day, NAPED wanted to give back to a community that has given so much of itself for our country,” Tim Brown, President of NAPED said. “As a way of paying our respects to those that have served and continue to serve by creating industry and jobs in our sector, we honor you. Our significantly reduced membership fee is our way of offering our Vets an avenue to better business and better business relationships.”

*To participate in the NAPED Honor Veteran Owned Businesses Promotion, distributors/dealers and manufacturers/service providers must have valid proof of veteran ownership and comply with the association’s membership requirements. 

Businesses with multiple owners will need to demonstrate that the largest share-holding owner is a qualified Veteran.

Interested in becoming a NAPED member? Contact Laura Burgess at 252-288-5805 for more information and start enjoying the benefits today.

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NSSF/SAAMI Joint Statement on Las Vegas Tragedy



Statement from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI):

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured in the criminal attack in Las Vegas. The manufacture, distribution and sale of automatic firearms and their components has been stringently regulated by federal laws since 1934. We believe the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should interpret and enforce existing laws and regulations. We call upon ATF to conduct a prompt review and evaluation of aftermarket trigger activation devices such as bump stocks to determine whether they are lawful to install and use on a firearm under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA), or whether, if they have no function or purpose other than to convert a conventional firearm into an automatic firearm, they are regulated items under the NFA. We urge Congress to allow ATF to complete its review before considering any legislation so that any policy decisions can be informed by the facts and ATF’s analysis.

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Star Wars–The Last Jedi (Official Trailer)

Screenshot 2017-10-09 20.15.21I don’t want to get you Star Wars aficionados too excited because we’ll have to wait until Christmas but I have to tell you there’s some serious weaponry coming our way…

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Styrka Optics Now Available at

Styrka is excited to announce that its full line of high-quality optics is now available on the Cabela’s website. Styrka’s binoculars, rifle scopes and red dots are made with the serious hunter in mind, and come in a variety of price points and feature packages.

“For over half a century, Cabela’s has been synonymous with the outdoors,” said Brad Gross, Styrka’s national sales manager. “We’re thrilled to be a part of that continuing legacy, and with Styrka optics being offered on the Cabela’s website, people all over the country can become a part of the Styrka family with just a few clicks of their mouse!”

Whether it’s long-distance, up close or anything in between, Styrka has hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts covered. Now, it’s easier than ever to find the Styrka optics that are just right for you at:

All Styrka optics are covered by the “Styrka Pride” warranty. If you ever have a problem, your Styrka optics will be fixed or replaced. Forever. Plus, once a year, you can send back your optics and the company will clean and tune them as needed, all on Styrka’s tab.

For more info about Styrka Optics, please visit

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No, I’m not talking about the 1970’s dance. I’m talking about the bump stock, which is the now infamous accessory used by Stephen Paddock on the weapons employed in the Las Vegas shootings. Folks, if you are relying on the media for accurate information you’re dreaming. So, I’d like to help you fill in the gaps.

  1. Fully automatic weapons manufactured before 1986 are legal to own in the U.S. and they are classified and regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA). These firearms are highly collectible; for example, an M16 registered receiver commands a price of $20,000 to $30,000. People buy these weapons to own a piece of militaria and there are annual gatherings where collectors get together to fire each other’s automatic rifles and machine guns. It’s a two to three day event that’s a great deal of fun if you have the chance to attend.
  2. As to the bump stock, the legal test for what constitutes an automatic weapon is clear and precisely defined. Does one trigger pull result in multiple rounds fired? If the answer is yes, the weapon is automatic period. If a trigger pull results in only one round being fired then the weapon is semi-automatic. For obvious reasons the rate at which you pull the trigger is irrelevant. The bump stock simply increases the rate at which the trigger is pulled by the shooter. It accomplishes that by harnessing the rifle’s recoil impulse. With or without a bump stock one trigger pull fires one round. This is the reason ATF cleared it.
  3. There’s been shameful wild-eyed calls for criminal and civil actions against bump stock manufacturers but how reasonable is that. One news celebrity accused manufacturers of “intentionally getting around” regulations. Well what the hell is a tax shelter if not a work-around? These manufacturers invested capital and perspiration to bring a product to market which the market accepted and thousands have been sold. These companies presented functional design specifics to the ATF Technical Division for approval prior to production and marketing. So where is the criminality?
  4. Last but not least disparaging remarks about the ATF and the NRA are a vulgar display of ignorance. The ATF has an enormous task and limited resources, and the NRA does more to promote and advance firearm safety and awareness than any organization in the world.

So, cut the crap news media and stop prejudging companies on the airwaves, let the justice system and the courts do that. Please present facts, not drama, half truths or flat out lies. Have the energy and integrity to research before you present. Stop the ridiculous argument of “why do you need that”- why do you need a 220 mph Lamborghini? It’s a free market economy and one miscreant should not influence everyone else’s life.

Stop referring to the NRA’s position on the bump stock issue as a doge, it is not. It’s precisely the right thing to do. Let ATF make their determination.

I’m astounded by your lack of journalistic integrity which is what prompted this short piece ; it’s not a position for or against bump stocks which is what you guys should be doing.

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Michael R. Rodriguez of Fayetteville, North Carolina designed the Tecpatl™ as a part of the CRKT® Forged by War® program. His conviction: a good combat fighter relies on instinct; a great fighter understands the importance of an ergonomically flawless weapon. We’ll take his word for it—he served 21 years in the United States Army and retired as a Green Beret.

We’ll be closing out October with our review of Mike’s creation.

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Andrew Bawidamann Pinup Sets Are Back!


This is some great art from Andrew Bawidamann. They’re  rich in both history and meaning, check it out! They make great wall art for that man cave.

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Like the kids at Newtown, CT., the Las Vegas victims have become pawns for a group of people who could care less about your safety, wellbeing and security.

Keep your sweat pumps in low speed and have a safe weekend. Spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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Vista Outdoor Names Christopher T. Metz as Chief Executive Officer

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Farmington, Utah, October 5, 2017 – Vista Outdoor Inc.’s (NYSE: VSTO) Board of Directors announced that Christopher T. Metz will serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective October 9, 2017. Metz will have responsibility for day-to-day operations of the Company, and its entire brand portfolio. He will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors. During the Company’s second quarter Board of Directors meeting, the Board will appoint a permanent Chairman of the Board and until that date, Michael Callahan will continue to serve as Interim Chairman, and Ambassador April Foley will continue to serve as Lead Independent Director.
“The Board couldn’t be more pleased that Chris is joining Vista Outdoor,” said Callahan. “He has over 25 years of experience leading consumer and industrial-based global businesses. Chris is highly strategic, operationally savvy, and has experience improving the performance of leading organizations. He is a motivational leader with broad experience in sales, marketing and operations. His capabilities will benefit Vista Outdoor as we continue our focus on building our brands, expanding our e-commerce presence, reducing inventory, and driving continuous improvement.”
Metz was most recently the president and CEO of Arctic Cat from 2014 to 2017. From 2005 to 2014, he served as a managing director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity firm. Prior to Sun Capital, Metz worked for Black & Decker from 1992 to 2005. During his tenure with the company, he was president of the Hardware and Home Improvement Group from 1999 to 2005, and held various leadership positions including president of Kwikset Corporation, president of Price Pfister, president of Baldwin Hardware, and general manager of European Professional Power Tools and Accessories, during which time he lived in Frankfurt, Germany.
Metz serves on the board of Acushnet Holdings Corporation (NYSE: GOLF). He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Delaware and earned a master of business administration degree from the Kenan Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an avid hunter, angler and cyclist.
“I am thrilled to join the Vista Outdoor team,” said Metz. “The company is a leader in outdoor sports and recreation products, with a unique and well-positioned portfolio of brands. I look forward to working with the talented employees as we leverage Vista Outdoor’s capabilities to deliver innovative products, build upon strategic partnerships, improve performance, and drive shareholder value.”
“The Board of Directors extends its appreciation to Mike for stepping into the interim CEO role and for working closely with the Company’s strong team,” said Ambassador Foley. “Mike has provided continuity throughout this transition and we, along with the employees at Vista Outdoor, are grateful for his service.”
Vista Outdoor will hold its Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Earnings Call on November 9, 2017.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Outdoor Products and Shooting Sports, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Farmington, Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe. For news and information visit or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release and other oral and written statements made by Vista Outdoor from time to time are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss, among other things: Vista Outdoor’s plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; projections with respect to future revenues, income, earnings per share or other financial measures for Vista Outdoor; and the assumptions that underlie these matters. The words ‘believe’, ‘expect’, ‘anticipate’, ‘intend’, ‘aim’, ‘should’ and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. To the extent that any such information is forward-looking, it is intended to fit within the safe harbor for forward-looking information provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause Vista Outdoor’s actual results to differ materially from expectations described in such forward-looking statements, including the following: general economic and business conditions in the U.S. and Vista Outdoor’s other markets, including conditions affecting employment levels, consumer confidence and spending; Vista Outdoor’s ability to attract and retain key personnel and maintain and grow its relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners, including Vista Outdoor’s ability to obtain acceptable third party licenses; Vista Outdoor’s ability to adapt its products to changes in technology, the marketplace and customer preferences; Vista Outdoor’s ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; reductions, unexpected changes in or our inability to accurately forecast demand for ammunition, firearms or accessories or other outdoor sports and recreation products; risks associated with Vista Outdoor’s sales to significant retail customers, including unexpected cancellations, delays and other changes to purchase orders; supplier capacity constraints, production disruptions or quality or price issues affecting Vista Outdoor’s operating costs; Vista Outdoor’s competitive environment; risks associated with compliance and diversification into international and commercial markets; the supply, availability and costs of raw materials and components; increases in commodity, energy and production costs; changes in laws, rules and regulations relating to Vista Outdoor’s business, such as federal and state firearms and ammunition regulations; Vista Outdoor’s ability to execute its long-term growth strategy, including our ability to complete and realize expected benefits from acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; Vista Outdoor’s ability to take advantage of growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; the outcome of contingencies, including with respect to litigation and other proceedings relating to intellectual property, product liability, warranty liability, personal injury and environmental remediation; risks associated with cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats; capital market volatility and the availability of financing; changes to accounting standards or policies; and changes in tax rules or pronouncements. Vista Outdoor undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact Vista Outdoor, and statements contained herein, please refer to Vista Outdoor’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The ShapeShift Appendix Carry Holster is now the perfect solution to modern day carry. Alien Gear Holsters has solved the comfort issue with a new breathable perforated neoprene base that lays softly against the body. With its single mounting point, the AIWB holster will also flex and conform to the body better than ever before.

The Shapeshift Appendix Carry Holster is the safest holster on the market. An optional finger release and thumb release ensures the firearm stays in the user’s hands and allow for a quick draw. Unique to Alien Gear Holsters, an “Alien Skin” material grips the firearm to eliminate any possibility of sliding, and a customizable passive retention system ensures your firearm will stay put no matter the situation.

The ShapeShift Appendix Holster is fully compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System. The user can quickly and easily swap out their holster for a different carry configuration to suit their needs as a concealed carrier. Additional carry options are available, including Classic IWB, Shoulder, and Belt Slide. Alien Gear Holsters uses only the best materials for their holsters; each component is tested for durability and resilience.

The ShapeShift Appendix Carry Holster includes a Forever Warranty and a 30-Day Test Drive to ensure 100% satisfaction..

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The Magpul Field Case for the Samsung GALAXY S8 is a semi-rigid cover designed to provide basic protection in the field.

Made from a flexible thermoplastic, the Field Case features PMAG®-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging.
Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.


  • Compatible with standard GALAXY S8

  • Semi-rigid thermoplastic elastomer construction provides protection against minor bumps and abrasions

  • Compact design adds minimal bulk to the phone

  • Textured surface and PMAG-style ribs for added grip

  • Raised lip protects screen when laid face down yet remains unobtrusive

  • Charging cable port and headphone jack are accessible with case installed (optimized for use with factory charging cable and headphones)

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Expeditionary Warfare Conference coming to Annapolis Oct. 24-26

Show addresses challenges of distributed operations of the Joint and Naval Force in a more contested warfighting environment. With that, we are pleased to team with the Mine Warfare Association. An optional, classified session at Northrop Grumman’s Annapolis offices also will be part of this event.

image001ARLINGTON, VA – Press registration now is open online for the 22nd annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Oct. 24-26, at the Westin Annapolis in Maryland, the National Defense Industrial Association announces. (

This premier event will take place in Annapolis, giving defense and industry leaders, professionals, and government a venue close to Washington to meet and address challenges in the deployment, operations and sustainment of expeditionary forces, said retired Navy Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris. He is chairman of NDIA’s Expeditionary Warfare Division and vice president for the defense market at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI), a 56-year-old, not-for-profit government consulting firm.

This year, NDIA has partnered with the Mine Warfare Association for a session on the first day about aspects of mine warfare: design, countermeasures, de-mining and remediation of areas, unexploded ordnance and hazardous chemical, biological, and radiological materials.

Joining with the Mine Warfare Association “allows us to really look at the full spectrum of expeditionary challenges in an ever more contested operational environment,” Harris said. Expeditionary warfare is a central element of the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons (JAM-GC), he said, an initiative that followed the Air-Sea Battle operational concept.

“Expeditionary operations are essential and cover the full spectrum of military operations, whether you’re talking about disaster relief as we see in the Caribbean today, combat operations in support of Fifth Fleet, and obviously in support of Western Pacific (WESTPAC) operations,” Harris said.

This year’s session topics include current operations, mine warfare, capabilities development and acquisition, expeditionary logistics integration, and the challenges that resource sponsors have in addressing this aspect of warfare.

We’re honored to have many experts as keynote speakers, including:

  • · Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, deputy commandant of plans, policies and operations
  • · Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David Coffman, director of the Expeditionary Warfare Division
  • · Marine Corps Major Gen. Vincent Coglianese, assistant deputy commander for installations and logistics
  • · Thomas Dee, acting undersecretary of the Navy
  • · Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Francis Donovan, commanding general of Fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and commander of Task Force-51
  • · Kristin French, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense and acting assistant secretary of Defense for logistics and materiel readiness
  • · Marine Corps Lt. Gen Robert Hedelund, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force
  • · Navy Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for operations, plans and strategy
  • · Retired Navy Vice Adm. John Miller, The Fozzie Miller Group LLC
  • · Navy Rear Adm. John Neagley, program executive officer of littoral combat ships
  • · Navy Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos, director of supply, ordnance and logistics operations division under the chief of Naval Operations
  • · William Williford, executive director of Marine Corps Systems Command
  • For more information, to see the agenda, and to register, visit the conference webpage:
  • For specific media questions, contact Evamarie Socha at or (703) 472-3806.
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