Othram Establishes Academic Program to Train Forensic Genomic Scientists

The program will create new training opportunities for Molecular Genetic Technology students in forensic genomics.

The Woodlands, TX (March 2020)Othram, the leading forensic sequencing laboratory for law enforcement, has announced a program agreement with The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and its School of Health Professions to provide training for Molecular Genetic Technology (MGT) graduate students in the field of forensic genomics.

Recent technological advances have revolutionized the ability to solve previously intractable cold cases with forensic genomics and genetic genealogy. The agreement will allow students from the MGT program to train with Othram’s experts in the nation’s only forensic laboratory purpose-built to harness whole genome shotgun sequencing for the unique challenges of forensic evidence and learn the latest laboratory techniques for the recovery and analysis of human DNA from trace degraded or contaminated materials. The goal is to enable a new generation of forensic genomics scientists to digitize the nation’s DNA evidence to help solve previously “unsolvable” cases.

“This is an exciting time in the world of cold case investigations where advances in DNA testing are helping investigators break through previously impenetrable barriers,” says David Mittelman, Othram CEO. “We are proud to help in the mission of training the next generation of real-life CSI scientists, equipping them with the practical skills and technical experience needed to reconstruct genomes from materials that have previously failed all testing.”

The MGT program is a three-semester, highly intensive course of study offered by the School of Health Professions. This unique learning experience integrates classroom lectures, laboratory demonstrations and technical experience to prepare each student for national certification as a molecular genetic technologist.

About Othram Inc.:

Othram is the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Our scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace amounts of degraded or contaminated materials. We are passionate about developing and deploying new genomic technologies in dedicated forensic environments. Founded in 2018, and located in The Woodlands, Texas, our team works with academic researchers, forensic scientists, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to achieve results when other approaches failed. Follow Othram on Twitter @OthramTech or visit Othram (http://request.othram.com) to learn how we can help you with your case. Visit http://www.dnasolves.com to learn how anyone can make a difference in helping solve the next cold case.

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As the nation battles COVID-19, I WANT to take a moment to let you know that G-Code is still fully operational and prepared to provide ongoing support to our community. Facing challenging times requires calm, focused thinking and ongoing preparation. Because of this, we are continuing to work diligently and as quickly as possible to deliver your tactical gear needs.
Safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. Accordingly, we’ve adjusted and will continue to adjust while following “best practice” guidelines from the most current information available. 
As always, through faith, principle and positive action, our nation will get through this. Stay vigilant, safeguard yourself and family, and if you are able, help someone in need.
Semper Fi,
Scott Evans
President & Founder
G-Code Holsters



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Otis Technology Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

Providing Hand Sanitizer & PPE to First Responders

Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology has partnered with Saint Lawrence Spirits to make, bottle and distribute hand sanitizer to first responders in desperate need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, Otis Technology began using its facilities – that normally manufacture firearms maintenance equipment for military, law enforcement and civilians – to immediately begin manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We’d been following the news closely in order to stay up-to-date on the virus and ensure the safety of our employees.  We made the decision to temporarily cut our staff, in order to keep them at home, safe and to help flatten the curve.  This decision was made just hours before Governor Cuomo announced a mandated workforce reduction,” states Larry Williams, CEO for Otis Technology.
“We also began immediately asking ourselves ‘how can we help?’  Otis is a state-of-the art facility built on innovation.  We have a dedicated research and development facility that can investigate and tackle new projects and they took the task of PPE by storm.  I applaud my entire team’s efforts – working around the clock to get up and running,” continues Williams.
To date, Otis Technology has donated hand sanitizer and eye shields to several localities in need – namely Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, NY), Lewis County Emergency Management, and a donation to Oswego County Emergency Management is pending.  These initial donations are in close proximity to Otis’ headquarters and research & development facilities, located in Lewis and Oswego counties, respectively.  A portion of hand sanitizer and PPE made will continue to be donated to first responders and hospitals in need.
Otis Technology is utilizing it’s logistics avenues as a defense contractor to get these urgently needed items into the hands of those on the front lines fighting this pandemic.  The company is working diligently to fulfill as many orders that have come in and continue to procure more materials to keep up with demand.
In working with NYS authorities and customers alike, Otis Technology is monitoring requests for various needed items and assessing its ability to manufacture needed items.  Thus far, Otis Technology has manufactured or procured face shields, facemasks, shoe covers and the aforementioned hand sanitizer in conjunction with Saint Lawrence Spirits.
Otis will continue to work diligently to expand its offering of these essential items as long as necessary in order to keep those on the front lines of this pandemic safe.

Hand sanitizer produced by Saint Lawrence Spirits; bottled, labeled & distributed by Otis Technology.

Replacement face shields and frames manufactured by Otis Technology.

Otis Technology
6987 Laura Street
Lyons Falls, NY 13368
(315) 348-4300
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Phoenix, NY 13135

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YONKERS,  N.Y.,  March 26th,  2020 — Due to the New York state decision to shutter non-essential businesses as part of the COVID-19 response plan, Kimber Mfg. Inc. has stopped production at its New York facilities.

Production continues at Kimber’s new, state-of-the-art Troy, Alabama manufacturing facility, with the entire line of handguns and long guns being assembled. Due to the large number of parts manufactured in Yonkers and the state mandated closure in New York, the Troy facility will suspend production on March 31st . “This situation is unfortunate as we were off to an incredible start in gun shipments in 2020 and were running our factories seven days a week. We would like to thank our dealers and consumers for their overwhelmingly positive response to our 2020 new products,” said Greg Grogan, Kimber president. With that said, if you are in the market for a Kimber firearm, now is the time to make that purchase.”

Kimber’s Alabama based customer service and repair services remain open to help customers with any questions they may have. In addition, the Alabama based Kimber online store is open and products are shipping as long as inventory lasts. Montana based dealer sales and customer service departments also remain open.

“We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our dealers and our fans,” Grogan said. “Rest assured that any disruptions in product manufacturing are temporary, but the duration is out of our hands. As soon as we are allowed, we have plans in place to restart production as quickly as possible.”

In addition to the temporary closure of the Kimber, New York facilities, Kimber has adopted CDC-issued guidelines to protect employee health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all Kimber locations.

“Much like all Americans, Kimber will be challenged by these closures,” Grogan said. “But no one here has any doubt that we will all soon be back in production and stronger than ever.”

Kimber Mfg., Inc. is an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for individual, sporting, law enforcement and military markets. Complete information on Kimber firearms, accessories and Less-Lethal products is available at www.kimberamerica.com or by phone from Kimber in-house staff at +1(888) 243-4522. A detailed product catalog is available upon request. Kimber can also be found on Facebook, Twitter,

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Magnum Research Sponsoring Steel Target Paint Team

(Pillager, MN) – Magnum Research, Inc, maker of the world-famous Desert Eagle pistol and leader in innovative firearms design and manufacturing, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Steel Target Paint Team.
The Steel Target Paint Team was founded by Larry Joe Steeley, Jr. The team competes in Steel Challenge and USPSA shooting matches. The twenty-eight team members are led by Team Captain Steven Foster.
Foster was born in rural upstate New York, learned a love and respect for shooting sports at a young age. Even into adult life with work and family, Foster found time to continue his passion for shooting. His shooting hobby evolved to Rimfire pistols and rifles which led him to the steel target world. Foster has served as the Team Captain of the Steel Target Paint Shooting Team since 2016. He took first place a total of seventeen times in the Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida state-level matches.  In March 2017, he was selected to be on the cover of USPSA’s Front Sight magazine with a five page interview inside. Concluding the 2019 season, he placed on the podium 40 times with 15 titles tallying his 74th career major win. Foster hopes to encourage growth for the sport that he loves and wants to pass on his enthusiasm to the next generation of shooters.
“We are happy to sponsor Steven Foster and the Steel Target Pain Team,” says Jodi DePorter, Director of Marketing for Kahr Firearms Group. “We are always glad to support the shooting sports community and those who are committed to seeing it grow and thrive.”
To learn more about Steven Foster and the Steel Target Paint Team, visit one of the following platforms:
Instagram Page:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SteveFosterCompetitiveShooter/
Website Page: https://stevefostershooting.com/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU2oRimwFlw_VeqsgsHLkxA
For more information about Kahr Firearms Group products visit www.kahr.com, www.magnumresearch.com, www.auto-ordnance.com or visit www.magnumresearchcustoms.com.

About Kahr Firearms Group:
Kahr Firearms Group, formed in 2012, includes Kahr Arms, Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research.  KFG Headquarters reside in Greeley, Pennsylvania. Kahr Arms produces small concealable handguns in .380, 9mm, .40 and .45ACP. Auto-Ordnance is the maker of the famous “Tommy Gun”, M1 Carbine and WW2 GI Model 1911. Magnum Research Inc., designer and producer of the world renowned Desert Eagle Pistol, Baby Eagle, MLR .22LR and .22Mag Rifles and BFR Revolvers. All three companies are proudly located in the USA.

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FFL Item Shipment Update

Aero Precision

We at Aero Precision wanted to give you a quick update on orders shipping to FFL Dealers across the United States. There has been a significant increase in demand and our manufacturing, assembly, and shipping departments are working hard to ship your orders out in a timely manner.
However, due to certain restrictions across the United States some FFL Dealers have temporarily closed or are rejecting shipments altogether.
We ask when you are selecting a FFL Dealer to send your serialized products to, that you reach out and make sure they are still accepting shipments. Otherwise your order will be returned to our warehouse.
This applies to all serialized products including Complete Lowers and Stripped Lower Receivers.
Remember only serialized products need to get sent to an FFL Dealer. Other parts and components can ship directly to your home or business.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our Customer Service team via our ticketing system or online chat. To start a Help Desk Ticket at
this link.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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I got toilet paper, ya know chico

In this country, you gotta take the toilet paper first. Then when ...

Hey, it’s Friday and time to think about sitting at home for the weekend. I’ve got a number of reviews that require range time but I’m in compliance with federal and state guidelines until this COVID 19 problem comes under control. I usually like to ask readers if they had a productive week but most of you are in the same situation as I’m in.

I do want to thank those of you intelligent enough to comply with the CDC’s isolation directives, your actions will bring the advance of infections to a grinding halt, but sadly we find jackasses in our midst who don’t think the CDC knows what they’re doing. They go out and lick products on store shelves, congregate, coordinate bike rides, hold corona parties on and on, it’s enough to make you go out and sign up for tele-therapy but STOP, instead have a shoot the shit. It doesn’t need to be a face to face social interaction, you can do it using conference video calls. Using tele-therapy to help you decompress, will put you in the hands of a jackass who studied psychology so they could understand themselves. They’ll charge you $150+ per hour to tell you the reason you’re stressed about the Coronavirus is because you fear ending up in the hospital where they’ll determine that you have a small penis. So, lets shoot the shit.

One of my readers shared a video that had me rolling on the ground laughing. It is a bit risque’, but what the hell, it has enormous therapeutic value and costs you nothing. So, here it is…


We are living through some weird times but keeping the sweat pumps in low speed is the way you want to live because it ensures clarity of thought. There’s absolutely no need to go out and buy every roll of toilet paper you can find or every round of ammunition for that matter. If you’re worried about a North Korean invasion, know they would attack California first where they would be issued a drivers license, placed on Medicaid and given food stamps.

Here’s what you need to be concerned about, individuals not following state and federal isolation directives, just look at what is going on in New York City.  Be concerned about the influx of New Yorkers leaving the state to escape the pandemic, which is sure to ignite or accelerate infections in the southeastern states.

Don’t be overly concerned about the economy it will recover if you the consumer remain positive and if we succeed in curbing the spread of the virus through our isolation.

In closing, let me share a picture sent by a reader that’s appropriate to the times. I’ll describe it borrowing from Frederick R. Barnard who published a piece commending the effectiveness of graphics in advertising with the title “One look is worth a thousand words“, December 1921. Have a great weekend and be safe.

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Shell Shock Technologies Signs Jon Eichten as Newest Sponsored Shooter

Shell Shock Technologies will be supplying Eichten with its NAS3 cases for his competitions during 2020.

Westport, Conn. (March 2020)Shell Shock Technologies, LLC., an early-stage technology, and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, is pleased to announce it has signed Jon Eichten as its newest sponsored shooter. Shell Shock Technologies will be supplying Eichten with its NAS3 cases for his competitions in 2020.

“I feel that Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases will become the standard for competitive shooting, especially for Open Major shooters. My goal as one of its newest sponsored shooters is to help grow the brand and spread the word about the great benefits of its NAS3 cases,” commented Eichten.

Eichten began shooting IDPA in 2016 and USPSA in 2017. With a goal to make the next World Shoot Team and place within the Top 20 at Nationals in 2020, Eichten has dedicated himself to the sport of competitive shooting. He can be seen competing next at the 2020 Low Country Battle at the Beach, to be held at the Low Country Preserve in Tabor City, North Carolina, from April 23 – 25, 2020.

About Shell Shock Technologies NAS3 Cases:

NAS3 9mm cases are 50 percent lighter than brass cases, offer greater lubricity and will not abrade, clog, foul, wear-out or damage breach and ejector mechanisms. The cases offer greater corrosion resistance, tensile strength (2x stronger) and elasticity than brass. NAS3cases will not split, chip, crack or grow (stretch) and are fully reloadable (using S3 Reload dies) and can be reloaded many more times than brass cases. NAS3 cases have been tested successfully by customers to pressures over 70k psi. NAS3 cases can be picked up with a magnet. The head can be colored for branding purposes and easy load identification.

NAS3 is “Best in Class” for maintaining consistent velocity between rounds. In an independent test performed by H.P. White Laboratory (a major munitions testing facility), rounds fired using NAS3 cases achieved a velocity standard deviation of 0.093 FPS (124-grain FMJ bullet, 4.2 grains Titegroup powder, 10 rounds, extreme variation 3fps).

To learn more about Shell Shock’s revolutionary technology, visit www.shellshocktech.com.

About Shell Shock Technologies, LLC:

Founded in Westport, Connecticut, in 2015, Shell Shock Technologies, LLC is an early stage technology and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry. Shell Shock is a component manufacturer supplying shell cases to the shooting sports market, as well as to U.S. and foreign ammunition manufacturers, law enforcement, military and other government agencies. Shell Shock does not load ammunition. www.shellshocktech.com

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OTIS Technology Reality Based Training Cleaning Kit


Whether you’re training or running live fire exercises keeping your weapon clean and lubricated translates to reliability, which in turn allows you to focus on concepts and technique uninterrupted by avoidable failures. The OTIS Technology Reality Based Training Cleaning Kit is what you need in the field or on your bench.

Check it out!

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SIG SAUER Adds to TREAD Brand with Introduction of Direct Impingement 716i TREAD AR-10 Rifle

NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 24, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 716i TREAD, a direct impingement, AR-10 platform that provides versatility for long range shooting and hunting while maintaining a lightweight design for easy carry.  The 716i TREAD is easily customizable with existing TREAD branded accessories.

“The TREAD brand has gained recognition for offering premium products, at a competitive price point, that are designed, engineered and built with the same quality and innovation consumers expect from any SIG SAUER product,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.  “The 716i TREAD brings the power of the AR-10 platform to the TREAD series and is an exciting expansion to the line.  The rifle is lightweight with premium features right out of the box, and consumers can anticipate an affordable price point below $1,400 in stores.  For those consumers that want to customize their rifle, they have the freedom to grow with TREAD branded accessories already available in stores that fit the 716i TREAD.”

The SIG SAUER 716i TREAD is a lightweight, forged aluminum receiver, direct impingement rifle that comes optics ready and features a precision nitride coated, carbon steel barrel, an ambidextrous lower receiver, a free floating M-LOK™ handguard, a 2 stage Matchlite Duo Trigger, a six position adjustable stock, and comes chambered in 308 WIN. 

716i TREAD Specs:

  • Overall Length: 37in.
  • Overall Height: 8in.
  • Overall Width: 2.5in.
  • Barrel Length: 16in.
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10in.
  • Weight (incl. magazine): 8.5lbs.

The SIG SAUER 716i TREAD is currently shipping and available for purchase at retailers nationwide.  Complete product specs and information for the 716i TREAD are available at sigsauer.com.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is  a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 150 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy. Headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, SIG SAUER has almost 2,000 employees across eight locations. For more information about the company and product line visit:sigsauer.com.


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NDIA to small businesses: DOD wants your COVID-19 challenges


ARLINGTON, VA – The Defense Department’s Office of Acquisition and Sustainment wants to know what challenges small-business contractors are facing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A five-minute survey<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDIACOVID19> from the National Defense Industrial Association will collect contractors’ initial impacts and concerns for DoD officials by Friday, March 27, the Arlington, VA, association announces today.
Of the more than 300,000 businesses that work with the Defense Department, a vast majority is small business. Of the 1,700 companies with NDIA membership, about 70% is small business. All information from the survey will remain confidential and anonymous; no comments will have individual attribution. Participation is voluntary, and respondents don’t need to answer any or all of the questions posed.
“We greatly appreciate the time small businesses will take to complete this survey,” said Corbin Evans, principal director of strategic programs at NDIA, who is managing the survey. “The time they spend doing this survey will help themselves, fellow small-businesses and the Defense Department respond and ensure a healthy industrial base when this crisis ends.”
Questions about the survey, its purpose or contents may be sent to Evans at
Media queries should go to Evamarie Socha at

Evamarie Socha
Director of Public Relations and Communications
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 247-2579 | Cell (703) 472-3806 | NDIA.org<

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Blackhawk™ Expands T-Series with L2C Light Bearing


L2C_LightBearing_6 (1)Blackhawk™ Expands T-Series with L2C Light Bearing Holster

Level 2 Compact Light Bearing Holster Available for Glock 17 TLR-7/8

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia –  March 24, 2020 – Blackhawk, a leader in the law enforcement and military equipment realm for over 20 years, announced today that it has expanded its popular line of T-Series holsters with the introduction of its first Level 2 Compact (L2C) Light Bearing Holster compatible with the Glock 17 and Streamlight TLR-7 and TLR-8 pistol light.

Designed to provide law enforcement, military, undercover agents, concealed carry holders and others with a dependable light bearing holster option, the latest T-Series models offers a perfect combination of durability and sturdiness for every-day use. Initially available in a right-handed model for the popular Glock 17, the new L2C holster retains key features to assist with rapid deployment from concealment.

Among the key features found on the L2C holster include a new speed cut to assist with a faster draw, a low-profile design and RMR-compatibility. Externally, the L2C holster features a proprietary, glass-reinforced nylon to ensure the highest degree of durability available in a duty rated holster.

Designed to follow Blackhawk’s Master Grip Principle, all T-Series holsters have been specifically developed to allow the user’s hand to land naturally where it should in order to deploy the sidearm. This efficient movement pairs with a sound-dampening, low-friction, dual-density internal material that translates into a smooth, quiet draw.

Additional key points that are standard on all T-Series L2C holsters include an all-new attachment method called the Quick Dual Release, or QDR. This attachment method features an intuitive button release that allows easy attachment to and removal from a belt without weaving it through traditional belt loops. The QDR can easily accommodate belts ranging from 1.5 to 2.25 inches and allows the holster to be canted at various angles, depending on user preference.

All L2C holsters include a Two-Slot Belt loop attachment method that allows the user to tuck the grip of the pistol toward his or her body for better concealment and less interference with daily tasks.

For more information on the new holster for the Glock 17/19/22/23/31/32/45/4 with TLR 7/8 or to view the complete line of T-Series holsters visit www.blackhawk.com/holsters/.

In 1990, a Navy SEAL was navigating a minefield when his pack failed. As his gear tumbled to the ground he vowed that if he got out of there alive he would make gear the right way. Today, this obsession with quality applies to everything we do. We’re constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide gear that won’t let you down. Because we’re not just making stuff – we’re honoring a vow.

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American Holoptics to Acquire EOTech from L3Harris Technologies

Ann Arbor, Michigan (March 24, 2020) – American Holoptics LLC™, a privately-held U.S. company, has signed a definitive agreement with L3Harris™ to acquire EOTech®.The transaction is expected to close mid-2020 and is conditioned on customary closing conditions. American Holoptics is a subsidiary of Koucar Management, whose strategic acquisitions of Elite Defense® and HEL Technologies™ represent a solid foundation of cutting-edge optical science and weapons systems distribution. The American Holoptics leadership team has an exceptionally broad and deep experience providing high-quality products to the global weapons accessory market. In addition, this team has a proven track record of building customer-first and technology-focused organizations. “We’re proud to sign this agreement to join our team and technology with the EOTech brand,” says Matt Van Haaren, CEO of American Holoptics. “EOTech brings together technologically advanced product lines and production capabilities that will integrate well with our existing business and strategically expand our product portfolio. Together we will deliver an all-new level of service, innovation, and integrity to military, law enforcement and civilian users around the world.”

About EOTech®

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, EOTech designs, manufactures and markets electro-optical products, VUDU rifle optics, thermal devices, and night vision systems. Due to its advanced technology, EOTECH Holographic Weapon Sights (HWS) are among the fastest and most intuitive sighting systems on the planet. This is exactly why you’ll find them on the weapons of America’s most elite law enforcement professionals and special operations warriors. You’ll immediately see the advantage the instant you engage a target. www.eotech-inc.com

About Elite Defense®

Headquartered in Clawson, MI, Elite Defense LLC is a distributor and regulatory compliance manager for over 170 international partners in the small arms weapons and tactical equipment markets. Since its founding in 2007, Elite has represented many of the most sought-after and well-known brands in the industry. Elite has been EOTech’s largest customer in its international sales history and will bring that expertise with it as a member of the American Holoptics team.www.elitedefense.com

About HEL Technologies™

Headquartered in Clawson, MI, HEL Technologies LLC was formed to continue, and complete holographic R&D. HEL Technologies has developed and secured 4 patents related to its Holographic Edge Lighting design that will bring game-changing innovations to the small arms weapon sight market. In addition, HEL Technologies will have the only USA based emulsion lab dedicated to developing new applications for its holographic R&D.

About Koucar Management

Koucar Management, LLC is a privately held, Michigan-based company with a diverse portfolio of holdings and investments. Koucar Management has an investment strategy that firmly focuses on expansion within existing industries, bringing new vitality to acquired businesses and laying the groundwork for new ventures.  With their recognized management strengths and ample financial resources, Koucar Management is providing growth capital and other resources to its portfolio of companies. Koucar’s vision is clear; motivated skilled partners & employees, significant financial strength and stability, a willingness to look beyond conventional performance measurements and an untiring commitment to its customers. www.koucar.com

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CZ-USA Coronavirus Statement

Kansas City, KS (May 24, 2019) – Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many jurisdictions throughout the United States and the world are experiencing government restrictions limiting activity to varying degrees.

CZ-USA operations are subject to an Emergency Order from our local government which forces us to close our facilities in Kansas City, Kansas until at least April 23rd. Likewise, our Dan Wesson Firearms facility in Norwich, NY was closed under similar circumstances late last week due to an order from the state of New York. 

For the next 30 days, production and shipment delays are inevitable. We apologize for the inconvenience we know this will cause — we hold our nation’s Second Amendment rights to be sacred and are very concerned about the impact that emergency orders will have on our customers. We will work diligently to deliver products as soon as legally possible, while maintaining social responsibility and compliance with government orders.

Since 1997, CZ-USA has given American shooters and hunters the best firearms the Czech Republic has to offer. In 2019, we completed yet another milestone by producing CZ firearms here in the United States at CZ-USA’s Kansas City, Kansas, facility. With our ever-increasing production capabilities stateside, CZ-USA will continue to improve, innovate, and add to the CZ-USA line-up of high-quality, affordable handguns, rifles, shotguns, and suppressors, plus custom-quality handguns from Dan Wesson.

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HOWARD LEIGHT: Hearing Protection Tips

Hearing Protection Tips with Shooting Sports Pro, Travis Gibson

Get the most out of your electronic earmuffs by understanding and using the amplification feature correctly

WESTWOOD, Mass. (March 23, 2020) – Electronic earmuffs are a popular form of hearing protection for shooting sports enthusiasts. All models of Howard LeightTM electronic earmuffs have an amplification feature that allows wearers to easily conduct conversation and hear range commands. There’s a single control dial on the side that turns the external microphones and internal speakers on. After they turn on, the further the dial is advanced, the greater the amplification. Depending on the specific Howard Leight model, ambient sound can be amplified up to 4x or 5x at the maximum setting.

Most people refer to this as the “volume adjustment”, but electronics and audio enthusiasts may be interested to know that while ambient sound does increase in volume as the dial is advanced, the dial adjustment is actually controlling gain. In other words, as the dial is turned up, it is not increasing the output of the speakers inside the ear cups, it is actually increasing sound input through the external microphones, allowing the wearer to better hear sounds that are farther away.

So, if these things actually amplify sound, how do they protect your ears from dangerous gunfire?

That’s a common question, and the answer begins with the understanding that electronic earmuffs protect hearing through passive attenuation. That means they provide the same amount of protection whether they are turned off or turned on. The electronic circuitry is the second part to the answer. Regardless of what the amplification is set to, anytime the electronics detect a sound louder than 82 decibels coming into the external microphones, they quickly turn the amplification to the speakers inside the ear cups down. During this brief period, the sound amplification is much lower. When the external noise level drops below 82dB again, the amplification circuit resumes the set volume level.

So, since amplification has no impact on the muff’s hearing protection, the amplification or gain setting is strictly a matter of personal preference. The setting should be dictated by the wearer’s environment and how much they want or need to hear what’s happening around them.

Competitive shooting sports athlete and Howard Leight Shooting Sports Pro Ambassador, Travis Gibson, explains.



“In most competition situations, I get all the information I need from my vision and direct feedback or feel from the firearm I’m using,” says Gibson. “I usually don’t need amplification at all, so it doesn’t really matter to me if my muffs are turned on or off. I get the same protection… a noise reduction rating of 22 decibels from the muffs themselves. The minute I step off the course, I do want to hear what’s going on around me, so that’s when I’ll make sure they’re turned on.”

Gibson says many electronic hearing protection wearers make the mistake of turning the amplification or gain up higher than it needs to be. 

“In most situations, the lowest gain setting… 1X amplification… is ideal,” he says. “Imagine being at the range and talking face-to-face with someone. Do you really need to hear them 2, 3, 4 or even 5 times louder than normal? Usually not. Exceptions to this would be if you really want to hear what’s going on farther away from your location, if you have some level of hearing loss, or if you wear foam earplugs under your muffs for additional protection. Another exception would be in a hunting situation when the hunter wants to be able to hear approaching game. Higher amplification provides real benefits in those situations,” Gibson adds. “In a lot of cases though, higher amplification just means more distractions from wind noise and other unimportant background noise – especially for folks wearing electronic muffs in a normal shooting range situation.”

Understanding how the amplification feature works — and setting it appropriately — will definitely improve your experience when wearing electronic hearing protection.

Learn more about Howard Leight’s complete line of hearing protection products for shooting sports enthusiasts at howardleightshootingsports.com or join the conversation on social media at @howardleightshootingsports.

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Barrett announces new US partnership and US Government contract


Perth, Western Australia – Monday 23rd March 2020 – Barrett Communications is pleased to announce its partnership with US company Royal Communications International, Inc. and the award of a follow-on FMS contract with the US Mission in Central Asia.
Royal Communications have provided sales and support for HF radio communications solutions for over 30 years and is ideally positioned within the US to team with Barrett in delivering sales, training, installation, technical and warranty support for the full range of Barrett HF solutions.
Barrett Communications USA Corp. General Manager, John Eschenfelder said, “Our US investment strategy is two-fold, our partnership with Royal Communications and our US manufacturing facility provides us a truly ‘Made in USA’ product, bringing us closer to our US customer base and enhancing our ability to deliver the next level in product and customer service in the USA.”
The latest phase of the US-funded Counter Narcotics Global Threats program has been delivered by Barrett Communications. The delivered PRC-2090 HF manpack and vehicle systems will enhance and expand the strategic communications and force tracking capabilities to the mission, strengthening border security and preventing illegal trafficking.
Mr. Andrew Burt, Barrett Communications CEO, commented “We live in unprecedented times and conditions are changing rapidly. Barrett Communications are committed to ensuring the supply of our products and solutions, and as a global company we are investing in our manufacturing and support capability globally to ensure our customers continue to receive the personalized service they are accustomed to.”


About Barrett Communications

Barrett Communications is the specialist Australian designer and manufacturer of commercial and tactical HF and VHF radio communication systems.
The Company’s global distribution to over 150 countries and customer support network in over 65 countries allows it to provide both OTS and turnkey network solutions to meet their clients’ exact requirements.
Since 1976 Barrett Communications has provided HF communications solutions to military, government, security, business and Non-Government organisations around the world.

Additional information about Barrett Communications is available at www.barrettcommunications.com.au

Barrett Communications

47 Discovery Drive, Bibra Lake, Western Australia 6163
Phone: +61 8 9434 1700 Fax: +61 8 9418 6757


We are exhibiting at:
Eurosatory | Paris, France | 8th – 12th June 2020

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Introducing Multiple Fits For The New FN 503 Slim 9mm Pistol

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Galco Gunleather is excited to introduce a wide range of extremely popular holsters for the new FN 503 slim 9mm pistol:

  • Ankle holsters like the best-selling Ankle Glove™ and Ankle Lite™.
  • Belt holsters including the popular Combat Master™, FLETCH™ and Stinger™.
  • Premium IWB designs like the bestselling KingTuk™ series and Scout 3.0™.
  • Popularly-priced Carry Lite™ IWBs including the Stow-N-Go™ and Tuck-N-Go™.
  • Easy-to-conceal pocket holsters like the Pocket Protector™.
  • Modern casual-carry options including the new FasTrax PAC™ waistpack line.
  • Galco also offers women’s holster handbags, the versatile Underwraps™ belly band, day planners and ammo carriers for the FN 503!

With holsters in every price range and multiple carry methods, Galco can help outfit owners of the FN 503 with the highest-quality American-made holsters and accessories. Visit Galco’s website today and see the complete line!

Galco International, LTD is the designer and manufacturer of the Galco holster brand, the premier American-made line of superb-quality holsters, belts and accessories. Encompassing law enforcement, military, defensive and sporting use, the Galco brand utilizes leather, nylon, injection-molded plastic and Kydex® to meet the demands of today’s consumers. The award-winning Matrix™ line of holsters and accessories, women’s holster handbags, tactical slings and hunting accessories round out the line. All Galco products are proudly made in the USA since 1969.

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2nd Notice Re: Hartley Class Action Resolution; P320 Voluntary Upgrade Program

Dear Valued Customers,

Below, please find information that is being forwarded again as part of the recent Hartley Agreement regarding Sig Sauer’s P320 upgrade program, which is available to all P320 pistol owners.  The below notice has been approved by the court as part of the resolution of a class action lawsuit.

This upgrade program has been available to all P320 owners since August 2017, and it remains available to all P320 owners who purchased their pistols before that date. The upgrade program is completely free of charge to all customers; SIG SAUER is even covering the cost of shipping and returning your P320 pistol to you!

Based on its own internal testing and input from various law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG SAUER modified the design of its P320 pistol to improve its safety, reliability and overall performance.  Specifically, the upgraded P320 has lighter internal components, including a new thinner-profile trigger and a lighter sear and striker.  These upgrades will enhance the protection against unintended discharges if the pistol is dropped.  Any unintended discharge, including a discharge from a dropped firearm, includes a risk of death or serious bodily injury to all those in the vicinity of the firearm.

Additionally, the upgraded P320 pistol includes a mechanical disconnector which provides an additional layer of protection against cartridge failure events.  A cartridge failure event can pose a risk of injury to the shooter or those in the immediate vicinity and can also cause damage to the firearm itself.  The addition of a mechanical disconnector also prevents a dead trigger if the trigger is pulled while the slide is retracted.

SIG SAUER is reaching out to remind P320 owners of this free upgrade program and to encourage all P320 owners who have not yet participated to take advantage of this program. Since SIG SAUER started the upgrade program, over a hundred thousand P320s have been upgraded. Customers that have taken advantage of the program have been extremely pleased with the enhanced performance, reliability and safety, and have appreciated the ease and turnaround time of this upgrade process.

SIG SAUER encourages all P320 owners whose pistols do not include the upgraded design to participate in the free upgrade program. For more information on the upgrade or how to participate in the program, please visit SIG SAUER’s website at https://www.sigsauer.com/support/p320-voluntary-upgrade/.

If you have additional questions or need help with the online registration please contact SIG SAUER Customer Service at (603) 610-3000 and select Option 1, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. EST.

Thank you for being a loyal SIG SAUER customer.


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COVID-19 Update from TacMed Solutions

To our TacMed customers,
The world is facing an unprecedented challenge in the form of COVID-19 with many of us feeling uncertain about the future. Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers, and partners around the globe. In response to the current situation, here is how we are still serving you:

  • Although travel is limited for our sales & training team, our representatives are still accessible by email and phone.
  • Our customer service team continues to be available for your support during regular business hours.
  • All orders continue to be processed and shipped to ensure you have the life-saving equipment needed to protect yourself and others.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and responding as conditions evolve. Our customers continue to put their lives at risk daily, so we are working diligently to provide you with the products and services you depend on to protect your communities. This is a challenging time for all of us, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate through this situation.
We hope you stay safe and healthy.
Ross Johnson
President & CEO

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TNVC.com Is Open – COVID-19 Statement

To our valued customers,

Sorry to inundate you with yet another COVID-19 corporate e-mail, however due to the volume of questions about TNVC, INC.’s continued operations, we felt it necessary to make a statement regarding our operations during these unprecedented times.

BLUF: Tactical Night Vision Company will continue to be open during our normal business hours for the foreseeable future for both government and commercial sales and normal operations.

However, due to both unusually high volumes and current events nationwide and worldwide, please understand that it may take our staff longer than normal to respond to inquiries. Moreover, it is difficult to accurately predict exact lead times and delivery dates, and all quoted timelines are estimates only.

TNVC has never operated a public storefront, and our offices continue to be open to government personnel by appointment-only. Our normal tech support and customer service phone lines are continuing to operate, and ask that all commercial orders be placed through our website: https://tnvc.com

As a part of the Defense Industrial Base, identified as a Federal Critical Infrastructure Sector, TNVC, INC. is continuing to operate throughout this time, albeit at reduced in-person staffing levels at our main California HQ office. We have been fortunate during these current events that many of our employees already operate from remote offices located nationwide, limiting the severity of the disruptions to our operations, and our shipping and receiving, and build and assembly operations remain intact and operational.

Our Training and Education Team has halted all unnecessary travel and movements, and we will continue to assess and evaluate courses of action for our Night Fighter training classes and other events scheduled throughout the year as the situation develops. The Training and Education Team is currently evaluating additional efforts to continue our core mission of educating end-users and consumers under this new paradigm.

Due to the present unfortunate circumstances, we, like many other commercial vendors are experiencing unusually high volume and limited remaining stock and inventory at this time, however we are continuing to receive new shipments of inventory, restocking backordered items, and continuing to ship both government and commercial orders daily. We are adjusting some of our administrative procedures and we have brought on additional remote staff to augment our staff and accommodate the increased number of inquiries that we have been receiving. Nevertheless, please bear with us as we try to be as responsive as possible, and understand that there may be delays, however we will try to get back to everyone as soon as possible.

TNVC is a small, Veteran-Owned, and family-oriented company, and we have been doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of both our employees and our customers, and I have personally spoken to every single one of our employees to ensure that they are all comfortable with the measures and courses of action we are taking. I am happy to say that our staff is dedicated and motivated to continuing our ongoing operations, even while they take all necessary precautions to safeguard themselves and their families during this time. I am truly fortunate to have our team and TNVC family as we all venture into uncharted waters together.

Thank you for your continued business, and all the best from the TNVC Family to you and yours during these trying times,

Victor DiCosola


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An Important Coronavirus Message From Our CFO


To our Steyr Family,
First and foremost, the entire Steyr team hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.
As you well know, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing massive disruption impacting lives, the economy, and businesses.
These are certainly challenging times.
But Steyr Arms is no stranger to adversity. For over 100 years, we’ve weathered challenges and emerged stronger because of it.
And we will again. Together.
Currently, we’re adapting by the minute. As we navigate this new reality, we have taken the following precautions to safeguard our team members and customers:
•    Cleaning & Sanitizing: In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented additional cleaning & sanitizing procedures set by the CDC throughout our facilities and shipping area.
•    Social Distancing: Our administrative team is currently working remote, and our production team is working on revised hours to support a safe working environment. Regretfully, all Steyr Academy training classes are postponed.
Like the rest of the industry, we’re experiencing a significant increase in firearm sales and lead times.
We’ll continue to do our best to meet our customers’ needs while safeguarding our team members.
Together, we’ll overcome these challenging times and emerge stronger.
And remember we’re always here to help.
If you have any questions including Steyr Academy’s reschedule, please contact us directly at

Be Safe. Be Positive.

Scott Tirman, CFO

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Eurosatory 2020: Coronavirus update

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Following the evolution of the sanitary situation in France and in order to ensure the health and safety of the population, the President of the Republic decided to limit movement for all for 15 days beginning from March 17th, 2020.

COGES has taken these instructions into account and has implemented all the necessary measures to maintain the safety of its team and partners and to ensure the continuity of its services. All COGES staff are now in home offices and your preferred contact people remain the same. Phone and email details are unchanged, and we are all available to answer your questions.

We hope that this crisis will be as short as possible; nobody knows today how it will evolve. Currently, the organization of the Eurosatory exhibition from June 8 to 12, 2020 is maintained and we are working to prepare the exhibition carefully while ensuring the safety and protection of all participants. A decision concerning the holding of the trade fair or its cancellation will be taken by the end of April, in order to allow everyone to make the right arrangements.

Of course, we remain attentive to any directives from the Government and we will keep you informed in real-time of the evolution of the situation.

We hope that you and your relatives are in good health and we have a special thought for everyone affected by the virus.

Patrick Colas des Francs

CEO of Eurosatory

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A Look at Crimson Trace Weapon Mounted Lights Part II CWL-102 and CWL-202


In Part I of this two part review, I covered the Crimson Trace CMR-208 and CMR-209 both excellent lights for use on any rail equipped platform but best suited for the accessory rail on your pistol; however, if you’re needing a light for your long gun, CTC offers tactical lights that can only be described as homeruns for your gun, they’re the CWL-102 and CWL-202.

Read my review…

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Ruger Introduces the PC Charger Pistol


Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is excited to introduce the new PC Charger™, a 9mm pistol based on Ruger’s popular PC Carbine™ Chassis model. The PC Charger boasts an abundance of features including a 6.5″ barrel; an integrated rear Picatinny rail that allows for mounting of picatinny-style braces; a glass-filled polymer chassis system; a flared magazine well for improved magazine reloading capabilities; and an ergonomic pistol grip with extended trigger reach.
The glass-filled polymer chassis system allows for the use of standard AR pistol grips. These models utilize a CNC-machined, hard-coat anodized aluminum handguard with Magpul® M-LOK-compatible slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions for easy mounting of M-LOK-compatible rails and accessories. The 6 o’clock position of the handguard features a factory-installed handstop for secure support-hand placement.
These models also maintain several hallmark features of the original PC Carbine, including an easily interchangeable magazine well system that allows the pistol to accept Ruger® Security-9® and SR9® magazines, as well as Glock® double-stack magazines; a dead blow action with a custom tungsten weight that shortens bolt travel and reduces felt recoil and muzzle rise; a reversible magazine release and charging handle to accommodate right- or left-handed use; a simple takedown mechanism to allow for quick separation of the barrel/forend assembly from the action; a durable heat-treated, chrome-moly steel bolt; a cold hammer-forged chrome-moly steel barrel with ultra-precise rifling and a 1/2″ x 28 threaded barrel
The PC Charger models ship with the SR-Series™ and Security-9 pistol magazine well installed and an additional magazine well that accepts newer Glock magazines. A 9mm Luger Ruger American® Pistol magazine well is available separately at ShopRuger.com.
The standard model features a 17-round capacity, and an additional 10-round, state compliant model also is available.
For more information about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com.
To find accessories for Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

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NDIA announces 2020 SOFIC cancellation

March 20, 2020

NDIA: Safety top priority in canceling 2020 SOFIC

ARLINGTON, VA – Following directives to avoid mass gatherings for public safety amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) is canceled, the National Defense Industrial Association announces today.
NDIA manages SOFIC<
https://www.sofic.org/> for U.S. Special Operations Command; its annual event draws thousands of people from around the world to Tampa, Florida. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus and national efforts to stop it led NDIA and USSOCOM to decide not to hold this year’s event.
“NDIA and USSOCOM fully agree the safety and wellness of attendees and participants always are our utmost priority,” said Hawk Carlisle, NDIA’s president and CEO. “We look forward to this important annual gathering of the special operations community and the people and businesses that support them, surrounded by the warm welcome of Tampa. We will look forward to this gathering next year.”
This year’s SOFIC was scheduled for May 11-14 at the Tampa Convention Center and would have featured the biennial capabilities demonstration of international Special Operations Forces.
Further details on SOFIC are available on SOFIC.org<
https://www.sofic.org/> and will be updated frequently.
NDIA and USSOCOM thank everyone for their interest in this year’s event. “We wish you good health and safety during this uncertain time so we may see you at the 2021 SOFIC,” Carlisle said. Please stay abreast of Coronavirus developments and directions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control<
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html>, the World Health Organization<https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019>, the Department of Defense,<https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/> and your particular state and local governments.
A list of FAQs<
https://www.sofic.org/faqs> is available for SOFIC and will be updated frequently.

Evamarie Socha
Director of Public Relations and Communications
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 247-2579 | Cell (703) 472-3806 | NDIA.org<

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Covid-19 Information: PGM stays open!

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All your PGM Precision products and accessories are available!

⚠️⚠️⚠️ COVID 19 ☣️☣️☣️

In these difficult times, PGM Precision in strict compliance with government measures continues to ensure:
– a telephone and e-mail sales department.
– sale ONLY by mail order.

UNLESS ordered and subject to the proper functioning of the carriers and La Poste, which is currently the case, we are able to ship. .

Courage to all, take care of yourself and your loved ones.

En savoir plus

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NSSF, Retailers Emphasize Gun Safety as Sales Rise and Families Stay Home


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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and its partners urge gun owners to keep firearm safety a top priority and are making safety resources widely available as gun and ammunition sales increase, especially among first-time firearm purchasers.

“During this stressful time and with children spending more time at home, the firearm industry reminds gun owners that protecting yourself and your family includes making sure your firearms are stored securely when not in use,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “The last thing any firearm owner wants is to have their gun fall into the wrong hands, particularly those of a child or someone at risk of harming themselves.”

NSSF is working with firearm retailers nationwide to ensure they discuss safe storage options with their customers, whether they are new to gun ownership or experienced. Although safety is something firearm retailers regularly talk about with their patrons, the reminder by NSSF comes at a time when retailers across the country are extremely busy due to rising interest in firearm ownership.

For anyone considering buying a gun, Project ChildSafe®’s “Road To Responsible Firearm Ownership” tool discusses the basic safety steps a gun owner can take to ensure responsible ownership. Project ChildSafe’s “Many Paths to Firearm Safety” video series can also help gun owners understand how to determine the best safe storage device for their lifestyle, as can this Safe Storage Options infographic.

NSSF encourages gun owners and non-gun owners to use the library of firearm safety resources available on its Project ChildSafe website. These include the McGruff Gun Safety videos for young children and an educational video for parents on how to discuss gun safety with children of all ages.

“More parents are assuming the role of educators in their homes, so it’s a good to time have a talk with your kids about gun safety, even if you don’t own a gun,” Bartozzi said. “If you do own a firearm, be sure your family understands the safety rules regarding firearms in your home, and always store guns responsibly when not in use.”

Although the number of fatal firearm accidents is at historic lows, such accidents are almost always preventable. Proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent accidents, as well as deter thefts. Secure storage can also play a role in helping to prevent access by persons going through a difficult time.

Since 2017, NSSF has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to educate gun owners about mental wellness and suicide prevention. In this recent blog post, AFSP discusses taking care of one’s mental health during times of uncertainty.

In addition, AFSP and NSSF have developed a Suicide Prevention toolkit to help firearm retailers, shooting range operators and their customers understand risk factors and warning signs related to suicide, know where to find help and encourage secure firearm storage.

Anyone needing help for themselves or others can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or contact the crisis text line by texting TALK to 741741.

For more information on firearm safety, please visit ProjectChildSafe.org.


About Project ChildSafe

NSSF, the trade association of the firearm industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since 1999, the program has provided more than 38 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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An Important Update to our Customers on COVID-19


As the largest public employer in our hometown, the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community remains our top priority.  Our constant, proactive approach to provide necessary support to our employees and expand benefits has been a solid mission for our daily task force.  It is our responsibility to stay vigilant and do our part to help our community come out of this stronger.
After careful consideration, Benchmade will be proactively limiting on-site operations with a partial shutdown beginning Monday, March 23rd with plans to resume on-site operations Monday, April 6th.  This is an important step to support our community’s response to help flatten the curve.
While difficult and unprecedented, we are doing our best to minimize the impact to our external Benchmade community and are still offering the following services; though some may have small delays:
Customer & Dealer Service:
Customer Service is available during normal business hours to assist with any questions you may have.
LifeSharp and Warranty Service:
We are still able to receive, process, and ship orders.
Drop-off through our Factory Store is unavailable until the store reopens.
Order Fulfillment:
A smaller team remains on-site to prepare and ship your orders.
Online Orders:
Our online shop at Benchmade.com is open and offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more through April 6th.
This is a challenging time for all of us and we are doing everything we can to protect the Benchmade family and support our customers.   We appreciate your understanding as we expand flexible work settings, hours, and service offerings.  As mentioned earlier, we are committed to paying all employees regardless of position through this situation.
We look forward to resuming business as usual in the coming weeks and wish you all health and safety during this time.

Jon deAsis
President, Benchmade Knife Company

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A message from the President of UPS Europe



A message from the President of UPS Europe

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your continued loyalty and trust in UPS during these uncertain times. We are continuously monitoring the evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and finding solutions to avoid service disruption where possible.
Our highest priority is to maintain the health and safety of our people, customers and suppliers, while meeting our service commitments. UPS has implemented a range of measures in line with World Health Organization guidance to minimise the risks for employees and customers.
These include:

  • Encouraging employees to familiarise themselves with information on COVID-19, and to consult with doctors immediately if they feel unwell
  • Informing employees about its symptoms and methods of prevention and detection; in particular, reminding employees of good hygiene practices such as regular hand washing and strict adherence to our social distancing guidelines
  • Expanding the use of home office and teleworking where operationally and technically feasible
  • Implementing an isolation period for employees who have returned from high risk areas
  • Advising against all non-essential travel
  • Customers are no longer obliged to sign for deliveries, with the exception of some specialised deliveries where we have a contractual obligation to get a signature.

Despite the recent border closures in many countries, we are still able to fulfil shipments for our customers, except where we may be unable to deliver due to exceptional government restrictions.
With 112 years of experience and a smart global logistics network that carries 3% of the world’s GDP every day, UPS has a strong track record of keeping deliveries moving in a crisis situation. In Europe, we have invested $2 billion in enhancing our network and services over the last four years. These enhancements give us the flexibility to mobilise dynamic contingency plans to manage and mitigate supply chain disruption.
As the situation continues to change on a daily basis, please visit
www.ups.com for any service updates and to track your shipments.
We thank you for trusting UPS and we look forward to continuing to serve you.
Best regards,

Lou Rivieccio
President, UPS Europe

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An Overview of Federal’s Syntech Defense

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ArachniGRIP Makes Complex Kimber Slide Grips

(Parker, CO) – ArachniGRIP®, creator and manufacturer of the innovative Slide Spider® adhesive slide grip, is proud to offer the Slide Spider slide grips for the Kimber KHX Ultra.
ArachniGRIP demonstrates its manufacturing skill by introducing a complex new semi-auto pistol slide grip for the Kimber KHX Ultra. The KHX Ultra, which has a 7 round magazine, rounded frame heel and a 3” barrel make it an ideal choice for easy concealment, home defense or a day at the range.
What sets this Kimber 1911 style pistol apart from others is the unique and distinctive stepped hexagonal slide serrations. These slide serrations are far from an ordinary design feature and clearly stand out from other serration styles in the marketplace.
The ArachniGRIP Slide Spider is designed to fit precisely inside the unusual slide grip serrations and is a perfect complement to the stock Hogue G10 Mag Grips already on the gun. The Slide Spider grip adds another level of grip that increases safety and control to this great product. MSRP for the Slide Spider is $19.95.
The Slide Spider grip by ArachniGRIP is available for most semi auto pistols. It is easy to install and extremely durable. The Slide Spider grip products enable the shooter to gain increased control through a safe and secure hold. The products offer additional tactical advantages under challenging operating conditions, including extreme moisture and temperature. In addition, these products aid shooters with weak or weakened hand strength and those with medical conditions such as arthritis.
For more information about ArachniGRIP products, visit www.arachnigrip.com. 


About ArachniGRIP®:
ArachniGRIP® was founded by two lifelong firearms enthusiasts. We are located in Parker, Colorado, at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Our company believes that all shooters should have the advantages of proper equipment and training. Our products and instructional videos are designed to aid shooters in the safe, practical use and control of their firearms.


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Start A Trend

CMMG Inc– Starting Thursday, March 19th, CMMG will be providing lunch between 12:30pm – 1:30pm Central time, to all Boonville, MO first responders. The lunches will be purchased from local restaurants for the next two weeks. CMMG is taking it upon themselves to support local businesses and first responders during these unique times. Chris Reinkemeyer, CEO CMMG Inc said, “We hope this motivates and inspires others to do the same. In times like these, we get through things by supporting our neighbors and serving each other.”

Help Thy Neighbor.

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Buck Knives New Abyss Fillets

Post Falls, ID — Thursday, March 19, 2020– Buck Knives, leader in sports cutlery, recently enhanced the popular Abyss fillet knives by adding a Cerakote® Ridgeway Blue premium coating to the 420HC steel blade.
Abyss Series of fillet knives incorporates cutting edge technology into a comfortable, ergonomic handle. Utilizing Buck’s Cerakote lab, the 6 ½” and 9 ½” blades are coated with a polymer-ceramic composite coating that provides superior protection against abrasion and corrosion. With the same flexible trailing point blade as the original Abyss fillets, the full tang construction allows you to make efficient and clean cuts. The textured handle is shaped for control and comfort while holding in multiple positions over long periods of time. Each knife comes with an injection molded nylon sheath is covered by Buck’s famous Forever Warranty.
“Our fillet knives were designed with the input of pro anglers working alongside our Engineering Team. These updated fillet knives underwent rigorous testing to check the blades and handles for any signs of oxidation, specifically in saltwater conditions,”said Chris Brooks, Director of Brand Management of Buck Knives. “Our goal was to create a durable knife that could withstand the elements without sacrificing quality and the Abyss series fillet knives are the perfect addition for the tackle box.”
Each knife was proudly made in the USA. MSRP: $70-$80. For more information, contact Buck Knives at 800-326-2825.

Abyss Fillets by Buck Knives

About Buck Knives
Behind every Buck knife is over 100 years of experience and craftsmanship. The very best materials and state-of-the-art technology are used to create knives that meet the exacting demands expected of a high-quality knife. Buck stands behind every knife made with their famous Forever Warranty.

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NDIA leads associations calling on Congress to cover contractors during COVID-19 response




ARLINGTON, VA — With the COVID-19 virus response directing people to avoid contact and stay at home, Congress needs to give sound guidelines “to ensure the health and economic security” of thousands of federal government contractors who work alongside federal employees every day, the National Defense Industrial Association said in a March 19 letter<https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/arwg-letter-to-hill-on-equitable-adjustments-final-with-logos_19march.ashx?la=en>, one of 10 trade organizations urging action.
The letter, titled “Support to Government Contractors Unable to Access Federal Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” states that federal guidance has been inconsistent for how contractors should continue working through the Coronavirus response and voices concern for the need to implement fully compensable equitable adjustment certainty to help ensure companies are not forced to layoffs.
The letter calls for legislation to create certainty in Federal Acquisition Regulations governmentwide for telework, virtual work and equitable compensation for those who can’t access work sites or work remotely due to sensitive classifications during the pandemic.
As state and local governments close businesses in their individual jurisdictions, the letter asks Congress to consider an exemption for employees performing work deemed essential for national security, including defense, intelligence and aerospace development and manufacturing.
The letter includes suggested language for the legislation. It is addressed to House and Senate leaders and signed by the following:
* American Council of Engineering Companies
* Associated General Contractors of America
* Center for Procurement Advocacy
* U.S. Chamber of Commerce
* Commercial Spaceflight Federation
* CompTIA
* Information Technology Industry Council
* Intelligence and National Security Alliance
· National Defense Industrial Association
* Professional Services Council
For more information about NDIA’s role or for other media queries, please contact Evamarie Socha at the information listed below.

Evamarie Socha
Director of Public Relations and Communications
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Television Icon David Blanton of Realtree featured on Federal Ammunition’s “It’s Federal Season” Podcast

ANOKA, Minnesota – March 19, 2020 – For more than three decades, Realtree has been a pioneer in developing and licensing camouflage patterns and creating hunting content.  From its first pattern launch of real life, three dimensional patterns, Realtree took the concealment apparel market to new heights.  In the early stages of the company’s growth, Bill Jordan, Realtree founder, realized he needed to promote the brand himself to be successful.  One of the architects of those successful strategies, David Blanton, is on the “It’s Federal Season” podcast hotseat for this entertaining episode. 

Episode No. 5 – The Influence of Realtree


“David Blanton has a great story to tell about the infancy of Realtree and the success that has followed since he and founder Bill Jordan met back in 1991,” says Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal Ammunition.  The iconic television programming and marketing they developed vaulted Realtree’s brand image and camouflage patterns to be a household name today.  “Realtree shaped the way networks presented entertaining and aspirational hunting content on television,” says Jason Nash, Senior Marketing Director at Federal.  “Their videotape and DVD series are still popular, and they continue evolving with media consumption patterns with the launch of its own digital platform, of which Federal is a proud sponsor” says Nash.  Blanton adds some great perspective on what’s new with the brand, hottest patterns, and tells some personal stories that fit right in with “Funniest Home Videos.”  

In the Tech Talk segment, Adam Moser, Sr. Manager of Product Development for shotshell ammunition walks us through the advantages of our Premium turkey loads with seasons opening around the United States.  Before signing off, find out what promotions are available for consumers and where consumers can meet with our ammunition team in the near future to talk all things ammunition.  Look for more information at www.federalpremium.com or where you find your favorite podcasts.     

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Montana Outdoor Group Announces Shutdown of Montana Rifle Company

The Montana Outdoor Group’s subsidiary “Montana Rifle Company” will seek fiscal restructuring.

Kalispell, Montana (March 2020) – Montana Outdoor Group, a private investor group, acquired Montana Rifle Company in early 2019, has announced its immediate closure pending fiscal restructuring.

“While sales of our popular calibers have been outstanding, production levels have not risen to a profitable level to continue, without additional investments,” CEO Calvin Bontrager explained. “New equipment would be required to reach a service level demanded by our dealers and conservation groups.”

Montana Rifle has been producing custom-grade rifles for nearly 25-years and has been awarded “NRA’s Gun of the Year” in 2016 and “NRA’s Gun of the Year” in 2018. Montana Rifle has also produced limited editions for California Waterfowl, SCI, RMEF, and many other conservation organizations.

“With sales of the popular M1999 control feed actions nearly doubling in 2019, Montana Outdoor Group, is actively searching for restructuring opportunities,” Bontrager continued.

For updates on Montana Rifle Company, please visit www.montanarifleco.com/developments

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NDIA’s Carlisle calls on Congress to protect contractors in COVID-19 response


ARLINGTON, VA — With rising concern for the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the defense industrial base, NDIA’s Hawk Carlisle has asked Congress for actions that ensure businesses and contractors can keep working and keep national security intact.
Calling the Coronavirus crisis a threat the nation has not seen since World War II, Carlisle, president and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association, asked House<
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* Protect small businesses, which are at the greatest risk during the crisis. This would include accelerated payments, tax breaks and credits, and zero-interest loans in a timely fashion.
* Exempt contractors, as appropriate, from state and local orders that restrict facility access for businesses.
* Protect contractors and their employees should the government close an organization’s operations because of Coronavirus. Continue to pay contractors as it will government employees.
* Assure contracting authorities will excuse delays, entitle vendors to equitable adjustment of a contract price, and pay contractors on time when vendors confront challenges caused by the pandemic.
In declaring a national emergency, the administration activated some protections to defense contractors as provided by the Federal Acquisition Regulations. “However, it does not provide them protections for loss of pay due to delays caused by an epidemic or quarantine,” Carlisle said, “nor does it protect them if the supply chain is impacted by a global crisis.”
Non-compensable delays entitle contractors to a time extension but do not include monetary compensation, Carlisle said. “Cashflow is the life blood of companies and is necessary for them to pay their workforce,” he said, “which, in turn, protects the economy at large.”
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The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself and Jackasses

Sorry for the motivational headline, I hope Franklin D. Roosevelt won’t mind my using it. For those who had to study through school rather than fingering their iPhone, this is what FDR had to say: “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself …” Thank God it’s Friday and what a week guys, I know that many of you are feeling stressed out. Part of the problem is the information overload amplified by a media that’s hoping COVID-19 kicks off a zombie apocalypse so that Donal Trump is not reelected. I can understand why you may want to sit with a psychologist but that individual could very well be the reason for the toilet paper shortage.Why would you pay $150 per hour to someone who majored in psychology because they couldn’t pass the Medical College Admissions Test (M.C.A.T.) or needed to understand themselves. What’s the solution? Have a shoot the shit and follow the very simple Center for Disease Control directives; they are, wash your hands regularly, limit social contact, wipe counter tops, door handles and door knob or any surfaces that you touch, disregard flamboyant speeches from politicians and chill out. So let’s shoot the shit!

First, there is no reason to hoard food. There is no shortage of food. Even if you are directed to stay at home, you will be allowed to get sunlight and procure food. FACT!


Empty store shelves are self-inflicted, there is no logic or rational thought process that leads to this situation.

In the coming weeks, you’ll see an increasing number of COVID-19 infections this is not an indication that the virus is spreading, the numbers are rising because we now have the ability to test more people. So how do you insulate yourself and your family from this? Simple, follow the CDC directives and in the absence of toilet tissue wipe your ass with the crap you get from the media. Don’t let the hype get your sweat pumps shift into high speed. Having said that don’t take this situation lightly either. And, for God’s sake don’t listen to NYC’s ambulatory jackass De Blasio, I’ll guarantee you that Gov. Cuomo is privately calling De Blasio a stunato (an adjective derived from music meaning tone deaf but in the vernacular it means you’re stupid and out of touch).

Also note that the media is throwing around charts, comparative analytics, some of it based on what the Chinese are reporting, most of which is irrelevant, don’t let it overload your brain. Fox news for example, said that China’s population is 1.2 billion; however, based on the CIA’s fact book China’s population is 1,394,015,977 (July 2020 est.) how’s that for lackluster research. My point in telling you this is to get you to calm down and focus only on what the CDC is asking you to do, all else is background noise.

Your also hearing details of promising medications, here I have to complement President Trump and his administration in reinforcing that there is no data to support the alleged efficacy of the malaria treatment drug hydroxychloroquine and the blood pressure drug losartan. The COVID-19 virus is a single strand rna virus and it needs a host cell to replicate. It replicates by taking over the cell’s rna production process which is typically mitochondrial. These drugs don’t “kill” COVID-19 but they inhibit the viruses ability to control the host cell’s rna producing process and replicate. What is being suggested is to reinforce hydroxychloroquine with an antibiotic because it suppresses the immune system so you don’t want exposure to opportunistic diseases. Vaccines are the preferred route.

giphyOn the issue of toilet paper, WHAT GIVES FOLKS! COVID-19 is a respiratory pathogen, hoarding toilet paper only works if your head is in rectal storage. Who needs 10 packs of 24 rolls of Charming? I mean think about it people!

Readers, your adherence to the CDC guidelines will expedite a resolution to the COVID-19 problem and protect those with compromised immune systems like our elderly population, remember that they are someone’s grandma or grandpa and need your support. Stress levels will also take a toll on people so help someone relax even if you need to talk to them through a door, at a distance or by phone. They need the emotional support lest we see a surge in suicides, which is quite likely, especially if you have to sit through a De Blasio meeting.

The last thing I’d like to convey has to do with the increasing number of scams in difficult times such as these . If you get an email from a financial institution with a link pointing you to a site do not click on the link. Instead go directly to the institution’s web site. If you get an email from someone you know with a link pointing you to a site, do not click on the link, instead confirm its authenticity with your friend or acquaintance. The planet is full of miscreants, be suspicious of anyone offering to sell something others do not have available. Also, be on the lookout for individuals claiming to be tracking scammers, they’ll ask you to subscribe and provide financial support. The reality is that they couldn’t track their way out of a pay toilet.

Chill out folks, people are hard at work on your behalf and the country’s wellbeing. Have a calm and relaxing weekend, schedule your own shoot the shit even if you have it via Skype or a conference bridge.

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