SFC Daniel Horner Wins U.S. Army 2019 All Army Championship Using M17 Pistol


NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 21, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter, and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, Daniel Horner for multiple first place finishes at the 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship (All Army Championship), hosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) held March 10-16th at Fort Benning, Georgia. SFC Horner placed first in the Multi-Gun Competition, National Match Rifle Course of Fire, and was the Overall Individual Match Champion. Horner also competed as a member of the Army Reserves Career Division (ARCD) Team that won the Overall Team Championship.

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Daniel Horner at the 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Michelle Lunato)

The All Army Championship is week of non-stop, sun-up to sun-down competition of 400 scored rounds using U.S. Army issued equipment, including the U.S. Army’s M17 pistol. The competition is only open to Active Army, Army Reserves, U.S. Army National Guard, Military Academy, College ROTC Cadets, and OCS candidates. Horner is currently enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves.

“Daniel’s win at the 2019 All Army Championship is a very meaningful win on many fronts,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “First, this was Daniel’s first win to kick-off his 2019 competitive shooting season for Team SIG, and we are very proud of his accomplishment. Second, this was the first issuing of the M17 pistol by the Army for competition, and to have Daniel, shooting on behalf of the US. Army Reserves, win using the issued M17 pistol, makes it a very memorable win that will certainly be marked in SIG’s history.”

To claim his multiple first places finishes Horner fired the National Match Course of Fire for both pistol and rifle competition, multiple team and individual matches, and the culminating event of multi-gun competition, designed to simulate combat style shooting on a course of fire that is weighted for both accuracy and speed. Pistol shots were fired at targets from 7-50 yards using the M17 pistol, and rifle shots were fired from 7-500 yards.

“The 2019 All Army Championship was an extremely challenging competition that tested both my shooting skills and my endurance. It was an honor to be one of the first competitors to run the U.S. Army’s newly issued M17 pistol in competition, and it was very satisfying to use it to win the match,” added Daniel Horner, Team SIG professional shooter . “The pistol ran absolutely flawlessly and was extremely accurate. Everyone on my team commented that they shot better with the M17, and that the pistols performance contributed to our victory. I also utilized the 21-round magazines to gain an advantage over the handful of competitors that were still using the M9 pistol which definitely worked in my favor.”

To learn more about the M17 pistol used by Horner in competition, and view the features of the civilian version of the U.S. Army’s M17 pistol, the P320-M17, visit sigsasuer.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 100 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 – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit:



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Special Tactics LLC Creates the First Multi-Functional Tactical Training Suite

Produces integrated, multimedia training products for all types of students and instructors.

Sterling, VA (March 2019) – Special Tactics, provides a multifunctional tactical training platform which seamlessly integrates printed, digital and in-person tactical training resources. The platform delivers expertise from the military, law enforcement, security, policy and academic communities using the best in modern learning theory and performance improvement practice.

Special Tactics’ training covers a wide range of topics including civilian self-defense, law-enforcement, high-threat protection, special operations, and high intensity conventional warfare. This comprehensive approach dramatically improves individual and unit mission success as well as interagency or interservice cooperation and effectiveness.

Training content fuses concise explanations and color illustrations in innovative printed manuals with online multimedia teaching and learning materials: interactive presentations with audio narration, videos, animations, quizzes and virtual classroom instruction.

Special Tactics is continually producing new books and online training materials. Current books and courses include: Combat Fitness, Unarmed Combat, Small Unit Tactics, VIP Protection and Close Quarters Battle (Single-Person, Two-Person, Law Enforcement and Military). Special Tactics also offers live, in-person training events that are seamlessly integrated with digital and printed supporting materials.

Special Tactics training products are designed to be affordable and accessible for a wide range of tactical professionals and security-conscious citizens. Existing products can be adjusted and scaled to offer group training support for law enforcement, military and corporate entities.

Special Tactics manuals and courses may be purchased through Facebook, the Pro Shop or on Amazon. The site offers free and paid memberships which can bring users discounts between 15% and 20%.

About Special Tactics:

Developed by a network of experts in the military, law enforcement, security, policy, and academic communities, Special Tactics provides training expertise that makes neighborhoods, cities and the nation safer by allowing security practitioners to share open-source experience, analysis and best practices.

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6.5 Creedmoor now available in the Remington 700 Mountain SS lineup

Huntsville, AL – The Model 700 Mountain Stainless is a light-weight and durable rifle ideal for extended periods of handling in the worst weather conditions. The stainless-steel barreled action has an attractive satin finish and is coupled with a tough Bell & Carlson stock with an aluminum bedding block that provides the receiver with a sturdy platform. Featuring a mountain contour barrel, it weighs in at just over 6lbs. so you can carry it all day long and rest assured that when the time comes to take that shot of a lifetime, it will exceed all your expectations.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel barreled action with satin finish
  • 22” cold hammer forged light contour barrel
  • Premium Bell & Carlson stock with aluminum bedding block
  • Just 6.2 lbs.
  • User adjustable X Mark Pro trigger

The Model 700 Mountain SS has a suggested retail price of $1152.00 and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Order # 85513.



About Remington Arms Company, LLC

Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturer and continues to manufacture in its original plant located in Ilion, NY. Remington is a privately-held manufacturer of firearms, silencers, and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of ammunition, shotguns, and rifles. The Remington family of companies has 12 locations across 9 states employing over 3,500 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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Tasmanian Tiger® to Exhibit at 2019 NAPED/NAUMD Conference and Exhibition

The international brand preferred by elite military, law enforcement, and emergency medical professional to display products focused on the American customer at the annual distributor show.

Miramar, Fla. (March 2019) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., will be exhibiting at the upcoming National Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) and North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) 2019 Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency, April 7 – 9, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tasmanian Tiger, a brand owned by Tatonka GmbH, is well regarded in the tactical communities of Europe and Asia. In 2019, Tasmanian Tiger (TT) introduced products specifically for the American market at the 2019 SHOT Show held in January in Las Vegas, Nevada. With an array of nylon products including backpacks, bags, and pouches; rigs, carriers and harnesses; slings, belts and gun bags; medical equipment and their line of discreet gear – the Undercover Line, TT is expanding their distributor base across the US.

The 2019 NAPED / NAUMD Conference and Exhibition is a first-time joint event in which manufacturing members of both non-profit associations will have the unique opportunity to display products and network with the top distributor in the public safety community.

“Since we launched TT in January of this year, we have been increasing our distributor line up,” Richard Lewis, President of Proforce Equipment Group, LLC and exclusive US distributor of TT, said, “The distributor memberships of both organizations are exactly the customers we would like to work with. Our products can be used by various professionals and civilians. We look forward to introducing them to one of the top brands in Europe and Asia.”

The NAPED/NAUMD Conference and Exhibition is a closed event. Members can find Tasmanian Tiger’s exhibit at booth 106 during the April event.

All sales inquiries can be directed to tt@tasmaniantigerusa.com.

About Tasmanian Tiger®:

Tasmanian Tiger®, a division of TATONKA GmbH, is an international brand founded in 1999, to provide user-design driven nylon products to elite warfighters and law enforcement in Europe and Asia. From prototype to production, all products are manufactured in the company’s own facilities, thus ensuring a consistently high level of quality throughout the production processes. All products are quality checked prior to leaving the facility and checked regularly by independent international test centers. Tasmanian Tiger® brand of nylon gear will be available in the US beginning in 2019.

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Magpul PMAG D-50 Now Shipping

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MasterPiece Arms (MPA) Named Official Chassis of the 2019 Precision Rifle Series (PRS) Season for Third Consecutive Year

MPA will also sponsor multiple PRS Pro Matches throughout 2019, including the 2019 PRS Finale.

Comer, Ga. (March 2019)MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, is honored to have been named the Official Chassis of the 2019 Precision Rifle Series (PRS) Season. This is the third consecutive year that MPA has been named the Official Chassis of the PRS. MPA will also sponsor multiple PRS Pro matches throughout the year, including the 2019 PRS Finale, held Nov. 15 – 17, 2019.

“At MPA, we’ve made a commitment to the long-range shooting community, and we are truly honored to once again be named the Official Sponsor of the PRS season. When you purchase one of our chassis, we never want you to regret that decision, and that is why all our chassis are backward compatible,” commented Phil Cashin, owner of MPA. “We are out on the range, in the field and at the matches with our customers, listening to their feedback and continue using it to produce a better product for them. We are committed to producing innovative, quality-built chassis that every shooter can rely on.”

The MPA BA Competition Chassis is the competition version of MPA’s highly successful MPA BA Chassis System. It is designed to give shooters a competitive advantage when shooting in long range tactical rifle competitions, such as the PRS. In addition to the standard chassis features, it has been enhanced with a rotating barricade stop to lock the rifle in place when shooting on a variety of barricade designed stages, additional hole locations on the forend for locating the rotating barricade stop, a spigot mount that attaches to the front of the forend to give the shooter additional space to mount their bipod, and a bag rider attachment for better rear bag recoil management. MSRP ranges from $999 – $1,150.

The PRS is the preeminent rifle organization in the world, structuring a yearly point race for both the PRS Pro Bolt Gun Series and the PRS Regional Series. The PRS Championship Shooting Series is synonymous with precision rifle shooting. The PRS is home to countless competitors, including 5,000 active PRS shooters with scores being tracked. The PRS unites the 40 most renowned national pro series precision rifle competitions and continues to expand the PRS Regional Series, which hosts hundreds of one-day matches from coast to coast. The influence of the PRS, with more than 1,000 professional level competitions and growing global presence, extends in every conceivable direction inspiring the precision rifle community at its grassroots, hometown level.

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of rifles, chassis systems, and accessories, visit www.masterpiecearms.com.

MPA BA Competition Chassis

About MasterPiece Arms:

MasterPiece Arms main offices, located in Comer, Georgia, combines quality engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing to design and produce firearms, such as highly successful BA Rifles and Chassis Systems. Masterpiece Arms uses high accuracy CNC machining, turning, barrel making, laser cutting and bending in its manufacturing process controlled by their ISO9002/TS16949 Registered Quality System.

MPA engineers test and retest our weapons to provide customers with one of the most enjoyable guns available. With versatile uses, such as personal and home protection, long range shooting, hunting and tactical interests, MPA products are one of a kind and backed by a lifetime warranty for original owners. Learn more about MasterPiece Arms products at www.masterpiecearms.com or call 866.803.0000.

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Kahr Firearms Group Sponsors NRA Tactical Police Competitions March 22-23


(Greeley, PA) – Kahr Firearms Group, a leader in innovative firearms design and manufacturing, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Southeast Regional NRA Tactical Police Competitions on March 22-23 in Anderson, SC.
The Tactical Police Competition (TPC) is a program designed to challenge officers through courses of competition that focus on skills with duty firearms and gear. The TPC is only open to law enforcement and military and utilizes only patrol duty firearms and equipment. The program gives officers an opportunity to practice and sharpen skills in handling and deploying their duty firearm, as well as solving hypothetical challenges through scenario-based training courses.
TPC matches include 4 to 7 courses which utilize a pistol, rifle or shotgun, or a combination. The courses challenge officers to sharpen and evaluate their skills with their duty weapon as well as their ability to make tactical decisions and assess threats and environment. TPC matches are live-fire training competitions and give valuable opportunities and experience to participants. The TPC program holds matches around the country. For more information and to see a schedule of events, visit

For more information about Kahr Firearms Group products, visit www.kahr.com, www.magnumresearch.com, www.auto-ordnance.com or www.customdeserteagle.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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New Zealand As-Salamu Alaykum

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New Zealand’s Maori Warriors

Friday is here once more and it’s time to think about a little R&R over the weekend. If you’re in the Midwest and impacted by the floods my prayers and thoughts are with you. If you’re reading this, I know that it’s been rough but you’re alive and kicking and that’s a wonderful thing. Remember these words, credited to French Statesman Charles Alexandre de Calonne ,”the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” You can recover and rebuild, hang tough.

Many of you are feeling stressed out and possibly thinking about seeing a therapist, I can absolutely understand that, but you’ll be much better off getting together with family and friends to have a shoot the shit. What is a shoot the shit say you?

A shoot the shit is a social interaction where participants don’t need to know a thing about the subject or subjects being discussed. Participants are free to make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. It’s exactly like a Democratic Party caucus. A shoot the shit also does not require you to pay $150 per hour to some jackass who studied psychology so they could understand themselves.

Lastly, give social media a rest. Your floods are not an indication that the world is coming to an end in 12 yrs. They’re an indication that your levies and flood water systems are archaic and crumbling. Ten years will come and go, and you and your family will be fine.

However, if you can’t organize your own shoot the shit, I invite you to join mine so let’s get started.

A week ago today, the were two consecutive domestic terror shootings at the Al Noor Mosque followed by another attack at the Linwood Islamic Center. in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a fatal event for 50 innocent people doing nothing more than participating in Friday prayers. It was a tragic event and I hope you’ve all extend condolences to New Zealanders. In the attack, the perpetrator used a semiautomatic rifle, but no further specific weapon related details have been released by authorities. Yet, in six short days, the attack resulted in a countrywide weapons ban and mandatory buyback. New Zealand authorities estimate that 250,000 citizens will be impacted and approximately 1.5 million firearms will be involved.

Here’s what the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has to say about gun violence in New Zealand: “The use of weapons in crimes remains an infrequent occurrence throughout New Zealand, and arrests for weapons-related offenses continue to decline.” Based on that disclosure, the only conclusion that can reasonably be reached is that gun violence in New Zealand, given its 1.5 million semiautomatic weapons, is not an the issue. So, this ban is either an over reaction to a tragedy or an opportunity to advance a political agenda.

After 9/11 the security landscape completely changed. Intelligence sources, CIA, NSA, FBI, Interpol, as well as foreign national agencies, tell us that Islamic and domestic terror threats are now a fact of life. We also know that these individuals have made and continue to make extensive use of social media – who in my opinion is not doing nearly enough to prevent the spread of their poison – to sow hatred and gain attention and admiration. These individuals do not attack military installations, they attack soft targets like schools, malls, hotel lobbies, tourist areas and places of prayer. The greater the damage, the more publicity, the better.

Globally, the United States included, and for reasons that escape me, governments have done an extremely poor job of identifying soft targets and developing a security protocol to deter these attacks. A single police officer outside the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center would have prevented this tragedy. Governments are failing and New Zealand does not need a weapons band, they need to get a handle on social media and develop security protocols that protect soft targets. An initiative that can be effectively accomplished in a number of ways without a weapons ban. Criminals, and in the Asia Pacific, China are the only ones that benefit from a weapons ban.

Ok enough of a serious topic and one to a little fun…

I’m going to close out this shoot the shit with a recommendation. Make it a point to watch the film “The Brothers Grimsby.” The movie was released in 2016 and if laughter cures all things this will set you free. The official trailer is below followed by a compilation of some of the best scenes, enjoy!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Spring weather. Be safe and try to spend some time with your buds and family.

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Grafton County Sheriff’s Office Transitions to New Duty Pistols

Law Enforcement Agencies Continue to Switch to GLOCK


SMYRNA, Ga. – Mar 20, 2019 GLOCK, Inc. is proud to announce that the Grafton County Sheriff’s Office in New Hampshire has selected GLOCK as their new duty pistol.

Known as the “Gateway to the White Mountains”, Grafton County is also the home of Dartmouth College and has a population of nearly 90,000. 

Sheriff Jeff Stiegler came to the department with over 25 years of law enforcement service in New Hampshire and 6 years as the Police Chief in the neighboring state of Vermont.  He immediately recognized the need to replace the aging service weapons.  “After speaking with my department firearms instructors and reflecting on over thirty-years of law enforcement service, I recognized our department needed a highly-reliable and proven service weapon,” said Stiegler.

“When any law enforcement agency has to decide on an important issue like this, we have to look at quality, price and most importantly, the ability to adequately train our staff to meet established standards and being able to defend ourselves or a third party from serious injury or death,” said Sheriff Stiegler.  “GLOCK has stood out from all the rest. The quality of GLOCK speaks for itself. When we examined price, GLOCK provides a competitive price while giving an agency a phenomenal product,” continued Stiegler.

GLOCK recently introduced a new generation of pistols, the 5th generation, which features over twenty design enhancements.  The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol.  “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said VP Josh Dorsey.  “Since the pistols have proved themselves in testing and were adopted by numerous federal agencies, they have continued to gain attention among law enforcement nationwide.”

Among the design changes are five key features.  The match-grade, GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy.  The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide-stop delivers improved control and flexibility.  The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the GLOCK manufacturing process.  Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.

Grafton County will be transitioning from Smith and Wesson to the GLOCK 45 and GLOCK 17 Gen5 pistols.  “In short, GLOCK is ahead of the curve on these top priorities and this transition will enable us to meet our operational and training needs for years to come,” commented Stiegler.  “We are extremely pleased to be transitioning to the GLOCK 45 and the GLOCK 17 Gen5”

For additional information about the GLOCK Gen5 models and the G45, visit https://us.glock.com/.






About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2019, GLOCK celebrates its 33rd Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visit us.glock.com.

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Todd Hodnett Takes You Through the TREMOR3 Reticle

The TREMOR3 reticle has been adopted by military precision shooters. It’s one of the most advanced reticles available for long range shooting where wind and accurate ranging is a challenge. Todd is the TREMOR3 designer and presents in the video below the details of his design. Very informative video.

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Griffin Armament Presents the New EXPLORR Series Suppressors



EXPLORR™️ .300

Consumers demanded it, we made it. The lightest most durable dedicated rifle suppressors the world has ever seen!

$895.00 MSRP     


Griffin’s first and only 6.5mm suppressor. Optimize the sound performance of your 6mm guns.                $895.00 MSRP


Optimized for 22 caliber centerfire catridges including 22-250 Remington Magnum.

$795.00 MSRP     

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PGM Precision to Attend SOFINS 2019


This year, PGM will be present at the SOFINS exhibition in Bordeaux on April 2, 3, and 4, 2019!

Visit PGM at BOOTH C23!

There will also be shooting sessions with PGM rifles on Tuesday, April 2 from 15:00 p.m. to 16:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at SOFINS. Registration for shooting sessions will be on your personal space on the SOFINS platform.

More information about the show here: SOFINS Website

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Meprolight USA Introduce the MEPRO MOR PRO

Originally developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the MEPRO MOR PRO is a multi-purpose, multi-activated red dot reflex sight with laser pointers.

Middletown, Penn. (March 2019) – Meprolight USA®, the US sales and marketing division of Meprolight®, a world leader in a variety of optic solutions from electro-optics sights, self-illuminated night sights, and innovative pistol sights, introduces the MEPRO MOR PRO, a multi-purpose reflex sight with two laser pointers (visible and IR).

Developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the MEPRO MOR PRO allows for quick, instinctive accurate target acquisition with one or both eyes open and also allows for fast transition between long-range and CQC scenarios. The MEPRO MOR PRO offers operators the ultimate in reflex sight versatility providing complete confidence in low light, daytime conditions and seamlessly integrates into day/night operation. The passive reflex is self-illuminated for any time use and the active reflex offers an extra bright LED dot for special lighting circumstances. Red or green laser pointers for urban or close quarter scenarios can easily be activated. An IR laser pointer for covert operations gives the user the ultimate advantage. The MEPRO MOR PRO’s combined zeroing system co-aligns the aiming pattern and the two laser pointers into a single zeroing procedure, saving time and increasing accuracy.

Made to withstand harsh weather and temperature conditions, the MEPRO MOR PRO easily withstands the user’s physical stress or extreme firing situations. It features a large 30 diameter lens that allows a large field of view for rapid target acquisition with four reticle options: bullseye, triangle, open “x” and 2.2/4.3 MOA.

The MEPRO MOR PRO, built to the highest of military standards, has a Constant and Momentary PTL mode and an automatic PTL failure detection. The sight also has a two-battery compartment for redundancy and to extend operational hours, yet even when working with just one battery, the MEPRO MOR PRO’s performance remains optimal. It mounts to a Picatinny rail and its lightweight, rugged construction will make the MEPRO MOR PRO the go-to reflex sight for any professional. MSRP starts at $1,299.00.

Retailers can now order Meprolight products, including new 2019 products from Meprolight USA, the US-based division of Meprolight, at sales@meprolight.us or call 833-MEPROLIGHT (833-637-7654).


About Meprolight®:

Meprolight is a leading International Electro-Optics company, developing, manufacturing and marketing systems for infantry, armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilian markets since 1990.

Meprolight provides comprehensive solutions with a wide array of combat-proven products; electro-optical solutions, night vision devices, digital Low light handheld devices, thermal target acquisition systems, and a variety of night sights and other tritium illuminated products for safety and security applications.

In 2019, Meprolight establishes a US division, Meprolight USA, to better serve their North American customers in the commercial, law enforcement, security and military markets.www.meprolight.us

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SIG SAUER Ultra-Compact MPX Copperhead Now Shipping


NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 20, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the ultra-compact MPX Copperhead is now shipping and available in retail stores.

SIG SAUER Ultra-Compact MPX Copperhead Now Shipping

The SIG MPX Copperhead redefines the sub-gun category with a new level of operator safety, in-field adaptability and proven reliability in the harshest environments with unconventional design, unmatched performance, and familiar AR handling. Completely ambidextrous, the SIG MPX is great for left- or right-handed shooters with its dual-sided selector switch, magazine release, charging handle and bolt release. The SIG MPX operates from a fully-closed and locked rotating bolt, offering enhanced reliability and safety in use. A short-stroke gas piston allows the SIG MPX to run all weights and brands of 9mm ammunition with no adjustments to the gas valve.

The MPX Copperhead features a monolithic elite Series Cerakote® finish upper receiver, with an integrated stock knuckle lower, and a 3.5” barrel with integrated muzzle brake. The MPX Copperhead comes equipped with the new, rapid deploy SIG SAUER Pivoting Contour Brace (PCB) giving pistol users a brace that easily adapts to the movement of the shooters arm with a patented swivel operation for perfect placement.

MPX Copperhead:

  • Total length: 14.5”
  • Barrel length: 3.5”
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10”
  • Weight: 4.5lbs
  • Finish: Cerakote E190
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger

To learn more about the MPX Copperhead or locate your local SIG SAUER dealer visit 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 100 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 – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit:


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DoubleStar Introduces the Ahab Knife

This everyday carry was designed to be discrete and compact without sacrificing relevance.

Winchester, Ky. (March 2019)DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles, pistols, and blades, is pleased to introduce the latest knife to its DSC Blade Division, the Ahab Knife. Made from 1084 Carbon Steel, this everyday carry was designed by Division Director Rob “Filo” Cabrera to be discrete and compact without sacrificing relevance. Elements like the oversized ring and precision thumb break provide the best amount of retention for quick deployment.

The Ahab’s strong, lightweight construction make it the perfect duty belt utility that will be there when you need it most. An oversized ring allows for gloved deployment, while a swedged spine at the point provides for better penetration. The Ahab knife has precision jimping for proper thumb braking and screwed handle hardware for easy maintenance. Equipped with versatile eyelet locations, they provide adaptability to other attachment systems. It is PVD coated for a clean, sharp, durable finish.

Ahab Specifications:

  • Blade Length: 3”
  • Overall Length: 7.625”
  • Color: Black
  • Handle Material: Black Coarse Textured G10
  • Sheath: 0.06” Kydex with Safe-Lock
  • Country of Manufacture: Taiwan
  • MSRP: $84.99

For more information about DoubleStar, visit www.star15.com.

About DoubleStar Corp.:

DoubleStar Corp., located in Winchester, Kentucky, was formed when customers of J&T Distributing, a leading manufacturer and supplier of thousands of AR15 parts and accessories, requested complete rifles and pistols crafted from the same high-quality, U.S.-made components. DoubleStar now manufactures and supplies not only the commercial market but military and law enforcement forces across the world with rugged and dependable firearms. www.star15.com

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 20, 2019 – The Kemah Police Department has announced the approval and planned implementation of the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC) from Viridian® Weapon Technologies. Viridian and the police department of Kemah will hold a joint press conference on Thursday, March 21 at 9:00 am at the Kemah Community Center (Jimmie Walker Community Center) located at 800 Harris Avenue, Kemah, TX 77565.
In addition to Kemah, there are more than 50 departments in Texas currently using the FACT Duty WMC. Nationally there are over 400 agencies testing and implementing this new technology.
The FACT Duty fits standard police duty weapons and holsters and records automatically, providing an unobstructed view from the end of an officer’s firearm. The need for this product continues to be validated in current events throughout the United States.
“At Kemah, we try to be innovative,” said Police Chief Chris Reed. “So if there is a product out there that is going to benefit our officers as well as benefit our residents by adding transparency, then we’re going to jump all over it.
“We have tested and approved the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera and plan to implement upon securing funds. This technology supports and protects our officers and brings transparency into the highest profile event an officer may experience.”
Viridian has created an important new category for law enforcement with the introduction of the FACT camera. This unique Weapon-Mounted Camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras.
The highly advanced WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary
INSTANT-ON® technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment.
“Our FACT Duty is truly standalone—and the need it fills in law enforcement is so important,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “We’ve been able to get this in the hands of so many departments and seeing the difference it makes is encouraging. The FACT Duty WMC is the only product specifically designed to capture Officer Involved Shootings (OIS).
“The technology achieves this in a manner that is not cost prohibitive, requires no manual step or extra training in the field, doesn’t add to administrative duties or processes and even provides a tactical advantage to officers. At Viridian, we pride ourselves on our independence and our innovation—and we’re happy Kemah has approved something so important to modern policing.”

Easy Purchase and Implementation
FACT WMCs do not require the purchase of supplemental equipment or services and are designed exclusively to answer the needs of today’s officers. The WMC generates just a small fraction of the data to manage compared to other law enforcement recording options because it only records when the officer’s weapon is drawn.
After the purchase of the WMC, there are no maintenance fees, monthly charges or other significant expenses required. This results in significantly lower comparative data management costs than other evidentiary camera systems. The FACT Duty is a one-and-done solution for law enforcement administrators and purchasing departments.
The WMCs fit on existing standard-issue firearms and fit seamlessly in multiple duty holster platforms, making it easy for implementation by any law enforcement agency. The cameras feature a recording time of over three hours to handle virtually any scenario. They also incorporate secured data access and are easily rechargeable.
Just last month, the Vernon Police Department became the first department in the state of Texas to complete implementation of the FACT Duty from Viridian—the leader in Weapon-Mounted technology.
Body and dash cameras were not designed to capture officer-involved shootings. However, Viridian WMCs were designed specifically for this purpose.
More information on FACT Duty WMCs can be found at

About Viridian Weapon Technologies 

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian® is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the Tacloc® Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA. More information is available at www.ViridianWeaponTech.com.

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CamelBak redesigned the MIL Motherload™ backpack for 2019. One of the more significant improvements was to the hydration system. The company introduced the MIL SPEC CRUX™ 3L LUMBAR RESERVOIR. The result is greater stability and comfort while retaining all of the CamelBak features that have made their hydration products legendary.

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Introducing the New Beretta 92X Performance


The New 92X Performance

Introducing the newest and strongest contender to the world of competitive dynamic shooting: The Beretta 92X Performance – The most reliable and well-known operating system, coupled with a steel frame and a heavier Brigadier slide, is taken to a new level thanks to Beretta’s new Extreme-S trigger mechanism. (Available late summer 2019)

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Volume pricing is now available on all SIG SAUER ammunition!


Volume pricing is now available on all SIG SAUER ammunition - save up to 10%!


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White River Knife’s Super Popular Survival Utility Knife

White River Knife & Tool, Coopersville, MI, March 2019 – Firecraft 3.5 small survival utility knives have proven a remarkable success for hunters too.

The Firecraft 3.5 is intended as a compact ultra-lite tough survival knife especially suited for day hikers as well as a tough backup for longer trips that require either a backup or less weight. Recent feedback from hunters says it has found popularity as an efficient big game dressing/skinning knife

A large pommel loop makes it easy to remove the knife from its sheath with one finger even if gloved. And of course a retention cord can be easily put through the loop. A generous finger forward cutout makes for a secure grip for hard cutting chores and it has a cutout for more efficient use of the included ferro rod.

The CPM S35VN all steel construction makes for an incredibly sharp leather stropped blade with great edge retention under hard use.

Two models are available: One with black or orange with a super tough G-10 handle–MSRP $145 and one with a paracord-wrapped handle MSRP $120.

White River’s 3.5 series knives come with a unique Kydex® sheath with ferro rod allowing the user to mount the knife in several carry configurations on Mollie gear, backpacks, belt or even worn with a included neck lanyard sheath.

  • Blade length: 3.5 inches
  • Overall length: 7.75 inches
  • Handles: See below models
  • Weight: 3.8 ounces
  • Steel: CPM S35VN at 58-60 Rockwell C hardness
  • Blade info: Stone wash finish, sharpened and leather stropped.
  • Sheath: Kydex®
  • Accessory: Included ferro rod and separate Kydex®holder

3.5 Series Models:

  • Firecraft 3.5 Pro: Orange or black G-10 material handle, MSRP$145
  • Firecraft 3.5: Nylon cord wrapped handle, MSRP $120

White River products, materials and manufacturing are only all-American

White River Knife & Tool®

130 Mason Drive

Coopersville, MI




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Parabon Helps Investigators Solve 1,000 Years of Cold Cases in 9 Months

One case solve per week on cases over 20 years cold; four in the past week

Reston, Va. (19 March 2019) – Friday’s arrest of Coley Lewis McCraney by the Ozark Alabama Police Department for the 1999 murder of teenagers J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett marked what could be the end of a nearly 20-year search for their killer. One of the most infamous unsolved crimes in Alabama, the case was also the fourth cold case in the past week for which law enforcement credited the Genetic Genealogy Unit at Parabon® NanoLabs (Parabon) for its assistance. In addition to Ozark investigators, the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, and the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin all announced positive identifications (3 arrests and 1 deceased suspect) in cases that had been unsolved for over 24, 34 and 42 years, respectively, thanks to leads generated by Parabon. Since the introduction of its Snapshot® Genetic Genealogy Service last May, Parabon has assisted law enforcement agencies in making positive identifications in nearly 50 cases that were cold for over 1,000 years in total.

The magnitude of the achievement is noteworthy since cold cases are particularly difficult to investigate; memories fade, witnesses and suspects move away or die, and leads have typically been exhausted. Until recently, even DNA evidence was of little value if it failed to produce a match. However, genetic genealogy can breathe new life into a cold case investigation by using DNA as a “genetic witness” to generate leads. Even if a suspect in a particular crime had no known connection to the victim, DNA can still connect him or her to the crime scene and genetic genealogy is providing a powerful new approach to tying such unknown DNA to an identity.

CeCe Moore, who leads Parabon’s team of five genetic genealogists, anticipated such a closure rate early on when she forecasted that Parabon would assist with “50-100 solves in the first year.” She is also quick to point out that this level of success is possible only because of the hardworking and forward-thinking detectives who take on these tough investigations. “It’s not a cliché; the detectives we work with never give up. We see evidence of their passion on a daily basis.”

Steve Armentrout, Parabon’s CEO, attributes the success to the unique team Parabon has assembled. “With world-class genetic genealogists and an in-house bioinformatics team, Parabon is able to offer a comprehensive solution that includes genetic genealogy, DNA phenotyping, and kinship analysis. Many of these cases could only be solved with a combination of these technologies, and we continue to push the envelope with new R&D that will keep us on the leading edge of DNA forensics.”

About Parabon® NanoLabs, Inc.:

Parabon® NanoLabs is a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-generation therapeutic and forensic products, which leverage the enormous power of DNA. Staffed by a uniquely qualified team of scientists and technologists, with expertise ranging from bioinformatics and oncology to chemistry and computer science, the Company is bringing to market revolutionary new products and services made possible by recent advances in DNA sequencing, processing, and manufacturing technologies.

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Brownells Gun Techs Battle On the Court in Big Ballerz Shootout

GRINNELL, Iowa (March 18, 2019) – Renowned for their firearms knowledge, skills and customer service, Brownells Gun Techs will display their rebounding, fancy dribbling and sweet jump shots in the Brownells Big Ballerz Shootout, starting March 18, 2019.

Showcased at Brownells.com and across Brownells’ various social media channels, the basketball-themed promotion lasts through 11:59 p.m. on April 1, and will offer great deals on products in the following categories: Reloading, Retro, Handgun and Rifle.

The highlight of the Brownells Big Ballerz Shootout is a two-on-two, generational basketball grudge match, pitting “old guy” Gun Techs Steve O and Dr. K against “young gun” Gun Techs “Slick” Caleb and Perry “The Pistol.”

The game will happen on March 31, with color commentary by F.A.K.E. News anchor Woof Howitzer, as seen on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

If the old guys win, Brownells will slash prices on their Retro Rifles line. If the young guns win, customers get amazing discounts on Aero Precision rifles.

Starting March 18, viewers will be able to watch in-depth, pre-game interviews and shop each player’s personal product picks at super-special prices.

Every few days, a new product category will go on sale with the release of the next player interview.  Once live, all sales will continue throughout the duration of the Big Ballerz Shootout.

At the end of the game broadcast on March 31, either Retro Rifles or Aero Precision Rifles – depending on who wins – will be offered at blowout prices lasting until just before midnight on April 1.

To keep up with the latest player interviews, sales and to see the big game, visit the Brownells Big Ballerz Shootout page.

About Brownells

Serious About Firearms Since 1939™, Brownells is the world’s leading source for guns, gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools and survival gear. With a large selection of both common and hard-to-find items, and an extensive collection of videos, articles, and gun schematics, Brownells is the expert for everything shooting-related. Committed to maintaining our great traditions, Brownells has more, does more and knows more – and guarantees it all, Forever. For more information or to place an order, call 800-741-0015 or visit Brownells.com.

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New Lower Price on ALL FLIR Scout II and Scout III Models


FLIR Thermal Monocular Price Reduction

Take Home the Scout® II & III
Thermal Monoculars for
up to $600 Less!

The Scout series of compact thermal monoculars quickly detects humans, animals, and objects in low visibility environments—day or night. Generating images based on heat, rather than visible light, thermal imaging gives you vision in complete darkness and haze, providing reliable vision for wildlife observation and safe, covert navigation.

                 Shop Scout II                                                                    Shop Scout III

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SIG SAUER Launches Bazaarvoice for Online Customer Reviews

NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 18, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Bazaarvoice, an online customer rating and review system for all SIG SAUER products. Currently, Bazaarvoice reviews are now appearing on the product pages at sigsauer.com, and the 5-star rating accompanies the specific SIG SAUER Google product search. Coming soon, the Bazaarvoice customer reviews will be populated on several online retail channels where SIG SAUER products are sold.

SIG SAUER Launches Bazaarvoice for Online Customer Reviews

“In today’s retail environment, all the information a consumer needs on a product is readily available. Our consumers are very savvy, and are researching their potential purchases before they are motivated to make the investment,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Bazaarvoice allows our customers to provide feedback, ratings, and reviews, in their own words on all SIG products. It is this word-of-mouth, authentic user review that will inspire people to purchase SIG products, and do so with confidence.”

Customers that have purchased any SIG SAUER product, and competed the registration process will receive a Bazaarvoice customer review survey from SIG SAUER. The survey allows the consumer to write a review in their own words, in addition to rating the product using a 5-star system for quality, value, and features.

“Bazaarvoice is going to enhance the overall SIG SAUER consumer experience, and provides us the opportunity to make a first-hand customer assessment with our products as part of the purchasing process,” concluded Taylor.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 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 – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit:

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American Tactical Announces "Tax Day" FX1911 Promo


(Summerville, SC ) – American Tactical, US manufacturer and world-wide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment, is happy to announce a special “Tax Day” Promo for select FX1911s.
From now through April 15, 2019, users can visit
AmericanTactical.us and use the code “TAXDAY1911” to receive 15% off MSRP on the purchase of an FX Military or GI model 1911. The Firepower Xtreme .45 ACP Military 1911 (ATIGFX45MIL) and Firepower Xtreme .45 ACP GI 1911 (ATIGFX45GI) have an MSRP of $499.95. The promo code will result in a discount of approximately $75 off either of the two qualifying models.

Caliber: .45ACP
Barrel: 45MIL – 5″, 45GI – 4.25″
Finish: Blued
Each styled with all steel parts and solid mahogany grips.

For more information on products from American Tactical, visit www.americantactical.us.

About American Tactical:
American Tactical is both an American manufacturer and a world wide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the United States of America. Offering customers a broad range of shooting sports and defense products, they search the globe to bring the best quality and prices to buyers. In addition, they manufacture many products in the United States to offer American-made options in their vast product lineup.

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Buy a P320-M17 and Get Two Free Mags From Sig Sauer


Two free 21-round magazines with the purchase of a P320-M17.


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Visit MOHOC at Milipol Asia 2019

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MOHOC will be in Singapore for Milipol Asia Pacific 2019, the region’s leading international event for homeland security.
Get updated on all the latest MOHOC technologies and experience the recently-launched LASO™, a WiFi-based Tactical Video Transmitter that enables live streaming of video from MOHOC® Cameras to teammates and command.
For individual meeting requirements, get in touch with John Prosser, Director of International Sales. John’s email is:

Milipol Asia-Pacific takes place 2-4 April at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

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Snipershide.com Launches Special Edition SABER®M700™ ERT Extended Range Tactical Cross-Over Rifle


Ashbury Precision Ordnance Selected to Build Full-Featured, Entry-Level Precision Rifles for “Hide” Students

Ruckersville, VA. – Recently Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg was selected by SnipersHide.com, the Internet’s largest tactical marksman community, to create an all American made, full-featured, entry level precision rifle for recreational long range shooting and multi-sport long gun competition. The APO precision rifle platform selected, and specially configured for this Sniper’s Hide project is the SABER® M700™ ERT (Extended Range Tactical) rifle, chambered in .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor.

APO’s Custom Shop started production on the Sniper’s Hide rifle in March 2019.The rifle was designed to an operational spec by Frank Galli, Managing Director of the Sniper’s Hide, in close collaboration with Ashbury’s Precision Weapons Section.

Galli, himself a former US Marine Corps Scout Sniper, tasked APO to create a solid, best value, precision rifle for novices attending the growing number of Sniper’s Hide Precision Rifle training courses. The rifle absolutely needed to be a “sub-MOA out of the box range ready” rifle for training, recreational shooting and tactical competition, with no upgrades required.

“Many Sniper’s Hide students have little to no background selecting their first precision rife and have limited budgets,” said Galli. “Too many students end up spending far more on a rifle than they need to, not understanding precision rifle shooting is a sport you grow into,” continued Galli. “More often than not we see students regrettably make poor initial purchasing decisions and end up with a first rifle that doesn’t work for them. But here at the Hide, we are looking to help the new shooter make smarter choices!”

The Sniper’s Hide rifle provides the novice precision rifle shooter with a quality, all American made rifle with sub-MOA performance, configurability, modularity and upgradeability – features unavailable on other entry level rifle platforms. The Hide’s precision rifle is designed to allow student to focus on executing the fundamentals of precision rifle marksmanship and not be distracted by a poorly set-up, inaccurate rifle.

“As a precision rifle instructor teaching students across the country,” said Galli, “the number one question we get is always about gear. ‘What rifle should I buy?’ And the answers can vary wildly based on the current conditions out there in the market and who’s doing the most advertising. By partnering with the team at Ashbury Precision Ordnance we now have a single, vetted answer.”

We focused on simplicity and adjustability for this precision rifle build. Based off a proven Remington Model 700 barreled action, we added a second layer of quality control and then combined it with a modular APO SABER® FORSST® chassis variant. We wanted a stock that focused on rifle marksmanship giving the student the adjustability to fit any given size and body type – an important factor assuring shooter success.

“Ashbury is excited to be chosen by the Sniper’s Hide to build their tactical rifles,” said Matthew Peterson, Ashbury’s Production Manager. “We’ve long admired the work Frank has done expanding the precision rifle shooting sports community online, respect the significant growth of Snipershide.com, and we really dig his Everyday Sniper Podcasts. The SABER M700 ERT is an optimized entry level rifle that combines sub-MOA precision, ergonomic adjustability, and true modularity into a lightweight, moderately priced, precision rifle that can grow as the novice shooter becomes a more proficient rifle marksman.”

Amongst the many unique aspects of this rifle include (and most notably) the fact that a customer can customize his/her rifle at the time of purchase with a wide range of options using APO’s Rifle Configurator. For the more experienced shooters desiring higher levels of performance and/or alternate calibers, custom riflesmithing upgrades are offered. The Sniper’s Hide Special Edition Rifle program offers Hide students and novice shooters the full support and advantages of Ashbury’s Veteran US Marine Corps 2112 Gunsmiths and 2111 Armorer lead Precision Weapons Section.


When recommending a rifle for new students we try to focus on the simple things,” said Galli. “It’s too easy to chase gadgets and gear, so having a vetted system we can offer is huge. The Sniper’s Hide rifle from Ashbury Precision Ordnance covers all the bases: adjustability for the shooter, popular calibers, and features that help promote rifle marksmanship. We want to focus on the shooter and not the equipment. This rifle takes the guess work out of our buying recommendations.”

f5c2880a-dceb-46be-b8d7-5950cab68ef1The Sniper’s Hide rifle, crafted by the APO Custom Shop, begins with hand-select factory, Remington Model 700™ SPS AAC-SD barreled actions. These are brought into Ashbury’s Precision Weapons Section and undergo a detailed technical inspection, gauging, and accurizing process. Each barreled action is then fitted with a tuned Trigger Tech single stage trigger set to a crisp reliable 3 pound pull.

The newly accurized Model 700 SPS AAC-SD™ barreled action muzzle is factory threaded 5/8-24 TPI and fitted with APO’s Arclight SC-3 muzzle brake. And fitted with a 20 MOA Picatinny scope base rail.

The Sniper’s Hide Special Edition SABER-M700 ERT Rifle is built on the patented lightweight SABER RSA-A3 MRCS-AR modular rifle chassis system. The MRCS-AR rifle chassis is upgraded with a TASS Tactically Adjustable Shoulder Stock featuring a thumb screw cheek piece height adjustment, screw-in length of pull spacers and push button recoil pad drop position. This ergonomically adjustable precision rifle shoulder stock is purpose built for the rigors of the tactical shooting environment, is fitted with a premium Limbsaver® recoil pad and Butt Hook for stable non-firing hand support. The TASS shoulder stock is mounted to the SABER chassis center section with a robust tension adjustable double locking hinge, to fold the rifle reducing its length for transport and stowage.

The Sniper’s Hide Special Edition Rifle features a re-positionable Magpul MOE hand-grip adjustable for small and large hands, and a changeable 11° degree grip angle to maintain a secure yet comfortable grip on the rifle. Each rifle comes standard with a 5-rd Magpul AICS pattern polymer magazine and ambidextrous paddle lever magazine catch-release.

The octagonal aluminum alloy forend incorporates M-LOK accessory rail attachment points at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The installed 6 o’clock forend M-LOK Picatinny rail segment and stud allows for a variety of bipod and tripod mounting options. The patented SABER® modular rifle chassis is manufactured from aerospace grade aluminum alloys, and advanced carbon reinforced composites.

The base rifle weighs in at a nimble 11.25 lbs which is a real consideration for novices unfamiliar with physical demands of positional rifle marksmanship or tactical shooting competitions. SABER rifle chassis are also well known for low felt recoil, a big plus for recoil sensitive shooters. The rifle chassis is offered in premium Cerakote finishes to include: H-190 Armor Black, H-234 Sniper Grey, H-265 Flat Dark Earth and H-236 OD Green. The barreled action is finished in Remington’s factory Black Oxide coating with the option of a Cerakote finish.

Ashbury’s other high profile custom rifle build successes include the honor of building a limited edition signature series of fifty individually numbered tactical rifles for the National Rifle Association. These custom built APO rifles bear the signature of the legendary Major Land E. J. Land Jr. (USMC Retired), the former Secretary of the NRA and heralded father of the modern Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Ashbury also was also sought out to build the featured modern .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifles for the 2016 USA Network television action drama series “SHOOTER” which depicts a fictional renowned Marine Scout Sniper Bob Lee Swagger.

The Sniper’s Hide Special Edition SABER M700 ERT Rifle can be configured online at a factory direct price of $1,950 (shipped to FFL). For more information visit the Sniper’s Hide forum or Snipers-Hide-Rifle.com. More high-res images available in our gallery. For information on Ashbury Precision Ordnance’s line of high quality precision rifles, custom pistols and long range shooting accessories please visit our website.

APO…Trusted to Make it Better!

About Ashbury

Ashbury International Group Inc. is a Central Virginia, U.S.A. company, having more than 24 years of international experience providing equipment, training and technical engineering services to government, law enforcement, defense, and the commercial shooting sports community.

Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg. (APO), a division of the Ashbury International Group Inc., is a precision long range rifle specialist manufacturing precision rifles, custom pistols and shooting accessories. APO manufactures high-quality, patented modular rifle chassis systems for factory production and custom bolt action rifles, and a complementary line of high quality bolt action receivers.

APO crafts custom recreational, hunting, multi-sport competition and tactical precision rifles in calibers from .223 Rem, to .408 Cheytac® and SABER-M700 sport utility rifles. The APO Custom Shop offers custom reflex sight installation on premium pistols and complete special order custom precision rifles. The company also manufactures and distributes a wide range of rifle sports accessories through its online store THE ARMORY.

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Rule of 3s Drill

In this video instructor Chris “Cav” Cavallaro from SIG SAUER Academy demonstrates the “Rule of 3s” drill. In this drill, Cav will run you through 30 repetitions of good transitions and sight acquisitions with safety manipulation under stress and fatigue.

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Get Accuracy Through Any Rifle with Berger Hybrid Hunter

ANOKA, Minnesota – March 15, 2019 – Federal unveils Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter, loads that combine the profile of a low-drag match bullet and the terminal performance of a traditional hunting projectile for lethal accuracy at any range. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
Berger Hybrid Hunter bullet weights have been fine-tuned to provide exceptional accuracy through any rifle. Ballistic coefficients exceed those of comparable designs thanks to a hybrid nose design that combines tangent and secant ogive features. The bullets are loaded with our finest nickel-plated brass, Gold Medal primers and specially formulated propellant for the best consistency and reliability.
Features & Benefits
• Hybrid tangent-secant ogive bullet design
• High ballistic coefficient
• Superior accuracy across a wide range of firearms
• Lethal and reliable terminal performance on medium and big game
• Loaded to tight specifications with Gold Medal primers, nickel-plated brass and specialized propellant
Part No. / Description / MSRP
P243BCH1 / 243 Win 95 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $37.95
P65CRDBCH1 / 6.5 Creedmoor 135 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $43.95
P270BCH1 / 270 Win 140 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $40.95
P270WSMBCH1 / 270 WSM 140 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $42.95
P7RBCH1 / 7mm Rem Mag 168 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $44.95
P280AIBCH1 / 280 Ackley Improved 168 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $45.95
P308BCH1 / 308 Win 168 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $42.95
P3006BCH1 / 30-06 Sprg 168 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $42.95
P300WBCH1 / 300 Win 185 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $49.95
P300WSMBCH1 / 300 WSM 185 grain Berger Hybrid Hunter / $49.95

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AirMap And Honeywell Develop Cost-Effective Tracking Solution For Drones

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The Easy-to-Use Hardware Device Enables 4G and Satellite Connectivity to UTM System for Unmanned Aircraft

MADRID, March 12, 2019 World ATM Congress — Today, AirMap, the leading global airspace management platform for drones, and Honeywell announced the development of a cost-effective drone tracking solution to provide airspace safety authorities with situational awareness of manned and unmanned aircraft operations within an airspace system.

Together, the companies will develop a cost-effective hardware device to allow for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, to maintain consistent communication with a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system. UTM is a digital air traffic management system made up of technologies and services designed to maintain safe integration and separation of drones and other aircraft and objects in low-altitude airspace via the exchange of mission-critical data and telemetry information.

The drone tracking solution co-developed by AirMap and Honeywell will support multiple communication options, including 4G and satellite in areas without 4G coverage, for the broadcast of real-time drone telemetry feeds to a UTM system. The AirMap UTM Platform ingests telemetry feeds from a variety of hardware- and software-based solutions for visualization, monitoring, and deconfliction by air navigation service providers (ANSP) and other relevant authorities.

“The AirMap UTM Platform is designed to provide a real-time operating picture of the airspace for both manned and unmanned aircraft,” said Ben Marcus, AirMap Chairman and Co-founder. “We’ve partnered with Honeywell to deliver an easy-to-use, cost-effective, and drone-agnostic device as a practical way to start managing drone traffic in any environment, today.”

Honeywell is an investor in AirMap and uses AirMap’s application programming interfaces (API) for industrial customers in operations such as inspecting power lines and downstream oil and gas equipment.

The tracker device is available today as a proof of concept for testing.

About AirMap

AirMap is the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones. AirMap connects the world’s drones to airspace authorities through integrations with major drone manufacturers such as senseFly, Intel, Matternet, 3DR, and more. Deployed in Japan, Switzerland, and the U.S., AirMap leads the industry in UTM and U-space to enable safe drone operations at scale.

Learn more about the AirMap UTM Platform at: www.airmap.com

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Minnesota State Highway Patrol Adopts SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4H Optic

NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 14, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Minnesota State Highway Patrol has adopted the ROMEO4H red dot sight for the official duty rifle systems of the Minnesota State Troopers. The Minnesota Highway Patrol is comprised of over 550 troopers that concentrate primarily on traffic enforcement, highway safety, and statewide law enforcement.

Minnesota State Patrol Adopts SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4H Optic

“As technology advances we are seeing more and more law enforcement agencies acquiring tactical sights to enhance their officer’s capabilities and accuracy,” began Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4H that’s being utilized by the men and women of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol is easy to operate, extremely versatile, and is a great enhancement to their firearms systems.”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4H is a closed red dot sight designed for semi-automatic MSR platforms and shotguns that easily adjusts to varying ambient lighting, weather, and terrain conditions. The sight utilizes an ultra-efficient red LED illumination for daylight visibility and extended runtime, and features four onboard reticle options, MOTAC activation with 50,000+ hours of battery life, and a ruggedized QD mount.

“The ROMEO4 series of red dot sights was developed for use by law enforcement, elite government, and military agencies. It’s the ultimate red dot sight for fast, accurate, target acquisition in any tactical scenario, and we are honored to have the ROMEO4H in use with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol,” concluded Andy York, President SIG SAUER Electro-Optics.

Local distributor Streicher’s of Minneapolis will provide product locally.

For more information about the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4H visit 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 100 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 – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit:

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Vara Safety’s Reach Biometric Handgun Safe Fuels Discussion on Gun Safety

Timmy Oh, founder of Vara Safety and inventor of Reach, responds to growing questions on social media pertaining to the new firearm safe.

Reach: Quickstart Guide

Latham, N.Y. (March 2019)Vara Safety, a company dedicated to designing and combining biometric technology with firearms safety, announce a new video, “Reach: Quickstart Guide,” demonstrating the ease of securing and setting up the firearm safe.

What makes Reach and Vara Safety unique is two-fold. First, the founder and designer, Timmy Oh, is a shooting enthusiast in a big way. Second, Reach was not developed in the dark. Reach was born out of research. Timmy conducted personal interviews with over 1,500-gun owners, utilized his close relationship with his uncle, a police officer with the LAPD, and spoke with people from all walks of life, from single mothers in high-crime neighborhoods to a gun-store-owning grandma, while developing a prototype that answered the biggest concerns regarding firearms safety in the home: security and access.

As a result of the company’s launch this year, quite a buzz has been created online. Pre-orders are now available on the Vara Safety website, but many potential customers still have questions. One of the predominant concerns regarding the device is the use of a biometric fingerprint scanner to unlock the firearm. For the millennial generation, fingerprint scanners are a common security system on a variety of tech products used daily with a great deal of confidence. Over 95 percent of Americans now embrace mobile technology, such as a smartphone that employs a fingerprint scanner for owner/user recognition and security. Vara Safety is using an industry-leading capacitive sensor that implements a learning algorithm that continually updates a registered fingerprint to accommodate the slightest changes, cuts and other features of the fingerprint. “We have optimization features for Reach’s biometric scanner that are better than that of the sensors found in smartphones,” Oh explained. “In fact, our sensor can accommodate a degree of moisture and still function properly, as tested by other leading safe companies using the same sensor.”

The sensor and locking system is powered by electricity and a backup battery. The mounting platform is also the charging mount, ensuring Reach is always powered. In case of an emergency, the internal backup battery keeps Reach powered and fully operable. “We are currently testing our production pilot units this month to provide us and our customers with specific data on the backup battery life and actuations.” Reach’s smart charging system monitors the health of the battery and ensures maximum battery life. While Reach is plugged into a power outlet, the internal battery is bypassed to preserve its optimal battery life.

Oh started this project at age 17. As a firearms enthusiast, he understood the need to have instant access to a home protection firearm. But he also wanted to find a way to keep children and other unauthorized people from having access to a loaded firearm. Reach is a smart solution allowing gun owners to safely secure a loaded firearm in the home, office or vehicle confidently. Curious children will not be able to draw the firearm from its safe, as the unique locking system automatically holds the front trigger guard, avoiding the trigger (eliminates the possibility of an accidental discharge) and prevents the gun from being pulled out by force. “In response to early feedback we had concerning access to the magazine, we have made adjustments to our manufacturing mold and the magazine release button will be covered by the insert and not accessible,” Oh added. “We know kids love to push buttons and our goal is to make Reach as inaccessible as possible to children.”

“We have noticed several comments on social media, regarding concerns with the potential theft of Reach with the firearm in it,” Oh went on. “First of all, we call Reach a safe because once it is properly mounted, the only access to the screw that secures the Reach unit is via the backup key, which we strongly suggest is kept in its own secure location. We will also be doing some destructive testing on the production units and that is information we will readily share with our customers.”

Unlike the array of single firearms safes on the market today, Reach is super compact, an 8.25” x 5” x 4” holster-size safe with an anodized aluminum alloy housing and a molded composite polymer insert designed to securely hold a firearm (models initially launched will be for GLOCKS, 1911’s, Smith & Wesson M&P Shields and Springfield Armory XD-S pistols). “We like to think that if Steve Jobs had to design a firearm safe, Reach would be it. He believed that technology should serve people and at the same time be beautiful.”

Availability is still on schedule for early summer 2019 and pre-orders are still available but limited with a $100 offer off for early supporters. Even before products hit the market, Oh is listening to potential customers and new products are already in the works. “We take feedback very seriously at Vara Safety to ensure we are making products that exceed your expectations. Because of the dialog on social media, we are now in process of developing a left-hand Reach, a weapon-mounted light version and will be able to offer a wide variety of anodized aluminum finishes and colors, much like the Apple MacBook. As our official launch date grows near, we are very excited to be able to offer gun owners the epitome of firearm safe home protection in a quick-access and very secure platform. Reach is the most viable option available that addresses the two major requirements gun owners demanded for home protection: access and security.”

To read more about the background of Oh’s story and the development of Reach, read Making firearm safety beautiful.

For more information on Vara Safety and their unique biometric firearms safe, Reach, visit www.varasafety.com

About Vara Safety:

Incorporated in August 2017 and located in upper New York State, Vara Safety is a company dedicated to bringing the latest biometric technology to firearms safety. The first product is Reach, a patented biometric handgun safe that allows the user to simultaneously unlock the firearm using a fingerprint reader while drawing the handgun in ready and safe position, will be available to consumers in the summer of 2019. www.varasafety.com

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For a Limited Time, Big Horn Armory Offers a Special St. Patrick’s Day Promotion

Purchase a lever action rifle between Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 17, 2019, and receive a FREE green Big Horn Armory Logo Scabbard with your order.

Cody, Wyo. (March 2019)Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, is pleased to announce that anyone who purchases a lever action rifle from their website between Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17, 2019, will receive a FREE green BHA Logo Scabbard with the order.

Big Horn Armory’s rifle scabbard is designed for lever action rifles and is made out of high-quality ballistic cloth. It has a convenient carry handle along with straps for hanging from a saddle. It is available in green or brown and regularly retails for $75.00.

For more on Big Horn Armory, visit www.bighornarmory.com

About Big Horn Armory:

Big Horn Armory was founded in 2008 with the expressed intention of designing a Browning-type lever-action gun chambered in 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. The Big Horn Armory Model 89, made in America, closely follows the work of John Browning with refinements courtesy of modern metallurgy and machining capabilities. The first rifles began shipping in September of 2012 and since then, BHA has added to their big bore lineup with a Model 90 Carbine in 460 S&W, the Model 90A in 454 Casull, the Model 90B in .45 Colt, the Model 89A in 500 Linebaugh and the Model 89B in .475 Linebaugh. In 2017, Big Horn Armory took a departure from its lever-action series and developed the AR500 Auto Max, the most powerful short-range, semi-auto based on an AR .308 platform.

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NSSF Statement on Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling in Soto v. Bushmaster

NSSF The Firearms Industry Trade Association

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court today reversed (4-3) a state Superior Court ruling and decided in Soto v. Bushmaster that the case can go forward based on the plaintiffs’ allegation that the defendants marketing and advertising of a legal product somehow violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA). The Court’s split decision held that CUTPA fit within an exemption to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) that permits lawsuits where the defendant violated a statute applicable to the sale of firearms. In a strongly worded and well-reasoned dissent, Chief Justice Robinson rejected the majority’s overly broad interpretation of the scope of the limited exception, which is contrary to legislative text, cannons of statutory interpretation and the legislative history of the PLCAA. The majority’s decision today is at odds with all other state and federal appellate courts that have interpreted the scope of the exception. As the trade association for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants in this case and both respectfully disagrees with and is disappointed by the court’s majority decision.

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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Take Grilling to the Next Level

Wood pellet grills are the fastest growing segment in the  barbecue market, and Pit Boss grills are the best value.

Phoenix, AZ (March 14, 2019) – Who among us doesn’t enjoy grilling? Whether it be for the family, having a few friends over for a weekend of food and fun, or a big block party, when there’s food involved, it’s always better when it’s been cooked outdoors on the grill.

Today, more and more grillers are putting their charcoal, electric and gas grill aside and taking it to the next level with a wood pellet grill. Pellet grills have been around for more than 30 years, but their popularity has experienced a resurgence in recent years. With that resurgence, Pit Boss has taken the lead as the fastest growing brand in the industry.

Why are so many people making the switch? The primary reason is simple: flavor. A pellet grill burns hardwood pellets that are typically made from wood byproducts. These are not the same type of pellets used in home heating systems. BBQ pellets, like those made by Pit Boss, are comprised of all-natural wood found in northern regions of the US. These premium pellets feature no chemical additives, fillers or glues. The result is rich, savory, smoke-infused foods.

The next greatest benefit is the simple operation. Automatically start up, and shut down your Pit Boss with the full function LED digital control center. Pit Boss grills use fan-forced convection cooking to perfect any BBQ experience. This system circulates air for a consistent temperature throughout the cooking chamber, and a digital control board allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180 degrees to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, creating a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising, and even baking. Pit Boss grills allow the user an 8-in-1 cooking experience, unlike anything offered before. You can go low and slow and smoke a brisket, or open the flame broiler and sear a steak directly over the flame. With the option of direct, or in-direct grilling, the possibilities are literally – endless. The same convection system that circulates air also circulates the smoke, so the wood-fired flavor is infused into every bite.

And cleanup? Pit Boss’s 100 percent all-natural hardwood pellets will burn into less than 1 percent of ash. That means you can burn through a 40 pound bag of pellets and have only a ½ cup of ash left over. Talk about clean burning! With heavy-duty steel construction, Pit Boss grills are built to last and are backed by a best in class 5 year warranty.

You can find Pit Boss grills at retailers everywhere, from Lowe’s, Menard’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply Co., Cabela’s, Academy Sports, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Costco, Wal-Mart, and more. You can even find them at Amazon.com. And with the best value per square inch in the grilling industry, Pit Boss really is the Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. grill on the market today.

More information is available at https://pitboss-grills.com/.

Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill Features:

  • Fueled by 100% all-natural wood pellets
  • True fan-forced convection cooking
  • Digital control board
  • Most versatile temps in the industry
    • 180° to 500°F
  • Exclusive flame broiler technology
  • Heavy-duty stainless steel construction
  • 8-in-1 cooking ability
  • Automatic start up and cool down
  • Set it and forget it technology
  • Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. grills
  • MSRP: $399 – $799

For more information, please visit www.pitboss-grills.com.


Pit Boss Grills is a subsidiary of Dansons, Inc. which was founded in 1999 by Dan Thiessen and his two sons, Jeff and Jordan. Pit Boss Grills is known for its durability and craftsmanship, as well as for their family style and approach to business. From portable grills like the Pit Boss Tailgater to massive grills like the Pit Boss Austin XL — Pit Boss Grills takes pride in creating whatever their customers (and employees) dream up. Today, Pit Boss Grills are the best value per square inch in the market, and pellet grills are the fastest growing segment within that market. Being bigger, hotter, and heavier than the competition at a better value, and constantly striving to improve, are two of the founding principles Pit Boss was built upon. Creating a community around outdoor cooking, backyardbarbecues, and neighborhood block parties is an idea Pit Boss is proud to be a part of and proud to be included in.

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Throttle Controls Altitude and Yoke Controls Attitude

Once again we’ve made it through another week, but you have to admit that it’s been interesting but somewhat troubling. Readers, it’s not enough that Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has set new standards for stupidity (did you catch Timothy Sloan’s testimony in the Finance Committee) but today we see Beto O’Rourke announce a 2020 run for the White House!

Cortez BETO

Beto, should ask Columbia University for his money back; however, one thing is certain the guy is not the sharpest tack in the box. Between Beto and Ocasio-Cortez we’ve lowered human intelligence to the equivalent of a perfect vacuum. I thought that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s thought  processes were best described as anal extraction – boy was I wrong! Beto brings new meaning to “anal extraction.” This poor guy is telling his audience that in 12 years we will be extinct. Calling him a moron is a disservice to those afflicted by an expression of the stupid genome.

Is he a moron or is he trying to separate people who believe everything they see on social media from their wallets. Can you imagine tasking Beto with our national security? I don’t even want to think about that!

If you do feel a need to visit a therapist, I’ll understand; instead, let’s have a shoot the shit!

What I thought I’d do for this week’s shoot the shit is give you a little background to help you digest the Boeing issue. So here we go…

Image result for Boeing 737 Max 8

On landing and takeoff, the single most important parameter is indicated airspeed. You don’t want to let your indicated airspeed wonder. Let’s use a light aircraft as an example.

A Cessna 174 rotates at approximately 55 knots. You takeoff by applying full throttle and when your indicated airspeed reaches 55 knots you gently pull back on the yoke (the wheel) allowing the aircraft to liftoff the runway and become airborne (rotate). You then bring the nose of the aircraft level to the ground to pick up airspeed and achieve the best rate of climb speed, which in the Cessna 174  is about 75 knots. If you continue to hold the nose level your airspeed will continue to increase, so you allow the nose to move up in order to maintain 75 knots. As you climb, keeping the aircraft in that nose up attitude requires physical pressure on the yoke. To deal with that pressure, aircraft manufactures provide a control surface called the trim tab; by adjusting the trim tab, the pilot can relieve the pressure on the controls and sustain the best rate of climb at full power until you reach my the desired cruise altitude.

So here’s the sequence:

  1. Full throttle (starting your takeoff roll)
  2. pull up at the rotation speed (aircraft type and model specific)
  3. establish best rate a climb speed (aircraft type and model specific)
  4. trim the aircraft
  5. continue climb at full power to cruising altitude

If the aircraft is trimmed properly you can literally take your hands of the yoke and maintain your climb.

Image result for Aircraft trim tab Cessna

The trim tab is generally part of the elevators as shown in the picture.

Now what can go wrong?

If the sensor that provides the indicated airspeed malfunctions,  in a manual system like the Cessna, you won’t know accurately where you are relative to your flight. You may be rotating too soon or climb at too low of a speed resulting in an aerodynamic stall (wings are not generating lift) But, as a pilot you will note that controls become spongy and unresponsive or the nose of the aircraft drops. If that happens and you pull up you’ll make matters worse. If you put the nose down to pickup airspeed but are not high enough to recover, you crash. In a manual system like that of a light aircraft If something goes wrong with the trim, You can always compensate for that with a combination of yoke and throttle.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 the process that I’ve just described is automated using a system called M.C.A.S. When software detects that the indicated airspeed is approaching stall speed the aircraft trim system will bring the nose of the aircraft down allowing the indicated airspeed to increase preventing an aerodynamic stall. If the sensor fails or is providing  inaccurate information, software my not detect a stall condition. If a Boeing 737 stalls you will experience a steep nose down attitude producing a vertical velocity of as much as  –1,500 feet per minute. So, it appears based on what I’ve read so far, that upon detecting a stall condition, the M.C.A.S. system trimmed the aircraft’s nose down, the pilots reacted by pulling up, M.C.A.S. continues to detect a stall and applies down trim again. This sequence of events continued until the aircraft crashed.  What I don’t understand why did the M.C.S.A. system did not automatically disengage upon pilot application of stick control. It’s equivalent to your vehicle cruse control not disengaging when you apply the brakes.

I question the wisdom of the design concept but if the pilots did not manually override the M.C.A.S it points to a serious training issue.  If the airspeed sensor failed, the old computer adage “garbage in garbage out” GIGO applies and M.C.A.S. system could not function correctly. Was it hardware, software or pilot? Maybe it was all three.

Have a great weekend readers. Be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family. Please, with regards to climate change, take anything that Beto and Ocasio-Cortez say as a vulgar expression of ignorance! 

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Crimson Trace Riflescopes Now Available


(Wilsonville, OR) – America’s top brand of laser sights, Crimson Trace®, today announced the company is now shipping several models of riflescopes to dealers across America. These feature-packed riflescopes are designed to meet the needs of tactical, long range, hunting, and recreational firearms enthusiasts. The riflescopes include the 1-4X24mm, the 4-20X50mm, and the 5-25X56mm long-range tactical riflescope.

Each Crimson Trace riflescope incorporates advanced exterior and interior components custom designed by the company’s skilled engineers. Other features include advanced fully coated ED Japanese glass with illuminated custom reticles in the first focal plane to ensure consistent sizes. These riflescopes also have leveling indicators on the tube to assist with correct and properly aligned mounting.

Each riflescope offers a range of magnification options and provides generous eye relief. The Crimson Trace riflescope line includes models with 30mm and 34mm one-piece tubes with objective lenses in diameters ranging from 24mm to 56mm. All riflescopes include specially designed turrets that make adjusting easier when wearing gloves. All riflescopes are also equipped with flip-up caps on the ocular and objective lenses to protect the glass. Subdued internal components reduce glare and bright spots resulting in improved vision and a clearer image.

All Crimson Trace riflescopes are nitrogen purged and fog-, shock-, water- and dust-proof. The illuminated reticles can be adjusted to varying intensity levels of illumination to accommodate surrounding light conditions and user preferences. Each riflescope includes owner’s and reticle manuals, any required adjustment tools, and a lens cleaning cloth. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices begin at $499 and range up to $1,999. All Crimson Trace riflescopes are covered under a full lifetime warranty and qualify for the company’s Free Batteries for Life program.

Crimson Trace professionals take pride in delivering to consumers a wide assortment of innovative laser sights, lights and optics including electronic sights and riflescopes. The company has equipped America’s gun owners, law enforcement officers, and military units around the globe with the largest selection of award-winning products. Additional details are at www.crimsontrace.com or are available by calling 800-442-2406.

About Crimson Trace

Crimson Trace Corporation offers laser sights, tactical lights, electronic sights, and riflescopes focused on the tactical, long range, hunting, and self-defense customer. The company’s riflescopes and red dot sights are engineered to meet the needs of professional users and recreational firearms and outdoor enthusiasts and incorporate numerous performance features including proprietary illuminated reticle designs.  The company’s industry leading laser sight innovations include: Lasergrips® laser sights, Laserguard® laser sights, LiNQ® wireless operated laser and light systems, and Lightguard® lights for firearms, each with Instinctive Activation™ firearm laser activation technology. Additional product lines include tactical lights and Defender Series™ and Rail Master® firearms accessories. Full details are available at www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

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