Steyr Arms USA Adds M-LOK Rail Systems to Its AUG Accessory Offerings





BESSEMER, Ala. (August 22, 2019) — As the exclusive U.S. distributor for Corvus Defensio, Steyr Arms USA is now offering two new ingenious aftermarket accessories to enhance a Steyr AUG from Corvus Defensio. The new M-LOK® Forward Accessory Rail and the A3 M-LOK Receiver Rail are currently in stock and available for purchase.

The Corvus Defensio M-LOK Forward Accessory Rail replaces the Vertical Fore-Grip on any AUG to provide ample mounting solutions for items such as aftermarket grips, bipods, laser sights and illumination devices. It incorporates a seven-slot Picatinny top rail and three M-LOK mounting positions on each side as well as at the bottom. The hard-anodized 7075-aluminum M-LOK Forward Accessory Rail weighs 2.1 ounces and has a suggested retail price of $159. Two accessory M-LOK-mounted Picatinny rails—a four-slot rail that can be mounted on either side and a 17-slot bottom rail—are also available for $34 and $49, respectively. Both accessory rails include the required hardened-steel mounting hardware.

The new A3 M-LOK Receiver Rail is a multi-function mounting system designed to replace the standard top rail on the original-style A3 receiver. At 14.76 inches in length, the 35-slot hard-anodized 7075-aluminum rail offers A3 owners the longest mounting system on the market for the attachment of optics, back-up iron sights, laser devices and other accessories. The A3 M-LOK Receiver Rail weighs 5.15 ounces and spans from 0.25 inches in front of the ejection port to a point over the barrel 1.5 inches beyond the forward edge of the gas block. It features two forward M-LOK slots on each side, QD-sling swivel attachment points on each side of the rail as well as an integrated barrel-rotation block. The A3 M-LOK Receiver Rail also provides an interface to direct-mount Trijicon® ACOG riflescopes via seven mounting holes after removing the Picatinny base. This rail’s suggested retail price is $199.

While the A3 M-LOK Receiver Rail is not compatible with the current AUG A3 M1, the similarly designed 23-slot M1 Receiver Rail is available for that rifle. Other Corvus Defensio AUG enhancement parts—the Anti-Rotation QD-Sling Attach, the Enhanced Release Button and the Case Deflector—are also available in the Steyr Arms USA Webstore.

About Steyr Arms

Established in 1864, Steyr Arms, GmbH, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles and precision sporting and tactical firearms are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled. Steyr Arms USA is the subsidiary headquarters in the U.S., and it is also the exclusive importer for Merkel firearms, Corvus Defensio parts, JAGDHUND and X JAGD apparel. For more information, contact Steyr Arms at 2530 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022; call (205) 417-8644; or

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Federal’s New 224 Valkyrie Loads Stretch Long-Range Horizons

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 22, 2019 – Federal proudly announces two new flat-shooting Premium 224 Valkyrie loads that deliver precision accuracy at long ranges. Shipments of these Federal Premium 224 Valkyrie cartridges have been delivered to dealers.
In 2018, Federal transformed the MSR 15 platform and broke all boundaries of ballistic performance by introducing the 224 Valkyrie cartridge. Now, it’s giving hunters and shooters new loads that stretch the cartridge’s capabilities even farther: 80.5-grain Gold Medal Berger Hybrid and 78-grain Barnes Triple-Shock X.
Like all 224 Valkyrie offerings, the new loads provide extremely flat trajectories and match accuracy at extreme ranges. They offer significantly less wind drift and drop than other loads in their class, as well as less than half the recoil of cartridges with comparable ballistics.
“The 224 Valkyrie cartridge’s dramatically improved trajectories over all other MSR 15 cartridges, including the 22 Nosler, 223 Rem. and 6.5 Grendel—with less recoil of larger cartridges offering comparable ballistics, such as the 6.5 Creedmoor,” said Federal Centerfire Product Director Mike Holm. “And with the full array of high-performance projectiles available, it’s poised to deliver on virtually every shooter’s needs. For those looking for something new, different and better from their AR-15 platform, the 224 Valkyrie is it.”

• New Berger Hybrid and Barnes TSX bullet offerings
• Least wind drift and drop in the category
• Significantly less recoil than other cartridges with comparable ballistics
• Better ballistic performance than any other MSR 15 cartridge
• Superb accuracy and extreme long-range performance in bolt-action rifles

Part No. / Description / MSRP
GM224VLKBH2 / 224 Valkyrie 80.5 grain Gold Medal Berger Hybrid / $32.95
P224VLKBTSX1 / 224 Valkyrie 78 grain Barnes TSX / $35.95
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BLOWOUT: Zeiss Conquest V4 1-4×24 w/ ZQAR Reticle Is Now 60% Off!

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Compact and lightweight – the Conquest V4 1-4×24 with ZQAR reticle is a perfect choice for a brush gun or modern sporting rifle! Lens coatings and a generous eyebox allow you to see more with 90% light transmission and a wide field of view. 

The Conquest V4 1-4×24 with ZQAR reticle features an external elevation turret with locking and Ballistic Stop functionality. Side positioned illumination controls allow for fast and intuitive adjustments as light conditions change.

ZQAR #62 Reticle 
The illuminated ZQAR #64 reticle is ideal for close range hunting or any situation where fast target acquisition is important. The reticle features hash marks for elevation compensation out to 700 yards.

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Celebrate Your Labor Day Weekend Wearing a Big Horn Armory Big Bore Kit Tee

Big Horn Armory is giving away 10 Big Bore Kit tee shirts for your end of summer Labor Day BBQ blow out!

Cody, Wyo. (August 2019) – Nothing says good-bye to summer better than gathering the family and friends around while cooking up some venison burgers and wild boar sausages during Labor Day weekend. Big Horn Armory is offering ten lucky winners the chance to sport a Big Horn Armory tee shirt to the festivities.

Here’s how to enter for your chance to show your passion for big bore guns and big boar hunting. Follow Big Horn Armory on Instagram and tag three friends in the comment section. You can double your odds of winning by following us on Facebook too. We’ll randomly pick 10 lucky winners from the entrants and notify them by direct message. The Big Horn Armory Big Bore Kit tee shirt giveaway starts on Friday, Aug. 23 and runs through Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The winners will be contacted on Aug. 27 for their shipping information.

Remember to use the following hashtags for the giveaway to be considered a qualified entrant: #bigboar #bigbore #bighornarmory #bigborekit #labordayweekend.

For more on Big Horn Armory, visit

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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Savage Launches Two New Scoped-Rifle Package Guns Chambered in 450 Bushmaster



WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – August 22, 2019 – Savage is now chambering 450 Bushmaster in the popular 110 Apex Hunter XP and 110 Engage Hunter XP Package Rifles. The cartridge is legal in many previously shotgun slug-only areas and offers improved range, accuracy and power over other straight-walled rifle cartridges and sabots. Shipments of these firearms have been delivered to dealers.

Both of the new package rifles offer a tough, synthetic stock with enhanced ergonomics and adjustable length-of-pull, as well as the user-adjustable AccuTrigger and a 22-inch carbon steel barrel with a ported muzzle brake. The Apex Hunter XP comes with a Vortex Crossfire II 3-9x40mm scope and a one-piece rail, while the Engage Hunter XP features a Bushnell Engage 3-9x40mm. Both scopes are mounted, bore-sighted and ready to shoot.


  • 450 Bushmaster enables hunters to shoot farther and more accurately than shotgun slugs
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger
  • Ergonomic black synthetic stock with adjustable length-of-pull
  • 22-inch matte black carbon steel barrel
  • Ported muzzle brake reduces felt recoil
  • Detachable box magazine
  • Two sling swivels
  • Drilled and tapped: Apex Hunter XP features a one-piece rail; Engage Hunter XP has two-piece bases
  • Includes mounted and bore-sighted scope

Part No. / Description / MSRP

57493 / 110 APEX HUNTER XP 450 BUSHMASTER 22-inch Barrel / $773

57494 / 110 ENGAGE HUNTER XP 450 BUSHMASTER 22-inch Barrel / $519

About Savage

Headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts for more than 125 years, Savage is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hunting, competition and self-defense centerfire and rimfire rifles, and shotguns. Their firearms are best known for accuracy and value. The entrepreneurial spirit that originally defined the company is still evident in its ongoing focus on continuous innovations, craftsmanship, quality and service. Learn more at

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Galco Celebrates 50 Years Of American Craftsmanship



World-leading holster manufacturer Galco International, LTD is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. With dozens of patents and singular innovations, the Galco Gunleather™ brand has now remained at the forefront of concealed carry methods and gear for a half century.

Richard Gallagher, Galco’s founder and President, first established the company in Chicago in 1969. He comments, “It’s hard to believe fifty years have passed since those early days in Chicago: the late 1960s and 1970s, when we were still called The Famous Jackass Leather Company. Looking back, what I remember most is the tremendous sense of excitement, optimism, accomplishment and camaraderie we shared from the beginning.”

The Famous Jackass Leather Company originally popularized the horizontal shoulder system that came to be closely associated with Galco, as Gallagher renamed the company in 1980, just ahead of a move to Phoenix in 1983. Gallagher has fond memories of that shoulder system, since it was the rig’s appearance on television’s Miami Vice that rocketed Galco to fame. As Gallagher comments, “When I designed that first horizontal shoulder holster for a real police officer back in the early 1970s, I’d have never guessed a fictional vice cop would make it world famous!”

The horizontal shoulder system, later renamed the Miami Classic™, quickly became the flagship of a line that’s since diversified to include every type of concealed carry holster, concealed carry handbags for women, and a wide range of hunting and sporting accessories.

It all began with leather holsters, at the time the most common and accessible material for holster construction. Horsehide was a particular favorite in the early years because of its robust durability, Steerhide holsters have always been at the forefront of Galco’s product line with innovations like the forward-molded design of the famous Concealable™ belt holster in 1971.

In the early 2000s, Galco recognized a need for economical holsters that performed better than the floppy nylon rigs that once dominated the entry-level concealed carry market. Galco developed Premium Center Cut Steerhide™, a heavy-duty unmolded napped leather. This material gave birth to the Carry Lite™ line of high-performance yet modestly-priced holsters, which are now in use by literally hundreds of thousands of gun carriers.

Galco was one of the early pioneers of the use of Kydex® in the early 1980s, well before it came into vogue as a holster material in the 2000s. Building on that experience, Galco developed hybrid holsters like the KingTuk™ IWB series that fuse the best properties of Kydex holster pockets and comfortable leather backing plates. Galco remains on the cutting edge in both design and production of concealed carry holsters. Heavily incorporating both Kydex and injection-molded polymers, the current thermoplastic holster lines add to the leather and hybrid models.

Today, Galco continues to invest in its employees and facility in Phoenix, to remain the manufacturer of the finest holsters and shooting accessories in the world. Galco is truly, “For those who demand the best…and know the difference.”

For more information on Galco’s past and future, please visit


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

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Pulsar partners with ExpertVoice to build a community of advocates


(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Pulsar is thrilled to announce their new partnership with ExpertVoice, the world’s largest advocacy marketing platform powered by experts. This partnership will recognize, empower, and elevate the voices of hunting experts in order to provide them with the insider knowledge and experience to improve their recommendations.

ExpertVoice connects brands with a network of more than 1 million experts across more than 30 product categories. The platform gathers the most influential, trusted recommenders, increases and improves their recommendations, and put their recommendations to work on behalf of more than 500 of the world’s top brands to increase sales to consumers.

“We are pleased to partner with ExpertVoice. This partnership will allow us to extend our reach to more professionals and educate a great group of people in the industry about our products.” said Martina Benjamin, Influencer Marketing Specialist.

ExpertVoice has a community of more than 308,000 experts in the Hunting category. The experts will receive behind the scenes access to Pulsar and its products through original content distributed through the ExpertVoice platform. Pulsar is also providing the experts on ExpertVoice with a discount on products to allow for more of them to have hands-on experience. The firsthand product knowledge and access to hands-on experience will improve the strength and reach of recommendations experts make to consumers.

If you work in sporting goods retail or in the outdoor industry and are the type of person who gets asked for recommendations on what to buy, then you may qualify as an expert.

Here’s how it works:

1.     Sign up and affiliate – Sign up here and tell us about your job, hobbies and memberships to help ExpertVoice match you with the brands you’re passionate about.

2.     Explore Your Brand Feed – Your customized brand feed lets you explore exclusive content, connect with our brand, and show off all the cool things you do.

3.     Enjoy Your Perks – Learn about our brand and products, then use your exclusive discount to bring home your new favorite products, along with other benefits like new product previews, as well as exclusive brand and behind-the-scenes content.

About Pulsar

Every Pulsar device is designed, manufactured and tested to ensure demanding professionals receive the most reliable, most advanced thermal and digital night vision performance the industry has to offer. The result of Pulsar’s commitment to industry-leading excellence is consistent world-class quality, precision engineering, seamless device operation and cutting-edge proprietary software. Pulsar produces an array of advanced optical devices designed for law enforcement, security, home defense and hunting applications, including thermal imaging and digital night vision monoculars and riflescopes, night vision binoculars and goggles, rangefinders, IR flashlights and related accessories. To learn more about Pulsar, visit For media requests related to Pulsar, please email or call 817-225-0310.

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TGIF readers! You made it through another week and it’s now time to kick back and relax over the weekend. I now know what Noah felt like, this week has been non stop rain so I’m ready for a good shoot the shit. Remember that a shoot the shit is a social interaction  in which everything and anything is open to discussion. Participants don’t need to know anything about the topics being discussed, they can also use uncensored profanity, insult anyone the wish or change the subject all together. Shoot the shits enhance social interaction skills and save you the $150+ per hour you’d have to pay individuals that studied psychology so they could understand themselves.

Man there is all kinds of stuff to shoot the shit about!

The Democrat Congress is on the “ban assault rifles” charade once more. I’ve reached the conclusion that Democrats legislate by anal extraction. Instead of confronting the reality that long guns, like the AR15s, account for about 1% of all gun homicides, they want to implement legislation to ban the most popular rifle in U.S. history. I love the “buy back” nonsense being discussed. What are they going to do, pay $100 for someone’s $5,000 AR15? That makes a lot of sense does it not? I’ll tell you what it does! It confirms that someone that stupid has no business being part of the legislative body of the most powerful country on the planet. In a category all of her own is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Representative Ocasio-Cortez, who had to be genetically engineered to be utterly stupid – people with her level of I.Q. don’t just happen naturally – speaks out about the Electoral College.  One of her many illuminating comments is the accusation that the Electoral College is racist. Now, this is the same Electoral College that handed Barrack Obama, America’s first African American President, a victory in 2008 with 365 Electoral Votes  and 332 in the 2012. Now, this is even better!

She actually takes a drive through a desert area to show that this part of the country, which is a sparsely populated region, doesn’t need representation. She was trying to prove that the Electoral College should be abolished. Watch the video below. It’s hard to come up with civil discourse to adequately  capture her level of ignorance. Amazing!

Now for a more interesting topic.

I often get e-mails from readers asking for information on specific things. One that comes up from time to time, usually from HK and Steyr owners, are on the Hensoldt-Wetzlar 10×42 ZF 500 and ZF 800 rifle scopes.

Both of these scopes were produced in 1995 as a special order from the United States. Hensoldt produced and shipped 500 units of each model; sold to an undisclosed customer. The ZF 500 is a 25mm tube with an overall length of 300.6mm (depending on the diopter setting). The ZF 500  is calibrated to the .308 Win round (which I believe to be the FGMM 168gr ). Hensoldt did something interesting with the elevation turret (see the picture below).

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They calibrated the turret in meters and not MOA, so as shown above you’d be engaging a target at 300 meters. Do not confuse the markings with yards!

The ZF 500 is cammed from 100 meters to 500 meters with 50 meter increments. Elevation is adjustable in .25 MOA increments. The reticle is a USMC mil-dot

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The windage adjustment is in .25 MOA increments and the turret cap is etched with the more traditional MOA increments Left or Right .

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The ZF 800 is exactly like the ZF 500 with the following exceptions:

  1. The optic is cammed from 100 meters to 800 meters
  2. Elevation and wind adjustment increments are in .50 MOA per click.

I hope you enjoyed our shoot the shit. Have a great, and hopefully dry,  weekend; as always, be safe and try to spend some quality time with your buds and/or family

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AeroVironment Donates 87 Quantix Drones and AV DSS Ecosystems to 35 U.S. University Agriculture Departments to Advance Drones in Farming


  • 2019 University Collaboration Project advances academic research, applications and crop production practices
  • Quantix™ hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) deliver on-demand field intelligence to improve crop management for today’s growers   
  • Drone and data analytics ecosystem to be used in a wide variety of precision agriculture research studies

University of Louisiana Monroe UAS major Stephanie Robinson holds the Quantix drone, donated by AeroVironment to the school’s Precision Agriculture and UAS Research Center. (Photo: The University of Louisiana, Monroe.)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., August 21, 2019 AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced its 2019 Quantix and AV DSS University Collaboration Project. The project’s focus is to advance academic research, applications and crop production practices to improve the future of farming through the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced data analytics.

Through the project, AeroVironment has donated 87 Quantix™ hybrid drone and AV DSS™ ecosystems to the agricultural departments of 35 universities throughout the U.S., including Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of Florida, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and many others.  

Participating universities will employ AeroVironment’s Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS data analytics platform in a variety of in-field trials, application usage studies and precision agriculture systems research covering areas such as crop nutrient and input management, artificial intelligence for detecting weeds, pests and diseases, and improved accuracy of crop yield prediction. Participating universities will share their hands-on experience, along with use-case insights that can improve in-field performance and advance the adoption of drone-based technologies for the agriculture industry. 

“Working with the team at AeroVironment moved our drone-based agriculture research forward beyond what we could have done otherwise,” noted professor Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University Nutrient Management Spear Program. “Ultimately, our goal is to develop accurate corn yield predictions based on in-season nitrogen applications to achieve an optimal economic return for the producer.”

Featuring automated precision flight operation and an innovative VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) hybrid design, Quantix is purpose-built for crop scouting, and can survey up to 400 acres in just 45 minutes. During flight, integrated sensors capture high-resolution color and multispectral imagery via dual 18 megapixel cameras. On-board processing wirelessly transmits true color and NDVI imagery to the included operating tablet as soon as the drone lands, allowing growers to investigate issues while still in the field. For more detailed analysis, Quantix seamlessly integrates with AV DSS to perform advanced image processing and data analytics, including True Color, NDVI, GNDVI, canopy coverage, anomaly detection and more, providing users with deeper insights into plant emergence, vegetative health, inputs and resource management.

“AeroVironment’s donation of Quantix and AV DSS will enable participating universities to quickly and easily gain the on-demand field intelligence they need to advance multiple areas of agriculture research, while enhancing the understanding and application of drone-based technology,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of business development at AeroVironment. “With on-demand access to high resolution imagery and advanced data analytics, we’re preparing the latest generation of farmers to employ drone technology, such as Quantix and AV DSS, throughout their farming practices, improving crop production and farming efficiencies for years to come.”

“Working with industry leaders such as AeroVironment allows our program to stay on the forefront of the UAS field. The donation of two drones to our program will allow us to provide outstanding hands-on experience to our students,” said Paul Karlowitz, director of operations, University of Louisiana Monroe’s Precision Agriculture and UAS Research Center.

Several participating universities will feature Quantix and AV DSS at upcoming agriculture and UAS learning events:

  • University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences – Agronomy Day, Aug. 22, 2019
  • Kansas State University – UAS Tech Forum, Aug. 21-22, 2019
  • Purdue University – NACAA Forum, Sept. 8-12, 2019
  • The Ohio State University – Farm Science Review, Sept. 17-19, 2019

For more information, or to purchase a Quantix and AV DSS product package visit:

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government, and commercial customers. For more information visit

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Christensen Arms® Awarded SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Contract

GUNNISON, Utah – (August 21, 2019) Christensen Arms has been awarded contract number 4400021290 by the State of South Carolina to produce a version of the Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 model firearm for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Under the contract, Christensen Arms will provide 410 semi-automatic rifles chambered in 223 WYLDE for the division.
“After a thorough evaluation and testing of many AR platform rifles, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has chosen the Christensen Arms CA due to its accuracy, reliability, and overall weight,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. “This innovative equipment will update and standardize the agency’s rifle inventory for SLED’s law enforcement personnel.”
The Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 is a custom built AR-style rifle optimized for weight and accuracy by utilizing aerospace-grade composites in production. It features a matched receiver set with a contour-matching carbon fiber handguard, Black Nitride™ finished BCG, and a single stage match-grade trigger assembly. The retail model is offered with stainless steel or carbon fiber barrel options.
Visit the Christensen Arms website for more information.
“We’re looking forward to an excellent partnership,” said Jason Christensen, President of Christensen Arms. “The CA-15 G2 is a remarkable firearm and we’re very pleased that the men and women of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have chosen to carry it.”

About Christensen Arms:
With almost 25 years of firearm experience focused on incorporating top-tier aerospace materials and processes into production—Christensen Arms manufactures some of the most lightweight, precise, and accurate firearms in the industry and around the globe. From the very first prototype to current models, the firearms have always been the product of American engineering and the best of American manufacturing

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SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Now Shipping OSCAR8 Spotting Scope

NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 21, 2019) – SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is now shipping the OSCAR8™ HDX Variable Power Spotting Scope.  With more power, magnification, and the latest advancements in technology the OSCAR8 is a premium, angled eyepiece 27–55×80 mm spotting scope, featuring the industry-innovating SIG SAUER HDX optical design, and built specifically for hunters and shooters that demand the best in all-weather performance and durability in the field.      

“The introduction of the OSCAR8 is an exciting expansion to the SIG SAUER Electro-Optic’s line of spotting scopes, and is the perfect upgrade or addition to any hunter’s pack as they gear-up for the season,” began Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics, “The OSCAR8 combines our highest-powered magnification capabilities, with durability, versatility, and the latest advancements in glass, coatings and technology, resulting in a superior performance that can be counted on in the field.”

The OSCAR8 HDX Variable Power Spotting Scope combines extra-low dispersion glass with high light transmittance glass, a SCHMIDT-PECHAN prism, and fully multi-coated lenses to provide unmatched resolution, image contrast, color clarity, and image brightness. Also featuring Spectracoat™ anti-reflection lens coatings to reduce surface reflections across the entire visible spectrum for superior light transmission.

The OSCAR8 has an angled eyepiece and comes equipped with a rotating tripod collar for multiple viewing angles, a variable power eyepiece (can be locked into place or removed to accept other variable or fixed power eye-pieces), fast focus adjustment, and an ergonomic rubber armor for durability to accommodate setup and usage in any terrain or weather conditions.

OSCAR8 HDX Variable Spotting Scope Specifications:

  • Model/Magnification: 27-55x80mm
  • Exit Pupil: 2.96mm / 1.45mm
  • Objective Clear Aperture: 80mm
  • Length: 15.27in X 6.1in X 4in
  • Eye Relief: 17-16mm
  • Linear FOV FT at 1000 yards: 105-73ft.
  • Angular FOV: 2°-1.4°
  • Weight: 4.25lbs.
  • Waterproof level at 1 meter: 5 min. (when the eyepiece is attached)
  • MSRP: ($1,699.99)

The OSCAR8 is assembled in the USA, and is covered by the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics INFINITE Guarantee™ and Electronics Limited Warranty.

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 Defense Mfg. Begins Delivery of Flik3 and Flik5 Magnifiers and Spek Red Dot



American Defense Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer in high quality, high performance firearms and accessory mounts, is pleased to announce that delivery of the Flik3 and Flik5 fixed power add-on magnifiers and Spek Micro Red Dot to dealers and wholesalers has begun.

ADM’s Flik3 and Flik5 fixed power magnifiers are high-performance, high-quality optics that offers a generous 2.6-inch and 2.5-inch eye relief respectively, adjustable diopter for precise focus, as well as a unique optic plate that provides additional eye relief solutions if needed. As with all ADM firearms and mounts, the Flik3 and Flik5 patent pending mounts are ambidextrous in design, allowing the user to configure the mount to flip away for left or right handed shooters. The optic can be mounted in a low position or the user can add either a 4mm or 8mm riser, both included, to properly position the magnifier to their favorite red dot or holographic set up. The standard mount includes ADM’s new titanium lever assembly that is 60% lighter than the standard ADM lever assembly, provides 2X stronger thread strength, and reduces movement related to extreme thermal temperatures by approximately 60%.

There are several factors that stand the Flik3 and Flik5 magnifiers apart from others. First, the Flik3 optic is only 3 inches in length and the Flik5 is only 3.74 inches. This is considerably shorter than other expensive, competitive add-on magnifiers. Second, the Flik3 and Flik5 include high-quality optics, flip mount, rubberized armor for added durability, more compatibility with a variety of red dots, and a limited lifetime warranty. Flik3 MSRP starts at $369 and Flik5 at $475.

The Spek Micro Red Dot offers an easy-to-see 2MOA aiming dot and is powered by a lithium AAA battery, included with the sight. The Spek offers rubberized push-button controls to manipulate the 10 day/3 NV brightness settings. Lastly, the Spek is offered in either low, co-witness, or lower-third co-witness in either an aluminum mount with titanium lever assembly or the new full titanium mount reducing mount weight by 45%. MSRP starts at $369. Full Titanium mount will be available in late October.

For more information on these and other American Defense products, please visit or call 262.780.9831.

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Mag-Ex2 Extended Magazines Restocked in 10mm, .45ACP, and 9mm


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Henry Repeating Arms Takes aim at NASCAR Xfinity Series Podium With Cole Custer and No. 00

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Henry Rifles- Nascar

The Henry Repeating Arms No. 00 Ford Mustang will be driven by Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi driver Cole Custer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America on August 24, 2019.

BAYONNE, NJ – August 19, 2019 – Henry Repeating Arms, one of the leading rifle and shotgun manufacturers in the United States, has partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (SHR) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for a full-car sponsorship of the No. 00 Ford Mustang driven by Cole Custer in the CTECH Manufacturing 180. The race will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI on August 24th and will be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network at 3:00 PM Eastern.

Custer, a 21-year-old professional driver from Ladera Ranch, California, has five wins and five poles so far this season, placing him into the NASCAR Playoffs for the third straight season. He has finished in the top-10 at both of his career Xfinity Series starts at Road America.

“Cole Custer is having a banner season and we can’t wait to see him behind the wheel of the Henry Ford Mustang at our home track,” said Anthony Imperato, president and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “American-made Haas Automation CNC machines are a mainstay at both of our facilities in Bayonne, NJ and Rice Lake, WI, so this is a strong partnership of guns and gears that’s sure to put on a good show.”

Henry Repeating Arms produces centerfire rifles and shotguns at their 138,000 sq. ft. facility in Rice Lake WI, less than 300 miles from Road America.

“Road America is a true test of a driver’s skills and I’m very confident that my previous experiences at this track, my SHR team, and the Henry Repeating Arms Ford Mustang gives me a package for success at this year’s race,” Custer said.

About Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms is one of the leading rifle and shotgun manufacturers in the United States and a world leader in the lever action category. The company motto is “Made in America, or not made at all” and its firearms come with a lifetime guarantee backed by award-winning customer service. The company is also known for its charitable endeavors under its Guns For Great Causes program, which focuses on sick children, both individual cases and children’s hospitals, veteran and wounded veteran organizations, Second Amendment and wildlife conservation organizations. The company currently employs 535 people and has 250,000 square-feet of manufacturing space in its Rice Lake, Wisconsin and Bayonne, New Jersey facilities. The company is named in honor of Benjamin Tyler Henry who invented and patented the Henry rifle in 1860 – the first repeating rifle, the lever action rifle, which is America’s unique contribution to international firearms design and is one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. Visit Henry Repeating Arms on Facebook at, and on Instagram @Henry_Rifles.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Daniel Suárez. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with two fulltime entries – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer and the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe. For more information, please visit us online at, on Facebook at, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.


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Federal Introduces Syntech PCC for the Heavy Demands of Pistol Caliber Carbine Competition Shooters

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 21, 2019 – Federal is excited to announce its new Syntech PCC 9mm Luger load, designed to meet the exhaustive demands of fast-paced Pistol Caliber Carbine competitions, with flawless function in carbine platforms. Shipments of Syntech PCC ammunition have been delivered to dealers.
The load’s velocity and accuracy are optimized for long gun-barrel lengths, with a bullet profile that provides excellent accuracy and reliable feeding in a variety of carbine platforms. Syntech PCC joins the Syntech Action Pistol offering as official ammunition of United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).
Like all Syntech loads, Syntech PCC features the one-of-a-kind TSJ projectile, which uses a polymer jacket to eliminate metal fouling and drastically reduce damaging barrel heat and friction. The bullet style also minimizes splash-back on steel targets. Its exclusive Catalyst primer provides hot, reliable ignition without the use of lead.
“Syntech PCC is offered in 9mm Luger 130-grain is all about having a better shooting experience when shooting a pistol cartridge, historically speaking, through a rilfe platform,” said Federal Centerfire Product Director Mike Holm. “With Syntech, you naturally have it—more features of what all shooters want, and less of what you don’t.”

• 9mm Luger load specifically designed for use in carbines
• Velocities optimized for longer barrels
• Bullet profile designed for reliable feeding in carbine platforms
• Catalyst high-performance lead-free primer
• Total Synthetic Jacket prevents metal fouling
• Drastically reduces barrel heat and friction
• Minimizes splash-back on hard targets

Part No. / Description / MSRP
AE9SJPC1 / 9mm Luger 130-grain Syntech PCC, 50-count, 1130 fps / $19.95
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Winchester Repeating Arms Adds New 20 Gauge Models to the Super X4 Line

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Winchester Super X4 20 gauge

August 20, 2019— 20 gauge aficionados now have more options to select from with the introduction of several new Super X® 4 models from Winchester Repeating Arms.

Since its introduction in 2017, the Super X4 has rapidly become a favorite among shotgunners, and the new 20 gauge models are sure to be welcome additions to the line. Available in seven Composite, Compact and wood stocked models, the 20 gauges offer reductions in weight and recoil compared to their 12 gauge counterparts, to make them more appealing to smaller shooters, those sensitive to recoil or those who just want a lighter gun in the field.

Like the 12 gauge, the Super X4 20 gauge is gas operated and powered by the proven Active Valve Gas System that combines reliability, low felt recoil and record-setting cycling speed. An oversize bolt handle and bolt release button are both easy to manipulate with cold or gloved fingers. Speed Loading is a feature unique to Super X4 20 gauge models, sending the first shell loaded into the magazine directly to the chamber when the bolt is open. Super X4 20 gauge models tip the scales at approximately 6 ¼ – 6 ¾ pounds, depending on the model. Trim dimensions contribute to the lightweight feel of these fast handling shotguns.

The 20 gauge models include: Super X4 and Super X4 Compact with a 24″, 26″ or 28″ barrel for a suggested retail of $939.99; Waterfowl Hunter with a 26″ or 28″ barrel and Waterfowl Hunter Compact with a 24″ or 26″ barrel for a suggested retail of $1,069.99; Universal Hunter with a 24″, 26″ or 28″ barrel and a suggested retail of $1,069.99; and Field with a 26″ or 28″ barrel and Field Compact with a 24″, 26″ or 28″ barrel for a suggested retail of $1,069.99.


  • Synthetic or walnut stock with improved ergonomics, rounded grip and textured gripping surfaces
  • Speed Loading
  • Back-Bored Technology
  • Invector-Plus Choke Tube System with full, modified and improved cylinder choke tubes
  • Chrome-plated chamber and bore
  • TRUGLO® Long Bead fiber-optic front sight
  • Active Valve Gas System
  • Drop-out trigger group
  • Ambidextrous crossbolt safety
  • Larger bolt handle and bolt release button
  • Length of pull spacers included
  • Inflex Technology recoil pad

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Umarex Airguns Participating in Ohio Event

FORT SMITH, AR (August 21st, 2019) – Umarex USA, innovator and marketer of a wide range of products for the outdoor sportsman, announced that it is sponsoring the 6th Annual Pyramyd Air Cup taking place at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio August 23-25, 2019.
Umarex Airguns will have a variety of airguns to shoot from its wide selection at its covered demo bay, which will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. During the three-day event spectators can also watch shooters from around the globe compete in three shooting disciplines—Benchrest, Field Target, and Gunslynger. Among the various airguns being utilized in these competitions will be the Umarex Gauntlet.
The Gauntlet quickly became a pre-charged pneumatic air rifle that many shooters have found easy to modify to fit their shooting disciplines. Custom parts makers such as Hajimoto Productions and Jefferson State Air Rifles are just two such providers whose parts are being utilized to enhance a Gauntlet’s performance during the Pyramyd Air Cup.
“We consider it an honor that custom parts makers find such value in the Umarex Gauntlet that they’ve dedicated countless hours in making an already great product just that much better,” said Justin “JB” Biddle, director of marketing at Umarex USA, Inc. “While a shooter can take a stock Gauntlet out of the box and legitimately go compete in a target shooting competition, the numerous mods available simply enhance its inherent accuracy.”
Spectators can expect to see several Umarex Gauntlets on the firing lines. One of which is a .25 caliber Gauntlet with modifications “under-the-hood” to enhance its participation in the Benchrest competition. On the outside it has a 24 cubic inch carbon fiber wrapped air bottle, the same one designated for the .50 caliber Umarex Hammer, and a higher output regulator to complement its beautifully custom decorated red and black stock.
UMAREX sporting airguns, optics, airsoft guns, high performance lights, and accessories are available at local and online sporting goods dealers and retail locations around the world. Click
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About Umarex USA
Umarex USA, Incorporated is one of North America’s fastest growing family-owned outdoor sport and recreation companies. Umarex USA innovates, develops and markets products under brands owned or licensed by its parent company, UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG. Such brands include Axeon® Optics, Beretta®, Browning®, Colt®, Elite Force® Airsoft, Exude™ Lights, GLOCK®, Heckler & Koch®, Hornady®, IWI®, Ruger®, RWS®, Smith & Wesson®, T4E™, UMAREX®, Walther® and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit

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NAUMD Welcomes New Members

The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors is proud to announce two new members during the month of August, Body Armor Outlet and Sizer Technologies

NAUMD Body Armor Outlet

Omaha, Neb. (August 2019) – The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) welcomed two new members to their growing association. Sizer Technology, a body measuring solution for the best fitting clothes and uniforms, and Body Armor Outlet and Body Armor Outlet, offering public safety professionals high quality body armor, tactical gear and uniforms at affordable prices.

“With our merger with the National Association of Police Equipment Distributors completed successfully, we can turn our attention to growing and strengthening our membership in advance of our 2020 Conference and Exhibition in Reston, Virginia,” Steve Zalkin, president of NAUMD said. “Companies will find added value to our larger, more diverse membership and greatly enhanced programs for next year. We are thrilled to have Body Armor Outlet and Sizer join us this month.”

Body Armor Outlet is a Salem, New Hampshire based supplier of uniforms and gear within the police, fire and EMS fields. Raymond Bellia, BAO founder, started the company in his college dorm room in 2006 and within six years opened his first storefront. Since then, BOA, a rising star in the NH business community serving police departments throughout New England, has focused on providing customers with purpose driven, time sensitive, lifesaving equipment, with an unwavering reliability. Joining the Public Safety Suppliers & Retailers division is part of BAO’s continued efforts to serve industry professionals and grow within the United States.

Sizer provides shoppers, businesses, corporations and agencies a proprietary and ground-breaking solution for body measurement technology. With the use of a mobile app (Windows, iOS and Android) , a self-scanning computer vision technology generates the customer’s body measurements through Sizer’s Measurement Calculation Engine (MCE). The resulting measurement algorithms allow Sizer to recommend the ideal size of a garment for each customer. Sizer offers three solutions; SizerMe, a personalized measuring and size recommendation tool for shoppers; SizerM2M, an advanced measurement solution allowing bespoke and made-to-measure clothing companies to facilitate online sales, and SizerPro, which meets the needs of the professional clothing industry for uniform fit.

NAUMD Sizer Tech

About North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD):

The NAUMD was founded in 1932. This association is a community for the uniform and image apparel industry. It is composed of manufacturers, distributors and associated companies that have a common bond in the future our industry. We exist to enable our members to create opportunities for a better future. We do this by connecting ideas and people in ways that provoke conversations and inspire innovation. The NAUMD is about building a community where strategic relationships are formed, problems are solved and meaningful information empowers a better

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I had the opportunity to review the original Mantis X performance shooting system that you can read here. Since January of 2018, the company has introduced a number of models that target specific shooter requirements.

  • X – for beginner to advanced handgun and rifle shooters.
  • X3 – NEW! For beginner to advanced handgun and rifle shooters.
  • X7 – NEW! For competitive shotgun shooters.
  • X10 Elite – NEW! For beginner to combat elite handgun, rifle, and shotgun shooters.

I have the opportunity to review the company’s X10 Elite training system. My initial assessment, stated succinctly – Mantis Tech will see another innovation award. The capabilities of their technology which supports pistol and long gun training, to include dry fire, live fire and a variety of scenarios is both comprehensive and brilliantly executed.

Read my upcoming review October 2019.

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New BCM 12.5" Upper Receiver Groups

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Mossberg 500 mag tube accessory mount from Choate Machine and Tool

The Night Manager Mossberg 500 Magazine Tube Accessory Mount Is Now Available.
Bald Knob, AR – Choate Machine and Tool, a leading designer, manufacturer and OEM supplier of rifle stocks, shotgun magazine extensions and firearms accessories, is now shipping the Night Manager Accessory Mount for Mossberg Model 500 shotguns.  This sling and accessory mounting system has indexable Picatinny rail sections to add a light or laser as needed to the popular Mossberg 500. Test samples are available for qualified media.

The Night Manager Accessory Mount for the Mossberg 500 consists of a machined steel barrel nut/threaded adapter and an aluminum shroud.  The aluminum shroud attaches to the adapter and is drilled and tapped along the bottom and sides for mounting Picatinny rail sections.  Its unique design allows the shroud to rotate to orient the attached Picatinny rails where needed and then uses an AR-15 castle nut to lock it down in the desired location.  By mounting accessories on a tube extension, it allows use of the full length of the shotgun’s forend, which often can be short on law enforcement models.  It also prevents accidentally turning lights and lasers on or off while firing the shotgun due to recoil.  The Night Manager also includes a sling mounting plate that can be installed to attach the sling on the right, left or bottom of the shotgun.

The Night Manager Accessory Mount for Mossberg shotguns is available for the model 500 and Maverick model 88.  Two models are available, one for standard mag tube length guns that use 18.5” barrels, and a longer version for Mossberg 500s with standard magazine tubes and 20” or greater length barrels.  The Night Manager Accessory Mount replaces the barrel retaining nut.  Simply remove that barrel nut and replace with the Night Manager barrel nut, then install the aluminum shroud and lock down the desired accessory orientation with the AR style castle nut.

The Night Manager is also available for the Remington 870, 1100, 11-87, the H&R Pardner pumps and Hawk 982 as well as the Mossberg 590, 835, 5500 and the 9200.  For these shotguns the Night Manager is also magazine tube extension and boosts shotshell capacity by +2 rounds.

The Night Manager Accessory Mount for Mossberg shotguns is now available with an MSRP of $97.77 and comes complete with everything needed to mount the extension and includes a 3-slot section of compatible Picatinny rail and fasteners.


About Choate Machine and Tool:  Founded by Garth Choate in 1972 as a one-man tool and die shop, Choate Machine and Tool has been a leader in the firearms accessory business for over 40 years.  Beginning with magazine tube extensions for Remington 870, 1100 and Browning A5 shotguns, Choate has been making OEM parts for firearms manufacturers such Smith & Wesson, Remington, Mossberg,  Savage, H&K, Winchester, Anschutz, Marlin, Harrington & Richardson, Nighthawk,  Ruger,  Beretta,  Springfield Armory and Kahr Arms since 1981.  Choate Machine & Tool is still one of the largest manufactures of OEM parts for the firearms industry.  Originally started in a 1200 square foot building, Choate Machine and tool now operates out of three separate factories, an Injection Molding plant, an Investment Casting plant and a Final Assembly plant with a total of 95000 square feet under roof.
Choate Machine and Tool products have a life time guarantee.  Most orders will ship the day of the order or the next depending on when the order is placed.  Full time gunsmiths are on staff to answer product questions.  All Choate Machine and Tool parts are Made in the U.S.A.

For consumer and dealer inquiries about Night Manager or other Choate products:
Call Customer Service at (800) 972-6390

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Custom Turrets Now Available for All Styrka Rifle Scopes From Kenton Industries

Eagan, MN (August 20, 2019) Just in time for hunting seasons, Styrka Optics is excited to announce that Kenton Industries now offers custom, etched ballistic turrets for all Styrka S3, S5 and S7 series rifle scopes.

To order a custom ballistic turret for your Styrka rifle scope, access the Kenton Industries website at There, you can choose the Styrka optic you own, and if you want an Elevation or Windage Turret (you can, of course, order both).

Then, you select the “Yardage Format” dial you want the turret calibrated to (Speed Dial, LR Hunter, Military), and input ballisticdata on your factory ammunition or handloads, scope height, and your rifle/scope’s zero range. You can also input the average temperature you expect during your hunt and the average elevation at which you will be hunting.

Kenton Industries will even provide a Custom Label for your turret, such as, “300 Win Mag 180gr Accubond 3050fps 2000ft 70F.”

Within three weeks (on average), you will receive a customized turret for your Styrka scope. Rush orders are available, too. Once your turret is installed, simply range the distance to your target, dial the turret to the corresponding yardage and shoot!

For the hunter using a Styrka scope, the main benefit of a custom turret is fast and easy target engagement by not having to calculate the addition or subtraction of elevation clicks from a chart.

Kenton Industries also offers Ballistic Strips for Styrka scopes. To have your own strips made for elevation and windage, you enter the same data points as you would for the custom turrets. But instead of replacing the whole turret, you receive strips with the same yardage format and calibration, and the strips attach over the turret’s original controls.

For Ballistic Strip details, visit:

“At SHOT Show 2019 we spoke with the staff at Kenton Industries, and they were eager to develop custom turrets and ballistic strips for all Styrka riflescopes,” said Brad Gross, Styrka’s national sales manager. “Kenton manufacturers the highest-quality turrets and strips for all major scope makers and their customer service are first-rate!”

Styrka optics are designed and made with the hunter in mind–and that means they are ready for the field! All optics are covered by the “Styrka Pride” warranty. If you ever have a problem, your Styrka optic will be fixed or replaced. Forever. Plus, once a year, you can send back your optics and the company will clean and tune it as needed, all on Styrka’s tab.

Launched in 2015, Styrka offers a dynamic line up of hunting scopes, binoculars, red dots and spotting scopes. The Styrka philosophy is simple but non-negotiable:  make high quality optics at affordable prices; always tell your customers the truth about what optics can and can’t do; and, stand behind your products 100-percent, forever. Styrka Pride. Styrka Strong. 

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AeroVironment Receives $45 Million Raven B Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract Award for U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades


  • Contract award funded by U.S. Government fiscal year 2019 appropriations
  • Raven systems support U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command, National Guard and more than 25 defense forces around the globe
  • Raven lightweight small unmanned aircraft system is designed for rapid deployment to deliver real-time tactical situational awareness

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 19, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it received a firm fixed-price contract award on July 25, 2019 valued at $45,190,881 for RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages. AeroVironment received the contract award from the United States Army for its Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB). Delivery is anticipated by January 2020.

The SFAB are specialized units with the core mission to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations.

“Raven is the most widely deployed small unmanned aircraft system in the United States Department of Defense’s fleet,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president, sales and business development for AeroVironment. “Our family of small unmanned aircraft systems supports all U.S. military services and more than 45 allied nations.  Every day, AeroVironment small UAS provide the actionable intelligence our customers need to proceed with certainty.”

In a report published by the United States Army on July 24, 2019, Sgt. Jordan Aguiar, a cavalry scout assigned to Alpha Troop of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, said the Raven is more agile and less detectable than larger and more costly unmanned aircraft.  Soldiers use it to conduct battlefield reconnaissance and provide their units with a greater level of security.  Sgt. Foluke Marsh added, “If you need to have eyes on a target, or eyes on a convoy to make sure everything is safe, it’s good to send out the Raven instead of risking someone getting hurt or killed.”

(Photo: Tech. Sgt. John Winn)

AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System designed for land-based operations (Photo: AeroVironment)

AeroVironment’s Raven is a fully man-portable, hand-launched small unmanned aircraft system designed for land-based operations. First adopted by the U.S. Army in 2005, Raven is now used by more than 25 countries across the globe. Weighing just over four pounds, with a wingspan of 4.5 feet and with a flying range of 10 kilometers, it is the most prolific small unmanned aircraft system deployed across the U.S. Department of Defense.  The Raven system provides operators with real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, delivering color or infrared video and still imagery to its operator via a hand-held ground control unit and to remote viewing stations, and uses a GPS system for pre-programmed or manual navigation.

About AeroVironment Small UAS

The RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12A Wasp® and RQ-20A/B Puma™ comprise AeroVironment’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Operating with a common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides increased capability to the warfighter that can give ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed. This increased capability has the potential to provide significant force protection and force multiplication benefits to small tactical units and security personnel. AeroVironment provides logistics services worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than 45 allied governments.

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government, and commercial customers. For more information visit

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August 19, 2019 – RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is participating at MSPO 2019, Kielce, Poland September 3-6, and presenting an array of its flagship solutions for land and air applications.

With vast R&D, expertise and operational experience with aerial systems, RAFAEL will exhibit its advanced package for the future aircraft, for next generation capabilities and force multiplication, spanning from air-to-air missiles (PYTHON-5TM and I-DERBY TM), smart air-to-ground munition (SPICETM Family), advanced electro-optical pods for surveillance, reconnaissance (Reccelite XRTM) and targeting (LiteningTM 5), SDR communication (BNETTM), electronic warfare (LITESHIELDTM, SKYSHIELDTM) and more.

RAFAEL’s BNET SDR communication offers exceptional connectivity, enhancing the exchange of information on the battlefield. Providing simultaneous voice, data and video communication, BNET is a major breakthrough in capacity, scalability, low latency and more. RAFAEL’s BNET in combination with FIRE WAEVERTM, a revolutionary fire management system, recently unveiled and demonstrated in a number of European countries, are RAFAEL’s solution for the digitization programs of modern land forces and armies.

RAFAEL is pitching its SPIKE Family of missiles to be integrated onto the Polish armed forces vehicles as part of its modernization program for vehicle mounted anti-tank capabilities, under a tender called “Tank Destroyer”. The SPIKE Family of 5th generation missiles is in service in 33 nations, with more than 30,000 missiles supplied and more than 45 different launch platforms integrated. It is one of the most commonly-used and mature ATGM systems in the world. SPIKE ER2 will be competing in the Polish Army program both a surface-to-surface vehicle-mounted standoff precision guided missile (PGM) and as rotary PGM for the upgraded MI24 and Sokol helicopters, as well as for the new Polish helicopters of choice.

In addition, Rafael is exhibiting the following systems:

· SPYDER™ Family ‒ Short and medium range air defense systems using the I-Derby and Python-5 missiles

· DRONE DOME™ – Drone Detection and Neutralization System. The Drone Dome System is an innovative end-to-end system designed to provide effective airspace defense against hostile drones (Micro and Nano UAVs) used by terrorists and criminals to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence, and other intimidating activities.

Active Protection System (APS) for AFV’s:

· TROPHY™ FAMILY: Active Protection Suite for heavy, medium and light-weight Armored Fighting Vehicles. Trophy is the world’s only combat-proven APS, installed on Israel’s Merkava MkIV tanks and NAMER APC’s, recently purchased by the U.S Army for its Abrams MBT’s.


· IMILITE™ – Multi-Source, Multi-Task Imagery Exploitation System that receives, processes and exploits multiple standalone imagery video and other intelligence data in a centralized and a unified manner.

Please visit Rafael at Hall E, stand E-44

For more information please contact Ishai David, international media manager, RAFAEL, at

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SIG SAUER Raises a Record-Setting $70,000 for the Honored American Veterans Afield Organization at Annual Charity Golf Tournament


NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 19, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the 4th Annual 2019 SIG SAUER Charity Golf Tournament raised $70,000 for the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) organization held August 9, 2019 at Pease Golf Course in Newington, New Hampshire.  In 2019 this annual event expanded to 192 golfers that contributed to the near doubling of the monies raised for the HAVA organization.     

“For over a decade, the HAVA organization has been re-integrating disabled veterans and injured military into American life through outdoor activities and the shooting sports,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “For everyone at SIG SAUER it’s an honor to support this meaningful program, and contribute to continuing the services provided by HAVA that are making a difference in the lives of the men and women that fought to protect our freedoms.”

HAVA is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2007 by a group of executives from the hunting and shooting industry to help disabled veterans and injured active-duty military returning from war heal, and reintegrate back into everyday life through participation in outdoor activities. HAVA sponsors guided hunts, shooting events, and outdoor activities across the country hosting hundreds of veterans annually.

SIG SAUER is a longstanding supporter and sustaining sponsor of the HAVA organization. Annually, SIG SAUER participates in HAVA sponsored shooting and hunting events across the country benefiting hundreds of veterans, including the upcoming 7th Annual Rock Castle Family Day on September 14, 2019 at Rockcastle Shooting Sports Center in Park City, Kentucky.  

To learn more about the HAVA organization visit

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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OTIS TECHNOLOGY: We need your help!



We need your help!

Clear Path is one of the Top 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program! We need you to rally behind our cause, cast your vote and help us win one of the 40 $25k grants for our Canine Program!

The voting phase is open from 12:00 A,M. ET on August 14th until August 23rd at 11:59 P.M. ET, and you can vote up to 10 times per day everyday for our cause! Winners will announced on September 25th. Please forward this to your colleagues, friends, and family to vote and help spread the word!

With your help, we can win this grant and continue to serve Veterans and their families through our service dog program!


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Win a Free MDT Chassis



This month, we’re going to give a free chassis and buttstock combo to one lucky winner.

Check out full details and see all of the ways that you can enter on our website at


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Federal’s New Upland Steel Loads Are Perfect for High-Volume Hunts


Federal Ammunition

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 19, 2019 – Federal is pleased to announce new Upland Steel loads in 12- and 20-gauge, which are perfect choices for doves and other light upland game, especially in areas that require the use of non-lead shot. Shipments of Federal Upland Steel ammunition have been delivered to dealers.
“This is an ultra-reliable, cost-effective, high-performance steel load offered in the smaller shot sizes that high-volume upland hunters are looking for,” said Federal Shotshell Product Director Rick Stoeckel. “For example, it’s definitely a great option for those who are required to shoot steel when hunting dove.”
With these new loads, doves are done. Federal Upland Steel serves up the patterns and power hunters need for hard-to-hit birds at a price that keeps them shooting all day. The loads are consistent and reliable, with high velocities that make the most of the steel payload.
• Quality steel payloads
• High velocities
• Reliable performance
• Priced for fast-paced, high-volume dove hunts and other upland game
Part No. / Description / MSRP
USH12 6 / 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch 1 1/8 ounce, 6, 1400 fps, 25-count / $9.95
USH12 7.5 / 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch 1 1/8 ounce, 7.5, 1400 fps, 25-count / $9.95
USH20 6 / 20 gauge 2 3/4 inch ¾ ounce, 6, 1500 fps, 25-count / $8.95
USH20 7.5 / 20 gauge 2 3/4 inch ¾ ounce, 7.5, 1500 fps, 25-count / $8.95
For more information on Federal ammunition, visit

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Magnify Your Turret?





Boy did these get more attention than we expected.  Nice and simple design simply clamps on via one bolt, flex open to install.  Available in 1″, 30, 34mm.

Easily replaceable plastic lens, ships with two spares.  Just $29.99
Break out that easy listening music and toss those bifocals! 

Turret Magnifiers

Want the new Pro Series look?  $39.99, shipping in a few weeks!


Pro Series Magnifier Preorders

Easily view small turret markings thanks to a 300% lens.

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MasterPiece Arms (MPA) to Exhibit at the 2019 NTOA Law Enforcement Operations and Conference

Visit MasterPiece Arms at the NTOA Law Enforcement Operations and Conference, Booth 626

The NTOA’s 36th Annual Law Enforcement Operations Conference and Trade Show will be held in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 18 – 23, 2019.

Comer, Ga. (August 2019) – MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, will be exhibiting at the 2019 National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Law Enforcement Operations and Conference, to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Conference is from Aug. 18 – 23, 2019 with the Trade Show portion occurring from Aug. 18 – 19. MPA will be exhibiting at Booth 626.

MPA proudly serves and provides product to local, state and federal law enforcement and will be exhibiting its MPA Micro Urban Tactical (MUT) Rifle, MPA Precision Match Rifle (PMR) Rifle (308) LE Version, MPA Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) Chassis LE Version and MPA BA Mount System during the conference.

“At MPA, we believe that innovation distinguishes between being a leader and a follower, and we aim to lead when it comes to precision-built bolt action rifles and chassis systems. Our products have been embraced by the Precision Rifle Series community and we know that the same qualities that these competitors love in our products will also benefit the law enforcement community,” commented Phil Cashin, MPA President.

The NTOA Law Enforcement Operations and Conference will host six days of hands-on training, seminars, incident debriefs and networking with leaders and innovators in the law enforcement community at the Rosen Centre Hotel. The Orange County Convention Center will host the two-day trade show featuring hundreds of companies showcasing the latest technologies and products.

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

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 or call 866.803.0000.

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From Spreadsheets & Meetings to Loading Ammo: the Steinel Ammunition Story

A story of how the contagious shooting bug infected an accountant, taking him on the business ride of his life, only to discover his passion is his mission.

Steinel Ammo president

For Andy Steinel, a midwest-born and bred boy, life was on a common path. With a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Business Administration tucked under his arm, Andy started a career he had been working toward for years. He soon added a CPA to pad his resume even further. Success is never easy, but for someone with slightly obsessive tendencies, coupled with a perfectionist’s drive, Andy was soon climbing the old corporate ladder from auditor to accounting manager to controller. Yes, professional life was good for Andy, but it was also a bit repetitive at times, and frankly, boring.

What started as an exercise in generating some excitement between all those data-filled days, started to infiltrate his daily routine. Andy had stepped into the world of firearms and discovered the thrill his past-times were missing. But like any new hobby, gearing up can be expensive, so Andy could be found patrolling the hallways of local gun shows. Having fully admitted to his guns and ammo addiction, he started to load his own ammunition for cost-saving measures. This new opportunity also gave him the chance to play mad scientist and develop the best possible loads for his rifles and revolvers (physics was by far his favorite subject in high school).

His obsession took over his nights after work and his weekends. Andy researched, tested, developed, and once completed to his satisfaction, started to develop loads for new calibers that were hard to find or overly expensive, to begin with. But all those years of accounting were not wasted: he ran numerous versions of costing models on various calibers to determine if there was even a possibility that he could market select calibers to his fellow enthusiasts.

With the same drive that initiated his success in the financial world, Andy leapt into the ammunition business- securing a business license, FFL, and insurance in order to spend his weekends at local gun shows. Initially, though, Andy sold the most common calibers at bargain prices in order to introduce a large number of customers to the new Brand.

As start-ups go, Andy’s new company, XCaliber Ammunition, began unremarkably. “The first year was trying. I didn’t have a clue as to how big the market was for any of the specialty calibers I wanted to eventually offer. I couldn’t possibly leave my job to dedicate myself to a full-time startup business. As a result, I made the product in my basement at night and on weekends- when there wasn’t a local gun show. My wife was a saint for putting up with the operation, particularly once it grew, and right up until it was time to move into a facility.”

Within a year, Andy had developed a better market understanding and not only had customers but many repeat customers. Soon, his customers were requesting particular calibers, most often bigger or hard-to-find calibers. The gun show route gave Andy an opportunity to identify perceived opportunities within the market and this lead to his first big break. A show in Canton, Ohio wouldn’t even be able to pay for his table, but a contact, intrigued with his new 458 SOCOM load would eventually become his first major distributor of XCaliber’s 458 SOCOM, and, in addition, provide Andy with more invaluable contacts within the larger corporate ammunition world. Andy’s theory that a certain portfolio of MILSurp, big bore, and hard-to-find calibers could drive profitable growth over the long term was becoming a reality.

As XCaliber Ammunition began setting up tables at larger, out-of-state gun shows, Andy ran into a problem: although, he thought his company name unique enough within the firearms industry, so, apparently, did other ammo loaders and other small businesses. After a customer confused his product with another brand, Andy realized that in order to keep growing his brand, now was the time to make a significant and daring change.

By February of 2018, XCaliber had fostered a loyal customer base of over 1,000 customers looking specifically for his hard-to-find, big bore, and MILSurp ammo. The XCaliber website had begun to show signs of wear, lacking a professional online store and an engaging presence to entice new customers to try their premium ammunition. With the double incentive of addressing the brand confusion and an outdated website, Andy and his team moved to change the company name and present a brand new face to a growing public eager for specialty ammo. They worked with Garrison Everest, a marketing company, to simultaneously develop a new website and introduce the new Brand name of Steinel Ammunition Company. Andy summed up the transition, “it went as well as can be expected. We maintained URL redirects and have kept the old logo on the site alongside the new one. We also include a small mailer in our shipments explaining the name change. Occasionally, we’ll still have to explain the change, but have received nothing but positive comments.”

A critical element in any business plan is to identify your key differentiators within the market. Andy started down the path of unique calibers and Steinel continues to produce new “old” rounds for vintage firearms owners longing to take dad’s or granddad’s old rifle or revolver out to the range. Being receptive to their customer base is what keeps the Steinel team forging ahead. Social media, such as their Instagram and Facebook pages, have proved invaluable when it comes to understanding what their customers are looking for. Besides using social media as a marketing tool, Steinel’s relationship with some of their larger gun shops also provides invaluable feedback. “GunTubers” have also provided Steinel with inspiration for calibers that have gone under the radar for too long.

Forgotten Weapons and the American Heroes Channel are two great resources for gathering information on potential new calibers,” Andy added. “The former is great for learning about the detailed history of weapons and calibers and the latter is great for seeing the guns in action and learning about their performance, warts and all!”

Depending upon the caliber, it can take several months to go from concept through testing to a new round ready for the market. Once a decision is made, Steinel Ammo needs to secure a test gun or two, develop the load and even send out samples to some of their Instagram MILSurp contacts.

Not all new calibers come through the customer request pipeline. A couple of recent examples demonstrate how flexible Steinel Ammunition can be. Steinel Ammunition partnered with Big Horn Armory, a big-bore firearms manufacturer, to produce their 500 Auto Max for their AR500 platform. Working with Steinel Ammunition on a new caliber kept the cost of high-quality ammo for a  new caliber reasonable. “The benefit for Big Horn Armory is that they can offer what is arguably the greatest short-range rifle on the market, knowing that their customers can source reliable, high-performance, reasonably-priced ammunition,” Andy said.

Another example of partnering with Steinel Ammo is their ability to provide other ammo manufacturers or firearms manufacturers with OEM capabilities. “We are a flexible outfit and can equip our presses with virtually any caliber, particularly those which might not have enough volume to justify a larger company’s regular attention or tooling costs. The arrangements which seem to offer the most value to our larger manufacturing customers are those which leverage their economies of scale: they purchase the components and have them sent directly to our facility for loading.”

Steinel’s success in a crowded field of ammunition producers is due in part to a hold-fast mission to produce only the highest quality ammunition that is consistent, shot after shot, and keeping prices affordable. Steinel also responds quickly to current ammunition trends. “We are seeing continued growth in popularity of straight-walled cartridges such as 45/70as a result of select state hunting laws. More and more customers are realizing that it can be loaded to shoulder-kissing pressures and still take whitetail with ease,” Andy commented. “Or it can be loaded with our monolith, solid brass bullets for incredible penetrating capabilities, without breaking the bank. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy shooting a torpedo from a lever-action gun? In a world of smartphones and selfies, some things never change. That being said, the 450 Bushmaster is also a great option for fans of the AR 15.”

Another growing interest is in their solid copper hollow points (SCHP). These rounds are lead-free but perform unlike anything for hunting and self-defense. The SCHP rounds don’t fragment, explode or vaporize; they just work, by penetrating and expanding just as they should – mission accomplished. Steinel Ammo has been using the Maker SCHP and Andy says he is impressed with every test- both in the field and in ballistic gelatin.

Looking ahead to 2020, Andy Steinel and the Steinel Ammunition team are already gearing up for some potential new calibers, including a 300 Blackout using a Maker subsonic SCHP and potentially a 7.5 French, 30-40 Krag, and 9mm Largo, to name a few. With his company increasing production capabilities and researching new rounds to market, it’s a wonder that Andy ever gets out to enjoy some recreational shooting on his own.

For more information on Steinel Ammunition Co., visit

Steinel Ammo

Steinel Ammunition 458 SOCOM is available in a 300 gr. JHP, 250 gr. Maker SCHP, 325 gr. Brass Monolithic, 325 gr. Hornady FTX Flex Tip

Steinel ammo 500 auto max

Steinel Ammunition 500 Auto Max 350 gr. JHP developed with Big Horn Armory for their AR 500 rifle.

About Steinel Ammunition Co.

Steinel Ammunition Co. is a premium manufacturer of self-defense, hunting, and target ammunition. While other manufacturers may have a specific product line designated as “match” or “premium,” at Steinel—premium ammunition is all we do.

When you use Steinel pistol or rifle ammo, you can be sure that countless hours of research and testing have gone into every round. Each recipe, component, and assembly are designed to provide you with optimal performance.

Our passion for precision, repeatability, accuracy, and reliability drives our pursuit of perfection. Let our attention to every technical detail provide you with the ammunition you and your gun deserve.

We stand by our products 100 percent with a Satisfaction Guarantee policy.

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Amazon1 respectfully submits this petition for exemption to facilitate the operations of our Prime Air delivery service using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States. Specifically, Amazon seeks an exemption: (1) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 44807 to fulfill the requirements in 14 C.F.R. § 135.25 that a civil aircraft operated in air commerce have an airworthiness certificate (Section 44807 Exemption); and (2) from various provisions of 14 C.F.R. Parts 61, 91, and 135 to permit operations under a Part 135 air carrier operating certificate (Part 135 AOC) to be conducted using UAS (Operating Exemption).2

III. Amazon MK27 Model UAS The MK27 is an Amazon-designed fixed-wing aircraft capable of VTOL and wing-borne flight. Amazon formally entered aircraft type certificate program status for the MK27 in 2017 and has been engaged on a weekly basis with the FAA on that effort since its initial filing. The MK27 is able to carry internal payloads of up to five pounds,8 with a round-trip range of up to 15 nautical miles. The MK27’s general specifications and performance characteristics, as well as its subsystems, are described below. Additional details are available in the AFM. 1.2m 8 The maximum payload is calculated based on the MK27’s planned performance envelope.

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A. General Specifications & Performance Characteristics

  • UA Type VTOL hybrid
  • Dimensions – Motor to Motor (VTOL) 1.2 m. (between motor pylons)
  • Dimensions – Wing-Span 2.15 m.
  • Max gross takeoff weight 88 lbs. (including payload)
  • Max payload weight at planned range 5 lbs.
  • Nominal cruise speed 60 kts. IAS
  • Max planned operating altitude 400 ft. AGL
  • Max operating altitude 1,200 ft. AGL
  • Planned Range 15 NM. round trip (with reserve)
  • Temperature -10 to 40 degrees C

B. Subsystems

  • Airframe Structure Combination of carbon fiber composite materials and metal
  • Engine (Propulsive Unit) Electric motors, brushless DC, with electronic controllers
  • Fuel Not applicable
  • Batteries Lithium rechargeable batteries
  • Avionics Distributed modular avionics
  • Communications Dual cellular connectivity; redundant
  • Navigation INS/GNSS navigation system
  • Perception/Environment
  • Sensing Systems
  • Use of onboard sensors for obstacle detection during transit and delivery
    phases of flight

This is an interesting proposal in that Part 107 currently has the air space at or below 400 AGL. Amazon has a total of 4 aircraft designs that have been approved by the FAA as Experimental Aircraft, so this should be interesting, and will the Remote Pilot in Command Certification under Part 107 remain the commercial application requirement or will the FAA impose additional pilot certification.

You can read the full Amazon letter here

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Introducing the SURVIVOR FILTER Squeeze Kit


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Survivor%20Filter%20Squeeze%20KitTORONTO – August 16, 2019 – SURVIVOR FILTER is proud to introduce the SURVIVOR FILTER Squeeze Kit™. The ultra-compact water filter straw comes with two collapsible canteens making this the ideal travel filter. The SURVIVOR FILTER Squeeze Kit cleans water down to a filtration level of 0.05 microns.

“The Squeeze Kit is big step forward for filter straws,” said SURVIVOR FILTER Owner Mark Zakaib. “The compact design allows The Squeeze Kit to fit in any pack or travel bag, yet this is more than just a straw. The two collapsible canteens allow for easy storage of clean water.”

The aptly named SURVIVOR FILTER Squeeze Kit is a truly flexible filter. The Squeeze Kit can function as a filter straw, but it also works with both gravity and applied pressure and can filter up to 13.5 ounces of water per minute.

The BPA free filter weighs less than four ounces and easily fits in your glove box, tackle box, knapsack or bug-out-bag. The included canteens can be paired so that one holds pre-filtered water and the other collects the clean water. An integrated cap keeps the mouthpiece clean, allowing it to function as a straw, too.

The Squeeze Kit uses a three-stage filtration process. Water passes through a layer of cotton, then a 0.05 Micron UF membrane filter and finally a carbon filter. Inside this incredibly compact housing, the three filters combine to block 99.999% of Protozoa. Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other parasites are also captured. Independent testing documents the removal of 99.999% of tested virus strains, staph, and bacteria. The Squeeze Kit also strips 99.5% of mercury and 93% of lead.

THE SURVIVOR FILTER Squeeze Kit is available online.


SURVIVOR FILTER is a company with a simple goal – to provide people with access to clean water in any environment when they need it most. We offer you the best emergency water filter systems for your Bug-Out-Bag and the outdoors on the market today. What’s more, we back up all our products with a defect-free Lifetime Warranty and personalized customer support from our knowledgeable outdoor loving staff.  See the full lineup and learn more at

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Arca Swiss Bipod Adaptor



New Product Alert!  We now offer Bipod adaptors for Atlas and Evolution Bipods.  Each kit comes with an adaptor plate, Arca Swiss lever clamp and hardware.  Grab one today!

Our Atlas Bipod Adaptor paired with a Leofoto Arca Swiss Lever Clamp is exactly what you need to attach your bipod to your Arca Swiss Rail.  Adaptor is Black Hardcoat Anodized.  Hardware is included.

Works With -NC or -LW17 Atlas Bipods

What you get:

  • Leofoto Arca Swiss Lever Clamp
  • Sand Sock Gear Atlas Bipod Adaptor
  • Hardware


Atlas Adaptor – Buy Now

Our Modular Evolution Evopod Adaptor paired with a Leofoto Arca Swiss Lever Clamp is exactly what you need to attach your bipod to your Arca Swiss Rail.  Adaptor is Black Hardcoat Anodized.  Hardware is included.

Works with Modular Evolution Evopod Bipods

What you get:

  • Leofoto Arca Swiss Lever Clamp
  • Sand Sock Gear Evolution Bipod Adaptor
  • Hardware


Evolution Adaptor – Buy Now

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Applied Ballistics® Fall Seminar Update

Everyone at Applied Ballistics has many exciting new projects we are working on:

  • The guys at the Applied Ballistics Shop are building the M30TS Weapons systems as part of the ESSO contract.
  • Our Applied Ballistics Training Division held their first course in Michigan in July and received high praise for the classroom and live fire training. They are coordinating training events for the M30TS weapons system for the ESSO contract.
  • The Applied Ballistics Lab is immersed in loading lots and lots of custom ammo for our ESSO contract, preparing for the Weapons systems testing, and continuing to do BC testing on new bullets and other research endeavors.

We evaluated the schedules for holding our Fall Seminar and with all the other activities couldn’t find a date that met our objectives.  The decision is to focus on a Spring 2020 seminar, and to postpone the seminar this Fall.  We encourage everyone to check out the AB Training Division events; we’re confident you’ll find something to meet your education needs for this Fall.

AB Training Div. Courses

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Pachmayr, a Lyman Products Brand, Launches New Line of Knives

Designed to meet the needs of shooters and sportsmen alike, the new Pachmayr® knives will fast become your EDC knife.

Middletown, Conn. (August 2019) – Pachmayr®, a Lyman® Products brand, is proud to announce their new line of Every Day Carry (EDC) knives for sportsmen, shooters, professionals, and law enforcement. Since its founding in 1929, Pachmayr products have earned their customers respect for quality and performance. Generations of custom gunsmithing experience have long inspired the direction of Pachmayr. Pachmayr’s goal is to supply sportsmen with superior tools and the products they need.

The new Pachmayr knives are tailored to the needs of all types of knife users. With a wide range of styles and sizes, there is a knife to fit every customer’s needs and taste. Designed to withstand the test of everyday use while remaining compact and comfortable for everyday carry, these knives live up to the Pachmayr name.

The line consists of six different knives for various uses and carry style. The Dominator, at the top of the product list, is the largest knife at 8.5” in overall length with a modified sheepfoot fixed blade and G10 handle with a Kydex sheath and belt clip (MSRP: $99.98). The Grunt features a stainless-steel liner and cleaver blade style with an overall length of 7.75” for an MSRP of $44.98. The Snare is a compact folding drop point blade with stainless-steel liner for $32.98. The Grappler is an 8” drop point blade with a black stonewash finish and G10 handle and stainless-steel liner for an MSRP of $27.98. The rosewood colored renegade wood handle of the Griffin folder is an elegant and affordable drop point blade with a stainless-steel liner for $27.98 MSRP. Finally, for those looking for an EDC with a tactical edge, the Pachmayr Blacktail features a 6.75” drop point black coated blade with a black aluminum handle and stainless-steel liner for $23.98.

Watch the Pachmayr knife video above.

About Lyman® Products:

Lyman® Products has continued to be a leader in developing innovative products for reloaders and shooters for over 140 years. Lyman’s reloading kits, presses and dies have provided reloaders with all the high-quality equipment they need to start reloading. Mark 7, Pachmayr, TacStar, Trius Traps, A-Zoom Precision Snap Caps, Butch’s Gun Care and Targdots are all under the Lyman brand. For more information please visit us Connect with Lyman Products on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @LymanProducts.

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TNVC Products – Now Guaranteed For Life


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Behind the DD5 Design!




In this series of videos, we speak with the design engineer behind the DD5’s innovative features. From an easy-to-clean, superfinished & DLC-coated bolt carrier group to anti-gas features in the newly designed GRIP-N-RIP Charging Handle, the new DD5 lineup has all the upgrades demanded by today’s long range shooter. Learn more about this superior platform and why it’s changing the game in the large caliber AR world by watching the videos below. Isn’t it Time You Got a Daniel?™

Introducing the DD5V3, V4 and V5 in 7.62 x 51mm, 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Remington

Learn about the new DD5 Bolt Carrier Group and its innovative features.

Hear why we incorporated an adjustable gas block into the new DD5 design.



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Federal’s New Shorty Shotshells: Big Performance in Small Packages


ANOKA, Minnesota – August 15, 2019 – Federal unveils its new Shorty Shotshells, which deliver similar full-sized performance without the length of standard shells. Shipments of Federal Shorty Shotshells have been delivered to dealers.
Great things really do come in small packages. Although just 1 ¾-inch long, new Shorty shotshells offer similar patterns, energy and accuracy as full-size counterparts. Now available in 8 shot, 4 buck and rifled slug loads perfect for fun at the range.

• 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch shells
• Similar overall performance to full-size counterparts
• Available in 8 shot, No. 4 buck and rifled slug loads

Part No. / Description / MSRP

  • SH129 4B / Shorty 12 gauge 1 ¾-inch 4 buck, 1200 fps, 10-count / $11.95
  • SH129 RS / Shorty 12 gauge 1 ¾-inch rifled slug, 1200 fps, 10-count / $11.95
  • SH129 8 / Shorty 12 gauge 1 ¾-inch No. 8 shot, 1145 fps, 10-count / $5.95

For more information on Federal ammunition, visit

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Paul Levy Introduces New Products from Brownells

Paul Levy, leader of the Brownells new product posse, has sticky fingers… No wait, he has the Armageddon Gear Sticky Skid Pad. It has a non-slip rubberized surface, and when you stick the other side to whatever you don’t want to slip – forearm of your long-range rifle? – that thing ain’t movin’!

Short Action Precision’s SAP Positional Rifle Sling is great for hunters and PRS competitors. It’s a proper SHOOTING sling that gives you excellent support, yet releases quickly when you need to dismount the rifle and move.

SAP’s Two Round Holder attaches to your rifle and keeps a pair of backup rounds ready at hand, in case a wounded rhino charges you (or for less dramatic situations).

The Timney trigger module for the Ruger Precision® Rimfire Rifle delivers a smooth, user-adjustable pull of 8 oz. to 16 oz. Niiiice! The folks at Volquartsen also know a thing or two about rimfires… Their new Hammer & Sear Kit will give your Ruger® Mark IV™ 22/45 pistol a crisp, 2.25 lb. trigger. From The Secret Weapon, aka TSW, comes a Folding Picatinny Monopod that’ll attach to the underside of any buttstock with a MIL-STD 1913 rail. Sturdy all-metal construction AND the extended height is adjustable.

The Enhanced AR-15 Carbine Buffer Tube from Strike Industries has a vent hole at the rear to maintain correct internal pressure for reliable buffer function. The octagonal exterior lets dust, dirt, and sand fall away so they won’t impede the adjustable stock. Strike’s Latchless AR-15 Charging Handle is super-simple to use: grab the ears, pull back. No worries about releasing the latch because there isn’t one!

Finally, the SB Tactical SBA4 Brace for AR-15 pistols is 5-position length adjustable, styled similarly to the standard M4 carbine stock, and yes, the buffer tube IS included.

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