We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers and visitors for your patronage and participation. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy it safely and in the spirit this uniquely American holiday represents.

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Meprolight Selected by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to Supply Red Dot Sights


Meprolight – a leading manufacturer of electro-optical systems, thermal and night vision equipment, Laser Range Finder systems, and Self-Illuminated sights for military, law enforcement and civil applications – was selected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as the sole supplier of the next generation of combat sights. Delivery of thousands of MEPRO M5 Red Dot Sights will begin next month and continue for about a year.

According to Benny Kokia, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, “We are very proud that the IDF selected us as the sole suppliers of their next generation of combat sights, following an evaluation and testing process that resulted in a clear acknowledgement that the MEPRO M5 is the best sight in its category.”

The MEPRO M5 Red-Dot Sight is an energy-efficient, compact sight that provides thousands of operating hours while utilizing a single “AA” commercial battery. Featuring battle-proven LED technology and rugged MIL-STD design, the sight assures reliability under the harshest environmental conditions. With its large display window and clearly-defined Red Dot, the MEPRO M5 ensures rapid target acquisition with both eyes open. Offering numerous reticle brightness intensities, the MEPRO M5 suits every tactical scenario. To facilitate night operations and long-range target engagement, the MEPRO M5 is compatible with GEN II and GEN III NVGs as well as with Magnifying Scopes. Its human engineering allows positioning of NVGs and Magnifiers close to the sight’s optics with no decrease in the field-of-view and without compromising convenient switch operation.

The MEPRO M5 is marketed in the US consumer market under the brand name of TRU-DOT® RDS PRO.

Mr. Kokia added, “In addition to the technological superiority, the quality, and the high level performance of the MEPRO M5 Red Dot Sight, we were also selected due to the excellent service we provide our customers. Our customer service begins long before the actual purchase is made, and continues throughout the integration process and maintenance support. We consider the ongoing post-sale follow-up of great importance, and regard it as the key to creating long-term relationships with our customers.”

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Steyr Arms Launches Its New Website Featuring Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials

To launch the new website, Steyr is offering limited-time specials on its famed Scout rifles for $1,499 and pistols for $499. Special deals on Steyr accessories and apparel will also be announced on the website on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Nov. 27 and 30. Visit the Steyr website at steyrarms.com for more information.

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This is an excellent video published by gonzo illustrating how the AR15 trigger group works. We recommend that any trigger work be performed by a competent gunsmith.

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This Holiday Season Give Someone A LuminAid Pack Light

Solar Light by LuminAID

Every year moms and dads sit around the table deciding on appropriate gifts for casual friends and co-workers; if that’s you, I’d like to offer a suggestion that your recipients will love. Give a LuminAid pack light. I’ve had some for quite a few years and they are as bright now as they were when new. The pack light is solar powered. The integrated panel charges the internal battery which can then be used to illuminate your hiking trail, camp site, cave or what have you. I keep mine charged by attaching it to the back of my pack. This light will charge even under overcast conditions. LuminAid has two light intensity setting high or low. Readers, these lights are really great and you can take that from some one that actually uses them. You couldn’t have a better and more reliable source of emergency lighting on the road or at home.

At $24.95 it’s not a budget buster and the recipient will truly love them. Check it out! You can pick yours up here.

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This Holiday Season Light the Night with A Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro


Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro on a S&W pistol

Certainly one of our favorite weapon mounted lights is Crimson Trace’s Rail Master Pro®. These laser sights (red or green laser diodes) and bright light combos are packed with features, including: Instant Activation™, Tap-on/Tap-off, a battery saving 5 minute auto shut off sensor if inactive, and a powerful 100-Lumen LED white light. Modes of operation are: laser and light, laser only, light only and laser with strobe light. Rail Master Pros easily and quickly attach onto pistols, rifles and shotguns with M-1913 Picatinny and Weaver-type accessory rails. More details on the CMR-205 (red) and CMR-204 (green) Rail Master Pros are at www.crimsontrace.com.

Crimson Trace also offers the Rail Master® as a lighting option. The CMR-202 is a 100-Lumen LED light unit that can be set to momentary, strobe and constant-on lighting. This unit is also available with a C-Tan exterior coating. Like all Rail Master products, the units can attach to a wide assortment of rails on long guns and handguns.

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It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit. This past week has been incredible with the same social impact as the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks on U.S. soil. On Friday, 13 Nov 2015, a handful of imbeciles decided it would serve some cause to murder 130 people and injure countless others. They set out to cower Parisians, and all of France, by inflicting carnage on people who’s only sin was being out on the town enjoying their weekend. What they succeeded in doing was quite the opposite. Their ending was befitting of both their actions and their character.

By 18 Nov 2015, French authorities had a line on other members of the operational cell leading to an early morning raid on an apartment building in the Saint-Denis suburbs. That engagement was like the crescendo of a Mozart Symphony. Two operatives died in that raid, Hasna Aitboulahcen a female and cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud the cell “commander.” Hasna died from the blast of her suicide belt. The explosion was so severe that it leveled the apartment floor propelling her head and parts of her spinal cord out the window and landing on police vehicles. I also hear that NORAD had radar signatures of her remains; scrambling jets only to have her ass land on the F18’s canopy.

Identifying Abaaoud was more challenging as they had to scrape the walls to collect enough DNA to successfully identify him. We understand that Abaaoud is pissed because upon arrival in heaven his reward was downgraded from 72 virgins to one large butt.

Our hats are off to the French first responders and tactical units who were successful in managing the situation with just 5,000 rounds fired.

We never revel in the loss of life but I would urge French authorities and the global press to publish the unedited graphic images of Saint-Denis so that young men and women vulnerable to ISIL’s recruitment con-jobs can say to them “après vous!”

As always, we love hearing from you! All shoot-the-shit rules apply so don’t hesitate to make unsupported statements or claims, use profanity – in any language, insult anyone or change the subject altogether.

This weekend, spend quality time with your buds and family, and on Thanksgiving Day we ask that you offer a moment of silence at your table to honor those who were injured or lost their lives in Paris.

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Not the most appetizing product name, Redcore’s less lethal 12 gauge FLEM system employs an interesting mechanism to rotate the projectile 90 degrees after leaving the muzzle. The objective is to have a large surface strike the target thus spreading the impact energy more broadly to limit or prevent target penetration.

Redcore is a young company headquartered in Lanester, France

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Thales has worked with field staff to develop an innovative smartwatch concept. Connected via a secure link to the command center, the 6-Watch For You (6W4U) alerts officers to danger simply by vibrating when an important notification comes in. With an easy-to-read pictogram displayed on the watch face, a quick glance is all it takes to know what the threat is and where it’s located. From a safe distance, officers can then use their smartphones to obtain more information and if necessary contact their command center. The 6W4U is designed to be the officer’s sixth sense, alerting them discreetly to any potential risks.

The 6W4U provides a smart link between members of a police patrol. With its built-in sensors and data transfer functions, it can provide command centers with audio, images and video feeds. And with its multiple notification modes for each mission and context (discreet, normal, detailed), it adapts to the needs of individual officers, helping them perform their missions more efficiently and more safely.

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I like how the selector is implemented and the reversible butt stock trunion. Looks good readers, looks real good!

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MILIPOL 2015 DEDRONE DroneTracker

Dedrone is a German Company headquartered in Kassel Germany with U.S. offices in Charleston W.V. The company manufactures DroneTracker, a multi-sensor drone detection system, that is effective against auto-pilot, quiet (glider type) and shape-changed drones and a detection range of 100 meters.

DroneTracker is equipped with a unique system of interacting sensors. Based on multiple parameters such as noise, shape, and movement patterns, it is unlike any other drone warning system able to reliably detect all types of drones. The built-in camera saves images and videos in HD quality, providing crucial evidence of the threat intrusion.

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The CounterBomber® system is capable of automatically detecting suicide vests and other person-borne threats at distances outside of the blast danger zone.

CounterBomber® has been extensively tested by the US Government, and has been fielded to US Armed Forces as well as various International Security Forces at numerous locations world-wide. The CounterBomber® system is a proven security asset that provides un-matched protection at high-value locations such as federal buildings, mass transit hubs, hospitals, military bases, and energy plants. The CounterBomber® system is easily and quickly  assembled, and once in operation can be configured to assess personnel for threats automatically – with no operator interpretation.

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Remington Arms Announces The ISIS Load


Remington's ISIS 12g Load

Remington Arms has just announced its latest addition to company’s line of shotgun loads. The new shell is being marketed as the ISIS load. Hunters will now be fully equipped and ready when they start popping up!

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DPMS Black Friday – Bonus Savings

Huntsville, AL – DPMS Firearms, (“DPMS”), an industry leader in providing quality AR-style rifles, components and accessories, announced today its Black Friday – Bonus Saving mail-in consumer rebate promotion.

For a limited time only, consumers can earn up to $200 cash back with the purchase of any new DPMS GII Modern Sporting Rifles.

DPMS Black Friday – Bonus Savings Specifications:

· Purchase new DPMS GII Modern Sporting Rifle get $200. ($50 Rebate + $150 Black Friday Bonus)

· Promotion Code: 61106

The mail-in consumer rebates are valid from Friday, November 20 through Monday, November 30, 2015 and must be postmarked by December 19, 2015.

Valid purchase dates for CA residents are Friday November 20 through Thursday December 10 to accommodate ATF compliance checks. The last postmark date for CA residents is Tuesday December 29, 2015.

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There are times when conventional communications are either ineffective or detract from the element of surprise. Novitac has designed  a communications wristband that the company markets as FEELTACT  which uses a Bluetooth link to your smartphone to receive or send silent messages, from or to command and control or from other bracelets in your team. There is no audible input or output, the FEELTACT vibrates providing only tactile feedback. An entry “GO” decision for example could be communicated by vibrating the bracelet. The user can transmit up to four different messages and supports development of team dependent codes.

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Remington Handgun Black Friday – Bonus Savings


Huntsville, AL – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) announced today its Black Friday – Bonus Saving mail-in consumer rebate promotion.

For a limited time only, consumers can earn up to $150 cash back with the purchase of select new Remington Model 1911 R1 handguns. (Enhanced and Carry models only)

Remington Handgun Black Friday – Bonus Savings Specifications:

  • Purchase select new Remington Model 1911 R1 handgun get $150. ($75 Rebate + $75 Black Friday Bonus)
  • Black Friday Bonus Rebate excludes 1911 R1 Standard pistols (96323, 96324 & 96336)
  • Promotion Code: 61103

The mail-in consumer rebates are valid from Friday, November 20 through Monday, November 30, 2015 and must be postmarked by December 19, 2015.

Valid purchase dates for CA residents are Friday November 20 through Thursday December 10 to accommodate ATF compliance checks. The last postmark date for CA residents is Tuesday December 29, 2015.

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EAGLEVILLE, PA, November 18, 2015–Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, announced that it has introduced its PiggyBack® charging system to the company’s Strion® family of rechargeable flashlights, giving users the security of having a fully charged spare battery at all times. The new, dual power input charging system permits charging through either AC/DC or USB power sources.

Designed for the Strion® LED, Strion® LED HL and Strion® HPL, the Strion PiggyBack Charger enables simultaneous charging of a Strion flashlight and a spare battery. It permits automotive, industrial, first responders and other professionals to keep working under darkened conditions, doubling a light’s run time and increasing worker productivity. 

In addition to conventional AC/DC charging capability, the Strion PiggyBack charger features a USB port that enables charging on-the-go using a computer or other electronic device for added convenience.  The charger’s specially engineered micro-USB interface is specifically designed to guide the plug into place for a secure connection.

“By expanding charging options for our Strion family, we’re making these ultra-bright, compact flashlights more versatile than ever before,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen.  “Now users can always be certain they will have a fresh, energized battery when they are using their Strion flashlights.  And with the PiggyBack charger’s USB option, users have the flexibility of charging their light and spare battery from modern devices like a USB port-equipped tool box or laptop.”

The MSRP for a Strion flashlight packaged with the new charging system ranges from $229.72 to $258.18, depending on the flashlight model. The Strion PiggyBack charger is also sold as an accessory with an MSRP of $47.00 and has a two-year warranty.

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MILIPOL 2015 Groupe Marc


Groupe Marc introduced its Guerilla Uniform, which the company developed in concert with GORE and with input from French Special Forces. I’m not a tactical apparel guy. If it’s issued and on the plan of the day, I wear it. But, I have to say this is a much more interesting interpretation than Woodland Camo.

Vive La France!

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It won’t be long before we’ll see a wearable exoskeleton and a new MOS  for those in this “kit de guerre.”

If you’re at MILIPOL stop by TECDRON’s exhibit and chat with Philippe Ferron for a capabilities presentation. TECDRON is doing some amazing things. Robotics as an industry has seen impressive progress at an accelerating rate and TECDRON is on the leading edge! Very cool stuff…

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MILIPOL 2015 Beretta


I had the opportunity to sit with the Beretta folks last year and they were kind enough to take me through the iProtect concept and the underlying technology. Without getting into laborious technical details what iProtect does is provide command and control with situational awareness by “sensorizing” the operator or police officer, the weapon and a networked holster.  Using the 3G environment iProtect is able to send back operator vital signs, indications that his or her weapon is drawn and the number of shoots fired. All of this occurs real-time. Equally important officer or operator position is continuously transmitted without the officer or operator being tethered to his or her vehicle. It’s impressive, futuristic and enlightened!

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Glock highlights its G43 and Gen4 in MOS configuration pistols at Milipol 2015 640 001

In addition to the Glock 43, Glock Inc. unveiled its Gen 4 pistols in MOS configuration. Glock introduced the MOS models to allow shooters the flexibility of mounting their preferred reflex sights. The Gen4 models G34, G35, G41 and G40 are available now in the new MOS platform with other models to follow. The pistols ship with adapter plates to support a number of reflex optics. The MOS models retain the technical and performance characteristics of the non-MOS version.

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Bryan Litz On Ballistic Solutions: MOA and MIL

Bryan Litz is a ballistician for Berger Bullets and Applied Ballistics. Bryan has authored a number of authoritative books on the subject of ballistics. His software, published by Applied Ballistics, can be found on a number of devices including the Kestrel Wind Meters by Nielsen Kellerman. The Applied Ballistics software and smart device app is considered an industry standard used by law enforcement and military units across the world.

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FNH USA has a real treat for the collector of militaria. The company announced its “FN MILITARY COLLECTOR SERIES” which consists of three weapon systems M4, M16 and M249S. The M4 and M16 will enter the market at as M.S.R.P. of $1,749 while the M249 SAW will command the princely sum of $7,999. All of these weapons feature semiautomatic operating systems.

FN 15™ Military Collector M16

  • Caliber: 5.56×45 mm
  • Magazine: 30 rds.
  • Barrel Length: 20″
  • Overall Length: 39.5″
  • Stock Color: Matte black
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs. (empty)
  • Sights: A2-style front, adjustable rear sight
  • Twist Rate: 1:7″ RH

FN 15™ Military Collector M4

  • Caliber: 5.56×45 mm
  • Magazine: 30 rds.
  • Barrel Length: 16″
  • Overall Length: 30.5″ (collapsed); 34.2″ (extended)
  • Stock Color: Matte black
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs. (empty)
  • Sights: A2-style front, adjustable rear sight
  • Twist Rate: 1:7″ RH

FN M249S™

  • Caliber: 5.56×45 mm
  • Operation: Closed-bolt
  • Barrel Length: 20.5″
  • Overall Length: 40.75″
  • Overall Height: 9.5″
  • Weight: 17.0 lbs. (empty)
  • Twist Rate: 1:7″ RH
  • Trigger Pull: 4.0 -6.5 lbs.

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One of the challenges encountered by gun owners who equip their pistols or revolvers with a laser or light accessory is finding a suitable holster. Crimson Trace and Blade Tech have a solution for you. The configurations include  solutions for the Springfiled XD, Glock 43 and S&W Shield.

Crimson Trace Carry 9 Combo with LG-469GH for Springfield XD-s with BladeTech HolsterCrimson Trace LG-443GH-BT for Glock43 pistol and with Blade Tech Holster

Crimson Trace LG-489GH-BT S&W Shield Laserguard w Blade Tech holster

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Boynton Beach, Fla. (November 2015) – TPG BLACK, the exclusive line of American-made products offered by Tacprogear (TPG), now includes the Made in America VALIANT Series Level IIIA Soft Armor. This model of armor has been determined to comply with NIJ Standard-0101.06 by the NIJ Compliance Testing Program and is listed on the NIJ Compliant Products List.

“After nearly one year of research and development with our partners from Hyosung, we are very proud of the results we have obtained,” stated CEO Dan Lounsbury. With a thickness at just 0.30″, an area density of 1.15 psf and a high flexibility, the VALIANT Series Level IIIA Soft Armor is made from Hyosung ALKEX unidirectional material in a BLACKSEAL construction with a Brookwood 70D with laminated polyurethane protective cover and sealed with a Sonobond Ultrasonic Bond. It is available in all TPG vest patterns, as well as OEM Armor specifications, in NIJ C-1 through NIJ C-5 template sizes. Product applications include concealable body armor, external carriers, plate carriers and tactical body armor.

Product inquiries can be made on the site, by emailing sales@tacprogearblack.com, or calling (561) 865-7279. For more information on any of the TPG product line, visit www.tacprogear.com or www.tpgblack.com.

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SWR Trident 9 AND HEMS/HEMS 2 Customers Stalking Rhino Industries Is Accepting Orders For Pistons And Other Parts

Stalking Rhino Industries is finally moving into dedicated production runs for SWR Trident9 and HEMS/HEMS2 parts and accessories!

“You all have been patiently waiting to get your parts so we wanted to give you the first opportunity to place your orders as complete orders will ship in the order we receive them…we will open this to everyone else in a week or so when we post it online.”

Because of the sheer number of parts being offered they have broken production down into 3 separate runs.

Production for Run 1 will begin on 30NOV15

Orders will close for Run 1 on 31DEC15

You will receive an email prior to the online posting for each of these runs, giving you all the first shot.

Order Form

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Hartman MH1 Reflex Sight

Tullytown, Pa. (November 2015)- Hartman Ltd., a new innovative optics company, is proud to announce the ultimate red dot reflex sight: the MH1. Designed to meet the rigorous demands of worldwide armed forces, law enforcement and sportsman alike, the MH1 Reflex Sight is unlike any red dot reflex sight ever created. The MH1 breaks new ground in field of view, reticle design, quick reaction, user interface and battery efficiency.

The patent pending advanced red dot sight offers the largest field of view through the sight, instantly improving target acquisition and situational awareness in day and night scenarios. The MH1 produces a near “0” parallax increasing accuracy. The unique reticle helps keep the firearm on a vertical plane using balancing lines at 3 and 9 o’clock with a centered red dot. The reticle also always stays on target independently of the operator’s eye location in the MH1 window.

CEO and Co-Founder Lt. Col. _Ret._ Mikey Hartman of the IDF and MH1 Red Dot Reflex Sight.

The MH1’s innovative design allows operators to attach additional magnifiers or night vision devices behind the sight. Once attached, the operator will not have any difficulty accessing the controls of the MH1 for both left and right-hand shooters.

For operators in the field, battery use and preservation is critical to mission success. The MH1 offers a different approach to battery consumption from other reflex sights. The sight charges via a USB rechargeable battery plugged into any wall socket, computer or lighter. A single backup CR123 battery installed provides extended battery life. Additionally, the MH1’s sleep mode and dual 30 degree motion sensors only activate the sight when a shooting movement occurs, greatly enhancing battery life.

The MH1 red dot reflex sight is built to MIL-STD-810F and designed to perform in the most challenging environments. A composite reinforced polymer housing protects the interior technologies and a forged aviation grade aluminum QD mount and base keep the MH1 operating under the most extreme conditions. The sight is pressure filled with nitrogen gas and fully sealed to prevent fogging or dust from entering the sight. The outer surfaces of the window have been specially coated to produce high clarity with no mirror like reflection from the objective side of the sight that would give away the user’s position, an extremely valuable benefit for law enforcement and military personnel.

Options for the MH1 include a custom user interface that allows the user to reprogram some of the MH1’s features and customize the sight for various sleep mode activation time and reticle brightness levels, motion sensors and more. Another option is the ambidextrous infrared push-to-transmit (PTT) strap, making the MH1 the only remote-controlled reflex sight. The PTT activates the sight and controls reticle brightness levels (10 levels – 5 for day and 5 for night). It allows the user to control the sight without disengaging the supporting hand from the weapon, thus always remaining ready and reducing critical reaction time.

The new Hartman MH1 Reflex Sight is available in black, tan or green with an MSRP of $650.00. The optional remote control strap (PTT) has an MSRP of $49.95.

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Vive La France Nous Aimons Paris

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The PMAG 10 AK/AKM MOE is an inexpensive, lightweight, high reliability 10-round polymer magazine designed for Kalashnikov pattern rifles in 7.62x39mm (AK-47, AKM, AKS, SIG556R, and others.)

It features a removable floorplate, constant curve geometry, and a high-reliability/low-friction follower for the affordable performance you expect from a MOE PMAG. Magazine counts as three US compliance parts for 922r. Made in U.S.A.


  • Impact and crush resistant all polymer body
  • Constant-curve internal geometry for smooth feeding
  • Anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability
  • Long life stainless steel spring
  • Ribbed gripping surface and aggressive front and rear texture for positive magazine handling
  • Paint pen dot matrix panels on the bottom of the body to allow for identification marking
  • Flared floorplate aids magazine handling and disassembly
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We hope that you’ve had a pleasant and productive week – I know we sure as shit have. So we are all looking forward to the weekend. It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit. Last week, I expressed a liking for the Dragunov ranging reticle stating that it was surprisingly accurate and fast. So we thought readers may enjoy learning how to range with the Dragunov reticle. All shoot-the-shit rules apply

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The Dragunov reticle is very simple to interpret. The horizontal stadia is for lead and wind and the vertical chevrons are hold points calibrated for the 7.62 x 54r.

The ranging components consist of markings ranging from 200 meters to 1000 meters. The 1.7 indicates the ranging scale calibration, which in this case is 1.7 meters or 67 inches.  There’s nothing magical about about the 1.7 meter reference; I’ve use Dragunov reticles with a 1.8 meter reference. So don’t sweat it.

All optical ranging is error prone and in practice you’re obtaining a range estimate that will vary with shooting angle to the target and your ability. The “goal” is to be within 20 yards of actual target range. The first question that pops up from folks that have never shot a Dragunov reticle is “what to I do if my target is 75 inches tall?” My answer is don’t worry.

So, let’s start ranging.

To use a Dragunov ranging reticle you bracket the target such that your target exactly fits between the top and bottom stadia. So, our first target, viewing from right to left is at approximately 200 meters. However, not all targets will be fully exposed; you may only have a full torso. So, what then? Let’s see if we can figure it out. Take a look at the next target, this is a full torso presentation that brackets exactly at the 400 meter mark, but 400 meters is not your targets true range. A full torso is approximately 1/2 of the full target so divide 400 by 2 and his range is approximately 200 meters.

Continuing to move left. We encounter a target that presents just a head and shoulders, which is approximately 1/5 of a full size target, so what’s your targets range? Simply divide 700 by 5 or 140 meters.

Our last target is a full presentation and is perfectly bracketed at the 1000 meter mark. His range is 1000 meters.

As you can see, it’s a very simple ranging mechanism that is not as precise as a mildot but makes up for it with speed and simplicity.

We love hearing from you so be sure to let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend be safe but have some fun. Get out to the range with your buds and / or family!

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IWI US Exhibits at 2015 Texas Firearms Festival

Harrisburg, Pa. (November 2015)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., invites all firearms enthusiasts, first time shooters or just the curious to try the bullpup awarded the 2014 American Rifleman’s Golden Bullseye Rifle of the Year, or any of the other exceptionally designed and produced Israeli firearms, at the 2015Texas Firearms Festival.

IWI US is participating in the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival Nov. 14 – 15, 2015 at the Best of the West Shooting Range in Liberty Hill, Texas. IWI US will be located in Shooting Bay 12 and staffed by knowledgeable company personnel from their Harrisburg, Pennsylvania headquarters.

“This is IWI US’s first year attending and exhibiting at the Texas Gun Fest. It’s at events like this that people can get a chance to find out why our Israeli designed firearms are truly the tops in performance,” said Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales & Marketing for IWI US. “Whether you are shopping for your next firearm or just learning, come on down to Bay 12 and experience the best before you shoot the rest!”

The 2015 Texas Firearms Festival is in its second year as a two-day festival where firearms enthusiasts can try and buy the latest and greatest guns and gear from all over the world. It features over 20 dedicated gun bays and dozens of ammo and accessory retailers. It is held at the Best of the West Shooting Range, located at 19500 W. SH 29, Liberty Hill, Texas. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.texasgunfest.com.

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Each year we go back through many of the items we’ve had the opportunity to review and select 10 that we feel would make exceptional gifts or stocking stuffers. The selection criteria is heavily influence by function, reliability, relevance and value. A $300 widget that solves nothing won’t make the list.  They also represent products from mature retailers and manufacturers who are committed to customer service. So, with that in mind we’d like to present our Holiday Shopping Ideas for 2015.


In the number one spot is the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB  holster. The Tuck 3.0 is by far the most comfortable inside the waistband holster that I’ve ever worn. This concealed carry IWB holster can be equipped with a variety of belt clips, including the nylon “C” clips and “J” clips. The Cloak Tuck 3.0 also has the ability to house multiple shells, allowing concealed carriers to swap out their guns while keeping the same holster base. M.S.R.P. $43.88


Next up is Streamlight’s ProTac HL USB. This compact light is capable of producing an 850 lumen extremely well collimated light beam that will expose even the darkest recesses several hundred yards out. The light runs on rechargeable batteries that can be recharged directly from the USB port on your laptop, your vehicle or solar panel charger. The ProTac HL USB also runs on two lithium CR123A batteries. Streamlight has a number of accessories including an international USB power adapter. The ProTac HL USB is selling for just over $100 at a number of online retailers. For a comprehensive review click here.


Streamlight’s TLR-6 is our number 3 pick; Glock 43 owners will love the TLR-6. We think it’s by far the best weapon mounted laser / light combination. The TLR-6 installs easily and securely on the “railess” Glock 43. Activation and mode selection is accomplished using the ambidextrous pressure pads. This light will produce a 100 lumen beam and an aiming laser that can be precisely adjusted for wind and elevation.  The TLR-6 was specifically designed to mount on the highly successful Glock 42 and 43 subcompact pistols. The light runs on two CR1/3N lithium batteries and is available for just over $100. Read our review here.

DSC_3151Our number 4 pick is Spyderco’s Reverse. The Reverse is a very cool fixed blade knife that’s a collaboration between Craig Douglas, aka “Southnarc,” and Michael Janich. Douglas is an “edge-in” advocate while Janich is an “edge-out” advocate. So what better compromise than to create a compact and highly effective fixed blade knife that allows for both edge orientations.

The Reverse’s blade is precision machined from CTS® BD1 stainless steel. Its slightly concave edge profile and full-flat grind give it a very acute point and an extremely aggressive low-drag edge geometry. To facilitate convenient carry and quick access, the Reverse includes a custom-molded Boltaron® sheath that is specially designed to allow the knife to fit securely with both handle configurations. An angle-adjustable G-Clip™ attachment provides both belt and inside-the-waistband carry to support a broad range of carry preferences. M.S.R.P. is $149.95 but you’ll want to shop it for some very attractive deals. Read our review here.


Number 5 of our list is Petzl’s Pirana. The Pirana descender is not new but it’s by far the best tool around for a controlled rappel or emergency egress. There are three breaking positions you can chose before starting the rappel, you can also easily adjust resistance while rappelling or tie off. We selected the Pirana for its functionality, reliability and simplicity. We feel that it is a better solution than the Huit. You can pick one up at Moosejaw, REI for a little over $40 including tax and shipping. A great tool t have in your kit.


CRKT’s Williams Design Yukanto  was our number 6 pick. Just looking at this very deadly fixed blade knife leaves you breathless. It’s classic Japanese personality coupled with CRKT’s manufacturing prowess translates to one amazing defensive tool. The Yukanto™ features a clip-blade crafted in the Osaraku style made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord, Takeda Shingen. Compact in size, it still comes up big on cutting abilities when called upon for duty. It’s no wonder the name translates to “Sword of Valor”. M.S.R.P. is $99.99 You can read our in-depth review by clicking here.

Number 7 on our list is LaserLyte’s Trigger Tyme™ Laser Training Pistol. Experienced shooters be they sport, law enforcement or military have their preferred techniques and tips for exceptional shooting. However, within that diversity, there is a common thread that training is essential and that firearm skills are perishable if not preserved. LaserLyte’s Laser Training Pistol makes training safe, portable and cost effective. By itself, the shooter can engage a paper target and observe his or her trigger control and perfect draw. When combined with several of LaserLyte’s laser training targets, shooters can create an effective and safe training environment. You can read our review here. M.S.R.P. is $149.95


Number 8 on our list is the Crimson Trace LG-919 G10 Master Series Lasergrips. These grips represent a standards setting level of refinement. CTC’s decision to use a micro laser lens solved an all too common problem with Level 2 and Level 3 tactical holsters. In this rendition, nothing was taken for granted and nothing was overlooked.  The LG-919 provides a hand-filling grip for exceptional control. If you own a 1911 without the accessory rail, you couldn’t do better than with the Crimson Trace LG-919 G10 Master Series Lasergrips.  M.S.R.P. is $399

Read our comprehensive review here

Burris XTR-II 2-10 x 42 is number 9 on this year’s list for very good reason. Simply stated it’s a very high quality magnified optic with considerable Steiner influence. Our review was of the 2-10 x 42 and you can read that here. Optical clarity is excellent as is color rendition and tracking. The XTR-II are a First Focal Plane design featuring mil reticles (other reticle types are also available) and mil turrets, reticle illumination and side parallax adjustment.  We can’t recommend this optic more highly and at prices ranging $900 – $1,500 they qualify as a “Honey I Love You” gift.

Read our review here

We close with our 10th great piece of kit, for 2015, the Streamlight TLR-2 HL G (Green Laser). Not all green lasers are created equal and what separates men from the boys is the operating temperature range. Your garden variety green laser aiming model has a limited environmental temperature range. Streamlight retains the typical TLR packaging and mounting system but really cranked up performance with the 720 lumen TIR LED and the direct drive Green LED laser with an operating temperature range of 40F to 120F. M.S.R.P is $580 which is a tremendous value for this professional grade accessory.

You can read our detailed review here.

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IWI Jericho Pistol-5

November 12, 2015 – Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for law enforcement agencies as well as governments and armies around the world – will introduce its pistol configuration for the revolutionary eLog comprehensive small arms management and control solution. The system allows Law Enforcement and Special Forces full control of their weapons arsenal, assuring that pistols will be ready for use when needed.

According to Uri Amit, President and CEO, “The responses which began immediately following the launch of our unique solution – about six months ago – have been exceptional, as are the non-stop customer inquiries. It seems there is a general understanding that this control over weapons arsenals, whether law enforcement or military, can critically affect the readiness of the forces in real time, drastically reducing battlefield mishaps – and ultimately can enable significant savings in logistics and maintenance.”

Mr. Amit further stated, “The solution is currently undergoing an evaluation process by a number of police forces and armies – and was recently acquired by a prestigious Special Forces unit. Following the need that we have identified and inquiries from customers, we have expanded the solution, which now is available for all types of pistols.”

The solution, suitable for all types of pistols, will be demonstrated at the exhibition on JERICHO and Glock pistols. In addition, the company will present its entire portfolio, including the newcomers – the DAN .338 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle and the NEGEV NG7 LMG.

IWI Jericho Pistol-3About eLog

eLog – a comprehensive small arms management & control solution – digitizes the performance of every weapon system – providing precise, previously unavailable information, and allowing superior small arms and spare parts inventory and maintenance management at all levels, including theft alerts. The eLog system consists of three main components: weapon-embedded sensor modules, terminals that collect available data, and armorer management software.

The Concealed Sensor Module records the firearm’s real-time operation and performance, including the number of shots fired, the weapon’s serial number, and the last shooting record. Operated by a replaceable coin battery with an average cycle of at least 3 years, the sensor communicates with the terminal reader via RF technology, transmitting within a range of up to 40m.

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“El Original” is the first belt in the Tejas Gun Belt line by Magpul.

Crafted from a combination of inch-and-a-half wide top grade bull hide leather and reinforced polymer, it’s strong and water resistant, rigid enough to carry a holster, but still comfortable for everyday use. Proudly made in Texas, it’s not just a great gun belt… it’s a great belt. U.S.A. Made in Texas


  • Top grade bull hide leather exterior layer and supportive but flexible reinforced polymer interior
  • Gun belt rigidity with dress belt comfort offers stretch and sag free performance
  • Removable chrome plated buckle with branded “tool-free” fasteners
  • Standard 1-1/2″ wide and 1/4″ thick to fit most belt loops and holsters
  • Eight holes with 3/4″ spacing for a wide yet precise adjustment range
  • M.S.R.P. $84.95
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We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our fellow veterans. We honor you and thank you for your service. Have a safe and relaxing day – it’s in your name.

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TPG to Exhibit at Milipol Paris 2015

Boynton Beach, Fla. (November 2015) – Tacprogear (TPG), a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, will be unveiling its new VALIANT SERIES Level IIIA Soft Armor and exhibiting at Milipol Paris 2015, to be held at the Paris Nord Villepinte – Hall 5A in Paris, France, Nov. 17 – 20, 2015. TPG will be exhibiting at Booth #5E136.

“Milipol Paris is the must-attend event for homeland security professionals worldwide. We are pleased to introduce the latest of our Gen 2 products, as well new VALIANT SERIES Level IIIA Soft Armor, to the attending public and security organizations,” commented Dan Lounsbury, CEO of TPG and TPG BLACK.

TPG and TPG BLACK will be exhibiting a variety of new products designed for military, defense and security professionals. TPG’s new Tactical Luxury line, combining tactical tough products with luxury materials, will feature bags and packables, luggage and carry-on bags, as well as eyewear cases and packs. In addition, TPG Armor will be showing ballistic helmets, concealable and tactical vests, NIJ certified hard armor plates and soft armor inserts and more, including TPG BLACK’s latest product, the VALIANT SERIES Level IIIA Soft Armor. A variety of products from TPG Nylon, including the second generation of bags and packs, will also be featured at the TPG booth.

Milipol Paris is known as the world’s leading security exhibition, attracting exhibitors from around the world. Milipol Paris welcomes the industry’s key players, purchasers, suppliers and experts. In 2013, Milipol Paris saw 25,834 visitors from 150 countries, 915 exhibitors from 49 countries, 161 official delegations from 97 countries and 359 journalists from 29 countries attend.

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Dead Air Launches Its Very Cool New Website

Lawrenceville, Ga. (November 2015) – Dead Air Armament announced its new, updated website boasting a clean modern look and easy-to-navigate interface and is now live. Web browsers can visit it at www.deadairsilencers.com.

“At Dead Air we thought about the user experience constantly when designing our suppressors. You can tell the difference when you shoot them: less blowback, less first round pop and less recoil. With our website we wanted to give our customers that same premium experience. I think our customers will be pleased with the updates we’ve made to the site. Go check it out,” said Mike Pappas, director of product development at Dead Air.

In addition to the new design, look and user interface, Dead Air’s new site features several new pages. On the Resources page, website users can locate a dealer, view warranty information, download owner’s manuals, download the catalogue and read answers to FAQs. On the Media page, website users can see the upcoming events Dead Air will be participating in, read recent news stories and reviews of Dead Air’s products, browse through Dead Air’s photos, read Dead Air’s latest press release or watch the latest video featuring a Dead Air product. On the Shop Online page, customers can purchase Dead Air accessories and apparel.

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

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G-Code and Haley Strategic Partners Collaboration Delivers A New Bloodstripe Series For 2015


G-Code and Haley Strategic Partners are proud to present the 2015 edition of the Incog Blood Stripe IWB holster.

Released in honor of the 240th birthday of the US Marine Corps, the 2015 edition of the holster features a new US Marine Corps “Dress Blue” tactical fuzz and includes a Brass Super Mojo, exclusive to this holster. Like every previous Blood Stripe holster offering, the 2015 line up will include the Incog, Incog Eclipse, the G-Code OSH Holster and the Disruptive Environments Carrier system. These are limited edition items with a portion of each sale donated to the MARSOC foundation.

The MARSOC Foundation was established to provide benevolent support to active duty and medically retired MARSOC personnel and their families as well as to the families of Marines and Sailors who have lost their lives in service to our Nation. The Foundation aims to meet needs unmet by the government with an emphasis on building personal and family resiliency and supporting the full reintegration of MARSOC Marines and Sailors following wounds, injuries and extended deployments.

Read more about the Foundation at https://www.marsocfoundation.org

Incog Blood Stripe holsters are available at Blood Stripe Series

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There’s a lot hubbub surrounding the September 2015 USSOCOM Safety of Use Message  identifying L3-EOTech Enhanced Combat Optical Sights (ECOS) SU- 231/PEQ, NSN: 1240-01-533-0941, SU-231A/PEQ, NSN: 1240-01-587-9345, SU-231D/PEQ, NSN: 1240-01-591-7601, SU-253/PEQ, NSN: 1240-01-566-2844, and SU-264/PEQ, NSN: 1240-01-590-7763.

One of the problems that I have with breaking this news is that it leads readers to conclusions that are simply not support by facts, and I’ll get to the SEC filling shortly. 

From reading the Safety of Use Message, the problems appear to have been associated with the SU-231 and SU-231A. NSW Crane, out of an abundance of caution, communicated their findings to the SOF community and requested caution across the entire ECOS inventory. There was no disclosure of test protocols and sample sizes so there’s no way to draw a reasonable conclusion  about the overall impact.

The elimination of temperature range performance in the owners manual is not a nefarious act. It is a responsible action taken by a responsible company to eliminate any impressions of misrepresentation. This action appears to have been taken within a reasonable time of the company becoming aware of the problem. So, I wouldn’t view that as a confession or anything other than a responsible action. All that aside, a company is legally allowed to change specifications without providing notice.

With regards to the SEC filling, and you wouldn’t know this unless you’ve actually filed 10Ks and 10Qs,  the SEC, FASB and GAAP requires that any exposure to current or future operations must be disclosed. In all cases, the exposure is presented in the worst possible light. This is done in the interest of a principal called Conservatism. SEC attorneys  excel at finding the most damning language possible to avoid stockholder lawsuits or SEC enforcement actions. L3 Communications has annual gross revenues in the $12 billion to $13 billion range. Hence a $23 million exposure, although material from financial reporting standards, represents postage money! Also keep in mind that the $23 million exposure is under the worst possible conditions. The actual exposure may be substantially less.

All of this is to say that as members of the broadcast media we should probably stop drawing conclusions that are simply unsupported. Please tells us about the deficiencies encountered, but please don’t paint images that are simply unwarranted.  L3 EOTech doesn’t deserve that – it’s like the HK extravaganza not too long ago.

There’s simply nothing nefarious going on with L3 EOTech and the company is addressing the problem responsibly.

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