The FN 509® Tactical, an extension of the FN 509 family, is based on FN’s submission pistol that the U.S. Army tested for its Modular Handgun Trials, but includes the significant improvements to the design that were implemented in the FN 509.

The pistol features the company’s patent-pending Low-Profile Optics Mounting System™ that enables the platform to accept more than ten commercially-available miniature red dot (MRD) optics that co-witness with the suppressor-height night sights and remain adaptable to future optics releases with no requirement of direct milling of the slide.


The slide cap, for use when not shooting with an optic, has raised sight wings that protect iron sight alignment if the pistol is dropped or jostled, and provides a textured ramp for racking the slide against a belt loop, pant pocket or boot. An FN-signature 4.5-inch, cold hammer-forged, stainless-steel barrel with target crown, ½” x 28 threads that accept the bulk of 9mm suppressors available and thread cap with integrated O-ring to prevent loosening during use complete the top end.
​Lastly, the 24-round magazines, nearly identical in length to the pistol’s slide, maximize ammunition capacity without impacting carry convenience.

FN 509® Tactical Product Overview Commercial

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SIG SAUER Manufacturers 5,000 M17-Commemorative Edition U.S. Army Service Pistols for Purchase

Newington, N.H. (July 19, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the limited release of the M17-Commemorative Edition of the U.S. Army’s M17 official service pistol, a variant of the SIG SAUER P320. The M17-Commemorative pistol shares the same components, coatings, and markings as the firearm that was awarded the U.S. Army contract for the modular handgun system (MHS).

Only 5,000 M17-Commemorative Edition pistols have been produced for sale, and each SIG SAUER M17-Commemorative pistol is serialized M17-0001 through M17-5000 and includes the Army’s required unique identifier (UID). The M17 is sold in the same cardboard packaging as delivered to the U.S. Army. From the pistol to the packaging, the M17-Commemorative Edition is identical to the U.S. Army’s official M17 service pistol.

“The U.S. Army’s selection of the M17 earned the SIG SAUER P320 a place in history. It’s regarded as one of the world’s most influential firearms as it enters service with America’s Armed Forces across the globe,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The M17 is the culmination of SIG SAUER’s steadfast commitment to providing the military with the very best, and our determination to never settle. We are excited that collectors and civilians have an opportunity to participate in this history.”

Upon registration of the M17-Commemorative pistol the purchaser will receive an official certificate of authenticity and commemorative challenge coin, both with serial numbers matching the purchased M17-Commemorative pistol.

The M17-Commemorative is a 9mm, striker-fired pistol, and comes with two 21-round magazines and one 17-round magazine. The pistol features a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide with the same optic cut as specified by the MHS contract, coyote-tan colored controls just like the original pistols shipped to the 101st Airborne, and a manual safety. The M17 is equipped with a SIGLITE front night sight and removable Night Sight rear plate. The M17-Commemorative comes with a coyote-tan carry-length grip module.

The M17-Commemorative Specs:

  • Total length: 8”
  • Barrel length: 4.7”
  • Weight (incl. 17-rd magazine): 29.6 oz.
  • Height: 5.5”
  • Width: 1.3”
  • Sight radius: 6.6”

MSRP: $1,122.00

The M17-Commemorative is shipping to stores in August 2018.

To compliment the M17-Commemorative, an exclusive M17 Collector’s Case is available for purchase separately at The case is a solid cherry box, with dark mahogany stain, a tempered glass top, a brushed nickel latch, and a keyhole back for optional wall-hanging. The M17 Collector’s Case features a slate-grey flocked foam insert with an affixed US Army logo, and precision laser placement cuts for the M17 pistol, the official serialized M17-Commemorative Certificate of Authenticity, and the serialized M17-Commemorative Challenge Coin.

M17 Collectors Case MSRP: $199.99 (sold separately at

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Applied Ballistics Future of Radar

In this video Bryan Litz, a highly regarded ballistician for Barnes, resents his use of Doppler radar.

Background: The application of Doppler radar systems to collect precise external ballistic data was pioneered by Infinition Inc of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. The company developed a device marketed as LabRadar . The system has an operational range of 100 yards and accurately measures the velocity of the projectile along its path. By collecting velocity with a high degree of accuracy it is then possible to determine things like ballistic coefficients. Extremely useful tool to accurately asses new bullet geometry design.

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US Optics Precision Rifle Training


Precision Rifle Training Classes

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to master the fundamentals of precision marksmanship from qualified professionals. Jake Vibbert and Nico Detour will be going over an array of topics including, but not limited to; equipment selection, rifle set up, hundred yard zero, gathering dope out to 1000 yards, truing ballistic computers, environmental factors, prone shooting, and more. Jake will focus on helping you perfect the five fundamentals of marksmanship; breathing, trigger control, follow through, natural point of aim, and sight picture. All course attendees will receive a $150 voucher towards any U.S. Optics B-Series Optic.

Instructor: Jake Vibbert and Nico Detour
Cost: $350
Van Voast Farms
3100 Irvine Flats Rd., Polson MT 59860
August 11th – Precision Rifle Training
August 12th – Precision Rifle Training (ladies only)
A list of required equipment will be emailed prior to the match.

Learn More and Sign Up

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SAAMI Ballistic Instrumentation Group Workshop



A 2-Day Technical Seminar and Training Course Presented by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute. With special thanks to our corporate sponsors Nosler Inc., PCB Piezotronics / MTS Systems Corporation, Oehler Research, Inc, Kistler Instrument Corporation

Location: Bend, Oregon

OVERVIEW: 2018 is the fifth SAAMI Ballistic Instrumentation Users Group Workshop. The purpose of the Users Group Workshop is to serve as a training workshop and discussion forum addressing a broad range of topics relevant to small arms ammunition ballistic laboratory/test facility operations.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The SAAMI Ballistic Instrumentation Group Workshop will be of special interest to small arms ballistic laboratory technicians, ammunition and firearm test engineers, and test facility managers, civilian, law enforcement and military, who utilize the ANSI-SAAMI standards in the manufacture or qualification of ammunition and firearms.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: The cost of the two-day Workshop is $550.00. Space is limited to 40 registered attendees. To reserve your space please and submit payment please contact Wanda Heckel at 203-426-4358 x229 or

  • August 21 – 09:00 through 17:00, Townplace Suites by Marriott, Conference Room;
  • SAAMI Conformal Ballistic Pressure Sensor Users Training: a highly detailed training seminar on the SAAMI conformal pressure sensor system. Presented by PCB Piezotronics / Bob Metz
  • Modern Chronograph Systems and Integrated Velocity and Pressure Data Capture Applications in the Ballistic Laboratory / Ultra Long-Range Time of Flight Capture and the Effect on Ballistic Coefficients: Oehler Chronograph systems are considered the backbone of commercial and military ballistic test centers and now Oehler also addresses ultra long-range time of flight capture requirements for effect on ballistic coefficients.Presented by Oehler Research / Dr. Ken Oehler, Gary Stafford
  • August 22 – 09:00 through 11:30, Townplace Suites by Marriott, Conference Room;
  • An Introduction to C.I.P. “Drilled Case” and NATO “Case Mouth” Pressure Sensor Measurement: An introduction into the process and protocol of C.I.P. and NATO specific pressure measurement systems. Presented by Kistler Instrument Corporation / Richard Cadille & Michael Bashara
  • Nosler Inc. – Tour of a Working Ballistic Lab: View an operational ballistic test center utilizing the SAAMI conformal pressure sensor system. Question and answer period. Presented by Nosler Inc. and PCB Piezotronics
  • Nosler Inc. – Factory Tour: Tour the state-of-the-art Nosler production facility and see how the highly acclaimed Nosler rifle and handgun projectiles are produced from start to finish. Presented by Nosler Inc.

LODGING: Townplace Suites by Marriott, 755 SW 13th Place, Bend, OR 97702, : Call 541-382-5006 for guest room reservations. Townplace Suites is extending the GSA approved room rate of $151.00 (plus taxes) to all registered attendees of the B.I.G. Workshop. Please confirm your registration for the Workshop with Wanda Heckel prior to booking your hotel accommodation. Room reservations must be made before August 1.


  • Breakfast: Townplace Suites by Marriott rooms include a continental breakfast.
  • Lunches are provided both days courtesy Oehler Research, Inc.
  • Morning and afternoon breaks are provided both days courtesy Kistler Instrument Corporation.
  • Tuesday Evening Social Meet and Greet: Registered attendees are cordially invited to the Meet and Greet hosted by PCB Piezotronics on Tuesday, 21 August, at 6:00 P.M. at the Deschutes Brewery / Mountain Room.
  • Evening Meals: Evening meal arrangements are the responsibility of the attendee.

AIRPORT: Redmond/Bend (RDM) airport is located about half an hour from Bend. Connections may be made through other area airports (Portland) and car rental.


The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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TGIF readers! We made it through another week and you are undoubtedly weary of the Russian hubbub as I am.

It’s amazing! Russians are still interfering, they are hacking us, cyber attacking BLAH, BLAH! So, for this week’s shoot the shit I thought it might make some sense to take a look at Russophobia, and yes it is an officially diagnosed phobia.

I believe that we have been psychologically condition by Hollywood to fear Russia. In all of my years going to the movies, I have yet to see a movie where Russians were portrayed as nice people; which, by the way, is inconsistent with a couple of Russians that I know. Hollywood has created this image of burly low toned tattooed guys running around saying “DAAAA” They’re either killing you or attaching 12 volt batteries to your testicles.

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If you don’t believe that, watch the 2014 Danzel Washington film, “The Equalizer”, in which the Russian oligarch named “Vladimir Pushkin”, living in Moskva, is head of a Boston crime mob. Note that the oligarch doesn’t look like the clean cut guy on the left; instead he looks like the guy on the right.

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Now, I don’t know who the hell this is supposed to be but he was portrayed as Pushkin’s right hand man – looks a little like Dmitry Medvedev don’t you think ?

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We’ve been programmed by the film industry to see Russian women like this…

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This is a more recent batch of Russian military ladies. Not too shabby and I will bet you that at least two or three like Harley Davidson.

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I’m not here to support or condemn  Vladimir Putin, or Russia,  but Russophobia has worked its way into our diplomacy. Remember that Russians are deeply nationalist as the German Army found out during WWII. They’ve suffered for years and survived. Our approach to repairing Russo relations requires an understanding of their psyche as much as good diplomacy. Russophobia has no place in our interactions with Russia or Putin.

Feel free to share your opinions, this is a shoot the shit, so there are no rules. Feel free to make unsupported statements, use profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. And, we’ll never say that you’re in denial.

Have a great weekend! Be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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Howard Leight, now Honeywell, introduced, in June, the new Impact Sport BOLT digital electronic earmuff. The new Impact Sport Bolt is appropriately named due to  its lightning-fast .5-millisecond attack time. The new earmuff delivers 5X sound amplification and 22dB noise reduction. This August, I’ll be telling you all about them.

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SENTRY® Launches New Hexmag® GLOCK® Compatible Magazine


SENTRY’s first pistol magazines starts with the GLOCK® Model 17 (17-round standard capacity).

Virginia Beach, Va. (July 2018)SENTRY Products Group, manufacturer of Hexmag magazines, the most advanced and versatile magazine on the market for the AR-15/AR-10 platform, proudly announces the launch of its first pistol magazines for the GLOCK® platform.

The unique design of the new Hexmag® GLOCK compatible magazine sets the tone for SENTRY’s future direction with the Hexmag line. “This is the first new product since the acquisition of Hexmag and our goal was to come out with a completely new design blending the best of metal and polymer magazine technologies with Hexmag’s signature design attributes,” stated Eric Yeates, VP of Product Development. “The result is a skeletonized stainless-steel core and feed lips providing strength and reliability with a polymer over mold for ultimate durability.”

The design, compatible with GLOCK Gen 3 through Gen 5 models G17, G19, G26 and G34, also accepts current available aftermarket base pad extenders designed for the existing GLOCK 17 magazine. A round counter on the back provides an indicator of capacity while loading to a maximum of 17-rounds. A 10-round version will follow the initial launch for states and areas with capacity restrictions. Additional models are under development to compliment the offering.

The design incorporates what users have come to expect from Hexmag: proprietary advanced composites for strength and reliability. The signature HextureÔ finish creates a more secure grip in all environmental conditions. Textured serrations on the front of the magazine body provide for rapid indexing during magazine changes. A self-lubricating anti-tilt follower allows for ease of loading and flawless operation. A heat treated stainless-steel spring offers a lifetime of trouble free performance. The new Hexmag GLOCK also features Hexmag’s tool-less takedown and HexIDcolor identification system, increasing safe operation and personalization.

MSRP: $21.99

SENTRY has partnered with Amchar Wholesale and Midway USA for initial product distribution and all orders can be secured through these outlets. Consumers can also order direct at

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SIG SAUER Brings the U.S. Army’s M17 to the Commercial Market

Newington, N.H. (July 18, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the commercial variant of the U.S. Army’s M17 official service pistol called the P320-M17.

After one of the most rigorous and highly competitive review processes in the history of military firearms the SIG SAUER M17 was awarded the Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract for the U.S. Army. The M17 is a P320-based platform, and was selected for its uniquely innovative modularity, uncompromising performance, and unmatched capability. The P320-M17 closely follows the specifications of the U.S. Army’s M17.

“It was truly an honor for SIG SAUER to be chosen as the U.S. Army’s choice with the M17. When the selection was announced, civilian interest in the pistol was immediate,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We are proud to bring this P320-M17 to the marketplace to meet the substantial civilian interest, and the high demand, to own the pistol the Army uses as well as the other branches of the U.S. Military.”

The P320-M17 is a 9mm, striker-fired pistol and comes with two 17-round magazines. The pistol features a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide with the same optic cut as specified by the MHS contract, and black controls just like the pistols currently being shipped to the U.S. Army; it comes equipped with a SIGLITE front night sight and removable Night Sight rear plate. The P320-M17 features a coyote-tan carry-length grip module, available in three sizes, and comes standard with a manual safety. Non-manual safety P320-M17 pistols will be shipped at a later date.

The P320-M17 Specs:

  • Total length: 8”
  • Barrel length: 4.7”
  • Weight (incl. magazine): 29.6 oz.
  • Height: 5.5”
  • Width: 1.3”
  • Sight radius: 6.6”

MSRP: $768.00

The P320-M17 is shipping to stores in August 2018.

To complement the P320-M17, an exclusive M17 Collector’s Case is available for purchase separately at The case is a solid cherry box, with dark mahogany stain, a tempered glass top, a brushed nickel latch, and a keyhole back for optional wall-hanging. The M17 Collector’s Case features a slate-grey flocked foam insert with an affixed U.S. Army logo, and precision laser placement cuts for the P320-M17 pistol, and included P320-M17 certificate and P320-M17 Official Challenge Coin.

M17 Collectors Case MSRP: $199.99 (sold separately at

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Ammunition Depot Now Carries Complete AR Uppers

Finish your custom AR build with a complete AR upper in many of the most popular calibers.

RF 22″ Complete Upper in .224 Valkyrie with 15″ MHR and Pepper Pot Brake.

Boca Raton, Fla. (July 2018)Ammunition Depot proudly announce they now carry a line of complete AR uppers manufactured by Radical Firearms (RF) in a large variety of calibers and lengths. Made entirely in Houston, Texas, the RF complete uppers conform to military standard specifications and are forged from quality 7075 aluminum.

The popular calibers include the powerful 458 SOCOM 16″ upper with a 4140V Chromoly barrel with a 1:14 twist rage and a Melonite coating. The carbine length, low profile, direct impingement gas system also features a 9″ free-float Radical Firearms MHR (M-LOCK Hybrid Rail) and full BCG. Another variant is the RF complete 16″ upper in 6.5 Grendel SS with a 15″ MHR and Pepper Pot Brake. Ammunition Depot even carries the hot new .224 Valkyrie in a RF complete 22″ upper with a 15″ MHR and a Pepper Pot Brake.

“Many AR owners like to swap out uppers, giving them, in a sense, a new gun,” Scott Blick, managing partner for Ammunition Depot, said. “Then there are others that have moved on from off-the-shelf guns and are looking to build their own custom platform. Radical Firearms uppers are a great addition to a custom build. They are made entirely in one factory; no outsourcing parts. Most of the employees are veterans whom bring their expertise and passion to every product they put out.”

RF Complete 16″ upper in .300 AAC.

Ammunition Depot carries inventory of RF Complete Uppers in:

  • 50 Beowulf (12.7×42) in 10.5″ and 16″
  • .224 Valkyrie in 18″ and 22″
  • .300 AAC in 8.5,” 10.5″ and 16″
  • 450 Bushmaster in 16″ and 20″
  • 458 SOCOM in 10.5″ and 16″
  • 5.56 in 7.5″
  • 6.5 Grendel in 16″ and 24″
  • 6.8 SPC II in 16″
  • 7.62×39 in 10.5″ and 16″

Visit Ammunition Depot for a list of all available Radical Firearms complete uppers.

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Streamlight added two new headlamps to their ENDURO and BANDIT lines of commercial headlamps that are dollar for dollar an amazing value. The ENDURO delivers high output with three modes and the new BANDIT retains USB rechargeability and the option for red or green illumination to preserve night vision.

Read my review…


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Readers have you been keeping up with the Trump bashing over the Helsinki Summit ? It’s like watching hookers going at it over who gets the trick. You’d think people with a fully loaded salary of over $270K a year could conduct themselves in a quasi professional manner. First some background.

  • First point – In 2014, the United States actively worked to depose Viktor Yanukovych, former President of Ukraine and pro Russian politician. You may recall Victoria Jane Nuland, the former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, and her infamous “F— the EU” comment. When you read the leaked conversation she had with the U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine it becomes clear that the United States was interfering in the Ukraine to establish a more favorable government to NATO interests. This project began well before 2014 during the Clinton State Department. Russia responded to the interference by moving into Eastern Ukraine and annexing the Crimea via a referendum. Now, I may be terribly uninformed and / or naïve , but In this observer’s mind that event seems to be the reason for Russia’s 2016 interference in U.S. elections.
  • Second point – Edward Snowden, the pedantic little bastard, handed the Chinese and the Russians everything they wanted to know regarding NSA methods, practices and sources. For all of the Congressional chest thumpers blasting POTUS, keep in mind that the NSA was conducting intercepts against Angela Merkel and others. The last time I checked GmBH is an ally and a democracy.

So, here we are calling Vladimir Putin a liar and trashing our Commander In Chief when we too have dirty laundry that should be washed more discreetly. What we’ve done is provide the Russian propaganda machine the ammunition it needs to sell the idea that we are hypocrites.

So, Trump’s “we both have made mistakes” may not be that inappropriate and his attempt to lay the ground work to bridge U.S. – Russia relations.

The people calling for stronger sanctions against Russia may want to rethink that strategy. Here’s the reason why.

The EU is having its struggles and several of the Eastern European members are becoming weary of having a group of unelected bureaucrats dictate immigration policy. If those countries leave the EU and if Russia’s economy is subjected to more damage we may find a Russian/Eastern European coalition being formed.

The current Russian state armament program for the period (2011-2020) is a $250 billion project that’s been underway since 2010. This too is a response to Russian concerns about it’s sovereignty in light of being surrounded by NATO.

POTUS’ soft approach at Helsinki may be more enlightened than his critics make them out to be.

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Gunwerks Monster Steel Challenge PRS Match Registration Open

This Precision Rifle Series (PRS) match will be held July 28 – 29, 2018 in Cody, Wyoming at the Cody Shooting Complex and at Monster Lake Ranch. Slots filling up quickly.

Cody, Wyoming (July 2018)Gunwerks, designers and manufacturers of premium long-range hunting rifles, optics, shooting systems, components and training, is hosting its first Precision Rifle Series Match, the Monster Steel Challenge, in Cody, Wyoming, July 28 – 29, 2018.

The first match day, held at Cody Shooting Complex, will include 10 stages in a fast-paced, square, range-style set-up. Day two, at Monster Lake Ranch, will provide competitors with a 270-degree fire fan allowing for some incredible vistas and challenging shots. Competitors will require 200 rounds for both days not including sight-in or confirmation shots.

Equipment restrictions are based on caliber and velocity only. Speed limit is 3,200 fps for all calibers and calibers allowed for the Monster Steel Challenge are .224 to .308.

“Gunwerks is very proud and excited to be hosting our first-ever Precision Rifle Series right here in our backyard,” Aaron Davidson, Gunwerks founder and CEO, said. “The courses will be challenging and the vistas that Wyoming will be offering the competitors will be outstanding.”

The Precision Rifle Series (PRS) promotes the growing sport of long-range precision shooting competition through an annual points race. The PRS includes several series, such as the PRS Bolt Gun Series, the PRS Gas Gun Series and the PRS Club Series. The PRS provides a national framework as the aggregate point for local, regional and national matches through tracking scores and promoting the sport of long-range rifle shooting in a safe, fair and practical manner for all shooters of all skill levels and ages.

Gunwerks shooting systems are capable of shooting accurately to 1,000 yards, right out of the box. For over ten years, founder Aaron Davidson and his dedicated group of employees have designed custom rifles for precision long range shooting. Every shooting system is the result of a carefully calculated mix of science, engineering, function and fit, design and materials in the right hands producing top of the line hunting and range systems. Slots for competitors are limited. Registration is available at Gunwerks with a $250 non-refundable registration fee. Check out the Gunwerks Monster Steel Challenge PRS Match!

For more information, contact Gunwerks (307-296-7301 or, or visit Stay connected through Gunwerks social media platforms;Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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Galco Gunleather Introduces Improved Scout IWB Holster!


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PHOENIX, July 2018

Galco Gunleather is very excited to introduce an improved Scout™ IWB holster!

Improved for 2018 with an in-line redesign to add Galco’s innovative new UniClip™ and Ultimate Stealth™ clips, the open-top Scout is constructed with the rough side of the leather out. This construction method provides additional stability in the waistband, as well as a smooth leather holster pocket for a faster, smoother feel on the draw. The reinforced mouth allows for easy return to the holster.

The ambidextrous Scout is supplied with two types of interchangeable tuckable clips. The first is the UniClip™, designed to go over the belt, but which also works well without a belt. The second is the Ultimate Stealth™ clip with hook, which fits on the trouser waistband, under or behind a belt with just the clip showing, for the ultimate in stealthy concealment! Both belt clips are adjustable for cant, making the Scout suitable for strongside, crossdraw, or appendix carry positions.

Available in natural finish with black mouth band, the Scout’s MSRP is $83.

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The National Tactical Officers Association Releases Updated Tactical Response and Operations Standard (TROS) for Law Enforcement

Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 2018) – TheNational Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to serving the law enforcement community, announces the latest update to its Tactical Response and Operation Standard for Law Enforcement (TROS). This document establishes a basic set of standards for law enforcement agencies and serves as an efficient, core set of concepts and principles that improve standardization within the profession of tactical law enforcement services.

The NTOA’s mission is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource, as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange. In line with this mission, the association first offered the SWAT Standard in 2008. In 2011 and 2015, the standard was reviewed, expanded and updated to represent the most contemporary best practices being used in the law enforcement community.

In July 2017, the NTOA once again began the arduous task of updating the TROS. Keeping in mind the impact that this document has on our profession, it was critical that input from our members was considered. The NTOA contacted all state association presidents, as well as several federal partners, and invited them to serve on the review committee. The final committee consisted of 20 participants, each bringing valuable input from their associations and organizations that they represented. The member comment period was then opened for one month.

All comments offered by members were carefully assessed and taken into consideration. The overall goal of the review committee was to ensure that the voluntary consensus standard continues to provide guidance to law enforcement special operations leaders and evolves to meet the ever-changing tactics, technology and practices of those in our profession. The most substantive changes to the document included the addition of recommended equipment lists, better guidance on both TEMS and CNT capabilities, and a terminology change from Priorities of Life to Safety Priorities.

The NTOA does not mandate compliance with this standard or attach such compliance as a prerequisite for any benefit granted under membership. This and future versions of this standard are living documents. It will require our organization to seek out those best practices and ensure that they are accurately reflected in the standard.

The latest version of the NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard can be downloaded from the NTOA’s website at

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit www.ntoa.orgor call 800-279-9127. Join the NTOA today and start receiving the benefits of better training and stay on top of the ever-changing and challenging world of law enforcement.

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Join Creedmoor® Sports at Camp Perry for the National Matches

Stop by the CMP Headquarters building anytime between July 15 to Aug. 4, 2018 to shop, get the latest on the matches, see new products and meet old friends.

Anniston, Ala. (July 2018)Creedmoor Sports, the leader in precision rifle equipment and gear, will be a vendor at the 2018 Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base in July 2018.

Creedmoor Sports is a company dedicated to designing, producing and providing the most state-of-the-art accessories and firearms for the sport shooter. Whether a beginner or a serious competitor, Creedmoor carries the largest variety of shooting coats, prone mats, spotting scopes and stands, gloves, range carts, rifle cases, smallbore and highpower rifle accessories and gear.

“We’ve been going to Camp Perry for decades, whether as competitors, vendors, or both. The National Matches are unlike any other and we have a great time. Our customers are the best and we enjoy the opportunity to hang out with them and get valuable feedback. With the return of smallbore matches to Camp Perry, we’re excited to see some faces we haven’t seen in a while,” Brent Books, sales and marketing manager for Creedmoor Sports, said.

Besides the return of the smallbore competition, new to the CMP schedule is a three-day series of long-range events for teams and individuals. These matches open to match rifles, service or Palma rifles will be fired at distances up to 1,000 yards. In addition to all the events at the National Matches, including the John C. Garand, President’s Rifle, Hearst Doubles, Vintage Sniper and other prestigious pistol events, the Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), with some of the top military instructors, will be on hand. For more on the CMP National Matches, visit

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Visit the Creedmoor InfoZone for the latest how-to’s and product reviews.

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Ever Wonder Why Someone at MAGPUL Smokes COHIBA? It’s Called Success and now Introducing a Line of Eyewear

Magpul Industries Corp
July 16th

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A Thomas Bender Blade Up For Sale

20180608_084221_resizedSo, who is Thomas R. Bender? Tom is now 68 years young and has been working with his hands since he was 10. The better part of his professional life has been spent working in the entertainment industry as an explosives technician, armorer and prop maker. The list of films he’s worked on is long and distinguished  as are his celebrity friends. Tom recently left California for a quiet countryside estate in New Hampshire. His knives are 100% hand made and reflect his Kazak ethnicity: bold, free of frills and 100% business.

He now has one up for sale, shown on the left. This is a rare opportunity for you to own a Bender creation.




  • Cru Forge V knife steel.
  • 11 3/8” OAL, 1 ¼” wide at the grip front and ¼” thick.
  • full tang design. 
  • Chisel edge top and bottom.
  • Cuts top and bottom on the tang to enhance grip.
  • Grip scales are vintage (40-50+- years old) natural micarta
  • Aircraft grade torx grip screws.
  • Black Spec-Ops modular sheath.

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Walther Arms hit a homerun when they introduce the 9mm subcompact PPS M2. They then sweetened the deal mid year when the company released the PPS M2 RMSc. The Shield compact red dot sight is a clean fit that provides a level of tactical advantage not available in the basic PPS M2. The value proposition is extraordinary.

Read my review…

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Crimson Trace Upgrades Your Rifles With Some Outstanding Laser/Light Products


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(Wilsonville, OR) — Crimson Trace®, recognized as America’s Top Brand of laser sights and lights in a shooting sports industry survey of shooters and hunters, offers numerous lighting upgrade options to owners of modern sporting rifles (MSRs) and most rail-equipped long guns. The easy-to-install laser sights and lights can be used on a wide assortment of firearms that are held for self- and home-defense purposes, and for hunting in numerous states. The great news is the options can be found in more than 2,800 dealers across America—or quickly ordered online.

Leading the way in long-gun upgrades are the new Crimson Trace Tactical Lights. These innovations include the CWL-102 white LED light, which delivers up to 500 lumens and can be activated with a tap-on/tap-off tail cap or via a remote on/off activation pad attached to the light with a linking cable. That activation pad can be placed in position on the firearm with Velcro straps or a stick-in-place strip. Another similar light model, the CWL-202 provides up to 900 lumens of output. These lights are impact resistant and water resistant up to a depth of 1 meter. Models are available to fit standard rails or the M-Lok®/Keymod accessory slots.

Crimson Trace also offers the award-winning LiNQ® wireless laser sight and light solution. This remotely operated green laser sight and bright light is designed to securely attach to any MSR that is equipped with a M1913 Picatinny or Weaver accessory rail. The compact module of the LiNQ laser/light system houses a green laser sight and powerful 300-Lumen LED white light. The replacement activation grip controls the module through a secure singular closed system. That module can be operated in four modes: light only, laser only, laser and light, and laser and strobe light. The grip and the module are pre-paired at Crimson Trace’s state-of-the-art factory when packaged for shipping, and FREE mounting tools and batteries are included.

Another popular MSR upgrade is the Crimson Trace MVF-515™ laser sight. This Modular Vertical Foregrip has a bright 200-Lumen LED white light partnered with a red or green laser sight. The user simply mounts the MVF-515 laser sight on a lower rail (Picatinny or similar) on the rifle’s forend, tightens the mounting screws, and then adjusts the unit for windage and elevation using the FREE included tools. The sturdy grip is constructed from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum and is popular with law enforcement units from coast to coast as well as military units around the globe.

Another MSR laser sight and light upgrade option is the Crimson Trace Rail Master® Pro™ laser sight and light system. These red or green laser sights are paired with a 100-Lumen LED

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NSSF Adds Regional Member Services Managers to Staff


NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation®(NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that it has created two new Regional Member Services Manager positions. Tammy McIntyre and Paul Irwin have been hired to fill those roles. The new positions will focus on a grassroots effort by the organization to connect one-on-one with retailers, ranges and manufacturers, discussing their needs and concerns and working with them to better utilize NSSF’s wealth of resource solutions.

McIntyre brings with her a decade of expertise in sales and business developmentTammy McIntyre and Paul Irwin within the firearms industry. She previously spent eight years at AcuSport as part of its sales team, and most recently worked with Legacy Sports leading its group of outside territory managers, inside sales force and customer service professionals. She resides in Sparks, Nevada, and in her role with NSSF will focus her efforts on the retailers of that state and California.

Residing in Cedar Park, Texas, Irwin is also an industry sales professional, having most recently worked as a dealer sales executive and sales team leader with Silencer Shop. Prior to his employment there, he served as the general manager of Austin’s Shady Oaks Gun Range. An NRA-certified pistol instructor and range safety officer, as well as a certified Glock armorer and gunsmith, Irwin will be working primarily in his home state of Texas, which has the largest number of FFLs in the country.

“We are excited to launch this effort to further enhance the connection of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the valuable resources available to our members with the industry, identify what our members need and have the personal relationships Tammy and Paul develop with them to become a resource they turn to for improving their businesses,” said Mike Vrooman, NSSF Managing Director, Member Services. “Not only do Tammy and Paul bring with them a wealth of experience relevant to retailers, ranges and manufacturers, they bring a passion for our industry and a comprehensive understanding of our members’ needs — which in today’s challenging business and social environment is more important than ever.”

NSSF will be working to establish other Regional Member Services Manager positions as needed. Additional resources available to member FFLs include a 24/7 Compliance Hotline, onsite store security and compliance consultations and a comprehensive library of industry research papers and reports, among others. For more information, visit

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King Abdullah II of Jordan and Prince Hussein Running a Live Fire Vehicle Drill


Video courtesy of Abdullah Tawalbeh

Published on Jun 28, 2018

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Peter Strzok Take A Cold Shower !

It’s Friday and thank God we made it through another week. I’ve noticed we haven’t had a good shoot the shit in a while, that’s because I was at Eurosatory and it’s taken a few weeks to get back on track. So, let’s get started.

20180620_170621Eurosatory is held every other year in Paris at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France. If you’re staying in Central Paris, you get there on the RER B train. To get to the RER B station, Gard du Nord, you can take Uber, a taxi, or use the Navigo Pass, which is by far your best option. A Navigo pass will cost you 27 Euros and gives you unlimited access to the superb Parisian mass transit system, from Monday through Sunday; I highly recommend it. Why should you attend Eurosatory?

The event is at the top of a very short list of global Defense Industry conferences, DSEi in London is probably larger but Eurosatory is right up there. So, if you want to immerse yourself in what the EU’s defense sector is doing, Eurosatory is where you want to be. Excellent conferences and exhibits. This year, the U.S. had 144 companies exhibiting, a pathetic number, so get on the exhibitor list and represent the U.S. in larger numbers.

Paris, even with the influx of immigrants is happening, and if you are a cigar smoker, visiting “A La Civette” is a must. They’re right around the corner from the Louvre, at 157 Rue Saint Honoré, there you can score a killer smoke that you probably won’t find anywhere in the U.S.  In my opinion A La Civette is unquestionably the best cigar shop in Paris.  Remember, Il n’y a rien comme un excellent cigare après un excellent dîner translated it means there’s nothing like an excellent cigar after an excellent dinner. Voila! 


This “mon amis” is a genuine Cuba Partagas

As you all know, the U.S. and parts of the world are consumed by the Peter Strzok / Lisa Page extravaganza. I’ll give you my uninformed read on the issue. Peter Strzok has been a boy scout the majority of his career. Things changed for Peter when he meets Lisa Page, an attorney for the FBI. I believe that Lisa was a avid feminist who saw Hillary Clinton as the salvation to the global plight of women – unaided by hallucinogens. So, Peter Strzok jumps on the band wagon and starts texting Lisa in a way to keep her aroused. Huge mistake! In so doing he has single handily destroyed his career and  destroyed the public confidence and respect for the world’s finest law enforcement agency. Dumb!

Alright, as always feel free to make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. And, remember that we will never accuse you of being in denial!

Have a great weekend, be safe and spend some quality time with your friends and family.



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Interesting New Products From Brownells

Brownells’ Product Manager Paul Levy takes you through new product offerings. Included in today’s overview is the DRD Tactical Paratus 6.5 Creedmoor, Raven Concealment Top Stop AR Upper Receiver Cover, Raven Concealment Perun Ambidextrous Holster, Raven Concealment Eidolon BSC Ambidextrous Appendix / Inside Waist holster, Raven Concealment Copia Pistol / Rifle Mag Rig, Torch Wear Suppressor Thermal Cover and Torch Wear Hot Bag.

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For 2018 Streamlight introduced two new headlamps, the 200 lumen battery powered ENDURO® Pro with three modes of operation and a choice of green or red LEDs  and the upgraded BANDIT®USB rechargeable; available in yellow or black with white LED, coyote with white/red or white/green LEDs. I’ll be given you all of the salient details in my upcoming review.

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Virginia State Police Select SIG SAUER P320 Pistol for Standard Issue Firearm

Newington, N.H. (July 12, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Virginia State Police has officially selected the SIG SAUER P320 Pistol as their official duty sidearm. The Virginia State Police is comprised of three bureaus, with over 2,100 sworn personnel, providing exemplary service to the public, and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“We are proud to earn the confidence of the Virginia State Police through their selection of the SIG SAUER P320 as their official duty pistol,” began Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Due to the modularity of the P320 the Virginia State Police now have the ability to easily customize their standard issue firearm for grip preference, without ever compromising the superior SIG SAUER accuracy, reliability, and safety features they have come to rely on.”

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

The Virginia State Police will begin instruction and training on their SIG SAUER P320 pistols and officially place them into service with the Virginia State Troopers as their official duty sidearm in 2019.

“It’s a tremendous honor for all of us here at SIG SAUER to be given the opportunity to provide the men and women of the Virginia State Police with this particular firearm. We look forward to continuing our relationship with this prestigious law enforcement agency and supporting their mission,” concluded Jankiewicz.

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PGM Precision Releases Results of Its Customer Survey


PGM Precision, a French manufacturer of exceptional precision rifles, enquete_03conducted a customer satisfaction survey a few months ago. They have now released the results, indicating a high level of customer satisfaction. The company has been manufacturing sniper platforms for years and have a global reputation for extraordinary accuracy and reliability. I’ve shot the PGM 338 Lapua and you can accept every claim made about the rifle as accurate. Regrettably, you don’t see them at the U.S. trade shows, a point I raised when meeting with them in Paris. I was informed that French regulations prevent them from shipping the firearms to shows and conventions outside of the EU, if I understood the explanation accurately. The survey results follow…

  1. 99.5% of respondents were satisfied with their PGM purchases
  2. 90% of non-customers are planning to purchase a PGM rifle in the coming year.
  3. 31% of respondents expressed frustration with PGM’s policy to not list prices. The company explains that foreign currency translations, shipping charges and other country specific regulations prevent them from publishing its prices.
  4. 85% of respondents view PGM products as highly reliable.
  5. 86% would recommend PGM products.
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Highly Anticipated Thompson 9mm Now Shipping




(Greeley, PA) – Thompson Auto-Ordnance, maker of the famous “Tommy Gun” and other iconic firearms throughout history, is happy to announce that the new Deluxe model Thompson in 9mm is now shipping to dealers and distributors.
Since 1915, the “Tommy Gun” has been manufactured in .45 ACP. Kahr Firearms Group brought innovation to life when they recently announced plans for the 9mm Thompson model T5-9L20. The 9mm version is an original design by Thompson Auto-Ordnance in-house engineers, using the original Thompson platform. After much anticipation, the 9mm Thompson is now shipping.
The 9mm model features all the classic details of John Thompson’s original. The frame and receiver are machined from a solid billet of aluminum, and the buttstock, grip and vertical fore grip are all made from American Walnut. The T5-9L20 is offered with one 20-round stick magazine. The finned barrel measures 16.5 inches and 18 inches with the compensator. It has an overall length of 41 inches and features a front blade sight and an open rear adjustable. The MSRP is $1364.

For more information about Kahr Firearms Group products visit,, or

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

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Savage Launches New Enhanced Website

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – July 11, 2018 – Savage’s new website satisfies serious shooters’ appetites for easy-to-access, in-depth information on the industry’s leading rifles and shotguns for hunting, competition and self-defense. The redesigned site is loaded with enriched content, product and action photos, and engaging videos—plus enhanced search functionality that makes it easy to quickly learn about extremely reliable, accurate and hard-hitting firearms that fit each visitor’s personal shooting needs.
The new website offers quick access to comprehensive details on each of Savage’s 580 SKUs, including 50 percent more specifications per model plus more photos and expanded descriptions of the features and benefits for each product.
“Our new, user-friendly website offers hunters and shooters more ways to find the model that is right for them,” said Savage Senior Marketing Manager Beth Shimanski. “This includes new family pages that introduce what’s new by product family, make it easy to keep up with the latest innovations and compare different models within each product family. You can also find a Savage dealer and purchase firearms directly from each model page.”
To help shooters care for and get the most from their firearms, the new site also features a beefed up ‘Expert Advice’ section with a storehouse of information on gun maintenance, hunting tactics, and shooting tips.
“You also get a chance to meet the expanded Team Savage ambassadors and learn their proudest shooting and hunting moments,” Shimanski continued. “And you can subscribe to the industry’s best e-newsletter for monthly updates on new products and other Savage news.”

Additional Features Include
• Informative and entertaining videos viewable from the home page, product pages, and within Savage’s performance page.
• Highlights from Savage’s social media channels, plus opportunities to join the conversation and be featured on the Savage website.
• Timeline on the “About Us” page that chronicles the iconic gunmaker’s rich history and commitment to creating dependable, accurate firearms.
Savage’s new site is also built for optimum viewing and navigation on all devices, ensuring a fast, seamless experience for all users.
To view the new site, go to

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Nikon’s New PROSTAFF P3 Family of Purpose-Driven Riflescopes

Melville, NY (July 11, 2018) –Nikon introduces a new line of purpose-designed riflescopes just in time for the upcoming hunting season and summer shooting activities. The new PROSTAFF P3 line-up of scopes includes eight new models specifically designed for muzzleloaders, slug guns, predator hunting, crossbows and rimfires/air rifles.

The all-new Nikon riflescope family consists of platform-specific models bearing PROSTAFF P3 MUZZLELOADER, PROSTAFF P3 SHOTGUN, PROSTAFF P3 PREDATOR HUNTER, PROSTAFF P3 CROSSBOW and PROSTAFF P3 TARGET EFR names. Shared features throughout the line include bright, fully multicoated optics, crisp hand-turn reticle adjustments (1/4 MOA except for the CROSSBOW model’s 1 MOA graduations) and generous consistent eye relief. Other features common through the family include rugged, all-aluminum one-inch main body tubes, turret caps and eyepiece quick focus adjustment rings (with rubber insert). The zoom ring on variable power models is also aluminum.

Each of the PROSTAFF P3 hunting riflescope models integrate a specialized Nikon BDC reticle designed for the specific application at hand, including the BDC 300 muzzleloader reticle, BDC 200 slug gun reticle, BDC Predator reticle and BDC 60 crossbow reticle.

Each of the BDC reticles can be optimized for many ballistic aiming possibilities using virtually any load. These can be calculated with the use of either the Spot On Ballistic Match Technology app or website software—both free from Nikon.

The PROSTAFF P3 TARGET EFR (extended focus range) model utilizes Nikon’s Precision reticle, designed to draw the eye into the small dot at the reticle center for precise aiming at small air gun and rimfire targets. This specialty target model features an adjustable objective lens for parallax-free focusing from 10-yards to infinity.

All of the PROSTAFF P3 riflescopes reflect Nikon’s passion for optical performance, lasting quality and overall value and are backed by Nikon’s Lifetime Repair/Replacement NO FAULT POLICY. Suggested retail price for the PROSTAFF P3 specialty riflescope models ranges from $159.95 to $299.95.

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Silence Is Not Always Golden and You Need To Hear About Euro Optic Liquidation Sale

How often do you see a suppressor priced at nearly 50% OFF its original price? Not very often, that’s why we’re giving our subscribers first dibs at these Operators Suppressor Systems (OSS) rifle suppressors and accessories. OSS suppressors are renowned for their ability to not just reduce the report of a rifle, but also for their ability to reduce blow-back and flash signature using OSS’s unique suppressor technology. Place your order today, submit your Form 4, and see the OSS difference for yourself!



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The Muninn Pre order is open! The Muninn is Huginns’ smaller and more concealable companion. Pick up a Muninn for $245 ($40 off the final price). Now is the time to get one, you won’t regret it. Please make sure you read/accept terms and conditions before you preorder.

To Preorder

MUNINN PREORDER CLOSES 7.15.18 (This Sunday)

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SIG SAUER Introduces Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition

Newington, N.H. (July 10, 2018) – SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce Match Elite pistol competition ammunition. Available in 147gr 9mm Luger, the soft-shooting, low-recoil Match Elite load features coated nickel cases and fast, clean-burning powder for exceptional performance and shootability in fast-paced competitions. Velocities will range from approximately 860 to 900 fps, depending on the type of pistol used. With a power factor between 126 and 132, these loads are legal for all USPSA competitions and the lower felt recoil allows competition shooters to stay on target, resulting in faster and more accurate shots.

“This is the most accurate competition load I have ever shot,” said Max Michel, Jr., Captain of Team SIG. “The SIG SAUER Match Elite consistently delivers groupings of less than two inches at 25 yards versus four inches on average with other ammunition, making it the ideal choice for professional and everyday shooters who want to improve their performance.”

“SIG SAUER always strives to improve upon existing products and the new Match Elite pistol competition ammunition is another example of this,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “This load was developed by SIG ammunition engineers, working very closely with Max Michel and Lena Miculek, to be the ultimate pistol competition load. The reduced charge weight delivers lower felt recoil, giving shooters an edge from a speed and accuracy standpoint.”

SIG SAUER Match Elite ammunition is only available online at for $24.50 per box of 50 rounds. Cases of 10 boxes will also available.

All SIG SAUER Match Elite Ammunition is manufactured by SIG SAUER at its state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles. For more information, visit

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GLOCK 19X Reaches Sales Milestone in Less than 6 Months

SMYRNA, GA. – July 10, 2018 GLOCK, Inc., the leading global manufacturer of pistols, today announced landmark sales of the G19X, the company’s commercial version of the pistol it developed for the U.S. Army MHS pistol solicitation. In less than six months since the release of the G19X to the commercial market, GLOCK has delivered over 100,000 pistols. 

GLOCK introduced the G19X to the commercial market at the end of January 2018 at SHOT Show, the industry’s annual tradeshow.  As seen through the receipt of notable awards such as Best New Handgun and Best Overall Shooting Sports new item at various distributor shows, the G19X reinforces the company’s reputation for unmatched performance, dependability, and production expertise.

“The Glock 19X has helped reinvigorate the polymer pistol market. Its demand and popularity has exceeded our expectations” said Flint Virgets, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lipsey’s, the nation’s leading wholesale firearms distributor.

The GLOCK 19X combines the best features of two of the company’s most-popular and most trusted field-tested platforms (G17/19 Gen5), the full size frame and the compact slide, creating the ideal pistol for all conditions and all situations.  This, coupled with GLOCK’s long history of engineering pistols which deliver reliability and endurance, instills the necessary confidence to any shooter.

“By combining the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements, this pistol offers proven results and delivers maximum efficiency” says GLOCK VP Josh Dorsey.  “These shipping numbers not only validate the earned trust our customers put in GLOCK, but also, demonstrate GLOCK’s proven manufacturing and surface treatment capabilities ensuring the company can deliver pistols in the quality and quantity that our customers demand.”

As sales of the G19X continue to climb, the company continues to lead the way in performance and reliability.

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Federal Ammunition Unveils New Enhanced Mobile Ballistics App

ANOKA, Minnesota – July 9, 2018 – Federal Ammunition’s new enhanced mobile app is a powerful tool to help hunters and shooters streamline and maximize all facets of the shooting experience.
“Technology drives everything at Federal Ammunition,” said Federal Senior Digital Marketing Manager Angie Sullivan. “This all-new app brings a range of advanced tools to one convenient place and allows you to access them even while offline.”
Compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, the new ballistics app features updated ballistic calculator data and the ability to save ballistics, plus updated ammo recommendations and a fresh, new, user-friendly design.
“With the new Federal Ammunition app, hunters and shooters can quickly and easily determine the trajectory for any rifle or handgun load, and save the data for future reference,” Sullivan continued. “Plus, the app allows you to identify which ammunition to use in a variety of shooting situations, locate your closest Federal dealer and find a nearby shooting range where you can enjoy all the benefits of Federal’s industry leading products.”
The ballistics app also offers detailed information on the components and technology that set Federal Premium products apart from other ammunition.
Consumers can get the app through the iTunes Store or Google Play.
For more information about Federal Ammunition and the new ballistics app, go to

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Morphix Technologies Exhibiting at Warrior Expo East

Morphix Technologies® will be displaying its TraceX® Explosive Detection Kit and Chameleon® Chemical Detection Armband at Booth #113 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 11 – 12, 2018.


Virginia Beach, Va. (July 2018)Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, will be exhibiting at Warrior® Expo East, July 11 – 12, 2018 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Morphix Technologies will be exhibiting its TraceX® Explosive Detection Kit and its Chameleon® Chemical Detection Armband at Booth #133.

“We exhibited earlier this year at Warrior Expo West and are happy to be back at Warrior Expo East. These are great events that bring together end users, program managers and procurement specialists in one place. We are looking forward to exhibiting what the TraceX and Chameleon detection devices can do to help our warfighters and First Responders complete their missions,” commented Kimberly Pricenski, vice president of sales and marketing for Morphix Technologies.

TraceX Explosive Detection Kit

The TraceX Explosive Detection Kit is an affordable and easy-to-use product that aids in the detection of major explosive material threats and their precursors in a single test without exposing the kit to contamination or the user to dangerous chemicals. It was developed by Morphix Technologies under contract from the U.S. Department of Defense and meets their demanding requirements. It is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket, lightweight and rugged. Each kit comes in its own disposable protective plastic case, so the handler will be ready to use it when needed and is shelf stable for 24 months. With a single swab, the TraceX Explosive Detection Kit detects all the major families of explosive materials and their precursors.

Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband

The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, wearable, reusable armband that can hold up to 10 cassettes, each of which detects a particular toxic chemical and changes color upon detection. One color indicates the absence of toxic gas. When two colors appear in the window, the user knows it is time to take action.  Designed for use in the arctic, tropical and desert conditions, the Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband can even be immersed in water. Morphix Technologies has prioritized its product development based on the advice of the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, so the Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband cassettes are available for many of the high-risk Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) identified by the U.S. government. It has also been approved by the U.S.

SAFETY Act of the Department of Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist technology.

Warrior Expo East is designed specifically for government and defense organizations. It is far more than a simple trade show – it’s the defense industry’s one-stop-shop for industry networking, customized training and product demonstrations. The Expo attracts 300+ industry suppliers and more than 3,000 vetted attendees, including active duty military, federal, state and local government agencies, law enforcement, first responders, qualified defense or government contractors and exhibiting partner suppliers or manufacturers.

If you’d like to receive more information on the Chameleon or TraceX, please contact Morphix Technologies toll-free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also email

Visit the website at to learn more

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U.S. Army Selects AeroVironment to Compete for Family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Spare Parts Task Orders

  • Army secures continued support for its fleet of Puma Long Range Reconnaissance Surveillance (LRRS) and Raven Medium Range Mobile (MRM) UAS
  • Raven and Puma continue to support US Army soldiers with critical situational awareness anywhere, anytime
  • Sustainment of Raven and Puma fleets ensures operational readiness

MONROVIA, Calif., July 9, 2018AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced that on April 10, 2018 the United States Army selected the Company and six other suppliers for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) sustainment under a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.  The seven awardees will compete for LRRS and MRM UAS, Tactical Open Architecture Controller system and spare and repair parts procurement task orders over the duration of the contract.  The maximum value of the contract is $248 million over five years.

“The Army and AeroVironment remain committed to supporting the soldier closest to the fight with UAS solutions proven secure, effective and dependable around the world,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s UAS business segment. “The IDIQ contract assures that American soldiers can continue to rely on AeroVironment’s combat-proven solutions to deliver the actionable intelligence they need to proceed with certainty.”

AeroVironment won the first competitive award for the Army’s small UAS program of record on a sole-source basis in 2005, and won the renewal of that contract with four other suppliers in 2012.  AeroVironment is the designer and manufacturer of the RQ-11B Raven® and RQ-20A and B Puma™ UAS, which constitute the vast majority of the Army’s existing fleet of Small UAS.  The AeroVironment Raven, the most widely deployed defense unmanned aircraft system in the world today, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.

The AeroVironment Puma is a small unmanned aircraft system designed for land-based and maritime operations.  Capable of landing in water or on the ground, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.

About AeroVironment Small UAS
RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp® and RQ-20A 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 offers a smaller vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system, the Snipe VTOL™ for support of individual squads and platoon surveillance. AeroVironment provides logistics services worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness and provides mission services for customers requiring only the information its small UAS produce. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than 40 allied governments.

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NSSF Backs President’s Selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court


NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition and related industries, tonight expressed its strong support for President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“We are pleased to lend our support to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to approve his nomination before the next term begins on the first Monday in October,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We are confident that Judge Kavanaugh will serve our nation with distinction as an Associate Justice of our nation’s highest court and that he will make decisions that will serve to protect the Second Amendment and other Constitutionally guaranteed rights of law-abiding Americans.”

About NSSF

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

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U.S. Army Updates Physical Fitness Test

Image result for Army reported on the U.S. Army’s new physical fitness test. Here’s what Uncle Sam’s Green Machine wants you to do if you want to be on the team:

  1. Strength Deadlift. This is a three-repetition maximum deadlift to test muscular strength; it mimics movement to safety and effectively lifting and carrying heavy loads.
  2. Standing Power Throw. This event involves throwing a 10-pound medicine ball as far as possible over the head and to the rear. It measures upper and lower muscular power, balance and whole body flexibility.
  3. Hand-Raised Push-ups. This event forces the soldier to go all the way to the floor and raise his hands before coming back up again, measuring upper-body muscular endurance.
  4. A 250-Meter Sprint, Drag and Carry. This is five different events within one event — a 50-meter sprint; a backward 50-meter drag of a 90-pound sled; a 50-meter movement; a 50-meter carry of two 40-pound kettle bells; and a final 50-meter sprint. It measures muscular strength, power, speed and reaction time.
  5. Leg Tuck. A soldier hangs perpendicular to the pull-up bar and brings his knees up to his elbows and back down again for one repetition. It measures muscular strength, endurance and grip.
  6. Two-Mile Run. The ACFT retains the two-mile run portion of the APFT, which is designed to measure aerobic and muscular endurance.

All events must be completed in 50 minutes or less, so there is mandated rest and a maximum time for each event. Each soldier gets two minutes’ rest between each of the first five events and five minutes of rest before the two-mile run.

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