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BRAVO-3: The Magazine

A 100% free, bi-monthly, digital publication that is filled with articles from world-renowned and highly respected professionals from the fields of tactical officers (SWAT), K-9 and Working Dogs, Bomb Squad/EOD, Firefighters, HAZMAT, EMS/TACMED, and more.


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BRAVO-3: The Conference

We at BRAVO3 know the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest training, tactics, techniques, and procedures – as well do you! Please join us in Daytona Beach, FL on March 4, 5, 6 – 2019 to learn from industry leading, world-renowned experts and professionals from the SWAT, K-9, Bomb Squad (HDS/EOD), Fire, HAZMAT, EMS/TACMED, as well as other law enforcement, first responder, and military disciplines. This law enforcement/first responder/military training conference features 25+ instructors, 60 vendor expos, and fantastic opportunities for networking and idea sharing.

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  • Post-Blast Analysis & Intro to HME | 6/12 – 6/14
  • Blast Injuries Triage and Treatment | 6/13
  • HME Operations | 6/16
  • Forensic Scene Processing Part I | 7/9 – 7/11
  • Forensic Scene Processing Part II | 7/12 – 7/14
  • Tactical Explosive Breaching Class | 6/23 – 6/27
  • Forensic Scene Processing Part III | 7/26 – 7/28
  • TCCC | 6/28 – 6/29
  • Mass Disaster/Post-Blast Scene Recovery | 6/6 – 6/10
  • Fatal Fire Scene Processing | 8/20 – 8/24
  • K-9 Large Hide and HME Imprinting (Florida) | 8/27 – 8/29
  • Many, many more!

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Tripwire’s F.I.R.S.T. (Forensic. Investigation. Research. Services. Training.) Division, which is co-directed by internationally recognized experts in the fields of forensic anthropology and archaeology consultants Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA and Special Agent Michael Hochrein (Ret.), provide a wide-variety of services to the law enforcement, medicolegal, and jurisprudence communities, focused on forensic scene recoveries (outdoor and indoor), mass disaster incidents, forensic DNA interpretation, forensic anthropology cases, and general criminalistics. Real-time forensic scene recoveries and investigations can be completed upon request. Training courses are available both at the Tripwire Facility in Gettysburg, and at institutions across the country. Consultations and reviews by cold cases, current cases, and future cases are available, also upon request.

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NAPED’s Growing and Award-Winning Membership

The law enforcement/public safety non-profit association adds new members, offers a promotion for law enforcement distributors and gears up for Annual General Meeting.

New Bern, NC (May 2018) – The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors(NAPED) are just weeks away from their Annual General Meeting and Exhibition to be held in Savannah, Georgia. On hand, several new members will be participating for the first time. NAPED was founded in 1984 to serve the law enforcement distribution community and has since grown to include storefront and online retailers, manufacturers and industry professionals, including several leading media groups. The purpose of the non-profit NAPED association is to provide businesses with networking, marketing and educational resources to grow their business in a demanding and competitive environment.

NAPED honors the men and women who serve in law enforcement and public safety with an ongoing promotion for a limited membership of only $500 to any law enforcement or public safety owned and operated police equipment distributorship or dealership. This promotion ends June 1, 2018.

Southern Police Equipment, one of the founding distributor members, has announced a major contract award from the Virginia Department of General Services that covers six categories over a five-year contract.

New companies joining NAPED include those with an international history in the firearms annuals, veteran owned companies and companies utilizing the latest in Nano-technology for the lifesaving production of armor systems. They include:

Aimpoint, makers of the fastest, most rugged and most efficient electronic small arms sighting system in the world, returns to NAPED after a hiatus of one year. Aimpoint sights proudly serve thousands of professionals in the field with Aimpoint products. Their red dot sight systems save agencies and units time in training and ammunition consumption with the additional benefit of battery life measured in years.

MagPump, innovators behind the fastest way to load magazines, will be attending their first NAPED AGM. The MagPump handgun loader system features a 50-round capacity hopper and mounts to any Weaver or Picatinny rail. The hopper-fed, loose ammunition is self-loading and oriented correctly in either direction. MagPump reduces magazine loading time by more than 50 percent and totally eliminates hand fatigue from loading.

Uniqative LLC is a law enforcement veteran owned company producing the next-gen extraction device. The X-Ball™ is a breaching tool designed to be hand held, as well as thrown for through the glass extraction, keeps police, military and firefighters from facing potential danger.

First Tactical’s DNA is in their cargo pants. First Tactical’s highly popular V2 pants support law enforcement, first responders and professional around the world. First Tactical design and produce apparel, BDU’s, gloves, outerwear, footwear, bags and gear, including a full line for the professional woman.

Diamond Age is the future of armor creating leading-edge anti-ballistic armor systems. Projects include rifle-resistant helmets, ultra-lightweight armor systems, improved armor designs for face and neck protection and structured biomimetic tile arrays for enhanced multi-hit performance and durability in ceramic armor systems.

Walther Arms, a leader in the firearms industry for almost 130 years, has supplied firearms to military, police and government security groups in every country of the world. The Walther PPQ Subcompact 9mm pistol, launched at the 2018 SHOT Show, features Walther’s Quick Defense Trigger.

“NAPED is the only association for the benefit of law enforcement and public safety distributors,” Tim Brown, president of NAPED and GT Distributors, commented. “We continue to communicate with our membership to drive greater value initiatives to help them gain significant reach into our market segment.”

There is still time to join NAPED for its Annual General Meeting and Exhibition at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, June 8 – 11, 2018. for membership or event information.

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SIG SAUER Launches Components Line for Precision Handloaders

Newington, N.H. (May 21, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is now manufacturing premium pistol and rifle ammunition components for precision handloaders at its state-of-the-art ammunition facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Elite Performance Ammunition shell cases are engineered to exacting tolerances and available for multiple pistol calibers (primed or unprimed) and rifle calibers (unprimed). The geometric consistency of these premium brass cases ensures each primer is held tightly in its pocket. Flash holes are precise with no burrs and the superior metallurgical properties of the SIG SAUER cases enable repeated reloading. All Elite Performance rifle shell cases are induction annealed for consistent bullet retention.

“Each brass case undergoes rigorous in-line and post production quality assurance testing to ensure a flawless casing,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “The result is unparalleled durability and dependability.”

Pistol component cases are available, primed or unprimed, in bags of 100 in the following calibers: 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 357 SIG, 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 Auto.

Rifle component cases are unprimed and available in bags of 50 in the following calibers: 223 Rem, 22-250-Rem, 243 Win, 300 BLK, 300 Win Mag, 308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor. Coming soon in: 270 Win and 30-06 SPRG.

All SIG SAUER Elite Performance Ammunition and Components are manufactured by SIG SAUER at its new 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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Sightmark Introduces Revamped Ultra Shot Series: RAM Series

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Sightmark is proud to announce the release of the latest generation of Sightmark reflex sights, ripe with upgrades and a fresh new design. With three available models; R, A and M-Spec, Sightmark has created resilient close-range optics perfect for everything from target shooting to law enforcement and military operations on both AR platform firearms and shotguns. All RAM series sights are now powered by a CR123A battery, which provides superior battery life (200-2,000 hours) over other red dots and reflex sights. A wide lens quickens target acquisition while helping to maintain a wide FOV. Quick-detach models include an improved QD lever allowing a low profile to keep the sights from snagging on gear or unlatching during the heat of the moment.

Ideal for target shooting and hunting, the Ultra Shot R-Spec (SM26031), or Range Spec, features four reticle options with red or green illumination and a new low battery indication which prompts the reticle to blink when the battery is low. The R-Spec boasts 10 brightness levels, from low light to sunny outdoors, and slotted windage and elevation adjustments, able to be changed with a flathead or common tool.

The new aluminum-constructed Ultra Shot A-Spec (SM26032), or Advanced Spec model, retains many of the same updates found in the R-Spec, but adds 6-night vision settings, allowing the sight to be used in conjunction with night vision devices. Shockproof up to 8 ft., the R-Spec is shielded by a sturdy aluminum alloy housing and protective aluminum shield.

The most durable and advanced sight in the Ultra Shot line, the new M-Spec LQD (SM26034) and M-Spec FMS (SM26035) were designed for law enforcement, hunting and competition shooting scenarios. Waterproof up to 40 ft. and able to withstand up to .50 BMG caliber recoil, this fixed mount M-Spec features motion sensing activation (5 min. shutoff w/ motion activation, 12-hour auto-off) to conserve battery life but still keep the optic ready for when it needs to be. This cutting-edge reflex sight has an integrated retractable sunshade that reduces lens glare and protects the optic during rain or snow.

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Rob Pincus Reviews IDENTILOCK, the World’s First Biometric Fingerprint Trigger Lock

Renowned professional trainer, author and consultant, Rob Pincus, demonstrates the features and benefits of IDENTILOCK® in newly released video.

Detroit, Mich. (May 2018) – IDENTILOCK®, a division of Sentinl Inc., is proud to release its latest video featuring Rob Pincus, renowned trainer, author and consultant, reviewing IDENTILOCK, the world’s first biometric fingerprint trigger lock. In the six-minute video, Pincus discusses and demonstrates the many features and benefits of the IDENTILOCK system. The video can be viewed on IDENTILOCK’s YouTube channel.

Rob Pincus Hands-On with IDENTILOCK®

Rob Pincus Hands-On with IDENTILOCK®

“I really like the IDENTILOCK, specifically as a quick access security device for a stage defensive handgun,” remarked Pincus in the video.

In the video, Pincus highlights how the IDENTILOCK secures to the firearm and is ideal for securing your firearm while traveling. He also discusses how IDENTILOCK will deny access to those unauthorized and provides fast access to authorized users who have stored their fingerprints into the system. Pincus goes into depth about how the biometric fingerprint can be identified in multiple orientations and how it allows for multiple fingers or multiple users (up to three) to be stored in the system. He also highlights what happens if your hand is wet or dirty when operating an IDENTILOCK trigger lock system and demonstrates how to unlock the it using the mechanical key override.

The IDENTILOCK S&W-A1 Model, which is the model Rob Pincus used in his review.

Launched in 2017, IDENTILOCK utilizes state-of-the-art biometric technology that incorporates speed, usability and practicality with unmatched safety and security. It takes about 300 milliseconds – the same as the blink of an eye – for the IDENTILOCK to process a fingerprint and grant the firearm owner access to the handgun. By grasping the handgun with the index finger held out in a safe position, the fingerprint sensor identifies the user and releases the trigger lock.

For daily living, IDENTILOCK prevents children, guests or intruders from accidentally discharging a firearm. In a crisis, IDENTILOCK provides faster access than any other firearm safety device on the market. Constructed of high-strength, impact-resistant polymer, IDENTILOCK weighs in at less than 12 oz. and measures about the same size as a wallet. It is compatible with any USB Type-C charging outlet and will hold a charge up to six months while in standby mode.

Pincus is a professional trainer, author and consultant. He is the Owner of I.C.E Training Company and Executive Director of the Personal Defense Network, the internet’s highest quality collection of training articles and video clips. He attended the Military College of Vermont at Norwich University and was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve after earning a degree in Political Science. Pincus has worked in law enforcement, private security and as a firearms, personal defense and tactics instructor. He is the developer of the Combat Focus® Shooting program, the most efficient defensive firearms training methodology available today. In addition to his teaching career, Pincus is the author of several books, dozens of articles and has been featured on several television shows. He teaches over 50 courses a year in over 30 locations and maintains an active presence on the internet with several websites, frequent online articles and videos. In 2016, Pincus and his partners formally launched Avidity Arms, featuring the PD10 Personal Defense Pistol, which he designed.

For more on IDENTILOCK, visit Available online and at Amazon, Brownell’s, Zanders, and Optics Planet. Stay in the conversation on Facebook and YouTube.

About Sentinl Inc.:

Founded by Omer Kiyani, a 2nd Amendment advocate, gunshot victim survivor and former automobile industry safety systems engineer, Sentinl Inc. develops the world’s most innovative gun safety products. The IDENTILOCK® firearm trigger lock is Sentinl’s first product utilizing state-of-the-art biometric technology to enhance user safety and security while prohibiting non-recognized users from accessing the firearm.

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GLOCK America Wins São Paulo Military Police Solicitation


SMYRNA, Ga. – May 19, 2017  After extensive testing, the Procurement Service of the Military Police of São Paulo has declared the GLOCK 22 as the winner of its international solicitation.   Five thousand service pistols will be provided for the Special Forces CHOQUE, COE, GATE and ROTA.

The extensive testing for the solicitation included endurance testing, parts interchangeability testing, precision testing, and drop testing.  The endurance testing consisted of 10,000 rounds on each of four test pistols without cleaning or lubrication during the test.  The drop testing was conducted from a distance of 2 meters to simulate pistols being dropped from mounted units and was done from six different angles, totaling 64 drops.

This is the first time a Brazilian law enforcement unit conducted an international tender for service pistols, which included hands-on product testing.

“All tests were implemented in a very transparent and public manner as any interested party could participate in these tests as observers,” said GLOCK America’s Managing Director Patrick Voller.

GLOCK won this international solicitation against competition from Beretta and Sig Sauer.




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SIG SAUER Hires Brad Criner as Senior Director, Brand Management & Business Development for Ammunition

Newington, N.H. (May 18, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce Brad Criner has joined SIG SAUER as Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development of ammunition. In this position Criner will be responsible for the management and development of marketing and sales initiatives for SIG SAUER Ammunition.

“SIG SAUER is considered a top innovator across all of its divisions, and is well-respected within the industry. I am excited for the opportunity to join SIG SAUER Ammunition and grow this division through innovative product development, combined with hard-working American manufacturing,” began Criner. “SIG SAUER offers it all, from firearms, to optics, to suppressors, and ammunition – they are a complete systems provider. Ammunition is a key component of this system and I will ensure that we are integrated, and operating at our best each and every day.”

Criner comes to SIG SAUER from a distinguished career at Winchester Ammunition where he served in many roles including: Manager of Sales for Dealer Channels, Manager of Product Management and Services, and Senior Product Manager. He has a proven track record in new product introductions, managing product lifecycles, and analyzing and utilizing consumer research to achieve growth and industry success.

“Brad’s extensive ammunition experience will be integral to the advancement and continued success of SIG SAUER’s ammunition business. He will establish and implement our next level plans to manage the strategic growth of SIG SAUER Ammunition, and help to direct the development of our current and future product offerings,” added Daryl G. Hanna, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SIG SAUER, Inc.

SIG SAUER Ammunition is designed, manufactured, and operates from, a newly opened, state-of-the-art facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

In his new role Criner will report to Daryl G. Hanna, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SIG SAUER, Inc.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with bar-setting quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany, and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. For more information about the company and product line visit:


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Heizer PKO-45 Named to American Rifleman’s Editor’s Picks


(Pevely, MO ) – Heizer Defense, known for their innovative line of powerful pocket pistols, is pleased to announce that the PKO-45 was recently included in American Rifleman’s Editor’s Picks for 2018.
Heizer was honored to be included in the Editor’s Picks list for 2018. “To be recognized by a respected publication like American Rifleman is quite an honor,” says Eric Polkis of Heizer Defense. “We are thrilled that the PKO-45 made such a positive impression.”
Heizer’s PKO-45 is an innovative pistol built thin and light, making it perfect for concealed carry. With a 0.8″ wide flat profile, the PKO-45 features a fixed barrel and weighs about 25 ounces. It has a USA Aerospace stainless steel frame and barrel with five-round flush fit or seven-round extended magazines.
You can see the Editor’s Pick listing for the PKO-45
For more information on Heizer Defense, visit

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AACUS Makes First Operational Cargo Delivery to US Marines Aurora’s AACUS Program Honored with Howard Hughes Award

Twentynine Palms, California, May 17, 2018 – Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) achieved a major milestone last week when it successfully delivered cargo to US Marines in the Integrated Training Exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California.

AACUS completed its first closed loop mission from takeoff to landing for its intended purpose: actual cargo resupply to Marines. The AACUS enabled UH-1H helicopter successfully completed an autonomous cargo sustainment flight delivering 520 pounds of water, gasoline, MREs, and replacement communications gear including a packed cooler to represent urgently required cargo such as blood. This was the first ever autonomous point-to-point cargo resupply mission providing critical logistics support to Marines in need.

Developed under Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Innovative Naval Prototype program, the AACUS enabled UH-1 helicopter is capable of flying completely autonomously, using only its onboard sensors, advanced computers and intelligent algorithms to plan its trajectory and to select its own landing sites in unmapped and hazardous environments. “The AACUS program exceeded all of our expectations,” said Dennis Baker, AACUS PM, “The team delivered on each of the ambitious technical performance goals, on schedule and under budget.”

“Aurora is building autonomous systems that will enable tomorrow’s intelligent aircraft,” said John Langford, Aurora’s founder and CEO. “Whether it’s protecting Marines in combat or providing accessible urban transportation, autonomy is the key to the future of aerospace.”

Aurora’s AACUS program was recently selected by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) for its Howard Hughes Award in recognition of an outstanding improvement in fundamental helicopter technology brought to fruition in the previous 18 months. The AACUS team was recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on May 16th during AHS’s 74th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Aurora visit

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Significantly Reduced Debt Load and Interest Expense
Continued Focus on Revitalization

Madison, NC – May 16, 2018 – Remington Outdoor Company (“Remington” or “the Company”), one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, and related products, announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11 after successfully implementing its plan of reorganization (“the Plan”) previously confirmed by the Delaware bankruptcy court on May 4, 2018.
The Plan provides a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring of the Company and converts over $775 million of the Company’s debt into equity. In addition, the Plan provides the Company with a new Asset Based Loan (“ABL”) facility of $193 million, the proceeds of which will refinance its prior ABL facility in full, a new $55 million First-In, Last-Out Term Loan and a new $100 million Term Loan. As an integral part of the Plan, all trade and business claims are unimpaired and will be addressed in the Company’s normal course of business. The Plan received support from over 97% of the voting Term Loan Lenders and all of the voting Third Lien Noteholders.
As provided in the Plan, all shares of Remington’s common stock issued prior to the commencement of Remington’s bankruptcy proceeding were cancelled upon emergence, and Remington has issued new shares of common stock and, in some cases, warrants, to the holders of its previously outstanding funded debt in return for their allowed claims against Remington. The term of Remington’s previous Board of Directors expired upon emergence and a new Board of Directors shall be appointed immediately.
“It is morning in Remington country,” said Anthony Acitelli, Chief Executive Officer of Remington. Mr. Acitelli continued, “We are excited about the future – producing quality products, serving our customers, and providing good jobs for our employees.”
Remington’s legal counsel is Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, its investment banker is Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, and its financial advisor is Alvarez & Marsal. The Term Loan Lenders’ legal counsel is O’Melveny & Myers LLP and their investment banker is Ducera Partners LLC with M-III Advisory Partners, LP also advising the Term Loan Lenders. The Third Lien Noteholders’ counsel is Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and their investment banker is Perella Weinberg Partners LP.

Court filings and claims information may be accessed at

About Remington Outdoor Company

Remington Outdoor Company, headquartered in Madison, N.C., is one of the world’s leading innovator, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of firearms, ammunition, and related products for the hunting, shooting sports, law enforcement, and military markets. As one of the largest manufacturers in the world of firearms and ammunition, we have some of the most globally recognized brands including Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS/Panther Arms, Marlin, H&R, Dakota Arms, Parker, AAC, Barnes Bullets, Storm Lake and Tapco. For more information download the Remington Outdoor Company Brochure, located on

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NSSF Honors Nation’s Peace Officers in Washington, D.C.


NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade the Fraternal Order of Policeassociation for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, honored the memories and the families of the law enforcement officers from around the United States who died in the line of duty in 2017. NSSF made a $10,000 donation to the Fraternal Order of Police to support the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

“We are deeply grateful and humbled that our nation and our communities have been served by these men and women,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The quality and caliber of these law enforcement officers who stood in the gap to protect their fellow citizens and communities is an ideal to which we all aspire. We are forever grateful to them, and their families, for their full measure of devotion to their fellow citizens.”

The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, is held annually on May 15 in Washington, D.C. More than 20,000 people attend to honor those fallen in the line of duty. This year marked the 37th year of the Service.

“On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, please accept our most heartfelt thanks and gratitude for this contribution and for your continued support for the men and women in law enforcement,” said Chuck Canterbury, National President, National Fraternal Order of Police.

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Alien Portals, Kalua Pig and The CIA

It’s Friday readers! The weekend is upon us and it’s time for our weekly shoot the shit. You guys may not know this but it’s been proven that shoot the shits are a great way to decompress, why? Because you don’t need to know anything about the subject, you can use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or just change the subject.

First on the agenda. Kestrel Link owners there is a firmware update, v 1.21 is now available. If you haven’t fired up the Kestrel Link Ballistic App do that so you can update you meter.

There’s been credible observations made that point to the existence of extra planetary life. Residents of Malibu, California have know for years that alien portals off the Malibu coast have been very active lately. The alien activity may be responsible for anomalies like this…

Zuck and Eric

Whatever is inside Schneiderman may be trying to get into Mark Zuckerberg and taking on similar appearances.

Hawaii (a.k.a The Big Island) has been getting clobbered by volcanic eruptions from mount Kilauea. There are a number of serious threats to residents.

First, is the sulfur dioxide, or SO2, which when combines with water vapor becomes a weak sulfuric acid. That transformation can occur in the lungs and environmentally as acid rain. Ask the Swiss how they felt about acid rain from German industry back in the mid-eighties. In Hawaii, acid rain could damage sugarcane, coffee, pineapple, and marijuana growers.

Lava flows have destroyed 40 homes and the only redeeming property of lava is that it moves very slowly, You can usually walk faster than it moves; however, you don’t want to be in its path.

We’ve heard about a probable huge steam explosion but to wrap your mind around that you need to understand lava rock. The lava rock has internal pockets that can contain water trapped during its formation. Those pockets become hot converting the water to steam. As temperatures continue to increase, steam develops a significant amount of pressure and explodes. When lava rock explodes it’s like a fragmentation grenade. Now, imagine that same effect at a crater level. Serious business!

Lava rocks have played a major role in Hawaiian culture, often referred to as Hawaiiana, for example ceremonial activities, like preparing a kalua pig, require the use of lava rocks among other things.

Image result for lava rocks in kalua pig body cavity

To prepare a kalua pig, you dig a pit, called an imu, about 2-4 feet deep with sloping sides. You then fill the imu with kiawe wood and lava rocks; once that’s done, you ignite the wood. As the wood burns down, the lava rocks becomes red hot. Once the wood is consumed, the rocks are removed and place inside the pig’s body cavity and under each leg. The pig is then placed in the imu and covered with ti (pronounced tea) and banana leaves. The imu is completely covered with a canvas tarp then sealed with earth or sand such that heat and steam can not escape. A kalua pig is cooked by the heat stored in the rocks and not fire. If during the 6 – 8, or so, hours worth of cooking you hear a loud pop, it means that one of the rocks had a water pocket and the pick is essentially ruined. For that reason lava rocks used for kalua are often handed down over generations. They are a prized possession.

So, please keep the Hawaiian residents in your prayers and lend any assistance you deem appropriate.

Last but certainly not least, Gina Haspel is now Director of the CIA. She makes history as the first woman appointed to head the world’s premier intelligence agency. Our congratulations to Director Haspel.

Ok, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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Twin-Task® Headlamp Offers Two Light Sources for Both Distance and Close-Up Needs

EAGLEVILLE, PA, May 16, 2018 – Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, announced it has introduced the versatile Twin-Task® Headlamp, featuring both spot and COB flood beams that allow for hands-free lighting for both distance and close-up lighting tasks. The high lumen light also is powered by easily sourced alkaline or lithium AA batteries.

The new headlamp features a traditional LED beam to provide spot lighting for distance illumination, and a new technology COB LED, which casts a smooth, diffused flood light to fill a work area with light while reducing glare. Featuring the latest in power LED technology, the Twin-Task Headlamp provides five lighting levels, making it ideal for virtually any lighting task.

“This latest addition to the Streamlight line of Twin-Task work lights gives industrial, automotive and other professionals a versatile headlamp that can be powered by readily available AA batteries,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “With its main beam for distance spotting and a COB Flood LED for working close up, technicians always have just the right mode for their lighting needs.”

The Twin-Task Headlamp’s multi-function, push-button switch allows users to access the five modes.  The Spot LED (with high, medium and low modes) ranges from 300 lumens and 4.25 hours of run time on high to 50 lumens and 38 hours on low.  The COB Flood LED has two modes:  high, 250 lumens and a 3.5-hour run time; and low, 125 lumens and a 7.5-hour run time.  The light uses three alkaline or lithium AA batteries located in a rear battery pack that is contoured for user comfort.

With a body made of impact-modified nylon, the Twin-Task® Headlamp weighs 7.6 ounces with the included alkaline batteries and 6.9 ounces with lithium batteries. The light’s head bracket measures 2.67 inches long, and the rear battery pack is 3 inches in length.

Featuring an IPX4 rating for water resistance, the Twin-Task Headlamp is also impact- resistant to 2 meters.

Available in a black/red combination, the Twin-Task Headlamp has an MSRP of $75.00 and comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime warranty.

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Grey Ghost Precision Announces MKII Version of Precision Rifles

Lakewood, WA – Grey Ghost Precision, leading manufacturers of accurate, reliable, and attainable weapon systems, is excited to announce the MKII versions of their most popular rifles, The GGP Heavy (.308 WIN), GGP Light (5.56 NATO) and the GRIM (6.5 Creedmoor).

Grey Ghost spends no time, wasted on production – partnering with only the best in the industry, to ensure that every product that goes out the door is worthy of it’s name, the team at GGP worked tirelessly to revise the previous models, guaranteeing the perfection that we know and expect.

The GGP Heavy (.308 WIN) is an extremely accurate semi-automatic rifle that fits the specific requests from sources operating in Afghanistan. The team at GGP coupled these demands with evaluations from Special Forces marksmanship instructors, competition shooters and avid hunters, and developed one of the most innovative and cutting-edge rifles in the in the DMR space.

Built with the GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver and GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower, the Heavy measures an overall length (with the extended GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard) of 38”, and a mere 35” when collapsed; and weighs in at 8.3lbs.  It carries a 16″ .308WIN match grade BBL. 1×10 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with a GGP muzzle brake and Black Nitride coating in and out.

The GGP Light (5.56 NATO) is a real-world application rifle, which is as effective in home defense as it is on the battlefield. Designed to achieve a durable, reliable, affordable, accurate and attainable 5.56 rifle—all without compromising quality, the light is intended for hard use and everything that goes with it.

Built with a GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper with M4 feed ramps, and a GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower, the GGP Light measures an overall length of 37” (stock extended), and 34” (collapsed); with an overall weight of 6.6lbs.  Donned with a 16″ 5.56 BBL. 1×8 twist, 1/2-28 threaded muzzle with a GGP muzzle brake, and Black Nitride coating in and out.

The GGP MKII Grim (6.5 Creedmoor) came to light, after shooters began experiencing the accuracy potential of the Grey Ghost Precision catalog of rifles in other calibers. Several competitive shooters in the precision rifle circuit desired a gas gun that gave their beloved 6.5 Creedmoor round a platform, that maintained all the advantages of a modern semi-automatic sporting rifle – without compromising accuracy, consistency and performance. GGP worked to produce the GRIM, an exceedingly accurate 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that fit the specific requests of experienced snipers and PRS shooters looking for the ultimate tack driving instrument that would not only compete with other 6.5 Creedmoor rifles, but win.

“We decided that it was time to step away from the proprietary platform of the original GGP rifles, and remove all compromises; making the MKII versions much more user friendly and simplified,” stated Grey Ghost Precision, VP of Firearms, Jason Curns. “With the focus being that of a more simplistic, yet versatile design, the MKII versions are now lighter (almost a full pound less on each platform) and maintain tighter tolerances across the board.”

Curns, formerly at Mega Arms, was the lead designer in the GGP original platforms, is the brains behind the redesign; cutting everything down to its roots and building up again.



  • GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver
  • GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
  • GGP MKII Extended length (18″) M-LOK hand guard
  • True Black Type III Mil Spec hard coat anodize
  • 22″ 6.5 Creedmoor Proof Research BBL. 1×8 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake, Rifle Length gas +2″
  • Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
  • Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MP/MPI tested
  • H3 Buffer and Rifle Length Buffer Spring
  • CMC Trigger 2-stage 2lb set/2lb release
  • Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
  • Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
  • MAGPUL MOE pistol grip / MAGPUL PRS Gen 3 Stock
  • Overall Weight: 10 lbs / Overall Length: 44″

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MKII Light

  • GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver with M4 feed ramps
  • GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
  • GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard
  • True Black Type III Class 2 Mil Spec hard coat anodize
  • 16″ 5.56 BBL. 1×8 twist, 1/2-28 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake, Black Nitride coating in and out, Mid Length gas.
  • Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
  • Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MP/MPI tested
  • CMC Flat-Faced Single Stage trigger, 3 1/2 pound pull
  • Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
  • Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
  • MAGPUL MOE pistol grip / MAGPUL SL Stock
  • Overall Weight: 6.6 lbs / Overall Length (stock extended): 37″ / Collapsed Length: 34″
  • No sights or optics included

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MKII Heavy

  • GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver
  • GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
  • GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard
  • True Black Type III Class 2 Mil Spec hard coat anodize
  • 16″ .308WIN match grade BBL. 1×10 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake,Black Nitride coating in and out, Mid Length gas.
  • Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
  • Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MP/MPI tested
  • Carbine .308 Buffer and 17-7 Carbine Buffer Spring
  • CMC Flat-Faced Single Stage trigger, 3 1/2 pound pull
  • Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
  • Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
  • MAGPUL MOE pistol grip / MAGPUL SL-S Stock
  • Overall Weight: 8.3 lbs / Overall Length (stock extended): 38″ / Collapsed Length: 35″
  • The Grey Ghost Precision MKII rifles are available now for preorder through the website,
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HSGI acquires Comp-Tac Victory Gear

HSGI announced their acquisition of CompTac Victory Gear. The acquisition adds breadth and depth to one of the leading purveyors of load bearing tactical gear. Bill Babboni announce the acquisition 16 May saying:

Dear friends and valued customers,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the acquisition of Comp-Tac Victory Gear™.
Comp-Tac™ has been a leading brand in the hostler community since its inception in 2000. Comp-Tac™ has developed and manufactures a full line of Kydex® holsters – tactical, competition, concealed carry (appendix, IWB and OWB), hybrid (Kydex® and leather), revolver holsters, holsters for firearms with lights or lasers, as well as holsters designed specifically for women. In addition to the full line of holsters, Comp-Tac™ provides great Kydex® solutions for magazine pouches.
The Comp-Tac™ product lines truly are a perfect addition to the gear we at High Speed Gear® have provided for years. These holsters add a complete depth to the line and work seamlessly with High Speed Gear® and mirror the quality and innovation that you have come to expect from us. Furthermore, Comp-Tac™ has been the #1 holster used at the IDPA National Championships for the past six years!
While Comp-Tac’s™ design, manufacturing, support and distribution will remain in their current location in Houston, we recently broke ground on an additional two-story distribution facility in Swansboro, NC, to increase our capabilities and meet the worldwide demand for our products.
Over the next couple of weeks, the full line of Comp-Tac™ products will be available to all our dealers and distributors worldwide.
The Comp-Tac™ line can be seen at and
As High Speed Gear® and Comp-Tac™ continue to expand, we welcome all inquiries:
Thank you,
Bill Babboni and your entire team at HSGI® and Comp-Tac™!

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Steiner’s P4Xi Riflescope – 2018 Optic of the year


Steiner’s P4Xi has been selected as the 2018 National Rifle Association’s Shooting Illustrated Optic of the Year. Designed for patrol and tactical operations, the P4Xi offers quick, clear target acquisition in a lightweight compact design.

“We knew the tactical world needed a better compact, close-to-medium range optic that wouldn’t break the bank,” said Director of Marketing Ryan Hennig. “Our engineers absolutely nailed it with the P4Xi 1-4×24.”

The P4Xi riflescope offers high-contrast glass and an illuminated P3TR reticle with 11 different levels (five daytime, four low-light and two night vision settings), with an OFF position between each setting, making the riflescope perfect for any situation.  The versatile 4x zoom system with true 1x magnification allows engaging targets in extreme close-quarters or out to 400 yards accurately.
“Lightweight and easy to use, the Steiner P4Xi 1-4×24 scope will be a first-rate choice for patrol rifles and AR platforms,” wrote Brian McCombie in his July 2017 review. “Priced less than $600, you can’t ask much more from a quality piece of tactical shooting glass.”


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More is Better When it Comes to Your Thermal Imager

Multiple color palettes provide distinct advantages in diverse environments

WILSONVILLE, OR (May 14, 2018) – Thermal imagers detect and amplify minute temperature differences between objects in the user’s environment and convert them into recognizable images, much like a digital photographic camera does with visible light.

Similar to photographic cameras offering different settings and filters to optimize image quality in different environments, FLIR engineers have increased the performance of their newest Breach thermal monocular and ThermoSight Pro thermal riflescopes by adding distinct palette options that display captured temperature data in discrete color sets. Each palette offers various advantages, depending on user preference and circumstances.

Breach and ThermoSight Pro offer a choice of seven palettes, and there is no right or wrong palette for any particular application,” says FLIR Sales and Distribution Manager, Angelo Brewer. “The choice really comes down to personal preference, the characteristics of the user’s environment, and how the image might be used.”

WHITE HOT: The most commonly used palette, White Hot displays warm objects in white, while cooler objects appear dark. This palette is great when there’s a wide span of temperature in the same scene.

The main advantage of White Hot is that the overall scene looks very realistic, so the user more easily interprets details. This palette is suitable for scenes with either high or low contrast, making it a great option when shifting from one landscape to another.

BLACK HOT: The opposite of White Hot, the warmest objects appear black in this popular palette. Black Hot is a favorite among law enforcement and hunters alike, because scenes look lifelike, especially at night.

RAINBOW HC: This palette uses multiple colors to display minute temperature differences. It is often used in large, open areas where differences in temperatures are minimal. It adds more visual interest to the scene and ensures excellent visibility of objects with a high temperature.  Rainbow HC is particularly useful in low contrast scenes, as it utilizes a wider color spectrum to add details to the scene and ensures excellent visibility.

SEPIA: This palette displays warmer temperatures in yellow and cooler temperatures in black. The Sepia color palette has a relatively narrow visual spectrum and helps reduce eye and mental fatigue. Because it is easy on the eyes, Sepia is great choice when looking through Breach or ThermoSight Pro for a significant stretch of time, such as while conducting surveillance or waiting in a blind.

IRONBOW: Ironbow is a nice, general-use palette that simulates the glow of heated objects. This palette allows users to quickly spot warmer objects against cooler backgrounds. Much like iron in a fire, a target’s radiance is conspicuous against the surrounding background, allowing for quick acquisition of people, animals and other warm objects.

ARCTIC: Arctic is another popular palette, because it displays high temperatures with a well-defined outline that separates warm from cool, helping warmer targets stand out in their surroundings.

OUTDOOR ALERT: Outdoor Alert uses the lifelike detail of Black Hot, but highlights the hottest ten-percent of the scene in orange, making it even easier to find hot objects in a scene. Outdoor alert is a popular choice for nighttime game recovery and surveillance.

When it comes selecting a thermal imager, the ability to display and view the environment in multiple color palettes has significant benefits; seven choices are always better than one. And while choosing a preferred color palette is up to the user and the specific environmental conditions in which they’re operating, with so many choices, Breach and ThermoSight Pro definitely have a video palette that will provide a clear advantage.

The new FLIR Breach thermal monocular and all three new ThermoSight Pro thermal riflescopes are now available for purchase at established FLIR dealers throughout the US, starting at $2,495 and $2,199, respectively.


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Shell Shock Technologies Sponsored Shooter John Vlieger Wins High Overall in Open Division at South Carolina State Championship

Vlieger wins High Overall in Open Division at The Blue Bullets and Red Hill Tactical 2018 South Carolina State Championship in Ridgeville, SC, May 3 – 5, 2018.

Westport, Conn. (May 2018) – Shell Shock Technologies, LLC., an early stage technology and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, is pleased to announce its sponsored shooter John Vlieger won High Overall in the Open Division at The Blue Bullets and Red Hill Tactical 2018 South Carolina State Championship, held at the Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, South Carolina, May 3 – 5 2018. Vlieger finished with 1212.4390 match points.

“Consistency wins, and Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases have enabled me to focus on my shooting, and not my ammo. Speed and accuracy are essential to the sport, but without ammunition to keep up, you’re already behind the curve. I’ll continue to use Shell Shock Technologies NAS3 cases throughout the season without a doubt,” commented Vlieger.

Vlieger has fired over 15,000 rounds of ammunition with Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases since becoming sponsored in 2017 and plans to continue using it.

The Blue Bullets and Red Hill Tactical 2018 South Carolina State Championship runs nine total stages and a chronograph stage.

Vlieger can be seen competing next at the 2018 Berry’s Area 1 Championship in East Missoula, Montana, May 16 – 20, 2018.

About Shell Shock’s NAS

3 Cases:

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

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

To learn more about Shell Shock’s revolutionary technology, visit

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Steiner Introduces the TOR Series Pistol Lights and Lasers


The same Steiner eOptics team that designs and builds the DBAL series of military laser optics has developed a set of consumer-focused pistol lasers. Still made in the United States, still milled from solid aluminum, still with a lot of the feature-set demanded by the military and law enforcement, like lasers that maintain full strength even when the battery starts draining, and most importantly, an full auto-on that turns the optic on as soon as the pistol is pulled from a holster or lifted up.

There are four models in the TOR lineup:

  1. TOR Micro, a tiny laser in your choice of green or red, which will sell for $199.
  2. TOR Mini, a slightly larger, more featured laser, at $299
  3. TOR Torch, a flashlight-only option for bright clear white light, at $299
  4. TOR Fusion, which matches the white light with a green or red laser, $399.


Get the details on the TOR line

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Jerry Miculek On How To Shoot a Pistol

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Firefield AR Multi-Tool Combines 15 Useful Tools In One Package


(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Thanks to the new AR Multi-Tool (FF72000) from Firefield, there’s no reason to buy individual tools to clean and perform simple maintenance on your AR-15. The versatile 15-in-1 Multi-Tool combines common tools into one easy-to-carry package.

In addition to pliers, a wire cutter, and hammer surface, the AR Multi-Tool includes tools necessary for tightly mounting most scopes and accessories, as well as for adjusting windage and elevation on standard optics. Constructed of durable metal, the locking tools are spring-loaded so they stay in the open position while in use and are able to be used with just one hand.

For shooters who like to keep their firearms in tip-top shape, a bolt scraper allows quick and easy basic bolt maintenance. Other tools include a bit driver with 4 bits, large flat head, hex wrench, bottle opener, flat knife, small knife, cotter pin puller and metal pick. The AR Multi-Tool comes with a convenient carrying pouch and the entire package weighs just 14.1 oz., making it the perfect accessory to keep on your workbench or throw in your rifle/range bag.

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Sig Sauer Academy Tourniquet Application Tip

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Ammunition Depot Partners with Laura Burgess Marketing

Ammunition Depot hires Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) to grow customer base through public and media relations.

Boca Raton, Fla. (May 2018)Ammunition Depot has signed Laura Burgess Marketing for public and media relations. Ammunition Depot, a Florida-based online distributor of ammunition and firearms accessories, branded merchandise, and magazines, was founded to provide 2nd Amendment advocates and patriots with a resource for quality products backed by superior customer service from the initial online experience through receipt of the product.

“Since our beginning, we’ve been committed to the customer’s experience. As we continue to grow and offer our customers more in the way of accessories, branded items and more, we realized we needed a partner to help us get the word out and that is where Laura Burgess Marketing comes in,” Scott Blick, managing partner of Ammunition Depot, said.

As Ammunition Depot’s public relations partner, LBM will be helping them reach a larger audience through new product announcements and writer relations to bolster their growing market demand. LBM will provide content in the form of articles, blogs and email newsletter stories to educate consumers on the many benefits of purchasing ammunition through a respected online retailer.

“We look forward to supporting and growing the Ammunition Depot brand,” Laura Burgess, president of Laura Burgess Marketing, added. “The people behind this company are hardworking, family centric Americans that support our Constitutional rights, create jobs in the state of Florida and give back to our troops, law enforcement officers and their community. There are some great stories here at Ammunition Depot and it will be our job to share them with their customers.”

Ammunition Depot offers customers a vast array of ammunition, including bulk, handgun, rifle, rimfire, shotgun and specialty ammunition, like cowboy action and lead-free. Besides ammunition, Ammunition Depot offers knives and tools, magazines for the most popular rifles and handguns, packs, less-lethal and loading components. Ammunition Depot also provides qualified dealers, law enforcement agencies and security contractors with special pricing through its wholesale and law enforcement bulk pricing.

As a company founded on the 2nd Amendment principals that all Americans have the right and responsibility to defend themselves, Ammunition Depot recently joined theRhode et al v. Becerra lawsuit filed by the California Rifle & Pistol Association, with support from the National Rifle Association, challenging the provisions of Proposition 63 and other “Gunmageddon” bills on the docket.

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Steyr Logoed Gun Cases by Drago



BESSEMER, Ala. (May 14, 2018) — Steyr Arms announced the availability of a new Steyr logoed Drago 36-inch soft gun case today. Ideal sized for safely transporting your Steyr AUG and pistols to and from the range, this case features padded backpack straps for hands-free transport, three large pouches for ammunition and accessories, four zippered storage areas and two padded pistol pockets.

Crafted of durable 600-denier Cordura, this case also offers MOLLE front panels for the attachment of external bags or accessories. The well padded and water-resistant Drago case measures 37 by 14 by 10 inches and is available in black, green or tan. Available at, it has a suggested retail of $70.00 and comes with a Steyr AUG PVC patch that can be proudly worn on the case’s hook-and-loop panel.

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

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Galco Announces Improved Tuck-N-Go IWB Holster!

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PHOENIX, May 2018
Galco Gunleather is very excited to introduce an improved Tuck-N-Go™ IWB holster!
Part of Galco’s extremely popular – and popularly-priced – Carry Lite line of holsters, the Tuck-N-Go is constructed of Premium Center Cut Steerhide™. The Tuck-N-Go’s open top allows a fast draw once the concealing garment is swept up and away, while the reinforced mouth allows a smooth and easy return to the holster. The improved Tuck-N-Go’s belt clips are adjustable for cant, making it suitable for the strong side, crossdraw, or appendix carry positions.
The ambidextrous Tuck-N-Go is supplied with two types of interchangeable tuckable clips. The first is the new UniClip™ designed to go over the belt, but 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!
Available in black, the Tuck-N-Go’s MSRP is a very affordable $38.
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Now on Shelves, The Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 45 Auto

Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 45 Auto 230 Grain BBJHP

Huntsville, AL – Engineered in conjunction with law enforcement professionals, for law enforcement professionals, the new Golden Saber Black Belt load is now shipping in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 Auto.

In tests measuring terminal performance through ordnance gelatin as well as ordnance gelatin with additional barriers such as heavy clothing, steel, wall board, auto lass and plywood, Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition is a top performer in head-to-head testing. At the heart of the new line of ammunition is the ground-breaking Black Belt bullet—developed utilizing the stringent FBI Barrier Test Protocol for optimal performance.

Like the venerable Golden Saber, the Black Belt bullet is constructed of a brass jacket and hollow point cavity with spiral nose cuts. Additionally, this new product features the innovative Mechani-Lokt belt and hourglass shape that firmly locks the core and jacket together at the mid- and rear sections. A double measure to prevent core and jacket separation for high weight retention and predictable penetration even when encountering the toughest barriers. These key characteristics collectively provide consistent expansion, penetration and weight retention for absolute predictable terminal performance. Finally, the driving band located at the rear of the bullet insures proper alignment in the bore for maximum accuracy.

Golden Saber Black Belt unfired - expanded bullet

Additional benefits and features of Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition include:

  • Optimized primer for consistent ignition and reduced muzzle flash
  • Corrosion resistant nickel-plated cases for reliable feed and function
  • Flash suppressed powder for minimal muzzle flash
  • Waterproof seal at neck and primer pocket for added reliability

Initial offerings include loads for 9mm Luger (standard and +P), 40 S&W and 45 Auto cartridges.









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40 S&W





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The New Savage Model 110 Scout

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – May 11, 2018 – The new form-fitting, high-performance Model 110 Scout rifle from Savage allows shooters to make fast, accurate shots from a variety of positions—including offhand. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.
The Savage 110 Scout’s AccuFit system lets shooters easily customize the length-of-pull and comb height for a personalized fit, while the user-adjustable AccuTrigger offers a crisp, clean pull. Together with the AccuStock, which secures the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, the 110 Scout provides the fit and function of a custom rifle—right out of the box.
It’s also flush with features, including a carbon steel barrel, muzzle brake and AICS-style detachable box magazine that holds 10 rounds. Plus, its rugged synthetic stock, forward mounted rail and adjustable iron sights are perfectly suited to the versatile platform.

Features & Benefits
• AccuFit system lets shooters quickly adjust comb height and length-of-pull
• User-adjustable AccuTrigger
• AccuStock rail system secures the action three-dimensionally along its entire length
• Flat Dark Earth Synthetic stock
• 16½-inch matte-black button-rifled barrel with muzzle brake and adjustable iron sights
• Forward-mounted rail
• 10-round Magpul AICS-style detachable box magazine
• Soft grip fore-end and pistol grip surfaces
• New Model 110 design and ergonomics

Part No. / Description / MSRP
57136 / 223 Rem.,16½-inch barrel / $819
57026 / 308 Win.,16½-inch barrel / $819
57138 / 338 Federal,16½-inch barrel / $819
57139 / 450 Bushmaster,16½-inch barrel / $819
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New Rival Foregrips deliver maximum stability to AR-15 shooters

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Added stability and control for AR-15 firearms doesn’t have to weigh you down. New for 2018, Firefield Rival Foregrips are here to help improve your accuracy with two different models; with one for Picatinny rails (FF35004) and one for KeyMod rails (FF35005).

Weighing a minuscule 4 oz., Rival Foregrips utilize a skeletonized design to provide one of the most lightweight foregrip attachments possible. Despite being as light as a feather, their aluminum construction makes them shockproof and able to be used on a variety of different calibers.

Ideal for quick target acquisition, tactical shooting, and combat simulation, the Rival series ergonomic design was intended to make shooting as comfortable and natural as possible. A textured surface finish delivers added grip to shooters who don’t have the time for slip-ups when it matters most.

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Federal American Eagle Recognized as Today’s Top Rifle Ammunition Brand

ANOKA, Minnesota – May 11, 2018 – A recent report conducted by Southwick Associates identifies the top rifle ammunition brand in today’s current marketplace as Federal Ammunition’s American Eagle brand. These results were tallied when and surveyed more than 30,000 anglers, hunters and recreational shooters.
More than 150 hunting/shooting and fishing products were examined in Southwick’s new annual market reports. These in-depth resources illustrate shopping behaviors, such as where they buy, brand preferences to products purchased and amount spent. Learn more at:
“We are product to be recognized by this report,” said Federal Premium Centerfire Rifle Product Director Mike Holm. “American Eagle rifle ammunition offers consistent, accurate performance at a price that’s perfect for all types of recreational shooting. The full product line is a long list of many different calibers, bullet weights, bullet types and more, offering an impressive range of options to all kinds of customers.”
Federal American Eagle’s already expansive ammunition line has grown for 2018, adding three more of the most popular calibers on the market, including the all-new, Federal Premium-designed 224 Valkyrie, as well as 6.5 Creedmoor and 223 Rem. All feature quality bullets, reloadable brass cases and dependable primers.

Part No. / Description / MSRP
AE223T75 / 223 Rem. 75-grain FMJ, 20-count box / $12.95
AE224VLK1 / 224 Valkyrie 75-grain FMJ, 20-count box / $13.95
AE65CRD2 / 6.5 Creedmoor 120-grain BTHP, 20-count box / $26.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to

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SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-6×24 Riflescope Selected for US Army Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

Newington, N.H. (May 11, 2018) – The US Army has announced its selection of SIG SAUER’s TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope for their Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR). The optic is the final component to be selected for the complete SDMR system that will be put into service for the US Army’s Designated Marksmen.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected as the official optic for the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, and it is very humbling to once again earn the trust of the US Army through this selection,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “SIG SAUER is committed to providing the highest quality equipment for the military that surpasses expectations in durability, accuracy, and performance, so they have tools they can rely on for every mission requirement in the defense of freedom.”

The ruggedized SDMR TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope features a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) anodized aircraft grade aluminum maintube, 762 Extended Range Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) illuminated front focal plane reticle, an ultra-bright red horseshoe dot for fast daylight target acquisition, locking illumination dial, Power Selector Ring (PSR) Throw Lever, and a laser-marked scope level indicator for mount installation. The TANGO6 1-6X24 SDMR optic is a variant of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics commercially available TANGO6.

“SIG SAUER Electro-Optics fuses superior optical designs, advanced electronic technologies, and ruggedized mechanical systems tested to MIL-STD-810G at our R&D and assembly facility in Oregon, USA,” added Andy York, President SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “We are firmly committed to supporting the US ARMY with this mission-specific riflescope that bridges the gap between close-quarters battle and mid-range tactical engagements.”

The Directed Requirement (minimum manufacturing requirement) for the selected SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-6×24 optic is 6,069 units. Funding for the acquisition is set for FY2019.

Additional variants of the TANGO6 optic are available commercially.

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Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology is proud to announce its support of National Police Week through a giveaway, limited edition product and donating a portion of proceeds to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).  National Police Week takes place May 13-19, 2018.
During National Police Week, members of law enforcement can visit to enter a drawing for a limited edition blue 9mm Ripcord®.  Otis will randomly draw 50 winners each day of Police Week to receive a free Ripcord. You must be a member of the law enforcement community to enter.
In addition, Otis will be offering the limited edition
9mm Ripcord for sale  You do not have to be a member of law enforcement to purchase a Ripcord.  A limited quantity will be available.
Lastly, 5% of sales on all products purchased through the Otis website during National Police Week will be donated to the NLEOMF. 
NLEOMF is dedicated to telling the story of American Law Enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The organization also built and maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.  Additionally, they are a principal organizer of National Police Week.
“We salute the brave members of our law enforcement community.  National Police Week is a special time devoted to recognizing those in blue who have lost their lives to protect ours and this is a small token of our appreciation.  We encourage anyone looking to stock up on gun cleaning supplies to do so during Police Week,” states Greg Essenlohr, Military/LE Sales Manager for Otis Technology.
Otis Technology is known for manufacturing the most advanced gun cleaning systems and accessories available.  The superior Breech-to-Muzzle® design combined with unmatched quality has positioned Otis as the gun care system of choice with the US Military.  Otis Technology is SMART GUN CARE.



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Federal Introduces Syntech Action Pistol Competition Handgun Ammunition

ANOKA, Minnesota – May 10, 2018 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to introduce all-new Syntech Action Pistol, the official ammunition of the USPSA. Shooters who compete at the highest levels need ammunition built for the demands of their discipline. Syntech Action Pistol is specifically designed for the action shooting sports and loaded to power factor requirements with heavy, flatter-nosed bullets for more reliable knock-downs on steel targets in competition. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.
Like all Syntech loads, Action Pistol features the exclusive Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ), which prevents metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and barrel, eliminating copper and lead fouling as well as reducing damaging heat and friction. Combined with clean-burning powders and the Catalyst lead-free primer, Syntech Action Pistol provides the softest-shooting and most reliable performance possible for high-volume competitive shooters.
Features & Benefits
• Official ammunition of USPSA
• Optimized for action shooting sports’ power factor requirements
• Reduced felt recoil
• Flatter than typical nose profile for better energy transfer to steel targets
• TSJ eliminates copper and lead fouling, while extending barrel life
• Exclusive lead-free primer formulation provides reliable, consistent ignition
• Clean-burning propellants minimize residue
• Drastically reduces splash-back on steel targets
Part No. / Description / MSRP
AE9SJAP1 / 9mm Luger 150-grain Syntech Action Pistol / $18.95
AE40SJAP1 / 40 S&W 205-grain Syntech Action Pistol / $24.95
AE45SJAP1 / 45 Auto 220-grain Syntech Action Pistol / $30.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to

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Savage Introduced New MSR and Rascal Rifles at 2018 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Show


Related imageWESTFIELD, Massachusetts – May 10, 2018 –Savage unleashed a flurry of new high-performance firearms at the 2018 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Dallas, Texas. The new models unveiled include the MSR 15 Long Range and MSR 15 300 Blackout Pistol, along with the Rascal FV-SR, Rascal Target and Rascal Target XP.
The MSR 15 Long Range is built to with a 22-inch stainless steel barrel deliver pinpoint precision at any distance. Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range. The MSR 15 Long Range barrel is also topped with a two-port muzzle brake mounted with Savage’s proprietary taper-lock interface. The brake allows shooters to adjust recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.
The MSR 15 Long Range also features a custom-length gas system, paired with a low-profile adjustable gas block, that is enclosed by a true free-float handguard. The gas block can be adjusted for optimum cycling of the full range of bullet weights and tuned for use with a suppressor.
For its part, the MSR 15 Blackout Pistol, equipped with KAK Shockwave Brace, takes full advantage of the 300 Blackout’s adaptability to a wide range of hunting, self-defense and tactical situations. The AR Pistol uses a pistol-length gas system so shooters can utilize suppressors and reliably cycle subsonic ammunition without adding length and weight. Plus, its 10.5-inch melonite QPQ coated barrel’s 5R button rifling provides both accuracy and maneuverability, while a full suite of accessory upgrades make it easier and more comfortable to shoot.
Savage’s new Rascals are pint-sized powerhouses designed to take the industry’s safest micro rimfire to new heights. The new rifles can shoot 22 Short, 22 Long or 22 Long Rifle ammunition. These single-shot rifles feature Savage’s user-adjustable Accu-Trigger system. Like the original Rascal, they cock by lifting the bolt and unload easily—without pulling the trigger. The design also builds superior shooting skills thanks to full-size rifle features.
The Rascal FV-SR enhances accuracy with a heavy barrel with a threaded (1/2-28) muzzle and sports a tough synthetic stock. The Rascal Target features a precision hardwood stock, heavy 16 1/8-inch barrel, one-piece Picatinny rail and is also threaded muzzle for accuracy and adaptability.
The Rascal Target XP offers all the Rascal Target amenities in a ready-to-shoot package that comes with a mounted and bore-sighted 4x32mm scope, as well as a bipod sling swivel stud mount.
Part No. / Description / MSRP
22947 / MSR 15 Long Range, 224 Valkyrie, 22-inch barrel / $1,849
22933 / MSR 15 Blackout, 300 Blackout, 10.5-inch barrel / $1,099
13834 / Rascal FV-SR Black, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $219
13835 / Rascal FV-SR Pink, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $219
13823 / Rascal Target, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $314
13824 / Rascal Target XP, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $399
13836 / Rascal Target XP LH, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $399
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Brown Scheduled for Appearance with Streamlight at 2018 AAPEX Show

Image result for antron brownEAGLEVILLE, PA, May 10, 2018 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting tools, renewed its sponsorship with Antron Brown, an American drag racer currently driving the Matco Tools Toyota for Don Schumacher Racing in the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA’s) Top Fuel division.  Known for winning the Top Fuel world championship three times – in 2012, followed by back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016 – Brown holds a total of 65 career event titles.

Brown is one of three hosts of Top Gear America, a U.S. spinoff of the popular British television show, Top Gear.


As part of Streamlight’s sponsorship of Brown, he will appear at the company’s booth at AAPEX in Las Vegas in Fall 2018.  Brown’s helmet and racing gear also sport the Streamlight logo.

“So many of our customers are drag racing fans, so we have renewed our sponsorship with Antron because of our long-time commitment to the automotive market,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen.  “Antron and his team regularly use Streamlight products in maintaining their vehicles, and we are very proud to have him represent our brand.”

“We are very excited and proud to be partners with Streamlight,” said Brown. “When I think of Streamlight, I think of trust and reliability.  When I’m going 330 miles per hour, I definitely want them in my corner.”

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SIG SAUER Takes Home Three Ballistic’s Best Awards at NRA Show

Newington, N.H. (May 10, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. was recently honored with Ballistic’s Best Awards in three categories by Athlon Outdoors. The Ballistic’s Best Awards are Athlon’s recognition of superiority in class and significant product development throughout the year. Ballistic’s Best Awards were presented in nine categories for both Editor’s Choice and Reader’s Choice.

SIG SAUER was the recipient of the following Ballistic’s Best Awards:

Ballistic’s Best: Compact Semi-Auto, Editor’s Choice, SIG SAUER P365 Micro-Compact
Recognized for its excellent reliability, Ballistic’s Best lauded SIG SAUER for making, “no sacrifices” in quality or features when developing the P365 everyday carry pistol. Ballistic’s Best noted that in, “2018, SIG SAUER decided to swing for the fence and ended up releasing an exciting new offering in the new P365.” The P365 was built around the magazine with a 10+1 capacity, and a 12+1 magazine for extended capacity, for 9mm ammunition, an undercut trigger-guard, and standard X-RAY3 day/night sights.

Ballistic’s Best: Full-Sized Semi-Auto, Reader’s Choice, SIG SAUER P320 X-Carry
Recognized by readers as, “the best combination of concealment and high capacity in 9mm,” and, “a finely built firearm that feels good in hand, both at rest and work.” The P320 X-Carry is a modular striker-fired pistol available in varying grip sizes, which readers acknowledged lends itself to being, “a pistol that works for a larger demographic due to ergonomic design.”

Ballistic’s Best: Semi-Automatic Rifle, Reader’s Choice, SIG SAUER MCX Virtus SBR
Recognized by readers for offering, “the right balance of firepower, size, weight, and reliability.” The MCX Virtus was praised for its ease when changing barrel length and caliber, adjustable gas block, unique bolt changing system, and the variety of folding stock configurations. Ballistic’s Best readers hailed the MCX Virtus as the “future of MSR-style rifles.”

“Receiving the Ballistic’s Best Awards from Athlon Outdoors for Editor’s Choice and Reader’s Choice in three categories is very gratifying for everyone at SIG SAUER,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We work tirelessly to introduce new products by remaining committed to our research and development, utilizing cutting edge engineering, innovative designs, and superior quality, with the sole purpose of enhancing the shooting experience. This recognition is really a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, throughout our entire process at SIG SAUER, and our drive to be the best in everything we do.”

Athlon Outdoors Ballistic’s Best Awards were announced during the NRA Show in Dallas, Texas, and will be featured in the Athlon Publications Ballistic’s Best Premier Issue.

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Parabon NanoLabs to Present Snapshot DNA Phenotyping at New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists (NJAFS) 2018 Spring Seminar

A presentation on DNA Phenotyping Case Studies will be led by Dr. Steven Armentrout, Parabon’s President, during the 2018 Spring Seminar: Advances in DNA Technology, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 11, 2018.

Reston, Va. (May 2018)Parabon® NanoLabs, a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-gen forensic and therapeutic products, will be presenting “Parabon Snapshot® DNA Phenotyping Case Studies” at the 2018 Spring Seminar: Advances in DNA Technology, to be held at The Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 11, 2018. The 2018 Spring Seminar is presented by the New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists (NJAFS). The presentation will be led by Dr. Steven Armentrout, Parabon NanoLabs’ President.

Dr. Armentrout will discuss Snapshot, a revolutionary new forensic DNA analysis service that accurately predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of an unknown person from DNA. It can also determine kinship between DNA samples out to six degrees of relatedness. He will discuss how the service can aid in generating investigative leads, narrowing suspect lists and identifying unknown remains, and review actual cases where Snapshot has provided useful information to investigators.

The NJAFS is dedicated to the furtherance of the forensic sciences in the state of New Jersey. Its membership consists of practicing forensic scientists, academics, students and associates from numerous different institutions from around the state, as well as from other states within adjoining regions. NJAFS’ primary goal is to bring people together and foster communication between forensic scientists and their laboratories.

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A Snake or Attorney General ?

It’s Friday and time for our almost weekly shoot the shit. I hope you all had a productive and uneventful week. For our new readers, a shoot the shit is a social event where we present topics that are either humorous, outrageous or informative. As readers, you don’t need to know a thing about the topic and you’re free to make totally uninformed comments without any support, you can also use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. This is precisely what a psychologist charges you $150+ per hour; we on the other hand offer the same at no charge and we don’t care if you are in denial. So let’s get started.

It’s been an interesting week.

For starters, we saw New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman step down amidst allegations of sexual abuse. Apparently, Mr. Schneiderman was a slapper, spitter, choker, abuser and sex slave master.

One of the women that came forward, Tanya Selvaratnam, a Sri Lankan woman who used to date Schneiderman, would slap her during sex until she called him “Master.” KINCKY! Reportedly he was consumed by threesome fantasies and would ask his ladies to line another woman up for some playtime!

A psychologist or psychiatrist (a psychologist who at least made it through medical school) would immediately look at Mr. Schneiderman as “having a small man complex.” LOL!


Mr. Schneiderman resigned 24 hours after the New Yorker published the allegations. Governor Cuomo, who has higher political aspirations, may have had a come to Jesus meeting with AG Schneiderman resulting in his resignation. Eric Schneiderman denied all allegations at first.

On a more serious note about three weeks ago I ran into a small rattler that decided to bite me in the foot. Well, that was the last time he’ll be biting anything including himself. So, it inspired me to tell you a couple of things about venoms. The picture below is about two weeks after the fact.


That reptilian sleazebag bit through the tongue of my shoe. I felt the hit and after dispatching the snake so I could take it to the doctor, I irrigated the wound with ammonia. What does ammonia do?

Proteins have characteristic conformations (read shape), which define how the protein functions. If you disrupt that conformation you damage the protein so that it no longer functions. You’ll often hear that proteins may have primary, secondary, tertiary and even quaternary conformations; a typical structure is shown below.

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What ammonia does is attack the hydrogen bonds that interact to give the protein its conformation – it’s what holds the folds together. When those bonds are broken the protein is in essence destroyed or in scientific parlance denatured.

You will still have an immune systems response and in my case I had puffiness and a dark area surrounding the bite, but knock on wood the bite was shallow enough that the ammonia took care of the problem. Ammonia also works very well with ant bites. Ants inject formic acid and ammonia will zap it.

For reasons that escape me, you can’t get ammonia at your local CVS or Walgreen, I believe since it’s used in explosive production it was taken off the shelves. You’ll need to find a source but it’s worth having a small bottle in your pack for things like this.

Last but not least, I have a short rant with regards to Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing. She was asked if she had moral objection to enhanced interrogation techniques. The people asking those questions have spent their entire lives living by selective morality. I wonder how immoral EITs are when weighed against the prospect of hundreds or even thousands of lives. Give me a break!

Feel free to comment, and have a relaxing and safe weekend. Spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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