Effective Immediately: Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

 

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Effective Immediately: Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications 12/10/2018

The Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB) classifies firearms as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA) and National Firearms Act (NFA) based on the configuration and the design features of the firearm as submitted by members of the industry.

Effective immediately, any requests for a determination on how an accessory affects the classification of a firearm under the GCA or NFA must include a firearm with the accessory already installed. Except in cases of conditional import determinations, FTISB will not issue a determination on an accessory unless it is attached to the submitted firearm.

If you have previously submitted a sample accessory for classification, FTISB will be returning your sample without classification. FTISB will contact you in the near future with further instructions to facilitate the return of your sample.

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INDRA SIGNS A CONTRACT TO PROVIDE THE GERMAN NAVY’S NEW K130 CORVETTES WITH ITS RIGEL ELECTRONIC DEFENSE SYSTEMS

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· It is a state-of-the-art solution that incorporates the most advanced digital reception technology to guarantee maximum detection range and sensitivity and to counteract any radar signal

· It provides a remarkable superiority to operate in the most complex environments, making it possible to ‘see’ the enemy before it detects the presence of the vessel

· The first series of K130 corvette class ships, currently in service with the German Navy, already operate with this system, which meets NATO requirements

· Over a hundred navy ships worldwide have been fitted with Indra’s electronic defense system. The company has become one of the global leaders in this field

Madrid, December 11, 2018.- Indra will equip the second series of K130 corvette class ships of the German Navy with its latest generation Rigel electronic defense system, enhancing the capacity of these vessels even in the most complex environments.

The company has signed an important contract with the naval systems company Atlas Elektronik and will deliver five Rigel RESM/RECM systems (Radar Electronic Support Measures/Radar Electronic Countermeasures).

It is a key technology that allows the ship to track the electromagnetic space and detect active radar emissions in its environment.

It also allows multiple active threats to be countered simultaneously by means of disturbance and deception techniques.

Indra has incorporated broadband digital reception technology into its system to guarantee the maximum sensitivity and detection range possible, which provides a remarkable superiority to the ship.

All these capabilities have been tested with excellent results in the most difficult and complex real electromagnetic scenarios. The system offers optimal response time and precision in this type of environment.

The solution meets the demands of the NATO countries, which require the highest levels of performance.

Experience with the German Navy

Indra has already implemented its RESM/RECM systems in the first series of K130 corvettes that is currently in service with the German Navy.

Therefore, it is a technology that the customer has tested and that responds to the needs of one of the most technologically demanding armies.

Indra works with the world’s leading shipyards, including Navantia, the Italian Fincantieri, the German tkMS, the Korean DSME and HHI and the Dutch Damen.

In the field of electronic defense, it maintains a strong global leadership after having developed systems that protect different types of air, naval and land platforms. Over a hundred navy ships and submarines worldwide use Indra’s electronic defense systems.

About Indra

Indra (www.indracompany.com) is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defense markets, and a leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component. In the 2017 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.011 billion, with 40,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries.

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FOXTROT365 Rail Mounted Flashlight for the P365

Designed for the revolutionary P365, the FOXTROT365 flashlight brings a new level of capability to the most exciting micro-compact handgun on the market today.

Designed for the revolutionary P365, the FOXTROT365 flashlight brings a new level of capability to the most exciting micro-compact handgun on the market today.

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Predator Ammunition, Changing the Course for Long Range Shooting

 

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The Predator patented projectile features an unparalleled technology accomplishing 1 mile+ shots.

Las Vegas, Nev. / Horseshoe Bend, Idaho (December 2018)American Reserve Munitions, producers of quality ammunition for quality shooters, has launched a newPredator ammunition landing page, complete with a video history of the development of the projectile from Stephen Damron, U.S. Army Veteran, long-range shooting competitor and president of Dynamic Research LLC, and video testimonial from actual users of this most innovative projectile.

Visit www.predatorammo.com and fill out a very brief survey and you will receive a discount on the caliber of your choice. This introduction offer is a perfect opportunity for you to take your long-range shooting to the next level. Calibers available in the Predator line include .338 Lapua, .300 Win., 30-06, .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Rem.

The Predator projectile, introduced in the summer of 2018, is the result of a partnership between Go West Trading, a manufacturer of American made rifle brass and American Reserve Munitions. Unlike any other long-range cartridge, the Predator bullet is developed from a patented process using proprietary brass with a parasitic drag elimination design that eliminates instability and results in a more accurate, longer range projectile.

The benefits to your long-range competition or hunting adventure include the ability to drop game in one shot and achieve greater distances than traditional boat tail projectiles with the patented back-end design. The bullet flies with less air cavitation and the Predator is hands-down more accurate than boat tail projectiles.

“The new landing page for Predator ammo gives customers a quick overview of this amazing bullet and the chance to try it at a discounted price,” Vaugh Wilkes of ARM explained. “We believe that once you use Predator ammo on your next hunt or range day, you’ll be hooked, because the results are truly phenomenal.”

For more information on the Predator line of ammo, or to purchase, go to www.predatorammo.com , visit www.gowesttrading.com and www.armunitions.com for additional information.

About Go West Trading:

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Go West Trading is a manufacturer dedicated to producing the finest American-made rifle brass using the toughest quality control standards available. GWT uses match-grade, American-made rifle brass that exceeds MIL-Spec and through a 9-step projectile forming process using the most stringent quality control.

About American Reserve Munitions (ARM):

American Reserve Munitions, located in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, proudly produce superior quality ammunition for serious shooters. Specializing in research and development, private label and creating custom loads, ARM is the main distributor of the new, ultra-long-range bullet, the Predator.

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Big Horn Armory (BHA) Introduces the Scout Lever-Action Rifle in 500 S&W

 

Paying homage to the late, great Jeff Cooper, BHA develops a powerful, lever-action Scout model rifle.

Cody, Wyo. (December 2018)Big Horn Armory, makers of big-bore firearms, have developed an all-purpose lever-action, big-bore, Scout rifle in .500 S&W. The late Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, US Veteran, author, professor and founder of Gunsite, was a major advocate for the Scout rifle concept; a rifle that was compact, easy to use and carry for hunting, target or defense. Typically, Scout rifles have become synonymous with bolt-action rifles, but BHA has expanded the concept with its new lever-action Scout model.

“Big Horn Armory’s success is a combination of combining legendary firearms platforms, such as the lever-action (and recently the AR) and big game calibers,” Greg Buchel, president of Big Horn Armory, said. “With the Scout rifle, we are incorporating all the features in a great, multi-purpose work-horse of a rifle. Our Scout is short, easy to shoot and utilizes the .500 S&W cartridge.”

Built on the BHA Model 89 platform with a 17-4 stainless steel, nitrited barreled action and receiver in a Hunter Black matte black finish, the Scout rifle buttstock and forend are made from black laminate with a synthetic satin finish and a 1” recoil pad on the buttstock. It also has a Scout scope Picatinny rail and Skinner Aperture rear sight and a white dot front sight.

Options are also available on the BHA Scout Lever-Action rifle, including a 22”, 16” and octagon barrel, scope mounts and a variety of sight options. MSRP for standard Big Horn Armory Scout Lever-Action rifle is $2,799.00.

Big Horn Armory Scout Rifle Specifications:

  • Caliber: 500 S&W
  • Rate of Twist: 1 in 24
  • Barrel Length: 18 inches
  • Crown: Recessed
  • Butt Stock and Forend: Black Laminate
  • Barreled Action: 17-4 stainless steel
  • Metal Finishes: Hunter Black Nitride on SS parts
  • Swing Swivel Mounts: Integral front, stud rear
  • Mag Capacity: 7
  • Sights: Aperture rear, blade front
  • Overall Length: 37 inches
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.
  • Length of Pull: 13 5/8 inches
  • MSRP: $2,799.00

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

About Big Horn Armory:

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

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Ultradyne Announces Apollo Max Muzzle Brake Now Available in 30 Caliber

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Ultradyne Announces Apollo Max Muzzle Brake

Now Available in 30 Caliber

.308 WIN is the classic mid-range thumper cousin of the round used in service rifles around the world and well respected for the energy it can deliver.  Ultradyne, an American designer and manufacturer of advanced shooting accessories, has officially released its Apollo Max muzzle brake specifically tuned for .308 WIN and compatible with related 30 Caliber projectiles.  Utilizing advanced imaging and precision instrumentation, Ultradyne’s team has engineered a device to serve as the ultimate in recoil reduction.  

Newton’s Third Law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and fans of .308 WIN know that means energy coming back to the shooter.  This recoil may be bearable, but it often moves the rifle off of the target, making follow-up shots slower and tracking hits more difficult. The Apollo Max is the solution by putting the cartridges’ own power to use in recoil mitigation.

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Apollo Max includes the Ultradyne-exclusive shrouded timing nut along with a Dynamount collar for quick, easy mounting.

Apollo Max’s unique design includes angled muzzle-rise compensation ports at the end of the device that direct gasses away from the shooter’s line of sight to avoid the vision-dazzling effects inherent in other designs.  100% CNC machined in the USA, each port was located, sized, and shaped for maximum flow utilizing a combination of modeling and relentless testing.  Until now such a high level of recoil reduction was not possible from a device of practical size, but Ultradyne’s science- and engineering-oriented approach brings this game-changing technology to the shooting public.

Apollo Max stands as a no-compromise, recoil-reducing phenom that enables nearly instantaneous follow-up shots and is an excellent option for competition shooters who want the last word in recoil performance.

For a better understanding of the Apollo Max class of brake see the video below demonstrating the 5.56mm model:

Apollo Max Muzle Brake- Research & Development

Apollo Max Muzzle Brake- Research & Development

Apollo Max .308 | 7.62 Technical Specifications

  • CALIBER .308 | 7.62 or smaller
  • BARREL THREAD 5/8×24 UNEF-2B
  • MATERIAL
    • 416 Stainless Steel
    • Salt Bath Nitride Finish
  • MOUNTING Shrouded Timing Nut
  • MASS
    • Brake Only 117 grams | 4.1 ounces
    • Total 145 grams | 5.1 ounces
  • DIMENSIONS
    • Length 75mm | 2.94 inches
    • OD 24.8 mm | 0.975 inches
  • WRENCH FLATS 13/16 inch

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Apollo Max is part of Ultradyne’s family of performance muzzle devices, each representing a different combination of recoil reduction and sonic characteristics.

The Apollo Max brake is available directly from Ultradyne as well as the online retailers listed below.  Click the corresponding logos below to see their offerings.

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About Ultradyne:

Ultradyne provides American ingenuity designed and manufactured in the USA.

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SIG SAUER Academy Adds Rifle Fundamentals and Shotgun Fundamentals Classes

SIG SAUER Academy Adds Rifle Fundamentals and Shotgun Fundamentals Classes to 2019 Course Schedule

Newington, N.H. (December 10, 2018) – SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of Rifle Fundamentals and Shotgun Fundamentals to the 2019 course schedule.

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Rifle and Shotgun Fundamentals are geared towards new firearms owners and provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to safely handle, load, fire, and unload common types of rifles and shotguns. Students in these fundamentals courses will learn proper safety, operation, handling skills, marksmanship, zeroing procedures, positional shooting, and maintenance of modern sporting rifles and shotguns. Time is spent both in the classroom, and on the range, in a comfortable learning environment to develop a solid skill base with the equipment.

The first offering of Rifle Fundamentals is January 16, 2019, and the first offering of Shotgun Fundamentals is March 11, 2019.   

To register and review the course outline for Rifle Fundamentals and Shotgun Fundamentals, find additional upcoming course dates, or review the comprehensive course offering for SIG SAUER Academy visit sigsaueracademy.com.

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

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Fix It Sticks Perfect For A Last Minute Gift

Chicago, IL- Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearm maintenance tools and torque limiters has the perfect gift for anyone who loves the outdoors.  With so many options and price points available there’s something from Fix It Sticks worthy of any gift guide.  Check out some of the great suggestions below.

 

 

AR-15 Tool Kit With Soft Case:  MSRP $100
Any AR-15 owner would be delighted receive this as a gift.  Made to be field-portable yet fully capable, this tool kit has everything the MSR needs for maintenance in the field and even on the bench. 
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Torque Limiters:  MSRP $40
Precision gear needs to be properly torqued for peak performance.  Whether it’s scope mounts, action screws or other equipment, Fix It Sticks preset torque limiters allow for tightening fasteners to the exact specifications as needed.  Available in ranges from 6in/lb to 70in/lb, the torque limiters work with the Fix It Stick system or an 1/4″ hex driver. 
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Firearm Accessory Bits:  MSRP – $10 to $35
Fix It Sticks has accessory bits that are useful and appreciated!  The Glock tool kit is perfect for anyone who has the ubiquitous polymer pistol.  The magnetic patch keep bits and fasteners from getting lost in the field.  For the venerable 1911 there’s a bushing wrench and there’s even a Mini Pry Bar for the Fix It Sticks system. 
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Fix It Sticks truly has something for everyone this holiday season. 

About Fix It Sticks:  Fix It Sticks is a highly modular multi-tool system featuring a variety of specialty tools and torque limiters, along with standard 1/4″ bits, to keep your gear running at the range and in the field.  Unlike other multi-tools out there, which compromise function for portability, Fix It Sticks uses a T-handle concept to give you the best of both worlds: shop level function, paired with light weight and portability.

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Holiday Deadlines for SIG Store: Order by Dec 11 for Standard Shipping

Purchase your sigsauer.com gifts by these dates to ensure delivery by December 24.

Purchase your sigsauer.com gifts by these dates to ensure delivery by December 24.

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FREE WEBINAR FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT: TRENDS IN VIDEO EVIDENCE DECEMBER 18

 

TRENDS IN VIDEO EVIDENCE DECEMBER 18

 

89524529-590b-4629-a02c-38ae66cb3d41MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – December 10, 2018 – Viridian® Weapon Technologies has announced an upcoming webinar for law enforcement discussing emerging trends in video evidence. The webinar is free and will be hosted on Tuesday, December 18 at 10:00 AM CST. Anyone who is interested in taking part in the conversation and learning more about the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™) can sign up for the webinar here.
The expert staff at Viridian will discuss the innovative new video evidence technology that is quickly becoming part of the solution to mitigating one of the biggest issues facing law enforcement today. The FACT Duty provides an unobstructed view from the end of the firearm of what really happened during firearms-involved use of force incidents, begins recording automatically when the firearm is drawn from the holster and offers an easy to implement strategy for capturing high risk and liability exposure situations.
Attendees will hear from Viridian National Sales Manager, Kevin Skalicky and Viridian General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Matthew Plowman. The two hosts will discuss findings from the field, provide updates on the over 400 departments in the process of testing and implementing WMCs across the country and be available to answer any questions.
Registration is
open now. More information on the FACT Duty, Viridian and the entire lineup at www.ViridianWeaponTech.com.

About Viridian Weapon Technologies 

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

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Don’t Be Late For Christmas!

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Christmas is just around the corner, and everyone hates not getting gifts by Christmas.
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A Gift Guide For The Mission Oriented

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New Shellback SF Carrier

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12 Days of Christmas Sales START TOMORROW 12/09

 

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It’s time to save! 12 Days of U.S. Optics Christmas starts tomorrow and YOU get early access. Every day for the next 12 days we will send out an email with the deal of the day. Review the deal categories below and mark your calendars!

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TACTICAL GLASS FROM CRIMSON TRACE

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Tasmanian Tiger® HYP Belt, Built for Duty, Made for Everyday Wear

Tasmanian Tiger’s HYP 40mm belt is a game changing belt for professionals that require mission customization and hassle-free travel wear.


Miramar, Fla. (December 2018)Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., introduces a new concept in belts for professionals. Designed to optimize customization of add-on pouches, gear and holsters, the TT HYP 40mm belt features MOLLE spaced cut-outs on a highly durable, double-sided coated 700 D TPU-CORDURA® platform.

The adjustable and partially elasticized lightweight belt features a super low profile and has the Tasmanian Tiger logo on the plastic, quick release buckle. Made extremely rugged for serious everyday wear, whether on the job or as an everyday belt, the TT HYP 40 mm belt is made entirely without metal parts, making it a breeze for frequent flyers to pass through TSA gates without requiring removal.

TT HYP 40mm Belt Specs:

  • Fabric: TPU CORDURA 700 den
  • Weight: 2.5oz / 70g
  • Dimensions: 47 x 1.5in/ 120 x4cm
  • Colors: Black, Coyote
  • MSRP: $12.95

Tasmanian Tiger® will have its official US launch at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019 at Booth #20663 in the Venetian Ballroom on Level 2. The new website www.tasmaniantigerusa.com and social platforms will also launch during January. All sales inquiries can be directed to tt@tasmaniantigerusa.com and all media inquiries can be directed to laura@lauraburgess.com.

About Tasmanian Tiger®:

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

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Marlin Model 336 is Now Available with a Curly Maple Stock

Ilion, NY – The Marlin 336 family is an icon of the deer woods and it’s now available with a curly maple stock.

The Marlin 336 is the strongest lever-gun ever conceived. Its substantial sidewalls are cut out only where necessary for loading and ejection. This model features a 20” barrel with Micro-Groove rifling, adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sights and a beautiful curly maple wood stock with pistol grip.

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Ensuring that tags will be filled, mouths fed and the reign of America’s ultimate woods rifle will continue going strong.

For more details, click here.

 

Model

Order #

Caliber

Stock

ROT

Barrel

Mag Capacity

MSRP

336C Curly Maple

70527

30-30 Win

Curly Maple Stock with Pistol Grip

1:20”

Polished Blue Finish, 20”

6+1

$899

About Marlin Firearms Company

Established in 1870, the Marlin Firearms Company manufactures the world’s most iconic lever-action rifles, as well as a broad array of class-leading bolt action rifles and rimfire rifles. Marlin is truly the great American rifle company.

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

 

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DoubleStar to Display New Products during SHOT Show 2019

DoubleStar will have the new ARP7, ZERO Carbine, Chico and Pathseeker on display in Booths 20061 and 20063 during SHOT Show 2019, held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019.

Winchester, Ky. (December 2018) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles, pistols and edged weapons, will have several new and exciting products on display during SHOT Show 2019, held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019. DoubleStar will have on display the new ARP7 semi-automatic pistol, ZERO Carbine Rifle, Chico knife and Pathseeker knife at Booths 20061 and 20063.

DoubleStar will be featuring their newest take on the AR-style pistol with the ARP7 semi-automatic pistol chambered in 5.56 NATO, 9mm and .300 Blackout. This lightweight, compact AR pistol loaded with upgrades makes it a versatile platform and perfect truck or trunk gun. The rock-solid billet Strongarm Pistol Brace and Big Timber Brake keeps this beast under control when sending rounds downrange on target. The Cloak MLOK handguard allows for accessories to be mounted and profiled to fit the shooter’s hand beautifully. MSRP: 9mm – $1,599.99; 5.56 NATO – $1,299.99; .300 Blackout – $1,319.99.

The DoubleStar ZERO Carbine Rifle is the perfect combination of accuracy, weight and durability, creating the ideal AR-15 for any situation. What’s different about the ZERO? It’s not just another 16” barrel under an MLOK handguard. The ZERO delivers lead through a premium 16” 1:8 twist Wilson Air Gauged heavy barrel, providing the perfect mix of superb accuracy and maneuverability. The Alpha Compensator keeps the muzzle flat and fast, while the new Cloak handguard keeps the barrel cool and ventilated, all while providing a slim profile aluminum handguard that will accept all the necessary accessories. The rubber over-molded Ergo Grip provides a comfortable grip with or without gloves. The ZERO Carbine Rifle is finished out with the rugged SOCOM stock. MSRP $1,479.99.

The Chico Diablo is a utilitarian / EDC design made in collaboration with Kim Breed, BLADE® Magazine’s Field Editor, and features a long swedge design for use on small game. From small game to working around the yard, the Chico Diablo is the knife you will teach your son how to field dress with and the one you will give your grandson. It comes equipped with a moderate trailing point for fine work and easy penetration, making it ideal for field dressing and cleaning game. The Chico Diablo has a smooth up swept bevel for skinning and the end of the swedge provides a positive stop location. Made from Nitro-V Stainless Steel with a blade thickness of 0.187,” the Chico Diablo measures 8” L x 1.25” W with a 3.75” cutting edge length. It weighs in at 62 oz. and comes with a Boltaron with Safe Lock sheath. The handle is made from course textured G10 material. MSRP is $149.99.

The Pathseeker, DoubleStar’s first installment in the world of Bushcraft knives, was made in collaboration with published author, television star and Iraqi War veterans, Hakim Isler. The goal of the Pathseeker is to reach out to the experienced trailblazer with features that even the novice can depend on. One such feature is a forward leading profile, ideal for chopping. The knife is designed at a 0.25” thickness to provide durability and for wedging, comes with baton area on spine at head of blade and includes a ferrocerium rod scraper on the back to preserve edge retention. It comes equipped with lanyard holes for fastening. Made from 80CRV2 steel, the Pathseeker weighs in at 14.56 oz. and measures at 11.25” L x 2” W. It has a 6” cutting edge length and is parkerized and tumbled. The handle is made from course textured G10 and comes with a 0.08” black Boltaron sheath. MSRP is $199.99.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. Each year, the industry’s latest and greatest products are on full display at the show, attracting industry professionals from around the world to Las Vegas. SHOT Show generates millions of dollars in revenue that funds NSSF programs and services that help promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.

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

ARP7 Semi-Automatic Pistol

DoubleStar ZERO Carbine Rifle

Chico Diablo

Pathseeker

About DoubleStar Corp.:

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

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US Tactical Supply – Naughty or Nice

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THAT’S USING YOUR HEAD !


It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve had a good shoot the shit, so we’re overdue for one. But, before getting started, I want to take a moment to remember our 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. He was a prominent member of America’s Greatest Generation, and a World War II veteran. He dedicated his life to public service and gave us his son George W. Bush who, in his father’s tradition, got us through some difficult times. G.H.W., may you rest in eternal peace and may your life inspire young Americans to love their country and to serve the way you gave of yourself. By the way George, I hate broccoli too, it’s like eating shrubbery!
All right, so what is a shoot the shit?
A shoot the shit is an informal period of social interaction where participants don’t need to know anything about the subjects being discussed. As a participant, you can make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. There’s no specific agenda, and it’s far more effective than paying some jackass who studied psychology in college so they could understand themselves.
Only 18 days until Christmas! Folks, time flies but I’m pleased to report that I have all of my Christmas shopping done. Readers still struggling with gift giving please check out our recommended gift ideas for 2018 You’ll find some exceptional offerings from top of the line companies at all price points. So, do check it out!

The Daily Wire published an article that will blow your socks off “UNHAPPY MEAL: Michigan Lawmakers Want To Ban Fast Food Chains From Offering ‘Gender-Specific’ Toys”, 29 Nov 2018. Apparently, there are a dozen or more Michigan lawmakers that are asking fast food chains not to offer gender specific toys in their Happy Meal boxes for kids. You’ve got to be kidding me. So what do you do when your 3 to 5 year old kids start exploring themselves and wonder why one is different from the other. Amazing folks!

On a different note, but along the same lines, the U.S. Airforce relieved Lt. Col. Paul Goossen of his post, commanding the 69th Bomb Squadron, after crude penis drawings were discovered on the plane’s Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) moving map software, which records shared data for post-sortie debriefs. Apparently there were several participants and took place during the unit’s deployment to Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar between September 2017 and April 2018. They were planning on saving these images to CD for later viewing but someone slipped and left evidence behind which was discovered and reported to the chain of command. LOL! Please forgive me because I can’t stop laughing! I don’t know what more to say but I guess we can stop calling the cockpit a “cockpit.”

I watched a good portion of G.H.W. Bush’s ceremony and caught Dan Quayle’s interaction with the media. As you may recall, Dan Quayle was subjected to considerable harassment about his spelling abilities, apparently he had a hard time with “potato. “ None of that would have been a problem had Twitter been up and running back then. G.H.W. Bush still hung in there with Dan. How’s that for loyalty.

In a stroke of crania-vaginal inversion, one of the Senate luminaries, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, decided to let the world know that the future belongs to females and intersectional. So, what the hell is intersectional? I Googled it and here is the search results:

Image result for gillibrandIntersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it.

Intersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it. Intersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it. Intersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it.

The textbook definition states: The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity.”

(Kimberlé Crenshaw is a law professor at UCLA, Los Angeles and Columbia)

@SenGillibrand

Our future is:
Female
Intersectional
Powered by our belief in one another.
And we’re just getting started.

7:06 PM – Dec 4, 2018

Ladies, if you drink this Kool-Aid you deserve a Pajama Gram soft PJ for Christmas!

In closing, we have a number of readers that are martial artists so you may enjoy this video of a Karate Act by Sudarshana Deshapriya | Sri Lanka’s Got Talent Audition 01. Mind you, this is his first audition!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s shoot the shit. Now, turn-to, put up your trees, lights , decorations and get your shopping done. Be safe and spend some quality time with you buds and families.

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SIG SAUER Partners with Black Rifle Coffee Company for Exclusive Coffee Club Member Discount at SIG Web Store

Newington, N.H. (December 5, 2018) – Just in time for the holiday shopping season SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Black Rifle Coffee Company exclusive to the membership of their Black Rifle Coffee Club.

SIG SAUER Partners with Black Rifle Coffee Company for Exclusive Coffee Club Member Discount at SIG Web Store

The Black Rifle Coffee Club is a coffee subscription service where members choose their brew and it’s shipped for free every month, or more frequently.  Members of the Black Rifle Coffee Club will now receive an exclusive 15% off discount code for use at the sigsauer.com web store.

The sigsauer.com web store features the wide range of SIG SAUER products including electro-optics, ammunition, airguns,magazines, gear, accessories, apparel, parts, and gifts.  

Sign up today for the Black Rifle Coffee Club and start enjoying this exclusive 15% off discount site wide at the sigsauer.com web store.

The SIG SAUER equipment used by Team SIG Pro Shooter Daniel Horner including the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics TANGO6 riflescope, KILO2400ABS Rangefinder, .223REM SIG Elite Match Competition Ammunition, and 9MM SIG Match Elite Competition Ammunition can be purchased online at sigsauer.com/store or retailers everywhere.

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

 

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IGNACIO MATAIX, INDRA’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CALLS FOR THE EU’S SUPPORT FOR THE AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY TO ASSURE FUTURE EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC LEADERSHIP

· Mataix calls for securing an SESAR 3 program within the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, Horizon Europe, to maintain the long-term stability of funding

· The ever-increasing challenge of air traffic can only be addressed through the use of cutting-edge technologies that improve service and increase traffic management capacity

· Europe is already experiencing a capacity crunch and its airports have experienced a rapid deterioration in delays, a problem that can only be solved through the adoption of merging technologies

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Madrid, December 5, 2018.- Ignacio Mataix, Executive Director of Indra and Transport & Defense business Senior Vice President, has advocated at the EU Aeronautic Conference for a strong and sustained public investment in and support for the air traffic management industry to secure Europe’s leading position in the civil aeronautics sector going forward.
The annual meeting hosted by the European Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup, led by Monica Holheimer, with the collaboration of ASD, addressed this Wednesday in Brussels current and future European policies and tools, as well as technological strategies and challenges, with the participation of Commissioners, European Parliament Members, CEOs and experts.

In this context, Mataix said that the ever-increasing air traffic challenge could only be addressed through the use of cutting-edge technologies that improve service and optimize airspace and network capacity.

In this regard, Mataix stressed the need to secure a SESAR 3 program within the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, Horizon Europe, to maintain the long-term stability of funding.

Indra’s chief executive emphasized that SESAR 3 should deliver a Digital European sky, while dealing with future aviation challenges, including key aspects such as advanced Automation at control centers, U-space for Unmanned Traffic Management, and data virtualization to enable interoperability and cybersecurity.

Indra is one of the main air traffic management systems providers worldwide and plays a leading role in the public-private initiative SESAR, a technological cornerstone of the future Single European Sky.

It is also part of the iTEC (Interoperability through European Collaboration) alliance, in collaboration with some of the major European ANSPs.

Mataix stated that SESAR has been a success story thus far. He went on to say that over 90 prototypes and 60 new or improved solutions have been delivered in Sesar’s first phase, also called Sesar 1.

These solutions will contribute to reducing fuel burn by between 250 to 500 kg per flight by 2035, increase safety, and boost airport capacity by 80-100%, while reducing costs and increasing effectiveness.

Mataix explained that iTEC Suite, one of the most advanced ATM systems in the world, has contributed to the first introduction of more efficient 4D Trajectory flights in Europe and enhanced air traffic interoperability among ground control centers and control centers and aircraft, while also supporting worldwide convergence with other airspaces.

Moreover, Mataix exposed that citizens will benefit from a reduction in travel times and fares, while the European economy will see job creation and a stronger aeronautics sector ready to compete worldwide.

Lastly, Indra’s CEO stressed the need to proactively develop and adopt new technologies and procedures.

He pointed out that Europe is already experiencing a capacity crunch and recalled that airports experienced a rapid deterioration in delays during the last summer season.

According to Mataix, merging technologies will help to tackle this problem, with automation systems assisting controllers to manage more flights with the highest safety standards; Space-based surveillance making it possible to track aircraft over oceans and remote areas; Artificial Intelligence, enabling real-time and predictive decision-making and improving aircraft flow management; and cybersecurity, protecting air traffic operations.

About Indra

Indra (www.indracompany.com) is one of the leading technology and consulting companies in the world and a major technology partner on key operations its clients’ businesses world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defense markets, and the leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait. Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component. In the 2017 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.011 billion, with 40,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries.

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Tasmanian Tiger® Unveil the Modular Pack 45 Plus, a Modular, Universal Deployment Backpack

 

The combat-proven global brand Tasmanian Tiger® launches new products specifically designed for the American customer at the 2019 SHOT Show. The Modular 45 Plus backpack is ideal for hunters, law enforcement, military and private security.


Miramar, Fla. (December 2018)Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., Unveil their new Modular Pack 45 Plus designed for the American outdoorsman, law enforcement or tactical operator.

The Tasmanian Tiger® Modular Pack 45 Plus is a modular, universal deployment backpack with a removable lid. The top-opening of this pack can be height-adjusted or removed altogether. The backpack has a lid compartment and laser cut MOLLE system on the sides and front for the attachment of additional pouches or gear. A removable folded pocket on the front and the main compartment can be extended to provide additional volume.

The interior has Velcro® panels for customizing the configuration within. The hip belt is also removable and can be used separately as a Warrior Belt. It also features laser cut MOLLE for attachment of additional gear. The backpack includes three detachable accessory pouches and a detachable weapon holster. Hidden side compression straps give the pack a very clean look while maintaining its functionality. It is made from Cordura® 700 denier fabric (the Multicam version is Cordura 500 den).

Specs:

  • Carrying System: Tasmanian Tiger V2 Plus System
  • Volume: 45 liters/2,746 cubic inches
  • Weight Empty: 92oz / 2.6kg
  • Weight W/ Access: 102oz / 2.9kg
  • Dimensions: 26 x 11 x 9in / 66 x 28 x 22cm
  • Colors: Black, Olive, Coyote and Multicam
  • MSRP: $359.00 (Multicam $379.00)      

Tasmanian Tiger® will have its official US launch at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019 at Booth #20663 in the Venetian Ballroom on Level 2. The new website www.tasmaniantigerusa.com and social platforms will also launch during January. All sales inquiries can be directed to tt@tasmaniantigerusa.com and all media inquiries can be directed to laura@lauraburgess.com.

About Tasmanian Tiger®:

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

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Casio Announces Release Date for PRO TREK Smart WSD-F30 Smartwatch for Outdoor Enthusiasts

 

Tokyo, November 29, 2018 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today that it has set a January 18, 2019 release date for the PRO TREK Smart WSD-F30 smartwatch for outdoor enthusiasts.

The original announcement of the WSD-F30 caused a stir and captured eight awards this summer at IFA 2018, one of the world’s largest trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances. In addition to its water resistance up to 50 meters, military specification construction, and offline map functionality, the promised WSD-F30 received strong praise for its proprietary energy-saving mode using a new dual-layer monochrome and color display.

Also on January 18, Casio will release the WSA-BX1 extra-long cloth band, an optional accessory for the WSD-F30. Just swap it for the regular WSD-F30 band and wear the watch easily over the sleeve of a rugged jacket.

Casio also announced a partnership with Bikemap, the world’s biggest cycling map app. Now, PRO TREK Smart owners can use the Bikemap app to download maps and routes in advance to their smartwatch. Cyclists can then enjoy access to useful information maps and routes from the wrist, even when offline and not connected to a smartphone. The WSD-F30 automatically synchronizes with the Bikemap app to save records of cycling activity, including information such as the route, speed, distance, and time. Moving forward, Casio and Bikemap will actively promote each other under the partnership.

BIKEMAP

With more than 1.6 million app downloads, Bikemap is the world’s biggest cycling map app featuring online and offline maps. Detailed maps cover cities around the world and include essential information for cyclists such as bike repair shops, restrooms, and ATMs. Users have contributed more than four million reviews of their cycling experiences to share with other users.
Developer: Bikemap GmbH (based in Austria)

 

 
Models
Release Date
WSD-F30
January 18, 2019
WSA-BX1
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DoubleStar Finds the Sweet Spot Between Accuracy, Weight and Durability with the ZERO Carbine Rifle

DoubleStar’s ZERO Carbine Rifle is not just another AR15.

Winchester, Ky. (December 2018)DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles, pistols and edged weapons, has discovered the sweet spot, that base, that zero, between accuracy, weight and durability in its newest AR15 build, the DoubleStar ZERO Carbine Rifle. What’s different about the ZERO? It’s not just another 16” barrel under an MLOK handguard. The ZERO delivers lead through a premium 16” 1:8 twist Wilson Air Gauged heavy barrel, providing the perfect mix of superb accuracy and maneuverability. The Alpha Compensator keeps the muzzle flat and fast, while the new Cloak handguard keeps the barrel cool and ventilated, all while providing a slim profile aluminum handguard that will accept all the necessary accessories. The rubber over-molded ERGO Grip provides a comfortable grip with or without gloves. The ZERO Carbine Rifle is finished out with the rugged SOCOM stock.

ZERO Carbine Rifle Specifications:

  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Modes of Fire: Semi-automatic
  • Barrel Length: 16”
  • Barrel Type: Wilson Air Gauged
  • Twist Rate: 1:8
  • Barrel Material: Stainless steel
  • Barrel Features: Air gauged, M4 feed ramps, stainless steel, free floating
  • Sight / Gas Block: Low profile gas block
  • Muzzle Device: Alpha AR Comp.
  • Handguard: Cloak MLOK Handguard 15.5”
  • Upper Receiver Type: Flattop
  • Upper / Lower Receiver Material: Forged aircraft 7075 T6 aluminum
  • Upper / Lower Receiver Coating: Anodized to MILSPEC
  • Upper Receiver Features: Brass deflector, ejection port door assembly, M4 feed ramps, “t”-marks, forward assist, dust cover
  • Lower Receiver Features: Billet winter trigger guard
  • Charging Handle: Billet backbone charging handle
  • Fire Control Group: Standard trigger group
  • Magazine Capacity: 30 rd.
  • Buttstock: ACE™ SOCOM™ Stock
  • Pistol Grip: ERGO Ambi Sure Grip
  • Other Features: Enhanced extraction system
  • Action: Direct gas impingement
  • MSRP: $1,479.99

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

About DoubleStar Corp.:

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

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AeroVironment Quantix Drone and Decision Support System To Aid National Park Service Recovery Efforts From Southern California Woolsey Fire

  • Woolsey fire destroyed 88% of National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • AeroVironment Quantix™ drone & Decision Support System™ data analytics platform delivered drone-based aerial imagery and actionable intelligence to guide disaster assessment and recovery efforts
  • Company’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations and Geographical Information Systems teams supporting National Park Service rangers and scientists to develop long-term environmental recovery and park rebuilding strategy

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2018AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it is supporting the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program to assess the environmental impact of the Woolsey wildfire in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area of Southern California. Burning over 96,949 acres, the devastating Woolsey wildfire destroyed more than 616 park structures and consumed approximately 88% of National Park Service land within the recreation area. Considered one of Los Angeles’ most cherished open spaces featuring hiking trails and historic structures, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is also home to a wide variety of indigenous plants and animals, including multiple protected and endangered species.

Working in close collaboration with National Park Service park rangers and scientists, AeroVironment Commercial Information Solutions Unmanned Aircraft Systems flight operations and Geographic Information Science teams have initiated a comprehensive drone-based aerial imaging and environmental impact study to assess fire damage in key areas of the park. Aerial imagery data collected will be used to quantify oak tree mortality and vegetation stress, in addition to documenting the dramatic changes in park visitor experience.

Utilizing AeroVironment’s Quantix™ hybrid drone and Decision Support System (AV DSS™)  advanced data analytics platform, the team captured and analyzed high-resolution drone-based aerial imagery to quickly map the affected burn area, and gain actionable insights into the scope and scale of the damage. In addition to immediate disaster response and damage assessment, data collected will facilitate the development of a long-term environmental recovery and park rebuilding strategy. 

Purpose built for commercial applications including precision agriculture, infrastructure and mining operations, the Quantix hybrid drone innovative VTOL technology allows it to operate effectively in a variety of conditions, and can survey up to 400 acres in just 45 minutes. During flight, Quantix integrated sensors capture high-resolution RGB color and multispectral imagery via dual 18MP cameras. On-board processing delivers true color and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps on the Quantix control tablet as soon as the drone lands, allowing teams to ground-truth potential issues immediately. For more detailed analysis, the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS) performs advanced image processing and data analytics including True Color, NDVI, GNDVI, and anomaly detection to gain deeper insights into environmental damage and vegetation health. For more information on Quantix and AV DSS visit: www.avdroneanalytics.com

“Reaching just a few miles from our operations, the Woolsey fire directly impacted numerous AeroVironment team members and families in our community,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business. “Within hours of receiving National Park Service clearance, our flight operations team began flying Quantix over the affected burn area, collecting invaluable aerial imagery data – and providing any support needed to help the park’s disaster assessment and recovery efforts.”

“This is one small way that we can help our community recover from this disaster, and one of the many ways AeroVironment’s robotics, sensors and connectivity solutions can help our customers proceed with certainty.” Flittie added.

For more information on the National Park Service – Inventory and Monitoring Program please visit:https://www.nps.gov/im/index.htm

Drone operations are being conducted under a special permit, flying drones over National Park Service lands is generally prohibited. No federal endorsement implied.

About AeroVironment, Inc.

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

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Guntec USA Retains JKS Unlimited as Sales Agency of Record in Northeast

Guntec USA,a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative tactical weapon accessories has recently appointed JKS Unlimited as the Sales Agency of Record for the area(s) encompassing the Upper Midwest and Northeast regions.

Based in Mount Vernon, OH, JKS Unlimited sales and more specifically firearms experience is an ideal match for Guntec USA and their quest to saturate retail space.  JKS brings years of practical experience in the shooting, hard goods, and outdoor markets and represents some of the leading manufacturers within the industry(s). They will be servicing both current and future accounts within their specific territory.

“Obviously, we always try to align with manufacturers that have quality products with the potential of having successes in the marketplace,” said Jay Kegley, President of JKS Unlimited. “But what makes a product and our team successful out in the field is the cooperation and aggressiveness of the owners, Guntec is exactly that. Great products, great people and aggressive pricing. We have high hopes for this line and have already seen a great deal of sales.”

With the assistance of JKS Unlimited, Guntec has developed many new programs, including standardized pricing programs, buying group programs, distributor programs and many more programs that will ultimately allow Guntec to enter into retail stores on several levels.

For any other inquiries, please contact Vice President/Director of Sales, Philippe Kent at philippe@guntecusa.comor call 480-478-4517.

For more information on JKS Unlimited, please contact Principal, Jay Kegley at jay@jksunlimited.comor call 614-832-3987

About Guntec USA:
Guntec USA is a leader in tactical firearms and firearm accessories. Established in 1989 in Scottsdale, AZ, Guntec has been a pioneer in the innovation of quality, precision and affordable tactical accessories.  All of Guntec’s products are manufactured in the USA and held to the highest quality standards in the Industry and backed by an iron-clad warranty.
Guntec’s mission is to supply customers with superior quality items, along with exceptional customer service. Maintaining a relationship with their clients is essential, along with keeping extensive inventory of over 1200 different products. They are devoted to supplying the professional and novice shooter alike.

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Kahr Firearms Group Sponsors NRA Tactical Police Competitions Dec 7-8

(Greeley, PA) – Kahr Firearms Group, a leader in innovative firearms design and manufacturing, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the NRA Tactical Police Competitions on December 7-8 in Waxahachie, TX.
The Tactical Police Competition (TPC) is a program designed to challenge officers through courses of competition that focus on skills with duty firearms and gear. The TPC is only open to law enforcement and military and utilizes only patrol duty firearms and equipment. The program gives officers an opportunity to practice and sharpen skills in handling and deploying their duty firearm, as well as solving hypothetical challenges through scenario-based training courses.
TPC matches include 4 to 7 courses which utilize a pistol, rifle or shotgun, or a combination. The courses challenge officers to sharpen and evaluate their skills with their duty weapon as well as their ability to make tactical decisions and assess threats and environment. TPC matches are live-fire training competitions and give valuable opportunities and experience to participants. The TPC program holds matches around the country. For more information and to see a schedule of events, visit
NRA.org.
For more information about Kahr Firearms Group products, visit www.kahr.com, www.magnumresearch.com, www.auto-ordnance.com or
www.customdeserteagle.com.

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

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Daniel Horner Takes Top Prize in First Match for Team SIG at 2018 SIG SAUER Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge

Newington, N.H. (December 3, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG member Daniel Horner for his impressive performance in his first competition representing Team SIG. At the 2018 SIG SAUER Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge held November 15th through November 18th at Krilling Range in Fort Benning, Georgia, Horner claimed the titles of “High Overall,” and “Tactical Optics Champion.”

Daniel Horner Takes Top Prize in First Match for Team SIG at 2018 SIG SAUER Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge

“We are thrilled to see Daniel win his first match as a member of Team SIG, and to do it at Fort Benning where he spent his military career as the captain, and member, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is very fitting,” said Tom Taylor Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Given that this was the first time Daniel had used his SIG equipment in competition it really demonstrates his impressive skill, and we look forward to watching his career as a professional shooter and member of Team SIG unfold.”

To claim his first match win at the 2018 SIG SAUER Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge Horner competed through 12 stages, against 247 competitors, shooting a total of 547 rounds in 553 seconds. The competition required at least three firearms (pistol, rifle, shotgun) to compete and targets throughout the stages ranged from 2 to 250 yards. For long-range competition Horner used his SIG SAUER M400 Competition rife with a SIG SAUER Electro-Optics TANGO6 riflescope, .223 REM SIG Elite Match Competition Ammunition, and a SIG KILO2400ABS Rangefinder. For pistol competition Horner used his P320 XFIVE pistol with iron sights and SIG 9mm Match Elite Competition Ammunition.

“It was very exciting to compete for the first time as a member of Team SIG, and to compete alongside my teammate Lena Miculek was a huge help in stage planning and gear preparation,” added Horner. “In rifle competition the combination of all my SIG equipment really gave me a massive advantage over the competition on any long range or low percentage targets. In pistol competition the handling and accuracy of my P320 XFIVE provided me the edge I needed to win the pistol stage against everyone in the competition including the open pistols that were allowed red dot sights and compensators.”

The SIG SAUER equipment used by Team SIG Pro Shooter Daniel Horner including the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics TANGO6 riflescope, KILO2400ABS Rangefinder, .223REM SIG Elite Match Competition Ammunition, and 9MM SIG Match Elite Competition Ammunition can be purchased online atsigsauer.com/store or retailers everywhere.

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

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CRIMSON TRACE HOLIDAY SALE

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Crimson Trace Holiday Sale

Our annual Holiday Sale continues. You’ll find the lowest prices possible and free ground shipping on in-stock Crimson Trace laser sights, tactical lights, apparel and accessories. Click for complete information.

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Mission First Tactical (MFT) Announce Exclusive Decorated Extreme Duty 5.56 Polymer Mag Through Academy Sports + Outdoors

For the 2018 holiday season, MFT’s EXDPM556 magazines will feature five unique patriotic decorations, available only through Academy Sports + Outdoors.


Horsham, Pa. (December 2018) –Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT™), a leader in USA-made rifle/carbine accessories, will be offering five exclusive patriotic engraved Extreme Duty 5.56 Polymer Magazines (EXDPM556) only through Academy Sports + Outdoors during the 2018 holiday season.

Using the newest material technology and manufacturing, MFT’s Extreme Duty magazines are constructed with next generation long glass fiber polymer, offering enhanced strength, durability and stiffness. Although designed for the AR15/M4 platform, the Extreme Duty magazines can be used with a wide range of non-AR15/M4 platforms. The newest addition to the MFT line of high performance, extreme warrior magazines also boast a ribbed gripping surface on the front and rear, an oversized bolt-catch, flared floorplate, paint dot matrix for identification and requires no tools for disassembly with its double floor plate safety release tabs.

The five exclusive patriotic Academy Sports + Outdoors MFT Extreme Duty magazines include: the Spartan helmet ‘Molon Labe;’ the ‘Come and Take it’ cannon and star, commemorating the firing of the first shot of the Texas revolution on Oct. 2, 1835 near Gonzales, Texas; the Gadsden flag ‘Don’t Tread on Me;’ the Punisher skull and the American flag. MFT Extreme Duty 5.56 Polymer magazines are built for hard shooting and extreme treatment and shooting conditions and come with a Lifetime Warranty.

Extreme Duty 5.56 Polymer Mag Specs:

  • Model Number: EXDPM556
  • Height: 7.494”
  • Width: 0.940”
  • Length: 2.525”
  • Color: Black
  • MSRP: $14.99

For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com.

About Mission First Tactical:

Mission First Tactical (MFT) designs and develops select USA Made rifle/carbine accessories specifically for the Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian markets. The MFT team has over 75 years of industry experience in taking concepts to front-line deployment. From the beginning MFT’s mission is to develop leading edge products for individual’s operating in harm’s way. Success for every operator’s mission is Mission First Tactical’s intent. www.missionfirsttactical.com

Battlelink™ Buttstocks, Engage™ Pistol Grips, React™ Grip Series, Torch™ Laser & Light Mounts, E-Volv™ and MFT Mags™ brands are trademarks of Mission First Tactical, LLC. All company and product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective sources.

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A First Look at the New Bushnell First Strike 2.0 Reflex Sight

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For 2018 Bushnell has added to and upgraded a number of the sights in the company’s AR Optics line of electronic sights. Leveraging on the success of the original First Strike sight, the company has just started shipping the First Strike 2.0 reflex sight. An impressive offering that I’ll be reviewing for readers in January 2019.    -SP

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SIG SAUER Academy Instructor Dylan Kenneson Presents the Quarter Drill

In this video Dylan demonstrates his Quarter drill, which utilizes 3 magazines with one round each shot at 3 yards. The goal is to land all three shots within a quarter sized target in 6.5 seconds or less – allow 1.5 seconds per draw (4.5 seconds total) and 2.5 seconds collectively for the reloads. This training objective of this drill is to balance speed and accuracy.

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INDRA WILL USE DRONES TO TRANSFORM FUTURE LOGISTICS AND IMPROVE SIMULATION REALISM

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· The company is adding two new R&D projects to the Civil UAVs Initiative, an initiative of the local government of Galicia in the northeast of Spain (Xunta de Galicia) for turning the region into an European leader in the unmanned systems industry

· The use of drones to inspect ships, aircraft – both manned and unmanned – and infrastructures will reduce maintenance costs by 20% and increase operational availability by 30%, within Indra’s concept of Smart Logistics 4.0

· In the field of simulation, UAVs will collect images and data from airports and other locations to accelerate and reduce the price of virtual environment generation, in which pilots will be trained using, in addition, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence techniques

Madrid, November 29, 2018.- Indra will launch two new Research and Development projects within the Civil UAVs to boost, through the use of unmanned systems, the transformation of two completely different fields: intelligent logistics 4.0, and the training of pilots through advanced flight simulators.

Within Indra’s concept of Smart Logistic 4.0, the company will use aerial unmanned systems equipped with precision sensors and cameras as the most effective tool for the automated inspection of any type of infrastructure, from ships, aircraft and other platforms, to any infrastructure or industrial facility.

Its use will speed up the inspection of anchors, structures, antennas and sensors at heights, help detect corrosion, etc.

The collected data will feed a powerful system that will use Machine Learning, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence techniques to anticipate any incident or failure.

This will be translated into logistics cost savings of up to 20%. The operational availability of equipment and platforms will increase by up to 30%.

These are huge savings if we take into account that maintenance of an aircraft or industrial facility, throughout its life cycle, can exceed its acquisition cost several times.

The digitalization of procedures, the Internet of Things and the techniques related to Industry 4.0 are revolutionizing logistics. Any company that wants to survive in the current competitive environment will have to implement Smart Logistic services and processes. Galicia will, with the help of Indra, become a leading region for the development of drones specialized in this type of task.

Virtual training, maximum realism

The second R&D project hinges on using aerial unmanned systems to scan airports and other locations from the sky, quickly and at a low cost. The extremely precise data collected will enable the creation of maps and terrain elevations which will be used to generate the virtual environments projected by the simulators.

A large part of a pilot’s training nowadays is done through simulations. Their quality and realism have led air safety agencies recognize a flight hour on these systems as a real flight hour, for the purpose of obtaining pilot’s licenses and certificates. These same agencies require in-service pilots to complete a certain number of flight hours per year on these systems.

The use of simulators continues to grow around the world at the same pace with which air traffic and aircraft sales are increasing. Having accurate replicas of airports and other locations is a key factor for pilot training. Indra is one of the leading companies in the world in terms of simulator manufacturing, with more than 300 systems delivered in more than 30 countries.

About the Civil UAVs Initiative (CUI)

The CUI is one of the most ambitious initiatives in Europe for the development of civil drones. Its objective is to turn Galicia into a leader in the industry for this sector and promote the use of unmanned aircraft to improve the services that the State provides to the citizen.

Promoted by the Xunta de Galicia, the initiative is already expected to have funding of 157 million euros distributed in four major programs.  The first is centered on the creation and improvement of aeronautical infrastructures to ease the development of the drone industry in the region; the second is an R&D program with a €115 million investment, in which Indra and Babcok are the main industrial partners working on the development of new products, technologies and solutions; the third pillar is realized through ten pre-commercial tenders of solutions based on the use of UAVs that must be ready within two years – nine of them have already been awarded and are directed towards the improvement of rural environments and land management, maritime control and air traffic – and the last one is the business acceleration and incubation program that the Aeronautics Business Factory has recently launched and which seeks to attract and support company and startup projects from anywhere in the world.

About Indra

Indra (www.indracompany.com) is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defense markets, and the leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait. Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component. In the 2017 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.011 billion, with 40,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries.

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Kalashnikov USA Welcomes Bill Gentry as New VP of Sales and Marketing

Gentry joins KUSA, under the new leadership of Jonathan Mossberg, to spearhead a new sales and marketing effort.

Pompano Beach, Fla. (November 2018)Kalashnikov USA, designers and manufacturers of AK style shotguns, rifles and pistols paying homage to an iconic Russian design, are pleased to announce seasoned firearms industry executive, Bill Gentry, has accepted the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the firearms company.

Gentry brings to his new role a wealth of experience in firearms manufacturing and processes, executive management, team-building and corporate strategy and marketing development, along with a deep knowledge of wholesale distribution within the firearms industry. Previously, Gentry held the position of president and COO for a major firearms manufacturer and a national and international manufacturer and distributor of shooting sports and outdoor products.

“It is exciting to be part of the extraordinary team that has been assembled at Kalashnikov USA!” Gentry commented. “I bring over 12 years of firearm manufacturing experience, as well as, six years of distribution experience with me. Even that pales in comparison with the 110 years of combined experience the Kalashnikov-USA leadership team now has in place. The stage has been set for Kalashnikov USA to become the industry’s premiere manufacturer. Under the leadership of Jonathan Mossberg, the basic principle of ‘only the best possible product’ has been instilled throughout the entire Kalashnikov USA family. I will couple that with a customer service department that will stand behind our product like no other, and take care of every customer as though they are our most important customer.”

KUSA CEO Jonathan Mossberg and his new executive team, including VP of Sales and Marketing, Bill Gentry, will be at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019 at booth #12571 where attendees can see the American-designed and made firearms, including the KS-12 shotgun, the KR-9 rifle, SBR and the KP-9 pistol.

Find out more about Kalashnikov-USA at www.kalashnikov-usa.com

About Kalashnikov USA:

(KUSA) is a privately owned and operated United States company that designs, manufacturers and markets firearms for the law enforcement, military and commercial markets. Designs are based upon the iconic Kalashnikov model using today’s state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and materials. www.kalashnikov-usa.com

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NDIA remembers President George H.W. Bush

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ARLINGTON, VA — We at the National Defense Industrial Association mourn the passing of George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States and true advocate for the warfighter through his service in the military and in office.
The U.S. defense industrial base entered a new era under Bush. In 1991, Operation Desert Storm saw the United States leading a global coalition that would feature the latest in military might and technology. Upon this base, many of the technologies and advancements for today’s warfighter were built. Bush’s leadership showcased U.S. capability on the world stage, and it has served as an example of bringing leading-edge technologies to the warfighter for years to come.
Bush was the last U.S. president to have served in World War II and used his diplomacy and skill to navigate the intricacies of the end of the Cold War and of the nuclear threats hanging over the world. What a remarkable point for a man who was the youngest naval aviator, enlisted at age 19 and decorated at age 20 when his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean.
In 1993, NDIA thanked Bush for his service to the nation’s military with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, our highest honor, given to those who invest in strong national security, a robust defense industrial base and unwavering support of warfighters. As Navy serviceman, congressman, CIA director, U.N. ambassador, vice president and ultimately president, Bush was an embodiment of the award.
We thank President George H.W. Bush for his life of service to our country, and with his family, friends and the country we mourn his loss.

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CRIMSON TRACE CTS-1400

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I’ll be closing out 2018 with a review of the Crimson Trace CTS-1400, an open reflex sight designed for rifles and shotguns. Unlike many of the mini sights on the market, looking through this sight renders what can only be described as a panoramic view. Look for my upcoming review of this outstanding reflex sight from the folks at CTC.

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Crimson Trace Entered the Tactical Electronic Sight Market and Hits a Homerun with its CTS-1000 Red Dot Sight

 

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Crimson Trace entered an already crowed space when it introduced a number of electronic tactical sights in November. I had the opportunity to test drive the CTS-1000 2 MOA red dot and was extremely impressed with its inherent accuracy and optical clarity. CTC spared no expense and shooters are the beneficiaries of that investment. Describing the CTS-1000 as impressive may prove to be an understatement!

Read my review…

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