Station Pressure vs. Barometric Pressure

It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. This week we thought it would be productive to discuss the weather. More specifically station pressure vs. barometric pressure. For precision shooters; particularly long range shooters (i.e. 800 meters and beyond), understanding the influence of environmentals in determining a firing solution is critical to making the shot. As a long range shooter you have two problems to solve; Aerodynamics, which influence elevation adjustments and the wind vector which influences the bullets flight path over the ground.

For some reason, or another, pressure gives people a hard time and if you don’t get pressure right you probably won’t make a long range shot – excluding the effects of wind. But, before jumping into pressure, which can be easily addressed in a paragraph or two, I’d like to talk about density altitude.

The simplest way to view density altitude is as the net effect of three discrete environmental variables: air temperature, station pressure, and dew point. If you found yourself at one end of a tunnel and was asked to run to the other end, but you had to do it by running through wet towels hanging from ceiling to floor you would encounter a significant amount of drag; hence, your speed would go down and you’d use more energy in running the length of the tunnel. If I then remove some of those wet towels (the equivalent of increasing density altitude), you’d experience less drag; hence, increased speed and use a little less energy. This is precisely what a projectile experiences as it moves through the atmosphere. Those of you that fly know that true airspeed (as opposed to indicated airspeed) increases as density altitude increases.

Density altitude is a calculated value not measured. Here’s a little horse to help you get a feel for what is happening with density altitude. When temperature rises DA increases; when it decreases DA decreases. When station pressure increases DA decreases; when it decreases DA increases. When dew point increases DA increases; when it decreases DA decreases. This is just a rule of thumb to keep in the back of your mind; however, all of these parameters interact.

In long range shooting, your projectile will perform differently at various density altitudes and since station pressure is a component used in calculating density altitude if your station pressure measurement is wrong your firing solution will be wrong. It may not be a huge error at 100 meters but it’ll be large when you get out to 800+ meters.

Station Pressure is nothing more than air pressure at any point on the earth, meaning that it is not corrected for terrain elevation. To measure pressure you need a weather meter and Kestrel is by far the industry standard – period. To arrive at station pressure using the Kestrel meter simply go to the BARO page and set your reference to zero. Setting the reference to zero removes the sea level reference from the pressure measurement resulting in station pressure.

Barometric Pressure is the air pressure reported by a weatherman or NOAA weather broadcast. It is adjusted for sea level. To measure the barometric pressure with your Kestrel, you need to know your current elevation, and the best way to do that is with a topographic map. It is by far more accurate than your GPS altitude. If you’re out in the weeds with just a GPS shame on you. Always have a topographic map of the area you’re hiking or hunting.


The picture on the left shows station pressure. Note that I’ve set the reference to 0. The picture of the right indicates barometric pressure. Note that the reference is set to my topographic elevation.

Before leaving the subject and whishing you a safe and relaxing weekend, I want to make sure that I leave you with one last thought.

Most ballistic calculators provide you with an option to use density altitude or discrete atmospheric data for its environmental inputs. When they ask for pressure, they’re asking for station pressure not barometric pressure. Concurrent with that input, they will also ask for altitude / elevation which can be done using your topographic map. When I say “most”please do not interpret my generality as “all.” So, know your ballistic calculator – train with it and use it regularly. For those of you that don’t have a standalone ballistic calculator running on a smart device or PDA, Kestrel makes a meter that includes ballistic software from Horus Vision and Applied Ballistics.

Next week our shoot-the-shit  topic will take you through setting up the ALT (altitude page). It’s not obvious and merits some discussion so that you understand the reading and how it’s derived.

All shoot-the-shit rules apply so let us know what you think!

Have a great weekend, get out to the range and have some fun with your buds and family.

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Hotshots 2016

The 2016 Hot Shots Calendar is now available for pre-order. For 2016, the Hot Shots has gone ‘steam punk’ putting a unique twist on many famous wars and battles of years gone by. As always the aim is to raise money and awareness for wounded veteran charities in the UK and the US while at the same time showcasing the industry’s latest, cutting edge military equipment. As well as some classic items from years gone by. The outfits you see have again been exclusively designed by Caleb Crye. Calendars ship November 2016.

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Daniel Defense Tornado® and Mil Spec+™ Colors Added To DDM4V11™ SLW Lineup


Daniel Defense M4 Carbine, V11 SLW (Daniel Defense Tornado)

Daniel Defense M4 Carbine, V11 SLW (Mil Spec+)

The Daniel Defense M4 Carbine V11 SLW is one of the lightest, fastest-handling rifles available in the DDM4 line-up, and is now available in the popular Daniel Defense Tornado® and Mil Spec+ Cerakote colors.  Built around a Cold Hammer Forged, 14.5” Lightweight profile barrel, the V11 SLW has an Extended Flash Suppressor, which is pinned and welded to reach the NFA, required 16” minimum barrel length. A free-floating SLiM Rail 12.0 handguard offers weight savings as well as superior cooling, ergonomics, and modularity while maintaining the strength and durability.

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Sneak Preview: Cold Steel’s Tactical Katana Machete


It’s been a while since we’ve done an edged weapon review so we wanted it to be something on the formidable side. To do that, we selected Cold Steel’s Tactical Katana Machete. This 24 inch blade is formidable but very nicely balanced with a great sweep along the edge worthy of its Katana heritage.

Read our upcoming review…

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The Applied Ballistics Story

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

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. H.R. 3590 Protection of Second Amendment Rights

Recently, we were made aware that some physicians, in the State of Florida, are asking patients to disclose whether they had a firearm at home.


Image redacted to protect patient privacy

This prompted a research effort on our part to see if collecting information on firearm possession and/or ownership was a requirement resulting from passage of H.R. 3590. Our findings suggest the opposite is true.


(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS. You can find its text starting at H. R. 3590—766 through H. R. 3590—767  (p 766 – 767 of the Bill) I’ve included the text below for our readers convenience below.



and health promotion activity implemented under subsection

(a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any

information relating to—

‘‘(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed

firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property

of an individual; or

H. R. 3590—767

‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm

or ammunition by an individual.


authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection

and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that

Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the

collection of any information relating to—

‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm

or ammunition;

‘‘(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or

‘‘(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.


the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient

Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made

by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used

to maintain records of individual ownership or possession of

a firearm or ammunition.



be increased, health insurance coverage may not be denied,

and a discount, rebate, or reward offered for participation in

a wellness program may not be reduced or withheld under

any health benefit plan issued pursuant to or in accordance

with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an

amendment made by that Act on the basis of, or on reliance


‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm

or ammunition; or

‘‘(B) the lawful use or storage of a firearm or ammunition.


INDIVIDUALS.—No individual shall be required to disclose any

information under any data collection activity authorized under

the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment

made by that Act relating to—

‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm

or ammunition; or

‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm

or ammunition.’’.

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SIG SAUER has announces its Legion Series pistols. The SIG P226 and P229 are the two most prevalent SIG SAUER platforms in service use today. SIG has upgraded these masterful firearms with a series of enhancements based on the needs and wants of the most elite professionals.

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IWI US Announces TAVOR Operators Courses at ACADEMI

Harrisburg, Pa. (October 2015) – IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is pleased to announce that two civilian TAVOR® Operators Courses are currently scheduled to be held Oct. 24 – 25 and Nov. 7-8, 2015 at ACADEMI in Moyock, North Carolina.

The course will help students of any level develop a solid foundation of shooting the TAVOR® platform. Experienced carbine shooters will find the course beneficial as a first step into transitioning from their current platforms into the TAVOR® weapon system. The course will teach students to exploit the system’s advantages over conventional rifles.

The ACADEMI instructors will provide each student with training to employ the bullpup system safely and effectively. For those students that bring a handgun, the course of instruction will also include transitions from rifle to handgun and handgun to rifle. The course includes live-fire exercises that will challenge the students with a variety of shooting situations and cement the skills previously learned in the classroom. To register for either date, please visit the ACADEMI website. Each course costs $450 and includes a certificate of completion. TAVOR®s are available for use upon request at no charge.

About IWI US, Inc. IWI US, Inc. is the USA-based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR® SAR, Jericho® 941™ pistol, UZI® pistol and Galil ACE® rifles and pistols. For more information, visit IWI US Inc. at our website-, on Facebook- or contact us via e-mail-

About ACADEMI ACADEMI is an elite security services provider with expertise forged in the world’s most challenging environments. ACADEMI’s world-class network of security professionals design customized solutions for clients to help them navigate the complex, sensitive environments in which they operate. ACADEMI has become a trusted partner to both government and commercial clients by providing solutions that foster a smarter, safer security approach based on knowledge and training.

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Enhanced Magazine release

The Magpul Enhanced AR Magazine Release is machined from Mil-Spec anodized aluminum. This two piece enhancement gives the shooter a larger contact surface for positive activation. The Enhanced Magazine Release is compatible with most 5.56mm and 7.62mm pattern receivers.

M.S.R.P. $19.95

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Gear Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 For The Glock43


The bottom line here is that we really like this holster. It’s comfortable almost to the point of becoming unnoticeable, excellent degree of adjustment and an unmatched level of manufacturer commitment and support.

Read my review…

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The  BATTERYCLIP by is probably one of the more useful doo dads to come along. Battery storage has always been a pain in the neck; they invariably end up at the bottom of your pack or rolling around somewhere on the floor. Well, in a vulgar display of Yankee ingenuity, BATTERYCLIP came up with a storage mechanism that mimics a weapon magazine. The company makes a 9v battery model with a capacity of 8 batteries, CR123A model holding 8 batteries and a AA model that holds 10 AA batteries. BATTERYCLIPS can de carried in a pack or a standard rifle magazine pouch

The BATTERYCLIP is patented and made in the U.S.A. the unit represented in the picture survived a 4 foot drop on concrete with no signs of stress. Pick some up at $19.99 – $24.95 you won’t want to go without a few.

You can purchase the BATTERCLIP from TNVC or directly from

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What Do The Russians Want With Syria ?

The weekend is here and it’s time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. New readers note that with any shoot-the-shit you can make unsupported assertions, use profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether, all of which is free of charge. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Folks, there are so many cluster fucks unraveling domestically and around the world that it was damned near impossible to select a topic. Our first thought was to shoot-the-shit about Layne Bryant’s Cacique’ line of intimate apparel for the full figured woman but gave up on that. However, the Russian participation in Syria seems to be getting a great deal of bandwidth. So, we decided to take our shot at it.

This situation is not a ball game where each side cheers for their team. This is a global issue with the potential for profound ramifications and you can’t solve problems without looking at all aspects of the problem. Having said that, let’s identify the catalysts

  1. We blew the Ukraine. We were backing the Ukrainian coupe with financing, PR etc. etc. Vladimir Putin knew that and since the Ukraine is vital to Russia’s  oil exports, Putin was not about to let that happen any time soon. We then spanked Russia by imposing sanctions.
  2. We entered into an agreement with Iran that will release $150 billion dollars of frozen assets and lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran abandoning its nuclear weapon ambitions. Even as the terms were being worked out, Gen Soleimani was hitting Moskva trance houses, sipping Grey Goose and shopping for Russian advanced weapon systems.
  3. Shia controlled Iraq under Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki, alienated every Sunni in the country and Iraqi military. He essentially created the petri dish giving rise to a merger between Baathist Sunnis and radical elements of AQAP rebranded as ISIL. That organization expanded alliances with elements operating in Syria. The objective is to eliminate Shia influence in Iraq and depose Bashar al-Assad who is an Alawait.
  4. We were way too cautious in supporting anti al-Assad rebels in the early stages of the civil war.

Like most conflicts, there is a huge economic component to the Russian calculus. Russians have three large customers at stake: Iran, Iraq and Syria. Less significant is Lebanon, Palestine and Libya. Should Syria fall to either ISIL or moderate Sunni elements, Russia would loss some vitally important resources. First, the Russian Black Sea Fleet is completely surrounded by NATO member countries and Russia would potentially loose access to the Bosphorus Straights; thereby, the Mediterranean.  So Russia needs a friendly sea port on the Mediterranean which it gets from Syria. A Russian friendly Syria creates a land route for Russian products, military equipment, etc. to Syria, Iraq, Iran and other points in the Middle East. This access is worth billions of dollars to the Russian economy.

It is highly unlikely that Vladimir Putin sees himself sunbathing in Speedos with al-Assad  while sipping a little Arak. However, it’s easy to see what is driving Russian actions in Syria. Russia’s risk is that their actions will consolidate ISIL and moderate Sunni factions. This is going to be one to watch…

Have a great weekend readers. If you’re on the East Coast stay out of the rain. If the sun is shinning where you are get to the range or do something with your buds and family!

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Daniel Defense Releases DD5V1 7.62 rifle


Daniel Defense has developed a ground-breaking platform engineered from muzzle to buttstock for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. The DD5’s performance-driven design departs from tradition to set a new standard in the 308 platform.

Innovative 4-bolt connection system securely attaches free-floating CHF barrel and KeyMod handguard mounts securely to upper without a barrel nut

Bolt and carrier designed with oversized cam pin, enhanced extractor geometry, and dual ejectors

Ambidextrous safety selector, magazine catch, bolt release, and configurable modular charging handle

Lower receiver features integral oversized trigger guard and flared magazine well for SR-25 type magazines.

Geissele SSA 2-Stage Trigger with its smooth 2.5 lb. take-up and clean 2 lb. break.


  • BARREL LENGTH: 16.0”
  • RIFLING TWIST: 1:11”
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 33 3/8”
  • MSRP: $2,899
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Cobb County S.W.A.T. Team Receives Bergara Custom Rifles

Duluth, Ga. (October 2015)Bergara USA, a division of BPI Outdoors, has delivered the Bergara custom tactical rifles to the Cobb County Police Department S.W.A.T. unit. The contract was secured in May of this year and Bergara began the process of designing and building the custom rifles based on the Cobb County S.W.A.T. unit’s requirements.

Officers were eager to get the new rifles out on the range for testing and training and were not disappointed with the performance and accuracy of their new Bergara S.W.A.T. rifles.


Originally based on the Bergara Heavy Tactical rifle, the Cobb County rifles included many customized features and components. The Bergara 22″ 416 stainless steel barrel in .308 Winchester has a 1:10 twist with a # 6 contour. Bergara barrels have long been considered the most accurate and technically-advanced barrels by top-tier gun manufacturers, competitive shooters and professionals who rely on Bergara’s performance in some of the most demanding scenarios. All of the rifles were fitted with Dead Air™ Armament’s Keymount™ Muzzle Brake.

The Bergara Premium action is made from 4140 CrMo steel and drilled and tapped for 8-40 scope mount threads with Talley 20 MOA Rail for the Nightforce NXS 5.5-22.50 scope and Nightforce Ultralight rings. The fluted bolt body eliminates extra weight and provides a consistent and smooth movement. The floating bolt head ensures a proper alignment in the receiver. The Timney 517 trigger allows for more precise finger positioning and control. The Cobb County rifles are built on an Accuracy International AX chassis stock with Custom Cerakote Finish

The Bergara “Cobb S.W.A.T. Rifle” features are as follows:

  • Barrel:  Bergara 416 SS in .308 1:10 Twist with # 6 Contour
  • Action: Bergara Premium
  • Stock: Accuracy International AX
  • Trigger: Timney 517
  • Muzzle Brake: Dead Air™ Keymount™
  • Scope: Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×50
  • Mounts: Nightforce Ultralight Rings

For more information on Bergara USA, visit

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OTIS Technology Buy One Get One Free RIPCORD Promotion

Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology is offering a buy-one-get-one-free promotion on its Ripcord® product line.

There are several ways consumer can take advantage of this BOGO. By purchasing through the Otis website, consumers can purchase any size Ripcord and get any size free, up to four free Ripcords. This promotion ran August 1 – September 30 and will be offered again December 1-31, 2015.

Beginning October 1 and running through December 31, 2015, Otis is offering a mail-in rebate for its BOGO promotion. Consumers can purchase a Ripcord through any authorized retailer, either in-store or online, and complete the mail-in rebate form to receive a free Ripcord (.223 cal, .30 cal, 9mm, .45 cal or 12 ga).

“We introduced the Ripcord two years ago and have continuously expanded the selection. Sales have been overwhelmingly positive and we are continuing to encourage consumers to make the switch to the Ripcord, the best one-pass cleaning tool in the market today. This high-value promotion is another way to do that,” states Len Nelson, VP of Sales & Marketing for Otis Technology.

Customers who purchase between the qualifying dates and mail in the required information by January 15, 2014 are eligible for the rebate. The rebate forms can be found at stores that carry Otis products or online at

For more information on the Ripcord, please visit

Otis Technology is known for manufacturing the most advanced gun cleaning systems 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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Office of Personnel Management Hack Worse Than Originally Thought

The recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management is far worse than originally thought. Many of our readers have a credible risk of exposure and unfortunately the picture is worse than initially reported. OPM officials have recently updated their initial assessment of 1.1 million fingerprints exposed to 5.6 million, a fivefold increase. The hack compromised social security numbers, BI files and complete personnel files.

Finger prints are problematic in that they’re biometric data. You can change passwords, request new account numbers and subscribe to credit monitoring and protection, but biometric data is a very different story. Finger prints are used to access physical facilities, they are used in generating encryption keys and even provide fast track logins to secure systems. Furthermore, since they are part of a file that is connected to college transcripts, birth certificates, passports and other official documents they uniquely link to the individuals identity.

If you’ve been impacted by, or think you’ve been impacted,  by the OPM hack, I advise you to contact the OPM to determine the extent of your exposure and evaluate options to mitigate your risks.

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Brownells Has Some Great Deals For Your AR


Brownells - Product AlertsAll Star AR-15 Products Under $150

Stripped, semi-auto, lower receiver delivers custom shop quality without the typical custom shop price. Perfect platform for building the ultimate, mission-specific, AR-15 rifle or carbine. Made from a high-strength, 7075 T6 aluminum forging for reliable performance and outstanding durability. Mil-Spec, hard anodized finish adds extra strength to the receiver walls and delivers superior abrasion-resistance for rugged field use. Precision-machined to ensure drop-in installation of Mil-Spec, aftermarket components.      

Machined from a 7075 T6 aluminum forging to mil-spec dimensions, this lower is compatible with all standard AR-15 parts. Tight tolerances give exact fit. Accepts .250

      Stripped, small pin, semi-auto lower receiver is precision machined from a durable, 7075 T6 aluminum forging. Stamped ?Cal Multi,? this versatile mil-spec receiver can be the foundation for rifle builds on 5.56/.223, 6.5mm, 6.8mm, 300 AAC Blackout, 9mm Luger, or other chamberings that fit the standard AR-15 receiver. Holes, inletting and pin locations have been cut to final dimensions and accept standard AR-15 magazines and components. Clearly stamped safe/fire switch position indicators ensure that you can easily identify the service state of the rifle.
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5 FOR $199.95
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Sub-Assembly, Mil-Spec Parts Packaged In Money-Saving Kits       Complete AR-15 Lower Parts Kit ready for installation in your lower receiver.  Standard AR-15 components.        Sub-Assembly, Mil-Spec Parts Packaged In Money-Saving Kits
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Economical Yet High-Quality Upper For Your Custom Build


Collapsible buttstock similar to the current US GI M4 carbine stock provides convenient six-position length-of-pull adjustment to fit different-size shooters, including those wearing body armor.       MOE Rifle Stock and Components needed to get your lower receiver up and running  with the new stock.       Brownells offers this kit that contains both the Magpul CTR buttstock and all mounting hardwear needed for an easy installation. Includes CTR buttstock, Mil-Spec buffer tube, carbine buffer, chrome silicon recoil spring, receiver end plate and castle nut.
Brownells AR-15/M16 Carbine
Mil-Spec Buttstock Kit
Brownells AR-15/M16
MOE Rifle Stock Kit
Brownells AR-15/M16
CTR Stock Kit
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The Anderson Manufacturing M16 5.56 Complete Bolt Carrier Group features a 9310 steel bolt and 8620 steel carrier. The bolt is magnetic particle inspected (MPI), and the extractor includes an O-ring insert for positive extraction.       Complete, mil-spec assembly with bolt, bolt carrier, and firing pin ready to drop into the rifle or carbine upper of your choice. Features a shot-peened bolt for increased surface strength and durability, and an extractor booster to ensure reliable cycling during rapid semi-auto or full-auto fire.       Stripped bolt carriers
Anderson Mfg M16 5.56
Bolt Carrier Group
Daniel Defense AR-15 5.56 Chrome Bolt Carrier Group Brownells AR-15 Stripped
Bolt Carrier
$109.99   $94.99
$205.99   $149.99
$44.00   $29.99
Includes Barrel Nut For Fast Installation
Rugged, Reliable, Always-Deployed Relief Sighting       Reliable, Low-Profile, Quick-Deploy Backup Sights       For Fast Deployment In Emergency Situations
Daniel Defense AR-15/M16 Fixed Backup Sigth Set Magpul AR-15/M16 MBUS Gen 2 Sight System Brownells CAR-15/M4 Flip-Up Tactical Sight Sets
$89.99   $69.99
$129.99   $119.99
      SHOP ALL BARRELS      
The Anderson Manufacturing M4 16? 5.56x45mm barrel features the classic M4 profile, for weight savings & parts commonality.  The barrel has a 1-8 twist, for excellent performance with a variety of ammunition.       Match Quality, Drop-In, Ready-To-Shoot       Born from over 35 years of machining some of the hardest materials on the planet in our ISO-certified facility, Faxon Firearms barrels are the pinnacle of value and quality. Barrels are manufactured from either 4150 CMV Steel.
Anderson Mgf AR-15/M16 5.56 16″ M4 Barrel DPMS AR-15/M16 5.56
Barrel Assemblies
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MasterPiece Arms New MPA Magazine Extender Now Available

MPA Magazine Extender for AICS and Accurate Mags extends 10-rd mag capacity to 14-rds.

Comer, Ga. – (September 2015) –MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles, Chassis Systems, Defender Pistols and Carbines, Suppressors and MPAR Rifles, announces the MPA Magazine Extender for AICS and Accurate Magazine’s 10-round single-feed box magazines. The MPA Magazine Extender increases the capacity of these 10-round magazines to 14-rounds.

The MPA Magazine Extender is made from 6061 aluminum and produced in the U.S.A. The MPA Magazine Extender fits 308 Box Magazines produced by Accurate Mag and AICS. It is easy to install by removing the existing floor plate and securing the MPA Magazine Extender with the 6-32 set screw (included). MSRP is $35.99.

“The addition of this magazine extender in the MasterPiece Arms product line up is a result of feedback from the long range shooting community and delivering to them quality American made accessories,” said Phil Cashin, owner of MasterPiece Arms.

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of pistols, bolt action rifles, carbines, accessories and suppressors, visit

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MAGPUL Industries Is Now Shipping PMAG 25 M118 LR/SR GEN M3™ WINDOW 7.62X51MM NATO

The 7.62×51 PMAG 25 M118 LR/SR GEN M3 Window is a lightweight, cost effective, high reliability magazine for SR25/M110 pattern rifles using longer than SAAMI-spec match ammunition up to 2.830″ OAL. The magazine features true 25-round capacity, constant-curve body, anti-tilt follower, snap on Impact/Dust Cover, and transparent windows to allow rapid visual identification of approximate number of rounds remaining.

M.S.R.P. $22.95

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Sneak Preview: Alien Gear IWB Cloak Tuck 3.0


Coming in October is my review of Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster.  This is possibly the most comfortable IWB holster that I’ve ever used. This holster offers superb quality and comfort with an amazing warranty from Alien Gear Holsters. Check out my upcoming review

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CamelBak Products LLC Is Now Part Of Vista Outdoors


Vista Outdoor Logo / Vista Outdoor Inc. logo (PRNewsFoto/Vista Outdoor Inc.)If there ever was an American success story CamelBak Products LLC is certainly it. The Petaluma, CA. company’s CamelBak brand is recognized the world over for its innovative hydration products in use with the world’s militaries and  outdoors enthusiasts, became part of Vista Outdoor’s family of companies. The announcement was made on 27 July 2015. Vista Outdoor will purchase CamelBak for $412.5 million, against CamelBak projected net sales of $160 million for 2015.


CLEARFIELD, Utah, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CamelBak Products, LLC. CamelBak is the leading provider of personal hydration solutions for outdoor, recreation and military use. The company’s products include hydration packs, reusable bottles and individual purification and filtration systems.

The CamelBak acquisition will strengthen and expand Vista Outdoor’s presence in outdoor sports and recreation, with products that complement every outdoor activity where Vista Outdoor’s products are used. The acquisition will provide Vista Outdoor with another highly recognized and well-respected brand that is a preferred partner to leading retailers. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Vista Outdoor anticipates closing the transaction within the next month.

“The acquisition of CamelBak greatly advances Vista Outdoor’s strategy to grow and strengthen our leading position in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Mark DeYoung, Vista Outdoor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “CamelBak fortifies our presence in the mainstream individual outdoor recreation market, creating an opportunity to increase the scale, reach and growth of several current offerings through an expanded global sourcing capability and a broadened retail distribution network. With limited overlap between our key customers, this acquisition creates significant cross-selling opportunities, increased channel presence and access into expanded domestic and international markets. As a market leader and preferred partner, Vista Outdoor can leverage the technical expertise of CamelBak to deliver innovative solutions and quality product offerings that will create value for our shareholders and customers.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Vista Outdoor will purchase CamelBak for $412.5 million, subject to a customary working capital adjustment, utilizing cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facilities. Management expects calendar year 2015 net sales for CamelBak of approximately $160 million. The purchase price includes an approximate net present value of $35 million in future tax benefits associated with the deductibility of intangibles from a prior acquisition of CamelBak. The purchase price, net of the previously mentioned tax asset, represents a resulting effective multiple of approximately 11x CamelBak’s expected calendar year 2015 EBITDA. Vista Outdoor intends to refinance the expected borrowings under its credit facilities with long-term debt financing. Pending such financing, Vista Outdoor has received a commitment to provide $50 million of secured debt financing from Morgan Stanley, which the company does not at this time intend to draw upon, but which provides additional flexibility pending completion of long-term financing. Absent transaction and transition costs, Vista Outdoor expects the acquisition to be accretive to Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) earnings per share (EPS). Vista Outdoor will provide information relating to CamelBak’s impact on FY16 financial results as part of its first quarter earnings press release and webcast on August 13, 2015.

“CamelBak is enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the Vista Outdoor family of brands,” said Sally McCoy, CamelBak CEO. “Their successful platform will accelerate CamelBak’s growth as a global brand. Vista Outdoor supports our mission to continue to reinvent the way people hydrate and perform through innovative hydration products.”

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Petaluma, California, CamelBak is the category creator for hands-free hydration and meets the needs of diverse consumers with a comprehensive product portfolio. CamelBak has an expansive network of marquee customers ranging from REI to Target. CamelBak has approximately 300 employees and will be integrated into the Outdoor Products segment of Vista Outdoor, increasing the scale of the business and reinforcing a culture focused on delivering high-quality, technologically advanced products.

CamelBak is a subsidiary company of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI), an owner of leading middle market businesses headquartered in Connecticut.

Morgan Stanley serves as transaction and financial advisor and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP serves as legal advisor to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.

About Vista Outdoor

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has more than 30 well-recognized brands that provide consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products in the ammunition, firearms and outdoor accessories categories. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 10 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada along with international sales and sourcing operations in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. For news and information visit or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding pending transaction with CamelBak Products, LLC, the expected future financial performance of CamelBak Products, LLC and the impact of that performance on Vista Outdoor, constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words ‘believe’, ‘expect’, ‘anticipate’, ‘intend’, ‘aim’, ‘should’ and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Vista Outdoor’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations described in the forward-looking statements. Among those risks and uncertainties are: assumptions regarding demand for CamelBak’s products; failure of the closing conditions in the purchase agreement to be satisfied in a timely manner or at all; changes in interest rates or credit availability; anticipated benefits and cost savings from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer than expected to realize; the ability of Vista Outdoor to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners of CamelBak; costs or difficulties related to the integration of the business following completion of the transaction; and changes in the business, industry or economic conditions or competitive environment. Vista Outdoor undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact Vista Outdoor, and the statements contained herein, please refer to Vista Outdoor’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Bryan Litz Discusses Bullet Information For Long Range Shooting Advanced Stability

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

In his 7th video, Bryan discusses bullet details for long range shooting advanced stability, focusing on the transonic zone of bullet flight.

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MasterPiece Arms Unveils New Bolt Action Side Folding Chassis

MasterPiece Arms Side Folding Chassis


MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles, Chassis Systems, Defender Pistols and Carbines, Suppressors and MPAR Rifles, announces the availability of its new MPA BA SF Chassis – Side Folder, part of the MPA Bolt Action Chassis Systems product line. This unique chassis system provides a super precision platform for the Remington 700, Savage, Howa and a variety of custom actions. The MPA BA SF Chassis – Side Folder provides a world class chassis and v-bedding system that aids in increasing accuracy capabilities while adding tactical features to a rifle. It is the ideal platform to use for building a super precision rifle for long range competitions.

The v-bedding system is configured to allow for the ability to glass bed the action and straight section of the barrel, if desired. The MPA BA SF Chassis – Side Folder is machined on MPA’s CNC Horizontal Machining Centers to exacting tolerances from 6061 aluminum. The MPA produced buttstock includes an adjustable length of pull, recoil pad with height and cant adjustment, adjustable cheek riser and adjustable Monopod.

The Monopod locks into vertical position and has a quick-height locating method, extending up to 5” with fine adjustment capabilities. When not in use, the Monopod tucks into the frame of the buttstock. The Monopod will also work at 60 degrees for when a shooter needs that “in between” height of the buttstock of the rifle in acquiring the target.

The length of pull for the MPA BA SF Chassis – Side Folder is between 13.75” and 14.75”. It is coated in durable ceramic (Cerakote®) and is available in a variety of colors. The upper night vision bridge provides a seat for a Picatinny rail with a matching rail mounted to the bottom of the chassis. Both give the shooter plenty of rail space for a variety of enhancements.

The MPA BA SF Chassis comes with an A2 Pistol Grip, machined thumb notch, a handstop/barrier stop system (standard) and a built-in bubble level. User located side rails are available as an additional option. It also comes with a unique pocketing system that reduces weight and increases the structural integrity of the chassis.

The side folding assembly is released by depressing a small, low profile button and locks in place folded against the shooter’s left side of the chassis body. For left handed shooters, the assembly can be reversed to allow the stock to fold to the right, opposite the bolt handle. The cheek riser for the MPA BA SF Chassis – Side Folder is a low profile design, measuring only 1.5” wide.

The MPA Rotation Barricade stop has proven itself to be a “game changer” when used to engage barricade type states in long rang competitions, locking the rifle into position for rock solid positional performance.

MPA BA SF Chassis Side Folder Specifications:

  • Weight: 5.2 lbs.
  • Color: Black, Burnt Bronze, Flat Dark Earth, Gunmetal, Tungsten, Sniper Green, Camo
  • Action: Badger M2013, Defiance Rebel/Deviant Long, Defiance Rebel/Deviant Medium, Howa Long Action, Howa Short Action, Remington Long Action, Remington Short Action, Savage Long Action, Savage Short Action, Stillers Tac 30, Stillers Tac 300, Stillers Tac 338, Surgeon 1086 LA, Surgeon 591 SA, Tikka T3
  • Left Hand / Right Hand: Left Handed, Right Handed
  • MSRP: $1,025.00

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of pistols, bolt action rifles, carbines and suppressors, visit

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Washington Post Headline: U.S., China Agree Not To Conduct Economic Espionage In Cyberspace

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MAGPUL Industries Has Begun Shipping The ZHUKOV-S Stock For The Yugoslavian Patterned Rifles


The YUGO Zhukov-S Stock’s hinge block for fixed-stock Yugoslavian pattern rifles allows the user to replace their factory buttstock with this high quality folding polymer replacement. The hinge block mounts directly to the unique rear interface of Yugo pattern rifles with the included hardware providing a very robust fit.

A no-compromise folding stock for the modern AK, the Zhukov-S Stock folds to the right, has adjustable comb height for optics use via optional cheek risers, is adjustable for length-of-pull without tools, and features an angled rubber butt pad for easy shoulder transition and slip-free performance. An included one-point QD mount at the receiver, optional QD mounting points at the rear of the stock provides multiple sling attachment options.

Made in U.S.A.


  • Mounts to most stamped receiver Yugoslavian M70 pattern rifles with fixed stock, recessed trunnion*
  • 5-Position length of pull adjustability and solid “fixed stock” lockup with consistent cheek weld in all positions
  • Adjustment lever is unobtrusive and anti-snag
  • High strength, wear compensating lock mechanism allows stock to fold to the right
  • Solid steel hinge pin
  • Positive detents in the stowed position prevents movement while still allowing the stock to be instantly deployed
  • Weapon may be charged and fired while stock is folded (without Cheek Risers installed)
  • Cheek weld combines a slim profile with user comfort and optional snap on Cheek Risers are available for use with optics
  • Rubber butt-pad offers an anti-slip surface and increases impact protection
  • Rollover on the toe allows for easier shoulder transitions and better fit when using body armor
  • Sling Mounts
  • Front – Left-side rotation limited sling mount accepts push-button QD swivels for one-point sling usage (swivel not included)
    Rear – Optional Sling Mounts (Type 1 and Type 2) accept push-button QD swivels
    Bottom – 1.25″ sling loop
  • M.S.R.P. $99.95 Available only in black at this time

For more information visit MAGPUL

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Brugger & Thomet Speed Loader

There’s a number of shooters who own HK MP5s, MP5 conversions or their clones. We have at least a couple of readers who own MP5 conversions. For those of you fitting that description, Brugger & Thomet recently introduced a speed loader for the HK MP5 , Brugger Part No. BT-231230 and for their own  B&T MP9, Brugger Part No. BT-231229, which takes the laboriousness out of loading 9mm stick magazines. If applicable, you may what the check these out. The following video illustrates…

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Bryan Litz Discusses Bullet Selection For Long Range Shooting – Big Bore

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

In his sixth video, Bryan discusses bullet selection for long range shooting with big bore rifles. He provides details which my be inconsistent with what you’ve heard along your travels. What I like about Bryan’s approach is that he never abandons marksmanship fundamentals.

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SIG MCX: Redefining Adaptability

SIG USA has an update video of the their MCX. This carbine, has all of the trappings of an amazing weapon system. The marketing concept is brilliant and tangible evidence its designers used up some brain cells in the process. I can’t say enough about the MCX and this video reveals why…

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TACT3 Accupoint Field Tripod Provides Stability and Fine Horizontal-Vertical Control for Tactical Field Optics

Ruckersville, VA. – Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) Manufacturing is introducing a new model in the combat proven TACT3 Tactical Tripod product line.  Now joining the TACT3’s GP, S, Q, QEL and SEL models is the new Accupoint.  Developed for tactical field use, the TACT3 Accupoint allows fine independent vertical and horizontal movement control of tactical optics weighing up to ten pounds.  The TACT3 Accupoint is amagnetic and compatible with all electro-optical devices incorporating a digital magnetic compass.  There are more than 20,000 TACT3 Tactical Tripods now in use by the US Department of Defense around the world.

The Accupoint’s pan-tilt head provides ±65 degrees of vertical adjustment and affords 360 degrees of horizontal adjustment using large ergonomic 30mm control knobs.  Fine tuning is controlled by two independent smaller knobs that provide approximately 6 degrees of movement in either direction per rotation.  Optics are mounted to the Accupoint tripod head using a quick detachable base plate with a standard ¼-20 TPI bail ring screw.

The TACT3 Accupoint is manufactured from high strength aerospace grade aluminum alloys and is lightweight and compact.  The multi-section mast is adjustable from 15 inches to 29 inches and can be detached from the tripod base and mated to an internally stored ground spike and used as a field monopod.  The TACT3 tripod base features a terrain leveling gimbal and has legs that are wide and stable.  Collapsed the tripod is 18.5 inches long and weighs 3.5 pounds.  The TACT3 Accupoint is hard coat anodized, with a rugged dull gray non-reflective finish.

The TACT3 Accupoint provides users employing high magnification spotting scopes, night vision, thermal imaging devices and CCTV cameras a stable field platform that can be precisely pointed both horizontally and vertically in a lightweight compact package.  Accupoint operational accessories include an Electro-Optical Rail Grabber Mount, Tactical Interface Mount, and Spotting Scope Accessory Rail.

For more information on APO’s complete line of TACT3 Tactical Tripods and other equipment visit the Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg. website.

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Things That Piss Me Off…



It’s Friday and it’s time for our weekly shoot-the-shit. So, in keeping with all applicable rules, I’ve decide to use a bit of profanity; this approach is consistent with Louise Goodbread’s philosophy that describes profanity as a crutch for conversational cripples but also recognizes that an occasional “colorful” imprecation does a better job communicating certain conditions.

No, it’s not the 24 x 7 coverage of the Papal visit!

Having said that, what the fuck has happened to our banking system?

This week, I’ve been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest – a condition that will undoubtedly persist through the weekend. With the conclusion of the DoD panel at the Global Identity Summit, I left the Tampa Convention Center and decided to stay in town to get a couple of things done. Rather than fuss around with driving, I decided to take mass transit to have a little lunch in town and pick up a couple of cigars for a friend. I look in my wallet and noticed there were no singles. I spotted a branch of a local bank and holding a ten dollar bill in my hand walked up to an open teller and  asked if she could break the ten for me. She looked at me like I was some sort of miscreant and informed me that she could not break the ten  because she needed to check my account and I was not a customer. I was seriously going to unload a verbal barrage on her, but realized that she was simply following rules. Here is the bank’s lost opportunity…

“ Yes sir, I’d be very happy to do that for you and I hope you’ll consider us for any future banking needs.”

Fucking elegant, and what an opportunity to show that the management team has an I.Q. – of any positive value.  I wasn’t asking them to cash a “not on us check” I simply wanted to break my ten spot.

Those of you that travel already know that there is not a bank in the EU, or for that matter anywhere on the planet, that would deny a request for change; including foreign currency exchange. Not a fucking one!

So here’s what I’d like our readers to do next time a bank of any size needs a taxpayer bailout.

  1. Tell your elected officials to hold high a middle finger while raising their arm.
  2. Insist that senior bank executives be disgorged of bonuses and exit packages.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts!

Have a great weekend be safe and enjoy some quality time with your buds and family !

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Vision-Box Happy Flow Access Control System


Vision-BoxConsidered the top airport innovation of 2015 by Airport Business Webzine, Happy Flow is Vision-Box®‘s groundbreaking approach to combining integrated airport management and a top-flight passenger experience. For the first time a passenger is able to cross an airport without interacting with authorities or showing a passport or boarding pass at all stages. Happy Flow™ is the first 100% self-service passenger flow system based on passenger-centric touch-points, identifying passengers via face biometrics across the entire journey.

As demonstrated in this video, the system consists of an enrollment kiosk and an e-gate that can control passenger access throughout an airport as well as the boarding ramp. In this video, you’ll observe Rui, self-enrolling. During this process, his passport is scanned, the passport e-chip is read and his fingerprints are compared against the TSA’s data base. Identification is established on two modes, comparing the facial scan to the e-chip’s image template and fingerprints validated through the TSA’s data base. Once the passenger’s identity is established, subsequent facial scans at various points along the airport function as access authorization all the way to the boarding ramp.

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i3 Identification International Biometric Badging And Enrollment System

DSC_3302Identification International, Inc. (“i3”) addresses needs that range from large national deployments to small single office solutions. i3, a Blacksburg, VA headquartered company, has delivered leading edge products and solutions since its founding in 2004.

i3 was the first manufacturer to FBI certify a truly portable fingerprint live scan device. This achievement formed the basis of their digID product line and the many patents resulting from that development effort. Another example is the FPCheck fingerprinting service that has been designed with customer ease of use in mind.

The company’s digID series scanners are built from 85+% U.S. sourced parts and their Vize ID software is completely designed and written in Blacksburg. Research and development, manufacturing and support are based in their VA corporate headquarters.

At the 2015 Global Identity Summit, in Tampa, i3 Identification International demonstrated their Biometric Badging and Enrollment System. This is a field deployable package weighing a mere 43 pounds and supports biometric multimodal identification and enrollment. The system supports facial, iris, voice, writing and speech modalities. It is GPS enabled so enrollment files can be georeferenced. On the back end, the company’s BBES supports a TELCO RJ-11 interface but the company is capable of developing any communications interface required by their customer.

This is precisely the capability needed to process the tsunami wave of refugees entering the EU from North Africa and the Middle East. Although original documents are missing, damaged or forged, collecting multiple modalities is essential to refugee safety and host country security.

This video provides the reader with a high level overview.


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Bergara Completes Custom Build Rifle for Cobb County S.W.A.T.

Duluth, Ga. (September 2015) – Bergara USA, a division of BPI Outdoors, announced today that it has completed its custom build tactical rifle for the Cobb County Police Department S.W.A.T. unit. Cobb is an Atlanta metro county that includes a large percentage of the city’s north western suburbs. According to company officials, the rifle is based on its “Heavy Tactical” model and includes various customized features and components. The rifles are also equipped with the Dead Air™ Keymount™ combination muzzle brake and suppressor mount, specially designed for the attachment of the Dead Air™ Sandman™ suppressor, also manufactured by BPI Outdoors.

The Bergara “Cobb S.W.A.T. Rifle” specifications

  • Barrel: Bergara 416 SS in .308 1:10 Twist with # 6 Contour
  • Action: Bergara Premium
  • Stock: Accuracy International AX
  • Trigger: Timney 517 Muzzle
  • Brake: Dead Air™ Keymount™
  • Scope: Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×50
  • Mounts: Nightforce Ultralight Rings

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What Should You Do When Required To Submit A Classified Proposal …

All agencies of the federal government have one or more programs designed to engage small businesses in their procurement processes. USSOCOM, for example, has a TILO office that will work with small businesses to meet SOCOM requirements. This contact may, at some point during the relationship, require that your small business submit a classified proposal; this is a complicated process and many small businesses lack the resources to staff that specialized function in-house. If that is your situation, I have the following recommendation…

I recently had the opportunity to meet Tom Giroir, retired USAF, Owner and CEO of TMG International Consulting. His organization consults with businesses, of all sizes, to guide them through the complexities of preparing and delivering a classified proposal. Mr. Giroir has extensive military and intelligence community experience.

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Global Identity Summit: Iritech, Inc. Demonstrates Dual Iris Camera


Dr. Tommy Phan demonstrates Iritech’s  Inc. new dual-eye Iris camera. This camera will capture both Iris details and is usable for enrollment as well as identity confirmation making this an ideal tool for physical access control.

Law enforcement at local and national levels have been using biometrics for over 100 years, the fingerprint. That one modality has seen significant advances, over the years, in the techniques of collection, processing, analysis and spoof detection. Today, thanks to the work of individuals like Dr. Phan from Iritech Inc., law enforcement, DoD, national security and humanitarian organizations are enrolling individuals using multiple modalities making identity far more precise than at any time in human history. These technologies, which in its early stages found fertile ground in governments and military organizations, are now moving into the commercial space. In 2015, the technology needed to support identity requirements is now mature, faster, more compact, simpler to use and cheaper.

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AFCEA: Global Identity Summit Kicks-Off In Tampa

The march to implement biometric technologies in national security and at the enterprise continues. In two short years, consumers will see biometrics playing a major role in access control both at the physical and logical level. Modalities like fingerprints, iris, facial recognition and DNA will be incorporated in combinations to establish individual identity and secure data in government and business.


Day one consisted of three hours of training, conducted by industry experts, on topics like biometrics, biographics and  smart card technologies. This is one event that mainstream media should look to for a solid foundation on issues and technologies. The Global Identity Summit (GIS) is an annual event held in Tampa, FL

Today’s event was followed by a Meet and Greet in the Exhibition Hall. Great event!

AFCEA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit  international organization that serves its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information. AFCEA is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications, and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.





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  • Compatible with standard GALAXY S6
  • Semi-rigid thermoplastic elastomer construction provides protection against minor bumps and abrasions
  • Compact design adds minimal bulk to the phone
  • Textured surface and PMAG®-style ribs for added grip
  • Raised lip protects screen when laid face down yet remains unobtrusive
  • Charging cable port and headphone jack are accessible with case installed (optimized for use with factory charging cable and headphones)
  • M.S.R.P. $16.95
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DSEI 2015 Selex ES Announces The Compact HH-E Software Defined Radio

_DSC9567-015cropped_t9GpO9SAt DSEi 2015, Finmeccanica – Selex ES introduced its new SWave™-family Software Defined Radio (SDR), named the Hand Held Evolution (HH-E). Designed to bring commercial smartphone size and weight characteristics to military-qualified battlefield radio equipment, the SWave™ HH-E weighs less than 550 grams and measures just 155mm x 70mm x 40mm.

The HH-E is the latest in Selex ES’s SWave™ software defined radio family, which offer reconfigurable secure data and wideband networking capabilities in addition to standard voice communication. The HH-E is compliant to the US SCA 2.2.2 and European ESSOR architectures. This means that the radios can be upgraded to new waveforms as they become available. The radio has been launched with the Soldier Broadband Waveform (SBW). A narrow-band waveform will be available early 2016.

The Selex ES SWave™ SDR family includes the latest single channel hand-held SDR (HH-E), a 2 channel manpack SDR (MB1), a 2 channel vehicular SDR (VB1) and a 4 channel vehicular SDR (VQ1). An earlier variant of the SWave™ HH-E, the SWave™ HH, is currently in-service with the Italian Army. A naval SWave™ SDR product is also in development.

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First-Light USA An American Company From A Small Town With Big Ideas

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to review First-Light USA products and was consistently impressed with their quality and function. You can read one here or read them all by searching on First-Light USA.  In an enormously competitive space, First-Light USA offerings solve some very challenging lighting problems with innovation. This video reintroduces the company…

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Silencerco Weapons Research Introduces The Radius


Silencerco Weapons Research (SWR) first offering, marketed as The Radius, is a rail mounted rangefinder capable of ranging out to a mile on a reflective target and attaching to a Picatinny rail in any orientation.

When we first decided to create our own rail mounted rangefinder, we wanted something that would allow us to range out to incredible distances reliably without having to come off of the gun and without breaking the bank – and that’s exactly what we’re delivering to you.

Additional features of the Radius include a user configurable display, continuous ranging for 12 hours with (2) CR123 batteries, and resistance to even extreme elements.

M.S.R.P. $999 Pre-Orders Being Accepted



  • POWER: (2) CR123A Lithium Ion Batteries (Included)
  • HEIGHT: 2.30”
  • LENGTH: 5.80”
  • WIDTH: 2.96”
  • WEIGHT with BATTERIES: 18.2 oz.
  • WEIGHT without BATTERIES: 17.0 oz.
  • MSRP: $999



  • Mounts Vertically or Horizontally on Host Rail
  • 1-Meter Ranging Resolution
  • Continuous Ranging for up to 12 Hours
  • Range Display in Yards or Meters
  • Continuous & Single-Shot Modes of Operation
  • Adjustable Display Brightness
  • Shock Resistant Across Full Range of Calibers
  • Compatible with Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 Rails
  • Waterproof IP68 Rating (Submersible)
  • User Configurable Display with 4 Different Orientations
  • Displays Three Ranges – Primary and Two Secondary – In Case of Interference
  • Zeros by way of Visible Laser, then Visible Laser can be Blocked
  • Visible and IR Lasers Co-Aligned
  • Pressure Pad Included for Remote Operation
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