For 2017, CRKT introduced a line of pocket folders that are classic Ken Onion design, the HOMEFRONT. In addition to Ken’s typical balance between elegance and function, HOMEFRONT features something that is both new and unique, Field Strip Technology. If you use a pocket folder in the field you know they require frequent maintenance. Ken Onion and CRKT just solved that problem for us. Catch my review this September.

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At SHOT SHOW 2017 Streamlight introduced a number of new tactical and general lighting products most of which were USB rechargeable or dual-fuel; among that new lineup  was Streamlight’s micro headlamp the BANDIT.

The BANDIT is a 1.4 oz. handsfree, directed illumination lamp that offers just about all of the same features as the “tactical” headlamps at a street price you won’t believe.

Streamlight had their thinking caps on when they introduced this tiny little gem, and here’s why.

First, the BANDIT is so light you’ll forget you have it on. Second, the user has three easily accessible modes of operation; low, high and flash. On low, you have 35 lumens of a flood with a run time of  about 9.5 hours. This is ideal for many of the tasks one could perform better with a little light; for example, installing the G conversion on your Beretta 92/96 or eating in the dark. On high, you 20170815_112723_1have a bright 180 lumens with a run time of 2 hours. High is ideal for your basic recreational land navigation at your campsite or the beach. Holding the multi-function push button down for 3 seconds gets you into the flashing mode; here, the BANDIT pulses at a repetition rate of approximately 2 per seconds, so it’s a good locator beacon or emergency signal. All of these functions are easily accessible through the multi-function push button located at the top of the headlamp body.

20170815_114239The BANDIT ships preconfigured in the try me mode so you’ll need to fully charge the headlamp to disable Try Me. Charging takes about two hours and it’s as simple as connecting the supplied USB charging cable to your USB port. The multi-function push button is illuminated with red indicating charging, and green when the charge is complete. All very straight forward!

Wearing the BANDIT is accomplished in one of two ways. First and more conventional is with the 20170815_113139included headband. Streamlight even lets you choose what color headband you’ll display, yellow or black. The second approach is with the included hat clip which allows you to wear the BANDIT on your ball cap. The clip articulates a full 180 degrees and will also attach to MOLLE so if you want to wear it on your vest you’ll be able to do that as well.

In closing, Streamlight’s BANDIT is one of those tools that will never outlive its utility. It’s inexpensive, available in a Yellow or Black body, multi-function, multi-role, rechargeable and takes up little or no room. You’ll want to take a closer look at the BANDIT, but at a street price of $20 or less check two out, it’s money well spent!

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Setting the RZR Zero Stop | Vortex Optics

This video tutorial takes you through a step-by-step procedure to set the RZR Zero Stop. The RZR Zero Stop is used on Vortex’s Viper PST Gen II and Razor HD 5-20×50 scopes. You can download hard copy of the straight forward procedure here

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Configurable in more than 500 combinations, the ground-breaking and modular MCX VIRTUS is ready for any mission. Engineered for unmatched reliability, the MCX VIRTUS is designed to perform beyond 20,000 rounds without the need for replacement parts.

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Federal Launches Syntech Component Bullets for Handloaders


Syntech Component Bullets

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 14, 2017 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce it is now offering popular American Eagle Syntech Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullets as components for handloading, allowing both competitive and casual shooters to load Syntech to their own specifications and pressures. The competitively priced component bullets are available in three popular handgun caliber options. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.
With an exclusive TSJ polymer jacket that eliminates copper fouling and decreases heat and friction, Syntech loads have redefined the range ammunition category. Now handloaders can get the benefits of the same groundbreaking design in Syntech component bullets. The advanced range projectiles provide clean, accurate, consistent performance, as well as less splash-back on steel targets.
Features & Benefits
• Polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact in the bore
• Eliminates copper and lead fouling
• Decreases heat and friction, extending barrel life
• Significantly reduces the required frequency of cleaning
• Absence of a copper jacket minimizes splash-back on steel targets
• 100-count packs
Part No. / Description / MSRP
AE9SJCB1 / 9mm, .355” 115-grain Syntech, 100-count / $16.95
AE40SJCB1 / 40 cal., .400” 165-grain Syntech, 100-count / $18.95
AE45SJCB1 / 45 cal., .451” 230gr Syntech, 100-count / $21.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to

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Brownells & Henry Partner in Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience Giveaway


GRINNELL, Iowa (August 15, 2017) – Brownells and Henry Repeating Arms are working together to give one lucky winner a pair of personalized guns and an all-expenses-paid trip for two for an unforgettable experience at Brownells in Grinnell, Iowa.

The Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience Giveaway includes travel for two to Brownells for a personal tour and an afternoon at the range learning trick shots from the one and only YouTube icon and trick shooter “22Plinkster.” That evening, the winner and guest will dine with Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato, Brownells CEO Pete Brownell and 22 Plinkster.

Additionally, the winner will receive a pair of Henry firearms – a rimfire Henry Golden Boy rifle and a Henry Single Shot Shotgun – both to be engraved with a custom serial number of the winner’s choosing. Together, the guns are valued at nearly $1,200. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with a great American company like Henry,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “This is a wonderful prize package and we can’t wait to greet the winners and show them a great time.”

“It’s all about the customer at Henry Repeating Arms and Brownells,” added Anthony Imperato. “To be able to spend some quality time with the lucky winners, 22Plinkster and the great folks at Brownells is something I am sincerely looking forward to.”

Contestants can sign up at the Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience page starting August 15, and the winner will be drawn on September 1. Full contest rules can be viewed on the contest webpage.

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Jared Hinton, Savage Arms Communications Coordinator, shares three easy methods for boresighting your rifle.your Savage rifle.

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Atlantic Tactical Joins the National Association of Police Equipment Distributors

Atlantic Tactical, one of the nation’s largest public safety equipment and uniform suppliers becomes NAPED general member.


New Bern, NC (July 2017) – The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) proudly welcomes Atlantic Tactical to its General Membership. Atlantic Tactical represents over 800 manufacturers and services customers through their website, outside sales force and five retail locations in New Cumberland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Queens, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; and Somerset, New Jersey.

“We are pleased to rejoin NAPED and look forward to forming long term relationships with their growing list of vendors,” Sean Conville, President of Atlantic Tactical commented.

“Having Sean and his team at Atlantic Tactical join up again demonstrates the value of membership in NAPED,” Tim Brown, President of NAPED and President of GT Distributors, added. “Our list of public safety and law enforcement distributors and vendors are growing and the opportunities within NAPED to network are also increasing.”

Atlantic Tactical was founded in 1972 and now includes a large variety of brands in uniforms, body armor, duty gear, equipment, firearms, flashlights, footwear, gear bags and essential tactical equipment. Acquired by Safariland in 2015, Atlantic Tactical continues to service its customers in the Northeast, as well as through online retail. As a strategic partner, Safariland supports and furthers Atlantic Tactical’s distribution reach and product portfolio.

Interested in becoming a NAPED member? Contact Laura Burgess at 252-288-5805 for more information and start enjoying the benefits today.

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Savage Arms Introduces Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor

SUFFIELD, Connecticut – August 14, 2017 – Savage Arms is pleased to offer serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor. The rifle delivers exceptional accuracy and performance whether you’re engaged in top-level competition or simply trying to beat your personal best. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.
Based on necking the 6.5 Creedmoor down for 6mm bullets, the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge is capable of accurate 1,000-yard shots that had moderate recoil and is predicted to be the next hot cartridge for long-range precision shooting competitions.
Savage’s Model 10 GRS houses the full suite of accuracy-enhancing features firmly within a GRS stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan, with 65 percent glass bedding material.
The rock-stable stock’s slimmed down dimensions and textured surfaces provide a better grip in wet conditions, while its length-of-pull can be adjusted to fit any shooter. Plus, its Savage action, precise button rifling, fluted heavy barrel and user-adjustable AccuTrigger deliver the accuracy of custom rifles at a fraction of the price.
Features & Benefits
• GRS adjustable stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan
• User-adjustable Savage AccuTrigger
• Slim grip and fore-end with textured rubber grip surfaces
• Adjustable length-of-pull from 33.5 to 36.5 cm
• 5/8-24 threaded muzzle
• Fluted heavy barrel
• 10-round AICS-compatible magazine
• Flush cup sling loops included and sling mount for bipod use installed
Part No. / Description / MSRP
55199 / 6mm Creedmoor, 26-inch barrel / $1,449
Savage Arms is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage Arms, visit

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Cathy Winstead-Severin breaks National Records using PROOF Research Barrel

Columbia Falls, MT. (August 2017) Less than three weeks after winning the NRA National Silhouette title-and then going on to win both the Standard and Hunter High Power Rifle Silhouette Championships at Ridgway Rifle Club in Pennsylvania-Cathy Winstead-Severin, a Team Lapua shooter, dominated north of the border, taking the Canadian NFA National Smallbore Silhouette Championship. On her rifle for the large-bore competitions (Standard and Hunter class) was a PROOF Research medium contour, cut-rifled steel barrel chambered in 6mmBR.

“I swept all four guns in the U.S., and then I swept all four in Canada,” Winstead-Severin said of her recent victories. “It’s kind of surreal, me being at the top of my game and having everything come together for so many matches.”

This is Winstead-Severin’s first year shooting a PROOF barrel, but she said it was a good match from the very beginning. In fact, since switching to PROOF, she’s done nothing but rack up championships.

“I debuted it in Montana, up in Missoula, and we shot the Iron Man,” she explained. “I shot three new national records up there on its debut, and I believe I got five new national records with it at the U.S. Nationals, so in its first summer, I set eight new national records.”

Her Canadian victory marked the end of the season for Winstead-Severin until next year, when she will no doubt begin collecting wins once again.

“Cathy is a great brand ambassador for our product,” said PROOF Research Chief Marketing Officer Derek McDonald. “We are proud of her accomplishments and excited to have contributed to her success by providing world-class gear that enabled her to translate her phenomenal shooting skills into wins.”

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Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor. Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as Blue Force Gear, BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat, Mile High Shooting, Red State Tactical, and Schmidt & Bender.

Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.

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Shoot Farther and More Accurately with Ballistic

Taking a truly long shot requires more than just steady aim. Regardless of skill level, long-distance shooting requires understanding of ballistics, wind, bullet drop, velocity and more.

Today’s military snipers are experts at determining these factors, as shown by the recent 2.2-mile shot made by a Canadian in Iraq. However, did you know that even the world’s best snipers use computer technology to help them calculate shots.

Ballistic calculates the many factors of shooting, such as wind, atmospheric conditions, ballistic coefficient, drift and drop. In fact, Ballistic has a load library containing information on more than 5,300 projectiles, factory loads, military loads and performance data from manufacturers, military testing and performance analysis.

Users can choose their load from this library or even input data from handloads to determine hold on targets. It can also be used to calculate atmospheric conditions, such as barometric pressure, elevation, temperature and more, either by inputting known data or by having Ballistic pull the information from the nearest weather station for both the conditions for when the gun was sighted, as well as conditions for the current location using GPS. Ballistic even has a feature for determining the wind for formulating bullet drift, as well as target movement.

Ballistic graphically displays energy, velocity and drop for current projectiles and even allows comparison for up to eight other projectiles on the same screen.

Ballistic uses the JBM Ballistics Engine, which is one of the most accurate ballistic calculators in existence, and provides that information in a user-friendly format for shooters of all skill levels. Ballistic provides everything needed for shooters to get serious about their shots.

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Sniper’s Hide Cross Eye Dominance Lesson

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U.S. Coast Guard Awards Morphix Technologies as the Sole Supplier of Chameleon Chemical Detection Cassettes

The U.S. Coast Guard now has improved capability with the addition of two Chameleon cassettes to its previous custom HazMat kit of eight Chameleon cassettes.

Virginia Beach, Va. (August 2017) – Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, announces its most recent contract award: to be the sole supplier for the U.S. Coast Guard’s custom Chameleon HAZMAT Refill Cassette Kits. Morphix is the current supplier of the U.S. Coast Guard’s inventory of over 6,000 Chameleon Chemical Detection Armbands.

This new contract will allow Morphix Technologies’ to provide increased capability with the Chameleon HazMat Refill Kit containing Chameleon cassettes for 10 hazardous chemicals rather than eight. The CBRNe branch has articulated that with each mission, USCG personnel enter unknown areas with absolutely no idea what type of dangers they may encounter. This additional detection capability will help keep themselves and those they serve safer.

The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, wearable, reusable armband that can hold up to 10 one-time-use, disposable

cassettes. Each cassette detects a particular toxic chemical or class of chemicals and changes colors upon detection of the chemical agent. The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband has been approved by the U.S. SAFETY Act of the Department of Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist technology.

“We are so very grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide the Chameleon to the United States Coast Guard. The increased capability with the additional cassettes provides even greater safety to those that serve and protect us,” said Kimberly Pricenski, VP of sales and marketing for Morphix Technologies.

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

Visit the website at www.morphtec.comto learn more or join the ongoing conversation on Facebook.

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Hogue Announces HandALL Beavertail Grip to Fit S&W Bodyguard 380 & Taurus TCP/Spectrum Models


Henderson, NV – Hogue Incorporated is proud to announce the newest addition to their line of Beavertail™ HandALL® Grip Sleeves with a model precisely designed to fit Smith & Wesson’s Bodyguard 380 and Taurus’ TCP or Spectrum. “We are continuing to expand our line of sleeves for compact pistols because of high customer demand,” said grip designer Matt Hogue. “Creating Beavertail Grip Sleeves that seamlessly work with smaller frames while adding comfort and a precision fit has proven to be a very popular solution.”

The Beavertail Grip Sleeve is installed by slipping it over the firearm’s grip frame until it seats perfectly into position. The sleeve is precision manufactured to offer a more secure and comfortable fit. Once installed, the HandALL sleeve provides a single finger groove for instinctive handling and control of the firearm. The finger groove leads into a gentle palm swell that has been carefully designed to fit naturally in the hand. The beavertail built into the grip sleeve rises high along the backstrap of the frame. This provides full rubber contact with the hand allowing a higher hand-placement on the grip. In addition to protection and comfort, the beavertail also cushions the hand during recoil by providing better distribution of recoil forces. The built-in
features of the grip sleeve provide comfort and confidence which in turn promotes accuracy.

The HandALL is built from a long-lasting durable thermoplastic elastomer compound. This rubber ages very gracefully and keeps a firm, tacky feel throughout the life of the grip. It will not harden, split or crack with age or usage. The surface is covered with Hogue’s familiar Cobblestone™ texture, a series of small circular bumps that provide an efficient non-slip, non-irritating grip on the rubber. This model of HandALL Beavertail Grip Sleeves has an MSRP of $9.95 for black, and $10.95 for OD green, flat dark earth, aqua, pink and purple.

Hogue Grip Sleeves are manufactured in their family-owned and operated facilities under the direct supervision of the Hogue family. Hogue, Inc. supports local dealers and encourages customers to purchase Hogue products locally. For more information please call Hogue directly at 1-800-438-4747 or visit to find a Hogue dealer near you.

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U.S. Army Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) Solicitation

I hope everyone had a good week. If you are in the bomb shelter business life is good right now. Speaking of shelters, have you seen what some of these cat houses look like –  home theater, wet bar, etc. Send it Pyongyang! Well, in any event keep your sweat pumps in low speed.

So, it’s time for our Friday shoot the shit. This is a no charge event that encourages readers to make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether, and a good Friday shoot the shit will save you from having to pay $150 an hour to a jackass who’s only reason for studying psychology was to understand themselves.

Image result for M80A1 Enhanced PerformanceThis week we are going to talk about the U.S. Army solicitation W15QKN-17-Z-0ANP posted on 04 Aug 2017 for something the Army calls Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR). So what is the ICSR? In its simplest terms, it is a 7.62 x 51 platform capable of firing the M80A1 Enhanced Performance Round (EPR). The ultimate goal is to enhance soldier lethality. So it appears that the lethality issue still lingers even after the M855A1 enhanced 5.56 x 45 round.

I have to admit to being a bit befuddled. Is the Army looking to replace the venerable M4 with a 7.62 carbine, or are they looking for an improved DMR platform, which would make a great deal of sense.

Is the Army abandoning the weight reduction initiative? A 7.62 platform is considerably heavier loaded and accessorized with optics and lighting. How about the weight of the ammunition itself? Is the Army going to reduce the combat ammunition load?

There are all kinds of questions that come to mind. We have ground forces already humping 100+ lbs. , so in all candor this isn’t making a great deal of sense to me.

668965_02_fn_herstal_five_seven_5_7x28_p_640In the background statement there’s mention of defeating body armor. It is generally accepted that a fast small round is more effective at defeating body armor than a slower, larger heavier one. A perfect example is FN’s SS190.

So what is the Army trying to achieve? Will this be another M4 replacement fiasco?

Let us know what you think!

Have a great weekend and by all means stay out of the heat. Spend some quality time with your buds and family in your new shelter. Just kidding folks.

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A Moment of Frivolity

We are fortunate to have a superb administration in place, including its cabinet. Our Secretary of Defense, General James, Mad Dog, Mattis is someone you’d follow into battle and know your butt is covered, so we thought we’d come up with some handles for other prominent world figures…

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     Kim Jong “Mini-me” Un

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          Hassan “ZigZag” Rouhani

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                 Vladimir “Ipon” Putin

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                                                        Barack Hussein ”Wing-nut” Obama II

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                                               Nicolas “Aquacate” Maduro

There’s an old Spanish saying “Aquacate Maduro Peo Seguro,” which will mean absolutely nothing unless you speak Spanish.

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Donald J. “Big Bucks” Trump

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Enrique Peña “Pinche” Nieto

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U.S. Army Set to Acquire 32 SUGVs From Endeavor Robotics

Endeavor Robotics received an order for 32 lightweight SUGV systems equipped with the common controller, uPoint® Multi-Robot Control System. This is the first large scale US DoD fielding of the proven application based, tablet control system capable of operating multiple systems across their family of robots

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Endeavor Robotics, the U.S.-based, leading ground robotics company has received an order for 32 of the battle-proven Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) equipped with the Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System. To date more than 1,000 SUGV robots have been fielded worldwide to domestic and international defense, law enforcement, and industrial customers. The proven uPoint Multi-Robot control system greatly decreases on-robot training time by leveraging ubiquitous technology and familiar tablet-based user-interfaces. uPoint has been successfully integrated across the family of man-transportable Endeavor Robotics products, including the FirstLook®, SUGV, and PackBot®.

“All of us at Endeavor Robotics are singularly focused on the development, delivery, and sustainment of life-saving robot technology. The delivery of 32 SUGVs equipped with our uPoint Multi-Robot Control System advances the entire install base in terms of interoperability across the family of Endeavor Robotics’ systems. These systems will augment the approximately 1,000 SUGVs already in use by our Armed Forces,” said Sean Bielat, CEO. “We could not be more proud of the American warfighter and remain a dedicated partner to the United States Armed Forces.”

The Endeavor Robotics SUGV has been in service across the United States Armed Forces since 2009, providing dismounted operations with a back-packable, easily deployable, rugged less than 20 lb robot. SUGV meets IP67 ratings, operates in all environmental conditions, integrates multiple sensors and hardware for increased capabilities, climbs and descends stairs, provides dexterous and robust manipulation and lift/inspection capabilities while also being capable of extending operational range through mesh networking with other deployed Endeavor systems.

The Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System consists of an Android™-based, rugged, tablet controller and Persistent Systems, LLC, MPU5 Radio network. The integration of the mesh networking with Endeavor Robotics robots is a force multiplier for our warfighters by significantly increasing the distance of unmanned ground operations and enabling operators to control or observe multiple robot assets through a common controller interface.

About Endeavor Robotics

Endeavor Robotics’ robots serve on the front lines around the world.  To date Endeavor Robotics has delivered more than 6,000 unmanned ground vehicles worldwide and brings decades of experience sustaining, integrating, and developing new end-user identified capabilities for ground robotic systems. Endeavor develops their tactical mobile robots in concert with operators worldwide and systems have been delivered and operated in areas of conflict and in response to natural disasters. Everyday Endeavor’s robots protect service men and women from IEDs, hazardous materials and other deadly threats. Endeavor Robotics is committed to design, develop and manufacture tactical robotics in the United States, to work with industry leaders and government partners to deliver innovative, reliable, and easy to operate robot solutions. Endeavor’s family of systems include the 5 lb FirstLook, the less than 20 lb SUGV, the man-portable PackBot, and the heavy-duty Kobra™. Please visit to learn more.

Upcoming Tradeshows include:

  • NDIA CBRN, Booth 403, Aug 15-16, 2017
  • NGAUS, Booth 414, Sept 7-10, 2017
  • DSEI, Stand N6-300, Sept 12-15, 2017
  • Maneuver Warfighting, Booth 68, 12-14 Sept 2017
  • Modern Day Marine, Booth 1405, Sept 19-21, 2017
  • AUSA, Booth 6323, Oct 9-11
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Chromatra LLC Sponsors and Exhibits at the 12th Annual Connecticut SWAT Challenge, Aug. 22 – 24, 2017

Chromatra, innovators in night vision technologies, will be showing the ColorTAC CVA-14 Color Night Vision Adaptor at Booth #218.

Beverly, Massachusetts (August 2017) – Chromatra, LLC, the innovator behind the design and manufacture of color capable night vision, will participate in the Connecticut Swat Challenge being held Aug. 22 – 24, 2017. Chromatra, a Team Leader Level Sponsor will unveil its new product, the ColorTAC CVA-14, during vendor hours. This affordable clip-on technology allows night vision users to see color through any existing PVS-14 device.

Commencing in 2005, the West Hartford Police Department SWAT team hosted the first New England area SWAT Challenge to provide an opportunity for SWAT operators to participate in SWAT training and various competitions. Since then, the CT SWAT Challenge has grown from an initial 16 teams representing 27 towns and cities (as well as the U.S. Army and CT State Police), to an unprecedented 38 teams and 150 vendors participating in 2016. The event provides participants with opportunities to demonstrate their skill set in tactics, training, helicopter operations, firearms, teamwork, explosives and more and includes dynamic classroom opportunities from some of the top trainers in their fields.

Chromatra, LLC was established in 2014 and is the first company to develop and produce the ColorTAC technology. When used in conjunction with a PVS-14, the most common NVG device used by military and law enforcement agencies today, ColorTAC provides the user with essential color-coded information. Some of the benefits that ColorTAC can provide are improved:


ColorTAC units are light-weight and were designed to operate in extreme environments. The affordable units fold up quickly and compactly and take just seconds to attach to any existing PVS-14.

For those who rely on NVG’s to perform their mission, the ability to “See What’s Missing” can mean the difference between life and death. Portrayed below are before and after photographs comparing the monochromatic green image seen through a PVS-14 compared to a PVS-14 with the ColorTAC CVA-14 color adapter attached.

To SEE what your organization is missing:

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World’s Deadliest 12 Gauge Round

Winder, GA, August 9, 2017, G2 Research’s NEW extreme performance self-defense 12 gauge round.

In development for over three years by G2 Research this new high-performance 12 gauge self-defense round will hit the market this Fall. The all brass 303-grain individually machined CNC slug is designed for incredible performance against soft targets.

First of all the G2 slug is 0.725-inch in diameter (about a quarter inch larger than a .50 cal. Bullet). When combined with the proven G2 Research R.I.P. technology which releases six trocars (large metal petals) into the target the result is incredible and instant devastation.

Upon impact the six trocars will open, detach and independently spread through the target some 6-inches wide delivering 9-11 inches of penetration resulting in massive damage and shock. The .70 caliber base of the slug will continue forward for another 5-6 inches.

Recoil is greatly reduced due to the lightweight all brass 303 grain slug.

The $49.99 price for five-rounds is painful but this is not intended for shooting at tin cans and cinder blocks. The typical scenario is the average person will go to the range and launch a round or two at a target of some type and load the remainder into their gun for the time should the need arise.

Mike Nickerson, G2’s marketing director says–“This 12 gauge round is very specific in its design and mission; that of a person defending his life and/or that of his family. The real question is how much value we put on put on our own life or that of those we are protecting.”   


  • 12 gauge
  • 0.725-inch diameter 303 grain all brass precision CNC machined slug
  • 1430 FPS velocity depending on barrel length, etc.
  • Effective performance design range 0-10 yards
  • MSRP $49.99 box of five

IMPORTANT NOTES: This round is designed for self-defense only and has a true effective performance expansion range of 10 yards. Several reasons for this: Much beyond that range the slug will begin to yaw which can affect correct strike angle for it to open as designed. Beyond the design distance of 10 yards it will still do massive damage however.

Second, it is not designed to be used for hunting, sporting or barrier penetration–it is designed for self-defense. Self-defense means just that and it is difficult to convince a jury that self-defense much past 30 feet really is self-defense.

Will it penetrate hard objects such as doors, walls, etc.? Of course but it may not expand as designed and, shooting through doors and walls presents a difficult legal case of self-defense in court.

This round must NOT be fired in guns with rifling, compensators, chokes or modified barrel cylinders, etc. The only type of barrel safely used is a modern smooth bore riot type shotgun barrel.   

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Steyr Arms Celebrates 40 Years of the AUG with the Anniversary Edition STG 77

BESSEMER, Ala. (Aug. 7, 2017) — Designed in 1977 and introduced the following year, the legendary short-stroke, gas-piston-operated Steyr AUG was immediately adopted as the standard battle rifle of the Austrian Army under the StG.77 (Sturmgewehr 77) name. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the AUG, Steyr Arms has gone retro with the introduction of the STG 77 SA rifle, a limited-edition version that emulates the look, feel and operation of the original AUG.

The STG 77 is the first U.S.-built production AUG variant to come standard with a 20-inch barrel. The barrels are cold-hammer forged and profiled to the original 1977 specifications, and at the muzzle is a tulip-style brake with the original “hex” check nut. But the most noticeable feature of the STG 77 is the sleek, integrated, original-profile 1.5X scope, which has been much sought after by AUG purists in the U.S. This optic is extremely clear, sharp and bright, despite its smaller diameter. The scope features the popular circle-dot reticle, but unlike the original optic that required a special tool to adjust the windage and elevation, the STG 77 reticle can be adjusted with a coin. Integrated to the top of the scope housing is a set of three-dot post-and-notch backup sights.

In order to replicate the original AUG as closely as possible, Steyr designed the STG 77 without any rails; however, the scope can be removed and replaced with any of the five standard Steyr Picatinny rails currently available for the AUG A3 M1. The hard-anodized aluminum receiver is smooth on the right side, and on the left side is an A1 charging handle, complete with the forward-assist button at its top rear. Much like the original AUG that lacked the bolt release now standard on current versions, the STG 77 charging handle is used to overcome the internal bolt hold open on the A1 trigger pack.

Also in keeping with the original color scheme, the STG 77 features OD Green furniture with a stock that accepts Steyr’s proprietary translucent magazines. The Steyr “bullseye” logo is laser engraved on the right side of the stock along with “STG77 40th Anniversary.” One AUG 30-round magazine with a matching OD Green floorplate is included with each rifle. The few internal improvements that have been made to the AUG over the last 40 years, such as the upgraded firing pin parts, are included in the STG 77. The rifle also features a QD sling swivel on the front of the receiver, whereas the original sling swivel was pinned in place.

The first batch of the 40th Anniversary STG 77 rifles has already shipped to dealers and distributors, and Steyr is limiting rifle production only through the remainder of 2017. The suggested retail of the STG 77 SA is $2,625.

Click Here for Complete Steyr STG 77 Specs

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SIG MCX VIRTUS – Mission One: Overwatch

The MCX VIRTUS is configurable in over 500 combinations. The MCX VIRTUS can be configured for precision work as well a compact platform for CQB/CQC. You can find out more about the MCX VIRTUS at this link.

M.S.R.P. $ 2,223.00

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Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet


The Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet is now shipping. The design features greater functionality and extra room. The Everyday Wallet maintains the same  slim, strong, and durable features organic to the entire DAKA line. The DAKA is resistant to just about everything and extremely durable.


  • Windowed ID pocket
  • Center divider pocket for bills and notes
  • 10% larger than the Magpul DAKA Essential Wallet and holds 3-7 cards comfortably
  • Slim profile eliminates printing
  • Suitable for EDC and travel
  • Reinforced polymer fabric with anti-slip texture
  • Welded construction creates permanent impenetrable seals
  • Chemical resistant / Non-hygroscopic
  • Dimensions: 4.2” x 2.84”
  • Made in the USA
  • $24.95
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American Tactical Offers Shotgun Ammo

(Summerville, SC ) – American Tactical, US manufacturer and world-wide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment, is proud to offer American Tactical Shotgun Ammunition.
Building on the success of their lineup of shotguns, American Tactical is offering a variety of quality shotgun ammunition at an affordable price. Each shotgun offered has a perfect ammunition counterpart available from American Tactical, resulting in the perfect shooting package for hunters and hobby shooters alike.
For home defense, American Tactical offers the AMTAC line of shotguns. Available in both pump action and semi-automatic variations, these shotguns pair perfectly with the American Tactical 12-gauge shotgun ammunition for the complete home defense package. MSRP for the ammo is $6.99 per 25-round box.
Competition shooters will love the Cavalry line of shotguns from American Tactical. Adorned with beautiful engraving and a wood stock, these shotguns are available in a variety of calibers and can be paired with American Tactical’s 12-gauge or 20-gauge ammunition at MSRP of $6.99 per 25-round box or .410-gauge ammunition at MSRP of $11.99 per 25-round box.
The new Road Agent 12-gauge shotgun is a perfect fit for hunting enthusiasts when paired with the 12-gauge American Tactical ammunition. MSRP for the ammo is $6.99 per 25-round box.
For more information on these products from American Tactical, visit

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Adaptive Graphx Announces TWANGnBANG Water Transfer & Cerakote Giveaway

TWANGnBANG will randomly select two entrants to win their choice of camo water transfer or Cerakote firearm coatings for a full firearm from Adaptive Graphx.

Nampa, Idaho (August 2017) – Adaptive Graphx, industry experts in custom water transfer printing and Cerakote firearm coatings, announces it is partnering with YouTuber TWANGnBANG in a Facebook giveaway running from Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, to Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, where two lucky winners will be randomly selected to win their choice of camo water transfer or Cerakote firearm coating on a full firearm (accessories not included).

Click the image above to begin the entry process.

To enter the contest, gun enthusiasts need to like and comment on the announcement post on Facebook and like the TWANGnBANG and Adaptive Graphx Facebook pages. The winners will be selected Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. EST at random.

TWANGnBANG_s custom SBR dipped in digital Coyote by Adaptive Graphx.

“Adaptive Graphx did the digital Coyote water transfer seen on my Bravo Company USA SBR I have in many of my videos, and it’s an awesome finish,” said Cameron of TWANGnBANG.

Entrants must be 18 or over and legally able to accept the prize. US residents only. The giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook. Entrants agree to hold harmless TWANGnBANG, Inc., Adaptive Graphx and Facebook.

For more information on Adaptive Graphx, visit or “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Instagram.

For more information on Adaptive Tactical or StōnCamo, visit and

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SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol

P320 pistol meets requirements for industry and government safety standards;
performance enhancements optimize function, safety, and reliability.

Newington, NH (August 8, 2017) – The P320 meets U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

The design of the SIG SAUER P320 overcomes the most significant safety concern in striker-fired pistols today: the practice of pressing the trigger for disassembly. This can be performed with a round in the chamber which has resulted in numerous incidents of property damage, physical injury, and death. The disassembly process of the P320, however, uses a take-down lever rather than pressing the trigger, eliminating the possibility of discharge during the disassembly process.

Recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge.

As a result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG has developed a number of enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety including drop performance. SIG SAUER is offering these enhancements to its customers. Details of this program will be available at on Monday, August 14, 2017.

The M17 variant of the P320, selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), is not affected by the Voluntary Upgrade.

“SIG SAUER is committed to our approach on innovation, optimization, and performance, ensuring we produce the finest possible products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Durability, reliability and safety, as well as end-user confidence in the SIG SAUER brand are the priorities for our team.”

For more information on SIG SAUER, please visit us at
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SIG SAUER, Inc. is The Complete Systems Provider™, leading the industry in American innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. SIG SAUER® brings a dedication to superior quality, ultimate reliability, and unmatched performance that has made it the brand of choice among many of the world’s elite military, government and law enforcement units as well as responsible citizens. SIG SAUER offers a full array of products to meet any mission parameter, including handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) airguns and training. The largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 1,600 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, please visit on to



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You may recall my review of Streamlight’s Keymate USB in which I marveled at its simplicity and utility. It’s my first choice for best lighting accessory you can get. I mean that sincerely, if you haven’t purchased a Keymate USB yet, do so, you can thank me later.

Now comes the second best lighting accessory you can get from Streamlight, the BANDIT. This is a micro headlamp so well thought out that you’ll wonder why someone hadn’t thought of it before. This little lamp is light, cool and just bright enough to make it very useful when working on the family vehicle, or anywhere, for that matter, where directed hands-free illumination is required.

I’ve got a mini review coming mid August but I’m going to spill the beans – I love this thing!

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IWI is coming out with the TAVOR® 7 in .308. Get excited because, unlike other rifles who shall not be named, it’s not vaporware and it’ll be coming in at an MSRP similar to the original TAVOR’s. Look for it to start shipping in January 2018.


• Caliber: 7.62 NATO/.308 Win
• Barrel: CHF/CL 1:12 twist with a 16″ barrel; 1:10 with 18″ barrel
• OAL: 26.75″ with 16″ barrel (without flash suppressor)
• Weight: 8.6 Lbs.
• Optional calibers & Conversion Kits: TBD
• Colors: Black, FDE and OD Green

Features (muzzle to butt):
• Muzzle threads: 5/8 x 24
• 4 position variable gas regulator (including off)
• Upper forend: 2 MLOK slots at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock
• Lower forend: Removable SAR styled forend cover that exposes one integral pic rail at 6 o’clock when removed.
• Charging handle lockable in open position, similar to an MP5.
• Full length one piece Picatinny (Mil-Spec) top rail with integral folding BUIS; Tritium front post.
• Cutlass style grip modifiable to pistol grip with traditional trigger guard; same as X95.
• Short stroke gas piston (unlike our long stroke SAR and X95).
• Uses LR/SR25 magazines and comes with one 20-round Magpul PMAG with window (in states without capacity restrictions; 10 round for restricted states).
• Bolt release is Tavor SAR style along centerline or release from MP5 style charging handle
• Fire control group is not interchangeable with SAR or X95.

Ambidextrous Features:
• Ambidextrous bolt; no opposite hand bolt needed for conversion to opposite hand operation. No need to return the gun to IWI US for opposite hand conversion and head space checking.
• Ambidextrous (all the time) magazine release position like our X95, similar to an AR-15.
• Ambidextrous charging handle with push through receiver functionality. No need for tools or any disassembly.
• Ambidextrous (all the time) safety selector with a 45 degree rotation (unlike 90 degrees on our SAR and X95).
• Ambidextrous (all the time) bolt release behind magazine; similar to the Tavor SAR.
• Ejection port covers are user configurable in the field with a simple slide of the case deflector.

Launch Date: First shipments projected to start in January, 2018.

Price: TBD

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SIG SAUER Reaffirms Safety of P320 Pistol


Striker-fired pistol exceeds safety standards of ANSI/SAAMI® and U.S. military testing

Newington, NH (August 4, 2017) – In response to social media rumors questioning the safety of the P320 pistol, a variant of which was selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), SIG SAUER, Inc. has full confidence in the reliability, durability and safety of its striker-fired handgun platform. There have been zero (0) reported drop-related P320 incidents in the U.S. commercial market, with hundreds of thousands of guns delivered to date.

The P320 meets and exceeds all U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

All SIG SAUER pistols incorporate effective mechanical safeties to ensure they only fire when the trigger is pressed. However, like any mechanical device, exposure to acute conditions (e.g. shock, vibration, heavy or repeated drops) may have a negative effect on these safety mechanisms and cause them to not work as designed. This language is common to owner’s manuals of major handgun manufacturers.

As a result, individual attempts to perform drop tests outside of professionally controlled environments should not be attempted.

“SIG SAUER is committed to producing only the finest products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Safety and reliability have been and always will be paramount to the SIG SAUER brand.”

For more information on SIG SAUER, please visit us at
Follow SIG SAUER on social media, including Facebook at, Instagram at, and YouTube at


SIG SAUER, Inc. is The Complete Systems Provider™, leading the industry in American innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. SIG SAUER® brings a dedication to superior quality, ultimate reliability, and unmatched performance that has made it the brand of choice among many of the world’s elite military, government and law enforcement units as well as responsible citizens. SIG SAUER offers a full array of products to meet any mission parameter, including handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) airguns and training. The largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 1,600 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, please visit on to

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Parabon NanoLabs to Hold Lecture at 102nd IAI International Forensic Educational Conference

“Applications of DNA Phenotyping to Criminal Investigations” will be led by Parabon NanoLabs CEO Dr. Steven Armentrout and Forensic Artist Capt. Thom Shaw (Ret.) on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Reston, Va. (Aug. 2017) – Parabon NanoLabs, a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-gen forensic and therapeutic products, will be leading a lecture at the 102nd IAI International Forensic Educational Conference, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 6-12 August 2017. The lecture, “Applications of DNA Phenotyping to Criminal Investigations” (ART 027) will be led by Parabon’s CEO, Dr. Steven Armentrout, and the company’s lead forensic artist, Capt. Thom Shaw (Ret.), on Tuesday 8 August 2017 at 8 a.m.

The presenters will describe Snapshot, the company’s DNA phenotyping system, a revolutionary new forensics capability that accurately predicts ancestry and physical appearance from DNA evidence.  The presentation will feature ways in which DNA phenotyping complements traditional forensic art.  It will also include many example predictions from casework and blind evaluations.

Armentrout has nearly 30 years of experience designing high-performance computing solutions to solve large-scale problems in a wide range of domains, from proteomics and climate modeling to nanotechnology design and bioinformatics. He initiated the Snapshot development effort at Parabon in 2011 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and led the commercialization of the service to law enforcement, which debuted in 2015.

Shaw, a retired law enforcement captain and former detective, is an IAI certified Forensic Artist and Snapshot Case Manager at Parabon. He has broad knowledge and experience in forensic art, criminal investigations, law enforcement management and operations. He holds a BA in Psychology from James Madison University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has taken extensive professional development training in the areas of forensic art, criminal investigations and law enforcement administration.

The International Association for Identification is a professional membership organization comprised of individuals worldwide who work in the field of forensic identification. With over 7,300 members from 77 countries, the IAI remains the oldest and largest forensic science/identification association worldwide.

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Nothing In Particular

TGIF readers, we made it through another week. I hope you’ve all had a productive week. You’ve guessed it, it’s time for our Friday shoot the shit. I have to ask our readers for a small favor. We always strive to be informative in an informal way, but please don’t ask us to shoot the shit on questions like “can women ventilate themselves?” Please folks really…

Tactical PiroshkyThis week we’d like to announce that we’ve awarded two Tactical Pirozhki, to date. The first went to WH Deputy Adviser, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, citing his flogging of CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a 13 Jul interview. The second went to WH Senior Adviser Stephen Miller citing the thrashing he elegantly placed on CNN’s Jim Acosta. Mr. Acosta seems to be under the impression that only people from the U.K. and Australia speak English. Really Jim? Well done Dr. Gorka and Mr. Miller.

We’ve also put together a illustrated flow chart of Congressional achievements year to date 2017.

Year to date

There’s so much going on that’s worthy of a good shoot the shit that it’s hard to drill down on something. So, while I sit here thinking, let me suggest you take in “Atomic Blond”, it’s a great flick  set in East Berlin during the last days of the Cold War; particularly relevant since we are getting ready to start another one.

Meanwhile, Mini-me in Pyongyang is continuing to test ICBMs. This is a problem that won’t be going away any time soon for the following reasons.

  1. Any expectation that the Chinese will pressure North Korea to cease and desist is naïve. NK is China’s proxy to ensure the United States does not gain a greater presence in Asia Pacific.  I’ll go as far as to say that China, who is cranking out warships at an alarming rate, wants to push the U.S. out of the Korean Peninsula, Japan and out of Asia Pacific in total.

  2. Presently, North Korea has a hostage, South Korea. Although, it gives them some leverage, it pales to the leverage NK would have if they could hold Japan, Australia and New Zealand hostage.

  3. Once they achieve that goal, the Chinese, working through  Pyongyang, will be positioned strategically to deny Asia Pacific to the United States.

  4. NK knows that a preemptive strike on their part would assure the annihilation of NK. What they’re looking for is a Mexican standoff of biblical proportions with more at risk than just South Korea.

  5. Lastly, Pyongyang will quite likely become a purveyor of nuclear warheads and delivery systems to Iran and possibly Syria (although Syria owes its existence to Russia).

What do you think should be done about North Korea?

Let us hear from you if the mood hits you and have a great weekend!

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FLIR Introduces FLIR ThermoSight® Pro Series Thermal Weapon Sights

FLIR Boson Camera Core Powers New Thermal Line with Advanced Image Processing

WILSONVILLE, Ore., (August 2, 2017) – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced three rifle-mounted thermal imaging sights as part of the new FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series. Powered by the high-performance 12-micron pixel pitch FLIR Boson™ thermal camera core, the ThermoSight Pro sights expand upon the FLIR ThermoSight line and sets a new standard in thermal image quality and features for the tactical and outdoor enthusiast markets.

The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series is powered by the FLIR Boson thermal camera core, which delivers smaller, lighter optics with increased image performance and range. Featuring on-chip video processing and an uncompressed video signal fed directly to a high-definition 1280×960 display, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series offers improved object detection and classification in the field and clean thermal imagery in any light – from low contrast daylight to total darkness – or through smoke, haze and light fog.

Available in three configurations, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series packs greater levels of performance and functionality into a compact and lightweight housing. Each FLIR ThermoSight Pro offers 320×256 thermal resolution, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB-C connectivity, and user-controlled imaging palettes and image enhancement filters. Onboard recording allows for the internal storage of up to two hours of video or 1,000 JPEG images. All FLIR ThermoSight Pro models also feature a digital compass and inclinometer.

The initial offering in the series, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233, features a reticle pattern using patent-pending High-Visibility Technology (HVT), which displays crisp iconology and graphic overlays over virtually all backgrounds.

  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 – 19-millimeter (mm) lens, 4X digital zoom and 12-degree field-of-view
  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 – 50 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 4.5-degree field-of-view
  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 – 75 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 3-degree field-of-view

“The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series provides feature-rich functionality to offer the sporting, law enforcement and tactical markets a weapon sight with superior thermal imaging technology,” says Dmitry Rocklin, Vice President of FLIR Outdoor and Tactical Systems. “This new Boson-based thermal weapon sight series represents the most advanced recreational scope line for FLIR, setting the bar for size, weight, power, and performance.”

The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 is available now in the U.S. at $2,199 MSRP through established FLIR dealers. The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 and FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 will be available later this year.

For more information about the ThermoSight Pro series, visit

High-res imagery and product datasheet available here.

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The Bergara Experience, Free Public Events Coming This Summer

The chance to get hands on and test drive a Bergara B14 and the Premier series of rifles is coming to North Carolina and Tennessee firearms enthusiasts at three public ranges.

Lawrenceville, Ga. (August 2017) – Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is pleased to announce The Bergara Experience, a free-to-the-public opportunity to test and shoot the Bergara B14 and Premier series of rifles on long range courses. The first event will be held this weekend, August 5th at Woody’s Hunting and Rifle Club in New Hill, North Carolina and the next one is scheduled for August 19th at the White Feather Precision Shooting range in Ardmore, Tennessee. The final Bergara Experience for the month of August will be held the 26th at the Barbour Creek Shooting Academy in Eufaula, Alabama.

Woody’s Hunting and Rifle Club is south of Raleigh and twelve miles south of Apex at exit 84 on US 1 South, located at 180 Woodland Drive, New Hill, North Carolina. Starting at 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 5th, participants can try out the Bergara B14 and Premier series of rifles under Woody’s covered range out to 550 yards.

Reservations are required for the August 19th event at the White Feather Precision Shootingrange at 2936 Newman Rd, in Ardmore, Tennessee. The gate will open at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for check-in and will be closed thereafter. A lunch and product overview will be provided before a 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bergara shooting experience, followed by a one hour Happy Hour. The White Feather covered long range extends to 1000 yards. This event is also open and free to the public with reservations required at or on Bergara’s Facebook page.

On Saturday, August 26th, the Bergara Experience will be hosted by the Barbour Creek Shooting Academy at 200 Self Road in Eufaula, Alabama. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch provided. The coverage range at Barbour Creek will test the Bergara rifles out and up to 1,580 yards. This event is open and also free to the public.

The multiple award winning Bergara B14 and Premier series of rifles combine the renowned accuracy of the Bergara barrels made in Spain with the latest in firearms design and manufacturing technology for a rifle of uncompromising quality, accuracy and reliability. Passionately used by hunters, long range shooters and professionals around the world, the Bergara Experience is the first of a series of hands-on, free to the public opportunities to see and feel the difference a Bergara rifle makes.

Stay up to date on where the next Bergara Experience will be held at Bergara’s Facebook page or by joining Bergara’s e-newletter.(

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Federal Premium Adds 6.5 Creedmoor to Trophy Copper Line


6.5 Creedmoor Trophy Copper

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 2, 2017 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce it has added a 120-grain 6.5 Creedmoor offering to its popular Trophy Copper lineup. The load combines the hottest cartridge in shooting with the proven Trophy Copper bullet to create one of the most effective hunting loads available. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.
The 6.5 Creedmoor started out as a target round, but hunters have quickly adopted it for its long-range accuracy, ample power and manageable recoil. Trophy Copper makes the most of the platform, thanks to a copper, polymer-tipped bullet that retains 99 percent of its weight, penetrates deep and expands consistently. Its grooved shank increases accuracy across a wide range of firearms, and the nickel-plated case prevents corrosion and aids in easier, faster extraction. Trophy Copper is also available in 20 additional loads from 243 Win. to 338 Win. Magnum.
Features & Benefits
• 120-grain 6.5 Creedmoor load offers long-range accuracy, manageable recoil and ample power for medium and big game
• Copper construction provides up to 99 percent weight retention for the deepest penetration in an expanding bullet
• Tipped bullet cavity is optimized for expansion across a broad velocity range
• Grooved bullet shank for increased accuracy across a wide range of firearms
• Polymer tip and boat-tail design increase the ballistic coefficient for higher downrange velocity, energy and less bullet drop
Part No. / Description / MSRP
P65CRDTC1 / 6.5 Creedmoor, 120-grain Trophy Copper / $47.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to

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National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Releases the Summer Edition of The Tactical Edge

Doylestown, Pa. (August 2017) – The  National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)is pleased to announce the summer edition of The Tactical Edge is now available. Widely considered to be the leading authority in tactical operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches more than 60,000 law enforcement officers from over 8,000 agencies and divisions.

Members-only features include “Preparing for a Regional Response to a Multijurisdictional Incident” by Bruce Liebe and “Charting your Agency’s Response to Unmanned and Model Aircraft” by Anthony Galante and David Agata. Also featured is “Negotiators Wanted: A Primer for Selecting Crisis Negotiators” by Dan Oblinger and “Force as a Concept” by Sid Heal. The entire issue is available online to law enforcement officers who become a member of the NTOA.

The NTOA has also made several articles available online to nonmembers, including “Give it a Rest: The Benefits of Quality Sleep” by Mike Asken. In this article, Asken discusses creating an action plan to avoid sleep deprivation and how to consistently maximize quality sleep. Also featured is “Lessons in Leadership: Embracing Change,” by Phil Hansen, who discusses the need for leaders to maintain an open mind and look deeply at change through the lens of their values, including the constitutional values law enforcement has taken an oath to protect and defend.

Other items of interest include an interview with Kristina Anderson, founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools and one of the most critically injured survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, as well as a student profile from the NTOA Command College on Master Sgt. Glenn Gordon, United States Air Force Global Strike Command, Minot (ND) Air Force Base.

The Tactical Edge has been providing the law enforcement community with cutting edge, lifesaving information from leading experts for more than 30 years and is the winner of multiple awards, including the 2006 American In-House Design Award from Graphic Design USA and the 2013 APEX Award for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts. It is published quarterly in February, May, August and November.

The Tactical Edge is seeking new content. If you have an area of expertise or would like to write about an incident, training technique, crisis negotiation or another topic, please contact Don’t be intimidated – The Tactical Edge editing team can help new writers through the article writing process. For submission guidelines, visit

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

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Precision Delta Offers 223 PDP Pro Ammunition



(Ruleville, MS) – Precision Delta, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of handgun reloading components and match ammunition, is proud to offer their PDP Pro ammunition in an additional caliber option.
Precision Delta has added .223 55gr FMJ-BT to the PDP Pro lineup, offering the quality features of the PDP Pro ammo to rifle shooters as well.  Precision Delta first introduced their PDP Pro ammo in calibers of 380 Auto, 9mm, and 38 Special.  The PDP Pro ammunition is developed utilizing the best components available, perfect for seasoned range-goers and competitive shooters alike.  The PDP Pro line offers a high-quality, accurate round at an attractive price point.
Precision Delta will continue to expand the PDP Pro ammo line, adding more calibers including 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 ACP and 300 AAC BLK.

For more information on Precision Delta and the PDP Pro ammo line, visit

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Spyderco Euroedge Tux Shirt

It’s unlikely that knifemaker Ed Schempp intended his EUROEDGE design to be described as a gentleman’s pocket folder; however, its ethnic elegance, materials and construction merit the accolade. This is one gorgeous faux pocket pugnale!

Read my review …

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Sightmark Unveils 10th Anniversary Boresight Kit

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) –In celebration of a full decade of improving accuracy and enriching the shooting experiences of professionals and enthusiasts alike, Sightmark is excited to unveil a limited edition 10th Anniversary Laser Boresight Kit. This brilliantly polished stainless-steel set not only looks great on a desk, the boresights are fully functional and cover a wide range of popular calibers.

The all-new Sightmark 10th Anniversary Laser Boresight Kit (SM39045) includes in-chamber devices, each powered by 2x AG5 or 3x AG3 batteries, for 9mm handguns; .223/5.56, .243, .25-06, .270 .30-06, .308 and 7.62×54-cal. centerfire rifles; and 12-gauge shotguns. While the kit is compact and lightweight, the distinctive high-gloss, black-finish decorative display case is perfect for your desk or display cabinet until a little range time calls these boresights into action. Each boresight includes a red <5mW laser and on/off end cap to save on battery life.

Sightmark pioneered in-chamber boresights and the brand is still a trusted favorite when sighting in. From .17HMR up to 12-gauge shotgun, Sightmark’s boresights are sure to get you on target faster while saving you money on ammunition.

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Federal Launches a New Line of Dual-Purpose Train + Protect Versatile HP Ammunition

Train + Protect

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 1, 2017 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce its launch of Train + Protect, a new line of handgun loads designed for both practice and personal protection. The competitively priced ammunition features Federal’s versatile hollow-point (VHP) bullet and is available in three popular handgun cartridges and weight options. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.
The Federal Train + Protect VHP bullet design provides both precise, practical performance at the range, and instant, reliable expansion on impact. The result is the ideal combination for training as well as defending yourself and your loved ones. The new ammunition proudly honors the American birthright to bear arms with patriotic U.S.A. graphics on its packaging.
Watch Federal Train + Protect in action:

Features & Benefits
• VHP bullet based on proven Federal hollow point design
• Reloadable Federal brass case
• Extremely reliable primer
• Loaded to produce consistent performance on the range and in defense situations

Part No. / Description / MSRP
TP9VHP1 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 50-count / $30.95
TP40VHP1 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP45VHP1 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP9VHP2 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 100-count / $56.95
TP40VHP2 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95
TP45VHP2 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to

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Trailblazer Firearms: Setting a New Paradigm in Firearms

Nestled in the hills of North Carolina, a new firearms start-up launches LifeCard®, a truly innovative .22 LR in a super-compact, no-snag design that folds to the size of a credit card.
Asheville, N.C. (August 2017) As far as business start-ups in the firearms industry go,Trailblazer® Firearms is taking a different path. The newly formed company, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, is proud to announce the launch of their first firearm, LifeCard®, “the last gun you’ll leave behind.”
LifeCard® is a .22 LR single-action, single-shot folding pistol, no bigger than a credit card when folded. The sleek, no-snag designed pistol’s frame and grip handle is constructed from fully-machined aluminum billet and hard-coat black anodized. The tilt-up barrel, bolt and trigger are made of steel with an Isonite® finish for corrosion resistance.

“Trailblazer Firearms fully intends to spearhead innovative new firearms products starting with the LifeCard®, available later this month,” Aaron Voigt, President of Trailblazer Firearms, explained “New designs and true innovation have been the exception and our goal is to be the pioneer laying new trails for gun enthusiasts, designers and manufacturers.”
Voigt, one of six kids, was raised to love the outdoors and respect the American tradition of firearms and hunting in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. At 18 he joined the USMC Reserve, M Battery, 14th Marine Regiment in Chattanooga, Tennessee and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal. In the early 1990’s, Voigt transferred inter-service to the Army for active duty and was deployed to Kuwait and advanced to Specialist E-4. After a stint in South Korea, Voigt separated from the military and returned his family to his beloved mountains where he shifted careers.

Always the gun enthusiast, in 2010 Voigt hit upon an idea of a unique pistol. The idea slowly became a dream and a long drawn out reality as Voigt tackled the jungle of patents, trademarks, prototyping, machining, licensing, marketing and more. Now, seven years later, the dream that started as a sketch on a piece of paper can be held in the hand, aimed down range and fired.

“Initially, I had no idea that going from concept to actual product would take seven years, but in essence, that time spent was valuable and will show in every aspect of this remarkable product. I am looking forward to putting this pistol on the market and can’t thank my family and friends enough for all the support and patience,” Voigt said. “We expect product to hit our distributors, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center, in about three weeks. We look forward to the feedback from our customers regarding our initial product offering and look forward to continually innovating new products.”
Trailblazer LifeCard Specifications:
Caliber:                .22LR
Action:                 Single-Action, Single-Shot
Length:                3.375 inches
Height:                 2.125 inches
Width:                  0.5 inches
Weight:                > 7 oz.
Barrel:                  Steel, Tilt-Up
Frame:                 Aluminum (includes folding handle)
Features:             Ambidextrous, built-in safety features, ammo storage in handle for 4 rounds
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