FULL CONCEAL™’s Newest Folding Semi-Auto Pistol: the M3G43

Imagine a thin single stack 9mm subcompact pistol going ‘Super Subcompact’ (about 3″ x 6″), while doubling the firepower and providing you a full grip.  Impossible, right?  It’s here in the new FULL CONCEAL M3G43, your new EDC folding, semi-auto, single stack 9mm with 13 rounds of firepower!

Las Vegas, Nev. (January 2018)FULL CONCEAL™, innovators behind the first concealable full-sized, folding semi-auto pistol, is previewing their M3G43 prototype (production in Spring 2018) their newest folding single stack semi-auto model at the 2018 SHOT Show, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23 – 26, 2018. The M3G43 is built on the extremely popular single-stack, subcompact 9mm GLOCK® platform.  Subcompact pistols are perfect for concealed carry, like the GLOCK 43, but one sacrifices round capacity and grip size. The M3G43 eliminates those issues. Unfolded, the M3G43 offers a full-size grip for a confident hold and double the original magazine capacity.

Built on the ingenious patent-pending folding M3 platform, the M3G43 has the same footprint as a cell phone and can easily be carried in a pant pocket without printing or in any type of bag, purse or backpack. Completely reliable and quick to deploy, the M3G43 is the result of combining a new, factory GLOCK subcompact 43 with FULL CONCEAL’s innovative modification that revolutionizes the entire platform to a super compact, reliable, high firepower personal defense pistol with a total 13 (12 +1) rounds available.

Almost all of the original GLOCK parts remain untouched during the modification, including the original factory firing pin safety and drop safety. FULL CONCEAL’s folding mechanism and folding trigger safety are the only modifications made that enhance the performance, firepower and concealability of the pistol. The thin metal trigger guard is contoured to reduce the gap between the middle and trigger finger, ensuring a more comfortable, natural and secure grip while shooting. The FULL CONCEAL flat-faced trigger promotes positive contact between trigger finger and trigger face with a break point right before 90-degrees, breaking just past 90-degrees, providing the most leverage at the break which increases shot accuracy and rapid follow-up shots, especially when under duress.

“We are excited to introduce the M3 folding semi-auto platform to the subcompact GLOCK 43 model,” Mike Full, founder and CEO of FULL CONCEAL, said. “The GLOCK 43 is so popular because of its very compact size and thinness. FULL CONCEAL takes the subcompact to an smaller form factor and maximizes the firepower.”

FULL CONCEAL M3G43 Specifications:

  • Base Model: GLOCK 43
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Mag Capacity: 13 Rounds (12 + 1)
  • Height Folded: 3.25″
  • Length Folded: 6.25″
  • Width: 1.02″
  • MSRP: $1,399.00

Learn more about FULL CONCEAL’s M3 folding semi-auto pistols on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter. See all the products at www.fullconceal.com

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Steiner Defense Adds Exclusive the MSR2 Reticle


The MSR2 Reticle is now available on the M5Xi 5-25x56mm scope
The M5Xi is a military grade sniper scope which sets the standard for performance and durability.  Crafted entirely in Germany, the optic is hewn from the finest materials and features world-class engineering.  This combination allows the M5Xi to provide ultimate long-range viewing and delivery of accurate fire at extreme distances.  Because it is assembled to strict military specifications, it can handle the rigors of combat in some of the harshest climates around the globe, delivering outstanding clarity even in low-light conditions.

Improving an outstanding package
While the M5Xi’s rugged effectiveness comes standard, it still remains customizable as shooters may select their preferred reticle.  New to 2018, Steiner is excited to announce they will be exclusively offering the MSR2 Reticle in the M5Xi 5-5x56mm riflescope.

FinnAccuracy set out in 2009 with a goal to fill the needs of practicality, versatility, and accuracy for a wide range of long-distance shooters.  The company assembled a dream team of experienced shooters consisting of hunters, law enforcement, competitive shooters, and military to tackle the need for a reticle that would hit all those critical benchmarks.  The Multipurpose Sniper Reticle or MSR was born a short time later.
The reticle provided shooters with an array of options allowing them to deliver fire and quickly correct based upon feedback.  According to the FinnAccuracy webpage, the MSR had a “clean overall look with separate areas for precise but simple multitasking.”

History evolved
Several advancements in the long-distance shooting world have occurred since the advent of the original MSR, one of which is enhanced lens etching technology.  FinnAccuracy refined original features while adding new ones to the reticle in an effort to increase its overall functionality.  Optic magnification ratios also increased in the industry as shooters began to reach farther targets, so the MSR evolved.
Different features of the MSR2 become more focal as the magnification increases.  Some of the new enhancements are as follows:
At lower powers of magnification, (3x-5x) the reticle can now be used for spotting and general observation, but also for taking up close shots if needed.
In the midrange powers of 10x-15x, the MSR2 gives you an excellent field of view and the 400m-1300m instant ranging scale becomes more usable.  This allows shooters to contend with mirage or engage moving targets with ease.  The larger field of view also allow for more aiming references for ELR and ULR.
At powers of 15x-20x the details of the center area (such as the center cross) become more of a focal point as the scope is zoomed in.  This is done while still providing a clean “workspace”.
At 25x and up, the field of view narrows considerably, limiting usage the center of the reticle.  However, an illuminated center cross and center aiming dot feature heavily at this magnification.

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Introducing the TAVOR® TS12, IWI US’s First Bullpup Shotgun

The tactical-style, gas regulated shotgun features three magazine tubes for a maximum round capacity of 15 rounds plus one.

IWI US TAVOR® TS12 Bullpup Shotgun

Middletown, Pa. (January 2018)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., brings innovation to the tactical shotgun market with their first bullpup shotgun: the TAVOR® TS12. This 12 GA gas regulated, smoothbore semi-auto shotgun feeds from one of three magazine tubes, each capable of holding four three-inch shotgun shells or five two-inch shotgun shells, for a total potential magazine capacity of 15 +1 rounds.  The TS12 can be fed and unloaded from either side and configured for either right or left side ejection or operation.

“The TAVOR TS12 is our first entry into the home defense shotgun market and we held off until we had something unique and desirable that held the same characteristic quality and performance of the entire TAVOR line,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US commented. “The TS12 is it; compact, easy to use and maintain, and with a large magazine capacity, it is ideal for home defense, as well as a sporting shotgun.”

The TAVOR TS12 features a unique patented “Bullhead” bolt locking system, specific to the TS12. The 18.5-inch smoothbore barrel with a three-inch chamber is fed rounds through a tubular magazine system that automatically loads the next round when the tube is rotated in position. The muzzle threads are internal and compatible with Benelli®/Beretta choke tubes. One choke tube is included with the TAVOR TS12.

Compact in length at only 28.34-inches, the TS12 has a one-piece, full-length 1913 Picatinny top rail with M-LOK receptacles integral in each side of the forearm of the shotgun body, allowing multiple placement possibilities for the addition of accessories.

Available initially in a black finish, later versions will be offered in OD and FDE. The MSRP is $1399.00.

TAVOR® TS12 Specifications:

  • Gauge: 12GA/ 3″ chamber
  • Weight: 3.6 kg (mag empty) / 8 lbs.
  • Barrel Length: 47 cm / 18.5″
  • Overall Length: 720 cm (not including choke) / 28.34″
  • Height: 260 mm / 10.23″ (from pistol grip to top)
  • Magazine: Tubular system, 15-rounds total capacity (five 2.75″ or four 3″)
  • Choke: Internal muzzle threads / Benelli / Beretta Type (one choke included)
  • Picatinny Rail: one-piece, full-length 1913 standard top rail
  • Safety: cross bolt safety

To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.

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Magpul Suppressor Cover – 5.5" Coming Soon

The Magpul Suppressor Cover – 5.5” is the first product of its kind able to stand up to the extreme temperatures caused by extended strings of semiautomatic and automatic fire to protect the user and equipment against burns while also speeding up the cooling process. Constructed of a heat-resistant polymer sleeve overlaid onto a raised stainless steel heat shield that mounts directly to the suppressor body with steel clamps, the Magpul Suppressor Cover – 5.5” minimizes heat transfer to keep external cover temperatures up to 1000 degrees F cooler than the surface of the suppressor and allows cooling airflow across the can. Additionally, it serves as an enhanced thermal insulator and signature reduction device, significantly mitigating mirage distortions to the shooter’s sight picture, reducing the likelihood of impact damage to the suppressor body, and lessening the chance of accidental heat-related injury or damage to personnel or equipment during weapon firing and cool down. Optimized for 1.5” outer diameter round suppressors with a body length of approximately 5.5” (not including attachment hardware / interface) such as the Surefire SOCOM556-RC2.  Other lengths are in the works and are coming soon.

Made in U.S.A.


  • Extreme temperature protection that mitigates internal suppressor temperatures to safe levels
  • Minimizes retained heat, allowing faster cooling than any other suppressor cover technology
  • Reduces thermal signature of host firearm
  • Mitigates mirage effects in sight picture
  • Two stainless steel clamps provide a strong, rigid and reliable interface capable of sustained firing sessions and rough handling
  • High temp polymer sleeve withstands brutal suppressor temperatures during extended periods of firing without deterioration
  • High strength corrosion resistant stainless steel heat shield
  • M.S.R.P. $99.95
  • Outer Diameter (OD): 2.5″

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Crimson Trace Launches Laserguard for Smith & Wesson SD and SD VE Pistols

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(Wilsonville, OR)— Crimson Trace®, recognized as America’s top brand of laser sights in a recent Southwick Associates shooting sports industry survey, today announced its newest Laserguard® laser sight—the LG-457 with red laser diode—for a precision fit onto the Smith & Wesson® series of SD™ and SD VE™ pistols. This new Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sight will fit the Smith & Wesson SD9™, SD40™, SD9 VE™, and SD40 VE™ semi-auto pistols.

This newest Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sight with a red laser diode for the Smith & Wesson SD and SD VE pistols utilize Crimson Trace’s patented Instinctive Activation™ firearm laser technology. Award-winning Instinctive Activation technology ensures that the laser sight activates when the firearm is held with a normal firing grip and when the user is ready to fire. That system is one of many reasons why Crimson Trace is a leader in the firearms laser sight market. The new Laserguard LG-457 laser sight can be easily adjusted for windage and elevation, is easy to install and maintain, and is covered under the Crimson Trace innovative Free Batteries for Life Program. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of the Laserguard LG-457 is $229.

Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights incorporate either a red or green laser diode within a sturdy and compact housing and they are simple to install onto the pistol’s trigger guard. The necessary installation screws, plus battery for operation, are included in the product packaging. Some other laser sight manufacturers require the additional purchase of tools and batteries for installation and operation.

HyperFocal: 0Crimson Trace leads the laser sight accessory category by offering more than 300 products through 2,500+ dealers across America. Those dealers include gun stores, ranges, big box outlets and numerous on-line retailers. Crimson Trace products can be easily installed without requiring modification of the firearm —or special gunsmith skills. For more information on Crimson Trace products and dealer locations, and to obtain a free copy of the company’s 2018 catalog, visit www.crimsontrace.com or call 800-442-2406.

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Brownells Joins the Retro Revolution at SHOT Show 2018


GRINNELL, Iowa (January 17, 2018) – Brownells invites SHOT Show visitors and shooting enthusiasts alike to join them on a throwback journey that promises to be a real “gas.” Among the events and attractions happening in booth #13018 are gun giveaways, a fresh batch of Brownells Dream Guns®, and a major announcement coming at 2:00PM (PDT) on Tuesday, January 23rd.

The full booth schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 23

  • 11:00AM – Larry Vickers Demo/Livecast
  • 2:00PM – Brownells Press Conference & Livecast
  • 3:00PM – Nodak Spud Demo/Livecast

Wednesday, January 24

  • 9:00AM – Independent Studio Services “Hollywood Movie Guns” Demo/Livecast
  • 11:00AM – Aero Precision Demo/Livecast
  • 1:00PM – Gemtech Demo/Livecast
  • 3:00PM – Heckler & Koch Demo/Livecast

Thursday, January 25

  • 9:00AM – AMP Annealing Demo/Livecast
  • 10:00AM – Easy Company Member Staff Sgt. (Ret) Al Mampre Q&A/Livecast
  • 10:45AM – Staff Sgt. (Ret) Al Mampre Meet & Greet
  • 11:00AM – Sig Sauer Suppressors Demo/Livecast
  • 1:00PM – Howa/Legacy Sports Demo/Livecast
  • 3:00PM – Geissele Automatics Demo/Livecast

Brownells will also host a social media meetup along with the cast from the “We Like Shooting” podcast at Gilley’s Restaurant & Bar in the Treasure Island Hotel on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:00PM (PDT). Other guests will include the following firearm industry social media personalities:

  • Hank & Lola Strange
  • LeaSpeed6
  • Tactical Toolbox
  • Rapidfire Rachel
  • Real Dirty Harry
  • Ava Flanell (Host of Gun Funny Podcast)
  • Janna Reeves
  • GunsDaily – Ben
  • Charissa Littlejohn

The meetup is open to the public.

For those unable to attend SHOT Show, Brownells has created a 2018 SHOT Show landing page which will feature a social media feed, all Brownells livecasts, SHOT Show special discounts, and a place to sign up for the “Gun-A-Day Giveaway.”

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Lyman® Products’ New Cyclone Case Dryer Dries Brass and Gun Parts in No Time!

Lyman®, an innovator in the field of case preparation and reloading, introduces the perfect companion to any Ultrasonic or Rotary cleaning system with the new Cyclone Case Dryer.

Middletown, Conn. (January 2018) – Lyman® Products proudly introduces the Cyclone Case Dryer. This companion to any Ultrasonic or Rotary cleaning system will make air drying a thing of the past. Using forced heated air circulation, brass is dry inside and out in a mere hour or two, whereas it may take days to air dry. The Cyclone Case Dryer also leaves brass with no unsightly water spots to tediously wipe off that could lead to tarnishing. Different trays can be used to segment different caliber cases. The recessed handles make it easy to load and unload. It can hold up to 1,000 .223 cases or 2,000 9mm cases, for example. The drying trays have grids designed to hold the smallest cases, yet allow for maximum air flow.

A three-hour (180 minute) timer lets the user set it and forget it. The fast drying time and spacious trays also make a great gun parts dryer for any parts that have already been ultrasonically cleaned.

“What is great about the Cyclone Case Dryer is the fact that it is a time saver,” Trevor Mullen, VP of Global Marketing and Business Development for Lyman Products, said. “What may have taken someone days to accomplish is now dry and spot free in just an hour or two. And for gun parts, you can’t beat the time it will take to get your gun cleaned and dry. You can get back on the range in just hours now.”

The Cyclone Case Dryer is available online or at any Lyman Products retailer with an MSRP of $64.95.

Visit Lyman at www.lymanproducts.com.

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The New .50 caliber Umarex Hammer is an Air Rifle!

Fort Smith, Arkansas (January 17th, 2018) – Umarex USA has officially announced the introduction of the Umarex Hammer, the American-made .50 caliber air rifle that has become the most powerful production airgun on the planet.

The Hammer has been conceived, designed and engineered in America and is being made in the U.S.A. Its assembly will take place in Fort Smith, Arkansas within the facility of Umarex USA. Adam Blalock, CEO of Umarex USA, Inc. said, “We continually look for products that we can make right here in the USA and more specifically, within the walls of our building in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Hammer represents powerful innovation in air rifles and I couldn’t be more excited that we’re equipped to build it right here.”
The sheer energy and three full-power shots delivered by the .50 caliber Umarex Hammer is achieved by its proprietary, patent-pending, Lightspeedvalve. The innovative engineering used to design this internal mechanism coupled with a .50 caliber, 550 grain lead slug is responsible for the generation of its 705 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Almost as impressive, it only takes two pounds of effort to operate its straight-pull bolt. This short, effortless, two-inch action is all it takes to cock the rifle and advance the magazine.

Umarex USA’s engineers produced multiple prototypes of various mechanisms for the Hammer during nearly a two-year process that has resulted in the most innovative production big bore hunting air rifle. The soul of the Umarex Hammer is powered by our most essential element—air. 4,500 pounds per square inch of compressed air fill its on-board carbon fiber cylinder to a capacity of 24 cubic inches. The Hammer’s Lightspeed valve, coupled with a precision regulator instantly pulses a measure of air compressed to 3,000 psi, behind the projectile. This innovative patent-pending system efficiently propels a .50 caliber 550 grain lead slug at a muzzle velocity of 760 feet per second and a 250 grain slug at over 1,000 feet per second.

The Umarex Hammer has a multitude of useful and user-friendly features that both hunters and shooters appreciate. In addition to being the most powerful airgun delivering three regulated, full-power shots, it is the only production big bore air rifle that offers multiple shots from its patent-pending chamber magazine—other big bore air rifles require the insertion of a round into its chamber after every shot fired. Unique to the Hammer is the utilization of three safeties—a conventional hammer block, a magazine lockout that prevents it from discharging without a magazine inserted, and a trigger block safety. “You won’t find safety mechanisms to this extent on any other big bores. The Umarex Hammer is the most powerful production air rifle in the world, so we charged our engineers, from the beginning, to incorporate safety mechanisms that would help prevent unintended discharges.” said Steve Lamboy, Senior Director of Strategic Development at Umarex USA.
Umarex USA collaborated with PolyOne Corporation, a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, in the design, engineering and material selection for the stock of the Umarex Hammerair rifle. As a result, the stock, forearm and other key polymer components are produced from Nymax, an advanced polymer that withstands the rugged trials of outdoor hunting and shooting. Designers from the IQ Design group at PolyOne added three locations into the rifle’s forearm that accept M-LOK accessories, and incorporated a sling stud into the lower half of the rear stock. Together, the advanced polymer materials and innovative design, including smooth edges and tight-fitting joints, form a modern and functional stock for the Hammer rifle that is both shooter-friendly and made to last. Richard Turner, President of Umarex USA, Inc, said, “In working with PolyOne, we targeted certain design and performance aspects of the polymer portions of the Hammer. The PolyOne team embraced our concept and the performance targets and worked hand-in-hand with our product development team to develop specific options that met our design, weight and most importantly performance goals.”
The Umarex Hammer is equipped with additional features that include a standard AR Magpul grip, Quick Disconnect Foster fitting to fill the onboard air cylinder, externally visible air pressure gauge, a button-rifled .50 caliber barrel, and 8.5-inches of Picatinny rail. MSRP $799.99.

Umarex Hammer Energy Generation
Grain      Material                FPS       Energy (ft. lbs.)
180         Umarex® ARX®   1100       484
200         Lead                     1055      495
250         Lead                     1000      555
275         Lead                     945        545
300         Lead                     930        576
330         Lead (Lyman)       935        641
350         Lead (Lyman)       875        595
550         Lead                     760        705

Umarex Hammer Features & Specifications

  • Made in the USA
  • Most powerful production air rifle on the planet
  • Delivers 760 foot pounds of energy
  • Shoots a 550 grain lead slug at 790 feet per second
  • Places 3 rounds of 350 grain lead slugs within an inch at 50 yards
  • Straight-pull bolt with 2 lb. cocking effort and just 2 in. of travel
  • Delivers 3 full-power shots using 8 cubic inches per shot
  • Patent-pending Lightspeed valve
  • 24 cubic inch carbon fiber tank holds 4,500 psi compressed air
  • Regulated to 3,000 psi per shot
  • Utilizes Quick Disconnect Foster fitting for filling
  • Standard Magpul AR grip
  • Machined Picatinny Rail 8.5-inch in length with 20 slots
  • Modern stock design and manufactured by PolyOne
  • Three slots incorporated in forearm for M-LOK attachment
  • Rear sling stud built-in
  • 43.75-inch overall length
  • 8.5 pound overall weight unloaded without scope
  • 29.5-inch barrel length with full length composite shroud
  • 3 lb. trigger weight
  • Three safeties: hammer block, magazine lock-out, trigger block

Umarex sporting airguns, optics, long distance lights, and accessories are available at local sporting goods dealers and retail locations around the world. Sporting goods dealers may order Umarex products from many established outdoor goods distributors.

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Essex Junction, Vermont (January 17, 2018) – Revision Military, the world leader in protective eyewear and integrated soldier solutions, introduces the company’s new ShadowStrike™ Tactical Ballistic Sunglasses. This new sunglasses line features Revision’s premium OcuMax™ Plus coating—for superior anti-fog and scratch resistance—along with a novel nosepiece mechanism to easily swap the lenses. Revision designed and developed the ShadowStrike Sunglasses to exceed U.S. military ballistic protection standards. ShadowStrike Sunglasses are available for purchase now.

“Though Revision has grown considerably in recent years—now incorporating advanced helmet systems, power management solutions, and tactical communications headsets—protective eyewear remains a critical part of our business,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO, Revision Military. “The new ShadowStrike Ballistic Sunglasses represent our continued innovation on this front. While Revision was founded on protective eyewear for military use, our spectacles, goggles, and sunglasses are now used by tactical officers, law enforcement, and special operators all over the world. The many strides that Revision has made in protective eyewear are baked into the ShadowStrike line: these sunglasses are tailored to a wide range of mission profiles; feature our leading anti-fog and scratch-resistant coatings; are built for integration and comfort; and, most importantly, offer incomparable protection.”

ShadowStrike Sunglasses have a sharp, geometrical wraparound design that provides unobstructed field-of-vision and ballistic protection for fast-paced tactical, special ops, and military operations. Angular frames and a tighter curvature give this line a distinctive look while maximizing protection—fitting squarely, securely, and comfortably at all times, for any mission. With optical-grade, polycarbonate lenses, ShadowStrike Sunglasses provide the impact resistance Revision eyewear is known for, exceeding U.S. military eyewear ballistic requirements. From inception, ShadowStrike Sunglasses were designed and optimized to exceed the rigorous standards of the U.S. Army’s Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL) and will be submitted for inclusion for the 2019 APEL program.

The nosepiece mechanism, engineered specifically for this eyewear line, makes changing out the dual lenses quick and easy. This eyewear provides 100% UV-A-B-C ultraviolet protection and features Revision’s leading OcuMax Plus anti-fog and anti-scratch coating, preventing the close-fit sunglasses from fogging and ensuring clear, unimpeded vision during any outing.

The ShadowStrike Sunglasses will initially be offered in black frames with a variety of lens color options for various light conditions. A standard two lens kit (solar and clear lenses) will retail for an MSRP of $115.00 USD. Additional frame colors and lens options will be released later this year. For more information about this new eyewear line, or to place an order, contact Revision Customer Service at customercare@revisionmilitary.com.
Revision’s ShadowStrike™ Tactical Ballistic Sunglasses offer premium anti-fog protection and interchangeable lenses while exceeding the rigorous U.S. Military eyewear ballistic requirements.

Above: Revision’s ShadowStrike™ Tactical Ballistic Sunglasses offer premium anti-fog protection and interchangeable lenses while exceeding the rigorous U.S. Military eyewear ballistic requirements.

Revision’s ShadowStrike™ Tactical Ballistic Sunglasses have a sharp, geometrical wraparound design that provides unobstructed field-of-vision and ballistic protection for fast-paced tactical, special ops, and military operations.

Above: Revision’s ShadowStrike™ Tactical Ballistic Sunglasses have a sharp, geometrical wraparound design that provides unobstructed field-of-vision and ballistic protection for fast-paced tactical, special ops, and military operations.

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Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology is pleased to announce that it has acquired the popular Shooter’s Choice brand.  The deal took effect January 16, 2018.
Shooter’s Choice is a leading provider of gun care chemicals and lubricants.  With a complete product offering in a variety of liquids and aerosols, Shooter’s Choice products are in use by hunters, shooters, law enforcement and military professionals.
“We are very excited for this opportunity.  The Shooter’s Choice and Otis Technology brands complement each other well.  Where Otis has excelled in gun cleaning kits and accessories, Shooter’s Choice has done the same in gun care cleaners, lubricants and protectants,” states Leonard Puzzuoli, CEO at Otis Technology.  He continues, “We look forward to building upon the Shooter’s Choice brand and product assortment.”
“We practically grew up together.  We started our companies around the same time.  We attended the same trade shows, often having booths right next to each other.  We became friends over the years despite technically being competitors,” remarks Larry Williams, Advisory Board member for Otis Technology.
Joe Ventimiglia, Shooter’s Choice President states, “My brother and I have built a company and brand that we are proud of.  We have reached the next chapter in our lives – retirement – and we couldn’t think of a better company to carry on the Shooter’s Choice name than Otis Technology.”
The combined strengths and resources of the two industry leading brands will benefit customers of Otis Technology and Shooter’s Choice.
For more information on Otis products, please visit
www.otistec.com.  Please visit www.shooters-choice.com to learn more about Shooter’s Choice.
Otis Technology is known for manufacturing the most advanced gun cleaning systems and accessories available.  The superior Breech-to-Muzzle® design combined with unmatched quality has positioned Otis as the gun care system of choice with the US Military.  Otis Technology is SMART GUN CARE.

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FLIR Introduces Compact Tactical Thermal Imaging Monocular and Multiple Night Vision Products

New Offerings Broaden Selection of Thermal and Night Vision Products for Tactical Professionals and Hunters

WILSONVILLE, OR (January 16, 2018) – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the FLIR Breach™ multifunctional thermal imaging monocular and three new night vision product families that will debut at the 2018 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. This new wave of thermal and night vision products helps broaden FLIR’s leadership position in the tactical and outdoor markets, and builds on its nearly 50-year heritage of developing combat-proven solutions. 

Armasight by FLIR MNVD Night Vision Monocular shown with optional helmet mount.

The FLIR Breach multifunctional thermal monocular is FLIR’s lightest, most compact, full-featured 320×240 thermal monocular. Powered by FLIR’s 12-micron high-performance Boson™ thermal core, the Breach delivers crisp images on a high-definition display, and offers recording and internal storage of up to four hours of video and 1,000 still images. In addition, it includes a digital compass, inclinometer and seven color palette options for enhancing the imaging experience. Weighing only 7.4oz, it can be concealed in a pocket or mounted to a helmet.

FLIR Breach Multifunctional Thermal Monocular.

FLIR is also expanding its Armasight™ by FLIR night vision lineup with new tactical monocular and binocular families. Each family features Generation 2 or 3 technology options and multiple lens configurations, including an upgraded 19mm lens that offers a 51-degree field-of-view for 25 percent more viewing area. Additional common features for all models include manual gain control, up to 40 hours of run time from a single AA alkaline or CR123 battery, and hand, weapon or helmet mounted options. Also, the units feature a flip-up-turn-off, flip-down-turn-on design when mounted to a helmet.

  • Armasight by FLIR MNVD single-tube monocular offers a lighter weight option and preserves night adaptation in the unaided eye.
  • Armasight by FLIR BNVD dual-tube binocular provides better depth perception and situational awareness for improved navigation.
  • Armasight by FLIR PVS-14 multi-purpose tactical night vision monocular for United States military and Special Forces is designed for the most demanding night operations.

Armasight by FLIR BNVD Night Vision Binocular.

“The new FLIR BREACH mini thermal monocular equipped with the high-performance FLIR Boson thermal sensor demonstrates FLIR’s ability to deliver innovative, reliable products in smaller, lighter form factors,” said Dmitry Rocklin, Vice President of FLIR Outdoor and Tactical Systems (OTS). “The suite of night vision products offers exceptional field-of-view, flexible mounting, and improved run times, providing tactical and law enforcement users with market-leading image quality, size, weight, battery stamina and features.”

All new outdoor and tactical FLIR thermal imagers and NVDs will be available in the United States in the first half of 2018 through established FLIR outdoor and tactical dealers. For more information on the suite of new products, please visit www.flir.com/ots.

Additional hi-res imagery and supporting product material is available to download via the online media kit.

FLIR Breach Multifunctional Thermal Monocular.

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Transcend Robotics and AndyMark Sign $15M Partnership to Save Officers’ and Suspects’ Lives with New Dependable and Affordable Robotics

Through this manufacturing partnership Transcend Robotics and AndyMark will bring dependable, effortless and affordable robotics to market at volume.

Oakland, CA (January 2018)Transcend Robotics, a machine mobility company that develops patented “automatic stair climbing” technology, and AndyMark, a leader in mobile robotics and parts manufacturing, are combining strengths to deliver a high volume of life-saving first responder robots.

Transcend Tactical, a division of Transcend Robotics in partnership with AndyMark, will expand the availability of the next generation of the ARTI VANTAGE robot starting January 2018. Utilizing Transcend’s patented technology any operator can simply move the robot forward and automatically ascend stairs and other obstacles into dangerous situations.

Phillip Walker, co-founder and CEO of Transcend Robotics explains, “The first responders’ robotics market has been filled with frustrating and expensive quasi stair-climbing robots typically costing tens of thousands. The ARTI VANTAGE delivers more for less. With a starting price of $8,000, the ARTI VANTAGE provides dependable stair-climbing, three cameras including a FLIR thermal camera, and hauling capacities of over 150 lb. Life-saving robots need to be affordable and they just need to work.”



Transcend Tactical customer Sgt. Jacob Faw of the Peoria, Illinois SWAT Team explains why this robot is critical, “Traditionally, robots are frustrating to learn and operate while costing as much as a vehicle. The ARTI VANTAGE has no learning curve to climb stairs and is immediately affordable, unlike any other robot on the market. Anyone on the team can use it with virtually no training.”

Andy Baker, President and Owner of AndyMark has spent over a decade developing, manufacturing, and distributing quality robotics parts at affordable prices. “Transcend’s technology has removed much of the cost that makes stair-climbing robots inaccessible, and has made the experience effortless,” says Andy. “We’re excited to bring our 80,000+ square foot facility and operational expertise in large scale mobile robotics manufacturing to the partnership.”

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Ed Brown Products, Inc. Collaborates with ZEV Technologies, Inc. to Design a New, Aggressively Styled 1911.


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Ed Brown Products, Inc. is excited to collaborate with ZEV Technologies, Inc. in the design of a new, aggressively styled 1911.

The one year only, limited edition ZEV 1911 was designed to appeal to fans of what is popular in custom polymer pistols, a market where ZEV is a clear leader. It is the result of ZEV’s unique styling applied to the world’s finest 1911.

Based on ZEV’s most popular design, the Dragonfly, the design shares the aggressive styling while maintaining the structural rigidity of the 1911 slide. Taking a cue from the ZEV look, the dimpled barrel makes for a striking effect, being visible through the side and top slide ports. The top of the slide showcases our new 7-top slide cuts, and is topped with a Trijicon RMR sight and tall night sights. The integral rail frame features edgy machining accents on the rail, while the frontstrap is adorned with the FX1 Snakeskin. A threaded suppressor ready barrel complete with a ZEV thread protector, recessed slide stop with serrated pin, and a blended one-piece magwell housing, finish out this show-stopping pistol.

As with all Ed Brown 1911’s, it is hand-fit with fully machined parts, and backed by our Lifetime Warranty.

Learn more about the ZEV 1911.

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Watch the ZEV 1911 video

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DoubleStar Unveils the Noogie "ABO" Assisted Bottle Opener

This light, robust and comfortable bottle opener makes quick work of even the toughest import bottle.

Winchester, Ky. (January 2018)DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, unveils the Noogie “ABO” Assisted Bottle Opener. The Noogie was developed by DoubleStar’s Vice President, Jesse Starnes, and Director and Designer of the Edged Weapon Division, Rob Cabrera, as a light, comfortable and robust bottle opener with all the right ergonomics. Whether attending a tailgating event, a family barbeque or tending bar, the Noogie will make quick work of even the toughest import bottle.

Made from ½” thick durable 6061-T6 aluminum, the Noogie is coated with Type III anodizing, providing it with extra strength around the cap contact location. The unique shape provides power and allows the thumb and index fingers to be free to hold objects while opening another bottle.

Noogie ABO Specifications:

  • Material: T6061 Aluminum
  • Overall Length: 4.25″
  • Width: 2.75″
  • Thickness: 0.5″
  • Weight: 3.6 oz.
  • Handle Opening: 2.75″
  • Finish: Grey or Black Type III anodizing
  • MSRP: $39.99

The Noogie can be placed in the pocket or can be carried in the DoubleStar Noogie Holster (sold separately) for easy access in a busy environment. Please consult local laws prior to purchasing.

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

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The Magpul® PMAG 10 GL9 – Glock G17 and G19 9×19 Parabellum are the highest performing and most reliable restricted capacity magazines on the market. They are designed to provide the same quality and performance of the proven Magpul PMAG series of Glock magazines while also providing a viable product solution to those in locations and situations where a 10-round capacity restriction is required or desired. Whether for competition use or otherwise, the PMAG 10 GL9 is the highest quality restricted capacity magazine option available.

Made in U.S.A.


  • MAG801 is compatible with all standard, compact and sub-compact 9mm Glock handguns
  • Utilizes the same double stack feed geometry as the standard capacity PMAG GL9 to ensure feeding and to avoid known reliability issues seen in many competitor products on the market
  • Compatible with Magpul GL-L Plates for competition use
  • Meets regulatory requirements in capacity restricted locations
  • Easy disassembly and reassembly for routine maintenance
  • Durable, lightweight and extremely stiff polymer construction
  • High visibility controlled-tilt follower
  • Long life stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance
  • Dot matrix panel for magazine marking and identification
  • Drops free when loaded or empty
  • M.S.R.P. $15.95
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Dan Shaw Joins GunMag Warehouse

Miami, Fl.Gunmagwarehouse.com, a leading online retailer specializing in magazines is pleased to announce that Daniel Shaw has been named Director of Marketing for GMW.

Daniel Shaw is a retired U.S. Marine, a nationally known and sought-after firearms trainer in both the public and private sector through his company Shaw Strategies. He has spent years working with several media and marketing companies creating industry leading content. Daniel will lead the GMW marketing team as the company expands its community outreach program and begins new initiatives in consumer-focused content creation.

“We are incredibly excited to have Daniel on our team as we expand our community outreach program and begin an aggressive consumer-focused content creation initiative,” said Michael Lambka, Owner of Gunmagwarehouse.com “Daniel brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience that our customers and the industry as a whole will benefit from.”

“We have numerous exciting projects underway, but I’m most excited about our plan for reviews and informative content with a distribution platform that exists outside of paid advertisements,” said Shaw. “That means real, unbiased reviews on the firearms and products that end users are researching. Those who know me, know that this has been a goal of mine for years.”

About Gunmagwarehouse.com

Founded in 2012 with the simple goal of keeping every magazine currently in production, in-stock and ready to ship. A large in-stock magazine selection is a commodity within the shooting community, and although there is a lot of competition out there, product assortment is usually the same. If one retailer is out, they all are. Gunmagwarehouse.com has set out to change that and has the largest selection of magazines anywhere.

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Women Will Sustain the Shooting Sports Industry


bd931c06-aa52-4cb8-9970-2edb8271e933Athens, AL – January 16, 2017 – New research on Women’s participation in shooting sports shows significant increase from previous reports.

Shoot Like A Girl, the leader in growing the number of women in shooting sports, conducted an intensive study on participation of women in the shooting sports industry. They studied several disciplines including pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting, archery and hunting. Noteworthy, women are choosing to spend their recreational time in shooting sports, as the study showed, target shooting for fun was the leading activity across all disciplines.

“It is a known fact that women have been the fastest growing demographic for several years now, and we continue to grow. There is a chance that our data is a course correction for the industry, too, based on the responses received after our query of a sizeable number of women.” stated Karen Butler, President/Founder of Shoot Like A Girl. “We have the unique opportunity with our social media and email lists to reach over 146,000 women who participate and/or are interested in shooting sports, and they were enthusiastic to provide their input.” Butler went on to say.

Survey data was compiled from more than 2,600 women in a three-day period from a population reached of 76,890. The total number of women who completed this survey enabled generalization to the entire population of women shooters, with a 99% confidence level and a 2.6% margin of error.  The study found the current growth in participation since reported in 2015 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation has increased by as much 189% in some disciplines.

This substantial increase in the number of women participating in shooting sports sends a strong signal to manufacturers and businesses alike. In times where overall retail numbers and hunting licenses are on a decline, women’s growth is nourishing sales in both and also impacting their families spending. Women control 85% of every consumer purchase in the United States and if they are participating in shooting activities, studies show, their children participate at a higher rate than households where just the man participates.

Butler stated that she conducted the survey to show the magnitude of the impact and importance of women participating in shooting sports. Staying true to Shoot Like A Girl’s mission, Butler wanted to provide the industry with hard facts so manufacturers and businesses will continue to increase products and opportunities for female participation in the shooting sports industry.

The full report from Shoot Like A Girl breaks down activities by discipline, hunting by animal species hunted and gives information on club and organization memberships, as well as equipment used.  For more information email info@shootlikeagirl.com

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The Magpul Pro 700 Rifle Chassis is an uncompromising, full featured precision rifle chassis for short action Remington® 700 actions and other Remington® 700 footprint actions. The Pro 700 combines innovative engineering, precision machining, Mil-Spec quality finishes, and an extensive list of purposeful design features with complete adjustability to provide demanding end users with the most comprehensive available precision rifle platform solution for true out of the box performance.

Based on a full billet aluminum skeleton and clad in Magpul polymer for environmental comfort, noise mitigation, and ergonomics, the Pro 700 is also fully ambidextrous. Capable of fitting both right and left-handed actions with the simple swap of a bolt-cutout plate, and with a reversible cheek riser and reversible hinge on the folding version, “lefties” haven’t been “left out.”

Made in U.S.A.

Magpul® Pro 700


  • Type III hard anodized machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum V-bedding block, body, adjustment knobs and forend with high strength injection molded polymer body covers
  • Ambidextrous bedding block can be changed by swapping the QD sling swivel plate and bolt cut out plate for left or right hand actions using a 1/8” hex wrench
  • Folding stock with push-button activated durable steel hinge with Melonite® finish is reversible for left or right folding capability with the use of a 5/32” hex wrench. A fixed stock adapter is available for a non-folding stock solution
  • Folding stock is also designed to capture the bolt handle when folded and is compatible with a large variety of aftermarket bolt knobs and handles
  • Optional inline mount for clip-on night vision and thermal imaging devices
  • Overall LOP adjustment range is 13.25” – 15.125”
  • Butt pad height can be adjusted up 1.33” and down .90” and is adjustable left or right 5 degrees
  • Comb height adjustment has a 1” range with a secondary locking knob to eliminate movement in the cheek riser
  • Cheek riser features a 3-position fore/aft adjustment of +.375”, 0” and -.375” which can also be changed for left or right side usage
  • Injection molded polymer grip with 5 degree forward edge sweep and enlarged palm swell with 7 degree aft edge sweep, with a .75” fore/aft trigger reach adjustment
  • Additional grip option included with a more aggressive forward sweep (8 degree forward / 20 degree aft edge sweep)
  • Durable steel rotation limited QD sling swivel mounts with Melonite® finish fits up to 1.5” push button swivels
  • M-LOK® slots for accessory mounting on the forend (left-6/right-6/bottom-7) and the stock (bottom-2)
  • Integrated AICS pattern magazine well optimized for PMAG® 5 & PMAG® 10 7.62 AC™ magazines as well as most other AICS pattern short action magazines
  • Large trigger guard allows for use with gloves and accepts most factory and aftermarket curved or flat triggers
  • Low-profile, anti-snag ambidextrous magazine release is made of Melonite® treated steel for wear and corrosion resistance
  • Ambidextrous thumb shelf for firing hand thumb placement


  • Weight –  5.4 lbs.
  • Height at Butt Plate – 5.2”
  • Max width – 1.86”
  • Length – 32.7” – 34.6” (23.5” when folded)
  • $999.95

* Specifications based on factory configuration.

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Springfield Armory Introduces Newest Edition Of The XD-S .45 ACP

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Lyons Falls, NY: Otis is excited to announce the launch of two new websites,otistec.com and otisdefense.com.  These websites debut Otis Technology’s newest branding, which will appear on all packaging and collateral in 2018.
The websites boast significant improvements in user experience through easier main navigations, filtering and searching.  The layouts of the websites are more intuitive for ease of use, whether browsing for information or completing a purchase.  In addition, the importance of Otis Technology’s defense business commanded a dedicated site to its military and law enforcement products through otisdefense.com.
“Our website redesign was long overdue and these new sites are a more accurate reflection of our brand and quality standards,” stated Heather Pleskach, associate director of marketing at Otis Technology.  She continued, “otistec.com and otisdefense.com better cater to our diverse users and the specific information they are looking for in regards to our products and our business.  Users can now navigate quickly and easily on the sites and the robust nature demonstrates our world-class customer service, allowing us to serve our customers better.”
Otis Technology partnered with Gray Loon Marketing Group for the development of the two new websites.  “Their professionalism and attention to detail was critical to the success of this launch.  They delivered exactly to the scope of the project and exceeded our expectations throughout the process.  We are thrilled with the results.” remarked Hannah Roukous, digital marketing coordinator at Otis Technology.
To commemorate the launch, all new accounts created at otistec.com will be automatically entered for a chance to win a .308cal
Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter.  The rifle features custom detailing courtesy of 1776 Gunsmithing and is topped with a Leupold VX-2 4-12x40mm Matte Duplex Scope.  Included with the rifle is the Otis Elite Range Box packed full of gun cleaning gear.  Winner will be drawn February 19, 2018.
Otis Technology is known for manufacturing the most advanced gun cleaning systems and accessories available.  The superior Breech-to-Muzzle® design combined with unmatched quality has positioned Otis as the gun care system of choice with the US Military.  Otis Technology is SMART GUN CARE.

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SureFire Institute Range Day 2018

SureFire Institute

SureFire Institute



Monday, January 22, 2018

Gates Open 0900-1600


First Responders and Military With Credentials

And Their Guest

7600 East Carey Ave Las Vegas, NV 89156


Showcasing New Products

Rifles / Pistols / Optics

Body Armor / Suppressors

Tactical Cool Guy Stuff

Meet Reps From Your Favorite Companies

SureFire Institute

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IWI US Hires New Director of Sales

Jeremy Gresham, a seasoned industry sales and marketing veteran, joins the IWI US team to continue to build the brand awareness and increase overall distribution and sales.

Harrisburg, Pa. (January 2018)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announce today that Jeremy Gresham will join the IWI US team to lead the sales and marketing efforts as the new Director of Sales.

“Jeremy brings with him a wealth of experience from both sides of the counter,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US commented. “His entire career has been dedicated within this industry to grow distribution channels and build solid relationships with customers and buyers.”

“I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to IWI US,” Jeremy Gresham stated. “The IWI name is well-recognized and respected by civilians, law enforcement and military personnel around the world and especially here in the US. I will continue to grow sales channels for all of IWI’s current line of products and the new and exciting products we are launching at the 2018 SHOT Show.

Gresham, an Army veteran, joined the firearms industry as an Assistant Manager with Kevin’s Guns and Sporting Goods in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was responsible for the distribution and sales of all retail products. After 5 years, Gresham moved to South Carolina where he worked as a buyer for United Sporting Companies, the parent company of Ellet Brothers and Jerry’s Sporting Company. In 2015, Gresham crossed to the corporate side of sales working with ArmaLite as a Regional Sales Manager and at Strategic Armory Corps (SAC) as a National Sales Manager before becoming SAC’s VP of Sales and Marketing. Gresham, an avid outdoorsman is also a proud Seminole with a BS degree from the Florida State University.

To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.

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What a conversation between Vern Miyagi and Hawaii Governor Dave Ige could have sounded like.

We send all of our Hawaii brothers and sisters great Aloha and we are all glad this was a false alarm; even better no one seems to have been injured during the panic.

In a bit of local humor this is what a conversation between Vern Miyagi and Governor Dave Ige could have sounded like…

Phone ringing at Governor’s Mansion

Ige: Hello

Miyagi: Dave, howzit bra!

Ige: I was getting ready for umf my wife, you know dakine, one sneak attack!

Miyagi: Sorry eh, but we have one big mess!

Ige: Vern bra, no make joke eh you! What mess?

Miyagi: One of my guys, Kobayashi, went bakatare and click the wrong butten! Now everybody tinks we under attack.

Ige: Oh bra no can be!!!

Miyagi: For real Dave, all of Hawaii is now more lolo than lolo!!

Ige: Kobayashi ???

Miyagi: Nester Kobayashi. He doesn’t look like one Japan guy but…

Ige: Oh no! I know da guy. He’s my wife’s cusin’s cusin’s cusin, he’s hapa Portugee.

Miyagi: Nooo! Hapa Portugee with Japan name? Wow, who da guy! You like I pau hana da guy?

Ige: If you do dat bra, it’s no more dakin for me. Jus beef da bugga!

Miyagi: I giv’em  good Dave! Bambai we can talk some more, my wife still stay ne ne…

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The all-new Model 700 PCR (Precision Chassis Rifle) pairs the strongest action ever conceived – our legendary Model 700 – with an exclusive aircraft- grade aluminum alloy chassis of unmatched rigidity and atmospheric immunity to create the most stable and consistent platform possible for launching long- distance shots. It’s a potent combination made even more effective with a host of accurizing upgrades that include a 24” barrel with 5R rifling, free-floated in an aluminum handguard, plus a completely user-configurable Magpul PRS Gen 3 stock for the ultimate in comfort from any shooting position. Its sub-MOA accuracy is confirmed using our advanced CATS (Computer Aided Targeting System) before it ever gets to you. But the best part is confirming
its tack-driving superiority for yourself. Available in three popular long-range chamberings including 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Win, and 260 Remington.


  • Remington Chassis
  • 24” barrel with 5R rifling
  • Threaded muzzle with protector
  • Tactical bolt knob, for swift, positive cycling
  • X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger
  • Aluminum handguard with SquareDrop
  • Picatinny rail
  • 5-round Magpul detachable magazine
  • Adjustable Magpul® PRS Gen 3 stock
  • Magpul pistol grip

  • 3-shot sub-MOA assurance
  • M.S.R.P. $1,199.00

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The IWI US Galil ACE Featured on the January American Rifleman Cover

American Rifleman article “Galil ACE®, IWI Brings The AK Into the Modern Era” by Field Editor Jeremiah Knupp, delves into the history of the Galil from its early concept and use by the Israel Defense Force to today’s commercialized rifle.

IWI US Galil ACE_ 5.56 with Stabilizer Brace

Harrisburg, Pa. (January 2018)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is extremely proud to have the Galil ACE® appear on the January 2018 cover of the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine.

“It is an honor to have the cover shot and feature story in the January issue of American Rifleman,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US commented. “The publication has a long and proud history serving our industry, as well as being the go to magazine for all things gun related for the past several generations. To hold the January position with the upcoming SHOT Show is indeed an honor and we thank and support the American Rifleman team for all the outstanding coverage they have given IWI US over the years.”

American Rifleman is the National Rifle Association’s flagship publication and is the largest firearm magazine in the world, covering everything from the newest products to historical firearms, and keeps its audience of over 5 million updated on political events pertaining to the Second Amendment.

The seven plus page article, written by American Rifleman Field Editor Jeremiah Knupp, draws readers into the history of the development of the platform that revolutionized modern weaponry: the AK rifle. It brings us into the Israel Defense Force where some of the world’s most relevant weapons systems are designed, engineered and truly battle tested. Complete with historic pictures, specifications, shooting results and product and performance evaluation, the article closes with former IWI US Vice President Michael Kassnar’s prediction that the Kalashnikov’s evolution through the Galil line is not yet finished, “IWI in Israel never stops looking for ways to make a platform better.”

The Galil ACE is the modern version of the original Galil rifle first developed in the 1960’s by IMI. Based upon the Russian AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet RD 62, the Galil ACE has never stopped evolving to meet the demand of today’s warriors. Some of the most recent upgrades include the left side operation of the charging handle, the LR/SR25 magazine compatibility, full length two-piece Picatinny style top rail and tri-rail forearms with built-in, slide-on and off rail covers with pressure switch access, fully adjustable iron sights with a Tritium front post and a side folding, adjustable, telescoping buttstock with two-position removable comb on all Galil models.

The Galil ACE is available as a rifle in 7.62 NATO and 7.62 x39mm and as a pistol in 7.62 NATO, 7.62x39mm and 5.56 NATO as a standalone pistol or with a Stabilizing brace. MSRP starts at $1,749.00.

To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.

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Two New Variants for the SLR-107R Series


SLR107-11DDesert Sand Furniture

LAS VEGAS, NV –We hope that you are as excited as we are with the addition of these two new variants to the SLR-107R Series rifles – now available in Desert Sand or OD Green color furniture.
We are also happy to announce that SLR-107R rifles are now being shipped to our distributors. Contact your dealers and distributors for availability.

See them at the SHOT Show, visit us at booth #11217

SLR-107R Rifles – The 7.62×39 caliber SLR-107R is a top notch, stamped receiver, semi-automatic modern sporting rifle manufactured in Las Vegas, Nevada, utilizing only the best and authentic Arsenal factory components. It is manufactured with a Bulgarian made Arsenal mil-spec 1mm stamped receiver and cold hammer forged and hard chrome lined barrel. The authentic US made components, such as the anti-slap double stage trigger group, mil-spec polymer stock set, Warsaw length polymer buttstock to perfectly complete this rifle for unparalleled quality and accuracy. SUMMARY SLR-107R – 7.62×39 caliber, stamped receiver, chrome lined hammer forged 16.25” barrel, 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads, removable muzzle nut, bayonet lug, black polymer furniture, Warsaw Pact length buttstock with compartment for cleaning kit, stainless steel heat shield, 2-stage trigger group, 800m rear sight, and side rail for attaching optics. Comes with one 5-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.


SLR107-11GOD Green Furniture

SLR107-11PPlum Furniture

SLR107-11Black Furniture

Learn about the SLR-107R variants here: http://www.arsenalinc.com/usa/SLR-107R.htmlSpecifications:

  • SKU SLR107-11
  • caliber: 7.62 x 39 mm
  • total length: 883 mm (34 3/4 in.)
  • barrel length: 415 mm (16 1/4 in.)
  • rifling: 4 grooves
  • twist rate: 1 in 240 mm (9.44 in.)
  • weight w/o magazine: 3.31 kg (7.3 lbs.)
  • muzzle velocity: 710 m/s (2,329 fps)
  • effective range: 500 m (550 yds.)
  • maximum range: 1,350 m (1,480 yds.)
  • rear sight range: 800 m (875 yds.)
  • MSRP: $879.99 – $909.99
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Trailblazer Firearms’ LifeCard Named NRA Gun of the Week

The folding compact .22LR is reviewed by American Rifleman’s Christopher Olsen on NRA Gun of the Week video series.

Asheville, N.C. (January 2018)Trailblazer® Firearms, innovators behind the LifeCard®, the .22 LR single-action, single-shot folding pistol, is pleased to announce that the LifeCard has been named the Dec. 30, 2017 NRA Gun of the Week and featured in the video series with host American Rifleman’s Christopher Olsen.

“It’s an honor for our small start-up company to gain the attention of the most prestigious Second Amendment rights organization in America, the NRA,” Aaron Voigt, president of Trailblazer Firearms and designer of the LifeCard, remarked. “You wouldn’t expect such a small utility gun to catch the attention of the firearms media, but the LifeCard certainly has. As unique as it is, in size, folding capability and weight, we are finding our customers are truly impressed with the quality machining and finishing of the gun, as well as its performance.”

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. After a seven-year incubation period, Voigt finally brought his “last gun you’ll leave behind” to market through Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center.

“This diminutive back up pistol isn’t just a novelty item, it is a real functioning, single shot pistol that could just save your life. I’ve always been a proponent of .22 rimfire for backup and / or survival and this package makes a whole lot of sense to me,” commented Olsen in the video. “The LifeCard doesn’t seem like much and I think that is the real appeal here. All in all, it is a perfect pocketable combination.”

The LifeCard, at under seven ounces and only a half an inch thick, is just about the size of credit card when folded and features a discreet folded package that easily carries in a jean pocket or in any type of bag or pack. Unfolded, the LifeCard presents a full-size handle for a positive grip. With built in safety features, the LifeCard is totally safe to carry in its folded position.

“Host Christopher Olsen identified the LifeCard as a backup pistol,” Voigt continued. “And the LifeCard can be used as a backup and as an every-day carry for anyone. It’s a perfect utility tool for land owners, outdoorsmen and backpackers, offering that little extra protection in the outdoors.”

Trailblazer just added the LifeCard Leather Sleeve that is custom fit to the .22 LR LifeCard, made in the USA of 100 percent genuine leather in black, dark brown or worn saddle (light brown) and features the Trailblazer logo stamped on the front.

Trailblazer LifeCard Specifications:

  • Caliber:                .22LR
  • Action:                 Single-Action, Single-Shot
  • Length:                3.375 inches
  • Height:                 2.125 inches
  • Width:                  0.5 inches
  • Weight:                6.65 oz.
  • Barrel:                  Steel, Tilt-Up
  • Frame:                 Aluminum (includes folding handle)
  • Features:   Ambidextrous, built-in safety features, ammo storage in handle for four rounds
  • MSRP:                  $399.00

For more information on Trailblazer Firearms, visit www.trailblazerfirearms.com and stay in the conversation on Facebook.

About Trailblazer Firearms:

Trailblazer Firearms, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, was founded in 2014 to design, develop, manufacture and market innovative American-made firearms.www.trailblazerfirearms.com

For more information on Trailblazer Firearms, visit www.trailblazerfirearms.comand stay in the conversation on Facebook.

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SIG SAUER Introduces the P938 STAND

Honoring America, the American Flag, Veterans and First Responders

Newington, N.H. (January 11, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces a special edition of its venerable P938 platform designed to honor America and our flag, as well as show support for our nation’s veterans and first responders who protect and defend our freedoms every day.

SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces a special edition of its venerable P938 platform designed to honor America and our flag, as well as show support for our nation’s veterans and first responders who protect and defend our freedoms every day.

Made with pride in Newington, NH, the 9mm P938 STAND has a slide engraved in the likeness of the American flag with the word “STAND” boldly displayed on the ejection port side of the gun. It also has custom black grips featuring a medallion embossed with a flag in flight. SIG SAUER teamed up with United Sporting Companies to offer this unique firearm and to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales to H.A.V.A. (Honored American Veterans Afield), which works with wounded veterans and active-duty military, and C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), which helps support the families of fallen law enforcement officers.

“When United Sporting Companies approached us with the STAND concept, we immediately thought it was an outstanding idea to show support for our country and our flag, and all they stand for,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER. “The concept of supporting veterans and first responders made the idea even more compelling.   It is important to us at SIG SAUER to find ways to work with service organizations like H.A.V.A. and C.O.P.S. in order to support our injured veterans and the families of fallen law enforcement officers. That commitment is at the very core of SIG SAUER’s DNA.”

“We felt that the STAND idea was a great idea to honor our country and those who serve America,” said Brad Johnson, CEO, United Sporting Companies. “Our veterans and first responders are the finest examples of what we as a country have to offer. Their selflessness and commitment to put the needs of others above their own deserves our admiration and eternal gratitude, and we should all do what we can to support those who have given so much.”

You can also look for variants of the STAND product in a SIG SAUER P238 and 1911 in the near future.
For more information please visit the
P938 Stand page here.

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CCI Ammunition Will Launch Two New Rimfire Loads at the 2018 SHOT Show

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 11, 2018 – CCI Ammunition is pleased to announce two new rimfire hunting loads during the 2018 SHOT Show (Booth No. 14551), January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The newest loads are Mini-Mag 22 LR 40-grain Segmented Hollow Point and 17 HMR 17-grain VNT Tipped.
Mini-Mag remains one of CCI’s most popular product lines, offering unbeatable accuracy, high velocities, flat trajectories and superior reliability. The new 22 LR Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point combines all of what made the original a favorite with a 40-grain bullet engineered to split into three equal-size parts on impact, creating three distinct wound channels that quickly take down small game and varmints. It also features CCI’s extremely reliable priming and specialized powders for clean, consistent ignition. Shipments of this ammunition are being delivered to dealers.
New 17 HMR VNT. Its 17-grain Speer bullet features an extremely thin jacket and polymer tip that team up to offer flat trajectories, superb long-range accuracy and explosive terminal performance on impact. It’s the perfect combination for hunting varmints or shooting at the range.
“Shooters can now devastate varmints or drill targets with these new products,” said Brian Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager for CCI. “We know our customers will be pleased with both options.”
Mini-Mag 22 LR 40-grain Segmented Hollow Point is available in 100-count packs and 17 HMR 17-grain VNT Tipped are 50-count packs.
CCI is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on CCI Ammunition, go to

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Speer to Launch New Products at the 2018 SHOT Show

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 11, 2018 – Speer will launch five new products within several lines during the 2018 SHOT Show (Booth No. 14551), January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Highlights include the new Speer Handloading Manual No. 15 and Gold Dot 200-grain 10mm Auto. Gold Dot ammunition’s reliability has made it the No. 1 choice for law enforcement, and the powerful 10mm Auto load offers the same performance for self-defense. Additionally, the new edition of the Speer Handloading Manual features updated recipes with the latest propellants for more than 120 legacy cartridges, as well as data for 13 new cartridges, including 204 Ruger, 6.5 Creedmoor and 300 Blackout.
“Shooters will appreciate the many new options available for them in 2018,” said Brian Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager for Speer. “Speer’s new products are sure to impress.”
Speer’s 2018 New Product Launches Include:
Gold Dot Personal Protection 10mm Auto: The exclusive Gold Dot construction process gets the most from this power-packed 200-grain self-defense load.
Speer Handloading Manual No. 15: Speer’s largest volume of updated recipes and data for more than 120 legacy cartridges and 13 new cartridges.
Gold Dot Rifle Component Bullets: Self-defense rifle bullets for reloaders. Sold in 13 weight and caliber options.
Grand Slam Rifle Component Bullets: Three new 6.5mm, 243 cal. and 257 cal. hunting bullet options for reloaders.
TMJ Rifle Component Bullets: Two new 224 and 308 cal. Total Metal Jacket bullet options for reloaders.
These new products will be on display at Booth No. 14551 for customers to view and learn product details.
Speer is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Speer, go to

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The Arsenal, Inc. Brand is Here to Stay


For the last 7 days, we have been receiving a barrage of inquiries from our customers, partners, and industry in general regarding the name Arsenal and our brand.  To answer all interested parties, we would like to simply say that Arsenal, Inc. is NOT rebranding.

Rather, we at Arsenal, Inc. are dedicated to bringing to the American market the quality firearms and products that you have come to expect throughout the years.  Arsenal, Inc. is excited for 2018, as it continues being a leader in bringing new and innovative products to our customers, which have for many years associated quality and reliability with the Arsenal brand.

Likewise, we welcome the changes being made at Archon Firearms and are looking forward to seeing the new products they bring to the marketplace.

If you would like to keep current on what is new at Arsenal, Inc., please sign up to receive our newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Please also make sure to visit us at Booth # 11217 at the SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, please contact:
Walker English

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Lyman Products Introduces the New Brass Smith All-American 8 Turret Press

Lyman, an innovator in the field of case preparation and reloading, has introduced the Brass Smith All-American 8™ Turret Press, the most feature-packed, rugged turret press on the market!

Middletown, Conn. (January 2018) – Lyman® Products is proud to introduce the New Brass Smith All-American 8™ Turret Press. The engineers at Lyman spent years considering turret press design and how to produce a quality turret press that was feature rich and increases the efficiency of reloading without having to handle the cases constantly.

The result is the extra-large 8 station turret which is machined out of heavy duty cast iron. It is equipped with an easily removed turret bolt which makes swapping turrets simple. The 8 die station turret is the largest available and will hold two complete 4 die sets or up to four 2 die sets. Below the turret is a rigid cast iron frame, housing a 1″ diameter ram and compound linkage.

The frame is large enough to work with even the longest rifle cartridges. Work the press handle and you will feel the tight precision fit and smooth operation. Unlike many competitive presses, the Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press comes with a newly designed straight line primer feed that is completely reliable and simple to use. Simply push the priming arm forward at the bottom of the ram travel to position it beneath the shell holder. For added safety, the primer feed comes with a heavy steel shield which surrounds the primer tubes. The Brass Smith All-American 8 Turret Press is equipped with a comfortable ball handle which can be positioned for either right or left hand use. The Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press is designed for use with any standard 7/8″x14 thread dies and accepts standard shell holders.

“Whether you are just beginning to reload ammunition or you are an experienced reloader, you’ll find that the All-American 8 Turret Press sets up easily and is faster than single stage presses. Best of all, the new Turret Press is USA made with incredibly high quality and great value,” Trevor Mullen, VP of Global Marketing and Business Development for Lyman Products, said.

Lyman® Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press Specifications:

  • Heavy duty cast iron frame and turret
  • Extra-large 8 station turret is easily removed to make swapping turrets simple
  • Holds two complete 4 die sets or up to four 2 die sets
  • 1″ diameter ram
  • Comes with straight line primer feed with large and small primer tubes
  • Precision fit and smooth operation
  • Large press opening, works with the largest cases
  • For added safety, the primer feed comes with a heavy steel shield which surrounds the primer tubes
  • Right or left-hand operation
  • Durable powder coat finish
  • Weighs 23 pounds
  • Proudly made in the USA at Lyman Products
  • MSRP: $249.95

Visit Lyman at www.lymanproducts.com.

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Franklin Armory Announces REFORMATION


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DoubleStar International Announces the Brimstone Folding Knife

An Every Day Carry folder with exceptional value and a uniquely designed pommel for comfort, positive grip and looks.

Winchester, Ky. (January 2018) – DoubleStar International, a division of DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, is pleased to announce the launch of the Brimstone Folding Knife. Imported everyday carry folding knives are available everywhere, but not all of them have the versatility and quality construction you find in the Brimstone Folding Knife. DoubleStar has collaborated with Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, LLC to develop the Brimstone Folding Knife to look and feel like a custom knife without the custom price or wait.

“Mike has worked with some of the best knife companies in our industry, including Spyderco®, Blade-Tech™, 5.11 Tactical® and as an owner and co-founder of FOX Knives. He is truly passionate about knife design and has provided his genius to the development of many edged tools throughout his illustrious career. It is truly an honor to work with him on the Brimstone Folding Knife for our customers,” said Robert Cabrera, Director and Designer of DoubleStar Corp.’s Edged Weapon Division.

Vellekamp has 25 years of production knife-making and design experience, bringing this knowledge and expertise to his company V Nives.

Brimstone Folding Knife Specifications:

  • Steel: D2 Tool Steel
  • Overall Length: 8″
  • Edge Length: 3.5″
  • Blade Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Boxed Weight: 7.1 oz.
  • Handle Material: Machined G10
  • Handle Length: 4.75″
  • Folder Type: Liner lock
  • Liner Material: Steel
  • Finish: Satin or black coated
  • MSRP: $74.99

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

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Limited Edition Casio PRO TEK Scheduled for March Release

Casio has announced a limited 1,500-unit run of its Smart Outdoor Watch Series models WSD-F20-WE with new fluorite white coloring. The fluorite white scheme is inspired by the color of crystalline fluorite, which is sometimes used as a raw material in outdoor wear. The white color features a clear-coat to give a deep multilayer finish with crystalline-like depth.

The planned release date for Casio’s new watch is March 2018 but there is no fixed date as of this writing. M.S.R.P. has yet to be announced but you can expect a $500+ price tag. Nice looking watch!

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FULL CONCEAL, the Company that Introduced the "Folding Semi-Auto," Partners with Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM)

Visit FULL CONCEAL at the 2018 SHOT Show at booth #1850

Las Vegas, Nev. (January 2018)FULL CONCEAL™, innovators behind the first concealable full-sized, folding semi-auto pistol, has announced a partnership with the public relations and marketing firm of Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM). LBM’s extensive media contacts and deep reach into the shooting sports market will increase FULL CONCEAL’s brand awareness through the sales channels to the end user.

“The genius behind the FULL CONCEAL M3 (Model 3) Pistol design is what the conceal carry market has been after for some time, being able to comfortably and practically conceal, as well as easily deploy, a full-sized pistol safely, all while providing more than standard ammunition capacity (firepower),” Laura Burgess, president of LBM explained. “We are looking forward to bringing these unique products into the general public, including the personal protection, outdoorsmen, survivalists’ markets and government sectors to give them an option to get the best of both worlds, exhibiting full concealability and maximized firepower.”

“FULL CONCEAL introduced its first product prototypes at the 2017 SHOT Show and debuted the M3 at TriggrCon, held this past July in Tacoma, Washington,” Mike Full, inventor, founder and CEO of FULL CONCEAL stated. “Since then, we have received tremendous interest and support throughout the firearms industry for our M3 folding semi-auto pistol. After a lengthy prototyping and testing period to develop a very safe, efficient and effective new firearm system, we began shipping the new M3 models to retailers in November of last year. We are looking forward to gaining more exposure through multiple markets and continuing to develop new and unparalleled products that provide our customers new options they would have never considered before with any other product.”

The concept of the folding semi-auto pistol was driven by a need to have all the benefits of a full-size pistol, including firepower and round count, yet still be a concealable pistol that is quick to deploy. While many conceal carry pistols compromise on caliber size, ammo capacity, grip control, sight picture, short barrel and recoil, the ingenious M3 design keeps all the benefits of a full-sized pistol, and further maximizes the ammo capacity to (21+1) rounds of 9mm, while keeping the entire weapon system to the footprint of an iPhone 7 Plus cell phone (approximately).

Intended for users to carry a live round in the chamber and be ready to deploy quickly ready to fire, the M3G19 has a proprietary folding trigger that provides an additional safety feature that mechanically prevents the M3G19 from discharging (with a live round in the chamber) while folded. FULL CONCEAL’s M3G19 for the GLOCK 19 is available for $1,399.00 MSRP.

“We have new products already in the works, all of them engineered to meet the demands of our public with focus on safety and reliability. We are looking forward to meeting distributors, retailers and the media at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas,” Full said.

Learn more about FULL CONCEAL’s M1 and M3 folding semi-auto pistols on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. See all the products at www.fullconceal.com

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Friday’s Shoot the Shit

Image result for Shoot the shitIt’s Friday and time for our weekly (most of the time) shoot the shit. Yep, 2017 is behind us and boy what a year it was, but 2018 is looking pretty good. This is our first Shoot the Shit in the new year, so let’s have a little fun with this thing!

For the new readers, a shoot the shit is an event that you all can participate in, even if you know nothing about the topics being discussed. You can make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. It’s a great chance to vent without paying a jackass who studied a behavioral “science” solely so they could understand themselves. The perfect support for my jackass assertion  is the Yale Psychiatrist professor who pronounced President Trump as mentally unfit, in absentia. Never met the man and he’s unfit?

Shame on the American Psychological  and American Psychiatric Associations. These organizations should do a much better job of self-policing and enforcing professional standards. It’s like Anderson’s theory of anonymous therapy; far too many of these folks are not just inept, they’re also morons and should be excreted from the profession. Terrible!

So, let’s get started!

Makin BaconPresident Trump is pulling both parties together to  work on immigration legislation. During the course of a televised meeting held on 9 January 2018, the President dips into his deal making quiver pulling out the “Earmark” arrow. Those of you familiar with the legislative process, earmarks are interchangeably called pork. The way pork works is you provide funding, or other incentive, benefitting a member or members of Congress, as part of a bill to get passage. Most members of Congress have moved away from that practice but today’s mention of that was undoubtedly  an aphrodisiac to the Democrats. I propose that we draw from the Height-Ashbury  days to rebrand the concept and call it”Makin Bacon.”

Moving right along, one of our readers sent us a joke we thought was pretty good…

Co-joined twins walk into a bar in Canada and park
themselves on a bar stool.

One of them says to the bartender, “Don’t mind us; we’re joined at the hip.
I’m  John, he’s Jim.
Two Molson Canadian beers, draft please.”
The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite
conversation while pouring the beers.
“Been on vacation yet, fellas?”

“Off to England next month,” says John.   “We go to England every
year, rent a car, and drive for miles and miles, don’t we, Jim?” Jim nods.
“Ah, England!” says the bartender. “Wonderful country. ..the history,
the culture, and especially the beer.”
“Nah, we don’t like that British crap”, says John. “Hamburgers and
Molson’s beer, that’s for us, eh Jim?  And we can’t stand the English
people, they’re so arrogant and rude.”
“So why keep going to England?” asks the bartender.

John replies: “Gives Jim a chance to drive…”

On to North Korea…

Image result for north korea North Korea continues to be problematic, even with the NOKO / SOKO dialogue over the upcoming Olympics. It’s not my job, and I have total confidence in POTUS and his cabinet, but I worry about NOKO and where they are, currently, in the nuclear weapon and delivery system development. Dialogue with NOKO, reminds me of the hackneyed dating question “ Will you still respect me in the morning?”

The reality is that NOKO is holding SOKO hostage. The NOKO regime literally has a gun to SOKO’s head and any military action against NOKO could lead to thousands of  SOKO lives lost. Think of what that number will look like if instead of artillery a nuclear tipped missile is involved. NOKO also understands that any attack on SOKO would result in the destruction of the NOKO regime. The classic Mexican Standoff! It’s important to understand that allowing NOKO to move forward with their development also places our ability to respond at risk.

To be effective, NOKO need only detonate a nuclear device 500km above the earth’s surface to impact the United States, coast-to-coast, with a High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse. The EMP would likely put out of commission commercial and military satellite earth stations as well as damage some of the lower layer space assets.

Our most important tool in dealing with NOKO and their nuclear weapon development is their own fear of regime change. It is a high risk game but if unaddressed it only gets worse.

For your reading enjoyment, I’ve provided an excerpt from “Threats to United States Space Capabilities” by Tom Wilson, Space Commission Staff Member.

“…The detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude (above 20-50 km)(26) will produce two devastating effects. The first is High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP), principally of concern to the satellite’s ground segment. Second would be a significant increase in the level of LEO ambient radiation, enough to severely damage nearby satellites and shorten the lifetimes of satellites in LEO from years to months or less.

The detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude (above 20-50 km)(26) will produce two devastating effects. The first is High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP), principally of concern to the satellite’s ground segment. Second would be a significant increase in the level of LEO ambient radiation, enough to severely damage nearby satellites and shorten the lifetimes of satellites in LEO from years to months or less.

The HEMP signal from a high altitude nuclear burst propagates through the line of sight of the burst. The propagation manifests itself in the form of fairly large magnetic fields over very large areas. For example, detonating a multi-megaton thermonuclear weapon at 100 km over Omaha, Nebraska would cover a circular region with a diameter stretching from Kentucky to Colorado. If the altitude were increased to 500km, the entire continental U.S. would be covered by the HEMP electric field. The effect of the HEMP signal is to cause significant upset, degradation and permanent damage to electrical systems. The extent of the damage depends on weapon yield and design, burst altitude and the characteristics of the exposed electronic equipment. (27)

From the perspective of the ground segment, HEMP is the principal concern from a high altitude nuclear detonation. However, satellites in line-of-sight of the detonation will also feel some effects. Direct radiation can upset or damage satellite electronics and other components. This situation occurs when electrons produced by the nuclear explosion penetrate the interior of the satellite and deposit their charge, building up large electric fields on dielectrics, including printed circuit boards, solar cell cover slips and thermal control materials (paints, thermal blankets or second surface mirrors). These fields eventually may exceed the breakdown strength of the material and cause a discharge to occur. Energy from the discharge can couple directly into electronic components and cause upset or burnout.(28)


Let’s Talk about Oprah!

You may have heard all the chatter coming out of the recent Golden Globe Awards; specifically, the idea that Oprah Winfrey was going to be running for President against Donald Trump in 2020. The media and entertainment industry salivary glands shifted into high speed, but here is what’s wrong with that concept.

As a Department head, one of the difficulties I had to deal with was the concept of banded, or tier, compensation schedules. In order for me to increase an employee’s salary, I had to promote them. The net effect of this guideline is that I ended elevating an exceptional technician  into a poor supervisor or line manager.  The same holds true for Oprah. She  is an accomplished individual and a great philanthropist, why would you want to promote her to poor politician. the world needs more Oprah(s) as she is today!

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Nighthawk Custom Releases the Ladyhawk 2.0

Nighthawk Custom, is pleased to announce its first of several new models for 2018, by revamping the top selling Ladyhawk line. The new Ladyhawk 2.0 is the first major upgrade to this series of pistols. The slim framed commander sized gun has been a huge hit with women who desire high quality handguns designed for smaller hands.

Available in both 9mm and 45acp, as no cost options, this gun supports full powered modern ammunition in a thin framed package. What makes the Ladyhawk 2.0 different however, are it’s aesthetic elements. Shooters have been asking for more feminine colors and stys to match the unique craftsmanship provided by Nighthawk Custom. The Ladyhawk 2.0 marries modern coating options like DLC and Rose Gold TICN with Obsidian, Abalone and Zinc.

Here are just some of the features:

• Finish: DLC with Rose Gold TICN finish on controls and barrel
• Grips – Custom Obsidian, Abalone, and Zinc
• Forged commander size frame and 4.25″ barrel (also available with an officer size frame)
• Match grade 9mm barrel (also available in .45 ACP as a no-cost option)
• Heinie Slant Pro Straight Eight Tritium night sights
• Thinned front strap and mainspring housing
• Serrated slide top
• Scalloped front strap and mainspring housing
• 40 lines per inch serrated rear of slide to match rear sight
• Shortened slide stop and beveled frame
• Crowned barrel flush with bushing
• Lightweight aluminum Nighthawk Custom tri-cavity trigger
• New ultra hi-cut front strap
• Completely dehorned for comfortable carry
• Heinie recoil spring plug

Retail price on the Nighthawk Custom Ladyhawk 2.0 is $4695 with dealer and online orders being fulfilled starting today.

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Anteris Alliance Try & Buy Event Announces Veteran/First Responder Concert!

The Alliance will be hosting their annual event January 21, 2018 at Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada, where dealers, Alliance members and qualified media and attendees can see, touch and try an array of products during a live-fire event.

Post Falls, ID (January 2018)Anteris Alliance, will host their annual Try & Buy event at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, NV, on 21 Jan 2018. The event details and ticket options can be found under the Try & Buy tab at www.anterisalliance.com. The event will bring together the host of Alliance companies and many industry friends as well.  It will be open to Outdoor Industry Buyers, 2A Industry and National media, International buyers, Law Enforcement and Government buyers, FLEOA members and all Anteris Alliance Lifetime Membership coin holders. A very special silent auction will be held to benefit the FLEOA Foundation. 

After the range closes, the event will launch into an EPIC Concert and After Party featuring:

GET YOUR EVENT AND AFTER PARTY TICKETS AT –https://anterisalliance.com/product/try-buy-event/.

Follow Anteris Alliance on social media on all major platforms – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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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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