OUR TOP 5 PISTOL PICKS FROM SHOT SHOW 2018

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At the top of my list is Glock’s 19X, which is visually attractive and comes with all of the right bells and whistles to make it an exceptional offering from Glock. The company has improved the grip texture, added a “real” lanyard loop, extended the slide stop lever, forgot all about the external safety and included the Glock marksman barrel. I had the opportunity to run through a couple of magazines on Range Day and fell in love with the pistol.

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Number 2 on my list is SIG SAUER’s new P365. This is the pistol the industry sees as the Glock 43 slayer. The P365 embodies SIG commitment to excellence in a package that’s chambered in 9 mm with a 10 +1 capacity. SIG’s micro-compact offering has front and rear slide serrations, excellent grip and a very nice trigger. The P365 will give Glock 43 a run for its money, no question about it.

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Third on my list and a close tie with SIG’s P365 is Walther’s PPS M2. This pistol is classic Walther! Extraordinary ergonomics everything from the grip to the front and rear slide serrations scream Walther Arms. The trigger is easily the best out of the box trigger of any pistol on the market. I particularly liked the oversized rear sight which makes it easier to perform a charging operation should one hand be disabled. Metal sights, extended magazine release and 3 magazine options are just icing on this cake. In live fire, the PPS M2 is comfortable and controllable and its excellent trigger makes it a joy to shoot.

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Fourth, is Beretta’s APX. Grasping a Beretta APX is like putting on a tailor made suit, everything fits just right, even its aggressive slide serrations are extremely well implemented and make slide manipulations very smooth. I could have done without the somewhat aggressive finger grooves but that was more than compensated for by Beretta’s decision to serialize the trigger group and not the frame. Their choice makes it possible to change frame sizes and colors along with opening the doors to caliber changes using the same serialized trigger group. I’ve heard complaints about APX’s striker deactivator and the take down procedure which are quite candidly petty. The mechanism is designed to prevent disassembly of the pistol if the striker is still loaded (under spring pressure) thus eliminating the possibility of releasing the striker on a potentially loaded chamber. The APX is chambered in 9mm and offers a 17+1 capacity. Beretta is also making the APX in a .40S&W with a 15+1 capacity. The APX is a superb full size offering suitable for both LE and military application.

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The number five spot goes to Heckler & Koch’s VP9 Tactical. This version is identical to the rest of the VP line with the only difference being the threaded polygonal bore profile minus the traditional o-ring. The trigger is excellent and typical of the VP series. Again, the finger grooves did not float my boat but that was compensated for by the inclusion of the rear cocking supports. When operating the VP with a glove hand the cocking supports come in very handy. All controls are fully ambidextrous . The VP9 Tactical is available in 15+1 9mm and 13+1 .40S&W configurations. An excellent pistol in all respects.

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Our Thoughts on the Parkland School Shootings

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The Parkland school shootings stand as a national tragedy. Seventeen lives were snuffed out and fourteen others injured through the actions of a criminal who’s sole desire was to elevate his self esteem. Our heartfelt condolences go out to those students and family members who lost a friend, classmate or sibling.

Where have we gone to as a society? I grew up  in a time when an individual of legal age could walk into a store and purchase a firearm and ammunition by simply presenting a government issued i.d. There were no mass killings. If you had a problem with someone at school, it was usually resolved with a face to face encounter behind the bleachers, but what  troubles me even more than our current social fabric is the prosaic exploitation of a national tragedy to advance a political agenda.

Readers, if the availability of guns were a valid causation for violence,  there would have been mass shootings when I was growing up but there were none that I can think of. What the hell has gone wrong? We have more gun legislation and restrictions than ever before yet we experience these senseless acts of violence. Guns aren’t the drivers behind a behavior that trivializes human life. Enter technology.

Over the years, responsible parenting has been disappearing; increasingly, mothers and fathers have substituted active parental supervision with laptops, PlayStations, and smartphones all of which can either be enablers, or the gates of hell. Social media interactions has replaced human interaction and social media has been weaponized to hurt and malign. It’s become more important to get a large number of likes than it is to develop people skills.

Kids, of all ages are vulnerable because of their lack of cognitive skills to assess and process what they are being exposed to on the world wide web, and without continuous and intrusive parental supervision they are rudderless and vulnerable to toxic ideas and affiliations. Online, unsupervised kids can receive instruction on building explosive devices, identify soft targets, tactics, or even recruited.  This is today’s environment. So, how do we protect our most vulnerable from potential carnage?

You do what the Israelis have successfully done, identify and harden soft targets. Restricting guns or gun types are ineffective when the perpetrator can go on Facebook and learn how to construct a pressure cooker bomb. Remember what economics teaches us, when you are hungry and can’t find a hamburger you’ll eat a hot dog – they call it substitution. Substitution is not an excuse it is functional and very real! The change we are looking for does not start with Congress it starts at home with moms and dads.

Our prayers go out to your friends, classmates and families !

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The New Kalashnikov Assault Rifle AK-15 In Action!

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World of Beretta T.V. Features John Chapman on Shooting While on Your Back

 

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Steyr Arms Kicks Off Its New Training Academy

BESSEMER, Ala. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Steyr Arms has announced the first 2018 dates for the new Steyr Arms Training Academy at the company’s headquarters in Bessemer, Ala. Led by Academy Director Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta, the first two courses, SPR-I (Steyr Precision Rifle) and SPA (Steyr Precision Armorer), will be conducted March 9 through 11 and March 30 through April 1, respectively, with more courses slated for May.

Fontcuberta, a native of Spain, is a world champion long-range competitor with more than 25 years of experience as a military and law enforcement sniper trainer and armorer. His name is probably most recognizable from his frequent writing in national firearm magazines and his book, 100+ Sniper Exercises. In order to provide more personal-trainer-like sessions with ample individual instruction, Fontcuberta is limiting each of the three-day courses to a maximum seven students. Each of the courses will provide students with a total of more than 24 hours of intensive instruction.

The SPR-I course is meant to provide students with theoretical knowledge, shooting practice and the ballistic skills needed to reach each Steyr rifle’s accuracy potential. The course covers the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, creation of extremely accurate paper and electronic tables, as well as understanding of how different factors affect shooting. During the dynamic classroom sessions as well as range practice, Fontcuberta will adapt to the students’ needs while covering all the components of successful long-range shooting, including equipment selection and refinement, proper zeroing techniques, zero-distance selection, scope and rifle accuracy testing, wind estimation, new hardware, and ballistics know-how and software options. A Steyr Logbook is also included with the course. Students who don’t own a Steyr rifle prior to the course can rent a Steyr Pro THB rifle, and other rifle models will be available on request. By the end of the course, students will be able to operate on their own with supreme confidence when shooting targets or hunting.

Rather than a typical parts-replacement class, the SPA course focuses on the art of assembling and maintaining a precision rifle to include all special needs, optics, ammunition, and complex adjustments. Fontcuberta will provide students the knowledge to gain 100-percent effectiveness from their Steyr precision rifles, as well as complete repairs and keep them performing at competition/sniper standards. The course will cover all the maintenance, replacement, disassembly and re-assembly procedures, trigger adjustment and even barrel changes. Students will also learn about scope-rail selection, scope-base types, proper mounting of optics and night-vision systems and advanced stock adjustment and how to test and evaluate a scope system. In addition, the course will cover advanced zero procedures for armorers, no-shooting field zero and how to create custom tables adapted to the scope, ammunition and performance for each individual rifle setup. Students will also be able to test-fire their work both at Steyr’s indoor test range as well as on a 600-yard outdoor range.

Tuition for each course is $995, and Fontcuberta has plans for future courses that will focus on other Steyr firearms platforms and their employment. For more information on the Steyr Arms Training Academy and the courses offered, visit http://steyrarms.com/academy/.

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

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MasterPiece Arms Introduces the MPA BA Hybrid Chassis

From hunting to F-Class and everything in between, the MPA BA Hybrid Chassis provides a light platform that can be customized to the shooter’s needs.

Comer, Ga. (February 2018)MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, is pleased to introduce the MPA BA Hybrid Chassis. Based on the highly successful BA Chassis System, the Hybrid Chassis base weighs in at just below 3 lbs. It has been designed to give the shooter a variety of different applications in which his or her rifle can be used, whether it be for different hunting scenarios or for competing in F-Class (FTR), where weight restriction on the overall weight of the rifle assembly is a vital factor. Watch the YouTube video below:

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Masterpiece Arms MPA Hybrid Chassis

“We wanted to come up with a chassis that had the footprint of our standard BA Chassis but was lighter than our BA Lite Chassis. We’ve extended the forend and have made it lighter. We call it the Hybrid because it gives the shooter the ability to utilize this chassis in a number of different applications and can also can be modified for weight by using our new Weight Tuning System,” said Phil Cashin, president of MasterPiece Arms.

For the shooter who wants to use all the many benefits the Hybrid offers for hunting applications, it provides the reduced weight needed, whether hunting white tail from a tree stand or blind or hiking deep into the back country. The weight of the chassis will not be a limiting factor. For the F-Class shooter, this ultra-precision chassis allows for more weight to be placed onto other areas of the rifle, providing the shooter with his or her desired accuracy performance without being hamstrung due to the weight of the stock.

The Precision Rifle Series (PRS) shooter can also utilize all the game changing technology MPA includes in the chassis design that has propelled MPA to the most used rifle stock or chassis by the best shooters in the PRS (according to the 2017 PRS Finale Gear Survey). One incredible enhancement that can be added to the Hybrid design is the MPA Weight Tuning System. This gives the shooter the ability to take this 2.9 lbs. chassis and increase the weight up to 7 lbs., as well as alter the balance point of the rifle assembly.

The chassis is machined on MPA’s CNC Horizontal Machining Centers to exacting tolerances from 6061 aluminum. MPA’s unique pocketing system reduces weight and increases the structural integrity of the chassis. At an astonishing 2.9 lbs. with no recoil pad, this unique chassis system provides a super precise platform for the Remington 700 Short and Long (and all deviants, such as Curtis Custom, Stillers TAC, Surgeon 591, Mausingfield, Kelbys, Impact Precision, Big Horn and many others), Savage and Howa Short or Long Actions, Tikka Short Action (T3) and Badger M2013. New inlets are being added frequently.

The MPA produced buttstock includes an adjustable length of pull, recoil pad with height and cant adjustment and adjustable cheek riser. The upper night vision bridge can be added as an accessory and provides a seat for a Picatinny rail. A matching rail is mounted to the bottom of the chassis, giving the shooter plenty of rail space for a variety of enhancements.

MPA BA Hybrid Chassis Specifications:

  • V-Bedding System
  • EVG Pistol Grip
  • Bag Rider
  • Lower Picatinny Rail
  • Multiple QD Sling Swivel Locations
  • User Located Side Rails (option)
  • Adjustable Length of Pull: 13.5 – 14.75″ (shorter or longer LOP available upon request)
  • Recoil Pad is Adjustable for Height and Cant
  • Built-In Leveling System (inclinometer)
  • Machined Thumb Notch
  • Compatible with any AICS type magazine (mag not included)
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs. (without recoil pad. There are a variety of recoil pads available.)
  • MSRP starts at $825.00

The MPA Hybrid Chassis is available in black, burnt bronze, flat dark earth, gunmetal, marine red, NRA blue, sniper green and tungsten. All chassis are Cerakoted® in a multitude of colors. Solid colors are included. Custom Cerakote colors have a $135 upcharge for the chassis body and $65 for the barreled action.

MPA makes every effort to get the product to the customer as quickly as possible. Please allow eight to 12 weeks before delivery from date of order as these are hand-built precision instruments and not production components.

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of rifles, chassis systems and accessories, visit www.masterpiecearms.com.

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STREAMLIGHT® INTRODUCES PROTAC® HL 5-X USB

Brightest Addition to Tactical Light Series Offers 3,500 Lumens, Multi-Fuel Options

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 15, 2018 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac® HL 5-X USB rechargeable system, the newest and brightest addition to the ProTac® series of tactical lights.  Delivering up to 3,500 lumens, the new light comes with two of Streamlight’s new 18650 lithium ion batteries with an integrated micro USB charging port and a charge cord.  A ProTac HL 5-X with four CR123A batteries is also available.

The ProTac HL 5-X USB offers three selectable programs and is powered by either two rechargeable 18650 USB batteries or four 3-volt CR123A lithium disposable batteries. This multi-fuel capability enables users to charge the light on the go, or insert cell batteries when a charging source is not available.

“The ProTac HL 5-X USB is one of the brightest tactical lights on the market, with flexible battery options for every situation,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “The ideal hand-held flood light, the ProTac HL 5-X USB lets you see what is all around you, including hard-to-reach perimeters and corners.”

The ProTac HL 5-X USB uses the latest in power LED technology for extreme brightness.  When using 18650 batteries, it delivers 3,500 lumens on high, and a run time of one hour and 15 minutes. It also provides 2,500 lumens and a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes on the high setting when using CR123A batteries.  Run times on low are 10 hours and 30 minutes, and 11 hours and 30 minutes, respectively.

The light features a TEN-TAP® programmable switch, which allows for user selection from among three programs: high/strobe/low (factory default); high only; or low/medium/high.

Fabricated from 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish, the ProTac HL 5-X USB features a multi-function, push-button tactical tail switch that permits one-handed operation. It also has a “sure grip” rubber sleeve to ensure users never lose their grip.

The ProTac HL 5-X USB is 9.53 inches in length and weighs 1 pound, 2.4 ounces with four CR123A batteries and 1 pound, 3.4 ounces with two 18650 rechargeable batteries.  The light has an IPX7-rated design for waterproof operation to one meter for 30 minutes, and is impact resistance-tested to one meter.

Available in black, the ProTac  HL 5-X USB and the ProTac HL 5-X have MSRPs of $175.00 and $145.00, respectively.  Both come with a lanyard and Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Savage Gives Hunters Field-Ready Combo Package with New 110 Engage Hunter XP

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – February 15, 2018 – Savage is pleased to offer hunters and other serious shooters a new field-ready rifle-and-optics package that combines the company’s proven Model 110 platform with a factory-mounted, bore-sighted Bushnell Engage scope. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.
Length-of-pull on the 110 Engage Hunter XP is easily customized to fit any shooter for comfort and consistency, and the user-adjustable AccuTrigger provides a light, crisp pull. The rifle’s improved ergonomics get even more accuracy from its legendary 110 action, floating bolt head, and thread-in, zero-tolerance headspace system, while the optic’s drop-compensating reticle makes it easier to place precise shots at longer ranges.
Features & Benefits
• Adjustable length-of-pull
• User-adjustable AccuTrigger
• New Model 110 design and ergonomics
• Detachable box magazine
• Black synthetic stock
• Matte blued barrel
• Weaver Grand Slam rings and bases
• Bushnell Engage 3-9x40mm scope with drop-compensating reticle, mounted and boresighted
Part No. / Description / MSRP
57010 / 243 Win., 22-inch barrel / $629
57011 / 6.5 Creedmoor, 22-inch barrel / $629
57012 / 7mm-08 Rem., 22-inch barrel / $629
57013 / 260 Rem., 22-inch barrel / $629
57014 / 308 Win., 22-inch barrel / $629
57015 / 270 WSM, 24-inch barrel / $629
57016 / 300 WSM, 24-inch barrel / $629
57017 / 338 Federal, 22-inch barrel / $629
57027 / 25-06 Rem., 22-inch barrel / $629
57028 / 270 Win. 22-inch barrel / $629
57029 / 6.5X284 NORMA, 24-inch barrel / $629
57030 / 30-06 Sprg., 22-inch barrel / $629
57031 / 7mm Rem. Mag., 24-inch barrel / $629
57032 / 300 Win. Mag., 24-inch barrel / $629
57033 / 338 Win. Mag., 24-inch barrel / $629
57144 / 280 Ackley Improved, 22-inch barrel / $629
Savage is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage, visit
www.savagearms.com.

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The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Delivers Successful Sold-Out Training Sessions at SHOT Show 2018

The NTOA offered four sold-out sessions and co-hosted a very well attended full day of critical incident debriefs during SHOT Show’s Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP).

Doylestown, Pa. (February 2018) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce its four NTOA training sessions offered at SHOT Show 2018, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23-26, 2018, were some of the most highly demanded sessions available, selling out well before the show debuted. The NTOA also teamed up with SHOT Show to co-host a very well attended full day of critical incident debriefs taught by subject matter experts from around the United States.

The NTOA taught four seminars on current hot topics, including Top Tactical Concepts for Law Enforcement Operations, Active Shooter Update and the Advanced Police Officer, Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Subjects and The Future of Tactical Patrol Operations.

“Year after year we see our sessions sell out during the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) portion of SHOT Show, which demonstrates that the demand for quality, credible and proven training tactics is only increasing. We are honored to be included in this effort and are happy to contribute to the ultimate goal of enhancing the performance and professional status of our law enforcement brethren through our training resources. We look forward to coming back to LEEP in 2019 with even more dynamic sessions,” remarked Don Kester, the NTOA’s Director of Training and Education.

As part of LEEP, participants receive a certificate of attendance upon completion, confirming course participation and documenting their training. The LEEP program focuses on the most contemporary law enforcement challenges and technology advancements.

The NTOA is proud to offer training sessions during the annual SHOT Show and contribute to the law enforcement attendance rise year after year. This year’s SHOT Show saw the addition of a fourth NTOA training session (up from three in 2017), as well as the newly added full day of critical incident debriefs, and continued demand for more information and sessions from its attendees.

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

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Mini Me, Trojans and Collusion

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It’s Friday and time for our shoot the shit. I just got over the flu and I must tell you, you don’t want to go through this. Where did I pick it up? On a crowded flight back from Las Vegas. Two morons coughing up a storm without covering their mouths and an airline that didn’t offer them a face mask.

This is our first shoot the shit for the year. We do this because we want to keep you from paying $150, or more, per hour to a jackass who studied psychology because they could bullshit their way through class or wanted to understand themselves. Readers wishing to participate, can make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone they wish or change the subject altogether. You can’t beat that with a stick, so let’s get started.

There’s so much crap to talk about that its hard to pick one or two topics to dissect and have some fun with, but we’ll role with a couple you may find interesting.

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off in PyeongChang, South Korea and after observing the sitting arrangements, I have to believe the U.S. Secret Service was freaking out…

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Sitting behind Vice President Pence was none other than Kim Jung Un’s (a.k.a. Mini Me) sister, Kim Yo Jong – who is a good looking chick! Knowing how Kim Jung Un took out his half-brother, she could have taken the V.P. out with a VX gas vaginal discharge or through the expulsion of intestinal putrefaction. I wonder who was responsible for that arrangement?

If that’s not enough for you, have you seen the Trojan Bareskin Valentine’s Day commercial? Whoever came up with this should be using them as hats or water balloon party favors!

Last but not least is the Russian collusion saga. Everybody has a theory, if this isn’t a total cluster-hump I don’t know what is. Here’s our analysis…

  1. Any idea that Russia was conspiring against Hillary Clinton is nonsense. The Russians had the Clintons already compromised. Bill Clinton’s $500,000 speaking engagement in Russia and the $140,000,000 foundation donation after the Uranium transaction while Hillary Clinton was at State made the Clinton’s far more pliable than Donald J Trump. The only possible reason why Russia would try to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign is payback for U.S. intervention in the Ukraine – recall our attempt to depose Viktor Yanukovych.
  2. Christopher Steele is a fall guy. Mr. Steele was recruited solely because  his MI6 curriculum vitae allowed him to feed the FBI a phony dossier, and made it possible for him to leak information to the media with credibility under auspices of “working” for the FBI. Making that feeding easier is the fact that, allegedly, senior DOJ and FBI officials were plainly anti-Trump. Furthermore, it’s quite likely that Steele also seeded social media to create the illusion of direct Russian intervention. Adding to this already complex equation was knowledge that Mr. Steele’s extradition and questioning by U.S. lawmakers was unlikely to occur.
  3. The Russians have always had very active clandestine operations and it is quite possible they observed and possibly attempted to influence public opinion in our 2016 election, but no more so than any other nation state in the course of conducting foreign policy agendas.

What I find interesting with the entire collision / interference idea is that at no time, prior to the 2016 election, have voters been informed of possible interference in U.S. elections by foreign powers. Collusion and interference allegations only surface in 2016. If Russia and other foreign powers have been interfering for some time with our electoral processes, one should think officials would have exposed that activity to American voters; yet it only surfaces in 2016. Go figure!

I’ll end by reminding citizens of Obi Wan Kenobi’s line from the Starwars film “A New Hope”, circa 1977…

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. He can go about his business. Move along…

Stay alert, stay engaged and have a great weekend. Spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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PGM Precision Is Now Offering a 6.5 Creedmore Chambering

The strong points that make this caliber a small revolution are:

  • Low recoil
  • High accuracy
  • High ballistic coefficient
  • Supersonic beyond 1200 m!
  • Works in the magazine of the Ultima Ratio

In addition, the components are easy to find and several major manufacturers offer Match-quality manufactured ammunition at a reasonable price. Available from now on in Intervention barrel.

Power up your Ultima Ratio or Ludis with this caliber specially designed for long distance shooting!

Info, advice and order: francois@pgmprecision.com

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Adaptive Tactical Releases its ‘Orange Less Lethal’ EX Performance Forend and Adjustable Style Stock for Mossberg® Shotguns

Optimized and readily identifiable for “less lethal” law enforcement applications, Adaptive Tactical is currently the only company offering a less than lethal stock in an adjustable stock configuration.

Nampa, Idaho (February 2018)Adaptive Tactical, LLC, manufacturers of innovative firearm stocks and accessories, has released its new ‘Orange Less Lethal’ EX Performance Forend and Adjustable Style Stock compatible with Mossberg® 500, 88 and 590 series 12g pump shotguns. This is a requested follow up to the ‘Orange Less Lethal’ EX Performance Forend and Adjustable Style Stock for the Remington® 870 12g pump shotgun model, which was released in 2017. The highly visible bright orange easily marks the shotgun for use in ‘less lethal’ law enforcement applications, while the adjustable stock feature is ideal for compact storage in vehicles. It also provides a better fit for all officer sizes.

“Currently, we are the only company on the market making less than lethal stocks in an adjustable stock configuration, and that is a responsibility and honor we do not take lightly. Law enforcement and security professionals, as well as members of the military, have one of the most important jobs: to keep us safe and protect us from harm. We listen to our customers and create products they demand, and the ‘Orange Less Lethal’ EX Performance Forend and Adjustable Style Stock for Mossberg shotguns was no different. We hope this new product will create a more ergonomic, customizable and tactical shotgun for our brothers and sisters in blue,” said Gary Cauble, Director of Sales and Marketing for Adaptive Tactical.

Optimized and readily identifiable for ‘less lethal’ law enforcement and tactical operations, the ‘Orange Less Lethal’ EX Performance Forend and Adjustable Style Stock comes with a number of advanced design features specifically tailored to pump shotguns. This sleek industrial design features a two-inch Picatinny rail hidden under the nose cap. Once uncovered, it allows for the attachment of tactical accessories, such as lasers and lights. Made in the U.S.A., the stock and forend are constructed from high-impact, lightweight polymer and are designed with owner installation in mind. The M4-style stock has an oversized extra strength adjustment pin and an integrated QD swivel attachment with a molded-in, non-rust standard sling swivel attachment for secure mounting to various sling systems. In addition, the adjustable stock has excellent ergonomics and comes with a pistol grip that includes an easy-to-reach rapid adjust lever for custom length-of-pull. It also includes a nonslip vented rubber recoil pad, which allows for maximum recoil absorption. MSRP $129.99.

The EX Performance Stock Set is also available in black and popular camouflage patterns for Remington® and Mossberg 500, 88 and 590 series shotguns. A drop-in replacement AR Rear Stock (RAS) is also available for AR15/AR10 carbines or other shotguns and rifles utilizing Mil-Spec sized extension tubes.

Department and Agency pricing available. For more information, please call 208-442-8000 or email sales@adaptivetactical.com. Test and Evaluations samples are also available with formal request to verified law enforcement personnel and journalists.

For more information on Adaptive Tactical and other shotgun accessories, or for dealer inquiries, visit www.adaptivetactical.com.

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Speer Secures Long-Term Ammunition Contract from French National Police

LEWISTON, Idaho – February 14, 2018 – The French National Police recently awarded Speer with a long-term contract for its 124-grain, 9mm Luger Gold Dot Duty ammunition. This contract reflects the company’s industry-leading technologies and longstanding commitment to excellence.
“The French National Police are one of the world’s finest law enforcement agencies. We’re proud to provide Speer Gold Dot for their duty ammunition needs,” said Jason Nash, Senior Director of Marketing, “and are honored they selected us for this important contract.”
Gold Dot was the first handgun ammunition loaded with true, bonded-core bullets. Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor construction process bonds the jacket to the alloyed lead core one atom at a time. This process virtually eliminates core-jacket separation while guaranteeing uniform jacket thickness for superior accuracy.
Each Gold Dot hollow-point cavity is tuned by caliber and bullet weight to ensure optimum expansion and penetration. Additional Gold Dot features include ultra-reliable CCI primers, plus high-powered, clean-burning propellants and nickel-plated brass cases for smooth function and extreme durability.
Headquartered in Lewiston, Idaho, Speer has a long-standing reputation for making the world’s finest bullets and in 1996 became one of the first U.S. ammunition manufacturers to achieve ISO 9001 certification for quality. The company manufactures a variety of bullets and cartridges for law enforcement, reloading and sporting applications.
Speer is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Speer, go to
www.speer-ammo.com.

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SHOT Show to Remain at Sands Expo Through 2027

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LAS VEGAS — On the heels of the recent and extremely successful 2018 SHOT Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and Sands Expo have announced a two-year extension of their current agreement, which will keep the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show at the Sands Expo through 2027.

“Las Vegas and the Sands Expo have been strong venues for the SHOT Show for nine consecutive years and are counted among the reasons for the show’s success,” said Chris Dolnack, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of NSSF, owner of the show. “With this two-year extension, we look forward to bringing SHOT Show — the city’s fifth largest trade show — back to these venues for years to come.”

Chris Meyer, Vice President of Sales at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), said, “Las Vegas is experiencing record growth when it comes to business travel, and the trade show industry is a critical component to the destination’s continued success. We value the relationships we’ve built with our industry partners and look forward to continuing our work with the National Shooting Sports Foundation in the years ahead.”

Chandra Allison, Senior Vice President of Sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo, said, “We are pleased to have maintained a long-term relationship with the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Trade shows like theirs are an important part of our business and the Las Vegas economy overall as they bring business travelers who stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and provide jobs for our community.”

The 2018 SHOT Show attracted more than 60,000 attendees and more than 2,000 companies during its January 23-26 run. The show is open to trade professionals only and not to the general public.

The new agreement caps a big year for SHOT Show, which marked its 40th anniversary overall, 20thyear in Las Vegas and ninth straight year at the Sands Expo.

According to LVCVA, the overall economic impact of the 2018 SHOT Show to Las Vegas was $127.2 million, bringing the cumulative economic impact of the show to the city to $1.1 billion.

SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world.

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U.S. ARMY Funds The Acquisition of 5000 HK417 Rifles In FY19 Budget

The U.S. Army has funded the acquisition of 5,000+ HK417 rifles in their FY19 budget. Two programs account for the acquisition, the Squad Designated Marksman  Rifle Program (SDMR) and the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems (CSASS).  The rifle will be a variant of Heckler & Koch’s COTS 417 optimized for optics and ammunition requirements .  In 2016 HK was awarded a contract worth $44.5 million under the CSASS program for 3,463 rifles, which will likely be expanded under the FY19 budget to include additional systems for SDMR.

The Heckler & Koch HK417 is a NATO 7.62×51 version of the HK416 assault rifle. The HK417 was introduced in 2005. German versions of this rifle, designated G27 and G28 are in use by the German Army. The HK417 rifle is also in service with 20 other countries.

   The HK417 is a gas-operated, selective-fire weapon. It traces its origins back to the Colt M4 carbine, that is widely used by the US military. Its predecessor, the HK416, is an improved version of the M4, but independently made and modified by the Heckler & Koch. Internally it resembles Stoner-designed weapons, such as the M16, however it uses a patented short stroke gas piston system, derived from the Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle.

Specifications:

  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Entered service: 2005
  • Caliber: 7.62×51 mm NATO
  • Weight: ~ 4.23 kg (varies with configuration)
  • Length: 1 005 – 1 085 mm
  • Barrel length: 508 mm
  • Muzzle velocity: 789 m/s
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 600 rpm
  • Effective rate of fire: 30 – 90 rpm
  • Magazine capacity: 20 rounds
  • Sighting range: ~ 600 m
  • Effective range: ~ 600 m
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STREAMLIGHT® DEBUTS 18650 USB LITHIUM ION BATTERY WITH INTEGRATED CHARGING PORT

USB Battery That Reinvents Rechargeability

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 13, 2018 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, introduced the Streamlight® 18650 USB lithium ion Battery with an integrated micro USB charging port. The battery transforms multi-fuel, high-performance lighting tools into rechargeable systems, providing an alternative to disposable CR123A batteries.

“We introduced the Streamlight 18650 USB rechargeable Li-Ion battery to give tactical, outdoor, law enforcement and other users an alternate power source for charging our newer flashlight models that accept 18650 rechargeable or standard lithium batteries,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “Charging has never been easier, as the integrated micro USB input on this new 18650 battery charges from any Streamlight USB power adapter and most other USB sources.”      

LED charge status indicators that are built into the battery top indicate charging status, including red for charging and green for fully charged.  The USB charge port can recharge the battery in five hours.

The new 18650 USB battery offers 3.7V, 2600mAh and is rechargeable up to 500 times.  An integrated safety circuit protects the battery from over discharge and overcharge.

The all-new battery provides an economic alternative to disposable CR123A batteries for the growing line of Streamlight flashlights that are designed to accept both battery types, including: the ProTac® HL-X USB; the ProTac® 2L-X USB; the PolyTac® X USB; and the ProTac® HL 5-X USB.

Streamlight 18650 USB lithium ion batteries are available individually or in two packs with an MSRP of $20.00 and $40.00, respectively.  Each product comes with a Streamlight Limited Two Year Warranty.

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MajGen Charles F. Bolden Jr. To Receive The 2018 Semper Fidelis Award

The Marine Corps University Foundation is pleased and honored to announce the 2018 Semper Fidelis Award recipient is MajGen Charles F. Bolden Jr. USMC (Ret).

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Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr., USMC (Ret)

February 13, 2018 – Quantico, Va. – MajGen Charles F. Bolden Jr. United States Marine Corps (Ret), Astronaut and former NASA Administrator, is being awarded the Marine Corps University Foundation’s prestigious Semper Fidelis Award.

The Semper Fidelis Award honors General Bolden’s lifelong commitment to excellence in leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.  General Bolden will receive this award at the Semper Fidelis Award & Gala on March 16, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City.

Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., USMC, (Ret.) most recently served as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from July 17, 2009 until January 20, 2017.  Earlier in his career, General Bolden served 34 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring in 2003 with the rank of Major General.

At NASA, General Bolden led a nationwide team to advance the mission and goals of the U.S. space program.  During his tenure, General Bolden oversaw a safe transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions to a new era of exploration focused on full utilization of the International Space Station and space aeronautics technology development. NASA’s dynamic science activities under General Bolden include an unprecedented landing on Mars with the Curiosity rover, launch of a spacecraft to Jupiter, enhancing the nation’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites, and continued progress toward the 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Born in Columbia, SC, General Bolden graduated from C. A. Johnson High School in 1964 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science in 1968 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.  General Bolden later earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977.

In the Marine Corps, General Bolden completed flight training and served as a Naval Aviator, flying more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  Later, General Bolden was selected as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office and traveled to space orbit four times aboard the space shuttle, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others.  His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission.

After 14 years as an astronaut, General Bolden returned to duty with Marine Corps operating forces as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.  In 1997, General Bolden was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in the Pacific. During the first half of 1998, he served as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait. He was promoted to his final rank of Major General in July 1998 and named Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan. He later served as the Commanding General of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA from 2000 to 2002. General Bolden retired from the Marine Corps in 2003.

General Bolden’s many distinguished honors include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, three NASA Exceptional Service Medals and four NASA Space Flight Medals. In 2006, General Bolden was inducted to U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2017.  In 2014, General Bolden received the National Space Trophy and holds several Honorary Doctorate degrees from numerous institutions of higher education.

For more information about The Marine Corps University Foundation, The Semper Fidelis Award, and past award recipient’s, please email  Angela Blackiston  or call (703)640-6170.

http://www.marinecorpsuniversityfoundation.org/events/sf-dinner-funds-marine-pme/

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Comp-Tac Victory Gear’s Push Button Locking mount (PLM)

Comp-Tac Victory Gear, LLC, Houston, TX, February, 2018 Comp-Tac Victory Gear’s Push Button Locking mount (PLM) is a handy, low-cost item that attaches a holster or accessory pouches to a belt quickly and easily.

Image shows shooter’s body side of closed PLM. Gear attachment holes are seen trough stress relief slots. Horizontal slots are for secure belt width attachment. Hinged at top and release button at bottom. Simply attach to holster or pouches, loop over belt and close.

How!

The PLM is a gizmo that helps to answer the question: “How to attach your holster or various gear and magazine pouches to your belt in a few seconds?” The PLM solves having to feed your belt through various loops, or paddles that pop off when you try to draw your gun.
The PLM opens with a hinge, like a clam. You attach your holster or gear to the PLM with screws. To then use simply clamp the PLM over your belt, close and you are done. No pinching, no prying, no special tools. Just open, mount on belt and close.

The PLM has a 9-hole pattern that mounts to Comp-Tac Holsters (International and QB), magazine pouches (both pistol and rifle), light holders and even these same items of some other brands. The nine screw positions make it easy to fine tune forward or rearward cant to meet shooter’s needs. Different size belt? The PLM’s internal adjustment bar and locking slots keeps belts sized between 1 inch and 1.75 inches wide both stable and centered.

But why?

Well, the PLM can save time and wear and tear on a belt, and makes quick switching for range or tactical preparation quick, easy and efficient.

For example, three-gun competitors can go to the line with magazine pouches for their handgun, rifle and shotgun attached to their belts by PLMs. Then if they are in a subsequent single-gun event, they can detach the unneeded pouches with one hand – and do so without removing or even unbuckling their belt. No muss, no fuss, and fast, too.
For some types of law enforcement mission specific situations the quick removal or addition of certain belt gear might also prove advantageous.

Specifications:

  • MSRP: $11.99
  • Kydex construction

Comp-Tac Victory Gear

3003 Farrell Rd.

Houston, TX 77073

866-441-9157

www.comp-tac.com

sales@comp-tac.com

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Arsenal Low-Profile Magazines

 

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Arsenal magazines are the Best 7.62x39mm, 5.45×39.5mm, and 5.56x45mm (.223) caliber magazines out in the market! Made by Arsenal, the popular Circle 10 Mil. Spec magazines. Learn about them here: http://www.arsenalinc.com/usa/Magazines/

 

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Trinity Brown Joins MasterPiece Arms as Law Enforcement / Military Sales Coordinator

MasterPiece Arms looks to offer its MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems to the law enforcement and military markets with the aid of Brown.

Comer, Ga. (February 2018)MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, is pleased to announce the hiring of Trinity Brown as MPA’s new Law Enforcement / Military Sales Coordinator. Brown joins MPA with nearly two decades of law enforcement experience. After leaving law enforcement in 2014, he began to work at Bud’s Gun Shop and Range in management and became very familiar with the day-to-day dynamic of firearm sales. As MPA’s brand continues to grow, it is in a perfect position to expand its offerings of high quality and precision-built rifles and chassis systems to the law enforcement and military markets. Brown will aid in this effort.

“I’ve known Trinity for awhile now as he also is a member of our Precision Rifle Series (PRS) team. Not only is he a great marksman and person in general, but he is also a great salesman. Before hiring him to our team, he was the number one MPA firearms salesman nationwide. That, in addition to his deep knowledge of the law enforcement market, is a winning combination that will help bring the MPA brand to the forefront of the law enforcement and military sectors,” commented Phil Cashin, MPA President.

“I am excited to be joining the MPA team and am looking forward to combining my experience in law enforcement with my sales skills to help expand MPA and familiarize fellow officers with the brand,” remarked Brown. “I am looking forward to being a part of this company’s success.”

A current member of Team MPA, Brown finished the 2017 PRS season 76th Overall. He started competing in 2010 in Law Enforcement / Military competitions and has won first place in unknown distance events, third in long distance and cold bore events and first in the night event at the Gastonia Sniper Challenge.

Brown has over 500 hours of specialized law enforcement sniper / designated marksman training, included Designated Marksman / Dignitary Protection Operations and LE Precision Rifle Instructor certifications. He is also a standard firearms instructor and a certified Tennessee State handgun instructor.

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of rifles, chassis systems and accessories, visit www.masterpiecearms.com.

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Remington Reaches a Deal With Its Creditors That Allows It to Go Into Chapter 11 Reorganization

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The Remington Arms Company, has reached a deal with its creditors that will allow the Company to continue operations during the bankruptcy procedure. The Company, who filled for Chapter 11 reorganization, will emerge fully recapitalized with a much lower debt load.

Reuters Reports

(Reuters) – Remington Outdoor Company Inc., one of the largest U.S. makers of firearms, said on Monday it had reached a deal with its creditors to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to slash its $950 million debt load.

FILE PHOTO: People look over Remington rifles and shotguns during the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show in Las Vegas January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

The planned bankruptcy filing follows a decline in sales at the armsmaker, in part because of receding fears that guns will become more heavily regulated by the U.S. government, according to credit ratings agencies.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will “never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Since Trump’s election victory in November 2016, American Outdoor Brands Corp has lost almost two thirds of its stock market value, while Sturm Ruger & Company Inc. has fallen by a quarter. By comparison, the S&P 500 has increased by a quarter in the same period.

Remington said it will receive $145 million in bankruptcy financing to fund the company through the Chapter 11 process. Remington plans to file bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, seeking to write off about $700 million in debt.

Cerberus Capital Management LP, the private equity firm that controls Remington, will lose ownership of the company as a result of the bankruptcy. The company’s creditors, which include Franklin Templeton Investments and JPMorgan Asset Management, will exchange their debt holdings for equity in the company.

Business operations including employee wages and benefits and payments to trade creditors will continue as usual through the bankruptcy, the company said.

“We have an outstanding collection of brands and products, the unqualified support of a vibrant community across the industry, and a deep and powerful culture. We will emerge from this process with a deleveraged balance sheet and ample liquidity, positioning Remington to compete more aggressively and to seize future growth opportunities,” Remington Chief Executive Officer Anthony Acitelli said in a statement.

Reuters had reported last week that Remington was looking for financing to file for bankruptcy. [nL8N1PZ001]

Remington was abandoned by some of its investors after one of its Bushmaster rifles was used in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012 that killed 20 children and six adults.

After the shooting, Cerberus tried unsuccessfully to sell Remington, then known as Freedom Group, after coming under pressure from some of its private equity fund investors.

Cerberus Chief Executive Stephen Feinberg also considered a bid for Remington to stoke interest in the gunmaker from other potential acquirers, Reuters reported in 2012. In 2015, Cerberus offered a mechanism to its fund investors that wanted to drop Remington, such as the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, to sell their stakes back to the company.

The families of the victims at Sandy Hook also sued Remington. That case is ongoing.

Remington’s sales plunged 27 percent in the first nine months of 2017, resulting in a $28 million operating loss.

Colt’s Manufacturing Co LLC, a competitor of Remington, emerged from bankruptcy in 2016 following falling sales of its sports rifles and the loss of military contracts.

Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Tom Brown

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Nighthawk, A Premier 1911Builder, Introduces The Custom Agent 2

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LARRY VICKERS FROM SHOT SHOW 2018 ON SPUHR MOUNTS

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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L.L. Bean Ends Its Lifetime Return Policy

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Responding to want appears consumer abuse, LL. Bean , in an open Facebook letter, terminates the company’s lifetime return policy.

 

A Letter to Our Customers,

Since 1912, our mission has been to sell high-quality products that inspire and enable people to enjoy the outdoors. Our commitment to customer service has earned us your trust and respect, as has our guarantee, which ensures that we stand behind everything we sell.

Increasingly, a small, but growing number of customers has been interpreting our guarantee well beyond its original intent. Some view it as a lifetime product replacement program, expecting refunds for heavily worn products used over many years. Others seek refunds for products that have been purchased through third parties, such as at yard sales.

Based on these experiences, we have updated our policy. Customers will have one year after purchasing an item to return it, accompanied by proof of purchase. After one year, we will work with our customers to reach a fair solution if a product is defective in any way.

This update adds clarity to our policy and will only affect a small percentage of returns. It will also ensure we can continue to honor one of the best guarantees in retail, with no impact for the vast majority of our customers. To learn more, please view our full return policy at llbean.com.

L.L.Bean has stood for quality, service, trust, and getting people outdoors ever since my great-grandfather founded our company over 100 years ago – and that will never change. Thank you for being a loyal customer and we look forward to continuing to inspire and enable you to Be an Outsider.

Sincerely,
Shawn O. Gorman
L.L.Bean Executive Chairman

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BLADE Announces The All New Blade Show West

Introducing BLADE Show West

BLADE®, the world’s No. 1 knife media brand, announces the all-new BLADE Show West in Portland, Oregon—the Knifemaking Capital of the USA. The three-day show will open its doors at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.
BLADE Show West is presented by
BLADE® Magazine, which also hosts the annual BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1-3 at the Cobb Galleria.
The new BLADE Show West will feature the works of prestigious knife manufacturers large and small, as well as handmade knives made by skilled custom knife makers. And Portland is the perfect city.

Stay in touch with the new BLADEShowWest.com website.

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U.S. Optics LE/MIL IOP Program

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To better serve our law enforcement community, B&H Police Supply and U.S. Optics are teaming up for an exclusive partnership.
The US Optics program is open to dealers who have a brick and mortar storefront and those who service the LE/Military and First Responder community (subject to territorial restrictions). The goal of this program is to develop a comprehensive network of commercial dealers that will expand IOP (individual officer purchase) sales of U.S. Optics LE products and make acquisition of U.S. Optics LE products easier for the Law Enforcement community, Military Personnel and First Responders. This program is intended for Individual Officers and approved customers to purchase at the retail level. Agency and/or Department sales are permitted. Sale or delivery of U.S. Optics LE products at gun shows is NOT permitted. Law Enforcement Distributor and/or SUB D will be subject to an audit of credentials for approved purchases.
If you would like to receive additional information and/or pricing, please click the link below to submit a contact request or email
orders@bhpolicesupply.com

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Lyman® Products Celebrates 140 Years of Providing Innovative Products for Shooters, designed by Shooters.

In 1878, William Lyman invented the Lyman Tang Sight to correct the problems associated with gun sights of his day, and the Lyman Gunsight Company was born. 140 years later, Lyman Products Corporation continues his legacy by employing a team, many of whom are shooters and reloaders themselves, dedicated to the goal of developing and producing products to improve the shooting and reloading experience for their customers.

Middletown, Conn. (January 2018) – The proud tradition and history of Lyman Products began simply in the late 1800’s when William Lyman, an avid outdoorsman and inventor, created a product that resolved problems with gun sights of his day. The commonly used vernier sights were adequate for daytime shooting, but almost useless if lighting was not perfect. Lyman’s No. 1 Tang Sight featured a small disc and a large aperture, a combination that made the thin rim almost invisible and greatly improved the shooter’s ability to shoot quickly and accurately. His patented design launched the Lyman Gun Sight Company, and today, the Lyman tang and receiver sights still utilize the same principles originated over 137 years ago to enhance both the sight picture and the speed of aiming.

Through the years, Lyman has continued to develop innovative products for shooters and reloaders, carrying on the legacy of William Lyman. In 1925, the Lyman family purchased Ideal reloading products, which included the well-known Ideal reloading handbooks. Since then, Lyman handbooks have become known as the “bible” of reloading, and are considered the most trusted source for data. Lyman released its 50th Edition Reloading Handbook in 2016, containing new and modern reloading data to service current and future reloaders, and continuing to be the most respected and sought out source of expertise. Always keeping abreast of current trends in the shooting sports industry, this year, Lyman addresses the fast-growing sport of Long Range Shooting and the specific reloading challenges that it presents, in the new Long Range Precision Rifle Reloading Handbook.

Lyman reloading kits, presses and dies have provided generations of reloaders with all the high-quality equipment they need to start reloading and to pass down this hobby to the next generation of shooters. In conjunction with the 140th birthday in 2018, Lyman has released a whole new line of reloading presses and reloading kits. This line features a press for every need, from the Ideal C-Frame press that is perfect for beginners, or as a companion press for experienced reloaders, to the Victory Single Stage Press, to the All-American 8, the only 8-stage turret press on the market. All of these presses are proudly made in the USA, and feature solid cast-iron bodies and all of the features and quality that customers have come to expect from a Lyman product.

Over the years, Lyman has acquired several other brands to address other needs of their shooting audience. In 1996, the world-renowned Pachmayr brand came on board, bringing leadership in recoil pads and handgun grips. TacStar joined Lyman in 1997 to improve the company’s offering to the tactical and law enforcement markets. Introduced in 1999, “Butch’s Bore Shine”, took the competitive shooting market by storm, and by 2000, was in such demand that Butch joined forces with Lyman Products to promote and distribute this revolutionary gun-cleaning product to shooters worldwide. The patented line of A-Zoom precision metal snap caps were originally introduced to the market in 2000 and joined the Lyman family in 2002 to meet the growing demand for high quality training rounds for shooters, hunters, law enforcement professionals and the military. Peterson Instant Targets, the originator of the adhesive fluorescent target, joined Lyman as Targ-Dots in the early 1990’s. Trius Traps had already established an enviable 45-year reputation before it became a Lyman brand in 2003. Lyman and our stable of brands continue to place the greatest emphasis on input from our customers and from our own staff of shooters to create and provide innovative products for our sport.

“Brands That Perform” means something here at Lyman. Performance means more than just getting the job done. It means delivering value while advancing technology. Most importantly, it means listening to the needs of shooters and reloaders. In fact, the development of our products is most often directly linked to the feedback we get from our customers and the retailers who supply them. Whether pioneering the use of digital technology in reloading tools or reintroducing “antique” calibers and bullet molds, Lyman continues to improve and innovate the tools and accessories used by serious shooters and reloaders.

Lyman is proud to be celebrating 140 years in the shooting industry, and looking forward to many more years to come.

Visit Lyman at www.lymanproducts.com.

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LARRY VICKERS & US ORDNANCE ON THE M60E6

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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STREAMLIGHT® INTRODUCES DUALIE WAYPOINT®

High-Performance Area Light Offers Individual or Combined Spot and Flood Lighting

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 9, 2018 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, introduced the Dualie Waypoint®, a high performance spot and area light that allows for individual or simultaneous use of a forward-facing spot beam for distance and a bottom-facing flood light. The alkaline battery-powered light, which delivers up to 750 lumens, combines the best of two popular Streamlight products – the Dualie® dual-function LED flashlight and the Waypoint® pistol-grip searchlight.

First responders, industrial professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts alike will appreciate the Dualie Waypoint’s flexible options, whether using it for illuminating low-lit pathways or performing close-up tasks.  And combining both the spot and flood beams can help users to see what is ahead and around them so they can avoid slips, trips and falls.

“The Dualie meets the Waypoint in this all-purpose tool that can be used for virtually every long-range and close-up lighting need,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “Users can choose between an ultra-bright spot light or a flood light with a soft, wide beam to meet their distance and area lighting needs, or combine them to optimize navigation and eliminate blind spots. And the Dualie Waypoint provides them with hands-free options for any situation.”

Featuring an ergonomic handle, the Dualie Waypoint hooks over doors, pipes, bars, cables, or ladder rungs for hands-free operation and its innovative D ring and kickstand allow for every lighting need. Because the light is sealed and floats, it even can be used for wet applications.

Offering high, medium, and low intensity modes, the new light uses the latest in LED technology and 4 “C” alkaline batteries (not included) to deliver both extreme brightness and long run times. On high, the front light delivers 750 lumens, 72,000 candela, and a 535-meter beam distance; the bottom-facing light offers 450 lumens, 240 candela, and 31 meters of beam distance. With the front and bottom lights combined, the Dualie Waypoint provides 750 lumens.

Run times for the light range from 3-55 hours when the two beams are combined to 3.5- 125 and 5.75-170 hours for the front and bottom lights, respectively.

The Dualie Waypoint features a push-button switch with momentary and click-on operation. The rotary switch behind the button selects the main (front) beam, bottom (area) light, or both for a combination of distance and pathway lighting in one setting.

The new light features a high-impact polycarbonate casing, an unbreakable polycarbonate lens, a rubberized lens cover, and is O-ring sealed. The light measures 6.75 inches long and 6.5 inches high; it weighs 2.06 pounds with batteries.

The Dualie Waypoint is IPX7-rated, and is impact-resistant tested to 2 meters.

The Dualie Waypoint has an MSRP of $95.00 and a yellow and black design. The light comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Sneak Preview: Mantis X Training System

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Illinois based Mantis has  proven its technical prowess with an impressive training system that leverages some very elaborate technology  with good old pedagogy to deliver a training system that will improve your shooting. They say that bad habits die hard but don’t believe for one minute that you’ll put one past the Mantis X training system.

I’ll be working on a comprehensive review of this impressive system and look forward to presenting you with my assessment this March. Stay tuned…

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VORTEX OPTICS RAZOR AMG UH-1 HOLOGRAPHIC SIGHT

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The Vortex RAZOR AMG UH-1 is an impressive reflex sight. There are a number of features that support that position.

  1. The sight ships with an Integrated Mount QD Picatinny mount.
  2. The lenses are shatter and scratchproof.
  3. There is now visible light signature. One of the issues associated with red dot sights is that an opposing force using NVDs can detect your LED thus compromising your position. I have not tested for that but Vortex claims it has eliminated a visible sight picture.
  4. The sight can be powered by a standard CR123A or a rechargeable variant. The LFP123A rechargeable battery recharges via the sights micro USB port.
  5. 100 MOA of wind and elevation in .5 MOA increments.
  6. Ergonomics is excellent as well. All controls are rear facing so they are very easy to operate.
  7. The reticle design improves on the circle dot designs.

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8. M.S.R.P. $699

Be sure to check this sight out, it has a great many things going for it; not to mention Vortex’s reputation for product support.

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Federal Premium Launches All-New Hydra-Shok Deep Personal Defense Load

ANOKA, Minnesota – February 8, 2018 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce a new high-performance self-defense load. Hydra-Shok Deep builds off the time-tested Hydra-Shok platform with design improvements that better meet modern performance measurements. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.
Federal Premium Hydra-Shok ammunition has proven itself for self-defense since 1989. Hydra-Shok Deep’s redesigned bullet features a more robust center post and a core design that provides as much as 50 percent deeper penetration than classic Hydra-Shok.
Features & Benefits
• Penetrates 15 inches in bare ballistics gel—the optimal depth according to FBI standards
• 50 percent deeper penetration than classic Hydra-Shok
• 70 percent improvement in overall FBI protocol score compared to classic Hydra-Shok
• Iconic center post design has been improved for better integrity and performance through civilian barriers
• Consistent, specially formulated propellant
• Extremely reliable Federal primer
Part No. / Description / MSRP
P9HSD1 / 9mm Luger 135-grain Hydra-Shok Deep / $27.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to
www.federalpremium.com.

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STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES HPL MODEL OF PROTAC TACTICAL LIGHT

ProTac® HPL USB Features 1,000 Lumens; Uses Three Battery Types

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 7, 2018 –Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac® HPL (High Performance, High Lumen) USB, delivering an incredibly bright 1,000 lumens and an intense, down-range beam. The new model, which uses a Streamlight lithium ion rechargeable battery, includes a built-in USB charge port, permitting it to be charged from a laptop or most USB wall chargers.

The next generation of ProTac® design, the ProTac HPL USB is capable of flooding an entire room, vehicle, or area with sweeping bright light, while also delivering a far-reaching “hotspot” beam. The light includes a sliding sleeve that reveals a USB charge port as well as a charging light indicator. For added convenience, the flashlight operates from multiple battery sources, including a rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery or two CR123A lithium cell batteries.

“The ProTac HPL USB throws its beam far out in the distance while casting plenty of peripheral light along the way,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “Tactical, professional and consumer users can use it to flood a dark alley, job site or outdoor path with light, while also seeing objects at long distances. And, for even greater versatility, users either can charge the light on the go, or insert cell batteries when a charging source is not available.”

Powered by the latest in LED technology, the ProTac HPL USB offers three modes – high, medium, and low – plus a strobe.  On high, the light delivers 1,000 lumens and 35,000 candela over 374 meters. Run times range from one hour and 30 minutes on high to 20 hours on low, while the strobe runs for 3 continuous hours. The new light also features Streamlight’s TEN-TAP® Programming, allowing users to select among three programs to suit their preference or operating needs: high/strobe/low (the factory default); high only; or low/medium/high.

The ProTac HPL USB runs on an included Streamlight lithium ion rechargeable battery pack; it also functions with two 3V CR123A lithium cell batteries or a commercially available 18650 rechargeable lithium ion button top battery.

The light is fabricated from 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish, and includes a convenient multi-function, push-button, tactical tail switch.  This tail switch provides easy, one-handed operation of the light’s momentary, variable intensity, or strobe modes.

Measuring 7.08 inches in length and weighing 9.24 ounces, the light has an IPX4 rated design for water-resistant operation and is two-meter impact resistant tested.  Available in black, the ProTac HPL USB comes packaged with a USB cord and a ballistic nylon holster.  

Depending on the configuration, the MSRP of the ProTac HPL USB ranges from $180.00 to $200.00.  The light comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Morphix Technologies® Announces its TraceX® Explosive Detection Kit is Compatible with Bomb Squad Robots

The TraceX® collector works with any Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) or bomb squad robot that has an arm and claw, keeping the user a safe distance from the suspect material.

Virginia Beach, Va. (February 2018)Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, announces its TraceX® Explosive Detection Kit can be paired with any Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and bomb squad robots that have an arm and claw to detect all the major families of explosive materials and their precursors, keeping military, law enforcement and first responders a safe distance from suspect material.

The TraceX Explosive Detection Kit is a colorimetric kit (works through color change) and has several advantages over electronic detectors when used with a robot. Electronic detectors require specialized training, a large budget, regular maintenance and are often fragile. Using one with a robot is also difficult and often requires extensive technical collaboration between the robot manufacturer and the explosive detector manufacturer. While there are a number of colorimetric explosive kit tests for use in the field, most of these kits are not compatible for use with a robot.

TraceX Explosive Detection Kit

For instance, some colorimetric kits are simple chemical droppers, which cannot be easily handled by a robot. Other colorimetric kits have a flexible swab to collect a sample, but most robots are not able to grab and manipulate these swabs. Morphix Technologies’ TraceX Explosive Detection Kits have none of these disadvantages and are easy-to-use, colorimetric, light-weight, inexpensive and durable. See a comparison of the different types of field colorimetric explosive detection kits:https://www.morphtec.com/tracex/comparison/.

The TraceX Explosive Detection Kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. This inexpensive kit can fit into a pocket and, once deployed, can detect most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test.

To use the TraceX Explosive Detection Kit with a robot, the technician simply needs to follow these steps:

  • At a safe distance from the suspect material, the technician simply closes the claw on the TraceX handle.
  • The technician then maneuvers the robot toward the suspect material, and moves the arm to collect a sample using the TraceX collector.
  • The robot is then returned to the technician, who removes the collector and operates the kit.

The TraceX Explosive Detection Kit uses a simple color-change alert system. A single color indicates the presence of a particular family of explosive material. It was developed by Morphix Technologies under contract from the U.S. Department of Defense and meets their demanding requirements. It is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket, lightweight and rugged. Each kit comes in its own disposable protective plastic case, so the handler will be ready to use it when needed, and can support a two-year (24 months) shelf life when stored at room temperature. The innovative collection system protects the sample from user contamination, providing confidence in the results. While it is sensitive enough to be used for trace explosives, it may also be used for bulk detection.

The TraceX Explosive Detection Kit is available in boxes of five kits (request part number 510100). If you’d like to receive more information regarding the TraceX Explosive Detection Kit, please contact Morphix Technologies toll free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also email sales@morphtec.com.

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DANIEL DEFENSE LIVE FROM SHOT SHOW 2018

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LARRY VICKERS ON THE AIMPOINT COMP M5

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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Israeli-Based Israeli Military Industries Develops New Armor Piercing Match 5.56 Round That Outperforms M80 7.62 x 51 mm

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IMI Systems’ Small Caliber Ammunition Division, the rounds manufacturer,  claims their new 5.56 APM combines the features of the 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds.

The ammunition is claimed to have enhanced accuracy and penetration capabilities, making it a suitable replacement option for the 7.62mm round. The new 5.56mm APM round is of the FMJ-BT Hard Core APHC type with a projectile weight of 73 grains and cartridge weight of 12.9 g. Extensive ballistic testing demonstrated the APM round to be 30% more accurate than the 7.62mm M80 at a range of 550m. When fired on a NATO 3.4mm steel plate, the new round achieved 100% penetration up to 800 meters.

IMI says that the breakthrough development was achieved by a new bullet design, the type of powder used, and the way the bullet is inserted into its shell casing. A new type of primer was also used in the development process.

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STEYR ARMS KICKS OFF THEIR TRAINING ACADEMY

We are proud to introduce our new Steyr Arms Training Academy by Fontcuberta! We will be offering two courses at our facility in Alabama, both with class dates beginning in March: SPR-1 (Steyr Precision Rifle) and SPA (Steyr Precision Armorer). These small, personal trainer-like sessions will be taught by our expert and Training Academy director Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta. He is a long-range world champion that has over 25 years experience as a military and police sniper instructor and armorer, and is one of the World’s Extreme Long Range leaders. See a brief description on each class below, or visit our Steyr Arms Training Academy page on our website.

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SPR-I Steyr Arms Training Academy Course

The SPR-I (Steyr Precision Rifle) course is a three day (over 24 hour) course that will give you the theory knowledge, shooting practice and the ballistics skills needed to reach Steyr’s accuracy potential of 600 yards and beyond. This is a no-nonsense course, including rifle marksmanship, fundamentals, and the knowledge to be able to make your own super-accurate paper and electronic tables, as well as understand how and what different factors affect your shooting. At our dynamic classroom sessions and during range practice, our instructor will adapt to your needs and cover fundamentals of marksmanship and components of successful long range shooting. This includes wind estimation, ballistics know-how and software options, new hardware and optics, and a Steyr Logbook for data collection. You will learn how to properly zero your rifle, select the best zero distance for your application, and test your scope and rifle performance accurately.
Upcoming Course Dates: March 9-11, 2018 & May 4-6, 2018
Limited Slots Available!

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SPA Steyr Arms Training Academy Course

The SPA (Steyr Precision Armorer) is a three day (over 24 hour) course that will give you the theory knowledge, hands on practice and skills needed to fully gain Steyr’s accuracy potential and maintain it overtime for you or your shop’s client. This is not your typical “parts replacement class”. Instead of just covering the basics, our “precision” course focuses on the art of assembling and maintaining a precision rifle. This includes all special needs, optics, ammunition, and complex adjustments, making this so much more than a standard Armorer Course. In our personal trainer environment with only a handful of students, our expert will give you the knowledge to gain 100% effectiveness from your Steyr precision rifles, as well as complete repairs and keep them performing at competition/sniper standards. The course will cover all the maintenance, replacement, disassembly and re-assembly procedures, trigger adjustment, and even barrel change. In addition, you will also learn skills not found anywhere else that are custom-tailored to each student’s needs. These skills include scope rail selection, scope base types (their advantages and problems), proper fastening and securing of critical competition or sniper rifle optics, trigger adjustments, advanced stock adjustment, mounting competition or sniper scope systems, advanced optics, and night vision. We will also cover the limitations of certain mounting systems and how to test and evaluate a scope system on how it will perform before you ever take a shot.
Upcoming Course Dates: March 30-April 1, 2018 & May 11-13, 2018
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STEYR ARMS MAKES SUPER-ACCURATE RIFLES; STEYR ACADEMY MAKES CUSTOM-TRAINED, SUPER-ACCURATE SHOOTERS.

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Your Trade Deficit Dollar At Work

The following aerial imagery was leaked to the Philippine news media. They show Chinese activity currently underway in the South China Sea ( Lat. 16.32° Long. 111.92° ). You’re looking at Chinese manmade atolls in international waters, which they claim as sovereign Chinese territory.

You’ll also note that China is not building beach resorts, spas or vacation garden spots, they’re building forward military bases to advance the country’s dominance of the Asia Pacific Rim. The country is able to do that  through its aggressive economic strategy, which is part and parcel with the country’s military plans. Revenues from a huge U.S. trade imbalance and E.U. trade imbalance with China is paying for that.

China’s unwillingness to bring North Korea to heal is a subset of its Asia Pacific strategy to dominate the region, and until the U.S. and E.U. get serious about reducing these trade deficits you will see a Chinese posture that is increasingly belligerent.

North Korea, has a gun to South Korea’s head. North Korean artillery has the potential to inflict thousands of casualties on South Korea – pretty high stakes. But, imagine how much higher those stakes will be when NOKO can deliver a nuclear payload? Sadly, the present South Korean government is weak in the knees; to be fair, not without cause. But, it’s time to face the stark reality that it will only become worse, all of which plays to China’s regional strategy.

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The Russian Defense Ministry Adopted a New Generation of Assault rifles, The AK-12 and AK-15

 

 

Russia’s Defense Ministry made its decision after completing what the organization described as rigorous testing in 2017. The new assault rifles are part of the Russian army’s “future combat system,” the Ratnik (warrior), which also includes a range of ISR capabilities.

The AK-12 and the AK-15 are modernized Kalashnikova variants chambered in 5.45×39 and 7.62×39 respectively, designed, built and supplied by Russia’s Kalashnikov Group. Enhancements include collapsible buttstock, full length receiver cover top rail, polymer forend with short rails at the 12 o’clock,  9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions, improved pistol grip with storage space and the adjustable dioptric sights are optimized for 800 meters.

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