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Washington, DC 20226

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XS Sights Inline Rear Sight Tool for Glock

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In December 2022, XS Sights introduced a handy little tool for the millions of Glock owners,  the XS Sights Inline Rear Sight Tool for Glock. A compact and easy to use rear sight removal and installation tool. It can be used on any Glock pistol, it won’t mar your slide finish and you can drop it into your range bag in case you need to adjust your zero at the range.  Glock owners unanimously agree that their pistol’s  polymer factory sights have to go and the Rear Sight Tool from XS is your best route. XS ships these standalone or bundled with sights of your choice…

Read my review.

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SIG Suppressors + Top-Rated Parts and Accessories

SLX and SLH Rifle Suppressors

Developed to meet the demands of the U.S. military and designed to deliver cutting edge performance.

★ SLX: 70-80% reduction in toxic fumes flowing back through the ejection port into the shooter’s face; designed for use with supersonic ammunition and ideal for users focused on flash reduction and lower toxic fumes.

★ SLH: A focus on sound reduction while also reducing up to 50% of the toxic fumes venting through the ejection port; ideal for users that use both supersonic and subsonic ammunition.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SLX AND SLH SUPPRESSORS AND FIND A DEALER

MODX-9 & MODX-45 Suppressors

The MODX-9 and MODX-45 suppressors feature completely modular and configurable titanium baffles for the ultimate, light-weight performance that allows the user to personalize their suppressor for overall length, weight, and sound. Both provide class-leading sound performance and can be easily disassembled and reconfigured with fewer baffles when your priority is size over sound.

MODX-9: LEARN MORE + FIND A DEALER  MODX-45: LEARN MORE + FIND A DEALER


Choose from flash hiders, muzzle brakes, pistons, tools and much more.

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It may be what you’re searching for but the word “silencer” is misleading and when it comes to shooting with them, suppressors offer more benefits than just sound reduction.

READ OUR BLOG AND LEARN MORE

FIREARMS  • AMMUNITION  • ELECTRO-OPTICS  • SUPPRESSORS  • AIRGUNS  • TRAINING

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SAAMI Releases Update of Ammunition Standards for Centerfire Pistol and Revolver

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February 2, 2023

SAAMI Releases Update of Ammunition Standards for Centerfire Pistol and Revolver

SHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®) is pleased to announce the release of the 2022 update to American National Standard SAAMI Z299.3-2022, Voluntary Industry Performance Standards for Velocity and Pressure of Centerfire Pistol and Revolver Sporting Ammunition for the Use of Commercial Manufacturers.

SAAMI is an accredited standards developer recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The 2022 American National Standard SAAMI Z299.3-2022 update details ammunition performance guidelines, test equipment and procedures, and provides the dimensional guidelines for ammunition cartridges and firearm chambers.

The publication of these standards is a primary part of SAAMI’s mission to establish and maintain standards to ensure safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition and components.

SAAMI American National Standards are periodically updated to ensure they remain current with developments in the industry and to capture new cartridge designs introduced by its member companies.

Following development by SAAMI member companies, the standard is reviewed by independent manufacturers, government agencies, testing laboratories, users and outside experts.

The 2022 standard update, along with the three other ammunition standards published by SAAMI, are available without charge to the public on SAAMI’s website here https://saami.org/technical-information/ansi-saami-standards/.



About SAAMI

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible design, manufacture, transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Winchester® Ammunition Launches Environmentally Friendly Shotshell, E-Tech™

Winchester® Ammunition continues its tradition of innovation with the launch of an environmentally friendly shotshell, E-Tech, that utilizes wads made from biopolymers that are certified as home compostable.

Winchester® Ammunition Launches Environmentally Friendly Shotshell, E-Tech™

EAST ALTON, IL (February 2, 2023) — Winchester Ammunition continues its tradition of innovation with the launch of an environmentally friendly shotshell, E-Tech, that utilizes wads made from biopolymers that are certified as home compostable.
E-Tech, loaded with BioAmmo’s one-piece 4-petal shot wad, is a great option for those that want to limit their use of plastics. Over time these plant-based wads will degrade into natural elements. Reducing a shooter’s impact on the environment doesn’t mean sacrificing performance. The biopolymer wads have been extensively engineered to match the performance of traditional plastic components for reliable and effective performance on target.
Offered in 12-guage No. 7.5-lead shot and No. 6-steel shot, E-Tech shotshells will meet your recreation, competition, or hunting needs.

About Winchester Ammunition

Winchester is the largest small caliber ammunition enterprise in the world and the leader in delivering innovative ammunition products to hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and the U.S. Warfighter. The 157-year-old Winchester brand is built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about Winchester by visiting Winchester.com or connecting with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.

Winchester: Committed to Safe, Legal and Responsible Firearm Use

As a global leader in the shooting sports and hunting industry, and a brand of 157 years, Winchester is committed to safe, legal and responsible firearm use. Winchester works with key groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation on a variety of topics important to our industry, including training and education, and on specific programs such as Gun Owners Care and Project ChildSafe. Winchester will continue to support programs, organizations and individuals who promote hunting and shooting sports activities in a positive and responsible environment. Any use of firearms by youth participants should be done under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.

About Gun Owners Care

Gun owners care. You care about safety. You care about preventing unauthorized access to firearms. You care about bettering your community, helping those in need, and conserving wildlife and wild places for generations to come. It’s time for gun owners to tell their stories and to show how they’re making a difference. NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms industry, has established the Gun Owners Care campaign to unite gun owners and the firearms industry in this common cause. Visit gunownerscare.org for more information.

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The Redoubt® is Ready, Are You?

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The Savage Lineup for 2023

FIREARMS | PERFORMANCE | BLOG

BETTER COMES STANDARD

As one of the world largest manufacturers of rifles and shotguns dedicated to hunting, shooting, competition, and fun at the range, Savage Arms is committed to constantly looking ahead, finding new ways to push innovation even higher. We’ve set the industry standard for out-of-the-box accuracy with high performance firearms. And in 2023 we’re holding ourselves accountable to accomplish this yet again with our 2023 line-up of new firearms. Here’s what we have in store!

NEW HANDGUNS

SAVAGE 1911



After more than a century of innovation, John Moses Browning’s Venerable single-action semi-auto is being given the Savage treatment.

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NEW IMPULSE MOUNTAIN HUNTER

Experience the natural feel, lightening-fast speed and exceptional accuracy of the new Impulse Mountain Hunter.

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NEW 110 CARBON PREDATOR

The new 110 Carbon Predator comes equipped with an exclusive PROOF Research Carbon Fiber wrapped barrel, threaded muzzle, and AccuStock and AccuTrigger. This new addition to the Savage lineup will help make turning the tables on Nature’s predators a little easier!

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NEW RIMFIRE

A22 TAKEDOWN

This take-down rimfire will quickly become your next go-anywhere rifle! One simple twist is all it takes to make the A22 Takedown one of the most easily transported rimfires out there.

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NEW STEVENS SHOTGUNS

555 SPORTING & 560 FIELD

The Stevens 555 Sporting is bringing unmatched value to the sporting clays courses and trap fields near you!

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The Stevens 560 Field is a hard-working and beautiful addition to the Stevens line-up, and its price is unmatched among comparable models.

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NEW STEVENS RIFLES

334 SYNTHETIC & 334 WALNUT

Where value and performance meet, is where the Stevens Model 334 bolt action rifles excel.

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Savage Arms | 100 Springdale Road, Westfield, MA 01085


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How to Maximize Training Simulation for the SOF Community

Join TacMed’s Lt. Dan Stout and Global SOF Foundation for our webinar: How to Maximize Training Simulation for the SOF Community.

February 7th, 2023, 1:00pm EST

Lt. Dan will be demonstrating how key features of TacMed Simulation’s Clinical Response Whole-Body Trauma Simulator can meet SOF training needs.

Ideal for prolonged field care, the WBS-CR is an extremely effective multipurpose training tool allowing learners to perform a wide range of critical life-saving tasks.

Register Now!

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Anderson, SC 29621


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Room Block Closes Tomorrow! | 25th Annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference

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Expeditionary Warfare Division Meeting

Small Business and the Department of the Navy

Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith

Director, Office of Small Business

Department of the Navy

Join us at the 25th Annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference to learn and discuss challenging expeditionary warfare and force protection issues in the distant littoral regions of the world. As we explore the theme “Naval Expeditionary Forces – Designing 21st Century Comparative Advantages,” hear from featured speaker, Jimmy Smith, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy.

To view the preliminary agenda click here.

Registration & Accommodations

Confirm your attendance by registering today!

Book your hotel room now to secure our discounted rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel room block closes on Tomorrow Friday, February 3!

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Date

February 22 – 23, 2023

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Hilton Arlington National Landing
2399 Richmond Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202
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Last Weeks to Enter Project ChildSafe’s 2023 Safety Sweepstakes with 8 Great Prizes

February 2, 2023

Last Weeks to Enter Project ChildSafe’s 2023 Safety Sweepstakes with 8 Great Prizes

Safety Sweepstakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Project ChildSafe® 2023 Safety Sweepstakes is heading into its final weeks of providing donors with a chance to win one of eight great prizes contributed by industry’s top companies. The top prize—a Vault Pro Silver Eagle Gun Safe—is valued at $4,500.00.

The sweepstakes helps raise funds to support Project ChildSafe, a program of NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association. Project ChildSafe is a gun safety program that helps save lives and keeps families and communities safer through the distribution of genuine firearm safety messaging and free gun locks.

The sweepstakes is open to everyone! Enter today for a chance to win one of the following eight prizes:

  • · Vault Pro Silver Eagle Gun Safe
  • · Beretta Silver Pigeon 12 Gauge
  • · Leica Geovid R 10×42 Rangefinder Binoculars
  • · $1,000 OpticsPlanet Gift Card, Jacket & Hat
  • · Mossberg JM Pro Series 930 12 Gauge
  • · Kalispel Case Line Double Rifle Case
  • · GTM/CZY-02 Vintage Messenger Bag
  • · Yeti Tumbler with Project ChildSafe logo

A qualifying donation is required to be entered for a chance to win one of the prizes. Winners will be chosen by random selection. For a chance to win, and to view the rules, visit https://www.nssf.org/pcs-sweepstakes/. The sweepstakes will be open through February 24, 2023.

For more information about Project ChildSafe and its firearm safety resources, or to make a donation in support of the program, visit projectchildsafe.org.


About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.


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GA-ASI Flight Tests LEO SATCOM on MQ-9A

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GA-ASI FLIGHT TESTS LEO SATCOM ON MQ-9A

Capability Provides Global Coverage That Enables Operations Anywhere in the World

Successful Antenna Technology Validation on Telesat LEO SatelliteSAN DIEGO – 02 February 2023 – On Dec. 22, 2022, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the Air National Guard (ANG), with joint support from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Air Force (USAF), flight tested an MQ-9A remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) equipped with a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications (SATCOM) Command and Control system. This groundbreaking capability provides global coverage and connectivity that will enable pole-to-pole operations for GA-ASI’s family of RPA – including models such as the MQ-9B SkyGuardian®/SeaGuardian®, MQ-9A Reaper, and Gray Eagle 25M.

“This is truly game-changing for our platforms,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “Using LEO SATCOM not only keeps GA-ASI aircraft connected from the North Pole to the South Pole to allow operations in the most austere environments, but it will also provide resilient connectivity that allows operators to pass much more data to and from the aircraft.”

Early testing indicates LEO SATCOM significantly reduces latency and can be used in all phases of flight. For customers across the MQ-9 family of systems, LEO SATCOM should decrease operational costs, and the smaller hardware footprint will ultimately increase flexibility and reduce future payload integration costs.

The MQ-9A flight test was based out of GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., and followed several weeks of ground testing.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian, and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

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GA-ASI Selected to Build OBSS for AFRL

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Air Force Research Laboratory interns win prestigious awards > ONE AFRL /  TWO SERVICES > NewsGA-ASI SELECTED TO BUILD OBSS FOR AFRL

SAN DIEGO – 02 February 2023 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) will manufacture and perform demonstration flights of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) unmanned Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) aircraft. Following a 12-month base period that culminated in a critical design review (CDR), AFRL exercised a build and flight test option.

GA-ASI’s innovative Gambit Series aircraft will validate the “genus/species” concept first developed by AFRL as part of the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Platform Sharing (LCAAPS) program focused on building several aircraft variants from a common core chassis. LCAAPS is a major air vehicle effort under AFRL’s Autonomous Collaborative Enabling Technologies (ACET) portfolio, which is focused on developing technologies for Autonomous Collaborative Platforms (ACP).

“Throughout our 30-year history, GA-ASI has pioneered the advancement of unmanned aircraft systems that support our warfighters,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “AFRL is moving forward with GA-ASI because we have the right background and experience to develop the OBSS aircraft at scale and on time, and we look forward to working with them to deliver another game-changing UAS.”

About GA-ASI

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com. clip_image004 clip_image006

Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

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GPO 10×50 RangeGuide Named Best Rangefinding Binocular by POPULAR MECHANICS Magazine for the Second Time

GPO 10×50 RangeGuide Named Best Rangefinding Binocular by
POPULAR MECHANICS Magazine for the Second Time


RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 1, 2023) — GPO USA’s original 10×50 rangefinding binocular has recently been named the Best Rangefinding Binocular by POPULAR MECHANICS Magazine. This honor was first bestowed upon the product in an article titled “The 7 Best Range Finders for Hunters and Golfers” published October 27, 2021. It was recently honored again as the Best Rangefinding Binocular on January 11, 2023, in “Best 8 Binoculars for Hunting, Birding and other Outdoor Activities.”
Author Justin Park carefully did his research to come to his conclusion about the GPO 10×50 RangeGuide. According to Park, “I’m one of those people. I’ve used the best and the worst binoculars on the market, and I spent time hands-on testing several models during fall big-game hunting seasons in Colorado. I also spoke with optics dealers and shop owners, fellow hunters, and brand representatives to get a full sense of all the different binoculars available. My picks—mostly 10x magnification with objective lens sizes ranging from 32mm to 54mm—are meant to give options for each type of end user, from brands old and new.”
Founded in 1902, POPULAR MECHANICS is one of the oldest magazines in the United States. Since its debut it has remained true to its audience continually publishing articles on home improvement, automobile maintenance and new advancements in technology and science. It has been published since 1958 by Hearst Magazines Corp. Inc.
“It is a real honor to receive this type of recognition, not just one time, but two separate years,” said Mike Jensen, GPO USA owner/CEO. “Our continued efforts to provide our customers with top-quality innovative products has clearly paid off and we are proud of the fact that we continue to receive such prestigious distinctions.”
Since the introduction of the GPO 10×50 RangeGuide, the company has introduced two new compact rangefinding binoculars: an 8×32 RangeGuide and a 10×32 RangeGuide. All three RangeGuides are available at retailers and conveniently online at
www.gpo-usa.com. For more information on the RangeGuides Click Here


About GPO USA
GPO USA, an American company, was founded on the premise that design, engineering, and quality control can be 100 percent conducted in Germany to its strictest standards, yet products can be assembled at some of the largest production facilities around the world. This unique production process allows GPO to offer the highest quality products with better features at a significantly better price. GPO USA is confident that its products will not only function perfectly but will always exceed its customer expectations. Therefore, GPO USA has created an industry-leading Spectacular Lifetime Warranty™. With outstanding professional service, GPO USA will take care of its products before, during, and after the purchase at no charge—EVER. Founded in 2016, GPO USA is headquartered in Richmond, Va. For more information on GPO USA visit
www.gpo-usa.com or call 844-MY BINOS (844-692-4667.)

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APEX Ammunition Wins Gray’s Best Award

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APEX Ammunition Wins Gray’s Best Award

Columbus, Miss. (February 1, 2023) – APEX Ammunition’s high-performance, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells have won a prestigious Gray’s Best award.

Each year the editors of Gray’s Sporting Journal test new products to determine which truly stand out as the best in their category.  They “select gear that not only makes good first impressions, but also satisfies during repeated use.”  Gray’s Best winners, according to the editors, “not only deliver on the claims of their makers but also have an extra attribute, an extra something that triggers a tenor of feel, remembrance, or aesthetic and can be defined only as …..satisfying. Much like Gray’s itself.”

The following are excerpts from the Gray’s Sporting Journal 2023 Expeditions and Guides Annual:

“The world of shotshells has split in several directions since federal legislation in the 1980s mandated non-lead shot for migratory birds. Companies have sprung up specifically to produce “non-toxic” shells, using various metals for shot pellets, from steel (iron) to bismuth to tungsten… Tungsten is heavier than lead…but it’s harder than steel, which makes it necessary to load it differently and pay close attention to what shotgun you use. Apex is a company in Mississippi that looked at these problems and decided the answer was a line of hand-crafted loads in different gauges, specifically for waterfowl and turkey hunting…By essentially hand-loading each round, Apex produces premium products that produce premium-plus results.”

Terry Wieland, Shooting Editor

With an industry-leading density of 18.1 g/cc, APEX TSS Turkey, Waterfowl, Upland Bird, and Predator loads hit with devastating energy for maximum penetration and knockdown power. Each handloaded shell features clean-burning powder and APEX’s tungsten-grade wad system engineered to deliver the tightest patterns possible with maximum barrel protection.

“We are honored and elated to be recognized by Gray’s Sporting Journal with a Gray’s Best award,” said Jason Lonsberry, CEO of APEX Ammunition. “We have put our hearts and souls into making the finest, most accurate shotshells on the market – meticulously handloading each TSS load for optimal patterning and performance – and we deeply appreciate Gray’s recognition of our efforts.”

APEX TSS loads are available in multiple gauges – 10 ga., 12 ga., 16 ga., 20 ga., 28 ga., and .410 bore – and a variety of shot sizes, shell lengths and blends. APEX also offers Small Batch Private Label custom loadings. For more information, visit ApexAmmunition.com.

About APEX Ammunition

What started in 2017 with a few handmade shells for a hunting trip with buddies has become an obsession to provide wingshooters with the absolute best performing ammunition possible. Founded by U.S. Veterans and hunting enthusiasts in the great state of Mississippi, APEX Ammunition pioneered the commercial application of ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot to create the hardest hitting, most accurate shot loads in the business. The driving principle behind the company’s continued quest for innovation and better performance is its commitment to delivering a hunting experience like no other. For more information, visit ApexAmmunition.com.

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NEUTRON: Multi-Use 30Cal Can

NEUTRON 7.62
5.7x28mm – 300WM | 14.6oz WEIGHT | 1.64″ DIAMETER | 6.6″ LENGTH

The tubeless, lightweight NEUTRON only weighs in at 14.6oz and is created from 17-4PH Stainless and 6AL4V Titanium. The multi-purpose 30cal can is full auto-rated and can accept 5.56 Gemtech end caps.

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Statement from GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue on Ukraine conflict

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

+1 (858) 524-8101

STATEMENT FROM GA-ASI CEO LINDEN BLUE ON UKRAINE CONFLICT

SAN DIEGO – 01 February 2023 – For nearly a year, the full might of the Russian military has battered — but not beaten — Ukrainian forces fighting for their very existence.

The world has reacted in almost unanimous support for the Ukrainian cause, but those efforts have overlooked one of the most obvious and force-multiplying technologies of modern warfare: Long-range and enduring, stand-off sensing, unmanned aircraft systems.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is dedicated to providing information dominance to its partners. From the outset of the Russian invasion, we began looking for options to respond to the requests of Ukrainian forces with our products, including the MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle. Both systems have been used to devasting effect in combat by U.S. and partner nations for more than two decades and remain the gold standard for high-quality, medium-altitude UAS in the world.

We have delivered more than 1,000 aircraft over 30 years and flown nearly 8 million flight hours, most of them in hostile areas around the world. This is all we do. We know that introducing these systems to the battlefield will provide an immediate impact.

We have offered to train Ukrainian operators on these systems at no cost to U.S. taxpayers or the Ukrainian government. We have offered flexible options and recommendations for delivery. We have discussed the situation endlessly at every level of the U.S. federal government, and with many international partners.

Recently, we offered to transfer two of our own, company-owned training aircraft, plus the ground control station and other hardware required to operate them, for the symbolic price of $1, and reiterated our offer to train the first cadre of pilots and maintainers at our expense.
Many of the additional costs associated with readying these aircraft for combat, outfitting them with the necessary equipment, transporting them to Ukraine, setting up operations in that country, obtaining satellite bandwidth and providing additional supporting labor, are outside of our control. Our estimates for launch and ongoing operations do not include one penny of profit to our company.

Factoring in hardware and training that is essentially free, the offer is a remarkable deal with no strings attached.  All that is required is approval from the U.S. government. Our goal is now, and has always been, to help the Ukrainian armed forces defend and protect their homes and families, and help bring a rapid closure to this conflict before more lives are lost.

There are limits to what an American defense company can do to support a situation such as this. From our perspective, it is long past time to enable Ukrainian forces with the information dominance required to win this war.

Linden Blue

Chief Executive Officer

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

ABOUT GA-ASI:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com

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SAAMI Announces Acceptance of New Cartridges

SAAMI

February 1, 2023

SAAMI Announces Acceptance of New Cartridges

SHELTON, Conn.—The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®) has announced the acceptance of three new rifle cartridges for SAAMI standardization. SAAMI is the organization at the forefront of promoting firearm safety by creating standards that ensure safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition, and components.

Click on the cartridge name to open the introduction package.

7mm Precision Rifle Cartridge – The 7mm PRC was introduced by Hornady Manufacturing Co. with a 180-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 2,950 fps and a Maximum Average Pressure of 65,000 psi.

360 Buckhammer – The 360 Buckhammer was introduced by Federal Cartridge Company with a 200-grain bullet traveling at velocity of 2,170 fps and a Maximum Average Pressure of 50,000 psi.

400 Legend – The 400 Legend was introduced by Olin Winchester with a 215-grain bullet traveling at velocity of 2,230 fps and a Maximum Average Pressure of 45,000 psi.

For further information on these new cartridges, please visit https://saami.org/technical-information/cartridge-chamber-drawings/.



About SAAMI

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible design, manufacture, transportation, storage and use of these products.

SAAMI | 6 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT 06484


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Super Bowl Fans: Leave Your Drone at Home

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February 1, 2023

Super Bowl No Drone Zone

WASHINGTON – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LVII. Drones will be restricted during the following times and days:

Game Day, Sunday, Feb. 12

  • Restrictions begin at 11 a.m. MST within two-nautical-miles around the stadium up to 2,000 feet in altitude.
  • The restrictions expand at 3:30 until 9 p.m. MST to a 30-nautical-mile radius and up to 18,000 feet in altitude.

Before Game Day

  • Restrictions for downtown Phoenix will be between McDowell Road, W. Lincoln Street, North Ninth Street and North Ninth Avenue. Those will be up to an altitude of 1,000 feet from Feb. 9 – 12 between 6 a.m. and midnight daily.
  • Additional details are available in the Super Bowl LVII Flight Advisory.
  • Drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face drone confiscation, fines that exceed $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution.
  • Detailed information for general aviation and drone pilots is available on the FAA’s Super Bowl LVII webpage.

Contact FAA page for contact information.

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Want to win $5500 in Vortex® gear?

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February 1, 2023

BARNEVELD, Wis. – Vortex® is launching the new Vortex Nation™ newsletter, and one lucky subscriber is going to get the loadout of their dreams. From February 1 to March 31, the Vortex Nation™ Giveaway will award weekly winners leading up to the grand prize: A $5500 Vortex® optics and apparel shopping spree.

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About Vortex®: Your desire to be your best fuels our promise to provide nothing short of exceptional performance, unmatched service, and memorable experiences. The way we see it, your success is our success. Welcome to Vortex Nation.

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Bear Forest Knives PuuMuk- Revamp of a Classic

Bear Forest Knives PuuMuk- Revamp of a Classic

Palm Desert, CA (February 1, 2023) – Bear Forest Knives introduces PuuMuk. Raw 80CrV2 High Carbon steel with micarta scales never looked better in leather—all made in the USA!

Collectors, reenactors, campers, and outdoors people alike have endeared this 1800s knife pattern. Since prolific writer and adventurer George Washington Sears, known as “Nessmuk,” popularized this pattern, it has been one of the most emulated styles in the cutlery industry. The hump on the spine, close to the point, and deep belly define the general look of a Nessmuk-style knife. In fact, it was an old butcher’s knife pattern suitable for woodland carry.

The PuuMuk is a Scandinavian puukko and a Nessmuk-style combination knife. It features the straight handle of a puukko without a guard and the blade shape of a Nessmuk. It has an overall length of 8.25 inches, with a 4-inch blade. Unlike the book diagram of Nessmuk’s knife, with an antler handle and what seems to be a partial tang, the PuuMuk is a full tang knife. It features a 90-degree spine for an added scraping and peeling wood tool.

Thin blades are back, and Bear Forest Knives captured the essence of this iconic classic with the PuuMuk. The .093″ (3/32″) thick blade stock is meant to slice bacon, butcher, skin game, sharpen tent pegs, and whittle. And it will be comfortable at home on the kitchen cutting board, slicing cheese, summer sausage, or veggies for stew.

The Bear Forest Knives PuuMuk is a modern-day mountain man’s EDC—if there ever was one! 

Features

  • · Overall Length: 8.25″
  • · Blade Length: 4″
  • · Thickness: .093” (3/32”)
  • · Steel: 80CrV2 High Carbon
  • · 90-Degree Spine
  • · Grind: High Saber
  • · Finish: Raw
  • · Handle Scales: Natural, Black, and Vintage Brown Linen Micarta,
  • · Sheath: JRE Industries Leather Sheath Brown
  • · U.S.A Made
  • · MSRP: $179.99

About Bear Forest Knives:

Bear Forest Knives shares an abiding love for the great outdoors, the freedom and fresh air, and the chance to connect with nature in all its glorious forms. Bear Forest Knives was created to enhance all adventures and interactions in the wild, standing at the ready for whatever the day or night, climate, or conditions may bring. Bear Forest Knives are purpose-built for these moments and the daily life that happens in between.

For more information, please visit: https://www.bearforestknives.com/

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Winchester® Awarded NGSW Ammunition Production Contract from the U.S. Army

Winchester, the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the U.S. military, today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a contract to manufacture, test, and deliver 5 million 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) cartridges.

Winchester® Awarded NGSW Ammunition Production Contract from the U.S. Army

EAST ALTON, IL (February 1, 2023) — Winchester, the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the U.S. military, today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a contract to manufacture, test, and deliver 5 million 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) cartridges.
The NGSW cartridges will be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Mo., the United States’ only government-owned, contractor-operated small caliber ammunition production facility.
“The award of Lake City’s first production order of the 6.8mm NGSW cartridge represents several years of hard work, dedication, and collaboration between Winchester, the U.S. Army, and industry partners,” said Brett Flaugher, President of Winchester. “The Winchester team is honored to have been entrusted with the opportunity and responsibility of producing the ammunition which will keep our nation safe for years to come.”

About the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

The Lake City Plant, which began production in 1941, provides small-caliber military ammunition for both training and combat purposes. The plant, encompassing nearly 4,000 acres, also serves as a national test center for ammunition performance and weapons firing. For information regarding Winchester’s Lake City operations visit https://winchestermilitary.com.

About Winchester Ammunition

Winchester is the largest small caliber ammunition enterprise in the world and the leader in delivering innovative ammunition products to hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and the U.S. Warfighter. The 157-year-old Winchester brand is built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about Winchester by visiting Winchester.com

Winchester: Committed to Safe, Legal and Responsible Firearm Use

As a global leader in the shooting sports and hunting industry, and a brand of 157 years, Winchester is committed to safe, legal and responsible firearm use. Winchester works with key groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation on a variety of topics important to our industry, including training and education, and on specific programs such as Gun Owners Care and Project ChildSafe. Winchester will continue to support programs, organizations and individuals who promote hunting and shooting sports activities in a positive and responsible environment. Any use of firearms by youth participants should be done under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.

About Gun Owners Care

Gun owners care. You care about safety. You care about preventing unauthorized access to firearms. You care about bettering your community, helping those in need, and conserving wildlife and wild places for generations to come. It’s time for gun owners to tell their stories and to show how they’re making a difference. NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms industry, has established the Gun Owners Care campaign to unite gun owners and the firearms industry in this common cause. Visit gunownerscare.org for more information.

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GA-ASI Selected by DARPA to Support Liberty Lifter Program

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GA-ASI SELECTED BY DARPA TO SUPPORT LIBERTY LIFTER PROGRAM

SAN DIEGO – 01 February 2023 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) was awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the development of an aircraft capable of sustained seaborne strategic and tactical lift. The U.S. Defense Department announced on Nov. 25, 2022, that the $8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract award is in support of DARPA’s Liberty Lifter program.

The program’s focus is on designing, building, and testing a seaplane that can operate efficiently at less than 100 feet above the ground, hold flight altitudes of up to 10,000 feet mean sea level and transport huge payloads at speeds faster than current sea lift platforms, while shifting the paradigm of strategic lift to a cost per ton instead of cost per pound approach.

“GA-ASI is committed to the advancement of a cargo seaplane design capable of delivering heavy cargo and utilizing Wing-in-Ground effect to revolutionize transport to support tomorrow’s warfighter,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “Our experience in maritime aircraft such as the MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian will help advance the capabilities of the Liberty Lifter concept and expand our cargo aircraft portfolio.”

GA-ASI and Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) partnered on this project to provide DARPA with superior air and sea-based craft design experience.

The award covers the next six months as the base effort, and if the option is exercised, GA-ASI will spend the following 12 months maturing and completing the design and preparing for manufacturing with the award potentially growing to a total of $29 million.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

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Rugged’s Valentine’s Promo Starts Today!

In order to be eligible for this promotion, customers must register their suppressor through the Rugged website via their eStore account. Customers will need to create an account if they do not already have one (https://ruggedsuppressors.com/estoreaccount/). They will upload a copy of the paid-in-full receipt from their dealer, as well as a file copy of the Form4. In order to receive the promotion, the suppressors must be purchased between February 1 – 28, 2023. The registration cutoff date for this promotion is May 31, 2023. Distributor and dealer exclusions apply as they are not eligible for this promotion. This promotion cannot be combined with any other sale or promotion. Funds can only be used on regular-priced items. Void where prohibited by law, terms subject to change without notice.

Get the Word Out to Your Customers to say “Be Mine” to Rugged Suppressors in the month of February!


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NSSF Commends Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Introduction

February 1, 2023

NSSF Commends Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Introduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, commends U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) introduction of S. 214, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The legislation was introduced with 45 original co-sponsors to protect law-abiding concealed carry permit holders from being forced to navigate a patchwork of varying gun control laws when crossing state lines.

“This is common sense legislation that solves the problem of the confusing patchwork of laws surrounding concealed carry permits, particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “This legislation safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. NSSF thanks Senator Cornyn for his principled leadership to protect Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners who seek to protect themselves and their loved ones as they travel across state lines.”

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would treat valid, state-issued concealed carry permits in the same manner as a drivers’ license. The legislation would ensure states are able to set their own standards for issuing a concealed carry permit and where a permit holder can carry a firearm, within the guardrails established by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Bruen decision, but would ensure that those permits are recognized as lawful when traveling across state lines. Your Second Amendment right to carry a firearm on your person for self-defense does not stop at your state’s border.

Unlike other rights protected by the U.S. Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms is regulated differently by individual states. While individual rights to speech, religion and protections of Due Process or Search and Seizure are constant, gun rights vary according to the state. Reciprocity agreements exist between some states, but not between all and are ever-changing. This legislation would end the risk of law-abiding concealed carry permit holders running afoul of varying state-by-state laws when traveling and crossing borders.

About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org..


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iRayUSA To Attend NBS Spring Market

Feb. 2, 2023

IRAYUSA ATTENDING NBS SPRING MARKET

Fort Worth, Texas (Feb. 2, 2023) – iRayUSA, a Texas-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of premium thermal night vision devices is proud to announce their attendance at the NBS 2023 Spring Semi-Annual Market. The NBS Spring Market will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas and will run February 2nd to 6th, 2023.
“2022 was a great year for iRayUSA and 2023 is already on pace to be our best year yet” stated Angelo Brewer, Director of Operations, iRayUSA. “Our success is largely due to the innovation of our products and our dealer partners. During NBS, we are looking forward to continue growing our valued dealer partners and supporting them by offering generous dealer programs” continued Brewer.
All NBS Members are invited to stop by the iRayUSA booth, number 2117, to learn more about the full line of thermal products under both the iRayUSA and InfiRay Outdoor lines, including 6 new InfiRay Outdoor thermal imaging product series that were debited at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas. 
All the new product offerings will be available for purchase in the 1st quarter of 2023 through the authorized iRayUSA dealer network. As with all iRayUSA products, a 5-year warranty that includes a 1-week turnaround process is offered. For a full list of product specifications, and an authorized dealer locator, visit the iRayUSA website,
www.irayusa.com.
Prospective dealers interested in learning more about the iRayUSA dealer programs can contact iRayUSA by emailing
info@irayusa.com  or completing a dealer inquiry request on the iRayUSA website, https://irayusa.com/become-a-dealer/.

5-Year Warranty with 1-Week Turnaround Process
At iRayUSA we are first and foremost hunters and users of our products, and we understand that failure is not an option. One of our primary objectives at iRayUSA is to greatly improve the customer service level for the end user. We accomplish this through offering our industry-first 1-week repair guarantee, and by only working with highly qualified Authorized Dealers. During the published warranty period, iRayUSA will repair or replace, at its discretion, any optic that becomes defective from normal use. If we cannot repair an optic in less than one week, we will offer a replacement in like or better condition.


About iRay USA
iRayUSA is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of premium thermal night vision devices. Our company was established in 2020 by industry experts with more than a decade of experience in thermal sales, product development, and field use. We are proud of our industry experience and time spent in the field using thermal products, and that is what drives us to make the best products possible; products that we want to use as night hunters.
This commonality with our customer base is what sets iRayUSA apart from other manufacturers. It allows us to bring the most relevant products to market, as well as understand and provide the same level of customer support that we would want as end users ourselves.
Learn more about our products at:
www.irayusa.com
Dealer inquiries can be submitted at: www.irayusa.com/become-a-dealer
Warranty information can be found at: www.irayusa.com/warranty

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OUTDOOR DISCOVERY: World’s Best Sellers Get Even Better!

The World’s Best-Selling Metal Detectors Get Even Better

All-new Minelab EQUINOX 700 and 900 All-Terrain detectors join EQUINOX 600 and 800 models for 2023

Chicago, IL (January 31, 2023) – Consisting of the popular EQUINOX 600 and EQUINOX 800 metal detectors, Minelab’s EQUINOX Series is designed for the serious treasure hunting enthusiast looking to upgrade to a high-performance detector without the high cost. But EQUINOX isn’t for the experienced alone. State-of-the-art Multi-IQ simultaneous multi-frequency technology and multiple pre-set detecting modes combine with competitive pricing to make EQUINOX models great choices for new detectorists as well.

Indeed, EQUINOX has proven itself, both in the field and in the marketplace. In fact, its unique combination of performance, features, capability, and price has made EQUINOX 800 the world’s best-selling metal detector since its introduction in 2017.

Minelab is pleased to announce two all-new additions to its popular EQUINOX Series: the next-generation EQUINOX 700 All-Terrain All-Treasure detector and EQUINOX 900 All-Terrain All-Target detector – both of which deliver heightened levels of performance.

New Minelab EQUINOX 900

High-Resolution Target IDs and Improved Target Separation

New EQUINOX 700 and 900 models feature improved Target Separation capability which adjusts recovery speed and iron bias. More high-resolution Target IDs – 119 total (99 non-ferrous and 20 ferrous) – help detectorists better distinguish between trash and treasure like never before.

Swing Lighter, Hunt Longer

New EQUINOX 700 and 900 detectors (2.8 lbs.) are 5% lighter than EQUINOX 600 and 800 models (2.96 lbs.).

Dive Deeper to Find More Treasure

New submersible EQUINOX 700 and 900 All-Terrain detectors are rated IP68, providing improved waterproof performance to 5 meters (16 ft.).

Advanced Audio Control

EQUINOX 700 and 900’s five Audio Modes with user-configurable options mean the sound of treasure has never been clearer. Detectorists will not only hear if a target is trash or treasure, but they’ll also be able to gauge its size and depth simply by listening.

New Lighting and Vibration

New EQUINOX 700 and 900 detectors ensure that the hunt won’t end when the sun goes down. New features like Control Pod Flashlight, Red Backlight Display, Backlit Keypad, and Handgrip Vibration combine to help detectorists find their way to treasures long after others have given up the search.

New Minelab EQUINOX 700

NEW MINELAB EQUINOX 700 ALL-TERRAIN ALL-TREASURE DETECTOR FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES

MINELAB MULTI-IQ® — True Simultaneous Multi-Frequency technology.

  • \HIGH RESOLUTION TARGET IDs — 119 Target IDs mean you’ll be able to better distinguish between trash and treasure, with 99 non-ferrous and 20 ferrous Target IDs
  • TARGET SEPARATION — Recovery Speed and Iron Bias control how EQUINOX 700 responds to multiple signals – from minimizing your chances of digging iron to sniffing out gold and other treasures hiding within the trashiest ground and everything in between
  • WATERPROOF — With IP68 waterproof capability to 5 m (16 ft), take EQUINOX 700 anywhere and own the ground beneath your feet or below the waves.
  • SUPREME ALL-TERRAIN DETECTING — Featuring Park, Field and Beach Search Modes, whether you’re swinging in the forest or snorkelling at the beach, EQUINOX 700 finds treasure that other detectors miss.
  • EXTREME PRECISION — The EQUINOX Multi-IQ® engine delivers Stable IDs for even the deepest targets. Depend on solid, stable information to tell you whether to dig in or move on. When you’ve got a target, switch to Pinpoint Mode to zero-in further.
  • ADVANCED AUDIO CONTROL — 5 Audio Modes with user-configurable options mean the sound of treasure has never been clearer. Detectorists will not only hear if a target is trash or treasure, but they’ll also be able to gauge its size and depth simply by listening.

  • LIGHT AND COMPACT — Featuring a lightweight, 3-piece carbon-fiber shaft, EQUINOX 700 weighs only 1.2 kg (2.8 lb) and packs down to a mere 61 cm (24 in). Throw it in your backpack, and you’re all set.
  • 4 SINGLE-FREQUENCY OPTIONS — For those with a specific goal in mind, EQUINOX 700 delivers total control and the power to choose from four single frequencies: 4/5/10/15 kHz.
  • CHOICE OF COILS — EQUINOX 700 is compatible with EQX | 11™ 11″ Round Double-D (included), EQX | 06™ 6″ Round Double-D (optional accessory), EQX | 15™ 15″x12″ Elliptical Double-D (optional accessory), and all existing EQUINOX coils (optional accessories).
  • LIGHTING AND VIBRATION — The daylight may have ended, but that doesn’t mean your hunt has to — with Control Pod Flashlight, Red Backlight Display, Backlit Keypad, and Handgrip Vibration you can power on long after the sun has gone.
  • LOUD AND CLEAR AUDIO — Enjoy crystal-clear audio with lightning-fast Low Latency Wireless Headphones and In-Built Speaker (Included), or optional Wired Headphones or Waterproof Headphones (accessories).
  • BUILT TO LAST — Because we’re committed to leading the pack for performance and support, the rugged EQUINOX 700 is backed by Minelab’s global network and up to 3-year warranty.
  • MSRP: $699

INCLUDED WITH THE NEW EQUINOX 700

  • EQX|11™ Coil with Skidplate 11″ Round Double-D — Waterproof to 5 m (16 ft)
  • Low Latency Wireless Headphones
  • Charging Cable
  • Getting Started Guide

AVAILBLE OPTIONS FOR THE NEW EQUINOX 700

  • DC Car Charger 2 USB port car charger
  • Headphone Adaptor 6.35 mm to 3.5 mm
  • Waterproof Headphones
  • EQX|06™ Coil with Skidplate 06″ Round Double-D — Waterproof to 5 m (16 ft)
  • EQX|15™ Coil with Skidplate 15″x12″ Elliptical Double-D — Waterproof to 5 m (16 ft)

NEW MINELAB EQUINOX 900 ALL-TERRAIN ALL-TARGET DETECTOR FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES

  • MINELAB MULTI-IQ® — True Simultaneous Multi-Frequency technology.
  • HIGH RESOLUTION TARGET IDs — 119 Target IDs mean you’ll be able to better distinguish between trash and treasure, with 99 non-ferrous and 20 ferrous Target IDs.
  • TARGET SEPARATION — Recovery Speed and Iron Bias control how EQUINOX 900 responds to multiple signals – from minimizing your chances of digging iron to sniffing out gold and other treasures hiding within the trashiest ground and everything in between.
  • WATERPROOF — With IP68 waterproof capability to 5 m (16 ft), take EQUINOX 900 anywhere and own the ground beneath your feet or below the waves.
  • SUPREME ALL-TERRAIN DETECTING — Featuring Park, Field, Beach and Gold Search Modes, whether you’re swinging in the goldfields or snorkelling at the beach, EQUINOX 900 has no limits and dominates all targets and all terrains.

  • EXTREME PRECISION — The EQUINOX Multi-IQ® engine delivers Stable IDs for even the deepest targets. Depend on solid, stable information to tell you whether to dig in or move on. When you’ve got a target, switch to Pinpoint Mode to zero-in further.
  • ADVANCED AUDIO CONTROL — 5 Audio Modes with user-configurable options mean the sound of treasure has never been clearer. Detectorists will not only hear if a target is trash or treasure, but they’ll also be able to gauge its size and depth simply by listening.
  • LIGHT AND COMPACT — Featuring a lightweight, 3-piece carbon-fiber shaft, EQUINOX 900 weighs only 1.2 kg (2.8 lb.) and packs down to a mere 61 cm (24 in). Throw it in your backpack, and you’re all set.
  • 6 SINGLE-FREQUENCY OPTIONS — For those with a specific goal in mind, EQUINOX 900 delivers total control and the power to choose from six single frequencies: 4/5/10/15/20/40 kHz.

  • CHOICE OF COILS — EQUINOX 900 is compatible with EQX | 11™ 11″ Round Double-D (included), EQX | 06™ 6″ Round Double-D (included), EQX | 15™ 15″x12″ Elliptical Double-D (optional accessory), and all existing EQUINOX coils (optional accessories).
  • LIGHTING AND VIBRATION — The daylight may have ended, but that doesn’t mean your hunt has to — with Control Pod Flashlight, Red Backlight Display, Backlit Keypad, and Handgrip Vibration you can power on long after the sun has gone.
  • LOUD AND CLEAR AUDIO — Enjoy crystal-clear audio with lightning-fast Low Latency Wireless Headphones and In-Built Speaker (Included), or optional Wired Headphones or Waterproof Headphones (accessories).
  • BUILT TO LAST — Because we’re committed to leading the pack for performance and support, the rugged EQUINOX 900 is backed by Minelab’s global network and up to 3-year warranty.
  • MSRP: $1,099

INCLUDED WITH THE NEW EQUINOX 900

  • EQX|11™ Coil with Skidplate 11″ Round Double-D — Waterproof to 5 m (16 ft)
  • EQX|06™ Coil with Skidplate 06″ Round Double-D — Waterproof to 5 m (16 ft)
  • Low Latency Wireless Headphones
  • Charging Cable
  • Getting Started Guide

AVAILABLE OPTIONS FOR THE NEW EQUINOX 900

  • DC Car Charger 2 USB port car charger
  • Headphone Adaptor 6.35 mm to 3.5 mm
  • Waterproof Headphones
  • EQX|15™ Coil with Skidplate 15″x12″ Elliptical Double-D — Waterproof to 5 m (16 ft)

All-new Minelab EQUINOX 700 and 900 All-Terrain Metal Detectors are now available. Join the conversation on social media at @minelabdetecting and @minelabmetaldetectors, or learn more at minelab.com.


ABOUT MINELAB:

Minelab is an Australian, multi-award-winning business that has successfully scaled world markets to command global leadership in its key areas of operation. Based in Mawson Lakes, South Australia, with regional offices in Cork, Ireland; Dubai, UAE; Monterrey, Mexico; Itajai, Brazil; and Chicago, U.S.A., the company specializes in advanced electronic technologies. Since its origins in 1985, Minelab has been the world leader in providing metal-detecting technologies for gold prospecting, treasure hunting and landmine clearance. Through devotion to research and development and innovative design, Minelab is today the major world manufacturer of handheld metal detector products. Over the past 30 years, Minelab has introduced more innovative and practical technology than any of its competitors and has taken the metal detecting industry to new levels of excellence. Minelab is a Codan Limited company (ASX: “CDA”). To learn more about Minelab, visit minelab.com.

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Design The Next Big Horn Armory T-Shirt


Design The Next Big Horn Armory T-Shirt

Big Horn Armory is launching a new contest to design its next t-shirt with a lever-action theme and is asking its customers to participate.

Cody, Wyo. (February 2023)Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, has launched a new contest to design its next t-shirt and is inviting its customers to submit ideas for consideration. The t-shirt theme is based on BHA’s popular big-bore lever action rifles. Between Feb. 1 – 8, 2023, participants can submit t-shirt concepts focused on the lever action lifestyle to general@bighornarmory.com or through direct message on any of BHA’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, MeWe, LinkedIn, Parler, Locals, or Twitter.

The top five submissions will be compiled by BHA, with a voting period opening to the public between Feb. 13 – 17, 2023. A survey link with the top five submissions will be shared on all BHA social media platforms, newsletters, and a press release. Once the voting period has closed, the winner will be announced on Feb. 24, 2023.

The winner of the contest will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond and confirm acceptance of the prize package. In addition to receiving the very first lever action t-shirt with their design on it, there are also two prize options the winner can choose from:

  • · Option 1: a $500 discount code good for one year to use on any purchase from www.bighornarmory.com; or
  • · Option 2: a lever action care package worth $375. This includes a BHA Logo Hat, a BHA Logo Butt Cuff, a Lever Action Rhodesian Sling, and a Scabbard.

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

About Big Horn Armory:

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


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SNEAK PREVIEW: RITON 3 TACTIX 1-8×24

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I had the pleasure of meeting the RITON folks, at SHOT SHOW 2023, what a great group; amiable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about being part of a winning team. RITON is an Arizona based purveyor of excellent optics at a palatable price point. I’m presently working on a review of their 3 Tactix 1-8×24 LPVO, and my first question to a RITON team member was, how can you deliver something like it at its current price point. It was clearly something he liked hearing and that speaks volumes about the company itself.

The RITON 3 TACTIX 1-8×24 is a second focal plane optic that is hands down the right choice for those getting started in three gun competition.  Read my upcoming review.

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NEBO Brings More Light for the Short Days of Winter

NEBO Brings More Light for the Short Days of Winter

Fort Worth, TX (Jan 31, 2023)- With shorter days and colder temperatures upon us, one of the most important things you can have by your side is a dependable LED lighting product from NEBO.

From work to home, camping to traveling, with less daylight available during the winter months, NEBO’s line of lights can help cut through the early darkness during the chilly Winter season.

The SLYDE KING 2K is one of the most versatile flashlights on the market. Featuring a 2,000-lumen light with 4x zoom, the SLYDE KING 2K is rechargeable and waterproof in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes with an ergonomic rubberized grip and a powerful magnetic base for hands-free use. It also serves as a 500-lumen C•O•B work light, is dimmable with programmable memory, and includes a red hazard flasher that guarantees you are seen in emergencies.

The INSPECTOR 500+ is just the thing for tight spaces. This powerful 500-lumen inspection penlight is rechargeable and waterproof and features four light modes and an expandable light area. The INSPECTOR 500+ features Flex-Power Technology, allowing it to be powered by rechargeable or AAA batteries. It comes with a sturdy pocket clip for secure, everyday carry and has a magnetic base for hands-free use.

If an everyday carry flashlight is what you need, the TORCHY 2K is the choice. The TORCHY 2K features a 2000-lumen light in a small, compact body that fits into the smallest corners and crevices. It has a MagDock USB rechargeable battery with five light modes that transition seamlessly thanks to Smart Power Control. The TORCHY 2K is water-resistant and features a detachable two-way clip for convenient carry and a magnetic base for hands-free lighting.

Explore the full line of NEBO products by visiting nebo.acgbrands.com.

NEBO SLYDE KING 2K FEATURES:

  • · 2000 Lumens
  • · Rechargeable
  • · Waterproof (IP67)
  • · 500 Lumen C•O•B work light
  • · Dimmable
  • · Programmable Memory
  • · Powerful Magnetic Base
  • PRICE AND SKU:
  • · MSRP $59.99
  • · SKU NEB-WLT-1003

NEBO INSPECTOR 500+ FEATURES:

  • · 500 Lumens
  • · Rechargeable
  • · Waterproof (IPX7)
  • · Flex-Power Technology
  • · Four Light Modes
  • · Expandable Light Area
  • · Powerful Magnetic Base
  • PRICE AND SKU:
  • · MSRP $44.99
  • · SKU NEB- POC-1000

TORCHY 2K FEATURES:

  • · 2000 Lumens
  • · Rechargeable
  • · Waterproof (IPX6)
  • · 5 Light Modes
  • · Smart Power Control
  • · Detachable Two-Way Clip
  • PRICE AND SKU:
  • · MSRP $49.99
  • · SKU NEB- FLT-1006

ABOUT NEBO:

At NEBO, we believe that breakthroughs and big ideas always require unconventional thinking. Having sold over 30 million of the world’s best-selling lines of innovative, consumer-friendly flashlights and tools, we never stop creating. We expand the possibilities for our consumers by offering more than just the brightest lights on the market. At NEBO, we continually innovate to offer the highest quality LED lighting products at the best price so that you can keep making and doing. We exist to bring light to what you do. Visit us at www.nebo.acgbrands.com

For more information, please visit  WWW.NEBO.ACGBRANDS.COM

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Certified Refurbished ROMEO4S Red Dot Sights

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HatsanUSA’s All New ZADA is Loaded with Features to Be the Ultimate Beginner Airgun

HatsanUSA’s All New ZADA is Loaded with Features to Be the Ultimate Beginner Airgun

Rogers, AR (January 31, 2023) – Hatsan’s NEW ZADA break barrel air rifle is the newest edition of entry-level, spring-action air rifles. The refined design is precision-engineered to be the ultimate high-performance beginner’s shooting platform.

Designed for a lifetime of use, the ZADA utilizes a precision rifled German steel barrel and a synthetic molded shroud to reduce overall weight. The ZADA is available in three calibers .177 caliber, .22 caliber, and .25 caliber, and is capable of producing up to 24 ft-lbs. of kinetic energy and blistering fast velocities between 700 and 1300 FPS depending on the caliber and ammunition selected.

Hatsan focused on ease of use when equipping the ZADA with an easy-cocking break barrel, purpose-built for the beginning shooter. Its large muzzle break, with Hatsan’s QE technology with an integrated sound moderator, makes manipulating the single-shot cocking action smooth and nearly effortless. As a result, this provides more control to the shooter and quieter shots down range.

The ZADA sports a new tactical style stock with a pistol grip, designed to be more ergonomic and attractive than its predecessor. Its ambidextrous synthetic stock is rock solid and lightweight. With the marksman in mind, the ZADA features a textured grip and forearm for better control and feel. Designed with a Monte Carlo cheek piece and rubber buttpad, the ZADA features comfort similar to those of the most advanced Hatsan air rifles.

This airgun incorporates an integrated, shock-absorbing, advanced-polymer scope rail to keep the included 4×32 Optima scope zeroed for superior accuracy. If you prefer not to use the scope, the ZADA is fitted with contrasting colored fiber optic sights. The rear sight is fully adjustable for both windage and elevation. It boasts a fully adjustable trigger, manual firing safety, and an automatic cocking safety, making the NEW ZADA a great entry-level airgun for those interested in picking up a fun hobby.

ZADA Features:

  • · Single-shot, spring piston, break barrel air rifle
  • · Available in .177, .22, and .25 calibers
  • · QuietEnergy (QE) Technology – fully shrouded barrel and integrated sound moderator reduces downrange noise
  • · Adjustable trigger for weight and break
  • · Precision rifled and choked German steel barrel
  • · Large muzzle break for easy cocking
  • · Combination 11 mm dovetail and Weaver rail accepts a wide range of optic mounts
  • · Includes 4×32 Optima scope and rings
  • · Fixed open front sight with red fiber optics
  • · Micro-adjustable rear sight for both windage and elevation with green fiber optics
  • · All-weather, tactical pistol grip thumbhole, synthetic stock with ambidextrous design
  • · Textured grip and forearm for better control and feel
  • · Monte Carlo cheek rest
  • · Rubber buttpad
  • · Anti-bear trap safety mechanism
  • · Manual and automatic cocking safety
  • · Max Velocity* – Lead-Free Pellets – .177 cal – 1300 FPS, .22 cal – 1000 FPS, .25 cal – 750 FPS
  • · Max Velocity* – Lead Pellets – .177 cal – 1100 FPS, .22 cal – 800 FPS, .25 cal – 700 FPS
  • · Max Muzzle Energy* – .177 cal – 20 FPE, .22 cal – 21 FPE, .25 cal – 24 FPE
  • · Overall Length: 45 in.
  • · Barrel Length: 14.5 in.
  • · Weight: 6.25 lbs.

HatsanUSA is the exclusive distributor of Hatsan airguns and Escort firearms in the U.S. Recognized for craftsmanship and precision performance, Hatsan products provide an exceptional shooting experience. The brands are purpose-driven and renowned for outstanding power, performance, reliability, and value. Hatsan takes pride in its vertically integrated manufacturing process, which enables it to maintain the highest levels of quality, workmanship, and a competitive advantage.

For more information, please visit www.hatsanusa.com

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True Utility Offers a ‘True’ Keychain Knife

True Utility Offers a ‘True’ Keychain Knife

Fort Worth, Texas (January 31, 2023) – The adage is, “the best knife is the one you have available,” and this is not incorrect. However, it is possible to make an available knife a great knife. Sometimes, the best tools are not always the largest or most expensive. They are often the little ones that get the job done well and efficiently while holding up to extended use and abuse.

True has released the Berm, a small keychain knife designed to always be within reach. This ultra-compact knife is meant to be accessible and used for day-to-day tasks. The incorporated carabiner can be attached to a key ring, backpack, purse, or even just a small loop in a vehicle or clothing. The 1.5-inch modified clip point blade is made from 7Cr17Mov high carbon steel. This makes it rugged and durable, with a strong edge yet soft enough to sharpen easily. It’s finished off in a titanium nitride finish.

When opening the knife, the ball-bearing pivot moves freely and comfortably, locking it open with a liner lock. When closed, the rear of the blade has a textured flipper for ease of deployment. The edge is housed in G10 composite scales with adequate texture for gripping. Attached is a reversible pocket clip for right– or left-hand users when not attached to a keychain or bag. Overall, the deployed length is 4.1 inches and 2.66 inches when closed. The entire knife weighs a staggering 0.14 lbs.

The Berm is a great tool to have on hand as a gift or for personal use. It can adequately perform tasks in case of an emergency or general daily use. MSRP is $29.99, making it a budget tool with great craftsmanship and design.

Learn more about the BERM Keychain Knife:  https://true.acgbrands.com/en_US/berm.html

SPECS:

  • · 1.5” Modified Clip Point
  • · High Carbon Stainless Steel (7Cr17MoV)
  • · Titanium Nitride Finish
  • · G10 Composite handle
  • · Liner Lock
  • · Total Length: 4.1”
  • · Folded Length: 2.66”
  • · Weight: 0.14 lbs
  • FEATURES:
  • · Ball Bearing Flipper
  • · Integrated Carabiner
  • · Reversible Pocket Clip
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • SKU: TRU-FMK-1009

About TRUE®:

TRUE was born out of the desire to do a lot with a little. Our mission is to create multi-functional tools that fit in your pocket, allowing you to tackle anything without having to quit, disrupt or postpone your daily activities. TRUE is not just a name; it’s what the brand is about. The TRUE mission is to create products that maximize preparedness while minimizing the space a product occupies by eliminating unnecessary bells and whistles. Our goal is to provide a wide range of portable, lightweight products that not only fit in your pocket (or bag or backpack) but also fit in your lifestyle, enabling you to do a lot with a little, no matter where you are. Visit us at: https://true.acgbrands.com/

For more information, please visit https://true.acgbrands.com/

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NSSF Applauds Court Order to Block New Jersey’s Frivolous Lawsuit Law

January 31, 2023

NSSF Applauds Court Order to Block New Jersey’s Frivolous Lawsuit Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. — NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, welcomed the U.S. District Court of New Jersey’s preliminary injunction order to block a public nuisance law that was recently enacted by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. That law allowed frivolous and unconstitutional lawsuits against members of the firearm industry for the subsequent criminal misuse of a lawfully-sold firearm by remote third parties over whom members of the industry have no control. Judge Zahid Quraishi noted that the landmark 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) specifically protects against these baseless lawsuits that have no foundation in a basic understanding of tort law.

“NSSF is pleased by today’s ruling because we know New Jersey’s law is unconstitutional as it is preempted by federal law,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The bottom line is that Congress specifically addressed these sorts of harassing and baseless lawsuits when PLCAA was passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority and signed into law by President George W. Bush. The court correctly pointed out in its opinion that New Jersey’s law directly conflicts with the intention of Congress.”

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) blocks lawsuits that attempt to hold firearm and ammunition industry companies liable for the criminal actions of third parties who misuse the industry’s lawfully sold, non-defective products. More specifically, this common sense law ensures that responsible and law-abiding federally licensed manufacturers and retailers of firearms and ammunition are not unjustly blamed in federal and state civil actions for “the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse” these products that function as designed and intended.

Today’s decision should give pause to other states considering similar bills modeled on New Jersey’s law before they enact similarly unconstitutional laws that NSSF will challenge on behalf of the firearm industry. NSSF is challenging similar laws recently enacted in New York and Delaware.

NSSF was represented by Clement & Murphy, PLLC, in its challenge to New Jersey’s unconstitutional public nuisance law.

About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org..

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GA-ASI News: GA-ASI’s Eaglet Takes Its First Flight

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GA-ASI’S EAGLET TAKES ITS FIRST FLIGHT

Technical Demonstration With ARL and AvMC Shows Off New Survivable ALE

SAN DIEGO – 31 January 2023 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a new survivable Air-Launched Effect (ALE) for the first time as part of a flight demonstration based out of the Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, on Dec. 8, 2022. The ALE, known as Eaglet, was launched from a U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Eaglet flight was jointly funded by GA-ASI and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC).

“The first flight of the Eaglet was an important milestone for the GA-ASI/U.S. Army team,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “Eaglet is intended to be a low-cost, survivable UAS with the versatility to be launched from a Gray Eagle, rotary-wing aircraft, or ground vehicles. It enables extended reach of sensors and increased lethality while providing survivability for manned aircraft.”

Eaglet fits into the ‘ALE Large’ category, which encompasses larger, more powerful sensors or payloads. Because of its design, Eaglet is capable of carrying a diverse range of payloads in support of multiple Army missions.

Eaglet design extends battlefield options for commanders while reducing their decision cycles. Gray Eagle can carry Eaglet for thousands of kilometers before launching it while being controlled through unmanned-unmanned teaming or as a component of advanced teaming command and control concepts.

Eaglet can work in concert with other long-range payloads carried by Gray Eagles, helicopters, or other platforms to support deep sensing in Multi-Domain Operations.

With this successful flight of the Eaglet, GA-ASI will work with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to feature it in other exercises to further determine its potential. The Eaglet is the newest entry into GA-ASI’s Evolution Series of advanced UAS concepts.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian, and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

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GERMAN PRECISION OPTICS AT SHOT SHOW 2023

GPO USA | Chesterfield VA

There was no shortage of optics exhibitors at this year’s Shot Show; one that merits an introduction is GPO, German Precision Optics. So, who are they?

GPO is based in Germany, the company is owned and operated by Richard Schmidt, formerly CEO of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, GmbH. GPO, GmbH is the global owner of the GPO brand and works hand in hand with GPO, USA. Together, they collaborate on design and engineering, producing optics meeting the highest quality at their price point. GPO operates in a space occupied by mediocre quality suppliers and premium high quality high price offerings. GPO’s strategy is to occupy and dominate the middle, and from what I was able to see at their exhibit they are well on their way.

Time commitments did not permit looking through their expansive display, but the company covers the complete spectrum, offering rifle scopes, spotting scopes, binoculars and now reflex red dot sights.

While at their exhibit, I had the opportunity to look at their new LPVO, the Tactical 6Xi 1-6x24i, which was introduced January 2022. This is an impressive 30mm tube, first focal plane optic with a clarity as good as any Zeiss or Schmidt & Bender I’ve had the opportunity to look through. The scope features an illuminated horseshow reticle and MRAD wind and elevation adjustments. An excellent optic for three-gun competition or tactical applications.

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Like about everyone, GPO has ventured into the reflex red dot sight market. In January, the company introduced the GPO Spectra Reflex Sight. GPO included all the bells and whistles. The Spectra has no pushbuttons, it is a 3 MOA red dot sight, with automatic brightness adjustment, motion detection and 40,000 hours of run time on a single CR1632 battery. Click adjustment is 1 MOA with a maximum travel of 60 MOA for wind and elevation.

I’ll conclude by saying you’ll want to keep GPO on your radar for superb quality optics. The Spectra should be available Q2 2023, check them out and see if you agree with my assessment

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Mauser Introduces M18 Bolt-Action Rifle in Camo Patterns

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Mauser Introduces M18 Bolt-Action Rifle in Camo Patterns

 

San Antonio, Texas (January 30, 2023) – Blaser Group is pleased to introduce the award-winning Mauser M18 bolt-action rifle in two camo patterns – U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and Fred Bear Old School Camo. These newest M18 models have the same features as the Savanna tan version – a rugged composite stock with grip inserts and a threaded barrel for the addition of a suppressor or muzzle break.

Recognized for its accuracy and durability at an exceptional price point, this popular hunting rifle features a cold hammer-forged German-steel barrel, three-position safety, and adjustable trigger that allows you to set your own preferred pull weight from 2.25 – 4.25 lbs. The 60-degree oversized bolt with three locking lugs and two ejector pins allows for quick and smooth cycling of cartridges from the standard five-round magazine. Ten-round magazines are also available.

The Mauser M18 rifles are backed by a sub-MOA performance guarantee and 10-year factory warranty.

“The new Mauser M18 models in USMC and Old School Camo give hunters even more options in this award-winning rifle that embodies the advantages of German engineering and manufacturing,” said Jason Evans, CEO, Blaser Group. “The M18 is an ultra-rugged hunting rifle and a true value delivering superior reliability, durability, and accuracy in its class.”

The Mauser M18 Savanna accepts Remington 700 LA-style mounts and is available with a 1/2 x 28 threaded barrel in .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and 7mm Rem Mag chamberings and a 9/16 x 24 threaded barrel in .30-06, .300 Win Mag and .308 Win. For more information visit: www.mauser.com.

MSRP: $949.99

About Blaser Group                

The Blaser Group is the official U.S. importer for iconic German firearms brands Blaser, Mauser and J.P. Sauer; English gunmaker John Rigby & Co.; Minox optics and Liemke Thermal Optics. Established in 2006, the company which is based in San Antonio, Texas works with distributors, wholesalers, and over 200 authorized Blaser Group dealers across all North American states, with this figure continually growing. Today the Blaser Group’s industry-leading product portfolio includes bolt-action, combination rifles and over-and-under shotguns designed specifically for game hunters and competitive target shooters. Its custom shop offers exclusive engravings, design work and custom finishing for bespoke guns. With recent innovations, Blaser Group has gone on to expand its product portfolio into cutting-edge optics and accessory lines. For more information about the company and product lines, visit: blaser-group.com.

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Keep Knives Sharp at Hunting Camp

Keep Knives Sharp at Hunting Camp

Baton Rouge, LA (January 30, 2023) – Selecting a sharpening system for a hunting camp can be a tricky business. There are many choices available for keeping your steel keen, and even more knife manufacturers and blade style options.

What is a hunting knife exactly? After the hunt, a hunting knife prepares the game for food. This includes but is not limited to skinning and boning. Some hunting knives may have a blade with both a curved portion for skinning and a straight portion for cutting slices of meat. You’ll also find that some blades incorporate a Gut Hook. 

A whetstone (water stone) is a rectangular stone with a gritty surface used to sharpen knives and other metal tools. Whetstones can be natural or synthetic. Natural whetstones can have a slower process than synthetic but produce a fantastic cutting edge without removing much steel. A whetstone requires a certain skill level to use successfully, can be heavy, bulky, and is one-dimensional at the end of the day.



A quick and convenient alternative to packing whetstones is the Warthog V-Sharp XE (Xtreme Edge) which features 4 Snap-in Angle Adjustments (17°, 20°, 25°, 30°) weighing in at 8 ounces of durable ABS plastic; the V-Sharp XE is waterproof. Skinning, fillet, and kitchen knives use 17°- 20° angles, making the V-Sharp XE the obvious choice. It comes standard with 325 Grit Natural Diamond Rods (Finishing Steels included) and 600/1000 Grit (optional). Simply drawing the blade in a slicing motion entirely through and out of the sharpener, keeping the blade flat against the Blade Guide. This motion gives a consistent angle from the heel to the tip, regardless of the blade materials or brands. The V-Sharp XE sharpens the blade on both sides simultaneously, perfect for most other flat-blade knives. It’s ideal for hunting camps and base camps!

Gut Hook File- Gut Hook knives feature sharp, semi-circle “hooks” behind the knife’s tip. The gut hook serves more than one purpose. For hunters and anglers, it helps open up the gut cavity of a kill by first making a small incision on the underside. Then, the gut hook is put into the small opening and pulled down like a zipper. This makes it easier and potentially faster to field dress game and dramatically reduces the chance of puncturing an internal organ. A gut hook is a utility tool for slicing cordage/rope on the utility side. A significant drawback to a gut hook is how difficult it can be to sharpen. Still, many hunters consider the gut hook feature a must-have when field dressing game. The Warthog Gut Hook File features a 600 Grit Diamond Rod, a blue composition handle with an oversized lanyard hole, measuring 7 1/4″ overall, and a 3 7/8″ Diamond Rod ideal for gut hook blades and large serrations.

Make the Warthog V-Sharp XE & Gut Hook File permanent residents in your hunting camp!

Xtreme Edge

  • · 4 Snap-in Angle Adjustments
  • · (17°, 20°, 25°, 30°)
  • · 325 Grit Natural Diamond Rods (included)
  • · 600 Grit or 1000 Grit (optional)
  • · Comes in Black
  • · Super lightweight
  • · Durable ABS Plastic housing
  • · Adjustable Spring Tension
  • · Finishing Steels (included)
  • · 1-Year Warranty
  • · Weight: 8 ounces (229 grams)
  • · MRSP: $74.99

Gut Hook File

  • · Ideal for Fishing/Hunting
  • · Diamond rod: 600 Grit
  • · Contoured handle
  • · Includes lanyard
  • · Size: 7 1/4″ overall, 3 7/8″ Diamond Rod
  • · MSRP: $44.99

For over 20 years Warthog Blade Sharpeners has been manufacturing and exporting high quality diamond knife sharpeners. Warthog was established in 1999 with the goal of creating an innovative world-first knife sharpener that delivered better results than any competitor on the market. Treat your blades with the respect and care they deserve. We have conducted extensive research into various types of blade sharpeners and the results may shock you. Microscopic photos of edges show just how much damage traditional sharpeners can do.

For more information, please visit WW.WARTHOGUSA.COM

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2023 SHOT University a Success, Educational Opportunities to Continue Throughout the Year

January 30, 2023

2023 SHOT University a Success, Educational Opportunities to Continue Throughout the YearSHOT U Sponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2023 SHOT UniversityTM was deemed a tremendous success by attendees and its organizers at NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association. This SHOT Show® marked the second year of NSSF’s extended learning opportunities, which were available a la carte Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 19, giving attendees more flexibility to participate.

Session content covered topics such as customer communications, used firearms, new shooters, ATF/NICS, compliance, operations, marketing, workforce development and more to help retailers and ranges hone their management skills for today’s highly competitive and regulated marketplace.

“We are thrilled at the feedback from our premier educational event for FFLs and range owners,” said John McNamara, NSSF Managing Director, Member Services. “NSSF extends its sincere thanks to this year’s sponsors. I encourage everyone who attended one of these sessions to get to know these companies and thank them for their commitment to their success.”

This year’s SHOT University sponsors include:

NSSF reminds its members that the SHOT University Seminars that take place during the annual SHOT Show are the kick-off point for year-round retailer and range owner education. NSSF members, upon returning home and putting to good use all they learned at SHOT Show, should log in to the NSSF Member Portal and take advantage of their education benefit, SHOT University OnlineTM.

Available only to NSSF members, SHOT University Online is a one-of-a-kind, online continuing-education resource for firearm industry professionals, with dozens of learning modules covering everything from OSHA and ATF compliance to training program creation, social media best practices and inventory management, all specific to the specialized needs of firearm businesses. Courses are completely free for NSSF members and available to take any time, anywhere, from desktop, laptop or smart device. For more information, visit SHOT University Online.

Need to join NSSF and take advantage of this resource? Visit NSSF.org.

About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

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