It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot the shit. Like many Americans, I was glued to the T.V. during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee testimony by NSA’s Director Admiral Rogers and FBI Director James Comey. Before plunging into this week’s topic, I want to thank the members of Congress who focused on the real issues, which are the unauthorized disclosure of classified information and an assessment of Russian cyber activities against the United States of America and its various organizations. What impressed me as shallow, partisan and uninformed was the  suggestions that Donald Trump’s allegation of wiretaps are lies. So, without further a do, we proceed.

When we hear the term wiretap we immediately think of government wiretaps that we’ve come to know as CALEA or FISA authorized wiretaps. Whether President Trump, in his tweets, meant government wiretaps is not clear but allegations that he’s lied to Americans is premature and irresponsible. Here’s my reason why.

Government wiretaps are technically elaborate and generally conducted at the carrier’s serving central office, be that land line or wireless service. With current technology, these wiretaps are fully computerized and undetectable by the target. However, there are other forms of wiretaps which are generally unauthorized  and illegal. Is this shoot the shit topic I’d like to show you how an unauthorized wiretap could be effected. It is but one several ways. What is useful about this method is its ease of application and the fact that it does not require access to the targets home or office. So, here we go…

wiretapA telephone requires two wires to operate, they’re referred to as tip and ring. When a phone goes off-hook, a tip and ring closure occurs allowing current to flow through the phone and subsequently carries the voice components of a phone conversation. A wire tap can be accomplished by bridging (installing in parallel) a monitoring device anywhere along the tip and ring wires. Other monitoring devices require that the monitoring device be installed in series with the phone. In all cases, access to the phone being tapped is unnecessary as long as the perpetrator has access to any of the serving wiring closets.

In multistory buildings, like the Trump Tower, there are several wiring closets, probably two or more on each floor. A building will generally have one large wiring closet at the point of entry, this is were the local phone service provider cables enters the building, this closet may also be know as the point of demarcation. In large installations, they look like the picture below.


Image result for wired punchdown blockEach pair of color coded wires represent a telephone line belonging to a phone subscriber. Running wires from the point of demarcation to individual offices or dwellings would be insane and impossible to efficiently maintain. So, in order to have a serviceable and manageable system, bundles of wires are routed via building risers to intermediate wiring closet(s) located on each floor as illustrated below. These intermediate wiring closets contain connecting points known as punch down blocks. A subscriber’s phone wires terminate on a punch down block where they connect to the phone company’s service.  It’s also a convenient point where an eavesdropping device can easily be attached.


Cable Distribution

Now that you have a mental image of a building’s telephone wiring, we can talk about how the a tap is achieved. 

_LHANSETTaps can be very simple like a cable installer or phone company technician snooping around using a lineman’s test set like the one shown on the right. The technician simply connects his device across the tip and ring wires, at the punch down block, then selects bridge or monitor mode on his headset and listens to your conversation. But who the hell is going to sit in a wiring closet for any length of time?


Image result for FM phone line bugsThe more efficient wire tap occurs using a device that attaches in series with the phone line and uses an FM signal to transmit a conversation to someone tuned to the transmitter frequency. The device itself is relatively small like the one shown on the left. These devices are all commercially available requiring no licensing. Professional grade equipment is smaller and more easily disguised in a wiring closet.

These types of wiretaps are detectable by check line capacitance, sweeping the line or methods designed to detect r.f. transmission. However, it is highly unlikely that a target would know that the a tap is in place and would need a security services company to check the line. Wire closet taps can be removed without leaving a trace.

Who can effect a wire tap? Anyone with access to the wiring closet serving the targets phone. For example, a compromised or politically motivated phone company installer or service technician, a  compromised or politically motivated in-house cabling contractor or just about anyone else you could think of.  Illegal taps can’t be used for criminal prosecutions, but they could provide potentially damaging information  usable against a candidate during an election. The bottom line is simply this. If you can gain access to a wiring closet, like the ones I’ve mentioned, you can effect a tap with very little effort.

The moral of the story is – keep all wiring closets locked, ensure that all service personnel accessing wiring closets have picture identification, are required to login and logout, and that all access by these individuals is logged electronically or by building security personnel. Finally, never give out master keys to wiring closets or disclose access codes to building wiring closets.

I have utter and complete confidence in the NSA and FBI and I believe these agencies did not wiretap Candidate Donald J Trump; however, it’s extraordinarily naive to believe that only government agencies can install wiretaps. In my opinion, accusing The President of making false statements regarding wiretaps ignores the possibility of unofficial and illegal wiretaps. Food for thought!

We hope you’ve found our shoot the shit interesting and informative. As with all shoot the shit topics anything goes. Have a great weekend and enjoy some quality time with your buds and family!

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Aimpoint Receives U.S. Army Contract for Optical Sights


Image result for M68CCOManassas, VA – March 22, 2017 – Aimpoint, the worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, has been awarded a contract for supply of 30,000 M68 Close Combat Optics (M68CCO) to the U.S. Army. The Aimpoint CompM4s sight is type-classified as the M68CCO when used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. These sights will be supplied with a killFlash® anti-reflection device, rubber lens covers, and adapters which allow the sights to be deployed on all versions of the M16 rifle, M4 Carbine, and light machineguns such as the M240 and M249.

“Aimpoint has been a trusted supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces since 1997. With the troops counting on us to build the best sights in the world, it’s a job we all take very seriously,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “The CompM4s is the standard by which all other reflex sights are measured. These optics are designed to function with complete reliability and accuracy under the harshest conditions, and do so with near-legendary levels of ruggedness and dependability.”

Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served weapons. For more information on Aimpoint products, please visit the company’s webpage:

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

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

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Bore-tips – Better. Faster. Easier.


Bore-tips® by Swab-its® will get you back in action quickly. Lint-free, washable and re-useable, Bore-tips are caliber-specific firearms cleaning foam swabs that utilize your standard cleaning rod and provide a superior result compared to traditional cleaning methods. There is no need to fumble with patches and jags or pick lint left behind by old-fashioned cotton patches. Bore-tips® are available nine caliber specific sizes from .22cal to 12GA.

Swab-its will be demonstrating and selling the complete line at The Great Alaska Sportsman Show. This event will take place March 30, 31 – April 1, 2, 2017 at the Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas in Anchorage, booth 131. Stop by to learn more and take home Swab-its firearms cleaning products. For more information, please

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DoubleStar Debuts the Oops! Replacement Kit


The Oops! Replacement Kit is designed with every AR15 owner in mind.

33d367b4-9a3d-401d-82ef-ed7be7346254Winchester, Ky. (March 2017) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality,US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, debuts the Oops! Replacement Kit. This popular repair kit includes the most commonly lost or worn springs and detents in the AR15 platform and is a vital component of every AR15 owner’s tool kit.

The Oops! Replacement Kit includes:

  • Four takedown detent springs
  • Four takedown detents
  • Two buffer detent springs
  • Two buffer detents
  • Two firing pin retaining pins
  • Two extractor springs with bumper pads
  • Two selector springs / ejector springs
  • Two selector detents

MSRP of the Oops! Replacement Kit is $15.99. For more information on the Oops! Replacement Kit, visit

About DoubleStar Corp.:

DoubleStar Corp., located in Winchester, Kentucky, was formed when customers of J&T Distributing, a leading supplier of thousands of AR parts and accessories, requested complete rifles and pistols crafted from the same high-quality, U.S.-made components. DoubleStar now supplies not only the commercial market but military and law enforcement forces across the world with rugged and dependable firearms.

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Lightweight, USB Rechargeable Headlamp Delivers Up to 1,000 Lumens

EAGLEVILLE, PA, March 21, 2017 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, has enhanced its popular HL® (High Lumen) family of tactical lights by adding a hands-free, USB rechargeable solution, the ProTac HL® USB Headlamp.  The high-powered, yet lightweight, area light provides up to 1,000 lumens and 20 hours of run time, while letting users charge it on the go from most any USB power source.

The new headlamp delivers bright light in a wide, sweeping beam, making it ideal for illuminating an entire area, including what may be hidden along perimeters and in corners. The light also comes equipped with a flood filter that diffuses the beam for close-up work.  The ProTac HL USB Headlamp features a USB port that offers convenient recharging.

“The ProTac HL USB Headlamp combines the benefits of high lumen technology along with USB rechargeability and battery backup into a convenient, hands-free headlamp,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “With its amazing brightness, long run times and other great features, it’s a great choice for first responders, outdoor enthusiasts and industrial professionals alike.”

Powered by a white LED, the ProTac HL USB Headlamp provides three lighting modes. Its high setting provides a super-bright beam, delivering 1,000 lumens and 13,500 candela over a distance of 232 meters, with a run time of 1.5 hours. The light’s medium setting offers bright light (400 lumens and 5,400 candela, 147-meter distance) and a longer run time of 2.45 hours. The low setting offers a less intense beam (65 lumens, 900 candela, 60-meter distance) and an extended run time of up to 20 hours.

The ProTac HL USB Headlamp uses an included rechargeable lithium ion battery, and also accepts a Streamlight 18650 lithium ion battery. Its USB port is protected by a rubber boot to eliminate dust and debris.

The light’s TEN-TAP® programming switch allows for user selection from among three programs: high/medium/low (factory default); high only; or low/medium/high.

The headlamp’s flood filter is tethered to the light and can be stored on the end cap when not in use. The light also comes equipped with interchangeable red and green lens filters which can be inserted into the flood lens.

The headlamp weighs 8.1 ounces with included battery and strap, and its face cap measures1.2 inches in diameter and 4.0 inches wide. The light features durable polymer construction, and is IPX4 rated for water-resistance, and impact-resistance tested to two meters. Its 90 degree tilting head is designed to reduce neck fatigue.

Available in black, the headlamp comes with both an adjustable elastic head strap that fits comfortably over the head, and a rubber hard hat strap that stays firmly in place.   

The MSRP for the ProTac HL USB Headlamp ranges from $145-$155, depending on the model, and includes Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Revision Awarded U.S. Army Next-Generation ACH Helmet Contract

Essex Junction, Vermont (March 21, 2017)Revision Military, the world leader in integrated head systems, has been awarded the U.S. Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II (ACH GEN II) helmet contract. This five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) helmet contract (W91CRB-17-D-0008), awarded on a full and open competition basis to Revision, has a maximum value of $98,111,803 and estimated completion date of March 6, 2022. Revision’s ACH helmet solution is up to 24 percent lighter than the legacy ACH helmet system and this contract represents the first large-scale, significant advancement in ACH technology in 15 years.

Since last contracted by the U.S. Army in 2012-when Revision delivered a total of 180,000 ACH helmets-Revision has invested millions of dollars in new manufacturing equipment and processes, research into the characterization and optimization of advanced ballistic materials, and in the building of a world-class team of scientists and engineers in order to evolve the Company’s capabilities. Additionally, since 2013, Revision’s Newport, Vermont facility-where helmets for this contract will be manufactured-has expanded by 16,000 sq. ft., and the number of employees that work at this facility has more than doubled. As a result of these ongoing investments, and the development of composite materials technological expertise, Revision was able to exceed the weight reduction requirements stipulated in the Army’s solicitation by a sizable margin: The ACH Gen II solicitation required a minimum 15 percent weight reduction compared to the current ACH helmet; Revision’s solution offers up to 24 percent weight reduction over the legacy ACH design, pushing the envelope of attainable weight reduction while maintaining superior ballistic protection.

Revision is dedicated to re-envisioning military head systems with integrated technologies that feature new, cutting edge materials, in a variety of designs and configurations, to exceed all customer requirements.  With extensive knowledge of ballistics, electronics, optics, power, and other innovative technologies, Revision is a creative solutions provider, capable of designing and developing custom head protection solutions to meet the changing needs of global militaries.

“With this solicitation, PEO Soldier challenged the helmet industry, raising the technology bar substantially. Revision answered in a big way, dedicating significant resources to set a new standard for lightweight helmet design and performance,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO. “Revision has been a proud U.S. Army supplier since 2005, and our investment in this program epitomizes Revision’s unwavering dedication to forward-thinking head systems technology and manufacturing. In the years since Revision was last contracted by the U.S. Army, we’ve become a much stronger company and head systems technology innovator, securing helmet contracts around the world-including for the British Army’s VIRTUS program-and emerging as the vanguard of the U.S. helmet industry. We’re excited to provide this cutting-edge technology to troops in the field who will benefit greatly from the improved performance and significantly lower weight of this next-generation head system. In short, Revision has fully modernized the traditional ACH helmet, bringing this crucial equipment up to speed with the fast pace of modern warfare.”

“This was an intense competition that draws on the reliability and skill of Revision Military’s workforce in Vermont,” said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).  “The quality of these helmets will protect soldiers from ballistic impacts, while also making them more comfortable with their up to 24% lighter build. Like all Vermonters, I am incredibly proud of the men and women at Revision Military Newport for their hard work and dedication, both of which greatly contributed to Revision being selected for this contract. In past visits to the facility, I have seen firsthand the commitment these employees have to their trade, a commitment depended on by the men and women of our Armed Forces.”

Over Revision’s history, the Company has delivered 1.1 million helmets to the U.S. military, with an additional 300,000 helmets internationally. Across all of these program deliveries, Revision has never received a single warranty claim for product malfunction or defect, has never had to recall a single faulty product, and has never failed a single Lot Acceptance or First Article test. Revision is also the most experienced and most knowledgeable Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) manufacturer in the industry. With robust design and development expertise, significant investment in efficient, high-volume manufacturing, and vertical integration, Revision stands ready to meet this U.S. Army’s demand, and will use the revenue generated through this program to continue to build capabilities and advanced innovations to benefit the U.S. military for years to come.

Above: Through advanced material applications and innovative manufacturing, Revision’s ACH Gen II helmet solution offers up to 24% weight reduction as compared to the legacy ACH helmets currently fielded by the U.S. Army.

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Steyr Arms Introduced A New Extended Rail For The M1 AUG


First seen at SHOT Show 2017, this AUG Extended Rail is NOW AVAILABLE! You can get it as FREE option when purchasing an AUG A3 M1, or you can purchase the rail separately. This picatinny rail is compatible with all M1 AUG models, measures 10 5/8″ in length, and has 25 slots perfect for mounting open sights. M.S.R.P. $145.

This rail does not fit the Steyr Arms USR.

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Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) Earns Third Constant Contact All Star Award

LBM recognized among top ten percent of Constant Contact’s email marketers.

New Bern, N.C. (March 2017) – Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM), public relations and marketing communications for the law enforcement, tactical, military, shooting sports, boating and recreational fishing markets, has been named a 2016 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, part of the Endurance International Group, Inc.’s(Nasdaq: EIGI) family of brands and the trusted marketing advisor to hundreds of thousands of small organizations worldwide. The annual award recognizes the most successful ten percent of Constant Contact’s email marketers, based on their significant achievements using email to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year. LBM has previously won the All Star Award in 2010 and 2011.

LBM was founded in 2003 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire by firearms industry veteran Laura Burgess as a boutique public relations and marketing communications firm specializing in the law enforcement, tactical, military, shooting sports, recreational fishing and boating industry. The company relocated to its current location in New Bern, North Carolina in the summer of 2010 and continues to help companies engage their customers and sell product through traditional and digital media methods. Now in its 14th year, LBM has grown to three satellite offices in three states.

“We’re happy to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and engaging with our customers,” commented Laura Burgess, founder and CEO of LBM. “Constant Contact’s tools have helped us expand our reach and inform the media and general public in a much more direct and informal manner about new products and events from our clients.  We also love that Constant Contact is always evolving, making our weekly e-Newsletter progressively better. We look forward to seeing what new products they develop next.”

Small businesses and nonprofits using Constant Contact’s email marketing tools are eligible for this award. Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following during 2016:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

“Email marketing continues to deliver the highest returns of any marketing channel, yet its ability to engage customers, drive awareness, boost sales and increase donations isn’t always a given. It requires a balance of best practices and relevant content delivered through a powerful email marketing engine,” said Jamie Waldinger, senior director of corporate development & strategy, Constant Contact. “This year’s All Stars embody that balance and we laud LBM’s achievements with this All Star Award.” 

For more information on Laura Burgess Marketing, please or email Find us on Facebook,Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Laura Burgess Marketing:

Laura Burgess Marketing provides public relations and marketing communications to companies within the law enforcement, tactical, military, shooting sports and outdoor markets. Laura Burgess, an industry veteran, and staff have over 40 years of combined experience in PR, marketing, social media and content development. Laura Burgess Marketing’s current client list includes: Adaptive Tactical, American Gunsmithing Institute, Auto Mag Ltd. Corp., Bergara Rifles, BNTI Arms, CAA, Chromatra, Copper Basin Gear, DNA Labs International, Eagle Imports, Flopak, Gun Club of America, Hartman Ltd., IWI US, Kalashnikov USA, Ken Jefferies & Associates LLC, Liberty Ammunition, MasterPiece Arms Inc., Morphix Technologies, National Tactical Officers Association, Parabon NanoLabs, Revision, Ritter & Stark, Shell Shock Technologies and Vertx. Laura Burgess Marketing is headquartered in New Bern, North Carolina, with satellite offices in Maryland, North Carolina and

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Pocket Pistol Improvements by Crimson Trace

S&W M&P Bodyguard with a Crimson Trace LG-454 Laserguard(Wilsonville, OR)—Pocket pistols are popular for good reasons: most are small and easy to conceal, they can pack a punch, and they are lightweight. Many pocket pistols also incorporate the same features of larger full-sized handguns but on a much smaller scale. A big downside to most pocket pistols, however, is a lack of sights—or inadequate sights. Crimson Trace offers many pocket pistol improvements.

Being accurate with a pocket pistol is a challenge even for most experienced shooters. There is less to hold onto with smaller grips and these handguns are often difficult to control for a follow-up shot. The flat surface down the top of the barrel or slide on most pocket pistols leaves little assistance for accuracy and plenty of space for a miss. That’s where the advantages of laser sights shine brightly. The laser light downrange lets the shooter know precisely where the bullet will make impact.

Crimson Trace Carry 9 Combo with LG-469GH for Springfield XD-s with BladeTech HolsterIn fact, Crimson Trace manufactures laser sights for popular pocket pistols from these manufacturers: Beretta, Bersa, Glock, Kahr Arms, Kimber, Remington, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and others. A top pocket pistol with a laser sight to consider for purchase could be Smith & Wesson’s M&P® Bodyguard® 380 where the Crimson Trace laser sight is built into the pistol’s frame.

Most Crimson Trace products to equip pocket pistols are found in the company’s Lasergrips and Laserguard® series of laser sights. These products are shipped with batteries, adjustment tools and easy-to-read owner manuals. All Crimson Trace laser sights can be easily installed without special gunsmithing skills or tools.

More details on Crimson Trace’s laser sights for pocket pistols and the company’s 260-plus laser sighting and firearm lighting products can be found at Customers can also speak directly with a company representative at 800-442-2406.

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Henderson, NV – Hogue Inc. is proud to announce the newest tactical advantage for AR-15 and M16 shooters. Structurally crafted to be the lightest grip of its type, and ergonomically engineered to have the most comfortable fit, the Hogue AR-15/M16 polymer 15 degree vertical grip is the obvious choice for any tactical rifle aficionado.

Precisely engineered by Hogue’s expert designers, this AR-15 / M16 grip offers a natural grasp. “When designing this product, ergonomics was the number one priority; it simply had to feel right. And of course, aesthetics was also a main concern; it had to look good too,” said grip designer and Hogue co-owner Jim Bruhns. In terms of performance, this grip is ideal for any AR-15 / M16 user. “It’s for military, for custom builders, for anyone really! It simply feels comfortable for guys who just want to shoot.”

Compared to the standard 30 degree angle grips for AR-15 / M16, the 15 degree angle allows for a more natural hand position in close quarter situations. The stacking formation often used by the military in close quarter combat requires the rifle to be square with the chest and for the elbows to be tight to the body, forcing the hand into a sharper angle. The Hogue vertical grip naturally meets the hand exactly in the proper position, making grip comfort effortless for the shooter.

Made from durable lightweight polymer that was strategically designed with a hollow center for maximum weight efficiency, the grip leads the lightest weight class on the market weighing in at a mere 1.5 ounces. The surface incorporates Hogue’s Cobblestone texture which provides an efficient non-slip, non-irritating stippling pattern. Additionally, there is a recessed dish behind the trigger which heightens comfort and creates a smooth transition for the finger to the trigger. In anticipation of some builders’ needs, a clearance was also added in the top of the grip allowing for an upper receiver tensioning screw.

Ultimately, this grip provides optimum comfort and safety when handling AR-15 pistols, and will also fit any other firearm that uses standard AR-15 / M16 grips. They are made in the USA, available in Black, OD Green and Flat Dark Earth with an MSRP of $19.95.

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

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Military Working Dog (K9) Certification with the 947th MP Detachment

Military Working Dog teams from Fort Myer’s 947th Military Police Detachment recently went through their annual certification course at Fort Belvoir, VA. Military Working Dogs are among the most versatile assets in the U.S. Army, able to search for contraband and explosives, and subdue enemy combatants. (U.S. Army video by SSG Jacob Hughes)

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Alien Gear’s ShapeShift Modular Holster System


The Alien was hard at work for the company’s press event at Shot Show 2017. Alien Gear Holsters is well known to me and given the opportunity  I describe the company’s Tuck 3 as the most comfortable IWB holster on the market.

DSC_1650This coming summer, the company will go modular with their new ShapeShift Modular Holster System. Alien Gear CEO Thomas Teddar described the new modular holster system as something no one else has ever created. The ShapeShift System will allow you to buy a single scabbard then attach it to multiple mountings.

Mounts to be supported:

  • IWB /OWB
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  • Belt Slide
  • Paddle
  • Drop Thigh
  • Ankle
  • Forearm
  • Pocket
  • Surface Mount
  • Molle
  • Shoulder

The plan is to have product available the Summer of 2017. The product launch will be in starter kit form consisting of two IWB holsters ,hip and appendix, and two OWB holsters, paddle and slide. The remaining holster options will see market entry throughout the remainder of 2017. Initially the ShapeShift Holster System will be available for 10 of the most popular handguns. Mr. Teddar’s goals are to support 25-40 handguns by year’s end. The ShapeShift System also comes with the Alien Gear Holsters 30-Day test drive and their forever warranty.


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FN America, LLC announced today the release of two FN 15™ Patrol carbines in short barreled configurations, available to commercial customers. These two new carbines are the first time FN has offered short barreled rifles for sale to the individual consumer.

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I hope everyone is doing well, especially after the winter storms that rolled in this week. In one form or another, we made it through the week and it’s time for our weekly shoot the shit. We talk about guns and gear during the week, but on Friday we generally have a shoot the shit topic that may be totally unrelated. Shoot the shit rules are simple, you don’t need to know what you’re talking about so you can make any unsupported comment, express yourself with uncensored profanity, you can insult anyone you wish or change the subject at will. We have these shoot the shits because their efficacy is far superior to sitting down with a jackass who’s sole reason for studying psychology was so they could understand themselves better. In fact your chances of being reimbursed by your insurance company are better with us than with your therapist. There’s a reason for that folks!

So let’s talk about merchandizing. Have you ever wondered why store shelves are arranged the way they are. It’s done to present products and to derive an understanding of what is performing as measured by dollars in sales per square foot. Merchandise generating strong sales per square foot will have additional space allocated. Merchandise that’s underperforming will have less space, is removed  or moved to an area where dollar sales per square foot requirements are lower (like the basement, as an example). The merchandizer determines product presentation and placement.

With computerized point of sales and inventory management systems, the classic role of the merchandizer has been diminished, opening the door to the retail jackass like what you are likely to find at any Wal-Mart. Nowhere on the face of the planet will you find Coca Cola on a soft drink grocery shelf and Pepsi in the middle of the store somewhere. Looking for bathroom towels? Some are in the bath area the others are with candles, silverware or greeting cards. It probably took a Harvard graduate to come up with that mapping strategy.

So Wal-Mart here’s an idea for you. You already have customers checking themselves out, so let’s expand the self serve  concept a bit more. Install customer terminals, with speech recognition functionality, located throughout a store in sufficient numbers to be useful. The customer can walk up to the terminal; ask for what they need, using any language preference. The system can respond, in the preferred language, directing the customer to the appropriate product location. The technology is there and mature enough to be included in your capital plan.

As always, let us know what you think. Remember, anything goes! Have a great weekend stay safe and warm, and spend some quality time with friends and family.

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MasterPiece Arms Introduces the MPA BA CZ-455 Chassis





After many requests from its customer base, MPA has answered the call by developing a BA Lite Chassis for the CZ-455.

Comer, Ga. – (March 2017) – MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles, Chassis Systems, Defender Pistols and Carbines, Suppressors and MPAR Rifles, is pleased to introduce the MPA BA CZ-455 Chassis. It was developed in response to many requests from MPA’s customers. 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 structural integrity of the chassis. At an astonishing 2.7 lbs. with no recoil pad, the BA CZ-455 Chassis will provide an excellent platform for the CZ-455 barreled action.

“You called us, you emailed us, you wanted it and we listened. We’re happy to say the MPA BA CZ-455 Chassis is here. We take pride in our handcrafted American built rifles and to us the CZ-455 chassis isn’t just another chassis, it’s a painstakingly created work of art. It’s a masterpiece,” said Phil Cashin, president of MasterPiece Arms.

As with MPA’s BA Chassis, the BA CZ-455 will provide the shooter with the ability to adjust the length of pull, cheek riser position, add side Picatinny rails or a night vision bridge, as well as increase the distance from the spigot mounted bipod to the rear support. The MPA produced buttstock includes an adjustable length of pull, recoil pad with height and cant adjustment, adjustable cheek riser and an adjustable monopod. The length of pull and cheek position are locked in place via a set of screws that are embedded into the buttstock body. It provides very strong lockup of the cheek riser plate and recoil plate assembly.

The BA monopod system can also be added along with the buttstock mounted bag rider attachment. The MPA bubble level system is included as standard equipment.

MPA BA CZ-455 Chassis Specifications:

  • V-Bedding System
  • A2 Pistol Grip
  • Lower Picatinny Rail
  • Multiple QD Sling Swivel Locations
  • Length of Pull: 13.5 – 14.75″ (can be modified by thinner or thicker recoil pads)
  • Adjustable Cheek Riser
  • Built-in Bubble Level
  • Machined Thumb Notch
  • Adjustable Monopod Ready
  • Spigot Mount Ready
  • Side Rails Ready
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs.
  • MSRP: $649.99

The MPA CZ-455 Chassis is available in black, burnt bronze, flat dark earth, gunmetal, marine red and tungsten. All chassis are Cerakoted in a multitude of colors. Solid colors are included. Custom Cerakote colors have a $135 upcharge.

When ordering, customers will need to select the barrel contour (profile) of the barrel that will be used in the MPA BA CZ-455 Chassis. MPA makes every effort to get the product to the customer as quickly as possible. Please allow six to 10 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 pistols, rifles, carbines and suppressors, visit

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The Micro RONI Recon Pistol Conversion

The Micro RONI Recon, available for the popular GLOCK pistol platform, offers all the RONI benefits with No NFA paperwork, No tax stamp and No wait time.

Pompano Beach, Fla. (March 2017) – CAA, developers and manufacturers of advanced battle-tested firearms accessories, announce the Micro RONI Recon pistol carbine conversion for GLOCK Models 17, 22, 31 (Part # MIC-RONI-RECON17) and Models 19, 23, 32 (Part # MIC-RONI-RECON19) is ready to ship to dealers across the country and available without any $200 NFA tax stamp or wait period. Literally, buy it and take it home the very same day.

The Micro RONI Recon allows the user to simply, and without tools, insert the pistol into the platform. The pistol, now secured in the Micro RONI Recon platform offers a better grip during all shooting scenarios, enhancing shooter performance and accuracy, while reducing felt recoil The Micro RONI Recon’s durable polymer body is a lightweight system that provides greater stability and also allows for faster sight acquisition. The platform also has two 2.25″ side rails and a 9.4″ top rail for accessory mounting points for lights, lasers or other equipment. The trigger-guard safety and charging handle are both ambidextrous.

In addition to the base model, there is a Micro RONI Recon option with the PRO model that includes the Micro RONI Recon with a sling swivel (PBSS) and one point sling (OPS).

“The Micro RONI family is not only the fastest assembly/disassembly conversion kit on the market, but also the most cost effective by far. The improvement in accuracy needs to be seen to be believed,” Lt. Col. (Ret. IDF) Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA and Hartman Optics explained.

Micro RONI Recon Specifications:

  • Models:               GLOCK 17, 22, 31              #MIC-RONI-RECON17
  •                              GLOCK 19, 23, 32              #MIC-RONI-RECON19
  •                              GLOCK 17, 22, 31              #MIC-RONI-RECON17 PRO
  •                              GLOCK 19, 23, 31              #MIC-RONI-RECON19 PRO
  • Materials:           Polymer and aluminum
  • # of Rails:            3
  • Weight:                32.6 oz. 16.6 OZ.
  • Height:                 5.75″
  • Length:                15″
  • Width:                  1.75″
  • Finishes:               Black, Green, FDE
  • MSRP:                   $335.00
  • MSRP:                   $379.00 for PRO Kit
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NAPED Gears Up for Annual General Meeting and Exhibition

The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort will be the location where dealers and manufacturers within the public safety and law enforcement market gather to network, exhibit products and introduce new sales programs.



New Bern, NC (March 2017) – The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) will be holding their Annual General Meeting and Exhibition at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, June 23 – 26, 2017. The event provides a platform which allows membership to exhibit products within the public safety and law enforcement market, network with dealers and distributors and introduce new sales programs. Membership to NAPED is open to dealers, distributors, manufacturers, consultants, media personnel and manufacturer’s rep groups that service the public safety, law enforcement and military communities.

“The annual meeting is a great opportunity for many of us within our industry to spend quality time with each other,” Eldon Griggs, President of NAPED and VP of Business Development for GALLS, Inc., said. He continued, “Our associate membership develops special sales programs just for this meeting and our general membership of dealers and distributors see this as a great opportunity to meet with these manufacturers personally, see the products and take advantage of the great deals only for NAPED members.”

NAPED’s General Members are a collective buying power that attracts the best deals. NAPED’s purpose is to help its members expand their markets and increase profitability. It does so by providing its members with information on a variety of different topics, including customer trends, new products and technologies, and, of course, business issues. Whether the business is large or small, local or international, when a company joins NAPED, it becomes part of the NAPED family.

The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is set in the heart of the Ocean Walk Village on the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and easy access to the thriving seaside attractions and the business district in Daytona Beach. The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is conveniently located 15 minutes from the Daytona Airport.

Information on this year’s event can be obtained by calling 252-288-5805 or by email.

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

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Patriot Ordnance Factory Begins Shipping Its New Revolution .308



Phoenix, Arizona (1 March 2017) – Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) is proud to announce the Revolution is now shipping to distributors. The Revolution continues the POF tradition of Relentless Reliability and American innovation. The Revolution is POF-USA’s new .308 battle rifle that handles like a 5.56 – because it’s the same size and weight as one. The Revolution actually uses many 5.56 AR parts, which allow for a shorter overall receiver size and reduced weight. The Revolution receiver size, from pin to pin, shares the same dimensions as an AR-15.

The Revolution is POF-USA’s new .308 battle rifle that handles like a 5.56 – because it’s the same size and weight as one. The Revolution actually uses many 5.56 AR parts, which allow for a shorter overall receiver size and reduced weight. The Revolution receiver size, from pin to pin, shares the same dimensions as an AR-15.

This is NOT a small frame .308, it’s smaller! The Revolution features many 5.56 parts; such as charging handle, bolt carrier, roller cam pin, buffer, heat-sink barrel nut, handguard, and 5-position gas piston operating system. The barrel extension, bolt assembly, upper, and lower receiver are the exact same size as those on an AR15. This is truly an AR15 that shoots in .308!

Weighing in at 7.3 lbs. the Revolution features POF-USA’s new slim Edge handguard with four built-in QD mounts. It’s loaded with features such as a fully ambidextrous billet receiver set, NP3 coated bolt carrier group, 5-position adjustable gas piston, single stage match grade trigger, and more. You may have just found your “one gun.”

  • Caliber ……………………..7.62 NATO
  • Weight ……………………..7.3lbs
  • Overall Length………….34” (Collapsed)
  • Barrel Length……………16.5”
  • Barrel Twist………………1:10
  • Handguard Length ……14.5” M-LOK MRR
  • Trigger……………………..4.5lb Drop-in
  • MSRP……………………….$2669.99
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Bryan Litz On Large Caliber Rifles & Long-Range Shooting

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

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Cobalt Kinetics To Release CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) In Limited "Beta" Test

ST GEORGE, Utah, March 14 – Cobalt Kinetics, a manufacturer of premium performance and precision engineered rifles, today announces plans to open their CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) platform to the public as a limited beta test through select dealers.  The highly anticipated release of the CARS is available as an upgrade package on the following Cobalt Kinetics rifle models: BAMF, Eclipse, Edge, Team, Team Stage 2.
The limited beta test will run through the end of May.  The upgraded functionality of the “beta” CARS will cost $800 as a premium option when ordering.  Additionally, Cobalt is extending continued warranty and support and any upgrades or improvements to the rifles purchased on this initial beta release.
Skylar Stewart, Vice President of Cobalt Kinetics said, “After a year of strenuous development and testing, we are ready to release the CARS functionality to select group of shooters for testing.  We are confident with the engineering and performance and want to get feedback from enthusiasts, helping us put the final polish on the system.”
The CARS rifle autonomously drops an empty magazine and loads the chamber once an ammunition supply is present. When using a CARS equipped rifle, the user is only required to pull the trigger, and introduce a fresh magazine as ammunition becomes exhausted. More time and attention can be spent on target acquisition and engagement, allowing for faster and more accurate shooting. The CARS retains the standard operation of the AR-15 platform; the bolt catch and magazine release are still present and operational.
The CARS auto-drop feature can be selectively deactivated to retain an empty magazine. CARS auto-load is always active and operational; the gun will chamber ammo from a fresh magazine once it is inserted and seated. CARS functionality works with most AR-15 magazines. 
The components used in the construction of the CARS system are made from D2 and S7 tool steel and coated in nickel-Teflon.  This process produces parts that resist wearing while also reducing the need for lubrication.
CARS is in its 5th revision since inception; reflecting dozens of improvements and refinements by their engineers. The 5th revision was extensively tested, with over 15,000 rounds expended during development and was vetted by numerous experts in the industry. 


If you wish to become part of the beta test, locate a Cobalt Kinetics dealer near you on their website at:
or contact them directly at:
Phone: 435.656.0599

About Cobalt Kinetics

Cobalt Kinetics designs and builds firearms with bold aesthetics, cutting-edge technical innovations, state-of-the-art engineering and meticulous precision.
Cobalt Kinetics was founded because of dissatisfaction with the status quo–rows of the same black rifles on every gun shop wall across the country.  The issue with “black rifles” is that there is little differentiation in the market and very little true innovation.
Cobalt decided to change the industry by demonstrating that common functions can be upgraded through thoughtful engineering.  Functions such as the Dual Drop and Cobalt Advantage Reloading System.  Also, platform flaws, such as muzzle rise, can be mitigated not by use of a muzzle compensator but by innovating changes to the buffer system. These changes can be done while still creating a rifle that maintains both precision, durability and aesthetics. Cobalt is driven to create firearms that are more effective, more reliable and more rewarding for the owner.

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Practical Thermal Imaging for Hunters: Part Two

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (March 14, 2017) – Thermal-imaging technology is no longer just for the military and law enforcement communities. These rapidly evolving electronics are becoming smaller, lighter, less expensive and, therefore, more accessible and valuable to hunters than ever before.

Thermal imaging works by detecting minute differences in the heat of both live and inert objects, amplifying these differences and projecting them onto a small screen inside a hand-held device or weapon sight. In addition to daytime and nighttime game scouting, tracking and recovery, thermal-imaging optics are the ideal spotting and targeting systems for those who hunt predators and nuisance species after dark. A handheld thermal monocular can also greatly increase any hunter’s safety by improving his or her situational awareness.

Former NFL quarterback and hunting enthusiast, Mike Pawlawski, is a both a proponent and an early-adopter of thermal technology to enrich his experiences afield. Host of the popular Gridiron Outdoors TV show on Outdoor Channel, Pawlawski is also a pro staff member for FLIR Systems Inc., the worldwide leader in their namesake technology: Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR). “Thermal imaging opens up a whole new phase of hunting,” says Pawlawski. “Now, not only can you scout, hunt and be better equipped to recover game day or night, you’re also safer walking around. It’s a complete game changer.”

Predator Hunting and Nuisance Species Control

While regulations governing nighttime hunting for predators like coyotes and nuisance animals like hogs vary from state-to-state, many states allow nighttime hunting for these species. And in jurisdictions where it’s allowed, thermal represents the ultimate spotting and targeting technology, because it doesn’t require any ambient light.

“FLIR’s pocket-sized family of Scout thermal-imaging monoculars and ThermoSight R-Series riflescopes are perfectly suited to hunting hogs and predators at night,” says Pawlawski, who points out that nighttime hunting, where legal, opens up new opportunities for many hunters to get their field time. “Think about the guy or gal working 9-5; they can come home from work, spend time with their family and still go predator or hog hunting after dinner. There is nothing like an indoor basketball court or lighted driving range for hunters, so thermal solves that problem, while making hunting after dark a lot more effective and fun.”

As previously stated, thermal-imaging technology continues to improve each year. FLIR’s newest scopes and handheld thermal imagers for hunters utilize the company’s all-new Boson Camera Core, a 12 micron, uncooled longwave camera that enhances video analytics and image processing, enabling FLIR to create smaller, lighter optics without compromising image performance or range. 
These rugged and versatile optics combine superior image performance and range with fun and innovative features like internal video/image recording and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Prices are continuing to drop as well. “With Scout handhelds starting below $600 and ThermoSight R scopes starting below $3,500, top-quality FLIR thermal-imaging optics are now available to more hunters than ever before,” says Pawlawski.

Thermal-imaging optics maximize a hunter’s situational awareness in any lighting conditions, but are especially helpful after dark, aiding in way finding and helping to avoid bumping game or surprising dangerous animals at close range. Image courtesy of

In addition to the company’s wide line of thermal scopes and handhelds, FLIR’s new line of ThermoSight C-Series Clip On sights represent another exciting option for hog and predator hunters. “FLIR’s ThermoSight C-Series Clip On weapon sites mount in front of standard daylight optics,” explains Pawlawski, who emphasizes the practical flexibility such a set-up provides. “It’s the perfect thermal solution for hunters who have already made an investment in a quality daytime scope,” he says. “The system doesn’t change cheek weld, trigger reach or zero, and hunters can continue to use the ballistic reticle in their daytime scope. They can go full thermal at any time with the simple flip of a switch.” FLIR’s newest ThermoSight C-Series Clip Ons start below $2,200 MSRP.

Situational Awareness

Another useful application of FLIR technology is finding people that you may or may not want in your immediate area. On public lands especially, many hunters have had the uncomfortable experience of bumping into another hunter. While such a situation can have negative impacts on one’s hunt, it can also be incredibly dangerous. Thermal imaging technology makes it easy to scan an area to quickly determine if any other hunters are present.

“It’s easy to get out the FLIR and check your surroundings from a high spot or your treestand,” Pawlawski explains.  “Whether elk hunting out West or turkey hunting anywhere, FLIR helps hunters detect and avoid other hunters before a situation becomes dangerous – especially on public lands.”

With an MSRP below $600, FLIR’s pocket-sized Scout TK thermal vision monocular allows users to detect wildlife and people over 100 yards away in any lighting conditions, including total darkness. Scout TK also captures still images and video clips.

But other hunters aren’t the only threats in the woods. Becoming disoriented in the dark or surprising a large predator are additional possibilities that can have grave consequences. “Everything looks different at night,” says Pawlawski, who’s keen on the use of thermal for way finding after dark. “It’s easy to pop a FLIR Scout to your eye and say oh, there’s my road, there’s my fence line, or here’s where we’re going,” he says. “I also use it to avoid bumping game while traveling to and from my stand or hunting site in the dark. It’s simple to navigate with FLIR in the dark without spooking game, and the technology is also very useful for avoiding unexpected run-ins with dangerous predators. There’s no other piece of equipment I take afield that makes me feel safer or provides more peace of mind than my FLIR,” Pawlawski concludes.

Final Advice

The laws regarding the use and possession of thermal-imaging devices while hunting vary by state, so a prudent hunter will double-check and make sure their intended uses of the technology comply with local regulations. Our expert provides additional advice: “Read the manual!”

“In addition to knowing your state’s laws, learn the technology before you get into the field with it,” Pawlawski says. “Make a few test runs in the backyard before you go out… just like learning your gun before taking a shot, understanding your thermal device’s various settings and features will provide a richer experience in the field.”

FLIR’s ThermoSight R-Series riflescopes are the ultimate targeting systems for hunting pigs and predators at night.

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Streamlight’s KeyMate® USB is one of those simple little doodads that you’ll forget about until you need it…

Read my review

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Larry Vickers On The Wilson Combat EDC X9


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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Dry Fire Friday Episode 8: Drawing from Concealment

Jason Burton from Team Springfield Demonstrates Drawing Your Pistol From Concealment
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Are Rifle Optics Where You Want Your Company To Be?

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Are Rifle Optics Where You Want Your Company To Be? It sure a heck is, as you can see by reading the excerpt from ASD Reports Riflescope Market – Global Forecast to 2022 below. Analysts are forecasting an annual growth rate of 4.24% through 2022, which combined with the typical margins available to manufacturers and retailers in optics, should prove to be very interesting. Driving the growth is increasing shooting sports activities including hunting. In 2015 major firearms manufacturers produced 2,796,873 rifles accounting for 43% of total firearms produced by major manufacturers in the United States, and there’s every reason to believe that production of rifles will be even higher in 2016.

  “The riflescope market is estimated to grow from USD 5.36 billion in 2016 to USD 6.87 billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 4.24% during the forecast period. Increase in the popularity of hunting activities and shooting games is expected to drive the riflescope market. The riflescope market is expected to witness technological advancements for application in the military. The advent of night vision scopes has led to an increase in the use of riflescopes in military, by law enforcement agencies and Special Forces. However, high cost of riflescopes and ban on hunting in some countries of the Asia-Pacific region are the major restraints in the growth for the riflescope market.”
”On the basis of application, the hunting segment accounted for the largest share of the riflescope market in 2016. Hunting is popular in North America and Europe. Governments in these regions issue hunting licenses for different seasons. The growth of the population of certain animal species have driven governments to encourage animal hunting to control their population. However, countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as India and China prohibit animal hunting.”

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LIMITED EDITION White Micro RONI® Stabilizer Pistol Conversion

Not from a galaxy far, far away, but right here and available now!

Pompano Beach, Fla. (March 2017) – CAA, developers and manufacturers of advanced battle-tested firearms accessories, developed a limited number of the Micro RONI® Stabilizer pistol carbine conversion in an interstellar White for a clean, futuristic look. The design incorporates the stabilizer brace for comfortable, secure one-handed firing by attaching the brace to the user’s arm. The flexible stabilizer cuff is adjustable using a nylon loop fastener for a custom fit. The Micro RONI Stabilizer White is for GLOCK Models 17, 22, 31 (Part # MIC-RONI17PL) and Models 19, 23, 32 (Part # MIC-RONI19PL) and is available on earth without any $200 NFA tax stamp, paperwork or wait period right now.

The Micro RONI Stabilizer allows the user too simply, and without tools, insert the pistol into the platform, secure the brace around the forearm and providing a better grip during all shooting scenarios, while enhancing shooter performance and accuracy, with less felt recoil. The platform also has two 2.25″ side rails and a 9.4″ top rail for accessory mounting points for lights, lasers or other equipment. The trigger-guard safety and charging handle are both ambidextrous.

“With much of the product in our industry available in the traditional tactical black, we decided to literally go 180 degrees the other way and create a white version of our popular RONI. The end result is a thoroughly modern look and as some people have commented, perhaps a little bit on the intergalactic side,” Lt. Col. (Ret. IDF) Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA and Hartman Optics said smiling.

Micro RONI® Recon Specifications:

  • Models:   GLOCK 17, 22, 31 #MIC-RONI17PL
  • GLOCK 19, 23, 32 #MIC-RONI19PL
  • Materials: Polymer and aluminum
  • # of Rails: 3
  • Weight: 56 oz.
  • Height: 5.75″
  • Length: 19.5″ opened
  • Width: 1.75″
  • Finishes: White
  • MSRP: $375.00
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Crimson Trace Recognized as Top Brand


(Wilsonville, OR)—Crimson Trace has been recognized as America’s Top Brand of Laser Sights in a recently released Southwick Associates report—“2016 Annual Hunting & Shooting Participation and Equipment Purchase Report.”  This list of leading companies was compiled from internet-based surveys completed in 2016 by the Southwick Associates and panels. More than 100 hunting and shooting products were tracked in the Southwick Associates bi-monthly consumer purchase surveys.

“Crimson Trace is again honored to receive national recognition for the innovative technology and cutting-edge products we provide to firearms owners everywhere,” says Lane Tobiassen, Crimson Trace President. “Our dedicated employees take pride in creating these top brand products and in serving our growing customer base with their firearms laser sight and lighting needs.” Crimson Trace has provided products to nearly 3 million customers since opening its doors more than two decades ago.

Wilsonville, Oregon based Crimson Trace manufactures green and red laser sights, plus lights, that fit thousands of firearms, including long guns such as the popular AR/MSR rifles. Many of those firearms are used for home- and self-defense purposes and the use of laser sights offers the firearm owner many advantages. Crimson Trace’s patented Instinctive Activation™ laser system operation button—another company innovation—is located on the front of the grip within the rubber portion. Grasping the grip naturally will place a finger on top of the activation button and operate the laser sight. Most Crimson Trace products incorporate this technology.

Crimson Trace has also earned more recent recognition. The company’s LiNQ™ wireless light and laser control system has earned the National Rifle Association’s 2017 Golden Bullseye Award as Accessory of the Year.

Southwick Associates is a market research and economics firm specializing in the hunting, shooting, sportfishing, and outdoor recreation markets.  For more than 25 years, Southwick Associates has established a proven record for delivering comprehensive insights and statistics assisting business and strategic decisions across the outdoor industry. The Florida-based company’s syndicated panel research tracks consumer activities and expenditure trends.

Crimson Trace offers more than 260 laser sight, lighting products and holsters to firearms owners through 2,500+ dealers across America. The company’s innovative and award-winning products can be easily installed without requiring modification of the firearm — or knowledge of special gunsmith skills. To aid purchasers with product installation, the packaging includes the required batteries, installation wrenches, owners’ manual and other items. For more information on Crimson Trace products, dealers, dealer locations, and to obtain a free copy of the 2017 catalog, visit or call 800-442-2406.

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Brownells, ASA to Sound Off About the Hearing Protection Act In Facebook Live Event

Grinnell, Iowa – Brownells will make some noise about suppressors, and host American Suppressor Association President Knox Williams in a Facebook Live event on March 14, at 7:00 pm CST.

Viewers will be able to submit questions, comment and interact on the Brownells Facebook Page during the event, and learn more about the Hearing Protection Act and suppressors.

Currently in committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the Hearing Protection Act, or HPA, would make the following changes to Federal law:

  • Remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act
  • Eliminate the $200 transfer tax per suppressor
  • Make purchasing a suppressor exactly like buying a gun, with a simple NICS check

The American Suppressor Association advocates for the suppressor industry and works to educate the public about the benefits of suppressor use. The ASA also lobbies for suppressor-friendly legislation.

“It’s an honor to be invited to join Brownells for the Facebook Live event on the 14th,” said ASA President Knox Williams. “I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to interact with the public while discussing the Hearing Protection Act, as well as our state level pro-suppressor advocacy. If you’re interested in the facts about where the HPA stands, and want to know what you can do to help make it a reality, tune in and take action.”

“We have a great opportunity right now to go on the offensive,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “Passing the HPA is a great way to regain ground. It’s going to take equal, if not more effort to get this through both the House and Senate. Now’s the time to make your voice heard to your representatives.”

About the ASA

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry outreach. For more information on how you can join the ASA, and help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, please visit

About Brownells

Serious About Firearms Since 1939™, Brownells is the world’s leading source for gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools and survival gear. With a large selection of both common and hard-to-find items, and an extensive collection of videos, articles, and gun schematics, Brownells is the expert for everything shooting-related. Committed to maintaining our great traditions, Brownells has more, does more and knows more – and guarantees it all, Forever. For more information or to place an order, call 800-741-0015 or visit Stay up-to-date with Brownells on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Numbers Are In

Readers we made it through another week, and as you know, Friday is when we try to publish a shoot the shit topic for your reading enjoyment. For new readers, a shoot the shit topic can be anything that comes to mind. As a reader, you can make any unsupported comment, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.

This Friday, we had a couple of competing ideas:

  1. The Carl’s Jr. BBQ Commercial
  2. Is Fox News’ Bret Baier really a Vulcan dressing like Ed Henry?

We set these aside and instead decided to contribute to your knowledge base by presenting, in a succinct and orderly manner, some interesting industry details.

Have you ever wondered who did what to whom in firearms manufacturing?

The table below is based on 2015 data and captures firearm types produced by each manufacturer for the year. Sturm Ruger came in first with a total of 1.7 million firearms produced for the year. Smith & Wesson was the king of the pistol and revolver production. Remington Arms took the rifle category and was second in the shotgun category to Mossberg. The numbers presented below do not include firearms manufactured by small manufacturers or boutique custom shops.

Manufacturer Pistols Revolvers Rifles Shotguns Total Volume
Sturm Ruger 748,364 256,185 662,444 827 1,667,820
Smith & Wesson 989,853 274,136 209,180 183 1,473,352
Remington Arms 36,049 0 774,180 333,442 1,143,671
Sig Sauer 459,655 0 36,563 0 496,218
Maverick / Mossberg 0 0 125,814 347,658 473,472
Savage Arms 0 0 381,695 13,161 394,856
Henry RAC 0 0 306,607 0 306,607
Wm C Anderson 0 0 300,390 0 300,390
Glock 252,145 0 0 0 252,145
Totals 2,486,066 530,321
2,796,873 695,271  

Of all firearms manufacturer in 2015, by firms listed in the table above, rifles accounted for 43% of all guns made; followed by pistols at 38% , shotguns account for 11% and revolvers 8%.  

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If the spirit moves you, let us hear from you. Have a fun and safe weekend and enjoy some quality time with your buds and family!

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March is the month to upgrade your gear. It’s time to assess what you have, and get the new gear you need. To ensure you’re at your best, on the job and on the range, is offering 20% OFF all products site-wide from March 7-31, 2017.*

Today only, receive 30% Off all duty gear. Use promo code GEARUP at checkout.


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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands Tactics : Stealth


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Return of the Reds at Crimson Trace


Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail Master on a Ruger SR9 pistol(Wilsonville, OR)—Industry research reveals that many of America’s new firearms owners have returned to gun shop sales counters and are searching for, and buying, accessories. As interest in firearms accessories grows, so does the demand for Crimson Trace laser sights and firearms light systems. Great news is that those gun owners are also rediscovering the many reasons to equip a favored firearm with a red laser sight. It’s the return of interest in red laser sights.

Crimson Trace, the recognized leader in laser sights and tactical lights for firearms, now offers more than 170 red laser sight systems—the most of any manufacturer period. This group of red laser sight products can be found in multiple product categories: Lasergrips® laser sights, Laserguard® laser sights, Rail Master® and Rail Master® Pro mounted laser sights, and in the award winning Modular Vertical Foregrip™ (MVF) laser sights. Now, in addition to offering a wide assortment of red—and green—laser sights for the popular 1911 pistols, Crimson Trace manufactures sights with red laser diodes for firearms from nearly 20 leading firearm manufacturers.

Consumers with long guns that have M1913 Picatinny and Weaver accessory rails can also choose between several red laser sight options—Crimson Trace’s Rail Master and MVF-515™, plus the new Rail Master Pro light and laser combo—for those products.


Crimson Trace red laser sights are dependable, are easy to install and activate, plus these products are affordable. Red laser sights can provide hours of carefree operation. Crimson Trace products are also shipped with batteries, and nearly all products qualify for the company’s Free Batteries for Life program. This can result in not having to buy batteries which other laser sight manufacturers sell on their websites at prices ranging from $5 to more than $65. Shop wisely!

Firearms owners seeking a place to practice with a new firearm, or to improve their shooting skills, can find a gun range to shoot at by visiting: This website by the National Shooting Sports Foundation provides details on shooting ranges in all states along with hundreds of useful tips to aid any shooter in becoming more proficient—and provides printable targets to use while at the range. The range website information is also available as a downloadable App.

More details on Crimson Trace’s 260-plus laser sighting and firearm lighting products can be found at Customers can also speak directly with a company representative at 800-442-2406. Crimson Trace is widely recognized as the world’s leader in establishing laser sights as standard equipment on firearms.

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Pulsar Now The Official Thermal/Night Vision of Lone Star Outdoor Show!

image(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Pulsar is proud to be announced as the official thermal/night vision of Dallas Safari Club’s Lone Star Outdoor Show. Building on Pulsar’s world-class reputation in the field of thermal imaging and night vision, this sponsorship helps bring the Pulsar name and quality to thousands of hunters and sportsmen with like-minded conservation goals.

Dallas Safari Club’s Lone Star Outdoor Show is hosted by Cable Smith and provides entertaining yet educational content for anyone who shares a passion for the great outdoors. The show advocates for sportsmen throughout the Lone Star State and beyond, and stays at the forefront of outdoor news and politics. Partnering in 2017, Lone Star Outdoor Show and Pulsar hope to introduce thermal and night vision to hunters who can use the technology to make a positive impact on the ecosystem. You can find out more about the show by visiting

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Q&A Session With Knox Williams of the American Suppressor Association

Brownells will be hosting a Facebook Live Q&A session with Knox Williams of the American Suppressor Association on Tuesday, March 14. SilencerCo will share this session on their Facebook page so that you have easy access to it. Visit SilencerCo Facebook page like and follow before Tuesday so that you receive a notification when the event begins.

About ASA:

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry. Our mission is to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish our mission, our principal initiatives focus on state lobbying, federal lobbying, public education, and industry research.

For four years, the ASA has worked in conjunction with like-minded organizations to ensure and expedite the passage of pro-suppressor laws and regulations. Since the ASA’s formation in 2011, thirty six pro-suppressor laws or regulations have been enacted. Eighteen states have legalized suppressor hunting, fifteen states have passed “Shall Sign” or “Shall Certify” legislation, and three states have legalized  suppressor ownership.

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Knife Robot®: The First Knife Sharpener with a Serious Edge over the Competition

The Knife Robot, available in two versions; portable and built-in, brings high-tech, auto knife sharpening to the home, workshop, outdoors or professional kitchen. Pre-orders now available on Indiegogo.

Knife Robot Portable Knife Sharpener

Redwood City, Cal. (March 2017) – Finally, a company has taken the guess work out of knife sharpening and eliminated dull and misaligned blades with the patented automatic Knife Robot®, the world’s first no-hands, no-holding, no wasting time knife sharpener. Pre-orders for both versions of the Knife Robert are available atIndiegogo until April 5 for all 2017 orders.

Producing a good, sharp edge on a knife is a must for anyone whose hobby or job requires a sharp and durable blade. From home cooks, hobbyists, outdoorsmen and women and professional chefs, the Knife Robot takes the guess work and the physical work out of knife sharpening. With the hands-off mechanism, the knife is inserted and the Knife Robot does all the work in about 5 minutes.

The Knife Robot has seven motors that sense the knife shape in 4 DoF (degrees of freedom forward, backward, side to side) and with its precision sander it detects the burrs, removing them based on custom input of angle, speed, and pressure. The portable version for home cooks and hobbyists allows you to choose the sander motor speed and the angle (10 to 45 degrees per side). You can also choose a different angle on each side and the amount of pressure (light, medium, hard belt pressure), and watch on the portable’s screen courtesy of a microscopic camera.

A built-in version for professional kitchens (home, caterer, institution and restaurant) takes up minimal counter space with the sharpening kit built within the storage or cupboard area. It features an easy to use start and stop button, provides storage for all of your knives and automatically resharpens them based on usage.

Now, until April 5, 2017, customers can order Knife Robot on Indiegogo at an incredible savings of over half off retail price. The first 100 customers can purchase a Portable Knife Robot for only $279 with an estimated delivery of October of 2017. After the first 100, customers will still only pay $299 for their Portable Knife Robot. For customers looking for a unique look for their kitchen the Portable Limited Edition features black carbon fiber panels of which only 300 will be available at $599.

The Knife Robot Built-in units for professionals are also available until April 5, 2017 at $5,000 each with an estimated delivery of December 2017.

To see videos of the Knife Robot in action visit and stay up on the conversation with Facebook.

Knife Robot Built In Knife Sharpener

About Knife Robot:

Founded by an entrepreneur and inventor in Silicon Valley, California, the Knife Robot is the latest lifestyle enhancing product developed using smart technologies to offer customers conveniences and services unfounded in today’s

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If you like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, you’ll love Beretta’s new striker fired 9mm (or .40SW) offering, the Apex. The first thing that can be said about the Apex is riempire con anima italiana! I didn’t have the opportunity to shoot the Apex but as someone who’s been a Beretta fan for a good number of years I can not wait to get under the hood.

Beretta has included a number of very nice features like full length, very manly, slide serrations that make manipulating the pistol very easy. The Apex also has an very nice trigger with a short resent and breaks at 6lbs. My guess is that it’s closer to 5 lbs. The grip angle and aggressive beaver tail lets the pistol sit low in the hand making for a very natural and relaxed grip. It also ships with 3 interchangeable backstraps so users should be able to accommodate any number of hand anatomies  Even better is the Apex’s low bore axis, which in addition to grip technique should help with muzzle flip. Last but not least is its 17 round capacity, in 9mm, and ambidextrous magazine release and slide catch. Viva Beretta!  Oh, M.S.R.P. right around $535

Manufacturer’s Specifications

  • Caliber:    9 x 19 mm.40 S&W
  • Barrel Length:     4.25 in. (108 mm)
  • Finish:    Black
  • Magazine Capacity:     17 (9 x19 mm)15 (.40 S&W)
  • Sights:     3-dot low profile or Trijicon Night Sights
  • Action:     Striker Fired
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ENFORCE TAC 2017 Nürnberg Messe

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Range Systems Joins Anteris Alliance

Range Systems

MINNEAPOLIS—Range Systems has joined Anteris Alliance, LLC. An organizational network of outdoor manufacturers and service producers, Anteris Alliance member companies are dedicated to supporting veterans, first responders and their families.

Anteris Alliance was founded in early 2017 with a group of businesses joining forces to provide product demonstrations and customer events, as well as support for veterans and first responders. The organization currently has over 30 partner businesses and is growing rapidly. Memberships to be part of this great movement are available for manufacturers, service providers, buyers, and patriots.

“We are eager to work together with other American companies to support those who have served and currently serve our country,” says Randall Mendenhall, marketing director at Range Systems. “Anteris Alliance allows us to network with other dedicated businesses.”

Manufacturer of the original ballistic rubber products Dura-Panel™ and Dura-Bloc™, Range Systems designs and builds custom shooting ranges and dynamic training environments. The company also offers shooting supplies used by militaries, agencies, and enthusiasts around the world.

For more information on the products and services provided by Range Systems call +1 763-533-9200 or 1-888-999-1217, visit, or email

Range Systems

Manufacturer of Dura-Panel™ and Dura-Bloc™, the original ballistic rubber products, Range Systems designs and builds custom shooting ranges as well as realistic and dynamic training environments for commercial, military, law enforcement, private, forensic, and testing markets. Dedicated to providing unsurpassed, responsive service, Range Systems offers shooting supplies and services worldwide.

Randall Mendenhall, Range Systems, +1 763-398-5502,
Holly Jo Anderson, Veritas Marketing, +1 952-738-8177, ext. 700,

Range Systems | 5121 Winnetka Avenue North, Ste. 225, New Hope, MN 55428
1-888-999-1217 |

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