NDIA Applauds and Offers Its Help to Trump Effort to Review Defense Industrial Base

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association applauded Friday President Donald Trump’s intent to sign an executive order for a wide “whole of government” review of the defense industrial base, saying the action is a long time in coming and offering its hand in research and study.

“The review is long overdue,” said retired Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle on Friday. “Fully understanding sound, solid ways to strengthen our industrial base is crucial to U.S. national security.”

Comments from Carlisle, president and CEO of the Arlington, VA-based defense nonprofit organization that champions issues and policy for a strong defense industrial base, came after the White House announced Friday that Trump would sign the “Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.”

The order says the United States has lost more than 60,000 factory jobs and more that 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2001, Trade Policy Director Peter Navarro said during a press briefing. America’s defense industrial base now facing increasing gaps in its capabilities, he said.

Carlisle agreed. “The United States must concentrate on its ability to stay ahead,” he said. “We need to ensure that we maintain core capabilities and advance our manufacturing capacity and supply chain. We have to build better and faster, and we have to ensure that we have the workforce available to make that happen.”

Warfighting capability versus capacity is among those issues. “We don’t have capacity for what the nation is asking our warfighters to do,” Carlisle said. For instance, he said, there is a shortage of fighter jets as well as pilots to fly them.

“We are on a precipice,” he said, “and we are burning out our warriors.”

Carlisle said NDIA is ready to work with both the Defense Department and industry to complete this review under the whole-of-government approach, which calls on diverse segments of government to study an issue for a common solution.

“Our 80,000-plus members are the best and brightest, and the reason NDIA remains a leader in defense and national security organizations,” Carlisle said. “We are ready to get this examination started.”

Trump was expected to sign the executive order Friday night; it is then due to be done 270 days later, likely by next spring. The Pentagon will lead the review, considered the first such assessment of the defense industrial base.

NDIA offers Carlisle and its broad base of defense industry experts for further comment on this executive order.

About NDIA

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is the trusted leader in defense and national security associations. As a 501(c)(3) corporate and individual membership association, NDIA engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to exchange ideas, information, and capabilities that lead to the development of the best policies, practices, products, and technologies to ensure the safety and security of our nation. NDIA’s membership embodies the full spectrum of corporate, government, academic, and individual stakeholders who form a vigorous, responsive, and collaborative community in support of defense and national security. For more information, visit www.ndia.org.

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Extrema Ratio Announced the New BF2 R Folder

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Extrema Ratio enjoys a global reputation for some of the finest tactical cutlery available. The Prato, Italy, designer and knifemaker is introducing a new line of folding knives the BF2 R. This is a “full size” folding knife eminently qualified for professional use by military or police operatives. The new line keeps all of the BF2 characteristics but features improved with the new “high speed” Razor Opening system.

Available versions:

  • BF2 R Classic Tanto BLACK
  • BF2 R Classic Tanto STONE WASHED
  • BF2 R Classic Tanto DESERT
  • BF2 R Classic Drop BLACK
  • BF2 R Classic Drop STONE WASHED
  • BF2 R Classic Drop DESERT.
  • M.S.R.P.  181.07 to 185,07 € depending on style.

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Larry Vickers On FN Commercial Carbines

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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The Bergara B-14 HMR Chosen by Editors of Field & Stream for Best Hunting Gear of 2017 List

Lawrenceville, Ga. (July 2017)- Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is pleased to announce its Bergara B-14 Hunting and Match Rifle (HMR) was chosen by the editors of Field & Stream for its best hunting gear of 2017 list. The B-14 HMR was one of only two bolt-action rifles to make the list.

“The HMR is portable enough for big game and accurate enough for competition. Chambered in .308 and 6.5 Creed­moor, it weighs just over 9 pounds and has a full-length aluminum bedding girder in the synthetic stock. If you can shoot as well as it does, you are a very good shot indeed,” said David Petzal, rifle editor of Field & Stream.

The Bergara B-14 HMR is a feature-rich rifle, designed to meet the needs of hardcore hunters, precision rifle shooters and those desiring absolute quality and accuracy.

B-14 HMR Rifle Specifications:

  • Caliber: .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Weight: 9.15 lbs.
  • Mini-Chassis Material: 7075 T6 aluminum
  • Action: Bergara B-14 Action – 2-lug action / sliding plate extractor / cone bolt nose and breech to ensure smooth feeding and extraction
  • Magazine: AICS style mag compatible – Includes a Magpul® PMAG AICS Magazine
  • Barrel: Bergara Barrel – 4140 CrMo steel
  • Barrel Thread: 5/8″ x 24 with thread protector
  • Barrel Length / Caliber / Twist: 20″ Barrel / .308 Win / 1:10, 22″ Barrel / 6.5 Creedmoor / 1:8
  • Trigger: Bergara B-14 Series adjustable trigger
  • MSRP: $1,150.00

To learn more about the Bergara B-14 HMR, click here.

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Beretta APX Now Available in .40 S&W

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Beretta USA is now shipping the APX chambered in .40 Cal. Beretta’s first polymer striker fired pistol was designed from the ground up for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun Competition. The initial offering was a high capacity 9mm pistol with impressive ergonomics and features.

Each APX comes with 3 interchangeable back straps so users can best fit their hands and preferences. The APX’s aggressive full length slide serrations make slide manipulations easy under any conditions. To accommodate right or left-handed use, the APX’s magazine release button can be easily reversed, and the slide stop is ambidextrous.

The APX’s trigger breaks at 6lbs and has a clear tactile and audible very short reset. The APX truly is the ultimate striker fired pistol from Beretta.

I’m looking forward to a .45 ACP should Beretta decide to offer the APX in that caliber!

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Next Level Training on Using Your SIRT Training Pistol For Some Vehicle Drills

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Pelican Ambassador Case For Your iPhone 6s / 7

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Pelican has introduced a very stylish case for your iPhone 6s or 7 that meets Mil-Std 801G

Features:

  • tested to military specification to survive multiple drops
  • raised bevel edge to keep screens safe from scratches and falls
  • dual layer protection
  • anti-scratch crystal clear back
  • compatible with the Pelican™ Interceptor screen protector
  • guaranteed for life: You Break It, We Replace it… Forever.™
  • August 2017 availability.
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Crosman, Acquires Commercial Business of LaserMax

WESTPORT, Conn., July 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) (“CODI” or the “Company”), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced today that its subsidiary, Crosman Corporation (“Crosman”), has acquired the Commercial business of LaserMax, Inc. (“LaserMax”), a leading designer and manufacturer of gun mounted laser aiming devices.

Since being founded in 1989, LaserMax has grown to become a global leader in hardened and miniaturized laser systems, offering a comprehensive line of premium laser sights for home defense, personal protection and training use. The company’s Commercial business provides laser sighting solutions and tactical lights to the firearm OEM and retail channels. LaserMax has developed significant intellectual property in laser technology, resulting in a comprehensive IP portfolio. For the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017, LaserMax reported net revenue of approximately $8 million. CODI funded the purchase price through a draw on its revolving credit facility.

Alan Offenberg, CEO of CODI, stated, “The addition of LaserMax’s Commercial business supports Crosman’s strategic initiative of expanding into attractive adjacent markets and realizing cross-selling opportunities with current big box retail and international customers. Further, adding this premium laser sight brand to Crosman’s product offering in the outdoor recreation market will enable it to reach a wider range of new customers across retail channels. Moving forward, CODI will continue to use its strong balance sheet to pursue compelling add-on and platform acquisitions that build long-term shareholder value.”

Robert Beckwith, CEO of Crosman, commented, “LaserMax is well-known for its innovative laser products in the shooting sports accessory market, and the cross-selling synergies with Crosman’s airgun and archery products are clear and highly attractive. With CODI’s support, we are excited to be able to strengthen our product line for outdoor enthusiasts by adding this iconic brand to the Crosman portfolio.”

About Compass Diversified Holdings (“CODI”)
CODI owns and manages a diverse family of established North American middle market businesses. Each of its current subsidiaries is a leader in its niche market.

CODI maintains controlling ownership interests in each of its subsidiaries in order to maximize its ability to impact long term cash flow generation and value. The Company provides both debt and equity capital for its subsidiaries, contributing to their financial and operating flexibility. CODI utilizes the cash flows generated by its subsidiaries to invest in the long-term growth of the Company and to make cash distributions to its shareholders.

Our nine majority-owned subsidiaries are engaged in the following lines of business:

  • The design and marketing of purpose-built tactical apparel and gear serving a wide range of global customers (5.11);
  • The manufacture of quick-turn, small-run and production rigid printed circuit boards (Advanced Circuits);
  • The manufacture of engineered magnetic solutions for a wide range of specialty applications and end-markets (Arnold Magnetic Technologies);
  • Environmental services for a variety of contaminated materials including soils, dredged material, hazardous waste and drill cuttings (Clean Earth);
  • The design, manufacture and marketing of airguns, archery products, optics and related accessories (Crosman);
  • The design and marketing of wearable baby carriers, strollers and related products (Ergobaby);
  • The design and manufacture of premium home and gun safes (Liberty Safe);
  • The manufacture and marketing of branded, hemp-based food products (Manitoba Harvest); and
  • The manufacture and marketing of portable food warming fuels and creative ambience solutions for the hospitality and consumer markets (Sterno Products).

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of CODI. Words such as “believes,” “expects,” “projects,” and “future” or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and some of these factors are enumerated in the risk factor discussion in the Form 10-K filed by CODI with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, CODI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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MasterPiece Arms Introduces the MPA 22BA Bolt Action Rifle

 

Comer, Ga. – (July 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 22BA Bolt Action Rifle. Built upon the MPA CZ455 BA Chassis, the MPA 22BA Bolt Action Rifle 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. Chambered in 22LR, the MPA 22BA Bolt Action Rifle can change to 22WMR and 17HMR through a barrel change. The rifle also includes an MPA Trigger Shoe and DIP25MOA Picatinny scope base.

The chassis is machined on MPA’s CNC Horizontal Machining Centers to exacting tolerances from 6061 aluminum. MPA’s unique pocketing system reduces weight and increases the structural integrity of the chassis. The chassis also includes a built-in bubble level, thumb notch and spigot mount with lower mounted Picatinny rail. The new MPA Enhanced Vertical Grip is also included. It is also compatible with a user locatable barricade stop system, which requires the purchase of a rotating barricade stop.

The MPA 22BA Bolt Action Rifle includes a precision gun drilled, reamed and honed Spencer / MPA rifle barrel made from 416RQ stainless steel. The hand lapped barrel is bore and land inspected on a video borescope. The chamber is indicated within 0.0001″ or less to the bore of the rifle.

The MPA produced buttstock features 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.

MPA 22BA Bolt Action Rifle Specifications:

  • Caliber: 22 LR (caliber change to 22MWR and 17HMR through barrel change)
  • Action: CZ455
  • Chassis: MPA CZ455 BA Chassis
  • Chassis Weight: 3.2 lbs.
  • Barrel: 416RQ Stainless Steel Spencer / MPA barrel
  • Barrel Twist: 1:16
  • Barrel Length: 16-24″ (customer specified)
  • Barrel Muzzle Thread: ½-28 TPI (if requested)
  • Barrel Profile: 0.920″ straight
  • Coating: Cerakote
  • Length of Pull: 13.50 – 14.75″ (youth model available)
  • Trigger: CZ455 Trigger (yoDave Trigger Upgrade)
  • Trigger Pull: 1 – 3 lbs.
  • Magazine: CZ455 10 round polymer magazine with DIP floorplate
  • MSRP: $1,599.00

The MPA 22BA Bolt Action Rifle is available in black, burnt bronze, flat dark earth, gunmetal, marine red, NRA blue, sniper green and tungsten. All chassis are Cerakoted in a multitude of colors. Solid colors are included. Custom Cerakote colors have a $135 upcharge for the chassis body and $65 for the barreled action.

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

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of pistols, rifles, carbines and suppressors, visit www.masterpiecearms.com.

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AirMap Working With The FAA On Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)

Santa Monica, CA based Air Map is working with the FAA on Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). The results of that collaboration are significant and should come as great news to commercial sUAS pilots. To fully appreciate LAANC, I’ll share my personal situation, as an example.

I have a commercial sUAS license; as such, I’m allowed to operate in controlled airspace. However, before I can get airborne in controlled airspace, I must obtain an FAA waiver. I’m required to do that regardless of planned operating altitude.  In my area, it requires 5 different authorizations that could take as long as 90 days to approve. Efficient management of low-altitude air space is complex but essential to commercial sUAS operation and LAANC when fully implemented allows commercial drone pilots instant digital authorization.

LAANC works in conjunction with FAA facility maps allowing the sUAS Remote Pilot to provided instantaneous notification to the FAA. Recreational drone operators are still required to notify the airport if flight will occur  within a 5 mile radius.

Earlier this summer, the FAA kicked off LAANC by releasing UAS facility maps depicting specific areas and altitudes near over 300 airports where drone operators can request airspace authorization faster and more efficiently. This fall,  50 airports are preparing to provide automated airspace authorization.

Providing automated authorization is a subset of a project designated as Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). UTM will ultimately control low altitude unmanned traffic of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) commercial drone operations worldwide.

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MAGPUL PMAG 30 AR 300 B GEN M3 Now Shipping

The PMAG® 30 AR 300 B GEN M3™ is a purpose-designed magazine for rifles chambered in 300 Blackout®. Since its inception, 300 Blackout shooters have had to use a magazine designed for another cartridge, limiting its ultimate performance and compatibility. One of the nice features of 300 Blackout is the compatibility with 5.56x45mm parts, but with the magazine it is a compromise to do so. Due to the wide variety of projectile weights and profiles potentially decreasing overall reliability, a dedicated 300 Blackout magazine was a logical step for the PMAG line.

• The PMAG 30 AR 300 B’s distinct rib design and smoother upper-half texture provides the shooter a distinct visual and tactile difference from any other PMAG

• Dedicated, purpose-designed magazine for rifles chambered in 300 Blackout
• Optimized internal geometry accommodates the wide variety of bullet profiles used in 300 Blackout cartridges
• Carries forward the physical & performance features of the rest of the GEN M3 line.

M.S.R.P. $15.95

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New Mobile App Gets Customers Excited About Retail Shopping Again

Bring in customers with the number one mobile app from Bubandu for firearms businesses and brands. Increase your walk-in, phone-in and website traffic with the Patriot App!

Albuquerque, N.M., (July 2017) – Getting customers into your store has just gotten easier with the first mobile app designed purely for firearms stores and brands.Bubandu, a mobile technology company helping businesses and brands engage their audience on smart devices, is offering firearms industry companies an attractive limited time program for their Patriot App. The app costs about the same as a print ad in a traditional firearms magazine, but unlike a one-time ad, the app keeps on attracting new customers 24/7, and as an added bonus, Bubandu will include a press release to alert local and regional areas, as well as the firearms industry.

More than ever, businesses are looking for new ways to find and keep customers. An expected 60 percent of all retail traffic will be via mobile devices in 2017 with the hard-to-reach Millennials and Gen X generation leading the way. Summertime has technically been the slow time in the firearms industry with this summer being especially hard after the elections. The deals and products are in the stores, but getting customers to hear about them has proven difficult. Traditional advertising has not been as effective as in the past and social media has become a minefield for companies in the firearms industry.

Bubandu, founded by Randy Asselin, CEO of RockTops Digital Media, has been on the leading edge of the most innovative technology solutions for businesses since 1995. His expertise in telecommunications, wireless, networks, software and mobile solutions has already won him a New Mexico Business First Innovation Award and a Nomination for Innovation Edison Award for patents and pending patents on technologies that build business revenue and provide much needed traction for their brands.

Asselin, a die-hard firearms enthusiast, developed Bubandu to help firearms dealers and brands connect with their customers and potential customers and give them a reason to visit a retail location or buy online. Bubandu’s mobile application provides businesses with effective messaging through push notifications letting customers know when new product hits the shelf or a limited promotion has started. The Bubandu-powered apps are loaded with engagement tools such as:

– Push Notification
– Social Media Integration
– Website Integration
– Events Calendar
– Business Hours
– One-Touch Calling
– News  Feed
– Email from App
– Driving Directions

Traditional advertising is losing ground with 18-34-year-old males who now comprise over 40 percent of all mobile sales. Bubandu mobile technology provides retailers with an opportunity to express what is unique about their store, whether it is offering tips and promos to new shooters or the growing women’s market, or providing connectivity to hunting and fishing data, guides and hunting news feeds or keeping law enforcement and first responders connected to news and products that are critical to them.

Geoffrey Russell Outfitters (GRO), a premier firearms retailer, knew technology was

the answer to driving business. GRO owner, Luke McKinnon said, “GRO decided to move forward with an app because too many times, firearms retailers are stuck way behind the curve when it comes to technology. Our store feels comfortable and inviting, we serve locally roasted coffee, we make heavy use of technology in our back-office, it simply makes good business sense to have an app and be at the fingertips of our customers and firearms enthusiasts. The real value of the app for GRO is being able to push messages as a targeted way to reach people on their phones.  If it is a slow sales day we can push a message about a flash sale on ammo or accessories giving us an entirely different and effective way to reach existing customers. Our app also helps us ensure that our customers are aware of all of the different services that we offer, such as our Gun Buyer’s Concierge service, online storefront and information about our gunsmithing services, class schedules and more.  These services are what help us to keep the doors open. “

The first retailer to jump on the app technology was not as tech savvy as GRO, but nonetheless, Ron Peterson Firearms of Albuquerque, New Mexico knew it made smart business sense. Ron Peterson Firearms’ shop is a top of the line dealer in antique and modern firearms, accessories and ammunition and none of the store management was knowledgeable in today’s mobile technology. Randy worked with the team to develop the “Be the First to Know™” Ron Peterson Firearms App, now available free on iTunes and Android. The Ron Peterson app lets customers know when a product they are looking for has arrived and also lets customers and potential customers know when something goes on sale or features a rebate.

“The firearms world has changed dramatically over the past ten years due to technology. Online information and sales have deeply impacted our customer base and how we do business. Our customers are better informed and more knowledgeable. It only made sense to us to embrace mobile technology.  We wanted to be the first to know about how to be great on mobile and above all we want our customers to be the first to know about the great products that we have on a daily basis. Personal connectivity on mobile gives us an advantage over our online competitors. Our Ron Peterson Firearms app makes that happen,” Ron Peterson, owner Ron Peterson Firearms, LLC explained.

ABQ Guns, specializing in personal protection, concealed carry and women’s needs,

wanted their mobile app to make their training, promotions and new products available instantly to their customer base. “We are always looking for ways to set us apart from other businesses in our industry. We cannot rely only on being Woman/Veteran owned and a Blue Label Dealer. Our app allows me to reach out to customers with specials that only the customers with our ABQ Guns mobile app are privy to. Starting a web store was a beginning and adding the app allows our customers to shop wherever they may be, anytime, day or night. Giving the market convenience falls in line with our core business value: EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. Technology keeps advancing and mobile will only gain in usage,” Belinda Gallegos, Owner ABQ Guns commented.

“As more and more firearms retailers look for ways to reach their current customers and engage that younger, more digital generation, a solid mobile app strategy is the one viable solution,” Asselin added. “The difference with Bubandu is that we are tech people who love to shoot and know the firearms industry. We won’t sell you an expensive, complicated app and leave you frustrated and out in the cold.  This is family to us. Our Patriot App program, offered for a limited time, offers firearms businesses a full-featured mobile app and press release for only $3,799. That is the cost of an average print advertisement and unlike print or some of the other media platforms, this is not a one-time deal, your mobile app is alive and will continuously attract new customers. Our team at Bubandu keeps it simple for the business and the user and it is fully integrated with your social media and business website. Our methodology is to offer a safe and direct business-to-customer communication link.”

For more information on the Patriot app, and what Bubandu can do to increase traffic in your store, call 1-800-702-0702 and say “Patriot!” to get your limited offer special pricing and press release. www.bubandu.com

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Firearms Retailers, Ranges: List Your Events for National Shooting Sports Month


NEWTOWN, Conn. — Shooting ranges and firearms retailers are invited to be part of the first National Shooting Sports Month this August by listing their shooting events, programs and sales promotions at www.shootingsportsmonth.org.

With a theme of #LetsGoShooting, this coast-to-coast celebration will focus the public’s attention on the fun and enjoyment of target shooting. Newcomers will be shown how they can take their first shots, and experienced shooters will be encouraged to invite someone new to the range or contact someone who hasn’t touched their shooting gear for a while to help them rediscover the fun of target shooting.

NSSF asks ranges and retailers to participate by listing their August events and sales promotions at www.shootingsportsmonth.org so that consumers can find all the information they need to take part in the celebration. Getting noticed is easy:

  • Add your planned August events and/or sales promotions to the National Events Calendar.
  • Utilize the Promotional Toolkit provided by NSSF to connect your event, sales promotions, classes and programs to National Shooting Sports Month in August. The kit includes promotional flyers, the National Shooting Sports Month logo for your website and print materials, and tips on promoting the celebration through social media.

Manufacturers can participate by helping to promote National Shooting Sports Month through their websites and social media, and through sponsorships, with packages designed to solidly connect your brand with the shooting public — especially the thousands of new shooters who will be heading to the range for the first time. Conservation, hunting and target shooting organizations also are encouraged to help promote National Shooting Sports Month to their members by using the logo on their websites and in their communications.

An estimated 40 million Americans participate in target shooting sports, and millions more have said they’re interested in learning about rifle, shotgun and handgun shooting, according to research by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry. With so many eager to give shooting a try, National Shooting Sports Month is an idea whose time clearly has arrived.

Need more information or help on how to become more involved and spread the word? Contact Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Shooting Range Services, at zsnow@nssf.org; 203-426-1320 ext. 224. Manufacturers can contact Chris Tatulli, NSSF Director, Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales, atctatulli@nssf.org, or Dave Jeannette, NSSF Senior Director, Sales, at djeannette@nssf.org, to learn about the sponsorship package that’s right for you.

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Swab-its: New 3 in 1 Bore-Sticks Cleaning Tool Changes How People Clean Their 9mms

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Swab-its® 9mm Bore-Sticks™ are now in mass production, so they should now be available at your favorite dealers and distributors, as well as at www.swab-its.com.

The new 3 in 1 Swab-its Bore-Sticks are caliber-specific and also come with their own handle, eliminating the need for a cleaning rod or jag. As with the other Swab-its foam swabs, the Bore-sticks compress as they enter the barrel. Then, as they travel through the barrel, they expand into the rifling with a 360 degree tight bore fit for precision cleaning and lubricating.

Bore-sticks handles are made of robust and flexible polypropylene. The swabs are lint-free and washable, making the Bore-Sticks an innovative all-in-one lightweight, economical and portable replacement for the rod, jag and patch.

The 9mm Bore-Sticks will also clean .357, .38 and .380 bores. . Plans for other calibers are in product development.

Swab-its line of firearm products are designed and made in the USA to take the pain out of gun cleaning. Swab-its foam swabs are a US patented replacement to the patch, mop, and snake. All Swab-its foam swabs can be cleaned with soap and water or mineral spirits and used over and over The Bore-Tips® come in major calibers, threaded to the standard cleaning rod, while Bore-Whips come in .177 and .22/5.56. Swab-its Gun-tips® are foam swabs made of the same material as the Bore-tips and Bore-whips. They come in assorted lengths, head sizes, and thickness with their own handle. The new Swab-its® Star Chamber Cleaning Foam Swabs™ for AR-15/M4 and similar Modern Sporting Rifles feature wings that easily penetrate locking lugs to quickly clean the internal diameter of the barrel extension.

Swab-its continues to develop products that change the way people clean their guns!

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Bushnell Offers New Purpose-Built AR Optics

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – July 14, 2017 – Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optical solutions for more than 65 years, has extended its popular AR Optics line with four additional sights that are each optimized for the modern sporting rifle.
Bushnell’s line of AR Optics is already the category leader for MSRs. New this year, the AR Optics line has grown with the release of two new purpose-built, caliber-specific riflescopes, the cutting-edge Accelerate 3x prism sight and the ambidextrous Transition 3x Magnifier.
“We looked at the most popular trends in AR rifles today and then set out to craft optical solutions that meet the demands placed on those guns by serious shooters,” said AR Optics line manager Bryan Parrish. “These optics are built to perform at any level, yet won’t break the bank.”
The 6.5 Creedmoor has quickly become a favorite of long-distance shooters and hunters alike. Bushnell’s new AR Optics 4.5-18x 40mm scope with Drop Zone 6.5 Creedmoor reticle is designed to maximize the round’s performance by providing holdover points for shots out to 600 yards. Tactical-style target turrets allow lightning-fast adjustments, and the side parallax focus allows clear target images at any range. The fully multi-coated optics give a bright, crisp sight picture and are housed in a durable 1-inch aircraft-grade aluminum tube.
Bushnell has also added an optic for shooters favoring MSRs chambered in the popular .300 Blackout. The new Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm illuminated scope is equipped with a specially-designed DropZone .300 Blackout Illuminated reticle. The reticle features holdover points calibrated to both subsonic and supersonic .300 Blackout ballistics. The scope’s first focal plane design performs like a high-performance red dot at low power. When turned up to 4x magnification, it offers holdover points out to 300 yards. Magnification changes are nearly instantaneous with Bushnell’s exclusive ThrowDown PCL (power charge lever).
Gas guns like MSRs are well-suited for compact optics. Yet red dots don’t offer the magnification sometimes needed to reach downrange. The gray area between these two options isn’t so gray with the new Bushnell AR Optics Accelerate 4X Prism Scope. It has the compact stature of a red dot with the 4x magnification of a riflescope. The new, illuminated BTR-3 reticle in the Accelerate offers five brightness settings in both red and green. The center circle and red dot work together for quick acquisition, with drop points for long range shots. The mil-based design works with any caliber firearm.
Rounding out the new additions is the AR Optics Transition 3X Magnifier. Simply mount it behind a red dot optic with the ambidextrous flip mount. Engage the 3X magnifier when you need it, and flip it out of the way when you don’t. The Transition 3x Magnifier pairs perfectly with Bushnell’s AR Optics TRS-25, but works with any red dot. It’s built with fully multi-coated optics that provide optimal light transmission and is waterproof, fog proof and shock proof.
“With rugged durability, high-quality optics and coatings, and a price any AR rifle owner can afford, these new sights embody the AR Optics line,” Parrish said. “And they further expand the AR Optics supremacy within this key category of the firearms market.”
Bushnell, a Vista Outdoor brand, is one of the most recognizable and trusted names in precision hunting, tactical and recreational optics and accessories. For more information, visit
www.bushnell.com/aroptics.

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We are proud to be one of the few manufacturers of brass in the United States.  We specialize in match grade 300 Winchester, 338 LAPUA, & 6.5 Creedmoor brass.  In independent lab tests, our brass has delivered sub-1/4″ MOA.

I’ve recently joined Kinetic Industries to strengthen our partnerships with a select group of experts in the long-range shooting space.  Do you have a need for 300 Winchester, 338 LAPUA, or 6.5 Creedmoor match grade brass?

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Massachusetts Suppressor Legalization Hearing

 

On Tuesday, July 18th at 1:00 PM in Room A-1, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hear two bills which seek to legalize suppressor ownership in Massachusetts. H. 763, sponsored by Rep. Josh Cutler (D – Plymouth), H. 789, sponsored by and Rep. Paul Frost (R – Auburn) and Sen. Michael Moore (D – Second Worcester), would replace the current law that prohibits the possession of suppressors by non-manufacturers with language that allows private individuals to own and possess suppressors so long as they are not (1) prohibited persons; (2) committing a violent felony; (3) committing a crime of violence against a family member; or (4) possessing or selling controlled substances.

Although legal in 42 states, suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait ten to twelve months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place little to no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

The American Suppressor Association will be on hand to testify in support of these bills, but we need your help! Using the contact information below, please contact members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and politely urge them to vote in support of H. 763 and H. 789.

ASA – Massachusetts Letter – Judiciary Committee – July 18, 2017
View our original blog post HERE. Join The ASA Now!

Support the ASA and our efforts to pass pro-suppressor reform at the state and national levels by purchasing ASA merchandise or joining the ASA today.

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EOTECH Sight-In Savings Offer Up to $175 in Rebates!

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EOTech announced a special mail-in rebate offer on their best-in-class holographic weapon sights, magnifiers, and Vudu rifle scopes.
For a limited time, you can save up to $175.00 when purchasing (a limit of two) qualifying products per category. This special offer begins July 15th and will run through November 30th of 2017. If you have been sitting on the fence, now is the best time to pickup a new EOTECH at an amazing price!

EOTECH products eligible for the rebate program include:

  • $75 rebate – HWS, HHS, G33
  • $125 rebate – Vudu 1-6X
  • $175 rebate – Vudu 2.5-10X or 3.5-18X

After making a qualified purchase (refer to website for details), there are two easy ways to redeem your savings:

  • Submit your rebate information online at http://eotech.rebateaccess.com or
  • Download and mail in a printed copy of the completed rebate form.
    (Complete details regarding the eligibility of specific models, as well as the rules and requirements for the rebate can be found on our website and included on the printable form.)

Authorized participating dealers will have tear-off forms available at the counter along with instructions for submitting your rebate. Although this offer excludes purchases made from Amazon and eBay, we work with hundreds of local and online dealers who stock EOTECH products. For a complete list of EOTECH dealers, please visit our Dealer Locator to find one in your area.

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Heckler & Koch Recapitalization Plan To Complete August 2017

In an announcement released on 6 July 2017, Heckler & Koch, a leading small arms manufacturer, has a planned recapitalization that will reduce its senior debt to € 170 million. Once complete, the company will issue an additional 6.6 million shares that will increase capital investment by at least € 50 million. Formal acceptance of the company’s recapitalization plan is expected at the upcoming shareholder’s meeting scheduled for August 2017. Under the proposed recapitalization plan the company expects to refinance its 2011 9.50% Senior Secured Notes.

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Sig Sauer Pro Max Michel Clinic Scheduled for Thursday & Friday at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships

 

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) – All athletes, coaches action shooting enthusiasts attending the 2017 Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH are invited to attend a unique learning opportunity presented by Sig Sauer. Max will be providing shooting and coaching tips to all in attendance.
Clinic times are Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and Friday, July 14 at 10:00 am at the action shooting range.
Max is the IPSC World Champions with six International team gold medals, a world-renowned firearms trainer and runs the Max Michel Training Academy. Max holds the current Guinness Book of World Records title for speed shooting. A former member of the Army Marksmanship Unit, Max spent ten years in the U.S. Army. Max is the only person in history to win all of the USPSA Area championships in the same season.
Watch the video of Max’s Guinness Book of World Record.

WHAT:
The 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships will bring together competitive shooters, ages 8 to 23, from 32 states to compete for national titles in the shotgun disciplines of American Trap, Handicap Trap, Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles, Skeet, Skeet Doubles and Sporting Clays. Pistol and rifle competitors will compete for steel shooting titles in Rimfire Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sight Rifle and Optics Rifle divisions. 

  • 2,748 shooting sports competitors from 32 states, including 424 from Ohio, will put an estimated 1.2 million rounds down range during the eight day event
  • This year’s Nationals is expected to bring upwards of $16 million in economic impact to central Ohio (based on the results of a 2015 economic impact study conducted by Southwick Associates)
  • Women are the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports, making up 18% of the National Championship competitors (16% of SCTP shooters, 30% of SASP shooters)
  • SSSF has awarded $89,000 in scholarships to SCTP and SASP participants this season and over $300,000 in total scholarships since 2013
  • SCTP and SASP make up the largest youth shooting program in the country with over 14,800 participants in 45 states (14,775 in SCTP, 1,326 in SASP)
  • 5.7 million clay targets were thrown during the 2016-17 season as recorded by the SSSF’s SHOT 5 team registration and event management system
  • 1.15 million additional clay targets will be thrown during this week’s Nationals

WHEN:
Saturday, July 8 through Saturday, July 15, 2017
The event program with daily schedules is available for download.
WHERE:
Cardinal Shooting Center
616 State Route 61
Marengo, OH 43334
419-253-0208
www.thecardinalcenter.com

About Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.
For more information about SSSF, visit
www.sssfonline.org.

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HSGI Duty-Grip™ Padded Belt

 

HSGI® is announcing the Duty-Grip™ Padded Belt, a new slimmer padded belt designed for any duty rig configuration. These belts have been field tested by numerous law enforcement officers and agencies to ensure we created a system to meet their needs.
The Duty-Grip™ is constructed with durable 1000D Cordura® and our popular neoprene padding to add a gel-like comfort and unsurpassed grip. This belt is available in two versions: the standard Duty-Grip™ features a complete series of vertical laser-cut slots that allow a rigger or duty belt to weave securely to expose any or nearly all of the belt for attaching belt-mounted pouches and holsters, while the Duty-Grip™ M features a four-column, laser-cut MOLLE panel on the back for attachment of MOLLE pouches or accessories. Because of its unique design, paired inner belts don’t require interior Velcro®. At 2.75” tall, the Duty-Grip™ is our slimmest padded belt yet and is still compatible with belts up to 2”.

These are available on our website now at www.highspeedgear.com/hsgi/33DG-33DG.html or through a dealer near you! For questions or additional information, contact our customer service department at 910-325-1000 or cs@highspeedgear.com.

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Crimson Trace Pinpoints Dealer Network

laser sight KY cave Rock castle(Wilsonville, OR)– Crimson Trace customers sometimes have questions about Crimson Trace® laser sights and available options for products that fit their firearms. Now there is an easy way for those customers and all laser sight shoppers to find answers: Visit a dealer. Crimson Trace’s website (www.crimsontrace.com) has an easy to use dealer locator featured under the website tab—FIND A DEALER.

Crimson Trace dealers are located all across America. Better news is that nearly any place that sells firearms now also sells Crimson Trace laser sights and lights. That’s more than 2,500 outlets nationwide. Once inside a dealer location, customers will find the easy-to-identify distinctive black box packaging, eye-catching product displays, banners, signs, easy to hold “blue guns” equipped with Crimson Trace laser sights and lights, and other point-of-purchase displays. These customer aids will help everyone learn more about the 275 products the Wilsonville, Oregon based company manufactures. Thanks to the innovative Crimson Trace Classroom, many Crimson Trace dealers also have trained staff behind the counter that can help buyers make informed decisions and aid in installing purchased laser sights.

The Crimson Trace website makes it easy for customers to get more information on the company’s products and to locate dealers in their area. Dealers can be located by zip code, city, state and within a radius of a location. Activate the LOCATE feature to locate local or distant Crimson Trace product dealers. The STORE LOCATOR indicates whether a store features an onsite range, is an authorized dealer, or is a stocking dealer, and the interactive map helps viewers pinpoint dealer locations. Customers can then contact dealers by phone, or can visit the dealer in person to see the products and check installation details and fit-to-firearm characteristics.

Customers looking for a handgun with an installed Crimson Trace laser sight or tactical light are also in luck. Crimson Trace pre-installed laser sights are available from many manufacturers, including: Bersa, Charter Arms, Honor Defense, Kimber, Nighthawk Custom, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, STI, Walther Arms, and Wilson Combat. Additionally, Crimson Trace has more laser sights pre-installed on firearms from those top firearm manufacturers than all of its competitors combined.

Crimson Trace is widely recognized as America’s Top Brand of laser sights. The company strives to make laser sights as standard equipment on concealed-carry and personal-defense firearms. For more than 20 years, Crimson Trace has equipped America’s gun owners, law enforcement officers and military units around the globe with the largest selection of award-winning laser sight and tactical light products. Full details are at www.crimsontrace.com or are available by calling 800-442-2406.

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Steyr Arms to Conduct its Fourth Annual Open House and Factory-Direct Sale

BESSEMER, Ala. (July 13, 2017) — Steyr Arms will hold a three-day Open House and Factory-Direct Sale of Steyr and Merkel firearms as well as JAGDHUND and X JAGD clothing lines at its Bessemer, Ala. headquarters on July 20 to 22, 2017. The company, located at 2530 Morgan Road in Bessemer, will open the doors to its spacious and recently renovated 3,000-sq./ft. showroom to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for its fourth annual factory-direct sales event.

Visitors can expect to find special pricing exclusively for open house customers. Pricing for this event will not be posted online, as these will be in-showroom specials only. In addition, visitors will be treated to a free catered lunch on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m., and one lucky customer will walk away with a Rimfire Package that includes Steyr’s newest firearms, the Scout RFR rimfire rifle and the RFP rimfire pistol. The drawing will be held at lunch on Saturday, but the winner is not required to be present to win.

Highlighting Steyr’s Open House and Factory-Direct Sale will be special pricing on Steyr .40-caliber pistols, Scout packages, Pro Hunter, SSG-04, SSG Carbon, HS .50, and SSG-08-A1 rifles as well as Merkel Double Rifles. There will also be special pricing on accessories and parts for Steyr and Merkel firearms including optics, holsters, magazines and many other gear items.

The Steyr Arms Open House and Factory-Direct Sale provides an opportunity for hunters, shooters and firearm enthusiasts to visit the U.S. headquarters of Steyr Mannlicher, GmbH, and learn more about the unique products the company imports and offers to Americans. It’s one sale that you won’t want to miss.

A Swarovski representative will be at Steyr Annual Factory-Direct Summer Sale to answer optics-related questions, and several Steyr stocking dealers from the Birmingham area will be on hand as well.

The Steyr Arms U.S. headquarters is easily accessible—just off I-459 at Exit 6 for Morgan Road—and is situated next to the CVS distribution center. Please call (205) 417-8644 for more information.

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Headlines: November 6, 1991 KGB Dissolved

It’s Friday and time to kick start the weekend, I hope everyone had a productive week. It’s also time for our weekly shoot the shit, and boy there is a veritable cornucopia of shit to choose from; however, NOTHING surpasses the Russian collusion saga which has now taken on Biblical proportion and dwarfing God’s Creation, Virgin Mary, Christ’s Resurrection and  the upcoming Apocalypse. Charlton Heston’s “The Ten Commandments” can’t hold a stick in grandeur to the Russian collusion. Judging by how this story is moving through time and space, you can bet your derrière that Hollywood has its pecker tracks all over this.

The first thing I’d like to communicate to CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, CBS, MSNBC and DNC is that unless you’ve been freeze dried for 26 years you should know that Vadim Bakatin closed up shop on November 6, 1991. All of these organizations love using the KGB label because Hollywood has painted the KGB over the years as a bunch of fat guys in double breasted suites, stabbing and using poison darts against foreign agents. KGB agents like our own CIA agents work to identify and cultivate assets who can be leveraged out of fear, greed, envy or patriotism to deliver any amount of intelligence or provide access to sources of the desire information. Excessive whacking of individuals defeats that function and is generally undesirable because you’ll soon run out of assets, or potential assets. KGB and CIA officers are bipedal, have two eyes, legs, arms, wives, kids, love of country and a desire to retire and collect a good pension. So, take all of KGB crap dispensed by these organizations and apply it to its proper use.

Current Russian intelligence work is generally distributed among three groups: SVR – Foreign Intelligence Service (like our CIA), GRU  and FSB – Federal Security Service (like our FBI). There’s also one more possibility and that is the dreaded Tactical Pirozhki!

Tactical Piroshky 

Of course, this is our own creation to give the left wing another point of collusion. We’ve also planned ahead and call your attention to the Cyrillic text on the left, which is Russian, and on the right it’s Ukrainian. Now, I fully anticipate that the previously identified organizations will likely expand the conspiracy to include Bulgarians, Romanians, Georgians, Latvian, possibly Bosnians, Turks and Azerbaijanis. At least one of these will involve LGBTQ interaction.

Friends, these poor bastards are so consumed by power that they’ve totally forgotten about the American people and our country’s global image. I will guarantee you that Vladimir Putin is sitting with Dmitry Medvedev saying “Ты можешь поверить в это дерьмо”

My closing thought – don’t get all revved up over this collusion crap, it’s nothing more than an attempt by the networks to keep you tuned to their channel and by the DNC to distract you from what you should be focusing on, and that is are my elected officials delivering on what they’ve promised. That’s the measuring stick that should drive your vote.

Have a great weekend! Be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family!

 

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DoubleStar Announces Collaboration with Knife Designer Darrin Sirois

Ret. Sergeant Major and Owner, Operator and Founder of TCT Knives (Tactical Combat Tools), Darrin Sirois, to work with DoubleStar to render his designs into affordable production knives.

Darrin Sirois Owner Operator and Founder of TCT Knives Tactical Combat Tools.

Winchester, Ky. (July 2017) –DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, announces a new collaboration with knife designer Darrin Sirois. DoubleStar will work with Sirois to render his designs into affordable production knives for its new Edged Weapon Division. Sirois served 25 years active duty in the military where he got his start in knife making as an outlet for combat related stresses. He is the current owner, operator and founder of TCT Knives (Tactical Combat Tools).

 
“Joining DoubleStar on this collaboration is an absolute honor. My work ethic and ethos embolden a no fail mentality in anything I do. I strive for excellence and understand the complexities of the knife industry and look forward to being an asset to the DoubleStar Edged Weapons Division,” commented Sirois.
 

Hakim Isler (L) of Naked and Afraid and Sirois (R) display the axe Sirois made for the challenge.

While serving in the military, Sirois’assignments included the Ranger Regiment, Special Forces and Special Operations. He retired in 2014 as a Sergeant Major. Knife making began as a hobby in 2008, but quickly turned into a passion. His blades are field tested and are currently serving in Afghanistan, Africa and worldwide. Sirois has designed knives for celebrities, including designing an ax for Hakim Isler to use on a challenge during “Naked and Afraid.”


“We are very pleased to bring Darrin aboard the design team. At DoubleStar, we aim to provide the men and women who serve and protect our nation with products they can depend upon. Working with Darrin further strengthens our commitment to these values. We look forward to making Darrin’s designs accessible to a wider audience,” remarked Rob Cabrera, Director, Edged Weapon Division.
 

The first knife designed by Sirois to be featured by DoubleStar will be the Lite Fighter. This tactical knife is perfectly balanced and ergonomically designed for tactical, as well as everyday use. The knife is currently under production and more information will be released as it becomes available.

 
Sirois is the current Treasurer for the North Carolina Custom Knifemakers Guild, where he has been an active member for over five years.
 
For more information about DoubleStar, visit www.star15.com. 
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Weaver Introduces Premium MSR Mount

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (July 12, 2017) – Weaver, an industry leader in high-performance optics and mounting systems for more than 80 years, continues its quest to produce the best mounting solutions on the market by introducing the new Premium MSR Mount.
A specialized modern sporting rifle deserves high-quality accessories. The Weaver Premium Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) Optics Mount is designed specifically for MSR rifles. The Premium MSR Optics Mount lives up to its name, starting with its construction. The anodized Type III hardcoat black matte finish adds further protection and blends in seamlessly with the rifle. The sleek design sets optics at the ideal height, with a forward cantilever for MSR rifles. The edges are slightly radiused to prevent snagging. The Weaver Premium MSR Optics Mount adds an extra layer of durability and performance, but hardly any weight.


SKU DESCRIPTION
Available in 1 inch, 30 mm and 34 mm options, the Premium MSR Mount also features double recoil lugs to lock the mount in place and premium 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum construction. Weighing in at just 6 oz., the mount also offers Torx-head screws with three oversized #25 Torx crossbolts with steel-threaded inserts.
Weaver, a Vista Outdoor brand, has more than 80 years of experience creating the world’s most reliable optics and mounting systems. For more information, visit
www.weaveroptics.com..

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Federal Offers Fusion MSR 300 Blackout

ANOKA, Minnesota – July 12, 2017 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce a new 150-grain 300 Blackout load designed for deer hunters in its Fusion MSR lineup. Shipments of this new product are currently being delivered to dealers.
Modern sporting rifles are the most adaptable class of firearms in history, handling everything from tactical applications to deer hunting. Fusion MSR loads provide that same degree of customization in ammunition.
The cartridges are specifically designed for hunting, performing to their ballistic peak through 16-inch barrels for AR15 platforms. The molecularly fused bullet transfers tremendous energy on impact for deadly knockdown power.
Features & Benefits
• New 150-grain 300 Blackout
• Primer, propellant, bullet and case are optimized for hunting in MSR actions
• Flawless feeding and function
• Skived bullet tip for long-range expansion
• Molecularly-fused jacket around a pressure-formed core produces excellent accuracy
Part No. / Description / MSRP
F300BMSR2 / 300 Blackout 150-grain Fusion / $25.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to
www.federalpremium.com

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Fobus Holster Announces Launch of its Summer Carry Giveaway

Every week from July 12 – Sept. 13, 2017, Fobus Holster will be giving away a Fobus holster and mag pouch.

Bensalem, Pa. (July 2017) Fobus Holsters and Mag Pouches is pleased to announce its Summer Carry Giveaway. Every Wednesday at noon

EST from July 12 – Sept. 13, 2017, Fobus Holster will give away a Fobus holster and mag pouch on Instagram. Users will be asked to like the giveaway photo, follow@fobus_holster and tag friends or comment to have a chance at winning. Winners will be chosen from the entrants at random and announced every Friday.

“Summer’s here and we wanted to give back and keep our customers cool and carrying safely with our secure and comfortable holsters. Check out our giveaway on Instagram and enter to win a holster for yourself,” said Ira Block, President of Fobus Holster.

To learn more about Fobus Holsters visit http://www.fobusholster.com/. Follow Fobus Holsters out on Instagram.

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The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Announces Incident Debriefs for Annual Conferences

Debriefs on the Pulse nightclub shooting, Dallas police shootout, Washington Navy Yard shooter and others to be held during annual conferences in Phoenix, Arizona.

Doylestown, Pa. (July 2017) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has announced its incident debrief topics and schedule for the 17th Annual Crisis Negotiations Conference & Trade Show on Sept. 21 – 25 and the 34th Annual Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show, on Sept. 24 – 29, 2017, both to be held at the Sheraton Grand in Phoenix, Arizona. The Pulse nightclub shooting, Dallas police shootout and Washington Navy Yard shooter are among several incidents to be discussed. As part of their registration fee, participants of both conferences will be able to attend the Sunday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Sept. 25 debriefs, as well as our two-day Trade Show, all in one convenient location.
 

“Hearing firsthand debriefs of recent critical incidents, from experienced officers, provides our members with some of the most effective learning opportunities. We have a stellar lineup of debriefs this year that our membership will find truly beneficial,” said Don Kester, Director of Training and Education.

Sunday, Sept. 24

  • 2013 Washington Navy Yard Active Shooter: NCIS agent C. Scott Smith will provide a review of the incident in which a lone suspect killed 12 employees before being killed by police. (CNT conference participants may attend. Debrief will be repeated Wednesday, Sept. 27.)
Monday, Sept. 25
  • Marcus Schumacher Domestic Incident: Officers from the Fargo (ND) Police Department will discuss the patrol response and shooting death of Officer Jason Moszer during a 2016 domestic disturbance involving suspect Marcus Schumacher. (CNT conference participants may attend. Debrief will be repeated Thursday, Sept. 28.)
Tuesday, Sept. 26

  • Pulse Nightclub Tragedy: Orlando Police Capt. Mark Canty and Lt. Scott Smith will discuss the law enforcement response to the June 2016 shooting at the Pulse night club.

  • Phoenix Police Department Incident: Bill Underwood, a veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, will discuss his department’s response to a February 2016 incident in which a 26-year-old man shot four family members and set the family house on fire.

  • 07/07/16 Murder of 5 Dallas Police Officers: Dallas SWAT debrief on the July 2016 incident in which a lone gunman killed five officers and wounded seven other officers and two civilians.
Registration for the 2017 NTOA Crisis Negotiations Conference & Trade Show and theTactical Operations Conference & Trade Show is open to all active law enforcement officers. Keep updated on the latest conference announcements by following the NTOA on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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I’m very fond of the Italian and Spanish gentlemen’s pocket knives. Lion Steel, from Italy, and Miguel Nieto, from Spain, are two Euro designers that come to mind. Now, Spyderco’s EUROEDGE™ falls superbly into the gentleman’s folder genre with a faux dagger blade, smooth action and superb handle design.

Read my up coming review…

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Bergara Rifles Wins Six Major Awards in a Little Over a Year

Outdoor Life, TheTruthAboutGuns.com, Field & Stream and the NRA among those to bestow honors.

Lawrenceville, Ga. (July 2017) – Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is honored to announce that its rifles have won six awards in a little over a

Bergara B-14 HMR

year from renowned organizations including Outdoor Life, TheTruthAboutGuns.com, Field & Stream and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Bergara’s B-14 rifles are built in the Basque region of Spain using state-of-the-art machinery, an unwavering commitment to quality and the most technically advanced barrel making techniques. Because of these advanced techniques and machinery, Bergara is able to produce custom quality rifles at production prices and efficiency. The firearms industry has


John B. Snow, Outdoor Life Shooting Editor, Presenting Bergara with Editor’s Choice award.

taken notice of this tremendous value Bergara’s rifles offer to serious hunters, shooters and rifleman and since 2016, Bergara Rifles has received the following awards:

  • B-14 HMR, Outdoor Life “Editor’s Choice Award” (2017)
  • LRP Series, The Truth About Guns “Reader’s Choice Award” (2017)
  • B-14 Timber Rifle, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association “2017 Gun of the Year”
  • B-14 U.K.’s Shooting Industry Award (2016)
  • B-14 Woodsman Rifle, Field & Stream “Best of Best Awards” (2016)
  • B-14 Timber Rifle, NRA Gun of the Week (2016)

“There’s no way any of us at Bergara could tell you that any of our growth has come from just one place. These awards are a culmination of an extremely loyal dealer, distributor and retailer base, the wonderful shooters and hunters out there who gave us a chance, and the hard work from our dedicated Bergara team. Without these, no growth would have been possible. All of us here at Bergara are honored to receive these awards, and we look forward to the great opportunities still out there in front of us. I’m very grateful for the loyalty and relationships we’ve grown in the last few years, and I’ll carry on with the great hope to see these grow even more in the future,” said Ben Fleming, VP of sales and marketing for Bergara Rifles.

Bergara B-14 Timber

To learn more about Bergara’s award winning rifles, please visit www.bergarausa.com.

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UPCOMING UTM TRAINING IN WASHINGTON

Master Instructor

Hosted by the Richland Police Department and Pacific Tactical LLC

DATE/TIME:
July 19-21, 2017 9AM – 5PM 

LOCATION: 
Police Department Firing Range
3230 Twin Bridges Rd.
Richland, WA 99352

COST: 
$750 includes UTM ammunition for the course

INSTRUCTORS: 
Tony Lambraia and Jeromy Hasenkamp – Ultimate Training Munitions

Instructor

UTM Instructor Certification and Force Instructor Update

 

DATE/TIME: 
July 26, 2017 9AM – 5PM

LOCATION: 
Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
345 NW North Street
Chehalis, WA  98532

COST: 
$250

INSTRUCTOR: 
Jeromy Hasenkamp – Ultimate Training Munitions

MASTER INSTRUCTOR COURSE

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
(Contact Pacific Tactical if you need loaner equipment for the class)

  • UTM Pistol Conversion (9mm F/X™ training pistols are acceptable)
  • UTM 5.56 Rifle Conversion or F/X™ 9mm Rifle Uppers (No other 556 conversions will be allowed)
  • NLTA protective Helmet with throat protection
  • NLTA protective Clothing or 2 Layers of loose fitting BDU style clothing
  • Groin Protection
  • Duty Related equipment
  • Note taking material

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The objective of this course is to provide the participants with the abilities needed to effectively design, instruct and implement a reality based training (RBT) program using Non- Lethal Training Ammunition (NLTA). This type of training is synonymous with and also commonly known as,”Force-on-Force” Training (FOF) . The primary focus of this course will be the introduction, and application of the UTM Reality Based Training model for development of training with any type of NLTA. We will also introduce several of the current technologies available for force on force training. The principles and concepts taught in this block of instruction have direct application for Law Enforcement, Military or private training organization personnel.

Our goals for the training are accomplished through a teaching methodology which takes the
operator through a series of skill builders, drills and mini-scenarios in a realistic environment. It is a systematic, phase based approach to develop training utilizing a series of drill progressions involving stress inoculation, which we believe is critical to skills practice of any kind or discipline. In addition, it provides the operator an environment to manage his/her own physiological response to stress while applying good tactics and decision making. Realism is further added by allowing the operator to use his/her own duty weapons system and gear during training instead of simply a blue-gun or unfamiliar dedicated conversion weapon. Our goal is to promote training success not training scars.

This course, along with our training model also provides a platform for an agency/unit to test the strengths and limitations of their individual protocols, in variety of areas including tactics, arrest techniques, combatives/DT, CQB and many others. Regardless of your techniques, tactics or approach or to training in these areas, the goal of the course is to provide a means of seeing what works, what doesn’t and to serve as a springboard to enhance operator survivability through realistic training.

Specifically, in conjunction with instruction the participants will each take part in a variety of skill builders, drills and mini- scenarios (fragmentation drills) that will serve as a template or foundation for future application with his/her individual agency/unit. They will also serve as a team member tasked with the development and instruction of a group training session utilizing NLTA and the concepts and methods learned in the course.

Topics discussed in this course will include but are not limited to: Available technologies for force on force training, training model phases, safety guidelines for NLTA training, Use of Force and application in case law, role player development, testing protocols, utilization of limited resources including budget/facilities and scenario development.

REGISTER NOW – Under Training: LE/MIL/PT

 

UTM INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION AND FORCE INSTRUCTOR UPDATE

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • Safety Glasses
  • 2-Layer of loose fitting BDU style clothing
  • Gloves suitable for NLTA training
  • Note taking material
  • Holster/Mag Pouch for Glock or training weapon
  • AR15/M4 pattern carbine or rifle
  • Blue Glock 17T Pistol, Sig 9/40 caliber full size or compact pistol, Glock 9/40 caliber full size or compact pistol
  • 5 cartridges of current Non-Lethal Training ammunition (Non-UTM) and conversion for head to head comparison

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) is the most advanced Non-Lethal Training Ammunition (NLTA) on the market. UTM has become the clear choice of Military, Law Enforcement and Professional Training Organizations seeking the best in Non-Lethal Training Ammo (NLTA).

This course is geared towards providing instructors from various force option disciplines with tools and ideas to return to their agencies and enhance their current training curriculum even if they do not currently use UTM as their NLTA.

After completing this 8-hour block, attendees will receive the UTM user certification and will have covered the following performance objectives:

  • Overview of the UTM Training System
  • Understanding the Fail-Safe safety features of the UTM Weapons conversion kits
  • Identify applications for UTM’s patented line of Non-lethal training Ammunition in various training disciplines
  • Proper conversion method of a standard duty firearms to shoot UTM NLTA
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for UTM conversion kits and ammunition
  • Discuss current problem areas in force option training and explore solutions
  • Introduction to UTM’s unique Training Methodology
  • NLTA Training Safety Protocol review
  • Approximately 4 hours of the 8-hour block will be dedicated to skill and drill instruction based on UTM’s Training methodology.

(Agencies making at least a $1500 purchase w/ 6 months of classes from Pacific Tactical will receive a $150 credit toward purchase. Only one credit can be applied for each $1500 purchase amount)

REGISTER NOW – Under Training: LE/MIL/PT

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HOGUE KNIVES INTRODUCES THE EX-A05 AUTOMATIC

34509Henderson, NV – Hogue Knives is pleased to announce the expansion of their automatic knife line to include new EX-A05 models. “Our X5 folder, which was introduced last year, proved to be so popular that our customers wanted to see the same unique design in an automatic version,” said Hogue managing partner and master toolmaker Jim Bruhns. “The result is a lightning fast spring action knife that is a reliable work horse each and every time you need it.”

The EX-A05’s blade is made from cryogenically heat treated CPM154 stainless steel and its edge is hand sharpened and honed for a lasting edge. Available in both spear point and modified wharncliffe styles, the blades are finished with either a tumbled stone wash or a kiln baked black Cerakote™ finish. The dynamic handle of the EX-A05 is created from 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum that is hard anodized with either black, flat dark earth or od green. Optionally available on the black models is an inlay of Hogue’s G-Mascus® Black G10 with their mini-piranha grip texture for added traction and superior comfort. The precisely designed recesses and curvature of the knife offer a natural, ergonomic grasp when in use. The EX-A05 includes an ambidextrous tip-up pocket clip designed for every day deep pocket carry.

The key to the Hogue auto knife’s reliability and performance, explained Bruhns, has been its proprietary music wire spring, developed specifically for Hogue Knives by famed spring maker Wolff Gunsprings. “We’re delivering an automatic knife that will last for years,” said Bruhns. “It will fire with the same authority on the first or the 10,000th deployment.” Fast blade deployment, a rock-solid lockup, precision engineering and extreme reliability under all conditions are hallmarks of the Hogue auto knife.

Every Hogue knife is made in the USA and is backed by three generations of manufacturing expertise and a limited lifetime warranty. The MSRP starts at $229.95. Hogue Automatic Knives are for sale through authorized dealers only. For more information please call Hogue directly at 1-800-438-4747 or visit http://www.hogueknives.com to find a Hogue Knives dealer near you.

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Gear Review: Streamlight ProTac Rail Mount HL-X

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The latest addition to Streamlight’s ProTac Rail Mount line, ups the ante on illumination performance while retaining all of the features organic to the Rail Mount lights.

Read My Review…

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HENSOLDT Optical Units for Germany’s Future Soldier Programme “Infanterist der Zukunft” Part 3

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Wetzlar, Germany, 07/07/2017 – HENSOLDT has received another order for the German Bundeswehr’s “Infanterist der Zukunft – Extended System” (IdZ-ES) modernisation programme. The order includes the delivery of the IRV 600 A1 infrared attachment, the NSV 600 night vision attachment, the ZO 4×30 optical sight as well as the RSA-S reflex sight, the Spotter 60 spotting scope, the ZF 6-24×72 telescopic sight and additional accessories. The total value of the order is over 29 million euros.

“We are very happy about the trust placed in us and our products by the Bundeswehr and that we can make our contribution to the modernization of our armed forces with an order of this size,” said Andreas Hülle, Managing Director of HENSOLDT Optronics. The new sights enable infantry soldiers to better reconnoiter and identify even at long distances and with poor visibility…”

The ZO 4×30-IdZ optical sight serves to quickly acquire targets and to quickly and reliably take aim at them. Its wide field of vision of 8° makes it possible to monitor a scene over a wide area.

The RSA-S is intended for use as a red dot sight to acquire targets at close range. This reflex sight is waterproof and extremely resistant to shocks and vibrations. At only 100 grams it is a real lightweight among red dot sights.

The IRV 600 A1 infrared attachment is an uncooled, noiseless thermal imaging device. With a resolution of 640×480 pixels it enables the highest geometric resolution, to provide users with as much information as possible. This unit is now also more compact and about 28 percent lighter than its predecessor, the IRV 600. This makes progress on the further reduction of the total weight of an infantry soldier’s equipment.

The advantage of the NSV 600 night vision attachment is that it can be used together with daylight optical sights. In this way, even if there is little light left, the soldier benefits from the four times magnification of the ZO 4×30 basic optics.

Thanks to both the Picatinny rail and the NATO rail according to STANAG 4694, all of the sights can be quickly and easily fixed to the weapon, without additional tools being required. The units are all modular systems from HENSOLDT Optronics. This means that the soldier can use the optics not only autonomously, but also in combination with other units and that, when changing between night & day, the weapon does not have to be readjusted. For decades now, HENSOLDT has been a partner to the Bundeswehr for optics and optronics.The company could thus react practically to customer requests with its product portfolio.

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Stevens Unveils New 301 Single-Shot Shotgun

SUFFIELD, Connecticut – July 7, 2017 – Stevens by Savage Arms is pleased to offer practical hunters more performance from the trusted single-shot, break-action shotgun platform with the rugged and reliable new Stevens 301. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.
The Stevens 301 features a crisp, reliable break action and rugged, modern synthetic stock that withstands even brutal abuse afield. It is available in .410, as well as 12- and 20-gauge models.
Features & Benefits
• Single-shot shotgun
• Break action
• Standard and compact models available
• Rugged synthetic stock
Part No. / Description / MSRP
22557 / 301 Single Shot, 12-gauge, 26-inch barrel / $173
22558 / 301 Single Shot, 20-gauge, 26-inch barrel / $173
22559 / 301 Single Shot Compact, 20-gauge, 22-inch barrel / $173
19201 / 301 Single Shot, .410, 26-inch barrel / $173
19202 / 301 Single Shot Compact, .410, 22-inch barrel / $173
Stevens by Savage Arms is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage Arms, visit
www.savagearms.com.

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NAPED Annual General Meeting a Resounding Success

The 31st annual general meeting of the National Association of Police Equipment Distributors in Daytona Beach, Florida was met with great enthusiasm by vendors and distributors.

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New Bern, NC (July 2017) – The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) ended their 31st annual general meeting on a high note. With a new exhibition and meeting format, the growing membership of vendors and distributors in the law enforcement, public safety and military equipment association enjoyed well attended networking events and successful mid-year sales offerings.

“What a great conference we had. The shortened time, layout of events, the events Eldon Griggs_ Past President and Tim Brown_ new Presidentthemselves, the registration gifts, the support for C.O.P.S., everything was wonderful, “John Tragiai, President of K.E.E.P.R.S. said. “You all have done a great job over the past year!”

Two new distributors joined NAPED in the recent months, Adamson Police Products and Goldbelt Wolf and the list of new vendors keeps growing with Tacprogear, SalesReach representing Champion/Hanes Brands/Occunomix and Coast Products, INVISIO Communications, General Tactic and PepperBall. NAPED members donated products for a silent auction for C.O.P.S. Concern for Police Survivors and raised a significant amount for the non-profit for families and partners of law enforcement personnel lost.

“Overall, I think it was a very unique event and it went great!” Bill Gaza of AMTEC Less-Lethal added. “I made a ton of contacts with members and exhibitors that are of value to ALS! I will recommend we attend again next year.”

Planning for the 2018 NAPED AGM has already begun with more information available soon.

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

Like NAPED on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NAPEDGroup

About National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED):

NAPED was created by bringing together law enforcement distributors, industry professionals and manufacturers to form a network for the purpose of mutually sharing the vast amounts of market experience, resources and product knowledge comprised within its membership. NAPED acts as a forum for member manufacturers and distributors to form long-term, profitable relationships.  www.naped.com

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A Candid Discussion Of SMGs

It’s Friday and time for our shoot the shit topic. This week, we’d like to present you with some of our ideas on the SMG. There are as many opinions floating around as Carter has little liver pills. What we’re presenting below is simply our opinion and a bit of food for thought.

You’ll frequently hear individuals talk about hitting steel at 300 yards etc., etc, etc. Hats off to these folks.

There are a number of SMGs to choose from on the market; most are chambered in pistol calibers, principally the 9mm – we’ll talk about the FNH P90, HK MP7 later in the article. These platforms are ideally suited for CQC / CQB, vehicle mounted activities like security details, flight crew use, maritime security or maritime assaults; for example, submarine escape trunks have 21 inch diameter hatches so swimming out can get a little funky with anything bigger than a small pack. All of these weapon systems have common elements; a high volume of fire, very compact and light, low recoil, are easy to control and have large magazine capacities; for example, the FN P90 has a 50 round magazine. They also have a common shortfall, in almost all cases penetration of hardened barriers is very limited. They are great short range firearms; for example, a 9mm SMG zeroed at 50 yards firing a 124gr FMJ NATO round, will allow a shooter the same hold from 25 yards to 100 yds, but from 125 yards to 150 yards he’ll need to hold 8  to 15 inches higher. However, at 200 yds. your hold would  look something like the figure below…

200 yd hold

So, unless you are putting down area fire, about the only thing you’re going to accomplish is make a lot of noise and run through ammo that you may need to get the hell out of Dodge.

Yeah, if you are “highly” skilled and watch a lot of You Tube you’ll hit steel but lets be honest, you won’t be very effective. At 300 yards? I don’t know folks…

So, what you’re after with a pistol caliber SMG is compactness, volume of fire, low recoil and good weapon control. That in our opinion is the proper role for this platform.

To bridge the gap between the 9mm SMG and the M4 and its shorter variants, KRISS offers its Vector in hotter rounds like the 10mm and 357 SIG. FN’s P90 with it’s 5.7×28 round has a published effective range of 200 yards but its real advantage is penetration. With the FNH SS190 round you can  start tackling hardened barriers and body armor at longer ranges.

The HK MP7 fires a 4.6mm x 30 round with a maximum magazine capacity of 40 rounds. Like the FNH SS190 round, HK’s 4.6 will defeat hardened barriers and Kevlar layers out to 200 yards.

Marketing labels these two sub machine guns as a PDW or Personal Defense Weapons but they all fill the same requirements; compactness, high volume of fire, low recoil and are very controllable.

None of these platforms are designed to shoot tight groups at 300 yds. and were never intended to substitute your carbine!

As with all shoot the shit topics, we encourage reader participation whether you know what you’re talking about or not, you can make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. Keep in mind that this opportunity if free of charge so you won’t have to pay some jackass who studied psychology because they wanted to understand themselves $150 / hour.

OK, enough fun for the day! Have a great weekend, be safe, be happy and do spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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IWI US TAVOR Operator Courses Going on the Road

IWI’s TAVOR Level I, II and III Operator Courses will be traveling to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Harrisburg, Pa. (July 2017)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is proud to announce its TAVOR Level I, II and III Operator Courses will be going on the road. IWI’s instructors will be traveling to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia to hold courses.

“We’ve decided to take our TAVOR Operator’s Courses on the road so that more people will have the chance to receive the world class training that we offer. If you’re interested in attending a course, check out our course calendar for information on dates and locations,” said Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales & marketing for IWI US.”

The TAVOR Operator Courses offer civilians and law enforcement professionals an in-depth experience with the TAVOR SAR and Galil ACE platforms, as well as basic knowledge on carbine, pistol and precision rifle platforms. The TAVOR Operator courses are offered in three levels, from the most basic, which brings a new TAVOR owner from little-to-no familiarity with the fundamentals of bullpup shooting to proficiency, to the most advanced, the active level III course that incorporates the knowledge from the two previous courses and adds training in areas like moving from cover to cover, operating in low light, as well as firing from unusual shooting positions.

For questions about the course, contact IWI US directly at training@iwi.us or 717-695-2081. Please reference which TAVOR SAR/X95 Operator Course the questions refer to, as well as the date and location. To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.

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GARMIN FORETREX 601 and 701 BALLISTIC EDITION

 

Garmin has introduced two new Foretrex models with some impressive capabilities. The 701 Foretrex Ballistics Edition features the Applied Ballistics Elite® software. Announcement details below…

OLATHE, Kan. /July 6, 2017/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition, its newest wrist-mounted GPS navigators for outdoor and tactical use. The Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition helps users keep their bearings nearly anywhere in the world thanks to the built-in GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite system support.

In addition to its high-sensitivity GPS, the new Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition adds Applied Ballistics LLC Elite® software to calculate aiming solutions for long-range shooters. After a dominant showing at this year’s King of 2 Mile shooting competition, where the Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition with AB Elite software made its first appearance, the advantages were clear. “Handling the various devices required to spot and engage targets with precision rifle fire can be an overwhelming task. Having your AB fire control strapped to your wrist frees up a hand for other tasks, which enables the shooter to execute more efficiently,” said Bryan Litz, champion shooter and Applied Ballistics Chief Ballistician.

The Applied Ballistics Elite® solver includes the entire Applied Ballistics bullet library and allows users to enter a variety of parameters including wind, temperature, humidity, range, and firing direction. It provides the information needed to fire projectiles through Extreme Long Range (ELR) including elevation holdover, windage, velocity and time of flight. The Applied Ballistics® Engine calculates variables such as Horizontal Coriolis Effect, Vertical Coriolis Effect, Spin Drift, Aerodynamic Jump, and more. It also includes the most extensive database of custom drag models for hundreds of bullet types, which are live fire verified in the Applied Ballistics® Lab. When strapped to the wrist, the shooter never has to take their eyes off the downrange target to check their paper DOPE charts, and with the dynamic Range Card feature, the shooter can make quick adjustments based on environmental conditions to dial in the shooting solutions to actual impact points downrange.

“With the Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701, we were able to pack more features than ever before, including the addition of GLONASS and Galileo support into a very durable, but compact device,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “These Foretrex models help you keep your hands free while you focus on easily navigating the path ahead.”
Explore longer with the Foretrex 601 and 701 thanks to a battery life that exceeds 48 hours in navigation mode, up to one week in UltraTrac™ mode, and up to one month in watch mode (requires 2 AAA batteries, not included). Every bit as tough as they look, these devices are constructed to military standards for thermal, shock and water performance (MIL-STD-810G standard), and are designed to withstand the elements.
These rugged and compact wrist-mounted navigators have a high-resolution 2-inch display and are packed with features such as dual-position format that allows the user to simultaneously show two customizable sets of coordinate systems on one screen. For tactical operations, the display offers NVG mode for compatibility with night vision goggles, and supports the Jumpmaster feature to assist with hitting the Drop Zone.

The units are BLE and ANT compatible, and support external ANT+ sensors such as the tempe™ temperature sensor, heart rate monitors and cadence/speed sensors. Users can also remotely activate any of Garmin’s VIRB cameras. Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 allows for a host of connected features like smart notifications1 that allow the user to receive emails, texts and alerts on the device, plus automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ and LiveTrack. Compatible with Garmin’s exclusive QuickFit™ 26 bands as well as Nylon straps, it’s easy to customize for any of your adventures.

These devices are expected to be available in July with a suggested retail price of $249.99 and $599.99 respectively. For more information, visit garmin.com/outdoors and appliedballisticsllc.com.

The Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition wrist-mounted navigation is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to garmin.com/outdoors.

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