(Pevely, MO ) – Heizer Defense, known for their innovative line of powerful pocket pistols, is announced their first semi-automatic pistol, the PKO-45.
Heizer will introduce the PKO-45 to the public at the upcoming Concealed Carry Expo in Atlanta, GA from April 29-May 1. Heizer Defense is a Live-Fire Shooting Range sponsor for the show, which will allow consumers to test-fire the PKO-45 at the expo’s mobile shooting range.
The PKO-45 or Pocket 45, is the slimmest semi-auto .45ACP on the market at just 0.8″ wide and approximately 25 ounces.
The PKO-45 is made with 100% US Aerospace grade stainless steel. There are no plastic or mimed parts on the PKO-45. It boasts a revolutionary fixed-barrel-under-the-guide-rod configuration, resulting in less recoil felt by the operator.
The PKO-45 also features a snag-free design, internal hammer/single action, and a front strap safety with an additional thumb ambi-safety. It has 5+1 capacity with a flush magazine, and 7+1 capacity with the extended magazine. This new pistol will be available for purchase in September 2016.
For more information on Heizer Defense, visit www.heizerdefense.com.
We got word from our colleagues in New York that Harris Publications is discontinuing operations citing the deleterious effect digital media has had on the printed press. The 39 year old publication was clearly, in all of our minds, the finest publisher in the genera. We’re sorry to see them go.
“It is with great sadness that we are announcing the closing of Harris Publications. For nearly 40 years, Harris Publications has been a mainstay in enthusiast publishing.
We are extremely grateful for the tremendous contributions of our employees, past and present. The hard work and dedication of our creative, sales, circulation and operations teams and the talents of our freelance editors, writers, photographers and designers are what allowed us to continue delivering thoughtful and beautiful magazines to our readers.
The magazine publishing industry has been through turmoil in the face of the rapid ascendance of digital media, changing consumer content preferences, magazine wholesaler struggles and consolidation in the supply chain. We have tried mightily to persevere against these forces, but have been unable to overcome these challenges.”
Madison, NC – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) is proud to announce today that it is offering a limited lifetime warranty on all Remington firearms purchased January 1, 2016 or after. This new limited lifetime warranty offer supports the celebration of Remington’s 200th anniversary in2016.
“We take pride in crafting dependable, quality firearms designed to last a lifetime in the field or on the range,” said Leland Nichols, SVP & GM Firearms & Accessories. “We’re proud of the Americans who manufacture our products and want to showcase their skill by offering a limited lifetime warranty on all of our firearms.”
Remington warrants to the original purchaser of a new firearm from Remington that such firearm shall be free from defects in material and workmanship for the duration of time that the purchaser originally owns that firearm. This warranty allows for repair or replacement of any part/s of the firearm, or replacement of the firearm if un-repairable, so long as all other requirements of the warranty are fulfilled. All products purchased January 1, 2016 or after are covered by the limited lifetime warranty offer.
Remington does not warrant against any type of defect to the firearm that Remington did not cause, including but not limited to:
Failure to provide proper care and maintenance
Accidents, abuse, or misuse
Hand loaded, reloaded, or improper ammunition
Unauthorized adjustments, repairs, or modifications
Normal wear and tear
For more information on the Remington Limited Lifetime Warranty, click here.
Bryan Litz is a ballistician for Berger Bullets and Applied Ballistics. Bryan has authored a number of authoritative books on the subject of ballistics. His software, published by Applied Ballistics, can be found on a number of devices including the Kestrel Wind Meters by Nielsen Kellerman. The Applied Ballistics software and smart device app is considered an industry standard used by law enforcement and military units across the world.
It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit. This is the one time of the week when you the reader can make unsupported statements, use profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. Folks, a therapist, an individual who studied a behavioral science (loosely defined because there is no science to it) so they could understand themselves, would charge you for what we deliver absolutely free. That’s value!
All joking aside, I’ve had a very trying week. My bicycle saddle and I almost had an intimate relationship. I tried reconstructing the event, not because I liked it, to make sure it doesn’t repeat itself, without success. To make a long story short, the saddle’s nose found its way to my intergluteal cleft, had there been further penetration I would have filed criminal charges. For the life of me, I still can’t figure out what the hell happened.
So, how do you guys and gals like this election year? It’s amazing readers; I’ve never seen anything like this from both Republicans and Democrats. Hillary Clinton undoubtedly has Bernie Sanders dolls that she’s sticking pins into hoping he’ll collapse. Bernie is probably wearing garlic cloves around his neck.
On the Republican side the informed opinion is that Donald Trump will take Indiana and West Virginia and if that happens Ted Cruz and John Kasich can call it a day. Ted Cruz says he’s not about to let that happen and he’s hitting the ground hard in West Virginia, and influenced by former Speaker John Boehner’s Lucifer comment this is what a his West Virginia Town Hall could look like…
Alright, we’ve had enough fun for one day and it’s time for you all to have a super weekend. Try to get to the range and be safe. Enjoy time with your buds and family – it is perishable.
MASA, a French a global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) software, announced the appointment of David Chouraqui, currently Vice-President of TALIS Group (a majority shareholder of MASA), as Juan-Pablo Torres-Padilla steps down from the position.
M. Chouraqui was educated at Sciences Politiques and the ESCP business school in Paris, Chouraqui started his career at the strategic advisory firm Bossard Consultants. He later moved to Capgemini before becoming an associate at Kea & Partners in 2003, specializing in competitiveness programs, sales performance and customer relations. In 2007, Chouraqui moved to Essilor as Director of E-business, and later became the Chief Information Officer of its European subsidiaries until 2010, when he moved to TALIS to oversee the general management of several of its portfolio companies.
“I am honored to join MASA at such an exciting time. Juan-Pablo has led MASA’s teams to transform the company from a software services provider operating only in the French market, to a global software editor with users in nearly 20 countries. MASA is now renowned for its expertise in Artificial Intelligence-based training and simulation technology for the defense and civil security industries. Under Juan-Pablo’s leadership the company has developed strong relationships with its international customer base, fostering a trusted environment according to MASA’s long-term partnerships philosophy”, said Chouraqui. “My aim is to continue to cultivate these long-term partnerships while expanding into new markets. MASA’s many strengths in product excellence, customer proximity, reactivity and commitment will ensure we continue to deliver the best value to our clients“.
Félicitations à M. Chouraqi et meilleurs voeux pour son succès continu
Silencerco added extended and threaded barrels for the Glock 22 & 23 .40 S&W pistols. Ships with free, customized SilencerCo thread protector.
Caliber : .40
Twist : 1:10 RH
Thread Pitch : 9/16×24
Barrel Length for 22 : 4.99”
Barrel Length for 23 : 4.50”
Finish : Black Nitride
Material : 416R Stainless Steel
The famous Signature Rings go tactical Burris Signature Rings have been perennial best sellers for Burris, for very good reasons: the Pos-Align Inserts not only stop damage to the scope finish, they solve all sorts of alignment issues, and make it easy to get a good zero.
The new XTR Signature Rings are the tactical version. They’re beefier, with six clamping screws per ring, and strong steel bases that self-center on Weaver and Picatinny rails. They feature Pos-Align Inserts – so you get easy adjustments and scope protection, like all Signature Rings.
CAN I CANT?
In order to maximize your scope’s internal elevation adjustments, most long range shooters will use a tapered or canted base. Starting with a standard 20 MOA canted base means that you get an extra 20 MOA of elevation adjustment in your scope — it’s like getting a head start in your race out to 1000 yards and beyond.
You can use the XTR Signature Rings to cant your scope, but with a lot more flexibility and adjustment than you would get with a tapered base. The XTR Signature Rings come with offset inserts in 5 MOA, 10 MOA and 20 MOA. These inserts allow you to adjust your cant 5 MOA at a time, up to a whopping 40 MOA of maximum elevation gain (by combining both included sets of 20 MOA inserts).
That will save your scope’s internal elevation for in-field adjusting and make dialing in those longer range shots much easier.
The XTR Signature ring inserts can be rotated to any angle, which gives you an infinite number of adjustments. Zeroing your scope is now more accurate, easier, and more precise than ever before.
You can rotate the front, rear, or both, sets of Pos-Align Inserts to get the exact point of impact you need. A small rotation can push the scope in any direction you need. The XTR Signature Rings are sold with a booklet with detailed instructions.
Virginia Beach, Va. (April 2016) – Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, has released a new commercial, “Take Back the Homefront,” for its TraceX Explosives Detection Kit. The commercial highlights how Homemade Explosives (HMEs) have moved from the front lines to the Homefront and how law enforcement has joined the fight. Whether trying to stop attacks before they happen or investigating an incident after it’s occurred, it’s important that officers have the tools they need to keep people safe.
“With all of the recent terrorist attacks throughout the world that have utilized HMEs, we felt it was important to get the word out there about the TraceX Explosives Detection Kit. This commercial will help inform the law enforcement community of the TraceX Kit’s many benefits. Ideally, every officer in the field should be equipped with this rugged, reliable and easy-to-use kit to help them identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities,” commented Kimberly Pricenski, VP of Sales and Marketing for Morphix Technologies.
The TraceX Explosives Detection Kit is an affordable and easy-to-use product that aids in the detection of major explosive material threats and their precursors in a single test without exposing the kit to contamination or the user to dangerous chemicals. The TraceX Explosives Detection Kit was developed by Morphix Technologies under contract from the U.S. Department of Defense and meets their demanding requirements. It is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket, lightweight and rugged. Each kit comes in its own disposable protective plastic case, so the handler will be ready to use it when needed. With a single swab, the TraceX Explosives Detection Kit detects all the major families of explosive materials and their precursors.
If you’d like to receive more information on the TraceX Explosives Kit and how it can aid in detection of common explosive materials, please contact Morphix Technologies toll free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also email email@example.com.
About Morphix Technologies:
Morphix Technologies, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company creating and manufacturing products that detect invisible dangers in order to save lives. Morphix Technologies has taken innovation to the next level with high-quality, easy-to-use, cost effective and simple colorimetric sensor technology for military, law enforcement, first responders, emergency, homeland security and industrial personnel. http://www.morphtec.com/
Kimberly Pricenski | Vice President of Sales and Marketing
2557 Production Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454
CAA’s new 30 round polymer AK magazines are lightweight and tough as nails.
Pompano Beach, Fla. (April 2016) – CAA, developers and manufacturers of advanced battle-tested firearms accessories, announces its new AK Magazines are now shipping.
“AK’s are famous for their reliability; they still go bang when they’re wet, covered in mud or in harsh sandy conditions. Bottom line, they take a beating and keep going. We wanted the AKMAG to be just as reliable, yet keep it lightweight and affordable. We’ll, we did it,” said LTC (Ret.) Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA.
Designed for AK pattern rifles chambered in 7.62x39mm
30 round capacity
Clear window on both sides with a follower indicating the remaining number of rounds
Weight: 7.05 oz.
Width: 7.0 cm.
Height: 20.5 cm.
Orange anti-tilt follower provides smooth action
MIL-SPEC heat-treated and long-lasting spring
Textured surface for positive slip-proof grip
To learn more about CAA’s new AKMAG, visit https://usa.caagearup.com/762x39mm.
The folks at Team Springfield invite you to download the free E-book Anatomy of a CCW Draw. Their e-book , “Anatomy of a Concealed Carry Draw,” covers:
The two-handed draw and re-holster
The one-handed draw and re-holster
Safety guidelines for firearm handling
Our top recommendations for concealed carry pistols
TrackingPoint announced three new products today for night-time missions. TorridTM Thermal Imaging, VividTM Gen-3 Night Vision, and HushTM Silencer attachments are now available for most TrackingPoint Precision-Guided Firearms. The defense-grade products are designed to support total-darkness missions for the military, SWAT teams, law enforcement, and civilians. These stealth product offerings are in support of TrackingPoint’s efforts to be a primary advocate of the Infantry Soldiers and Marines. Each device comes with a Stealth Kit software-upgrade thumb drive. The Stealth Kit adds features and controls to users PGFs for Thermal, Night Vision, and Silencer attachments. In February the company announced Gen-2 night vision capabilities for Precision-Guided Firearms.
The GEMTECH Dagger is a lightweight all Titanium direct thread silencer. Rated for 300 Win Mag and barrels as short as 18″ on 300WM and 12″ on 308. The Dagger’s a light and strong 30 caliber silencer designed for extreme use and built to SOCOM standards.
On April 23rd and again on May 21st, the Sportsman Channel will broadcast a special program on Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT). It’s a behind-the-scenes peek at how the companies that make up BDT are working together to create a completely new integrated weapon system.
We’ve been swamped with a variety of projects this week so we’re a little late getting this week’s shoot-the-shit topic done. For those just joining us, each Friday we come up with a topic that may or may not be consistent with the Blog’s central theme. We encourage readers to participate and feel free to make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.
A large number of folks have expressed an interest in pursuing martial arts training as a vehicle for self-defense. We encourage those falling into that group to reconsider your decision. A successful defense strategy has but one objective and that is maintaining physical separation between you and the assailant and nothing surpasses the effectiveness of a firearm in achieving that goal. All of the martial arts require physical contact so they fail to maintain separation. Even pepper sprays fail to meet our separation objective unless you’re using police grade dispensers. Any assailant armed with a gun, knife, bat, etc., presents a lethal threat and it is highly unlikely that you would prevail; statistically the deck is stacked against you, regardless of how many You Tube videos you’ve watched.
Your key to surviving a self-defense scenario has always been, and will continue to be, situational awareness. Avoid putting yourself into a situation that you have to fight your way out of. However, life being what it is, if you find your-self in an unavoidable confrontation, your defensive posture should consist of two concentric circles with you at the center. The outer circle has a 20 foot radius and the inner circle a 10 foot radius. A threat entering the 20 foot space is prioritized and anything entering the 10 foot space gets immediate attention.
Martial arts are great and there are tons of styles, schools and just plain garbage. Study the martial arts to develop discipline, agility and physical wellness. Study traditional arts like judo, aikido, kung fu and karate from professionally accredited schools. Aikido and Kung Fu are disciplines that you can practice until you’re 90. Approach the martial arts with an interest in their history, philosophy and as interesting and effective wellness tools, but let your firearm handle the defensive work.
Have a great weekend. Have some fun, but be safe. Spend some quality time with your buds and family.
The internet has a tendency to amplify everything and what would normally be considered minor developmental challenges tends to become unfounded disasters. Glock Gen 4 pistols took some of those hits. So we decided to take a look at Gen 4 enhancements, circa 2016 using the Glock 17 as our vehicle, to understand those changes and what effect they had on the pistol’s performance.
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This light has more tricks than Houdini and they are all good. Rechargeable 1,100 lumen scene lamp, storage compartments, 360 degree illumination, serves as a storage battery that you can use to charge your phone, etc. etc.
With camping season cranking up, this has to be the best addition to your camping gear that I can recommend. I kid you not! Familiarity with Streamlight’s Super Siege breeds love and not contempt.
You’ll read all about it here in May! Oh, and did I mention S.O.S. signaling?
Hockessin, Del. (April 20, 2016) – Social Responsibility Network LLC and GTV Live Shopping LLC launched GunTV, a television shopping network for firearms, accessories and related consumer goods, just 20 days ago to a great deal of fanfare. The network launched on a variety of cable networks and television stations across the country, and has added to its cable and television distribution significantly, now reaching more than 20,000,000+ cable households. The GunTV website, www.guntv.tv, was launched simultaneously.
GunTV blazed a new trail with its revolutionary television shopping network for consumers to get an up close and personal look at high quality products from iconic manufacturers, at a great value. From the comfort of their own homes and on any device, anywhere, anytime when viewing GunTV’s stream at guntv.tv, viewers enjoy a variety of products demonstrated by knowledgeable hosts culled from the shooting sports and former military and law enforcement communities.
“The deeper we look at the products we purchase, the better purchasing decisions we make. At GunTV, safety is our number one priority,” said Valerie Castle, Managing Partner. GunTV offers education, information and safety regarding firearms, and it follows all local, State and Federal regulations. GunTV does not ship firearms directly to consumers. All firearm orders are fulfilled by a Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer, and all firearm purchases through GunTV are subject to background checks.
Just a few short weeks after a successful launch, GunTV has now expanded into new territories, including Nashville, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Raleigh-Durham, Dayton, Birmingham, Baltimore, Cincinnati, New York City, Buffalo, Phoenix, Tulsa, San Antonio, Orlando, Austin and Columbus to name a few. Viewers can visit the Affiliate Guide at guntv.tv for complete tune-in information.
“We’ve had a very positive response from viewers since the recent launch of GunTV. Early results have exceeded our expectations, and we are right on target with our business model in expanding coverage across the USA. ” said Ms. Castle.
IWI announced that the TAVOR® X95™ began shipping late last month. IWI’s first black rifles with 16.5” barrels went to wholesale distributors, as well as 250 FDE models that shipped April 1, 2016. IWI wants you to know they should be making their way to your local FFL dealers now. ODG models will follow in the coming weeks.
In honor of the recent LBM $6,000 Gun and Gearaway contest winner’s custom dip, Adaptive Graphx is offering custom firearm camo processing for only $170 through June 30, 2016
Nampa, Idaho (April 2016) – Adaptive Graphx, industry experts in custom water transfer printing and Cerakote firearm coatings, has recently completed the custom Kryptek Camo dip of the IWI US TAVOR for Robert Wagner, the winner of the Laura Burgess Marketing $6,000 Gun and Gearaway contest. To celebrate the completion of the inaugural Gun and Gearaway, the company will be offering, for a limited time, firearm camo processing for only $170 to all TAVOR, semi-auto rifle, shotgun and bolt action rifle owners.
Robert Wagner’s, Winner of the LBM $6,000 Gun & Gearaway, Kryptek Camo dipped TAVOR.
“We are exceptionally proud of the recent dip we did of the IWI US TAVOR for Robert. We thought it looked fantastic and wanted to give other gun owners the opportunity to own a custom camo’d rifle of their very own,” commented Gary Cauble, director of marketing for Adaptive Graphx.
The cost of the dip includes firearm disassembly, surface preparation, camo processing, protective finish coat, reassembly and free return shipping (return shipping will require an adult signature). Customers can choose from Kryptek Highlander, MultiCam, A-TACS Camo, Desert Digital, Next G-1 Camo or G-2 Camo, Muddy Girl or StōnPremiere camo patterns in a flat finish.
This promotion is open to US customers only. This limited edition pricing is available through June 30, 2016. For questions about processing your firearm call 208-442-6502 or download the Order Form to take advantage of this special deal.
For more information on Adaptive Graphx, visit www.adaptivegraphx.com or “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Instagram. For more information on Adaptive Tactical or StōnCamo, visit www.adaptivetactical.com and www.stoncamo.com.
About Adaptive Graphx:
Adaptive Graphx are industry experts in custom water transfer printing and Cerakote firearm coatings. The decorators at Adaptive Graphx are masters of their craft; their advanced planning and attention to detail are essential to ensure high quality results. Every aspect of the process happens in our facility: prep, base coat, film transfer, finish coat and curing. Our quality assurance means consistency in output and fast turn-arounds for both large print runs and custom orders. We Customize Ordinary. www.adaptivegraphx.com
Adaptive Graphx | 208-442-6502 | www.adaptivegraphx.com
2102 Devlin Way, Nampa, ID 83687
The CORVO is a traditional Chilean Army combat knife. Its origins are mysterious; it probably arrive in the New World with the Spanish Conquistadores, who developed an appreciation for the design during the Spanish war against the Moors. The CORVO was used during the War in the Pacific. It was produced in several versions such as the curved Corvo with the blade bending nearly 90°. The Corvo Aracameño is longer but with a gentler curve of the blade. Extrema Ratio Corvo was inspired by the later.
- Weight g.:362
- Weight oz.:12.76
- Blade Length (mm):176
- Blade Length (in):6.92
- Total Length (mm):307
- Total Length (in):12.08
- Blade Thickness (mm):6,3
- Blade Thickness (in):13.3
- Blade Material:BöHLER N690 STEEL (58HRC)
- Blade Finishing:MIL-C-13924 BURNISHING
- Main Grid:FLAT
- Handle Material:FORPRENE
EAGLEVILLE, PA, April 18, 2016–Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, has increased the lumen output of its high lumen Portable Scene Light to 5,300 lumens. The updated light also now features a red low battery warning indicator.
Featuring a narrow footprint and a telescoping extension pole, the Portable Scene Light can be used almost anywhere by first responders and other professionals for scene lighting purposes, from wide, open places to tight, confined work areas.
“We have upgraded the Portable Scene Light from 3,600 to 5,300 lumens, to give users an even more extraordinary high lumen flood light,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “This completely portable flood light can be conveniently carried and rapidly deployed in less than 30 seconds. It’s ideal for lighting large scale scenes, such as fires and major accidents, as well as for examining small, narrow spaces such as in mining and industrial inspections. With its long run times, the light can be used throughout an entire work shift without having to recharge the battery. And users now will be able to easily detect when the battery is running low with the light’s new low battery indicator light.”
The Portable Scene Light uses six C4® LEDs and wide-pattern parabolic reflectors to provide two selectable beam widths and three levels of light intensity, ranging from a super-bright flood beam to a low setting with ultra-long run times. The light features a rotating head that can be extended on a telescoping pole to an overall height of 72 inches, supported by stabilizing legs that can be quickly deployed and locked to provide balance on uneven surfaces. The light also features a 90 degree swivel neck, enabling users to aim the light beam precisely where it is needed for task lighting purposes.
On the high setting, the light delivers an incredibly bright 5,300 and a four-hour run time, over a beam distance of 410 meters. On medium, it provides 2,500 lumens, nine hours of run time and a beam distance of 292 meters. On low, the light runs for 18 hours and offers 1,300 lumens, and a beam distance of 215 meters. A selectable diffuser permits users to choose between the two beam widths, which are available with all three lighting modes.
The Portable Scene Light is powered by a zero-maintenance 12 volt, 14.4 Ah sealed lead acid battery that is rechargeable up to 500 times. The light can be charged to 90 percent of its capacity in 10 hours. Red and green LEDs provide charge status feedback. The light also will run indefinitely by plugging the included remote 10-foot power cord into a DC power source; an AC adapter is also included. A toggle switch allows users to switch between the battery and power source modes of operation.
Constructed from high-impact thermoplastic housing, the Portable Scene Light offers weatherproof construction. It features an IP67 design for dust-tight and waterproof operation to 1 one meter for 30 minutes. The light also is engineered to resist 40 MPH winds continuous in all directions with its head fully extended.
The Portable Scene Light light measures 22 inches in length and 6.5 inches in width, and weighs 25 pounds. It packs to a compact size for easy storage.
Available in international safety yellow, the light comes with a heavy duty shoulder carrying strap, AC charger, 12V DC cord and Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty. The MSRP is $1,149.00.
Manassas, VA – April 18, 2016 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sighting technology, and manufacturer of electronic fire control systems, has announced the relocation of its US headquarters to Manassas, Virginia.
Following more than ten years based in Chantilly, Virginia, continued growth of the company’s sales to the military, law enforcement, and commercial markets has created a need for additional space and capabilities.
“This move will allow Aimpoint to better meet the needs of our customers,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “This new, state of the art location provides a considerable increase in both office and warehouse space, and provides everything we need in order to implement improvements in order fulfillment and electronic commerce. Being located directly on the Route 66 corridor gives us quick and easy access to Washington DC, as well as Washington Dulles Airport, and is big enough to accommodate our growth requirements into the future.”
The company’s new address is: Aimpoint Inc, 7309 Gateway Court, Manassas, VA 20109. Aimpoint Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aimpoint Holding Inc. For more information, please visit the company’s webpage at: us.aimpoint.com.
This is a great video! Classic Howard Stern at his best… ROFL!
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.
It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. As you know, the Clinton Campaign is actively encouraging civil suits against the ammunition and firearm industry for misuse or unauthorized use of their products. The poster child, and I use that analogy with the greatest respect, is the Newtown killings by Adam Lanza on 14 December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This national tragedy sparked an outcry for more stringent gun control and even before local police and the State Attorney’s office could conduct an investigation, an angry and misinformed public demanded the heads of the gun manufacturer, distributor and retailer who sold Adam Lanza the firearms. That justifiable anger played into the hands of those whose sole interest is in advancing the gun control argument by politicizing the tragic event.
It was not until 25 November 2013, when the Connecticut State Attorney released “Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and36 Yogananda Street,Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 that it became clear that all of the firearms used in the killings by Adam Lanza were legally purchased by Mrs. Lanza, Adams mother, and not Mr. Lanza. The following is an excerpt from the report that you can read in its entirety here
The following weapons were recovered in the course of this investigation: (1) a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle, found in the same classroom as the shooter’s body. All of the 5.56 mm shell casings from the school that were tested were found to have been fired from this rifle. (2) a Glock 20, 10 mm semi-automatic pistol found near the shooter’s body and determined to have been the source of the self-inflicted gunshot wound by which he took his own life. (3) a Sig Sauer P226, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol found on the shooter’s person. There is no evidence this weapon had been fired. (4) a Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun found in the shooter’s car in the parking lot outside the school, and which was secured in the vehicle’s trunk by police responding to the scene. There is no evidence this weapon had been fired. (5) a Savage Mark II rifle found at 36 Yogananda Street on the floor of the master bedroom near the bed where the body of the shooter’s mother was found. This rifle also was found to have fired the four bullets recovered during the autopsy of the shooter’s mother.
All of the firearms were legally purchased by the shooter’s mother. Additionally, ammunition of the types found had been purchased by the mother in the past, and there is no evidence that the ammunition was purchased by anyone else, including the shooter.
Confronted by this reality, the movement’s attention turned towards the Remington Group, Camfour Inc., and Riverview Gun Sales, the named Defendants in a law suite that alleged “negligent entrustment” The Defendants asked the court for a dismissal under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which protects gun makers from civil lawsuits, such as those brought by victims of gun crimes. Yesterday, the motion was denied by Judge Barbara Bellis of the Connecticut Superior Court paving the way for the trial to continue. If the plaintiffs prevail all firearm and ammunition manufacturers are at risk from meritless law suites.
The facts in this case suggest to us that Mrs. Lanza’s failure to secure her personal firearms resulted in her demise and that of the Sandy Hook children; if negligent entrustment applies in principal and concept it should fall on Mrs. Lanza not the Defendants.
So, just how difficult is it to secure your firearm and render it unusable by your kids? Unfortunately there is a large segment of the population lacking an understanding that all firearms can easily be rendered safe, even if loaded. To promote that understanding, we put together a short unscripted video that’s over miked and under lit demonstrating the process. It’s not difficult you simply need to be a conscientious and responsible gun owner parent.
Have a safe weekend everyone. Get out with your buds and family; maybe a little range time is in order. We love hearing from you and remember that all shoot-the-shit rules apply!
Zapata Racing started life competing in powered water craft events. The company’s founder Franky Zapata has been engaged in designing high performance hydro propelled devices. Zapata’s latest project, still in development, is the Flyboard® Air. Unlike the hydro-propelled devices, like the Jetpack, that require a hose for water intake, the Flyboard® Air is fully autonomous.
The Flyboard Air is an independent propulsion unit with some impressive capabilities not withstanding its limited operating time of 10 minutes. The Flyboard Air has an operating ceiling of 10,000 feet and a top speed of 150 km / hr. or 93.2 mph.
I can think of a number of military or tactical applications for the Flyboard Air. How about getting to the top of a building or an emergency egress. Or, perhaps negotiating a terrain obstacle or board a vessel.
Zapata Racing is a French company. Organizations interested in taking a closer look at the prototype, contact Franky Zapata at http://zapata-racing.com/en/
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Comer, Ga.- (April 2016) – MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles, Chassis Systems, Defender Pistols and Carbines, Suppressors and MPAR Rifles, announces the MPA BA Shooting Academy. The MPA BA Shooting Academy offers long range rifle training for new shooters who are just getting started, as well as experienced shooters, who want to hone their skills and participate in long range precision rifle competitions.
“We’ve been amazed at the excitement we’ve seen over the last year for long range shooting and for our long range rifles and chassis systems. The need for training for both entry level and experienced competition shooters who want to hone their skills has become apparent, so we created the MPA BA Academy. We are very excited about the growth in this sport and our training program will certainly provide an avenue for shooters of all skill levels to increase their performance,” said Phil Cashin, owner of MasterPiece Arms.
The Intro Training Program (MPAITP) is designed for beginner students who utilize the MPA BA Rifles or Chassis Systems. The intro course will build solid shooting fundamentals and provide data that the shooter will be able to take anywhere and use to successfully engage targets at a distance. Additionally, the intro course is designed so the shooter will be able to troubleshoot problems with the rifle, scope or ammunition. The focus of the course will be on the fundamentals of building a strong shooting position, understanding and utilizing windage and elevation adjustments on optics and reading atmospheric conditions such as mirage and wind. This will be a two-day course.
The Advanced Competition Training Program (MPAACT) is designed for experienced shooters who desire to start competing in long range Precision Rifle Competitions, such as the Precision Rifle Series (PRS), or many of the regional Sniper competitions held throughout the U.S. This is designed for shooters who utilize the MPA BA Rifle or Chassis system. The course will focus on time management, building stable and consistent positions and how one can utilize the many benefits of the MPA BA Chassis in various shooting scenarios experienced in competitions. This will be a two-day course.
The courses will be led by Ryan Castle, Scott Satterlee and Matt Brousseau. All three are top ranked PRS Shooters with years of shooting and training experience.
The training locations for the MPA BA Shooting Academy will be at Core Shooting Solutions (Baker, Florida), Rock Castle Shooting Center (Park City, Kentucky), Rock Lake Rifle Range (Saint John, Washington) and another location in the Dallas, Texas area (to be named later).
The courses are $585 each. Transportation and lodging will be the responsibility of the student. To sign up for a course, visit http://masterpiecearms.com/shop/mpa-ba-academy-training/.
For more details on the courses, contact MPA via phone at 1-(706)-395-7050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grinnell, Iowa (April 12, 2016) – The 77-year-old, Iowa-based firearm industry giant Brownells, Inc. has opened its first ever retail store location in Grinnell, Iowa. Known worldwide for its all-things-firearms website – Brownells.com – and their enormous catalogs, the Grinnell retail store marks the company’s first brick and mortar location.
The 7,000 sq. ft. retail store, attached to Brownells’ new 245,000 sq. ft. distribution center, is located at 3006 Brownells Parkway in Grinnell, Iowa, just a few yards off Interstate 80 at the 182 mile marker.
Visitors to the new retail location will experience one of the nicest and most unique gun stores they’ve ever visited. They’ll be greeted by nearly 1,200 new and used firearms, plus a large selection of ammunition, optics, parts and accessories, all set against an outdoorsy backdrop with rich wood accents and a world-class taxidermy collection. If customers don’t find what they’re looking for on the shelves, they’re invited to order from the warehouse where any of the nearly 100,000 firearms-related items will be delivered to the store in minutes.
“Our company has been family-owned and Iowa-based for 77 years,” said third-generation owner and CEO, Pete Brownell. “We’ve done business nationally and internationally for decades, but we’re excited to have an Iowa focus now with our retail store. What’s most unique about this store is that it’s located in the same walls as our distribution center. This equates to a fantastic customer experience and the best of both worlds; a beautiful retail store to transact and access to a huge selection of products unrivaled anywhere in the world.”
Brownells retail store hours are as follows:
Monday: 9AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 9AM – 8PM
Saturday: 9AM – 6PM
A grand opening for the retail store is being planned for Saturday, June 11, 2016.
For more information about Brownells’ new retail store, or to get in touch with Brownells retail, call 641-236-0001 or visit www.brownells.com/retail.
When Gaston Glock developed the Glock 17 for the Austrian Army, he wasn’t just replacing the aging Walther P38, he created an industry. Fast forward 34 years and we see an industry centered around Glock pistols. I venture to say that Glocks have more accessorizing options than the 57 Chevy; not even the venerable 1911 can come close to the Glock in terms of “things you can do” to them.
When discussing the Glock 17, it’s unavoidable and more often assumed that this workhorse got its name from its 17 round magazine, a false assumption. The Glock 17 gets its name from the fact that it was the 17th patent held by the Glock company. Every other model pistol thereafter is name in numerical sequence; e.g., Glock 18, Glock 19 Glock 20, etc. For reasons that completely escape me, not all models are available in the United States. The Glock 42 was the classic example available to Europeans for years before its introduction in the United States.
In my upcoming review, which I hope to have completed end of April, I won’t rehash the Glock magic; instead, I’ll give you my impressions on the Gen 4 enhancements. So, stay tuned for that.
NEWTOWN, Conn. – The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015, a 158 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to almost 288,000, a 73 percent increase in that period, according to a report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade association.
On a year-over-year basis, the industry’s economic impact rose from $43 billion in 2014 to $49.3 in 2015, a nearly 15 percent increase while total jobs increased from approximately 263,000 to almost 288,000, a 9 percent increase in the same period.
“Our industry is proud to be one of the truly bright spots in our economy as an unprecedented number of Americans have chosen to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms and to safely enjoy the shooting sports,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and chief executive officer. “In response to that dynamic, we have increased our direct workforce by about 21,000 in the last two years alone, adding jobs that pay an average of more than $50,000 in wages and benefits. In addition, since 2008 we increased federal tax payments by 144 percent, Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that support wildlife conservation by 92 percent and state business taxes by 96 percent.”
The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2016 provides a state-by-state breakdown of job numbers, wages and output covering direct, supplier and induced employment, as well as federal excise taxes paid. Access the full report here
Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according to a Navy article profiling him in 2008.
Redacted Charge Sheet
The following video appears to show a Browning M2 heavy machine gun blowing up as the result of some sort of malfunction. Turkish Gendarmerie can be seen here engaging YPS Kurds in Turkey. The Gendarmerie are a sort of military police who operate in the more rural areas of the country and they specialize in counter terror operations as well.
Wonder what the hell happened?
We had the pleasure to review a new addition to CRKT’s Forged by War series marketed as Clever Girl. Its designer, Austin McGlaun, is a U.S. Army Iraq veteran with a flair for what I’ll call “intimidating” designs. Clever Girl is a reflection of his combat experience and CRKT exceptional quality and attention to detail.
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The Magpul Core Breach Gloves are designed to preserve comfort and dexterity when manipulating weapons, tools and specialty equipment while providing a high level of protection to the user.
Hard knuckle armor and digital pattern reinforced leather palms combine with touch screen capability and articulated hand and finger construction for maximizing protection without sacrificing ‘feel’.
Leather palm with a double layer of digitally textured reinforcement provides better comfort under firearms recoil
Corded nylon stretch fabric on back of hand with contour cut design and wrapped fingers
Molded, padded knuckle cap and premium leather for superior impact protection
Adjustable wrist for a custom, snug fit
Thumb and forefinger “Gun Gusset” designed for better durability and comfort when shooting pistol gripped firearms
Expansion joints on the back of the fingers allow better flexibility in manipulating firearms triggers and controls
Ambidextrous three-finger touchscreen capability
Subdued branding for better camouflage and concealment
It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. This is the one time of the week when you the reader can make any unsupported comment, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether; all at no charge to you. Our topics don’t necessarily reflect the sight’s theme but they do add to the reader’s knowledge base wherever possible, which is the reason we are avoiding election discussions. Can you believe the 2016 election process! I suppose things could be worse!
Instead we’d like to dismiss the myth that bananas are fattening and not good for you. There’s been considerable research done on the nutritional value of bananas that contradicts the assertion and clearly supports that bananas are actually very good for you.
The banana’s secret weapon is its fiber, potassium and Vitamin C; a medium sized banana delivers 450 mg of potassium.
Here are some of the many benefits
Blood Pressure – the potassium in bananas aids in vascular vasodilation ( dilation of blood vessels) reducing blood pressure.
Cancer – cancers are generally cause through the expression of a genetic predisposition. That gene may never be expressed. But if it is expressed it commonly results from the interaction of human cell with a free radical. A free radical is an ion that initiates a mutation in the cell, but rather than killing the cell, it cause the cancer gene to express itself. Bananas, as well as citrus fruits and juices, contribute vitamin C which acts to prevent the formation of free radicals. The fiber in a banana also functions to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Heart Health – The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health. The recommended intake of potassium for an adult is 4700 mg
Preserving memory – Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that studies suggest plays a role in preserving memory and boosting your mood. So it’s a natural antidepressant.
The Banana Nutritional Profile
One serving of banana contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.2 The recommended intake of potassium for adults is 4700 milligrams per day.
Bananas provide a variety of vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
Manganese – .3 mg
Vitamin C – 9 mg
Potassium – 450 mg
Dietary Fiber – 3g
Protein – 1 g
Magnesium – 34 mg
Folate – 25.0 mcg
Riboflavin – .1 mg
Niacin – .8 mg
Vitamin A – 81 IU
Iron – .3 mg
So, there you have it – eat bananas!
Have a great weekend, rest up or do something exciting. In all cases spend some quality time with your buds and family and keep those sweat pumps in low speed, but stay engaged!